DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2014 – 75 Years of Batman

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By David Carter

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

The column is already running late, so I won’t belabor too many points here‚Ķ

July 2014 was a record-setting month in many categories for the Diamond NA-served comics market (see John Jackson Miller’s analysis for the full skinny). DC shipped a whopping 83 comics this month (up from 68 in June).

As expected, the Batman 75th Anniversary covers don’t do as well as the Bombshell covers did last month. Whether this is because retailers (as a group) order-ordered on the Bombshell covers and were correcting, or because there was a perceived lesser demand for the Batman covers it is hard to tell; I suspect a combination of factors. It may be several months before things settle down in the new way of ordering variants.

Despite the decline in variant cover orders, DC’s overall sales were only down an average of 400 units per title, mainly due to the reappearance in July of Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture, the strong debut of Grayson, and relaunches of Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.

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 right here at The Beat!

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 now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.) [Read more…]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: Outcast!

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By Chris Rice

My sincere apologies for the lateness of the column this month! Some of you may have seen Heidi’s post from a week or two back, unfortunately my life has become very busy recently and I have to give up writing the column. I’ll be continuing while Heidi recruits the best and brightest candidate for my replacement, but it will be a bit later my last month or two.

Lots of new entries this month, including smash-hit new books from Robert Kirkman and Kieron Gillen and a first ever official comic for a cult film favourite. Elsewhere Valiant continue to falter despite the new Armor Hunters crossover, and Zenescope seem to be similarly slipping down and off the sales chart with their numbers dropping to new lows.

148 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly down on last month’s 149. Overall sales were down at 1,624,693, compared to last month’s 1,632,573 bt the average sales this month are 10,977, virtually unchanged from last month’s 10,957. 24 titles went up in sales and 98 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image continue at number one with an 8.93% dollar share and a 10.51% market share, IDW at second place with a 5.60% dollar share and 4.45% market share. Dark Horse have a 5.57% dollar share and a 4.89% market share, Dynamite have a 2.62% dollar share and 2.30% market share and Boom! have a 2.52 % dollar share and 2.52% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

9. The Walking Dead (Image)

06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 62,182
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857

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07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)
05/2014: The Walking Dead #127 - 71,352 (83,445) (+5.2%)
06/2014: The Walking Dead #128 - 74,326 (+4.0%)

Sales increase again, to almost where it was last year, while last issue picks up another 12,093 copies sold.

11. Outcast (Image)

06/2014: Outcast #1 - 71,788

Rob Kirkman takes the one/two this month, with his and Paul Azaceta’s new book launching incredibly strongly. Gone to second print as well.

19. Saga (Image)

06/2012: Saga #4 - 41,143
06/2013: -

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Saga #13 - 55,372 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Saga #14 - 55,585 (+0.4%)
10/2013: Saga #15 - 54,816 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Saga #16 - 54,593 (-0.4%)
12/2013: Saga #17 - 53,264 (-2.4%)
01/2014: Saga #18 - 53,139 (-0.4%)
02-04/2014: -
05/2014: Saga #19 - 55,422 (+4.3%)
06/2014: Saga #20 - 56,497 (+1.9%)

Saga’s highest chart placing yet and also highest initial sales. Well deserved too.

41. Wicked & Divine (Image)

06/2014: Wicked & Divine #1 - 42,948

Gillen and McKelvie have a genuine smash hit with this book, selling only about 600 copies less than the second issue of their Young Avengers book. In creator-owned terms, that’s huge. Second prints are already out.

43. Serenity (Dark Horse)

01/2014: Leaves on the Wind #1 - 47,285 (54,392)
02/2014: Leaves on the Wind #2 - 38,630 (-18.3%)
03/2014: Leaves on the Wind #3 - 37,516 (-2.9%)
04/2014: Leaves on the Wind #4 - 42,269 (+12.7%)
05/2014: Leaves on the Wind #5 - 42,606 (+0.8%)
06/2014: Leaves on the Wind #6 - 42,069 (-1.3%)

Still holding very well.

77. Star Wars (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Star Wars #6 - 42,806

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07/2013: Star Wars #7 - 41,611 (-2.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars #8 - 38,792 (-6.8%)
09/2013: Star Wars #9 - 37,502 (-3.3%)
10/2013: Star Wars #10 - 36,019 (-3.9%)
10/2013: 1-for-1 Star Wars #1 - 16,690 (-3.9%)
11/2013: Star Wars #11 - 34,227 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Star Wars #12 - 33,093 (-3.3%)
01/2014: Star Wars #13 - 31,543 (-4.7%)
02/2014: Star Wars #14 - 30,828 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Star Wars #15 - 29,967 (-2.8%)
04/2014: Star Wars #16 - 29,087 (-2.9%)
05/2014: Star Wars #17 - 28,241 (-2.9%)
06/2014: Star Wars #18 - 27,898 (-1.2%)

It seems that the Dark Horse license comes to an end at the end of the year, with Marvel soliciting their first titles in January.

82. Sex Criminals (Image)

09/2013: Sex Criminals #1 - 37,893
10/2013: Sex Criminals #2 - 22,510 (-40.6%)
11/2013: Sex Criminals #3 - 20,712 (-7.9%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Sex Criminals #4 - 22,433 (+8.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Sex Criminals #5 - 22,593 (+0.7%)
04-05/2014: -
06/2014: Sex Criminals #6 - 26,309 (+16.4%)

Going from strength to strength, and now Eisner award winning!

86. Trees (Image)

05/2014: Trees #1 - 31,926
06/2014: Trees #2 - 25,515 (-20.1%)

Not too bad a drop by recent Image standards.

94. Big Trouble in Little China (Boom!)

06/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #1 - 24,160

Amazingly this is the first time Jack Burton’s been licensed for comics, and this is a pretty strong start.

285. Vampirella (Dynamite)

06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645
06/2012: Vampirella #18 - 9,144
06/2013: Vampirella #30 - 5,995

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Vampirella #31 - 5,618 (-6.3%)
08/2013: Vampirella #32 - 5,548 (-1.2%)
08/2013: Vampirella #33 - 5,445 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Vampirella #34 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Vampirella #35 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Vampirella #36 - ???? (???)
12/2013: Vampirella #37 - ???? (???)
02/2014: Vampirella #38 - 4,758 (???)
06/2014: New Vampirella #1 - 22,864 (+380.5%)

A very successful relaunch, whether sales will stay up is another question.

105. MPH (Image)

05/2014: MPH #1 - 35,632
06/2014: MPH #2 - 21, 937 (-38.4%)

Not a great drop, but in the same sort of area as Starlight, Millar’s other current book (Jupiter’s Legacy seems a bit awol).

112. My Little Pony (IDW)

06/2013: My Little Pony #8 - 33,114
 
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07/2013: My Little Pony #9 - 35,153 (41,444) (+6.2%)
08/2013: My Little Pony #10 - 24,475 (31,860) (-30.4%)
08/2013: My Little Pony Cover Gallery #1 - 6,859
09/2013: My Little Pony #11 - 32,784 (+33.9%)
10/2013: My Little Pony #12 - 23,686 (31,365) (-27.7%)
10/2013: My Little Pony 2013 Annual - 18,614
11/2013: My Little Pony #13 - 35,653 (+50.5%)
11/2013: My Little Pony Art Gallery - 6,028
12/2013: My Little Pony #14 - 22,990 (30,725)(-35.5%)
01/2014: My Little Pony #15 - 27,461 (+19.4%)
02/2014: My Little Pony #16 - 26,942 (-1.9%)
02/2014: My Little Pony 100 Penny Press #1 - 21,957 (-1.9%)
03/2014: My Little Pony #17 - 26,683 (-0.9%)
04/2014: My Little Pony #18 - 26,091 (-2.2%)
05/2014: My Little Pony #19 - 22,820 (-12.5%)
06/2014: My Little Pony #20 - 20,711 (-9.2%)

Looks like sales are starting to drop off a bit permanently now.

114. Star Wars Rebel Heist (Dark Horse)

04/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 - 24,913
05/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #2 - 20,387 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #3 - 19,379 (-4.9%)

Leveling out nicely.

115. Buffy TVS (Dark Horse)

06/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #10 - 27,867
06/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #22 - 21,194

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07/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #23 - 20,768 (-2.0%)
08/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #24 - 20,584 (-0.9%)
09/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #25 - 20,392 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #1 - 27,851 (+36.6%)
04/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #2 - 21,804 (-21.7%)
05/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #3 - 20,556 (-5.7%)
06/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #4 - 19,365 (-5.8%)

Dropping ominously fast.

116. Starlight (Image)

03/2014: Starlight #1 - 34,080
04/2014: Starlight #2 - 22,305 (-34.5%)
05/2014: Starlight #3 - 19,891 (-10.8%)
06/2014: Starlight #4 - 19,355 (-2.7%)

Leveling.

122. My Little Pony Friends Forever (IDW)

01/2014: MLP Friends Forever #1 - 23,370 
02/2014: MLP Friends Forever #2 - 20,676 (-11.5%)
03/2014: MLP Friends Forever #3 - 20,038 (-3.1%)
04/2014: MLP Friends Forever #4 - 20,149 (+0.5%)
05/2014: MLP Friends Forever #5 - 19,312 (-4.2%)
06/2014: MLP Friends Forever #6 - 18,132 (-6.1%)

Not leveling.

127, 136. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

06/2012: TMNT #11 - 19,416
06/2013: TMNT #23 - 17,772

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07/2013: TMNT #24 - 16,484 (-7.2%)
08/2013: TMNT #25 - 17,833 (+8.0%)
09/2013: TMNT #26 - 17,322 (-2.9%)
10/2013: TMNT #27 - 17,042 (-1.6%)
11/2013: TMNT #28 - 17,045 (0%)
12/2013: TMNT #29 - 15,532 (-8.9%)
01/2014: TMNT #30 - 14,979 (-3.6%)
02/2014: TMNT #31 - 14,684 (-2.0%)
03/2014: TMNT #32 - 15,040 (+2.4%)
04/2014: TMNT #33 - 16,736 (+11.3%)
05/2014: TMNT 30th Anniversary Special - 13,391 
06/2014: TMNT #34 - 17,442 (+4.2%)
06/2014: TMNT #35 - 15,174 (-13.0%)

A bit of a hefty fall this month.

130. Armor Hunters (Valiant)

06/2014: Armor Hunters #1 - 16,484

Valiant’s highest entry this month, launching an X-O Manowar themed event.

132. Deadly Class (Image)

01/2014: Deadly Class #1 - 34,572
02/2014: Deadly Class #2 - 21,159 (-38.8%)
03/2014: Deadly Class #3 - 18,536 (-12.4%)
04/2014: Deadly Class #4 - 17,855 (-3.7%)
05/2014: Deadly Class #5 - 17,099 (-4.2%)
06/2014: Deadly Class #6 - 16,305 (-4.6%)

Still dropping, but it’s at a high enough level for that not to be too concerning at the moment.

133. Star Wars Darth Maul (Dark Horse)

05/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #1 - 17,905
06/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #2 - 15,829 (-11.6%)

A pretty healthy second-issue drop really.

135. Nailbiter (Image)

05/2014: Nailbiter #1 - 22,746
06/2014: Nailbiter #2 - 15,193 (-33.2%)

Image’s serial killer book takes a bit of a drop, but still at a decent level.

137. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

06/2012: The Manhattan Projects #4 - 18,544
06/2013: The Manhattan Projects #12 - 17,076

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07/2013: -
08/2013: The Manhattan Projects #13 - 17,556 (+2.8%)
09/2013: The Manhattan Projects #14 - 16,881 (-3.8%)
10/2013: The Manhattan Projects #15 - 16,842 (-0.2%)
11/2013: The Manhattan Projects #16 - 16,674 (-0.1%)
12/2013: The Manhattan Projects #17 - 15,646 (-6.0%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: The Manhattan Projects #18 - 15,076 (-3.6%)
03/2014: The Manhattan Projects #19 - 14,813 (-1.7%)
04/2014: The Manhattan Projects #20 - 14,253 (-3.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: The Manhattan Projects #21 - 15,126 (+6.1%)

The first part of a new arc sees a nice little boost.

139. Invincible (Image)

06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226 
06/2010: Invincible #73 - 15,340 
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563
06/2012: Invincible #92 - 14,553
06/2013: Invincible #103 - 15,072

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07/2013: Invincible #104 - 14,733 (-2.2%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Invincible #105 - 14,437 (-2.0%)
10/2013: Invincible #106 - 13,961 (-3.3%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Invincible #107 - 13,268 (-5.0%)
01/2014: Invincible #108 - 12,844 (-3.2%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Invincible #109 - 12,748 (-0.7%)
04/2014: Invincible #110 - 12,557 (-1.5%)
05/2014: Invincible #111 - 18,440 (+46.8%)
06/2014: Invincible #112 - 14,413 (-21.8%)

Dropping back down after last month, but still a little up on where it was.

