According to a press release by Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #100, which went on sale July 11, instantly sold out of its 383,612 initial orders, “effectively becoming the best-selling comic book in initial orders for any publisher since 1997, when Image Comics/Top Cow’s The Darkness #11was released.”
The reported orders were of course aided by a total of 13 variant covers to the anniversary issue.
“This is a remarkable achievement,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson in the press release. “It’s extremely uncommon, if not flat-out rare, for a comic book to see a sustained increase in sales following its first issue, but The Walking Dead steadily climbed up and up since its launch in 2003, and we couldn’t be more proud of Robert, Charlie [Adlard] and the whole Walking Dead team.”
“The Walking Dead continues to greatly exceed all my expectations in all forms,” added Robert Kirkman. “I am especially excited for what this means for comics as an industry, that this is an independent comic hitting that number. The future of comics couldn’t be brighter as more and more readers are embracing new ideas in a big way.”
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