by David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

It was something of a mixed bag for DC in February. The return of both Dark Knight III and Justice League helped the average sales for both the DC Universe titles and DC as a whole from last month’s lows, to 31,503 & 24,611 respectively. However, the media sales for the DCU titles fell even further to 23,687, the lowest it has been since I took over the DC M2M column in January 2014. Plus, the woes continue for the Vertigo line, with both the average media sales falling to all-time lows of 6,274 & 5,558 respectively.

The Neal Adams freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) covers were more or less on par with last month’s Adult Coloring Book f.o.v.s; a few titles exhibited a rise, others a decline. March sees the return of the polybagged variants, and we’ll see if DC can repeat the gains from the last time they tried that little stunt.

As of this writing DC haven’t yet released their June solicitations; so while we know the titles that will be involved in June’s Rebirth not-a-relaunch, we don’t yet know anything else as regards to creative teams or story directions.

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Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine 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.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)


 

1 - DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE ($5.99)
11/2015: Dark Knight III #1 of 8 -- 440,234           [449,099]
12/2015: Dark Knight III #2 of 8 -- 158,188 (- 64.8%) [163,238]
01/2016: --
02/2016: Dark Knight III #3 of 8 -- 146,044 (- 10.5%)

It wouldn’t be a Dark Knight series without delays, now would it?

The third issue of the return to one of DC’s most famous comics of the 1980s helps DC grab the #1 spot on the chart for February.

First Watchmen, then Dark Knight Returns. Can Atari Force be far behind?

3 - BATMAN ($3.99)
02/2006: Batman #650    --  66,447  [74,355] 
02/2011: Batman #707    --  58,803
02/2012: Batman #6      -- 128,459 [135,435]
02/2013: Batman #17     -- 150,684 
02/2014: Batman #28     -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
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02/2015: Batman #39     -- 118,106 (+  6.8%) [128,627]
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Batman #40     -- 131,128 (+ 20.3%) [154,764]
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Batman #41     -- 142,155 (-  6.1%) [145,305]
07/2015: Batman #42     -- 117,441 (- 18.3%) [118,702]
08/2015: Batman #43     -- 124,697 (+  7.8%) [127,996]
09/2015: Batman #44     -- 114,409 (-  9.9%) [115,351]
10/2015: Batman #45     -- 109,367 (-  4.6%) [110,031]
11/2015: Batman #46     -- 106,989 (-  2.1%) [107,758]
12/2015: Batman #47     -- 127,201 (+ 18.0%) 
01/2016: Batman #48     -- 100,962 (- 20.6%) 
02/2016: Batman #49     -- 102,689 (+  1.7%) 
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6 months: - 19.8%
1 year  : - 20.2%
2 years : - 11.4%
5 years : + 74.6%
10 years: + 38.1%

One of the few titles that shows a move up from last month’s Adult Coloring Book freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) to this month’s Neal Adams f.o.v. Maybe because Adams is an artist typically associated with Batman?

10 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
02/2012: Justice League #6  -- 140,819
02/2013: Justice League #17 -- 105,304 
02/2014: Justice League #28 --  80,901  [82,335]
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02/2015: Justice League #39 --  72,904 (+  6.0%) [75,492]
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Justice League #40 --  78,388 (+  9.0%) [82,316]
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Justice League #41 --  97,584 (+ 17.2%) [96,464]
07/2015: Justice League #42 --  81,291 (- 12.7%) [84,202]
08/2015: Justice League #43 --  82,304 (+  1.1%) [85,119]
09/2015: Justice League #44 --  76,752 (-  5.3%) [80,630]
10/2015: Justice League #45 --  77,192 (-  2.7%) [78,416]
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: Justice League #46 --  75,660 (-  3.5%)
12/2015: Justice League #47 --  84,970 (+ 21.2%) [91,688]
01/2016: --
02/2016: Justice League #48 --  72,704 (- 20.7%)
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6 months: - 14.6%
1 year  : -  0.3%
2 years : - 11.7%

DC’s third and final book in the Top 10 this month (the other seven were all Marvel titles).

Slipped it’s date from last month, so this is Justice League’s Adult Coloring Book f.o.v., and it shows the same big drop that the other books had last month with theirs.

14 - BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ($3.99)
12/2015: Batman/TMNT #1 of 6 -- 134,526           [156,919]
01/2016: Batman/TMNT #2 of 6 --  52,337 (- 64.4%)  [60,310]
02/2016: Batman/TMNT #3 of 6 --  64,444 (+  6.9%)

Well hey, something interesting is going on here!

The first two issues both chart again with second printings, and yet still sales on issue #3 go up even if you include the sales from #2’s second print.

So yes, sales on #1 were greatly inflated due to incentive variants, but there does seem to be genuine interest in this book. It’ will be interesting to see what happens to sales in the back half of the series (and it’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that!)

21 - HARLEY QUINN ($3.99)
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967  [81,514]
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02/2015: --
03/2015: Harley Quinn #15 --  66,904 (+  0.8%) [68,445]
04/2015: Harley Quinn #16 --  72,055 (+  8.1%) [73,976]
05/2015: --
06/2015: Harley Quinn #17 --  68,243 (-  6.2%) [69,406]
07/2015: Harley Quinn #18 --  59,566 (- 13.1%) [60,292]
08/2015: Harley Quinn #19 --  64,223 (+  8.1%) [65,155]
09/2015: Harley Quinn #20 --  56,836 (- 10.0%) [58,652]
10/2015: Harley Quinn #21 --  55,272 (-  5.7%) [55,282]
11/2015: Harley Quinn #22 --  58,344 (+  6.2%) [58,734]
12/2015: Harley Quinn #23 --  69,168 (+ 17.8%)
01/2016: Harley Quinn #24 --  44,967 (- 35.0%)
02/2016: Harley Quinn #25 --  51,495 (+ 14.5%)
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6 months: - 21.0%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 36.8%

You will recall that last month’s issue for some unknown reason did not have a f.o.v. This month the f.o.v. returns, giving us another glimpse into how many extra sales an f.o.v. can give a title.

28 - BATMAN: EUROPA ($4.99)
11/2015: Eurpoa #1 of 4 -- 80,721           [82,545]
12/2015: Eurpoa #2 of 4 -- 52,235 (- 36.7%)
12/2015: Eurpoa #3 of 4 -- 49,474 (-  5.3%)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Eurpoa #4 of 4 -- 47,776 (-  3.4%)

In all, I think you’d have to call this mini-series a moderate success.

30 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
02/2006: Detective Comics #816 -- 35,410
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 -- 39,106
02/2012: Detective Comics #6   -- 94,415
02/2013: Detective Comics #17  -- 85,824 
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  -- 56,619 
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02/2015: Detective Comics #39  -- 54,698 (+  8.1%) [55,457]
03/2015: Detective Comics #40  -- 56,126 (+  2.3%) [56,742]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Detective Comics #41  -- 57,648 (+  2.9%) [58,361]
07/2015: Detective Comics #42  -- 50,743 (- 12.5%) [51,055]
08/2015: Detective Comics #43  -- 53,576 (+  5.4%) [53,797]
09/2015: Detective Comics #44  -- 55,871 (+  4.4%) [56,177]
10/2015: Detective Comics #45  -- 47,972 (- 14.2%) [48,220]
11/2015: Detective Comics #46  -- 47,256 (-  1.9%) [47,280]
12/2015: Detective Comics #47  -- 45,867 (-  3.0%)
01/2016: Detective Comics #48  -- 45,111 (-  1.6%)
02/2016: Detective Comics #49  -- 45,300 (+  0.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.8%
1 year  : - 18.3%
2 years : - 20.0%
5 years : + 15.8%
10 years: + 27.9%

In a few months the big numbers will return, and it will be just like the renumbering never happened.

31 - HARLEY'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK ($4.99)
12/2015: Harley's LBB #1  -- 92,266
01/2016: --
02/2016: Harley's LBB #2  -- 45,030 (-51.2%)

A fairly large drop-off from issue #1, though that issue in addition to being a first issue of a Harley Quinn series also had one of those polybagged variants, while this issue had only a 1:25 incentive variant.

Also, I wonder what HLBB’s fate will be after Rebirth? There will only be what, three issues published by then? Will it continue, or get one of those really quick Marvel-style renumberings? Surely they won’t just cancel it, right?

40 - SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN ($3.99)
02/2016: Supermen #1 of 6  -- 37,033

The first issue of Neal Adams’ Superman mini-series debuts between (and in the same range as) the launches of American Alien and Lois & Clark.

