DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2014 – 75 Years of Batman

Batman 331 DC Comics Month to Month Sales: July 2014   75 Years of Batman

By David Carter

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

The column is already running late, so I won’t belabor too many points here‚Ķ

July 2014 was a record-setting month in many categories for the Diamond NA-served comics market (see John Jackson Miller’s analysis for the full skinny). DC shipped a whopping 83 comics this month (up from 68 in June).

As expected, the Batman 75th Anniversary covers don’t do as well as the Bombshell covers did last month. Whether this is because retailers (as a group) order-ordered on the Bombshell covers and were correcting, or because there was a perceived lesser demand for the Batman covers it is hard to tell; I suspect a combination of factors. It may be several months before things settle down in the new way of ordering variants.

Despite the decline in variant cover orders, DC’s overall sales were only down an average of 400 units per title, mainly due to the reappearance in July of Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture, the strong debut of Grayson, and relaunches of Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.

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 right here at The Beat!

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.)

2 - BATMAN ($4.99)
07/2004: Batman #630   --  69,026 [70,414] 
07/2009: Batman #688   --  83,040 
07/2010: Batman #701   --  76,398
07/2011: Batman #712   --  51,385
07/2012: Batman #11    -- 127,210 
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07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30    -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31    -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32    -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33    -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
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6 months: +  0.5%
1 year  : - 10.6%
2 years : -  7.2%
5 years : + 42.1%
10 years: + 67.6%
Since #1: - 47.2%

The price-enhanced final issue of “Batman: Year Zero” with a Batman 75th Variant comes in at 12K below last month’s Bombshell, but still 8K above May’s numbers. It’s enough to put Batman at #2, behind Rocket Raccoon’s Loot Crate-enhanced debut of nearly 300K and just barely ahead of the month’s #3 comic (Amazing Spider-Man #4 at 117,917).

7 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
07/2004: JLA #101            --  64,615
07/2004: JLA #102            --  63,249
07/2009: JL of America #35   --  58,915
07/2010: JL of America #47   --  60,368
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971
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07/2013: Justice League #22  -- 110,194 (+ 17.2%) [124,026]
08/2013: Justice League #23  -- 103,936 (-  6.4%)
09/2013: #23.1: Darkseid     -- 111,142 (+  6.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Lobo         --  79,244 (- 28.7%)
09/2013: #23.3: Dial E       --  64,119 (- 14.4%) [67,855]
09/2013: #23.4: Secret Socty --  78,014 (+ 23.1%) [83,500]
10/2013: Justice League #24  --  98,491 (+ 18.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Justice League #25  --  94,004 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26  --  90,592 (-  3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27  --  84,674 (-  6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32  --  88,179 (+ 16.3%)
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6 months: +  4.1%
1 year  : - 28.9%
2 years : - 28.9%
5 years : + 49.7%
10 years: + 37.9%
Since #1: - 67.5%

Justice League is running a month behind and thus gets its Bombshell Variant this month. It’s an increase of a bit over 12K, where based on its chart position had it come out last month with most of the other Bombshell variants we would have expected to see the increase to be closer to 16K. As it was re-solicited for July retailers would have had a chance to see how the other Bombshell variants were affecting sales and it appears that they downgraded their expectations here, though not to the level that they were adjusting down their Batman variant orders from the Bombshells.

In other words, I don’t think we have the final word yet on what the long term effects will be of DC’s new variant ordering scheme.

8 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
07/2004: Nightwing #95  -- 30,392
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124
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07/2013: Nightwing #22  -- 42,073 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Nightwing #23  -- 40,522 (-  3.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (-  1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+ 10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (-  0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (-  3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
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6 months: + 112.5%
1 year  : +  93.6%
2 years : +  65.8%
10 years: + 167.9%

The change of direction and title for the Dick Grayson franchise does spectacularly well, as sales of the first issue of Grayson nearly match those of the New 52 debut of Nightwing. Sales are enhanced by a Batman 75th variant as well as a couple of other variant covers that are par for the course (including a 1:100 incentive). The are very good debut numbers, and if it follows the standard model of sales for new titles it should settle down to around 50K in a few months, which would place it quite comfortably ahead of where Nightwing sales finished.

10 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
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6 months: -  6.3%
Since #0: - 45.7%

Sales drop over 17K from the Bombshell variant, but are still more than 14K above May’s sales. These continue to be great numbers for a former C-List character whose current series is clearly striking a chord with a good number of readers.

13 - SANDMAN OVERTURE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2013: Sandman Overture #1 -- 103,668 (+436.4%) [107,858]
11/2013: -- 
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: -- 
03/2014: Sandman Overture #2 --  89,711 (- 14.9%)  [91,839]
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Sandman Overture #3 --  72,563 (- 21.0%) 
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Since #1: - 36.4%

The best-selling Vertigo title by a huge margin, even with the large drop for the third issue. I could be that some readers are tiring of the delays and have decided to wait for the collection, or the delays have given retailers enough time to assess actual sales and adjust accordingly. Regardless, this thing is going to sell very well and for a very long time once it is eventually completed and collected.

14 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
07/2013: Superman Unchained #2  -- 165,754 (-35.5%)
08/2013: Superman Unchained #3  -- 136,319 (-17.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: Superman Unchained #4  -- 110,611 (-18.9%)
12/2013: Superman Unchained #5  --  96,322 (-12.9%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: Superman Unchained #6  --  94,147 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Superman Unchained #7  --  68,345 (-27.4%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 74.8%

Delays continue to plague Superman Unchained and sales are affected adversely. Back in 04-05 when Lee was drawing the main Superman title for twelve issues, sales started at 244K and ended at 116K. With Unchained they started even higher at nearly 272K but have already fallen to nearly 68K.

