Indie Month-to-Month Sales December 2010

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Buffy held the top spot once again, while Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika was the biggest launch this month. Meanwhile Dark Horse launched new Star Wars, Hellboy, and Conan series, Avatar launched a new Lady Death series, and John Byrne’s Next Men returned from IDW.

Dark Horse had a dollar share of 5.77% and a unit share of 4.49%, Image had a dollar share of 5.22% and a unit share of 3.44%, IDW had a dollar share of 4.15% and a unit share of 3.38%.

I’ve done stats for every book in the top 225, and every Image, Dark Horse, and IDW book in the top 300 this month.

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

32. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 
12/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9 - 89,556
12/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 - 71,896
12/2009: BTVS Willow One Shot - 45,136
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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%)
09/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36 - 44,883 (+17.7%)
10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)
11/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 - 41,189 (-4.3%)
12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010 (-2.9%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-11.4%)
                                2 year (-44.4%)
                                3 year (-55.3%)

Only one issue left until the end of season 8. When, and in what format, season 9 will start hasn’t been announced yet, but Dark Horse are releasing a collection of Angel comics in July, so probably around then.

86. True Blood (IDW) 

07/2010: True Blood #1 - 30,296 [38,062]
08/2010: True Blood #2 - 26,419 [37,218] (-2.2%)
09/2010: True Blood #3 - 24,254 [34,898] (-6.2%)
10/2010: True Blood #4 - 32,964 (-5.5%)
11/2010: True Blood #5 - 22,154 [26,361] (-20.0%)
12/2010: True Blood #6 - 21,297 (-19.2%)

Issue five showed up at 290, with reorders of 4,207, so there seems to be a strong possibility issue six’s numbers will go up next month. This is the final issue of the initial miniseries, but a new one starts in February.

90. Lady Mechanika (Aspen) 
10/2010: Lady Mechankia #0 - 10,185
11/2010: -
12/2010: Lady Mechanika #1 - 20,034 (+96.7%)

Joe Benitez’s six issue steampunk series is Aspen’s biggest comic in ages. #0 has gone through two reprints, neither of which showed up on these charts, while this issue had four different covers.

93. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse) 
12/2008: Star Wars Legacy #31 - 27,386
12/2009: Star Wars Legacy #43 - 20,983
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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%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Star Wars Legacy: War #1 - 19,785 (-4.3%)
                               6 month (-0.6%)
                               1 year (-5.7%)
                               2 year (-27.8%)

It looks like the Star Wars titles are moving to a $3.50 price point. As sales on all the Star Wars titles continue to drop, and the recent relaunches haven’t really helped, this isn’t too surprising.

95. The Boys (Dynamite) 

12/2006: The Boys #6 (DC) - 27,039
12/2007: The Boys #13 - 29,195
12/2008: The Boys #25 - 27,134
12/2009: The Boys #37 - 24,025
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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%)
09/2010: The Boys #46 - 20,789 (-1.2%)
10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198 (-2.8%)
11/2010: The Boys #48 - 20,004 (-1.0%)
12/2010: The Boys #49 - 19,582 (-2.1%)
                               6 month (-8.5%)
                               1 year (-18.5%)
                               2 year (-27.8%)
                               3 year (-32.9%)
                               4 year (-27.6%)

Dropping below 20,000 for the first time. This is now planned to last around 72 issues.

97. Hellboy (Dark Horse) 
12/2008: The Wild Hunt #1 (of 8 ) - 24,947
12/2009: Bride of Hell One Shot - 20,761
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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%)
09/2010: The Storm #3 - 18,602 (-2.5%)
10/2010: Beasts of Burden/Hellboy oneshot - 17,618 (-5.3%)
11/2010: Double Feature of Evil - 20,436 (+16.0%)
12/2010: Sleeping & Dead #1 - 19,360 (-5.3%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-6.7%)
                                2 year (-22.4%)

First issue of a two issue miniseries.

117. Haunt (Image) 

12/2009: Haunt #3 - 28,390
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01/2010: Haunt #4 - 26,420 (-6.9%)
02/2010: Haunt #5 - 22,454 (-15.0%)
03/2010: Haunt #6 - 20,489 (-8.8%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Haunt #7 - 20,005 (-2.4%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Haunt #8 - 19,242 (-3.8%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Haunt #9 - 17,894 (-7.0%)
10/2010: Haunt #10 - 17,309 (-3.3%)
11/2010: Haunt #11 - 16,658 (-3.8%)
12/2010: Haunt #12 - 16,175 (-2.9%)
                               6 month (n.a.)
                               1 year (-43.0%)

The end of the second story arc seems to indicate that haunt is settling down to a standard decline.

120. Conan (Dark Horse) 

12/2005: Conan #23 - 32,592
12/2006: Conan #35 - 27,115
12/2007: Conan #47 - 22,140
12/2008: The Cimmerian #6 - 22,526
12/2009: -
=====
01/2010: Weight of Crown One Shot - 17,571 (-1.2%)
01/2010: The Cimmerian #17 - 17,356 (-1.2%)
02/2010: The Cimmerian #18 - 17,074 (-1.6%)
03/2010: The Cimmerian #19 - 18,131 (+6.2%)
04/2010: The Cimmerian #20 - 16,393 (-9.6%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421 (+0.2%)
07/2010: The Cimmerian #22 - 16,240 (-1.1)
08/2010: -
09/2010: The Cimmerian #23 - 15,837 (-2.5%)
10/2010: The Cimmerian #24 - 15,490 (-2.2%)
11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421 (-0.4%)
12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099 (+4.4%)
                6 month (-2.0%)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (-28.5%)
                3 year (-27.3%)
                4 year (-40.6%)
                5 year (-50.6%)

Written by Roy Thomas. Dark Horse is launching a King Conan series in February with the same creative team as Conan The Cimmerian, so I guess that’s the continuation.

