It gets weirder....of the 300,000 copies sold...1/3, or 100,000 copies went to one outlet.
Any speculation who?
He's kicking ass as one of the breakout characters of the world's top movie right now, and he's providing a jolt of electricity to what up through June was a year of static growth for Direct Market comic book sales. Yes, Marvel's Rocket Raccoon #1 was the bestselling comic book title of July 2014, helping comic book sales to rise over 32% over June sales and over 19% over July 2013 sales, also helping drag overall 2014 sales out of its first half doldrums and into positive growth territory for the year.
Rocket Raccoon #1 (with pre-orders reportedly exceeding 300k, but a third of that to one outlet) was the highest of six Marvel titles on the list of the Top 10 comic books of July, which also included the debuts of Spider-Man 2099 (5th place) and Star-Lord ongoing series (9th place), plus two issues of their event series Original Sin.
DC's bestselling title was of course Batman #33 and their four Top 10 titles included a strong debut for the Grayson ongoing series.
They must have a lot of subscribers. I think it's $20 a month and you get a box full of "nerd" stuff. Could relate to comics, anime, video games, toys. I think they provide a pretty good value as long as you don't mind what you're getting. I'm wondering if a lot of those subscribers are retailers and people with eBay stores. Or how many households have multiple subscriptions, one for every kid in the house.
Post by adamwarlock2099 on Aug 9, 2014 11:58:34 GMT -5
Remember when MIB comic that had nothing to do with the MIB movie was sought after the success of said movie?
It's no surprise that publishers are banking on selling their publications from the success of a movie of the same subject.
Bettie Mae Page -- April 23, 1923 - December 11, 2008 Prince Rogers Nelson -- June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016 “We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." -- Charles Bukowski
Sadly, even if you subtracted those 150K copies from Rocket's total, it still outsold the #2 book on the list (Batman), that's how inflated those #1 books are. Seeing first issues crack the top 10 is nothing new or nothing big
But did you expect it to be Rocket Raccoon? I can't ever remember him being an A-list character with Top 10 appeal.
Wonder if DC will respond in kind with a Captain Carrot cameo/post-credit appearance in Superman & Batman.