Indie Month-to-Month Sales Chart: October 2009

by Matthew Murray

Image had their best month in a long time with Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane’s Haunt being their bestselling title in years, plus several of their other high selling titles shipped or increased their sales. Otherwise it was pretty much business as usual.

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

28.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)

10/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 - 94,144
10/2008: -

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01/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 - 69,980 
02/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 - 67,575 (-3.4%)
03/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23 - 64,108 (-5.1%)
04/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #24 - 60,916 (-5.0%)
05/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #25 - 58,740 (-3.6%)  
06/2009: BTVS Tales of the Vampires one shot- 45,568 (-22.4)
07/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #26 - 55,393 (+21.6%)
08/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #27 - 53,403 (-3.6%)
09/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 - 52,303 (-2.1%)
10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236 (-4.0%)
				6 month (-17.5%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-46.6%)

Just manages to keep its position as the top non-Marvel/DC book this month by less than 200 copies.


29.

Haunt (Image)

10/2009: Haunt #1 - 50,078

This is the best launch from Image in a long time. No doubt down to it coming from the creators of two of Image’s best selling books. Having five different covers (including 1:10, 1:25, 1:50, and 1:100) probably didn’t hurt. Once reorders are factored in it’ll probably have sold better than Buffy.

72.

Archie (Archie)

10/2004: Archie #552 - 2,931
10/2005: Archie #561 - 2,715 
10/2006: Archie #570 - 2,685
10/2007: -
10/2008: -

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01/2009: Archie #593 – 2,318
02/2009: - 
03/2009: Archie #595 - 2,484
04/2009: - 
05/2009: Archie #597 - 2,563
06/2009: - 
07/2009: - 
08/2009: Archie #600 - 54,170 [58,408]
09/2009: Archie #601 - 37,871 (-35.2%)
10/2009: Archie #602 - 28,211(-25.5%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (+950.7%)
				4 year (+939.1%)
				5 year (+862.5%)

Another big drop. Issue 603 starts the second half of the story, where Archie marries Betty, so sales will probably jump a bit next month.

82.

The Walking Dead (Image)

10/2005: The Walking Dead #22 - 17,634
10/2006: -
10/2007: The Walking Dead #43 - 22,737
10/2008: The Walking Dead #53 - 24,094

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01/2009: The Walking Dead #57 - 23,402
02/2009: The Walking Dead #58 - 22,720 (-2.9%)
03/2009: The Walking Dead #59 - 23,257 (+2.4%)
04/2009: The Walking Dead #60 - 23,585 (+1.4%)
05/2009: The Walking Dead #61 - 23,902 (+1.3%)
06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910 (0%)
07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001 (+0.3%)
08/2009: The Walking Dead #64 - 24,393 (+1.6%)
09/2009: The Walking Dead #65 - 24,892 (+2.0%)
10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944 (+0.2%)
				6 month (+5.8%)
				1 year (+3.5%)
				2 year (+9.7%)
				3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (+41.5%)

Up up up.

84.

The Boys (Dynamite)

10/2007: The Boys #11 - 30,852
10/2008: The Boys #23 - 28,864

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01/2009: The Boys #26 - 26,802
02/2009: The Boys #27 - 25,982 (-3.1%)
03/2009: The Boys #28 - 26,328 (-1.3%)
04/2009: The Boys #29 - 26,033 (-1.1%)
05/2009: The Boys #30 - 28,365 (+9.0%)
06/2009: The Boys #31 - 25,460 (-10.0%)
07/2009: The Boys #32 - 25,231 (-0.8%)
08/2009: The Boys #33 - 24,684 (-2.1%)
09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502 (-0.7%) 
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841 (+1.4%)
				6 month (-4.6%)
				1 year (-13.9%)
				2 year (-19.5%)

A slight increase, perhaps due to the $1 version of the first issue Dynamite put out this month (see 212 on the chart). The final issue of Herogasm shipped in November.

91.

