Friday, October 07, 2011

September's Top 20 Selling Comics

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Hey, check where Aquaman #1 landed on the sales charts for September (via Newsarama)! This has got to be the highest-selling Aquaman comic in, what, twenty years? More?

This was a real team effort--DC editorial, DC marketing, Johns, Reis, Prado...and of course all of you Aqua-Fans!


(h/t: F.O.A.M.er Ryan Daly)

13 comments:

Dan said...

That is awesome! And I'm sure it's one of the books that will maintain that spot or even float higher too. With one of the best creative teams on board, how can it not?

Orin's dad said...

Yah, that is definitely great news for all of us Aqua-fans! Woo-hoo!

Caffeinated Joe said...

WOOHOO! That is awesome and definitely a rarity I hope is changed now!

Joe said...

Just a note: The asterisk denotes titles that are fully returnable and indicates an 10% lower adjustment in the rankings. So in actuality, AQUAMAN #1 is higher than it appears here assuming no returns.

DC announced last week that AQUAMAN was one of 11 titles that sold over 100, 000 orders, which most likely ranks it higher than WONDER WOMAN & TEEN TITANS which were not returnable.

Joe said...

*AND higher than GLC and NEW GUARDIANS too!

Jason Garner said...

This is probably a dumb question, but does the fact that Aquaman came out in the last batch of the month have anything to do with his ranking?

rob! said...

I don't think its a dumb question Jason, but I also don't think it would affect the sales numbers, since all these are based on orders placed by comics shops, right?

Since comics are not returnable, we don't exactly know how many of the 100,000 + DC sold and shipped actually are off the shelves, tho my guess would be most, since they're doing a 2nd printing.

Or do I have this totally wrong?

Ryan said...

I think the only effect of AQUAMAN coming out in the last month is less time for word-of-mouth to spread and get more readers who would normally avoid an Aquaman book to pick it up. I think based on the creative team and the strong reviews, it is very possible that this book could rank higher with it's second, third and fourth issues.

Ryan said...

Sorry, I meant "last week of the month".

JasonMotesBowles said...

Why is Batman: The Dark Knight so high? Was anyone looking forward to that? Also, I agree that Aquaman should float up, since it's been across the board, well reviewed and so many of the books that outranked it... uh, were not.

rob! said...

@Joe-

Some of the books ARE returnable? When did that start?

Ryan said...

`BATMAN sells, that's why. It would be nice if they didn't flood the market with Bat-titles, but as has been said and analyzed, the big-selling Superman and Batman (and now Green Lantern) books help DC pay for the lower tier books like MEN OF WAR. Also, David Finch is a really popular artist (responsible for more than one kick butt BRIGHTEST DAY cover featuring Aquaman, by the way). Also also, this particular Batman book seemed geared toward the gamer audience and people familiar with Batman through "Arkham Asylum" and the upcoming "Arkham City".

Joe said...

The full explanation can be read here;

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/comichron-new-52-sales-september-2011-111007.html