Sunday, March 10, 2019

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: January 2019 - When You Were Young

The Batman Who Laughs #2
DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: January 2019 - When You Were Young

Greetings, sales charts fans! It's time once again to look at DC's sales figures. 

A few things to note before we get started this month:

First, while this column is late, this time it is not my fault! For some reason Diamond-NA released the January Top 500 two weeks later than usual. So this is still going up within the two-week window that I generally strive for.

Second, you may recall that December was a very light month in terms of number of comics released for DC, as they delayed what would have been their fourth week December releases to the first week of January instead. That means that January has a larger than usual output. Kind of...

We’ve occasionally made note over the past few months that DC appears to be cutting back some on their output, and that was verified by the DC brass recently, as they are cutting back some on individual comics to put more focus on their upcoming DC Ink and & DC Zoom line of YA and mid-grade OGNs, and also larger anthology titles mixing new stories with reprints. To me this makes sense, as there is only so much DC content that the market can handle, as seen by the poor sales at the bottom of the DCU segment—exemplified by the failure of the New Age of Heroes initiative. So hopefully fewer mini- and maxi-series starring C- and D-list properties, and fewer twice-monthly titles, will get their per-title average up.

So basically DC moving their fourth week December titles to January means that January 2019’s release volume is on par with their release schedule from a year ago, but makes it an outlier based on the last few months and likely going forward as well.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller's excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column, as it explains several things about how these charts are compiled. 

(Note that the percentage comparisons are done with total orders including reorder activity.)

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1 - THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS ($4.99)
12/2018: Batman Who Laughs #1 of 6 -- 220,055           [234,106]
01/2019: Batman Who Laughs #2 of 6 -- 116,827 (- 50.1%) 

On the one hand a 50% drop for a second issue is fairly large. But on the other hand that still leaves this as DC’s only book about 100K, and there were 14K reorders of the first issue. And there was only one variant cover, not the many exclusives as there were for the first issue. So things are going just fine here. 

The Batman Who Laughs #2 also outsold all of Marvel’s #1 issues this monthly, including the launches of new Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Conan the Barbarian series (which were nos. 2, 3 & 4, respectively). 

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6, 7 - BATMAN ($3.99)
01/2004: Batman #623 --  89,051 [102,319]
01/2009: Batman #685 --  72,654  
01/2014: Batman #27  -- 115,492 [117,395]
01/2015: Batman #38  -- 110,232 [120,385]
01/2016: Batman #48  -- 100,962  
01/2017: Batman #14  -- 106,816 [107,844] 
01/2017: Batman #15  -- 102,802 [105,045] 
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01/2018: Batman #38  --  98,440 (+  8.2%) [102,927]
01/2018: Batman #39  --  94,325 (-  7.3%)  [95,378]
02/2018: Batman #40  --  95,541 (+  0.4%)  [95,741]
02/2018: Batman #41  --  93,889 (-  0.9%)  [94,841]
03/2018: Batman #42  --  93,825 (-  0.6%)  [94,257]
03/2018: Batman #43  --  91,649 (-  1.8%)  [92,538]
04/2018: Batman #44  -- 125,849 (+ 45.6%) [134,747]
04/2018: Batman #45  --  96,448 (- 22.3%) [104,685]
05/2018: Batman #46  -- 100,140 (-  4.0%) [100,512]
05/2018: Batman #47  -- 101,566 (+  2.2%) [102,740]
06/2018: Batman #48  -- 112,122 (+  9.6%) [112,617]
06/2018: Batman #49  -- 121,836 (+  9.3%) [123,047]
07/2018: Batman #50  -- 440,819 (+235.3%) [412,541]
07/2018: Batman #51  -- 111,549 (- 72.6%) [113,142]
08/2018: Batman #52  -- 102,344 (-  9.2%) [102,712]
08/2018: Batman #53  --  99,191 (-  2.7%)  [99,920]
09/2018: Batman #54  --  94,985 (-  5.0%)  [94,921]
09/2018: Batman #55  -- 105,609 (+ 12.5%) [106,808]
10/2018: Batman #56  -- 107,578 (+  5.2%) [112,329]
10/2018: Batman #57  --  95,296 (- 15.0%)  [95,465]
11/2018: Batman #58  --  94,930 (-  0.5%)  [94,975]
11/2018: Batman #59  --  93,029 (-  1.5%)  [93,545]
12/2018: Batman #60  --  91,275 (-  2.4%) 
12/2018: Batman #61  --  88,428 (-  0.5%)  [90,830]
01/2019: Batman #62  --  90,634 (-  0.2%) 
01/2019: Batman #63  --  83,659 (-  7.7%) 
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6 months: - 66.8%
1 year  : - 12.1%
2 years : - 18.1%
5 years : - 25.8%
10 years: + 19.9%
15 years: - 14.8%

Those numbers for #63 are not encouraging. Issue #62 had a Frank Miller variant which may have propped its numbers up a bit. But unless there are a lot of re-orders next month for issue #63, it will be the first time that Batman has dipped below 90K since before the New 52 era. It’s weird to say that DC’s best-selling (by far) regular title is in sales trouble, but it kind of is...

Next month sees a Heroes in Crisis tie-in crossover with The Flash. Which may improve things for a month, or (as they are fill-in issues, and HiC isn’t exactly setting the sales chart on fire) exacerbate things further.

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8, 9 - HEROES IN CRISIS ($3.99)
09/2018: Heroes in Crisis #1 of 9 -- 140,699           [151,961]
10/2018: Heroes in Crisis #2 of 9 --  88,547 (- 39.8%)  [97,179]
11/2018: Heroes in Crisis #3 of 9 --  83,794 (- 10.0%)  [87,828]
12/2018: --
01/2019: Heroes in Crisis #4 of 9 --  82,151 (-  6.5%)
01/2019: Heroes in Crisis #5 of 9 --  79,087 (-  3.7%)

Speaking of Heroes in Crisis, we get two issues this month as it was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

Again, it may seem odd to criticize the sales of a top ten title, but this is not what one would expect for a big DCU event series that is meant to change everything. I chalk it up to the whole theme and plot of the book betraying pretty much everything that DC initiated with Rebirth.

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11 - YOUNG JUSTICE ($4.99)
02/2013: Young Justice #25 --  7,136
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01/2019: Young Justice #1  -- 73,952 (+936.3%)

The Bendis-led Wonder Comics sub-label debut title comes in at a fairly good level, but of course we’ll have to see how things shake out. If it ends up leveling out around 45K, that’ll be a pretty decent showing.

(The previous Young Justice series was a non-DCU tie-in to the animated TV show.)

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14, 15 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
01/2014: Justice League #27 --  84,674  [85,571]
01/2015: Justice League #38 --  68,989  [71,202]
01/2016: --
01/2017: Justice League #12 --  72,598  [73,206]
01/2017: Justice League #13 --  70,437  [71,891]
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01/2018: Justice League #36 --  46,043 (-  0.1%)  [46,196]
01/2018: Justice League #37 --  45,313 (-  3.0%)  [44,813]
02/2018: Justice League #38 --  45,314 (+  1.2%)  [45,352]
02/2018: Justice League #39 --  44,148 (-  1.5%)  [44,692]
03/2018: Justice League #40 --  44,562 (+  0.2%)  [44,787]
03/2018: Justice League #41 --  43,675 (-  1.0%)  [44,353]
04/2018: Justice League #42 --  43,423 (-  1.7%)  [43,611]
04/2018: Justice League #43 --  42,959 (-  0.2%)  [43,543]
05/2018: No Justice #1 of 4 --  86,775 (+106.5%)  [89,909]
05/2018: No Justice #2 of 4 --  68,812 (- 18.9%)  [72,916]
05/2018: No Justice #3 of 4 --  65,916 (-  4.6%)  [69,584]
05/2018: No Justice #4 of 4 --  64,342 (+  1.3%)  [70,513]
06/2018: Justice League #1  -- 200,235 (+188.6%) [203,492]
06/2018: Justice League #2  --  86,001 (- 54.6%)  [92,463]
07/2018: Justice League #3  --  80,669 (- 12.4%)  [81,002]
07/2018: Justice League #4  --  77,023 (-  1.2%)  [80,019]
08/2018: Justice League #5  --  76,592 (-  3.3%)  [77,340]
08/2018: Justice League #6  --  75,156 (-  1.4%)  [76,286]
09/2018: Justice League #7  --  74,393 (-  1.9%)  [74,820]
09/2018: Justice League #8  --  76,360 (+  4.3%)  [78,012]
10/2018: Justice League #9  --  72,687 (-  6.4%)  [72,991]
10/2018: Justice League #10 --  84,179 (+ 16.2%)  [84,788]
11/2018: Justice League #11 --  74,204 (- 12.3%)  [74,385]
11/2018: Justice League #12 --  70,105 (-  4.9%)  [70,774]
12/2018: Justice League #13 --  66,852 (-  5.5%)  
12/2018: Justice League #14 --  61,940 (-  5.5%)  [63,198]
01/2019: Justice League #15 --  60,326 (-  4.5%)
01/2019: Justice League #16 --  59,577 (-  1.2%)
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6 months: - 25.5%
1 year  : + 31.7%
2 years : - 17.4%
5 years : - 29.9%

Justice League is also slipping, in this case possibly due to the frequent fill-ins. Maybe twice-monthly was too ambitious?

