Diamond released its preliminary year-end data for 2012 today, and it wasn’t a big surprise. THE WALKING DEAD #100 was the top-selling comic of the year, and the first WALKING DEAD trade topped the GN charts. Marvel was the top publisher over DC.
Sales were up for the year; even graphic novels, which had lagged at times because of the Borders debacle, ended up in double-digit points over 2011. Comics sales overall were up nearly 15%—a healthy growth margin that reflects all the good things we’e been talking about.
Aside from The THE WALKING DEAD, all the top ten books were Avengers and/or X-Men related. In the graphic novel charts, THE WALKING DEAD ruled the roost, with Days Gone Bye coming in at #1 for the third year in a row. Two Batman volumes snuck in—Earth One and Court of Owls—and the top 10 was rounded off by a book by perennial best seller mainstay Alan Moore, the LOEG Century #3 2009.
“2012 was a terrific year for comic books and graphic novels,” remarked Diamond CEO Steve Geppi. “Our publishers did a tremendous job of creating compelling storylines that comic book fans wanted to see — from Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men followed by its Marvel NOW! titles later in the year to DC’s powerful New 52 ongoing titles. Add in Dark Horse Comics’ horror line-up, IDW’s My Little Pony and Image Comics’ creator-driven hits and it was quite a year. In addition, I would like to mention what a wonderful job comic shop retailers did in 2012, by continuing to establish a great environment that readers and fans want to come and visit.”
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|YEAR 2012 VS. YEAR 2011|
TOP 10 COMICS
|1||WALKING DEAD #100 (MR)||$3.99||JUN128066-M||IMA|
|2||UNCANNY AVENGERS #1||$3.99||AUG120550-M||MAR|
|3||AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1||$3.99||JAN120629-M||MAR|
|4||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700||$7.99||OCT120626-M||MAR|
|5||AVENGERS VS X-MEN #2||$3.99||JAN128269-M||MAR|
|6||AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6||$3.99||APR120579-M||MAR|
|7||AVENGERS VS X-MEN #5||$3.99||APR120572-M||MAR|
|8||AVENGERS VS X-MEN #3||$3.99||JAN128271-M||MAR|
|9||AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4||$3.99||JAN128273-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
|1||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE||$9.99||JUL068351||IMA|
|2||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR)||$14.99||SEP088204-M||IMA|
|3||BATMAN EARTH ONE HC||$22.99||MAR120234||DC|
|4||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR)||$14.99||APR120487||IMA|
|5||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS||$14.99||NOV082245||IMA|
|6||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR)||$14.99||SEP120449||IMA|
|7||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE||$14.99||SEP088205-M||IMA|
|8||BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52)||$24.99||JAN120300||DC|
|9||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR)||$14.99||OCT110502||IMA|
|10||LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR)||$9.95||APR121232||TOP|
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.