Marvel Month-to-Month sales: June 2013

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201307291332 Marvel Month to Month sales: June 2013

by Paul O’Brien

The focus this time round is on the conclusion of AGE OF ULTRON; Marvel had nothing else competing with it for your attention. There’s a new creative team on SAVAGE WOLVERINE, and a new Daredevil miniseries (DARK NIGHTS), but honestly, that’s about it. Or it would have been, but for the first issue of KICK-ASS 3 – which was actually due out in May, but slipped into the following month.

With DC having a rather busier time, the companies’ shares of the direct market are rather close than normal, but with Marvel still comfortably ahead of DC. Marvel led by 38% to 33% in unit terms, and 33% to 30% in dollars.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for permission to use these figures.

4,5,16. AGE OF ULTRON
03/13  Age of Ultron #1 of 10  - 174,952
03/13  Age of Ultron #2 of 10  - 109,383  (-37.5%)
03/13  Age of Ultron #3 of 10  - 105,505  ( -3.5%)
04/13  Age of Ultron #4 of 10  - 101,057  ( -4.2%)
04/13  Age of Ultron #5 of 10  -  97,982  ( -3.0%)
04/13  Age of Ultron #6 of 10  -  97,242  ( -0.8%)
05/13  Age of Ultron #7 of 10  -  96,664  ( -0.6%)
05/13  Age of Ultron #8 of 10  -  95,522  ( -1.2%)
06/13  Age of Ultron #9 of 10  -  94,926  ( -0.6%)
06/13  Age of Ultron #10 of 10 - 110,947  (+16.9%)
06/13  Age of Ultron #10AI     -  73,616  (-33.6%)

The final two issues of the crossover, plus the “A.I.” epilogue (by a different creative team) which leads into next month’s AVENGERS A.I. series (by another different creative team). The final issue of the series proper sees a big spike in sales, either in the expectation that Something Important Would Happen, or because of genuine interest in seeing what Marvel do with Angela.

7,8. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
06/03  ---
06/08  Amazing #563 -  70,792
06/09  Amazing #596 -  63,525
06/10  Amazing #635 -  56,146
06/11  Amazing #663 -  57,040
=====
06/12  Amazing #687 -  62,680  (  +7.4%)
06/12  Amazing #688 -  60,409  (  -3.6%)
07/12  Amazing #689 -  59,859  (  -0.9%)
07/12  Amazing #690 -  58,976  (  -1.5%)
08/12  Amazing #691 -  60,767  (  +3.0%)
08/12  Amazing #692 -  91,071  ( +49.9%)
09/12  Amazing #693 -  59,772  ( -34.4%)
09/12  Amazing #694 -  58,461  (  -2.2%)
10/12  Amazing #695 -  58,185  (  -0.5%)
10/12  Amazing #696 -  57,950  (  -0.4%)
11/12  Amazing #697 -  59,872  (  +3.3%)
11/12  Amazing #698 -  87,537  ( +46.2%)
12/12  Amazing #699 -  80,048  (  -8.6%)
12/12  Amazing #.1  -  71,344  ( -10.9%)
12/12  Amazing #700 - 273,305  (+283.1%)
01/13  Superior #1  - 209,944  ( -23.2%)
01/13  Superior #2  - 118,104  ( -43.7%)
02/13  Superior #3  - 101,811  ( -13.8%)
02/13  Superior #4  -  95,892  (  -5.8%)
03/13  Superior #5  -  94,224  (  -1.7%)
03/13  Superior #6  -  86,614  (  -8.1%)
03/13  S. S-M #6AU  -  85,807  (  -0.9%)
04/13  Superior #7  -  87,945  (  +2.5%)
04/13  Superior #8  -  85,671  (  -2.6%)
05/13  Superior #9  -  93,656  (  +9.3%)
05/13  Superior #10 -  85,346  (  -8.9%)
06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
                       6 mnth  (  +2.9%)
                       1 year  ( +36.3%)
                       2 year  ( +52.4%)
                       3 year  ( +46.6%)
                       4 year  ( +29.6%)
                       5 year  ( +16.3%)
                      10 year  (   --- )

There’s a very gentle downward trend in evidence, but that’s to be expected with virtually every ongoing series. More significant is that the book is continuing to see real and sustained gains from the current storyline, which is giving it some of its best sales of the last few years, even six months into the arc.

9,11. ALL-NEW X-MEN
11/12  All-New X-Men #1  - 181,693
11/12  All-New X-Men #2  - 100,983  (-44.4%)
12/12  All-New X-Men #3  -  90,161  (-10.7%)
12/12  All-New X-Men #4  -  90,946  ( +0.9%)
01/13  All-New X-Men #5  -  86,301  ( -5.1%)
01/13  All-New X-Men #6  -  85,403  ( -1.0%)
02/13  All-New X-Men #7  -  85,234  ( -0.2%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #8  -  90,990  ( +6.8%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #9  -  81,692  (-10.2%)
04/13  All-New X-Men #10 -  84,760  ( +3.8%)
05/13  All-New X-Men #11 -  80,582  ( -4.9%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #12 -  82,178  ( +2.0%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #13 -  77,656  ( -5.5%)
                            6 mnth  (-14.6%)

Issue #12 has a variant cover. Filter out the spikes and there’s a noticeable slide here, but it’s still comfortably leading the X-franchise. The “Battle of the Atom” crossover is due in issue #16.

10. KICK-ASS 3  [Icon]
06/13  Kick-Ass 3 #1 of 8 - 78,035

However he does it, Mark Millar continues to buck the industry trends. The first KICK-ASS mini, in February 2008, opened with estimated first-month sales of 47,841. The second, in October 2010, opened with 65,279. This one launches at over 78K. He’s created a series which is actually growing from mini to mini. Many publishers would kill to know the trick.

12,21. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
06/08  Guardians v2 #2  -  32,967
06/09  Guardians v2 #15 -  26,808
=====
02/13  Guardians #0.1   -  80,344
03/13  Guardians v3 #1  - 217,993  (+171.3%)
04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184  ( -59.5%)
05/13  ---
06/13  Guardians v3 #3  -  75,633  ( -14.2%)
06/13  Guardians v3 #4  -  71,575  (  -5.4%)
                           4 year  (+167.0%)
                           5 year  (+117.1%)

Thanks to issue #3 slipping from its May release date (not something we see anywhere near as often as we used to), we have two issues this month. While sales are dropping, the flip side is that those drops are getting noticeably smaller, so the book is on the way to levelling out. It remains miles ahead of the book’s previous incarnation, and no doubt the upcoming Angela appearance will give it a further boost.

14,22. AVENGERS
06/03  Avengers v3 #68 -  57,587
06/10  Avengers v4 #2  -  98,788
06/11  Avengers v4 #14 -  64,057 
=====
06/12  Avengers v4 #27 -  68,885  (  +1.7%)
07/12  Avengers v4 #28 -  63,169  (  -8.3%)
08/12  Avengers v4 #29 -  61,653  (  -2.4%)
09/12  Avengers v4 #30 -  58,609  (  -4.9%)
10/12  Avengers v4 #31 -  62,495  (  +6.6%)
10/12  Avengers v4 #32 -  56,204  ( -10.1%)
11/12  Avengers v4 #33 -  53,336  (  -5.1%)
11/12  Avengers v4 #34 -  57,315  (  +7.5%)
12/12  Avengers v5 #1  - 192,952  (+236.7%)
12/12  Avengers v5 #2  -  99,028  ( -48.7%)
01/13  Avengers v5 #3  -  92,165  (  -6.9%)
01/13  Avengers v5 #4  -  83,088  (  -9.8%)
02/13  Avengers v5 #5  -  82,452  (  -0.8%)
02/13  Avengers v5 #6  -  84,868  (  +2.9%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #7  -  78,278  (  -7.8%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #8  -  82,691  (  +5.6%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #9  -  77,780  (  -5.9%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #10 -  78,905  (  +1.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #11 -  70,687  ( -10.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #12 -  74,978  (  +6.1%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #13 -  68,624  (  -8.5%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #14 -  74,846  (  +9.1%)
                          6 mnth  ( -24.4%)
                          1 year  (  +8.7%)
                          2 year  ( +16.8%)
                          3 year  ( -24.2%)
                         10 year  ( +30.0%)

Issue #14 has a variant cover, as if you needed told. In fact, issues #8, #11 and #13 are the only ones so far NOT to have a variant cover, which suggests that the overall picture is reasonably stable here. The Infinity crossover, in which this is a major title, starts with issue #18.

15. UNCANNY X-MEN
06/03  Uncanny X-Men #425   -  91,547
06/08  Uncanny X-Men #499   -  81,100
06/09  Uncanny X-Men #511   -  71,148
06/10  Uncanny X-Men #525   -  76,068
06/11  Uncanny X-Men #538   -  53,319
=====
06/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #13 -  70,521  (  +1.8%)
06/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #14 -  67,793  (  -3.9%)
07/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #15 -  66,114  (  -2.5%)
07/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #16 -  63,835  (  -3.4%)
08/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #17 -  61,095  (  -4.3%)
09/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #18 -  59,794  (  -2.1%)
10/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #19 -  59,283  (  -0.9%)
10/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #20 -  65,981  ( +11.3%)
11/12  ---
12/12  ---
01/13  ---
02/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #1  - 177,463  (+169.0%)
02/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #2  -  94,615  ( -46.7%)
03/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #3  -  85,775  (  -9.3%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #4  -  80,047  (  -6.7%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #5  -  78,919  (  -1.4%)
05/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #6  -  73,621  (  -6.7%)
06/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #7  -  73,719  (  +0.1%)
                               6 mnth  (   --- )
                               1 year  (  +4.5%)
                               2 year  ( +38.3%)
                               3 year  (  -3.1%)
                               4 year  (  +3.6%)
                               5 year  (  -9.1%)
                              10 year  ( -19.5%)

The trends here are a little harder to read. The May issue was the first without a variant cover, so it’s a little surprising not to see a more noticeably increase this time round. The “Battle for the Atom” crossover starts with issue #12.

