Spider-Man Comics Sales For July 2016

Mary Jane rescues Amazing Spider-Man from falling out of the Top 25. Unfortunately, Civil War II cannot do the same for the other Spider-Man comics.

July of this year was a very good month for comics. Based of the sales estimates as provided by ICv2 and Comichron via Diamond Distributors, sixteen comics reported orders of over 100,000, which (as Comichron point out) is “the highest figure since June of 2006.” However, if you were DC Comics, then last July was an even better month. Thanks to DC Rebirth, DC not only captured all but two spots in the top ten, they also beat Marvel in market share. Meanwhile, Marvel only had Civil War II #3 and #4 in the top ten. After that? Their only other comics to even make into the top 25 (and just barely) were Star Wars #21 and Amazing Spider-Man #15.

Which means for the second month in a row, Marvel’s Spider-Man line-up of comics got crushed by the Juggernaut of DC Rebirth, and not even Civil War II could offer any support. The only thing that did, at least in Amazing Spider-Man’s case, appears to have been a happy-go-lucky redhead on the front cover. You know, the same one brought into Invincible Iron Man to get fans paying attention to that comic? To find out what exactly happened–and also see where these comics are trending–it’s time once again to take an in-depth look at the Spider-Man comics’ sales estimates. Let’s try not to weep too hard when we look at these numbers, though. They only reflect dealer orders of periodicals, after all.

Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #15

25 – 49.68 – Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #15 – 87,994 (+34.04%)

October 2015: 2 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1 — 245,873
October 2015: 10 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #2 — 111,322 (-54.7%)
November 2015: 14– Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #3 — 93,848 (-15.7%)
December 2015: 13 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #4 — 82,066 (-12.6%)
December 2015: 17 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #5 — 79,122 (-4.0%)
January 2016: 11 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #6 — 76,517 (-3.29%)
February 2016: 9 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #7 — 75,357 (-15.16%)
February 2016: 11 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #8 — 71,599 (-4.98%)
March 2016: 5 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #9 — 88,164 (+23.13%)
April 2016: 10 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #10 — 73,643 (-16.47%)
April 2016: 12 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #11 — 67,446 (-8.41%)
May 2016: 10 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #12 — 74,963 (+11.14%)
June 2016: 39 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #13 — 65,519 (-12.59%)
June 2016: 38 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #14 — 65,646 (+0.19%)

Commentary: When I said anytime Mary Jane appearing on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man caused its sales estimates go up, I imagine some thought I was exaggerating. Or making a wild assumption based off one example. Well now we have what appears is irrefutable proof. How else to explain the reason for sales estimates increasing by thirty-four percent between issues? Sure, it had a “Death of X” variant, but this alone wouldn’t account for such a large surge. Also, neither the Avengers, Iron Man, Miles Morales, or even Peter Parker are on the main cover. It’s just MJ in a Spider-costume. So don’t be surprised if Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman’s upcoming Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows also gets high sales estimates in part for similar reasons.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #7

43 – 35.04 – Spider-Man/Deadpool #7 – 62,060 (-3.97%)

January 2016: 3 — Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 — 133,813
February 2016: 12 — Spider-Man/Deadpool #2 — 69,801 (-47.83%)
March 2016: 11 — Spider-Man/Deadpool #3 — 68,003 (-2.57%)
April 2016: 15 — Spider-Man/Deadpool #4 — 64,931 (-4.51)
May 2016: 15 — Spider-Man/Deadpool #5 — 63,821 (-1.7%)
June 2016: 40 — Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 — 64,630 (+1.26%)

Commentary: After a slight uptick in June, the comic teaming up the Web-Slinger and the Merc With the Mouth slid back down to its apparent normal attrition rate. Keep in mind this particular issue also had a guest creative team just like issue #6 did. I imagine with Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness’ return with issue #8, the estimates will go up in August, then drop again with issue #9 in September. At the moment, though, Spider-Man/Deadpool appears to have found a sizable and steady audience. 

Spider-Man #6

46 – 29.77 – Spider-Man #6 – 52,731 (+12.13%)

February 2016: 4 — Spider-Man #1 — 99,951
March 2016: 16 — Spider-Man #2 — 60,627 (-39.34%)
April 2016: 20 — Spider-Man #3 — 59,789 (-1.38%)
May 2016: 28 — Spider-Man #4 — 49,167 (-17.76%)
June 2016: 49 — Spider-Man #5 — 47,025 (-4.55%)

Commentary: Six issues into Brian Michael Bendis’ Miles Morales series and it’s already undergoing event tie-ins. Which makes sense seeing that Bendis is writing both Spider-Man and said event, i.e. Civil War II. It’s also good timing, as Spider-Man #6 gets a much-needed bounce because of this. Mind you, it doesn’t matter if this issue had little to do with the events of Civil War II; just slapping a banner which reads “Civil War II” on the front cover is enough. Also, the bounce it did receive only just put it above 50K. Prior to Civil War II, the series is starting to trend well below this, and will likely do so again even with more Civil War II tie-ins.

Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #2

47 – 29.62 – Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #2 – 52,458 (-27.69)

June 2016: 28 — Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 — 72,556

Commentary: So after having a strong opening last month (stronger than either issue of Amazing Spider-Man), why has issue #2 of Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man dropped by more than a quarter? If I were to guess, I believe most retailers ordered extra copies of the first issue under the assumption it would be in high demand, only for customers to give it a pass. Hence why the low numbers for the second since the retailers didn’t order as many. Still, for a tie-in miniseries, Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man is still doing okay numbers-wise.

Civil War II: Kingpin #1, Esad Ribic variant

54 – 27.27 – Civil War II: Kingpin #1 – 48,289

Commentary: I’m not too surprised at the numbers this first issue pulled in. After all, this is just a miniseries and not the start of an ongoing title. However, aside from being a Civil War II tie-in, considering how writer Scott Rosenberg will also be the writer for the upcoming Kingpin ongoing, the sales estimates for Civil War II: Kingpin  could be an indication for just how large, or how small, an ongoing Kingpin tile could be. Since this first issue only pulled in estimates under 50K, I suspect Kingpin #1 won’t pull in estimates any higher than this. Unless there’s variant covers attached to it, of course.

Amazing Spider-Man #1.6

65 – 22.37 – Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1.6 – 39,624 (-5.44%)

December 2015: 24 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1.1 — 66,092
January 2016: 20 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1.2 — 56,674 (-14.2%)
February 2016: 27 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1.3 — 47,892 (-15.49%)
March 2016: 38 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1.4 — 44,160 (-7.79%)
May 2016: 38 — Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1.5 — 41,907 (-5.1%)

Commentary: There are many reasons why the latest Amazing Spider-Man “Point One” miniseries has ended with such a thud. Historically, these “Point One” specials just don’t perform as well in sales or receive as many orders compared to the main series. This particular miniseries also suffered from month-long delays not once, not twice, but three different times (remember, issue #1.1 was scheduled for November). The premise, while intriguing, didn’t seem enough to justify its own special miniseries, even one written by a writer of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. But what really did this series in? Bad word of mouth. That, and it was just plain bad.

Spider-Gwen #10

70 – 19.84 – Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #10 – 35,136 (-19.72%)

October 2015: 3 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #1 — 197,103
November 2015: 25 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #2 — 62,209 (-68.4%)
December 2015: 36 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #3 — 54,844 (-11.83%)
January 2016: 29 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #4 — 48,664 (-11.27%)
February 2016: 32 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #5 — 43,796 (-11.11%)
March 2016: 32 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #6 — 46,060 (+5.16%)
April 2016: 18 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #7 — 60,900 (+32.21%)
May 2016: 25 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #8 — 49,681 (-18.42%)
June 2016: 59 — Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #9 — 41,713 (-16.03%)
June 2016: 55 — Spider-Gwen Annual Vol. 1 #1 — 43,768 (+4.92%)

Commentary: The bloom for the rose known as Spider-Gwen as been slowly fading for a while. But how to account for looks like a severe drop-off? Maybe it could be nothing more than the Emma Stone-Gwen Stacy hype having dwindled since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and the comics are catching up. Or it could be because Gwen of Earth-65 lost her powers after Spider-Women, the premise of her being a spider-powered Gwen Stacy is now undermined. Or maybe readers think she’s not that likeable a character. Looks like she really does need that crossover with Miles Morales. As for the other Gwen…

Unbelievable Gwenpool #4

74 – 18.73 – Gwenpool #4 – 33,174 (+0.47)

April 2016: 6 — Gwenpool #1 — 100,852
May 2016: 52 — 33.07 — Gwenpool #0 — 33,797 (-66.48%)
May 2016: 45 — 37.34 — Gwenpool #2– 38,162 (+12.91%)
June 2016: 76 — 11.78 — Gwenpool #3 — 33,018 (-13.47%)

Commentary: Looks as though Ms. Gwen Poole (who don’t forget is not an alternate version of Gwen Stacy) has already leveled-off within the low-30K range. Though I suspect her next two issues will receive a little boost due to Miles Morales’ guest-appearances as part of a “Not Civil War II tie-in.”

