Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: September 2014: There’s life in that there death

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by Jason Enright

September is always an interesting month because DC does its big line-wide event with crazy covers and Marvel has to find a way to compete. The answer this year was Death of Wolverine, which shipped two issues this month and landed the number 1 and number 2 spots. DC still won overall market share, but Marvel still managed to make a few headlines themselves and capture those top two spots. Beyond those books, there is a lot of standard attrition this month and a lot of books ramping up for AXIS which is likely to lead into several new series and rebooted series over the next few months. Below is a breakdown of some of this month’s stats which includes a rise in the number of $4.99 books, which is very interesting.

79 books in total
11 double shipped books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books (8 if you count the Ultimates)
2 Annuals
4 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

2 titles over 100,000 copies
2 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
13 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
27 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
35 titles under 25,000
14 $4.99 books
61 $3.99 books
4 $2.99 books

Thanks as always to ICV2.com and Milton Griepp for their permission to use these figures.

1, 2. WOLVERINE
09/04  Wolverine v3 #19 –  65,042
09/09  Wolverine v3 #78 -  60,651
09/11  Wolverine v4 #16 -  37,796	 
09/12	 Wolverine #313	 -  39,262	 
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09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #4  -  37,732  (  -7.4%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #5  -  37,563  (  -0.4%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #6  -  35,571  (  -5.3%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #7  -  35,039  (  -1.5%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #8  -  40,491  (  15.6%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #9  -  32,333  (   4.5%)
07/14  Wolverine v6 #10 -  47,813  (  12.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #11 -  49,181  (   2.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570  (   2.8%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #1 – 261,975  (418.0%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #2 - 129,999  (-50.4%)
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6 mnth  ( 219.1%)
1 year  ( 261.9%)
2 year  ( 231.0%)
3 year  ( 243.9%)
5 year  ( 114.3%)
10 year (  99.1%)

What does it take to give Wolverine the best sales he has had in years? You just have to kill him. This is going to be a 4 part series, and the first two issues bring in Marvel’s best sales this month. This is a 4 issue series split over 2 months and it will be interesting to see if the final issue (where Wolverine actually dies) gets a big sales spike like issue 1 did.

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DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: November 2012

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

While Marvel keeps rolling out its latest round of relaunches, DC is sticking to its guns in November. There’s the “Death of the Family” crossover that continues running through various Batman titles. There’s the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover that continues running through the Green Lantern books. There are three minor crossover storylines running through various other titles. And there are, finally, the Before Watchmen and “digital-first” lines of books, both of which continue to expand in November.

But while Marvel wins the market shares for dollars and units quite handsomely, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad month for DC. On the contrary: The publisher’s bottom line remains rock-solid in November, both in terms of average sales (slightly up from October) and overall sales (slightly down from October), continuing a trend of very steady overall sales figures in 2012.

The notable exception to that trend, once again, is Vertigo, which, due to various ongoing and limited series ending and not being replaced with new ones, only has eight new titles out in November — the lowest number since January 2004, and the second-lowest number overall since March 2003. As a consequence, Vertigo’s total unit sales for periodicals crumble to an estimated 92,000 in November, which is also the second-lowest ever, and only the second time that figure drops below 100K.

With Sweet Tooth, Saucer Country and Hellblazer about to end, American Vampire going on hiatus and Punk Rock Jesus concluding its run, there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason left for DC to keep Vertigo around as a label for new periodical comics, particularly after the dismissal of founding editor Karen Berger. I wrote the October column before Berger’s departure was announced, but this particular development rather underlines my points, I think.

See below for the details and, as usual, please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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279 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
11/2007: Scooby Doo #126 -- 4,237
11/2008: Scooby Doo #138 -- 4,068
11/2009: Scooby Doo #150 -- 4,044
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861
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11/2011: SD:WAY? #15     -- 4,701
12/2011: SD:WAY? #16     -- 4,627 (- 1.6%)
01/2012: SD:WAY? #17     -- 4,533 (- 2.0%)
02/2012: SD:WAY? #18     -- 4,655 (+ 2.7%)
03/2012: SD:WAY? #19     -- 4,677 (+ 0.5%)
04/2012: SD:WAY? #20     -- 4,752 (+ 1.6%)
05/2012: SD:WAY? #21     -- 5,269 (+10.9%)
06/2012: SD:WAY? #22     -- 4,968 (- 5.7%)
07/2012: SD:WAY? #23     -- 4,934 (- 0.7%)
08/2012: SD:WAY? #24     -- ?
09/2012: SD:WAY? #25     -- 4,979
10/2012: SD:WAY? #26     -- ?
11/2012: SD:WAY? #27     -- 5,032
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6 months: - 4.5%
1 year  : + 7.0%
2 years : + 3.5%
5 years : +18.8%

The faithful five thousand Scooby-Doovians keep showing up.

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250 - GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Johnny DC)
04/2012: GL: TAS #1 -- 12,791
05/2012: GL: TAS #2 --  9,615 (-24.8%)
06/2012: GL: TAS #3 --  8,716 (- 9.4%)
07/2012: GL: TAS #4 --  7,790 (-10.6%)
08/2012: GL: TAS #5 --  6,968 (-10.6%)
09/2012: GL: TAS #6 --  6,619 (- 5.0%)
10/2012: GL: TAS #7 --  6,516 (- 1.6%)
11/2012: GL: TAS #8 --  5,961 (- 8.5%)
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6 months: -38.0%

Not quite levelled out. It’s worth repeating, though, that this is not Care Bears torture porn, despite being a Green Lantern title, so it was always going to be an uphill struggle.

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225 - SAUCER COUNTRY (Vertigo)
03/2012: Saucer Country #1  -- 15,684
04/2012: Saucer Country #2  -- 11,263 (-28.2%)
05/2012: Saucer Country #3  -- 10,656 (- 5.4%)
06/2012: Saucer Country #4  --  9,959 (- 6.5%)
07/2012: Saucer Country #5  --  9,470 (- 4.9%)
08/2012: Saucer Country #6  --  8,700 (- 8.1%)
09/2012: Saucer Country #7  --  8,152 (- 6.3%)
10/2012: Saucer Country #8  --  7,557 (- 7.3%)
11/2012: Saucer Country #9  --  7,102 (- 6.0%)
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6 months: -33.4%

At this rate, Saucer Country will be literally running out of readers this time next year. I don’t see the book making it past issue #15, to be quite frank. (Update: The book is cancelled with issue #14.)

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221 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
11/2009: Sweet Tooth #3  -- 10,363
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750
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11/2011: Sweet Tooth #27 --  7,923 (- 0.5%)
12/2011: Sweet Tooth #28 --  7,699 (- 2.8%)
01/2012: Sweet Tooth #29 --  8,128 (+ 5.6%)
02/2012: Sweet Tooth #30 --  7,584 (- 6.7%)
03/2012: Sweet Tooth #31 --  7,541 (- 0.6%)
04/2012: Sweet Tooth #32 --  7,534 (- 0.1%)
05/2012: Sweet Tooth #33 --  7,631 (+ 1.3%)
06/2012: Sweet Tooth #34 --  7,689 (+ 0.8%)
07/2012: Sweet Tooth #35 --  7,558 (- 1.7%)
08/2012: Sweet Tooth #36 --  7,441 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: Sweet Tooth #37 --  7,333 (- 1.5%)
10/2012: Sweet Tooth #38 --  7,354 (+ 0.3%)
11/2012: Sweet Tooth #39 --  7,324 (- 0.4%)
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6 months: - 4.0%
1 year  : - 7.6%
2 years : -16.3%

Ending with issue #40.

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220 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
11/2011: Young Justice #10 --  7,650 (- 1.1%)
12/2011: Young Justice #11 --  7,221 (- 5.6%)
01/2012: Young Justice #12 --  7,288 (+ 0.9%)
02/2012: Young Justice #13 --  7,237 (- 0.7%)
03/2012: Young Justice #14 --  7,241 (+ 0.1%)
04/2012: Young Justice #15 --  7,273 (+ 0.4%)
05/2012: Young Justice #16 --  7,466 (+ 2.7%)
06/2012: Young Justice #17 --  7,459 (- 0.1%)
07/2012: Young Justice #18 --  7,458 (- 0.0%)
08/2012: Young Justice #19 --  7,375 (- 1.1%)
09/2012: Young Justice #20 --  7,515 (+ 1.9%)
10/2012: Young Justice #21 --  7,558 (+ 0.6%)
11/2012: Young Justice #22 --  7,344 (- 2.8%)
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6 months: - 1.6%
1 year  : - 4.0%

Rock-solid direct-market figures for a Johnny DC title.

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207 - SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES (Johnny DC)
05/2012: Superman Family Adventures #1  -- 13,303
06/2012: Superman Family Adventures #2  -- 10,137 (-23.8%)
07/2012: Superman Family Adventures #3  --  9,246 (- 8.8%)
08/2012: Superman Family Adventures #4  --  8,925 (- 3.5%)
09/2012: Superman Family Adventures #5  --  8,572 (- 4.0%)
10/2012: Superman Family Adventures #6  --  8,450 (- 1.4%)
11/2012: Superman Family Adventures #7  --  8,074 (- 4.5%)
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6 months: -39.3%

Another Johnny DC book with perfectly decent direct-market numbers, it would seem. However: cancelled with issue #12.

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199 - LOT 13
10/2012: Lot 13 #1 of 5 -- 12,476
11/2012: Lot 13 #2 of 5 --  8,767 (-29.7%)

That’s a horrendous second-issue drop for a miniseries.

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198 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
11/2009: The Unwritten #7  -- 14,763
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036
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11/2011: The Unwritten #31 -- 10,434 (- 0.5%)
11/2011: The Unwritten #.5 -- 10,183 (- 2.4%)
12/2011: The Unwritten #32 -- 10,073 (- 1.1%)
12/2011: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,759 (- 3.1%)
01/2012: The Unwritten #33 --  9,888 (+ 1.3%)
01/2012: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,483 (- 4.1%)
02/2012: The Unwritten #34 --  9,789 (+ 3.2%)
02/2012: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,595 (- 2.0%)
03/2012: The Unwritten #35 --  9,675 (+ 0.8%)
03/2012: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,529 (- 1.5%)
04/2012: The Unwritten #36 --  9,678 (+ 1.6%)
05/2012: The Unwritten #37 --  9,549 (- 1.3%)
06/2012: The Unwritten #38 --  9,494 (- 0.6%)
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478 (- 0.2%)
08/2012: The Unwritten #40 --  9,127 (- 3.7%)
09/2012: The Unwritten #41 --  8,943 (- 2.0%)
10/2012: The Unwritten #42 --  8,881 (- 0.7%)
11/2012: The Unwritten #43 --  8,791 (- 1.0%)
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6 months: - 7.9%
1 year  : -14.7%
2 years : -27.0%

Slowly slipping down the chart.

The Unwritten is, by a wide margin of about 5,000 units, the lowest-selling Vertigo title that hasn’t been cancelled yet, as I’m writing this. I’m presuming this is because the collections are performing comparatively (if not spectacularly) well in the direct market and actually show up on the Bookscan charts.

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193 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
11/2007: Hellblazer #238 -- 12,536
11/2008: Hellblazer #249 -- 11,445
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645
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11/2011: Hellblazer #285 --  9,500 (-1.1%)
12/2011: Hellblazer #286 --  9,404 (-1.0%)
01/2012: Hellblazer #287 --  9,368 (-0.4%)
02/2012: Hellblazer #288 --  9,553 (+2.0%)
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363 (-2.0%)
04/2012: Hellblazer #290 --  9,472 (+1.2%)
05/2012: Hellblazer #291 --  9,426 (-0.5%)
06/2012: Hellblazer #292 --  9,533 (+1.1%)
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247 (-3.0%)
08/2012: Hellblazer #294 --  9,396 (+1.6%)
09/2012: Hellblazer #295 --  9,143 (-2.7%)
10/2012: Hellblazer #296 --  9,255 (+1.2%)
11/2012: Hellblazer #297 --  9,146 (-1.2%)
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6 months: - 3.0%
1 year  : - 3.7%
2 years : - 5.2%
5 years : -27.0%

To be relaunched as a DC Universe title after issue #300.

The fact that DC shitcanned the planned creative team for the relaunch before the first issue is even solicited — presumably after realizing that you’d need someone with new writer (fingers crossed) Jeff Lemire’s type of name for the new series to survive into the double digits — inspires a great deal of confidence.

The spirit of creativity, it is always humming.

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188 - G.I. COMBAT
05/2012: G.I. Combat #1  -- 33,740
06/2012: G.I. Combat #2  -- 19,002 (-43.7%)
07/2012: G.I. Combat #3  -- 14,359 (-24.4%)
08/2012: G.I. Combat #4  -- 11,797 (-17.8%)
09/2012: G.I. Combat #0  -- 14,072 (+19.3%)
10/2012: G.I. Combat #5  -- 10,526 (-25.2%)
11/2012: G.I. Combat #6  --  9,713 (- 7.7%)
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6 months: -71.2%

The lowest-selling “New 52″ title. Axed with issue #7.

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187 - PHANTOM LADY
08/2012: Phantom Lady #1 of 4 -- 17,043
09/2012: Phantom Lady #2 of 4 -- 12,653 (-25.8%)
10/2012: Phantom Lady #3 of 4 -- 10,535 (-16.7%)
11/2012: Phantom Lady #4 of 4 -- 10,119 (- 4.0%)

Terrible sales, but not so terrible that DC won’t have more Freedom-Fighters-related miniseries by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. For some reason, Phantom Lady didn’t show up in the online solicitations for November, but it doesn’t seem to have hurt the figures any further, at least.

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181 - JOE KUBERT PRESENTS
10/2012: Joe Kubert Presents #1 of 6 -- 14,842
11/2012: Joe Kubert Presents #2 of 6 -- 10,542 (-29.0%)

Another miniseries with a massive second-issue drop.

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173 - GRIFTER
11/2011: Grifter #3  -- 29,802 (-25.3%)
12/2011: Grifter #4  -- 22,486 (-24.6%)
01/2012: Grifter #5  -- 20,060 (-10.8%)
02/2012: Grifter #6  -- 18,057 (-10.0%)
03/2012: Grifter #7  -- 16,559 (- 8.3%)
04/2012: Grifter #8  -- 15,686 (- 5.3%)
05/2012: Grifter #9  -- 15,228 (- 2.9%)
06/2012: Grifter #10 -- 14,258 (- 6.4%)
07/2012: Grifter #11 -- 13,382 (- 6.1%)
08/2012: Grifter #12 -- 12,400 (- 7.3%)
09/2012: Grifter #0  -- 15,751 (+27.0%)
10/2012: Grifter #13 -- 12,142 (-22.9%)
11/2012: Grifter #14 -- 11,631 (- 4.2%)
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6 months: -23.6%
1 year  : -61.0%

Axed with issue #16.

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169 - PUNK ROCK JESUS (Vertigo)
07/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #1 of 5 -- 14,571
08/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #2 of 6 -- 11,936 (-18.1%)
09/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #3 of 6 -- 11,962 (+ 0.2%)
10/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #4 of 6 -- 12,378 (+ 3.5%)
11/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #5 of 6 -- 12,276 (- 0.8%)

The Sean Murphy vehicle keeps selling very well, by Vertigo standards. Punk Rock Jesus was first solicited as a five-issue series, then expanded with the solicitation for issue #2.

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167 - BLUE BEETLE
11/2007: Blue Beetle #21 -- 15,645
11/2008: Blue Beetle #33 -- 11,452
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11/2011: Blue Beetle #3  -- 27,612 (-29.9%)
12/2011: Blue Beetle #4  -- 21,408 (-22.5%)
01/2012: Blue Beetle #5  -- 19,042 (-11.1%)
02/2012: Blue Beetle #6  -- 17,034 (-10.6%)
03/2012: Blue Beetle #7  -- 15,780 (- 7.4%)
04/2012: Blue Beetle #8  -- 15,180 (- 3.8%)
05/2012: Blue Beetle #9  -- 16,607 (+ 9.4%)
06/2012: Blue Beetle #10 -- 14,413 (-13.2%)
07/2012: Blue Beetle #11 -- 13,923 (- 3.4%)
08/2012: Blue Beetle #12 -- 13,325 (- 4.3%)
09/2012: Blue Beetle #0  -- 16,888 (+26.7%)
10/2012: Blue Beetle #13 -- 13,141 (-22.2%)
11/2012: Blue Beetle #14 -- 12,508 (- 4.8%)
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6 months: - 24.7%
1 year  : - 54.7%
5 years : - 20.1%

Cancelled with issue #16.

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165 - THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN
11/2011: Firestorm #3  -- 31,654 (-28.0%)
12/2011: Firestorm #4  -- 25,610 (-19.1%)
01/2012: Firestorm #5  -- 21,329 (-16.7%)
02/2012: Firestorm #6  -- 19,162 (-10.2%)
03/2012: Firestorm #7  -- 17,786 (- 7.2%)
04/2012: Firestorm #8  -- 17,076 (- 4.0%)
05/2012: Firestorm #9  -- 17,240 (+ 1.0%)
06/2012: Firestorm #10 -- 15,789 (- 8.4%)
07/2012: Firestorm #11 -- 14,931 (- 5.4%)
08/2012: Firestorm #12 -- 14,137 (- 5.3%)
09/2012: Firestorm #0  -- 17,279 (+22.2%)
10/2012: Firestorm #13 -- 13,460 (-22.1%)
11/2012: Firestorm #14 -- 12,862 (- 4.4%)
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6 months: -25.4%
1 year  : -59.4%

The lowest-selling “New 52″ title that hasn’t been cancelled. You can’t really say that sales are levelling out yet, so presumably this is a case of too many other titles already getting the axe.

Overall, there are 18 “New 52″ books selling below the 20K mark right now, five of which are ending in January, and two more of which are ending in April. This leaves at least 11 books on borrowed time, but without an official end date.

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161 - DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS
11/2011: DCU Presents #3  -- 31,019 (-25.4%)
12/2011: DCU Presents #4  -- 24,398 (-21.4%)
01/2012: DCU Presents #5  -- 22,048 (- 9.6%)
02/2012: DCU Presents #6  -- 20,188 (- 8.4%)
03/2012: DCU Presents #7  -- 17,830 (-11.7%)
04/2012: DCU Presents #8  -- 16,566 (- 7.1%)
05/2012: DCU Presents #9  -- 15,776 (- 4.8%)
06/2012: DCU Presents #10 -- 14,310 (- 9.3%)
07/2012: DCU Presents #11 -- 13,619 (- 4.8%)
08/2012: DCU Presents #12 -- 15,138 (+11.2%)
09/2012: DCU Presents #0  -- 17,528 (+15.8%)
10/2012: DCU Presents #13 -- 14,405 (-17.8%)
11/2012: DCU Presents #14 -- 13,537 (- 6.0%)
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6 months: -14.2%
1 year  : -56.4%

Axed with issue #19.

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160 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850
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11/2011: American Vampire #20 -- 15,685 (+ 2.6%)
12/2011: American Vampire #21 -- 15,026 (- 4.2%)
12/2011: American Vampire #22 -- 14,759 (- 1.8%)
01/2012: American Vampire #23 -- 14,240 (- 3.5%)
02/2012: American Vampire #24 -- 14,278 (+ 0.3%)
03/2012: American Vampire #25 -- 14,598 (+ 2.2%)
04/2012: American Vampire #26 -- 14,493 (- 0.7%)
05/2012: American Vampire #27 -- 14,420 (- 0.5%)
06/2012: American Vampire #28 -- 15,573 (+ 8.0%)
07/2012: American Vampire #29 -- 15,324 (- 1.6%)
08/2012: American Vampire #30 -- 15,081 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: American Vampire #31 -- 14,796 (- 1.9%)
10/2012: American Vampire #32 -- 14,857 (+ 0.4%)
11/2012: American Vampire #33 -- 13,614 (- 8.4%)
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6 months: - 5.6%
1 year  : -13.2%
2 years : -31.4%

The final issue of the “Blacklist” arc doesn’t have a variant-cover edition for some reason, hence the stiff drop. The last issue without one was #27. The book goes on hiatus with issue #34.

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158 - I, VAMPIRE
11/2011: I, Vampire #3  -- 26,070 (-24.7%)
12/2011: I, Vampire #4  -- 21,601 (-17.1%)
01/2012: I, Vampire #5  -- 18,816 (-12.9%)
02/2012: I, Vampire #6  -- 18,153 (- 3.5%)
03/2012: I, Vampire #7  -- 18,440 (+ 1.6%)
04/2012: I, Vampire #8  -- 18,717 (+ 1.5%)
05/2012: I, Vampire #9  -- 17,175 (- 8.2%)
06/2012: I, Vampire #10 -- 16,517 (- 3.8%)
07/2012: I, Vampire #11 -- 15,734 (- 4.7%)
08/2012: I, Vampire #12 -- 14,788 (- 6.0%)
09/2012: I, Vampire #0  -- 17,920 (+21.2%)
10/2012: I, Vampire #13 -- 14,260 (-20.4%)
11/2012: I, Vampire #14 -- 13,666 (- 4.2%)
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6 months: -20.4%
1 year  : -47.6%

Axed with issue #19.

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151 - DEATHSTROKE
11/2011: Deathstroke #3  -- 33,754 (-24.4%)
12/2011: Deathstroke #4  -- 26,367 (-21.9%)
01/2012: Deathstroke #5  -- 23,872 (- 9.5%)
02/2012: Deathstroke #6  -- 21,306 (-10.8%)
03/2012: Deathstroke #7  -- 19,744 (- 7.3%)
04/2012: Deathstroke #8  -- 18,834 (- 4.6%)
05/2012: Deathstroke #9  -- 20,878 (+10.9%)
06/2012: Deathstroke #10 -- 19,722 (- 5.5%)
07/2012: Deathstroke #11 -- 17,107 (-13.3%)
08/2012: Deathstroke #12 -- 16,772 (- 2.0%)
09/2012: Deathstroke #0  -- 20,796 (+24.0%)
10/2012: Deathstroke #13 -- 15,078 (-27.5%)
11/2012: Deathstroke #14 -- 14,452 (- 4.2%)
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6 months: -30.8%
1 year  : -57.2%

Not really levelling out yet, but still ongoing.

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148 - THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN
11/2011: Savage Hawkman #3  -- 35,177 (-26.4%)
12/2011: Savage Hawkman #4  -- 28,263 (-19.7%)
01/2012: Savage Hawkman #5  -- 23,967 (-15.2%)
02/2012: Savage Hawkman #6  -- 21,316 (-11.1%)
03/2012: Savage Hawkman #7  -- 19,433 (- 8.8%)
04/2012: Savage Hawkman #8  -- 18,300 (- 5.8%)
05/2012: Savage Hawkman #9  -- 17,626 (- 3.7%)
06/2012: Savage Hawkman #10 -- 16,417 (- 6.9%)
07/2012: Savage Hawkman #11 -- 15,460 (- 5.8%)
08/2012: Savage Hawkman #12 -- 14,745 (- 4.6%)
09/2012: Savage Hawkman #0  -- 18,750 (+27.2%)
10/2012: Savage Hawkman #13 -- 14,763 (-21.3%)
11/2012: Savage Hawkman #14 -- 14,726 (- 0.3%)
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6 months: -16.5%
1 year  : -58.1%

A crossover with Green Arrow is cancelling out the drop, while Hawkman itself is not officially cancelled yet, as I’m writing this.

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147 - LEGION LOST
11/2011: Legion Lost #3  -- 31,226 (-26.8%)
12/2011: Legion Lost #4  -- 24,020 (-23.1%)
01/2012: Legion Lost #5  -- 21,549 (-10.3%)
02/2012: Legion Lost #6  -- 19,447 (- 9.8%)
03/2012: Legion Lost #7  -- 18,214 (- 6.3%)
04/2012: Legion Lost #8  -- 17,984 (- 1.3%)
05/2012: Legion Lost #9  -- 23,794 (+32.3%)
06/2012: Legion Lost #10 -- 17,581 (-26.1%)
07/2012: Legion Lost #11 -- 17,037 (- 3.1%)
08/2012: Legion Lost #12 -- 16,066 (- 5.7%)
09/2012: Legion Lost #0  -- 18,786 (+16.9%)
10/2012: Legion Lost #13 -- 15,377 (-18.2%)
11/2012: Legion Lost #14 -- 14,766 (- 4.0%)
----------------
6 months: -37.9%
1 year  : -52.7%

Cancelled with issue #16.

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143 - BATWING
11/2011: Batwing #3  -- 35,110 (-17.9%)
12/2011: Batwing #4  -- 26,726 (-23.9%)
01/2012: Batwing #5  -- 24,036 (-10.1%)
02/2012: Batwing #6  -- 21,643 (-10.0%)
03/2012: Batwing #7  -- 21,058 (- 2.7%)
04/2012: Batwing #8  -- 20,373 (- 3.3%)
05/2012: Batwing #9  -- 35,731 (+75.4%)
06/2012: Batwing #10 -- 20,724 (-42.0%)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: Batwing #12 -- 18,279 (- 8.8%)
09/2012: Batwing #0  -- 22,135 (+21.1%)
10/2012: Batwing #13 -- 17,166 (-22.5%)
11/2012: Batwing #14 -- 15,967 (- 7.0%)
----------------
6 months: -55.3%
1 year  : -54.5%

Evidently not cancelled yet, amazingly, despite the free-fall.

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142 - DEMON KNIGHTS
11/2011: Demon Knights #3  -- 34,681 (-17.9%)
12/2011: Demon Knights #4  -- 28,109 (-19.0%)
01/2012: Demon Knights #5  -- 25,823 (- 8.1%)
02/2012: Demon Knights #6  -- 23,476 (- 9.1%)
03/2012: Demon Knights #7  -- 22,000 (- 6.3%)
04/2012: Demon Knights #8  -- 21,124 (- 4.0%)
05/2012: Demon Knights #9  -- 20,196 (- 4.4%)
06/2012: Demon Knights #10 -- 19,005 (- 5.9%)
07/2012: Demon Knights #11 -- 18,201 (- 4.2%)
08/2012: Demon Knights #12 -- 17,295 (- 5.0%)
09/2012: Demon Knights #0  -- 20,474 (+18.4%)
10/2012: Demon Knights #13 -- 16,805 (-17.9%)
11/2012: Demon Knights #14 -- 16,005 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -20.8%
1 year  : -53.9%

Another “New 52″ book that hasn’t found its level and remains ongoing, for the time being.

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141 - AME-COMI GIRLS
10/2012: ACG #1: Wonder Woman -- 24,966
11/2012: ACG #2: Batgirl      -- 16,083 (-35.6%)

This five-parter collecting material that was first released digitally is relaunched as an ongoing series in March, so DC seems happy enough with these figures, despite the gigantic second-issue drop. Different economics apply.

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139 - FABLES (Vertigo)
11/2007: Fables #67  -- 24,841
11/2008: Fables #78  -- 23,345
11/2009: Fables #90  -- 20,882
11/2010: --
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11/2011: Fables #111 -- 17,687 (- 2.3%)
12/2011: Fables #112 -- 17,602 (- 0.5%)
01/2012: Fables #113 -- 17,588 (- 0.1%)
02/2012: Fables #114 -- 17,374 (- 1.2%)
03/2012: Fables #115 -- 17,384 (+ 0.1%)
04/2012: Fables #116 -- 17,543 (+ 0.9%)
05/2012: Fables #117 -- 17,484 (- 0.3%)
06/2012: Fables #118 -- 18,566 (+ 6.2%)
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110 (- 7.8%)
08/2012: Fables #120 -- 16,704 (- 2.4%)
09/2012: Fables #121 -- 16,596 (- 0.7%)
10/2012: Fables #122 -- 16,513 (- 0.5%)
11/2012: Fables #123 -- 16,229 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.2%
1 year  : - 8.2%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : -31.9%

Vertigo’s flagship title continues its slow decline. Fables is one of only three ongoing Vertigo titles that don’t have an official end date yet, and one of the other two is Fairest, a Fables spin-off. It’ll be interesting to see where, and if, Vertigo stands a year from now.

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135 - FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.
11/2011: Frankenstein #3          -- 31,869 (-21.2%)
12/2011: Frankenstein #4          -- 24,812 (-22.1%)
01/2012: Frankenstein #5          -- 22,737 (- 8.4%)
02/2012: Frankenstein #6          -- 20,463 (-10.0%)
03/2012: Frankenstein #7          -- 18,891 (- 7.7%)
04/2012: Frankenstein #8          -- 17,953 (- 5.0%)
05/2012: Frankenstein #9          -- 17,266 (- 3.8%)
06/2012: Frankenstein #10         -- 16,377 (- 5.2%)
07/2012: Frankenstein #11         -- 15,635 (- 4.5%)
08/2012: Frankenstein #12         -- 14,679 (- 6.1%)
09/2012: Frankenstein #0          -- 18,122 (+23.5%)
10/2012: Frankenstein #13         -- 16,501 (- 9.0%)
11/2012: Frankenstein #14         -- 16,444 (- 0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.8%
1 year  : -48.4%

Sales remain up versus August, thanks to the “Rotworld” crossover with Animal Man and Swamp Thing.

The book is axed with issue #16.

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134 - STORMWATCH
11/2007: --
11/2008: StormWatch: PHD #16  --  6,824
11/2009: StormWatch: PHD #24  --  4,598
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11/2011: Stormwatch #3        -- 39,262 (-17.4%)
12/2011: Stormwatch #4        -- 30,987 (-21.1%)
01/2012: Stormwatch #5        -- 29,112 (- 6.1%)
02/2012: Stormwatch #6        -- 26,076 (-10.4%)
03/2012: Stormwatch #7        -- 24,384 (- 6.5%)
04/2012: Stormwatch #8        -- 23,212 (- 4.8%)
05/2012: Stormwatch #9        -- 22,448 (- 3.3%)
06/2012: Stormwatch #10       -- 20,592 (- 8.3%)
07/2012: Stormwatch #11       -- 19,678 (- 4.4%)
08/2012: Stormwatch #12       -- 18,531 (- 5.8%)
09/2012: Stormwatch #0        -- 21,764 (+17.5%)
10/2012: Stormwatch #13       -- 17,621 (-19.0%)
11/2012: Stormwatch #14       -- 16,559 (- 6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.2%
1 year  : - 57.8%
5 years :   n.a.

Sales remain in free-fall.

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130 - RAVAGERS
05/2012: Ravagers #1  -- 44,230
06/2012: Ravagers #2  -- 31,128 (-29.6%)
07/2012: Ravagers #3  -- 24,963 (-19.8%)
08/2012: Ravagers #4  -- 20,730 (-17.0%)
09/2012: Ravagers #0  -- 22,437 (+ 8.2%)
10/2012: Ravagers #5  -- 18,656 (-16.9%)
11/2012: Ravagers #6  -- 17,334 (- 7.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 60.8%

Crashing and burning right out of the gate, with no end in sight.

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129 - FAIREST (Vertigo)
03/2012: Fairest #1  -- 31,769
04/2012: Fairest #2  -- 22,997 (-27.6%)
05/2012: Fairest #3  -- 22,329 (- 2.9%)
06/2012: Fairest #4  -- 21,156 (- 5.3%)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371 (- 3.7%)
08/2012: Fairest #6  -- 19,446 (- 4.5%)
09/2012: Fairest #7  -- 18,626 (- 4.2%)
10/2012: Fairest #8  -- 18,376 (- 1.3%)
11/2012: Fairest #9  -- 17,417 (- 5.2%)
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6 months: -22.0%

Still holding up very well, given that Bill Willingham and Phil Jimenez left back in August.

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128 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
07/2012: He-Man #1 of 6 -- 27,665
08/2012: --
09/2012: He-Man #2 of 6 -- 19,737 (-28.7%)
10/2012: He-Man #3 of 6 -- 18,269 (- 7.4%)
11/2012: He-Man #4 of 6 -- 17,499 (- 4.2%)

These figures aren’t stellar by any stretch, but they’re good enough, evidently: He-Man is to be relaunched as an ongoing title.

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124 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
11/2007: SLoSH #36            -- 26,814
11/2008: LoSH #48             -- 22,917
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439
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11/2011: LoSH #3              -- 34,979 (- 25.9%)
12/2011: LoSH #4              -- 27,832 (- 20.4%)
01/2012: LoSH #5              -- 25,624 (-  7.9%)
02/2012: LoSH #6              -- 23,428 (-  8.6%)
03/2012: LoSH #7              -- 21,894 (-  6.6%)
04/2012: LoSH #8              -- 21,457 (-  2.0%)
05/2012: LoSH #9              -- 20,854 (-  2.8%)
06/2012: LoSH #10             -- 19,963 (-  4.3%)
07/2012: LoSH #11             -- 19,421 (-  2.7%)
08/2012: LoSH #12             -- 18,907 (-  2.7%)
09/2012: LoSH #0              -- 21,561 (+ 14.0%)
10/2012: LoSH #13             -- 18,487 (- 14.3%)
11/2012: LoSH #14             -- 17,767 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.8%
1 year  : - 49.2%
2 years : - 32.8%
5 years : - 33.7%

These have been the lowest sales by far of any ongoing Legion series in the 10 years since March 2003 that we have consistent data on. But: still ongoing, at this time.

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123 - DIAL H
05/2012: Dial H #1  -- 45,308
06/2012: Dial H #2  -- 30,618 (-32.4%)
07/2012: Dial H #3  -- 26,109 (-14.7%)
08/2012: Dial H #4  -- 22,733 (-12.9%)
09/2012: Dial H #0  -- 24,070 (+ 5.9%)
10/2012: Dial H #5  -- 19,903 (-17.3%)
11/2012: Dial H #6  -- 17,832 (-10.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 60.6%

Dial H for Jesus H. Christ, these are some awful numbers.

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138 - SWORD OF SORCERY
09/2012: Sword of Sorcery #0  -- 29,954
10/2012: Sword of Sorcery #1  -- 23,947 (-20.1%)
11/2012: Sword of Sorcery #2  -- 18,080 (-24.5%)

Another terrible drop, as with most of the other recent “New 52″ launches. Retailers treated the first issues like first issues, after all, despite the issue-#0 stunt.

Meanwhile, the editors at DC like writer Christy Marx’s work here so much that they went and fired another writer entirely on another title entirely that he’d just been announced as the the writer of.

It’s an exciting time to be freelancing for DC.

(Procedural note, once again: Actual sales were reduced by Diamond for the purposes of the chart, to compensate for returnability. Recently, the reduction has been a flat 10%, or very close to it, so I’m adding these presumably missing 10% to the estimate supplied by Diamond and ICv2.com. Which is why the official chart ranking doesn’t make sense here. The same applies to Team 7, Phantom Stranger, Talon and Before Watchmen: Moloch.)

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121 - BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED
04/2012: Arkham Unhinged #1 -- 31,170
05/2012: Arkham Unhinged #2 -- 25,215 (-19.1%)
06/2012: Arkham Unhinged #3 -- 23,322 (- 7.5%)
07/2012: Arkham Unhinged #4 -- 21,809 (- 6.5%)
08/2012: Arkham Unhinged #5 -- 21,059 (- 3.4%)
09/2012: Arkham Unhinged #6 -- 20,259 (- 3.8%)
10/2012: Arkham Unhinged #7 -- 19,890 (- 1.8%)
11/2012: Arkham Unhinged #8 -- 18,393 (- 7.5%)
----------------
6 months: -27.1%

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117 - BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED
02/2012: Unlimited #1          -- 26,589 (+21.8%) [30,683]
03/2012: Unlimited #2          -- 23,570 (-11.4%)
04/2012: Unlimited #3          -- 24,196 (+ 2.7%)
05/2012: Unlimited #4          -- 24,356 (+ 0.7%)
06/2012: Unlimited #5          -- 24,058 (- 1.2%)
07/2012: Unlimited #6          -- 22,555 (- 6.3%)
08/2012: Unlimited #7          -- 21,219 (- 5.9%)
09/2012: Unlimited #8          -- 20,897 (- 1.5%)
10/2012: Unlimited #9          -- 19,877 (- 4.9%)
11/2012: Unlimited #10         -- 19,004 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: -22.0%

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116 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11
05/2012: Smallville S11 #1  -- 27,004
06/2012: Smallville S11 #2  -- 22,468 (-16.8%)
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3  -- 20,864 (- 7.1%)
08/2012: Smallville S11 #4  -- 19,861 (- 4.8%)
09/2012: Smallville S11 #5  -- 19,499 (- 1.8%)
10/2012: Smallville S11 #6  -- 19,663 (+ 0.8%)
11/2012: Smallville S11 #7  -- 19,104 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: -29.3%

Three titles collecting “digital-first” material with perfectly good sales.

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126 - TEAM 7
09/2012: Team 7 #0  -- 34,503
10/2012: Team 7 #1  -- 27,661 (-19.8%)
11/2012: Team 7 #2  -- 19,510 (-29.5%)

Another recent “New 52″ launch that probably won’t be around this time next year.

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114 - ALL STAR WESTERN
11/2007: Jonah Hex #25 -- 14,577
11/2008: Jonah Hex #37 -- 12,537
11/2009: Jonah Hex #49 -- 11,146
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796
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11/2011: ASW #3        -- 32,776 (- 17.8%)
12/2011: ASW #4        -- 29,349 (- 10.5%)
01/2012: ASW #5        -- 27,206 (-  7.3%)
02/2012: ASW #6        -- 26,170 (-  3.8%)
03/2012: ASW #7        -- 25,349 (-  3.1%)
04/2012: ASW #8        -- 25,040 (-  1.2%)
05/2012: ASW #9        -- 31,413 (+ 25.5%)
06/2012: ASW #10       -- 25,334 (- 19.4%)
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572 (-  7.0%)
08/2012: ASW #12       -- 22,767 (-  3.4%)
09/2012: ASW #0        -- 25,388 (+ 11.5%)
10/2012: ASW #13       -- 21,481 (- 15.4%)
11/2012: ASW #14       -- 20,186 (-  6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 35.7%
1 year  : - 38.4%
2 years : + 87.0%
5 years : + 38.5%

All Star Western still sells about twice as many units as Jonah Hex did before the “New 52″ relaunch, so there should be a lot more rope until it gets into trouble. That said, the last few months have been rather rocky, sales-wise.

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103 - GREEN ARROW
11/2007: Arrow/Canary #2  -- 42,827
11/2008: Arrow/Canary #14 -- 25,599
11/2009: Arrow&Canary #26 -- 17,384
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575
-----------------------------------
11/2011: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,899 (- 20.1%)
12/2011: Green Arrow #4   -- 37,116 (- 20.9%)
01/2012: Green Arrow #5   -- 33,593 (-  9.5%)
02/2012: Green Arrow #6   -- 30,097 (- 10.4%)
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004 (-  3.6%)
04/2012: Green Arrow #8   -- 27,433 (-  5.4%)
05/2012: Green Arrow #9   -- 26,966 (-  1.7%)
06/2012: Green Arrow #10  -- 25,769 (-  4.4%)
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646 (-  4.4%)
08/2012: Green Arrow #12  -- 23,126 (-  6.2%)
09/2012: Green Arrow #0   -- 28,408 (+ 22.8%)
10/2012: Green Arrow #13  -- 22,057 (- 22.4%)
11/2012: Green Arrow #14  -- 21,825 (-  1.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.1%
1 year  : - 53.5%
2 years : - 44.9%
5 years : - 49.0%

There’s probably a larger underlying drop here that was dampened by the crossover with Hawkman.

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98 - BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: END GAME
11/2012: End Game #1 -- 22,212

There was a 1:25 variant-cover edition to boost sales, but this is still an excellent number for a $6.99 one-shot collecting material that was first released digitally. The success of this still expanding line of books is probably the biggest surprise in the direct market of 2012, as far as DC is concerned. If this doesn’t turn out to be a fad — and I see no reason why it should — expect this mode of publication to become a lot more common soon.

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91 - BIRDS OF PREY
11/2007: Birds of Prey #112 -- 25,117
11/2008: Birds of Prey #124 -- 20,959
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440
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11/2011: Birds of Prey #3   -- 40,891 (- 23.1%)
12/2011: Birds of Prey #4   -- 34,460 (- 15.7%)
01/2012: Birds of Prey #5   -- 31,700 (-  8.0%)
02/2012: Birds of Prey #6   -- 30,376 (-  4.2%)
03/2012: Birds of Prey #7   -- 29,196 (-  3.9%)
04/2012: Birds of Prey #8   -- 28,661 (-  1.8%)
05/2012: Birds of Prey #9   -- 41,521 (+ 44.9%)
06/2012: Birds of Prey #10  -- 28,457 (- 31.5%)
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389 (-  3.8%)
08/2012: Birds of Prey #12  -- 26,587 (-  2.9%)
09/2012: Birds of Prey #0   -- 30,574 (+ 15.0%)
10/2012: Birds of Prey #13  -- 25,851 (- 15.5%)
11/2012: Birds of Prey #14  -- 24,904 (-  3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 40.0%
1 year  : - 39.1%
2 years : - 27.7%
5 years : -  0.9%

The book keeps drifting down. Meanwhile, there’s always a new creative team waiting around the corner to replace the people who think they’re the new creative team. (Not to mention, probably, half a platoon’s worth of yokels who were asked to pitch for the book.)

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97 - PHANTOM STRANGER
09/2012: Phantom Stranger #0  -- 40,103
10/2012: Phantom Stranger #1  -- 33,350 (-16.8%)
11/2012: Phantom Stranger #2  -- 24,979 (-25.1%)

Let’s be honest: These are still spectacular sales for a Phantom Stranger title.

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87 - ARROW
11/2012: Arrow #1  -- 25,442

Another new “digital-first” launch with more than decent figures, the help of a 1:5 variant notwithstanding.

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80 - SUPERBOY
11/2011: Superboy #3  --  47,442 (- 17.4%)
12/2011: Superboy #4  --  40,002 (- 15.7%)
01/2012: Superboy #5  --  37,419 (-  6.5%)
02/2012: Superboy #6  --  34,520 (-  7.8%)
03/2012: Superboy #7  --  33,050 (-  4.3%)
04/2012: Superboy #8  --  31,900 (-  3.5%)
05/2012: Superboy #9  --  34,838 (+  9.2%)
06/2012: Superboy #10 --  31,358 (- 10.0%)
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677 (-  5.4%)
08/2012: Superboy #12 --  27,518 (-  7.3%)
09/2012: Superboy #0  --  31,840 (+ 15.7%)
10/2012: Superboy #13 --  25,726 (- 19.2%)
11/2012: Superboy #14 --  28,017 (+  8.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 41.0%

Sales boost courtesy of a crossover with Superman and Supergirl.

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79 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
11/2011: Justice League Dark #3   -- 51,674 (-18.5%)
12/2011: Justice League Dark #4   -- 44,750 (-13.4%)
01/2012: Justice League Dark #5   -- 40,996 (- 8.4%)
02/2012: Justice League Dark #6   -- 38,360 (- 6.4%)
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7   -- 36,089 (- 5.9%)
04/2012: Justice League Dark #8   -- 35,022 (- 3.0%)
05/2012: Justice League Dark #9   -- 34,649 (- 1.1%)
06/2012: Justice League Dark #10  -- 33,238 (- 4.1%)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792 (- 4.4%)
08/2012: Justice League Dark #12  -- 30,754 (- 3.3%)
09/2012: Justice League Dark #0   -- 34,287 (+11.5%)
10/2012: Justice League Dark #13  -- 30,008 (-12.5%)
11/2012: Justice League Dark #14  -- 28,966 (- 3.5%)
----------------
6 months: -16.4%
1 year  : -44.0%

Slowly drifting down the charts.

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77 - LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT
10/2012: LotDK #1  -- 42,904
11/2012: LotDK #2  -- 30,085 (-29.9%)

That’s a big drop, but issue #1 was promoted with a 1:25 variant edition, so it’s not as steep as it looks. Plus, 30K is still a spectacular number for what’s essentially a “reprint” title, even if the previous “printing” was only digital.

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73 - SUPERGIRL
11/2007: Supergirl #23 --  45,460
11/2008: Supergirl #35 --  45,518
11/2009: Supergirl #47 --  29,159
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412
---------------------------------
11/2011: Supergirl #3  --  50,784 (- 17.3%)
12/2011: Supergirl #4  --  44,180 (- 13.0%)
01/2012: Supergirl #5  --  41,446 (-  6.2%)
02/2012: Supergirl #6  --  38,719 (-  6.6%)
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041 (-  4.3%)
04/2012: Supergirl #8  --  36,042 (-  2.7%)
05/2012: Supergirl #9  --  35,129 (-  2.5%)
06/2012: Supergirl #10 --  33,309 (-  5.2%)
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879 (-  4.3%)
08/2012: Supergirl #12 --  30,420 (-  4.6%)
09/2012: Supergirl #0  --  34,457 (+ 13.3%)
10/2012: Supergirl #13 --  29,450 (- 14.5%)
11/2012: Supergirl #14 --  31,270 (+  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 11.0%
1 year  : - 38.4%
2 years : + 23.1%
5 years : - 31.2%

Sales increase courtesy of crossover with Superboy and Superman.

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67 - ANIMAL MAN
11/2011: Animal Man #3     -- 49,184 (- 8.0%)
12/2011: Animal Man #4     -- 42,630 (-13.3%)
01/2012: Animal Man #5     -- 40,573 (- 4.8%)
02/2012: Animal Man #6     -- 38,504 (- 5.1%)
03/2012: Animal Man #7     -- 36,860 (- 4.3%)
04/2012: Animal Man #8     -- 36,369 (- 1.3%)
05/2012: Animal Man #9     -- 35,699 (- 1.8%)
06/2012: Animal Man #10    -- 34,992 (- 2.0%)
07/2012: Animal Man #11    -- 33,909 (- 3.1%)
08/2012: Animal Man #12    -- 34,549 (+ 1.9%)
09/2012: Animal Man #0     -- 38,295 (+10.8%)
10/2012: Animal Man #13    -- 34,303 (-10.4%)
11/2012: Animal Man #14    -- 33,503 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.2%
1 year  : -31.9%

Back in a slow decline, despite the “Rotworld” crossover.

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65 - WORLDS' FINEST
05/2012: Worlds' Finest #1  -- 69,531
06/2012: Worlds' Finest #2  -- 51,510 (-25.9%)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 (-11.6%)
08/2012: Worlds' Finest #4  -- 39,629 (-12.9%)
09/2012: Worlds' Finest #0  -- 42,770 (+ 7.9%)
10/2012: Worlds' Finest #5  -- 35,951 (-15.9%)
11/2012: Worlds' Finest #6  -- 34,338 (- 4.5%)
----------------
6 months: -50.6%

Very steep decline, overall.

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64 - BATWOMAN
11/2011: Batwoman #3  --  61,997 (-16.7%)
12/2011: Batwoman #4  --  52,757 (-14.9%)
01/2012: Batwoman #5  --  51,924 (- 1.6%)
02/2012: Batwoman #6  --  49,227 (- 5.2%)
03/2012: Batwoman #7  --  46,874 (- 4.8%)
04/2012: Batwoman #8  --  45,341 (- 3.3%)
05/2012: Batwoman #9  --  43,942 (- 3.1%)
06/2012: Batwoman #10 --  41,014 (- 6.7%)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38,980 (- 5.0%)
08/2012: Batwoman #12 --  38,064 (- 2.4%)
09/2012: Batwoman #0  --  41,684 (+ 9.5%)
10/2012: Batwoman #13 --  37,315 (-10.5%)
11/2012: Batwoman #14 --  36,395 (- 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: -17.2%
1 year  : -41.3%

Levelling out, evidently.

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60 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS
11/2011: Red Hood #3  -- 50,140 (-15.6%)
12/2011: Red Hood #4  -- 44,278 (-11.7%)
01/2012: Red Hood #5  -- 42,560 (- 3.9%)
02/2012: Red Hood #6  -- 39,898 (- 6.3%)
03/2012: Red Hood #7  -- 38,630 (- 3.2%)
04/2012: Red Hood #8  -- 37,974 (- 1.7%)
05/2012: Red Hood #9  -- 54,220 (+42.8%)
06/2012: Red Hood #10 -- 37,044 (-31.7%)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: Red Hood #12 -- 34,439 (- 3.9%)
09/2012: Red Hood #0  -- 39,511 (+14.7%)
10/2012: Red Hood #13 -- 35,420 (- 6.7%)
11/2012: Red Hood #14 -- 37,710 (+ 6.5%)
----------------
6 months: -30.5%
1 year  : -24.8%

The “Death of the Family” crossover was name-checked in the advertising copy for issue #14. Enough for a solid sales increase.

—–

58 - TEEN TITANS
11/2007: Teen Titans #53  -- 54,387
11/2008: Teen Titans #65  -- 37,880
11/2009: Teen Titans #77  -- 46,239
11/2010: Teen Titans #89  -- 26,444
-----------------------------------
11/2011: Teen Titans #3   -- 60,758 (- 15.7%)
12/2011: Teen Titans #4   -- 54,929 (-  9.6%)
01/2012: Teen Titans #5   -- 54,606 (-  0.6%)
02/2012: Teen Titans #6   -- 53,123 (-  2.7%)
03/2012: Teen Titans #7   -- 51,402 (-  3.2%)
04/2012: Teen Titans #8   -- 50,814 (-  1.1%)
05/2012: Teen Titans #9   -- 50,261 (-  1.1%)
06/2012: Teen Titans #10  -- 47,491 (-  5.5%)
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367 (-  4.5%)
08/2012: Teen Titans #12  -- 42,817 (-  5.6%)
09/2012: Teen Titans #0   -- 47,318 (+ 10.5%)
10/2012: Teen Titans #13  -- 41,059 (- 13.2%)
11/2012: Teen Titans #14  -- 39,745 (-  3.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.9%
1 year  : - 34.6%
2 years : + 50.3%
5 years : - 26.9%

Sliding down the charts.

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57 - RED LANTERNS
11/2011: Red Lanterns #3  -- 60,823 (-18.0%)
12/2011: Red Lanterns #4  -- 50,271 (-17.4%)
01/2012: Red Lanterns #5  -- 46,992 (- 6.5%)
02/2012: Red Lanterns #6  -- 43,450 (- 7.5%)
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 41,628 (- 4.2%)
04/2012: Red Lanterns #8  -- 40,189 (- 3.5%)
05/2012: Red Lanterns #9  -- 39,215 (- 2.4%)
06/2012: Red Lanterns #10 -- 38,005 (- 3.1%)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462 (- 4.1%)
08/2012: Red Lanterns #12 -- 35,070 (- 3.8%)
09/2012: Red Lanterns #0  -- 38,928 (+11.0%)
10/2012: Red Lanterns #13 -- 42,804 (+10.0%)
11/2012: Red Lanterns #14 -- 40,779 (- 4.7%)
----------------
6 months: + 4.0%
1 year  : -33.0%

Sales remain up thanks to the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover.

—–

62 - TALON
09/2012: Talon #0  -- 59,691
10/2012: Talon #1  -- 55,737 (- 6.6%)
11/2012: Talon #2  -- 41,250 (-26.0%)

Another recently launched “New 52″ book with a stiff second-issue drop, despite Scott Snyder’s involvement and the continued presence of multiple high-ticket variant-cover editions. Don’t get me wrong: 40K isn’t bad for this type of book, in theory, but given the success of Snyder’s Batman in general and storylines such as “Night of the Owly Court” and “Death of the Family,” it’s still surprising to see Talon drop off so sharply.

—–

56 - SWAMP THING
11/2011: Swamp Thing #3  -- 52,300 (-10.8%)
12/2011: Swamp Thing #4  -- 44,660 (-14.6%)
01/2012: Swamp Thing #5  -- 43,806 (- 1.9%)
02/2012: Swamp Thing #6  -- 41,235 (- 5.9%)
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268 (- 2.4%)
04/2012: Swamp Thing #8  -- 39,431 (- 2.1%)
05/2012: Swamp Thing #9  -- 39,385 (- 0.1%)
06/2012: Swamp Thing #10 -- 37,383 (- 5.1%)
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257 (- 3.0%)
08/2012: Swamp Thing #12 -- 36,696 (+ 1.2%)
09/2012: Swamp Thing #0  -- 40,123 (+ 9.3%)
10/2012: Swamp Thing #13 -- 36,069 (-10.1%)
11/2012: Swamp Thing #14 -- 42,036 (+16.5%)
----------------
6 months: + 6.7%
1 year  : -19.6%

Special variant edition plus “Rotworld” crossover equals neat-o sales increase.

—–

54 - WONDER WOMAN
11/2007: Wonder Woman #14  --  53,090
11/2008: Wonder Woman #26  --  33,277
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265
11/2010: --
-------------------------------------
11/2011: Wonder Woman #3   --  65,621 (- 17.0%)
12/2011: Wonder Woman #4   --  57,675 (- 12.1%)
01/2012: Wonder Woman #5   --  57,626 (-  0.1%)
02/2012: Wonder Woman #6   --  54,190 (-  6.0%)
03/2012: Wonder Woman #7   --  51,314 (-  5.3%)
04/2012: Wonder Woman #8   --  50,450 (-  1.7%)
05/2012: Wonder Woman #9   --  48,750 (-  3.4%)
06/2012: Wonder Woman #10  --  47,229 (-  3.1%)
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669 (-  3.3%)
08/2012: Wonder Woman #12  --  44,584 (-  2.4%)
09/2012: Wonder Woman #0   --  49,778 (+ 11.7%)
10/2012: Wonder Woman #13  --  43,731 (- 12.2%)
11/2012: Wonder Woman #14  --  42,384 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 35.4%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : - 20.2%

Slowly drifting down. Viewed over the last 10 years, though, this isn’t bad for a Wonder Woman book.

—–

50 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319
---------------------------------------
11/2011: New Guardians #3     -- 59,774 (-16.7%)
12/2011: New Guardians #4     -- 53,305 (-10.8%)
01/2012: New Guardians #5     -- 52,305 (- 1.9%)
02/2012: New Guardians #6     -- 50,319 (- 3.8%)
03/2012: New Guardians #7     -- 48,422 (- 3.8%)
04/2012: New Guardians #8     -- 47,320 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: New Guardians #9     -- 46,237 (- 2.3%)
06/2012: New Guardians #10    -- 44,404 (- 4.0%)
07/2012: New Guardians #11    -- 42,929 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: New Guardians #12    -- 41,479 (- 3.4%)
09/2012: New Guardians #0     -- 46,718 (+12.6%)
10/2012: New Guardians #13    -- 48,500 (+ 3.8%)
11/2012: New Guardians #14    -- 47,062 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: + 1.8%
1 year  : -21.3%
2 years : + 1.6%

The “Rise of the Third Army” crossover keeps the numbers up.

—–

49 - FLASH
11/2007: Flash #234      --  46,435
11/2008: Flash #246      --  27,746
11/2009: Rebirth #5 of 6 --  73,875
11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673
-----------------------------------
11/2011: Flash #3        --  90,417 (- 20.8%)
12/2011: Flash #4        --  77,336 (- 14.5%)
01/2012: Flash #5        --  71,611 (-  7.4%)
02/2012: Flash #6        --  68,061 (-  5.0%)
03/2012: Flash #7        --  64,975 (-  4.5%)
04/2012: Flash #8        --  63,702 (-  2.0%)
05/2012: Flash #9        --  62,807 (-  1.4%)
06/2012: Flash #10       --  55,681 (- 11.4%)
07/2012: Flash #11       --  53,674 (-  3.6%)
08/2012: Flash #12       --  51,779 (-  3.5%)
09/2012: Flash #0        --  56,890 (+  9.9%)
10/2012: Flash #13       --  49,936 (- 12.2%)
11/2012: Flash #14       --  48,012 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.6%
1 year  : - 46.9%
2 years : - 16.8%
5 years : +  3.4%

Sliding down the chart, but still well within the spectrum for Flash.

—–

47 - BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS
07/2012: Ozymandias #1 of 6 -- 98,011
08/2012: Ozymandias #2 of 6 -- 64,460 (-34.2%)
09/2012: Ozymandias #3 of 6 -- 52,280 (-18.9%)
10/2012: --
11/2012: Ozymandias #4 of 6 -- 48,404 (- 7.4%)

This title by ethical people who contribute what they can to ensure that their fellow creators continue to be treated fairly hasn’t quite found its level yet.

—–

45 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
11/2007: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 55,838 [59,049]
11/2008: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 43,600
11/2009: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 80,391
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448
------------------------------------------
11/2011: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 65,393 (-16.7%)
12/2011: Green Lantern Corps #4  -- 57,180 (-12.6%)
01/2012: Green Lantern Corps #5  -- 54,088 (- 5.4%)
02/2012: Green Lantern Corps #6  -- 51,168 (- 5.4%)
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692 (- 4.8%)
04/2012: Green Lantern Corps #8  -- 47,584 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: Green Lantern Corps #9  -- 46,336 (- 2.6%)
06/2012: Green Lantern Corps #10 -- 44,615 (- 3.7%)
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996 (- 3.6%)
08/2012: Green Lantern Corps #12 -- 41,778 (- 2.8%)
09/2012: Green Lantern Corps #0  -- 47,309 (+13.2%)
10/2012: Green Lantern Corps #13 -- 50,773 (+ 7.3%)
11/2012: Green Lantern Corps #14 -- 49,594 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 7.0%
1 year  : -24.2%
2 years : -13.7%
5 years : -11.2%

Sales remain up thanks to the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover.

—–

44 - BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE
06/2012: Silk Spectre #1 of 4 -- 114,394
07/2012: Silk Spectre #2 of 4 --  68,403 (-40.2%)
08/2012: --
09/2012: Silk Spectre #3 of 4 --  53,464 (-21.8%)
10/2012: --
11/2012: Silk Spectre #4 of 4 --  50,002 (- 6.5%)

More comics in the great North American tradition with very good sales.

—–

42 - NIGHTWING
11/2007: Nightwing #138 -- 46,757
11/2008: Nightwing #150 -- 50,993
---------------------------------
11/2011: Nightwing #3   -- 64,098 (-12.3%)
12/2011: Nightwing #4   -- 57,409 (-10.4%)
01/2012: Nightwing #5   -- 56,040 (- 2.4%)
02/2012: Nightwing #6   -- 53,036 (- 5.4%)
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489 (- 4.8%)
04/2012: Nightwing #8   -- 52,063 (+ 3.1%) [61,711]
05/2012: Nightwing #9   -- 61,395 (+17.9%)
06/2012: Nightwing #10  -- 50,585 (-17.6%)
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124 (- 2.9%)
08/2012: Nightwing #12  -- 47,484 (- 3.3%)
09/2012: Nightwing #0   -- 53,109 (+11.9%)
10/2012: Nightwing #13  -- 47,171 (-11.2%)
11/2012: Nightwing #14  -- 50,720 (+ 7.5%)
----------------
6 months: -17.4%
1 year  : -20.9%
5 years : + 8.5%

As a reminder: This is what happens when the latest Scott Snyder Batman thing is name-checked in the advertising.

—–

41 - SUPERMAN
11/2007: Superman #670 --  48,407
11/2008: Superman #682 --  55,435
11/2009: Superman #694 --  34,430
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261
---------------------------------
11/2011: Superman #3   --  86,386 (- 17.5%)
12/2011: Superman #4   --  76,532 (- 11.4%)
01/2012: Superman #5   --  73,719 (-  3.7%)
02/2012: Superman #6   --  69,633 (-  5.5%)
03/2012: Superman #7   --  66,588 (-  4.4%)
04/2012: Superman #8   --  64,486 (-  3.2%)
05/2012: Superman #9   --  62,232 (-  3.5%)
06/2012: Superman #10  --  59,081 (-  5.1%)
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066 (-  5.1%)
08/2012: Superman #12  --  53,326 (-  4.9%)
09/2012: Superman #0   --  60,493 (+ 13.4%)
10/2012: Superman #13  --  52,155 (- 13.8%)
11/2012: Superman #14  --  52,572 (+  0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 39.1%
2 years : + 13.6%
5 years : +  8.6%

Leading into a crossover with Superboy and Supergirl with a title I’m embarrassed to type although I’m certainly typing a lot of embarrassing shit all the time here (e.g., “AQUAMAN.” There.) so it may just be a temporary flight of over-embarrassment.

—–

38 - AQUAMAN
11/2011: Aquaman #3  -- 69,137 (-12.7%)
12/2011: Aquaman #4  -- 64,961 (- 6.0%)
01/2012: Aquaman #5  -- 65,094 (+ 0.2%)
02/2012: Aquaman #6  -- 63,450 (- 2.5%)
03/2012: Aquaman #7  -- 62,345 (- 1.7%)
04/2012: Aquaman #8  -- 61,657 (- 1.1%)
05/2012: Aquaman #9  -- 60,527 (- 1.8%)
06/2012: Aquaman #10 -- 59,288 (- 2.1%)
07/2012: Aquaman #11 -- 57,675 (- 2.7%)
08/2012: Aquaman #12 -- 61,210 (+ 6.1%)
09/2012: Aquaman #0  -- 61,227 (+ 0.0%)
10/2012: Aquaman #13 -- 54,648 (-10.8%)
11/2012: Aquaman #14 -- 53,664 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -11.3%
1 year  : -22.4%

Stabilizing again, evidently.

—–

33 - BATMAN INCORPORATED
11/2010: Batman, Inc. #1  --  95,587
------------------------------------
11/2011: --
12/2011: Lev Strikes #1   --  43,048 (- 19.5%)
01/2012: --
02/2012: --
03/2012: --
04/2012: --
05/2012: Batman, Inc. #1  --  96,486 (+124.1%)
06/2012: Batman, Inc. #2  --  73,654 (- 23.7%)
07/2012: --
08/2012: Batman, Inc. #3  --  66,720 (-  9.4%)
09/2012: Batman, Inc. #0  --  66,112 (-  0.9%)
10/2012: Batman, Inc. #4  --  60,888 (-  7.9%)
11/2012: Batman, Inc. #5  --  58,172 (-  4.5%)
----------------
6 months: -39.7%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : -39.1%

Grant Morrison’s Batman sales have seen better days. Mostly that was when Scott Snyder wasn’t around.

—–

32 - EARTH 2
05/2012: Earth 2 #1  -- 95,742          [102,490]
06/2012: Earth 2 #2  -- 75,936 (-20.7%) [ 84,740] 
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,892 (- 1.4%)
08/2012: Earth 2 #4  -- 67,393 (-10.0%)
09/2012: Earth 2 #0  -- 69,111 (+ 2.6%)
10/2012: Earth 2 #5  -- 61,529 (-11.0%)
11/2012: Earth 2 #6  -- 58,271 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -39.1%

Swiftly declining.

—–

28 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
11/2011: Dark Knight #3  --  87,133 (- 13.3%)
12/2011: Dark Knight #4  --  78,689 (-  9.7%)
01/2012: Dark Knight #5  --  76,824 (-  2.4%)
02/2012: Dark Knight #6  --  77,140 (+  0.4%) [ 80,464]
03/2012: Dark Knight #7  --  75,297 (-  2.4%)
04/2012: Dark Knight #8  --  74,287 (-  1.3%)
05/2012: Dark Knight #9  --  82,169 (+ 10.6%)
06/2012: Dark Knight #10 --  71,671 (- 12.8%)
07/2012: Dark Knight #11 --  68,632 (-  4.2%)
08/2012: Dark Knight #12 --  67,084 (-  2.3%)
09/2012: Dark Knight #0  --  72,919 (+  8.7%)
10/2012: Dark Knight #13 --  65,271 (- 10.5%)
11/2012: Dark Knight #14 --  62,792 (-  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.6%
1 year  : - 27.9%

Not quite levelled out yet.

—–

27 - CATWOMAN
11/2007: Catwoman #73 -- 18,815
-------------------------------
11/2011: Catwoman #3  -- 52,196 (-17.9%)
12/2011: Catwoman #4  -- 45,581 (-12.7%)
01/2012: Catwoman #5  -- 44,034 (- 3.4%)
02/2012: Catwoman #6  -- 41,447 (- 5.9%)
03/2012: Catwoman #7  -- 39,608 (- 4.4%)
04/2012: Catwoman #8  -- 38,711 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: Catwoman #9  -- 49,726 (+28.5%)
06/2012: Catwoman #10 -- 37,158 (-25.3%)
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551 (- 4.3%)
08/2012: Catwoman #12 -- 34,117 (- 4.0%)
09/2012: Catwoman #0  -- 39,117 (+14.7%)
10/2012: Catwoman #13 -- 40,147 (+ 2.6%) [60,257]
11/2012: Catwoman #14 -- 63,653 (+58.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 28.0%
1 year  : + 22.0%
5 years : +238.3%

—–

26 - SUICIDE SQUAD
11/2007: Raise the Flag #3 of 8 -- 19,774
-----------------------------------------
11/2011: Suicide Squad #3       -- 40,827 (- 17.6%)
12/2011: Suicide Squad #4       -- 34,550 (- 15.4%)
01/2012: Suicide Squad #5       -- 32,726 (-  5.3%)
02/2012: Suicide Squad #6       -- 30,834 (-  5.8%)
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7       -- 32,908 (+  6.7%)
04/2012: Suicide Squad #8       -- 32,789 (-  0.4%)
05/2012: Suicide Squad #9       -- 32,581 (-  0.6%)
06/2012: Suicide Squad #10      -- 31,576 (-  3.1%)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11      -- 29,809 (-  5.6%)
08/2012: Suicide Squad #12      -- 28,302 (-  5.1%)
09/2012: Suicide Squad #0       -- 31,875 (+ 12.6%)
10/2012: Suicide Squad #13      -- 27,644 (- 13.3%)
11/2012: Suicide Squad #14      -- 63,691 (+130.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 95.5%
1 year  : + 56.0%
5 years : +222.1%

And this is what happens when books are bona-fide “Death of the Family” titles — also see Batgirl and Batman below (i.e., above). October’s Catwoman #13, Batgirl #13 and Batman #13 sold another 20-21K each in November, thanks to the crossover, so it’s probably not a case of retailers going overboard, either.

Quite impressive.

—–

24 - ACTION COMICS
11/2007: Action Comics #859 --  54,572
11/2008: Action Comics #871 --  58,547
11/2009: Action Comics #883 --  33,386
11/2010: Action Comics #895 --  33,089
--------------------------------------
11/2011: Action Comics #3   -- 134,875 (- 12.3%)
12/2011: Action Comics #4   -- 112,839 (- 16.3%)
01/2012: Action Comics #5   -- 109,350 (-  3.1%)
02/2012: Action Comics #6   --  96,592 (- 11.7%)
03/2012: Action Comics #7   --  91,822 (-  4.9%)
04/2012: Action Comics #8   --  87,980 (-  4.2%)
05/2012: Action Comics #9   --  88,796 (+  0.9%)
06/2012: Action Comics #10  --  80,751 (-  9.1%)
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232 (-  5.6%)
08/2012: Action Comics #12  --  71,203 (-  6.6%)
09/2012: Action Comics #0   --  78,626 (+ 10.4%)
10/2012: Action Comics #13  --  67,241 (- 14.5%)
11/2012: Action Comics #14  --  64,341 (-  4.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.5%
1 year  : - 52.3%
2 years : + 94.5%
5 years : + 17.9%

Regardless of what you think about the work, it’s clear that Morrison’s sales draw has suffered over the last year.

It’s probably not the worst idea Morrison ever had to take things easier, recharge his creative batteries and maybe not say too many awful things in interviews or lengthy posts on how he invented first himself and then Alan Moore back in a draughty pawn shop in Hull 35 years ago. It might not hurt the sales numbers to do that for a month or two, is all I’m saying.

—–

30 - BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH
11/2012: Moloch #1 of 2 --  65,876

Irony is dead, and Dollar Bill hasn’t even shipped yet.

Excellent sales for this comic book by gentlemen whose names will be sung for eons by the freelance community whose own goddamn fault it is when they sign a crummy contract going in.

—–

19 - DETECTIVE COMICS
11/2007: Detective Comics #838 --  60,267 [65,293]
11/2008: Detective Comics #850 --  64,196
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941
-----------------------------------------
11/2011: Detective Comics #3   -- 111,197 (-  9.7%)
12/2011: Detective Comics #4   --  99,366 (- 10.6%)
01/2012: Detective Comics #5   --  99,342 (-  0.0%)
02/2012: Detective Comics #6   --  94,415 (-  5.0%)
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   --  89,891 (-  4.8%)
04/2012: Detective Comics #8   --  87,675 (-  2.5%)
05/2012: Detective Comics #9   --  96,016 (+  9.5%)
06/2012: Detective Comics #10  --  83,317 (- 13.2%)
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835 (-  4.2%)
08/2012: Detective Comics #12  --  75,998 (-  4.8%)
09/2012: Detective Comics #0   --  84,063 (+ 10.6%)
10/2012: Detective Comics #13  --  76,392 (-  9.1%)
11/2012: Detective Comics #14  --  74,560 (-  2.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.4%
1 year  : - 33.0%
2 years : +101.8%
5 years : + 23.7%

Not a bad number, given there’s no crossover boost here.

—–

18 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
11/2009: Batman and Robin #6  --  95,690
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600
----------------------------------------
11/2011: Batman and Robin #3  --  86,309 (-12.7%)
12/2011: Batman and Robin #4  --  76,000 (-11.9%)
01/2012: Batman and Robin #5  --  72,786 (- 4.2%)
02/2012: Batman and Robin #6  --  70,103 (- 3.7%)
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  --  68,010 (- 3.0%)
04/2012: Batman and Robin #8  --  66,659 (- 2.0%)
05/2012: Batman and Robin #9  --  75,967 (+14.0%)
06/2012: Batman and Robin #10 --  66,894 (-11.9%)
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043 (- 2.8%)
08/2012: Batman and Robin #12 --  63,993 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: Batman and Robin #0  --  69,146 (+ 8.1%)
10/2012: Batman and Robin #13 --  63,097 (- 8.8%)
11/2012: Batman and Robin #14 --  75,543 (+19.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 0.6%
1 year  : -12.5%
2 years : + 7.0%

The Snyder crossover is name-checked.

—–

17 - BATGIRL
11/2008: Batgirl #5 of 6 -- 21,595
11/2009: Batgirl #4      -- 34,697
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827
----------------------------------
11/2011: Batgirl #3      -- 69,971 (- 16.3%)
12/2011: Batgirl #4      -- 59,972 (- 14.3%)
01/2012: Batgirl #5      -- 57,030 (-  4.9%)
02/2012: Batgirl #6      -- 53,151 (-  6.8%)
03/2012: Batgirl #7      -- 50,761 (-  4.5%)
04/2012: Batgirl #8      -- 48,878 (-  3.7%)
05/2012: Batgirl #9      -- 58,710 (+ 20.1%)
06/2012: Batgirl #10     -- 47,050 (- 19.9%)
07/2012: Batgirl #11     -- 45,004 (-  4.4%)
08/2012: Batgirl #12     -- 43,804 (-  2.7%)
09/2012: Batgirl #0      -- 50,441 (+ 15.2%)
10/2012: Batgirl #13     -- 50,074 (-  0.7%) [71,109]
11/2012: Batgirl #14     -- 77,468 (+ 54.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 32.0%
1 year  : + 10.7%
2 years : +200.0%

The Snyder crossover is consummated.

The big drama here last month was Gail Simone’s firing, though, of course, which, after the hearty intervention of Team Comics, was swiftly reversed, so congratulations for being back in a professional relationship with the people who will fire you by E-mail after 10 years, then decide they liked you better than the guy they’d apparently hired as your replacement, after all, and then publicly lie about it.

—–

16 - GREEN LANTERN
11/2007: --
11/2008: --
11/2009: Green Lantern #48  -- 100,371
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173
--------------------------------------
11/2011: Green Lantern #3   -- 122,644 (-13.8%)
12/2011: Green Lantern #4   -- 104,199 (-15.0%)
01/2012: Green Lantern #5   --  97,878 (- 6.0%)
02/2012: Green Lantern #6   --  94,087 (- 3.9%)
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232 (- 4.1%)
04/2012: Green Lantern #8   --  88,335 (- 2.1%)
05/2012: Green Lantern #9   --  87,601 (- 0.8%)
06/2012: Green Lantern #10  --  80,615 (- 8.0%)
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708 (- 2.4%)
08/2012: Green Lantern #12  --  77,187 (- 1.9%)
09/2012: Green Lantern #0   --  89,909 (+16.5%)
10/2012: Green Lantern #13  --  91,814 (+ 2.1%)
11/2012: Green Lantern #14  --  78,499 (-14.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.4%
1 year  : - 36.0%
2 years : +  3.1%
5 years :   n.a.