17. X-MEN
06/11  X-Men v3 #12 -  45,786
=====
06/12  X-Men v3 #30 -  37,690  (  +6.2%)
06/12  X-Men v3 #31 -  35,789  (  -5.0%)
07/12  X-Men v3 #32 -  35,091  (  -2.0%)
08/12  X-Men v3 #33 -  33,695  (  -4.0%)
08/12  X-Men v3 #34 -  33,354  (  -1.0%)
09/12  X-Men v3 #35 -  32,049  (  -3.9%)
09/12  X-Men v3 #36 -  31,996  (  -0.2%)
10/12  X-Men v3 #37 -  31,611  (  -1.2%)
11/12  X-Men v3 #38 -  30,289  (  -4.2%)
12/12  X-Men v3 #39 -  29,326  (  -3.2%)
01/13  X-Men v3 #40 -  28,515  (  -2.8%)
02/13  X-Men v3 #41 -  32,488  ( +13.9%)
03/13  ---
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Men v4 #1  - 183,297  (+464.2%)
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542  ( -59.9%)
                       6 mnth  (+150.8%)
                       1 year  (+105.5%)
                       2 year  ( +60.6%)

A steep second issue drop, but then the first issue did have multiple variant covers. And these numbers are still in a different league from the book’s previous incarnation, coming in only just behind UNCANNY. The “Battle for the Atom” crossover starts with issue #5, and while I’m not normally a fan of having crossovers so early in a book’s run, this may be a case where the advantages of reinforcing the message that the book “counts” outweigh the disadvantages.

Issue #1 picks up reorders of 5,664, which are added into the numbers above.

19. UNCANNY AVENGERS
10/12  Uncanny Avengers #1 - 303,722
11/12  Uncanny Avengers #2 - 114,257  (-62.4%)
12/12  ---
01/13  Uncanny Avengers #3 -  92,165  (-19.3%)
02/13  Uncanny Avengers #4 -  87,539  ( -5.0%)
03/13  Uncanny Avengers #5 -  84,382  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #6 -  80,863  ( -4.2%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #7 -  77,027  ( -4.7%)
05/13  Uncanny Avengers #8 -  75,655  ( -1.8%)
05/13  Uncanny Av. #8AU    -  72,514  ( -4.2%)
06/13  Uncanny Avengers #9 -  71,842  ( -0.9%)
                              6 mnth  (  --- )

Might be levelling out, but it’s never a good idea to read too much into a single month’s sales.

25. NEW AVENGERS
06/08  New Avengers #42    - 108,495
06/09  New Avengers #54    -  93,878
06/10  New Avengers v2 #1  - 129,084
06/11  New Avengers v2 #13 -  57,682
=====
06/12  New Avengers v2 #27 -  64,927  (  +0.9%)
07/12  New Avengers v2 #28 -  62,739  (  -3.4%)
08/12  New Avengers v2 #29 -  59,441  (  -5.3%)
09/12  New Avengers v2 #30 -  56,742  (  -4.5%)
10/12  New Avengers v2 #31 -  53,456  (  -5.8%)
11/12  New Avengers v2 #32 -  52,784  (  -1.3%)
11/12  New Avengers v2 #33 -  50,045  (  -5.2%)
11/12  New Avengers v2 #34 -  53,862  (  +7.6%)
12/12  ---
01/13  New Avengers v3 #1  - 116,280  (+115.9%)
01/13  New Avengers v3 #2  -  79,433  ( -31.7%)
02/13  New Avengers v3 #3  -  72,110  (  -9.2%)
03/13  New Avengers v3 #4  -  65,150  (  -9.7%)
04/13  New Avengers v3 #5  -  63,423  (  -2.7%)
05/13  New Avengers v3 #6  -  59,362  (  -6.4%)
06/13  New Avengers v3 #7  -  60,138  (  +1.3%)
                              6 mnth  (   --- )
                              1 year  (  -7.4%)
                              2 year  (  +4.3%)
                              3 year  ( -53.4%)
                              4 year  ( -35.9%)
                              5 year  ( -44.6%)

The May issue was the first to lack a variant cover, but it returns this month. So the uptick has to be seen in that context.

The “Infinity” crossover begins in issue #9, and again, this can be expected to play a major role.

26. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
01/13  Savage Wolverine #1 - 102,530
02/13  Savage Wolverine #2 -  58,254  (-43.2%)
03/13  Savage Wolverine #3 -  50,310  (-13.6%)
04/13  Savage Wolverine #4 -  45,933  ( -8.7%)
05/13  Savage Wolverine #5 -  42,328  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Savage Wolverine #6 -  59,410  (+40.4%)

This is the first part of a storyline by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira (apparently originally intended for AVENGING SPIDER-MAN), and it’s also supported by multiple variant covers. The sales increase is enough to suggest that the pull of the creators is a major factor.

27. THANOS RISING
04/13  Thanos Rising #1 of 5 - 114,720
05/13  Thanos Rising #2 of 5 -  67,262  (-41.4%)
06/13  Thanos Rising #3 of 5 -  58,825  (-12.5%)

Holding up pretty well for an origin mini.

28,32. DEADPOOL
06/09  Deadpool v3 #11 -  55,343
06/10  Deadpool v3 #24 -  38,663
06/11  Deadpool v3 #38 -  27,809
=====
06/12  Deadpool v3 #56 -  29,513  (  +1.7%)
07/12  Deadpool v3 #57 -  29,155  (  -1.2%)
07/12  Deadpool v3 #58 -  28,706  (  -1.5%)
08/12  Deadpool v3 #59 -  28,507  (  -0.7%)
09/12  Deadpool v3 #60 -  28,548  (  +0.1%)
09/12  Deadpool v3 #61 -  28,351  (  -0.7%)
10/12  Deadpool v3 #62 -  28,897  (  +1.9%)
10/12  Deadpool v3 #63 -  29,049  (  +0.5%)
11/12  Deadpool v4 #1  - 127,977  (+340.6%)
11/12  Deadpool v4 #2  -  76,445  ( -40.3%)
12/12  Deadpool v4 #3  -  64,591  ( -15.5%)
01/13  Deadpool v4 #4  -  57,061  ( -11.7%)
02/13  Deadpool v4 #5  -  57,312  (  +0.4%)
03/13  Deadpool v4 #6  -  57,095  (  -0.4%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #7  -  57,016  (  -0.1%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #8  -  52,851  (  -7.3%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #9  -  51,296  (  -2.9%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #10 -  50,461  (  -1.6%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #11 -  54,110  (  +7.2%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #12 -  48,315  ( -10.7%)
                          6 mnth  ( -25.2%)
                          1 year  ( +63.7%)
                          2 year  ( +73.7%)
                          3 year  ( +25.0%)
                          4 year  ( -12.7%)

Issue #11 has a variant cover, issue #12 does not. Overall, there’s the usual gentle downward trend in evidence here. But even after twelve issues of that, the book is still delivering some of its best sales of recent years.

29. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK
06/03  Incredible v3 #56     -  68,529
06/08  Hulk #4               -  90,600
06/09  ---
06/10  Incredible Hulk #610  -  46,461
06/11  Incredible Hulks #630 -  28,028
=====
06/12  Incredible v4 #9      -  40,467  (  -3.8%)
06/12  Incredible v4 #10     -  38,122  (  -5.8%)
07/12  Incredible v4 #11     -  36,743  (  -3.6%)
08/12  Incredible v4 #12     -  36,860  (  +0.3%)
09/12  Incredible v4 #13     -  33,858  (  -8.1%)
09/12  Incredible v4 #14     -  33,887  (  +0.1%)
10/12  Incredible v4 #15     -  36,091  (  +6.5%)
11/12  Indestructible #1     - 118,200  (+227.5%)
12/12  Indestructible #2     -  63,653  ( -46.1%)
01/13  Indestructible #3     -  59,431  (  -6.6%)
02/13  Indestructible #4     -  56,214  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Indestructible #5     -  54,967  (  -2.2%)
04/13  Indestructible #6     -  55,470  (  +0.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #7     -  49,956  (  -9.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #8     -  48,866  (  -2.2%)
06/13  Indestructible #9     -  49,427  (  +1.1%)
                                6 mnth  ( -22.3%)
                                1 year  ( +22.1%)
                                2 year  ( +76.3%)
                                3 year  (  +6.4%)
                                4 year  (   --- )
                                5 year  ( -45.4%)
                               10 year  ( -27.9%)

Issues #7-8 didn’t have variant covers, but issue #9 does. That explains the sales rise, though if anything it’s slightly surprising it wasn’t bigger.

30. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
06/03  Thor v2 #65 -  33,450
06/08  ---
06/09  Thor #602   -  69,568
06/10  Thor #611   -  56,443
06/11  Thor v4 #3  -  48,114
=====
06/12  Thor v4 #15 -  33,674  (  +3.5%)
06/12  Thor v4 #16 -  31,798  (  -5.6%)
07/12  Thor v4 #17 -  30,879  (  -2.9%)
08/12  Thor v4 #18 -  35,392  ( +14.6%)
09/12  Thor v4 #19 -  30,289  ( -14.4%)
09/12  Thor v4 #20 -  30,172  (  -0.4%)
10/12  Thor v4 #21 -  34,550  ( +14.5%)
10/12  Thor v4 #22 -  35,328  (  +2.3%)
11/12  Thor v5 #1  - 110,443  (+212.6%)
11/12  Thor v5 #2  -  65,533  ( -40.7%)
12/12  Thor v5 #3  -  55,547  ( -15.2%)
01/13  Thor v5 #4  -  50,478  (  -9.1%)
02/13  Thor v5 #5  -  51,861  (  +2.7%)
03/13  Thor v5 #6  -  50,481  (  -2.7%)
04/13  Thor v5 #7  -  51,526  (  +2.1%)
05/13  Thor v5 #8  -  48,622  (  -5.6%)
06/13  Thor v5 #9  -  49,125  (  +1.0%)
                      6 mnth  ( -11.6%)
                      1 year  ( +45.9%)
                      2 year  (  +2.1%)
                      3 year  ( -13.0%)
                      4 year  ( -29.4%)
                      5 year  (   --- )
                     10 year  ( -46.9%)

Variant cover. For comparisons, the only issues to date without a variant were #6 and #8 – so there’s a degree of erosion in evidence, but nothing alarming.

