Sales of the original ‘Uncanny X-Men’ series have held fairly consistently for the past six years. I wish I could go back further than the eight years shown here to see how these numbers compare to the heyday of the 1980s. And yes, ‘Uncanny X-Men’ has averaged almost 15 issues per year (and managed 19 issues in 2003!).
While there have been many spikes in sales since 2000, the letters on the chart above correspond to the most pronounced jumps:
– A: Issue 395 (sales of 130,299) featured the ‘relaunch’ by Joe Casey at the same time as the Grant Morrison relaunch of ‘New X-Men’
– B: Issue 400 (sales of 125,044) was the landmark 400th issue by Joe Casey
– C: Issue 444 (sales of 112,500) boasted the return of Chris Claremont to the flagship X-Men title
– D: Issue 475 (sales of 103,993) started Ed Brubaker’s run on the series
– E: Issue 494 (sales of 105,520) marked a three-issue spike around the ‘Messiah CompleX’ crossover
Actual data comes from the monthly top 300 charts generated by ICv2.com.
Previous sales overview include
–Adjectiveless X-Men Sales #103-211
–New Avengers #1-41 Sales
–Ultimate X-Men #1-94 Sales Analysis
–Sales Overview for ‘Astonishing X-Men’ #1-24 (and Giant-Size)
–Sales Overview for ‘Wolverine’ Vol. 2, uh… Vol. 3?
–‘Wolverine: Origins’ Sales Freefall