Ralf writes: newsarama.com has notes on a recent Marvel Comics Q3 earnings conference call. As you may or may not know, Marvel Comics owns/is owned by (I can never remember which) Toy Biz which holds the license to produce LotR action figures.

“When asked about the effect of the Lord of the Rings toy sales affecting Q4 numbers, Toy Biz’s Alan Fine revealed that the DVD of Return of the King will be released in May of 04, and Marvel expects toy sales to remain strong through Q4 of 03 and Q1 of 2004.”