Indie Month-to-Month Sales: March 2010

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By Matthew Murray

Dynamite grabs the top indie comic spot this month with the first issue of their adaptation of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet script. However, issue 2 sees a fairly large drop, and people seem unsure if the market can support the five Green Hornet titles Dynamite plans on launching.

Elsewhere on the chart Green Hornet Year One written by Matt Wagner is the second biggest indie launch of the month, The Guild and Terminator are Dark Horse’s newest launches, and Zenescope shipped a lot of books.

IDW had a 3.61% market share, and 4.02% dollar share, Dark Horse had 3.33% market share and 4.76% dollar share (gotta love those trade paperback sales), Dynamite had 3.08% market share and 3.40% dollar share, and Image had 3.01% market share and 3.22% dollar share.

I’ve listed every indie title in the top 225, every Dark Horse, Image, and IDW title in the top 300, and a selection of other titles.

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

20, 60. Kevin Smith Green Hornet (Dynamite)
03/2010: Kevin Smith Green Hornet #1 - 54,122
03/2010: Kevin Smith Green Hornet #2 - 32,866 (-39.3%)

Woah, this did way better than I expected. Issue one was the number 11 book by dollar rank thanks to its $3.99 price. However, that drop for issue two is quite high, and with there soon to be five Green Hornet books on the stands I wonder what the numbers on some of them will be like.

33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 
03/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 - 109,919 03/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #12 - 88,930 03/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23 - 64,108 ===== 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%) 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%) 6 month (-11.0%) 1 year (-27.4%) 2 year (-47.6%) 3 year (-57.6%)

Standard drop. Volume six of the collections has first month sales of 7,029, down slightly from the previous volume. The sales for issue #1 above are first month only.

87. Image Firsts (Image)
03/2010: Walking Dead #1 - 24,333

First of a series of $1 Image #1s. It sells at the same level as recent issues.

94. The Boys (Dynamite)
03/2008: The Boys #16 - 27,886
03/2009: The Boys #28 - 26,328

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-10.1%)
                                1 year (-16.4%)
                                2 year (-21.0%)

The newest trade, collecting up to issue 38, came out this month with sales of 6,640.

99. Green Hornet Year One (Dynamite)

03/2010: Green Hornet Year One #1 - 21,330

The second of many Green Hornet titles Dynamite is launching. This one is written by Matt Wagner.

102. Haunt (Image)

10/2009: Haunt #1 - 50,078
11/2009: Haunt #2 - 28,254 (-43.6%)
12/2009: Haunt #3 - 28,390 (+0.5%)
01/2010: Haunt #4 - 26,420 (-6.9%)
02/2010: Haunt #5 - 22,454 (-15.0%)
03/2010: Haunt #6 - 20,489 (-8.8%)

Initial interest seems to be disappearing, meanwhile volume one sells 3,895 copies.

107. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

03/2007: Star Wars Legacy #9 - 33,084
03/2008: Star Wars Legacy #21 - 30,228
03/2009: Star Wars Legacy #34 - 25,304

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-12.3%)
                                1 year (-21.8%)
                                2 year (-34.5%)
                                3 year (-40.2%)

I was correct last month; the solicitations for July say issue 50 say is the final issue.

113. Spawn (Image)

03/2005: Spawn #144 - 28,170
03/2006: Spawn #154 - 26,966
03/2007: Spawn #165 - 24,519
03/2008: Spawn #176 - 21,104
03/2009: Spawn #190 - 21,548

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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%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Spawn #196 - 18,893 (+2.3)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-12.3%)
                                2 year (-10.5%)
                                3 year (-22.9%)
                                4 year (-29.9%)
                                5 year (-32.9%)

Was it the Rob Liefled art that led to this increase? Possibly. In related news Image United is incredibly late, reportedly in part due to McFarlane being really late with his contributions. Issue three is now scheduled for May.

115, 198. Angel (IDW)

03/2006: Old Friends #4 - 13,479
03/2007: Auld Lang Syne #5 - 6,351
03/2008: After the Fall #5 - 49,558
03/2009: Angel #19 - 31,767

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-22.2%)
                                1 year (-41.6%)
                                2 year (-62.6%)
                                3 year (+191.9%)
                                4 year (+37.5%)

8,350 copies of #30 show up this month, and while the drops here aren’t looking too good, they’re still way up on before the relaunch.

117. Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse)

03/2005: Conan #14 - 38,180
03/2006: Conan #26 - 31,573
03/2007: Conan #38 - 25,236
03/2008: -
03/2009: The Cimmerian #9 - 20,555

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04/2009: The Cimmerian #10 - 20,419 (-0.7%)
05/2009: -
06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041 (-1.9%)
07/2009: The Cimmerian #12 - 19,268 (-3.9%)
08/2009: The Cimmerian #13 - 18,881 (-2.0%)
09/2009: The Cimmerian #14 - 18,643 (-1.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: The Cimmerian #15 - 18,293 (-1.9%)
11/2009: The Cimmerian #16 - 17,778 (-2.8%)
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%)
                                6 month (-2.7%)
                                1 year (-11.2%)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (-28.2%)
                                4 year (-42.6%)
                                5 year (-52.5%)

An alternative cover explains the increase. This series is ending at issue 25 to be relaunched as the 12 part Road of Kings series written by Roy Thomas.

129. The Guild (Dark Horse)

03/2010: The Guild #1 - 15,292

A spinoff of the internet series of the same name, written by its star and creator Felicia Day and drawn by Jim Rugg. You may have noticed that the most common price point of comics in the top 300 is now $3.99, Dark Horse is one of the few publishers using the $3.50 price (like they do on this title).

136, 139. GI Joe (IDW)

03/2005: GI Joe #41 (Devil’s Due) - 20,570
03/2006: America’s Elite #9 (Devil’s Due) - 18,017
03/2007: -
03/2008: America’s Elite # (Devil’s Due) - 14,402
03/2009: GI Joe #3 - 22,902

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-23.8%)
                                1 year (-42.0%)
                                2 year (-7.7%)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (-26.2%)
                                5 year (-35.4%)

Two issues this month to catch up, standard drop for both.

141. 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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-7.6%)

At the end of its first year Irredeemable is doing very well, selling just below where it was when it launched. Will year two bring more increases?

142. BPRD (Dark Horse)

03/2005: The Dead #5 - 14,746
03/2006: -
03/2007: Garden of Souls #1 - 16,598
03/2008: 1946 #3 - 16,246
03/2009: Black Goddess #3 (of 5) - 15,045

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-13.1%)
                                1 year (-14.4%)
                                2 year (-20.8%)
                                3 year (-22.4)
                                4 year (n.a.)
                                5 year (-12.7%)

There’s a standard drop this month, but I’m still wondering where two thousand readers went between the last miniseries and this one.

143. 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%)
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%)
                                6 month (+4.7%)

The other big indie hit form last year sees sales increase again. Meanwhile, sales on volume one have reached 12,678, after selling another 2,155 copies this month.

147. Crossed (Avatar)

03/2009: Crossed #4 (of 9) - 11,710

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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%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Crossed #8 - 12,757 (-10.4%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Crossed #9 - 12,374 (-3.0%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (+5.7%)

The final issue of this Garth Ennis series cost $4.99. There’s going to be a spinoff of some sort written by David Lapham.

150. Transformers Ongoing (IDW)

03/2009: All Hail Megatron #8 - 11,731

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (+3.1%)
                                1 year (+2.2%)

Standard drop.

151. Witchblade (Image)

03/2006: Witchblade #96 - 14,505
03/2007: Witchblade #104 - 14,208
03/2008: Witchblade #116 - 21,095
03/2009: Witchblade #125 - 17,206

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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%)
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%)
6 month (-22.4%)
                                1 year (-30.6%)
                                2 year (-43.4%)
                                3 year (-16.0%)
                                4 year (-17.7%)

Standard drop.

156. 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%)

A smaller than average drop this month. Incorruptible is doing very well and is just over one thousand behind its parent title.

161. GI Joe Origins (IDW)

03/2009: GI Joe Origins #2 - 18,361

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-25.1%)
                                1 year (-39.9%)

Back to normal after last month’s jump for the Ben Templesmith Baroness issue.

163. 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%)

Do Warren Ellis projects ever come out on time?

164. Terminator (Dark Horse)

03/2010: Terminator #1 - 10,601

Written by Zach Whedon, it launches well below some of Dark Horses other recent movie based comics.

165. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW)

03/2009: GI Joe Cobra #1 - 19,433

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04/2009: GI Joe Cobra #2 - 18,685 (-3.9%)
05/2009: GI Joe Cobra #3 - 17,881 (-4.3)
06/2009: GI Joe Cobra #4 - 16,739 (-6.4%)
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
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%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-45.6%)

167. GFT Presents Neverland (Zenescope)

03/2010: Neverland #1 - 10,401

GFT stands for “Grimm Fairy Tales”.

168. Queen Sonja (Dynamite)

03/2006: Red Sonja #8 - 34,700
03/2007: Red Sonja #20 - 21,275
03/2008: Red Sonja #31 - 16,543
03/2009: Red Sonja #42 - 12,508

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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%)
11/2009: Queen Sonja #2 - 12,024 (-13.2%)
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%)
                                6 month (-12.0%)
                                1 year (-16.9%)
                                2 year (-37.2%)
                                3 year (-51.1%)
                                4 year (-70.0%)

Standard drop. I wonder if they’ll relaunch at issue 25 too.

170, 177. Escape from Wonderland (Zenescope)

07/2009: Escape from Wonderland #0 - 10,805
08/2009: Escape from Wonderland #1 - 11,530 (+6.7%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: Escape from Wonderland #2 - 10,108 (-12.3%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Escape from Wonderland #3 - 10,628 (+5.1%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Escape from Wonderland #4 - 9,664 (-9.1%)
03/2010: Escape from Wonderland #5 - 10,193 (+5.5%)
03/2010: Escape from Wonderland #6 - 9,769 (-4.2%)

Two issues this month. Zenescope did that with a number of their titles in March.

172. Angel Special (IDW)

03/2010: Angel: Lorne - 10,110

A one shot by John Byrne costing $7.99. It was number 82 on the dollar charts.

179. Mass Effect Redemption (Dark Horse)

01/2010: Mass Effect Redemption #1 - 8,337
02/2010: Mass Effect Redemption #2 - 7,164 (-14.7%)
03/2010: Mass Effect Redemption #3 - 9,645 (+34.6%)

That’s a huge increase, not sure what’s going on here. This is a video game tie-in.

180. Cyberforce Hunter Killer (Image)

01/2006: Cyberforce #1 - 27,489
01/2007: Hunter Killer #12 - 16,824
03/2008: -
03/2009: -

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07/2009: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #1 (of 5) - 19,694
08/2009: -
09/2009: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #2 (of 5) -11,254 (-42.9%)
08/2009: -
11/2009: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #3 - 10,533 (-6.4%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #4 - 10,082 (-4.3%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #5 - 9,464 (-6.1%)
                                6 month (-15.9%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (43.7%)
                                4 year (-65.6%)

Final issue.

183. Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract)

02/2009: Echo #10 - 3,325 [11,253]

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03/2009: -
04/2009: Echo #11 - 11,293 (+0.4%)
05/2009: Echo #12 - 11,093 (-1.8%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Echo #13 - 10,783 (-2.8%)
08/2009: Echo #14 - 10,663 (-1.1%)
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%)

Slightly larger than usual drop.

187, 188. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

03/2006: Grimm Fairy Tales #4 - 5,410
03/2007: Grimm Fairy Tales #13 - 6,190
03/2008: Grimm Fairy Tales #25 - 9,732
03/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #36 - 9,198

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04/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #37 - 9,272 (+0.8%)
05/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #38 - 9,077 (-2.1%)
06/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #39 - 10,099 (+11.3%)
07/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #40 - 9,616 (-4.8%)
08/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #41 - 10,600 (+10.2%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #42 - 9,070 (-14.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #43 - 10,246 (+13.0%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #44 - 8,824 (-13.9%)
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #45 - 8,916 (+1.0%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-3.1%)
                                2 year (-8.4%)
                                3 year (+44.0%)
                                4 year (+64.8%)

Another double shipping book. I guess issue 45 had a hotter cover.

189. GI Joe Operation Hiss (IDW)

02/2010: Operation Hiss #1 - 10,140
03/2010: Operation Hiss #2 - 8,818 (-13.0%)

Movie sequel.

191. Transformers Nefarious (IDW)

03/2010: Nefarious #1 - 8,810

Ditto.

