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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

“The Walking Dead” topped comic book and graphic novel sales charts for 2012, according to a news release from Diamond Comics Distributors Inc. The hit television show on AMC helped spur sales of the source material, written by Robert Kirkman. “The Walking Dead” No. 100 became the first comic from Image Comics to top the year-end chart since 1999.

In the year of the blockbuster “Avengers” film, two “Avengers”-related relaunches hit the charts for Marvel Comics. “Uncanny Avengers” No. 1, drawn by former Oklahoman John Cassaday, ranked No. 2. A new “The Avengers” No. 1, written by Jonathan Hickman, ranked No. 10. Marvel's final-for-now issue of “Amazing Spider-Man,” No. 700, ranked No. 4, despite a higher-than-average $7.99 cover price. The rest of the top 10 were issues of the Marvel Comics crossover “Avengers vs. X-Men,” pitting Marvel Comics' high-profile franchises against one another.

It was the third year in a row for “The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye” to top the graphic novel sales chart.

“Walking Dead” collections took seven of the top 10 graphic novel slots. “Batman: Earth One” and “Batman: Court of the Owls” were Nos. 3 and 8; Alan Moore's “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century #3: 2009” was No. 10.

Alicia Cox, manager of Second Chance Books and Comics, 3909 N MacArthur Blvd. in Warr Acres, saw many of the same trends locally.

“All the Walking Dead graphic novels sold very well. I ordered piles and piles of No. 1. Everybody is wanting to get into it since they've been watching the show.”

“Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700 was also a hit at Second Chance.

“No matter how many copies we ordered of that, it was going to sell out the first day,” she said.

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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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