DarkTowerLRH03Variant.jpgMarvel’s Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 hit the top spot for comics shipping in March 2008.

Marvel took the month with the more titles in the Top 10 than the other companies with eight titles in the top spot. Dark Horse came in second with Buffy the Vampire Slayer #12 (in the #6 spot), while DC was only able to break the top 10 with Justice League of America #19 coming in at #7.

Marvel continued to hold the month with a market share of 38.7%, with DC coming in second with 29.98% of the market.

Take the jump for the complete rundown of the Top 300. Unfortunately, since the upgrade to WordPress 2.5, the most awesome WP-Table plug-in no longer works, which means you can sort the columns.  That’s too bad too, because I found that invaluable in getting the data up quickly and allowing people to sort via price, publisher, and title.  PLEASE FIX THIS PLUG-IN!

TOP 300 COMICS
QtyRank Index Description Price Vendor
1 250.56 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #1 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
2 208.49 NEW AVENGERS #39 SII $2.99 MAR
3 197.25 THOR #7 $2.99 MAR
4 181.76 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #552* $2.99 MAR
5 180.18 UNCANNY X-MEN #496 DWS $2.99 MAR
6 179.93 BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #12 $2.99 DAR
7 177 JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #19 $2.99 DC
8 167.22 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #553 $2.99 MAR
9 166.42 MIGHTY AVENGERS #11 $2.99 MAR
10 166.4 X-MEN LEGACY #209 DWS $2.99 MAR
11 166.21 MIGHTY AVENGERS #10 $2.99 MAR
12 165.33 X-FORCE #2 DWS* $2.99 MAR
13 164.65 CAPTAIN AMERICA #36 $2.99 MAR
14 164.03 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #554 $2.99 MAR
15 148.86 ALL STAR SUPERMAN #10 $2.99 DC
16 138.9 CABLE #1 DWS* $2.99 MAR
17 137.73 GREEN LANTERN #28 $2.99 DC
18 137.66 COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 8 $2.99 DC
19 137.62 COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 7 $2.99 DC
20 137.37 COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 6 $2.99 DC
21 136.95 COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 5 $2.99 DC
22 136.4 FANTASTIC FOUR #555 $2.99 MAR
23 134.62 GREEN LANTERN #29 $2.99 DC
24 130.45 WOLVERINE #63 DWS $2.99 MAR
25 128.05 LOGAN #1 (Of 3)* $3.99 MAR
26 126.05 SERENITY BETTER DAYS #1 (Of 3) $2.99 DAR
27 116.8 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #120 $2.99 MAR
28 110.94 X-FACTOR #29 DWS $2.99 MAR
29 110.11 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #10 $2.99 MAR
30 100.42 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #23 $2.99 MAR
31 100.27 ANGEL AFTER FALL #5 $3.99 IDW
32 100 DETECTIVE COMICS #842 $2.99 DC
33 99.82 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #115* $2.99 MAR
34 99.36 TEEN TITANS #57 $2.99 DC
35 99.17 ULTIMATE X-MEN #92 $2.99 MAR
36 94.89 SUPERMAN BATMAN ANNUAL #2 $3.99 DC
37 94.56 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #22 $2.99 DC
38 92.34 ULTIMATE HUMAN #3 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
39 87.5 JUSTICE LEAGUE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL $4.99 DC
40 84.4 SUPERMAN #674 $2.99 DC
41 84.04 DAREDEVIL #106 $2.99 MAR
42 83.67 ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
43 82.94 MS MARVEL #25 SII* $3.99 MAR
44 82.49 WONDER WOMAN #18 $2.99 DC
