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Peter Gabriel -- MirrorballThe classic pulp heroes, including the Green Hornet, Kato, and The Shadow, joined forces to take down a criminal government in Chris Roberson and Alex Ross' pulp crossover event Masks #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, the best-selling Non-Premier comic book to retailers in 2012. In total, Dynamite had three of the year's top ten Non-Premier comics; Masks #1 was followed by The Shadow #1 at #2 and the Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation Lord of the Jungle #1 at #9.

The Valiant heroes returned in 2012 and Valiant Entertainment took three spots in the top ten — X-O Manowar #1 ranked #3, Harbinger #1 ranked #4, and Bloodshot #1 ranked #5.

BOOM! Studios rounded out the top ten for 2012 with four titles. From their all-ages KaBOOM! imprint, Adventure Time #1 ranked #6, Adventure Time #2 ranked #7, and Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #1 ranked #10. Also from BOOM! Studios, Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1 ranked #8.

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3: 2009, the conclusion to the century-spanning trilogy, from Top Shelf Productions was the year's best-selling Non-Premier Graphic Novel. Also in the top ten from Top Shelf was Jeff Lemire's original graphic novel The Underwater Welder at #7.

BOOM! Studios' Adventure Time Volume 1, the collected edition of the first four issues of their best-selling comic book, ranked #2 for the year.

Dynamite Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, all from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys — Volume 10, Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker, ranked #3; Volume 11, Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men, ranked #4; and Volume 12, The Bloody Doors Off, ranked #8.

Oni Press began reprinting Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim in color hardcover editions in 2012, and the first volume, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, ranked #5 for the year.

Legendary Comics' The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk Volume 1, a supernatural thriller from Matt Wagner (Grendel) and Simon Bisley (Lobo) ranked #8.

Bantam Books' A Game of Thrones Volume 1, a hardcover collection of the first six issues of Dynamite's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel A Game of Thrones, ranked #9.

Finally, Kodansha Comics' Sailor Moon Volume 3 ranked #10 for the year. Additionally, this book was the year's top-selling Manga.

TOP 100 NON-PREMIER COMICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2012

