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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.
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.
Marvel and DC Comics took eight of the top ten spots in Diamond's April, 2013 sales chart, but Image Comics' landed in #3 and #8 respectively with "Jupiter's Legacy" #1 and "The Walking Dead" #109.
"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.
The launches of "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Age of Ultron" and "Wolverine" led Marvel to the number on publisher slot in March while DC Comics' Batman and Justice League titles remained strong.
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.
DC Comics' "Justice League of America" #1 tops February charts while Marvel remains the number one publisher overall thanks in part to the debut of "Uncanny X-Men" and continuing strength of "Superior Spider-Man."
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.
"Superior Spider-Man" led Marvel Comics to its position as the top-selling publisher in the direct market for January, while DC Comics' Bat-books and "Justice League" continue to perform.
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.
DC execs Bob Wayne and John Cunningham look back over the year that was 2012 for sales of the New 52 and original graphic novels, teasing plans for "Superman" backlist and "Before Watchmen" collected editions in 2013.
"Amazing Spider-Man" #700 led Marvel to an easy #1 position on December's comic sales charts while "The Walking Dead" was joined by fellow Image titles "Chew," "Saga" and "Fatale" to dominate the graphic novel Top Ten.
Diamond Comics Distributors has released its lists of the top 500 bestselling comic book and graphic novels as "The Walking Dead" leading the pack for both lists with strong showings from Marvel and DC.
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.
Marvel Comics' new Marvel NOW! #1 issues dominated the single issue sales charts in November, while DC continued its spread over the top graphic novels and trade paperbacks for the month.
"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.