Silk #10

100 – 13.06 – Silk Vol. 2 #10 – 23,125 (-0.15%)

November 2015: 33 — Silk Vol. 2 #1 — 57,140
December 2015: 36 — Silk Vol. 2 #2 — 38,356 (-32.90%)
January 2016: 56 — Silk Vol. 2 #3 — 33,102 (-13.70%)
February 2016: 71 — Silk Vol. 2 #4 — 26,786 (-19.08%)
February 2016: 75 — Silk Vol. 2 #5 — 26,032 (-2.81%)
March 2016: 79 — Silk Vol. 2 #6 — 24,847 (-4.55%)
April 2016: 42 — Silk Vol. 2 #7 — 43,012 (+73.10%)
May 2016: 57 — Silk Vol. 2 #8 — 30,884 (-28.19%)
June 2016: 95 — Silk Vol. 2 #9 — 23,162 (-25.00%)

Commentary: With such a minuscule drop between issues #9 and #10, it seems Silk has found her niche within the low-to-mid 20K range. Which in today’s comic book market makes it a somewhat stable C-list title. So at this point, I don’t expect Silk to get that much higher or lower in the estimates until The Clone Conspiracy kicks off this fall.

Spider-Man 2099 #12

102 – 12.69 – Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #12 – 22,480 (-1.06%)

October 2015: 34 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #1 — 57,719
October 2015: 51 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #2 — 40,701 (-29.48%)
November 2015: 72 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #3 — 34,969 (-14.08%)
December 2015: 77 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #4 — 32,464 (-7.16%)
January 2016: 71 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #5 — 28,489 (-12.24%)
February 2016: 72 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #6 — 26,626 (-6.53%)
February 2016: 74 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #7 — 26,163 (-1.73%)
March 2016: 68 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #8 — 28,580 (+9.23%)
April 2016: 84 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #9 — 24,081 (-15.74%)
May 2016: 80 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #10 — 23,040 (-4.32%)
June 2016: 97 — Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #11 — 22,722 (-1.38%)

Commentary: Here’s another C-list title which appears to have settled into the low-to-mid 20K spot. And, thanks to the Marvel NOW! Previews Magazine, we also know the latest comic chronicling Miguel O’Hara’s time-traveling misadventures isn’t going away any time soon. Also look for Spider-Man 2099 #13 to get a spike in the estimates, though, since it’s a Civil War II tie-in. Although based on the solicits for that and upcoming issues, it’s connection to Civil War II will be tenuous at best.

Carnage #10

105 – 12.33 – Carnage #10 – 21,829 (-5.68%)

November 2015: 19 — Carnage #1 — 69,773
November 2015: 57 — Carnage #2 — 41,576 (-40.41%)
December 2015: 73 — Carnage #3 — 34,852 (-16.17%)
January 2016: 61 — Carnage #4 — 31,687 (-9.08%)
February 2016: 68 — Carnage #5 — 27,160 (-14.28%)
March 2016: 65 — Carnage #6 — 28,874 (+6.31%)
April 2016: 81 — Carnage #7 — 24,480 (-15.21%)
May 2016: 77 — Carnage #8 — 23,697 (-3.19%)
June 2016: 96 — Carnage #9 — 23,146 (-2.32%)

Commentary: One more C-list title within the low-to-mid 20K range, but unlike Silk and Spider-Man 2099, Carnage‘s future is looking precarious. Remember, there was no discussion about Carnage during this year’s Comic-Con, or any mention about the title in regards to Marvel NOW! Moreover, with writer Gerry Conway working on the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows series, will he even have time to continue writing Carnage? If readers believe Carnage will indeed end once Renew Your Vows begins, then look for the sales estimates for Carnage to drop below 20K.

Spider-Woman #9

109 – 11.82 – Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #9 – 20,938 (+6.51%)

November 2015: 37 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #1 — 53,885
December 2015: 97 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #2 — 27,801 (-48.40%)
January 2016: 89 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #3 — 24,054 (-13.48%)
February 2016: 104 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #4 — 20,747 (-13.74%)
March 2016: 94 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #5 — 20,594 (-0.73%)
April 2016: 47 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #6 — 39,291 (+90.78%)
May 2016: 67 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #7 — 27,118 (-30.49%)
June 2016: 111 — Spider-Woman Vol. 6 #8 — 19,658 (-27.50%)

Commentary: As expected, Spider-Woman #9 received a bump for being a Civil War II tie-in. Unfortunately, it was only just enough to get it above 20K, although almost to 21K. Compared to bump it received during Spider-Women, this is not a good sign. It shows how, in spite of being a quality title, Spider-Woman is still struggling to find its audience. Then again, this could also be indicating how, with a few exceptions, Civil War II isn’t the lightning rod Marvel hoped it would be. Either way, Spider-Woman is facing a real uphill battle.