36. WOLVERINE
06/03  Wolverine v3 #2  -  99,867
06/08  Wolverine v3 #66 -  98,026
06/09  W: Weapon X #3   -  51,076
06/10  W: Weapon X #14  -  30,035
06/11  Wolverine v4 #10 -  42,677
=====
06/12  Wolverine #308   -  35,142  (  +1.9%)
07/12  Wolverine #309   -  33,148  (  -5.7%)
07/12  Wolverine #310   -  60,880  ( +83.7%)
08/12  Wolverine #311   -  42,404  ( -30.3%)
08/12  Wolverine #312   -  41,030  (  -3.2%)
09/12  Wolverine #313   -  39,262  (  -4.3%)
10/12  Wolverine #314   -  34,504  ( -12.1%)
10/12  Wolverine #315   -  38,557  ( +11.7%)
11/12  Wolverine #316   -  32,208  ( -16.5%)
12/12  Wolverine #317   -  34,367  (  +6.7%)
01/13  ---
02/13  ---
03/13  Wolverine v5 #1  - 117,669  (+242.4%)
04/13  Wolverine v5 #2  -  57,165  ( -51.4%)
05/13  Wolverine v5 #3  -  49,629  ( -13.2%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #4  -  46,784  (  -5.7%)
                           6 mnth  ( +36.1%)
                           1 year  ( +33.1%)
                           2 year  (  +9.6%)
                           3 year  ( +55.8%)
                           4 year  (  -8.4%)
                           5 year  ( -52.3%)
                          10 year  ( -53.2%)

Levelling out, though maybe not quite as quickly as Marvel might have hoped for. Even so, it remains comfortably ahead of the previous volume’s typical sales.

39. IRON MAN
06/03  Iron Man v3 #69 -  31,976
06/08  Iron Man v5 #2  -  69,021
06/09  Iron Man v5 #14 -  53,229
06/10  Iron Man v5 #27 -  52,268
06/11  Iron Man #505   -  42,327
=====
06/12  Iron Man #518   -  32,553  (  -3.2%)
06/12  Iron Man #519   -  32,518  (  -0.1%)
07/12  Iron Man #520   -  32,765  (  +0.8%)
07/12  Iron Man #521   -  32,172  (  -1.8%)
08/12  Iron Man #522   -  31,464  (  -2.2%)
08/12  Iron Man #523   -  31,568  (  +0.3%)
09/12  Iron Man #524   -  30,976  (  -1.9%)
09/12  Iron Man #525   -  30,885  (  -0.3%)
10/12  Iron Man #526   -  35,934  ( +16.3%)
10/12  Iron Man #527   -  36,981  (  +2.9%)
11/12  Iron Man v6 #1  - 116,529  (+215.1%)
11/12  Iron Man v6 #2  -  72,902  ( -37.4%)
12/12  Iron Man v6 #3  -  59,041  ( -19.0%)
12/12  Iron Man v6 #4  -  56,708  (  -4.0%)
01/13  Iron Man v6 #5  -  50,899  ( -10.2%)
02/13  Iron Man v6 #6  -  46,206  (  -9.2%)
03/13  Iron Man v6 #7  -  44,040  (  -4.7%)
04/13  Iron Man v6 #8  -  43,974  (  -0.1%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #9  -  78,006  ( +77.4%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #10 -  45,424  ( -41.8%)
06/13  Iron Man v6 #11 -  44,409  (  -2.2%)
                          6 mnth  ( -21.7%)
                          1 year  ( +36.4%)
                          2 year  (  +4.9%)
                          3 year  ( -15.0%)
                          4 year  ( -16.6%)
                          5 year  ( -35.7%)
                         10 year  ( +38.9%)

Screen out the massive sales spike on issue #9 (which was movie-related) and this has been pretty stable over the last four months.

41. CAPTAIN AMERICA
06/03  Captain America v3 #14 -  45,639
06/08  Captain America v6 #39 -  79,387
06/09  Captain America #600   - 112,287
06/10  Captain America #607   -  52,989
06/11  Captain America #619   -  44,796
=====
06/12  Captain America v7 #13 -  39,456  (  +1.7%)
07/12  Captain America v7 #14 -  36,812  (  -6.7%)
07/12  Captain America v7 #15 -  36,433  (  -1.0%)
08/12  Captain America v7 #16 -  35,155  (  -3.5%)
09/12  Captain America v7 #17 -  34,279  (  -2.5%)
10/12  Captain America v7 #18 -  38,318  ( +11.8%)
10/12  Captain America v7 #19 -  40,205  (  +4.9%)
11/12  Captain America v8 #1  - 123,667  (+207.6%)
12/12  Captain America v8 #2  -  64,377  ( -47.9%)
01/13  Captain America v8 #3  -  59,836  (  -7.1%)
02/13  Captain America v8 #4  -  53,112  ( -11.2%)
03/13  Captain America v8 #5  -  49,186  (  -7.4%)
04/13  Captain America v8 #6  -  47,802  (  -2.8%)
05/13  Captain America v8 #7  -  44,024  (  -7.9%)
06/13  Captain America v8 #8  -  43,791  (  -0.5%)
                                 6 mnth  ( -32.0%)
                                 1 year  ( +11.0%)
                                 2 year  (  -2.2%)
                                 3 year  ( -17.4%)
                                 4 year  ( -61.0%)
                                 5 year  ( -44.8%)
                                10 year  (  -4.0%)

The May issue was the only one to date to lack a variant cover, so the actual trend is rather smoother than it looks here.

47,51. UNCANNY X-FORCE
06/08  ---
06/09  X-Force v3 #16 - 58,818
06/10  ---
06/11  X-Force v4 #11 - 53,199
=====
06/12  X-Force v4 #26 - 47,522  ( -6.0%)
07/12  X-Force v4 #27 - 46,325  ( -2.5%)
07/12  X-Force v4 #28 - 46,367  ( +0.1%)
08/12  X-Force v4 #29 - 45,159  ( -2.6%)
08/12  X-Force v4 #30 - 44,918  ( -0.5%)
09/12  X-Force v4 #31 - 44,061  ( -1.9%)
10/12  X-Force v4 #32 - 44,055  ( -0.0%)
11/12  X-Force v4 #33 - 43,589  ( -1.1%)
11/12  X-Force v4 #34 - 43,710  ( +0.3%)
12/12  X-Force v4 #35 - 47,736  ( +9.2%)
01/13  X-Force v5 #1  - 86,187  (+80.5%)
02/13  X-Force v5 #2  - 56,713  (-34.2%)
03/13  X-Force v5 #3  - 51,721  ( -8.8%)
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Force v5 #4  - 47,727  ( -7.7%)
05/13  X-Force v5 #5  - 45,674  ( -4.3%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #6  - 42,496  ( -7.0%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #7  - 40,380  ( -5.0%)
                        6 mnth  (-15.4%)
                        1 year  (-15.0%)
                        2 year  (-24.1%)
                        3 year  (  --- )
                        4 year  (-31.3%)
                        5 year  (  --- )

This is the first issue without a variant cover, so the appearance of a steady downward trend may be deceptive. There’s little doubt that this book is not set to match the performance of the previous run – though with less high profile creators attached, it’s unlikely that Marvel ever seriously expected it to do so.

49,53. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
06/12  Wolverine/X-Men #12 - 64,838  ( -0.2%)
07/12  Wolverine/X-Men #13 - 62,689  ( -3.3%)
07/12  Wolverine/X-Men #14 - 61,029  ( -2.6%)
08/12  Wolverine/X-Men #15 - 58,441  ( -4.2%)
09/12  Wolverine/X-Men #16 - 55,857  ( -4.4%)
09/12  Wolverine/X-Men #17 - 54,768  ( -1.9%)
10/12  Wolverine/X-Men #18 - 52,331  ( -4.4%)
10/12  Wolverine/X-Men #19 - 50,008  ( -4.4%)
11/12  Wolverine/X-Men #20 - 48,432  ( -3.2%)
11/12  Wolverine/X-Men #21 - 48,244  ( -0.4%)
12/12  Wolverine/X-Men #22 - 45,658  ( -5.4%)
01/13  Wolverine/X-Men #23 - 43,963  ( -3.7%)
01/13  Wolverine/X-Men #24 - 44,716  ( +1.7%)
02/13  Wolverine/X-Men #25 - 45,057  ( +0.8%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #26 - 42,019  ( -6.7%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #27 - 41,960  ( -0.1%)
04/13  Wolv & X-Men #27AU  - 47,055  (+12.1%)
04/13  Wolverine/X-Men #28 - 42,718  ( -9.2%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #29 - 40,451  ( -5.3%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #30 - 40,019  ( -1.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #31 - 41,661  ( +4.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #32 - 39,790  ( -4.5%)
                             6 mnth  (-12.9%)
                             1 year  (-38.6%)

Issue #31 had a variant cover, hence the slight spike there. This book is now some way adrift of the other three X-Men titles, but it should help when the “Battle of the Atom” crossover hits with issue #36.

50. HAWKEYE
08/12  Hawkeye v4 #1  - 48,346
09/12  Hawkeye v4 #2  - 33,563  (-30.6%)
10/12  Hawkeye v4 #3  - 35,403  ( +5.5%)
11/12  Hawkeye v4 #4  - 34,208  ( -3.4%)
12/12  Hawkeye v4 #5  - 34,385  ( +0.5%)
12/12  Hawkeye v4 #6  - 33,440  ( -2.7%)
01/13  Hawkeye v4 #7  - 37,000  (+10.6%)
02/13  Hawkeye v4 #8  - 36,898  ( -0.3%)
03/13  ---
04/13  Hawkeye v4 #9  - 39,678  ( +7.5%)
05/13  Hawkeye v4 #10 - 42,090  ( +6.1%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #11 - 40,510  ( -3.8%)
                        6 mnth  (+21.1%)

HAWKEYE may not have carried on climbing this moth, but bear in mind that issue #10 had a variant cover. The book has achieved the very unusual feat of rebounding from its initial sales level and sustaining that increase, without gimmicks.

56,61. CABLE & X-FORCE
12/12  Cable & X-Force #1  - 90,334
12/12  Cable & X-Force #2  - 57,719  (-36.1%)
01/13  Cable & X-Force #3  - 51,761  (-10.3%)
02/13  Cable & X-Force #4  - 46,104  (-10.9%)
03/13  Cable & X-Force #5  - 44,680  ( -3.1%)
03/13  Cable & X-Force #6  - 42,896  ( -4.0%)
04/13  Cable & X-Force #7  - 41,500  ( -3.3%)
05/13  Cable & X-Force #8  - 39,041  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Cable & X-Force #9  - 38,414  ( -1.6%)
06/13  Cable & X-Force #10 - 36,104  ( -6.0%)
                             6 mnth  (-37.4%)

Issue #10 is the first to lack a variant cover, which would explain the slightly jerky drop. It may be closer to levelling out than it first appears.

