Marvel sales - February 2006

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FEBRUARY 2006
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February is traditionally a quiet month for comics, and this is no
exception. The big news is the return from hiatus of Joss Whedon and
John Cassaday's ASTONISHING X-MEN. There are no new ongoing titles this
month, but there's the debut of Spider-Man's new costume, and a string
of new miniseries - the most notable being STORM, leading into this
summer's wedding with the Black Panther.

So far as the market share is concerned, it's a clear win for Marvel, by
the largest margin in quite some time. In dollar share, they beat DC by
39.6% to 32.7%. In unit share, it's 45.3% to 34.3%. For a month which
is basically "business as usual", this is good news for Marvel. Of
course, March will be much closer, because that's DC's "One Year Later"
promotion.

As always, thanks to Milton Griepp and ICV2 for permission to use their
figures for these calculations.


1. ASTONISHING X-MEN
Feb 05 Astonishing X-Men #8 - 153,395 ( -0.0%)
Mar 05 Astonishing X-Men #9 - 135,325 (-11.8%)
Apr 05 n/a
May 05 Astonishing X-Men #10 - 156,298 (+15.5%)
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 Astonishing X-Men #11 - 127,768 (-18.3%)
Aug 05 Astonishing X-Men #12 - 134,693 ( +5.4%)
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Astonishing X-Men #13 - 140,655 ( +4.4%)
6 mnth ( +4.4%)
1 year ( -8.2%)

Returning to the schedules after a five month absence, ASTONISHING gets
a boost. It's done better than this in the past year, but only with the
help of variant covers. Whedon and Cassaday are still proving a big
draw as the book enters its second season.


2. NEW AVENGERS
Feb 02 Avengers #51 - 54,381
Feb 03 Avengers #64 - 52,753
Feb 04 Avengers #78 - 58,798
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Feb 05 New Avengers #3 - 148,973 ( -4.3%)
Mar 05 New Avengers #4 - 158,303 ( +6.3%)
Apr 05 New Avengers #5 - 168,556 ( +6.5%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 New Avengers #6 - 164,592 ( -2.4%)
Jul 05 New Avengers #7 - 158,693 ( -3.6%)
Aug 05 New Avengers #8 - 156,037 ( -1.7%)
Aug 05 New Avengers #9 - 147,501 ( -5.5%)
Sep 05 New Avengers #10 - 143,014 ( -3.0%)
Sep 05 New Avengers #11 - 134,125 ( -6.2%)
Oct 05 New Avengers #12 - 130,110 ( -3.0%)
Nov 05 New Avengers #13 - 126,148 ( -3.0%)
Dec 05 New Avengers #14 - 126,583 ( +0.3%)
Jan 06 New Avengers #15 - 124,143 ( -1.9%)
Feb 06 New Avengers #16 - 121,492 ( -2.1%)
6 mnth ( -17.6%)
1 year ( -18.4%)
2 year (+106.6%)

Continuing the slow downward drift which we've seen ever since the
variant covers promotion ended. But these are still excellent numbers
compared to the book's previous incarnation, and a major role in the
CIVIL WAR crossover is just around the corner. Issue #15 picks up 2,385
reorders to chart at number 263 - as always, those sales are included in
the number above.


5. ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK
Dec 05 Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #1 (of 6) - 115,492
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #2 (of 6) - 97,358 (-15.7%)

An unequivocal hit. At first glance the 15% drop for issue #2 looks
about normal. But it's more complicated than that, because the sales
for issue #1 are significantly boosted by re-orders. In fact, in its
first month, it only sold 100,947. And if you take that as your
comparison, it's a tiny drop for issue #2.

Incidentally, issue #1 is still picking up substantial reorders, two
months after it came out. This month, it charts at number 205 with
4,957 copies. Even if ULTIMATES had shipped in February, this would
still have been the top selling Ultimate title for the month.


6. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Feb 02 Amazing Spider-Man #40 - 90,551
Feb 03 Amazing Spider-Man #50 - 100,439
Feb 04 Amazing Spider-Man #504 - 84,064
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Feb 05 Amazing Spider-Man #517 - 78,584 ( -1.6%)
Mar 05 Amazing Spider-Man #518 - 77,025 ( -2.0%)
Apr 05 Amazing Spider-Man #519 - 79,668 ( +3.4%)
May 05 Amazing Spider-Man #520 - 76,143 ( -4.4%)
Jun 05 Amazing Spider-Man #521 - 74,117 ( -2.7%)
Jul 05 Amazing Spider-Man #522 - 73,130 ( -1.3%)
Aug 05 Amazing Spider-Man #523 - 72,046 ( -1.5%)
Sep 05 Amazing Spider-Man #524 - 71,065 ( -1.4%)
Oct 05 Amazing Spider-Man #525 - 91,707 (+29.0%)
Nov 05 Amazing Spider-Man #526 - 90,343 ( -1.5%)
Dec 05 Amazing Spider-Man #527 - 89,922 ( -0.5%)
Jan 06 Amazing Spider-Man #528 - 97,807 ( -8.8%)
Feb 06 Amazing Spider-Man #529 - 90,414 ( -7.6%)
6 mnth (+25.5%)
1 year (+15.1%)
2 year ( +7.6%)

The "Other" crossover is finished, but AMAZING remains way up on its
previous level. At this point, it's hard to say how much of this is
attributable to the crossover. This issue has another big selling
point, namely the debut of Spider-Man's much-hyped new costume. Ideally
we could look to the other Spider-Man titles for guidance, but FRIENDLY
didn't ship in February, and SENSATIONAL has a new creative team, which
distorts its figures as well. But SENSATIONAL is significantly up on
its pre-crossover sales, so this may be a rare crossover which has
brought in new readers who are here to stay. We'll have a better idea
next month. For the moment, this has to rank as a success.

Issue #528 picks up a further 2,392 in reorders, charting at number 262.


10. UNCANNY X-MEN
Feb 02 Uncanny X-Men #403 - 97,079
Feb 03 Uncanny X-Men #419 - 83,714
Feb 04 Uncanny X-Men #439 - 86,259
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Feb 05 Uncanny X-Men #455 - 88,920 ( +1.7%)
Feb 05 Uncanny X-Men #456 - 86,767 ( -2.4%)
Mar 05 Uncanny X-Men #457 - 86,365 ( -0.5%)
Apr 05 Uncanny X-Men #458 - 85,299 ( -1.2%)
May 05 Uncanny X-Men #459 - 83,547 ( -2.1%)
Jun 05 Uncanny X-Men #460 - 82,457 ( -1.3%)
Jun 05 Uncanny X-Men #461 - 91,221 (+10.6%)
Jul 05 Uncanny X-Men #462 - 91,125 ( -0.1%)
Aug 05 Uncanny X-Men #463 - 87,610 ( -3.9%)
Sep 05 Uncanny X-Men #464 - 85,885 ( -2.0%)
Oct 05 Uncanny X-Men #465 - 84,271 ( -1.9%)
Nov 05 Uncanny X-Men #466 - 82,825 ( -1.7%)
Dec 05 Uncanny X-Men #467 - 81,282 ( -1.9%)
Jan 06 Uncanny X-Men #468 - 79,808 ( -1.8%)
Feb 06 Uncanny X-Men #469 - 79,039 ( -1.0%)
6 mnth ( -9.8%)
1 year (-11.1%)
2 year ( -8.4%)

Continuing its usual gentle decline. The new creative team takes over
in the summer.


11,12. X-MEN
Feb 02 New X-Men #123 - 105,642
Feb 03 New X-Men #137 - 92,470
Feb 04 New X-Men #153 - 113,879
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Feb 05 X-Men #167 - 84,155 ( -2.1%)
Mar 05 X-Men #168 - 83,979 ( -0.2%)
Apr 05 X-Men #169 - 82,793 ( -1.4%)
May 05 X-Men #170 - 81,048 ( -2.1%)
Jun 05 X-Men #171 - 80,307 ( -0.9%)
Jun 05 X-Men #172 - 78,889 ( -1.8%)
Jul 05 X-Men #173 - 77,154 ( -2.2%)
Aug 05 X-Men #174 - 76,342 ( -1.1%)
Sep 05 X-Men #175 - 76,555 ( +0.3%)
Oct 05 X-Men #176 - 74,635 ( -2.5%)
Nov 05 X-Men #177 - 78,405 ( +5.1%)
Nov 05 X-Men #178 - 76,195 ( -2.8%)
Dec 05 X-Men #179 - 77,189 ( +1.3%)
Dec 05 X-Men #180 - 75,559 ( -2.1%)
Jan 06 X-Men #181 - 74,094 ( -1.9%)
Feb 06 X-Men #182 - 78,653 ( +6.2%)
Feb 06 X-Men #183 - 76,454 ( -2.8%)
6 mnth ( +0.1%)
1 year ( -9.2%)
2 year (-32.9%)

Two issues this month, starting the five-part "Blood of Apocalypse"
storyline. And it seems Apocalypse is still a sales draw, because sales
jump 6% on the prospect. Considering that it's the regular creative
team and there's no crossover or variant cover involved, this is
actually quite surprising.


