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Robert Kirkman's zombie epic lifts Image Comics' direct market share in October, while Marvel's new goddess of thunder launches big.
"The Walking Dead" #132 topped the bestsellers in October, but Marvel took back the top publisher spot with "Death of Wolverine" leading the way.
Marvel's farewell to Logan opened with over a quarter-million in sales, while DC's 3D covers once again ruled September overall.
DC Comics' month-long event propelled the publisher to the #1 spot overall, but Marvel's Death of Wolverine stood atop the Top Ten in September 2014.
The "Futures End" event and deluxe "Death of the Family" book & mask set helped push the publisher to the top.
After being displaced by "Rocket Raccoon" last month, DC's "Batman" climbed back into pole position with "Amazing Spider-Man" right behind.
August's sales charts saw "Batman" soar to the top, followed closely by "Amazing Spider-Man," "Original Sin" and "The Multiversity."
"Grayson" opens strong, "Original Sin" numbering tricks muddy the sales waters, and how might the Loot Crate sales data affect comic shop orders?
Marvel's furriest superstar muscled his way to the top of July's sales charts, with his teammate, "Legendary Star-Lord," also landing in the Top Ten.
Marvel climbed to the top of July's direct market sales, with "Rocket Raccoon" #1 leading the way, while Image dominates the trade paperback charts.
In June, DC Comics' "Harley Quinn" sales exploded, while Marvel's "Original Sin" event exhibited signs of weakness.
A number of DC Comics title saw strong increases in June, while "Walking Dead," "Amazing Spider-Man" showed their staying power.
"Harley Quinn" #7 was DC Comics' second-highest selling title in June 2014, while Marvel retains its overall position as the #1 publisher.
John Mayo returns with a look at DC Comics quietly holding the line at $2.99 - for the most pert - and the rise of "Walking Dead" into a Top Ten title.
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.
Marvel's latest event series opens strong, Spider-Man's relaunch maintains momentum and "Walking Dead" shambles back up the charts in May.
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.
Marvel's Amazing and Superior Spider-Men dominated April 2014 sales, while "Batman Eternal" launched strong and Image controls the TPB charts.
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.
DC takes 4 of the top ten spots, but Marvel remains the overall sales leader even while Image accounts for over 11% of the Direct Market.
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.
For the second month in a row, two DC titles topped Diamond's single-issue chart, with Marvel once again leading dollar and unit share.
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.
"Batman," "Detective" lead the charts, "Harley Quinn" remains in the Top 10 and Image accounts for over 10% of all comics sold in January.
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.
For the second year in a row, "The Walking Dead" had the industry's bestselling single issue, as "Saga" was the bestselling collection.
Marvel rides "Origin II" #1 to the top sales position overall in December, but "Harley Quinn" helps DC dominate the Top Ten.
Diamond has released its top ten selling comics and graphic novels for 2013, with "Walking Dead" and "Saga" taking both #1 positions.
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%.
"Batman" and "Harley Quinn" took the #1 and 2 slots on November's sales charts, even as Marvel remained the #1 publisher overall.
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."