125. Lady Death (Avatar)
12/2005: Lady Death Wicked #1 - 11,847
12/2006: Lady Death Blackhands #2 - 6,781
12/2007: -
12/2008: -
12/2009: -
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12/2010: Lady Death #0 - 15,665
			1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (+131.0%)
			5 year (+32.2%)

ICV2 claims this is released by Avatar, but it was actually released by Boundless Comics, who are owned by Avatar. Three covers.

127. Invincible (Image) 
12/2006: Invincible #37 - 13,523
12/2007: Invincible # 47 - 14,380
12/2008: Invincible #56 - 14,852
12/2009: Invincible #69 - 15,161
=====
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%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: Invincible #75 - 17,029 (+8.2%)
12/2010: Invincible #76 - 15,577 (-8.5%)
                6 month (+1.5%)
                1 year (+2.7%)
                2 year (+4.9%)
                3 year (+8.3%)
                4 year (+15.2%)

Running late. Invincible appears to be completely unable to keep hold of any anniversary increases. Not that it matters to the creators as sales frequently go up with normal issues as the multi-year comparisons show.

129. Star Wars Old Republic (Dark Horse) 
07/2010: Old Republic #1 - 20,529
08/2010: Old Republic #2 - 17,384 (-15.3%)
09/2010: Old Republic #3 - 16,705 (-10.3%)
10/2010: Old Republic #4 - 16,160 (-3.3%)
11/2010: Old Republic #5 - 15,660 (-3.1%)
12/2010: Old Republic #6 - 14,862 (-5.1%)

This is the final issue of the video game-based series. It reprints webcomics.

130. The Boys Highland Laddie (Dynamite) 

08/2010: Highland Laddie #1 - 18,629
09/2010: Highland Laddie #2 - 17,803 (-4.4%)
10/2010: Highland Laddie #3 - 16,555 (-7.0%)
11/2010: Highland Laddie #4 - 15,389 (-7.0%)
12/2010: Highland Laddie #5 - 14,855 (-3.5%)

One issue left. There’s due to be another The Boys miniseries after this one, though I’m not sure who it’s about.

131. Green Hornet (Dynamite) 

03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1 - 54,122
03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #2 - 32,866  [36,004] (-33.5%)
04/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #3 - 29,552 (-17.9%)
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #4 - 26,292 (-11.0%)
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #5 - 23,841 (-9.3%)
07/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #6 - 22,024 (-7.6%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #7 - 20,880 (-5.2%)
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Annual #1 - 14,564 (-30.2%)
10/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #8 - 19,442 (+33.5%)
11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #9 - 17,894 (-8.0%)
11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #10 - 17,753 (-0.8%)
12/2010: Green Hornet #11 - 14,771 (-16.8%)
					6 month (-38.0%)

Another huge drop! This time at least there’s a reason for it, as Kevin Smith’s involvement in the series has finished. The comic is now written solely by Phil Hester. There are six covers.

132. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite) 
10/2010: Warlord of Mars #1 - 36,927
11/2010: Warlord of Mars #2 - 16,991 (-54.4%)
12/2010: Warlord of Mars #3 - 14,710 (-13.4%)

Six covers for this issue as well.

138. Angel (IDW) 

12/2007: After the Fall #2 - 44,792
12/2008: After the Fall #15 - 37,649
12/2009: Angel #28 - 21,301
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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%)
09/2010: Angel #37 - 15,865 (-0.9%)
10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115 (-4.7%)
11/2010: Angel #39 - 14,449 (-4.4%)
12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182 (-1.8%)
                               6 month (-18.8%)
                               1 year (-33.4%)
                               2 year (-62.3%)
                               3 year (-68.3%)

Four (+ a special?) issues until the license reverts to Dark Horse.

124. Star Wars Knight Errant Aflame (Dark Horse) 
10/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #1 - 18,363
11/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #2 - 14,956 (-18.6%)
12/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #3 - 13,963 (-6.6%)

Five issue miniseries featuring a new, female Jedi.

144. Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse) 

05/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #1 - 17,911(-2.2%)
06/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #2 - 16,098 (-10.1%)
07/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #3 - 15,736 (-2.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #4 - 15,181 (-3.5%)
10/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #5 - 14,572 (-4.0%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #6 - 13,547 (-7.0%)
                6 month (-15.8%)

That’s a big drop for the final issue of a miniseries.

146. Next Men (IDW)
12/2010: Next Men #1 - 13,204

John Byrne ended Next Men with issue 30 back in the 1994 because he didn’t feel the market was strong enough to support the title. I’m not sure many copies it sold, but the final issue was #127 on this list of colour comics distributed by Capital City Distributors. He’s given up on the market ever recovering and has decided to just do the series anyway. Plans are for somewhere between nine and twenty issues.

151. Chew (Image) 
12/2009: Chew #7 - 12,902
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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%)
09/2010: Chew #14 - 12,993 (+1.9%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Chew #15 - 13,047 (+0.4%)
12/2010: Chew #16 - 12,473 (-4.4%)
                6 month (-5.5%)
                1 year (-3.3%)

The first issue of a new story line has a pretty big drop, but the year on drop is great. In 2010 volume one of the trade paperbacks sold 13,600 copies, volume two sold 11,100 copies, and volume three sold 6,400 copies according to John Jackson Miller.

154. The Guild (Dark Horse)
03/2010: The Guild #1 - 15,292
04/2010: The Guild #2 - 12,642 (-17.3%)
05/2010: The Guild #3 - 12,972 (+2.6%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Vork #1 - 12,105 (-6.7%)

First in a series of one shots spotlighting the individual characters from the web show. Next one’s out in March.