Angel (IDW)

10/2005: The Curse #5 (of 5) - 14,660
10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: After the Fall #13 - 40,838

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01/2009: After the Fall #16 - 34,801
02/2009: After the Fall #17 - 32,842 (-5.6%)
02/2009: Angel #18 - 32,061 (-2.4%)
03/2009: Angel #19 - 31,767 (-0.9%)
04/2009: Angel #20 - 30,308 (-4.6%)
05/2009: Angel #21 - 28,633 (-5.5%)
06/2009: Angel #22 - 27,496 (-4.0%)
07/2009: Angel: After the Fall – Epilogue #23 - 24,003 (-12.7%)
08/2009: Angel #24 - 22,795 (-5.0%)
09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815 (+4.5%)
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886 (-3.9%)
				6 month (-24.5%)
				1 year (-44.0%)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (+56.1%)

Slightly up from before the anniversary issue.

96.

Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

10/2006: Star Wars Legacy #4 - 34,362
10/2007: -
10/2008: Star Wars Legacy #29 - 28,469

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01/2009: Star Wars Legacy #32 - 25,814
02/2009: Star Wars Legacy #33 - 25,389 (-1.6%)
03/2009: Star Wars Legacy #34 - 25,304 (-0.3%)
04/2009: Star Wars Legacy #35 - 24,552 (-3.0%)
05/2009: Star Wars Legacy #36 - 24,166 (-1.6%)
06/2009: Star Wars Legacy #37 - 23,704 (-1.9%)
07/2009: Star Wars Legacy #38 - 23,162 (-2.3%)
08/2009: Star Wars Legacy #39 - 22,888 (-1.2%)
09/2009: Star Wars Legacy #40 - 22,555 (-1.5%)
10/2009: Star Wars Legacy #41 - 22,109 (-2.0%)
				6 month (-10.0%)
				1 year (-22.3%)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (-35.7%)

Standard drop.

103.

Witchblade (Image)

10/2005: Witchblade #90 - 15,206
10/2006: -
10/2007: Witchblade #110 - 15,531
10/2008: Witchblade #121 - 13,533

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01/2009: Witchblade #123 - 12,635
02/2009: Witchblade #124 - 12,576 (-0.5%)
03/2009: Witchblade #125 - 17,206 (+36.8%)
04/2009: Witchblade #126 - 14,039 (-18.4%)
05/2009: Witchblade #127 - 15,065 (+7.3%)
05/2009: Annual 2009 - 12,154 (-19.3%)
06/2009: Witchblade Darkness Angelus Blood on the Sands - 10,106 (-16.9%)
07/2009: Witchblade #128 - 13,427 (+32.9%)
08/2009: Witchblade #129 - 13,324 (-0.8%)
09/2009: Witchblade #130 - 15,387 (+15.5%)
10/2009: Witchblade #131 - 20,999 (+36.5%)
				6 month (+49.6%)
				1 year (+55.2%)
				2 year (+35.2%)
				3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (+38.1%)

Woah, that’s a huge jump, and while this Issue introduced a new Witchblade, and had three covers (last issue only had two), the real reason for the increase is Top Cow’s “Let us win you over” campaign where they ship free copies to selected retailers.
There’s also part two of the Image United prequel by Robert Kirkman and Whilce Portacio. However, the Image United backup didn’t seem to have any effect on the other series it appeared in as we’ll see further down the chart.

110/113.

Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Invasion #1 (of 5) - 24,548
08/2009: Invasion #2 (of 5) - 21,004 (-14.4%)
09/2009: Invasion #3 (of 5) - 19,798 (-5.7%)
10/2009: Invasion #0 - 19,714 (-0.4%)
10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138 (-3.0%)

Issue 0 was a 3.50 one shot that mostly reprinted online material.

114.

Spawn (Image)

10/2004: Spawn #139 - 30,552
10/2005: Spawn #150 - 40,152
10/2006: Spawn #161 - 25,840
10/2007: -
10/2008: Spawn #185 - 26,775

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01/2009: Spawn #188 - 21,433
02/2009: Spawn #189 - 21,079 (-1.7%)
03/2009: Spawn #190 - 21,548 (+2.2%)
04/2009: Spawn #191 - 19,805 (-8.1%)
05/2009: -
06/2009: Spawn #192 - 19,796 (0%)
07/2009: Spawn #193 - 20,293 (+2.5%)
07/2009: Spawn #194 - 18,916 (-6.8%)
08/2009: - 
09/2009: -
10/2009: Spawn #195 - 18,475 (-2.3%)
				6 month (-6.7%)
				1 year (-30.1%)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (-28.5%)
				4 year (-54.0%)
				5 year (-39.5%)

Running several months late, and dropping again. It had part four of the Image United prequel, but that didn’t do anything.

