The Top Selling Comics For January 2002
1 BATMAN 10 CENT ADVENTURE 654,128
I would think this was a great idea to get people to read comics if it weren't for the fact that it is the first part of a 10 part story that goes through at least 7 comic books. THIS IS WHAT DROVE PEOPLE AWAY FROM COMICS YOU MORONS!!
2 ORIGIN #6 166,997
In a way, this book has done amazingly well. If you look, you'll see it outsold the very much overhyped Frank Miller Batman book, even though the Batman book will eventually outsell it due to re-orders and second printings. But still, Marvel has got to be pretty happy about this. And when it comes out as a collect book, I'll buy it.
3 DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2 (Of 3) 155,322
I have read very few bad things about this mini-series, and then only from people who dislike Miller's work anyway. But, like with all mini-series, I'm going to buy the book version. It's easier to read, better to store and I HATE waiting between chapters of a story.
4 ULTIMATES #1 149,289
Basically The Ultimate Avengers. It'll be interesting to see how they pull it off. Ultimate Spider-Man works because it strips away all the stuff that built up on 40 years of Spider-Man and got back to its roots. I don't care for Ultimate X-Men because it feels more like, "What's different?" This is by Millar, who might just make it "What's different," which would be a shame. Lee, Kirby and Ditko were able to create enduring characters because they were simple to understand. (Thor is the Norse god of thunder who is in the body of a crippled man, Captain America is a super-soldier out of his own time, etc...)
5 NEW X-MEN #122 109,246
I think this is the lowest this book has been in the top ten in ages. Grant Morrison is an incredible writer who has made this the Must Read book it should be. Not just highly recommended, but mindblowingly wonderful to read for even non-superhero readers.
6 MOMENT OF SILENCE 104,275
This is Marvel's Story tribute to 9/11, after their poster book came out. It will be interesting to see how these 9/11 books read. Done well they could be incredible classics. Done poorly, and they be like all the crappy hunger relief books of the mid 80's, and just as forgettable.
7 UNCANNY X-MEN #402 101,145
I find myself losing interest in this book, which is a shame with New X-Men being so good. The 400th issue just sort of sat there, and the "silent" issue didn't work at all. I know that being compared to Grant Morrison is rough, but this one is on the chopping block if the "Banshee as a terrorist" doesn't work as a story.
8 ULTIMATE X-MEN #14 97,690
Second part of the story introducing Gambit. I hate Gambit.
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39 90,788
#39? Where's #37? I don't review books that never come out.
Oh, and I REALLY have Gambit as a character.
10 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #17 79,203
An over 10,000 sales drop between #9 and #10. And this IS the best Spider-Man book. Bendis writes the book a bit slow, but his dialgoue feel real, the stories feel fresh and Bagley's art is clear at telling the story without a lot of unnessesary flash. I know this is supposed to be aimed at younger readers who don't know the character, but it just goes to show that all that matters is a good story. Highly Recommended.
11 X-TREME X-MEN #9 77,767
Claremont X-Men. You know the drill. You either like his stuff or you don't and nothing will change your mind.
12 GREEN ARROW #12 75,978
Also terribly late, but the last part of Quiver just didn't work for me. Too much mystic mumbo jumbo for a guy who shoots arrows at people. The dialogue was wonderful, and most of the story worked, but the ending...just didn't work.
13 GI JOE #3 75,397
Didn't read it in the 80's. Not reading it now.
14 WOLVERINE #172 71,574
15 JLA #62 63,345
A near 20,000 sales drop between #14 and #15. I would like to think that someone notices this stuff. Oh, and this issue was kinda mediocre. Liked the art, but story was just kinda...there. This became a huge book because as you read it, you felt like "Oh My God! What is going to happen next!?!" Now it feels like, "Oh, they are dealing with the Earth blowing up again." It's not the level of danger it's how the story makes you feel by drawing you in. And JLA doesn't draw me in anymore.
16 AVENGERS #50 56,009
Speaking of not being drawn in...I have figured out why I'm not as enamored of this comic anymore. It's not the Perez left, it's that all the character interaction has left. The Avengers works when you see them interacting in the Stan Lee soap opera style, but since the Kang story started, its been one long, confusing fight scene. Busiek has said this is his last arc, and while I love his work, I think it is time for him to go.