This is part of the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover, but sales are still crashing back to the previous level, presumably because there was one special variant less than for issue #13.

—–

8 - JUSTICE LEAGUE
11/2007: --
11/2008: --
11/2009: Justice League #39  --  89,376
11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887
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11/2011: Justice League #3   -- 168,679 (- 14.2%)
12/2011: Justice League #4   -- 149,314 (- 11.5%) [152,340]
01/2012: Justice League #5   -- 144,670 (-  3.1%) [148,117]
02/2012: Justice League #6   -- 140,819 (-  2.7%)
03/2012: Justice League #7   -- 136,436 (-  3.1%)
04/2012: Justice League #8   -- 133,240 (-  2.3%)
05/2012: Justice League #9   -- 131,332 (-  1.4%)
06/2012: Justice League #10  -- 130,502 (-  0.6%)
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971 (-  5.0%)
08/2012: Justice League #12  -- 120,796 (-  2.6%) [161,235]
09/2012: Justice League #0   -- 125,868 (+  4.2%)
10/2012: Justice League #13  -- 117,752 (-  6.5%)
11/2012: Justice League #14  -- 113,094 (-  4.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.9%
1 year  : - 33.0%
2 years : +122.3%
5 years :   n.a.

No Jim Lee, no sustained sales momentum…

—–

2 - BATMAN
11/2007: Batman #671 --  76,764 [ 80,440]
11/2008: Batman #681 -- 103,151 [114,657]
11/2009: Batman #693 --  68,983
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212
-------------------------------
11/2011: Batman #3   -- 150,984 (- 12.4%)
12/2011: Batman #4   -- 133,781 (- 11.4%) [144,777]
01/2012: Batman #5   -- 135,145 (+  1.0%) [142,499]
02/2012: Batman #6   -- 128,459 (-  5.0%) [135,435]
03/2012: Batman #7   -- 131,091 (+  2.1%)
04/2012: Batman #8   -- 130,602 (-  0.4%) [136,218]
05/2012: Batman #9   -- 134,605 (+  3.1%)
06/2012: Batman #10  -- 130,265 (-  3.2%)
07/2012: Batman #11  -- 127,210 (-  2.4%)
08/2012: Batman #12  -- 125,249 (-  1.5%)
09/2012: Batman #0   -- 156,561 (+ 25.0%)
10/2012: Batman #13  -- 148,305 (-  5.3%) [169,666]
11/2012: Batman #14  -- 159,729 (+  7.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 18.7%
1 year  : +  5.8%
2 years : +144.9%
5 years : +108.1%

… unless you’re Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo and keep knocking them out of the park. K-Ching.

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+ 95.5%: Suicide Squad
+ 32.0%: Batgirl
+ 28.0%: Catwoman
+ 18.7%: Batman
+  7.0%: GL Corps
+  6.7%: Swamp Thing
+  4.0%: Red Lanterns
+  1.8%: New Guardians
-  0.6%: Batman and Robin
-  1.6%: Young Justice
-  3.0%: Hellblazer
-  4.0%: Sweet Tooth
-  4.5%: Scooby-Doo
-  4.8%: Frankenstein
-  5.6%: American Vampire
-  6.2%: Animal Man
-  7.2%: Fables
-  7.9%: The Unwritten
- 10.4%: Green Lantern
- 11.0%: Supergirl
- 11.3%: Aquaman
- 13.1%: Wonder Woman
- 13.9%: JLA
- 14.2%: DCU Presents
- 14.8%: LoSH
- 15.5%: Superman
- 16.4%: JLD
- 16.5%: Hawkman
- 17.2%: Batwoman
- 17.4%: Nightwing
- 19.1%: Green Arrow
- 19.6%: Superboy
- 20.4%: I, Vampire
- 20.8%: Demon Knights
- 20.9%: Teen Titans
- 22.0%: BB Unlimited
- 22.0%: Fairest
- 22.4%: Detective Comics
- 23.6%: Dark Knight
- 23.6%: Flash
- 23.6%: Grifter
- 24.7%: Blue Beetle
- 25.4%: Firestorm
- 26.2%: Stormwatch
- 27.1%: Arkham Unhinged
- 27.5%: Action Comics
- 29.3%: Smallville
- 30.5%: Red Hood
- 30.8%: Deathstroke
- 33.4%: Saucer Country
- 35.7%: ASW
- 37.9%: Legion Lost
- 38.0%: GL: TAS
- 39.1%: Earth 2
- 39.3%: Superman Family Adventures
- 39.7%: Batman, Inc.
- 40.0%: Birds of Prey
- 50.6%: Worlds' Finest
- 55.3%: Batwing
- 60.6%: Dial H
- 60.8%: Ravagers
- 71.2%: G.I. Combat

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 56.0%: Suicide Squad
+ 22.0%: Catwoman
+ 10.7%: Batgirl
+  7.0%: Scooby-Doo
+  5.8%: Batman
-  3.7%: Hellblazer
-  4.0%: Young Justice
-  7.6%: Sweet Tooth
-  8.2%: Fables
- 12.5%: Batman and Robin
- 13.2%: American Vampire
- 14.7%: Unwritten
- 19.6%: Swamp Thing
- 20.9%: Nightwing
- 21.3%: New Guardians
- 22.4%: Aquaman
- 24.2%: GL Corps
- 24.8%: Red Hood
- 27.9%: Dark Knight
- 31.9%: Animal Man
- 33.0%: Detective Comics
- 33.0%: JLA
- 33.0%: Red Lanterns
- 34.6%: Teen Titans
- 35.4%: Wonder Woman
- 36.0%: Green Lantern
- 38.4%: ASW
- 38.4%: Supergirl
- 39.1%: Birds of Prey
- 39.1%: Superman
- 41.0%: Superboy
- 41.3%: Batwoman
- 44.0%: JLD
- 46.9%: Flash
- 47.6%: I, Vampire
- 48.4%: Frankenstein
- 49.2%: LoSH
- 52.3%: Action Comics
- 52.7%: Legion Lost
- 53.5%: Green Arrow
- 53.9%: Demon Knights
- 54.5%: Batwing
- 54.7%: Blue Beetle
- 56.4%: DCU Presents
- 57.2%: Deathstroke
- 57.8%: Stormwatch
- 58.1%: Hawkman
- 59.4%: Firestorm
- 61.0%: Grifter

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+200.0%: Batgirl
+144.9%: Batman
+122.3%: JLA
+101.8%: Detective Comics
+ 94.5%: Action Comics
+ 87.0%: ASW
+ 50.3%: Teen Titans
+ 23.1%: Supergirl
+ 13.6%: Superman
+  7.0%: Batman and Robin
+  3.5%: Scooby-Doo
+  3.1%: Green Lantern
+  1.6%: New Guardians
-  5.2%: Hellblazer
- 13.7%: GL Corps
- 16.3%: Sweet Tooth
- 16.8%: Flash
- 27.0%: Unwritten
- 27.7%: Birds of Prey
- 31.4%: American Vampire
- 32.8%: LoSH
- 39.1%: Batman, Inc.
- 44.9%: Green Arrow

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+238.3%: Catwoman
+222.1%: Suicide Squad
+108.1%: Batman
+ 38.5%: ASW
+ 23.7%: Detective Comics
+ 18.8%: Scooby-Doo
+ 17.9%: Action Comics
+  8.6%: Superman
+  8.5%: Nightwing
+  3.4%: Flash
-  0.9%: Birds of Prey
- 11.2%: GL Corps
- 20.1%: Blue Beetle
- 20.2%: Wonder Woman
- 26.9%: Teen Titans
- 27.0%: Hellblazer
- 31.2%: Supergirl
- 31.9%: Fables
- 33.7%: LoSH
- 49.0%: Green Arrow

—–
Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
11/2007: 29,429
11/2008: 25,340
11/2009: 28,913**
11/2010: 25,497**
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11/2011: 41,414 (- 19.2%)**
12/2011: 35,397 (- 14.5%)**
01/2012: 33,887 (-  4.3%)**
02/2012: 31,535 (-  6.9%)**
03/2012: 29,679 (-  5.9%)
04/2012: 31,319 (+  5.5%)
05/2012: 38,708 (+ 23.6%)
06/2012: 37,599 (-  2.9%)
07/2012: 33,837 (- 10.0%)
08/2012: 33,500 (-  1.0%)**
09/2012: 35,811 (+  6.9%)
10/2012: 32,901 (-  8.1%)**
11/2012: 33,872 (+  3.0%)
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6 months: - 12.5%
1 year  : - 18.2%
2 years : + 32.9%
5 years : + 15.1%
DC UNIVERSE
11/2007: 37,257
11/2008: 33,096
11/2009: 38,488
11/2010: 34,180
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11/2011: 46,670 (- 21.1%)**
12/2011: 39,390 (- 15.6%)**
01/2012: 37,145 (-  5.7%)**
02/2012: 34,456 (-  7.2%)**
03/2012: 33,229 (-  3.6%)
04/2012: 35,264 (+  6.1%)
05/2012: 44,139 (+ 25.2%)
06/2012: 43,082 (-  2.4%)
07/2012: 38,502 (- 10.6%)
08/2012: 38,047 (-  1.2%)**
09/2012: 39,408 (+  3.6%)
10/2012: 36,571 (-  7.2%)
11/2012: 36,585 (+  0.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.1%
1 year  : - 21.6%
2 years : +  7.0%
5 years : -  1.8%
VERTIGO
11/2007: 10,946
11/2008: 11,936
11/2009: 11,036
11/2010:  9,034
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11/2011: 10,355 (- 2.7%)
12/2011: 11,082 (+ 7.0%)
01/2012:  9,995 (- 9.8%)
02/2012: 10,252 (+ 2.6%)
03/2012: 12,688 (+23.8%)
04/2012: 11,595 (- 8.6%)
05/2012: 11,102 (- 4.3%)
06/2012: 11,448 (+ 3.1%)
07/2012: 11,589 (+ 1.2%)
08/2012: 10,764 (- 7.1%)**
09/2012: 11,710 (+ 8.8%)
10/2012: 11,496 (- 1.8%)**
11/2012: 11,487 (- 0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: +  3.5%
1 year  : + 10.9%
2 years : + 27.2%
5 years : +  4.9%

—–
Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.

—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

2012: that was a year

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“Thanks for making me stronger, 2012. You almost won.”

Dean Haspiel just posted that on Facebook, and it mirrors how I’m feeling in many ways.

2012 was, to be blunt, the worst year of my life. I lost my beloved uncle, my grandmother, and my cat. There was a hurricane. There were many behind the scenes struggles, and a lot of people I love also had a hard time. Part of this is just the nature of getting older. The older you get, the more people you lose along the way; it’s a part of life you have to learn to accept, but that doesn’t make it easy.

My personal trauma came at the same time that comics were doing better than ever, in so many ways. It wasn’t a year of mad financial success for the industry below the corporate level, but it was a year of incredibly creative vision and production and I think it paved the way for a lot of better things and better-than-peanut-butter budgets for many cartoonists.

And of course there were good things, too. Stately Beat Manor added two adorable new cats named Charlie and Lucy. It was also a banner year for the Beat in terms of acclaim and adding a staff that really knocked it out of the park!

Todd “Terrific” Allen did his usual magic, but I discovered Slammin’ Stevie Morris when he sassed me and he’s become an indispensable part of the site, from his early morning postings to his comprehensive Pixie knowledge. Joltin’ Jessica Lee wandered out of a panel room at WonderCon, and Hot-steppin’ Henry Barajas is a Twitter buddy who turned into a real-life buddy and crowdfunding reporter. Heavenly Hannah Means-Shannon (Whose Facebook post I stole for the above art) came via hanging out at SPX and added her fantastic event reports and reviews to the site. Matt O’Keefe, the man known as LTZ and Pam Auditore also contributed, and columnists Bruce Lidl, Serhend Sirkecioglu, Jeff Trexler, Mike Scigliano, and John Shableski all shared their expertise. I also want to call out long-time contributors Jen Vaughn and Shannon O’Leary whose busy jobs—marketing Fantagraphics and editing The Big Feminist Butt—didn’t always allow for as much posting as in the past, but that doesn’t mean they are any less fabulous. Laura Sneddon and Pádraig Ó Méalóid were late, traffic-busting additions, and both have some even more sure-to-be-controversial posts in the near future. And of course there’s Tireless Torsten Adair—there is only one Torsten, and we all know who he is.

A lot of other people helped out with the Beat, too many to name but I’ll try, Ryan and Ron, who oversaw to move to the promised land a stable server; main Beat peeps Zena, Amy, Elim, Trish, Nisha, Charlene, Desi, new recruit Shea, Dino and Jen, Josh, Jeff, all the Franks, the PW bunch of Calvin, Kate, Matt and Ada; John Nee, the crew at Trident Media, Palooka Joe Antonacci, The San Diego Comic-Con folks, David and Eddit, who helped me out so much; TCAF’s great girl gang led by Deb Aoki who got me through the sad times; and of course the one and only Ben McCool.

But the #1 thank you goes to Beat readers, for contributing their thoughts keeping reading and inspiring me and the rest of the Beatsters to keep on doing this, even at insane hours of the night and terrible convention mornings. To all of you, I wish the best 2013 ever, a New Year filled with happiness and prosperity and promise as far as this site goes you ain’t seen nothing yet. Now that a burst of traffic won’t kill the site, we have more in depth, behind the scenes coverage and analysis. We promise to make your morning coffee more informative than ever.

I’ll end up with a New Year’s comic by my favorite cartoonist, my mother, Suzu.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: November 2011 – CORRECTED

by Paul O’Brien Marvel Point One 1 470x713 With FEAR ITSELF wrapping up, Marvel had several major releases in November – the POINT ONE one-shot, the relaunches of UNCANNY X-MEN and FANTASTIC FOUR, and the first issue of new ongoing title AVENGING SPIDER-MAN.

We’ve also got the epilogue of FEAR ITSELF, the start of BATTLE SCARS, and a bunch of other “Regenesis” tie-ins from the X-books.

Marvel found itself behind DC for the third straight month in November, though the gap is growing closer. DC led by 40% to 38% in unit share, and 35% to 33% in dollars. And of course, it should be remembered that DC’s extra sales don’t appear to have come at Marvel’s expense; if DC’s relaunch has brought any new or lapsed readers into the market, then in theory, that’s good for other publishers too – it brings them into everyone’s potential market.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for permission to use these figures.

5. POINT ONE
11/11  One-shot - 113,352

Marvel’s top selling comic of the month! Or is it? This book was massively overshipped, with retailers receiving twice the number of copies they’d actually ordered, at no extra cost. Those copies are presumably included in this number – that certainly appears to be Diamond’s standard practice, given the odd sales spikes that we’ve seen when this strategy has been used before.

If that’s the case, then the actual orders of this book would be 56,676 – which would have placed the book at number 29 between AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and AVENGERS. Considering the solicitation (“You CANNOT miss this. Catch a tease of the biggest change to the Marvel Universe in over 35 years!”) that number would surely have been disappointing, even allowing for the six dollar price tag. The wisdom of pricing a teaser book that high must also be open to question.

6. AVENGING SPIDER-MAN
11/11  #1 - 112,153

This, on the other hand, IS a good number, even allowing for the four variant covers. It’s Marvel’s second biggest launch of 2011, after FF #1 (which managed 122K).

Considering that the book was sold largely on the name of artist Joe Madureira, it seems reasonable to credit a lot of these sales to him – and also to wonder what will happen with the book’s second arc, which he isn’t drawing.

7,16. UNCANNY X-MEN
11/06  #480 -  88,584
11/07  #492 - 102,511
11/08  #504 -  77,773
11/09  #517 -  69,557
=====
11/10  #530 -  58,006  ( -6.8%)
12/10  #531 -  55,770  ( -3.9%)
01/11  #532 -  54,071  ( -3.0%)
02/11  #533 -  53,834  ( -0.4%)
03/11  #534 -  55,731  ( +3.5%)
04/11  #.1  -  53,473  ( -4.1%)
04/11  #535 -  56,795  ( +6.2%)
04/11  #536 -  53,502  ( -5.8%)
05/11  #537 -  53,716  ( +0.4%)
06/11  #538 -  53,319  ( -0.7%)
06/11  #539 -  54,284  ( +1.8%)
07/11  #540 -  57,206  ( +5.4%)
07/11  #541 -  55,856  ( -2.4%)
08/11  #542 -  54,840  ( -1.8%)
09/11  #543 -  58,326  ( +6.4%)
10/11  #544 -  60,212  ( +3.2%)
11/11  #1   - 109,911  (+82.5%)
11/11  #2   -  72,485  (-34.1%)
               6 mnth  (+34.9%)
               1 year  (+25.0%)
               2 year  ( +4.2%)
               3 year  ( -6.8%)
               4 year  (-29.3%)
               5 year  (-18.2%)

This is a pretty good number as well. It comfortably beats the first month sales of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN in October (estimated at 96K), and like AVENGING, it’s at the top end of Marvel’s launches for the last year. Perhaps this is partly a reflection of UNCANNY’s continuing status as the flagship X-book, though my impression was that this and W&TXM were being promoted as more or less equal in the revamped line.

Issue #2 drops back to 72K, but that’s still a significant improvement from previous sales. The last time the book hit that level was during the “Second Coming” crossover in mid-2010.

10. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
10/11  #1 - 95,855
11/11  #2 - 83,356  (-13.0%)

Considering that the first issue had more variant covers, that’s a very modest drop. A promising sign.

11. INCREDIBLE HULK
11/06  #100 -  84,169
11/07  #111 - 101,536
11/08  #8   -  90,776
11/09  #604 -  40,652
=====
11/10  #616 -  35,296  (  -4.0%)
11/10  #617 -  34,340  (  -2.7%)
12/10  #618 -  34,868  (  -1.5%)
12/10  #619 -  32,657  (  -6.3%)
01/11  #620 -  30,992  (  -5.1%)
01/11  #621 -  30,957  (  -0.1%)
02/11  #622 -  30,404  (  -1.8%)
02/11  #623 -  30,140  (  -0.9%)
03/11  #624 -  32,066  (  +6.4%)
03/11  #625 -  29,792  (  -7.1%)
04/11  #626 -  29,782  (  -0.0%)
04/11  #627 -  30,788  (  +3.3%)
05/11  #628 -  28,822  (  -6.4%)
05/11  #629 -  28,103  (  -2.5%)
06/11  #630 -  28,028  (  -0.3%)
06/11  #631 -  27,456  (  -2.0%)
07/11  #632 -  28,518  (  +3.9%)
07/11  #633 -  27,216  (  -4.6%)
08/11  #634 -  27,310  (  +0.3%)
08/11  #635 -  38,223  ( +40.0%)
09/11  ---
10/11  #1   - 106,472  (+178.6%)
11/11  #2   -  80,143  ( -24.7%)
               6 mnth  (+185.2%)
               1 year  (+127.1%)
               2 year  ( +97.1%)
               3 year  ( -11.7%)
               4 year  ( -21.1%)
               5 year  (  -4.8%)

That’s a bigger drop, but still perfectly acceptable when you bear in mind the reduced number of variants. Predecessor title INCREDIBLE HULKS had dropped to 28K by the end of its run, and HULK is currently around the 25K mark, so these numbers represent a massive improvement. Neither of the Hulk titles have hit this number since mid-2009.

15. FANTASTIC FOUR
11/06  ---
11/07  #551 -  58,617
11/08  #561 -  61,331
11/09  #573 -  39,433
=====
11/10  #585 -  41,568  (  -7.8%)
12/10  #586 -  42,829  (  +3.0%)
01/11  #587 - 144,173  (+236.6%)
02/11  #588 -  68,153  ( -52.7%)
03/11  #1   - 121,172  ( +77.8%)
04/11  #2   -  72,897  ( -39.8%)
05/11  #3   -  66,885  (  -8.2%)
05/11  #4   -  60,571  (  -9.4%)
06/11  #5   -  58,925  (  -2.7%)
07/11  #6   -  55,601  (  -5.6%)
07/11  #7   -  54,022  (  -2.8%)
08/11  #8   -  51,917  (  -0.2%)
09/11  #9   -  53,091  (  +2.3%)
10/11  #10  -  49,642  (  -6.5%)
10/11  #11  -  48,433  (  -2.4%)
11/11  #600 -  73,809  ( +52.4%)
               6 mnth  ( +21.9%)
               1 year  ( +77.6%)
               2 year  ( +87.2%)
               3 year  ( +20.3%)
               4 year  ( +25.9%)
               5 year  (   --- )

FANTASTIC FOUR returns to its regular numbering with issue #600 (the eleven issues of FF being counted towards that total). This is an eight dollar book, which will have done a lot of Marvel’s dollar share showing this month – but with 96 pages of new story, that’s good value. Marvel produce trade paperbacks with less content than this. The direction of the title seems to be a success.

FF continues as a separate title with issue #12, which we’ll come to a little later.

22,25,31. FEAR ITSELF
04/11  #1 of 7 - 135,746
05/11  #2 of 7 - 105,359  (-22.4%)
06/11  #3 of 7 -  99,501  ( -5.6%)
07/11  #4 of 7 -  93,435  ( -6.1%)
08/11  #5 of 7 -  90,914  ( -2.7%)
09/11  #6 of 7 -  93,032  ( +2.3%)
10/11  #7 of 7 -  95,599  ( +2.8%)
11/11  #7.1    -  60,562  (-36.6%)
11/11  #7.2    -  58,006  ( -4.2%)
11/11  #7.3    -  54,903  ( -5.3%)

There’s a big drop between the regular series and this month’s three epilogue issues, but that was only to be expected. The real question is how these books would have done if they’d simply been promoted as spin-off one-shots in the vein of previous crossovers. And given the generally anaemic sales on FEAR ITSELF tie-ins, I suspect branding the books in this way was probably a smart move on balance.

26,63. FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS
10/11  #1 of 12 - 59,464
11/11  #2 of 12 - 57,794  ( -2.8%)
11/11  #3 of 12 - 36,044  (-37.6%)

Now this is downright odd. THE FEARLESS shipped two issues in November, with issue #2 holding up surprisingly well against the first month sales, and issue #3 dropping like a stone.

That’s particularly curious when you bear in mind that issue #1 had four variant covers, and issue #2 only had one. That alone would normally be enough to generate a bigger second issue drop than this – making this look like a de facto climb. And for that to be followed by a nigh-40% plunge is quite bizarre.

Here’s my theory, though “theory” is very much the operative word.

While issue #1 had more variant covers, they were all on 1:100 incentive ratios. Issue #2, on the other hand, had a single variant cover, but on a 1:25 variant. It’s possible that, given the weak sales on FEAR ITSELF spin-off minis, many retailers weren’t prepared to bite at the 1:100 ratios, but were willing to up their orders for a 1:25 cover.

What’s more, issues #1-2 shipped only two weeks apart. So by the time retailers knew how well issue #1 was moving, it was too late to alter their orders on issue #2 – but not on issue #3, because of its later Final Order Cut-off date. The heavy slashing of orders on issue #3, rather suggest that issue #1 has proved to be a bit of a shelf warmer.

That’s my theory, at any rate. The comments section is just below if you have a better idea.

27,29. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
11/06  #536 - 118,833
11/07  ---
11/08  #578 -  66,564
11/09  #610 -  61,170
=====
11/10  #647 -  55,819  (  -4.0%)
11/10  #648 -  79,714  ( +42.8%)
11/10  #649 -  55,515  ( -30.4%)
12/10  #650 -  58,909  (  +6.1%)
01/11  #651 -  56,749  (  -3.7%)
01/11  #652 -  52,050  (  -8.3%)
02/11  #653 -  53,103  (  +2.0%)
02/11  #654 -  53,882  (  +1.5%)
02/11  #.1  -  55,283  (  +2.6%)
02/11  #655 -  53,366  (  -3.5%)
03/11  #656 -  59,626  ( +11.7%)
03/11  #657 -  58,704  (  -1.5%)
04/11  #658 -  61,687  (  +5.1%)
04/11  #659 -  58,258  (  -5.6%)
05/11  #660 -  58,249  (  -0.0%)
05/11  #661 -  59,087  (  +1.4%)
05/11  #662 -  55,883  (  -5.4%)
06/11  #663 -  57,040  (  +2.1%)
06/11  #664 -  54,808  (  -3.9%)
07/11  #665 -  56,948  (  +3.9%)
07/11  #666 - 135,568  (+138.1%)
08/11  #667 -  71,235  ( -47.5%)
08/11  #668 -  57,533  ( -19.2%)
09/11  #669 -  71,944  ( +25.0%)
09/11  #670 -  57,959  ( -19.4%)
10/11  #671 -  59,426  (  +2.5%)
10/11  #672 -  57,860  (  -2.6%)
11/11  #673 -  57,159  (  -1.2%)
11/11  #674 -  57,723  (  +1.0%)
               6 mnth  (  +3.3%)
               1 year  (  +3.4%)
               2 year  (  -5.6%)
               3 year  ( -13.3%)
               4 year  (   --- )
               5 year  ( -51.4%)

Issue #673 is an epilogue to the Spider-Island crossover; issue #674 has a variant cover, which is presumably cancelling out the post-event drop. Either that, or the book has simply upped its sales a bit as a result of the Spider-Island storyline.

30. AVENGERS
11/10  #7  - 89,758  (+22.5%)
12/10  #8  - 67,056  (-25.3%)
01/11  #9  - 64,867  ( -3.3%)
02/11  #10 - 63,924  ( -1.5%)
03/11  #11 - 66,618  ( +4.2%)
04/11  #12 - 63,441  ( -4.8%)
04/11  #.1 - 60,455  ( -4.7%)
05/11  #13 - 68,086  (+12.6%)
06/11  #14 - 64,057  ( -5.9%)
07/11  #15 - 62,580  (-17.9%)
08/11  #16 - 60,295  ( -3.7%)
09/11  #17 - 61,492  ( +2.0%)
10/11  #18 - 58,897  ( -4.2%)
11/11  #19 - 56,620  ( -3.9%)
             6 mnth  (-16.8%)
             1 year  (-36.9%)

This is probably a delayed drop from the end of the FEAR ITSELF crossover. That arc ended in September, but the October issue had a 1:50 variant that should have mitigated the drop.

33. NEW AVENGERS
11/06  #25 - 136,504
11/07  #36 - 107,715
11/08  ---
11/09  #59 -  74,379
=====
11/10  #6  -  66,724  ( -9.1%)
12/10  #7  -  67,840  ( +1.7%)
01/11  #8  -  61,169  ( -9.8%)
02/11  #9  -  60,914  ( -0.4%)
03/11  #10 -  59,929  ( -1.6%)
04/11  #11 -  61,778  ( +3.1%)
05/11  #12 -  60,328  ( -2.3%)
06/11  #13 -  57,682  ( -4.4%)
07/11  #14 -  58,306  ( +1.1%)
08/11  #15 -  56,035  ( -3.9%)
09/11  #16 -  57,959  ( +3.4%)
09/11  #.1 -  51,506  (-11.1%)
10/11  #17 -  55,732  ( +8.2%)
11/11  #18 -  54,454  ( -2.3%)
              6 mnth  ( -9.7%)
              1 year  (-18.4%)
              2 year  (-26.8%)
              3 year  (  --- )
              4 year  (-49.4%)
              5 year  (-60.1%)

Similar deal here.

34. CAPTAIN AMERICA
11/06  #24  - 79,885
11/07  #32  - 73,310
11/08  #44  - 75,493
11/09  Re#4 - 96,571
=====
11/10  #612 - 47,343  (  -3.0%)
12/10  #613 - 42,871  (  -9.4%)
01/11  #614 - 42,119  (  -1.8%)
02/11  #615 - 41,935  (  -0.4%)
03/11  #.1  - 43,117  (  +2.8%)
03/11  #616 - 44,394  (  +3.0%)
04/11  #617 - 45,400  (  +2.3%)
05/11  #618 - 44,748  (  -1.4%)
06/11  #619 - 44,796  (  +0.1%)
07/11  #1   - 96,926  (+116.4%)
08/11  #2   - 54,384  ( -43.9%)
09/11  #3   - 54,413  (  +0.1%)
10/11  ---
11/11  #4   - 54,157  (  -0.5%)
              6 mnth  ( +21.0%)
              1 year  ( +14.4%)
              2 year  ( -43.9%)
              3 year  ( -28.3%)
              4 year  ( -26.1%)
              5 year  ( -32.2%)

This seems to be holding pretty steady after the relaunch, albeit that variant covers slightly obscure the picture.

35. KICK-ASS 2  [Icon]
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  ---
03/11  #2 of 7 - 62,235  (-19.1%)
04/11  ---
05/11  ---
06/11  ---
07/11  ---
08/11  #3 of 7 - 54,270  (-12.8%)
09/11  #4 of 7 - 51,014  ( -6.0%)
10/11  ---
11/11  #5 of 7 - 53,937  ( +5.7%)

The sales increase is likely because this one has two variant covers – the previous issue didn’t have any.

37. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN
11/06  #102    -  77,121
11/07  #116    -  61,534
11/08  #128    -  52,187
11/09  #4      -  49,106
=====
11/10  #150    -  40,553  ( +17.0%)
12/10  #151    -  33,707  ( -16.9%)
01/11  #152    -  33,481  (  -1.0%)
02/11  #153    -  43,986  ( +31.4%)
02/11  #154    -  43,209  (  -1.8%)
03/11  #155    -  44,067  (  +2.0%)
03/11  #156    -  44,920  (  +1.9%)
04/11  #157    -  50,896  ( +13.3%)
05/11  #158    -  47,941  (  -5.8%)
06/11  #159    -  51,766  (  +8.0%)
06/11  #160    - 166,944  (+222.5%)
07/11  #1 of 6 -  49,084  ( -70.6%)
07/11  #2 of 6 -  45,371  (  -7.6%)
07/11  #3 of 6 -  44,492  (  -1.9%)
08/11  #4 of 6 -  96,815  (+117.6%)
08/11  #5 of 6 -  41,336  ( -57.3%)
08/11  #6 of 6 -  39,190  (  -5.2%)
09/11  #1      -  95,483  (+143.6%)
09/11  #2      -  58,672  ( -38.6%)
10/11  #3      -  52,521  ( -10.5%)
11/11  #4      -  51,558  (  -1.8%)
                  6 mnth  (  +7.5%)
                  1 year  ( +27.1%)
                  2 year  (  +5.0%)
                  3 year  (  -1.2%)
                  4 year  ( -16.2%)
                  5 year  ( -33.1%)

This seems to be levelling out. If so, that’s a great sign, because the book was in the 33K range before the “Death of Spider-Man” arc began. If it can settle down in the high 40Ks, Marvel can count this direction as a success.

38. UNCANNY X-FORCE
11/08  #9  - 57,241
11/09  #21 - 53,967
=====
11/10  #2  - 56,518  ( -43.0%)
12/10  #3  - 55,520  (  -1.8%)
01/11  #4  - 51,381  (  -7.5%)
02/11  #5  - 51,470  (  +0.2%)
03/11  #.1 - 50,732  (  -1.4%)
03/11  #6  - 51,248  (  -1.0%)
04/11  #7  - 54,292  (  +5.9%)
04/11  #8  - 50,908  (  -6.2%)
05/11  #9  - 51,726  (  +1.6%)
05/11  #10 - 50,676  (  -2.0%)
06/11  #11 - 53,199  (  +5.0%)
07/11  #12 - 55,413  (  +4.2%)
08/11  #13 - 53,904  (  -2.7%)
08/11  #14 - 50,770  (  -5.8%)
09/11  #15 - 53,771  (  +5.9%)
10/11  #16 - 52,398  (  -2.6%)
11/11  #17 - 50,974  (  -2.7%)
             6 mnth  (  +0.6%)
             1 year  (  -9.8%)
             2 year  (  -5.5%)
             3 year  ( -10.9%)

This is a much better number than it might first appear. Issues #15 and #16 had variant covers to boost their sales. A straight comparison with issue #14 – the last issue without a variant cover – shows that sales are actually very slightly up, bucking the trend of an industry where most books experience steady erosion. And that is presumably a sign of satisfied customers.

39. FF
03/11  #1  - 121,172  ( +77.8%)
04/11  #2  -  72,897  ( -39.8%)
05/11  #3  -  66,885  (  -8.2%)
05/11  #4  -  60,571  (  -9.4%)
06/11  #5  -  58,925  (  -2.7%)
07/11  #6  -  55,601  (  -5.6%)
07/11  #7  -  54,022  (  -2.8%)
08/11  #8  -  51,917  (  -0.2%)
09/11  #9  -  53,091  (  +2.3%)
10/11  #10 -  49,642  (  -6.5%)
10/11  #11 -  48,433  (  -2.4%)
11/11  #12 -  49,449  (  +2.1%)
              6 mnth  ( -18.4%)

While this is effectively the first issue of a new series, Marvel seem to be counting the last eleven issues as part of both titles, so I’ll follow suit. FF does indeed inherit the sales of the previous title (slightly boosted by a variant cover).

What usually happens with this launch technique is that the “continuing” title ultimately fails to hold on to its inherited readership – and the Fantastic Four have a poor track record for sustaining spin-off books even in healthy markets. But having Jonathan Hickman write both books may well make a difference.

46,53. X-MEN
11/10  #5  - 56,651  (-11.2%)
12/10  #6  - 53,005  ( -6.4%)
01/11  #7  - 64,615  (+21.9%)
02/11  #8  - 49,522  (-23.4%)
03/11  #9  - 51,179  ( +3.3%)
04/11  #10 - 50,553  ( -1.2%)
05/11  #11 - 46,519  ( -8.0%)
06/11  #12 - 45,786  ( -1.6%)
06/11  #13 - 44,665  ( -2.4%)
07/11  #14 - 45,150  ( +1.1%)
07/11  #15 - 43,038  ( -4.7%)
08/11  #.1 - 38,078  (-11.5%)
08/11  #16 - 43,161  (+13.3%)
09/11  #17 - 43,200  ( +0.1%)
09/11  #18 - 42,066  ( -2.6%)
10/11  #19 - 40,906  ( -2.8%)
11/11  #20 - 43,515  ( +6.4%)
11/11  #21 - 39,919  ( -8.3%)
             6 mnth  (-14.2%)
             1 year  (-29.5%)

Two issues this month. Issue #20 is the “Regenesis” variant cover, but issue #21 sees sales going straight back to normal. Since X-MEN isn’t really affected by Regenesis (it’s still doing the same team-up stories as before), that’s perhaps not surprising.

49,57. X-MEN LEGACY
11/06  #193 -  80,102
11/07  #205 - 101,401
11/08  #218 -  63,512
11/09  #229 -  50,789
=====
11/10  #242 -  43,750  ( -9.1%)
12/10  #243 -  41,797  ( -4.5%)
01/11  #244 -  40,193  ( -3.8%)
02/11  #245 -  57,203  (+42.3%)
03/11  #246 -  47,893  (-16.3%)
04/11  #247 -  51,970  ( +8.5%)
05/11  #248 -  46,083  (-11.3%)
05/11  #249 -  45,063  ( -2.2%)
06/11  #250 -  45,070  ( +0.0%)
06/11  #251 -  43,479  ( -3.5%)
07/11  #252 -  41,365  ( -4.9%)
08/11  #253 -  40,466  ( -2.2%)
08/11  #254 -  39,896  ( -1.4%)
09/11  #255 -  39,284  ( -1.5%)
09/11  #256 -  38,680  ( -1.5%)
10/11  #257 -  38,070  ( -1.6%)
11/11  #258 -  38,334  ( +0.7%)
11/11  #259 -  41,967  ( +9.5%)
               6 mnth  ( -6.9%)
               1 year  ( -4.1%)
               2 year  (-17.4%)
               3 year  (-33.9%)
               4 year  (-58.6%)
               5 year  (-47.6%)

Issue #258 is the final chapter of “Five Miles South of the Universe”, though it seems to have seen a slight uptick for no apparent reason. Issue #259 is a belated tie-in to Schism and has two variant covers. However, issues #259-260 are primarily the wrap-up of Mike Carey’s run, and this book is getting its real Regenesis push with issue #260.1, so it remains to be seen how much benefit it’ll get.

50. SECRET AVENGERS
11/10  #7  -  59,999  (-12.6%)
12/10  #8  -  54,048  ( -9.9%)
01/11  #9  -  50,748  ( -6.1%)
02/11  #10 -  49,717  ( -2.0%)
03/11  #11 -  51,353  ( +3.3%)
04/11  #12 -  50,641  (-13.9%)
04/11  #.1 -  46,161  ( -8.8%)
05/11  #13 -  51,936  (+12.5%)
06/11  #14 -  49,898  ( -3.9%)
07/11  #15 -  46,712  ( -6.4%)
08/11  #16 -  46,317  ( -0.8%)
09/11  #17 -  44,890  ( -3.1%)
10/11  #18 -  43,280  ( -3.6%)
11/11  #19 -  41,191  ( -4.8%)
              6 mnth  (-20.7%)
              1 year  (-31.3%)

Continuing the book’s downward drift.

51. MIGHTY THOR
11/06  ---
11/07  #4   - 106,541
11/08  ---
11/09  Fin. -  53,566
=====
11/10  #617 -  49,165  ( -3.7%)
12/10  #618 -  45,142  ( -8.2%)
01/11  #619 -  42,899  ( -5.0%)
02/11  #620 -  42,106  ( -1.8%)
03/11  #.1  -  41,605  ( -1.2%)
03/11  #621 -  42,104  ( +1.2%)
04/11  #1   -  82,071  (+94.9%)
05/11  #2   -  50,473  (-38.5%)
06/11  #3   -  48,114  ( -4.7%)
07/11  #4   -  44,586  ( -7.3%)
08/11  #5   -  44,594  ( +0.0%)
09/11  #6   -  45,231  ( +1.4%)
10/11  #7   -  44,017  ( -2.7%)
11/11  #8   -  40,703  ( -7.5%)
               6 mnth  (-19.4%)
               1 year  (-17.2%)
               2 year  (-24.0%)
               3 year  (  --- )
               4 year  (-61.8%)
               5 year  (  --- )

The last three issues have had variant covers, hence the slightly exaggerated drop on this issue. Nonetheless, given the change since issue #4, there does seem to be an underlying slide.

52,60. WOLVERINE
11/06  #48  - 99,991
11/07  #59  - 65,725
11/08  #69  - 93,914
11/09  #7   - 36,108
=====
11/10  #3   - 51,600  (-18.4%)
12/10  #4   - 52,812  ( +2.3%)
01/11  #5   - 46,920  (-11.2%)
02/11  #.1  - 44,332  ( -5.5%)
02/11  #6   - 45,932  ( +3.6%)
03/11  #7   - 47,337  ( +3.1%)
04/11  #8   - 47,010  ( -0.7%)
05/11  #9   - 44,635  ( -5.1%)
06/11  #10  - 42,677  ( -4.4%)
06/11  #11  - 41,813  ( -2.0%)
07/11  #12  - 42,110  ( +0.7%)
08/11  #13  - 39,296  ( -0.7%)
08/11  #14  - 38,869  ( -0.1%)
09/11  #15  - 37,951  ( -2.4%)
09/11  #16  - 37,796  ( -0.4%)
10/11  #17  - 39,405  ( +4.3%)
11/11  #18  - 40,170  ( +1.9%)
11/11  #19  - 37,997  ( -5.4%)
              6 mnth  (-14.9%)
              1 year  (-26.4%)
              2 year  ( +5.2%)
              3 year  (-59.5%)
              4 year  (-42.2%)
              5 year  (-62.0%)

Issue #18 has a variant cover. A renumbering to issue #300 is imminent, followed by what is evidently going to be a heavily promoted storyline by Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi.

54. ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN
11/06  #76 - 69,054
11/07  ---
11/08  #98 - 46,446
11/09  ---
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  ---
03/11  #4 - 37,631  (-15.6%)
04/11  ---
05/11  ---
06/11  #5 - 34,730  ( -7.7%)
07/11  ---
08/11  ---
09/11  #1 - 67,625  (+94.7%)
10/11  #2 - 44,399  (-34.3%)
11/11  #3 - 39,657  (-10.7%)
            6 mnth  (  --- )
            1 year  (  --- )
            2 year  (  --- )
            3 year  (-14.6%)
            4 year  (  --- )
            5 year  (-42.6%)

Issue #1 had several variant covers, so the second issue drop was naturally high. The drop on issue #3, on the other hand, is a bit higher than you might have hoped for.

55. ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES
11/06  ---
11/07  ---
11/08  ---
11/09  ---
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  #5 of 5 - 38,663  ( -9.8%)
02/11  #1 of 6 - 49,360  (+47.5%)
03/11  #2 of 6 - 44,116  (-10.6%)
04/11  #3 of 6 - 43,822  ( -0.7%)
05/11  #4 of 6 - 43,707  ( -0.3%)
06/11  #5 of 6 - 42,803  ( -2.1%)
07/11  #6 of 6 - 42,760  ( -0.1%)
08/11  #1      - 58,522  (+36.9%)
09/11  #2      - 42,728  (-27.0%)
10/11  #3      - 40,792  ( -4.5%)
11/11  #4      - 39,342  ( -3.6%)
                 6 mnth  (-10.0%)
                 1 year  (  --- )
                 2 year  (  --- )
                 3 year  (  --- )
                 4 year  (  --- )
                 5 year  (  --- )

ULTIMATES ships an issue in November for the first time since 2002.

58. DAREDEVIL
11/06  #91     - 49,335
11/07  #102    - 45,030
11/08  #113    - 41,200
11/09  #502    - 40,354
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  #512    - 40,317  (  -7.1%)
01/11  #1 of 4 - 34,310  ( -14.9%)
02/11  #2 of 4 - 29,108  ( -15.2%)
03/11  #3 of 4 - 27,231  (  -6.4%)
04/11  ---
05/11  #4 of 4 - 26,179  (  -3.9%)
06/11  ---
07/11  #1      - 64,866  (+147.8%)
08/11  #2      - 40,990  ( -36.8%)
09/11  #3      - 39,477  (  -3.7%)
09/11  #4      - 40,311  (  +2.1%)
10/11  #5      - 39,413  (  -2.2%)
11/11  #6      - 38,302  (  -2.8%)
                 6 mnth  ( +46.3%)
                 1 year  (   --- )
                 2 year  (  -5.1%)
                 3 year  (  -7.0%)
                 4 year  ( -14.9%)
                 5 year  ( -22.4%)

Issues #4-5 have variant covers, so this actually looks to be extremely solid.

59. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN
11/06  #13  - 76,800
11/07  ---
11/08  #7   - 49,356
11/09  #20  - 55,160
=====
11/10  #32  - 40,978  (-10.0%)
12/10  #33  - 41,890  ( +2.2%)
01/11  #500 - 54,186  (+29.4%)
02/11  #.1  - 42,191  (-22.1%)
02/11  #501 - 41,517  ( -1.6%)
03/11  #502 - 43,899  ( +5.7%)
04/11  #503 - 45,314  ( +3.2%)
05/11  #504 - 44,791  ( -1.2%)
06/11  #505 - 42,327  ( -5.5%)
07/11  #506 - 41,052  ( -3.0%)
08/11  #507 - 40,082  ( -2.4%)
09/11  #508 - 41,295  ( +3.0%)
10/11  #509 - 38,721  ( -6.2%)
11/11  #510 - 38,118  ( -1.6%)
              6 mnth  (-14.9%)
              1 year  ( -7.0%)
              2 year  (-30.9%)
              3 year  (-22.8%)
              4 year  (  --- )
              5 year  (-50.4%)

Variant cover, but it’s also coming off the FEAR ITSELF crossover arc, which seems to more or less cancel out.

65. ASTONISHING X-MEN
11/06  #18 - 118,285
11/07  #23 - 112,920
11/08  ---
11/09  #32 -  62,154
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  #36 -  44,326  (-12.2%)
03/11  ---
04/11  ---
05/11  #37 -  38,513  (-13.1%)
05/11  #38 -  37,580  ( -2.4%)
06/11  #39 -  37,127  ( -1.2%)
07/11  #40 -  35,593  ( -4.1%)
08/11  #41 -  33,470  ( -6.0%)
09/11  #42 -  32,700  ( -2.3%)
10/11  #43 -  32,620  ( -0.2%)
11/11  #44 -  32,729  ( +0.3%)
              6 mnth  (-12.9%)
              1 year  (  --- )
              2 year  (-47.3%)
              3 year  (  --- )
              4 year  (-71.0%)
              5 year  (-72.3%)

First part of an arc by Greg Pak and Mike McKone, which is the book’s Regenesis tie-in (well, in the sense that it’s the storyline being promoted in the Regenesis advertising – as with X-MEN, the actual story is more or less self-contained).

66. VENOM
03/11  #1 - 58,936
04/11  #2 - 41,006  (-30.4%)
05/11  #3 - 40,634  ( -0.9%)
06/11  #4 - 38,946  ( -4.2%)
07/11  #5 - 35,102  ( -9.9%)
08/11  #6 - 35,033  ( -0.2%)
09/11  #7 - 33,130  ( -5.4%)
10/11  #8 - 32,266  ( -2.6%)
11/11  #9 - 32,506  ( +0.7%)
            6 mnth  (-20.0%)

Fourth part of a Spider-Island tie-in arc, and it’s also got a variant cover.

67. BATTLE SCARS
11/11  #1 of 6 - 32,222

The solicitation hints at this book being important, without quite explaining why. (“The post-Fear Itself Marvel Universe begins here! Who is Army Ranger Marcus Jones, and how could he tear the Marvel Universe apart?”) Retailers seem to have erred on the side of caution.

73. CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY
07/11  #620 - 51,187
08/11  #621 - 36,069  (-29.5%)
09/11  #622 - 34,096  ( -5.5%)
10/11  #623 - 32,041  ( -6.0%)
11/11  #624 - 30,472  ( -4.9%)

Drifting down.

77,87. NEW MUTANTS
11/09  #7  - 33,328
=====
11/10  #19 - 25,440  ( -5.9%)
12/10  #20 - 24,416  ( -4.0%)
01/11  #21 - 23,773  ( -2.6%)
02/11  #22 - 41,236  (+73.5%)
03/11  #23 - 37,659  ( -8.7%)
04/11  #24 - 38,701  ( +2.8%)
05/11  #25 - 34,724  (-10.3%)
06/11  #26 - 27,848  (-19.7%)
07/11  #27 - 27,963  ( +0.4%)
07/11  #28 - 26,130  ( -6.6%)
08/11  #29 - 27,205  ( -4.1%)
08/11  #30 - 26,678  ( -1.9%)
09/11  #31 - 25,672  ( -3.8%)
10/11  #32 - 25,364  ( -1.2%)
11/11  #33 - 28,665  (+13.0%)
11/11  #34 - 25,847  ( -9.8%)
             6 mnth  (-25.6%)
             1 year  ( +1.6%)
             2 year  (-22.4%)

Issue #33 is the Regenesis variant, but again, the orders on issue #34 suggest that the event is having little impact on the sales of the X-books that aren’t directly affected by the story.

82. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
04/11  #622 - 43,925
05/11  #623 - 39,003  (-11.2%)
06/11  #624 - 35,834  ( -8.1%)
07/11  #625 - 33,781  ( -5.7%)
08/11  #626 - 31,549  ( -6.6%)
08/11  #.1  - 27,877  (-11.6%)
09/11  #627 - 29,678  ( +6.5%)
09/11  #628 - 28,843  ( -2.8%)
10/11  #629 - 28,054  ( -2.7%)
10/11  #630 - 27,701  ( -1.3%)
11/11  #631 - 27,161  ( -1.9%)
              6 mnth  (-30.4%)

This is the first issue not to be a FEAR ITSELF tie-in, but it has a variant cover, which may be cancelling that out. Of course, given that FEAR ITSELF hasn’t been much of a draw on tie-in books, it’s quite possible that JOURNEY’s sales haven’t been greatly inflated by the crossover to start with.

83. MOON KNIGHT
11/06  #6  - 74,017
11/07  ---
11/08  #24 - 23,947
11/09  #3  - 23,359
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  ---
03/11  ---
04/11  ---
05/11  #1  - 49,018  (+167.6%)
06/11  #2  - 35,333  ( -27.9%)
07/11  #3  - 33,781  (  -4.4%)
08/11  #4  - 30,237  ( -10.5%)
09/11  #5  - 28,423  (  -6.0%)
10/11  #6  - 27,493  (  -3.3%)
11/11  #7  - 27,062  (  -1.6%)
             6 mnth  ( -44.8%)
             1 year  (   --- )
             2 year  ( +15.9%)
             3 year  ( +13.0%)
             4 year  (   --- )
             5 year  ( -63.4%)

This has a variant cover, so there’s probably a steeper underlying drop.

86. DEADPOOL
11/08  #4  - 49,577
11/09  #17 - 46,765
=====
11/10  #29 - 31,350  (-10.0%)
12/10  #30 - 30,488  ( -2.7%)
01/11  #31 - 29,167  ( -4.3%)
01/11  #32 - 29,144  ( -0.1%)
02/11  #33 - 28,649  ( -1.7%)
03/11  #.1 - 28,979  ( +1.2%)
03/11  #34 - 30,299  ( +4.6%)
04/11  #35 - 28,517  ( -5.9%)
04/11  #36 - 28,173  ( -1.2%)
05/11  #37 - 28,002  ( -0.6%)
06/11  #38 - 27,809  ( -0.7%)
06/11  #39 - 28,400  ( +2.1%)
07/11  #40 - 27,303  ( -3.9%)
08/11  #41 - 26,766  ( -2.0%)
08/11  #42 - 26,794  ( +0.1%)
09/11  #43 - 26,643  ( -0.6%)
10/11  #44 - 26,678  ( +0.1%)
10/11  #45 - 27,552  ( +3.3%)
11/11  #46 - 26,260  ( -4.7%)
             6 mnth  ( -6.2%)
             1 year  (-16.2%)
             2 year  (-43.8%)
             3 year  (-47.0%)

Issue #45 has a variant cover. Otherwise, it’s all looking very consistent.

88. PUNISHER
11/06  #1      - 102,727
11/07  #13     -  41,783
11/08  #25     -  29,982
11/09  #11     -  24,900
=====
11/10  #1 of 5 -  20,028  (  -0.0%)
12/10  #2 of 5 -  16,608  ( -17.1%)
01/11  #3 of 5 -  15,298  (  -7.9%)
02/11  #4 of 5 -  14,861  (  -2.9%)
03/11  #5 of 5 -  14,468  (  -2.6%)
04/11  ---
05/11  ---
06/11  ---
07/11  ---
08/11  #1      -  44,725  (+209.1%)
08/11  #2      -  42,459  (  -5.1%)
09/11  #3      -  26,802  ( -36.9%)
10/11  #4      -  25,847  (  -3.6%)
11/11  #5      -  25,399  (  -1.7%)
                  6 mnth  (   --- )
                  1 year  ( +26.8%)
                  2 year  (  +2.0%)
                  3 year  ( -15.3%)
                  4 year  ( -39.2%)
                  5 year  ( -75.3%)

This issue has a variant cover, so it may not be levelling out quite as well as it appears.

91. HULK
11/08  #8  - 90,776
11/09  #17 - 52,653
=====
11/10  #27 - 38,691  ( -9.9%)
12/10  #28 - 34,755  (-10.2%)
01/11  ---
02/11  #29 - 33,375  ( -4.0%)
02/11  #30 - 32,907  ( -1.4%)
03/11  #.1 - 32,163  ( -2.3%)
03/11  #31 - 31,368  ( -2.5%)
04/11  #32 - 30,652  ( -2.3%)
05/11  #33 - 32,273  ( +5.3%)
06/11  #34 - 29,391  ( -8.9%)
06/11  #35 - 28,539  ( -2.9%)
07/11  #36 - 28,651  ( +0.4%)
07/11  #37 - 30,318  ( +5.8%)
08/11  #38 - 29,059  ( -4.2%)
08/11  #39 - 26,895  ( -7.4%)
09/11  #40 - 26,591  ( -1.1%)
09/11  #41 - 26,084  ( -1.9%)
10/11  #42 - 27,025  ( +3.6%)
10/11  #43 - 25,514  ( -5.6%)
11/11  #44 - 24,596  ( -3.6%)
             6 mnth  (-23.8%)
             1 year  (-36.4%)
             2 year  (-53.3%)
             3 year  (-72.9%)

Gentle decline.

94. X-FACTOR
11/06  #13  - 42,844
11/07  #25  - 79,066
11/08  #37  - 35,754
11/09  ---
=====
11/10  #211 - 26,632  ( -3.3%)
12/10  #212 - 26,443  ( -0.7%)
01/11  #213 - 25,403  ( -3.9%)
01/11  #214 - 25,117  ( -1.1%)
02/11  #215 - 25,298  ( +0.7%)
03/11  #216 - 25,256  ( -0.2%)
03/11  #217 - 25,125  ( -0.5%)
04/11  #218 - 24,826  ( -1.2%)
05/11  #219 - 24,766  ( -0.2%)
06/11  #220 - 24,926  ( +0.6%)
06/11  #221 - 24,502  ( -1.7%)
07/11  #222 - 24,794  ( +1.2%)
08/11  #223 - 23,854  ( -3.8%)
08/11  #224 - 23,681  ( -0.7%)
09/11  #.1  - 23,220  ( -1.9%)
09/11  #225 - 23,507  ( +1.2%)
10/11  #226 - 23,569  ( +0.3%)
11/11  #227 - 23,742  ( +0.7%)
              6 mnth  ( -4.1%)
              1 year  (-10.9%)
              2 year  (  --- )
              3 year  (-33.6%)
              4 year  (-70.0%)
              5 year  (-44.6%)

The general trend on this book is an extremely slow drift down, but it’s now risen for two straight issues. Not by much, but it’s up.

95. ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE
08/11  #1 of 4 - 37,451
09/11  #2 of 4 - 25,551  (-31.8%)
10/11  #3 of 4 - 24,762  ( -3.1%)
11/11  #4 of 4 - 23,562  ( -4.8%)

Fairly standard miniseries performance.

98.100. X-23
11/10  #3  - 31,224  (-11.5%)
12/10  #4  - 29,703  ( -4.9%)
01/11  #5  - 27,855  ( -6.2%)
02/11  #6  - 27,156  ( -2.5%)
03/11  #7  - 27,510  ( +1.3%)
03/11  #8  - 27,745  ( +0.9%)
04/11  #9  - 28,562  ( +2.9%)
05/11  #10 - 26,157  ( -8.4%)
06/11  #11 - 25,985  ( -0.7%)
07/11  #12 - 24,605  ( -5.3%)
08/11  #13 - 23,976  ( -2.6%)
09/11  #14 - 23,727  ( -1.0%)
10/11  #15 - 24,043  ( +1.3%)
11/11  #16 - 22,737  ( -5.4%)
11/11  #17 - 22,780  ( +0.2%)
             6 mnth  (-12.9%)
             1 year  (-27.0%)

Cancelled with issue #20. This book is some way above the other canceled titles, and with the storm of cancellations apparently over for now, it appears to be an outlier. It’s worth noting that Marvel have axed the entire Wolverine line except for WOLVERINE itself, so perhaps this one was part of a more strategic rethink.

101,107. AVENGERS ACADEMY
11/10  #6  - 25,977  (-16.9%)
12/10  #7  - 27,774  ( +6.9%)
01/11  #8  - 24,014  (-13.5%)
02/11  #9  - 23,709  ( -1.3%)
03/11  #10 - 23,708  ( -0.0%)
03/11  #11 - 23,636  ( -0.3%)
04/11  #12 - 23,578  ( -0.2%)
05/11  #13 - 24,840  ( +5.4%)
05/11  #14 - 23,537  ( -5.2%)
06/11  #.1 - 23,499  ( -0.2%)
06/11  #15 - 26,378  (+12.3%)
07/11  #16 - 25,379  ( -3.8%)
08/11  #17 - 24,898  ( -1.9%)
08/11  #18 - 24,538  ( -1.4%)
09/11  #19 - 23,928  ( -2.5%)
10/11  #20 - 23,412  ( -2.2%)
11/11  #21 - 22,713  ( -3.0%)
11/11  #22 - 22,531  ( -0.8%)
             6 mnth  ( -4.3%)
             1 year  (-13.3%)

Very slight decline, but not too bad on the whole.

102,106. THUNDERBOLTS
11/06  #108 - 27,890
11/07  ---
11/08  #126 - 34,640
11/09  #138 - 31,238
=====
11/10  #150 - 31,704  ( +3.7%)
12/10  #151 - 27,943  (-11.9%)
01/11  #152 - 26,515  ( -5.1%)
02/11  #153 - 26,098  ( -1.6%)
03/11  #154 - 25,455  ( -2.5%)
03/11  #155 - 26,710  ( +4.9%)
04/11  #156 - 25,117  ( -6.0%)
05/11  #157 - 25,063  ( -0.2%)
06/11  #158 - 28,422  (+13.4%)
06/11  #159 - 27,463  ( -3.4%)
07/11  #160 - 27,810  ( +1.3%)
08/11  #161 - 26,439  ( -4.9%)
08/11  #162 - 25,990  ( -1.7%)
09/11  #163 - 24,199  ( -6.9%)
09/11  #.1  - 22,596  ( -6.6%)
10/11  #164 - 23,712  ( +4.9%)
11/11  #165 - 22,536  ( -5.0%)
11/11  #166 - 22,680  ( +0.6%)
              6 mnth  ( -9.5%)
              1 year  (-28.5%)
              2 year  (-27.4%)
              3 year  (-34.5%)
              4 year  (  --- )
              5 year  (-18.7%)

Issue #166 has a variant cover, which probably accounts for the slight increase.

110. MAGNETO: NOT A HERO
11/11  #1 of 4 - 21,543

Not a great number, considering the promotion being given to the X-Men books at the moment – this is slightly below the first issue of the current ANNIHILATOR mini.

Marvel seem to be moving away from this sort of miniseries, in favour of increasing the publishing schedule of the core title. We’ll see how that works out for them; the theory seems to be that readers see these books as “inessential”, but I suspect a more accurate analysis is that readers simply don’t want to read that many X-Men comics, and naturally they skip the ones that appear skippable. If that’s correct, then Marvel are essentially trying to sell readers comics that they don’t especially want to buy, and that doesn’t seem like a very sustainable model.

113. GENERATION HOPE
11/10  #1  - 37,398
12/10  #2  - 38,984  ( +4.2%)
01/11  #3  - 24,094  (-38.2%)
02/11  #4  - 22,170  ( -8.0%)
03/11  #5  - 21,290  ( -4.0%)
04/11  #6  - 20,376  ( -4.3%)
05/11  #7  - 20,375  ( -0.0%)
06/11  #8  - 18,883  ( -7.3%)
07/11  #9  - 18,135  ( -4.0%)
08/11  #10 - 29,245  (+61.3%)
09/11  #11 - 20,243  (-30.8%)
10/11  #12 - 18,424  ( -9.0%)
11/11  #13 - 21,317  (+15.7%)
             6 mnth  ( +4.6%)
             1 year  (-43.0%)

This issue has a Regenesis variant cover, but we’ve already seen from X-MEN and ASTONISHING that this is unlikely in itself to carry over to the next issue. The series is, of course, safe through to the end of the storyline that begins with this issue; beyond that, it’s plainly in some danger unless it can turn things around.

This is also the first issue by new creative team James Asmus and Ibraim Roberson; the original solicitation rather boldly tried to hype up the arrival of a new creative team without actually naming them, which might have been an attempt to build mystery. Look, it’s the season of goodwill.

And now, brace yourself, as we enter the killing fields.

116. ALPHA FLIGHT
05/11  #.1 - 25,775
06/11  #1  - 46,851  (+81.8%)
07/11  #2  - 26,862  (-42.7%)
08/11  #3  - 24,872  ( -7.4%)
09/11  #4  - 23,242  ( -6.6%)
10/11  #5  - 20,731  (-10.8%)
11/11  #6  - 19,316  ( -6.8%)
             6 mnth  (-25.1%)

Cancelled with issue #8.

118. DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE
11/09  #80 - 52,394
=====
11/10  #3  - 32,679  (-15.5%)
12/10  #4  - 30,726  ( -6.0%)
01/11  ---
02/11  #5  - 28,833  ( -6.2%)
03/11  #6  - 27,486  ( -4.7%)
03/11  #7  - 27,224  ( -1.0%)
04/11  #8  - 26,925  ( -1.1%)
05/11  #9  - 26,294  ( -2.3%)
05/11  #.1 - 24,599  ( -6.4%)
06/11  #10 - 24,724  ( +0.5%)
07/11  #11 - 23,207  ( -6.1%)
08/11  #12 - 21,734  ( -6.3%)
08/11  #13 - 21,302  ( -2.0%)
09/11  #14 - 20,460  ( -4.0%)
10/11  #15 - 19,759  ( -3.4%)
10/11  #16 - 19,472  ( -1.5%)
11/11  #17 - 18,794  ( -3.5%)
             6 mnth  (-28.5%)
             1 year  (-42.5%)
             2 year  (-64.1%)

Cancelled at some point in the near future, once it completes its current storyline.

119,121. GHOST RIDER
06/11  #.1 - 24,830
07/11  #1  - 41,308  (+66.4%)
08/11  #2  - 24,440  (-40.8%)
09/11  #3  - 22,180  ( -9.2%)
10/11  #4  - 21,012  ( -5.3%)
11/11  #5  - 18,664  (-11.2%)
11/11  #6  - 18,297  ( -2.0%)

Cancelled with issue #8.

120. ANNIHILATORS: EARTHFALL
03/11  #1 of 4 - 26,543
04/11  #2 of 4 - 24,117  ( -9.1%)
05/11  #3 of 4 - 23,145  ( -4.0%)
06/11  #4 of 4 - 21,604  ( -6.7%)
07/11  ---
08/11  ---
09/11  #1 of 4 - 22,259  ( +3.0%)
10/11  #2 of 4 - 19,068  (-14.3%)
11/11  #3 of 4 - 18,379  ( -3.6%)

Drifting down, as is usual for sequel minis.

123. WOLVERINE: THE BEST THERE IS
12/10  #1  - 57,348
01/11  #2  - 33,469  (-41.6%)
02/11  #3  - 27,790  (-17.0%)
03/11  #4  - 25,226  ( -9.2%)
04/11  #5  - 24,771  ( -1.8%)
05/11  #6  - 22,695  ( -8.4%)
06/11  #7  - 22,001  ( -3.1%)
07/11  #8  - 20,393  ( -7.3%)
08/11  #9  - 19,476  ( -4.5%)
09/11  #10 - 18,781  ( -3.6%)
10/11  ---
11/11  #11 - 18,094  ( -3.7%)
             6 mnth  (-20.3%)

Cancelled with issue #12.

126. PUNISHERMAX  [Max]
11/06  #41 - 33,164
11/07  #52 - 32,909
11/08  #64 - 24,660
11/09  #1  - 29,119
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  #10 - 19,236  (-10.3%)
03/11  #11 - 19,243  ( +0.0%)
04/11  #12 - 18,740  ( -2.6%)
05/11  #13 - 18,448  ( -1.6%)
06/11  #14 - 17,965  ( -2.6%)
07/11  #15 - 17,706  ( -1.4%)
08/11  #16 - 17,625  ( -0.5%)
09/11  #17 - 17,540  ( -0.5%)
10/11  #18 - 17,541  ( +0.0%)
11/11  #19 - 17,473  ( -0.4%)
             6 mnth  ( -5.3%)
             1 year  (  --- )
             2 year  (-40.0%)
             3 year  (-24.7%)
             4 year  (-46.9%)
             5 year  (-47.3%)

Cancelled with issue #22.

129. AVENGERS 1959
10/11  #1 of 5 - 32,418
10/11  #2 of 5 - 18,989  (-41.4%)
11/11  #3 of 5 - 16,629  (-12.4%)

Well, it’s a bit of a niche product. I suspect this is the sort of miniseries Marvel won’t be doing so much of next year, the way their publishing strategy seems to be going.

130. BLACK PANTHER
11/06  #22     - 41,268
11/07  #32     - 28,426
11/08  ---
11/09  #10     - 19,147
=====
11/10  #3 of 4 - 10,356  ( -20.1%)
12/10  #4 of 4 -  9,145  ( -11.7%)
12/10  #513    - 33,124  (+262.2%)
01/11  #514    - 27,474  ( -17.1%)
02/11  #515    - 24,556  ( -10.6%)
03/11  #516    - 23,987  (  -2.3%)
04/11  #517    - 23,120  (  -3.6%)
05/11  #518    - 20,906  (  -9.6%)
06/11  #519    - 19,883  (  -4.9%)
06/11  #520    - 19,400  (  -2.4%)
07/11  #521    - 22,163  ( +14.2%)
08/11  #522    - 20,342  (  -8.2%)
09/11  #523    - 18,798  (  -7.6%)
09/11  #.1     - 16,592  ( -11.7%)
10/11  #524    - 18,248  ( +10.0%)
11/11  #525    - 16,295  ( -10.7%)
                 6 mnth  ( -22.1%)
                 1 year  ( +57.3%)
                 2 year  ( -14.9%)
                 3 year  (   --- )
                 4 year  ( -42.7%)
                 5 year  ( -60.5%)

Cancelled with issue #529.

133. VILLAINS FOR HIRE
12/10  #1  - 32,936
01/11  #2  - 23,013  (-30.1%)
02/11  #3  - 22,401  ( -2.7%)
03/11  #4  - 21,827  ( -2.6%)
04/11  #5  - 21,815  ( -0.0%)
05/11  #6  - 20,057  ( -8.1%)
05/11  #7  - 18,671  ( -6.9%)
06/11  #8  - 18,029  ( -3.4%)
07/11  #9  - 19,676  ( +9.1%)
08/11  #10 - 18,374  ( -6.6%)
09/11  #11 - 17,550  ( -4.5%)
09/11  #12 - 15,698  (-10.6%)
10/11  S-I - 15,079  ( -3.9%)
11/11  #.1 - 15,281  ( +1.3%)
             6 mnth  (-18.2%)

The lead-in issue to a mini, which replaces HEROES FOR HIRE on the schedule. Since that mini has had its run cut back, it seems a safe bet that HFH is cancelled.

134,139,143,147,148. AVENGERS ORIGINS
11/11  Thor                      - 15,180
11/11  Vision                    - 14,633
11/11  Ant-Man/Wasp              - 14,004
11/11  Luke Cage                 - 13,831
11/11  Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch - 13,778

More of those inessential spin-offs that readers have figured out they don’t need to read. (Who says Marvel readers are completists?)

142. DEADPOOL MAX  [Max]
11/10  #2  - 23,382  (-19.9%)
12/10  #3  - 20,990  (-10.2%)
01/11  #4  - 19,238  ( -8.3%)
02/11  #5  - 18,221  ( -5.3%)
03/11  #6  - 17,528  ( -3.8%)
04/11  #7  - 17,005  ( -3.0%)
05/11  #8  - 16,428  ( -3.4%)
06/11  #9  - 15,802  ( -3.8%)
07/11  #10 - 15,067  ( -4.7%)
08/11  #11 - 14,626  ( -2.9%)
09/11  #12 - 14,507  ( -0.8%)
10/11  #1  - 15,865  ( +9.4%)
11/11  #2  - 14,171  (-10.7%)
             6 mnth  (-13.7%)
             1 year  (-39.4%)

Presumably safe through to the end of its current storyline, but plainly it must be in danger beyond that point.

145. IRON MAN 2.0
02/11  #1  - 31,380
02/11  #2  - 24,600  (-21.6%)
03/11  #3  - 20,905  (-15.0%)
04/11  #4  - 20,342  ( -2.7%)
05/11  #5  - 20,320  ( -0.1%)
06/11  #6  - 19,798  ( -2.6%)
07/11  #7  - 20,390  ( +3.0%)
08/11  #.1 - 16,984  (-16.7%)
08/11  #8  - 16,455  ( -3.1%)
09/11  #9  - 15,600  ( -5.2%)
10/11  ---
11/11  #10 - 13,910  (-10.8%)
             6 mnth  (-31.5%)

Cancelled with issue #12.

149. AVENGERS: SOLO
10/11  #1 of 5 - 18,427
11/11  #2 of 5 - 13,747  (-25.4%)

151. THOR: DEVIANTS SAGA
11/11  #1 of 5 - 13,660

156. RED SKULL
07/11  #1 of 5 - 19,973
08/11  #2 of 5 - 16,166  (-19.1%)
09/11  #3 of 5 - 14,650  ( -9.4%)
10/11  #4 of 5 - 13,919  ( -5.0%)
11/11  #5 of 5 - 13,288  ( -4.5%)

More low-selling minis. Again, Marvel’s upcoming solicitations seem relatively light on this sort of thing.

158. THE STAND: NIGHT HAS COME
11/10  #5 of 5           - 16,751  ( -2.5%)
12/10  ---
01/11  ---
02/11  No Man's Land #1  - 16,094  ( -3.9%)
03/11  #2 of 5           - 15,332  ( -4.7%)
03/11  #3 of 5           - 14,768  ( -3.7%)
04/11  ---
05/11  #4 of 5           - 14,696  ( -0.5%)
06/11  #5 of 5           - 14,480  ( -1.5%)
07/11  ---
08/11  Night #1 of 6     - 14,510  ( -0.2%)
09/11  #2 of 6           - 13,723  ( -5.4%)
10/11  #3 of 6           - 13,423  ( -2.2%)
11/11  #4 of 6           - 12,803  ( -4.6%)
                           6 mnth  (-12.9%)
                           1 year  (-23.6%)

Also nearing the end of its run – this arc is the final part of the adaptation.

160. HERC
11/08  #123     - 35,780
11/09  #138     - 25,116
=====
11/10  Chaos #3 - 28,630  (  -2.5%)
12/10  #4 of 5  - 26,313  (  -8.1%)
01/11  #5 of 5  - 24,694  (  -6.2%)
02/11  ---
03/11  ---
04/11  #1       - 38,774  ( +57.0%)
05/11  #2       - 17,385  ( -55.2%)
05/11  #3       - 18,755  (  +7.9%)
06/11  #4       - 18,106  (  -3.5%)
07/11  #5       - 17,113  (  -5.5%)
08/11  #6       - 16,730  (  -2.2%)
08/11  #.1      - 13,990  ( -16.4%)
09/11  #7       - 15,152  (  +8.3%)
09/11  #8       - 14,813  (  -2.2%)
10/11  #9       - 13,190  ( -11.0%)
11/11  #10      - 12,372  (  -6.2%)
                  6 mnth  ( -34.0%)
                  1 year  ( -56.8%)
                  2 year  ( -50.7%)
                  3 year  ( -65.4%)

Cancelled.

168. VENGEANCE
07/11  #1 of 6 - 25,873
08/11  #2 of 6 - 16,895  (-34.7%)
09/11  #3 of 6 - 13,446  (-20.4%)
10/11  #4 of 6 - 11,948  (-11.1%)
11/11  #5 of 6 - 10,931  ( -8.5%)

Another low-selling mini, though one that was fairly clearly going for a cult audience.

192,210. SIX GUNS
11/11  #1 of 5 - 9,262
11/11  #2 of 5 - 8,031  (-13.3%)

Modern day western. Not much sign of interest here, unfortunately.

195. SHAME ITSELF
11/11  One-shot - 8,983

A parody issue loosely linked to FEAR ITSELF.

202. LEGION OF MONSTERS
10/11  #1 of 4 - 16,785
11/11  #2 of 4 -  8,601  (-48.8%)

This one’s going to look pretty ugly by the end of four issues, I fear.

206. OZ
11/09  #1 of 8 - 25,338
=====
11/10  #1 of 8 - 13,222  ( +8.8%)
12/10  #2 of 8 - 10,419  (-21.2%)
01/11  #3 of 8 -  9,386  ( -9.9%)
02/11  #4 of 8 -  9,159  ( -2.4%)
03/11  ---
04/11  #5 of 8 -  8,797  ( -4.0%)
05/11  #6 of 8 -  8,753  ( -0.5%)
06/11  #7 of 8 -  8,672  ( -0.9%)
07/11  #8 of 8 -  8,216  ( -5.3%)
08/11  ---
09/11  #1 of 8 - 10,648  (+29.6%)
10/11  #2 of 8 -  8,504  (-20.1%)
11/11  #3 of 8 -  8,381  ( -1.4%)
                 6 mnth  ( -4.2%)
                 1 year  (-36.6%)
                 2 year  (-66.9%)

Holding pretty steady from last series, on the whole.

