Frequently Asked Questions
Links to answers about comic-book circulation history
UNDERSTANDING THE SALES CHARTS
• 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?
• 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?
Watchmen: How It Sold as a Comic Book
Long before the movie and millions of reprinted editions, a look at the series' sales origins as a comic book
Watchmen and Its Relationship to Film Techniques
A look at the kinds of visual transitions used in the graphic novel
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Also look to our Vital Statistics section for information about record-setting comics.