When love turns violent: Watch Boo Boo kill Yogi


Back in August, we noted that the upcoming Yogi Bear movie appeared to be a horror film about deviant sex, based on the perverted poster.

When we finally saw the trailer in theaters, we suggested in jest that shooting the filmmakers was the only way to stop this abomination.

It turns out someone had a similar idea.

Except it was instead to show Boo Boo shooting Yogi to get a measly $5000 in blood money reward.

In your heart, you know that is how it will end.

Everything about the new CGI Yogi Bear movie is terrifying. But this short trailer — made by RISD animator Edmund Earle, in homage to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford– may just have justified the mere existence of this miserable movie.

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Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: October 2010


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by Paul O’Brien

The big event on Marvel’s publishing schedule for October was the relaunch of X-FORCE, which restarts from issue #1 and celebrates by taking an adjective. It’s also a big month at the Icon imprint, with the first issues of two Mark Millar titles, KICK-ASS 2 and SUPERIOR, plus the return of INCOGNITO. There’s the second month of the Wolverine family relaunch. And there’s another ongoing Deadpool series. Well, it’s been at least a week since the last one.

As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market, beating DC by 36% to 32% in unit share, and 41% to 36% in dollars.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for their permission to use these figures.

1.  UNCANNY X-FORCE
10/08  #8      - 59,745
=====
10/09  #20     - 48,921  (  -1.8%)
11/09  #21     - 53,967  ( +10.3%)
12/09  #22     - 51,859  (  -3.9%)
01/10  #23     - 50,848  (  -1.9%)
02/10  #24     - 49,790  (  -2.1%)
03/10  #25     - 49,910  (  +0.2%)
04/10  #26     - 67,512  ( +35.3%)
05/10  #27     - 62,509  (  -7.4%)
06/10  ---
07/10  #28     - 61,680  (  -1.3%)
07/10  S&V #1  - 41,426  ( -32.8%)
08/10  #2 of 3 - 38,480  (  -7.1%)
09/10  #3 of 3 - 37,283  (  -3.1%)
10/10  #1      - 95,639  (+156.5%)
6 mnth  ( +41.7%)
1 year  ( +95.5%)
2 year  ( +60.1%)

X-FORCE relaunches, following the three-month hiatus which was filled by the SEX & VIOLENCE miniseries. And so far, so good.

We’ve seen over recent months that the boost from renumbering wears off quickly, though, and this issue is bolstered by a veritable horde of variant covers, including 1:25, 1:50 and 1:75 variants. But on the other hand, this is a much more “legitimate” relaunch than many that Marvel have tried recently, coinciding as it does with a change of creative team, a virtually complete change of cast, and a fresh start in terms of shorelines. For a change, with this relaunch, you can make a sensible case for it being a different title.

The previous volume had estimated first month sales of 105,149 when it launched in February 2008, so this really isn’t too far behind. An encouraging start.

7.  NEW AVENGERS
10/05  #12    - 127,949
10/06  #24    - 136,811
10/07  #35    - 111,481
10/08  #46    -  99,513
=====
10/09  #58    -  76,656  (-10.4%)
11/09  #59    -  74,379  ( -3.0%)
12/09  #60    -  72,790  ( -2.1%)
01/10  #61    -  78,202  ( +7.4%)
02/10  #62    -  76,405  ( -2.3%)
03/10  #63    -  76,145  ( -0.3%)
04/10  #64    -  75,430  ( -0.9%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Finale -  82,152  ( +8.9%)
06/10  #1     - 129,084  (+67.8%)
07/10  #2     -  83,397  (-35.4%)
08/10  #3     -  81,354  ( -2.4%)
09/10  #4     -  77,479  ( -4.7%)
10/10  #5     -  73,409  ( -5.3%)
6 mnth  ( -2.7%)
1 year  ( -4.2%)
2 year  (-26.2%)
3 year  (-34.2%)
4 year  (-46.3%)
5 year  (-42.6%)
8. AVENGERS
05/10 #1 - 170,682
06/10 #2 - 98,788 (-42.1%)
07/10 #3 - 87,410 (-11.5%)
08/10 #4 - 87,333 ( -0.1%)
09/10 #5 - 82,411 ( -5.6%)
10/10 #6 - 73,258 (-11.1%)
9. SECRET AVENGERS
05/10 #1 - 110,681
06/10 #2 - 77,933 (-30.0%)
07/10 #3 - 72,293 ( -7.2%)
08/10 #4 - 74,655 ( +3.3%)
09/10 #5 - 69,546 ( -6.8%)
10/10 #6 - 68,617 ( -1.3%)

The three Avengers books continue to hang closely together in the Top 10, with less than 5,000 between them. AVENGERS is having a rare month without a variant cover, hence the slightly odd sales there. Overall, the books seem to be settling at a level that Marvel should be very happy with – when the C-title is still making the top 10, you can’t really complain.

10.  KICK-ASS 2  [Icon]
10/10  #1 of 6 - 65,279

The first of two new Mark Millar books on the chart, and a rare appearance in the top 10 for a creator-owned book. The original series was of course a huge success; when it launched in February 2008, its estimated first-month sales were 47,841, but the re-orders just kept coming, eventually taking it up to the 80K range. The second volume, no doubt bolstered by the high-profile film, opens even more strongly.

Millar’s other creator-owned title SUPERIOR also launches strongly this month, but there’s clearly a level of interest in KICK-ASS that goes above and beyond Millar’s core following.

11.  X-MEN
07/10  #1 - 143,167
08/10  #2 -  71,464  (-50.1%)
09/10  #3 -  66,549  ( -6.9%)
10/10  #4 -  63,772  ( -4.2%)

Continuing the “Curse of the Mutants” storyline. X-MEN is levelling out reasonably quickly, and it’s still the highest selling of the X-Men titles – though admittedly, that’s with the benefit of 1:15 and 1:25 variant covers.

12. WOLVERINE
10/05  #34  -  75,664
10/06  #47  - 106,201
10/07  #58  -  83,810
10/08  ---
=====
10/09  WX#6 -  38,446  (  -6.2%)
11/09  #7   -  36,108  (  -6.1%)
12/09  #8   -  33,470  (  -7.3%)
01/10  #9   -  31,678  (  -5.4%)
02/10  #10  -  30,132  (  -4.9%)
03/10  #11  -  29,799  (  -1.1%)
04/10  #12  -  30,050  (  +0.8%)
05/10  #13  -  29,773  (  -0.9%)
06/10  #14  -  30,035  (  +0.9%)
07/10  #15  -  29,555  (  -1.6%)
08/10  #16  -  29,424  (  -0.4%)
09/10  #1   - 104,414  (+254.9%)
10/10  #2   -  63,210  ( -39.5%)
6 mnth  (+110.3%)
1 year  ( +64.4%)
2 year  (   --- )
3 year  ( -24.6%)
4 year  ( -40.5%)
5 year  ( -16.5%)

A big second-issue drop, but that was always going to happen given the number of variant covers in September.

Having said that, the second issue of WOLVERINE: WEAPON X dropped by about the same amount (from 98K to 59K), so it’s too early to be sure whether things are going to turn out differently this time. But the problem with WEAPON X was that it just kept dropping, which won’t necessarily happen here. Since the book is now unequivocally presented as Wolverine’s A-title, you’d figure the odds favour a better result this time round.

13.  UNCANNY X-MEN
10/05  #450 - 101,506
10/06  #479 -  89,052
10/07  #491 -  85,638
10/08  #503 -  87,196
=====
10/09  #516 -  73,916  ( +0.4%)
11/09  #517 -  69,557  ( -5.9%)
12/09  #518 -  68,572  ( -1.4%)
12/09  #519 -  67,043  ( -2.2%)
01/10  #520 -  65,758  ( -1.9%)
02/10  #521 -  67,049  ( +2.0%)
03/10  #522 -  67,996  ( +1.4%)
04/10  #523 -  78,999  (+16.2%)
05/10  #524 -  77,056  ( -2.5%)
06/10  #525 -  76,068  ( -1.3%)
07/10  #526 -  66,723  (-12.3%)
08/10  #527 -  69,052  ( +3.5%)
09/10  #528 -  62,415  ( -9.6%)
10/10  #529 -  62,256  ( -0.3%)
6 mnth  (-21.2%)
1 year  (-15.8%)
2 year  (-28.6%)
3 year  (-27.3%)
4 year  (-30.1%)
5 year  (-38.7%)

It looks like it’s holding level, but actually issue #529 has a 1:15 vampire variant, while issue #528 had just the one cover. So there’s probably an underlying decline which is being masked by added sales from the variant.

