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DC Comics Month-to Month Sales October 2016: We’ll Always Have Batman

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by David Carter

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

Sales are down again from last month, though that’s not surprising as things are still settling in from the Rebirth. Overall DC sales through Diamond N.A. are estimated at 3,508,534, down about 300K from last month but still nearly twice what they were the month before Rebirth.

This column is running late so not much time for chit-chat. I’ll refer you instead to John Jackson Miller’s “Primer: North American and UK/Europe comics sales, and why the charts keep them separate” for your sales chart edification this month.

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 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 - DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE ($5.99)
11/2015: Dark Knight III #1 of 8 -- 440,234           [449,099]
12/2015: Dark Knight III #2 of 8 -- 158,188 (- 62.5%) [168,590]
01/2016: --
02/2016: Dark Knight III #3 of 8 -- 146,044 (- 10.6%) [150,665]
03/2016: --
04/2016: Dark Knight III #4 of 8 -- 143,055 (-  5.1%)
05/2016: --
06/2016: Dark Knight III #5 of 8 -- 139,919 (-  2.2%)
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: --
10/2016: Dark Knight III #6 of 8 -- 133,642 (-  4.5%)
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6 months: -  6.6%

No one is surprised that this series is running late, are they? Doesn’t seem to have hurt sales very much though.

5, 6 - BATMAN ($2.99)
10/2006: -- 
10/2011: Batman #2      -- 172,428 [198,765]
10/2012: Batman #13     -- 148,305 [169,666] 
10/2013: Batman #24     -- 124,652 
10/2014: Batman #35     -- 118,860 [120,149] 
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10/2015: Batman #45     -- 109,367 (-  4.6%) [110,031]
11/2015: Batman #46     -- 106,989 (-  2.1%) [107,758]
12/2015: Batman #47     -- 127,201 (+ 18.0%) 
01/2016: Batman #48     -- 100,962 (- 20.6%) 
02/2016: Batman #49     -- 102,689 (+  1.7%) 
03/2016: Batman #50     -- 163,406 (+ 67.7%) [172,256]
04/2016: Batman #51     -- 101,922 (- 40.8%) 
05/2016: Batman #52     -- 102,197 (+  0.3%) 
06/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 219,788 (+124.3%) [229,267]
06/2016: Batman #1      -- 308,396 (+ 44.9%) [332,281]
07/2016: Batman #2      -- 194,816 (- 41.4%) 
07/2016: Batman #3      -- 185,833 (-  4.6%) 
08/2016: Batman #4      -- 168,284 (-  9.4%) 
08/2016: Batman #5      -- 156,356 (-  7.1%) 
09/2016: Batman #6      -- 138,853 (- 11.2%) 
09/2016: Batman #7      -- 135,585 (-  2.4%) 
10/2016: Batman #8      -- 129,837 (-  4.2%) 
10/2016: Batman #9      -- 126,090 (-  2.9%) 
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6 months: + 25.6%
1 year  : + 16.3%
2 years : +  6.5%
5 years : - 35.6%
10 years:    n.a.

Includes freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) covers, as do all of the Rebirth comics.

Batman has now moved into standard attrition territory. It’s obviously in good shape, and continues to be the flagship title for DC.

9 - ALL STAR BATMAN ($4.99)
10/2006: --
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08/2016: All Star Batman #1  -- 318,283 (+238.5%)   
09/2016: All Star Batman #2  -- 151,523 (- 52.4%)   
10/2016: All Star Batman #3  -- 117,596 (- 22.4%)   
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10 years:    n.a.

Returnable and an f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

A bit larger decrease than you’d want in a third issue, but likely still feeling the effects of its extra variant-fueled launch.

12, 13 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($2.99)
10/2011: Justice League #2  -- 196,569
10/2012: Justice League #13 -- 117,752
10/2013: Justice League #24 --  98,491 
10/2014: Justice League #34 --  75,400  [73,602]
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10/2015: Justice League #45 --  77,192 (-  2.7%)  [78,416]
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: Justice League #46 --  75,660 (-  3.5%)
12/2015: Justice League #47 --  84,970 (+ 21.2%)  [91,688]
01/2016: --
02/2016: Justice League #48 --  72,704 (- 20.7%)
03/2016: --
04/2016: Justice League #49 --  71,131 (-  2.2%)
05/2016: Justice League #50 --  92,423 (+ 29.9%) [100,106]
06/2016: Justice League #51 --  70,059 (- 30.0%)
06/2016: Justice League #52 --  72,413 (+  3.4%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 195,402 (+178.4%) [201,613]
07/2016: Justice League #1  -- 230,106 (+ 14.1%)
08/2016: Justice League #2  -- 140,142 (- 39.1%)
08/2016: Justice League #3  -- 121,812 (- 13.1%)
09/2016: Justice League #4  -- 104,003 (- 14.6%)
09/2016: Justice League #5  --  98,276 (-  5.5%)
10/2016: Justice League #6  --  89,073 (-  9.4%)
10/2016: Justice League #7  --  85,789 (-  3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 22.9%
1 year  : + 11.5%
2 years : + 18.8%
5 years : - 55.5%

No longer returnable, but still f.o.v.s. Drops are in line with what we’ve seen from other Rebirth titles when they go off of returnability.

I suspect that when the final end-of-year numbers come in, we’ll see some drop-offs for the 2nd and 3rd months of the Rebirth titles, though likely not down to the artificially-lowered numbers that Diamond provides.

14, 20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($2.99)
10/2006: Detective Comics #824 --  62,431
10/2011: Detective Comics #2   -- 123,099
10/2012: Detective Comics #13  --  76,392
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 
10/2014: Detective Comics #35  --  57,385  [57,650]
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10/2015: Detective Comics #45  --  47,972 (- 14.2%) [48,220]
11/2015: Detective Comics #46  --  47,256 (-  1.9%) [47,280]
12/2015: Detective Comics #47  --  45,867 (-  3.0%)
01/2016: Detective Comics #48  --  45,111 (-  1.6%)
02/2016: Detective Comics #49  --  45,300 (+  0.4%)
03/2016: Detective Comics #50  --  52,373 (+ 15.6%)
04/2016: Detective Comics #51  --  43,190 (- 17.5%)
05/2016: Detective Comics #52  --  43,961 (+  1.8%)
06/2016: Detective Comics #934 -- 106,239 (+176.0%) [121,314]
06/2016: Detective Comics #935 -- 103,417 (-  6.9%) [112,965]
07/2016: Detective Comics #936 -- 110,689 (-  2.0%)
07/2016: Detective Comics #937 -- 101,389 (-  8.4%)
08/2016: Detective Comics #938 --  97,829 (-  3.5%)
08/2016: Detective Comics #939 --  89,612 (-  8.4%)
09/2016: Detective Comics #940 --  80,897 (-  9.7%)
09/2016: Detective Comics #941 --  82,953 (+  2.5%)
10/2016: Detective Comics #942 --  81,432 (-  1.8%)
10/2016: Detective Comics #943 --  74,340 (-  8.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 80.3%
1 year  : + 61.5%
2 years : + 35.1%
5 years : - 36.7%
10 years: + 24.8%

Includes freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) covers.

Issue #942 was part of the “Night of the Monster Men” crossover, though #943 was not. And thus we see that Batman family crossovers still have a positive effect in the Rebirth era.

17, 21 - FLASH ($2.99)
10/2006: Flash FMA #5   --  61,576 
10/2011: Flash #2       -- 114,137
10/2012: Flash #13      --  49,936
10/2013: Flash #24      --  38,190 
10/2014: Flash #35      --  37,484  [38,886]
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10/2015: Flash #45      --  35,485 (-  1.8%)  [36,011]
11/2015: Flash #46      --  36,153 (+  1.9%)  [36,701]
12/2015: Flash #47      --  42,129 (+ 14.8%)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Flash #48      --  34,903 (- 17.2%)
02/2016: Flash #49      --  34,407 (-  1.4%)
03/2016: --
04/2016: Flash #50      --  35,160 (+  2.2%)
05/2016: Flash #51      --  33,878 (-  3.6%)
05/2016: Flash #52      --  32,831 (-  3.1%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1     --  98,580 (+275.0%) [123,115]
06/2016: Flash #1       -- 110,431 (+  2.7%) [126,429]
07/2016: Flash #2       -- 113,639 (- 10.1%)
07/2016: Flash #3       -- 107,067 (-  5.8%)
08/2016: Flash #4       -- 102,208 (-  4.5%)
08/2016: Flash #5       --  91,830 (- 10.2%)
09/2016: Flash #6       --  82,930 (-  9.7%)
09/2016: Flash #7       --  78,057 (-  5.9%)
10/2016: Flash #8       --  76,749 (-  1.7%)
11/2016: Flash #9       --  74,311 (-  3.2%)
-----------------
6 months: +114.8%
1 year  : +109.7%
2 years : + 94.2%
5 years : - 33.8%
10 years: + 22.7%

Includes freely-orderable variant (f.o.v.) covers.

Settling in to standard attrition, and at a very nice level for a Flash book historically.

27, 35 - 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 
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  --  39,498  [40,809]
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10/2015: New Suicide Squad #13 --  33,260 (-  4.1%) [33,584]
11/2015: New Suicide Squad #14 --  32,925 (-  1.1%) [33,219]
12/2015: New Suicide Squad #15 --  26,449 (- 20.4%)
01/2016: New Suicide Squad #16 --  24,870 (-  6.0%)
02/2016: New Suicide Squad #17 --  23,687 (-  4.8%)
03/2016: New Suicide Squad #18 --  28,243 (+ 19.2%)
04/2016: New Suicide Squad #19 --  23,799 (- 15.7%)
05/2016: New Suicide Squad #20 --  23,425 (-  1.6%)
06/2016: New Suicide Squad #21 --  23,887 (+  2.0%)
07/2016: New Suicide Squad #22 --  25,162 (+  5.3%)
08/2016: Rebirth #1            -- 195,587 (+677.3%)
08/2016: Suicide Squad #1      -- 239,439 (+ 22.4%)
09/2016: Suicide Squad #2      --  98,533 (- 58.8%)
09/2016: Suicide Squad #3      --  90,885 (-  7.8%)
10/2016: Suicide Squad #4      --  76,324 (- 16.0%)
10/2016: Suicide Squad #5      --  69,819 (-  8.5%)
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6 months: +207.0%
1 year  : +117.6%
2 years : + 79.1%
5 years : + 47.4%

Both returnable and f.o.v.s; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Those drops are, kind of big? I mean it’s still selling at twice the natural resting sales level for a Suicide Squad series, but with the movie and Jim Lee you’d think it would be doing a bit better this early in the run?

