RIP: Jean "Moebius" Giraud

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The comics world lost one of its greatest visionaries with the passing this morning of the French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud. One of the most influential artists of the last 40 years, Moebius died at his Paris home after a long illness at age 73. According to this interview from earlier last year, in recent years his eyesight had been failing, making working very difficult.

Under his own name, Girard drew the famed Western comic Lt. Blueberry, a masterpiece of the idealized West. As Moebius, he stretched the boundaries of both comics and consciousness with a series of mind-stretching fantasies such as Arzach, The Airtight Garage, and L’Incal, the last his collaboration with fellow explorer Alejandro Jorodowsky.

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Among his most lasting achievements, Moebius co-created the French magazine METAL HURLANT, which, as HEAVY METAL in the US, blew the minds of impressionable youngsters around the world with both naughty Euro-sex and expansive science fiction.

It was mostly through this that he got his best-known work as a designer for films, including TRON, ALIEN, THE ABYSS, and THE FIFTH ELEMENT. It was through the first two alone that Moebius’s refined, lyrical vision of the universe became part of the cultural heritage of imagineers everywhere.

Just recently, the work of Moebius and his METAL HURLANT contemporaries has become a touchpoint for more recent generations of American cartoonists, led by Brandon Graham. Or as Tom Spurgeon wrote just this week:

If you’re paying close attention to what’s being written on the Internet about comics and by whom — and why wouldn’t you be? — you might process the piece as the latest by those writers and cartoonists under 35 or so to forge a connection with the strongly-crafted fantasy comics of the 1970s and 1980s, which you might then be able to interpret as something these folks are doing to craft a meaningful comics history for themselves that’s more about those comics and cartoonists and less about things like RAW and the undergrounds.


In recent years, very little of Moebius’s work has been published in English, reportedly due to contract difficulties. Here’s a rough guide to some of what is available. In the US, his best known work was probably his 1992 Silver Surfer graphic novel, written by Stan Lee and argued about in the submarine film, CRIMSON TIDE.

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As soon as his death was announced, both Moebius and Jean Giraud were trending worldwide on Twitter. The outpourings of condolences have come from every sector of the comics industry, and the next few days will see more and more. Perhaps no cartoonist aside from Kirby has had such a huge visual impact on the last 50 years.

More:

Robot 6 rounds up industry reaction.

Moebius was the subject of an amazing retrospective in Paris last year. Here’s the art.

The Comics Journal has reposted Kim Thompson’s 1987 interview with the man.

Moebius and Miyazaki in conversation..

Miyazaki – Through Arzach, which dates from 1975 I believe. I only met it in 1980, and it was a big shock. Not only for me. All manga authors were shaken by this work. Unfortunately when I discovered it, I already had a consolidated style. So I couldn’t use his influence to enrich my drawing. Though, even today, I think he has an awesome sense of space. I directed Nausicaä under Moebius’ influence.

Moebius – It’s true that when I saw Nausciaä… It proves that influence doesn’t matter much, what matters is that there was a community, a like-mindedness of inspiration that predated the conscious meeting, that, beyond cultures and beyond time and space, lets a person meet another one and feel synchronized with her. I was stricken not by what makes us look alike, but that people could see resemblances while so many things separates us. Mr. Miyazaki struck me because he was almost an executive, an industry director; because I know that animation cinema is an industry that demands a lot of power, since you have to lead 100, 150 or 200 people. And I’m amazed by the continued inspiration, the quality of inspiration, despite all this heavy machinery, over so many years. This I find absolutely incredible, and admire immensely. For I work alone, I am solitary.

Fellini’s letter to Moebius.

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“THE LONG TOMORROW”—a short story by Dan O’Bannon (Alien) and Moebius that much influenced BLADE RUNNER.


In Search of Moebius – Jean Giraud clip1/3 by foivosloxias
A BBC documentary.

And finally:


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DC Drastically Cuts Number of Subscriptions Offered Online

By Todd Allen

Earlier this week I had a look at DC’s now more prominently linked subscription list. Either  that list was scheduled to be updated and was lagging behind the website updates or somebody recently changed their mind.  Regardless, it would appear that someone at DC thought they were offering too many subscriptions.