16,18. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
10/05  #525 - 79,520
10/06  ---
10/07  ---
10/08  #575 - 68,913
=====
10/09  #608 - 72,035  (+15.1%)
10/09  #609 - 61,176  (-15.1%)
11/09  #610 - 61,170  ( -0.0%)
11/09  #611 - 64,514  ( +5.5%)
11/09  #612 - 68,459  ( +6.1%)
11/09  #613 - 64,499  ( -5.8%)
12/09  #614 - 59,696  ( -7.4%)
12/09  #615 - 63,738  ( +6.8%)
12/09  #616 - 58,856  ( -7.7%)
01/10  #617 - 76,730  (+30.4%)
01/10  #618 - 61,969  (-19.2%)
01/10  #619 - 56,837  ( -8.3%)
02/10  #620 - 59,860  ( +5.3%)
02/10  #621 - 55,350  ( -7.5%)
02/10  #622 - 53,929  ( -2.6%)
03/10  #623 - 66,064  (+22.5%)
03/10  #624 - 60,213  ( -8.9%)
03/10  #625 - 54,179  (-10.0%)
03/10  #626 - 53,868  ( -0.6%)
03/10  #627 - 54,206  ( +0.6%)
04/10  #628 - 57,797  ( +6.6%)
04/10  #629 - 53,560  ( -7.3%)
05/10  #630 - 57,969  ( +8.2%)
05/10  #631 - 57,239  ( -1.3%)
05/10  #632 - 56,723  ( -0.9%)
06/10  #633 - 57,670  ( +1.7%)
06/10  #634 - 61,736  ( +7.1%)
06/10  #635 - 56,146  ( -9.1%)
07/10  #636 - 56,011  ( -0.2%)
07/10  #637 - 56,031  ( +0.0%)
07/10  #638 - 68,271  (+21.8%)
08/10  #639 - 67,086  ( -1.7%)
08/10  #640 - 73,656  ( +9.8%)
09/10  #641 - 68,345  ( -7.2%)
09/10  #642 - 60,115  (-12.0%)
09/10  #643 - 61,855  ( +2.9%)
09/10  #644 - 58,310  ( -5.7%)
10/10  #645 - 56,709  ( -2.7%)
10/10  #646 - 58,125  ( +2.5%)
6 mnth  ( +8.5%)
1 year  ( -5.0%)
2 year  (-15.7%)
3 year  (  --- )
4 year  (  --- )
5 year  (-26.9%)

These are the concluding chapters of “Origin of the Species”, both of which have variant covers. There’s a relaunch of sorts next month, with the start of the “Big Time” issues.

19. THOR
10/05  ---
10/06  ---
10/07  ---
10/08  #11    - 78,673
=====
10/09  ---
11/09  Finale - 53,566  (-17.9%)
12/09  #604   - 61,608  (+15.0%)
12/09  #605   - 55,242  (-10.3%)
01/10  #606   - 55,353  ( +0.2%)
02/10  #607   - 66,973  (+21.0%)
03/10  #608   - 62,012  ( -7.4%)
04/10  #609   - 64,522  ( +4.0%)
05/10  #610   - 61,779  ( -4.3%)
06/10  #611   - 56,443  ( -8.6%)
07/10  #612   - 53,373  ( -5.4%)
08/10  #613   - 51,076  ( -4.3%)
09/10  #614   - 53,505  ( +4.8%)
09/10  #615   - 52,896  ( -1.2%)
10/10  #616   - 51,051  ( -3.5%)
6 mnth  (-20.9%)
1 year  (  --- )
2 year  (-35.1%)
3 year  (  --- )
4 year  (  --- )
5 year  (  --- )

The second issue of Matt Fraction and Pascual Ferry’s run, and sales are holding fairly steady. There’s a variant cover, but that’s common with this book (and last month’s variant had a higher incentive ratio).

22. ULTIMATE COMICS THOR
10/10  #1 of 4 - 49,747

There’s a deluge of THOR product at the moment, as Marvel generate material for film tie-in collections, but ULTIMATE COMICS THOR does at least come out ahead of the pack. In that regard, at least, it’s perhaps a sign of the Ultimate brand still carrying a bit of weight.

23. CAPTAIN AMERICA
10/05  #11       - 45,162
10/06  #23       - 81,323
10/07  #31       - 77,131
10/08  #43       - 72,405
=====
10/09  ---
11/09  Reborn #4 - 96,571  (-10.9%)
12/09  Reborn #5 - 91,790  ( -5.0%)
01/10  Reborn #6 - 84,844  ( -7.6%)
01/10  #602      - 63,948  (-24.6%)
02/10  #603      - 63,568  ( -0.6%)
03/10  #604      - 56,962  (-10.4%)
04/10  #605      - 59,051  ( +3.7%)
05/10  ---
06/10  #606      - 57,443  ( -2.7%)
06/10  #607      - 52,989  ( -7.8%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #608      - 51,362  ( -3.1%)
08/10  #609      - 52,834  ( +2.9%)
09/10  #610      - 47,986  ( -9.2%)
10/10  #611      - 48,788  ( +1.7%)
6 mnth  (-17.4%)
1 year  (  --- )
2 year  (-32.6%)
3 year  (-36.7%)
4 year  (-40.0%)
5 year  ( +8.0%)

The slight increase is most likely due to the vampire variant cover.

24. X-MEN LEGACY
10/05  #176 - 74,635
10/06  #192 - 81,816
10/07  #204 - 83,456
10/08  #217 - 65,888
=====
10/09  #228 - 52,855  (-16.5%)
11/09  #229 - 50,789  ( -3.9%)
12/09  #230 - 49,776  ( -2.0%)
12/09  #231 - 50,929  ( +2.3%)
01/10  #232 - 49,200  ( -3.4%)
02/10  #233 - 51,344  ( +4.4%)
03/10  #234 - 48,217  ( -6.1%)
04/10  #235 - 65,302  (+35.4%)
05/10  #236 - 69,731  ( +6.8%)
06/10  #237 - 65,578  ( -6.0%)
07/10  #238 - 53,313  (-18.7%)
08/10  #239 - 53,236  ( -0.1%)
09/10  #240 - 50,984  ( -4.2%)
10/10  #241 - 48,133  ( -5.6%)
6 mnth  (-26.3%)
1 year  ( -8.9%)
2 year  (-26.9%)
3 year  (-42.3%)
4 year  (-41.2%)
5 year  (-35.5%)

Looks like it’s losing sales quite steeply over the last few months, but to be fair, it was at around this level before the “Second Coming” crossover started in April. Mind you, it’s now being bolstered by variant covers, which it didn’t have in the spring.

25. CARNAGE
10/10  #1 of 5 - 47,452

Multiple variants, including 1:10 and 1:25 incentives. Despite the title, this is really more of a Spider-Man/Iron Man team-up miniseries. Still, a very respectable number for a self-contained mini, perhaps reflecting the prominence which Marvel gave to it in MARVEL PREVIEWS.

28. SHADOWLAND
07/10  #1 of 5 - 59,529
08/10  #2 of 5 - 44,573  (-25.1%)
09/10  #3 of 5 - 47,223  ( +6.0%)
10/10  #4 of 5 - 46,411  ( -1.7%)

Holding steady in the mid-40K range, which is a good performance.

29. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN
10/05  ---
10/06  ---
10/07  #23 - 42,608
10/08  #6  - 53,332
=====
10/09  #19 - 47,178  ( -1.8%)
11/09  #20 - 61,667  (+30.7%)
12/09  #21 - 49,986  (-18.9%)
01/10  #22 - 49,130  ( -1.7%)
02/10  #23 - 50,027  ( +1.8%)
03/10  #24 - 49,239  ( -1.6%)
04/10  #25 - 73,694  (+49.7%)
05/10  #26 - 53,625  (-27.2%)
06/10  #27 - 52,268  ( -2.5%)
07/10  #28 - 48,690  ( -6.8%)
08/10  #29 - 49,012  ( +0.7%)
09/10  #30 - 47,238  ( -3.6%)
10/10  #31 - 45,507  ( -3.7%)
6 mnth  (-38.2%)
1 year  ( -3.5%)
2 year  (-14.7%)
3 year  ( +6.8%)
4 year  (  --- )
5 year  (  --- )

In decline over recent months, but it’s another book which has really just returned to the sales range it had at the start of the year.

31. DAREDEVIL
10/05  #78  - 45,071
10/06  #90  - 50,500
10/07  #101 - 47,189
10/08  #112 - 46,202
=====
10/09  #501 - 45,181  (-38.5%)
11/09  #502 - 40,354  (-10.7%)
12/09  #503 - 38,680  ( -4.1%)
01/10  #504 - 37,135  ( -4.0%)
02/10  #505 - 38,693  ( +4.2%)
03/10  ---
04/10  #506 - 37,467  ( -3.2%)
05/10  ---
06/10  #507 - 34,744  ( -7.3%)
07/10  #508 - 41,943  (+20.7%)
08/10  #509 - 41,577  ( -0.9%)
09/10  #510 - 44,728  ( +7.6%)
10/10  #511 - 43,167  ( -3.5%)
6 mnth  (+15.2%)
1 year  ( -4.5%)
2 year  ( -6.6%)
3 year  ( -8.5%)
4 year  (-14.5%)
5 year  ( -4.2%)

The fourth month of a SHADOWLAND tie-in arc which is clearly helping sales a lot. (The variant covers won’t be hurting either.)