32 - TRINITY ($2.99)
09/2016: Trinity #1  -- 103,177 (+217.3%)
10/2016: Trinity #2  --  71,617 (- 30.6%)

Returnable and an f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

A typical second issue drop, so no worries here so far.

33 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
10/2006: --
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  [39,624]
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10/2015: Teen Titans #12  -- 26,796 (- 17.9%) 
11/2015: Teen Titans #13  -- 26,511 (-  1.1%)
12/2015: Teen Titans #14  -- 26,239 (-  1.0%)
12/2015: Teen Titans #15  -- 27,201 (+  3.7%)
01/2016: Teen Titans #16  -- 24,201 (- 11.0%)
02/2016: Teen Titans #17  -- 23,566 (-  2.6%)
03/2016: Teen Titans #18  -- 23,056 (-  2.2%)
04/2016: Teen Titans #19  -- 21,989 (-  4.6%)
05/2016: Teen Titans #20  -- 18,593 (- 15.4%)
06/2016: Teen Titans #21  -- 18,766 (+  0.9%)
07/2016: Teen Titans #22  -- 19,005 (+  1.3%)
08/2016: Teen Titans #23  -- 19,118 (+  0.6%)
09/2016: Teen Titans #24  -- 19,540 (+  2.2%)
09/2016: Rebirth #1       -- 93,411 (+378.0%)
10/2016: Teen Titans #1   -- 71,459 (- 23.5%)
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6 months: +225.0%
1 year  : +166.7%
2 years : + 80.3%
5 years : -  0.9%
10 years:    n.a.

Returnable and an f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Pretty much right on par so far with the New 52 launch. So as a cautionary note, realize that series dropped to 25K by issue #30 before it was rebooted. So yes, these are good numbers for Teen Titans, but it’s still early days.

26, 30 - SUPERMAN ($2.99)
10/2006: --
10/2011: Superman #2    -- 104,703
10/2012: Superman #13   --  52,155
10/2013: Superman #24   --  39,580 
10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692  [54,371]
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10/2015: Superman #45   --  42,693 (-  4.1%)  [43,069]
11/2015: Superman #46   --  41,657 (-  3.0%)  [41,765]
12/2015: Superman #47   --  47,377 (+ 13.4%) 
01/2016: Superman #48   --  37,690 (- 20.4%)
02/2016: Superman #49   --  36,318 (-  3.6%)
03/2016: Superman #50   --  91,396 (+151.7%)
04/2016: Superman #51   --  38,103 (- 58.3%)
05/2016: Superman #52   --  54,317 (+ 67.9%)  [63,989]
06/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 130,277 (+115.7%) [138,031]
06/2016: Superman #1    -- 115,918 (-  4.3%) [132,050]
07/2016: Superman #2    -- 112,148 (- 15.1%)
07/2016: Superman #3    -- 107,367 (-  4.3%)
08/2016: Superman #4    --  96,969 (-  9.7%)
08/2016: Superman #5    --  89,473 (-  7.7%)
09/2016: Superman #6    --  76,124 (- 14.9%)
09/2016: Superman #7    --  72,867 (-  4.3%)
10/2016: Superman #8    --  69,905 (-  4.1%)
10/2016: Superman #9    --  67,321 (-  3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 80.1%
1 year  : + 59.3%
2 years : + 26.2%
5 years : - 34.5%
10 years:    n.a.

Includes f.o.v.s.

28, 42 - NIGHTWING ($2.99)
10/2006: Nightwing #125 --  38,470
10/2011: Nightwing #2   --  73,054
10/2012: Nightwing #13  --  47,171
10/2013: Nightwing #24  --  39,853 
10/2014: Grayson #3     --  52,849  [53,330]
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10/2015: Grayson #13    --  32,260 (-  1.5%) [32,786]
11/2015: Grayson #14    --  31,831 (-  1.8%) [32,201]
12/2015: Grayson #15    --  35,765 (+ 11.1%)
01/2016: Grayson #16    --  30,420 (- 14.9%)
02/2016: Grayson #17    --  30,257 (-  0.5%)
03/2016: Grayson #18    --  33,550 (+ 10.9%)
04/2016: Grayson #19    --  27,378 (- 18.4%)
05/2016: Grayson #20    --  23,762 (- 13.2%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 140,631 (+491.8%)
07/2016: Nightwing #1   -- 126,266 (- 10.2%)
08/2016: Nightwing #2   -- 102,444 (- 18.9%)
08/2016: Nightwing #3   --  89,711 (- 12.4%)
09/2016: Nightwing #4   --  70,652 (- 21.2%)
09/2016: Nightwing #5   --  76,932 (+  8.9%)
10/2016: Nightwing #6   --  69,246 (- 10.0%)
10/2016: Nightwing #7   --  58,402 (- 15.7%)
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6 months: +133.1%
1 year  : + 94.7%
2 years : + 19.7%
5 years : - 12.6%
10 years: + 65.9%

No longer returnable, but still f.o.v.s. Turns out that last month’s issue #5 (a “Night of the Monster Men” crossover issue) was indeed returnable, despite not having an [*] on the chart. So I’ve gone ahead and adjusted it up 10%, making it a different-but-still-wrong-though-hopefully-not-as-wrong number.

Issue #6 this month is also a “Night of the Monster Men” crossover issue, though post crossover Nightwing now needs to figure out its new post-Rebirth level.

37, 41 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 --  68,557  [70,008]
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10/2015: Harley Quinn #21 --  55,272 (-  5.7%)  [55,282]
11/2015: Harley Quinn #22 --  58,344 (+  6.2%)  [58,734]
12/2015: Harley Quinn #23 --  69,168 (+ 17.8%)
01/2016: Harley Quinn #24 --  44,967 (- 35.0%)
02/2016: Harley Quinn #25 --  51,495 (+ 14.5%)
03/2016: Harley Quinn #26 --  51,420 (-  0.1%)
04/2016: Harley Quinn #27 --  54,864 (+  6.7%)
05/2016: Harley Quinn #28 --  43,858 (- 20.1%)
06/2016: Harley Quinn #29 --  55,774 (+ 27.2%)
07/2016: Harley Quinn #30 --  45,443 (- 18.5%)
08/2016: Harley Quinn #1  -- 395,953 (+784.9%) [402,106]
08/2016: Harley Quinn #2  -- 128,316 (- 68.1%)
09/2016: Harley Quinn #3  --  89,799 (- 30.0%)
09/2016: Harley Quinn #4  --  81,046 (-  9.7%)
10/2016: Harley Quinn #5  --  69,237 (- 14.6%)
10/2016: Harley Quinn #6  --  64,710 (-  6.5%)
-----------------
6 months: + 22.1%
1 year  : + 21.1%
2 years : -  4.3%

Both returnable and f.o.v.s; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Hmm. No good explanation for the big drop this month, other than it appears that retailers were a bit optimistic about sales from the previous issues and sales are returning quickly to the normal level for a Harley solo series. (We may see some actual returns for issues #3 & 4 when the end-of-year numbers come out…)

39 - BATMAN BEYOND ($2.99)
10/2012: Unlimited #9      -- 19,877
10/2013: Universe #3       -- 17,658 
10/2014: Universe #15      -- 13,739 (- 2.3%)
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10/2015: Batman Beyond #5  -- 29,409 (-  5.7%) [29,626]
11/2015: Batman Beyond #6  -- 27,778 (-  5.5%)
12/2015: Batman Beyond #7  -- 21,946 (- 21.0%)
01/2016: Batman Beyond #8  -- 20,342 (-  7.3%)
02/2016: Batman Beyond #9  -- 19,449 (-  4.4%)
03/2016: Batman Beyond #10 -- 21,578 (+ 10.9%)
04/2016: Batman Beyond #11 -- 18,061 (- 16.3%)
05/2016: Batman Beyond #12 -- 18,133 (+  0.4%)
06/2016: Batman Beyond #13 -- 13,025 (- 28.2%)
07/2016: Batman Beyond #14 -- 18,001 (+ 38.2%)
08/2016: Batman Beyond #15 -- 17,882 (-  0.7%)
09/2016: Batman Beyond #16 -- 17,799 (-  0.5%)
09/2016: Rebirth #1        -- 74,722 (+319.8%)
10/2016: Batman Beyond #1  -- 66,591 (- 10.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +268.7%
1 year  : +124.8%
2 years : +384.7%

Returnable and an f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Second-best ever sales numbers for a Batman Beyond comic, trailing only last month’s Rebirth issue.

