Marvel sales - March 2006

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MARCH 2006
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March was DC's "One Year Later" month, so you might have thought Marvel
would lay low. But in fact, it's a surprisingly busy month. Civil War
is going to dominate Marvel's output for the next few months, and the
first three books hit the shelves in March - NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI,
FANTASTIC FOUR #536 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #530. It's also the start of
the Annihilation crossover, with ANNIHILATION: PROLOGUE, and BLACK
PANTHER begins the much-hyped "Bride of the Panther" storyline.

Away from the crossovers and stunts, MS MARVEL's new series begins,
SQUADRON SUPREME returns for a second season, and there's the first
issue of Joe Casey and Chris Weston's FANTASTIC FOUR: FIRST FAMILY
miniseries. THUNDERBOLTS jumps back to its original numbering to
celebrate issue #100. And offering an alternative, if nothing else,
there's a raft of one-shots celebrating the New Universe.

All of this counter-programming appears to have worked. Off the back of
the massively popular INFINITE CRISIS miniseries, and the surrounding
event, you'd have expected DC to have a massively successful month. But
once again, Marvel comfortably beat them in both dollar share (38% to
32%) and unit share (a massive 43% to 34%). And this is before Civil
War even gets properly underway...

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

Top spot on the charts goes to INFINITE CRISIS #5, and no surprise
there. ASTONISHING X-MEN would probably have come next, but it's on a
bimonthly schedule these days, and March was a month off. So we move on
to...


2. NEW AVENGERS
Mar 01 Avengers #40 - 60,378
Mar 02 Avengers #52 - 53,249
Mar 03 Avengers #65 - 59,155
Mar 04 Avengers #80 - 55,533
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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 - 124,256 ( +0.1%)
Mar 06 New Avengers #17 - 121,098 ( -2.5%)
6 mnth ( -9.7%)
1 year ( -23.5%)
2 year (+118.1%)

Issue #16 picks up 2,764 reorders, which are included in the numbers
above. It's worth mentioning that the cut-off point at the bottom end
of the charts is pretty high this month, with the number 300 book (GUN
FU: SHOWGIRLS ARE FOREVER #1) selling 2,632 copies. That means that
there's probably some re-order activity below that point which missed
the charts altogether.

Anyhow, this is the first part of "The Collective", and the debut of
Mike Deodato. Neither seems to have made a great deal of difference,
but NEW AVENGERS continues to sit comfortably on the top of the pile,
with sales looking comfortably solid over the last few months.


4. NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI
Mar 06 Illuminati - 107,912

And here comes Civil War, with a juggernaut first issue. A top five
placing for the prologue, breaking the 100,000 mark, has to be a very
encouraging sign for the event ahead. At the last count, Marvel have
announced roughly 75 Civil War crossover issues (depending on whether
you count things like the sketch book and the mock newspaper), so
they're probably rubbing their hands with glee about now.


6. ULTIMATES
Mar 02 Ultimates #3 - 102,956
Mar 03 Ultimates #9 - 105,448
Mar 04 Ultimates #13 - 101,329
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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
Mar 06 Ultimates 2 #10 - 94,900 ( +0.4%)
6 mnth ( -1.1%)
1 year ( -9.8%)
2 year ( -6.3%)

Running badly late - this book was originally solicited for January. But
as in the past, the delays don't seem to be doing any harm, with sales
remaining solid over the last few issues and nudging slightly upwards
for issue #10.


7. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Mar 01 Amazing Spider-Man #29 - 45,436
Mar 02 Amazing Spider-Man #41 - 92,896
Mar 03 Amazing Spider-Man #51 - 96,428
Mar 04 Amazing Spider-Man #505 - 83,613
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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 - 112,898 (+15.4%)
Mar 06 Amazing Spider-Man #530 - 89,874 (-20.4%)
6 mnth (+26.5%)
1 year (+16.7%)
2 year ( +7.5%)

Another Civil War crossover. The trends on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN are a
little cloudy right now, since issues #525-528 were a crossover ("The
Other"), last month's issue #529 featured Spider-Man's new costume, and
this month starts an entire storyline tying in to Civil War. On top of
that, thanks to a combination of variant cover sales and re-orders,
issue #529 picks up a further 22,484 sales, putting its total through
the roof.

We now find ourselves at roughly the level of "The Other" - unlike the
other Spider-Man books, which have gone down towards their normal
numbers - and Civil War probably deserves most of the credit for keeping
the numbers up.


9,11. UNCANNY X-MEN
Mar 01 Uncanny X-Men #392 - 96,271
Mar 02 Uncanny X-Men #404 - 95,386
Mar 03 Uncanny X-Men #420 - 85,473
Mar 04 Uncanny X-Men #441 - 86,431
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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%)
Mar 06 Uncanny X-Men #470 - 79,389 ( +0.4%)
Mar 06 Uncanny X-Men #471 - 78,286 ( -1.4%)
6 mnth ( -8.8%)
1 year ( -9.4%)
2 year ( -9.4%)

Sliding very slowly. A new creative team is imminent.