208. KAPOW! GUINNESS WORLD RECORD SPECIAL  [Icon]
11/11  #1 - 8,252

This is a Superior one-shot produced in twelve hours as a jam book at Mark Millar’s Kapow convention, and released as a charity fundraiser for the Yorkhill Sick Children’s Hospital. The print run is limited to 10,000, the remaining copies doubtless going to UK retailers (whose orders don’t count for this chart).

227. OFFICIAL HANDBOOK
11/10  Heroic Age: Villains  -  9,294  ( +86.3%)
12/10  A to Z Update #5 of 5 -  4,808  ( -48.3%)
12/10  Heroic Age: X-Men     - 13,789  (+186.8%)
01/11  Blockbusters          -  5,354  ( -61.2%)
02/11  ---
03/11  ---
04/11  Thor                  -  9,251  ( +72.8%)
05/11  X-Men                 -  8,228  ( -11.1%)
06/11  Captain America       -  6,311  ( -23.3%)
07/11  ---
08/11  Fellowship of Fear    - 10,448  ( +65.6%)
09/11  FF                    -  6,761  ( -35.3%)
10/11  Vampires              -  5,220  ( -22.8%)
11/11  History o/t MU        -  7,284  ( +39.5%)
                               6 mnth  ( -11.5%)
                               1 year  ( -21.6%)

This doesn’t really belong in the HANDBOOK listing – it’s more of a Marvel Saga type thing – but it’s the mostly text based continuity project for this month, so I’m including it.

The HANDBOOK hasn’t been solicited beyond December, but further issue are apparently in the works (and the writers are also producing update pages for the trade paperback collections).

249. ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER
11/06  Guilty #3 of 12   - 28,031
11/07  ---
11/08  Laughing #2 of 5  - 17,187
11/09  ---
=====
11/10  ---
12/10  ---
01/11  Ingenue #1 of 5   - 7,763  ( -4.7%)
02/11  #2 of 5           - 7,352  ( -5.3%)
03/11  ---
04/11  #3 of 5           - 7,018  ( -4.5%)
04/11  ---
05/11  ---
06/11  #4 of 5           - 6,893  ( -1.8%)
07/11  ---
08/11  #5 of 5           - 6,712  ( -2.6%)
09/11  Scoundrel #1 of 5 - 6,650  ( -0.9%)
10/11  ---
11/11  #2 of 5           - 6,302  ( -5.2%)
                          6 mnth  (  --- )
                          1 year  (  --- )
                          2 year  (  --- )
                          3 year  (-63.3%)
                          4 year  (  --- )
                          5 year  (-77.5%)

Gentle decline.

251. JOHN CARTER OF MARS: WORLD OF MARS
10/11  #1 of 4 - 15,550
11/11  #2 of 4 -  6,288  (-59.6%)

Another drastic second-issue plunge for a JOHN CARTER mini, following in the footsteps of last month’s PRINCESS OF MARS.

258. MYSTIC  [CrossGen]
08/11  #1 of 4 - 18,783
09/11  #2 of 4 -  7,105  (-62.2%)
10/11  #3 of 4 -  6,471  ( -8.9%)
11/11  #4 of 4 -  6,002  ( -7.2%)

Depressingly low sales for a beautiful comic.

260. JOHN CARTER: A PRINCESS OF MARS
09/11  #1 of 5 - 19,173
10/11  #2 of 5 -  6,742  (-64.8%)
11/11  #3 of 5 -  5,845  (-13.3%)

See above.

270. SPIDER-MAN  [Marvel Adventures]
11/06  #9  - 6,637
11/07  #21 - 6,529
11/08  #33 - 6,126
11/09  #57 - 4,501
=====
11/10  #7  - 5,603  ( -3.0%)
11/10  #8  - 5,269  ( -6.0%)
12/10  #9  - 5,116  ( -2.9%)
01/11  #10 - 4,816  ( -5.9%)
02/11  #11 - 4,923  ( +2.2%)
03/11  #12 - 4,965  ( +0.9%)
04/11  #13 - 5,083  ( +2.4%)
05/11  #14 - 5,220  ( +2.7%)
06/11  #15 - 5,052  ( -3.2%)
07/11  #16 - 4,708  ( -6.8%)
08/11  #17 - 4,675  ( -0.7%)
09/11  #18 - 4,673  ( -0.0%)
10/11  #19 - ?,???  (  ??? )
11/11  #20 - 5,363  (  ??? )
            6 mnth  ( +2.7%)
            1 year  ( -4.3%)
            2 year  (+19.2%)
            3 year  (-12.5%)
            4 year  (-17.9%)
            5 year  (-19.2%)

Cancelled with issue #23.

299. I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA
11/11  One-shot - 4,334

A collection of variant covers.

Missing the top 300 in November: SUPER HEROES, which is cancelled with issue #23; OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, which is cancelled after the end of its current run; the NORTHANGER ABBEY miniseries; and the Pixar CITY OF INCREDIBLES one-shot.

6 month comparisons
===================

+185.2% - Incredible Hulk
+ 46.3% - Daredevil
+ 34.9% - Uncanny X-Men
+ 21.9% - Fantastic Four
+ 21.0% - Captain America
+  7.5% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
+  4.6% - Generation Hope
+  3.3% - Amazing Spider-Man
+  2.7% - Spider-Man [Marvel Adventures]
+  0.6% - X-Force
-  4.1% - X-Factor
-  4.2% - Oz
-  4.3% - Avengers Academy
-  5.3% - PunisherMax
-  6.2% - Deadpool
-  6.9% - X-Men Legacy
-  9.5% - Thunderbolts
-  9.7% - New Avengers
- 10.0% - Ultimate Comics Ultimates
- 11.5% - Official Handbook
- 12.9% - Astonishing X-Men
- 12.9% - X-23
- 12.9% - The Stand
- 13.7% - Deadpool Max
- 14.2% - X-Men
- 14.9% - Wolverine
- 14.9% - Iron Man
- 16.8% - Avengers
- 18.2% - Heroes For Hire
- 18.4% - FF
- 19.4% - Thor
- 20.0% - Venom
- 20.3% - Wolverine: The Best There Is
- 20.7% - Secret Avengers
- 22.1% - Black Panther
- 23.8% - Hulk
- 25.1% - Alpha Flight
- 25.6% - New Mutants
- 28.5% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 30.4% - Journey into Mystery
- 31.5% - Iron Man 2.0
- 34.0% - Herc
- 44.8% - Moon Knight


1 year comparisons
==================

+127.1% - Incredible Hulk
+ 77.6% - Fantastic Four
+ 57.3% - Black Panther
+ 27.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
+ 26.8% - Punisher
+ 25.0% - Uncanny X-Men
+ 14.4% - Captain America
+  3.4% - Amazing Spider-Man
+  1.6% - New Mutants
-  4.1% - X-Men Legacy
-  4.3% - Spider-Man [Marvel Adventures]
-  7.0% - Iron Man
-  9.8% - X-Force
- 10.9% - X-Factor
- 13.3% - Avengers Academy
- 16.2% - Deadpool
- 17.2% - Thor
- 18.4% - New Avengers
- 21.6% - Official Handbook
- 23.6% - The Stand
- 26.4% - Wolverine
- 27.0% - X-23
- 28.5% - Thunderbolts
- 29.5% - X-Men
- 31.3% - Secret Avengers
- 36.4% - Hulk
- 36.6% - Oz
- 36.9% - Avengers
- 39.4% - Deadpool Max
- 42.5% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 43.0% - Generation Hope
- 56.8% - Herc


2 year comparisons
==================

+ 97.1% - Incredible Hulk
+ 87.2% - Fantastic Four
+ 19.2% - Spider-Man [Marvel Adventures]
+ 15.9% - Moon Knight
+  5.2% - Wolverine
+  5.0% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
+  4.2% - Uncanny X-Men
+  2.0% - Punisher
-  5.1% - Daredevil
-  5.5% - X-Force
-  5.6% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 14.9% - Black Panther
- 17.4% - X-Men Legacy
- 22.4% - New Mutants
- 24.0% - Thor
- 26.8% - New Avengers
- 27.4% - Thunderbolts
- 30.9% - Iron Man
- 40.0% - PunisherMax
- 43.8% - Deadpool
- 43.9% - Captain America
- 47.3% - Astonishing X-Men
- 50.7% - Herc
- 53.3% - Hulk
- 64.1% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 66.9% - Oz


3 year comparisons
==================

+ 20.3% - Fantastic Four
+ 13.0% - Moon Knight
-  1.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-  6.8% - Uncanny X-Men
-  7.0% - Daredevil
- 10.9% - X-Force
- 11.7% - Incredible Hulk
- 12.5% - Spider-Man [Marvel Adventures]
- 13.3% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 14.6% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 15.3% - Punisher
- 22.8% - Iron Man
- 24.7% - PunisherMax
- 28.3% - Captain America
- 33.6% - X-Factor
- 33.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 34.5% - Thunderbolts
- 47.0% - Deadpool
- 59.5% - Wolverine
- 63.3% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
- 65.4% - Herc
- 72.9% - Hulk


4 year comparisons
==================

+ 25.9% - Fantastic Four
- 14.9% - Daredevil
- 16.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 17.9% - Spider-Man [Marvel Adventures]
- 21.1% - Incredible Hulk
- 26.1% - Captain America
- 29.3% - Uncanny X-Men
- 39.2% - Punisher
- 42.2% - Wolverine
- 42.7% - Black Panther
- 46.9% - PunisherMax
- 49.4% - New Avengers
- 58.6% - X-Men Legacy
- 61.8% - Thor
- 70.0% - X-Factor
- 71.0% - Astonishing X-Men


5 year comparisons
==================

-  4.8% - Incredible Hulk
- 18.2% - Uncanny X-Men
- 18.7% - Thunderbolts
- 19.2% - Spider-Man [Marvel Adventures]
- 22.4% - Daredevil
- 32.2% - Captain America
- 33.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 42.6% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 44.6% - X-Factor
- 47.3% - PunisherMax
- 47.6% - X-Men Legacy
- 50.4% - Iron Man
- 51.4% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 60.1% - New Avengers
- 60.5% - Black Panther
- 62.0% - Wolverine
- 63.4% - Moon Knight
- 72.3% - Astonishing X-Men
- 75.3% - Punisher
- 77.5% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: September 2011

Batman #1 new 52
by Marc-Oliver Frisch

September was business as usual for DC Comics’ periodical sales, as… oh, wait.

The “New 52″ project, a relaunch of its complete superhero line via 52 #1 issues, made September 2011 a record-breaking month for DC Comics — and a joyously eventful one for the people watching their sales. It’s not often that publishers attempt something on this scale, unfortunately, so it’s nice not to come up with 52 different ways of expressing that sales have mostly been going down, for a change. It’s a little bit like that myth about Eskimos and the words they have for snow.

Anyway: The average DC comic book sold an estimated 57,224 units in September, the average DC Universe comic book a whopping 67,411 units. That’s more than double what it was in August for both, as well as more than in any previous month since sole distributor Diamond started releasing information on actual sales to specialty retailers in March 2003. The month that comes closest is May 2006, when DC’s line-wide “One Year Later” initiative kicked off, with 44,554 (DC total) and 59,505 (DC Universe) units, respectively.

And, while we’re breaking records: May 2006 was also the only previous time when the total dollar value of DC’s periodical comic books exceeded 10 million, with an estimated $10,157,965. In September 2011, the amount was $10.9 million for DC total and $10.5 million for the DC Universe line, which never broke the 10-million mark on its own before. (Average cover prices were about the same, by the way: $3.05 for DC total and $3.04 for DC Universe in 2006, and vice versa in 2011.)

In terms of the estimated total number of copies shifted, it’s a closer shave, but September 2011 still wins versus the previous record month, which, again, was May 2006. That month, the publisher sold an estimated 3.4 million books total, 3.0 million of which DC Universe comic books. In September 2011, it was 3.6 million DC comic books, of which 3.4 were DC Universe titles.

Incidentally, as you may guess from reading the introduction, we’ll be coming back to the year 2006 a few more times in the comparisons below. For now, let’s just say September was a really good month for DC and the DC Universe line in particular.

DC’s Vertigo imprint didn’t set any records in September, meanwhile, but dropped below the 10K mark again for the first time since November 2010.

A procedural note: The fact that 41 of the “New 52″ titles below are listed with higher numbers than over at ICv2.com is not an error. It’s because Diamond only reported 90% of their sales on the chart, to compensate for the fact that they were made returnable by DC if retailers met a specific sales quota. Since Diamond’s way of accounting for the incentive seems fairly arbitrary, I’ve re-added the missing 10% for those books to get a more accurate picture. Just keep in mind that those numbers probably wouldn’t have been as high if retailers weren’t required to meet a certain threshold to qualify for returnability. It’s just one more gimmick that publishers use — the other 11 “New 52″ titles were promoted through variant-cover editions and special discounts, for instance, and Marvel uses its own share of sales-boosting incentives.

Finally, a special thanks to John Jackson Miller for pointing out that Diamond indeed only took off 10% for returnability in September, as opposed to 20%, as they did in previous cases. If you’re interested in comic-book sales, by the way, check out Miller’s Web site, <em>The Comics Chronicles</em> — it’s an essential resource for anyone dealing with these numbers, stuffed with sales data and context going back decades.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

—–

1 - BATMAN
09/2006: Batman #657 --  91,357 [ 96,127]
09/2007: Batman #669 --  73,471
09/2008: --
09/2009: Batman #690 --  77,001
-------------------------------
09/2010: Batman #703 --  77,033 (+  4.9%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212 (- 15.4%)
12/2010: Batman #705 --  63,262 (-  3.0%)
01/2011: Batman #706 --  60,231 (-  4.8%)
02/2011: Batman #707 --  58,803 (-  2.4%)
03/2011: Batman #708 --  58,594 (-  0.4%)
04/2011: Batman #709 --  56,578 (-  3.4%)
05/2011: Batman #710 --  55,086 (-  2.6%)
06/2011: Batman #711 --  53,113 (-  3.6%)
07/2011: Batman #712 --  51,385 (-  3.3%)
08/2011: Batman #713 --  51,760 (+  0.7%)
09/2011: Batman #1   -- 188,420 (+264.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +221.6%
1 year  : +144.6%
2 years : +144.7%
5 years : +106.3%

Perhaps surprisingly, Grant Morrison’s Action Comics did not take the top spot in the chart, but Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman relaunch. Even more surprisingly, it also beats last August’s Justice League #1 by about 3,000 units.

In retrospect, it makes sense, though, given the recent success of the property in film and videogames, the good reception of Scott Snyder’s American Vampire and Detective Comics and, maybe, Greg Capullo’s draw as a major artist of the 1990s who hasn’t done any work for DC, to date.

According to ICv2.com‘s estimates, these are the highest first-month sales for Batman since September 2003, when Batman #619, the conclusion of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s “Hush” storyline, sold an estimated 233,775 units. (The total count for that issue, including all reorders that made the chart in subsequent months, ended up being 308,945.) If you look at other titles published since March 2003, 188K is still very good, but nowhere near record-breaking. See last month’s column for a run-down of the best-selling comics of the period covered by our current estimates.

So, ultimately, the September numbers further support the notion that, rather than to kick-start the direct market by bringing in huge crowds of people that have never set foot in a comics store before, DC mobilized the full potential of the market as it stands, in a way that hasn’t been managed since 2006. Which is still a great success, of course, given the economic situation and the sales erosion of the last couple of years.

By the way: Batman #1 was promoted with a 1:25 variant-cover edition and a 1:200 variant-cover edition, as were Justice League #1, Action Comics #1, Green Lantern #1 and Flash #1. The special discount mentioned in the introduction, which also required retailers to meet a certain quota, applies to Batwoman #1, Green Lantern: New Guardians #1, Stormwatch #1, Swamp Thing #1, Teen Titans #1 and Wonder Woman #1, meanwhile. I’ll just mention them here, so keep in mind that these promotional initiatives are likely to have affected the numbers of those books. Whether it affected them more than the thresholds for returnability reflected the other 41 titles or less so, we have no way of knowing.

—–

2 - ACTION COMICS
09/2006: Action Comics #843 --  56,084
09/2007: --
09/2008: Action Comics #869 --  49,597
09/2009: Action Comics #881 --  36,183
--------------------------------------
09/2010: Action Comics #893 --  33,948 (-  6.7%)
10/2010: Action Comics #894 --  42,291 (+ 24.6%)
11/2010: Action Comics #895 --  33,089 (- 21.8%)
12/2010: Action Comics #896 --  32,357 (-  2.2%)
01/2011: Action Comics #897 --  32,134 (-  0.7%)
02/2011: Action Comics #898 --  31,935 (-  0.6%)
03/2011: Action Comics #899 --  31,808 (-  0.4%)
04/2011: Action Comics #900 --  60,152 (+ 89.1%) [73,004]
05/2011: Action Comics #901 --  44,143 (- 26.6%)
06/2011: Action Comics #902 --  41,960 (-  5.0%)
07/2011: Action Comics #903 --  40,205 (-  4.2%)
08/2011: Action Comics #904 --  39,323 (-  2.2%)
09/2011: Action Comics #1   -- 182,748 (+364.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +474.5%
1 year  : +438.3%
2 years : +405.1%
5 years : +225.9%

Grant Morrison and Rags Morales reinvent Superman with the book’s highest recorded sales since Diamond started reporting actual numbers in March 2003. The issue that held the record until now was Action Comics #844, the start of the Johns/Donner/Kubert run, which had estimated first-month numbers of 78,869 in October 2006.

It’s not unusual for Morrison’s major projects to hit 100K+ sales levels, of course, but a book that shifts 180K in its first month is a record even for him, in the period covered by these estimates. So far, the closest he came was with 52 #1, which moved an estimated 176,214 units in May 2006, and All Star Superman #1, which sold 170,802 copies in November 2005.

—–

3 - GREEN LANTERN
09/2006: Green Lantern #13  --  78,101
09/2007: Green Lantern #23  --  79,084 [82,168]
09/2008: Green Lantern #34  --  63,825
09/2009: Green Lantern #46  -- 103,666
--------------------------------------
09/2010: Green Lantern #57  --  85,179 (+ 1.2%)
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173 (- 6.7%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #60  --  76,360 (+ 0.3%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #61  --  72,203 (- 5.4%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517 (- 1.0%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632 (+ 5.8%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898 (+ 1.7%)
04/2011: Green Lantern #65  --  75,780 (- 1.5%)
05/2011: Green Lantern #66  --  75,371 (- 0.5%)
06/2011: --
07/2011: Green Lantern #67  --  74,521 (- 1.1%)
08/2011: --
09/2011: Green Lantern #1   -- 141,682 (+90.1%)
-----------------
6 months: + 85.8%
1 year  : + 66.3%
2 years : + 36.7%
5 years : + 81.4%

Green Lantern and its spin-off titles were already doing perfectly well before the relaunch, so it’s only natural that the increases aren’t entirely as explosive here as in some other cases.

Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke’s new debut issue is the best-selling one since Green Lantern #1 from May 2005, also written by Johns, which sold an estimated 168,353 in its first month and has recorded total sales of 180,483.

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4 - THE FLASH
09/2006: Flash: FMA #4   --  66,663
09/2007: Flash #232      --  56,969
09/2008: Flash #244      --  29,180
09/2009: --
-----------------------------------
09/2010: Flash #5        --  62,063 (-  4.3%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673 (-  7.1%)
12/2010: Flash #7        --  56,304 (-  2.4%)
12/2010: Flash #8        --  53,975 (-  4.1%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Flash #9        --  55,980 (+  3.7%)
03/2011: --
04/2011: Flash #10       --  54,953 (-  1.8%)
04/2011: Flash #11       --  54,633 (-  0.6%)
05/2011: Flash #12       --  54,914 (+  0.5%)
06/2011: --
07/2011: --
08/2011: --
09/2010: Flash #1        -- 129,260 (+135.4%)
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6 months:   n.a.
1 year  : +108.3%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : + 93.9%

The creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato turn in the second record-breaking launch of the month.

To date, the best-selling recorded issues of Flash were the previous relaunch debuts of the last few years: The Flash #1 (April 2010, 100,903 units), The Flash: Rebirth #1 (April 2009, 102,429), All Flash #1 (July 2007, 98,694) and Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 (June 2006, 120,404).

The new relaunch beats all of those quite handsomely and puts the Flash next to Batman, Superman and Green Lantern, as far as DC’s most popular comics properties are concerned. The rest of the Top 10 is filled out with another Superman book and three more Batman titles.

Considering that Geoff Johns — maybe the most popular Flash creator of the last 10 years and certainly one of the three most popular writers in superhero comics right now — is nowhere in sight here, that’s quite a good number for the “New 52″ relaunch.

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5 - SUPERMAN
09/2006: Superman #656 --  64,288
09/2007: Superman #667 --  48,608
09/2008: Superman #680 --  46,585
09/2009: Superman #692 --  37,695
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09/2010: --
10/2010: Superman #703 --  50,460 (+  0.9%)
10/2010: Superman #704 --  46,741 (-  7.4%)
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261 (-  1.0%)
12/2010: Superman #706 --  43,027 (-  7.0%)
01/2011: Superman #707 --  41,843 (-  2.8%)
02/2011: Superman #708 --  40,639 (-  2.9%)
03/2011: Superman #709 --  39,846 (-  2.0%)
04/2011: Superman #710 --  39,644 (-  0.5%)
05/2011: Superman #711 --  38,471 (-  3.0%)
06/2011: Superman #712 --  37,362 (-  2.9%)
07/2011: Superman #713 --  36,646 (-  1.9%)
08/2011: Superman #714 --  35,919 (-  2.0%)
09/2011: Superman #1   -- 131,529 (+266.2%)
-----------------
6 months: +230.1%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : +248.9%
5 years : +104.6%

It’s been a while since Superman sold this well — issues #204 through #207, to be specific, which sold between 231,411 and 138,984 units in their first calendar months in 2004 (there was a numbering change in-between, before you ask). Those were the first four issues of the Jeph Loeb/Jim Lee run, though, so I’d say George Pérez and Jesús Merino are off to a good start.

But of course — and this goes for most of the books below as well — it’s premature to draw conclusions on the performance of individual books, at this juncture. We’ll have to wait another few months until sales to retailers reflect what’s really going on out there with any given series, presumably.

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6 - DETECTIVE COMICS
09/2006: Detective Comics #823 --  64,215
09/2007: Detective Comics #836 --  49,475
09/2008: Detective Comics #848 --  68,306
09/2009: Detective Comics #857 --  57,063
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09/2010: Detective Comics #869 --  37,394 (-  3.3%)
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941 (+  3.6%)
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 --  37,961 (+  2.8%) [39,758]
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 --  38,417 (+  1.2%)
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 --  39,106 (+  1.8%)
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 --  40,047 (+  2.4%)
04/2011: Detective Comics #876 --  40,133 (+  0.2%)
05/2011: Detective Comics #877 --  39,609 (-  1.3%)
06/2011: Detective Comics #878 --  39,152 (-  1.2%)
07/2011: Detective Comics #879 --  39,185 (+  0.1%)
07/2011: Detective Comics #880 --  38,585 (-  1.5%)
08/2011: Detective Comics #881 --  39,729 (+  3.0%)
09/2011: Detective Comics #1   -- 114,880 (+189.2%)
-----------------
6 months: +186.9%
1 year  : +207.2%
2 years : +101.3%
5 years : + 78.9%

Tony Daniel, who’d been steering Batman for the last couple of years, takes over the character’s original title with the book’s highest sales to date. The previous record holder was issue #853, the second part of Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” story, which sold 104,107 copies in April 2009.

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7 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
12/2010: Dark Knight #1  --  89,985           [92,791]
01/2011: --
02/2011: --
03/2011: Dark Knight #2  --  71,108 (- 21.0%)
04/2011: --
05/2011: --
06/2011: --
07/2011: Dark Knight #3  --  62,792 (- 11.7%)
07/2011: Dark Knight #4  --  57,333 (-  8.7%)
08/2011: Dark Knight #5  --  52,908 (-  7.7%)
09/2011: Dark Knight #1  -- 109,321 (+106.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 53.7%

David Finch and his last-minute co-writer Paul Jenkins beat the debut of the book’s last incarnation.

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10 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
09/2009: Batman and Robin #4  -- 106,925
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09/2010: Batman and Robin #14 --  82,894 (- 3.4%)
10/2010: Batman and Robin #15 --  80,173 (- 3.3%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343 (+ 0.2%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600 (-12.1%)
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 --  68,814 (- 2.5%)
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 --  61,785 (-10.2%)
02/2011: Batman and Robin #20 --  60,642 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 --  59,818 (- 1.4%)
04/2011: Batman and Robin #22 --  59,076 (- 1.2%)
05/2011: Batman and Robin #23 --  57,525 (- 2.6%)
06/2011: Batman and Robin #24 --  54,984 (- 4.4%)
07/2011: Batman and Robin #25 --  55,172 (+ 0.3%)
08/2011: Batman and Robin #26 --  52,704 (- 4.5%)
09/2011: Batman and Robin #1  --  94,713 (+79.7%)
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6 months: +58.3%
1 year  : +14.3%
2 years : -11.4%

Well, it’s the highest sales for Batman and Robin since issue #6 from November 2009. So no record-breaking here.

Still, it’s worth noting that all four Batman titles (and both Superman ones) made the Top 10. So if there was any question whether retailers were going to gravitate towards known quantities when placing their orders, this should settle it.

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11 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS
09/2010: Emerald Warriors #2  -- 56,289 (-17.6%)
10/2010: Emerald Warriors #3  -- 50,490 (-10.3%)
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319 (- 8.3%)
12/2010: Emerald Warriors #5  -- 44,077 (- 4.8%)
01/2011: Emerald Warriors #6  -- 43,471 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Emerald Warriors #7  -- 44,828 (+ 3.1%)
03/2011: Emerald Warriors #8  -- 51,322 (+14.5%) [54,110]
04/2011: Emerald Warriors #9  -- 51,784 (+ 0.5%)
05/2011: Emerald Warriors #10 -- 52,971 (+ 2.3%)
06/2011: Emerald Warriors #11 -- 53,927 (+ 1.8%)
07/2011: Emerald Warriors #12 -- 48,087 (-10.8%)
08/2011: Emerald Warriors #13 -- 44,228 (- 8.0%)
09/2011: New Guardians #1     -- 84,033 (+90.0%)
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6 months: +63.7%
1 year  : +49.3%

This one’s by the creative team that did Green Lantern Corps until August. The book’s predecessor Emerald Warriors debuted with first-month sales of 68,332 in August 2010, so this is a very good number.

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12 - BATGIRL
09/2008: Batgirl #3 of 6 -- 24,932
09/2009: Batgirl #2      -- 40,626
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09/2010: Batgirl #14     -- 26,861 (-  1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827 (-  3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16     -- 25,225 (-  2.3%)
01/2011: Batgirl #17     -- 25,189 (-  0.1%)
02/2011: Batgirl #18     -- 24,390 (-  3.2%)
03/2011: Batgirl #19     -- 24,821 (+  1.8%)
04/2011: Batgirl #20     -- 24,310 (-  2.1%)
05/2011: Batgirl #21     -- 24,043 (-  1.1%)
06/2011: Batgirl #22     -- 23,323 (-  3.0%)
07/2011: Batgirl #23     -- 22,619 (-  3.0%)
08/2011: Batgirl #24     -- 22,695 (+  0.3%)
09/2011: Batgirl #1      -- 90,543 (+299.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +264.8%
1 year  : +237.1%
2 years : +122.9%

The combination of writer Gail Simone and getting the Barbara Gordon character back in the leading role seems to have convinced retailers to order way, way more copies of Batgirl than in any previous recorded month. The last relaunch sold an estimated 51,724 units with its debut issue in August 2009.

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13 - WONDER WOMAN
09/2006: --
09/2007: --
09/2008: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,583
09/2009: Wonder Woman #36  --  28,806
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09/2010: Wonder Woman #603 --  38,852 (+  2.2%)
10/2010: Wonder Woman #604 --  37,405 (-  3.7%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 --  35,495 (-  5.1%)
01/2011: Wonder Woman #606 --  33,601 (-  5.3%)
02/2011: Wonder Woman #607 --  33,053 (-  1.6%)
03/2011: Wonder Woman #608 --  32,540 (-  1.6%)
03/2011: Wonder Woman #609 --  31,421 (-  3.4%)
04/2011: Wonder Woman #610 --  31,002 (-  1.3%)
05/2011: --
06/2011: Wonder Woman #611 --  30,874 (-  0.4%)
06/2011: Wonder Woman #612 --  30,690 (-  0.6%)
07/2011: Wonder Woman #613 --  29,720 (-  3.2%)
08/2011: Wonder Woman #614 --  29,223 (-  1.7%)
09/2011: Wonder Woman #1   --  76,214 (+160.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +138.3%
1 year  : + 96.2%
2 years : +164.6%
5 years :  n.a.

Measured against the pre-publication hype Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman relaunch received, this number isn’t all that impressive — and certainly not measured against DC’s treatment of the character as one of the company’s “big three” heroes along with Superman and Batman.

In the context of estimates recorded since March 2003, for that matter, the new debut is only the fourth-best-selling Wonder Woman book. The top three spots are taken by the first three issues of the 2006 relaunch, which sold between 132,580 and 76,998 units.

So, clearly, it’s still the guys who are wearing the pants at DC.

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14 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
09/2006: Green Lantern Corps #4  -- 46,619
09/2007: --
09/2008: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 44,939
09/2009: Green Lantern Corps #40 -- 83,112
------------------------------------------
09/2010: Green Lantern Corps #52 -- 63,577 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: Green Lantern Corps #53 -- 60,808 (- 4.4%)
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448 (- 5.5%)
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 54,387 (- 5.3%)
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #56 -- 53,646 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #57 -- 52,770 (- 1.6%)
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100 (+13.9%)
04/2011: Green Lantern Corps #59 -- 60,162 (+ 0.1%)
05/2011: Green Lantern Corps #60 -- 60,964 (+ 1.3%)
06/2011: --
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #61 -- 60,836 (- 0.2%)
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #62 -- 57,928 (- 4.8%)
08/2011: Green Lantern Corps #63 -- 53,372 (- 7.9%)
09/2011: Green Lantern Corps #1  -- 83,077 (+55.7%)
----------------
6 months: +38.2%
1 year  : +30.7%
2 years : - 0.0%
5 years : +78.2%

As I say above, the Green Lantern franchise was already doing very well, so the fact that the relaunch only gets Green Lantern Corps numbers back to the level of the Blackest Night tie-in issues from two years ago isn’t necessarily a surprise. It’s still a big number for a Green Lantern spin-off.

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15 - TEEN TITANS
09/2006: Teen Titans #39  -- 65,969
09/2007: Teen Titans #51  -- 57,851
09/2008: Teen Titans #63  -- 41,790
09/2009: Teen Titans #75  -- 32,808
-----------------------------------
09/2010: Teen Titans #87  -- 23,259 (-  6.9%)
10/2010: Teen Titans #88  -- 27,637 (+ 18.8%)
11/2010: Teen Titans #89  -- 26,444 (-  4.3%)
12/2010: Teen Titans #90  -- 25,997 (-  1.7%)
01/2011: Teen Titans #91  -- 25,443 (-  2.1%)
02/2011: Teen Titans #92  -- 26,170 (+  2.9%)
03/2011: Teen Titans #93  -- 24,957 (-  4.6%)
04/2011: Teen Titans #94  -- 25,187 (+  0.9%)
05/2011: Teen Titans #95  -- 24,738 (-  1.8%)
06/2011: Teen Titans #96  -- 23,849 (-  3.6%)
07/2011: Teen Titans #97  -- 23,138 (-  3.0%)
07/2011: Teen Titans #98  -- 23,095 (-  0.2%)
08/2011: Teen Titans #99  -- 23,756 (+  2.9%)
08/2011: Teen Titans #100 -- 27,459 (+ 15.6%)
09/2011: Teen Titans #1   -- 73,675 (+168.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +195.2%
1 year  : +216.8%
2 years : +124.6%
5 years : + 11.7%

Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth restore Teen Titans sales to the glory days of, ah, 2006.

—–

16 - AQUAMAN
09/2011: Aquaman #1  -- 80,302

That’s a great number for Aquaman, certainly, even considering the book is by the creative team of Blackest Night.

The last Aquaman title ran for 39 issues from 2002 through 2006. Between #4 (the first one covered by current estimates) and #39, its numbers dropped from 36,908 to 18,326 units. The debut issue had initial orders of 45,112, which would presumably place its actual first-month sales around the 50K mark.

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17 - BATWOMAN
11/2010: Batwoman #0  --  43,891
--------------------------------
09/2011: Batwoman #1  --  72,228 (+64.6%)

The first issue of the Rucka/Williams “Batgirl” stint in Detective Comics sold an estimated 72,808 units in June 2009, so it seems clear what retailers used as a reference point for the new series.

—–

19 - RED LANTERNS
09/2011: Red Lanterns #1  -- 73,940

The latest Green Lantern spin-off is the fourth book in the franchise, if you’re keeping count, so sales of 70K+ are rather good.

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20 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
06/2011: FP: Secret Seven #1 of 3 -- 33,069
07/2011: FP: Secret Seven #2 of 3 -- 25,745 (- 22.2%)
08/2011: FP: Secret Seven #3 of 3 -- 23,747 (-  7.8%)
09/2011: Justice League Dark #1   -- 69,840 (+194.1%)

Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin do a Vertigo-styled Justice League spin-off.

—–

21 - NIGHTWING
09/2006: Nightwing #124 -- 38,251
09/2007: Nightwing #136 -- 29,256
09/2008: Nightwing #148 -- 53,210
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09/2011: Nightwing #1   -- 69,686
-----------------
5 years : + 82.2%

These are the book’s highest sales by about 20,000 units in the batch of estimates dating back to 2003. Evidently, Nightwing’s stint as Batman convinced retailers to up their orders for the relaunch.

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24 - JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL
09/2011: Justice League International #1  -- 67,866

The lower-selling of the two Justice League spin-off books by about 2,000 copies.

—–

28 - GREEN ARROW
09/2006: Green Arrow #66  -- 33,793
09/2007: Year One #5 of 6 -- 31,504
09/2008: Arrow/Canary #12 -- 27,896
09/2009: Arrow&Canary #24 -- 18,780
-----------------------------------
09/2010: Green Arrow #4   -- 44,220 (-  4.5%)
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575 (-  6.2%)
12/2010: Green Arrow #7   -- 36,835 (-  6.9%)
01/2011: Green Arrow #8   -- 35,307 (-  4.2%)
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922 (-  3.9%)
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085 (-  2.5%)
04/2011: Green Arrow #11  -- 32,669 (-  1.3%)
05/2011: Green Arrow #12  -- 31,742 (-  2.8%)
06/2011: Green Arrow #13  -- 27,552 (- 13.2%)
07/2011: Green Arrow #14  -- 25,568 (-  7.2%)
08/2011: Green Arrow #15  -- 23,883 (-  6.6%)
09/2011: Green Arrow #1   -- 61,680 (+158.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 86.7%
1 year  : + 39.5%
2 years : +228.4%
5 years : + 82.5%

The July 2007 relaunch sold an estimated 52,183 units, the June 2010 one managed 54,400, and now the book hits 61,680, its highest sales in the period since March 2003. Diminishing returns don’t seem to be an issue for Green Arrow. Maybe they should do a relaunch.

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24 - SWAMP THING
09/2011: Swamp Thing #1  -- 54,757

Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette return the character to the DC Universe proper. The last Swamp Thing title at Vertigo launched with an estimated 33,382 units in March 2004 and was cancelled in August 2006, with sales of 7,448 for the final issue, #29.

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31 - SUPERGIRL
09/2006: Supergirl #10 --  67,358
09/2007: Supergirl #21 --  44,656
09/2008: Supergirl #33 --  27,609
09/2009: Supergirl #45 --  32,240
---------------------------------
09/2010: Supergirl #56 --  25,034 (-  3.3%)
10/2010: Supergirl #57 --  23,842 (-  4.8%)
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412 (+  6.6%)
12/2010: Supergirl #59 --  22,606 (- 11.0%)
01/2011: Supergirl #60 --  22,568 (-  0.2%)
02/2011: Supergirl #61 --  22,048 (-  2.3%)
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786 (-  1.2%)
04/2011: Supergirl #63 --  21,598 (-  0.9%)
05/2011: Supergirl #64 --  21,411 (-  0.9%)
06/2011: Supergirl #65 --  20,985 (-  2.0%)
07/2011: Supergirl #66 --  20,001 (-  4.7%)
08/2011: Supergirl #67 --  19,764 (-  1.2%)
09/2011: Supergirl #1  --  60,058 (+203.9%)
-----------------
6 months: +175.7%
1 year  : +139.9%
2 years : + 86.3%
5 years : - 10.8%

That’s the best Supergirl sales since issue #11, released in November 2006.

—–

33 - CATWOMAN
09/2006: Catwoman #59 -- 25,324
09/2007: Catwoman #71 -- 19,492
-------------------------------
09/2011: Catwoman #1  -- 59,633
-----------------
5 years : +135.5%

Catwoman gets another record-setting number for the period covered by the current set of estimates, by more than 20,000 units.

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39 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS
09/2011: Red Hood #1  -- 56,112

Another Scott Lobdell-written title, this time a team book starring former Robin Jason Todd in a threesome with Starfire and some dude that shoots arrows.

—–

40 - BIRDS OF PREY
09/2006: Birds of Prey #98  -- 32,715
09/2007: Birds of Prey #110 -- 27,148
09/2008: Birds of Prey #122 -- 21,318
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09/2010: Birds of Prey #5   -- 40,146 (- 13.0%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440 (- 14.2%)
12/2010: Birds of Prey #7   -- 33,114 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Birds of Prey #8   -- 31,616 (-  4.5%)
02/2011: Birds of Prey #9   -- 30,641 (-  3.1%)
03/2011: Birds of Prey #10  -- 30,777 (+  0.4%)
04/2011: Birds of Prey #11  -- 30,270 (-  1.7%)
05/2011: Birds of Prey #12  -- 29,690 (-  1.9%)
06/2011: Birds of Prey #13  -- 28,992 (-  2.4%)
07/2011: Birds of Prey #14  -- 27,102 (-  6.5%)
08/2011: Birds of Prey #15  -- 26,043 (-  3.9%)
09/2011: Birds of Prey #1   -- 56,073 (+115.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 82.1%
1 year  : + 39.7%
5 years : + 71.4%

Even though fan-favorite writer Gail Simone isn’t helming the series, it beats the May 2010 relaunch by about 6,000 units.

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41 - THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN
09/2006: Hawkgirl #56       -- 21,560
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09/2011: Savage Hawkman #1  -- 55,954
-----------------
5 years : +159.5%

The last series was launched in 2002, renamed Hawkgirl in 2006 and cancelled with estimated sales below 15K in 2007.

—–

42 - SUPERBOY
11/2010: Superboy #1  --  39,701
12/2010: Superboy #2  --  31,761 (- 20.0%)
01/2011: Superboy #3  --  29,550 (-  7.0%)
02/2011: Superboy #4  --  27,448 (-  7.1%)
03/2011: Superboy #5  --  27,215 (-  0.9%)
04/2011: Superboy #6  --  30,490 (+ 12.0%)
05/2011: Superboy #7  --  24,622 (- 19.3%)
06/2011: Superboy #8  --  23,037 (-  6.4%)
07/2011: Superboy #9  --  22,102 (-  4.1%)
08/2011: Superboy #10 --  20,563 (-  7.0%)
08/2011: Superboy #11 --  20,317 (-  1.2%)
09/2011: Superboy #1  --  55,608 (+173.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +104.3%

Completing the Scott Lobdell renaissance at DC, the new Superboy beats the last revamp — which happened less than a year ago — by about 16,000 copies.

—–

44 - JUSTICE LEAGUE
09/2006: Justice League #2  -- 143,412 [158,480]
09/2007: Justice League #13 -- 119,471 [124,006]
09/2008: --
09/2009: Justice League #37 --  55,478
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09/2010: JL of America #49   --  57,616 (-  5.1%)
10/2010: JL of America #50   --  59,686 (+  3.6%)
11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887 (- 14.7%)
12/2010: JL of America #52   --  48,501 (-  4.7%)
01/2011: JL of America #53   --  47,093 (-  2.9%)
02/2011: JL of America #54   --  46,269 (-  1.8%)
03/2011: JL of America #55   --  50,533 (+  9.2%)
04/2011: JL of America #56   --  47,179 (-  6.6%)
05/2011: JL of America #57   --  46,729 (-  1.0%)
06/2011: JL of America #58   --  45,442 (-  2.8%)
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545 (-  4.2%)
08/2011: JL of America #60   --  42,587 (-  2.2%)
08/2011: Justice League #1   -- 185,776 (+336.2%) [232,426]
09/2011: --
-----------------
6 months: n/a
1 year  : n/a
2 years : n/a
5 years : n/a

Justice League #2 didn’t come out until October, but a lot of reorders for the debut issue showed up on the chart in September — and beat 24 of the “New 52″ debut issues, incidentally.

The book shifted another 46,650 units, which puts its total numbers past 200K and in the same ball park as those of the 2006 relaunch by Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes.

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45 - STORMWATCH
09/2007: StormWatch: PHD #11  -- 10,440
09/2008: StormWatch: PHD #14  --  7,883
09/2009: StormWatch: PHD #23  --  4,840
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09/2011: Stormwatch #1        -- 46,397
-----------------
2 years : +858.6%

Paul Cornell’s Stormwatch relaunch is the best-selling of the three former WildStorm titles that are part of the “New 52″ initiative.

It’s the most spectacular two-year comparison of the pack, certainly, but given the pitiable state of the WildStorm Universe line when DC pulled the plug, that’s not all that surprising.

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46 - THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN
09/2006: Firestorm #29 -- 17,449
--------------------------------
09/2011: Firestorm #1  -- 51,537
-----------------
5 years : +195.4%

Co-writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone relaunch another C-list DC character.

—–

47 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
09/2006: Supergirl & LoSH #22 -- 36,735
09/2007: Supergirl & LoSH #34 -- 28,294
09/2008: LoSH #46             -- 24,959
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09/2010: LoSH #5              -- 32,417 (-  5.3%)
10/2010: LoSH #6              -- 30,246 (-  6.7%)
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439 (- 12.6%)
12/2010: LoSH #8              -- 25,063 (-  5.2%)
01/2011: LoSH #9              -- 24,230 (-  3.3%)
02/2011: LoSH #10             -- 23,738 (-  2.0%)
03/2011: LoSH #11             -- 23,667 (-  0.3%)
04/2011: LoSH #12             -- 23,419 (-  1.1%)
05/2011: LoSH #13             -- 23,105 (-  1.3%)
06/2011: LoSH #14             -- 22,600 (-  2.2%)
07/2011: LoSH #15             -- 21,788 (-  3.6%)
08/2011: LoSH #16             -- 21,373 (-  1.9%)
09/2011: LoSH #1              -- 50,402 (+135.8%)
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6 months: +113.0%
1 year  : + 55.5%
5 years : + 37.2%

The 2010 relaunch, helmed by Paul Levitz, sold 44,415 units in its first month, Jim Shooter’s return to the book in 2007 managed 45,803, the first “One Year Later” issue sold 47,426 units in 2006, and the Mark Waid/Barry Kitson version launched in 2004, finally, shifted an estimated 50,691 units with its debut issue.

The “New 52″ series, once again helmed by Levitz, comes in at pretty much the exact same number as that latter comic.

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49 - SUICIDE SQUAD
09/2007: Raise the Flag #1 of 8 -- 29,506
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09/2011: Suicide Squad #1       -- 49,979
54 - DEATHSTROKE
09/2011: Deathstroke #1  -- 47,028

These were virtual unknowns for retailers, and they’re very similar types of books, so it makes sense that sales are similar.

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56 - LEGION LOST
09/2011: Legion Lost #1  -- 46,362

Replacing Adventure Comics as the resident Legion spin-off.

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57 - ANIMAL MAN
09/2009: Last Days #5 of 6 -- 11,791
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09/2011: Animal Man #1     -- 46,051
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2 years : +290.6%

Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman bring back another former Vertigo property. The two-year comparison is with the Last Days of Animal Man miniseries, the last Animal Man title proper ran from 1988 through 1995.

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58 - BATWING
09/2011: Batwing #1  -- 45,980

Spinning out of Grant Morrison’s Batman stories.

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60 - DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS
09/2011: DCU Presents #1  -- 45,701

Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang kick off the book with a Deadman arc.

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62 - BLUE BEETLE
09/2006: Blue Beetle #7  -- 29,079
09/2007: Blue Beetle #19 -- 15,737
09/2008: Blue Beetle #31 -- 12,302
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09/2011: Blue Beetle #1  -- 44,448
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5 years : + 52.9%

The last Blue Beetle series, which ran for 36 issues from 2006 through 2009, debuted with estimated sales of 50,678 in its first month and went on to sell 69,752 total.

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63 - CAPTAIN ATOM
09/2011: Captain Atom #1  -- 44,110

There was a nine-issue Captain Atom miniseries (as part of a WildStorm Universe publishing event) that launched with estimated sales of 40,662 in October 2005 and was down to 20,279 by its final issue.

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65 - ALL STAR WESTERN
09/2006: Jonah Hex #11 -- 18,957
09/2007: Jonah Hex #23 -- 15,157
09/2008: Jonah Hex #35 -- 13,231
09/2009: Jonah Hex #47 -- 12,231
--------------------------------
09/2010: Jonah Hex #59 -- 11,444 (-  2.8%)
10/2010: Jonah Hex #60 -- 11,141 (-  2.7%)
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796 (-  3.1%)
12/2010: Jonah Hex #62 -- 10,899 (+  1.0%)
01/2011: Jonah Hex #63 -- 10,752 (-  1.4%)
02/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255 (-  4.6%)
03/2011: Jonah Hex #65 -- 10,353 (+  1.0%)
04/2011: Jonah Hex #66 -- 10,335 (-  0.2%)
05/2011: Jonah Hex #67 -- 10,288 (-  0.5%)
06/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224 (-  0.6%)
07/2011: Jonah Hex #69 -- 10,521 (+  2.9%)
08/2011: Jonah Hex #70 -- 10,369 (-  1.5%)
09/2011: ASW #1        -- 43,681 (+321.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +321.9%
1 year  : +281.7%
2 years : +257.1%
5 years : +130.4%

Well, All Star Western is, pretty much, just a straight relaunch of Jonah Hex with a different title, so I’d say this is a huge vote of confidence from retailers.

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68 - HAWK & DOVE
09/2011: Hawk & Dove #1  -- 42,294

I’m somewhat surprised this didn’t do better, to be honest.

Say what you will about Rob Liefeld’s art, but it used to sell a lot of books. Given the nostalgia factor of his return to these characters, I certainly didn’t expect the book to land in the lowest-selling quarter of the relaunch.

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71 - RESURRECTION MAN
09/2011: Resurrection Man #1  -- 41,740
72 - DEMON KNIGHTS
09/2011: Demon Knights #1  -- 41,602
73 - FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.
06/2011: FP: Frankenstein #1 of 3 -- 30,508
07/2011: FP: Frankenstein #2 of 3 -- 23,900 (-21.7%)
08/2011: FP: Frankenstein #3 of 3 -- 23,131 (- 3.2%)
09/2011: Frankenstein #1          -- 41,551 (+79.6%)

Co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning relaunch one of the weirder DC Universe titles of the 1990s (the original ran for 28 issues in 1997 and 1998), Paul Cornell does a series set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe and indie creator Jeff Lemire follows up his Flashpoint tie-in miniseries with an ongoing title.

What these three titles have in common is that they’re set on the dark fringes of the relaunched superhero line and don’t have much of a recent sales history. That may explain why they’re right next to each other on the chart.

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74 - MISTER TERRIFIC
09/2011: Mister Terrific #1  -- 41,450
75 - GRIFTER
09/2011: Grifter #1  -- 41,222
76 - VOODOO
09/2011: Voodoo #1  -- 40,301
77 - BLACKHAWKS
09/2011: Blackhawks #1  -- 40,014
78 - I, VAMPIRE
09/2011: I, Vampire #1  -- 39,683
80 - STATIC SHOCK
06/2011: Special #1 of 1  --  9,976
-----------------------------------
09/2011: Static Shock #1  -- 37,782 (+278.7%)
81 - MEN OF WAR
09/2011: Men of War #1  -- 37,488
82 - O.M.A.C.
09/2011: O.M.A.C. #1  -- 37,312

And the same picture here, for this bunch of direct-market odd ducks — war, sci-fi, vampires, two former WildStorm Universe titles, a Milestone Media property, a first-time solo book starring a D-stringer and a Jack Kirby pastiche.

These were virtual unknowns for retailers: None of the eight lowest-selling “New 52″ titles have any recent sales history that retailers could have relied on for their orders. They’re practically new introductions to the direct market. So, ultimately, it’s not surprising to see that they’re grouped together like this, and at the bottom end of the “New 52″.

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118 - FABLES (Vertigo)
09/2006: Fables #53  -- 25,388
09/2007: Fables #65  -- 25,311
09/2008: Fables #75  -- 25,266
09/2008: Fables #76  -- 23,914
09/2009: Fables #88  -- 21,508
------------------------------
09/2010: Fables #98  -- 19,594 (- 0.2%)
10/2010: Fables #99  -- 19,656 (+ 0.3%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Fables #100 -- 23,014 (+17.1%)
01/2011: Fables #101 -- 19,183 (-16.7%)
02/2011: Fables #102 -- 19,215 (+ 0.2%)
03/2011: Fables #103 -- 18,910 (- 1.6%)
04/2011: Fables #104 -- 18,811 (- 0.5%)
05/2011: Fables #105 -- 18,749 (- 0.3%)
06/2011: Fables #106 -- 18,505 (- 1.3%)
07/2011: Fables #107 -- 18,523 (+ 0.1%)
08/2011: Fables #108 -- 18,390 (- 0.7%)
09/2011: Fables #109 -- 18,072 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.4%
1 year  : - 7.8%
2 years : -16.0%
5 years : -28.8%

Over at Vertigo, September was business as usual, meanwhile.

The publisher recently announced a couple of new ongoing titles, so it doesn’t look like they’re giving up on the idea quite yet, after all.

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137 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
09/2010: American Vampire #6  -- 23,349 (- 6.1%)
10/2010: American Vampire #7  -- 21,910 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850 (- 9.4%)
12/2010: American Vampire #9  -- 19,019 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: American Vampire #10 -- 17,761 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: American Vampire #11 -- 16,969 (- 4.5%)
02/2011: American Vampire #12 -- 16,522 (- 2.6%)
03/2011: American Vampire #13 -- 17,269 (+ 4.5%)
04/2011: American Vampire #14 -- 16,168 (- 6.4%)
05/2011: American Vampire #15 -- 15,876 (- 1.8%)
06/2011: American Vampire #16 -- 15,705 (- 1.1%)
07/2011: American Vampire #17 -- 15,565 (- 0.9%)
08/2011: American Vampire #18 -- 15,423 (- 0.9%)
09/2011: American Vampire #19 -- 15,288 (- 0.9%)
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6 months: -11.5%
1 year  : -34.5%
146 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (Vertigo)
06/2011: Survival #1 of 5 -- 17,160
07/2011: Survival #2 of 5 -- 14,590 (-15.0%)
08/2011: Survival #3 of 5 -- 14,696 (+ 0.7%)
09/2011: Survival #4 of 5 -- 14,204 (- 3.5%)

Pretty consistent numbers over here.

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177 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
09/2009: The Unwritten #5  -- 16,011
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09/2010: The Unwritten #17 -- 12,796 (+ 0.2%)
10/2010: The Unwritten #18 -- 12,273 (- 4.1%)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: The Unwritten #20 -- 11,684 (- 2.9%)
01/2011: The Unwritten #21 -- 11,443 (- 2.1%)
02/2011: The Unwritten #22 -- 11,371 (- 0.6%)
03/2011: The Unwritten #23 -- 11,319 (- 0.5%)
04/2011: The Unwritten #24 -- 11,028 (- 2.6%)
05/2011: The Unwritten #25 -- 11,137 (+ 1.0%)
06/2011: The Unwritten #26 -- 10,979 (- 1.4%)
07/2011: The Unwritten #27 -- 10,787 (- 1.8%)
08/2011: The Unwritten #28 -- 10,731 (- 0.5%)
09/2011: The Unwritten #29 -- 10,511 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.1%
1 year  : -17.9%
2 years : -34.4%

Standard attrition.

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183 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
09/2006: Hellblazer #224 -- 13,704
09/2007: Hellblazer #236 -- 12,938
09/2008: Hellblazer #247 -- 11,851
09/2009: Hellblazer #259 -- 10,813
----------------------------------
09/2010: Hellblazer #271 --  9,851 (-0.8%)
10/2010: Hellblazer #272 --  9,650 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645 (-0.1%)
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 --  9,342 (-3.1%)
01/2011: Hellblazer #275 --  9,507 (+1.8%)
02/2011: Hellblazer #276 --  9,466 (-0.4%)
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525 (+0.6%)
04/2011: Hellblazer #278 --  9,417 (-1.1%)
05/2011: Hellblazer #279 --  9,454 (+0.4%)
06/2011: Hellblazer #280 --  9,329 (-1.3%)
07/2011: Hellblazer #281 --  9,225 (-1.1%)
08/2011: Hellblazer #282 --  9,372 (+1.5%)
09/2011: Hellblazer #283 --  9,597 (+2.4%)
----------------
6 months: + 0.8%
1 year  : - 2.6%
2 years : -11.3%
5 years : -30.0%

Maybe the slight increase is due to John Constantine’s role in Justice League Dark.

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187 - I, ZOMBIE (Vertigo)
09/2010: I, Zombie #5  -- 14,839 (- 5.9%)
10/2010: I, Zombie #6  -- 13,782 (- 7.1%)
11/2010: I, Zombie #7  -- 12,800 (- 7.1%)
12/2010: I, Zombie #8  -- 12,038 (- 6.0%)
01/2011: I, Zombie #9  -- 11,536 (- 4.2%)
02/2011: I, Zombie #10 -- 11,182 (- 3.1%)
03/2011: I, Zombie #11 -- 10,874 (- 2.8%)
04/2011: I, Zombie #12 -- 10,727 (- 1.4%)
05/2011: I, Zombie #13 -- 10,567 (- 1.5%)
06/2011: I, Zombie #14 -- 10,320 (- 2.3%)
07/2011: I, Zombie #15 -- 10,006 (- 3.0%)
08/2011: I, Zombie #16 --  9,568 (- 4.4%)
09/2011: I, Zombie #17 --  9,316 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: -14.3%
1 year  : -37.2%

Sliding down.

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210 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
01/2011: Young Justice #0  --  9,412
02/2011: Young Justice #1  -- 10,777 (+14.5%)
03/2011: Young Justice #2  --  9,612 (-10.8%)
04/2011: Young Justice #3  --  9,407 (- 2.1%)
05/2011: Young Justice #4  --  9,729 (+ 3.4%)
06/2011: Young Justice #5  --  8,988 (- 7.6%)
07/2011: Young Justice #6  --  8,642 (- 3.9%)
08/2011: Young Justice #7  --  8,062 (- 6.7%)
09/2011: Young Justice #8  --  7,930 (- 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: -17.5%

A Johnny DC title. See disclaimers below.

—–

212 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
09/2009: Sweet Tooth #1  -- 18,657
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09/2010: Sweet Tooth #13 --  9,097 (- 1.6%)
10/2010: Sweet Tooth #14 --  8,933 (- 1.8%)
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Sweet Tooth #16 --  8,602 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Sweet Tooth #17 --  8,522 (- 0.9%)
02/2011: Sweet Tooth #18 --  8,466 (- 0.7%)
03/2011: Sweet Tooth #19 --  8,532 (+ 0.8%)
04/2011: Sweet Tooth #20 --  8,361 (- 2.0%)
05/2011: Sweet Tooth #21 --  8,360 (- 0.0%)
06/2011: Sweet Tooth #22 --  8,252 (- 1.3%)
07/2011: Sweet Tooth #23 --  8,018 (- 2.8%)
08/2011: Sweet Tooth #24 --  7,948 (- 0.9%)
09/2011: Sweet Tooth #25 --  7,896 (- 0.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.5%
1 year  : -13.2%
2 years : -57.7%

To be fair, that two-year comparison is with issue #1, which was a $ 1.00 promotional issue. Apart from that, the numbers have been relatively stable over the last year.

Still, Sweet Tooth remains the lowest-selling Vertigo title that doesn’t have an official ending date yet.

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216 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
09/2008: Tiny Titans #8  --  9,795
09/2009: Tiny Titans #20 --  8,435
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09/2010: Tiny Titans #32 --  8,073 (+ 1.1%)
10/2010: Tiny Titans #33 --  8,045 (- 0.4%)
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34 --  7,713 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: Tiny Titans #35 --  7,515 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Tiny Titans #36 --  7,480 (- 0.5%)
02/2011: Tiny Titans #37 --  7,426 (- 0.7%)
03/2011: Tiny Titans #38 --  7,372 (- 0.7%)
04/2011: Tiny Titans #39 --  7,445 (+ 1.0%)
05/2011: Tiny Titans #40 --  7,847 (+ 5.4%)
06/2011: Tiny Titans #41 --  7,811 (- 0.5%)
07/2011: Tiny Titans #42 --  7,664 (- 1.9%)
08/2011: Tiny Titans #43 --  7,534 (- 1.7%)
09/2011: Tiny Titans #44 --  7,619 (+ 1.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 3.4%
1 year  : - 5.6%
2 years : - 9.7%

A Johnny DC book, see disclaimers.

—–

229 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
09/2008: Northlanders #10 -- 10,738
09/2009: Northlanders #20 --  8,786
-----------------------------------
09/2010: Northlanders #32 --  7,321 (- 0.8%)
10/2010: Northlanders #33 --  7,169 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Northlanders #34 --  7,018 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Northlanders #35 --  7,061 (+ 0.6%)
01/2011: Northlanders #36 --  6,806 (- 3.6%)
02/2011: Northlanders #37 --  7,006 (+ 2.9%)
03/2011: Northlanders #38 --  7,020 (+ 0.2%)
04/2011: Northlanders #39 --  6,983 (- 0.5%)
05/2011: Northlanders #40 --  7,055 (+ 1.0%)
06/2011: Northlanders #41 --  6,954 (- 1.4%)
07/2011: Northlanders #42 --  6,989 (+ 0.5%)
08/2011: Northlanders #43 --  6,901 (- 1.3%)
09/2011: Northlanders #44 --  6,858 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.3%
1 year  : - 6.3%
2 years : -21.9%

Cancelled with issue #50.

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240 - THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
09/2006: Batman Strikes! #25   --  7,765
09/2007: Batman Strikes! #37   --  6,833
09/2008: Batman Strikes! #49   --  6,387
09/2009: Brave & Bold #9       --  7,064
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09/2010: Brave & Bold #21      --  6,345 (+  1.6%)
10/2010: Brave & Bold #22      --  6,044 (-  4.7%)
11/2010: All-New BBB #1        --  8,408 (+ 39.1%)
12/2010: All-New BBB #2        --  6,688 (- 20.5%)
01/2011: All-New BBB #3        --  6,557 (-  2.0%)
02/2011: All-New BBB #4        --  6,561 (+  0.1%)
03/2011: All-New BBB #5        --  6,463 (-  1.5%)
04/2011: All-New BBB #6        --  6,324 (-  2.1%)
05/2011: All-New BBB #7        --  6,869 (+  8.6%)
06/2011: All-New BBB #8        --  6,645 (-  3.3%)
07/2011: All-New BBB #9        --  6,404 (-  3.6%)
08/2011: All-New BBB #10       --  6,351 (-  0.8%)
09/2011: All-New BBB #11       --  6,410 (+  0.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 0.8%
1 year  : + 1.0%
2 years : - 9.3%
5 years : -17.5%

Another Johnny DC book.

—–

241 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
09/2008: House of Mystery #5  -- 16,721
09/2009: House of Mystery #17 -- 11,142
---------------------------------------
09/2010: House of Mystery #29 --  8,087 (- 1.8%)
10/2010: House of Mystery #30 --  7,913 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: House of Mystery #31 --  7,610 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: House of Mystery #32 --  7,348 (- 3.4%)
01/2011: House of Mystery #33 --  7,227 (- 1.7%)
02/2011: House of Mystery #34 --  7,092 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: House of Mystery #35 --  7,170 (+ 1.1%)
04/2011: House of Mystery #36 --  7,096 (- 1.0%)
05/2011: House of Mystery #37 --  6,909 (- 2.6%)
06/2011: House of Mystery #38 --  6,763 (- 2.1%)
07/2011: House of Mystery #39 --  6,627 (- 2.0%)
08/2011: House of Mystery #40 --  6,512 (- 1.7%)
09/2011: House of Mystery #41 --  6,387 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: -10.9%
1 year  : -21.0%
2 years : -42.7%

Cancelled with issue #42.

—–

244 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
09/2007: Scalped #9  --  7,678
09/2008: Scalped #21 --  7,029
09/2009: --
------------------------------
09/2010: --
10/2010: Scalped #41 --  6,623 (+ 0.5%)
10/2010: Scalped #42 --  6,476 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: Scalped #43 --  6,324 (- 2.4%)
12/2010: Scalped #44 --  6,192 (- 2.1%)
01/2011: Scalped #45 --  6,187 (- 0.1%)
02/2011: Scalped #46 --  6,179 (- 0.1%)
03/2011: Scalped #47 --  6,222 (+ 0.7%)
04/2011: Scalped #48 --  6,272 (+ 0.8%)
05/2011: --
06/2011: Scalped #49 --  6,333 (+ 1.0%)
06/2011: Scalped #50 --  6,471 (+ 2.2%)
07/2011: --
08/2011: Scalped #51 --  6,409 (- 1.0%)
09/2011: Scalped #52 --  6,270 (- 2.2%)
----------------
6 months: + 0.8%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years :  n.a.

Ending with issue #60.

—–

254 - DMZ (Vertigo)
09/2006: DMZ #11 -- 14,562
09/2007: DMZ #23 -- 11,858
09/2008: --
09/2009: DMZ #45 --  7,589
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09/2010: DMZ #57 --  6,333 (-2.9%)
10/2010: DMZ #58 --  6,198 (-2.1%)
11/2010: DMZ #59 --  6,046 (-2.5%)
12/2010: DMZ #60 --  6,023 (-0.4%)
01/2011: DMZ #61 --  5,855 (-2.8%)
02/2011: DMZ #62 --  5,781 (-1.3%)
03/2011: DMZ #63 --  5,877 (+1.7%)
04/2011: DMZ #64 --  5,851 (-0.4%)
05/2011: DMZ #65 --  5,865 (+0.2%)
06/2011: DMZ #66 --  5,825 (-0.7%)
07/2011: DMZ #67 --  5,720 (-1.8%)
08/2011: DMZ #68 --  5,668 (-0.9%)
09/2011: DMZ #69 --  5,544 (-2.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.7%
1 year  : -12.5%
2 years : -27.0%
5 years : -61.9%

Ending with issue #72.

—–

272 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
09/2006: Scooby Doo #112 -- 4,385
09/2007: Scooby Doo #124 -- 4,401
09/2008: Scooby Doo #136 -- 4,283
09/2009: Scooby Doo #148 -- 4,103
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09/2010: SD:WAY? #1      -- 6,186 (+51.2%)
10/2010: SD:WAY? #2      -- 4,926 (-20.4%)
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: SD:WAY? #4      -- 4,802 (- 1.2%)
01/2011: SD:WAY? #5      -- 4,540 (- 5.5%)
02/2011: SD:WAY? #6      -- 4,456 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: SD:WAY? #7      -- 4,522 (+ 1.5%)
04/2011: SD:WAY? #8      -- 4,599 (+ 1.7%)
05/2011: SD:WAY? #9      -- 4,838 (+ 5.2%)
06/2011: SD:WAY? #10     -- 4,774 (- 1.3%)
07/2011: SD:WAY? #11     -- 4,791 (+ 0.4%)
08/2011: SD:WAY? #12     -- 4,686 (- 2.2%)
09/2011: SD:WAY? #13     -- 4,701 (+ 0.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 4.0%
1 year  : -24.0%
2 years : +14.6%
5 years : + 7.2%

A Johnny DC title, see small print.

REORDERS:
266: 4,972 -- Flashpoint #5

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+474.5%: Action Comics
+321.9%: All Star Western
+264.8%: Batgirl
+230.1%: Superman
+221.6%: Batman
+195.2%: Teen Titans
+186.9%: Detective Comics
+175.7%: Supergirl
+138.3%: Wonder Woman
+113.0%: LoSH
+104.3%: Superboy
+ 86.7%: Green Arrow
+ 85.8%: Green Lantern
+ 82.1%: Birds of Prey
+ 63.7%: New Guardians
+ 58.3%: Batman and Robin
+ 53.7%: Dark Knight
+ 38.2%: GL Corps
+  4.0%: Scooby-Doo
+  3.4%: Tiny Titans
+  0.8%: Hellblazer
+  0.8%: Scalped
-  0.8%: All-New BBB
-  2.3%: Northlanders
-  4.4%: Fables
-  5.7%: DMZ
-  7.1%: Unwritten
-  7.5%: Sweet Tooth
- 10.9%: House of Mystery
- 11.5%: American Vampire
- 14.3%: I, Zombie
- 17.5%: Young Justice

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+438.3%: Action Comics
+281.7%: All Star Western
+237.1%: Batgirl
+216.8%: Teen Titans
+207.2%: Detective Comics
+144.6%: Batman
+139.9%: Supergirl
+108.3%: Flash
+ 96.2%: Wonder Woman
+ 66.3%: Green Lantern
+ 55.5%: LoSH
+ 49.3%: New Guardians
+ 39.7%: Birds of Prey
+ 39.5%: Green Arrow
+ 30.7%: GL Corps
+ 14.3%: Batman and Robin
+  1.0%: All-New BBB
+  0.8%: Scalped
-  2.6%: Hellblazer
-  5.6%: Tiny Titans
-  6.3%: Northlanders
-  7.8%: Fables
- 12.5%: DMZ
- 13.2%: Sweet Tooth
- 17.9%: Unwritten
- 21.0%: House of Mystery
- 24.0%: Scooby-Doo
- 34.5%: American Vampire
- 37.2%: I, Zombie

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2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+858.6%: Stormwatch
+405.1%: Action Comics
+290.6%: Animal Man
+257.1%: All Star Western
+248.9%: Superman
+228.4%: Green Arrow
+164.6%: Wonder Woman
+144.7%: Batman
+124.6%: Teen Titans
+122.9%: Batgirl
+101.3%: Detective Comics
+ 86.3%: Supergirl
+ 36.7%: Green Lantern
+ 14.6%: Scooby-Doo
-  0.0%: GL Corps
-  9.3%: All-New BBB
-  9.7%: Tiny Titans
- 11.3%: Hellblazer
- 11.4%: Batman and Robin
- 16.0%: Fables
- 21.9%: Northlanders
- 27.0%: DMZ
- 34.4%: Unwritten
- 42.7%: House of Mystery
- 57.7%: Sweet Tooth

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5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+225.9%: Action Comics
+195.4%: Firestorm
+159.5%: Hawkman
+135.5%: Catwoman
+130.4%: All Star Western
+106.3%: Batman
+104.6%: Superman
+ 93.9%: Flash
+ 82.5%: Green Arrow
+ 82.2%: Nightwing
+ 81.4%: Green Lantern
+ 78.9%: Detective Comics
+ 78.2%: GL Corps
+ 71.4%: Birds of Prey
+ 52.9%: Blue Beetle
+ 37.2%: LoSH
+ 11.7%: Teen Titans
+  7.2%: Scooby-Doo
- 10.8%: Supergirl
- 17.5%: All-New BBB
- 28.8%: Fables
- 30.0%: Hellblazer
- 61.9%: DMZ

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Average Periodical Sales
(not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
09/2006: 34,920
09/2007: 32,332
09/2008: 25,562
09/2009: 28,493**
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09/2010: 23,212 (-  0.5%)**
10/2010: 23,756 (-  2.3%)**
11/2010: 25,497 (+  7.3%)**
12/2010: 23,869 (-  6.4%)**
01/2011: 21,922 (-  8.2%)**
02/2011: 23,252 (+  6.1%)**
03/2011: 23,976 (+  3.1%)**
04/2011: 25,651 (+  7.0%)
05/2011: 24,561 (-  4.3%)**
06/2011: 25,814 (+  5.1%)**
07/2011: 26,138 (+  1.3%)**
08/2011: 25,632 (-  1.9%)**
09/2011: 57,224 (+123.3%)
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6 months: +138.7%
1 year  : +146.5%
2 years : +100.8%
5 years : + 63.9%
DC UNIVERSE
09/2006: 46,329
09/2007: 42,894
09/2008: 33,591
09/2009: 36,725**
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09/2010: 32,042 (-  4.1%)
10/2010: 32,832 (+  2.5%)
11/2010: 34,180 (+  4.1%)
12/2010: 30,870 (-  9.7%)
01/2011: 24,321 (- 21.2%)**
02/2011: 25,887 (+  6.4%)**
03/2011: 26,720 (+  3.2%)**
04/2011: 29,126 (+  9.0%)
05/2011: 27,745 (-  4.7%)**
06/2011: 28,673 (+  3.4%)**
07/2011: 28,586 (-  0.3%)**
08/2011: 27,761 (-  2.9%)**
09/2011: 67,411 (+142.8%)
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6 months: +152.3%
1 year  : +110.4%
2 years : + 83.6%
5 years : + 45.5%
VERTIGO
09/2006: 15,399
09/2007: 11,806
09/2008: 11,748
09/2009: 11,345
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09/2010: 11,622 (+27.8%)
10/2010:  9,546 (-17.9%)
11/2010:  9,034 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: 11,193 (+23.9%)
01/2011: 10,145 (- 9.4%)
02/2011: 10,295 (+ 1.5%)
03/2011: 10,450 (+ 1.5%)
04/2011: 10,014 (- 4.2%)
05/2011: 10,668 (+ 6.5%)
06/2011: 10,415 (- 2.4%)
07/2011: 10,784 (+ 3.5%)
08/2011: 10,147 (- 5.9%)
09/2011:  9,995 (- 1.5%)
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6 months: - 4.4%
1 year  : -14.0%
2 years : -11.9%
5 years : -35.1%

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Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.

—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: August 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

As you may have heard, DC had this relaunch thing going on in September, ending several months of deck-clearing and water-treading in the company’s superhero line. The kick-off came in the last week of August, with the release of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League #1, which — to nobody’s surprise — leads the August charts by quite a margin. To gauge what this means in the broader context of the comic-book direct market, though, we’ll have to go back a few years.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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1/29/160 - JUSTICE LEAGUE
08/2006: JL of America #1    -- 212,581 [251,266]
08/2007: JL of America #12   -- 131,420 [137,181]
08/2008: JL of America #24   --  81,451
08/2009: JL of America #36   --  57,549
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08/2010: JL of America #48   --  60,733 (+  0.6%)
09/2010: JL of America #49   --  57,616 (-  5.1%)
10/2010: JL of America #50   --  59,686 (+  3.6%)
11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887 (- 14.7%)
12/2010: JL of America #52   --  48,501 (-  4.7%)
01/2011: JL of America #53   --  47,093 (-  2.9%)
02/2011: JL of America #54   --  46,269 (-  1.8%)
03/2011: JL of America #55   --  50,533 (+  9.2%)
04/2011: JL of America #56   --  47,179 (-  6.6%)
05/2011: JL of America #57   --  46,729 (-  1.0%)
06/2011: JL of America #58   --  45,442 (-  2.8%)
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545 (-  4.2%)
08/2011: JL of America #60   --  42,587 (-  2.2%)
08/2011: Justice League #1   -- 185,776 (+336.2%)
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6 months: +146.8%
1 year  : + 88.0%
2 years : + 98.4%
5 years : - 46.3%

Included in the numbers above are an estimated 14,432 units of a so-called “Combo Pack” edition that came with an access code to the book’s digital version and retailed for $ 4.99, as opposed to the $ 3.99 of the regular edition, and charted at No. 160.