13. ULTIMATE GALACTUS TRILOGY
Feb 05 Ultimate Nightmare #5 (of 5) - 73,082 ( -4.6%)
Mar 05 Ultimate Secret #1 (of 4) - 89,132 (+22.0%)
Apr 05 Ultimate Secret #2 (of 4) - 77,914 (-12.6%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 Ultimate Secret #3 (of 4) - 67,046 (-13.9%)
Oct 05 Ultimate Secret #4 (of 4) - 64,909 ( -3.2%)
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 Ultimate Extinction #1 (of 5) - 85,439 (+31.6%)
Feb 06 Ultimate Extinction #2 (of 5) - 75,869 (-11.2%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year ( +3.8%)

Holding up well by comparison with the previous miniseries ULTIMATE
SECRET. Issue #1 picks up 2,718 in reorders, charting at number 248.


14. X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS
Nov 05 Deadly Genesis #1 (of 6) - 117,042
Dec 05 Deadly Genesis #2 (of 6) - 83,159 (-28.9%)
Jan 06 Deadly Genesis #3 (of 6) - 78,238 ( -5.9%)
Feb 06 Deadly Genesis #4 (of 6) - 74,666 ( -4.6%)

After an initially sluggish start, re-orders are really picking up for
DEADLY GENESIS. Presumably these are the people who didn't believe the
hype about this being an important X-Men story, but have changed their
minds now that we know what's in it.

Issue #1 ships a further 2,611 copies, four months after it originally
shipped. Issue #2 has reorders of 3,076. And issue #3 sells 4,837
extra copies. This is remarkably high reorder activity by Marvel
standards. And what's more, if it wasn't for those reorders being taken
into account, issue #4 would actually have gone slightly up from
February - very unusual for a miniseries.

This bodes well for writer Ed Brubaker's upcoming run on UNCANNY, which
spins off from this miniseries.


16. ULTIMATE X-MEN
Feb 02 Ultimate X-Men #15 - 94,713
Feb 03 Ultimate X-Men #29 - 84,789
Feb 04 Ultimate X-Men #42 - 97,299
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Feb 05 Ultimate X-Men #56 - 86,130 ( -1.5%)
Mar 05 Ultimate X-Men #57 - 83,835 ( -2.7%)
Apr 05 Ultimate X-Men #58 - 82,606 ( -1.5%)
May 05 Ultimate X-Men #59 - 81,321 ( -1.6%)
Jun 05 Ultimate X-Men #60 - 78,613 ( -3.3%)
Jul 05 Ultimate X-Men #61 - 87,094 (+10.8%)
Aug 05 Ultimate X-Men #62 - 76,229 (-12.5%)
Sep 05 Ultimate X-Men #63 - 74,760 ( -1.9%)
Oct 05 Ultimate X-Men #64 - 75,118 ( +0.5%)
Nov 05 Ultimate X-Men #65 - 74,264 ( -1.1%)
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 Ultimate X-Men #66 - 73,720 ( -0.7%)
Feb 06 Ultimate X-Men #67 - 72,700 ( -1.4%)
6 mnth ( -4.6%)
1 year (-15.6%)
2 year (-25.3%)

Second issue of the Robert Kirkman run, but it's really just business as
usual.


17. WOLVERINE
Feb 02 Wolverine #173 - 69,684
Feb 03 Wolverine #186 - 63,911
Feb 04 Wolverine #11 - 69,686
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Feb 05 Wolverine #25 - 83,180 ( +1.9%)
Mar 05 Wolverine #26 - 108,677 (+30.7%)
Apr 05 Wolverine #27 - 101,228 ( -6.9%)
May 05 Wolverine #28 - 80,961 (-20.0%)
Jun 05 Wolverine #29 - 79,951 ( -1.2%)
Jul 05 Wolverine #30 - 76,651 ( -4.1%)
Aug 05 Wolverine #31 - 75,618 ( -1.3%)
Sep 05 Wolverine #32 - 89,026 (+17.7%)
Sep 05 Wolverine #33 - 78,508 (-11.8%)
Oct 05 Wolverine #34 - 75,664 ( -3.6%)
Oct 05 Wolverine #35 - 73,684 ( -2.6%)
Nov 05 Wolverine #36 - 94,355 (+28.1%)
Dec 05 Wolverine #37 - 73,866 (-21.7%)
Jan 06 Wolverine #38 - 73,815 ( -0.0%)
Feb 06 Wolverine #39 - 72,248 ( -2.1%)
6 mnth ( -4.5%)
1 year (-13.1%)
2 year ( +3.7%)

Continuing the "Origins and Endings" storyline, which leads into the new
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS ongoing. While these aren't enormous sales by the
book's usual standards, it may be turning a corner - issue #38 picks up
reorders of 2,871. Without those sales being taken into account, issue
#39 would be a small climber.


18. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
Feb 02 Ultimate Spider-Man #19 - 77,513
Feb 03 Ultimate Spider-Man #36 - 98,475
Feb 04 Ultimate Spider-Man #53 - 92,540
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Feb 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #72 - 86,685 ( +3.2%)
Mar 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #73 - 83,943 ( -3.2%)
Mar 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #74 - 83,817 ( -0.2%)
Apr 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #75 - 83,940 ( +0.1%)
Apr 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #76 - 82,244 ( -2.0%)
May 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #77 - 81,034 ( -1.5%)
Jun 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #78 - 79,420 ( -2.0%)
Jul 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #79 - 78,404 ( -1.3%)
Jul 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #80 - 76,906 ( -1.9%)
Aug 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #81 - 75,572 ( -1.7%)
Sep 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #82 - 75,756 ( +0.2%)
Sep 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #83 - 75,539 ( -0.3%)
Oct 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #84 - 74,670 ( -1.2%)
Nov 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #85 - 74,264 ( -0.5%)
Nov 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #86 - 76,864 ( +3.5%)
Dec 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #87 - 74,537 ( -3.0%)
Dec 05 Ultimate Spider-Man #88 - 74,213 ( -0.4%)
Jan 06 Ultimate Spider-Man #89 - 71,935 ( -3.1%)
Feb 06 Ultimate Spider-Man #90 - 71,470 ( -0.6%)
6 mnth ( -5.4%)
1 year (-17.6%)
2 year (-22.8%)

Final part of the Silver Sable story arc. Still drifting slowly
downwards - nothing alarming on a month-by-month basis, but the yearly
drop is really quite large.


20. ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR
Feb 04 Ultimate Fantastic Four #3 - 109,801
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Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #16 - 73,987 ( -0.7%)
Apr 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #17 - 72,207 ( -2.4%)
May 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #18 - 71,478 ( -1.0%)
Jun 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #19 - 70,300 ( -1.6%)
Jun 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #20 - 69,097 ( -1.7%)
Jul 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #21 - 91,321 (+32.2%)
Aug 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #22 - 71,767 (-21.4%)
Sep 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #23 - 71,494 ( -0.4%)
Oct 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #24 - 70,549 ( -1.3%)
Nov 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #25 - 70,032 ( -0.7%)
Dec 05 Ultimate Fantastic Four #26 - 69,689 ( -0.5%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Ultimate Fantastic Four #27 - 67,922 ( -2.5%)
6 mnth ( -5.4%)
1 year ( -8.2%)
2 year (-38.1%)

Another book in gentle decline, although it's been fairly consistent
over the last year.


24. SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN
Feb 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #11 - 60,460 ( -2.2%)
Mar 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #12 - 59,983 ( -0.8%)
Apr 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #13 - 60,542 ( +0.9%)
May 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #14 - 57,270 ( -5.4%)
Jun 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #15 - 54,102 ( -5.5%)
Jul 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #16 - 50,876 ( -6.0%)
Aug 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #17 - 48,555 ( -4.6%)
Sep 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #18 - 47,654 ( -1.9%)
Oct 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #19 - 75,461 (+58.4%)
Nov 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #20 - 73,262 ( -2.9%)
Dec 05 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #21 - 76,763 ( +4.8%)
Jan 06 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #22 - 74,923 ( -2.4%)
Feb 06 Sensational Spider-Man #23 - 59,051 (-21.2%)
6 mnth (+21.6%)
1 year ( -2.3%)

The Marvel Knights imprint jettisons its ongoing titles, forcing MARVEL
KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN to rename itself SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN. This is a
long overdue move, since there was really no difference of tone between
this title and the other Spider-Man books. Anyhow, it's a promising
start for the retitled book - down from last month, when it was part of
the "Other" crossover, but over 10,000 up on the regular sales of
Reginald Hudlin's run. The new creators are Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and
Angel Medina, who wouldn't normally be expected to generate such a big
sales increase. It looks very much as though the crossover has
genuinely helped this title.


25. X-MEN: THE 198
Jan 06 The 198 #1 (of 5) - 68,698
Feb 06 The 198 #2 (of 5) - 58,540 (-14.8%)

Standard second issue drop for a miniseries.


26. YOUNG AVENGERS
Feb 05 Young Avengers #1 - 112,803
Mar 05 Young Avengers #2 - 79,952 (-29.1%)
Apr 05 Young Avengers #3 - 75,015 ( -6.2%)
May 05 Young Avengers #4 - 69,925 ( -6.8%)
Jun 05 Young Avengers #5 - 69,956 ( +0.0%)
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 Young Avengers #6 - 68,733 ( -1.7%)
Sep 05 Young Avengers #7 - 67,036 ( -2.5%)
Oct 05 Young Avengers #8 - 63,873 ( -4.7%)
Nov 05 Young Avengers #9 - 63,213 ( -1.0%)
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Young Avengers #10 - 56,347 (-10.9%)
6 mnth (-18.0%)
1 year (-50.0%)

Hmm. All is not well.

