Although the comics industry's forecast for the last five or so years has spelled nothing but doom, gloom and oh, more doom, it's also true that the medium has managed to produce some truly jaw-dropping facts and figures in its time.
Comics are pop culture's hottest commodity right now, cultivating an industry worth millions both on the screen and off it. This isn't a burgeoning movement either; comics have been placed left right and centre since the beginning of the Second World War, and have dominated the cultural landscape in pretty much every decade since.
It's a modern mythology in every sense of the word and, because of that, some of the industry's stats possess some majorly mind-blowing properties, even if they have managed to fly under the radar in some respects.
That doesn't just go for financial clout either - there are plenty of facts, figures and statistics both fictional and otherwise that have typified the ambition and scale of the industry since its formative moments - some achieved by individuals, like Stan Lee, and others by comic heroes themselves, like the Punisher.
It makes for fascinating reading, especially if you've ever pondered just how many comics Stan 'the man' has written, or how many people Frank Castle has offed over the years. While totting up that particular stat might not intimate the spectacle and wonder of the medium, it's truer now more than ever that comics are special. Here are the craziest figures they've managed to conjure...