Another thing that’s worth noting here is that Justice League #1 didn’t actually result in an increase of average comic-book sales for DC in August — both the DC Universe and the overall DC figure went down by a few notches and remained firmly in their established ranges. Once the rest of DC’s line follows suit, that’s likely to change, of course.

With that out of the way: Is Justice League #1 the biggest thing since sliced bread?

Well, as the five-year comparison happens to show, handily, the first-month sales aren’t even close to setting any sort of record, for starters. Even if you only look at this particular title, and even if you just consider the context of the last five years, there’s Justice League of America #1, from August 2006, which sold an estimated 212,581 units in its first month.

And that’s not the only book released in this period whose first-month sales outnumber those of the new Justice League #1. There are also Captain America: Reborn #1 (July 2009, estimated first-month sales of 193,142), the “Obama” issue of Amazing Spider-Man (January 2009, 352,953) and Secret Invasion #1 (April 2008, 250,263) — plus five others that came out since August 2006. So, overall, Justice League #1 ranks No. 10, as far as the comic books with the best first-month sales of the last five years are concerned.

But that’s only one part of the relevant context here, of course. Another is that Justice League #1 is the best-selling comic book since Captain America: Reborn #1 came out in July 2009, in terms of first-month sales. Runners-up: Avengers #1 (May 2010, 163,867), Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #160 (June 2011, 159,355) and Blackest Night #2 (August 2009, 146,092). And, overall, there have only been 41 comic books with estimated first-month sales above 100,000 in the last two years, only 7 of which (in a word: SEVEN!) came out in the last 12 months. As a point of comparison: Between March 2003 (which is the earliest comparable ICv2.com estimate we have) and July 2006 alone — a period of less than three and a half years — 103 comic books with estimated first-month sales of 100,000 and up were released by DC Comics alone — not counting all the ones from Marvel and other publishers.

In this context, it’s not hard to believe DC — or retailers, for that matter — when they say that the demand for Justice League #1 exceeded their wildest expectations. For the industry as it’s developed over the last couple of years, it’s quite a success, relatively speaking. The farther you go back beyond the last two years, however — and you don’t actually have to go back that far — the clearer it becomes that this isn’t remotely close to being game-changer territory. Bluntly, these are not numbers that suggest that the comic-book direct market is suddenly going to be brimming again with all-new customers eager to spend money.

Now, if this doesn’t come as a great surprise to you, I tend to agree: There’s ample reason to be skeptical, as far as visions of another sustained upswing for comic books sold in specialty stores are concerned. If you take the stance that DC’s digital initiative was the real game-changer here — which I think makes a lot of sense — then more or less stable direct-market figures in the wake of the relaunch would arguably have to rate as a success, as long as digital sales get a significant jolt from this in the long term.

Either way, it’s going to be an interesting couple of years for the industry, from here on.
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Today is Torsten Day at Stately Beat Manor

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While others celebrate Columbus, we will celebrate Torsten Adair, who’s become our regular weekend poster, keeper of the Coming Attractions, and master of the roundup.

Torsten has been commenting at the Beat as long as there’s been a Beat, and somewhere back in the mists of the Mesozoic Era we said “Hey, if you’re going to write all that you might as well post it.”

An Omaha native, Torsten studied Library Science at the University of Nebraska, before moving to the big city and eventually landing a spot at Barnes & Noble in 1999, first as a bookseller at the famed Lincoln Center branch, and more recently as a Data Analyst. Which is why he offers those insightful posts on bookselling. He’s a regular at just about every comics gathering on this coast, and always stands ready to supply some insights.

Torsten has been stumping for graphic novels long before they were cool, and he’s definitely done his part to bring them to the masses. Please give him a big thank you, because he’s a lifer, just like The Beat.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: June 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

The countdown to DC’s big relaunch continued in June with a whole lot of Flashpoint tie-in books — few of which seem to have stood out in any way to retailers, if the sales figures are any indication. Given that the upcoming relaunch titles are drawing on the same pool of creators, characters and concepts, that’s not ideal for DC. If it’s asking too much of readers and retailers to pick and choose among 16 titles of a certain mold, putting out 52 of them at once seems ill-advised.

Over at the publisher’s Vertigo imprint, meanwhile, almost half the current ongoing series are about to end within the next year. There’s still plenty of time for Vertigo to announce replacements, certainly. But in combination with the recent WildStorm shutdown and the re-absorption of a number of key Vertigo properties into the DC Universe line, there seems to be a lot less patience than there used to be at DC for material that’s not expected to immediately do well in the direct market.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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3 - FLASHPOINT
05/2011: Flashpoint #1 of 5 --  86,981         [95,845]
06/2011: Flashpoint #2 of 5 --  87,505 (+0.6%)

Thanks to a promotional plastic ring that came with every copy of the book, there’s a slight increase in first-month sales.
As you may recall, DC infamously used promotional plastic rings to promote “Blackest Night” in late 2009. Back then, though, comics retailers were required to buy truckloads of books they had no hope of selling to get those rings. This time around, we’re looking at a far more moderate and less potentially destructive proposal.
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DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: May 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

Despite the debut of this year’s big blockbuster series Flashpoint, average DC comic-book sales were down in May. In part, that’s because Flashpoint itself came in 13,000 units below the magical 100K mark and ended up charting second after Marvel’s Fear Itself #2, which has to be quite a disappointment for DC. On the other hand, most of the rest of DC’s line didn’t join in the crossover until June, so the overall numbers may still pick up.

The other notable thing about DC’s May output is that there wasn’t a lot of it. The number of new comic books released by DC in May was 59, which, along with January 2004, holds the record for the fewest number of books released by the company since Diamond started publishing data on actual sales. Looking at the solicitations, it’s not hard to find the reason: None of the five Green Lantern film tie-in books scheduled for May came out (one of them still hasn’t been published as I’m writing this), while the launch dates of Static Shock and Batwoman were pushed back to September.

And, while we’re at it, the David Finch vehicle Batman: The Dark Knight remained in limbo in May. DC’s Web site currently lists issue #3 for July 13 and issue #5 for August, with no information on #4. So not even DC seems entirely sure what’s going on with the book.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

—–

2 - FLASHPOINT
05/2011: Flashpoint #1 of 5 --  86,981

DC’s latest blockbuster series, by the big-ticket creative team of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, falls short of 90,000 units. Now, of course, 100K+ juggernauts are a lot less common than they used to be. But comparing these numbers with those of the competition’s current flagship, it’s also quite clear that Flashpoint failed to mobilize retailers in May.

The first two issues of Marvel’s Fear Itself sold an estimated 129,000 and 96,000 copies in April and May, respectively, and they don’t even have Brian Michael Bendis’s name on the cover. It’s still early in the “big event” season, but for now, Flashpoint looks like a major disappointment, commercially.

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3 - GREEN LANTERN
05/2006: Green Lantern #11  --  78,926
05/2007: Green Lantern #19  --  62,439
05/2007: Green Lantern #20  --  60,556
05/2008: Green Lantern #31  --  65,874
05/2009: Green Lantern #41  --  81,491
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05/2010: Green Lantern #54  --  88,292 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Green Lantern #55  --  85,930 (- 2.7%)
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Green Lantern #57  --  85,179 (+ 1.2%)
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173 (- 6.7%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #60  --  76,360 (+ 0.3%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #61  --  72,203 (- 5.4%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517 (- 1.0%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632 (+ 5.8%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898 (+ 1.7%)
04/2011: Green Lantern #65  --  75,780 (- 1.5%)
05/2011: Green Lantern #66  --  75,371 (- 0.5%)
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6 months: -  1.1%
1 year  : - 14.6%
2 years : -  7.5%
5 years : -  4.5%
6 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
05/2007: Green Lantern Corps #12 -- 33,267
05/2008: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 46,948
05/2009: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 61,591
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05/2010: Green Lantern Corps #48 -- 68,826 (- 4.6%)
06/2010: Green Lantern Corps #49 -- 66,652 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035 (+ 0.6%)
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124 (+ 0.1%)
09/2010: Green Lantern Corps #52 -- 63,577 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: Green Lantern Corps #53 -- 60,808 (- 4.4%)
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448 (- 5.5%)
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 54,387 (- 5.3%)
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #56 -- 53,646 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #57 -- 52,770 (- 1.6%)
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100 (+13.9%)
04/2011: Green Lantern Corps #59 -- 60,162 (+ 0.1%)
05/2011: Green Lantern Corps #60 -- 60,964 (+ 1.3%)
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6 months: + 6.1%
1 year  : -11.4%
2 years : - 1.0%

The Green Lantern books were still dealing with the “War of the Green Lanterns” crossover, meanwhile. Sales are holding up nicely.

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8 - BATMAN, INC.
11/2010: Batman, Inc. #1  --  95,587
12/2010: Batman, Inc. #2  --  71,544 (-25.2%) [72,957]
01/2011: --
02/2011: --
03/2011: Batman, Inc. #3  --  66,772 (- 6.7%)
03/2011: Batman, Inc. #4  --  65,315 (- 2.2%)
04/2011: Batman, Inc. #5  --  62,204 (- 4.8%)
05/2011: Batman, Inc. #6  --  60,480 (- 2.8%)
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6 months: -36.7%

Cancelled with issue #10. The current plan is for Grant Morrison to wrap up his Batman saga with a 10-part maxiseries in 2012. Looking at these numbers, a steady art team and a regular schedule probably won’t hurt.

—–

12 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
05/2010: Batman and Robin #12 --  84,843 (+ 1.0%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804 (+ 1.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Batman and Robin #14 --  82,894 (- 3.4%)
10/2010: Batman and Robin #15 --  80,173 (- 3.3%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343 (+ 0.2%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600 (-12.1%)
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 --  68,814 (- 2.5%)
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 --  61,785 (-10.2%)
02/2011: Batman and Robin #20 --  60,642 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 --  59,818 (- 1.4%)
04/2011: Batman and Robin #22 --  59,076 (- 1.2%)
05/2011: Batman and Robin #23 --  57,525 (- 2.6%)
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6 months: -23.8%
1 year  : -32.2%

To be relaunched with a new #1 in September, by the same creative team that was meant to take over with issue #17 and ended up only doing #20 through #22 of the current run.

—–

14 - BATMAN
05/2006: Batman #653 --  77,257 [ 78,435]
05/2007: Batman #665 --  80,122
05/2008: Batman #676 -- 105,039 [122,877]
05/2009: BfC #3 of 3 --  89,170
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05/2010: Batman #699 --  62,377 (+ 2.4%)
06/2010: Batman #700 -- 104,755 (+67.9%)
07/2010: Batman #701 --  76,398 (-27.1%)
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Batman #703 --  77,033 (+ 4.9%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212 (-15.4%)
12/2010: Batman #705 --  63,262 (- 3.0%)
01/2011: Batman #706 --  60,231 (- 4.8%)
02/2011: Batman #707 --  58,803 (- 2.4%)
03/2011: Batman #708 --  58,594 (- 0.4%)
04/2011: Batman #709 --  56,578 (- 3.4%)
05/2011: Batman #710 --  55,086 (- 2.6%)
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6 months: -15.5%
1 year  : -11.7%
2 years : -38.2%
5 years : -28.7%

With the new #1 in September, Scott Snyder, who’s currently writing Detective Comics, and artist Greg Capullo will take over. An intriguing combination, which, in the absence of Grant Morrison, looks like a solid choice, both critically and commercially — see below.

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15 - THE FLASH
05/2007: Flash: FMA #12  --  47,809
05/2008: Flash #240      --  31,944
05/2009: Rebirth #2 of 5 --  86,183
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05/2010: Flash #2        --  76,560 (- 24.1%)
06/2010: Flash #3        --  68,804 (- 10.1%)
07/2010: Flash #4        --  64,832 (-  5.8%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Flash #5        --  62,063 (-  4.3%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673 (-  7.1%)
12/2010: Flash #7        --  56,304 (-  2.4%)
12/2010: Flash #8        --  53,975 (-  4.1%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Flash #9        --  55,980 (+  3.7%)
03/2011: --
04/2011: Flash #10       --  54,953 (-  1.8%)
04/2011: Flash #11       --  54,633 (-  0.6%)
05/2011: Flash #12       --  54,914 (+  0.5%)
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6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : - 28.3%
2 years : - 36.3%

A Flashpoint tie-in wraps up the current run. The book returns in September, naturally.

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17 - GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS
08/2010: Emerald Warriors #1  -- 68,332
09/2010: Emerald Warriors #2  -- 56,289 (-17.6%)
10/2010: Emerald Warriors #3  -- 50,490 (-10.3%)
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319 (- 8.3%)
12/2010: Emerald Warriors #5  -- 44,077 (- 4.8%)
01/2011: Emerald Warriors #6  -- 43,471 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Emerald Warriors #7  -- 44,828 (+ 3.1%)
03/2011: Emerald Warriors #8  -- 51,322 (+14.5%) [54,110]
04/2011: Emerald Warriors #9  -- 51,784 (+ 0.5%)
05/2011: Emerald Warriors #10 -- 52,971 (+ 2.3%)
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6 months: +14.4%

Sales remain on the rise thanks to “War of the Green Lanterns.”

—–

25 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
05/2007: Justice League #9  -- 129,285
05/2008: Justice League #21 --  90,035
05/2009: Justice League #33 --  63,867
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05/2010: Justice League #45 --  62,465 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Justice League #46 --  62,754 (+ 0.5%)
07/2010: Justice League #47 --  60,368 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: Justice League #48 --  60,733 (+ 0.6%)
09/2010: Justice League #49 --  57,616 (- 5.1%)
10/2010: Justice League #50 --  59,686 (+ 3.6%)
11/2010: Justice League #51 --  50,887 (-14.7%)
12/2010: Justice League #52 --  48,501 (- 4.7%)
01/2011: Justice League #53 --  47,093 (- 2.9%)
02/2011: Justice League #54 --  46,269 (- 1.8%)
03/2011: Justice League #55 --  50,533 (+ 9.2%)
04/2011: Justice League #56 --  47,179 (- 6.6%)
05/2011: Justice League #57 --  46,729 (- 1.0%)
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6 months: - 8.2%
1 year  : -25.2%
2 years : -26.8%

To be relaunched by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee in August.

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32 - ACTION COMICS
05/2006: Action Comics #838 -- 62,702
05/2006: Action Comics #839 -- 61,898 [64,278]
05/2007: Action Comics #849 -- 53,610
05/2007: Action Comics #850 -- 56,166
05/2008: Action Comics #865 -- 46,764
05/2009: Action Comics #877 -- 41,772
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05/2010: --
06/2010: Action Comics #890 -- 34,744 (+19.4%) [40,039]
07/2010: Action Comics #891 -- 35,328 (+ 1.7%)
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Action Comics #893 -- 33,948 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Action Comics #894 -- 42,291 (+24.6%)
11/2010: Action Comics #895 -- 33,089 (-21.8%)
12/2010: Action Comics #896 -- 32,357 (- 2.2%)
01/2011: Action Comics #897 -- 32,134 (- 0.7%)
02/2011: Action Comics #898 -- 31,935 (- 0.6%)
03/2011: Action Comics #899 -- 31,808 (- 0.4%)
04/2011: Action Comics #900 -- 60,152 (+89.1%) [73,004]
05/2011: Action Comics #901 -- 44,143 (-26.6%)
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6 months: + 33.4%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : +  5.7%
5 years : - 29.2%

Soon to be one of DC’s flagship titles, courtesy of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales. In the meantime, the “Reign of Doomsday” crossover is keeping the numbers at a higher-than-usual level. Also, issue #900 sold another estimated 12,852 units in May, putting the total to 73,004.

—–

35 - DETECTIVE COMICS
05/2006: Detective Comics #819 --  65,800
05/2007: Detective Comics #832 --  51,727
05/2008: Detective Comics #844 --  48,394
05/2009: --
-----------------------------------------
05/2010: Detective Comics #865 --  41,501 (- 2.2%)
06/2010: Detective Comics #866 --  46,178 (+11.3%)
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371 (-12.6%)
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 --  38,682 (- 4.2%)
09/2010: Detective Comics #869 --  37,394 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674 (- 4.6%)
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941 (+ 3.6%)
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 --  37,961 (+ 2.8%) [39,758]
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 --  38,417 (+ 1.2%)
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 --  39,106 (+ 1.8%)
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 --  40,047 (+ 2.4%)
04/2011: Detective Comics #876 --  40,133 (+ 0.2%)
05/2011: Detective Comics #877 --  39,609 (- 1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  7.2%
1 year  : -  4.6%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : - 39.8%

The book’s sales and critical reception over the last six months make a pretty good case for Scott Snyder as the new flagship writer of the line. Detective Comics, in turn, will be the new vehicle for Batman writer/artist Tony Daniel.

—–

38 - SUPERMAN
05/2006: Superman #652 --  70,458
05/2007: Superman #662 --  55,236
05/2008: Superman #676 --  45,644
05/2009: Superman #688 --  41,642
---------------------------------
05/2010: --
06/2010: Superman #700 --  67,571 (+103.6%)
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506 (- 19.3%)
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023 (-  8.2%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Superman #703 --  50,460 (+  0.9%)
10/2010: Superman #704 --  46,741 (-  7.4%)
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261 (-  1.0%)
12/2010: Superman #706 --  43,027 (-  7.0%)
01/2011: Superman #707 --  41,843 (-  2.8%)
02/2011: Superman #708 --  40,639 (-  2.9%)
03/2011: Superman #709 --  39,846 (-  2.0%)
04/2011: Superman #710 --  39,644 (-  0.5%)
05/2011: Superman #711 --  38,471 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.8%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : -  7.6%
5 years : - 45.4%

To be relaunched by George Pérez, which probably explains why DC didn’t bother with a great change in direction when Straczynski quit his run halfway through.

—–

41 - BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
05/2011: Arkham City #1 of 5 -- 36,597
46 - BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM
05/2011: Gates of Gotham #1 of 6 -- 32,432

Arkham City is a videogame tie-in promoted with a 1:10 variant edition, while Gates of Gotham, which comes with a 1:25 variant, promised to follow up on some plot points introduced by Morrison and prepare the ground for “several exciting storylines in 2011.” Retailers just shrugged and penciled in their number for “token completist miniseries,” evidently.

—–

48 - GREEN ARROW
05/2006: Green Arrow #62  -- 39,185
05/2007: Green Arrow #74  -- 30,751
05/2008: Arrow/Canary #8  -- 30,864
05/2009: Arrow/Canary #20 -- 21,445
-----------------------------------
06/2010: Green Arrow #1   -- 54,400 (+ 86.7%) [57,554]
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118 (- 18.9%)
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308 (+  5.0%)
09/2010: Green Arrow #4   -- 44,220 (-  4.5%)
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575 (-  6.2%)
12/2010: Green Arrow #7   -- 36,835 (-  6.9%)
01/2011: Green Arrow #8   -- 35,307 (-  4.2%)
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922 (-  3.9%)
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085 (-  2.5%)
04/2011: Green Arrow #11  -- 32,669 (-  1.3%)
05/2011: Green Arrow #12  -- 31,742 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.8%
2 years : + 48.0%
5 years : - 19.0%

To be relaunched with the same writer in September, not surprisingly. Sales may not have leveled out yet, but they’re still spectacular compared to the previous volume.

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50 - BIRDS OF PREY
05/2006: Birds of Prey #94  -- 34,905
05/2007: Birds of Prey #106 -- 28,363
05/2008: Birds of Prey #118 -- 21,941
-------------------------------------
05/2010: Birds of Prey #1   -- 50,428 (+135.4%) [54,965]
06/2010: Birds of Prey #2   -- 44,064 (- 12.6%)
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4   -- 46,149 (+  6.3%)
09/2010: Birds of Prey #5   -- 40,146 (- 13.0%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440 (- 14.2%)
12/2010: Birds of Prey #7   -- 33,114 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Birds of Prey #8   -- 31,616 (-  4.5%)
02/2011: Birds of Prey #9   -- 30,641 (-  3.1%)
03/2011: Birds of Prey #10  -- 30,777 (+  0.4%)
04/2011: Birds of Prey #11  -- 30,270 (-  1.7%)
05/2011: Birds of Prey #12  -- 29,690 (-  1.9%)
----------------- 
6 months: - 13.8%
1 year  : - 41.1%
5 years : - 14.9%

To be relaunched by a different creative team, surprisingly. Did Gail Simone return to the book knowing that she’d only have a year? I doubt it, and the numbers don’t suggest her run needed to be aborted, either. Frankly, this just looks like DC’s notoriously capricious editorial decided to do something else with Oracle, and Simone is rolling with the punches.

—–

51 - RED ROBIN
05/2006: Robin #150    -- 41,417
05/2007: Robin #162    -- 26,801
05/2008: Robin #174    -- 26,209
-------------------------------- 
05/2010: Red Robin #12 -- 36,273 (+  0.2%)
06/2010: Red Robin #13 -- 35,917 (-  1.0%)
07/2010: Red Robin #14 -- 35,652 (-  0.7%)
08/2010: Red Robin #15 -- 34,709 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Red Robin #16 -- 33,753 (-  2.8%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Red Robin #17 -- 31,825 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: Red Robin #18 -- 30,873 (-  3.0%)
01/2011: Red Robin #19 -- 30,547 (-  1.1%)
02/2011: Red Robin #20 -- 30,149 (-  1.3%)
03/2011: Red Robin #21 -- 29,652 (-  1.7%)
04/2011: Red Robin #22 -- 31,786 (+  7.2%)
05/2011: Red Robin #23 -- 29,097 (-  8.5%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.6%
1 year  : - 19.8%
5 years : - 29.8%

Sales return to normal after the crossover with Gotham City Sirens. Red Robin is cancelled with issue #26. Another odd decision, considering it was just shaping up to be a solid mid-level performer.

—–

54 - JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
05/2006: JSA #85             --  52,620
05/2007: Justice Society #6  --  96,900 [99,784]
05/2008: Justice Society #15 --  78,311
05/2009: Justice Society #27 --  56,102
---------------------------------------
05/2010: --
06/2010: Justice Society #39 --  36,630 (-  0.1%)
06/2010: Justice Society #40 --  36,008 (-  1.7%)
07/2010: Justice Society #41 --  48,858 (+ 35.7%)
08/2010: Justice Society #42 --  48,420 (-  0.9%)
09/2010: Justice Society #43 --  36,576 (- 24.5%)
10/2010: Justice Society #44 --  35,483 (-  3.0%)
11/2010: Justice Society #45 --  33,582 (-  5.4%)
12/2010: Justice Society #46 --  31,497 (-  6.2%)
01/2011: Justice Society #47 --  30,071 (-  4.5%)
02/2011: Justice Society #48 --  29,139 (-  3.1%)
03/2011: Justice Society #49 --  28,634 (-  1.7%)
04/2011: Justice Society #50 --  32,251 (+ 12.6%)
05/2011: Justice Society #51 --  28,256 (- 12.4%)
----------------
6 months: -15.9%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -49.6%
5 years : -46.3%

Cancelled with issue #54. In this case, it’s hard to argue with the decision — the numbers have been in free-fall ever since Geoff Johns and Alex Ross left, basically. Giving the franchise some rest doesn’t seem like a terrible decision, at this stage.

—–

57 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN
05/2006: Superman/Batman #25 -- 103,702 [110,845]
05/2006: Superman/Batman #26 -- 118,821 [130,077]
05/2007: Superman/Batman #35 --  68,160
05/2008: Superman/Batman #48 --  52,845
05/2009: Superman/Batman #60 --  39,531
---------------------------------------
05/2010: Superman/Batman #72 --  32,047 (+ 1.1%)
06/2010: Superman/Batman #73 --  31,425 (- 1.9%)
07/2010: Superman/Batman #74 --  30,847 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324 (+11.3%)
09/2010: Superman/Batman #76 --  32,003 (- 6.8%)
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741 (- 0.8%)
11/2010: Superman/Batman #78 --  31,337 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: Superman/Batman #79 --  30,586 (- 2.4%)
01/2011: Superman/Batman #80 --  30,363 (- 0.7%)
02/2011: Superman/Batman #81 --  29,567 (- 2.6%)
03/2011: Superman/Batman #82 --  28,913 (- 2.2%)
04/2011: Superman/Batman #83 --  28,403 (- 1.8%)
05/2011: Superman/Batman #84 --  27,991 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -10.7%
1 year  : -12.7%
2 years : -29.2%
5 years : -74.8%

Cancelled with issue #87. Sales have stabilized over the last year, to be fair, but let’s be honest: It’s now been five years, to the month, since the book had any reason to exist. For the first 26 issues it was Jeph Loeb and His Amazing Friends producing one of the industry’s top-selling blockbusters. And from the minute they left, it was blindingly obvious that DC wasn’t willing or able to keep up the star power — and didn’t have any other particularly specific plans for the book, either. It’s a mercy killing, and one that’s been long overdue.

—–

63 - BATMAN BEYOND
06/2010: Batman Beyond #1 of 6 -- 35,113          [42,283]
07/2010: Batman Beyond #2 of 6 -- 31,397 (-10.6%)
08/2010: Batman Beyond #3 of 6 -- 31,469 (+ 0.2%)
09/2010: Batman Beyond #4 of 6 -- 31,368 (- 0.3%)
10/2010: Batman Beyond #5 of 6 -- 30,121 (- 4.0%)
11/2010: Batman Beyond #6 of 6 -- 28,485 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: --
01/2011: Batman Beyond #1      -- 35,880 (+26.0%)
02/2011: Batman Beyond #2      -- 28,956 (-19.3%)
03/2011: Batman Beyond #3      -- 28,295 (- 2.3%)
04/2011: Batman Beyond #4      -- 26,722 (- 5.6%)
05/2011: Batman Beyond #5      -- 25,413 (- 4.9%)
----------------
6 months: -10.8%

Still not finding its level. The book ends with issue #8, for the time being, but evidently there are plans to bring it back.

—–

67 - TEEN TITANS
05/2006: Teen Titans #35 -- 72,954
05/2006: Teen Titans #36 -- 71,486
05/2007: Teen Titans #46 -- 61,478
05/2007: Teen Titans #47 -- 63,673
05/2008: Teen Titans #59 -- 46,306
05/2009: Teen Titans #71 -- 34,110
----------------------------------
05/2010: Teen Titans #83 -- 24,960 (- 1.4%)
06/2010: Teen Titans #84 -- 24,593 (- 1.5%)
07/2010: Teen Titans #85 -- 24,248 (- 1.4%)
08/2010: Teen Titans #86 -- 24,971 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Teen Titans #87 -- 23,259 (- 6.9%)
10/2010: Teen Titans #88 -- 27,637 (+18.8%)
11/2010: Teen Titans #89 -- 26,444 (- 4.3%)
12/2010: Teen Titans #90 -- 25,997 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Teen Titans #91 -- 25,443 (- 2.1%)
02/2011: Teen Titans #92 -- 26,170 (+ 2.9%)
03/2011: Teen Titans #93 -- 24,957 (- 4.6%)
04/2011: Teen Titans #94 -- 25,187 (+ 0.9%)
05/2011: Teen Titans #95 -- 24,738 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.5%
1 year  : - 0.9%
2 years : -27.5%
5 years : -65.8%

To be relaunched by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth, of all people. If you were wondering when Bob Harras’ influence as editor-in-chief would be starting to show in DC’s output, you can probably stop now.

—–

69 - SUPERBOY
11/2010: Superboy #1  --  39,701
12/2010: Superboy #2  --  31,761 (-20.0%)
01/2011: Superboy #3  --  29,550 (- 7.0%)
02/2011: Superboy #4  --  27,448 (- 7.1%)
03/2011: Superboy #5  --  27,215 (- 0.9%)
04/2011: Superboy #6  --  30,490 (+12.0%)
05/2011: Superboy #7  --  24,622 (-19.3%)
----------------
6 months: -38.0%

Back in free-fall after the “Reign of Doomsday” crossover. In retrospect, this is another book that makes DC look bad. Why let critically acclaimed cartoonist Jeff Lemire helm an Eisner-nominated relaunch, only to start over yet again less than a year later? That would make sense if it had always been the plan, but the fact that there’s a crossover in the middle of the run doesn’t exactly support the notion that there was any degree of long-term planning involved in the upcoming relaunch.

When exactly were creators informed of the relaunch, anyway?

—–

71 - BATGIRL
05/2010: Batgirl #10     -- 28,641 (-  2.7%)
06/2010: Batgirl #11     -- 28,563 (-  0.3%)
07/2010: Batgirl #12     -- 28,011 (-  1.9%)
08/2010: Batgirl #13     -- 27,247 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Batgirl #14     -- 26,861 (-  1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827 (-  3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16     -- 25,225 (-  2.3%)
01/2011: Batgirl #17     -- 25,189 (-  0.1%)
02/2011: Batgirl #18     -- 24,390 (-  3.2%)
03/2011: Batgirl #19     -- 24,821 (+  1.8%)
04/2011: Batgirl #20     -- 24,310 (-  2.1%)
05/2011: Batgirl #21     -- 24,043 (-  1.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.9%
1 year  : -16.1%

To be relaunched by Gail Simone, with Barbara Gordon in the leading role, as you may have heard.

—–

74 - BOOSTER GOLD
05/2008: Booster Gold #9  -- 35,030
05/2009: Booster Gold #20 -- 22,549
-----------------------------------
05/2010: Booster Gold #32 -- 20,343 (+  2.7%)
06/2010: Booster Gold #33 -- 19,895 (-  2.2%)
07/2010: Booster Gold #34 -- 19,592 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Booster Gold #35 -- 19,104 (-  2.5%)
09/2010: Booster Gold #36 -- 18,504 (-  3.1%)
10/2010: Booster Gold #37 -- 17,806 (-  3.8%)
11/2010: Booster Gold #38 -- 17,276 (-  3.0%)
12/2010: Booster Gold #39 -- 16,686 (-  3.4%)
01/2011: Booster Gold #40 -- 16,324 (-  2.2%)
02/2011: Booster Gold #41 -- 15,864 (-  2.8%)
03/2011: Booster Gold #42 -- 16,093 (+  1.4%)
04/2011: Booster Gold #43 -- 16,018 (-  0.5%)
05/2011: Booster Gold #44 -- 23,332 (+ 45.7%)
----------------
6 months: +35.1%
1 year  : +14.7%
2 years : + 3.5%

The Flashpoint tie-in delivers, more or less. Still: cancelled with issue #47.

—–

76 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
05/2006: Supergirl & LoSH #18 -- 45,520
05/2007: Supergirl & LoSH #30 -- 30,767
05/2008: LoSH #42             -- 27,940
---------------------------------------
05/2010: LoSH #1              -- 44,415 (+98.9%) [50,106]
06/2010: LoSH #2              -- 39,102 (-12.0%)
07/2010: LoSH #3              -- 36,360 (- 7.0%)
08/2010: LoSH #4              -- 34,239 (- 5.8%)
09/2010: LoSH #5              -- 32,417 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: LoSH #6              -- 30,246 (- 6.7%)
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439 (-12.6%)
12/2010: LoSH #8              -- 25,063 (- 5.2%)
01/2011: LoSH #9              -- 24,230 (- 3.3%)
02/2011: LoSH #10             -- 23,738 (- 2.0%)
03/2011: LoSH #11             -- 23,667 (- 0.3%)
04/2011: LoSH #12             -- 23,419 (- 1.1%)
05/2011: LoSH #13             -- 23,105 (- 1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : - 48.0%
5 years : - 49.2%
78 - ADVENTURE COMICS
05/2010: Adventure Comics #11  -- 34,794 (- 7.4%)
06/2010: Adventure Comics #12  -- 34,663 (- 0.4%)
07/2010: Adventure Comics #516 -- 30,897 (-10.9%)
08/2010: Adventure Comics #517 -- 28,966 (- 6.3%)
09/2010: Adventure Comics #518 -- 27,028 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Adventure Comics #519 -- 25,346 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Adventure Comics #520 -- 24,540 (- 3.2%)
12/2010: Adventure Comics #521 -- 23,787 (- 6.9%)
01/2011: Adventure Comics #522 -- 22,821 (- 4.1%)
02/2011: Adventure Comics #523 -- 23,127 (+ 1.3%)
03/2011: Adventure Comics #524 -- 22,836 (- 1.3%)
04/2011: Adventure Comics #525 -- 22,946 (+ 0.5%)
05/2011: Adventure Comics #526 -- 22,271 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 9.3%
1 year  : -36.0%

One of those franchises they keep bringing back out of tradition, no matter how dead they are. Do these numbers suggest that people are queueing up to buy Paul Levitz’s Legion comics? Not really. Will Paul Levitz get the chance to relaunch The Legion of Super-Heroes once again, come September? You bet.

—–

81 - GOTHAM CITY SIRENS
05/2010: GC Sirens #12 -- 26,029 (- 1.3%)
06/2010: GC Sirens #13 -- 25,867 (- 0.6%)
07/2010: GC Sirens #14 -- 25,315 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: GC Sirens #15 -- 24,589 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: GC Sirens #16 -- 23,821 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: GC Sirens #17 -- 22,107 (- 7.2%)
12/2010: GC Sirens #18 -- 21,344 (- 3.5%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: GC Sirens #19 -- 21,631 (+ 1.4%)
02/2011: GC Sirens #20 -- 20,822 (- 3.7%)
03/2011: GC Sirens #21 -- 20,807 (- 0.1%)
04/2011: GC Sirens #22 -- 24,438 (+17.5%)
05/2011: GC Sirens #23 -- 21,488 (-12.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.8%
1 year  : -17.5%

Cancelled with issue #26.

—–

82 - SUPERGIRL
05/2006: Supergirl #6  -- 102,860
05/2007: Supergirl #17 --  50,429
05/2008: Supergirl #29 --  30,192
05/2009: Supergirl #41 --  33,441
---------------------------------
05/2010: --
06/2010: Supergirl #53 --  28,317 (- 4.0%)
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941 (- 4.9%)
08/2010: Supergirl #55 --  25,891 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Supergirl #56 --  25,034 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Supergirl #57 --  23,842 (- 4.8%)
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412 (+ 6.6%)
12/2010: Supergirl #59 --  22,606 (-11.0%)
01/2011: Supergirl #60 --  22,568 (- 0.2%)
02/2011: Supergirl #61 --  22,048 (- 2.3%)
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786 (- 1.2%)
04/2011: Supergirl #63 --  21,598 (- 0.9%)
05/2011: Supergirl #64 --  21,411 (- 0.9%)
----------------
6 months: -15.7%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -36.0%
5 years : -79.2%

To be relaunched. Quite why DC think the market is waiting for that, I’m not sure, looking at the numbers. At least the preview information is hinting at a vaguely interesting direction.

—–

84 - TITANS
05/2008: Titans #2      -- 57,358
05/2009: Titans #13     -- 34,343
---------------------------------
05/2010: VfH Special #1 -- 31,718 (+30.7%)
06/2010: Titans #24     -- 33,079 (+ 4.3%)
07/2010: Titans #25     -- 31,505 (- 4.8%)
08/2010: Titans #26     -- 32,800 (+ 4.1%)
09/2010: Titans #27     -- 28,438 (-13.3%)
10/2010: Titans #28     -- 27,430 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Titans #29     -- 24,138 (-12.0%)
12/2010: Titans #30     -- 22,483 (- 6.9%)
01/2011: Titans #31     -- 21,749 (- 3.3%)
02/2011: Titans #32     -- 20,949 (- 3.7%)
03/2011: Titans #33     -- 20,723 (- 1.1%)
04/2011: Titans #34     -- 20,590 (- 0.6%)
05/2011: Titans #35     -- 20,553 (- 0.2%)
----------------
6 months: -14.9%
1 year  : -35.2%
2 years : -40.2%

Cancelled with issue #38.

—–

87/91 - DC UNIVERSE ONLINE: LEGENDS
02/2011: DCU Online: Legends #1  -- 36,517
02/2011: DCU Online: Legends #2  -- 28,953 (-20.7%)
03/2011: DCU Online: Legends #3  -- 24,824 (-14.3%)
03/2011: DCU Online: Legends #4  -- 23,001 (- 7.3%)
04/2011: DCU Online: Legends #5  -- 21,427 (- 6.8%)
04/2011: DCU Online: Legends #6  -- 20,461 (- 4.5%)
05/2011: DCU Online: Legends #7  -- 20,064 (- 1.9%)
05/2011: DCU Online: Legends #8  -- 19,471 (- 3.0%)

The twice-monthly videogame tie-in is cancelled with issue #14, evidently, though the solicitation copy suggests that some kind of follow-up was planned at the time the copy was written, at least.

—–

90 - SECRET SIX
05/2006: Secret Six #1 of 6 -- 54,961 [57,425]
05/2009: Secret Six #9      -- 27,116
-------------------------------------
05/2010: Secret Six #21     -- 22,334 (- 1.6%)
06/2010: Secret Six #22     -- 21,941 (- 1.8%)
07/2010: Secret Six #23     -- 21,554 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Secret Six #24     -- 21,177 (- 1.8%)
09/2010: Secret Six #25     -- 20,775 (- 1.9%)
10/2010: Secret Six #26     -- 20,377 (- 1.9%)
11/2010: Secret Six #27     -- 19,963 (- 2.0%)
12/2010: Secret Six #28     -- 19,587 (- 1.9%)
01/2011: Secret Six #29     -- 20,327 (+ 3.8%)
02/2011: Secret Six #30     -- 19,763 (- 2.8%)
03/2011: Secret Six #31     -- 19,822 (+ 0.3%)
04/2011: Secret Six #32     -- 19,714 (- 0.6%)
05/2011: Secret Six #33     -- 19,733 (+ 0.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.2%
1 year  : -11.7%
2 years : -27.2%
5 years : -64.1%

Cancelled with issue #36. Another baffling decision. Granted, Secret Six doesn’t set the charts on fire, but its numbers have been very consistent, and it’s consistently well-received by reviewers, too. This is precisely the kind of book that could profit from a relaunch. But apparently not.

—–

94 - FABLES (Vertigo)
05/2006: Fables #49  -- 24,444
05/2007: Fables #61  -- 26,056
05/2008: Fables #73  -- 23,785
05/2009: Fables #84  -- 23,634
------------------------------
05/2010: Fables #95  -- 19,932 (- 0.2%)
06/2010: Fables #96  -- 19,842 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Fables #97  -- 19,625 (- 1.1%)
09/2010: Fables #98  -- 19,594 (- 0.2%)
10/2010: Fables #99  -- 19,656 (+ 0.3%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Fables #100 -- 23,014 (+17.1%)
01/2011: Fables #101 -- 19,183 (-16.7%)
02/2011: Fables #102 -- 19,215 (+ 0.2%)
03/2011: Fables #103 -- 18,910 (- 1.6%)
04/2011: Fables #104 -- 18,811 (- 0.5%)
05/2011: Fables #105 -- 18,749 (- 0.3%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : - 5.9%
2 years : -29.6%
5 years : -23.3%

Sales on Vertigo’s flagship title have been rock-solid over the last year, on balance.

—–

100 - ZATANNA
05/2010: Zatanna #1  -- 33,691
06/2010: Zatanna #2  -- 29,564 (-12.3%)
07/2010: Zatanna #3  -- 27,792 (- 6.0%)
08/2010: Zatanna #4  -- 27,203 (- 2.1%)
09/2010: Zatanna #5  -- 25,393 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Zatanna #6  -- 23,427 (- 7.7%)
11/2010: Zatanna #7  -- 20,671 (-11.8%)
12/2010: Zatanna #8  -- 19,321 (- 6.5%)
01/2011: Zatanna #9  -- 18,482 (- 4.3%)
02/2011: --
03/2011: Zatanna #10 -- 18,645 (+ 0.9%)
03/2011: Zatanna #11 -- 18,431 (- 1.2%)
04/2011: Zatanna #12 -- 18,432 (+ 0.0%)
05/2011: Zatanna #13 -- 18,259 (- 0.9%)
----------------
6 months: -11.7%
1 year  : -45.8%

Cancelled with issue #16.

—–

104 - POWER GIRL
05/2009: Power Girl #1  -- 47,322
---------------------------------
05/2010: Power Girl #12 -- 20,681 (+ 0.0%)
06/2010: Power Girl #13 -- 20,583 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: Power Girl #14 -- 19,739 (- 4.1%)
08/2010: Power Girl #15 -- 19,091 (- 3.3%)
09/2010: Power Girl #16 -- 18,404 (- 3.6%)
10/2010: Power Girl #17 -- 17,847 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Power Girl #18 -- 17,300 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Power Girl #19 -- 16,763 (- 3.1%)
01/2011: Power Girl #20 -- 16,823 (+ 0.4%)
02/2011: Power Girl #21 -- 16,940 (+ 0.7%)
03/2011: Power Girl #22 -- 17,232 (+ 1.7%)
04/2011: Power Girl #23 -- 17,071 (- 0.9%)
05/2011: Power Girl #24 -- 17,208 (+ 0.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 0.5%
1 year  : -16.8%
2 years : -63.6%

Cancelled with issue #27.

—–

107 - JSA ALL-STARS
05/2010: JSA All-Stars #6  -- 25,306 (- 4.8%)
06/2010: JSA All-Stars #7  -- 24,436 (- 3.4%)
07/2010: JSA All-Stars #8  -- 23,478 (- 3.9%)
08/2010: JSA All-Stars #9  -- 22,347 (- 4.8%)
09/2010: JSA All-Stars #10 -- 21,646 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: JSA All-Stars #11 -- 20,496 (- 5.3%)
11/2010: JSA All-Stars #12 -- 19,630 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: JSA All-Stars #13 -- 18,395 (- 6.3%)
01/2011: JSA All-Stars #14 -- 17,920 (- 2.6%)
02/2011: JSA All-Stars #15 -- 17,409 (- 2.9%)
03/2011: JSA All-Stars #16 -- 16,987 (- 2.4%)
04/2011: JSA All-Stars #17 -- 16,706 (- 1.7%)
04/2011: JSA All-Stars #18 -- 16,384 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: -16.5%
1 year  : -35.3%

Cancelled.

—–

108 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
05/2010: American Vampire #3  -- 26,510 (- 1.0%)
06/2010: American Vampire #4  -- 25,977 (- 2.0%)
07/2010: American Vampire #5  -- 24,857 (- 4.3%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: American Vampire #6  -- 23,349 (- 6.1%)
10/2010: American Vampire #7  -- 21,910 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850 (- 9.4%)
12/2010: American Vampire #9  -- 19,019 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: American Vampire #10 -- 17,761 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: American Vampire #11 -- 16,969 (- 4.5%)
02/2011: American Vampire #12 -- 16,522 (- 2.6%)
03/2011: American Vampire #13 -- 17,269 (+ 4.5%)
04/2011: American Vampire #14 -- 16,168 (- 6.4%)
05/2011: American Vampire #15 -- 15,876 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -20.0%
1 year  : -40.1%

Standard attrition.

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122 - CINDERELLA: FABLES ARE FOREVER (Vertigo)
11/2009: Cinderella: FFwL #1 of 6   -- 20,337
12/2009: Cinderella: FFwL #2 of 6   -- 16,598
01/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #3 of 6   -- 15,827
02/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #4 of 6   -- 15,421
03/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #5 of 6   -- 15,285
04/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #6 of 6   -- 14,956
---------------------------------------------
02/2011: Fables Are Forever #1 of 6 -- 15,026
03/2011: Fables Are Forever #2 of 6 -- 14,029 (-6.6%)
04/2011: Fables Are Forever #3 of 6 -- 13,668 (-2.6%)
05/2011: Fables Are Forever #4 of 6 -- 13,377 (-2.1%)

Standard attrition.

—–

125 - THE OUTSIDERS
05/2006: Outsiders #36 -- 45,705
05/2007: Outsiders #47 -- 33,267
05/2008: Batsiders #7  -- 35,071
05/2009: Outsiders #18 -- 25,995
--------------------------------
05/2010: --
06/2010: Outsiders #30 -- 18,045 (-  5.5%)
07/2010: Outsiders #31 -- 17,173 (-  4.8%)
08/2010: Outsiders #32 -- 15,754 (-  8.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Outsiders #33 -- 15,253 (-  3.2%)
11/2010: Outsiders #34 -- 13,576 (- 11.0%)
12/2010: Outsiders #35 -- 13,133 (-  3.3%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Outsiders #36 -- 12,848 (-  2.2%)
03/2011: Outsiders #37 -- 20,074 (+ 56.2%)
04/2011: Outsiders #38 -- 13,092 (- 34.8%)
05/2011: Outsiders #39 -- 12,840 (-  1.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.4%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : -50.6%
5 years : -71.9%

Axed with issue #40.

—–

137 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
05/2009: The Unwritten #1  -- 26,915 [31,081]
------------------------------------
05/2010: The Unwritten #13 -- 13,467 (- 0.3%)
06/2010: The Unwritten #14 -- 13,396 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023 (- 2.8%)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: The Unwritten #17 -- 12,796 (+ 0.2%)
10/2010: The Unwritten #18 -- 12,273 (- 4.1%)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: The Unwritten #20 -- 11,684 (- 2.9%)
01/2011: The Unwritten #21 -- 11,443 (- 2.1%)
02/2011: The Unwritten #22 -- 11,371 (- 0.6%)
03/2011: The Unwritten #23 -- 11,319 (- 0.5%)
04/2011: The Unwritten #24 -- 11,028 (- 2.6%)
05/2011: The Unwritten #25 -- 11,137 (+ 1.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.5%
1 year  : -17.3%
2 years : -58.6%

Holding level. Always good news.

—–

143 - I, ZOMBIE (Vertigo)
05/2010: I, Zombie #1  -- 33,025
06/2010: I, Zombie #2  -- 18,620 (-43.6%)
07/2010: I, Zombie #3  -- 16,898 (- 9.3%)
08/2010: I, Zombie #4  -- 15,772 (- 6.7%)
09/2010: I, Zombie #5  -- 14,839 (- 5.9%)
10/2010: I, Zombie #6  -- 13,782 (- 7.1%)
11/2010: I, Zombie #7  -- 12,800 (- 7.1%)
12/2010: I, Zombie #8  -- 12,038 (- 6.0%)
01/2011: I, Zombie #9  -- 11,536 (- 4.2%)
02/2011: I, Zombie #10 -- 11,182 (- 3.1%)
03/2011: I, Zombie #11 -- 10,874 (- 2.8%)
04/2011: I, Zombie #12 -- 10,727 (- 1.4%)
05/2011: I, Zombie #13 -- 10,567 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -17.5%
1 year  : -68.0%

Standard attrition.

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146 - JONAH HEX
05/2006: Jonah Hex #7  -- 21,910
05/2007: Jonah Hex #19 -- 16,473
05/2008: Jonah Hex #31 -- 13,140
05/2009: Jonah Hex #43 -- 11,606
--------------------------------
05/2010: Jonah Hex #55 -- 11,327 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441 (+18.7%)
07/2010: Jonah Hex #57 -- 12,318 (- 8.4%)
08/2010: Jonah Hex #58 -- 11,775 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: Jonah Hex #59 -- 11,444 (- 2.8%)
10/2010: Jonah Hex #60 -- 11,141 (- 2.7%)
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Jonah Hex #62 -- 10,899 (+ 1.0%)
01/2011: Jonah Hex #63 -- 10,752 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255 (- 4.6%)
03/2011: Jonah Hex #65 -- 10,353 (+ 1.0%)
04/2011: Jonah Hex #66 -- 10,335 (- 0.2%)
05/2011: Jonah Hex #67 -- 10,288 (- 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.7%
1 year  : - 9.2%
2 years : -11.4%
5 years : -53.0%

Holding level. Sales have been remarkably consistent for years, so it makes sense for the book to be relaunched by the same creative team in September — albeit under a new title.

—–

150 - R.E.B.E.L.S.
05/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #4  -- 13,468
-----------------------------------
05/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 -- 11,120 (-  1.3%)
06/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #17 -- 11,048 (-  0.7%)
07/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #18 -- 11,007 (-  0.4%)
08/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #19 -- 10,851 (-  1.4%)
09/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #20 -- 11,745 (+  8.2%)
10/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #21 -- 11,262 (-  4.1%)
11/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #22 -- 10,797 (-  4.1%)
12/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #23 -- 10,619 (-  1.7%)
01/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #24 -- 10,354 (-  2.5%)
02/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #25 -- 10,351 (-  0.0%)
03/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #26 -- 10,257 (-  0.9%)
04/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #27 -- 10,014 (-  2.4%)
05/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #28 -- 10,000 (-  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.4%
1 year  : - 10.1%
2 years : - 25.8%

Cancelled.

—–

151 - STRANGE ADVENTURES (Vertigo)
05/2011: Strange Adventures #1  --  9,999

A $ 7.99 one-shot by various critically acclaimed Vertigo talent. Given the cover price, 10K is a good number for this type of book, I’d say.

—–

153 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
01/2011: Young Justice #0  --  9,412
02/2011: Young Justice #1  -- 10,777 (+14.5%)
03/2011: Young Justice #2  --  9,612 (-10.8%)
04/2011: Young Justice #3  --  9,407 (- 2.1%)
05/2011: Young Justice #4  --  9,729 (+ 3.4%)

A Johnny DC title. See disclaimers below.

—–

158 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
05/2006: Hellblazer #220 -- 14,161
05/2007: Hellblazer #232 -- 13,164
05/2008: Hellblazer #244 -- 11,826
05/2009: Hellblazer #255 -- 10,937
----------------------------------
05/2010: Hellblazer #267 -- 10,155 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Hellblazer #268 -- 10,221 (+0.7%)
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048 (-1.7%)
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928 (-1.2%)
09/2010: Hellblazer #271 --  9,851 (-0.8%)
10/2010: Hellblazer #272 --  9,650 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645 (-0.1%)
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 --  9,342 (-3.1%)
01/2011: Hellblazer #275 --  9,507 (+1.8%)
02/2011: Hellblazer #276 --  9,466 (-0.4%)
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525 (+0.6%)
04/2011: Hellblazer #278 --  9,417 (-1.1%)
05/2011: Hellblazer #279 --  9,454 (+0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.0%
1 year  : - 6.9%
2 years : -13.6%
5 years : -33.2%

Holding level. Another rock-solid performer.

—–

159 - T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
11/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1  -- 16,122
12/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2  -- 11,227 (-30.4%)
01/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3  -- 10,602 (- 5.6%)
02/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #4  -- 10,124 (- 4.5%)
03/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5  --  9,934 (- 1.9%)
04/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6  --  9,680 (- 2.6%)
05/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7  --  9,453 (- 2.4%)
----------------
6 months: -41.4%

Cancelled with issue #10, evidently.

——

162 - DOOM PATROL
05/2010: Doom Patrol #10 -- 12,334 (-  6.0%)
06/2010: Doom Patrol #11 -- 11,857 (-  3.9%)
07/2010: Doom Patrol #12 -- 11,267 (-  5.0%)
08/2010: Doom Patrol #13 -- 10,878 (-  3.5%)
09/2010: Doom Patrol #14 -- 10,780 (-  0.9%)
10/2010: Doom Patrol #15 -- 10,081 (-  6.5%)
11/2010: Doom Patrol #16 --  9,955 (-  1.3%)
12/2010: Doom Patrol #17 --  9,564 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Doom Patrol #18 --  9,375 (-  2.0%)
02/2011: Doom Patrol #19 -- 10,681 (+ 13.9%)
03/2011: Doom Patrol #20 --  9,386 (- 12.1%)
04/2011: Doom Patrol #21 --  9,435 (+  0.5%)
05/2011: Doom Patrol #22 --  9,299 (-  1.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.6%
1 year  : -24.6%

Cancelled.

—–

165 - WEIRD WORLDS
01/2011: Weird Worlds #1 of 6 -- 14,964
02/2011: Weird Worlds #2 of 6 -- 11,587 (-22.6%)
03/2011: Weird Worlds #3 of 6 -- 10,470 (- 9.6%)
04/2011: Weird Worlds #4 of 6 --  9,665 (- 7.7%)
05/2011: Weird Worlds #5 of 6 --  9,043 (- 6.4%)

The drop-off continues to be rather steep.

—–

173 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS
09/2010: Freedom Fighters #1  -- 19,378
10/2010: Freedom Fighters #2  -- 12,758 (-34.2%)
11/2010: Freedom Fighters #3  -- 11,186 (-12.3%)
12/2010: Freedom Fighters #4  -- 10,028 (-10.4%)
01/2011: Freedom Fighters #5  --  9,437 (- 5.9%)
02/2011: Freedom Fighters #6  --  9,050 (- 4.1%)
03/2011: Freedom Fighters #7  --  8,886 (- 1.8%)
04/2011: Freedom Fighters #8  --  8,601 (- 3.2%)
05/2011: Freedom Fighters #9  --  8,425 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: -24.7%

Cancelled.

—–

175 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
05/2010: Sweet Tooth #9  --  9,654 (+ 0.4%)
06/2010: Sweet Tooth #10 --  9,570 (- 0.9%)
07/2010: Sweet Tooth #11 --  9,478 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Sweet Tooth #12 --  9,246 (- 2.5%)
09/2010: Sweet Tooth #13 --  9,097 (- 1.6%)
10/2010: Sweet Tooth #14 --  8,933 (- 1.8%)
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Sweet Tooth #16 --  8,602 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Sweet Tooth #17 --  8,522 (- 0.9%)
02/2011: Sweet Tooth #18 --  8,466 (- 0.7%)
03/2011: Sweet Tooth #19 --  8,532 (+ 0.8%)
04/2011: Sweet Tooth #20 --  8,361 (- 2.0%)
05/2011: Sweet Tooth #21 --  8,360 (- 0.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.5%
1 year  : -13.4%

Holding level. Another Vertigo title with very consistent sales.

—–

183 - XOMBI
03/2011: Xombi #1  -- 12,035
04/2011: Xombi #2  --  8,345 (-30.7%)
05/2011: Xombi #3  --  7,977 (- 4.4%)

Finding its level quickly now. Still, cancelled with issue #6.

—–

184 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
05/2008: Tiny Titans #4  -- 10,369
05/2009: Tiny Titans #16 --  8,844
----------------------------------
05/2010: Tiny Titans #28 --  7,959 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Tiny Titans #29 --  8,195 (+ 3.0%)
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30 --  8,038 (- 1.9%)
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31 --  7,987 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Tiny Titans #32 --  8,073 (+ 1.1%)
10/2010: Tiny Titans #33 --  8,045 (- 0.4%)
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34 --  7,713 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: Tiny Titans #35 --  7,515 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Tiny Titans #36 --  7,480 (- 0.5%)
02/2011: Tiny Titans #37 --  7,426 (- 0.7%)
03/2011: Tiny Titans #38 --  7,372 (- 0.7%)
04/2011: Tiny Titans #39 --  7,445 (+ 1.0%)
05/2011: Tiny Titans #40 --  7,847 (+ 5.4%)
----------------
6 months: + 1.7%
1 year  : - 1.4%
2 years : -11.3%

A Johnny DC book, see disclaimers.

—–

193 - DOC SAVAGE
05/2010: Doc Savage #2   -- 19,073 (-22.3%)
06/2010: Doc Savage #3   -- 16,153 (-15.3%)
07/2010: Doc Savage #4   -- 14,621 (- 9.5%)
08/2010: Doc Savage #5   -- 13,125 (-10.2%)
09/2010: Doc Savage #6   -- 11,838 (- 9.8%)
10/2010: Doc Savage #7   -- 10,050 (-15.1%)
11/2010: Doc Savage #8   --  9,257 (- 7.9%)
12/2010: Doc Savage #9   --  8,681 (- 6.2%)
01/2011: Doc Savage #10  --  8,407 (- 3.2%)
02/2011: Doc Savage #11  --  7,972 (- 5.2%)
03/2011: Doc Savage #12  --  7,747 (- 2.8%)
04/2011: Doc Savage #13  --  7,426 (- 4.1%)
05/2011: Doc Savage #14  --  7,201 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: -22.2%
1 year  : -62.3%

Cancelled with issue #17.

—–

199 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
05/2008: Northlanders #6  -- 12,009
05/2009: Northlanders #17 --  9,239
-----------------------------------
05/2010: Northlanders #28 --  7,630 (- 0.7%)
06/2010: Northlanders #29 --  7,498 (- 1.7%)
07/2010: Northlanders #30 --  7,421 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Northlanders #31 --  7,376 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Northlanders #32 --  7,321 (- 0.8%)
10/2010: Northlanders #33 --  7,169 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Northlanders #34 --  7,018 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Northlanders #35 --  7,061 (+ 0.6%)
01/2011: Northlanders #36 --  6,806 (- 3.6%)
02/2011: Northlanders #37 --  7,006 (+ 2.9%)
03/2011: Northlanders #38 --  7,020 (+ 0.2%)
04/2011: Northlanders #39 --  6,983 (- 0.5%)
05/2011: Northlanders #40 --  7,055 (+ 1.0%)
----------------
6 months: + 0.5%
1 year  : - 7.5%
2 years : -23.6%

The numbers have been rock-solid at the 7K mark for the last six months, but according to writer Brian Wood, the book is cancelled with issue #50 due to low paperback sales.

This also puts a question mark next to lower-selling Vertigo series House of Mystery (see below) and Scalped (which didn’t come out in May).

—–

202 - THE SPIRIT
05/2007: The Spirit #6  -- 23,708
05/2008: The Spirit #17 -- 14,057
05/2009: The Spirit #28 --  8,329
---------------------------------
05/2010: The Spirit #2  -- 14,274 (- 28.1%)
06/2010: The Spirit #3  -- 13,030 (-  8.7%)
07/2010: The Spirit #4  -- 11,915 (-  8.6%)
08/2010: The Spirit #5  -- 11,015 (-  7.6%)
09/2010: The Spirit #6  -- 10,083 (-  8.5%)
10/2010: The Spirit #7  --  9,233 (-  8.4%)
11/2010: The Spirit #8  --  8,706 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: The Spirit #9  --  8,297 (-  4.7%)
01/2011: The Spirit #10 --  7,830 (-  5.6%)
02/2011: The Spirit #11 --  7,417 (-  5.3%)
03/2011: The Spirit #12 --  7,342 (-  1.0%)
04/2011: The Spirit #13 --  7,041 (-  4.1%)
05/2011: The Spirit #14 --  6,911 (-  1.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.6%
1 year  : - 51.6%
2 years : - 17.0%

Cancelled with issue #17.

—–

203 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
05/2008: House of Mystery #1  -- 27,492
05/2009: House of Mystery #13 -- 14,358
---------------------------------------
05/2010: House of Mystery #25 --  9,253 (+ 0.9%)
06/2010: House of Mystery #26 --  8,742 (- 5.5%)
07/2010: House of Mystery #27 --  8,481 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: House of Mystery #28 --  8,238 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: House of Mystery #29 --  8,087 (- 1.8%)
10/2010: House of Mystery #30 --  7,913 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: House of Mystery #31 --  7,610 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: House of Mystery #32 --  7,348 (- 3.4%)
01/2011: House of Mystery #33 --  7,227 (- 1.7%)
02/2011: House of Mystery #34 --  7,092 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: House of Mystery #35 --  7,170 (+ 1.1%)
04/2011: House of Mystery #36 --  7,096 (- 1.0%)
05/2011: House of Mystery #37 --  6,909 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 9.2%
1 year  : -25.3%
2 years : -51.9%

Standard attrition.

—–

205 - THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
05/2006: Batman Strikes! #21   --  8,467
05/2007: Batman Strikes! #33   --  7,235
05/2008: Batman Strikes! #45   --  6,611
05/2009: Brave & Bold #5       --  7,994
----------------------------------------
05/2010: Brave & Bold #17      --  6,103 (-  6.2%)
06/2010: Brave & Bold #18      --  6,270 (+  2.7%)
07/2010: Brave & Bold #19      --  6,489 (+  3.5%)
08/2010: Brave & Bold #20      --  6,244 (-  3.8%)
09/2010: Brave & Bold #21      --  6,345 (+  1.6%)
10/2010: Brave & Bold #22      --  6,044 (-  4.7%)
11/2010: All-New BBB #1        --  8,408 (+ 39.1%)
12/2010: All-New BBB #2        --  6,688 (- 20.5%)
01/2011: All-New BBB #3        --  6,557 (-  2.0%)
02/2011: All-New BBB #4        --  6,561 (+  0.1%)
03/2011: All-New BBB #5        --  6,463 (-  1.5%)
04/2011: All-New BBB #6        --  6,324 (-  2.1%)
05/2011: All-New BBB #7        --  6,869 (+  8.6%)
---------------- 
6 months: -18.3%
1 year  : +12.6%
2 years : -14.1%
5 years : -18.9%

Another Johnny DC book.

—–

220 - DMZ (Vertigo)
05/2006: DMZ #7  -- 15,026
05/2007: DMZ #19 -- 13,116
05/2008: DMZ #31 --  9,911
05/2009: --  
--------------------------
05/2010: DMZ #53 --  6,759 (-1.0%)
06/2010: DMZ #54 --  6,661 (-1.5%)
07/2010: DMZ #55 --  6,581 (-1.2%)
08/2010: DMZ #56 --  6,524 (-0.9%)
09/2010: DMZ #57 --  6,333 (-2.9%)
10/2010: DMZ #58 --  6,198 (-2.1%)
11/2010: DMZ #59 --  6,046 (-2.5%)
12/2010: DMZ #60 --  6,023 (-0.4%)
01/2011: DMZ #61 --  5,855 (-2.8%)
02/2011: DMZ #62 --  5,781 (-1.3%)
03/2011: DMZ #63 --  5,877 (+1.7%)
04/2011: DMZ #64 --  5,851 (-0.4%)
05/2011: DMZ #65 --  5,865 (+0.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 3.0%
1 year  : -13.2%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : -61.0%

The other Brian Wood title has also been one of DC’s more consistent performers of late. DMZ is heading for its natural conclusion with issue #72.

—–

241 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
05/2006: Scooby Doo #108 -- 4,496
05/2007: Scooby Doo #120 -- 4,343
05/2008: Scooby Doo #132 -- 4,309
05/2009: Scooby Doo #144 -- 4,062
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05/2010: Scooby Doo #156 -- 3,857 (+ 0.6%)
06/2010: Scooby Doo #157 -- ?
07/2010: Scooby Doo #158 -- 4,147
08/2010: Scooby Doo #159 -- 4,092 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: SD:WAY? #1      -- 6,186 (+51.2%)
10/2010: SD:WAY? #2      -- 4,926 (-20.4%)
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: SD:WAY? #4      -- 4,802 (- 1.2%)
01/2011: SD:WAY? #5      -- 4,540 (- 5.5%)
02/2011: SD:WAY? #6      -- 4,456 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: SD:WAY? #7      -- 4,522 (+ 1.5%)
04/2011: SD:WAY? #8      -- 4,599 (+ 1.7%)
05/2011: SD:WAY? #9      -- 4,838 (+ 5.2%)
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6 months: - 0.5%
1 year  : +25.4%
2 years : +19.1%
5 years : + 7.6%

A Johnny DC title.

—–

264/272/273/278/289 - DC COMICS PRESENTS
10/2010: Green Lantern #1   -- 4,418
10/2010: Jack Cross #1      -- 3,662
10/2010: Batman/Catwoman #1 -- 4,076
10/2010: Brightest Day #1   -- 4,988
10/2010: Batman #1          -- 4,643
10/2010: Superman #1        -- 3,685
11/2010: Flash/GL #1        -- 3,664
11/2010: Batman #2          -- 3,643
11/2010: Brightest Day #2   -- 3,292
11/2010: Superman #2        -- 2,915
12/2010: Batman Beyond #1   -- 4,531
01/2011: Lobo #1            -- 3,280
01/2011: Sole Survivor #1   -- 2,768
01/2011: The Atom #1        -- 2,185
02/2011: GL: Fear Itself #1 -- 4,437
02/2011: Batman: Conspiracy -- 3,308
02/2011: Wonder Woman #1    -- 2,982
04/2011: Batman: Arkham #1  -- 4,143
05/2011: Son of Superman #1 -- 4,081
05/2011: GL: Willworld #1   -- 3,802
05/2011: Batman: Dark City  -- 3,800
05/2011: LoSH #1            -- 3,597
05/2011: Flash #1           -- 3,298

Another bunch of $ 7.99 reprint books. These titles keep doing very well, especially compared to most “proper” paperback collections.

—–

291/294 - INFAMOUS
03/2011: Infamous #1 of 6 --  4,608
03/2011: Infamous #2 of 6 --  ?
04/2011: Infamous #3 of 6 --  3,246
04/2011: Infamous #4 of 6 --  3,092 (-4.7%)
05/2011: Infamous #5 of 6 --  3,177 (+2.8%)
05/2011: Infamous #6 of 6 --  3,105 (-2.3%)

Another videogame adaptation concludes. Speaking of which, Deus Ex #4 also came out in May, but missed the Top 300 chart. As usual, for the average-sales charts below, I’m presuming it sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart, which in May was 2,913.

—–

RE-ORDERS:
124: 12,852 -- Action Comics #900

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+ 35.1%: Booster Gold
+ 33.4%: Action Comics
+ 14.4%: Emerald Warriors
+  7.1%: Detective Comics
+  6.1%: GL Corps
+  1.7%: Tiny Titans
+  0.5%: Northlanders
-  0.5%: Power Girl
-  0.5%: Scooby-Doo
-  1.1%: Green Lantern
-  1.2%: Secret Six
-  2.0%: Hellblazer
-  2.8%: GC Sirens
-  3.0%: DMZ
-  4.5%: Sweet Tooth
-  4.7%: Jonah Hex
-  4.8%: Flash
-  5.4%: Outsiders
-  6.5%: Teen Titans
-  6.6%: Doom Patrol
-  6.9%: Batgirl
-  7.4%: REBELS
-  7.5%: Unwritten
-  8.2%: JLA
-  8.6%: Red Robin
-  9.2%: House of Mystery
-  9.3%: Adventure Comics
- 10.7%: Superman/Batman
- 10.8%: Batman Beyond
- 11.7%: Zatanna
- 12.6%: LoSH
- 13.8%: Birds of Prey
- 14.9%: Titans
- 15.5%: Batman
- 15.7%: Supergirl
- 15.9%: JSA
- 16.5%: JSA All-Stars
- 16.8%: Superman
- 17.5%: I, Zombie
- 18.3%: All-New BBB
- 19.8%: Green Arrow
- 20.0%: American Vampire
- 20.6%: Spirit
- 22.2%: Doc Savage
- 23.8%: Batman and Robin
- 24.7%: Freedom Fighters
- 36.7%: Batman, Inc.
- 38.0%: Superboy
- 41.4%: THUNDER Agents

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 25.4%: Scooby-Doo
+ 14.7%: Booster Gold
+ 12.6%: All-New BBB
-  0.9%: Teen Titans
-  1.4%: Tiny Titans
-  4.6%: Detective Comics
-  5.9%: Fables
-  6.9%: Hellblazer
-  7.5%: Northlanders
-  9.2%: Jonah Hex
- 10.1%: REBELS
- 11.4%: GL Corps
- 11.7%: Batman
- 11.7%: Secret Six
- 12.7%: Superman/Batman
- 13.2%: DMZ
- 13.4%: Sweet Tooth
- 14.6%: Green Lantern
- 16.1%: Batgirl
- 16.8%: Power Girl
- 17.3%: Unwritten
- 17.5%: GC Sirens
- 19.8%: Red Robin
- 24.6%: Doom Patrol
- 25.2%: JLA
- 25.3%: House of Mystery
- 28.3%: Flash
- 32.2%: Batman and Robin
- 35.2%: Titans
- 35.3%: JSA All-Stars
- 36.0%: Adventure Comics
- 40.1%: American Vampire
- 41.1%: Birds of Prey
- 45.8%: Zatanna
- 48.0%: LoSH
- 51.6%: Spirit
- 62.3%: Doc Savage
- 68.0%: I, Zombie

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 48.0%: Green Arrow
+ 19.1%: Scooby-Doo
+  5.7%: Action Comics
+  3.5%: Booster Gold
-  1.0%: GL Corps
-  7.5%: Green Lantern
-  7.6%: Superman
- 11.3%: Tiny Titans
- 11.4%: Jonah Hex
- 13.6%: Hellblazer
- 14.1%: All-New BBB
- 14.9%: Birds of Prey
- 17.0%: Spirit
- 23.6%: Northlanders
- 25.8%: REBELS
- 26.8%: JLA
- 27.2%: Secret Six
- 27.5%: Teen Titans
- 29.2%: Superman/Batman
- 29.6%: Fables
- 36.0%: Supergirl
- 36.3%: Flash
- 38.2%: Batman
- 40.2%: Titans
- 49.3%: JSA
- 50.6%: Outsiders
- 51.9%: House of Mystery
- 58.6%: Unwritten
- 63.6%: Power Girl

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+  7.6%: Scooby-Doo
-  4.5%: Green Lantern
- 14.9%: Birds of Prey
- 18.9%: All-New BBB
- 19.0%: Green Arrow
- 23.3%: Fables
- 28.7%: Batman
- 29.2%: Action Comics
- 29.8%: Red Robin
- 33.2%: Hellblazer
- 39.8%: Detective Comics
- 45.4%: Superman
- 46.3%: JSA
- 49.2%: LoSH
- 53.0%: Jonah Hex
- 61.0%: DMZ
- 64.1%: Secret Six
- 65.8%: Teen Titans
- 71.9%: Outsiders
- 74.8%: Superman/Batman
- 79.2%: Supergirl

—–

Average Periodical Sales
(not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
05/2006: 44,554
05/2007: 35,656
05/2008: 27,075
05/2009: 24,386
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05/2010: 27,785 (+17.0%)**
06/2010: 25,788 (- 7.2%)**
07/2010: 25,841 (+ 0.2%)**
08/2010: 23,331 (- 9.7%)**
09/2010: 23,212 (- 0.5%)**
10/2010: 23,756 (- 2.3%)**
11/2010: 25,497 (+ 7.3%)**
12/2010: 23,869 (- 6.4%)**
01/2011: 21,922 (- 8.2%)**
02/2011: 23,252 (+ 6.1%)**
03/2011: 23,976 (+ 3.1%)**
04/2011: 25,651 (+ 7.0%)
05/2011: 24,561 (- 4.3%)**
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6 months: - 3.7%
1 year  : -11.6%
2 years : + 0.7%
5 years : -44.9%
DC UNIVERSE
05/2006: 59,505
05/2007: 49,161
05/2008: 35,230
05/2009: 33,163
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05/2010: 37,463 (+14.0%)
06/2010: 34,612 (- 7.6%)**
07/2010: 35,372 (+ 2.2%)
08/2010: 33,411 (- 5.5%)
09/2010: 32,042 (- 4.1%)
10/2010: 32,832 (+ 2.5%)
11/2010: 34,180 (+ 4.1%)
12/2010: 30,870 (- 9.7%)
01/2011: 24,321 (-21.2%)**
02/2011: 25,887 (+ 6.4%)**
03/2011: 26,720 (+ 3.2%)**
04/2011: 29,126 (+ 9.0%)
05/2011: 27,745 (- 4.7%)**
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6 months: -18.8%
1 year  : -25.9%
2 years : -16.3%
5 years : -53.4%
VERTIGO
05/2006: 15,266
05/2007: 12,256
05/2008: 10,418
05/2009: 12,918
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05/2010: 11,756 (+ 8.7%)
06/2010: 10,995 (- 6.5%
07/2010:  9,515 (-13.5%)
08/2010:  9,094 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: 11,622 (+27.8%)
10/2010:  9,546 (-17.9%)
11/2010:  9,034 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: 11,193 (+23.9%)
01/2011: 10,145 (- 9.4%)
02/2011: 10,295 (+ 1.5%)
03/2011: 10,450 (+ 1.5%)
04/2011: 10,014 (- 4.2%)
05/2011: 10,668 (+ 6.5%)
----------------
6 months: +18.1%
1 year  : - 9.3%
2 years : -17.4%
5 years : -30.1%

—–
Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.

—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Flipping Point: The Coin Is Scarred Side Up


[Editor’s note: Former Beat contributor Mark Coale makes a special return with his thoughts on the DC Reboot. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of this site.]