16 - HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC CON #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Harley Quinn Comic Con #1  --  64,978 

An oddball one-shot starring Harley Quinn sells very well, especially at $5. Harley Quinn has pretty much become cemented as DC’s publishing version of Deadpool; let’s see if they follow Marvel’s lead and overexpose her with multiple series and specials and burn out interest‚Ķ

17, 18, 22, 23, 25 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
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Since #1: - 45.9%

This is the first month that Batman Eternal issues were not returnable, and you’ll be pleased to note that the sales numbers more or less fall right in line with our previously recalculated sales for the first twelve issues. A five week month means five weekly issues, a nice little bonus boost for what it either the top of DC’s middle or the bottom of DC’s top.

19 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
07/2004: Superman #206 -- 138,984 [140,177]
07/2009: Superman #690 --  39,472
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506
07/2011: Superman #713 --  36,646
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066
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07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29  --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+136.8%) [95,972]
06/2014: Superman #33  --  62,998 (- 34.4%)
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6 months: + 78.6%
1 year  : + 46.6%
2 years : + 12.4%
5 years : + 59.6%
10 years: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 58.0%

There was a Batman variant and a couple of incentive variants for the second Johns/Romita issue. Taking into account the effect of the Bat-Bomb differential and a typical 2nd issue drop, these numbers are pretty much right in line with what would be expected. The first Johns/Romita issue sees nearly 7K in re-orders, which is a good sign for continued interest.

21 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Detective Comics #794 --  36,805
07/2009: Detective Comics #855 --  61,205
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371
07/2011: Detective Comics #879 --  39,185
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835
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07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23  --  61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     --  78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   --  89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      --  73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        --  68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  --  55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  --  56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  --  54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  --  72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  --  62,856 (- 13.9%)
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6 months: - 30.4%
1 year  : -  1.7%
2 years : - 21.3%
5 years : +  2.7%
10 years: + 70.8%
Since #1: - 60.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of 10K, but still 8K above May’s numbers.

24 - ROBIN RISES OMEGA #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Robin Rises Omega #1  --  60,488 

A one-shot tying in to the ongoing “Hunt for Robin” story in Batman and‚Ķ clocks in with 4K more than the parent title, and that’s without a Batman 75th variant (there was a variant cover, but it was a 1:50 order incentive) and costing $2 more.

Oddly, if they’d put this in a Batman and Robin Annual at the same price, it likely would have sold less than the parent title‚Ķ

29 - BATMAN AND… ($2.99)
07/2009: Batman and Robin #2  -- 117,986 [129,086]
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804
07/2011: Batman and Robin #25 --  55,172
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043
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07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (-  3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+ 38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (-  2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (-  2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (-  5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (- 25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (-  2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
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6 months: + 23.5%
1 year  : -  2.7%
2 years : - 13.5%
5 years : - 56.4%
Since #1: - 51.5%

The return of Robin (at least in the title…) proves to be enough of a draw that the Bat-Bomb differential turns out to be just 42 copies.

35 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
07/2004: Teen Titans #13  -- 65,658
07/2009: Teen Titans #73  -- 30,990
07/2010: Teen Titans #85  -- 24,248
07/2011: Teen Titans #97  -- 23,138
07/2011: Teen Titans #98  -- 23,095
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367
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07/2013: Teen Titans #22  -- 33,062 (-  4.8%)
08/2013: Teen Titans #23  -- 31,742 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon    -- 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke -- 49,920 (+  1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29  -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
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6 months: + 90.0%
1 year  : + 58.4%
2 years : + 15.4%
5 years : + 69.0%
10 years: - 20.3%

The relaunch produces the desired effect as sales more than double from the last issue of the previous series. There was also a Batman 75th variant which no doubt helped things as well.

47, 56, 58, 69, 70 - The New 52  Futures End ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  --  ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  --  77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  --  62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  --  59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  --  58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  --  53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  --  51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  --  50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  --  49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  --  52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 --  46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 --  45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 --  43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 --  42,803 (-  1.0%)
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Since #1: - 36.9%

All four issues were returnable, so the figures have been adjusted accordingly.

For some reason #9 saw a bit of a jump, but then it was immediately corrected for with issue #10.

These numbers have to be something of a disappointment for DC, and a bit worrying that this is the title into which they are tying their big September event. Also worrying is they they’re launch a third weekly series in October, and I’m not sure that readers’ pocketbooks are up for such a thing.

37 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (-  7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
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6 months: +  6.1%
Since #1: - 47.0%

The “Superman: Doomed” crossover continues. A fairly large Bat-Bomb differential of more than 12K leaves sales at less than 3K above May, but that was in the early days of “Superman: Doomed.” An annual was solicited for this month but slipped to August due to lateness.

40 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Action Comics #817 --  45,178
07/2009: Action Comics #879 --  38,324
07/2010: Action Comics #891 --  35,328
07/2011: Action Comics #903 --  40,205
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232
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07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23  --  42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  --  69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         --  69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  --  67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     --  51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  --  34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  --  37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  --  41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  --  55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  --  49,457 (- 10.7%)
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6 months: + 37.2%
1 year  : + 10.2%
2 years : - 35.1%
5 years : + 29.0%
10 years: +  9.5%
Since #1: - 75.4%

In pretty much the same boat as Superman/Wonder Woman, but the Bat-Bomb differential is a lot less6K copieswhich leaves Action more than 8K above May’s sales. An annual was solicited for this month but slipped to August due to lateness.

41 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($3.99)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11     -- 29,809
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07/2013: Suicide Squad #22     -- 22,447 (-  2.0%)
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23     -- 22,166 (-  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24     -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25     -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26     -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27     -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
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6 months: + 103.8%
1 year  : + 119.5%
2 years : +  65.3%

A team book featuring your two buzziest anti-hero characters + Relaunch = Increased sales.