17 PUNISHER #8$2.99 MAR54,305
I honestly think this is the highest 50,000 cut off in a long time. While it looks as if a lot of comics have moved up the sales charts (which I'll discuss below) it also looks like a LOT of the jump in sales is from stores pouring a lot more money into the top ten and cutting orders on everything else.
18 DETECTIVE COMICS #766 49,607
The best Batman book by far. Rucka is crafting interesting stories that read like novels. The moody art and toned down coloring add to the feeling of seriousness to the stories without being pretentious. I ignore the backups tho. Highly recommended
19 PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #39 48,380
The little Spidey Book that could. For all the hype Amazing Spider-Man gets, this book is turning out great Spider-Man stories on a regular basis that don't have "shocking implications about his origins" or "change everything about his secret identity." They are simple short stories told with heart and understanding of the character. Highly recommended.
20 DAREDEVIL #29 48,012
Bendis is getting a lot of hype on this book, and while I love his stuff, this book is kind of leaving me a bit cold. The "silent" issue was OK, but not great, and the new storyline seems to be getting off to a slow start.
21 FANTASTIC FOUR #51 47,714
I know Pachelo is considered a great artist by a lot of people, and the book is getting good reviews, but the recent "Big Cosmic Menace" story felt like so much of a rehash of the first Galactus story, Kirby should be paid royalties. I see that Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo are the next creative team on the book, and I can't wait...too bad it's 9 months away.
22 BATMAN #599 47,209
23 X-FORCE #124 45,670
24 FATHOM #13 44,886
After about a year off due to artist illness, and it still charts this high. Amazing. Of course, I don't read it, so I don't know if it was worth the wait, but I doubt it. Not a whole lot could be.
25 ELEKTRA #7 44,400
26 ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #600 43,692
27 SPAWN #118 43,281
This book now officially sells less than half of what it did at this time last year. For any other book it would be time to totally shake it up and bring in a new creative team, but I think Spawn will just continue to grind slowly down as Toddy Mac becomes less and less of a fan favorite over time, and his style becomes as dated as Rich Buckler's aping of Kirby and Neal Adams.
28 IRON MAN #50 43,097
Mike Grell is coming on as the new writer, and I hope he's still as good as he was when doing Jon Sable Freelance and Green Arrow. He is an incredibly good writer with older characters, making them feel important to a younger audience.
29 ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM UP #12$2.25 MAR41,841
30 NIGHTWING #65$2.25 DC41,398
31 BATGIRL #24$2.50 DC40,789
32 SUPERMAN #178$2.25 DC40,553
33 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25$2.50 DC39,986
34 ICEMAN #4$2.50 MAR39,986
35 EXILES #8$2.25 MAR39,382
36 JSA #32$2.50 DC39,240
37 NIGHTCRAWLER #3$2.50 MAR38,504
38 FURY #5 (MR)$2.99 MAR37,626
39 INCREDIBLE HULK #36$2.25 MAR36,422
40 MARVEL MANGAVERSE X-MEN #1$2.25 MAR35,969
41 ACTION COMICS #787$2.25 DC35,898
42 ALIAS #5 (MR)$2.99 MAR35,836
43 THOR #45$2.25 MAR35,298
44 ROBIN #98$2.25 DC34,717
45 SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL #122$2.25 DC34,500
46 CATWOMAN #3$2.50 DC33,348
I was going to drop this before it came out, due to not much caring for the last series by the end, and wanting to cut costs, but I got the first two issues and was blown away by how good it is. A tight script that doesn't feel like a cliché, clear, clean art inked by Mike Allred and another in the "crime novel" genre of comics. Highly recommended.
47 ELEKTRA & WOLVERINE #3$5.95 MAR32,815
48 MARVEL MANGAVERSE SPIDER-MAN #1$2.25 MAR32,626
49 BIRDS OF PREY #39$2.50 DC32,617
50 GREEN LANTERN #146$2.25 DC32,551
51 HOWARD THE DUCK #1 (MR)$2.99 MAR31,394
Cool. I'm waiting for the trade, tho. I do that with all Marvel mini-series now.