12. X-MEN
Mar 01 X-Men #112 - 93,428
Mar 02 New X-Men #124 - 104,138
Mar 03 New X-Men #138 - 95,278
Mar 04 New X-Men #154 - 117,523
======
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 - 79,477 ( +1.0%)
Mar 06 X-Men #184 - 78,000 ( -1.9%)
6 mnth ( +1.9%)
1 year ( -7.1%)
2 year (-33.6%)

The Apocalypse storyline continues to prove a moderate success for
X-MEN. Issue 183 picks up re-orders of 3,023, without which, this
month's issue would have been a climber.


13. ULTIMATE GALACTUS TRILOGY
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%)
Mar 06 Ultimate Extinction #3 (of 5) - 75,773 ( -0.1%)
6 mnth (+13.0%)
1 year (-15.0%)

Levelling out very nicely for a third issue.


14. WOLVERINE
Mar 01 Wolverine #162 - 67,762
Mar 02 Wolverine #174 - 69,340
Mar 03 Wolverine #187 - 62,144
Mar 04 Wolverine #12 - 69,815
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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 - 75,285 ( +2.0%)
Mar 06 Wolverine #40 - 75,557 ( +0.4%)
6 mnth ( -3.8%)
1 year (-30.5%)
2 year ( +8.2%)

The final Daniel Way issue before his storyline spins off into a
separate ongoing series, WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, in April. The signs are
mixed - sales aren't exactly stellar compared with recent storylines.
But then again, it's turning around and gaining sales in mid-story,
which is unusual and therefore notable. Issue #39 picks up re-orders of
3,037. There seems to be some degree of buzz here, although given the
very mixed reception for ORIGINS #1, it'll be interesting to see how it
performs.


15. 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) - 77,549 ( -0.9%)
Mar 06 Deadly Genesis #5 (of 6) - 74,684 ( -3.7%)

Holding up very nicely. Issue #4 picks up re-orders of 2,883; without
those, this would be almost dead level with last month.


16,19. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
Mar 01 Ultimate Spider-Man #7 - 70,846
Mar 02 Ultimate Spider-Man #20 - 80,515
Mar 03 Ultimate Spider-Man #38 - 112,562
Mar 04 Ultimate Spider-Man #54 - 93,025
======
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%)
Mar 06 Ultimate Spider-Man #91 - 74,028 ( +3.6%)
Mar 06 Ultimate Spider-Man #92 - 72,269 ( -2.4%)
6 mnth ( -4.3%)
1 year (-13.9%)
2 year (-22.3%)

A slight bump for issue #91, presumably because it begins an arc guest
starring the Ultimate X-Men. Nothing to drag the book off its general
downard course, though.


17. MS MARVEL
Mar 06 Ms Marvel #1 - 73,407

A very respectable debut. A combination of decent promotion and some
prominent use of the character seems to have paid off, shifting a
remarkably high number for a character who until a few months ago would
have been considered very C-list indeed. See what happens when you
promote a new launch effectively?


18. ULTIMATE X-MEN
Mar 01 Ultimate X-Men #4 - 95,985
Mar 02 Ultimate X-Men #16 - 96,150
Mar 03 Ultimate X-Men #30 - 89,544
Mar 04 Ultimate X-Men #43 - 97,002
======
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%)
Mar 06 Ultimate X-Men #68 - 72,765 ( +0.1%)
6 mnth ( -2.7%)
1 year (-13.2%)
2 year (-25.0%)


Basically unchanged from last month.


21. SQUADRON SUPREME
Mar 04 Supreme Power #8 - 64,429
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Mar 05 n/a
Apr 05 Supreme Power #16 - 55,068 ( -0.8%)
May 05 n/a
Jun 05 Supreme Power #17 - 52,288 ( -5.0%)
Jul 05 n/a
Aug 05 Supreme Power #18 - 50,594 ( -3.2%)
Sep 05 n/a
Oct 05 n/a
Nov 05 n/a
Dec 05 n/a
Jan 06 n/a
Feb 06 n/a
Mar 06 Squadron Supreme #1 - 69,679 (+37.7%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year (+26.5%)
2 year ( +8.1%)

The former Max title SUPREME POWER is relaunched as a mainstream Marvel
book, ostensibly on the grounds that it'll get more marketing support
that way. There's probably some truth to that, but I'm inclined to
think the sales increase is largely due to the new number #1. The next
few months should provide a better test of the theory, once the initial
bump wears off.


22. ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR
Mar 04 Ultimate Fantastic Four #4 - 106,873
======
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%)
Mar 06 Ultimate Fantastic Four #28 - 67,480 ( -0.7%)
6 mnth ( -5.6%)
1 year ( -8.8%)
2 year (-36.9%)

Perfectly solid.


28. ANNIHILATION: PROLOGUE
Mar 06 Prologue - 61,784

The first part of the Annihilation crossover, with the miniseries
beginning in April. A very good number when you consider that this is a
storyline built around the Silver Surfer (whose last series tanked),
Nova (whose last series didn't make it into double digits), the
Super-Skrull and Ronan the Accuser. Without any big name creators
attached, this seems to be another example of good effective promotion.