DC tried three different style sod title relaunches for New 52 titles this month: A complete title change and change of direct for a character (Nightwing/Grayson), a straightforward relaunch with the same title (Teen Titans), and a relaunch with the word ‘New’ in front of it (New Suicide Squad). New Suicide Squad may have sold the least of the three, raw numbers wise, but it might be the most impressive. Unlike the other two, New Suicide Squad did not have a Batman 75th Anniversary variant (though it did have an order incentive variant like most #1 issues). First month sales of New Suicide Squad were nearly identical to first month sales of the New 52 debut back in September 2011 (49,979).

DC may have been looking for some sort of clarity as to which style of relaunch would be the best, but the jury is still out. Short-term, all three were a success. The one thing we can be sure of is that we’re going to see more of these cancel-and-relaunches in the future.

44 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
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Since #0: -  8.0%

After playing games with #0 issues and variant covers, JLU finally sees its drop, just a bit later than usual. Its Bat-Bomb differential is a fairly sizable 15K.

48 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Lantern #179 --  35,562  [37,456]
07/2009: Green Lantern #43  -- 109,426 [117,314]
07/2009: Green Lantern #44  -- 105,063 [109,599]
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164
07/2011: Green Lantern #67  --  74,521
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708
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07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (- 13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (-  5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+ 12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (-  1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+ 13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (-  5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (-  5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 39.9%
5 years : - 58.3%
10 years: + 26.2%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Continues the “Uprising” crossover with Green Lantern Corps, and a Bat-Bomb differential of 9K.

The five year comparison is with the first two issues of the Blackest Night tie-ins.

53 - DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL ($4.99)
08/2012: Detective Annual #1 -- 62,571 
07/2013: Detective Annual #2 -- 52,245 (- 16.5%)
07/2014: Detective Annual #3 -- 44,128 (- 15.5%)
-----------------
1 year  : - 15.5%
Since #1: - 29.5%

DC solicited five annuals for this five-week month, but only shipped three as Action Comics and Superman/Wonder Woman slipped into the first week of August.

Detective did the best of those that did ship: without the aid of a Batman 75th variant it came in at about 10K less than the parent title was pulling pre-Bombshell.

66 - EARTH 2 ($3.99)
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,982
------------------------------
07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (-  2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+ 26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+  1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (- 26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (-  6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (-  2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
----------------
6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : -  5.5%
2 years : - 47.0%
Since #1: - 61.2%

An extra-sized (and extra-priced) issue, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

68 - FLASH ($2.99)
07/2004: Flash #212       --  40,056
07/2009: --
07/2010: Flash #4         --  64,832
07/2011: --
07/2012: Flash #11        --  53,674
-----------------------------------
07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 13.7%
1 year  : +  1.7%
2 years : - 26.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: -  1.0%
Since #1: - 73.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

77 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Wonder Woman #206 --  28,038
07/2009: Wonder Woman #34  --  30,131
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672
07/2011: Wonder Woman #613 --  29,720
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669
-------------------------------------
07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  --  31,094 (+  0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 (-  1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32  --  48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33  --  37,431 (- 22.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 16.8%
1 year  : +  5.3%
2 years : - 18.0%
5 years : + 24.2%
10 years: + 33.5%
Since #1: - 61.0%

Wonder Woman saw one of the largest gains from last month’s Bombshell cover, and this month sees one of the larger declines with a Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 11K. The new create team arrives in November with issue #36.

79 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
07/2004: Batgirl #54 -- 25,905
07/2010: Batgirl #12 -- 28,011
07/2011: Batgirl #23 -- 22,619
07/2012: Batgirl #11 -- 45,004
----------------------------------
07/2013: Batgirl #22 -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23 -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24 -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25 -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26 -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27 -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28 -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29 -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : -  5.2%
2 years : - 17.4%
10 years: + 43.5%
Since #1: - 65.3%

In pretty much the same boat as Wonder Woman, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 10K. The new creative team arrives in October with issue #35.

80 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
-----------------
Since #1: -  4.0%

The featured origin for this issue was Harley Quinn, boosting sales nearly up to the level of the debut issue. And there was only one cover…

84 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Aquaman #20 -- 24,408
07/2012: Aquaman #11 -- 57,675
------------------------------
07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (-  2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (-  3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+ 31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (-  7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (- 21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (-  5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (-  5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.3%
1 year  : - 20.8%
2 years : - 37.3%
10 years: + 48.1%
Since #1: - 66.7%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 8K.

93 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
07/2009: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 82,415
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #61 -- 60,836
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #62 -- 57,928
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996
------------------------------------------
07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (-  7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (- 14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+  3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (-  4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
----------------
6 months: +  4.5%
1 year  : - 22.1%
2 years : - 23.5%
5 years : - 60.1%
Since #1: - 65.3%

A nearly 8K Bat-Bomb differential. Crossing over with Green Lantern, but selling a significantly less 15K units than that title.

100 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792
-------------------------------------------
07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23  -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper           -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso           -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24  -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25  -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26  -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27  -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28  -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29  -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30  -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31  -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32  -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33  -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 64.8%
2 years : - 11.0%
Since #1: - 65.5%

A Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K.

102 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1  -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2  -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3  -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4  -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 39.6%

Starting to settle in. If it slows down to standard attrition levels, it’ll be comfortably ahead of where Larfleeze was.

108 - AQUAMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2013: Aquaman Annual #1 -- 35,403 
07/2014: Aquaman Annual #2 -- 26,433 (- 25.3%)

Aquaman gets an Annual this month, with sales in line with what should be expected.

