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Infinite Crisis #2 Sells Over 200K

All Star Superman #1 Doesn't

Published: 12/19/2005 12:00am
Infinite Crisis #2
(Jim Lee cover)

Diamond Comic Distributors sold an estimated 207,564 copies of DC's Infinite Crisis #2 (featuring two covers) to comic stores in November, only a 17% drop from the blistering sales (249,265) of the first issue.  DC's All Star Superman (Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, cover by Quitely and an incentive cover Neal Adams) came in at 170,802 copies, substantially less than the roughly 261,000 copies the first issue of All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder sold, powered by Frank Miller and Jim Lee star power.

 

Marvel's House of M #8 finished the series strong, up a little from the sales on #7.  Decimation: House of M - The Day After sold under 100,000, at 96,734. 

 

Sales on Supergirl #3 (shipping w/ two covers) dropped only a couple of percentage points from the sales on #2; this surprisingly strong title is hovering around 100,000.

 

The up/down mix was fairly typical, with 14 titles down vs. eight titles up. 

 

The top graphic novel, The OMAC Project, sold over 10,000 copies, a feat that only the Identity Crisis hardcover of normally priced graphic novels has achieved this year.  Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2 came in relatively strong at around 9,500, but it was down substantially from Vol. 1's 10,901, surprising considering the steady sales that Volume 1 has exhibited since its release.

 

The top 25 comic titles in November, with our estimates of the number sold to North American comic shops through Diamond Comic Distributors are:

 

207,564            Infinite Crisis #2

170,802            All Star Superman #1

135,462            House of M #8

126,148            New Avengers #13

  99,990            Supergirl #3

  97,919            X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1

  96,734            Decimation: House of M - The Day After

  92,348            Green Lantern #5

  85,969            Wolverine #36

  82,825            Uncanny X-Men #466

  80,866            JLA #122

  79,674            Amazing Spider-Man #526

  78,405            X-Men #177

  76,864            Ultimate Spider-Man #86

  76,195            X-Men #178

  74,766            Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2

  74,264            Ultimate Spider-Man #86

  74,264            Ultimate X-Men #65

  70,032            Ultimate Fantastic Four #25

  69,739            Superman #223

  69,718            Batman #647

  69,558            Teen Titans #29

  64,747            Marvel Knights Spider-Man #20

  63,213            Young Avengers #9

  62.914            Ghost Rider #3
 

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 'Graphic Novels Continue Growth 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 2005.'

 

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 2005.'

 

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 2005.'

 

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 2005.'

 

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through November 2005, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'

 
 
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