We all know that the 100th issue of The Walking Dead has been massively successful, but the level of success is underscored by a new press release from Image last night that revealed the (amazing) number of copies ordered of the landmark issue:
Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead comic series for Image Comics/Skybound reached its milestone 100th issue and instantly sold out of its 383,612 initial orders on July 11th, the same day it was released, effectively becoming the best-selling comic book in initial orders for any publisher since 1997, when Image Comics/Top Cow’s The Darkness #11 was released.
383,612 copies. Congratulations, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. For those curious, that is more than 10 times the number of orders for #99 (estimated at around 37,000). Guess having all those multiple covers paid off, huh?
On the plus side, having that exact figure will make it much, much easier for people to work out July sales estimates this time around, once the Diamond figures are released. I wonder what will happen to Walking Dead for #101 – After such impressively high sales for the centenary issue, will it go back to being a midlist book, around #47 on the sales chart?