The Walking Dead shuffles off with top comic of 2012

The Walking Dead may largely concern somewhat less-than-athletic zombies, but that hasn't stopped the comic racing to the top of 2012's top-selling comic list.

The 100th issue of Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed series, published by Image Comics, led the annual list of top-selling comics compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors, the Baltimore company that distributes comics, graphic novels and pop-culture merchandise worldwide.

In the issue, Kirkman shocked longtime readers by graphically killing off a key character, a development that saw the book sell out and go through three printings because of demand.

Zombies may have nabbed the crown, but eight of the other spot in Diamond’s top 10 went to lycra-clad Marvel superheroes, largely thanks to the 12-issue miniseries Avengers vs. X-Men.

“2012 was a terrific year for comic books and graphic novels,” Diamond CEO Steve Geppi said in a statement. “Our publishers did a tremendous job of creating compelling story lines that comic book fans wanted to see – from Marvel’s `Avengers vs. X-Men’ followed by its `Marvel NOW!’ titles later in the year to DC’s powerful New 52 ongoing titles. Add in Dark Horse Comics’ horror line-up, IDW’s `My Little Pony’ and Image Comics’ creator-driven hits and it was quite a year.”