156. Stan Lee’s Starborn (Boom!)

12/2010: Starborn #1 - 11,764

Diminishing returns for these Stan Lee titles. Seven covers

159. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW) 
08/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #0 - 23,657
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #1 - 15,462 (-34.6%)
12/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #2 - 11,623 (-24.8%)

Those drops look really bad, but remember that the 0 issue was only $1.

161. BPRD (Dark Horse) 

12/2005: Black Flame #5 (of 6) - 14,986
12/2006: -
12/2007: Killing Ground #5 (of 5) - 15,113
12/2008: War on Frogs #2 - 15,273
12/2009: War on Frogs #4 (of 4) - 12,904
=====
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%)
09/2010: Hell on Earth New World #2 - 12,717 (-6.2%)
10/2010: Hell on Earth New World #3 - 12,402 (-2.5%)
11/2010: Hell on Earth New World #4 - 11,882 (-4.2%)
12/2010: Hell on Earth New World #5 - 11,528 (-3.0%)
                6 month (-11.4%)
                1 year (-10.7%)
                2 year (-24.5%)
                3 year (-23.7%)
                4 year (n.a.)
                5 year (-23.1%)

Final issue of this miniseries.

163. Artifacts (Image) 
07/2010: Artifacts #1 - 18,711
08/2010: -
09/2010: Artifacts #2 - 13,147 (-29.7%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Artifacts #3 - 11,844 (-9.9%)
12/2010: Artifacts #4 - 11,415 (-3.6%)

Twelve issue Top Cow crossover series.

167. Morning Glories (Image) 

08/2010: Morning Glories #1 - 8,687 [14,104]
09/2010: Morning Glories #2 - 8,265 (-41.4%)
10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258 (+36.2%)
11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)

Image’s newest hit is very stable.

169. Witchblade (Image) 
12/2006: Witchblade #102 - 14,331
12/2007: Witchblade #112 -14,110
12/2008: Witchblade #122 - 12,992
12/2009: Witchblade #133 - 12,811
=====
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%)
09/2010: Witchblade #138 - 10,521 (+27.5%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Witchblade #139 - 10,113 (-3.9%)
12/2010: Witchblade #140 - 11,172 (+10.5%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (-12.8%)
			2 year (-14.0%)
			3 year (-20.8%)
			4 year (-22.0%)

Running late. Two covers explain at least part of the increase.

170. Alan Moore Neonomicon (Avatar) 

01/2010: Neonomicon Hornbook - 7,117
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Neonomicon #1 - 12,432 (+74.7%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: Neonomicon #2 - 11,340 (-8.8%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Neonomicon #3 - 11,147 (-1.7%)

Fairly stable.

171. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW) 

07/2010: Real American Hero #156 - 15,795
08/2010: Real American Hero #157 - 14,263 (-9.7%)
09/2010: Real American Hero #158 - 13,197 (-7.5%)
10/2010: Real American Hero #159 - 12,309 (-6.7%)
11/2010: Real American Hero #160 - 11,544 (-6.2%)
12/2010: Real American Hero #161 - 11,125 (-3.6%)

Levelling out, and still the best selling GI Joe comic.

172. 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%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Supergod #5 - 10,909 (-2.0%)

Final issue.

174. Archie (Archie) 

12/2005 : Archie #562 - 2,621
12/2006 : Archie #571 - 2,663
12/2007 : -
12/2008: -
12/2009: Archie #604 - 25,058
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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%)
09/2010: Archie #613 - ???? (???)
10/2010: Archie #614 - 4,072 (???)
11/2010: Archie #615 - 3,944 (-3.1%)
12/2010: Archie #616 - 10,885 (+176.0%)
		6 month (+110.1%)
		1 year (-56.6%)
		2 year (n.a.)
		3 year (n.a.)
		4 year (+308.7%)
		5 year (+315.3%)

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin appear, indicating that there’s still some drawing power for them.

175. GI Joe (IDW) 

12/2005: America’s Elite #6 (Devil’s Due) - 20,139
12/2006: America’s Elite #18 (Devil’s Due) - 16,710
12/2007: America’s Elite #30 (Devil’s Due) - 14,587
12/2008: -
12/2009: GI Joe #12 – 14,824
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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%)
09/2010: GI Joe #22 - 11,887 (-3.1%)
10/2010: GI Joe #23 - 11,531 (-3.0%)
11/2010: GI Joe #24 - 10,985 (-4.7%)
12/2010: GI Joe #25 - 10,641 (-3.1%)
		6 month (-17.2%)
        	1 year (-28.2%)
		2 year (n.a.)
		3 year (-27.1%)
		4 year (-36.3%)
		5 year (-47.2%)
		

Standard drop. Ending with issue 27 to be relaunched in May.

178. Transformers Ongoing (IDW) 

12/2008: All Hail Megatron #6 - 11,843
12/2009: Transformers Ongoing #2 - 12,516
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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%)
09/2010: Transformers Ongoing #11 - 11,582 (-3.1%)
10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)
11/2010: Transformers Ongoing #13 - 10,998 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Transformers Ongoing #14 - 10,573 (-3.9%)
                               6 month (-14.5%)
                               1 year (-15.5%)
                               2 year (-10.7%)

Fairly standard drop.

180. Irredeemable (Boom) 		

12/2009: Irredeemable #9 - 13,515
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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%)
09/2010: Irredeemable #17 - 11,818 (-2.4%)
10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398 (-3.6%)
11/2010: Irredeemable #19 - 11,102 (-2.6%)
12/2010: Irredeemable #20 - 10,406 (-6.3%)
                               6 month (-17.5%)
                               1 year (-23.0%)		

That’s a weirdly large drop for this issue, not sure why. Volume 5 (which collected #s 16-20) had first month sales of 3,071.

