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Trapped in Doctor Octopus' body, Peter Parker wages a desperate final battle against his old enemy in Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos' Amazing Spider-Man #700, the oversized anniversary issue of the long-running series from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in December 2012.

In total, Marvel Comics had six titles in December's top ten, all save Amazing Spider-Man #700 part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena's Avengers #1 ranked #2, and their Avengers #2 ranked #6. Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca's Cable and X-Force #1 ranked #7. Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's All-New X-Men #3 ranked #9, and Daniel Way and Steve Dillon's Thunderbolts #1 ranked #10.

DC Comics rounded out the top ten with four titles. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #15, part of the "Death of the Family" storyline, was the publisher's top book at #3. Geoff Johns and Ivas Reis' Justice League #15, the first chapter of the "Throne of Atlantis" crossover, ranked #4. John Layman and Jason Fabok's Detective Comics #15 ranked #5. Finally, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's Batman and Robin #15 ranked #8.

Among other Premier Publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book for December was Mike Mignola's Hellboy at Hell #1 at #76 for the month.

IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #2, based on the Hasbro property and fan-favorite cartoon, ranked #54.

Finally, Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #105 was Image Comics' top-selling book in December at #28.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2012

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 $7.99 OCT120626-M MAR
2 AVENGERS #1 $3.99 SEP120526-M MAR
3 BATMAN #15 $3.99 OCT120183-M DC 
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE #15 $3.99 OCT120147-M DC 
5 DETECTIVE COMICS #15 $3.99 OCT120187-M DC 
6 AVENGERS #2 $3.99 OCT120565-M MAR
7 CABLE AND X-FORCE #1 $3.99 OCT120568-M MAR
8 BATMAN AND ROBIN #15 $2.99 OCT120192 DC 
9 ALL NEW X-MEN #3 $3.99 OCT120589-M MAR
10 THUNDERBOLTS #1 $2.99 OCT120559-M MAR
11 ALL NEW X-MEN #4 $3.99 OCT120591-M MAR
12 AQUAMAN #15 $2.99 OCT120152-M DC 
13 BATGIRL #15 $2.99 OCT120193 DC 
14 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699 $3.99 OCT120623 MAR
15 NIGHTWING #15 $2.99 OCT120199 DC 
16 GREEN LANTERN #15 $2.99 OCT120201-M DC 
17 TEEN TITANS #15 $2.99 OCT120229-M DC 
18 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699.1 $2.99 OCT120624 MAR
19 AVENGERS ARENA #1 $2.99 OCT120577-M MAR
20 CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 OCT120599-M MAR
21 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 $2.99 OCT120200 DC 
22 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2 $3.99 OCT120609-M MAR
23 ACTION COMICS #15 $3.99 OCT120168-M DC 
24 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #15 $2.99 OCT120190-M DC 
25 DEADPOOL #3 $2.99 OCT120597-M MAR
26 IRON MAN #3 $3.99 OCT120603-M MAR
27 FANTASTIC FOUR #2 $2.99 OCT120593-M MAR
28 WALKING DEAD #105 (MR) $2.99 OCT120547 IMA
29 CABLE AND X-FORCE #2 $3.99 OCT120575-M MAR
30 SUICIDE SQUAD #15 $2.99 OCT120228 DC 
31 IRON MAN #4 $3.99 OCT120606-M MAR
32 A PLUS X #3 $3.99 OCT120583-M MAR
33 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #3 $3.99 OCT120611-M MAR
34 EARTH 2 #7 $2.99 OCT120162-M DC 
35 BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #3 (MR) $3.99 SEP120131-M DC 
36 BATMAN INCORPORATED #6 $2.99 OCT120179-M DC 
37 SUPERMAN #15 $2.99 OCT120172-M DC 
38 THUNDERBOLTS #2 $2.99 OCT120563-M MAR
39 BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #4 (MR) $3.99 AUG120143-M DC 
40 BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #3 (MR) $3.99 SEP120134-M DC 
41 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #15 $2.99 OCT120204-M DC 
42 UNCANNY X-FORCE #35 $3.99 OCT120662-M MAR
43 BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #5 (MR) $3.99 OCT120134-M DC 
44 BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #4 (RES) (MR) $3.99 OCT120144-M DC 
45 FF #2 $2.99 OCT120595-M MAR
46 FLASH #15 $2.99 OCT120158-M DC 
47 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #22 $3.99 OCT120660 MAR
48 X-MEN LEGACY #3 $2.99 OCT120601-M MAR
49 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #15 $2.99 OCT120206-M DC 
50 AVENGERS ARENA #2 $2.99 OCT120581-M MAR

The Cranberries -- I Still DoRick Grimes' desperate struggle for survival in the face of the zombie apocalypse begins as Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye from Image Comics, the first volume of the fan-favorite series and inspiration for the AMC series, returns to the top of the sales charts as December's best-selling graphic novel.

