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John Mayo digs into at December's sales numbers, which saw Marvel edging out DC Comics in total units sold, while DC topped Marvel in the top 300 titles. As John explains, naming a "winner" is a matter of perspective.
John Mayo analyzes the Direct Market sales estimates for November, from DC's third month as the #1 publisher to Jonathan Hickman's "FF" and "Fantastic Four" performance and more.
DC Comics' "Justice League" remains on top of the sales chart while Marvel increases it's position over October in both units and dollars, significantly closing the gap between it and DC.
John Mayo returns to look at October's Direct Market sales estimates in depth, analyzing DC's second month of sales dominance and what it means for the publisher and the industry as a whole.
DC Comics' "Justice League" #2 led the way for seven titles to crack the 100K mark in October, helping DC take 56% of the month's total unit sales.
John Mayo crunches the numbers and analyzes what September's big relaunch means for DC Comics, comparing it to their last universe-wide reboot, One Year Later.
Batman and Frank Miller top the September sales charts as DC Comics dominates the Top 100 and Legendary Comics' "Holy Terror" takes the top spot in the trade paperback rankings.
"Fear Itself" and "Spider-Island" continue to perform for Marvel while DC Comics took the top two sales positions in August with the final issue of "Flashpoint" and the debut of the New 52 with "Justice League" #1.
Marvel sees an influx of "Spider-Island" residents as "Amazing Spider-Man" #666 takes the title of Best Selling Comic in July with DC Comics' top performer, "Flashpoint" #3, landing at number four on the chart.
Death continues to be good for sales as "Death of Spider-Man drove "Ultimate Spider-Man" #160 to the top of the charts by a large margin, followed by "Fear Itself" #3 and "Flashpoint" #2.
John Mayo analyzes the May sales estimates, which saw numbers drop across the board despite Marvel and DC Comics' summer events being in full swing, and looks ahead to DC's September linewide relaunch.
The second issue of Marvel's summer event, "Fear Itself," topped May's direct market sales chart, with no titles cracking the 100K mark and DC Comics' "Flashpoint" #2 settling for a distant second place.
John Mayo takes an in-depth look at the Direct Market numbers for April, focusing in on the final issues of "Brightest Day," what it means for DC Comics moving forward, Marvel's CrossGen relaunch numbers and more.
Marvel's "Fear Itself" gets off to a strong start, topping the April sales charts with an estimated 148K copies while the latest volume of Vertigo's "Fables" easily dominates trade paperback sales.
John Mayo crunches the numbers for March 2011, focusing on event marketing, traditional performances by "The Walking Dead" and "Fantastic Four," IDW's Godzilla cover gimmick and more.
Overall sales rose for a second month in row, though still lagging behind March, 2010. Marvel's "FF" #1 easily topped the monthly charts and the third collection of Vertigo's "The Unwritten" led trade paperback sales.
With February 2011 proving to be another weak month for overall comic book sales, John Mayo returns with his in-depth analysis, tracking trends and data for specific titles across the Top 300 sales chart.
Overall, February sales numbers rebounded from January's lows, but the highest charting title, "Green Lantern," still set a record low for the number one selling title since Diamond first began releasing their data.
Despite "Fantastic Four" #587 hitting six figures, January's sales slip across the board. John Mayo looks at the data, from price increases to non-shipping titles, in an effort to discern the origins of the drops.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for January 2010 with Marvel's "Fantastic Four" #587 easily topping a weak month of monthly comic sales and "Jack of Fable" leading TPBs.
John Mayo breaks down direct market comic book and graphic novel sales trends for 2010, with "Avengers" #1 leading the pack of monthly comics and "The Walking Dead" vol. 1 easily topping the trade paperback charts.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for November 2010 with DC's "Batman: The Dark Knight" leading monthly series and the latest "Fables" collection topping the TPBs.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for November 2010 with DC's "Batman: The Return" easily topping the monthly charts and "The Walking Dead vol 13" leading the trades.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for October 2010 with Marvel's "Uncanny X-Force" handily topping the monthly charts and "Superman Earth One" dominating the trades.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for September 2010 with Marvel's "Wolverine" relaunch topping the monthly charts and "Old Man Logan" heading up the trades.
August had the fifth lowest number of total units sold for the top 300 comics since the start of the final order era with no comic selling over 100,000 units. John Mayo analyzes the data and offers his conclusions.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for August 2010 with DC's "Brightest Day" topping the monthly charts and "Scott Pilgrim" once again finding himself atop the trades rankings.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for July 2010 with "X-Men" #1 topping the monthly charts and "Scott Pilgrim" handily atop the trades rankings.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for June 2010 with "New Avengers" #1 and "Batman" #700 taking the first and second positions on the chart for Marvel and DC, respectively.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for May 2010 with "Avengers" #1 handily topping the charts for Marvel and the industry, with "Return of Bruce Wayne" #1 heading up DC's offerings.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for April 2010. "Brightest Day" and "New Avengers" topped the monthly sales chart while "Kick-Ass" easily led the trade paperback chart.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks for March 2010. "Blackest Night" and "Siege" topped the monthly sales charts for while "Kick-Ass" edged out "Buffy" to lead the trades.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks in February 2010. Sales are down overall from last month, with DC Comics in both the top comic and TPB spots with "Blackest Night" and "Fables."
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks in November, 2009. Sales are down overall from last month, with DC Comics in the top comic spot with "Blackest Night" and "Chew" leading the TPB charts.
Inside you'll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks in October, 2009. Sales are up from last month, with DC Comics in the top comic spot with "Blackest Night" and "Old Man Logan" leading the TPB charts.
CBR's John Mayo tracks the trend of April's sales, which saw impressive activity for "Buffy" and "Star Trek: Countdown," the benefits of a "Fables" crossover and a "Messiah War," plus analysis of the $3.99 price point.
CBR's John Mayo breaks down the particularly low sales numbers for March of 2009 -- books like "Marvel: Your Universe" and "The Mighty" seeing huge sales drops-- and shows you what a month of no event comics looks like.
Marvel once again dominated the sales figures in December 2008, with their highest dollar amount since 2003. Also, John discusses which titles are likely to be affected when Diamond's new cutoff levels kick in this year.
November 2008 was another month during which what comics didn’t come out were just as important as what comics did. And what's going on with trade paperback sales of Brian Wood's "DMZ?"
The absence of new issues of "Final Crisis," "Batman," "Justice League of America," "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" hit DC hard in September, and Marvel came out on top with "Secret Invasion" #6.