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Comix Experience Best Sellers Comics: The First Half of 2012

Brian Hibbs

Same thing, just looking at comics!

This list is actually pretty awesome, I think, and marks a distinct shift from the last New-52-centric chart

(as usual, “Quarter Books” “Generic Back Issue” and “Dollar comics” are the *actual* #1-3 items, but I think that confuses people)

Look at that AMAZING performance by SAGA!

 

1 SAGA #1
2 SAGA #2
3 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1 (OF 12)
4 PROPHET #21
5 SAGA #3
6 ACTION COMICS #5
7 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #2 (OF 12)
8 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 (OF 12)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #6
10 BATMAN #5
BATMAN #6
12 JUSTICE LEAGUE #5
13 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #3 (OF 12)
14 BATMAN #7
FATALE #1
PROPHET #22
17 ACTION COMICS #6
BATMAN #8
19 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #5 (OF 12)
20 ACTION COMICS #7
21 ACTION COMICS #9
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12)
23 ACTION COMICS #8
WALKING DEAD #94
WALKING DEAD #95
WALKING DEAD #97
27 JUSTICE LEAGUE #7
28 BATMAN #9
SAGA #4
30 FATALE #2
31 BATWOMAN #5
WALKING DEAD #93
34 BATMAN INCORPORATED #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #8
WALKING DEAD #96
36 ANIMAL MAN #5
37 BATMAN ANNUAL #1
DIAL H #1
39 ANIMAL MAN #6
EARTH 2 #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9
PROPHET #23
WONDER WOMAN #5
44 BATWOMAN #6
45 FATALE #3
46 ACTION COMICS #10
FATALE #4
48 BATWOMAN #7
DETECTIVE COMICS #5
DETECTIVE COMICS #6
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1
WALKING DEAD #98
53 AVX VS #1 (OF 6)
BATMAN #1
BATMAN #10
WONDER WOMAN #6
57 FAIREST #1
GREEN LANTERN #5
PROPHET #24
60 ADVENTURE TIME #1
ANIMAL MAN #7
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6 (OF 12)
WONDER WOMAN #7
64 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #5
WALKING DEAD #99
66 ADVENTURE TIME #2
ANIMAL MAN #8
AQUAMAN #5
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #5
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #7
PROPHET #25
WONDER WOMAN #9
73 DETECTIVE COMICS #7
EARTH 2 #2
75 BATMAN #4
BATWOMAN #8
SWAMP THING #5
WONDER WOMAN #8
79 BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #1 (OF 6)
FABLES #113
FABLES #114
FATALE #5
SECRET #1
84 BATGIRL #5
BATMAN AND ROBIN #5
BATWOMAN #9
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #6
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #8
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2
SWAMP THING #7
THIEF OF THIEVES #1
93 ANIMAL MAN #10
ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #1
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #8
DAREDEVIL #11 OMEGA
DIAL H #2
GLORY #23 CAMPBELL CVR
LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND #1 (OF 5)
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3
SUPERCROOKS #1
SWAMP THING #6
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #4 XREGG

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Responses to “ Comix Experience Best Sellers Comics: The First Half of 2012 ”

  1. hmm. With the exception of the Avengers Vs. X-Men books and the Justice League, I have all of the top 30 comics. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before.

  2. Wow, the bigger surprise to me– how do you figure Prophet’s that high? It’s a fun comic, but that is higher than I’d have guessed. Are you pushing it extra-hard or is it a big hit everywhere? Is it word of mouth after King City on Graham or did that character have a lot of fans come out of the wood works from, like, the Stephen Platt years? Or is just word of mouth or…? Did Image do something to promote it extra-hard that I missed? I’m not really sure what I’d chalk that up to, really. Is that a big hit comic?

    Or Avengers vs. X-Men– besides the main series and the Vs series… is there any spillover to the other books? Is that series helping sell the other Marvel books? The only other one I see on the list is Daredevil and Wolverine-Xmen way at the bottom.

  3. Jeff: I guess you need to start buying AvX and JL then, was that the received message? :)

    Abhay:

    Both SAGA and PROPHET are there because of hand-sells, all the way.