Spidey #8

116 – 11.30 – Spidey #8 – 20,012 (-3.49%)

December 2015: 25 — Spidey #1 — 65,503
January 2016: 55 — Spidey #2 — 33,585 (–48.73%)
February 2016: 65 — Spidey #3 — 28,161 (-16.15%)
April 2016: 79 — Spidey #4 — 24,553 (-12.81%)
April 2016: 88 — Spidey #5 — 22,991 (-6.36%)
May 2016: 84 — Spidey #6 — 21,794 (-5.2%)
June 2016: 105 — Spidey #7 — 20,736 (-4.85%)

Commentary: Yeah, even though Marvel has talked upcoming future issues for this series, I don’t Spidey will last much longer. Not if it’s just hovering above 20K and at the rate it’s been declining. Then again, should this come as a surprise? Marvel let it on that Spidey would be about Peter Parker’s adventures during high school a la Untold Tales, only for readers to quickly discover it had more in common with Marvel Adventures Spider-Man…sort of. Fans are okay with alternate, out-of-continuity titles so long as they know that’s what they’re getting. Perhaps Marvel should have just come right out and said that’s what Spidey was from the start.

Venom: Space Knight #10

147 – 8.84 – Venom: Space Knight #10 – 15,650 (-2.22%)

November 2015: 29 — Venom: Space Knight #1 — 59,151
December 2015: 79 — Venom: Space Knight #2 — 32,210 (-45.55%)
January 2016: 79 — Venom: Space Knight #3 — 25,770 (-19.99%)
February 2016: 96 — Venom: Space Knight #4 — 21,545 (-16.39%)
March 2016: 104 — Venom: Space Knight #5 — 18,807 (-12.70%)
April 2016: 116 — Venom: Space Knight #6 — 17,894 (-4.85%)
May 2016: 114 — Venom: Space Knight #7 — 17,370 (-2.92%)
June 2016: 132 — Venom: Space Knight #8 — 16,658 (-4.09%)
June 2016: 138 — Venom: Space Knight #9 — 16,006 (-3.91%)

Commentary: If it wasn’t obvious before that Venom: Space Knight was a noble, but failed experiment, it definitely is now. Even before Marvel announced their upcoming new Venom series as part of the Marvel NOW! line-up, all signs pointed towards Flash Thompson and the symbiote’s adventures in outer space heading towards the chopping block. In fact, tying Venom with The Guardians of the Galaxy at all will probably be looked back upon as one of those oddball creative decisions that only the most die-hard of comic book fans will even remember. As I said before, I expect Venom: Space Knight #13 will be the last issue of the series.

Web Warriors #9

151 – 8.61 – Web Warriors #9 – 15,256 (-4.36%)

November 2015: 26 — Web Warriors #1 — 62,096
December 2015: 80 — Web Warriors #2 — 31,614 (-49.08%)
January 2016: 84 — Web Warriors #3 — 25,407 (-19.63%)
February 2016: 107 — Web Warriors #4 — 20,198 (-20.50%)
March 2016: 107 — Web Warriors #5 — 18,621 (-7.80%)
April 2016: 125 — Web Warriors #6 — 17,376 (-6.68%)
May 2016: 123 — Web Warriors #7 — 16,445 (-5.35%)
June 2016: 141 — Web Warriors #8 — 15,953 (-2.99%)

Commentary: Speaking of already cancelled comic book series, Web Warriors continues to plummet the closer it gets towards its final issue with #11. That said, the solicits for issue #10 promise it will tie-in with The Clone Conspiracy somehow, most likely involving the return of Peter’s clone, Kaine, who “died” during “Spider-Verse.” For that reason, Web Warriors #10 might get one last bump, especially if it has a “Before Dead No More” banner on the front cover.

That’s all the sales analysis for this month. What do you think these estimates suggest? how much do you think these titles will go up or go down by next month? Is Civil War II helping or hindering these comics? And should Mary Jane appear on more covers? Let’s hear your thoughts to these questions and more in the comments below.