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Comic Book Sales Figures for March 2016

Batman #50 Greg Capullo

Batman #50 Greg Capullo

Comic Book Sales Figures for March 2016

This month’s top 300 list Batman is back on top and I’m sure he’s happy to be there.  Batman’s total estimated sales figures are near 160K+ with none other than the first issue of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 from Boom Studios.  I’m not sure who is reading power rangers comics but judging from the near 120K estimated print count I’d say it’s more than just little kids.  To think I didn’t know adults actually liked that show or are the comics more adult oriented where as the cheesy ass show was more for the kids?  Comment below if you have some details because I’m a little curious.  As always Marvel still has a commanding presence in the top 10 with 3 of them being Star Wars related comics, the norm these days.  Now that we know Darth Vader will be ending at #25 I’m wondering what from Marvel will fill the void of the series.  I was rather disappointed when I heard the news since that is by far one of the better written series churning out of marvel these days.  Spider-Man had one and Deadpool surprising enough made it in the top 10 at over 70K estimated print count.  Any ways, there’s my brief update for March as I’m running late with this one.

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 5/11/2016

Back again for another week of the top 10 and boy were there slim pickings for covers that truly stood out among the rest.  So as I struggled to find those few rough diamonds in a rather large quarry of cheap stone I thought man, it sure is sunny today.  So with that we start off with an incentive cover by Matt Kindt centered around a new character that I’m now familiar with in the Valiant Entertainment event to rival Marvel Civil War and DC’s Rebirth!  What was disappointing with 4001 A.D. and this new X-O armor was that the X-O armor war this object came from was so easily defeated by New Japan’s Father.  It had been created from the original armor or at least a similar version to Eric’s armor.  Still, each one that was built was easily defeated in the time-frame of a short thought, disappointing indeed.  Love seeing rough interpretations of what spews forth from an artists mind, especially one such as Matt’s.  Next we have a *cough-cough* Archie cover, damn I hate Archie but I do love Anton’s view of the character, sly but cool enough for anyone; well, anyone but me.  Next cover speaks crazy talk to me, what about you?  I think Kevin Eastman’s final variant cover for the DC/IDW Publishing joint venture was rough but still cool.  I actually liked seeing Robin in this cover for some reason but on a more serious note, check out how busy this cover really is, it’s amazing he got everyone on it.  I’m not gonna type the next title since it’s just too damn long but the shading was done nicely and well the eyes looked as they should…haunting.

Jackpot by Marco Failla did in fact hit the jack pot in simplicity.  It does what most covers usually can’t and with very little effort.  The shade of purple, the eyes and flower that pop out of the cover.  You really can’t skip over this one without a double-take.   I was on the fence with our next cover Ninth Wave by Gary Brown.  It kind of shows how an artist can use just his pencil and lines to create a cover that blends well with both landscape and characters.  Now let’s dive into a puddle of fun and splash about with Pinkie Pie, by far one of the most entertaining and most difficult pony to predict future actions.  Sara Richard’s is an amazing artist and her pastel-cutsified pony interpretations are always a welcomed addition to the day; party time indeed!  Yasmine Putri created a fascinating portrait style cover of Spider-Woman, clean and tasteful.  Lastly we come to a cover where we see Michelangelo reaching for the pizza box that most likely will get away.  The playful cover by Paolo Villanelli was done well keeping the turtle’s arms length realistically proportioned to his body.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • 4001 AD X-O Manowar #1 Incentive Matt Kindt Character Design Variant
  • Archie Vol 2 #8 Variant Anton Emdin
  • Badger Vol 4 #4 Incentive Bill Reinhold Variant
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 Incentive Kevin Eastman Variant
  • Dark Tower Drawing Of The Three Bitter Medicine #2 Jonathan Marks
  • Jackpot #2 Marco Failla
  • Massive Ninth Wave #6 Gary Brown
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #42 Variant Sara Richard Subscription
  • Silk Vol 2 #8 Regular Yasmine Putri
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #58 Incentive Paolo Villanelli Variant

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Comic Book Sales Figures for February 2016