45 82.19 CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 (Of 5) SII $2.99 MAR
46 81.28 THUNDERBOLTS #119 $2.99 MAR
47 77.18 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #52 $2.99 MAR
48 76.38 BRAVE & BOLD #11 $2.99 DC
49 74.45 BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #5 $2.99 DC
50 73.12 BOOSTER GOLD #7 $2.99 DC
51 72.86 IRON MAN #27 $2.99 MAR
52 72.22 WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #1 $2.99 MAR
53 72.04 FLASH #238 $2.99 DC
54 67.02 TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE #3 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
55 66.9 LAST DEFENDERS #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
56 66 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #6 $2.99 DC
57 65.95 SUPERGIRL #27 $2.99 DC
58 65.51 TANGENT SUPERMANS REIGN #1 (Of 12) $2.99 DC
59 64.84 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #13 $2.99 MAR
60 63.28 PUNISHER #55 (MR) $2.99 MAR
61 63.18 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #17 $2.99 MAR
62 61.67 NEW EXILES #3 $2.99 MAR
63 61.46 LEGION O/SUPER HEROES #40 $2.99 DC
64 61.21 NIGHTWING #142 $2.99 DC
65 61.16 STAR WARS LEGACY #21 $2.99 DAR
66 60.42 DEATH O/NEW GODS #7 (Of 8) $3.50 DC
67 59.78 MOON KNIGHT #16 $2.99 MAR
68 59.58 ANNIHILATION CONQUEST #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
69 59.21 TWELVE #3 (Of 12) $2.99 MAR
70 56.98 NOVA #11 $2.99 MAR
71 56.42 BOYS #16 (MR) $2.99 DE
72 54.95 WORLD O/WARCRAFT #5 $2.99 DC
73 54.45 ROBIN #172 $2.99 DC
74 54.11 WORLD WAR HULK AFTERSMASH WARBOUND #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
75 53.67 GHOST RIDER #21 $2.99 MAR
76 53.26 ANITA BLAKE VH GUILTY PLEASURES #9 (Of 12)* $2.99 MAR
77 52.18 SALVATION RUN #5 (Of 7) $2.99 DC
78 51.25 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #14 $2.99 DC
79 49.64 DC SPECIAL RAVEN #1 (Of 5) $2.99 DC
80 49.15 COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE #7 (Of 8) $3.99 DC
81 49.13 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #15 $2.99 DC
82 48.57 FABLES #71 (MR) $2.99 DC
83 48.33 NEW WARRIORS #10 $2.99 MAR
84 48.1 GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #6 (Of 9) $2.99 DC
85 47.48 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/OLD REPUBLIC #26 VECTOR PART 2 $2.99 DAR
86 46.45 COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE #8 (Of 8) $3.99 DC
87 45.78 BIRDS O/PREY #116 $2.99 DC
88 45.75 WALKING DEAD #47 (MR) $2.99 IMA
89 44.57 SPIDER-MAN WITH GREAT POWER #3 (Of 5) $3.99 MAR
90 44.18 WORLD WAR HULK AFTERSMASH DAMAGE CONTROL #3 (Of 3) $2.99 MAR
91 43.8 COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY #6 (Of 8) $3.99 DC
92 43.34 SHE-HULK 2 #27 $2.99 MAR
93 43.16 BLACK PANTHER #35 $2.99 MAR
94 42.7 SPAWN #176 $2.95 IMA
95 42.68 WITCHBLADE #116 SEJIC CVR A $2.99 IMA
96 41.77 PENANCE RELENTLESS #5 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
97 41.33 SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #13 $2.99 DC
98 41.22 WAR IS HELL FIRST FLIGHT PHANTOM EAGLE #1 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 MAR
99 38.96 POWERS #28 (MR) $3.95 MAR
100 38.51 STAR WARS REBELLION #12 $2.99 DAR
101 37.65 CATWOMAN #77 $2.99 DC
102 37.55 COUNTDOWN LORD HAVOK & EXTREMISTS #5 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
103 37.49 JLA CLASSIFIED #54 $2.99 DC
104 37.06 ORDER #9 $2.99 MAR
105 35.14 COUNTDOWN LORD HAVOK & EXTREMISTS #6 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
