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by David Carter

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

When the early Diamond info came out this month the Friday before the Top 300 charts were released (as they generally do every month), there was much consternation, as Marvel dominated both the top ten and also nearly doubled DC in market share. The instant conclusion that was jumped to in many quarters was that Marvel crushed DC in October. DC must have had a horrible month, right?

Eh, not so much.

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Total sales for DC were actually up over September by more than 100K. Average sales per title were down slightly, just 0.5%. Average sales for Vertigo were down because last month was a Sandman month, but the median sales per title for Vertigo were up by about 2.5K, due to the Vertigo relaunch.

So yes, Marvel did pretty well in October, as would be expected with their relaunch. But they didn’t do so at DC’s expense. DC had kind of a middling month of sales. Which doesn’t get people to click on article headlines, but the boring truth rarely does.

Where did Marvel’s extra sales come from? No doubt some came from DC, as none of their new title launches did anything close to what Marvel’s did. But much of them likely came from elsewhere, such as Image, who published nearly twenty fewer titles in October as they did in September.

Not to say that DC doesn’t have problems. They have plenty. The Vertigo relaunch titles didn’t debut at a level that will be sustainable unless there are significant sales from other channels. None of the new DCU titles debuted very high either, and one (Telos) is an outright dud right out of the gate. Nearly all of the DCYou launches have slid down into the danger zone just a few months into their runs. Sales are propped up by variant covers. Readers have little interest in trying new things.

Can DC be fixed? Maybe. Maybe it’s not too late to turn the ship around. But my prescription for saving DC will have to wait until next month.

To be continued…

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

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

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

11 - BATMAN ($3.99)
10/2005: Batman #646    --  69,975 
10/2010: Batman #704    --  65,212
10/2011: Batman #2      -- 172,428 [198,765]
10/2012: Batman #13     -- 148,305 [169,666] 
10/2013: Batman #24     -- 124,652 
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10/2014: Batman #35     -- 118,860 (- 16.9%) 
11/2014: Batman #36     -- 115,183 (-  3.1%) 
12/2014: Batman #37     -- 113,255 (-  1.7%) 
01/2015: Batman #38     -- 110,232 (-  2.7%) 
02/2015: Batman #39     -- 118,106 (+  7.1%) 
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Batman #40     -- 131,128 (+ 31.8%) [155,690]
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Batman #41     -- 142,155 (-  8.7%) 
07/2015: Batman #42     -- 117,441 (- 17.4%) 
08/2015: Batman #43     -- 124,697 (+  6.2%) 
09/2015: Batman #44     -- 114,409 (-  8.3%) 
10/2015: Batman #45     -- 109,367 (-  4.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 29.8%
1 year  : -  8.0%
2 years : - 12.3%
5 years : + 67.7%
10 years: + 56.3%

Batman misses the Diamond Top Ten this month, which caused all sorts of consternation when the preliminaries were released the weekend before the actual chart numbers. But when the actual numbers came in–well, they’re still not great. Hard to be disappointed for a comic selling over 100K, but while not quite the lowest that the current series has reached, it’s pretty darn close, and certainly the lowest since the f.o.v. (“freely ordered variant”) era. I may be projecting here, but readers may be starting to wish that the real Batman would return to the title instead of a guy in a mech suit.

20 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
10/2005: JLA #120           --  82,892  
10/2005: JLA #121           --  78,869  [81,316]
10/2010: JL of America #50  --  59,686
10/2011: Justice League #2  -- 196,569
10/2012: Justice League #13 -- 117,752
10/2013: Justice League #24 --  98,491 
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10/2014: Justice League #34 --  75,400 (- 27.7%)
10/2014: Justice League #35 --  75,264 (-  0.2%)
11/2014: Justice League #36 --  74,796 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Justice League #37 --  72,081 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: Justice League #38 --  68,989 (-  4.3%)
02/2015: Justice League #39 --  72,904 (+  5.7%)
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Justice League #40 --  78,388 (+  7.5%)
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Justice League #41 --  97,584 (+ 31.9%) [103,398]
07/2015: Justice League #42 --  81,291 (- 21.4%)
08/2015: Justice League #43 --  82,304 (+  1.2%)
09/2015: Justice League #44 --  76,752 (-  6.7%)
10/2015: Justice League #45 --  77,192 (+  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.5%
1 year  : +  2.5%
2 years : - 21.6%
5 years : + 29.3%
10 years: -  6.0%

But it’s not all bad news on the DC front this month. While it slipped from #8 last month to #20 this month on the chart, Justice League’s sales actually went up a bit this month. Which if you needed proof that chart position means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in terms of actual sales, here you go.

21, 37, 39, 43 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL ($3.99, $2.99)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 --  51,133 (-  2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 --  50,709 (-  0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 --  50,230 (-  0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 --  49,748 (-  1.0%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 --  48,999 (-  1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 --  48,683 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 --  48,083 (-  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 --  48,035 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 --  47,782 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #40 --  46,832 (-  2.0%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #41 --  46,648 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #42 --  46,516 (-  0.3%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #43 --  45,912 (-  1.3%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #44 --  45,391 (-  1.1%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #45 --  45,199 (-  0.4%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #46 --  44,763 (-  1.0%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #47 --  44,699 (-  0.1%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #48 --  44,505 (-  0.4%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #49 --  44,277 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #50 --  43,982 (-  0.7%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #51 --  44,065 (+  0.2%)
04/2015: Batman Eternal #52 --  47,359 (+  7.5%)
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: --
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2014: Batman & Robin #1  --  76,882 (+ 62.3%)
10/2014: Batman & Robin #2  --  54,267 (- 29.4%)
10/2014: Batman & Robin #3  --  53,626 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman & Robin #4  --  49,985 (-  6.8%)
-----------------
6 months: + 23.9%
1 year  : + 10.6%

The weekly Batman series returns and it does… okay. Viewed as a continuation of the previous weekly series, it more or less picks up where it left off, with sales by issue #4 down to where Batman Eternal was near the end of its run.

35 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ($3.99)
10/2005: JLA #120          --  82,892  
10/2005: JLA #121          --  78,869  [81,316]
10/2010: JL of America #50 --  59,686
10/2011: --
10/2012: --
10/2013: JL of America #8  --  77,305 
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06/2015: JL of America #1  -- 150,845 (+193.8%)
07/2015: JL of America #2  --  70,979 (- 52.9%)
08/2015: JL of America #3  --  67,118 (-  5.4%)
09/2015: --
10/2015: JL of America #4  --  56,543 (- 15.8%)
-----------------
2 years : - 26.9%
5 years : -  5.3%
10 years: - 31.1%

Already slipping on the schedule, to the surprise of absolutely no one except whoever at DC thought that this title would be able to maintain a monthly schedule in the first place.

36 - HARLEY QUINN ($3.99)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 --  68,557 (- 42.5%)
11/2014: Harley Quinn #12 --  71,245 (+  3.9%)
12/2014: Harley Quinn #13 --  68,102 (-  4.4%)
01/2015: Harley Quinn #14 --  64,735 (-  4.9%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Harley Quinn #15 --  66,904 (+  3.4%)
04/2015: Harley Quinn #16 --  72,055 (+  7.7%)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Harley Quinn #17 --  68,243 (-  5.3%)
07/2015: Harley Quinn #18 --  59,566 (- 12.7%)
08/2015: Harley Quinn #19 --  64,223 (+  7.8%)
09/2015: Harley Quinn #20 --  56,836 (- 11.5%)
10/2015: Harley Quinn #21 --  55,272 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.3%
1 year  : - 19.4%

Nothing wrong with a comic selling in the mid 50K range (in fact, DC could use a few more titles in this area of the chart), but Harley is no longer the sales juggernaut that it was in its early days.

44 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
10/2005: Detective Comics #812 --  39,270
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674
10/2011: Detective Comics #2   -- 123,099
10/2012: Detective Comics #13  --  76,392
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 
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10/2014: Detective Comics #35  --  57,385 (- 40.3%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36  --  58,171 (+  1.4%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37  --  54,953 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  --  51,301 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Detective Comics #39  --  54,698 (+  6.6%)
03/2015: Detective Comics #40  --  56,126 (+  2.6%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Detective Comics #41  --  57,648 (+  2.7%)
07/2015: Detective Comics #42  --  50,743 (- 12.0%)
08/2015: Detective Comics #43  --  53,576 (+  5.6%)
09/2015: Detective Comics #44  --  55,871 (+  4.3%)
10/2015: Detective Comics #45  --  47,972 (- 14.1%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 16.4%
2 years : - 19.1%
5 years : + 34.5%
10 years: + 22.2%

The new creative team debuts, and sales take a large dip down. Probably not the reaction DC was hoping for.