Comic Book Sales Figures for February 2016

This month’s top 300 list has something different about it.  Yes something very different indeed.  Can you see the difference with this list from past 300 lists?  Yes, DC Comics steals the top numeral-uno spot!  Not only that but also it has another kind of non-Batman related title in the top 10 mix with Justice League with almost 80,000 in printing.  Can this be because of the release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice?  Well, if that movie had anything to do with it then I bet it’s gonna most likely do a 180 after the crappy reviews the movie has been receiving.  And to think I was truly excited to see this move that never did it occur to me that Zach Snyder would create a movie with no subsequent character development nor a plot that everyone could grasp on too and run with.  What a shame DC Comics and Warner Brothers, what … a … shame…

So with that little rant I suppose I should actually get to this months statistics.  So Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 took the top spot with a total print count near 150,000.  Andy Kubert is the artist of the regular cover shown in the post.  Batman #49 took the 3rd spot with Justice League rounding out the last spot in the top 10.  The rest of the 7 spots were all taken by Marvel with the usual series like Star Wars and the Amazing Spider-man with more Deadpool than usual, potentially from the increased interest of the character after it’s very successful rated R movie release with Ryan Reynolds.  I loved it and if you haven’t seen it go, drop everything and go!

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/23/2016

Happy Easter!

Starting off this weeks top 10 list is a rather unique and yes very rare comic from Valiant Entertainment.  This variant, created for the new Archer & Armstrong series that was just released is the brainchild of David Lafuente’s and was commissioned for the C2E2 Valiant Entertainment Beer Party.  I heard this one was kept at a 200 total print count.  It also could only be obtained by individuals attending the party.  If you where one of the lucky few that got their dirty little paws on it then poo-poo you!  However there’s still a chance to own this variant if purchased in the secondary market thriving on eBay.  But be quick about it, there won’t be many available and many have already sold.  Next up we have a classic Batman cover from Greg Capullo.  I love how he can draw an ominous shadowy figure dubbed Batman.  Next we have a cover from Ryan Bodenheim of Bloodshot in a rather degenerative state with an almost zombified appearance.  With a visual seemingly in mid disintegration the immense detail in the artwork far surpasses most covers this week.  Our next awkwardly cute cover was drawn by Michael Del  Mundo of Carnage and a little girl, the harmonizing yin-yang of the two have a comical aptitude that truly works in so many ways and yet still tugs at my heart string.  Another artist that frequents the list is none other than Amanda Conner and whether she’s drawing for DC Comics or IDW Publishing she always knows how to bring that happy-go-lucky feeling to any scene.  This week she has a variant cover for Harley Quinn, a series she’s heavily involved with.  There’s just so much fun and yes random objects flying everywhere that you have to ask yourself, how could that not just bring a slight smile to your face?

A new series out now called the Shadow Glass with cover done by Aly Fell caught my eye because of how the young beauties face was constructed, soft and calming with detail extruding out everywhere from her hair to her cape and clothing.  With an apparent crossover of sorts between the Teen Titans and Wonder Woman it seems that Phil Jimenez was given the chance for his Wonder Woman interpretation   He brings the Amazonian superhero to life with big curly black hair and a physique that I believe looks more realistic and somewhat stunning when compared to David Finch’s version.  Next up we have a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain gracing the series and Mateus Santolouco draws that villain Leatherhead in such a way foreshadowing the impending doom that most likely will catch our heroes off guard.  Oh my, oh my indeed, Meghan Hetrick drew a badass fighting machine of the green kind.  Her She-Hulk was by far one of the better interpretations of the female’s physique.  Finally, we have a cover that caught my eye mostly from the sheer brightness instilled in the color scheme.  I’m talking X-O Manowar #45 cover by Jeff Dekal and the pastel blur imagery containing our two main characters in mid fight.  Yes, that’s Ninjak in the back flying through the air.  What I love about the cover is the unique style of coloring applied to it.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Archer & Armstrong David Lafuente American Pale Ale C2E2 Party Variant
  • Batman Vol 2 #50 Regular Greg Capullo
  • Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016 #1 Variant Ryan Bodenheim
  • Carnage Vol 2 #6 Regular Michael Del Mundo
  • Harley Quinn Vol 2 #26 Incentive Amanda Conner Variant
  • Shadow Glass #1 Aly Fell
  • Teen Titans Vol 5 #18 Variant Phil Jimenez Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #56 Regular Mateus Santolouco
  • The Totally Awesome Hulk #4 Women of Power Variant Meghan Hetrick
  • X-O Manowar Vol 3 #45 Incentive Jeff Dekal Variant

