Darth Vader

Comic Book Sales Figures for September 2015

Star Wars Shattered Empire #1

Star Wars Shattered Empire #1

Comic Book Sales Figures for September 2015

Like last month new comer to the top 10 Image Comics hangs in there with Walking Dead #146 in the number 9 position.  DC Comics also hangs in there with Batman #44 (3rd spot) and Justice League #44 (8th spot).  Having said that Marvel easily takes over the rest of the top 10 with none other than a title in the Star Wars universe, Star Wars Shattered Empire printing well over 200,000 copies.  Oh how long can Marvel keep this up you think?  With the new movie fast approaching Star Wars Shattered Empire offers readers a prequel of sorts in events following the destruction of the second Death Star.  I’m curious and so I too will be reading the events after Return of the Jedi so yeah, I’m excited, but how long can Marvel last?

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/7/2015

 

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or bad are deserving of your attention as well, so here we go!

So to start out this week we have a wraparound variant cover for the new series Avengers Volume 6 by Arther Adams.  I like seeing different character variations done by popular artists at a large scale.  Next we have Dave Johnson’s twisted looking tribute to the famous artist Grant Wood and his ever-famous American Gothic had class.  It really makes you intrigued with the main characters. Tula Lotay’s  layered artwork with simplistic coloring made this a fantasic looking cover this week for Codename Baboushka Conclave Of Death #1. As you can see every since he released that special store variant for Midtown Comics, Skottie Young has had pletty of work from Marvel creating has one-of-a-kind “Marvel Baby” covers has they’ve come to be known as.  I’m a sucker for them and a really big sucker when Deadpool and Spidey are featured.  Those two knuckle heads always seem to do well during team-up or beat each other up one-shots as they wise crack there way through the many difficult situations they inevitably find them selves stuck in.

Salvador’s cover for issue 10 of the Dark Vader series was very clean and beautifully done.  Aphra is an amazing character that has added a level of complexity to the Vader series and her looks by conceles her dark inner twisted character much like Vader’s suit.  Now, our next cover by Arjuna Hesitates Grant Morrisons 18 Days variant looks more like something from an art history class book that you’d see while taking a course at a university.  The pale completion and nose screams Renaissance, don’t you think.  The cover alone is a work of art, very impressively detailed.  Lara Croft is back with a new series with Dark Horse, yeah Dark Horse and I think Lara Croft is still hanging out over at Image Comics as well if I’m not mistakened.  That Lara dating to guys at once, slick indeed so it’ll be intersting to see where this series takes us, gritty yet mistical at the same time or will it have a more dark adult tone to it.

Jae Lee has a way of just grabbing your attention and he succeeded in doing so this week from his rather bizare looking Masks 2 variant cover.  I found Ian MacEwan’s Tomorrows #3 cover fasinating in that I too sometimes feel like a block head surfing my ever expanding world from my iPhone with pleasure oozing out of every orifice. Finally we come to the ever famous Menton3 whose dark abstract covers offer the masses a dark entry into a world that can only be of the X-Files.  Most times the covers are of objects or landscapes with characters thown in the mix but this week we get to see something a little different, an alien skeleton.

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…)

  • Avengers Vol 6 #0 Incentive Arthur Adams Wraparound Variantt
  • Bloodshot Reborn #7 Incentive Dave Johnson Variant
  • Codename Baboushka Conclave Of Death #1 Tula Lotay
  • Contest Of Champions Vol 3 #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Darth Vader #10 Salvador Larroca
  • Grant Morrisons 18 Days #4 Variant Arjuna Hesitates
  • Lara Croft And The Frozen Omen #1 Jean-Sebastien Rossbach
  • Sandman Overture #6 Regular JH Williams IIIMasks 2 #7 Variant Jae Lee
  • Tomorrows #3 Ian MacEwan
  • X-Files Season 11 #3 Regular Menton3

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Comic Book Sales Figures for July 2015

Secret Wars #4

Secret Wars #4

Comic Book Sales Figures for July 2015

This month shows us that with the news that DC Comics is down 2 million for the year it seems that the DC lineup will be changing in order to better compete with Marvel.  It’s also said that DC senior executives have ordered the DC editors to go back to the “meat and potatoes.”  As you can see Marvel has been holding the top 10 hostage and DC has not been able to do much about that.  Their only bread winner for DC was Batman holding out in the top 5 spot.  Marvel won out big yet again taking the rest of the top 10 for the month.  We also see the major Secret Wars event taking the top spot with issue #4 with over 200,000 copies.   Marvel’s Civil War #1 issue and series also seems to be picking up.  Along with the Star Wars line that has had at least 1 issue consistently in the top 10 has provided sunshine and rainbows for the folks at Marvel.  Poor DC…it’s ok, just go back to the way it was and you’ll regain your foothold, not.  Get your movie universe situated…seriously!

