Oklahoma comics retailers reflect on year's best-sellers

‘The Walking Dead,' ‘Avengers' were strong sellers in comic shops
by Matthew Price Modified: January 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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The “Death of the Family” crossover in Batman comics has also been selling well.

Batman's presence in the movie theaters this year may have helped push “Batman: Court of Owls” to best-seller status in the Warr Acres store. “Batman: Earth One” sold well for the shop, as did evergreen Batman titles including “Long Halloween,” “Hush” and “The Killing Joke.”

Of the Marvel NOW! Relaunch, Cox said “Uncanny Avengers” came out of the gate the strongest seller, with “Fantastic Four” and “FF” exceeding expectations.

Joey Belden, of Atomik Pop, 7884 S Western, said DC Comics' “Batman” and “Justice League” have remained mainstays, but the best-selling comic of the year for them was Marvel's “Uncanny Avengers” No. 1. “'Avengers vs. X-Men' was up there as well,” Belden said.

The first “Walking Dead” trades also topped Atomik Pop's list, followed by “Batman: Court of Owls” and “Batman: Earth One.”

Another Image Comics trade paperback, “Saga” Vol. 1, came in below those.

“I think Image has really done very well,” Belden said.

A surprise top-seller from Atomik Pop was Avatar's “Crossed,” which Belden said appeals to fans of “The Walking Dead” looking for another series along those lines.

While Diamond Comics doesn't release sales numbers alongside the rankings, Image Comics announced in a news release that initial orders for “The Walking Dead” No. 100 were 383,612 copies.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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