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/9/2016

There are some times when an artist simply out does themselves and this week Greg Ruth did just that for the Alabaster The Good The Bad And The Bird #4 cover.  I mean looking at it captures an emotional reaction of shear awe over the delicately drawn women embracing.  Next Tula Lotay made the list again for Amazing Spider-Man and for good reason, the woman pictured is beautifully drawn to proportion.  Not sure if these weeks theme is upside down women but hey I guess I’ll just go with it.  Next we have a cover by Hannah Christenson for Baker Street Peculiars #1.  I really like the overall shading done by the colorist.  Another well known artist is Kevin Eastman and his cover with Batman and the Turtles.  It looks a bit rough but still enjoy seeing the classic look of the Turtles and that damned pointy cape Batman has been sporting.  Another Batman cover by Tyler Kirkham I thought was pretty ingeniously done.  I love the outline of the bat signal lined in human bones.  It really brings out the severity that Batman must be in for the series.

A new Ninjak is out this week and Ryan Lee really took is job seriously and created a cover breaking the norm of most covers done this week.  Love the foreshadowing of things to come as Ninjak and well, sidekick Punk head into the unknown.  To be honest I’m following the series but just started so I’m way behind.  Damien Worm created a fabulously haunting cover for October Faction.  So David Mack has created some amazing pieces for a variety of properties in the past couple years and I simply gawk over each one.  This week he outdoes himself with Samurai for Titan Comics.  Looking at it makes me wonder, was this his first try or was this done after many renditions.  Does he look at it and go yeah that’s great but what if I do this?  Next up is none other than Emanuela Lupacchino for Spider-Gwen and oh my one day I’m going to meet her in person but until then I’ll just have to, now what did I say, gawk over her drawing as well.  She seems to draw such amazingly perfect lines creating near perfect figures.  Finally we have a variant cover for Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #50 by Mike Choi.  Looking at it I wonder why we haven’t seen more from this artist as he brings a little brawn to Megatron.  Slim yet buff, Megatron looks like the impenetrable force that should be.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Alabaster The Good The Bad And The Bird #4 Greg Ruth
  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #9 Variant Tula Lotay Women Of Power
  • Baker Street Peculiars #1 Incentive Hannah Christenson Virgin Variant
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 Incentive Kevin Eastman Variant
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #50 Regular Tyler Kirkham
  • Ninjak Vol 3 #13 Incentive Ryan Lee Variant
  • October Faction #14 Variant Damien Worm Subscription
  • Samurai (Titan Comics) #1 Variant David Mack Subscription
  • Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #6 Variant Emanuela Lupacchino Women Of Power
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #50 Variant Mike Choi Cover

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/2/2016

This week we have a relative newcomer to the list and that is artist Jay Fosgitt with his Party variant for Avengers Standoff Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha.  I love his 50’s style take on the characters.  Very refreshing from the normal design and toddler sized characters (…sorry Skottie Young!).  Next we have a cover that showcases some gritty go get ’em for Batman And Robin Eternal #22 regular cover by Carlo Pagulayan.  Oh next is one of my favorite artist of mine Tula Lotay drawing Black Widow, love the hair.  I found Charmed Season 10 #17 by Elisa Feliz to be clean and well textured.  Every line seems to have a purpose created a clean and concise drawing where then colors with a bit of shading only adds to the beauty of this cover. Next up is a rather expensive cover by Jim Lee for Dark Knight III The Master Race #3.  This cover costs around half a grand so if you are in the market head on over to Midtown Comics where they still have and most likely will continue to have for quite some time at this price of $650, discounted by 15% for a total of $552.50.  I like the gun but that’s a lot of money.

