August 2012 Collected Edition Sale Estimates

John Mayo from Comic Book Page and CBR and Chris Marshall of the Collected Comics Library podcast discuss the sales estimates for the Top 300 Graphic Novels and Collected Editions for August 2012.

Top 10
Batman Earth One is #1 for the second straight month. This was unexpected for me, as I usually see Walking Dead go back-to-back. Oh, but wait Kirkman’s flagship did come in second. No doubt people are gearing up for Season 3 on AMC. The DC New 52 books did well, especially Swamp Thing coming in the third spot. Incidentally, for all you Star Wars continuity hounds, the Sith Hunters digest takes place after the events in “Revenge” episode 22 of season 4.

Rank Title Publisher Price Estimated Sales
1 Batman Earth One HC DC Comics $22.99 7,320
2 Walking Dead v1: Days Gone Bye TP Image Comics $9.99 5,586
3 Swamp Thing (2011) v1: Raise Them Bones TP DC Comics $14.99 5,030
4 Superman Action Comics v1: Superman Men of Steel HC DC Comics $24.99 5,015
5 Batman (2011) v1: The Court of Owls HC DC Comics $24.99 4,441
6 Hulk Season One TP Marvel Comics $24.99 4,079
7 Scott Pilgrim Color v1 HC ONI Press $24.99 3,914
8 Star Wars the Clone Wars Sith Hunters TP Dark Horse $7.99 3,446
9 Walking Dead v2: Miles Behind Us TP Image Comics $14.99 3,422
10 Fear Itself TP Marvel Comics $29.99 3,417

Rest of the New 52
Yeesh! We already know that OMAC and Hawk and Dove are already canceled and I hear that Deathstroke is on the cusp. As for Superboy, it continues to be one of my favorite titles of the New 52.

Rank Title Price Estimated Sales
17 Superboy (2011) v1: Incubation TP $14.99 2,894
32 Deathstroke (2011) v1: Legacy TP $16.99 2,098
50 O.M.A.C. (2011) v1: Omactivate TP $16.99 1,783
74 Hawk and Dove (2011) v1: First Strikes TP $16.99 1,447

Other DC Comics Notables
Tales Of The Unexpected did very well considering the material is not that well known to the reader of today. The horror/mystery comics do hold up well in spite of the black and white reproductions. Give it a shot if you need something to read this Halloween. Both Silver Age Flash books did well and both lines will continue. I can’t be 100% about the Silver Age Green Lantern, though. Ultimately you’d like to see the estimate over 1000. What can I say about The Invisibles Omnibus? People have been waiting a very long time for a One Volume edition of the best Grant Morrison creator owned comic ever.

Rank Title Price Estimated Sales
63 Showcase Presents Tales o/t Unexpected v1 $19.99 1,579
81 Flash Chronicles v3 TP $14.99 1,386
122 Flash Archives v6 HC $59.99 1,085
132 Invisibles Omnibus HC $150.00 1,022
147 Green Lantern Archives v7 HC $59.99 921

Other Marvel Notables
I’m one of the 645 that pre-ordered X-Men Operation Zero Tolerance. I’m not sure if I should brag about it.

Rank Title Price Estimated Sales
56 Essential Warlock v1 $19.99 1,691
102 Marvel Masterworks Defenders v3 $69.99 1,215
206 X-Men Operation Zero Tolerance HC $75.00 645
212 X-Force Childs Play Premiere Classic HC $39.99 640
220 X-Men Iceman Premiere Classic HC $24.99 605
229 Iron Man Revenge of Mandarin Premiere Classic HC $39.99 582

Other Notables
I bet Chris Ryall and the rest IDW sleeps well at night knowing that they have a good thing going with TMNT. Both the classic reprints and the current series sell very well. If you haven’t picked up one of these Ultimate Hardcovers you may want to think about it before they sell out forever. Now that the Definitive Flash Gordon is out, I plan on doing a video comparison between the IDW one and the reprints that have started to come out from Titan Books. Look for it soon.

Rank Title Publisher Price Estimated Sales
45 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ult Coll v3 HC IDW Publishing $49.99 1,836
165 Manara Library v3 HC Dark Horse $59.99 824
192 Empowered Deluxe Ed v2 HC Dark Horse $59.99 711
204 Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim v2 IDW $75.00 655
270 Steve Canyon v2: 1949 1950 HC IDW Publishing $49.99 503
286 Phantom Comp Series King Years HC Heroic Publishing $49.99 479

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In the USA…
Top Sellers this week fromĀ In Stock Trades
In the UK and Europe…
Pre-order books from Forbidden Planet International
Flash Omnibus By Geoff Johns HC Vol 3
Prophet TP Vol 1 Remission
Manhattan Projects TP Vol 1 Science Bad
Swamp Thing TP Vol 1 Raise Them Bones TP
Aquaman HC Vol 1 The Trench
Green Lantern Archives HC Vol 7
Batman Knightfall TP Vol 3 Knightsend (New Edition)
New Avengers Omnibus HC Vol 1 DM Var Ed
New Avengers Omnibus HC Vol 1
Marvel Masterworks Iron Fist HC Vol 2
Marvel – 40% off Special until October 3 – Daredevil By Mark Waid Volume 1 HC
DC – 40% off Special until October 3 – Batman: The Night of the Owls HC
Indie – 40% off Special until October 3 – The Manara Library Vol 4 HC
Manga – 40% off Special until October 3 – The Book Of Five Rings GN
Classic – 40% off Special until October 3 – The Stainless Steel Rat
Hard Time Vol 2: Sixteen
Superman: Last Son Of Krypton
Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis Vol 4 Premiere H
Resident Alien Vol 1: Welcome To Earth
Alex Toth’s Zorro: The Complete Dell Comics Adventures HC

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