Indie Month-to-Month Sales September 2010

September may not have seemed to create any records for sales, but if you look more closely at the charts you’ll discover some interesting things. The bottom title on the chart (Farscape #11 from Boom!) sold more copies than any title in the #300 position in almost fifteen years.

Even compared to last month the #300 title is selling incredibly well. In fact, last month’s top 300 chart featured 55 titles that would have failed to chart this month. Wow.

What this means is that I’ve actually done the stats for every indie book in the top 300. Don’t expect this every month, but I’ll see what I can do.

Dark Horse nabbed the top spot amongst non Marvel/DC publishers this month in part thanks to a strong suite of graphic novels and collections including Dr. Horrible (6,582 copies and #2 on the GN chart), The Amazing Screw On Head & Other Stories (5,660 copies and #4), and Empowered vol 6 (4,276 copies and #7) amongst others. Their dollar share was 6.06%, and their market share was 4.73%. Image had a dollar share of 5.68% and a market share of 4.60%. Their top graphic novel this month was the 13th and newest collection of Invincible (5,968 copies and #3), while the Walking Dead collections continue to be reordered heavily. IDW had a dollar share of 4.59%, a market share of 4.26%, and failed to have a graphic novel in the top 50.

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

31. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 

09/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 96,556
09/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #18 - 77,589
09/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 - 52,303
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10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236 (-4.0%)
11/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #30 - 49,155 (-2.2%)
12/2009: BTVS Willow One Shot - 45,136 (-8.2%)
01/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31 - 47,013 (+4.2%)
02/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32 - 47,975 (+2.0)
03/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33 - 46,568 (-2.9%)
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%)
                                6 month (-3.6%)
                                1 year (-14.2%)
                                2 year (-42.1%)
                                3 year (-53.5%)

The final story arc of season eight begins, slightly down from the last regular issue.

69. The Walking Dead (Image) 

09/2006: The Walking Dead #31 - 21,368
09/2007: The Walking Dead #42 - 23,107
09/2008: The Walking Dead #52 - 23,627
09/2009: The Walking Dead #65 - 24,892
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10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944 (+0.2%)
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%)
                               6 month (+11.7%)
                               1 year (+10.3%)
                               2 year (+16.2%)
                               3 year (+18.8%)
                               4 year (+28.5%)

According to Eric Stephenson this issue of The Walking Dead was returnable. Diamond has in the past reduced the numbers for returnable books, but it doesn’t seem possible to tell if that happened here.

In the same interview Stephenson mentioned that more than 30,000 copies of issue 78 were printed, though that would include UK sales, and that the collections have sold almost three million copies in total.

81. True Blood (IDW) 

07/2010: True Blood #1 - 30,296 [38,062]
08/2010: True Blood #2 - 26,419 (-30.6%)
09/2010: True Blood #3 - 24,254 (-8.2%)

The drop’s a little bit big, but according to press releases issue one has now been reprinted multiple times, and both issues two and three have been reprinted at least once.

99, 140. 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%)
						6 month (-36.5%)

The six month comparison uses issue 7 instead of the $5.99 annual. Issue seven has five covers of various incentive levels, while the annual “only” has four.

100. The Boys (Dynamite) 

09/2007: The Boys #10 - 32,077
09/2008: The Boys #22 - 27,104
09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502
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10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841 (+1.4%)
11/2009: The Boys #36 - 23,471 (-5.5%)
12/2009: The Boys #37 - 24,025 (+2.4%)
01/2010: The Boys #38 - 22,203 (-7.6%)
02/2010: The Boys #39 - 21,905 (-1.3%)
03/2010: The Boys #40 - 22,022 (+0.5%)
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%)
                               6 month (-5.6%)
                               1 year (-15.2%)
                               2 year (-23.3%)
                               3 year (-35.2%)

Fairly stable.

110. Hellboy (Dark Horse) 

09/2008: Crooked Man #3 (of 3) - 24,419
09/2009: The Wild Hunt #6 (of 8 ) - 20,146
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10/2009: The Wild Hunt #7 (of 8 ) - 19,414 (-3.6%)
11/2009: The Wild Hunt #8 (of 8 ) - 18,942 (-2.4%)
12/2009: Bride of Hell One Shot - 20,761 (+9.6%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: Hellboy in Mexico Or, A Drunken Blur - 22,569 (+8.7%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: The Storm #1 - 20,404 (-9.6%)
08/2010: The Storm #2 - 19,070 (-6.5%)
09/2010: The Storm #3 - 18,602 (-2.5%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-7.7%)
                                2 year (-23.8%)

Someone suggested in the comments last month that readers of Hellboy had moved over to trade paperback collections. Hellboy volume 8 had first month sales of 6,234 in May of 2008, while volume 10 sold 5,776 copies (slightly up on volume 9) in June 2010. This is only first month sales to comic book shops, so readers could be buying the collections from bookshops, or just waiting longer to buy them.

115. Spawn (Image) 

09/2005: Spawn #149 - 26,790
09/2006: Spawn #160 - 25,580
09/2007: Spawn #171 - 23,768
09/2008: Spawn #182 - 19,078
09/2009: -
 =====
10/2009: Spawn #195 - 18,475 (-2.3%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Spawn #196 - 18,893 (+2.3)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Spawn #197 - 18,361 (-2.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Spawn #198 - 17,985 (-2.0%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Spawn #199 - 18,076 (+0.5%)
                                6 month (-4.3%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (-5.3%)
                                3 year (-23.9%)
                                4 year (-29.3%)
				5 year (-32.5%)

This was due out last December. Wow.

