Indie Month-to-Month Sales: October 2011

By Paul Mellerick

Buffy continues in the top spot, while a double-shipping Walking Dead takes second and third places. Turtles creeps back up to fourth, and Star Trek/ Legion of Superheroes gets off to a very promising start. Further down, Orchid benefits from a rock star contributor, Garth Ennis & John Byrne launch new titles and a remarkable success story finishes off the month.

This month everyone wants to know how DC’s New 52 has affected the sales of everyone else’s books. It’s a little too early to tell, the re-charting DC books have pushed a lot of indies off the charts, but while the indie publishers have a lot less titles charting this month, their market and dollar share have only dropped a little, suggesting that sales are up overall. The next three months will show the effects far more clearly.

Only 87 indie books charted this month, down from last month’s high of 127 and again the number 87 book sold around the same as the number 87 book last month. The bottom book sold 5,167 compared to last month’s 3,341.
In total those books sold approximately 921,878, well down on last month’s 1,053,116. That said, last month the average sales were 8,292 per book, this month it’s 10,596. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

A look over the sales seem to suggest that the better-selling books have weathered okay, but a lot of books further down the charts have suffered serious drops, with retailers maybe choosing to spend their re-stock money on DC books rather than indies.

This month Image were the number three publisher, with 4.49% dollar share and a 3.98 market share thanks to two issues of Walking Dead, followed by Dark Horse with 4.44% dollar share and 3.28% market share, IDW with a 4.00% dollar share and a 2.97% market share, Dynamite with a 2.81% dollar share and a 2.42% market share, and Boom with 1.68% dollar and 1.02% market share. All but Boom slightly down on last month, but with way fewer titles, a very positive sign.

64. 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
10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)

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11/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 - 41,189 (-4.3%)
12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010 (-2.9%)
01/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 - 39,486 (-1.3%)
02-08/2011: -
09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
10/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 - 36,448 (-15.1%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-15.3%)
				2 year (-30.3%)
				3 year (-53.0%)
				4 year (-61.3%)

Ouch, that’s quite a nasty drop considering the history of the book, massively down on sales of the last season, despite still being the top indie book. Possibly that big gap wasn’t such a great idea.

78,79. The Walking Dead (Image)

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
10/2010: The Walking Dead #78 - 27,947

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11/2010: The Walking Dead #79 - 28,971 (+3.7%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: The Walking Dead #80 - 29,526 (+1.9%)
02/2011: The Walking Dead #81 - 30,750  (+4.1%)
03/2011: The Walking Dead #82 - 31,174 (+1.4%)
03/2011: The Walking Dead #83 - 33,686 [39,938](+28.1%)
04/2011: The Walking Dead #84 - 31,930 (-20.1%)
05/2011: The Walking Dead #85 - 37,552 (+17.6%)
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187 (-14.3%)
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126 (-0.2%)
08/2011: The Walking Dead #88 - 31,839 (-0.9%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: The Walking Dead #89 - 31,351 (-1.5%)
10/2011: The Walking Dead #90 - 31,778 (+1.4%)
				6 month (+3.3%)
				1 year (+13.7%)
				2 year (+27.4%)
				3 year (+31.9%)
				4 year (+39.8%)
				5 year (n.a.)

After skipping a month, Walking Dead ships twice in near equal numbers, and it’s pretty much stable. We’ll see over the next couple of months whether the TV show pumps these figures even higher, certainly the book sales have picked up. The new hardcover, volume seven, charted at number 2 on the graphic novel chart, with sales of 4,674, the Walking Dead Survivors Guide charts at 7 with sales of 3,333, and all of the rest of the trades chart as well.

109. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW)

08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803
09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%)
10/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #3 - 22,855 (+18.2%)

A big jump back up, suggesting retailers cut their orders a little too much on the last issue. This really is very strong for the title, possibly the best sales since the cartoon was on the telly.

114. Star Trek Legion of Superheroes (IDW)

10/2011: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #1 - 20,950

That’s an excellent debut for what could be a slightly hokey cross-over, only a little below what Legion was selling before the relaunch, when retailers would have been placing their orders for this, and well above the Star Trek ongoing. It’s had a second print as well. At least some of the interest might be down to the return of long-time Legion artist Jeffrey Moy.

119. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: After the Fall #13 - 40,838
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886
10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115

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11/2010: Angel #39 - 14,449 (-4.4%)
12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182 (-1.8%)
01/2011: Angel #41 - 13,566 (-4.3%)
02/2011: Angel #42 - 13,136 (-3.2%)
03/2011: Angel #43 - 13,032 (-0.8%)
04/2011: Angel #44 - 12,897 (-1.0%)
08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813 (+76.9%)
09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
10/2011: Angel & Faith #3 - 19,437 (-5.1%)
			6 month (+50.7%)
			1 year (+28.6%)
			2 year (-15.1%)
			3 year (-52.4%)
			4 year (n.a.)
			5 year (n.a.)

That’s a really small drop at this point, it seems to be finding its level quickly. It wouldn’t surprise me if sales actually increase from here, It’s been pretty good and is a much better match to Buffy than the IDW version was.

121. Star Wars Crimson Empire III (Dark Horse)

10/2011: Star Wars Crimson Empire III #1 - 19,095

This launches well below the sales of the last series, which launched with 40,383. But that’s okay, because the last series shipped a long time ago (see what I did there) way back in November 1998, before the prequel trilogy had a chance to destroy many fans obsession with the series. These are actually very good numbers, 50% or so higher than the next Star Wars book on the chart.

124. Orchid (Dark Horse)

10/2011: Orchid #1 -18,942

Written by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, which seems to have pushed it to a very good debut. This issue was only a dollar, which no doubt also helped.

