DC delays Justice League, Batman / Catwoman, 26 more comics due to supply chain issues

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DC has informed retailers that a sizeable portion of its upcoming releases will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic's ongoing impact on global supply chains.

"DC faces an unprecedented strain on the global supply chain, affecting all of us in the comic industry and beyond," reads a statement circulated to retailers by DC marketing manager Albert Ching on August 25. 

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"Up to this point, we've been able to keep delays and shortages to a minimum, but with recent notifications about covid-related port closures, international and domestic freight delays, workforce shortages, and a severely allocated paper supply, we are unable to continue to manage this situation without disruption."

DC has now revised the release dates for 28 upcoming single issues, along with five collected editions. Although this is the initial list, DC's spokesperson says the company does "expect further shifts in the future. DC will communicate these moves clearly and quickly."

Currently, it appears DC has decided to delay the digital release dates of these issues to remain day-and-date with the print editions.

Newsarama has subsequently learned that the three comics planned for this year's Batman Day on September 18 are also affected. The publisher doesn't foresee delays, but says they will not be able to fulfill comic stores' orders completely.

Here is a list of the affected individual comic books, and their updated release dates:

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  • Batman: Reptilian #5  - November 2
  • Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #4 (opens in new tab) - September 14
  • Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #5 - September 21
  • Batman: The Long Halloween Special #1 - October 19
  • Batman/Catwoman #8 - October 19
  • Batman the Detective #5 (opens in new tab) - September 21
  • Blue & Gold #2 (opens in new tab) - September 7
  • Blue & Gold #3 - September 28
  • Green Lantern 2021 Annual (opens in new tab) - September 7
  • Hardware: Season One #2 (opens in new tab) - September 21
  • Justice League #67 (opens in new tab) - September 14
  • Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone #2 - September 28
  • Nubia & the Amazons #1 - October 19
  • Static: Season One #3 (opens in new tab) - August 31
  • Static: Season One #4 - October 12
  • Static: Season One #5  - November 16
  • Static: Season One #6 - December 21
  • Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #3 - November 2
  • Suicide Squad 2021 Annual (opens in new tab) - September 7
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 (opens in new tab) - September 14
  • Superman '78 #3 - November 2
  • Superman Son of Kal-El #4  -  September 21
  • Teen Titans Academy #7 - October 12
  • Teen Titans Academy #8 - November 2
  • Wonder Girl #4 - October 12
  • Wonder Girl #5 - November 9
  • Wonder Girl #6 - November 23
  • Wonder Girl #7 - December 7

And here are the affected collections, and their revised release dates

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Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)