117. 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%)
                                6 month (-12.7%)

In comparison, this other Todd McFarlane comic was “only” due out in June. That’s quite a big drop this month too.

118. The Boys Highland Laddie (Dynamite) 

08/2010: Highland Laddie #1 - 18,629
09/2010: Highland Laddie #2 - 17,803 (-4.4%)

Really good second issue drop. Possibly in part to the retailer incentive cover that was offered.

121. 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%)

Tie-in to the upcoming game. Not a good third issue drop.

122. 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%)

Down at 195 another 9,400 copies of issue one were delivered, those numbers are included in the [brackets]. This is a four issue miniseries.

130. Angel (IDW) 

09/2005: The Curse #4 (of 5) - 14,055
09/2006: -
09/2007: -
09/2008: Angel After the Fall #12 - 43,019
09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815
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10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886 (-3.9%)
11/2009: Angel #27 - 20,731 (-9.4%)
12/2009: Angel #28 - 21,301 (+2.7%)
12/2009: Angel Annual #1 - 16,616 (-22.0%)
01/2010: Angel #29 - 20,280 (+22.5%)
02/2010: Angel #30 - 11,044 [19,394] (-4.4%)
03/2010: Angel #31 - 18,538 (-4.4%)
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%)
                               6 month (-14.4%)
                               1 year (-33.4%)
                               2 year (-63.1%)
                               3 year (n.a.)
                               4 year (n.a.)
                               5 year (+12.9%)

Stable this month as we head towards the end of the series.

131. Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse) 

09/2005: Conan #20 - 34,899
09/2006: Conan #32 - 29,070
09/2007: -
09/2008: The Cimmerian #3 - 25,102
09/2009: The Cimmerian #14 - 18,643
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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%)
                6 month (-12.6%)
                1 year (-15.1%)
                2 year (-36.9%)
                3 year (n.a.)
                4 year (-45.5%)
                5 year (-54.6%)

Ending at issue 25 to be relaunched next year.

133. Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse) 

09/2009: Invasion #3 (of 5) - 19,798
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10/2009: Invasion #0 - 19,714 (-0.4%)
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%)
                6 month (n.a.)
                1 year (-23.3%)

Standard drop.

142. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope) 

09/2008: Grimm Fairy Tales #30 - 9,754
09/2009: -
=====
10/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #42 - 9,070 (-14.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #43 - 10,246 (+13.0%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #44 - 8,824 (-13.9%)
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #45 - 8,916 (+1.0%)
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%)
                6 month (+56.2%)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (+42.8%)

Huuuge bump for the $4.99 anniversary issue. There are four different covers.

144. 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%)

I think this issue only had one cover, while issue one had two, but that’s still a massive drop this month.

147. 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%)

Not that bad considering rather small second issue drop last month.

148. Artifacts (Image) 

07/2010: Artifacts #1 - 18,711
08/2010: -
09/2010: Artifacts #2 - 13,147 (-29.7%)

Two covers, and running late already. In the interview mentioned above Eric Stephenson said that issue one had a second printing.

151. Chew (Image) 

09/2009: Chew #4 - 12,294
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10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
11/2009: Chew #6 - 13,139 (-2.7%)
12/2009: Chew #7 - 12,902 (-1.8%)
01/2010: Chew #8 - 12,727 (-1.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Chew #9 - 12,866 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Chew #10 - 13,335 (+3.6%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204 (-1.0%)
07/2010: Chew #12 - 13,011 (-1.5%)
08/2010: Chew #13 - 12,756 (-2.0%)
09/2010: Chew #14 - 12,993 (+1.9%)
                6 month (+0.9)
                1 year (+5.7%)

There’s nothing to distinguish this issue from the last one, but sales are heading up again anyway.

156. BPRD (Dark Horse) 

09/2005: Black Flame #2 (of 6) - 16,041
09/2006: -
09/2007: Killing Ground #2 (of 5) - 16,142
09/2008: Warning #3 (of 5) - 16,332
09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810
=====
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505 (-2.0%)
11/2009: 1947 #5 (of 5) - 13,977 (-3.6%)
12/2009: War on Frogs #4 (of 4) - 12,904 (-7.7%)
01/2010: King of Fear #1 - 14,081 (+9.1%)
02/2010: King of Fear #2 - 13,123 (-6.8%)
03/2010: King of Fear #3 - 12,874 (-1.9%)
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%)
                6 month (-12.2%)
                1 year (-14.1%)
                2 year (-22.1%)
                3 year (-21.2%)
                4 year (n.a.)
                5 year (-20.7%)

First month sales of the last several collections of BPRD have been fairly stable, staying just below 4000 copies.

160. Fathom Blue Descent (Aspen) 

05/2010: Fathom Blue Descent #0 - 10,731
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Fathom Blue Descent #1 - 12,178 (+13.5%)

Descent ascends.

163. GI Joe (IDW) 

09/2006: GI Joe America’s Elite #15 (Devil’s Due) - 17,449
09/2007: GI Joe America’s Elite #27 (Devil’s Due) - 15,267
09/2008: -
09/2009: GI Joe #9 – 17,436
=====
10/2009: GI Joe #10 – 16,264 (-6.7%)
11/2009: GI Joe #11 – 15,527 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #12 – 14,824 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #13 – 15,759 (+6.3%)
01/2010: GI Joe #14 – 14,030 (-11.0%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: GI Joe #15 – 13,607 (-3.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe #16 – 13,288 (-2.3%)
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%)
		6 month (-10.5%)
        	1 year (-31.8%)
		2 year (n.a.)
		3 year (-22.1%)
		4 year (-31.9%)

Standard drop.