134. The Boys (Dynamite)

10/2007: The Boys #11 - 30,852
10/2008: The Boys #23 - 28,864
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841
10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198

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11/2010: The Boys #48 - 20,004 (-1.0%)
12/2010: The Boys #49 - 19,582 (-2.1%)
01/2011: The Boys #50 - 19,293 (-1.5%)
02/2011: The Boys #51 - 18,728 (-2.9%)
03/2011: The Boys #52 - 18,955 (+1.2%)
04/2011: The Boys #53 - 18,692 (-1.4%)
05/2011: The Boys #54 - 18,671 (-0.1%)
06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330 (-1.8%)
07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
10/2011: The Boys #59 - 17,533 (-0.7%)
		6 month (-6.2%)
		1 year (-13.2%)
		2 year (-29.4%)
		3 year (-39.1%)
		4 year (-43.2%)

Pretty stable this month.

140. Game of Thrones (Dynamite)

09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888
10/2011: Game of Thrones #2 - 16,094 (-22.9%)

That’s a pretty standard second issue drop.

150. Invincible (Image)

10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: -
10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831
10/2010: -

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11/2010: Invincible #75 - 17,029 (+8.2%)
12/2010: Invincible #76 - 15,577 (-8.5%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Invincible #77 - 15,515 (-0.4%)
03/2011: Invincible #78 - 15,808 (+1.9%)
04/2011: Invincible #79 - 15,558 (-1.6%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563 (+0.0%)
07/2011: Invincible #81 - 15,207 (-2.3%)
08/2011: Invincible #82 - 15,105 (-0.7%)
09/2011: -
08/2011: Invincible #83 - 15,249 (+0.9%)

		6 month (-2.0%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-3.7%)
		3 year (n.a.)
		4 year (n.a.)
		5 year (n.a.)

It’s a rare event for Invincible to ship in October, so it celebrates with a small rise.

157. Butcher Baker (Dynamite)

11/2010: Highland Laddie #4 - 15,389 (-7.0%)
12/2010: Highland Laddie #5 - 14,855 (-3.5%)
01/2011: Highland Laddie #6 - 14,214 (-4.3%)
02-06/2011: -
07/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #1 - 16,118
08/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #2 - 15,168 (-6.2%)
09/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #3 - 14,605 (-3.7%)
10/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #4 - 14,303 (-2.1%)

Only 2 issues to go on the last of the mini-series spin-offs from The Boys, as we finally start finding out what happened to Butcher’s wife.

162. Kirby Genesis (Dynamite)

05/2011: Kirby Genesis #0 - 36,429
06/2011: Kirby Genesis #1 - 26,039 (-28.5%)
07/2011: Kirby Genesis #2 - 17,588 (-32.5%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Kirby Genesis #3 - 15,568 (-11.5%)
10/2011: Kirby Genesis #4 - 14,030 (-9.9%)

The drops are slowing a bit.

166. Star Wars Old Republic (Dark Horse)

10/2010: Old Republic #4 - 16,160
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11/2010: Old Republic #5 - 15,660 (-3.1%)
12/2010: Old Republic #6 - 14,862 (-5.1%)
01-05/2011: -
06/2011: Old Republic #1 - 17,642 (+18.7%)
07/2011: Old Republic #2 - 15,436 (-12.5%)
08/2011: Old Republic #3 - 14,741 (-4.7%)
09/2011: Old Republic #4 - 14,121 (-4.2%)
10/2011: Old Republic #5 - 13,580 (-3.8%)
169. Star Wars: Invasion Revelations (Dark Horse)

10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138
10/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #5 - 14,572

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11/2010: -
12/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #6 - 13,547 (-7.0%)
01-06/2011: -
07/2011: Revelations #1 - 17,254 (+27.4%)
08/2011: Revelations #2 - 14,829 (-14.1%)
08/2011: Revelations #3 - 13,732 (-7.4%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Revelations #4 - 13,313 (-3.0%)
180. Star Wars Knight Errant (Dark Horse)

10/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #1 - 18,363

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11/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #2 - 14,956 (-18.6%)
12/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #3 - 13,963 (-6.6%)
01/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #4 - 13,101 (-6.2%)
02/2011: Knight Errant Aflame #5 - 12,803 (-2.3%)
03-07/2011: -
08/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #1 - 15,448 (+12%)
09/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #2 - 12,767 (-17.3%)
10/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #3 - 11,937 (-6.5%)

All dropping worryingly fast, and way below Crimson Empire III above.

167. Spawn (Image)

10/2006: Spawn #161 - 25,840
10/2007: -
10/2008: Spawn #185 - 26,775
10/2009: Spawn #195 - 18,475
10/2010: -

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Spawn #200 - 65,448 (+262.1%)
01/2011: Spawn #201 - 18,458 (-71.8%)
02/2011: Spawn #202 - 18,335 (-0.7%)
02/2011: Spawn #203 - 15,572 (-15.1%)
03/2011: Spawn #204 - 15,591 (+0.1%)
03/2011: Spawn #205 - 15,320 (-1.7%)
04/2011: Spawn #206 - 15,160 (-1.0%)
05/2011: Spawn #207 - 14,796 (-2.4%)
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468 (-2.2%)
07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Spawn #212 - 13,483 (-0.3%)
		6 month (-11.1%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-3.7%)
		3 year (n.a.)
		4 year (n.a.)
		5 year (n.a.)
170. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

09/2010: Captain's Log Pike #1 - 6,038 (+7.6%)
09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943
10/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #2 - 13,198 (-17.2%)

Not a bad second issue drop, but still in retailer orders rather than sales. This will be an interesting one to watch over the next few months, as it’s likely to benefit from these rumoured extra sales that the DC books are bringing in.

174. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)

10/2010: Warlord of Mars #1 - 36,927

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11/2010: Warlord of Mars #2 - 16,991 (-54.4%)
12/2010: Warlord of Mars #3 - 14,710 (-13.4%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Warlord of Mars #4 - 14,780 (+0.5%)
03/2011: Warlord of Mars #5 - 14,110 (-4.5%)
04/2011: Warlord of Mars #6 - 13,837 (-1.9%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Warlord of Mars #7 - 14,038 (+1.5%)
07/2011: Warlord of Mars #8 - 13,872 (-1.2%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #9 - 13,565 (-2.2%)
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Warlord of Mars #11 - 12,491 (-3.9%)
		6 month (-9.7%)
		1 year (-66.2%)
177. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris (Dynamite)

03/2011: Dejah Thoris #1 - 18,432
04/2011: Dejah Thoris #2 - 14,286 (-22.5%)
05/2011: Dejah Thoris #3 - 14,215 (-0.5%)
06/2011: Dejah Thoris #4 - 13,584 (-4.4%)
08/2011: Dejah Thoris #5 - 13,331 (-1.9%)
09/2011: Dejah Thoris #6 - 12,903 (-3.2%)
10/2011: Dejah Thoris #7 - 12,296 (-4.7%)
		6 month (-13.9%)

There are now five Warlord of Mars books from two publishers. That’s just weird. The third Dynamite Warlord book comes in a bit further down. The first trade charts at 40 with sales of 1,521.

175. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)

02/2011: Jennifer Blood #1 – 17,413
03/2011: Jennifer Blood #2 - 14,180 (-18.6%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Jennifer Blood #3 - 13,502 (-4.8%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557 (-7.0%)
10/2011: Jennifer Blood #5 - 12,337 (-1.7%)

The drops are easing and it seems to be finding its level, along with hopefully a more regular schedule. Not proving to be one of Garth Ennis’ more memorable creations, sadly.

176. Chew (Image)

10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
10/2010: -

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11/2010: Chew #15 - 13,047 (+0.4%)
12/2010: Chew #16 - 12,473 (-4.4%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: -
03/2011: Chew #17 - 12,165 (-2.5%)
04/2011: Chew #18 - 12,438 (+2.2%)
05/2011: Chew #27 - 12,561 (+1.0%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Chew #20 - 12,202 (-2.4%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Chew #21 - 12,310 (+0.9%)
		6 month (-1.0%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-8.8%)

Totally stable, a slight uptick after last month’s slight drop. All four collections chart this month.

183. Red Wing (Image)

07/2011: Red Wing #1 - 16,464
08/2011: Red Wing #2 - 12,368 (-24.8%)
09/2011: Red Wing #3 - 11,825 (-4.4%)
10/2011: Red Wing #4 - 11,638 (-1.6%)

Jonathan Hickman’s series ends pretty well, and will no doubt do well as a collection.

184, 196. Vampirella (Dynamite)

11/2010: Vampirella #1 - 29,215
12/2010: -
01/2011: Vampirella #2 - 17,531 (-40.0%)
02/2011: Vampirella #3 - 16,366 (-6.6%)
03/2011: Vampirella #4 - 15,765 (-3.7%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Vampirella #5 - 14,702 (-6.7%)
06/2011: Vampirella #6 - 13,649 (-7.2%)
06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645 (-0.0%)
07/2011: Vampirella #8 - 13,019 (-4.6%)
08/2011: Vampirella #9 - 12,459 (-4.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Vampirella #10 - 11,581 (-7.0%)
10/2011: Vampirella #11 - 10,644 (-8.1%)

Issue ten slips into this month and the drops accelerate quite badly.

186. Conan (Dark Horse)

10/2006: Conan #33 - 29,137
10/2007: Conan #44 - 23,632
10/2008: The Cimmerian #4 - 24,790
10/2009: -
10/2010: The Cimmerian #24 - 15,490 (-2.2%)

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11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421 (-0.4%)
12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099 (+4.4%)
01/2011: The Road of Kings #2 - 13,385 (-16.9%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: The Road of Kings #3 - 13,193 (-1.4%)
04/2011: The Road of Kings #4 - 12,827 (-2.8%)
05/2011: The Road of Kings #5 - 12,672 (-1.2%)
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
10/2011: The Road of Kings #9 - 11,546 (-0.6%)
		6 month (-10.0%)
		1 year (-25.5%)
		2 year (n.a.)
		3 year (-53.4%)
		4 year (-51.1%)
		5 year (-60.4%)

The drops slow up again, hopefully it’s starting to stabilize a bit.

188. Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (Dynamite) 

08/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 17,187
09/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #2 - 12,343 (-28.2%)
10/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #3 - 11,229 (-9.0%)

Less of a drop this month, this is heading towards finding its level.

189. BPRD (Dark Horse)

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
10/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #3 - 12,402

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11/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #4 - 11,882 (-4.2%)
12/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #5 - 11,528 (-3.0%)
01/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #1 - 12,820 (+11.2%)
02/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #2 - 11,585 (-9.6%)
03/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #3 - 11,565 (-0.2%)
04/2011: Dead Remembered #1 - 12,825 (+10.9%)
05/2011: Dead Remembered #2 - 11,714 (-8.7%)
06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418 (-2.5%)
07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
10/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #2 - 11,093 (-4.6%)
		6 month (-13.5%)
		1 year (-10.6%)
		2 year (-23.5%)
		3 year (-31.3%)
		4 year (-30.2%)
		5 year (n.a.)

Less of a second issue drop than the last series, but it had had less of an increase as well. That said, it’s not far behind where it was a year ago.

191. Stitched (Avatar)

10/2011: Stitched #1 - 10,949

Garth Ennis’ fourth book on the chart this month, a mix of his two favorite genre’s, horror and war. He’s trying to make a film of this story himself, and has already directed a ten minute teaser, which was available with a variant of this issue.

193. Dollhouse Epitaphs (Dark Horse)

03/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs Oneshot - 19,836
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: -
07/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #1 - 14,761 (-25.6%)
08/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #2 - 12,366 (-16.2%)
09/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #3 - 10,866 (-12.1%)
10/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #4 - 10,888 (+0.2%)

Surprisingly this issue ticks up a bit, I would imagine that’s due to Eliza Dushku’s character Echo finally joining the storyline. Wasn’t that a slightly weird decision to make, to leave the show’s main character out of the first 4 issues? I guess it’ll work better in the collection.

197. Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters (IDW)

03/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #1 - 58,879 [69,662]
04/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2 - 14,492 (-79.2%)
05/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #3 - 14,588 (+0.7%)
06/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 - 7,570 [14,890] (+2.1%)
07/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #5 - 13,750 (-7.7%)
08/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 - 12,524 (-8.9%)
09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141 (-12.4%)
10/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #8 - 10,637 (-4.5%)
				6 month (-26.6%)

Not as much of a drop this month, but this is Eric Powell’s last issue, so there may be a bigger fall next month.

200, 203. Transformers Ongoing (IDW)

10/2008: All Hail Megatron #4 - 12,837
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)

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11/2010: Transformers Ongoing #13 - 10,998 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Transformers Ongoing #14 - 10,573 (-3.9%)
01/2011: Transformers Ongoing #15 - 10,159 (-3.9%)
02/2011: Transformers Ongoing #16 - 10,265 (+1.0%)
03/2011: Transformers Ongoing #17 - 10,094 (-1.7%)
04/2011: Transformers Ongoing #18 - 9,813 (-2.8%)
05/2011: Transformers Ongoing #19 - 10,089 (+2.8%)
06/2011: Transformers Ongoing #20 - 10,232 (+1.4%)
07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #21 - 10,165 (-0.7%)
07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #22 - 9,884 (-2.8%)
08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #23 - 10,327 (+4.5%)
08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #24 - 10,097 (-2.2%)
08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #25 - 9,533 (-5.6%)
09/2011: Transformers Ongoing #26 - 10,118 (+6.1%)
10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #27 - 10,242 (+1.2%)
10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #28 - 10,469 (+2.2%)
		6 month (+6.7%)
		1 year (-6.2%)
		2 year (-7.2%)
		3 year (-18.4%)

Three issues up in a row, which is a first for this title. Overall rock-steady, but about to be replaced by two separate ongoing series.

204. GI Joe (IDW)

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
10/2010: GI Joe #23 - 11,531

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11/2010: GI Joe #24 - 10,985 (-4.7%)
12/2010: GI Joe #25 - 10,641 (-3.1%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: GI Joe #26 - 10,323 (-3.0%)
02/2011: GI Joe #27 - 10,102 (-2.1%)
03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438 (+33.0%)
03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
04/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #0 - 12,353 (-5.9%)
05/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #1 - 13,703 (+10.9%)
06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640 (-15.1%)
07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
10/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #6 - 10,241 (-1.5%)
212. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

10/2010: Real American Hero #159 - 12,309

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11/2010: Real American Hero #160 - 11,544 (-6.2%)
12/2010: Real American Hero #161 - 11,125 (-3.6%)
01/2011: Real American Hero #162 - 10,516 (-5.5%)
02/2011: Real American Hero #163 - 10,262 (-2.4%)
03/2011: Real American Hero #164 - 10,386 (+1.2%)
04/2011: Real American Hero #165 - 10,218 (-1.6%)
05/2011: Real American Hero #166 - 10,117 (-1.0%)
06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118 (+0.0%)
07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
10/2011: Real American Hero #171 - 9,686 (+1.5%)
219. Snake Eyes Ongoing (IDW)

10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961
10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)

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11/2010: GI Joe Origins #21 - 8,970 (-5.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Origins #22 - 8,597 (-4.2%)
01/2011: GI Joe Origins #23 - 8,136 (-5.4%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: -
04/2011: -
05/2011: Snake Eyes #1 - 12,197 (+49.9%)
06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246 (-16.0%)
07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)
092011: -
10/2011: Snake Eyes #6 - 9,073 (-0.7%)
221. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)

10/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #9 - 8,656 (-1.5%)

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11/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #10 - 8,275 (-4.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #11 - 8,008 (-3.2%)
01/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #12 - 7,613 (-4.9%)
02/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #13 - 7,436 (-2.3%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: -
05/2011: Cobra #1 - 11,949 (+60.7%)
06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
10/2011: Cobra #6 - 8,927 (-1.6%)

All of the GI Joe titles appear to be finding their level, and Real American Hero even gets a small increase. The first collection of the main title charted at 92 with sales of 935 copies, which doesn’t sound like a great number.

205. Morning Glories (Image)

10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258

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11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)
01/2011: Morning Glories #6 - 10,795 (-3.6%)
02/2011: Morning Glories #7 - 11,037 (+2.2%)
03/2011: Morning Glories #8 - 10,809 (-2.1%)
04/2011: Morning Glories #9 - 10,975 (+1.5%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Morning Glories #10 - 11,385 (+3.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Morning Glories #11 - 10,653 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Morning Glories #12 - 10,537 (-1.1%)
10/2011: Morning Glories #13 - 10,094 (-4.2%)

The drops are accelerating again, as it appears that last month’s sales were slightly boosted by the twelfth issue anniversary.

206. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )

06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805  (-9.3%)

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09/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #1 - 11,846 (+0.3%)
10/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #2 - 10,056 (-15.1%)

A much bigger second issue drop than last year’s series, but there are changes coming to the Hellboy family.

209. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

10/2006: Sonic #167 - 7,267
10/2007: Sonic #181 - 6,912
10/2008: Sonic #193 - 7,162
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263
10/2010: Sonic #218 - 7,889

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11/2010: Sonic #219 - 7,770 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Sonic #220 - 7,618 (-2.0%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Sonic #221 - 7,592 (-0.3%)
03/2011: Sonic #222 - 7,781 (+2.5%)
03/2011: Sonic #223 - 7,719 (-0.8%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Sonic #224 - 8,023 (+3.9%)
06/2011: Sonic #225 - 11,980 (+49.3%)
06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228 (-23.0%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Sonic #227 - 9,419 (+2.1%)
08/2011: Sonic #228 - 9,444 (+0.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Sonic #229 - 9,768 (+3.3%)

Still creeping up, it appears that Sonic has held more of the gain the anniversary issue conjured up than previously thought. This is one that is likely to benefit from the DC books, we’ll see over the next few months. The sixteenth collection charts at 26 with sales of 2,025.