141. Fatale (Image)

06/2012: Fatale #6 - 21,828
06/2013: Fatale #15 - 22,373

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Fatale #16 - 17,045 (-24.6%)
09/2013: Fatale #17 - 16,571 (-2.7%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Fatale #18 - 16,154 (-2.5%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Fatale #19 - 15,725 (-2.7%)
02/2014: Fatale #20 - 13,862 (-11.8%)
03/2014: Fatale #21 - 14,799 (-6.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Fatale #22 - 14,694 (-0.7%)
06/2014: Fatale #23 - 14,407 (-1.9%)

Penultimate issue.

145. TMNT Turtles in Time (IDW)

06/2014: TMNT Turtles In Time #1 - 13,840

Drawn by one of my favorite artists, Ross Campbell, the Turtles take a trip to the prehistoric.

146. Adventure Time (Boom!)

06/2012: Adventure Time #5 - 27,165
06/2013: Adventure Time #17 - 20,860

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07/2013: Adventure Time #18 - 21,071 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Adventure Time Summer Special 2013 - 19,182 (26,278)
08/2013: Adventure Time #19 - 19,852 (-5.8%)
09/2013: Adventure Time #20 - 18,822 (-5.2%)
10/2013: Adventure Time #21 - 18,156 (-3.5%)
10/2013: Adventure Time 2013 Spooktacular - 16,920
11/2013: Adventure Time #22 - 16,905 (-6.9%)
12/2013: Adventure Time #23 - 15,635 (-7.5%)
01/2014: Adventure Time #24 - 14,757 (-5.6%)
01/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Special - 13,388 
02/2014: Adventure Time #25 - 14,191 (-3.8%)
03/2014: Adventure Time #26 - 13,839 (-2.5%)
04/2014: Adventure Time #27 - 13,205 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Annual - 11,573
05/2014: Adventure Time #28 - 12,806 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time #29 - 13,785 (+7.6%)

A small recovery this month.

147. COWL (Image)

05/2014: COWL #1 - 20,851
06/2014: COWL #2 - 13,569 (-34.9%)

Not too bad a drop.

149. Rai (Valiant)

04/2014: Rai #1 - 29,137
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rai #2 - 13,448 (-53.8%)

Ouch, but not unexpected.

151. Rise of the Magi (Image)

06/2014: Rise of the Magi #1 - 13,345

Marc Silvestri makes a return to monthly comics, writing and co-penciling.

153. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Angel & Faith #23 - 13,668

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07/2013: Angel & Faith #24 - 13,368 (-2.2%)
08/2013: Angel & Faith #25 - 13,335 (-0.2%)
04/2014: Angel & Faith #1 - 17,820 (+33.6%)
05/2014: Angel & Faith #2 - 14,200 (-20.3%)
06/2014: Angel & Faith #3 - 13,029 (-8.2%)

Lower than the last series already.

159. Wildfire (Image)

06/2014: Wildfire #1 - 12,552

Matt Hawkins environmental thriller makes a decent start.

161. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

06/2008: Star Wars Legacy #24 - 29,548
06/2010: Star Wars Legacy #49 - 19,911
06/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #4 - 16,147

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07/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #5 - 15,854 (-1.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #6 - 15,394 (-2.9%)
09/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #7 - 14,924 (-3.0%)
10/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #8 - 14,576 (-2.3%)
11/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #9 - 13,999 (-4.0%)
11/2013: 1 For $1 Star Wars Legacy #1 - 6,624
12/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #10 - 13,783 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #11 - 13,398 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #12 - 13,029 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #13 - 12,671 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #14 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #15 - 12,473 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #16 - 12,373 (-0.8%)

Very solid.

164. Star Trek City o/t Edge of Forever (IDW)

06/2014: City on the Edge of Forever #1 - 12,028

An adaptation of the Harlan Ellison-penned Original Series episode.

165. Angry Birds (IDW)

06/2014: Angry Birds Comics #1 - 11,939

Can’t imagine the world has been crying out for an Angry Birds comic, maybe two years ago.

166. Spawn (Image)

06/2009: Spawn #192 - 19,796
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468
06/2012: Spawn #220 - 30,136
06/2013: Spawn #232 - 16,077

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07/2013: Spawn #233 - 15,701 (-2.3%)
08/2013: Spawn #234 - 15,930 (+0.8%)
09/2013: Spawn #235 - 15,081 (-5.3%)
10/2013: Spawn #236 - 13,368 (-11.4%)
11/2013: Spawn #237 - 14,411 (+7.8%)
12/2013: Spawn #238 - 12,459 (-13.5%)
01/2014: Spawn #239 - 12,369 (-0.7%)
02/2014: Spawn #240 - 11,827 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Spawn #241 - 11,766 (-0.5%)
04/2014: Spawn #242 - 11,827 (+0.5%)
05/2014: Spawn #243 - 11,714 (-1.0%)
06/2014: Spawn #244 - 11,837 (+1.0%)

Very solid for the majority of this year.

168, 275. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030
06/2010: Red Sonja #50 - 13,017
06/2013: Red Sonja #78 - ????

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07/2013: Red Sonja #1 - 30,561 (+486.4%)
07/2013: Red Sonja #79 - ????
08/2013: Red Sonja #2 - 18,327 (-40.0%)
08/2013: Red Sonja #80 - 5,066 (???)
09/2013: Red Sonja #3 - 15,928 (-13.1%)
10/2013: Red Sonja #4 - 15,128 (-5.0%)
11/2013: Red Sonja #5 - 13,811 (-8.7%)
12/2013: Red Sonja #6 - 13,291 (-3.7%)
01/2014: Li'l Sonja #1 - 5,465
02/2014: Red Sonja #7 - 12,622 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Red Sonja Berserker - 5,810
04/2014: Red Sonja #8 - 12,392 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Red Sonja and Cub - 5,877
05/2014: Red Sonja #9 - 11,850 (-4.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja #10 - 11,685 (-1.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja Sanctuary - 5,486

The main book is pretty settled, with another special selling about half those numbers.

170. X-Files Season 10 (IDW)

06/2013: X-Files Season 10 #1 - 24,270

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07/2013: X-Files Season 10 #2 - 16,729 (-31.1%)
08/2013: X-Files Season 10 #3 - 17,557 (+4.9%)
09/2013: X-Files Season 10 #4 - 16,999 (-3.2%)
10/2013: X-Files Season 10 #5 - 16,819 (-1.1%)
11/2013: X-Files Season 10 #6 - 15,289 (-9.1%)
12/2013: X-Files Season 10 #7 - 14,792 (-3.3%)
01/2014: X-Files Season 10 #8 - 13,981 (-5.5%)
02/2014: X-Files Season 10 #9 - 13,129 (-6.1%)
03/2014: X-Files Season 10 #10 - 12,252 (-6.7%)
04/2014: X-Files Season 10 #11 - 13,210 (+7.8%)
04/2014: X-Files Annual 2014 - 9,504
05/2014: X-Files Season 10 #12 - 11,773 (-10.9%)
06/2014: X-Files Season 10 #13 - 11,497 (-2.3%)

A bit less of a drop this month, sales possibly starting to level out.

173. Chew (Image)

06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204
06/2012: Chew #27 2nd Helping Ed - 11,262 
06/2013: -

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07/2013: Chew #35 - 12,818 (-0.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Chew #36 - 12,402 (-3.2%)
10/2013: Chew #37 - 12,214 (-1.5%)
12/2013: Chew #38 - 12,068 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Chew #39 - 11,487 (-4.8%)
02/2014: Chew #40 - 11,193 (-2.6%)
04/2014: Chew #41 - 10,835 (-3.2%)
05/2014: Chew/ Revival #1 - 18,259
06/2014: Chew #42 - 10,981 (+1.3%)

A small boost.

174. Legenderry (Dynamite)

12/2013: Legenderry #1 - 27,174
02/2014: Legenderry #2 - 14,570 (-46.4%)
03/2014: Legenderry #3 - 12,218 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Legenderry #4 - 10,865 (-11.1%)

The drops are not slowing.

176. Tomb Raider (Dark Horse)

02/2014: Tomb Raider #1 - 18,486
03/2014: Tomb Raider #2 - 13,636 (-26.2%)
04/2014: Tomb Raider #3 - 12,133 (-11.0%)
05/2014: Tomb Raider #4 - 11,300 (-6.9%)
06/2014: Tomb Raider #5 - 10,536 (-6.8%)

Still falling.

178. Blood Queen (Dynamite)

06/2014: Blood Queen #1 - 10,352

Not a bad start for this Elizabeth Bathory -starrer, but there were incentives and I think the book is returnable.

179. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

06/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #10 - 11,007
06/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #22 - 10,799

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07/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #23 - 11,022 (+2.1%)
08/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #24 - 10,886 (-1.2%)
09/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #25 - 11,388 (+4.6%)
10/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #26 - 10,872 (-4.5%)
11/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #27 - 9,985 (-8.2%)
12/2013: Star Trek Annual 2013 - 8,683
12/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #28 - 10,443 (+4.6%)
01/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #29 - 10,127 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #30 - 9,906 (-2.2%)
03/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #31 - 9,781 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #32 - 10,801 (+10.4%)
05/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #33 - 9,729 (-9.9%)
06/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #34 - 10,216 (+4.8%)

Up and down, but overall stable over the last year.

181. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

06/2012: X-O Manowar #2 - 21,261
06/2013: X-O Manowar #14 - 13,227

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07/2013: X-O Manowar #15 - 13,997 (+5.5%)
08/2013: X-O Manowar #16 - 11,019 (-21.3%)
09/2013: X-O Manowar #17 - 10,859 (-1.5%)
10/2013: X-O Manowar #18 - 11,438 (+5.3%)
11/2013: X-O Manowar #19 - 11,744 (+3.0%)
12/2013: X-O Manowar #20 - 9,941 (-15.4%)
01/2014: X-O Manowar #21 - 9,336 (-6.1%)
02/2014: X-O Manowar #22 - 9,808 (+5.1%)
03/2014: X-O Manowar #23 - 9,394 (-4.2%)
04/2014: X-O Manowar #24 - 8,595 (-8.5%)
05/2014: X-O Manowar #25 - 12,493 (+45.4%)
06/2014: X-O Manowar #26 - 10,083 (-19.3%)

Down a bit, but Armor Hunters is still providing a boost.

182. Red City (Image)

06/2014: Red City #1 - 9,981

Sci-fi noir from Moriarty writer Daniel Corey.

183. Shutter (Image)

04/2014: Shutter #1 - 18,984 (21,500)
05/2014: Shutter #2 - 12,267 (-35.4%)
06/2014: Shutter #3 - 9,887 (-19.4%)

Not a very healthy third-issue drop.

184. Revival (Image)

06/2013: Revival #11 - 13,536

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07/2013: Revival #12 - 13,948 (+3.0%)
08/2013: Revival #13 - 12,549 (-10.0%)
09/2013: Revival #14 - 12,254 (-2.3%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Revival #15 - 11,468 (-6.4%)
12/2013: Revival #16 - 11,065 (-3.5%)
01/2014: Revival #17 - 10,585 (-4.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Revival #18 - 10,456 (-1.2%)
04/2014: Revival #19 - 10,384 (-0.7%)
05/2014: Revival #20 - 10,341 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Revival #21 - 9,808 (-5.1%)

The drops continue after a few months of relative stability.

185. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)

06/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise #6 - 11,443
06/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #18 - 9,495

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07/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #19 - 9,564 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #20 - 9,218 (-3.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #21 - 9,220 (0%)
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 - 9,044 (-1.9%)
11/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 - 10,355 (+14.5%)
12/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #24 - 9,812 (-5.2%)
01/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #25 - 9,609 (-2.1%)
02/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #26 - 9,535 (-0.7%)
03/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #27 - 9,409 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #28 - 9,568 (+1.7%)
05/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #29 - 9,543 (-0.3%)
06/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #30 - 9,714 (+1.8%)

Solid.

186. Alex & Ada (Image)

11/2013: Alex & Ada #1 - 14,992
12/2013: Alex & Ada #2 - 10,700 (-28.6%)
01/2014: Alex & Ada #3 - 10,242 (-4.3%)
02/2014: Alex & Ada #4 - 9,862 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Alex & Ada #5 - 9,761 (-1.0%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Alex & Ada #6 - 9,869 (+1.1%)
06/2014: Alex & Ada #7 - 9,579 (-2.9%)

Dropping a little but still not doing too badly.