166. Irredeemable (Boom) 		

09/2009: Irredeemable #6 - 14,128
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10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Irredeemable #8 - 13,688 (-4.2%)
12/2009: Irredeemable #9 - 13,515 (-1.3%)
01/2010: Irredeemable #10 - 13,106 (-3.0%)
02/2010: Irredeemable #11 - 12,912 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Irredeemable #12 - 13,058 (+1.1%)
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%)
                               6 month (-9.5%)
                               1 year (-16.4%)		

Standard drop.

169. Transformers Ongoing (IDW) 

09/2008: All Hail Megatron #3 - 13,238
09/2009: All Hail Megatron #15 - 11,634
=====
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
11/2009: Transformers Ongoing #1 - 15,220 (+34.9%)
12/2009: Transformers Ongoing #2 - 12,516 (-17.8%)
01/2010: Transformers Ongoing #3 - 12,609 (+0.7%)
02/2010: Transformers Ongoing #4 - 12,221 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Transformers Ongoing #5 - 11,994 (-1.9%)
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%)
                               6 month (-3.4%)
                               1 year (-0.4%)
				2 year (-12.5%)

A bit on the low side for this title, though it does fluctuate up and down.

172. 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%)
				6 month (-47.5%)

The first of many big drops for Green Hornet titles this month.

173. GI Joe Origins (IDW) 

09/2009: GI Joe Origins #7 - 14,753
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10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961 (+1.4%)
11/2009: GI Joe Origins #9 - 12,955 (-13.4%)
12/2009: GI Joe Origins #10 - 12,295 (-5.1%)
01/2010: GI Joe Origins #11 - 11,726 (-4.6%)
02/2010: GI Joe Origins #12 - 12,312 (+5.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe Origins #13 - 11,043 (-10.3%)
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%)
                                6 month (+1.2%)
                                1 year (-24.2%)

Larry Hama writes a silent issue about Snake Eyes.

175. Kevin Smith's Kato (Dynamite) 
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #1 – 19,720
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #2 - 16,361 (-17.0%)
07/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #3 - 13,833 (-15.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #4 - 11,089 (-19.8%)

Four covers, running late, huge drop.

182. Aliens vs. Predator (Dark Horse) 

01/2010: Three World War #1 - 15,218
02/2010: Three World War #2 - 11,875 (-22.0%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Three World War #3 - 11,498 (-3.2%)
05/2010: Three World War #4 - 11,112 (-3.4%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Three World War #5 - 10,985 (-1.1%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Three World War #6 - 10,703 (-2.6%)

Final issue.

183. 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%)

Standard drop.

184. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 
08/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #1 - 12,099
09/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #2 - 10,601 (-12.4%)

Non-Hellboy Mike Mignola project.

186. Witchblade (Image) 

09/2005: Witchblade #89 - 15,519
09/2006: Witchblade #101 - 14,727
09/2007: -
09/2008: Witchblade #120 - 15,068
09/2009: Witchblade #130 - 15,387
=====
10/2009: Witchblade #131 - 20,999 (+36.5%)
11/2009: Witchblade #132 - 13,207 (-37.1%)
12/2009: Witchblade #133 - 12,811 (-3.0%)
01/2010: Witchblade #134 - 12,416 (-3.1%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Witchblade #135 - 11,935 (-3.9%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Witchblade #136 - 10,649 (-10.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Witchblade #137 - 10,696 (+0.4%)
08/2010: Witchblade Due Process One Shot - 8,255 (-22.8%)
09/2010: Witchblade #138 - 10,521 (+27.5%)
			6 month (-11.8%)
        		1 year (-31.6%)
			2 year (-30.2%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (-28.6%)
			5 year (-32.2%)

Sales are down from the last regular issue.

189. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

09/2005: Red Sonja #2 - 55,149
09/2006: Red Sonja #14 - 25,891
09/2007: -
09/2008: Red Sonja #37 - 14,652
09/2009: Red Sonja #48 - 11,815
=====
10/2009: Red Sonja #49 - 11,487 (-2.8%)
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: Red Sonja #51 - 9,994 (+23.4%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (-15.4%)
			2 year (-31.8%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (-61.4%)
			5 year (-81.9%)

The market does not want more Red Sonja comics it seems.

190, 196, 205, 230, 246, 250. 1 for $1 (Dark Horse) 

08/2010: Hellboy: Seed of Destruction - 9,291
08/2010: Sin City: Hard Goodbye - 9,012
08/2010: The Goon - 8,213
08/2010: Conan - 7,602
08/2010: Aliens vs. Predator - 7,485
08/2010: Usagi Yojimbo - 6,194

09/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 9,931
09/2010: Serenity Those Left Behind - 9,321
09/2010: Star Wars Legacy - 8,769
09/2010: Umbrella Academy - 7,714
09/2010: Magnus Robot Fighter - 6,632
09/2010: Groo - 6,482

Six more this month, and the only real surprise is that Magnus Robot Fighter sold better than Usagi Yojimbo or Groo. I think it reprints the same Russ Manning issue that was in the back of Magnus #1 last month, can anyone confirm this?

191. Crossed (Avatar) 

09/2009: -
=====
10/2009: Crossed #7 - 14,238 (+6.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Crossed #8 - 12,757 (-10.4%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Crossed #9 - 12,374 (-3.0%)
04/2010: Crossed Family Values #1 - 10,704 (-13.5%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Crossed Family Values #2 - 10,165 (-5.0%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Crossed Family Values #3 - 10,317 (+1.5%)
09/2010: Crossed Family Values #4 - 9,927 (-3.8%)
                6 month (-19.8%)
		1 year (n.a.) 