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18 - THE GREEN LANTERN ($3.99)
01/2004: Green Lantern #173    --  30,099
01/2009: Green Lantern #37     --  65,556  [71,331]
01/2014: Green Lantern #27     --  48,831  [49,099]
01/2015: Green Lantern #38     --  39,342 
01/2016: Green Lantern #48     --  36,068
01/2017: Green Lanterns #14    --  39,854  [40,081]
01/2017: Green Lanterns #15    --  38,571  [39,111]
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01/2018: Green Lanterns #38    --  25,172 (-  3.4%)
01/2018: Green Lanterns #39    --  25,551 (+  1.5%)
02/2018: Green Lanterns #40    --  24,807 (-  2.9%)
02/2018: Green Lanterns #41    --  25,155 (+  1.4%)
03/2018: Green Lanterns #42    --  25,092 (-  0.3%)
03/2018: Green Lanterns #43    --  24,780 (-  1.2%)
04/2018: Green Lanterns #44    --  24,528 (-  1.0%)
04/2018: Green Lanterns #45    --  24,173 (-  1.4%)
05/2018: Green Lanterns #46    --  23,727 (-  1.8%)
05/2018: Green Lanterns #47    --  23,789 (+  0.3%)
06/2018: Green Lanterns #48    --  23,994 (+  0.9%)
06/2018: Green Lanterns #49    --  24,157 (+  0.7%)
07/2018: Green Lanterns #50    --  25,389 (+  5.1%)
07/2018: Green Lanterns #51    --  24,316 (-  4.2%)
08/2018: Green Lanterns #52    --  24,301 (-  0.1%)
08/2018: Green Lanterns #53    --  23,923 (-  1.6%)
09/2018: Green Lanterns #54    --  23,821 (-  0.4%)
09/2018: Green Lanterns #55    --  23,444 (-  1.6%)
10/2018: Green Lanterns #56    --  33,156 (+ 41.4%)
10/2018: Green Lanterns #57    --  24,512 (- 26.1%)
11/2018: The Green Lantern #1  -- 113,651 (+317.5%) [102,343]
12/2018: The Green Lantern #2  --  64,127 (- 36.0%)  [65,522]
01/2019: The Green Lantern #3  --  54,398 (- 17.0%)
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6 months: +118.9%
1 year  : +114.5%
2 years : + 37.4%
5 years : + 10.8%
10 years: - 23.7%
15 years: + 80.7%

There are enough new reorders for the first issue this month to push its sales back up over the 100K line, though still mysteriously way below the reported first month sales.

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24, 22, 19 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
01/2004: Detective Comics #790 --  35,505
01/2009: Detective Comics #852 --  56,656
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702  [90,335]
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  --  51,301 
01/2016: Detective Comics #48  --  45,111
01/2017: Detective Comics #948 --  64,090  [64,728]
01/2017: Detective Comics #949 --  61,543  [62,953]
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01/2018: Detective Comics #972 --  51,694 (+  0.3%) [51,901]
01/2018: Detective Comics #973 --  53,024 (+  3.1%) [53,492]
02/2018: Detective Comics #974 --  51,189 (-  3.6%) [51,577]
02/2018: Detective Comics #975 --  51,856 (+  2.0%) [52,626]
03/2018: Detective Comics #976 --  51,341 (-  1.6%) [51,807]
03/2018: Detective Comics #977 --  50,556 (-  1.1%) [51,247]
04/2018: Detective Comics #978 --  51,083 (+  0.2%) [51,356]
04/2018: Detective Comics #979 --  50,049 (-  1.2%) [50,757]
05/2018: Detective Comics #980 --  51,162 (+  1.0%) [51,263]
05/2018: Detective Comics #981 --  50,757 (+  0.4%) [51,477]
06/2018: Detective Comics #982 --  51,763 (+  0.8%) [51,904]
06/2018: Detective Comics #983 --  52,016 (+  1.0%) [52,399]
07/2018: Detective Comics #984 --  51,879 (-  0.4%) [52,185]
07/2018: Detective Comics #985 --  51,750 (+  1.2%) [52,830]
08/2018: Detective Comics #986 --  53,346 (+  1.5%) [53,611]
08/2018: Detective Comics #987 --  51,362 (-  4.4%) [51,248]
09/2018: Detective Comics #988 --  51,405 (+  1.1%) [51,817]
09/2018: Detective Comics #989 --  50,479 (-  1.2%) [51,176]
10/2018: Detective Comics #990 --  61,040 (+ 19.5%) [61,149]
10/2018: Detective Comics #991 --  50,318 (- 16.8%) [50,891]
11/2018: Detective Comics #992 --  51,002 (+  0.8%) [51,285]
11/2018: Detective Comics #993 --  48,971 (-  3.5%) [49,510]
12/2018: Detective Comics #994 --  51,772 (+  4.6%) [54,152]
01/2019: Detective Comics #995 --  51,246 (-  5.4%)
01/2019: Detective Comics #996 --  52,263 (+  2.0%)
01/2019: Detective Comics #997 --  53,071 (+  1.5%)
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6 months: -  0.6%
1 year  : -  0.7%
2 years : - 18.2%
5 years : - 42.2%
10 years: -  7.9%
15 years: + 47.0%

Three issues this month, as there was only one in December. Slowly inching up as the series counts up to #1000 in March.

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25 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
01/2004: Superman #201  --  35,986  [37,155]
01/2009: Superman #684  --  48,489
01/2014: Superman #27   --  35,266  [34,749]
01/2015: --
01/2016: Superman #48   --  37,690
01/2017: Superman #14   --  60,409  [60,825]
01/2017: Superman #15   --  57,412  [58,565]
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01/2018: Superman #38   --  47,261 (-  5.7%)  [46,688]
01/2018: Superman #39   --  44,402 (-  3.4%)  [45,103]
02/2018: Superman #40   --  43,776 (-  2.8%)  [43,834]
02/2018: Superman #41   --  42,694 (-  1.5%)  [43,192]
03/2018: Superman #42   --  43,799 (+  2.9%)  [44,423]
03/2018: Superman #43   --  42,291 (-  3.7%)  [42,799]
04/2018: Superman #44   --  42,493 (-  0.2%)  [42,729]
04/2018: Superman #45   --  41,927 (+  0.1%)  [42,758]
05/2018: Special #1     --  43,378 (+  2.5%)  [43,824]
06/2018: --
07/2018: Superman #1    -- 133,703 (+212.1%) [136,777]
08/2018: Superman #2    --  77,464 (- 42.8%)  [78,282]
09/2018: Superman #3    --  67,405 (- 12.8%)  [68,240]
10/2018: Superman #4    --  67,197 (-  1.0%)  [67,553]
11/2018: Superman #5    --  54,727 (- 18.0%)  [55,378]
12/2018: Superman #6    --  52,414 (-  3.5%)  [53,428]
01/2019: Superman #7    --  50,713 (-  5.1%)
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6 months: - 62.9%
1 year  : + 10.5%
2 years : - 15.0%
5 years : + 45.9%
10 years: +  4.6%
15 years: + 36.5%

Still finding its level, with a 5% drop this month, but with over 1K in reorders for last month.

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28 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNUAL ($4.99)
01/2019: JL Annual #1  -- 47,300

Certainly makes more sense to give an Annual to Justice League than to one of the New Age of Heroes titles...