33. HULK
10/08  #7  - 110,261
=====
10/09  #16 -  56,811  ( -3.2%)
11/09  #17 -  52,653  ( -7.3%)
12/09  #18 -  53,222  ( +1.1%)
01/10  #19 -  56,738  ( +6.6%)
02/10  #20 -  51,962  ( -8.4%)
03/10  #21 -  50,785  ( -2.3%)
04/10  ---
05/10  #22 -  49,618  ( -2.3%)
06/10  #23 -  50,724  ( +2.2%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #24 -  48,903  ( -3.6%)
09/10  #25 -  46,784  ( -4.3%)
10/10  #26 -  42,934  ( -8.2%)
6 mnth  (  --- )
1 year  (-24.4%)
2 year  (-61.1%)

The second month with the new creative team and another noticeable drop. Might level out after this point, though.

34. ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES
10/05  ---
10/06  ---
10/07  ---
10/08  ---
=====
03/10  #1 of 5 - 71,279
04/10  ---
05/10  #2 of 5 - 53,323  (-25.2%)
06/10  ---
07/10  #3 of 5 - 47,840  (-10.3%)
08/10  ---
09/10  ---
10/10  #4 of 5 - 42,876  (-10.4%)

Shedding readers at an alarming rate. In a recent interview on this site, Marvel’s David Gabriel explained that they’re continuing to price Ultimate books at $3.99 because it’s “our marquee line”. Well, it’s certainly meant to be, no argument there. But unless it’s doing remarkably well in trades, it’s difficult to see how that aspiration is being achieved.

37. FANTASTIC FOUR
10/05  ---
10/06  #540 - 88,933
10/07  #550 - 57,906
10/08  ---
=====
10/09  #572 - 41,939  (-11.6%)
11/09  #573 - 39,433  ( -6.0%)
12/09  #574 - 38,431  ( -2.5%)
01/10  #575 - 41,284  ( +7.4%)
02/10  #576 - 37,526  ( -9.1%)
03/10  #577 - 35,791  ( -4.6%)
04/10  #578 - 37,940  ( +6.0%)
05/10  #579 - 38,415  ( +1.3%)
06/10  #580 - 36,582  ( -4.8%)
07/10  #581 - 35,505  ( -2.9%)
08/10  #582 - 34,617  ( -2.5%)
09/10  #583 - 42,257  (+22.1%)
10/10  #584 - 41,163  ( -2.6%)
6 mnth  ( +8.5%)
1 year  ( -1.9%)
2 year  (  --- )
3 year  (-28.9%)
4 year  (-53.7%)
5 year  (  --- )

Second month of the “Three” storyline, and sales are holding up very nicely. Last issue had two incentive variants, this has one, so the signs are good.

38. SUPERIOR  [Icon]
10/10  #1 of 6 - 40,842

The new Mark Millar title that isn’t KICK-ASS. Still a very good number for a creator-owned book.

39,45. INCREDIBLE HULKS
10/05  #87  -  42,454
10/06  #99  -  47,878
10/07  ---
10/08  #7   - 110,261
=====
10/09  #603 -  49,126  ( -4.8%)
11/09  #604 -  40,652  (-17.2%)
12/09  #605 -  43,964  ( +8.1%)
01/10  #606 -  48,197  ( +9.6%)
02/10  #607 -  45,870  ( -4.8%)
03/10  #608 -  47,148  ( +2.8%)
04/10  ---
05/10  #609 -  46,670  ( -1.0%)
06/10  #610 -  46,461  ( -0.4%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #611 -  44,982  ( -3.2%)
09/10  #612 -  42,956  ( -4.5%)
09/10  #613 -  40,063  ( -6.7%)
10/10  #614 -  39,572  ( -1.2%)
10/10  #615 -  36,750  ( -7.1%)
6 mnth  (  --- )
1 year  (-25.2%)
2 year  (-66.7%)
3 year  (  --- )
4 year  (-23.2%)
5 year  (-13.4%)

Still to find its level under the new bimonthly format. Issue #614 had a vampire variant cover, which goes some way to explaining the uneven drops.

41. DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE
10/09  #79 - 60,076  ( -1.0%)
11/09  #80 - 52,394  (-12.8%)
12/09  #81 - 48,102  ( -8.2%)
01/10  #82 - 54,838  (+14.0%)
02/10  #83 - 53,958  ( -1.6%)
03/10  #84 - 49,469  ( -8.3%)
04/10  #85 - 47,527  ( -3.9%)
05/10  #86 - 46,315  ( -2.6%)
06/10  #87 - 43,087  ( -7.0%)
07/10  #88 - 42,522  ( -1.3%)
08/10  #89 - 41,409  ( -2.6%)
08/10  #90 - 39,815  ( -3.8%)
09/10  #1  - 48,819  (+22.6%)
10/10  #2  - 38,660  (-22.9%)
6 mnth  (-18.7%)
1 year  (-35.6%)

Right back where it started after only a month. Not a good sign, but this is a classic example of a non-relaunch, with the same creators carrying on the same storylines and nothing changing besides the number and the logo. This type of relaunch rarely seems to make any lasting difference.

42. ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS
10/09  Vol 1 #3 - 62,716  ( -8.6%)
11/09  Vol 1 #4 - 59,023  ( -5.9%)
12/09  ---
01/10  ---
02/10  ---
03/10  Vol 1 #5 - 58,098  ( -1.6%)
04/10  Vol 1 #6 - 53,438  ( -8.0%)
04/10  Vol 2 #1 - 64,811  (+21.3%)
05/10  Vol 2 #2 - 52,939  (-18.3%)
06/10  Vol 2 #3 - 50,797  ( -4.0%)
06/10  Vol 2 #4 - 49,606  ( -2.3%)
07/10  Vol 2 #5 - 46,886  ( -5.5%)
08/10  Vol 2 #6 - 46,358  (-11.3%)
08/10  Vol 3 #1 - 53,870  (+16.2%)
09/10  Vol 3 #2 - 43,119  (-20.0%)
10/10  Vol 3 #3 - 38,529  (-10.6%)
6 mnth  (-27.9%)
1 year  (-38.6%)

Another Ultimate book shedding readers at a rate that must surely be causing concern.

52. X-23
09/10  #1 - 48,481
10/10  #2 - 35,280  (-27.2%)

This is AVENGERS ACADEMY territory, more or less. So it has a reasonable chance of levelling out at an acceptable number.

53. DEADPOOL
10/08  #3  - 61,833
=====
10/09  #16 - 46,288  ( -8.3%)
11/09  #17 - 46,765  ( +1.0%)
12/09  #18 - 45,914  ( -1.8%)
01/10  ---
02/10  #19 - 44,580  ( -2.9%)
02/10  #20 - 43,347  ( -2.8%)
03/10  #21 - 42,062  ( -3.0%)
04/10  #22 - 43,061  ( +2.4%)
05/10  #23 - 42,761  ( -0.7%)
06/10  #24 - 38,663  ( -9.6%)
07/10  #25 - 36,828  ( -4.7%)
08/10  #26 - 35,595  ( -3.3%)
09/10  #27 - 36,404  ( +2.3%)
10/10  #28 - 34,828  ( -4.3%)
6 mnth  (-19.1%)
1 year  (-24.8%)
2 year  (-43.7%)

Hovering in the mid-30Ks, sliding very slowly.

55. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN
10/05  #84  - 74,670
10/06  #101 - 78,963
10/07  #115 - 74,310
10/08  #127 - 52,584
=====
10/09  #3   - 52,813  ( -8.1%)
11/09  #4   - 49,106  ( -7.0%)
12/09  #5   - 45,849  ( -6.6%)
01/10  #6   - 43,622  ( -4.9%)
02/10  #7   - 42,176  ( -3.3%)
03/10  #8   - 40,967  ( -2.9%)
04/10  #9   - 39,955  ( -2.5%)
05/10  #10  - 39,690  ( -0.7%)
06/10  #11  - 39,149  ( -1.4%)
07/10  #12  - 37,879  ( -3.2%)
08/10  #13  - 36,946  ( -2.5%)
09/10  #14  - 35,776  ( -3.7%)
10/10  #15  - 34,657  ( -3.1%)
6 mnth  (-13.3%)
1 year  (-34.4%)
2 year  (-34.1%)
3 year  (-53.4%)
4 year  (-56.1%)
5 year  (-53.6%)

Heading for a renumbering and then a “kill the main character” storyline. In the meantime, sales continue to slide.