Ship on time, sales go down. Avatar does well on reorders, while later solicitations of alternative covers and reprints mean it’s possible to pick up readers as the series progresses.

192. 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%)

Massive drop. This one only has two covers instead of the three that issue two had. It was supposed to ship in July. The drops continue in the October charts, so this doesn’t seem to be a fluke.

194. Project Superpowers (Dynamite) 

09/2008: Project Superpowers #6 (of 7) - 29,153
09/2009: Chapter Two #3 - 15,717
=====
10/2009: -
11/2009: Chapter Two #4 - 14,980 (-3.2%)
12/2009: Chapter Two #5 - 12,794 (-14.6%)
01/2010: Chapter Two #6 - 11,923 (-6.8%)
02/2010: Chapter Two #7 - 21,688 (+81.9%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Chapter Two #8 - 10,724 (-50.6%)
05/2010: Chapter Two #9 - 10,132 (-5.5%)
06/2010: Chapter Two #10 - 9,892 (-2.4%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Chapter Two #11 - 9,772 (-1.2%)
09/2010: Chapter Two #12 - 9,637 (-1.4%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-38.7%)
				2 year (66.9%)

Final issue. Apparently there are plans for more to come, but I’m not sure in what format/price point they’ll be available.

197. Mouse Guard (Archaia) 

06/2010: Legends of the Guard #1 - 10,918
06/2010: Legends of the Guard #2 - 9,113 (-16.5%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Legends of the Guard #3 - 9,289 (+1.9%)

Sales go up despite delays, indicating strong sales of the first two issues.

198, 204. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW) 

09/2009: GI Joe Cobra Special #1 - 14,244
=====
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%)
	                6 month (-16.8%)
			1 year (-38.3%)

Two issues this month, the six month and one year comparisons use the $4.99 Special.

199, 203. Queen Sonja (Dynamite) 

10/2009: Queen Sonja #1 - 13,849
11/2009: Queen Sonja #2 - 12,024 (-13.2%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Queen Sonja #3 - 10,768 (-10.4%)
02/2010: Queen Sonja #4 - 10,766 (-0.0%)
03/2010: Queen Sonja #5 - 10,393 (-3.5%)
04/2010: Queen Sonja #6 - 9,800 (-5.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Queen Sonja #7 - 9,879 (+0.8%)
07/2010: Queen Sonja #8 - 9,438 (-4.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Queen Sonja #9 - 9,176 (-2.7)
09/2010: Queen Sonja #10 - 8,975 (-2.2%)
			 Month (-13.6%)

Two issues this month.

201, 209. Spike (IDW) 

09/2006: Spike Asylum #1 - 8,999
09/2007: -
09/2008: Spike After the Fall #3 - 31,059
09/2009: -
=====
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%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (-72.3%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (-4.5%)

Final two issues. Sales are now below what they were before the Season Six relaunch of the Angel franchise. Next month is the launch of what was originally going to be an ongoing Spike series, is now an eight issue mini since the license is going back to Dark Horse next year.

202, 208. GI Joe Hearts and Minds (IDW) 

05/2010: Hearts and Minds #1 - 11,039
06/2010: Hearts and Minds #2 - 8,592 (-22.2%)
07/2010: Hearts and Minds #3 - 9,421 (+9.6%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Hearts and Minds #4 - 8,976 (-4.7%)
09/2010: Hearts and Minds #5 - 8,595 (-4.2%)

Standard drop.

206. Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror (Bongo) 

09/2006: Treehouse of Horror #12 - 10,853
09/2007: Treehouse of Horror #13 - 9,691
09/2008: Treehouse of Horror #14 - 9,133
09/2009: Treehouse of Horror #15 - 8,818
=====
09/2010: Treehouse of Horror #16 - 8,705
				1 year (-1.3%)
				2 year (-4.7%)
				3 year (-10.2%)
				4 year (-19.8%)

#15 was the “Kramer’s Ergot” issue, but that didn’t seem to have an effect on sales.

207, 221. Transformers: Drift (IDW) 

09/2010: Transformers Drift #1 - 8,652
09/2010: Transformers Drift #2 - 8,129 (-6.0%)

Four issue miniseries.

212. Charmed (Zenescope) 

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

Drop is a bit on the large size.

215. 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%)

Apparently people like the idea of the death of Comic Book Guy.

216. 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%)

Another three issue miniseries.

217. Dawn (Image) 
09/2010: Dawn Not to Touch Earth - 8,296

$5.99 one shot. I think this is the first appearance of Dawn in a while, yet she’s still popular enough to have an annual costume contest and perfumes.

218. Morning Glories (Image) 

08/2010: Morning Glories #1 - 8,687 [14,104]
09/2010: Morning Glories #2 - 8,265 (-41.4%)

A second printing of issue one showed up at 278 selling an additional 5,417 copies, those numbers are included in the above [brackets]. Excluding those issue two only dropped 4.9%, which is fantastic. So far there have been four reprints of issue one, and issue two has also been reprinted.

219. Hack Slash (Image) 

09/2009: Hack Slash #26 (Devil’s Due) - 5,400
=====
10/2009: Hack Slash #27 (Devil’s Due) - 6,005 (+11.2%)
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%)
			6 month (+44.8%)
        		1 year (-51.4%)

Another increase in sales. I’m sure creator Tim Seeley hasn’t regretted moving his comic to Image.

224. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie) 

09/2005: Sonic #153 - 8,030
09/2006: Sonic #166 - 7,647
09/2007: Sonic #180 - 7,061
09/2008: Sonic #192 - 7,077
09/2009: Sonic #204 - 8,171
=====
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Sonic #206 - 8,353 (+1.1%)
12/2009: Sonic #207 - 8,198 (-1.9%)
01/2010: Sonic #208 - 8,006 (-2.3%)
02/2010: Sonic #209 - 7,819 (-2.3%)
03/2010: Sonic #210 - 7,925 (+1.4%)
03/2010: Sonic #211 - 7,786 (-1.8%)
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%)
			6 month (+3.5%)
        		1 year (-1.3%)
			2 year (+13.9%)
			3 year (+14.2%)
			4 year (+5.4%)
			5 year (+0.4%)

Going up again.

225. Transformers Sector 7 (IDW) 

09/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #1 - 8,035

Based on the movie continuity.

226. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword) 

09/2005: Tarot #34 - 10,135
09/2006: Tarot #40 - 9,410
09/2007: Tarot #46 - 7,134
09/2008: Tarot #52 - 9,098
09/2009: Tarot #58 - 8,502
=====
10/2009: -
11/2009: Tarot #59 - 8,356 (-1.7%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Tarot #60 - 8,241 (-1.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Tarot #61 - 8,096 (-1.8%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Tarot #62 - 8,131 (+0.4%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Tarot #63 - 8,112 (-0.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Tarot #64 - 8,016 (-1.2%)
			6 month (-1.0%)
        		1 year (-5.7%)
			2 year (-11.9%)
			3 year (-12.4%)
			4 year (-14.8%)
			5 year (-20.9%)

Stable.

227. Machete (IDW) 

09/2010: Machete #0 - 7,980

Co-written by Machete director Robert Rodriguez. The ongoing series hasn’t shown up in solicitations yet.

228. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Neverland (Zenescope) 

01/2010: Neverland #0 -9,405
02/2010: -
03/2010: Neverland #1 - 10,401 (+10.6%)
04/2010: Neverland #2 - 7,961 (-23.5%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Neverland #3 - 9,006 (+13.1%)
07/2010: Neverland #4 - 8,793 (-2.4%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Neverland #5 - 7,753 (-11.8%)

That’s a pretty big drop this month

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

09/2010: Billy the Kid #1 - 7,733

The last Billy the Kid series by Eric Powell ended in July, 2005 with sales of 6,301.

232. Magdalena (Image) 

04/2010: Magdalena #1 - 10,648
05/2010: -
06/2010: Magdalena #2 - 8,327 (-21.8%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Magdalena #3 - 7,538 (-9.5%)

Not the best third issue drop off.

234. Simpsons Comics (Bongo) 

09/2005: Simpsons Comics #110 - 11,316
09/2006: Simpsons Comics #122 - 10,095
09/2007: Simpsons Comics #134 - 9,625
09/2008: Simpsons Comics #146- 8,723
09/2009: Simpsons Comics #158 - 7,782
=====
10/2009: Simpsons Comics #159 - 7,645 (-1.8%)
11/2009: Simpsons Comics #160 - 7,618 (-0.4%)
12/2009: Simpsons Comics #161 - 7,414 (-2.7%)
01/2010: Simpsons Comics #162 - 7,227 (-2.5%)
02/2010: Simpsons Comics #163 - 7,507 (+3.9%)
03/2010: Simpsons Comics #164 - 7,351 (-2.1%)
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%)
			6 month (-0.4%)
        		1 year (-5.9%)
			2 year (-16.1%)
			3 year (-23.9%)
			4 year (-27.5%)
			5 year (-35.3%)

Standard drop. Does well internationally.

235. Darkness (Image) 

09/2005: Darkness #23 - 13,626
09/2006: -
09/2007: -
09/2008: Darkness #5 - 14,228
07/2009: Darkness #78 - 10,417
=====
08/2009: Darkness #79 - 13,260 (+27.3%)
09/2009: Darkness #80 - 14,045 (+5.9%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Darkness #81 - 9,419 (-32.9%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Darkness #82 - 8,848 (-6.0%)
01/2010: Shadows and Flame One Shot - 6,924 (-21.7%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Darkness #83 - 7,834 (+13.1%)
04/2010: Darkness #84 - 7,366 (-6.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Darkness #85 - 7,530 (+2.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Darkness #86 - 7,242 (-3.8%)
			6 month (-7.6%)
        		1 year (-30.5%)
			2 year (-49.1%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (n.a.)
			5 year (-46.9%)

Standard drop.

236. Tales From Wonderland(Zenescope) 

06/2010: White Knight - 7,748
07/2010: -
08/2010: Rose Red - 7,624 (-1.6%)
09/2010: Mad Hatter vs. Queen of Hearts - 7,238 (-5.1%)

Series of linked one shots that cost $4.99.

238. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Inferno (Zenescope) 
05/2010: Inferno #1 - 8,170
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Inferno #2 - 7,164 (-12.3%)
09/2010: Inferno #3 - 7,163 (-0.0%)

A drop of one copy shows excellent stability.

239. Kato Origins (Dynamite) 

04/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #1 - 13,172
05/2010: -
06/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #2 - 10,668 (-19.0%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #3 - 8,689 (-18.5%)
09/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #4 - 7,114 (-18.1%)

Another Green Hornet title plummeting down the charts.

