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#Comic Book Sales Figures – 2017.08

Comichron.com Sales Figures Analysis for August 2017

Dark Nights: Metal #1

Well it’s been quite a while since I blogged about stats on comic sales yet again.  As you can see with these past month numbers DC has taken the top 3 spots overtaking Marvel’s many Secret Empire and Star Wars series.  The resulting takeover has pushed Image’s Walking Dead series just outside the top 10 taking the 11th spot.  So Dark Nights: Metal #1 took the top spot with 261,997 estimated units with Batman #28 and #39 taking in around 100K each.  That’s not too bad for DC as they seem to be struggling at times at remaining on top.

What’s really sad is the fact that a lot of the series in the top 10 seem to be part of some major event.  I’ve heard a lot of grumblings in the community from blog sources where comic ordering has dropped near 20% from previous months.  Checking the numbers here show a 30% drop in comic sales from the same month last year.  This is concerning but should I be worried?  I mean really, I haven’t seen a damn thing on the relation between digital sales and print sales.  As more and more apps come out offering more digital content, who is to say the industry is actually in a decline…I mean, are they?  If they were, why would they be dumping so much content out there?  I realize the heart of the movie industry depends upon the content created by the comic industry.  I just wish I could hear the numbers from the publishing side of things…

 

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#Comic Book Sales Figures – 2017.03

Comichron.com Sales Figures Analysis for March 2017

Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 #25 Regular Alex Ross

Well it’s been quite a while since I blogged about stats on comic sales.  Simply put the sales figure site I reference Comichron has been going through a redesign for a while now.  It’s also been creating more historical data sets apparently going all the way back to 1995.  Now if only there was an easy way to grab the data via Microsoft Power BI or Power Query so I could break down the data on various series I personally collect.  Unfortunately screen-scraping with Power Query is still one of the only viable options and rather time consuming to say the least.  Wow, I think I’m heading off course so lets get out of data analysis from an IT perspective and chat more about this months statistics.

As you can see Marvel and DC share about half of the top 10 where Marvel takes the top spot with ASM #24.  What’s amazing to see when comparing previous years is now Image is in the top 10 and near the top consistently with their main flagship title The Walking Dead with 70,422 printed copies sent out while another top competitor Valiant Entertainment was near for their new volume to their flagship title X-O Manawar #1 with 60,524 printed copies sent out.  What I wish I could see were the reporting figures on digital downloads as that market has increased exponentially, while the printed could for comics is apparently still decreasing when compared to same month, previous year statistics.

With the reporting pause I took concerning monthly stats the one thing that really worries me are the print count numbers for the various Transformers series by IDW Publishing.  I’m a long time fan of the Transformers and where each series was near 10K+, each series now is pushing near 6K+, a rather large drop when compared to 2 years ago.  This again makes me wonder where digital sales are at.  Clearly the data is being recorded as Big Data to data centers but for someone that would like to see those stats, where or where do I venture to for that information?  If anyone out there knows, please pass along!

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

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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!