Peter Parker…The Amazing Spider-Man…Marvel Comics Rules….

Sometimes you take away your leading man for a while….

Marvel did that with Pter Parker like D.C. Comics did with Super-Man back in the day….

Then you bring’m back….

And with THAT you make’m come back Happy…..

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Peter Parker‘s return as Spider-Man, after nearly a year and a half away, gave Marvel Comics the top-selling comic book of 2014, according to the primary distributor of comic books in North America.

“Amazing Spider-Man” #1 was 2014′s best-selling comic based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s biggest distributor of English-language comics. Marvel’s reboot of the title marked Peter Parker’s comeback after a long storyline in which his enemy Doctor Octopus had control of his body and had taken over his identity.

Overall, comic book sales increased 4.03% in 2014 over the previous year, and graphic novel sales rose 5.18%, Diamond said.

Marvel, home to the Avengers and the X-Men in addition to Spider-Man, was 2014′s top-selling publisher in the comic-book specialty market, Diamond said, with about a 34% market share in terms of dollars and about a 37% share in terms of units sold. Marvel increased its lead a bit over second-place DC Comics, home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, which came in with a market share of about 29% in dollar terms and 32% in unit terms. Image Comics was third, followed by IDW Publishing and Dark Horse Comics.

Marvel had nine of the top 10 selling issues of the year – in addition to the Spider-Man issue, also in the top 10 were “Rocket Racoon”#1, featuring the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star in his own series; “Thor” # 1 with the much-discussed debut of the new female Thor; and all four issues of “Death of Wolverine,” a miniseries in which Marvel killed off the clawed X-Man….

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