DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: August 2010

prv6089 cov DC Comics Month to Month Sales: August 2010
by Marc-Oliver Frisch

August 2010 wasn’t a great month for the direct market as a whole, and DC Comics was no exception. The current tent-pole title Brightest Day and its tie-in books kept performing solidly overall, but a number of other high-profile books, including Green Lantern, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, Batman and Robin and The Flash missed their August shipping dates, putting a bit of a dent in DC’s periodical performance: Overall dollar sales for new comic books were the lowest since June 2009, and average unit sales dropped to their second-lowest point of the last 12 months.

For the publisher’s Vertigo brand, August was particularly tough, with estimated average unit sales dropping to a new all-time low of 9,094. Again, though, the schedule is the culprit: With American Vampire, Joe the Barbarian and Jack of Fables, some of Vertigo’s best-selling comic-book titles didn’t come out in August. At the WildStorm imprint, average unit sales crashed back to just above 6K, and in this case, the schedule had little to do with it. At this stage, it’s not hard to see why DC is pulling the plug on WildStorm.

See below for the details, and please consider the small 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.

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1/2 - BRIGHTEST DAY
04/2010: Brightest Day #0  -- 129,446
05/2010: Brightest Day #1  -- 129,158 (- 0.2%)
05/2010: Brightest Day #2  -- 112,806 (-12.7%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #3  -- 107,269 (- 4.9%)
06/2010: Brightest Day #4  -- 101,730 (- 5.2%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #5  --  97,245 (- 4.4%)
07/2010: Brightest Day #6  --  94,684 (- 2.6%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #7  --  93,459 (- 1.3%)
08/2010: Brightest Day #8  --  91,546 (- 2.1%)

Here we go again: Last month, the chart suggested an unmotivated 20% increase with Brightest Day #6. And, not surprisingly, the two August issues are sticking to the higher sales level. So what I’m going to presume is that Diamond only reported 80% of the sales of the first five issues (but not Brightest Day #0, evidently), as they did with the first few issues each of the weekly DC titles 52, Countdown and Trinity.

Why does Diamond knock off 20% of those sales for their chart? Well, because, contrary to the usual industry practice, those issues were made returnable by DC as a means to encourage retailers, who have to lock their comics orders several weeks before a given title ships, to buy them in higher quantities. If you’ve got to order five issues of a series before the first one comes out, it probably helps to know that you can return the copies that you won’t be able to sell.

And, lo and behold, once the sales of Brightest Day #1 through #5 are adjusted accordingly, the book’s performance suddenly makes sense again.

All that said, the book — as well as the numerous other titles it serves as an umbrella for — is still doing quite well, obviously. There were variant-cover editions to boost the numbers, as usual, but as of the two August issues, DC evidently changed the ratio: Whereas previous issues had 1:25 variants, from now on it’s 1:10.

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7 - BATMAN
08/2005: Batman #643 --  66,396
08/2005: Batman #644 --  65,128
08/2006: Batman #656 --  95,982 [ 99,024]
08/2007: Batman #667 --  78,578 [ 82,418]
08/2007: Batman #668 --  76,962
08/2008: Batman #679 -- 103,588
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08/2009: Batman #689 --  78,392 (- 5.6%)
09/2009: Batman #690 --  77,001 (- 1.8%)
10/2009: Batman #691 --  71,431 (- 7.2%)
10/2009: Batman #692 --  70,322 (- 1.6%)
11/2009: Batman #693 --  68,983 (- 1.9%)
12/2009: Batman #694 --  65,908 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Batman #695 --  63,467 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Batman #696 --  61,290 (- 3.4%)
03/2010: Batman #697 --  61,157 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Batman #698 --  60,934 (- 0.4%)
05/2010: Batman #699 --  62,377 (+ 2.4%)
06/2010: Batman #700 -- 104,755 (+67.9%)
07/2010: Batman #701 --  76,398 (-27.1%)
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414 (- 3.9%)
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6 months: +19.8%
1 year  : - 6.4%
2 years : -29.1%
5 years : +11.6%

The third and final issue written by Grant Morrison as a tie-in with the “Return of Bruce Wayne” storyline retains a lot of the additional sales from #701.

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10 - GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS
08/2010: Emerald Warriors #1  -- 68,332
11 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
08/2006: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 51,485
08/2007: Green Lantern Corps #15 -- 51,572 [57,751]
08/2008: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 46,045
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08/2009: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 84,241 (+ 2.2%)
09/2009: Green Lantern Corps #40 -- 83,112 (- 1.3%)
10/2009: Green Lantern Corps #41 -- 81,377 (- 2.1%)
11/2009: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 80,391 (- 1.2%)
12/2009: Green Lantern Corps #43 -- 77,774 (- 3.3%)
01/2010: Green Lantern Corps #44 -- 76,458 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #45 -- 75,404 (- 1.4%)
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Green Lantern Corps #47 -- 72,163 (- 5.9%)
05/2010: Green Lantern Corps #48 -- 68,826 (- 4.6%)
06/2010: Green Lantern Corps #49 -- 66,652 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035 (+ 0.6%)
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124 (+ 0.1%)
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6 months: -11.0%
1 year  : -20.3%
2 years : +45.8%

I’m not sure if I should be amazed at DC’s restraint for not launching a bunch of Green Lantern spin-off books years ago. After all, this is DC, where everything always seems to take years to get off the ground, so maybe this time they were just lucky they didn’t miss the boat for a change.

Anyway, launching a new Green Lantern book certainly makes sense, commercially. Geoff Johns and his collaborators have been doing something right since they relaunched the franchise in 2005 — that much is obvious from looking at the sales figures. Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors continues the trend, if the debut issue is any indication, and Green Lantern Corps also sticks to a rock-solid 67K.

By the way, Emerald Warriors, which will be $ 3.99 until DC start rolling back their cover prices, supports a point made by Paul O’Brien in the House to Astonish podcast: If the higher price tag is on comics that people know they want to buy, it doesn’t seem to be much of a problem for those particular titles. Rather, it may be the other books, the ones perceived to be less “essential,” that suffer from those higher prices, because the audience’s budgets, unfortunately, aren’t growing along with them.

In other words, a $ 3.99 price tag may not be harming Emerald Warriors, but it may well come at the expense of, say, R.E.B.E.L.S., even though the latter is only $2.99. If you train your audience to look for the books that “matter,” this is what you get.

There was a 1:25 variant for Emerald Warriors and, as usual, a 1:10 variant for Green Lantern Corps.

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13 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
08/2005: JLA #117           --  87,995 [ 89,163]
08/2006: Justice League #1  -- 212,581 [251,266]
08/2007: Justice League #12 -- 131,420 [137,181]
08/2008: Justice League #24 --  81,451
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08/2009: Justice League #36 --  57,549 (- 2.3%)
09/2009: Justice League #37 --  55,478 (- 3.6%)
10/2009: Justice League #38 --  61,012 (+10.0%)
11/2009: Justice League #39 --  89,376 (+46.5%)
12/2009: Justice League #40 --  68,672 (-23.2%)
01/2010: Justice League #41 --  62,262 (- 9.3%)
02/2010: Justice League #42 --  57,522 (- 7.6%)
03/2010: Justice League #43 --  56,461 (- 1.9%)
04/2010: Justice League #44 --  62,342 (+10.4%)
05/2010: Justice League #45 --  62,465 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Justice League #46 --  62,754 (+ 0.5%)
07/2010: Justice League #47 --  60,368 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: Justice League #48 --  60,733 (+ 0.6%)
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6 months: + 5.6%
1 year  : + 5.5%
2 years : -25.4%
5 years : -31.0%

Sales are holding level for the book’s final contribution to the crossover with Justice Society. There was a variant edition, as usual.

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 - SUPERMAN
08/2005: Superman #220 --  61,264
08/2006: Superman #655 --  66,976
08/2007: Superman #666 --  53,566
08/2008: Superman #679 --  46,615
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08/2009: Superman #691 --  39,106 (-  0.9%)
09/2009: Superman #692 --  37,695 (-  3.6%)
10/2009: Superman #693 --  35,395 (-  6.1%)
11/2009: Superman #694 --  34,430 (-  2.7%)
12/2009: Superman #695 --  32,482 (-  5.7%)
01/2010: Superman #696 --  31,940 (-  1.7%)
02/2010: Superman #697 --  31,504 (-  1.4%)
03/2010: Superman #698 --  33,336 (+  5.8%)
04/2010: Superman #699 --  33,183 (-  0.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Superman #700 --  67,571 (+103.6%)
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506 (- 19.3%)
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023 (-  8.2%)
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6 months: + 58.8%
1 year  : + 27.9%
2 years : +  7.3%
5 years : - 18.4%

There’s no sign that J. Michael Straczynski’s storyline is about to restore Superman as one of the company’s best-selling titles. These are fairly big drops, and the delays and fill-ins for the next few issues probably won’t help matters. There was a 1:25 variant, as usual.

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24 - JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
08/2005: JSA #76             --  51,928
08/2007: Justice Society #8  --  87,606
08/2008: Justice Society #18 --  73,485
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08/2009: Justice Society #30 --  49,416 (-  3.8%)
09/2009: Justice Society #31 --  47,436 (-  4.0%)
10/2009: Justice Society #32 --  44,885 (-  5.4%)
11/2009: Justice Society #33 --  43,218 (-  3.7%)
12/2009: Justice Society #34 --  41,734 (-  3.4%)
01/2010: Justice Society #35 --  39,934 (-  4.3%)
02/2010: Justice Society #36 --  39,060 (-  2.2%)
03/2010: Justice Society #37 --  37,381 (-  4.3%)
04/2010: Justice Society #38 --  36,648 (-  2.0%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Justice Society #39 --  36,630 (-  0.1%)
06/2010: Justice Society #40 --  36,008 (-  1.7%)
07/2010: Justice Society #41 --  48,858 (+ 35.7%)
08/2010: Justice Society #42 --  48,420 (-  0.9%)
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6 months: +24.0%
1 year  : - 2.0%
2 years : -34.1%
5 years : - 6.8%

Sales are holding level for the duration of the crossover with Justice League. There was another 1:10 variant.

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25 - BATMAN: ODYSSEY
07/2010: Batman: Odyssey #1  of  6 -- 61,827
08/2010: Batman: Odyssey #2  of  6 -- 47,675 (-22.9%)

Normally, this wouldn’t be a very encouraging second-issue drop for a miniseries, but as I said last month, Neal Adams is a bit of a wildcard for retailers: On the one hand, he remains very popular; on the other hand, he hasn’t done a substantial comics project in ages. So there was always a strong possibility that retailers would have to adjust their orders, one way or another.

That said, these numbers still aren’t bad at all for a self-contained miniseries that basically sells on the strength of its creator. (Which may help to explain why it was extended. As of the solicitation copy for issue #4, Odyssey is a 12-issue series. As of the solicitation copy for #5, it’s 13 issues. This reminds me of the final issue of Marvel’s Transformers, which proudly proclaimed being “#80 in a four-issue limited series” on the cover.)

There was a 1:25 variant, as usual.