30,31. 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
Mar 06 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #5 - 59,900 (-23.9%)
Mar 06 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 - 58,853 ( -1.7%)

Well, there you go - that's the book's normal level when it isn't doing
a crossover. And a thoroughly respectable level it is too.


32. FANTASTIC FOUR
Mar 01 Fantastic Four #41 - 48,055
Mar 02 Fantastic Four #53 - 44,949
Mar 03 Fantastic Four #67 - 53,218
Mar 04 Fantastic Four #511 - 50,089
======
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%)
Mar 06 Fantastic Four #536 - 57,945 (+34.4%)
6 mnth (+16.5%)
1 year (+24.2%)
2 year (+15.7%)

Civil War crossover, although it's also laying the groundwork for the
return of Thor, which may boost sales even further. A huge increase, by
any standards.


34. SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN
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%)
Mar 06 Sensational Spider-Man #24 - 53,910 ( -8.7%)
6 mnth (+13.1%)
1 year (-10.1%)

Finding its level under the new creative team.


35. X-MEN: THE 198
Jan 06 The 198 #1 (of 5) - 68,698
Feb 06 The 198 #2 (of 5) - 58,540 (-14.8%)
Mar 06 The 198 #3 (of 5) - 53,882 ( -8.0%)

39. 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%)
Mar 06 Son of M #4 (of 6) - 49,973 ( -4.3%)

Fairly standard numbers for David Hine's two X-Men miniseries.


40,44. 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%)
Mar 06 X-Factor #4 - 48,183 ( -0.3%)
Mar 06 X-Factor #5 - 46,490 ( -3.5%)

Levelling out nicely.


43. DAREDEVIL
Mar 01 Daredevil #18 - 59,332
Mar 02 Daredevil #31 - 48,299
Mar 03 Daredevil #45 - 58,040
Mar 04 Daredevil #58 - 54,400
======
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%)
Mar 06 Daredevil #83 - 46,804 (-11.8%)
6 mnth ( +1.9%)
1 year ( -5.9%)
2 year (-14.0%)

Straight back to normal numbers after the initial surge of interest for
the new creative team. Still very solid, though.


45. X-MEN: THE END
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%)
Mar 06 Book Three #3 (of 6) - 44,899 ( -5.2%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year (-37.0%)

Standard pattern for this book - just compare the numbers for Book Two.
It's going to round off at a decent level.


46. CAPTAIN AMERICA
Mar 01 Captain America #41 - 37,059
Mar 02 n/a
Mar 03 Captain America #10 - 51,270
Mar 04 Captain America #24 - 39,168
======
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%)
Mar 06 Captain America #16 - 44,717 ( +3.2%)
6 mnth (-15.0%)
1 year ( -4.2%)
2 year (+14.2%)

A surprise sales bump for issue #16, which wasn't solicited as
containing anything particularly notable. It seems CAPTAIN AMERICA is
just hovering around the mid-40K range under Ed Brubaker, and won't be
shifted.


47. MARVEL ZOMBIES
Dec 05 Marvel Zombies #1 (of 5) - 71,332
Jan 06 Marvel Zombies #2 (of 5) - 51,370 (-28.0%)
Feb 06 Marvel Zombies #3 (of 5) - 56,696 (+10.4%)
Mar 06 Marvel Zombies #4 (of 5) - 44,312 (-21.8%)

The remarkable performance of MARVEL ZOMBIES continues. Another variant
cover of issue #1 hits the charts with a further 19,050 sales, and the
second printing of issue #3 adds another 15,532. Meanwhile, issue #2
sells another 7,853 copies in conventional re-orders. Once all of those
extra sales are taken into account, the numbers start to look slightly
more normal, but the reality is that this is an exceptional case of a
series which is growing from month to month and doing massive business
in re-orders and second printings. It's a genuine hit from nowhere.

Issue #1 only sold 35,497 copies in its first month. That means it's
now doubled its sales through re-orders - something virtually unknown
for the major publishers. In contrast, this month MARVEL ZOMBIES
shipped 42,435 copies in re-orders alone. Once you take issue #4 into
account, that's 86,747 extra copies of MARVEL ZOMBIES #1-4 hitting the
shelves in March.


48. INCREDIBLE HULK
Mar 01 Hulk #26 - 32,305
Mar 02 Hulk #38 - 42,108
Mar 03 Hulk #51 - 56,220
Mar 04 Hulk #68 - 46,138
======
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 - 51,649 (+43.5%)
Mar 06 Hulk #93 - 43,691 (-15.4%)
6 mnth (-17.6%)
1 year ( +0.4%)
2 year ( -5.3%)

Planet Hulk continues. Thanks in part to a variant cover, issue #92
ships a further 12,425 copies; without those, this month's issue would
have rated as a climber. A moderate success thus far, although sales
are still not particularly spectacular in terms of the bigger picture.


49. 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%)
Mar 06 New Excalibur #5 - 43,523 ( -3.4%)

Drifting down.