187. Caliban (Avatar)

04/2014: Caliban #1 - 13,196
05/2014: Caliban #2 - 9,454 (-28.4%)
06/2014: Caliban #3 - 9,506 (+0.5%)

Rock solid this month.

188. Conan (Dark Horse)

06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523
06/2012: Conan the Barbarian #5 - 15,393
06/2013: Conan the Barbarian #17 - 12,395

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07/2013: Conan the Barbarian #18 - 12,331 (-0.5%)
08/2013: Conan the Barbarian #19 - 12,105 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Conan the Barbarian #20 - 11,828 (-2.3%)
10/2013: Conan the Barbarian #21 - 11,800 (-0.2%)
11/2013: Conan the Barbarian #22 - 11,384 (-3.5%)
12/2013: Conan the Barbarian #23 - 11,245 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Conan the Barbarian #24 - 10,924 (-2.9%)
02/2014: Conan the Barbarian #25 - 10,736 (-1.7%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Conan the Avenger #1 - 11,565 (+7.7%)
05/2014: Conan the Avenger #2 - 9,946 (-14.0%)
06/2014: Conan the Avenger #3 - 9,486 (-4.6%)

Leveling out a good amount down from the last series.

189. Unity (Valiant)

11/2013: Unity #1 - 60,003
12/2013: Unity #2 - 18,845 (-68.6%)
01/2014: Unity #3 - 13,277 (-29.5%)
02/2014: Unity #4 - 10,644 (-19.8%)
03/2014: Unity #5 - 12,268 (+15.3%)
04/2014: Unity #6 - 9,351 (-23.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Unity #7 - 9,442 (+1.0%)

Armor Hunters does little more than arrest the drops.

190. Transformers More TMTE (IDW)

06/2012: More Than Meets Eye #6 - 11,263
06/2013: More Than Meets Eye #18 - 9,394

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07/2013: More Than Meets Eye #19 - 9,320 (-0.8%)
08/2013: More Than Meets Eye #20 - 9,402 (+0.9%)
09/2013: More Than Meets Eye #21 - 9,258 (-1.5%)
10/2013: More Than Meets Eye #22 - 9,248 (-0.1%)
11/2013: Dark Cybertron #1 - 12,165
11/2013: More Than Meets Eye #23 - 9,579 (+3.6%)
12/2013: More Than Meets Eye #24 - 10,138 (+5.8%)
01/2014: More Than Meets Eye #25 - 9,867 (-2.7%)
02/2014: More Than Meets Eye #26 - 9,663 (-2.1%)
03/2014: More Than Meets Eye #27 - 9,409 (-2.6%)
03/2014: Dark Cybertron Finale - 9,395
04/2014: More Than Meets Eye #28 - 9,667 (+2.7%)
05/2014: More Than Meets Eye #29 - 9,543 (-1.3%)
06/2014: More Than Meets Eye #30 - 9,395 (-1.6%)

Down a little but well within the range of the last year.

191. The Woods (Boom!)

05/2014: The Woods #1 - 13,916
06/2014: The Woods #2 - 9,352 (-32.8%)

An average second-issue drop.

192. Lumberjanes (Boom!)

04/2014: Lumberjanes #1 - 13,129
05/2014: Lumberjanes #2 - 9,904 (-24.6%)
06/2014: Lumberjanes #3 - 9,150 (-7.6%)

Starting to level out.

194. Adventure Time Flip Side (Boom!)

01/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #1 - 13,372
02/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #2 - 11,318 (-15.4%)
03/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #3 - 10,157 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #4 - 9,652 (-5.0%)
05/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #5 - 9,174 (-5.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #6 - 9,019 (-1.7%)

Last issue.

195. Transformers Windblade (IDW)

04/2014: Transformers Windblade #1 - 9,855
05/2014: Transformers Windblade #2 - 8,980 (-8.9%)
06/2014: Transformers Windblade #3 - 8,920 (-0.7%)

Not too far behind the main books, and leveling out very quickly.

196. The Goon (Dark Horse)

06/2011: The Goon #34 - 9,203

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11/2013: The Goon #44 - 7,894 
06/2014: The Goon #45 - 8,848

A one-shot issue ahead of another burst of activity in the Goon camp, with a long-form story starting next month.

197. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

06/2010: Sonic #213 - 7,893
06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228
06/2013: -

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07/2013: Sonic #250 - 14,291 (+26.0%)
07/2013: Sonic #251 - 12,782 (-10.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Sonic #252 - 10,968 (-14.2%)
10/2013: Sonic #253 - 10,982 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic #254 - 10,585 (-3.6%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Sonic #255 - 10,422 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Sonic #256 - 9,840 (-5.6%)
02/2014: Sonic #257 - 9,325 (-5.2%)
03/2014: Sonic #258 - 9,023 (-3.2%)
04/2014: Sonic #259 - 6,228 (9,495)(+5.2%)
05/2014: Sonic #260 - 8,866 (-6.6%)
06/2014: Sonic #261 - 8,822 (-0.5%)

Solid.

201. Real Heroes (Image)

03/2014: Real Heroes #1 - 23,716
05/2014: Real Heroes #2 - 11,426 (-51.8%)
06/2014: Real Heroes #3 - 8,590 (-24.8%)

Not settling down very fast at all, which is a shame, as it’s ace.

202. Samurai Jack (IDW)

10/2013: Samurai Jack #1 - 23,661
11/2013: Samurai Jack #2 - 12,645 (-46.6%)
12/2013: Samurai Jack #3 - 11,553 (-8.6%)
01/2014: Samurai Jack #4 - 10,451 (-9.5%)
02/2014: Samurai Jack #5 - 9,989 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Samurai Jack #6 - 8,960 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Samurai Jack #7 - 8,990 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Samurai Jack #8 - 8,471 (-5.8%)
06/2014: Samurai Jack #9 - 8,464 (-0.8%)

Pretty level this month.

203. King Conan (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Hour of The Dragon #2 - 9,808

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07/2013: Hour of The Dragon #3 - 9,319 (-5.0%)
08/2013: Hour of The Dragon #4 - 9,492 (+1.9%)
09/2013: Hour of The Dragon #5 - 9,358 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Hour of The Dragon #6 - 9,131 (-2.4%)
02/2014: Conqueror #1 - 9,646 (+5.6%)
03/2014: Conqueror #2 - 8,495 (-11.9%)
04/2014: Conqueror #3 - 8,519 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Conqueror #4 - 8,428 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Conqueror #5 - 8,376 (-0.6%)

Solid.

205. God is Dead (Avatar)

09/2013: God Is Dead #1 - 26,664
10/2013: God Is Dead #2 - 15,366 (-42.4%)
11/2013: God Is Dead #3 - 14,930 (-2.8%)
12/2013: God Is Dead #4 - 13,369 (-10.5%)
01/2014: God Is Dead #5 - 11,897 (-11.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #6 - 12,852 (+8.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #7 - 12,008 (-6.6%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #8 - 11,515 (-4.1%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #9 - 10,976 (-4.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #10 - 10,564 (-3.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #11 - 10,326 (-2.3%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #12 - 9,275 (-10.2%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #13 - 8,987 (-3.1%)
06/2014: God Is Dead #14 - 8,262 (-7.5%)

Plummetting, in stops and starts. Still lots of leeway though, it’s ahead of Crossed.

206. BPRD (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Hell on Earth #108 - 10,093
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07/2013: Hell on Earth #109 - 10,018 (-0.7%)
08/2013: Hell on Earth #110 - 9,842 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Hell on Earth #111 - 9,587 (-2.5%)
10/2013: Hell on Earth #112 - 9,497 (-0.9%)
11/2013: Hell on Earth #113 - 8,904 (-6.2%)
12/2013: Hell on Earth #114 - 8,668 (-2.6%)
01/2014: Hell on Earth #115 - 9,072 (+4.7%)
02/2014: Hell on Earth #116 - 8,674 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Hell on Earth #117 - 8,510 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Hell on Earth #118 - 8,473 (-0.4%)
05/2014: Hell on Earth #119 - 8,306 (-2.0%)
06/2014: Hell on Earth #120 - 8,127 (-2.2%)

Sales are spiraling slowly down, with almost two thousand sales lost this last year.

207, 249. Dream Police (Image)

04/2014: Dream Police #1 - 11,804
06/2014: Dream Police #2 - 8,097 (-31.4%)
06/2014: Dream Police #3 - 6,569 (-18.9%)

Not a great third issue drop.

209. Winterworld (IDW)

06/2014: Winterworld #1 - 7,957

New stories from Chuck Dixon, with Butch Guice standing in for the late great Jorge Zaffino. This feels like it should be selling better.

210. Magnus Robot Fighter (Dynamite)

03/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 27,497
04/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 9,898 (-64.0%)
05/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #3 - 8,333 (-15.8%)
06/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - 7,898 (-5.2%)

Starting to level out.

212. Sons of Anarchy (Boom!) 

09/2013: Sons of Anarchy #1 - 27,601
10/2013: Sons of Anarchy #2 - 14,688 (-46.8%)
11/2013: Sons of Anarchy #3 - 13,251 (-9.8%)
12/2013: Sons of Anarchy #4 - 12,215 (-7.8%)
01/2014: Sons of Anarchy #5 - 11,607 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Sons of Anarchy #6 - 11,228 (-3.3%)
03/2014: Sons of Anarchy #7 - 9,910 (-11.7%)
04/2014: Sons of Anarchy #8 - 9,304 (-6.1%)
05/2014: Sons of Anarchy #9 - 8,511 (-8.5%)
06/2014: Sons of Anarchy #10 - 7,857 (-7.7%)

Plummeting.

213. Witchblade (Image)

06/2013: Witchblade #167 - 7,329

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07/2013: Witchblade #168 - 7,176 (-2.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Witchblade #169 - 7,271 (+1.3%)
10/2013: Witchblade #170 - 7,990 (+9.9%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Witchblade #171 - 7,263 (-9.1%)
01/2014: Witchblade #172 - 6,221 (-14.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Witchblade #173 - 6,109 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Witchblade #174 - 6,049 (-0.9%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Witchblade #175 - 7,843 (+29.7%)

The anniversary issue gets a decent boost.

214. Sex (Image)

06/2013: Sex #4 - 17,938

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07/2013: Sex #5 - 15,996 (-10.8%)
08/2013: Sex #6 - 14,488 (-9.4%)
09/2013: Sex #7 - 13,074 (-9.8%)
10/2013: Sex #8 - 12,082 (-7.6%)
12/2013: Sex #9 - 10,707 (-11.4%)
01/2014: Sex #10 - 9,947 (-7.1%)
02/2014: Sex #11 - 9,302 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Sex #12 - 8,830 (-5.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Sex #13 - 8,192 (-7.2%)
06/2014: Sex #14 - 7,824 (-4.5%)

That’s the smallest drop yet!

215. Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (Dynamite)

02/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 - 30,722
03/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #2 - 11,296 (-6.3%)
04/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #3 - 9,586 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 - 8,426 (-12.1%)
06/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5 - 7,803 (-7.4%)

Maybe starting to level out.

216. Empty Man (Boom!)

06/2014: Empty Man #1 - 7,685

Another one that should be selling better, this is Cullen Bunn’s excellent new horror book.

217. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )

06/2013: Abe Sapien #3 - 10,250

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07/2013: Abe Sapien #4 - 10,314 (+0.6%)
08/2013: Abe Sapien #5 - 9,676 (-6.2%)
09/2014: -
10/2013: Abe Sapien #6 - 9,120 (-5.7%)
11/2013: Abe Sapien #7 - 8,709 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Abe Sapien #8 - 8,622 (-1.0%)
01/2014: Abe Sapien #9 - 8,516 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Abe Sapien #10 - 7,995 (-6.1%)
03/2014: Abe Sapien #11 - 7,825 (-2.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Abe Sapien #12 - 7,559 (-3.4%)
06/2014: Abe Sapien #13 - 7,674 (+1.5%)

Solid this month.

218. TMNT New Animated Adventures (IDW)

07/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 - 14,397
08/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #2 - 10,304 (-28.4%)
09/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #3 - 8,744 (-15.1%)
10/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #4 - 7,905 (-9.6%)
11/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #5 - 7,112 (-10.0%)
12/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #6 - 6,649 (-6.5%)
01/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #7 - 6,331 (-4.8%)
02/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #8 - 6,034 (-4.7%)
03/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #9 - 6,009 (-0.4%)
04/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #10 - 5,911 (-1.6%)
05/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #11 - 6,075 (+2.8%)
06/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #12 - 7,577 (+24.7%)

This may be one of those comics affected by the UK & Europe ban. Turtles has always had a strong grey market, so US sales may have gone up to fulfill that demand.

