Saturday, November 05, 2011

SALES PITCH: October 2011's Top 6 Comics

For the second month in a row, DC managed to lock Marvel completely out of the Top 6 and steal the position of 'Publisher #1'. With a whopping 20.68% unit share lead, all DC's 52 rebooted titles finished inside the Top 100, with Men of War bottom of the stack at #87.

THE TOP 6: 1) Justice League #2 2) Batman #2 3) Action Comics #2 4) Green Lantern #2 5) Flash #2 6) Detective Comics #6

Proving it's popularity is contagious, Penguin, Batman, The Huntress and The Shade also had mini-series' debut within the Top 100. The Diamond Comic Stats also show Marvel's top book was the relaunched Incredible Hulk (#7), while the biggest selling non-'Big Two' title went to Dark Horse, with Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Freefall #2 (#64). Image, was the third highest ranking publisher.

MY THOUGHTS: It makes me laugh when I think of all the likely non-comic fans who would hear the top three books in comics star Superman and Batman, and respond 'Ain't that how it's always been?'  

A massively positive event for comics, I ended up adding 21 of the DC 52 to my pull-list (only two of which are above). Based on the initial issues, I'll shortly sit down and cull the list back to a more manageable number, one mixed with my favourite titles from other publishers that will resemble 100% prime beef. As I'm pretty confident other folks will be making similar decisions soon, it will be interesting to see where these cut-backs leave DC's 52 results in the months ahead.

4 comments:

  1. Agreed, Dan!

    I'm going from 48 titles in September, 39 in October and will probably hold steady at about 20 hear on out.

    Top 5 : Aquaman, Justice League, OMAC, Demon Knights, & Batman.

    Joe Slab

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  2. Hey Joe - thanks for those great comments!

    Aquaman would definitely be in my top five as well, along with Stormwatch, Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing and Justice League - though that will probably change as soon as I hit send!

    Sigh - why does money have to be such a limited commodity!

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  3. Pensol12:28 pm

    Huh. DC besting the House of Ideas hasn't happened since half past forever. Maybe this reboot thing isn't such a monumental cluster-f#$k after all? I've been following Action & Wonder Woman and so far they've been interesting reads.

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  4. I know what you mean Pensol - DC had pretty much half the books sold that month - a few months ago that would've been a sign of the apocalypse.

    Now I guess we need to see what Marvel has in store if this keeps up...

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