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27 - GREEN ARROW
08/2005: Green Arrow #53 --  32,474
08/2006: Green Arrow #65  -- 35,705
08/2007: Year One #3 of 6 -- 32,971
08/2007: Year One #4 of 6 -- 31,885
08/2008: Arrow/Canary #11 -- 28,694
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08/2009: Arrow&Canary #23 -- 19,452 (-  5.4%)
09/2009: Arrow&Canary #24 -- 18,780 (-  3.5%)
10/2009: Arrow&Canary #25 -- 18,013 (-  4.1%)
11/2009: Arrow&Canary #26 -- 17,384 (-  3.5%)
12/2009: Arrow&Canary #27 -- 16,904 (-  2.8%)
01/2010: Arrow&Canary #28 -- 16,482 (-  2.5%)
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600 (+  0.7%)
02/2010: Black Arrow #30  -- 42,014 (+153.1%)
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486 (- 32.2%)
04/2010: Green Arrow #32  -- 29,137 (+  2.3%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Green Arrow #1   -- 54,400 (+ 86.7%) [57,554]
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118 (- 18.9%)
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308 (+  5.0%)
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6 months: +179.0%
1 year  : +138.1%
2 years : + 61.4%
5 years : + 42.6%

Unlike issue #2, the August issue had a 1:10 variant, so that might have helped to increase sales. Either way, though, the series keeps selling bafflingly well, particularly since its “Brightest Day” relaunch.

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28 - BIRDS OF PREY
08/2005: Birds of Prey #85  -- 32,076
08/2006: Birds of Prey #97  -- 31,578
08/2007: Birds of Prey #109 -- 28,268
08/2008: Birds of Prey #121 -- 22,406
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05/2010: Birds of Prey #1   -- 50,428 (+135.4%) [54,965]
06/2010: Birds of Prey #2   -- 44,064 (- 12.6%)
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4   -- 46,149 (+  6.3%)
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2 years : +106.0%
5 years : + 43.9%

Same story as above: Birds of Prey #4 had a 1:10 variant, the two previous issues didn’t. And it’s another book with tremendously good sales since it was relaunched under the “Brightest Day” banner.

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33 - SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN
09/2009: Superman: Secret Origin #1 of 6 -- 54,630
10/2009: Superman: Secret Origin #2 of 6 -- 46,840 (-14.3%)
11/2009: Superman: Secret Origin #3 of 6 -- 45,029 (- 3.9%)
12/2009: --
01/2010: Superman: Secret Origin #4 of 6 -- 43,863 (- 2.6%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: --
04/2010: Superman: Secret Origin #5 of 6 -- 42,638 (- 2.8%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: --
07/2010: --
08/2010: Superman: Secret Origin #6 of 6 -- 41,051 (- 3.7%)
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6 months:  n.a.

On the plus side, the delays didn’t hurt much. Then again, this is another set of numbers that probably contributed to the realization that something radical needs to be done with Superman. There was a 1:10 variant, as usual.

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35/37 - JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST
05/2010: Generation Lost #1  -- 50,784
05/2010: Generation Lost #2  -- 44,711 (-12.0%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #3  -- 43,278 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Generation Lost #4  -- 41,702 (- 3.6%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #5  -- 40,370 (- 3.2%)
07/2010: Generation Lost #6  -- 39,190 (- 2.9%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #7  -- 39,971 (+ 2.0%)
08/2010: Generation Lost #8  -- 38,745 (- 3.1%)

Gently declining. There were 1:10 variant editions, as usual.

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38 - DETECTIVE COMICS
08/2005: Detective Comics #809 --  49,087
08/2005: Detective Comics #810 --  48,270
08/2006: Detective Comics #822 --  66,372
08/2007: Detective Comics #835 --  50,479
08/2008: Detective Comics #847 --  71,134
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08/2009: Detective Comics #856 --  58,859 (- 3.8%)
09/2009: Detective Comics #857 --  57,063 (- 3.1%)
10/2009: Detective Comics #858 --  58,599 (+ 2.7%)
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392 (- 7.2%)
12/2009: Detective Comics #860 --  52,295 (- 3.9%)
01/2010: Detective Comics #861 --  45,937 (-12.2%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119 (- 3.5%)
04/2010: Detective Comics #864 --  42,436 (- 1.6%)
05/2010: Detective Comics #865 --  41,501 (- 2.2%)
06/2010: Detective Comics #866 --  46,178 (+11.3%)
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371 (-12.6%)
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 --  38,682 (- 4.2%)
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6 months:   n.a.
1 year  : - 34.3%
2 years : - 45.6%
5 years : - 20.5%

Sliding down the charts, but a new creative team is waiting around the corner.

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41 - WONDER WOMAN
08/2005: Wonder Woman #220 --  38,370 [51,212]
08/2006: Wonder Woman #2   --  84,618 [87,276]
08/2007: Wonder Woman #12  --  50,880
08/2008: Wonder Woman #23  --  35,562
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08/2009: Wonder Woman #35  --  29,657 (-  1.6%)
09/2009: Wonder Woman #36  --  28,806 (-  2.9%)
10/2009: Wonder Woman #37  --  26,972 (-  6.4%)
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265 (-  2.6%)
12/2009: Wonder Woman #39  --  26,152 (-  0.4%)
01/2010: Wonder Woman #40  --  25,156 (-  3.8%)
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  --  25,354 (+  0.8%)
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240 (-  0.5%)
04/2010: Wonder Woman #43  --  25,369 (+  0.5%)
05/2010: Wonder Woman #44  --  25,443 (+  0.3%)
06/2010: Wonder Woman #600 --  53,525 (+110.4%) [63,700]
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672 (- 25.9%)
08/2010: Wonder Woman #602 --  38,012 (-  4.2%)
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6 months: + 49.9%
1 year  : + 28.2%
2 years : +  6.9%
5 years : -  0.9%

Slowly bottoming out. It doesn’t look like Straczynski’s name is enough to convince people that Wonder Woman is worth their time, though. There was another 1:10 variant.

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44 - ACTION COMICS
08/2005: Action Comics #830 -- 48,469
08/2006: Action Comics #842 -- 57,964
08/2007: Action Comics #853 -- 49,694
08/2007: Action Comics #854 -- 48,455
08/2007: Action Comics #855 -- 55,536
08/2008: Action Comics #868 -- 49,556
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08/2009: Action Comics #880 -- 37,588 (- 1.9%)
09/2009: Action Comics #881 -- 36,183 (- 3.7%)
10/2009: Action Comics #882 -- 34,754 (- 4.0%)
11/2009: Action Comics #883 -- 33,386 (- 3.9%)
12/2009: Action Comics #884 -- 31,873 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Action Comics #885 -- 30,678 (- 3.8%)
02/2010: Action Comics #886 -- 29,845 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460 (- 1.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #888 -- 29,536 (+ 0.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #889 -- 29,106 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Action Comics #890 -- 34,744 (+19.4%) [40,039]
07/2010: Action Comics #891 -- 35,328 (+ 1.7%)
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401 (+ 3.0%)
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6 months: +22.0%
1 year  : - 3.2%
2 years : -26.6%
5 years : -24.9%

Three months in, Paul Cornell and Pete Woods’ Action Comics keeps climbing. Then again, some of the increase can be attributed to the fact that there was a variant edition in August, but not in July. Still, the numbers are encouraging.

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47 - RED ROBIN
08/2005: Robin #141    -- 28,564
08/2006: Robin #153    -- 36,608
08/2007: Robin #165    -- 25,397
08/2008: Robin #176    -- 54,912
08/2008: Robin #177    -- 31,346
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08/2009: Red Robin #3  -- 50,329 (-  2.5%)
09/2009: Red Robin #4  -- 47,945 (-  4.7%)
10/2009: Red Robin #5  -- 44,776 (-  6.6%)
11/2009: Red Robin #6  -- 42,409 (-  5.3%)
12/2009: Red Robin #7  -- 39,528 (-  6.8%)
01/2010: Red Robin #8  -- 37,869 (-  4.2%)
02/2010: Red Robin #9  -- 36,466 (-  3.7%)
03/2010: Red Robin #10 -- 36,708 (+  0.7%)
04/2010: Red Robin #11 -- 36,205 (-  1.4%)
05/2010: Red Robin #12 -- 36,273 (+  0.2%)
06/2010: Red Robin #13 -- 35,917 (-  1.0%)
07/2010: Red Robin #14 -- 35,652 (-  0.7%)
08/2010: Red Robin #15 -- 34,709 (-  2.7%)
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6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : - 31.0%
2 years : - 19.5%
5 years : + 21.5%

Slowly declining, but still doing relatively well.

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50 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN
08/2005: --
08/2006: Superman/Batman #29 --  90,665
08/2007: Superman/Batman #39 --  59,622
08/2008: Superman/Batman #51 --  51,701
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08/2009: Superman/Batman #63 --  37,467 (- 2.5%)
09/2009: Superman/Batman #64 --  36,332 (- 3.0%)
10/2009: Superman/Batman #65 --  34,585 (- 4.8%)
11/2009: Superman/Batman #66 --  52,143 (+50.8%)
12/2009: Superman/Batman #67 --  49,650 (- 4.8%)
01/2010: Superman/Batman #68 --  33,869 (-31.8%)
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224 (- 1.9%)
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196 (- 3.1%)
04/2010: Superman/Batman #71 --  31,714 (- 1.5%)
05/2010: Superman/Batman #72 --  32,047 (+ 1.1%)
06/2010: Superman/Batman #73 --  31,425 (- 1.9%)
07/2010: Superman/Batman #74 --  30,847 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324 (+11.3%)
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6 months: + 3.3%
1 year  : - 8.4%
2 years : -33.6%
5 years :  n.a.

The anniversary issue brings a modest increase.

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51 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
08/2005: LoSH #9              -- 35,834
08/2006: Supergirl & LoSH #21 -- 39,852
08/2007: Supergirl & LoSH #33 -- 29,315
08/2008: LoSH #45             -- 25,783
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05/2010: LoSH #1              -- 44,415 (+98.9%) [50,106]
06/2010: LoSH #2              -- 39,102 (-12.0%)
07/2010: LoSH #3              -- 36,360 (- 7.0%)
08/2010: LoSH #4              -- 34,239 (- 5.8%)
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2 years : + 32.8%
5 years : -  4.5%

It’s back in the usual range for Legion titles. As for previous issues, there was a 1:10 variant.

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53 - TITANS
08/2008: --
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08/2009: Titans #16     -- 31,408 (-32.0%)
09/2009: Titans #17     -- 30,154 (- 4.0%)
10/2009: Titans #18     -- 28,215 (- 6.4%)
11/2009: Titans #19     -- 27,099 (- 4.0%)
12/2009: Titans #20     -- 25,887 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Titans #21     -- 24,924 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Titans #22     -- 24,489 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: Titans #23     -- 24,260 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: --
05/2010: VfH Special #1 -- 31,718 (+30.7%)
06/2010: Titans #24     -- 33,079 (+ 4.3%)
07/2010: Titans #25     -- 31,505 (- 4.8%)
08/2010: Titans #26     -- 32,800 (+ 4.1%)
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6 months: +33.9%
1 year  : + 4.4%
2 years :  n.a.

The increase comes thanks to a 1:10 variant edition and a tie-in with the recent “Rise of Arsenal” storyline. In any case, Titans numbers have been rock-solid since the “Brightest Day” revamp.

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56 - BATMAN BEYOND
06/2010: Batman Beyond #1 of 6 -- 35,113          [42,283]
07/2010: Batman Beyond #2 of 6 -- 31,397 (-10.6%)
08/2010: Batman Beyond #3 of 6 -- 31,469 (+ 0.2%)

This turns out to be a modest hit for the company, as evidenced by the solid numbers and the fact that the miniseries will be followed by an ongoing title featuring the same creative team that’s set to debut in January.

