UPDATE: January 2013 Top 100 Comics & GN Sales Charts

[Update 2: February 11 - Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel charts (with sales indexes) added below. Sales analysis follows]:

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS 

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013 
 

QTY

RANK 

DOLLAR

RANK 

INDEX 

DESCRIPTION 

PRICE 

VENDOR 

1

1

128.96

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1

$3.99

MAR

2

2

100.00

BATMAN #16

$3.99

DC 

3

3

80.67

JUSTICE LEAGUE #16

$3.99

DC 

4

4

79.69

NEW AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

5

5

77.13

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAR

6

6

70.26

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1

$3.99

MAR

7

8

64.36

UNCANNY AVENGERS #3

$3.99

MAR

8

7

63.25

DETECTIVE COMICS #16

$3.99

DC 

9

9

63.16

AVENGERS #3

$3.99

MAR

10

10

59.06

UNCANNY X-FORCE #1

$3.99

MAR

11

11

56.94

AVENGERS #4 

$3.99

MAR

12

16

55.85

BATMAN AND ROBIN #16

$2.99

DC 

13

12

54.96

ALL NEW X-MEN #6 

$3.99

MAR

14

14

54.43

NEW AVENGERS #2

$3.99

MAR

15

13

52.09

ALL NEW X-MEN #5

$3.99

MAR

16

20

49.95

GREEN LANTERN #16

$2.99

DC 

17

21

49.66

BATGIRL #16

$2.99

DC 

18

28

48.83

YOUNG AVENGERS #1

$2.99

MAR

19

22

48.33

WALKING DEAD #106 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

20

24

47.73

NIGHTWING #16

$2.99

DC 

21

30

43.67

TEEN TITANS #16

$2.99

DC 

22

31

42.59

AQUAMAN #16

$2.99

DC 

23

18

41.01

CAPTAIN AMERICA #3

$3.99

MAR

24

33

40.86

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #16

$2.99

DC 

25

19

40.73

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3

$3.99

MAR

26

17

40.19

ACTION COMICS #16

$3.99

DC 

27

37

39.92

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #16

$2.99

DC 

28

39

39.10

DEADPOOL #4

$2.99

MAR

29

15

35.80

BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

DC 

30

27

35.47

CABLE AND X-FORCE #3

$3.99

MAR

31

25

34.88

IRON MAN #5

$3.99

MAR

32

42

34.85

EARTH 2 #8

$2.99

DC 

33

43

34.69

SUPERMAN #16

$2.99

DC 

34

45

34.64

FANTASTIC FOUR #3

$2.99

MAR

35

26

34.59

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #4

$3.99

MAR

36

44

34.50

BATMAN INCORPORATED #7

$2.99

DC 

37

29

32.96

A PLUS X #4

$3.99

MAR

38

47

31.27

SAGA #9 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

39

48

31.10

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16

$2.99

DC 

40

34

30.64

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #24

$3.99

MAR

41

51

30.34

THUNDERBOLTS #3

$2.99

MAR

42

49

30.22

FLASH #16

$2.99

DC 

43

35

30.17

BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #6 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

44

36

30.13

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #23

$3.99

MAR

45

53

30.07

MORBIUS LIVING VAMPIRE #1

$2.99

MAR

46

50

30.00

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #16

$2.99

DC 

47

38

29.51

BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #5 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

48

40

28.99

BEFORE WATCHMEN DOLLAR BILL #1 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

