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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:28 pm

So the figures are in. Not sure if this warrants its own thread (kind of like the Box Office Thread for movies) but the figures are in for the month of August.

The #1 comic was JLA #1. Marvel still reigns overall, however, taking 36% of the dollar share and 41% of the unit share.

Nonetheless, the top 10 is dominated by DC...in particular...their weekly series 52.

Here are the top 20 comics for the month of August:

1 - JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #1* $3.99 DC
2 - NEW AVENGERS #23 $2.99 MAR
3 - WOLVERINE ORIGINS #5* $2.99 MAR
4 - ASTONISHING X-MEN #16 $2.99 MAR
5 - 52 WEEK #13 $2.50 DC
6 - 52 WEEK #15 $2.50 DC
7 - 52 WEEK #14 $2.50 DC
8 - 52 WEEK #16 $2.50 DC
9 - 52 WEEK #17 $2.50 DC
10 - CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE #5 (Of 11) $2.99 MAR
11 - ALL STAR SUPERMAN #5 $2.99 DC
12 - WOLVERINE #45 CW $2.99 MAR
13 - JUSTICE #7 (Of 12) $3.50 DC
14 - CIVIL WAR X-MEN #2 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
15 - BATMAN #656 $2.99 DC
16 - SUPERMAN BATMAN #29 $2.99 DC
17 - FANTASTIC FOUR #539 CW $2.99 MAR
18 - UNCANNY X-MEN #477 $2.99 MAR
19 - WONDER WOMAN #2 $2.99 DC
20 - ULTIMATES ANNUAL #2 $3.99 MAR


For the rest of the top 300, as well at the top TPBs and the Top 50 Manga click here
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Postby doglips on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:40 pm

I split it Lecko, definitely deserves it's own thread.

Never seen the charts before, interesting stuff.

I can't believe how low some of the best books are. Loveless only 134???
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:42 pm

Awesome, thanks DLO. Yeah it is crazy. Look at Vaughan's stuff. Runaways is low...Escapists is low. I mean WOLVERINE ORIGINS is #3???? I honestly didn't know anyone was reading that title.

DC must be THRILLED about 52 though. That book is selling like hot cakes! The first major weekly comic book event has to be considered a success thus far.
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Postby doglips on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:44 pm

Yeah, DC must be fucking giddy. I thought 52 1 - 14 were mediocre at best.

At least Eternals is in the top 30, some sanity reigns.

EDIT - LOL, I spoke too soon, Phonogram 1 at 231 beaten by Mickey Mouse and friends 292.
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Postby Ribbons on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:47 pm

One of the many good things about Whedon taking on "Runaways" is that those back issues are gonna go up in value. I already know four people who are collecting them retroactively.
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Postby doglips on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:48 pm

Agreed, Runaways is in for some major exposure, hopefully that will rub off onto Ex-Machina and Escapists.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:51 pm

I mean Catwoman, and Blue Beetle are outselling Runaways, Y: The Last Man, and Fables. Its a crying shame.

I am sad to see that the Oni Press books aren't selling all that well. And Image is obviously benefiting from the ever loving hand of Marvel.
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Postby doglips on Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:55 pm

It amazes me that the established characters still sell so well comparative to everything else out there. I always assumed a more even spread.

Heh, at least we are delving into all sorts round here. Good to know we have a great diversity of comic reading in the zone.

It'll be interesting to see if Escapists 3 sells 80,000, this month ( scroll down!) :wink:
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:31 pm

Ha! I was reading that article at newsarama earlier...I rarely delve into the talkback portion of the articles though.

I wonder how well Pride of Baghdad will sell. Lost Girls was not even in the top 10. It will be interesting to compare the two "blockbuster" GN books. They certainly are the two that have gotten the most press.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:33 pm

Some interesting news. A big congrats to Brad Meltzer, who has become the first writer to top both the NY Times Best Seller's List and Diamond Comic Distributors Top 300 at the same time.

Meltzer's novel "Book of Fate" is the #1 fiction book on the NY Time's list...while JLA #1 is the #1 comic book of the month.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:53 pm

SALES ANALYSIS.

Click the link to read a detailed analysis of what the sales chart means exactly.

The highlights are this:

JLA #1 sold 212,000 copies.

Looking at the big picture it is estimated that the overall sales for all comics, tpb's, and magazines was $37.43 million for the month of August. This is an enormous increase over the sales of the previous few August's.