Comic Book Sales Figures for June 2015

Secret Wars #3

Secret Wars #3

Comic Book Sales Figures for June 2015

This month shows us with the Convergence storyline from DC out of the picture there was a renewed interest in DC’s normal lineup.  Batman #41 took the #5 spot and a new Justice League of America #1 took the #4 spot.  With Justice League in the #9 spot Marvel won out big taking the rest of the top 10 for the month.  Again we see the Secret Wars event out on top with the #3 issue taking the coveted top spot at over 200,000 copies printed.  Marvel’s Star Wars and Darth Vader series crept up a little as well; I’m reading both.  I also noticed that Image Comics’  Saga has continued to increase it’s print count now nearing 60,000 copies!  What a crazy thing to see.  Yes of course the Walking Dead has remained strong on the list month after month; those damn zombies…

Comic Book Sales Figures for April 2015

Star Wars #4

Star Wars #4

Comic Book Sales Figures for April 2015

With print sales estimated at around 200,000 and it being issue #4 it’s safe to say that Star Wars is doing quite well for Marvel and Disney.  Star Wars series are still hanging in the top 10 with Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and a relative newcomer Kanan: The Last Padawan.  However it seems that DC’s event Convergence has picked up some much needed steam and have taken 5 of the 10 top spots.  It will be nice with both this event and Marvel’s Secret Wars or Battleworld event that followed the Time Runs Out storyline end and things can finally get back to normal.  I haven’t been following either event as they seem to be rather confusing in nature, too much going on, to many tie-ins, not much help on determining what to read and what not to read.  Yes, it will be nice when these events end, don’t you think?

Comic Book Sales Figures for March 2015

Princess Leia #1

Princess Leia #1

Comic Book Sales Figures for March 2015

With print sales estimated at around 250,000 it goes to say that regardless what series comes out from Marvel, Star Wars is winning big!  Seems like the masses are hungry for stories concerning a galaxy far far away.  I know this is a 4 or 5 book miniseries but it may turn into something more if print counts remain high.  Seems like the Darth Vader miniseries has now moved into the ongoing realm, at least for what I can see on the Diamond ordering sheets.  The Darth Vader miniseries was initially 6 books but you can now preorder issues #7.  I’ve been following all 3 and so far have enjoyed each of them in their own way.  The flagship series Star Wars has all the action and suspense you need to keep you going while Darth Vader is a lot about soul searching, back stabbing, and shadow lurking among things that our favorite master of evil has found himself in.  Princess Leia seems to be more about someone soul searching but more importantly finding a place in the rebellion’s job description other than just being a pretty figure head.  Any ways, all are great and should entertain the masses for a while.

It’s amazing to see all 3 series in the top 8 at which Marvel holds all 8 positions.  DC Comics first and only issue in the top 10 was Batman Arkham Knight #1 taking the number 9 spot.  I guess we’ll see what the coming months brings Marvel in the way of print sales as we see more and more Star Wars hype.  Will Marvel stay on top, only time and movie release announcements will tell.

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/1/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/1/2015

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Patrick Zircher is an artist that can draw both consistently and with immense detail dazzling the eyes.  I’m a big fan of his X-O Manowar variants he has and most likely will do in the future for Valiant Entertainment.  Definitely an artist whose work I look forward to.  Next we have a rather disturbing depiction of Garfield done up by Frazer Irving.  All I can say is kudos to thinking a little outside the box with his deviant mannered cat.  Amanda Conner creates a 3 cover view of our crazed Harley Quinn with Dynamite, always fun to see chaos spun around the character.  Yes, Skottie Young made the list, again, but for good reason cause unlike the ever famous Marvel Baby covers this one has a lightsaber in it, and who doesn’t like those two mixed up?!?!

Pulling away from the norm or rather picking a cover who’s main character is barely clothed makes this weeks top 10, I mean she’s barely clothed but a badass none the less.  Another unusual cover was done by Sara Richard and is the variant cover for My Little Pony series published by IDW.  Reminds me of an awesome movie that recently came out called The Book of Life, go rent it.  I even linked up the official trailer of the film for you!