106 34.59 FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH #6 (Of 6) (MR) $2.99 DC
107 33.58 JACK O/FABLES #21 (MR) $2.99 DC
108 33.47 RED SONJA #31* $2.99 DE
109 33.11 TERRY MOORES ECHO #1 $3.50 ABS
110 32.87 BPRD 1946 #3 (Of 5) $2.99 DAR
111 32.67 CHECKMATE #24 $2.99 DC
112 32.64 JSA CLASSIFIED #36 $2.99 DC
113 32.45 SPIRIT #15 $2.99 DC
114 32.19 AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #18 $2.99 MAR
115 31.94 ABE SAPIEN DROWNING #2 (Of 5) $2.99 DAR
116 31.93 SUICIDE SQUAD RAISE FLAG #7 (Of 8) $2.99 DC
117 31.75 LONE RANGER & TONTO #1 $4.99 DE
118 31.36 EX MACHINA #35 (MR) $2.99 DC
119 31.09 CLANDESTINE #2 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
120 30.38 MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #7 $3.99 MAR
121 30.29 SHADOWPACT #23 $2.99 DC
122 30.16 X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #10 $2.99 MAR
123 29.71 SIMON DARK #6 $2.99 DC
124 29.14 GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE #33 $3.50 DEV
125 29.09 INVINCIBLE #49 $2.99 IMA
126 28.94 BLUE BEETLE #25 $2.99 DC
127 28.48 DARK IVORY #1 (Of 4) $2.99 IMA
128 27.73 UNCLE SAM & FREEDOM FIGHTERS #7 (Of 8) $2.99 DC
129 27.56 DOCTOR WHO #2 $3.99 IDW
130 27.41 IRON MAN ENTER MANDARIN #6 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
131 27.19 JONAH HEX #29 $2.99 DC
132 27.17 CAPTAIN AMERICA #34 DIRECTORS CUT (PP #804) $3.99 MAR
133 27.05 AUTHORITY PRIME #6 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
134 26.66 YOUNG LIARS #1 (MR) $2.99 DC
135 26.4 ALL NEW ATOM #21 $2.99 DC
136 26.2 EVIL DEAD #3 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR
137 26 NORTHLANDERS #4 (MR) $2.99 DC
138 25.97 STAR TREK NEW FRONTIER #1 $3.99 IDW
139 25.82 AVENGERS FAIRY TALES #1 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
140 25.8 ARMY O/DARKNESS XENA WHY NOT #1 (Of 4) (MR)* $3.50 DE
141 25.4 SUPER FRIENDS #1 $2.25 DC
142 25.08 GEN 13 #18 $2.99 DC
143 24.18 SPAWN GODSLAYER #7 $1.99 IMA
144 24.11 HELLBLAZER #242 (MR) $2.99 DC
145 23.97 JUNGLE GIRL #5* $2.99 DE
146 23.94 END LEAGUE #2 $2.99 DAR
147 23.82 NEW AVENGERS #31 CWI $2.99 MAR
148 23.13 TINY TITANS #2 $2.25 DC
149 23.08 GRENDEL BEHOLD DEVIL #5 (Of 8) $3.50 DAR
150 22.97 FOOLKILLER #4 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 MAR
151 22.92 INFINITY INC #7 $2.99 DC
152 22.9 X-FORCE #1 DWS* $2.99 MAR
153 22.79 DARKNESS VS EVA #1 (Of 4) (MR) $3.50 DE
154 22.42 NEW DYNAMIX #1 (Of 5)* $2.99 DC
155 22.35 TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT MIRAGE $3.99 IDW
156 22.35 ULTIMATES 3 #1 (Of 5)* $2.99 MAR
157 22.19 SECRET HISTORY AUTHORITY JACK HAWKSMOOR #1 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
158 22.04 MARVEL ATLAS #2 (Of 2) $3.99 MAR
159 22.01 100 BULLETS #89 (MR) $2.99 DC
160 21.96 MIDNIGHTER #17 $2.99 DC
161 21.04 GOON #22 $2.99 DAR
162 20.77 DMZ #29 (MR) $2.99 DC
163 20.75 ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #5 $2.99 IMA
164 20.33 GHOST WHISPERER #1 $3.99 IDW
165 20.32 DEAD O/NIGHT FEATURING MAN THING #2 (Of 4) (MR) $3.99 MAR
166 20.13 ARMY O/DARKNESS #7 LONG ROAD HOME $3.50 DE
167 19.82 INVINCIBLE PRESENTS ATOM EVE #2 (Of 2) $2.99 IMA
168 19.69 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #25 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
169 19.47 NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON ZERO #6 $2.99 DE
170 18.94 MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #7 $2.99 IMA