Scott Koblish has been doing this Secret Comic variant series now since the new Deadpool volume 5 came out.  I honestly haven’t been following the mini comic that graces this special variant cover as I’ve been purchasing the regular covers.  However this one caught my eye from the 2 mini comics pics shown from past comics of old that later Deadpool variants were done just over a year ago.  He has taken those covers and expanded them into the story line of this mini comic series.  I thought it was pretty cool and might get me thinking about finding and reading the images.  Next up we have the Predator and David Palumbo captures the pure essence of this badass hunter.  Mike Norton gets into the tattooing industry with his detailed image, nice cover! Our next cover by J Scott Campbell goes totally patriotic with his Spider-Man variant rendition capturing the 75th Anniversary celebration of all things Captain America, oh including a flyby.  I mean you can’t get much more American than that!  Finally we have a freaking amazing variant cover by Steve “Kandoken” Mack for Street Fighter V depicting one of the badass leading lady characters Chun-li!

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Avengers Standoff Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1 Variant Jay Fosgitt Party Color
  • Batman And Robin Eternal #22 Carlo Pagulayan
  • Black Widow Vol 6 #1 Incentive Tula Lotay Variant
  • Charmed Season 10 #17 Elisa Feliz
  • Dark Knight III The Master Race #3 Incentive Jim Lee Variant
  • Deadpool Vol 5 #8 Variant Scott Koblish Secret Comic
  • Predator Life And Death #1 Regular David Palumbo
  • Revival #37 Mike Norton
  • Spider-Man Vol 2 #2 Incentive J Scott Campbell Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant
  • Street Fighter Unlimited #4 Incentive Kandoken Street Fighter V Game Variant

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Comic Book Sales Figures for January 2016

The Walking Dead #150 Regular Charlie Adlard & Dave Stewart

The Walking Dead #150 Regular Charlie Adlard & Dave Stewart

Comic Book Sales Figures for January 2016

With the start of the new year it looks like Image Comics has taken the top spot with their prized property The Walking Dead.  Although I have never gotten into this whole zombie craze seems like a lot of people have.  With the print count over 156,000 Image has done wonders with this property both in print and T.V.  The rest of the top 10 was filled in with mostly Marvel series and one, yes count it one DC Comics series that being of course, Batman…  DC’s next spot isn’t until #24 with yet another Batman series with those amazing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Marvel has been killing it and it seems like they are continuing that trend from last year.  I guess we’ll see what the new Batman vs. Superman movie does for the company and the news that they will yet again reboot their series sometime early Summer 2016.

Comic Book Sales Figures for December 2015

Secret Wars #8 Regular Alex Ross

Secret Wars #8 Regular Alex Ross

Comic Book Sales Figures for December 2015

Another month has closed and it looks like interest in the mega Secret Wars event from Marvel has picked up some steam and managed to take the top spot.  Star Wars has managed to obliterate the competition in the top 10 since their debut.  This month is no exception to the rule taking 4 of the coveted top 10 spots.  Although it’s been a poor year for DC they have seen a return to the Top 10 with a few Batman titles, including a team-up with the legendary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I wonder if IDW is getting anything thing from that publication.

Walking Dead is Image Comics top publication at the 26th spot of the list with their 150th issue.  Another winner for Image Comics has consecutively been Saga in at around 50,000 sold at the 41st spot.  However the best damn series out there right now is none other than Transformers and Transformers More Than Meets The Eye published by IDW Publishing.  Dammit people start reading the series as it has been the best damn run I have ever seen!

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/30/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not deserve a moment of your viewing time, so here we go!