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ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 196 107 SEP120970-M MASKS #1 $3.99 DE
2 418 251 MAR128302-M SHADOW #1 $3.99 DE
3 440 268 JUN128136-M X-O MANOWAR #1 $3.99 VAL
4 767 485 AUG128057-M HARBINGER #1 $3.99 VAL
5 878 590 AUG128396-M BLOODSHOT #1 $3.99 VAL
6 893 518 JAN128109-M ADVENTURE TIME #1 $3.99 BOO
7 1007 609 JAN128240-M ADVENTURE TIME #2 $3.99 BOO
8 1011 2454 FEB128242-M FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #1 $1.00 BOO
9 1028 2591 OCT110967 LORD OF THE JUNGLE #1 (MR) $1.00 DE
10 1032 728 MAY120990-M ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #1 $3.99 BOO
11 1042 755 JUN121322-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 $3.99 VAL
12 1047 723 FEB120869 ADVENTURE TIME #3 $3.99 BOO
13 1074 848 APR120950 ADVENTURE TIME #5 $3.99 BOO
14 1096 821 SEP121219-M SHADOWMAN #1 $3.99 VAL
15 1121 890 MAR120884 ADVENTURE TIME #4 $3.99 BOO
16 1131 859 JUL121254-M X-O MANOWAR #5 $3.99 VAL
17 1133 847 MAY120994 ADVENTURE TIME #6 $3.99 BOO
18 1154 2997 OCT120874-M DEATHMATCH #1 $1.00 BOO
19 1164 878 MAY128153-M X-O MANOWAR #2 $3.99 VAL
20 1165 897 MAY128165-M SHADOW #2 $3.99 DE
21 1222 934 JUN120949 ADVENTURE TIME #7 $3.99 BOO
22 1223 940 SEP120936-M ADVENTURE TIME #10 $3.99 BOO
23 1263 959 AUG120938 ADVENTURE TIME #9 $3.99 BOO
24 1267 957 JUL120908 ADVENTURE TIME #8 $3.99 BOO
25 1338 3241 MAR128272-M HIGHER EARTH #1 $1.00 BOO
26 1343 1013 NOV120957 ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA & CAKE #1 $3.99 BOO
27 1344 1011 APR121003 SHADOW #3 $3.99 DE
28 1389 1068 MAY121315 X-O MANOWAR #3 $3.99 VAL
29 1401 1085 MAY121021 SHADOW #4 $3.99 DE
30 1427 1099 AUG128058-M HARBINGER #2 $3.99 VAL
31 1439 3363 APR128253-M EXTERMINATION #1 $1.00 BOO
32 1459 1121 JUN120946 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #2 $3.99 BOO
33 1484 1143 JUL120905 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #3 $3.99 BOO
34 1500 1158 JUN121017 SHADOW #5 $3.99 DE
35 1510 1428 MAY121361-M WONDERLAND #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
36 1513 1162 JUN121330 X-O MANOWAR #4 $3.99 VAL
37 1519 1173 SEP128334-M BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 $3.99 BOO
38 1526 1174 AUG120935 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #4 $3.99 BOO
39 1551 1209 NOV110933 BOYS #62 (MR) $3.99 DE
40 1555 1195 AUG128397-M BLOODSHOT #2 $3.99 VAL
41 1558 973 SEP120975 BOYS #72 (MR) $4.99 DE
42 1567 1226 DEC110969 BOYS #63 (MR) $3.99 DE
43 1573 1213 OCT120985 MASKS #2 $3.99 DE
44 1575 1412 OCT121233-M SHADOWMAN #2 $3.99 VAL
45 1577 1234 JAN121021 BOYS #64 (MR) $3.99 DE
46 1583 993 FEB120905 BOYS #65 (MR) $4.99 DE
47 1587 1225 AUG121335-M X-O MANOWAR #6 $3.99 VAL
48 1595 1248 MAY121031 BOYS #68 (MR) $3.99 DE
49 1598 1239 MAR120936 BOYS #66 (MR) $3.99 DE
50 1604 1221 OCT120921 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #6 $3.99 BOO
51 1605 1245 APR121020 BOYS #67 (MR) $3.99 DE