193. Fathom (Aspen)

03/2005: Fathom #0 - 28,553
03/2006: Fathom #7 - 17,228
03/2007: Kiani #1 - 14,972
03/2008: -
03/2009: Fathom #6 - 10,301

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04/2009: -
05/2009: Fathom #7 - 9,748 (-5.4%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Fathom #8 - 9,349 (-4.1%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Fathom #9 - 9,342 (-0%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Fathom #10 - 8,602 (-7.9%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-16.5%)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (-42.5%)
                                4 year (-50.1%)
                                5 year (-69.9%)

194. Transformers Bumblebee (IDW)

12/2009: Transformers Bumblebee #1 – 10,205
01/2010: Transformers Bumblebee #2 - 9,021 (-11.6%)
02/2010: Transformers Bumblebee #3 - 8,537 (-5.4%)
03/2010: Transformers Bumblebee #4 - 8,601 (+0.7%)

Slight increase.

199. Rasl (Cartoon Books)

04/2009: Rasl #4 - 10,002
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: Rasl #5 - 9,866 (-1.7%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: Rasl #6 - 8,844 (-10.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Rasl #7 - 8,301 (-6.1%)

Hopefully the start of a more reliable shipping schedule.

202. Red Sonja (Dynamite)

02/2010: Wrath of the Gods #1 - 8,941
03/2010: Wrath of the Gods #2 - 8,155

204. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword)

03/2005: Tarot #31 - 10,261
03/2006: Tarot #37 - 9,815
03/2007: Tarot #43 - 9,314
03/2008: Tarot #49 - 9,282
03/2009: Tarot #55 - 8,568

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04/2009: -
05/2009: Tarot #56 - 8,693 (+1.5%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Tarot #57 - 8,705 (+0.1%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: Tarot #58 - 8,502 (-2.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Tarot #59 - 8,356 (-1.7%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Tarot #60 - 8,241 (-1.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Tarot #61 - 8,096 (-1.8%)
                        6 month (-4.8%)
                        1 year (-5.5%)
                        2 year (-12.7%)
                        3 year (-13.1%)
                        4 year (-17.5%)
                        5 year (-21.1%)

206, 212. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

03/2005: Sonic #147 - 7,875
03/2006: Sonic # 160 - 7,588
03/2007: Sonic #173 - 6,907
03/2008: Sonic #186 - 6,880
03/2009: Sonic #198 - 7,237

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04/2009: Sonic #199 - 7,533 (+4.1%)
05/2009: Sonic #200 - 8,953 (+18.9%)
06/2009: Sonic #201 - 8,001 (-10.6%)
07/2009: Sonic #202 - 8,193 (+2.4%)
08/2009: Sonic #203 - 8,166 (-0.3%)
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%)
                                6 month (-4.7%)
                                1 year (+7.6%)
                                2 year (+13.2%)
                                3 year (+12.7%)
                                4 year (+2.6%)
                                5 year (-1.1%)

Two issues this month.

207. Executive Assistant Iris (Aspen)

03/2009: Executive Assistant Iris #0 - 7,022
04/2009: -
05/2009: -
06/2009: Executive Assistant Iris #1 - 10,726 (+52.7%)
07/2009: Executive Assistant Iris #2 - 7,868 (-26.6%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: Executive Assistant Iris #3 - 7,938 (+0.9%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2009: -
02/2009: -
03/2010: Executive Assistant Iris #4 - 7,885 (-0.7%)

Surprisingly the massive gap didn’t have any affect at all. Also, this is not a porn comic as I originally thought.

209. Transformers Last Stand of the Wreckers (IDW)

01/2010: Last Stand of the Wreckers #1 - 8,862
02/2010: Last Stand of the Wreckers #2 – 5,744 (-35.2%)
03/2010: Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 – 7,855 (+36.8%)

Appears to have suffered from the same “falling off the back of a truck” problem as Angel last month.

210. Darkness (Image)

03/2005: Darkness #19 - 15,105
03/2006: -
03/2007: -
03/2008: -
03/2009: Darkness #76 - 11,257

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04/2009: -
05/2009: Darkness #77 - 10,114 (-10.2%)
06/2009: Witchblade Darkness Angelus Blood on the Sands - 10,106 (0%)
07/2009: Darkness #78 - 10,417 (+3.1%)
08/2009: Darkness #79 - 13,260 (+27.3%)
09/2009: Darkness #80 - 14,045 (+5.9%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Darkness #81 - 9,419 (-32.9%)
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%)
                                6 month (-44.2%)
                                1 year (-30.4%)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (n.a.)
                                5 year (-48.1%)

Up over the oneshot, but overall sales continue to fall.

