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Eight Comics Over 100,000 in June

Three GNs over 10,000

Published: 07/09/2012, Last Updated: 07/10/2012 04:38am
Comics and graphic novel sales are not only booming on the dollars front (see "First Half Comic Sales Up 18%"), the number of bestsellers topping key thresholds in June was the best in years. Eight comic titles sold over 100,000 copies in comic stores in June, driven by Marvels Avengers Vs. X-Men event and DC’s "New 52."  That tied the number of titles over 100,000 from November of 2011; those two months had the most titles over 100,000 since January of 2008, when there were nine that surpassed that threshold. 
Two months with eight or more comic bestsellers in a single year (November 2011 and June 2012) hadn’t been seen since August of 2007 and January of 2008. 
The scene was similar on the graphic novel front.  There were three graphic novels that sold over 10,000 copies in comic stores in June, and two over 20,000.  That hadn’t happened since November of 2007, which also had two titles over 20,000 and three over 10,000.
The bestselling graphic novel in June was The Walking Dead Vol. 16, which hit a new first-month high with over 28,000 copies sold.  First month sales of The Walking Dead collections have been steadily increasing for years, roughly doubling since early 2009:
June 2012              The Walking Dead Vol. 16           28,284
Dec. 2011              The Walking Dead Vol. 15           21,844
June 2011              The Walking Dead Vol. 14           20,397
Nov. 2010              The Walking Dead Vol. 13           19,324
July 2010               The Walking Dead Vol. 12            16,627
Jan. 2010               The Walking Dead Vol. 11           16,914
Aug. 2009              The Walking Dead Vol. 10            15,643
Jan. 2009               The Walking Dead Vol. 9             14,313

Here are ICv2’s estimates of the direct market North American sales of the “Top 25” comics sold through Diamond Comic Distributors in June.
 

190,705

Avengers Vs X-Men #6

 186,555

Avengers Vs X-Men #5

 130,265

Batman #10

 127,090

Justice League #10

 107,517

Before Watchmen Minutemen #1 (MR)

 104,142

Before Watchmen Comedian #1 (MR)

 102,955

Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 (MR)

 101,297

Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1 (MR)

   94,548

Spider-Men #1

   94,528

AvX VS #3

   83,317

Detective Comics #10

   82,654

Astonishing X-Men #51

   80,751

Action Comics #10

   80,615

Green Lantern #10

   73,654

Batman Incorporated #2

   71,671

Batman the Dark Knight #10

   70,521

Uncanny X-Men #13 AVX

   68,885

Avengers #27 AVX

   68,342

Earth 2 #2

   68,283

Spider-Men #2

   67,793

Uncanny X-Men #14 AVX

   66,894

Batman and Robin #10

 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in June, see "First Half Comic Sale Up 18%."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during June, see "Top 300 Comics =-Actual--June 2012."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during June, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--June 2012."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during May, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--May 2012."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during May, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2012."
For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in May, see"'Avengers Vs. X-Men' Dominate in May."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in May, see"Comic Sales Soar in May."

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through June 2012, see "
ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 300 GNs Index."
 
 
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