49 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
09/2005: Superman #222  --  67,638
10/2010: Superman #703  --  50,460
10/2010: Superman #704  --  46,741
10/2011: Superman #2    -- 104,703
10/2012: Superman #13   --  52,155
10/2013: Superman #24   --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
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10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692 (- 31.1%)
11/2014: Superman #36   --  52,272 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Superman #37   --  50,383 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Superman #38   --  48,987 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Superman #39   --  50,260 (+  2.6%)
04/2015: Superman #40   --  52,666 (+  4.8%)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Superman #41   --  53,393 (+  1.4%)
07/2015: Superman #42   --  46,691 (- 12.6%)
08/2015: Superman #43   --  49,825 (+  6.7%)
09/2015: Superman #44   --  43,921 (- 11.8%)
10/2015: Superman #45   --  42,693 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.9%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : +  7.9%
5 years : - 12.2%
10 years: - 36.9%

Standard attrition, if that even means anything in these days of freely-orderable variants. Though looking at the various f.o.v. books from last month to this month, there’s enough variability there that maybe we’ve found the f.o.v. baseline; that is, this is the level that these books sell with a f.o.v. when the interest in the cover theme is minimal.

55 - GREEN LANTERN ($3.99)
10/2005: --
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626
10/2011: Green Lantern #2   -- 142,344 
10/2012: Green Lantern #13  --  91,814
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
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10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893 (- 40.7%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36  --  46,157 (+  0.6%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37  --  44,033 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #38  --  39,342 (- 10.7%)
02/2015: Green Lantern #39  --  41,997 (+  6.7%)
03/2015: Green Lantern #40  --  42,334 (+  0.8%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Green Lantern #41  --  45,704 (+  8.0%)
07/2015: Green Lantern #42  --  39,290 (- 14.0%)
08/2015: Green Lantern #43  --  42,482 (+  8.1%)
09/2015: Green Lantern #44  --  39,371 (-  7.3%)
10/2015: Green Lantern #45  --  38,406 (-  2.5%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 16.3%
2 years : - 32.7%
5 years : - 52.9%
10 years:    n.a.

Another book with numbers that look suspiciously like standard attrition this month.

58 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARKSEID WAR ($3.99)
10/2015: JLDW Batman #1  --  37,657

The first in a series of one-shots tying in to the “Darkseid War” story currently running in Justice League. I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that this may have been greatly under-ordered, with reports of instant sell-outs in many stores as demand was misjudged. These were originally solicited under the title Justice League: Gods and Men, which was very similar to the recent Justice League: Gods and Monsters one-shots that tied in to the animated movie and no doubt contributed to some confusion on the behalf of consumers and retailers alike. In other words, this most likely would have had much better numbers if DC hadn’t messed up the marketing.

59 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
10/2005: --
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741
10/2013: Batman/Superman #4  --  82,990 
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10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 --  52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 --  50,226 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 --  48,581 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 --  44,714 (-  8.0%)
01/2015: Batman/Superman #18 --  41,750 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Batman/Superman #19 --  44,134 (+  5.7%)
03/2015: Batman/Superman #20 --  43,428 (-  1.6%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batman/Superman #21 --  49,204 (+ 13.3%)
07/2015: Batman/Superman #22 --  41,672 (- 15.3%)
08/2015: Batman/Superman #23 --  44,259 (+  6.2%)
09/2015: Batman/Superman #24 --  40,132 (-  9.3%)
10/2015: Batman/Superman #25 --  37,566 (-  6.4%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 28.1%
2 year  : - 54.7%
5 years : + 18.4%
10 years:    n.a.

In trying to keep up with the status quo changes in both the regular Superman & Batman titles, the team-up book is starting to feel even more rudderless than usual. Will soon switch over to tell flashback stories, which may help things or alternately make the book feel even less essential.

61 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
10/2005: Action Comics #832 --  47,968
10/2010: Action Comics #894 --  42,291
10/2011: Action Comics #2   -- 153,855
10/2012: Action Comics #13  --  67,241
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 
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10/2014: Action Comics #35  --  45,152 (- 39.4%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36  --  41,835 (-  7.3%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37  --  39,168 (-  6.4%)
01/2015: Action Comics #38  --  35,018 (- 10.6%)
02/2015: Action Comics #39  --  38,070 (+  8.7%)
03/2015: Action Comics #40  --  38,216 (+  0.4%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Action Comics #41  --  44,083 (+ 15.4%)
07/2015: Action Comics #42  --  37,956 (- 13.9%)
08/2015: Action Comics #43  --  41,883 (+ 10.3%)
09/2015: Action Comics #44  --  37,927 (-  9.4%)
10/2015: Action Comics #45  --  36,560 (-  3.6%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 19.0%
2 years : -  7.7%
5 years : - 13.6%
10 years: - 23.8%

Doing what it can within the confines of the mega plot.

62 - ROBIN, SON OF BATMAN ($3.99)
10/2005: Robin #143    -- 34,141 
--------------------------------
06/2015: Robin SoB #1  -- 70,505 (+122.5%)
07/2015: Robin SoB #2  -- 44,232 (- 37.3%)
08/2015: Robin SoB #3  -- 38,413 (- 13.2%)
09/2015: Robin SoB #4  -- 38,162 (-  0.7%)
10/2015: Robin SoB #5  -- 35,619 (-  6.7%)
-----------------
10 years: +  4.3%

A correction after joining the f.o.v. club last month.

63 - FLASH ($3.99)
10/2005: Flash #227 --  46,666 
10/2010: --
10/2011: Flash #2   -- 114,137
10/2012: Flash #13  --  49,936
10/2013: Flash #24  --  38,190 
------------------------------
10/2014: Flash #35  --  37,484 (- 46.7%)
11/2014: Flash #36  --  38,145 (+  1.8%)
12/2014: Flash #37  --  37,026 (-  2.9%)
01/2015: Flash #38  --  35,180 (-  5.0%)
02/2015: Flash #39  --  43,635 (+ 24.0%)
03/2015: Flash #40  --  38,382 (- 12.0%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Flash #41  --  41,256 (+  7.5%)
07/2015: Flash #42  --  37,956 (-  8.0%)
08/2015: Flash #43  --  40,542 (+  6.8%)
09/2015: Flash #44  --  36,111 (- 10.9%)
10/2015: Flash #45  --  35,485 (-  1.7%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : -  5.3%
2 years : -  7.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 24.0%

Not a huge seller, but holding its own better than many other titles in DC’s stable.

64 - SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK ($3.99)
10/2015: Lois & Clark #1  -- 35,009

The first of a number of debuts this month that nobody asked for, spinning out of Convergence and featuring convoluted premises. This one I hear features the Superman & Lois Lane from Pre-Flashpoint who it is revealed have been secretly living in the New DC Universe and raising their son? Yeah, sure, whatever. Sales-wise this debuts at about the same level that Midnighter did a few months back, and you need only look down the chart to see how well those sales have held up. Now sure, there’s always a chance that this will be the one book that bucks DC’s sales trend for new titles. But I wouldn’t put any money on it doing so.

66 - WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2005: Wonder Woman #221 -- 52,894
10/2005: Wonder Woman #222 -- 47,065  [49,101]
10/2010: Wonder Woman #604 -- 37,405
10/2011: Wonder Woman #2   -- 79,060
10/2012: Wonder Woman #13  -- 43,731
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  -- 34,308 
------------------------------------
10/2014: Wonder Woman #34  -- 35,774 (- 48.5%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #35  -- 35,968 (+  0.5%)
11/2014: Wonder Woman #36  -- 58,965 (+ 63.9%)
12/2014: Wonder Woman #37  -- 43,066 (- 27.0%)
01/2015: Wonder Woman #38  -- 39,669 (-  7.9%)
02/2015: Wonder Woman #39  -- 42,634 (+  7.5%)
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Wonder Woman #40  -- 45,172 (+  6.0%)
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Wonder Woman #41  -- 45,284 (+  0.2%)
07/2015: Wonder Woman #42  -- 36,668 (- 19.0%)
08/2015: Wonder Woman #43  -- 39,646 (+  8.1%)
09/2015: Wonder Woman #44  -- 36,151 (-  8.8%)
10/2015: Wonder Woman #45  -- 33,885 (-  6.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.0%
1 year  : -  5.3%
2 years : -  1.2%
5 years : -  9.4%
10 years: - 33.6%

Still selling above the lowest point of the previous version, but those issues didn’t have the benefit of freely-orderable variants.

68 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
10/2011: Suicide Squad #2      -- 49,570
10/2012: Suicide Squad #13     -- 27,644
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24     -- 27,762 
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10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  -- 39,498 (- 46.3%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4  -- 34,920 (- 11.6%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5  -- 32,834 (-  6.0%)
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6  -- 32,304 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: New Suicide Squad #7  -- 30,537 (-  5.5%)
03/2015: New Suicide Squad #8  -- 30,443 (-  0.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: New Suicide Squad #9  -- 42,225 (+ 38.7%)
07/2015: New Suicide Squad #10 -- 35,365 (- 16.2%)
08/2015: New Suicide Squad #11 -- 37,915 (+  7.2%)
09/2015: New Suicide Squad #12 -- 34,622 (-  8.7%)
10/2015: New Suicide Squad #13 -- 33,260 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 15.8%
2 years : + 19.8%

The movie is due out in August 2016.