52 CABLE #101$2.25 MAR31,385
53 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #151$2.25 DC30,573
54 TOMB RAIDER #19$2.50 IMA30,261
55 THUNDERBOLTS #60$2.25 MAR29,912
56 CAPTAIN AMERICA HEART OF DARKNESS #1$2.99 MAR29,893
57 AVENGERS CELESTIAL QUEST #5 (Of 8)$2.50 MAR29,775
58 MARVEL MANGAVERSE NEW DAWN #1 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR29,119
59 SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB #10$2.99 MAR29,052
60 WONDER WOMAN #178$2.25 DC28,967
61 JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE SECRET FILES #1$4.95 DC28,481
62 MARVEL MANGAVERSE ETERNAL TWILIGHT #1 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR28,472
63 MARVEL MANGAVERSE AVENGERS #1$2.25 MAR28,467
64 MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #4 (MR)$2.99 MAR28,439
Sure, I believe that the 4th issue will be out this month. Too bad the first three aren't out yet. Wankers.
65 MARVEL MANGAVERSE FANTASTIC FOUR #1$2.25 MAR28,434
66 WITCHBLADE #53 (RES)$2.50 IMA28,019
67 DEADPOOL FUNERAL FOR A FREAK #2$2.25 MAR27,660
68 BROTHERHOOD #9$2.25 MAR27,211
69 POWERS #18 (MR)$2.95 IMA26,886
70 FLASH #182$2.25 DC26,583
71 DOOM EMPEROR RETURNS #3$2.50 MAR26,470
72 OUT THERE #8$2.50 DC26,083
73 MARVEL MANGAVERSE PUNISHER #1$2.25
74 POWER COMPANY JOSIAH POWER$2.50 DC25,918
75 POWER COMPANY SAPPHIRE$2.50 DC25,800
76 POWER COMPANY MANHUNTER$2.50 DC25,512
77 POWER COMPANY SKYROCKET$2.50 DC25,427
78 POWER COMPANY BORK$2.50 DC25,384
79 POWER COMPANY WITCHFIRE$2.50 DC25,247
I hate launches like this. I wouldn't mind trying a new Kurt Busiek series, but in order to put it on my list, I have to buy $15 worth of books just BEFORE the first issue. And with sales like this, it looks like most people feel the way I do.
80 YOUNG JUSTICE #41$2.50 DC24,889
81 POWER COMPANY STRIKER Z$2.50 DC24,738
82 TITANS #37$2.50 DC24,591
83 LEGION #4$2.50 DC24,416
84 MARVEL MANGAVERSE GHOST RIDER #1$2.25 MAR24,157
85 X-MEN EVOLUTION #3$2.25 MAR23,841
86 HARLEY QUINN #16$2.25 DC23,704
87 HAVEN BROKEN CITY #2 (Of 9)$2.50 DC23,302
88 SPIDER-GIRL #43$2.25 MAR23,076
89 SPIDER-GIRL #42$2.25 MAR23,024
90 INFERNO HELLBOUND #2$2.50 IMA22,703
91 WARLANDS AGE OF ICE #0$2.50 IMA22,679
92 CAPTAIN MARVEL #27$2.50 MAR21,990
93 TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES #2$2.95 DC21,910
94 I LOVE NEW YORK$2.95 LIN21,872
95 DEADMAN #2$2.50 DC21,456
96 DOOM PATROL #4$2.50 DC21,253
97 SOJOURN #7$2.95 CRO21,211
98 SPECTRE #13$2.50 DC21,140
99 CAPTAIN MARVEL #28$2.50 MAR20,616
100 STAR WARS STARFIGHTER CROSSBONES #1 OF 3$2.99 DAR20,408
101 SUPERGIRL #66$2.25 DC20,262
102 STAR WARS #38 STARK HYPERSPACE WAR 3 Of 4$2.99 DAR20,172
103 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #3$1.99 DC20,149
104 NIGHTSIDE #4$2.99 MAR19,809
105 RUSE #4$2.95 CRO19,535
106 BATMAN NIGHTWING BLOODBORNE$5.95 DC19,483
107 BLACK PANTHER #40$2.50 MAR18,808
108 DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS #1*$2.95 IMA18,426
109 SUICIDE SQUAD #5$2.50 DC18,194
110 HELLBLAZER #170 (MR)$2.50 DC18,161
111 BLOODSTONE #4$2.99 MAR17,524
112 LIBERTY MEADOWS WEDDING ALBUM$2.95 INS17,245
113 MIKE MIGNOLAS BPRD HOLLOW EARTH #1 (Of 3)$2.99 DAR17,217
114 TRANSMETROPOLITAN #52 (MR)$2.50 DC17,189
115 GEN 13 #73$2.50 DC16,802
116 100 BULLETS #32 (MR)$2.50 DC16,783
117 SUPERBOY #96$2.25 DC16,778
I gave the new team a try. They suck too. Time to put this baby to sleep.