57,69. CHAOS WAR
10/08  Herc #122 - 42,876
=====
10/09  #136      - 26,447  (  -0.4%)
10/09  #137      - 23,463  ( -11.3%)
11/09  #138      - 25,116  (  +7.0%)
12/09  #139      - 23,591  (  -6.1%)
01/10  #140      - 23,244  (  -1.5%)
02/10  #141      - 24,539  (  +5.6%)
03/10  Fall #1   - 23,036  (  -6.1%)
04/10  #2 of 2   - 20,215  ( -12.2%)
05/10  Prince #1 - 20,373  (  +0.8%)
06/10  #2 of 4   - 17,068  ( -16.2%)
07/10  #3 of 4   - 15,667  (  -8.2%)
08/10  #4 of 4   - 17,137  (  +9.4%)
09/10  ---
10/10  Chaos #1  - 34,509  (+101.4%)
10/10  #2 of 5   - 29,375  ( -14.9%)
6 mnth  ( +45.3%)
1 year  ( +11.1%)
2 year  ( -31.5%)

Promoted as an event miniseries in its own right (which it is), but also the latest chapter in the ongoing INCREDIBLE HERCULES series-of-minis, this delivers a healthy boost to sales.

60. STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER
07/10  #1 of 4 - 57,222
08/10  #2 of 4 - 40,278  (-29.6%)
09/10  #3 of 4 - 35,817  (-11.1%)
10/10  #4 of 4 - 32,967  ( -8.0%)

Decent numbers for a Marvel Universe spin-off mini.

62. S.H.I.E.L.D.
04/10  #1 - 44,543
05/10  ---
06/10  #2 - 37,595  (-15.6%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #3 - 33,335  (-11.3%)
09/10  ---
10/10  #4 - 32,495  ( -2.5%)
6 mnth  (-27.0%)

Holding up nicely, especially for a relatively off-beat Marvel Universe title. According to the solicitations, the first volume ends with issue #6, with a second to follow.

64. AVENGERS ACADEMY
06/10  #1 - 45,890  (+20.3%)
07/10  #2 - 38,061  (-17.1%)
08/10  #3 - 35,629  ( -6.4%)
09/10  #4 - 31,212  (-12.4%)
10/10  #5 - 31,272  ( +0.2%)

There’s an extra variant cover this month, presumably cancelling out the regular drops.

65. THUNDERBOLTS
10/05  #13  - 29,250
10/06  #107 - 29,624
10/07  #117 - 47,151
10/08  #125 - 41,358
=====
10/09  #137 - 32,409  ( -4.8%)
11/09  #138 - 31,238  ( -3.6%)
12/09  #139 - 29,957  ( -4.1%)
01/10  #140 - 28,644  ( -4.4%)
02/10  #141 - 33,948  (+18.5%)
03/10  #142 - 34,132  ( +0.5%)
04/10  #143 - 35,656  ( +4.5%)
05/10  #144 - 33,276  ( -6.7%)
06/10  #145 - 31,999  ( -3.8%)
07/10  #146 - 31,501  ( -1.6%)
08/10  #147 - 31,252  ( -0.8%)
09/10  #148 - 32,190  ( +3.0%)
10/10  #149 - 30,580  ( -5.0%)
6 mnth  (-14.2%)
1 year  ( -5.6%)
2 year  (-26.1%)
3 year  (-35.1%)
4 year  ( +3.2%)
5 year  ( +4.5%)

A SHADOWLAND tie-in, though it doesn’t seem to have made much difference. On the whole, the series looks relatively steady.

68. THANOS IMPERATIVE
05/10  Ignition - 29,716
06/10  #1 of 6  - 34,285  (+13.4%)
07/10  #2 of 6  - 31,888  ( -7.0%)
08/10  #3 of 6  - 30,493  ( -4.4%)
09/10  #4 of 6  - 29,704  ( -2.6%)
10/10  #5 of 6  - 29,614  ( -0.3%)

The wrap-up of Marvel’s cosmic titles nears its conclusion. Very solid sales.

70. DEADPOOLMAX  [Max]
10/10  #1 - 29,176

Yes, it’s the fourth ongoing Deadpool title. But two of the others are being cancelled at the start of the new year. And the solicitations actually had this down as a six-issue miniseries for a month, though Marvel seem to have changed their mind on that one. Anyhow, this is miles lower than the launch point of DEADPOOL CORPS or DEADPOOL TEAM-UP, both of which started around 39K – not a good sign.

73. X-FACTOR
10/06  #12  - 42,909
10/07  #24  - 52,085
10/08  #36  - 38,552
=====
10/09  #50  - 30,138  ( +0.7%)
11/09  ---
12/09  #200 - 36,577  (+21.4%)
01/10  #201 - 29,732  (-18.7%)
02/10  #202 - 30,981  ( +4.2%)
03/10  #203 - 28,924  ( -6.6%)
04/10  #204 - 40,534  (+40.1%)
05/10  #205 - 41,745  ( +3.0%)
06/10  #206 - 40,981  ( -1.8%)
07/10  #207 - 32,082  (-21.7%)
08/10  #208 - 30,095  ( -6.2%)
09/10  #209 - 29,626  ( -1.6%)
10/10  #210 - 27,548  ( -7.0%)
6 mnth  (-32.0%)
1 year  ( -8.6%)
2 year  (-28.5%)
3 year  (-47.0%)
4 year  (-35.8%)

Still in the ballpark of pre-crossover sales from March, so it’s not all bad.

75. NEW MUTANTS
10/09  #6  - 34,967  (+11.0%)
11/09  #7  - 33,328  ( -4.7%)
12/09  #8  - 32,240  ( -3.3%)
01/10  #9  - 30,572  ( -5.2%)
02/10  #10 - 30,807  ( +0.8%)
03/10  #11 - 36,629  (+18.9%)
04/10  #12 - 49,591  (+35.4%)
05/10  #13 - 54,169  ( +9.2%)
06/10  #14 - 53,926  ( -0.4%)
07/10  #15 - 35,426  (-34.3%)
08/10  #16 - 31,989  ( -9.7%)
09/10  #17 - 31,684  ( -1.0%)
10/10  #18 - 27,027  (-14.7%)
6 mnth  (-45.5%)
1 year  (-22.7%)

Last month’s variant cover will be distorting the trend.

77. SECRET WARRIORS
10/09  #9  - 36,385  ( +7.4%)
11/09  #10 - 31,567  (-13.2%)
12/09  #11 - 30,748  ( -2.6%)
01/10  #12 - 29,894  ( -2.8%)
02/10  #13 - 30,843  ( +3.2%)
03/10  #14 - 28,580  ( -7.3%)
04/10  #15 - 29,669  ( +3.8%)
05/10  #16 - 29,340  ( -1.1%)
06/10  #17 - 28,017  ( -4.5%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #18 - 27,415  ( -2.1%)
08/10  #19 - 26,902  ( -1.9%)
09/10  #20 - 25,947  ( -3.5%)
10/10  #21 - 24,748  ( -4.6%)
6 mnth  (-16.6%)
1 year  (-32.0%)

Ends in the not-too-distant future, so the downward trend is perfectly acceptable.

78. SHADOWLAND: SPIDER-MAN
10/10  One-shot - 24,583

The highest peripheral SHADOWLAND book of the month, presumably because it’s got the highest profile lead.

81. THOR: FOR ASGARD
09/10  #1 of 6 - 32,236
09/10  #2 of 6 - 28,563  (-11.4%)
10/10  #3 of 6 - 23,724  (-16.9%)

Never a good sign when the drops get bigger from issue to issue.

83. X-MEN VS VAMPIRES
09/10  #1 of 2 - 25,654
10/10  #2 of 2 - 23,362  (-8.9%)

X-anthology title. Another one starts next month, so this might be a regular feature. The second issue drop is surprisingly modest.

84. ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY
07/10  #1 of 4 - 33,676
08/10  #2 of 4 - 26,507  (-21.3%)
09/10  #3 of 4 - 25,293  ( -4.6%)
10/10  #4 of 4 - 23,334  ( -7.7%)

Fairly standard miniseries behaviour.

92. INVADERS NOW!
09/10  #1 of 5 - 33,696
10/10  #2 of 5 - 21,137  (-37.3%)

A steep drop, though there were a lot of variant covers on issue #1. Still, there’s little sign of much appetite for an Invaders reunion.

93. LOKI
10/10  #1 of 4 - 21,095

Another product of the Thor Glut, lost in the shuffle.

97.  INCOGNITO: BAD INFLUENCES  [Icon]
10/10  #1 of 4 - 20,316

That’s slightly up from the first month sales of the original miniseries in December 2008.

101. DEADPOOL CORPS
03/10  Prelude #1 - 37,011
03/10  #2 of 5    - 32,024  (-13.5%)
03/10  #3 of 5    - 31,065  ( -3.0%)
03/10  #4 of 5    - 30,254  ( -2.6%)
03/10  #5 of 5    - 29,037  ( -4.0%)
04/10  Corps #1   - 39,466  (+35.9%)
05/10  #2         - 28,236  (-28.5%)
06/10  #3         - 26,251  ( -7.0%)
07/10  #4         - 24,476  ( -6.8%)
08/10  #5         - 22,887  ( -6.5%)
09/10  #6         - 21,888  ( -4.4%)
10/10  #7         - 19,644  (-10.3%)
6 mnth  (-50.2%)

104. DEADPOOL TEAM-UP
10/09 #900 - 51,337
11/09 #899 - 39,584 (-22.9%)
12/09 #898 - 36,308 ( -8.3%)
01/10 #897 - 32,671 (-10.0%)
02/10 #896 - 30,119 ( -7.8%)
03/10 #895 - 28,573 ( -5.1%)
04/10 #894 - 28,835 ( +0.9%)
05/10 #893 - 26,578 ( -7.8%)
06/10 #892 - 23,697 (-10.8%)
07/10 #891 - 22,439 ( -5.3%)
08/10 #890 - 21,279 ( -5.2%)
09/10 #889 - 19,917 ( -6.4%)
10/10 #888 - 18,394 ( -7.6%)
6 mnth (-36.2%)
1 year (-64.2%)

Both cancelled in the new year.

