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    Question Sales Fugures of Uncanny X-Men 1986-1988

    Hi guys!

    I'm looking into the sales data of Claremont-era Uncanny X-Men at the moment.

    Each year, Marvel were required to publish the sales data of each ongoing series, and it was usually included in the letters page every 12 months or so. This would include things like the Print Run and the Paid Circulation

    So, all is fine and dandy until I realise that there is no data for 1986 (supposed to be somewhere between #197-221), and 1988 (between 223-245).

    I've checked all of the issues, and can't seem to find the info.

    I may have missed it, and if you know I have, please tell me the issue.

    If it wasn't published during these years for whatever reason, please tell me.

    Or if you know where I can find the data, please tell me.

    Many Thanks!

    wolverine

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    I can't really help you out since I don't have any physical US issues but hopefully someone has some info.

    BTW, are you going to or could you make any of the info you find/have found available to others who are interested? It would be neat to see some info about the sales of comics and how x-books fared back in the day. I've checked out comichron but they only have info going as far back as 1991. It's not the end of the world if I never know how comics sales were before the 90's if there is no info to be found but I would be partially curious to see some numbers if it is somehow possible.

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    Thanks JustAnother Fan!

    Here's the data:

    First Column: Issue Number/Release Date
    Second Column: Filing Date
    Third Column: Print Run (Average Over 12 Months)
    Fourth Column: Paid Circulation (Average Over 12 Months)
    Fifth Column: Percentage Sold (To 1dp)

    098 / Apr 1976 Sep 1975 266, 255 118, 544 44.5%
    104 / Apr 1977 Sep 1976 248, 507 116, 992 47.1%
    111 / Feb 1978 Sep 1977 260, 598 123, 725 47.5%
    120 / Apr 1979 Sep 1978 282, 634 115, 260 40.8%
    131 / Mar 1980 Oct 1979 327, 387 171, 091 52.3%
    144 / Apr 1981 Oct 1980 345, 288 191, 927 55.6%
    156 / Apr 1982 Oct 1981 450, 926 289, 525 64.2%
    169 / May 1983 Oct 1982 524, 923 313, 225 59.7%
    182 / Jun 1984 Oct 1983 546, 070 336, 824 61.7%
    196 / Aug 1985 Sep 1984 560, 666 378, 135 67.4%
    ??? / ??? 1986 ??? 1985 ???,??? ???,??? ??.?%
    222 / Oct 1987 Oct 1986 630, 020 417, 350 66.2%
    ??? / ??? 1988 ??? 1987 ???, ??? ???, ??? ??.?%
    246 / Jul 1989 Oct 1988 633, 760 432, 745 68.3%
    261 / May 1990 Nov 1989 592,965 408,925 69.0%
    274 / May 1991 Oct 1990 599, 839 415,961 69.3%

    Hope you find this interesting!

    wolverine

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolverine7230 View Post
    Thanks JustAnother Fan!

    Here's the data:

    First Column: Issue Number/Release Date
    Second Column: Filing Date
    Third Column: Print Run (Average Over 12 Months)
    Fourth Column: Paid Circulation (Average Over 12 Months)
    Fifth Column: Percentage Sold (To 1dp)

    098 / Apr 1976 Sep 1975 266, 255 118, 544 44.5%
    104 / Apr 1977 Sep 1976 248, 507 116, 992 47.1%
    111 / Feb 1978 Sep 1977 260, 598 123, 725 47.5%
    120 / Apr 1979 Sep 1978 282, 634 115, 260 40.8%
    131 / Mar 1980 Oct 1979 327, 387 171, 091 52.3%
    144 / Apr 1981 Oct 1980 345, 288 191, 927 55.6%
    156 / Apr 1982 Oct 1981 450, 926 289, 525 64.2%
    169 / May 1983 Oct 1982 524, 923 313, 225 59.7%
    182 / Jun 1984 Oct 1983 546, 070 336, 824 61.7%
    196 / Aug 1985 Sep 1984 560, 666 378, 135 67.4%
    ??? / ??? 1986 ??? 1985 ???,??? ???,??? ??.?%
    222 / Oct 1987 Oct 1986 630, 020 417, 350 66.2%
    ??? / ??? 1988 ??? 1987 ???, ??? ???, ??? ??.?%
    246 / Jul 1989 Oct 1988 633, 760 432, 745 68.3%
    261 / May 1990 Nov 1989 592,965 408,925 69.0%
    274 / May 1991 Oct 1990 599, 839 415,961 69.3%

    Hope you find this interesting!

    wolverine
    Awesome stuff.

    Would giving me a heads-up on where you got those? I'm trying to search for figures on other 80's and early 90's books as well.

    Comichron's no help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The S0/\/\@7ic Si/\/\[]Dl370n View Post
    Awesome stuff.

    Would giving me a heads-up on where you got those? I'm trying to search for figures on other 80's and early 90's books as well.

    Comichron's no help.
    It's hard to describe, but, inn the issues listed on the far left, on the letters pages is a box, and in that box is a load of data to do with the sales figures of that ongoing.

    Marvel were required to do this once a year for each ongoing, so I'd assume that they'd publish it all in the same month? Worth starting there, I guess.

    As for early 90's stuff, I'm not so sure you'll find as much, as I think I read somewhere that the arrangement with the postage company changed, so that they didn't have to publish the data for new ongoings, only for ongoings that were continuing past that point. Does that make sense?

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    Yes, yes it is

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