COMICS: THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN Was The Best-Selling Comic Book Of January 2013

Despite fans claiming that they would be dropping Dan Slott's The Superior Spider-Man after Peter Parker's death in Amazing Spider-Man #700, the first issue of the "Marvel NOW!" series was actually the best-selling comic book of last month. Hit the jump for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 2/10/2013
When the ending of Amazing Spider-Man #700 was leaked, the death threats and verbal abuse towards writer Dan Slott started pouring in across the internet. When the issue itself went on sale on December 26th, the reaction from many was a lot more positive, but there were still an awful lot of fans who claimed that they had no intention of buying a Spider-Man comic book which didn't have Peter Parker behind the mask. Well, the first issue of Slott and artist Ryan Stegman's The Superior Spider-Man was actually the best-selling comic book last month, while the second issue came in at fifth place. As you can see, Scott Synder's Batman and Geoff Johns' Justice League continue to hold high places in the Top 10, although Marvel clearly dominate for the most part.




1. Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
2. Batman #16 (DC)
3. Justice League #16 (DC)
4. New Avengers #1 (Marvel)
5. Superior Spider-Man #2 (Marvel)
6. Savage Wolverine #1 (Marvel)
7. Uncanny Avengers #3 (Marvel)
8. Detective Comics #16 (DC)
9. Avengers #3 (Marvel)
10. Uncanny X-Force #1 (Marvel)


To get a little more technical, Marvel beat DC Comics with 34.82% in dollar share and 40.23% in unit share, compared to DC's 31.61% and 35.41% respectively. To find out which graphic novels took the Top 10 spots last month, be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the page.


Source: IGN Comics
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Jaspion - 2/10/2013, 8:38 AM
Lol, even with everybody bitchin' about it.

And that's why they keep doing this..
DarkGrifter - 2/10/2013, 8:41 AM
Yep, people love to hate.
Mucklefluga - 2/10/2013, 8:42 AM
Hahahahahaha Thats great ;D
ibravosp5 - 2/10/2013, 8:42 AM
It's actually a pretty good read...
RPD - 2/10/2013, 8:46 AM
Haha. Good. Internet whiners lose again...
toco89 - 2/10/2013, 8:46 AM
I wonder how much of that profit was from stores ordering it because its a Spiderman #1 issue AND its controversial.

tonytony - 2/10/2013, 8:46 AM
Its worth noting that ign up until last week was owned by fox which owns spiderman and a few marvel properties so generally are anti - DC. Or point out anything good by marvel when it suits them.
Worth pointing out.
elcaballerooscuro92 - 2/10/2013, 8:47 AM
i download it illegally so... take that!
tonytony - 2/10/2013, 8:47 AM
I like spiderman but that story insults previous fans.
Christuffer - 2/10/2013, 8:49 AM
"I'm never buying another Spider-Man comic again!"

*Buys Superior Spider-Man #1*
CaptainObvious - 2/10/2013, 8:53 AM
I never bought an issue of this comic and I never will.

Aunt May outlived Peter. That is pathetic.
Spideyshawn - 2/10/2013, 8:55 AM
All new X-men superior spider-man & thor have been my favorites from marvel now.
tonytony - 2/10/2013, 8:55 AM
These are all titles with movies recently released i assume these will change with other movies this year.
InfiniteMonkey - 2/10/2013, 8:57 AM
It was at least Superior in one aspect.
thalidomide - 2/10/2013, 8:57 AM
Really? Batman #16 is number 2? This is bullshit.
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 2/10/2013, 8:57 AM
Eat crow.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/10/2013, 9:00 AM
lmbo, called it. the only people dumber than twilight fangirls are comicbook collectors/fanboys. mother[frick]ers complain about the comic but still buy that shit, "because it might be a million dollars in the future and help me get laid and shit", [frick]ing losers. ugh, i hate you fanboys the most - the assholes who complain and still buy the shit. [frick]ing morons.

keep buying shitty comics, mother[frick]ers.
thalidomide - 2/10/2013, 9:01 AM
CaptainObvious - 2/10/2013, 9:03 AM
By the way, that picture of Spider-Man is god-awful. Why is his rib cage sticking out like that? Why is his index finger longer than his middle finger?
jimoakley666 - 2/10/2013, 9:04 AM
Ha ha. Death threats? You cannot take THAT shit seriously. What? Fat teenage internet trolls living in the basement bitching that they're going to kill him when in reality they're convinced that if they left the house in the sunlight they'd turn to stone? Or pop. Oh, yeah, I'm sure Slott was pissing his pants.