58. FANTASTIC FOUR
06/03  Fantast. Four v3 #70 -  53,066
06/08  Fantastic Four #558  -  61,003
06/09  Fantastic Four #567  -  46,225
06/10  Fantastic Four #580  -  36,582
06/11  FF #5                -  58,925
=====
06/12  Fantastic Four #607  -  40,453  (  +1.4%)
07/12  Fantastic Four #608  -  37,776  (  -6.6%)
08/12  Fantastic Four #609  -  36,496  (  -3.4%)
09/12  Fantastic Four #610  -  35,388  (  -3.0%)
10/12  Fantastic Four #611  -  45,322  ( +28.1%)
11/12  Fantastic Four v5 #1 - 114,532  (+152.7%)
12/12  Fantastic Four v5 #2 -  58,421  ( -49.0%)
01/13  Fantastic Four v5 #3 -  50,555  ( -13.5%)
02/13  Fantastic Four v5 #4 -  44,999  ( -11.0%)
03/13  Fantastic Four v5 #5 -  42,590  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Fantastic Four #5AU  -  45,756  (  +7.4%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #6 -  41,291  (  -4.8%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #7 -  39,314  (  -4.8%)
05/13  Fantastic Four v5 #8 -  37,309  (  -5.1%)
06/13  Fantastic Four v5 #9 -  37,071  (  -0.6%)
                               6 mnth  ( -36.5%)
                               1 year  (  -8.4%)
                               2 year  ( -37.1%)
                               3 year  (  +1.3%)
                               4 year  ( -19.8%)
                               5 year  ( -39.2%)
                              10 year  ( -30.1%)

The opposite applies here – issue #9 has a variant cover, for the first time since issue #6, so the appearance of levelling out is likely to be misleading.

60. NOVA
06/08  Nova v4 #14 - 28,892
06/09  Nova v4 #26 - 28,107
=====
02/13  Nova v5 #1  - 80,857
03/13  Nova v5 #2  - 46,725  (-42.2%)
04/13  Nova v5 #3  - 40,548  (-13.2%)
05/13  Nova v5 #4  - 38,151  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Nova v5 #5  - 36,545  ( -4.2%)
                     4 year  (+30.0%)
                     5 year  (+26.5%)

Still yet to level out, despite the big name creative team attached. An “Infinity” crossover is scheduled to start with issue #8.

63. DAREDEVIL
06/03  Daredevil v2 #48  - 59,869
06/08  Daredevil v2 #108 - 39,557
06/09  Daredevil v2 #119 - 41,403
06/10  Daredevil #507    - 34,744
06/11  ---
=====
06/12  Daredevil v3 #14  - 43,865  (+12.3%)
07/12  Daredevil v3 #15  - 38,469  (-12.3%)
08/12  Daredevil v3 #16  - 37,804  ( -1.7%)
08/12  Daredevil v3 #17  - 38,149  ( +0.9%)
09/12  Daredevil v3 #18  - 37,185  ( -2.5%)
10/12  Daredevil v3 #19  - 37,228  ( +0.1%)
11/12  Daredevil v3 #20  - 36,515  ( -1.9%)
12/12  Daredevil v3 #21  - 35,848  ( -1.8%)
01/13  Daredevil v3 #22  - 36,102  ( +0.7%)
02/13  Daredevil v3 #23  - 37,170  ( +3.0%)
03/13  Daredevil v3 #24  - 37,231  ( +0.2%)
04/13  Daredevil v3 #25  - 39,678  ( +6.6%)
05/13  Daredevil v3 #26  - 39,788  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Daredevil v3 #27  - 35,834  ( -9.9%)
                           6 mnth  ( -0.0%)
                           1 year  (-18.3%)
                           2 year  (  --- )
                           3 year  ( +3.1%)
                           4 year  (-13.5%)
                           5 year  ( -9.4%)
                          10 year  (-40.1%)

The previous two issues had variant covers, so the drop is unsurprising. Overall, DAREDEVIL remains remarkably steady.

65. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN
06/03  Spider-Man #42    - 100,151
06/08  Spider-Man #123   -  57,187
06/09  Spider-Man #133   -  57,364
06/10  Spider-Man v2 #11 -  39,149
06/11  Spider-Man #159   -  51,766
=====
06/12  Spider-Man v3 #11 -  42,549  ( +0.5%)
07/12  Spider-Man v3 #12 -  42,050  ( -1.2%)
08/12  Spider-Man v3 #13 -  42,642  ( +1.4%)
09/12  Spider-Man v3 #14 -  40,960  ( -3.9%)
09/12  Spider-Man v3 #15 -  40,435  ( -1.3%)
10/12  Spider-Man v3 #16 -  39,679  ( -1.9%)
10/12  Spider-Man v3 #.1 -  38,321  ( -3.4%)
11/12  Spider-Man v3 #17 -  38,481  ( +0.4%)
12/12  Spider-Man v3 #18 -  36,944  ( -4.0%)
01/13  Spider-Man v3 #19 -  36,017  ( -2.5%)
02/13  Spider-Man v3 #20 -  35,461  ( -1.5%)
03/13  Spider-Man v3 #21 -  35,284  ( -0.5%)
04/13  Spider-Man v3 #22 -  34,918  ( -1.0%)
05/13  Spider-Man v3 #23 -  35,581  ( +1.9%)
06/13  Spider-Man v3 #24 -  34,011  ( -4.4%)
                            6 mnth  ( -7.9%)
                            1 year  (-20.1%)
                            2 year  (-34.3%)
                            3 year  (-13.1%)
                            4 year  (-40.7%)
                            5 year  (-40.5%)
                           10 year  (-66.0%)

By far the most commercially successful of the Ultimate titles, but let’s be honest, that’s not saying much these days – and Brian Bendis himself is getting better sales on his Marvel Universe books. Even so, it would not be a surprise if this book were, in one way or another, to wind up as the sole survivor of the Ultimate imprint.

67,71. THUNDERBOLTS
06/03  Thunderbolts #80    - 18,766
06/08  Thunderbolts #121   - 37,693
06/09  Thunderbolts #133   - 39,479
06/10  Thunderbolts #145   - 31,999
06/11  Thunderbolts #158   - 28,422
=====
12/12  Thunderbolts v2 #1  - 83,396
12/12  Thunderbolts v2 #2  - 50,897  (-39.0%)
01/13  Thunderbolts v2 #3  - 44,272  (-13.0%)
02/13  Thunderbolts v2 #4  - 43,287  ( -2.2%)
02/13  Thunderbolts v2 #5  - 41,663  ( -3.8%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #6  - 39,293  ( -5.7%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #7  - 38,553  ( -1.9%)
04/13  Thunderbolts v2 #8  - 36,979  ( -4.1%)
05/13  Thunderbolts v2 #9  - 32,855  (-11.2%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #10 - 32,682  ( -0.5%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #11 - 30,618  ( -6.3%)
                             6 mnth  (-39.8%)
                             1 year  (  --- )
                             2 year  ( +7.7%)
                             3 year  ( -4.3%)
                             4 year  (-22.4%)
                             5 year  (-18.8%)
                            10 year  (+63.2%)

Issue #10 has a variant cover (as did #8), which would explain the jerky sales we’re seeing here. The overall trend is plainly downhill, but an “Infinity” crossover storyline starts with issue #14.

69. SECRET AVENGERS
06/11  Secret Avengers #2    - 77,933
=====
06/12  Secret Avengers #28   - 51,572  (  +3.5%)
07/12  Secret Avengers #29   - 41,653  ( -19.2%)
08/12  Secret Avengers #30   - 38,243  (  -8.2%)
09/12  Secret Avengers #31   - 35,987  (  -5.9%)
10/12  Secret Avengers #32   - 35,346  (  -1.8%)
10/12  Secret Avengers #33   - 34,260  (  -3.1%)
11/12  Secret Avengers #34   - 32,146  (  -6.2%)
12/12  Secret Avengers #35   - 30,755  (  -4.3%)
01/13  Secret Avengers #36   - 29,330  (  -4.6%)
01/13  Secret Avengers #37   - 32,139  (  +9.6%)
02/13  Secret Avengers v2 #1 - 85,267  (+196.4%)
03/13  Secret Avengers v2 #2 - 46,419  ( -45.6%)
04/13  Secret Avengers v2 #3 - 38,676  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Secret Avengers v2 #4 - 33,428  ( -13.6%)
06/13  Secret Avengers v2 #5 - 31,437  (  -6.0%)
                               6 mnth  (  -2.2%)
                               1 year  ( -39.0%)
                               2 year  ( -60.0%)

All the issues to date have had a 1:50 variant cover, but this one has an additional 1:20 variant as part of this month’s “Wolverine Through the Ages” theme. So while the drops have been getting smaller, it’s still some way distant from finding its level. An “Infinity” crossover starts with issue #10.

70. YOUNG AVENGERS
06/08  YA Presents #6 of 6  - 28,476
=====
01/13  Young Avengers v2 #1 - 76,144
02/13  Young Avengers v2 #2 - 43,559  (-42.8%)
03/13  Young Avengers v2 #3 - 38,469  (-11.7%)
04/13  Young Avengers v2 #4 - 34,378  (-10.6%)
05/13  Young Avengers v2 #5 - 32,159  ( -6.5%)
06/13  Young Avengers v2 #6 - 30,822  ( -4.2%)
                              5 year  ( +8.2%)

Similarly, this one’s slowly starting to level out, but it’s not there yet.

72. FF
06/11  FF #5    - 58,925
=====
06/12  FF #19   - 34,260  (  -0.9%)
07/12  FF #20   - 31,652  (  -7.6%)
08/12  FF #21   - 30,220  (  -4.5%)
09/12  FF #22   - 29,847  (  -1.2%)
10/12  FF #23   - 30,844  (  +3.3%)
11/12  FF v2 #1 - 80,701  (+161.6%)
12/12  FF v2 #2 - 46,096  ( -42.9%)
01/13  FF v2 #3 - 41,108  ( -10.8%)
02/13  FF v2 #4 - 35,815  ( -12.9%)
03/13  FF v2 #5 - 34,601  (  -3.4%)
04/13  FF v2 #6 - 32,937  (  -4.8%)
05/13  FF v2 #7 - 30,960  (  -6.0%)
06/13  FF v2 #8 - 30,061  (  -2.9%)
                  6 mnth  ( -34.8%)
                  1 year  ( -12.3%)
                  2 year  ( -49.0%)

Issues #7-8 were the first to lack variant covers, so this is actually looking a little more stable than it first seems.

78. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
06/12  Avengers Assemble #4  -  43,022  ( -2.0%)
07/12  Avengers Assemble #5  -  38,951  ( -9.5%)
08/12  Avengers Assemble #6  -  36,131  ( -7.2%)
09/12  Avengers Assemble #7  -  36,259  ( +0.4%)
10/12  Avengers Assemble #8  -  36,453  ( +0.5%)
11/12  Avengers Assemble #9  -  42,088  (+15.5%)
12/12  Avengers Assemble #10 -  34,035  (-19.1%)
01/13  Avengers Assemble #11 -  31,027  ( -8.8%)
02/13  Avengers Assemble #12 -  29,475  ( -5.0%)
03/13  Avengers Assemble #13 -  28,432  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Av. Assemble #14AU    -  35,985  (+26.6%)
05/13  Av. Assemble #15AU    -  33,183  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Avengers Assemble #16 -  27,497  (-17.1%)
                                6 mnth  (-19.2%)
                                1 year  (-36.1%)

This book is now firmly relying on crossovers to help it out, with “Age of Ultron” in issues #14-15, “Enemy Within” (a crossover with CAPTAIN MARVEL) in #16-17, and “Infinity” scheduled to start with #18.

80. AVENGING SPIDER-MAN
06/12  Avenging Spider-Man #8  - 39,861  ( +4.9%)
07/12  Avenging Spider-Man #9  - 37,134  ( -6.8%)
08/12  Avenging Spider-Man #10 - 34,537  ( -7.0%)
08/12  Avenging Spider-Man #11 - 33,808  ( -2.1%)
09/12  Avenging Spider-Man #12 - 35,462  ( +4.9%)
10/12  Avenging Spider-Man #13 - 32,908  ( -7.2%)
11/12  Avenging Spider-Man #14 - 30,102  ( -8.5%)
12/12  Avenging Spider-Man #15 - 28,240  ( -6.2%)
12/12  Avenging Spider-Man #.1 - 41,504  (+47.0%)
01/13  Avenging Spider-Man #16 - 29,032  (-30.1%)
02/13  Avenging Spider-Man #17 - 30,783  ( +6.0%)
03/13  Avenging Spider-Man #18 - 31,657  ( +2.8%)
04/13  Avenging Spider-Man #19 - 28,740  ( -9.2%)
05/13  Avenging Spider-Man #20 - 27,609  ( -3.9%)
05/13  Avenging Spider-Man #21 - 27,251  ( -1.3%)
06/13  Avenging Spider-Man #22 - 26,799  ( -1.7%)
                                 6 mnth  ( -5.1%)
                                 1 year  (-32.8%)

Relaunches next month as SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP (and dives into an “Infinity” crossover with issue #3).

82,87. DAREDEVIL MINISERIES
10/12  End of Days #1 of 8 - 40,911
11/12  End of Days #2 of 8 - 32,072  (-21.6%)
12/12  End of Days #3 of 8 - 29,273  ( -8.7%)
01/13  End of Days #4 of 8 - 27,770  ( -5.1%)
02/13  End of Days #5 of 8 - 26,777  ( -3.6%)
03/13  End of Days #6 of 8 - 26,316  ( -1.7%)
04/13  End of Days #7 of 8 - 25,577  ( -2.8%)
05/13  ---
06/13  End of Days #8 of 8 - 26,239  ( +2.6%)
06/13  Dark Nights #1 of 8 - 25,736  ( -1.9%)

END OF DAYS did so well that right on its heels we’ve got another Daredevil mini, DARK NIGHTS. It pretty much matches the sales of its predecessor, though I’d still expect the usual second issue drop.

86. A+X
06/12  Versus #3 of 6 -  94,528  ( -4.3%)
07/12  Versus #4 of 6 -  86,526  ( -8.5%)
08/12  Versus #5 of 6 -  78,380  ( -9.4%)
09/12  ---
10/12  Versus #6 of 6 -  75,298  ( -3.9%)
10/12  A+X #1         - 105,420  (+40.0%)
11/12  A+X #2         -  64,606  (-38.7%)
12/12  A+X #3         -  56,700  (-12.2%)
01/13  A+X #4         -  48,091  (-15.2%)
02/13  ---
03/13  A+X #5         -  37,250  (-22.5%)
03/13  A+X #6         -  34,434  ( -7.6%)
04/13  A+X #7         -  31,183  ( -9.4%)
05/13  A+X #8         -  26,967  (-13.5%)
06/13  A+X #9         -  25,803  ( -4.3%)
                         6 mnth  (-54.5%)
                         1 year  (-72.7%)

Still bleeding. A format change is upcoming, with a serial set to run in the lead slot.

89,93. AVENGERS ARENA
12/12  Avengers Arena #1  - 64,626
12/12  Avengers Arena #2  - 43,014  (-33.4%)
01/13  Avengers Arena #3  - 38,461  (-10.6%)
02/13  Avengers Arena #4  - 33,611  (-12.6%)
02/13  Avengers Arena #5  - 32,548  ( -3.2%)
03/13  Avengers Arena #6  - 31,617  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #7  - 29,784  ( -5.8%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #8  - 27,900  ( -6.3%)
05/13  Avengers Arena #9  - 26,873  ( -3.7%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #10 - 25,277  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #11 - 24,487  ( -3.1%)
                            6 mnth  (-43.1%)

Drifting down, but it’ll have no difficulty reaching the end of its current story arc, after which there’ll be a natural opportunity for relaunches.

95. X-MEN LEGACY
06/03  New X-Men #142     -  97,897
06/08  X-Men Legacy #213  -  71,893
06/09  X-Men Legacy #225  -  58,374
06/10  X-Men Legacy #237  -  65,578
06/11  X-Men Legacy #250  -  45,070
=====
06/12  X-Men Legacy #268  -  49,163  (  +6.2%)
06/12  X-Men Legacy #269  -  46,923  (  -4.6%)
07/12  X-Men Legacy #270  -  44,914  (  -4.3%)
08/12  X-Men Legacy #271  -  37,206  ( -17.2%)
08/12  X-Men Legacy #272  -  37,120  (  -0.2%)
09/12  X-Men Legacy #273  -  36,020  (  -3.0%)
09/12  X-Men Legacy #274  -  35,168  (  -2.4%)
10/12  X-Men Legacy #275  -  38,726  ( +10.1%)
11/12  X-Men Legacy v2 #1 -  87,081  (+124.9%)
11/12  X-Men Legacy v2 #2 -  58,037  ( -33.4%)
12/12  X-Men Legacy v2 #3 -  45,407  ( -21.8%)
01/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #4 -  37,673  ( -17.0%)
01/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #5 -  34,823  (  -7.6%)
02/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #6 -  31,074  ( -10.8%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #7 -  29,231  (  -5.9%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #8 -  28,174  (  -3.6%)
04/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #9 -  28,405  (  +0.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #10 - 25,911  (  -8.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #11 - 25,048  (  -3.3%)
06/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #12 - 23,996  (  -4.2%)
                             6 mnth  ( -22.9%)
                             1 year  ( -48.9%)
                             2 year  ( -46.8%)
                             3 year  ( -63.4%)
                             4 year  ( -58.9%)
                             5 year  ( -66.6%)
                            10 year  ( -75.5%)

Still shedding readers. At this rate the book will be in dangerous territory before too much longer.

97. ASTONISHING X-MEN
06/08  ---
06/09  Astonishing X-Men #30 - 64,408
06/10  Astonishing X-Men #34 - 57,363
06/11  Astonishing X-Men #39 - 37,127
=====
06/12  Astonishing X-Men #51 - 82,654  (+33.6%)
07/12  Astonishing X-Men #52 - 35,766  (-56.7%)
08/12  Astonishing X-Men #53 - 32,268  ( -9.8%)
09/12  Astonishing X-Men #54 - 30,225  ( -6.3%)
10/12  Astonishing X-Men #55 - 29,060  ( -3.9%)
11/12  Astonishing X-Men #56 - 27,583  ( -5.1%)
12/12  Astonishing X-Men #57 - 26,263  ( -4.8%)
01/13  Astonishing X-Men #58 - 25,159  ( -4.2%)
02/13  Astonishing X-Men #59 - 24,195  ( -3.8%)
03/13  Astonishing X-Men #60 - 27,683  (+14.4%)
04/13  Astonishing X-Men #61 - 27,090  ( -2.1%)
05/13  Astonishing X-Men #62 - 24,121  (-11.0%)
06/13  Astonishing X-Men #63 - 23,326  ( -3.3%)
                               6 mnth  (-11.2%)
                               1 year  (-71.8%)
                               2 year  (-37.2%)
                               3 year  (-59.3%)
                               4 year  (-63.8%)
                               5 year  (  --- )

Relaunching as AMAZING X-MEN in November. So we’re not in true cancellation territory just yet.

99. SCARLET SPIDER
06/12  Scarlet Spider #6  - 30,722  ( -0.7%)
07/12  Scarlet Spider #7  - 29,140  ( -5.1%)
08/12  Scarlet Spider #8  - 27,690  ( -5.0%)
09/12  Scarlet Spider #9  - 27,140  ( -2.0%)
10/12  Scarlet Spider #10 - 31,786  (+17.1%)
11/12  Scarlet Spider #11 - 32,287  ( +1.6%)
12/12  Scarlet Spider #12 - 26,652  (-17.5%)
12/12  Scarlet Spider #.1 - 25,771  ( -3.3%)
01/13  Scarlet Spider #13 - 25,919  ( +0.6%)
02/13  Scarlet Spider #14 - 24,388  ( -5.9%)
03/13  Scarlet Spider #15 - 23,682  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Scarlet Spider #16 - 24,207  ( +2.2%)
05/13  Scarlet Spider #17 - 24,288  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Scarlet Spider #18 - 22,766  ( -6.3%)
                            6 mnth  (-14.6%)
                            1 year  (-25.9%)

Issues #16 and #17 both had variants, so this is another one that’s more stable than it might first seem.