69 - GRAYSON ($3.99)
10/2005: Nightwing #113 -- 39,837
10/2011: Nightwing #2   -- 73,054
10/2012: Nightwing #13  -- 47,171
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 
---------------------------------
10/2014: Grayson #3     -- 52,849 (- 31.0%)
11/2014: Grayson #4     -- 47,590 (- 10.0%)
12/2014: Grayson #5     -- 42,611 (- 10.5%)
01/2015: Grayson #6     -- 38,505 (-  9.6%)
02/2015: Grayson #7     -- 41,164 (+  6.9%)
03/2015: Grayson #8     -- 40,859 (-  0.7%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Grayson #9     -- 39,610 (-  3.1%)
07/2015: Grayson #10    -- 33,990 (- 14.2%)
08/2015: Grayson #11    -- 36,538 (+  7.5%)
09/2015: Grayson #12    -- 32,284 (- 11.6%)
10/2015: Grayson #13    -- 32,260 (-  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 39.0%
2 years : - 19.1%
10 years: - 19.0%

Only twenty-four fewer copies than last month.

70 - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS (Digital First) ($3.99)
08/2015: Bombshells #1  --  59,253
09/2015: Bombshells #2  --  37,136 (- 37.3%)
10/2015: Bombshells #3  --  32,147 (- 13.4%)

A typical third issue drop. Issues #2 & #3 are nearly exactly the same sales as for Batman ’66.

72 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
--------------------------------------------
10/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #12 -- 47,885 (- 37.9%)
11/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #13 -- 44,013 (-  8.1%)
12/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #14 -- 41,231 (-  6.3%)
01/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #15 -- 36,877 (- 10.6%)
02/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #16 -- 38,550 (+  4.5%)
03/2015: -- 
04/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #17 -- 39,868 (+  3.4%)
05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #18 -- 39,787 (-  0.2%)
07/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #19 -- 36,666 (-  7.8%)
08/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #20 -- 38,834 (+  5.9%)
09/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #21 -- 34,349 (- 11.5%)
10/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #22 -- 32,044 (-  6.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 33.1%
2 years : - 66.2%

Same issue here as with Batman/Superman.

74 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
10/2012: Deathstroke #13 -- 15,078 
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10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
12/2014: Deathstroke #3  -- 34,010 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  -- 33,011 (-  2.9%) 
02/2015: Deathstroke #5  -- 32,863 (-  0.4%) 
03/2015: Deathstroke #6  -- 31,666 (-  3.6%) 
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Deathstroke #7  -- 38,807 (+ 22.6%) 
07/2015: Deathstroke #8  -- 33,648 (- 13.3%) 
08/2015: Deathstroke #9  -- 36,583 (+  8.7%) 
09/2015: Deathstroke #10 -- 31,241 (- 14.6%) 
10/2015: Deathstroke #11 -- 31,121 (-  0.4%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 42.4%

A rather tiny drop this month.

75 - TITANS HUNT ($3.99)
10/2015: Titans Hunt #1 of 12  -- 31,037

Another new book with an overly complicated premise, which if I understand correctly has something to do with this being characters who were associated with the pre-Flashpoint Teen Titans, but these are the New 52 versions, and they have some sort of hidden history that is being uncovered? Doesn’t really sound new reader friendly…

Meanwhile, over at DC’s Marvelous competitors, they’re getting ready to debut a new series about a preteen girl genius and her pet dinosaur. Which sounds a lot more fun than yet another series that crawls up into its own continuity hole.

79 - BATMAN BEYOND ($2.99)
10/2012: Unlimited #9      -- 19,877
10/2013: Universe #3       -- 17,658 
------------------------------------
10/2014: Universe #15      -- 13,739 (- 2.3%)
11/2014: Universe #16      -- 13,211 (- 3.8%)
12/2014: --
01/2015: --
02/2015: --
03/2015: --
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batman Beyond #1  -- 59,151 (+347.7%)
07/2015: Batman Beyond #2  -- 35,000 (- 40.8%)
08/2015: Batman Beyond #3  -- 30,806 (- 12.0%)
09/2015: Batman Beyond #4  -- 31,202 (+  1.3%)
10/2015: Batman Beyond #5  -- 29,409 (-  5.7%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : +114.1%
2 years : + 66.5%

80 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
10/2005: Batgirl #69    -- 26,870
10/2010: --
10/2011: Batgirl #2     -- 83,586
10/2012: Batgirl #13    -- 50,074  [71,109]
10/2013: Batgirl #24    -- 36,666 
---------------------------------
10/2014: Batgirl #35    -- 62,644 (-  7.8%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36    -- 50,247 (- 19.8%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37    -- 45,060 (- 10.3%)
01/2015: Batgirl #38    -- 45,096 (+  0.1%)
02/2015: Batgirl #39    -- 40,880 (-  9.3%)
03/2015: Batgirl #40    -- 41,729 (+  2.1%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batgirl #41    -- 33,220 (- 20.4%)
07/2015: Batgirl #42    -- 33,168 (-  0.2%)
08/2015: Batgirl #43    -- 32,079 (-  3.3%)
09/2015: Batgirl #44    -- 30,654 (-  4.4%)
10/2015: Batgirl #45    -- 29,276 (-  4.5%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 53.3%
2 years : - 20.2%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: +  9.0%

No variant covers. Also, there’s evidence that Batgirl sells above its weight class in digital, as it is regularly up in the comiXology top sellers the week that it is released.

82 - STARFIRE ($2.99)
06/2015: Starfire #1  -- 50,928 
07/2015: Starfire #2  -- 33,659 (- 33.9%) 
08/2015: Starfire #3  -- 30,207 (- 10.3%) 
09/2015: Starfire #4  -- 30,485 (+  0.9%) 
10/2015: Starfire #5  -- 28,714 (-  5.8%)

84, 88 - CYBORG ($2.99)
07/2015: Cyborg #1  -- 45,187 
08/2015: Cyborg #2  -- 29,167 (- 35.5%) 
09/2015: --
10/2015: Cyborg #3  -- 27,550 (-  5.5%) 
10/2015: Cyborg #4  -- 25,926 (-  5.9%)

Missed shipping in September, so playing catch-up this month. Joins the f.o.v. party as of issue #3.

86 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
10/2005: Teen Titans #28 -- 66,581
10/2010: Teen Titans #88 -- 27,637
10/2011: Teen Titans #2  -- 72,107
10/2012: Teen Titans #13 -- 41,059
10/2013: Teen Titans #24 -- 34,536 
----------------------------------
10/2014: Teen Titans #3  -- 39,198 (- 37.7%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4  -- 36,364 (-  7.2%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5  -- 34,101 (-  6.2%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #6  -- 30,955 (-  9.2%)
02/2015: Teen Titans #7  -- 34,051 (+ 10.0%)
03/2015: Teen Titans #8  -- 38,363 (+ 12.7%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Teen Titans #9  -- 33,412 (- 12.9%)
07/2015: Teen Titans #10 -- 28,547 (- 14.6%)
08/2015: Teen Titans #11 -- 32,112 (+ 12.5%)
09/2015: --
10/2015: Teen Titans #12 -- 26,796 (- 16.6%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 31.6%
2 years : - 22.4%
5 years : -  3.0%
10 years: - 59.8%

Another late book; #12 was the Green Lantern f.o.v.

89 - AQUAMAN ($3.99)
10/2005: Aquaman #35 -- 22,644
10/2011: Aquaman #2  -- 79,156  [83,626]
10/2012: Aquaman #13 -- 54,648
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 
------------------------------
10/2014: Aquaman #35 -- 32,238 (- 50.6%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36 -- 32,838 (+  1.9%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37 -- 31,198 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: Aquaman #38 -- 28,356 (-  9.1%)
02/2015: Aquaman #39 -- 32,162 (+ 13.4%)
03/2015: Aquaman #40 -- 32,404 (+  0.8%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Aquaman #41 -- 33,629 (+  3.8%)
07/2015: Aquaman #42 -- 28,158 (- 16.3%)
08/2015: Aquaman #43 -- 30,480 (+  8.2%)
09/2015: Aquaman #44 -- 26,396 (- 13.4%)
10/2015: Aquaman #45 -- 25,495 (-  3.4%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 20.9%
2 years : - 39.7%
10 years: + 12.6%

A change in creative teams is imminent.

92 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
10/2005: Green Arrow #55  -- 32,804
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188
10/2011: Green Arrow #2   -- 58,708
10/2012: Green Arrow #13  -- 22,057
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 
-----------------------------------
10/2014: Green Arrow #35  -- 23,346 (- 62.3%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36  -- 21,842 (-  6.4%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37  -- 20,904 (-  4.3%)
01/2015: Green Arrow #38  -- 20,207 (-  3.3%)
02/2015: Green Arrow #39  -- 19,651 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Green Arrow #40  -- 19,792 (+  0.7%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Green Arrow #41  -- 29,545 (+ 49.3%)
07/2015: Green Arrow #42  -- 24,921 (- 15.7%)
08/2015: Green Arrow #43  -- 29,998 (+ 20.4%)
09/2015: Green Arrow #44  -- 25,620 (- 14.6%)
10/2015: Green Arrow #45  -- 23,614 (-  7.8%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : +  1.1%
2 years : -  4.1%
5 years : - 44.0%
10 years: - 28.0%

Dropping.