31, 34 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
10/2006: --
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  [34,757]
10/2014: Wonder Woman #35  --  35,968  [36,676]
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10/2015: Wonder Woman #45  --  33,885 (-  6.1%) [34,251]
11/2015: Wonder Woman #46  --  34,042 (+  0.6%) [34,454]
12/2015: Wonder Woman #47  --  40,123 (+ 16.5%)
01/2016: Wonder Woman #48  --  32,687 (- 18.5%)
02/2016: Wonder Woman #49  --  35,398 (+  8.3%)
03/2016: Wonder Woman #50  --  36,328 (+  2.6%)
04/2016: Wonder Woman #51  --  29,787 (- 18.0%)
05/2016: Wonder Woman #52  --  29,673 (-  0.4%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1        -- 103,904 (+316.6%) [123,624]
06/2016: Wonder Woman #1   -- 118,511 (+  5.5%) [130,381]
07/2016: Wonder Woman #2   -- 114,135 (- 12.5%)
07/2016: Wonder Woman #3   -- 103,912 (-  9.0%)
08/2016: Wonder Woman #4   --  93,862 (-  9.7%)
08/2016: Wonder Woman #5   --  85,646 (-  8.8%)
09/2016: Wonder Woman #6   --  74,856 (- 12.6%)
09/2016: Wonder Woman #7   --  70,118 (-  6.3%)
10/2016: Wonder Woman #8   --  66,405 (-  5.3%)
10/2016: Wonder Woman #9   --  64,555 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +119.8%
1 year  : + 91.2%
2 years : + 83.3%
5 years : - 17.2%
10 years:    n.a.

Includes f.o.v.s. Doing well compared to previous Wonder Woman series.

43 - TITANS ($2.99)
10/2015: Titans Hunt #1 of 12 --  31,037            [32,768]
11/2015: Titans Hunt #2 of 12 --  22,466 (- 31.4%)
12/2015: Titans Hunt #3 of 12 --  20,918 (-  6.9%)
01/2016: Titans Hunt #4 of 8  --  23,578 (+ 12.7%)
02/2016: Titans Hunt #5 of 8  --  22,678 (-  3.8%)
03/2016: Titans Hunt #6 of 8  --  18,493 (- 18.5%)
04/2016: Titans Hunt #7 of 8  --  20,079 (+  8.6%)
05/2016: Titans Hunt #8 of 8  --  17,412 (- 13.3%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1           --  79,295 (+477.8%) [100,610]
07/2016: Titans #1            -- 112,676 (+ 12.0%) 
08/2016: Titans #2            --  80,079 (- 28.9%) 
09/2016: Titans #3            --  70,673 (- 11.7%) 
10/2016: Titans #4            --  58,342 (- 17.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: +190.6%
1 year  : + 78.0%

No longer returnable, but still an f.o.v.

44, 45 - ACTION COMICS ($2.99)
10/2006: Action Comics #844 --  78,869  [88,290]
10/2011: Action Comics #2   -- 153,855
10/2012: Action Comics #13  --  67,241
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 
10/2014: Action Comics #35  --  45,152  [43,593]
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10/2015: Action Comics #45  --  36,560 (-  3.8%) [36,694]
11/2015: Action Comics #46  --  35,569 (-  2.2%) [35,898]
12/2015: Action Comics #47  --  29,021 (- 19.2%)
01/2016: Action Comics #48  --  31,958 (+ 10.1%)
02/2016: Action Comics #49  --  31,496 (-  1.4%)
03/2016: Action Comics #50  --  40,025 (+ 27.1%)
04/2016: Action Comics #51  --  32,167 (- 19.6%)
05/2016: Action Comics #52  --  40,623 (+ 26.3%)
06/2016: Action Comics #957 --  82,884 (+136.1%) [95,893]
06/2016: Action Comics #958 --  83,227 (-  4.6%) [91,462]
07/2016: Action Comics #959 --  91,671 (+  0.2%)
07/2016: Action Comics #960 --  83,281 (-  9.2%)
08/2016: Action Comics #961 --  79,003 (-  5.1%)
08/2016: Action Comics #962 --  70,761 (- 10.4%)
09/2016: Action Comics #963 --  60,824 (- 14.0%)
09/2016: Action Comics #964 --  58,439 (-  3.9%)
10/2016: Action Comics #965 --  55,678 (-  4.7%)
10/2016: Action Comics #966 --  53,467 (-  4.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 69.7%
1 year  : + 48.7%
2 years : + 25.2%
5 years : - 64.5%
10 years: - 38.2%

Includes f.o.v.s.

If you’re wondering what was going on 10 years ago, it was the launch of the Donner/Johns/Kubert run. And five years ago was the Grant Morrison New 52 run.

47, 50 - GREEN LANTERNS ($2.99)
10/2006: --
10/2011: Green Lantern #2   -- 142,344 
10/2012: Green Lantern #13  --  91,814
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,107 
10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893  [46,401]
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10/2015: Green Lantern #45  --  38,406 (-  2.5%)  [38,519]
11/2015: Green Lantern #46  --  38,976 (+  1.4%)  [39,053]
12/2015: Green Lantern #47  --  45,706 (+ 17.0%)
01/2016: Green Lantern #48  --  36,068 (- 21.1%)
02/2016: Green Lantern #49  --  35,237 (-  2.3%)
03/2016: Green Lantern #50  --  36,242 (+  2.9%)
04/2016: Green Lantern #51  --  32,862 (-  9.3%)
05/2016: Green Lantern #52  --  32,936 (+  0.2%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 109,454 (+232.2%)
06/2016: Green Lanterns #1  --  93,401 (-  1.5%) [107,767]
07/2016: Green Lanterns #2  --  90,268 (- 16.2%)
07/2016: Green Lanterns #3  --  86,579 (-  4.1%)
08/2016: Green Lanterns #4  --  78,254 (-  9.6%)
08/2016: Green Lanterns #5  --  70,677 (-  9.7%)
09/2016: Green Lanterns #6  --  58,346 (- 17.4%)
09/2016: Green Lanterns #7  --  55,367 (-  5.1%)
10/2016: Green Lanterns #8  --  52,025 (-  6.0%)
10/2016: Green Lanterns #9  --  49,434 (-  5.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 54.4%
1 year  : + 31.7%
2 years : +  9.3%
5 years : - 64.4%
10 years:    n.a.

Includes f.o.v.s.

58 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
10/2006: -- 
10/2011: Supergirl #2   --  61,388
10/2012: Supergirl #13  --  29,450
10/2013: Supergirl #24  --  23,321
10/2014: Supergirl #35  --  26,371
----------------------------------
08/2016: Rebirth #1     -- 124,088 (+367.8%)
09/2016: Supergirl #1   --  99,272 (- 20.0%)
10/2016: Supergirl #2   --  50,261 (- 49.4%)
-----------------
2 years : + 90.6%
5 years : - 18.1%
10 years:    n.a.

Returnable and f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Ouch, that is a large drop. 50K is still really good for a Supergirl comic, but ouch.

49, 53 - HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
10/2006: Green Lantern Corps #5   --  43,546
10/2011: Green Lantern Corps #2   --  78,501
10/2012: Green Lantern Corps #13  --  50,773
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24  --  37,312
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35  --  34,222  [34,939]
--------------------------------------------
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Edge of Oblivion #1 of 6 --  26,819 (- 10.7%)
02/2016: Edge of Oblivion #2 of 6 --  21,265 (- 20.7%)
03/2016: Edge of Oblivion #3 of 6 --  20,096 (-  5.5%)
04/2016: Edge of Oblivion #4 of 6 --  19,434 (-  3.3%)
05/2016: Edge of Oblivion #5 of 6 --  18,699 (-  3.8%)
06/2016: Edge of Oblivion #6 of 6 --  18,459 (-  1.3%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1               -- 125,362 (+579.1%)
07/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #1      -- 119,579 (-  4.6%)
08/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #2      --  85,769 (- 28.3%)
08/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #3      --  71,211 (- 17.0%)
09/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #4      --  60,297 (- 15.3%)
09/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #5      --  56,029 (-  7.1%)
10/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #6      --  49,988 (- 10.8%)
10/2016: Hal Jordan & GLC #7      --  48,064 (-  3.8%)
----------------
6 months: +152.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : + 40.3%
5 years : - 37.5%
10 years: + 12.6%

No longer returnable, but still f.o.v.s.

I keep figuring that at some point DC will realize that, without Geoff Johns, the Green Lantern franchise just cannot support four comics per month. I’d think that at some point not too far in the future these books will go to monthlies, but then DC seems to have a particular blind spot for GL, so ???

52, 56 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
10/2006: Green Arrow #67 -- 32,583
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 
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10/2015: Green Arrow #45 -- 23,614 (-  7.8%)
11/2015: Green Arrow #46 -- 24,393 (+  3.3%)
12/2015: Green Arrow #47 -- 30,834 (+ 26.4%)
01/2016: Green Arrow #48 -- 22,117 (- 28.3%)
02/2016: Green Arrow #49 -- 22,096 (-  0.1%)
03/2016: Green Arrow #50 -- 22,977 (+  4.0%)
04/2016: Green Arrow #51 -- 21,168 (-  7.9%)
05/2016: Green Arrow #52 -- 20,559 (-  2.9%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 89,936 (+373.0%) [97,243]
06/2016: Green Arrow #1  -- 76,816 (-  4.4%) [92,931]
07/2016: Green Arrow #2  -- 80,134 (- 13.8%)
07/2016: Green Arrow #3  -- 80,150 (+  0.0%)
08/2016: Green Arrow #4  -- 74,335 (-  7.3%)
08/2016: Green Arrow #5  -- 69,530 (-  6.5%)
09/2016: Green Arrow #6  -- 55,330 (- 20.4%)
09/2016: Green Arrow #7  -- 52,794 (-  4.6%)
10/2016: Green Arrow #8  -- 49,904 (-  7.4%)
10/2016: Green Arrow #9  -- 46,606 (-  4.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +125.6%
1 year  : +102.2%
2 years : +104.6%
5 years : - 18.7%
10 years: + 46.6%

Includes f.o.v.s. Sales haven’t yet stabilized, but they’re still quite a bit ahead of where they were for most of the New 52 run.

