DC Sweeps Top Ten Comics Sold in January

Fri, February 3rd, 2012 at 11:00am PST | Updated: February 3rd, 2012 at 11:30am

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

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"Justice League" #5 hit the #1 spot for top comics sold in January.

Diamond Comic Distributors has released estimated sales numbers for January 2012, with Marvel Comics edging into first in dollars, while DC Comics is ahead in units. While Marvel locked up the dollar share locked up currently, DC had a blow-out month, nabbing every slot of the top ten single issues and topping the industry in overall units sold sold with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "Justice League" #5 leading the pack. "Justice League" has been the top selling single issue in every month it's had a new issue since the book's premiere in August 2011. Bat-books dominated the top ten with #5 issues of "Batman," "Detective Comics," "Batman: The Dark Knight" and "Batman and Robin" all making appearances.

DC also excelled in the top ten graphic novels and trade paperbacks, with "Batman: Through the Looking Glass" Hardcover coming in at #1 as one of five DC graphic novels in the top ten. Despite having a higher dollar share than DC, Marvel's only product to crack either of the top ten lists was the "Fear Itself" Premiere Hardcover. Robert Kirkman's "Invincible" and "The Walking Dead" trade paperbacks continued to sell well in January, accounting for three of the top ten graphic novels and trades.

Overall, sales were down from December with single issues falling by 7%, while graphic novels dropped by 4.5%. However, the month still improved overall from January 2011, with an increase in sales by 32% for single issues and 18% for graphic novels.

Check out the sales charts below and stay tuned to CBR News for more in-depth analysis of Diamond's January 2012 sales numbers.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS35.17%37.51%
DC COMICS33.55%39.86%
IMAGE COMICS5.48%4.83%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.89%3.55%
IDW PUBLISHING4.35%3.78%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT3.46%3.66%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.66%1.35%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.47%0.30%
VIZ MEDIA0.92%0.42%
RANDOM HOUSE0.79%0.18%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.26%4.57%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARSUNITS
JANUARY 2012 VS. DECEMBER 2011
COMICS-7.01%-8.93%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-4.51%-4.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-6.25%-8.65%
JANUARY 2012 VS. JANUARY 2011
COMICS32.05%33.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS18.38%8.46%
TOTAL COMICS/GN27.47%31.38%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1JUSTICE LEAGUE #5$3.99NOV110104DC
2BATMAN #5$2.99NOV110133DC
3ACTION COMICS #5$3.99NOV110125DC
4DETECTIVE COMICS #5$2.99NOV110138DC
5GREEN LANTERN #5$2.99NOV110154DC
6BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #5$2.99NOV110140DC
7SUPERMAN #5$2.99NOV110129DC
8THE FLASH #5$2.99NOV110113DC
9BATMAN AND ROBIN #5$2.99NOV110145DC
10AQUAMAN #5$2.99NOV110109DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS HC$22.99SEP110169DC
2INVINCIBLE VOLUME 15: GET SMART TP$16.99NOV110396IMA
3THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE$9.99JUL068351IMA
4FEAR ITSELF PREMIERE HC$34.99OCT110712MAR
5THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 5: ON TO GENESIS (MR)$14.99OCT110301DC
6BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE TP$19.99OCT110245DC
7THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 15 TP (MR)$14.99OCT110502IMA
8B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH VOLUME 2: GODS AND MONSTERS TP$19.99SEP110018DAR
9SWEET TOOTH VOL. 4: ENDANGERED SPECIES TP(MR)$16.99OCT110296DC
10BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 1: GOLDEN DAWN DELUXE EDITION HC$24.99SEP110181DC

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