52. NEW X-MEN
Mar 04 New Mutants #10 - 34,841
======
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%)
Mar 06 New X-Men #24 - 42,044 ( +1.4%)
6 mnth ( -2.9%)
1 year (+18.3%)
2 year (+20.7%)

Technically the start of a new storyline, but that doesn't usually make
any difference to sales. The book may simply have found its new level.


54. IRON MAN
Mar 01 Iron Man #40 - 36,822
Mar 02 Iron Man #52 - 37,508
Mar 03 Iron Man #66 - 33,445
Mar 04 Iron Man #78 - 29,680
======
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
Mar 06 Iron Man #6 - 40,264 (-11.0%)
6 mnth (-16.8%)
1 year (-21.7%)
2 year (+35.7%)

The Ellis/Granov run finally grinds to a halt. At the rate they've been
going, IRON MAN has sold an average of 15,442 copies a month over the
last year, and they haven't exactly brought a massive amount of buzz to
the book. It's above historical levels, but it's not exactly at the top
of the charts. I'd class this relaunch as a failure, at least to the
extent that they must have had bigger goals in mind than this.


55. 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%)
Mar 06 Origin #4 (of 5) - 39,768 ( -1.9%)

Levelling out nicely.


59. 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%)
Mar 06 Generation M #5 (of 5) - 37,590 ( -4.7%)

Respectable numbers considering that it was really a story about an
unknown journalist. The lead character returns in CIVIL WAR: FRONTLINE.


64. 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%)
Mar 06 Sentry #7 (of 8) - 35,203 ( -5.4%)
6 mnth (-62.2%)

This really doesn't seem to be holding people's interest. With the
character sidelined in NEW AVENGERS, Marvel may have missed the boat
here.


68. PUNISHER
Mar 02 Punisher #10 - 49,918
Mar 03 Punisher #23 - 42,006
Mar 04 Punisher #4 - 47,096
======
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%)
Mar 06 Punisher #31 - 34,505 ( +0.6%)
6 mnth ( -7.1%)
1 year (-10.0%)
2 year (-26.7%)

Solid as ever.


69. EXILES
Mar 02 Exiles #11 - 37,446
Mar 03 Exiles #23 - 36,380
Mar 04 Exiles #44 - 37,575
======
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%)
Mar 06 Exiles #78 - 33,506 ( +1.5%)
6 mnth (-21.0%)
1 year (-21.9%)
2 year (-10.8%)

Guest starring the Squadron Supreme. The original ones.


70. 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%)
Mar 06 Hyperion #5 (of 5) - 33,318 ( -1.6%)
6 mnth (-21.7%)

Running late, which is why it ends up on the same chart as the new
title. Solid enough.


72. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE VS DRACULA
Feb 06 Apocalypse vs Dracula #1 (of 4) - 37,057
Mar 06 Apocalypse vs Dracula #2 (of 4) - 31,719 (-14.4%)

Fairly normal second-issue drop.


75,85. NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E.
Jan 06 Nextwave #1 - 41,041
Feb 06 n/a
Mar 06 Nextwave #2 - 29,911 (-27.1%)
Mar 06 Nextwave #3 - 27,126 ( -9.3%)

The delayed Director's Cut edition of issue #1 ships an additional 9,326
copies, which might explain Warren Ellis's 40,000 figure. Allowing for
that, the drops here aren't as scary as they might be, but sales are
still far from spectacular.


76. CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Mar 06 65th Anniversary Special - 29,325

A Captain America/Howling Commandos one-shot, basically. A solid
number.


80. BLACK PANTHER
Mar 01 Black Panther #30 - 19,506
Mar 02 Black Panther #42 - 19,216
Mar 03 Black Panther #55 - 17,149
======
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%)
Mar 06 Black Panther #14 - 28,809 (+10.6%)
6 mnth (-37.7%)
1 year (-39.4%)

The jump is presumably because of the marriage storyline, since it's
hard to see any other explanation. Mind you, it's hardly catapulted the
book up the charts, has it? Interestingly, the wedding issue itself is
now doubling as a Civil War crossover, which seems an odd way of showing
confidence in a much-hyped event.


81. PULSE
Mar 02 Alias #7 - 33,529
Mar 03 Alias #20 - 27,630
Mar 04 Pulse #2 - 45,479
======
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
Mar 06 Pulse #14 - 28,501 ( +3.0%)
6 mnth (-18.4%)
1 year (-14.6%)
2 year (-37.3%)

Cancelled.


87. THUNDERBOLTS
Mar 01 Thunderbolts #50 - 36,258
Mar 02 Thunderbolts #62 - 28,944
Mar 03 Thunderbolts #77 - 24,857
======
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%)
Mar 06 Thunderbolts #100 - 26,798 (+12.9%)
6 mnth ( +3.4%)
1 year ( -7.9%)

Returning to its original numbering, although since that includes the
completely unconnected stories at the tail-end of the first series, you
might question whether that's particularly meaningful. A reasonable
bump for the anniversary.


88. SHE-HULK
Mar 04 She-Hulk #1 - 34,499
======
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%)
Mar 06 She-Hulk #6 - 26,631 ( -2.0%)
6 mnth ( n/a )
1 year ( n/a )
2 year (-22.8%)

Standard decline.