66, 75 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
10/2011: Deathstroke #2  --  44,647 
10/2012: Deathstroke #13 --  15,078 
10/2014: Deathstroke #1  --  54,059  [59,174] 
-----------------------------------
10/2015: Deathstroke #11 --  31,121 (-  0.4%) [31,649]
11/2015: Deathstroke #12 --  31,939 (+  2.6%) [32,568]
12/2015: Deathstroke #13 --  25,344 (- 20.6%) 
01/2016: Deathstroke #14 --  27,648 (+  9.1%) 
02/2016: Deathstroke #15 --  26,534 (-  4.0%) 
03/2016: Deathstroke #16 --  25,390 (-  4.3%) 
04/2016: Deathstroke #17 --  24,858 (-  2.1%) 
05/2016: Deathstroke #18 --  21,087 (- 15.2%) 
06/2016: Deathstroke #19 --  21,094 (+  0.0%) 
07/2016: Deathstroke #20 --  20,562 (-  2.5%) 
08/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 109,250 (+431.3%)
08/2016: Deathstroke #1  --  91,962 (- 15.8%)
09/2016: Deathstroke #2  --  60,877 (- 33.8%)
09/2016: Deathstroke #3  --  54,908 (-  9.8%)
10/2016: Deathstroke #4  --  46,773 (- 14.8%)
10/2016: Deathstroke #5  --  43,058 (-  7.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 80.7%
1 year  : + 41.9%
2 years : - 24.1%
5 years : +  0.6%

Both returnable and f.o.v.s; see the fine print at the end of the column.

60, 65 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
10/2006: --
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  [32,684]
------------------------------
10/2015: Aquaman #45 -- 25,495 (-  3.4%)
11/2015: Aquaman #46 -- 25,962 (+  1.8%)
12/2015: Aquaman #47 -- 20,251 (- 22.0%)
01/2016: Aquaman #48 -- 23,373 (+ 15.4%)
02/2016: Aquaman #49 -- 23,546 (+  0.7%)
03/2016: Aquaman #50 -- 24,487 (+  4.0%)
04/2016: Aquaman #51 -- 21,959 (- 10.3%)
05/2016: Aquaman #52 -- 22,246 (+  1.3%)
06/2016: Rebirth #1  -- 75,206 (+308.3%) [90,841]
06/2016: Aquaman #1  -- 84,745 (+  2.8%) [93,339]
07/2016: Aquaman #2  -- 77,550 (- 16.9%)
07/2016: Aquaman #3  -- 75,196 (-  3.0%)
08/2016: Aquaman #4  -- 67,641 (- 10.0%)
08/2016: Aquaman #5  -- 60,422 (- 10.7%)
09/2016: Aquaman #6  -- 49,903 (- 17.4%)
09/2016: Aquaman #7  -- 47,005 (-  5.8%)
10/2016: Aquaman #8  -- 44,551 (-  5.2%)
10/2016: Aquaman #9  -- 42,695 (-  4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: + 98.7%
1 year  : + 71.1%
2 years : + 33.5%
5 years : - 47.8%
10 years:    n.a.

Includes f.o.v.s.

67 - RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
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 
-----------------------------------------
10/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #5    -- 21,025 (-  4.9%)
11/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #6    -- 19,857 (-  5.6%)
12/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #7    -- 25,789 (+ 29.9%)
01/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #8    -- 22,900 (- 11.2%)
02/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #9    -- 22,341 (-  2.4%)
03/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #10   -- 17,707 (- 20.7%)
04/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #11   -- 19,711 (+ 11.3%)
05/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #12   -- 16,402 (- 16.8%)
06/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #13   -- 16,389 (-  0.1%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1             -- 97,722 (+496.3%)
08/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #1  -- 92,234 (-  5.6%)
09/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #2  -- 54,937 (- 40.4%)
10/2016: Red Hood & Outlaws #3  -- 41,971 (- 23.6%)
-----------------
6 months: +112.9%
1 year  : + 99.6%
2 years : +111.6%
5 years : - 29.3%

No longer returnable, but still an f.o.v.

79 - DOOM PATROL (Young Animal) ($3.99)
09/2016: Doom Patrol #1  -- 83,848 (+801.7%)
10/2016: Doom Patrol #2  -- 41,642 (- 50.3%)

Returnable and f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

A pretty sizable drop for the second issue of the Young Animal flagship title, but not unforeseen given the large number of variants that the first issue had.

80, 98 - CYBORG ($2.99)
10/2015: Cyborg #3  -- 27,550 (-  5.5%) 
10/2015: Cyborg #4  -- 25,926 (-  5.9%) 
11/2015: --
12/2015: Cyborg #5  -- 23,618 (-  8.9%) 
12/2015: Cyborg #6  -- 17,864 (- 24.4%) 
01/2016: Cyborg #7  -- 18,975 (+  6.2%) 
02/2016: Cyborg #8  -- 18,092 (-  4.7%) 
03/2016: Cyborg #9  -- 13,578 (- 25.0%) 
04/2016: Cyborg #10 -- 15,256 (+ 12.4%) 
05/2016: Cyborg #11 -- 12,425 (- 18.6%) 
06/2016: Cyborg #12 -- 12,411 (-  0.1%) 
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: Rebirth #1 -- 70,586 (+468.7%)
09/2016: Cyborg #1  -- 61,908 (- 12.3%)
10/2016: Cyborg #2  -- 41,577 (- 32.8%)
10/2016: Cyborg #3  -- 35,756 (- 14.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +153.4%
1 year  : + 44.6%

Both returnable and f.o.v.s; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Switches back to once-monthly in January, which is probably a good thing since it’s this month’s lowest-selling twice-monthly title.

69 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
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  [66,304]
-------------------------------
10/2015: Batgirl #45 --  29,276 (-  3.8%) [29,715]
11/2015: --
12/2015: Batgirl #46 --  27,591 (-  7.1%)
01/2016: Batgirl #47 --  26,905 (-  2.5%)
02/2016: Batgirl #48 --  25,625 (-  4.8%)
03/2016: Batgirl #49 --  24,730 (-  3.5%)
04/2016: Batgirl #50 --  34,632 (+ 40.0%)
04/2016: Batgirl #51 --  23,280 (- 32.8%)
05/2016: Batgirl #52 --  26,492 (+ 13.8%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: Batgirl #1  -- 105,795 (+299.3%)
08/2016: Batgirl #2  --  68,611 (- 35.1%)
09/2016: Batgirl #3  --  51,580 (- 24.8%)
10/2016: Batgirl #4  --  40,778 (- 20.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 40.8%
1 year  : + 37.2%
2 years : - 38.5%
5 years : - 51.2%

No longer returnable, but still an f.o.v.

84 - SUPERWOMAN ($2.99)
08/2016: Superwoman #1  -- 101,289   
09/2016: Superwoman #2  --  55,480 (- 45.2%)   
10/2016: Superwoman #3  --  40,554 (- 26.9%)

Returnable and f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

72 - BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
10/2006: Birds of Prey #99 --  30,385
10/2011: Birds of Prey #2  --  53,156
10/2012: Birds of Prey #13 --  25,851
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24 --  18,382
-------------------------------------
07/2016: Rebirth #1        -- 109,066 (+119.0%)
08/2016: Batgirl & BoP #1  --  83,481 (- 23.5%)
09/2016: Batgirl & BoP #2  --  54,083 (- 35.2%)
10/2016: Batgirl & BoP #3  --  40,041 (- 26.0%)
-----------------
5 years : - 24.7%
10 years: + 31.8%

No longer returnable, but still an f.o.v.

89 - CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE (Young Animal) ($3.99)
10/2016: Cave Carson #1  -- 38,724

Returnable and f.o.v.s.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

Not nearly the size of debut that Doom Patrol had last month, but then it also didn’t have nearly the same number of variants, and Cave Carson is certainly a lesser-known property.

95 - BLUE BEETLE ($2.99)
10/2006: --
10/2011: Blue Beetle #2  -- 39,396
10/2012: Blue Beetle #13 -- 13,141
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08/2016: Rebirth #1      -- 80,292 (+599.0%)   
09/2016: Blue Beetle #1  -- 57,454 (- 28.4%)   
10/2016: Blue Beetle #2  -- 36,799 (- 35.9%)   
-----------------
5 years : -  6.6%
10 years:    n.a.

Returnable and f.o.v.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

A second typical second issue drop in a row.

87 - WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ($7.99)
10/2016: Wonder Woman 75th #1 -- 36,096

Decent numbers for a $8 book, and an anthology at that. Odd that DC did one of these for Wonder Woman but so far not for any of their other characters that have hit the 75 year mark.

100 - SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL (Young Animal) ($3.99)
10/2016: Shade #1  -- 35,289

Returnable and f.o.v.s.; see the fine print at the end of the column.

In roughly the same situation as Cave Carson; not a super well-known property, this one drawing on a Vertigo series from the 90s, itself based on a Ditko series from the 70s.

94 - HELLBLAZER ($2.99)
10/2006: Hellblazer #225    -- 13,629
10/2011: Hellblazer #284    --  9,608
10/2012: Hellblazer #296    --  9,255
10/2013: Constantine #7     -- 22,954 
10/2014: Constantine #18    -- 15,648 
-------------------------------------
10/2015: The Hellblazer #5  -- 20,431 (-  7.0%)
11/2015: The Hellblazer #6  -- 19,328 (-  5.4%)
12/2015: The Hellblazer #7  -- 18,601 (-  3.8%)
01/2016: The Hellblazer #8  -- 17,853 (-  4.0%)
02/2016: The Hellblazer #9  -- 17,178 (-  3.8%)
03/2016: The Hellblazer #10 -- 16,755 (-  2.5%)
04/2016: The Hellblazer #11 -- 16,248 (-  3.0%)
05/2016: The Hellblazer #12 -- 15,904 (-  2.1%)
06/2016: The Hellblazer #13 -- 15,697 (-  1.3%)
07/2016: Rebirth #1         -- 84,404 (+437.7%)
08/2016: Hellblazer #1      -- 65,707 (- 22.2%)
09/2016: Hellblazer #2      -- 44,824 (- 31.8%)
10/2016: Hellblazer #3      -- 33,596 (- 25.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +106.8%
1 year  : + 64.4%
2 years : +114.7%
5 years : +249.7%
10 years: +146.5%

No longer returnable, but still an f.o.v.

