Our wish for actual sales numbers released by an actual comics publisher has finally been granted! And in The Hollywood Reporter, no less. DC released sales for its top three books of the year:
Justice League no. 1, written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee, which has shipped 361,138 copies since its August launch and has gone to press five times;
Batman no. 1, written by Scott Snyder and penciled by Greg Capulo, which has sold 262,379 copies in two printings;
Action Comics no. 1, which sold 250,898 copies, going back to the press three times.
These all beat Marvel’s top seller, the death issue ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #160, which shipped 159,355 copies. (It’s not entirely clear how DC knew how much Marvel sold but…that’s how all this works out.)
Good numbers? Yes! Amazing numbers? No. Not bad in context of the past decade’s sales, however.
We haven’t seen where John Jackson Miller explained what this really means. Perhaps he’ll do it in our comments or at least direct us to the proper post?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.