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Marvel topped May's direct market sales, thanks to "Original Sin" and Spider-Man, Batman remains strong at DC and "Walking Dead" saw a sales boost.
The latest edition of "Amazing Spider-Man" debuted to sales over 530K, and "Deadpool's" nuptials increased reader interest.
"Amazing Spider-Man" debuted to record numbers while Batman locked in half the top ten slots and Image dominates graphic novel sales in April 2014.
In a special MAYO REPORT, John takes a look at Marvel's increasingly common tactic of relaunching series to boost sales numbers.
DC Comics' recent delays indicate that April may be particularly weak for the publisher even as Marvel looks ahead to an "Amazing Spider-Man" #1's sales boost.
Snyder and Capullo's "Batman" remained the #1 comic in March, the only title to top 100K, while "Superior Spider-Man" remained Marvel's best seller.
Marvel's January relaunches open soft while "Walking Dead" remains steady, helping the title move into the Top Ten.
"Batman" tops February's sales, "Wolverine" and "Fantastic Four" debut in top 10 while "Walking Dead" takes #8, 9 slots.
DC Comics' Batman sales were a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster January, which finds a number of New 52 titles walking the cancellation line.
"Batman" was the only title to top 100K in sales for January, with no other title reaching 90K while "Saga" TPB sales remain strong.
2013 was a year of gimmick covers, big events and, of course, "The Walking Dead." John Mayo parses the big points in his year-end analysis.
"Walking Dead" #115 and "Justice League of America" #1 led the way in 2013, each selling over 326K, while Marvel took 498 of the top 1000 slots.
John Mayo looks at December's sales numbers, including the effectiveness of Marvel's .1 numbering in appealing to casual readers.
Marvel grew its lead over DC in December, taking control of over 35% of the direct market while IDW and Image remained strong.
John Mayo looks at November 2013 sales data, wondering if event sales are slowing down and comparing Marvel NOW! with the New 52.
Marvel and DC split the Top Ten sales positions in November, though both companies' total dollar share dropped to under 30%.
John Mayo looks at "The Walking Dead's" October domination, the return of the Joker's Daughter one-shot for a second month and "Battle of the Atom."
Variants and a highly publicized 10th Anniversary storyline send "Walking Dead" over 310K in sales while four more titles broke the 100K line.
DC Comics "won" the battle for dominance of the Direct Market in September thanks to the Villains Month 3D gimmick covers, but how is the New 52 performing overall? John Mayo breaks it down for CBR.
While "Infinity" topped August's sales charts easily, John Mayo looks at what makes a comic book event series and explains why Marvel's latest doesn't quite fit the traditional definition.
Sales in August were down overall, but Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung's "Infinity" led Marvel to the #1 position with over 250K issues ordered as "Superman Unchained," "Batman" and "Justice League" all topped 100k.
John Mayo returns for an analysis of the July, 2013 sales numbers, explaining the sales effect of "Age of Ultron's" conclusion, "Trinity War's" lead-in to Villains Month and the Ultimate line's sales struggle.
"Superman Unchained" topped the estimated sales charts for the second month running in July, 2013 with strong showings from "Justice League," "Superior Spider-Man," "Guardians of the Galaxy" & more.
John Mayo looks at the June, 2013 sales numbers, finding strength in DC's new series and "Batman," some concern for "Avengers AI," continuing "Walking Dead" dominance and Valiant maintains a strong presence.
Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's "Superman Unchained" soared to the top of the sales charts in June, Marvel was the overall top publisher and "The Walking Dead" once again ruled the trade paperback chart.
John Mayo returns with a look at the sales data for May, 2013, explaining why sales estimates can and should differ from the numbers on royalty statements. Plus, a quick look at IDW's equine success story.
Marvel retook the top slot in May, with Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel's "X-Men" exploding into stores with more than 175K in sales, while "Adventure Time," "Saga" and "Walking Dead" led the graphic novel charts.
DC topped the charts with "Batman" #19, and Marvel's "Thanos Rising" debuted strong, but the big news is Image Comics placing two titles in the Top Ten with "Jupiter's Legacy" #1 topping 105K in sales.
John Mayo looks at Image Comics' expanded presence in the Top 50 and analyzes the level of success DC experienced with its initially-branded "WTF Certified" gatefold cover promotion.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 and its multiple variants helped propel Marvel to taking 46% of the March comics market while DC saw "Justice League of America" #2 drop as expected, though it still sold a strong 92K copies.
Marvel's latest "Guardians of the Galaxy" series debuted at the top of the sales charts while "Wolverine," and "Age of Ultron" also fared well with "Batman" and Justice League titles topping DC's sales.
John Mayo analyzes the performance of "Justice League of America" #1 from an historical perspective, explains why "Vibe" could have benefited from more aggressive promotion and looks at "Hellblazer's" final years.
DC Comics' "Justice League of America" #1 broke the 300K mark and Marvel's "Uncanny X-Men" relaunch performed strongly as well, "Vibe" didn't shake up the charts and Alan Moore topped the TPB list.
John Mayo looks at January's sales numbers, analyzing "Superior Spider-Man's" debut numbers and the overall Marvel NOW! performance while looking ahead to the challenge the Green Lantern franchise faces.
Marvel's "Superior Spider-Man" debuted to strong sales in January, outpacing the penultimate chapter of "Death of the Family" in Batman" #16 while the latest collections of "Fables" and "Saga" top the trades list.
John Mayo looks back on 2012's sales numbers, comparing the continuing strength of DC's New 52 top titles with Marvel's AvX and Marvel NOW! initiative, the across the board growth in the industry and more.
John Mayo returns with complete charts for the top 500 selling comics and trades through Diamond Comics for 2012, a year which saw "The Walking Dead" take the top spot on both charts.
John Mayo drills past the dominance of Marvel NOW! and Batman in the top ten December-releasing titles, looking at "Hawkeye" bucking traditional sales trends, Valiant's performance and more.
"Amazing Spider-Man" goes out with a bang as the title's final issue tops the December sales charts while the Marvel NOW! initiative, Batman's "Death of the Family" and Justice League round out the top ten.
John Mayo returns with his analysis of November's Marvel NOW! sales numbers, plus a look at DC Comics' New 52 performance from its 2011 launch through the latter portion of 2012.