Indie Month-to-Month Sales October 2010

Buffy looks like it will hold on to its position as top “indie” book until its season 8 run finishes early next year. Meanwhile Dynamite’s launch of a Warlord of Mars series did very well, IDW’s True Blood picked up a lot of reorders, and the first of Boom’s Stan Lee inspired comics debuted high.

Dark Horse had a 5.92% dollar share and a 4.67% market share, IDW Had a 5.09% dollar share and a 4.04% market share (in part thanks to the strong showing of Darwyn Cooke’s new Parker hardcover which sold 7,501 copies), and Image had a 4.52% dollar share and a 4.04% market share.

I’ve ranked every Dark Horse, Image, and IDW title in the top 300, every “indie” title in the top 225, and a selection of others.

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) 

10/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 - 94,144
10/2008: -
10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236
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11/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #30 - 49,155 (-2.2%)
12/2009: BTVS Willow One Shot - 45,136 (-8.2%)
01/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31 - 47,013 (+4.2%)
02/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32 - 47,975 (+2.0)
03/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33 - 46,568 (-2.9%)
04/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #34 - 45,909 (-1.4%)
05/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #35 - 45,446(-1.1%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Riley One Shot - 38,119 (-16.1%)
09/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36 - 44,883 (+17.7%)
10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)
                                6 month (-6.3%)
                                1 year (-14.4%)
                                2 year (n.a.)
                                3 year (-54.3%)

Season 8 ends with issue 40. There will be a season 9 of some sort, but I don’t think it’s yet been announced when it launches. Volume 7 of the collections was number five on the graphic novel chart with sales of 6,714.

44. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite) 
10/2010: Warlord of Mars #1 - 36,927

Despite being a $1 issue, there are seven different covers.

61. 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%)

Well it looks like this comic based on a vampire TV show came along just in time to replace IDW’s previous best selling title based on a vampire TV show.

There were loads of reorders this month as issue two showed up at #166 gaining reorders of 10,799, issue three was at #168 with reorders of 10,644, and issue one was at #187 with 9,200 reorders. If you don’t include those, sales have actually gone up since issue one.

71. The Walking Dead (Image) 

10/2005: The Walking Dead #22 - 17,634
10/2006: -
10/2007: The Walking Dead #43 - 22,737
10/2008: The Walking Dead #53 - 24,094
10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944
=====
11/2009: The Walking Dead #67 - 24,666 (-1.1%)
12/2009: The Walking Dead #68 - 24,230 (-1.8%)
01/2010: The Walking Dead #69 - 23,695 (-2.2)
02/2010: The Walking Dead #70 - 23,999 (+1.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: The Walking Dead #71 - 24,567 (+2.4%)
05/2010: The Walking Dead #72 - 25,182 (+2.5%)
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 (+1.8%)
07/2010: The Walking Dead #74 - 25,468 (-0.7%)
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 - 28,667 [33,079] (+29.9%)
08/2010: The Walking Dead #76 - 26,553 (-19.7%)
09/2010: The Walking Dead #77 - 27,448 (+3.4%)
10/2010: The Walking Dead #78 - 27,947 (+1.8%)
                               6 month (+13.8%)
                               1 year (+12.0%)
                               2 year (+16.0%)
                               3 year (+22.9%)
                               4 year (n.a.)
                               5 year (+58.5%)

Business as usual for the Walking Dead, meaning that sales go up again. Meanwhile, five of the top ten graphic novels this month were Walking Dead collections.

98. The Boys (Dynamite) 

10/2007: The Boys #11 - 30,852
10/2008: The Boys #23 - 28,864
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841
=====
11/2009: The Boys #36 - 23,471 (-5.5%)
12/2009: The Boys #37 - 24,025 (+2.4%)
01/2010: The Boys #38 - 22,203 (-7.6%)
02/2010: The Boys #39 - 21,905 (-1.3%)
03/2010: The Boys #40 - 22,022 (+0.5%)
04/2010: The Boys #41 - 21,552 (-2.1%)
05/2010: The Boys #42 - 21,479 (-0.3%)
06/2010: The Boys #43 - 21,390 (-0.4%)
07/2010: The Boys #44 - 21,270 (-0.6%)
08/2010: The Boys #45 - 21,041 (-1.1%)
09/2010: The Boys #46 - 20,789 (-1.2%)
10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198 (-2.8%)
                               6 month (-6.3%)
                               1 year (-18.7%)
                               2 year (-30.0%)
                               3 year (-34.5%)

That’s a bigger than normal drop for this series, but nothing to worry about yet.

102. Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero (Boom!) 
10/2010: Solder Zero #1 - 19,593

Big sales for this title, no doubt bolstered by the seven different covers available, including a 1-25, 50, 75, 150, and 300 incentive covers.

103. Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet (Dynamite) 

03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1 - 54,122
03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #2 - 32,866 (-39.3%) [36,004]
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%)
						6 month (-34.2%)

Sales of the main Green Hornet book are still going down, but they’re relatively stable compared to the other titles.

105. Star Wars Knight Errant Aflame (Dark Horse) 
10/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #1 - 18,363

Five issue miniseries featuring a new, female Jedi.

109. Beasts of Burden/Hellboy (Dark Horse) 
10/2009: Beasts of Burden #2 (of 4) - 6,415
=====
10/2010: Beasts of Burden/Hellboy oneshot - 17,618
1 year (+174.6%)

Sales are massively up on the Beasts of Burden series, but down about a thousand from the latest issue of Hellboy which surprises me a little. Volume 11 of Hellboy was number 8 on the graphic novel chart with first month sales of 5,753.