240. Scourge (Aspen) 
07/2010: Scourge #0 - 4,840
08/2010: -
09/2010: Scourge #1 - 6,865 (+41.8%)

It seems zero issues aren’t that useful in attracting readers.

241. 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%)

I was a little suspicious of all these giant drops, but these shipped in the middle of the month, so there shouldn’t have been any delayed shipments making it October. This one is apparently based on the movie continuity.

242. Sonic Universe (Archie) 

09/2009: Sonic Universe #8 - 6,924
=====
10/2009: Sonic Universe #9 - 7,083 (+2.3%)
11/2009: Sonic Universe #10 - 6,955 (-1.8%)
12/2009: Sonic Universe #11 - 6,697 (-3.7%)
01/2010: Sonic Universe #12 - 6,703 (+0.0%)
02/2010: Sonic Universe #13 - 6,569 (-2.0%)
03/2010: Sonic Universe #14 - 6,617 (+0.7%)
04/2010: Sonic Universe #15 - 6,488 (-1.9%)
05/2010: Sonic Universe #16 - 6,406 (-1.3%)
06/2010: Sonic Universe #17 - 6,717 (+4.9%)
07/2010: Sonic Universe #18 - 6,843 (+1.9%)
08/2010: Sonic Universe #19 - 6,814 (-0.4%)
09/2010: Sonic Universe #20 - 6,747 (-1.0%)
				6 month (+2.0%)
				1 year (-2.6%)

The second Sonic the Hedgehog title.

245. 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%)

Sales keep going up, a success.

247. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW) 

09/2009: Doctor Who #3 - 8,711
=====
10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354 (-4.1%)
11/2009: Doctor Who #5 - 7,958 (-4.7%)
12/2009: Doctor Who #6 - 7,448 (-6.4%)
01/2010: Doctor Who #7 - 7,239 (-2.8%)
02/2010: Doctor Who #8 - 7,014 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Doctor Who #9 - 6,991 (-0.3%)
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%)
			6 month (-5.3%)
        		1 year (-24.0%)

Sales go up. This number includes any grey-market sales to the UK.

249. Choker (Image) 

02/2010: Choker #1 - 8,735
03/2010: Choker #2 - 7,160 (-18.0%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Choker #3 - 6,945 (-3.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Choker #4 - 6,542 (-5.8%)

At this point the percentage drop make things look worse than the actual numbers. But, at the same time, at this level every sale can be important.

251. Angelus (Image) 

12/2009: Angelus #1 - 9,781
01/2010: -
02/2010: Angelus #2 - 7,277 (-25.6%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Angelus #3 - 6,933 (-4.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Angelus #4 - 6,565 (-5.3%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Angelus #5 - 6,465 (-1.5%)

Running late.

255. 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%)

You’d think there’d be more dinosaurs in comic books, but sales like this seem to tell you why there aren’t.

256. Futurama Comics (Bongo) 
09/2009: Futurama Comics #45 - 6,454
=====
10/2009: -
11/2009: Futurama Comics #46 - 6,388 (-10.2%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Futurama Comics #47 - 6,151 (-3.7%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Futurama Comics #48 - 6,021 (-2.1%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Futurama Comics #49 - 6,071 (+0.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Futurama Comics #50 - 6,315 (+4.0%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Futurama Comics #51 - 6,224 (-1.4%)
			6 month (+3.4%)
			1 year (-3.6%)

Season six of Futurama began in June, but doesn’t seem to have had any major effect on sales.

257. Last Days of American Crime (Radical) 
12/2009: Last Days of American Crime #1 - 6,163
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: Last Days of American Crime #2 - 6,140 (-0.4%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Last Days of American Crime #3 - 6,206 (+1.1%)

It seems these were the solicited dates for this series. Seems kind of strange, but sales actually increased over the three issues so it seems to have worked for Radical.

259. Veronica (Archie) 
09/2006: Veronica #174 - 2,119
09/2007: Veronica #183 - 2,087
=====
05/2010: Veronica #200 - 3,095
06/2010: Veronica #201 - ????
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Veronica #202 - 6,167
			3 year (+195.5%)
			4 year (+191.0%)

Veronica doesn’t come out every month, and hasn’t made the charts in the last year apart from the anniversary issue in May. We can probably guess that in the direct market it sells a bit below 2,000 copies. Issue 202 is the one featuring Riverdale’s first gay character, explaining the large increase.

261. Velocity (Image) 

06/2010: Velocity #1 - 8,172
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Velocity #2 - 6,133 (-25.0%)

Running late.

262. 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%)

I’m sure Star Trek fans can make a hilarious joke about the relative merits of each captain.

264. Stumptown (Oni) 

11/2009: Stumptown #1 - 6,629
12/2009: -
01/2010: Stumptown #2 - 5,942 (-10.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: Stumptown #3 - 5,299 (-10.8%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Stumptown #4 - 6,001 (+13.2%)

Well, sales going up is good, the five month gap between issues isn’t.

265. Life With Archie (Archie) 

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

Standard drop for a second issue.

267, 295. Torchwood (Titan) 

07/2010: Torchwood #1 - 3,675 [7398]
08/2010: -
09/2010: Torchwood #2 - 5,732 (-22.5%)
09/2010: Torchwood #3 - 4,985 (-13.0%)

Two issues this month. The drop for issue three is on the large size.

268. Mystery Society (IDW) 

05/2010: Mystery Society #1 - 17,630
06/2010: -
07/2010: Mystery Society #2 - 5,691 (-67.7%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Mystery Society #3 - 5,730 (+0.7%)

Sales go up slightly, a good sign for this title.

