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"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."
Variants and a highly publicized 10th Anniversary storyline send "Walking Dead" over 310K in sales while four more titles broke the 100K line.
Robert Kirkman's zombie epic gives Image the best selling comic in October, while DC Comics and Marvel split Dollars and Units sold.
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.
"Forever Evil" and Villains Month were a potent combination in September, driving DC Comics to dominate the direct market, while Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's "East of West" ruled the graphic novel charts.
Despite the controversies surrounding DC Comics' Villains Month, the event, coupled with "Forever Evil" #1, drove the publisher to a commanding #1 position on September's sales charts.
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.
Marvel's "Infinity" event opens big in August, with the first issue landing in the #1 slot, while DC's "Superman Unchained" continues to sell strong and Rocket Raccoon lands high on the graphic novel sales chart.
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.
DC Comics edges out Marvel for the #1 position in dollars earned for July 2013 thanks to "Superman Unchained," "Batman" and the Trinity War, but the House of Ideas maintained its top slot for units moved.
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.
DC's "Superman Unchained" #1 and "Batman/Superman" #1 top the bestselling comics in June, while Image had a diverse representation in the top ten graphic novels and trade paperbacks.
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.
Marvel's "X-Men" debuted at #1, leading Marvel to another month as top publisher, while BOOM! Studios' "Adventure Time" OGN topped the sales charts in a May which saw an increase of 16% over last year.