110. 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%)
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%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                               1 year (-65.4%)

The one year comparison is a bit awful, but that was with issue one. Sales keep dropping somewhat erratically, so the book hasn’t found it’s level yet.

115. 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%)

The drop for issue two was incredibly small, so this drop is no cause for alarm for this miniseries.

117. 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%)

Settling down.

119. Star Wars: Blood Ties (Dark Horse) 

08/2010: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #1 - 9,769 [19,169]
09/2010: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #2 - 16,506 (-13.9%)
10/2010: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #3 - 15,810 (-4.2%)

Ditto.

120. Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse) 

10/2005: Conan #21 - 34,232
10/2006: Conan #33 - 29,137
10/2007: Conan #44 - 23,632
010/2008: The Cimmerian #4 - 24,790
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%)
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%)
                6 month (-5.5%)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (-37.5%)
                3 year (-34.5%)
                4 year (46.8-%)
                5 year (-54.7%)

One issue left of this series. A new miniseries starts in December.

125. Angel (IDW) 

10/2005: The Curse #5 (of 5) - 14,660
10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: After the Fall #13 - 40,838
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886
=====
11/2009: Angel #27 - 20,731 (-9.4%)
12/2009: Angel #28 - 21,301 (+2.7%)
12/2009: Angel Annual #1 - 16,616 (-22.0%)
01/2010: Angel #29 - 20,280 (+22.5%)
02/2010: Angel #30 - 11,044 [19,394] (-4.4%)
03/2010: Angel #31 - 18,538 (-4.4%)
04/2010: Angel #32 - 17,942 (-3.2%)
05/2010: Angel #33 - 17,521 (-2.3%)
06/2010: Angel #34 - 17,467 (-0.3%)
07/2010: Angel #35 - 16,664 (-4.6%)
08/2010: Angel #36 - 16,016 (-3.9%)
09/2010: Angel #37 - 15,865 (-0.9%)
10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115 (-4.7%)
                               6 month (-15.8%)
                               1 year (-34.0%)
                               2 year (-63.0%)
                               3 year (n.a.)
                               4 year (n.a.)
                               5 year (+3.1%)

Final Bill Willingham issue. David Tischman takes over next issue and it looks like he’ll be around until the series ends with issue 44.

129. Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse) 

10/2009: Invasion #0 - 19,714
=====
10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138 (-2.9%)
11/2009: Invasion #5 - 18,315 (-4.3%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
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%)
                               6 month (n.a.)
                               1 year (-26.1%)

Not the healthiest of drops for a miniseries.

139. Turok Son of Stone (Dark Horse) 
10/2010: Turok Son of Stone #1 - 12,607

Another of the Valiant relaunches written by Jim Shooter.

140. BPRD (Dark Horse) 

10/2005: Black Flame #3 (of 5) - 15,828
10/2006: -
10/2007: Killing Ground #3 (of 5) - 15,885
10/2008: The Warning #4 (of 5) - 16,142
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505
=====
11/2009: 1947 #5 (of 5) - 13,977 (-3.6%)
12/2009: War on Frogs #4 (of 4) - 12,904 (-7.7%)
01/2010: King of Fear #1 - 14,081 (+9.1%)
02/2010: King of Fear #2 - 13,123 (-6.8%)
03/2010: King of Fear #3 - 12,874 (-1.9%)
04/2010: King of Fear #4 - 12,480 (-3.1%)
05/2010: King of Fear #5 - 12,519 (+0.3%)
06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805  (-9.3%)
08/2010: Hell on Earth New World #1 - 13,563 (+14.9%)
09/2010: Hell on Earth New World #2 - 12,717 (-6.2%)
10/2010: Hell on Earth New World #3 - 12,402 (-2.5%)
                               6 month (-0.6%)
                               1 year (-14.5%)
                               2 year (-23.2%)
                               3 year (-21.9%)
                               4 year (n.a.)
                               5 year (-21.6%)

Business as usual.

141. Metalocalypse Dethklok (Dark Horse) 
10/2010: Metalocalypse Dethklok #1 - 12,358

A Dethklok vs. The Goon one shot sold 17,123 copies last July, this three issue miniseries based on the cartoon doesn’t do as well.

142. 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%)

Still finding its level.

146. Spike (IDW) 

10/2006: Spike Asylum #2 - 7,866
10/2007: Shadow Puppets #4 - 6,980
10/2008: Spike After the Fall #4 - 29,446
10/2009: -
=====
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%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (-59.1%)
			3 year (+72.6%)
			4 year (+53.1%)

The launch of a new Spike series. Originally it was intended to be an ongoing, but IDW losing the license have truncated it to just eight issues.

150. GI Joe (IDW) 

10/2005: America’s Elite #4 (Devil’s Due) - 21,398
10/2006: America’s Elite #16 (Devil’s Due) - 17,325
10/2007: America’s Elite #28 (Devil’s Due) - 15,358
10/2008: A New Beginning #0 - 40,932
10/2009: GI Joe #10 – 16,264
=====
11/2009: GI Joe #11 – 15,527 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #12 – 14,824 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #13 – 15,759 (+6.3%)
01/2010: GI Joe #14 – 14,030 (-11.0%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: GI Joe #15 – 13,607 (-3.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe #16 – 13,288 (-2.3%)
04/2010: GI Joe #17 – 13,129 (-1.2%)
05/2010: GI Joe #18 – 12,776 (-2.7%)
06/2010: GI Joe #19 – 12,849 (+0.6%)
07/2010: GI Joe #20 - 12,599 (-1.9%)
08/2010: GI Joe #21 - 12,264 (-2.7%)
09/2010: GI Joe #22 - 11,887 (-3.1%)
10/2010: GI Joe #23 - 11,531 (-3.0%)
		6 month (-12.2%)
        	1 year (-29.1%)
		2 year (-71.8%)
		3 year (-24.9%)
		4 year (-33.4%)
		5 year (-46.1%)

Standard drop.

