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Comix Experience Best Sellers: Comics, first half of 2011

Brian Hibbs

I’m looking at my half-year performance, so you can too!

Actually, before I get into the comics, let’s do the big overview. First: sales down for the half by 2.1%, versus same period in 2010. *sad face*

As is pretty usual, if I kept cheap stuff in the charts, it would totally dominate. Here’s the Top Ten in Pieces, including Everything:

1 Quarter Book – Single
2 Dollar Book
3 Sale Book
4 Back Issue
5 FEAR ITSELF #1 (OF 7)
6 BATMAN INCORPORATED #3
7 BATMAN INCORPORATED #4
8 Starter Set
9 BATMAN INCORPORATED #6
10 BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #40 LAST GLEAMING PT 5 (OF 5)

Dang, look how all of the cheapies outsell everything else!

 

So, let’s remove those cheapies from consideration, and ONLY look at comics right now. Here’s the Top 100 in units sold:

1 FEAR ITSELF #1 (OF 7)
2 BATMAN INCORPORATED #3
3 BATMAN INCORPORATED #4
4 BATMAN INCORPORATED #6
5 BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #40 LAST GLEAMING PT 5 (OF 5)
FEAR ITSELF #2 (OF 7)
FLASHPOINT #1
8 XOMBI #1
9 BATMAN INCORPORATED #5
10 FF #1
KICK-ASS 2 #2
WALKING DEAD #82
WALKING DEAD #83
WALKING DEAD #85
15 FEAR ITSELF #3 (OF 7)
16 FANTASTIC FOUR #587
17 WALKING DEAD #80
18 WALKING DEAD #81
WALKING DEAD #84
20 BATMAN AND ROBIN #19
CRIMINAL LAST OF INNOCENT #1 (OF 4)
22 BATMAN INCORPORATED #2
GREEN LANTERN #64
24 ASTONISHING X-MEN #36
BRIGHTEST DAY #20
BRIGHTEST DAY #21
INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #4
28 BATMAN AND ROBIN #20
BRIGHTEST DAY #19
BRIGHTEST DAY #24
FF #2
FLASHPOINT #2
HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #2 (OF 2)
INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #3
XOMBI #2
36 FABLES #101
FABLES #102
UNCANNY X-MEN #534 POINT ONE
39 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #2
BRIGHTEST DAY #17
BRIGHTEST DAY #18
BRIGHTEST DAY #22
BRIGHTEST DAY #23
FABLES #103
FF #3
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #1
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #500
JOE THE BARBARIAN #8 (OF 8)
UNCANNY X-MEN #533
50 AVENGERS #10
AVENGERS #11
BATMAN AND ROBIN #22
BPRD HELL ON EARTH GODS #1 (OF 3)
FANTASTIC FOUR #588 THREE
FF #4
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #2
GREEN LANTERN #63
SCARLET #4
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 DOSM
60 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #4 (OF 4)
AVENGERS #9
FABLES #104
UNCANNY X-MEN #534
64 AVENGERS #12
FEAR ITSELF BOOK OF THE SKULL #1
NEW AVENGERS #9
SCARLET #5
SECRET AVENGERS #10
SECRET AVENGERS #9
UNCANNY X-MEN #532
WITCHFINDER LOST & GONE FOREVER #1 (OF 5)
XOMBI #3
73 AVENGERS #12 POINT ONE
BATMAN #706
BATMAN AND ROBIN #21
CAPTAIN AMERICA #615
HELLBOY BEING HUMAN ONE SHOT
HELLBOY BUSTER OAKLEY GETS HIS WISH
NEW AVENGERS #8
UNCANNY X-MEN #535
UNCANNY X-MEN #536
82 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #656 BIG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #657 BIG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #658 BIG
BATMAN #707
BOYS #51
BOYS #52
BPRD HELL ON EARTH GODS #2 (OF 3)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #615 POINT ONE
DETECTIVE COMICS #873
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #3
GREEN LANTERN #62
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #501
SUPERIOR #4 (OF 6)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #659 BIG
97 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1
BOYS #50
BOYS #53
CAPTAIN AMERICA #614
FABLES #105
INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #2
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #503 FEAR
UNWRITTEN #21
UNWRITTEN #23

 

And, here’s the Top 100, in dollars sold (close, but not the same):