118 SCION #20$2.95 CRO16,769
119 NEGATION #2$2.95 CRO16,476
120 SAURIANS UNNATURAL SELECTION #1 (Of 2)$2.95 CRO16,372
121 CRUX #10$2.95 CRO15,744
122 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #41 UGLY LITTLE MONSTERS (2 Of 3)*$2.99 DAR15,315
123 NINJA BOY #6$2.95 DC15,234
Cancelled. Doesn't surprise me. I could never get past the goofy name.
124 MYSTIC #20$2.95 CRO15,079
125 ESTABLISHMENT #5$2.50 DC14,979
126 BUFF THE VAMPIRE SLAYER HAUNTED #2 (Of 4)*$2.99 DAR14,824
127 FIRST #15$2.95 CRO14,767
128 KINDRED #1 (Of 4)$2.50 DC14,706
129 MONARCHY #10$2.50 DC14,621
130 SANDMAN PRESENTS THESSALIAD #1 (Of 4) (MR)$2.50 DC14,555
131 FELON #3$2.95 IMA14,498
132 SIGIL #20$2.95 CRO14,191
133 LADY DEATH LAST RITES #4 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA14,182
She's getting a redesign by J. Scott Campbell...and to be honest, you know your character is only selling for one reason when J. Scott Campbell makes the bustline smaller when he redesigns it.
134 MERIDIAN #20$2.95 CRO14,078
135 SIMPSONS COMICS #66$2.50 BON13,917
136 SAM & TWITCH #27 (RES)$2.50 IMA13,898
Jesus Ghod, why do they even bother publishing it with Bendis not doing it. I actually looked through one of the issues Toddy Mac wrote and I thought I would have to seek professional help. It's painfully apparent that he's never read anything but a cereal box when you try to suffer through his dialouge. Recommended to avoid like the plague.
137 LUCIFER #22 (MR)$2.50 DC13,691
138 AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #86$2.50 DC13,658
139 IMPULSE #82$2.50 DC13,648
It doesn't look good for these two books, although it seems they will publish Azrael no matter how bad the book is or how low the sales go. I recently dropped Impulse because it just wasn't much fun anymore, and the thing that made to book so good was the sense of FUN it had.
140 HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #7 (MR)$2.50 DC13,459
141 ATHENA INC BEGINNING$5.95 IMA13,223
142 CODENAME KNOCKOUT #9 (MR)$2.50 DC12,978
Still a goofy fun adult themed comic, and it looks like sales are slowly going up. I can't say it's GREAT, but it is a fun read, which nice art. Mildly recommended.
143 VAMPI #15 REG ED$2.99 HAR12,803
144 VAMPIRELLA #6 REG ED (Note Price)$2.99 HAR12,742
Amazing that the two versions of the character both sell about the same. Not even the Superman books can say that. I don't like either of them, though.
145 ORION #22$2.50 DC12,643
It still pisses me off that this book failed. Simonson did some incredible work here, and this comic was one of the few that always blew me away every month. I don't know why he doesn't have the fan following he used to when his work has improved. Highly recommended not just for this issue, but to dig up the back issues you missed.
146 SAVAGE DRAGON #95$2.95 IMA12,411
147 AMERICAN CENTURY #11 (MR)$2.50 DC12,100
Chaykin had a GREAT start to this series, then just seemed to run out of gas quickly. I wonder if it is because he started the series in case there was a writer's strike in Hollywood.
148 AGENCY #5$2.95 IMA12,100
149 BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #46$1.99 DC11,868
150 SHI THROUGH ASHES$2.99 CRU11,680
151 FUTURAMA COMICS #7$2.50 BON11,661
The comic is OK, and a bit of step down from the TV series (unlike The Simpsons comic which has been better than the show lately) but still highly recommended for people who don't mind laughing while they read their funnybooks.
