On Friday, May 9th, Diamond Comics Distributors announced the top comics for April, 2014, and the results are that the newly relaunched Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the best-selling comic for the month “in both units and dollars in over a decade.” Well, the sales estimates have now been tabulated, and as reported by ICv2:
Sales to comic stores on Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April came in at 532,586, topping the 500,000 that Marvel announced a month ago (see “Over 500,000 ‘Amazing Spider-Man‘ #1“). That puts the total dollars generated by this title at over $3.19 million, nearly double the dollars from Amazing Spider-Man #700, at $1.6 million, and a record for any title since the 90s.
Since these numbers, because of the way they’re calculated, do not include sales through Diamond UK, the total print run for the book probably approached 600,000.
Furthermore, as explained by Joshua Jackson Miller of Comichron:
The sales of the previous leader, Amazing Spider-Man #583, sales reached 530,500 copies over the course of an entire calendar year in 2009; Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1’s sales already top it. Unless something happens to reduce the total — like Diamond accepting a lot of returns because of damaged copies — we should expect it to hold its position relative to #583.
Note that these estimates do not include digital comic sales.