219. Bee & Puppycat (Boom!)

05/2014: Bee & Puppycat #1 - 12,204
06/2014: Bee & Puppycat #2 - 7,557 (-38.1%)

Harsh, wonderful comic this.

220. Uber (Avatar)

06/2013: Uber #2 - 16,160

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07/2013: Uber #3 - 14,594 (-9.7%)
07/2013: Uber #4 - 12,030 (-17.6%)
08/2013: Uber #5 - 11,598 (-3.6%)
10/2013: Uber #6 - 10,747 (-7.3%)
11/2013: Uber #7 - 9,784 (-9.0%)
12/2013: Uber #8 - 9,065 (-7.3%)
01/2014: Uber #9 - 8,448 (-6.8%)
03/2014: Uber #10 - 8,133 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Uber Special #1 - 7,176
04/2014: Uber #11 - 7,732 (-4.9%)
04/2014: Uber #12 - 7,694 (-0.5%)
05/2014: Uber #13 - 7,653 (-0.5%)
06/2014: Uber #14 - 7,493 (-2.1%)

Solid. Not selling enough.

221. Revenge (Image)

02/2014: Revenge #1 - 17,362
03/2014: Revenge #2 - 10,112 (-41.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Revenge #3 - 7,969 (-21.2%)
06/2014: Revenge #4 - 7,490 (-6.0%)

Last issue. Strange comic.

222. Sonic Universe (Archie)

06/2013: Sonic Universe #53 - 11,123

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07/2013: Sonic Universe #54 - 11,398 (+2.5%)
08/2013: Sonic Universe #55 - 9,239 (-18.9%)
09/2013: Sonic Universe #56 - 9,253 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic Universe #57 - 8,874 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Sonic Universe #58 - 8,433 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Sonic Universe #59 - 8,123 (-3.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Sonic Universe #60 - 7,902 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Sonic Universe #61 - 7,715 (-2.4%)
04/2014: Sonic Universe #62 - 7,927 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Sonic Universe #63 - 7,507 (-5.3%)
06/2014: Sonic Universe #64 - 7,423 (-1.1%)

Pretty stable this month.

223. Solar Man of the Atom (Dynamite)

04/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #1 - 22,767
05/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #2 - 8,918 (-60.8%)
06/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #3 - 7,408 (-16.9%)

Not too bad a third-issue drop, particularly when you consider the second-issue drop.

224. Witchfinder (Dark Horse)

06/2014: Witchfinder Mysteries of Unland #1 - 7,355

Not a particularly strong start.

226. Superannuated Man (Image)

06/2014: Superannuated Man #1 - 7,308

Ted McKeever’s new book. He’s quite a niche taste, so this is pretty decent.

227. Amazing World of Gumball (Boom!)

06/2014: Amazing World of Gumball #1 - 7,285

Another Cartoon Network book, not one of my favorites I must confess.

228. Rachel Rising (Abstract) 

06/2013: Rachel Rising #17 - 8,336

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07/2013: Rachel Rising #18 - 8,504 (+2.0%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Rachel Rising #19 - 8,348 (-1.8%)
10/2013: Rachel Rising #20 - 8,166 (-2.2%)
11/2013: Rachel Rising #21 - 7,795 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Rachel Rising #22 - 7,581 (-2.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Rachel Rising #23 - 7,511 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Rachel Rising #24 - ???? (???)
04/2014: Rachel Rising #25 - 7,378 (???)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rachel Rising #26 - 7,260 (-1.6%)

Relatively solid at the moment.

229. Harbinger (Valiant)

06/2013: Harbinger #13 - 12,930

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07/2013: Harbinger #14 - 10,709 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Harbinger #15 - 12,086 (+12.9%)
09/2013: Harbinger #16 - 10,199 (-15.6%)
10/2013: Harbinger #17 - 10,686 (+4.8%)
11/2013: Harbinger #18 - 9,203 (-13.9%)
12/2013: Harbinger #19 - 9,237 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Harbinger #20 - 9,060 (-1.9%)
02/2014: Harbinger #21 - 8,473 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Harbinger Bleeding Monk #0 - 8,423
04/2014: Harbinger #22 - 8,213 (-3.1%)
05/2014: Harbinger #23 - 8,011 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Harbinger #24 - 7,256 (-9.4%)

That’s a bit ouch. There’s one more issue, then a mini-series, Omegas, and an Armor Hunters tie-in, not sure of the future beyond that.

231. Lobster Johnson (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Scent of Lotus #1 - 9,586 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Scent of Lotus #2 - 8,844 (-7.7%)
02/2014: Get Lobster #1 - 8,266 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Get Lobster #2 - 7,694 (-6.9%)
04/2014: Get Lobster #3 - 7,480 (-2.8%)
06/2014: Get Lobster #4 - 7,203 (-3.7%)

Last issue.

233. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

06/2013: Archer & Armstrong #10 - 13,241

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07/2013: Archer & Armstrong #11 - 9,880 (-25.4%)
08/2013: Archer & Armstrong #12 - 9,971 (+0.9%)
09/2013: Archer & Armstrong #13 - 9,910 (-0.6%)
10/2013: Archer & Armstrong #14 - 10,811 (+9.1%)
11/2013: Archer & Armstrong #15 - 8,998 (-16.8%)
12/2013: Archer & Armstrong #16 - 8,608 (-4.3%)
01/2014: Archer & Armstrong #17 - 8,112 (-5.8%)
02/2014: Archer & Armstrong #0 - 8,671 (+6.9%)
03/2014: Archer & Armstrong #18 - 8,156 (+0.5%)
04/2014: Archer & Armstrong #19 - 7,969 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Archer & Armstrong #20 - 7,553 (-5.2%)
06/2014: Archer & Armstrong #21 - 7,120 (-5.7%)

Continuing for the moment, but not looking too healthy.

234. Stray Bullets (Image)

03/2014: Stray Bullets #41 - 8,297
03/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #1 - 14,208
04/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #2 - 9,147 (-35.6%)
05/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #3 - 7,935 (-13.2%)
06/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #4 - 7,092 (-10.6%)

Should be selling better.

235. Flash Gordon (Dynamite) 

04/2014: Flash Gordon #1 - 14,398
05/2014: Flash Gordon #2 - 8,255 (-42.7%)
06/2014: Flash Gordon #3 - 7,034 (-14.8%)

See above comment.

236. Godzilla (IDW)

06/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #1 - 9,813

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07/2013: Godzilla #13 - 6,741 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #2 - 7,483 (-23.7%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #3 - 7,080 (-5.4%)
09/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #4 - 6,820 (-3.7%)
10/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #5 - 6,920 (+1.4%)
11/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #6 - 6,653 (-3.9%)
12/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #7 - 6,587 (-0.9%)
01/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #8 - 6,530 (-0.8%)
02/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #9 - 6,531 (0%)
03/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #10 - 6,677 (+0.2%)
04/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #11 - 6,917 (-3.6%)
05/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #12 - 7.890 (+14.1%)
06/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #13 - 6,980 (-11.5%)

Well, that was a short-lived boost from the movie.

239. Quantum & Woody (Valiant)

07/2013: Quantum & Woody #1 - 17,622
08/2013: Quantum & Woody #2 - 12,818 (-27.3%)
09/2013: Quantum & Woody #3 - 10,734 (-16.3%)
10/2013: Quantum & Woody #4 - 11,242 (+4.7%)
11/2013: Quantum & Woody #5 - 10,816 (-3.8%)
12/2013: Quantum & Woody #6 - 8,855 (-18.1%)
01/2014: Quantum & Woody #7 - 8,590 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Quantum & Woody #8 - 7,992 (-7.0%)
03/2014: Quantum & Woody Goat #0 - 8,747 
04/2014: Quantum & Woody #9 - 7,896 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Quantum & Woody #10 - 7,232 (-1.2%)
06/2014: Quantum & Woody #11 - 6,888 (-4.8%)

Penultimate issue I think, then the Delinquents mini-series. Still the return of the Priest and Bright iteration to come though.

240. EA Poe Fall O/T House of Usher 

06/2013: EA Poe Fall O/T House of Usher #2 - 6,556 

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10/2013: EA Poe The Raven & Red Death One Shot - 7,560 
04/2014: EA Poe Premature Burial One Shot - 6,925 
06/2014: EA Poe Morella Murders Rue Morgue One shot - 6,861

Another Corben Poe special.

241. Doc Savage (Dynamite)

12/2013: Doc Savage #1 - 13,631
01/2014: Doc Savage #2 - 9,000 (-34.0%)
02/2014: Doc Savage #3 - 8,214 (-8.7%)
03/2014: Doc Savage #4 - 7,561 (-7.9%)
04/2014: Doc Savage #5 - 6,974 (-7.8%)
05/2014: Doc Savage Annual 2014 - 5,042
06/2014: Doc Savage #6 - 6,841 (-1.9%)

Maybe settling down, saleswise.

243. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

06/2013: Real American Hero #191 - 7,407

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07/2013: Real American Hero #192 - 7,361 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Real American Hero #193 - 7,314 (-0.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Real American Hero #194 - 7,314 (0%)
10/2013: Real American Hero #195 - 7,135 (-2.4%)
11/2013: Real American Hero #196 - 8,102 (+13.6%)
12/2013: Real American Hero #197 - 6,983 (-13.8%)
01/2014: Real American Hero #198 - 6,736 (-3.5%)
02/2014: Real American Hero #199 - 6,652 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Real American Hero #200 - 11,780 (+77.1%)
04/2014: Real American Hero #201 - 8,294 (-29.6%)
05/2014: Real American Hero #202 - 6,781 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Real American Hero #203 - 6,791 (+0.1%)

Super-solid this month.

244. Bloodshot (Valiant)

06/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 12,145

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07/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 10,058 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Bloodshot #0 - 11,303 (+12.4%)
09/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #14 - 10,225 (-9.5%)
10/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #15 - 9,806 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #16 - 8,666 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #17 - 8,142 (-6.0%)
01/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #18 - 8,529 (+4.8%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #0 - 7,895 (-7.4%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #19 - 7,281 (-7.8%)
03/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #20 - 7,929 (+8.9%)
04/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #21 - 7,630 (-3.8%)
05/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #22 - 7,350 (-3.7%)
06/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #23 - 6,783 (-7.7%)

Last issue I think, with an Armor Hunters mini following.

245, 261. Ghost (Dark Horse)

12/2013: Ghost #1 - 9,805
01-02/2014: -
03/2014: Ghost #2 - 7,412 (-24.4%)
04/2014: Ghost #3 - 6,826 (-7.9%)
06/2014: Ghost #4 - 6,058 (-11.2%)
06/2014: Ghost #5 - 6,699 (+10.6%)

A nice and slightly unexpected boost.

246. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

06/2013: Simpsons Comics #203 - 6,930

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07/2013: Simpsons Comics #204 - 6,976 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Simpsons Comics #205 - 6,894 (-1.2%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Simpsons Comics #206 - 7,082 (+2.7%)
12/2013: Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson #1 - 7,744
12/2013: Simpsons Comics #207 - 6,794 (-4.1%)
01/2014: Simpsons Comics #208 - 6,486 (-4.5%)
02/2014: Simpsons Comics #209 - 6,509 (+0.3%)
03/2014: Simpsons Comics #210 - 6,334 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Duffman Adventures #1 - 7,070
04/2014: Simpsons Comics #211 - 6,390 (+0.9%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Simpsons Comics #212 - 6,619 (+3.6%)

A small increase for no apparent reason.

247. Mega Man (Archie) 

06/2013: Mega Man #26 - 9,290

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07/2013: Mega Man #27 - 10,332 (+11.2%)
08/2013: Mega Man #28 - 8,404 (-18.7%)
09/2013: Mega Man #29 - 8,042 (-4.3%)
10/2013: Mega Man #30 - 8,086 (+0.5%)
11/2013: Mega Man #31 - 7,854 (-2.8%)
12/2013: Mega Man #32 - 7,352 (-6.4%)
01/2014: Mega Man #33 - 7,015 (-4.6%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Mega Man #34 - 6,688 (-4.7%)
04/2014: Mega Man #35 - 6,681 (-0.1%)
04/2014: Mega Man #36 - 6,400 (-4.2%)
05/2014: Mega Man #37 - 7,640 (+19.4%)
06/2014: Mega Man #38 - 6,604 (-13.6%)

Sales drop down for the second part of the Mega Man X team-up.

