The Top Comics and Graphic Novels of 2012

2012 is gone but we wont forget the many memorable and history-making comics that came along with it. Diamond Comics, the largest comic distributor in the world, has revealed the best selling comics for the year 2012. Total annual sales of comic books and graphic novels increased in 2012, with comic sales up nearly 15% and graphic novel sales up over 14% from the previous year. Marvel came out as overall top dog, DC was right behind, and yet Image Comics had some of the best selling books for the year. Check out the full details below:

[singlepic id=2170 w=200 h=200 float=left]Published in July, The Walking Dead #100 from Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn (featuring covers from all-star creators including Bryan Hitch, Todd McFarlane, Ryan Ottley, Sean Phillips, Frank Quitely, and Marc Silvestri) took top spot for comic books in 2012. This popular franchise took the top spot for the bestselling comic book published in 2012 (according to total unit sales to comic book shops from Diamond Distributors).

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book industry’s top publisher, leading both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 34.06% Dollar Market Share and a 37.59% Unit Market Share. Marvel had nine of the year’s top 10 comic titles and 17 of the top 20. DC Entertainment was the industry’s number two publisher in 2012 with a 31.94% Dollar Market Share and a 36.75% Unit Market Share. You can see the market share depicted in the chart below (Click to enlarge):

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For the third year in a row, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye from Image Comics was the year’s best-selling trade paperback (thanks largely to the hit AMC TV series). Overall, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead took six of the top ten spots, and all seventeen volumes of the series ranked among the top 30. Other best-selling graphic novels were DC Entertainment’s Batman: Earth One from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank and Top Shelf Productions’ League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century: 2009 from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.

These are the charts below for top comics, graphic novels, and publishers:

2012 TOP COMIC BOOK & GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS

  1. Marvel Comics
  2. DC Entertainment
  3. Image Comics
  4. IDW Publishing
  5. Dark Horse Comics
  6. Dynamite Entertainment
  7. BOOM! Studios
  8. Eaglemoss Publications LTD
  9. VIZ Media
  10. Avatar Press INC

2012 Top 10 Comic Books
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  1. The Walking Dead #100 (MR)
  2. Uncanny Avengers #1
  3. Avengers vs. X-Men #1
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #700
  5. Avengers vs. X-Men #2
  6. Avengers vs. X-Men #6
  7. Avengers vs. X-Men #5
  8. Avengers vs. X-Men #3
  9. Avengers vs. X-Men #4
  10. Avengers #1

2012 Top 10 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks
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  1. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)
  2. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 2: MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)
  3. BATMAN: EARTH ONE HC
  4. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 16: A LARGER WORLD TP (MR)
  5. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR)
  6. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 17: SOMETHING TO FEAR TP (MR)
  7. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 4: HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR)
  8. BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS HC
  9. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 15: WE FIND OURSELVES TP (MR)
  10. LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN III: CENTURY: #3 2009 (MR)

Did you enjoy any of those top comics last year? What were your personal favorites of 2012? Sound off in the comments below!

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2 Responses to “The Top Comics and Graphic Novels of 2012”

  1. What disappointingly uniform lists. I was hoping to find some hidden gems, but I guess it’s all Batman, X-men, and The Walking Dead.

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