112 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096

The top Digital First comic of the month, with first month sales higher than those of any issue of the also-based-on-a-video-game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

116 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: The Wake #3 of 10  -- 30,622 (- 6.0%)
08/2013: -- 
09/2013: The Wake #4 of 10  -- 31,674 (+ 3.4%)
10/2013: -- 
11/2013: The Wake #5 of 10  -- 30,463 (- 3.8%)
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: The Wake #6 of 10  -- 26,843 (-11.9%)
03/2014: The Wake #7 of 10  -- 26,500 (- 1.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: The Wake #8 of 10  -- 26,694 (+ 0.7%)
06/2014: The Wake #9 of 10  -- 26,561 (- 0.5%)
07/2014: The Wake #10 of 10 -- 25,574 (- 3.7%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a. 
1 year  : - 16.5%
Since #1: - 49.0%

Ends its run above 25K, which is something of a small miracle for a Vertigo series not called Sandman these days. Stands a good chance of having decent sales in its collected edition too, so let’s called this a sorely needed boost for the Vertigo brand.

117 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)

A typical second issue drop for the cross-over series.

123 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38.980
--------------------------------
07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 --  26,223 (-  4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 --  25,609 (-  2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 --  25,987 (+  1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 --  23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 --  22,461 (-  3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 --  20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 --  19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 --  19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 --  18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 --  33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 --  23,922 (- 28.7%)
----------------
6 months: +  6.5%
1 year  : - 12.7%
2 years : - 38.6%
Since #1: - 72.8%

A fairly large Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K. Batwoman would appear to be a title that stands to gain a lot from DC’s new variant cover program by keeping the title above 20K. Or it would, if there were to be any more; there won’t be any Selfie, Monster or Lego variants for Batwoman‚Ķ

128 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Arrow #40  -- 32,635
07/2009: Arrow/Canary #22 -- 20,571
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118
07/2011: Green Arrow #14  -- 25,568
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646
-----------------------------------
07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.4%
1 year  : - 10.4%
2 years : -  4.8%
5 years : + 14.0%
10 years: - 28.1%
Since #1: - 67.6%

Remains remarkably consistent.

129 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462
-----------------------------------
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.6%
1 year  : - 33.7%
2 years : - 35.9%
Since #1: - 73.8%

A small drop of fewer than 400 copies.

131 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
07/2009: Supergirl #43 --  32,849
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941
07/2011: Supergirl #66 --  20,001
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879
---------------------------------
07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 --  24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 --  23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 --  25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 --  22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 --  21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 --  23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 --  22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 --  23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 --  22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 --  22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 --  22,802 (+  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 31.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Gains a few hundred copies for the “Red Daughter of Krypton” finale.

132 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
07/2012: New Guardians #11 -- 42,929
---------------------------------------
07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (- 7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 44.1%
2 years : - 46.9%
Since #1: - 76.4%

Drops fewer than 400 copies. A Lantern-line crossover arrives in October to prop things up a bit.

133 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5 -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6 -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7 -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8 -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.4% 
Since #1: - 60.8%

JL3K can’t keep losing over 6% each month for much longer; if it doesn’t stabilize soon, DC will have to pull the plug (if it isn’t already too late, but it’s still being solicited through #11 in November‚Ķ)

139 - RED LANTERNS ANNUAL ($4.99)
07/2014: Red Lanterns Annual #1 -- 21,490 

The lowest-selling of the three annuals that shipped this month, but fewer than 2K less than the parent title.

143 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820
-------------------------------
07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (-  5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (-  5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 16.7%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 42.3%
Since #1: - 70.6%

No Batman 75th variant, so sales drop right back to their normal level after last month’s Bombshell.

144 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 39.7%

At this rate, I’ll be shocked if AatO makes it past issue #12.

147 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 
-------------------------------------
07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (-  4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (-  0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.0%
1 year  : - 20.6%
2 years : - 56.2%
Since #1: - 71.3%

Drops below 20K for the first time. Looks to be crossing over withe the upcoming Earth 2 weekly series, which may provide a boost (or seal its fate…)

150, 155 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8    -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9    -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10   -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11   -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12   -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3 -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4 -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5 -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6 -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7 -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8 -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 21.6%
1 year  : - 24.7%
Since #1: - 23.4%

Now twice-monthly, to keep up with the digital comic’s now weekly frequency. Issue #7 featured Harley Quinn vs. Black Canary, which may account for the slight uptick.

154 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Catwoman #33 -- 24,007
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551
-------------------------------
07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (-  3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (-  1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+ 44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (-  5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.1%
1 year  : - 23.4%
2 years : - 46.7%
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.9%

Oddly Catwoman did not have a Batman 75th variant, so sales plunge back to normal level after last month’s Bombshell cover. But there will be Selfie, Monster and Lego variants.

159 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 

The Green Team, which lasted just eight issues, had first month sales of 27,775.

162 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
07/2004: Swamp Thing #5  -- 31,619
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257
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07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (- 1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -  9.4%
1 year  : - 25.0%
2 years : - 50.6%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 75.7%

Back to a decline after month’s uptick.

174 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. The last Vertigo mini-series, Royals, debuted at 14K.

166 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.8%
1 year  : - 65.8%
Since #1: - 65.8%

Just twelve fewer copies than last month.

170 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
07/2004: Hellblazer #198 -- 14,772
07/2009: Hellblazer #257 -- 10,762
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048
07/2011: Hellblazer #281 --  9,225
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247
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07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.7%
1 year  : - 53.7%
2 years : + 75.6%
5 years : + 50.9%
10 years: +  9.9%
Since #1: - 56.8%

The TV show is scheduled to debut on October 24.

172 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)

Already dropping into the danger zone, but will tie-in with the upcoming Green Lantern books’ crossover starting in October.

176 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2010: American Vampire #5     --  24,857
07/2011: American Vampire #17    --  15,565
07/2012: American Vampire #29    --  15,324
-------------------------------------------
07/2013: --
08/2013: American Vampire Anthol --  12,695 (- 20.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #1 --  20,863 (+ 64.3%)
04/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #2 --  17,068 (- 18.2%)
05/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #3 --  15,642 (-  8.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #4 --  15,400 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : +  0.5%
Since #1: - 26.2%

Returns after missing a month.