152 HAUNTED #2 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA11,628
This is the only Chaos book I am reading now, and since it's be Peter David, it's the only one that's not an excuse for tits and ass shots and tons of blood. He's got a good story going here, and he hasn't messed it up with out-of place humor. Highly recommended, and unlike most mini-series, I'm buying it as a monthly since Chaos is so horrible about both printing their stuff in trades and if they do, keeping the trades in print.
153 SHADOW REAVERS #5$2.99 BLA10,188
154 NOBLE CAUSES #1$2.95 IMA9,980
The new Jay Faerber super-team book, and with sales this low, I don't expect it to make a big splash. I like his work on Titans well enough, but not well enough o follow him into another series I have heard nothing about.
155 UNDEAD #1 (MR)*$4.99 CHA9,857
156 BAD KITTY RELOADED #4 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA9,815
157 GROO DEATH & TAXES #2 (Of 4)$2.99 DAR9,791
Groo is an odd case for me. I love the comic, but feel cheated to pay $3 for 28 pages (that's with ads). When it was with Epic and sold at the price of regular comics, it was fine, but at an inflated price and a lower page count, I just can't work up a trill for it. Call it a casualty of higher comics prices.
158 BLACK TIDE #2$2.95 IMA9,550
159 CRUSADES #11 (MR)$2.50 DC9,442
Another highly recommended book, although Kelly Jones's art isn't as good as it used to be a few years ago. I don't expect it will last much longer with sales like this, however.
160 CREED UTOPIATE #1$2.95 IMA9,404
161 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #12$2.95 BRO9,295
162 JADE REDEMPTION #3 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA9,267
163 POWERPUFF GIRLS #23$1.99 DC9,125
164 TALEWEAVER #5 (Of 6)$2.95 DC8,823
165 FOUR WOMEN #4 (Of 5) (MR)$2.95 DC8,814
Odd. I would think a Sam Keith mini-series would sell a lot better than this. The Maxx was about the only good thing from Image at the time it was being published, and Zero Girl was very well done. This will be a good trade paperback, but I guess his time away from comics made it so people forgot him. He's doing a Wolverine story soon, so that will make him noticable again. Too bad you have to do crap like that to sell good books.
166 OUTLAW NATION #17 8,738
I love the people on Barbelith.com. Really I do. But they are saying that this book's cancellation is a horrible thing and DC should keep publishing it with sales this low...in the last three months it has dropped from 9,600 to 8,700, and has to be losing money by this point. I like it too, but if you like a book that it down here or below and isn't from a small publisher, it's doomed.
167 SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #65 8,351
If this isn't the last issue, it's the next to last issue. Still, a pretty good run, even though it ran out of gas about issue #25.
168 GRIP STRANGE WORLD OF MEN #3 (Of 5) (MR)$2.50 DC8,077
169 USAGI YOJIMBO #54$2.99 DAR7,912
170 PLANET O/T APES #5 BLOODLINES (2 Of 3)*$2.99 DAR7,860
171 QUEEN & COUNTRY #6 (MR)7,667
Written by Greg Rucka, who seems to have abandoned novels for comics. His Detective Comics stories are great, and I'm getting the first trade of this book when it comes out, but again, why buy it in a serialized format when there will be a collected version available?
172 DRAGONBALL Z PART 5 #1 (Of 12)$2.95 VIZ7,568
173 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #64 SKIN (1 Of 2) (MR)$2.99 DAR7,421
174 STRAY BULLETS #23 (MR)$3.50 EL7,299
It's nice to have this comic back, one of the first in the Crime Noir boom that came after Frank Miller's Sin City stuff. I prefer to buy it in books, since it never really ends, but just fades into the next story, but either format is highly recommended.
175 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #63$2.99 KZR7,077
A great bargain, and still a lot of fun to read for gamers only. If you aren't a gamer, you'll be put off by the painfully horrible art and focus completely on people who play role playing games. The perfect example of a niche comic.
