Marvel Comics announced on Wednesday that HOWARD THE DUCK #1, debuting under the MAX imprint, was distributed with a 15 percent shortage.
"This was a result of a printer error," says Marvel's Bill Rosemann. "Normally, comics are packed 300 copies per case, but this issue was packed 250 per case. This went undetected because no one at the printer made note of the change that caused the 15 percent shortage of inventory to Diamond Comics Distributors.
"The good news is, we have worked things out with the printer and Diamond so that retailers will receive the balance of their orders for next Wednesday, the 30th. We apologize for this shortage, and wish to assure all of the retailers and readers that the debut issue by Steve Gerber and Phil Winslade will soon be winging into stores across the globe."