177 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
07/2004: Birds of Prey #69  -- 31,904
07/2004: Birds of Prey #70  -- 31,683
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420
07/2011: Birds of Prey #14  -- 27,102
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389
-------------------------------------
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23  -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24  -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25  -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26  -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27  -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28  -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
03/2014: Birds of Prey #29  -- 16,795 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30  -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31  -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32  -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #33  -- 15,379 (-  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  : - 23.9%
2 years : - 43.8%
10 years: - 51.6%
Since #1: - 76.8%

Ending in September.

181 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2012: Unlimited #6   -- 22,555
---------------------------------
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
08/2013: Universe #1    -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2    -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3    -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4    -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5    -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6    -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7    -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8    -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9    -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10   -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11   -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12   -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.3%
1 year  : -  5.6%
2 years : - 36.1%
Since #1: - 38.3%

Third straight month of growth. I’m starting to believe that BB’s being featured in Futures End really is having some small impact on this title’s sales.

183 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
07/2011: Superboy #9  --  22,102
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677
--------------------------------
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 --  20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 --  18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 --  21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 --  17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 --  17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 --  16,448 (-  5.4%)
03/2014: Superboy #29 --  15,776 (-  4.1%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 --  15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 --  14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 --  14,451 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: Superboy #33 --  14,004 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.5%
1 year  : - 29.9%
2 years : - 52.8%
Since #1: - 79.8%

Ending in September.

185 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2004: Fables #27  -- 25,146
07/2009: Fables #86  -- 22,447
07/2010: --
07/2011: Fables #107 -- 18,523
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110
------------------------------
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: -  2.4%
1 year  : -  8.5%
2 years : - 19.2%
5 years : - 38.4%
10 years: - 45.0%
Since #1: - 37.2%

Fables has long been one of Vertigo’s most steady performers, with an overall trend of gentle declines with the occasional random uptick. It appears that it will drift towards its final issue in the same manner.

196 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
07/2012: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 27,665 
------------------------------------
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 34.2%
2 years : - 57.0%
Since #1: - 52.9%

Standard attrition.

199 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #10 -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
07/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #21 -- 11,682 (- 8.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 33.0%
1 year  : - 43.4%
Since #1: - 70.9%

Drops more than 1000 copies as the end is nigh.

201 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
07/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588
07/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441
07/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572
--------------------------------
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
03/2014: ASW #29       -- 12,503 (- 2.2%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
07/2014: ASW #33       -- 11,488 (- 1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.2%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : -  8.7%
Since #1: - 79.1%

Penultimate issue.

217 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2009: Tiny Titans #18   --  8,576
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30   --  8,038
07/2011: Tiny Titans #42   --  7,664
---------------------------------------
06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
-----------------
5 years : + 32.8%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

204 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371
------------------------------
07/2013: Fairest #17 -- 13,915 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Fairest #18 -- 13,511 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: Fairest #19 -- 13,278 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 -- 11,872 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  : - 18.6%
2 years : - 44.4%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Back after a scheduled skip month.

205 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: ToS: Pandora #13 -- 11,299 (- 9.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 40.5%
1 year  : - 70.7%
Since #1: - 72.9%

Continues to lose more than 1000 copies each month. The continues high rates of decline for this and ToS Phantom Stranger do not bode well for the upcoming combined Trinity of Sin replacement title.

206 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 LANTERN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2004: Smallville #9         -- 12,763
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3     -- 20,864
--------------------------------------
07/2013: Smallville S11 #15    -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Smallville S11 #16    -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17    -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18    -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1   -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2   -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 24.7%
2 years : - 46.1%
10 years: - 11.9%
Since #1: -  9.3%

Lantern finishes a few hundred copies higher than Alien. Chaos is up next.

225 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL (Digital-First) ($4.99)
07/2013: Smallville S11 Special #2  -- 12,858 (- 8.1%)
08/2013: --
09/2013: --
10/2013: Smallville S11 Special #3  -- 12,115 (- 5.8%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Smallville S11 Special #4  -- 10,917 (- 9.9%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: --
04/2014: --
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Smallville S11 Special #5  -- 10,057 (- 7.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.9%
1 year  : - 21.8%
Since #1: - 28.1%

$1 more and about 1500 fewer copies than the parent title.

226 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Adventures of Superman #11 -- 11,102 (+ 0.2%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
07/2014: Adventures of Superman #15 -- 10,004 (-10.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 48.6%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Barely holding on to the 10K sales ledge. Ending in September.

252 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1  -- 13,036
12/2013: --
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 (-31.1%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.5%
Since #1: - 36.9%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. A nice little boost for the Wonder Woman issue.

249 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.7%
Since #1: - 65.2%

Averaging a 4% drop each month isn’t healthy.

250 - BATWING ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047
------------------------------
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
03/2014: Batwing #29 --  9,864 (-16.3%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: Batwing #33 --  8,380 (- 3.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 32.8%
1 year  : - 30.5%
2 years : - 58.2%
Since #1: - 84.4%

Ending in September.

269 - VERTIGO QUARTERLY CMYK (Vertigo) ($7.99)
04/2014: Cyan #1    -- 9,456 
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Magenta #1 -- 7,360 (- 22.2%) 

A typical second issue drop, even though Vertigo tried to not call is a second issue.

283 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023
07/2011: The Unwritten #27 -- 10,787
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478
------------------------------------
07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3 --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7 --  6,918 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 42.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 27.0%
Since #1: - 42.2%

Dips below 7K.

294 - ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Royals #1 of 6 --  14,031 
03/2014: Royals #2 of 6 --   8,725 (-37.8%) 
04/2014: Royals #3 of 6 --   7,777 (-10.9%) 
05/2014: Royals #4 of 6 --   7,156 (- 8.0%) 
06/2014: Royals #5 of 6 --   6,928 (- 3.2%) 
07/2014: Royals #6 of 6 --   6,694 (- 3.4%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 52.3%

I recall reading somewhere that this had been an OGN commissioned by the previous regime but then shelved, and was now being resurrected and chopped up into a mini-series before being released as a collection. If true, then I suppose that any amount of sales of the mini-series can be viewed as found money.

