We just got word from Image Comics that Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #100 sold out its print run of over 375,000 initial orders in its first day. That’s the most since 1997′s The Darkness #11 (also from Image Comics), but that was a whole different millennium and a whole different market.
That’s what a rabid fan base, a celebrated TV series and over a dozen crazy covers gets you in today’s market. Still, a monstrous success for an indie comics.
Here’s what Kirkman had to say about the milestone:
“The Walking Dead continues to greatly exceed all my expectations in all forms. I am especially excited for what this means for comics as an industry, that this is an independent comic hitting that number. The future of comics couldn’t be brighter as more and more readers are embracing new ideas in a big way.”
And Image Publisher Eric Stephenson:
“This is a remarkable achievement. It’s extremely uncommon, if not flat-out rare, for a comic book to see a sustained increase in sales following its first issue, but The Walking Dead steadily climbed up and up since its launch in 2003, and we couldn’t be more proud of Robert, Charlie and the whole Walking Dead team.”
Big congratulations to Kirkman, Adlard and Image Comics.