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31, 32 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
01/2004: Action Comics #811  --  30,920  [35,871]
01/2009: Action Comics #873  --  57,175
01/2014: Action Comics #27   --  36,042  [36,448]
01/2015: Action Comics #38   --  35,018 
01/2016: Action Comics #48   --  31,958
01/2017: Action Comics #971  --  44,894  [45,302]
01/2017: Action Comics #972  --  43,110  [43,895]
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01/2018: Action Comics #995  --  41,987 (-  2.0%)  [42,187]
01/2018: Action Comics #996  --  41,331 (-  0.0%)  [41,910]
02/2018: Action Comics #997  --  43,509 (+  3.6%)  [43,887]
02/2018: Action Comics #998  --  43,810 (+  2.1%)  [44,686]
03/2018: Action Comics #999  --  51,534 (+ 18.2%)  [52,151]
04/2018: Action Comics #1000 -- 449,787 (+858.0%) [504,243]
05/2018: Action Special #1   --  47,236 (- 90.6%)  [47,323]
06/2018: --
07/2018: Action Comics #1001 --  79,327 (+ 72.2%)  [81,646]
08/2018: Action Comics #1002 --  61,916 (- 23.9%)  [62,645]
09/2018: Action Comics #1003 --  57,865 (-  7.4%)  [58,555]
10/2018: Action Comics #1004 --  60,420 (+  4.4%)  [61,281]
11/2018: Action Comics #1005 --  49,149 (- 19.6%)  [49,601]
12/2018: --
01/2019: Action Comics #1006 --  46,140 (-  7.0%) 
01/2019: Action Comics #1007 --  44,405 (-  3.8%) 
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6 months: - 44.5%
1 year  : +  7.7%
2 years : +  1.5%
5 years : + 24.2%
10 years: - 20.8%
15 years: + 26.2%

Two issues this month as Action was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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34 - SHAZAM! ($3.99)
12/2018: Shazam! #1  -- 66,950           [69,670]
01/2018: Shazam! #2  -- 43,607 (- 37.4%)

An expected second issue percentage drop, so there does not appear to be any kind of halo around this title for it being a Geoff Johns book or for there being a movie coming soon.

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36 - FLASH ($3.99)
01/2004: Flash #206 --  33,367 
01/2009: -- 
01/2014: Flash #27  --  34,902  [35,598]
01/2015: Flash #38  --  35,180  [36,575]
01/2016: --
01/2017: Flash #14  --  60,732  [61,575]
01/2017: Flash #15  --  58,402  [59,984]
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01/2018: Flash #38  --  48,279 (+  3.1%) [48,354]
01/2018: Flash #39  --  49,595 (+  3.5%) [50,057]
02/2018: Flash #40  --  46,149 (-  7.0%) [46,566]
02/2018: Flash #41  --  46,040 (+  0.6%) [46,853]
03/2018: Flash #42  --  46,170 (-  2.9%) [45,494]
03/2018: Flash #43  --  45,616 (+  1.8%) [46,294]
04/2018: Flash #44  --  45,626 (-  0.6%) [46,035]
04/2018: Flash #45  --  45,402 (+  0.4%) [46,219]
05/2018: Flash #46  --  52,255 (+ 13.1%) [52,266]
05/2018: Flash #47  --  53,222 (+  9.8%) [57,401]
06/2018: Flash #48  --  53,686 (-  6.4%) [53,718]
06/2018: Flash #49  --  54,265 (+  2.0%) [54,797]
07/2018: Flash #50  --  58,311 (+  6.8%) [58,541]
07/2018: Flash #51  --  53,616 (-  5.4%) [55,355]
08/2018: Flash #52  --  54,588 (-  0.8%) [54,924]
08/2018: Flash #53  --  48,992 (- 10.1%) [49,357]
09/2018: Flash #54  --  46,677 (-  5.2%) [46,770]
09/2018: Flash #55  --  45,729 (-  2.0%) [45,822]
10/2018: Flash #56  --  57,439 (+ 25.1%) [57,304]
10/2018: Flash #57  --  44,251 (- 22.4%) [44,466]
11/2018: Flash #58  --  43,008 (-  3.2%) [43,046]
11/2018: Flash #59  --  42,020 (-  2.1%) [42,133]
12/2018: Flash #60  --  42,212 (+  0.2%)
01/2019: Flash #61  --  40,596 (-  3.8%) 
01/2019: Flash #62  --  39,349 (-  3.1%) 
01/2019: Flash #63  --  38,263 (-  2.8%) 
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6 months: - 30.8%
1 year  : - 19.9%
2 years : - 35.2%
5 years : + 10.7%
10 years:    n.a.
15 years: + 18.1%

Three issues this month, as there was only one in December. Dropping at a faster rate than one would like to see a twice-monthly title dropping; maybe it’s time to consider going to monthly?

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49, 58, 54 - WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
01/2004: Wonder Woman #199 --  38,007  [43,800]
01/2009: Wonder Woman #28  --  32,622
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035  [32,769]
01/2015: Wonder Woman #38  --  39,669  [42,214]
01/2016: Wonder Woman #48  --  32,687
01/2017: Wonder Woman #14  --  52,784  [53,472]
01/2017: Wonder Woman #15  --  50,978  [51,960]
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01/2018: Wonder Woman #38  --  36,828 (-  3.2%) [37,011]
01/2018: Wonder Woman #39  --  36,269 (-  0.9%) [36,690]
02/2018: Wonder Woman #40  --  36,464 (-  0.2%) [36,625]
02/2018: Wonder Woman #41  --  35,572 (-  1.2%) [36,170]
03/2018: Wonder Woman #42  --  35,358 (-  1.6%) [35,594]
03/2018: Wonder Woman #43  --  35,043 (-  0.3%) [35,502]
04/2018: Wonder Woman #44  --  34,606 (-  1.4%) [34,990]
04/2018: Wonder Woman #45  --  34,296 (-  0.7%) [34,740]
05/2018: Wonder Woman #46  --  34,430 (-  0.9%)
05/2018: Wonder Woman #47  --  33,848 (-  0.6%) [34,234]
06/2018: Wonder Woman #48  --  34,418 (+  0.9%) [34,545]
06/2018: Wonder Woman #49  --  34,129 (-  0.4%) [34,424]
07/2018: Wonder Woman #50  --  38,375 (+ 11.8%) [38,472]
07/2018: Wonder Woman #51  --  50,901 (+ 39.9%) [53,808]
08/2018: Wonder Woman #52  --  36,259 (- 32.1%) [36,514]
08/2018: Wonder Woman #53  --  34,900 (-  2.6%) [35,553]
09/2018: Wonder Woman #54  --  34,966 (-  1.0%) [35,191]
09/2018: Wonder Woman #55  --  33,851 (-  2.9%) [34,162]
10/2018: Wonder Woman #56  --  55,178 (+ 61.6%) [55,214]
10/2018: Wonder Woman #57  --  42,217 (- 22.9%) [42,566]
11/2018: Wonder Woman #58  --  44,467 (+  6.2%) [45,188]
11/2018: Wonder Woman #59  --  37,418 (- 15.5%) [38,212]
12/2018: Wonder Woman #60  --  36,966 (-  3.2%)
01/2019: Wonder Woman #61  --  36,413 (-  1.5%) 
01/2019: Wonder Woman #62  --  33,780 (-  7.0%) 
01/2019: Wonder Woman #63  --  34,963 (+  3.2%) 
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6 months: - 24.0%
1 year  : -  4.8%
2 years : - 33.5%
5 years : +  7.1%
10 years: +  7.5%
15 years: - 19.9%

Three issues this month, as there was only one in December. Another title for which it may be time to consider switching to monthly...

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51 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27 -- 32,576  [32,959] 
01/2015: Justice League Dark #38 -- 20,222
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07/2018: Justice League Dark #1  -- 60,318 (+160.3%) [64,590]
08/2018: Justice League Dark #2  -- 46,545 (- 25.7%) [47,986]
09/2018: Justice League Dark #3  -- 44,656 (-  4.9%) [45,632]
10/2018: Justice League Dark #4  -- 53,443 (+ 18.7%) [54,154]
11/2018: Justice League Dark #5  -- 43,953 (- 18.1%) [44,367]
12/2018: Justice League Dark #6  -- 41,720 (-  6.0%)
01/2019: Justice League Dark #7  -- 35,967 (- 13.8%)
-----------------
5 years : +  9.1%

That’s a big percentage drop for this stage in the game...

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52 - CATWOMAN ($3.99)
01/2004: Catwoman #27   --  25,023  [26,175] 
01/2014: Catwoman #27   --  24,956 
01/2015: Catwoman #38   --  22,386 
01/2016: Catwoman #48   --  14,408 
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07/2018: Catwoman #1    -- 121,056 (+649.8%) [117,842]
08/2018: Catwoman #2    --  64,721 (- 47.3%)  [65,553]
09/2018: Catwoman #3    --  55,068 (- 14.9%)  [55,830]
10/2018: Catwoman #4    --  72,130 (+ 31.0%)  [72,244]
11/2018: Catwoman #5    --  50,131 (- 30.5%)  [50,313]
12/2018: Catwoman #6    --  48,014 (-  2.0%)  [49,326]
01/2019: Catwoman #7    --  35,490 (- 28.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 69.9%
5 years : + 42.2%
15 years: + 35.6%

No Artgerm variant = big sales drop. Which means there were over 10K copies being sold each month just to people who wanted a variant cover by that particular artist.