211. Hellraiser (Boom!) 

03/2011: Hellraiser #1 - 13,850
04/2011: -
05/2011: Hellraiser #2 - 10,366 (-25.2%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: Hellraiser #3 - 9,974 (-3.8%)
08/2011: Hellraiser #4 - 11,096 (+11.2%)
09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303 (-7.1%)
10/2011: Hellraiser #6 - 9,715 (-5.7%)

The drops slow a little, as Boom prepare to launch a second series reprinting the best of the old Epic series.

214. Ghostbuster Ongoing (IDW)

10/2010: Holiday Special What in Samhain Just Happened? - 6,075 (-5.2%)
03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616 (+91.2%)
03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
02-08/2011: -
09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716 (+60.0%)
10/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #2 - 9,514 (-43.1%)

That’s a very bad drop, but it’ll be an issue or two before we get a better idea of true sales.

215. Infinite (Image)

08/2011: Infinite #1 - 27,434
09/2011: Infinite #2 - 14,585 (-46.8%)
10/2011: Infinite #3 - 9,322 (-36.1%)

Dropping like a rock, I’m not sure that this will continue much longer at this rate.

217. Severed (Image)

08/2011: Severed #1 - 10,573 (14,411)
09/2011: Severed #2 - 9,280 (-12.2%)
10/2011: Severed #3 - 9,240 (-0.4%)

This has found it’s level very quickly, as Scott Snyder’s star continues to rise. This can only be helped by the stunning sales on Batman, which he also writes.

220. Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom (Dynamite)

07/2011: Fall of Barsoom #1 - 11,192
08/2011: Fall of Barsoom #2 - 9,812 (-12.3%)
10/2011: Fall of Barsoom #3 - 8,962 (-8.7%)

Quite far behind the other two Warlord books, but this is a prequel set thousands of years before those other books, so these numbers aren’t too bad.

223. Godzilla: Gangsters and  Goliaths(IDW)

06/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #1 - 13,292
07/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #2 - 11,611 (-12.6%)
08/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #3 - 10,525 (-9.3%)
09/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #4 - 9,061 (-13.9%)
10/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #5 - 8,725 (-4.5%)

The final issue of this mini-series, not really bad numbers and apparently good enough for another mini-series of one-shots about Godzilla’s foes. Simon Gane’s drawing one of those, which should be splendid.

224. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 

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11/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #4 - 9,558 (-2.7%)
12/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #5 - 9,142 (-4.4%)
01-07/2011: -
08/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #1 - 10,797 (+18.1%)
09/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #2 - 8,988 (-16.8%)
10/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #3 - 8,716 (-3.0%)

Hopefully leveling out.

226. Mass Effect Invasion (Dark Horse)

01/2011: Evolution #1 – 8,944
02/2011: Evolution #2 - 7,825 (-12.5%)
03/2011: Evolution #3 - 7,675 (-1.9%)
04/2011: Evolution #4 - 7,815 (+1.8%)
05-09/2011: -
10/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #1 - 8,607 (+10.1%)

Telling the story leading up to Mass Effect 3, this will be finishing just in time to be collected when the game comes out.

229. Irredeemable (Boom) 

10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282
10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398

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11/2010: Irredeemable #19 - 11,102 (-2.6%)
12/2010: Irredeemable #20 - 10,406 (-6.3%)
01/2011: Irredeemable #21 - 10,247 (-1.5%)
02/2011: Irredeemable #22 - 10,025 (-2.2%)
03/2011: Irredeemable #23 - 9,983 (-0.4%)
04/2011: Irredeemable #24 - 10,274 (+2.9%)
05/2011: Irredeemable #25 - 10,082 (-1.9%)
06/2011: Irredeemable #26 - 9,784 (-3.0%)
07/2011: Irredeemable #27 - 9,577 (-2.1%)
08/2011: Irredeemable #28 - 8,820 (-7.9%)
09/2011: Irredeemable #29 - 8,582 (-2.7%)
10/2011: Irredeemable #30 - 8,419 (-1.9%)

Still drifting gently down.

230. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (Image)

10/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode  #1 - 8,338

A really fun new book, it’s sold-out and gotten a second printing. With an art style somewhere between Cory Walker and Rafael Grampa and darkly slapstick sense of humour I think this will do quite well.

231. 30 Days of Night (IDW)

05/2011: Night Again #1 - 8,472
06/2011: Night Again #2 - 7,055 (-16.7%)
07/2011: Night Again #3 - 5,730 (-18.8%)
08/2011: Night Again #4 - 5,157 (-10.0%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #1 - 8,326 (-61.4%)

An okay launch point, almost at the same sales as the last mini, and continuing with Sam Keith on art.

232. Joe Hill's The Cape (IDW)

12/2010: The Cape - 6,564
01-06/2011: -
07/2011: The Cape #1 - 9,469 (+44.3%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
10/2011:The Cape #2 - 8,330 (-12.0%)

Selling better than the criminally underappreciated Locke & Key, which charts below, that’s a pretty good second issue drop.

233. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW)

11/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #1 - 15,462 (-34.6%)
12/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #2 - 11,623 (-24.8%)
01/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #3 - 10,112 (-13.0%)
02/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #4 - 9,761 (-3.5%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #5 - 9,833 (+0.7%)
04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #6 - 9,520 (-3.2%)
05/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #7 - 9,427 (-1.0%)
06/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #8 - 9,226 (-2.1%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #9 - 8,987 (-2.6%)
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #10 - 8,545 (-4.9%)
09/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #11 - 8,441 (-1.2%)
10/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #12 - 8,274 (-2.0%)

Another one drifting down at a fairly regular pace.

237. Lady Death (Avatar)

12/2010: Lady Death #0 - 15,665
01/2011: Lady Death #1 - 14,023 (-10.5%)
02/2011: Lady Death #2 - 11,033 (-21.3%)
03/2011: Lady Death #3 - 10,801 (-2.1%)
04/2011: Lady Death #4 - 10,391 (-3.8%)
05/2011: Lady Death #5 - 9,656 (-7.1%)
06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563 (-1.0%)
07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)
10/2011: Lady Death #10 - 7,997 (+26.3%)

Actually not too far down on the last issue, ignoring the Annual, this may be finding its level.

