Indie Month-to-Month Sales August 2010

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Buffy regains the top spot this month, though with the lowest numbers for the series since Season eight began. Meanwhile the top launches this month were a one dollar issue of Dungeons and Dragons from IDW, a The Boys spinoff from Dynamite, Magnus Robot Fighter from Dark Horse, and Invincible spinoff Guarding the Globe.

Image grabbed the top “indie” publisher spot this month with 5.42% of the dollar share (the highest for any indie publisher since 2008, reflecting a slow month for Marvel and DC rather than anything else) and 4.24% of the unit share, Dark Horse had 4.63% of the dollar share and 4.23% of the unit share, while IDW had 4.38% of the dollar share and 3.77% of the unit share.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

40. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 

08/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17 - 79,307
08/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #27 - 53,403

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09/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 - 52,303 (-2.1%)
10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236 (-4.0%)
11/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #30 - 49,155 (-2.2%)
12/2009: BTVS Willow One Shot - 45,136 (-8.2%)
01/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31 - 47,013 (+4.2%)
02/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32 - 47,975 (+2.0)
03/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33 - 46,568 (-2.9%)
04/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #34 - 45,909 (-1.4%)
05/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #35 - 45,446(-1.1%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Riley One Shot - 38,119 (-16.1%)
                                6 month (-20.5%)
                                1 year (-28.6%)
                                2 year (-51.9%)

The final arc of season eight started in September.

65. Image United (Image) 

11/2009: Image United #1 - 42,866
12/2009: Image United #2 - 27,469 (-35.9%) [31,110]
01/2010: -
02/2010: Image United #0 - 15,452 (-50.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Image United #3 - 27,314 (+76.8%)

Originally due out in January this incredibly late issue features at least six covers. Up next is supposed to be an Interlude issue, but there doesn’t seem to be any word on its release date.

72, 256. The Walking Dead (Image) 

08/2005: The Walking Dead #21 - 17,668
08/2006: The Walking Dead #30 - 20,540
08/2007: The Walking Dead #40 - 22,989
08/2008: The Walking Dead #51 - 23,121
08/2009: The Walking Dead #64 - 24,393

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09/2009: The Walking Dead #65 - 24,892 (+2.0%)
10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944 (+0.2%)
11/2009: The Walking Dead #67 - 24,666 (-1.1%)
12/2009: The Walking Dead #68 - 24,230 (-1.8%)
01/2010: The Walking Dead #69 - 23,695 (-2.2)
02/2010: The Walking Dead #70 - 23,999 (+1.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: The Walking Dead #71 - 24,567 (+2.4%)
05/2010: The Walking Dead #72 - 25,182 (+2.5%)
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 (+1.8%)
07/2010: The Walking Dead #74 - 25,468 (-0.7%)
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 - 28,667 [33,079] (+29.9%)
08/2010: The Walking Dead #76 - 26,553 (-19.7%)
                               6 month (+10.6%)
                               1 year (+8.9%)
                               2 year (+14.8%)
                               3 year (+15.5%)
                               4 year (+29.3%)
                               5 year (+50.3%)

Issue 75 had reorders of 4,412, which are included in the square brackets. The TV series is coming soon, and there’s also the fact that all of the issues are now for sale online, and new issues will be for sale at the same time both in print and digitally. Will this have any effect? We’ll have to wait and see.

74. True Blood (IDW)

07/2010: True Blood #1 - 30,296 [38,062]
08/2010: True Blood #2 - 26,419 (-30.6%)

Issue one showed up at number 180, selling another 7,766 copies, making the drop seem worse than it really is.

86. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW) 
08/2008: World of Dungeons and Dragons #3 (Devil’s Due) - 4,972
08/2009: -
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08/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #0 - 23,657
					2 year (+375.8%)

This only cost $1, while the Devil’s Due issue cost $5.50. We’ll have to wait and see how the full priced series will do.

95. The Boys (Dynamite) 

08/2006: The Boys #1 (DC) - 31,636
08/2007: The Boys #9 - 32,570
08/2008: The Boys #21 - 27,523
08/2009: The Boys #33 - 24,684

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09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502 (-0.7%)
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841 (+1.4%)
11/2009: The Boys #36 - 23,471 (-5.5%)
12/2009: The Boys #37 - 24,025 (+2.4%)
01/2010: The Boys #38 - 22,203 (-7.6%)
02/2010: The Boys #39 - 21,905 (-1.3%)
03/2010: The Boys #40 - 22,022 (+0.5%)
04/2010: The Boys #41 - 21,552 (-2.1%)
05/2010: The Boys #42 - 21,479 (-0.3%)
06/2010: The Boys #43 - 21,390 (-0.4%)
07/2010: The Boys #44 - 21,270 (-0.6%)
08/2010: The Boys #45 - 21,041 (-1.1%)
                               6 month (-3.9%)
                               1 year (-14.8%)
                               2 year (-23.6%)
                               3 year (-35.4%)
                               4 year (-33.5%)

Business as usual. All issues since 43 have cost $3.99, to absolutely no change in sales at all.

96. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse) 

08/2007: Star Wars Legacy #15 - 31,539
08/2008: Star Wars Legacy #27 - 28,549
08/2009: Star Wars Legacy #39 - 22,888

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09/2009: Star Wars Legacy #40 - 22,555 (-1.5%)
10/2009: Star Wars Legacy #41 - 22,109 (-2.0%)
11/2009: Star Wars Legacy #42 - 21,659 (-2.0%)
12/2009: Star Wars Legacy #43 - 20,983 (-3.1%)
01/2010: Star Wars Legacy #44 - 20,341 (-3.1%)
02/2010: Star Wars Legacy #45 - 20,100 (-1.2%)
03/2010: Star Wars Legacy #46 - 19,790 (-1.5%)
04/2010: Star Wars Legacy #47 - 20,022 (+1.2%)
05/2010: Star Wars Legacy #48 - 19,954 (-0.3%)
06/2010: Star Wars Legacy #49 - 19,911 (-0.2%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Star Wars Legacy #50 - 20,666 (+3.8%)
                               6 month (+2.8%)
                               1 year (-9.7%)
                               2 year (-27.6%)
                               3 year (-34.5%)

Final issue.

103. Hellboy (Dark Horse) 

08/2007: Darkness Calls #5 (of 6) – 24,743
08/2008: The Crooked Man #2 (of 3) - 25,555
08/2009: The Wild Hunt #5 (of 8 ) - 20,375

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09/2009: The Wild Hunt #6 (of 8 ) - 20,146 (-1.1)
10/2009: The Wild Hunt #7 (of 8 ) - 19,414 (-3.6%)
11/2009: The Wild Hunt #8 (of 8 ) - 18,942 (-2.4%)
12/2009: Bride of Hell One Shot - 20,761 (+9.6%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: Hellboy in Mexico Or, A Drunken Blur - 22,569 (+8.7%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: The Storm #1 - 20,404 (-9.6%)
08/2010: The Storm #2 - 19,070 (-6.5%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-6.4%)
                                2 year (-25.4%)
                                3 year (-22.9%)

Diminishing returns are setting in.