While there will be plenty of PR spinning about DC’s big news as a great jumping on point for new readers and all that other doublespeak, let’s look at the other side of the coin. [Read more…]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: March 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

Led by the top-selling Batman: The Dark Knight and Batman, Inc., which were back on the racks after a two-month absence, and a double-shipping Green Lantern, DC Comics’ periodical sales continued a slow recovery in February.

Notably, the February numbers also show modest increases across the rest of DC’s line-up. Maybe the company’s decision to cancel around 25% of its current ongoing titles and stick to a $ 2.99 price point is encouraging retailers, after all.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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2/3 - GREEN LANTERN
03/2006: Green Lantern #10  --  79,745 [87,143]
03/2007: Green Lantern #18  --  61,661
03/2008: Green Lantern #29  --  66,536
03/2009: --
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03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369 (+ 2.0%)
04/2010: Green Lantern #53  -- 100,356 (+ 3.1%)
05/2010: Green Lantern #54  --  88,292 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Green Lantern #55  --  85,930 (- 2.7%)
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Green Lantern #57  --  85,179 (+ 1.2%)
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173 (- 6.7%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #60  --  76,360 (+ 0.3%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #61  --  72,203 (- 5.4%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517 (- 1.0%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632 (+ 5.8%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898 (+ 1.7%)
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6 months: - 10.5%
1 year  : - 21.7%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : -  4.4%

With two issues out in March, Green Lantern caught up on its schedule. The “War of the Green Lanterns” crossover gives the book another sales increase.
[Read more…]

DC Month-to-Month Sales: February 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

Unit and dollar sales of DC Comics’ periodical business remained at the lower end of the spectrum in February, despite a slight recovery from January’s all-time low in average unit sales. However, the direct market as a whole has seen better days, and so DC still managed to snatch the three top spots of the chart and six out of the Top 10 in February, regardless of the company’s lackluster sales.

For the publisher’s mainstream DC Universe line, the absence of major titles Batman Incorporated and Batman: The Dark Knight continued to be a problem, while the hangover from the discontinued WildStorm imprint kept dragging down the average. Average comic-book sales of DC’s Vertigo imprint were still hovering above the 10k mark, meanwhile.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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1 - GREEN LANTERN
02/2006: Green Lantern #8   --  89,252
02/2006: Green Lantern #9   --  86,554 [89,974]
02/2007: Green Lantern #17  --  62,018
02/2008: --
02/2009: Green Lantern #38  --  68,908 [77,372]
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02/2010: Green Lantern #51  --  95,509 (-10.3%)
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369 (+ 2.0%)
04/2010: Green Lantern #53  -- 100,356 (+ 3.1%)
05/2010: Green Lantern #54  --  88,292 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Green Lantern #55  --  85,930 (- 2.7%)
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Green Lantern #57  --  85,179 (+ 1.2%)
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173 (- 6.7%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #60  --  76,360 (+ 0.3%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #61  --  72,203 (- 5.4%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517 (- 1.0%)
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6 months:   n.a.
1 year  : - 25.1%
2 years : +  3.8%
5 years : - 18.6%

A new crossover gets underway in issue #63, so the book probably won’t continue its recent drop-off, for the time being.

—–

2/3 - BRIGHTEST DAY
04/2010: Brightest Day #0  -- 129,446
05/2010: Brightest Day #1  -- 129,158 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Brightest Day #2  -- 112,806 (-12.7%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #3  -- 107,269 (- 4.9%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #4  -- 101,730 (- 5.2%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #5  --  97,245 (- 4.4%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #6  --  94,684 (- 2.6%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #7  --  93,459 (- 1.3%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #8  --  91,546 (- 2.1%)
09/2010: Brightest Day #9  --  88,446 (- 3.4%)
09/2010: Brightest Day #10 --  87,241 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: Brightest Day #11 --  83,823 (- 3.9%)
10/2010: Brightest Day #12 --  82,394 (- 1.7%)
11/2010: Brightest Day #13 --  79,955 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Brightest Day #14 --  78,452 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: Brightest Day #15 --  75,450 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: Brightest Day #16 --  74,871 (- 0.8%)
01/2011: Brightest Day #17 --  72,841 (- 2.7%)
01/2011: Brightest Day #18 --  72,090 (- 1.0%)
02/2011: Brightest Day #19 --  71,063 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Brightest Day #20 --  69,729 (- 1.9%)
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6 months: -23.9%

There’s not much to compare a twice-monthly, 26-issue event maxiseries with, and a 46% drop 10 months and 20 issues in doesn’t look like a spectacular performance — certainly not compared with 52 or Countdown, DC’s previous, weekly, 52-issue event maxiseries. Both were doing considerably better at this stage, both in terms of absolute numbers and drop-off, in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Then again, it’s 2011. Any series starring B-list characters like Aquaman or Hawkman and still selling around 70k after 20 issues has to rate as a success. There’s a reason the book is in the Top 3.

—–

7 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
02/2010: Batman and Robin #8  --  87,302 (- 0.6%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #9  --  84,562 (- 3.1%)
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 --  85,292 (+ 0.9%)
04/2010: Batman and Robin #11 --  84,006 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Batman and Robin #12 --  84,843 (+ 1.0%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804 (+ 1.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Batman and Robin #14 --  82,894 (- 3.4%)
10/2010: Batman and Robin #15 --  80,173 (- 3.3%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343 (+ 0.2%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600 (-12.1%)
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 --  68,814 (- 2.5%)
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 --  61,785 (-10.2%)
02/2011: Batman and Robin #20 --  60,642 (- 1.9%)
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6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : -29.4%

Beginning with issue #20, the content matched the solicitation copy again and the creative team that was solicited for issues #17 through #19 actually began its run. Sales continue a slow decline, not unexpectedly, in the wake of Grant Morrison’s departure.

—–

8 - BATMAN
02/2006: Batman #650 --  66,447
02/2007: Batman #663 --  83,167
02/2008: Batman #674 --  68,208
02/2009: Batman #686 -- 111,353 [128,780]
-------------------------------
02/2010: Batman #696 --  61,290 (- 3.4%)
03/2010: Batman #697 --  61,157 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Batman #698 --  60,934 (- 0.4%)
05/2010: Batman #699 --  62,377 (+ 2.4%)
06/2010: Batman #700 -- 104,755 (+67.9%)
07/2010: Batman #701 --  76,398 (-27.1%)
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Batman #703 --  77,033 (+ 4.9%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212 (-15.4%)
12/2010: Batman #705 --  63,262 (- 3.0%)
01/2011: Batman #706 --  60,231 (- 4.8%)
02/2011: Batman #707 --  58,803 (- 2.4%)
----------------
6 months: -19.9%
1 year  : - 4.1%
2 years : -47.2%
5 years : -11.5%

Declining. These are the lowest first-month sales in six years for Batman, to the month. (That was issue #637, part three of the “Under the Hood” storyline, by Judd Winick and Doug Mahnke.)

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9 - THE FLASH
02/2007: Flash: FMA #9   --  47,214
02/2008: Flash #237      --  37,719
-----------------------------------
02/2010: Rebirth #6 of 6 --  70,824 (-  4.1%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Flash #1        -- 100,903 (+ 42.5%)
05/2010: Flash #2        --  76,560 (- 24.1%)
06/2010: Flash #3        --  68,804 (- 10.1%)
07/2010: Flash #4        --  64,832 (-  5.8%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Flash #5        --  62,063 (-  4.3%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673 (-  7.1%)
12/2010: Flash #7        --  56,304 (-  2.4%)
12/2010: Flash #8        --  53,975 (-  4.1%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Flash #9        --  55,980 (+  3.7%)
-----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : - 21.0%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years :  n.a.

Cancelled with issue #12, evidently, no doubt to make room for yet another relaunch — which would be the fourth since 2006, not counting a couple of creative teams whose respective runs were aborted midway through their respective relaunches.

And, yes, DC already did solicit The Flash #13 for May, so they either changed their mind again, or it was a red herring all along, or they had to pull the plug early because the book is behind schedule. It’s hard to tell, these days. And, yes, they did that exact same stunt before with this book, back in 2007.

Anyway, looking at the numbers, I’m kind of puzzled. A year in, sales are still above 50k despite the fact that it’s neither Batman nor Green Lantern, the book is by the company’s biggest writer, it’s reasonably well-reviewed, and the numbers are already going up again for the lead-in to the “Flashpoint” crossover although that wasn’t even in the advertising copy for issue #9.

Plainly, unless they’ve got Jim Lee lined up to draw the relaunch, this is as good as it gets right now for a Flash series. I’m not sure what another renumbering stunt is meant to achieve here.

—–

16 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
02/2006: --
02/2007: Green Lantern Corps #9  -- 34,897
02/2008: Green Lantern Corps #21 -- 47,582
02/2009: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 44,607 [50,171]
------------------------------------------
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #45 -- 75,404 (- 1.4%)
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Green Lantern Corps #47 -- 72,163 (- 5.9%)
05/2010: Green Lantern Corps #48 -- 68,826 (- 4.6%)
06/2010: Green Lantern Corps #49 -- 66,652 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035 (+ 0.6%)
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124 (+ 0.1%)
09/2010: Green Lantern Corps #52 -- 63,577 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: Green Lantern Corps #53 -- 60,808 (- 4.4%)
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448 (- 5.5%)
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 54,387 (- 5.3%)
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #56 -- 53,646 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #57 -- 52,770 (- 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: -21.4%
1 year  : -30.0%
2 years : +18.3%
5 years :  n.a.

Stabilizing again, and the “War of the Green Lanterns” crossover is just around the corner. As the long-term comparisons show, the secondary Green Lantern title is still in pretty good shape.

—–

21 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
02/2006: JLA #125           --  74,341
02/2007: --
02/2008: Justice League #18 --  89,803
02/2009: Justice League #30 --  69,710
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02/2010: Justice League #42 --  57,522 (- 7.6%)
03/2010: Justice League #43 --  56,461 (- 1.9%)
04/2010: Justice League #44 --  62,342 (+10.4%)
05/2010: Justice League #45 --  62,465 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Justice League #46 --  62,754 (+ 0.5%)
07/2010: Justice League #47 --  60,368 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: Justice League #48 --  60,733 (+ 0.6%)
09/2010: Justice League #49 --  57,616 (- 5.1%)
10/2010: Justice League #50 --  59,686 (+ 3.6%)
11/2010: Justice League #51 --  50,887 (-14.7%)
12/2010: Justice League #52 --  48,501 (- 4.7%)
01/2011: Justice League #53 --  47,093 (- 2.9%)
02/2011: Justice League #54 --  46,269 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -23.8%
1 year  : -19.6%
2 years : -33.6%
5 years : -37.8%

The numbers appear to be settling down at around 46k. Not a very good level for this book, historically.

—–

23 - GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS
08/2010: Emerald Warriors #1  -- 68,332
09/2010: Emerald Warriors #2  -- 56,289 (-17.6%)
10/2010: Emerald Warriors #3  -- 50,490 (-10.3%)
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319 (- 8.3%)
12/2010: Emerald Warriors #5  -- 44,077 (- 4.8%)
01/2011: Emerald Warriors #6  -- 43,471 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Emerald Warriors #7  -- 44,828 (+ 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -34.4%

A prelude to “War of the Green Lanterns” brings a neat little increase for the tertiary Green Lantern book.

—–

32 - SUPERMAN
02/2006: Superman #226 --  63,982
02/2007: Superman #659 --  58,258
02/2008: Superman #673 --  41,580
02/2009: Superman #685 --  48,027
---------------------------------
02/2010: Superman #697 --  31,504 (-  1.4%)
03/2010: Superman #698 --  33,336 (+  5.8%)
04/2010: Superman #699 --  33,183 (-  0.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Superman #700 --  67,571 (+103.6%)
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506 (- 19.3%)
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023 (-  8.2%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Superman #703 --  50,460 (+  0.9%)
10/2010: Superman #704 --  46,741 (-  7.4%)
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261 (-  1.0%)
12/2010: Superman #706 --  43,027 (-  7.0%)
01/2011: Superman #707 --  41,843 (-  2.8%)
02/2011: Superman #708 --  40,639 (-  2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.8%
1 year  : + 29.0%
2 years : - 15.4%
5 years : - 36.5%

The “J. Michael Straczynski Presents” run keeps losing more than a thousand units per month.

—–

33 - DETECTIVE COMICS
02/2006: Detective Comics #816 --  35,410
02/2007: Detective Comics #828 --  55,206
02/2008: Detective Comics #841 --  50,535
02/2009: --
-----------------------------------------
02/2010: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119 (- 3.5%)
04/2010: Detective Comics #864 --  42,436 (- 1.6%)
05/2010: Detective Comics #865 --  41,501 (- 2.2%)
06/2010: Detective Comics #866 --  46,178 (+11.3%)
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371 (-12.6%)
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 --  38,682 (- 4.2%)
09/2010: Detective Comics #869 --  37,394 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674 (- 4.6%)
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941 (+ 3.6%)
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 --  37,961 (+ 2.8%) [39,758]
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 --  38,417 (+ 1.2%)
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 --  39,106 (+ 1.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +  1.1%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : + 10.4%

Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla’s collaboration keeps gaining in sales. It’s a rare breed of comic book that does that without any kind of gimmick to jolt the numbers.

—–

36/57 - DC UNIVERSE ONLINE: LEGENDS
02/2011: DCU Online: Legends #1  -- 36,517
02/2011: DCU Online: Legends #2  -- 28,953 (-20.7%)

A twice-monthly, 26-issue videogame tie-in series with surprisingly good debut numbers. It seems retailers preferred to err on the side of caution on this one. Traditionally, I wouldn’t expect this type of book to set the charts on fire by a long shot, though. Should be interesting to see what happens. There was a 1:10 variant edition for issue #1, so the actual drop is rather tame, on balance.

—–

38 - GREEN ARROW
02/2006: Green Arrow #59  -- 31,250
02/2007: Green Arrow #71  -- 31,470
02/2008: Arrow/Canary #5  -- 36,662
02/2009: Arrow/Canary #17 -- 23,392
-----------------------------------
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600 (+  0.7%)
02/2010: Black Arrow #30  -- 42,014 (+153.1%)
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486 (- 32.2%)
04/2010: Green Arrow #32  -- 29,137 (+  2.3%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Green Arrow #1   -- 54,400 (+ 86.7%) [57,554]
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118 (- 18.9%)
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308 (+  5.0%)
09/2010: Green Arrow #4   -- 44,220 (-  4.5%)
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575 (-  6.2%)
12/2010: Green Arrow #7   -- 36,835 (-  6.9%)
01/2011: Green Arrow #8   -- 35,307 (-  4.2%)
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.8%
1 year  : + 15.8%
2 years : + 45.0%
5 years : +  8.6%

The book still hasn’t found its level. It also still sells twice as many units as the previous volume did before the relaunch came around, mind you.

—–

40 - WONDER WOMAN
02/2006: Wonder Woman #226 --  45,682
02/2007: Wonder Woman #4   --  69,860
02/2008: Wonder Woman #17  --  41,948
02/2009: Wonder Woman #29  --  33,237
-------------------------------------
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  --  25,354 (+  0.8%)
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240 (-  0.5%)
04/2010: Wonder Woman #43  --  25,369 (+  0.5%)
05/2010: Wonder Woman #44  --  25,443 (+  0.3%)
06/2010: Wonder Woman #600 --  53,525 (+110.4%) [63,700]
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672 (- 25.9%)
08/2010: Wonder Woman #602 --  38,012 (-  4.2%)
09/2010: Wonder Woman #603 --  38,852 (+  2.2%)
10/2010: Wonder Woman #604 --  37,405 (-  3.7%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 --  35,495 (-  5.1%)
01/2011: Wonder Woman #606 --  33,601 (-  5.3%)
02/2011: Wonder Woman #607 --  33,053 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : + 30.4%
2 years : -  0.6%
5 years : - 27.7%

Another “JMS Presents” title. This one appears to be finding its level, actually.

—–

43 - ACTION COMICS
02/2006: Action Comics #836 -- 51,722 [55,331]
02/2007: Action Comics #846 -- 64,554 [66,349]
02/2008: Action Comics #862 -- 55,658
02/2009: Action Comics #874 -- 48,360
-------------------------------------
02/2010: Action Comics #886 -- 29,845 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460 (- 1.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #888 -- 29,536 (+ 0.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #889 -- 29,106 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Action Comics #890 -- 34,744 (+19.4%) [40,039]
07/2010: Action Comics #891 -- 35,328 (+ 1.7%)
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Action Comics #893 -- 33,948 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Action Comics #894 -- 42,291 (+24.6%)
11/2010: Action Comics #895 -- 33,089 (-21.8%)
12/2010: Action Comics #896 -- 32,357 (- 2.2%)
01/2011: Action Comics #897 -- 32,134 (- 0.7%)
02/2011: Action Comics #898 -- 31,935 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: -12.3%
1 year  : + 7.0%
2 years : -34.0%
5 years : -38.3%

The Paul Cornell/Pete Woods run has found its level, evidently. While they’re not exactly raking in the sales, from a historical perspective, the book is still doing a few notches better than it was a year ago.

—–

46 - BIRDS OF PREY
02/2006: Birds of Prey #91  -- 29,835
02/2007: Birds of Prey #103 -- 28,327
02/2008: Birds of Prey #115 -- 23,157
02/2009: Birds of Prey #127 -- 21,424
-------------------------------------
05/2010: Birds of Prey #1   -- 50,428 (+135.4%) [54,965]
06/2010: Birds of Prey #2   -- 44,064 (- 12.6%)
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4   -- 46,149 (+  6.3%)
09/2010: Birds of Prey #5   -- 40,146 (- 13.0%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440 (- 14.2%)
12/2010: Birds of Prey #7   -- 33,114 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Birds of Prey #8   -- 31,616 (-  4.5%)
02/2011: Birds of Prey #9   -- 30,641 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 33.6%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : +  2.7%

Gail Simone’s signature DC title is now back at the upper end of its historical range, outside of short-lived spikes from crossovers and relaunches.

—–

47/51 - JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST
05/2010: Generation Lost #1  -- 50,784
05/2010: Generation Lost #2  -- 44,711 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #3  -- 43,278 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #4  -- 41,702 (- 3.6%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #5  -- 40,370 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #6  -- 39,190 (- 2.9%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #7  -- 39,971 (+ 2.0%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #8  -- 38,745 (- 3.1%)
09/2010: Generation Lost #9  -- 37,151 (- 4.1%)
09/2010: Generation Lost #10 -- 36,624 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: Generation Lost #11 -- 35,504 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: Generation Lost #12 -- 34,752 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Generation Lost #13 -- 33,504 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Generation Lost #14 -- 32,722 (- 2.3%)
12/2010: Generation Lost #15 -- 31,871 (- 2.6%)
12/2010: Generation Lost #16 -- 31,048 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Generation Lost #17 -- 30,877 (- 0.6%)
01/2011: Generation Lost #18 -- 30,457 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Generation Lost #19 -- 30,549 (+ 0.3%)
02/2011: Generation Lost #20 -- 30,040 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: -23.0%

Nothing to complain about here, in terms of absolute numbers. In terms of drop-off, Generation Lost is doing slightly better than its big sister Brightest Day, meanwhile.

—–

49 - RED ROBIN
02/2006: Robin #147    -- 32,120
02/2007: Robin #159    -- 28,210
02/2008: Robin #171    -- 27,781
02/2009: Robin #183    -- 31,682
--------------------------------
02/2010: Red Robin #9  -- 36,466 (-  3.7%)
03/2010: Red Robin #10 -- 36,708 (+  0.7%)
04/2010: Red Robin #11 -- 36,205 (-  1.4%)
05/2010: Red Robin #12 -- 36,273 (+  0.2%)
06/2010: Red Robin #13 -- 35,917 (-  1.0%)
07/2010: Red Robin #14 -- 35,652 (-  0.7%)
08/2010: Red Robin #15 -- 34,709 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Red Robin #16 -- 33,753 (-  2.8%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Red Robin #17 -- 31,825 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: Red Robin #18 -- 30,873 (-  3.0%)
01/2011: Red Robin #19 -- 30,547 (-  1.1%)
02/2011: Red Robin #20 -- 30,149 (-  1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 17.3%
2 years : -  4.8%
5 years : -  6.1%

Standard attrition. The two-part crossover with Teen Titans #92 (see below) has no visible effect on the book’s sales.

—–

52 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN
02/2006: --
02/2007: --
02/2008: Superman/Batman #46 --  52,009
02/2009: Superman/Batman #55 --  43,962
---------------------------------------
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224 (- 1.9%)
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196 (- 3.1%)
04/2010: Superman/Batman #71 --  31,714 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Superman/Batman #72 --  32,047 (+ 1.1%)
06/2010: Superman/Batman #73 --  31,425 (- 1.9%)
07/2010: Superman/Batman #74 --  30,847 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324 (+11.3%)
09/2010: Superman/Batman #76 --  32,003 (- 6.8%)
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741 (- 0.8%)
11/2010: Superman/Batman #78 --  31,337 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: Superman/Batman #79 --  30,586 (- 2.4%)
01/2011: Superman/Batman #80 --  30,363 (- 0.7%)
02/2011: Superman/Batman #81 --  29,567 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: -13.9%
1 year  : -11.0%
2 years : -32.7%
5 years :  n.a.

A new arc by a new creative team, with no discernible effect. To be fair, though, Superman/Batman numbers have been rock-solid over the last year.

—–

53 - JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
02/2006: JSA #82             --  54,234
02/2007: Justice Society #3  --  84,356 [86,014]
02/2008: Justice Society #12 --  84,162
02/2008: Justice Society #13 --  82,702
02/2009: Justice Society #24 --  65,207
---------------------------------------
02/2010: Justice Society #36 --  39,060 (-  2.2%)
03/2010: Justice Society #37 --  37,381 (-  4.3%)
04/2010: Justice Society #38 --  36,648 (-  2.0%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Justice Society #39 --  36,630 (-  0.1%)
06/2010: Justice Society #40 --  36,008 (-  1.7%)
07/2010: Justice Society #41 --  48,858 (+ 35.7%)
08/2010: Justice Society #42 --  48,420 (-  0.9%)
09/2010: Justice Society #43 --  36,576 (- 24.5%)
10/2010: Justice Society #44 --  35,483 (-  3.0%)
11/2010: Justice Society #45 --  33,582 (-  5.4%)
12/2010: Justice Society #46 --  31,497 (-  6.2%)
01/2011: Justice Society #47 --  30,071 (-  4.5%)
02/2011: Justice Society #48 --  29,139 (-  3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -39.8%
1 year  : -25.4%
2 years : -55.3%
5 years : -46.3%

Sliding down the charts.

—–

55 - BATMAN: ODYSSEY
07/2010: Batman: Odyssey #1  of  6 -- 61,827
08/2010: Batman: Odyssey #2  of  6 -- 47,675 (-22.9%)
09/2010: Batman: Odyssey #3  of  6 -- 40,046 (-16.0%)
10/2010: Batman: Odyssey #4  of 12 -- 35,307 (-11.8%)
11/2010: Batman: Odyssey #5  of 13 -- 31,386 (-11.1%)
12/2010: --
01/2011: --
02/2011: Batman: Odyssey #6  of 13 -- 29,093 (- 7.3%)
----------------
6 months: -39.0%

Well, the decline has hit single digits, at least. Overall, though, it doesn’t look like comics veteran Neal Adams’s mad trip of a Batman romp is catching on in comics stores.

—–

56 - BATMAN BEYOND
06/2010: Batman Beyond #1 of 6 -- 35,113          [42,283]
07/2010: Batman Beyond #2 of 6 -- 31,397 (-10.6%)
08/2010: Batman Beyond #3 of 6 -- 31,469 (+ 0.2%)
09/2010: Batman Beyond #4 of 6 -- 31,368 (- 0.3%)
10/2010: Batman Beyond #5 of 6 -- 30,121 (- 4.0%)
11/2010: Batman Beyond #6 of 6 -- 28,485 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: --
01/2011: Batman Beyond #1      -- 35,880 (+26.0%)
02/2011: Batman Beyond #2      -- 28,956 (-19.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.0%

An average second-issue drop.

—–

64 - SUPERBOY
11/2010: Superboy #1  --  39,701
12/2010: Superboy #2  --  31,761 (-20.0%)
01/2011: Superboy #3  --  29,550 (- 7.0%)
02/2011: Superboy #4  --  27,448 (- 7.1%)

Not levelling out yet.

—–

69 - TEEN TITANS
02/2006: Teen Titans #32 -- 69,131
02/2007: --
02/2008: Teen Titans #56 -- 50,283
02/2009: Teen Titans #68 -- 35,096
----------------------------------
02/2010: Teen Titans #80 -- 26,537 (- 4.5%)
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758 (- 2.9%)
04/2010: Teen Titans #82 -- 25,303 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Teen Titans #83 -- 24,960 (- 1.4%)
06/2010: Teen Titans #84 -- 24,593 (- 1.5%)
07/2010: Teen Titans #85 -- 24,248 (- 1.4%)
08/2010: Teen Titans #86 -- 24,971 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Teen Titans #87 -- 23,259 (- 6.9%)
10/2010: Teen Titans #88 -- 27,637 (+18.8%)
11/2010: Teen Titans #89 -- 26,444 (- 4.3%)
12/2010: Teen Titans #90 -- 25,997 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Teen Titans #91 -- 25,443 (- 2.1%)
02/2011: Teen Titans #92 -- 26,170 (+ 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: + 4.8%
1 year  : - 1.4%
2 years : -25.4%
5 years : -62.1%

Over here, the crossover with Red Robin brings a slight increase.

—–

74 - BATGIRL
02/2006: Batgirl #73     -- 26,546
----------------------------------
02/2010: Batgirl #7      -- 29,524 (-  2.9%)
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886 (+  4.6%)
04/2010: Batgirl #9      -- 29,445 (-  4.7%)
05/2010: Batgirl #10     -- 28,641 (-  2.7%)
06/2010: Batgirl #11     -- 28,563 (-  0.3%)
07/2010: Batgirl #12     -- 28,011 (-  1.9%)
08/2010: Batgirl #13     -- 27,247 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Batgirl #14     -- 26,861 (-  1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827 (-  3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16     -- 25,225 (-  2.3%)
01/2011: Batgirl #17     -- 25,189 (-  0.1%)
02/2011: Batgirl #18     -- 24,390 (-  3.2%)
----------------
6 months: -10.5%
1 year  : -17.4%
5 years : - 8.1%

Slipping.

—–

75 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
02/2006: LoSH #14             -- 32,513
02/2006: LoSH #15             -- 31,649
02/2007: Supergirl & LoSH #27 -- 31,387
02/2008: Supergirl & LoSH #39 -- 31,123
---------------------------------------
05/2010: LoSH #1              -- 44,415 (+98.9%) [50,106]
06/2010: LoSH #2              -- 39,102 (-12.0%)
07/2010: LoSH #3              -- 36,360 (- 7.0%)
08/2010: LoSH #4              -- 34,239 (- 5.8%)
09/2010: LoSH #5              -- 32,417 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: LoSH #6              -- 30,246 (- 6.7%)
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439 (-12.6%)
12/2010: LoSH #8              -- 25,063 (- 5.2%)
01/2011: LoSH #9              -- 24,230 (- 3.3%)
02/2011: LoSH #10             -- 23,738 (- 2.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.7%
2 years : - 23.7%
5 years : - 27.0%
78 - ADVENTURE COMICS
02/2009: Adventure Comics #0   -- 32,851
----------------------------------------
02/2010: Adventure Comics #7   -- 53,721 (+26.4%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #8   -- 39,351 (-26.8%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #9   -- 37,515 (- 4.7%)
04/2010: Adventure Comics #10  -- 37,573 (+ 0.2%)
05/2010: Adventure Comics #11  -- 34,794 (- 7.4%)
06/2010: Adventure Comics #12  -- 34,663 (- 0.4%)
07/2010: Adventure Comics #516 -- 30,897 (-10.9%)
08/2010: Adventure Comics #517 -- 28,966 (- 6.3%)
09/2010: Adventure Comics #518 -- 27,028 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Adventure Comics #519 -- 25,346 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Adventure Comics #520 -- 24,540 (- 3.2%)
12/2010: Adventure Comics #521 -- 23,787 (- 6.9%)
01/2011: Adventure Comics #522 -- 22,821 (- 4.1%)
02/2011: Adventure Comics #523 -- 23,127 (+ 1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.2%
1 year  : - 57.0%
2 years : - 29.6%
82 - LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL
02/2010: LoSH Annual #1 -- 22,201

Legion of Super-Heroes appears to be levelling out, finally, while the arrival of artist Phil Jimenez on its sister title Adventure Comics yields a very modest increase. The Annual, late from December, sold as well as you could expect.

—–

84 - SUPERGIRL
02/2006: Supergirl #4  -- 104,734
02/2006: Supergirl #5  -- 103,108 [104,930]
02/2007: Supergirl #14 --  52,977
02/2008: Supergirl #26 --  34,186
02/2009: Supergirl #38 --  34,225
---------------------------------
02/2010: Supergirl #50 --  33,338 (+20.2%)
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845 (-10.5%)
04/2010: Supergirl #52 --  29,490 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Supergirl #53 --  28,317 (- 4.0%)
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941 (- 4.9%)
08/2010: Supergirl #55 --  25,891 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Supergirl #56 --  25,034 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Supergirl #57 --  23,842 (- 4.8%)
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412 (+ 6.6%)
12/2010: Supergirl #59 --  22,606 (-11.0%)
01/2011: Supergirl #60 --  22,568 (- 0.2%)
02/2011: Supergirl #61 --  22,048 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: -14.8%
1 year  : -33.9%
2 years : -35.6%
5 years : -78.8%

Reportedly, DC hired critically acclaimed writer Nick Spencer for Supergirl, then announced him as the new writer and solicited three months’ worth of issues accordingly, then decided that they didn’t like his direction for the book and fired him before his first issue was even completed, then got an enthusiastic response from fans, then wanted to have him back on the book, only to find out that he’d signed an exclusive contract with Marvel in the meantime.

It’s the kind of editorial sure-footedness that instills confidence in talent and readers alike.

—–

85/90 - GOTHAM CITY SIRENS
02/2010: GC Sirens #9  -- 27,172 (- 3.8%)
03/2010: GC Sirens #10 -- 26,550 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: GC Sirens #11 -- 26,359 (- 0.7%)
05/2010: GC Sirens #12 -- 26,029 (- 1.3%)
06/2010: GC Sirens #13 -- 25,867 (- 0.6%)
07/2010: GC Sirens #14 -- 25,315 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: GC Sirens #15 -- 24,589 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: GC Sirens #16 -- 23,821 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: GC Sirens #17 -- 22,107 (- 7.2%)
12/2010: GC Sirens #18 -- 21,344 (- 3.5%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: GC Sirens #19 -- 21,631 (+ 1.4%)
02/2011: GC Sirens #20 -- 20,822 (- 3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.7%
1 year  : - 21.9%

This Batman spin-off appears to be levelling out.

—–

86 - DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES
05/2010: DCU Legacies #1  of 10 -- 34,429
06/2010: DCU Legacies #2  of 10 -- 29,286 (-14.9%)
07/2010: DCU Legacies #3  of 10 -- 26,708 (- 8.8%)
08/2010: DCU Legacies #4  of 10 -- 25,691 (- 3.8%)
09/2010: DCU Legacies #5  of 10 -- 25,851 (+ 0.6%)
10/2010: DCU Legacies #6  of 10 -- 24,210 (- 6.4%)
11/2010: DCU Legacies #7  of 10 -- 23,215 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: DCU Legacies #8  of 10 -- 21,886 (- 5.7%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: DCU Legacies #9  of 10 -- 21,419 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: -16.6%

One issue to go. Good numbers for this type of book, overall.

—–

87 - TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT
07/2010: Vanishing Point #1 of 6 -- 34,509
08/2010: Vanishing Point #2 of 6 -- 26,918 (-22.0%)
09/2010: Vanishing Point #3 of 6 -- 24,177 (-10.2%)
10/2010: Vanishing Point #4 of 6 -- 22,813 (- 5.6%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Vanishing Point #5 of 6 -- 22,312 (- 2.2%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Vanishing Point #6 of 6 -- 21,097 (- 5.5%)
----------------
6 months: -21.6%

Another miniseries with reasonably good sales. Imagine what it could have done if they’d bothered to promote the “Return of Bruce Wayne” tie-in.

—–

89 - TITANS
02/2009: Titans #10     -- 36,361
---------------------------------
02/2010: Titans #22     -- 24,489 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: Titans #23     -- 24,260 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: --
05/2010: VfH Special #1 -- 31,718 (+30.7%)
06/2010: Titans #24     -- 33,079 (+ 4.3%)
07/2010: Titans #25     -- 31,505 (- 4.8%)
08/2010: Titans #26     -- 32,800 (+ 4.1%)
09/2010: Titans #27     -- 28,438 (-13.3%)
10/2010: Titans #28     -- 27,430 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Titans #29     -- 24,138 (-12.0%)
12/2010: Titans #30     -- 22,483 (- 6.9%)
01/2011: Titans #31     -- 21,749 (- 3.3%)
02/2011: Titans #32     -- 20,949 (- 3.7%)
----------------
6 months: -36.1%
1 year  : -14.5%
2 years : -42.4%

Still sliding down the charts, with no end in sight.

—–

92 - SECRET SIX
02/2009: Secret Six #6      -- 24,758
-------------------------------------
02/2010: Secret Six #18     -- 37,876 (- 1.7%)
03/2010: Secret Six #19     -- 23,181 (-38.8%)
04/2010: Secret Six #20     -- 22,695 (- 2.1%)
05/2010: Secret Six #21     -- 22,334 (- 1.6%)
06/2010: Secret Six #22     -- 21,941 (- 1.8%)
07/2010: Secret Six #23     -- 21,554 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Secret Six #24     -- 21,177 (- 1.8%)
09/2010: Secret Six #25     -- 20,775 (- 1.9%)
10/2010: Secret Six #26     -- 20,377 (- 1.9%)
11/2010: Secret Six #27     -- 19,963 (- 2.0%)
12/2010: Secret Six #28     -- 19,587 (- 1.9%)
01/2011: Secret Six #29     -- 20,327 (+ 3.8%)
02/2011: Secret Six #30     -- 19,763 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.7%
1 year  : -47.8%
2 years : -20.2%

The January issue was a crossover with Action Comics, the February issue crossed over with Doom Patrol. Neither has done much to affect the book’s slow, steady decline, on balance.

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94 - FABLES (Vertigo)
02/2006: Fables #46  -- 24,134
02/2007: --
02/2008: Fables #69  -- 24,337
02/2008: Fables #70  -- 23,975
02/2009: Fables #81  -- 22,517
------------------------------
02/2010: --
03/2010: Fables #93  -- 20,003 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: Fables #94  -- 19,965 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Fables #95  -- 19,932 (- 0.2%)
06/2010: Fables #96  -- 19,842 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Fables #97  -- 19,625 (- 1.1%)
09/2010: Fables #98  -- 19,594 (- 0.2%)
10/2010: Fables #99  -- 19,656 (+ 0.3%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Fables #100 -- 23,014 (+17.1%)
01/2011: Fables #101 -- 19,183 (-16.7%)
02/2011: Fables #102 -- 19,215 (+ 0.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.1%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -14.7%
5 years : -20.4%

Holding level with the start of a new storyline about, hold on, superheroes.

—–

98 - SUPERMAN 80-PAGE GIANT
02/2010: Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 #1 -- 18,069

Solid numbers for this type of thing, all things considered.

—–

105 - JSA ALL-STARS
02/2010: JSA All-Stars #3  -- 29,666 (- 9.0%)
03/2010: JSA All-Stars #4  -- 28,526 (- 3.8%)
04/2010: JSA All-Stars #5  -- 26,581 (- 6.8%)
05/2010: JSA All-Stars #6  -- 25,306 (- 4.8%)
06/2010: JSA All-Stars #7  -- 24,436 (- 3.4%)
07/2010: JSA All-Stars #8  -- 23,478 (- 3.9%)
08/2010: JSA All-Stars #9  -- 22,347 (- 4.8%)
09/2010: JSA All-Stars #10 -- 21,646 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: JSA All-Stars #11 -- 20,496 (- 5.3%)
11/2010: JSA All-Stars #12 -- 19,630 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: JSA All-Stars #13 -- 18,395 (- 6.3%)
01/2011: JSA All-Stars #14 -- 17,920 (- 2.6%)
02/2011: JSA All-Stars #15 -- 17,409 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: -22.1%
1 year  : -41.3%

Cancelled with issue #18. So, from here on down, the air is getting thinner for DC Universe titles.

—–

108 - POWER GIRL
02/2010: Power Girl #9  -- 20,900 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Power Girl #10 -- 20,801 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: Power Girl #11 -- 20,675 (- 0.6%)
05/2010: Power Girl #12 -- 20,681 (+ 0.0%)
06/2010: Power Girl #13 -- 20,583 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: Power Girl #14 -- 19,739 (- 4.1%)
08/2010: Power Girl #15 -- 19,091 (- 3.3%)
09/2010: Power Girl #16 -- 18,404 (- 3.6%)
10/2010: Power Girl #17 -- 17,847 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Power Girl #18 -- 17,300 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Power Girl #19 -- 16,763 (- 3.1%)
01/2011: Power Girl #20 -- 16,823 (+ 0.4%)
02/2011: Power Girl #21 -- 16,940 (+ 0.7%)
----------------
6 months: -11.3%
1 year  : -19.0%

The book is on a marginal climb, for no readily apparent reason other than because something about it must be working. Always a good sign — particularly given the comparatively swift decline in the second half of 2010, after the original creative team had left.

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109 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
03/2010: American Vampire #1  -- 33,762          [36,831]
04/2010: American Vampire #2  -- 26,770 (-20.7%)
05/2010: American Vampire #3  -- 26,510 (- 1.0%)
06/2010: American Vampire #4  -- 25,977 (- 2.0%)
07/2010: American Vampire #5  -- 24,857 (- 4.3%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: American Vampire #6  -- 23,349 (- 6.1%)
10/2010: American Vampire #7  -- 21,910 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850 (- 9.4%)
12/2010: American Vampire #9  -- 19,019 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: American Vampire #10 -- 17,761 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: American Vampire #11 -- 16,969 (- 4.5%)
02/2011: American Vampire #12 -- 16,522 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.

The numbers are levelling out again, evidently. It was always clear that co-writer Stephen King’s departure after issue #5 would result in a noticeable drop. The fact that American Vampire is still Vertigo’s second-best-selling periodical now that the dust seems to be settling is encouraging.

—–

113 - BOOSTER GOLD
02/2008: Booster Gold #0  -- 37,808
02/2009: Booster Gold #17 -- 24,732
-----------------------------------
02/2010: Booster Gold #29 -- 21,020 (-  4.3%)
03/2010: Booster Gold #30 -- 20,187 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: Booster Gold #31 -- 19,818 (-  1.8%)
05/2010: Booster Gold #32 -- 20,343 (+  2.7%)
06/2010: Booster Gold #33 -- 19,895 (-  2.2%)
07/2010: Booster Gold #34 -- 19,592 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Booster Gold #35 -- 19,104 (-  2.5%)
09/2010: Booster Gold #36 -- 18,504 (-  3.1%)
10/2010: Booster Gold #37 -- 17,806 (-  3.8%)
11/2010: Booster Gold #38 -- 17,276 (-  3.0%)
12/2010: Booster Gold #39 -- 16,686 (-  3.4%)
01/2011: Booster Gold #40 -- 16,324 (-  2.2%)
02/2011: Booster Gold #41 -- 15,864 (-  2.8%)
----------------
6 months: -17.0%
1 year  : -24.5%
2 years : -35.9%

Booster Gold keeps slipping down the charts, which is cause for concern, at this stage. The book’s future probably hangs on whether or not it can profit from its upcoming “Flashpoint” crossover in any lasting fashion.

—–

122 - CINDERELLA: FABLES ARE FOREVER (Vertigo)
11/2009: Cinderella: FFwL #1 of 6   -- 20,337
12/2009: Cinderella: FFwL #2 of 6   -- 16,598
01/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #3 of 6   -- 15,827
02/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #4 of 6   -- 15,421
03/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #5 of 6   -- 15,285
04/2010: Cinderella: FFwL #6 of 6   -- 14,956
---------------------------------------------
01/2011: Fables Are Forever #1 of 6 -- 15,026
----------------
1 year  : - 2.6%

The latest Fables spin-off doesn’t do as well as the last Cinderella miniseries, but it’s still a solid number for a Vertigo title. Also, the Fables brand is guaranteed to move a better-than-average number of paperback collections eventually, of course.

—–

137 - THE OUTSIDERS
02/2006: Outsiders #33 -- 43,270
02/2007: Outsiders #45 -- 32,976
02/2008: Batsiders #4  -- 37,903
02/2009: Special #1    -- 35,727
02/2009: Outsiders #15 -- 30,024
--------------------------------
02/2010: Outsiders #27 -- 21,167 (-  6.5%)
03/2010: Outsiders #28 -- 19,632 (-  7.3%)
04/2010: Outsiders #29 -- 19,094 (-  2.7%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Outsiders #30 -- 18,045 (-  5.5%)
07/2010: Outsiders #31 -- 17,173 (-  4.8%)
08/2010: Outsiders #32 -- 15,754 (-  8.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Outsiders #33 -- 15,253 (-  3.2%)
11/2010: Outsiders #34 -- 13,576 (- 11.0%)
12/2010: Outsiders #35 -- 13,133 (-  3.3%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Outsiders #36 -- 12,848 (-  2.2%)
----------------
6 months: -18.5%
1 year  : -39.3%
2 years : -60.9%
5 years : -70.3%

Cancelled with issue #40.

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139 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL
02/2007: Batman Confidential #3  -- 41,109
02/2008: Batman Confidential #12 -- 27,208
02/2008: Batman Confidential #13 -- 25,735
02/2009: Batman Confidential #26 -- 20,134
------------------------------------------
02/2010: Batman Confidential #41 -- 16,856 (- 2.2%)
03/2010: Batman Confidential #42 -- 16,652 (- 1.2%)
04/2010: Batman Confidential #43 -- 16,449 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: Batman Confidential #44 -- 15,279 (- 7.1%)
06/2010: Batman Confidential #45 -- 15,070 (- 1.4%)
07/2010: Batman Confidential #46 -- 14,621 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: Batman Confidential #47 -- 14,341 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: Batman Confidential #48 -- 14,329 (- 0.1%)
10/2010: Batman Confidential #49 -- 14,112 (- 1.5%)
11/2010: Batman Confidential #50 -- 14,450 (+ 2.4%)
12/2010: Batman Confidential #51 -- 13,495 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: Batman Confidential #52 -- 13,116 (- 2.8%)
02/2011: Batman Confidential #53 -- 12,779 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: -10.9%
1 year  : -24.2%
2 years : -36.5%

Cancelled with issue #54.

—–

148 - WEIRD WORLDS
01/2011: Weird Worlds #1 of 6 -- 14,964
02/2011: Weird Worlds #2 of 6 -- 11,587 (-22.6%)

A pretty steep drop-off. Then again, anything above 10k is great for this type of book.

—–

151 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
02/2010: The Unwritten #10 -- 13,644 (- 1.1%)
03/2010: The Unwritten #11 -- 13,630 (- 0.1%)
04/2010: The Unwritten #12 -- 13,507 (- 0.9%)
05/2010: The Unwritten #13 -- 13,467 (- 0.3%)
06/2010: The Unwritten #14 -- 13,396 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023 (- 2.8%)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: The Unwritten #17 -- 12,796 (+ 0.2%)
10/2010: The Unwritten #18 -- 12,273 (- 4.1%)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: The Unwritten #20 -- 11,684 (- 2.9%)
01/2011: The Unwritten #21 -- 11,443 (- 2.1%)
02/2011: The Unwritten #22 -- 11,371 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: -11.0%
1 year  : -16.7%

Settling down again, at around 11k.

—–

154 - I, ZOMBIE (Vertigo)
05/2010: I, Zombie #1  -- 33,025
06/2010: I, Zombie #2  -- 18,620 (-43.6%)
07/2010: I, Zombie #3  -- 16,898 (- 9.3%)
08/2010: I, Zombie #4  -- 15,772 (- 6.7%)
09/2010: I, Zombie #5  -- 14,839 (- 5.9%)
10/2010: I, Zombie #6  -- 13,782 (- 7.1%)
11/2010: I, Zombie #7  -- 12,800 (- 7.1%)
12/2010: I, Zombie #8  -- 12,038 (- 6.0%)
01/2011: I, Zombie #9  -- 11,536 (- 4.2%)
02/2011: I, Zombie #10 -- 11,182 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -29.1%

Also levelling out, but at a much slower rate.

—–

159 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
01/2011: Young Justice #0  --  9,412
02/2011: Young Justice #1  -- 10,777 (+14.5%)

A new Johnny DC title. See small print.

——

160 - DOOM PATROL
02/2010: Doom Patrol #7  -- 15,689 (-  8.3%)
03/2010: Doom Patrol #8  -- 14,197 (-  9.5%)
04/2010: Doom Patrol #9  -- 13,126 (-  7.5%)
05/2010: Doom Patrol #10 -- 12,334 (-  6.0%)
06/2010: Doom Patrol #11 -- 11,857 (-  3.9%)
07/2010: Doom Patrol #12 -- 11,267 (-  5.0%)
08/2010: Doom Patrol #13 -- 10,878 (-  3.5%)
09/2010: Doom Patrol #14 -- 10,780 (-  0.9%)
10/2010: Doom Patrol #15 -- 10,081 (-  6.5%)
11/2010: Doom Patrol #16 --  9,955 (-  1.3%)
12/2010: Doom Patrol #17 --  9,564 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Doom Patrol #18 --  9,375 (-  2.0%)
02/2011: Doom Patrol #19 -- 10,681 (+ 13.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.8%
1 year  : -31.9%

Cancelled with issue #22.

—–

163 - R.E.B.E.L.S.
02/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #1  -- 23,739
-----------------------------------
02/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #13 -- 11,836 (-  4.8%)
03/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #14 -- 11,362 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 -- 11,271 (-  0.8%)
05/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 -- 11,120 (-  1.3%)
06/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #17 -- 11,048 (-  0.7%)
07/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #18 -- 11,007 (-  0.4%)
08/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #19 -- 10,851 (-  1.4%)
09/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #20 -- 11,745 (+  8.2%)
10/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #21 -- 11,262 (-  4.1%)
11/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #22 -- 10,797 (-  4.1%)
12/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #23 -- 10,619 (-  1.7%)
01/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #24 -- 10,354 (-  2.5%)
02/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #25 -- 10,351 (-  0.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.6%
1 year  : - 12.6%
2 years : - 56.4%

Cancelled with issue #28.

—–

167 - JONAH HEX
02/2006: Jonah Hex #4  -- 23,569
02/2007: Jonah Hex #16 -- 17,490
02/2008: Jonah Hex #28 -- 13,614
02/2009: Jonah Hex #40 -- 11,631
--------------------------------
02/2010: Jonah Hex #52 -- 11,213 (+ 0.3%)
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,565 (+ 3.1%)
04/2010: Jonah Hex #54 -- 11,306 (- 2.2%)
05/2010: Jonah Hex #55 -- 11,327 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441 (+18.7%)
07/2010: Jonah Hex #57 -- 12,318 (- 8.4%)
08/2010: Jonah Hex #58 -- 11,775 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: Jonah Hex #59 -- 11,444 (- 2.8%)
10/2010: Jonah Hex #60 -- 11,141 (- 2.7%)
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Jonah Hex #62 -- 10,899 (+ 1.0%)
01/2011: Jonah Hex #63 -- 10,752 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255 (- 4.6%)
----------------
6 months: -12.9%
1 year  : - 8.5%
2 years : -11.8%
5 years : -56.5%

This is nominally a DC universe title, but Jonah Hex has always been something of an exception, presumably because it’s been a very steady performer for years now, among other reasons.

That said, 5% drops shouldn’t become a habit.

—–

168 - KNIGHT AND SQUIRE
10/2010: Knight & Squire #1 of 6 -- 21,867
11/2010: Knight & Squire #2 of 6 -- 14,466 (-33.9%)
12/2010: Knight & Squire #3 of 6 -- 12,142 (-16.1%)
01/2011: Knight & Squire #4 of 6 -- 11,051 (- 9.0%)
02/2011: Knight & Squire #5 of 6 -- 10,221 (- 7.5%)

Quirky book, big drops.

—–

171 - T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
11/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1  -- 16,122
12/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2  -- 11,227 (-30.4%)
01/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3  -- 10,602 (- 5.6%)
02/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #4  -- 10,124 (- 4.5%)

Another nominal DC Universe title that may get more rope than others because it’s not really part of the mainstream line.

—–

177 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
02/2006: Hellblazer #217 -- 14,306
02/2007: Hellblazer #229 -- 13,032
02/2008: Hellblazer #241 -- 11,998
02/2009: Hellblazer #252 -- 11,174
----------------------------------
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295 (+2.7%)
04/2010: Hellblazer #266 -- 10,256 (-0.4%)
05/2010: Hellblazer #267 -- 10,155 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Hellblazer #268 -- 10,221 (+0.7%)
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048 (-1.7%)
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928 (-1.2%)
09/2010: Hellblazer #271 --  9,851 (-0.8%)
10/2010: Hellblazer #272 --  9,650 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645 (-0.1%)
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 --  9,342 (-3.1%)
01/2011: Hellblazer #275 --  9,507 (+1.8%)
02/2011: Hellblazer #276 --  9,466 (-0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.7%
1 year  : - 5.6%
2 years : -15.3%
5 years : -33.8%

Continuing a very slow decline, as always.

—–

178 - JLA/THE 99
10/2010: JLA/The 99 #1 of 6 -- 19,995
11/2010: JLA/The 99 #2 of 6 -- 15,525 (-22.4%)
12/2010: JLA/The 99 #3 of 6 -- 12,819 (-17.4%)
01/2011: JLA/The 99 #4 of 6 -- 10,265 (-19.9%)
02/2011: JLA/The 99 #5 of 6 --  9,391 (- 8.5%)

A predictable disaster, pretty much.

—–

180 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS
02/2007: --
02/2008: US & FF #6 of 8      -- 14,126
---------------------------------------
09/2010: Freedom Fighters #1  -- 19,378
10/2010: Freedom Fighters #2  -- 12,758 (-34.2%)
11/2010: Freedom Fighters #3  -- 11,186 (-12.3%)
12/2010: Freedom Fighters #4  -- 10,028 (-10.4%)
01/2011: Freedom Fighters #5  --  9,437 (- 5.9%)
02/2011: Freedom Fighters #6  --  9,050 (- 4.1%)

Cancelled with issue #9.

—–

188 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
02/2010: Sweet Tooth #6  --  9,740 (- 0.5%)
03/2010: Sweet Tooth #7  --  9,718 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Sweet Tooth #8  --  9,612 (- 1.1%)
05/2010: Sweet Tooth #9  --  9,654 (+ 0.4%)
06/2010: Sweet Tooth #10 --  9,570 (- 0.9%)
07/2010: Sweet Tooth #11 --  9,478 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Sweet Tooth #12 --  9,246 (- 2.5%)
09/2010: Sweet Tooth #13 --  9,097 (- 1.6%)
10/2010: Sweet Tooth #14 --  8,933 (- 1.8%)
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Sweet Tooth #16 --  8,602 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Sweet Tooth #17 --  8,522 (- 0.9%)
02/2011: Sweet Tooth #18 --  8,466 (- 0.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.4%
1 year  : -13.1%

Levelling out at 8k, evidently.

—–

193 - DOC SAVAGE
04/2010: Doc Savage #1   -- 24,539
05/2010: Doc Savage #2   -- 19,073 (-22.3%)
06/2010: Doc Savage #3   -- 16,153 (-15.3%)
07/2010: Doc Savage #4   -- 14,621 (- 9.5%)
08/2010: Doc Savage #5   -- 13,125 (-10.2%)
09/2010: Doc Savage #6   -- 11,838 (- 9.8%)
10/2010: Doc Savage #7   -- 10,050 (-15.1%)
11/2010: Doc Savage #8   --  9,257 (- 7.9%)
12/2010: Doc Savage #9   --  8,681 (- 6.2%)
01/2011: Doc Savage #10  --  8,407 (- 3.2%)
02/2011: Doc Savage #11  --  7,972 (- 5.2%)
----------------
6 months: -39.3%

Reportedly cancelled, though no official final issue has been solicited to date.

—–

201 - AZRAEL
02/2010: Azrael #5  -- 12,856 (-12.6%)
03/2010: Azrael #6  -- 11,825 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Azrael #7  -- 11,080 (- 6.3%)
05/2010: Azrael #8  -- 10,228 (- 7.7%)
06/2010: Azrael #9  --  9,802 (- 4.2%)
07/2010: Azrael #10 --  9,223 (- 5.9%)
08/2010: Azrael #11 --  8,930 (- 3.2%)
09/2010: Azrael #12 --  8,559 (- 4.2%)
10/2010: Azrael #13 --  8,198 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Azrael #14 --  7,841 (- 4.4%)
12/2010: Azrael #15 --  7,699 (- 1.8%)
01/2011: Azrael #16 --  7,825 (+ 1.6%)
02/2011: Azrael #17 --  7,558 (- 3.4%)
----------------
6 months: -15.4%
1 year  : -41.2%

Cancelled with issue #18.

—–

204 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
02/2008: Tiny Titans #1  -- 15,238
02/2009: Tiny Titans #13 --  8,710
----------------------------------
02/2010: Tiny Titans #25 --  8,566 (+ 9.2%)
03/2010: Tiny Titans #26 --  7,878 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Tiny Titans #27 --  8,224 (+ 4.4%)
05/2010: Tiny Titans #28 --  7,959 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Tiny Titans #29 --  8,195 (+ 3.0%)
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30 --  8,038 (- 1.9%)
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31 --  7,987 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Tiny Titans #32 --  8,073 (+ 1.1%)
10/2010: Tiny Titans #33 --  8,045 (- 0.4%)
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34 --  7,713 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: Tiny Titans #35 --  7,515 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Tiny Titans #36 --  7,480 (- 0.5%)
02/2011: Tiny Titans #37 --  7,426 (- 0.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.0%
1 year  : -13.3%
2 years : -14.7%

A Johnny DC book, see disclaimers.

—–

205 - THE SPIRIT
02/2007: The Spirit #3  -- 25,516
02/2008: The Spirit #14 -- 17,277
02/2009: The Spirit #26 --  9,405
---------------------------------
04/2010: The Spirit #1  -- 19,849 (+158.8%)
05/2010: The Spirit #2  -- 14,274 (- 28.1%)
06/2010: The Spirit #3  -- 13,030 (-  8.7%)
07/2010: The Spirit #4  -- 11,915 (-  8.6%)
08/2010: The Spirit #5  -- 11,015 (-  7.6%)
09/2010: The Spirit #6  -- 10,083 (-  8.5%)
10/2010: The Spirit #7  --  9,233 (-  8.4%)
11/2010: The Spirit #8  --  8,706 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: The Spirit #9  --  8,297 (-  4.7%)
01/2011: The Spirit #10 --  7,830 (-  5.6%)
02/2011: The Spirit #11 --  7,417 (-  5.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 32.7%
2 years : - 21.1%

See Doc Savage.

—–

209 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
02/2009: House of Mystery #10 -- 13,098
---------------------------------------
02/2010: House of Mystery #22 --  9,401 (- 4.9%)
03/2010: House of Mystery #23 --  9,350 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: House of Mystery #24 --  9,168 (- 2.0%)
05/2010: House of Mystery #25 --  9,253 (+ 0.9%)
06/2010: House of Mystery #26 --  8,742 (- 5.5%)
07/2010: House of Mystery #27 --  8,481 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: House of Mystery #28 --  8,238 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: House of Mystery #29 --  8,087 (- 1.8%)
10/2010: House of Mystery #30 --  7,913 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: House of Mystery #31 --  7,610 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: House of Mystery #32 --  7,348 (- 3.4%)
01/2011: House of Mystery #33 --  7,227 (- 1.7%)
02/2011: House of Mystery #34 --  7,092 (- 1.9%)
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6 months: -13.9%
1 year  : -24.6%
2 years : -45.9%

Standard attrition.

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211 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
02/2008: Northlanders #3  -- 14,699
02/2009: --
-----------------------------------
02/2010: Northlanders #25 --  7,807 (- 1.6%)
03/2010: Northlanders #26 --  7,824 (+ 0.2%)
04/2010: Northlanders #27 --  7,683 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Northlanders #28 --  7,630 (- 0.7%)
06/2010: Northlanders #29 --  7,498 (- 1.7%)
07/2010: Northlanders #30 --  7,421 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Northlanders #31 --  7,376 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Northlanders #32 --  7,321 (- 0.8%)
10/2010: Northlanders #33 --  7,169 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Northlanders #34 --  7,018 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Northlanders #35 --  7,061 (+ 0.6%)
01/2011: Northlanders #36 --  6,806 (- 3.6%)
02/2011: Northlanders #37 --  7,006 (+ 2.9%)
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6 months: - 5.0%
1 year  : -10.3%
2 years :  n.a.

The start of a new arc brings a slight increase.

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222 - THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
02/2006: Batman Strikes! #18   --  8,626
02/2007: Batman Strikes! #30   --  7,335
02/2008: Batman Strikes! #42   --  6,623
02/2009: Brave & Bold #2       --  8,678
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02/2010: Brave & Bold #14      --  6,084 (-  0.7%)
03/2010: Brave & Bold #15      --  6,208 (+  2.0%)
04/2010: Brave & Bold #16      --  6,506 (+  4.8%)
05/2010: Brave & Bold #17      --  6,103 (-  6.2%)
06/2010: Brave & Bold #18      --  6,270 (+  2.7%)
07/2010: Brave & Bold #19      --  6,489 (+  3.5%)
08/2010: Brave & Bold #20      --  6,244 (-  3.8%)
09/2010: Brave & Bold #21      --  6,345 (+  1.6%)
10/2010: Brave & Bold #22      --  6,044 (-  4.7%)
11/2010: All-New BBB #1        --  8,408 (+ 39.1%)
12/2010: All-New BBB #2        --  6,688 (- 20.5%)
01/2011: All-New BBB #3        --  6,557 (-  2.0%)
02/2011: All-New BBB #4        --  6,561 (+  0.1%)
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6 months: + 5.1%
1 year  : + 7.8%
2 years : -24.4%
5 years : -23.9%

Another Johnny DC book.

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229 - NEW YORK FIVE (Vertigo)
01/2011: New York Five #1 of 4 -- 8,360
02/2011: New York Five #2 of 4 -- 6,237 (-25.4%)

A stiff drop-off. Given the expected paperback sales for Brian Wood titles, the book should be fine, though.

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230 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
02/2007: Scalped #2  -- 10,005
02/2008: Scalped #14 --  6,903
02/2009: Scalped #25 --  6,887
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02/2010: Scalped #34 --  6,731 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Scalped #35 --  6,443 (- 4.3%)
03/2010: Scalped #36 --  6,648 (+ 3.2%)
04/2010: Scalped #37 --  6,584 (- 1.0%)
05/2010: Scalped #38 --  6,632 (+ 0.7%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Scalped #39 --  6,682 (+ 0.8%)
08/2010: Scalped #40 --  6,593 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Scalped #41 --  6,623 (+ 0.5%)
10/2010: Scalped #42 --  6,476 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: Scalped #43 --  6,324 (- 2.4%)
12/2010: Scalped #44 --  6,192 (- 2.1%)
01/2011: Scalped #45 --  6,187 (- 0.1%)
02/2011: Scalped #46 --  6,179 (- 0.1%)
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6 months: - 6.3%
1 year  : - 6.2%
2 years : -10.3%

Holding level.

—–

237 - DMZ (Vertigo)
02/2006: DMZ #4  -- 14,778
02/2007: DMZ #16 -- 13,199
02/2008: DMZ #28 -- 10,463
02/2009: DMZ #39 --  8,353
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02/2010: DMZ #50 --  7,262 (+5.7%)
03/2010: DMZ #51 --  6,840 (-5.8%)
04/2010: DMZ #52 --  6,826 (-0.2%)
05/2010: DMZ #53 --  6,759 (-1.0%)
06/2010: DMZ #54 --  6,661 (-1.5%)
07/2010: DMZ #55 --  6,581 (-1.2%)
08/2010: DMZ #56 --  6,524 (-0.9%)
09/2010: DMZ #57 --  6,333 (-2.9%)
10/2010: DMZ #58 --  6,198 (-2.1%)
11/2010: DMZ #59 --  6,046 (-2.5%)
12/2010: DMZ #60 --  6,023 (-0.4%)
01/2011: DMZ #61 --  5,855 (-2.8%)
02/2011: DMZ #62 --  5,781 (-1.3%)
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6 months: -11.4%
1 year  : -20.4%
2 years : -30.8%
5 years : -60.9%

Standard attrition.

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241 - ASSASSIN'S CREED: THE FALL
11/2010: The Fall #1 of 3 -- 6,941
12/2010: The Fall #2 of 3 -- 5,915 (-14.8%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: The Fall #3 of 3 -- 5,383 (- 9.0%)

This would have been the best-selling WildStorm title for February, were the imprint still around.

—–

250 - VICTORIAN UNDEAD II: SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA
11/2009: Victorian Undead #1 of 6 -- 11,422
12/2009: Victorian Undead #2 of 6 --  7,430
01/2010: Victorian Undead #3 of 6 --  6,663
02/2010: Victorian Undead #4 of 6 --  6,365
03/2010: Victorian Undead #5 of 6 --  6,285
04/2010: Victorian Undead #6 of 6 --  6,102
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10/2010: Victorian Undead Special --  5,723 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Holmes/Dracula #1 of 5   --  6,066 (+ 6.0%)
12/2010: Holmes/Dracula #2 of 5   --  5,248 (-13.5%)
01/2011: Holmes/Dracula #3 of 5   --  4,953 (- 5.6%)
02/2011: Holmes/Dracula #4 of 5   --  4,796 (- 3.2%)
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1 year  : -24.7%

Another former WildStorm book.

—–

256 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
02/2006: Scooby Doo #105 -- 4,326
02/2007: Scooby Doo #117 -- 4,275
02/2008: Scooby Doo #129 -- 4,161
02/2009: Scooby Doo #141 -- 3,861
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02/2010: Scooby Doo #153 -- 3,780 (+ 1.5%)
03/2010: Scooby Doo #154 -- 3,846 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Scooby Doo #155 -- 3,836 (- 0.3%)
05/2010: Scooby Doo #156 -- 3,857 (+ 0.6%)
06/2010: Scooby Doo #157 -- ?
07/2010: Scooby Doo #158 -- 4,147
08/2010: Scooby Doo #159 -- 4,092 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: SD:WAY? #1      -- 6,186 (+51.2%)
10/2010: SD:WAY? #2      -- 4,926 (-20.4%)
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: SD:WAY? #4      -- 4,802 (- 1.2%)
01/2011: SD:WAY? #5      -- 4,540 (- 5.5%)
02/2011: SD:WAY? #6      -- 4,456 (- 1.9%)
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6 months: + 8.9%
1 year  : +17.9%
2 years : +15.4%
5 years : + 3.0%

A Johnny DC title.

—–

257/281/295 - DC COMICS PRESENTS
10/2010: Green Lantern #1   -- 4,418
10/2010: Jack Cross #1      -- 3,662
10/2010: Batman/Catwoman #1 -- 4,076
10/2010: Brightest Day #1   -- 4,988
10/2010: Batman #1          -- 4,643
10/2010: Superman #1        -- 3,685
11/2010: Flash/GL #1        -- 3,664
11/2010: Batman #2          -- 3,643
11/2010: Brightest Day #2   -- 3,292
11/2010: Superman #2        -- 2,915
12/2010: Batman Beyond #1   -- 4,531
01/2011: Lobo #1            -- 3,280
01/2011: Sole Survivor #1   -- 2,768
01/2011: The Atom #1        -- 2,185
02/2011: GL: Fear Itself #1 -- 4,437
02/2011: Batman: Conspiracy -- 3,308
02/2011: Wonder Woman #1    -- 2,982

These reprint titles are still doing better first-month numbers than they would have as paperbacks — the ones that make the chart, anyway; not all of them do.

—–

263 - DEUS EX
02/2011: Deus Ex #1 of 6 -- 4,238

Another videogame adaptation that would have been a WildStorm title.

—–

271 - DETECTIVE COMICS CLASSICS
02/2011: DC Classics -- 3,702

A reprint book originally given away with action figures.

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299 - RATCHET AND CLANK
09/2010: Ratchet and Clank #1 of 6 -- 5,655
10/2010: Ratchet and Clank #2 of 6 -- 4,001 (-29.3%)
11/2010: Ratchet and Clank #3 of 6 -- 3,382 (-15.5%)
12/2010: Ratchet and Clank #4 of 6 -- ?
01/2011: Ratchet and Clank #5 of 6 -- 2,963
02/2011: Ratchet and Clank #6 of 6 -- 2,874 (- 3.0%)

Another book surviving WildStorm. So did Kane and Lynch #6, which failed to make the Top 300 in February. As always, for the purposes of the average numbers below, I’m presuming that it sold as many units as the No. 300 title on the chart, although the actual figure is likely to be lower.

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+  8.9%: Scooby-Doo
+  5.1%: All-New BBB
+  4.8%: Teen Titans
+  1.1%: Detective Comics
-  1.8%: Doom Patrol
-  2.1%: Fables
-  4.6%: REBELS
-  4.7%: Hellblazer
-  5.0%: Northlanders
-  6.3%: Scalped
-  6.7%: Secret Six
-  7.0%: Tiny Titans
-  8.0%: Batman Beyond
-  8.4%: Sweet Tooth
- 10.5%: Batgirl
- 10.9%: Batman Confidential
- 11.0%: Unwritten
- 11.3%: Power Girl
- 11.4%: DMZ
- 12.3%: Action Comics
- 12.9%: Jonah Hex
- 13.1%: Red Robin
- 13.1%: Wonder Woman
- 13.7%: GC Sirens
- 13.9%: House of Mystery
- 13.9%: Superman/Batman
- 14.8%: Supergirl
- 15.4%: Azrael
- 16.6%: DCU Legacies
- 17.0%: Booster Gold
- 18.5%: Outsiders
- 18.8%: Superman
- 19.9%: Batman
- 20.2%: Adventure Comics
- 21.4%: GL Corps
- 21.6%: Time Masters
- 22.1%: JSA All-Stars
- 23.0%: Generation Lost
- 23.8%: JLA
- 23.9%: Brightest Day
- 26.8%: Green Arrow
- 29.1%: I, Zombie
- 30.7%: LoSH
- 32.7%: Spirit
- 33.6%: Birds of Prey
- 34.4%: Emerald Warriors
- 36.1%: Titans
- 39.0%: Batman: Odyssey
- 39.3%: Doc Savage
- 39.8%: JSA

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 30.4%: Wonder Woman
+ 29.0%: Superman
+ 17.9%: Scooby-Doo
+ 15.8%: Green Arrow
+  7.8%: All-New BBB
+  7.0%: Action Comics
-  1.4%: Teen Titans
-  2.6%: Cinderella
-  4.1%: Batman
-  5.6%: Hellblazer
-  6.2%: Scalped
-  8.5%: Jonah Hex
- 10.3%: Northlanders
- 11.0%: Superman/Batman
- 12.6%: REBELS
- 13.1%: Sweet Tooth
- 13.3%: Tiny Titans
- 14.5%: Titans
- 16.7%: Unwritten
- 17.3%: Red Robin
- 17.4%: Batgirl
- 19.0%: Power Girl
- 19.6%: JLA
- 20.4%: DMZ
- 21.0%: Flash
- 21.9%: GC Sirens
- 24.2%: Batman Confidential
- 24.5%: Booster Gold
- 24.6%: House of Mystery
- 24.7%: Victorian Undead
- 25.1%: Green Lantern
- 25.4%: JSA
- 29.4%: Batman and Robin
- 30.0%: GL Corps
- 31.9%: Doom Patrol
- 33.9%: Supergirl
- 39.3%: Outsiders
- 41.2%: Azrael
- 41.3%: JSA All-Stars
- 47.8%: Secret Six
- 57.0%: Adventure Comics

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 45.0%: Green Arrow
+ 18.3%: GL Corps
+ 15.4%: Scooby-Doo
+  3.8%: Green Lantern
-  0.6%: Wonder Woman
-  4.8%: Red Robin
- 10.3%: Scalped
- 11.8%: Jonah Hex
- 14.7%: Fables
- 14.7%: Tiny Titans
- 15.3%: Hellblazer
- 15.4%: Superman
- 20.2%: Secret Six
- 21.1%: Spirit
- 23.7%: LoSH
- 24.4%: All-New BBB
- 25.4%: Teen Titans
- 29.6%: Adventure Comics
- 30.8%: DMZ
- 32.7%: Superman/Batman
- 33.6%: JLA
- 34.0%: Action Comics
- 35.6%: Supergirl
- 35.9%: Booster Gold
- 36.5%: Batman Confidential
- 42.4%: Titans
- 45.9%: House of Mystery
- 47.2%: Batman
- 55.3%: JSA
- 56.4%: REBELS
- 60.9%: Outsiders

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 10.4%: Detective Comics
+  8.6%: Green Arrow
+  3.0%: Scooby-Doo
+  2.7%: Birds of Prey
-  6.1%: Red Robin
-  8.1%: Batgirl
- 11.5%: Batman
- 18.6%: Green Lantern
- 20.4%: Fables
- 23.9%: All-New BBB
- 27.0%: LoSH
- 27.7%: Wonder Woman
- 33.8%: Hellblazer
- 36.5%: Superman
- 37.8%: JLA
- 38.3%: Action Comics
- 46.3%: JSA
- 56.5%: Jonah Hex
- 60.9%: DMZ
- 62.1%: Teen Titans
- 70.3%: Outsiders
- 78.8%: Supergirl

—–

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
02/2006: 32,292
02/2007: 31,051
02/2008: 27,652
02/2009: 23,080
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02/2010: 26,199 (+ 2.1%)**
03/2010: 23,299 (-11.1%)**
04/2010: 23,740 (+ 1.9%)**
05/2010: 27,785 (+17.0%)**
06/2010: 25,788 (- 7.2%)**
07/2010: 25,841 (+ 0.2%)**
08/2010: 23,331 (- 9.7%)**
09/2010: 23,212 (- 0.5%)**
10/2010: 23,756 (- 2.3%)**
11/2010: 25,497 (+ 7.3%)**
12/2010: 23,869 (- 6.4%)**
01/2011: 21,922 (- 8.2%)**
02/2011: 23,252 (+ 6.1%)**
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6 months: - 0.3%
1 year  : -11.3%
2 years : + 0.8%
5 years : -28.0%
DC UNIVERSE
02/2006: 40,823
02/2007: 39,976
02/2008: 35,994
02/2009: 30,224
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02/2010: 35,895 (+ 6.5%)
03/2010: 32,375 (- 9.8%)
04/2010: 32,859 (+ 1.5%)
05/2010: 37,463 (+14.0%)
06/2010: 34,612 (- 7.6%)**
07/2010: 35,372 (+ 2.2%)
08/2010: 33,411 (- 5.5%)
09/2010: 32,042 (- 4.1%)
10/2010: 32,832 (+ 2.5%)
11/2010: 34,180 (+ 4.1%)
12/2010: 30,870 (- 9.7%)
01/2011: 24,321 (-21.2%)**
02/2011: 25,887 (+ 6.4%)**
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6 months: -22.5%
1 year  : -27.9%
2 years : -14.4%
5 years : -36.6%
VERTIGO
02/2006: 15,026
02/2007: 11,855
02/2008: 10,885
02/2009: 11,353
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02/2010:  9,256 (-17.9%)
03/2010: 11,394 (+23.1%)
04/2010: 10,815 (- 5.1%)
05/2010: 11,756 (+ 8.7%)
06/2010: 10,995 (- 6.5%
07/2010:  9,515 (-13.5%)
08/2010:  9,094 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: 11,622 (+27.8%)
10/2010:  9,546 (-17.9%)
11/2010:  9,034 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: 11,193 (+23.9%)
01/2011: 10,145 (- 9.4%)
02/2011: 10,295 (+ 1.5%)
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6 months: +13.2%
1 year  : +11.2%
2 years : - 9.3%
5 years : -31.5%

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Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.