248, 253. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)

06/2013: Crossed Badlands #31 - 7,327

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07/2013: Crossed Badlands #32 - 7,399 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Crossed Badlands #33 - 7,209 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #34 - 7,204 (0%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #35 - 6,737 (-6.5%)
09/2013: Crossed Badlands #36 - 6,990 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Crossed Special 2013 - 6,472
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #37 - 6,901 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #38 - 6,840 (-0.8%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #39 - 6,743 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #40 - 6,607 (-2.0%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #41 - 6,516 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #42 - 6,467 (-0.7%)
12/2013: Crossed Badlands #43 - 6,086 (-5.9%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #44 - 6,111 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #45 - 5,948 (-2.7%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #46 - 5,879 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Crossed Badlands #47 - 5,899 (+0.3%)
02/2014: Crossed Badlands #48 - 5,829 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Crossed Badlands #49 - 5,845 (+0.2%)
03/2014: Crossed Badlands #50 - 8,685 (+48.6%)
04/2014: Crossed Badlands #51 - 7,092 (-18.3%)
04/2014: Crossed Badlands #52 - 6,811 (-4.0%)
05/2014: Crossed Badlands #53 - 6,617 (-2.8%)
05/2014: Crossed Badlands #54 - 6,420 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Crossed Badlands #55 - 6,579 (+2.5%)
06/2014: Crossed Badlands #56 - 6,436 (-2.2%)

Relatively stable this month.

250. Wraith (IDW)

11/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #1 - 12,547
12/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #2 - 8,850 (-29.5%)
01/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #3 - 7,967 (-10.0%)
02/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #4 - 7,404 (-7.1%)
03/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #5 - 6,874 (-7.2%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #6 - 6,811 (-0.9%)
06/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #7 - 6,510 (-4.4%)

This was a brilliantly creepy series, I would highly recommend hunting down the collection.

251. Spongebob Comics (United Plankton)

06/2013: Spongebob Comics #21 - 7,043

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07/2013: Spongebob Comics #22 - 7,020 (-0.3%)
08/2013: Spongebob Comics #23 - 7,001 (-0.3%)
09/2013: Spongebob Comics #24 - 6,965 (-0.5%)
10/2013: Spongebob Comics #25 - 7,254 (+4.1%)
11/2013: Spongebob Comics #26 - 6,741 (-7.1%)
12/2013: Spongebob Comics #27 - 6,745 (-0.1%)
01/2014: Spongebob Comics #28 - 6,456 (-4.3%)
02/2014: Spongebob Comics #29 - 6,377 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Spongebob Comics #30 - 6,254 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Spongebob Comics #31 - 6,233 (-0.3%)
05/2014: Spongebob Comics #32 - 6,623 (+6.3%)
06/2014: Spongebob Comics #33 - 6,450 (-2.6%)
06/2014: Annual Giant Swimtacular #2 - 5,044
252. Five Ghosts (Image)

06/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #4 - 11,357

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07/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #5 - 10,409 (-8.3%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Five Ghosts #6 - 9,399 (-9.7%)
11/2013: Five Ghosts #7 - 8,417 (-10.4%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Five Ghosts #8 - 6,890 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Five Ghosts #9 - 6,348 (-7.9%)
03/2014: Five Ghosts #10 - 5,881 (-7.4%)
04/2014: Five Ghosts #11 - 5,735 (-2.5%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Five Ghosts #12 - 6,444 (+12.4%)
254. Ghostbusters (IDW)

06/2013: Ghostbusters #5 - 7,620

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07/2013: Ghostbusters #6 - 7,253 (-4.8%)
09/2013: Ghostbusters #7 - 7,097 (-2.1%)
10/2013: Ghostbusters #8 - 6,875 (-3.1%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #9 - 6,447 (-6.2%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #10 - 7,088 (+9.9%)
12/2013: Ghostbusters #11 - 6,059 (-14.5%)
01/2014: Ghostbusters #12 - 5,755 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Ghostbusters #13 - 6,355 (+10.4%)
03/2014: Ghostbusters #14 - 6,065 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Ghostbusters #15 - 6,200 (+2.2%)
05/2014: Ghostbusters #16 - 6,061 (-2.2%)
06/2014: Ghostbusters #17 - 6,400 (-5.6%)
255. The Massive (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Massive #13 - 9,371

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07/2013: Massive #14 - 8,983 (-4.1%)
08/2013: Massive #15 - 8,713 (-3.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Massive #16 - 8,345 (-4.2%)
11/2013: Massive #17 - 7,957 (-4.6%)
12/2013: Massive #18 - 7,770 (-2.3%)
01/2014: Massive #19 - 7,387 (-4.9%)
02/2014: Massive #20 - 6,976 (-5.6%)
03/2014: Massive #21 - 6,841 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Massive #22 - 6,650 (-2.8%)
05/2014: Massive #23 - 6,470 (-2.7%)
06/2014: Massive #24 - 6,372 (-1.5%)
256. Thomas Alsop (Boom!)

06/2014: Thomas Alsop #1 - 6,335
258. Clockwork Angels (Boom!)

03/2013: Clockwork Angels #1 - 11,602
04/2013: Clockwork Angels #2 - 6,452 (-44.4%)
06/2013: Clockwork Angels #3 - 6,169 (-4.4%)
259. Powerpuff Girls (IDW)

09/2013: Powerpuff Girls #1 - 38,992
10/2013: Powerpuff Girls #2 - 14,749 (-62.2%)
11/2013: Powerpuff Girls #3 - 13,175 (-10.7%)
12/2013: Powerpuff Girls #4 - 10,029 (-23.9%)
01/2014: Powerpuff Girls #5 - 8,050 (-19.7%)
02/2014: Powerpuff Girls #6 - 7,456 (-7.4%)
03/2014: Powerpuff Girls #7 - 6,457 (-13.4%)
04/2014: Powerpuff Girls #8 - 6,282 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Powerpuff Girls #9 - 6,032 (-4.0%)
06/2014: Powerpuff Girls #10 - 6,106 (+1.2%)
263. Letter 44 (Oni)

10/2013: Letter 44 #1 - ????
11/2013: Letter 44 #2 - 8,352 (+???)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Letter 44 #3 - 7,926 (-5.1%)
02/2014: Letter 44 #4 - 6,945 (-12.4%)
03/2014: Letter 44 #5 - 6,562 (-5.5%)
04/2014: Letter 44 #6 - 6,152 (-6.2%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Letter 44 #7 - 6,032 (-1.9%)
264. Princess Ugg (Oni)

06/2014: Princess Ugg #1 - 5,961
265. Fuse (Image)

02/2014: Fuse #1 - 15,957
03/2014: Fuse #2 - 9,928 (-37.8%)
04/2014: Fuse #3 - 8,039 (-19.0%)
05/2014: Fuse #4 - 6,637 (-17.4%)
06/2014: Fuse #5 - 5,958 (-10.2%)
266. Doodle Jump (Dynamite)

06/2014: Doodle Jump #1 - 5,940

Really? No seriously, really?

267. V-Wars (IDW)

04/2014: V-Wars #1 - 10,460
05/2014: V-Wars #2 - 6,912 (-33.9%)
06/2014: V-Wars #3 - 5,866 (-15.1%)
269. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

06/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #86 - 6,231

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07/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #87 - 7,201 (+15.6%)
08/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #88 - 6,023 (-16.4%)
09/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #89 - 7,423 (+23.2%)
10/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #90 - 6,779 (-8.7%)
11/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #91 - 6,697 (-1.2%)
12/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #92 - 6,262 (-6.5%)
01/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #93 - 6,362 (+1.6%)
02/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #94 - 6,175 (-2.9%)
03/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #95 - 6,036 (-2.3%)
04/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #96 - 5,928 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #97 - 6,055 (+2.1%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2014 - 5,089
06/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #98 - 5,828 (-3.7%)
270. Shadowman (Valiant)

06/2013: Shadowman #7 - 12,017

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07/2013: Shadowman #8 - 10,089 (-16.0%)
08/2013: Shadowman #9 - 9,895 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Shadowman #10 - 10,064 (+1.7%)
10/2013: Shadowman #11 - 10,632 (+5.6%)
11/2013: Shadowman #12 - 8,735 (-17.8%)
12/2013: Shadowman #13 - 9,403 (+7.6%)
01/2014: Shadowman #14 - 7,560 (-19.6%)
02/2014: Shadowman #15 - 7,239 (-4.2%)
03/2014: Shadowman #16 - 7,189 (-0.7%)
04/2014: Shadowman End Times #1 - 7,777 (+8.2%)
05/2014: Shadowman End Times #2 - 6,216 (-20.1%)
06/2014: Shadowman End Times #3 - 5,826 (-6.3%)
271. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (Dynamite)

06/2014: JBDF War Cry #1 - 5,820
272. Grimm Fairy Tales Oz (Zenescope)

07/2013: GFT Oz #1 - 19,237
08/2013: GFT Oz #2 - 11,119 (-42.2%)
10/2013: GFT Oz #3 - 10,537 (-5.2%)
11/2013: GFT Oz #4 - 12,064 (+14.5%)
12/2013: GFT Oz #5 - 10,158 (-15.8%)
02/2014: GFT Oz #6 - 9,631 (-5.2%)
03-04/2014: -
05/2014: Warlord of Oz #1 - 7,787 (-19.1%)
06/2014: Warlord of Oz #2 - 5,810 (-25.4%)
273. Clive Barker Nightbreed (Boom!)

05/2014: Clive Barkers Nightbreed #1 - 7,790
06/2014: Clive Barkers Nightbreed #2 - 5,702 (-26.8%)
274. 24 (IDW)

04/2014: 24 #1 - 8,515
05/2014: 24 #2 - 6,326 (-25.7%)
06/2014: 24 #3 - 5,655 (-10.6%)
276. Mercenary Sea (Image)

02/2014: Mercenary Sea #1 - 10,728
03/2014: Mercenary Sea #2 - 8,509 (-20.7%)
04/2014: Mercenary Sea #3 - 7,222 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Mercenary Sea #4 - 6,103 (-15.5%)
06/2014: Mercenary Sea #5 - 5,482 (-10.2%)
277. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

10/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #1 - 12,620
11/2013: -
12/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #2 - 8,223 (-34.8%)
01/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #3 - 7,261 (-11.7%)
02/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #4 - 6,563 (-9.6%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #5 - 6,207 (-9.6%)
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #6 - 5,884 (-5.4%)
05/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #7 - 5,690 (-3.3%)
06/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #8 - 5,455 (-4.1%)
278. Dejah of Mars (Dynamite)

06/2013: Dejah Thoris #26 - 6,593

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07/2013: Dejah Thoris #27 - 6,506 (-1.3%)
08/2013: Dejah Thoris #28 - 6,366 (-2.2%)
09/2013: Dejah Thoris #29 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #30 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #31 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Dejah Thoris #32 - 5,611 (???)
12/2013: Dejah Thoris #33 - 5,502 (-1.9%)
01/2014: Dejah Thoris #34 - 5,392 (-2.0%)
02/2014: Dejah Thoris #35 - 5,394 (+0.1%)
02/2014: Dejah Thoris #36 - 5,320 (-1.4%)
03/2014: Dejah Thoris #37 - 5,237 (-1.5%)
05/2014: Dejah of Mars #1 - 7,085 (+35.3%)
06/2014: Dejah of Mars #2 - 5,416 (-23.6%)
279. Regular Show (Boom!)