Which, come to think of it, is exceptionally quick for DC. Usually, it takes them around two years to react to something like this.

—–

61 - ADVENTURE COMICS
08/2009: Adventure Comics #1   -- 56,706 (+72.6%)
09/2009: Adventure Comics #2   -- 47,296 (-15.9%)
10/2009: Adventure Comics #3   -- 44,431 (- 6.1%)
11/2009: Adventure Comics #4   -- 85,145 (+91.6%)
12/2009: Adventure Comics #5   -- 59,876 (-29.7%)
01/2010: Adventure Comics #6   -- 42,514 (-29.0%)
02/2010: Adventure Comics #7   -- 53,721 (+26.4%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #8   -- 39,351 (-26.8%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #9   -- 37,515 (- 4.7%)
04/2010: Adventure Comics #10  -- 37,573 (+ 0.2%)
05/2010: Adventure Comics #11  -- 34,794 (- 7.4%)
06/2010: Adventure Comics #12  -- 34,663 (- 0.4%)
07/2010: Adventure Comics #516 -- 30,897 (-10.9%)
08/2010: Adventure Comics #517 -- 28,966 (- 6.3%)
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6 months: - 46.1%
1 year  : - 48.9%

Changing the book’s numbering isn’t going over particularly well, evidently. Given that there’s no anniversary issue in sight, it was an odd choice to begin with.

—–

66 - BATGIRL
08/2005: Batgirl #67     -- 28,159
08/2008: Batgirl #2 of 6 -- 27,710
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08/2009: Batgirl #1      -- 51,724 (+149.3%)
09/2009: Batgirl #2      -- 40,626 (- 21.5%)
10/2009: Batgirl #3      -- 37,011 (-  8.9%)
11/2009: Batgirl #4      -- 34,697 (-  6.3%)
12/2009: Batgirl #5      -- 32,482 (-  6.4%)
01/2010: Batgirl #6      -- 30,403 (-  6.4%)
02/2010: Batgirl #7      -- 29,524 (-  2.9%)
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886 (+  4.6%)
04/2010: Batgirl #9      -- 29,445 (-  4.7%)
05/2010: Batgirl #10     -- 28,641 (-  2.7%)
06/2010: Batgirl #11     -- 28,563 (-  0.3%)
07/2010: Batgirl #12     -- 28,011 (-  1.9%)
08/2010: Batgirl #13     -- 27,247 (-  2.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.7%
1 year  : -47.3%
2 years : - 1.7%
5 years : - 3.2%

Slowly declining.

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67 - ZATANNA
05/2010: Zatanna #1  -- 33,691
06/2010: Zatanna #2  -- 29,564 (-12.3%)
07/2010: Zatanna #3  -- 27,792 (- 6.0%)
08/2010: Zatanna #4  -- 27,203 (- 2.1%)

Finding its level quickly, so it should be all right. There was a 1:10 variant, as usual.

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69 - TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT
07/2010: Vanishing Point #1 of 6 -- 34,509
08/2010: Vanishing Point #2 of 6 -- 26,918 (-22.0%)

This looks like a stiff drop, but if you consider that there was no variant edition for the second issue, it’s not that bad. Bafflingly, DC have chosen not to promote the fact that Time Masters ties in with Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne.

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75 - SUPERGIRL
08/2005: Supergirl #1  -- 123,370 [165,579]
08/2006: Supergirl #9  --  74,252
08/2007: Supergirl #20 --  46,862
08/2008: Supergirl #32 --  28,114
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08/2009: Supergirl #44 --  33,819 (+ 3.0%)
09/2009: Supergirl #45 --  32,240 (- 4.7%)
10/2009: Supergirl #46 --  30,377 (- 5.8%)
11/2009: Supergirl #47 --  29,159 (- 4.0%)
12/2009: Supergirl #48 --  28,176 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: Supergirl #49 --  27,728 (- 1.6%)
02/2010: Supergirl #50 --  33,338 (+20.2%)
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845 (-10.5%)
04/2010: Supergirl #52 --  29,490 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Supergirl #53 --  28,317 (- 4.0%)
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941 (- 4.9%)
08/2010: Supergirl #55 --  25,891 (- 3.9%)
----------------
6 months: -22.3%
1 year  : -23.4%
2 years : - 7.9%
5 years : -79.0%

The numbers are back in a steep decline.

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76 - DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES
05/2010: DCU Legacies #1  of 10 -- 34,429
06/2010: DCU Legacies #2  of 10 -- 29,286 (-14.9%)
07/2010: DCU Legacies #3  of 10 -- 26,708 (- 8.8%)
08/2010: DCU Legacies #4  of 10 -- 25,691 (- 3.8%)

An average miniseries performance at a decent level. There was a 1:25 variant, as usual.

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78 - SUPERMAN: THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON
08/2010: Last Family #1 of 4  -- 25,046

A $ 4.99 “Elseworlds” series for the completists. Solid numbers for this type of thing.

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79 - TEEN TITANS
08/2005: Teen Titans #27 -- 74,782 [75,996]
08/2006: Teen Titans #38 -- 69,232
08/2007: Teen Titans #50 -- 69,620
08/2008: Teen Titans #62 -- 43,258
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08/2009: Teen Titans #74 -- 30,380 (- 2.0%)
09/2009: Teen Titans #75 -- 32,808 (+ 8.0%)
10/2009: Teen Titans #76 -- 29,166 (-11.1%)
11/2009: Teen Titans #77 -- 46,239 (+58.5%)
12/2009: Teen Titans #78 -- 43,400 (- 6.1%)
01/2010: Teen Titans #79 -- 27,790 (-36.0%)
02/2010: Teen Titans #80 -- 26,537 (- 4.5%)
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758 (- 2.9%)
04/2010: Teen Titans #82 -- 25,303 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Teen Titans #83 -- 24,960 (- 1.4%)
06/2010: Teen Titans #84 -- 24,593 (- 1.5%)
07/2010: Teen Titans #85 -- 24,248 (- 1.4%)
08/2010: Teen Titans #86 -- 24,971 (+ 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.9%
1 year  : -17.8%
2 years : -42.3%
5 years : -66.6%

The increase is due to a 1:25 variant, presumably.

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81 - RED HOOD: LOST DAYS
06/2010: Red Hood: Lost Days #1 of 6 -- 34,197
07/2010: Red Hood: Lost Days #2 of 6 -- 26,560 (-22.3%)
08/2010: Red Hood: Lost Days #3 of 6 -- 24,701 (- 7.0%)

Average miniseries behavior.

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82 - GOTHAM CITY SIRENS
08/2009: GC Sirens #3  -- 36,772 (- 7.0%)
09/2009: GC Sirens #4  -- 34,405 (- 6.4%)
10/2009: GC Sirens #5  -- 33,015 (- 4.0%)
11/2009: GC Sirens #6  -- 30,990 (- 6.1%)
12/2009: GC Sirens #7  -- 29,709 (- 4.1%)
01/2010: GC Sirens #8  -- 28,254 (- 4.9%)
02/2010: GC Sirens #9  -- 27,172 (- 3.8%)
03/2010: GC Sirens #10 -- 26,550 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: GC Sirens #11 -- 26,359 (- 0.7%)
05/2010: GC Sirens #12 -- 26,029 (- 1.3%)
06/2010: GC Sirens #13 -- 25,867 (- 0.6%)
07/2010: GC Sirens #14 -- 25,315 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: GC Sirens #15 -- 24,589 (- 2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  9.5%
1 year  : - 33.1%

The Paul Dini book that hasn’t actually been written by Paul Dini in months continues to slide down the chart. The solicitation copy started to acknowledge Dini’s absence with issue #16, so these numbers are probably still skewed.

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85 - BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM
08/2009: Batman: SoG #3  -- 40,353 (- 8.8%)
09/2009: Batman: SoG #4  -- 37,888 (- 6.1%)
10/2009: Batman: SoG #5  -- 34,533 (- 8.9%)
11/2009: Batman: SoG #6  -- 32,303 (- 6.5%)
12/2009: Batman: SoG #7  -- 30,290 (- 6.2%)
01/2010: Batman: SoG #8  -- 28,313 (- 6.5%)
02/2010: Batman: SoG #9  -- 27,023 (- 4.6%)
03/2010: Batman: SoG #10 -- 26,396 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: Batman: SoG #11 -- 25,925 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Batman: SoG #12 -- 25,446 (- 1.9%)
06/2010: Batman: SoG #13 -- 25,205 (- 1.0%)
07/2010: Batman: SoG #14 -- 24,767 (- 1.7%)
08/2010: Batman: SoG #15 -- 24,171 (- 2.4%)
----------------
6 months: -10.6%
1 year  : -40.1%

The other Paul Dini book that was not written by Paul Dini in August, though in this case it seems to be a temporary thing. Still, the solicitation copy listed him as the writer, so these numbers are likely to reflect that.

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89 - JSA ALL-STARS
12/2009: JSA All-Stars #1  -- 42,493
01/2010: JSA All-Stars #2  -- 32,601 (-23.3%)
02/2010: JSA All-Stars #3  -- 29,666 (- 9.0%)
03/2010: JSA All-Stars #4  -- 28,526 (- 3.8%)
04/2010: JSA All-Stars #5  -- 26,581 (- 6.8%)
05/2010: JSA All-Stars #6  -- 25,306 (- 4.8%)
06/2010: JSA All-Stars #7  -- 24,436 (- 3.4%)
07/2010: JSA All-Stars #8  -- 23,478 (- 3.9%)
08/2010: JSA All-Stars #9  -- 22,347 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -24.7%

Another book that’s dropping off the map at increasing speed.

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94 - SECRET SIX
08/2009: Secret Six #12     -- 24,161 (- 0.8%)
09/2009: Secret Six #13     -- 23,919 (- 1.0%)
10/2009: Secret Six #14     -- 23,345 (- 2.4%)
11/2009: Secret Six #15     -- 23,190 (- 0.7%)
12/2009: Secret Six #16     -- 22,638 (- 2.4%)
01/2010: Secret Six #17     -- 38,515 (+70.1%)
02/2010: Secret Six #18     -- 37,876 (- 1.7%)
03/2010: Secret Six #19     -- 23,181 (-38.8%)
04/2010: Secret Six #20     -- 22,695 (- 2.1%)
05/2010: Secret Six #21     -- 22,334 (- 1.6%)
06/2010: Secret Six #22     -- 21,941 (- 1.8%)
07/2010: Secret Six #23     -- 21,554 (- 1.8%)
08/2010: Secret Six #24     -- 21,177 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -44.1%
1 year  : -12.4%

A slow, consistently consistent decline.

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98 - FABLES (Vertigo)
08/2005: Fables #40 -- 24,952
08/2006: Fables #52 -- 25,378
08/2007: Fables #64 -- 25,498
08/2008: --
-----------------------------
08/2009: Fables #87 -- 21,876 (-2.5%)
09/2009: Fables #88 -- 21,508 (-1.7%)
10/2009: Fables #89 -- 21,118 (-1.8%)
11/2009: Fables #90 -- 20,882 (-1.1%)
12/2009: Fables #91 -- 20,450 (-2.1%)
01/2010: Fables #92 -- 20,180 (-1.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Fables #93 -- 20,003 (-0.9%)
04/2010: Fables #94 -- 19,965 (-0.2%)
05/2010: Fables #95 -- 19,932 (-0.2%)
06/2010: Fables #96 -- 19,842 (-0.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Fables #97 -- 19,625 (-1.1%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : -10.3%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : -21.4%

Standard attrition.

