Bleeding Cool Bestseller List - 22nd April 2018 - 'Action Comics Was the Highest/Fastest Selling Book in Our History'

Bleeding Cool Bestseller List – 22nd April 2018 – ‘Action Comics Was the Highest/Fastest Selling Book in Our History’

Posted by April 22, 2018 Comment

This is the Top 10 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.

Every store reporting for the Bleeding Cool Bestseller list has Action Comics #1000 at the top. A knockout blow. It even helped raise this week’s sales of Superman.

  1. Action Comics #1000
  2. Batman #45
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #799
  4. Superman #45
  5. Mister Miracle #8
  6. Justice League #43
  7. Avengers #689
  8. Infinity Countdown #2
  9. Black Panther #172
  10. X-Men Gold #26

Thanks to the following retailers

Who had this to say…

Action Comics was the highest/fastest selling book in FFF history. Our Midnight Release went really well, though it wasn’t as well attended as our others. That said, as of writing this, we have one copy left on the shelf (out of an initial order of 200). This is 100% how you do an anniversary issue. Falling quite a bit behind, but still selling incredibly well was Batman which barrels head first into a pretty intriguing pre-wedding story. DC rolling out their new B cover initiative on this book was interesting. We actually had a handful of people who were confused by the near-virgin concept, but the execution of the small text works beautifully. Amazing Spider-Man is one issue away from its big anniversary issue and is selling well, but not Action #1000 or Batman well. Avengers is back in the Top Ten at #8 for its penultimate issue. The Thrawn we were shorted last week sold extremely well this week which was no big shock.

One the Indie side of things, Jughead the Hunger and Mighty Morphing Power Rangers were the only non Big-Two books that sold well enough to make the Top Twenty which is actually kind of shock. To not see a single Image book is really surprising. Also, Jughead and Power Rangers were never overly great sellers. But with Shattered Grid, I can understand MMPR. I’m at a loss for the success of The Hunger, though I’m happy to see anything Afterlife with Archie related do well.


Surprising no one anywhere, Action Comics #1000 far outsold everything– and who knows how many more we would’ve moved had we not sold out by 5pm Wednesday. You’d think ordering six times your normal quantity of a book– at $8 no less– would be plenty, but nope. Luckily we got a reorder in while all covers were still available. After that: Tom King and Jeff Lemire took up almost half the list. It was a great week all around and next week looks to be great as well… that’s a good feeling.


Action Comics beat everyone by a country mile. Even Batman was put to shame and Batman is almost invariably #1 any week it is released. Amazing Spider-man Goblin madness continues and the penultimate chapter of Avengers kept the book alive. I will say that Avengers has had the least incrimental decrease of any weekly in our store’s history.
Wow. Just wow. We haven’t had a book sell as well as Action Comics 1000 in 5 years. This book just flew out the doors. Overall it was a great week with the top ten split equally with DC and Marvel. More weeks like this and we will be talking about how many customer we are adding not losing.


Do I even need to say that Action Comics #1000 was our bestseller this week? Because it definitely was. In fact, DC titles made up the entirety of our top 3. Mister Miracle is still pretty much killing it, and it was a very solid runner-up. And Batman #45 wasn’t too far behind that.


Action Comics 1000 blew out the doors Wednesday. Thankfully, we were able to reorder more and we already had ordered more copies due in next week. Had one person so upset that they would have to wait till next week to get a copy they updated their bad review from years ago, it was odd. Action 1000 meant a lot to people. We had multiple people buying all ten variants of Action Comics at once. I was impressed, that was $79.99 before tax for one title. Amazing Spider-Man I was worried that all the stores in the area along with us had finally upped our orders above the demand level. We sold out of Amazing on Thursday. It placed third for us behind Action Comics and Batman. Seeing some rays of light in the gloomy comic market.


If we counted each cover as a separate title, Action Comics wold have taken seven of our top ten slots this week–that’s how big a seller this book was! Combining them into one listing gave Marvel two books in the top ten (Amazing Spider-Man and Daredevil), with DC taking eight slots. If we extended the count out to the top twenty, Marvel took several slots to DC’s thirteen.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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(Last Updated April 22, 2018 1:30 pm )

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