Marvel's "Uncanny Avengers" Leads The Way In October

Fri, November 9th, 2012 at 10:27am PST | Updated: November 9th, 2012 at 10:39am

Comic Books
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

Rick Remender and John Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" #1 led the month of October in single issue sales.

Diamond Comics Distributors has released its initial sales rankings for last month, which show Marvel Comics had an incredibly strong showing in October. The publisher lead the month in both dollar and unit share in no small thanks to the strong performance of Rick Remender and John Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" #1, the leading single issue in the top ten. Another major factor in Marvel's strong performance was no doubt the conclusion to its "Avengers Vs. X-Men" mega-event, which paved the way for its Marvel NOW! publishing initiative. "Avengers Vs. X-Men" #12 was second for the month, while "A Plus X" #1, "AVX VS" #6 and "AVX: Consequences" #1 also found their way onto the top ten list.

However, while Marvel may have taken the single issue chart by storm, it was DC Comics that was most prevalent in the graphic novel and trade paperbacks top ten. In addition to four major titles in the top ten single issues, "Superman: Earth One Volume 2" led the top trades, with "Batman: The Dark Knight," "Batman," "Nightwing" and "V For Vendetta" dominating the latter half of the ten bestselling October graphic novels.

Image Comics' "The Walking Dead" continues a very strong performance in the direct market with "The Walking Dead" #103 as the only non-Marvel or DC single issue to make the top ten in October. Image dominated the top five graphic novels and trade paperbacks with "Saga" Volume 1 leading the way at #2, followed closely by "The Walking Dead" Compendium Volume 2 and the first two trade paperbacks of Robert Kirkman's popular undead saga.

Both dollar and unit share were up nearly five percent from September and nearly 17 percent compared to October 2011. Sales both in dollars and units year-to-date compared with 2011 show marked improvement.

Check out the sales numbers below and stay tuned to CBR News for more detailed analysis of Diamond's October sales numbers.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.14%

39.54%

DC COMICS

31.51%

34.40%

IMAGE COMICS

8.47%

7.60%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.62%

3.82%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.81%

3.11%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.71%

2.78%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.29%

1.39%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.26%

1.04%

RANDOM HOUSE

1.19%

0.25%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

1.03%

1.03%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.96%

5.04%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

OCTOBER 2012 VS. SEPTEMBER 2012

COMICS

20.02%

16.15%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

24.41%

13.11%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

21.45%

15.90%

OCTOBER 2012 VS. OCTOBER 2011

COMICS

7.44%

-0.82%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

53.87%

52.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.50%

2.11%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2011

COMICS

15.89%

12.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

17.97%

17.10%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.55%

12.68%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1

$3.99

AUG120550

MAR

2

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12

$4.99

JUL120535

MAR

3

BATMAN #13

$3.99

AUG120180

DC

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE #13

$3.99

AUG120146

DC

5

A PLUS X #1

$3.99

AUG120562

MAR

6

GREEN LANTERN #13

$2.99

AUG120199

DC

7

DETECTIVE COMICS #13

$3.99

AUG120184

DC

8

AVX VS. #6

$3.99

JUL120526

MAR

9

WALKING DEAD #103 (MR)

$2.99

AUG120472

IMA

10

AVX: CONSEQUENCES #1

$3.99

AUG120569

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC

$22.99

JUN120225

DC

2

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

3

THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM VOL. 2 TP

$59.99

AUG120496

IMA

4

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$9.99

JUL068351

IMA

5

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US TP

$14.99

SEP088204

IMA

6

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 1: KNIGHT TERRORS HC

$24.99

JUN120234

DC

7

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TP

$14.99

AUG120709

MAR

8

NIGHTWING VOL. 1: TRAPS AND TRAPEZES TP

$14.99

JUL120214

DC

9

V FOR VENDETTA: BOOK AND MASK SET

$24.99

JUN120291

DC

10

BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS HC

$24.99

JAN120300

DC

TAGS:  sales report

 
CBR News

Send This Article to a Friend

Separate multiple email address with commas.

You must state your name.

You must enter your email address.