The 10 Bestselling Comic Book Issues of the Past Decade

According to <a href=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-comics-marvel-sales-figures-277720>figures released by DC Comics</a> to the <i>Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision</i> blog this week, DC's flagship <b>New 52</b> launch <b>Justice League #1</b> has sold over a combined 360k copies since its debut in August 2011, making it one of three reboot titles that have crossed the 250k units sold threshold. <p>How high do sales of more than 250k rank among the bestselling comic books of the last 10 years? <p>Pretty highly, in fact. Enough to occupy three places among the past decade's Top 10 ... according to how you want to count the phenomena that was Marvel's <b>Civil War</b> that is. <p>Based on data appearing on <a href=http://blog.comichron.com/>The Comics Chronicles</a> and <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>'s recent figures, here a countdown of, as of January 6th 2012, the 10 best-selling comic books of the past decade. <p>Keep in mind that these are only single-issue comics not counting collections or graphic novels and the numbers are based on domestic direct market (comic book store) Diamond sales. And as The Comics Chronicles points out, only initial preorders are considered before February 2003 which affects the standing of titles like the original <i>Ultimate Spider-Man #1</i>. <p>Click "start here" in the upper-left corner for the 10 best-selling comics of the past 10 years. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1

<b>Released</b>: August 2006<br> <b>Publisher</b>: DC<br> <b>Unit sales</b>: 250,847 <p>The previous most recent Justice League relaunch before August's <i>Justice League #1</i> is written by Brad Meltzer, who also wrote <i>Identity Crisis #1</i> bumped out of of the top 10 by the new <I>Justice League #1</i> and two other New 52 entries. <p>Paired with artist Ed Benes, Meltzer stayed on the DC flagship book for 13 issues, including a #0 released in July 2006.

ACTION COMICS #1

<b>Released</b>: September 2011<br> <b>Publisher</b>: DC<br> <b>Unit sales</b>: 250,898* <p>Part of the DC New 52 line-wide relaunch, <b>Action Comics</b> was perhaps the most controversial title to be relaunched, as the book had previously held continuous numbering since 1938. <p>The new #1, from writer Grant Morrison and artist Rags Morales, took Superman back to his roots, showing a young, inexperienced hero with only a fraction of the nearly unlimited power modern fans are used to him holding. The book launched as a "5 years in the past" story compared to most of the DC New 52. <p>* <i>According to TheHollywoodreporter.com</i>

BATMAN #1

<b>Released</b>: September 2011<br> <b>Publisher</b>: DC<br> <b>Unit sales</b>: 262,379* <p>Writer Scott Snyder had a critically acclaimed story on <i>Detective Comics</i> with Dick Grayson as Batman immediately prior to the DC New 52 relaunch, and moved over to <b>Batman</b> for the reboot, now telling the tale of Bruce Wayne, the original Batman. Joined by artist Greg Capulo, the team narrowed out the big blue boyscout with the Dark Knight, facing stiff competition from <i>three</i> other Batman ongoing series launched the same month, <i>Detective Comics</i>, <i>Batman: The Dark Knight</i>, and <i>Batman and Robin</i> (not including the rest of the "Bat-Family" like <i>Batgirl</i> and <i>Batwoman</i>, plus both Justice League titles which also feature Batman). <p>* <i>According to TheHollywoodreporter.com</i>

SECRET INVASION #1

<b>Released</b>: April 2008 <br><b>Publisher</b>: Marvel <br><b>Unit sales</b>: 262,975 <p>A Brian Michael Bendis-written Marvel event miniseries, the Leinil Francis Yu-illustrated <b>Secret Invasion</b> debuted after months of build-up (starting in earnest with the <i>New Avengers #31</i> reveal that Elektra had been replaced by a Skrull) and hints dropped in comics since 2004's <i>New Avengers #1</i>.

INFINITE CRISIS #1

<b>Released</b>: October 2005 <br><b>Publisher</b>: DC <br><b>Unit sales</b>: 269,991 <p>A year after <b>Identity Crisis</b>, <b>Infinite Crisis</b> was written by current DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns and illustrated by Phil Jimenez. A sequel to DC's landmark mid-'80s series <b>Crisis on Infinite Earths</b>, the comic promised similarly significant reality-bending implications for the DC Universe.

ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #1

<b>Released</b>: July 2005 <br><b>Publisher</b>: DC <br><b>Unit sales</b>: 276,017 <p><b>All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder</b> featured one of the most star-studded creative teams in recent memory: <i>Sin City</i> writer Frank Miller and artist Jim Lee, making another entry on the list. The comic set outside of traditional DC continuity, similar to Marvel's successful "Ultimate" line was subsequently hit by multiple delays, and an announced follow-up, <i>Dark Knight: Boy Wonder</I>, has yet to materialize.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25

<b>Released</b>: March 2007 <br><b>Publisher</b>: Marvel <br><b>Unit sales</b>: 317,713 <p>Following <b>Civil War</b> (more on that very soon), Marvel killed off iconic hero Captain America in this issue from writer Ed Brubaker (still the current <b>Captain America</b> scribe) and artist Steve Epting. It was a move that made widespread national headlines, driving casual fans into stores. Though the character returned in 2009's <i>Captain America: Reborn</i>, the trend of comic book publishers breaking storyline developments in mainstream media outlets is more prevalent than ever.

CIVIL WAR #2

<b>Released</b>: May 2006 to February 2007 <br><b>Publisher</b>: Marvel <br><b>Unit sales</b>: 341,856 (#2) <p>Marvel pitted Captain America against Iron Man in 2006, with Marvel's heroes taking sides divided by philosophical lines. Five of the seven issues of the Mark Millar-written, Steve McNiven-illustrated sold enough individually to make this top 10, and are consolidated for the purpose of this list. <p>Unlike the other "event" comics on this list, the second issue <b>Civil War #2</b>, featuring Spider-Man publicly revealing his secret identity as Peter Parker was the highest-charting of the series, rather than the first. <p>In a "pure" top 10, <i>Civil War</i> would take spots No. 3 (issue #2), No. 4 (issue #3), No. 5 (issue #1), No. 7 (issue #4), and No. 10 (issue #5) this list.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

<b>Released</b>: August 2011<br> <b>Publisher</b>: DC<br> <b>Unit sales</b>: 361,138* <p>The first book of DC's "The New 52" relaunch, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's <b>Justice League #1</b> finished with a commanding No. 2 position in combined sales, given reorders, reprints and the polybagged "combo packs" that contain a download code for a digital copy of the issue. The book finished with <i>five</i> printings, but that still wasn't enough for the top spot on this list. <p>* <i>According to TheHollywoodreporter.com</i>

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583

<b>Released</b>: January 2009 <br><b>Publisher</b>: Marvel <br><b>Unit sales</b>: 530,500 <p>Though his current approval numbers may not be stellar, Barack Obama appeared in the best-selling comic of the millennium thus far: Specifically, a back-up story in <b>Amazing Spider-Man #583</b> by Zeb Wells and Todd Nauck, released just two months after the presidential election (and the week before Obama's inauguration). Like <b>Captain America #25</b>, a high volume of mainstream media coverage attracted attention (and sales) beyond the traditional comic book crowd.

The 10 Bestselling Comic Book Issues of the Past Decade

Date: 12 September 2011 Time: 08:59 PM ET