214. The Black Terror (Dynamite)

03/2009: The Black Terror #3 - 17,928

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04/2009: -
05/2009: The Black Terror #4 - 16,058 (-10.4%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
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%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-57.2%)

The drops have finally gotten smaller.

215. Talisman Road of Trials (Random House/Del Rey)

10/2009: Talisman Road of Trials #0 - 13,410
11/2009: Talisman Road of Trials #1 - 10,752 (-19.8%)
12/2009: Talisman Road of Trials #2 - 8,755 (-18.6%)
01/2010: Talisman Road of Trials #3 - 8,221 (-6.1%)
02/2010: Talisman Road of Trials #4 - 7,336 (-10.7%)
03/2010: Talisman Road of Trials #5 - 7,497 (+2.2%)

Stephen King adaptation.

216. Angel Hole in the World (IDW)

12/2009: Hole in the World #1 - 9,748
01/2010: Hole in the World #2 - 9,133 (-6.3%)
02/2010: Hole in the World #3 - 8,179 (-10.4%)
03/2010: Hole in the World #4 - 7,485 (-8.5%)

Adaptation of an episode of the TV show.

217. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

03/2005: Simpsons Comics #102 - 12,163
03/2006: Simpsons Comics #116 - 10,862
03/2007: Simpsons Comics #128 - 9,555
03/2008: Simpsons Comics #149 - 9,139
03/2009: Simpsons Comics #152 - 7,669

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04/2009: Simpsons Comics #153 - 7,611 (-0.8%)
05/2009: Simpsons Comics #154 - 7,546 (-0.9%)
06/2009: Simpsons Comics #155 - 8,011 (+6.2%)
07/2009: Simpsons Comics #156 - 7,774 (-3.0%)
08/2009: Simpsons Comics #157 - 7,565 (-2.7%)
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%)
                                6 month (-5.5%)
                                1 year (-4.1%)
                                2 year (-19.6%)
                                3 year (-23.1%)
                                4 year (-32.3%)
                                5 year (-39.6%)

Retains a little of last month’s increase.

218, 221. The Sword (Image)

03/2008: The Sword #6 - 9,302
03/2009: -

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04/2009: The Sword #16 - 8,231 (+2.2%)
05/2009: The Sword #17 - 8,081 (-1.8%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: The Sword #18 - 8,165 (+1.0%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: The Sword #19 - 8,116 (-0.6%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: The Sword #20 - 7,887 (-2.8%)
01/2010: The Sword #21 - 7,522 (-4.6%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: The Sword #22 – 7,294 (-3.0%)
03/2010: The Sword #23 - 7,115 (-2.5%)
                                6 month (-12.3%)
                                1 year (-23.5%)

Two issues this month, and those drops are a bit larger than I would have expected considering #24 is the final issue.

220. Choker (Image)

02/2010: Choker #1 - 8,735
03/2010: Choker #2 - 7,160 (-18.0%)

Ben Templesmith project.

222, 294. Locke & Key (IDW)

03/2008: Locke & Key #2 - 6,124
03/2009: Head Games #3 - 9,354 (-1.4%)

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04/2009: Head Games #4 - 9,302 (-0.6%)
05/2009: Head Games #5 - 9,137 (-1.8%)
06/2009: Head Games #6 - 8,889 (-2.7%)
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
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%)
                                        6 month (n.a.)
                                        1 year (-25.1%)
                                        2 year (+14.5%)

3,860 copes of #3 show up this month.

223. 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%)
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%)

Apparently quite a few of these end up being grey market imports to the UK

225. Soulfire (Aspen)

10/2009: Soulfire Volume Two #1 - 8,639
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #2 - 7,711 (-10.7%)
03/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #3 - 6,928 (-10.2%)

226. Solomon Kane (Dark Horse)

01/2010: Deaths Black Riders #1 - 8,266 (-16.0%)
02/2010: Deaths Black Riders #2 - 7,320 (-11.4%)
03/2010: Deaths Black Riders #3 - 6,899 (-5.8%)

228. Groo (Dark Horse)

10/2009: Hogs of Horder #1 - 9,188
11/2009: -
12/2009: Hogs of Horder #2 - 7,787 (-15.2%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Hogs of Horder #3 - 7,186 (-7.7%)
03/2010: Hogs of Horder #4 - 6,865 (-4.5%)

Final issue.