90. FANTASTIC FOUR: FIRST FAMILY
Mar 06 First Family #1 (of 6) - 26,435

Rather disappointing numbers, I'd say, given the quality of the product.
But the project may have a healthy life in trade paperback.


92. STORM
Feb 06 Storm #1 (of 6) - 32,831
Mar 06 Storm #2 (of 6) - 25,905 (-21.1%)

Another wedding tie-in, politely dropping off the radar.


95. CABLE & DEADPOOL
Mar 04 Cable & Deadpool #1 - 47,130
======
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%)
Mar 06 Cable & Deadpool #26 - 25,584 (+11.6%)
6 mnth ( +2.4%)
1 year ( +0.1%)
2 year (-45.7%)

A crossover with the Apocalypse storyline in X-MEN, again delivering a
boost to the runt of the X-litter.


98. RUNAWAYS
Mar 04 Runaways #13 - 19,459
======
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%)
Mar 06 Runaways #14 - 24,536 ( +0.9%)
6 mnth ( -9.0%)
1 year (-21.7%)
2 year (+26.1%)

Rock solid, which is nice to see.


101. 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%)
Mar 06 Sentinel Squad O*N*E #3 (of 5) - 24,334 ( -9.8%)

General lack of interest.


103. POWERS
Mar 01 Powers #10 - 23,387
Mar 02 Powers #19 - 27,112
Mar 03 Powers #29 - 27,062
Mar 04 Powers #37 - 25,028
======
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%)
Mar 06 Powers #17 - 24,139 ( -3.1%)
6 mnth ( -9.0%)
1 year (-14.9%)
2 year ( -3.6%)

Sliding gently.


106,110. 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
Mar 06 Books of Doom #4 (of 6) - 23,804 ( -5.4%)
Mar 06 Books of Doom #5 (of 6) - 22,715 ( -4.6%)

Not bad numbers, considering it's a six-issue origin recap.


111. 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%)
Mar 06 Punisher vs Bullseye #5 (of 5) - 22,652 ( -1.7%)

A respectable final number. The creative team jump to WOLVERINE:
ORIGINS next month.


113. OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
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%)
Mar 06 A to Z #3 (of 12) - 21,681 ( -0.7%)
6 mnth ( +16.1%)
1 year ( -41.5%)

Holding up remarkably well in its new format. I'd assumed that the book
would probably go into the standard miniseries decline, but it looks
like I was wrong.


114. FURY: PEACEMAKER
Feb 06 Peacemaker #1 (of 6) - 27,423
Mar 06 Peacemaker #2 (of 6) - 21,612 (-21.2%)

A heavy second issue drop. Have people finally got tired of Garth Ennis
war stories?


116. 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%)
Mar 06 Inevitable #4 (of 6) - 21,430 ( -6.8%)

Vanishing off the radar.


119. FOUR
Mar 04 Marvel Knights 4 #3 - 45,604
======
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%)
Mar 06 Four #28 - 20,976 ( -0.0%)
6 mnth (-20.7%)
1 year (-29.1%)
2 year (-54.0%)

Cancelled with issue #30, and renamed for the last three issues because
of the changes to the Marvel Knights imprint.


121. 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%)
Mar 06 Thing #5 - 20,348 ( -4.0%)

Writer Dan Slott is openly campaigning for readers to save the book.


123. SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED
Mar 04 Spider-Man Unlimited #2 - 37,550
======
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
Mar 06 Spider-Man Unlimited #14 - 20,188 (+46.5%)
6 mnth (+28.7%)
1 year (+14.4%)
2 year (-46.2%)

A massive jump, apparently due solely to the presence of David Finch,
who clearly has a much more loyal fanbase than I realised.


129. MARVEL TEAM-UP
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%)
Mar 06 Marvel Team-Up #18 - 18,944 ( -2.5%)
6 mnth (-10.8%)
1 year (-23.5%)

Surely coasting towards cancellation.

From here on down, it's cancelled books, disastrously low-selling
miniseries, and the occasional lucky book that dreams of a better
afterlife in digest format. Abandon hope all ye who enter here.


137. SPIDER-GIRL
Mar 02 Spider-Girl #45 - 23,065
Mar 03 Spider-Girl #58 - 23,776
Mar 04 Spider-Girl #71 - 20,709
======
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%)
Mar 06 Spider-Girl #96 - 16,739 ( -0.2%)
6 mnth ( -8.7%)
1 year (-16.5%)
2 year (-19.2%)

Cancelled with issue #100, although there's now talk of it being revived
yet again.


139. SPIDER-MAN & ARANA
Mar 06 Spider-Man & Arana - 16,216

And don't come back.


142. X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL
Mar 01 X-Force #114 - 35,493
Mar 02 X-Force #126 - 43,016
Mar 03 X-Statix #9 - 32,133
Mar 04 X-Statix #20 - 23,677
======
Jan 06 Dead Girl #1 (of 5) - 20,685
Feb 06 Dead Girl #2 (of 5) - 17,369 (-16.0%)
Mar 06 Dead Girl #3 (of 5) - 16,048 ( -7.6%)
2 year (-32.2%)

Disappointingly low numbers.