176 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS IN SHADOW OF DRAGONS #6 (Of 8)$2.99
177 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS TEMPESTS GATE #2 (Of 4) (Note Price)$2.99 KZR6,850
178 CEREBUS #274$2.25 AAR6,571
179 LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #4 (MR)$3.95 FAN6,496
I know it kills my Indy Comic cred to say so, but I have never much cared for Love and Rockets. It's not for lack of trying. I bought the first 8 collected books, but haven't been able to read more than about half of the first two. And, to be honest, I'm not hearing the accolades for this second series like I always did for the first.
180 ELECTROPOLIS #4$2.95 IMA6,449
181 GIRL GENIUS #6$3.95 FOG6,392
Phil Foglio's new comic. I'll buy it as a collected work, since it's bit overpriced at $4 for a 32 page comic you can be done reading in about 10 minutes.
182 DRAGONBALL PART 4 #6 (Of 10)$2.95 VIZ6,321
Wait and get them in the collected books for your kids. My son is tearing through the books, and is a huge fan of the cartoon. I don't care for it, but then again, he's not a big fan of the Ditko Spider-Man stories or Kirby's Fantastic Four stuff.
183 CANNON GOD EXAXXION #3 STAGE 1 (3 Of 8) (MR)$2.99 DAR6,260
184 TERRY MOORES PARADISE TOO #6$2.95 ABS6,000
185 SUGAR & SPIKE FACSIMILE ED$2.95 DC5,920
Now THIS is a great comic and is literally for all ages. The story of two babies who can speak to each other, but don't understand anyone around them. In a way, Rugrats lifted their premise from this, but this was done with more charm and gentle humor. Much like Peanuts, it's a kids comic for adults to enjoy. Not just highly recommended, but I honestly think if DC would reprint it and get it on newsstands, it would outsell anything else in the mainstream market.
186 RANMA 1/2 PART 10 #10 (Of 11)$2.95
187 SCOOBY-DOO #56$1.99 DC5,382
188 POISON ELVES #69$2.95 SIR5,259
*holds his head to keep the pain from getting worse* Who the royal blue fuck is buying this book? Whoever you are, stop. Now. Put the comic down and find something else. Something that looks good and doesn't read like someone's bad D&D game. Please? I'll give you a cookie...
189 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #106$1.99 ARC5,009
It kind of amazes me that this outsells all the Archie books, since SEGA doesn't even make video game consoles anymore, and the last two they DID make bombed. Where are little kids playing Sonic, since the Saturn and Dreamcast did so poorly?
190 WARREN ELLIS STRANGE KILLINGS #1 (Of 3) (MR)$3.50 AVA4,886
A waste of paper, and I'm a Warren Ellis fan. The first two of the "Strange" mini-series were overlong and understoried. Maybe if they collected all three mini-series in a $12.95 it would be worth it, but these things seem more like IDEAS for stories, rather than stories.
191 GUNDAM WING BATTLEFIELD OF PACIFISTS #4 (Of 6)$2.95 TKP4,848
192 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA #24$2.95 TKP4,593
193 GOLD DIGGER #28$2.99 ANT4,301
194 NO NEED FOR TENCHI PART 12 #6 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ3,923
195 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE HACKMASTERS #11$2.99 KZR3,829
196 INU YASHA PART 6 #9 (Of 15)$2.95 VIZ3,763
197 AGE OF BRONZE #13$3.50 IMA3,541
198 INCAL #7 (MR)$2.95 HUM3,479
199 HOW TO DRAW MANGA #11$4.95 ANT3,460
Which actually outsells most of the manga being published. Draw your own conclusion, but it's a lot like how books on selling poetry to publishers outsell poetry books, OK?
200 JUST A PILGRIM GARDEN OF EDEN LTD PREVIEW ED$7.00 BLA3,442
201 BASTARD WIZARD #2 (Of 2) (MR)$3.95 VIZ3,418
It's what they called Gandalf when he would pants you with his wand.
202 CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND PART 2 #2 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ3,295
203 TRUTH SERUM #1$2.95 SLA3,243
204 DEMONSLAYER FUTURE SHOCK #1/2*$4.95
PLEASE stop making 1/2, 0 and -1 issues. I BEG you. They are always an excuse for the artist to print the crap he was doodling while playing video games and trying to pick up chicks in chat rooms. And if there IS a story, it's some half-assed writing school project that shows that no one knows how to write a short story anymore.