For one thing, that's a surprisingly big drop from the last issue.
Perhaps the delays are starting to take their toll on the book. Also,
the title is now scheduled to go on hiatus after issue #12 - an
interesting creative decision, given that issue #10 was solicited as
part 2 of 6, meaning that the storyline was supposed to run to issue
#14. It's now been cut back to a four-parter, but we've clearly
deviated from the original plan.

According to Joe Quesada, the delay is due to writer Allan Heinberg's
"other commitments." One of those "other commitments", of course, is
Heinberg's upcoming monthly run on DC's WONDER WOMAN. No doubt there's
an excellent reason why WONDER WOMAN should take priority over
completing this book on the advertised schedule, although I have no
earthly idea what it might be.


27. GHOST RIDER
Sep 05 Ghost Rider #1 (of 6) - 119,575
Oct 05 Ghost Rider #2 (of 6) - 71,473 (-40.2%)
Nov 05 Ghost Rider #3 (of 6) - 62,914 (-12.0%)
Dec 05 Ghost Rider #4 (of 6) - 59,678 ( -5.1%)
Jan 06 Ghost Rider #5 (of 6) - 56,958 ( -4.6%)
Feb 06 Ghost Rider #6 (of 6) - 55,802 ( -2.0%)

Levelling out nicely for the end of the miniseries. An ongoing title is
scheduled for later in the year - hardly surprising on the back of sales
like this.


29. DAREDEVIL
Feb 02 Daredevil #30 - 47,333
Feb 03 Daredevil #43 - 58,782
Feb 04 Daredevil #57 - 54,644
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Feb 05 Daredevil #70 - 48,702 ( -0.0%)
Mar 05 Daredevil #71 - 49,715 ( +2.1%)
Apr 05 Daredevil #72 - 48,803 ( -1.8%)
May 05 Daredevil #73 - 48,681 ( -0.2%)
Jun 05 Daredevil #74 - 48,175 ( -1.0%)
Jul 05 Daredevil #75 - 47,800 ( -0.8%)
Aug 05 Daredevil #76 - 46,424 ( -2.9%)
Sep 05 Daredevil #77 - 45,945 ( -1.0%)
Oct 05 Daredevil #78 - 45,071 ( -1.9%)
Nov 05 Daredevil #79 - 44,250 ( -1.8%)
Dec 05 Daredevil #80 - 43,309 ( -2.1%)
Jan 06 Daredevil #81 - 44,252 ( +2.2%)
Feb 06 Daredevil #82 - 53,058 (+19.9%)
6 mnth (+14.3%)
1 year ( +8.9%)
2 year ( -2.9%)

Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark take over the book and sales duly bounce
upwards. A good start to the run.


30. SON OF M
Dec 05 Son of M #1 (of 6) - 62,254
Jan 06 Son of M #2 (of 6) - 52,704 (-15.3%)
Feb 06 Son of M #3 (of 6) - 52,227 ( -0.9%)

Suddenly levelling out after a standard drop last month. This is a
surprisingly good number for the third issue.


32. X-FACTOR
Dec 05 X-Factor #1 - 64,861
Dec 05 X-Factor #2 - 52,705 (-18.7%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 X-Factor #3 - 48,307 ( -8.3%)

Hmm. Dropping a little faster than I'd be comfortable with, but nothing
to really worry about at this stage. Issue #2 picks up 7,754 re-orders,
which isn't actually as great as it sounds. Since these reorders still
leave us with an 18.7% second issue drop, the most likely explanation is
that Diamond simply botched the shipping of issue #2, with several
thousand copies failing to reach the shelves until the first week of
March. (X-FACTOR ships in the last week of the month.)


33. X-MEN: THE END
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 Book Two #1 (of 6) - 71,230 ( +7.6%)
Apr 05 Book Two #2 (of 6) - 63,005 (-11.5%)
May 05 Book Two #3 (of 6) - 58,870 ( -6.6%)
Jun 05 Book Two #4 (of 6) - 54,875 ( -6.8%)
Jul 05 Book Two #5 (of 6) - 51,949 ( -5.3%)
Aug 05 Book Two #6 (of 6) - 49,565 ( -4.6%)
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 Book Three #1 (of 6) - 52,891 ( +6.7%)
Feb 06 Book Three #2 (of 6) - 47,370 (-10.4%)
6 mnth ( -4.4%)

The established pattern - a boost for the start of the new volume, and
then back to the decline in progress.


35. NEW EXCALIBUR
Nov 05 New Excalibur #1 - 58,333
Dec 05 New Excalibur #2 - 48,816 (-16.3%)
Jan 06 New Excalibur #3 - 47,196 ( -3.3%)
Feb 06 New Excalibur #4 - 45,071 ( -4.5%)

Fairly normal decline for the early issues.


36,40. FANTASTIC FOUR
Feb 02 Fantastic Four #52 - 46,355
Feb 03 Fantastic Four #66 - 48,512
Feb 04 Fantastic Four #510 - 49,129
======
Feb 05 Fantastic Four #523 - 46,276 ( -0.1%)
Mar 05 Fantastic Four #524 - 46,660 ( +0.8%)
Apr 05 Fantastic Four #525 - 45,561 ( -2.4%)
May 05 Fantastic Four #526 - 44,935 ( -1.4%)
May 05 Fantastic Four #527 - 75,525 (+68.1%)
Jun 05 Fantastic Four #528 - 55,937 (-25.9%)
Jul 05 Fantastic Four #529 - 52,963 ( -5.3%)
Aug 05 Fantastic Four #530 - 51,782 ( -2.2%)
Sep 05 Fantastic Four #531 - 49,745 ( -3.9%)
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 Fantastic Four #532 - 47,771 ( -4.0%)
Dec 05 Fantastic Four #533 - 46,751 ( -2.1%)
Jan 05 n/a
Feb 06 Fantastic Four #534 - 44,573 ( -4.7%)
Feb 06 Fantastic Four #535 - 43,124 ( -3.3%)
6 mnth (-16.7%)
1 year ( -6.8%)
2 year (-12.2%)

Back to the title's standard range. J Michael Straczynski's arrival
doesn't seem to have made much difference beyond the initial months.


37,38. CAPTAIN AMERICA
Feb 03 Captain America #9 - 52,627
Feb 04 Captain America #23 - 39,695
======
Feb 05 Captain America #3 - 48,104 ( -9.8%)
Mar 05 Captain America #4 - 46,654 ( -3.0%)
Apr 05 Captain America #5 - 46,976 ( +0.7%)
May 05 Captain America #6 - 58,660 (+24.9%)
Jun 05 Captain America #7 - 47,160 (-19.6%)
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 Captain America #8 - 51,842 ( +9.9%)
Aug 05 Captain America #9 - 44,638 (-13.9%)
Sep 05 Captain America #10 - 52,609 (+17.9%)
Oct 05 Captain America #11 - 45,162 (-14.2%)
Nov 05 Captain America #12 - 45,038 ( -0.3%)
Dec 05 Captain America #13 - 44,954 ( -0.2%)
Jan 05 n/a
Feb 06 Captain America #14 - 44,041 ( -0.2%)
Feb 06 Captain America #15 - 43,350 ( -1.6%)
6 mnth ( -2.9%)
1 year ( -9.9%)
2 year ( +9.2%)

Continuing a slow decline.


41. NEW X-MEN
Feb 04 New Mutants #9 - 36,037
======
Feb 05 New X-Men #10 - 36,910 ( -3.4%)
Mar 05 New X-Men #11 - 35,549 ( -3.7%)
Apr 05 New X-Men #12 - 35,779 ( +0.6%)
May 05 New X-Men #13 - 35,033 ( -2.1%)
May 05 New X-Men #14 - 34,579 ( -1.3%)
Jun 05 New X-Men #15 - 34,007 ( -1.7%)
Jul 05 New X-Men #16 - 49,217 (+44.7%)
Aug 05 New X-Men #17 - 43,908 (-10.8%)
Sep 05 New X-Men #18 - 43,286 ( -1.4%)
Oct 05 New X-Men #19 - 41,691 ( -3.7%)
Nov 05 New X-Men #20 - 59,466 (+42.6%)
Dec 05 New X-Men #21 - 43,473 (-26.9%)
Jan 06 New X-Men #22 - 42,923 ( -1.3%)
Feb 06 New X-Men #23 - 41,463 ( -3.4%)
6 mnth ( -4.2%)
1 year (+12.3%)
2 year (+15.1%)

Again, drifting slowly down but still miles ahead of the book's earlier
incarnation as a teen drama.


42. MARVEL ZOMBIES
Dec 05 Marvel Zombies #1 (of 5) - 52,282
Jan 06 Marvel Zombies #2 (of 5) - 43,517 (-16.8%)
Feb 06 Marvel Zombies #3 (of 5) - 41,164 ( -5.4%)

A remarkable surprise hit. The sales now look like a fairly standard
miniseries decline, but that's the result of taking the re-orders into
account. In fact, the book is still climbing month on month. Issue #2
picks up 5,023 re-orders to chart at number 203 - meanwhile, the variant
cover of issue #1 sells a massive 16,785 copies. It's been a long time
since we saw a mid-table miniseries do business like this. Marvel's
faith in Robert Kirkman is finally being rewarded.


