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'World War Hulk' Finishes Strong

Holding Near 150K

Published: 12/17/2007 12:00am

World War Hulk finished its five issue run with a flourish, selling over 145,000 copies in comic stores in November, only a couple of points off sales on the fourth issue of the title.  Other titles at the top of the list were also from Marvel, with seven Marvel titles posting sales over 100,000 copies (World War Hulk #5, Astonishing X-Men #23, New Avengers #36, Thor #4, Uncanny X-Men #492, Incredible Hulk #111, and Sensational Spider-Man #41).

DC's All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #8, at roughly 97,000, and Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, at around 92,000, rounded out the top ten titles in comic stores in November.

Marvel had 16 of the top 25 titles, DC had eight and Dark Horse had one.

In fairly typical fashion, sales on 17 of the top 25 titles were down in November.  In less typical fashion, there was only one new launch, Batman and the Outsiders #1, in the top 25 comic titles in November. 

DC's Heroes hardcover topped the graphic novel lists, with a very strong 26,000 copy sale.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:  The Black Dossier also sold over 20,000 copies in comic stores in November.  And coming in at the fifth position was 52 Vol. 4 TP with a little over 7,500 copies sold.

Marvel's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born was the top Marvel graphic novel, at over 13,000 copies sold.

Here are ICv2's estimates of the sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores on the top 25 comic titles in November:

145,821          World War Hulk #5
112,920          Astonishing X-Men #23
107,715          New Avengers #36
106,541          Thor #4
102,511          Uncanny X-Men #492
101,536          Incredible Hulk #111
100,300          Sensational Spider-Man #41
  99,087          X-Men #205
  97,037          All Star Batman and Robin #8
  91,595          Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8
  85,546          New Avengers Illuminati #5
  78,706          All Star Superman #9
  76,764          Batman #671
  74,668          Countdown to Final Crisis #25
  74,047          Countdown to Final Crisis #24
  73,310          Captain America #32
  73,241          Countdown to Final Crisis #23
  72,765          Countdown to Final Crisis #22
  72,711          Marvel Zombies 2 #2
  70,830          New X-Men #44
  70,431          X-Factor #25
  66,455          Avengers Initiative #7
  65,725          Wolverine #59
  61,534          Ultimate Spider-Man #116
  60,690          Batman & the Outsiders #1

We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.

For an analysis of the dollar trends in November, see 'Comic Dollars Slip in November.'

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during November, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2007.'

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during November, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--November 2007.'

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during October, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--October 2007.'

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during October, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2007.'

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through November 2007, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'

 
 
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