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101 - BOOSTER GOLD
08/2007: Booster Gold #1  -- 53,689 [57,811]
08/2008: Booster Gold #11 -- 32,900
-----------------------------------
08/2009: Booster Gold #23 -- 22,108 (-  1.4%)
09/2009: Booster Gold #24 -- 21,731 (-  1.7%)
10/2009: Booster Gold #25 -- 21,597 (-  0.6%)
11/2009: Booster Gold #26 -- 57,122 (+164.5%)
12/2009: Booster Gold #27 -- 40,256 (- 29.5%)
01/2010: Booster Gold #28 -- 21,967 (- 45.4%)
02/2010: Booster Gold #29 -- 21,020 (-  4.3%)
03/2010: Booster Gold #30 -- 20,187 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: Booster Gold #31 -- 19,818 (-  1.8%)
05/2010: Booster Gold #32 -- 20,343 (+  2.7%)
06/2010: Booster Gold #33 -- 19,895 (-  2.2%)
07/2010: Booster Gold #34 -- 19,592 (-  1.5%)
08/2010: Booster Gold #35 -- 19,104 (-  2.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 9.1%
1 year  : -13.6%
2 years : -41.9%
102 - POWER GIRL
08/2009: Power Girl #4  -- 32,140 (- 8.6%)
09/2009: Power Girl #5  -- 29,497 (- 8.2%)
10/2009: Power Girl #6  -- 27,060 (- 8.3%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Power Girl #7  -- 22,533 (-16.7%)
01/2010: Power Girl #8  -- 21,760 (- 3.4%)
02/2010: Power Girl #9  -- 20,900 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Power Girl #10 -- 20,801 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: Power Girl #11 -- 20,675 (- 0.6%)
05/2010: Power Girl #12 -- 20,681 (+ 0.0%)
06/2010: Power Girl #13 -- 20,583 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: Power Girl #14 -- 19,739 (- 4.1%)
08/2010: Power Girl #15 -- 19,091 (- 3.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.7%
1 year  : -40.6%

Two books starring B-list characters that are sliding down the charts, slowly but surely.

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117 - I, ZOMBIE
05/2010: I, Zombie #1  -- 33,025
06/2010: I, Zombie #2  -- 18,620 (-43.6%)
07/2010: I, Zombie #3  -- 16,898 (- 9.3%)
08/2010: I, Zombie #4  -- 15,772 (- 6.7%)

This one’s taking its time, but it’s finding its level. Mind you, the first issue was $ 1.00, so the stiff drop-off is understandable. Overall, I, Zombie is still doing very well for a Vertigo series.

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118 - THE OUTSIDERS
08/2005: Outsiders #27 -- 44,021
08/2006: Outsiders #39 -- 40,524
08/2007: FoaK #1 of 5  -- 36,565
08/2007: FoaK #2 of 5  -- 35,087
08/2007: FoaK #3 of 5  -- 34,702
08/2007: FoaK #4 of 5  -- 34,125
08/2007: FoaK #5 of 5  -- 33,694
08/2008: Batsiders #10 -- 33,645
--------------------------------
08/2009: Outsiders #21 -- 23,856 (-  1.9%)
09/2009: Outsiders #22 -- 22,775 (-  4.5%)
10/2009: Outsiders #23 -- 21,413 (-  6.0%)
11/2009: Outsiders #24 -- 50,918 (+137.8%) [55,704]
12/2009: Outsiders #25 -- 37,847 (- 25.7%)
01/2010: Outsiders #26 -- 22,626 (- 40.2%)
02/2010: Outsiders #27 -- 21,167 (-  6.5%)
03/2010: Outsiders #28 -- 19,632 (-  7.3%)
04/2010: Outsiders #29 -- 19,094 (-  2.7%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Outsiders #30 -- 18,045 (-  5.5%)
07/2010: Outsiders #31 -- 17,173 (-  4.8%)
08/2010: Outsiders #32 -- 15,754 (-  8.3%)
----------------
6 months: -25.6%
1 year  : -34.0%
2 years : -53.2%
5 years : -64.2%

The bottom is dropping out on these numbers, and there’s no end in sight. Surely, this can’t go on for much longer.

—–

122 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL
08/2007: Batman Confidential #8  -- 30,077
08/2008: Batman Confidential #20 -- 24,654
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08/2009: Batman Confidential #32 -- 18,545 (- 3.5%)
09/2009: Batman Confidential #33 -- 18,140 (- 2.2%)
10/2009: Batman Confidential #34 -- 17,097 (- 5.8%)
10/2009: Batman Confidential #35 -- 16,724 (- 2.2%)
11/2009: Batman Confidential #36 -- 16,664 (- 0.4%)
11/2009: Batman Confidential #37 -- 16,355 (- 1.9%)
12/2009: Batman Confidential #38 -- 16,132 (- 1.4%)
12/2009: Batman Confidential #39 -- 15,906 (- 1.4%)
01/2010: Batman Confidential #40 -- 17,241 (+ 8.4%)
02/2010: Batman Confidential #41 -- 16,856 (- 2.2%)
03/2010: Batman Confidential #42 -- 16,652 (- 1.2%)
04/2010: Batman Confidential #43 -- 16,449 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: Batman Confidential #44 -- 15,279 (- 7.1%)
06/2010: Batman Confidential #45 -- 15,070 (- 1.4%)
07/2010: Batman Confidential #46 -- 14,621 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: Batman Confidential #47 -- 14,341 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: -14.9%
1 year  : - 7.8%
2 years : -41.8%

Business as usual for the token completist Batman title.

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124 - EX MACHINA (WildStorm)
08/2005: Ex Machina #14 -- 21,134
08/2006: Ex Machina #22 -- 20,079
08/2007: --
08/2008: --
---------------------------------
08/2009: Ex Machina #44 -- 12,796 (- 3.1%)
09/2009: Ex Machina #45 -- 12,832 (+ 0.3%)
10/2009: Ex Machina #46 -- 12,538 (- 2.3%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Ex Machina #47 -- 12,192 (- 2.8%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: --
03/2010: Ex Machina #48 -- 12,093 (- 0.8%)
04/2010: --
05/2010: Ex Machina #49 -- 11,994 (- 0.8%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: --
08/2010: Ex Machina #50 -- 14,146 (+17.9%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : +10.6%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : -33.1%

One of the last genuine breakout hits at WildStorm completes its run with a slight sales increase.

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132 - DOC SAVAGE
04/2010: Doc Savage #1   -- 24,539
05/2010: Doc Savage #2   -- 19,073 (-22.3%)
06/2010: Doc Savage #3   -- 16,153 (-15.3%)
07/2010: Doc Savage #4   -- 14,621 (- 9.5%)
08/2010: Doc Savage #5   -- 13,125 (-10.2%)

Not bottoming out, despite the fact that there was another 1:10 variant to boost sales.

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135 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
08/2009: The Unwritten #4  -- 16,336 (- 4.1%)
09/2009: The Unwritten #5  -- 16,011 (- 2.0%)
10/2009: The Unwritten #6  -- 15,314 (- 4.4%)
11/2009: The Unwritten #7  -- 14,763 (- 3.6%)
12/2009: The Unwritten #8  -- 14,257 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: The Unwritten #9  -- 13,792 (- 3.3%)
02/2010: The Unwritten #10 -- 13,644 (- 1.1%)
03/2010: The Unwritten #11 -- 13,630 (- 0.1%)
04/2010: The Unwritten #12 -- 13,507 (- 0.9%)
05/2010: The Unwritten #13 -- 13,467 (- 0.3%)
06/2010: The Unwritten #14 -- 13,396 (- 0.5%)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023 (- 2.8%)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.4%
1 year  : -21.8%

Standard attrition for another one of Vertigo’s more successful titles.

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143 - JONAH HEX
08/2006: Jonah Hex #10 -- 19,772
08/2007: Jonah Hex #22 -- 15,362
08/2008: Jonah Hex #34 -- 12,969
--------------------------------
08/2009: Jonah Hex #46 -- 12,466 (- 1.0%)
09/2009: Jonah Hex #47 -- 12,231 (- 1.9%)
10/2009: Jonah Hex #48 -- 11,281 (- 7.8%)
11/2009: Jonah Hex #49 -- 11,146 (- 1.2%)
12/2009: Jonah Hex #50 -- 15,131 (+35.8%)
01/2010: Jonah Hex #51 -- 11,184 (-26.1%)
02/2010: Jonah Hex #52 -- 11,213 (+ 0.3%)
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,565 (+ 3.1%)
04/2010: Jonah Hex #54 -- 11,306 (- 2.2%)
05/2010: Jonah Hex #55 -- 11,327 (+ 0.2%)
06/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441 (+18.7%)
07/2010: Jonah Hex #57 -- 12,318 (- 8.4%)
08/2010: Jonah Hex #58 -- 11,775 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: + 5.0%
1 year  : - 5.5%
2 years : - 9.2%

The numbers remain relatively steady overall.

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144 - THE X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT (WildStorm)
07/2008: Special #0      -- 23,805
11/2008: X-Files #1 of 6 -- 16,042 (-32.6%)
12/2008: X-Files #2 of 6 -- 11,562 (-27.9%)
01/2009: X-Files #3 of 6 --  9,808 (-15.2%)
02/2009: X-Files #4 of 6 --  9,268 (- 5.5%)
03/2009: X-Files #5 of 6 --  8,999 (- 2.9%)
04/2009: X-Files #6 of 6 --  8,789 (- 2.3%)
----------------------------------
07/2010: XF30DoN #1 of 6 -- 16,109 (+83.3%)
08/2010: XF30DoN #2 of 6 -- 11,163 (-30.7%)
----------------
2 years :  n.a.

These numbers aren’t stellar by any stretch, but at least they’re above 10K, which is enough to trump the rest of WildStorm’s August lineup.

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147 - THE SPIRIT
08/2007: The Spirit #9  -- 20,841
08/2008: The Spirit #20 -- 12,358
08/2009: The Spirit #32 --  7,670
---------------------------------
04/2010: The Spirit #1  -- 19,849 (+158.8%)
05/2010: The Spirit #2  -- 14,274 (- 28.1%)
06/2010: The Spirit #3  -- 13,030 (-  8.7%)
07/2010: The Spirit #4  -- 11,915 (-  8.6%)
08/2010: The Spirit #5  -- 11,015 (-  7.6%)
-----------------
1 year  : + 43.6%
2 years : - 10.9%

Still doing considerably better than the last Spirit series, so there may be a bit of rope for the “First Wave” books.