104. The Boys Highland Laddie (Dynamite) 

08/2010: Highland Laddie #1 - 18,629

The final issue of Herogasm, the last The Boys miniseries, sold 21,125 copies. However, it only cost $2.99, while this one is $3.99.

108. Magnus Robot Fighter (Dark Horse) 
08/2010: Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 17,729

The first issue of this miniseries was 56 pages for $3.50. There are two covers.

111. Star Wars Old Republic (Dark Horse) 
07/2010: Old Republic #1 - 20,529
08/2010: Old Republic #2 - 17,384 (-15.3%)

Tie-in to the upcoming game.

114. Angel (IDW) 

08/2005: The Curse #3 (of 5) - 13,239
08/2006: Spotlight Conor One Shot - 8,101
08/2007: -
08/2008: After the Fall #11 - 44,905
08/2009: Angel #24 - 22,795

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09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815 (+4.5%)
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886 (-3.9%)
11/2009: Angel #27 - 20,731 (-9.4%)
12/2009: Angel #28 - 21,301 (+2.7%)
12/2009: Angel Annual #1 - 16,616 (-22.0%)
01/2010: Angel #29 - 20,280 (+22.5%)
02/2010: Angel #30 - 11,044 [19,394] (-4.4%)
03/2010: Angel #31 - 18,538 (-4.4%)
04/2010: Angel #32 - 17,942 (-3.2%)
05/2010: Angel #33 - 17,521 (-2.3%)
06/2010: Angel #34 - 17,467 (-0.3%)
07/2010: Angel #35 - 16,664 (-4.6%)
08/2010: Angel #36 - 16,016 (-3.9%)
                               6 month (-17.4%)
                               1 year (-29.7%)
                               2 year (-64.3%)
                               3 year (n.a.)
                               4 year (+97.7%)
                               5 year (+21.0%)

We’ve still got another eight issues before this license reverts to Dark Horse.

119. Invincible (Image) 

08/2005: Invincible #24 - 12,031
08/2006: Invincible #34 - 13,610
08/2007: Invincible #45 - 14,123
08/2008: -
08/2009: Invincible #65 - 15,621

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09/2009: Invincible #66 - 15,931 (+2.0%)
10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831 (-0.6%)
11/2009: Invincible #68 - 15,542 (-1.8%)
12/2009: Invincible #69 - 15,161 (-2.5%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Invincible #70 - 14,953 (-1.4%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Invincible Returns #1 - 19,933 (+33.3%)
04/2010: Invincible #71 - 18,996 (-4.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Invincible #72 - 15,689 (-17.4%)
06/2010: Invincible #73 - 15,340 (-2.2%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Invincible #74 - 15,735 (+2.6%)
                6 month (+5.2%)
                1 year (+0.7%)
                2 year (n.a.)
                3 year (+11.4%)
                4 year (+15.6%)
                5 year (+30.8%)

Running a few months late. If The Walking Dead is anything to go by, there will probably be a fairly big bump for the next issue.

121. Guarding the Globe (Image) 

08/2010: Guarding the Globe #1 - 15,013

Invincible spinoff co-written by Robert Kirkman.

123. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW) 

07/2010: Real American Hero #156 - 15,795
08/2010: Real American Hero #157 - 14,263 (-9.7%)

That’s a pretty good second issue drop.

127. BPRD (Dark Horse) 

08/2005: The Black Flame #1 (of 6) - 16,725
08:2006: Universal Machine #5 (of 5) - 15,655
08/2007: Killing Ground #1 (of 5) - 17,355
08/2008: The Warning #2 (of 5) - 16,729
08/2009: 1947 #2 (of 5) - 14,893

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09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810 (-0.6%)
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505 (-2.0%)
11/2009: 1947 #5 (of 5) - 13,977 (-3.6%)
12/2009: War on Frogs #4 (of 4) - 12,904 (-7.7%)
01/2010: King of Fear #1 - 14,081 (+9.1%)
02/2010: King of Fear #2 - 13,123 (-6.8%)
03/2010: King of Fear #3 - 12,874 (-1.9%)
04/2010: King of Fear #4 - 12,480 (-3.1%)
05/2010: King of Fear #5 - 12,519 (+0.3%)
06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805  (-9.3%)
08/2010: Hell on Earth New World #1 - 13,563 (+14.9%)
                               6 month (+33.5%)
                               1 year (-8.9%)
                               2 year (-18.9%)
                               3 year (-21.8%)
                               4 year (-13.4%)
				5 year (-18.9%)

Diminishing returns here as well. The new direction doesn’t seem to have grabbed people.

134. Last Phantom (Dynamite) 

08/2005: Phantom #8  (Moonstone) - 3,499
08/2006: -
08/2007: Phantom #18 (Moonstone) - 2,848
08/2008: -
08/2009: Phantom Ghost Who Walks #4 (Moonstone) - 2,989
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08/2010: Last Phantom #1 - 12,887
			1 year (+331.1%)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (+352.5$)
			4 year (n.a.)
			5 year (+268.3%)

I’m not listing the Phantom books from earlier this year as they don’t make the chart every month, and when they do show up there are sometimes more than one series listed so I’m not sure which to use as a comparison. Needless to say, this is a big increase, but despite having a still popular series in Australia I’m really not sure how much interest there is in America.

136. Chew (Image) 

08/2009: Chew #3 - 13,762

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09/2009: Chew #4 - 12,294 (-10.7%)
10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
11/2009: Chew #6 - 13,139 (-2.7%)
12/2009: Chew #7 - 12,902 (-1.8%)
01/2010: Chew #8 - 12,727 (-1.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Chew #9 - 12,866 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Chew #10 - 13,335 (+3.6%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204 (-1.0%)
07/2010: Chew #12 - 13,011 (-1.5%)
08/2010: Chew #13 - 12,756 (-2.0%)
                6 month (n.a.)
                1 year (-7.3%)

Still doing quite well, though sales of the first collection have dropped off somewhat.