49

23

28.67

GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #1

$4.99

DC 

50

55

28.17

FF #3

$2.99

MAR

51

54

27.48

WONDER WOMAN #16

$2.99

DC 

52

41

27.32

INVINCIBLE #100

$3.99

IMA

53

67

27.18

STAR WARS #1

$2.99

DAR

54

62

26.36

AVENGERS ARENA #3

$2.99

MAR

55

60

26.19

RED LANTERNS #16

$2.99

DC 

56

63

25.82

X-MEN LEGACY #4

$2.99

MAR

57

66

25.36

HAWKEYE #7

$2.99

MAR

58

65

25.20

DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #1

$2.99

MAR

59

32

25.13

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #1

$4.99

DC 

60

68

24.74

DAREDEVIL #22

$2.99

MAR

61

46

24.68

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #19

$3.99

MAR

62

69

23.86

X-MEN LEGACY #5

$2.99

MAR

63

71

23.37

BATWOMAN #16

$2.99

DC 

64

72

23.24

CATWOMAN #16

$2.99

DC 

65

74

22.11

SWAMP THING #16

$2.99

DC 

66

52

21.26

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #11

$3.99

MAR

67

77

21.18

TALON #4

$2.99

DC 

68

80

20.83

WORLDS FINEST #8

$2.99

DC 

69

79

20.80

SUPERGIRL #16

$2.99

DC 

70

82

20.78

ANIMAL MAN #16

$2.99

DC 

71

58

20.10

SECRET AVENGERS #36

$3.99

MAR

72

57

20.09

THRESHOLD #1

$3.99

DC 

73

59

19.90

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #16

$3.99

MAR

74

61

19.54

X-MEN #40

$3.99

MAR

75

64

19.03

DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #4

$3.99

MAR

76

84

18.58

SUPERBOY #16

$2.99

DC 

77

86

18.54

SUICIDE SQUAD #16

$2.99

DC 

78

88

18.44

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #16

$2.99

DC 

79

89

17.76

SCARLET SPIDER #13

$2.99

MAR

80

70

17.55

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #20

$3.99

MAR

81

73

17.24

ASTONISHING X-MEN #58

$3.99

MAR

82

92

16.89

VENOM #29

$2.99

MAR

83

94

16.82

VENOM #30

$2.99

MAR

84

75

16.49

WOLVERINE MAX #3 (MR)

$3.99

MAR

85

98

16.35

PUNISHER WAR ZONE #3

$2.99

MAR

86

56

16.24

SUPERBOY ANNUAL #1

$4.99

DC 

87

76

16.09

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #21

$3.99

MAR

88

99

15.91

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #17

$2.99

DAR

89

102

15.89

BIRDS OF PREY #16

$2.99

DC 

90

103

15.76

PUNISHER WAR ZONE #4

$2.99

MAR

91

105

15.67

WINTER SOLDIER #14

$2.99

MAR

92

81

15.54

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #4

$3.99

DC 

93

108

15.43

X-FACTOR #250

$2.99

MAR

94

107

15.35

GAMBIT #8

$2.99

MAR

95

112

14.31

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #648

$2.99

MAR

96

83

14.21

INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #1

$3.99

DC 

97

78

13.98

ADVENTURE TIME #12

$3.99

BOO

98

87

13.78

FIRST X-MEN #5

$3.99

MAR

99

116

13.64

PHANTOM STRANGER #4

$2.99

DC 

100

115

13.63

GREEN ARROW #16

$2.99

DC 

 

 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS 

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013

 

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

3

6.48

FABLES TP VOL 18 CUBS IN TOYLAND (MR)

$16.99

DC 

2

9

5.86

SAGA TP VOL 01

$9.99

IMA

3

10

5.70

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

4

25

4.54

SILVER SURFER BY STAN LEE AND MOEBIUS #1

$7.99

MAR

5

5

4.48

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

6

4

4.06

JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY

$24.99

DC 

7

8

3.54

JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52)

$16.99

DC 

8

15

3.25

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

9

18

3.19

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR)

$14.99

IMA

10

14

2.97

ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 02 ANIMAL VS MAN (N52)

$16.99

DC 

11

13

2.95

INVINCIBLE TP VOL 17 WHATS HAPPENING

$16.99

IMA

12

22

2.36

NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 07 THE ICELANDIC TRILOGY (MR)

$16.99

DC 

13

27

2.34

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE

$14.99

IMA

14

12

2.32

WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 02 GUTS (N52)

$22.99

DC 

15

29

2.27

WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 BLOOD (N52)

$14.99

DC 

16

16

2.17

BATWOMAN HC VOL 02 TO DROWN THE WORLD (N52)

$22.99

DC 

17

24

2.05

AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP CONSEQUENCES

$17.99

MAR

18

37

1.93

BATWOMAN TP VOL 01 HYDROLOGY (N52)

$14.99

DC 

19

19

1.93

CARNAGE MINIMUM CARNAGE TP

$24.99

MAR

20

38

1.86

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

21

11

1.83

ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS HC

$29.99

IMA

22

44

1.64

STAR WARS BLOOD TIES TP VOL 02 BOBA FETT IS DEAD

$14.99

DAR

23

21

1.64

BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52)