Image Comics had December's top six best-selling graphic novels and seven of the top ten. Four of those seven books were volumes of The Walking Dead; in addition to the first volume, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #2, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars ranked #6, and Volume 17: Something to Fear ranked #9. Also from Image Comics, Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes ranked #3, Saga Volume 1 ranked #4, and Fatale Volume 2: Devil's Business ranked #5.

Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 2: On Your Own ranked #7.

DC Comics' Green Lantern Volume 2: Revenge of the Black Hand ranked #8.

Rounding out the top ten, Marvel Comics' Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 2 ranked #10.

Finishing off the Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's top book in December was Darwyn Cooke's Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter at #39.

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2012

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 JUL068351 IMA
2 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
3 CHEW TP VOL 06 SPACE CAKES (MR) $14.99 OCT120481 IMA
4 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
5 FATALE TP VOL 02 DEVILS BUSINESS (MR) $14.99 OCT120474 IMA
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
7 BTVS SEASON 9 TP VOL 02 ON YOUR OWN $17.99 AUG120067 DAR
8 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 02 REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND $24.99 SEP120232 DC 
9 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
10 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 02 $15.99 SEP120699 MAR
11 REVIVAL TP VOL 01 YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS $12.99 OCT120493 IMA
12 GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 01 SINESTRO (N52) $14.99 OCT120257 DC 
13 BATMAN INCORPORATED TP $19.99 OCT120258 DC 
14 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
15 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 04 DEVIL ENGINE & LONG DEATH $19.99 AUG120063 DAR
16 BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 04 NEW EDITION $34.99 SEP120237 DC 
17 CARNAGE USA TP $19.99 SEP120696 MAR
18 STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI TP VOL 01 FORCE STORM $18.99 AUG120079 DAR
19 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS TP VOL 02 $19.99 AUG120710 MAR
20 FURY MAX TP VOL 01 MY WAR GONE BY (MR) $19.99 SEP120712 MAR
21 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206 IMA
22 CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 IN PURSUIT OF FLIGHT $14.99 SEP120697 MAR
23 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN TP VOL 02 $19.99 AUG120726 MAR
24 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 03 $24.99 SEP120706 MAR
25 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 MAR092419 IMA
26 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 02 $9.99 SEP121242 VIZ
27 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD $9.99 OCT121241 VAL
28 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 SEP088207 IMA
29 AVENGERS X-SANCTION TP $19.99 SEP120704 MAR
30 SPIDER-MAN TROUBLE ON HORIZON TP $16.99 SEP120707 MAR
31 BLEACH TP VOL 52 $9.99 SEP121245 VIZ
32 MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV TP VOL 02 $19.99 AUG120720 MAR
33 BLEACH TP VOL 53 $9.99 SEP121246 VIZ
34 IZOMBIE TP VOL 04 REPOSSESSION (MR) $19.99 SEP120261 DC 
35 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 APR120487 IMA
36 INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON TP VOL 01 $24.99 SEP120715 MAR
37 BLEACH TP VOL 54 $9.99 OCT121253 VIZ
38 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $14.99 SEP088208 IMA
39 PARKER THE HUNTER SC $17.99 SEP120377 IDW
40 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 JAN120300 DC 
41 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 02 BREAKDOWN $16.99 OCT120255 DC 
42 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER TP VOL 02 $16.99 SEP120700 MAR
43 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 09 DEMON $16.99 SEP120701 MAR
44 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 FEB082136 IMA
45 DEADPOOL DEAD HC $39.99 SEP120687 MAR
46 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 AUG120496 IMA
47 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 NOV082242 IMA
48 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 MAY090178 DC 
49 MUPPETS TP FOUR SEASONS $14.99 SEP120716 MAR
50 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV TP $13.95 SEP121182 RED

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