Posted on March 17, 2013 AT 08:13pm
Welcome to number sixty-two of the Comic Countdown, your place for random comic book topics put into a numerical order. While usually the Countdown takes a fun topic and makes up an order, but this week is going to be a bit different, with the numbers deciding themselves. This installment of the Countdown will take a look at some of the highest selling comic book issues in recent memory, starting with:
#10: Secret Invasion #1 (Marvel Comics)
This Marvel crossover featured the deadly Skrulls as they attempt to take over the Earth for their own means. While hints were dropped about this series as far back as 2004, the first issue of this 2008 series got a huge build-up, and major sales as a result.
#9: Infinite Crisis #1 (DC Comics)
A major DC Comics event, Infinite Crisis was written by DC CCO Geoff Johns, one of the most highly-regarded writers in the DC stable. A sequel to Crisis On Infinite Earths, the 80′s DC crossover, this series was a huge smash, leaving major marks on the DC continuity as a whole.
#8: All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder #1 (DC Comics)
Featuring the legendary Frank Miller and Jim Lee, this series was set outside the normal DC continuity but was still such a hit that it sold nearly three hundred thousand copies. While the issue was hit with multiple delays, that may have helped boost the sales, building up a huge amount of anticipation before the series finally released.
#7: Captain America #25 (Marvel Comics)
Following the story written by Marvel icon Ed Brubaker, this issue followed the death of the Star-Spangled Avenger, causing a major stir in the comic book community. While this event eclipsed the three hundred thousand mark, it was only by about twenty thousand copies, putting it among an elite class, though on the lower end of it.
#6: Civil War #2 (Marvel Comics)
Numerous issues from Civil War had huge sales numbers (Civil War is still hailed as one of the best company cross-over events of all time), but the second issue of the main storyline hit the largest number, selling over three hundred and forty thousand copies. While this doesn’t include the collected trades that brought many of the issues into one major collection.
#5: The Darkness #11 (Image Comics)
The former champion of the top selling comic of all time, this was one of the biggest issues in comics for a long time, and is still regarded as a huge achievement for independent comics. With eleven variant covers, this issue hit nearly 350,000 in sales and while the numbers from Diamond comics aren’t solid due to the exclusion of European numbers, this is still an incredible accomplishment.
#4: Justice League #1 (DC Comics)
The very first title of the “New 52″ relaunch, this series hit huge numbers, going well over 300,000. Though that contains multiple printings, digital downloads and other types of sales, but this launch book for the biggest reboot in comics history should not be ignored, nor should its sales numbers.
#3: Amazing Spider-Man #583 (Marvel Comics)
This special issue has sold over 500,000 copies through its several printings, and the issue itself likely got so much press and such high sales due to the man who shared the cover with the popular wall-crawler: President Barack Obama. With the commander-in-chief on the cover, sales skyrocketed, and hit a huge number in a few month span, definitely putting it into the top issues of all time.
#2: The Walking Dead #100 (Image Comics)
This series was a monster when it released last year, topping over 380,000 is sales order and taking the throne for highest-selling issue of all time. This series had a huge ramp up, a historic benchmark and a hit television series all backing it up, but the numbers speak for itself as it sold out on the first day. While it’s not technically the highest selling issue of all time, given that it’s only come out in the last few months and has gotten several reprints, the massive amount of orders it already had on release makes it the one of the top candidates for the biggest issue of all time.
#1: X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)
This issue has been on shelves for a long time, but the numbers are so astronomical that it cannot be ignored. Back in 2010, this issue set a world record for the highest grossing issue of all time, topping over eight million copies sold. That number is massive, and will only grow, despite the fact that it’s likely leveled off since the record setting event.
That’s it for this week, make sure to check back next Sunday for another installment of the Comic Countdown!
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