41, 43, 45, 46 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL ($2.99)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #44 --  45,391 (-  2.0%) [45,698]
02/2015: Batman Eternal #45 --  45,199 (-  0.2%) [45,603]
02/2015: Batman Eternal #46 --  44,763 (-  0.4%) [45,399]
02/2015: Batman Eternal #47 --  44,699 (   0.0%) [45,399]
03/2015: Batman Eternal #48 --  44,505 (-  1.4%) [44,764]
03/2015: Batman Eternal #49 --  44,277 (-  0.3%) [44,649]
03/2015: Batman Eternal #50 --  43,982 (+  0.8%) [45,011]
03/2015: Batman Eternal #51 --  44,065 (-  0.1%) [44,949]
04/2015: Batman Eternal #52 --  47,359 (+  4.0%) [46,741]
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: --
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2015: Batman & Robin #1  --  76,882 (+ 68.8%) [78,912]
10/2015: Batman & Robin #2  --  54,267 (- 28.9%) [56,079]
10/2015: Batman & Robin #3  --  53,626 (-  4.1%) [53,770]
10/2015: Batman & Robin #4  --  49,985 (-  4.1%) [51,566]
11/2015: Batman & Robin #5  --  46,545 (- 10.0%) [46,431]
11/2015: Batman & Robin #6  --  45,081 (-  1.4%) [45,766]
11/2015: Batman & Robin #7  --  43,825 (-  2.4%) [44,652]
11/2015: Batman & Robin #8  --  42,763 (-  2.4%) [43,589]
12/2015: Batman & Robin #9  --  41,943 (-  3.8%)
12/2015: Batman & Robin #10 --  41,505 (-  1.0%)
12/2015: Batman & Robin #11 --  40,557 (-  2.3%)
12/2015: Batman & Robin #12 --  40,297 (-  0.6%)
12/2015: Batman & Robin #13 --  39,613 (-  1.7%)
01/2016: Batman & Robin #14 --  39,044 (-  1.4%)
01/2016: Batman & Robin #15 --  38,858 (-  0.5%)
01/2016: Batman & Robin #16 --  38,321 (-  1.4%)
01/2016: Batman & Robin #17 --  37,675 (-  1.7%)
02/2016: Batman & Robin #18 --  36,819 (-  2.3%)
02/2016: Batman & Robin #19 --  36,415 (-  1.1%)
02/2016: Batman & Robin #20 --  36,127 (-  0.8%)
02/2016: Batman & Robin #21 --  35,770 (-  1.0%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 20.3%

44 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
02/2006: Superman #226 --  63,982
02/2011: Superman #708 --  46,261
02/2012: Superman #6   --  69,633
02/2013: --
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296  [34,400]
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02/2015: Superman #38  --  48,987 (+  6.7%) [53,740]
03/2015: Superman #39  --  50,260 (-  3.9%) [51,637]
04/2015: Superman #40  --  52,666 (+  4.1%) [53,756]
05/2015: --
06/2015: Superman #41  --  53,393 (+  3.0%) [55,368]
07/2015: Superman #42  --  46,691 (- 12.5%) [48,442]
08/2015: Superman #43  --  49,825 (+  4.5%) [50,637]
09/2015: Superman #44  --  43,921 (- 11.3%) [44,908]
10/2015: Superman #45  --  42,693 (-  4.1%) [43,069]
11/2015: Superman #46  --  41,657 (-  3.0%) [41,765]
12/2015: Superman #47  --  47,377 (+ 13.4%) 
01/2015: Superman #48  --  37,690 (- 20.4%)
02/2015: Superman #49  --  36,318 (-  3.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.3%
1 year  : - 32.4%
2 years : +  5.6%
5 years : - 21.5%
10 years: - 43.2%
49 - WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
02/2006: Wonder Woman #226 -- 45,682
02/2011: Wonder Woman #607 -- 33,053
02/2012: Wonder Woman #6   -- 54,190
02/2013: Wonder Woman #17  -- 39,110 
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  -- 31,464  [32,710]
------------------------------------
02/2015: Wonder Woman #39  -- 42,634 (+  5.0%) [44,330]
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Wonder Woman #40  -- 45,172 (+  2.5%) [45,457]
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Wonder Woman #41  -- 45,284 (+  0.6%) [45,740]
07/2015: Wonder Woman #42  -- 36,668 (- 18.7%) [37,183]
08/2015: Wonder Woman #43  -- 39,646 (+  7.9%) [40,128]
09/2015: Wonder Woman #44  -- 36,151 (-  9.1%) [36,478]
10/2015: Wonder Woman #45  -- 33,885 (-  6.1%) [34,251]
11/2015: Wonder Woman #46  -- 34,042 (+  0.6%) [34,454]
12/2015: Wonder Woman #47  -- 40,123 (+ 16.5%)
01/2016: Wonder Woman #48  -- 32,687 (- 18.5%)
02/2016: Wonder Woman #49  -- 35,398 (+  8.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 11.8%
1 year  : - 20.1%
2 years : +  8.2%
5 years : +  7.1%
10 years: - 22.5%

If there’s any one thing that needs to be fixed at DC, it is the sales on Superman & Wonder Woman. They are two of DC’s flagship characters and heroes on the backs of which, along with Batman, they are trying to build their film franchise. Now, Superman and Wonder Woman series aren’t likely to achieve Batman-level sales anytime soon, but they should be selling in the 50K – 60K range.

This will be an especially tough ask for Wonder Woman, a title that in the past has seen bumps up to that range with relaunches and crossovers, but historically (well, over the last 15 years for which I have the numbers) always settles down into the mid-20K to mid-30K range. But I believe that that it can be done, that someone out there can find the key to unlock long-term sales success for one of the most venerable characters in comics!

50 - GREEN LANTERN ($3.99)
02/2006: Green Lantern #8   --  89,252
02/2006: Green Lantern #9   --  86,554  [89,974]
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517
02/2012: Green Lantern #6   --  94,087
02/2013: Green Lantern #17  --  71,060 
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200  [52,891]
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02/2015: Green Lantern #39  --  41,997 (+  7.9%) [42,459]
03/2015: Green Lantern #40  --  42,334 (+  1.8%) [43,232]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Green Lantern #41  --  45,704 (+  6.7%) [46,109]
07/2015: Green Lantern #42  --  39,290 (- 13.9%) [39,708]
08/2015: Green Lantern #43  --  42,482 (+  7.7%) [42,750]
09/2015: Green Lantern #44  --  39,371 (-  7.6%) [39,501]
10/2015: Green Lantern #45  --  38,406 (-  2.5%) [38,519]
11/2015: Green Lantern #46  --  38,976 (+  1.4%) [39,053]
12/2015: Green Lantern #47  --  45,706 (+ 17.0%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #48  --  36,068 (- 21.1%)
02/2015: Green Lantern #49  --  35,237 (-  2.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.6%
1 year  : - 17.0%
2 years : - 33.4%
5 years : - 50.7%
10 years: - 60.7%

Green Lantern suffers from franchise-itis—too many titles. They’re down to three right now, and it looks like there will be two post-Rebirth, but IMHO that’s still one too many.

52, 53 - FLASH ($3.99)
02/2006: -- 
02/2011: Flash #9   --  55,980
02/2012: Flash #6   --  68,061
02/2013: Flash #17  --  42,936 
02/2014: Flash #28  --  33,853  [34,561]
------------------------------
02/2015: Flash #39  --  43,635 (+ 28.1%) [46,855]
03/2015: Flash #40  --  38,382 (- 14.3%) [40,174]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Flash #41  --  41,256 (+  6.8%) [42,891]
07/2015: Flash #42  --  37,956 (- 12.8%) [37,399]
08/2015: Flash #43  --  40,542 (+ 10.1%) [41,189]
09/2015: Flash #44  --  36,111 (- 11.0%) [36,657]
10/2015: Flash #45  --  35,485 (-  1.8%) [36,011]
11/2015: Flash #46  --  36,153 (+  1.9%) [36,701]
12/2015: Flash #47  --  42,129 (+ 14.8%)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Flash #48  --  34,903 (- 17.2%)
02/2016: Flash #49  --  34,407 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.9%
1 year  : - 26.0%
2 years : +  0.3%
5 years : - 38.1%
10 years:    n.a.

Two issues in February as Flash plays catch-up. #48 was the ACB f.o.v., while #49 was a Neal Adams f.o.v.

54 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
02/2006: --
02/2011: Superman/Batman #81 --  29,567
02/2014: Batman/Superman #8  --  59,138  [59,604]
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02/2015: Batman/Superman #19 --  44,134 (+  6.1%) [45,456]
03/2015: Batman/Superman #20 --  43,428 (-  1.0%) [45,009]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batman/Superman #21 --  49,204 (+ 11.0%) [49,946]
07/2015: Batman/Superman #22 --  41,672 (- 15.9%) [41,985]
08/2015: Batman/Superman #23 --  44,259 (+  6.5%) [44,704]
09/2015: Batman/Superman #24 --  40,132 (- 10.2%) [40,271]
10/2015: Batman/Superman #25 --  37,566 (-  6.4%) [37,782]
11/2015: Batman/Superman #26 --  38,056 (+  1.3%) [38,181]
12/2015: Batman/Superman #27 --  30,021 (- 21.1%)
01/2016: Batman/Superman #28 --  34,507 (+ 14.9%)
02/2016: Batman/Superman #29 --  33,662 (-  2.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.7%
1 year  : - 25.9%
2 year  : - 43.5%
5 years : + 13.8%
10 years:    n.a.

The Neal Adams f.o.v. slips a bit from the ACB f.o.v.

55 - BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT SPECIAL (Digital-First) ($3.99)
11/2015: Robin Special #1       -- 17,481 
12/2015: --
01/2016: --
02/2016: Batgirl & Harley Quinn -- 33,061

The top non-DCU book of February. And proof that putting Harley Quinn in your comic is worth a certain amount of sales.

56 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847  [47,425]
--------------------------------------------
02/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #16 -- 38,550 (+  2.9%) [38,529]
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #17 -- 39,868 (+  4.3%) [40,167]
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #18 -- 39,787 (+  2.3%) [41,077]
07/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #19 -- 36,666 (-  8.3%) [37,676]
08/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #20 -- 38,834 (+  4.5%) [39,381]
09/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #21 -- 34,349 (- 12.0%) [34,636]
10/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #22 -- 32,044 (-  6.8%) [32,262]
11/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #23 -- 31,315 (-  1.9%) [31,641]
12/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #24 -- 25,000 (- 21.0%)
01/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #25 -- 29,087 (+ 16.3%)
02/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #26 -- 32,108 (+ 10.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.5%
1 year  : - 16.7%
2 years : - 32.3%

A fairly sizable jump here; it’s not likely just the f.o.v., based on the evidence of the other titles, so maybe it’s the crossover with the other Superman titles?