——

148 - DOOM PATROL
08/2005: Doom Patrol #15 -- 14,547
----------------------------------
08/2009: Doom Patrol #1  -- 28,267
09/2009: Doom Patrol #2  -- 22,001 (- 22.2%)
10/2009: Doom Patrol #3  -- 20,036 (-  8.9%)
11/2009: Doom Patrol #4  -- 53,748 (+168.3%)
12/2009: Doom Patrol #5  -- 35,348 (- 34.2%)
01/2010: Doom Patrol #6  -- 17,117 (- 51.6%)
02/2010: Doom Patrol #7  -- 15,689 (-  8.3%)
03/2010: Doom Patrol #8  -- 14,197 (-  9.5%)
04/2010: Doom Patrol #9  -- 13,126 (-  7.5%)
05/2010: Doom Patrol #10 -- 12,334 (-  6.0%)
06/2010: Doom Patrol #11 -- 11,857 (-  3.9%)
07/2010: Doom Patrol #12 -- 11,267 (-  5.0%)
08/2010: Doom Patrol #13 -- 10,878 (-  3.5%)
----------------
6 months: -30.7%
5 years : -25.2%
149 - R.E.B.E.L.S.
08/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #7  -- 11,682 (-  5.4%)
09/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #8  -- 11,347 (-  2.9%)
10/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #9  -- 11,284 (-  0.6%)
11/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 -- 51,100 (+352.9%)
12/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #11 -- 31,489 (- 38.4%)
01/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #12 -- 12,428 (- 60.5%)
02/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #13 -- 11,836 (-  4.8%)
03/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #14 -- 11,362 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 -- 11,271 (-  0.8%)
05/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 -- 11,120 (-  1.3%)
06/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #17 -- 11,048 (-  0.7%)
07/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #18 -- 11,007 (-  0.4%)
08/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #19 -- 10,851 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.3%
1 year  : -  7.1%

It looks like Doom Patrol sales are finally bottoming out. If the book keeps dropping past R.E.B.E.L.S., which at least has been fairly stable around 11K, it won’t be long for this world.

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153 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
08/2005: Hellblazer #211 -- 14,727
08/2006: Hellblazer #223 -- 13,956
08/2007: Hellblazer #234 -- 13,214
08/2007: Hellblazer #235 -- 13,153
08/2008: --
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08/2009: Hellblazer #258 -- 10,665 (-0.9%)
09/2009: Hellblazer #259 -- 10,813 (+1.4%)
10/2009: Hellblazer #260 -- 10,767 (-0.4%)
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553 (-2.0%)
12/2009: Hellblazer #262 -- 10,334 (-2.1%)
01/2010: Hellblazer #263 -- 10,179 (-1.5%)
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295 (+2.7%)
04/2010: Hellblazer #266 -- 10,256 (-0.4%)
05/2010: Hellblazer #267 -- 10,155 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Hellblazer #268 -- 10,221 (+0.7%)
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048 (-1.7%)
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928 (-1.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.0%
1 year  : - 6.9%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : -32.6%

Hellblazer estimates drop below the 10K mark for the first time. It’s still one of the publisher’s most consistent sellers, mind you.

—–

162 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
09/2009: Sweet Tooth #1  -- 18,657
10/2009: Sweet Tooth #2  -- 11,315 (-39.4%)
11/2009: Sweet Tooth #3  -- 10,363 (- 8.4%)
12/2009: Sweet Tooth #4  --  9,817 (- 5.3%)
01/2010: Sweet Tooth #5  --  9,787 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Sweet Tooth #6  --  9,740 (- 0.5%)
03/2010: Sweet Tooth #7  --  9,718 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Sweet Tooth #8  --  9,612 (- 1.1%)
05/2010: Sweet Tooth #9  --  9,654 (+ 0.4%)
06/2010: Sweet Tooth #10 --  9,570 (- 0.9%)
07/2010: Sweet Tooth #11 --  9,478 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Sweet Tooth #12 --  9,246 (- 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.1%

Standard attrition.

—–

164 - AZRAEL
10/2009: Azrael #1  -- 35,311 (- 1.7%)
11/2009: Azrael #2  -- 21,392 (-39.4%)
12/2009: Azrael #3  -- 17,757 (-17.0%)
01/2010: Azrael #4  -- 14,703 (-17.2%)
02/2010: Azrael #5  -- 12,856 (-12.6%)
03/2010: Azrael #6  -- 11,825 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Azrael #7  -- 11,080 (- 6.3%)
05/2010: Azrael #8  -- 10,228 (- 7.7%)
06/2010: Azrael #9  --  9,802 (- 4.2%)
07/2010: Azrael #10 --  9,223 (- 5.9%)
08/2010: Azrael #11 --  8,930 (- 3.2%)
----------------
6 months: -30.5%

Still ongoing, as of the January solicitations. I wouldn’t get too attached, though.

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168 - DAYTRIPPER (Vertigo)
12/2009: Daytripper #1  of 10 -- 12,010
01/2009: Daytripper #2  of 10 --  9,846 (-18.0%)
02/2009: Daytripper #3  of 10 --  9,577 (- 2.7%)
03/2009: Daytripper #4  of 10 --  9,872 (+ 3.1%)
04/2009: Daytripper #5  of 10 --  9,703 (- 1.7%)
05/2009: Daytripper #6  of 10 --  9,574 (- 1.3%)
06/2009: Daytripper #7  of 10 --  9,333 (- 2.5%)
07/2009: Daytripper #8  of 10 --  8,842 (- 5.3%)
08/2009: Daytripper #9  of 10 --  8,617 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: -10.0%

Decent numbers. Daytripper is the sort of book that seems headed for a healthier career once it’s been collected.

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174 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
08/2008: House of Mystery #4  -- 17,569
---------------------------------------
08/2009: House of Mystery #16 -- 11,572 (- 2.0%)
09/2009: House of Mystery #17 -- 11,142 (- 3.7%)
10/2009: House of Mystery #18 -- 10,922 (- 2.0%)
11/2009: House of Mystery #19 -- 10,478 (- 4.1%)
12/2009: House of Mystery #20 -- 10,175 (- 2.9%)
01/2010: House of Mystery #21 --  9,888 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: House of Mystery #22 --  9,401 (- 4.9%)
03/2010: House of Mystery #23 --  9,350 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: House of Mystery #24 --  9,168 (- 2.0%)
05/2010: House of Mystery #25 --  9,253 (+ 0.9%)
06/2010: House of Mystery #26 --  8,742 (- 5.5%)
07/2010: House of Mystery #27 --  8,481 (- 3.0%)
08/2010: House of Mystery #28 --  8,238 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: -12.4%
1 year  : -28.8%
2 years : -53.1%

Standard attrition.

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177 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
08/2008: Tiny Titans #7  -- 10,234
----------------------------------
08/2009: Tiny Titans #19 --  8,432 (- 1.7%)
09/2009: Tiny Titans #20 --  8,435 (+ 0.0%)
10/2009: Tiny Titans #21 --  8,259 (- 2.1%)
11/2009: Tiny Titans #22 --  8,100 (- 1.9%)
12/2009: Tiny Titans #23 --  8,017 (- 1.0%)
01/2010: Tiny Titans #24 --  7,844 (- 2.2%)
02/2010: Tiny Titans #25 --  8,566 (+ 9.2%)
03/2010: Tiny Titans #26 --  7,878 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Tiny Titans #27 --  8,224 (+ 4.4%)
05/2010: Tiny Titans #28 --  7,959 (- 3.2%)
06/2010: Tiny Titans #29 --  8,195 (+ 3.0%)
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30 --  8,038 (- 1.9%)
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31 --  7,987 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.8%
1 year  : - 5.3%
2 years : -22.0%

A Johnnny DC title, see fine print.

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182 - MADAME XANADU (Vertigo)
08/2008: Madame Xanadu #3  -- 13,052
------------------------------------
08/2009: Madame Xanadu #14 --  9,873 (- 1.4%)
09/2009: Madame Xanadu #15 --  9,733 (- 1.4%)
10/2009: Madame Xanadu #16 --  9,283 (- 4.6%)
11/2009: Madame Xanadu #17 --  8,856 (- 4.6%)
12/2009: Madame Xanadu #18 --  8,686 (- 1.9%)
01/2010: Madame Xanadu #19 --  8,439 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: Madame Xanadu #20 --  8,285 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: Madame Xanadu #21 --  8,191 (- 1.1%)
04/2010: Madame Xanadu #22 --  8,158 (- 0.4%)
05/2010: Madame Xanadu #23 --  8,028 (- 1.6%)
06/2010: Madame Xanadu #24 --  7,979 (- 0.6%)
07/2010: Madame Xanadu #25 --  7,811 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: Madame Xanadu #26 --  7,656 (- 2.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.6%
1 year  : -22.5%
2 years : -41.3%
189 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
08/2008: Northlanders #9  -- 11,063
-----------------------------------
08/2009: --
09/2009: Northlanders #20 --  8,786 (+ 0.7%)
10/2009: Northlanders #21 --  8,360 (- 4.9%)
11/2009: Northlanders #22 --  8,136 (- 2.7%)
12/2009: Northlanders #23 --  8,069 (- 0.8%)
01/2010: Northlanders #24 --  7,935 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Northlanders #25 --  7,807 (- 1.6%)
03/2010: Northlanders #26 --  7,824 (+ 0.2%)
04/2010: Northlanders #27 --  7,683 (- 1.8%)
05/2010: Northlanders #28 --  7,630 (- 0.7%)
06/2010: Northlanders #29 --  7,498 (- 1.7%)
07/2010: Northlanders #30 --  7,421 (- 1.0%)
08/2010: Northlanders #31 --  7,376 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.5%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -33.3%

Two more fairly consistent Vertigo sellers with standard-attrition rates. Although the drops do add up in the long term, of course.

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193 - TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM (WildStorm)
08/2005: Tom Strong #34 -- 11,254
---------------------------------
06/2010: RoD #1 of 6    -- 10,552
07/2010: RoD #2 of 6    --  7,655 (-27.5%)
08/2010: RoD #3 of 6    --  6,989 (- 8.7%)
-----------------
5 years : - 37.9%

Taking its sweet time to find its level.

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194 - THE AUTHORITY (WildStorm)
08/2005: Revolution #11 of 12 -- 18,823
08/2007: --
08/2008: The Authority v4 #1  -- 15,735
---------------------------------------
08/2009: The Authority v4 #13 --  8,648 (- 3.0%)
09/2009: The Authority v4 #14 --  8,394 (- 2.9%)
10/2009: The Authority v4 #15 --  8,174 (- 2.6%)
11/2009: The Authority v4 #16 --  8,066 (- 1.3%)
12/2009: The Authority v4 #17 --  7,829 (- 2.9%)
01/2010: The Authority v4 #18 --  7,952 (+ 1.6%)
02/2010: The Authority v4 #19 --  7,943 (- 0.1%)
03/2010: The Authority v4 #20 --  7,781 (- 2.0%)
04/2010: The Authority v4 #21 --  7,563 (- 2.8%)
05/2010: The Authority v4 #22 --  7,295 (- 3.5%)
06/2010: The Authority v4 #23 --  7,226 (- 1.0%)
07/2010: The Authority v4 #24 --  7,062 (- 2.3%)
08/2010: The Authority v4 #25 --  6,860 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: -13.6%
1 year  : -20.7%
2 years : -56.4%
5 years : -63.6%

Evidently, in a move to make them even less distinctive from every other superhero comic currently on sale, The Authority and the rest of the WildStorm Universe line will be absorbed into the DC Universe next year.

—–

196 - THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS
05/2010: Special #1               -- 7,017
06/2010: --
07/2010: Mighty Crusaders #1 of 6 -- 9,361 (+33.4%)
08/2010: Mighty Crusaders #2 of 6 -- 6,751 (-27.9%)

I have seen the future of the WildStorm Universe.