93 - EARTH 2: SOCIETY ($2.99)
10/2012: Earth 2 #5     -- 61,529
10/2013: Earth 2 #16    -- 38,389 
---------------------------------
10/2014: Earth 2 #27    -- 37,925 (- 41.6%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28    -- 31,722 (- 16.4%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29    -- 30,273 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Earth 2 #30    -- 28,618 (-  5.5%)
02/2015: Earth 2 #31    -- 27,513 (-  3.9%)
03/2015: Earth 2 #32    -- 27,361 (-  0.6%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: E2 Society #1  -- 45,102 (+ 64.8%)
07/2015: E2 Society #2  -- 31,663 (- 29.8%)
08/2015: E2 Society #3  -- 28,381 (- 10.4%)
09/2015: E2 Society #4  -- 25,443 (- 10.4%)
10/2015: E2 Society #5  -- 23,459 (-  7.8%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 38.1%
2 years : - 38.9%

98 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
10/2014: Sinestro #6  -- 33,621 (- 44.7%) 
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Sinestro #7  -- 33,549 (-  0.2%) 
12/2014: Sinestro #8  -- 31,509 (-  6.1%) 
01/2015: Sinestro #9  -- 26,346 (- 16.4%) 
02/2015: Sinestro #10 -- 28,698 (+  8.9%) 
03/2015: Sinestro #11 -- 28,384 (-  1.1%) 
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Sinestro #12 -- 28,848 (+  1.6%) 
07/2015: Sinestro #13 -- 23,044 (- 20.1%) 
08/2015: Sinestro #14 -- 25,505 (+ 10.7%) 
09/2015: Sinestro #15 -- 22,090 (- 13.4%) 
10/2015: Sinestro #16 -- 23,179 (+  4.9%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 31.1%

I’m guessing it’s the awesome LOLcat f.o.v. cover that was the cause for the rise here.

102 - GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY ($2.99)
06/2015: GL Lost Army #1  -- 47,240 
07/2015: GL Lost Army #2  -- 31,170 (- 34.0%) 
08/2015: GL Lost Army #3  -- 27,080 (- 13.1%) 
09/2015: GL Lost Army #4  -- 24,249 (- 10.5%) 
10/2015: GL Lost Army #5  -- 22,605 (-  6.8%)
104 - BLACK CANARY ($2.99)
06/2015: Black Canary #1  -- 44,865 (+ 52.6%)
07/2015: Black Canary #2  -- 27,512 (- 38.7%)
08/2015: Black Canary #3  -- 23,253 (- 15.5%)
09/2015: Black Canary #4  -- 23,678 (+  1.8%)
10/2015: Black Canary #5  -- 22,215 (-  6.2%)
108 - WE ARE ROBIN ($3.99)
06/2015: We Are Robin #1  -- 57,137 
07/2015: We Are Robin #2  -- 31,209 (- 45.4%) 
08/2015: We Are Robin #3  -- 26,830 (- 14.0%) 
09/2015: We Are Robin #4  -- 22,893 (- 14.7%) 
10/2015: We Are Robin #5  -- 21,243 (-  7.2%)
111 - RED HOOD/ARSENAL ($2.99)
10/2010: Red Hood Lost Days #5  -- 22,967
10/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #2  -- 59,382
10/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #13 -- 35,420
10/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #24 -- 27,128 
-----------------------------------------
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 -- 19,837 (- 63.9%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 -- 19,245 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 -- 18,723 (-  2.7%)
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 (-  3.8%)
02/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #39 -- 17,270 (-  4.1%)
03/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #40 -- 17,110 (-  0.9%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #1    -- 44,078 (+157.6%)
07/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #2    -- 26,829 (- 39.1%)
08/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #3    -- 23,841 (- 11.1%)
09/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #4    -- 22,113 (-  7.2%)
10/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #5    -- 21,025 (-  4.9%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : +  6.0%
2 years : - 22.5%
5 years : -  8.5%
112 - CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER ($2.99)
10/2005: Hellblazer #213    -- 14,688
10/2010: Hellblazer #272    --  9,650
10/2011: Hellblazer #284    --  9,608
10/2012: Hellblazer #296    --  9,255
10/2013: Constantine #7     -- 22,954 
-------------------------------------
10/2014: Constantine #18    -- 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19    -- 15,716 (+  0.4%)
12/2014: Constantine #20    -- 15,574 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: Constantine #21    -- 15,209 (-  2.3%)
02/2015: Constantine #22    -- 14,716 (-  3.2%)
03/2015: Constantine #23    -- 14,530 (-  1.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: The Hellblazer #1  -- 41,888 (+188.3%)
07/2015: The Hellblazer #2  -- 27,512 (- 34.3%)
08/2015: The Hellblazer #3  -- 24,040 (- 12.6%)
09/2015: The Hellblazer #4  -- 21,974 (-  8.6%)
10/2015: The Hellblazer #5  -- 20,431 (-  7.0%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 30.6%
2 years : - 11.0%
5 years : +117.7%
10 years: + 39.1%

A bunch of fifth issues of series that DC no doubt had higher hopes for when they launched back in June.

113 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
10/2005: Catwoman #48   -- 21,104
10/2011: Catwoman #2    -- 63,573
10/2012: Catwoman #13   -- 40,147  [60,257]
10/2013: Catwoman #24   -- 35,134 
---------------------------------
10/2014: Catwoman #35   -- 25,970 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36   -- 26,237 (+  1.0%)
12/2014: Catwoman #37   -- 25,154 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: Catwoman #38   -- 22,386 (- 11.0%)
02/2015: Catwoman #39   -- 26,450 (+ 18.2%)
03/2015: Catwoman #40   -- 26,534 (+  0.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Catwoman #41   -- 27,034 (+  1.9%)
07/2015: Catwoman #42   -- 21,983 (- 18.7%)
08/2015: Catwoman #43   -- 26,451 (+ 20.3%)
09/2015: Catwoman #44   -- 21,507 (- 18.7%)
10/2015: Catwoman #45   -- 20,229 (- 18.7%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 22.1%
2 years : - 42.4%
10 years: -  4.1%

A new creative team arrives in December.

115 - TELOS ($2.99)
10/2015: Telos #1  -- 20,126

Apparently someone at DC thought that readers were so enchanted by the character Telos in Convergence that they would flock to a series featuring his continued adventures.

119 - BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT: GENESIS (Digital-First) ($2.99)
08/2015: BAK Genesis #1 of 6  -- 35,652 
09/2015: BAK Genesis #2 of 6  -- 21,555 (- 41.2%) 
10/2015: BAK Genesis #3 of 6  -- 19,045 (- 11.6%)

122 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
11/2014: Justice League United #6  -- 34,610 (-  9.1%) 
12/2014: Justice League United #7  -- 31,904 (-  7.8%) 
01/2015: Justice League United #8  -- 28,720 (- 10.0%) 
02/2015: Justice League United #9  -- 31,932 (+ 11.2%) 
03/2015: Justice League United #10 -- 31,722 (-  0.7%) 
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: Justice League United #11 -- 23,140 (- 27.1%) 
08/2015: Justice League United #12 -- 24,360 (+  5.3%) 
09/2015: Justice League United #13 -- 20,160 (- 17.2%) 
10/2015: Justice League United #14 -- 18,865 (-  6.4%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 50.4%

Ending in December with issue #16.

123 - MARTIAN MANHUNTER ($2.99)
06/2015: Martian Manhunter #1  -- 40,239 (+ 81.4%)
07/2015: Martian Manhunter #2  -- 24,957 (- 38.0%)
08/2015: Martian Manhunter #3  -- 22,540 (-  9.7%)
09/2015: Martian Manhunter #4  -- 19,738 (- 12.4%)
10/2015: Martian Manhunter #5  -- 18,416 (-  6.7%)

124 - BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (Digital-First) ($3.99)
03/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #1  -- 73,266 
04/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #2  -- 25,479 (- 65.2%)
04/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #3  -- 23,370 (-  8.3%)
05/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #4  -- 21,083 (-  9.8%)
06/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #5  -- 21,317 (+  1.1%)
07/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #6  -- 20,324 (-  4.7%)
08/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #7  -- 19,354 (-  4.8%)
09/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #8  -- 19,641 (+  1.5%)
10/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #9  -- 18,132 (-  7.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.8%

125 - GREEN ARROW ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2015: Green Arrow Ann #1  -- 18,009

Delayed from September.

129 - THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN (Vertigo) ($4.99)
10/2015: Twilight Children #1 of 4 -- 16,896

The first of the new wave of Vertigo titles, this one a miniseries by Gilbert Hernandez & Darwyn Cooke. Considering it’s a $5 extra-sized issue, it does… okay? I’m trade-waiting, as I suspect many others are as well.