239, 281. A-Team Shotgun Wedding (IDW)

03/2010: Shotgun Wedding #1 - 6,442
03/2010: Shotgun Wedding #2 - 4,458 (-30.8%)

IDW has been shipping A-Team comics weekly for March and April.

249. Battlefields (Dynamite)

03/2009: Dear Billy #3 - 6,870

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04/2009: Tankies #1 - 8,156 (+18.7%)
05/2009: Tankies #2 - 7,043 (-13.6%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Tankies #3 - 6,834 (-3.0%)
08/2009: -
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%)
                                        6 months (n.a.)
                                        1 year (-15.5%)

Part one of a new story (Firefly). I think Dynamite’s decision not to renumber with a new issue one is strange.

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

06/2009: The Frazetta Cover Series #3 (of 8) - 7,939
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: The Frazetta Cover Series #4 - 5,653 (-28.8%)

This issue costs $6.99, and is listed as “Conan Legacy Frazetta Cover” on the ICV2 list. The series exists to reprint Frazetta’s Conan covers over various Conan comics.

254. Star Trek (IDW)

02/2010: Movie Adaptation #1 - 6,436
03/2010: Movie Adaptation #2 - 5,622 (-12.6%)

I’m not sure why this is coming out now.

257. Savage Dragon (Image)

03/2006: Savage Dragon #126 - 6,778
03/2007: -
03/2008: Savage Dragon #135 - 6,658
03/2009: -

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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%)
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%)
                                6 month (-6.9%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (-16.2%)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (-17.7%)

261. Star Trek TNG Ghosts (IDW)

11/2009: Ghosts #1 - 6,918
12/2009: -
01/2010: Ghosts #2 - 3,155 (-54.4%)
01/2010: Ghosts #3 - 5,777 (+83.1%)
02/2010: Ghosts #4 - 5,614 (-2.8%)
03/2010: Ghosts #5 - 5,356 (-4.6%)

263. Star Trek DS9 Fools Gold (IDW)

12/2009: Fools Gold #1 - 6,623
01/2010: Fools Gold #2 -5,909 (-10.8%)
02/2010: Fools Gold #3 - 5,378 (-9.0%)
03/2010: Fools Gold #4 - 5,263 (-2.1%)

269. Archie (Archie)

03/2005: Archie #555 - 2,607
03/2006: -
03/2007: -
03/2008: -
03/2009: -

=====
04/2009: -
05/2009: Archie #597 - 2,563
06/2009: -
07/2009: -
08/2009: Archie #600 - 54,170 [58,408] (+2,178.9%)
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%)
                                6 month (-86.8%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (n.a.)
                                5 year (+92.3%)

This issue features the pop group School Gyrls. The collection of the Archie gets married storyline has first month sales of 3,552.

270. Dragon Age (IDW)

03/2010: Dragon Age #1 - 4,987

The second video game based series (after Army of Two) released by EA Comics and IDW. This one is written by Orson Scott Card.

273. Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

03/2005: Usagi Yojimbo #82 - 6,476
03/2006: Usagi Yojimbo #92 - 5,836
03/2007: Usagi Yojimbo #101 - 5,836
03/2008: Usagi Yojimbo #111 - 5,590
03/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #119 - 5,142

=====
04/2009: -
05/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #120 - 5,160 (+0.4%)
06/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #121 - 5,171 (+0.2%)
07/2009: -
08/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #122 - 5,077 (-1.8%)
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%)
                                6 month (-3.1%)
                                1 year (-4.8%)
                                2 year (-12.5%)
                                3 year (-16.2%)
                                4 year (-16.2%)
                                5 year (-24.4%)

Fairly solid.

278. Muppet Show (Boom)

03/2009: Muppet Show #1 (of 4) - 7,272

=====
04/2009: Muppet Show #2 (of 4) - 6,563 (-10.0%)
05/2009: -
06/2009: Muppet Show #3 (of 4) - 7,210 (+9.9%)
07/2009: Muppet Show #4 (of 4) - 6,273 (-13.0%)
07/2009: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #1 (of 4) - 7,027 (+12.0%)
08/2009: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #2 (of 4) - 5,952 (-15.3%)
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%)
                                        6 month (-16.3%)
                                        1 year (-37.3%)

Interest seems to be disappearing here, but these are available through other channels.

