Comics have been traditionally thought of as entertainment for children and teens, they have long surpassed that stereotype. Men and women from all walks of life immerse themselves in comic book universes, why do you think Marvel and DC movie franchises have been so successful. Some characters are just so iconic that comic fans won’t let go after a lifetime of adventures.
Which ones have captured our hearts and some of our hard earned cash to become some of the best selling comics ever?
Here’s the list:
Does is it really shock anyone that the Man of Steel is number one? Selling more than 600 million copies since its inception back in 1938, the strong and handsome alien from Krypton has become our most beloved superhero.
The world was introduced to Batman back in 1939 and after countless movies, TV series and video game adaptations Batman is just a part of our culture. Bruce Wayne captured the imaginations of children and adults to the tune of 460 million sales. The revenue for merchandise and movies is in the billions, making it one of the most successful franchises ever.
Created by comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man comics have sold more than 360 million copies since arriving on the scene back in the 60’s. One of the best know superheroes ever it has spawned cartoons, a highly successful movie franchise, a Broadway musical and millions of dollars of merchandise over the past 50 years.
4. One Piece
One Piece is not your traditional comic book but rather the highly popular Japanese Manga. Compared to the rest of the entries on this list, One Piece is fairly new, it was first published back in 1997 and it has managed to sell more than 345 million copies since then. Pretty impressive feat for writer and illustrator Eiichiro Oda.
Another creation that come from the genius that is Stan Lee, these mutants showed up on the scene back in 1963 and have since generated more than 270 million in comic book sales. After the hugely successful string of movies, cartoon series and video games from the series Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto have all become household names.
6. Captain America
Fittingly, Captain America made his debut back in 1941 just before America entered the war and the first issue sold more than a million copies, an unheard of number back then. Then again the very first issue featured the Captain punching Hitler on the cover. This is another big franchise to come from Marvel and it has more than 210 million sales.
You might dismiss the comic book industry as one for kids, teens and nerds, but it is nowhere near that simple. Comics have near cult like followers that collect issues, wait in lines for new issue releases, and spend money on the merchandise. Comic con in cities all over the world are enormously successful conventions and dollar for dollar the comic book industry generates more revenue than plenty of fortune 500 companies.