103,108. ULTIMATES
06/08  Ultimates v3 #4  -  95,688
06/09  ---
06/10  ---
06/11  Ultimates v4 #5  -  42,803
=====
06/12  Ultimates v5 #12 -  30,845  ( -1.6%)
07/12  Ultimates v5 #13 -  32,380  ( +5.0%)
08/12  Ultimates v5 #14 -  30,311  ( -6.4%)
09/12  Ultimates v5 #15 -  30,382  ( +0.2%)
09/12  Ultimates v5 #16 -  30,533  ( +0.5%)
10/12  Ultimates v5 #17 -  29,382  ( -3.8%)
11/12  Ultimates v5 #18 -  29,072  ( -1.1%)
12/12  Ultimates v5 #.1 -  27,659  ( -4.9%)
12/12  Ultimates v5 #19 -  26,971  ( -2.5%)
01/13  Ultimates v5 #20 -  25,613  ( -5.0%)
02/13  Ultimates v5 #21 -  23,811  ( -7.0%)
03/13  Ultimates v5 #22 -  23,442  ( -1.5%)
04/13  Ultimates v5 #23 -  22,778  ( -2.8%)
05/13  Ultimates v5 #24 -  21,429  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Ultimates v5 #25 -  21,636  ( +1.0%)
06/13  Ultimates v5 #26 -  20,785  ( -3.9%)
                           6 mnth  (-22.9%)
                           1 year  (-32.6%)
                           2 year  (-51.4%)
                           3 year  (  --- )
                           4 year  (  --- )
                           5 year  (-78.3%)

Steady decline. The 20K mark looms. Of course, total sales when other channels are included will be significantly greater than that – but at the moment it does seem to be a pretty good marker of when a Marvel Universe book might be in trouble.

104. VENOM
06/11  Venom v2 #4  - 38,946
=====
06/12  Venom v2 #19 - 28,702  ( +1.4%)
07/12  Venom v2 #20 - 26,941  ( -6.1%)
07/12  Venom v2 #21 - 26,534  ( -1.5%)
08/12  Venom v2 #22 - 26,734  ( +0.8%)
08/12  Venom v2 #23 - 26,854  ( +0.4%)
09/12  Venom v2 #24 - 30,080  (+12.0%)
09/12  Venom v2 #25 - 25,242  (-16.1%)
10/12  Venom v2 #26 - 31,711  (+25.6%)
11/12  Venom v2 #27 - 31,118  ( -1.9%)
11/12  Venom v2 #.1 - 25,727  (-17.3%)
12/12  Venom v2 #28 - 25,573  ( -0.6%)
01/13  Venom v2 #29 - 24,644  ( -3.6%)
01/13  Venom v2 #30 - 24,551  ( -0.4%)
02/13  Venom v2 #31 - 23,441  ( -4.5%)
03/13  Venom v2 #32 - 22,521  ( -3.9%)
04/13  Venom v2 #33 - 22,327  ( -0.9%)
04/13  Venom v2 #34 - 22,120  ( -0.9%)
05/13  Venom v2 #35 - 21,591  ( -2.4%)
06/13  Venom v2 #36 - 21,288  ( -1.4%)
                      6 mnth  (-16.8%)
                      1 year  (-25.8%)
                      2 year  (-45.3%)

Again, slow but steady erosion.

And now, the march of the doomed begins.

110,112. X-FACTOR
06/08  X-Factor v3 #32 - 45,104
06/09  X-Factor v3 #44 - 31,552
06/10  X-Factor #206   - 40,981
06/11  X-Factor #220   - 24,926
=====
06/12  X-Factor #237   - 24,854  ( +3.4%)
06/12  X-Factor #238   - 23,607  ( -5.0%)
07/12  X-Factor #239   - 23,506  ( -0.4%)
07/12  X-Factor #240   - 23,223  ( -1.2%)
08/12  X-Factor #241   - 22,943  ( -1.2%)
08/12  X-Factor #242   - 22,782  ( -0.7%)
09/12  X-Factor #243   - 22,118  ( -2.9%)
09/12  X-Factor #244   - 22,193  ( +0.3%)
10/12  X-Factor #245   - 22,364  ( +0.8%)
11/12  X-Factor #246   - 22,165  ( -0.9%)
11/12  X-Factor #247   - 22,005  ( -0.7%)
12/12  X-Factor #248   - 21,664  ( -1.5%)
12/12  X-Factor #249   - 21,211  ( -2.1%)
01/13  X-Factor #250   - 22,521  ( +6.2%)
02/13  X-Factor #251   - 21,096  ( -6.3%)
02/13  X-Factor #252   - 20,929  ( -0.8%)
03/13  X-Factor #253   - 20,835  ( -0.4%)
04/13  X-Factor #254   - 20,579  ( -1.2%)
05/13  X-Factor #255   - 20,442  ( -0.7%)
05/13  X-Factor #256   - 20,602  ( +0.8%)
06/13  X-Factor #257   - 20,264  ( -1.6%)
06/13  X-Factor #258   - 20,154  ( -0.5%)
                         6 mnth  ( -5.0%)
                         1 year  (-18.9%)
                         2 year  (-19.1%)
                         3 year  (-50.8%)
                         4 year  (-36.1%)
                         5 year  (-55.3%)

Cancelled with issue #262.

111. FEARLESS DEFENDERS
06/08  Last D. #4 of 6  - 21,544
=====
06/12  Defenders v4 #7  - 23,574  (  -7.6%)
07/12  Defenders v4 #8  - 22,504  (  -4.5%)
08/12  Defenders v4 #9  - 21,500  (  -4.5%)
09/12  Defenders v4 #10 - 20,220  (  -6.0%)
10/12  Defenders v4 #11 - 19,361  (  -4.2%)
11/12  Defenders v4 #12 - 18,588  (  -4.0%)
12/12  ---
01/13  ---
02/13  Defenders v5 #1  - 53,688  (+188.8%)
03/13  Defenders v5 #2  - 28,244  ( -47.4%)
04/13  Defenders v5 #3  - 23,514  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Defenders v5 #4  - 20,657  ( -12.2%)
05/13  Defenders #4AU   - 24,984  ( +20.9%)
06/13  Defenders v5 #5  - 20,168  ( -19.3%)
                          6 mnth  (   --- )
                          1 year  ( -14.4%)
                          5 year  (  -6.4%)

Begins an “Infinity” crossover with issue #10, so Marvel aren’t giving up on this one quite yet.

113. CAPTAIN MARVEL
06/08  Ms Marvel v2 #28      - 42,194
06/09  Ms Marvel v2 #40      - 25,216
=====
07/12  Captain Marvel v6 #1  - 41,582
08/12  Captain Marvel v6 #2  - 28,434  (-31.6%)
08/12  Captain Marvel v6 #3  - 27,649  ( -2.8%)
09/12  Captain Marvel v6 #4  - 24,799  (-10.3%)
10/12  Captain Marvel v6 #5  - 28,619  (+15.4%)
10/12  Captain Marvel v6 #6  - 23,103  (-19.3%)
11/12  Captain Marvel v6 #7  - 21,744  ( -5.9%)
12/12  Captain Marvel v6 #8  - 19,970  ( -8.2%)
01/13  Captain Marvel v6 #9  - 19,151  ( -4.1%)
02/13  Captain Marvel v6 #10 - 18,359  ( -4.1%)
03/13  Captain Marvel v6 #11 - 17,743  ( -3.4%)
04/13  Captain Marvel v6 #12 - 18,344  ( +3.4%)
05/13  Enemy Within          - 34,205  (+86.5%)
06/13  Captain Marvel v6 #13 - 19,673  (-42.5%)
                               6 mnth  ( -1.5%)
                               4 year  (-22.0%)
                               5 year  (-53.4%)

Part of the “Enemy Within” crossover with AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, after which the book will be going straight into the “Infinity” crossover.

115,116. ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN
06/03  X-Men #34    - 110,753
06/08  X-Men #95    -  48,137
06/09  ---
06/10  Ult X #3     -  44,568
06/11  Ult X #5     -  34,730
=====
06/12  X-Men v2 #13 -  29,159  ( +1.1%)
07/12  X-Men v2 #14 -  29,879  ( +2.5%)
08/12  X-Men v2 #15 -  27,847  ( -6.8%)
09/12  X-Men v2 #16 -  27,066  ( -2.8%)
10/12  X-Men v2 #17 -  26,503  ( -2.1%)
10/12  X-Men v2 #18 -  26,322  ( -0.7%)
11/12  X-Men v2 #.1 -  25,425  ( -3.4%)
11/12  X-Men v2 #19 -  25,419  ( -0.0%)
12/12  X-Men v2 #20 -  24,789  ( -2.5%)
01/13  X-Men v2 #21 -  23,479  ( -5.3%)
02/13  X-Men v2 #22 -  22,456  ( -4.4%)
02/13  X-Men v2 #23 -  22,197  ( -1.2%)
03/13  X-Men v2 #24 -  21,862  ( -1.5%)
04/13  X-Men v2 #25 -  21,139  ( -3.3%)
05/13  X-Men v2 #26 -  20,330  ( -3.8%)
06/13  X-Men v2 #27 -  19,298  ( -5.1%)
06/13  X-Men v2 #28 -  19,421  ( +0.6%)
                       6 mnth  (-21.7%)
                       1 year  (-33.4%)
                       2 year  (-44.1%)
                       3 year  (-56.4%)
                       4 year  (  --- )
                       5 year  (-59.7%)
                      10 year  (-82.5%)

No obvious explanation for the slight uptick here, as far as I’m aware. It could be levelling out but it’s not that unusual for this to happen and for a book to then resume its decline the next month.

119. GAMBIT
08/12  Gambit v5 #1  - 40,418 
08/12  Gambit v5 #2  - 32,336  (-20.0%)
09/12  Gambit v5 #3  - 28,530  (-11.8%)
10/12  Gambit v5 #4  - 27,828  ( -2.5%)
11/12  Gambit v5 #5  - 26,723  ( -4.0%)
11/12  Gambit v5 #6  - 25,522  ( -4.5%)
12/12  Gambit v5 #7  - 23,978  ( -6.0%)
01/13  Gambit v5 #8  - 22,396  ( -6.6%)
02/13  Gambit v5 #9  - 20,851  ( -6.9%)
03/13  Gambit v5 #10 - 20,187  ( -3.2%)
04/13  Gambit v5 #11 - 19,355  ( -4.1%)
05/13  Gambit v5 #12 - 19,106  ( -1.3%)
05/13  Gambit v5 #13 - 18,854  ( -1.3%)
06/13  Gambit v5 #14 - 18,027  ( -4.4%)
                       6 mnth  (-24.8%)

Cancelled with issue #17.

