May 21, 2012 by Tim Morse 4 Comments
Posted In: News
I guess I shouldn’t be suprised by this. Most comics nowadays go to second printings with key issues. What I was unaware of was the print run. 45,000! I’m gonna get the second printing, just to have to cool wraparound cover! Check out the press release and the cover after the jump!
From the official press release:
Valiant is proud to announce that X-O Manowar #1 has sold out at the distributor level, rocketing through its initial print run of 45,000 copies. Due to demand, Valiant is going back to press on the first issue of the all-new Valiant Universe for the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant – featuring a never-before-seen cover by rising star Arturo Lozzi!
“We’ve been telling the industry for months that Valiant would have everyone talking in 2012, but these figures have exceeded even our expectations,” said Publisher Fred Pierce. “We can’t thank the retail community enough for the massive support they’ve shown us, and this sellout speaks volumes about the amazing job our creators are doing with this series.”
From the creative team of New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), X-O Manowar #1 is the first title of the publisher’s summer 2012 relaunch and heralds a new beginning for one of Valiant’s all-time best-selling heroes. And the Summer of Valiant has only just begun! Fans and retailers take note – Harbinger #1 arrives on June 6, and will be followed by Bloodshot #1 on July 11, and Archer & Armstrong #1 on August 8.
“This is an outstanding performance for an independent publisher, especially with a debut title. We look forward to great things from Valiant in the months and years to come,” said Bill Schanes, VP of Purchasing for Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
“The success of this book is due in no small part to Rob and Cary’s phenomenal work, and our staff deserves a big round of applause as well,” said Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Warren, Fred, and the rest of the team spent months making sure Valiant’s return would make as big an impact as possible.”
“Valiant has never underestimated the resonance that its characters have with comics fans around the world,” added Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “X-O Manowar #1 has already taken a lot of people by surprise, and, with Harbinger #1 and Bloodshot #1 just around the corner, this is truly going to be a summer of Valiant.”
Now’s the time to witness the epic beginning of Valiant’s return all over again! Jump onboard the summer’s hottest new series when the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant arrives in stores everywhere on June 20th!