By Todd Allen
In a surprise move, Tony Daniel announced his exit from Detective Comics over on his Facebook account. Why is this so surprising? If you look at the May sales estimates, Detective Comics #9 is sitting at 96K copies. Easily over 100K if you factor in UK sales. If you ignore the Batman Annual, it’s DC’s #4 title. Batman, Incorporated looks to have outsold it by 470 copies in the US, so there’s a decent chance it will be DC’s #3 title when the July numbers come out. OK, so you do have some “Night of the Owls” boost going on right now. It’s been the #5 book for DC most of the time. That’s a big change on a pretty successful title.
When the new 52 launched, Tony Daniels on Detective was a head scratcher for a lot of people. The anticipation wasn’t there. And then you watched reprinting after reprinting of Detective Comics #1 hit the top 300 charter in the subsequent months. Yes, Detective Comics #1 last hit the top 300 when it was #299 in March. That’s right. Six months later, the first issue is still selling. That issue has some serious legs.
With the departure, two obvious questions present themselves: who’s taking over Detective and what is Tony Daniel doing next? It will be interesting to see if Daniel can strike the same kind of sales with a different series.
My Batman/Detective run is coming to an end. My final written (and drawn) issue is Detective Comics #12. I’ll be producing the art only for issue 0. It’s been a long and adventurous journey for me, but there are other projects in the pipeline that I’ve been itching to do and I felt the need to scratch the itch. Next week DC will reveal some information on what one of the projects is I’m involved with. Then I’m gearing up for something I’ve wanted to do for a while in early 2013, a project where I hope to grow even more as an artist and a professional. It is top secret, and probably won’t be revealed until the fall. I want to thank all my friends, family and fans for supporting me through these crazy last few years. Onward and Upward!
Figure DC will either announce the new team next week or save it for Comicon.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.