131 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3  -- 26,509 (- 14.8%)
01/2015: Gotham Academy #4  -- 22,576 (- 14.8%)
02/2015: Gotham Academy #5  -- 20,844 (-  7.7%)
03/2015: Gotham Academy #6  -- 20,361 (-  2.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Gotham Academy #7  -- 26,594 (+ 30.6%)
07/2015: Gotham Academy #8  -- 22,359 (- 15.9%)
08/2015: Gotham Academy #9  -- 18,048 (- 19.3%)
09/2015: Gotham Academy #10 -- 17,292 (-  4.2%)
10/2015: Gotham Academy #11 -- 16,560 (-  4.2%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 58.2%

After thirty-five years of reading comics, you’d think I’d be used by now to titles I really like selling poorly.

132 - SECRET SIX ($2.99)
10/2010: Secret Six #26 -- 20,377
---------------------------------
12/2014: Secret Six #1  -- 44,065 (+130.7%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Secret Six #2  -- 26,579 (- 39.7%)
03/2015: --
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Secret Six #3  -- 28,458 (+  7.1%)
07/2015: Secret Six #4  -- 22,813 (- 19.8%)
08/2015: Secret Six #5  -- 30,418 (+ 33.3%)
09/2015: Secret Six #6  -- 17,376 (- 42.9%)
10/2015: Secret Six #7  -- 16,343 (-  5.9%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
5 years : - 19.8%

129 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 ($2.99)
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10  -- 19,623 (-  6.4%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11  -- 18,642 (-  5.0%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12  -- 18,659 (+  0.1%)
01/2015: Justice League 3K #13  -- 17,432 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Justice League 3K #14  -- 16,778 (-  3.8%)
03/2015: Justice League 3K #15  -- 16,604 (-  1.0%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Justice League 3K1 #1  -- 35,391 (+113.1%)
07/2015: Justice League 3K1 #2  -- 21,301 (- 39.8%)
08/2015: Justice League 3K1 #3  -- 18,931 (- 11.1%)
09/2015: Justice League 3K1 #4  -- 16,704 (- 11.8%)
10/2015: Justice League 3K1 #5  -- 15,512 (-  7.1%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 20.9%

137, 131 - INJUSTICE: YEAR FOUR (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Injustice #10    -- 24,788 
-----------------------------------
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 (+  8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 (-  7.4%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3  -- 17,243 (-  3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4  -- 16,741 (-  2.9%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5  -- 16,611 (-  0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6  -- 16,141 (-  2.8%)
01/2015: Injustice Y3 #7  -- 15,796 (-  2.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #8  -- 15,816 (+  0.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #9  -- 15,345 (-  3.0%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #10 -- 15,417 (+  0.5%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #11 -- 15,526 (+  0.7%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #12 -- 15,322 (-  1.3%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #1  -- 17,958 (+ 17.2%)
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #2  -- 15,653 (- 12.8%)
06/2015: Injustice Y4 #3  -- 15,982 (+  2.1%)
06/2015: Injustice Y4 #4  -- 15,493 (-  3.1%)
07/2015: Injustice Y4 #5  -- 15,905 (+  2.7%)
07/2015: Injustice Y4 #6  -- 15,556 (-  2.2%)
08/2015: Injustice Y4 #7  -- 15,559 (+  0.0%)
08/2015: Injustice Y4 #8  -- 15,269 (-  1.9%)
09/2015: Injustice Y4 #9  -- 15,414 (+  0.9%)
09/2015: Injustice Y4 #10 -- 16,243 (+  5.4%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #11 -- 14,992 (-  7.7%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #12 -- 14,848 (-  1.0%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 19.8%
2 years : - 39.8%

The end of Year 4. Year 5, the final year, kicks off in January.

140 - DOCTOR FATE ($2.99)
06/2015: Doctor Fate #1  -- 39,558 
07/2015: Doctor Fate #2  -- 22,967 (- 41.9%) 
08/2015: Doctor Fate #3  -- 18,951 (- 17.5%) 
09/2015: Doctor Fate #4  -- 16,258 (- 14.2%) 
10/2015: Doctor Fate #5  -- 14,560 (- 10.4%)

143 - CLEAN ROOM (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Clean Room #1 -- 14,304

The second Vertigo debut this month, this one by Gail Simone & Jon Davis-Hunt.

147 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 
---------------------------------
10/2014: Batman '66 #16 -- 15,923 (-  5.5%)
11/2014: Batman '66 #17 -- 15,585 (-  2.1%)
12/2014: Batman '66 #18 -- 15,409 (-  1.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Batman '66 #19 -- 14,770 (-  4.1%)
02/2015: Batman '66 #20 -- 14,525 (-  1.7%)
03/2015: Batman '66 #21 -- 14,238 (-  2.0%)
04/2015: Batman '66 #22 -- 14,135 (-  0.7%)
05/2015: Batman '66 #23 -- 20,045 (+ 41.8%)
06/2015: Batman '66 #24 -- 13,653 (- 31.9%)
07/2015: Batman '66 #25 -- 17,001 (+ 24.5%)
08/2015: Batman '66 #26 -- 14,562 (- 14.3%)
09/2015: Batman '66 #27 -- 14,315 (-  1.7%)
10/2015: Batman '66 #28 -- 14,081 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.4%
1 year  : - 11.6%
2 years : - 53.2%

Ending with issue #30, though there will be a series of mini-series teaming up Batman ’66 with other 60s TV icons.

151 - BIZARRO ($2.99)
06/2015: Bizarro #1 of 6 -- 38,511 
07/2015: Bizarro #2 of 6 -- 21,070 (- 45.3%) 
08/2015: Bizarro #3 of 6 -- 17,057 (- 19.0%) 
09/2015: Bizarro #4 of 6 -- 15,183 (- 11.0%) 
10/2015: Bizarro #5 of 6 -- 13,500 (- 11.1%)
152 - MIDNIGHTER ($2.99)
06/2015: Midnighter #1  -- 35,420 (+257.2%)
07/2015: Midnighter #2  -- 19,812 (- 44.1%)
08/2015: Midnighter #3  -- 16,563 (- 16.4%)
09/2015: Midnighter #4  -- 14,431 (- 12.9%)
10/2015: Midnighter #5  -- 13,235 (-  8.3%)

A couple more underperforming DCYou titles.

153 - SURVIVORS' CLUB (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Survivors' Club #1 -- 13,194

The third Vertigo debut this month, this one by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, & Ryan Kelly.

156 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2  -- 27,849 (- 27.5%)
01/2015: Gotham by Midnight #3  -- 21,330 (- 23.4%)
02/2015: Gotham by Midnight #4  -- 18,643 (- 12.6%)
03/2015: Gotham by Midnight #5  -- 17,604 (-  5.6%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Gotham by Midnight #6  -- 22,366 (+ 26.9%)
07/2015: Gotham by Midnight #7  -- 18,427 (- 17.5%)
08/2015: Gotham by Midnight #8  -- 14,747 (- 20.0%)
09/2015: Gotham by Midnight #9  -- 13,698 (-  7.1%)
10/2015: Gotham by Midnight #10 -- 12,932 (-  5.6%)
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6 months:    n.a.

Ending with issue #12.

162 - ART OPS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Art Ops #1 -- 12,211

The fourth and final Vertigo debut this month, this one by Shaun Simon & Michael Allred.

In all, not an auspicious start for the new Vertigo.

164 - BAT-MITE ($2.99)
06/2015: Bat-Mite #1 of 6 -- 38,204 
07/2015: Bat-Mite #2 of 6 -- 18,628 (- 51.2%) 
08/2015: Bat-Mite #3 of 6 -- 14,585 (- 21.7%) 
09/2015: Bat-Mite #4 of 6 -- 13,040 (- 10.6%) 
10/2015: Bat-Mite #5 of 6 -- 11,929 (-  8.5%)

169 - LOBO ($2.99)
10/2014: Lobo #1  -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2  -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3  -- 20,208 (- 21.9%)
01/2015: Lobo #4  -- 16,889 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: Lobo #5  -- 14,770 (- 12.5%)
03/2015: Lobo #6  -- 13,715 (-  7.1%)
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: Lobo #7  -- 19,281 (+ 40.6%)
07/2015: Lobo #8  -- 12,459 (- 35.4%)
08/2015: Lobo #9  -- 11,568 (-  7.2%)
09/2015: Lobo #10 -- 11,328 (-  2.1%)
10/2015: Lobo #11 -- 11,069 (-  2.3%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 71.7%

Ending with issue #13.

170 - MORTAL KOMBAT X (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2015: Mortal Kombat X #1  -- 21,062 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #2  -- 13,277 (- 37.0%) 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #3  -- 12,581 (-  5.2%)
03/2015: Mortal Kombat X #4  -- 14,038 (+ 11.6%)
04/2015: Mortal Kombat X #5  -- 14,741 (+  5.0%)
05/2015: Mortal Kombat X #6  -- 14,603 (-  0.9%)
06/2015: Mortal Kombat X #7  -- 14,720 (+  0.8%)
07/2015: Mortal Kombat X #8  -- 13,991 (-  5.0%)
08/2015: Mortal Kombat X #9  -- 12,626 (-  9.8%)
09/2015: Mortal Kombat X #10 -- 12,118 (-  4.0%)
10/2015: Mortal Kombat X #11 -- 10,990 (-  9.3%)
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6 months: - 25.4%

Ending with issue #12.