06/2013: Regular Show #2 - 19,507

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Regular Show #3 - 16,000 (-18.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Regular Show #4 - 15,269 (-4.6%)
11/2013: Regular Show #5 - 12,677 (-17.0%)
11/2013: Regular Show #6 - 11,213 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Regular Show #7 - 10,733 (-4.2%)
01/2014: Regular Show #8 - 9,201 (-14.3%)
02/2014: Regular Show #9 - 8,554 (-7.0%)
02/2014: Regular Show #10 - 7,623 (-10.9%)
03/2014: Regular Show #11 - 7,084 (-7.1%)
04/2014: Regular Show #12 - 6,540 (-7.7%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Regular Show 2014 Annual - 5,377
280. Halo Initiation (Dark Horse)

08/2013: Halo Initiation #1 - 12,584
09/2013: Halo Initiation #2 - 8,771 (-30.3%)
10/2013: Halo Initiation #3 - 7,960 (-9.2%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Halo Escalation #1 - 8,875 (+11.5%)
01/2014: Halo Escalation #2 - 6,656 (-25.0%)
02/2014: Halo Escalation #3 - 5,961 (-10.4%)
03/2014: Halo Escalation #4 - 5,702 (-4.3%)
04/2014: Halo Escalation #5 - 5,550 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Halo Escalation #6 - 5,432 (-2.1%)
06/2014: Halo Escalation #7 - 5,330 (-1.9%)
281. Undertow (Image)

02/2014: Undertow #1 - 14,859
03/2014: Undertow #2 - 9,247 (-37.8%)
04/2014: Undertow #3 - 7,291 (-21.2%)
05/2014: Undertow #4 - 6,114 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Undertow #5 - 5,270 (-13.8%)
282. Wonderland (Zenescope)

06/2013: Wonderland #12 - 7,765

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07/2013: Wonderland #13 - 7,253 (-6.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Wonderland #14 - 7,034 (-3.0%)
09/2013: Wonderland #15 - 6,558 (-6.8%)
10/2013: Wonderland #16 - 6,820 (+4.0%)
11/2013: Wonderland #17 - 6,723 (-1.4%)
12/2013: Wonderland #18 - 7,859 (+16.9%)
01/2014: Wonderland #19 - 6,434 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Wonderland #20 - 5,780 (-10.2%)
03/2014: Wonderland #21 - 5,937 (+2.7%)
04/2014: Wonderland #22 - 5,374 (-9.5%)
05/2014: Wonderland #23 - 5,313 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Wonderland #24 - 5,261 (-1.0%)
283. Tales of Honor (Image)

03/2014: Tales of Honor #1 - 13,827
04/2014: Tales of Honor #2 - 6,067 (-5.6%)
05/2014: Tales of Honor #3 - 5,170 (-14.8%)
284. Twilight Zone (Dynamite)

12/2013: Twilight Zone #1 - 21,723
01/2014: Twilight Zone #2 - 11,537 (-46.9%)
02/2014: Twilight Zone #3 - 10,061 (-12.8%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Twilight Zone #4 - 9,014 (-10.4%)
05/2014: Twilight Zone #5 - 8,140 (-9.7%)
06/2014: Twilight Zone Annual 2014 - 5,154
285. That’s Because You’re A Robot (Image)

06/2014: That’s Because You’re A Robot One Shot - 5,149
286. Peter Panzerfaust (Image)

06/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #11 - 17,683

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07/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #12 - 9,951 (-43.7%)
08/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #13 - 8,419 (-15.4%)
09/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #14 - 7,714 (-8.4%)
10/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #15 - 10,769 (+39.6%)
01/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #16 - 6,128 (-43.1%)
02/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #17 - 5,598 (-8.6%)
04/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #18 - 5,374 (-4.0%)
06/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #19 - 5,106 (-5.0%)
287. Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)

06/2013: Battlestar Galactica #2 - 10,503

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Battlestar Galactica #3 - 9,200 (-12.4%)
09/2013: Battlestar Galactica #4 - 7,955 (-13.5%)
10/2013: Battlestar Galactica #5 -???? (???)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Battlestar Galactica #6 - 6,896 (???)
01/2014: Battlestar Galactica #7 - 6,120 (-11.2%)
02/2014: Battlestar Galactica #8 - 5,992 (-2.1%)
03/2014: Battlestar Galactica #9 - 5,586 (-6.9%)
04/2014: Battlestar Galactica #10 - 5,586 (-6.9%)
05/2014: Battlestar Galactica #11 - 5,243 (-6.1%)
06/2014: Battlestar Galactica #12 - 5,103 (-2.7%)
288. Eye of Newt (Dark Horse)

06/2014: Eye of Newt #1 - 5,087
290. Judge Dredd Mega City Two (IDW)

01/2014: Mega City Two #1 - 6,755
02/2014: Mega City Two #2 - 5,700 (-15.6%)
04/2014: Mega City Two #3 - 5,380 (-5.6%)
04/2014: Mega City Two #4 - ???? (???)
06/2014: Mega City Two #5 - 5,036 (???)
291. Maxx Maxximized (IDW)

11/2013: Maxx Maxximised #1 - 9,714
12/2013: Maxx Maxximised #2 - 7,345 (-24.4%)
01/2014: Maxx Maxximised #3 - 6,322 (-13.9%)
02/2014: Maxx Maxximised #4 - 5,943 (-6.0%)
03/2014: Maxx Maxximised #5 - ???? (???)
04/2014: Maxx Maxximised #6 - 5,377 (???)
05/2014: Maxx Maxximised #7 - 5,241 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Maxx Maxximised #8 - 5,031 (-4.0%)
292. Mass Effect (Dark Horse)

06/2012: -

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07/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #3 - 7,375 (-5.3%)
08/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #4 - 7,310 (-0.9%)
07/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #1 - 9,291 (+27.1%)
08/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #2 - 7,310 (-21.3%)
09/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #3 - 6,849 (-6.3%)
10/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #4 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #5 - 5,820 (???)
12/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #6 - 5,655 (-2.8%)
01/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #7 - 5,222 (-7.7%)
02/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #8 - 5,097 (-2.4%)
03/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #9 - 4,998 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #10 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #11 - 4,879 (???)
06/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #10 - 4,998 (+2.4%)
293. Robyn Hood (Zenescope)

06/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #2 - 7,116

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07/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #3 - 6,864 (-3.5%)
08/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #4 - 5,727 (-16.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #5 - 7,438 (+29.9%)
11/2013-01/2014: -
02/2014: Robyn Hood Age of Darkness - 6,388 (-14.1%)
03/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #1 - 6,622 (+3.7%)
04/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #2 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #3 - 5,268 (???)
06/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #4 - 4,964 (-5.8%)
295. Translucid (Boom!)

04/2014: Translucid #1 - 9,487
05/2014: Translucid #2 - 5,507 (-42.0%)
06/2014: Translucid #3 - 4,891 (-11.2%)
297. Madame Frankenstein (Image)

05/2014: Madame Frankenstein #1 - 9,771
06/2014: Madame Frankenstein #2 - 4,692 (-52.0%)

I wrongly attributed this to Steve Niles last month; it’s actually by the lovely Jamie Rich. Sorry Jamie! Oh, and Steve I guess…

298. Pathfinder (Dynamite)

06/2013: -

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07/2013: Pathfinder #8 - 6,085 (-3.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Pathfinder #9 - ??? (???)
10/2013: Pathfinder #10 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Pathfinder #11 - 5,110 (???)
05/2014: Pathfinder City of Secrets #1 - 7,101 (+39.0)
06/2014: Pathfinder City of Secrets #2 - 4,621 (-34.9)
299. Littlest Pet Shop (IDW)

05/2014: Littlest Pet Shop #1 - 8,211
06/2014: Littlest Pet Shop #2 - 4,593 (-44.1%)
300. Rocky & Bullwinkle (IDW)

03/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #1 - 7,022
04/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #2 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #3 - ???? (???)
06/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #4 - 4,560 (???)

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales July 2014: Raucous Raccoon Rockets up the Ranks

rocket raccoon #1by Jason Enright

This is a pretty standard month. Overall, comics sales were strong this month, and while many ongoing Marvel books followed standard attrition rates, they made up for those losses with several anniversary specials and new debuts that posted strong numbers. The big brand to follow is Guardians of the Galaxy which launches several new spin-off series this month to capitalize on the movie release. Let’s look at a breakdown of this month’s Marvel books.

91 titles in total
16 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)
5 100th Anniversary specials
19 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

2 titles over 100,000 copies
4 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
9 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
45 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
31 titles under 25,000
3 $4.99 books
84 $3.99 books
4 $2.99 books

Now let’s dive into the numbers.

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

1. ROCKET RACCOON #1
07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1  -  293,913*  (---)

So Rocket Raccoon debuted with big numbers, but we have to clarify that about 100,000 copies out of that order were part of a promotion with Loot Crate so the actual sales of Rocket Raccoon are closer to 200,000. Still a very strong debut and a big win for Marvel’s little raccoon. [Read more…]

Comichron: July 2014 was a sales record breaking doozy of a month

by John Jackson Miller

http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?q=rocket+raccoon+1&pubid=&PubRng=?AffID=874007P01The comics industry in North America moved into positive territory for 2014 with a record-setting month of July, according to Comichron’s analysis of data released by Diamond Comic Distributors. Click to see the sales estimates for comics ordered in July 2014

A much larger number of new comic book and graphic novel releases for the month helped July’s sales to set a number ofrecords for the Diamond Exclusive Era, which began in April 1997:

Highest dollar value for orders of the Top 300 comics: $30.62 million. This beat out the record set in September 2013.

Highest combined dollar value for orders of the Top 300 comics and Top 300 Graphic Novels: $39.27 milllion. This also beat out a record set in September 2013.

Highest dollar value for all comics, trade paperbacks, and magazines: $53.63 million. This clobbered the previous record, set in October 2013, by more than $3 million.

Highest sales for the 300th-place comic book in a five-week month: 6,620 copies. This also beat the record set in October 2013.

Highest average price of comics offered in the Top 300: $3.79. This beat the previous record high by seven cents.
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Correction: July 2014 was a HUUUUGE month with $53.6 million in sales

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Okay I stand corrected. When I saw the double digit rises in sales for July 2014 vs July 2013 I assumed it had to be because it was a five month vs four month, But according to John Jackson Miller it was five vs five making July 2014 the biggest month in the Diamond Exclusive Era with $53.6 million in sales. BUt this is due mostly to having the highest amount of product—including variants etc— ever in the Diamond era.

July in recent years has tended to be a month where things really get going for comics; sales did indeed, reaching their highest dollar value in the Diamond Exclusive Era which began in 1997. Comics shops in North America ordered more than $53.6 million in comics, graphic novels, and magazines, topping $50 million for the second time and besting October’s previous Diamond-Era record of $50.3 million.

It was a five-week month against a five-week month, so that factor is not in play; what it was was a month in which a lot of new comics shipped. Diamond Comic Distributors shipped 530 new comic books in July, which is the highest figure seen since Diamond began releasing those statistics one year ago. The release of 312 graphic novels was also the highest seen in a year — and when one of those books is Walking Dead Vol. 21, it’s likely to be a decent July. The result was a month with the largest year-over-year change since last September: comics and graphic novel sales were up 14.52% over a year ago. The seven-month total has now topped $300 million, and is ahead 2.22% year-to-year.


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I eagerly await Miller’s in depth analysis of the month!

Sales Chart: Graphic Novel sales and Guardians of the Galaxy

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In yesterday’s comments on the Mike Dawson Mid-career assessment, retailer Brian Hibbs stepped in with some comments, including this one

Heidi: I’d argue that the sales charts show that it’s the prevalent* one? Exceedingly few OGNs succeed, and the field is littered with ones that failed.

This is a battle between Brian and I as old and busted as Batman vs The Joker. Brian thinks OGNS are useless from a sales viewpoint as far as the DM goes, and I think they are a magnificent channel for comics and sales. In fact, a few months ago out schism led to a rather spirited debate in this post: Retailer roundtable: Are graphic novels a “sh*tty* business model?
The upshot of that one was that comics retailers still sell more periodicals and collections of periodicals. Fair enough. But being snotty, I decided to take a look at the Amazon bestsellers charts for comics and GNs, a rolling average snapshot that reflects sales very definitely outside the DM. I have this on a feed and I check it every night, so I’m pretty familiar with the books that have been doing week for the last few months (Saga, Walking Dead). Today’s is quite different, but let’s take a look any way. I’ve highlighted the OGNs on the list (quirks in format are from how I copied the list.)

1. Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & L…
2.The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out W… by Robert Kirkman
3.Batman Eternal (2014- ) #1by James T. Tynion IV
4. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
5. Seconds: A Graphic Novelby Bryan Lee O’Malley
6. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of th…by Jeffrey Brown

7. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Lega…by Dan Abnett
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cos…by Brian Michael Bendis
9. Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown
10. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
11. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father…by Art Spiegelman
12. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pl…by Roz Chast
13. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Sit…by Allie Brosh

14. Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
15. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyby Douglas Adams (??)
16. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rif… by Gene Luen Yang
17. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
18. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia by Akira Himekawa
19. The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel: Spide…by Frank Berrios
20. Thanos: The Infinity Revelationby Jim Starlin

Setting aside the ringers on the list (Hitchhikers Guide and Hyrule Hysteria ) eight out of the eighteen titles are OGNs. I suppose you could call that Spider-man Little Golden Book an OGN, but I won’t.

Even setting aside the perennials (Maus and Persepolis) there are still 6 recent works on the list. Roz Chast’s book has been a regular bestseller since it came out, and Hyperbole and a Half has been a monster seller. (That’s a hybrid work, admittedly.) I expect to see Bryan Lee O’Malleys Seconds on the list for quite a while. The big winner is Jeffrey Brown, who can’t miss with Star Wars, it seems. 



Anyway what does that prove? These could be the exceptional few that Hibbs mentioned, or the top of the iceberg. Anyway, throwing it out there. 



The other big news on the list is…Guardians of the Galaxy! In all the deserved attention to Jim Starlin and Bill Mantlo, it has barely been mentioned that the actual line-up of the GotG that the movie was based on was the version by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, a writing team now broken up but still a potent best seller. Their first collection is at #81 in the top 100 books, so it’s probably selling briskly. 


