This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait to the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.
And Batman beat Walking Dead — but only just. Marvel must be pleased they revived the X-Men titles:
- Batman #30
- Walking Dead #171
- Justice League #28
- Superman #30
- Star Wars: Darth Vader #5
- Astonishing X-Men #3
- Harley Quinn #27
- Seven To Eternity #9
- Venomverse #1
- X-Men Gold #11
Thanks to the following retailers…
- G-Mart Comic Books, Champaign, IL
- Ssalefish Comics Winston-Salem of Winston-Salem & Greensboro, North Carolina
- Comix Experience, San Francisco, California
- Famous Faces and Funnies of West Melbourne, Florida
- Comix Experience Outpost San Francisco, California
- Rodman Comics of Ankeny, Iowa
- Fat Jack’s Comicrypt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore of Marietta, Georgia
…who had this to say:
Even with this scary Hurricane Irma on the way, we still had a great week, hitting over an average week’s numbers being closed on Saturday because of our sale running where we’ve sold a ton of back issues, graphic novels, toys, Pops and more. This week’s new comic sales were down a little but not much as locals prepared for the hurricane or went out of town. Luckily, it looks like we won’t be hit as badly as they originally anticipated, so we are thankful for that. We hope everyone in the path of the hurricane fares well. Be safe!
Marvel did better than average with 4 of our Top 10 including Venomverse, Venomverse War Stories, Daredevil and Spider-Man Deadpool. This batch of Venomized Villain covers is not selling as well as the other Venomized covers from March, but they’re still doing better than most Marvel theme month variants.
Walking Dead barely lost the top spot to Batman with the variant cover and the surprise pink signature variant. We only got two of those out of 40 variants. Generations Iron Man barely made our Top 20 and we sold the same amount of last week’s Saga by the same time this week. Bombshells United was off to a solid start but nothing amazing. Animosity The Rise also made our Top 20, doing better than most indy books. Captain Phasma and Star Wars Adventures both under performed for us at FFF.
We also bought a giant collection including Showcase 22, Giant Size X-Men 1, Amazing 129, Iron Man 1and more gems. We don’t expect these to last long in our store.
Star Wars is doubling down on releases it looks like heading into November. Walking Dead had a new character debut so somehow people I’ve never seen before came in on Wednesday and made us have to settle on a one-per-customer limit.
This was a pretty Image-heavy week for us. Walking Dead took the top spot, but Seven to Eternity, Wicked and Divine, Motor Crush, and last week’s Saga all made an appearance on the top ten as well. Other than that, Doom Patrol #8 was noticeably higher on our list than usual. Maybe it’s because of Lotion the cat on the cover? It’s a really good cover, y’all.
This week we’re seeing a bit more variety in the Top 10, which I very much prefer. Hype for The Walking Dead’s new character drove it to our #2 spot just behind the ever-popular Batman. Rick Remender’s fantastical epic Seven To Eternity continues to sell steadily, and among our four-way tie for the 10th place spot we see the conclusion to Tyler Boss and Matt Rosenberg’s 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank.
Marvel’s Star Wars arm also had a good week, with both the most recent issue of Darth Vader and the premiere issue of the new Captain Phasma miniseries finding space in our best sellers.
Another weak sales week. Hoping it’s not a trend. Batman takes the top spot. Marvel gets two into the top ten with Darth Vader and Star Wars Rogue One Adaption. Marvel had no superhero titles in our top ten. Walking Dead did really well thanks to the multiple covers. Generations looks bad after showing how it “tied” into Secret Empire. Sold out of the Hulk and Wolverine Generation issues. The rest look dead on arrival. Marvel really seems adrift and only knows gimmicks and knows no entertaining storylines to keep people interested in reading their comics.
While new Marvel superhero comics are having trouble selling Marvel back issues did well for us. A near mint copy of the Black Cat’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-man 194 sold. Along with a copy of Adam Warlock in Thor 165 and Ego’s first appearance in Thor 132.
Another bad week for Marvel–none of their superhero titles made our store’s Top Ten (although two of their Star Wars books took 7th and 8th place. Walking Dead came two books short of tying with Batman this week, leaving DC with 7 slots in our top ten, Marvel with two, and Image with one. Venomverse couldn’t even generate double-digit sales–it only moved about 20% the volume of Batman and Walking Dead. Marvel needs to abandon this onerous lenticular-overbuy-to-qualify program and get those books out there in massive quantities in hopes that they can lure readers back before it’s too late.
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