205 SLAYERS SPECIAL #2$2.95 CPM3,069
206 ARCHIE #519$1.99 ARC3,054
207 LOONEY TUNES #86$1.99 DC3,031
208 I DREAM OF JEANNIE #1$2.95 AIR2,960
Now, if you are going to make a porn comic, THIS would be the one to make. I know I'm not the only one whose pants felt funny when Barbara Eden would say "Yes, Master" and was able to do ANYTHING.
209 BONEYARD #5 (MR)$2.95 NBM2,955
210 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #91$2.99 ANT2,86
I'll stick to Rock and Roll High School. PJ Soles goes to that one.
211 BETTY & VERONICA #171$1.99 ARC2,847
212 DISTANT SOIL #34 (Net) (Note Price)$4.95 IMA2,833
Sadly, I finally dropped this comic, as I haven't been "reading" it for a good year or so. The art is wonderful, but the story has utterly lost me. And throwing in short stories didn't help a lot.
213 POPBOT #1 (MR)$7.99 IDW2,799
214 KODOCHA #1 (Of 5)$2.95 TKP2,795
215 SLAYERS SUPER EXPLOSIVE DEMON STORY #4$2.95 CPM2,724
216 BETTY #109$1.99 ARC2,686
217 KISSING CHAOS #6 (Of 8) (MR)$2.25 ONI2,653
218 ARCHIE & FRIENDS STARRING JOSIE & PUSSYCATS #55$1.99 ARC2,625
219 SABRINA VOL 2 #28 2,601
220 WHITE RAIN #1 2,568
221 CARTOON CARTOONS #9 2,554
222 VERONICA #123 2,535
223 LODOSS WAR DEEDLITS TALE #6 2,526
224 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #104 2,507
225 SABRINA VOL 2 #29 2,469
226 BUNNY TOWN #1 2,389
If this is another animal porn comic, I have offically lost all faith in humanity and feel it's time for the plague that that the guy downtown is always screaming about.
227 LODOSS WAR CHRONICLES HEROIC KNIGHT #17 2,379
228 CLASSWAR #2 (Of 6) 2,299
229 YOUNG WITCHES VOL 5 LEGACY #1 2,275
230 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #64 2,224
231 WERESLUT #4 2,219
Not only am I out of jokes for this series, I'm now starting to think that the people who buy it are in serious need of mental health services. But then, I think that of anyone who buys porn comics not by R. Crumb or Howard Chaykin.
232 JOSS WHEDONS FRAY NEW PRTG #1 2,214
233 SLOW NEWS DAY #4 (Of 6) 2,200
234 ARCHIES WEIRD MYSTERIES #19 2,186
235 SMILE VOL 4 #2 2,181
A manga anthology aimed at teenaged girls. Is it any wonder it doesn't sell very well in comic shops?
236 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #127 2,157
To be honest, the Archie digests are about the best bang for the buck when it comes to comics for kids. They cost less than a regular Marvel book, run about 100 pages and have a ton of complete stories. Give 'em to kids in the back seat of the mini-van rather than installing a damn DVD system and TV.
237 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #83 2,091
238 ARCHIE DIGEST #187 2,072
239 JUGHEAD #142 2,039
240 SILENT MOBIUS TURNABOUT #1 (Of 6) 1,987
241 MARMALADE BOY #2 (Of 5) 1,964
242 TIGERS O/T LUFTWAFFE #4 1,959
243 MILK #27 1,945
244 JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #2 (Of 8) 1,903
245 HOW TO COLOR COMICS GD TO COMP COLORING #2 1,893
246 THIEVES & KINGS #37 1,865
247 LAUGH DIGEST #173 1,846
Has anyone really ever laughed reading an Archie comic? I don't mean thinking quietly to yourself "Gee that's funny" while reading it, but actually laughed out loud so another human being could hear it? I didn't think so.
248 WARREN ELLIS STRANGE KILLINGS WRAPAROUND CVR #1 (Of 3) 1,832
I don't get why he does these books. Warren Ellis is a very good writer who does some amazing work, but his Avalon mini-series all read like something he jotted down while watching TV. And they stretch what could be a decent one-shot story into three issues. And looking at the sales, it can't be for the money.