57 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
02/2006: Action Comics #836 -- 51,722  [55,331]
02/2011: Action Comics #898 -- 31,935
02/2012: Action Comics #6   -- 96,592
02/2013: Action Comics #17  -- 57,189 
02/2014: Action Comics #28  -- 35,305  [35,847]
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02/2015: Action Comics #39  -- 38,070 (+ 10.0%) [38,519]
03/2015: Action Comics #40  -- 38,216 (+  2.4%) [39,451]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Action Comics #41  -- 44,083 (+ 12.7%) [44,456]
07/2015: Action Comics #42  -- 37,956 (- 13.5%) [38,434]
08/2015: Action Comics #43  -- 41,883 (+  9.7%) [42,149]
09/2015: Action Comics #44  -- 37,927 (-  9.5%) [38,130]
10/2015: Action Comics #45  -- 36,560 (-  3.8%) [36,694]
11/2015: Action Comics #46  -- 35,569 (-  2.2%) [35,898]
12/2015: Action Comics #47  -- 29,021 (- 19.2%)
01/2016: Action Comics #48  -- 31,958 (+ 10.1%)
02/2016: Action Comics #49  -- 31,496 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.3%
1 year  : - 18.2%
2 years : - 12.1%
5 years : -  1.4%
10 years: - 43.1%

60 - GRAYSON ($3.99)
02/2006: Nightwing #117 -- 35,489
02/2012: Nightwing #6   -- 53,036
02/2013: Nightwing #17  -- 62,107 
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940  [37,616]
---------------------------------
02/2015: Grayson #7     -- 41,164 (+  3.8%) [41,313]
03/2015: Grayson #8     -- 40,859 (+  1.4%) [41,911]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Grayson #9     -- 39,610 (-  3.4%) [40,478]
07/2015: Grayson #10    -- 33,990 (- 13.8%) [34,882]
08/2015: Grayson #11    -- 36,538 (+  7.2%) [37,402]
09/2015: Grayson #12    -- 32,284 (- 11.0%) [33,281]
10/2015: Grayson #13    -- 32,260 (-  1.5%) [32,786]
11/2015: Grayson #14    -- 31,831 (-  1.8%) [32,201]
12/2015: Grayson #15    -- 35,765 (+ 11.1%)
01/2016: Grayson #16    -- 30,420 (- 14.9%)
02/2016: Grayson #17    -- 30,257 (-  0.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.1%
1 year  : - 26.5%
2 years : - 19.6%
10 years: - 14.7%

61 - ROBIN, SON OF BATMAN ($3.99)
02/2006: Robin #147    -- 32,120 
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06/2015: Robin SoB #1  -- 70,505 (+ 36.2%) [63,858]
07/2015: Robin SoB #2  -- 44,232 (- 28.5%) [45,674]
08/2015: Robin SoB #3  -- 38,413 (- 13.5%) [39,523]
09/2015: Robin SoB #4  -- 38,162 (-  1.9%) [38,777]
10/2015: Robin SoB #5  -- 35,619 (-  7.2%) [35,981]
11/2015: Robin SoB #6  -- 35,633 (-  0.2%) [35,904]
12/2015: Robin SoB #7  -- 34,815 (-  3.0%)
01/2016: Robin SoB #8  -- 31,220 (- 10.3%)
02/2016: Robin SoB #9  -- 30,125 (-  3.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.8%
10 years: -  6.2%

66 - SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN ($3.99)
11/2015: American Alien #1 of 7 -- 41,441           [42,842]
12/2015: American Alien #2 of 7 -- 31,025 (- 27.6%)
01/2016: American Alien #3 of 7 -- 28,828 (-  7.1%)
02/2016: American Alien #4 of 7 -- 27,313 (-  5.3%)

73 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
02/2012: Deathstroke #6  -- 21,306 
02/2013: Deathstroke #17 -- 12,626 
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02/2015: Deathstroke #5  -- 32,863 (-  0.4%) [37,315]
03/2015: Deathstroke #6  -- 31,666 (-  3.6%) [33,923]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Deathstroke #7  -- 38,807 (+ 22.6%) [39,993]
07/2015: Deathstroke #8  -- 33,648 (- 13.3%) [34,754]
08/2015: Deathstroke #9  -- 36,583 (+  8.7%) [37,419]
09/2015: Deathstroke #10 -- 31,241 (- 14.6%) [31,832]
10/2015: Deathstroke #11 -- 31,121 (-  0.4%) [31,649]
11/2015: Deathstroke #12 -- 31,939 (+  2.6%) [32,568]
12/2015: Deathstroke #13 -- 25,344 (- 20.6%) 
01/2016: Deathstroke #14 -- 27,648 (+  9.1%) 
02/2016: Deathstroke #15 -- 26,534 (-  4.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 29.1%
1 year  : - 28.9%

Odd how DC cannot seem to take advantage of the recent Deathstroke movie to juice-up sales for the comic. Oh wait, that was DEADPOOL? Sorry, I get them confused sometimes. Never mind!

76 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
02/2006: Batgirl #73    -- 26,546
02/2011: Batgirl #18    -- 24,390
02/2012: Batgirl #6     -- 53,151
02/2013: Batgirl #17    -- 65,751 
02/2014: Batgirl #28    -- 34,567  [34,981]
---------------------------------
02/2015: Batgirl #39    -- 40,880 (- 10.4%) [43,024]
03/2015: Batgirl #40    -- 41,729 (+  1.7%) [43,772]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batgirl #41    -- 33,220 (- 16.5%) [36,553]
07/2015: Batgirl #42    -- 33,168 (-  6.5%) [34,194]
08/2015: Batgirl #43    -- 32,079 (-  5.0%) [32,478]
09/2015: Batgirl #44    -- 30,654 (-  4.9%) [30,882]
10/2015: Batgirl #45    -- 29,276 (-  3.8%) [29,715]
11/2015: --
12/2015: Batgirl #46    -- 27,591 (-  7.1%)
01/2016: Batgirl #47    -- 26,905 (-  2.5%)
02/2016: Batgirl #48    -- 25,625 (-  4.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.1%
1 year  : - 40.4%
2 years : - 26.7%
5 years : +  5.1%
10 years: -  3.5%

82 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
02/2012: Suicide Squad #6      -- 30,834
02/2013: Suicide Squad #17     -- 26,370 
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 
----------------------------------------
02/2015: New Suicide Squad #7  -- 30,537 (-  6.2%) [31,884]
03/2015: New Suicide Squad #8  -- 30,443 (-  0.0%) [31,882]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: New Suicide Squad #9  -- 42,225 (+ 35.6%) [43,224]
07/2015: New Suicide Squad #10 -- 35,365 (- 17.1%) [35,842]
08/2015: New Suicide Squad #11 -- 37,915 (+  7.2%) [38,434]
09/2015: New Suicide Squad #12 -- 34,622 (-  8.9%) [35,013]
10/2015: New Suicide Squad #13 -- 33,260 (-  4.1%) [33,584]
11/2015: New Suicide Squad #14 -- 32,925 (-  1.1%) [33,219]
12/2015: New Suicide Squad #15 -- 26,449 (- 20.4%)
01/2016: New Suicide Squad #16 -- 24,870 (-  6.0%)
02/2016: New Suicide Squad #17 -- 23,687 (-  4.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 38.4%
1 year  : - 25.7%
2 years : +  3.5%

83 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
02/2006: Teen Titans #32 -- 69,131
02/2011: Teen Titans #92 -- 26,170
02/2012: Teen Titans #6  -- 53,123
02/2013: Teen Titans #17 -- 39,186 
02/2014: Teen Titans #28 -- 26,732 
----------------------------------
02/2015: Teen Titans #7  -- 34,051 (+ 11.1%) [35,304]
03/2015: Teen Titans #8  -- 38,363 (+ 13.3%) [39,993]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Teen Titans #9  -- 33,412 (- 15.5%) [33,804]
07/2015: Teen Titans #10 -- 28,547 (- 14.3%) [28,963]
08/2015: Teen Titans #11 -- 32,112 (+ 12.6%) [32,621]
09/2015: --
10/2015: Teen Titans #12 -- 26,796 (- 17.9%) 
11/2015: Teen Titans #13 -- 26,511 (-  1.1%)
12/2015: Teen Titans #14 -- 26,239 (-  1.0%)
12/2015: Teen Titans #15 -- 27,201 (+  3.7%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #16 -- 24,201 (- 11.0%)
02/2015: Teen Titans #17 -- 23,566 (-  2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.8%
1 year  : - 33.2%
2 years : - 11.8%
5 years : - 10.0%
10 years: - 65.9%

84 - AQUAMAN ($3.99)
02/2006: Aquaman #39 -- 18,326
02/2012: Aquaman #6  -- 63,450
02/2013: Aquaman #17 -- 58,578 
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939  [35,478]
------------------------------
02/2015: Aquaman #39 -- 32,162 (+ 14.6%) [33,267]
03/2015: Aquaman #40 -- 32,404 (+  2.0%) [33,941]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Aquaman #41 -- 33,629 (+  0.6%) [34,131]
07/2015: Aquaman #42 -- 28,158 (- 16.6%) [28,479]
08/2015: Aquaman #43 -- 30,480 (+  8.3%) [30,835]
09/2015: Aquaman #44 -- 26,396 (- 14.4%)
10/2015: Aquaman #45 -- 25,495 (-  3.4%)
11/2015: Aquaman #46 -- 25,962 (+  1.8%)
12/2015: Aquaman #47 -- 20,251 (- 22.0%)
01/2016: Aquaman #48 -- 23,373 (+ 15.4%)
02/2016: Aquaman #49 -- 23,546 (+  0.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.6%
1 year  : - 29.2%
2 years : - 33.6%
10 years: + 28.5%

A slight uptick for the Neal Adams f.o.v.