—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: January 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

DC kicks off the year with a new sales record: Average numbers of the DC Universe line dropped by 21% in January, to 24,321 — the lowest number in the history of these charts, by about 4,000 units.

Traditionally a weak month in the comic-book market, January 2011 was even more of a downer than usual for DC. With only five titles selling above the 50k mark, average comic-book sales of the company at large fell to 21,922, the lowest figure since March 2009, while average Vertigo sales clung to the 10,000-unit mark, as they’ve done for the last three years.

The poor January performance of the DC Universe line comes thanks to three different kinds of erosion. First up, DC failed to get Green Lantern, Batman Incorporated and The Flash out of the door, three of its major titles, while a fourth one, Batman: The Dark Knight, was still late from December.

Second, DC is looking at a whole range of failing titles: Out of the 43 ongoing monthly DC Universe series currently on sale, eight have been marked for cancellation and won’t be around come June 2011. That’s almost 20% of the imprint’s regular output. And there are eight more — Doc Savage, The Spirit, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Jonah Hex, Booster Gold, Power Girl, Zatanna and Gotham City Sirens — that look less than healthy and sell fewer copies than some of the ones that have already been axed.

At the tail end of the spectrum, finally, six former WildStorm titles were absorbed into the DC Universe line in January, where they end up being the six lowest-selling books and dragging down the average. (If WildStorm were still around, this would be another new low for them: The six books, one of which missed the charts altogether, have average sales of less than 4,000 units.)

So, for better or ill, 2011 is set to be a year of transition for DC, with some heavy lifting in the company’s periodical line.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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2/3 - BRIGHTEST DAY
04/2010: Brightest Day #0  -- 129,446
05/2010: Brightest Day #1  -- 129,158 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Brightest Day #2  -- 112,806 (-12.7%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #3  -- 107,269 (- 4.9%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #4  -- 101,730 (- 5.2%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #5  --  97,245 (- 4.4%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #6  --  94,684 (- 2.6%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #7  --  93,459 (- 1.3%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #8  --  91,546 (- 2.1%)
09/2010: Brightest Day #9  --  88,446 (- 3.4%)
09/2010: Brightest Day #10 --  87,241 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: Brightest Day #11 --  83,823 (- 3.9%)
10/2010: Brightest Day #12 --  82,394 (- 1.7%)
11/2010: Brightest Day #13 --  79,955 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Brightest Day #14 --  78,452 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: Brightest Day #15 --  75,450 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: Brightest Day #16 --  74,871 (- 0.8%)
01/2011: Brightest Day #17 --  72,841 (- 2.7%)
01/2011: Brightest Day #18 --  72,090 (- 1.0%)
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6 months: -24.5%

In the absence of Batman: The Dark Knight, Green Lantern and Batman Incorporated, DC only had one title above 70k in January.

Taken on its own merits, Brightest Day continues to be a relatively steady performer.

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7 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
01/2010: Batman and Robin #7  --  87,780 (- 8.3%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #8  --  87,302 (- 0.6%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #9  --  84,562 (- 3.1%)
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 --  85,292 (+ 0.9%)
04/2010: Batman and Robin #11 --  84,006 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Batman and Robin #12 --  84,843 (+ 1.0%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804 (+ 1.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Batman and Robin #14 --  82,894 (- 3.4%)
10/2010: Batman and Robin #15 --  80,173 (- 3.3%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343 (+ 0.2%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600 (-12.1%)
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 --  68,814 (- 2.5%)
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 --  61,785 (-10.2%)
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6 months: -28.0%
1 year  : -29.6%
9 - BATMAN
01/2006: Batman #649 --  62,379 [ 64,645]
01/2007: Batman #662 --  72,499
01/2008: Batman #673 --  69,234
01/2009: Batman #685 --  72,654
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01/2010: Batman #695 --  63,467 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Batman #696 --  61,290 (- 3.4%)
03/2010: Batman #697 --  61,157 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Batman #698 --  60,934 (- 0.4%)
05/2010: Batman #699 --  62,377 (+ 2.4%)
06/2010: Batman #700 -- 104,755 (+67.9%)
07/2010: Batman #701 --  76,398 (-27.1%)
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Batman #703 --  77,033 (+ 4.9%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212 (-15.4%)
12/2010: Batman #705 --  63,262 (- 3.0%)
01/2011: Batman #706 --  60,231 (- 4.8%)
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6 months: -21.2%
1 year  : - 5.1%
2 years : -17.1%
5 years : - 3.4%

The two Batman titles that actually came out in January keep returning to much lower sales levels in the wake of the “Return of Bruce Wayne” storyline.

For Batman and Robin, it’s worth pointing out that issues #17 through #19 ended up being a fill-in run that wasn’t solicited at the time retailers placed their initial orders. So the numbers probably don’t reflect the actual demand for those books.

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13 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
01/2006: GLC: Recharge #4 of 5   -- 59,952 [61,540]
01/2007: Green Lantern Corps #8  -- 36,924
01/2008: Green Lantern Corps #20 -- 44,607 [48,577]
01/2009: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 44,312
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01/2010: Green Lantern Corps #44 -- 76,458 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #45 -- 75,404 (- 1.4%)
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Green Lantern Corps #47 -- 72,163 (- 5.9%)
05/2010: Green Lantern Corps #48 -- 68,826 (- 4.6%)
06/2010: Green Lantern Corps #49 -- 66,652 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035 (+ 0.6%)
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124 (+ 0.1%)
09/2010: Green Lantern Corps #52 -- 63,577 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: Green Lantern Corps #53 -- 60,808 (- 4.4%)
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448 (- 5.5%)
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 54,387 (- 5.3%)
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #56 -- 53,646 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -20.0%
1 year  : -29.8%
2 years : +21.1%
5 years : -10.5%

The secondary Green Lantern title was the final DC book with numbers above 50k in January.

—–

17 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
01/2006: JLA #124           --  74,069
01/2007: --
01/2008: Justice League #17 --  94,712
01/2009: Justice League #29 --  72,116
--------------------------------------
01/2010: Justice League #41 --  62,262 (- 9.3%)
02/2010: Justice League #42 --  57,522 (- 7.6%)
03/2010: Justice League #43 --  56,461 (- 1.9%)
04/2010: Justice League #44 --  62,342 (+10.4%)
05/2010: Justice League #45 --  62,465 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Justice League #46 --  62,754 (+ 0.5%)
07/2010: Justice League #47 --  60,368 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: Justice League #48 --  60,733 (+ 0.6%)
09/2010: Justice League #49 --  57,616 (- 5.1%)
10/2010: Justice League #50 --  59,686 (+ 3.6%)
11/2010: Justice League #51 --  50,887 (-14.7%)
12/2010: Justice League #52 --  48,501 (- 4.7%)
01/2011: Justice League #53 --  47,093 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: -22.0%
1 year  : -24.4%
2 years : -34.7%
5 years : -36.4%

This former flagship has been sliding down the charts since superstar writer Brad Meltzer left, and DC hasn’t shown any ambition to date to fix that.

—–

20 - GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS
08/2010: Emerald Warriors #1  -- 68,332
09/2010: Emerald Warriors #2  -- 56,289 (-17.6%)
10/2010: Emerald Warriors #3  -- 50,490 (-10.3%)
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319 (- 8.3%)
12/2010: Emerald Warriors #5  -- 44,077 (- 4.8%)
01/2011: Emerald Warriors #6  -- 43,471 (- 1.4%)

Bottoming out. These are perfectly solid numbers for another Green Lantern spin-off.

—–

23 - SUPERMAN
01/2006: Superman #225 --  61,768
01/2007: Superman #658 --  60,682
01/2008: Superman #672 --  44,656
01/2009: Superman #684 --  48,489
---------------------------------
01/2010: Superman #696 --  31,940 (-  1.7%)
02/2010: Superman #697 --  31,504 (-  1.4%)
03/2010: Superman #698 --  33,336 (+  5.8%)
04/2010: Superman #699 --  33,183 (-  0.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Superman #700 --  67,571 (+103.6%)
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506 (- 19.3%)
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023 (-  8.2%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Superman #703 --  50,460 (+  0.9%)
10/2010: Superman #704 --  46,741 (-  7.4%)
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261 (-  1.0%)
12/2010: Superman #706 --  43,027 (-  7.0%)
01/2011: Superman #707 --  41,843 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.2%
1 year  : + 31.0%
2 years : - 13.7%
5 years : - 32.3%

Thus ends J. Michael Straczynski’s brief Superman interlude. From a commercial perspective, it was a disappointing stint. From an editorial perspective, it was a disaster.

I’m not sure getting a new, potentially fresh voice and then letting them flesh out Straczynski’s critically panned ideas for the book is a prudent move, either.

—–

27 - DETECTIVE COMICS
01/2006: Detective Comics #815 --  35,569
01/2007: --
01/2008: Detective Comics #840 --  51,579
01/2009: Detective Comics #852 --  56,656
-----------------------------------------
01/2010: Detective Comics #861 --  45,937 (-12.2%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119 (- 3.5%)
04/2010: Detective Comics #864 --  42,436 (- 1.6%)
05/2010: Detective Comics #865 --  41,501 (- 2.2%)
06/2010: Detective Comics #866 --  46,178 (+11.3%)
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371 (-12.6%)
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 --  38,682 (- 4.2%)
09/2010: Detective Comics #869 --  37,394 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674 (- 4.6%)
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941 (+ 3.6%)
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 --  37,961 (+ 2.8%) [39,758]
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 --  38,417 (+ 1.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : - 16.4%
2 years : - 32.2%
5 years : +  8.0%

Sales continue to climb for the Scott Snyder/Jock run. This is something we haven’t seen in a while, and certainly good news for the book.

Another thing we haven’t seen in a while on the chart are re-orders, because the threshold for the Top 300 was too high for them to chart in the last several months. In January, that changed, and the three DC titles that made the grade were December’s Batman: The Dark Knight #1 (2,806 extra units), Detective Comics #872 (1,797) and Batman Incorporated #2 (1,413).

Which means there’s some buzz for the Batman line, especially for Detective Comics.

—–

28 - BATMAN BEYOND
06/2010: Batman Beyond #1 of 6 -- 35,113          [42,283]
07/2010: Batman Beyond #2 of 6 -- 31,397 (-10.6%)
08/2010: Batman Beyond #3 of 6 -- 31,469 (+ 0.2%)
09/2010: Batman Beyond #4 of 6 -- 31,368 (- 0.3%)
10/2010: Batman Beyond #5 of 6 -- 30,121 (- 4.0%)
11/2010: Batman Beyond #6 of 6 -- 28,485 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: --
01/2011: Batman Beyond #1      -- 35,880 (+26.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 14.3%

DC quickly follows up on the miniseries, which was a modest mid-list success, with an ongoing title by the same creative team.

So far, so good.

—–

30 - GREEN ARROW
01/2006: Green Arrow #58  -- 30,990
01/2007: Green Arrow #70  -- 31,798
01/2008: Arrow/Canary #4  -- 35,039
01/2009: Arrow/Canary #16 -- 24,419
-----------------------------------
01/2010: Arrow&Canary #28 -- 16,482 (-  2.5%)
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600 (+  0.7%)
02/2010: Black Arrow #30  -- 42,014 (+153.1%)
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486 (- 32.2%)
04/2010: Green Arrow #32  -- 29,137 (+  2.3%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Green Arrow #1   -- 54,400 (+ 86.7%) [57,554]
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118 (- 18.9%)
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308 (+  5.0%)
09/2010: Green Arrow #4   -- 44,220 (-  4.5%)
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575 (-  6.2%)
12/2010: Green Arrow #7   -- 36,835 (-  6.9%)
01/2011: Green Arrow #8   -- 35,307 (-  4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.0%
1 year  : +114.2%
2 years : + 44.6%
5 years : + 13.9%

Retailers are still slashing their orders at a rate that suggests the audience is leaving in droves.

—–

32 - WONDER WOMAN
01/2006: Wonder Woman #225 --  42,661
01/2007: --
01/2008: Wonder Woman #16  --  42,897
01/2009: Wonder Woman #28  --  32,622
-------------------------------------
01/2010: Wonder Woman #40  --  25,156 (-  3.8%)
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  --  25,354 (+  0.8%)
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240 (-  0.5%)
04/2010: Wonder Woman #43  --  25,369 (+  0.5%)
05/2010: Wonder Woman #44  --  25,443 (+  0.3%)
06/2010: Wonder Woman #600 --  53,525 (+110.4%) [63,700]
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672 (- 25.9%)
08/2010: Wonder Woman #602 --  38,012 (-  4.2%)
09/2010: Wonder Woman #603 --  38,852 (+  2.2%)
10/2010: Wonder Woman #604 --  37,405 (-  3.7%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 --  35,495 (-  5.1%)
01/2011: Wonder Woman #606 --  33,601 (-  5.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.3%
1 year  : + 33.6%
2 years : +  3.0%
5 years : - 21.2%

Another editorial fiasco.

Contrary to what the solicitations continue to say through Wonder Woman #607, superstar J. Michael Straczynski hasn’t actually written the series since issue #604, so these sales still largely reflect his name recognition.

Like with Superman, the decision to have somebody else come in and flesh out Straczynski’s ideas rather than their own seems highly questionable, considering the commercial and critical reception of his run.

Either way, DC’s attempt to establish Wonder Woman as a major character turns out to have been a half-hearted mess, and they seem to have given up on the idea for the time being.

—–

36 - ACTION COMICS
01/2006: Action Comics #835 -- 41,114
01/2007: --
01/2008: Action Comics #861 -- 56,093
01/2009: Action Comics #873 -- 51,940
-------------------------------------
01/2010: Action Comics #885 -- 30,678 (- 3.8%)
02/2010: Action Comics #886 -- 29,845 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460 (- 1.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #888 -- 29,536 (+ 0.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #889 -- 29,106 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Action Comics #890 -- 34,744 (+19.4%) [40,039]
07/2010: Action Comics #891 -- 35,328 (+ 1.7%)
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Action Comics #893 -- 33,948 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Action Comics #894 -- 42,291 (+24.6%)
11/2010: Action Comics #895 -- 33,089 (-21.8%)
12/2010: Action Comics #896 -- 32,357 (- 2.2%)
01/2011: Action Comics #897 -- 32,134 (- 0.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 9.0%
1 year  : + 4.8%
2 years : -38.1%
5 years : -21.8%

Sales are leveling out.

—–

39 - BIRDS OF PREY
01/2006: Birds of Prey #90  -- 30,460
01/2007: Birds of Prey #102 -- 29,043
01/2008: Birds of Prey #114 -- 24,211
01/2009: Birds of Prey #126 -- 20,772
-------------------------------------
05/2010: Birds of Prey #1   -- 50,428 (+135.4%) [54,965]
06/2010: Birds of Prey #2   -- 44,064 (- 12.6%)
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4   -- 46,149 (+  6.3%)
09/2010: Birds of Prey #5   -- 40,146 (- 13.0%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440 (- 14.2%)
12/2010: Birds of Prey #7   -- 33,114 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Birds of Prey #8   -- 31,616 (-  4.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.2%
2 years : + 52.2%
5 years : +  3.8%

Sliding down the charts.

—–

42/44 - JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST
05/2010: Generation Lost #1  -- 50,784
05/2010: Generation Lost #2  -- 44,711 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #3  -- 43,278 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #4  -- 41,702 (- 3.6%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #5  -- 40,370 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #6  -- 39,190 (- 2.9%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #7  -- 39,971 (+ 2.0%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #8  -- 38,745 (- 3.1%)
09/2010: Generation Lost #9  -- 37,151 (- 4.1%)
09/2010: Generation Lost #10 -- 36,624 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: Generation Lost #11 -- 35,504 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: Generation Lost #12 -- 34,752 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Generation Lost #13 -- 33,504 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Generation Lost #14 -- 32,722 (- 2.3%)
12/2010: Generation Lost #15 -- 31,871 (- 2.6%)
12/2010: Generation Lost #16 -- 31,048 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Generation Lost #17 -- 30,877 (- 0.6%)
01/2011: Generation Lost #18 -- 30,457 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -22.9%
43 - RED ROBIN
01/2006: Robin #146    -- 29,499 [31,851]
01/2007: Robin #158    -- 29,464
01/2008: Robin #170    -- 30,048
01/2009: Robin #182    -- 28,684
--------------------------------
01/2010: Red Robin #8  -- 37,869 (-  4.2%)
02/2010: Red Robin #9  -- 36,466 (-  3.7%)
03/2010: Red Robin #10 -- 36,708 (+  0.7%)
04/2010: Red Robin #11 -- 36,205 (-  1.4%)
05/2010: Red Robin #12 -- 36,273 (+  0.2%)
06/2010: Red Robin #13 -- 35,917 (-  1.0%)
07/2010: Red Robin #14 -- 35,652 (-  0.7%)
08/2010: Red Robin #15 -- 34,709 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Red Robin #16 -- 33,753 (-  2.8%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Red Robin #17 -- 31,825 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: Red Robin #18 -- 30,873 (-  3.0%)
01/2011: Red Robin #19 -- 30,547 (-  1.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  : - 19.3%
2 years : +  6.5%
5 years : +  3.6%
45 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN
01/2006: --
01/2007: --
01/2008: Superman/Batman #45 --  52,119
01/2009: --
---------------------------------------
01/2010: Superman/Batman #68 --  33,869 (-31.8%)
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224 (- 1.9%)
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196 (- 3.1%)
04/2010: Superman/Batman #71 --  31,714 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Superman/Batman #72 --  32,047 (+ 1.1%)
06/2010: Superman/Batman #73 --  31,425 (- 1.9%)
07/2010: Superman/Batman #74 --  30,847 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324 (+11.3%)
09/2010: Superman/Batman #76 --  32,003 (- 6.8%)
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741 (- 0.8%)
11/2010: Superman/Batman #78 --  31,337 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: Superman/Batman #79 --  30,586 (- 2.4%)
01/2011: Superman/Batman #80 --  30,363 (- 0.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.6%
1 year  : -10.4%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years :  n.a.

Three titles that all seem to be leveling out at the 30k mark.

—–

46 - JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
01/2006: JSA #81             --  50,078
01/2007: Justice Society #2  --  86,180 [92,459]
01/2008: --
01/2009: Justice Society #23 --  61,385
---------------------------------------
01/2010: Justice Society #35 --  39,934 (-  4.3%)
02/2010: Justice Society #36 --  39,060 (-  2.2%)
03/2010: Justice Society #37 --  37,381 (-  4.3%)
04/2010: Justice Society #38 --  36,648 (-  2.0%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Justice Society #39 --  36,630 (-  0.1%)
06/2010: Justice Society #40 --  36,008 (-  1.7%)
07/2010: Justice Society #41 --  48,858 (+ 35.7%)
08/2010: Justice Society #42 --  48,420 (-  0.9%)
09/2010: Justice Society #43 --  36,576 (- 24.5%)
10/2010: Justice Society #44 --  35,483 (-  3.0%)
11/2010: Justice Society #45 --  33,582 (-  5.4%)
12/2010: Justice Society #46 --  31,497 (-  6.2%)
01/2011: Justice Society #47 --  30,071 (-  4.5%)
----------------
6 months: -38.5%
1 year  : -24.7%
2 years : -51.0%
5 years : -40.0%

The book keeps shedding units.

—–

47 - SUPERBOY
11/2010: Superboy #1  --  39,701
12/2010: Superboy #2  --  31,761 (-20.0%)
01/2011: Superboy #3  --  29,550 (- 7.0%)

Jeff Lemire and Pier Gallo’s Superboy relaunch is finding its level quickly, suggesting that it’s reasonably well-received at the retail level.

—–

55 - TEEN TITANS
01/2006: Teen Titans #31 -- 65,223
01/2007: Teen Titans #43 -- 60,290 [62,560]
01/2008: Teen Titans #55 -- 52,376
01/2009: Teen Titans #67 -- 35,877
----------------------------------
01/2010: Teen Titans #79 -- 27,790 (-36.0%)
02/2010: Teen Titans #80 -- 26,537 (- 4.5%)
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758 (- 2.9%)
04/2010: Teen Titans #82 -- 25,303 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Teen Titans #83 -- 24,960 (- 1.4%)
06/2010: Teen Titans #84 -- 24,593 (- 1.5%)
07/2010: Teen Titans #85 -- 24,248 (- 1.4%)
08/2010: Teen Titans #86 -- 24,971 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Teen Titans #87 -- 23,259 (- 6.9%)
10/2010: Teen Titans #88 -- 27,637 (+18.8%)
11/2010: Teen Titans #89 -- 26,444 (- 4.3%)
12/2010: Teen Titans #90 -- 25,997 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Teen Titans #91 -- 25,443 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 4.9%
1 year  : - 8.5%
2 years : -29.1%
5 years : -61.0%

Standard attrition.

—–

57 - BATGIRL
01/2006: Batgirl #72     -- 26,480
----------------------------------
01/2010: Batgirl #6      -- 30,403 (-  6.4%)
02/2010: Batgirl #7      -- 29,524 (-  2.9%)
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886 (+  4.6%)
04/2010: Batgirl #9      -- 29,445 (-  4.7%)
05/2010: Batgirl #10     -- 28,641 (-  2.7%)
06/2010: Batgirl #11     -- 28,563 (-  0.3%)
07/2010: Batgirl #12     -- 28,011 (-  1.9%)
08/2010: Batgirl #13     -- 27,247 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Batgirl #14     -- 26,861 (-  1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827 (-  3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16     -- 25,225 (-  2.3%)
01/2011: Batgirl #17     -- 25,189 (-  0.1%)
----------------
6 months: -10.1%
1 year  : -17.2%
5 years : - 4.9%

Holding level.

The “Batman Incorporated” idea was name-checked in the solicitations — perhaps that brought some extra interest to the book.

—–

60 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
01/2006: LoSH #13             -- 32,730
01/2007: SLoSH #26            -- 32,342
01/2008: LoSH #38             -- 33,045
01/2009: LoSH #50             -- 22,327
---------------------------------------
05/2010: LoSH #1              -- 44,415 (+98.9%) [50,106]
06/2010: LoSH #2              -- 39,102 (-12.0%)
07/2010: LoSH #3              -- 36,360 (- 7.0%)
08/2010: LoSH #4              -- 34,239 (- 5.8%)
09/2010: LoSH #5              -- 32,417 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: LoSH #6              -- 30,246 (- 6.7%)
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439 (-12.6%)
12/2010: LoSH #8              -- 25,063 (- 5.2%)
01/2011: LoSH #9              -- 24,230 (- 3.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 33.4%
2 years : +  8.5%
5 years : - 26.0%
64 - ADVENTURE COMICS
01/2010: Adventure Comics #6   -- 42,514 (-29.0%)
02/2010: Adventure Comics #7   -- 53,721 (+26.4%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #8   -- 39,351 (-26.8%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #9   -- 37,515 (- 4.7%)
04/2010: Adventure Comics #10  -- 37,573 (+ 0.2%)
05/2010: Adventure Comics #11  -- 34,794 (- 7.4%)
06/2010: Adventure Comics #12  -- 34,663 (- 0.4%)
07/2010: Adventure Comics #516 -- 30,897 (-10.9%)
08/2010: Adventure Comics #517 -- 28,966 (- 6.3%)
09/2010: Adventure Comics #518 -- 27,028 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Adventure Comics #519 -- 25,346 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Adventure Comics #520 -- 24,540 (- 3.2%)
12/2010: Adventure Comics #521 -- 23,787 (- 6.9%)
01/2011: Adventure Comics #522 -- 22,821 (- 4.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.1%
1 year  : - 46.3%

The two Paul Levitz vehicles keep skidding down the charts.

—–

65 - SUPERGIRL
01/2006: --
01/2007: --
01/2008: Supergirl #25 --  36,459
01/2009: Supergirl #37 --  34,060
---------------------------------
01/2010: Supergirl #49 --  27,728 (- 1.6%)
02/2010: Supergirl #50 --  33,338 (+20.2%)
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845 (-10.5%)
04/2010: Supergirl #52 --  29,490 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Supergirl #53 --  28,317 (- 4.0%)
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941 (- 4.9%)
08/2010: Supergirl #55 --  25,891 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Supergirl #56 --  25,034 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Supergirl #57 --  23,842 (- 4.8%)
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412 (+ 6.6%)
12/2010: Supergirl #59 --  22,606 (-11.0%)
01/2011: Supergirl #60 --  22,568 (- 0.2%)
----------------
6 months: -16.2%
1 year  : -18.6%
2 years : -33.7%
5 years :  n.a.

The solicitations for issues #60 through #62 welcome the critically acclaimed Nick Spencer as the new writer, likely accounting for the lack of a bigger drop in January.

However, as in a plethora of other cases at DC over the last several years, someone changed their mind at the last minute. And so Spencer ends up merely co-writing #60, then handing the series off to somebody else.

Consequently, as I find myself saying with some regularity of late, these numbers are unlikely to be an accurate reflection of the demand for the material that actually saw print.

—–

68 - TITANS
01/2009: Titans #9      -- 37,693
---------------------------------
01/2010: Titans #21     -- 24,924 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Titans #22     -- 24,489 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: Titans #23     -- 24,260 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: --
05/2010: VfH Special #1 -- 31,718 (+30.7%)
06/2010: Titans #24     -- 33,079 (+ 4.3%)
07/2010: Titans #25     -- 31,505 (- 4.8%)
08/2010: Titans #26     -- 32,800 (+ 4.1%)
09/2010: Titans #27     -- 28,438 (-13.3%)
10/2010: Titans #28     -- 27,430 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Titans #29     -- 24,138 (-12.0%)
12/2010: Titans #30     -- 22,483 (- 6.9%)
01/2011: Titans #31     -- 21,749 (- 3.3%)
----------------
6 months: -31.0%
1 year  : -12.7%
2 years : -42.3%

Sales have been fairly erratic over the last year, but it looks like Titans is settling down at 20k.

—–

69 - BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM
01/2010: Batman: SoG #8  -- 28,313 (- 6.5%)
02/2010: Batman: SoG #9  -- 27,023 (- 4.6%)
03/2010: Batman: SoG #10 -- 26,396 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: Batman: SoG #11 -- 25,925 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Batman: SoG #12 -- 25,446 (- 1.9%)
06/2010: Batman: SoG #13 -- 25,205 (- 1.0%)
07/2010: Batman: SoG #14 -- 24,767 (- 1.7%)
08/2010: Batman: SoG #15 -- 24,171 (- 2.4%)
09/2010: Batman: SoG #16 -- 23,830 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman: SoG #17 -- 22,390 (- 6.0%)
12/2010: Batman: SoG #18 -- 21,684 (- 3.2%)
01/2011: Batman: SoG #19 -- 21,592 (- 0.4%)
----------------
6 months: -12.8%
1 year  : -23.7%

Holding level, maybe because the book returned to a $ 2.99 price point. Either way, the series is cancelled with issue #21.

—–

71 - SECRET SIX
01/2009: Secret Six #5      -- 24,899
-------------------------------------
01/2010: Secret Six #17     -- 38,515 (+70.1%)
02/2010: Secret Six #18     -- 37,876 (- 1.7%)
03/2010: Secret Six #19     -- 23,181 (-38.8%)
04/2010: Secret Six #20     -- 22,695 (- 2.1%)
05/2010: Secret Six #21     -- 22,334 (- 1.6%)
06/2010: Secret Six #22     -- 21,941 (- 1.8%)
07/2010: Secret Six #23     -- 21,554 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Secret Six #24     -- 21,177 (- 1.8%)
09/2010: Secret Six #25     -- 20,775 (- 1.9%)
10/2010: Secret Six #26     -- 20,377 (- 1.9%)
11/2010: Secret Six #27     -- 19,963 (- 2.0%)
12/2010: Secret Six #28     -- 19,587 (- 1.9%)
01/2011: Secret Six #29     -- 20,327 (+ 3.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.7%
1 year  : -47.2%
2 years : -18.4%

A crossover with the December issue of Action Comics doesn’t bring much of a boost.

Which is a little odd, especially since both titles are well-received critically. Perhaps doing it in the same calendar month and promoting the two books back to back would have yielded better results.

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76 - FABLES (Vertigo)
01/2006: Fables #45  -- 24,297
01/2007: Fables #57  -- 25,744
01/2008: --
01/2009: Fables #80  -- 22,617
------------------------------
01/2010: Fables #92  -- 20,180 (- 1.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Fables #93  -- 20,003 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: Fables #94  -- 19,965 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Fables #95  -- 19,932 (- 0.2%)
06/2010: Fables #96  -- 19,842 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Fables #97  -- 19,625 (- 1.1%)
09/2010: Fables #98  -- 19,594 (- 0.2%)
10/2010: Fables #99  -- 19,656 (+ 0.3%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Fables #100 -- 23,014 (+17.1%)
01/2011: Fables #101 -- 19,183 (-16.7%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : - 4.9%
2 years : -15.2%
5 years : -21.1%

Sales return to a slow, steady decline.

—–

77/83/88/96 - ONE-SHOTS
01/2011: Steel #1              -- 18,728
01/2011: Starman/Congorilla #1 -- 15,750
01/2011: Wonder Girl #1        -- 18,394
01/2011: Shazam! #1            -- 18,394

Not much interest in these one-shot specials, despite their prominent placement in the solicitations.

Somewhat surprisingly, Starman/Congorilla, which was touted as a Justice League tie-in and even has the same creative team, ends up being the lowest-selling of the bunch.

Steel was unconvincingly tacked on to an Outsiders storyline at some point after the solicitation copy saw print — a book that’s about to be cancelled and missed its shipping date in January. The mind boggles.

(Steel also lost its solicited artist between initial solicitation and publication, so…)

—–

81 - ZATANNA
05/2010: Zatanna #1  -- 33,691
06/2010: Zatanna #2  -- 29,564 (-12.3%)
07/2010: Zatanna #3  -- 27,792 (- 6.0%)
08/2010: Zatanna #4  -- 27,203 (- 2.1%)
09/2010: Zatanna #5  -- 25,393 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Zatanna #6  -- 23,427 (- 7.7%)
11/2010: Zatanna #7  -- 20,671 (-11.8%)
12/2010: Zatanna #8  -- 19,321 (- 6.5%)
01/2011: Zatanna #9  -- 18,482 (- 4.3%)
----------------
6 months: -33.5%

Sliding down the charts, and heading into the newly established danger zone.

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84 - JSA ALL-STARS
01/2010: JSA All-Stars #2  -- 32,601 (-23.3%)
02/2010: JSA All-Stars #3  -- 29,666 (- 9.0%)
03/2010: JSA All-Stars #4  -- 28,526 (- 3.8%)
04/2010: JSA All-Stars #5  -- 26,581 (- 6.8%)
05/2010: JSA All-Stars #6  -- 25,306 (- 4.8%)
06/2010: JSA All-Stars #7  -- 24,436 (- 3.4%)
07/2010: JSA All-Stars #8  -- 23,478 (- 3.9%)
08/2010: JSA All-Stars #9  -- 22,347 (- 4.8%)
09/2010: JSA All-Stars #10 -- 21,646 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: JSA All-Stars #11 -- 20,496 (- 5.3%)
11/2010: JSA All-Stars #12 -- 19,630 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: JSA All-Stars #13 -- 18,395 (- 6.3%)
01/2011: JSA All-Stars #14 -- 17,920 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: -23.7%
1 year  : -45.0%

Cancelled with issue #18. Which means that the air may be getting thinner for DC Universe titles selling below this point.

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89 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
03/2010: American Vampire #1  -- 33,762          [36,831]
04/2010: American Vampire #2  -- 26,770 (-20.7%)
05/2010: American Vampire #3  -- 26,510 (- 1.0%)
06/2010: American Vampire #4  -- 25,977 (- 2.0%)
07/2010: American Vampire #5  -- 24,857 (- 4.3%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: American Vampire #6  -- 23,349 (- 6.1%)
10/2010: American Vampire #7  -- 21,910 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850 (- 9.4%)
12/2010: American Vampire #9  -- 19,019 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: American Vampire #10 -- 17,761 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: American Vampire #11 -- 16,969 (- 4.5%)
----------------
6 months: -31.7%

Not quite stabilizing yet, but still Vertigo’s second-best-selling title by more than 5,000 units.

—–

90 - POWER GIRL
01/2010: Power Girl #8  -- 21,760 (- 3.4%)
02/2010: Power Girl #9  -- 20,900 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Power Girl #10 -- 20,801 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: Power Girl #11 -- 20,675 (- 0.6%)
05/2010: Power Girl #12 -- 20,681 (+ 0.0%)
06/2010: Power Girl #13 -- 20,583 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: Power Girl #14 -- 19,739 (- 4.1%)
08/2010: Power Girl #15 -- 19,091 (- 3.3%)
09/2010: Power Girl #16 -- 18,404 (- 3.6%)
10/2010: Power Girl #17 -- 17,847 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Power Girl #18 -- 17,300 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Power Girl #19 -- 16,763 (- 3.1%)
01/2011: Power Girl #20 -- 16,823 (+ 0.4%)
----------------
6 months: -14.8%
1 year  : -22.7%

I’ve got no idea why the decline suddenly stops.

Barring any statistical errors, that tends to be a good sign for a given series, particularly in the light of the latest wave of cancellations.

—–

94 - BOOSTER GOLD
01/2008: Booster Gold #6  -- 36,292
01/2009: Booster Gold #16 -- 25,472
-----------------------------------
01/2010: Booster Gold #28 -- 21,967 (- 45.4%)
02/2010: Booster Gold #29 -- 21,020 (-  4.3%)
03/2010: Booster Gold #30 -- 20,187 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: Booster Gold #31 -- 19,818 (-  1.8%)
05/2010: Booster Gold #32 -- 20,343 (+  2.7%)
06/2010: Booster Gold #33 -- 19,895 (-  2.2%)
07/2010: Booster Gold #34 -- 19,592 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Booster Gold #35 -- 19,104 (-  2.5%)
09/2010: Booster Gold #36 -- 18,504 (-  3.1%)
10/2010: Booster Gold #37 -- 17,806 (-  3.8%)
11/2010: Booster Gold #38 -- 17,276 (-  3.0%)
12/2010: Booster Gold #39 -- 16,686 (-  3.4%)
11/2011: Booster Gold #40 -- 16,324 (-  2.2%)
----------------
6 months: -16.7%
1 year  : -25.7%
2 years : -35.9%

Standard attrition. If you like the book, maybe it’s time to be worried.

—–

99 - WEIRD WORLDS
01/2011: Weird Worlds #1 of 6 -- 14,964

An anthology series with predictably low numbers.

—–

107 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL
01/2007: Batman Confidential #2  -- 47,451
01/2008: --
01/2009: Batman Confidential #25 -- 20,517
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01/2010: Batman Confidential #40 -- 17,241 (+ 8.4%)
02/2010: Batman Confidential #41 -- 16,856 (- 2.2%)
03/2010: Batman Confidential #42 -- 16,652 (- 1.2%)
04/2010: Batman Confidential #43 -- 16,449 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: Batman Confidential #44 -- 15,279 (- 7.1%)
06/2010: Batman Confidential #45 -- 15,070 (- 1.4%)
07/2010: Batman Confidential #46 -- 14,621 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: Batman Confidential #47 -- 14,341 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: Batman Confidential #48 -- 14,329 (- 0.1%)
10/2010: Batman Confidential #49 -- 14,112 (- 1.5%)
11/2010: Batman Confidential #50 -- 14,450 (+ 2.4%)
12/2010: Batman Confidential #51 -- 13,495 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: Batman Confidential #52 -- 13,116 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: -10.3%
1 year  : -23.9%
2 years : -36.1%

Cancelled with issue #54.

—–

116 - I, ZOMBIE
05/2010: I, Zombie #1  -- 33,025
06/2010: I, Zombie #2  -- 18,620 (-43.6%)
07/2010: I, Zombie #3  -- 16,898 (- 9.3%)
08/2010: I, Zombie #4  -- 15,772 (- 6.7%)
09/2010: I, Zombie #5  -- 14,839 (- 5.9%)
10/2010: I, Zombie #6  -- 13,782 (- 7.1%)
11/2010: I, Zombie #7  -- 12,800 (- 7.1%)
12/2010: I, Zombie #8  -- 12,038 (- 6.0%)
01/2011: I, Zombie #9  -- 11,536 (- 4.2%)
----------------
6 months: -31.7%
117 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
01/2010: The Unwritten #9  -- 13,792 (- 3.3%)
02/2010: The Unwritten #10 -- 13,644 (- 1.1%)
03/2010: The Unwritten #11 -- 13,630 (- 0.1%)
04/2010: The Unwritten #12 -- 13,507 (- 0.9%)
05/2010: The Unwritten #13 -- 13,467 (- 0.3%)
06/2010: The Unwritten #14 -- 13,396 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023 (- 2.8%)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: The Unwritten #17 -- 12,796 (+ 0.2%)
10/2010: The Unwritten #18 -- 12,273 (- 4.1%)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: The Unwritten #20 -- 11,684 (- 2.9%)
01/2011: The Unwritten #21 -- 11,443 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: -12.1%
1 year  : -17.0%

The other two Vertigo titles still selling above 10k.

I, Zombie sales seem to be leveling out, slowly but surely, after its long slide, while The Unwritten sees more standard attrition.

—–

119 - KNIGHT AND SQUIRE
10/2010: Knight & Squire #1 of 6 -- 21,867
11/2010: Knight & Squire #2 of 6 -- 14,466 (-33.9%)
12/2010: Knight & Squire #3 of 6 -- 12,142 (-16.1%)
01/2011: Knight & Squire #4 of 6 -- 11,051 (- 9.0%)

Too quirky for the direct market, evidently, despite Paul Cornell’s critical acclaim.

—–

122 - JONAH HEX
01/2006: Jonah Hex #3  -- 24,671
01/2007: Jonah Hex #15 -- 17,987
01/2008: Jonah Hex #27 -- 13,881
01/2009: Jonah Hex #39 -- 11,705
--------------------------------
01/2010: Jonah Hex #51 -- 11,184 (-26.1%)
02/2010: Jonah Hex #52 -- 11,213 (+ 0.3%)
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,565 (+ 3.1%)
04/2010: Jonah Hex #54 -- 11,306 (- 2.2%)
05/2010: Jonah Hex #55 -- 11,327 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441 (+18.7%)
07/2010: Jonah Hex #57 -- 12,318 (- 8.4%)
08/2010: Jonah Hex #58 -- 11,775 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: Jonah Hex #59 -- 11,444 (- 2.8%)
10/2010: Jonah Hex #60 -- 11,141 (- 2.7%)
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Jonah Hex #62 -- 10,899 (+ 1.0%)
01/2011: Jonah Hex #63 -- 10,752 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -12.7%
1 year  : - 3.9%
2 years : - 8.1%
5 years : -56.4%

Rock-solid over the last couple years, but if DC changed its approach to low-selling books, all bets are off again.

—–

123 - T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
11/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1  -- 16,122
12/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2  -- 11,227 (-30.4%)
01/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3  -- 10,602 (- 5.6%)

Bottoming out quickly, at least.

—–

126 - R.E.B.E.L.S.
01/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #12 -- 12,428 (- 60.5%)
02/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #13 -- 11,836 (-  4.8%)
03/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #14 -- 11,362 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 -- 11,271 (-  0.8%)
05/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 -- 11,120 (-  1.3%)
06/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #17 -- 11,048 (-  0.7%)
07/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #18 -- 11,007 (-  0.4%)
08/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #19 -- 10,851 (-  1.4%)
09/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #20 -- 11,745 (+  8.2%)
10/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #21 -- 11,262 (-  4.1%)
11/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #22 -- 10,797 (-  4.1%)
12/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #23 -- 10,619 (-  1.7%)
01/2011: R.E.B.E.L.S. #24 -- 10,354 (-  2.5%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.9%
1 year  : - 16.7%

Cancelled with issue #28.

—–

127 - JLA/THE 99
10/2010: JLA/The 99 #1 of 6 -- 19,995
11/2010: JLA/The 99 #2 of 6 -- 15,525 (-22.4%)
12/2010: JLA/The 99 #3 of 6 -- 12,819 (-17.4%)
01/2011: JLA/The 99 #4 of 6 -- 10,265 (-19.9%)

Abysmal numbers. Whatever interest there was in the book, it’s evaporating quickly.

—–

133 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
01/2006: Hellblazer #216 -- 14,590
01/2007: Hellblazer #228 -- 12,956
01/2008: Hellblazer #240 -- 12,213
01/2009: Hellblazer #251 -- 11,290
----------------------------------
01/2010: Hellblazer #263 -- 10,179 (-1.5%)
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295 (+2.7%)
04/2010: Hellblazer #266 -- 10,256 (-0.4%)
05/2010: Hellblazer #267 -- 10,155 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Hellblazer #268 -- 10,221 (+0.7%)
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048 (-1.7%)
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928 (-1.2%)
09/2010: Hellblazer #271 --  9,851 (-0.8%)
10/2010: Hellblazer #272 --  9,650 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645 (-0.1%)
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 --  9,342 (-3.1%)
01/2011: Hellblazer #275 --  9,507 (+1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.4%
1 year  : - 6.6%
2 years : -15.8%
5 years : -34.8%

A very modest increase for John Constantine’s $ 4.99 wedding issue.

—–

134 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS
01/2007: US & FF #7 of 8      -- 22,460
01/2008: US & FF #5 of 8      -- 14,989
---------------------------------------
09/2010: Freedom Fighters #1  -- 19,378
10/2010: Freedom Fighters #2  -- 12,758 (-34.2%)
11/2010: Freedom Fighters #3  -- 11,186 (-12.3%)
12/2010: Freedom Fighters #4  -- 10,028 (-10.4%)
01/2011: Freedom Fighters #5  --  9,437 (- 5.9%)

Cancelled with #9, which is fast by DC’s standards. They aren’t as lenient with these things as they used to be.

—–

135 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
01/2011: Young Justice #0  -- 9,412

A new Johnny DC title. See small print.

——

137 - DOOM PATROL
01/2010: Doom Patrol #6  -- 17,117 (- 51.6%)
02/2010: Doom Patrol #7  -- 15,689 (-  8.3%)
03/2010: Doom Patrol #8  -- 14,197 (-  9.5%)
04/2010: Doom Patrol #9  -- 13,126 (-  7.5%)
05/2010: Doom Patrol #10 -- 12,334 (-  6.0%)
06/2010: Doom Patrol #11 -- 11,857 (-  3.9%)
07/2010: Doom Patrol #12 -- 11,267 (-  5.0%)
08/2010: Doom Patrol #13 -- 10,878 (-  3.5%)
09/2010: Doom Patrol #14 -- 10,780 (-  0.9%)
10/2010: Doom Patrol #15 -- 10,081 (-  6.5%)
11/2010: Doom Patrol #16 --  9,955 (-  1.3%)
12/2010: Doom Patrol #17 --  9,564 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Doom Patrol #18 --  9,375 (-  2.0%)
----------------
6 months: -16.8%
1 year  : -45.2%

Cancelled with issue #22.

—–

145 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
01/2010: Sweet Tooth #5  --  9,787 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Sweet Tooth #6  --  9,740 (- 0.5%)
03/2010: Sweet Tooth #7  --  9,718 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Sweet Tooth #8  --  9,612 (- 1.1%)
05/2010: Sweet Tooth #9  --  9,654 (+ 0.4%)
06/2010: Sweet Tooth #10 --  9,570 (- 0.9%)
07/2010: Sweet Tooth #11 --  9,478 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Sweet Tooth #12 --  9,246 (- 2.5%)
09/2010: Sweet Tooth #13 --  9,097 (- 1.6%)
10/2010: Sweet Tooth #14 --  8,933 (- 1.8%)
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Sweet Tooth #16 --  8,602 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Sweet Tooth #17 --  8,522 (- 0.9%)
----------------
6 months: -10.1%
1 year  : -12.9%

Finding its level.

—–

149 - DOC SAVAGE
04/2010: Doc Savage #1   -- 24,539
05/2010: Doc Savage #2   -- 19,073 (-22.3%)
06/2010: Doc Savage #3   -- 16,153 (-15.3%)
07/2010: Doc Savage #4   -- 14,621 (- 9.5%)
08/2010: Doc Savage #5   -- 13,125 (-10.2%)
09/2010: Doc Savage #6   -- 11,838 (- 9.8%)
10/2010: Doc Savage #7   -- 10,050 (-15.1%)
11/2010: Doc Savage #8   --  9,257 (- 7.9%)
12/2010: Doc Savage #9   --  8,681 (- 6.2%)
01/2011: Doc Savage #10  --  8,407 (- 3.2%)
----------------
6 months: -42.5%

Canceled along with the rest of the First Wave line, apparently.

—–

150 - NEW YORK FIVE (Vertigo)
01/2011: New York Five #1 of 4 -- 8,360

Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s sequel to The New York Four, a straight-to-paperback book released under the now-defunct Minx imprint a couple of years ago and — presumably — therefore only gently alluded to in the solicitation copy, comes as a Vertigo miniseries.

Brian Wood’s Vertigo launches used to do a lot better five years ago, but his work tends to get better-than-average sales once collected.

—–

157 - THE SPIRIT
01/2007: The Spirit #2  -- 27,245
01/2008: The Spirit #12 -- 18,894
01/2009: The Spirit #25 --  9,576
---------------------------------
04/2010: The Spirit #1  -- 19,849 (+158.8%)
05/2010: The Spirit #2  -- 14,274 (- 28.1%)
06/2010: The Spirit #3  -- 13,030 (-  8.7%)
07/2010: The Spirit #4  -- 11,915 (-  8.6%)
08/2010: The Spirit #5  -- 11,015 (-  7.6%)
09/2010: The Spirit #6  -- 10,083 (-  8.5%)
10/2010: The Spirit #7  --  9,233 (-  8.4%)
11/2010: The Spirit #8  --  8,706 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: The Spirit #9  --  8,297 (-  4.7%)
01/2011: The Spirit #10 --  7,830 (-  5.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 34.3%
2 years : - 18.2%

Reportedly cancelled.

—–

158 - AZRAEL
01/2010: Azrael #4  -- 14,703 (-17.2%)
02/2010: Azrael #5  -- 12,856 (-12.6%)
03/2010: Azrael #6  -- 11,825 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Azrael #7  -- 11,080 (- 6.3%)
05/2010: Azrael #8  -- 10,228 (- 7.7%)
06/2010: Azrael #9  --  9,802 (- 4.2%)
07/2010: Azrael #10 --  9,223 (- 5.9%)
08/2010: Azrael #11 --  8,930 (- 3.2%)
09/2010: Azrael #12 --  8,559 (- 4.2%)
10/2010: Azrael #13 --  8,198 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Azrael #14 --  7,841 (- 4.4%)
12/2010: Azrael #15 --  7,699 (- 1.8%)
01/2011: Azrael #16 --  7,825 (+ 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: -15.2%
1 year  : -46.8%

Cancelled with issue #18.

—–

168 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
01/2009: Tiny Titans #12 --  8,733
----------------------------------
01/2010: Tiny Titans #24 --  7,844 (- 2.2%)
02/2010: Tiny Titans #25 --  8,566 (+ 9.2%)
03/2010: Tiny Titans #26 --  7,878 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Tiny Titans #27 --  8,224 (+ 4.4%)
05/2010: Tiny Titans #28 --  7,959 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Tiny Titans #29 --  8,195 (+ 3.0%)
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30 --  8,038 (- 1.9%)
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31 --  7,987 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Tiny Titans #32 --  8,073 (+ 1.1%)
10/2010: Tiny Titans #33 --  8,045 (- 0.4%)
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34 --  7,713 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: Tiny Titans #35 --  7,515 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Tiny Titans #36 --  7,480 (- 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.9%
1 year  : - 4.6%
2 years : -14.4%

A Johnny DC book, see disclaimers.

—–

170 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
01/2009: House of Mystery #9  -- 13,739
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01/2010: House of Mystery #21 --  9,888 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: House of Mystery #22 --  9,401 (- 4.9%)
03/2010: House of Mystery #23 --  9,350 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: House of Mystery #24 --  9,168 (- 2.0%)
05/2010: House of Mystery #25 --  9,253 (+ 0.9%)
06/2010: House of Mystery #26 --  8,742 (- 5.5%)
07/2010: House of Mystery #27 --  8,481 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: House of Mystery #28 --  8,238 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: House of Mystery #29 --  8,087 (- 1.8%)
10/2010: House of Mystery #30 --  7,913 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: House of Mystery #31 --  7,610 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: House of Mystery #32 --  7,348 (- 3.4%)
01/2011: House of Mystery #33 --  7,227 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: -14.8%
1 year  : -26.9%
2 years : -47.4%

Standard attrition.

—–

174 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CURSE OF THE WORGEN
01/2008: World of WarCraft #3  -- 31,183
01/2009: World of WarCraft #15 -- 14,996
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11/2010: WoW: CotW #1 of 5     --  7,521 (-27.1%)
12/2010: WoW: CotW #2 of 5     --  6,938 (- 7.8%)
01/2011: WoW: CotW #3 of 5     --  7,114 (+ 2.5%)
----------------
2 years : -52.6%

The best-selling of the former WildStorm titles.

—–

176 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
01/2008: Northlanders #2  -- 15,945
01/2009: Northlanders #14 --  9,467
-----------------------------------
01/2010: Northlanders #24 --  7,935 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Northlanders #25 --  7,807 (- 1.6%)
03/2010: Northlanders #26 --  7,824 (+ 0.2%)
04/2010: Northlanders #27 --  7,683 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Northlanders #28 --  7,630 (- 0.7%)
06/2010: Northlanders #29 --  7,498 (- 1.7%)
07/2010: Northlanders #30 --  7,421 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Northlanders #31 --  7,376 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Northlanders #32 --  7,321 (- 0.8%)
10/2010: Northlanders #33 --  7,169 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Northlanders #34 --  7,018 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Northlanders #35 --  7,061 (+ 0.6%)
01/2011: Northlanders #36 --  6,806 (- 3.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.3%
1 year  : -14.2%
2 years : -28.1%

Back to business as usual.

—–

180 - THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
01/2006: Batman Strikes! #17   --  8,172
01/2007: Batman Strikes! #29   --  7,330
01/2008: Batman Strikes! #41   --  6,723
01/2009: Brave & Bold #1       -- 13,935
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01/2010: Brave & Bold #13      --  6,129 (-  3.4%)
02/2010: Brave & Bold #14      --  6,084 (-  0.7%)
03/2010: Brave & Bold #15      --  6,208 (+  2.0%)
04/2010: Brave & Bold #16      --  6,506 (+  4.8%)
05/2010: Brave & Bold #17      --  6,103 (-  6.2%)
06/2010: Brave & Bold #18      --  6,270 (+  2.7%)
07/2010: Brave & Bold #19      --  6,489 (+  3.5%)
08/2010: Brave & Bold #20      --  6,244 (-  3.8%)
09/2010: Brave & Bold #21      --  6,345 (+  1.6%)
10/2010: Brave & Bold #22      --  6,044 (-  4.7%)
11/2010: All-New BBB #1        --  8,408 (+ 39.1%)
12/2010: All-New BBB #2        --  6,688 (- 20.5%)
01/2011: All-New BBB #3        --  6,557 (-  2.0%)
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6 months: + 1.1%
1 year  : + 7.0%
2 years : -53.0%
5 years : -19.8%

Another Johnny DC book.

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184 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
01/2007: Scalped #1  -- 13,644
01/2008: Scalped #13 --  6,993
01/2009: --
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01/2010: --
02/2010: Scalped #34 --  6,731 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Scalped #35 --  6,443 (- 4.3%)
03/2010: Scalped #36 --  6,648 (+ 3.2%)
04/2010: Scalped #37 --  6,584 (- 1.0%)
05/2010: Scalped #38 --  6,632 (+ 0.7%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Scalped #39 --  6,682 (+ 0.8%)
08/2010: Scalped #40 --  6,593 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Scalped #41 --  6,623 (+ 0.5%)
10/2010: Scalped #42 --  6,476 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: Scalped #43 --  6,324 (- 2.4%)
12/2010: Scalped #44 --  6,192 (- 2.1%)
01/2011: Scalped #45 --  6,187 (- 0.1%)
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6 months: - 7.4%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years :   n.a.

Stabilizing again after losing a few hundred units.

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188 - DMZ (Vertigo)
01/2006: DMZ #3  -- 14,503
01/2007: DMZ #15 -- 13,340
01/2008: DMZ #27 -- 10,662
01/2009: DMZ #38 --  8,457
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01/2010: DMZ #49 --  6,872 (-1.5%)
02/2010: DMZ #50 --  7,262 (+5.7%)
03/2010: DMZ #51 --  6,840 (-5.8%)
04/2010: DMZ #52 --  6,826 (-0.2%)
05/2010: DMZ #53 --  6,759 (-1.0%)
06/2010: DMZ #54 --  6,661 (-1.5%)
07/2010: DMZ #55 --  6,581 (-1.2%)
08/2010: DMZ #56 --  6,524 (-0.9%)
09/2010: DMZ #57 --  6,333 (-2.9%)
10/2010: DMZ #58 --  6,198 (-2.1%)
11/2010: DMZ #59 --  6,046 (-2.5%)
12/2010: DMZ #60 --  6,023 (-0.4%)
01/2011: DMZ #61 --  5,855 (-2.8%)
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6 months: -11.0%
1 year  : -14.8%
2 years : -30.8%
5 years : -59.6%

Standard attrition. The planned final issue is #72.

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191 - GOD OF WAR
03/2010: God of War #1 of 6 -- 9,842
04/2010: --
05/2010: God of War #2 of 6 -- 9,501 (- 3.5%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: God of War #3 of 6 -- 8,220 (-13.5%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: God of War #4 of 6 -- 7,194 (-12.5%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: God of War #5 of 6 -- 6,088 (-15.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: God of War #6 of 6 -- 5,623 (- 7.6%)
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6 months: -31.6%
203 - VICTORIAN UNDEAD II: SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA
11/2009: Victorian Undead #1 of 6 -- 11,422
12/2009: Victorian Undead #2 of 6 --  7,430
01/2010: Victorian Undead #3 of 6 --  6,663
02/2010: Victorian Undead #4 of 6 --  6,365
03/2010: Victorian Undead #5 of 6 --  6,285
04/2010: Victorian Undead #6 of 6 --  6,102
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10/2010: Victorian Undead Special --  5,723 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Holmes/Dracula #1 of 5   --  6,066 (+ 6.0%)
12/2010: Holmes/Dracula #2 of 5   --  5,248 (-13.5%)
01/2011: Holmes/Dracula #3 of 5   --  4,953 (- 5.6%)
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1 year  : -25.7%

Two more titles formerly published under the WildStorm imprint.

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214 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
01/2006: Scooby Doo #104 -- 4,454
01/2007: Scooby Doo #116 -- 4,285
01/2008: Scooby Doo #128 -- 4,147
01/2009: Scooby Doo #140 -- 3,800
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01/2010: Scooby Doo #152 -- 3,724 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Scooby Doo #153 -- 3,780 (+ 1.5%)
03/2010: Scooby Doo #154 -- 3,846 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Scooby Doo #155 -- 3,836 (- 0.3%)
05/2010: Scooby Doo #156 -- 3,857 (+ 0.6%)
06/2010: Scooby Doo #157 -- ?
07/2010: Scooby Doo #158 -- 4,147
08/2010: Scooby Doo #159 -- 4,092 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: SD:WAY? #1      -- 6,186 (+51.2%)
10/2010: SD:WAY? #2      -- 4,926 (-20.4%)
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: SD:WAY? #4      -- 4,802 (- 1.2%)
01/2011: SD:WAY? #5      -- 4,540 (- 5.5%)
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6 months: + 9.5%
1 year  : +21.9%
2 years : +19.5%
5 years : + 1.9%

A Johnny DC title.

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241/254/273 - DC COMICS PRESENTS
10/2010: Green Lantern #1   -- 4,418
10/2010: Jack Cross #1      -- 3,662
10/2010: Batman/Catwoman #1 -- 4,076
10/2010: Brightest Day #1   -- 4,988
10/2010: Batman #1          -- 4,643
10/2010: Superman #1        -- 3,685
11/2010: Flash/GL #1        -- 3,664
11/2010: Batman #2          -- 3,643
11/2010: Brightest Day #2   -- 3,292
11/2010: Superman #2        -- 2,915
12/2010: Batman Beyond #1   -- 4,531
01/2011: Lobo #1            -- 3,280
01/2011: Sole Survivor #1   -- 2,768
01/2011: The Atom #1        -- 2,185

More of DC’s new line of $ 7.99 reprint books. Not all of them made the chart.

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248 - RATCHET AND CLANK
09/2010: Ratchet and Clank #1 of 6 -- 5,655
10/2010: Ratchet and Clank #2 of 6 -- 4,001 (-29.3%)
11/2010: Ratchet and Clank #3 of 6 -- 3,382 (-15.5%)
12/2010: Ratchet and Clank #4 of 6 -- ?
01/2011: Ratchet and Clank #5 of 6 -- 2,963

Another book surviving WildStorm.

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270 - LOONEY TUNES (Johnny DC)
01/2006: Looney Tunes #134 -- 2,601
01/2007: Looney Tunes #146 -- 2,588
01/2008: Looney Tunes #158 -- 2,596
01/2009: Looney Tunes #170 -- 2,354
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01/2011: Looney Tunes #194 -- 2,243
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6 months: ?
1 year  : ?
2 years : - 4.7%
5 years : -13.8%

—–

279 - CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK (Johnny DC)
01/2009: CN Action Pack #33  -- 1,838
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01/2011: CN Action Pack #56  -- 2,013
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6 months: ?
1 year  : ?
2 years : + 9.5%

These two Johnny DC series haven’t made the chart in years, but show up again thanks to the low entry threshold in January.

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284 - IDES OF BLOOD
08/2010: Ides of Blood #1 of 6 -- 4,560
09/2010: Ides of Blood #2 of 6 -- ?
10/2010: Ides of Blood #3 of 6 -- ?
11/2010: Ides of Blood #4 of 6 -- ?
12/2010: Ides of Blood #5 of 6 -- ?
01/2011: Ides of Blood #6 of 6 -- 1,834

And another loose end from WildStorm.

The former WildStorm title Kane and Lynch #5 failed to chart in December. As always, for the purposes of the average periodical statistics below, I’m presuming it sold as many units as the No. 300 book on the chart, although the actual number is likely to be lower.

RE-ORDERS:
253 -- 2,806: Batman: The Dark Knight #1
287 -- 1,797: Detective Comics #872
297 -- 1,413: Batman, Inc. #2

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+ 14.3%: Batman Beyond
+  9.5%: Scooby-Doo
+  4.9%: Teen Titans
+  1.1%: All-New BBB
-  1.6%: Superman/Batman
-  4.8%: Detective Comics
-  5.4%: Hellblazer
-  5.7%: Secret Six
-  5.9%: REBELS
-  6.9%: Tiny Titans
-  7.4%: Scalped
-  8.3%: Northlanders
-  9.0%: Action Comics
- 10.1%: Batgirl
- 10.1%: Sweet Tooth
- 10.3%: Batman Confidential
- 11.0%: DMZ
- 12.1%: Unwritten
- 12.7%: Jonah Hex
- 12.8%: Batman: SoG
- 14.3%: Red Robin
- 14.8%: House of Mystery
- 14.8%: Power Girl
- 15.2%: Azrael
- 15.3%: Wonder Woman
- 16.2%: Supergirl
- 16.7%: Booster Gold
- 16.8%: Doom Patrol
- 20.0%: GL Corps
- 20.0%: Green Arrow
- 21.2%: Batman
- 22.0%: JLA
- 22.9%: Generation Lost
- 23.2%: Superman
- 23.7%: JSA All-Stars
- 24.5%: Brightest Day
- 26.1%: Adventure Comics
- 27.2%: Birds of Prey
- 28.0%: Batman and Robin
- 31.0%: Titans
- 31.6%: God of War
- 31.7%: American Vampire
- 31.7%: I, Zombie
- 33.4%: LoSH
- 33.5%: Zatanna
- 34.3%: Spirit
- 38.5%: JSA
- 42.5%: Doc Savage

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+114.2%: Green Arrow
+ 33.6%: Wonder Woman
+ 31.0%: Superman
+ 21.9%: Scooby-Doo
+  7.0%: All-New BBB
+  4.8%: Action Comics
-  3.9%: Jonah Hex
-  4.6%: Tiny Titans
-  4.9%: Fables
-  5.1%: Batman
-  6.6%: Hellblazer
-  8.5%: Teen Titans
- 10.4%: Superman/Batman
- 12.7%: Titans
- 12.9%: Sweet Tooth
- 14.2%: Northlanders
- 14.8%: DMZ
- 16.4%: Detective Comics
- 16.7%: REBELS
- 17.0%: Unwritten
- 17.2%: Batgirl
- 18.6%: Supergirl
- 19.3%: Red Robin
- 22.7%: Power Girl
- 23.7%: Batman: SoG
- 23.9%: Batman Confidential
- 24.4%: JLA
- 24.7%: JSA
- 25.7%: Booster Gold
- 25.7%: Victorian Undead
- 26.9%: House of Mystery
- 29.6%: Batman and Robin
- 29.8%: GL Corps
- 45.0%: JSA All-Stars
- 45.2%: Doom Patrol
- 46.3%: Adventure Comics
- 46.8%: Azrael
- 47.2%: Secret Six

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 52.2%: Birds of Prey
+ 44.6%: Green Arrow
+ 21.1%: GL Corps
+ 19.5%: Scooby-Doo
+  9.5%: CN Action Pack
+  8.5%: LoSH
+  6.5%: Red Robin
+  3.0%: Wonder Woman
-  4.7%: Looney Tunes
-  8.1%: Jonah Hex
- 13.7%: Superman
- 14.4%: Tiny Titans
- 15.2%: Fables
- 15.8%: Hellblazer
- 17.1%: Batman
- 18.4%: Secret Six
- 28.1%: Northlanders
- 29.1%: Teen Titans
- 30.8%: DMZ
- 32.2%: Detective Comics
- 33.7%: Supergirl
- 34.7%: JLA
- 35.9%: Booster Gold
- 36.1%: Batman Confidential
- 38.1%: Action Comics
- 42.3%: Titans
- 47.4%: House of Mystery
- 51.0%: JSA
- 52.6%: WoW
- 53.0%: All-New BBB

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 13.9%: Green Arrow
+  8.0%: Detective Comics
+  3.8%: Birds of Prey
+  3.6%: Red Robin
+  1.9%: Scooby-Doo
-  3.4%: Batman
-  4.9%: Batgirl
- 10.5%: GL Corps
- 13.8%: Looney Tunes
- 19.8%: All-New BBB
- 21.1%: Fables
- 21.2%: Wonder Woman
- 21.8%: Action Comics
- 26.0%: LoSH
- 32.3%: Superman
- 34.8%: Hellblazer
- 36.4%: JLA
- 40.0%: JSA
- 56.4%: Jonah Hex
- 59.6%: DMZ
- 61.0%: Teen Titans

—–

Average Periodical Sales
(not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
01/2006: 33,019
01/2007: 29,706
01/2008: 27,033
01/2009: 24,273
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01/2010: 25,657 (- 1.0%)**
02/2010: 26,199 (+ 2.1%)**
03/2010: 23,299 (-11.1%)**
04/2010: 23,740 (+ 1.9%)**
05/2010: 27,785 (+17.0%)**
06/2010: 25,788 (- 7.2%)**
07/2010: 25,841 (+ 0.2%)**
08/2010: 23,331 (- 9.7%)**
09/2010: 23,212 (- 0.5%)**
10/2010: 23,756 (- 2.3%)**
11/2010: 25,497 (+ 7.3%)**
12/2010: 23,869 (- 6.4%)**
01/2011: 21,922 (- 8.2%)**
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6 months: -15.2%
1 year  : -14.6%
2 years : - 9.7%
5 years : -33.6%
DC UNIVERSE
01/2006: 40,118
01/2007: 38,302
01/2008: 33,654
01/2009: 32,705
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01/2010: 33,698 (- 5.0%)
02/2010: 35,895 (+ 6.5%)
03/2010: 32,375 (- 9.8%)
04/2010: 32,859 (+ 1.5%)
05/2010: 37,463 (+14.0%)
06/2010: 34,612 (- 7.6%)**
07/2010: 35,372 (+ 2.2%)
08/2010: 33,411 (- 5.5%)
09/2010: 32,042 (- 4.1%)
10/2010: 32,832 (+ 2.5%)
11/2010: 34,180 (+ 4.1%)
12/2010: 30,870 (- 9.7%)
01/2011: 24,321 (-21.2%)**
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6 months: -31.2%
1 year  : -27.8%
2 years : -25.6%
5 years : -39.4%
VERTIGO
01/2006: 15,036
01/2007: 13,572
01/2008: 10,115
01/2009: 10,980
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01/2010: 11,267 (+ 6.5%)
02/2010:  9,256 (-17.9%)
03/2010: 11,394 (+23.1%)
04/2010: 10,815 (- 5.1%)
05/2010: 11,756 (+ 8.7%)
06/2010: 10,995 (- 6.5%
07/2010:  9,515 (-13.5%)
08/2010:  9,094 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: 11,622 (+27.8%)
10/2010:  9,546 (-17.9%)
11/2010:  9,034 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: 11,193 (+23.9%)
01/2011: 10,145 (- 9.4%)
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6 months: + 6.6%
1 year  : -10.0%
2 years : - 7.6%
5 years : -32.5%

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Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.

—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Just Mostly Gross, Funny Fun: An Interview with CHEW Writer John Layman

John Layman has been around the block in U.S. mainstream comics.

As an editor at Jim Lee’s WildStorm Studios, Layman oversaw influential comics such as Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s Planetary, Ellis and Cully Hamner’s Red, Joe Casey’s Wildcats Version 3.0 and Mark Millar’s controversial run on The Authority, among others. While at WildStorm, Layman also created and wrote the fantasy blaxploitation miniseries Bay City Jive. Shortly after, he left the company to work as a freelance comics writer for publishers including Marvel, Image, IDW, Dynamite and Oni Press.

In addition to work-for-hire projects like Gambit, Xena and Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen, Layman is known for his quirky creator-owned stories. In Puffed!, an Image Comics miniseries with artist Dave Crosland, a boy trapped in a dragon costume is beaten up and left in an after-hours downtown. In Chew, a genre-bending ongoing Image series with artist Rob Guillory, a police officer who gets empathic impressions from whatever he eats is enlisted by the Food and Drug Administration to enforce a poultry prohibition.

One of the most critically and commercially successful independent comic books in recent memory, Chew has repeatedly made the New York Times Best Sellers list and won both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award for “Best New Series” in 2010.

On the occasion of the German edition of Chew, which recently debuted from Cross Cult Verlag, I had the opportunity to talk to Layman about the series, his prospects in the comics industry and his experiences at WildStorm. An abbreviated and translated version of the interview, which was conducted via e-mail over the course of several weeks, appears in Chew – Bulle mit Biss 1: Leichenschmaus. The book can be purchased here, here or here, among other places. (Disclosure: I’m the translator.)

MARC-OLIVER FRISCH: Do you enjoy eating?

JOHN LAYMAN: I do and I don’t. That is, I’m not a gourmet, and I’m not super particular. I could eat at Taco Bell every day and be happy. I am, however, married to someone I would consider a gourmet and a food enthusiast, and it was through her I sort of discovered that foodies have their own world and interests and language, and are in their own way every bit as passionate and obsessed as comic book fans. Surely that was part of the seeds that inspired Chew.

Since you mention Taco Bell, I presume you’re not a vegetarian. Would you say eating is a guilty pleasure for you, in terms of where the food comes from and what it takes for it to end up on your plate?

Honestly, I think I’m like most Americans in that I try not to think about it too much. I’m not a huge red-meat eater, or a huge meat eater in general, but I am definitely not a vegetarian. I’ve tried it here and there, but I guess my love for bacon and chicken wings outweighs my ethical considerations. I am a weak, weak man.

Not wanting to think about it is probably something many people can relate to. That’s a big part of the “horror” of Chew, right? Tony is constantly forced to think about it. He doesn’t get off the hook as easily as the rest of us.

Is this a question here, Marc? I mean, answer here is obviously yes. Not trying to make Chew a book that preaches, by any means, but if it gets you thinking a bit even as it entertains and amuses, that is certainly a big plus.

Even in our world without cibopaths, it’s not a complete mystery to us where our food comes from and that there’s an industry committed to killing millions of, say, chickens every day so we can eat them. Could we all be Tony Chu, if we just showed more empathy with our environment?

Probably not. I think if we were all Tony Chu, we’d either be vegetarians… or psychopaths. I mean, we can probably try to put ourselves in his shoes, but empathy is not experience, ya know?

What inspired Tony’s ability to experience the origins and sensations of his food?

No idea. Chew had been pitched for so long that I cannot remember the exact inspiration. I can tell you just about every editor and publisher thought Chew was a bad idea. Originally, I wanted to go with Vertigo, because I wanted a page rate, but when I realized nobody was going to buy it, I decided to finance the book myself.

A review in the Boston Gastronauts blog notes that, in Chew, “actually liking what you eat is usually depicted as a character flaw,” and suggests that “any pleasure can lead to your own moral destruction” in the story. Would you agree? Is Tony the hero because he doesn’t succumb to the pleasures that seem to be corrupting everybody else in the book?

If that is true, it was not intentional. The Boston Gastronauts read a lot into their review that I never intended. Or if I did, it was subliminal.

It seems all our little fears about food turn out to be true in Chew: The clerk spitting into your coffee, a booger in your burger, the chef bleeding into the soup—has your work on the series affected your approach to food?

I was a little more aware of it early on in the book. I even tried to be vegetarian for about six months, but it did not take. Mostly, I was aware of it for a while, but eventually fell back into my old bad habits.

Can you walk me through your working process for a typical issue of Chew?

Well, I write an issue, and that takes me anywhere from half a week to two or three weeks, depending on the issue and how much trouble it is giving me. Some issues I have banged out in no time at all, and others are really a wrestling match.

I often write out of sequence, and most times, once I am done, I don’t noodle with scripts or lines, though the fourth story arc I find I’ve been returning to scripts to make tweaks here and there. Rob draws it, and gives me pages several at a time, in black and white lo rez, for me to letter. Once he is done penciling and inking an issue, he colors it up. I take the final finals and paste up the lettering into one Photoshop file.

Rob and I go back and forth on the cover design, though lately I’ve been doing most of it. I design the inside front cover and back cover and do the letters page, and then we give nearly complete issue to Image to put into a document to give to the printer. We give them pretty much a final product. All they add is the bar code and the trademark symbols and the indicia/legalese small print.

It’s kinda a point of pride that Rob and I keep the operation to just the two of us. And we can do it almost monthly… just about a month and a week per issue, most of the time.

The book has a very unique brand of humor. It’s frequently absurd, but never compromises the credibility of the characters and their world or the drama of the story. Is it a concern to you that things might get too silly?

I think the stories will remain grounded for the most part. I have my own set of rules in my head about what will fly, and what will not, even if I can’t (or won’t) articulate them here. I will say that the Poyo stories are the exception to the rule. They seem to get sillier as they go, and Poyo is my vehicle for the thoroughly preposterous “anything goes” issues.

You’ve mentioned that other publishers, including Vertigo, didn’t want Chew. What made it such a hard sell?

Not sure. I’m not a good salesman, and I probably did not make my “cannibal cop/bird flu” book sound as marketable or appealing as it turned out to be. It certainly did not help that Vertigo and DC never really had a lot of respect for WildStorm, so being an ex-WildStorm editor was probably a strike against me from the get-go.

You were at WildStorm from around 1996 through 2003, right? So you were there for what looks like the imprint’s most fruitful period in retrospect, as well as the transition from Image to DC. What’s your perspective on the end of WildStorm?

Actually 1996 through 2001. I worked on some books that developed so slow (Red, for instance) that by the time they saw the light of day I’d been long gone. Mostly I’m sad and bittersweet. It was a truly wonderful job, until WildStorm got bought by DC and it became a nightmare. And other to get Jim Lee on the payroll, I’m not sure why DC bought WildStorm. From my vantage point (granted, a limited one), it seemed like Paul Levitz not only did not “get” WildStorm, but disliked it, and actually worked to thwart its success.

You were the editor of Millar and Quitely’s The Authority, which, from the outside, seemed to be very much in the front line of whatever “creative differences” there were between WildStorm and DC. Can you elaborate on some of the issues?

