AMAZING SPIDER MAN #1 BREAKS ALL SALES RECORDS, MANIAC COP GETS REMADE, AN IDW COMIC SELLS OUT, AND MORE IN THIS WEEK’S COMIC BOOK NEWS

This April, it was good to be Spider-Man.  At least, in the comics it was.  The relaunch of one of Marvel’s oldest (and consistently best) comics, The Amazing Spider-Man #1, made over $3 million in sales.  And yet, more people still know the name Brian Michael Bendis than Dan Slott.  AmSpM#1 was the best-selling comic in over a decade–and the closest any other comic has come to that number was Amazing Spider-Man #583, the one with Barack Obama on the cover.  Frankly, it deserved to sell: Amazing Spider-Man #1 was one of the best written Spidey books in a very, very long time.  And that’s saying something, since Spider-Man has been well-written for a very, very long time.  And isn’t it great that a printed piece of media can still generate dollars?

Other than the fact that a little less than one out of every ten comics sold last week was an issue of Amazing Spider-Man #1, Superior Spider-Man #31 (the last issue) came in at #2 before a bunch of Batman books dominated the top 10:

1.  Amazing Spider-Man #1

2.  Superior Spider-Man #31

3.  Batman #30

4. Batman Eternal #1

5.  Justice League #29

6.  Batman Eternal #2

7.  Hulk #1

8. Original Sin #0

9, 10.  Batman Eternal 3, 4.

Yeah, LOTS of DC, and other than “Justice League,” pretty good DC at that.  Hulk #1 cracking the top 10 was a bit of a shocker as well.  Other than the two issues of Walking Dead that came out in April, the rest of the top 40 were the usual gang of Marvel and DC titles (Avengers, Justice League books, X-books), but there were a few surprises.  Deadpool rose to #16 on the list with his hefty $10 wedding issue.  That had to have generated a disproportionate amount of money, and expect sales to plummet back to the 40k range next month.  And Deadpool versus Carnage #1 also cracked the top 20—a comic made for the 1990s, featuring two fairly one-dimensional characters with big red colors and lots of mindless fighting.

Being #1 is great, but being #2 is pretty cool, too, and that’s not lost on Marvel (who never leave money on the table).  Superior Spider-Man is already solicited to return in August with #s 32 and 33 as part of the Spider-Verse event.  Which I couldn’t wait for even before I knew the artist for #33 would be Adam Kubert.  Spider-Verse will tell the story of what happened in Superior Spider-Man #19 while the Doctor Octopus-controlled Spider-Man was displaced from the timeline, and will feature over a dozen versions of Spider-Man.  There is no way it won’t be awesome.

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