52 1610 1247 JUL120946 SHADOW #6 $3.99 DE
53 1619 1261 JUN121025 BOYS #69 (MR) $3.99 DE
54 1623 1275 JUL120952 BOYS #70 (MR) $3.99 DE
55 1624 1282 AUG120999 BOYS #71 (MR) $3.99 DE
56 1626 1258 SEP120933 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #5 $3.99 BOO
57 1628 1756 NOV110720-M ARCHIE #629 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 3 ) $2.99 ARC
58 1646 1283 JUN121326 HARBINGER #3 $3.99 VAL
59 1658 1824 DEC110813-M ARCHIE #630 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 4 ) $2.99 ARC
60 1666 1306 JUL121259-M HARBINGER #4 $3.99 VAL
61 1695 1334 JUN121004 PATHFINDER #1 $3.99 DE
62 1724 1362 AUG121338-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #3 $3.99 VAL
63 1726 1367 JUL121261 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #2 $3.99 VAL
64 1727 1376 AUG120983 SHADOW #7 $3.99 DE
65 1733 1374 AUG121332-M HARBINGER #5 $3.99 VAL
66 1739 1379 NOV121051-M VAMPIRELLA STRIKES #1 $3.99 DE
67 1744 1388 JUL121263 BLOODSHOT #3 $3.99 VAL
68 1746 1394 SEP121229 X-O MANOWAR #7 $3.99 VAL
69 1759 1410 AUG121339-M BLOODSHOT #4 $3.99 VAL
70 1769 1425 OCT121228-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5 $3.99 VAL
71 1773 1433 OCT121239-M X-O MANOWAR #8 $3.99 VAL
72 1796 1463 AUG120971-M EVIL ERNIE #1 $3.99 DE
73 1801 3609 AUG120900-M FREELANCERS #1 $1.00 BOO
74 1811 1458 NOV110910-M GAME OF THRONES #5 (MR) $3.99 DE
75 1829 1491 SEP120987 SHADOW #8 $3.99 DE
76 1830 1502 JUL120936-M DAMSELS #1 $3.99 DE
77 1833 1497 SEP121225-M HARBINGER #6 $3.99 VAL
78 1850 1515 SEP121227-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4 $3.99 VAL
79 1863 1523 DEC111021-M GAME OF THRONES #6 (MR) $3.99 DE
80 1869 1555 SEP120930-M BRAVEST WARRIORS #2 $3.99 BOO
81 1881 1543 SEP121223-M BLOODSHOT #5 $3.99 VAL
82 1882 1494 NOV110837 PEANUTS #1 $3.99 BOO
83 1883 1435 JUL120796-M FASHION BEAST #1 (MR) $3.99 AVA
84 1920 1570 MAR128256-M THE SPIDER #1 $3.99 DE
85 1927 1586 OCT121235-M HARBINGER #7 $3.99 VAL
86 1950 1594 JAN120878-M CROSSED BADLANDS #1 (MR) $3.99 AVA
87 1952 1614 OCT121237-M BLOODSHOT #6 $3.99 VAL
88 1955 2007 FEB128088-M GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
89 1963 1621 FEB120976 GAME OF THRONES #7 (MR) $3.99 DE
90 1976 1540 JAN120883-M CROSSED BADLANDS #2 (MR) $3.99 AVA
91 2017 1405 JUL120951 SHADOW ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DE
92 2036 1729 MAY128105-M HYPERNATURALS #1 $3.99 BOO
93 2048 2081 JUL121310-M ROBYN HOOD #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
94 2050 1735 MAR120979 GAME OF THRONES #8 (MR) $3.99 DE
95 2056 1157 MAY121364-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #75 (MR) $5.99 ZEN
96 2057 1759 APR128099-M PROPHECY #1 $3.99 DE
97 2060 1752 APR121054 GAME OF THRONES #9 (MR) $3.99 DE
98 2064 1757 NOV110886 LORD OF THE JUNGLE #2 (MR) $3.99 DE
99 2070 1707 DEC110942 PEANUTS #2 $3.99 BOO
100 2074 1781 SEP111004 WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #9 (MR) $3.99 DE

