Diamond Planning to Change Monthly Stats Going Forward? Did Batman #75 Outsell Amazing Spider-Man #25?

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool ran the Diamond Comic Distributors statistics of the most-ordered comic books from the US direct market. And we wondered where Batman #75 was, given that Batman #74 made the top ten. 

We got an update from Diamond that had it at #13… but we weren't satisfied. How did #74 outsell an anniversary #75 issue that began a big new storyline? Then we twigged, that this was because DC Comics divided sales between two covers for Batman #75, because each cover had a different price, standard and card-stock version with a dollar difference between them. And given that DC Comics ran card stock covers for all their DC Year Of The Villain issues, and beyond, all the individual sales of these titles would be split in half.

Well, Bleeding Cool understands that Diamond Comic Distributors is, as a result of such observations – and pressures from DC Comics – considering a combined chart, combining both price points in one, since it appears that this kind of thing will be common for DC Comics' publishing output going forward. The record industry has long-combined sales on deluxe format and standard format releases, and this is the argument for something similar being applied to comic statistical reporting.

Because, it seems, Batman #75 did outsell Amazing Spider-Man #25. And DC Comics would rather that be reflected in the official Diamond charts…

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MAR
2POWERS OF X #1$5.99MAR
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25$7.99MAR
4THE WALKING DEAD #193 (MR) [*]$3.99IMA
5BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #2$5.99DC
6BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1$4.99DC
7THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #7$4.99DC
8BLACK CAT #2$3.99MAR
9IMMORTAL HULK #20$3.99MAR
10BATMAN #74$3.99DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MAR
2POWERS OF X #1$5.99MAR
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25$7.99MAR
4BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #2$5.99DC
5THE WALKING DEAD #193 (MR) [*]$3.99IMA
6BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1$4.99DC
7THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #7$4.99DC
8BLACK CAT #2$3.99MAR
9IMMORTAL HULK #20$3.99MAR
10VAMPIRELLA #1 [*]$3.99DE

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