172 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2005: Dark Age #4     -- 27,367 
10/2010: --
10/2011: --
10/2012: --
10/2013: Astro City #5   -- 16,927 
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10/2014: Astro City #16  -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Astro City #17  -- 12,055 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Astro City #18  -- 11,985 (- 0.6%)
01/2015: Astro City #19  -- 11,734 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Astro City #20  -- 11,603 (- 1.1%)
03/2015: Astro City #21  -- 11,492 (- 1.0%)
04/2015: Astro City #22  -- 11,359 (- 1.2%)
05/2015: Astro City #23  -- 11,215 (- 1.3%)
06/2015: Astro City #24  -- 11,226 (+ 0.1%)
07/2015: Astro City #25  -- 11,242 (+ 0.1%)
08/2015: Astro City #26  -- 11,118 (- 1.1%)
09/2015: Astro City #27  -- 11,019 (- 0.9%)
10/2015: Astro City #28  -- 10,808 (- 1.9%)
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6 months: -  4.9%
1 year  : - 13.4%
2 years : - 36.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 60.5%

174 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99)
10/2012: He-Man & MotU #3    -- 18,269 
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7    -- 16,059 
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10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18   -- 11,501 (-  2.2%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19   -- 11,022 (-  4.2%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1  -- 18,884 (+ 71.3%)
01/2015: He-Man Eternity #2  -- 12,104 (- 35.9%)
02/2015: He-Man Eternity #3  -- 11,700 (-  3.3%)
03/2015: He-Man Eternity #4  -- 11,746 (+  0.4%)
04/2015: He-Man Eternity #5  -- 11,625 (-  1.0%)
05/2015: He-Man Eternity #6  -- 11,426 (-  1.7%)
06/2015: --
07/2015: He-Man Eternity #7  -- 11,315 (-  1.0%)
07/2015: He-Man Eternity #8  -- 11,096 (-  1.9%)
08/2015: He-Man Eternity #9  -- 11,053 (-  0.4%)
09/2015: He-Man Eternity #10 -- 10,845 (-  1.9%)
10/2015: He-Man Eternity #11 -- 10,618 (-  2.1%)
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6 months: -  8.7%
1 year  : -  7.7%
2 years : - 33.9%

175 - THE OMEGA MEN ($2.99)
06/2015: Omega Men #1  -- 33,174 
07/2015: Omega Men #2  -- 17,093 (- 48.5%) 
08/2015: Omega Men #3  -- 13,246 (- 22.5%) 
09/2015: Omega Men #4  -- 11,302 (- 14.7%) 
10/2015: Omega Men #5  -- 10,532 (-  6.8%)

Continuing on through issue #12 apparently.

178 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2005: Teen Titans Go! #24 -- 12,994
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10/2014: Teen Titans Go! #6  --  8,677 (- 0.1%)
11/2014: --
12/2014: Teen Titans Go! #7  --  8,254 (- 4.9%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Teen Titans Go! #8  --  7,917 (- 4.1%)
03/2015: --
04/2015: Teen Titans Go! #9  --  8,395 (+ 6.0%)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Teen Titans Go! #10 --  8,883 (+ 5.8%)
07/2015: --
08/2015: Teen Titans Go! #11 --  9,771 (+10.0%)
09/2015: --
10/2015: Teen Titans Go! #12 -- 10,283 (+ 5.2%)
-----------------
6 months: + 23.4%
1 year  : + 12.5%
10 years: - 25.8%

Continues to defy conventional wisdom with growth for now four straight issues.

183 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3  -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4  -- 16,573 (-  7.9%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5  -- 14,323 (- 13.6%)
01/2015: Sensation Comics #6  -- 12,927 (-  9.7%)
02/2015: Sensation Comics #7  -- 12,115 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Sensation Comics #8  -- 11,399 (-  5.9%)
04/2015: Sensation Comics #9  -- 11,007 (-  3.4%)
05/2015: Sensation Comics #10 -- 10,565 (-  4.0%)
06/2015: Sensation Comics #11 -- 10,761 (+  1.9%)
07/2015: Sensation Comics #12 -- 10,623 (-  1.3%)
08/2015: Sensation Comics #13 -- 10,175 (-  4.2%)
09/2015: Sensation Comics #14 -- 10,262 (+  0.9%)
10/2015: Sensation Comics #15 -- 10,066 (-  1.9%)
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6 months: -  8.5%
1 year  : - 44.1%

Ending with issue #17, to be replaced on the schedule by the Legend of Wonder Woman digital-first series.

188 - ALL-STAR SECTION EIGHT ($2.99)
06/2015: A-S Section 8 #1 of 6 -- 34,209 
07/2015: A-S Section 8 #2 of 6 -- 16,695 (- 51.2%) 
08/2015: A-S Section 8 #3 of 6 -- 13,032 (- 21.9%) 
09/2015: A-S Section 8 #4 of 6 -- 11,240 (- 13.8%) 
10/2015: A-S Section 8 #5 of 6 --  9,787 (- 12.9%)

So it turns out that the number of people who wanted to read about a group of tertiary characters from Ennis & McCrea’s old Hitman series wasn’t very high.

200 - DC ESSENTIALS ($1.00)
10/2015: Supergirl #1 -- 8,703

A rush release of the first issue of the New 52 debut, with a new banner across the top advertising the TV show. Now if only DC had an actual digital-first tie-in series ready to go when the show debuted…

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

209 - DOOMED ($2.99)
06/2015: Doomed #1  -- 35,485 
07/2015: Doomed #2  -- 17,630 (- 50.3%) 
08/2015: Doomed #3  -- 12,387 (- 29.7%) 
09/2015: Doomed #4  --  9,527 (- 23.1%) 
10/2015: Doomed #5  --  8,147 (- 14.5%)
212 - PREZ ($2.99)
06/2015: Prez #1 of 6 -- 31,140 
07/2015: Prez #2 of 6 -- 13,178 (- 57.7%) 
08/2015: Prez #3 of 6 -- 10,360 (- 21.4%) 
09/2015: Prez #4 of 6 --  8,931 (- 13.8%) 
10/2015: Prez #5 of 6 --  8,098 (-  9.3%)

A couple more very underperforming DCYou books. Kind of coming from opposite ends of the spectrum: Doomed by a long-time comics writer associated with the New 52 and pulling from the somewhat obscure ends of the Superman continuity; Prez by new-to-the-DCU creators and not tied into continuity at all. But the end result is the same for both. One or both may have fared better had they not been lost in the new title launch flood and had a bit more individual attention. Or not.

221 - SANDMAN OVERTURE SPECIAL EDITION (Vertigo) ($4.99)
10/2014: --
11/2014: --
12/2014: --
01/2015: --
02/2015: Sandman Overture SE #4 --  7,714 (- 24.3%)
03/2015: --
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: Sandman Overture SE #5 --  8,024 (+  4.0%)
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2015: Sandman Overture SE #6 --  7,544 (-  6.0%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.

242 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2015: Fables: TWAU #1  -- 13,620 
02/2015: Fables: TWAU #2  -- 10,224 (- 24.9%) 
03/2015: Fables: TWAU #3  --  9,352 (-  8.5%) 
04/2015: Fables: TWAU #4  --  8,793 (-  6.0%) 
05/2015: Fables: TWAU #5  --  8,378 (-  4.7%) 
06/2015: Fables: TWAU #6  --  8,019 (-  4.3%) 
07/2015: Fables: TWAU #7  --  7,683 (-  4.2%) 
08/2015: Fables: TWAU #8  --  7,398 (-  3.7%) 
09/2015: Fables: TWAU #9  --  7,123 (-  3.7%) 
10/2015: Fables: TWAU #10 --  6,965 (-  2.2%) 
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6 months: - 20.8%

274 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2005: Scooby-Doo #101               -- 4,604
10/2010: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #2  -- 4,926
10/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #14 -- ?????
10/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #26 -- ?????
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 
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10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 -- ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #53 -- 4,703 
02/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #54 -- ????? (< 4,804) 
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #55 -- ????? (< 4,917) 
04/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #56 -- ????? (< 6,352) 
05/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #57 -- 4,794  
06/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #58 -- 5,033 (+ 5.0%)  
07/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #59 -- ????? (< 5,446)  
08/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #60 -- 5,091  
09/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #61 -- 5,220 (+ 2.5%)  
10/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #62 -- 5,143 (- 1.5%)  
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6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years : +  3.2%
5 years : +  4.4%
10 years: + 11.7%

+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2005: Looney Tunes #131 -- 2,673
10/2010: Looney Tunes #183 -- ?????
10/2011: Looney Tunes #203 -- ?????
10/2012: Looney Tunes #209 -- ?????
10/2013: Looney Tunes #215 -- ?????
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10/2014: Looney Tunes #221 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Looney Tunes #222 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Looney Tunes #223 -- ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: --
04/2015: Looney Tunes #224 -- ????? (< 6,352)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Looney Tunes #225 -- ????? (< 4,684)
07/2015: --
08/2015: Looney Tunes #225 -- ????? (< 4,286)
09/2015: --
10/2015: Looney Tunes #226 -- ????? (< 4,248)
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

Even with the floor of the Top 300 chart down at 4,248, Looney Tunes isn’t found. The last time LT made the chart was back in Feb 2014, when Diamond did a TOp 400 chart and LT #217 listed at 2,531 (adjusted up to 2,784 for returnability). In April 2014 it missed the Top 400 chart where the floor was 2,823. So it’s reasonable to assume that Looney Tunes is still selling in that range.