Paul Levitz hated it, everybody on Earth loved it, and I was stuck in the middle, trying to keep DC happy, trying to keep Mark Millar happy, and trying to make the best book possible. It didn’t exactly do me any favors with long-term career prospects at DC. You’ll notice in 10 years of freelance, it’s one company that has never touched me, so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised when doors were shutting in my face as I was pitching Chew. I’d only be speculating, and lord knows there is enough of that already to be found on the Internet.

DC are planning to integrate the company-owned WildStorm characters completely into their mainstream superhero universe. As someone who was there when many of the more popular WildStorm characters were created, what are your thoughts on that?

I dunno. It’s not really a subject I think about much any more. As far as comics I concentrate on my own things, or on Marvel, where the door has been much more open to me over the years.

I read Bay City Jive the other week, the miniseries you created and wrote at WildStorm in 2001. According to the indicia, the stories and characters belong to DC. Would you have considered this type of deal for Chew, in exchange for a page rate?

Well, you sorta have to with Vertigo. It is not completely creator-owned. Bay City Jive was a tough lesson, giving it over to DC. With Chew, probably the best thing that happened to me is they wouldn’t touch it, because it forced me to self-finance, and now that it is doing well, I control its destiny and reap its rewards. In retrospect, it is absolutely for the best. There is no way Vertigo would have gone for somebody as breezy, fun and non-pretentious as Rob [Guillory].

If Chew was a Vertigo book, it would have ended up dark and somber and ugly and would probably be cancelled by now, or on the road to cancellation. (This is not meant as a slight against all Vertigo books, it’s just clear that they did not get the intended tone of it, and Vertigo is many fine things, but “breezy fun” is not one of them.)

You’ve been at both sides of the table in the industry, as a former editor and now as a freelance creator—from your perspective, do you think it’s possible to get to a point where more unique, off-the-beaten-path books like Chew can thrive in the North American market? What’s the biggest stumbling block?

Finding an audience. I still don’t know how Chew did it, but the weird concept couple with the art made it almost a viral sensation. Females like it, comic-reader guys like to give it to their significant others who don’t usually read comics. And the same for non-comic-book readers… a lot of them are given the book by their comic-book-reader friends as an example of an accessible comic. But really, I think I just got lucky. There are plenty of books every bit as high quality that never strike the same chord with an audience.

Well, it seems like the kind of book that has something to say, about the way we approach our food, but also about some other universal human concerns—our capacity for empathy with each other and with other creatures, our response to authority, the way rules work or don’t work for society. Don’t you think that’s a factor?

Nah, it’s just mostly gross, funny fun. Or, at least, that is its primary appeal.

You’ve mentioned your Marvel work. With Chew taking off like it has, what’s your stance on doing company-owned projects, at this stage?

I’m actually doing three different ones at the moment, for three different companies. Difference is, this time I have a lot more offers than I used to, and I’m a lot more selective about what I take. These are just for fun. Everybody I assumes I am working on a new creator-owned book, and that I should be working on a new creator-owned book. But I am too much of a pessimist. I regard Chew as a huge fluke and aberration, and just assume whatever I do next will flop, just like my previous stuff. And I have no desire to sink whatever profits I make into the sinkhole of a book that does not do well.

I’m surprised to hear that. In issue #1, you cite Kirkman’s call for more creator-owned work as an inspiration to go ahead on your own with Chew, and you sound fairly disillusioned with the work-for-hire arrangement. Kirkman told me work for hire was a hassle to him, so he quit. Is that a prospect you’re considering at all for yourself?

I guess I have not be burned in whatever way Kirkman was. At least, not yet. I’ve got three projects on deck, all of which I accepted for different reasons. One for a big fanboy thrill, and I probably would have written it for free. Another is with an artist I consider a legend. And another is a really high profile gig with Marvel which I took… well, because Marvel has never handed me a high-profile thing that wasn’t me riding on the coattails of some other creator’s event.

I think going into Chew I was disillusioned at the fact I was having to write for money, to survive, and not necessarily projects I’d be if I had the choice. The thing about Chew is it’s given me a lot of choices, opened a lot of doors. And so I am having some fun with that.

I don’t anticipate me becoming too regular a Marvel staple. That is, don’t expect me to sign an exclusive and start writing four books for them at the expense of Chew. First off, I’m not sure Marvel wants me to that extend. Secondly, while I do like superheroes, I like them best in small amounts. I imagine my interest would wane pretty fast if I started writing too much superhero stuff.

Did I understand you correctly that you’re actually not looking to do any more creator-owned books in addition to Chew?

Not until Chew wraps up, or gets closer to wrapping up. Chew takes a lot of my mental idea space, especially since every issue is completely different and self-contained, or attempts to be. I don’t consider myself an especially fast or creative writer, so I’m not sure I have enough upstairs to actually devote to creating and controlling another universe.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now, as a writer?

Dead. As a writer, and as a human.

—–

Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: December 2010

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

On the surface, December 2010 was a great month for DC Comics. The company had a bigger share of the market than its main competitor Marvel, if only in terms of dollar value, and took all of the Top 5 spots on the chart, as well as a total 8 out of the Top 10. That doesn’t happen a lot.

Upon closer inspection, though, a less rosy picture emerges: DC’s average comic-book sales in the direct market were slightly down from November, average dollar and unit sales were only slightly up. So, despite big releases like the debut of writer/artist David Finch’s Batman: The Dark Knight and, over in the “Graphic Novel” section, J. Michael Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One book, it turns out December was more or less business as usual, from a commercial vantage point.

Meanwhile, DC’s WildStorm imprint, which the company bought from Jim Lee in 1998 and then proceeded to slowly but determinedly squeeze the life out of, ceased publication in December. Average WildStorm sales sagged below the 5K mark, to the lowest number in history.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

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1 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
12/2010: Dark Knight #1  --  89,985

Originally solicited for November 24, David Finch’s new, supposedly monthly ongoing series finally scraped into stores more than a month late, on December 29 — the initial release date of the second issue, incidentally, which is currently meant to go on sale March 23, if DC’s Web site is to be believed.

There are two major points to take away from this. One: DC’s biggest book for the time being debuts with sales well below the 100K mark. Two: It was already wildly off-schedule by the time the first issue went to the printer. Not a terribly good omen for 2011.

There were 1:25 and 1:200 variant-cover editions to boost the numbers.

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2/5 - GREEN LANTERN
12/2005: Green Lantern #6   --  88,437
12/2006: --
12/2007: Green Lantern #25  --  90,545
12/2007: Green Lantern #26  --  69,986
12/2008: Green Lantern #36  --  64,755 [ 74,005]
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12/2009: Green Lantern #49  --  97,285 (- 3.1%)
01/2010: Green Lantern #50  -- 106,444 (+ 9.4%)
02/2010: Green Lantern #51  --  95,509 (-10.3%)
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369 (+ 2.0%)
04/2010: Green Lantern #53  -- 100,356 (+ 3.1%)
05/2010: Green Lantern #54  --  88,292 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Green Lantern #55  --  85,930 (- 2.7%)
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Green Lantern #57  --  85,179 (+ 1.2%)
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173 (- 6.7%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #60  --  76,360 (+ 0.3%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #61  --  72,203 (- 5.4%)
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6 months: - 13.6%
1 year  : - 23.7%
2 years : + 14.7%
5 years : - 16.0%

The “Brightest Day” branding goes on, but it no longer brings the sales. After a very strong couple of years, Green Lantern returns to a lower baseline.

—–

3/4 - BRIGHTEST DAY
04/2010: Brightest Day #0  -- 129,446
05/2010: Brightest Day #1  -- 129,158 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Brightest Day #2  -- 112,806 (-12.7%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #3  -- 107,269 (- 4.9%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #4  -- 101,730 (- 5.2%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #5  --  97,245 (- 4.4%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #6  --  94,684 (- 2.6%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #7  --  93,459 (- 1.3%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #8  --  91,546 (- 2.1%)
09/2010: Brightest Day #9  --  88,446 (- 3.4%)
09/2010: Brightest Day #10 --  87,241 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: Brightest Day #11 --  83,823 (- 3.9%)
10/2010: Brightest Day #12 --  82,394 (- 1.7%)
11/2010: Brightest Day #13 --  79,955 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Brightest Day #14 --  78,452 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: Brightest Day #15 --  75,450 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: Brightest Day #16 --  74,871 (- 0.8%)
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6 months: - 28.1%

DC’s longform event series continues with a fairly standard attrition rate. And, comparing the individual drops from the last four months, there’s more evidence that more people tend to drop titles in-between calendar months than in the middle of a given month, I suppose.

—–

6 - BATMAN, INC.
11/2010: Batman, Inc. #1  --  95,587
11/2010: Batman, Inc. #2  --  71,544 (-25.2%)

That’s a stiff drop, probably explained by the lack of a 1:200 variant edition this time around. Be that as it may, Batman, Inc. #3 won’t be out until March, either, so DC enters 2011 on two months without the two new flagship titles of its current flagship franchise.

—–

7 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
12/2009: --
01/2010: Batman and Robin #7  --  87,780 (- 8.3%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #8  --  87,302 (- 0.6%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #9  --  84,562 (- 3.1%)
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 --  85,292 (+ 0.9%)
04/2010: Batman and Robin #11 --  84,006 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Batman and Robin #12 --  84,843 (+ 1.0%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804 (+ 1.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Batman and Robin #14 --  82,894 (- 3.4%)
10/2010: Batman and Robin #15 --  80,173 (- 3.3%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343 (+ 0.2%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600 (-12.1%)
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 --  68,814 (- 2.5%)
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6 months:  n.a.
1 year  :  n.a.

Holding up reasonably well, considering that the book has effectively been “demoted” to a secondary Batman title. Also, we’re still in the middle of a last-minute fill-in run, which the numbers probably aren’t an accurate reflection of yet.

—–

10 - BATMAN
12/2005: Batman #648 --  63,151 [64,760]
12/2006: Batman #660 --  76,967
12/2006: Batman #661 --  75,512
12/2007: Batman #672 --  71,189
12/2008: Batman #682 --  93,469
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12/2009: Batman #694 --  65,908 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Batman #695 --  63,467 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Batman #696 --  61,290 (- 3.4%)
03/2010: Batman #697 --  61,157 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Batman #698 --  60,934 (- 0.4%)
05/2010: Batman #699 --  62,377 (+ 2.4%)
06/2010: Batman #700 -- 104,755 (+67.9%)
07/2010: Batman #701 --  76,398 (-27.1%)
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Batman #703 --  77,033 (+ 4.9%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212 (-15.4%)
12/2010: Batman #705 --  63,262 (- 3.0%)
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6 months: -39.6%
1 year  : - 4.0%
2 years : -32.3%
5 years : + 0.2%

Back in an average decline.

—–

12/18 - THE FLASH
12/2005: Flash #229      --  41,459
12/2006: Flash: FMA #7   --  53,600
12/2007: Flash #235      --  43,788
12/2008: Flash #247      --  26,498
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12/2009: --
01/2010: --
02/2010: Rebirth #6 of 6 --  70,824 (-  4.1%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Flash #1        -- 100,903 (+ 42.5%)
05/2010: Flash #2        --  76,560 (- 24.1%)
06/2010: Flash #3        --  68,804 (- 10.1%)
07/2010: Flash #4        --  64,832 (-  5.8%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Flash #5        --  62,063 (-  4.3%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673 (-  7.1%)
12/2010: Flash #7        --  56,304 (-  2.4%)
12/2010: Flash #8        --  53,975 (-  4.1%)
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6 months: - 19.9%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : +108.1%
5 years : + 33.0%

The book seems to be settling down at about 50K — a solid number for The Flash, historically.

—–

16 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
12/2005: GLC: Recharge #3 of 5   -- 64,490 [65,669]
12/2006: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 38,737
12/2007: Green Lantern Corps #19 -- 50,516
12/2008: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 44,033
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12/2009: Green Lantern Corps #43 -- 77,774 (- 3.3%)
01/2010: Green Lantern Corps #44 -- 76,458 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #45 -- 75,404 (- 1.4%)
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Green Lantern Corps #47 -- 72,163 (- 5.9%)
05/2010: Green Lantern Corps #48 -- 68,826 (- 4.6%)
06/2010: Green Lantern Corps #49 -- 66,652 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035 (+ 0.6%)
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124 (+ 0.1%)
09/2010: Green Lantern Corps #52 -- 63,577 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: Green Lantern Corps #53 -- 60,808 (- 4.4%)
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448 (- 5.5%)
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 54,387 (- 5.3%)
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6 months: -18.4%
1 year  : -30.1%
2 years : +23.5%
5 years : -15.7%

See Green Lantern: The franchise is contracting again.

—–

21 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
12/2005: JLA #123           --  76,899
12/2006: Justice League #4  -- 136,709 [139,123]
12/2006: Justice League #5  -- 132,460 [133,924]
12/2007: Justice League #15 -- 100,234
12/2007: Justice League #16 --  95,557
12/2008: Justice League #27 --  75,803
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12/2009: Justice League #40 --  68,672 (-23.2%)
01/2010: Justice League #41 --  62,262 (- 9.3%)
02/2010: Justice League #42 --  57,522 (- 7.6%)
03/2010: Justice League #43 --  56,461 (- 1.9%)
04/2010: Justice League #44 --  62,342 (+10.4%)
05/2010: Justice League #45 --  62,465 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Justice League #46 --  62,754 (+ 0.5%)
07/2010: Justice League #47 --  60,368 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: Justice League #48 --  60,733 (+ 0.6%)
09/2010: Justice League #49 --  57,616 (- 5.1%)
10/2010: Justice League #50 --  59,686 (+ 3.6%)
11/2010: Justice League #51 --  50,887 (-14.7%)
12/2010: Justice League #52 --  48,501 (- 4.7%)
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6 months: -22.7%
1 year  : -29.4%
2 years : -36.0%
5 years : -36.9%

The book has seen better days, obviously.

—–

25 - GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS
08/2010: Emerald Warriors #1  -- 68,332
09/2010: Emerald Warriors #2  -- 56,289 (-17.6%)
10/2010: Emerald Warriors #3  -- 50,490 (-10.3%)
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319 (- 8.3%)
12/2010: Emerald Warriors #5  -- 44,077 (- 4.8%)

Bottoming out, though very slowly.

—–

26 - SUPERMAN
12/2005: Superman #224 --  63,719 [ 65,300]
12/2006: --
12/2007: Superman #671 --  45,290
12/2008: Superman #683 --  55,287
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12/2009: Superman #695 --  32,482 (-  5.7%)
01/2010: Superman #696 --  31,940 (-  1.7%)
02/2010: Superman #697 --  31,504 (-  1.4%)
03/2010: Superman #698 --  33,336 (+  5.8%)
04/2010: Superman #699 --  33,183 (-  0.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Superman #700 --  67,571 (+103.6%)
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506 (- 19.3%)
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023 (-  8.2%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Superman #703 --  50,460 (+  0.9%)
10/2010: Superman #704 --  46,741 (-  7.4%)
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261 (-  1.0%)
12/2010: Superman #706 --  43,027 (-  7.0%)
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6 months: - 36.3%
1 year  : + 32.5%
2 years : - 22.2%
5 years : - 32.5%

Another unbelievable management failure on DC’s part: J. Michael Straczynski abandons his much ballyhooed, much maligned Superman makeover halfway through, leaving for greener pastures after issue #707. Issue #706 was a last-minute fill-in, meanwhile.

What’s probably worse for DC is that the current, already less-than-spectacular numbers reflect the demand for the Straczynski story, rather than the filler piece that took its place. Once the news of his departure had time to sink in at the retail level, I doubt the numbers will get better.

—–

30/43 - BATMAN ANNUALS
12/2010: Detective Comics Annual #12 -- 33,522
12/2010: Batman Annual #28           -- 41,484

The two annuals were part of the same story, by the same creative team. The fact that the Batman Annual was part 2 doesn’t seem to have been of much interest to retailers, looking at the numbers.

—–

33 - GREEN LANTERN: LARFLEEZE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
12/2010: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1 -- 39,673

A one-shot special written by Geoff Johns, with rock-solid sales for this type of book.

—–

36 - DETECTIVE COMICS
12/2005: Detective Comics #814 --  37,145
12/2006: Detective Comics #826 --  59,657
12/2006: Detective Comics #827 --  55,031
12/2007: Detective Comics #839 --  62,297 [65,773]
12/2008: Detective Comics #851 --  64,961
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12/2009: Detective Comics #860 --  52,295 (- 3.9%)
01/2010: Detective Comics #861 --  45,937 (-12.2%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119 (- 3.5%)
04/2010: Detective Comics #864 --  42,436 (- 1.6%)
05/2010: Detective Comics #865 --  41,501 (- 2.2%)
06/2010: Detective Comics #866 --  46,178 (+11.3%)
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371 (-12.6%)
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 --  38,682 (- 4.2%)
09/2010: Detective Comics #869 --  37,394 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674 (- 4.6%)
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941 (+ 3.6%)
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 --  37,961 (+ 2.8%)
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6 months: - 17.8%
1 year  : - 27.4%
2 years : - 41.6%
5 years : +  2.2%

Two issues into the run by the new creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock, sales continue a slow climb. That’s some much-needed good news for the Batman line.

—–

37 - GREEN ARROW
12/2005: Green Arrow #57  -- 31,778
12/2006: Green Arrow #69  -- 32,234
12/2007: Arrow/Canary #3  -- 40,321
12/2008: Arrow/Canary #15 -- 24,526
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12/2009: Arrow&Canary #27 -- 16,904 (-  2.8%)
01/2010: Arrow&Canary #28 -- 16,482 (-  2.5%)
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600 (+  0.7%)
02/2010: Black Arrow #30  -- 42,014 (+153.1%)
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486 (- 32.2%)
04/2010: Green Arrow #32  -- 29,137 (+  2.3%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Green Arrow #1   -- 54,400 (+ 86.7%) [57,554]
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118 (- 18.9%)
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308 (+  5.0%)
09/2010: Green Arrow #4   -- 44,220 (-  4.5%)
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575 (-  6.2%)
12/2010: Green Arrow #7   -- 36,835 (-  6.9%)
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6 months: - 32.3%
1 year  : +117.9%
2 years : + 50.2%
5 years : + 15.9%

The impression that retailers massively over-ordered a whole bunch of DC titles earlier in 2010 persists. Green Arrow is still doing very well, historically, but it’s been quite a slide for the last few issues, and it’s getting faster.

—–

38 - WONDER WOMAN
12/2005: Wonder Woman #224 --  47,224
12/2006: --
12/2007: Wonder Woman #15  --  44,628
12/2008: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,322
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12/2009: Wonder Woman #39  --  26,152 (-  0.4%)
01/2010: Wonder Woman #40  --  25,156 (-  3.8%)
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  --  25,354 (+  0.8%)
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240 (-  0.5%)
04/2010: Wonder Woman #43  --  25,369 (+  0.5%)
05/2010: Wonder Woman #44  --  25,443 (+  0.3%)
06/2010: Wonder Woman #600 --  53,525 (+110.4%) [63,700]
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672 (- 25.9%)
08/2010: Wonder Woman #602 --  38,012 (-  4.2%)
09/2010: Wonder Woman #603 --  38,852 (+  2.2%)
10/2010: Wonder Woman #604 --  37,405 (-  3.7%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 --  35,495 (-  5.1%)
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6 months: - 33.7%
1 year  : + 35.7%
2 years : +  9.8%
5 years : - 24.8%

Another book abandoned in mid-run by highly publicized writer J. Michael Straczynski. The solicitations list him as the sole series writer through issue #607, but he’s handed off his outline for the book to another writer as of the December issue. Sales, as unimpressive as they already are, still reflect the demand for the Straczynski run.

—–

45 - BIRDS OF PREY
12/2005: Birds of Prey #89  -- 30,653
12/2006: Birds of Prey #101 -- 29,825
12/2007: Birds of Prey #113 -- 24,717
12/2008: Birds of Prey #125 -- 20,161
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05/2010: Birds of Prey #1   -- 50,428 (+135.4%) [54,965]
06/2010: Birds of Prey #2   -- 44,064 (- 12.6%)
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4   -- 46,149 (+  6.3%)
09/2010: Birds of Prey #5   -- 40,146 (- 13.0%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440 (- 14.2%)
12/2010: Birds of Prey #7   -- 33,114 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.9%
2 years : + 64.3%
5 years : +  8.0%

Another book that retailers overestimated last year, it seems. Not that current sales are bad, mind you — it’s still doing very well, compared to the last five years.

—–

49 - ACTION COMICS
12/2005: Action Comics #834 -- 42,425
12/2006: --
12/2007: Action Comics #860 -- 56,254
12/2008: Action Comics #872 -- 57,175
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12/2009: Action Comics #884 -- 31,873 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Action Comics #885 -- 30,678 (- 3.8%)
02/2010: Action Comics #886 -- 29,845 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460 (- 1.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #888 -- 29,536 (+ 0.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #889 -- 29,106 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Action Comics #890 -- 34,744 (+19.4%) [40,039]
07/2010: Action Comics #891 -- 35,328 (+ 1.7%)
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Action Comics #893 -- 33,948 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Action Comics #894 -- 42,291 (+24.6%)
11/2010: Action Comics #895 -- 33,089 (-21.8%)
12/2010: Action Comics #896 -- 32,357 (- 2.2%)
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6 months: - 6.9%
1 year  : + 1.5%
2 years : -43.4%
5 years : -23.7%

The Paul Cornell/Pete Woods run continues to yield solid numbers.

—–

51/54 - JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST
05/2010: Generation Lost #1  -- 50,784
05/2010: Generation Lost #2  -- 44,711 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #3  -- 43,278 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #4  -- 41,702 (- 3.6%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #5  -- 40,370 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #6  -- 39,190 (- 2.9%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #7  -- 39,971 (+ 2.0%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #8  -- 38,745 (- 3.1%)
09/2010: Generation Lost #9  -- 37,151 (- 4.1%)
09/2010: Generation Lost #10 -- 36,624 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: Generation Lost #11 -- 35,504 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: Generation Lost #12 -- 34,752 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Generation Lost #13 -- 33,504 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Generation Lost #14 -- 32,722 (- 2.3%)
12/2010: Generation Lost #15 -- 31,871 (- 2.6%)
12/2010: Generation Lost #16 -- 31,048 (- 2.6%)
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6 months: -26.0%

Declining, slowly and steadily.

—–

52 - SUPERBOY
11/2010: Superboy #1  --  39,701
12/2010: Superboy #2  --  31,761 (-20.0%)

That’s an average drop for an ongoing series. With a little bit of luck, DC might get a solid mid-list title out of this one.

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53 - JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
12/2005: JSA #80             --  50,862
12/2006: Justice Society #1  -- 102,990 [108,140]
12/2007: Justice Society #11 --  89,613
12/2008: Justice Society #21 --  69,662
12/2008: Justice Society #22 --  67,615
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12/2009: Justice Society #34 --  41,734 (-  3.4%)
01/2010: Justice Society #35 --  39,934 (-  4.3%)
02/2010: Justice Society #36 --  39,060 (-  2.2%)
03/2010: Justice Society #37 --  37,381 (-  4.3%)
04/2010: Justice Society #38 --  36,648 (-  2.0%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Justice Society #39 --  36,630 (-  0.1%)
06/2010: Justice Society #40 --  36,008 (-  1.7%)
07/2010: Justice Society #41 --  48,858 (+ 35.7%)
08/2010: Justice Society #42 --  48,420 (-  0.9%)
09/2010: Justice Society #43 --  36,576 (- 24.5%)
10/2010: Justice Society #44 --  35,483 (-  3.0%)
11/2010: Justice Society #45 --  33,582 (-  5.4%)
12/2010: Justice Society #46 --  31,497 (-  6.2%)
----------------
6 months: -13.3%
1 year  : -24.5%
2 years : -54.1%
5 years : -38.1%

Another 2,000 units gone. The book is back in a free-fall.

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55 - RED ROBIN
12/2005: Robin #145    -- 28,532
12/2006: Robin #157    -- 30,556
12/2007: Robin #169    -- 48,665 [51,441]
12/2008: Robin #181    -- 27,891
--------------------------------
12/2009: Red Robin #7  -- 39,528 (-  6.8%)
01/2010: Red Robin #8  -- 37,869 (-  4.2%)
02/2010: Red Robin #9  -- 36,466 (-  3.7%)
03/2010: Red Robin #10 -- 36,708 (+  0.7%)
04/2010: Red Robin #11 -- 36,205 (-  1.4%)
05/2010: Red Robin #12 -- 36,273 (+  0.2%)
06/2010: Red Robin #13 -- 35,917 (-  1.0%)
07/2010: Red Robin #14 -- 35,652 (-  0.7%)
08/2010: Red Robin #15 -- 34,709 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Red Robin #16 -- 33,753 (-  2.8%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Red Robin #17 -- 31,825 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: Red Robin #18 -- 30,873 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.0%
1 year  : - 21.9%
2 years : + 10.7%
5 years : +  8.2%

This one keeps sliding down the charts, but the numbers remain well within the established spectrum for a Robin series.

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57 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN
12/2005: Superman/Batman #23 -- 102,248 [103,726]
12/2006: Superman/Batman #31 --  81,716
12/2007: Superman/Batman #44 --  53,057
12/2008: Superman/Batman #54 --  45,968
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12/2009: Superman/Batman #67 --  49,650 (- 4.8%)
01/2010: Superman/Batman #68 --  33,869 (-31.8%)
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224 (- 1.9%)
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196 (- 3.1%)
04/2010: Superman/Batman #71 --  31,714 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Superman/Batman #72 --  32,047 (+ 1.1%)
06/2010: Superman/Batman #73 --  31,425 (- 1.9%)
07/2010: Superman/Batman #74 --  30,847 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324 (+11.3%)
09/2010: Superman/Batman #76 --  32,003 (- 6.8%)
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741 (- 0.8%)
11/2010: Superman/Batman #78 --  31,337 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: Superman/Batman #79 --  30,586 (- 2.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.7%
1 year  : -38.4%
2 years : -33.5%
5 years : -70.1%

2010 was very stable for Superman/Batman, overall. The book has been jittering up and down above the 30K mark for the last year.

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66 - ACTION COMICS ANNUAL
12/2010: Action Comics Annual #13 -- 27,031

The story ties in with the mother title, but sales are still 5,000 units below those of Action Comics proper.

If people care at all about the contents of these annuals, it’s not evident on the December chart.

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70 - TEEN TITANS
12/2005: Teen Titans #30 -- 67,155
12/2006: Teen Titans #42 -- 60,165
12/2007: Teen Titans #54 -- 53,790
12/2008: Teen Titans #66 -- 36,808
----------------------------------
12/2009: Teen Titans #78 -- 43,400 (- 6.1%)
01/2010: Teen Titans #79 -- 27,790 (-36.0%)
02/2010: Teen Titans #80 -- 26,537 (- 4.5%)
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758 (- 2.9%)
04/2010: Teen Titans #82 -- 25,303 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Teen Titans #83 -- 24,960 (- 1.4%)
06/2010: Teen Titans #84 -- 24,593 (- 1.5%)
07/2010: Teen Titans #85 -- 24,248 (- 1.4%)
08/2010: Teen Titans #86 -- 24,971 (+ 3.0%)
09/2010: Teen Titans #87 -- 23,259 (- 6.9%)
10/2010: Teen Titans #88 -- 27,637 (+18.8%)
11/2010: Teen Titans #89 -- 26,444 (- 4.3%)
12/2010: Teen Titans #90 -- 25,997 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: + 5.7%
1 year  : -40.1%
2 years : -29.4%
5 years : -61.3%

Bottoming out again; another book that’s had a relatively stable 2010, overall.

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72 - BATGIRL
12/2005: Batgirl #71     -- 26,378
12/2008: Batgirl #6 of 6 -- 20,750
----------------------------------
12/2009: Batgirl #5      -- 32,482 (-  6.4%)
01/2010: Batgirl #6      -- 30,403 (-  6.4%)
02/2010: Batgirl #7      -- 29,524 (-  2.9%)
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886 (+  4.6%)
04/2010: Batgirl #9      -- 29,445 (-  4.7%)
05/2010: Batgirl #10     -- 28,641 (-  2.7%)
06/2010: Batgirl #11     -- 28,563 (-  0.3%)
07/2010: Batgirl #12     -- 28,011 (-  1.9%)
08/2010: Batgirl #13     -- 27,247 (-  2.7%)
09/2010: Batgirl #14     -- 26,861 (-  1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827 (-  3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16     -- 25,225 (-  2.3%)
----------------
6 months: -11.7%
1 year  : -22.3%
2 years : +21.6%
5 years : - 4.4%

Standard attrition.

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73 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
12/2005: --
12/2006: SLoSH #25            -- 33,288
12/2007: LoSH #37             -- 45,803
12/2008: LoSH #49             -- 22,180
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05/2010: LoSH #1              -- 44,415 (+98.9%) [50,106]
06/2010: LoSH #2              -- 39,102 (-12.0%)
07/2010: LoSH #3              -- 36,360 (- 7.0%)
08/2010: LoSH #4              -- 34,239 (- 5.8%)
09/2010: LoSH #5              -- 32,417 (- 5.3%)
10/2010: LoSH #6              -- 30,246 (- 6.7%)
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439 (-12.6%)
12/2010: LoSH #8              -- 25,063 (- 5.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 35.9%
2 years : + 13.0%
5 years :  n.a.

Sales keep sliding down the chart too fast for comfort.

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74 - BATMAN 80-PAGE GIANT
12/2010: Batman 80-Page Giant 2010 #1 -- 24,582

Not bad sales for an inconsequential $ 5.99 anthology special.

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76 - ADVENTURE COMICS
12/2009: Adventure Comics #5   -- 59,876 (-29.7%)
01/2010: Adventure Comics #6   -- 42,514 (-29.0%)
02/2010: Adventure Comics #7   -- 53,721 (+26.4%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #8   -- 39,351 (-26.8%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #9   -- 37,515 (- 4.7%)
04/2010: Adventure Comics #10  -- 37,573 (+ 0.2%)
05/2010: Adventure Comics #11  -- 34,794 (- 7.4%)
06/2010: Adventure Comics #12  -- 34,663 (- 0.4%)
07/2010: Adventure Comics #516 -- 30,897 (-10.9%)
08/2010: Adventure Comics #517 -- 28,966 (- 6.3%)
09/2010: Adventure Comics #518 -- 27,028 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Adventure Comics #519 -- 25,346 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Adventure Comics #520 -- 24,540 (- 3.2%)
12/2010: Adventure Comics #521 -- 23,787 (- 6.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.4%
1 year  : - 60.3%

Well, it’s not bottoming out, after all.

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78 - FABLES (Vertigo)
12/2005: Fables #44  -- 24,515
12/2006: Fables #56  -- 25,892
12/2007: Fables #68  -- 24,574
12/2008: Fables #79  -- 22,769
------------------------------
12/2009: Fables #91  -- 20,450 (- 2.1%)
01/2010: Fables #92  -- 20,180 (- 1.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Fables #93  -- 20,003 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: Fables #94  -- 19,965 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Fables #95  -- 19,932 (- 0.2%)
06/2010: Fables #96  -- 19,842 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Fables #97  -- 19,625 (- 1.1%)
09/2010: Fables #98  -- 19,594 (- 0.2%)
10/2010: Fables #99  -- 19,656 (+ 0.3%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Fables #100 -- 23,014 (+17.1%)
----------------
6 months: +16.0%
1 year  : +12.5%
2 years : + 1.1%
5 years : - 6.1%

Fables celebrates its 100th issue with a 100-page $ 9.99 special. The issue was originally meant to be out in November.

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79 - SUPERGIRL
12/2005: --
12/2006: Supergirl #12 --  59,819
12/2006: Supergirl #13 --  56,648
12/2007: Supergirl #24 --  37,922
12/2008: Supergirl #36 --  45,491
---------------------------------
12/2009: Supergirl #48 --  28,176 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: Supergirl #49 --  27,728 (- 1.6%)
02/2010: Supergirl #50 --  33,338 (+20.2%)
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845 (-10.5%)
04/2010: Supergirl #52 --  29,490 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Supergirl #53 --  28,317 (- 4.0%)
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941 (- 4.9%)
08/2010: Supergirl #55 --  25,891 (- 3.9%)
09/2010: Supergirl #56 --  25,034 (- 3.3%)
10/2010: Supergirl #57 --  23,842 (- 4.8%)
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412 (+ 6.6%)
12/2010: Supergirl #59 --  22,606 (-11.0%)
----------------
6 months: -20.2%
1 year  : -19.8%
2 years : -50.3%
5 years :  n.a.

No variant edition in December, so sales crash back into the ongoing decline. These are the lowest figures yet for the current series.

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80 - TITANS
12/2008: Titans #8      -- 39,154
---------------------------------
12/2009: Titans #20     -- 25,887 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Titans #21     -- 24,924 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Titans #22     -- 24,489 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: Titans #23     -- 24,260 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: --
05/2010: VfH Special #1 -- 31,718 (+30.7%)
06/2010: Titans #24     -- 33,079 (+ 4.3%)
07/2010: Titans #25     -- 31,505 (- 4.8%)
08/2010: Titans #26     -- 32,800 (+ 4.1%)
09/2010: Titans #27     -- 28,438 (-13.3%)
10/2010: Titans #28     -- 27,430 (- 3.6%)
11/2010: Titans #29     -- 24,138 (-12.0%)
12/2010: Titans #30     -- 22,483 (- 6.9%)
----------------
6 months: -32.0%
1 year  : -13.2%
2 years : -42.6%

It’s been an erratic year, but Titans sales have seen much better days.

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81 - TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT
07/2010: Vanishing Point #1 of 6 -- 34,509
08/2010: Vanishing Point #2 of 6 -- 26,918 (-22.0%)
09/2010: Vanishing Point #3 of 6 -- 24,177 (-10.2%)
10/2010: Vanishing Point #4 of 6 -- 22,813 (- 5.6%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Vanishing Point #5 of 6 -- 22,312 (- 2.2%)
82 - DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES
05/2010: DCU Legacies #1  of 10 -- 34,429
06/2010: DCU Legacies #2  of 10 -- 29,286 (-14.9%)
07/2010: DCU Legacies #3  of 10 -- 26,708 (- 8.8%)
08/2010: DCU Legacies #4  of 10 -- 25,691 (- 3.8%)
09/2010: DCU Legacies #5  of 10 -- 25,851 (+ 0.6%)
10/2010: DCU Legacies #6  of 10 -- 24,210 (- 6.4%)
11/2010: DCU Legacies #7  of 10 -- 23,215 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: DCU Legacies #8  of 10 -- 21,886 (- 5.7%)
----------------
6 months: -25.3%

Retailers seem to be treating these as token inessential DC Universe miniseries.

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83 - BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM
12/2009: Batman: SoG #7  -- 30,290 (- 6.2%)
01/2010: Batman: SoG #8  -- 28,313 (- 6.5%)
02/2010: Batman: SoG #9  -- 27,023 (- 4.6%)
03/2010: Batman: SoG #10 -- 26,396 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: Batman: SoG #11 -- 25,925 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Batman: SoG #12 -- 25,446 (- 1.9%)
06/2010: Batman: SoG #13 -- 25,205 (- 1.0%)
07/2010: Batman: SoG #14 -- 24,767 (- 1.7%)
08/2010: Batman: SoG #15 -- 24,171 (- 2.4%)
09/2010: Batman: SoG #16 -- 23,830 (- 1.4%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: Batman: SoG #17 -- 22,390 (- 6.0%)
12/2010: Batman: SoG #18 -- 21,684 (- 3.2%)
----------------
6 months: -14.0%
1 year  : -28.4%
85 - GOTHAM CITY SIRENS
12/2009: GC Sirens #7  -- 29,709 (- 4.1%)
01/2010: GC Sirens #8  -- 28,254 (- 4.9%)
02/2010: GC Sirens #9  -- 27,172 (- 3.8%)
03/2010: GC Sirens #10 -- 26,550 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: GC Sirens #11 -- 26,359 (- 0.7%)
05/2010: GC Sirens #12 -- 26,029 (- 1.3%)
06/2010: GC Sirens #13 -- 25,867 (- 0.6%)
07/2010: GC Sirens #14 -- 25,315 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: GC Sirens #15 -- 24,589 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: GC Sirens #16 -- 23,821 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: GC Sirens #17 -- 22,107 (- 7.2%)
12/2010: GC Sirens #18 -- 21,344 (- 3.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.5%
1 year  : - 28.2%

Two Batman spin-off titles that have been selling back to back for their entire run, which usually means retailers are ordering out of inertia more than anything else. Streets of Gotham is cancelled with issue #21.

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94 - SECRET SIX
12/2006: Secret Six #6 of 6 -- 35,513
12/2008: Secret Six #4      -- 24,657
-------------------------------------
12/2009: Secret Six #16     -- 22,638 (- 2.4%)
01/2010: Secret Six #17     -- 38,515 (+70.1%)
02/2010: Secret Six #18     -- 37,876 (- 1.7%)
03/2010: Secret Six #19     -- 23,181 (-38.8%)
04/2010: Secret Six #20     -- 22,695 (- 2.1%)
05/2010: Secret Six #21     -- 22,334 (- 1.6%)
06/2010: Secret Six #22     -- 21,941 (- 1.8%)
07/2010: Secret Six #23     -- 21,554 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Secret Six #24     -- 21,177 (- 1.8%)
09/2010: Secret Six #25     -- 20,775 (- 1.9%)
10/2010: Secret Six #26     -- 20,377 (- 1.9%)
11/2010: Secret Six #27     -- 19,963 (- 2.0%)
12/2010: Secret Six #28     -- 19,587 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: -10.7%
1 year  : -13.5%
2 years : -20.6%

Very slowly, very steadily declining, as always.

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98 - ZATANNA
05/2010: Zatanna #1  -- 33,691
06/2010: Zatanna #2  -- 29,564 (-12.3%)
07/2010: Zatanna #3  -- 27,792 (- 6.0%)
08/2010: Zatanna #4  -- 27,203 (- 2.1%)
09/2010: Zatanna #5  -- 25,393 (- 6.7%)
10/2010: Zatanna #6  -- 23,427 (- 7.7%)
11/2010: Zatanna #7  -- 20,671 (-11.8%)
12/2010: Zatanna #8  -- 19,321 (- 6.5%)
----------------
6 months: -34.7%

The numbers aren’t bottoming out in any meaningful way yet.

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99/106 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
03/2010: American Vampire #1  -- 33,762          [36,831]
04/2010: American Vampire #2  -- 26,770 (-20.7%)
05/2010: American Vampire #3  -- 26,510 (- 1.0%)
06/2010: American Vampire #4  -- 25,977 (- 2.0%)
07/2010: American Vampire #5  -- 24,857 (- 4.3%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: American Vampire #6  -- 23,349 (- 6.1%)
10/2010: American Vampire #7  -- 21,910 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850 (- 9.4%)
12/2010: American Vampire #9  -- 19,019 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: American Vampire #10 -- 17,761 (- 6.6%)
----------------
6 months: -29.2%

The book keeps shedding units, but remains Vertigo’s second-best-selling title, for now.

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101 - JSA ALL-STARS
12/2009: JSA All-Stars #1  -- 42,493
01/2010: JSA All-Stars #2  -- 32,601 (-23.3%)
02/2010: JSA All-Stars #3  -- 29,666 (- 9.0%)
03/2010: JSA All-Stars #4  -- 28,526 (- 3.8%)
04/2010: JSA All-Stars #5  -- 26,581 (- 6.8%)
05/2010: JSA All-Stars #6  -- 25,306 (- 4.8%)
06/2010: JSA All-Stars #7  -- 24,436 (- 3.4%)
07/2010: JSA All-Stars #8  -- 23,478 (- 3.9%)
08/2010: JSA All-Stars #9  -- 22,347 (- 4.8%)
09/2010: JSA All-Stars #10 -- 21,646 (- 3.1%)
10/2010: JSA All-Stars #11 -- 20,496 (- 5.3%)
11/2010: JSA All-Stars #12 -- 19,630 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: JSA All-Stars #13 -- 18,395 (- 6.3%)
----------------
6 months: -24.7%
1 year  : -56.7%

No end in sight for the book’s downward slide.

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103 - FIRST WAVE
11/2009: B/DS Special #1    -- 32,636
-------------------------------------
03/2010: First Wave #1 of 6 -- 38,365
04/2010: --
05/2010: First Wave #2 of 6 -- 30,705 (-20.0%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: First Wave #3 of 6 -- 25,920 (-15.6%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: First Wave #4 of 6 -- 20,497 (-20.9%)
10/2010: --
11/2010: --
12/2010: First Wave #5 of 6 -- 18,241 (-11.0%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.

Retailers aimed way too high on this one early on, it appears. The current sales level seems about right for this type of book.

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104/112 - BATMAN: ORPHANS
12/2010: Batman: Orphans #1 of 2 -- 18,164
12/2010: Batman: Orphans #2 of 2 -- 16,705 (-8.0%)

The spring-cleaning of DC’s flat file drawers continues. Not bad sales for inventory material.

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110 - POWER GIRL
12/2009: Power Girl #7  -- 22,533 (-16.7%)
01/2010: Power Girl #8  -- 21,760 (- 3.4%)
02/2010: Power Girl #9  -- 20,900 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Power Girl #10 -- 20,801 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: Power Girl #11 -- 20,675 (- 0.6%)
05/2010: Power Girl #12 -- 20,681 (+ 0.0%)
06/2010: Power Girl #13 -- 20,583 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: Power Girl #14 -- 19,739 (- 4.1%)
08/2010: Power Girl #15 -- 19,091 (- 3.3%)
09/2010: Power Girl #16 -- 18,404 (- 3.6%)
10/2010: Power Girl #17 -- 17,847 (- 3.0%)
11/2010: Power Girl #18 -- 17,300 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Power Girl #19 -- 16,763 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -18.6%
1 year  : -25.6%
114 - BOOSTER GOLD
12/2007: Booster Gold #5  -- 38,228
12/2008: Booster Gold #15 -- 26,835
-----------------------------------
12/2009: Booster Gold #27 -- 40,256 (- 29.5%)
01/2010: Booster Gold #28 -- 21,967 (- 45.4%)
02/2010: Booster Gold #29 -- 21,020 (-  4.3%)
03/2010: Booster Gold #30 -- 20,187 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: Booster Gold #31 -- 19,818 (-  1.8%)
05/2010: Booster Gold #32 -- 20,343 (+  2.7%)
06/2010: Booster Gold #33 -- 19,895 (-  2.2%)
07/2010: Booster Gold #34 -- 19,592 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Booster Gold #35 -- 19,104 (-  2.5%)
09/2010: Booster Gold #36 -- 18,504 (-  3.1%)
10/2010: Booster Gold #37 -- 17,806 (-  3.8%)
11/2010: Booster Gold #38 -- 17,276 (-  3.0%)
12/2010: Booster Gold #39 -- 16,686 (-  3.4%)
----------------
6 months: -16.1%
1 year  : -58.6%
2 years : -37.8%

Two ongoing titles that have been in search of an audience since their original creative teams moved on.

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120 - GREEN LANTERN/PLASTIC MAN: WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION
12/2010: Weapons of Mass Deception #1 -- 16,082
141 - TEEN TITANS: COLD CASE
12/2010: Cold Case #1 -- 13,819
143 - DCU HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2010
12/2010: DCU Holiday Special 2010 #1 -- 13,679

Three $ 4.99 one-shots with inconsequential inventory material. The numbers are as you’d expect.

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145 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL
12/2006: Batman Confidential #1  -- 61,119
12/2007: --
12/2008: Batman Confidential #24 -- 21,470
------------------------------------------
12/2009: Batman Confidential #38 -- 16,132 (- 1.4%)
12/2009: Batman Confidential #39 -- 15,906 (- 1.4%)
01/2010: Batman Confidential #40 -- 17,241 (+ 8.4%)
02/2010: Batman Confidential #41 -- 16,856 (- 2.2%)
03/2010: Batman Confidential #42 -- 16,652 (- 1.2%)
04/2010: Batman Confidential #43 -- 16,449 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: Batman Confidential #44 -- 15,279 (- 7.1%)
06/2010: Batman Confidential #45 -- 15,070 (- 1.4%)
07/2010: Batman Confidential #46 -- 14,621 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: Batman Confidential #47 -- 14,341 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: Batman Confidential #48 -- 14,329 (- 0.1%)
10/2010: Batman Confidential #49 -- 14,112 (- 1.5%)
11/2010: Batman Confidential #50 -- 14,450 (+ 2.4%)
12/2010: Batman Confidential #51 -- 13,495 (- 6.6%)
----------------
6 months: -10.5%
1 year  : -16.4%
2 years : -37.2%

Cancelled with issue #54.

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147 - THE OUTSIDERS
12/2005: Outsiders #31 -- 46,555
12/2006: Outsiders #43 -- 34,243
12/2007: Batsiders #3  -- 40,371
12/2008: Batsiders #14 -- 32,163
--------------------------------
12/2009: Outsiders #25 -- 37,847 (- 25.7%)
01/2010: Outsiders #26 -- 22,626 (- 40.2%)
02/2010: Outsiders #27 -- 21,167 (-  6.5%)
03/2010: Outsiders #28 -- 19,632 (-  7.3%)
04/2010: Outsiders #29 -- 19,094 (-  2.7%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Outsiders #30 -- 18,045 (-  5.5%)
07/2010: Outsiders #31 -- 17,173 (-  4.8%)
08/2010: Outsiders #32 -- 15,754 (-  8.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Outsiders #33 -- 15,253 (-  3.2%)
11/2010: Outsiders #34 -- 13,576 (- 11.0%)
12/2010: Outsiders #35 -- 13,133 (-  3.3%)
----------------
6 months: -27.2%
1 year  : -65.3%
2 years : -59.2%
5 years : -71.8%

Not cancelled yet as I’m writing this, somewhat surprisingly.

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148 - JLA/THE 99
10/2010: JLA/The 99 #1 of 6 -- 19,995
11/2010: JLA/The 99 #2 of 6 -- 15,525 (-22.4%)
12/2010: JLA/The 99 #3 of 6 -- 12,819 (-17.4%)
153 - KNIGHT AND SQUIRE
10/2010: Knight & Squire #1 of 6 -- 21,867
11/2010: Knight & Squire #2 of 6 -- 14,466 (-33.9%)
12/2010: Knight & Squire #3 of 6 -- 12,142 (-16.1%)

Two miniseries with a decidedly niche appeal. It’s never easy to tell whether the direct market is a curse or a blessing for something like Knight and Squire.

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155 - I, ZOMBIE
05/2010: I, Zombie #1  -- 33,025
06/2010: I, Zombie #2  -- 18,620 (-43.6%)
07/2010: I, Zombie #3  -- 16,898 (- 9.3%)
08/2010: I, Zombie #4  -- 15,772 (- 6.7%)
09/2010: I, Zombie #5  -- 14,839 (- 5.9%)
10/2010: I, Zombie #6  -- 13,782 (- 7.1%)
11/2010: I, Zombie #7  -- 12,800 (- 7.1%)
12/2010: I, Zombie #8  -- 12,038 (- 6.0%)
----------------
6 months: -35.4%
158 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
12/2009: The Unwritten #8  -- 14,257 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: The Unwritten #9  -- 13,792 (- 3.3%)
02/2010: The Unwritten #10 -- 13,644 (- 1.1%)
03/2010: The Unwritten #11 -- 13,630 (- 0.1%)
04/2010: The Unwritten #12 -- 13,507 (- 0.9%)
05/2010: The Unwritten #13 -- 13,467 (- 0.3%)
06/2010: The Unwritten #14 -- 13,396 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023 (- 2.8%)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778 (- 1.9%)
09/2010: The Unwritten #17 -- 12,796 (+ 0.2%)
10/2010: The Unwritten #18 -- 12,273 (- 4.1%)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: The Unwritten #20 -- 11,684 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: -12.8%
1 year  : -18.1%

Two of the more successful Vertigo launches in recent memory, though I, Zombie may want to find its level soon.

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165 - T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
11/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1  -- 16,122
12/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2  -- 11,227 (-30.4%)

A stiff second-issue drop, but that was to be expected, given that there was no variant-cover edition in December. As low as the numbers are, they’re probably as good as can be expected for this type of book.

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173 - JONAH HEX
12/2005: Jonah Hex #2  -- 26,227
12/2006: Jonah Hex #14 -- 18,295
12/2007: Jonah Hex #26 -- 14,088
12/2008: Jonah Hex #38 -- 12,132
--------------------------------
12/2009: Jonah Hex #50 -- 15,131 (+35.8%)
01/2010: Jonah Hex #51 -- 11,184 (-26.1%)
02/2010: Jonah Hex #52 -- 11,213 (+ 0.3%)
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,565 (+ 3.1%)
04/2010: Jonah Hex #54 -- 11,306 (- 2.2%)
05/2010: Jonah Hex #55 -- 11,327 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441 (+18.7%)
07/2010: Jonah Hex #57 -- 12,318 (- 8.4%)
08/2010: Jonah Hex #58 -- 11,775 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: Jonah Hex #59 -- 11,444 (- 2.8%)
10/2010: Jonah Hex #60 -- 11,141 (- 2.7%)
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796 (- 3.1%)
12/2010: Jonah Hex #62 -- 10,899 (+ 1.0%)
----------------
6 months: -18.9%
1 year  : -28.0%
2 years : -10.2%
5 years : -58.4%

Jonah Hex sees one of its occasional upticks, this time presumably thanks to guest art by Eduardo Risso.

The book had a good, solid year in 2010.

—–

176 - R.E.B.E.L.S.
12/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #11 -- 31,489 (- 38.4%)
01/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #12 -- 12,428 (- 60.5%)
02/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #13 -- 11,836 (-  4.8%)
03/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #14 -- 11,362 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 -- 11,271 (-  0.8%)
05/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 -- 11,120 (-  1.3%)
06/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #17 -- 11,048 (-  0.7%)
07/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #18 -- 11,007 (-  0.4%)
08/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #19 -- 10,851 (-  1.4%)
09/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #20 -- 11,745 (+  8.2%)
10/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #21 -- 11,262 (-  4.1%)
11/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #22 -- 10,797 (-  4.1%)
12/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #23 -- 10,619 (-  1.7%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.9%
1 year  : - 66.3%

Another title with very low but very steady sales figures.

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183 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS
12/2006: US & FF #6 of 8      -- 23,321
12/2007: US & FF #4 of 8      -- 15,832
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09/2010: Freedom Fighters #1  -- 19,378
10/2010: Freedom Fighters #2  -- 12,758 (-34.2%)
11/2010: Freedom Fighters #3  -- 11,186 (-12.3%)
12/2010: Freedom Fighters #4  -- 10,028 (-10.4%)

This, on the other hand, looks like a disaster waiting to happen. It’s not like the two miniseries that preceded the book set the charts on fire.

—–

186 - JACK OF FABLES (Vertigo)
12/2006: Jack of Fables #6  -- 20,950
12/2007: Jack of Fables #18 -- 17,242
12/2008: Jack of Fables #29 -- 14,151
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12/2009: Jack of Fables #40 -- 12,970 (- 1.5%)
12/2009: Jack of Fables #41 -- 12,559 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: Jack of Fables #42 -- 11,966 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Jack of Fables #43 -- 11,878 (- 0.7%)
03/2010: Jack of Fables #44 -- 11,472 (- 3.4%)
04/2010: Jack of Fables #45 -- 11,324 (- 1.3%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: --
07/2010: Jack of Fables #46 -- 11,195 (- 1.1%)
08/2010: --
09/2010: Jack of Fables #47 -- 11,026 (- 1.5%)
10/2010: Jack of Fables #48 -- 10,347 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Jack of Fables #49 --  9,828 (- 5.0%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : -23.0%
2 years : -30.6%

The Fables spin-off is still one of Vertigo’s better-selling comic books, but it’s obvious by now that the franchise has seen better days.

——

188 - DOOM PATROL
12/2009: Doom Patrol #5  -- 35,348 (- 34.2%)
01/2010: Doom Patrol #6  -- 17,117 (- 51.6%)
02/2010: Doom Patrol #7  -- 15,689 (-  8.3%)
03/2010: Doom Patrol #8  -- 14,197 (-  9.5%)
04/2010: Doom Patrol #9  -- 13,126 (-  7.5%)
05/2010: Doom Patrol #10 -- 12,334 (-  6.0%)
06/2010: Doom Patrol #11 -- 11,857 (-  3.9%)
07/2010: Doom Patrol #12 -- 11,267 (-  5.0%)
08/2010: Doom Patrol #13 -- 10,878 (-  3.5%)
09/2010: Doom Patrol #14 -- 10,780 (-  0.9%)
10/2010: Doom Patrol #15 -- 10,081 (-  6.5%)
11/2010: Doom Patrol #16 --  9,955 (-  1.3%)
12/2010: Doom Patrol #17 --  9,564 (-  3.9%)
----------------
6 months: -19.3%
1 year  : -72.9%

Not dead yet, evidently, but I’d be surprised if there was a lot of rope left, at this stage.

—–

191 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
12/2005: Hellblazer #215 -- 14,405
12/2006: Hellblazer #227 -- 13,231
12/2007: Hellblazer #239 -- 12,344
12/2008: Hellblazer #250 -- 12,478
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12/2009: Hellblazer #262 -- 10,334 (-2.1%)
01/2010: Hellblazer #263 -- 10,179 (-1.5%)
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295 (+2.7%)
04/2010: Hellblazer #266 -- 10,256 (-0.4%)
05/2010: Hellblazer #267 -- 10,155 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Hellblazer #268 -- 10,221 (+0.7%)
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048 (-1.7%)
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928 (-1.2%)
09/2010: Hellblazer #271 --  9,851 (-0.8%)
10/2010: Hellblazer #272 --  9,650 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645 (-0.1%)
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 --  9,342 (-3.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.6%
1 year  : - 9.6%
2 years : -25.1%
5 years : -35.2%

The longest-running Vertigo title keeps up its slow, fairly consistent decline.

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198 - THE X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT (WildStorm)
07/2008: Special #0      -- 23,805
11/2008: X-Files #1 of 6 -- 16,042 (-32.6%)
12/2008: X-Files #2 of 6 -- 11,562 (-27.9%)
01/2009: X-Files #3 of 6 --  9,808 (-15.2%)
02/2009: X-Files #4 of 6 --  9,268 (- 5.5%)
03/2009: X-Files #5 of 6 --  8,999 (- 2.9%)
04/2009: X-Files #6 of 6 --  8,789 (- 2.3%)
----------------------------------
07/2010: XF30DoN #1 of 6 -- 16,109 (+83.3%)
08/2010: XF30DoN #2 of 6 -- 11,163 (-30.7%)
09/2010: XF30DoN #3 of 6 -- 10,803 (- 3.2%)
10/2010: XF30DoN #4 of 6 --  9,780 (- 9.5%)
11/2010: XF30DoN #5 of 6 --  9,403 (- 3.9%)
12/2010: XF30DoN #6 of 6 --  9,000 (- 4.3%)
----------------
2 years : -22.2%

The best-selling WildStorm comic in December.

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203 - DOC SAVAGE
04/2010: Doc Savage #1   -- 24,539
05/2010: Doc Savage #2   -- 19,073 (-22.3%)
06/2010: Doc Savage #3   -- 16,153 (-15.3%)
07/2010: Doc Savage #4   -- 14,621 (- 9.5%)
08/2010: Doc Savage #5   -- 13,125 (-10.2%)
09/2010: Doc Savage #6   -- 11,838 (- 9.8%)
10/2010: Doc Savage #7   -- 10,050 (-15.1%)
11/2010: Doc Savage #8   --  9,257 (- 7.9%)
12/2010: Doc Savage #9   --  8,681 (- 6.2%)
----------------
6 months: -46.3%

Not levelling out.

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206 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
12/2009: Sweet Tooth #4  --  9,817 (- 5.3%)
01/2010: Sweet Tooth #5  --  9,787 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Sweet Tooth #6  --  9,740 (- 0.5%)
03/2010: Sweet Tooth #7  --  9,718 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Sweet Tooth #8  --  9,612 (- 1.1%)
05/2010: Sweet Tooth #9  --  9,654 (+ 0.4%)
06/2010: Sweet Tooth #10 --  9,570 (- 0.9%)
07/2010: Sweet Tooth #11 --  9,478 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Sweet Tooth #12 --  9,246 (- 2.5%)
09/2010: Sweet Tooth #13 --  9,097 (- 1.6%)
10/2010: Sweet Tooth #14 --  8,933 (- 1.8%)
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Sweet Tooth #16 --  8,602 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: -10.1%
1 year  : -12.4%

Standard attrition.

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209 - THE SPIRIT
12/2010: The Spirit #24 -- 10,048
---------------------------------
04/2010: The Spirit #1  -- 19,849 (+158.8%)
05/2010: The Spirit #2  -- 14,274 (- 28.1%)
06/2010: The Spirit #3  -- 13,030 (-  8.7%)
07/2010: The Spirit #4  -- 11,915 (-  8.6%)
08/2010: The Spirit #5  -- 11,015 (-  7.6%)
09/2010: The Spirit #6  -- 10,083 (-  8.5%)
10/2010: The Spirit #7  --  9,233 (-  8.4%)
11/2010: The Spirit #8  --  8,706 (-  5.7%)
12/2010: The Spirit #9  --  8,297 (-  4.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.3%
2 years : - 17.4%

This one’s finally finding its level around 8K, evidently.

—–

219 - AZRAEL
12/2009: Azrael #3  -- 17,757 (-17.0%)
01/2010: Azrael #4  -- 14,703 (-17.2%)
02/2010: Azrael #5  -- 12,856 (-12.6%)
03/2010: Azrael #6  -- 11,825 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Azrael #7  -- 11,080 (- 6.3%)
05/2010: Azrael #8  -- 10,228 (- 7.7%)
06/2010: Azrael #9  --  9,802 (- 4.2%)
07/2010: Azrael #10 --  9,223 (- 5.9%)
08/2010: Azrael #11 --  8,930 (- 3.2%)
09/2010: Azrael #12 --  8,559 (- 4.2%)
10/2010: Azrael #13 --  8,198 (- 4.2%)
11/2010: Azrael #14 --  7,841 (- 4.4%)
12/2010: Azrael #15 --  7,699 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -21.5%
1 year  : -56.6%

Cancelled with issue #18.

—–

222 - CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS (Vertigo)
10/2010: CH: CoD #1 of 5 -- 8,784
10/2010: CH: CoD #2 of 5 -- 8,097 (-7.8%)
11/2010: CH: CoD #3 of 5 -- 7,791 (-3.8%)
11/2010: CH: CoD #4 of 5 -- 7,566 (-2.9%)
12/2010: CH: CoD #5 of 5 -- 7,601 (+0.5%)

All-right sales for a Hellblazer spin-off.

—–

224 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
12/2008: Tiny Titans #11 --  9,085
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12/2009: Tiny Titans #23 --  8,017 (- 1.0%)
01/2010: Tiny Titans #24 --  7,844 (- 2.2%)
02/2010: Tiny Titans #25 --  8,566 (+ 9.2%)
03/2010: Tiny Titans #26 --  7,878 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Tiny Titans #27 --  8,224 (+ 4.4%)
05/2010: Tiny Titans #28 --  7,959 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Tiny Titans #29 --  8,195 (+ 3.0%)
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30 --  8,038 (- 1.9%)
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31 --  7,987 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Tiny Titans #32 --  8,073 (+ 1.1%)
10/2010: Tiny Titans #33 --  8,045 (- 0.4%)
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34 --  7,713 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: Tiny Titans #35 --  7,515 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.3%
1 year  : - 6.3%
2 years : -17.3%
227 - TINY TITANS/LITTLE ARCHIE (Johnny DC)
10/2010: TT/LA #1 of 3 --  9,968
11/2010: TT/LA #2 of 3 --  8,025 (-19.5%)
12/2010: TT/LA #3 of 3 --  7,425 (- 7.5%)

Two Johnny DC books. See small print.

—–

229 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
12/2008: House of Mystery #8  -- 14,273
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12/2009: House of Mystery #20 -- 10,175 (- 2.9%)
01/2010: House of Mystery #21 --  9,888 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: House of Mystery #22 --  9,401 (- 4.9%)
03/2010: House of Mystery #23 --  9,350 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: House of Mystery #24 --  9,168 (- 2.0%)
05/2010: House of Mystery #25 --  9,253 (+ 0.9%)
06/2010: House of Mystery #26 --  8,742 (- 5.5%)
07/2010: House of Mystery #27 --  8,481 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: House of Mystery #28 --  8,238 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: House of Mystery #29 --  8,087 (- 1.8%)
10/2010: House of Mystery #30 --  7,913 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: House of Mystery #31 --  7,610 (- 3.8%)
12/2010: House of Mystery #32 --  7,348 (- 3.4%)
----------------
6 months: -16.0%
1 year  : -27.8%
2 years : -48.5%

The drops are adding up, obviously. The longer-term comparisons aren’t healthy.

—–

234 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
12/2007: Northlanders #1  -- 19,805
12/2008: Northlanders #13 --  9,777
-----------------------------------
12/2009: Northlanders #23 --  8,069 (- 0.8%)
01/2010: Northlanders #24 --  7,935 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Northlanders #25 --  7,807 (- 1.6%)
03/2010: Northlanders #26 --  7,824 (+ 0.2%)
04/2010: Northlanders #27 --  7,683 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Northlanders #28 --  7,630 (- 0.7%)
06/2010: Northlanders #29 --  7,498 (- 1.7%)
07/2010: Northlanders #30 --  7,421 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Northlanders #31 --  7,376 (- 0.6%)
09/2010: Northlanders #32 --  7,321 (- 0.8%)
10/2010: Northlanders #33 --  7,169 (- 2.1%)
11/2010: Northlanders #34 --  7,018 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Northlanders #35 --  7,061 (+ 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.8%
1 year  : -12.5%
2 years : -27.8%

Holding level above 7K with the start of a two-parter drawn by Becky Cloonan.

—–

236 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CURSE OF THE WORGEN (WildStorm)
12/2007: World of WarCraft #2  -- 32,740 [36,340]
12/2008: World of WarCraft #14 -- 16,058
12/2009: WoW Special #1        -- 10,323
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11/2010: WoW: CotW #1 of 5     --  7,521 (-27.1%)
12/2010: WoW: CotW #2 of 5     --  6,938 (- 7.8%)
----------------
1 year  : -32.8%
2 years : -56.8%

The first of a number of licensed titles that survive WildStorm as an imprint. The series continues under the DC Universe logo in 2011.

—–

238 - THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
12/2005: Batman Strikes! #16   --  8,462
12/2006: Batman Strikes! #28   --  7,427
12/2007: Batman Strikes! #40   --  6,492
----------------------------------------
12/2009: Brave & Bold #12      --  6,342 (-  1.5%)
01/2010: Brave & Bold #13      --  6,129 (-  3.4%)
02/2010: Brave & Bold #14      --  6,084 (-  0.7%)
03/2010: Brave & Bold #15      --  6,208 (+  2.0%)
04/2010: Brave & Bold #16      --  6,506 (+  4.8%)
05/2010: Brave & Bold #17      --  6,103 (-  6.2%)
06/2010: Brave & Bold #18      --  6,270 (+  2.7%)
07/2010: Brave & Bold #19      --  6,489 (+  3.5%)
08/2010: Brave & Bold #20      --  6,244 (-  3.8%)
09/2010: Brave & Bold #21      --  6,345 (+  1.6%)
10/2010: Brave & Bold #22      --  6,044 (-  4.7%)
11/2010: All-New BBB #1        --  8,408 (+ 39.1%)
12/2010: All-New BBB #2        --  6,688 (- 20.5%)
----------------
6 months: + 6.7%
1 year  : + 5.5%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : -21.0%

A relaunched Johnny DC title.

—–

246 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
12/2007: Scalped #12 --  7,048
12/2008: Scalped #24 --  6,777
------------------------------
12/2009: Scalped #33 --  6,752 (- 2.2%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: Scalped #34 --  6,731 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Scalped #35 --  6,443 (- 4.3%)
03/2010: Scalped #36 --  6,648 (+ 3.2%)
04/2010: Scalped #37 --  6,584 (- 1.0%)
05/2010: Scalped #38 --  6,632 (+ 0.7%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Scalped #39 --  6,682 (+ 0.8%)
08/2010: Scalped #40 --  6,593 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Scalped #41 --  6,623 (+ 0.5%)
10/2010: Scalped #42 --  6,476 (- 2.2%)
11/2010: Scalped #43 --  6,324 (- 2.4%)
12/2010: Scalped #44 --  6,192 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : - 8.3%
2 years : - 8.6%
250 - DMZ (Vertigo)
12/2005: DMZ #2  -- 14,840
12/2006: DMZ #14 -- 13,731
12/2007: DMZ #26 -- 11,027
12/2008: DMZ #37 --  8,823
--------------------------
12/2009: DMZ #48 --  6,977 (-2.9%)
01/2010: DMZ #49 --  6,872 (-1.5%)
02/2010: DMZ #50 --  7,262 (+5.7%)
03/2010: DMZ #51 --  6,840 (-5.8%)
04/2010: DMZ #52 --  6,826 (-0.2%)
05/2010: DMZ #53 --  6,759 (-1.0%)
06/2010: DMZ #54 --  6,661 (-1.5%)
07/2010: DMZ #55 --  6,581 (-1.2%)
08/2010: DMZ #56 --  6,524 (-0.9%)
09/2010: DMZ #57 --  6,333 (-2.9%)
10/2010: DMZ #58 --  6,198 (-2.1%)
11/2010: DMZ #59 --  6,046 (-2.5%)
12/2010: DMZ #60 --  6,023 (-0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 9.6%
1 year  : -13.7%
2 years : -31.7%
5 years : -59.4%

Two of Vertigo’s longer-running series. DMZ is about to conclude in a year, so it should be fine.

Scalped has lost some of its stability of late. If the trend persists, that could be a problem, since it’s not selling terribly well to begin with.

—–

251 - ASSASSIN'S CREED: THE FALL (WildStorm)
11/2010: The Fall #1 of 3 -- 6,941
12/2010: The Fall #2 of 3 -- 5,915 (-14.8%)

Another WildStorm title that will wrap up under the mainstream DC banner.

—–

253 - THE AUTHORITY (WildStorm)
12/2005: --
12/2006: --
12/2007: Prime #3 of 6        -- 16,623
12/2008: The Authority v4 #5  -- 11,534
---------------------------------------
12/2009: The Authority v4 #17 --  7,829 (- 2.9%)
01/2010: The Authority v4 #18 --  7,952 (+ 1.6%)
02/2010: The Authority v4 #19 --  7,943 (- 0.1%)
03/2010: The Authority v4 #20 --  7,781 (- 2.0%)
04/2010: The Authority v4 #21 --  7,563 (- 2.8%)
05/2010: The Authority v4 #22 --  7,295 (- 3.5%)
06/2010: The Authority v4 #23 --  7,226 (- 1.0%)
07/2010: The Authority v4 #24 --  7,062 (- 2.3%)
08/2010: The Authority v4 #25 --  6,860 (- 2.9%)
09/2010: The Authority v4 #26 --  6,596 (- 3.9%)
10/2010: The Authority v4 #27 --  6,556 (- 0.6%)
11/2010: The Authority v4 #28 --  5,984 (- 8.7%)
12/2010: The Authority v4 #29 --  5,798 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -19.8%
1 year  : -25.9%
2 years : -49.7%
5 years :  n.a.

Created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch from the commercial ashes of StormWatch in 1998, The Authority has been the flagship of the WildStorm Universe line for most of its tenure at DC. But in practice, the book lost much of its relevance when Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, after a run that was repeatedly delayed and maligned by a very hands-on DC management, left the series in 2000.

A relaunch by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha briefly resulted in a surge of interest in 2006, then got delayed, then disappeared for good. In retrospect, this seems like a book that stuck around 10 years longer than anyone needed it to.

—–

264 - VICTORIAN UNDEAD II: SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. DRACULA (WildStorm)
11/2009: Victorian Undead #1 of 6 -- 11,422
12/2009: Victorian Undead #2 of 6 --  7,430
01/2010: Victorian Undead #3 of 6 --  6,663
02/2010: Victorian Undead #4 of 6 --  6,365
03/2010: Victorian Undead #5 of 6 --  6,285
04/2010: Victorian Undead #6 of 6 --  6,102
-------------------------------------------
10/2010: Victorian Undead Special --  5,723 (- 6.2%)
11/2010: Holmes/Dracula #1 of 5   --  6,066 (+ 6.0%)
12/2010: Holmes/Dracula #2 of 5   --  5,248 (-13.5%)
----------------
1 year  : -29.4%

One of the more successful “creator-driven” titles WildStorm produced in the last few years, also to be continued with a plain old DC logo on the cover.

—–

268 - WILDCATS (WildStorm)
12/2005: Nemesis #4 of 9 -- 15,428
12/2006: --
12/2007: --
12/2008: World's End #6  -- 10,450
----------------------------------
12/2009: World's End #18 --  6,487 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: World's End #19 --  6,791 (+ 4.7%)
02/2010: World's End #20 --  6,669 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: World's End #21 --  6,491 (- 2.7%)
04/2010: World's End #22 --  6,367 (- 1.9%)
05/2010: World's End #23 --  6,185 (- 2.9%)
06/2010: World's End #24 --  6,051 (- 2.2%)
07/2010: World's End #25 --  5,823 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: World's End #26 --  5,607 (- 3.7%)
09/2010: World's End #27 --  5,514 (- 1.7%)
10/2010: World's End #28 --  5,532 (+ 0.3%)
11/2010: World's End #29 --  5,151 (- 6.9%)
12/2010: World's End #30 --  4,965 (- 3.6%)
----------------
6 months: -18.0%
1 year  : -23.5%
2 years : -52.5%
5 years : -67.8%

Wildcats #30 was the final WildStorm Universe comic, for the time being. As WildC.A.T.s, one of the first Image books — created, drawn and co-written by Jim Lee — the title had its commercial heyday in the early 1990s.

Throughout multiple relaunches, writers Alan Moore and Joe Casey have since contributed memorable runs to the series. A 2006 revamp by Grant Morrison and Jim Lee might have saved the property if more than one issue had materialized, but then again, the same could be said about Ambush Bug.

DC had something special here with Wildcats Version 3.0, but they were unable or unwilling to profit from that. As a result, this now looks like another concept that’s at least 10 years past its sell-by date.

—–

269 - RED ONE-SHOTS (WildStorm)
09/2010: Frank Special #1    -- 5,138
09/2010: Victoria Special #1 -- 5,057
09/2010: Joe Special #1      -- 5,036
09/2010: Marvin Special #1   -- 5,030
12/2010: Eyes Only #1        -- 4,955

A late sequel to tie in with the film. At least it was by one of the comic’s original creators.

—–

273 - THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS
05/2010: Special #1               -- 7,017
06/2010: --
07/2010: Mighty Crusaders #1 of 6 -- 9,361 (+33.4%)
08/2010: Mighty Crusaders #2 of 6 -- 6,751 (-27.9%)
09/2010: Mighty Crusaders #3 of 6 -- 6,035 (-10.6%)
10/2010: Mighty Crusaders #4 of 6 -- 5,436 (- 9.9%)
11/2010: Mighty Crusaders #5 of 6 -- 5,006 (- 7.9%)
12/2010: Mighty Crusaders #6 of 6 -- 4,827 (- 3.6%)

Completely below the radar.

—–

275 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
12/2005: Scooby Doo #103 -- 4,490
12/2006: Scooby Doo #115 -- 4,364
12/2007: Scooby Doo #127 -- 4,293
12/2008: Scooby Doo #139 -- ?
---------------------------------
12/2009: Scooby Doo #151 -- 3,906 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: Scooby Doo #152 -- 3,724 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Scooby Doo #153 -- 3,780 (+ 1.5%)
03/2010: Scooby Doo #154 -- 3,846 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Scooby Doo #155 -- 3,836 (- 0.3%)
05/2010: Scooby Doo #156 -- 3,857 (+ 0.6%)
06/2010: Scooby Doo #157 -- ?
07/2010: Scooby Doo #158 -- 4,147
08/2010: Scooby Doo #159 -- 4,092 (- 1.3%)
09/2010: SD:WAY? #1      -- 6,186 (+51.2%)
10/2010: SD:WAY? #2      -- 4,926 (-20.4%)
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: SD:WAY? #4      -- 4,802 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months:  ?
1 year  : +22.9%
2 years :  ?
5 years : + 7.0%

A Johnny DC title.