137. GI Joe (IDW) 

08/2005: GI Joe: America’s Elite #2 (Devil’s Due) - 22,130
08/2006: GI Joe: America’s Elite #14 (Devil’s Due) - 17,315
08/2007: GI Joe: America’s Elite #26 (Devils Due) - 15,354
08/2008: -
08/2009: GI Joe #8 – 18,750
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09/2009: GI Joe #9 – 17,436 (-7.0%)
10/2009: GI Joe #10 – 16,264 (-6.7%)
11/2009: GI Joe #11 – 15,527 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #12 – 14,824 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #13 – 15,759 (+6.3%)
01/2010: GI Joe #14 – 14,030 (-11.0%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: GI Joe #15 – 13,607 (-3.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe #16 – 13,288 (-2.3%)
04/2010: GI Joe #17 – 13,129 (-1.2%)
05/2010: GI Joe #18 – 12,776 (-2.7%)
06/2010: GI Joe #19 – 12,849 (+0.6%)
07/2010: GI Joe #20 - 12,599 (-1.9%)
08/2010: GI Joe #21 - 12,264 (-2.7%)
                               6 month (n.a.)
                               1 year (-34.6%)
                               2 year (n.a.)
                               3 year (-20.1%)
                               4 year (-29.2%)
                               5 year (-44.6%) 

Standard drop.

139. Irredeemable (Boom) 

08/2009: Irredeemable #5 - ???

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09/2009: Irredeemable #6 - 14,128 (???)
10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Irredeemable #8 - 13,688 (-4.2%)
12/2009: Irredeemable #9 - 13,515 (-1.3%)
01/2010: Irredeemable #10 - 13,106 (-3.0%)
02/2010: Irredeemable #11 - 12,912 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Irredeemable #12 - 13,058 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Irredeemable Special #1 - 12,411 (-5.0%)
05/2010: Irredeemable #13 - 12,784 (+3.0)
06/2010: Irredeemable #14 - 12,608 (-1.4%)
07/2010: Irredeemable #15 - 12,442 (-1.3%)
08/2010: Irredeemable #16 - 12,106 (-2.7%)
                               6 month (-6.2%)
                               1 year (???)

Issue 5 was the 99cent issue, so we don’t have numbers for it.

140. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 
08/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #1 - 12,099

This is a comic book sequel to a novel written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. Not set in the Hellboy universe as far as I can tell.

141. Transformers Ongoing (IDW) 

08/2008: All Hail Megatron #2 - 13,363
08/2009: All Hail Megatron #14 - 11,736

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09/2009: All Hail Megatron #15 - 11,634 (-0.9%)
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
11/2009: Transformers Ongoing #1 - 15,220 (+34.9%)
12/2009: Transformers Ongoing #2 - 12,516 (-17.8%)
01/2010: Transformers Ongoing #3 - 12,609 (+0.7%)
02/2010: Transformers Ongoing #4 - 12,221 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Transformers Ongoing #5 - 11,994 (-1.9%)
04/2010: Transformers Ongoing #6 - 12,171 (+1.5%)
05/2010: Transformers Ongoing #7 - 11,932 (-2.0%)
06/2010: Transformers Ongoing #8 - 12,360 (+3.6%)
07/2010: Transformers Ongoing #9 - 12,369 (+0.1%)
08/2010: Transformers Ongoing #10 - 11,951 (-3.4%)
                               6 month (-2.2%)
                               1 year (+1.8%)
				2 year (-10.6%)

Sticking to the 12,000 mark.

145. Supergod (Avatar) 

11/2009: Supergod #1 - 14,245
12/2009: Supergod #2 - 11,398 (-20.0%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Supergod #3 - 10,695 (-6.2%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Supergod #4 - 11,134 (+4.1%)

Sales go up, presumably due to advance reorders.

150, 173. Witchblade (Image) 

08/2005: Witchblade #88 - 16,055
08/2006: -
08/2007: -
08/2008: -
08/2009: Witchblade #129 - 13,324

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09/2009: Witchblade #130 - 15,387 (+15.5%)
10/2009: Witchblade #131 - 20,999 (+36.5%)
11/2009: Witchblade #132 - 13,207 (-37.1%)
12/2009: Witchblade #133 - 12,811 (-3.0%)
01/2010: Witchblade #134 - 12,416 (-3.1%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Witchblade #135 - 11,935 (-3.9%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Witchblade #136 - 10,649 (-10.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Witchblade #137 - 10,696 (+0.4%)
08/2010: Witchblade Due Process One Shot - 8,255 (-22.8%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-38.0%)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (n.a.)
				5 year (-48.6%)

Sales on this title have dropped quite a bit in the last year. The one shot was always going to sell less though.

151. Crossed (Avatar) 

08/2009: -

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09/2009: -
10/2009: Crossed #7 - 14,238 (+6.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Crossed #8 - 12,757 (-10.4%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Crossed #9 - 12,374 (-3.0%)
04/2010: Crossed Family Values #1 - 10,704 (-13.5%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Crossed Family Values #2 - 10,165 (-5.0%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Crossed Family Values #3 - 10,317 (+1.5%)
                6 month (n.a.)
		1 year (n.a.) 

Looks like a good sign for this sequel miniseries.

152. GI Joe Origins (IDW) 

08/2009: GI Joe Origins #6 - 15,898

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09/2009: GI Joe Origins #7 - 14,753 (-7.2%)
10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961 (+1.4%)
11/2009: GI Joe Origins #9 - 12,955 (-13.4%)
12/2009: GI Joe Origins #10 - 12,295 (-5.1%)
01/2010: GI Joe Origins #11 - 11,726 (-4.6%)
02/2010: GI Joe Origins #12 - 12,312 (+5.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe Origins #13 - 11,043 (-10.3%)
04/2010: GI Joe Origins #14 - 10,811 (-2.1%)
05/2010: GI Joe Origins #15 - 10,650 (-1.5%)
06/2010: GI Joe Origins #16 - 10,643 (-0.1%)
07/2010: GI Joe Origins #17 - 10,215 (-4.0%)
08/2010: GI Joe Origins #18 - 10,074 (-1.4%)
                                6 month (-18.2%)
                                1 year (-36.6%)

Standard drop.

156. Project Superpowers (Dynamite) 

08/2009: Chapter Two #2 - 17,377

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09/2009: Chapter Two #3 - 15,717 (-9.6%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Chapter Two #4 - 14,980 (-3.2%)
12/2009: Chapter Two #5 - 12,794 (-14.6%)
01/2010: Chapter Two #6 - 11,923 (-6.8%)
02/2010: Chapter Two #7 - 21,688 (+81.9%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Chapter Two #8 - 10,724 (-50.6%)
05/2010: Chapter Two #9 - 10,132 (-5.5%)
06/2010: Chapter Two #10 - 9,892 (-2.4%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Chapter Two #11 -   9,772 (-1.2%)
                               6 month (-54.9%)
                               1 year (-43.7%)

Well the drops have finally gotten smaller, but that one year comparison is pretty brutal. Issue 12 will be the final issue.