85 - POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH ($2.99)
01/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #1 of 6 -- 31,351 
02/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #2 of 6 -- 23,452 (- 25.2%)

A typical second issue drop.

86 - STARFIRE ($2.99)
06/2015: Starfire #1  -- 50,928           [52,638]
07/2015: Starfire #2  -- 33,659 (- 34.7%) [34,389]
08/2015: Starfire #3  -- 30,207 (-  9.7%) [31,052]
09/2015: Starfire #4  -- 30,485 (-  0.4%) [30,930]
10/2015: Starfire #5  -- 28,714 (-  6.2%) [29,021]
11/2015: Starfire #6  -- 27,941 (-  3.7%) 
12/2015: Starfire #7  -- 21,230 (- 23.9%) 
01/2016: Starfire #8  -- 24,378 (+ 14.7%) 
02/2016: Starfire #9  -- 22,918 (-  6.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 29.1%
87 - SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK ($3.99)
10/2015: Lois & Clark #1 -- 35,009           [35,991]
11/2015: Lois & Clark #2 -- 22,898 (- 36.4%)
12/2015: Lois & Clark #3 -- 21,630 (-  5.5%)
01/2016: Lois & Clark #4 -- 23,766 (+  9.9%)
02/2016: Lois & Clark #5 -- 22,775 (-  4.2%)
88 - TITANS HUNT ($3.99)
10/2015: Titans Hunt #1 of 12 -- 31,037           [32,768]
11/2015: Titans Hunt #2 of 12 -- 22,466 (- 31.4%)
12/2015: Titans Hunt #3 of 12 -- 20,918 (-  6.9%)
01/2016: Titans Hunt #4 of 8  -- 23,578 (+ 12.7%)
02/2016: Titans Hunt #5 of 8  -- 22,678 (-  3.8%)
89 - RED HOOD/ARSENAL ($2.99)
02/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #6  -- 39,898
02/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #17 -- 53,076 
02/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #28 -- 23,236 
-----------------------------------------
02/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #39 -- 17,270 (-  4.1%)
03/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #40 -- 17,110 (-  0.9%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #1    -- 44,078 (+137.3%) [40,597]
07/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #2    -- 26,829 (- 33.9%)
08/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #3    -- 23,841 (- 11.1%)
09/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #4    -- 22,113 (-  7.2%)
10/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #5    -- 21,025 (-  4.9%)
11/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #6    -- 19,857 (-  5.6%)
12/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #7    -- 25,789 (+ 29.9%)
01/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #8    -- 22,900 (- 11.2%)
02/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #9    -- 22,341 (-  2.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.3%
1 year  : + 29.4%
2 years : -  3.9%
94 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
02/2006: Green Arrow #59  -- 31,250
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922
02/2012: Green Arrow #6   -- 30,097
02/2013: Green Arrow #17  -- 36,043 
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 
-----------------------------------
02/2015: Green Arrow #39  -- 19,651 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Green Arrow #40  -- 19,792 (+  0.7%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Green Arrow #41  -- 29,545 (+ 52.1%) [30,098]
07/2015: Green Arrow #42  -- 24,921 (- 17.2%)
08/2015: Green Arrow #43  -- 29,998 (+ 21.6%) [30,298]
09/2015: Green Arrow #44  -- 25,620 (- 15.4%)
10/2015: Green Arrow #45  -- 23,614 (-  7.8%)
11/2015: Green Arrow #46  -- 24,393 (+  3.3%)
12/2015: Green Arrow #47  -- 30,834 (+ 26.4%)
01/2016: Green Arrow #48  -- 22,117 (- 28.3%)
02/2016: Green Arrow #49  -- 22,096 (-  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.1%
1 year  : + 12.4%
2 years : - 17.3%
5 years : - 34.9%
10 years: - 29.3%

Drops for these Neal Adams f.o.v.s. (some more droppy than others).

97 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
02/2006: Swamp Thing #24     --  8,379
02/2012: Swamp Thing #6      -- 41,235
02/2013: Swamp Thing #17     -- 31,497 
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28     -- 19,146 
--------------------------------------
02/2015: Swamp Thing #39     -- 15,360 (-  2.5%)
03/2015: Swamp Thing #40     -- 15,966 (+  3.9%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: --
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Swamp Thing #1 of 6 -- 29,048 (+ 81.9%)
02/2016: Swamp Thing #2 of 6 -- 21,453 (- 26.1%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 39.7%
2 years : + 12.0%
10 years: +156.0%

A typical second issue drop.

100 - WE ARE ROBIN ($3.99)
06/2015: We Are Robin #1  -- 57,137           [49,597]
07/2015: We Are Robin #2  -- 31,209 (- 34.1%) [32,668]
08/2015: We Are Robin #3  -- 26,830 (- 17.9%) 
09/2015: We Are Robin #4  -- 22,893 (- 14.7%) 
10/2015: We Are Robin #5  -- 21,243 (-  7.2%) 
11/2015: We Are Robin #6  -- 19,210 (-  9.6%) 
12/2015: We Are Robin #7  -- 28,181 (+ 46.7%) 
01/2015: We Are Robin #8  -- 12,086 (- 19.8%) [22,593]
02/2015: We Are Robin #9  -- 21,323 (-  5.6%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 20.5%

So last month, when looking at the drastic drop off in WAR #8’s numbers, I wondered if perhaps a few boxes fell off the back of a UPS truck somewhere. Turns out I was closer to the truth than I thought, as another 10K+ copies of last month’s issue show up on this month’s Diamond chart.

101 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION ($2.99)
02/2006: --
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #55  -- 57,448
02/2012: Green Lantern Corps #6   -- 65,393
02/2013: Green Lantern Corps #17  -- 44,497 
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28  -- 29,142  [29,320]
-------------------------------------------
02/2015: Green Lantern Corps #39  -- 29,825 (+  8.6%) [30,860]
03/2015: Green Lantern Corps #40  -- 29,412 (-  0.4%) [30,029]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: --
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Edge of Oblivion #1 of 6 -- 26,819 (- 10.7%)
02/2016: Edge of Oblivion #2 of 6 -- 21,265 (- 20.7%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 30.9%
2 years : - 27.3%
5 years : - 62.9%
10 years:    n.a.

105 - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS (Digital First) ($3.99)
08/2015: Bombshells #1  --  59,253           [61,985]
09/2015: Bombshells #2  --  37,136 (- 39.8%) [37,306]
10/2015: Bombshells #3  --  32,147 (- 11.7%) [32,939]
11/2015: Bombshells #4  --  27,239 (- 17.3%)
11/2015: Bombshells #5  --  25,335 (-  7.0%)
12/2015: Bombshells #6  --  23,679 (-  6.5%)
12/2015: Bombshells #7  --  23,014 (-  2.8%)
01/2016: Bombshells #8  --  21,904 (-  4.8%)
02/2016: Bombshells #9  --  20,349 (-  7.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 67.2%

Falling a bit faster than one would like to see at this stage of the game. But it’s still running way ahead of other recent digital first titles like Adventures of Superman and Sensation Comics at a similar point, so there’s little need to worry. It’s even tracking a couple thousand ahead of Batman ’66, so if the pattern holds I’d look to see Bombshells run thirty to thirty-five print issues.

106 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
02/2015: Sinestro #10 -- 28,698 (+ 11.1%) [29,268]
03/2015: Sinestro #11 -- 28,384 (-  0.4%) [29,158]
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Sinestro #12 -- 28,848 (-  0.0%) [29,156]
07/2015: Sinestro #13 -- 23,044 (- 20.1%) 
08/2015: Sinestro #14 -- 25,505 (+ 10.7%) 
09/2015: Sinestro #15 -- 22,090 (- 13.4%) 
10/2015: Sinestro #16 -- 23,179 (+  4.9%) 
11/2015: Sinestro #17 -- 22,331 (-  3.7%) 
12/2015: Sinestro #18 -- 17,189 (- 23.0%) 
01/2016: Sinestro #19 -- 20,535 (+ 19.5%) 
02/2016: Sinestro #20 -- 20,199 (-  1.6%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 14.1%
1 year  : - 31.0%

110 - BATMAN BEYOND ($2.99)
02/2012: Unlimited #1      -- 26,589  [30,683]
02/2013: Unlimited #13     -- 17,025
02/2014: Universe #7       -- 14,435 
------------------------------------
01/2015: --
02/2015: --
03/2015: --
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batman Beyond #1  -- 59,151 (+303.9%) [53,362]
07/2015: Batman Beyond #2  -- 35,000 (- 34.4%) [35,238]
08/2015: Batman Beyond #3  -- 30,806 (- 12.0%) [31,276]
09/2015: Batman Beyond #4  -- 31,202 (+  1.3%) [31,518]
10/2015: Batman Beyond #5  -- 29,409 (-  5.7%) [29,626]
11/2015: Batman Beyond #6  -- 27,778 (-  5.5%)
12/2015: Batman Beyond #7  -- 21,946 (- 21.0%)
01/2016: Batman Beyond #8  -- 20,342 (-  7.3%)
02/2016: Batman Beyond #9  -- 19,449 (-  4.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.8%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : + 34.7%

