Diamond Comic Distributors has sent Major Spoilers the breakdown of comic book sales for July 2008.Â Marvel dominated the month taking seven of the top 10 spots on the list.Â DC only had two showings with Batman #678, the Grant Morrison’s R.I.P. storyline, and Justice League of America #23, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Dark Horse rounded out the top ten.
For Dark Horse July was a very good month as Buffy moved up the list two spots from number 12 last month.Â Both Marvel and DC came close to one another in the Dollar Share category with Marvel taking in 39.11% of the total sales, with DC snagging 30.08%.Â Those numbers are quite different when it comes to unit share, with Marvel trouncing everyone else on the list with 43.55% of all comics available.Â DC came in second with 32.46%.Â Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse rounded out the top five publishers.
Take the jump for the complete listing of the Top 300.Â Tomorrow, we’ll examine the Top Trade Paperbacks for the month.
Once again, the table plug-in is working, which means if you click on a column name (description for example), you can sort the table alphabetically.Â This is great way to sort the list alphabetically, or by company.
Cover Price Watch
As expected the number of comics that now cost $3.00 or more has risen to over 30%, with $3.99 accounting for nearly 20% of all titles on the list.
The most expensive comic on the list was Image Comics NOCTURNALS CARNIVAL O/BEASTS (ONE SHOT), which came in at $6.99.Â Image also had the distinction of having the least expensive comic on the list at $1.99 with Image Monster Pile Up.[table “” not found /]
* – Combined multiple covers with same SRP.
** – Returnable Title. Order Index calculated at a reduced level to account for possible returns.
I was really hoping that Conan would tank. I really don’t like the way Tim Truman is approaching Conan. He has absolutely no grasp of the Lovecraftian elements that Robert E Howard so deftly injected into his work. “The Hand of Nergal” storyline is perfect proof of this.
Of course, the art by Giorello makes things much worse. The concluding issue of “The Hand of Nergal” had the zombies look like extras from “The Muppet Show”.
What is up with Dark Horse that they can’t find a good creative team for Conan The Cimmerian?
Good News though, House of Mystery by Matt Sturges is tanking. They really didn’t deliver on their promises of having great artists for the story-within-a-story.
Sturges is a grotesquely overrated writer. Hopefully Vertigo will eventually come to its senses.