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55 - FLASH ANNUAL ($4.99)
08/2012: Flash Annual #1 -- 44,206 
07/2013: Flash Annual #2 -- 34,114 (- 22.8%)
04/2014: Flash Annual #3 -- 32,447 (+  1.6%) [34,659]
07/2015: Flash Annual #4 -- 29,204 (- 13.1%) [30,112]
01/2018: Flash Annual #1 -- 44,946 (+ 53.9%) [46,341]
01/2019: Flash Annual #2 -- 34,602 (- 25.3%)
-----------------
1 year  : - 25.3%

The Flash Annual sees a decline 5% greater than the one year decline for the main title. Four issues of Flash in one month may have been a bit too much for the market to handle.

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69, 61 - BATGIRL ($3.99)
01/2004: Batgirl #48 --  25,718 
01/2014: Batgirl #27 --  37,226  [37,305]
01/2015: Batgirl #38 --  45,096  [48,003]
01/2016: Batgirl #47 --  26,905
01/2017: Batgirl #7  --  28,712  [29,208]
-------------------------------
01/2018: Batgirl #19 --  18,887 (-  5.8%)
02/2018: Batgirl #20 --  18,729 (-  0.8%)
03/2018: Batgirl #21 --  18,217 (-  2.7%)
04/2018: Batgirl #22 --  17,596 (-  3.4%)
05/2018: Batgirl #23 --  19,252 (+  9.4%)
06/2018: Batgirl #24 --  26,457 (+ 35.9%) [26,168]
07/2018: --
08/2018: Batgirl #25 --  37,712 (+ 43.9%) [37,668]
08/2018: Batgirl #26 --  25,947 (- 30.2%) [26,302]
09/2018: Batgirl #27 --  28,843 (+ 11.0%) [29,201]
10/2018: Batgirl #28 --  37,397 (+ 34.2%) [39,185]
11/2018: Batgirl #29 --  35,356 (-  9.0%) [35,665]
12/2018: --
01/2019: Batgirl #30 --  31,084 (- 12.8%)
01/2019: Batgirl #31 --  33,287 (+  7.1%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 70.4%
2 years : + 10.2%
5 years : - 13.7%
15 years: + 25.1%

Two issues this month as Batgirl was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

Issue #30 had a Josh Middleton variant (as has been the case since issue #13), while issue #31 had an Artgerm variant.

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66, 74 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY ($3.99)
09/2018: Justice League Odyssey #1  -- 57,114           [58,286]
10/2018: Justice League Odyssey #2  -- 46,662 (- 19.0%) [47,239]
11/2018: Justice League Odyssey #3  -- 35,727 (- 23.8%) [36,011]
12/2018: --
01/2019: Justice League Odyssey #4  -- 31,696 (- 12.0%)
01/2019: Justice League Odyssey #5  -- 28,776 (-  9.2%)

Two issues this month as JLO was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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73 - SUPERGIRL ($3.99)
01/2009: Supergirl #37  --  34,060 
01/2014: Supergirl #27  --  21,954 
01/2015: Supergirl #38  --  22,677 
01/2017: Supergirl #5   --  29,030  [29,433]
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01/2018: Supergirl #17  --  26,466 (-  6.4%) [26,638]
02/2018: Supergirl #18  --  31,675 (+ 16.8%) [31,108]
03/2018: Supergirl #19  --  30,669 (-  0.1%) [31,092]
04/2018: Supergirl #20  --  30,787 (-  0.2%) [31,044]
05/2018: --
06/2018: --
07/2018: --
08/2018: Supergirl #21  --  28,507 (-  7.3%) [28,782]
09/2018: Supergirl #22  --  22,113 (- 23.2%)
10/2018: Supergirl #23  --  44,775 (+102.0%) [44,667]
11/2018: Supergirl #24  --  21,295 (- 52.3%)
12/2018: Supergirl #25  --  21,564 (+  1.3%)
01/2018: Supergirl #26  --  29,499 (+ 36.8%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 11.5%
2 years : +  0.2%
5 years : + 34.4%
10 years: - 13.4%

If you guessed “Artgerm variant” as the reason for the near 8K jump in Supergirl sales this month, you are correct—give yourself a cookie!

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82 - MARTIAN MANHUNTER ($3.99)
01/2016: Martian Manhunter #8        -- 18,655 
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12/2018: Martian Manhunter #1 of 12  -- 39,312 (+224.6%) [40,748]
01/2019: Martian Manhunter #2 of 12  -- 26,573 (- 34.8%)

A typical second issue percentage drop.

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83 - AQUAMAN ($3.99)
01/2004: Aquaman #14 -- 21,675  
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610  [37,132]
01/2015: Aquaman #38 -- 28,356  [29,030]
01/2016: Aquaman #48 -- 23,373 
01/2017: Aquaman #14 -- 33,377  [33,602]
01/2017: Aquaman #15 -- 32,424  [33,003]
------------------------------
01/2018: Aquaman #32 -- 25,232 (-  0.9%)
02/2018: Aquaman #33 -- 24,974 (-  1.0%)
03/2018: Aquaman #34 -- 24,323 (-  2.6%)
04/2018: Aquaman #35 -- 23,594 (-  3.0%)
05/2018: Aquaman #36 -- 23,057 (-  2.3%)
06/2018: Aquaman #37 -- 24,076 (+  4.4%)
07/2018: Aquaman #38 -- 24,836 (+  3.2%)
08/2018: Aquaman #39 -- 30,311 (+ 22.8%) [30,490]
09/2018: Aquaman #40 -- 31,010 (+  3.0%) [31,406]
10/2018: Aquaman #41 -- 35,121 (+ 11.9%) [35,155]
11/2018: Aquaman #42 -- 38,608 (+ 11.8%) [39,314]
12/2018: Aquaman #43 -- 30,920 (- 18.1%) [32,180]
01/2019: Aquaman #44 -- 26,416 (- 17.9%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.4%
1 year  : +  4.7%
2 years : - 20.7%
5 years : - 28.9%
15 years: + 21.9%

Did you hear that Aquaman had a big hit movie? You couldn’t tell from the sales of the comic book...

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84 - HARLEY QUINN ($3.99)
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2    --  66,363  [82,031]
01/2015: Harley Quinn #14   --  64,735  [67,900]
01/2016: Harley Quinn #24   --  44,967
01/2017: Harley Quinn #11   --  47,308  [47,443]
01/2017: Harley Quinn #12   --  45,599  [46,372]
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01/2018: Harley Quinn #34   --  33,222 (-  0.6%) [33,483]
01/2018: Harley Quinn #35   --  32,183 (-  1.9%) [32,852]
01/2018: Harley Quinn #36   --  31,602 (-  2.3%) [32,106]
02/2018: Harley Quinn #37   --  31,619 (-  0.6%) [31,899]
02/2018: Harley Quinn #38   --  31,314 (-  0.4%) [31,758]
03/2018: Harley Quinn #39   --  30,593 (-  3.1%) [30,774]
03/2018: Harley Quinn #40   --  30,318 (-  0.0%) [30,773]
04/2018: Harley Quinn #41   --  30,229 (-  1.3%) [30,366]
04/2018: Harley Quinn #42   --  30,838 (+  3.4%) [31,407]
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05/2018: Harley <3 --="" 37="" 9.6="" joker="" nbsp="" p="">
06/2018: Harley Quinn #43   --  29,948 (- 19.7%) [29,945]
06/2018: Harley Quinn #44   --  29,545 (-  2.8%) [29,112]
07/2018: Harley Quinn #45   --  30,518 (+  5.2%) [30,622]
07/2018: Harley Quinn #46   --  29,343 (-  2.8%) [29,764]
08/2018: Harley Quinn #47   --  29,144 (-  1.5%) [29,315]
08/2018: Harley Quinn #48   --  28,705 (-  1.6%) [28,841]
09/2018: Harley Quinn #49   --  29,293 (+  1.7%) [29,343]
09/2018: Harley Quinn #50   --  30,059 (+  3.5%) [30,364]
10/2018: Harley Quinn #51   --  30,709 (+  1.3%) [30,755]
10/2018: Harley Quinn #52   --  41,301 (+ 35.9%) [41,796]
11/2018: Harley Quinn #53   --  27,903 (- 33.0%) [27,985]
11/2018: Harley Quinn #54   --  28,028 (+  1.4%) [28,386]
12/2018: Harley Quinn #55   --  27,742 (-  2.3%)
12/2018: Harley Quinn #56   --  26,491 (-  4.5%)
01/2019: Harley Quinn #57   --  26,407 (-  0.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.5%
1 year  : - 19.5%
2 years : - 43.7%
5 years : - 67.8%

Now monthly.