I do agree the story was a limp and silly idea though. I'm unsure I could ever get that pant's-wettingly angry though. I mean, let's face it, dramatic changes in comics stick like spit on a window.
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 2/10/2013, 9:07 AM
@ all the superior spiderman haters- is it worse to read a comic that other people dont like and enjoy it, or to spend so much time dedicated to hating on others enjoying something that you dont have to involve yourself in at all? Just wondering.
ATrueHero1987 - 2/10/2013, 9:12 AM
ATrueHero1987 - 2/10/2013, 9:12 AM
Seriously, it was ok. I got because my subscription ends at Superior Spider-Man #4. So...
Spideyguy94 - 2/10/2013, 9:21 AM
Whatever. I'm not picking it up my mate is giving me the digital code. I've read the first 3 and they are poor at best. But I don't care about 616 spidey anymore, I'll start caring again when slott leaves.
CavEl - 2/10/2013, 9:22 AM
And this, is why Marvel keeps writing more of the same, because you'll buy it anyway....

{cough}AvX{cough}
CavEl - 2/10/2013, 9:22 AM
Called it, people bitching about life.
CaptainObvious - 2/10/2013, 9:22 AM
@KarlKingNerd- I never insulted anyone who read this comic. But I am calling this crap out for what it truly is: A publicity stunt. The only reason this was done was because sales for Spider-Man have been down since JMS left after the abomination that was One More Day. Speaking of which, I think I'll go look back at JMS' run and remember the good old days.

@Splenda- He probably learned his craft at the Liefeld School of "Art."
fungusmonkey - 2/10/2013, 9:33 AM
To quote Archer: "Doy and/or Hello"!

It was a giant stunt move by Marvel. Of course people are going to buy #1 just to see how terrible the fallout really is (and yes - it's terrible. Some of the worst Spidey writing in decades). The problem with all stunt marketing like this is that you see an increase for the first little bit while the "I can't believe he did that" effect is still going. However, then you get a sharp drop and steady decline about 3-6 issues in when people realize that it's just as bad as they thought. It's temporary gains placed over long term losses.

That's why they're already making moves to bring Peter Parker back. That's why things like Marvel Now and The New 52 only work for so long. And when they start to dip in numbers they'll blame it on something else and do the next giant stunt. Marvel is doing the equivalent of a "going out of business" sale - people flood in for the event, but after a couple "going out of business" sales... people just stop coming. It's the business equivalent of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
0ptimusCrime - 2/10/2013, 9:37 AM
I think that Ghost Peter is the only reason people are still hopefull that it will be asm soon...i surely hope so. Superior acts like batman. And if i wantto read that kind of hero, i would be reading batman....but i dont want to read. Cause i like spiderman
LordHuck - 2/10/2013, 9:42 AM
fungusmonkey

You're just making crap up. Pulling conjecture out of your ass.

Numbers don't lie.


This just proves Marvel knows what they are doing and all the whinny haters here are completely irrelevant.
skullboy - 2/10/2013, 9:42 AM
Like battered wives who refuse to leave their abusive husbands because "they still love them". This is exactly it.
thorhulk77 - 2/10/2013, 9:43 AM
All you kids need to grow up and stop being fanboys who hate even the tiniest change. seriously, GROW UP.

Superior Spider-man has been pretty good actually.
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 2/10/2013, 9:48 AM
CaptainObvious- never said you did, it was a general statement.
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 2/10/2013, 9:50 AM
"Me thinks he doth protest to much."
ScabbyJ - 2/10/2013, 9:54 AM
The comic shop I go to we're having a raffle for a signed copy of 700 is you bought 3 copies of superior #1.

Just saying.
XavierLehnsherr - 2/10/2013, 9:55 AM
BECAUSE MODERN SOCIETY IS A SOCIETY OF HATERS

THEY LOVE TO HATE AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO HATE WHEREVER THEY CAN

So does this mean Slott's a genius, or is the world of comic readers that easy to troll?
ScabbyJ - 2/10/2013, 9:55 AM
Was
Darkknight23 - 2/10/2013, 10:02 AM
They keep producing it because you keep buying it
DioFoRio - 2/10/2013, 10:04 AM
haven't read it so can't say if it's good or bad..but if there is a big #1 deal issue thingamabob...of course it will be number one. They hyped it up that way so collectors would flock out to scoop them up for future non profits(see death of superman).
CrashTest - 2/10/2013, 10:07 AM
I figured as much, it was a great plan. Get fans so angry that they cant help but pick up the next issue to see what will happen. Deep down they love it, just dont wont to admit it.
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