The newly updated list consists of:

  • Action Comics
  • Batman
  • Detective Comics
  • Justice League
  • Batgirl
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman: The Dark Knight
  • Catwoman T+
  • The Flash
  • Green Arrow
  • Green Lantern
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Nightwing
  • Supergirl
  • Superman
  • Teen Titans
  • Wonder Woman
  • Green Lantern: Animated Series
  • Looney Tunes**
  • Scooby-Doo, Where are You?
  • Superman Family Adventures
  • Young Justice
There’s a button pointing out that the “main DCU” books are “rated T for teens unless noted,” but it looks like Catwoman is the only T+ book to make the cut.  For that matter, Aquaman is a top 10 title and it didn’t make the cut to be available for subscription.  Yes, I think the Aquaman not getting any respect jokes are back.  Likewise, Green Lantern: New Guardians charts higher than Green Lantern Corps on the latest estimates and Batwoman outsells Batgirl and Nightwing.
But hey, 30%-35% off those titles they do bother to offer subscriptions to.

Initial Sales Estimates For February 2012 – Graphic Novels

By Todd Allen

Here’s the drill: Diamond has released the top 100 titles and relative rankings for graphic novels for February 2012.  Since Walking Dead is usually a fairly consistently selling title, I’m going to plug last month’s Walking Dead numbers (both Comichron and ICV2 had January’s Walking Dead estimated at 31,596) into Diamond’s rankings.  That should get us relatively close to the formal estimates that should be out soon.  If Walking Dead had a good month, the numbers should be higher.  If Walking Dead had a bad month, the numbers will be lower.  History suggests this will be within +/- 5%, if not +/- 1%, praise to Great Kirkman.

