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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

MARVEL's COMIC SALES BREAKDOWN



I really love Paul O'Brien's comparisons on comic book sales - while he is just comparing data to data it is still wild to see how comics take huge dips in sales from a #1 to a #2 and even within the series and that you can see if readers were turned off after a certain issue.

The usual suspects are at #1 and onwards but this month we had the X-Men sequel to AGE OF APOCALYPSE...now I read some of it and have read message boards complaining about it - so the general fan consensus is that it SUCKED...did Marvel know this? Because they clevery released all 6 issues on a weekly basis allowing no time for the sales to dip due to bad word of mouth. This is good for them bad for the retailers stuck with all the left over stock:

8,10,13,19,20. X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE
Mar 05 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #1 (of 6) - 95,902
Mar 05 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2 (of 6) - 86,777 (-9.5%)
Mar 05 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #3 (of 6) - 84,021 (-3.2%)
Mar 05 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #4 (of 6) - 81,808 (-2.6%)
Mar 05 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #5 (of 6) - 80,798 (-1.2%)
Check out his whole list here.

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