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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.

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!

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.

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/20/2016

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!

First off this week we have another cover by Aaron Alexovich for Big Trouble In Little China.  Another goofy interpretation of 2 of our main characters from the series most definitely deserves notice.  Next we have Clean Room #4 by Jenny Frison with her realistic approach to the human figure defines her work with utmost clarity.  She has a talent that many artists could and will never discover making her one of the standout artists of today.  Next we have a rather intriguing, yet disturbing cover from Stjepan Sejic.  Yes the woman on the right seems to be in near perfect form but the yang represents the left.  I feel it’s out of proportion, possibly rushed, and quite honestly no where near the woman’s utmost clarity on the right.  Jae Lee is up next with Devolution #1 and I’ve said this before a great many times but he is one of my favorite comic book artists.  His interpretations of the written word for both new and familiar characters astounds me.  His ability to develop a drawing style all his own benefits him in so many ways.  His creations surpass many and just goes to show what he creates is pure genius.  Next we have a bit of abstract art from artist Eduardo Francisco for the Eve Valkyrie #4 cover.

Another artist with a unique style to art is Babs Tarr.  That jolly feel with a mashup between cutsie Saturday morning cartoons and a bit of Japanese manga creates that overwhelming heart felt aura.  Another unique cover released this past week was from Marco Rudy for Silver Surfer Vol 7 #1.   It caught my eye with it’s unique coloring style, done with coloring pencils, and done rather well.  Yes credit is being given to the cover artist only because I’m unsure if he also did the coloring.  With Star Wars comes a cover by Mike Mayhew that had that painted feeling, similiar to Alex Ross.  Something about the way an artist can successfully merge the beauty in a particular frame with a bit of evil or darkness. This had some help from the colorist but the drawing by Lee Carter was done in such a way that the skulls seem to pop out like sunflowers growing in the field.  I find myself in a mesmerizing stare as my eyes gracefully scan top to bottom.  Finally in closing we have a slamming variant cover by Sean and Dave for Tokyo Ghost #5.  Unfortunately for me I pre-ordered the regular cover so I won’t be getting this rather fascinatingly detailed piece of artwork.

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…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #20 Incentive Aaron Alexovich Virgin Variant
  • Clean Room #4 Jenny Frison
  • Devi Witchblade One Shot Regular Stjepan Sejic
  • Devolution #1 Incentive Jae Lee Virgin
  • EVE Valkyrie #4 Eduardo Francisco
  • Ms Marvel Vol 4 #3 Incentive Babs Tarr Variant
  • Silver Surfer Vol 7 #1 Incentive Marco Rudy Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #15 Regular Mike Mayhew
  • Sunflower #3 Lee Carter
  • Tokyo Ghost #5 Sean Murphy & Dave McCaig

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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

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!

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?

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/9/2015

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!

Well as you can see I’m a little late getting this blog post published as it was a busy weekend with the holidays fast approaching.  With an unplanned kitchen remodel, crap, any ways, lets just dive in so first off we have a new story arc released by Dark Horse for the Alabaster line and like the Colder series that I’m head over heels for this is another, much darker series that in my book is a winner.  I plan on reading and the cover alone was a little freaky to look at so it should be good.  With Back to the Future day came a whirlwind of media content and a new series by IDW Publishing.  This week I just couldn’t help but laugh at our next cover by Tony Fleecs, butthead…  Another cover that came clear out of left field causing me to wonder wtf happened as it’s a pretty dreadful thing to look at.  Clearly Kevin Eastman was rushed since even his turtles looked more like famished turtles in a quarter shell, definitely a little shameful.  Inaki Miranda did a wonderful job on our next cove for Catwoman.  Everything about Catwoman was spot on and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I should hold out my arms in order to catch her.  Well with Deadpool being alive in all and now with a band of Deadpool freaks I found Tony Moore’s group cover of the freak show telling.  It provided a good idea on the personality of each member and since I haven’t started the series yet, very helpful for a newby like me.

Now that we are half way through the list we come to our next disturbingly grotesque cover for the start of another new IDW series called Eighth Seal.  The cover, done by Jeremy Rock, definitely had that eye catching appeal.  Heavy Metal #277 cover by Luis Royo just was awesome to look at, seriously jaw dropping.  Another new series out this week is Snow Blind and Matt Taylor’s virgin variant cover had immense detail with little color yet I was still drawn to the landscape and foreshadowing of a man I can only imagine has some significance in the series.  Now I’ve seen several series come and go centered around Steam Wars and to be honest I haven’t taken much notice but this weeks cover was both fabulous and imaginative.  A steam powered walker, damn it doesn’t get much better than that so great job Joe Wight!  Finally we come to our last cover by Leonardo Manco for the Telos series by DC.  It didn’t have that unique feel to it as I’ve seen covers like this before.  What I liked about it was that the mirror image was done very well and the teeth and saliva was the icing on the cake.

