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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.
November was a very good month for Marvel as the publisher's Marvel NOW! initiative had 8 of the top ten best-selling titles leading to overall sales domination while IDW's "My Little Pony" debuted at #15.
"Uncanny Avengers" #1 debuts with over 300K in sales, but can Marvel NOW! maintain a strong performance in the months ahead? John Mayo crunches the numbers on this and "The Walking Dead's" top 10 appearance.
John Mayo gives his monthly analysis of the industry sales numbers, looking at DC Comics' September sales victory and explaining the challenges Marvel faces as it rolls out its Marvel NOW! initiative.
John Mayo takes a look at August's numbers, predicts the sales bump for the Marvel NOW! relaunch and looks at "Before Watchmen" and the past year of DC's New 52.
Marvel's "Avengers Vs. X-Men" reestablished its position at the top of the sales charts for July, while DC's "Batman: Earth One" performed well as the bestselling graphic novel of August.
John Mayo looks at the sales numbers for "The Walking Dead" #100, explaining the discrepancies between his estimates and Image's reported sales while looking at the title's potential future performance. UPDATED with more info from Image.
"The Walking Dead" easily took the number one sales slot for July, while DC Comics placed first in overall units and dollars, while "Batman: Earth One" was the best selling graphic novel.
John Mayo is back with analysis for the industry's June 2012 sales numbers, which saw DC Comics' Before Watchmen series' open big while AvX continues strong, though its companion titles lag behind.
Marvel's AvX remained at the top of the sales charts for June, while DC's "Batman" and "Justice League" were joined in the top ten by every Before Watchmen debut, all topping preorder numbers of 100,000.
John Mayo goes in-depth with May's numbers, examining the halo-effect of "AvX" and "Night of the Owls," explaining why "Earth 2" sales numbers may climb even higher and looking at the "Walking Dead" sales phenomenon.
Marvel and DC continue to dominate the sales charts in May, with "AvX," "Batman" and related tie-ins and crossovers filling seven of the top ten slots while Johns and Lee's "Justice League" hardcover tops the trades.
Image Comics rises to the top of the trades list based on the strength of "The Walking Dead" while Marvel rides AvX to sales dominance even as DC's New 52 sales are leveling off nicely.
For the second month in a row, Marvel's AvX takes the top spot on the sales chart, AVX: VS debuts in the Top Ten and "Batman" overtakes "Justice League" as DC Comics' top seller.
John Mayo looks at Marvel's AvX sales numbers, but reminds readers that there were other impressive debuts in March, specifically pointing to Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' new Image series, "Saga."
Marvel shoots back to the top of the sales charts in March with "AvX" owning the top two spots and "Avengers Assemble" landing at #5 with the remainder of the top ten spots filled by DC's big guns.
John Mayo crunches the numbers for February 2012 comics sales, finding good news for DC's New 52 relaunch and "The Walking Dead" and discusses what domination of the top ten could mean for the rest of the industry.
Diamond has released its sales information for February, 2012, and John Mayo has crunched the numbers to find DC sweeping the Top Ten once again while Marvel leads in total dollars and sales
John Mayo drills down into DC Comics' sales numbers over the first five months of the New 52, analyzes Marvel's diminished sales and looks at the significance of DC sweeping the top ten spots.