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Marvel led October sales thanks to strong showings from the debut of Rick Remender and John Cassaday's "Uncanny Avengers" and the conclusion of "Avengers Vs. X-Men" while "The Walking Dead" #103 broke into the top ten.
Comics sales are up, graphic novel sales are down and ICv2's Milton Griepp explained why, digging into the specifics during his White Paper at the ICv2 Conference preceding New York Comic Con.
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.
Marvel's penultimate "AvX" chapter took the number one position, but DC Comics' zero month issues dominated the rest of September's Top ten slots, leading the publisher to overall sales dominance for the month.
While Marvel Comics' current event remained the chart topper for comic shops in September, "Avengers Vs. X-Men" was the only book in the top ten not linked to DC's New 52 #0 initiative as DC led overall sales for the month.
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.
Marvel's "Avengers Vs. X-Men" issues lead sales in August, while DC continues a strong market presence with "Batman," "Justice League" and "Before Watchmen."
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.
DC Comics' Bob Wayne and John Cunningham discuss July sales as "Before Watchmen" to "Batman: Earth One" perform strongly alongside "The Walking Dead's" major performance. Plus, an exclusive look at DC's top 20 digital titles.
DC Comics pulled ahead of Marvel in overall sales for July, but Image Comics' "The Walking Dead" #100 topped the monthly sales charts even as AvX continues to perform and DC ranked 6 of the top 10 best sellers.
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.
Marvel's "AvX" remains a huge seller in June for the publisher while continuing controversy around "Before Watchmen" doesn't hurt the minis' first issue sales with all four landing in the top ten.
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.
DC Comics Bob Wayne and John Cunningham stop by to unpack the digital and print sales ranking from March with an eye towards the future, revealing which titles are on the rise, how collections will fare come May and more.
Marvel lands three titles in March's Top Ten, taking the lead in units and dollars as well based on the strength of "Avengers Vs. X-Men" while DC's "Justice League" remains strong despite a lack of Jim Lee on art.
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
In the wake of a February print performance that again took the top ten, DC Comics' John Rood and Bob Wayne share their digital rankings, discussing the strength of the "Beyond" line and the reality of market share.
DC sweeps the top ten comics sold with "Justice League" #6 in first place while Marvel edges ahead in dollar and unit share for the month of February. UPDATED: The full Top 100 have been released.
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.
Diamond has released its sales information for January, 2012, and John Mayo has crunched the numbers, with DC Comics continuing its domination of the charts led by a top ten sweep.
While Marvel edged out DC Comics in dollar share, DC took every spot on Diamond Comic Distributors' Top Ten Comics list for January 2012, with "Justice League" and the Bat-titles leading the way.
John Mayo gets into specific details about 2011's sales numbers, analyzing trends, measuring the impact of DC Comics' September relaunch and highlighting issues facing the direct market in 2012.
John Mayo returns with complete charts for the top 1000 selling comics and trades through Diamond Comics for 2011, with DC ruling the top ten but Marvel leading the overall market.
Marvel was the number one publisher for 2011, but DC Comics' "Justice League" and Image's "Walking Dead" topped the sales charts for comics and trades, respectively.
Marvel took lead in number of comics sold and total dollar amount in December, edging out DC Comics for the final month of 2011, though DC maintained its hold on the top of the charts with eight of the top ten titles.
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.