1
3.42
BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM TP
$14.99
DC
4,290
2
3.16
FANTASTIC FOUR SEASON ONE PREM HC
$24.99
MAR
3,964
3
2.54
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 02 DEATHLOK NATION
$15.99
MAR
3,186
4
2.48
AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 03 (MR)
$24.99
DC
3,111
5
2.43
BATMAN TIME AND THE BATMAN TP
$14.99
DC
3,048
6
2.37
BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR HC
$29.99
DC
2,973
7
2.25
BATMAN VS BANE TP
$12.99
DC
2,822
8
2.2
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 (MR)
$14.99
IMA
2,759
9
2.14
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
$9.99
IMA
2,684
10
2.13
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING TP VOL 01
$17.99
IDW
2,672
11
1.84
CARNAGE FAMILY FEUD TP
$19.99
MAR
2,308
12
1.74
HELLBLAZER PHANTOM PAINS TP (MR)
$14.99
DC
2,182
13
1.73
BLEACH TP VOL 38
$9.99
VIZ
2,170
14
1.71
IZOMBIE TP VOL 03 SIX FEET UNDER AND RISING (MR)
$14.99
DC
2,145
15
1.7
X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM TP
$14.99
MAR
2,132
16
1.66
UNCANNY X-FORCE DARK ANGEL SAGA PREM HC BOOK 02
$24.99
MAR
2,082
17
1.65
STAR WARS JEDI VOL 01 DARK SIDE TP
$18.99
DAR
2,070
18
1.6
FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 01
$15.99
MAR
2,007
19
1.54
FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 04 (MR)
$29.99
DC
1,932
20
1.52
SUPERIOR PREM HC
$24.99
MAR
1,907
21
1.51
ANNIHILATORS TP
$19.99
MAR
1,894
22
1.48
SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING TP VOL 01
$14.99
DC
1,856
23
1.47
PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA PREM HC VOL 01
$19.99
MAR
1,844
24
1.44
DAREDEVIL REBORN TP
$16.99
MAR
1,806
25
1.42
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)
$14.99
IMA
1,781
26
1.41
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01
$24.99
MAR
1,769
27
1.35
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 08 UNFIXABLE
$15.99
MAR
1,693
28
1.32
NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR)
$10.99
RAN
1,656
29
1.3
SUPERMAN REIGN OF DOOMSDAY HC
$22.99
DC
1,631
30
1.28
STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 05
$24.99
DAR
1,606
31
1.28
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD TP VOL 01 (MR)
$19.99
DE
1,606
32
1.28
KING CONAN THE SCARLET CITADEL TP
$14.99
DAR
1,606
33
1.27
X-FORCE NECROSHA TP
$19.99
MAR
1,593
34
1.26
POWER GIRL OLD FRIENDS TP
$19.99
DC
1,580
35
1.24
SHOWCASE PRESENTS GHOSTS TP VOL 01
$19.99
DC
1,555
36
1.19
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS
$14.99
IMA
1,493
37
1.18
LOEG BLACK DOSSIER HC 2ND PTG
$29.99
DC
1,480
38
1.15
INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLL HC VOL 07
$39.99
IMA
1,442
39
1.14
GANTZ TP VOL 21
$12.99
DAR
1,430
40
1.14
SANDMAN TP VOL 08 WORLDS END (MR)
$19.99
DC
1,430
41
1.14
CAPTAIN AMERICA PRISONER OF WAR TP
$19.99
MAR
1,430
42
1.13
ASSASSINS CREED THE FALL TP (MR)
$18.99
UBI
1,417
43
1.12
YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 02
$9.99
VIZ
1,405
44
1.12
AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 JRJR CVR
$99.99
MAR
1,405
45
1.1
SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER
$11.99
ARC
1,380
46
1.09
JOHN ROMITA AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST ED HC
IDW
1,367
47
1.08
ULT COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01
$24.99
MAR
1,355
48
1.06
X-MEN LEGACY NECROSHA TP
$15.99
MAR
1,330
49
1.04
MMW UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 08
$59.99
MAR
1,304
50
1.01
NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 02
$19.99
MAR
1,267
51
1.01
AVENGERS ORIGIN TP
$14.99
MAR
1,267
52
1.01
SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN TP
$19.99
MAR
1,267
53
1
ASTONISHING X-MEN WHEDON CASSADAY ULT COLL TP BOOK 01
$29.99
MAR
1,254
54
1
XOMBI TP
$14.99
DC
1,254
55
1
WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA TP
$14.99
MAR
1,254
56
0.99
DEADMAN TP VOL 02
$14.99
DC
1,242
57
0.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION
$15.99
MAR
1,242
58
0.98
MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME TP
$16.99
MAR
1,229
59
0.97
ARTIFACTS TP VOL 03
$19.99
IMA
1,217
60
0.97
MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING
$11.99
ARC
1,217
61
0.96
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN PINEAPPLE & OTHER
$6.99
APE
1,204
62
0.96
BAKUMAN TP VOL 09
$9.99
VIZ
1,204
63
0.95
SOUL EATER TP VOL 08
$11.99
HAC
1,192
64
0.95
BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP
$14.99
DC
1,192
65
0.95
BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP
$24.99
DC
1,192
66
0.94
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR)
$14.99
IMA
1,179
67
0.92
AVENGERS HAWKEYE TP
$19.99
MAR
1,154
68
0.92
A TALE OF SAND HC
$29.95
ARA
1,154
69
0.91
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA MONUMENT POINT TP
$14.99
DC
1,141
70
0.91
GATE 7 TP VOL 02
$10.99
DAR
1,141
71
0.91
JOHN CARTER A PRINCESS OF MARS TP
$14.99
MAR
1,141
72
0.9
IRON MAN 2.0 TP VOL 02 ASYMMETRY
$14.99
MAR
1,129
73
0.9
WATCHMEN TP
$19.99
DC
1,129
74
0.9
X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC
$125.00
MAR
1,129
75
0.9
BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 06
$9.99
VIZ
1,129
76
0.9
STAND NIGHT HAS COME PREM HC
$24.99
MAR
1,129
77
0.89
XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19
$10.99
RAN
1,116
78
0.89
FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC
$19.99
MAR
1,116
79
0.87
AVENGERS BIG THREE TP
$29.99
MAR
1,091
80
0.85
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR)
$14.99
IMA
1,066
81
0.85
EXPLORER THE MYSTERY BOXES SC
$10.95
ABR
1,066
82
0.85
VENGEANCE HC
$24.99
MAR
1,066
83
0.84
PIGS TP VOL 01 HELLO CRUEL WORLD (MR)
$12.99
IMA
1,054
84
0.83
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR)
$14.99
IMA
1,041
85
0.82
HACK SLASH TP VOL 10 DEAD CELEBRITIES
$16.99
IMA
1,029
86
0.81
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)
$14.99
IMA
1,016
87
0.81
FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM (MR)
$14.99
DC
1,016
88
0.8
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN BERRY SCARY STORM
$6.99
APE
1,003
89
0.8
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1
$10.99
DAR
1,003
90
0.79
FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE
$12.99
DC
991
91
0.79
WALLY WOOD EC STORIES ARTIST ED HC
IDW
991
92
0.79
NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 19
$12.99
VIZ
991
93
0.78
DC UNIVERSE SECRET ORIGINS HC
$39.99
DC
978
94
0.77
POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM GN VOL 04
$7.99
VIZ
966
95
0.77
CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 05 DEAD MEN O/T DEEP & OTHER STORI
$18.99
DAR
966
96
0.77
TORSO GN HC (MR)
$24.99
MAR
966
97
0.76
WITCHBLADE REDEMPTION TP VOL 04
$19.99
IMA
953
98
0.76
KEY OF Z TP VOL 01 (MR)
$14.99
BOO
953
99
0.76
V FOR VENDETTA TP (MR)
$19.99
DC
953
100
0.76
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME
$14.99
IMA
953

Gates of Gotham takes first place for February, although that doesn’t seem like a particularly large number for the top book of the month.  Author Scott Snyder does seem to do alright for the month with Gates, American Vampire and Batman: The Black Mirror all in the top 10.  Don’t call him Geoff Johns 2.0.

