This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the "Wednesday Warriors", those who can't wait to the weekend to get this week's comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.
Batman, as ever, takes the top, but there are very strong performances from Seven To Eternity which is rapidly becoming Image Comics' new Walking Dead. Who, as a publisher, places three in the top ten, as many as Marvel.
- Batman #26
- The Walking Dead #169
- Superman #26
- Seven To Eternity #7
- Star Wars #33
- X-Men Gold #7
- Justice League #24
- Jupiter's Legacy Vol 2 #5
- Harley Quinn #23
- Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #1
Thanks to the following retailers, who had to battle through a malfunctioning submission form,
- Rodman Comics of Ankeny, Iowa
- Ssalefish Comics of Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
- Famous Faces & Funnies of West Melbourne, FL
- Dr. No's Comics & Games Superstore of Marietta, Georgia
- Graham Crackers Comics – 11 shops in Illinois/Wisconsin
- Comix Experience Outpost, San Francisco, CA
- Jesse James Comics of Glendale, Arizona
- Velocity Comics, Richmond VA
- Comix Experience, San Francisco, CA
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DC continued to dominate at our store this week, but Image took a spot with Walking Dead and AfterShock had a great showing with Unholy Grail, cracking our Top Ten. Marvel placed X-Men Gold #7 and Star Wars #33 in our top ten, but that left six slots to DC—and it might have been even better had we not been shorted our main covers on two different DC offerings this week.
Strong interest in key issues from the 1950s and 1960s this week: we sold a Ghost Rider #1 (1950 Magazine Enterprises), a Mad #19, a Strange Worlds #1, and an Amazing Adventures #1 (1960 pre-hero Marvel). Also continued interest in affordably priced 1980s and 1990s Marvel and DC books.
Our store fell victim to holiday shipping delays this week–we didn't get our comics until Thursday–so our numbers are a little wonky. Batman didn't even make our top 10, which is definitely unusual. But, for our bestseller this week, Jupiter's Legacy Vol. 2 #5, a day-long delay wasn't much of a problem when compared with how long fans had already been waiting for the conclusion.
New book business was great this week. Batman beat out Walking Dead by 4 copies. Probably due to the multiple covers on Batman but hey- a win is a win. Folks happy to NOT see a Tim Sale cover.
Deathstroke is getting some new onlookers. Most poeple chose the Shane Davis cover and he has even been spotted in the store a few times!
Overall the top 10 list was diverse in regard to publishers. An honorable mention goes to the Bloodshots Day Off one-shot from Valiant.
On a side note, we set up at the Warped Tour in Charlotte, NC thanks to a sponsorship by Valiant. At our merch booth we sold a lot of our Secret Weapons #1 exclusive and Valiant trades. A horrid rainstorm cost us the last 2 or 3 hours of selling time, but kudos to Valiant for taking comic book retailing on the road!
We have been building up a nice stock of key back issues and they sell quickly. We moved a $500 copy of Superman 18 after only 2 hours and 18 minutes of display time. We also moved an Avengers 1 and first appearance of Groot.
Now let's bring on the Spiderman hype and see if our in-theater promotions pay off!
Notes: I wish I was smart enough to come up with new, creative ways of saying 'Batman outsells everything by a sizable margin.' That said, the stealth winner of the week was Image with the most charting titles at 4. Seven to Eternity now outsells almost every other comic for us, not counting Batman and Brain K Vaughan. Extremity is still growing in its fanbase as well… nice to see deserving books succeed!
Bane conquest sold more copies than Star Wars AND both Spider-Man titles this week. Marvel's flagship titles are faltering and with the announcement of Legacy not really generating any buzz, I'd be surprised if the numbers actually improved. X-Men Gold, arguably the main X-Title was no where to be seen in the Top Twenty. The Secret Empire banner definitely did not do it any favors. Every Marvel book that did manage to sell well were Nazi-Free. Darth Vader #2 is still selling which is good for Disney/Star Wars, but doesn't renew my hope in other Marvel books.
We've been selling a good amount of late silver/early bronze age comics ever since we came into a collection of them. The highlights from this week were an Amazing Spider-Man #136, Iron Fist #1, and New Gods #5. On top of that, we've sold the usual Batman, X-Men, and Spider-Man back issues from the early 90s and up.
Walking Dead and Deadpool kills were on fire with a placement in almost everybody's pulls for the week. Spider-man titles had a huge push for the younger kids getting their first comic after watching the movie. The biggest book of the last two weeks continues to be Shirtless Bear Fighter. Rick and Morty and Power Rangers also continue to sell at extreme high levels.
Very odd week. With it being the week of July 4th we have regulars that are out of town. The new comic shipment not arriving till the afternoon Wednesday also was a headache. Thought about picking it up from UPS directly though in the past even after being told that wouldn't be an issue at times the shipment still went out on the truck. One time during my first year in business even though I had to pay by C.O.D. and arranged to pick the new comics the shipment somehow was dropped off at another person's store even though they weren't even in the same town. Marvel this week managed to get four titles into the top ten. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again almost didn't make it. I thought it would do much better. Daredevil suddenly found new demand and sold out. X Men Gold and Star Wars gave Marvel a better week than usually by making the top ten for Marvel. Batman easily was number one.