151. Irredeemable (Boom) 		

10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282
=====
11/2009: Irredeemable #8 - 13,688 (-4.2%)
12/2009: Irredeemable #9 - 13,515 (-1.3%)
01/2010: Irredeemable #10 - 13,106 (-3.0%)
02/2010: Irredeemable #11 - 12,912 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Irredeemable #12 - 13,058 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Irredeemable Special #1 - 12,411 (-5.0%)
05/2010: Irredeemable #13 - 12,784 (+3.0)
06/2010: Irredeemable #14 - 12,608 (-1.4%)
07/2010: Irredeemable #15 - 12,442 (-1.3%)
08/2010: Irredeemable #16 - 12,106 (-2.7%)
09/2010: Irredeemable #17 - 11,818 (-2.4%)
10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398 (-3.6%)
                               6 month (-8.2%)
                               1 year (-20.2%)		

Ditto. Volume four had first month sales of 3,570.

152. 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%)

That’s a good second issue drop, presumably helped by the large gap allowing for advance reorders.

156. 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%)

The latest Image hit. There are also reprints of issues one and two that haven’t made the chart, so the numbers are actually higher.

158. Magnus Robot Fighter (Dark Horse) 
08/2010: Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 17,729
10/2010: Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 11,168 (-37.0%)

Fairly standard second issue drop for the second of Jim Shooter’s recent return to the Valiant universe.

159. Transformers Ongoing (IDW) 

10/2008: All Hail Megatron #4 - 12,837
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281
=====
11/2009: Transformers Ongoing #1 - 15,220 (+34.9%)
12/2009: Transformers Ongoing #2 - 12,516 (-17.8%)
01/2010: Transformers Ongoing #3 - 12,609 (+0.7%)
02/2010: Transformers Ongoing #4 - 12,221 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Transformers Ongoing #5 - 11,994 (-1.9%)
04/2010: Transformers Ongoing #6 - 12,171 (+1.5%)
05/2010: Transformers Ongoing #7 - 11,932 (-2.0%)
06/2010: Transformers Ongoing #8 - 12,360 (+3.6%)
07/2010: Transformers Ongoing #9 - 12,369 (+0.1%)
08/2010: Transformers Ongoing #10 - 11,951 (-3.4%)
09/2010: Transformers Ongoing #11 - 11,582 (-3.1%)
10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)
                               6 month (-8.3%)
                               1 year (-1.0%)
                               2 year (-13.0%)

The last few months have seen a larger than normal decline.

163. Guarding the Globe (Image) 

08/2010: Guarding the Globe #1 - 15,013
09/2010: -
10/2010: Guarding the Globe #2 - 10,972 (-26.9%)

Six issue miniseries, issue one was apparently reprinted.

167. 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%)
				6 month (-34.9%)

Not as bad a drop as last month, but in no ways a good drop either.

171, 178. 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%)

Two issues this month, and number eleven has a larger than average drop.

172. Lady Mechanika (Aspen) 
10/2010: Lady Mechanika #0 - 10,185

First printing sold out, necessitating a second and third printing for this steampunk series from Joe Benitez.

173. 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%)

That is a horrifying third issue drop off for the third of the recent Valiant relaunches by Jim Shooter. It better turn around fast, or this can’t be long for the world.

177. Last Phantom (Dynamite) 

10/2006: Phantom #12 (Moonstone) - 3,228
10/2007: -
10/2008: -
10/2009: -
=====
08/2010: Last Phantom #1 - 12,887
09/2010: -
10/2010: Last Phantom #2 - 9,859 (-23.5%)
			1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (+205.4) 

Standard second issue drop.

179. 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%)

Not the best third issue drop, but this was never going to do as well as Hellboy.

183. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

10/2006: Red Sonja #15 - 25,303
10/2007: Red Sonja #26 - 19,849
10/2008: Red Sonja #38 - 14,105
10/2009: Red Sonja #49 - 11,487
=====
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Red Sonja #50 - 13,017 (+13.3%)
06/2010: Red Sonja Annual #3 - 8,098 (-37.8%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Red Sonja #51 - 9,994 (+23.4%)
10/2010: Red Sonja #52 - 9,529 (-4.7%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (-17.0%)
			2 year (-32.4%)
			3 year (-52.0%)
			4 year (-62.3%)

Still finding its level after the recent relaunch.

184. GI Joe Origins (IDW) 

10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961
=====
11/2009: GI Joe Origins #9 - 12,955 (-13.4%)
12/2009: GI Joe Origins #10 - 12,295 (-5.1%)
01/2010: GI Joe Origins #11 - 11,726 (-4.6%)
02/2010: GI Joe Origins #12 - 12,312 (+5.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe Origins #13 - 11,043 (-10.3%)
04/2010: GI Joe Origins #14 - 10,811 (-2.1%)
05/2010: GI Joe Origins #15 - 10,650 (-1.5%)
06/2010: GI Joe Origins #16 - 10,643 (-0.1%)
07/2010: GI Joe Origins #17 - 10,215 (-4.0%)
08/2010: GI Joe Origins #18 - 10,074 (-1.4%)
09/2010: GI Joe Origins #19 - 11,171 (+10.9%)
10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)
                                6 month (-12.3%)
                                1 year (-36.6%)

About where it would have been without last month’s bump.

