If the newsstand model doesn't work for comics anymore, why does Archie sell so well? I thought that had something to do with them being in the check out lines at grocery stores. The Muppets and Disney comics would have been a perfect fit, next to the Archies. I think it might be a good idea for the big two to try to emulate some of that success. Put some stories in digest form and set them next to the Archies and horoscopes.
If I'm wrong about newsstands being part of the reason Archie still sells well, then I apologize for wasting your time.
The Archie books that really sell are the digests and they're usually positioned in the check-out lane slots which is prime real estate for magazines. I think Archie has a longstanding sweetheart deal that gets them there. DC, Marvel, and especially Boom just don't have the muscle to get their stuff up there. Disney could probably get stuff up there if they wanted to.