157. Star Wars: Blood Ties (Dark Horse) 

08/2010: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #1 - 9,769

Shipped the last week of the month, so it’s possible it shipped late to some stores who didn’t get it until September. If not this must be the lowest a Star Wars title has sold in ages.

158. Locke & Key (IDW) 

08/2009: -

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09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Crown of Shadows #1 - 9,952 (+12.0%)
12/2009: Crown of Shadows #2 - 7,707 (-22.6%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Crown of Shadows #3 - 3,690 [7,550] (-2.0%)
03/2010: Crown of Shadows #4 - 7,010 (-7.2%)
04/2010: Crown of Shadows #5 - 6,818 (-2.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Crown of Shadows #6 - 6,931 (+1.7%)
08/2010: Keys to the Kingdom #1 - 9,429 (+36.0%)
					6 month (+24.5%)
					1 year (n.a.)

A big bounce for a new issue one. I believe this to be the first part of Act Two.

159. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW) 


01/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #1 - 12,062 (-27.9%)
02/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #2 - 11,121 (-7.8%)
03/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #3 - 10,562 (-5.0%)
04/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #4 - 10,384 (-1.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #5 - 10,136 (-2.4%)
07/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #6 - 9,726 (-4.0%)
08/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #7 - 9,387 (-3.5%)
                6 month (-15.6%)

These drops are going to need to get smaller if this is going to stick around long term.

161, 163, 175, 184, 186, 215. 1 for $1 (Dark Horse) 

08/2010: Hellboy: Seed of Destruction - 9,291
08/2010: Sin City: Hard Goodbye - 9,012
08/2010: The Goon - 8,213
08/2010: Conan - 7,602
08/2010: Aliens vs. Predator - 7,485
08/2010: Usagi Yojimbo - 6,194

I’m a little surprised the Sin City issue sold so well, the rest are about what you’d expect based upon sales of other $1 issues.

166. Kato Origins (Dynamite) 

04/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #1 - 13,172
05/2010: -
06/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #2 - 10,668 (-19.0%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #3 - 8,689 (-18.5%)

Best selling Green Hornet title of the month, though mostly just because lots of them didn’t ship.

167. Morning Glories (Image)

08/2010: Morning Glories #1 - 8,687

Sold out, a second printing was available in September.

170. Green Hornet Parallel Lives (Dynamite) 

06/2010: Parallel Lives #1 - 10,322
07/2010: -
08/2010: Parallel Lives #2 -   8,377 (-18.8%)

This one is apparently based on the movie continuity.

172. Comic Book Guy (Bongo) 
07/2010: Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #1 - 9,993
08/2010: Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #2 - 8,294 (-17.0%)

The death of Comic Book Guy!

176. Transformers Ironhide (IDW) 

05/2010: Ironhide #1 - 9,019
06/2010: Ironhide #2 - 8,546 (-5.2%)
07/2010: Ironhide #3 - 8,300 (-2.9%)
08/2010: Ironhide #4 - 8,013 (-3.5%)

Standard drop.

178, 204. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie) 

08/2005: Sonic #152 - 8,426
08/2006: Sonic #165 - 7,544
08/2007: Sonic #178 - 7,311
08/2008: Sonic #191 - 7,106
08/2009: Sonic #203 - 8,166

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09/2009: Sonic #204 - 8,171 (0%)
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Sonic #206 - 8,353 (+1.1%)
12/2009: Sonic #207 - 8,198 (-1.9%)
01/2010: Sonic #208 - 8,006 (-2.3%)
02/2010: Sonic #209 - 7,819 (-2.3%)
03/2010: Sonic #210 - 7,925 (+1.4%)
03/2010: Sonic #211 - 7,786 (-1.8%)
04/2010: Sonic #212 - 7,973 (+2.4%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Sonic #213 - 7,893 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Sonic #214 - 7,936 (+0.5%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Sonic #215 - 6,494 (-18.2%)
08/2010: Sonic #216 - 7,976 (+22.8%)
                6 month (+2.0%)
                1 year (-2.3%)
                2 year (+12.2%)
                3 year (+9.1%)
                4 year (+5.7%)
                5 year (-5.3%)

Two issues this month. I’m guessing some shops got issue 215 in July, which is why the number there is fairly low.

179. Hack Slash (Image) 

08/2007: Hack Slash #4 (Devil’s Due) - 6,149
08/2008: Hack Slash #15 (Devil’s Due) - 6,806
08/2009: Hack Slash #25 (Devil’s Due) - 5,326

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09/2009: Hack Slash #26 (Devil’s Due) - 5,400 (+1.4%)
10/2009: Hack Slash #27 (Devil’s Due) - 6,005 (+11.2%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Hack Slash #28 (Devil’s Due) - 6,260  (+4.2%)
01/2010: Hack Slash #29 (Devil’s Due) - 5,935 (-5.2%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Hack Slash #30 (Devil’s Due) - 5,647  (-4.9%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #31 (Devil’s Due) - 5,566 (-1.4%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #32 (Devil’s Due) - 5,344  (-4.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #1 - 9,270 (+66.5%)
07/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #2 - 7,803 (-15.8%)
08/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #3 - 7,881 (+1.0%)

                6 month (n.a.)
                1 year (+48.0%)
                2 year (+15.8%)
                3 year (+28.2%)

Sales go up! Moving to Image has definitely benefited this title.

183. Tales From Wonderland(Zenescope)

06/2010: White Knight - 7,748
07/2010: -
08/2010: Rose Red - 7,624 (-1.6%)

I don’t think I’ve missed any of these.

185. Buzzard (Dark Horse) 

06/2010: Buzzard #1 - 10,888
07/2010: Buzzard #2 - 7,506 (-31.1%)
08/2010: Buzzard #3 - 7,595 (+1.2%)

Final issue of the Goon spinoff.

187. Simpsons Comics (Bongo) 

08/2005: Simpsons Comics #109 - 11,267
08/2006: Simpsons Comics #121 - 10,347
08/2007: Simpsons Comics #133 - 9,366
08/2008: Simpsons Comics #145 - 8,867
08/2009: Simpsons Comics #157 - 7,565

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09/2009: Simpsons Comics #158 - 7,782 (+2.9%)
10/2009: Simpsons Comics #159 - 7,645 (-1.8%)
11/2009: Simpsons Comics #160 - 7,618 (-0.4%)
12/2009: Simpsons Comics #161 - 7,414 (-2.7%)
01/2010: Simpsons Comics #162 - 7,227 (-2.5%)
02/2010: Simpsons Comics #163 - 7,507 (+3.9%)
03/2010: Simpsons Comics #164 - 7,351 (-2.1%)
04/2010: Simpsons Comics #165 - 7,228 (-1.7%)
05/2010: Simpsons Comics #166 - 7,161 (-0.9%)
06/2010: Simpsons Comics #167 - 7,477 (+4.4%)
07/2010: Simpsons Comics #168 - 7,569 (+1.2%)
08/2010: Simpsons Comics #169 - 7,396 (-2.3%)
                                6 month (-1.5%)
                                1 year (-2.2%)
                                2 year (-16.6%)
                                3 year (-21.0%)
                                4 year (-28.5%)
                                5 year (-34.4%)

The one year comparison is pretty good.

