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Fantastic Four #587

The Fantastic Four, scattered by various dangers from the Negative Zone to Atlantis to the Baxter Building, faced their greatest challenge, and one of their number, the Human Torch, made the ultimate sacrifice in Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #587, the latest chapter in Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting's "Three" storyline, giving the publisher the best-selling comic book in January.

In total, Marvel Comics took five of the top ten spots on the sales charts for the month. The Red Hulk teamed with the Avengers to combat the threat of the Infinity Gauntlet in Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr.'s Avengers #9, which ranked #5 for the month. The X-Men and Spider-Men teamed for a New York adventure in X-Men #7, which ranked #6. A night of the town turns dangerous in Bendis and Stuart Immonen's New Avengers #8, the #8 book for the month. Finally, Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos put Spider-Man through his paces as he hits the "Big Time" in the month's #10 ranked book, Amazing Spider-Man #651.

DC Comics had four of the top ten comics in January. Two issues of Brightest Day — issues #17 and #18 — were the number two and three books for the month, respectively, as Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi's biweekly event builds towards its climax. Paul Cornell and Scott McDaniel's run on Batman and Robin reached its conclusion with issue #19, the #7 book for the month. Finally, Tony Daniels' Batman #706 ranked #9 on the charts.

Rounding out the top ten in December was Image Comics as Todd McFarlane's Spawn reached its 200th issue. Spawn #200, with an all-star line-up of creators including McFarlane, Robert Kirkman, Greg Capullo, David Finch, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, Ashley Wood, and Danny Miki, ranked #4 for the month.