190. 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%)

Plummeting.

192. Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract) 

10/2008: Echo #7 - 12,556
10/2009: -

=====
11/2009: Echo #16 - 10,234 (-2.8)
12/2009: Echo #17 - 10,282 (+0.5%)
01/2010: Echo #18 - 10,137 (-1.4%)
01/2010: Echo #19 - 4,978 [9,787] (-3.5%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Echo #20 - 9,378 (-4.2%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Echo #21 - 6,611 (-29.5%)
06/2010: Echo #22 - 9,277 (+40.3%)
07/2010: Echo #23 - 8,998 (-3.0%)
08/2010: Echo #24 - 4,486 (-50.1%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Echo #25 - 8,694 (+93.8%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-30.8%)

The missing copies from August didn’t chart, but they presumably shipped in September. We’re almost at the end here, as the series is planned to finish at issue 30.

193. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW) 
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%)
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%)
	                6 month (-16.6%)
			1 year (n.a.)

Stable.

195, 211. Transformers: Drift (IDW) 

09/2010: Transformers Drift #1 - 8,652
09/2010: Transformers Drift #2 - 8,129 (-6.0%)
10/2010: Transformers Drift #3 - 7,687 (-5.4%)
10/2010: Transformers Drift #4 - 8,526 (+10.9%)

Considering issues 3 and 4 both came out this month the huge increase for issue 4 is surprising.

196. Star Trek Khan Ruling in Hell (IDW) 
10/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #1 - 8,390

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

197. Angel vs. Frankenstein (IDW) 
09/2010: Angel vs. Frankenstein - 12,025
=====
10/2010: Angel vs. Frankenstein II - 8,368

Written and drawn by John Byrne.

198. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope) 
10/2005: Grimm Fairy Tales #1 - 6,074
10/2006: Grimm Fairy Tales #9 - 5,613
10/2007: Grimm Fairy Tales #17 - 7,694
10/2008: Grimm Fairy Tales #31 - 9,521
10/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #42 - 9,070
=====
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%)
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%)
                6 month (-4.0%)
                1 year (-8.0%)
                2 year (-12.4%)
3 year (+8.4%)
4 year (+48.6%)
5 year (+37.4%)

That a month after their best ever selling issue Grimm Fairy Tales has their worse selling issue in years is somewhat surprising. I have no idea why. I don’t think it was copies missing a ship date, but I could be wrong.

200. CBLDF Liberty Annual (Image) 
10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Comics #2 - 9,866
=====
10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010 - 8,294 (-15.9%)

$4.99 fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

201. Green Hornet Blood Ties (Dynamite) 
10/2010: Green Hornet Blood Ties #1 - 8,263

A prequel to the Kevin Smith series. Thankfully only a four issue miniseries as sales on this are probably going to be terrible.

203. Comic Book Guy (Bongo) 

07/2010: Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #1 - 9,993
08/2010: Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #2 - 8,294 (-17.0%)
09/2010: Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #3 - 8,370 (+0.9%)
10/2010: Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #4 - 8,149 (-2.6%)

Pretty stable.

204. Hack Slash (Image) 

10/2007: Hack Slash #5 (Devil’s Due) - 6,092
10/2008: Hack Slash Halloween Treat (Devil’s Due) - 4,750
10/2009: Hack Slash #27 (Devil’s Due) - 6,005
=====
11/2009: -
12/2009: Hack Slash #28 (Devil’s Due) - 6,260 (+4.2%)
01/2010: Hack Slash #29 (Devil’s Due) - 5,935 (-5.2%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Hack Slash #30 (Devil’s Due) - 5,647 (-4.9%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #31 (Devil’s Due) - 5,566 (-1.4%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #32 (Devil’s Due) - 5,344 (-4.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #1 - 9,270 (+66.5%)
07/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #2 - 7,803 (-15.8%)
08/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #3 - 7,881 (+1.0%)
09/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #4 - 8,177 (+3.8%)
10/2010: Hack Slash Annual 2010 - 8,149 (-0.3%)
			6 month (+52.5%)
        		1 year (+35.7%)
			2 year (+71.6%)
			3 year (+33.8%)

Great sales for a $5.99 annual.

208. Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special (Zenescope) 

10/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special 2010 - 7,928

Also $5.99

210. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie) 

10/2005: Sonic #154 - 8,243
10/2006: Sonic #167 - 7,267
10/2007: Sonic #181 - 6,912
10/2008: Sonic #193 - 7,162
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263
=====
11/2009: Sonic #206 - 8,353 (+1.1%)
12/2009: Sonic #207 - 8,198 (-1.9%)
01/2010: Sonic #208 - 8,006 (-2.3%)
02/2010: Sonic #209 - 7,819 (-2.3%)
03/2010: Sonic #210 - 7,925 (+1.4%)
03/2010: Sonic #211 - 7,786 (-1.8%)
04/2010: Sonic #212 - 7,973 (+2.4%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Sonic #213 - 7,893 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Sonic #214 - 7,936 (+0.5%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Sonic #215 - 6,494 (-18.2%)
08/2010: Sonic #216 - 7,976 (+22.8%)
09/2010: Sonic #217 - 8,061 (+1.1%)
10/2010: Sonic #218 - 7,889 (-2.1%)
			6 month (-1.1%)
        		1 year (-4.5%)
			2 year (+10.2%)
			3 year (+14.1%)
			4 year (+8.6%)
			5 year (-4.3%)

The stability over the last five years is amazing.