188. Lone Ranger (Dynamite) 

08/2008: Lone Ranger #12 - 12,907
08/2009: -

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09/2009: Lone Ranger #18 - 9,771 (-6.6%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Lone Ranger #19 - 9,519 (-2.6%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: Lone Ranger #20 - 8,306 (-12.7%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Lone Ranger #21 - 7,960 (-4.2%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Lone Ranger #22 - 7,786 (-2.2%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Lone Ranger #23 - 7,381(-5.2%)
				6 month (-11.1%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-42.8%)

Issue 25 is apparently the final issue.

190. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Inferno (Zenescope) 
05/2010: Inferno #1 - 8,170
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Inferno #2 - 7,164 (-12.3%)

Five issue miniseries, running late. This comic sounds kind of unpleasant.

191. Jurassic Park (IDW) 

06/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #1 - 8,941
07/2010: -
08/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #2 - 7,113 (-20.4%)

Another late running miniseries.

192. The Black Terror (Dynamite) 

08/2009: -

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09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: The Black Terror #5 - 12,048 (-25.0)
12/2009: The Black Terror #6 - 9,545 (-20.8%)
01/2010: The Black Terror #7 - 8,705 (-8.8%)
02/2010: The Black Terror #8 - 7,991 (-8.2%)
03/2010: The Black Terror #9 – 7,668 (-4.0%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: The Black Terror #10 - 7,352 (-4.1%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: The Black Terror #11 - 7,003 (-4.7%)
                                6 month (-12.4%)
                                1 year (n.a.) 

I had forgotten this was coming out. Issue 14 appears to mark the end of the series.

195. Sonic Universe (Archie) 

08/2009: Sonic Universe #7 - 6,873

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09/2009: Sonic Universe #8 - 6,924 (+0.7%)
10/2009: Sonic Universe #9 - 7,083 (+2.3%)
11/2009: Sonic Universe #10 - 6,955 (-1.8%)
12/2009: Sonic Universe #11 - 6,697 (-3.7%)
01/2010: Sonic Universe #12 - 6,703 (+0.0%)
02/2010: Sonic Universe #13 - 6,569 (-2.0%)
03/2010: Sonic Universe #14 - 6,617 (+0.7%)
04/2010: Sonic Universe #15 - 6,488 (-1.9%)
05/2010: Sonic Universe #16 - 6,406 (-1.3%)
06/2010: Sonic Universe #17 - 6,717 (+4.9%)
07/2010: Sonic Universe #18 - 6,843 (+1.9%)
08/2010: Sonic Universe #19 - 6,814 (-0.4%)
				6 month (+3.7%)
				1 year (-0.9%)

The secondary Sonic the Hedgehog title. Issue 17 started a story arc about Tails.

198. Transformers Nefarious (IDW) 

03/2010: Nefarious #1 - 8,810
04/2010: Nefarious #2 - 8,002 (-9.2%)
05/2010: Nefarious #3 - 7,354 (-8.1%)
06/2010: Nefarious #4 - 7,194 (-2.2%)
07/2010: Nefarious #5 - 6,908 (-4.0%)
08/2010: Nefarious #6 - 6,700 (-3.0%) 

Standard drop.

203. Nancy in Hell (Image) 
08/2010: Nancy in Hell #1 - 6,497

Not about the Ernie Bushmiller character. It’s drawn by Juan Jose Ryp, who is no longer an Avatar exclusive artist.

205. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW) 

08/2009: Doctor Who #2 - 8,908

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09/2009: Doctor Who #3 - 8,711 (-2.2%)
10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354 (-4.1%)
11/2009: Doctor Who #5 - 7,958 (-4.7%)
12/2009: Doctor Who #6 - 7,448 (-6.4%)
01/2010: Doctor Who #7 - 7,239 (-2.8%)
02/2010: Doctor Who #8 - 7,014 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Doctor Who #9 - 6,991 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Doctor Who #10 - 6,784 (-3.0%)
05/2010: Doctor Who #11 - 6,743 (-0.6%)
06/2010: Doctor Who #12 - 6,754 (+0.2%)
07/2010: Doctor Who #13 - 6,636 (-0.0%)
07/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2010 - 5,828 (-12.2%)
08/2010: Doctor Who #14 - 6,492 (+11.4%)

6 months (-7.4%)
1 year (-27.1%)
Issue 16 is the final of this series.

206. Darkness: Four Horsemen (Image) 
08/2010: Four Horsemen #1 - 6,447

It seems kind of weird to put out miniseries when your main title doesn’t ship every month.

207. Science Dog (Image)
08/2010: Science Dog Special #1 - 6,436

Collecting the backup stories from Invincible 25 and 50.

208. Darkwing Duck (Boom!) 

06/2010: Darkwing Duck #1 - 6,300
07/2010: Darwking Duck #2 - 5,396 (-14.3%)
08/2010: Darkwing Duck #3 - 6,355 (+17.7%)

Woah, better sales that on issue one. That was originally supposed to be a miniseries, but I can see why it was turned into an ongoing.

209. Image Firsts

08/2010: Invincible #1 -   6,285

One dollar issue.

211. Battlefields (Dynamite) 

08/2009: -

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09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: Happy Valley #1 - 7,193 (+5.3%)
01/2010: Happy Valley #2 - 6,038 (-16.1%)
02/2010: Happy Valley #3 - 5,840 (-3.3%)
03/2010: Battlefields #4 - 5,805 (-0.6%)
04/2010: Battlefields #5 - 5,582 (-3.8%)
05/2010: Battlefields #6 - 5,444 (-2.4%)
06/2010: Battlefields #7 - 5,484 (+0.7%)
07/2010: Battlefields #8 - 5,296 (-3.4%)
08/2010: Battlefields #9 - 6,233 (+17.7%)
                              6 months (+6.7%)
                              1 year (n.a.)

That increase for the final issue is incomprehensible to me.

212. Phoenix Without Ashes (IDW) 
08/2010: Phoenix Without Ashes #1 - 6,208

This is an adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s novel of the same name.

216. Dracula: Company of Monsters (Boom!) 

08/2010: Dracula: Company of Monsters #1 - 6,140

Written by Kurt Busiek.