1 FEAR ITSELF #1 (OF 7)
2 FLASHPOINT #1
3 FEAR ITSELF #2 (OF 7)
4 FF #1
5 BRIGHTEST DAY #24
6 FEAR ITSELF #3 (OF 7)
7 BATMAN INCORPORATED #4
8 BATMAN INCORPORATED #6
9 FANTASTIC FOUR #587
10 BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #40 LAST GLEAMING PT 5 (OF 5)
11 BATMAN INCORPORATED #3
12 ACTION COMICS #900
13 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #1 PAUL CHADWICK CVR
14 BATMAN INCORPORATED #2
15 XOMBI #1
16 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #500
17 BATMAN INCORPORATED #5
18 FLASHPOINT #2
19 ASTONISHING X-MEN #36
20 STRANGE ADVENTURES #1
21 KICK-ASS 2 #2
22 CRIMINAL LAST OF INNOCENT #1 (OF 4)
23 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #1
24 WALKING DEAD #83
25 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #2
26 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 DOSM
27 JOE THE BARBARIAN #8 (OF 8)
28 CAPTAIN AMERICA #616
29 FANTASTIC FOUR #588 THREE
30 WALKING DEAD #85
31 SCARLET #4
32 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #4 (OF 4)
AVENGERS #9
34 WALKING DEAD #82
35 INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #3
36 WALKING DEAD #80
37 FEAR ITSELF BOOK OF THE SKULL #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #532
39 SCARLET #5
40 WALKING DEAD #81
WALKING DEAD #84
42 UNCANNY X-MEN #534
UNCANNY X-MEN #535
44 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ANNUAL #1
45 AVENGERS #10
UNCANNY X-MEN #536
47 GREEN LANTERN #64
48 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #3
49 BPRD HELL ON EARTH GODS #1 (OF 3)
50 AVENGERS #12
51 BOYS #52
UNCANNY X-MEN #533
53 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1
54 CAPTAIN AMERICA #615
55 INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #4
56 BRIGHTEST DAY #21
57 BOYS #51
BOYS #53
59 HATE ANNUAL #9
60 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #501
61 SECRET AVENGERS #10
62 BRIGHTEST DAY #20
63 CAPTAIN AMERICA #614
64 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #659 BIG
BOYS #50
BOYS #54
67 HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #2 (OF 2)
68 SECRET AVENGERS #9
69 FABLES #101
FABLES #102
71 UNCANNY X-MEN #534 POINT ONE
72 FF #2
XOMBI #2
74 HELLBOY BUSTER OAKLEY GETS HIS WISH
75 BATMAN AND ROBIN #20
76 HELLBOY BEING HUMAN ONE SHOT
77 AVENGERS #13 FEAR
MOON KNIGHT #1
79 BATMAN AND ROBIN #19
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #2
BRIGHTEST DAY #19
BRIGHTEST DAY #22
BRIGHTEST DAY #23
FABLES #103
85 UNCANNY X-MEN #537
86 BPRD HELL ON EARTH GODS #2 (OF 3)
87 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #653 BIG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #655 BIG
89 FF #3
90 BRIGHTEST DAY #17
BRIGHTEST DAY #18
92 ASTONISHING X-MEN #37
AVENGERS #11
BOYS #55
95 GREEN LANTERN #63
96 FF #4
97 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #652 BIG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654 BIG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #656 BIG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #658 BIG

 

Overall, I’d say it’s been an ugly-ish six months for periodical comics. Anything interesting stand out for you?

 

-B

7 Responses to “ Comix Experience Best Sellers: Comics, first half of 2011 ”

  1. Is it that your store works to push the different/better stuff or do you just have a solid clientele that likes a bit of other stuff with their spandex?

    Excellent list and nice to see the cream rising.

  2. What happened to Batman Inc #5, such that sales go 3, 4, 6, [...] 5?

  3. Ryan: Bit of both, really. XOMBI #1 at #8 is a result of pushing, for example.

    Reboot: Dunno for sure — #5 just sold less (by something like 10%) than the others. Doesn’t make sense to me, either, and there’s no other exterior reason (like getting allocated or something) that I can see from looking at the record. People didn’t like the cover, maybe?

    -B

  4. The popularity of Batman Inc seems weirdly at odds with how DC handled that idea with the relaunch.

    They said that books that were working would be mostly unaltered, and yet they arnt relaunching that book, they’re putting Dick back in the Nightwing role, taking Barbara out of the Oracle role (my understanding was that Oracle was going to play some part in that series) and making Catwoman a villain again (she was helping Bruce out in early issues of Inc).

    I kind of understand that moves as far as trying to make the Batman franchise accessible, but if thats the case why didn’t they reverse it all the way back to Dick as Robin?

    It seems they’ve hit this weird middle ground of derailing their most successful book (by your numbers) while also keeping all the convoluted aspects of the property.

  5. Ryan: From personal experience, I can tell you that Brian and his staff does a great job of recommending books. I’ve only visited his store once, last November. I don’t get much opportunity to read comics anymore, so I wasn’t expecting to purchase much – if anything. I visited the store more out of curiosity, since I’ve been reading Brian’s column and blog for years. With my wife’s blessing, I ended up buying approximately $200 of merchandise, many of which I hadn’t even heard of before.

    Since I don’t have much chance to read comics, I’m actually still working my way through that pile. At the rate I’m going, I’ll probably be done by November. Perhaps, I’ll make another trip and spend another $200. :)

  6. Yay for Xombi-flogging. That’s some good comics right there. Buffy seems to sell ludicrously well in your store too.

  7. You like Batman more than Spider-Man?

    And Image stuff not by Kirkman just hangs around?

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