171 18.82 SWORD #6 $2.99 IMA
172 18.78 TAROT WITCH O/BLACK ROSE #49 (MR) $2.95 BRO
173 18.57 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #24 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
174 18.56 AVENGERS CLASSIC #10 $2.99 MAR
175 18.56 SAVAGE TALES #6 (MR) $4.99 DE
176 18.49 SIMPSONS COMICS #140 $2.99 BON
177 18.38 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #23 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
178 18.34 BAT LASH #4 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
179 18.03 GRIMM FAIRY TALES PIPER #1 (Of 4) (MR) $2.99 ZEN
180 17.83 SHEENA #5* $3.50 DEV
181 17.52 JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #43 $2.25 DC
182 17.39 OMEGA UNKNOWN #6 (Of 10) $2.99 MAR
183 17.16 WILDSTORM REVELATIONS #5 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
184 16.9 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ORIGINS #4 $3.50 DE
185 16.88 WILDSTORM REVELATIONS #6 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
186 16.79 POWER PACK DAY ONE #1 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
187 16.43 GRAVEL #2 (MR)* $3.99 AVA
188 15.93 HULK #2* $2.99 MAR
189 15.34 ST TNG INTELLIGENCE GATHERING #3 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW
190 15.21 DAN DARE #5 (Of 7)* $2.99 VIR
191 15.16 FUTURAMA COMICS #36 $2.99 BON
192 14.96 SECRET INVASION SAGA (BUNDLE Of 25) (Net) $6.25 MAR
193 14.82 TEEN TITANS GO #53 $2.25 DC
194 14.8 HALLOWEEN NIGHTDANCE #2 (MR)* $3.50 DEV
195 14.24 LOVELESS #23 (MR) $2.99 DC
196 14.17 SCALPED #15 (MR) $2.99 DC
197 14.15 LORDS O/AVALON SOD #2 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
198 14.11 ULTIMATES 3 #2 (Of 5)* $2.99 MAR
199 14.05 FX #1 (Of 6) $3.99 IDW
200 14.02 STREETS OF GLORY #4 (Of 6) (MR)* $3.99 AVA
201 13.92 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #186 $2.25 ARC
202 13.86 DEAD SPACE #1 (Of 6) $2.99 IMA
203 13.82 COUNTDOWN SPECIAL ECLIPSO 80 PAGE GIANT $4.99 DC
204 13.59 EXTERMINATORS #27 (MR) $2.99 DC
205 13.56 DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS #4 $3.99 IDW
206 13.54 PAINKILLER JANE #5 (MR) $3.50 DE
207 13.47 SAVAGE DRAGON #135 $2.99 IMA
208 13.25 FALLEN SON DEATH O/CAPTAIN AMERICA IRON MAN $2.99 MAR
209 13.24 BATMAN STRIKES #43 $2.25 DC
210 12.81 LEGION O/SUPER HEROES I/31ST CENTURY #12 $2.25 DC
211 12.73 HEDGE KNIGHT 2 SWORN SWORD #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
212 12.39 SCUD DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #22 $3.50 IMA
213 12.39 LOCKE & KEY #2 $3.99 IDW
214 12.27 TERMINATOR 2 INFINITY #7 (MR)* $3.50 DE
215 12.21 VINYL UNDERGROUND #6 (MR) $2.99 DC
216 12.18 PROGRAMME #9 (Of 12) $2.99 DC
217 11.89 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #37 $2.99 MAR
218 11.77 HACK SLASH SERIES #10 (MR)* $3.50 DEV
219 11.68 UNCANNY X-MEN #495 DWS* $2.99 MAR
220 11.58 SPEED RACER CHRONICLES O/T RACER #2 $3.99 IDW
221 11.55 ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS VS AMAZONS #3 (Of 3) $3.99 IDW
222 11.5 FRANKLIN RICHARDS SPRING BREAK $2.99 MAR
223 11.38 DYNAMO 5 #11 $3.50 IMA
224 11.31 USAGI YOJIMBO #110 $2.99 DAR
225 11.28 MARVEL ADVENTURES AVENGERS #22 $2.99 MAR
226 11.2 CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #9 $4.99 MAR
227 11.18 DRAIN #6 (MR) $2.99 IMA
228 11.13 WOLVERINE #62 2ND PTG GARNEY VAR $2.99 MAR
229 11.04 FANTASTIC FOUR #554* $2.99 MAR
230 11.01 FALLEN ANGEL IDW #25 (MR) $3.99 IDW