Another biggish drop, but still doing pretty good for a Hellblazer/Constantine comic.

96 - HE-MAN/THUNDERCATS ($3.99)
10/2012: He-Man & MotU #3 of 6 -- 18,269 
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7      -- 16,059 
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18     -- 11,501 
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10/2015: He-Man Eternity #11   -- 10,618 (-  2.1%)
11/2015: He-Man Eternity #12   -- 10,382 (-  2.2%)
12/2015: He-Man Eternity #13   -- 10,096 (-  2.8%)
01/2016: He-Man Eternity #14   --  9,714 (-  3.8%)
02/2016: He-Man Eternity #15   --  9,493 (-  2.3%)
03/2016: --
04/2016: --
05/2016: --
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: --
10/2016: He-Man/T'cats #1 of 6 -- 32,936 (+247.0%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : +210.2%
2 years : +186.4%

Better numbers than any He-Man comic in the current revival. Must be the Thundercats… (There were a couple of variants.)

102 - NEW SUPER-MAN ($2.99)
07/2016: New Super-Man #1  -- 129,452
08/2016: New Super-Man #2  --  79,774 (- 38.4%)
09/2016: New Super-Man #3  --  45,976 (- 42.4%)
10/2016: New Super-Man #4  --  31,689 (- 31.1%)

No longer returnable, but still an f.o.v.

As with Superwoman, this just doesn’t seem to be catching on. Maybe it was a mistake to expand the Superman sub-universe so aggressively?

103 - DEATH OF HAWKMAN ($3.99)
10/2006: Hawkgirl #57             -- 19,900
10/2011: Savage Hawkman #2        -- 42,987
10/2012: Savage Hawkman #13       -- 14,763
-------------------------------------------
05/2013: Savage Hawkman #20       -- 13,141
-------------------------------------------
10/2016: Death of Hawkman #1 of 6 -- 31,316 (+182.0%)
-----------------
5 years : - 27.2%
10 years: + 57.4%

DC’s DCU mini-series woes continue. To make matters worse, this wasn’t even solicited under the Death of Hawkman title, but rather as a Hawkman/Adam Strange mini. Not sure why the deception. (There was a variant cover.)

115, 121 - FUTURE QUEST ($3.99)
05/2016: Future Quest #1  -- 48,627          [56,756]
06/2016: --
07/2016: Future Quest #2  -- 30,170 (- 45.9%)
07/2016: Future Quest #3  -- 27,786 (-  9.5%)
08/2016: Future Quest #4  -- 25,472 (-  8.3%)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Future Quest #5  -- 23,975 (-  5.9%)
10/2016: Future Quest #6  -- 22,131 (-  7.7%)
119 - SCOOBY APOCALYPSE ($3.99)
05/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #1  -- 69,520           [77,409]
06/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #2  -- 29,812 (- 61.5%)
07/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #3  -- 29,494 (-  1.1%)
08/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #4  -- 28,148 (-  4.6%)
09/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #5  -- 26,170 (-  7.0%)
10/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #6  -- 23,781 (-  9.1%)

Things still haven’t stabilized for DC’s Hanna-Barbera revivals. Certainly Future Quest’s erratic schedule can’t be helping, though its staying pretty close to the more regular Scooby Apocalypse so I don’t think its having too much of a negative effect. (F.o.v.s all around.)

123 - RAVEN ($2.99)
09/2016: Raven #1 of 6 -- 28,374   
10/2016: Raven #2 of 6 -- 20,813 (- 26.6%)

A typical second issue drop. Sales aren’t great for this DCU mini either, though there are second printings of both of the first two issues scheduled for December, so it appears that demand was under-estimated in some quarters.

128 - MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO ($3.99)
10/2015: Midnighter #5         -- 13,235 (-  8.3%)
11/2015: Midnighter #6         -- 12,186 (-  7.9%)
12/2015: Midnighter #7         -- 11,267 (-  7.5%)
01/2016: Midnighter #8         -- 10,408 (-  7.6%)
02/2016: Midnighter #9         -- 10,428 (+  0.2%)
03/2016: Midnighter #10        --  9,803 (-  6.0%)
04/2016: Midnighter #11        --  9,435 (-  3.5%)
05/2016: Midnighter #12        --  9,354 (-  0.9%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: --
10/2016: Mdnter & Aplo #1 of 6 -- 20,497 (+119.1%)
-----------------
6 months: +117.1%
1 year  : + 54.9%

Undeterred by the poor sales of the previous Midnighter series, DC gives it another go. (There was a variant cover.)

133 - THE LOST BOYS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2016: Lost Boys #1 of 6 -- 19,812

What exactly possessed Vertigo to do a miniseries based on a nearly thirty-years-old Joel Schumacher movie? We may never know, but it did debut higher than most other recent Vertigo series, so that’s something of a win for the beleaguered imprint.

147 - 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 
---------------------------------
10/2015: E2 Society #5  -- 23,459 (-  7.8%)
11/2015: E2 Society #6  -- 21,948 (-  6.4%)
12/2015: E2 Society #7  -- 21,059 (-  4.1%)
01/2016: E2 Society #8  -- 19,682 (-  6.5%)
02/2016: E2 Society #9  -- 18,868 (-  4.1%)
03/2016: E2 Society #10 -- 18,391 (-  2.5%)
04/2016: E2 Society #11 -- 17,844 (-  3.0%)
05/2016: E2 Society #12 -- 17,492 (-  2.0%)
06/2016: E2 Society #13 -- 17,430 (-  0.4%)
07/2016: E2 Society #14 -- 16,960 (-  2.7%)
08/2016: E2 Society #15 -- 16,885 (-  0.4%)
09/2016: E2 Society #16 -- 16,025 (-  5.1%)
10/2016: E2 Society #17 -- 16,822 (+  5.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.7%
1 year  : - 28.3%
2 years : - 55.6%

Takes a slight jump up due to a variant cover, E2S’s first since issue #3. Scheduled to end with issue #21 in February.

150 - VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND ($3.99)
11/2009: Vigilante #12     --  6,447
------------------------------------
10/2016: Southland #1 of 6 -- 16,264 (+152.3%)

Really? A Vigilante mini-series? I guess because the character is appearing on the Arrow TV series? The results are predictable, as it debuts even lower than the previous Vigilante series did (18,233 in December 2008), and you can see above how that ended up.

156 - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS (Digital First) ($3.99)
10/2015: Bombshells #3  --  32,147 (- 11.7%) [32,939]
11/2015: Bombshells #4  --  27,239 (- 17.3%)
11/2015: Bombshells #5  --  25,335 (-  7.0%)
12/2015: Bombshells #6  --  23,679 (-  6.5%)
12/2015: Bombshells #7  --  23,014 (-  2.8%)
01/2016: Bombshells #8  --  21,904 (-  4.8%)
02/2016: Bombshells #9  --  20,349 (-  7.1%)
03/2016: Bombshells #10 --  19,820 (-  2.6%)
04/2016: Bombshells #11 --  18,859 (-  4.8%)
05/2016: Bombshells #12 --  18,512 (-  1.8%)
05/2016: Bombshells #13 --  18,046 (-  2.5%)
06/2016: Bombshells #14 --  18,492 (+  2.5%)
07/2016: Bombshells #15 --  17,956 (-  2.9%)
08/2016: Bombshells #16 --  17,623 (-  1.9%)
09/2016: Bombshells #17 --  16,685 (-  5.3%)
10/2016: Bombshells #18 --  16,042 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.9%
1 year  : - 51.3%

Continued attrition.

159 - DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE ($5.99)
10/2006: Deadman #3              -- 12,930
10/2007: Deadman #13             --  5,477
------------------------------------------
10/2016: Deadman Mansion #1 of 3 -- 15,297 (+163.6%)
-----------------
10 years: + 18.3%

Way back on the 90s DC used to do these kind of prestige format mini-series all of the time, so this is a bit of a throwback. (The previous Deadman series came from Vertigo.)

167 - GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER ($2.99)
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338  [46,055] 
-------------------------------------
10/2015: Gotham Academy #11 -- 16,560 (-  4.2%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Gotham Academy #12 -- 15,865 (-  4.2%)
12/2015: Gotham Academy #13 -- 22,947 (+ 44.6%)
01/2016: Gotham Academy #14 -- 15,023 (- 34.5%)
02/2016: Gotham Academy #15 -- 14,334 (-  4.6%)
03/2016: Gotham Academy #16 -- 13,363 (-  6.8%)
04/2016: Gotham Academy #17 -- 12,743 (-  4.6%)
05/2016: Gotham Academy #18 -- 12,410 (-  2.6%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: Second Semester #1 -- 21,765 (+ 75.4%)
10/2016: Second Semester #2 -- 13,856 (- 36.3%)
----------------
6 months: +  8.7%
1 year  : - 16.3%
2 years : - 69.9%

Ugh, why is this not selling better? Clearly most of its audience is not being found in the direct market, so its survival going forward will most likely be due to trade sales.

174 - THE FLINTSTONES ($3.99)
07/2016: Flintstones #1  -- 43,996
08/2016: Flintstones #2  -- 19,612 (- 55.4%)
09/2016: Flintstones #3  -- 14,910 (- 24.0%)
10/2016: Flintstones #4  -- 12,740 (- 14.6%)

Continues its downward slide.

