Media Release — Since the New York Times unveiled its “Graphic Books” bestseller charts a few months ago, Alan Moore has been a regular presence, with Watchmen consistently topping the paperback chart, and strong showings for several other books including The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 1. A few weeks ago, the Top-Shelf-published masterpiece From Hell hit the list with its latest printing — congrats, Alan and Eddie!
Now the most recent sales chart shows the Top Shelf debut of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 1910, landing at #4 on the paperback chart! Not bad, fellas! Our 21st-century hats are off to the extraordinary team of Alan, Kevin O’Neill, Todd Klein, and Ben Dimagmaliw.
Graphic Best Sellers (Hardcover)
1 DARK TOWER: TREACHERY, by Peter David and Robin Furth. (Marvel Entertainment, $24.99.) This comic series explores the world set forth by Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novels.
2 BATMAN: R.I.P., by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel. (DC Comics, $24.99.) Thomas Wayne, the father of the caped crusader, is cast in a sinister light.
3 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics, $17.99.) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker.
4 JOKER, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. (DC Comics, $19.99.) The Joker, newly released from Arkham Asylum, deals with the rivals who have carved into his territory.
5 CIVIL WAR, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. (Marvel Enter¬tainment, $39.99.) A government registration act pits the heroes of the Marvel heroes against each other.
6 UNCANNY X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY, by Ed Brubaker, Mike Carey and Matt Fraction. Trouble follows the mutant team as they set-up shop in San Francisco. (Marvel Entertainment, $29.99.)
7 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $39.99 and $75.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books.
8 THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY, by Harvey Pekar and others. (Hill and Wang, $22.00.) The story of Jack Kerouac (and many, many others) is told in comic book form.
9 DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN, by Peter David and Robin Furth. (Marvel Comics, $24.99.) Stephen King’s epic tale is adapted into comic book form.
10 BATMAN: HEART OF HUSH, by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen. (DC Comics, $19.99.) A childhood friend of Bruce Wayne returns to plague the caped crusader anew – and Catwoman is caught in the middle.
Graphic Best Sellers (Paperback)
1 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $19.99.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books.
2 STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN, by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. (IDW, $17.99.) This prequel to the “Star Trek” reboot will reveal the backstory of Nero, the new film’s villain.
3 WOLVERINE: ORIGIN, by Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert. (Marvel Comics, $16.99.) Revealed at last: the secret history of the mutant known as Wolverine.
4 THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: CENTURY – 1910, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Victorian literary characters team up for another mystery and confront Mack the Knife. (Top Shelf Productions, $7.95.)
5 WOLVERINE: WEAPON X, by Barry Windsor-Smith. (Marvel Entertainment, $16.99.) This story, from 1991, delved into the mys¬terious origin of the fan-favorite mutant.
6 THE SANDMAN: PRELUDES AND NOCTURNES, by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. (DC Comics, $19.99.) This collection reprints the first arc of the critically acclaimed fantasy/horror series. Dream of the Endless must rebuild his empire after several years of imprisonment at the hands of humans.
7 TERMINATOR: SALVATION MOVIE PREQUEL, by Dara Naraghi and Alan Robinson. The backstory and background of the characters and settings of the new film are revealed as a resistance leader in Detroit and a mining engineer in Nigeria join forces to fight the Terminators. (IDW, $17.99.)
8 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, by Frank Miller. (DC Comics, $14.99.) Another classic from 1986: The caped crusader comes out of retirement to save Gotham City from a depraved street gang that are more monsters than man.
9 Y THE LAST MAN: ONE SMALL STEP, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. (Vertigo, $12.99.) Are Yorick’s days as the last man on Earth numbered when two male astronauts prepare to come back home?
10 Y THE LAST MAN: CYCLES, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. (Vertigo, $12.99.) Things heat up as Yorick heads west for answers to the plague. Roadblocks ahead: the Daughters of the Amazon, the Israeli military and more.
Graphic Best Sellers (Manga)
1 NARUTO, VOL. 44, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) The secret history of Sasuke’s family continues to be revealed.
2 NARUTO, VOL. 43, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) Naruto’s former teammate, Sasuke, learns vital details about his family’s past.
3 NARUTO, VOL. 42, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) Naruto’s teacher Jiraiya must delve deep into the past to uncover the secret of Pain’s origin.
4 D. GRAY-MAN, VOL 13, by Katsura Hoshino. (VIZ Media, $7.99.) 1 The protagonist: 15-year-old Allen Walker. The setting: 19th century England. His mission: to find Innocence, a substance used to create weapons to destroy the akuma demons.
5 NARUTO, VOL. 41, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) A secret from the past comes back to haunt Naruto’s teacher, Jiraiya.
6 BLACK CAT, VOLUME 20, by Kentaro Yabuki. (VIZ Media, $7.99.) The bounty hunter known as the Black Cat finds it difficult to keep his past with a secret organization called Chronos buried.
7 NARUTO, VOL. 40, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) A journey to the Land of Rain unveils a secret.
8 SKIP BEAT!, VOLUME 18, by Yoshiki Nakamura. (VIZ Media, $8.99.) Kyoko Mogami followed her true love to Tokyo, but when stardom hit, she was sent packing. Now her goal is to show that two can play the show business game.
9 FRUITS BASKET, VOL. 22, by Natsuki Takaya. (TokyoPop, $10.99.) This series is about humans who are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac.
10 OTOMEN 2, by Aya Kanno. (VIZ Media, $8.99.) Another star-crossed romance begins. Asuka, who likes “sewing, knitting” and “making cute stuffed animals,” falls for Ryo, a girl who “can’t bake a cake to save her life” and likes only “the manliest of men.” Plus: Asuka’s mother has other plans for him.