184. Crossed (Avatar) 
12/2009: Crossed #8 - 12,757
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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%)
09/2010: Crossed Family Values #4 - 9,927 (-3.8%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Crossed Family Values #5 - 9,628 (-3.0%)
12/2010: Crossed Family Values #6 - 9,908 (+2.9%)
                6 month (-2.5%)
		1 year (-22.3%) 

Final issue. Sales go up for some reason as Avatar books sometimes do.

187. Mouse Guard (Archaia) 

12/2008: Winter 1152 #4 - 7,375
12/2009: -
=====
06/2010: Legends of the Guard #1 - 10,918
06/2010: Legends of the Guard #2 - 9,113 (-16.5%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Legends of the Guard #3 - 9,289 (+1.9%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Legends of the Guard #4 - 8,423 (-9.3%)
12/2010: Black Axe #1 - 9,802 (+16.4%)
		6 month (-10.2%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (+32.9%)

This surprises me a bit, as it’s by series creator David Petersen. The Legends of the Guard series, which launched at over 1000 copies higher, was by other creators. It could be that the terrible shipping schedule for LotG (the collection shipped before the final issue), has caused some retailers to cut their orders.

189. Green Hornet Year One (Dynamite) 

03/2010: Green Hornet Year One #1 - 21,330
04/2010: Green Hornet Year One #2 - 16,355 (-23.3%)
05/2010: Green Hornet Year One #3 - 13,954 (-14.7%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Green Hornet Year One #4 - 12,524 (-10.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Green Hornet Year One #5 - 11,208 (-10.5%)
10/2010: Green Hornet Year One #6 - 10,647 (-5.0%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Green Hornet Year One #7 - 9,455 (-11.2%)
				6 month (n.a.)

More huge drops for Green Hornet! I’m curious as to what’ll happen after the film comes out.

190. Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero (Boom!) 
10/2010: Soldier Zero #1 - 19,593
11/2010: Soldier Zero #2 - 11,180 (-42.9%)
12/2010: Soldier Zero #3 - 9,447 (-15.5%)

Not the best of third issue drops, but it’ll be okay as long as they get smaller with the next issue.

193. Stan Lee’s Traveller (Boom!)

11/2010: Traveller #1 - 15,450
12/2010: Traveller #2 - 9,221 (-40.3%)

Things are looking less good for this one if it continues the trend set by Solider Zero.

194. Kevin Smith's Kato (Dynamite) 
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #1 – 19,720
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #2 - 16,361 (-17.0%)
07/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #3 - 13,833 (-15.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #4 - 11,089 (-19.8%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #5 - 10,015 (-9.7%)
12/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #6 - 9,181 (-8.3%)

I’m not actually sure how this one can still have Kevin Smith’s name in the title. Does he have anything to do with this title?

195, 216, 217. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope) 
12/2007: Grimm Fairy Tales #25 - 8,500
12/2008: Grimm Fairy Tales #33 - 9,590
12/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #43 - 10,246
=====
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #44 - 8,824 (-13.9%)
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #45 - 8,916 (+1.0%)
04/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #46 - 8,694 (-2.5%)
05/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual Las Vegas - 8,462 (-2.7%)
06/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #47 - 8,721 (+3.2%)
06/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #48 - 10,011 (+14.8%)
07/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #49 - 9,594 (-4.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #50 - 13,931 (+45.2%)
10/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #51 - 8,343 (-40.1%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #52 - 7,903 (-5.3)
12/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #53 - 9,146 (+15.7%)
12/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #54 - 7,886 (-13.8%)
                6 month (-9.6%)
                1 year (-23.0%)
                2 year (-17.8%)
                3 year (-7.2%)

Three issues this month, and sales are as erratic as usual. We’ve got the two lowest sales for the title in years sandwiching one that is more in the book’s usual range. It seems as though issues 52 and 54 had only one cover each, which would explain their lower numbers, and helps show how important alternative covers are.

197. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 
08/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #1 - 12,099
09/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #2 - 10,601 (-12.4%)
10/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #3 - 9,823 (-7.3%)
11/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #4 - 9,558 (-2.7%)
12/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #5 - 9,142 (-4.4%) 

Final issue of this Mike Mignola project unrelated to Hellboy.

200. Metalocalypse Dethklok (Dark Horse) 
10/2010: Metalocalypse Dethklok #1 - 12,358
11/2010: -
12/2010: Metalocalypse Dethklok #2 - 8,758 (-29.1%)

Three issue miniseries based on the cartoon.

201. Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract) 

12/2008: Echo #8 - 12,029
12/2009: Echo #17 - 10,282

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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%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Echo #25 - 8,694 (+93.8%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Echo #26 - 8,722 (+0.3%)
				6 month (-6.0%)
				1 year (-15.2%)
				2 year (-27.5%)

Sales are stable again as we near the end of the series.

202. Incorruptible (Boom) 

12/2009: Incorruptible #1 - 15,710
======
01/2010: Incorruptible #2 - 12,635 (-19.6%)
02/2010: Incorruptible #3 - 11,860 (-6.1%)
03/2010: Incorruptible #4 - 11,749 (-0.9%)
04/2010: Incorruptible #5 - 3,642 [11,542] (-1.8%)
05/2010: Incorruptible #6 - 11,517 (-0.2%)
06/2010: Incorruptible #7 - 11,091 (-3.7%)
07/2010: Incorruptible #8 - 10,947 (-1.3%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Incorruptible #9 - 10,646 (-2.7%)
10/2010: Incorruptible #10 - 10,314 (-3.1%)
10/2010: Incorruptible #11 - 9,844 (-4.6%)
11/2010: Incorruptible #12 - 9,403 (-4.5%)
12/2010: Incorruptible #13 - 8,701 (-7.5%)
		6 month (-21.5%)
		1 year (-44.6%)

A fairly big drop for this one too. Volume 3 had first month sales of 2,223.