178, 180 - INJUSTICE: YEAR FIVE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Injustice #10    -- 24,788 
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 
-----------------------------------
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #11 -- 14,992 (-  7.7%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #12 -- 14,848 (-  1.0%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Injustice Y5 #1  -- 17,049 (+ 14.8%)
01/2016: Injustice Y5 #2  -- 14,787 (- 13.3%)
02/2016: Injustice Y5 #3  -- 14,263 (-  3.5%)
02/2016: Injustice Y5 #4  -- 13,918 (-  2.4%)
03/2016: Injustice Y5 #5  -- 14,094 (+  1.3%)
03/2016: Injustice Y5 #6  -- 13,599 (-  3.5%)
04/2016: Injustice Y5 #7  -- 13,823 (+  1.6%)
04/2016: Injustice Y5 #8  -- 13,560 (-  1.9%)
05/2016: Injustice Y5 #9  -- 13,539 (-  0.2%)
05/2016: Injustice Y5 #10 -- 13,332 (-  1.5%)
06/2016: Injustice Y5 #11 -- 13,682 (+  2.6%)
06/2016: Injustice Y5 #12 -- 13,318 (-  2.7%)
07/2016: Injustice Y5 #13 -- 13,590 (+  2.0%)
07/2016: Injustice Y5 #14 -- 13,418 (-  1.3%)
08/2016: Injustice Y5 #15 -- 13,258 (-  1.2%)
08/2016: Injustice Y5 #16 -- 12,914 (-  2.6%)
09/2016: Injustice Y5 #17 -- 12,782 (-  1.0%)
09/2016: Injustice Y5 #18 -- 12,740 (-  0.3%)
10/2016: Injustice Y5 #19 -- 12,262 (-  3.8%)
10/2016: Injustice Y5 #20 -- 12,313 (+  0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 10.3%
1 year  : - 17.6%
2 years : - 33.9%

The end of Year Five, though a new Injustice series starts in December.

186 - SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: EL DIABLO/KILLER CROC ($4.99)
01/2016: Deadshot/Katana #1 of 6 -- 21,642 
02/2016: Deadshot/Katana #2 of 6 -- 16,529 (- 23.6%) 
03/2016: Deadshot/Katana #3 of 6 -- 14,585 (- 11.8%) 
04/2016: Deadshot/Katana #4 of 6 -- 13,452 (-  7.8%) 
05/2016: Deadshot/Katana #5 of 6 -- 12,725 (-  5.4%) 
06/2016: Deadshot/Katana #6 of 6 -- 12,584 (-  1.1%) 
07/2016: --
08/2016: El Diablo/Boom #1 of 6  -- 18,660 (+ 48.3%) 
09/2016: El Diablo/Boom #2 of 6  -- 13,089 (- 29.9%) 
10/2016: El Diablo/Croc #3 of 6  -- 11,468 (- 12.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 14.7%

Apparently not the *most* wanted…

193 - WACKY RACELAND ($3.99)
06/2016: Wacky Raceland #1 -- 34,065
07/2016: Wacky Raceland #2 -- 18,001 (- 47.2%)
08/2016: Wacky Raceland #3 -- 13,648 (- 24.2%)
09/2016: Wacky Raceland #4 -- 11,162 (- 18.2%)
10/2016: Wacky Raceland #5 --  9,923 (- 11.1%)

Penultimate issue.

194 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2006: -- 
10/2011: --
10/2012: --
10/2013: Astro City #5   -- 16,927 
10/2014: Astro City #16  -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
----------------------------------
10/2015: Astro City #28  -- 10,808 (- 1.9%)
11/2015: Astro City #29  -- 10,748 (- 0.6%)
12/2015: Astro City #30  -- 10,476 (- 2.5%)
01/2016: Astro City #31  -- 10,351 (- 1.2%)
02/2016: Astro City #32  -- 10,187 (- 1.6%)
03/2016: Astro City #33  -- 10,125 (- 0.6%)
04/2016: Astro City #34  -- 10,120 (- 0.0%)
05/2016: Astro City #35  --  9,996 (- 1.2%)
06/2016: Astro City #36  --  9,960 (- 0.4%)
07/2016: Astro City #37  --  9,953 (- 0.1%)
08/2016: --
09/2016: Astro City #38  --  9,963 (- 0.9%)
09/2016: Astro City #39  --  9,621 (- 2.5%)
10/2016: Astro City #40  --  9,568 (- 0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.5%
1 year  : - 11.5%
2 years : - 23.3%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.

Continues its slow sales decline. Only 53 fewer copies this month. The drops are tiny but they do add up and it’s starting to drift into the danger zone. It would be nice if something could be done to goose sales, but outside of having Jim Lee draw an issue I can’t fathom what that something would be.

195 - BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED & MRS. PEEL (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2014: Green Hornet #5 of 6 -- 22,614 
---------------------------------------
12/2015: UNCLE #1 of 6        -- 17,363 (- 15.4%)
01/2016: UNCLE #2 of 6        -- 13,940 (- 19.7%)
02/2016: UNCLE #3 of 6        -- 12,824 (-  8.0%)
03/2016: UNCLE #4 of 6        -- 11,945 (-  6.9%)
04/2016: UNCLE #5 of 6        -- 11,187 (-  6.3%)
05/2016: UNCLE #6 of 6        -- 11,060 (-  1.1%)
06/2016: --
07/2016: Avengers #1 of 6     -- 13,921 (+ 25.9%)
08/2016: Avengers #2 of 6     -- 11,079 (- 20.4%)
09/2016: Avengers #3 of 6     -- 10,082 (-  9.0%)
10/2016: Avengers #4 of 6     --  9,556 (-  5.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.6%
2 years : - 57.7%

I don’t think enough of the comics-buying public remembers The Avengers TV show to make this crossover viable.

198 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2006: Teen Titans Go! #36 -- 10,214
10/2014: Teen Titans Go! #6  --  8,677 
--------------------------------------
10/2015: Teen Titans Go! #12 -- 10,283 (+  5.2%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Teen Titans Go! #13 --  9,714 (-  5.5%)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Teen Titans Go! #14 --  9,142 (-  5.9%)
03/2016: --
04/2016: Teen Titans Go! #15 --  9,210 (+  0.7%)
05/2016: --
06/2016: Teen Titans Go! #16 --  9,324 (+  1.2%)
07/2016: --
08/2016: Teen Titans Go! #17 --  9,636 (+  3.3%)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Teen Titans Go! #18 --  9,506 (-  1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  3.2%
1 year  : -  7.6%
2 years : +  9.6%
10 years: -  6.9%

A slight dip this month as TTG continues to dance around its natural level.

202 - FROSTBITE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
09/2016: Frostbite #1 of 6 -- 13,916
10/2016: Frostbite #2 of 6 --  9,312 (- 33.1%)

A typical second issue drop.

212 - LUCIFER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: Lucifer #1  -- 17,306 (+ 57.2%)
01/2016: Lucifer #2  -- 12,497 (- 27.8%)
02/2016: Lucifer #3  -- 11,614 (-  7.1%)
03/2016: Lucifer #4  -- 11,450 (-  1.4%)
04/2016: Lucifer #5  -- 11,049 (-  3.5%)
05/2016: Lucifer #6  -- 10,701 (-  3.1%)
06/2016: Lucifer #7  -- 10,382 (-  3.0%)
07/2016: Lucifer #8  --  9,968 (-  4.0%)
08/2016: Lucifer #9  --  9,554 (-  4.2%)
09/2016: Lucifer #10 --  8,891 (-  6.9%)
10/2016: Lucifer #11 --  8,507 (-  4.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.0%

A new writer, novelist Richard Kadrey, comes on board with issue #13.

213 - EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2006: Fables #54    -- 25,534
10/2011: Fables #110   -- 18,109
10/2012: Fables #122   -- 16,513
10/2013: Fables #134   -- 14,575 
10/2014: Fables #145   -- 13,723 
--------------------------------
09/2016: Everafter #1  -- 11,421 (- 19.4%)
10/2016: Everafter #2  --  8,414 (- 26.3%)
-----------------
2 years : - 38.7%
5 years : - 53.5%
10 years: - 67.0%

Clearly this won’t be surviving based on its single issue sales alone. So we’ll wait to see how this fares in the trade paperback realm.

220 - DOCTOR FATE ($2.99)
10/2015: Doctor Fate #5  -- 14,560 (- 10.4%) 
11/2015: Doctor Fate #6  -- 13,090 (- 10.1%) 
12/2015: Doctor Fate #7  -- 11,954 (-  8.7%) 
01/2016: Doctor Fate #8  -- 11,109 (-  7.1%) 
02/2016: Doctor Fate #9  -- 10,437 (-  6.0%) 
03/2016: Doctor Fate #10 --  9,780 (-  6.0%) 
04/2016: Doctor Fate #11 --  9,257 (-  5.3%) 
05/2016: Doctor Fate #12 --  9,168 (-  1.0%) 
06/2016: Doctor Fate #13 --  9,067 (-  1.1%) 
07/2016: Doctor Fate #14 --  8,762 (-  3.4%) 
08/2016: Doctor Fate #15 --  8,663 (-  1.1%) 
09/2016: Doctor Fate #16 --  8,289 (-  4.3%) 
10/2016: Doctor Fate #17 --  7,854 (-  5.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 15.2%
1 year  : - 46.1%

Penultimate issue. Really feels like the story came to an end last month. These final two issues, drawn by Brendan McCarthy, feel tacked-on. Not that many people will be complaining about a couple of issues of trippy Brendan McCarthy art!—well, except for all you poor souls who aren’t buying this comic!

230 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2014: -- 
-----------------------------------------
10/2015: --
11/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #13 --  8,008 (- 48.1%)
12/2015: --
01/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #14 --  7,214 (-  9.9%)
02/2016: -- 
03/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #15 --  8,092 (+ 12.2%)
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16 --  8,400 (+  3.8%)
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #17 --  7,892 (-  6.0%)
08/2016: -- 
09/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #18 --  7,913 (+  0.3%)
10/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #19 --  7,467 (-  5.6%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 Year  :    n.a.
2 Years :    n.a.

Now monthly, as Scooby and the gang team up with Zatanna. This must be selling well somewhere other than floppy sales in North America for DC to up the frequency.

232 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY (Vertigo) ($7.99)
08/2013: Anthology #1 --  12,695
10/2016: Anthology #2 --   7,376 (- 41.9%)

American Vampire seems to have run its course.