125. WINTER SOLDIER
05/12  Winter Soldier #5  - 30,646  ( -8.6%)
06/12  Winter Soldier #6  - 30,386  ( -0.8%)
06/12  Winter Soldier #7  - 28,984  ( -4.6%)
07/12  Winter Soldier #8  - 27,317  ( -5.8%)
08/12  Winter Soldier #9  - 26,255  ( -3.9%)
09/12  Winter Soldier #10 - 25,811  ( -1.7%)
09/12  Winter Soldier #11 - 25,310  ( -1.9%)
10/12  Winter Soldier #12 - 24,807  ( -2.0%)
11/12  ---
12/12  Winter Soldier #13 - 23,951  ( -3.5%)
01/13  Winter Soldier #14 - 22,873  ( -4.5%)
02/13  Winter Soldier #15 - 22,199  ( -2.9%)
03/13  Winter Soldier #16 - 20,973  ( -5.5%)
04/13  Winter Soldier #17 - 19,395  ( -7.5%)
05/13  Winter Soldier #18 - 18,120  ( -6.6%)
06/13  Winter Soldier #19 - 17,264  ( -4.7%)
                            6 mnth  (-27.9%)
                            1 year  (-43.7%)

Final issue.

126. WOLVERINE MAX
10/12  Wolverine: Max #1 - 37,509
11/12  Wolverine: Max #2 - 27,217  (-27.4%)
12/12  ---
01/13  Wolverine: Max #3 - 24,058  (-11.6%)
02/13  Wolverine: Max #4 - 22,072  ( -8.3%)
03/13  Wolverine: Max #5 - 20,479  ( -7.2%)
04/13  Wolverine: Max #6 - 19,316  ( -5.7%)
05/13  Wolverine: Max #7 - 18,239  ( -5.6%)
06/13  Wolverine: Max #8 - 17,247  ( -5.4%)

For whatever reason, normal sales rules do not seem to apply to the Max imprint, so the fact that the book is selling at this level doesn’t automatically indicate that it’s in danger. The fact that it’s consistently losing 5-6% of its audience every month, however, is another matter.

131. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
06/11  J/into Mystery #624 - 35,834
=====
06/12  J/into Mystery #639 - 21,914  ( -7.8%)
06/12  J/into Mystery #640 - 20,714  ( -5.5%)
07/12  J/into Mystery #641 - 19,850  ( -4.2%)
08/12  J/into Mystery #642 - 22,336  (+12.5%)
09/12  J/into Mystery #643 - 21,109  ( -5.5%)
09/12  J/into Mystery #644 - 20,588  ( -2.5%)
10/12  J/into Mystery #645 - 20,705  ( +0.6%)
11/12  J/into Mystery #646 - 22,898  (+10.6%)
12/12  J/into Mystery #647 - 22,514  ( -1.7%)
01/13  J/into Mystery #648 - 20,887  ( -7.2%)
02/13  J/into Mystery #649 - 20,064  ( -3.9%)
03/13  J/into Mystery #650 - 19,007  ( -5.3%)
04/13  J/into Mystery #651 - 17,443  ( -8.2%)
05/13  J/into Mystery #652 - 16,873  ( -3.3%)
06/13  J/into Mystery #653 - 16,343  ( -3.1%)
                             6 mnth  (-27.4%)
                             1 year  (-25.4%)
                             2 year  (-54.4%)

Cancelled with issue #655.

146. MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE
01/13  Morbius v2 #1 - 43,883
02/13  Morbius v2 #2 - 25,735  (-41.4%)
03/13  Morbius v2 #3 - 20,262  (-21.3%)
04/13  Morbius v2 #4 - 17,544  (-13.4%)
05/13  Morbius v2 #5 - 15,042  (-14.3%)
06/13  Morbius v2 #6 - 14,584  ( -3.0%)

Cancelled with issue #9.

155. RED SHE-HULK
06/08  Hulk #4          -  90,600
06/09  ---
06/10  Hulk #23         -  50,724
06/11  Hulk #34         -  29,391
=====
06/12  Hulk #53         -  22,386  ( +2.3%)
06/12  Hulk #54         -  22,070  ( -1.4%)
07/12  Hulk #55         -  22,141  ( +0.3%)
08/12  Hulk #56         -  21,558  ( -2.6%)
08/12  Hulk #57         -  21,553  ( -0.0%)
09/12  ---
10/12  Red She-Hulk #58 -  31,136  (+44.5%)
11/12  Red She-Hulk #59 -  20,668  (-33.6%)
12/12  Red She-Hulk #60 -  20,798  ( +0.6%)
01/13  Red She-Hulk #61 -  18,815  ( -9.5%)
02/13  Red She-Hulk #62 -  17,766  ( -5.6%)
03/13  Red She-Hulk #63 -  15,941  (-10.3%)
04/13  Red She-Hulk #64 -  15,055  ( -5.6%)
05/13  Red She-Hulk #65 -  14,044  ( -6.7%)
06/13  Red She-Hulk #66 -  13,403  ( -4.6%)
                           6 mnth  (-35.6%)
                           1 year  (-40.1%)
                           2 year  (-54.4%)
                           3 year  (-73.6%)
                           4 year  (  --- )
                           5 year  (-85.2%)

Cancelled with issue #67.

163. THOR: DARK WORLD PRELUDE
06/13  Dark World Prelude #1 of 2 - 12,528

Movie tie-in. These books are never aimed principally at the direct market, so their sales here aren’t a big deal.

165. FURY MAX
06/12  Fury Max #3  - 17,152  ( -9.8%)
07/12  Fury Max #4  - 16,329  ( -4.8%)
08/12  Fury Max #5  - 15,646  ( -4.2%)
09/12  Fury Max #6  - 14,646  ( -6.4%)
10/12  ---
11/12  ---
12/12  Fury Max #7  - 14,345  ( -2.1%)
01/13  Fury Max #8  - 13,703  ( -4.5%)
02/13  Fury Max #9  - 13,283  ( -3.1%)
03/13  Fury Max #10 - 13,096  ( -1.4%)
04/13  Fury Max #11 - 12,937  ( -1.2%)
05/13  Fury Max #12 - 12,694  ( -1.9%)
06/13  Fury Max #13 - 12,426  ( -2.1%)
                      6 mnth  (-13.4%)
                      1 year  (-27.6%)

Final issue.

173. DARK TOWER: GUNSLINGER - EVIL GROUND
06/08  Long Road Home #4   - 79,270
06/09  Fall of Gilead #2   - 39,978
06/10  Gunslinger #2       - 24,024
06/11  Tull #1             - 17,667
=====
06/12  Man in Black #1     - 14,672  ( +6.1%)
07/12  #2 of 5             - 13,831  ( -5.7%)
08/12  #3 of 5             - 13,677  ( -1.1%)
09/12  #4 of 5             - 13,240  ( -3.2%)
10/12  #5 of 5             - 13,310  ( +0.5%)
11/12  ---
12/12  ---
01/13  Sheemie's #1 of 2   - 12,985  ( -2.4%)
02/13  Sheemie's #2 of 2   - 12,723  ( -2.0%)
03/13  ---
04/13  Evil Ground #1 of 2 - 12,473  ( -2.0%)
05/13  ---
06/13  Evil Ground #2 of 2 - 11,890  ( -4.7%)
                             6 mnth  (  --- )
                             1 year  (-19.0%)
                             2 year  (-32.7%)
                             3 year  (-50.5%) 
                             4 year  (-45.2%)
                             5 year  (-85.0%)

There’s another one-shot in July, and then that seems to be your lot.

179. POWERS: THE BUREAU  [Icon]
06/03  Powers #32    - 26,774
06/08  ---
06/09  ---
06/10  Powers v2 #5  - 16,019
06/11  ---
=====
06/12  ---
07/12  ---
08/12  Powers v3 #11 - 11,939  ( -4.4%)
09/12  ---
10/12  ---
11/12  ---
12/12  ---
01/13  ---
02/13  Bureau #1     - 14,698  (+23.1%)
03/13  Bureau #2     - 12,966  (-11.8%)
03/13  Bureau #3     - 11,705  ( -9.7%)
04/13  ---
05/13  Bureau #4     - 11,441  ( -2.3%)
06/13  Bureau #5     - 11,092  ( -3.1%)
                       6 mnth  (  --- )
                       1 year  (  --- )
                       2 year  (  --- )
                       3 year  (-30.8%)
                       4 year  (  --- )
                       5 year  (  --- )
                      10 year  (-58.6%)

Hanging in there. The Icon imprint is another one that isn’t expected to generate the same sales as Marvel Universe titles.

207. ALPHA: BIG TIME
01/13  Alpha: Big Time #0.1    -  8,534
02/13  Alpha: Big Time #1 of 5 - 22,778  (+166.9%)
03/13  Alpha: Big Time #2 of 5 - 16,305  ( -28.4%)
04/13  Alpha: Big Time #3 of 5 - 12,265  ( -24.8%)
05/13  Alpha: Big Time #4 of 5 - 10,422  ( -15.0%)
06/13  Alpha: Big TIme #5 of 5 -  9,278  ( -11.0%)

Let’s just pretend this didn’t happen, mmm?

Number 211 is the MARVEL BACKLIST READING CHRONOLOGY, with 8,837 copies.