239. Cold War (IDW)

10/2011: Cold War #1 - 7,934 

John Byrne’s riff on a slightly grittier James Bond sells in the same region as Next Men.

241. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)

02/2011: Spongebob Comics #1 - 11,814
03/2011: -
04/2011: Spongebob Comics #2 – 8,930 (-24.4%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Spongebob Comics #3 - 8,514 (-4.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Spongebob Comics #4 - 7,889 (-7.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Spongebob Comics #5 - 7,874 (-0.2%)

Pretty much flat, it seems reasonable to imagine that all-ages comics in general will benefit from the DC effect.

246. Vampirella Scarlet Legion (Dynamite)

05/2011: Scarlet Legion #1 - 13,625
06/2011: Scarlet Legion #2 - 9,818 (-27.9%)
07/2011: Scarlet Legion #3 - 9,262 (-5.7%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Scarlet Legion #4 - 8,466 (-8.6%)
09/2011: Scarlet Legion #5 - 7,640 (-9.8%)

The last issue, probably for the best as it was dropping off the edge.

247. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)

04/2011: Dark Horse Presents #1 - 15,107
05/2011: -
06/2011: Dark Horse Presents #2 - 11,315 (-25.1%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dark Horse Presents #3 - 8,931 (-21.1%)
09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366 (-6.3%)
10/2011: Dark Horse Presents #5 - 7,539 (-9.9%)

Not a great drop at this point, I would imagine Dark Horse are hoping this will flatten out soon, despite the $8 price tag.

249. Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover (Zenescope)

05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover Prelude - 8,558
05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover #1 - 9,304 (+8.7%)
06/2011: The Piper one shot (part 2) - 6,877 (-26.1%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 (part 3) - 6,215 (-9.6%)
06/2011: Wonderland one shot (part 4) - 6,913 (+11.2%)
06/2011: Neverland one shot (part 5) - 6,701 (-3.1%)
07/2011: Salem’s Daughter one shot (part 6) - 6,423 (-4.1%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 (part 7) - 6,215 (-3.2%)
08/2011: Sinbad one shot (part 8) - 6,059 (-2.5%)
08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 (part 9) - 8,086 (+33.5%)
09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 (part 10) - 8,183 (+1.2%)
09/2011: Inferno one shot (part 11) - 6,544 (-20.0%)
10/2011: GFT Dream Eater Crossover Conclusion (part 12) - 7,517(+14.9%)

This series ends with sales right in the middle of the sales-range. I’d imagine Zenescope are quite happy with the overall performance of the series.

251. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354
10/2010: Doctor Who #16 - 6,198

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1 - 8,843 (+42.7%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #2 - 7,461 (-15.6%)
03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #3 - 7,523 (+0.8%)
04/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4 - 7,477 (-0.6%)
05/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #5 - 7,498 (+0.3%)
06/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6 - 7,580 (-1.1%)
07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #8 - 7,480 (+1.7%)
08/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 6,453 (-13.7%)
09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324 (+13.5%)
10/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #10 - 7,481 (+2.1%)

This just keeps bouncing around the same sales range, currently the highest it’s been in five months.

252. Mega Man (Archie)

05/2011: Mega Man #1 - 12,586
06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713 (-38.7%)
07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%)
10/2011: Mega Man #6 - 7,474 (-14.5%)

This bucks the trend of all-ages books having a good November, but it’s possible that some sales may have slipped into the following month.

254. Super Dinosaur (Image)

04/2011: Super Dinosaur #1 - 12,473
05/2011: Super Dinosaur #2 - 9,945 (-20.3%)
05/2011: Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 - 8,575 (-13.8%)
06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943 (+4.3%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%)
10/2011: - Super Dinosaur #5 - 7,380 (-11.1%)

Shedding sales fast, as Kirkman seems to have trouble recapturing the success of Walking Dead & Invincible again. Dunno why, but none of his books since then seem to be able to stick around, despite most of them being pretty decent.

255. Last of The Greats (Image)

10/2011: Last of The Greats #1 - 7,338

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, this seems to tread similar ground to the likes of Irredeemable, but takes it into an interesting direction. Not a bad start.

256. Guarding the Globe (Image)

10/2010: Guarding the Globe #2 - 10,972

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Guarding the Globe #3 - 9,097 (-17.1%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: Guarding the Globe #4 – 9,102 (+0.1%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: -
07/2011: Guarding the Globe #5 - 8,157 (-10.4%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
10/2011: Guarding the Globe #6 - 7,321 (-10.2%)

Another Kirkman book under-performing, although I think the irregular schedule is more to blame here.

258. Sonic Universe (Archie)

10/2009: Sonic Universe #9 - 7,083
10/2010: Sonic Universe #21 - 6,843

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11/2010: Sonic Universe #22 - 6,641 (-3.0%)
12/2010: Sonic Universe #23 - 6,480 (-2.4%)
01/2011: Sonic Universe #24 - 6,228 (-3.9%)
02/2011: Sonic Universe #25 - 6,464 (+3.8%)
03/2011: Sonic Universe #26 - 6,571 (+1.7%)
04/2011: Sonic Universe #27 - 6,636 (+1.0%)
05/2011: Sonic Universe #28 - 6,722 (+1.3%)
06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917 (+2.9%)
07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)
10/2011: Sonic Universe #33 - 7,244 (+3.1%)

This is the highest sales since the first issue, in the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary year.

261. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)

01/2011: Myths & Legends #1 - 12,679
02/2011: -
03/2011: Myths and Legends #2 - 8,018 (-36.8%)
03/2011: Myths and Legends #3 - 7,858 (-2.0%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Myths and Legends #4 - 9,224 (+17.4%)
06/2011: Myths and Legends #5 - 7,612 (-17.5%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 - 6,215 (-18.4%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 - 6,215 (0.0%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
10/2011: Myths and Legends #8 - 6,983 (+12.4%)

Sales jump back up after the two Dream Eater crossover issues, which seem to have harmed sales a little rather than helping.

264. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

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
10/2010: Simpsons Comics #171 - 7,429

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11/2010: Simpsons Comics #172 - 7,429 (0.0%)
12/2010: Simpsons Comics #173 - 7,065 (-4.9%)
01/2011: Simpsons Comics #174 - 6,776 (-4.1%)
02/2011: Simpsons Comics #175 - 6,896 (+1.8%)
03/2011: Simpsons Comics #176 - 6,874 (-0.3%)
04/2011: Simpsons Comics #177 - 6,837 (-0.5%)
05/2011: Simpsons Comics #178 - 6,991 (+2.2%)
06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)
10/2011: Simpsons Comics #183 - 6,893 (+1.2%)

Really, really stable over the last year, and perking up at the moment.

265. Planet of the Apes (Boom!)

04/2011: Planet of the Apes #1 - 9,333
05/2011: Planet of the Apes #2 - 7,369 (-21.0%)
06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804 (+5.9%)
07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%)
10/2011: Planet of the Apes #7 - 6,889 (0.0%)

That’s pretty stable.

266. CBLDF Liberty Annual (Image)

10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Comics #2 - 9,866
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10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010 - 8,294 (-15.9%)
10/2011: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 #4 - 6,846 (-17.5%)

A surprising drop this year, especially considering this featured the likes of Frank Quitely, JM Straczinski, JH Williams and Matt Wagner.

268, 272. Queen Sonja (Dynamite)

10/2010: -

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11/2010: Queen Sonja #11 - 8,502 (-5.3%)
12/2010: Queen Sonja #12 - 8,231 (-3.2%)
01/2011: Queen Sonja #13 - 7,889 (-4.2%)
02/2011: Queen Sonja #14 - 7,636 (-3.2%)
03/2011: Queen Sonja #15 - 7,539 (-1.3%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Queen Sonja #16 - 7,287 (-3.3%)
06/2011: Queen Sonja #17 - 7,241 (-0.6%)
07/2011: Queen Sonja #18 - 6,869 (-5.1%)
08/2011: Queen Sonja #19 - 6,816 (-0.8%)
09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883 (+1.0%)
10/2011: Queen Sonja #21 - 6,809 (-1.1%)
10/2011: Queen Sonja #22 - 6,501 (-4.5%)

The drops continue and increase. It’s running about four months late, despite the two issues shipping this month.

274. Sergio Aragones Funnies (Bongo)

07/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #1 - 9,419
08/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #2 - 7,439 (-21.0%)
09/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #3 - 6,859 (-7.8%)
10/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #4 - 6,482 (-5.5%)

Still dropping, this was always likely to be a bit of a niche comic. It’s very good though, deserves to be selling better than this.

276. Incorruptible (Boom)

10/2010: Incorruptible #11 - 9,844 (-4.6%)

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11/2010: Incorruptible #12 - 9,403 (-4.5%)
12/2010: Incorruptible #13 - 8,701 (-7.5%)
01/2011: Incorruptible #14 - 8,512 (-2.2%)
02/2011: Incorruptible #15 - 8,252 (-3.1%)
03/2011: Incorruptible #16 - 8,108 (-1.7%)
04/2011: Incorruptible #17 - 8,257 (+1.8%)
05/2011: Incorruptible #18 - 8,044 (-2.6%)
06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804 (-3.0%)
07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)
09/2011: Incorruptible #22 - 6,669 (-4.9%)
10/2011: Incorruptible #23 - 6,466 (-3.0%)

This probably hasn’t got much more rope, hopefully the upcoming crossover with Irredeemable will pull sales up a bit. The fifth collection charts at 29 in the GN chart, with pretty decent sales of 1,854, so as with Irredeemable, this is making more in GN sales than in comics.

277. Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special(Zenescope)

10/2011: GFT Halloween Special 2011 - 6,428 

About average for a GTF spin-off.

279. Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island (Avatar)

02/2010: Captain Swing #1 - 10,167
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Captain Swing #2 - 9,063 (-10.9%)
07/2010 - 02/2011: -
03/2011: Captain Swing #3 - 8,849 (-2.4%)
04-09/2011: -
10/2011: Captain Swing #4 - 6,281 (-26.1%)

Badly harmed by both the ridiculous schedule, with four issues that took twenty months to come out, and the overall feeling that Ellis was just randomly chucking out some of his ideas that he couldn’t fit into other projects.

280. Turok Son of Stone (Dark Horse) 

10/2010: Turok Son of Stone #1 - 12,607

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: -
02/2011: -
03/2011: -
04/2011: Turok Son of Stone #2 - 8,015 (-36.4%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Turok Son of Stone #3 - 6,821 (-14.9%)
10/2011: Turok Son of Stone #4 - 6,257 (-8.3%)

Ships in consecutive months for the first time, I think there are a couple more issues to come, but it’s cancelled.

281. Kull (Dark Horse)

11/2010: The Hate Witch #1 - 8,895
12/2010: The Hate Witch #2 - 6,745 (-24.2%)
01/2011: The Hate Witch #3 - 6,290 (-6.7%)
02/2011: The Hate Witch #4 - 6,018 (-4.3%)
03-09/2011: -
10/2011: The Cat & The Skull #1 - 6,249 (+3.8%)

Only a small bump for the new series, which doesn’t bode well. A collection of the old Marvel strips charts at 39 with sales of 1,534.

284. Caligula (Avatar)

03/2011: Caligula #1 - 6,712
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: Caligula #2 -  6,543 (-2.5%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Caligula #3 -  6,560 (+0.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Caligula #4 -  5,895 (-10.1%)

After a good performance over the first few issues, a steep drop. It’s a very odd series, so that’s probably still pretty good.

285. HP Lovecraft The Dunwich Horror (IDW)

10/2011: Dunwich Horror #1 - 5,802

One of a number of recent Lovecraft adaptations, this one is dignified by the writing skills of horror master Joe Lansdale.

