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Marvel Comics to put a third of its issues on pause until July

At the end of a week with , sources have confirmed to Polygon that Marvel Comics plans to put a chunk of its publishing line on hold in the months of May and June, due to caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With comic shops around the country shuttered due to shelter-in-place restrictions, Diamond Comic Distributors, the exclusive distributor for the majority of comic book publishers in the US, announced on March 23 that . Since then both shops and publishers have scrambled to adjust, with many retailers stridently pushing back against . | Related | | #### | | Many smaller publishers have stopped production entirely, while DC Comics has said it will . Marvel's last statement on the matter was before Diamond's announcement, on March 20, when it offered deep discounts to retailers who are able to remain open and receive product. Polygon's sources have confirmed that Marvel is currently planning to pause about one third of the issues it planned to release in May and June. Given that some of the company's titles release more than once a month, this amounts to putting a pause on 15 to 20 percent of its total books. This would seem to indicate that either some of those twice-monthly books are included in the pause, or will may simply move to once-monthly. Marvel published around 100 single issues in March. Sources could not confirm which books will be paused, but have assured Polygon that Marvel will officially outline its long-term plans in the coming weeks, once more information is available --- and also that all of Marvel's talent working on paused titles will be paid for their work to date. Coronavirus/COVID-19: What you need to know The spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has unfortunately been characterized by an abundance of misinformation about the virus and xenophobia pertaining to its origins. To help educate our readership, we've compiled helpful explanations from our sibling sites The Verge and Vox.com. You can find answers to the most common questions in the links below:

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