204. Doctor Solar Man of the Atom (Dark Horse) 

07/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #1 - 22,630
08/2010: -
09/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #2 - 13,715 (-39.3%)
10/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #3 - 10,115 (-26.2%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom  #4 - 8,677 (-14.2%)

Horrible drop for issue four of a series.

205. Spike (IDW) 

12/2006: Spike Asylum #4 - 6,912
12/2007: -
12/2008: -
12/2009: -
=====
06/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #1 - 12,057
07/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #2 - 10,145 (-15.9%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #3 - 9,060 (-12.8%)
09/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #4 - 8,593 (-5.2%)
10/2010: Spike #1 - 12,044 (+40.2%)
11/2010: Spike #2 - 9,262 (-23.1%)
12/2010: Spike #3 - 8,611 ( -7.0%)
			6 month (-28.6%)
        		1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (+24.6%)

“Ongoing” series that is ending at issue eight when IDW loses the license.

207. GI Joe Origins (IDW) 

12/2009: GI Joe Origins #10 - 12,295
=====
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%)
09/2010: GI Joe Origins #19 - 11,171 (+10.9%)
10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)
11/2010: GI Joe Origins #21 - 8,970 (-5.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Origins #22 - 8,597 (-4.2%)
                                6 month (-19.2%)
                                1 year (-30.1%)

Percentage wise those aren’t very good drops. Issue 23 will be the final issue. So this seems to be as low as IDW will let this title get.

211. Witchblade Annual (Image)

12/2010: Witchblade Annual 2010 - 8,235

Several thousand below the main title, as annuals usually are.

212. Queen Sonja (Dynamite) 
12/2009: -
=====
01/2010: Queen Sonja #3 - 10,768 (-10.4%)
02/2010: Queen Sonja #4 - 10,766 (-0.0%)
03/2010: Queen Sonja #5 - 10,393 (-3.5%)
04/2010: Queen Sonja #6 - 9,800 (-5.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Queen Sonja #7 - 9,879 (+0.8%)
07/2010: Queen Sonja #8 - 9,438 (-4.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Queen Sonja #9 - 9,176 (-2.7)
09/2010: Queen Sonja #10 - 8,975 (-2.2%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Queen Sonja #11 - 8,502 (-5.3%)
12/2010: Queen Sonja #12 - 8,231 (-3.2%)
			6 Month (-16.7%)
			1 year (n.a.)

Standard drop.

214. Green Hornet Strikes (Dynamite) 

05/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #1 - 15,626
06/2010: -
07/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #2 - 13,383 (-14.4%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #3 - 9,914 (-25.9%)
10/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #4 - 8,788 (-11.4%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #5 - 8,023 (-8.7%)

Every month I’m amazed at how many Green Hornet titles are coming out, and how they all keep dropping down the charts.

215. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW) 
12/2009: -
=====
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%)
09/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #8 - 9,230 (-1.7%)
09/2010: GI Joe Cobra Special #2 - 8,785 (-4.8%)
10/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #9 - 8,656 (-1.5%)
11/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #10 - 8,275 (-4.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #11 - 8,008 (-3.2%)
		                6 month (-21.0%)
		                1 year (n.a.)

Ending with issue 13, to be relaunched in May.

218. Mighty Samson (Dark Horse)
12/2010: Mighty Samson #1 - 7,814

There are at least three covers to this newest Gold Key relaunch written by Jim Shooter. Without the recognition of Magnus or Turok this was never going to do as well, but nobody can be happy with this number.

198. Grimm Fairy Tales Annual/Specials (Zenescope)
10/2010: Halloween Special 2010 - 7,928
11/2010: Wonderland Annual 2010 - 7,686 (-3.1%)
12/2010: Giant Sized Holiday Edition - 7,688 (+0.0%)

Sales go up by two copies!

221. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie) 

12/2005: Sonic #157 - 7,818
12/2006: Sonic #170 - 6,927
12/2007: Sonic #183 - 6,806
12/2008: Sonic #195 - 6,963
12/2009: Sonic #207 - 8,198
=====
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%)
09/2010: Sonic #217 - 8,061 (+1.1%)
10/2010: Sonic #218 - 7,889 (-2.1%)
11/2010: Sonic #219 - 7,770 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Sonic #220 - 7,618 (-2.0%)
			6 month (-4.0%)
        		1 year (-7.1%)
			2 year (+9.4%)
			3 year (+11.9%)
			4 year (+10.0%)
			5 year (-2.6%)

Average drop.

223. Angel: Illyria (IDW)
11/2010: Illyria #1 - 8,509
12/2010: Illyria #2 - 7,515 (-11.7%)

Four issue Angel spinoff miniseries.

225. Rasl (Cartoon Books) 
12/2009: -
=====
01/2010: Rasl #6 - 8,844 (-10.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Rasl #7 - 8,301 (-6.1%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Rasl #8 - 7,875 (-5.1%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Rasl #9 - 7,458 (-5.3%)
			1 year (n.a.)

Sales keep dropping. Jeff Smith intends to end this series at some point in the next couple of years, but how many issues that means is hard to say as the series comes out so erratically.

231. Let Me In (Darkhorse)

12/2010: Let Me In Crossroads #1 - 7,276

Four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the American version of the film. Interesting the writer of the novel which this film is based on didn’t want this comic to be made, but apparently was misinformed as to the nature of the contract he signed.