286. Elric The Balance Lost (Boom!)

07/2011: The Balance Lost #1 - 9,893
08/2011: The Balance Lost #2 - 6,643 (-32.8%)
09/2011: The Balance Lost #3 - 6,345 (-4.4%)
10/2011: The Balance Lost #4 - 5,758 (-9.3%)

The drops are increasing quite badly again.

288. Grimm Fairy Tales The Library (Zenescope)

09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #1 - 6,255
10/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #2 - 5,679 (-9.2%)

An okay second issue drop for the GFT all-ages book.

289. Magdalena (Image)

10/2010: -

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11/2010: Magdalena #4 - 7,171 (-4.9%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: -
02/2011: Magdalena #5 - 6,538 (-8.8%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: -
05/2011: Magdalena #6 - 6,325 (-3.3%)
06/2011: Magdalena #7 - 6,968 (+10.2%)
07/2011: -
08/2010: -
09/2011: Magdalena #8 - 6,551 (-6.0%)
10/2011: Magdalena #9 - 5,664 (-13.5%)
290. Darkness (Image)

10/2010: -

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11/2010: -
12/2010: Darkness #87 - 6,960 (-3.9%)
01/2011: Darkness #88 - 6,842 (-1.7%)
01/2011: Darkness #89 - 6,544 (-4.4%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: Darkness #90 - 6,482 (-0.9%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207 (-4.2%)
07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)
10/2011: Darkness #94 - 5,632 (-3.8%)

A very nasty drop at this stage for Magdalena, and Darkness not faring too well either. I suspect the whole Top Cow universe is due for a revamp, and possibly some input from founder Marc Silvestri.

294. The Theater #1 (Zenescope)

10/2011: The Theater #1 - 5,469

Raven Gregory’s horror book launches with okay numbers, and has been getting decent reviews.

295. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)

10/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #56 - 6,020 (+1.1%)

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11/2010: -
12/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #57 - 5,622 (-6.6%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #58 - 5,478 (-2.6%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #59 - 5,490 (+2.2%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589 (+1.8%)
07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (-0.2%)
10/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #64 - 5,451 (-0.4%)

Very stable.

297. Executive Assistant Iris (Aspen)

10/2010: Executive Assistant Iris #6 - 6,684

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06/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0 - 6,929 (+3.7%)
07/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #1 - 7,021 (+1.3%)
08/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #2 - 5,843 (-16.7%)
09/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #3 - 5,502 (-5.8%)
10/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #4 - 5,309(-3.5%)

Smoothing out, the other three books in this crossover failed to chart this month.

300. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword (Dark Horse)
01/2011: Savage Sword #1 - 1,720
02-4/2011: -
05/2011: Savage Sword #2 - 2,913 (+69.4%)
06-9/2011: -
10/2011: Savage Sword #3 - 5,167 (+77.4%)

It looks like retailers massively underestimated this one, with remarkable sales growth. It’s only by fluke we know that, issue two was the number 300 book back in May, and the first issue only charted in January at 289 because of the lowest monthly sales in years.

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All figures 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.

Comments

  1. The formatting of the sales is all messed up in this post. The data is scrolling off the edge of the screen.

  2. James says:

    Yeah, cant read the data of all but about 6 titles.

    I’ll come back later!! haha… :)

  3. I didn’t see Terry Moores “Rachel Rising”. I guess it must be doing pretty bad.

    I’m glad Planet of the Apes is still around. I’m loving that book.

  4. I’m willing to bet Orchid was overshipped. They were giving copies away at my LCS.

  5. Dave Hackett says:

    My kids had me add Sonic the Hedgehog to the pull list. After watching the “Underground” series on Netflix and they really got into the character. They also really loved the Free Comic offering from last year. Since the last storyline was billed a jumping on point, my retailer put one out on the shelf. We grabbed it and they’ve been hooked.

  6. My order for Orchid was based more on the $1 price than the writer. As it was, I ended up selling 70% of my order to another retailer to get them out of my shop.

    At this point, BPRD is “subscriber only” at my shop, except for each new #1, which gets a copy on the shelf to remind people we get it. If it sells, I order an extra #2, and so on. If it doesn’t sell, then at least I didn’t lose too much on it.

    Severed had a good conversion rate from American Vampire fans. I look forward to selling the TP to Snyder’s new Batman fans.

    Re: Cold War- Remember when Byrne could boast about his “faithful fifty thousand?” It’s more like a faithful five thousand now. His quality doesn’t seem to have been diminished, so did all those fans leave comics entirely?

    With the CBLF Annual, in past years I’ve ordered a stack of them “for the cause” and not worried about the sales. This year I just ordered what I could sell (about 20% of what I ordered last year), and sent them money directly “for the cause” instead.

  7. Torsten Adair says:

    I still enjoy John Byrne’s comics, but it’s not a must-have. (His Star Trek Aliens mini-series was quite enjoyable; his ability to render caricature, strange aliens, and technology made him the perfect choice.) I prefer the trades to single issues.

    Most of the titles I read above, I prefer to get the trade, as the stories are worth keeping on a shelf.

  8. PeterCSM730 says:

    Re: Morning Glories: “The drops are accelerating again, as it appears that last month’s sales were slightly boosted by the twelfth issue anniversary”

    Haha. I’ll have to check out The Strange Talent of Luther Strange and Savage Sword. I gave them a brief look when their respective first issues came out but then forgot about them. Super Dinosaur is the only book my girlfriend buys so it’s too bad it’s not doing so great. If it gets cancelled I’ll be going to the comicshop by my lonesome.

    Brian Jacoby: “With the CBLF Annual, in past years I’ve ordered a stack of them “for the cause” and not worried about the sales. This year I just ordered what I could sell (about 20% of what I ordered last year), and sent them money directly “for the cause” instead.”

    That sounds like a good idea/alternative. The annual this year didn’t grab me but it did remind me to donate.

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