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

DC COMICS
10/2005: 36,627
10/2010: 23,756
10/2011: 51,342
10/2012: 32,901
10/2013: 31,928 **
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10/2014: 31,598 (- 32.6%)**
11/2014: 28,654 (-  9.3%)**
12/2014: 29,047 (+  1.4%)**
01/2015: 24,289 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: 24,537 (+  1.0%)**
03/2015: 23,466 (-  4.4%)**
04/2015: 38,318 (+ 63.3%)**
05/2015: 31,237 (- 18.5%)**
06/2015: 35,318 (+ 13.1%)**
07/2015: 27,005 (- 23.5%)**
08/2015: 27,301 (+  1.1%)**
09/2015: 26,092 (-  4.4%)**
10/2015: 25,967 (-  0.5%)**
-----------------
6 months: - 32.2%
1 year  : - 17.8%
2 years : - 18.7%
5 years : +  9.3%
10 years: - 29.1%


DC UNIVERSE
10/2005: 47,021
10/2010: 32,832
10/2011: 59,219
10/2012: 36,571
10/2013: 33,568 **
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10/2014: 39,978 (- 36.9%)
11/2014: 36,710 (-  8.2%)
12/2014: 34,882 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: 30,680 (- 12.0%)
02/2015: 32,403 (+  5.6%)
03/2015: 28,559 (- 11.9%)
04/2015: 49,845 (+ 74.5%)
05/2015: 42,635 (- 14.5%)
06/2015: 46,980 (+ 10.2%)
07/2015: 32,688 (- 30.4%)
08/2015: 33,079 (+  1.2%)
09/2015: 30,645 (-  7.4%)
10/2015: 30,402 (-  0.8%)
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6 months: - 39.0%
1 year  : - 24.0%
2 years : -  9.4%
5 years : -  7.4%
10 years: - 35.3%


VERTIGO
10/2005: 16,009
10/2010:  9,546
10/2011: 10,643
10/2012: 11,496
10/2013: 22,228 **
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10/2014:  9,066 (-  9.5%)**
11/2014:  8,511 (-  6.1%)**
12/2014: 13,195 (+ 55.0%)**
01/2015:  8,361 (- 36.6%)
02/2015:  8,612 (+  3.0%)**
03/2015:  7,055 (- 15.6%)**
04/2015:  7,257 (+  2.9%)**
05/2015: 10,616 (+ 46.3%)**
06/2015:  8,011 (- 24.5%)**
07/2015: 15,251 (+ 90.4%)**
08/2015: 10,216 (- 33.0%)**
09/2015: 15,814 (+ 54.8%)**
10/2015: 11,703 (- 26.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 61.3%
1 year  : + 29.1%
2 years : - 47.4%
5 years : + 22.6%
10 years: - 26.9%

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

+ 23.9% - Batman & Robin Eternal (Batman Eternal)
+ 23.4% - Teen Titans Go!
-  0.4% - Batman '66
-  1.5% - Justice League
-  4.9% - Astro City
-  8.5% - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
-  8.7% - He-Man: Eternity War
- 18.9% - Superman
- 19.6% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 20.8% - Fables: The Wolf Among Us
- 23.3% - Harley Quinn
- 25.0% - Wonder Woman
- 25.4% - Mortal Kombat X
- 25.8% - Batman: Arkham Knight
- 29.8% - Batman


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

+114.1% - Batman Beyond
+ 30.6% - Constantine
+ 10.6% - Batman & Robin Eternal (Batman Eternal)
+ 12.5% - Teen Titans Go!
+  6.0% - Red Hood/Arsenal (Red Hood & the Outlaws)
+  2.5% - Justice League
+  1.1% - Green Arrow
-  5.3% - Wonder Woman
-  5.3% - Flash
-  7.7% - He-Man: Eternity War (He-Man & MotU)
-  8.0% - Batman
- 11.6% - Batman '66
- 13.4% - Astro City
- 15.8% - New Suicide Squad
- 16.3% - Green Lantern
- 16.4% - Detective Comics
- 19.0% - Action Comics
- 19.4% - Harley Quinn
- 19.8% - Injustice
- 20.5% - Superman
- 20.9% - Aquaman
- 20.9% - Justice League 3001
- 22.1% - Catwoman
- 28.1% - Batman/Superman
- 31.1% - Sinestro
- 31.6% - Teen Titans
- 33.1% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 38.1% - Earth 2
- 39.0% - Grayson
- 42.4% - Deathstroke
- 44.1% - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
- 50.4% - Justice League United
- 53.3% - Batgirl
- 58.2% - Gotham Academy
- 71.7% - Lobo


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

+ 66.5% - Batman Beyond
+ 19.8% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+  7.9% - Superman
+  3.2% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
-  1.2% - Wonder Woman
-  4.1% - Green Arrow
-  7.1% - Flash
-  7.7% - Action Comics
- 11.0% - Constantine
- 12.3% - Batman
- 19.1% - Detective Comics
- 19.1% - Grayson
- 20.2% - Batgirl
- 21.6% - Justice League
- 22.4% - Teen Titans
- 22.5% - Red Hood/Arsenal (Red Hood & the Outlaws)
- 26.9% - Justice League of America
- 32.7% - Green Lantern
- 33.9% - He-Man: Eternity War (He-Man & MotU)
- 36.1% - Astro City
- 38.9% - Earth 2
- 39.7% - Aquaman
- 39.8% - Injustice
- 42.4% - Catwoman
- 53.2% - Batman '66
- 54.7% - Batman/Superman
- 66.2% - Superman/Wonder Woman


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

+117.7% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 67.7% - Batman
+ 34.5% - Detective Comics
+ 29.3% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 18.4% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+  4.4% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
-  3.0% - Teen Titans
-  5.3% - Justice League of America
-  8.5% - Red Hood
-  9.4% - Wonder Woman
- 12.2% - Superman
- 13.6% - Action Comics
- 19.8% - Secret Six
- 44.0% - Green Arrow
- 52.9% - Green Lantern


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

+ 56.3% - Batman
+ 39.1% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 22.2% - Detective Comics
+ 12.6% - Aquaman
+ 11.7% - Scooby-Doo
+  9.0% - Batgirl
+  4.3% - Robin
-  4.1% - Catwoman
-  6.0% - Justice League (JLA)
- 19.0% - Grayson (Nightwing)
- 23.8% - Action Comics
- 24.0% - Flash
- 25.8% - Teen Titans Go!
- 28.0% - Green Arrow
- 31.1% - Justice League of America
- 33.6% - Wonder Woman
- 36.9% - Superman
- 59.8% - Teen Titans
- 60.5% - Astro City
Sales Indices
=============

DCU: Average: 30,402. Median: 26,361. No.: 56. Total: 1,702,494

3.6 - Batman
2.5 - Justice League
2.5 - Batman & Robin Eternal (1)
1.9 - Justice League of America
1.8 - Harley Quinn
1.8 - Batman & Robin Eternal (2)
1.8 - Batman & Robin Eternal (3)
1.6 - Batman & Robin Eternal (4)
1.6 - Detective Comics
1.4 - Superman
1.3 - Green Lantern
1.2 - Justice League Darkseid War Batman
1.2 - Batman/Superman
1.2 - Action Comics
1.2 - Robin, Son of Batman
1.2 - Flash
1.2 - Superman: Lois & Clark
1.1 - Wonder Woman
1.1 - New Suicide Squad
1.1 - Grayson
1.1 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.0 - Deathstroke
1.0 - Titans Hunt
1.0 - Batman Beyond
1.0 - Batgirl
0.9 - Starfire
0.9 - Cyborg (3)
0.9 - Teen Titans
0.9 - Cyborg (4)
0.8 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Arrow
0.8 - Earth 2 Society
0.8 - Sinestro
0.7 - Green Lantern Lost Army
0.7 - Black Canary
0.7 - We Are Robin
0.7 - Red Hood/Arsenal
0.7 - Constantine The Hellblazer
0.7 - Catwoman
0.7 - Telos
0.6 - Justice League United
0.6 - Martian Manhunter
0.6 - Green Arrow Annual
0.5 - Gotham Academy
0.5 - Secret Six
0.5 - Justice League 3001
0.5 - Doctor Fate
0.4 - Bizarro
0.4 - Midnighter
0.4 - Gotham by Midnight
0.4 - Bat-Mite
0.4 - Lobo
0.3 - The Omega Men
0.3 - All Star Section 8
0.3 - Doomed
0.3 - Prez


Vertigo: Average: 11,703. Median: 12,211. No.: 7. Total: 81,922

1.4 - The Twilight Children
1.2 - Clean Room
1.1 - Survivors' Club
1.0 - Art Ops
0.9 - Astro City
0.6 - Sandman Overture Special Edition
0.6 - Fables: The Wolf Among Us


Digital First & Other: Average: 13,594*. Median: 12,536*. No.: 12. Total: 163,129*

2.4 - DC Comics Bombshells
1.4 - Batman Arkham Knight Genesis
1.3 - Batman Arkham Knight
1.1 - Injustice Year 4 (11)
1.1 - Injustice Year 4 (12)
1.0 - Batman '66
0.8 - Mortal Kombat X
0.8 - He-Man Eternity War
0.8 - Teen Titans Go!
0.7 - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
0.4 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
0.2 - Looney Tunes *

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

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

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

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

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

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

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

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

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

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. DC Marketing needs to clean house.
    First, they had the 8-page DC You previews available on their website, but failed to collect them into a free digital preview comic.