43. SPIDER-WOMAN: ORIGIN
Dec 05 Origin #1 (of 5) - 66,791
Jan 06 Origin #2 (of 5) - 43,684 (-34.6%)
Feb 06 Origin #3 (of 5) - 40,553 ( -7.2%)

Standard drops. Issue #2 has re-orders of 1,641.


45. GENERATION M
Nov 05 Generation M #1 (of 5) - 54,617
Dec 05 Generation M #2 (of 5) - 44,747 (-18.1%)
Jan 06 Generation M #3 (of 5) - 41,551 ( -7.1%)
Feb 06 Generation M #4 (of 5) - 39,450 ( -5.1%)

Again, standard miniseries drops.


46,51. SENTRY
Sep 05 Sentry #1 (of 8) - 93,021
Oct 05 Sentry #2 (of 8) - 53,384 (-42.6%)
Nov 05 Sentry #3 (of 8) - 47,903 (-10.3%)
Dec 05 Sentry #4 (of 8) - 41,901 (-12.5%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Sentry #5 (of 8) - 39,257 ( -6.3%)
Feb 06 Sentry #6 (of 8) - 37,230 ( -5.2%)

Two issues this month as the book gets back on schedule. And once
again, it's just the standard miniseries decline.


47. INCREDIBLE HULK
Feb 02 Hulk #37 - 38,844
Feb 03 Hulk #50 - 58,682
Feb 04 Hulk #67 - 47,632
======
Feb 05 Hulk #78 - 44,721 ( -5.2%)
Mar 05 Hulk #79 - 43,508 ( -2.7%)
Apr 05 Hulk #80 - 48,404 (+11.3%)
May 05 Hulk #81 - 43,822 (-10.5%)
Jun 05 Hulk #82 - 43,248 ( -1.3%)
Jul 05 Hulk #83 - 63,881 (+47.7%)
Jul 05 Hulk #84 - 58,583 ( -8.3%)
Aug 05 Hulk #85 - 53,177 ( -9.2%)
Sep 05 Hulk #86 - 52,992 ( -0.3%)
Oct 05 Hulk #87 - 42,454 (-19.9%)
Nov 05 Hulk #88 - 41,141 ( -3.1%)
Nov 05 Hulk #89 - 39,635 ( -3.7%)
Dec 05 Hulk #90 - 36,924 ( -6.8%)
Jan 06 Hulk #91 - 35,980 ( -2.6%)
Feb 06 Hulk #92 - 39,224 ( +9.0%)
6 mnth (-26.2%)
1 year (-12.3%)
2 year (-17.7%)

The beginning of "Planet Hulk". Marvel are promoting this as a massive
runaway success, which is a bit of an exaggeration. It's up
substantially on last month, but not a particularly great number in the
context of the last year. In fact, it only really looks good when you
judge it against the sales of Daniel Way's prequel arc - the whole Peter
David run outsold this issue comfortably. Don't get me wrong, it's a
good start to build on. But let's not get carried away here.


52. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE VS DRACULA
Feb 06 Apocalypse vs Dracula #1 (of 4) - 37,057

Perfectly respectable debut for an X-Men miniseries.


57. PUNISHER
Feb 02 Punisher #9 - 51,330
Feb 03 Punisher #22 - 41,356
Feb 04 Punisher #3 - 46,396
======
Feb 05 Punisher #17 - 38,714 ( -1.6%)
Mar 05 Punisher #18 - 38,348 ( -0.9%)
Apr 05 Punisher #19 - 38,753 ( +1.1%)
Apr 05 Punisher #20 - 38,130 ( -1.6%)
May 05 Punisher #21 - 37,998 ( -0.3%)
Jun 05 Punisher #22 - 37,811 ( -0.5%)
Jul 05 Punisher #23 - 37,376 ( -1.2%)
Aug 05 Punisher #24 - 37,022 ( -0.9%)
Sep 05 Punisher #25 - 37,149 ( +0.3%)
Oct 05 Punisher #26 - 36,450 ( -1.9%)
Nov 05 Punisher #27 - 36,072 ( -1.0%)
Dec 05 Punisher #28 - 35,535 ( -1.5%)
Jan 05 Punisher #29 - 34,708 ( -2.3%)
Feb 06 Punisher #30 - 34,293 ( -1.2%)
6 mnth ( -7.4%)
1 year (-11.4%)
2 year (-26.1%)

Still moving glacially downhill.


59. SUPREME POWER: HYPERION
Sep 05 Hyperion #1 (of 5) - 42,546
Oct 05 Hyperion #2 (of 5) - 37,423 (-12.0%)
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 Hyperion #3 (of 5) - 34,825 ( -6.9%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Hyperion #4 (of 5) - 33,868 ( -2.7%)

Levelling out nicely.


60. EXILES
Feb 02 Exiles #9 - 37,563
Feb 03 Exiles #22 - 35,239
Feb 04 Exiles #42 - 37,147
======
Feb 05 Exiles #59 - 32,337 ( +0.6%)
Mar 05 Exiles #60 - 42,898 (+32.7%)
Mar 05 Exiles #61 - 42,217 ( -1.6%)
Apr 05 Exiles #62 - 33,965 (-19.5%)
Apr 05 Exiles #63 - 33,728 ( -0.7%)
May 05 Exiles #64 - 34,033 ( +0.9%)
Jun 05 Exiles #65 - 34,484 ( +1.3%)
Jul 05 Exiles #66 - 34,092 ( -1.1%)
Jul 05 Exiles #67 - 33,751 ( -1.0%)
Aug 05 Exiles #68 - 33,815 ( +0.2%)
Sep 05 Exiles #69 - 43,794 (+29.5%)
Sep 05 Exiles #70 - 42,434 ( -3.1%)
Oct 05 Exiles #71 - 41,131 ( -3.1%)
Nov 05 Exiles #72 - 34,329 (-16.5%)
Nov 05 Exiles #73 - 34,008 ( -0.9%)
Dec 05 Exiles #74 - 33,881 ( -0.4%)
Jan 06 Exiles #75 - 33,485 ( -1.2%)
Jan 06 Exiles #76 - 32,843 ( -1.9%)
Feb 06 Exiles #77 - 32,998 ( +0.5%)
6 mnth ( -2.4%)
1 year ( +2.0%)
2 year (-11.2%)

Hovering reliably in the 32-34K range.


61. STORM
Feb 06 Storm #1 (of 6) - 32,831

An origin miniseries attempting to retrofit Storm and the Black Panther
with a proper reason to get married. You wouldn't generally expect
great numbers for a book like this - not only is it set in the past,
which is usually bad for sales, but it's a romance comic from the
woman's point of view, and we all know how the direct market loves
those.

That said... this is a tie-in to the Storm/Panther wedding, which is
being promoted as a very big deal. But it's actually debuted below
APOCALYPSE VS DRACULA #1 - which is also set in the past, features no
big name heroes, and was kind of shoved out there without much
promotion. And it still beat the wedding tie-in? That's not a good
sign.


67. SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK
Sep 05 Nighthawk #1 (of 6) - 39,505
Oct 05 Nighthawk #2 (of 6) - 35,183 (-10.9%)
Nov 05 Nighthawk #3 (of 6) - 33,228 ( -5.6%)
Dec 05 Nighthawk #4 (of 6) - 32,207 ( -3.1%)
Jan 06 Nighthawk #5 (of 6) - 30,828 ( -4.3%)
Feb 06 Nighthawk #6 (of 6) - 30,280 ( -1.8%)

Levelling out as the series comes to an end.


74. FURY: PEACEMAKER
Feb 02 Fury #6 (of 6) - 35,825
======
Feb 06 Peacemaker #1 (of 6) - 27,423

Another Garth Ennis miniseries, but this time set in World War II and
taking the character more seriously. Interestingly, it's exactly four
years since the controversial FURY series under the Max imprint
finished. It sold rather better than this one, as you can see.


75. SHE-HULK
Feb 05 She-Hulk #12 - 23,202 ( -0.1%)
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 n/a
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 She-Hulk #1 - 37,220 (+60.4%)
Nov 05 She-Hulk #2 - 31,610 (-15.1%)
Dec 05 She-Hulk #3 - 29,428 ( -6.9%)
Jan 06 She-Hulk #4 - 28,214 ( -4.1%)
Feb 06 She-Hulk #5 - 27,183 ( -3.7%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year (+17.2%)

Standard decline.


76. SENTINEL SQUAD O*N*E
Jan 06 Sentinel Squad O*N*E #1 (of 5) - 34,988
Feb 06 Sentinel Squad O*N*E #2 (of 5) - 26,971 (-22.9%)

A steep second issue drop, even for a miniseries.