Among other premier publishers, the finale to Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Sason Eight" storyline, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40, placed at #25 on January's sales charts. IDW Publishing's top selling book for the month was Infestation #1, the first issue in their zombie crossover event that encompasses the worlds of Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, and Ghostbuster; Infestation #1 ranked #91 for the month.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 191.68 NOV100584 FANTASTIC FOUR #587 $3.99 MAR
2 8 120.94 NOV100154-M BRIGHTEST DAY #17 $2.99 DC 
3 9 119.69 NOV100156-M BRIGHTEST DAY #18 $2.99 DC 
4 2 108.66 DEC090345-M SPAWN #200 $3.99 IMA
5 4 107.70 NOV100529 AVENGERS #9 $3.99 MAR
6 5 107.28 NOV100603-M X-MEN #7 $3.99 MAR
7 15 102.58 NOV100169-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #19 $2.99 DC 
8 6 101.56 NOV100539 NEW AVENGERS #8 $3.99 MAR
9 17 100.00 NOV100166 BATMAN #706 $2.99 DC 
10 7 94.22 OCT100567-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #651 $3.99 MAR
11 3 89.96 NOV100552-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #500 $4.99 MAR
12 10 89.77 NOV100614 UNCANNY X-MEN #532 $3.99 MAR
13 20 89.07 NOV100190-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #56 $2.99 DC 
14 11 86.42 NOV100560 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #652 $3.99 MAR
15 12 85.31 NOV100613 UNCANNY X-FORCE #4 $3.99 MAR
16 13 84.26 NOV100540 SECRET AVENGERS #9 $3.99 MAR
17 22 78.19 NOV100198-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #53 $2.99 DC 
18 16 78.12 NOV100514-M AGE OF X ALPHA #1 $3.99 MAR
19 14 77.90 NOV100599 WOLVERINE #5 $3.99 MAR
20 27 72.17 NOV100192-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #6 $2.99 DC 
21 18 71.22 NOV100545 THOR #619 $3.99 MAR
22 19 69.93 NOV100541 CAPTAIN AMERICA #614 $3.99 MAR
23 28 69.47 NOV100179-M SUPERMAN #707 $2.99 DC 
24 33 66.73 NOV100602 X-MEN LEGACY #244 $2.99 MAR
25 32 65.56 NOV100026-M BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #40 $2.99 DAR
26 21 64.13 NOV100537-M AVENGERS PRIME #5 $3.99 MAR
27 35 63.78 NOV100167 DETECTIVE COMICS #873 $2.99 DC 
28 37 59.57 NOV100168-M BATMAN BEYOND #1 $2.99 DC 
29 23 59.34 NOV100523-M ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99 MAR
30 36 58.62 NOV100196-M GREEN ARROW #8 $2.99 DC 
31 24 56.96 NOV100583 DAREDEVIL REBORN #1 $3.99 MAR
32 39 55.79 OCT100204-M WONDER WOMAN #606 $2.99 DC 
33 34 55.59 NOV100527 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #152 $3.99 MAR
34 25 55.57 NOV100600-M WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #2 $3.99 MAR
35 26 55.54 NOV100525 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #6 $3.99 MAR
36 41 53.35 NOV100181 ACTION COMICS #897 $2.99 DC 
37 43 53.18 NOV100628-M SUPERIOR #4 (MR) $2.99 MAR
38 29 53.09 NOV100530 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #4 $3.99 MAR
39 42 52.49 NOV100174 BIRDS OF PREY #8 $2.99 DC 
40 30 51.46 NOV100568 INCREDIBLE HULKS #620 $3.99 MAR
41 31 51.40 NOV100569 INCREDIBLE HULKS #621 $3.99 MAR
42 44 51.26 NOV100158-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #17 $2.99 DC 
43 45 50.72 NOV100173 RED ROBIN #19 $2.99 DC 
44 46 50.57 NOV100160-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #18 $2.99 DC 
45 47 50.41 NOV100185 SUPERMAN BATMAN #80 $2.99 DC 
46 48 49.93 NOV100203 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #47 $2.99 DC 
47 50 49.06 NOV100183-M SUPERBOY #3 $2.99 DC 
48 49 49.02 OCT100518 WALKING DEAD #80 (MR) $2.99 IMA
49 52 48.43 NOV100593 DEADPOOL #31 $2.99 MAR
50 53 48.39 NOV100594 DEADPOOL #32 $2.99 MAR
51 56 46.25 NOV100597 X-23 #5 $2.99 MAR
52 57 45.61 NOV100580 BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #514 $2.99 MAR
53 38 44.05 NOV100590 THANOS IMPERATIVE DEVESTATION $3.99 MAR
54 58 44.02 NOV100587 THUNDERBOLTS #152 $2.99 MAR
55 62 42.24 NOV100209-M TEEN TITANS #91 $2.99 DC 
56 64 42.18 NOV100618 X-FACTOR #213 $2.99 MAR
57 63 41.82 NOV100175 BATGIRL #17 $2.99 DC 
58 65 41.70 NOV100619 X-FACTOR #214 $2.99 MAR
59 40 41.00 NOV100567 CHAOS WAR #5 $3.99 MAR
60 68 40.23 NOV100206 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #9 $2.99 DC 
61 69 39.87 NOV100531 AVENGERS ACADEMY #8 $2.99 MAR
62 70 39.47 NOV100612 NEW MUTANTS #21 $2.99 MAR
63 74 38.21 NOV100581-M HEROES FOR HIRE #2 $2.99 MAR
64 72 37.89 NOV100205 ADVENTURE COMICS #522 $2.99 DC 
65 75 37.47 NOV100182 SUPERGIRL #60 $2.99 DC 
66 51 36.60 NOV100526 ULTIMATE COMICS DOOM #2 $3.99 MAR
67 54 36.54 NOV100625-M SCARLET #4 (MR) $3.95 MAR
68 77 36.11 NOV100210 TITANS #31 $2.99 DC 
69 79 35.85 NOV100172 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #19 $2.99 DC 
70 81 35.45 NOV100608-M WOLVERINE & JUBILEE #1 $2.99 MAR
71 84 33.75 NOV100219 SECRET SIX #29 $2.99 DC 
72 59 32.61 NOV100517 ASTONISHING THOR #2 $3.99 MAR
73 88 32.15 NOV100617 MAGNETO #1 $2.99 MAR
74 55 32.03 NOV100860 BOYS #50 (MR) $3.99 DYN
75 61 31.94 NOV100622 DEADPOOLMAX #4 (MR) $3.99 MAR
76 93 31.85 NOV100263 FABLES #101 (MR) $2.99 DC 
77 94 31.09 NOV100151 STEEL #1 $2.99 DC 
78 160 31.08 NOV100542 CAPTAIN AMERICA HAIL HYDRA #1 $2.99 MAR
79 76 30.97 NOV100016 STAR WARS DARTH VADER & LOST COMMAND #1 $3.50 DAR
80 67 30.86 NOV100522 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER LITTLE SISTERS ELURIA #2 $3.99 MAR
81 91 30.69 NOV100221 ZATANNA #9 $2.99 DC 
82 90 30.65 JAN100417 SPAWN #201 $2.99 IMA
83 92 30.54 NOV100150 SHAZAM #1 $2.99 DC 
84 95 29.75 NOV100204 JSA ALL STARS #14 $2.99 DC 
85 80 29.63 NOV100019 STAR WARS LEGACY WAR #2 $3.50 DAR
86 71 29.52 NOV100571 CHAOS WAR X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
87 60 29.11 OCT100924 VAMPIRELLA #2 $3.99 DYN
88 97 28.91 NOV100152 WONDER GIRL #1 $2.99 DC 
89 99 28.17 NOV100266 AMERICAN VAMPIRE #11 (MR) $2.99 DC 
90 100 27.93 NOV100212 POWER GIRL #20 $2.99 DC 
91 66 27.80 NOV100312 INFESTATION #1 $3.99 IDW
92 102 27.72 NOV100610-M GENERATION HOPE #3 $2.99 MAR
93 78 27.27 NOV100570 CHAOS WAR DEAD AVENGERS #3 $3.99 MAR
94 103 27.10 NOV100207 BOOSTER GOLD #40 $2.99 DC 
95 104 26.76 NOV100595 DEADPOOL CORPS #10 $2.99 MAR
96 108 26.15 NOV100149 STARMAN CONGORILLA #1 $2.99 DC 
97 85 25.40 NOV100579 PUNISHER IN BLOOD #3 $3.99 MAR
98 114 25.20 NOV100615 NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #6 $2.99 MAR
99 86 24.84 NOV100153 WEIRD WORLDS #1 $3.99 DC 
100 89 24.12 NOV100607 X-MEN TO SERVE AND PROTECT #3 $3.99 MAR

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.