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 July 2012.
As you can see this blog post has been expanded to include my comments. I think this will be a regular feature in addition to the podcast with John.
As you can see Batman Earth One blew away every other book. I have read it and it’s an excellent take on the modern Batman. I enjoyed it much more then Superman: Earth One. The Score is another great adaptation by Darwyn Cooke. If you like Noir Crime be sure to pick this up.
|1||Batman Earth One HC||DC||$22.99||32,913|
|2||Fables Vol. 17 Inherit The Wind TP||DC||$14.99||10,740|
|3||Richard Starks Parker The Score HC||IDW||$24.99||5,861|
|4||Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Freefall TP||Dark Horse||$17.99||5,071|
|5||Invincible Vol. 16 Family Ties TP||Image||$16.99||4,827|
|6||Batman & Robin Vol. 1 Born To Kill HC||DC||$24.99||4,542|
|7||Locke & Key Vol. 5 Clockworks HC||IDW||$24.99||4,042|
|8||Suicide Squad Vol. 1 Kicked In The Teeth TP||DC||$14.99||3,862|
|9||Scalped Vol. 9 Knuckle Up TP||DC||$14.99||3,809|
|10||Wild Children One Shot TP||Image||$7.99||3,786|
Rest of the New 52
I wanted to see just how well the New 52 books were fairing because a few of the titles are starting to be canceled by DC. Could Demon Knights have been priced a little higher? Could it be that Men of War was priced too high at $19.99? After all that book is now d-o-n-e.
|12||Batgirl (2011) v1: The Darkest Reflection HC||$22.99||3,557|
|20||Demon Knights (2011) v1: Seven Against the Dark TP||$14.99||2,585|
|25||Batwing (2011) v1: The Lost Kingdom TP||$14.99||2,295|
|42||Grifter (2011) v1: Most Wanted TP||$16.99||1,776|
|59||Men of War (2011) v1: Uneasy Company TP||$19.99||1,476|
Other DC Comics noteables
Kudos to the Showcase line and the people who order them. I was a bit skeptical at first when I saw the Showcase Presents: Showcase. It collects a wealth of material, but it’s an odd title and nearly impossible find this book on on In-Stock Trades – but it’s not their fault. If you have never read Rip Hunter: Time Master now is a great time.
|37||Showcase Presents Showcase v1 TP||$19.99||1,877|
|48||Showcase Presents Hunter Time Master v1 TP||$19.99||1,654|
|54||Neil Gaimans Midnight Days Dlx Ed HC||$24.99||1,581|
Other Marvel notables
Punisher by Rick Remender Omnibus was a low order. I bet it’ll become a collectors item (if it hasn’t already).
|56||Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider Man v14 HC||$69.99||1,521|
|85||Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Marvel Comics v7 HC||$74.99||1,207|
|106||Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four v8 TP||$24.99||1,008|
|144||Secret Warriors Omnibus HC||$99.99||752|
|234||Punisher By Rick Remender Omnibus HC||$99.99||445|
The Hellboy Library did extremely well and at $50.00, it’s a steal. Dark Horse really knows how to put these books together – with excellent reproduction, insightful introductions and loads of extras. Price-Per-Page, these books are affordable and are a great way to get into the world of Hellboy.
|41||Hellboy Library v5: Darkness Calls Wild Hunt HC||Dark Horse||$49.99||1,804|
|123||Aragones Groo the Wanderer Artist Edition HC||IDW||$75.00||890|
|125||Big John Buscema Comics and Drawings HC||IDW||$59.99||874|
|128||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing v1: Deluxe Ed HC||IDW||$49.99||844|
|164||Vampirella Archives v5 HC||Dynamite||$49.99||647|
|197||Phantom Comp Sundays v1: 1939 1942 HC||Heroic||$60.00||549|
|245||Tarzan the Jesse Marsh Years v11 HC||Dark Horse||$49.99||417|
Marvel Premiere Classic Hardcovers
With Marvel shutting down this program, I decided to take a look and see just how well the latest MPC’s faired. As you can see, they did just OK. It could be that they are priced too high for what they collect. And even though they are “Classics” it just seems that the mainstream audience just doesn’t care. I think Marvel would be wise to continue to collect these types of story lines as trade paperbacks like they do with The New Mutants or Cable and Deadpool.
|136||Spider Man Return of Burglar HC||$29.99||773|
|165||Avengers West Coast Zodiac Attack HC||$34.99||644|
|185||X Men Beauty and Beast HC||$29.99||581|
DC New 52 – Reorders
For fun I also took a look at the number of New 52 reorders. This activity is expected, especially evergreen titles like Batman and Justice League. But look at Catwoman! This is the third month in a row that her book shows up. It may be a smart move on DC’s part to quickly take advantage of the fan base and issue a hardcover of this material and continue to release it as such instead of a Trade Paperback. The same can be said for Animal Man which is a top seller in both the monthly and collected editions.
|Rank||Title||Price||Estimated Sales||Number of Reorders||Total Estimated Sales|
|30||Batman (2011) v1: The Court of Owls HC||$24.99||2,134||2||12,872|
|65||Green Arrow (2011) v1: Into the Woods TP||$14.99||1,412||2||4,189|
|98||Justice League (2011) v1: Origin HC||$24.99||1,057||2||11,396|
|148||Batman Detective Comics v1: Faces of Death HC||$22.99||734||1||6,153|
|218||Animal Man (2011) v1: The Hunt TP||$14.99||473||2||7,237|
|273||Catwoman (2011) v1: The Game TP||$14.99||377||3||6,896|
|298||Batwoman (2011) v1: Hydrology HC||$22.99||350||1||4,531|
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