80. BLACK PANTHER
Feb 02 Black Panther #41 - 19,523
Feb 03 Black Panther #54 - 17,401
======
Feb 05 Black Panther #1 - 69,930
Mar 05 Black Panther #2 - 47,533 (-32.0%)
Apr 05 Black Panther #3 - 44,925 ( -5.5%)
May 05 Black Panther #4 - 40,804 ( -9.2%)
Jun 05 Black Panther #5 - 37,401 ( -8.1%)
Jul 05 Black Panther #6 - 35,256 ( -5.7%)
Aug 05 Black Panther #7 - 42,905 (+21.7%)
Sep 05 Black Panther #8 - 46,239 ( +7.8%)
Oct 05 Black Panther #9 - 40,173 (-13.1%)
Nov 05 Black Panther #10 - 31,987 (-20.4%)
Dec 05 Black Panther #11 - 29,327 ( -8.3%)
Jan 06 Black Panther #12 - 27,933 ( -4.7%)
Feb 06 Black Panther #13 - 26,054 ( -6.7%)
6 mnth (-39.3%)
1 year (-62.7%)

The other half of the big wedding, and it continues to drop like a
stone. At these levels it really can't afford to keep shedding almost
2,000 readers an issue, but that's what it's doing. Marvel evidently
have tremendous faith in the book, but the direct market doesn't agree
with them, on the strength of these numbers.


82. X-MEN UNLIMITED
Feb 03 X-Men Unlimited #42 - 34,489
Feb 04 X-Men Unlimited #1 - 52,685
======
Feb 05 X-Men Unlimited #7 - 27,009 (-10.4%)
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 X-Men Unlimited #8 - 25,686 ( -4.9%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 X-Men Unlimited #9 - 25,398 ( -1.1%)
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 X-Men Unlimited #10 - 23,717 ( -6.6%)
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 X-Men Unlimited #11 - 23,344 ( -1.6%)
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 X-Men Unlimited #12 - 22,134 ( -5.2%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 X-Men Unlimited #13 - 25,257 (+14.1%)
6 mnth ( +6.5%)
1 year ( -6.5%)
2 year (-52.1%)

A belated Decimation crossover - so at least that's one title which was
definitely helped by the event. Still not great numbers, though.


84. POWERS
Feb 02 n/a
Feb 03 Powers #29 - 25,982
Feb 04 n/a
======
Feb 05 Powers #9 - 28,512 ( -3.1%)
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 Powers #10 - 28,360 ( -0.5%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 Powers #11 - 27,703 ( -2.3%)
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 Powers #12 - 30,290 ( +9.3%)
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 Powers #13 - 26,535 (-12.4%)
Nov 05 Powers #14 - 26,109 ( -1.6%)
Dec 05 Powers #15 - 25,633 ( -1.8%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Powers #16 - 24,924 ( -2.8%)
6 mnth (-17.7%)
1 year (-12.6%)

Standard decline.


87. RUNAWAYS
Feb 04 Runaways #11 - 19,978
======
Feb 05 Runaways #1 - 43,128 (+131.7%)
Mar 05 Runaways #2 - 31,330 ( -27.4%)
Apr 05 Runaways #3 - 30,332 ( -3.2%)
May 05 Runaways #4 - 28,968 ( -4.5%)
Jun 05 Runaways #5 - 28,409 ( -1.9%)
Jul 05 Runaways #6 - 27,365 ( -3.7%)
Aug 05 Runaways #7 - 27,063 ( -1.1%)
Sep 05 Runaways #8 - 26,954 ( -0.4%)
Oct 05 Runaways #9 - 26,800 ( -0.6%)
Nov 05 Runaways #10 - 25,761 ( -3.9%)
Dec 05 Runaways #11 - 25,260 ( -1.9%)
Jan 06 Runaways #12 - 24,989 ( -1.1%)
Feb 06 Runaways #13 - 24,313 ( -2.7%)
6 mnth ( -10.2%)
1 year ( -43.6%)
2 year ( +21.7%)

And much the same here, although RUNAWAYS is still way ahead of
pre-relaunch numbers.


88. PUNISHER: BLOODY VALENTINE
Feb 06 Bloody Valentine - 24,200

Respectable numbers for a random Punisher one-shot.


90. NEW THUNDERBOLTS
Feb 02 Thunderbolts #61 - 29,197
Feb 03 Thunderbolts #76 - 25,432
======
Feb 05 New Thunderbolts #5 - 29,377 ( -7.4%)
Mar 05 New Thunderbolts #6 - 29,103 ( -0.9%)
Apr 05 New Thunderbolts #7 - 28,977 ( -0.4%)
May 05 New Thunderbolts #8 - 27,769 ( -4.2%)
Jun 05 New Thunderbolts #9 - 27,300 ( -1.7%)
Jul 05 New Thunderbolts #10 - 25,978 ( -4.8%)
Aug 05 New Thunderbolts #11 - 37,036 (+42.6%)
Sep 05 New Thunderbolts #12 - 25,912 (-30.0%)
Oct 05 New Thunderbolts #13 - 29,250 (+12.9%)
Oct 05 New Thunderbolts #14 - 27,864 ( -4.7%)
Nov 05 New Thunderbolts #15 - 25,245 ( -9.4%)
Dec 05 New Thunderbolts #16 - 25,084 ( -0.6%)
Jan 06 New Thunderbolts #17 - 23,417 ( -6.7%)
Feb 06 New Thunderbolts #18 - 23,735 ( +1.4%)
6 mnth (-35.9%)
1 year (-19.2%)

Nudging very slightly up from last issue, which is a tentatively good
sign.


93. PUNISHER VS BULLSEYE
Nov 05 Punisher vs Bullseye #1 (of 5) - 30,048
Dec 05 Punisher vs Bullseye #2 (of 5) - 25,121 (-16.4%)
Jan 06 Punisher vs Bullseye #3 (of 5) - 23,872 ( -5.0%)
Feb 06 Punisher vs Bullseye #4 (of 5) - 23,050 ( -3.4%)

Levelling out as normal.


94. IRON MAN: INEVITABLE
Dec 05 Inevitable #1 (of 6) - 31,032
Jan 06 Inevitable #2 (of 6) - 25,382 (-18.2%)
Feb 06 Inevitable #3 (of 6) - 22,997 ( -9.4%)

And ditto.


95. CABLE & DEADPOOL
Feb 05 Cable & Deadpool #12 - 25,349 ( -1.9%)
Mar 05 Cable & Deadpool #13 - 25,551 ( +0.8%)
Apr 05 Cable & Deadpool #14 - 24,994 ( -2.2%)
May 05 Cable & Deadpool #15 - 24,837 ( -0.6%)
Jun 05 Cable & Deadpool #16 - 24,612 ( -0.9%)
Jul 05 Cable & Deadpool #17 - 34,393 (+39.7%)
Aug 05 Cable & Deadpool #18 - 25,304 (-26.4%)
Sep 05 Cable & Deadpool #19 - 25,298 ( -0.0%)
Sep 05 Cable & Deadpool #20 - 24,982 ( -1.2%)
Oct 05 Cable & Deadpool #21 - 25,030 ( +0.2%)
Nov 05 Cable & Deadpool #22 - 23,746 ( -5.1%)
Dec 05 Cable & Deadpool #23 - 23,296 ( -1.9%)
Jan 06 Cable & Deadpool #24 - 23,542 ( +1.1%)
Feb 06 Cable & Deadpool #25 - 22,918 ( -2.7%)
6 mnth ( -9.4%)
1 year ( -9.6%)

Another remarkably solid performer, albeit at the lower end of the
chart.


97. OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
Feb 05 Marvel Knights 2005 - 18,182 ( -12.7%)
Mar 05 X-Men: Age of Apocalypse 2005 - 37,056 (+103.8%)
Apr 05 Spider-Man 2005 - 25,530 ( -31.1%)
May 05 Teams 2005 - 22,564 ( -11.6%)
Jun 05 Fantastic Four 2005 - 21,970 ( -2.6%)
Jul 05 Avengers 2005 - 23,668 ( +7.7%)
Aug 05 Ultimate Universe 2005 - 25,436 ( +7.5%)
Sep 05 Alternate Universes 2005 - 18,680 ( -26.6%)
Oct 05 Horror 2005 - 15,849 ( -15.2%)
Nov 05 X-Men 2005 - 22,986 ( +45.0%)
Dec 05 Ultimates/Ultimate X-Men 2005 - 20,795 ( -9.5%)
Jan 06 A to Z #1 (of 12) - 23,423 ( +12.6%)
Feb 06 A to Z #2 (of 12) - 21,828 ( -6.8%)
6 mnth ( -14.2%)
1 year ( +20.1%)

Holding up quite well for the second issue of the new format - many of
the themed issues sold below this.


99. THING
Nov 05 Thing #1 - 30,188
Dec 05 Thing #2 - 23,606 (-21.8%)
Jan 06 Thing #3 - 21,839 ( -7.5%)
Feb 06 Thing #4 - 21,190 ( -3.0%)

Levelling out, but writer Dan Slott has made it public that the book is
in troubled waters with sales at this level.


101. MARVEL KNIGHTS 4
Feb 04 Marvel Knights 4 #1 - 61,388
======
Feb 05 Marvel Knights 4 #15 - 30,230 ( -3.4%)
Mar 05 Marvel Knights 4 #16 - 29,600 ( -2.1%)
Apr 05 Marvel Knights 4 #17 - 29,189 ( -1.4%)
May 05 Marvel Knights 4 #18 - 28,649 ( -1.9%)
Jun 05 Marvel Knights 4 #19 - 28,153 ( -1.7%)
Jul 05 Marvel Knights 4 #20 - 27,548 ( -2.1%)
Aug 05 Marvel Knights 4 #21 - 27,023 ( -1.9%)
Sep 05 Marvel Knights 4 #22 - 26,446 ( -2.1%)
Oct 05 Marvel Knights 4 #23 - 25,100 ( -5.1%)
Nov 05 Marvel Knights 4 #24 - 24,129 ( -3.9%)
Dec 05 Marvel Knights 4 #25 - 22,753 ( -5.7%)
Jan 06 Marvel Knights 4 #26 - 21,365 ( -6.1%)
Feb 06 Marvel Knights 4 #27 - 20,977 ( -1.8%)
6 mnth (-22.4%)
1 year (-30.6%)
2 year (-65.8%)

Cancelled with issue #30. And no, it didn't change its name to FOUR
with this month's issue, before you ask.