Nothing like ending the year with a positive uplifting cover like Awake #3 by Brian Hess.  Makes you think that no matter how small or large your problems may be you can always overcome the odds if you stand them head on.  Another cover that looked pretty badass to end the year out was Batman & Robin Eternal cover by Fernando Pasarin.  What a beautifully drawn face and that dripping bat mask that she carries on her somewhat deadly stern face, a nice addition.  My favorite cover this week was a variant for Carnage #3 by Yasmine Putri.  Carnage has always been a freak of nature, creepy, deadly, a villain you never would want to find yourself in the same vicinity of and Yasmine captured that essence of Carnage in his cover.  Next we have small time press Avatar with a new series out called Code Pru and the movie poster variant by Raulo Caceres was simply amazing.  Nothing like a little Lost in Space to capture the imagination.

Now an amazing series with a stand out artist has been the Dark Horse run of Colder.  With the third installment out, Colder: Toss the Bones we again get to dive deeper into the sub-conscience of artist Juan Ferreyra as he undertakes a visual description with imaginative landscapes where the hungry nightmarish entities roam wild feeding off the crazy of our world.  With each crazy person comes a particular flavor, a vintage of sorts if comparing to something like wine.  Only Nimble Jack has the pallet to truly appreciate what he so hungers for and this arc is just as good, if not better than the past 2 arcs.  Next with Deadpool his very name is synonymous with both dead and a large pool of big fat freaking lies.  Dude died and now he’s got like 3 new series out!  I think he’s an avenger, volume 5 of Deadpool is full steam ahead and now he’s hanging with Cable I mean damn he’s been busy for a dead man.  Any ways, I wanted to point out Liefeld’s rather hilarious cover when compared to a real cover by Reilly Brown of the same series.  I know Liefeld inspired many artists of today but seriously, Cable looks like shit!  Francesco Francavilla gave us a more in depth inspiring cover with Dreaming Eagles while Jason Fabok gave us a very different take on Wonder Woman.  I’m not sure what is off for me, she looks amazing then after a few of just staring I realize she has some major hips happening.  Along with the black hair that seems to be just too high even if she was to angle her head downwards it still seems off.  Any ways, what I loved about her was the costume.  The angles and the pure shine of the metal with an amazing gauntlet attached to her right hand, that costume needs to always look just like that.  Finally we have Arcee with twin sabers, one in each hand…I’m a sucker for Arcee and weapons, need I say more?

So that’s this weeks top 10 most fascinating, eye catching, crazy looking comic book covers that I could find.  If you see any rare variants that you plan on searching for then good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Awake #3 Regular Brian Hess
  • Batman And Robin Eternal #13 Fernando Pasarin
  • Carnage Vol 2 #3 Incentive Yasmine Putri Variant
  • Code Pru #1 Movie Poster Raulo Caceres
  • Colder Toss The Bones #4 Juan Ferreyra
  • Deadpool And Cable Split Second #1 Incentive Rob Liefeld Variant
  • Deadpool And Cable Split Second #1 Regular Reilly Brown
  • Dreaming Eagles #1 Regular Francesco Francavilla
  • Justice League Vol 2 #47 Regular Jason Fabok
  • Transformers Sins Of The Wreckers #2 Variant Stephen Mooney Subscription

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*** So, do you agree with my choices?  Feel free to share your thoughts. ***

Comic Book Sales Figures for November 2015

Dark Knight III The Master Race #1 Regular Andy Kubert

Dark Knight III The Master Race #1 Regular Andy Kubert

Comic Book Sales Figures for November 2015

Oh here comes Batman to the rescue for poor DC Comics.  Yes, their flagship character took the #1 spot at around 440,000 copies sold.  As for the rest of the coveted top 10 for this month, Marvel is the winner taking each and every spot 2-10.  All I can say is Marvel is just killing it with titles relating to Star Wars, Deadpool, and X-Men related titles.  Yeah Deadpool was suppose to be dead but apparently Marvel couldn’t ignore the simple fact that Deadpool’s mouth sells issues, a lot of issues.  Now that the movie will be coming out soon and I’m taking my daughter to see the new Star Wars flick well it looks to be a very Merry Christmas indeed for the folks over at Marvel Entertainment.  Of course poor DC Comics will be getting a lot of coal in their stockings and quite possibly some pink slips if they can’t turn their sales nose dive around.  What are your thoughts?