And finally, the two all-ages books:

276. MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
06/12  MUU Spider-Man #3  -  6,756  (-10.9%)
07/12  MUU Spider-Man #4  -  6,447  ( -4.6%)
08/12  MUU Spider-Man #5  -  6,310  ( -2.1%)
09/12  MUU Spider-Man #6  -  5,873  ( -6.9%)
10/12  MUU Spider-Man #7  -  5,768  ( -1.8%)
11/12  MUU Spider-Man #8  -  5,588  ( -3.1%)
12/12  MUU Spider-Man #9  -  5,235  ( -6.3%)
01/13  MUU Spider-Man #10 -  5,077  ( -3.0%)
02/13  MUU Spider-Man #11 -  5,086  ( +0.1%)
03/13  MUU Spider-Man #12 -  4,978  ( -2.1%)
04/13  MUU Spider-Man #13 -  5,004  ( +0.5%)
05/13  MUU Spider-Man #14 -  5,127  ( +2.5%)
06/13  MUU Spider-Man #15 -  5,054  ( -1.4%)
                            6 mnth  ( -3.5%)
                            1 year  (-25.2%)

288.  MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS
06/12  MU Avengers #3  -  6,345  ( -5.8%)
07/12  MU Avengers #4  -  6,421  ( +1.2%)
08/12  MU Avengers #5  -  6,134  ( -4.5%)
09/12  MU Avengers #6  -  5,906  ( -3.7%)
10/12  MU Avengers #7  -  5,630  ( -4.7%)
11/12  MU Avengers #8  -  5,389  ( -4.3%)
12/12  MU Avengers #9  -  5,207  ( -3.4%)
01/13  MU Avengers #10 -  4,951  ( -4.9%)
02/13  MU Avengers #11 -  4,940  ( -0.2%)
03/13  MU Avengers #12 -  4,960  ( +0.4%)
04/13  MU Avengers #13 -  4,911  ( -1.0%)
05/13  MU Avengers #14 -  ?,???  (  ??? )
06/13  MU Avengers #15 -  4,744  (  ??? )
                         6 mnth  ( -8.9%)
                         1 year  (-25.2%)


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

+150.8% - X-Men
+ 36.1% - Wolverine
+ 21.1% - Hawkeye
+  2.9% - Superior Spider-Man
-  0.0% - Daredevil
-  1.5% - Captain Marvel
-  2.2% - Secret Avengers
-  3.5% - MUU Spider-Man
-  5.0% - X-Factor
-  5.1% - Avenging Spider-Man
-  7.9% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-  8.9% - MU Avengers
- 11.2% - Astonishing X-Men
- 11.6% - Thor
- 12.9% - Wolverine and the X-Men
- 13.4% - Fury Max
- 14.6% - All-New X-Men
- 14.6% - Scarlet Spider
- 15.4% - Uncanny X-Force
- 16.8% - Venom
- 19.2% - Avengers Assemble
- 21.7% - Iron Man
- 21.7% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 22.9% - Ultimates
- 22.3% - Hulk
- 22.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 24.4% - Avengers
- 24.8% - Gambit
- 25.2% - Deadpool
- 27.4% - Journey into Mystery
- 27.9% - Winter Soldier
- 32.0% - Captain America
- 34.8% - FF
- 35.6% - Red She-Hulk
- 36.5% - Fantastic Four
- 37.4% - Cable & X-Force
- 39.8% - Thunderbolts
- 43.1% - Avengers Arena
- 54.5% - A+X


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

+105.5% - X-Men
+ 63.7% - Deadpool
+ 45.9% - Thor
+ 36.4% - Iron Man
+ 36.3% - Superior Spider-Man
+ 33.1% - Wolverine
+ 22.1% - Hulk
+ 11.0% - Captain America
+  8.7% - Avengers
+  4.5% - Uncanny X-Men
-  7.4% - New Avengers
-  8.4% - Fantastic Four
- 12.3% - FF
- 14.4% - Defenders
- 15.0% - Uncanny X-Force
- 18.3% - Daredevil
- 18.9% - X-Factor
- 19.0% - Dark Tower
- 20.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 25.2% - MUU Spider-Man
- 25.2% - MU Avengers
- 25.4% - Journey into Mystery
- 25.8% - Venom
- 25.9% - Scarlet Spider
- 27.6% - Fury Max
- 32.6% - Ultimates
- 32.8% - Avenging Spider-Man
- 33.4% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 36.1% - Avengers Assemble
- 38.6% - Wolverine and the X-Men
- 39.0% - Secret Avengers
- 40.1% - Red She-Hulk
- 43.7% - Winter Soldier
- 48.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 71.8% - Astonishing X-Men
- 72.7% - A+X


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

+ 76.3% - Hulk
+ 73.7% - Deadpool
+ 60.6% - X-Men
+ 52.4% - Superior Spider-Man
+ 38.3% - Uncanny X-Men
+ 16.8% - Avengers
+  9.6% - Wolverine
+  7.7% - Thunderbolts
+  4.9% - Iron Man
+  4.3% - New Avengers
+  2.1% - Thor
-  2.2% - Captain America
- 19.1% - X-Factor
- 24.1% - Uncanny X-Force
- 32.7% - Dark Tower
- 34.3% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 37.1% - Fantastic Four
- 37.2% - Astonishing X-Men
- 44.1% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 45.3% - Venom
- 46.8% - X-Men legacy
- 49.0% - FF
- 51.4% - Ultimates
- 54.4% - Journey into Mystery
- 54.4% - Red She-Hulk
- 60.0% - Secret Avengers


3 year comparisons
==================

+ 55.8% - Wolverine
+ 46.6% - Superior Spider-Man
+ 25.0% - Deadpool
+  6.4% - Hulk
+  3.1% - Daredevil
+  1.3% - Fantastic Four
-  3.1% - Uncanny X-Men
-  4.3% - Thunderbolts
- 13.0% - Thor
- 13.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 15.0% - Iron Man
- 17.4% - Captain America
- 24.2% - Avengers
- 30.8% - Powers
- 50.5% - Dark Tower
- 50.8% - X-Factor
- 53.4% - New Avengers
- 56.4% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 59.3% - Astonishing X-Men
- 63.4% - X-Men Legacy
- 73.6% - Red She-Hulk


4 year comparisons
==================

+167.0% - Guardians of the Galaxy
+ 30.0% - Nova
+ 29.6% - Superior Spider-Man
+  3.6% - Uncanny X-Men
-  8.4% - Wolverine
- 12.7% - Deadpool
- 13.5% - Daredevil
- 16.6% - Iron Man
- 19.8% - Fantastic Four
- 22.0% - Captain Marvel
- 22.4% - Thunderbolts
- 29.4% - Thor
- 31.3% - Uncanny X-Force
- 35.9% - New Avengers
- 36.1% - X-Factor
- 40.7% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 45.2% - Dark Tower
- 58.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 61.0% - Captain America
- 63.8% - Astonishing X-Men


5 year comparisons
==================

+117.1% - Guardians of the Galaxy
+ 26.5% - Nova
+ 16.3% - Superior Spider-Man
+  8.2% - Young Avengers
-  6.4% - Defenders
-  9.1% - Uncanny X-Men
-  9.4% - Daredevil
- 18.8% - Thunderbolts
- 35.7% - Iron Man
- 39.2% - Fantastic Four
- 40.5% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 44.6% - New Avengers
- 44.8% - Captain America
- 45.4% - Hulk
- 52.3% - Wolverine
- 53.4% - Captain Marvel
- 55.3% - X-Factor
- 59.7% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 66.6% - X-Men Legacy
- 78.3% - Ultimates
- 85.0% - Dark Tower
- 85.2% - Red She-Hulk


10 year comparisons
===================

+ 63.2% - Thunderbolts
+ 38.9% - Iron Man
+ 30.0% - Avengers
-  4.0% - Captain America
- 19.5% - Uncanny X-Men
- 27.9% - Hulk
- 30.1% - Fantastic Four
- 40.1% - Daredevil
- 46.9% - Thor
- 53.2% - Wolverine
- 58.6% - Powers
- 66.0% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 75.5% - X-Men Legacy
- 82.5% - Ultimate Comics X-Men

Comments

  1. Steve says:

    06/13 Defenders v5 #5 – 20,168 ( -19.3%)

    and, yet, Marvel thinks it’s a good idea to bump this to $3.99 with issue #8.

    Somebody explain the logic to me (other than to get it cancelled before #12…) — #7 will be my last issue.

  2. Lot of good content but it’s hard to keep the readers.

  3. comicsatemybrain says:

    Ultimate Comics X-Men: “No obvious explanation for the slight uptick here, as far as I’m aware. It could be levelling out but it’s not that unusual for this to happen and for a book to then resume its decline the next month.”

    In other words, statistical noise. Given the method by which these numbers are arrived at, it should be expected that there is some imprecision in them.

    Which could also be an explanation for the perceived 98 copy increase for Uncanny X-Men, by the way.

  4. Glenn Simpson says:

    I thought Age of Ultron 10AI had the same artist as Avengers AI #1?

  5. Hawkeye’s karma stems from #7 being a Hurricane Sandy benefit issue. It looks like, going into issue 6, most retailers had decided what they were going to order on the book, sellouts be damned. I think its relative steadiness says retailers saw good sell-through on issue 1 but overrated the attrition–unlike most books, once the people who decided they either just didn’t like Hawkeye or would wait for the trade disappeared, the folks who wanted to stick with it outnumbered what retailers thought they could sell of issue 6. I kicked orders up by 5 copies every issue from #3 on and couldn’t keep up–it kept defying my expectations of growth. But back to #7–I felt a few of our customers would support a hurricane benefit issue, so, why not–I ordered double of #1. We still sold through and ordered second-prints as well. Hawkeye broke the retailer habit of expecting sales to keep dropping, once it “proved” it could sell copies past what most retailers believed was its ceiling. Good for Matt Fraction and all the artists involved–they helped some people and a worthy series made retailers believe. There’s hope for the world yet.

  6. Torsten Adair says:

    Is Ms./Captain Marvel a lamprey title, latching on to whatever Avengers event is happening at any given time?
    (6-8 =Civil Wars, 13-17 = The Initiative, 25-30 = Secret Invasion, 34-46 = Dark Reign)

    Here’s my pitch to Marvel:
    Create a character similar to Spider-Man’s personality.
    Zelig this character. (Or “Rick Jones” him.)
    Channel Gail Simone’s sense of humor (Deadpool, Secret Six).
    Every issue is a tie-in/crossover with whatever event is happening.

  7. Chris Rice says:

    Old Man – obvious troll is obvious.

  8. Chris Rice says:

    Thorsten – that seems like a slightly odd comment? By that logic, Hulk, Mighty Avengers, Deadpool, and most Marvel books would be lamprey books. I think Captain Marvel appears in so many Avengers crossovers because she’s, well, an Avenger…

  9. Shawn Kane says:

    Fantastic Four’s numbers are terrible. I know that Marvel seems to think that doing the book the way that Stan and Jack did is passé but those numbers don’t really justify keeping “Fan Favorite” Matt Fraction as writer and even though I’m a Mark Bagley fan, he doesn’t seem to be catching on with this book. Maybe it’s time to give it to some old school pros and see if a retro feel would work.

  10. Shawn Hill says:

    FF, however, is great! I’m loving it more every month. Maybe it helps that it’s so frankly hipster, while Fantastic Four … isn’t it supposed to be the Stan/Jack-style alternative already?

  11. Any word on when the DC June sales charts will be printed? Or is the truth too painful for certain DC “higher-ups”?

  12. the4thpip says:

    There is a better explanation why Iron Man #9 sold better than the others than the movie. When have movies caused sales bumps in recent years?

    It was the first issue not drawn, er, assembled by Greg Land. It had an actual artist.

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