122.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (Dark Horse)

10/2006: Knights of the Old Republic #9 - 24,229
10/2007: Knights of the Old Republic #21 - 21,879
10/2008: Knights of the Old Republic #34 - 20,320

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01/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #37 - 18,767
02/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #38 - 18,540 (-1.2%)
03/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #39 - 18,169 (-2.0%)
04/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #40 - 17,889 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #41 - 17,650 (-1.3%)
06/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #42 - 17,590 (-0.3%)
07/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #43 - 17,368 (-1.3%)
08/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #44 - 17,033 (-1.9%)
09/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #45 - 16,562 (-2.8%)
10/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #46 - 16,502 (-0.4%)
				6 month (-7.8%)
				1 year (-18.8%)
				2 year (-25.6%)
				3 year (-31.9%)

Smaller than usual drop.

123.

GI Joe (IDW)

10/2005: America’s Elite #4 (Devil’s Due) - 21,398
10/2006: America’s Elite #16 (Devil’s Due) - 17,325
10/2007: America’s Elite #28 (Devil’s Due) - 15,358
10/2008: A New Beginning #0 - 40,932

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01/2009: GI Joe #1 - 32,840
02/2009: GI Joe #2 - 23,641 (-28.0%)
03/2009: GI Joe #3 - 22,902 (-31.2%)
04/2009: GI Joe #4 - 22,735 (-0.7%)
05/2009: GI Joe #5 - 21,968 (-3.4%)
06/2009: GI Joe #6 - 20,809 (-5.3%)
07/2009: GI Joe #7 - 20,319 (-2.4%)
08/2009: GI Joe #8 - 18,750 (-7.7%)
09/2009: GI Joe #9 - 17,436 (-7.0%)
10/2009: GI Joe #10 - 16,264 (-6.7%)
				6 month (-28.5%)
				1 year (-60.3%)
				2 year (+5.9%)
				3 year (-6.1%)
				4 year (-24.0%)

The drops aren’t slowing down.

126.

Invincible (Image)

10/2008: Invincible #53 - 14,178

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01/2009: Invincible #58 - 14,233 
02/2009: Invincible #59 - 13,946 (-2.0%)
03/2009: Invincible #60 - 15,777 (+13.1%)
04/2009: Invincible #61 - 15,678 (-0.6%)
05/2009: Invincible #62 - 15,113 (-3.6%)
06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226 (+0.7%)
07/2009: Invincible #64 - 15,535 (+2.0%)
08/2009: Invincible #65 - 15,621 (+0.6%)
09/2009: Invincible #66 - 15,931 (+2.0%)
10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831 (-0.6%)
				6 month (+1.0%)
				1 year (+11.7%)

One of the occasional decreases in sales for Invincible, despite including part three of the Image United crossover (do I detect a theme?).

129.

Abe Sapien (Dark Horse)

10/2009: Abe Sapien One Shot - 15,193

The last Abe Sapien miniseries (The Drowning) ended with sales of 14,872 in June of last year.

130.

GI Joe Origins (IDW)

02/2009: GI Joe Origins #1 - 21,975
03/2009: GI Joe Origins #2 - 18,361 (-16.4%)
04/2009: GI Joe Origins #3 - 18,530 (+0.9%)
05/2009: -
06/2009: GI Joe Origins #4 - 18,378 (-0.8%)
07/2009: GI Joe Origins #5 - 17,822 (-3.0%)
08/2009: GI Joe Origins #6 - 15,898 (-10.8%)
09/2009: GI Joe Origins #7 - 14,753 (-7.2%)
10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961 (+1.4%)
				6 month (-19.3%)

Larry Hama takes over as writer for a three part story about Snake Eyes.