$24.99

DC 

24

55

1.59

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT GOLDEN DAWN TP

$14.99

DC 

25

52

1.57

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

26

69

1.43

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE

$14.99

IMA

27

1

1.37

GIL KANE AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIST ED HC (NET)

$95.00

IDW

28

58

1.37

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH TP

$16.99

DC 

29

71

1.36

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR)

$14.99

IMA

30

30

1.35

BOOKS OF MAGIC DELUXE EDITION HC (MR)

$24.99

DC 

31

40

1.33

SHOWCASE PRESENTS WEIRD WAR TALES TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC 

32

57

1.32

ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01

$14.99

BOO

33

59

1.32

BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC 

34

77

1.31

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

35

31

1.31

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER PREM HC MAN IN BLACK

$24.99

MAR

36

79

1.28

BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 11

$14.99

DC 

37

80

1.27

GREEN ARROW TP VOL 02 TRIPLE THREAT (N52)

$14.99

DC 

38

34

1.24

SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH TP

$24.99

MAR

39

84

1.23

MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD

$14.99

IMA

40

49

1.23

GLOBAL FREQUENCY TP (MR)

$19.99

DC 

41

90

1.22

BATMAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TP

$14.99

DC 

42

36

1.21

FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 05

$24.99

MAR

43

62

1.16

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$19.99

DC 

44

131

1.13

HARBINGER (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 OMEGA RISING

$9.99

VAL

45

100

1.11

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

46

83

1.11

CULLING RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP (N52)

$16.99

DC 

47

66

1.10

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

48

65

1.10

OZ DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ GN TP

$19.99

MAR

49

41

1.10

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC 

50

103

1.10

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME

$14.99

IMA

51

6

1.09

WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR)

$59.99

IMA

52

68

1.08

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 03 (MR)

$19.99

DC 

53

39

1.05

STAR WARS OMNIBUS INFINITIES TP

$24.99

DAR

54

28

1.04

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BY BENDIS HC

$34.99

MAR

55

64

1.04

CONAN TP VOL 12 THRONE OF AQUILONIA

$19.99

DAR

56

45

1.04

ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03

$24.99

MAR

57

75

1.02

SECRET AVENGERS BY RICK REMENDER TP VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

58

110

1.01

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR)

$14.99

IMA

59

78

1.00

ALICE IN WONDERLAND TP (MR)

$15.99

ZEN

60

111

1.00

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR)

$14.99

IMA

61

50

0.98

JLA TP VOL 03

$24.99

DC 

62

124

0.95

BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 12

$11.99

HAC

63

81

0.95

SUPERMAN LAST SON OF KRYPTON TP

$19.99

DC 

64

86

0.94

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

65

88

0.93

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN TP ALPHA AND OMEGA

$19.99

MAR

66

121

0.93

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR)

$14.99

IMA

67

92

0.93

SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

68

60

0.93

X-WOMEN TP

$24.99

MAR

69

122

0.92

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

70

26

0.91

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 01 TOMORROWS AVENGERS

$39.99

MAR

71

63

0.91

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$24.99

DC 

72

125

0.90

CHEW TP VOL 06 SPACE CAKES (MR)

$14.99

IMA

73

74

0.90

BATMAN EARTH ONE HC

$22.99

DC 

74

93

0.90

MARVEL UNIVERSE END TP

$19.99

MAR

75

94

0.89

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER TP LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA

$19.99

MAR

76

127

0.88

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM

$14.99

IMA

77

97

0.88

DEFENDERS BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

78

102

0.87

WONDERLAND TP VOL 01

$15.99

ZEN

79

98

0.87

ESSENTIAL X-MEN TP VOL 11

$19.99

MAR

80

106

0.85

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC 

81

134

0.84

DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP

$14.99

MAR

82

136

0.84

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC 

83

147

0.84

GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES TP

$12.99

DC 

84

67

0.84

JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52)

$24.99

DC 

85

144

0.83

SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 04 JOURNEY TO THE EAST

$11.99

ARC

86

76

0.82

WOLVERINE SABRETOOTH REBORN PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