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200 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
08/2007: Scalped #8  --  7,942
08/2008: Scalped #20 --  7,034
------------------------------
08/2009: Scalped #31 --  6,916 (- 2.0%)
09/2009: --
10/2009: Scalped #32 --  6,905 (- 0.2%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Scalped #33 --  6,752 (- 2.2%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: Scalped #34 --  6,731 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Scalped #35 --  6,443 (- 4.3%)
03/2010: Scalped #36 --  6,648 (+ 3.2%)
04/2010: Scalped #37 --  6,584 (- 1.0%)
05/2010: Scalped #38 --  6,632 (+ 0.7%)
06/2010: --
07/2010: Scalped #39 --  6,682 (+ 0.8%)
08/2010: Scalped #40 --  6,593 (- 1.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 0.1%
1 year  : - 4.7%
2 years : - 6.3%

Probably the most consistent DC title launched in the last five years.

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201 - DMZ (Vertigo)
08/2006: DMZ #10 -- 14,704
08/2007: DMZ #22 -- 12,175
08/2008: DMZ #34 --  9,561
--------------------------
08/2009: DMZ #44 --  7,654 (-2.0%)
09/2009: DMZ #45 --  7,589 (-0.9%)
10/2009: DMZ #46 --  7,399 (-2.5%)
11/2009: DMZ #47 --  7,187 (-2.9%)
12/2009: DMZ #48 --  6,977 (-2.9%)
01/2010: DMZ #49 --  6,872 (-1.5%)
02/2010: DMZ #50 --  7,262 (+5.7%)
03/2010: DMZ #51 --  6,840 (-5.8%)
04/2010: DMZ #52 --  6,826 (-0.2%)
05/2010: DMZ #53 --  6,759 (-1.0%)
06/2010: DMZ #54 --  6,661 (-1.5%)
07/2010: DMZ #55 --  6,581 (-1.2%)
08/2010: DMZ #56 --  6,524 (-0.9%)
----------------
6 months: -10.2%
1 year  : -14.8%
2 years : -31.8%

Standard attrition.

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202/223 - FRINGE: TALES FROM THE FRINGE (WildStorm)
09/2008: Fringe #1 of 6 -- 15,929
01/2009: Fringe #2 of 6 --  8,239 (-48.3%)
03/2009: Fringe #3 of 6 --  7,426 (- 9.9%)
04/2009: Fringe #4 of 6 --  6,899 (- 7.1%)
05/2009: Fringe #5 of 6 --  6,744 (- 2.3%)
06/2009: Fringe #6 of 6 --  6,646 (- 1.5%)
---------------------------------
06/2010: Tales #1 of 6  --  8,099 (+21.9%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Tales #2 of 6  --  6,506 (-19.7%)
08/2010: Tales #3 of 6  --  5,928 (- 8.9%)

Another WildStorm adaptation of a television show.

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210 - BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
08/2005: Batman Strikes! #12   --  9,528
08/2006: Batman Strikes! #24   --  8,139
08/2007: Batman Strikes! #36   --  7,511
08/2008: Batman Strikes! #48   --  6,702
----------------------------------------
08/2009: Brave & Bold #8       --  7,153 (-  3.9%)
09/2009: Brave & Bold #9       --  7,064 (-  1.2%)
10/2009: Brave & Bold #10      --  6,646 (-  5.9%)
11/2009: Brave & Bold #11      --  6,438 (-  3.1%)
12/2009: Brave & Bold #12      --  6,342 (-  1.5%)
01/2010: Brave & Bold #13      --  6,129 (-  3.4%)
02/2010: Brave & Bold #14      --  6,084 (-  0.7%)
03/2010: Brave & Bold #15      --  6,208 (+  2.0%)
04/2010: Brave & Bold #16      --  6,506 (+  4.8%)
05/2010: Brave & Bold #17      --  6,103 (-  6.2%)
06/2010: Brave & Bold #18      --  6,270 (+  2.7%)
07/2010: Brave & Bold #19      --  6,489 (+  3.5%)
08/2010: Brave & Bold #20      --  6,244 (-  3.8%)
----------------
6 months: + 2.6%
1 year  : -12.7%
2 years : - 6.8%
5 years : -34.5%

Another Johnny DC title.

—–

213 - MAGOG
09/2009: Magog #1  -- 26,352
10/2009: Magog #2  -- 16,193 (-38.6%)
11/2009: Magog #3  -- 12,915 (-20.2%)
12/2009: Magog #4  -- 10,700 (-17.2%)
01/2010: Magog #5  --  9,215 (-13.9%)
02/2010: Magog #6  --  8,548 (- 7.2%)
03/2010: Magog #7  --  8,119 (- 5.0%)
04/2010: Magog #8  --  7,743 (- 4.6%)
05/2010: Magog #9  --  7,264 (- 6.2%)
06/2010: Magog #10 --  6,749 (- 7.1%)
07/2010: Magog #11 --  6,608 (- 2.1%)
08/2010: Magog #12 --  6,202 (- 6.1%)
----------------
6 months: -27.5%

Canceled.

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219 - THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR (WildStorm)
10/2006: The Authority v3 #1     -- 58,136
03/2007: The Authority v3 #2     -- 39,886
------------------------------------------
11/2009: The Lost Year #3  of 12 --  8,988 (-77.5%)
12/2009: The Lost Year #4  of 12 --  7,999 (-11.0%)
01/2010: The Lost Year #5  of 12 --  7,541 (- 5.7%)
02/2010: The Lost Year #6  of 12 --  7,184 (- 4.7%)
03/2010: The Lost Year #7  of 12 --  6,942 (- 3.4%)
04/2010: The Lost Year #8  of 12 --  6,712 (- 3.3%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: The Lost Year #9  of 12 --  6,558 (- 2.3%)
07/2010: The Lost Year #10 of 12 --  6,409 (- 2.3%)
07/2010: The Lost Year #11 of 12 --  6,123 (- 4.5%)
08/2010: The Lost Year #12 of 12 --  6,021 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: -16.2%

The Grant Morrison comic not written by Grant Morrison concludes.

—–

221 - GEARS OF WAR (WildStorm)
08/2009: --
09/2009: --
10/2009: --
11/2009: GoW #10 --  8,066 (-10.5%)
12/2009: --
01/2010: GoW #11 --  7,157 (-11.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: --
04/2010: --
05/2010: --
06/2010: GoW #12 --  6,165 (-13.9%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: GoW #13 --  5,962 (- 3.3%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  :  n.a.

A videogame adaptation.

—–

226 - WILDCATS (WildStorm)
08/2007: --
08/2008: World's End #2  -- 13,311
----------------------------------
08/2009: World's End #14 --  7,417 (- 2.5%)
09/2009: World's End #15 --  7,178 (- 3.2%)
10/2009: World's End #16 --  6,883 (- 4.1%)
11/2009: World's End #17 --  6,691 (- 2.8%)
12/2009: World's End #18 --  6,487 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: World's End #19 --  6,791 (+ 4.7%)
02/2010: World's End #20 --  6,669 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: World's End #21 --  6,491 (- 2.7%)
04/2010: World's End #22 --  6,367 (- 1.9%)
05/2010: World's End #23 --  6,185 (- 2.9%)
06/2010: World's End #24 --  6,051 (- 2.2%)
07/2010: World's End #25 --  5,823 (- 3.8%)
08/2010: World's End #26 --  5,607 (- 3.7%)
----------------
6 months: -15.9%
1 year  : -24.4%
2 years : -57.9%
227 - DV8: GODS AND MONSTERS (WildStorm)
04/2010: Gods and Monsters #1 of 8 -- 10,203
05/2010: Gods and Monsters #2 of 8 --  6,671 (-34.6%)
06/2010: Gods and Monsters #3 of 8 --  6,295 (- 5.6%)
07/2010: Gods and Monsters #4 of 8 --  5,918 (- 6.0%)
08/2010: Gods and Monsters #5 of 8 --  5,598 (- 5.4%)

Two more WildStorm Universe titles.

—–

236 - GREEK STREET (Vertigo)
08/2009: Greek Street #2  -- 11,996 (-41.3%)
09/2009: Greek Street #3  -- 10,628 (-11.4%)
10/2009: Greek Street #4  --  9,246 (-13.0%)
11/2009: Greek Street #5  --  8,610 (- 6.9%)
12/2009: Greek Street #6  --  7,802 (- 9.4%)
01/2010: Greek Street #7  --  7,335 (- 6.0%)
02/2010: Greek Street #8  --  6,872 (- 6.3%)
03/2010: Greek Street #9  --  6,603 (- 3.9%)
04/2010: Greek Street #10 --  6,324 (- 4.2%)
05/2010: Greek Street #11 --  6,128 (- 3.1%)
06/2010: Greek Street #12 --  5,905 (- 3.6%)
07/2010: Greek Street #13 --  5,523 (- 6.5%)
08/2010: Greek Street #14 --  5,153 (- 6.7%)
----------------
6 months: -25.0%
1 year  : -57.0%

Canceled with issue #16.

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237 - UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Vertigo)
08/2009: Unknown Soldier #11 --  7,070 (- 2.6%)
09/2009: Unknown Soldier #12 --  6,865 (- 2.9%)
10/2009: Unknown Soldier #13 --  6,636 (- 3.3%)
11/2009: Unknown Soldier #14 --  6,359 (- 4.2%)
12/2009: Unknown Soldier #15 --  6,134 (- 3.5%)
01/2010: Unknown Soldier #16 --  5,848 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Unknown Soldier #17 --  5,701 (- 2.5%)
03/2010: Unknown Soldier #18 --  5,611 (- 1.6%)
04/2010: Unknown Soldier #19 --  5,542 (- 1.2%)
05/2010: Unknown Soldier #20 --  5,466 (- 1.4%)
06/2010: Unknown Soldier #21 --  5,371 (- 1.7%)
07/2010: Unknown Soldier #22 --  5,238 (- 2.5%)
08/2010: Unknown Soldier #23 --  5,090 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: -10.7%
1 year  : -28.0%

Canceled with issue #25.

—–

241 - WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY: ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE (WildStorm)
12/2006: Welcome to Tranquility #1  -- 24,352
01/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #2  -- 15,087 (-38.1%)
02/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #3  -- 12,334 (-18.3%)
03/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #4  -- 11,423 (- 7.4%)
04/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #5  -- 10,407 (- 8.9%)
05/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #6  -- 10,280 (- 1.2%)
06/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #7  --  9,858 (- 4.1%)
07/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #8  --  9,509 (- 3.5%)
08/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #9  --  9,135 (- 3.9%)
09/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #10 --  8,611 (- 5.7%)
10/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #11 --  8,439 (- 2.0%)
11/2007: Welcome to Tranquility #12 --  8,076 (- 4.3%)
---------------------------------------------
07/2010: One Foot i/t Grave #1 of 6 --  6,219 (-23.0%)
08/2010: One Foot i/t Grave #2 of 6 --  4,776 (-23.2%)
242 - GEN13 (WildStorm)
08/2007: Gen13 #11 -- 16,955
08/2008: Gen13 #21 -- 11,074
----------------------------
08/2009: Gen13 #31 --  6,544 (- 4.9%)
09/2009: --
10/2009: Gen13 #32 --  6,044 (- 7.6%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Gen13 #33 --  5,718 (- 5.4%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: Gen13 #34 --  5,412 (- 5.4%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Gen13 #35 --  5,257 (- 2.9%)
05/2010: --
06/2010: Gen13 #36 --  5,124 (- 2.5%)
07/2010: --
08/2010: Gen13 #37 --  4,757 (- 7.2%)
----------------
6 months: -12.1%
1 year  : -27.3%
2 years : -57.0%

The rest of the WildStorm Universe line.

