The month’s startling sales charts are analyzed at ICv2 with a look at the overall growth for the year:
The October growth for the over-all market pulled up the year-to-date numbers to around a 2% decline in comics and graphic novel sales for the first ten months of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010. That number has now been improving for the last three months. Comics are nearly flat for the year (down .23%), and graphic novels are down a little over 5% (down 5.39%), bringing the over-all market to a 1.93% decline year-to-date over 2010.
If current trends continue, 2011 will end up being an up year for comics and graphic novels in comic stores, an incredible turnaround from dismal trends as recent as July.
On the dollar side, the New 52 #2s showed remarkable staying power:
Sales of the second month of DC’s New 52 titles (all #2s) declined only 6% from the sales levels of the #1s, less than half the typical decay between the first and second issues of new series. Sales on 14 of the #2s were up from the first issues, fifteen if you count Justice League, which was up from the August number but down from the combined August and September sales.
With so many relists on the charts, a number of books from other publishers were squeezed off. However the #300 book — Robert E Howard’s Savage Sword #3 — sold 5,167, according to the ICv2 metric. Last month, the #300 book — Stan Lee Starborn #10 — charts with 3,341 copies sold. So that’s exactly how much the rising tide lifted that boat.