I think those of us who care about printed-on-paper comics will see this day as a turning point…or maybe a downturning point. Publishing comic books has not been all that important at either DC or Marvel for a long time. Movie deals, TV shows, videogames, branding, licensing and all the other ways to “monetize” beloved characters have all yielded a lot more cash lately…and by a Hulk-sized margin. Batman used to be a comic book character that also generated revenue via its appearances on TV, in movies and by adorning toys. Now, it’s a multimedia property that brings in dollars from a great many directions, one of which happens to be the publishing of comic books.