Late ship, late schmip: despite well documented problems getting their product out on time, Marvel still crushed it in October, according to sales figures just released by Diamond. Marvel opened up a commanding 22% lead in dollar share and a 26% lead in units…in fact Marvel 48% of units is the largest margin I remember seeing since I started doing these charts—and they only shipped 68 titles compared to 80 in September. And in another rare occurence, the entire top 10 periodical comics were Marvel. Ouchie. It’s another kick in the grass for DC’s nascent DC You line and means DKIII can’t come soon enough. DC’s unit share of 21.85% (down from 26% in September) and units of 22.92% (down from (26.32%) are also lows. Image was #3 with single digits once again.
This Wednesday, July 29th, DC’s Gotham by Midnight Annual #1 will hit store shelves. This title, written by Ray Fawkes with art by Christian Duce Fernandez, promises to take readers on “a tale of love and vengeance in this centuries-old mystery” featuring the Gentleman Ghost. The Comics Beat has an exclusive preview.