106. SHADOWLAND: MOON KNIGHT
10/06  ---
10/07  MK #13  - 44,082
10/08  #23     - 25,216
=====
10/09  #2      - 26,493  (-25.8%)
11/09  #3      - 23,359  (-11.8%)
12/09  #4      - 21,482  ( -8.0%)
01/10  ---
02/10  #5      - 19,733  ( -8.1%)
03/10  #6      - 19,094  ( -3.2%)
04/10  #7      - 20,718  ( +8.5%)
05/10  #8      - 20,597  ( -0.6%)
06/10  #9      - 18,695  ( -9.2%)
07/10  #10     - 19,143  ( +2.4%)
08/10  S:MK #1 - 28,196  (+47.3%)
09/10  #2 of 3 - 20,307  (-28.0%)
10/10  #3 of 3 - 18,318  ( -9.8%)
6 mnth  (-11.6%)
1 year  (-30.9%)
2 year  (-27.4%)
3 year  (-58.4%)
4 year  (  --- )

The end for now, but another relaunch is in the offing.

111. THE STAND
10/08  Captain Trips #2  - 64,443
=====
10/09  Soul Survivors #1 - 27,725  (-12.0%)
11/09  #2 of 5           - 25,600  ( -7.7%)
12/09  #3 of 5           - 24,308  ( -5.0%)
01/10  ---
02/10  #4 of 5           - 22,804  ( -6.2%)
03/10  #5 of 5           - 22,294  ( -2.2%)
04/10  ---
05/10  ---
06/10  Hardcases #1      - 20,802  ( -6.7%)
07/10  #2 of 5           - 19,194  ( -7.7%)
08/10  #3 of 5           - 18,352  ( -4.4%)
09/10  ---
10/10  #4 of 5           - 17,186  ( -6.4%)
6 mnth  (  --- )
1 year  (-38.0%)
2 year  (-73.3%)

Drifting down.

112,136. KLAWS OF THE PANTHER
10/05  BP #9      - 40,173
10/06  #21        - 26,077
10/07  #31        - 33,673
10/08  ---
=====
10/09  #9         - 20,346  ( -11.6%)
11/09  #10        - 19,147  (  -5.9%)
12/09  #11        - 17,989  (  -6.0%)
01/10  #12        - 17,881  (  -1.0%)
02/10  Doomwar #1 - 43,241  (+141.8%)
03/10  #2 of 6    - 30,555  ( -29.3%)
04/10  #3 of 6    - 27,859  (  -8.9%)
05/10  #4 of 6    - 28,307  (  +1.6%)
06/10  #5 of 6    - 26,041  (  -8.0%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #6 of 6    - 24,797  (  -4.8%)
09/10  ---
10/10  Klaws #1   - 16,973  ( -31.6%)
10/10  #2 of 4    - 12,960  ( -23.6%)
6 mnth  ( -53.5%)
1 year  ( -36.3%)
2 year  (   --- )
3 year  ( -61.5%)
4 year  ( -50.3%)
5 year  ( -67.7%)

With the boost from DOOMWAR over, BLACK PANTHER sales go right back to previous levels – and drop 30% from there. With the original Black Panther being plugged into Daredevil’s title, the end must surely be looming for this version of the series.

113. DEADPOOL: PULP
09/10  #1 of 4 - 20,965
10/10  #2 of 4 - 16,782  (-20.0%)

Not much interest in this one, though if you judge it by the standards of the NOIR imprint, it’s doing okay.

114. BLACK WIDOW
04/10  #1 - 32,807
05/10  #2 - 23,384  (-28.7%)
06/10  #3 - 19,892  (-14.9%)
07/10  #4 - 18,665  ( -6.2%)
08/10  #5 - 17,568  ( -5.9%)
09/10  #6 - 18,499  ( +5.3%)
10/10  #7 - 16,653  (-10.0%)
6 mnth  (-49.2%)

This seems to be cancelled with issue #8. After that there’s the four-issue WIDOWMAKER miniseries shipping in December and January (a storyline originally slated to appear as a crossover between this title and HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD), but there’s nothing solicited beyond that. Curiously, HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD – which is the lower selling title – appears to continue into February’s HAWKEYE: BLIND SPOT miniseries, but there may be storyline reasons for that.

116. SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS
08/10  #1 of 4 - 22,110
09/10  #2 of 4 - 19,199  (-13.2%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 16,396  (-14.6%)

Not holding up particularly well, which isn’t a promising sign for the HEROES FOR HIRE series that spins out from these SHADOWLAND minis.

118. THOR: FIRST THUNDER
09/10  #1 of 5 - 21,228
10/10  #2 of 5 - 16,126  (-24.0%)

Yet more Thor. At this point, if you can remember which Thor book is which without having a copy of the solicitations to hand, you’re doing better than I am.

121. HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD
06/10  #1 - 27,552
07/10  #2 - 20,531  (-25.5%)
08/10  #3 - 17,870  (-13.0%)
09/10  #4 - 16,405  ( -8.2%)
10/10  #5 - 15,337  ( -6.5%)

Cancelled with issue #6, but continues into the WIDOWMAKER and BLIND SPOT minis.

124. SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN
08/10  #1 of 4 - 21,206
09/10  #2 of 4 - 17,647  (-17.0%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 15,147  (-14.2%)

Not doing too well, but the sequel POWER MAN AND IRON FIST mini is still planned for the spring, so hopefully the reviews will be strong enough to deliver higher sales there.

126. PUNISHERMAX: ONE-SHOTS
10/10  Tiny Ugly World - 15,071

That’s very slightly down from last month.

127. I AM AN AVENGER
09/10  #1 of 5 - 20,922
10/10  #2 of 5 - 14,882  (-28.9%)

Not much interest in this Avengers anthology title – despite the Avengers being the stronger franchise right now, I AM AN AVENGER lags some distance behind X-MEN VS VAMPIRES.

128. IRON MAN LEGACY
04/10  #1 - 48,956
05/10  #2 - 29,175  (-40.4%)
06/10  #3 - 23,340  (-20.0%)
07/10  #4 - 20,142  (-13.7%)
08/10  #5 - 17,773  (-11.8%)
09/10  #6 - 15,949  (-10.3%)
10/10  #7 - 14,882  ( -6.7%)
6 mnth  (-69.6%)

Well, let’s be realistic. By this point on the chart, we’ve passed a string of Marvel Universe books which are either cancelled outright or about to be relaunched. This book is below them all and losing readers at around 7% a month. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the omens aren’t good. The current storyline, “Industrial Revolution”, is a six-parter due to end in March’s issue #11, so the big question is whether the book shows up in the April solicitations.

130. TASKMASTER
09/10  #1 of 4 - 18,550
10/10  #2 of 4 - 14,553  (-21.5%)

Could be worse. It’s a villain book, after all.

131. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS BLACK CAT
06/10  #1 of 4 - 24,951
07/10  #2 of 4 - 18,154  (-27.2%)
08/10  #3 of 4 - 15,124  (-16.7%)
09/10  ---
10/10  #4 of 4 - 14,478  ( -4.3%)

Looks to be the last of these Spider-Man spin-off minis for now, which is probably a good move given the strength of the franchise.

133. AVENGERS & THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
08/10  #1 of 4 - 24,438
09/10  #2 of 4 - 17,733  (-27.4%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 13,796  (-22.2%)

Dropping off fast, but still very good numbers for an all-ages superhero comic.

135.  SPIDER-MAN VS VAMPIRES
10/10  One-shot - 13,395

To judge from the solicitations, this is a random Spider-Man/Blade team-up story with no particular connection to anything going on over in the X-Men books. Somebody at Marvel thinks vampires are the new gorillas, methinks.

138. INCREDIBLE HULKS: ENIGMA FORCE
09/10  #1 of 3 - 16,206
10/10  #2 of 3 - 12,634  (-22.0%)

Vanishing off the radar. To be fair, a lot of potential readers may not realise that this is a MICRONAUTS mini, albeit one tied fairly closely to Hulk storylines.