IDW does nicely with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the #10 spot.  As always, a lot of Robert Kirkman book in the top 100, but you already knew those were going to be there.  Four X-Force volumes, too, as it continues to establish it’s own place under the x-umbrella.

Initial Sales Estimates for February 2012 – Monthly Comics

By Todd Allen

Here’s the drill: Diamond has released the top 100 titles and relative rankings for the monthly comics for February 2012.  Since Walking Dead is usually a fairly consistently selling title, I’m going to plug last month’s Walking Dead numbers (both Comichron and ICV2 had January’s Walking Dead estimated at 31,596) into Diamond’s rankings.  That should get us relatively close to the formal estimates that should be out soon.  If Walking Dead had a good month, the numbers should be higher.  If Walking Dead had a bad month, the numbers will be lower.  History suggests this will be within +/- 5%, if not +/- 1%, praise to Great Kirkman.

1
105.38
JUSTICE LEAGUE #6
$3.99
DC
132,179
2
100
BATMAN #6
$2.99
DC
125,431
3
75.19
ACTION COMICS #6
$3.99
DC
94,311
4
73.5
DETECTIVE COMICS #6
$2.99
DC
92,192
5
73.24
GREEN LANTERN #6
$2.99
DC
91,865
6
60.05
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #6
$2.99
DC
75,321
7
54.21
SUPERMAN #6
$2.99
DC
67,996
8
52.98
FLASH #6
$2.99
DC
66,453
9
49.39
AQUAMAN #6
$2.99
DC
61,950
10
49.12
BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
61,612
11
46.58
UNCANNY X-MEN #6
$3.99
MAR
58,426
12
46.08
UNCANNY X-MEN #7
$3.99
MAR
57,798
13
43.43
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #5
$3.99
MAR
54,475
14
43.08
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #6
$3.99
MAR
54,036
15
42.18
WONDER WOMAN #6
$2.99
DC
52,907
16
42.12
NEW AVENGERS #21
$3.99
MAR
52,831
17
41.83
AVENGERS X-SANCTION #3
$3.99
MAR
52,468
18
41.35
TEEN TITANS #6
$2.99
DC
51,866
19
41.01
AVENGERS #22
$3.99
MAR
51,439
20
40.92
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679
$3.99
MAR
51,326
21
40.65
AVENGERS #23
$3.99
MAR
50,988
22
40.38
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680
$3.99
MAR
50,649
23
39.88
NEW AVENGERS #22
$3.99
MAR
50,022
24
39.65
WINTER SOLDIER #1
$2.99
MAR
49,733
25
39.43
UNCANNY X-FORCE #21
$3.99
MAR
49,457
26
39.41
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1
$2.99
MAR
49,432
27
39.17
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #6
$2.99
DC
49,131
28
38.66
UNCANNY X-FORCE #22
$3.99
MAR
48,492
29
38.32
BATWOMAN #6
$2.99
DC
48,065
30
37.24
BATGIRL #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
46,710
31
37.16
NIGHTWING #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
46,610
32
35.85
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
44,967
33
35.51
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #4
$3.99
MAR
44,540
34
35.24
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #7
$3.99
MAR
44,202
35
33.85
CAPTAIN AMERICA #8
$3.99
MAR
42,458
36
33.29
INCREDIBLE HULK #5
$3.99
MAR
41,756
37
33.02
FANTASTIC FOUR #603
$2.99
MAR
41,417
38
32.1
SWAMP THING #6
$2.99
DC
40,263
39
32.04
WINTER SOLDIER #2
$2.99
MAR
40,188
40
31.59
FF #15
$2.99
MAR
39,624
41
30.62
SECRET AVENGERS #22
$3.99
MAR
38,407
42
30.44
RED LANTERNS #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
38,181
43
29.94
WOLVERINE #301
$3.99
MAR
37,554
44
29.5
DAREDEVIL #9
$2.99
MAR
37,002
45
29.04
CATWOMAN #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
36,425
46
28.91
SECRET AVENGERS #23
$3.99
MAR
36,262
47
28.73
X-MEN #24
$3.99
MAR
36,036
48
28.4
X-MEN #25
$3.99
MAR
35,622
49
28.38
X-MEN LEGACY #262
$2.99
MAR
35,597
50
28.33
DEADPOOL #50
$3.99
MAR
35,535
51
27.95
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
35,058
52
27.3
MIGHTY THOR #11
$3.99
MAR
34,243
53
27.13