114 - EARTH 2: SOCIETY ($2.99)
02/2013: Earth 2 #9     -- 48,208 
02/2014: Earth 2 #20    -- 35,732  [36,341]
---------------------------------
02/2015: Earth 2 #31    -- 27,513 (-  3.9%)
03/2015: Earth 2 #32    -- 27,361 (-  0.6%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: E2 Society #1  -- 45,102 (+ 52.6%) [41,763]
07/2015: E2 Society #2  -- 31,663 (- 23.2%) [32,074]
08/2015: E2 Society #3  -- 28,381 (- 10.6%) [28,671]
09/2015: E2 Society #4  -- 25,443 (- 11.3%)
10/2015: E2 Society #5  -- 23,459 (-  7.8%)
11/2015: E2 Society #6  -- 21,948 (-  6.4%)
12/2015: E2 Society #7  -- 21,059 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: E2 Society #8  -- 19,682 (-  6.5%)
02/2015: E2 Society #9  -- 18,868 (-  4.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 34.2%
1 year  : - 31.4%
2 years : - 48.1%

121 - CYBORG ($2.99)
07/2015: Cyborg #1  -- 45,187           [47,357]
08/2015: Cyborg #2  -- 29,167 (- 35.5%) [30,229]
09/2015: --
10/2015: Cyborg #3  -- 27,550 (-  5.5%) 
10/2015: Cyborg #4  -- 25,926 (-  5.9%) 
11/2015: --
12/2015: Cyborg #5  -- 23,618 (-  8.9%) 
12/2015: Cyborg #6  -- 17,864 (- 24.4%) 
01/2016: Cyborg #7  -- 18,975 (+  6.2%) 
02/2016: Cyborg #8  -- 18,092 (-  4.7%) 
----------------
6 months: - 40.2%

122 - MARTIAN MANHUNTER ($2.99)
06/2015: Martian Manhunter #1  -- 40,239 (+ 66.8%) [37,003]
07/2015: Martian Manhunter #2  -- 24,957 (- 32.6%)
08/2015: Martian Manhunter #3  -- 22,540 (-  9.7%)
09/2015: Martian Manhunter #4  -- 19,738 (- 12.4%)
10/2015: Martian Manhunter #5  -- 18,416 (-  6.7%)
11/2015: Martian Manhunter #6  -- 17,038 (-  7.5%)
12/2015: Martian Manhunter #7  -- 15,962 (-  6.3%)
01/2016: Martian Manhunter #8  -- 18,655 (+ 16.9%)
02/2016: Martian Manhunter #9  -- 17,938 (-  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.4%

130 - CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER ($2.99)
02/2006: Hellblazer #217    -- 14,306
02/2011: Hellblazer #276    --  9,466
02/2012: Hellblazer #288    --  9,533
02/2013: Hellblazer #300    -- 12,522 
02/2014: Constantine #11    -- 20,385 
-------------------------------------
02/2015: Constantine #22    -- 14,716 (-  3.2%)
03/2015: Constantine #23    -- 14,530 (-  1.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: The Hellblazer #1  -- 41,888 (+177.6%) [40,335]
07/2015: The Hellblazer #2  -- 27,512 (- 34.3%)
08/2015: The Hellblazer #3  -- 24,040 (- 12.6%)
09/2015: The Hellblazer #4  -- 21,974 (-  8.6%)
10/2015: The Hellblazer #5  -- 20,431 (-  7.0%)
11/2015: The Hellblazer #6  -- 19,328 (-  5.4%)
12/2015: The Hellblazer #7  -- 18,601 (-  3.8%)
01/2016: The Hellblazer #8  -- 17,853 (-  4.0%)
02/2016: The Hellblazer #9  -- 17,178 (-  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.5%
1 year  : + 16.7%
2 years : - 15.7%
5 years : + 81.5%
10 years: + 20.1%

133 - THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2016: Legend of WW #1 of 9 -- 25,047
02/2016: Legend of WW #2 of 9 -- 16,816 (- 32.9%)

That second issue drop is a wee bit on the steep side.

135 - SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: DEADSHOT/KATANA ($4.99)
01/2016: Deadshot/Katana #1 of 6 -- 21,642 
02/2016: Deadshot/Katana #2 of 6 -- 16,529 (- 23.6%)

A typical second issue percentage drop.

143 - BLACK CANARY ($2.99)
06/2015: Black Canary #1  -- 44,865 (+ 39.5%) [41,006]
07/2015: Black Canary #2  -- 27,512 (- 32.9%)
08/2015: Black Canary #3  -- 23,253 (- 15.5%)
09/2015: Black Canary #4  -- 23,678 (+  1.8%)
10/2015: Black Canary #5  -- 22,215 (-  6.2%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Black Canary #6  -- 21,666 (-  2.5%)
01/2015: Black Canary #7  -- 15,758 (- 27.3%)
02/2015: Black Canary #8  -- 14,461 (-  8.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.8%

Ugh, why isn’t this selling better? Did you catch the Black Canary EP that was released to promote the first trade collection? It was pretty rad. (Do the kids say ‘rad’ anymore? I’m old.)

145 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
02/2015: Gotham Academy #5  -- 20,844 (-  7.7%)
03/2015: Gotham Academy #6  -- 20,361 (-  2.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Gotham Academy #7  -- 26,594 (+ 30.6%)
07/2015: Gotham Academy #8  -- 22,359 (- 15.9%)
08/2015: Gotham Academy #9  -- 18,048 (- 19.3%)
09/2015: Gotham Academy #10 -- 17,292 (-  4.2%)
10/2015: Gotham Academy #11 -- 16,560 (-  4.2%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Gotham Academy #12 -- 15,865 (-  4.2%)
12/2015: Gotham Academy #13 -- 22,947 (+ 44.6%)
01/2016: Gotham Academy #14 -- 15,023 (- 34.5%)
02/2016: Gotham Academy #15 -- 14,334 (-  4.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 20.6%
1 year  : - 31.2%

If you’re wondering why, at these sales levels, DC is bringing Gotham Academy back after Rebirth, go check out the sales of the first collection as measured by BookScan. Not that they’re super huge, but it’s selling trades equal to and in many cases better than those who have comics sales twice as high as it does. And that doesn’t even count most library sales or school book fair sales, both of which are natural constituencies for a Batman-related book set in a prep school.

146, 149 - INJUSTICE: YEAR FIVE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
02/2013: Injustice #2     -- 17,068  [29,096]
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2  -- 22,703 
-----------------------------------
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #8  -- 15,816 (+  0.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #9  -- 15,345 (-  3.0%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #10 -- 15,417 (+  0.5%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #11 -- 15,526 (+  0.7%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #12 -- 15,322 (-  1.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #1  -- 17,958 (+ 17.2%)
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #2  -- 15,653 (- 12.8%)
06/2015: Injustice Y4 #3  -- 15,982 (+  2.1%)
06/2015: Injustice Y4 #4  -- 15,493 (-  3.1%)
07/2015: Injustice Y4 #5  -- 15,905 (+  2.7%)
07/2015: Injustice Y4 #6  -- 15,556 (-  2.2%)
08/2015: Injustice Y4 #7  -- 15,559 (+  0.0%)
08/2015: Injustice Y4 #8  -- 15,269 (-  1.9%)
09/2015: Injustice Y4 #9  -- 15,414 (+  0.9%)
09/2015: Injustice Y4 #10 -- 16,243 (+  5.4%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #11 -- 14,992 (-  7.7%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #12 -- 14,848 (-  1.0%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Injustice Y5 #1  -- 17,049 (+ 14.8%)
01/2016: Injustice Y5 #2  -- 14,787 (- 13.3%)
02/2016: Injustice Y5 #3  -- 14,263 (-  3.5%)
02/2016: Injustice Y5 #4  -- 13,918 (-  2.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.6%
1 year  : -  9.2%
2 years : - 37.9%

Settles in quickly to standard attrition for its final ‘year.’

151 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
02/2006: Catwoman #52   -- 21,954  
02/2012: Catwoman #6    -- 41,447
02/2013: Catwoman #17   -- 30,194 
02/2014: Catwoman #28   -- 23,974 
---------------------------------
02/2015: Catwoman #39   -- 26,450 (+ 18.2%) [28,608]
03/2015: Catwoman #40   -- 26,534 (+  0.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Catwoman #41   -- 27,034 (+  1.9%)
07/2015: Catwoman #42   -- 21,983 (- 18.7%)
08/2015: Catwoman #43   -- 26,451 (+ 20.3%)
09/2015: Catwoman #44   -- 21,507 (- 18.7%)
10/2015: Catwoman #45   -- 20,229 (- 18.7%)
11/2015: Catwoman #46   -- 21,661 (+  7.1%)
12/2015: Catwoman #47   -- 15,038 (- 30.6%)
01/2016: Catwoman #48   -- 14,408 (-  4.2%)
02/2016: Catwoman #49   -- 13,659 (-  5.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 48.4%
1 year  : - 52.3%
2 years : - 43.0%
10 years: - 37.8%

154 - SECRET SIX ($2.99)
02/2011: Secret Six #30 -- 19,763
---------------------------------
02/2015: Secret Six #2  -- 26,579 (- 39.7%)
03/2015: --
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Secret Six #3  -- 28,458 (+  7.1%) [28,999]
07/2015: Secret Six #4  -- 22,813 (- 19.8%)
08/2015: Secret Six #5  -- 30,418 (+ 33.3%) [30,884]
09/2015: Secret Six #6  -- 17,376 (- 42.9%)
10/2015: Secret Six #7  -- 16,343 (-  5.9%)
11/2015: Secret Six #8  -- 15,375 (-  5.9%)
12/2015: Secret Six #9  -- 14,663 (-  4.6%)
01/2016: Secret Six #10 -- 13,888 (-  5.3%)
02/2016: Secret Six #11 -- 13,160 (-  5.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 57.4%
1 year  : - 50.5%
5 years : - 33.4%