235. Darkness (Image) 
12/2007: Darkness #1 - 24,048
12/2008: Darkness #72 - 12,843
12/2009: -
=====
01/2010: Darkness #82 - 8,848 (-6.0%)
01/2010: Shadows and Flame One Shot - 6,924 (-21.7%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Darkness #83 - 7,834 (+13.1%)
04/2010: Darkness #84 - 7,366 (-6.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Darkness #85 - 7,530 (+2.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Darkness #86 - 7,242 (-3.8%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Darkness #87 - 6,960 (-3.9%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (-45.8%)
			3 year (-71.1%)

Standard drop.

237. Kull (Dark Horse)

12/2008: Kull #2 - 13,104
12/2009: -
=====
11/2010: The Hate Witch #1 - 8,895
12/2010: The Hate Witch #2 - 6,745 (-24.2%)
		2 year (-48.5%)

Four issue miniseries.

239. The Black Terror (Dynamite) 
12/2009: The Black Terror #6 - 9,545
=====
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%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: The Black Terror #12 - 6,641 (-5.2%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-3.0%) 

In August I wrote “I had forgotten this was coming out. Issue 14 appears to mark the end of the series.” Which still seems to be true. This issue was supposed to be out in June.

240. Joe Hill’s The Cape (IDW)
09/2010: Kodiak - 5,465
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: The Cape - 6,564

One shot adaptation of a Joe Hill short story.

244. 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%)
09/2010: Darkwing Duck #4 - 6,658 (+4.8%)
10/2010: Darkwing Duck #5 - 6,527 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Darkwing Duck #6 - 6,565 (+0.6%)
12/2010: Darkwing Duck #7 - 6,330 (-3.6%)
		6 month (+0.5%)

Still selling better than the first issue, a success for Boom’s kids line.

245. Star Trek Khan Ruling in Hell (IDW) 
10/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #1 - 8,390
11/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #2 - 6,660 (-20.6%)
12/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #3 - 6,328 (-5.0%)

Four issue miniseries filling in the gaps between the original series and the second movie.

247. Project Superpowers (Dynamite) 
12/2009: Chapter Two #5 - 12,794
=====
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%)
09/2010: Chapter Two #12 - 9,637 (-1.4%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Christmas Special #1 - 6,187 (-35.8%)
				6 month (-37.5)
				1 year (-51.6%)

$5.99 one shot. There’s suppose to be more Porject Superpowers stuff later this year.

248. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword (Dark Horse)

12/2010: Savage Sword #1 - 6,106

$7.99 80 page anthology book.

252. Marineman (Image)

12/2010: Marineman #1 - 5,838

Ian Churchill’s first creator owned comic.

255. Doc Macabre (IDW)

12/2010: Doc Macabre #1 - 5,694

Three issue Steve Niles/Bernie Wrightson miniseries.

258. Lone Ranger & Tonto (Dynamite)

12/2010: Lone Ranger & Tonto #4 - 5,465 (-30.9%)

Issue three came out in October 2009, selling 7,905 copies. Either this book is incredibly late, or they’re a series of one off stories, in which case it would probably have sold better as a #1.

260. Occultist (Dark Horse)

12/2010: Occultist #1 - 5,399

One shot.

261. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (Boom!)

12/2010: Chip N Dale #1 - 5,387

Will this series be able to hold onto its readers as well as Darkwing Duck? And if it can, will a Tale Spin series be far off? We’ll just have to wait and see.

263. Velocity (Image) 
06/2010: Velocity #1 - 8,172
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Velocity #2 - 6,133 (-25.0%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Velocity #3 - 5,305 (-13.5%)

Horribly late. Issue four is supposed to be the last one.

265. Transformers Sector 7 (IDW) 

09/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #1 - 8,035
10/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #2 - 7,100 (-11.6%)
11/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #3 - 6,665 (-6.1%)
12/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #4 - 5,236 (-21.4%)

Huge drop, but since it shipped on the last Wednesday of the month I’m guessing a thousand copies just didn’t show up until January. Based on the movie continuity.

271. Mystery Society (IDW) 
05/2010: Mystery Society #1 - 17,630
06/2010: -
07/2010: Mystery Society #2 - 5,691 (-67.7%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Mystery Society #3 - 5,730 (+0.7%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Mystery Society #4 - 5,299 (-7.5%)
12/2010: Mystery Society #5 - 4,835 (-8.8%)

Final issue.

272. GI Joe Future Noir (IDW)

11/2010: GI Joe Future Noir #1 - 5,676
12/2010: GI Joe Future Noir #2 - 4,830 (-14.9%)

Second (and last) $7.99 special.

276. Savage Dragon (Image) 

12/2005: God War #4 (of 4) - 6,359
12/2006: Savage Dragon #131 - 4,718
12/2007: -
12/2008: Savage Dragon #142 - 6,066
12/2009: Savage Dragon #155 - 5,736
=====
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%)
09/2010: Savage Dragon #164 - 5,312 (-2.5%)
10/2010: Savage Dragon #165 - 4,992 (-6.0%)
11/2010: Savage Dragon #166 - 4,943 (-1.0%)
12/2010: Savage Dragon #167 - 4,790 (-3.1%)
			6 month (-13.6%)
			1 year (-16.5%)
			2 year (-21.0%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (+1.5%)
			5 year (-24.7%)
278. Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) 

12/2006: Usagi Yojimbo #99 - 5,857
12/2007: Usagi Yojimbo #108 - 3,873
12/2008: Usagi Yojimbo #116 - 5,262
12/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #125 – 4,980
=====
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%)
10/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #132 - 4,716 (+31.6%)
11/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #133 - 4,681 (-0.7%)
12/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #134 - 4,699 (+0.4%)
                6 month (-3.7%)
                1 year (-5.6%)
                2 year (-10.7%)
                3 year (+21.3%)
                4 year (-19.8%)

Sometimes I jokingly wonder if these two creators are battling it out to see who will defeat Dave Sim for having the longest running creator owned title.