231 11 NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI SECRET HISTORY $3.99 MAR
232 10.71 FEAR AGENT #19 HATCHET JOB (PT 3 Of 5) $2.99 DAR
233 10.7 GARGOYLES #8 $3.95 SLG
234 10.52 MARVEL ILLUSTRATED ILIAD #4 (Of 8) $2.99 MAR
235 10.36 WARHAMMER 40K BLOOD & THUNDER #4 (Of 4)* $3.99 BOO
236 10.22 CROSSING MIDNIGHT #17 (MR) $2.99 DC
237 9.82 TWELVE #2 (Of 12)* $2.99 MAR
238 9.79 SPEED RACER CHRONICLES O/T RACER #3 $3.99 IDW
239 9.7 PAX ROMANA #2 (Of 4) $3.50 IMA
240 9.63 UN-MEN #8 (MR) $2.99 DC
241 9.62 CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (Of 5) 2ND PTG VAR $2.99 MAR
242 9.58 SONIC X #31 $2.25 ARC
243 9.44 TRANSFORMERS BEST O/UK SPACE PIRATES #1 $3.99 IDW
244 9.42 MARVEL SPOTLIGHT HAMILTON MARTIN $2.99 MAR
245 9.36 RETURN O/T GREMLINS #1 (Of 3) (RES) $2.99 DAR
246 9.33 CASANOVA #12 (MR) $1.99 IMA
247 9.31 X-FACTOR #28 DWS* $2.99 MAR
248 9.25 MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #11 $2.99 MAR
249 9.2 VAMPIRELLA QUARTERLY WINTER 2008 REG ED* $4.95 HAR
250 9.04 EVERYBODYS DEAD #1 $3.99 IDW
251 9.03 SCOOBY DOO #130 $2.25 DC
252 8.9 ANGEL AFTER FALL #6 $3.99 IDW
253 8.89 MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK #9 $2.99 MAR
254 8.72 KNIGHTS O/DINNER TABLE #137 $4.99 KEN
255 8.45 MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #34 $2.99 MAR
256 8.42 ANGEL AFTER FALL #3 2ND PTG $3.99 IDW
257 8.27 TRANSHUMAN #1 (Of 4) $3.50 IMA
258 8 MARVEL ILLUSTRATED MOBY DICK #2 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
259 7.84 SHONEN JUMP APR 08 $4.99 VIZ
260 7.84 MARVEL ILLUSTRATED PICTURE DORIAN GRAY #4 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
261 7.45 GFT RETURN TO WONDERLAND CVR GALLERY #1 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
262 7.43 ATOMIC ROBO #6 (Of 6) $2.95 RED
263 7.42 SILENT HILL SINNERS REWARD #2 $3.99 IDW
264 7.35 GUTSVILLE #3 (Of 6) (MR) $2.99 IMA
265 7.29 24 COLD WARRIORS $7.49 IDW
266 7.27 TRON #5 $3.95 SLG
267 7.17 SPEAK O/T DEVIL #5 (Of 6) $3.50 DAR
268 7.11 GAMEKEEPER SERIES 2 #1* $2.99 VIR
269 7.01 PVP #39 $3.50 IMA
270 7 OMEGA ONE #2 (MR) $3.25 BIG
271 6.58 TALES FROM CRYPT #5 $3.95 NBM
272 6.56 BADGER SAVES WORLD #3 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW
273 6.48 GENE SIMMONS ZIPPER #4 $3.99 IDW
274 6.32 SISTERHOOD #1 (Of 3) (MR) $3.50 ARS
275 6.27 NEW EXILES #2* $2.99 MAR
276 6.1 PROOF #6 (MR) $2.99 IMA
277 6.06 ADOLESCENT RADIOACTIVE BLACK BELT HAMSTERS #2 $3.50 DYN
278 5.83 DRAGON CROSS #4 (MR) $3.25 BIG
279 5.8 BADGER SAVES WORLD #4 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW
280 5.73 STRANDED #3 $2.99 VIR
281 5.68 LOONEY TUNES #160 $2.25 DC
282 5.58 SPOOKS #2 DELLESANDRO CVR A $3.50 DEV
283 5.52 WASTELAND #15 (MR) $3.50 ONI
284 5.51 RIDE DIE VALKYRIE #3 (Of 3) (MR) $2.99 IMA
285 5.47 COMIC BOOK COMICS #1 $3.95 EVI
286 5.47 TEMPEST #4 (MR) $3.25 BIG
287 5.33 DRAFTED #6 $3.50 DEV
288 5.29 ROGUE ANGEL TELLER O/TALES #2 $3.99 IDW
289 5.11 SCREAMLAND #1 (OF 5) $2.99 IMA
290 5.08 TALES O/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #44 $3.25 MIR
291 5.06 BUDDHA STORY O/ENLIGHTENMENT #1 $2.99 VIR
292 5 KONG KING O/SKULL ISLAND #3 (Of 5) $3.99 DIA
293 4.74 BETTY & VERONICA #234 $2.25 ARC
294 4.6 NEW WORLD ORDER #2 $3.50 IMA
295 4.46 SABRINA VOL 2 #92 $2.25 ARC
296 4.36 GRAVESLINGER #4 (Of 4) $3.50 IMA
297 4.31 HULK #1* $2.99 MAR
298 4.31 SORROW #4 (Of 4) (MR) $2.99 IMA
299 4.3 CEMETERY BLUES #2 $3.50 IMA
300 4.27 CIRCLE #5 $2.99 IMA