105. MARVEL TEAM-UP
Feb 05 Marvel Team-Up #5 - 28,141 ( +3.4%)
Mar 05 Marvel Team-Up #6 - 24,762 (-12.0%)
Apr 05 Marvel Team-Up #7 - 24,800 ( +0.2%)
May 05 Marvel Team-Up #8 - 24,270 ( -2.1%)
Jun 05 Marvel Team-Up #9 - 23,530 ( -3.0%)
Jul 05 Marvel Team-Up #10 - 22,549 ( -4.2%)
Aug 05 Marvel Team-Up #11 - 22,150 ( -1.8%)
Sep 05 Marvel Team-Up #12 - 21,240 ( -4.1%)
Oct 05 Marvel Team-Up #13 - 21,048 ( -0.9%)
Nov 05 Marvel Team-Up #14 - 26,200 (+24.5%)
Dec 05 Marvel Team-Up #15 - 20,000 (-23.7%)
Jan 06 Marvel Team-Up #16 - 19,955 ( -0.2%)
Feb 06 Marvel Team-Up #17 - 19,422 ( -2.7%)
6 mnth (-12.3%)
1 year (-30.9%)

Not good numbers at all. The solicitations show a six-part storyline
starting in issue #20, though, so it's with us for a good while yet.


106. SAGA OF THE SQUADRON SUPREME
Feb 06 Saga of the Squadron Supreme - 18,977

Another clipshow book recapping the plot of SUPREME POWER in preparation
for the upcoming SQUADRON SUPREME relaunch. Good numbers for a product
of this sort, I'd say.


115. X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL
Feb 02 X-Force #125 - 44,404
Feb 03 X-Statix #8 - 32,512
Feb 04 X-Statix #19 - 24,182
======
Jan 06 Dead Girl #1 (of 5) - 20,685
Feb 06 Dead Girl #2 (of 5) - 17,369 (-16.0%)
2 year (-28.2%)

Fairly standard second issue drop, although the figures are depressingly
low.


116. ARES
Jan 06 Ares #1 (of 5) - 20,541
Feb 06 Ares #2 (of 5) - 16,884 (-17.8%)

The heavy hints that he's joining the Avengers don't seem to be making
much difference.


118. SPIDER-GIRL
Feb 02 Spider-Girl #44 - 23,478
Feb 03 Spider-Girl #57 - 23,330
Feb 04 Spider-Girl #70 - 20,541
======
Feb 05 Spider-Girl #83 - 20,382 ( +1.9%)
Mar 05 Spider-Girl #84 - 20,050 ( -1.6%)
Apr 05 Spider-Girl #85 - 19,682 ( -1.8%)
May 05 Spider-Girl #86 - 19,452 ( -1.2%)
Jun 05 Spider-Girl #87 - 19,605 ( +0.8%)
Jul 05 Spider-Girl #88 - 18,983 ( -3.2%)
Aug 05 Spider-Girl #89 - 18,538 ( -2.3%)
Sep 05 Spider-Girl #90 - 18,344 ( -1.0%)
Oct 05 Spider-Girl #91 - 18,159 ( -1.0%)
Nov 05 Spider-Girl #92 - 17,597 ( -3.1%)
Dec 05 Spider-Girl #93 - 17,057 ( -3.1%)
Jan 06 Spider-Girl #94 - 17,148 ( +0.5%)
Feb 06 Spider-Girl #95 - 16,778 ( -2.2%)
6 mnth ( -9.5%)
1 year (-17.7%)
2 year (-18.3%)

Cancelled with issue #100.


121. GIANT-SIZE MS MARVEL
Feb 06 Giant-Size Ms Marvel #1 - 15,808

Not a bad number for a mostly-reprint trailer. The ongoing series will
debut on the March charts.


122,124. BLACK WIDOW
Feb 05 Black Widow #6 (of 6) - 21,478 ( -4.9%)
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 n/a
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 Black Widow 2 #1 (of 6) - 27,390 (+27.5%)
Oct 05 Black Widow 2 #2 (of 6) - 20,867 (-23.8%)
Nov 05 Black Widow 2 #3 (of 6) - 19,493 ( -6.6%)
Dec 05 Black Widow 2 #4 (of 6) - 16,647 (-14.6%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Black Widow 2 #5 (of 6) - 15,595 ( -6.3%)
Feb 06 Black Widow 2 #6 (of 6) - 15,143 ( -2.9%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year (-29.5%)

Probably safe to say we won't see a third miniseries with sales rounding
off at this level.


132. DOC SAMSON
Jan 06 Doc Samson #1 (of 5) - 18,240
Feb 06 Doc Samson #2 (of 5) - 13,230 (-27.5%)

Horrific sales.


135. MARVEL LEGACY HANDBOOKS
Feb 06 1960s Handbook - 12,957

A niche product, so a fairly respectable number by those standards.
There's a higher price tag as well, of course.


137. UNDERWORLD
Feb 06 Underworld #1 (of 5) - 12,479

Oww. This is a miniseries about a Marvel Universe henchman, which means
there's no established fanbase for the character. Launched with the
obligatory lack of publicity, it was always going to crash to the lower
end of the charts. But this is disappointing even by the standards of
this type of book. A surprise, actually, because writer Frank Tieri did
unexpectedly well with his WEAPON X miniseries earlier in the year. I
thought UNDERWORLD would at least do a few thousand better than this.


142. BOOK OF LOST SOULS
Oct 05 Book of Lost Souls #1 - 24,365
Nov 05 Book of Lost Souls #2 - 20,002 (-17.9%)
Dec 05 Book of Lost Souls #3 - 15,308 (-23.5%)
Jan 06 Book of Lost Souls #4 - 13,455 (-12.1%)
Feb 06 Book of Lost Souls #5 - 11,941 (-11.3%)

An Icon book, so the sales don't matter as long as J Michael Straczynski
still wants to publish it. Remarkably low numbers for such a high
profile writer, though - I'm amazed this isn't doing much better, given
his very loyal fanbase.


146. NEW MANGAVERSE
Jan 06 New Mangaverse #1 (of 5) - 14,403
Feb 06 New Mangaverse #2 (of 5) - 11,462 (-20.4%)

You think they'll take the hint this time?


147. SENTINEL
Feb 04 Sentinel #12 - 15,008
======
Nov 05 Sentinel #1 (of 5) - 18,866 (+25.7%)
Dec 05 Sentinel #2 (of 5) - 14,108 (-25.2%)
Jan 06 Sentinel #3 (of 5) - 12,438 (-11.8%)
Feb 06 Sentinel #4 (of 5) - 11,402 ( -8.3%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year ( n/a )
2 year (-24.0%)

Dire numbers, but the miniseries exists to generate a third digest and
resolve the cliffhanger, so it doesn't ultimately matter. If there's an
audience for SENTINEL, it's in the bookstores.


150. KABUKI
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 Kabuki #4 - 14,327 ( +3.2%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 n/a
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 Kabuki #5 - 11,420 (-20.3%)
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Kabuki #6 - 11,349 ( -0.6%)

David Mack's Icon book makes one of its occasional appearances on the
shelves. Numbers are virtually unchanged from last month, although from
Marvel's point of view it really doesn't matter how much it sells.


154. SABLE & FORTUNE
Jan 06 Sable & Fortune #1 (of 4) - 15,451
Feb 06 Sable & Fortune #2 (of 4) - 10,751 (-30.4%)

Crashing into oblivion. A shame, because it's really not that bad.


163. NICK FURY'S HOWLING COMMANDOS
Oct 05 Howling Commandos #1 - 29,743
Nov 05 Howling Commandos #2 - 17,360 (-41.6%)
Dec 05 Howling Commandos #3 - 13,331 (-23.2%)
Jan 06 Howling Commandos #4 - 11,297 (-15.3%)
Feb 06 Howling Commandos #5 - 9,914 (-12.2%)

This, on the other hand, is precisely that bad. Cancelled with issue
#6, and one of the highest profile flops Marvel have published in years.


165,170,179,183. I HEART MARVEL
Feb 06 Web of Romance - 9,442
Feb 06 My Mutant Heart - 8,837
Feb 06 Marvel AI - 8,133
Feb 06 Outlaw Love - 7,588

This month's obligatory set of one-shots, with the theme being
Valentine's Day. The whole lot of them sink without trace.


166. FANTASTIC FOUR & IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN
Oct 05 Big in Japan #1 (of 4) - 17,690
Nov 05 Big in Japan #2 (of 4) - 12,354 (-30.2%)
Dec 05 Big in Japan #3 (of 4) - 10,313 (-16.5%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 Big in Japan #4 (of 4) - 9,243 ( -9.4%)

Pretty much disappearing off everyone's radar, unfortunately.