—–

245 - AIR (Vertigo)
08/2009: Air #12 --  6,589 (- 3.0%)
09/2009: Air #13 --  6,476 (- 1.7%)
10/2009: Air #14 --  6,156 (- 4.9%)
11/2009: Air #15 --  5,921 (- 3.8%)
12/2009: Air #16 --  5,733 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: Air #17 --  5,573 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: Air #18 --  5,352 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Air #19 --  5,268 (- 1.6%)
04/2010: Air #20 --  5,184 (- 1.6%)
05/2010: Air #21 --  5,104 (- 1.5%)
06/2010: Air #22 --  4,973 (- 2.6%)
07/2010: Air #23 --  4,796 (- 3.6%)
08/2010: Air #24 --  4,719 (- 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: -11.8%
1 year  : -28.4%

Canceled.

—–

245 - IDES OF BLOOD (WildStorm)
08/2010: Ides of Blood #1 of 6 -- 4,560

A self-contained book about vampires in ancient Rome, by people you haven’t heard of, for $ 3.99 per issue, and without a promotional budget.

Welcome to the direct market.

—–

260 - BILLY BATSON & THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM (Johnny DC)
08/2008: --
-----------------------------------
08/2009: Billy Batson #7  --  6,382 (- 5.8%)
09/2009: Billy Batson #8  --  5,858 (- 8.2%)
10/2009: Billy Batson #9  --  5,388 (- 8.0%)
11/2009: Billy Batson #10 --  4,993 (- 7.3%)
12/2009: Billy Batson #11 --  4,795 (- 4.0%)
01/2010: Billy Batson #12 --  4,371 (- 8.8%)
02/2010: Billy Batson #13 --  4,316 (- 1.3%)
03/2010: Billy Batson #14 --  4,227 (- 2.1%)
04/2010: Billy Batson #15 --  4,236 (+ 0.2%)
05/2010: Billy Batson #16 --  4,125 (- 2.6%)
06/2010: Billy Batson #17 --  ?
07/2010: Billy Batson #18 --  4,281
08/2010: Billy Batson #19 --  4,120 (- 3.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.5%
1 year  : -35.4%
2 years :   n.a.
262 - SCOOBY DOO (Johnny DC)
08/2005: Scooby Doo #99  -- 4,654
08/2006: Scooby Doo #111 -- 4,492
08/2007: Scooby Doo #123 -- 4,641
08/2008: Scooby Doo #135 -- 4,226
---------------------------------
08/2009: Scooby Doo #147 -- 4,111 (+ 0.0%)
09/2009: Scooby Doo #148 -- 4,103 (- 0.2%)
10/2009: Scooby Doo #149 -- 4,005 (- 2.4%)
11/2009: Scooby Doo #150 -- 4,044 (+ 1.0%)
12/2009: Scooby Doo #151 -- 3,906 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: Scooby Doo #152 -- 3,724 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Scooby Doo #153 -- 3,780 (+ 1.5%)
03/2010: Scooby Doo #154 -- 3,846 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Scooby Doo #155 -- 3,836 (- 0.3%)
05/2010: Scooby Doo #156 -- 3,857 (+ 0.6%)
06/2010: Scooby Doo #157 -- ?
07/2010: Scooby Doo #158 -- 4,147
08/2010: Scooby Doo #159 -- 4,092 (- 1.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 8.3%
1 year  : - 0.5%
2 years : - 3.2%
5 years : -12.1%

Two more Johnny DC books.

—–

267 - KANE AND LYNCH (WildStorm)
08/2010: Kane and Lynch #1  -- 3,756

Another videogame adaptation.

—–

272 - SPARTA, U.S.A. (WildStorm)
03/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #1 of 6 -- 8,214
04/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #2 of 6 -- 5,194 (-36.8%)
05/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #3 of 6 -- 4,425 (-14.8%)
06/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #4 of 6 -- ?
07/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #5 of 6 -- 3,771
08/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #6 of 6 -- 3,594 (- 4.7%)

The self-contained series by David Lapham concludes. Also at WildStorm, Free Realms #12 — the final issue of the maxiseries — came out in August. Like the 11 previous issues, though, it missed the chart altogether. For the purposes of the average-sales charts below, I’m presuming it sold as many units as the No. 300 title on the chart, which was 2,646 in August.

—–

REORDERS:
286:  3,154 -- Green Arrow #1

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+179.0%: Green Arrow
+ 58.8%: Superman
+ 49.9%: Wonder Woman
+ 33.9%: Titans
+ 24.0%: JSA
+ 22.0%: Action Comics
+ 19.8%: Batman
+  8.3%: Scooby-Doo
+  5.6%: JLA
+  5.0%: Jonah Hex
+  3.3%: Superman/Batman
+  2.6%: Batman: Brave & Bold
+  0.1%: Scalped
-  1.0%: Hellblazer
-  4.5%: Billy Batson
-  4.8%: Red Robin
-  5.1%: Sweet Tooth
-  5.5%: Northlanders
-  5.9%: Teen Titans
-  6.4%: The Unwritten
-  6.8%: Tiny Titans
-  7.6%: Madame Xanadu
-  8.7%: Power Girl
-  7.7%: Batgirl
-  8.3%: REBELS
-  9.1%: Booster Gold
-  9.5%: GC Sirens
- 10.0%: Daytripper
- 10.2%: DMZ
- 10.6%: Batman: SoG
- 10.7%: Unknown Soldier
- 11.0%: GL Corps
- 11.8%: Air
- 12.1%: Gen13
- 12.4%: House of Mystery
- 13.6%: The Authority
- 14.9%: Batman Confidential
- 15.9%: Wildcats
- 16.2%: Authority: Lost Year
- 22.3%: Supergirl
- 24.7%: JSA All-Stars
- 25.0%: Greek Street
- 25.6%: Outsiders
- 27.5%: Magog
- 30.5%: Azrael
- 30.7%: Doom Patrol
- 44.1%: Secret Six
- 46.1%: Adventure Comics

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+138.1%: Green Arrow
+ 43.6%: Spirit
+ 28.2%: Wonder Woman
+ 27.9%: Superman
+ 10.6%: Ex Machina
+  5.5%: JLA
+  4.4%: Titans
-  0.5%: Scooby-Doo
-  2.0%: JSA
-  3.2%: Action Comics
-  4.7%: Scalped
-  5.3%: Tiny Titans
-  5.5%: Jonah Hex
-  6.4%: Batman
-  6.9%: Hellblazer
-  7.1%: REBELS
-  7.8%: Batman Confidential
-  8.4%: Superman/Batman
- 10.3%: Fables
- 12.4%: Secret Six
- 12.7%: Batman: Brave & Bold
- 13.6%: Booster Gold
- 14.8%: DMZ
- 17.8%: Teen Titans
- 20.3%: GL Corps
- 20.7%: Authority
- 21.8%: Unwritten
- 22.5%: Madame Xanadu
- 23.4%: Supergirl
- 24.4%: Wildcats
- 27.3%: Gen13
- 28.0%: Unknown Soldier
- 28.4%: Air
- 28.8%: House of Mystery
- 31.0%: Red Robin
- 33.1%: GC Sirens
- 34.0%: Outsiders
- 34.3%: Detective Comics
- 35.4%: Billy Batson
- 40.1%: Batman: SoG
- 40.6%: Power Girl
- 47.3%: Batgirl
- 48.9%: Adventure Comics
- 57.0%: Greek Street

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+106.0%: Birds of Prey
+ 61.4%: Green Arrow
+ 45.8%: GL Corps
+ 32.8%: LoSh
+  7.3%: Superman
+  6.9%: Wonder Woman
-  1.7%: Batgirl
-  3.2%: Scooby-Doo
-  6.3%: Scalped
-  6.8%: Batman: Brave & Bold
-  7.9%: Supergirl
-  9.2%: Jonah Hex
- 10.9%: Spirit
- 19.5%: Red Robin
- 22.0%: Tiny Titans
- 25.4%: JLA
- 26.6%: Action Comics
- 29.1%: Batman
- 31.8%: DMZ
- 33.3%: Northlanders
- 33.6%: Superman/Batman
- 34.1%: JSA
- 41.3%: Madame Xanadu
- 41.8%: Batman Confidential
- 41.9%: Booster Gold
- 42.3%: Teen Titans
- 45.6%: Detective Comics
- 53.1%: House of Mystery
- 53.2%: Outsiders
- 56.4%: Authority
- 57.0%: Gen13
- 57.9%: Wildcats

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 43.9%: Birds of Prey
+ 42.6%: Green Arrow
+ 21.5%: Red Robin
+ 11.6%: Batman
-  0.9%: Wonder Woman
-  3.2%: Batgirl
-  4.5%: LoSH
-  6.8%: JSA
- 12.1%: Scooby-Doo
- 18.4%: Superman
- 20.5%: Detective Comics
- 21.4%: Fables
- 24.9%: Action Comics
- 25.2%: Doom Patrol
- 31.0%: JLA
- 33.1%: Ex Machina
- 34.5%: Batman: Brave & Bold
- 37.9%: Tom Strong
- 63.6%: Authority
- 64.2%: Outsiders
- 66.6%: Teen Titans
- 79.0%: Supergirl

—–

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

DC COMICS
08/2005: 35,930
08/2006: 42,497
08/2007: 35,107
08/2008: 29,678
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08/2009: 29,977 (- 3.0%)
09/2009: 28,493 (- 5.0%)**
10/2009: 27,525 (- 4.4%)**
11/2009: 28,913 (+ 5.1%)**
12/2009: 25,904 (-10.4%)**
01/2010: 25,657 (- 1.0%)**
02/2010: 26,199 (+ 2.1%)**
03/2010: 23,299 (-11.1%)**
04/2010: 23,740 (+ 1.9%)**
05/2010: 27,785 (+17.0%)**
06/2010: 25,788 (- 7.2%)**
07/2010: 25,841 (+ 0.2%)**
08/2010: 23,331 (- 9.7%)**
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6 months: -11.0%
1 year  : -22.2%
2 years : -21.4%
5 years : -35.1%
DC UNIVERSE
08/2005: 46,527
08/2006: 54,382
08/2007: 47,049
08/2008: 38,502
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08/2009: 37,300 (- 9.5%)
09/2009: 36,725 (- 1.5%)**
10/2009: 34,795 (- 5.3%)
11/2009: 38,488 (+10.6%)
12/2009: 35,473 (- 7.8%)**
01/2010: 33,698 (- 5.0%)
02/2010: 35,895 (+ 6.5%)
03/2010: 32,375 (- 9.8%)
04/2010: 32,859 (+ 1.5%)
05/2010: 37,463 (+14.0%)
06/2010: 34,612 (- 7.6%)**
07/2010: 35,372 (+ 2.2%)
07/2010: 33,411 (- 5.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.9%
1 year  : -10.4%
2 years : -13.2%
5 years : -28.2%
VERTIGO
08/2005: 13,652
08/2006: 16,107
08/2007: 10,817
08/2008: 10,979
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08/2009: 11,369 (+ 2.8%)
09/2009: 11,345 (- 0.2%)
10/2009: 10,551 (- 7.0%)
11/2009: 11,036 (+ 4.6%)
12/2009: 10,583 (- 4.1%)
01/2010: 11,267 (+ 6.5%)
02/2010:  9,256 (-17.9%)
03/2010: 11,394 (+23.1%)
04/2010: 10,815 (- 5.1%)
05/2010: 11,756 (+ 8.7%)
06/2010: 10,995 (- 6.5%
07/2010:  9,515 (-13.5%)
08/2010:  9,094 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.8%
1 year  : -20.0%
2 years : -17.2%
5 years : -33.4%
WILDSTORM
08/2005: 15,998
08/2006: 14,741
08/2007: 10,744
08/2008: 10,064
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08/2009:  7,977 (- 6.4%)
09/2009:  8,280 (+ 3.8%)**
10/2009:  9,769 (+18.0%)**
11/2009:  7,111 (-27.2%)**
12/2009:  7,260 (+ 2.1%)**
01/2010:  6,532 (-10.0%)**
02/2010:  5,692 (-12.9%)**
03/2010:  7,691 (+35.1%)**
04/2010:  5,923 (-23.0%)**
05/2010:  6,808 (+14.9%)**
06/2010:  6,140 (- 9.8%)**
07/2010:  7,054 (+14.9%)**
08/2010:  6,179 (-12.4%)**
----------------
6 months: + 8.6%
1 year  : -22.5%
2 years : -38.6%
5 years : -61.4%

—–
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 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.