—–

277 - GEARS OF WAR (WildStorm)
12/2010: GoW #3  -- 12,095
--------------------------
12/2009: --
01/2010: GoW #11 --  7,157 (-11.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: --
04/2010: --
05/2010: --
06/2010: GoW #12 --  6,165 (-13.9%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: GoW #13 --  5,962 (- 3.3%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: GoW #14 --  5,204 (-12.7%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: GoW #15 --  4,709 (- 9.5%)
----------------
6 months: -23.6%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -61.1%

To be continued at DC proper, evidently.

—–

282 - DC COMICS PRESENTS
10/2010: Green Lantern #1   -- 4,418
10/2010: Jack Cross #1      -- 3,662
10/2010: Batman/Catwoman #1 -- 4,076
10/2010: Brightest Day #1   -- 4,988
10/2010: Batman #1          -- 4,643
10/2010: Superman #1        -- 3,685
10/2010: Young Justice #1   -- ?
11/2010: Flash/GL #1        -- 3,664
11/2010: Batman #2          -- 3,643
11/2010: Brightest Day #2   -- 3,292
11/2010: Superman #2        -- 2,915
12/2010: Batman Beyond #1   -- 4,531

Further DC Comics Presents reprint books that shipped in December but did not make the chart: JLA #1, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, Brightest Day #3, Batman #3, Superman #3 and Young Justice #3.

—–

292 - GEN13 (WildStorm)
12/2006: Gen13 #3  -- 30,233
12/2007: Gen13 #15 -- 14,330
12/2008: Gen13 #25 --  8,954
----------------------------
12/2009: Gen13 #33 --  5,718 (- 5.4%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: Gen13 #34 --  5,412 (- 5.4%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Gen13 #35 --  5,257 (- 2.9%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Gen13 #36 --  5,124 (- 2.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Gen13 #37 --  4,757 (- 7.2%)
09/2010: --
10/2010: Gen13 #38 --  4,404 (- 7.4%)
11/2010: --
12/2010: Gen13 #39 --  4,123 (- 6.4%)
----------------
6 months: -19.5%
1 year  : -27.9%
2 years : -54.0%

The final WildStorm Universe title on the chart is another one that saw its prime long before DC acquired the company. The highly publicized relaunches by Chris Claremont and Gail Simone only briefly reignited interest in the 2000s.

—–

 - RESIDENT EVIL (WildStorm)
12/2009: --
01/2010: --
02/2010: --
03/2010: Resident Evil #4 of 6 --  5,074 (-22.0%)
04/2010: --
05/2010: --
06/2010: Resident Evil #5 of 6 --  4,782 (- 5.8%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: --
09/2010: --
10/2010: --
11/2010: --
12/2010: Resident Evil #6 of 6 --  4,045 (-15.4%)
----------------
6 months: -15.4%
1 year  :  n.a.

Another video-game adaptation from WildStorm concludes.

—–

300 - VERTIGO RESURRECTED (Vertigo)
10/2010: Vertigo Resurrected #1 -- 10,358
11/2010: The Extremist #1       --  3,041
12/2010: Winter's Edge #1       --  3,811

Another Vertigo reprint book. Also out in December, but not on the chart: The reprint special WildStorm Presents: Planetary: Lost Worlds #1.

Speaking of which, the WildStorm titles Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #6, Kane and Lynch #4, Ides of Blood #5, Ratchet and Clank #4 and Telara Chronicles #4 failed to chart in December. As always, for the purposes of the average periodical statistics below, I’m presuming each of them sold as many units as the No. 300 book on the chart, although the actual number is likely to be lower.

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+ 16.0%: Fables
+  6.7%: All-New BBB
+  5.7%: Teen Titans
-  2.7%: Superman/Batman
-  3.9%: REBELS
-  5.8%: Northlanders
-  6.9%: Action Comics
-  8.3%: Tiny Titans
-  8.6%: Hellblazer
-  9.6%: DMZ
- 10.1%: Sweet Tooth
- 10.5%: Batman Confidential
- 10.7%: Secret Six
- 11.7%: Batgirl
- 12.8%: Unwritten
- 13.3%: JSA
- 13.6%: Green Lantern
- 14.0%: Batman: SoG
- 14.0%: Red Robin
- 15.4%: Resident Evil
- 16.0%: House of Mystery
- 16.1%: Booster Gold
- 17.5%: GC Sirens
- 17.8%: Detective Comics
- 18.0%: Wildcats
- 18.4%: GL Corps
- 18.6%: Power Girl
- 18.9%: Jonah Hex
- 19.3%: Doom Patrol
- 19.5%: Gen13
- 19.8%: Authority
- 19.9%: Flash
- 20.2%: Supergirl
- 21.5%: Azrael
- 22.7%: JLA
- 23.6%: GoW
- 24.7%: JSA All-Stars
- 24.9%: Birds of Prey
- 25.3%: DCU Legacies
- 26.0%: Generation Lost
- 27.2%: Outsiders
- 28.1%: Brightest Day
- 29.2%: American Vampire
- 31.4%: Adventure Comics
- 32.0%: Titans
- 32.3%: Green Arrow
- 33.7%: Wonder Woman
- 34.7%: Zatanna
- 35.4%: I, Zombie
- 35.9%: LoSH
- 36.3%: Spirit
- 36.3%: Superman
- 39.6%: Batman
- 46.3%: Doc Savage

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+117.9%: Green Arrow
+ 35.7%: Wonder Woman
+ 32.5%: Superman
+ 22.9%: Scooby-Doo
+ 12.5%: Fables
+  5.5%: All-New BBB
+  1.5%: Action Comics
-  4.0%: Batman
-  6.3%: Tiny Titans
-  8.3%: Scalped
-  9.6%: Hellblazer
- 12.4%: Sweet Tooth
- 12.5%: Northlanders
- 13.2%: Titans
- 13.5%: Secret Six
- 13.7%: DMZ
- 16.4%: Batman Confidential
- 18.1%: Unwritten
- 19.8%: Supergirl
- 21.9%: Red Robin
- 22.3%: Batgirl
- 23.0%: Jack of Fables
- 23.5%: Wildcats
- 23.7%: Green Lantern
- 24.5%: JSA
- 25.6%: Power Girl
- 25.9%: Authority
- 27.4%: Detective Comics
- 27.8%: House of Mystery
- 27.9%: Gen13
- 28.0%: Jonah Hex
- 28.2%: GC Sirens
- 28.4%: Batman: SoG
- 29.4%: JLA
- 29.4%: Victorian Undead
- 30.1%: GL Corps
- 32.8%: WoW
- 38.4%: Superman/Batman
- 40.1%: Teen Titans
- 56.6%: Azrael
- 56.7%: JSA All-Stars
- 58.6%: Booster Gold
- 60.3%: Adventure Comics
- 65.3%: Outsiders
- 66.3%: REBELS
- 72.9%: Doom Patrol

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+108.1%: Flash
+ 64.3%: Birds of Prey
+ 50.2%: Green Arrow
+ 23.5%: GL Corps
+ 21.6%: Batgirl
+ 14.7%: Green Lantern
+ 13.0%: LoSH
+ 10.7%: Red Robin
+  9.8%: Wonder Woman
+  1.1%: Fables
-  8.6%: Scalped
- 10.2%: Jonah Hex
- 17.3%: Tiny Titans
- 17.4%: Spirit
- 20.6%: Secret Six
- 22.2%: Superman
- 22.2%: X-Files
- 25.1%: Hellblazer
- 27.8%: Northlanders
- 29.4%: Teen Titans
- 30.6%: Jack of Fables
- 31.7%: DMZ
- 32.3%: Batman
- 33.5%: Superman/Batman
- 36.0%: JLA
- 37.2%: Batman Confidential
- 37.8%: Booster Gold
- 41.6%: Detective Comics
- 42.6%: Titans
- 43.4%: Action Comics
- 48.5%: House of Mystery
- 49.7%: Authority
- 50.3%: Supergirl
- 52.5%: Wildcats
- 54.0%: Gen13
- 54.1%: JSA
- 56.8%: WoW
- 59.2%: Outsiders
- 61.1%: GoW

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 33.0%: Flash
+ 15.9%: Green Arrow
+  8.2%: Red Robin
+  8.0%: Birds of Prey
+  7.0%: Scooby-Doo
+  2.2%: Detective Comics
+  0.2%: Batman
-  4.4%: Batgirl
-  6.1%: Fables
- 15.7%: GL Corps
- 16.0%: Green Lantern
- 23.7%: Action Comics
- 24.8%: Wonder Woman
- 32.5%: Superman
- 35.2%: Hellblazer
- 36.9%: JLA
- 38.1%: JSA
- 58.4%: Jonah Hex
- 59.4%: DMZ
- 61.3%: Teen Titans
- 67.8%: Wildcats
- 70.1%: Superman/Batman
- 71.8%: Outsiders

—–

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
12/2005: 36,147
12/2006: 34,418
12/2007: 33,138
12/2008: 26,793**
---------------
12/2009: 25,904 (-10.4%)**
01/2010: 25,657 (- 1.0%)**
02/2010: 26,199 (+ 2.1%)**
03/2010: 23,299 (-11.1%)**
04/2010: 23,740 (+ 1.9%)**
05/2010: 27,785 (+17.0%)**
06/2010: 25,788 (- 7.2%)**
07/2010: 25,841 (+ 0.2%)**
08/2010: 23,331 (- 9.7%)**
09/2010: 23,212 (- 0.5%)**
10/2010: 23,756 (- 2.3%)**
11/2010: 25,497 (+ 7.3%)**
12/2010: 23,869 (- 6.4%)**
----------------
6 months: - 7.4%
1 year  : - 7.9%
2 years : -10.9%
5 years : -34.0%
DC UNIVERSE
12/2005: 44,993
12/2006: 44,641
12/2007: 40,074
12/2008: 35,050
---------------
12/2009: 35,473 (- 7.8%)**
01/2010: 33,698 (- 5.0%)
02/2010: 35,895 (+ 6.5%)
03/2010: 32,375 (- 9.8%)
04/2010: 32,859 (+ 1.5%)
05/2010: 37,463 (+14.0%)
06/2010: 34,612 (- 7.6%)**
07/2010: 35,372 (+ 2.2%)
08/2010: 33,411 (- 5.5%)
09/2010: 32,042 (- 4.1%)
10/2010: 32,832 (+ 2.5%)
11/2010: 34,180 (+ 4.1%)
12/2010: 30,870 (- 9.7%)
----------------
6 months: -10.8%
1 year  : -13.0%
2 years : -11.9%
5 years : -31.4%
VERTIGO
12/2005: 16,320
12/2006: 13,834
12/2007: 11,035
12/2008: 11,603
---------------
12/2009: 10,583 (- 4.1%)
01/2010: 11,267 (+ 6.5%)
02/2010:  9,256 (-17.9%)
03/2010: 11,394 (+23.1%)
04/2010: 10,815 (- 5.1%)
05/2010: 11,756 (+ 8.7%)
06/2010: 10,995 (- 6.5%
07/2010:  9,515 (-13.5%)
08/2010:  9,094 (- 4.4%)
09/2010: 11,622 (+27.8%)
10/2010:  9,546 (-17.9%)
11/2010:  9,034 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: 11,193 (+23.9%)
----------------
6 months: + 1.8%
1 year  : + 5.8%
2 years : - 3.5%
5 years : -31.4%
WILDSTORM
12/2005: 15,068
12/2006: 17,288
12/2007: 15,601
12/2008:  9,415**
---------------
12/2009:  7,260 (+ 2.1%)**
01/2010:  6,532 (-10.0%)**
02/2010:  5,692 (-12.9%)**
03/2010:  7,691 (+35.1%)**
04/2010:  5,923 (-23.0%)**
05/2010:  6,808 (+14.9%)**
06/2010:  6,140 (- 9.8%)**
07/2010:  7,054 (+14.9%)**
08/2010:  6,179 (-12.4%)**
09/2010:  6,046 (- 2.2%)**
10/2010:  5,158 (-14.7%)**
11/2010:  5,429 (+ 5.3%)**
12/2010:  4,983 (- 8.2%)**
----------------
6 months: -18.8%
1 year  : -31.4%
2 years : -47.1%
5 years : -66.9%

—–
Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo and some WildStorm titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.
—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: November 2010

Avengers #7by Paul O’Brien

Marvel had quite a lot of new material on the market in November. Aside from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN shifting to a fortnightly format with its new “Big Time” direction, we’ve also got two new ongoing titles, GENERATION HOPE and SPIDER-GIRL. Further down the chart, there’s also a veritable horde of new miniseries, including ASTONISHING THOR, OSBORN, SHE-HULKS and a whole bunch of CHAOS WAR tie-ins.

As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the direct market. It’s a relatively close month, though, with a lead over DC of 40% to 37% in unit share and 34% to 33% in dollars. A major factor there will be a number of high-profile Batman comics in the top 10.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for permission to use these figures.

3.  AVENGERS
05/10  #1 - 170,682
06/10  #2 -  98,788  (-42.1%)
07/10  #3 -  87,410  (-11.5%)
08/10  #4 -  87,333  ( -0.1%)
09/10  #5 -  82,411  ( -5.6%)
10/10  #6 -  73,258  (-11.1%)
11/10  #7 -  89,758  (+22.5%)
             6 mnth  (-47.4%)

It’s been a very good month for DC, who take all but two of the top 10 slots, thanks in large part to the “Return of Bruce Wayne” storyline in the Batman titles. The remaining two spaces go to Marvel, and the company’s top seller of the month is AVENGERS.

This is the start of the book’s second storyline, but don’t read too much into the big sales increase just yet. The first five issues were heavily supported by variant covers, including 1:75 “character” variants by John Romita Jr. Issue #6, for some reason, was allowed to fend for itself. But with issue #7, it’s back to business as usual – this has a 1:15 Tron variant, a 1:25 Ed McGuinness variant, and a 1:50 Marko Djurdjevic gatefold variant. It also introduces the Red Hulk into the cast, which might be something of a draw; HULK sales may have passed their peak, but there’s still a significant audience there who might not have been buying the book before.

8,19,20. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
11/05  #526 -  79,674
11/06  #536 - 118,833
11/07  ---
11/08  #578 -  66,564
=====
11/09  #610 -  61,170  ( -0.0%)
11/09  #611 -  64,514  ( +5.5%)
11/09  #612 -  68,459  ( +6.1%)
11/09  #613 -  64,499  ( -5.8%)
12/09  #614 -  59,696  ( -7.4%)
12/09  #615 -  63,738  ( +6.8%)
12/09  #616 -  58,856  ( -7.7%)
01/10  #617 -  76,730  (+30.4%)
01/10  #618 -  61,969  (-19.2%)
01/10  #619 -  56,837  ( -8.3%)
02/10  #620 -  59,860  ( +5.3%)
02/10  #621 -  55,350  ( -7.5%)
02/10  #622 -  53,929  ( -2.6%)
03/10  #623 -  66,064  (+22.5%)
03/10  #624 -  60,213  ( -8.9%)
03/10  #625 -  54,179  (-10.0%)
03/10  #626 -  53,868  ( -0.6%)
03/10  #627 -  54,206  ( +0.6%)
04/10  #628 -  57,797  ( +6.6%)
04/10  #629 -  53,560  ( -7.3%)
05/10  #630 -  57,969  ( +8.2%)
05/10  #631 -  57,239  ( -1.3%)
05/10  #632 -  56,723  ( -0.9%)
06/10  #633 -  57,670  ( +1.7%)
06/10  #634 -  61,736  ( +7.1%)
06/10  #635 -  56,146  ( -9.1%)
07/10  #636 -  56,011  ( -0.2%)
07/10  #637 -  56,031  ( +0.0%)
07/10  #638 -  68,271  (+21.8%)
08/10  #639 -  67,086  ( -1.7%)
08/10  #640 -  73,656  ( +9.8%)
09/10  #641 -  68,345  ( -7.2%)
09/10  #642 -  60,115  (-12.0%)
09/10  #643 -  61,855  ( +2.9%)
09/10  #644 -  58,310  ( -5.7%)
10/10  #645 -  56,709  ( -2.7%)
10/10  #646 -  58,125  ( +2.5%)
11/10  #647 -  55,819  ( -4.0%)
11/10  #648 -  77,033  (+38.0%)
11/10  #649 -  52,586  (-31.7%)
               6 mnth  ( -7.3%)
               1 year  (-14.0%)
               2 year  (-21.0%)
               3 year  (  --- )
               4 year  (-55.7%)
               5 year  (-34.0%)

Theoretically this is the start of AMAZING’s new fortnightly schedule, but because the book was running late, we actually get three issues this month. Issue #647 is a triple-sized anthology wrapping up the “Brand New Day” period – it’s got a 1:20 variant by Steve McNiven, but the previous issue had two variants, so the slight sales drop is not altogether surprising.

Issue #648 is the start of “Big Time”, supported by 1:15, 1:25 and 1:100 variants. Not surprisingly, it’s the one that makes the top 10. But issue #649 is just a regular issue left to stand by itself, so it’s probably the best measure of where the book stands right now – slightly down, but still in the same ballpark where it’s been hovering over the course of the year.

11.  NEW AVENGERS
11/05  #13    - 126,148
11/06  #25    - 136,504
11/07  #36    - 107,715
11/08  ---
=====
11/09  #59    -  74,379  ( -3.0%)
12/09  #60    -  72,790  ( -2.1%)
01/10  #61    -  78,202  ( +7.4%)
02/10  #62    -  76,405  ( -2.3%)
03/10  #63    -  76,145  ( -0.3%)
04/10  #64    -  75,430  ( -0.9%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Finale -  82,152  ( +8.9%)
06/10  #1     - 129,084  (+67.8%)
07/10  #2     -  83,397  (-35.4%)
08/10  #3     -  81,354  ( -2.4%)
09/10  #4     -  77,479  ( -4.7%)
10/10  #5     -  73,409  ( -5.3%)
11/10  #6     -  66,724  ( -9.1%)
                 6 mnth  (-18.8%)
                 1 year  (-10.3%)
                 2 year  (  --- )
                 3 year  (-38.1%)
                 4 year  (-64.8%)
                 5 year  (-47.1%)

13.  SECRET AVENGERS
05/10  #1 - 110,681
06/10  #2 -  77,933  (-30.0%)
07/10  #3 -  72,293  ( -7.2%)
08/10  #4 -  74,655  ( +3.3%)
09/10  #5 -  69,546  ( -6.8%)
10/10  #6 -  68,617  ( -1.3%)
11/10  #7 -  59,999  (-12.6%)
             6 mnth  (-45.8%)

Hefty drops for the B- and C-level AVENGERS titles, but that’s understandable when you look at the variants. NEW AVENGERS #6 is the first issue of the series without any variant cover; everything before now has had at least a 1:75 variant and usually something more as well. Much the same goes for SECRET AVENGERS #7, although at least it gets a 1:15 Tron variant to help it out a bit. So while there’s very likely an underlying decline on both titles, it’s nowhere near as steep as these drops make it appear.

14.  UNCANNY X-MEN
11/05  #466 -  82,825
11/06  #480 -  88,584
11/07  #492 - 102,511
11/08  #504 -  77,773
=====
11/09  #517 -  69,557  ( -5.9%)
12/09  #518 -  68,572  ( -1.4%)
12/09  #519 -  67,043  ( -2.2%)
01/10  #520 -  65,758  ( -1.9%)
02/10  #521 -  67,049  ( +2.0%)
03/10  #522 -  67,996  ( +1.4%)
04/10  #523 -  78,999  (+16.2%)
05/10  #524 -  77,056  ( -2.5%)
06/10  #525 -  76,068  ( -1.3%)
07/10  #526 -  66,723  (-12.3%)
08/10  #527 -  69,052  ( +3.5%)
09/10  #528 -  62,415  ( -9.6%)
10/10  #529 -  62,256  ( -0.3%)
11/10  #530 -  58,006  ( -6.8%)
               6 mnth  (-24.7%)
               1 year  (-16.6%)
               2 year  (-25.4%)
               3 year  (-43.4%)
               4 year  (-34.5%)
               5 year  (-30.0%)

No variant this time, so the month-to-month drop is slightly exaggerated. Having said that, September’s issue #528 didn’t have a variant either, so the book still appears to have shed something in the region of 4,000 sales in two months, which isn’t great.

17.  X-MEN
07/10  #1 - 143,167
08/10  #2 -  71,464  (-50.1%)
09/10  #3 -  66,549  ( -6.9%)
10/10  #4 -  63,772  ( -4.2%)
11/10  #5 -  56,651  (-11.2%)

Dropping below UNCANNY for the first time, but that shouldn’t be a surprise; UNCANNY is still being treated as the flagship X-title. The “Curse of the Mutants” crossover storyline is still running, and this issue has a 1:25 variant, though that’s a significant scaleback from earlier issues and likely explains why the drop is steeper this month. Nonetheless, it looks like the book is still quite some way from finding its level.

18. UNCANNY X-FORCE
11/08  #9      - 57,241
=====
11/09  #21     - 53,967  ( +10.3%)
12/09  #22     - 51,859  (  -3.9%)
01/10  #23     - 50,848  (  -1.9%)
02/10  #24     - 49,790  (  -2.1%)
03/10  #25     - 49,910  (  +0.2%)
04/10  #26     - 67,512  ( +35.3%)
05/10  #27     - 62,509  (  -7.4%)
06/10  ---
07/10  #28     - 61,680  (  -1.3%)
07/10  Sex #1  - 41,426  ( -32.8%)
08/10  #2 of 3 - 38,480  (  -7.1%)
09/10  #3 of 3 - 37,283  (  -3.1%)
10/10  #1      - 99,194  (+166.1%)
11/10  #2      - 56,518  ( -43.0%)
                 6 mnth  (  -9.6%)
                 1 year  (  +4.7%)
                 2 year  (  -1.3%)

Much healthier than the 43% drop might suggest. Issue #1 had a horde of variant covers; this has none. Ignore the final three issues of the previous run, which were part of the “Second Coming” crossover, and you’ll see that it was doing a little under 50K before the relaunch (and that’s with the benefit of variant covers and tie-ins to the “Necrosha-X” crossover). So thus far, the book seems to be up as a result of the relaunch. Issue #1 picks up re-orders of 3,555, which are added to the numbers above.

21. WOLVERINE
11/05  #36  -  85,969
11/06  #48  -  99,991
11/07  #59  -  65,725
11/08  #69  -  93,914
=====
11/09  WX#7 -  36,108  (  -6.1%)
12/09  #8   -  33,470  (  -7.3%)
01/10  #9   -  31,678  (  -5.4%)
02/10  #10  -  30,132  (  -4.9%)
03/10  #11  -  29,799  (  -1.1%)
04/10  #12  -  30,050  (  +0.8%)
05/10  #13  -  29,773  (  -0.9%)
06/10  #14  -  30,035  (  +0.9%)
07/10  #15  -  29,555  (  -1.6%)
08/10  #16  -  29,424  (  -0.4%)
09/10  #1   - 104,414  (+254.9%)
10/10  #2   -  63,210  ( -39.5%)
11/10  #3   -  51,600  ( -18.4%)
               6 mnth  ( +73.3%)
               1 year  ( +42.9%)
               2 year  ( -45.1%)
               3 year  ( -21.5%)
               4 year  ( -48.4%)
               5 year  ( -40.0%)

No variant this month, compared to two 1:15 variants last month, so again the drop should be exaggerated.

The good news is that, so far, the book is up significantly from sales before the relaunch, which had bottomed out at around 30K. The bad news? Well, to be honest, these sales aren’t too far removed from the first three issues of WOLVERINE: WEAPON X (98K, 59K, 51K), and we saw how that turned out.

I still suspect that this will settle at a higher level than WEAPON X did, but you only have to look at the earlier years to see that these are still pretty weak sales for the lead Wolverine title. For comparison, let’s break with the usual running order and see how the two spin-off titles are doing:

49. DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE
11/09  #80 - 52,394  (-12.8%)
12/09  #81 - 48,102  ( -8.2%)
01/10  #82 - 54,838  (+14.0%)
02/10  #83 - 53,958  ( -1.6%)
03/10  #84 - 49,469  ( -8.3%)
04/10  #85 - 47,527  ( -3.9%)
05/10  #86 - 46,315  ( -2.6%)
06/10  #87 - 43,087  ( -7.0%)
07/10  #88 - 42,522  ( -1.3%)
08/10  #89 - 41,409  ( -2.6%)
08/10  #90 - 39,815  ( -3.8%)
09/10  #1  - 48,819  (+22.6%)
10/10  #2  - 38,660  (-22.9%)
11/10  #3  - 32,679  (-15.5%)
             6 mnth  (-29.4%)
             1 year  (-37.6%)

56. X-23
09/10  #1 - 48,481
10/10  #2 - 35,280  (-27.2%)
11/10  #3 - 31,224  (-11.5%)

Both books are without a variant cover this month, so the drops are going to be slightly exaggerated. Nonetheless, three issues in to its new run, DAKEN is clearly miles below its previous sales levels, which suggests that some readers took the relaunch as a jumping off point. As for X-23, it’s selling in roughly the same quantities as its sibling – understandable enough, since Marjorie Liu is writing both books, and so you’d expect them to appeal to similar tastes.

23. THOR
11/05  ---
11/06  ---
11/07  #4     - 106,541
11/08  ---
=====
11/09  Finale -  53,566  (-17.9%)
12/09  #604   -  61,608  (+15.0%)
12/09  #605   -  55,242  (-10.3%)
01/10  #606   -  55,353  ( +0.2%)
02/10  #607   -  66,973  (+21.0%)
03/10  #608   -  62,012  ( -7.4%)
04/10  #609   -  64,522  ( +4.0%)
05/10  #610   -  61,779  ( -4.3%)
06/10  #611   -  56,443  ( -8.6%)
07/10  #612   -  53,373  ( -5.4%)
08/10  #613   -  51,076  ( -4.3%)
09/10  #614   -  53,505  ( +4.8%)
09/10  #615   -  52,896  ( -1.2%)
10/10  #616   -  51,051  ( -3.5%)
11/10  #617   -  49,165  ( -3.7%)
                 6 mnth  (-20.4%)
                 1 year  ( -8.2%)
                 2 year  (  --- )
                 3 year  (-53.9%)
                 4 year  (  --- )
                 5 year  (  --- )

Drifting down, but nothing of any great concern. And again, this seems a sensible place to break from the usual running order and run through the multitude of Thor books which Marvel are currently churning out – in most cases, it seems, with a view to generating tie-in material for the movie.

50. ULTIMATE COMICS THOR
10/10  #1 of 4 - 49,747
11/10  #2 of 4 - 31,829  (-36.0%)

58. ASTONISHING THOR
11/10  #1 of 5 - 29,202

83. IRON MAN/THOR
11/10  #1 of 4 - 21,416

84. THOR: FOR ASGARD
09/10  #1 of 6 - 32,236
09/10  #2 of 6 - 28,563  (-11.4%)
10/10  #3 of 6 - 23,724  (-16.9%)
11/10  #4 of 6 - 20,934  (-11.8%)

93. CHAOS WAR: THOR
11/10  #1 of 2 - 19,738

131. WARRIORS THREE
11/10  #1 of 4 - 14,203

133. THOR: FIRST THUNDER
09/10  #1 of 5 - 21,228
10/10  #2 of 5 - 16,126  (-24.0%)
11/10  #3 of 5 - 14,038  (-12.9%)

186. THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER
07/10  #1 - 20,076
07/10  #2 - 14,315  (-28.7%)
08/10  #3 - 12,112  (-15.4%)
09/10  #4 - 10,887  (-10.1%)
10/10  #5 -  9,673  (-11.2%)
11/10  #6 -  8,420  (-13.0%)

Yes, that’s right, Marvel shipped nine THOR titles in November – well, eight if you don’t count WARRIORS THREE, but come on now. Needless to say, they’re almost all being mutually lost in the shuffle.

ASTONISHING THOR is the latest of Marvel’s “Astonishing” minis which are supposed to be some sort of prestige line, but don’t seem to be reflecting that in terms of sales – the first issue comes in some 20K behind last month’s ULTIMATE THOR debut. CHAOS WAR: THOR is a CHAOS WAR tie-in mini and is in a slightly different position to the rest of the Thor Deluge. And THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER is cancelled with issue #8.

Other than that, there really doesn’t seem to be much point in listing these books separately; the most striking thing about them is that the sheer quantity turns them all into an indistinguishable mulch, and makes it all the more difficult for any of them to stand out from the pack and find an audience. Do Marvel really think that the average reader can even remember which one THOR: FOR ASGARD is, let alone make a decision to buy it? This is, surely, textbook oversaturation of the market, particularly when applied to a character who has historically never been able to sustain this volume of spin-off material even in healthier times.

24. CAPTAIN AMERICA
11/05  #12       - 45,038
11/06  #24       - 79,885
11/07  #32       - 73,310
11/08  #44       - 75,493
=====
11/09  Reborn #4 - 96,571  (-10.9%)
12/09  Reborn #5 - 91,790  ( -5.0%)
01/10  Reborn #6 - 84,844  ( -7.6%)
01/10  #602      - 63,948  (-24.6%)
02/10  #603      - 63,568  ( -0.6%)
03/10  #604      - 56,962  (-10.4%)
04/10  #605      - 59,051  ( +3.7%)
05/10  ---
06/10  #606      - 57,443  ( -2.7%)
06/10  #607      - 52,989  ( -7.8%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #608      - 51,362  ( -3.1%)
08/10  #609      - 52,834  ( +2.9%)
09/10  #610      - 47,986  ( -9.2%)
10/10  #611      - 48,788  ( +1.7%)
11/10  #612      - 47,343  ( -3.0%)
                   6 mnth  (  --- )
                   1 year  (-51.0%)
                   2 year  (-37.3%)
                   3 year  (-35.4%)
                   4 year  (-40.7%)
                   5 year  ( +5.1%)

Drifting very slowly down. This issue and last both had 1:15 variants, so the trend is probably about right.

28. X-MEN LEGACY
11/05  #177 -  78,405
11/06  #193 -  80,102
11/07  #205 - 101,401
11/08  #218 -  63,512
=====
11/09  #229 -  50,789  ( -3.9%)
12/09  #230 -  49,776  ( -2.0%)
12/09  #231 -  50,929  ( +2.3%)
01/10  #232 -  49,200  ( -3.4%)
02/10  #233 -  51,344  ( +4.4%)
03/10  #234 -  48,217  ( -6.1%)
04/10  #235 -  65,302  (+35.4%)
05/10  #236 -  69,731  ( +6.8%)
06/10  #237 -  65,578  ( -6.0%)
07/10  #238 -  53,313  (-18.7%)
08/10  #239 -  53,236  ( -0.1%)
09/10  #240 -  50,984  ( -4.2%)
10/10  #241 -  48,133  ( -5.6%)
11/10  #242 -  43,750  ( -9.1%)
               6 mnth  (-37.3%)
               1 year  (-13.9%)
               2 year  (-31.1%)
               3 year  (-56.9%)
               4 year  (-45.4%)
               5 year  (-44.2%)

No variant this month, compared to 1:15 variants on the last three issues. So the month-to-month drop is exaggerated. The last issue without a variant cover was #238, but that seems to have benefitted from the afterglow of the “Second Coming” crossover, so it might not be an entirely fair comparison. Before that, you have to go to #234 in March, and that does show a fairly clear downward trend.

29. AVENGERS PRIME
06/10  #1 of 5 - 69,433
07/10  ---
08/10  #2 of 5 - 55,518  (-20.0%)
09/10  #3 of 5 - 48,173  (-13.2%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #4 of 5 - 41,932  (-13.0%)

Still shedding readers, even though it’s quite some way into its run.

31. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN
11/05  ---
11/06  #13 - 76,800
11/07  ---
11/08  #7  - 49,356
=====
11/09  #20 - 61,667  (+30.7%)
12/09  #21 - 49,986  (-18.9%)
01/10  #22 - 49,130  ( -1.7%)
02/10  #23 - 50,027  ( +1.8%)
03/10  #24 - 49,239  ( -1.6%)
04/10  #25 - 73,694  (+49.7%)
05/10  #26 - 53,625  (-27.2%)
06/10  #27 - 52,268  ( -2.5%)
07/10  #28 - 48,690  ( -6.8%)
08/10  #29 - 49,012  ( +0.7%)
09/10  #30 - 47,238  ( -3.6%)
10/10  #31 - 45,507  ( -3.7%)
11/10  #32 - 40,978  (-10.0%)
             6 mnth  (-23.6%)
             1 year  (-33.5%)
             2 year  (-17.0%)
             3 year  (  --- )
             4 year  (-46.6%)
             5 year  (  --- )

And another book with no variant cover. The last such issue was #28, which would suggest that the book has lost 7,700 readers since July – at any rate, this is certainly way below the title’s established range.

32. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN
11/05  #86  -  76,864
11/06  #102 -  77,121
11/07  #116 -  61,534
11/08  #128 -  52,187
=====
11/09  #4   -  49,106  ( -7.0%)
12/09  #5   -  45,849  ( -6.6%)
01/10  #6   -  43,622  ( -4.9%)
02/10  #7   -  42,176  ( -3.3%)
03/10  #8   -  40,967  ( -2.9%)
04/10  #9   -  39,955  ( -2.5%)
05/10  #10  -  39,690  ( -0.7%)
06/10  #11  -  39,149  ( -1.4%)
07/10  #12  -  37,879  ( -3.2%)
08/10  #13  -  36,946  ( -2.5%)
09/10  #14  -  35,776  ( -3.7%)
10/10  #15  -  34,657  ( -3.1%)
11/10  #150 -  40,553  (+17.0%)
               6 mnth  ( +2.2%)
               1 year  (-17.4%)
               2 year  (-22.3%)
               3 year  (-34.1%)
               4 year  (-47.4%)
               5 year  (-47.2%)

Returning to its original numbering, and bolstered by two variant covers – which is enough to get sales back to where they were in March, but doesn’t suggest that this is going to make a huge difference in the long term.

35. HULK
11/08  #8  - 90,776
=====
11/09  #17 - 52,653  ( -7.3%)
12/09  #18 - 53,222  ( +1.1%)
01/10  #19 - 56,738  ( +6.6%)
02/10  #20 - 51,962  ( -8.4%)
03/10  #21 - 50,785  ( -2.3%)
04/10  ---
05/10  #22 - 49,618  ( -2.3%)
06/10  #23 - 50,724  ( +2.2%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #24 - 48,903  ( -3.6%)
09/10  #25 - 46,784  ( -4.3%)
10/10  #26 - 42,934  ( -8.2%)
11/10  #27 - 38,691  ( -9.9%)
             6 mnth  (-22.0%)
             1 year  (-26.5%)
             2 year  (-57.4%)

Believe it or not, the very first issue of HULK not to have a variant cover.

36. FANTASTIC FOUR
11/05  #532 - 47,771
11/06  ---
11/07  #551 - 58,617
11/08  #561 - 61,331
=====
11/09  #573 - 39,433  ( -6.0%)
12/09  #574 - 38,431  ( -2.5%)
01/10  #575 - 41,284  ( +7.4%)
02/10  #576 - 37,526  ( -9.1%)
03/10  #577 - 35,791  ( -4.6%)
04/10  #578 - 37,940  ( +6.0%)
05/10  #579 - 38,415  ( +1.3%)
06/10  #580 - 36,582  ( -4.8%)
07/10  #581 - 35,505  ( -2.9%)
08/10  #582 - 34,617  ( -2.5%)
09/10  #583 - 42,257  (+22.1%)
10/10  #584 - 41,163  ( -2.6%)
11/10  #585 - 37,740  ( -8.3%)
              6 mnth  ( -1.8%)
              1 year  ( -4.3%)
              2 year  (-38.5%)
              3 year  (-35.6%)
              4 year  (  --- )
              5 year  (-21.0%)

Once again, no variant cover, but it does have the advantage of being part of the heavily promoted “Three” storyline. The last issue without a variant was issue #582, and sales are up from there, presumably on the strength of interest in the storyline.

37. GENERATION HOPE
11/10  #1 - 37,398

GENERATION HOPE is an X-Men spin-off starring Hope Summers and the new mutants who activated at the end of the “Second Coming” crossover. So it’s launched out of a major crossover; it was trailed with an entire story arc in UNCANNY X-MEN; and it’s supported by 1:15 and 1:75 variants.

Given all that – in particular the fact that it spins directly out of a heavily promoted storyline – I kind of assumed this would be ordered as a more than averagely significant X-book. In fact, it almost exactly matches the first issue sales of NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT. I’m honestly surprised that this didn’t do significantly better.

39. ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS
11/09  Vol 1 #4 - 59,023  ( -5.9%)
12/09  ---
01/10  ---
02/10  ---
03/10  Vol 1 #5 - 58,098  ( -1.6%)
04/10  Vol 1 #6 - 53,438  ( -8.0%)
04/10  Vol 2 #1 - 64,811  (+21.3%)
05/10  Vol 2 #2 - 52,939  (-18.3%)
06/10  Vol 2 #3 - 50,797  ( -4.0%)
06/10  Vol 2 #4 - 49,606  ( -2.3%)
07/10  Vol 2 #5 - 46,886  ( -5.5%)
08/10  Vol 2 #6 - 46,358  (-11.3%)
08/10  Vol 3 #1 - 53,870  (+16.2%)
09/10  Vol 3 #2 - 43,119  (-20.0%)
10/10  Vol 3 #3 - 38,529  (-10.6%)
11/10  Vol 3 #4 - 36,777  ( -4.5%)
                  6 mnth  (-30.5%)
                  1 year  (-37.7%)

Continuing its seemingly inexorable downward slide.

40. AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE
07/10  #1 of 9 - 44,934
08/10  ---
09/10  #2 of 9 - 35,497  (-21.0%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #3 of 9 - 35,410  ( -0.2%)

Well, that’s interesting – after the first issue drop, this book seems to have levelled out almost completely. Somewhat unusual behaviour these days, and it suggests there’s still a fairly loyal core Young Avengers readership out there.

41,44. INCREDIBLE HULKS
11/05  #88  -  41,141
11/06  #100 -  84,169
11/07  #111 - 101,536
11/08  #8   -  90,776
=====
11/09  #604 -  40,652  (-17.2%)
12/09  #605 -  43,964  ( +8.1%)
01/10  #606 -  48,197  ( +9.6%)
02/10  #607 -  45,870  ( -4.8%)
03/10  #608 -  47,148  ( +2.8%)
04/10  ---
05/10  #609 -  46,670  ( -1.0%)
06/10  #610 -  46,461  ( -0.4%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #611 -  44,982  ( -3.2%)
09/10  #612 -  42,956  ( -4.5%)
09/10  #613 -  40,063  ( -6.7%)
10/10  #614 -  39,572  ( -1.2%)
10/10  #615 -  36,750  ( -7.1%)
11/10  #616 -  35,296  ( -4.0%)
11/10  #617 -  34,340  ( -2.7%)
               6 mnth  (-26.4%)
               1 year  (-15.5%)
               2 year  (-62.1%)
               3 year  (-66.2%)
               4 year  (-59.2%)
               5 year  (-16.5%)

The last three issues all lacked variant covers, so we’ve got a fairly clear picture of the trend here – it’s losing about 1,000 sales an issue right now, but levelling out a bit.

42. SUPERIOR  [Icon]
10/10  #1 of 6 - 40,842
11/10  #2 of 6 - 34,688  (-15.1%)

Mark Millar continues to enjoy great sales on his creator-owned projects. That’s a pretty modest second issue drop.

52. THUNDERBOLTS
11/05  #15  - 25,245
11/06  #108 - 27,890
11/07  ---
11/08  #126 - 34,640
=====
11/09  #138 - 31,238  ( -3.6%)
12/09  #139 - 29,957  ( -4.1%)
01/10  #140 - 28,644  ( -4.4%)
02/10  #141 - 33,948  (+18.5%)
03/10  #142 - 34,132  ( +0.5%)
04/10  #143 - 35,656  ( +4.5%)
05/10  #144 - 33,276  ( -6.7%)
06/10  #145 - 31,999  ( -3.8%)
07/10  #146 - 31,501  ( -1.6%)
08/10  #147 - 31,252  ( -0.8%)
09/10  #148 - 32,190  ( +3.0%)
10/10  #149 - 30,580  ( -5.0%)
11/10  #150 - 31,704  ( +3.7%)
              6 mnth  ( -4.7%)
              1 year  ( +1.5%)
              2 year  ( -8.5%)
              3 year  (  --- )
              4 year  (+13.7%)
              5 year  (+25.6%)

Giant-size anniversary issue. Sales seem pretty steady around the 30-31K mark.

54. DEADPOOL
11/08  #4  - 49,577
=====
11/09  #17 - 46,765  ( +1.0%)
12/09  #18 - 45,914  ( -1.8%)
01/10  ---
02/10  #19 - 44,580  ( -2.9%)
02/10  #20 - 43,347  ( -2.8%)
03/10  #21 - 42,062  ( -3.0%)
04/10  #22 - 43,061  ( +2.4%)
05/10  #23 - 42,761  ( -0.7%)
06/10  #24 - 38,663  ( -9.6%)
07/10  #25 - 36,828  ( -4.7%)
08/10  #26 - 35,595  ( -3.3%)
09/10  #27 - 36,404  ( +2.3%)
10/10  #28 - 34,828  ( -4.3%)
11/10  #29 - 31,350  (-10.0%)
             6 mnth  (-26.7%)
             1 year  (-33.0%)
             2 year  (-36.8%)

You guessed it – another book taking a break from the variants this month. The last no-variant issue was #26, so sales are down a little over 4,000 since August.

59. THANOS IMPERATIVE
05/10  Ignition - 29,716
06/10  #1 of 6  - 34,285  (+13.4%)
07/10  #2 of 6  - 31,888  ( -7.0%)
08/10  #3 of 6  - 30,493  ( -4.4%)
09/10  #4 of 6  - 29,704  ( -2.6%)
10/10  #5 of 6  - 29,614  ( -0.3%)
11/10  #6 of 6 -  29,188  ( -1.4%)

Pretty much rock solid after the second-issue drop, which might explain why Marvel are commissioning more “cosmic” stories after all.

61. CHAOS WAR
11/08  Herc #123 - 35,780
=====
11/09  Herc #138 - 25,116  (  +7.0%)
12/09  #139      - 23,591  (  -6.1%)
01/10  #140      - 23,244  (  -1.5%)
02/10  #141      - 24,539  (  +5.6%)
03/10  Fall #1   - 23,036  (  -6.1%)
04/10  #2 of 2   - 20,215  ( -12.2%)
05/10  Prince #1 - 20,373  (  +0.8%)
06/10  #2 of 4   - 17,068  ( -16.2%)
07/10  #3 of 4   - 15,667  (  -8.2%)
08/10  #4 of 4   - 17,137  (  +9.4%)
09/10  ---
10/10  Chaos #1  - 34,509  (+101.4%)
10/10  #2 of 5   - 29,375  ( -14.9%)
11/10  #3 of 5   - 28,630  (  -2.5%)
                   6 mnth  ( +40.5%)
                   1 year  ( +14.0%)
                   2 year  ( -20.0%)

This is doing remarkably well. It’s really a continuation of the HERCULES ongoing series, as were the two minis that preceded it – but this time, readers seem to have bought into the presentation of the story as an event in its own right, and sales are significantly up.

63. X-FACTOR
11/06  #13  - 42,844
11/07  #25  - 79,066
11/08  #37  - 35,754
=====
11/09  ---
12/09  #200 - 36,577  (+21.4%)
01/10  #201 - 29,732  (-18.7%)
02/10  #202 - 30,981  ( +4.2%)
03/10  #203 - 28,924  ( -6.6%)
04/10  #204 - 40,534  (+40.1%)
05/10  #205 - 41,745  ( +3.0%)
06/10  #206 - 40,981  ( -1.8%)
07/10  #207 - 32,082  (-21.7%)
08/10  #208 - 30,095  ( -6.2%)
09/10  #209 - 29,626  ( -1.6%)
10/10  #210 - 27,548  ( -7.0%)
11/10  #211 - 26,632  ( -3.3%)
              6 mnth  (-36.2%)
              1 year  (  --- )
              2 year  (-25.5%)
              3 year  (-66.3%)
              4 year  (-37.8%)

X-FACTOR, unusually, hasn’t had a variant cover since May, so its figures are relatively transparent. But bear in mind that it’s another X-book which saw a lasting gain from the “Second Coming” crossover – before that, it was doing around 29K, and it’s only in the last couple of months that it’s dropped back below that level.

66. AVENGERS ACADEMY
06/10  #1 - 45,890  (+20.3%)
07/10  #2 - 38,061  (-17.1%)
08/10  #3 - 35,629  ( -6.4%)
09/10  #4 - 31,212  (-12.4%)
10/10  #5 - 31,272  ( +0.2%)
11/10  #6 - 25,977  (-16.9%)

This actually DOES have a variant cover, although the incentive ratios are a lot lower than last month. Still, the general trend doesn’t look too great here.

68. NEW MUTANTS
11/09  #7  - 33,328  ( -4.7%)
12/09  #8  - 32,240  ( -3.3%)
01/10  #9  - 30,572  ( -5.2%)
02/10  #10 - 30,807  ( +0.8%)
03/10  #11 - 36,629  (+18.9%)
04/10  #12 - 49,591  (+35.4%)
05/10  #13 - 54,169  ( +9.2%)
06/10  #14 - 53,926  ( -0.4%)
07/10  #15 - 35,426  (-34.3%)
08/10  #16 - 31,989  ( -9.7%)
09/10  #17 - 31,684  ( -1.0%)
10/10  #18 - 27,027  (-14.7%)
11/10  #19 - 25,440  ( -5.9%)
             6 mnth  (-53.0%)
             1 year  (-23.7%)

Second straight month without a variant, and again the downward trend is visible.

70. SCARLET  [Icon]
07/10  #1 - 34,938
08/10  ---
09/10  #2 - 27,312  (-21.8%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #3 - 24,986  ( -8.5%)

Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev’s new title is levelling out quite nicely.

73. SECRET WARRIORS
11/09  #10 - 31,567  (-13.2%)
12/09  #11 - 30,748  ( -2.6%)
01/10  #12 - 29,894  ( -2.8%)
02/10  #13 - 30,843  ( +3.2%)
03/10  #14 - 28,580  ( -7.3%)
04/10  #15 - 29,669  ( +3.8%)
05/10  #16 - 29,340  ( -1.1%)
06/10  #17 - 28,017  ( -4.5%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #18 - 27,415  ( -2.1%)
08/10  #19 - 26,902  ( -1.9%)
09/10  #20 - 25,947  ( -3.5%)
10/10  #21 - 24,748  ( -4.6%)
11/10  #22 - 24,059  ( -2.8%)
             6 mnth  (-18.0%)
             1 year  (-23.8%)

Fairly steady. The book is coming to a close within the next six months or so, when the storyline concludes.

74. SPIDER-GIRL
11/10  #1 - 23,926

This looks like it may be another example of Marvel over-extending a franchise that won’t bear the weight. This has three covers, including a 1:15 incentive, so 24K isn’t a great starting point. HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD launched higher than this.

75. CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME
11/10  #1 of 5 - 23,566

Marvel have been a bit more restrained with Captain America than with Thor, but we’ve still had a string of minis generating material to tie in with the upcoming movie. This is an updated version of Captain America being revived in the present day, which at least makes sense as a possible entry point to market to new readers.

76. DEADPOOLMAX  [Max]
10/10  #1 - 29,176
11/10  #2 - 23,382  (-19.9%)

Despite appearing in one set of solicitations as a six-issue miniseries, this book seems to be safe as an ongoing title for now. The second issue drop is fairly reasonable.

78. OSBORN
11/10  #1 of 5 - 23,152

Not the most mainstream of stories in tone, admittedly, but I’m a little surprised that this mini didn’t do slightly better, if only because Norman Osborn has been such a high-profile character in the last couple of years that surely some readers want to know what happens to him next.

86. NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT
08/10  #1 - 37,399
09/10  #2 - 23,880  (-36.1%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #3 - 20,541  (-14.0%)

The drops are exaggerated because the book has been scaling back the variant covers (this issue doesn’t have any), but it’s still plainly not a good number for the third issue of an ongoing series.

88. CHAOS WAR: DEAD AVENGERS
11/10  #1 of 3 - 20,312

The top selling Chaos War tie-in book (though CHAOS WAR: THOR wasn’t far behind).

89. PUNISHER: IN THE BLOOD
11/06  #1      - 102,727
11/07  #13     -  41,783
11/08  #25     -  29,982
=====
11/09  #11     -  24,900  ( -8.3%)
12/09  #12     -  24,985  ( +0.3%)
01/10  #13     -  23,734  ( -5.0%)
02/10  #14     -  23,455  ( -1.8%)
03/10  #15     -  22,285  ( -5.0%)
04/10  #16     -  23,047  ( +3.4%)
05/10  ---
06/10  #17     -  22,378  ( -2.9%)
06/10  #18     -  19,605  (-12.4%)
07/10  #19     -  24,947  (+27.2%)
08/10  #20     -  24,304  ( -2.6%)
09/10  #21     -  20,036  (-17.6%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #1 of 5 -  20,028  ( -0.0%)
                  6 mnth  (  --- )
                  1 year  (-19.6%)
                  2 year  (-33.2%)
                  3 year  (-52.1%)
                  4 year  (-80.5%)

Picking up exactly where the regular title left off – though that doesn’t mean we won’t get the usual second issue drop in December.

96. X-MEN: TO SERVE AND PROTECT
09/10  Vampires #1   - 25,654
10/10  #2 of 2       - 23,362  ( -8.9%)
11/10  Serve #1 of 4 - 19,273  (-17.5%)

Another X-Men anthology title, following on immediately from the X-MEN VS VAMPIRES mini – with diminishing returns.

97. SHE-HULKS
11/10  #1 - 18,616

Originally announced as an ongoing title, but pre-emptively cancelled with issue #4, for fairly obvious reasons.

98. INVADERS NOW!
09/10  #1 of 5 - 33,696
10/10  #2 of 5 - 21,137  (-37.3%)
11/10  #3 of 5 - 18,366  (-13.1%)

Well, it’s the Invaders. It’s a niche market.

99. DEADPOOL CORPS
03/10  Prelude #1 - 37,011
03/10  #2 of 5    - 32,024  (-13.5%)
03/10  #3 of 5    - 31,065  ( -3.0%)
03/10  #4 of 5    - 30,254  ( -2.6%)
03/10  #5 of 5    - 29,037  ( -4.0%)
04/10  Corps #1   - 39,466  (+35.9%)
05/10  #2         - 28,236  (-28.5%)
06/10  #3         - 26,251  ( -7.0%)
07/10  #4         - 24,476  ( -6.8%)
08/10  #5         - 22,887  ( -6.5%)
09/10  #6         - 21,888  ( -4.4%)
10/10  #7         - 19,644  (-10.3%)
11/10  #8         - 18,267  ( -7.0%)
                    6 mnth  (-35.3%)

102. DEADPOOL TEAM-UP
11/09  #899 - 39,584  (-22.9%)
12/09  #898 - 36,308  ( -8.3%)
01/10  #897 - 32,671  (-10.0%)
02/10  #896 - 30,119  ( -7.8%)
03/10  #895 - 28,573  ( -5.1%)
04/10  #894 - 28,835  ( +0.9%)
05/10  #893 - 26,578  ( -7.8%)
06/10  #892 - 23,697  (-10.8%)
07/10  #891 - 22,439  ( -5.3%)
08/10  #890 - 21,279  ( -5.2%)
09/10  #889 - 19,917  ( -6.4%)
10/10  #888 - 18,394  ( -7.6%)
11/10  #887 - 17,677  ( -3.9%)
              6 mnth  (-33.5%)
              1 year  (-55.3%)

Both apparently cancelled in March, though Marvel are still running “vote for which one gets axed” ads.

103,107. CHAOS WAR ONE-SHOTS
11/10  Chaos King   - 17,578
11/10  Alpha Flight - 17,164

More CHAOS WAR tie-ins – not huge sellers, but doing quite respectably.

110. THE STAND
11/09  Soul Survivors #2 - 25,600  ( -7.7%)
12/09  #3 of 5           - 24,308  ( -5.0%)
01/10  ---
02/10  #4 of 5           - 22,804  ( -6.2%)
03/10  #5 of 5           - 22,294  ( -2.2%)
04/10  ---
05/10  ---
06/10  Hardcases #1      - 20,802  ( -6.7%)
07/10  #2 of 5           - 19,194  ( -7.7%)
08/10  #3 of 5           - 18,352  ( -4.4%)
09/10  ---
10/10  #4 of 5           - 17,186  ( -6.4%)
11/10  #5 of 5           - 16,751  ( -2.5%)
                           6 mnth  (  --- )
                           1 year  (-34.6%)

Drifting down, but bear in mind that THE STAND is presumably targeted to a large extent at readers of the collected editions.

113. THUNDERSTRIKE
11/10  #1 of 5 - 15,689

Revival of the mid-nineties THOR spin-off. Seems a rather odd time to do it, when the market is being saturated with actual Thor material.

117. BULLSEYE: PERFECT GAME
11/10  #1 of 2 - 15,462

A seemingly random Bullseye miniseries, rather oddly scheduled to come out after the character was killed off in SHADOWLAND.

122. DEADPOOL: PULP
09/10  #1 of 4 - 20,965
10/10  #2 of 4 - 16,782  (-20.0%)
11/10  #3 of 4 - 15,009  (-10.6%)

Well, it’s doing better than the NOIR books were, to be fair.

123. ANT-MAN & WASP
11/10  #1 of 3 - 14,975

That would be a team-up of Hank Pym (the current Wasp) and the current version of Ant-Man, from HACK/SLASH creator Tim Seeley. It’s actually very readable, in the vein of IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN, but the characters may not have the prominence to support this sort of mini.

125. BLACK WIDOW
04/10  #1 - 32,807
05/10  #2 - 23,384  (-28.7%)
06/10  #3 - 19,892  (-14.9%)
07/10  #4 - 18,665  ( -6.2%)
08/10  #5 - 17,568  ( -5.9%)
09/10  #6 - 18,499  ( +5.3%)
10/10  #7 - 16,653  (-10.0%)
11/10  #8 - 14,856  (-10.9%)
            6 mnth  (-36.5%)

Cancelled, though it effectively continues into the WIDOWMAKER miniseries (originally planned as a crossover between this book and HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD).

126. SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS
08/10  #1 of 4 - 22,110
09/10  #2 of 4 - 19,199  (-13.2%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 16,396  (-14.6%)
11/10  #4 of 4 - 14,617  (-10.9%)

SHADOWLAND itself is on a skip month, as is parent title DAREDEVIL, but we still have some of the tie-in minis hanging in there at the lower end of the chart. Considering the obscure characters involved, this actually hasn’t done badly.

130. HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD
06/10  #1 - 27,552
07/10  #2 - 20,531  (-25.5%)
08/10  #3 - 17,870  (-13.0%)
09/10  #4 - 16,405  ( -8.2%)
10/10  #5 - 15,337  ( -6.5%)
11/10  #6 - 14,217  ( -7.3%)

Cancelled, though as noted above, it leads into WIDOWMAKER and, it seems, from there into a Hawkeye solo mini.

132. SHADOWLAND: DAUGHTERS OF THE SHADOW
08/10  #1 of 3 - 19,513
09/10  #2 of 3 - 16,265  (-16.6%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #3 of 3 - 14,129  (-13.1%)

Again, not too bad given the prominence of the characters.

134. IRON MAN LEGACY
04/10  #1 - 48,956
05/10  #2 - 29,175  (-40.4%)
06/10  #3 - 23,340  (-20.0%)
07/10  #4 - 20,142  (-13.7%)
08/10  #5 - 17,773  (-11.8%)
09/10  #6 - 15,949  (-10.3%)
10/10  #7 - 14,882  ( -6.7%)
11/10  #8 - 13,686  ( -8.0%)
            6 mnth  (-53.1%)

Below two cancelled titles and surely in some danger.

135. SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN
08/10  #1 of 4 - 21,206
09/10  #2 of 4 - 17,647  (-17.0%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 15,147  (-14.2%)
11/10  #4 of 4 - 13,584  (-10.3%)

A sequel, POWER MAN AND IRON FIST (with the new Power Man and the original Iron Fist), is coming out in early 2011.

137. OZMA OF OZ
11/10  #1 of 8 - 13,222

More Oz, doing considerably better than usual for Marvel’s novel adaptations.

138. TASKMASTER
09/10  #1 of 4 - 18,550
10/10  #2 of 4 - 14,553  (-21.5%)
11/10  #3 of 4 - 13,127  ( -9.8%)

Levelling out relatively quickly, at least. (And it’s very good.)

141,152. IRON MAN: RAPTURE
11/10  #1 of 4 - 12,479
11/10  #2 of 4 - 11,239  (-9.9%)

A Marvel Knights mini by Alexander Irvine and Lan Medina. Two issues this month, a format which often leads to relatively modest second-issue drops being balanced out next month.

142. I AM AN AVENGER
09/10  #1 of 5 - 20,922
10/10  #2 of 5 - 14,882  (-28.9%)
11/10  #3 of 5 - 12,277  (-17.5%)

Anthology title, looking like the sales won’t be very pretty by the end of the run.

143. AVENGERS & THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
08/10  #1 of 4 - 24,438
09/10  #2 of 4 - 17,733  (-27.4%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 13,796  (-22.2%)
11/10  #4 of 4 - 12,064  (-12.6%)

All-ages retelling of INFINITY GAUNTLET, and by those standards it’s done well.

145,148. X-MEN FOREVER
11/09  #11  - 20,130  ( -9.7%)
11/09  #12  - 19,541  ( -2.9%)
12/09  #13  - 18,870  ( -3.4%)
12/09  #14  - 18,376  ( -2.6%)
01/10  #15  - 17,665  ( -3.9%)
01/10  #16  - 17,290  ( -2.1%)
02/10  #17  - 17,873  ( +3.4%)
02/10  #18  - 16,464  ( -7.9%)
03/10  #19  - 16,183  ( -1.7%)
03/10  #20  - 15,990  ( -1.2%)
04/10  #21  - 15,530  ( -2.9%)
04/10  #22  - 15,305  ( -1.4%)
05/10  #23  - 15,045  ( -1.7%)
05/10  #24  - 14,940  ( -0.7%)
06/10  GS#1 - 15,039  ( +0.7%)
06/10  #1   - 16,094  ( +7.0%)
06/10  #2   - 14,933  ( -7.2%)
07/10  #3   - 14,151  ( -5.2%)
07/10  #4   - 13,835  ( -2.2%)
08/10  #5   - 13,632  ( -1.5%)
08/10  #6   - 13,351  ( -2.1%)
09/10  #7   - 12,869  ( -3.6%)
09/10  #8   - 12,753  ( -0.9%)
10/10  #9   - 12,260  ( -3.9%)
10/10  #10  - 12,064  (-16.0%)
11/10  #11  - 12,018  ( -0.4%)
11/10  #12  - 11,756  ( -2.2%)
              6 mnth  (-21.3%)
              1 year  (-41.6%)

Cancelled with #16.

149. INCREDIBLE HULKS: ENIGMA FORCE
09/10  #1 of 3 - 16,206
10/10  #2 of 3 - 12,634  (-22.0%)
11/10  #3 of 3 - 11,696  ( -7.4%)

Not great sales for a Micronauts mini, but it’s only three issues and wasn’t particularly clearly promoted. (Well, that’ll happen when you can’t call them “Micronauts” any more.)

156. YOUNG ALLIES
06/10  #1 - 20,858
07/10  #2 - 16,209  (-22.3%)
08/10  #3 - 14,016  (-13.5%)
09/10  #4 - 12,620  (-10.0%)
10/10  #5 - 11,265  (-10.7%)
11/10  #6 - 11,015  ( -2.2%)

Cancelled. Issue #7 was solicited but isn’t shipping.

161. NEW MUTANTS FOREVER
08/10  #1 of 5 - 16,784
09/10  #2 of 5 - 13,778  (-17.9%)
10/10  #3 of 5 - 11,910  (-13.6%)
11/10  #4 of 5 - 10,515  (-11.7%)

Fairly close to its spiritual parent title X-MEN FOREVER, which is as good as could reasonably have been hoped for.

162. KLAWS OF THE PANTHER
11/05  BP #10     - 31,987
11/06  #22        - 41,268
11/07  #32        - 28,426
11/08  ---
=====
11/09  BP #10     - 19,147  (  -5.9%)
12/09  #11        - 17,989  (  -6.0%)
01/10  #12        - 17,881  (  -1.0%)
02/10  Doomwar #1 - 43,241  (+141.8%)
03/10  #2 of 6    - 30,555  ( -29.3%)
04/10  #3 of 6    - 27,859  (  -8.9%)
05/10  #4 of 6    - 28,307  (  +1.6%)
06/10  #5 of 6    - 26,041  (  -8.0%)
07/10  ---
08/10  #6 of 6    - 24,797  (  -4.8%)
09/10  ---
10/10  Klaws #1   - 16,973  ( -31.6%)
10/10  #2 of 4    - 12,960  ( -23.6%)
11/10  #3 of 4    - 10,356  ( -20.1%)
                    6 mnth  ( -63.4%)
                    1 year  ( -45.9%)
                    2 year  (   --- )
                    3 year  ( -63.6%)
                    4 year  ( -74.9%)
                    5 year  ( -67.6%)

This looks set to dip below the 10K mark next month. With T’Challa taking over as the lead character of DAREDEVIL for a while, this surely marks the end of the BLACK PANTHER title until the next inevitable relaunch comes around.

165. STRANGE TALES 2  [Max]
10/10  #1 of 3 - 11,800
11/10  #2 of 3 -  9,960  (-15.6%)

Maybe it’s just me, but this doesn’t seem to be attracting as much attention as the original mini did.

167. CAPTAIN AMERICA: FOREVER ALLIES
08/10  #1 of 4 - 17,418
09/10  #2 of 4 - 13,131  (-24.6%)
10/10  #3 of 4 - 10,813  (-17.7%)
11/10  #4 of 4 -  9,905  ( -8.4%)

A Young Allies reunion series, which is plainly a rather niche proposition.

173. OFFICIAL HANDBOOK
02/10  A to Z Update #1 of 5 -  5,406
03/10  Deadpool Corps        - 21,900  (+305.1%)
04/10  Iron Manual Mark 3    -  9,456  ( -56.8%)
05/10  Avengers Assemble #1  - 15,113  ( +59.8%)
06/10  A to Z Update #2 of 5 -  5,312  ( -64.9%)
07/10  X-Men: Phoenix Force  -  9,566  ( +80.1%)
08/10  A to Z Update #3 of 5 -  4,962  ( -48.1%)
09/10  Heroic Age: Heroes    - 11,224  (+126.2%)
10/10  A to Z Update #4 of 5 -  4,990  ( -55.5%)
11/10  Heroic Age: Villains  -  9,294  ( +86.3%)
                               6 mnth  ( -38.5%)

As usual, wavering all over the place according to theme. The HEROIC AGE profile books aren’t really handbooks in the normal sense, but they’re filling the same slot on the schedule, so I’m treating them as part of the same series for now.

189. WOMEN OF MARVEL
11/10  #1 of 2 - 8,145

Reprints from Marvel’s digital service.

And from here on, it’s all-ages books, movie adaptations, promotional material and so forth, all included here for the sake of completeness.

191. AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES
11/10  #1 of 4 - 7,934

209. TRON: ORIGINAL MOVIE ADAPTATION
11/10  #1 of 2 - 6,854

226. X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS SPOTLIGHT
11/10  One-shot - 5,962

228.  AVENGERS VS PET AVENGERS
02/10  Tails        - 8,214  (-27.6%)
03/10  Unleashed #1 - 8,554  ( +4.1%)
04/10  #2 of 4      - 6,767  (-20.9%)
05/10  #3 of 4      - 6,339  ( -6.3%)
06/10  #4 of 4      - 6,166  ( -2.7%)
07/10  Dogs/Summer  - 5,142  (-16.6%)
08/10  ---
09/10  ---
10/10  #1 of 4      - 7,097  (+38.0%)
11/10  #2 of 4      - 5,871  (-17.3%)
                     6 mnth  ( -7.4%)

231. TRON: THE BETRAYAL
10/10  #1 of 2 - 10,934
11/10  #2 of 2 -  5,742  (-47.5%)

233,236. SPIDER-MAN  [Marvel Adventures]
11/06  #9  - 6,637
11/07  #21 - 6,529
11/08  #33 - 6,126
=====
11/09  #57 - 4,501  (  -1.7%)
12/09  #58 - 4,352  (  -3.3%)
01/10  #59 - 4,315  (  -0.9%)
02/10  #60 - 4,212  (  -2.4%)
03/10  #61 - 4,200  (  -2.8%)
04/10  #1  - 9,770  (+132.6%)
05/10  #2  - 7,709  ( -21.1%)
06/10  #3  - 7,200  (  -6.6%)
07/10  #4  - 6,347  ( -11.8%)
08/10  #5  - 6,202  (  -2.3%)
09/10  #6  - 5,779  (  -6.8%)
10/10  ---
11/10  #7  - 5,603  (  -3.0%)
11/10  #8  - 5,269  (  -6.0%)
            6 mnth  ( -31.7%)
            1 year  ( +17.1%)
            2 year  ( -14.0%)
            3 year  ( -19.3%)
            4 year  ( -20.6%)

243. SUPER HERO SQUAD
11/09  #3  - 4,384  (  -2.5%)
12/09  #4  - 4,132  (  -5.7%)
01/10  #1  - 9,709  (+135.0%)
02/10  #2  - 5,691  ( -41.4%)
03/10  #3  - 5,399  (  -5.1%)
04/10  #4  - 5,822  (  +7.8%)
05/10  #5  - 5,639  (  -3.1%)
06/10  #6  - 6,029  (  +6.9%)
07/10  #7  - 5,328  ( -11.6%)
08/10  #8  - 5,358  (  +0.6%)
09/10  #9  - 5,304  (  -1.0%)
10/10  #10 - 5,139  (  -3.1%)
11/10  #11 - 4,977  (  -3.2%)
            6 mnth  ( -11.7%)
            1 year  ( +13.5%)

266. MARVELMAN FAMILY'S FINEST
07/10  #1 of 6 - 17,739
08/10  #2 of 6 -  9,324  (-47.4%)
09/10  #3 of 6 -  6,151  (-34.0%)
10/10  #4 of 6 -  4,707  (-23.5%)
11/10  #5 of 6 -  3,993  (-15.2%)

276. SUPER HEROES  [Marvel Adventures]
11/08  #5  - 4,233
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11/09  #17 - 3,308  ( +1.8%)
12/09  #18 - ?,???  (  ??? )
01/10  #19 - 3,103  (  ??? )
02/10  #20 - 3,008  ( -3.1%)
03/10  #21 - ?,???  (  ??? )
04/10  #1  - 8,107  (  ??? )
05/10  #2  - 6,360  (-21.5%)
06/10  #3  - 5,678  (-10.7%)
07/10  #4  - 4,564  (-19.6%)
08/10  #5  - 4,418  ( -3.2%)
09/10  #6  - ?,???  (  ??? )
10/10  #7  - 3,800  (  ??? )
11/10  #8  - 3,541  ( -6.8%)
            6 mnth  (-44.3%)
            1 year  ( +7.0%)
            2 year  (-16.3%)

293. OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
11/09  #11  - 3,739  ( -6.1%)
12/09  #12  - 3,689  ( -1.3%)
01/10  #13  - 3,248  (-12.0%)
02/10  #14  - 3,161  ( -2.7%)
03/10  ---
04/10  ---
05/10  #1   - 4,997  (+58.1%)
06/10  #2   - ?,???  (  ??? )
07/10  #3   - 3,776  (  ??? )
08/10  #4   - 3,448  ( -8.7%)
09/10  #5   - ?,???  (  ??? )
10/10  #6   - ?,???  (  ??? )
11/10  #7   - 2,947  (  ??? )
             6 mnth  (-41.0%)
             1 year  (-21.2%)


6 month comparisons
===================

+ 73.3% - Wolverine
+ 40.5% - Chaos War/Hercules
+  2.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-  1.8% - Fantastic Four
-  4.7% - Thunderbolts
-  7.3% - Amazing Spider-Man
-  7.4% - Pet Avengers
-  9.6% - Uncanny X-Force
- 11.7% - Super Hero Squad
- 18.0% - Secret Warriors
- 18.8% - New Avengers
- 20.4% - Thor
- 21.3% - X-Men Forever
- 22.0% - Hulk
- 23.6% - Invincible Iron Man
- 24.7% - Uncanny X-Men
- 26.4% - Incredible Hulks
- 26.7% - Deadpool
- 29.4% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 30.5% - Ultimate Comics Avengers
- 31.7% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
- 33.5% - Deadpool Team-Up
- 35.3% - Deadpool Corps
- 36.2% - X-Factor
- 36.5% - Black Widow
- 37.3% - X-Men Legacy
- 38.5% - Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- 41.0% - Official Index to the Marvel Universe
- 44.3% - Super Heroes (Marvel Adventures)
- 45.8% - Secret Avengers
- 47.4% - Avengers
- 53.0% - New Mutants
- 53.1% - Iron Man Legacy
- 63.4% - Black Panther


1 year comparisons
==================

+ 42.9% - Wolverine
+ 17.1% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
+ 14.0% - Chaos War/Hercules
+ 13.5% - Super Hero Squad
+  7.0% - Super Heroes (Marvel Adventures)
+  4.7% - Uncanny X-Force
+  1.5% - Thunderbolts
-  4.3% - Fantastic Four
-  8.2% - Thor
- 10.3% - New Avengers
- 13.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 14.0% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 15.5% - Incredible Hulks
- 16.6% - Uncanny X-Men
- 17.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 19.6% - Punisher
- 21.2% - Official Index to the Marvel Universe
- 23.7% - New Mutants
- 23.8% - Secret Warriors
- 26.5% - Hulk
- 33.0% - Deadpool
- 33.5% - Invincible Iron Man
- 34.6% - The Stand
- 37.6% - Daken: Dark Wolverine
- 37.7% - Ultimate Comics Avengers
- 41.6% - X-Men Forever
- 45.9% - Black Panther
- 51.0% - Captain America
- 55.3% - Deadpool Team-Up


2 year comparisons
==================

-  1.3% - Uncanny X-Force
-  8.5% - Thunderbolts
- 14.0% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
- 16.3% - Super Heroes (Marvel Adventures)
- 17.0% - Invincible Iron Man
- 20.0% - Chaos War/Hercules
- 21.0% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 22.3% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 25.4% - Uncanny X-Men
- 25.5% - X-Factor
- 31.1% - X-Men Legacy
- 33.2% - Punisher
- 36.8% - Deadpool
- 37.3% - Captain America
- 38.5% - Fantastic Four
- 45.1% - Wolverine
- 57.4% - Hulk
- 62.1% - Incredible Hulks


3 year comparisons
==================

- 19.3% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
- 21.5% - Wolverine
- 34.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 35.4% - Captain America
- 35.6% - Fantastic Four
- 38.1% - New Avengers
- 43.4% - Uncanny X-Men
- 52.1% - Punisher
- 53.9% - Thor
- 56.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 63.6% - Black Panther
- 66.2% - Incredible Hulks
- 66.3% - X-Factor

4 year comparisons
==================

+ 13.7% - Thunderbolts
- 20.6% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
- 34.5% - Uncanny X-Men
- 37.8% - X-Factor
- 40.7% - Captain America
- 45.4% - X-Men Legacy
- 46.6% - Invincible Iron Man
- 47.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 48.4% - Wolverine
- 55.7% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 59.2% - Incredible Hulks
- 64.8% - New Avengers
- 74.9% - Black Panther
- 80.5% - Punisher


5 year comparisons
==================

+ 25.6% - Thunderbolts
+  5.1% - Captain America
- 16.5% - Incredible Hulks
- 21.0% - Fantastic Four
- 30.0% - Uncanny X-Men
- 34.0% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 40.0% - Wolverine
- 44.2% - X-Men Legacy
- 47.1% - New Avengers
- 47.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 67.6% - Black Panther