212. Charmed (Zenescope) 

07/2010: Charmed #1 - 12,061
08/2010: -
09/2010: Charmed #2 - 8,464 (-29.8%)
10/2010: Charmed #3 - 7,524 (-11.1%)

Not the best drop for a third issue. Sales are going to have to stabilize fast.

214. Simpsons Comics (Bongo) 

10/2005: Simpsons Comics #111 - 11,266
10/2006: Simpsons Comics #123 - 9,739
10/2007: Simpsons Comics #135 - 9,605
10/2008: Simpsons Comics #147 - 8,565
10/2009: Simpsons Comics #159 - 7,645
=====
11/2009: Simpsons Comics #160 - 7,618 (-0.4%)
12/2009: Simpsons Comics #161 - 7,414 (-2.7%)
01/2010: Simpsons Comics #162 - 7,227 (-2.5%)
02/2010: Simpsons Comics #163 - 7,507 (+3.9%)
03/2010: Simpsons Comics #164 - 7,351 (-2.1%)
04/2010: Simpsons Comics #165 - 7,228 (-1.7%)
05/2010: Simpsons Comics #166 - 7,161 (-0.9%)
06/2010: Simpsons Comics #167 - 7,477 (+4.4%)
07/2010: Simpsons Comics #168 - 7,569 (+1.2%)
08/2010: Simpsons Comics #169 - 7,396 (-2.3%)
09/2010: Simpsons Comics #170 - 7,320 (-1.0%)
10/2010: Simpsons Comics #171 - 7,429 (+1.5%)
			6 month (+2.8%)
        		1 year (-13.3%)
			2 year (-22.7%)
			3 year (-23.7%)
			4 year (-34.1%)

Featuring children’s story parodies.

216. Creepy Comics (Dark Horse) 

10/2009: -
=====
11/2009: Creepy Comics #2 - 9,248 (-32.3%)
12/2009: -
01/2009: -
02/2009: -
03/2009: -
04/2009: -
05/2010: Creepy Comics #3 - 8,165 (-11.7%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: Creepy Comics #4 - 7,356 (-9.9%)

Occasional anthology.

217. Turf (Image) 

04/2010: Turf #1 - 14,033
05/2010: -
06/2010: Turf #2 - 9,668 (-31.1%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: Turf #3 - 7,319 (-24.3%)

It’s been estimated that up to 50% of the sales on this book will be in the UK, and thus not included in these numbers. It’s also being reprinted in Clint, Mark Millar’s UK comics magazine that also runs Kickass and some other comics.

218. Locke & Key (IDW) 

10/2009: -
=====
11/2009: Crown of Shadows #1 - 9,952 (+12.0%)
12/2009: Crown of Shadows #2 - 7,707 (-22.6%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Crown of Shadows #3 - 3,690 [7,550] (-2.0%)
03/2010: Crown of Shadows #4 - 7,010 (-7.2%)
04/2010: Crown of Shadows #5 - 6,818 (-2.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Crown of Shadows #6 - 6,931 (+1.7%)
08/2010: Keys to the Kingdom #1 - 9,429 (+36.0%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Keys to the Kingdom #2 - 7,303 (-22.5%)
					6 month (+7.1%)
					1 year (n.a.) 

A TV pilot has been greenlit by Fox.

219. Night of the Living Dead (Avatar) 

10/2010: Night of the Living Dead #1 - 7,246

Zombies.

223. Transformers Sector 7 (IDW) 

09/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #1 - 8,035
10/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #2 - 7,100 (-11.6%)

Based on the movie continuity.

225. Terminator (Dark Horse) 

03/2010: Terminator #1 - 10,601
04/2010: Terminator #2 - 8,101 (-23.6%)
05/2010: Terminator #3 - 7,520 (-7.2%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Terminator 1984 #1 - 8,350 (+11.0%)
10/2010: Terminator 1984 #2 - 7,085 (-15.1%)

One issue left.

226. Lone Ranger (Dynamite) 

10/2006: Lone Ranger #2 - 19,272
10/2007: Lone Ranger #7 - 19,300
10/2008: -
10/2009: -
=====
11/2009: Lone Ranger #19 - 9,519 (-2.6%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: Lone Ranger #20 - 8,306 (-12.7%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Lone Ranger #21 - 7,960 (-4.2%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Lone Ranger #22 - 7,786 (-2.2%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Lone Ranger #23 - 7,381(-5.2%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Lone Ranger #24 - 7,082 (-4.1%)
				6 month (-11.0%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (-63.3%)
				4 year (-63.3%)

Ending with issue 25.

234. 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%)

Sales are still above issue one.

237. Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London (Dark Horse) 

09/2010: Billy the Kid #1 - 7,733
10/2010: Billy the Kid #2 - 6,266 (-19.0%)

By Eric Powell.

239. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW) 

10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354
=====
11/2009: Doctor Who #5 - 7,958 (-4.7%)
12/2009: Doctor Who #6 - 7,448 (-6.4%)
01/2010: Doctor Who #7 - 7,239 (-2.8%)
02/2010: Doctor Who #8 - 7,014 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Doctor Who #9 - 6,991 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Doctor Who #10 - 6,784 (-3.0%)
05/2010: Doctor Who #11 - 6,743 (-0.6%)
06/2010: Doctor Who #12 - 6,754 (+0.2%)
07/2010: Doctor Who #13 - 6,636 (-0.0%)
07/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2010 - 5,828 (-12.2%)
08/2010: Doctor Who #14 - 6,492 (+11.4%)
09/2010: Doctor Who #15 - 6,620 (+2.0%)
10/2010: Doctor Who #16 - 6,198 (-6.4%)
			6 month (-8.6%)
        		1 year (-25.8%)

Final issue. A new series, starring the 11th doctor, starts in January.