132.

BPRD (Dark Horse)

10/2005: Black Flame #3 (of 5) - 15,828
10/2006: -
10/2007: Killing Ground #3 (of 5) - 15,885
10/2008: The Warning #4 (of 5) - 16,142

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01/2009: Black Goddess #1 (of 5) - 15,984
02/2009: Black Goddess #2 (of 5) - 15,120 (-5.4%)
03/2009: Black Goddess #3 (of 5) - 15,045 (-0.5%)
04/2009: Black Goddess #4 (of 5) - 14,543 (-3.3%)
05/2009: Black Goddess #5 (of 5) - 14,357 (-1.3%)
06/2009: War on Frogs #3 (of 4) - 13,828 (-3.7%)
07/2009: 1947 #1 (of 5) - 15,845 (+14.6%)
08/2009: 1947 #2 (of 5) - 14,893 (-6.0%) 
09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810 (-0.6%)
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505 (-2.0%)
				6 month (-0.3%))
				1 year (-10.1%)
				2 year (-8.7%)
				3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (-8.4%)

The six month comparison to issue four of the last mini shows how solid this series generally performs.

134.

Irredeemable (Boom)

04/2009: Irredeemable #1 - 13,218
05/2009: Irredeemable #2 - 9,962 (-24.6%)
06/2009: Irredeemable #3 - 12,838 (+28.9%)
07/2009: Irredeemable #4 - 13,623 (+6.1%)
08/2009: Irredeemable #5 - ??? (???)
09/2009: Irredeemable #6 - 14,128 (+3.7%)
10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282 (+1.1%)
				6 month (+8.0)

Another slight increase. Success!

135.

Crossed (Avatar)

10/2008: Crossed #1 (of 9) - 13,762

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01/2009: Crossed #3 (of 9) - 5,972 [12,428]
02/2009: -
03/2009: Crossed #4 (of 9) - 11,710 (-5.8%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: Crossed #5 (of 9) - 12,246 (+4.6%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Crossed #6 (of 9) - 13,382 (+9.3%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: Crossed #7 - 14,238 (+6.4%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (+3.5%)

Another big increase gives Crossed its highest first month sales yet.

137.

War Heroes (Image)

01/2009: -
02/2009: -
03/2009: -
04/2009: -
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: War Heroes #3 - 13,918

A massive drop here. Issue 2 shipped last September with sales of 22,411. The series launched at 30,645 in July of last year.

138/153.

Red Sonja/Queen Sonja (Dynamite)

10/2006: Red Sonja #15 - 25,303
10/2007: Red Sonja #26 - 19,849
10/2008: Red Sonja #38 - 14,105

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01/2009: -
02/2009: Red Sonja #41 - 13,232
02/2009: Red Sonja She Devil with a Sword Annual #2 - 9,658 (-27.0%)
03/2009: Red Sonja #42 - 12,508 (+29.5%)
04/2009: Red Sonja #43 - 12,318 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Red Sonja #44 - 12,099 (-1.8%)
06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030 (-0.6%)
07/2009: Red Sonja #46 - 11,993 (-0.3%)
08/2009: Red Sonja #47 - 11,709 (-2.4%)
09/2009: Red Sonja #48 - 11,815 (+0.9%)
10/2009: Red Sonja #49 - 11,487 (-2.8%)
10/2009: Queen Sonja #1 - 13,849 (+20.6%)
				6 month (+12.4%)
				1 year (-1.8%)
				2 year (-30.2%)
				3 year (-45.3%)

The relaunch isn’t that successful, as it doesn’t even manage to get numbers back up to where they were a year ago.

142.

Chew (Image)

06/2009: Chew #1 - 5,248 [13,517] 
07/2009: Chew #2 - 6,735 (-24.6%)
08/2009: Chew #3 - 13,762 (+104.3%)
09/2009: Chew #4 - 12,294 (-10.7%)
10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)

Up again this month with the last issue of the first arc.

143.

Talisman Road of Trials (Random House)

10/2009: Talisman Road of Trials #0 - 13,410

This issue of the Stephen King adaption only cost a dollar. It’s also notable for being the first comic issue release from Random House’s Del Rey imprint.