281. Skullkickers (Image) 

09/2010: Skullkickers #1 - 5,448 [9,811]
10/2010: Skullkickers #2 - 5,826 (-40.6%)
11/2010: Skullkickers #3 - 5,008 (-14.0%)
12/2010: Skullkickers #4 - 4,614 (-7.9%)

Percentage drops at this point seem worse than they are. However, any drop at this level isn’t good and the book needs to stabilize soon.

283. Mice Templar (Image)
12/2009: Destiny #5 - 4,890
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01/2010: Destiny #6 - 4,498 (-8.0%)
02/2010: Destiny #7 - 4,336 (-3.6%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Destiny #8 - 4,211 (-2.9%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Destiny #9 - ???? (???)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Vol 3 #1 - 4,397 (????) (???)
				6 months (n.a.)
				1 year (-10.1%)

The new issue one didn’t really help sales much here.

284. Halcyon (Image)
11/2010: Halcyon #1 - 8,895
12/2010: Halcyon #2 - 4,365 (-50.9%)

Five issue miniseries from Marc Guggenheim. That is a horrifying drop.

288. 27 (Image)
12/2010: 27 #1 - 4,239

Four issue miniseries.

289. Tank Girl 
12/2009: Nuggets (Image) - 5,803
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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 (????)
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Bad Wind Rising #1 (Titan) - 4,227 (+8.8%)
                                6 month (???)
                                1 year (-27.2)

Sells better than the last one shot from Image.

293. Iron Siege (IDW)

12/2010: Iron Siege #1 - 4,084

Three issue miniseries.

295. Stuff of Legend (Th3rd World Studios)
07/2010: The Jungle #1 - 5,629
08/2010: -
09/2010: The Jungle #2 - ???? (???)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: The Jungle #3 - 3,980 (???)

Priced at $4.25. Issue two sold less than 4,702.

296. Silent Hill (IDW)
12/2005: Dead Alive #1 - 4,787
12/2006: -
12/2007: -
12/2008: -
12/2009: -
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11/2010: Past Life #1 - 4,710
12/2010: Past Life #2 - 3,947 (-16.2%)
		5 years (-17.5%)

Video game adaptation.

299. Atomic Robo (Red 5)
12/2007: Atomic Robo #3 - 2,947
12/2008: -
12/2009: -
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01/2010: -
02/2010: Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #1 - 4,372 (+3.5%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #2 - 4,093 (-6.4%)
05/2010: Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #3 - 3,840 (-6.2%)
06/2010: Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #4 - ???? (???)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: Deadly Art of Science #1 - 4,358 (???)
12/2010: Deadly Art of Science #2 - 3,880 (-11.0%)
			6 month (???)
			1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (+31.7%)

Lowest selling “indie” comic this month.

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Just a reminder, all numbers on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. 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 frequently low.

Matthew Murray can’t stop, won’t stop reading and reviewing zines and comics.

Comments

  1. Equatish says:

    So…where are the Marvel and DC November charts?

  2. This week is actually the last issue of Crossed Family Values. It was originally solicited as six issues but changed to seven shortly after. Crossed Psychopath picks up next month as well.

  3. Charles Knight says:

    You have to wonder how IDW is doing in regards to having so many licensed properties which sell so poorly. It will be interesting to see how their upcoming shift in licensed material trading off soft porn branding (Suicide girls)does when compared to the existing franchises.

  4. Kid Kyoto says:

    Ouch, Star Wars Legacy relaunched to LOWER sales. It was treading water for a while but it’s still one of the best SW books around and John Ostrander’s writing is always a treat.

    But what do I know, I only buy TPBs.

  5. Joe Lawler says:

    “I’m not actually sure how this one can still have Kevin Smith’s name in the title. Does he have anything to do with this title?”

    I’m guessing that since Kevin Smith created this Kato that they might have more leeway in calling the book that.

  6. Joe Lawler says:

    “So…where are the Marvel and DC November charts?”

    They were posted in December (Dec. 28 for Marvel, Dec. 15 for DC).

  7. Equatish says:

    Holy crap I completely missed those – thank you!

  8. “Ouch, Star Wars Legacy relaunched to LOWER sales.”

    Looks to me like Legacy is simply continuing to be very stable. Of course, that’s interpreting the numbers as retailers ordering War as a continuation of the ongoing. We’ll see next month whether there is a second-issue drop.

    Glad to see Morning Glories continuing to do well.

  9. These numbers me quite sad.

    I wonder if each company just put 10 of their titles into one hardcover for 25 bucks a month, how it would do.

  10. Joe Lawler says:

    “These numbers me quite sad.

    I wonder if each company just put 10 of their titles into one hardcover for 25 bucks a month, how it would do.”

    I saw Scott McCloud speak last week and he talked about lower price points being a big driver for sales, in this case saying people would spend 99 cents for a song on iTunes, but if they added up what you spent throughout the year and asked you to pay that amount at the beginning of the year, many would scoff at it.

    Not exactly apples to apples, but I could see the reaction at least being similar. The price could be an issue, and if someone just wanted Freedom Fighters, but didn’t want Superman and Batman, they might just bail.

    Similarly, Superman and Batman fans might not want “filler” books added to their reading experience.

  11. Kid Kyoto says:

    “I wonder if each company just put 10 of their titles into one hardcover for 25 bucks a month, how it would do.”