240. Ghostbusters (IDW) 

10/2009: Displaced Aggression #1 - 8,756
=====
10/2009: Displaced Aggression #2 - 7,113 (-18.8%)
11/2009: Displaced Aggression #3 - 6,674 (-6.2%)
12/2009: Ghostbusters Past Present Future - 6,868 (+2.9%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Ghostbusters Holiday Special Tainted Love - 5,817 (-15.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Ghostbusters Holiday Special Convolution #1 - 6,407 (+10.1%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: Holiday Special What in Samhain Just Happened? - 6,075 (-5.2%)

			1 year (-30.6%)

Soon to be part of the Infestation crossover, along with a number of other IDW licensed properties.

243. Green Hornet Parallel Lives (Dynamite) 

06/2010: Parallel Lives #1 - 10,322
07/2010: -
08/2010: Parallel Lives #2 -   8,377 (-18.8%)
09/2010: Parallel Lives #3 - 6,841 (-18.3%)
10/2010: Parallel Lives #4 - 5,865 (-14.3%)

Movie continuity.

244. Skullkickers (Image) 

09/2010: Skullkickers #1 - 5,448 [9,811]
10/2010: Skullkickers #2 - 5,826 (-40.6%)

Issue one showed up at number 279 selling another 4,363 copies. The second and third issues have also received reprints.

248. Jurassic Park (IDW) 

06/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #1 - 8,941
07/2010: -
08/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #2 - 7,113 (-20.4%)
09/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #3 - 6,280 (-11.7%)
10/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #4 - 5,624 (-10.4%)

There’s another miniseries after this.

249. Star Trek Captain's Log (IDW) 

05/2010: Harriman #1 - 5,610
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Pike #1 - 6,038 (+7.6%)
10/2010: Jellico #1 - 5,580 (-7.6%)

Based on a Next Generation character.

258. Savage Dragon (Image) 

10/2006: Savage Dragon #129 - 7,242
10/2007: Savage Dragon #133 - 6,626
10/2008: Savage Dragon #138 - 6,133
10/2009: Savage Dragon #153 - 6,571
=====
11/2009: Savage Dragon #154 - 5,885 (-10.4%)
12/2009: Savage Dragon #155 - 5,736 (-2.5%)
01/2010: Savage Dragon #156 - 6,152 (+7.3%)
02/2010: Savage Dragon #157 - 5,617 (-8.7%)
03/2010: Savage Dragon #158 - 5,578 (-0.7%)
04/2010: Savage Dragon #159 - 5,359 (-3.9%)
05/2010: Savage Dragon #160 - 5,411 (+1.0%)
06/2010: Savage Dragon #161 - 5,544 (+2.5%)
07/2010: Savage Dragon #162 - 5,494 (-0.9%)
08/2010: Savage Dragon #163 - 5,447 (-0.9%)
09/2010: Savage Dragon #164 - 5,312 (-2.5%)
10/2010: Savage Dragon #165 - 4,992 (-6.0%)
			6 month (-6.8%)
			1 year (-24.0%)
			2 year (-18.6%)
			3 year (-24.7%)
			4 year (-31.1%)

That’s a bigger than usual drop this month. It’s part three of a story, so I can’t really say why.

263, 277, 300. Image Firsts (Image)

08/2010: Invincible #1 -   6,285
09/2010: -
10/2010: Hack Slash #1 - 4,915
10/2010: Haunt #1 - 4,365
10/2010: Madman #1 - 3,494

One dollar issues.

264. Life With Archie (Archie) 

07/2010: Married Life #1 - 7,998
08/2010: -
09/2010: Married Life #2 - 5,859 (-26.7%)
10/2010: Married Life #3 - 4,915 (-16.1%)

Seems like there was less interest than retailers expected.

266. Last Unicorn (IDW) 

04/2010: Last Unicorn #1 - 5,366
05/2010: -
06/2010: Last Unicorn #2 - 4,528 (-15.6%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Last Unicorn #3 - 5,174 (+14.3%)
09/2010: Last Unicorn #4 - 4,784 (-7.5%)
10/2010: Last Unicorn #5 - 4,725 (-1.2%)

Stable.

267. Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) 

10/2005: Usagi Yojimbo #87 - 6,228
10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: Usagi Yojimbo #115 - 5,436
10/2009: -
=====
11/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #124 - 4,992 (-1.2%)
12/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #125 – 4,980 (-0.2%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #126 - 4,909 (-1.4%)
03/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #127 - 4,893 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #128 - 4,855 (-0.8%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #129 - 4,863 (+0.2%)
07/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #130 - 4,848 (-0.3%)
08/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #131 - 3,583 (-26.1%)
10/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #132 - 4,716 (+31.6%)
                6 month (-28.6%)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (-13.2%)
                3 year (n.a.)
                4 year (n.a.)
                5 year (-24.3%)

The missing issues from last month just shipped late. Sales are down overall though.

