Fans love to analyze and debate comic sales data, but how accurate is it, and how does Batman help number crunchers develop their data?
Articles by John Mayo
Amazing Spider-Man topped the charts in March, but Batman and Rebirth powered DC Comics to the #1 publisher spot overall.
Norman Osborn's return helps Amazing Spider-Man pop a big number for Marvel, even as the Dark Knight continues to help fuel DC Comics' Rebirth reinvigoration.
The Direct Market's sales race tightened in February, as DC closed the gap on Marvel while overall sales fell.
The gap between DC and Marvel narrowed in February, as few titles topped 65K in February 2017's Direct Market sales.
Marvel's latest team launch was the best-selling issue in January, narrowly edging out DC Comics' perennial chart-topper.
Though sales were down from the previous months, the Direct Market posted the best start to a year since Diamond began releasing records.
The reasonably even split in the top ten indicates strong interest in material from both of the two major publishers.
The launches of Justice League vs Suicide Squad and Inhumans vs X-Men topped the charts of what was an overall down month to close 2016.
November's Direct Market sales were solid, if not spectacular, despite some of October's superstar series dropping hard.
Marvel Comics ruled the Direct Market roost, but DC Comics' Batman staked his claim to the top two positions on the chart.
Marvel may have leaped back to the top of the charts, but DC Comics' sales remained plenty strong in October.
The bottom didn't drop out, but sales are down for September, though DC maintains its hold over the Top 300.
The Rebirth overhaul has resulted in more than solid numbers for DC Comics, and record-setting sales for the entire industry.
Ten DC titles cracking 100K in sales helped lift the Direct Market to its strongest month in 20 years.
July was another record-breaking month, but how far can DC ride the Rebirth wave. And is Marvel relying too much on variant covers?
Despite strong "Civil War II" sales, Marvel slipped to second place as DC Comics continues to ride the Rebirth wave.
Diamond likely under-reported the numbers on Rebirth due to returnability, which means DC had an even bigger month than it would appear.