156 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 ($2.99)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #2   -- 41,423  [43,099]
-----------------------------------------
02/2015: Justice League 3K #14  -- 16,778 (-  3.8%)
03/2015: Justice League 3K #15  -- 16,604 (-  1.0%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Justice League 3K1 #1  -- 35,391 (+ 76.7%) [29,332]
07/2015: Justice League 3K1 #2  -- 21,301 (- 27.4%) 
08/2015: Justice League 3K1 #3  -- 18,931 (- 11.1%)
09/2015: Justice League 3K1 #4  -- 16,704 (- 11.8%)
10/2015: Justice League 3K1 #5  -- 15,512 (-  7.1%)
11/2015: Justice League 3K1 #6  -- 14,659 (-  5.5%)
12/2015: Justice League 3K1 #7  -- 13,979 (-  4.6%)
01/2016: Justice League 3K1 #8  -- 13,283 (-  5.0%)
02/2016: Justice League 3K1 #9  -- 12,919 (-  2.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.8%
1 year  : - 23.0%
2 years : - 70.0%

158 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (Digital-First) ($2.99)
12/2015: Batman 66/UNCLE #1 of 6 -- 17,363 (- 15.4%)
01/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #2 of 6 -- 13,940 (- 19.7%)
02/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #3 of 6 -- 12,824 (-  8.0%)

161 - DC COMICS ESSENTIALS ($1.00)
10/2015: Supergirl #1        --  8,703
01/2016: The New Frontier #1 --  6,051
02/2016: Batman and Robin #1 -- 12,592

(DC Essentials, being basically promo items, are not included in the sales statistics at the end of the column.)

167 - LUCIFER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2006: Lucifer #71 -- 10,574 
------------------------------
12/2015: Lucifer #1  -- 17,306 (+ 57.2%)
01/2016: Lucifer #2  -- 12,497 (- 27.8%)
02/2016: Lucifer #3  -- 11,614 (-  7.1%)
-----------------
10 years: +  9.8%

The top-selling Vertigo title for February. A 2nd printing of the first issue was also released in February (though it didn’t chart in the top 300).

171 - DOCTOR FATE ($2.99)
06/2015: Doctor Fate #1  -- 39,558           [34,514]
07/2015: Doctor Fate #2  -- 22,967 (- 41.9%) 
08/2015: Doctor Fate #3  -- 18,951 (- 17.5%) 
09/2015: Doctor Fate #4  -- 16,258 (- 14.2%) 
10/2015: Doctor Fate #5  -- 14,560 (- 10.4%) 
11/2015: Doctor Fate #6  -- 13,090 (- 10.1%) 
12/2015: Doctor Fate #7  -- 11,954 (-  8.7%) 
01/2016: Doctor Fate #8  -- 11,109 (-  7.1%) 
02/2016: Doctor Fate #9  -- 10,437 (-  6.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 44.9%

172 - MIDNIGHTER ($2.99)
06/2015: Midnighter #1  -- 35,420 (+221.8%) [31,915]
07/2015: Midnighter #2  -- 19,812 (- 37.9%)
08/2015: Midnighter #3  -- 16,563 (- 16.4%)
09/2015: Midnighter #4  -- 14,431 (- 12.9%)
10/2015: Midnighter #5  -- 13,235 (-  8.3%)
11/2015: Midnighter #6  -- 12,186 (-  7.9%)
12/2015: Midnighter #7  -- 11,267 (-  7.5%)
01/2016: Midnighter #8  -- 10,408 (-  7.6%)
02/2016: Midnighter #9  -- 10,428 (+  0.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.0%

Actually adds copies this month. Well okay, it’s only 20 copies, but still!

174 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2006: -- 
02/2011: --
02/2012: --
02/2013: --
02/2014: Astro City #9   -- 14,289 
----------------------------------
02/2015: Astro City #20  -- 11,603 (- 1.1%)
03/2015: Astro City #21  -- 11,492 (- 1.0%)
04/2015: Astro City #22  -- 11,359 (- 1.2%)
05/2015: Astro City #23  -- 11,215 (- 1.3%)
06/2015: Astro City #24  -- 11,226 (+ 0.1%)
07/2015: Astro City #25  -- 11,242 (+ 0.1%)
08/2015: Astro City #26  -- 11,118 (- 1.1%)
09/2015: Astro City #27  -- 11,019 (- 0.9%)
10/2015: Astro City #28  -- 10,808 (- 1.9%)
11/2015: Astro City #29  -- 10,748 (- 0.6%)
12/2015: Astro City #30  -- 10,476 (- 2.5%)
01/2016: Astro City #31  -- 10,351 (- 1.2%)
02/2016: Astro City #32  -- 10,187 (- 1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.4%
1 year  : - 12.2%
2 years : - 28.7%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.

179 - TELOS ($2.99)
10/2015: Telos #1 -- 20,126
11/2015: Telos #2 -- 11,202 (- 44.3%)
12/2015: Telos #3 --  9,619 (- 14.1%)
01/2016: Telos #4 --  7,735 (- 19.6%)
02/2016: Telos #5 --  9,877 (+ 27.7%)

With its penultimate issue, Telos sees an inexplicable rise. Perhaps, like We Are Robin, some copies of Telos #4 went a.w.o.l last month?

178 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99)
02/2013: -- 
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10   -- 13,816 
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02/2015: He-Man Eternity #3  -- 11,700 (-  3.3%)
03/2015: He-Man Eternity #4  -- 11,746 (+  0.4%)
04/2015: He-Man Eternity #5  -- 11,625 (-  1.0%)
05/2015: He-Man Eternity #6  -- 11,426 (-  1.7%)
06/2015: --
07/2015: He-Man Eternity #7  -- 11,315 (-  1.0%)
07/2015: He-Man Eternity #8  -- 11,096 (-  1.9%)
08/2015: He-Man Eternity #9  -- 11,053 (-  0.4%)
09/2015: He-Man Eternity #10 -- 10,845 (-  1.9%)
10/2015: He-Man Eternity #11 -- 10,618 (-  2.1%)
11/2015: He-Man Eternity #12 -- 10,382 (-  2.2%)
12/2015: He-Man Eternity #13 -- 10,096 (-  2.8%)
01/2016: He-Man Eternity #14 --  9,714 (-  3.8%)
02/2016: He-Man Eternity #15 --  9,493 (-  2.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.1%
1 year  : - 18.9%
2 years : - 31.3%

That’s right, DC is still publishing He-Man comics!

189 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
02/2006: Teen Titans Go! #28 -- 11,568
02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2  --  9,038
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02/2015: Teen Titans Go! #8  --  7,917 (- 4.1%)
03/2015: --
04/2015: Teen Titans Go! #9  --  8,395 (+ 6.0%)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Teen Titans Go! #10 --  8,883 (+ 5.8%)
07/2015: --
08/2015: Teen Titans Go! #11 --  9,771 (+10.0%)
09/2015: --
10/2015: Teen Titans Go! #12 -- 10,283 (+ 5.2%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Teen Titans Go! #13 --  9,714 (- 5.5%)
01/2016: --
12/2015: Teen Titans Go! #14 --  9,142 (- 5.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.4%
1 year  : + 15.2%
2 years : +  1.2%
10 years: - 21.0%

194 - THE DARK AND BLOODY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2016: Dark & Bloody #1 of 6 -- 8,622

Not the worst sales of the recent Vertigo debuts, but it’s down there with New Romancer & Last Gang in Town and not very likely to still be on the Top 300 when it ends its six-issue run.

Sales just keep getting depressing from here on out; those with week constitutions may want to look away…

214 - CLEAN ROOM (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Clean Room #1 -- 14,304
11/2015: Clean Room #2 --  9,351 (- 35.6%)
12/2015: Clean Room #3 --  8,073 (- 13.7%)
01/2015: Clean Room #4 --  7,572 (-  6.2%)
02/2016: Clean Room #5 --  7,020 (-  7.3%)
226 - THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #1 of 8 -- 10,234 
01/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #2 of 8 --  7,063 (- 31.0%) 
02/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #3 of 8 --  6,385 (-  9.6%)
234 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99)
02/2015: Fables: TWAU #2  -- 10,224 (- 24.9%) 
03/2015: Fables: TWAU #3  --  9,352 (-  8.5%) 
04/2015: Fables: TWAU #4  --  8,793 (-  6.0%) 
05/2015: Fables: TWAU #5  --  8,378 (-  4.7%) 
06/2015: Fables: TWAU #6  --  8,019 (-  4.3%) 
07/2015: Fables: TWAU #7  --  7,683 (-  4.2%) 
08/2015: Fables: TWAU #8  --  7,398 (-  3.7%) 
09/2015: Fables: TWAU #9  --  7,123 (-  3.7%) 
10/2015: Fables: TWAU #10 --  6,965 (-  2.2%) 
11/2015: Fables: TWAU #11 --  6,788 (-  2.5%) 
12/2015: Fables: TWAU #12 --  6,470 (-  4.7%) 
01/2016: Fables: TWAU #13 --  6,254 (-  3.3%) 
02/2016: Fables: TWAU #14 --  5,991 (-  4.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 19.0%
1 Year  : - 41.4%
241 - UNFOLLOW (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Unfollow #1  -- 10,740 
12/2015: Unfollow #2  --  7,082 (- 34.1%) 
01/2016: Unfollow #3  --  6,510 (-  8.1%) 
02/2016: Unfollow #4  --  5,667 (- 12.9%)
246 - JACKED (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Jacked #1 of 6 -- 11,056 
12/2015: Jacked #2 of 6 --  7,078 (- 36.0%) 
01/2016: Jacked #3 of 6 --  5,787 (- 18.2%) 
02/2016: Jacked #4 of 6 --  5,449 (-  5.8%)
252 - ART OPS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Art Ops #1 -- 12,211
11/2015: Art Ops #2 --  7,982 (- 34.6%)
12/2015: Art Ops #3 --  6,771 (- 15.2%)
01/2016: Art Ops #4 --  5,772 (- 14.8%)
02/2016: Art Ops #5 --  5,297 (-  8.2%)
256 - SURVIVORS' CLUB (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Survivors' Club #1 -- 13,194
11/2015: Survivors' Club #2 --  7,846 (- 40.5%)
12/2015: Survivors' Club #3 --  6,668 (- 15.0%)
01/2016: Survivors' Club #4 --  5,731 (- 14.1%)
02/2016: Survivors' Club #5 --  5,221 (-  8.9%)
266 - RED THORN (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Red Thorn #1  -- 11,335 
12/2015: Red Thorn #2  --  6,799 (- 40.0%) 
01/2016: Red Thorn #3  --  5,802 (- 14.7%) 
02/2016: Red Thorn #4  --  4,867 (- 16.1%)

