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Marvel’s adaptation of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born finally loosens Watchmen’s hold on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List, taking the top hardcover spot.
I’m not sure what triggered the comic-book take on Stephen King’s fantasy epic to spring to the top of the list more than a year after its release. Am I missing something?
Meanwhile, the Watchmen collection slips three places to No. 4 on that chart, but retains the lead position in the paperback category. Writer Alan Moore also claims the seventh hardcover slot with Batman: The Killing Joke, and Nos. 4 and 10 in paperbacks with V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1.
The 22nd volume of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket holds the top position on the manga chart for the second week in a row, followed by Naruto, Naruto, Naruto … and more Naruto.
The hardcover and softcover categories hold a few surprises, though: The first volume of DC’s all-ages series Tiny Titans debuts at No. 8 on the paperback list, while IDW Publishing sees strong performances from some of its licensed collections — namely two Angel hardcovers (at Nos. 2 and 3) and a Transformers trade paperback (at No. 3).
And then there’s the hefty third volume of the Ted McKeever Library from Image Comics, which debuts at No. 5 in hardcovers.
The Times lists are compiled using an arcane formula that includes sales data from hundreds of retail outlets, including independent booksellers, book chains, online stores and direct-market shops.