Riley Rossmo was at the ECCC convention I attended recently, awesome guy and this weeks variant cover is by him for the Nailbiter series also an awesome cover.  Leandro Fernandez did an amazing cover for the Names series by Vertigo.  Jae Lee also made the list, again, but come on, his Wonder Woman variant cover freaking rocked!  And finally another cover breaking from the norm was Zombie Fairy Tales Snow White and the Seven Zombies.  I mean go Antarctic Press for that one and I hate zombie books.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10 and if you are searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Convergence #0 Incentive Patrick Zircher Variant
  • Garfield #36 Incentive Frazer Irving Virgin Variant
  • Harley Quinn Vol 2 #16 Incentive Amanda Conner Right Hand Variant
  • Kanan The Last Padawan #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Lady Death Apocalypse #3 Wraparound
  • My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #1 Sombra Incentive Sara Richard Twilight Sparkle Variant
  • Nailbiter #11 Riley Rossmo
  • Names #8 Leandro Fernandez
  • Wonder Woman Vol 4 #40 Incentive Jae Lee Variant
  • Zombie Fairy Tales Snow White And The Seven Zombies One Shot

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/25/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/25/2015

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

This weekend is ECCC weekend and with that I have so little time between that and normal life.  The show was pretty awesome and it’s popularity has increased dramatically amongst the comic reading community.  With that wonderful lead in I have this weeks top 10 covers that I found pretty eye catching.  Jae Lee did another outstanding Catwoman showing off his natural talent for the woman form.  Valentin Ramon did a fantastically imaginative cover totally different from anything else this week.  I was even able to get some stuff signed by the creative team over the ECCC weekend.  Darth Vader #3 by Adi Granov was dazzling and sold out I may add with the introduction of this new character depicted on the cover.

We also had some funny (Edward Scissorhands), bizarre (Intersect), and awe inspiring (George Perezs Sirens).  Project Superpowers Blackcross by Tula Lotay was also intriguing with use of shading offset by blood red.  Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt’s interlocking variant for The Valiant #4 also made the list as watercolors are hard to do and this series retailer incentive variants from the two are worth owning if you can find them.  Finally a relative new comer that I have not heard of but will keep an eye out was the retailer incentive variant for Transformers Windblade Combiner Wars #1 by Sara Pitre-Durocher.   Nothing like seeing Windblade giving props to a combiner.  She is one of the newcomer girl Transformers and also a bad ass!  Arcee has her competition even though Arcee is still the original bad ass amongst the Transformers universe.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10 and if you are searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Altered States Red Sonja One Shot Rare Billy Tan Virgin
  • Catwoman Vol 4 #40 Regular Jae Lee
  • D4VE #2 Regular Valentin Ramon Cover
  • Darth Vader #3 Regular Adi Granov
  • Edward Scissorhands #5 Regular Aaron Alexovitch
  • George Perezs Sirens #1 NYCC Exclusive Adam Hughes Variant
  • Intersect #5 Riley Rossmo
  • Project Superpowers Blackcross #1 Rare Tula Lotay Virgin
  • The Valiant #4 Incentive Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt Interlocking Variant
  • Transformers Windblade Combiner Wars #1 Incentive Sara Pitre-Durocher Variant

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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Comic Book Sales Figures for February 2015

Orphan Black #1 Loot Crate Variant

Orphan Black #1 Loot Crate Variant

Comic Book Sales Figures for February 2015

Now when I heard the news that Loot Crate was running with a special variant for their box release I thought well that’ll help out IDW Publishing sales.  Then I saw the numbers of orders for the cover, almost a half a million copies printed and apparently over 350,000 of those printed copies were for Loot Crate.  Then I thought, someone over at IDW Publishing is getting a promotion because damn!  It’s not often you see any comic over 200-250 thousand copies printed but February was a good month for IDW Publishing.

What’s also amazing is how well the new property Star Wars is doing for Marvel.  Last month was almost a million copies printed and this month with Darth Vader its clearly over 400,000 in total.  Top that with 250,000 plus some with the new series Spider-Gwen and I think marvel is looking even better this month.  I’m sure Disney is happy about that and we can only hope that all those copies printed were mostly purchased by eager buyers.  I know I was one of them and look forward to the series as Star Wars is on a roll.

Poor DC because only Batman and Justice League made it in the top 10 where Marvel had 7 of the coveted top 10 spots.  However, IDW Publishing was the top cat this month thanks to Loot Crate!