218. Astounding Wolf-Man (Image) 

08/2009: Wolf-Man #18 - 7,411
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09/2009: -
10/2009: Wolf-Man #19 - 7,271 (-1.9%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Wolf-Man #20 - 6,897 (-5.1%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Wolf-Man #21 - 6,565 (-4.8%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Wolf-Man #22 - 6,239 (-5.0%)
05/2010: Wolf-Man #23 - 6,160 (-1.3%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Wolf-Man #24 - 6,036 (-2.0%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-18.5%)

Only one issue left.

228. Star Trek Burden of Knowledge (IDW) 

06/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #1 - 6,757
07/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #2 - 5,823 (-13.8%)
08/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #3 - 5,604 (-3.8%)

Based on the original series.

231. Savage Dragon (Image) 

08/2009: Savage Dragon #151 - 6,034

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09/2009: Savage Dragon #152 - 5,993 (-0.7%)
10/2009: Savage Dragon #153 - 6,571 (+9.6%)
11/2009: Savage Dragon #154 - 5,885 (-10.4%)
12/2009: Savage Dragon #155 - 5,736 (-2.5%)
01/2010: Savage Dragon #156 - 6,152 (+7.3%)
02/2010: Savage Dragon #157 - 5,617 (-8.7%)
03/2010: Savage Dragon #158 - 5,578 (-0.7%)
04/2010: Savage Dragon #159 - 5,359 (-3.9%)
05/2010: Savage Dragon #160 - 5,411 (+1.0%)
06/2010: Savage Dragon #161 - 5,544 (+2.5%)
07/2010: Savage Dragon #162 - 5,494 (-0.9%)
08/2010: Savage Dragon #163 - 5,447 (-0.9%)
                              6 month (-3.0%)
                              1 year (-9.7%)

Stable.

232. Zombies vs. Cheerleaders (Moonstone) 

08/2010: Zombies vs. Cheerleaders Geektacular - 5,363

Zombies still sell somewhat.

235. Locke and Key (IDW) 

08/2010: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 - 5,330

$1 edition.

239. Murderland (Image) 

08/2010: Muderland #1 - 4,941

New crime series.

244. Wolfskin (Avatar) 

04/2010: Hundredth Dream #1 - 5,322
05/2010: Hundredth Dream #2 - 4,788 (-10.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Hundredth Dream #3 - 4,251 (-11.2%)
08/2010: Hundredth Dream #4 - 4,728 (+11.2%)

                             

Avatar series semi-frequently pick up sales with later issues. Anyone with suggestions as to why?

249. Archie (Archie) 

08/2005: Archie #559 - 2,888
08/2006: Archie #568 - 2,697
08/2007: -
08/2008: Archie #588 - 2,818
08/2009: Archie #600 - 54,170 [58,408]
=====

09/2009: Archie #601 - 37,871 (-35.2%)
10/2009: Archie #602 - 28,211 (-25.5%)
11/2009: Archie #603 - 25,799 (-8.5%)
12/2009: Archie #604 - 25,058 (-2.9%)
01/2010: Archie #605 - 24,803 (-1.0%)
02/2010: Archie #606 - 15,127 (-39.0%)
03/2010: Archie #607 - 5,013 (-66.9%)
04/2010: Archie #608 - 5,224 (+4.2%)
05/2010: Archie #609 - 4,848 (-7.2%)
06/2010: Archie #610 - 5,180 (+6.8%)
07/2010: Archie #611 - 4,796 (-7.4%)
08/2010: Archie #612 - 4,530 (-5.5%)
                              6 month (-70.1%)
                              1 year (-92.2%)
                              2 year (+60.8)
                              3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (+68.0%)
				5 year (+56.9%)

Continues the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. story.

252. Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract) 

08/2008: Echo #5 - 14,047
08/2009: Echo #14 - 10,663

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09/2009: Echo #15 - 10,529 (-1.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Echo #16 - 10,234 (-2.8)
12/2009: Echo #17 - 10,282 (+0.5%)
01/2010: Echo #18 - 10,137 (-1.4%)
01/2010: Echo #19 - 4,978 [9,787] (-3.5%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Echo #20 - 9,378 (-4.2%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Echo #21 - 6,611 (-29.5%)
06/2010: Echo #22 - 9,277 (+40.3%)
07/2010: Echo #23 - 8,998 (-3.0%)
08/2010: Echo #24 - 4,486 (-50.1%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-57.9%)
				2 year (-68.1%)

The other copies will show up next month.

253. Dragon Age (IDW) 

03/2010: Dragon Age #1 - 4,987
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Dragon Age #2 - 4,760 (-4.6%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Dragon Age #3 - 4,467 (-6.2%)

Video game spinoff produced by EA Comics.

257. Incredibles (Boom!) 

08/2009: Incredibles #0 - 9,407

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09/2009: -
10/2009: Incredibles #1 - 9,471 (+0.7%)
11/2009: Incredibles #2 - 7,383 (-22.0%)
12/2010: Incredibles #3 - 6,849 (-7.2%)
01/2010: Incredibles #4 - 6,149 (-10.2%)
02/2010: Incredibles #5 - 5,502 (-10.5%)
03/2010: Incredibles #6 - 5,230 (-4.9%)
03/2010: Incredibles #7 - 4,025 (-23.0%)
04/2010: Incredibles #8 - 4,582 (+13.8%)
05/2010: Incredibles #9 - 4,288 (-6.4%)
06/2010: Incredibles #10 - ???? (????)
07/2010: Incredibles #11 - 4,324 (????)
08/2010: Incredibles #12 - 4,240 (-1.9%)
                                6 month (-22.9%)
                                1 year (-54.9%)

Issue ten failed to chart.

261. Sixth Gun (Oni) 

07/2010: Sixth Gun #1 – 4,899
07/2010: Sixth Gun #2 - 5,061 (+3.3%)
08/2010: Sixth Gun #3 - 4,105 (-18.9%)

Issue one was also a Free Comic Book Day comic.

266. Tank Girl 

08/2007: The Gifting #3 (IDW) - 8,574
08/2008: -
08/2009: -

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11/2009: Skid Marks #1 (Titan) - 4,902
12/2009: Nuggets (Image) - 5,803 (+18.4%)
01/2010: Skid Marks #2 (Titan) - 3,805 (-34.4%)
02/2010: Skid Marks #3 (Titan) - 3,253 (-14.5%)
03/2010: Royal Escape #1 (IDW) - 3,957 (+21.6%)
04/2010: Dirty Helmets (Image) - 4,303 (+8.7%)
04/2010: Royal Escape #2 (IDW) - 3,387 (-21.3%)
05/2010: Royal Escape #3 (IDW) - 3,227 (-4.7%)
06/2010: Royal Escape #4 (IDW) - ???? (????)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Hairy Heroes (Image) - 3,886 (????)
                                6 month (+19.5%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (-54.7%)

Comparing this to the first Image one shot from this year this shows how interest has declined.

