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Comic Books Face Real-Life Villain, With Virus Halting Shipments

  • April issues are on hold, and store customers are staying away
  • Some merchants worry readers will switch to digital for good
Comic-books display at a store in Brownsville, Texas.
Comic-books display at a store in Brownsville, Texas.Photographer: Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP

Tuesday would normally be the day comic-book stores across the U.S. get the latest issues, but instead the day brought mostly bad news.

Diamond Comic Distributors Inc., the industry’s largest wholesaler, said late Monday it’s halting shipments of April issues to the hundreds of stores in the U.S. that it serves.