283, 286. A-Team War Stories (IDW)

03/2010: BA #1 - 4,374
03/2010: Hannibal #1 - 4,215 (-3.6%)

265, 288. Incredibles (Boom)

03/2005: The Incredibles (Dark Horse) #4 (of 4) - 11,684
03/2006: -
03/2007: -
03/2008: -
03/2009: Family Matters #1 (of 4) - 11,252

=====
04/2009: -
05/2009: Family Matters #2 (of 4) - 8,041 (-28.5%)
06/2009: Family Matters #3 (of 4) - 8,169 (+1.6%)
07/2009: Family Matters #4 (of 4) - 8,199 (+0.4%)
08/2009: Incredibles #0 - 9,407 (+14.7%)
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%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (64.2%)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (n.a.)
                                4 year (n.a.)
                                5 year (-65.6%)

Two issues this month. These are not for sale outside of North America, though they are available on newsstands.

289. Ghoul (IDW)

11/2009: Ghoul #1 - 7,000
12/2009: -
01/2010: Ghoul #2 - 4,672 (-33.3%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Ghoul #3 - 4,007 (-14.2%)

Written by Steve Niles and drawn by Bernie Wrightson.

290. Tank Girl

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 (IDW) - 3,957 (+21.6%)

I think this has to be a record for being published by the most different publishers in a short period of time.

291. Ghost Projekt (Oni)

03/2010: Ghost Projekt #1 - 3,955

Drawn by Steve Rolston.

292. Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories (Boom)

03/2005: Comics and Stories #655 (Gemstone) - 4,072
03/2006: Comics and Stories #667 (Gemstone) - 3,742
03/2007: Comics and Stories #679 (Gemstone) - 3,687
03/2008: -
03/2009: - ===== 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%) 6 months (n.a.) 1 year (n.a.) 2 year (n.a.) 3 year (+6.2%) 4 year (+4.7%) 5 year (-3.8%)

The Gemstone editions cost over twice what the Boom ones sell for, but the recent issues are available outside the direct market.

293. Uncle Scrooge (Boom)


03/2005: Uncle Scrooge #340 (Gemstone) - 4,879
03/2006: Uncle Scrooge #352 (Gemstone) - 4,663
03/2007: Uncle Scrooge #364 (Gemstone) – 4,435
03/2008: -
03/2009: - ===== 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%) 6 months (n.a.) 1 year (n.a.) 2 year (n.a.) 3 year (-11.9%) 4 year (-16.2%) 5 year (-19.9%)

Ditto.

296. Shuddertown (Image)

03/2010: Shuddertown #1 - 3,836

297. Fade to Black (Image)

03/2010: Fade to Black #1 - 3,833

This is interesting, as two Image series I hadn’t heard of and lacking “name” creators sell almost the exact same amount.

298. Toy Story (Boom)

02/2010: Toy Story #1 - 4,858
03/2010: Toy Story #2 - 3,804 (-2.2%)

299. Wall-E (Boom)

11/2009: Wall-E #0 - 7,410
12/2009: Wall-E #1 - 5,946 (-20.0%)
01/2010: Wall-E #2 - 4,581 (-23.0%)
02/2010: Wall-E #3 - 4,175 (-8.9%)
03/2010: Wall-E #4 - 3,736 (-10.5%)

300. Wizards of Mickey (Boom)
02/2010: Wizards of Mickey #1 - 5,055
03/2010: Wizards of Mickey #2 - 3,704 (-26.7%)

The lowest selling comic on this month’s chart. Those last three are available through channels other than the direct market.

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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.

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

Comments

  1. Nikoli says:

    “In related news Image United is incredibly late, reportedly in part due to McFarlane being really late with his contributions. Issue three is now scheduled for May.”

    Thanks for the update. I was wondering where this series was. No real surprise that its late, but Image hasn’t put out any news on it for a while letting us know what’s going on.

  2. The reason why many independent comics don’t suffer big drop-offs when there are big gaps in the release schedule is quite simple: The orders are (most of the time) not adjustable.

    For example, Executive Assistant Iris #3 was solicited in June 2009, and #4 was solicited in July 2009. They were solicited as monthly, but they were released 6 months apart. The place where any drop-off will be strongest is likely to be #5, which wasn’t solicited until after #4 came out.

  3. Thanks for doing these!

    There seems to be a weird formatting thing going on with the first line of each title, where it doesn’t start on a new line and gets cut off by the column border. Maybe it’s just my browser?

