Numbercrunching Marvel’s Print Runs Since 2002

Numbercrunching Marvel’s Print Runs Since 2002

Posted by November 19, 2010 Comment

The Diamond sales figures often bandied about are often estimates. They ignore non-North American sales, they ignore sales from subsequent months and they ignore newstand and subscription numbers. And they are estimates based on limited data, which can vary month on month.

What can’t be buggered about with, however, are the chunks of information posted in Marvel books that are available for subscription. To qualify for reduced price second class shipping, they have to publish openly print runs for the most recent copy of the comic and the average printed over the past year. Which gives accurate, statistical information, year-on-year for a whole host of comics. And this is basically the last decade of Marvel comic print runs.

There are a number of missing dates – maybe you can check your back issues and fill them in. But overall, we get a pretty good idea of what’s going on. There will have been some attrition due to trade paperback and digital sales, which aren’t included. So conclusion is that mid-level title are relatively doing pretty much doing as they’ve always done. But the top tier titles have seen their sales collapse. We’re seeing a shrinking of the audience to the core fanboys who’ll buy pretty much what they’ve always bought. This means that new titles find it hard to get a look in. And the bigger titles have shed casual readers. The majority of people who might just buy X-Men of Spider-Man and nothing else, now seem to be no longer buying anything.

It seems that, more than ever, Marvel are talking to the fanboys.

Hmm, maybe they should bring back the Mary Jane/Spider-Man marriage then. And Jean Grey.

2002 – Amazing Spider-Man 165,765
2003 – Amazing Spider-Man 142,569
2004 – Amazing Spider-Man 160,579
2005 – Amazing Spider-Man 150,833
2008 – Amazing Spider-Man 125,019
2009 – Amazing Spider-Man 94,006
2010 – Amazing Spider-Man 85,445

2002 – Spider-Girl 54,148
2003 – Spider-Girl 26,461
2004 – Spider-Girl 24,322
2005 – Spider-Girl 23,907
2007 – Amazing Spider-Girl 46,234

2006 – Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man 100,317

2004 – Spectacular Spider-Man 92,445
2006 – Sensational Spider-Man 83,284

2004 – Avengers 83,783
2006 – New Avengers 164,019
2007 – New Avengers 172,214
2008 – New Avengers 139,284
2009 – New Avengers 120,823
2009 – Mighty Avengers 94,281

2008 – Thunderbolts 58,049
2009 – Thunderbolts 45,336

2002 – Captain America 69,828
2003 – Captain America 74,106
2004 – Captain America 63,946
2005 – Captain America 73,476
2006 – Captain America 66,018
2007 – Captain America 137,932
2008 – Captain America 102,716
2010 – Captain America 76,632

2002 – Daredevil 131,357
2003 – Daredevil 103,525
2004 – Daredevil 84,843
2005 – Daredevil 73,744
2007 – Daredevil 66,025
2008 – Daredevil 56,187
2010 – Daredevil 45,841

2002 – Fantastic Four 79,867
2004 – Fantastic Four 78,968
2005 – Fantastic Four 75,422
2007 – Fantastic Four 107,906
2009 – Fantastic Four 14,239 (A likely anomaly – did Marvel accidentally report the Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four statistics by mistake? Is this a federal crime?)

2004 – Marvel Knights 4 52,553
2005 – Marvel Knights 4 37,721

2002 – Incredible Hulk 64,783
2003 – Incredible Hulk 100,592
2005 – Incredible Hulk 73,407
2006 – Incredible Hulk 68,438
2008 – Hulk 107,667
2009 – Hulk 60,823
2010 – Hulk 71,625

2007 – She-Hulk 48,869
2008 – She-Hulk 37,013

2007 – Ms. Marvel 66,833
2008 – Ms. Marvel 48,337
2009 – Ms. Marvel 33,246

2007 – Ghost Rider 75,322

2004 – Iron Man 52,297
2009 – Invincible Iron Man 62,054

2004 – Thor 50,955
2010 – Thor 71,692

2005 – Black Panther 55,07
2007 – Black Panther 59,517
2009 – Black Panther 37,907

2006 – Runaways 36,738

2002 – Uncanny X-Men 209,166
2003 – Uncanny X-Men 157,829
2004 – Uncanny X-Men 156,651
2005 – Uncanny X-Men 140,829
2006 – Uncanny X-Men 129,325
2007 – Uncanny X-Men 127,381
2009 – Uncanny X-Men 97,112

2002 – Wolverine 143,398
2003 – Wolverine 123,597
2004 – Wolverine 117,832
2005 – Wolverine 126,023
2006 – Wolverine 120,315
2007 – Wolverine 145,859
2009 – (Dark) Wolverine 106,850

2002 – X-Men 234,871
2003 – X-Men 156,348
2004 – X-Men 169,350
2005 – X-Men 137,282
2006 – X-Men 125,495
2007 – X-Men 130,816
2008 – X-Men 123,157
2009 – X-Men Legacy 87,527

2003 – Ultimate X-Men 115,631

2004 – Excalibur 79,652

2004 – Exiles 48,585
2006 – Exiles 48,933

2004 – Mystique 40,788

2006 – New X-Men 62,547
2007 – New X-Men 59,375
2010 – New Mutants 40,643

2007 – Astonishing X-Men 157,612
2009 – Astonishing X-Men 101,893

2007 – Cable/Deadpool 51,117
2009 – Cable 42,283
2009 – Deadpool 53,933
2010 – Deadpool 49,611

2007 – Wolverine Origins 133,029
2009 – Wolverine Origins 65,380

2007 – X-Factor 54,710
2008 – X-Factor 69,295
2010 – X-Factor 39,417

2007 – Marvel Adventures Avengers 10,658

2007 – Marvel Adventures FF 14,577

2007 – Marvel Adventures Spider-Man 37,599
2009 – Marvel Adventures Spider-Man 35,113

2002 – Ultimate Spider-Man 150,000
2003 – Ultimate Spider-Man 127,101
2004 – Ultimate Spider-Man 121,745
2005 – Ultimate Spider-Man 112,937
2006 – Ultimate Spider-Man 95,768
2007 – Ultimate Spider-Man 102,005
2008 – Ultimate Spider-Man 95,055
2010 – Ultimate Spider-Man 72,432

2004 – Ultimate X-Men 120,945
2005 – Ultimate X-Men 110,295
2007 – Ultimate X-Men 83,484

2004 – Ultimate FF 129,478
2005 – Ultimate FF 92,519
2006 – Ultimate FF 86,138
2007 – Ultimate FF 68,962

2010 – Ultimate Avengers 75,650

Thanks to QCCBob for the data…

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