    They knew when Supergirl was going to premiere, but for some reason, most of the Supergirl backlist trades are scheduled for February and May. Meanwhile, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade, a title suitable for young fans of the tv show, is out of print. Walker and Jones have it outlined through the Twelfth Grade, Perhaps Capstone could grab the comics license for this and Super Pets…

  2. This is a pretty shameful performance.

    Apparently Gerard Way was going to do a Doom Patrol series, but his music schedule prevented him from doing so. I have a feeling that as a headliner with the DC You launches, that could’ve propped up the image of the relaunch a bit. Too bad.

  3. I think Omega Men is still going to get the boot by issue 8.

    I don’t quite get why Starfire sells so much lower than Harley Quinn. It is the same creative team for the most part. More of those fans should be jumping onboard. Jimmy and Amanda always deliver the goods.

  4. Thank you, David, for taking the time to assemble this.

    Well, pretty rough numbers for DC. I sincerely hope they can righten the ship next year. They certainly have enough characters to exploit, but just don’t seem able to do so.

    V Wiley

  5. @Torsten – you think consolidating the 8-page previews into a single one would have been better? Because they were all available on Comixology.

  6. I am looking forward to your suggestions about how DC can rebound. I think Batman’s sales will rebound now that February’s solicitations came out and Mecha Bat could be over by issue 50. Once 2016 hits, I wonder if DC’s marketing arm will start promoting a course correction for its big guns in preparation for the 50th issues. I am glad there is some good news to be gleamed from the October sales.

  7. DC needs to reevaluate their marketing plans. clearly what they’re doing is not working at all.

    There’s a lot of great titles with low sales, which sadly looks like they will be cancelled soon.

    I think the only way they can save the Vertigo titles is if they get the TPBs out really quickly and market the following issues in a “read the TPB now jump on to the next issue to see what happens next.”

    Titles like Midnighter, Omega Men and Dr Fate might benefit from it too.

    Unfortunately, considering how slow DC is with the TPB release schedule this probably won’t happen.

  8. I’m not sure I buy into all the hand-wringing here. As the article makes clear, total sales were up. Although many of the DCYou books are losing steam, I don’t think anyone ever expected them to be sales juggernauts — I think some of them were probably just to renew the rights to a particular brand/title (e.g. Omega Men or Dr. Fate). I also think people need to keep in mind what Marvel’s doing right now with their All-New-Now-Again-Now-New-#1 post-Secret War relaunches. I think the average fan has a limited amount of money to spend, and when they’ve got the idea that the 5th or 6th relaunch of a Marvel book in the past 3 years will really, honest-to-god-this-time-be-important, they buy it. Marvel has done a tremendous job the past year developing the idea that Secret Wars was going to lead into their own version of the New52, and people simply don’t want to miss this. At least that’s what I’ve noticed at the store I go to: people forgoing DC books to make sure they’ve got the $$ to buy the new New Avengers relaunch, or the new Old Man Logan book, or whatever. Fine. It’s DC getting a taste of their own medicine from a few years back. It won’t last.

    DC’s doing as well as they usually do. Some really good books (Batman, Justice League) — some sleeper hits that people are ignoring because they simply aren’t interested (Omega Men, Prez) — and some books that look like attempts to do something different that simply missed the mark (Doomed). The complaints about this sound pretty much the same as the complaints a decade ago (“DC’s faaaaaiiiiiilllling!!11!!!1! ZOMG!!1!1!”).

  9. What the hell is going on with Superman? Does DC not know what to do with him, or are they just putting all their Superhero eggs in the Bat-basket?

  10. I suppose what DC is doing with Superman is telling a non-traditional Superman story with him, exploring concepts that haven’t been explored lately, like how much of Superman is his powers, and how his life would go without the dual identity.

  11. Glenn – I’ve read a couple of the Superman books, back when he started rocking the t-shirt and jeans, and just wasn’t interested. And it looks like I’m not alone since Superman sales seriously stink… compared to other DC books, compared to 10 years ago, compared to Marvel – and he’s SUPERMAN! He should be leading the charge!

    Just sad for me, I guess, as a Superman fan, to not enjoy the books and to see them selling so poorly.

  12. Well, they have to experiment. Not all experiments work out, but without it you get Superman fighting Luthor every month.

  13. >>Readers have little interest in trying new things.

    Correction. Readers have little interest in trying new things from DC. I’m going elsewhere.

  14. DC is trying obviously, but they don’t have that “cool” factor (mainstream comics world) that Marvel and Image have. Just looking at their books on shelves in a comic store, the eye test reveals that. They are too conservative for the most part and always a step behind their main competition when it comes to trends. Marvel and Image are starting trends, DC is just picking up their crumbs when they finally realize it’s ok or acceptable to do such and such kind of thing.

    I think they either have to just accept being second tier or blow up top management and rework their whole line of thinking.

  15. While I am genuinely upset that Gotham Academy’s sales are so low, it’s not particularly surprising since DC completely fails to advertise it. They’ve had a couple of cameos in Batgirl and Batman, but that’s about it. And since there’s no mainverse character to really draw attention to the series outside of Damian’s appearance in Issue #7, it’s really getting the short end of the stick in the Bat-universe comics. It’s a shame too, because it’s a really good comic with beautiful art. I hope it hangs on for another arc or so and makes it to Issue #21 before they cancel it.

    On a happier note, I couldn’t be more pleased to see Robin: Son of Batman doing so well and not losing readers. Talk about quality writing! I knew I could trust Patrick Gleason with Damian Wayne; he’s really the only writer and artist besides Tomasi that I trust with the kid after Morrison screwed everything over so badly.

  16. “after Morrison screwed everything over so badly”

    The creator of the character screwed over the character? Really now. Are you referring to killing Damian off, as he’d always planned to do, or not killing him off in the first story arc, which was Morrison’s original plan?

  17. Morrison’s arc in the New 52 with Damian (killing him off) is what I am referring to. Even though he created the character, Damian’s characterization in that entire arc was off and the writing was extremely mediocre except for a few select spots.

    Morrison may have intended to kill Damian off the entire time, but by the time he actually got around to doing it, Damian as a character had grown far far beyond what anyone (including Morrison) could have ever expected. Killing him off at that particular point in time (both in and out of universe) was a huge mistake. For one, it lead to a HUGE drop-off in sales for multiple Bat titles (especially the ones that previously contained Damian). Two, it wasn’t actually done WELL. The only saving grace of that entire thing was the way the fallout was handled by Gleason and Tomasi. Damian wasn’t killed for any particular REASON; his death was for sales, basically. There was no rhyme or reason for killing him off except to cause pain for the Batfamily; there wasn’t anything to be gained. Like…ask yourself what was gained from that?

    That’s what I mean when I say Morrison screwed everything over in regards to Damian. He killed him off when it was literally probably the worst thing to do at that time for the character, killed a ten year old *child* for no real reason other than “well it was the original plan” and for sales, and didn’t even write his death well. Everything Gleason and Tomasi have done since them (resurrecting him, the post-resurrection arc, and now R:SOB) is basically a big ‘f-you’ to everything Morrison did in that arc: they even re-wrote/re-drew his death scene in their own comic (flashback) to make it more in character (they changed expressions and the overall tone).

    Morrison may have created the character and written his early appearances, and he wrote a beautiful arc in the Batman Reborn comics, but Gleason and Tomasi have shaped and molded and changed this character into more than anyone could have ever hoped for in the New 52 (especially considering the editorial edicts they had to work with). The only thing Morrison’s done with Damian in the reboot is kill him off and write him out of character while doing so.

  18. I would of definitely picked up Lois & Clark if it was ACTUALLY SET ON PRE FLASHPOINT EARTH. If it was a continuation. But no. And why have a son now??

    No thanks DC

  19. A shame their best titles – Midnighter, JL 3001 and Secret Six – are doing so poorly. Grayson is another great title, but at least its doing ok sales wise.

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