The Top 10 Comics in December of 2013 - How do the numbers add up? ~ What'cha Reading?

The Top 10 Comics in December of 2013 – How do the numbers add up?

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The headline read “Only Three Titles Over 100K.” but is that really the story? Take a look at the sales for the top ten books.

TOP 300 COMICS – December 2013

Rank Index Title Price Pub Est.Qty
1 110.28 ORIGIN II #1 $4.99 MAR 131,724
2 106.72 AVENGERS #24.NOW $4.99 MAR 127,466
3 100 BATMAN #26 $3.99 DC 119,443
4 83.18 FOREVER EVIL #4 $3.99 DC 99,351
5 80.64 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 $3.99 DC 96,322
6 78.7 JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 $3.99 DC 94,004
7 77.15 HARLEY QUINN #1 $2.99 DC 92,153
8 75.85 JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 $3.99 DC 90,592
9 64.9 INHUMANITY #1 $3.99 MAR 77,519
10 64.55 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 MAR 77,105

That amounts to an estimated 1,005,679 comic books sold. In the month of December. Only counting 10 titles. Computing the average price at $4.09 that means the industry saw approximately $4,113,227.11. In one month, from 10 titles. ICv2 (the site these sales figures originate from) only records the figures for the top 300 books a month (the lowest selling in the 5,000 issue range). I know these are estimates. I know the estimated money here represents gross not net, lord knows there are tons of expenses on the back-end. But I think numbers like these show that print comics aren’t dead. Far from it.

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All sales figures originate from Only Three Titles Over 100K and Top 300 Comics Actual–December 2013

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Chuck Suffel is the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Whatchareading.com. He loves comics, movies, tv shows. When it comes to comics his first loves are independents and small publishers. Feel free to drop him a note anytime at chuck@whatchareading.com

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