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Otto Octavius begins his new as Spider-Man in Peter Parker's body in Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman's Superior Spider-Man #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in January.

In total, Marvel Comics had seven of the month's top ten best-selling comics. New Avengers #1 ranked #4, Superior Spider-Man #2 ranked #5, Savage Wolverine #1 ranked #6, Uncanny Avengers #3 ranked #7, Avengers #3 ranked #9, and Uncanny X-Force #1 ranked #10.

DC Comics rounded out the top ten with three titles, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #16 at #2. Also in the top ten were Justice League #16 at #3 and Detective Comics #16 at #8.

Among the premier publishers, Image Comics' top book in January was Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #106 at #19.

Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars #1 sold out its initial print run on its way to a third printing and was the publisher's top-selling book in January at #53.

Finally, IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Foot Clan #1 was the publisher's top book at #108.


Carbon Leaf -- For Your Violin...A cub sets off on an epic journey in Bill Willingham's Fables Volume 18: Cubs in Toyland, the latest collected volume of the best-selling series from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint and the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in January.

In total, DC Comics had four volumes in the top ten for January. In addition to Fables Volume 18, Justice League Volume 2: The Villain's Journey hardcover ranked #6, Justice League Volume 1: Origin ranked #7, and Animal Man Volume 2: Animal Vs. Man ranked #10.

Image Comics had five volumes in the top ten, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #2. Also in the top ten were four volumes of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead — Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #5, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars ranked #8, and Volume 17: Something to Fear ranked #9.

Rounding out the top ten graphic novels for January was Marvel Comics with The Silver Surfer by Stan Lee and Moebius, a new edition of the classic graphic novel, at #4.

Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' best selling graphic novel in January was Star Wars: Blood Ties Volume 2: Boba Fett Is Dead at #22.

Finishing out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top graphic novel for the month was Gil Kane's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist Edition at #27.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 NOV120633-M MAR
2 BATMAN #16 $3.99 NOV120190-M DC 
3 JUSTICE LEAGUE #16 $3.99 NOV120161-M DC 
4 NEW AVENGERS #1 $3.99 NOV120625-M MAR
5 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 NOV120641-M MAR
6 SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 NOV120643-M MAR
7 UNCANNY AVENGERS #3 $3.99 OCT120587-M MAR
8 DETECTIVE COMICS #16 $3.99 NOV120202-M DC 
9 AVENGERS #3 $3.99 NOV120663-M MAR
10 UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 $3.99 NOV120620-M MAR
11 AVENGERS #4  $3.99 NOV120667-M MAR
12 BATMAN AND ROBIN #16 $2.99 NOV120198 DC 
13 ALL NEW X-MEN #6  $3.99 NOV120661-M MAR
14 NEW AVENGERS #2 $3.99 NOV120631-M MAR
15 ALL NEW X-MEN #5 $3.99 NOV120659-M MAR
16 GREEN LANTERN #16 $2.99 NOV120213-M DC 
17 BATGIRL #16 $2.99 NOV120205 DC 
18 YOUNG AVENGERS #1 $2.99 NOV120649-M MAR
19 WALKING DEAD #106 (MR) $2.99 NOV120585-M IMA
20 NIGHTWING #16 $2.99 NOV120211 DC 
21 TEEN TITANS #16 $2.99 NOV120245-M DC 
22 AQUAMAN #16 $2.99 NOV120166-M DC 
23 CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 $3.99 NOV120677-M MAR
24 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #16 $2.99 NOV120212 DC 
25 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3 $3.99 NOV120688-M MAR
26 ACTION COMICS #16 $3.99 NOV120178-M DC 
27 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #16 $2.99 NOV120200-M DC 
28 DEADPOOL #4 $2.99 NOV120683-M MAR
29 BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 NOV120199 DC 
30 CABLE AND X-FORCE #3 $3.99 NOV120673-M MAR
31 IRON MAN #5 $3.99 NOV120685-M MAR
32 EARTH 2 #8 $2.99 NOV120174-M DC 
33 SUPERMAN #16 $2.99 NOV120182-M DC 
34 FANTASTIC FOUR #3 $2.99 NOV120681-M MAR
35 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #4 $3.99 NOV120698-M MAR
36 BATMAN INCORPORATED #7 $2.99 NOV120194-M DC 
37 A PLUS X #4 $3.99 NOV120669-M MAR
38 SAGA #9 (MR) $2.99 NOV120578 IMA
39 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16 $2.99 NOV120218-M DC 
40 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #24 $3.99 NOV120747 MAR
41 THUNDERBOLTS #3 $2.99 NOV120696-M MAR
42 FLASH #16 $2.99 NOV120159-M DC 
43 BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #6 (MR) $3.99 NOV120156-M DC 
44 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #23 $3.99 NOV120746 MAR
45 MORBIUS LIVING VAMPIRE #1 $2.99 NOV120653-M MAR
46 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #16 $2.99 NOV120221-M DC 
47 BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #5 (MR) $3.99 NOV120153-M DC 
48 BEFORE WATCHMEN DOLLAR BILL #1 (MR) $3.99 DEC120158-M DC 
49 GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 NOV120220 DC 
50 FF #3 $2.99 NOV120679-M MAR