249 DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS STORMKOTE #1 1,818
250 JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #3 (Of 8) 1,803
251 SAINT TAIL #15 1,803
252 JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE DIGEST #172 1,789
253 ALISON DARE & HEART O/T MAIDEN #1 (Of 2) 1,775
254 GEOBREEDERS #35 1,766
255 DRAGON KNIGHTS #4 (Of 6) 1,714
256 FUTABAKUN CHANGE VOL 7 #6 1,695
257 MIRACLE GIRLS #16 1,633
258 SOME TROUBLE OF SERRIOUS NATURE VARIANT HILDEBRANDT CVR 1,633
259 NEGATIVE EXPOSURE #3 (Of 6) 1,610
260 BITCH IN HEAT #13 1,591
Too many jokes...must not mock XGFs...at least not by putting links to their websites....
261 BLOWJOB #2 1,582
Hey look, everyone, blowjobs for less than $5, and you don't have to go to the Phillipines
262 FURRLOUGH #109 1,582
263 LA BLUE GIRL MANGA ED #6 1,563
264 SKULL MAN #3 (Of 5) 1,563
265 COOL DEVICES #3 1,548
266 VAGABOND PART 1 #3 1,544
267 WARRIOR NUN AREALA BOOKS OF PERIL #3 (Of 4) 1,520
268 SMALL FAVORS #5 1,515
269 POP GUN WAR #2 1,478
270 SPAWN #11 1,468
Currently selling for $6 in Wizard, and Toddy Mac still has boxes of them in his warehouse. I guess those "shortages" that were of the comic at the time might have been a bit of a falsehood.
271 GENKI CLINIC VOL 8 #6 1,369
272 VAMPIRE PRINCESS YUI VOL 3 #6 1,369
273 DOUBLE TAKE #8 1,331
Picking up after Double Image, and I think only one issue has come out. I liked Codeflesh, and think it would have worked as a mini-series of some kind instead of half of an anthology. I still don't know why American audiences don't like anthologies, but they are pretty much a lost cause at this point.
274 FINDER #25 1,317
275 JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #4 (Of 8) 1,317
276 GENUS MALE #1 1,279
Homosexual furry animal porn. If that's not a limited market, I don't want to know what one is. We have reached the bottom of the geek food chain. We can ALL make fun of these pathetic fuck-wits.
277 MAXION #26 1,256
278 BLUE EYES VOL 1 #4 (Of 5) 1,218
279 HELDEN #6 (Of 6) 1,218
280 MILLENNIUM EDITION SUPERMAN #1 1,209
281 PRINCESS PRINCE #16 1,190
282 POKEMON ADVS PART 6 AGATHAS ARBOK #2 (Of 4) 1,185
I sure hope they are selling this somewhere else, because selling less than 1,100 of ANYTHING Pokemon strikes me as incredibly weird.
283 CHLOCRAT #1 1,161
284 KATMANDU #27 1,128
285 FRED THE CLOWN #2 1,124
286 DFE FATHOM CONNECTING ALT CVR #13 1,119
Does anyone really give a damn about limited covers anymore? If they do, send them to my house so I can beat them with a tree branch until they wise up, OK?
287 THRESHOLD NUDE CVR #46 1,119
Yes, the class act that is Avalon Publishing. I'm sure Alan Moore is damn happy they are printing his Glory series.
288 WARHAMMER MONTHLY #51 1,109
289 DOJIN 2000 COLL NUKI LUM 2 1,099
290 DOJIN 2000 COLL LOVE TINA 1,095
291 DOJIN 2000 COLL DB 1,076
292 DEMON BEAST INVASION MANGA ED #5 1,072
293 WAITING PLACE VOL 2 #12 (Of 12) 1,072
294 DOJIN 2000 FIGHTING SPIRIT $4.95
295 BATMAN FULL CIRCLE 1,029
Not too bad for a 10 year old Prestige book. The art by Alan Davis is incredibly good, and Mike W. Barr still could tell a good Batman story. Oddly enough, this was one of Barr's last comics stories after a nice run on Detective.
296 ELVIRA #105 1,029
More people were in line to get her autograph in San Diego than buy her comics. That says something right there.
297 HAPPY #1 (MR) 958
Not likely, selling less than 1,000 copies.
298 ALAN MOORES GLORY LUSH LANDS CVR #0 954
299 GREMLIN TROUBLE #29 935
300 ASTRA #7 902
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