144,145. X-MEN FOREVER
10/09  #9   - 21,926  ( -5.4%)
10/09  #10  - 22,287  ( +1.6%)
11/09  #11  - 20,130  ( -9.7%)
11/09  #12  - 19,541  ( -2.9%)
12/09  #13  - 18,870  ( -3.4%)
12/09  #14  - 18,376  ( -2.6%)
01/10  #15  - 17,665  ( -3.9%)
01/10  #16  - 17,290  ( -2.1%)
02/10  #17  - 17,873  ( +3.4%)
02/10  #18  - 16,464  ( -7.9%)
03/10  #19  - 16,183  ( -1.7%)
03/10  #20  - 15,990  ( -1.2%)
04/10  #21  - 15,530  ( -2.9%)
04/10  #22  - 15,305  ( -1.4%)
05/10  #23  - 15,045  ( -1.7%)
05/10  #24  - 14,940  ( -0.7%)
06/10  GS#1 - 15,039  ( +0.7%)
06/10  #1   - 16,094  ( +7.0%)
06/10  #2   - 14,933  ( -7.2%)
07/10  #3   - 14,151  ( -5.2%)
07/10  #4   - 13,835  ( -2.2%)
08/10  #5   - 13,632  ( -1.5%)
08/10  #6   - 13,351  ( -2.1%)
09/10  #7   - 12,869  ( -3.6%)
09/10  #8   - 12,753  ( -0.9%)
10/10  #9   - 12,260  ( -3.9%)
10/10  #10  - 12,064  (-16.0%)
6 mnth  (-21.2%)
1 year  (-45.0%)

Cancelled with issue #16.

147. CAPTAIN AMERICA: PATRIOT
09/10  #1 of 4 - 18,017
09/10  #2 of 4 - 15,950  (-11.5%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 11,959  (-25.0%)

Not great numbers, but it’s a miniseries about one of the continuity-implant Captain Americas, so it’s a bit of a niche product.

148. NEW MUTANTS FOREVER
08/10  #1 of 5 - 16,784
09/10  #2 of 5 - 13,778  (-17.9%)
10/10  #3 of 5 - 11,910  (-13.6%)

In similar territory to the parent book X-MEN FOREVER, which is the best that could realistically have been expected of it.

149. STRANGE TALES 2  [Max]
10/10  #1 of 3 - 11,800

Significantly down from the first series, which launched with 16,266 in September 2009.

153. IRON MAN: TITANIUM!
10/10  One-shot - 11,333

An Iron Man anthology, sneaked out without much promotion.

154. YOUNG ALLIES
06/10  #1 - 20,858
07/10  #2 - 16,209  (-22.3%)
08/10  #3 - 14,016  (-13.5%)
09/10  #4 - 12,620  (-10.0%)
10/10  #5 - 11,265  (-10.7%)

Cancelled with issue #6.

157. FANTASTIC FOUR IN... ATAQUE DEL MODOK!
10/10  One-shot - 11,187
162. SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FOUR
07/10 #1 of 4 - 17,324
08/10 #2 of 4 - 13,329 (-23.1%)
09/10 #3 of 4 - 11,791 (-11.5%)
10/10 #4 of 4 - 11,019 ( -6.5%)

We’re getting down to the Marvel Universe completists here.

164. TRON: THE BETRAYAL
10/10  #1 of 2 - 10,934

This is a prequel to the upcoming movie. Needless to say, this sort of material isn’t aimed particularly at the direct market; it ought to reach a wider market when it’s released as a tie-in product for the film.

165. CAPTAIN AMERICA: FOREVER ALLIES
08/10  #1 of 4 - 17,418
09/10  #2 of 4 - 13,131  (-24.6%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 10,813  (-17.7%)

Not much interest in this, but then Marvel surely can’t have expected wonders from a Young Allies reunion miniseries.

181. THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER
07/10  #1 - 20,076
07/10  #2 - 14,315  (-28.7%)
08/10  #3 - 12,112  (-15.4%)
09/10  #4 - 10,887  (-10.1%)
10/10  #5 -  9,673  (-11.2%)

Cancelled with issue #8.

185. SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN QUACK
10/10  Back in Quack - 9,262

A Spider-Man/Howard the Duck one-shot. Howard without Steve Gerber has rarely been much of a draw.

188. HALO
10/09  Helljumper #4 - 10,784  ( -8.8%)
11/09  #5 of 5       - 10,235  ( -5.1%)
12/09  Blood Line #1 - 10,551  ( +3.1%)
01/10  #2 of 5       -  9,172  (-13.1%)
02/10  #3 of 5       -  8,793  ( -4.1%)
03/10  #4 of 5       -  8,683  ( -1.3%)
04/10  ---
05/10  #5 of 5       -  8,510  ( -2.0%)
06/10  ---
07/10  ---
08/10  ---
09/10  Boot Camp #1  - 10,715  (+26.0%)
10/10  #2 of 4       -  9,056  (-15.5%)
6 mnth  (  --- )
1 year  (-16.0%)

Video game adaptations are said to do extremely well through other channels.

194. TOMB OF TERROR
10/10  One-shot - 8,603

Black-and-white anthology with old 70s horror characters.

205. ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER
10/07  First Death #2 - 36,035
10/08  L. Corpse #1   - 22,493
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10/09  Executioner #1 - 11,205  ( +0.6%)
11/09  ---
12/09  #2 of 5        - 10,454  ( -6.7%)
01/10  #3 of 5        -  9,958  ( -4.7%)
02/10  #4 of 5        -  9,626  ( -3.3%)
03/10  #5 of 5        -  9,454  ( -1.8%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Circus #1      -  9,484  ( +0.3%)
06/10  #2 of 5        -  9,060  ( -4.5%)
07/10  #3 of 5        -  8,557  ( -5.6%)
08/10  ---
09/10  #4 of 5        -  8,427  ( -1.5%)
10/10  #5 of 5        -  8,146  ( -3.3%)
6 mnth  (  --- )
1 year  (-27.3%)
2 year  (-63.8%)
3 year  (-77.4%)

Still drifting down.

215. CASANOVA  [Icon]
07/10  #1 - 10,452
08/10  #2 -  8,349  (-20.1%)
09/10  #3 -  7,621  ( -8.7%)
10/10  #4 -  7,366  ( -3.3%)

Levelling out fairly quickly, and actually doing quite well when you consider that it’s a reprint book.

222. SPIDER-MAN SAGA
10/10  Bundle of 25 - 7,109

Promotional item leading into the “Big Time” relaunch.

224.  AVENGERS VS PET AVENGERS
02/10  Tails        - 8,214  (-27.6%)
03/10  Unleashed #1 - 8,554  ( +4.1%)
04/10  #2 of 4      - 6,767  (-20.9%)
05/10  #3 of 4      - 6,339  ( -6.3%)
06/10  #4 of 4      - 6,166  ( -2.7%)
07/10  Dogs/Summer  - 5,142  (-16.6%)
08/10  ---
09/10  ---
10/10  #1 of 4      - 7,097  (+38.0%)
6 mnth  ( +4.9%)

The usual slight boost for the first issue of a new mini.

Bizarrely, at number 227 on the chart with estimated orders of 6,937 is MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #2, a book that shipped in December 2008. I can only assume it’s some sort of stock-dumping exercise.

231. IRON MAN BY DESIGN
10/10  One-shot - 6,666

Collection of the Iron Man variant covers from a few months ago.

256. SUPER HERO SQUAD
10/09  #2  - 4,496  ( -33.5%)
11/09  #3  - 4,384  (  -2.5%)
12/09  #4  - 4,132  (  -5.7%)
01/10  #1  - 9,709  (+135.0%)
02/10  #2  - 5,691  ( -41.4%)
03/10  #3  - 5,399  (  -5.1%)
04/10  #4  - 5,822  (  +7.8%)
05/10  #5  - 5,639  (  -3.1%)
06/10  #6  - 6,029  (  +6.9%)
07/10  #7  - 5,328  ( -11.6%)
08/10  #8  - 5,358  (  +0.6%)
09/10  #9  - 5,304  (  -1.0%)
10/10  #10 - 5,139  (  -3.1%)
6 mnth  ( -11.7%)
1 year  ( +14.3%)

Still drifting down. Marvel haven’t solicited the ongoing series beyond December, but there’s a special in February.

259. OFFICIAL HANDBOOK
02/10  A to Z Update #1 of 5 -  5,406
03/10  Deadpool Corps        - 21,900  (+305.1%)
04/10  Iron Manual Mark 3    -  9,456  ( -56.8%)
05/10  Avengers Assemble #1  - 15,113  ( +59.8%)
06/10  A to Z Update #2 of 5 -  5,312  ( -64.9%)
07/10  X-Men: Phoenix Force  -  9,566  ( +80.1%)
08/10  A to Z Update #3 of 5 -  4,962  ( -48.1%)
09/10  Heroic Age: Heroes    - 11,224  (+126.2%)
10/10  A to Z Update #4 of 5 -  4,990  ( -55.5%)
6 mnth  ( -47.2%)

The “miscellaneous” issues never do as well.