It really is interesting to read the analysis of this stuff.
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Postby doglips on Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:39 pm

Here are the figures for September.

Pride of Bagdhad gets first place in graphic novels, lots of people with good taste out there, good to know!
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Postby Leckomaniac on Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:29 pm

I was just looking at those...Marvel's numbers went up big time. 41% of the dollar share and 45% of the unit share.

JLA #2 lost out on the big battle for #1. Civil War is quite the force.
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Postby Fried Gold on Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:45 pm

The new JLA series hasn't made a very good start. #0 started with a simple premise which was good and would work. But parts of #1 and then a lot of #2 seemed to just over complicate things too quickly.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:03 pm

While I am not sure this is the proper thread to debate this...I disagree.

JLA #0-2 have been solid examples of decompressed storytelling. I have no doubt that by the time Meltzer finishes his run (at about issue #12) that his body of work will read like a tightly woven story.

This is going to be an excellent run. I garuntee it.

I still can't believe that Wolverine is cracking the top 10...that book sucks...why are people buying it?
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Postby Fried Gold on Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:49 pm

Maybe it's because I'm really into 52 at the moment, and I'm trying to imagine the gaps between the two stories.
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Postby wonkabar on Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:50 pm

Who is buying all the Manga? Does it really require an entire aisle at the major book-chains? No offense to those who enjoy it, but....please
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Postby Leckomaniac on Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:32 pm

The Civil War tie-in of the Young Avengers and Runaways was a brilliant idea to raise the profile of both groups. That particular tie-in is #20 on the sales chart...while the Runaways are at #97.

When Whedon takes over...and Civil War ends...the Runaways are going to be bumped up to superstar status. Great move by Marvel.
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Postby silentbobafett on Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:35 am

What is Pride of Baghdad all about? :-)
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:02 am

Here is the estimated sales chart for the month of september:

Civil War #4 - 272,500
JLA #2 - 143,400
AXMEN #18 - 124,000
Amazing SM - 117,000
USM #100 - 116,00

Get a complete list here
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:37 pm

So the charts for Decmeber are in:

1.) JLA #4
2.) JLA #5
3.) New Avengers #26
4.) Astonishing X-Men #19
5.) New Avengers/Illuminati #1
6.) JSA #1
7.) Casualities of War
8.) 52 #31
9.) 52 #32
10.) 52 #33

For a complete list check here
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:13 pm

Diamond has released the year-end charts. The top 10 books of the year are:

-Civil War #2
-Civil War #3
-Civil War #1
-Civil War #4
-Civil War #5
-JLA #1
-Infinite Crisis #4
-Infinite Crisis #6
-Infinite Crisis #5
-Infinite Crisis #7

You can view the complete list here
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Postby Leckomaniac on Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:01 pm

Here are the monthly sales charts for January:

1 - Civil War #6 (259,300)
2 - Civil War: The Return (125,700)
3 - Wolverine #50 (115,600)
4 - Amazing Spider-Man #537 (114,800)
5 - Ultimate Spider-Man #104 (108,100)

The top 5 is all Marvel. Check out the rest of the list here
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:32 pm

anyone else find it distressing that the first "indie" publisher shows up at #61?
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Postby Leckomaniac on Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:45 pm

Keepcoolbutcare wrote:anyone else find it distressing that the first "indie" publisher shows up at #61?


I do. Considering that most of the indie work being published is of a higher quality than the work being released by the "big two". Invincible, for instance, is one of the few stellar superhero books out there at the moment. However, I am not aware if this is an improvement sales wise or not. I assume that the indie market is flourishing just as the mainstream market is. But still more people should keep an eye out for indie work. And they should consider giving indie publishers a try.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:47 am

I decided to breathe new life into this thread as well. Click Here for the May sales chart.

10) WWH: Prologue - 111,121
9) All Star B&R #5 - 114,269
8) Mighty Avengers #3 - 115,407
7) Amazing Spider-Man #540 - 119,628
6) Astonishing X-Men #21 - 120,461
5) New Avengers #30 - 126,388
4) Captain America #26 - 126,412
3) JLA #9 - 129,248
2) Dark Tower #4 - 131,715
1) Fallen Son: Captain America - 169,978

For those keeping count: 8 Marvel 2 DC titles in that top 10. Buffy continues to sell like gangbusters coming in at #12 with 106,604.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:19 pm

Holy crap.

DC takes the top spot in both market share categories for October.

It has been over a year (May 2006) since DC has overtaken Marvel.
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