167. FRANKLIN RICHARDS, SON OF A GENIUS
Feb 06 Everybody Loves Franklin - 9,176

Calvin & Hobbes meet the Fantastic Four. Genuinely charming, but it's
not doing huge business in the direct market, and I'm struggling to
imagine how they could package it for the bookstores.


182. SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE
Dec 05 Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1 - 11,171
Jan 06 Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #2 - 8,590 (-23.1%)
Feb 06 Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #3 - 7,648 (-11.0%)

Aimed at the digest audience, so the direct market sales don't matter.


186. MARVEL ROMANCE REDUX
Feb 06 But He Said He Loved Me #1 (of 5) - 7,070

Old romance comics with new dialogue. Horrible numbers in the direct
market, but it's potentially the sort of thing that might do well as a
comedy book - except for the occasional comics fandom in-jokes.


188. MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN
Mar 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #1 - 14,351
Apr 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #2 - 10,305 (-28.2%)
May 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #3 - 9,110 (-11.6%)
Jun 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #4 - 8,878 ( -2.5%)
Jul 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #5 - 8,075 ( -9.0%)
Aug 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #6 - 7,636 ( -5.4%)
Sep 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #7 - 7,199 ( -5.7%)
Oct 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #8 - 7,088 ( -1.5%)
Nov 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #9 - 6,637 ( -6.4%)
Dec 05 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #10 - 6,391 ( -3.7%)
Jan 06 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #11 - 6,107 ( -4.4%)
Feb 06 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #12 - 6,087 ( -0.3%)
6 mnth (-20.3%)

Again, aimed at the digest readers.


189. MARVEL SPOTLIGHT
Dec 05 John Cassaday & Sean McKeever - 9,763
Jan 06 Warren Ellis & Jim Cheung - 6,843 (-29.9%)
Feb 06 Joss Whedon & Michael Lark - 5,947 (-13.1%)

Okay, if even Joss Whedon's name can't sell more than 6,000, it's time
for a serious rethink here. They'd genuinely be better off putting all
this material on their website for free, I suspect.


210. MARVEL ADVENTURES: FANTASTIC FOUR
May 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #0 - 9,723
Jun 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #1 - 9,617 ( -1.1%)
Jul 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #2 - 6,864 (-28.6%)
Aug 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #3 - 6,447 ( -6.1%)
Sep 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #4 - 6,064 ( -5.9%)
Oct 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #5 - 5,969 ( -1.6%)
Nov 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #6 - 5,522 ( -7.5%)
Dec 05 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #7 - 5,058 ( -8.4%)
Jan 06 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #8 - 4,834 ( -4.4%)
Feb 06 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #9 - 4,711 ( -2.5%)
6 mnth (-26.9%)

Aimed at the digest readers.


252. MARVEL MILESTONES
Feb 06 Dragon Lord, Speedball & Man in the Sky - 2,605

A particularly baffling selection this month. "Man in the Sky" is the
first Marvel mutant story from AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #14, but I've no
idea why we've got a reprint of Dragon Lord's debut from MARVEL
SPOTLIGHT #5. And judging from the sales, neither have the retailers.


Skip months
===========

ULTIMATES
Feb 02 Ultimates #2 - 107,342
Feb 03 Ultimates #9 - 101,490
======
Feb 05 Ultimates 2 #3 - 108,378 ( -5.7%)
Mar 05 Ultimates 2 #4 - 105,255 ( -2.9%)
Apr 05 Ultimates 2 #5 - 104,971 ( -0.3%)
May 05 Ultimates 2 #6 - 102,026 ( -2.8%)
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 Ultimates 2 #7 - 99,134 ( -2.8%)
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 Ultimates 2 #8 - 95,980 ( -3.2%)
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 Ultimates 2 #9 - 94,493 ( -1.5%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 n/a

Late.


FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN
Oct 05 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 - 100,430
Nov 05 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2 - 82,988 (-17.4%)
Dec 05 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3 - 81,309 ( -2.0%)
Jan 06 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4 - 78,672 ( -3.2%)
Feb 06 n/a

Late.


IRON MAN
Feb 02 Iron Man #51 - 37,526
Feb 03 Iron Man #65 - 32,600
Feb 04 Iron Man #77 - 29,748
======
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 Iron Man #3 - 51,390 ( -6.7%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 Iron Man #4 - 48,403 ( -5.8%)
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 Iron Man #5 - 45,243 ( -6.5%)
Feb 06 n/a

Late.


DAREDEVIL: FATHER
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 n/a
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 Father #2 (of 5) - 39,745 (-42.8%)
Sep 05 Father #3 (of 5) - 37,571 ( -5.5%)
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 Father #4 (of 5) - 33,562 (-10.7%)
Dec 05 Father #5 (of 6) - 30,249 ( -9.9%)
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 n/a

Late.


NEXTWAVE
Jan 06 Nextwave #1 - 31,715
Feb 06 n/a

Late - although it ships in the last week of the month, so it only takes
one week and it misses the chart. Issue #1 picks up 3,170 re-orders to
chart at number 237, which brings the total to the number shown above.
But Warren Ellis points out that according to the numbers he was given
by Marvel, the initial orders for issue #1 were 37,000 and re-orders
took it over the 40,000 mark.

It's possible, of course, that ICV2 are simply getting their estimates
wrong - although in that case, you'd have to explain how they can
possibly have that sort of margin of error and still be creating such
consistent trends. And for what it's worth, Newsarama's figures are
more or less the same.

The other explanation, which is rather more likely, is that the missing
copies are going to Europe. Sales outside North America don't register
at all on this chart, and that includes sales to Diamond UK. Back in
the days when there were separate UK charts, they were often wildly at
odds with the American ones. NEXTWAVE may simply be a much bigger hit
in the UK than it is in America.


PULSE
Feb 02 Alias #6 - 34,385
Feb 03 Alias #19 - 26,583
Feb 04 Pulse #1 - 51,130
======
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 Pulse #8 - 33,367 ( -4.1%)
Apr 05 n/a
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 Pulse #9 - 32,771 ( -1.8%)
Jul 05 Pulse #10 - 56,628 (+72.8%)
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 Pulse #11 - 34,919 (-38.3%)
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 Pulse #12 - 30,418 (-12.9%)
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 Pulse #13 - 27,671 ( -9.0%)
Feb 06 n/a

Bimonthly, and axed with issue #14.


BOOKS OF DOOM
Nov 05 Books of Doom #1 (of 6) - 34,413
Dec 05 Books of Doom #2 (of 6) - 27,767 (-19.3%)
Jan 06 Books of Doom #3 (of 6) - 25,157 ( -9.4%)
Feb 06 n/a

Late.


DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON
Jan 06 Daughters of the Dragon #1 (of 6) - 17,522
Feb 06 n/a

Late.


SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 Spider-Man Unlimited #8 - 17,640 ( -3.7%)
Apr 05 n/a
May 05 Spider-Man Unlimited #9 - 16,953 ( -3.9%)
Jun 05 n/a
Jul 05 Spider-Man Unlimited #10 - 16,104 ( -5.0%)
Aug 05 n/a
Sep 05 Spider-Man Unlimited #11 - 15,684 ( -2.6%)
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 Spider-Man Unlimited #12 - 15,150 ( -3.4%)
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 Spider-Man Unlimited #13 - 13,780 ( -9.0%)
Feb 06 n/a

Bimonthly.


AMAZING FANTASY
Feb 05 n/a
Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 Amazing Fantasy #7 - 21,802 ( -8.9%)
May 05 Amazing Fantasy #8 - 17,773 (-18.5%)
Jun 05 Amazing Fantasy #9 - 15,606 (-12.2%)
Jul 05 Amazing Fantasy #10 - 14,729 ( -5.6%)
Aug 05 Amazing Fantasy #11 - 12,788 (-13.2%)
Sep 05 Amazing Fantasy #12 - 11,983 ( -6.3%)
Oct 05 Amazing Fantasy #13 - 11,973 ( -0.0%)
Oct 05 Amazing Fantasy #14 - 11,623 ( -2.9%)
Nov 05 Amazing Fantasy #15 - 13,958 (+20.1%)
Dec 05 Amazing Fantasy #16 - 11,816 (-15.3%)
Jan 06 Amazing Fantasy #17 - 10,517 (-11.0%)
Feb 06 n/a

Cancelled with issue #20.


