52 took four of the next five slots, with sales ranging from sales around 106,000 to over 108,600. DC took 10 of the top 25; Marvel had 15.
Sales on most top comics were lackluster during October, with 17 of the top 25 titles down vs. the previous month, and only four were up.
The original Fables hardcover, with sales over 15,000 copies, showed the strength of the property and the willingness of comic store consumers to pay a relatively high MSRP for original work in a premium format.
Here are ICv2's estimates of the sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores on the top 25 comic titles in October.
136,811 New Avengers #24 CW
108,624 52 Week #22
107,962 52 Week #23
107,413 52 Week #24
106,588 Civil War: Front Line #7
106,332 52 Week #25
106,201 Wolverine #47 CW
103,829 Justice #8 (Of 12)
103,273 Wolverine Origins #7
102,687 Ultimate Power #1
89,052 Uncanny X-Men #479
88,933 Fantastic Four #540 CW
88,689 Civil War: X-Men #4
82,528 Wildcats #1
81,928 Superman/Batman Annual #1
81,816 X-Men #192
81,323 Captain America #23 CW
78,963 Ultimate Spider-Man #101
78,869 Action Comics #844
74,611 Civil War Choosing Sides
73,837 Ultimate X-Men #75
62,893 Ms. Marvel #8 CW
62,431 Detective Comics #824
61,576 Flash Fastest Man Alive #5
61,270 Ultimate Fantastic Four #35
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 October, see 'Hardcovers Drive Graphic Novel Sales.'
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 2006.'
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 2006.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during September, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--September 2006.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during September, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--September 2006.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through October 2006, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'