    It always makes me sad to see so few original creator-owned comics in the top 100 – this month only The Boys and the dollar reprint of The Walking Dead #1.

  4. Corey: It’s not just you, I’m having the same problem.

  5. Urgh, don’t know what happened to the formatting, I think it’s all fixed now.

    Brian: Thanks for the information! At one point do orders for books solicited through Diamond get cancelled? Is there a point where books are cancelled due to being so late?

  6. srfan says:

    Aspen really needs to get its act together.

  7. Cuteaholic says:

    I’m fairly certain the Star Trek movie adaptation was released last year at the same time as the movie. Is this a re-release, maybe?

  8. I always find these sales charts interesting, and want to thank you for taking the time to do this.

    Additionally:

    “Also, this is not a porn comic as I originally thought.”

    For some reason this made me laugh out loud, which I’m sure was not the intention. Then I thought about how it could have been repeated out of context after any title on the chart, such as “Angel Hole in the World” or “The Sword,” and I was childishly snickering for several minutes.

  9. mark coale says:

    Calling Choker “a Ben Templesmith project” will not sit well with THE BOSS.

  10. Re: Star Wars: Legacy

    Indeed you were correct that it’s being canceled with Issue #50. I couldn’t find any mention of that a month ago. Perhaps I didn’t look hard enough. Or perhaps it actually had not been announced and you have a psychic ability that had not previously been revealed. ;)

    In any event, as someone who had questioned that news, I did want to post to give you credit for being right about that.

    I am sorely disappointed with this news, the title is always among my Top 10 every month and while I do read quite a few comics each month, this is one of the few that I will genuinely miss (unless it is relaunched and I’m crossing my fingers for that!)

  11. Re: Executive Assistant Iris #4

    I believe that it had 4 Regular Covers orderable in equal quantities and a 5th Retailer Incentive Cover, which was 1-2 more Covers than Issue #3 had. *If* I am correct, then that may have contributed to it’s sales stability this month.

  12. Re: Green Hornet

    Part of the difference in sales between the 1st and 2nd Issues *might* be attributable to the many Variants that Issue #1 had. I believe that there were 4 Regular Covers and at least 4 Variants (though I think that there may have been even more than that).

  13. “with there soon to be five Green Hornet books on the stands I wonder what the numbers on some of them will be like”

    The numbers on the floppies aren’t nearly as important as having collections aplenty in the bookstore channel when/if the movie (ever) comes out. (Especially one with Kevin Smith’s name on it. Even if it’ll take up twice the rack space of the others.)

    Long as they can all stay in five-figure territory for the duration of the various LS, DE is likely ecstatic about their success.

  14. Green Hornet #1 had a total of 15 different covers, and #2 had 9. Which is kinda ri-goddam-diculous, but there you go.

  15. JameS says:

    And here I thought no one issue had beat Gen 13’s 13 variants for issue 1!! haha…

    That being said, Marvel have been trying hard lately, with as much as 6 variant covers on their number 1 issues… ;)

    I can’t get over the Spawn gap there! 2 issues in 8 months. How can anyone continue to buy it? And how can creators do that to their fans? Its like a slap in the face! haha…

  16. Matt:
    The cancellation system at Diamond seems arbitrary, and may be set by the publishers themselves. Some companies will cancel and resolicit a title if its just a few months late, and there are some items on my unfilled initial order list that go all the way back to October 2006 (Spawn/ Batman #1!), which was when I placed my first Diamond order.

    JameS:
    No one buys Spawn anymore. I’m down to one subscriber and no shelf copies. They should have ended the series after the Apocalypse happened.

  17. PeterCSM says:

    Green Hornet had 15 different variant covers?! Wow, that’s tragically impressive.

    And thanks Brian for the info. I was wondering the same thing as Matt.

  18. Samy Merchi says:

    “I’m fairly certain the Star Trek movie adaptation was released last year at the same time as the movie. Is this a re-release, maybe?”

    I do not believe there has been a comic adaptation of Star Trek 11 before. You may be thinking of Countdown (the prequel to ST11) or the Wrath of Khan (ST2) adaptation.

    “I think [Tank Girl] has to be a record for being published by the most different publishers in a short period of time.”

    How about Star Trek, which was split between DC and Malibu at one point, and then transferred over to Marvel at one point in the mid-late nineties?

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