Tomorrow I’ll have the Top 100 Trades.

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Stephen Schleicher

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10 Comments

  1. DrStrangeCubicle
    April 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    Looks like Booster is doing well still, which is good. I just hope it can keep up the good sales even after Johns and Katz leave. Glad to see GLC is still holding up well after the Sinestro Corps Wars too, even if the Alpha Lantern arc was really not that great.

  2. April 22, 2008 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    Comformation: This is just from the Diamond to retailer sales, right?

    The reason I ask is, that I always wondered how many of those comics are actually sold through to the consumer. I know that when I worked at one of the local comic shops, we ordered more Marvel and sold more DC. Sound weird? Well, Marvel had more instances where you had to order a certain number to get the incentive/variant cover. We had a couple of customers who would pay big bucks for those, and it was almost worth having half a title go to the back issue bins to make those sales.

    Is there any industry standard for tracking sales to the consumer?

  3. April 23, 2008 at 12:04 am — Reply

    Stacy, you are absolutely right, this data only tracks what went out the door at diamond, not returns, and not how many issues actually made it into the hands of readers. This is something I’ve been trying to track down for the last couple of years, to try and determine how much money a particular company made during this time period. This is where the tricky math and what not comes into play. Since the USPS dropped the requirement to include how many issues are circulated (for postal purposes) it is nearly impossible to guestimate the exact number of titles that ship each month/year. Other sites do a really good job of attempting to come up with the answer (through inside contacts and what not), but all of the companies keep this info close to the chest…except for Archie Comics which still publishes the data. I have that info around somewhere on this computer, and when I get a free moment, I’ll dig it up, plug it into the table and the numbers should spring to life. That being said, this data still only tracks the number of titles that went out the door at Diamond.

  4. Josh P.
    April 23, 2008 at 7:10 am — Reply

    I would think it would be near impossible to track what actually ended up in consumer’s hands.

    But it would be great to know how many issues Diamond actually distributed of Dark Tower, Buffy and so on.

    It would help get a clearer picture of the overall health of the industry.

  5. April 23, 2008 at 8:13 am — Reply

    Josh: Actually it would be very easy to track what ends up in the consumer’s hand right at the cash register. It can easily be done with a tracking/database system. When a customer checks out, the book is scanned by a bar reader and that data is saved on the local LCS machine. Each evening, or each week that data is then uploaded to Diamond to track what is being sold, and help the LCS know what s/he should restock, what sells, place reorders etc. With that kind of a system in place it would be very easy to get an exact number of copies sold. Too bad everyone is too scared about numbers to actually publish the information ;)

  6. Josh P.
    April 23, 2008 at 8:54 am — Reply

    Cool.

    I’m still running under the impression that most LCSes are afraid of sharing info with other LCSes.

    And the owners are afraid of sunlight. But that’s just me.

  7. April 23, 2008 at 9:24 am — Reply

    You are certainly correct there – sharing of actual data is a big secret for everyone. Websites are cautious about sharing statistics on unique visitors and pageviews, podcasts are ultra-secret when it comes to downloads, and LCS are worried the shop on the other side of the city are selling more comics than they are.

    I smell a rant coming from me on this subject soon …

  8. Josh P.
    April 23, 2008 at 10:47 am — Reply

    That’s what that smell is.

    I thought it was the large dude from the LCS.

  9. April 23, 2008 at 11:16 am — Reply

    I am that large dude at the LCS :D

  10. Josh P.
    April 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    Oops….

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