'Obama' Comic on Top Again
'ASM' #583's Unprecedented Feat
Published: 03/17/2009 12:00am
For the first time since ICv2 has been tracking sales of periodical comics, the same issue topped the charts for two months in a row. The 4th and 5th printings of Amazing Spider-Man #583, aided by a cover featuring President Obama, sold 148,805 copies in February after posting a record total of 352,983 in January. Batman #686, the first part of a two-issue post-Batman RIP special written by Neil Gaiman, came in a distant second with a total of 111,353.
Marvel placed four Dark Reign titles in the top ten led by New Avengers #50, which finished at number three. Overall Marvel placed 18 titles in the top 25, while DC had six and Dark Horse one. DC placed four Origins & Omens titles in the top 25. Nine titles posted gains in circulation led by Batman #686 (2 covers; 50/50 ratio), which went from 72 thousand for #685 to more than 111 thousand, while fifteen titles declined.
Graphic novel sales dropped a substantial 9% versus sales in February of 2008 in spite of a spike in sales of the perennial backlist title Watchmen, which buoyed by the early March debut of Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation, sold nearly twice as many copies as the number two graphic novel release, Batman RIP Deluxe HC. Oni’s Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5 finished a very close third (just wait till the Scott Pilgrim movie, which is currently in production, comes out and watch Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels fly off the bookstore shelves).
All Star Superman Vol. 2 and Brian Woods’ DMZ Volume 6 came in at number four and number five respectively, giving DC 4 out of the top five graphic novel releases for the month. Overall Marvel had 11 books in the top 25, followed by DC with 8, Viz Media with 8, and Oni, Image, and Dark Horse with one each. Image’s $4.99 edition of Darkness: Accursed Vol.1 finished at number six, followed by Viz Media’s Naruto Vol. 34, the top February manga release in the direct market.
Here are ICv2's estimates of the sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores on the top 25 comic titles in February:
148,805 Amazing Spider-Man #483
111,353 Batman #686
106,831 New Avengers #50 DKR
96,718 Thor #600
93,553 Dark Avengers #2
77,217 Hulk #10
76,247 Mighty Avengers #21 (Corrected Copy)
72,685 Mighty Avengers #22
71,684 Uncanny X-Men #506
69,710 Justice League of
68,908 Green Lantern #38 (Origins)
67,525 Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22
65,207 Justice Society of
62,850 Captain America #47
61,358 Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #3 (of 5)
60,286 Amazing Spider-Man #585
60,118 Amazing Spider-Man #587
59,521 Amazing Spider-Man #586
57,704 Secret Warriors #1 DKR
56,517 X-Men Legacy #221
51,649 Invincible Iron Man #10
51,449 X-Force #12
49,565 Ultimate Spider-Man #131
49,520 Fantastic Four #564
48,360 Action Comics #874 (Origins)
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