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Superman, Identity Crisis Top Comics 2004

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SUPERMAN #204 is the top-selling comic of 2004 in units, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.  Diamond also reports that IDENTITY CRISIS #1 is 2004’s top-selling comic in dollars.

DC claimed eight of the top ten best-sellers in units sold for 2004, including SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8 (in the #3 slot), IDENTITY CRISIS #1 (at #4), SUPERMAN #205 (at #6), SUPERMAN/BATMAN #10 (at #7), IDENTITY CRISIS #2 (at #8), SUPERMAN #206 (at #9) and SUPERMAN/BATMAN #9 (at #10 on the chart). 

Nineteen of the top 25 best-sellers in units for the year were DC titles. 

On the dollars side, DC held the nine of the top ten slots, including AVENGERS/JLA #4 (at #2), SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8 (at #3), IDENTITY CRISIS #2 (at #4), SUPERMAN #204 (at #6), GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #1 (at #7), SUPERMAN/BATMAN #10 (at #8), IDENTITY CRISIS #3 (at #9) and IDENTITY CRISIS #4 (at #10). 

Seventeen of the top 25 best-sellers in dollars were DC titles.

“2004 was one of DC’s strongest years ever, thanks to such major projects as the ‘For Tomorrow’ storyline in SUPERMAN, IDENTITY CRISIS, GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH, SUPERMAN/BATMAN and so many others,” says Bob Wayne, DC’s VP — Sales & Marketing.  “The creative and editorial teams drove these sales, and we thank them for their extraordinary efforts.  We’d also like to thank our retailers and readers for their support and enthusiasm.  Just wait until you see what we’ve got for you in 2005.”

DC dominated several other 2004 sales charts as well. 

The BATMAN: HUSH VOLUME 1 TP was #1 on the Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks chart in units sold, followed by the SUPERMAN: RED SON TP.  VERTIGO’s Y: THE LAST MAN — ONE SMALL STEP TP was the #7 seller for the year, with WildStorm’s THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOLUME 2 TP at #13 on the list.  Perennial seller WATCHMEN, now in its 18th year of continuous publication, was #18 on the list. 

JLA/AVENGERS: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION OVERSIZED SLIPCASED HARDCOVER was the #1 book in dollars.

Eighteen out of the top 25 toys in dollars were from DC Direct.   The BATMAN: HUSH ACTION FIGURES MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT came in at #1, followed by the BATMAN: HUSH SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT, the SUPERMAN STATUE and the BATMAN JAPANESE IMPORT COLLECTOR ACTION FIGURE WAVE 2 MASTER CASE. 

Nine out of the top 10 posters this year in dollars were from DC Direct.  The #1 poster in units sold was the BATMAN & NIGHTWING POSTER, by Jim Lee & Scott Williams, followed by Ed McGuinness’s SUPERMAN/BATMAN POSTER and the JIM LEE BATMAN #619 HEROES POSTER.

The JIM LEE BATMAN #619 HEROES POSTER from DC Direct landed at #1 in dollars on the Top 10 Posters chart, followed by the ALEX ROSS JLA OVERSIZED POSTER, the JIM LEE BATMAN #619 VILLAINS POSTER, the BATMAN & NIGHTWING POSTER (with art by Lee & Williams) and the SUPERMAN/BATMAN POSTER (with art by Ed McGuinness). 

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