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'Civil War' Ekes Out Increase

Among Generally Down Titles

Published: 12/18/2006 12:00am

The fifth issue of Marvel's mega-hit Civil War miniseries was the best-selling comic to comic stores in November, narrowly topping the sales on issue #4.  The increase made it a rarity among top titles in November; only five titles in the top 25 were up.  Eighteen titles were down, including all five issues of 52 (November included five shipping weeks). 

 

Marvel had a fairly typical 15 of the top 25 titles, with DC holding the other 10 slots. 

 

The extra week did pull up sales at the bottom of the top 300. The lowest-selling titles in November were significantly higher than the bottom range in October. 

 

On the graphic novel list, the latest volume of the red-hot Brian K. Vaughan's Y the Last Man topped 10,000 copies, a very strong sell-in for the ninth collection of the series.  And Devil's Due had a very strong launch for its Family Guy graphic novels, with around 8600 sold in to comic stores during November.

 

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

 

272,603          Civil War #5

140,939          JLA #3

136,504          New Avengers #25

118,833          Amazing Spider-Man #536

118,285          Astonishing X-Men #18

104,614          52 Week #26

104,265          52 Week #27

103,529          52 Week #28

102,727          Punisher War Journal #1

102,699          52 Week #29

102,576          52 Week #30

100,869          Civil War: Front Line #8

  99,991          Wolverine #48

  94,349          Batman #658

  91,585          Wolverine Origins #8

  90,651          Batman #659

  88,584          Uncanny X-Men #480

  84,169          Incredible Hulk #100

  84,008          Superman/Batman #30

  80,102          X-Men #193

  79,885          Captain America #24

  79,102          Onslaught Reborn #1

  77,121          Ultimate Spider-Man #102

  76,998          Wonder Woman #3

  76,800          Iron Man #13

 
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 Surge.'

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 2006.'

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 2006.'

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 index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through November 2006, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'
 
 
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