143. ARES
Jan 06 Ares #1 (of 5) - 20,541
Feb 06 Ares #2 (of 5) - 16,884 (-17.8%)
Mar 06 Ares #3 (of 5) - 15,895 (-14.4%)

The obvious hints that Ares is joining the Avengers seem to have made no
difference whatsoever to sales.


154,161. DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON
Jan 06 Daughters of the Dragon #1 (of 6) - 17,522
Feb 06 n/a
Mar 06 Daughters of the Dragon #2 (of 6) - 13,256 (-24.3%)
Mar 06 Daughters of the Dragon #3 (of 6) - 12,104 ( -8.7%)

Not exactly the most promising start for the new HEROES FOR HIRE book,
which spins out of this miniseries.


169,175,178,179,188. UNTOLD TALES OF THE NEW UNIVERSE
Mar 06 Star Brand - 11,190
Mar 06 Justice - 10,680
Mar 06 Nightmask - 10,394
Mar 06 DP7 - 10,275
Mar 06 Psi-Force - 9,500

A tribute to the New Universe. You know, authenticity is great and all,
but they didn't need to mimic the sales figures...


170. UNDERWORLD
Feb 06 Underworld #1 (of 5) - 12,479
Mar 06 Underworld #2 (of 5) - 11,134 (-10.8%)

Well, the drop could have been a lot worse, but that's really the only
good news.


173. DOC SAMSON
Jan 06 Doc Samson #1 (of 5) - 18,240
Feb 06 Doc Samson #2 (of 5) - 13,230 (-27.5%)
Mar 06 Doc Samson #3 (of 5) - 10,827 (-18.2%)

Awful numbers.


174. SENTINEL
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%)
Mar 06 Sentinel #5 (of 5) - 10,778 ( -5.5%)

Not quite so dire, because SENTINEL exists to provide material for a
third digest, and the direct sales numbers aren't as crucial.


180. NEW MANGAVERSE
Jan 06 New Mangaverse #1 (of 5) - 14,403
Feb 06 New Mangaverse #2 (of 5) - 11,462 (-20.4%)
Mar 06 New Mangaverse #3 (of 5) - 10,427 ( -9.0%)

A completely dead concept by this point, surely?


182,187. AMAZING FANTASY
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
Mar 06 Amazing Fantasy #18 - 10,108 ( -3.9%)
Mar 06 Amazing Fantasy #19 - 9,535 ( -5.7%)
6 mnth (-20.4%)
1 year (-56.3%)

Axed with issue #20.


192. 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%)
Mar 06 Howling Commandos #6 - 9,221 ( -7.0%)

Axed with this issue.


207. SABLE & FORTUNE
Jan 06 Sable & Fortune #1 (of 4) - 15,451
Feb 06 Sable & Fortune #2 (of 4) - 10,751 (-30.4%)
Mar 06 Sable & Fortune #3 (of 4) - 7,755 (-27.9%)

Cut back from six issues to four, and heading towards disastrous numbers
for the final issue.


209. 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%)
Mar 06 Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #4 - 7,672 ( +0.3%)

Aimed primarily at the digest market.


215. 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
Mar 06 Masked Intentions - 6,876

A late shipping book from last month's Valentine's Day one-shots.


220. MARVEL ROMANCE REDUX
Feb 06 But He Said He Loved Me - 7,070
Mar 06 Guys & Doll - 6,150 (-13.0%)

For some reason, this miniseries of redialogued romance comics is
changing its title with every issue. Horrid numbers, and while I'd
initially thought this might have a healthy afterlife as a humour book,
the two issues to date have been sufficiently laden with comic fandom
injokes to sink that idea.


224. 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%)
Mar 06 Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #13 - 5,899 ( -3.1%)
6 mnth (-18.1%)
1 year (-58.9%)


246. 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%)
Mar 06 Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #10 - 4,663 ( -1.0%)
6 mnth (-23.1%)

Both aimed at the digest market.


254. 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%)
Mar 06 David Finch & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa - 4,146 (-30.3%)

He can put 46% on fricking SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED, but even David Finch
can't make anyone order this dog.


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

ASTONISHING X-MEN
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 - 147,119 ( +9.2%)
Mar 06 n/a

Bimonthly. Issue #13 has re-orders of 6,464.


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) - 105,770 (-8.4%)
Mar 06 n/a

Bimonthly. Issue #2 picks up re-orders of 8,412.


YOUNG AVENGERS
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%)
Mar 06 n/a

Late.


DAREDEVIL: FATHER
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
Mar 06 n/a

Late. Issue #6 has been rescheduled for June. That's June 2006, before
you ask.


X-MEN UNLIMITED
Mar 02 X-Men Unlimited #34 - 41,848
Mar 03 n/a
Mar 04 n/a
======
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%)
Mar 06 n/a

Bimonthly.


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%)
Mar 06 n/a

Not solicited for March, for some reason. Issue #6 shipped in April.


KABUKI
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%)
Mar 06 n/a

Erratically scheduled, and not solicited for March.