Showing up at #237 is a DIrector’s Cut edition of Justice League #1: 6,992 copies at $5.99 each. (These aren’t included in the summary statistics below)

244 - SIXPACK & DOGWELDER: HARD TRAVELIN' HEROZ ($3.99)
10/2015: All-Star Section 8 #5 of 6  --  9,787 (- 12.9%) 
11/2015: --
12/2015: All-Star Section 8 #6 of 6  --  8,995 (-  8.1%) 
01/2016: --
02/2016: --
03/2016: --
04/2016: --
05/2016: --
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: Sixpack & Dogwelder #1 of 6 -- 15,431 (+ 71.6%)
09/2016: Sixpack & Dogwelder #2 of 6 --  7,647 (- 50.4%)
10/2016: Sixpack & Dogwelder #3 of 6 --  6,442 (- 15.8%)
-----------------
1 year  : - 34.2%

261 - CLEAN ROOM (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Clean Room #1  -- 14,304
11/2015: Clean Room #2  --  9,351 (- 35.6%)
12/2015: Clean Room #3  --  8,073 (- 13.7%)
01/2015: Clean Room #4  --  7,572 (-  6.2%)
02/2016: Clean Room #5  --  7,020 (-  7.3%)
03/2016: Clean Room #6  --  6,832 (-  2.7%)
04/2016: Clean Room #7  --  6,518 (-  4.6%)
05/2016: Clean Room #8  --  6,394 (-  1.9%)
06/2016: Clean Room #9  --  6,335 (-  0.9%)
07/2016: Clean Room #10 --  6,069 (-  4.2%)
08/2016: Clean Room #11 --  5,906 (-  2.7%)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Clean Room #12 --  5,807 (-  1.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.9%
1 year  : - 59.4%

Down just 99 copies from the previous issue. Maybe Clean Room has finally found its level?

286 - THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: Sheriff of Babylon  #1 of 8  -- 10,234 
01/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #2 of 8  --  7,063 (- 31.0%) 
02/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #3 of 8  --  6,385 (-  9.6%) 
03/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #4 of 8  --  6,007 (-  5.9%) 
04/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #5 of 12 --  5,810 (-  3.3%) 
05/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #6 of 12 --  5,615 (-  3.4%) 
06/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #7 of 12 --  5,714 (+  1.8%) 
07/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #8 of 12 --  5,680 (-  0.6%) 
08/2016: Sheriff of Babylon  #9 of 12 --  5,587 (-  1.6%) 
09/2016: Sheriff of Babylon #10 of 12 --  5,290 (-  5.3%) 
10/2016: Sheriff of Babylon #11 of 12 --  5,177 (-  2.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 10.9%

299 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2006: Scooby-Doo #113               -- 4,339
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 
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
-----------------------------------------------
10/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #62 -- 5,143 (- 1.5%)  
11/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #63 -- 5,215 (+ 1.4%)  
12/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #64 -- ????? (< 5,848)  
01/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #65 -- 4,906   
02/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #66 -- 4,867 (- 0.8%)   
03/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #67 -- 4,940 (+ 1.5%)   
04/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #68 -- 4,892 (- 1.0%)   
05/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #69 -- 5,040 (+ 3.0%)   
06/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #70 -- ????? (< 5,596)   
07/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #71 -- 5,254    
08/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #72 -- ????? (< 5,497)   
09/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #73 -- 5,214    
10/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #74 -- 4,972 (- 4.6%)    
-----------------
6 months: +  1.6%
1 year  : -  3.3%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years: + 14.6%

+300 - SUICIDERS: KINGS OF HELL.A. (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: -- 
02/2016: -- 
03/2016: Kings of HelLA #1 of 6 --  8,563 (+  0.2%)
04/2016: Kings of HelLA #2 of 6 --  6,123 (- 28.5%)
05/2016: Kings of HelLA #3 of 6 --  5,375 (- 12.2%)
06/2016: Kings of HelLA #4 of 6 --  ????? (< 5,596)
07/2016: Kings of HelLA #5 of 6 --  ????? (< 5,069)
09/2016: --
09/2016: --
10/2016: Kings of HelLA #6 of 6 --  ????? (< 4,931)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    n.a.

+300 - UNFOLLOW (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Unfollow #1  -- 10,740 
12/2015: Unfollow #2  --  7,082 (- 34.1%) 
01/2016: Unfollow #3  --  6,510 (-  8.1%) 
02/2016: Unfollow #4  --  5,667 (- 12.9%) 
03/2016: Unfollow #5  --  5,149 (-  9.1%) 
04/2016: Unfollow #6  --  4,815 (-  6.5%) 
05/2016: Unfollow #7  --  ????? (< 4,986) 
06/2016: Unfollow #8  --  ????? (< 5,596) 
07/2016: Unfollow #9  --  ????? (< 5,069) 
08/2016: Unfollow #10 --  ????? (< 5,497) 
09/2016: Unfollow #11 --  ????? (< 4,239) 
10/2016: Unfollow #12 --  ????? (< 4,931) 
-----------------
6 months:   ????%

+300 - ART OPS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Art Ops #1  -- 12,211
11/2015: Art Ops #2  --  7,982 (- 34.6%)
12/2015: Art Ops #3  --  6,771 (- 15.2%)
01/2016: Art Ops #4  --  5,772 (- 14.8%)
02/2016: Art Ops #5  --  5,297 (-  8.2%)
03/2016: Art Ops #6  --  4,908 (-  7.3%)
04/2016: Art Ops #7  --  4,564 (-  7.3%)
05/2016: Art Ops #8  --  ????? (< 4,986)
06/2016: Art Ops #9  --  ????? (< 5,596)
07/2016: --
08/2016: Art Ops #10 --  ????? (< 5,497)
08/2016: Art Ops #11 --  ????? (< 5,497)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Art Ops #12 --  ????? (< 4,931)
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%

Final issue.

+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2006: Looney Tunes #143 -- 2,741
10/2011: Looney Tunes #203 -- ?????
10/2012: Looney Tunes #209 -- ?????
10/2013: Looney Tunes #215 -- ?????
10/2014: Looney Tunes #221 -- ????? 
-----------------------------------
10/2015: Looney Tunes #226 -- ????? (< 4,248)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Looney Tunes #227 -- ????? (< 5,848)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Looney Tunes #228 -- ????? (< 3,744)
03/2016: --
04/2016: Looney Tunes #229 -- ????? (< 4,309)
05/2016: --
06/2016: Looney Tunes #230 -- ????? (< 5,596)
07/2016: --
08/2016: Looney Tunes #231 -- ????? (< 5,497)
09/2016: --
10/2016: Looney Tunes #232 -- ????? (< 4,931)
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

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

DC COMICS
10/2006: 33,406
10/2011: 51,342
10/2012: 32,901
10/2013: 31,928 
10/2014: 31,598 **
---------------
10/2015: 25,681 (-  0.5%)**
11/2015: 30,743 (+ 19.7%)
12/2015: 28,091 (-  8.6%)**
01/2016: 21,845 (- 22.2%)**
02/2016: 24,611 (+ 12.7%)**
03/2016: 22,620 (-  9.6%)**
04/2016: 23,187 (+  2.5%)**
05/2016: 24,532 (+  5.8%)**
06/2016: 48,770 (+ 98.8%)**
07/2016: 63,656 (+ 30.5%)**
08/2016: 67,257 (+  5.7%)**
09/2016: 51,379 (- 23.6%)**
10/2016: 41,277 (- 19.7%)**
-----------------
6 months: + 78.0%
1 year  : + 60.7%
2 years : + 30.6%
5 years : - 19.6%
10 years: + 23.6%


DC UNIVERSE
10/2006: 42,581 
10/2011: 59,219
10/2012: 36,571
10/2013: 33,568 **
10/2014: 39,978 
---------------
10/2015: 30,402 (-  0.8%)
11/2015: 38,396 (+ 26.3%)
12/2015: 34,981 (-  8.9%)
01/2016: 27,664 (- 20.1%)
02/2016: 31,503 (+ 13.9%)
03/2016: 28,621 (-  9.1%)
04/2016: 30,003 (+  4.8%)
05/2016: 29,927 (-  0.3%)
06/2016: 65,876 (+120.1%)
07/2016: 90,237 (+ 37.0%)
08/2016: 87,905 (-  2.6%)
09/2016: 64,037 (- 27.2%)
10/2016: 54,470 (- 14.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 81.5%
1 year  : + 79.2%
2 years : + 36.2%
5 years : -  8.0%
10 years: + 27.9%


VERTIGO & YOUNG ANIMAL
10/2006: 15,189
10/2011: 10,643
10/2012: 11,496
10/2013: 22,228 **
10/2014:  9,066 **
---------------
10/2015: 10,771 (- 31.9%)**
11/2015:  9,780 (-  9.2%)
12/2015:  8,630 (- 11.8%)**
01/2016:  6,832 (- 20.5%)**
02/2016:  6,274 (-  8.2%)**
03/2016:  6,039 (-  3.7%)**
04/2016:  5,649 (-  6.5%)**
05/2016:  5,734 (+  1.5%)**
06/2016:  6,073 (+  5.9%)**
07/2016:  6,328 (+  4.2%)**
08/2016:  5,639 (- 10.9%)**
09/2016: 16,825 (+198.4%)**
10/2016: 14,526 (- 13.7%)**
-----------------
6 months: +157.1%
1 year  : + 34.9%
2 years : + 60.2%
5 years : + 36.5%
10 years: -  4.4%

Without Young Animal, the Vertigo average for the month would be 7,973.