145.

Vampirella (Harris)

10/2006: Halloween Special  - 6,168
10/2007: -
10/2008: -

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07/2009: Countdown to Second Coming Prototype - 4,674
08/2009: -
09/2009: Second Coming #1 - 18,017 (+285.5%)
10/2009: Second Coming #2 - 13,020 (-27.7%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (+111.1%)

Contrary to what I said last month, every issue of this series is 1.99.

146.

Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys (Dynamite)

08/2009: Meet the Bad Guys #1 (of 4) - 16,882
09/2009: -
10/2009: Meet the Bad Guys #2 - 12,871 (-23.8%)

I think the interest in this series is rapidly disappearing.

148/151.

Angel Only Human (IDW)

08/2009: Only Human #1 (of 4) - 14,489
09/2009: Only Human #2 (of 4) - 12,672 (-12.5%)
10/2009: Only Human #3 - 12,486 (-1.5%)

Angel Vs. Frankenstein (IDW)

10/2009: Angel Vs. Frankenstein - 12,025

Selling at about the level of an Angel comic before the Season 6 relaunch.

150.

GI Joe Movie Snake Eyes (IDW)

10/2009: GI Joe Movie Snake Eyes #1 - 12,236

Out in time for the DVD release.

156.

Predator (Dark Horse)

06/2009: Predator #1 (of 4) - 17,065
07/2009:-
08/2009: Predator #2 (of 4) - 12,818 (-24.9%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: Predator #3 (of 4) - 11,293 (-11.9%)

Alternating months with Aliens, and leading in to a new Aliens vs. Predator series next year.

158.

Transformers: All Hail Megatron (IDW)

10/2008: All Hail Megatron #4 - 12,837 

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01/2009: -
02/2009: All Hail Megatron #7 - 11,832
03/2009: All Hail Megatron #8 - 11,731 (-0.8%)
03/2009: All Hail Megatron #9 - 11,479 (-2.1%)
04/2009: All Hail Megatron #10 - 12,183 (+6.1%)
05/2009: All Hail Megatron #11 - 12,292 (+0.9%)
06/2009: All Hail Megatron #12 - 12,124 (-1.4%)
07/2009: All Hail Megatron #13 - 11,892 (-1.9%)
08/2009: All Hail Megatron #14 - 11,736 (-1.3%)
09/2009: All Hail Megatron #15 - 11,634 (-0.9%)
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
				6 month (-7.4%)
				1 year (-12.1%)

Final issue, it held up very well this year.

162.

Witchfinder in the A Service of Angels (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Witchfinder #1 (of 5) - 13,724
08/2009: Witchfinder #2 (of 5) - 11,652 (-15.1%)
09/2009: Witchfinder #3 (of 5) - 11,623 (-0.2%)
10/2009: Witchfinder #4 (of 5) - 11,223 (-3.4%)

A bigger drop than last issue, but still fairly solid.

170.

Ignition City (Avatar)

04/2009: Ignition City #1 - 14,932
04/2009: Ignition City #2 - 11,952 (-20.0%)
05/2009: Ignition City #3 - 12,091 (+1.2%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Ignition City #4 - 11,356 (-6.1%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: Ignition City #5 - 10,665 (-6.1%)

Final issue, unlike some other Avatar series the gaps between issues didn’t help here.

181.

Invincible Presents (Image)

10/2009: Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1 - 10,074

The last Atom Eve mini was two issues long and launched at 11,077 (Dec 2007), before dropping to 9,796 (March, 2008). A collection of the first two issues came out in August, but didn’t chart.

194.

Groo (Dark Horse)

10/2009: Hogs of Horder #1 - 9,188

The last mini ended in April 2008 with sales of 10,372. That one was priced at $2.99, while this one is $3.99 which probably explains the drop.

204.

Cowboy Ninja Viking (Image)

10/2009: Cowboy Ninja Viking #1 - 8,380

Pretty good for an Image launch; let’s see if it can hold onto these numbers.

206.

Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

07/2009: Doctor Who #1 - 10,949
08/2009: Doctor Who #2 - 8,908 (-18.6%)
09/2009: Doctor Who #3 - 8,711 (-2.2%)
10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354 (-4.1%)

Contrary to what I said last month, these are not for sale in the UK due to licensing restrictions.

212.

The Boys (Dynamite)

10/2009The Boys #1 - 8,039

This is the $1 Dynamite Edition. To compare, it sold a few thousand less than most of the $1 “After Watchmen” books that DC put out earlier this year.

225.

Astounding Wolf-Man (Image)

10/2008: Astounding Wolf-Man #9 - 8,326

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01/2009: Wolf-Man #12 - 7,244
02/2009: Wolf-Man #13 - 7,360 (+1.6%)
03/2009: -
04/2009: Wolf-Man #14 - 7,837 (+6.5%)
04/2009: Wolf-Man #15 - 7,455 (-4.9%)
05/2009: Wolf-Man #16 - 7,721 (+3.6%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Wolf-Man #17 - 7,724 (0.0%)
08/2009: Wolf-Man #18 - 7,411 (-4.0%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: Wolf-Man #19 - 7,271 (-1.9%)
				6 month (-7.2%)
				1 year (-12.7%)

Another drop for this Kirkman book. I guess superhero werewolves are as hot a commodity as zombies.

237.

Savage Dragon (Image)

10/2004: Savage Dragon #118 - 8,806
10/2005: - 
10/2006: Savage Dragon #129 - 7,242
10/2007: Savage Dragon #133 - 6,626
10/2008: Savage Dragon #138 - 6,133

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01/2009: Savage Dragon #144 - 5,645
02/2009: Savage Dragon #145 - 22,147 [25,029] (+343.4%)
03/2009: -
04/2009: Savage Dragon #146 - 6,149 (-75.4%)
04/2009: Savage Dragon #147 - 6,058 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Savage Dragon #148 - 6,051 (-0.1%)
06/2009: Savage Dragon #149 - 6,060 (+0.2%)
07/2009: Savage Dragon #150 - 6,619 (+9.2%)
08/2009: Savage Dragon #151 - 6,034 (-8.8%)
09/2009: Savage Dragon #152 - 5,993 (-0.7%)
10/2009: Savage Dragon #153 - 6,571 (+9.6%)
				6 month (+6.9%)
				1 year (+7.1%)
				2 year (-0.8%)
				3 year (-9.3%)
				4 year (n.a.)
				5 year (-25.4%)

And here’s part one of the Image United crossover which actually led to an increase. I’m sure the first issue of the series will sell well next month, but I’m not sure how well it’ll hold up.

239.

Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse)

09/2009: Beasts of Burden #1 (of 4) - 8,628
10/2009: Beasts of Burden #2 (of 4) - 6,415 (-25.6%)

Not the healthiest of drops unfortunately.

283.

Puppy Power Bo Obama (Bluewater)

10/2009: Bo Obama - 3,605

After last month’s onslaught there’s only one Obama comic this month, and it’s about his dog. The Political Power issue featuring Barack Obama that came out last month sold 7,779 copies, so poor Bo isn’t even half as popular.

293.

Underground (Image)

09/2009: Underground #1 (of 4) - 4,578
10/2009: Underground #2 - 2,947 (-35.6%)

Now a five part series, but it doesn’t look like we’ll see any more number on this series.

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Just a reminder, all numbers on these chart are estimates. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. A book shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than one shipping in the last week of the month, where the reorders slip to the following month. Also these numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK.

Matthew Murray really likes (vegetarian) cooking and comic books. Now if only he could somehow combine them…

Comments

  1. brandon says:

    GI Joe is just getting hammered. Maybe if the comic had some sort of action in it they’d hold more of the audience.

    Thanks for doing the charts!

  2. Bobby Dee says:

    I’m a little surprised The Boys $1 didn’t do better, but I guess most of the current readers either started from the beginning or started from the first trade.

  3. Micah says:

    Thanks for cranking this one out. For the Underground series I’m waiting on the trade, just like Mysterious the Unfathomable and Chew. Hang in there Parker!

    Witchfinder ties in more closely to BPRD than the solicits said. This was an excellent series, and worthy of the full BPRD audience.