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87 - SUICIDE SQUAD ($4.99)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27      --  24,175 
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6   --  32,304  [34,002]
01/2016: New Suicide Squad #16  --  24,870
01/2017: Suicide Squad #9       --  54,010  [54,467]
01/2017: Suicide Squad #10      --  53,649  [54,827]
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01/2018: Suicide Squad #33      --  26,715 (-  3.5%) [26,675]
01/2018: Suicide Squad #34      --  26,515 (+  0.1%) [26,691]
02/2018: Suicide Squad #35      --  26,798 (+  0.5%) [26,834]
02/2018: Suicide Squad #36      --  25,531 (-  4.9%)
03/2018: Suicide Squad #37      --  25,367 (-  0.6%)
03/2018: Suicide Squad #38      --  24,910 (-  1.8%)
04/2018: Suicide Squad #39      --  24,141 (-  3.1%)
04/2018: Suicide Squad #40      --  27,170 (+ 11.3%) [26,860]
05/2018: Suicide Squad #41      --  28,499 (+  6.0%) [28,473]
05/2018: Suicide Squad #42      --  26,759 (-  4.8%) [27,119]
06/2018: Suicide Squad #43      --  27,089 (-  2.6%) [26,402]
07/2018: Suicide Squad #44      --  26,076 (-  1.2%)
08/2018: Suicide Squad #45      --  28,068 (+  8.4%) [28,267]
09/2018: Suicide Squad #46      --  27,306 (-  2.5%) [27,567]
10/2018: Suicide Squad #47      --  35,715 (+ 29.9%) [35,813]
11/2018: Suicide Squad #48      --  25,507 (- 28.8%)
12/2018: Suicide Squad #49      --  25,933 (+  1.7%)
01/2019: Suicide Squad #50      --  25,906 (-  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : -  2.9%
2 years : - 52.6%
5 years : +  7.2%

Over-sized and -priced final issue. There’s still the Black Files mini series running for a few more months, but then...?

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89 - NAOMI ($3.99)
01/2019: Naomi #1  -- 27,777

Returnable, so we’re bumping up the Diamond-derived sales figure by 10% (for why we do this, see the fine print at the end of the column...)

The second Wonder Comics title, but a new character and an unfamiliar concept has a hard time getting traction in today’s direct market super-hero arena. Which is a shame because Jamal Campbell is drawing the heck out of this book! There was a second printing in February, so maybe word of mouth will keep this from sinking too fast...

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91 - NIGHTWING ($3.99)
01/2004: Nightwing #89  --  28,835
01/2009: Nightwing #152 --  35,637
01/2014: Nightwing #27  --  38,325  [38,669]
01/2015: Grayson #6     --  38,505  [39,816]
01/2016: Grayson #16    --  30,420 
01/2017: Nightwing #12  --  46,057  [46,233]
01/2017: Nightwing #13  --  44,462  [45,240]
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01/2018: Nightwing #36  --  28,493 (-  2.9%) [28,450]
01/2018: Nightwing #37  --  28,873 (+  2.6%) [29,186]
02/2018: Nightwing #38  --  27,188 (-  6.7%) [27,237]
02/2018: Nightwing #39  --  27,731 (+  3.1%) [28,090]
03/2018: Nightwing #40  --  27,202 (-  3.0%) [27,242]
03/2018: Nightwing #41  --  26,951 (-  0.0%) [27,238]
04/2018: Nightwing #42  --  26,323 (-  2.9%) [26,443]
04/2018: Nightwing #43  --  25,986 (-  0.6%) [26,272]
05/2018: Nightwing #44  --  26,229 (+  0.0%) [26,283]
06/2018: Nightwing #45  --  26,242 (-  0.0%) [26,270]
07/2018: Nightwing #46  --  26,899 (+  2.5%) [26,931]
08/2018: Nightwing #47  --  26,467 (-  1.8%) [26,440]
09/2018: Nightwing #48  --  25,733 (-  2.7%)
09/2018: Nightwing #49  --  25,475 (-  1.0%)
10/2018: Nightwing #50  --  29,450 (+ 24.6%) [31,751]
10/2018: Nightwing #51  --  35,026 (+ 11.4%) [35,379]
11/2018: Nightwing #52  --  26,623 (- 24.5%) [26,705]
11/2018: Nightwing #53  --  26,442 (+  0.5%) [26,826]
12/2018: Nightwing #54  --  28,269 (+  5.4%)
12/2018: Nightwing #55  --  26,060 (-  7.8%)
01/2019: Nightwing #56  --  25,044 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.0%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : - 43.2%
5 years : - 35.2%
10 years: - 29.7%
15 years: - 13.1%

Back to monthly again.

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94 - TEEN TITANS ($3.99)
01/2004: Teen Titans #6   -- 68,142  [69,428]
01/2009: Teen Titans #67  -- 35,877
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 
01/2015: Teen Titans #6   -- 30,955  [31,779]
01/2016: Teen Titans #16  -- 24,201 
01/2017: Teen Titans #4   -- 41,304  [42,315]
-----------------------------------
01/2018: Teen Titans #16  -- 28,873 (- 29.1%) [28,983]
02/2018: Teen Titans #17  -- 27,828 (-  3.6%) [28,129]
03/2018: Teen Titans #18  -- 27,289 (-  1.9%) [27,414]
04/2018: Teen Titans #19  -- 26,124 (-  4.3%) [26,354]
05/2018: --
06/2018: TT Special #1    -- 32,702 (+ 52.4%) [40,205]
07/2018: Teen Titans #20  -- 67,978 (+ 78.5%) [71,257]
08/2018: Teen Titans #21  -- 32,095 (- 54.8%) [32,628]
09/2018: Teen Titans #22  -- 30,608 (-  4.6%) [30,765]
10/2018: Teen Titans #23  -- 36,902 (+ 20.6%) [37,016]
11/2018: Teen Titans #24  -- 27,192 (- 26.3%) [27,416]
12/2018: Teen Titans #25  -- 27,285 (-  0.5%)
01/2018: Teen Titans #26  -- 24,208 (- 11.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 66.0%
1 year  : - 16.5%
2 years : - 43.1%
5 years : - 12.2%
10 years: - 32.5%
15 years: - 65.1%

95, 97 - TITANS ($3.99)
01/2009: Titans #9            --  37,693
01/2016: Titans Hunt #4 of 8  --  23,578
01/2017: Titans #7            --  46,998  [47,427] 
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01/2018: Titans #19           --  31,478 (-  2.3%) [31,538]
02/2018: Titans #20           --  30,686 (-  2.1%) [30,861]
03/2018: Titans #21           --  29,674 (-  3.4%) [29,805]
04/2018: Titans #22           --  29,018 (-  2.1%) [29,165]
05/2018: --
06/2018: Special #1           --  31,898 (+  9.9%) [32,064]
07/2018: Titans #23           --  33,060 (+ 10.9%) [35,553]
08/2018: Titans #24           --  30,889 (- 12.9%) [30,759]
09/2018: Titans #25           --  28,654 (-  7.2%) [28,733]
09/2018: Titans #26           --  28,240 (-  1.1%) [28,417]
10/2018: Titans #27           --  34,857 (+ 22.9%) [34,926]
10/2018: Titans #28           --  31,493 (-  8.8%) [31,852]
11/2018: Titans #29           --  26,673 (- 16.0%) [26,762]
11/2018: Titans #30           --  26,120 (-  1.6%) [26,330]
12/2018: Titans #31           --  24,870 (-  5.5%) 
01/2019: Titans #32           --  23,843 (-  4.1%) 
01/2019: Titans #33           --  23,507 (-  1.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 33.4%
1 year  : - 24.9%
2 years : - 50.1%
10 years: - 37.2%


103 - DEATHSTROKE ($3.99)
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  --  33,011  [38,454]
01/2016: Deathstroke #14 --  27,648
01/2017: Deathstroke #10 --  29,864  [30,203]
01/2017: Deathstroke #11 --  28,625  [29,368]
-----------------------------------
01/2018: Deathstroke #27 --  18,746 (-  3.5%)
02/2018: Deathstroke #28 --  17,672 (-  5.7%)
03/2018: Deathstroke #29 --  17,677 (+  0.0%)
04/2018: Deathstroke #30 --  38,956 (+154.0%) [44,898]
05/2018: Deathstroke #31 --  35,805 (- 20.1%) [35,874]
06/2018: Deathstroke #32 --  38,535 (+  8.3%) [38,848]
07/2018: Deathstroke #33 --  36,092 (-  7.0%) [36,134]
08/2018: Deathstroke #34 --  35,168 (-  4.8%) [34,405]
09/2018: Deathstroke #35 --  31,554 (-  7.7%) [31,761]
10/2018: Deathstroke #36 --  27,299 (- 13.8%) [27,387]
11/2018: Deathstroke #37 --  30,734 (+ 12.2%) [30,719]
12/2018: Deathstroke #38 --  28,803 (-  6.2%)
01/2018: Deathstroke #39 --  21,442 (- 25.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 40.7%
1 year  : + 14.4%
2 years : - 28.0%


106 - TEEN TITANS ANNUAL ($4.99)
04/2012: Teen Titans Annual #1 -- 44,415 
10/2013: Teen Titans Annual #2 -- 26,957 (- 39.3%)
05/2014: Teen Titans Annual #3 -- 23,140 (- 14.2%)
04/2015: Teen Titans Annual #1 -- 22,939 (-  0.9%)
06/2016: Teen Titans Annual #2 -- 16,624 (- 27.5%)
01/2019: Teen Titans Annual #1 -- 20,332 (+ 22.3%)

All of the Titans-related books are clumped together on DC’s sales charts, which may be a coincidence. There’s a crossover coming up for Deathstroke and Teen Titans, and then Titans has its final issue in April.