    Anthologies don’t seem to do well in the US, people don’t like paying for stuff they don’t want, we want everything ala carte.

    Now a B&W anthology on newsprint for $5 (basically a Japanese styple phone book) that might be cheap enough to overcome reluctance. I’d love someone to try that.

  12. I ordered 2 copies of the Archie Obama/ Palin cover, while I normally order zero. Neither sold.
     
    However, I just sold the third copy (of 3 ordered) of Steampunk Palin #1.
     
    I dunno what that says about my customers, but it is a nice way to remind people that these charts are sales to retailers, not neccessarily sales to actual customers.

  13. Rikk Odinson says:

    More people should buy more of the books I like and less of the stuff that I don’t.

  14. brandon says:

    @Equatish
    @Joe Lawler

    FYI – These are December Indie sales charts not November – those that Joe points to are November sales charts for Marvel & DC not December’s.

  15. I believe that the next Boys mini will be about Butcher.

    Meanwhile, I’m still unsure as to why Dark Horse wanted to end Star Wars: Legacy. It’s been by far my favorite SW title, and based on the sales numbers, I don’t think that I’m alone in that.

  16. brandon says:

    @AO

    Based on interviews with the creators it was Lucasfilm that wanted it ended. It appears the series was boxing in the novels too much.

  17. As far as Mouse Guard: Black Axe goes, I’m aware of at least a couple of retailers who were sent extra copies for free, and told to only pay for them if they could sell them on to customers (and if not then they were supposed to return them after a certain amount of time).

    I’ve heard of this before (though I don’t know how common it is) and wonder if those copies might have inflated the numbers here?

  18. Andrew says:

    I love these features comparing sales. LOVELOVELOVE them. Also, is there any explanation for Morning Glories bizarre sales figures for issues 1-3?

  19. brandon,

    Thank you very much for the reply. I’ve read pretty much every DH SW series since the early ’90’s and based on the sales and quality of Legacy, I was at a loss as to why such a great series was being canceled. Really a shame imo, but I do appreciate the info.

  20. Andrew says:

    Also, the next Boys miniseries is about Butcher

  21. brandon says:

    @AO – agreed, Legacy is amazing. I kind of hope we see the characters again either in comic, novel or whatever form.

  22. Mushroomjones: Thanks for that, I must have missed that info somewher.e

    Joe: I have a hard time keeping track of all the differnet Green Hornet titles (especially since I don’t read them), so I guess that makes sense.

    Niels: Pretty much every issue one gets a bump of some sort, but I am interested to see what happens with this one.

    Brian: My little info bit at the end says that these are just sales to retailers, but more people will probably read your comment : )

    AO/Brandon: Thanks for the info!

    Andrew: There’s not really anything that bizarre (well, other than that it doesn’t happen that frequently) about the numbers for Morning Glories.

    The book got a buzz and had a second (and third and forth) printing of issue one that sold really well. Advance reorders of issue two kept the numbers at about the same as initial orders for issue one. Issue two was also reprinted at least once, but those reorders were too low to make the chart.

    I’d guess at issue one selling at least 16,000, and issue two selling somewhere over 10,000.

  23. IDW graphic novels in the Top 300 for December:

    47 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 10 $24.99 1,567

    51 MYSTERY SOCIETY TP VOL 01 $19.99 1,500

    120 SPIKE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP VOL 01 $17.99 920

    132 GI JOE TP VOL 04 $19.99 857

    139 REID FLEMING WORLDS TOUGHEST MILKMAN HC VOL 01 $29.99 828

    147 ANGEL HC VOL 02 CROWN PRINCE SYNDROME $24.99 786

    167 RIP KIRBY HC VOL 03 $49.99 731

    169 STAR TREK BURDEN OF KNOWLEDGE TP VOL 01 $17.99 727

    178 TRANSFORMERS BEST OF STARSCREAM TP $19.99 704

    210 GI JOE DISAVOWED TP VOL 02 $24.99 584

    216 DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS TP VOL 06 $19.99 563

    236 SILENT HILL OMNIBUS TP $24.99 506

    272 WYNONNA EARP YETI WARS TP $17.99 449

    285 JEFFREY JONES A LIFE IN ART HC $49.99 426

  24. Snikt Snakt says:

    I second SW: Legacy as being an awesome title. Its a shame it got the ax…

  25. A full breakdown of the top indy/alt comics to make the Diamond Top 300 list can be found here
    http://www.renderwrx.net/comicindustrysales.htm

    It’s not as ornately broken down as done here, but just in case anybody cares.

  26. Joe Lawler says:

    “139 REID FLEMING WORLDS TOUGHEST MILKMAN HC VOL 01 $29.99 828″

    Now this just makes me sad.

  27. hmmm_hmm_hmm_hmm_mmph says:

    Roy Thomas’ Conan mini series was originally scheduled for 12 issues but they cut it to 6 for some odd reason. You’d think with a brand new film coming it, promotion will be their to help sales.

    What am I saying? Movies don’t always drive comic sales anyway. Just at what DC couldn’t accomplish with the Dark Knight in 2008. The Green Lantern may reverse the trend however.

  28. Joe Lawler says:

    “Just at what DC couldn’t accomplish with the Dark Knight in 2008. The Green Lantern may reverse the trend however.”

    DC saw good sales for Azarello’s Joker and if I’m remembering correctly bumps for the usual Frank Miller suspects.

  29. Isn’t it past time for the December Marvel/DC breakdown numbers to be posted?

  30. PeterCSM says:

    I’m surprised by Atomic Robo’s low numbers. Sometimes I pick it up and sometimes I don’t but I thought given it’s high level of art and energy it would be a higher seller. Maybe the trades do better?

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