295 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.0%
Since #1: - 71.6%

Has not been solicited past issue #12…

+302 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: Collider #1 -- 17,336          [20,361]
08/2013: FBP #2      -- 14,068 (-30.9%)
09/2013: FBP #3      -- 13,977 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
03/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #3 --  6,738 (- 5.1%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
07/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
----------------
Since #1:   ???%
+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2004: Scooby-Doo #86                -- 5,336
07/2009: Scooby-Doo #146               -- 4,110
07/2010: Scooby-Doo #158               -- 4,147
07/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #11 -- 4,791
07/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #23 -- 4,934
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07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

For the second month in a row, Diamond only released the top 300 and not the top 400. For purposes of the summary charts below I'll be using either the sales of the #302 book (6,594) or the sales of the most recently previously known issue, whichever is less.

Because of a fairly strong month sales-wise and a greater amount of product in the market overall in July, the cut-off this month is rather high. In addition to missing the sales data for these three titles, we likely also missed a good amount of re-order activity.

--

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

DC COMICS
07/2004: 30,542
07/2009: 30,905
07/2010: 25,841
07/2011: 26,138
07/2012: 33,837
---------------
07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 33,189 (+  4.5%)**
07/2014: 32,778 (-  1.2%)**
-----------------
6 months: + 17.6%
1 year  : -  4.7%
2 years : -  3.1%
5 years : +  6.1%
10 years: +  7.3%

DC UNIVERSE
07/2004: 34,975
07/2009: 41,218
07/2010: 35,372
07/2011: 28,586
07/2012: 38,502
---------------
07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,799 (-  4.5%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 23.2%
1 year  : + 11.7%
2 years : +  6.0%
5 years : -  1.0%
10 years: + 16.7%

VERTIGO
07/2004: 18,107
07/2009: 11,055
07/2010:  9,515
07/2011: 10,784
07/2012: 11,589
---------------
07/2013: 16,099 (-  7.3%)
08/2013: 14,130 (- 12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+  5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+ 48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 16,570 (+ 45.7%)** 
-----------------
6 months: + 44.4%
1 year  : +  2.9%
2 years : + 43.0%
5 years : + 49.9%
10 years: -  8.5%


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

+112.5% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+103.8% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 90.0% - Teen Titans
+ 78.6% - Superman
+ 37.2% - Action Comics
+ 23.5% - Batman and Robin
+ 16.8% - Wonder Woman
+ 13.7% - Flash
+ 10.0% - Earth 2
+  6.5% - Batwoman
+  6.1% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+  4.5% - Green Lantern Corps
+  4.1% - Justice League
+  0.5% - Batman
-  0.1% - Batgirl
-  0.7% - Supergirl
-  1.3% - Aquaman
-  1.4% - Green Arrow
-  2.4% - Fables
-  3.2% - Green Lantern
-  4.3% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  4.5% - Smallville Season 11
-  4.6% - Red Lanterns
-  5.0% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.3% - Harley Quinn
-  7.9% - Smallville Season 11 Special
-  8.5% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  8.9% - Fairest
-  9.4% - Swamp Thing
- 12.4% - Adventures of Superman
- 13.1% - Justice League Dark
- 13.2% - All Star Western
- 19.5% - Superboy
- 19.6% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 20.7% - Birds of Prey
- 20.8% - Batman '66
- 21.6% - Injustice
- 21.7% - Constantine
- 24.1% - Catwoman
- 25.7% - Coffin Hill
- 30.4% - Detective Comics
- 31.0% - Hinterkind
- 32.8% - Batwing
- 33.0% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 40.5% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 42.2% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 45.4% - Justice League 3000

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

+119.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 93.6% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 58.4% - Teen Titans
+ 46.6% - Superman
+ 10.2% - Action Comics
+  5.3% - Wonder Woman
+  1.7% - Flash
-  1.7% - Detective Comics
-  2.7% - Batman and Robin
-  5.2% - Batgirl
-  5.5% - Earth 2
-  5.6% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  8.5% - Fables
- 10.4% - Green Arrow
- 10.6% - Batman
- 12.7% - Batwoman
- 13.1% - Supergirl
- 15.5% - Detective Comics Annual
- 16.5% - The Wake
- 18.6% - Fairest
- 20.6% - Worlds' Finest
- 20.8% - Aquaman
- 21.8% - Smallville Season 11 Special
- 22.1% - Green Lantern Corps
- 23.4% - Catwoman
- 23.9% - Birds of Prey
- 24.3% - Green Lantern
- 24.3% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 24.7% - Smallville Season 11
- 24.7% - Injustice
- 25.0% - Swamp Thing
- 25.3% - All Star Western
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 29.9% - Superboy
- 30.5% - Batwing
- 33.7% - Red Lanterns
- 34.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 43.4% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 44.1% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 48.6% - Adventures of Superman
- 49.9% - Superman Unchained
- 53.7% - Constantine
- 64.8% - Justice League Dark
- 65.8% - Batman '66
- 70.7% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora

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

+ 75.6% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 65.8% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 65.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 15.4% - Teen Titans
+ 12.4% - Superman
+  0.5% - American Vampire
-  4.8% - Green Arrow
-  7.2% - Batman
- 11.0% - Justice League Dark
- 13.5% - Batman and Robin
- 17.4% - Batgirl
- 18.0% - Wonder Woman
- 19.2% - Fables
- 20.6% - Supergirl
- 21.3% - Detective Comics
- 23.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 26.1% - Flash
- 27.0% - The Unwritten
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 35.1% - Action Comics
- 35.9% - Red Lanterns
- 36.1% - Batman Beyond
- 37.3% - Aquaman
- 38.6% - Batwoman
- 39.9% - Green Lantern
- 43.8% - Birds of Prey
- 44.4% - Fairest
- 46.1% - Smallville Season 11
- 46.7% - Catwoman
- 46.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 47.0% - Earth 2
- 50.6% - Swamp Thing
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.8% - Superboy
- 56.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 57.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 58.2% - Batwing

