Image Comics Claims The Walking Dead #100 is the “Best-Selling Comic of the 21st Century”

Image Comics sent out a release last night that gave the initial sales number of The Walking Dead #100. The 100th issue has sold out of it’s 383,612 initial orders. That’s lead the publisher to state the issue has:

…effectively becoming the best-selling comic book in initial orders for any publisher since 1997, when Image Comics/Top Cow’s The Darkness #11 was released. 

The issue featured 13 variant covers for the 100th issue — all sold out — and has received a lot of buzz and talk, especially on it’s day of release.

Image’s Publisher Eric Stephenson stated:

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.

The writer Robert Kirkman said:

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.