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…)

  • Alabaster The Good The Bad And The Bird #1 Greg Ruth
  • Back To The Future Vol 2 #3 Variant Tony Fleecs Subscription
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Incentive Kevin Eastman Variant
  • Catwoman Vol 4 #47 Inaki Miranda
  • Deadpool Vol 5 #3 Regular Tony Moore
  • Eighth Seal #1 Regular Jeremy Rock
  • Heavy Metal #277 Regular Luis Royo
  • Snow Blind #1 Incentive Matt Taylor Virgin Variant
  • Steam Wars First Empire #2 Joe Wight
  • Telos #3 Leonardo Manco

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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

Comic Book Sales Figures for October 2015

Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #1

Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #1

Comic Book Sales Figures for October 2015

Well it’s finally happened for Marvel!  They have officially taken control of the top 10 spots for this month pushing the top selling DC comic Batman down to the #11 spot.  As you may know this is a big deal as it’s the first time in quite a long time that DC has not held one of the top 10 month print count spots.  The top dog though this month is the first issue of the new series Invincible Iron Man volume 2.  It had a total of 279,514 printed issues. I think that this may be a fluke month in that over half of the top 10 for this month are new volumes to already existing series for Marvel.  That means next month I foresee Batman regaining it’s position in the top 10 selling in November.  Also note that Star Wars is still going very strong in the #6 spot for issue #10 of the series.  Any ways, that’s my quick take on this month’s selling figures. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, eat lots of turkey and pie!

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 11/18/2015

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!

If you haven’t noticed it seems like Batman is everywhere in comics these days and maybe, just maybe it’s due with the soon to be released blockbuster movie of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.  This week we have a crazy looking cover by Alisson Borges representing none other than Harley Quinn looking oh so amazing.  Next a rather comical looking virgin variant by Felipe Smith for Big Trouble in Little China grabbing several scenes from the original movie that are near and dear to my heart!  Now there are times when a cover is created by an artist and you wonder oh my god how is this artist doesn’t have their own cereal?!?! Well Glenn Fabry is a well known artist and I can see why but boy does he need to be place on a pedestal with this cover for Bloodshot Rebory #8.  Every detail is simply amazing and I know the colorist had a lot to do with the final outcome being so demonic in nature.  Whether it be Glenn or the books colorist David Baron, those red eyes go deep into ones soul.  Our next cover I thought a bit of imagination to it with our mechanical stork delivering what appears to be a freaked out baby so great job Leila del Duca.

Another fascinating cover to look at was this weeks Hacktivist by Marcus To.  Sara Richard is a somewhat talented abstract at times artist and her ability to create a story with brilliantly intertwined imagery creating a final collage so worthy of recognition.  Now it’s surprising that a series like Rat Queens is still so popular as it didn’t appeal to me but hey I enjoy the writer but doesn’t mean I enjoy all their works.  Now the Vader series has been kicking some major tail as of late and this past week is the start of the Vader Down storyline.  Joelle Jones did a fantastic job portraying each of the characters on the incentive cover.  But what caught my eye was the detail in the background.  That was the deserving fireworks that really made this cover pop!  Tokyo Ghost #3 again you say?  That’s like the third cover that has made the list and oh by the way, that means every release has made the list, wtf?  Yes I know and while I may be biased towards Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth’s artwork, compared to what it’s continually up against each release week quite frankly it deserves to be recognized.   Finally, I found Tomboy #1 by Mia Goodwin utterly phenomenal.  I love her big blue eyes and her sleek 50’s style face; very beautiful.

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…)

  • Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #4 Alisson Borges
  • Big Trouble In Little China #18 Incentive Felipe Smith Virgin Variant
  • Bloodshot Reborn #8 Variant Glenn Fabry
  • Boy-1 #4 Regular Leila del Duca
  • Hacktivist Vol 2 #5 Marcus To
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #36 Variant Sara Richard Subscription
  • Rat Queens #13 Stjepan Sejic
  • Star Wars Vader Down #1 Incentive Joelle Jones Variant
  • Tokyo Ghost #3 Regular Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth
  • Tomboy #1 Regular Mia Goodwin

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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