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108 - RED HOOD: OUTLAW ($3.99)
01/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #27 -- 24,813 
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 
01/2016: Red Hood/Arsenal #8    -- 22,900
01/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #6  -- 31,321  [31,595]
-----------------------------------------
01/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #18 -- 21,385 (-  2.1%)
02/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #19 -- 20,744 (-  3.0%)
03/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #20 -- 20,214 (-  2.6%)
04/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #21 -- 19,590 (-  3.1%)
05/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #22 -- 18,989 (-  3.1%)
06/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #23 -- 19,034 (+  0.2%)
07/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #24 -- 18,829 (-  1.1%)
08/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #25 -- 21,874 (+ 16.2%)
09/2018: Red Hood & Outlaws #26 -- 24,688 (+ 12.9%)
10/2018: Red Hood: Outlaw #27   -- 30,343 (+ 24.3%) [30,688]
11/2018: Red Hood: Outlaw #28   -- 24,485 (- 20.2%)
12/2018: Red Hood: Outlaw #29   -- 23,836 (-  2.7%)
01/2019: Red Hood: Outlaw #30   -- 20,247 (- 15.1%)
-----------------
6 months: +  7.5%
1 year  : -  5.3%
2 years : - 35.9%
5 years : - 18.4%

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109 - HAWKMAN ($3.99)
01/2004: Hawkman #23              -- 35,150  [37,050]
01/2004: Hawkman #24              -- 34,473  [42,206]
01/2017: Death of Hawkman #4 of 6 -- 12,670
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01/2018: --
02/2018: --
03/2018: --
04/2018: --
05/2018: --
06/2018: Hawkman #1               -- 42,123 (- 49.5%) [43,884]
07/2018: Hawkman #2               -- 30,781 (- 28.2%) [31,501]
08/2018: Hawkman #3               -- 27,331 (- 12.1%) [27,694]
09/2018: Hawkman #4               -- 24,687 (- 10.9%)
10/2018: Hawkman #5               -- 30,171 (+ 22.7%) [30,303]
11/2018: Hawkman #6               -- 21,818 (- 28.0%)
12/2018: Hawkman #7               -- 20,625 (-  5.5%)
01/2019: Hawkman #8               -- 20,198 (-  2.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 35.9%
2 years : + 59.4%
15 years: - 49.0%

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110 - ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS ($3.99)
01/2018: Super Sons #12       -- 35,068 (- 10.3%) [35,547]
02/2018: Super Sons #13       -- 29,625 (- 15.5%) [30,024]
03/2018: Super Sons #14       -- 28,999 (-  2.1%) [29,271]
04/2018: Super Sons #15       -- 27,667 (-  4.6%) [28,018]
05/2018: Super Sons #16       -- 27,089 (-  2.1%) [27,458]
06/2018: --
07/2018: --
08/2018: Adventures #1 of 12  -- 36,795 (+ 72.3%) [47,323]
09/2018: Adventures #2 of 12  -- 26,500 (- 43.3%) [26,813]
10/2018: Adventures #3 of 12  -- 23,839 (- 11.1%)
11/2018: Adventures #4 of 12  -- 22,320 (-  6.4%)
12/2018: Adventures #5 of 12  -- 20,965 (-  6.1%)
01/2018: Adventures #6 of 12  -- 19,969 (-  4.8%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 43.8%

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113 - BATMAN: KINGS OF FEAR ($3.99)
08/2018: Kings of Fear #1 of 6 -- 40,036           [39,818]
09/2018: Kings of Fear #2 of 6 -- 27,137 (- 30.7%) [27,596]
10/2018: Kings of Fear #3 of 6 -- 23,794 (- 12.1%) [24,263]
11/2018: Kings of Fear #4 of 6 -- 21,436 (- 11.7%) 
12/2018: Kings of Fear #5 of 6 -- 20,212 (-  5.7%) 
01/2019: Kings of Fear #6 of 6 -- 19,122 (-  5.4%) 

In the end, just too much Batman.

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114 - GREEN ARROW ($3.99)
01/2004: Green Arrow #34    -- 35,986 
01/2009: Green Arrow/BC #16 -- 24,419
01/2014: Green Arrow #27    -- 23,785 
01/2015: Green Arrow #38    -- 20,207 
01/2016: Green Arrow #48    -- 22,117 
01/2017: Green Arrow #14    -- 35,733  [36,013]
01/2017: Green Arrow #15    -- 34,590  [35,124]
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01/2018: Green Arrow #36    -- 23,012 (-  2.8%)
02/2018: Green Arrow #37    -- 22,425 (-  2.6%)
03/2018: Green Arrow #38    -- 21,935 (-  2.2%)
04/2018: Green Arrow #39    -- 21,269 (-  3.0%)
05/2018: Green Arrow #40    -- 20,995 (-  1.3%)
06/2018: Green Arrow #41    -- 20,309 (-  3.3%)
07/2018: Green Arrow #42    -- 20,107 (-  1.0%)
08/2018: Green Arrow #43    -- 20,241 (+  0.7%)
09/2018: Green Arrow #44    -- 18,667 (-  7.8%)
10/2018: Green Arrow #45    -- 34,241 (+ 82.5%) [34,073]
11/2018: Green Arrow #46    -- 18,808 (- 43.3%) [19,313]
12/2018: Green Arrow #47    -- 18,951 (-  1.9%)
01/2019: Green Arrow #48    -- 18,989 (+  0.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.6%
1 year  : - 17.5%
2 years : - 46.6%
5 years : - 20.2%
10 years: - 22.2%
15 years: - 47.2%

These are the lowest sales numbers for a Green Arrow comic in nearly ten years. No surprise then that the current series is ending with issue #50 in March, with a relaunch coming later this year. Also, the television series will be coming to an end with a short season in the fall as well, which means that a new GA series may have to stand on its own two feet going forward.

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124, 130 - THE TERRIFICS ($2.99)
02/2018: Terrifics #1  -- 45,493           [52,540]
03/2018: Terrifics #2  -- 34,525 (- 31.2%) [36,243] 
04/2018: Terrifics #3  -- 30,134 (- 13.0%) [31,147]
05/2018: Terrifics #4  -- 28,849 (-  7.1%) [29,568]
06/2018: Terrifics #5  -- 26,676 (-  7.5%) [27,029]
07/2018: Terrifics #6  -- 24,736 (-  7.3%) 
08/2018: Terrifics #7  -- 22,825 (-  7.7%) 
09/2018: Terrifics #8  -- 21,240 (-  6.9%) 
10/2018: Terrifics #9  -- 25,545 (+ 20.3%) 
11/2018: Terrifics #10 -- 19,035 (- 25.5%) 
12/2018: --
01/2019: Terrifics #11 -- 17,352 (-  8.8%) 
01/2019: Terrifics #12 -- 16,657 (-  4.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 32.7%

Two issues this month as The Terrifics was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

The best-selling—and one of the few remaining—New Age of Heroes titles, though that’s looking more and more like a warning than anything else.

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126 - THE DREAMING (Vertigo) ($3.99)
09/2018: Dreaming #1  -- 37,258           [38,029]
10/2018: Dreaming #2  -- 21,559 (- 43.3%)
11/2018: Dreaming #3  -- 19,815 (-  8.1%)
12/2018: Dreaming #4  -- 18,185 (-  8.2%)
01/2018: Dreaming #5  -- 17,054 (-  8.2%)

The top-selling non-DCU title for January.