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

+28.7% - Spider-Man Unlimited
+26.5% - Amazing Spider-Man
+16.5% - Fantastic Four
+16.1% - Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
+13.1% - Sensational Spider-Man / Marvel Knights Spider-Man
+13.0% - Ultimate Galactus Trilogy
+ 3.4% - Thunderbolts
+ 2.4% - Cable & Deadpool
+ 1.9% - X-Men
+ 1.9% - Daredevil
- 1.1% - Ultimates 2
- 2.7% - Ultimate X-Men
- 2.9% - New X-Men
- 3.8% - Wolverine
- 4.3% - Ultimate Spider-Man
- 5.6% - Ultimate Fantastic Four
- 7.1% - Punisher
- 8.7% - Spider-Girl
- 8.8% - Uncanny X-Men
- 9.0% - Runaways
- 9.0% - Powers
- 9.7% - New Avengers
-10.8% - Marvel Team-Up
-15.0% - Captain America
-16.8% - Iron Man
-17.6% - Incredible Hulk
-18.1% - Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
-18.4% - Pulse
-20.4% - Amazing Fantasy
-20.7% - Four / Marvel Knights 4
-21.0% - Exiles
-21.7% - Supreme Power: Hyperion
-23.1% - Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four
-37.7% - Black Panther
-62.2% - Sentry


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

+26.5% - Squadron Supreme / Supreme Power
+24.2% - Fantastic Four
+18.3% - New X-Men
+16.7% - Amazing Spider-Man
+14.4% - Spider-Man Unlimited
+ 0.4% - Incredible Hulk
+ 0.1% - Cable & Deadpool
- 4.2% - Captain America
- 5.9% - Daredevil
- 7.1% - X-Men
- 7.9% - Thunderbolts
- 8.8% - Ultimate Fantastic Four
- 9.4% - Uncanny X-Men
- 9.8% - Ultimates 2
-10.0% - Punisher
-10.1% - Sensational Spider-Man / Marvel Knights Spider-Man
-13.2% - Ultimate X-Men
-13.9% - Ultimate Spider-Man
-14.6% - Pulse
-14.9% - Powers
-15.0% - Ultimate Galactus Trilogy
-16.5% - Spider-Girl
-21.7% - Iron Man
-21.7% - Runaways
-21.9% - Exiles
-23.5% - New Avengers
-23.5% - Marvel Team-Up
-29.1% - Four / Marvel Knights 4
-30.5% - Wolverine
-37.0% - X-Men: The End
-39.4% - Black Panther
-41.5% - Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
-56.3% - Amazing Fantasy
-58.9% - Marvel Adventures Spider-Man


2 year comparison
=================

+118.1% - New Avengers / Avengers
+ 35.7% - Iron Man
+ 26.1% - Runaways
+ 20.7% - New X-Men / New Mutants
+ 15.7% - Fantastic Four
+ 14.2% - Captain America
+ 8.2% - Wolverine
+ 8.1% - Squadron Supreme / Supreme Power
+ 7.5% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 3.6% - Powers
- 5.3% - Incredible Hulk
- 6.3% - Ultimates
- 9.4% - Uncanny X-Men
- 10.8% - Exiles
- 14.0% - Daredevil
- 19.2% - Spider-Girl
- 22.3% - Ultimate Spider-Man
- 22.8% - She-Hulk
- 25.0% - Ultimate X-Men
- 26.7% - Punisher
- 32.2% - X-Statix
- 33.6% - X-Men
- 36.9% - Ultimate Fantastic Four
- 37.3% - Pulse
- 45.7% - Cable & Deadpool
- 46.2% - Spider-Man Unlimited
- 54.0% - Four / Marvel Knights 4

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Ralf Haring

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On Mon, 1 May 2006 22:58:22 +0100, Paul O'Brien
<pa...@esoterica.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>
>17. MS MARVEL
>Mar 06 Ms Marvel #1 - 73,407
>
>A very respectable debut. A combination of decent promotion and some
>prominent use of the character seems to have paid off, shifting a
>remarkably high number for a character who until a few months ago would
>have been considered very C-list indeed. See what happens when you
>promote a new launch effectively?

I think the groundwork for her rehabilitation started with Busiek's
extensive use in his Avengers and Iron Man runs. Being pushed by
completely different top creators during a relatively short timespan
can't have hurt the character's visibility and viability.

>28. ANNIHILATION: PROLOGUE
>Mar 06 Prologue - 61,784
>
>The first part of the Annihilation crossover, with the miniseries
>beginning in April. A very good number when you consider that this is a
>storyline built around the Silver Surfer (whose last series tanked),
>Nova (whose last series didn't make it into double digits), the
>Super-Skrull and Ronan the Accuser. Without any big name creators
>attached, this seems to be another example of good effective promotion.

I'm a little surprised at the promotion this has gotten. I'm not
really interested in it, but it's worth praising when companies don't
just promote the sure-fire hits.