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

+268.7% - Batman Beyond
+225.0% - Teen Titans
+207.0% - Suicide Squad (New Suicide Squad)
+190.6% - Titans (Titans Hunt)
+152.4% - Cyborg
+152.3% - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (GLC Edge)
+133.1% - Nightwing (Grayson)
+125.6% - Green Arrow
+119.8% - Wonder Woman
+117.1% - Midnighter & Apollo (Midnighter)
+114.8% - Flash
+112.9% - Red Hood & Outlaws (Red Hood/Arsenal)
+106.8% - Hellblazer (Constantine the Hellblazer)
+ 98.7% - Aquaman
+ 80.7% - Deathstroke
+ 80.3% - Detective Comics
+ 80.1% - Superman
+ 69.7% - Action Comics
+ 54.4% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)
+ 40.8% - Batgirl
+ 25.6% - Batman
+ 22.9% - Justice League
+ 22.1% - Harley Quinn
+  8.7% - Gotham Academy
+  3.2% - Teen Titans Go!
+  1.6% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
-  5.5% - Astro City
-  5.7% - Earth 2 Society
-  6.6% - Dark Knight III
- 10.3% - Injustice
- 10.9% - Clean Room
- 10.9% - The Sheriff of Babylon
- 14.6% - Batman 66 Meets
- 14.7% - Suicide Squad Most Wanted
- 14.9% - DC Comics Bombshells
- 15.2% - Doctor Fate
- 23.0% - Lucifer


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

+210.2% - He-Man/Thundercats (He-Man: Eternity War)
+166.7% - Teen Titans
+124.8% - Batman Beyond
+117.6% - Suicide Squad (New Suicide Squad)
+109.7% - Flash
+102.2% - Green Arrow
+ 99.6% - Red Hood & Outlaws (Red Hood/Arsenal)
+ 94.7% - Nightwing (Grayson)
+ 91.2% - Wonder Woman
+ 78.0% - Titans (Titans Hunt)
+ 71.1% - Aquaman
+ 64.4% - Hellblazer (Constantine the Hellblazer)
+ 61.5% - Detective Comics
+ 59.3% - Superman
+ 54.9% - Midnighter & Apollo (Midnighter)
+ 48.7% - Action Comics
+ 44.6% - Cyborg
+ 41.9% - Deathstroke
+ 37.2% - Batgirl
+ 31.7% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)
+ 21.1% - Harley Quinn
+ 16.3% - Batman
+ 11.5% - Justice League
-  3.3% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
-  7.6% - Teen Titans Go!
- 11.5% - Astro City
- 16.3% - Gotham Academy
- 17.6% - Injustice
- 28.3% - Earth 2 Society
- 34.2% - Sixpack & Dogwelder (All-Star Section 8)
- 46.1% - Doctor Fate 
- 51.3% - DC Comics Bombshells
- 57.7% - Batman 66 Meets
- 59.4% - Clean Room


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

+384.7% - Batman Beyond
+186.4% - He-Man/Thundercats (He-Man: Eternity War)
+114.7% - Hellblazer (Constantine)
+111.6% - Red Hood & Outlaws
+104.6% - Green Arrow
+ 94.2% - Flash
+ 90.6% - Supergirl
+ 83.3% - Wonder Woman
+ 80.3% - Teen Titans
+ 79.1% - Suicide Squad
+ 40.3% - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (GLC)
+ 35.1% - Detective Comics
+ 33.5% - Aquaman
+ 26.2% - Superman
+ 25.2% - Action Comics
+ 19.7% - Nightwing (Grayson)
+ 18.8% - Justice League
+  9.6% - Teen Titans Go!
+  9.3% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)
+  6.5% - Batman
-  4.3% - Harley Quinn
- 23.3% - Astro City
- 24.1% - Deathstroke
- 33.9% - Injustice
- 38.5% - Batgirl
- 38.7% - Everafter (Fables)
- 55.6% - Earth 2 Society (Earth 2)
- 69.9% - Gotham Academy


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

+249.7% - Hellblazer 
+ 47.4% - Suicide Squad
+  0.6% - Deathstroke
-  0.9% - Teen Titans
-  6.6% - Blue Beetle
- 12.6% - Nightwing
- 17.2% - Wonder Woman
- 18.1% - Supergirl
- 18.7% - Green Arrow
- 24.7% - Batgirl & Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey)
- 27.2% - Death of Hawkman (Savage Hawkman)
- 29.3% - Red Hood & Outlaws
- 33.8% - Flash
- 34.5% - Superman
- 35.6% - Batman
- 36.7% - Detective Comics
- 37.5% - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (GLC)
- 47.8% - Aquaman
- 51.2% - Batgirl
- 53.5% - Everafter (Fables)
- 55.5% - Justice League
- 64.4% - Green Lanterns (Green Lantern)
- 64.5% - Action Comics 


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

+146.5% - Hellblazer 
+ 65.9% - Nightwing
+ 57.4% - Death of Hawkman (Hawkgirl)
+ 46.6% - Green Arrow
+ 31.8% - Batgirl & Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey)
+ 24.8% - Detective Comics
+ 22.7% - Flash
+ 18.3% - Deadman
+ 14.6% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
+ 12.6% - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (GLC)
-  6.9% - Teen Titans Go!
- 38.2% - Action Comics
- 67.0% - Everafter (Fables)

Sales Indices
=============

DCU: Average: 54,470. Median: 49.988. No.: 57. Total: 3,104,782

2.5 - Dark Knight III
2.4 - Batman (8)
2.3 - Batman (9)
2.2 - All Star Batman
1.6 - Justice League (6)
1.6 - Justice League (7)
1.5 - Detective Comics (942)
1.4 - Flash (8)
1.4 - Suicide Squad (4)
1.4 - Detective Comics (943)
1.4 - Flash (9)
1.3 - Trinity
1.3 - Teen Titans
1.3 - Superman (8)
1.3 - Suicide Squad (5)
1.3 - Nightwing (6)
1.3 - Harley Quinn (5)
1.2 - Superman (9)
1.2 - Batman Beyond
1.2 - Wonder Woman (8)
1.2 - Harley Quinn (6)
1.2 - Wonder Woman (9)
1.1 - Nightwing (7)
1.1 - Titans
1.0 - Action Comics (965)
1.0 - Action Comics (966)
1.0 - Green Lanterns (8)
0.9 - Supergirl
0.9 - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (6)
0.9 - Green Arrow (8)
0.9 - Green Lanterns (9)
0.9 - Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (7)
0.9 - Deathstroke (4)
0.9 - Green Arrow (9)
0.8 - Aquaman (8)
0.8 - Deathstroke (5)
0.8 - Aquaman (9)
0.8 - Red Hood & Outlaws
0.8 - Cyborg (2)
0.7 - Batgirl
0.7 - Superwoman
0.7 - Batgirl & Birds of Prey
0.7 - Blue Beetle
0.7 - Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary
0.7 - Cyborg (3)
0.6 - Hellblazer
0.6 - New Super-Man
0.6 - Death of Hawkman
0.4 - Raven
0.4 - Midnighter & Apollo
0.3 - Earth 2 Society
0.3 - Vigilante Southland
0.3 - Deadman Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love
0.3 - Gotham Academy Second Semester
0.2 - Suicide Squad Most Wanted
0.1 - Doctor Fate
0.1 - Sixpack & Dogwelder


Vertigo & Young Animal: Average: 14,526**. Median: 8,461**. No.: 14. Total: 203,362**

2.9 - Doom Patrol
2.7 - Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye
2.4 - Shade the Changing Girl
1.4 - The Lost Boys
0.7 - Astro City
0.6 - Frostbite
0.6 - Lucifer
0.6 - Everafter
0.5 - American Vampire Anthology
0.4 - Clean Room
0.4 - Sheriff of Babylon
0.3 - Suiciders Kings of HelL.A. **
0.3 - Unfollow **
0.3 - Art Ops **


Digital First & Other: Average: 14,314**. Median: 12,288**. No.: 14. Total: 200,390**

2.3 - He-Man/Thundercats
1.7 - Future Quest (5)
1.7 - Scooby Apocalypse
1.5 - Future Quest (6)
1.1 - DC Comics Bombshells
0.9 - The Flintstones
0.9 - Injustice Year Five (20)
0.9 - Injustice Year Five (19)
0.7 - Wacky Raceland
0.7 - Batman 66 Meets The Avengers
0.7 - Teen Titans Go!
0.5 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.3 - 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.

Image is not a normal comics publisher, and the typical metrics for sales success may not apply. For many 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 COMMENTS

  1. “No one is surprised that this series is running late, are they? Doesn’t seem to have hurt sales very much though.”

    So, please always remember that sales charts are reactive, not predictive! PARTICULARLY in a post-FOC world where the window of orders-to-sales is just three weeks. The order for DK3 #6 is just the market saying “Hey! We sold 133,642 copies of *issue number five*” Actually, a tiny less, probably, because most retailers probably aren’t ordering this title to have 100% sell-through.

    But, IN NO WAY is that at all a reflection of how CONSUMERS will respond to the lateness. You’ll know THAT from the orders of DK #7. Because those orders will be “Hey! This is how many we sold of issue six”

    This is especially true on a Very Late comic like this one.

    -B

  2. “Batman has now moved into standard attrition territory.”

    PS, what I said about DK and FOC works *exactly in reverse* for BATMAN and all of the other Rebirth bi-weekly comics — we have a harder time understanding how consumers are consuming because we’re multiple issues behind with good sales data. I’m pretty confident that for the average retailer, the sales data for ordering issue #9 (126k copies bought) is derived from the Actual Sales (or “actual sales”, your call!) of issue #6 (138k copies bought) — that’s closer to a 9% differential, rather than “standard attrition” in terms of incoming stock versus outgoing sales…. and I think that this might be making Rebirth significantly less successful for many stores ordering the books than the numbers may express on the surface.

    -B

  3. A shame to see Flintstones sales dropping. That is one fascinating comic, one that is continually surprisingly coherent, smart and savvy. I hope it finds its readers before low sales figures force it to be ushered away from The Great Monthly Comic Roulette table/ buffet, mumbling about the Paleo Diet…

  4. Agreed. Flintstones is my favorite comic DC is publishing right now — and on the whole, I think the company is doing better than it has in years. But Flintstones in particular is consistently great.

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