6 month comparisons
===================

+25.5% - Amazing Spider-Man
+21.6% - Sensational Spider-Man / Marvel Knights Spider-Man
+14.3% - Daredevil
+ 6.5% - X-Men Unlimited
+ 4.4% - Astonishing X-Men
+ 0.1% - X-Men
- 2.4% - Exiles
- 2.9% - Captain America
- 4.2% - New X-Men
- 4.4% - X-Men: The End
- 4.5% - Wolverine
- 4.6% - Ultimate X-Men
- 5.4% - Ultimate Spider-Man
- 5.4% - Ultimate Fantastic Four
- 7.4% - Punisher
- 9.4% - Cable & Deadpool
- 9.5% - Spider-Girl
- 9.8% - Uncanny X-Men
-10.2% - Runaways
-12.3% - Marvel Team-Up
-14.2% - Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
-16.7% - Fantastic Four
-17.6% - New Avengers
-17.7% - Powers
-18.0% - Young Avengers
-20.3% - Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
-22.4% - Marvel Knights 4
-26.2% - Incredible Hulk
-26.9% - Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four
-35.9% - New Thunderbolts
-39.3% - Black Panther


1 year comparisons
==================

+20.1% - Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
+17.2% - She-Hulk
+15.1% - Amazing Spider-Man
+12.3% - New X-Men
+ 3.8% - Ultimate Galactus Trilogy
+ 2.0% - Exiles
- 2.3% - Sensational Spider-Man / Marvel Knights Spider-Man
- 2.9% - Daredevil
- 6.5% - X-Men Unlimited
- 6.8% - Fantastic Four
- 8.2% - Astonishing X-Men
- 8.2% - Ultimate Fantastic Four
- 9.2% - X-Men
- 9.6% - Cable & Deadpool
- 9.9% - Captain America
-11.1% - Uncanny X-Men
-11.4% - Punisher
-12.3% - Incredible Hulk
-12.6% - Powers
-13.1% - Wolverine
-15.6% - Ultimate X-Men
-17.6% - Ultimate Spider-Man
-17.7% - Spider-Girl
-18.4% - New Avengers
-19.2% - New Thunderbolts
-29.5% - Black Widow
-30.6% - Marvel Knights 4
-30.9% - Marvel Team-Up
-43.6% - Runaways
-50.0% - Young Avengers
-62.7% - Black Panther


2 year comparisons
==================

+106.6% - New Avengers / Avengers
+ 21.7% - Runaways
+ 15.1% - New X-Men
+ 9.2% - Captain America
+ 7.6% - Amazing Spider-Man
+ 3.7% - Wolverine
- 2.9% - Daredevil
- 8.4% - Uncanny X-Men
- 11.2% - Exiles
- 12.2% - Fantastic Four
- 17.7% - Incredible Hulk
- 18.3% - Spider-Girl
- 22.8% - Ultimate Spider-Man
- 25.3% - Ultimate X-Men
- 26.1% - Punisher
- 32.9% - X-Men
- 38.1% - Ultimate Fantastic Four
- 52.1% - X-Men Unlimited
- 65.8% - Marvel Knights 4

--
Paul O'Brien

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Jerry B. Ray, Jr.

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In article <GLi2VOD+...@esoterica.demon.co.uk>,

Paul O'Brien <pa...@esoterica.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>252. MARVEL MILESTONES
>Feb 06 Dragon Lord, Speedball & Man in the Sky - 2,605
>
>A particularly baffling selection this month. "Man in the Sky" is the
>first Marvel mutant story from AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #14, but I've no
>idea why we've got a reprint of Dragon Lord's debut from MARVEL
>SPOTLIGHT #5. And judging from the sales, neither have the retailers.

Regarding the Dragon Lord story, I think I know what the deal was:
Dragon Lord was, if I have the story right, a Steve Ditko Godzilla
inventory story. Marvel lost/gave up the Godzilla license, and reworked
the story to make it not-quite-Godzilla and published it.

Presumably the Marvel Milestone was published as a tie-in to the release
of the _Essential Godzilla_ collection (reprinting the entire _Godzilla_
series). But the Essential got delayed by a month or so because of
various problems, so the tie-in hit well before book it was tying in with.

JRjr
--
%%%%% Jerry B. Ray, Jr. %%%%%%%% www.prism.gatech.edu/~jr70 %%%%%%%%%%%%%%
"Some will shake off the sloth of faithlessness
While others simply languish in their sleep
Me, I just fight to stay awake..." -- VOL, "Black Cloud O'er Me"

Jon J. Yeager

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"Jerry B. Ray, Jr." <jr...@prism.gatech.edu> wrote in message
news:e0f0u1$3uq$1...@news-int2.gatech.edu...

>
> Regarding the Dragon Lord story, I think I know what the deal was:
> Dragon Lord was, if I have the story right, a Steve Ditko Godzilla
> inventory story. Marvel lost/gave up the Godzilla license, and reworked
> the story to make it not-quite-Godzilla and published it.
>
> Presumably the Marvel Milestone was published as a tie-in to the release
> of the _Essential Godzilla_ collection (reprinting the entire _Godzilla_
> series). But the Essential got delayed by a month or so because of
> various problems, so the tie-in hit well before book it was tying in with.

If we're talking about what I think we are, I actually have an original copy
of this. The cover price was something like 45 cents). It featured
generations of Asian men preparing for the coming of a Godzilla-like
creature, which finally came in what was then present-day.

It's not in very good condition, though.

Jon
--
Denny Colt: "I've found that no amount of clarification is
too much with some people here..."

Jon: "What do you mean?"


spiritof...@hotmail.com

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Paul O'Brien wrote:
> According to Joe Quesada, the delay is due to writer Allan Heinberg's
> "other commitments." One of those "other commitments", of course, is
> Heinberg's upcoming monthly run on DC's WONDER WOMAN. No doubt there's
> an excellent reason why WONDER WOMAN should take priority over
> completing this book on the advertised schedule, although I have no
> earthly idea what it might be.

Maybe WONDER WOMAN was guaranteed to make more money?


Mark Moore

sal...@gmx.de

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Thank you for your work, I always look forward to reading these.


Paul O'Brien wrote:
>
> 115. X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL
> Feb 02 X-Force #125 - 44,404
> Feb 03 X-Statix #8 - 32,512
> Feb 04 X-Statix #19 - 24,182
> ======
> Jan 06 Dead Girl #1 (of 5) - 20,685
> Feb 06 Dead Girl #2 (of 5) - 17,369 (-16.0%)
> 2 year (-28.2%)
>
> Fairly standard second issue drop, although the figures are depressingly
> low.

Yes, I am also depressed by these numbers. This book is so brilliant,
it surpassed my already high expectations and proves that Milligan
still has the magic that made X-Force/X-Statix so great.

>
> NEXTWAVE
> Jan 06 Nextwave #1 - 31,715
> Feb 06 n/a
>
> Late - although it ships in the last week of the month, so it only takes
> one week and it misses the chart. Issue #1 picks up 3,170 re-orders to
> chart at number 237, which brings the total to the number shown above.
> But Warren Ellis points out that according to the numbers he was given
> by Marvel, the initial orders for issue #1 were 37,000 and re-orders
> took it over the 40,000 mark.
>
> It's possible, of course, that ICV2 are simply getting their estimates
> wrong - although in that case, you'd have to explain how they can
> possibly have that sort of margin of error and still be creating such
> consistent trends. And for what it's worth, Newsarama's figures are
> more or less the same.
>
> The other explanation, which is rather more likely, is that the missing
> copies are going to Europe. Sales outside North America don't register
> at all on this chart, and that includes sales to Diamond UK. Back in
> the days when there were separate UK charts, they were often wildly at
> odds with the American ones. NEXTWAVE may simply be a much bigger hit
> in the UK than it is in America.

Hey, Europe is more than the UK, y'know ;-)
My shop here in Berlin also gets its comics via Diamond UK. But your
point is a good one, I can easily see something like Nextwave being
more popular in Europe, just like Woody Allen. Hey, maybe DEAD GIRL is
such a hit in Europe that Marvel will actually let Milligan do another
X-Statix mini, wouldn't that be great?

Heinz Hochkoepper

Ben P

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Mar 30, 2006, 9:10:55 AM3/30/06
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<sal...@gmx.de> wrote

It's funny, I would have thought that Nextwave would be more popular in
America than over here. The humour seems to me like the kind of 'British'
humour that people love in the US.


Jimmy Fury

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Mar 30, 2006, 1:49:26 PM3/30/06
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I kind of agree with that assessment. The Elisa Bloodstone character
in particular.

I'm also very sad to see the steep decline for Young Avengers. I
think it's a *fantastic* series, just like Runaways - introducing new
characters, who have a recognisable link to the wider Marvel universe,
good writing and art... Really good team book. But these erratic
schedules, even for me as a bit of a fan, are very trying. So, I'm
upset! Hope a relaunch is successful.

Ralf Haring

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Mar 30, 2006, 9:24:00 PM3/30/06
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On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 21:20:14 +0100, Paul O'Brien
<pa...@esoterica.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>
>26. YOUNG AVENGERS

>
>According to Joe Quesada, the delay is due to writer Allan Heinberg's
>"other commitments." One of those "other commitments", of course, is
>Heinberg's upcoming monthly run on DC's WONDER WOMAN. No doubt there's
>an excellent reason why WONDER WOMAN should take priority over
>completing this book on the advertised schedule, although I have no
>earthly idea what it might be.

Because DC wants to capitalize more quickly on the Infinite Crisis
reboot hype, of course.

>142. BOOK OF LOST SOULS
>

>An Icon book, so the sales don't matter as long as J Michael Straczynski
>still wants to publish it. Remarkably low numbers for such a high
>profile writer, though - I'm amazed this isn't doing much better, given
>his very loyal fanbase.

I stopped preordering after #4. It all just seemed rather aimless and
only moderately interesting. I may give the collection a shot
eventually. Nothing bad to say about the art.

>154. SABLE & FORTUNE
>Jan 06 Sable & Fortune #1 (of 4) - 15,451
>Feb 06 Sable & Fortune #2 (of 4) - 10,751 (-30.4%)
>
>Crashing into oblivion. A shame, because it's really not that bad.

Wasn't this a five issue miniseries at first?

-Ralf Haring
"The mind must be the harder, the heart the keener,
the spirit the greater, as our strength grows less."
-Byrhtwold, The Battle of Maldon

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