No Comic Over 100K in March
Units Down More Than Dollars
Published: 04/15/2009, Last Updated: 05/11/2009 12:20am
For the first time since March of 2001, the month that ICv2 began tracking sales of periodical comics through Diamond Comic Book Distributors, no comic sold more than 100,000 copies in March of 2009. While sales of periodical comics were down 7% in dollars for the month, the decline in units sold was greater, considering the rise in cover prices of key titles versus their cost in March, 2008.
Marvel placed three Dark Reign titles in the top 10 in March including Dark Avengers #3, which topped the list followed by New Avengers #51. DC’s Batman Battle for the Cowl #1, the mini-series ostensibly designed to designate Batman’s successor in the wake of Batman RIP, finished in third, followed by Wolverine #71, which features the Old Man Logan saga written by Mark Millar. Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, a six-issue supposedly bimonthly mini-series that debuted in December of 2005 returned from a multi-year hiatus with issue #3, which ended up at #9. The fifth printing of Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, the title that dominated sales in both January and February, sold over 20,000 additional copies in March.
Five titles in the top 25 including Dark Avengers #3, Wolverine #71, Amazing Spider-Man #588, X-Force #13, and Invincible Iron Man #11 grew in circulation, while 15 declined. Marvel dominated the top 25 with 19 titles followed by DC with five and Dark Horse with one.
Graphic novels rebounded sharply in March posting a 6% gain aided greatly by Watchmen, which topped the charts by a mile, selling over 32,000 copies, a total that dwarfed sales of the #2 book, a special direct market edition of Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which sold some 14,460 copies through Diamond. Vertigo’s Jack of Fables Vol. 5 finished at #3 followed by Avatar’s edition of Alan Moore’s Light of Thy Countenance.
Tokyopop’s Fruits Basket #22, which finished at #5, was the top manga title in the direct market in March. Viz Media placed four volumes of Naruto in the top 25 (at #’s 7, 8, 9, and 12) plus Bleach Vol. 26 at #13.
Marvel placed 10 titles in the Top 25 on the graphic novel list followed by Viz Media and DC Comics with 5 each, and Oni Press, Image Comics, Avatar, Tokyopop, and Dark Horse with one each.
Here are ICv2's estimates of the sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores on the top 25 comic titles in March:
95,546 Dark Avenger #3
95,340 New Avengers #51
86,046 Wolverine #71
79,439 Ultimatum #3 (of 5)
77,957 Uncanny X-Men #507
71,333 Mighty Avengers #23
68,759 Justice League of
68,390 Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #3 (of 6)
64,108 Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23
62,108 Captain America #48
61,334 Amazing Spider-Man #588
58,832 Amazing Spider-Man #589
58,709 War of Kings #1 (of 6)
55,606 X-Men Legacy #222
54,162 Green Lantern Corps #34
52,814 Batman: Cacophony #3 (of 3)
52,777 X-Force Cable Messiah War Prologue
52,165 Invincible Iron Man #11
51,797 X-Force #13
51,374 Ultimate X-Men #100
50,050 Superman: World of New Krypton #1 (of 12)
48,378 Fantastic Four #565
48,086 Secret Warriors #2
48,061 Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1 (of 5)
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