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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

SIN CITY TV?, Top 300 Comics, Top 100 GNs

Here's a couple of tidbits from the ICV2 website:

SIN CITY a TV show?

Top 300 Comic Books - September 2005 by number actually sold.

Top 100 Graphic Novels - September 2005 by number actually sold.

It's shocking how few comic books a publisher has to sell to make even the Top 50... For instance, number 50 is JLA CLASSIFIED #12 at 43,714 copies sold to retailers... that's 874.28 copies per STATE or roughly 15 PER STORE if you figure there's about 3000 comic book stores in America. We sold about six times that between the two stores, so we're certainly doing our part to spread the word!

Remember when SPAWN #1 sold 1.6 MILLION copies? Of course, 1.1 million of them are still unread in a bag and a board in a box somewhere in somebody's closet...

12 Comments:

At 10/25/2005 5:11 PM, Blogger AlbertJohn3 said...

RE: Top 300 for September

It is nice to see Marvel doesn't have a stranglehold on the top ten anymore. A lot of good books selling in good numbers. I sure wish Manhunter was higher though.

 
At 10/25/2005 8:34 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Spawn #1 (or any issue of Spawn for that matter) can only be enjoyed to the fullest when it remains unread. Trust me on this! When I was young and foolish, I dared look past it's cover and to this day, I'm a little embarrassed I paid money for it.

 
At 10/26/2005 6:55 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Boy, that Todd McFarlane sure can draw ragged capes... seriously. I always thought he should have done a RAGMAN series for DC.

linnen, I love your "Jack Kirby Forced Perspective Photo" by the way...

 
At 10/26/2005 6:43 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Thanks Bill!! I enjoy your Rob Liefeld-style portrait too!! It does kinda look like you!

 
At 10/26/2005 7:02 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

What's really amazing is that Bill drew that himself!

 
At 10/26/2005 7:14 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

HA! Some kid named Max drew that of me... I can't draw that well.

 
At 10/26/2005 7:15 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

And neither can Rob Leifeld, for that matter. What's he doing nowadays? Selling Saturns in Boise?

 
At 10/26/2005 8:11 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

Back to the original post: I think it was Comics Reporter that linked to this article on comics circulation through the history of comics publishing, and it is kind of depressing to see the numbers take a dive over the years. What's odd to me is that when you look at the dates, the circulation of comics falls off about the same time that comic collecting started to take off (1970s). It's like people like us have had no impact on the erosion of the market (well, aside from maybe staunching the flow a few years in the early 1990s during the speculation boom).

Superman is selling about a tenth of what it sold in the 1940s-1960s, and, at its lowest circulation, sold around 41,000 copies a month. I think our local newspaper claims a circulation in that range.

 
At 10/26/2005 8:48 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

That is interesting, steve, and a strange corollary to declining sales is the incredible increase in comic-related STUFF. I mean, I still remember looking for a Batman logo t-shirt back in the early eighties (I saw one of the guys in the band Agent Orange wearing one) and having absolutely NO luck finding any. Heck, I still have the V For Vendetta t-shirt I MADE because no publisher made very many peripheral items...

 
At 10/26/2005 10:22 PM, Blogger Ned at Comix Connection said...

Bill,
Unfortunately, Liefeld did the art for Teen Titans #28 this week. I guess you just have to know the right people in this industry. OOH look I did a link!

 
At 10/26/2005 11:03 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Muscles... where... NONE... exist! Neck... fighting... with... chest... muscles... for control of... upper torso! Nearly... out of... INK...


Nice linky, Ned!

 
At 10/27/2005 8:26 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Ned - kudos on the link!!

I can't even make myself want to read that Teen Titans issue! How about that picture of Robin on the first page?? His legs are twice as long as they should be, and his arms half as long as they should be. It's horrible!!

 

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