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128, 137 - OLD LADY HARLEY ($3.99)
10/2018: Old Lady Harley #1 of 5 -- 36,520           [37,148]
11/2018: Old Lady Harley #2 of 5 -- 20,427 (- 45.0%)
12/2018: --
01/2019: Old Lady Harley #3 of 5 -- 17,032 (- 16.6%)
01/2019: Old Lady Harley #4 of 5 -- 15,484 (-  9.1%)

Two issues this month as Old Lady Harley was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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129, 135 - BATMAN BEYOND ($3.99)
01/2014: Universe #6       -- 15,070 
01/2015: --
01/2016: Batman Beyond #8  -- 20,342
01/2017: Batman Beyond #4  -- 29,767  [30,357]
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01/2018: Batman Beyond #16 -- 17,946 (-  2.1%)
02/2018: Batman Beyond #17 -- 17,197 (-  4.2%)
03/2018: Batman Beyond #18 -- 16,797 (-  2.3%)
04/2018: Batman Beyond #19 -- 16,335 (-  2.8%)
05/2018: Batman Beyond #20 -- 16,093 (-  1.5%)
06/2018: Batman Beyond #21 -- 16,049 (-  0.3%)
07/2018: Batman Beyond #22 -- 15,839 (-  1.3%)
08/2018: Batman Beyond #23 -- 15,743 (-  0.6%)
09/2018: Batman Beyond #24 -- 15,863 (+  0.8%)
10/2018: Batman Beyond #25 -- 24,219 (+ 55.7%) [24,703]
11/2018: Batman Beyond #26 -- 18,652 (- 24.5%)
12/2018: --
01/2019: Batman Beyond #27 -- 16,695 (- 10.5%)
01/2019: Batman Beyond #28 -- 16,018 (-  4.1%)
-----------------
6 months: +  3.3%
1 year  : -  8.9%
2 years : - 46.1%
5 years : +  8.5%

Two issues this month as Batman Beyond was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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136, 142 - THE BOOKS OF MAGIC (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2018: Books of Magic #1  -- 32,284 (+197.1%)
11/2018: Books of Magic #2  -- 18,189 (- 45.0%)
12/2018: --
01/2019: Books of Magic #3  -- 15,886 (- 12.7%)
01/2019: Books of Magic #4  -- 14,581 (-  8.2%)

Two issues this month as The Books of Magic was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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120 - LUCIFER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
01/2004: Lucifer #46 -- 13,067 
01/2016: Lucifer #2  -- 12,497 
01/2017: Lucifer #14 --  7,442 
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10/2018: Lucifer #1  -- 28,216 (+349.6%) [28,805]
11/2018: Lucifer #2  -- 16,871 (- 41.4%)
12/2018: Lucifer #3  -- 14,929 (- 11.5%)
01/2019: Lucifer #4  -- 14,474 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
2 years : + 94.5%
15 years: + 10.8%

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144 - INJUSTICE VS. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($3.99)
01/2014: DC Univ. vs. MotU #4 of 6  -- 19,289
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07/2018: Injustice vs. MotU #1 of 6 -- 27,250 (+ 58.7%) [27,768]
08/2018: Injustice vs. MotU #2 of 6 -- 18,474 (- 32.2%)
09/2018: Injustice vs. MotU #3 of 6 -- 17,192 (-  6.9%)
10/2018: Injustice vs. MotU #4 of 6 -- 15,927 (-  7.4%)
11/2018: Injustice vs. MotU #5 of 6 --  6,591 (-  2.6%) [15,511]
12/2018: --
01/2019: Injustice vs. MotU #6 of 6 -- 14,440 (-  6.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 48.0%
5 years : - 25.1%

As suspected more than half of the copies of issue #5 appear to have been delayed to December.

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147 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS ($3.99)
12/2018: Freedom Fighters #1 of 12  -- 23,826 (+199.7%) [25,248]
01/2019: Freedom Fighters #2 of 12  -- 14,091 (- 44.2%)

This is going to do about as well as one would expect. If DC is serious about publishing fewer titles, they may want to look into not do these twelve-issue maxi series based on C-list characters. Yes, sometimes you get a Mister Miracle, but that also had Tom King, hot off of the similar Vision series. They might look instead to including such serials as back-ups in one of those 100-page anthology titles, anchored by higher-profile characters.

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158 - HOUSE OF WHISPERS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
09/2018: House of Whispers #1  -- 28,346
10/2018: House of Whispers #2  -- 16,763 (- 40.9%)
11/2018: House of Whispers #3  -- 14,943 (- 10.9%)
12/2018: House of Whispers #4  -- 13,619 (-  8.9%)
01/2019: House of Whispers #5  -- 12,505 (-  8.2%)

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160 - THE WILD STORM (WildStorm) ($3.99)
01/2018: The Wild Storm #11 -- 17,152 (-  2.5%)
02/2018: --
03/2018: The Wild Storm #12 -- 16,821 (-  1.9%)
04/2018: --
05/2018: The Wild Storm #13 -- 14,661 (- 12.8%)
06/2018: The Wild Storm #14 -- 14,107 (-  3.8%)
07/2018: The Wild Storm #15 -- 13,787 (-  2.3%)
08/2018: The Wild Storm #16 -- 13,712 (-  0.5%)
09/2018: The Wild Storm #17 -- 13,211 (-  3.7%)
10/2018: The Wild Storm #18 -- 13,021 (-  1.4%)
11/2018: --
12/2018: --
01/2019: The Wild Storm #19 -- 12,360 (-  5.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.4%
1 year  : - 27.9%

Returns from hiatus, still going down. This last arc establishes The Authority in the new WSU, but not a lot of people appear to be hanging around for it.

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Coming in at #168 is Mysteries of Love in Space #1, the latest in DC’s $9.99 perfect-bound anthologies, with 11,715 copies.

(These are coming out regularly enough these days that maybe I should start tracking them together as a quasi series?)

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169 - SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES ($4.99)
11/2018: SS Black Files #1 of 6 -- 16,953
12/2018: SS Black Files #2 of 6 -- 13,378 (- 21.1%)
01/2019: SS Black Files #3 of 6 -- 11,326 (- 15.3%)

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176, 183 - RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS ($3.99)
01/2017: Raven #5 of 6       -- 17,342    
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01/2018: Daughter #1 of 12   -- 26,192 (+ 70.7%) [27,173]
02/2018: Daughter #2 of 12   -- 16,496 (- 39.3%)
03/2018: Daughter #3 of 12   -- 14,734 (- 10.7%)
04/2018: Daughter #4 of 12   -- 13,764 (-  6.6%)
05/2018: Daughter #5 of 12   -- 13,066 (-  5.1%)
06/2018: Daughter #6 of 12   -- 12,611 (-  3.5%)
07/2018: --
08/2008: Daughter #7 of 12   -- 12,081 (-  4.2%)
09/2008: Daughter #8 of 12   -- 11,916 (-  1.4%)
10/2008: Daughter #9 of 12   -- 11,449 (-  3.5%)
11/2008: Daughter #10 of 12  -- 11,070 (-  3.7%)
12/2018: --
01/2009: Daughter #11 of 12  -- 10,504 (-  5.1%)
01/2009: Daughter #12 of 12  -- 10,102 (-  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 62.1%
2 years : - 40.6%

The final two issues come out this month as Raven was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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182 - SCOOBY APOCALYPSE (Hanna-Barbera) ($3.99)
01/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #9  -- 19,208 
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01/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #21 -- 12,072 (-  2.4%)
02/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #22 -- 11,684 (-  3.2%)
03/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #23 -- 12,410 (+  6.2%)
04/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #24 -- 11,713 (-  5.6%)
05/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #25 -- 15,577 (+ 33.0%)
06/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #26 -- 13,166 (- 15.5%)
07/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #27 -- 12,221 (-  7.2%)
08/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #28 -- 12,044 (-  1.4%)
09/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #29 -- 11,615 (-  3.6%)
10/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #30 -- 11,337 (-  2.4%)
11/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #31 -- 10,906 (-  3.8%)
12/2018: Scooby Apocalypse #32 -- 10,514 (-  3.6%)
01/2019: Scooby Apocalypse #33 -- 10,242 (-  2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.2%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 46.7%

Ends with issue #36 in April.

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179 - SIDEWAYS ($2.99)
02/2018: Sideways #1  -- 35,086           [37,403]
03/2018: Sideways #2  -- 23,807 (- 36.4%)  
04/2018: Sideways #3  -- 19,890 (- 16.5%)  
05/2018: Sideways #4  -- 18,300 (-  8.0%)  
06/2018: Sideways #5  -- 16,543 (-  9.6%)  
07/2018: Sideways #6  -- 15,152 (-  8.4%)  
08/2018: Sideways #7  -- 13,637 (- 10.0%)  
09/2018: Sideways #8  -- 12,503 (-  8.3%)  
10/2018: Sideways #9  -- 17,305 (+ 38.4%)  
11/2018: Sideways #10 -- 11,629 (- 32.8%)  
12/2018: Sideways #11 -- 11,150 (-  4.1%)  
01/2018: Sideways #12 -- 10,201 (-  8.5%)  
-----------------
6 months: - 32.7%

Ends with issue #13 in February. Will the final issue stay above the 10K line?