SUPERGIRL #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
34,029
54
26.98
ANIMAL MAN #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
33,841
55
26.88
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
33,716
56
26.69
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #2
$3.99
MAR
33,477
57
26.36
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #7
$3.99
MAR
33,064
58
26.31
SCARLET SPIDER #2
$2.99
MAR
33,001
59
26.3
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
32,988
60
26.12
DEFENDERS #3
$3.99
MAR
32,763
61
25.82
VENOM #13
$3.99
MAR
32,386
62
25.49
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513
$3.99
MAR
31,972
63
25.19
WALKING DEAD #94 (MR)
$2.99
IMA
31,596
64
25.19
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #7
$3.99
MAR
31,596
65
24.19
SUPERBOY #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
30,342
66
23.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #8
$3.99
MAR
30,091
67
23.74
ASTONISHING X-MEN #47
$3.99
MAR
29,777
68
23.26
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #6
$2.99
DAR
29,175
69
22.46
MAGIC THE GATHERING #1
$3.99
IDW
28,172
70
22.01
CARNAGE USA #3
$3.99
MAR
27,607
71
21.6
SUICIDE SQUAD #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
27,093
72
21.42
VENOM #13.1
$2.99
MAR
26,867
73
21.37
DEADPOOL #51
$2.99
MAR
26,805
74
21.28
BIRDS OF PREY #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
26,692
75
21.14
VENOM #13.2
$2.99
MAR
26,516
76
21.12
VENOM #13.4
$2.99
MAR
26,491
77
21.09
GREEN ARROW #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
26,453
78
20.99
VENOM #13.3
$2.99
MAR
26,328
79
20.7
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #1
$3.99
DC
25,964
80
20.45
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #627
$2.99
MAR
25,651
81
20.3
STORMWATCH #6
$2.99
DC
25,462
82
19.01
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #9
$2.99
MAR
23,844
83
18.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #8
$2.99
MAR
23,819
84
18.96
X-FACTOR #231
$2.99
MAR
23,782
85
18.82
X-FACTOR #232
$2.99
MAR
23,606
86
18.57
MAGIC THE GATHERING #2
$3.99
IDW
23,292
87
18.34
ALL STAR WESTERN #6 [*]
$3.99
DC
23,004
88
18.11
NEW MUTANTS #37
$2.99
MAR
22,716
89
17.64
NEW MUTANTS #38
$2.99
MAR
22,126
90
17.51
PUNISHER #8
$2.99
MAR
21,963
91
17.38
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #634
$2.99
MAR
21,800
92
17.33
HUNTRESS #5
$2.99
DC
21,737
93
17.12
MOON KNIGHT #10
$3.99
MAR
21,474
94
17.1
AVENGERS ACADEMY #25
$2.99
MAR
21,449
95
16.93
HULK #48
$2.99
MAR
21,235
96
16.84
AVENGERS ACADEMY #26
$2.99
MAR
21,123
97
16.45
DEMON KNIGHTS #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
20,633
98
16.41
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6 [*]
$2.99
DC
20,583
99
16.01
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1
$3.50
DAR
20,081
100
15.81
FATALE #2 [*] (MR)
$3.50
IMA
19,831

If Walking Dead didn’t increase it’s sales over January, it looks like the drops are continuing, but the basic hierarchy remains the same for the top 14, with the exception of Aquaman inching ahead of Batman and Robin.  Marvel’s top seller, still Uncanny X-Men would dip below the 60K line.  The worst top seller for Marvel in recent memory.  Avengers X-Sanction, for a book that’s leading into a big deal supposedly high order cross-over is very tepid in the vicinity of 52K, so I hope the fans get as excited as the retailers are supposed to be.

Debuts include Winter Soldier around 49K (issue two drops to  40K), Magic: The Gathering at 28K,  Conan the Barbarian at 20K and Fatale at just under 20K (pre-multiple printings?).

Scarlet Spider takes the customary Marvel issue 1-2 plunge from 53K – 33K.  Ouch.

“Real” numbers will be out soon, but that’s what it looks like we’re dealing with.