  4. Pretty sure that UNDERGROUND started out as a five-part series and didn’t have an episode hacked off due to low numbers.

  5. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Beats of Burden. What a great book!

  6. Alan Coil says:

    “Once reorders are factored in it’ll probably have sold better than Buffy.”

    Buffy doesn’t get to count re-orders?

  7. Thanks for this work. I’m still surprised not to see some books in the top 300 as the drop for Vampirella. Sure the first issue wasn’t that great but that also means that titles don’t have second chances …

  8. Matthew says:

    Just to let you guys know, I don’t do every book in the top 300. I do all the books up to 150 and other stuff I think is interesting. If you want me to start keeping track of books that show up lower on the charts let me know and I’ll see what can be done.

    Micah: The solits for issue one of underground said it was only a four issues miniseries, while later solits have said it was five, so it has actually gained an issue.

    Alan: Buffy reorders generally don’t show up on the chart, but I’m kind of expected Haunt to do so. I guess we’ll see next month.

  9. Faust says:

    Thanks for posting the indie charts!

    Its good to see quite a few series on the increase.

    You know what would be great to see? A monthly chart of the trades and HC’s. I would love to know how walking dead, invincible, buffy and Vertigo trades (to names a few) sell each trade compared to their monthly books. :)

  10. Love that the indies are getting the love.
    Of course we’d all love to see even more inclusion of indy titles, but I understand that there’s just so many of them.

  11. Corey Poole says:

    Thanks for doing this Matthew, it’s nice to see the indie books represented. I was just wondering if you could include Locke & Key from IDW in your list. It’s one of my favorite books out right now, and I’d love to see it get some more recognition.

  12. Adam Geen says:

    I’m all for seein more Indy books! I like readin their charts more now as I read more Indy books than ever.

  13. Yo! Master says:

    Hey, just realized that indie sales articles were coming up. I was hoping for something like this, good good.

    Keep up the good work. :-)

  14. Thanks for once again doing the indie chart! I find this valuable each and every month (moreso than the Marvel and DC charts).

  15. I was just wondering if you could include Locke & Key from IDW in your list.

    Probably not, unless an issue was released in the month and was among the top 300 selling comics. Diamond doesn’t release comprehensive data.

  16. I really dig The Anchor by Boom!

    Shame it didn’t make the list.

  17. Another vote for a list of indy graphic novels! Please!

  18. Thanks for the analysis!

    After #150, I would like to see sales for every independent title, if only so they will be noticed. Analysis is not necessary (except for previous sales if available).

    Also, since some indy titles do not ship on a regular basis, could you strip out the blanks and list the last six issues (if data exists) instead of the past year? If it is a miniseries, please list all issues, no matter how old that issue was. Readers can analyze the dates next to each issue.

    Graphic novel sales can be seen here:
    http://icv2.com/articles/news/16244.html

  19. While it would be nice to include graphic novels and trade paperbacks, in practice the data on those sales is much more tenuous than the data on single issues. They’re more likely to sell through other channels, they’re more likely to sell over a long period of time so that re-orders never get picked up on the chart, and so on. I’ve considered trying to do it for Marvel in the past and concluded that it was a waste of time given the information available.

  20. Shawn Kane says:

    I like G.I. Joe Origins better than the regular book. Origins has a more defined cast (maybe because Hama is using the older Joes). I haven’t liked the art in the regular book since the first arc. Plus as much as I like Chuck Dixon, the story seems to be moving at a snails pace.

  21. Callum says:

    I find the trends of the Kirkman books interesting to watch. I’m surprised by how well Haunt did. And it looks like Matthew was right about King City not charting this month. The Archie books, during this Archie married arc, are interesting too. Is it split into 3 issues married to Veronica, 3 issues married to Betty?
    I’d like to keep Terry Moore’s Echo on the charts, though I know it ships every 6 weeks and since it was on last month’s chart it probably didn’t ship in October.

  22. I second the idea of listing all the indies that charted even if you don’t comment on them. Also, I’d like to see Farscape added if it made the top 300 as well as Locke & Key if it ever does.

    Thanks for doing this!

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