271. Radical Premiere (Radical) 

09/2010: Mata Hari - 5,578

One dollar preview book.

274. Darkness: Four Horsemen (Image) 

08/2010: Four Horsemen #1 - 6,447
09/2010: Four Horsemen #2 - 5,483 (-15.0%)

Fairly good second issue drop.

275. Kodiak (IDW) 

09/2010: Kodiak - 5,465

One shot co-written by Joe Hill (Locke & Key).

276. Star Trek Burden of Knowledge (IDW) 

06/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #1 - 6,757
07/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #2 - 5,823 (-13.8%)
08/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #3 - 5,604 (-3.8%)
09/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #4 - 5,453 (-2.7%)

Final issue.

277. Skullkickers (Image) 

09/2010: Skullkickers #1 - 5,448

Currently up to its third printing so it’ll be interesting to see what the numbers for future issues will be.

279. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (Dynamite)

03/2010: Eye of the World #1 - 6,123
04/2010: -
05/2010: Eye of the World #2 - 5,694 (-7.0%)
06/2010: Eye of the World #3 - 5,701 (+0.1%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Eye of the World #4 - 5,605 (-1.7%)
09/2010: Eye of the World #5 - 5,363 (-4.3%)

Standard drop.

280. Savage Dragon (Image) 

09/2006: Savage Dragon #128 - 10,150
09/2007: Savage Dragon #132 - 6,701
09/2008: Savage Dragon #137 - 7,937 [11,921]
09/2009: Savage Dragon #152 - 5,993
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10/2009: Savage Dragon #153 - 6,571 (+9.6%)
11/2009: Savage Dragon #154 - 5,885 (-10.4%)
12/2009: Savage Dragon #155 - 5,736 (-2.5%)
01/2010: Savage Dragon #156 - 6,152 (+7.3%)
02/2010: Savage Dragon #157 - 5,617 (-8.7%)
03/2010: Savage Dragon #158 - 5,578 (-0.7%)
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%)
			6 month (-4.8%)
			1 year (-11.4%)
			2 year (-55.4%)
			3 year (-20.7%)
			4 year (-47.7%)

Keeps on truckin’.

281, 287. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Boom!) 

09/2009: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #4 - 7,734
=====
10/2009: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #5 - 7,474 (-3.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #6 - 7,557 (+1.1%)
12/2009: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #7 - 7,042 (-6.8%)
01/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #8 - 6,664 (-5.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #9 - 6,360 (-4.6%)
03/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #10 - 6,092 (-4.2%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #11 - ??? (???)
06/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #12 - 5,865 (???)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #13 - 5,754 (-1.9%)
09/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #14 - 5,307 (-7.8%)
09/2010: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #15 - 5,077 (-4.3%)
			6 months (-16.7%)
			1 year (-34.4%)

24 issue series that includes every word of the original novel.

283, 298. 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%)

Two issues this month, as the series jumps up and down. There was a weird situation concerning issues 5 and 6, though it seems issue 5 did come out in October.

284. Street Fighter Legends (Udon) 

03/2010: Ibuki #1 - 5,803
04/2010: Ibuki #2 - 5,647 (-2.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Ibuki #3 - 5,506 (-2.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Ibuki #4 - 5,140 (-6.6%)

Final issue.

288. Star Trek (IDW) 

02/2010: Movie Adaptation #1 - 6,436
03/2010: Movie Adaptation #2 - 5,622 (-12.6%)
04/2010: Movie Adaptation #3 - 5,256 (-6.5%)
05/2010: Movie Adaptation #4 - 4,993 (-5.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Movie Adaptation #5 - 5,090 (+1.9%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Movie Adaptation #6 - 5,059 (-0.6%)

Final issue. The film came out in May, 2009, presumably making this one of the least timely adaptations ever.

293. Broken Trinity (Image) 

02/2010: Pandora’s Box #1 - 6,698
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: Pandora's Box #2 - 5,628 (-16.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Pandora’s Box #3 - 5,004 (-11.1%)

This was supposed to be leading up to Top Cow’s Artifacts series. Oops.

294. Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? (Image) 

05/2010: Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? #1 - 6,534
06/2010: Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? #2 - 5,253 (-19.6%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? #3 - 4,989 (-5.0%)

Cue “Whatever happened to ‘Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock?’?” jokes.

297. Amory Wars (Boom) 

09/2008: Amory Wars II #4 (Image) - 6,414
09/2009: -
=====
05/2010: Keeping Secrets of Earth 3 #1 - 6,909
06/2010: Keeping Secrets of Earth 3 #2 - 5,178 (-25.1%)
07/2010: Keeping Secrets of Earth 3 #3 - 4,958 (-4.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Keeping Secrets of Earth 3 #4 - 4,787 (-3.4%)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (-25.4%)

Comic by the guy from Coheed and Cambria.

299. Pilot Season (Image) 

09/2007: Cyblade #1 - 7,950
09/2008: -
09/2009: -
=====
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 - 4,763 (-33.2%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (-40.1%)

There’s still one of Robert Kirkman’s vaguely named Pilot Season comics due to come out (Hardcore), but Top Cow seem to have stormed ahead with the next round, with the predictable drop in sales.