87

95

0.80

TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION TP VOL 01

$19.99

IDW

88

109

0.80

X-MEN BLANK GENERATION TP

$19.99

MAR

89

140

0.78

FATALE TP VOL 01 DEATH CHASES ME (MR)

$14.99

IMA

90

154

0.78

REVIVAL TP VOL 01 YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS

$12.99

IMA

91

116

0.77

ROBERT E HOWARDS SAVAGE SWORD TP VOL 01

$17.99

DAR

92

73

0.77

CONAN HC VOL 13 QUEEN O/T BLACK COAST

$24.99

DAR

93

35

0.77

PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 06 1947-1948

$35.00

FAN

94

32

0.77

SUPER STREET FIGHTER GN VOL 01

$34.95

UDO

95

114

0.76

SIMPSONS COMICS SUPERNOVA TP

$15.99

BON

96

61

0.76

FEAR ITSELF TP FEARLESS

$29.99

MAR

97

42

0.75

WALKING DEAD HC VOL 02 (MR)

$34.99

IMA

98

119

0.75

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01

$19.99

DC 

99

99

0.75

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02

$22.99

DC 

100

118

0.74

DARK AVENGERS END IS BEGINNING TP

$19.99

MAR

 

 

[Update: Comichron.com has weighed in on the January sales figures, and they're even more impressive after some deeper analysis. Here's their story]:

by John Jackson Miller

 

In a move that sent me back to the archives to examine its scale, comics shop orders of comic books and collected editions from Diamond Comic Distributors jumped more than 27%, or nearly $9 million, year-over-year in January. And this January even beat December's total by 3%, the largest margin for January over December in at least a decade. And it did it with one shipping week tied behind its back.

This is important, because the first thing we look at in moves of this scale is whether we're comparing a five-ship-week month to a four-ship-week month. But despite the calendar, January is a four shipping week month, just like January 2012 (which itself was a huge month for sales). That's because, as noted last month, possibly to adjust for Diamond taking Christmas week off, material that left its warehouses during the week after Christmas was counted as part of December, even though it had an on-sale date of January 2.

That was the first thing I looked at when I saw this change, but Dan Manser, Diamond's director of marketing, confirmed to me that "Jan. 2 items were invoiced in December, so they were part of December's numbers." The January figures are really for the for weeks that followed, and they beat December by more than a million dollars overall. Orders are estimated to have topped $41 million for the first time in any January since probably 1994 or 1995.

The aggregate changes:

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2013 VS. DECEMBER 2012

COMICS

-4.44%

-3.34%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

21.64%

16.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.01%

-2.03%

JANUARY 2013 VS. JANUARY 2012

COMICS

22.32%

19.86%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

37.89%

30.73%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

27.16%

20.65%

Comics unit and dollar sales were slightly off December's totals, but walloped those of January 2012. The top title for the month was Marvel's Superior Spider-Man #1 — a title whose first printing is going for $10 on the aftermarket — and several other titles of recent Marvel vintage made the top 10. DC's relaunch titles were in the list, too:

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1

$3.99

MAR

2

BATMAN #16

$3.99

DC

3

JUSTICE LEAGUE #16

$3.99

DC

4

NEW AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAR

6

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1

$3.99

MAR

7

UNCANNY AVENGERS #3

$3.99

MAR

8

DETECTIVE COMICS #16

$3.99

DC

9

AVENGERS #3

$3.99

MAR

10

UNCANNY X-FORCE #1

$3.99

MAR

The thing that made the difference in beating December overall, however, was the graphic novel and collected edition category. Fables Vol. 18 led the list, which was up nearly 22% over last month's GN sales, and an incredible 38% over last January's:

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

FABLES VOLUME 18: CUBS IN TOYLAND TP (MR)

$16.99

DC

2

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

IMA

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

4

SILVER SURFER BY STAN LEE AND MOEBIUS

$7.99

MAR

5

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US

$14.99

IMA

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 2: THE VILLAIN'S JOURNEY HC

$24.99

DC

7

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: ORIGIN TP

$16.99

DC

8

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

9

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 17: SOMETHING TO FEAR

$14.99

IMA

10

ANIMAL MAN VOL. 2: ANIMAL VS. MAN TP

$16.99

DC

Finally, the market shares:

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS 

RETAIL MARKET SHARE 

PUBLISHER 

SHARE 

MARVEL COMICS

34.82%

DC COMICS

31.61%

IMAGE COMICS

8.19%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.30%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.55%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.20%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.45%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.22%

AVATAR PRESS

0.87%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.86%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.92%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE 

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.23%

DC COMICS

35.41%

IMAGE COMICS

7.45%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.92%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.62%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.13%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.55%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.93%

AVATAR PRESS

0.73%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.58%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.45%

 

Now, let's look again at the issue of January. As has been written here in much detail, wintry January has been for the comics industry in the 2000s what back-to-school September was for comics in the 1980s — a time when momentum ends and sales drop. Publishers tended to launch fewer major initiatives in "the Dead Quarter." But there were a number of launches this January, including Dark Horse's new sub-title-less Star Wars #1, already onto a third printing. So there doesn't seem to be much reluctance associated with this time of year any more.

How new is this? With January, we now have a full 10 years of Final Order data from Diamond, and we can see how past Januaries did. First, here's how they Overall Sales did versus the Januaries of the year before:

January 2004: $21.9 million, +4.29%

January 2005: $23.2 million, +6.39%

January 2006: $25.56 million, +9.7%

January 2007: $33.71 million, +31.89%

January 2008: $34.56 million, +2.52%

January 2009: $31.31 million, -9.4%

January 2010: $32.01 million, +2.23%

January 2011: $25.31 million, -20.91%

January 2012: $32.27 million, +27.47%

January 2013: $41.06 million, +27.16%

So we see that January beats always happened during the growth years of the mid-1990s, with the largest being in 2007, when Civil War #6 came out. Over the last two years, January sales have increased by more than $15 million.

Now, let's compare these figures with Decembers past:

December 2003 to January 2004: -23.69%

December 2004 to January 2005: -23.33%

December 2005 to January 2006: -19.19%

December 2006 to January 2007: +0.27%

December 2007 to January 2008: -3.68%

December 2008 to January 2009: -21.29%

December 2009 to January 2010: -10.27%

December 2010 to January 2011: -29.95%

December 2011 to January 2012: -6.73%

December 2012 to January 2013: +3.01%

So January beat December for the first time since that Civil War month — and the margin was the best in a decade.

If we look at just comic-book sales, excepting collected editions, we can see further back. Here's the estimated change within the Top 300 comics dollar sales from December to January from 1997 to present:

December 1996 to January 1997: -15.3%

December 1997 to January 1998: -27.7%

December 1998 to January 1999: -15.2%

December 1999 to January 2000: -18.5%

December 2000 to January 2001: -8.9%

December 2001 to January 2002: -3.6%

December 2002 to January 2003: -4.8%

December 2003 to January 2004: -19.9%

December 2004 to January 2005: -26.7%

December 2005 to January 2006: -17.0%

December 2006 to January 2007: -4.8%

December 2007 to January 2008: -7.0%

December 2008 to January 2009: -24.36%

December 2009 to January 2010: -13.96%

December 2010 to January 2011: -22.68%

December 2011 to January 2012: -6.73%

December 2012 to January 2013 (all comics): -4.44%

We won't know what the Top 300 portion will look like until next week, but I'm willing to bet that the Top 300 percentage comes in a little better than the overall percentage. It'll probably still be a drop, but it only has to go a little ways to beat the December 2001 to January 2002 change to become the best January for top-selling comics relative to the previous month since at least 1996.

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End Comichron story.

Original story: After finishing 2012 a robust 14.72% in Dollar sales and 11.58% in Unit sales over 2011, the comic book Direct Market faces a steep challenge in 2013 – can it continue to build on the sales growth trend essentially started with the September 2011 New 52 reboot into 2013?

The early returns are looking promising. Diamond Comic Distributors released their initial January 2013 comic book sales data Friday morning, and overall Dollar sales are up a strong 27.16% over January 2012, and up 20.65% in overall Unit sales over the same month last year.

To put those gains in some perspective, January 2012 Dollar sales were up 27.47% in Dollar sales over January 2011, and 31.38% in Unit sales. So it appears the year-to-year growth trend is showing no major signs of slowing down.

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