Vampirella isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone this summer. Dynamite Comics announced that their upcoming Vampirella #1 by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz is now the company’s best-selling debut issue, with an initial print run of more than 130,000 copies.
The impressive number includes all orders through Diamond, specialty retailers, and creator exclusive covers, making it the highest sales number for a full price comic in the publisher’s 15 years. The number is also higher than all recorded paid circulation numbers for the original Vampirella magazine, indicating that this issue could be the best-selling Vampirella book in her 50-year history.
Dynamite is so confident in the new series that they have made the first issue returnable for retailers, which will continue for issue #2. This gives shops minimal risk alongside maximum reward, while providing for their dedicated Vampi fanbase and any new followers jumping on board.
“We cannot express enough how appreciative we are for the support from fans, retailers as well as support from retailers outside of the direct market and talent who have created covers for their own sales,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “We knew we had a great creative team on this title with the incredible Christopher Priest being complemented by the lush art of Ergün Gündüz, and breathtaking covers to match. The 50th anniversary will only happen once, so everything had to be perfect. Everyone from the creative team, editorial, and sales & marketing worked hard together at all levels to make this a success. It’s incredibly gratifying to get such a welcoming response back.”
As a follow-up to the first issue’s success, Vampirella #2 features an incredible main cover from Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. After that the next issue will be spearheaded by J. Scott Campbell, and as usual the publisher has an array of top artists and cosplay models set for future covers.
Preorders for Vampirella #2 are due Thursday June 27. Ask your comic shop how to get your copies of the new series today. You can also check out more on Dynamite’s website.