It’s pretty unusual when a comic book based movie comes out to see comics collections sell this well when there isn’t a direct connection with the source material. I don’t know how long it will last (guessing a few weeks) but I hope it gives some of the authors a nice boost.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: A Change Could Do You Good

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by Jason Enright

Change is coming! As I researched and wrote this month’s article in the week before Comic Con, Marvel made several huge announcements. Mjolnir will now be wielded by a woman in a new Thor series. The Falcon will wield the shield in a new Captain America. The Avengers will see major Roster changes in Avengers Now.

Now if you’ve been following these sales articles, none of this should have surprised you. Sure the details are exciting and interesting, but we’ve known for a while now that sales on the Avengers books and the big 3 marvel heroes (Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor) have gotten stale. It was time for a change, what is exciting about these announcements is that these aren’t small changes but big changes that garnered national media attention and hopefully will mean big (and hopefully lasting) sales boosts. Let’s look at the numbers for this month.

77 books shipped this month
10 books double shipped
7 Avengers books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-force and X-Factor)
6 $4.99 books, 64 $3.99 books, 7 $2.99 books

Similar stats to last month, but after a lot of discussion in the last few articles about pricing, I thought I’d also list how many books Marvel puts out at each price point. Many readers said that the rising price is affecting how many books they can buy and forces them to make hard decisions about what books to support. We’ve been watching Marvel switch a lot of its 42.99 books to $3.99, but until I broke down the stats I didn’t realize just few $2.99 books were left. 4 of the $4.99 books are annuals or one-shot specials. Prices are rising and the $2.99 book seems to be on the verge of extinction at Marvel.

Sales Tiers
1 book over 100k
3 books between 75k and 100k
5 books between 50k and 75k
38 books between 25k and 50k
30 books between 0 and 25k
A few books dropped a tier this month. Last month, there were 11 books over 50k, and now there are only 9. Also there are 4 more books under 25k.

Let’s dive into the individual book numbers below and see what the trends are this month.

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

2. Amazing SPIDER-MAN
06/04  Am Spi #506   –  88,293
06/09  Am Spi #590   -   63,500
06/11  Am Spi #658   -   57,040
06/12  Am Spi #688   -  59,493
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06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Superior #13 -  81,678  (  -0.8%)
07/13  Superior #14 -  80,839  (  -1.0%)
08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[13,234]
04/14  Amazing v3 #1- 532,586  ( 293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2- 123,945  ( -76.7%)[ 6,824]
06/14  Amazing v3 #3- 109,029  ( -12.0%)
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6 mnth  (  43.2%)
1 year  (  32.4%)
2 year  (  83.0%)
3 year  (  91.1%)
5 year  (  71.7%)
10 year (  23.5%)

So the Spider-Man series sees a 12% drop this month putting it behind Batman for the #1 spot, but issue 1 and 2 are still getting re-ordered so this book still seems to be finding its level. It is very possible that Spider-Man will eventually get back down into the 75k to 80k range it was before the relaunch, but it will take a while to get there and even that is still a very healthy sales range for the wall crawler.

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Comics and Graphic Novel Market: $870 Million in 2013, up $65 mil

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As there will be no industry white paper at San Diego, where Milton Griepp traditionally releases his industry sales figures for the year, he and John Jackson Miller has teamed up for an estimate of the size of the comics market in 2013: $870 million. That’s up $135 million from 2012 Okay this was ambiguously worded and the origianl figure didn’t include digital — when that’s thrown in it’s $870 mil in 2013 vs $805 mil in 2012 — still up $65 million — a very sizable increase. With sales this year generally flat it probably won’t be a big increase unless something really nutty happens, but that shows that it wasn’t just your imagination: 2013 was a pretty swell year for the comics.

The PR:

The market for comics and graphic novels in the U.S. and Canada reached $870 million at retail last year, according to a new estimate prepared jointly by ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller. 

“I’ve been networking with Milton on questions of the numbers underlying the business since he was at Capital City Distribution and I was editing Comics Retailer magazine back in the 1990s,” Miller said.  “It’s been great to formally collaborate on these estimates for the first time, and I think the result is the most inclusive and accurate picture of the market either of us has ever been able to produce.” 
“I’m very excited about the market model this collaboration with John has produced,” Griepp said.  “I’ve always had great respect for John’s work in the area of comic sales, and putting our heads together has enabled us to build a model that all can use to analyze and understand the market.”

As presented in the accompanying infographic, the 2013 analysis by ICv2 and Comichron was divided up between periodical comics (what some call “floppies” or “pamphlets”), graphic novels, and digital download-to-own sales.   Graphic novels contributed the largest portion ($415 million) and comic books nearly as much ($365 million), and digital (based on numbers released yesterday by ICv2) continued to grow faster than the market at $90 million. All print figures are calculated based on the full retail price of books sold into the market, and do not account for discounting or markup.

According to the report by Comichron and ICv2, comics periodical sales occur primarily in the comics store channel ($340 million) and to a declining degree in the “newsstand” channel ($25 million).  For book format products, well over half of all graphic novel sales ($245 million) occur in the book channel, with a smaller share ($170 million) in the comics store channel.

ICv2 and Comichron also collaborated on market estimates for 2011 and 2012, revising earlier estimates by both.  According to the new report, comics periodical sales grew from $300 million in 2011 to $335 million in 2012; graphic novel sales grew from $390 million in 2011 to $400 million in 2012; and combined comics and graphic novel sales grew from $690 million in 2011 to $735 million in 2012. 

“It’s great that the comics market has found new ways to grow even as the over-all book and magazine markets remain challenged,” Griepp said.  “It’s proof of the fundamental entertainment and literary value of the comics medium.”

“According to our records here at Comichron, without adjusting for inflation, this is the highest dollar value the market has reached since 1993,” Miller said.  “That’s great for the business, and we’re excited to see what comes next.”

Sales Charts: June Sales Estimates show size of “the long tail”

Afterlife With Archie Volume 1by John Jackson Miller

The full estimates for June 2014 comics sales are now online, and as reported last weekend, at “halftime” we see a market that has rebounded from winter to bring this year’s sales even with last year.

Retailers spent almost the exact same amount of money on comics and graphic novels in the period in the first halves of this year and last year, but this year they bought slightly more graphic novels and slightly fewer comic books. But the losses in comic books mainly came during the winter; they’ve perked up since. We were down 4% in overall sales in the first quarter and up 4% in the second. (So there’s no “comics recession,” at least in the two-negative-quarters definition of the term.

Further, the “long tail” in comics has outperformed the Top 300. This is even more true of the long tail in graphic novels, though there is a caveat: the fact that Top 300 graphic novel revenue reads as off 8% for the year while Diamond says that the category overall is up 3% is partially explained by the fact that there were larger quantities of graphic novels dumped on the market at deep discount in the first half of 2013. We’re seeing fewer graphic novels in the itemized charts, yes, but Diamond is seeing more wholesale revenue — which is what it bases its percentages on.

June itself was led by Batman #32 — and saw some upward movement by several titles, including Harley Quinn. The top graphic novel, as noted on Friday, was Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1, the first Archie graphic novel to top the book list with orders approaching 12,000 copies.

The comparison data:

TOP 300 COMICS UNIT SALES

June 2014: 6.46 million copies

Versus 1 year ago this month: -8%

Versus 5 years ago this month: -2%

Versus 10 years ago this month: -1%

Versus 15 years ago this month: -1%

Q2 2014: 20.09 million copies, -3% vs.Q2 2013

YEAR TO DATE: 38.39 million copies, -8% vs. 2013, +8% vs. 2009, +6% vs. 2004, +1 vs. 1999

ALL COMICS UNIT SALES

June 2014 versus one year ago this month: -4.51%

Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013: -1.29%

YEAR TO DATE: -6.36%

TOP 300 COMICS DOLLAR SALES


June 2014: $23.75 million

Versus 1 year ago this month: -7%

Versus 5 years ago this month: +5%

Versus 10 years ago this month: +28%

Versus 15 years ago this month: +43%

Q2 2014: $76.77 million, +2% vs. Q2 2013

YEAR TO DATE: $144.77 million, -4% vs. 2013, +20% vs. 2009, +41% vs. 2004, +49% vs. 1999

ALL COMICS DOLLAR SALES

June 2014 versus one year ago this month: -2.93%

Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013: +3.9%

YEAR TO DATE: -1.43%

TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES


June 2014: $6.93 million

Versus 1 year ago this month: +2%

Versus 5 years ago this month: +15%

Versus 10 years ago this month, just the Top 100 vs. the Top 100: +25%

Versus 15 years ago this month, just the Top 25 vs. the Top 25: +27%

Q2 2014: $21.77 million, -7% vs. Q2 2013

YEAR TO DATE: $42.4 million, -8% vs. 2013

ALL TRADE PAPERBACK  SALES

June 2014 versus one year ago this month: +8.09%

Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013: +4.33%

YEAR TO DATE: +2.93%

TOP 300 COMICS + TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES

June 2014: $30.68 million

Versus 1 year ago this month: -5%

Versus 5 years ago this month: -2%

Versus 10 years ago this month, counting just the Top 100 TPBs: +15%

Versus 15 years ago this month, counting just the Top 25 TPBs: +52%

Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013: $98.54 million, unchanged vs. Q2 2013

YEAR TO DATE: $187.18 million, -5% vs. 2013

ALL COMICS AND TRADE PAPERBACK  SALES

June 2014 versus one year ago this month: +0.33%

Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013: +4.04%

YEAR TO DATE: -0.08%

OVERALL DIAMOND SALES (including all comics, trades, and magazines) 

June 2014: approximately $41.68 million (subject to revision)

Versus 1 year ago this month: unchanged

Versus 5 years ago this month: +13%

Versus 10 years ago this month: +91%

Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013: $132.94 million, up 4% vs. Q2 2013

YEAR TO DATE: $249.53 million, unchanged vs. 2013

RELEASES

New comic books released: 424

New graphic novels released: 246

New magazines released: 34

All new releases: 704

The average comic book in the Top 300 cost $3.72; the average comic book
retailers ordered cost $3.67, a considerable drop. The median and most common price for comics offered was $3.99. Click to see comics prices across time.

Look here tomorrow for the release of the long-awaited 2013 end-of-year data, including the direct market, outside channels, and digital, the product of our first-ever joint analysis with ICV2.

John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more
than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry’s retail trade
magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more
than a hundred comic books for various franchises. He is the author of
the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Kenobi and the upcoming hardcover Star Wars: A New Dawn. Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com. And be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook!

Outcast #1 has sold more than 86,000 copies

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OUTCAST #1, the new book by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta has been a huge success, we’re told with orders surpassing The Walking Dead #128 with a print run of 86,000 copies. Even more impressive? The book shipped without ANY variants.

However it still shows up on the Diamond chart at #11 because 10% of the orders were subtracted because it shipped returnable.

There haven’t BEEN any returns, but that’s how Diamond runs the numbers, and even though the second printing was enormous, and there are more than 4000 copies on backorder, it still gets the returnability discount from Diamond.

Which, to be fair, is how they do things. It’s just that in this case it isn’t representative of how the book actually sold.

Personal to Chris Rice: nota bene

As for the book itself, it was a pretty groovy double sized first issue with a strong new lead character and some tasty art by Azaceta.

What did y’all think?

Sales Chart: Apple iBooks Comics Bestsellers, June 29, 2014

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Sales Charts! You love them, I love them, and here’s one I haven’t linked to before. Publishers Weekly (my other job) is running category best sellers lists for Apple’s iBooks portal and here’s the line for the last week of June. I’m pubbing the whole list this time just to get you sale chart analysts ginned up, but in the future a link will do. Note these books are iBooks format and not via Comixology.

Observation: Injustice Gods Among us continues to rule, as do all-ages material. The Mac Brooks Harlem Hellfighters novel is doing well in all channels—while waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy I heard two teens talking about wanted to read the book and see the movie, which hasn’t been announced yet. The IDW My Little Pony material is doing great, something I hadn’t heard about before.