When Preacher debuts on AMC in May, that will make three current television series based on Vertigo properties (it joins Lucifer & iZombie). So you can understand the impulse to throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see what might get picked up for development (as Unfollow recently was).

When viewed as R&D for possible television deals, producing a bunch of comics is a rather inexpensive way of going about it. But viewed as comic sales from a major publisher, these numbers are simply bad. One might think that DC would shift Vertigo over to being mostly Digital First then direct to trade paperback, so as to hide the awful sales numbers and erase the associated stigma of such when pitching to Hollywood.

266 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2006: Scooby-Doo #105               -- 4,490
02/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #6  -- 4,456
02/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #18 -- 4,655
02/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #30 -- 4,752
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 
-----------------------------------------------
02/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #54 -- ????? (< 4,804) 
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #55 -- ????? (< 4,917) 
04/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #56 -- ????? (< 6,352) 
05/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #57 -- 4,794  
06/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #58 -- 5,033 (+ 5.0%)  
07/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #59 -- ????? (< 5,446)  
08/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #60 -- 5,091  
09/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #61 -- 5,220 (+ 2.5%)  
10/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #62 -- 5,143 (- 1.5%)  
11/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #63 -- 5,215 (+ 1.4%)  
12/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #64 -- ????? (< 5,848)  
01/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #65 -- 4,906   
02/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #66 -- 4,867 (- 0.8%)   
-----------------
6 months: -  4.4%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years : +  7.2%
5 years : +  9.2%
10 years: +  8.4%

Ties with Red Thorn this month. But try not to confuse the two…

292 - NEW ROMANCER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: New Romancer #1 of 6 -- 8,639 
01/2016: New Romancer #2 of 6 -- 5,655 (- 34.5%) 
02/2016: New Romancer #3 of 6 -- 3,999 (- 29.3%)

299 - LAST GANG IN TOWN (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: Last Gang in Town #1 of 6 -- 8,396 
01/2016: Last Gang in Town #2 of 6 -- 4,750 (- 43.4%) 
02/2016: Last Gang in Town #3 of 6 -- 3,772 (- 20.6%)
+300 - SLASH & BURN (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Slash & Burn #1  -- 9,623 
12/2015: Slash & Burn #2  -- ????? (< 5,848) 
01/2016: Slash & Burn #3  -- 4,403  
02/2016: Slash & Burn #4  -- ????? (< 3,744)

Last month I said I’d be surprised if either Last Gang or Slash & Burn made it on the chart in February. So color me half surprised, but mainly that the floor of the Top 300 slipped so low.

+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2006: Looney Tunes #135 -- 2,631
02/2011: Looney Tunes #195 -- ?????
02/2012: Looney Tunes #205 -- ?????
02/2013: Looney Tunes #211 -- ?????
02/2014: Looney Tunes #217 -- 2,784 
-----------------------------------
02/2015: Looney Tunes #223 -- ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: --
04/2015: Looney Tunes #224 -- ????? (< 6,352)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Looney Tunes #225 -- ????? (< 4,684)
07/2015: --
08/2015: Looney Tunes #225 -- ????? (< 4,286)
09/2015: --
10/2015: Looney Tunes #226 -- ????? (< 4,248)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Looney Tunes #227 -- ????? (< 5,848)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Looney Tunes #228 -- ????? (< 3,744)
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

And then there’s Looney Tunes. The floor will have to drop quite a bit lower if we’re ever to see its numbers!

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, and magazines; based on first-month sales only.)

DC COMICS
02/2006: 32,292
02/2011: 23,252
02/2012: 31,535
02/2013: 34,711 
02/2014: 27,070 
---------------
02/2015: 24,537 (+  1.0%)**
03/2015: 23,466 (-  4.4%)**
04/2015: 38,318 (+ 63.3%)**
05/2015: 31,237 (- 18.5%)**
06/2015: 35,318 (+ 13.1%)**
07/2015: 27,005 (- 23.5%)**
08/2015: 27,301 (+  1.1%)**
09/2015: 26,092 (-  4.4%)**
10/2015: 25,681 (-  0.5%)**
11/2015: 30,743 (+ 19.7%)
12/2015: 28,091 (-  8.6%)**
01/2016: 21,845 (- 22.2%)**
02/2016: 24,611 (+ 12.7%)**
-----------------
6 months: -  9.9%
1 year  : +  0.3%
2 years : -  9.1%
5 years : +  5.8%
10 years: - 23.8%


DC UNIVERSE
02/2006: 40,823
02/2011: 25,887
02/2012: 34,456
02/2013: 36,838 
02/2014: 33,327 
---------------
02/2015: 32,403 (+  5.6%)
03/2015: 28,559 (- 11.9%)
04/2015: 49,845 (+ 74.5%)
05/2015: 42,635 (- 14.5%)
06/2015: 46,980 (+ 10.2%)
07/2015: 32,688 (- 30.4%)
08/2015: 33,079 (+  1.2%)
09/2015: 30,645 (-  7.4%)
10/2015: 30,402 (-  0.8%)
11/2015: 38,396 (+ 26.3%)
12/2015: 34,981 (-  8.9%)
01/2016: 27,664 (- 20.1%)
02/2016: 31,503 (- 20.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : -  2.8%
2 years : -  5.5%
5 years : + 21.7%
10 years: - 22.8%


VERTIGO
02/2006: 15,026
02/2011: 10,295
02/2012: 10,252
02/2013: 12,019 
02/2014: 13,215 
---------------
02/2015:  8,612 (+  3.0%)**
03/2015:  7,055 (- 15.6%)**
04/2015:  7,257 (+  2.9%)**
05/2015: 10,616 (+ 46.3%)**
06/2015:  8,011 (- 24.5%)**
07/2015: 15,251 (+ 90.4%)**
08/2015: 10,216 (- 33.0%)**
09/2015: 15,814 (+ 54.8%)**
10/2015: 10,771 (- 31.9%)**
11/2015:  9,780 (-  9.2%)
12/2015:  8,630 (- 11.8%)**
01/2016:  6,832 (- 20.5%)**
02/2016:  6,274 (-  8.2%)**
-----------------
6 months: - 38.6%
1 year  : - 27.1%
2 years : - 52.5%
5 years : - 39.1%
10 years: - 58.2%

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

-  4.4% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  6.3% - Red Hood/Arsenal
-  6.4% - Teen Titans Go!
-  8.6% - Injustice
-  9.8% - Astro City
- 11.8% - Wonder Woman
- 14.1% - He-Man Eternity War
- 14.1% - Sinestro
- 14.6% - Justice League
- 15.8% - Detective Comics
- 15.9% - Flash
- 17.6% - Green Lantern
- 18.5% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 19.0% - Fables: The Wolf Among Us
- 19.1% - Grayson
- 19.8% - Batman
- 20.4% - Martian Manhunter
- 20.5% - We Are Robin
- 20.6% - Gotham Academy
- 21.0% - Harley Quinn
- 21.1% - Batgirl
- 23.6% - Aquaman
- 23.8% - Robin Son of Batman
- 24.7% - Batman/Superman
- 25.3% - Action Comics
- 27.1% - Green Arrow
- 27.8% - Teen Titans
- 28.3% - Superman
- 28.5% - Constantine
- 29.1% - Deathstroke
- 29.1% - Starfire
- 31.8% - Justice League 3001
- 34.2% - Earth 2 Society
- 37.0% - Midnighter
- 37.8% - Batman Beyond
- 37.8% - Black Canary
- 38.4% - New Suicide Squad
- 40.2% - Cyborg
- 44.9% - Doctor Fate
- 48.4% - Catwoman
- 57.4% - Secret Six
- 67.2% - DC Comics Bombshells