    AvX kind of *can* only impact “A” or “X” books — and they’re all up 10-15% on the crossover, but the base number is small enough you’re not going to see any real charting impact.

  4. Abhay:

    Hibbs’ results seem quite atypical on the Prophet front. My SLC-area shop only gets one copy: the one for me. Barely any other area shops even stock it, from what I can tell. A month or so ago I happened to be traveling for business in Detroit, had some time to kill, and wanted to see if I could grab some of the Prophet back issues I’d missed. I had to call about 4 shops before anyone had even heard of it.

    So Hibbs is probably the right guy with the right audience for that one.

    On the other hand, everyone seems to stock Saga and sells a few copies, even around here. Not sure why that is…

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  6. Wait, am I missing something, or are there literally no Marvel comics on here besides AvX? I mean… wow. I know yours is an unusual store, Brian, but… wow. Not even Amazing Spider-Man?

  7. AMAZING is a $4 more-than-monthly comic. That has split and divided the audience so much that we’re not even selling 20 copies issue-by-issue.

    (In the #650 range we were selling about 30, and sold 226 copies of #583; around the #540 range we were selling about 50 copies a month)

    #686 sold, nationally, about 58k copies — http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/23103.html — That places it at #25 for the month. If that’s the same for the preceding six months, then it should probably be just about the #150 best-selling comic in the same six month period — so we’re not THAT far from “the average store”… except that i sell a lot MORE of some things.

    [58k copies, among the 3000+ accounts Diamond claims to have, means the national average is 19.33-per-account, so yeah, I'm not THAT far off...]

    -B

  8. ASM just popped into my head because, frankly, it’s just so weird to see a list of top sellers at a comic book store and not see it on there. Of course, the same could be said for most every Marvel title! I realize that Comix Experience caters to a diverse clientele, and doesn’t just rely on the Big 2, but still… it’s like you exist in this alt-universe where Marvel is only publishing AvX. :)

    Anyway, your numbers just underline in my mind what bad shape Marvel is in right now, AvX notwithstanding. The price gouging and double shipping they’ve done to artificially inflate their monthly sales percentages have obviously had a drastic effect on their comics on a per-title basis. Moreover, since I assume you’re not one of the guys that orders enough copies of a title to qualify for a variant cover, which you then sell for an inflated price while dumping the regular comics at cost or less, I think things are even worse then the numbers indicate.

    Marvel basically cannot sell comics unless it’s an event or #1, which is why they’re going to this “Marvel Now” garbage and the endless relaunch. Their stunts have managed to hide it, but, as I said, I think your numbers are giving us a more accurate look at the state of Marvel Comics in 2012.

  9. I think that, yes, Marvel is in some pretty deep trouble generally, simply as seen through the prism of the sales charts (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/1850.html is the “master link” to the last 11 years of charts), and as you can see from the most recent chart, UNCANNY is their best ongoing seller, at only about 70k, and that’s INFLATED by the AvX crossover.

    I can’t see how rolling reboots is going to do more than 2-3 months worth of change in the charts — what Marvel needs is a true shake up. Say what you want about New52, but a book like DETECTIVE has moved, “permanently”, from like 40k to almost 100k. THAT is what Marvel needs to do.

    -B

  10. my local comic shop – very small, as a sideline to their used book business – indicated the other day that since they’ve been selling comics (7-8 years or so) they’ve gone from a consistent 30 or so copies of each issue to something like 4 or 5, so it’s not just Hibbs.

    Accountants somewhere are convincing Marvel that this is the right strategy, but actual comic readers and buyers are saying the exact opposite.

    I helped run a store by in the late 80s/early 90s, and I honestly can’t remember how many issues of the Spider-man books we sold back then, but we’d be over 20 copies a month of middle-of-the-pack books like Byrne’s Namor, so it had to be quite a few…

  11. More than that, Jim, I can vividly remember a time where there was no Marvel comic that was ordered, no matter how ineffably poor it was, that we would sell less than 10 copies of it.

    Now I sell less than 10 copies of most of the B-list books.

    But at least they now come out twice a month! (ugh)

    -B

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