>207. SABLE & FORTUNE
>Jan 06 Sable & Fortune #1 (of 4) - 15,451
>Feb 06 Sable & Fortune #2 (of 4) - 10,751 (-30.4%)
>Mar 06 Sable & Fortune #3 (of 4) - 7,755 (-27.9%)
>
>Cut back from six issues to four, and heading towards disastrous numbers
>for the final issue.

I saw the last issue in the store had a different artist than I
remember from the intial previews. When did the changeover happen?

-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

Tarquin Biscuitbarrel, Esq.

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"Paul O'Brien" <pa...@esoterica.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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I was told the numbering did NOT include those issues, but DID include the
6-part mini from 2 years back... which makes it easier to accept the
renumbering.

(Apparently, there were 6 "fight club" issues, just as there were 6 parts to
the Avengers/Thunderbolts mini... so you can pick whichever reason annoys
you less for this renumbering and run with it.)

Tarquin B.
--
"If having worked on Ren and Stimpy doesn't
convince Junior-kunt that Dan Slott is one of the
great writers of our time, I don't know what will."


Samy Merchi

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"Tarquin Biscuitbarrel, Esq." <nos...@nospam.com> wrote in

> I was told the numbering did NOT include those issues, but DID include
> the 6-part mini from 2 years back... which makes it easier to accept
> the renumbering.
>
> (Apparently, there were 6 "fight club" issues, just as there were 6
> parts to the Avengers/Thunderbolts mini... so you can pick whichever
> reason annoys you less for this renumbering and run with it.)

That's awesome! Thank you! That gets a lot of annoyance out of my system!

--
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Old school superheroes, old school stories!
No gritty, no trenchcoats, no decompression!
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"Samy Merchi" <sa...@iki.fi> wrote in message
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> "Tarquin Biscuitbarrel, Esq." <nos...@nospam.com> wrote in
>
>> I was told the numbering did NOT include those issues, but DID include
>> the 6-part mini from 2 years back... which makes it easier to accept
>> the renumbering.
>>
>> (Apparently, there were 6 "fight club" issues, just as there were 6
>> parts to the Avengers/Thunderbolts mini... so you can pick whichever
>> reason annoys you less for this renumbering and run with it.)
>
> That's awesome! Thank you! That gets a lot of annoyance out of my system!

LOL

2face

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"Paul O'Brien" <pa...@esoterica.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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>

That's too bad, but the numbers are still pretty good. A lot of people are
reading this, I had to search all over town to get 466-468. I like
Claremont, and Bachalo sure can lay some frames out. Although this is only a
T+ type comic I would have to say it is doing pretty well considering the
age of people actually reading comics now-a-days. Under-rated?

>
> 47. MARVEL ZOMBIES
> Dec 05 Marvel Zombies #1 (of 5) - 71,332
> Jan 06 Marvel Zombies #2 (of 5) - 51,370 (-28.0%)
> Feb 06 Marvel Zombies #3 (of 5) - 56,696 (+10.4%)
> Mar 06 Marvel Zombies #4 (of 5) - 44,312 (-21.8%)
>
> The remarkable performance of MARVEL ZOMBIES continues. Another variant
> cover of issue #1 hits the charts with a further 19,050 sales, and the
> second printing of issue #3 adds another 15,532. Meanwhile, issue #2
> sells another 7,853 copies in conventional re-orders. Once all of those
> extra sales are taken into account, the numbers start to look slightly
> more normal, but the reality is that this is an exceptional case of a
> series which is growing from month to month and doing massive business
> in re-orders and second printings. It's a genuine hit from nowhere.
>
> Issue #1 only sold 35,497 copies in its first month. That means it's
> now doubled its sales through re-orders - something virtually unknown
> for the major publishers. In contrast, this month MARVEL ZOMBIES
> shipped 42,435 copies in re-orders alone. Once you take issue #4 into
> account, that's 86,747 extra copies of MARVEL ZOMBIES #1-4 hitting the
> shelves in March.
>

This one I wish I would of gotten, seems they must have done something
right. I might have to get the reprints.

2


YKW '06

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On 02 May 2006, the voices tell me "2face" <2f...@batman.com> wrote:


> This one I wish I would of gotten, seems they must have done something
> right. I might have to get the reprints.
>

The trade is being rumored to include a cover gallery featuring all the
variants, and is almost certain to be priced at or under the single-issue
cover price (heck, the =hardcover= collections of recent books these days
are barely above single-issue cover prices). I'd suggest holding off on
getting the issues until the TPB hits.

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2face wrote:
> That's too bad, but the numbers are still pretty good. A lot of people are
> reading this, I had to search all over town to get 466-468. I like
> Claremont, and Bachalo sure can lay some frames out. Although this is only a
> T+ type comic I would have to say it is doing pretty well considering the
> age of people actually reading comics now-a-days. Under-rated?

I'd take the T+ rating to indicate how explicit the content is, not the
age of the target audience. That's how movie ratings work, after all,
as well as the manga ratings that Marvel's latest rating system mimics.


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"Ralf Haring" <har...@SPAMBLOCK.preypacer.com> wrote in message
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It's possible that the original artist was working on the original 4th issue
and they got someone cheap instead to wrap up the series before Marvel loses
too much money.


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