July 9, 2012


Number Crunch: June Comic Sales

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June Comic Sales Chart

June Comic Estimate of Sales Chart at ICv2 (click to go to ICv2)

Comic book sales estimates for June are available at ICv2, and just like we did for May, let’s look at the sales numbers for our favorite publisher.

Valiant released two books in June, harbinger #1 and X-O Manowar #2. We’ll look at them one at a time.

Harbinger #1

Harbinger came in at number 72 on the chart, selling an estimated 32,111 copies. This is a bit lower than the 42,000 copies that X-O Manowar #1 sold, though that is a bit understandable. X-O #1 had the gravitas of being the first Valiant book, and this month, dealers had to spread their dollars across two Valiant books, rather than one. Since dealers have to pay for these books before they sell them, there is always an element of risk involved with buying books from smaller, less proven publishers.

Let’s look a little closer, however.

Amongst the non-Marvel/DC books, here’s what sold more copies than Harby #1:

  • 47: Saga #4 with 41,143 copies sold
  • 44: Mars Attacks #1 with 43,514 copies sold
  • 30: Walking Dead #99 with 55,710 copies sold

The rest of the books that sold more copies than Harbinger #1 were published by marvel or DC. This makes Harbinger the fourth best selling book by a non-Marvel/DC publisher, beaten only by Walking Dead, Saga, and Mars Attacks (which was likely spurred up a bit by the large number of variants. If you think Valiant has been bad with making a lot of variant covers, take a look at IDW with Mars Attacks)

X-O Manowar #2

X-O Manowar #2 ranked number 108 on the sales chart, selling an estimated 21,261 copies. This is about a drop in half from the first issue, probably largely due to the 1:50 incentive cover for the first issue, which the second issue did not have.

21,000 copies is still a respectable number. Let’s take a look at what is above it amongst non-Marvel/DC books:

  • 105: Fatale #6 with 21,828 copies sold
  • 101: Massive #1 with 22,173 copies sold
  • 81: Spawn #220 with 30,136 copies sold

In addition to the books mentioned above in the Harbinger section.

All in all, amongst the non-Marvel/DC books, X-O Manowar #2 was only outsold by 7 books, one of which was also a Valiant comic.

These numbers put Harby #1 and X-O #2 firmly in the top-10 amongst non-Marvel/DC comics sold in June. Good numbers, to be sure!

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