300. Farscape Ongoing (Boom!)
09/2009: Gone & Back #3 - 6,303
=====
10/2009: Gone & Back #4 - 5,992 (-4.9%)
11/2009: Farscape #1 - 7,707 (+28.6%)
12/2009: Farscape #2 - 6,336 (-17.8%)
01/2010: Farscape #3 - 6,191 (-2.3%)
02/2010: Farscape #4 - 5,853 (-5.5%)
03/2010: Farscape #5 - 5,594 (-4.4%)
04/2010: Farscape #6 - 5,513 (-1.4%)
05/2010: Farscape #7 - 5,275 (-4.3%)
06/2010: Farscape #8 - 4,983 (-5.5%)
07/2010: Farscape #9 - 4,967 (-0.3%)
08/2010: Farscape #10 - 4,739 (-4.6%)
09/2010: Farscape #11 - 4,702 (-0.8%)
			6 month (-15.9%)
			1 year (-25.4%)

Stable this month.

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Just a reminder, all numbers on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to the direct market. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month. These numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK. They are frequently low.

Matthew Murray reads a lot of zines and comics, but he always wants more.

Comments

  1. Re: Grimm Fairy Tales #50 “Huuuge bump for the $4.99 anniversary issue. There are four different covers.”

    That means at least 8 boobies!

  2. Were there more “independent” titles this month? Are the indie titles gaining more dollar and unit share of the Top 300?

    Also, Bongo’s titles sell INCREDIBLY well as collected trades, especially in bookstores. I usually don’t read the comics, unless it’s a cool story (like the recent cross-over) or the current “Death” mini-series.

  3. Keyser says:

    With all the variant covers that Dynamite publishes per book, it makes me think of the early 90s…. and not in a good way. The sales on the Green Hornet seem to be falling. I hope it doesn’t get cancelled before the movie comes out.

  4. Naveed says:

    DARKHOARSE will have to find something to replace the soon to end Buffy title which is their best seller. The recent Valiant relaunched books are cutting it. I personally tries both Solar and Magnus and while Jim Shooter is writting them, they are not quite as good as in the 90′s Valiant Era. Magnus is ok, Solar is pretty lame. Hope the relaunch of Conan will be better than these two. Anyone tried Turok? Worth my 4$?

  5. >>>09/2010: The Walking Dead #77 – 27,448 (+3.4%)
    According to Eric Stephenson this issue of The Walking Dead was returnable. Diamond has in the past reduced the numbers for returnable books, but it doesn’t seem possible to tell if that happened here.

    In the same interview Stephenson mentioned that more than 30,000 copies of issue 78 were printed, though that would include UK sales,<<<

    Typically, books are only reduced on the charts when returnability is announced ahead of time — that was not the case in this situation.

    As a general rule of thumb, you can add +20% to any number to get the Diamond UK/Fudge Factor, so "more than 30k" would seem to make sense.

    (on something like, say, TURF, which has heavy UK-interest, I suspect the "Fudge" can go closer to 50%, but that's fairly rare)

    -B

  6. Joe Lawler says:

    “DARKHOARSE will have to find something to replace the soon to end Buffy title which is their best seller.”

    Isn’t there going to be a Buffy season 9?

  7. GoofBall814 says:

    197. Mouse Guard (Archaia)

    06/2010: Legends of the Guard #1 – 10,918
    06/2010: Legends of the Guard #2 – 9,113 (-16.5%)
    07/2010: -
    08/2010: -
    09/2010: Legends of the Guard #3 – 9,289 (+1.9%)
    Sales go up despite delays, indicating strong sales of the first two issues.

    Did issue #4 ever ship? I just bought the Hardcover this week, and was surprised to see it because I don’t recall ever seeing issue #4 on the shelf.

  8. Kid Kyoto says:

    Interesting that Larry Hama’s continuation of GI Joe books from 20-30 years ago is outselling the newish incarnation.

    I picked up the first 2 issues but dropped them after it had Hawk shooting cops in theface (evil Cobra cops but still…) it read too much like a right-wing paranoid screed.

  9. DanielT says:

    “#15 was the “Kramer’s Ergot” issue, but that didn’t seem to have an effect on sales.”

    And I would bet that was only because they didn’t reprint it. The shop I used to work at only ordered 5 copies initially but probably could have sold 25 more had we been able to get them.

  10. Suzene says:

    re: Chew

    I should approach these charts with more caution — the shock of seeing a book I like gaining sales over the course of a year nearly put me on the floor. ;)

  11. James says:

    It must be so great being Kirkman right now! ;) A smash hit TV series and all the extra interest in the Walking Dead trades and single issues because of it.

    With all the praising of Morning Glories I will be checking out the trade when it comes out.

    And seeing Stumptown on the chart again has reminded me again that I should be reading this series! I need me my Rucka fix! haha… :)

  12. Torsten: I’ve thought about including stats like that. I’ll try and do some this week.

    Keyser: I don’t think Dynamite care if the book is cancelled by then or not, as long as they can get the collections into bookstores. However with this many different books I feel as though the average person will take a look and just say “no”.

    Naveed: Season 9 of Buffy is launching next year, in conjunction with a relaunch of the Angel series.

    Brian: Thanks for the info!

    GoofBall814: Midtown Comics lists Mouseguard: Legends of the Guard #4 as coming out this week. I did see a reference on one website that the hardcover was coming out before before the final issue. Something got screwed up with that series.

    DanielT: That’s too bad about them not reprinting the book.

    Suzene: It’s nice to see success stories like Chew. I wish there were more though.

    James: Kirkman’s success is what most “mainstream indie” (hah) creators aspires to duplicate.

  13. Full sales list of all indy’s showing up on these Diamond Comics lists for October (comics & graphic novels) here…
    http://www.renderwrx.net/comicsales.htm

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