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March 2009: Flashbacks to the past

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Continuing the look at what came before March 2009 — when Dark Avengers #3 topped the charts with approximately 96,600 copies ordered by comics shops through Diamond...

March 2008's top seller was Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1, with orders of approimately 123,800 copies in the direct market. Check out the sales chart here.

March 2004's top-seller was Superman/Batman #8, featuring the new Supergirl. It had first-month orders of 146,900 copies in the direct market, and was boosted considerably by later reorders. Check out the sales chart here.

March 1999's top-seller was Uncanny X-Men #368, with preorders of approximately 131,400 copies in the direct market. Check out the sales chart here.

March 1994's top seller was another Batman team-up — this one Spawn/Batman, the Image-published cross-over by Frank Miller and Todd McFarlane. It was the consensus leader at both Diamond and Capital City Distribution. Capital City alone sold 141,550 copies, and total sales were likely in the 400-500,000 copy range. Notably, the issue cost $3.95 — the same as the top seller in March 2009!

March 1989's top seller at Capital City was Batman #433, the first issue of John Byrne's "Many Deaths of the Batman." Sales appear to have at least doubled for the title with this issue: Capital City sold 75,650 copies of the issue, and overall sales were likely in the 300-400,000 copy range.

Finally, March 1984's top comic book, both at Capital and likely everywhere else, was Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #3, continuing the year-long mega-cross-over.

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