 

iBooks US Bestseller List – Comics & Graphic Novels
1. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #20 by Andy Price, Chad Thomas & Katie Cook – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #12 by Bruno Redondo & Tom Taylor – No ISBN Available – (DC Comics)
3. Angry Birds Mini-Comic #1 by Jeff Parker, Marco Gervasio, Paco Rodriques & Paul Tobin – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
4. The Harlem Hellfighters by Caanan White & Max Brooks – 9780804140331 – (Crown Publishing Group)
5. THE WALKING DEAD #128 by Robert Kirkman – No ISBN Available – (Image Comics)
6. Angry Birds Mini-Comic #2 by César Ferioli & Jeff Parker – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
7. Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #11 by Bruno Redondo & Tom Taylor – No ISBN Available – (DC Comics)
8. Saga #20 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – No ISBN Available – (Image Comics)
9. My Little Pony: Friends Forever #6 by Agnes Garbowska, Amy Mebberson & Thom Zahler – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
10. Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #30 – Dawn of the Autobots by Alex Milne & James Roberts – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
11. Injustice: Gods Among Us #1 by Jheremy Raapack & Tom Taylor – No ISBN Available – (DC Comics)
12. The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore – No ISBN Available – (Image Comics)
13. The Walking Dead #127 by Robert Kirkman – No ISBN Available – (Image Comics)
14. Justice League (2011- ) #31 by Doug Mahnke & Geoff Johns – No ISBN Available – (DC Comics)
15. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #17 by Andy Price, Brenda Hickey & Katie Cook – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
16. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #19 by Amy Mebberson, Andy Price & Katie Cook – No ISBN Available – (IDW Publishing)
17. Injustice: Gods Among Us #2 by Axel Giminez, Jheremy Raapack & Tom Taylor – No ISBN Available – (DC Comics)
18. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 by Andy Price & Katie Cook – 9781623021696 – (IDW Publishing)
19. Batman (2011- ) #32 by Danny Miki, Greg Capullo & Scott Snyder – No ISBN Available – (DC Comics)
20. Doodle Jump #1 by Meredith Gran & Steve Uy – No ISBN Available – (Dynamite Entertainment)

 

 

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: May 2014—Original Sales

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by Jason Enright

This month Marvel took the top 3 spots with Original Sin and 2 issues of Spider-Man. Let’s look at the book breakdown below:

74 books shipped this month
10 double-shipped books
7 Avengers team books (8 if you include the all-ages Avengers book)
5 X-men team books (7 if you include X-factor and X-Force)

3 books over 100k
1 book between 75k and 100k
7 books between 50k and 75k
37 books between 25k and 50k
26 books between 0 and 25k

So with a few cancellations, the number of Avengers and X-books drop slightly. Perhaps this is more manageable, we’ll see. When we look at the sales bands we see that Marvel is still pretty light at the top with 11 books over 50k, has a healthy middle with 37 books between 25k and 50k and then 26 books below 25k which are starting to creep towards the danger zone.

Let’s get into the individual book numbers below and see what trends they can reveal for us — and scroll down to the bottom of the article for my final thoughts and some questions for discussion.

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

1,6. Original Sin #0
05/06  Civil War #1    - 260,706  (-43.6%)
04/08  Secret Inv.  #1 – 250,213  (-41.2%)
01/10  Siege #1        - 108,484  ( 35.5%)
04/11  Fear Itself #1  - 128,595  ( 14.3%)
03/12  Av vs. X-Men #1 – 203,181  (-28.0%)
03/13  Age of Ultron #1- 174,952  (-16.0%)
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04/14  Original Sin #0 -  73,024 [6,166] 
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045  (101.4%)
05/14  Original Sin #2 -  92,643  (-37.0%)

Original Sin is Marvel’s big new event and it debuted at 147k and then dropped down to 92k. But is that good for a major event book? For fun I pulled the numbers for #1 issues of the last several big event books from Marvel to see how Original Sin stacks up.

05/06  Civil War #1    - 260,706  (-43.6%)
04/08  Secret Inv.  #1 – 250,213  (-41.2%)
01/10  Siege #1        - 108,484  ( 35.5%)
04/11  Fear Itself #1  - 128,595  ( 14.3%)
03/12  Av vs. X-Men #1 – 203,181  (-28.0%)
03/13  Age of Ultron #1- 174,952  (-16.0%)
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045 

As you can see out of these 7 books it ranks 5th. I did better than Siege and Fear Itself, but worse than Age of Ultron, AVX, Secret invasion or Civil War. Two other interesting trends to note is that events have become more frequent and sell worse. I cherry picked these events because they fell around the same time of year as Original Sin and were Avengers-focused, but the last few years have been very event heavy and sales have been dropping overall on these events. They are still the best-selling books of their month generally but Marvel has yet to recapture the excitement and sales of Civil War. [Read more…]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: May 2014 – Forever’s End

STK638120by David Carter

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

DC take five of the top ten spots on the Diamond sales charts, and after taking a shellacking on market share last month pull up nearly even to their Marvelous Competition, though in a month where the market was down from the previous year.

There are some good things to point to: DC’s strategy of canceling their low-selling ongoing DCU titles and replacing them with weekly titles is working, at least so far. With the exception of last September’s anomalous 3D cover month, May 2014 is the best average sales for the DCU line since in nearly two years, since June 2012. Most importantly, Batman Eternal and Futures End give them several comics in the 50-75K range, an area in which they have been sorely lacking as of late. Mind you this isn’t a long-term strategy, but it keeps the bears at bay for a few more months until the Next Big Event or line-wide gimmick comes along.

(A note: This month, for most Batman Family titles, the 2-year comparisons are with the “Night of the Owl” crossover, while the 6-month comparisons are with the “Zero Year” crossover.)

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 right here at The Beat!

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 now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

4 - BATMAN ($3.99)
05/2004: Batman #627   --  76,885 
05/2009: Batman BfC #3 --  89,170 
05/2010: Batman #699   --  62,377
05/2011: Batman #710   --  55,086
05/2012: Batman #9     -- 134,605 
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05/2013: Batman #20    -- 129,039 (-  2.4%)
06/2013: Batman #21    -- 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30    -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31    -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
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6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 11.3%
2 years : - 18.9%
5 years : + 22.4%
10 years: + 42.0%
Since #1: - 51.1%

Don’t let that slight uptick fool you; the combo pack edition didn’t chart last month, as the cut-off at #400 was 2,823 while this month it was 1,671 (where the Batman #31 combo pack barely squeaked in). The mystery drop from last month remains, which is a bit worrying. Still, Batman remains DC’s sole title selling over 100K, and two collections (paperback vol. 3 & hardcover vol. 4) take the #1 & #2 slots this month on the Graphic Novels chart.

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Indie Month-to-Month Sales: April 2014— Oh Those Southern Bastards

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By Chris Rice

[Editors note: the graphic accompanying this is now the highest ranking NEW title on the list, to avoid endless WLAking Dead covers.]

Overall another quiet month, although excellent debuts from Jason Aaron’s Southern Bastards and Valiant’s Rai splash amongst the regular chart-toppers, and a few healthy new entries make their marks selling around the 10-15,000 copy mark .

151 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly up on last month’s 150. Overall sales were up at 1,688,787, compared to last month’s 1,655,816 and the average sales this month are 11,184, up on last month’s 11,038. 19 titles went up in sales and 108 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image have another great month with a 9.34% dollar share and an 10.31% market share, while Dark Horse in second place have a 5.54% dollar share and 5.18% market share. IDW have a 5.10% dollar share and a 4.24% market share, Dynamite have a 2.49% dollar share and 2.47% market share and Boom! have a 2.07 % dollar share and 1.97% market share. Eaglemoss actually beat Dynamite on dollar sales at 2.14, but that equated to less than 0 .73% market share and were lumped in with the miscellaneous small publishers.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

12, 13. The Walking Dead (Image)

04/2009: The Walking Dead #60 - 23,585
04/2010: The Walking Dead #71 - 24,567 
04/2011: The Walking Dead #84 - 31,930
04/2012: The Walking Dead #96 - 36,931
04/2013: The Walking Dead #109 - 90,362

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05/2013: The Walking Dead #110 - 76,455 (-15.4%)
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857 (-2.1%)
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)

A small upswing as All-Out War draws to a close.
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Marvel Month to Month Sales: April 2014 — Everything’s Coming up Spidey

Amazing Spider-Man #1

by Jason Enright

Welcome to the month of Spider-Man, the best-selling comic in over a decade. But with this one book breaking 500k, how is this the rest of the Marvel line doing? The last few months we’ve seen a lot of soft relaunches and some genuine new #1s, but while the new books like Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight are doing well, a lot of the new relaunches are floundering. Let’s break down a few overall statistics.

80 books shipped this month
5 X-books (7 including X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books
9 new #1s for ongoing series
10 double shipped books

2 books over 100k (both Spider-man)
0 books between 75k and 100k
12 books between 50k and 75k
35 books between 25k and 50k
31 books between 1k and 25k

So as you can see although Marvel has a few breakout hits, most of its books sell under 50k, and it has almost as many under 25k books as it does over 25k. The average Marvel book sells 38k if you include Amazing Spider-man #1, but if you treat that as an anomaly and remove it, then the Average book sells 32k.

As you can see Marvel has quite a few books below 25k that they probably need to think about cancelling. To this end, I’ve added in the analysis below my thoughts on which books Marvel, might be considering cancelling, and per a reader request, I’m calling this the deathwatch list.

So read on below to get the in-depth analysis of what is going with Marvel’s sales, and what I think they might be able to do about it. As always leave your comments and thoughts below. Am I way off? Do you agree with my thoughts and predictions? Sound off in the comments below.

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

1,2. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
04/04  Am Spi #506   –  83,156
04/09  Am Spi #590   -	 66,410
04/11  Am Spi #658   -	 61,687
04/12  Am Spi #683   -  59,153
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04/13  Superior #7  -  87,945  (  +2.5%)
04/13  Superior #8  -  85,671  (  -2.6%)
05/13  Superior #9  -  93,656  (  +9.3%)
05/13  Superior #10 -  85,346  (  -8.9%)
06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Superior #13 -  81,678  (  -0.8%)
07/13  Superior #14 -  80,839  (  -1.0%)
08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[10,168]
04/14  Amazing v3 #1- 532,586  ( 293.1%)
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6 mnth  ( 536.5%)
1 year  ( 505.6%)
2 year  ( 800.0%)
3 year  ( 763.4%)
5 year  ( 702.0%)
10 year ( 540.5%)

So wow! 532,586 copies shipped to stores. This makes Amazing Spider-Man #1 the best-selling comic since around 1999. Now there have been some reports that Marvel pumped these numbers up a bit by sending stores extra copies and obviously they did a lot of incentive variants and some incentive price lowering, but still this is a great achievement even if it a little inflated. Plus Superior #31 which also came out this month saw a nice sales increase. Now, we’ll want to watch for two things next month: One, how high are reorders on Amazing, basically did stores sell out of what they ordered or are all those copies sitting on their shelves still? Two, how high are orders on Amazing 2 going to be? Do stores think that people coming back in for Amazing #1 will come back for #2? I expect the order to be between 100 and 150k, but we’ll have to wait and see. All told though, this is a very nice return for Peter Parker, welcome back Pete!

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DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: April 2014 — Eternal Stormwatch of the Spotless Mind

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by David Carter

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

DC take five of the top ten spots on the Diamond sales charts, all of them Batman-titled books thanks to the debut of the weekly Batman Eternal. However, DC fall to their lowest Dollar Share and Unit Share in quite some time due to a combination of Marvel’s relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man (with a boatload of order incentives and variant covers leading to over a half million in sales) and their own inability to get out many of their bestselling titles on a consistent schedule—Forever Evil, Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained) didn’t ship this month, with Forever Evil’s lateness causing a ripple effect through other titles like Justice League of America.

However, the average sales for the DCU and DC as a whole increased, mainly due to the debut of Batman Eternal and its four issues taking the place of much-lower selling titles from the Batman Universe. While this points a way forward—cancel your low-selling titles and replace them with titles starring Batman—it isn’t one that increases line diversity and tries out new properties. If you look at the 1 year comparisons for the DCU, most all are -20% or worse. Increases in sales have come by canceling old titles and debuting new titles; which means that DC can’t even hold titles steady, let alone show any kind of sustained growth.

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 right here at The Beat!

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 now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

3 - BATMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Batman #626   --  78,519 [ 84,753]
04/2009: Batman BfC #2 --  89,120 
04/2010: Batman #698   --  60,934
04/2011: Batman #709   --  56,578
04/2012: Batman #8     -- 130,602 [136,218] 
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04/2013: Batman #19    -- 132,147 (-  4.2%)
05/2013: Batman #20    -- 129,039 (-  2.4%)
06/2013: Batman #21    -- 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30    -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
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6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : - 17.5%
2 years : - 20.0%
5 years : + 22.3%
10 years: + 38.8%
Since #1: - 51.2%

Batman falls to #3 this month due to the strength of Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man relaunch (and Superior Spider-Man’s ending), and its sales fall nearly 8K units to the lowest level since the New 52 relaunch. We’re still mid-“Zero Year”, heading into the hame stretch, so this likely represents some kind of adjustment on behalf of retailers after a few months of mostly steady sales. Or they were simply making room in their budgets for ordering a ton of Spider-Man comics to get to those incentive levels, and/or to buy a new weekly Batman comic.
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