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

+ 69.0% - Teen Titans
+ 59.6% - Superman
+ 50.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 49.7% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 42.1% - Batman
+ 32.8% - Tiny Titans
+ 29.0% - Action Comics
+ 24.2% - Wonder Woman
+ 14.0% - Green Arrow
+  2.7% - Detective Comics
-  8.7% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
- 31.3% - Supergirl
- 38.4% - Fables
- 56.4% - Batman and Robin
- 58.3% - Green Lantern
- 60.1% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+167.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 70.8% - Detective Comics
+ 67.6% - Batman
+ 48.1% - Aquaman
+ 43.5% - Batgirl
+ 37.9% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 33.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 26.2% - Green Lantern
+  9.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  9.5% - Action Comics
-  1.0% - Flash
-  9.3% - Smallville
- 20.3% - Teen Titans
- 21.1% - Catwoman
- 28.1% - Green Arrow
- 43.4% - Swamp Thing
- 45.0% - Fables
- 51.6% - Birds of Prey
- 55.1% - Superman

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

DCU: Average: 40,799. Median: 39,669. 

2.9 - Batman
2.2 - Justice League
2.0 - Grayson
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.7 - Superman Unchained
1.6 - Harley Quinn Comic-Con
1.6 - Batman Eternal (13)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (14)
1.5 - Superman
1.5 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Batman Eternal (15)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (16)
1.5 - Robin Rises Omega
1.5 - Batman Eternal (17)
1.4 - Batman and Robin
1.3 - Teen Titans
1.3 - Futures End (9)
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.2 - Action Comics
1.2 - New Suicide Squad
1.2 - Justice League United
1.2 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Futures End (10)
1.1 - Futures End (11)
1.1 - Detective Comics Annual
1.1 - Futures End (12)
1.0 - Futures End (13)
1.0 - Earth 2
1.0 - Flash
0.9 - Wonder Woman
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Secret Origin
0.9 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Lantern Corps
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Sinestro
0.6 - Aquaman Annual
0.6 - Batwoman
0.6 - Supergirl
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Red Lanterns Annual
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Catwoman
0.5 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.4 - Swamp Thing
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.3 - Superboy
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.3 - All Star Western
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 40,799*. Median: 39,669*

4.4 - The Sandman Overture
1.5 - The Wake
1.1 - Bodies
0.9 - American Vampire
0.8 - Fables
0.7 - Fairest
0.5 - Coffin Hill
0.4 - Vertigo Quarterly CMYK
0.4 - The Unwritten: Apocalypse
0.4 - The Royals: Masters of War
0.4 - Hinterkind
??? - FBP

Digital First & Other: Average: 14,016*. Median: 11,646*.

1.9 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Mutliverse
1.8 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (7)
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (8)
1.2 - Batman '66
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.8 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.8 - Smallville: Lantern
0.7 - Smallville Special
0.7 - Adventures of Superman
0.6 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
??? - Scribblenauts Unmasked
??? - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

The sales index number is a ratio of the title's current month sales to the average sales figure of the line to which is belongs for that month. So a sales index number of 1.0 means that a title sold very close to the sales average for that line.


The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.
Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.
If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]“). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.
Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it's a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.
Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.
Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.
** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.
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 Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my 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 is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

Comments

  1. Thanks. Good readin’ as always. :)
    But argh, wrap text feature seems to disappear halfway thru the report…

  2. Glenn Simpson says:

    Regarding Futures’ End, I would speculate that the “Elseworlds” nature of it – taking place entirely in a future we will never reach – has put a damper on it that the new Earth 2 weekly will not suffer from. EXCEPT that I think there may be some mis-communications leading some readers to think that Worlds’ End is also taking place in the future or some such.

  3. The formatting is bugged. The Beat only uses a tiny, tiny strip of the screen, but several entries here ignore that and goes beyond it… to where we can’t read it.

    Also, out of 97 shipped books from DC, only 3 shows growth (though some missed the 300 cutoff mark). But the 3 books increasing are:

    06/2014: Justice League #31 — 75,803 (- 2.1%)
    07/2014: Justice League #32 — 88,179 (+ 16.3%) [delayed bombshell]

    06/2014: Supergirl #32 — 22,481 (- 1.3%)
    07/2014: Supergirl #33 — 22,802 (+ 1.4%) [Crossover finale, but that’s never really increased sales before has it…?]

    06/2014: Batman Beyond: Universe #11 — 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
    07/2014: Batman Beyond: Universe #12 — 14,419 (+ 2.5%) [Seems like genuine increased interest and sales!]

  4. Oops, looks like I dropped a tag which has messed up the formatting; I’ve let Heidi know and hopefully she’ll be able to fix it soon… Sorry ’bout that!

  5. It seems as though American Vampire Second Cycle has been shifted to bi-monthly, based on the recent solicitations.
    Really bummed to see STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES start so low. A great book!

  6. RELAX! I FIXED IT!

  7. Suzene says:

    *sigh*
    I hope Hinterkind gets a relaunch or something, but I won’t hold my breath.

  8. Mo Walker says:

    Looking at The Unwritten’s numbers makes me glad the series is heading into the homestretch. Hopefully DC/Vertigo will stay true and publish the title until issue twelve drops.

  9. tom_o says:

    Wow, can’t believe Swamp Thing is falling so badly. I can believe Infinity Man and Forever People have such bad numbers based on how books like this have been selling for DC. But bummed by both of these. 2 of my favorites by DC right now.