TOP 100 NON-PREMIER GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2012

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ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 10 25 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
2 51 87 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
3 57 59 JAN121022 BOYS TP VOL 10 BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICKMAKER (MR) $19.99 DE
4 63 70 APR121021 BOYS TP VOL 11 OVER THE HILL W/T SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN (M $19.99 DE
5 88 63 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 (OF 6) $24.99 ONI
6 110 110 OCT120994 BOYS TP VOL 12 BLOODY DOORS OFF (MR) $19.99 DE
7 118 96 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
8 120 483 JUL121137 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 01 (OF 4) GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
9 140 82 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) $25.00 RAN
10 145 352 NOV111036 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 $10.99 RAN
11 149 349 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
12 162 244 DEC078191 BOYS TP VOL 01 NAME OF THE GAME (MR) $16.99 DE
13 167 416 DEC111121 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
14 169 115 FEB100697 CROSSED TP VOL 01 (MR) $24.99 AVA
15 180 267 JAN120780 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH $16.99 ABS
16 183 163 SEP110750 JIM HENSONS DARK CRYSTAL HC VOL 01 CREATION MYTHS $19.95 ARA
17 184 195 JAN120869 CROSSED TP VOL 03 PSYCHOPATH (MR) $19.99 AVA
18 189 133 AUG121236 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 02 (OF 6) $24.99 ONI
19 195 637 DEC111231 NARUTO TP VOL 55 $9.99 VIZ
20 201 649 NOV111126 NARUTO TP VOL 54 $9.99 VIZ
21 215 687 FEB121183 NARUTO TP VOL 56 $9.99 VIZ
22 221 519 FEB121079 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
23 227 288 NOV110815 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 08 $16.99 BOO
24 240 747 APR121262 NARUTO TP VOL 57 $9.99 VIZ
25 242 168 SEP110972 BOYS TP VOL 09 BIG RIDE (MR) $24.99 DE
26 251 556 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
27 255 663 MAY111195 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR) $9.95 TOP
28 264 1101 OCT110819 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 17 $7.99 ARC
29 269 598 FEB108443 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
30 282 242 FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
31 291 651 APR121134 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 06 $10.99 RAN
32 305 126 JUL110825 A TALE OF SAND HC $29.95 ARA
33 310 918 AUG121347 NARUTO TP VOL 59 $9.99 VIZ
34 312 929 JUN121344 NARUTO TP VOL 58 $9.99 VIZ
35 315 326 JUN120842 CROSSED WISH YOU WERE HERE TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 AVA
36 318 246 DEC111207 HARVEY PEKAR CLEVELAND HC $21.99 TOP
37 319 713 NOV110737 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER $11.99 ARC
38 329 439 MAR120860 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 09 $16.99 BOO
39 330 337 MAR120929 BARRY SONNENFELDS DINOSAURS VS ALIENS HC $19.99 DE
40 334 347 DEC073541 BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR) $19.99 DE
41 339 1295 MAR120767 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 18 $7.99 ARC
42 340 265 AUG121252-M CHARLES BURNS HIVE GN $21.95 RAN
43 341 1179 SEP121141 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 02 (OF 4) GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
44 350 308 JUL121018-M HOBBIT TP $20.00 RAN
45 355 800 JUN121186 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 07 $10.99 RAN
46 358 726 MAR128109-M BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 01 OUT BONEVILLE $12.99 SCH
47 364 113 JUN111212-M HABIBI GN (MR) $35.00 RAN
48 373 717 JAN120832 ARCHIE MEETS KISS TP $12.99 ARC
49 378 902 MAY063495 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
50 382 206 MAR121056 WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 01  POOR OLD MAN $28.99 FAN
51 383 533 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
52 386 365 JUN110885 CROSSED TP VOL 02 FAMILY VALUES (MR) $19.99 AVA
53 387 964 FEB121158 LOST DOGS GN (MR) $9.95 TOP
54 388 602 JUN121130 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05 $14.99 FAN
55 394 380 JUL110881 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON TP (MR) $19.99 AVA
56 396 515 JUN120937 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 10 $16.99 BOO
57 406 1131 MAY121323 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 09 (OF 9) $9.99 VIZ
58 412 76 JUL121170 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 RAN
59 415 395 JAN121241 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 06 GHOST OF STATION X $18.95 RED
60 421 915 AUG121202 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 08 $10.99 RAN
61 426 924 JAN120845 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 05 $11.99 ARC
62 429 897 FEB108444 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS $11.99 ONI
63 431 388 OCT091063 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 01 $18.95 RED
64 446 844 NOV111151 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
65 449 1228 NOV111125 BLEACH TP VOL 38 $9.99 VIZ
66 461 469 DEC110968 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 DE
67 472 1262 JAN121283 BLEACH TP VOL 39 $9.99 VIZ
68 473 330 AUG120845 CROSSED TP VOL 04 BADLANDS (MR) $24.99 AVA
69 475 692 NOV111155 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 05 (MR) $13.99 HAC
70 477 475 FEB110945 BOYS TP VOL 08 HIGHLAND LADDIE (MR) $19.99 DE
71 499 500 AUG083939 BOYS TP VOL 03 GOOD FOR THE SOUL (MR) $19.99 DE
72 504 1017 FEB108445 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
73 521 1357 APR121263 BLEACH TP VOL 42 $9.99 VIZ
74 525 1374 MAR121239 BLEACH TP VOL 40 $9.99 VIZ
75 526 976 FEB121204 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 09 $11.99 HAC
76 531 862 JUN121162 AMULET SC VOL 05 PRINCE OF THE ELVES $12.99 SCH
77 534 517 DEC111153 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 03 $19.99 ONI
78 538 677 SEP120729 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 02 FEAR NO MALUS $16.99 ABS
79 541 1573 FEB094465 LOEG III CENTURY #1 1910 (MR) $7.95 TOP
80 542 172 FEB042691 FROM HELL TP (MR) $35.00 TOP
81 543 1397 MAR121240 BLEACH TP VOL 41 $9.99 VIZ
82 544 1392 APR121264 BLEACH TP VOL 43 $9.99 VIZ
83 547 1104 DEC110824 MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING $11.99 ARC
84 557 810 FEB121207 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 06 (MR) $13.99 HAC
85 566 1420 MAY121325 BLEACH TP VOL 44 $9.99 VIZ
86 575 1105 SEP111140 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
87 581 1438 MAY121326 BLEACH TP VOL 45 $9.99 VIZ
88 583 1127 FEB108446 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 VS THE UNIVERSE $11.99 ONI
89 585 720 JAN120944 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 06 $16.99 BOO
90 595 1454 SEP121242 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
91 598 584 MAY090788 BOYS TP VOL 04 WE GOTTA GO NOW (MR) $19.99 DE
92 600 424 FEB121067 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA HC $22.00 HOU
93 609 488 AUG111018 HARK A VAGRANT HC (MR) $19.95 DRA
94 613 1491 AUG121350 BLEACH TP VOL 50 $9.99 VIZ
95 615 378 MAY090647 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 02 WINTER 1152 W/ DUST JACKET $24.95 ARA
96 617 1486 OCT121241 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD $9.99 VAL
97 622 761 MAY120949 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 07 $16.99 BOO
98 623 600 SEP100958 BOYS TP VOL 07 THE INNOCENTS (MR) $19.99 DE
99 627 1510 AUG121351 BLEACH TP VOL 51 $9.99 VIZ
100 628 1509 JUL121266 BLEACH TP VOL 48 $9.99 VIZ

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