268. Torchwood (Titan) 

07/2010: Torchwood #1 - 3,675 [7398]
08/2010: -

Issue one sells another 3,723 issues this month.

269. Muppet Show (Boom!) 

08/2009: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #2 (of 4) - 5,952

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09/2009: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #3 (of 4) - 5,444 (-8.5%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #4 (of 4) - 4,822 (-11.4)
12/2009: Muppet Show #0 - 6,120 (+26.9%)
01/2010: Muppet Show #1 - 6,155 (+0.6%)
02/2010: Muppet Show #2 - 4,965 (-19.3%)
03/2010: Muppet Show #3 - 4,557 (-8.2%)
04/2010: Muppet Show #4 - 4,320 (-5.2%)
05/2010: Muppet Show #5 - 4,316 (-0.0%)
06/2010: Muppet Show #6 - ???? (???)
06/2010: Muppet Show #7 - ???? (???)
07/2010: Muppet Show #8 - 3,914 (???)
08/2010: Muppet Show #9 - 3,699 (-5.5%)
                                6 month (-25.5%)
                                1 year (-37.9%)

Neither issue 6 or 7 made the chart. I believe all the Boom Disney titles are available on newsstands.

270. Uncle Scrooge (Boom!) 

08/2005: Uncle Scrooge #345 (Gemstone) - 4,794
08/2006: Uncle Scrooge #357 (Gemstone) - 4,857
08/2007: Uncle Scrooge #369 (Gemstone) – 4,525
08/2008: Uncle Scrooge #377 (Gemstone) - 4,289
08/2009: -

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10/2009: Uncle Scrooge #384 - 5,835
11/2009: Uncle Scrooge #385 - 5,232 (-10.3%)
12/2009: Uncle Scrooge #386 - 4,946 (-5.5%)
01/2010: Uncle Scrooge #387 - 4,604 (-6.9%)
02/2010: Uncle Scrooge #388 - 4,311 (-6.3%)
03/2010: Uncle Scrooge #389 - 3,906 (-9.4%)
04/2010: Uncle Scrooge #390 - 3,747 (-4.1%)
05/2010: Uncle Scrooge #391 - 3,677 (-1.9%)
06/2010: Uncle Scrooge #392 - ???? (???)
07/2010: Uncle Scrooge #393 - 3,715 (???)
08/2010: Uncle Scrooge #394 - 3,610 (-2.8%)
                                6 months (-16.3%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (-15.8%)
                                3 year (-20.2%)
                                4 year (-25.7%)
                                5 year (-24.7%)

Issue 392 failed to chart.

273. Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) 

08/2005: Usagi Yojimbo #86 - 6,228
08/2006: Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6,008
08/2007: Usagi Yojimbo #105 - 5,972
08/2008: -
08/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #122 - 5,077

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09/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #123 - 5,051 (-0.5%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #124 - 4,992 (-1.2%)
12/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #125 – 4,980 (-0.2%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #126 - 4,909 (-1.4%)
03/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #127 - 4,893 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #128 - 4,855 (-0.8%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #129 - 4,863 (+0.2%)
07/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #130 - 4,848 (-0.3%)
08/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #131 - 3,583 (-26.1%)
                6 month (-27.0)
                1 year (-29.4%)
                2 year (n.a.)
                3 year (-40.0%)
                4 year (-40.4%)
                5 year (-42.5%)

Presumably a bunch of copies got lost somewhere.

274. Strange Science Fantasy (IDW) 

07/2010: Strange Science Fantasy #1 - 4,818
08/2010: Strange Science Fantasy #2 - 3,571 (-25.9%)

Comic anthology by Scott Morse.

275. Dust Wars (Image) 

06/2010: Dust Wars #1 - 5,212
07/2010: Dust Wars #2 - 3,796 (-27.2%)
08/2010: Dust Wars #3 - 3,550 (-6.5%) 

Three issue spinoff of a strategy RPG of some kind.

277. Kill Shakespeare (IDW) 

04/2010: Kill Shakespeare #1 - 5,447
05/2010: Kill Shakespeare #2 - 3,703 (-32.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Kill Shakespeare #3 - 3,861 (+4.3%)
08/2010: Kill Shakespeare #4 - 3,495 (-9.5%)

Planned to be twelve issues.

279. Toy Story (Boom!) 

08/2009: Mysterious Stranger #4 - 4,892
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09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: Toy Story #0 - 5,052 (+3.3%)
01/2009: -
02/2010: Toy Story #1 - 4,858 (-3.8%)
03/2010: Toy Story #2 - 3,804 (-21.7%)
04/2010: Toy Story #3 - 3,382 (-11.1%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Toy Story #4 - ???? (???)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Toy Story #5 - 3,397 (???)
			6 month (-30.0%)
			1 year (-30.6%)

Issue 4 failed to chart.

281. Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories (Boom!) 

08/2005: Comics and Stories #660 (Gemstone) - 3,831
08/2006: Comics and Stories #672 (Gemstone) - 3,715
08/2007: Comics and Stories #684 (Gemstone) - 4,125
08/2008: -
08/2009: -

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10/2009: Comics and Stories #699 - 6,679
11/2009: Comics and Stories #700 - 5,634 (-15.6%)
12/2009: Comics and Stories #701 - 4,885 (-13.3%)
01/2010: Comics and Stories #702 - 4,567 (-6.5%)
02/2010: Comics and Stories #703 - 4,233 (-7.3%)
03/2010: Comics and Stories #704 - 3,917 (-7.5%)
04/2010: Comics and Stories #705 - 3,497 (-10.7%)
05/2010: Comics and Stories #706 - 3,655 (+4.5%)
06/2010: Comics and Stories #707 - ???? (???)
07/2010: Comics and Stories #708 – ???? (???)
08/2010: Comics and Stories #709 - 3,224 (???)
                                6 months (-23.8%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (-21.8%)
                                4 year (-13.2%)
                                5 year (-15.8%)

Issues 707 and 708 failed to chart.

280. Sweets (Image) 

07/2010: Sweets #1 - 4,914
08/2010: Sweets #2 -   3,288 (-33.1%)

Five issue crime miniseries set in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina.

282. Cars (Boom!) 

08/2009: -

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09/2009: Radiator Springs #1 - 5,696 (+16.8%)
10/2009: Radiator Springs #2 - 4,886 (-14.2%)
11/2009: Radiator Springs #3 - 4,447 (9.0%)
12/2009: Radiator Springs #4 - 4,020 (-9.6%)
01/2010: Cars #0 - 4,704 (+17.0%)
02/2010: Cars #1 - 4,547 (-3.3%)
03/2010: Cars #2 - ???? (???)
03/2010: Cars #3 - ???? (???)
04/2010: Cars #4 - 3,146 (???)
05/2010: Cars #5 - ???? (???)
06/2010: Cars #6 - ???? (???)
07/2010: Cars #7 - ???? (???)
08/2010: Adventures of Tow Mater #1 - 3,208 (???)
			6 month (-29.4%)
			1 year (n.a.) 