  10. Dan Ahn says:

    “Harley Quinn has pretty much become cemented as DC’s publishing version of Deadpool; let’s see if they follow Marvel’s lead and overexpose her with multiple series and specials and burn out interest”

    Deadpool is Marvel Comic’s second biggest solo character next to Spider-Man. Sales of the core title and spin-off mini-series over the past couple years bear this out. I think that 4-5 years ago Marvel were indeed publishing too much Deadpool, but that hardly “burned out interest”, lol.

  11. TotalSnorefest says:

    Is Deadpool interest really burning out? The Marvel column is always calling it a success haha! :)
    Does anyone know why Diamond is now no longer releasing the top 400, but went back to 300? I quite liked knowing how some indies were doing in particular…

  12. Oof, stinks about GI Zombie. It’s really cool! I wonder if it came out under Image if it’d be appealing to a different set of people and be more likely to stick around??? It’s essentially creator-owned in how it’s approached, except for the rights, no?? Maybe Jimmy can elaborate on what market they’re going for with the title.

    Really cool to see Harley stay up there. Batman Eteranl is a pretty good story, and deserving of the weekly format, IMO. Not so sure about Future’s End or the upcoming Earth 2. DOn’t know where they expect people to buy all this stuff!!!

    I hope Batwoman sticks around. I personally love the places Andreyko has gone, and think Kate made a very selfless choice in the latest issue.

  13. Skottie says:

    The lack of interest in Future’s End seems to be more about the fact it features a good number of characters who were all in previously canceled New52 titles. These are characters people voted with their wallets AGAINST. They’re not eager to read about them again.

  14. Skottie says:

    I think DC’s doing it wrong with three weekly series.

    All their past weekly efforts have been linchpin series that guided their entire publishing line, so in effect they were essential buys for fans of DC as a whole.

    Batman Eternal clearly isn’t necessary for the DCU as a whole, and doesn’t even seem to matter much outside of Snyder’s title. If anything, it seems to be a companion to the Batman title.

    Future’s End might guide the DCU as a whole, but it wasn’t really promoted that way, and its current connections and implications are not at all obvious.

    And an Earth 2 title? No.

    More so than ever, DC is competing against itself for reader investment.

  15. Michael P says:

    Some days you just can’t get rid of a Bat-Bomb. (Sorry.)

  16. shagamu says:

    While Hinterkind hasn’t been solicited past issue #12, Edelweiss’s catalog is listing a third TPB collecting issues #13-18:

    http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/ProductDetailPage.aspx?sequence=94&group=catalog&mailingID=0&mailingGroupID=0&catalogID=469426&org=&sku=1401254357

    I wonder if Vertigo decided to cancel the book sooner than originally planned due to low sales.

  17. @shagamu: Or they’re just taking a month off between story arcs, which is something that Vertigo has been doing recently. I guess we’ll know which it likely is when the December solicits are released…

  18. To answer the question from Chris, we were looking to aim it at the war comics genre mixed with horror, but there was no push for it , so it came out pretty cold. we are hoping to gain readers best we can along the way since DC has committed for a bit, so we shall see. As usual, Justin and I are taking this is a different direction that most thought and it might not be what people want in the end, but the people that have read it are liking it. We shall see.

  19. Random thoughts:

    1) Relaunches. Well, they’re working out pretty well for Marvel, it was only a matter of time before DC jumped into those waters. Looks like they’re stepping their toe in the shallow side first, as opposed to cannonballing into the deep end as Marvel’s done. From the positive numbers on New Suicide Squad and Teen Titans, looks like DC will soon venture out into deeper relaunch waters.

    2) Speaking of realunches, am I the only one here who feels that DC cost itself serious coin by not relaunching Superman with a new #1 issue once John Romita Jr came aboard? In my opinion, Superman #1 with JR Jr would have sold anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 more copies than that same issue marked #32.

    3)If it was sad to see the numbers of Infinity Man & Forever People, it’s downright depressing to see the numbers for Star-Spangled War Stories. It’s a fine book, I enjoyed #1 and am looking to see where this story goes, but as I’ve been saying for years: When a book is thrown out there cold with ZERO promotion from the publishing company, sales like this are what you’re going to get. So come on, folks, give this book a chance, you won’t regret it. Hell, most of you are supporting what seems to be 50 Bat books every month, find a little room for this hidden gem.

    4) Low sales on SSWS and IM&FP could be a numbers game. DC publishes two, soon to be three weekly comic books. That’s 12 issues every months—15 if that month has 5 Wednesdays. Most of us are on some kind of budget these days, and only have room for X amount of comics. With folks being tied up with the weeklies, it makes it harder for new titles/concepts to get a chance. That’s sad, but a sad reality of comic books today. That’s really sad when you think about all the quality books out there (and there’s really a lot more than you think).

    Thanks for reading this.

  20. Glenn Simpson says:

    @rob e – all good thoughts.

    You are probably right about the Superman relaunch, although I have mixed emotions about DC getting into all that.

    I rather have a notion that a comic with a viable concept that is well executed ought to be able to at least survive on the sales it gets from people who read the solicits every month, without requiring a ton of other promotion, but I’m not married to that idea.

    I would suggest that DC’s weekly books aren’t what is preventing the smaller books from succeeding. Rather, the smaller books not succeeding is what led DC to doing more weekly books. At least, in terms of a chicken and egg scenario.

  21. Skottie says:

    “we were looking to aim it at the war comics genre”

    There is no war comics genre, Jimmy. This isn’t the 1940s.

  22. I am so upset Soule is finishing up a DC. He has been their best writer of late. Swamp Thing is by far my favourite title every month. And the art on it is just amazing. I’m guessing he will stay on till its cancelled, what with it being under 20k already. Let hope there is at least another 6 months of issues!! :)

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