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DC Sweeps Top Ten Comics Sold in January

by  in Comic News Comment

Diamond Comic Distributors has released estimated sales numbers for January 2012, with Marvel Comics edging into first in dollars, while DC Comics is ahead in units. While Marvel locked up the dollar share locked up currently, DC had a blow-out month, nabbing every slot of the top ten single issues and topping the industry in overall units sold sold with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s “Justice League” #5 leading the pack. “Justice League” has been the top selling single issue in every month it’s had a new issue since the book’s premiere in August 2011. Bat-books dominated the top ten with #5 issues of “Batman,” “Detective Comics,” “Batman: The Dark Knight” and “Batman and Robin” all making appearances.

DC also excelled in the top ten graphic novels and trade paperbacks, with “Batman: Through the Looking Glass” Hardcover coming in at #1 as one of five DC graphic novels in the top ten. Despite having a higher dollar share than DC, Marvel’s only product to crack either of the top ten lists was the “Fear Itself” Premiere Hardcover. Robert Kirkman’s “Invincible” and “The Walking Dead” trade paperbacks continued to sell well in January, accounting for three of the top ten graphic novels and trades.

Overall, sales were down from December with single issues falling by 7%, while graphic novels dropped by 4.5%. However, the month still improved overall from January 2011, with an increase in sales by 32% for single issues and 18% for graphic novels.

Check out the sales charts below and stay tuned to CBR News for more in-depth analysis of Diamond’s January 2012 sales numbers.



TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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UNIT

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MARVEL COMICS 35.17% 37.51%
DC COMICS 33.55% 39.86%
IMAGE COMICS 5.48% 4.83%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.89% 3.55%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.35% 3.78%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.46% 3.66%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.66% 1.35%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.47% 0.30%
VIZ MEDIA 0.92% 0.42%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.79% 0.18%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.26% 4.57%
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2012 VS. DECEMBER 2011
COMICS -7.01% -8.93%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -4.51% -4.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.25% -8.65%
JANUARY 2012 VS. JANUARY 2011
COMICS 32.05% 33.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 18.38% 8.46%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 27.47% 31.38%
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 $3.99 NOV110104 DC
2 BATMAN #5 $2.99 NOV110133 DC
3 ACTION COMICS #5 $3.99 NOV110125 DC
4 DETECTIVE COMICS #5 $2.99 NOV110138 DC
5 GREEN LANTERN #5 $2.99 NOV110154 DC
6 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #5 $2.99 NOV110140 DC
7 SUPERMAN #5 $2.99 NOV110129 DC
8 THE FLASH #5 $2.99 NOV110113 DC
9 BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 $2.99 NOV110145 DC
10 AQUAMAN #5 $2.99 NOV110109 DC
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS HC $22.99 SEP110169 DC
2 INVINCIBLE VOLUME 15: GET SMART TP $16.99 NOV110396 IMA
3 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 JUL068351 IMA
4 FEAR ITSELF PREMIERE HC $34.99 OCT110712 MAR
5 THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 5: ON TO GENESIS (MR) $14.99 OCT110301 DC
6 BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE TP $19.99 OCT110245 DC
7 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 15 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT110502 IMA
8 B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH VOLUME 2: GODS AND MONSTERS TP $19.99 SEP110018 DAR
9 SWEET TOOTH VOL. 4: ENDANGERED SPECIES TP(MR) $16.99 OCT110296 DC
10 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 1: GOLDEN DAWN DELUXE EDITION HC $24.99 SEP110181 DC