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Frequently Asked Questions

Links to answers about comic-book circulation history

 

UNDERSTANDING THE SALES CHARTS

 
Monthly Direct Market Distributor Sales Data for Comic Books
Our main resource regarding distributor sales charts, including answers to:
• When did distributors begin reporting indexed sales rankings?
• What is included in the numbers being reported?
• What is not included in the numbers being reported?

 

U.S. Postal Service Sales Data for Comic Books
Our main resource regarding postal Statements of Ownership, including answers to:
• When did circulation figures first appear in comics?
• What does the law require publishers to print, and why does the government require it?
• How valid and reliable is the information found in Statements of Ownership?







HISTORICAL INTEREST

 

The Best-Selling Comic Book of All Time
A look at X-Men Vol. 2, #1 (1991), and how it compares with international rivals.

Comics Buyer's Guide: A Look Back
Read how a newspaper started by a teenager became one of the hubs of comics fandom, running nearly 1,700 issues.

Where Did Comics Numbering Come From?
Comics are numbered unlike most other American magazines; a look at some of the historical reasons that may be involved.

This section will be expanding soon; check back for updates.
Also look to our Vital Statistics section for charts, graphs, and notes about record-setting comics.