Cars may sell butt loads of merchandise, but that doesn’t seem to transfer over to direct market sales. This is sold on newsstands, so maybe it does better there.

287 The Light (Image) 

04/2010: The Light #1 - 5,100
05/2010: The Light #2 - 3,323 (-34.8%)
06/2010: The Light #3 - ???? (???)
07/2010: The Light #4 - ???? (???)
08/2010: The Light #5 - 3,132 (???)

Final issue.

289. Donald Duck and Friends (Boom!) 

08/2005: Donald Duck and Friends #331 (Gemstone) - 4,395
08/2006: Donald Duck and Friends #343 (Gemstone) - 4,598
08/2007: -
08/2008: -
08/2009: -

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11/2009: Donald Duck and Friends #347 - 5,462
12/2009: Donald Duck and Friends #348 - 4,571 (-16.3%)
01/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #349 - 4,502 (-1.5%)
01/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #350 - 3,924 (-12.8%)
02/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #351 - 3,801 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #352 - ???? (???)
04/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #353 - 3,107
05/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #354 - 3,074 (-1.1%)
06/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #355 - ???? (???)
07/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #356 - ???? (???)
08/2010: Donald Duck and Friends #357 - 3,055 (???)
                                6 month (-19.6)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (-33.6%)
                                5 year (-30.5%)

I’m a little surprised these have dropped off so much compared to the Gemstone issues.

290. Bulletproof Coffin (Image) 

06/2010: Bulletproof Coffin #1 - ????
07/2010: Bulletproof Coffin #2 - ???? (???)
08/2010: Bulletproof Coffin #3 - 3,020 (???)

Issue one sold less than 4,528 copies.

296. Doctor Who Classics (IDW) 

08/2008: Series 1 #9 - 5,666
08/2009: Series 2 #9 - 3,857
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09/2009: Series 2 #10 - ???? (???)
10/2009: Series 2 #11 - 3,726 (???)
11/2009: Series 2 #12 - 3,652 (-2.0%)
12/2009: Series 2 #13 - ???? (???)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Series 3 #1 - ???? (???)
04/2010: Series 3 #2 - ???? (???)
05/2010: Series 3 #3 - ???? (???)
06/2010: Series 3 #4 - ???? (???)
07/2010: Series 3 #5 - ???? (???)
08/2010: Series 3 #6 - 2,786 (???)
		6 month (n.a.)
		1 year (-27.8%)
		2 year (-50.8%)

I’m amused that the numbers for a series featuring a main character named after a question are filled with question marks. This is a reprint series so the economics are different than for other titles.

297. Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series (Dark Horse) 

03/2010: The Frazetta Cover Series #4 - 5,653 (-28.8%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: The Frazetta Cover Series #5 - 2,766 (-51.1%)

These costs $6.99, and are listed as “Conan Legacy Frazetta Cover” on the ICV2 list. The series exists to reprint Frazetta’s Conan covers over various Conan comics. There will be eight in total.

299. Shuddertown (Image) 

03/2010: Shuddertown #1 - 3,836
04/2010: Shuddertown #2 - ???? (???)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Shuddertown #3 - ???? (???)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Shuddertown #4 - 2,716 (???)

This is written by the same guy who did Morning Glories.

300. Lady Robotika (Image) 

07/2010: Lady Robotika #1 - 4,854
08/2010: Lady Robotika #2 - 2,646 (-45.5%) 

Final print issue. The creators apparently believe it will do better online, and I can’t blame them.
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Just a reminder, all numbers on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to the direct market. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month. These numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK. They are low.

Matthew Murray reads a lot of zines and comics, but he always wants more.

Comments

  1. Paul Nolan says:

    “These numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK. They are low.”

    I don’t think 10 – 20 % on top of us sales is “low”…

    its quite a sizeable chunk

  2. indie?

  3. Joe Lawler says:

    It’s more concise than “Anything That Isn’t Marvel or DC Month-to-Month Sales.”

  4. Low in this case means I’ve heard from some people that their comics sell better than the numbers here even when only considering North American sales.
    But I’ve also heard that if these numbers are the same as the combined UK/NA sales.
    So I don’t know.
    I also think I should have set this up to post next week. Oops!
    And yeah, “indie” means non DC/Marvel. Sometimes it’s in brackets meaning it’s not really that indie at all…

  5. Micah says:

    Re: sales of Crossed, it looks like there are 10,000 sickos out there. Solid numbers for the mini tho!

    Re: B.P.R.D. we need to wait for #2 orders to see how well it’s selling. There’s always a bump for the first issue, but the 13k in sales is flat for the last 6 months.

    Re: G.I.Joe Cobra, just a plug for an awesome book. Thanks for the number-crunchin’.

  6. Jamie Tarquini says:

    On Avatar’s increased sales per title: My guess is that because they not only have multiple covers, they also continue to put out reprints of early issues with new covers that they end up picking up new readers as the a series continues. So you can have a book like WOLFSKIN of CROSSED: FAMILY VALUES that has convention issues, and torture covers, etc… and they come out 3-4-5 months after #1 hit the stands. If that’s someone’s first taste then they end up jumping on with issue #’s 3-4 or so. Make sense?

  7. Chris Rice says:

    Avatar’s increased sales – y’know, I think this may just be that retailers consistently underorder on these books. I still speak to a lot of people who, despite their current roster of books, cannot forgive Avatar for the books they put out when they started.
    But the punters really don’t seem to care, and those books are reordered for months after they’re released…

  8. DanielT says:

    I think it’s very possible with Hellboy and BPRD that instead of diminishing returns we might be seeing more of a migration to the tpbs.

  9. ukdane says:

    It’s sad that Echo, and The Sixth Gun aren’t selling better, as they are both excellent comics.

    I would guess that Echo will sell well as tpb’s (especially as there will probably only be 6 required to collect the entire series).

    I realise that they are two very different genres, but they are just so readable.

  10. Are the other August sales charts going to come out?

  11. Snikt Snakt says:

    ” I still speak to a lot of people who, despite their current roster of books, cannot forgive Avatar for the books they put out when they started.
    But the punters really don’t seem to care, and those books are reordered for months after they’re released…”

    What type of books did they put out?

  12. stealthwise says:

    Snikt Snakt,

    Avatar first put out fairly lame “Bad girl” books when they began, although that was quite some time ago, and I can’t see a grudge being held that long when there’s dollars to be made.

  13. yes,good.i like it.

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