265. ORSON SCOTT CARD'S ENDER IN EXILE
06/10  #1 of 5 - 6,568
07/10  #2 of 5 - 5,673  (-13.6%)
08/10  #3 of 5 - 5,342  ( -5.8%)
09/10  #4 of 5 - ?,???  (  ??? )
10/10  #5 of 5 - 4,812  (  ??? )

A novel adaptation, so presumably it’s doing better business elsewhere.

268. MARVELMAN FAMILY'S FINEST
07/10  #1 of 6 - 17,739
08/10  #2 of 6 -  9,324  (-47.4%)
09/10  #3 of 6 -  6,151  (-34.0%)
10/10  #4 of 6 -  4,707  (-23.5%)

Vanishing rather quickly, but this isn’t entirely unexpected.

289. SUPER HEROES  [Marvel Adventures]
10/08  #4  - 4,542
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10/09  #16 - 3,250  (-23.9%)
11/09  #17 - 3,308  ( +1.8%)
12/09  #18 - ?,???  (  ??? )
01/10  #19 - 3,103  (  ??? )
02/10  #20 - 3,008  ( -3.1%)
03/10  #21 - ?,???  (  ??? )
04/10  #1  - 8,107  (  ??? )
05/10  #2  - 6,360  (-21.5%)
06/10  #3  - 5,678  (-10.7%)
07/10  #4  - 4,564  (-19.6%)
08/10  #5  - 4,418  ( -3.2%)
09/10  #6  - ?,???  (  ??? )
10/10  #7  - 3,800  (  ??? )
6 mnth  (-53.1%)
1 year  (+16.9%)
2 year  (-16.3%)

Still seeing some gain from the relaunch.

Rounding us off for the month, OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS, THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 and TALES OF THE DRAGON GUARD: INTO THE VEIL #2 both failed to make the top 300, the cut-off point being 3,494.

6 month comparisons
===================

+110.3% - Wolverine
+ 45.3% - Chaos War/Hercules
+ 41.7% - X-Force
+ 15.2% - Daredevil
+  8.5% - Amazing Spider-Man
+  8.5% - Fantastic Four
+  4.9% - Pet Avengers
-  2.7% - New Avengers
- 11.6% - Moon Knight
- 11.7% - Super Hero Squad
- 13.3% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 14.2% - Thunderbolts
- 16.6% - Secret Warriors
- 17.4% - Captain America
- 18.7% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 19.1% - Deadpool
- 20.9% - Thor
- 21.2% - Uncanny X-Men
- 21.2% - X-Men Forever
- 26.3% - X-Men Legacy
- 27.0% - S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 27.9% - Ultimate Comics Avengers
- 32.0% - X-Factor
- 36.2% - Deadpool Team-Up
- 38.2% - Invincible Iron Man
- 45.5% - New Mutants
- 47.2% - Official Handbook
- 49.2% - Black Widow
- 50.2% - Deadpool Corps
- 53.1% - Super Heroes
- 53.5% - Black Panther
- 69.6% - Iron Man Legacy


1 year comparisons
==================

+ 95.5% - X-Force
+ 64.4% - Wolverine
+ 16.9% - Super Heroes
+ 14.3% - Super Hero Squad
+ 11.1% - Chaos War/Hercules
-  1.9% - Fantastic Four
-  3.5% - Invincible Iron Man
-  4.2% - New Avengers
-  4.5% - Daredevil
-  5.0% - Amazing Spider-Man
-  5.6% - Thunderbolts
-  8.6% - X-Factor
-  8.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 15.8% - Uncanny X-Men
- 16.0% - Halo
- 22.7% - New Mutants
- 24.4% - Hulk
- 24.8% - Deadpool
- 25.2% - Incredible Hulks
- 27.3% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
- 30.9% - Moon Knight
- 32.0% - Secret Warriors
- 34.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 35.6% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 36.3% - Black Panther
- 38.0% - The Stand
- 38.6% - Ultimate Comics Avengers
- 45.0% - X-Men Forever
- 64.2% - Deadpool Team-Up


2 year comparisons
==================

+ 60.1% - X-Force
-  6.6% - Daredevil
- 14.7% - Invincible Iron Man
- 15.7% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 16.3% - Super Heroes
- 26.1% - Thunderbolts
- 26.2% - New Avengers
- 26.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 27.4% - Moon Knight
- 28.5% - X-Factor
- 28.6% - Uncanny X-Men
- 31.5% - Chaos War/Hercules
- 32.6% - Captain America
- 34.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 35.1% - Thor
- 43.7% - Deadpool
- 61.1% - Hulk
- 63.8% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
- 66.7% - Incredible Hulks
- 73.3% - Stand


3 year comparisons
==================

+  6.8% - Invincible Iron Man
-  8.5% - Daredevil
- 24.6% - Wolverine
- 27.3% - Uncanny X-Men
- 28.9% - Fantastic Four
- 34.2% - New Avengers
- 35.1% - Thunderbolts
- 36.7% - Captain America
- 42.3% - X-Men Legacy
- 47.0% - X-Factor
- 53.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 58.4% - Moon Knight
- 61.5% - Black Panther
- 77.4% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter


4 year comparisons
==================

+  3.2% - Thunderbolts
- 14.5% - Daredevil
- 23.2% - Incredible Hulks
- 30.1% - Uncanny X-Men
- 35.8% - X-Factor
- 40.0% - Captain America
- 40.5% - Wolverine
- 41.2% - X-Men Legacy
- 46.3% - New Avengers
- 50.3% - Black Panther
- 53.7% - Fantastic Four
- 56.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man


5 year comparisons
==================

+  8.0% - Captain America
+  4.5% - Thunderbolts
-  4.2% - Daredevil
- 13.4% - Incredible Hulks
- 16.5% - Wolverine
- 26.9% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 35.5% - X-Men Legacy
- 38.7% - Uncanny X-Men
- 42.6% - New Avengers
- 53.6% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 67.7% - Black Panther

Prepare to be skeeved: Dolls of the Cons

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©2010 Jody Culkin

Jody Culkin is an artist, photographer, and teacher. Thanks to being married to PW comics maven Calvin Reid, she’s also a veteran of many comics and book shows. Camera in hand, she has chronicled the activities and faces of the past seven or eight years of comic cons — her work can often be found in PW Comics Week.

But she also has a hobby.

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©2010 Jody Culkin

Photographing the dolls of the cons.

And when viewed through her lens, a whole new picture emerges. Culkin writes:

I take a lot of pictures at Comic Conventions, and I have become obsessed with these doll/action figures that are everywhere at most mainstream cons. I find them strangely disturbing. This is a fairly random assortment of pictures from the last few years at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con, I have many more.


Yes….”strangely” disturbing.

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©2010 Jody Culkin

Many more in the link. We say book offer….NOW.

Comics invade Singapore with international band of scalawags

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The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention was held this weekend in Singapore (where it’s now Tuesday), and the excitement for comics seems to have taken hold in this emerging comics nation. The show is notable in that is was purchased by ReedPOP, owner of such domestic fests as New York Comic Con and C2E2. The guest list was a merry band of international scoundrels, including Phil Yeh, Phil Ortiz, C.B. Cebulski, Matt Fraction, Gail Simone and Ivan Brandon from the US, Salvador Larroca from Spain, David Lloyd from the UK, Guiseppe Camuncoli from Italy, and, as the wise-cracking gentle giant, Croatia’s Esad Ribic. If you were going to cast a comic book convention movie where people have to fight aliens or fend off a killer or fly off to an asteroid to something, you could not have a better bunch. We can just picture the scenes where Fraction must dismantle the alien’s guidance system, or Yeh offers to let them read an issue of The Winger Tiger in our mind’s eye.

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Of course, more regional talent such as Leinil Yu and Sonny Liew were also there to meet fans. There are many talented comics artists in the part of the world — The Liew-edited anthology LIQUID CITY, which just released a second volume, is testament to that. [Read more…]

Kalinara and Ragnell return

201012130244.jpgFandom’s deadliest duo are back: Ragnell (Lisa Fortuner) and Kalinara (Melissa Krause) are two writers who founded the link blog When Fangirls Attack and set off a whole generation of conversation and outrage. A few years ago they passed WFA to others due to real life stuff — Ragnell is in the Armed Forces, and Kalinara was in school — but it’s kind of foundered just recently. since they left — two posts explaining why there are no posts since October. [NOTE< since this was written the site has had a MASSIVE update.] So R&K are back with a NEW link blog Dispatches From The Fridge, which, while not taking over WFA, is

We gave away the old blog, but we got bored so we’re taking up again part-time. We’ve no intention of replacing When Fangirls Attack. We consider ourselves a weekend supplement, perfect for slow Sunday afternoons.

The blog is back JUST IN TIME to capture reaction to former DC President and Publisher Paul Levitzsaying in a TCJ interview::

I’m not sure that young women are as interested in reading about superheroes. The fundamental dynamic of the superhero story has historically been more appealing to boys than to girls. There are any number of very successful superhero comics over the years that have had a better gender balance than others, but the genre as a whole has been a more male genre.


