SCOOP: Turf #1 – Highest Preorders For Any Title To Date At Forbidden Planet

Turf  is the first comic written by British chatshow host and all round god-geek Jonathan Ross, with 1985 artist Tommy Lee Edwards, published by Image Comics next month. Despite being published in America, it was always expected to do better in the UK than in the US. But possibly not this well.

Forbidden Planet, one of two UK chains with the same name, anbd with stores across the UK including London, have received more preorders from customers for Turf #1, than of any other comic to date . This includes during the nineties, when hot comics regularly sold ten times the amount they could be expected to sell today. That includes beating preorders for X-Men #1, the US sales of which topped seven million. It’s likely, on that basis, to presume that UK sales for the book will tower over US sales, where Jonathan Ross is a relatively unknown commodity, for the preserve of recent BBC America viewers, people who work in media and those who have discovered his work through the likes of his documentary In Search Of Steve Ditko.

That Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards will be signing at the London store on the 14th April probably has a factor in preorder levels. But this is a remarkable success, however it is explained. Unfortunately, as Diamond Comics Distributors only release statistics regarding sales in North America, it may not be widely recognised as such…