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 parenthesis 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 released under the Johnny DC imprint 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 and some WildStorm 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.

** 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.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.
—–
 DC Comics Month to Month Sales: August 2010Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Re: batman Beyond “…the miniseries will be followed by an ongoing title featuring the same creative team that’s set to debut in January…Which, come to think of it, is exceptionally quick for DC. Usually, it takes them around two years to react to something like this.”

    So that’s 2 things they’re doing right: 1) striking while the fire’s hot, and 2) featuring the same creative team that made the mini-series a hit. It always struck me as odd when the Big Two would have a sleeper hit with a B or C-list character, and instead of rewarding the creative team they’d give the monthly series to someone else.

    Of course, this just adds to the glut of Batman-related books, but DC’s in the business of making money. If they didn’t follow up with another series, fans would be crying foul.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  2. Micah says:

    Thanks for the numbers Marc. This is hilarious: “A self-contained book about vampires in ancient Rome, by people you haven’t heard of, for $ 3.99 per issue, and without a promotional budget. Welcome to the direct market.” I’m excited for DC in January; time to make some major purchasing changes. Hello Action Comics!

  3. Joseph says:

    I don’t understand why orders still increase for anniversary issues. Are there really people who don’t collect Superman/Batman on a regular basis but decide to pick up #75 just because it’s an “anniversary” number?

  4. I’m sorry, I just can’t get past that Hawkgirl cover. It must really hurt to walk on high heels bent over with your butt thrust out like that. Not to mention that must look really funny to anybody seeing her walk around that way.

    Sigh.

  5. I’m confused with the “completist” label for Batman Confidential for instance. I buy this title qnd I’m really enjying it because we cqn read some “other” stories of Batman, without the need to follow that many titles. And most of the times, the creative team is pretty good.

    So maybe sales are steady because people know what they will find in it and not because they’re completists ? I think I would have the same thinking about that Superman mini-series. If the authors are good, I’d probably take it,

  6. Dave Hackett says:

    @ Joseph, the issue in question guest-starred the Legion of Super-Heroes and had several two-page “mini stories” by various creative teams.

  7. Jeffy says:

    I bought Superman/Batman 75 and I usually don’t buy the series. I thought the story sounded interesting and I was curious to see the back up stories and stuff.

  8. Robby approves!

  9. Joseph, yes, there really are people who buy only anniversary issues of a particular title and I’m one of them. Usually, it’s for a title I used to buy reguarly but dropped and the anniversary issue gives me enough of an incentive to check back in for an issue and catch up on what’s been going on.

    Nine times out of ten, though, the anniversary issue isn’t strong enough to give me a reason to pick the book up again on a regular basis. One day in the far, far future, perhaps, the Big Two will remember that anniversary issues are great forums for game-changers that hook prospective readers instead of reasons to tack on reprints of issues people already own.

  10. Good to see some decent numbers, and actual increases, for some of the DC books. Shame about the lower half of the chart, but what can you do.

  11. Ex Machina #50 had a 1:10 Variant Cover by Jim Lee.

  12. hcduvall says:

    @ Joseph: Chicken or egg it may be, anniversary issues have stand alone or jumping on stories in them because of the increased orders. People pick them up because outside of no. 1s, they’re the issues most likely to be designed to be satisfying in one, or starting point hook worthy.

  13. Nathan says:

    Adventure Comics lost its variants with the renumbering. Would that account for the drop in sales?

  14. Joseph says:

    Thanks to all who responded – very enlightening!

  15. seth hollander says:

    DC Universe: Legacies – “An average miniseries performance at a decent level”.
    I’m sort-of enjoying this book. It is a conflation of DC’s 70 years of stories into a 20-30 year continuity. But I am bothered:
    It should be an Event Book! This is the series that details the current history of the DCU. Shouldn’t it be promoted? And each page of story is essentially a succession of summaries of stories that are available in TPBs and HCs. This is the ultimate “jumping-on point” for new readers. Why isn’t there a page in the back of each issue listing the in-print collections of the stories summarized in that issue? The content of each issue is as much a promotional catalog as it is a story. Properly sold, this series could actually help DC sell some books.
    Am I missing something? Why is DC throwing this opportunity away? Oh, for the days of Kahn and Levitz…

  16. Dreamer says:

    thanks as always for the column.

    I buy an anniversary issue of a series i don’t regularly by, all the time. i simply like owning issue #75s. :-)

    (and i am serious).

  17. James says:

    I disagree about the 3.99 price point for the EMERALD WARRIORS series. I think that that debut for DC’s biggest ‘new’ property is pretty shocking. It should of at least cracked the 100k. I’m sure it had a few variants as well. I didn’t buy it because of the dearer price point ( I may get it in trade if it is cheap enough)and I think many others would of been in the same boat. For me, it’s the same with the new Batman Inc and Batwoman (#0). I’ll be skipping both now.

  18. It should [have] at least cracked the 100k.

    It’s “shocking” that a series starring Guy Gardner debuted at #10, right ahead of GREEN LANTERN CORPS (at #11)? That seems like where it should be, as EW and GLC probably have almost exactly the same audience. At least that’s what retailers apparently believed.

    It’s not as if Guy enjoys Wolverine/Batman levels of popularity on his own. I’d say he’s best known by casual fans for his terrible old haircut and getting punched in the face by Batman.

  19. Nathan:

    “Adventure Comics lost its variants with the renumbering. Would that account for the drop in sales?”

    In the case of the July issue, for some of it, certainly. It doesn’t have anything to do with the drop in August, though.

    And, in any case, when a mid-level title shreds almost 6,000 units over two issues, there’s something else going on.

    James:

    “I disagree about the 3.99 price point for the EMERALD WARRIORS series. I think that that debut for DC’s biggest ‘new’ property is pretty shocking. It should of at least cracked the 100k.”

    If it were written by Geoff Johns, maybe. But let’s stay realistic. It’s a Green Lantern spin-off by creators with a reputation for producing solid, inoffensive franchise work. It’s doing very well.

  20. Glenn Simpson says:

    Unfortunately, Legacies looks like it’s going to fail to answer some of the key questions that my type of fan would be looking for in this type of series, and I’m not sure there is another type of fan for this type of series.

  21. Dreamer says:

    I have a no $3.99 policy so i was skipping Emerald Warriors, as well as Batman Inc and Batman: the Dark Knight, all of which I wanted to start collecting. Now that they will roll back in January, should I be starting from #7 and #3s or should i get the first several issues despite them being $3.99?

  22. James says:

    Ok, looks like no one agrees with me :( But Maybe saying it was ‘shocking’ is a bit harsh. I still think it would of sold better at 2.99 – even though it wasn’t by Johns, like you were saying. But because it being a number 1, plus was it at least 3 variants? I thought it would of sold like how Gl and GLC did during BN. And then end up falling to about where GLC sat on the sales chart. But now (unfortunately) it will probably end up at about 40-45k by issue #5.

    Just thinking out loud! ;)

  23. I’m with James on this one, as I think the numbers for Emerald Warriors are a huge disappointment.

    Think about it…you have a new title from DC’s current cash cow, written by one of the two main architects of the franchise, fresh off his well-received run on GLC, hot on the heels of Blackest Night…and the best it could is 1200 more copies than GLC?

    No offense to GLC, but that’s bad. What happens after a few months when the standard attrition sets in for a new series? It’ll be lucky if it stays above 50k.

    That speaks to me as a big reason that the pricing change went into effect. I know that I personally left this one on the shelf as I won’t pay four bucks for a 22-pager…and I’ve bought literally every Green Lantern book they’ve published since Rebirth!

    On a side note, I am looking forward to picking it up in January, but I fear the damage has already been done.

  24. “What happens after a few months when the standard attrition sets in for a new series? It’ll be lucky if it stays above 50k.”

    Well, ANY book without superstar creators is tremendously lucky to stay above 50K. For the tertiary Green Lantern title, it would be a pretty solid number to settle down to.

    Also, as far as I’m aware, there was just one variant edition for EMERALD WARRIORS #1.

  25. PeterCSM says:

    “Bafflingly, DC have chosen not to promote the fact that Time Masters ties in with Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne.”
    That is baffling. First I’d heard about it.
    I could see The Authority being absorbed into the DC Universe as not being such a bad thing sales-wise as I assume they will do cross-overs and could tie them into big events. Might stifle the decline.. for a couple months.

  26. Samy Merchi says:

    I also buy anniversary issues to check back in on titles and see if they’ve become worth buying. I think it’s only fair to give long-running titles a new shot at impressing me every now and then.

    And personally, I would’ve found it far more “shocking” if a *Guy Gardner* book (I adore Guy’s character but let’s face it, he’s not an A-list brand) with no Bendis or Jim Lee level creator — would have outsold Grant Morrison’s BATMAN at 73k. Cracking 100k, and being the #1 selling book of the entire industry in this month? A *Guy Gardner* book? With no A-list talent? Come on, now! It is to laugh, no?

  27. Mike Hansen says:

    Ides of Blood did get some promotion with house ads. But the logo is unreadable, and the ad design is so unappealing that it made me go from uninterested to actively running away from the title.

    (Green Arrow, on the other hand, has beautiful cover art and a sharp logo, which could be part of the reason for the sales increase.)

    RE: DC Universe Legacies, I picked up the two Perez Crisis issues and was massively disappointed. The art is fine, but the story and dialogue are so weak that I won’t touch the rest of the series (and will probably get rid of these two issues sooner rather than later). The Legends tie-in in #6 doesn’t even mention what series it references, nor does it explain the main villain at all. These stories make the referenced stories less interesting, even tarnished, rather than create interest and excitement in DC’s backlist. So pointless!

  28. Samy Merchi says:

    For months and months Marc has gone on about how DC is underusing the JMS brand.

    Today the news broke that JMS is *already* off Superman and Wonder Woman.

    I can’t wait to see what Marc will have to say about that…

  29. PeterCSM says:

    Seriously? Why’s JMS off those titles?

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