Levitz was actually asked quite a bit abut gender and comics throughout the interview. None of his answers were much more satisfying to the women who read and like superhero comics, sadly unaware of how freakish they are. Other statements get picked apart at DC Women Kicking Ass

Levitz goes on to talk about the attempts to get girls into superhero comics:

I don’t think the love for the character necessarily means that they love the comic expression of them. Or maybe they do and with the right writer at the right moment, that can happen and have a larger audience. Certainly any version of that has been tried by the company at some point or another in time. You’ve got the whole period around 1972 when Dorothy Woolfolk comes back into the company and she’s editing both the romance comics and the girl superheroes. She’s given Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Supergirl on the theory that we can sell more of those to girls with a woman driving the bus. It’s not clear that it particularly worked, and the company abandoned the experiment fairly quickly.


You. You over there. Yeah, you the one who didn’t buy Wonder Woman, Lois Lane and Supergirl in 1971-72. Thanks for screwing it up for all of us. What? During the ascent of the women’s liberation movement, you didn’t want to buy comics where Wonder Woman had no powers? Or was tied to a bomb on the cover? Just take a look at the covers of those comics from those years and see what I mean.


Having hung around the comics industry for as long as I have, I can testify that such attitudes and far worse are often expressed aloud…one can only imagine what is being thought. Bottom line, you can get girls to wear Supergirl CLOTHES, but you can’t do a Supergirl book for girls. Why? I’m sure there will be lots of links to answers to that question in future weekend editions of Dispatches from the Fridge.

That said, when looking at matters of this sort, it usually comes down to cooties. Boys don’t want girl cooties on their boy nerd things and exert all kinds of pressure to stop the cooties. The now infamous story of a seven year old girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars illustrates many points. Of course seven year old kids are mean, just learning about things, and tend to parrot what they hear. She could have gotten bullied about a lot os things.

They most telling part of the story — to me anyway — is the part where Katie wants to swap her Star Wars water bottle for a PINK water bottle so she won’t get picked on. Yes, socialization begins VERY early! Way earlier than seven.

I’m reminded of a brunch a few months ago with a friend (who’s a comics artist) and her young daughter — not sure of her exact age but probably four or five. They were talking about Halloween, and which Star Wars characters they could go as. The child wanted to be Han Solo. That left mom to be…Boba Fett.

Ya hear that? The kid wanted to be the cool, brave adventurous one. NOT the one that has to be a slave even though she is equally cool, brave and adventurous. I hope as soon as she gets to school this girl doesn’t get this teased out of her and instead decide to dress as Kim Kardashian. That would be sad.

Anyway, following the links on the new blog will lead you to all sorts of outrage and research and studies and so on.

UPDATE: WHoa, When Fangirls Attack is back with 17 posts.

Ward Sutton's How WikiLeaks stole Christmas

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Awesome-o.

The coming of Kodansha, part 2

201012131206.jpgYesterday, Japanese publishing giant Kodansha held an event to announce their 2011 manga plans. This was fortuitous because since they have launched their American imprint, observers have noted their output has been minimal given the depth of their catalog. In October, it was announced that Del Rey Manga would end and its Kodansha licensed titles would go over to Kodansha proper, while Random House would act as distributor. With that in mind, the list is quite ambitious, and includes a mix of pick-ups from Del Rey, new titles and some titles formerly licensed by other US publishers: [Read more…]

Nice Art: The Brain Lick

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Want to see something weird and yet compelling? Try The Brain Lick by Lala Albert from Vice Magazine.

More of this incredibly disturbing, lovely stuff at Arthur Magazine and Albert’s own website.

Titles in Diamond's top 300: A brief graphic analysis

Last month someone asked me if there had been more “indie” titles in the top 300, or if the high cut off rate for the top 300 was just due to Marvel and DC shipping a lot of books. Well I took a look and the answer is…inconclusive at best. Do not make any assumptions from these charts! They don’t really reflect anything, I just think they’re interesting to look at.

These charts just show the number of different titles shipped in the top 300, and do not reflect sales in any way. It’s interesting to see just how much product Marvel and DC release every month! DC’s big bump in October is due to the $7.99 not-quite-a-tpb “DC Comics Presents” books.

In September the number 300 book shipped 4,702 copies, yet there wasn’t a major decrease in the number indie titles in the top 300. However, if you look at the chart you see that in June there was a big dip in the number of indie books appearing in the top 300, and that month the number 300 book shipped 4,528 copies. I think all we can surmise from this is that many indie books do not ship every month. : )

Now let’s take a closer look at the non DC/Marvel books. Remember, these aren’t total books shipped, or even total titles shipped, just the number of titles that made it into the top 300.

This chart is much more interesting looking!

Looking at this chart we see that the “other indie” section has decreased from earlier in the year, while IDW have released an increasing number of top 300 books.

Image moves up and down quite a lot, part of this is because a lot of their books don’t hit the schedule every month, but another part is because some of their titles (even quite established ones) don’t make the chart every month.

Dark Horse seems fairly stable in the number of books they release every month, but it’s a little surprising to see that they only released nine top 300 books in May!

Dynamite seem fairly steady, though it is important to remember that not all of their books ship every month (none of their Kato series shipped in October for example).

Boom! move seem to move up and down quite a lot, partially because they have a number books in the lower end of the top 300 that don’t always make the chart.

Remember, this is just for fun. It only reflects the number of different titles various publishers have showing up in the top 300 chart over the last year. Not how many copies sold or how many books they produce in total. Don’t get too worked up about it!

Nice Art: Becky Cloonan's My Chemical Romance poster

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This month’s Rock Sound magazine has a big poster of My Chemical Romance drawn by Becky Cloonan. You may recall that the new MCR album is very very SF, and Cloonan is supposed to be drawing a comic written by frontman Gerard Way that ties in with the adventures of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Nice, but where’s Grant Morrison?

[Via The Ephemerist]

Two for the fantasy nerds

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I see Saruman was at the Fantagraphics Bookstore Anniversary party on Saturday. It’s good to see him getting out of Isengard more. [Via twitter but lost the link!]

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This has been making the internet rounds. We are one, but we’re not the same.

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 12/13/10

§ Two from Inkstuds: Audio of Kevin Huizenga and Jim Rugg talking to Frank Santoro at PIX in Pittsburgh.

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AND Robin McConnell‘s trip report, part 1, has visits with Al Columbia, Steve Bissette, and Jen Vaughn. Full of pictures of smiling cartooners! Above, Vaughn and Columbia.

§ Links from Comics Comics, scene of a fascinating culture clash. Comments at the infamous post where Tim Hodler outed the Onion reviewer who reviewed a book that never came out, has now been filled with immigrants from the A.V. Club Peanut Gallery. The result — measured, intelligent people attempting to interact with message board mobs — is the most entertaining train wreck since The Fugitive,

§ Not comics but it affects comics economics: Graeme McMillan wonders What Was Wrong With 2010′s Movies?

This year looks set to be the first in four years not to break records in terms of box office receipts, despite price hikes for IMAX and 3D movies. How did this happen – and what can be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again next year?

§ The Secret Acres crew reports from BCGF.

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§ As does D&Q’s Chris Oliveros. With lots of pictures! Above, Lynda Barry with a fan-made Sock Monkey.

§ Roland Kelts looks at the difficulty foreign comics material has getting accepted in Japan and the success Felipe Smith has had at the nearly impossible.

When she surveyed the US comics industry, she found plenty of diversity: Titles by non-American artists are commonplace on the shelves and at conventions, and numerous non-native born artists and employees work for US publishers. So why not create a similar scenario in Japan?

It hasn’t been easy. The language barrier, Shiina says, is huge, “much bigger than I thought.”  In addition, the domestic manga business is strongly driven by fads and trends with rapid turnover. The Internet may provide the illusion of greater proximity and transparency for overseas fans and aspiring artists, but so-called ‘trend spotting’ from thousands of miles away doesn’t really cut it.

§ Interview: Laura Hudson chats with Nicholas Gurewitch, who is off doing other things now:

NG: It might have been a combination of wanting to distance myself from the internet and wanting to distance myself from the solitude of making comics. It can be a very quiet and lonely activity. I think the thing I do most lately that makes me feel alive is working with people on films. I’m working on a Western [movie] right now with a couple of my friends. It’s kind of fantastical, and we’re shooting on actual film stock. It’s so much work and it’s a headache in every way, but it also has this wonderfully tangible, material environment I can immerse myself in. We do a lot of hand-painted sets and a lot of model making. I get to see these things grow, with friends, which is kind of what I need right now.

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§ Celebrity of the day: Chicago Bear Lance Briggs is not afraid to be seen reading comics.

Fiffe Files: Kyle Baker

It’s Kyle Baker’s birthday today so wish him a happy birthday over on Facebook, visit his blog, leave a comment, and buy tons of his books while you’re at it.

For the occasion, I wanted to spark a discussion about the differences between digital vs hand drawn comic art. What better artist to focus on than one who has mastered both: Kyle Baker. [Read more…]