271, 272, 282. Pilot Season (Image) 

10/2009: Declassified - 7,672
=====
11/2009: -
12/2009: Murderer #1 - 8,454 (+10.2%)
01/2010: Demonic #1 - 8,353 (-1.2%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: Stealth #1 - 7,676 (-8.1%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Stellar #1 - 7,126 (-7.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: The Asset #1 - 4,763 (-33.2%)
10/2010: Crosshair #1 - 4,622 (-3.0%)
10/2010: 7 Days From Hell #1 - 4,424 (-4.3%)
10/2010: Forever #1 - 4,333 (-2.1%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (43.5%)

Three more this time, and the final Robert Kirkman issue is still MIA.

278. Nancy in Hell (Image) 

08/2010: Nancy in Hell #1 - 6,497
09/2010: Nancy in Hell #2 - ???? (???)
10/2010: Nancy in Hell #3 - 4,363 (???)

Issue two sold less than 4,702 copies.

283. Edge of Doom (IDW) 

10/2010: Edge of Doom #1 - 4,162

Five issue Steve Niles/Kelley Jones miniseries.

285. Archie (Archie) 

10/2005: Archie #561 - 2,715
10/2006: Archie #570 - 2,685
10/2007: -
10/2008: -
10/2009: Archie #602 - 28,211
=====
11/2009: Archie #603 - 25,799 (-8.5%)
12/2009: Archie #604 - 25,058 (-2.9%)
01/2010: Archie #605 - 24,803 (-1.0%)
02/2010: Archie #606 - 15,127 (-39.0%)
03/2010: Archie #607 - 5,013 (-66.9%)
04/2010: Archie #608 - 5,224 (+4.2%)
05/2010: Archie #609 - 4,848 (-7.2%)
06/2010: Archie #610 - 5,180 (+6.8%)
07/2010: Archie #611 - 4,796 (-7.4%)
08/2010: Archie #612 - 4,530 (-5.5%)
09/2010: Archie #613 - ???? (???)
10/2010: Archie #614 - 4,072 (???)
                              6 month (-22.1%)
                              1 year (-85.6%)
                              2 year (n.a.)
                              3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (+51.7%)
				5 year (+50.0%)

Issue 613 didn’t make the charts last month.

298. Sixth Gun (Oni) 

07/2010: Sixth Gun #1 – 4,899
07/2010: Sixth Gun #2 - 5,061 (+3.3%)
08/2010: Sixth Gun #3 - 4,105 (-18.9%)
09/2010: Sixth Gun #4 - ???? (???)
10/2010: Sixth Gun #5 - 3,590 (???)

Image Firsts Madman #1 (see above) was the #300 title 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. Steve Maser says:

    I wonder how much of the drop in “The Boys” is due to the price increase?

    (But, even considering the drop, they are still bringing in more $ at the higher price point…)

  2. I know a lot of hard work goes into this list, but could you at least list all the indie titles? Since analysis is almost impossible for those lower titles, none is expected, but at least we can see what’s charting, stuff that usually gets no notice otherwise.

    Thanks!

  3. GoofBall814 says:

    226. Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
    10/2006: Lone Ranger #2 – 19,272
    10/2007: Lone Ranger #7 – 19,300
    10/2008: –
    10/2009: –
    =====
    11/2009: Lone Ranger #19 – 9,519 (-2.6%)
    12/2009: –
    01/2010: –
    02/2010: Lone Ranger #20 – 8,306 (-12.7%)
    03/2010: –
    04/2010: Lone Ranger #21 – 7,960 (-4.2%)
    05/2010: –
    06/2010: Lone Ranger #22 – 7,786 (-2.2%)
    07/2010: –
    08/2010: Lone Ranger #23 – 7,381(-5.2%)
    09/2010: –
    10/2010: Lone Ranger #24 – 7,082 (-4.1%)

    6 month (-11.0%)
    1 year (n.a.)
    2 year (n.a.)
    3 year (-63.3%)
    4 year (-63.3%)

    This is a great example of what delays will do to your book. This book had such high praise when it started, but has been plagued with delays. 24 issues in 4 years. No wonder its down to about 1/3 its original sales.

  4. brandon says:

    I dropped the Lone Ranger because the pace of the story was glacier-like after issue 12 or so. The delays certainly didnt help though.

  5. Travis says:

    Only after issue 12? I found it glacial during the first arc.

  6. Savage Dragon dropped below 5000? That is seriously depressing. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! After a bit of a lull, Larsen has been firing on all cylinders for 20 issues now, and the book is easily one of the finest ongoings on the market. Try it, you’ll like it!

  7. Glad the Sixth Gun finally made it to first 300 titles. :)

    As for Grimm Fairy Tale, could it be possible that the comic-book had a #50 issue boost effect ?

  8. Alan Waid says:

    I did try savage dragon again. It sucks. Why do I want to read about a character whos no longer a hero but a murdering psycho?

  9. “I did try savage dragon again. It sucks. Why do I want to read about a character whos no longer a hero but a murdering psycho?”

    Because Savage Dragon isn’t *just* about Dragon. It’s an ensemble story that’s just as much about the other characters and their side stories, and it’s been that way since the book started 18 years ago. The direction the story is moving in now isn’t “How will Dragon win the battle this time?” but “Can Dragon be turned back into himself? If not, can he be stopped? If so, is his son ready to take over the reins?”

    Dragon is such a great book because literally ANYTHING can happen: you can have a story where the hero turns evil and have NO idea what will happen next, or if he’ll even survive the telling, because Larsen refuses to let the book settle into a status quo. I don’t know about you, but I prefer books where the creators always keep me guessing, stuff like Irredeemable, Astro City, and, yep, Savage Dragon.

  10. I think people aren’t interested in Savage Dragon because it’s a super hero book without the benefit for a shared super hero universe, so it doesn’t “matter.”