Comic Cover Art: Star Wars (Marvel)

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Star Wars Vol. 4 (Marvel)

Now I’ve seen publishers in the past gone hog wild over variant covers simply for promoting a particular series or event but this has got to be one of the largest variant cover count releases for a comic that I’ve seen in some time.  Since the acquisition of LucasFilm’s early last year by Disney, Marvel (Owned by Disney)  took over the publishing rights from Dark Horse starting in 2015.  Dark Horse had been releasing some amazing stories over the past 20 years expanding the Star Wars universe by leaps and bounds over what Marvel did during it’s initial run.  Memorable series like Legacy and Tales of the Jedi to a more recent favorite of mine Dawn of the Jedi.  I felt I as a reader had struck gold with the release of Dawn of the Jedi as it literally broke new ground by creating an all new character cast expanding a timeline hardly touched in the past except for a few references made in past by series such as Tales of the Jedi.  If you ever get a chance to read both series I’m sure you’ll agree with me.  I only hope Marvel takes a good look at what Dark Horse was doing near the end of 2014 and consider the possibility.  If only Dark Horse had written more Dawn of the Jedi miniseries!  I believe they that could have easily translated into a motion picture movie trilogy.

Here are some links concerning the publishing license move from Dark Horse to Marvel.
End of an Era for Dark Horse
Lucasfilm and Marvel Join Forces to Publish Star Wars Comics

Regular and Variant Covers:

  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 Blank Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Cassaday 2nd Print Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Cassaday Standard
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Tyler Christopher Humorous Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 Skottie Young Baby Connecting Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.15 Retailer Incentive Movie Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.20 Retailer Incentive Sara Pichelli Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.25 Retailer Incentive Bob McLeod Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.25 Retailer Incentive John Cassaday Teaser Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.50 Retailer Incentive Alex Ross Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.50 Retailer Incentive J. Scott Campbell Connecting Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.100 Retailer Incentive Joe Quesada Wraparound Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.200 Retailer Incentive Alex Ross Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.500 Retailer Incentive Joe Quesada Wraparound B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.Store John Cassaday Party Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.Store John Tyler Christopher Humorous B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Adi Granov Forbidden Planet B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Adi Granov Forbidden Planet Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alan Davis Emerald City Comics B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alan Davis Emerald City Comics Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Maleev DCBS Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Maleev DCBS Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Meleev Warp 9 Comics B&W Variant 1-1500
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Meleev Warp 9 Comics Color Variant 1-3000
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Amanda Connor Vault Collectibles B&W 1-1500 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Amanda Connor Vault Collectibles Color Variant 1-3000
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Dale Keown AOD Collectibles B&W 1-2000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Dale Keown AOD Collectibles Color 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Daniel Acuna Heroes & Fantasies B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Daniel Acuna Heroes & Fantasies Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Dave Dorman M&M Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 David Peterson Newbury Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 DF Exclusive Greg Land Connecting Color 1-15000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 DF Exclusive Greg Land Connecting Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Frank Cho Cards, Comics & Collectibles Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Frank Cho Cards, Comics & Collectibles Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Gabriele Dell’Otto Loot Crate Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 GameStop’s Exclusive Greg Horn 1-10000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 GameStop’s Exclusive Greg Horn Fade Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Hasbro Previews Exclusive New York Toy Fair 1-10000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Hastings Store Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Hastings Store Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Heroes Haven Comics Mike Perkins Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Humberto Ramos Mile High Comics 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 J. Scott Campbell Cargo Hold Color 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 J. Scott Campbell Cargo Hold Sketch 1-1500 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Jenny Frison buymetoys.com Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Joe Quinones Kings Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 John Tyler Christopher ComicXposure B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 John Tyler Christopher ComicXposure Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 McLeod Third Eye Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Mark Brooks Connecting Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Mark Brooks Connecting Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Deodato Jr Limited Edition Comix Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Deodato Jr. Limited Edition Comix Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Mayhew Zapp Comics B&W 1-1500 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Mayhew Zapp Comics Color 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike McKone Bampf Collectibles 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Pascal Campion Tidewater Comicon Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Pasqual Ferry ThinkGeek Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Paul Renaud Fantastico Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Simone Bianchi Books-A-Million Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Stan Sakai Beach Ball Comics B&W 1-2000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Stan Sakai Beach Ball Comics Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Stephanie Hans Rebel Base Comics & Toys Variant

Reference:

A special thanks to my two main sources below and of course Google’s search engine.

Image Source: Midtown Comics
Image Source: Comic Collector Live (CCL)

Please Note:

  • Any reference in the title of 1-XXXX means 1 copy of X printed in total.
  • Any reference in the title of 1.X means 1 copy for every X printed.
  • Any reference in the title of 1.Store means 1 copy allocated per comic book store.