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 FABLES TP VOL 18 CUBS IN TOYLAND (MR) $16.99 OCT120296 DC 
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 JUL068351 IMA
4 SILVER SURFER BY STAN LEE AND MOEBIUS #1 $7.99 NOV120729 MAR
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY $24.99 SEP120233 DC 
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 OCT120252 DC 
8 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
9 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
10 ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 02 ANIMAL VS MAN (N52) $16.99 OCT120251 DC 
11 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 17 WHATS HAPPENING $16.99 NOV120497 IMA
12 NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 07 THE ICELANDIC TRILOGY (MR) $16.99 SEP120265 DC 
13 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
14 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 02 GUTS (N52) $22.99 SEP120234 DC 
15 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 BLOOD (N52) $14.99 OCT120256 DC 
16 BATWOMAN HC VOL 02 TO DROWN THE WORLD (N52) $22.99 SEP120231 DC 
17 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP CONSEQUENCES $17.99 NOV120771 MAR
18 BATWOMAN TP VOL 01 HYDROLOGY (N52) $14.99 OCT120253 DC 
19 CARNAGE MINIMUM CARNAGE TP $24.99 OCT120695 MAR
20 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088206 IMA
21 ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS HC $29.99 NOV120442 IMA
22 STAR WARS BLOOD TIES TP VOL 02 BOBA FETT IS DEAD $14.99 SEP120054 DAR
23 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 JAN120300 DC 
24 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT GOLDEN DAWN TP $14.99 OCT120261 DC 
25 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 SEP088207 IMA
26 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 SEP088208 IMA
27 GIL KANE AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIST ED HC (NET) $95.00 AUG120380 IDW
28 WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH TP $16.99 OCT120265 DC 
29 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 APR120487 IMA
30 BOOKS OF MAGIC DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) $24.99 SEP120257 DC 
31 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WEIRD WAR TALES TP VOL 01 $19.99 SEP120239 DC 
32 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP120922 BOO
33 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC 
34 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 FEB082136 IMA
35 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER PREM HC MAN IN BLACK $24.99 OCT120689 MAR
36 BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 11 $14.99 SEP120235 DC 
37 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 02 TRIPLE THREAT (N52) $14.99 OCT120254 DC 
38 SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH TP $24.99 OCT120694 MAR
39 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD $14.99 JUN120470 IMA
40 GLOBAL FREQUENCY TP (MR) $19.99 OCT120299 DC 
41 BATMAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TP $14.99 OCT120262 DC 
42 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 05 $24.99 OCT120696 MAR
43 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV118095 DC 
44 HARBINGER (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 OMEGA RISING $9.99 NOV121345 VAL
45 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 NOV082242 IMA
46 CULLING RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP (N52) $16.99 OCT120250 DC 
47 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP VOL 02 $19.99 OCT120700 MAR
48 OZ DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ GN TP $19.99 OCT120699 MAR
49 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 MAY090178 DC 
50 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 JUN090332 IMA

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