  11. Steve says:

    “I think people aren’t interested in Savage Dragon because it’s a super hero book without the benefit for a shared super hero universe, so it doesn’t “matter.””

    I tried to read an issue a few months ago, and I really think the issue is more that the art and story just aren’t that good. Other Image hero comics are selling better so the shared universe thing just isn’t so.

    The numbers on Savage Dragon make me wonder though, how low would it have to go before Larsen stops making it. 5000 copies at 2.99 can’t be bringing in too much money after all the bills are paid.

  12. “The numbers on Savage Dragon make me wonder though, how low would it have to go before Larsen stops making it. 5000 copies at 2.99 can’t be bringing in too much money after all the bills are paid.”

    Savage Dragon is $3.50 and has been for several issues. I forget when the price hike took effect.

  13. Boy, if it weren’t for comics based on vampire TV shows the sales of “indie” comics would be much weaker. Are there any left to license?

    Bit surprised that WALKING DEAD hasn’t shown much of an up-tick with the debut of the TV show, just the same gradual atypically upward trend it’s had for a while. Guess it’s all showing up in the collections. Be interesting to see how the weekly reprint does.

    The BEASTS OF BURDEN/HELLBOY one-shot did really well, not sure why you found it selling lower than HELLBOY surprising. For a Hellboy book with Mignola not writing or drawing (other than a cover and some dialogue touch-up) just 1000 below the main book is great (compare to BPRD, for example).

    The Star Wars line seems a bit soft, down around 16,000 each book on average, though it remains the king of the sci-fi movie adaptations, with Transformers and Star Trek much weaker.

    And a bit of schadenfreude on the big drops for the Shooter Gold Key revivals from Dark Horse, especially looking ahead to the November numbers. Don’t see those long for the world.

  14. Goofball814 says:

    @Sam, it shouldn’y be too much of a surpRise that the monthly Walking Dead hasn’t had much of an increase. At the store that I work at, we generally sell almost exactly the same number of trades as the monthly. And with all the buzz generated, we’ve seen a ton of new customers getting the trades. TWD is a great example of a book that is (more or less) consistent. You know there will be trades out about very 6 months, and those two trades will be in a hardcover shortly there after.

    As for the reprints (at least at our store) I think they will be DOA (and we are ordering lightly). No one seems interested in them (at full price) when you can get the trades for cheaper (generally $14.99 for 6 issues vs. $17.94 for six individual issues). I think if they were priced more reasonable $1.50 or even $1.99, they maybe would move, but realistically, they are reprints at full price.

  15. @Steve: The Boys went up to $3.99 in June. So if it’s the price increase having an effect it’s taken a while.

    @Torsten: I do try! We’ll see what I can do next month.

    @Goofball: 24 issues in four years isn’t bad if you keep a consistant, bimonthly schedule. However I don’t know if the Lone ranger has done this or not.

    @Mathieu: I listed the first three issues of Sixth Gun when they charted in July and August.

    @Steve: Savage Dragon has been $3.50 since November 2008, when issues 139-141 shipped.

    @Sam: Forever Knight! And most series never see any increase in the single issues because of movies/tv. All of the benefit of that is from the collections, and Walking Dead is cleaning up with those. The new volume sold 19,324 in November.

    Also, Mignola co-wrote the Hellboy one shot, but I guess because it crossed over with a series fewer people read it was seen as “less important”. Also: These are sales to retailers and not readers.

    All of the recent Star Wars relaunches have been below the previous series. I’m curious as to how low they can fall before Dark Horse pulls the plug.

  16. Sim Jhooter says:

    Savage Dragon lost me when Larsen decided to shove his politics down everyone’s throats. He did everything except have the Dragon go down on Obama.

  17. “He did everything except have the Dragon go down on Obama.”

    Obama showed up TWICE. In a book that takes place in Obama’s hometown, starring a character who himself “ran for president” 4 years earlier. Exaggerate much?

  18. Off topic, but “Sim Jhooter” is the best handle I’ve seen on a message board/comments section! Every time I’m scanning the comments on The Beat, my first thought is “Hey, what’s Jim Shooter doing posting on…oh, right.”

  19. Ugh. Depressing as always. Where’s Orc Stain? King City?

  20. Joe: I don’t think either shipped in October. Orc Stain has made the chart before, only the first issue of King City ever did. Both are amongst my favourite comics though.

  21. Savage Dragon certainly depresses me greatly as of late.

    I was out of comics for 5 or so years but Savage Dragon alone is what brought me back. After a 5 year absence, I still found myself wondering what was going on in the Savage Dragon world. SD got me into my local shop once a month (or so) until it shut down, and with G-Mart’s delivery service for the past few years.

    After Dragon died, I found myself smiling each month when the book arrived, thinking “Alright, this month everything goes back to how it was”… Man, it’s looking like it’s not meant to be. I too was kinda bummed out about Obama’s arrival in the book, and the whole Bush-is-a-dummy storyline before. After those stories, we had the like 8 part (I may be exaggerating that slightly) “Tour of Image” which featured characters I did not care about. Eschewing your own, interesting characters in your universe for the Wanted characters? Bleh.

    Now we’re in the middle of another 8 part “Dragon is an asshole” storyline.. Pretty depressing. I won’t drop it, since once I drop SD I think I will drop all of my floppies… I’m not ready to go there yet.. But.. I can sadly see it happening.

  22. Renderwrx.net has all the indy sales for November up now.

    http://www.renderwrx.net/comicsales.htm

    Not in as quite a detailed and explanation filled way as done here, but they are there! Check em out.

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