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

+ 39.7% - Swamp Thing
+ 29.4% - Red Hood/Arsenal (Red Hood & the Outlaws)
+ 16.7% - Constantine
+ 15.2% - Teen Titans Go!
+ 12.4% - Green Arrow
-  0.3% - Justice League
-  9.2% - Injustice
- 12.2% - Astro City
- 16.7% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 17.0% - Green Lantern
- 18.2% - Action Comics
- 18.3% - Detective Comics
- 18.9% - He-Man Eternity War
- 20.1% - Wonder Woman
- 20.2% - Batman
- 20.3% - Batman & Robin Eternal (Batman Eternal)
- 23.0% - Justice League 3001 (JL3K) 
- 25.7% - New Suicide Squad
- 25.9% - Batman/Superman
- 26.0% - Flash
- 26.5% - Grayson
- 28.9% - Deathstroke
- 29.2% - Aquaman
- 30.9% - Green Lantern Corps
- 31.0% - Sinestro
- 31.2% - Gotham Academy
- 31.4% - Earth 2 Society (Earth 2)
- 32.4% - Superman
- 33.2% - Teen Titans
- 40.4% - Batgirl
- 41.4% - Fables: The Wolf Among Us
- 50.5% - Secret Six
- 52.3% - Catwoman


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

+ 34.7% - Batman Beyond
+ 12.0% - Swamp Thing
+  8.2% - Wonder Woman
+  7.2% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
+  5.6% - Superman
+  3.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+  1.2% - Teen Titans Go!
+  0.3% - Flash
-  3.9% - Red Hood/Arsenal (Red Hood & the Outlaws)
- 11.4% - Batman
- 11.7% - Justice League
- 11.8% - Teen Titans
- 12.1% - Action Comics
- 15.7% - Constantine
- 17.3% - Green Arrow
- 19.6% - Grayson (Nightwing)
- 20.0% - Detective Comics
- 26.7% - Batgirl
- 27.3% - Green Lantern Corps
- 28.7% - Astro City
- 31.3% - He-Man Eternity War (He-Man & MotU)
- 32.3% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 33.4% - Green Lantern
- 33.6% - Aquaman
- 36.8% - Harley Quinn
- 37.9% - Injustice
- 43.0% - Catwoman
- 43.5% - Batman/Superman
- 48.1% - Earth 2 Society (Earth 2)
- 70.0% - Justice League 3001 (JL3K)


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

+ 81.5% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 74.6% - Batman
+ 15.8% - Detective Comics
+ 13.8% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+  9.2% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
+  7.1% - Wonder Woman
+  5.1% - Batgirl
-  1.4% - Action Comics
- 10.0% - Teen Titans
- 21.5% - Superman
- 33.4% - Secret Six
- 34.9% - Green Arrow
- 38.1% - Flash
- 50.7% - Green Lantern
- 62.9% - Green Lantern Corps


10 year comparisons
===================

+156.0% - Swamp Thing
+ 38.1% - Batman
+ 28.5% - Aquaman
+ 27.9% - Detective Comics
+ 21.1% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  9.9% - Lucifer
+  8.4% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (Scooby-Doo)
-  3.5% - Batgirl
-  6.2% - Robin
- 14.7% - Grayson (Nightwing)
- 21.0% - Teen Titans Go!
- 22.5% - Wonder Woman
- 29.3% - Green Arrow
- 37.8% - Catwoman
- 43.1% - Action Comics
- 43.2% - Superman
- 60.7% - Green Lantern
- 65.9% - Teen Titans

Sales Indices
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DCU: Average: 31,503. Median: 23,687. No.: 53. Total: 1,669,657

4.6 - Dark Knight III
3.3 - Batman
2.3 - Justice League
2.0 - Batman/TMNT
1.6 - Harley Quinn
1.5 - Batman Europa
1.4 - Detective Comics
1.4 - Harley's Little Black Book
1.2 - Superman: The Coming of the Supermen
1.2 - Batman Eternal (18)
1.2 - Batman Eternal (19)
1.2 - Superman
1.1 - Batman Eternal (20)
1.1 - Batman Eternal (21)
1.1 - Wonder Woman
1.1 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Flash (48)
1.1 - Flash (49)
1.1 - Batman/Superman
1.0 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.0 - Action Comics
1.0 - Grayson
1.0 - Robin, Son of Batman
0.9 - Superman American Alien
0.8 - Deathstroke
0.8 - Batgirl
0.8 - New Suicide Squad
0.7 - Teen Titans
0.7 - Aquaman
0.7 - Poison Ivy Circle of Life
0.7 - Starfire
0.7 - Superman Lois & Clark
0.7 - Titans Hunt
0.7 - Red Hood/Arsenal
0.7 - Green Arrow
0.7 - Swamp Thing
0.7 - We Are Robin
0.7 - Green Lantern Corps
0.6 - Sinestro
0.6 - batman Beyond
0.6 - Earth 2 Society
0.6 - Cyborg
0.6 - Martian Manhunter
0.5 - Constantine the Hellblazer
0.5 - Suicide Squad Most Wanted
0.5 - Black Canary
0.5 - Gotham Academy
0.4 - Catwoman
0.4 - Secret Six
0.4 - Justice League 3001
0.3 - Doctor Fate
0.3 - Midnighter
0.3 - Telos


Vertigo: Average: 6,274**. Median: 5,558**. No.: 14. Total: 87,835**

1.9 - Lucifer
1.6 - Astro City
1.4 - Dark & Bloody
1.1 - Clean Room
1.0 - Sheriff of Babylon
1.0 - Fables the Wolf Among Us
0.9 - Unfollow
0.9 - Jacked
0.8 - Art Ops
0.8 - Survivors' Club
0.8 - Red Thorn
0.6 - New Romancer
0.6 - Last Gang in Town
0.6 - Slash & Burn **


Digital First & Other: Average: 13,752**. Median: 13,371**. No.: 10. Total: 137,517**

2.4 - Batman Arkham Knight Batgirl/Harley Quinn
1.5 - DC Comics Bombshells
1.2 - Legend of Wonder Woman
1.0 - Injustice Year 5 (3)
1.0 - Injustice Year 5 (4)
0.9 - Batman '66 Meets The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
0.7 - He-Man Eternity War
0.7 - Teen Titans Go!
0.4 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
0.2 - Looney Tunes **

The Fine Print (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 of physical comics 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. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

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 brackets 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 which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Titles released under the All-Ages line 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.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** 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 either as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month or what the sales of the previous issue of the series were—whichever is lower—for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m really surprised at the numbers for Unfollow. It’s a very well done book so far, with nice art. Sure, it’s “kinda” been done before, but I”m interested to see where things go! Hopefully the development news will somehow save the book before it’s simply too late?

  2. Evan says

    Atari Force will be coming from Dynamite soon. Including trade paperbacks of the original DC series.

  3. says

    Lucifer is doing good, so far! The fact that Astro City is still selling quite well, years after it was put on hiatus, and so many years after its creation is the proof that this is a ttile of itw own kind, still done with the same passion and professionnalism from its creative team, even after, what, 25 years?

  4. Skottie says

    The fact that sales are worse than they were before the New52boot speaks volumes.

  5. says

    Wel, the market changed drastically also. what speaks volume is the fact that DC has been completly unable to keep all those very enthousiastic new readers who tried their titles with the New52 launches. If it w<as their first time reading a comics, I'm not sure they will ever coming back. Talk about a completly wasted opportunity!

  6. says

    If you think these are bad numbers, it’s going to scrape the bottom before the relaunch as retailers cut to eliminate any potential unsold books. Also, the news is that DC isn’t in June Previews, but will put out their own catalog, TWO weeks later!

    Not sure how that helps sales numbers. Hopefully they can get it out faster for the benefit of the curious.

  7. Zach says

    Were there ever actually any new readers? Or was it just comic stores over-ordering on first issues, as they almost always do?

  8. Glenn Simpson says

    Total sales for 2015 were higher than 2010’s, so if you think sales are worse than before the new52, you’re wrong.

    And even if they are/were, that doesn’t mean new52 wasn’t a success, it’s just been long enough now that it’s time for the next thing. And frankly, it sounds like Rebirth is going to be a big enough deal that you wouldn’t be able to compare 2016 to 2010 and say it really had much to do with new52 – there’s too many other factors by now.

    In other news, shouldn’t Green Lantern: Lost Army be included in the counts for Green Lantern Corps/Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion?

  9. says

    4 years 1/2 is enought to justify a complete relaunch of all your titles now?
    And yes, the er were new readers for the new52, A lot of people came back to comics shops. And in France, it was a real opportunity for DC to make the comics adventures of their characters better known.

  10. Al@ says

    It’s been awhile since I bought a DC book. I flip through a few here and there, and walk away. DC? Help me buy your books. Work with me here. And yes, these sales figures show that something is wrong.

  11. Skottie says

    “Total sales for 2015 were higher than 2010’s”

    Total sales of what? Floppies? Trades? The entire industry? Thanks for the helpful statistic, hoss.

  12. says

    Why are the bracketed sales figures lower than the original ones in some cases? E.g.:

    06/2015: Doctor Fate #1 — 39,558 [34,514]

    06/2015: Midnighter #1 — 35,420 (+221.8%) [31,915]

  13. says

    @Glen I counted Green Lantern: Lost Army as a separate series. There was a note to this effect in last month’s column

    @ComicCruncher Returns. See last month’s column for the details.

  14. C Hall says

    Can someone explain the theory behind freely orderable variants from both DC and the retailer’s perspective? At my local shop, the Neal Adams cover issues were being sold for $7.99 on the day of release. This seems absurd to me. Couldn’t retailers order as many as they wanted? If they are in such high demand (I don’t think they are), why didn’t DC mark them up? I liked some of the Adams covers, but I’m not going to pay over cover price for them. I’m pretty sure that in a year from now they will be in the discount boxes.

  15. says

    The f.o.v.s are indeed freely-orderable, and cost the same as the regular covers. If you local shop is marking them up on release day, hopefully there is another store nearby that you can frequent instead.

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