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186 - PEARL (Jinxworld) ($3.99)
08/2017: Pearl #1 of 6 -- 32,701           [33,643]
09/2017: Pearl #2      -- 16,808 (- 50.0%) 
10/2017: Pearl #3      -- 13,760 (- 18.1%) 
11/2017: Pearl #4      -- 11,693 (- 15.0%) 
12/2017: Pearl #5      -- 10,584 (-  9.5%) 
01/2018: Pearl #6      --  9,988 (-  5.6%) 

Taking a one month hiatus before returning as on ongoing in March.

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187 - DAMAGE ($2.99)
01/2018: Damage #1  -- 37,001           [42,795]
02/2018: Damage #2  -- 27,044 (- 33.6%) [28,431]  
03/2018: Damage #3  -- 22,394 (- 21.2%)  
04/2018: Damage #4  -- 20,166 (-  9.9%)  
05/2018: Damage #5  -- 18,923 (-  6.2%)  
06/2018: Damage #6  -- 17,308 (-  8.5%)  
07/2018: Damage #7  -- 15,433 (- 10.8%)  
08/2018: Damage #8  -- 13,778 (- 10.7%)  
09/2018: Damage #9  -- 12,383 (- 10.1%)  
10/2018: Damage #10 -- 17,230 (+ 39.1%)  
11/2018: Damage #11 -- 11,501 (- 33.3%)  
12/2018: Damage #12 -- 10,713 (-  6.9%)  
01/2019: Damage #13 --  9,963 (-  7.0%)  
-----------------
6 months: - 35.4%
1 year  : - 76.7%

Ends with issue #16 in April.

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188 - COVER (Jinxworld) ($3.99)
09/2018: Cover #1 of 6 -- 27,354           [27,562]
10/2018: Cover #2 of 6 -- 15,350 (- 44.3%)
11/2018: Cover #3 of 6 -- 11,848 (- 22.8%)
12/2018: Cover #4 of 6 -- 10,396 (- 12.3%)
01/2019: Cover #5 of 6 --  9,854 (-  5.2%)

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165 - SCARLET (Jinxworld) ($3.99)
01/2014: --
01/2015: --
01/2016: --
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08/2018: Scarlet #1 of 5 -- 24,509 (+231.8%) 
09/2018: Scarlet #2 of 5 -- 13,746 (- 45.5%) 
10/2018: Scarlet #3 of 5 -- 11,710 (- 14.8%) 
11/2018: Scarlet #4 of 5 -- 10,405 (- 11.1%) 
12/2018: --
01/2019: Scarlet #5 of 5 --  9,612 (-  7.6%) 
-----------------
5 years :    n.a.

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207, 213 - THE SILENCER ($2.99)
01/2018: The Silencer #1  -- 30,131           [34,753] 
02/2018: The Silencer #2  -- 21,003 (- 39.6%)  
03/2018: The Silencer #3  -- 18,208 (- 13.3%)  
04/2018: The Silencer #4  -- 16,145 (- 11.3%)  
05/2018: The Silencer #5  -- 15,261 (-  5.5%)  
06/2018: The Silencer #6  -- 13,868 (-  9.1%)  
07/2018: The Silencer #7  -- 12,524 (-  9.7%)  
08/2018: The Silencer #8  -- 11,802 (-  5.8%)  
09/2018: The Silencer #9  -- 10,970 (-  7.0%)  
10/2018: The Silencer #10 -- 15,439 (+ 40.7%)  
11/2018: The Silencer #11 -- 10,018 (- 35.1%)  
12/2018: --
01/2019: The Silencer #12 --  9,231 (-  7.9%)  
01/2019: The Silencer #13 --  8,683 (-  5.9%)  
-----------------
6 months: - 28.5%
1 year  : - 74.2%

Two issues this month as The Silencer was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

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217, 237 - HEX WIVES (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2018: Hex Wives #1 -- 17,158           [18,101]
11/2018: Hex Wives #2 --  9,869 (- 45.5%) 
12/2018: --
01/2019: Hex Wives #3 --  8,286 (- 16.0%) 
01/2019: Hex Wives #4 --  7,157 (- 13.6%) 

Two issues this month as Hex Wives was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. 

No issues have been solicited past issue #6...

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219 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2004: Teen Titans Go! #3  -- 18,264
01/2014: -- 
01/2015: -- 
01/2016: -- 
01/2017: --
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01/2018: --
02/2018: Teen Titans Go! #26 --  8,133 (-  0.8%)
03/2018: --
04/2018: Teen Titans Go! #27 --  8,159 (+  0.3%)
05/2018: --
06/2018: Teen Titans Go! #28 --  8,625 (+  5.7%)
07/2018: --
08/2018: Teen Titans Go! #29 --  9,049 (+  4.9%)
09/2018: Teen Titans Go! #30 --  8,867 (-  2.0%)
10/2018: --
11/2018: Teen Titans Go! #31 --  8,597 (-  3.0%)
12/2018: --
01/2019: Teen Titans Go! #32 --  8,143 (-  5.3%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
5 years :    n.a.
15 years: - 55.4%

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221 - GODDESS MODE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2018: Goddess Mode #1  -- 17,471 
01/2018: Goddess Mode #2  --  8,116 (- 53.5%) 

Last month’s decent debut is countered by this month’s high percentage drop-off.

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222 - THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE ($2.99)
04/2018: Curse of Brimstone #1  -- 33,707           [34,337]
05/2018: Curse of Brimstone #2  -- 20,244 (- 39.9%)
06/2018: Curse of Brimstone #3  -- 15,949 (- 21.2%)
07/2018: Curse of Brimstone #4  -- 13,741 (- 13.8%)
08/2018: Curse of Brimstone #5  -- 11,966 (- 12.9%)
09/2018: Curse of Brimstone #6  -- 10,731 (- 10.3%)
10/2018: Curse of Brimstone #7  -- 28,525 (+168.9%) [28,854] *
11/2018: Curse of Brimstone #8  --  9,463 (- 67.2%)
12/2018: Curse of Brimstone #9  --  8,707 (-  8.0%)
01/2019: Curse of Brimstone #10 --  8,074 (-  7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.4%

Ending with issue #12 in March.

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231 - THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE ANNUAL ($4.99)
01/2019: Brimstone Annual #1  --  7,476

The mind boggles.

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242 - THE UNEXPECTED ($2.99)
06/2018: Unexpected #1 -- 28,028           [28,251]
07/2018: Unexpected #2 -- 16,441 (- 41.8%) 
08/2018: Unexpected #3 -- 12,285 (- 25.3%) 
09/2018: Unexpected #4 -- 10,116 (- 17.7%) 
10/2018: Unexpected #5 -- 13,825 (+ 36.7%) 
11/2018: Unexpected #6 --  8,462 (- 38.8%) 
12/2018: Unexpected #7 --  7,547 (- 10.8%) 
01/2018: Unexpected #8 --  6,857 (-  9.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 58.6%

Final issue. 

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201 - THE UNITED STATES VS. MURDER, INC. (Jinxworld) ($3.99)
01/2014: --
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09/2018: US vs Murder #1 of 6 -- 18,530 (+123.7%)
10/2018: US vs Murder #2 of 6 --  9,750 (- 47.4%)
11/2018: US vs Murder #3 of 6 --  8,049 (- 17.4%)
12/2018: US vs Murder #4 of 6 --  7,164 (- 11.0%)
01/2019: US vs Murder #5 of 6 --  6,631 (-  7.4%)
-----------------
5 years :    n.a.

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253 - ELECTRIC WARRIORS ($3.99)
11/2018: Electric Warriors #1 of 6 -- 16,152
12/2018: Electric Warriors #2 of 6 --  8,398 (- 48.0%)
01/2019: Electric Warriors #3 of 6 --  6,540 (- 22.1%)

The lowest-selling DCU book for January.

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197 - AMERICAN CARNAGE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2018: American Carnage #1  -- 12,891           [13,436]
12/2018: American Carnage #2  --  7,434 (- 44.7%) 
01/2019: American Carnage #3  --  6,539 (- 12.0%) 

An expected third issue drop.

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273, 284 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) (Hanna-Barbera) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8  --  6,678 
01/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #14 --  7,214
01/2017: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22 --  6,521 
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01/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #34 --  6,610 (+ 12.0%)
02/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35 --  5,491 (- 16.9%)
03/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #36 --  5,301 (-  3.5%)
04/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #37 --  6,237 (+ 17.7%)
05/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #38 --  5,823 (-  6.6%)
06/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #39 --  6,947 (+ 19.3%)
07/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #40 --  6,526 (-  6.1%)
08/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #41 --  5,804 (- 11.1%)
09/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #42 --  5,879 (+  1.3%)
10/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #43 --  6,281 (+  6.8%)
11/2018: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #44 --  5,580 (- 11.2%)
12/2018: --
01/2019: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #45 --  5,814 (+  4.2%)
01/2019: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #46 --  5,305 (-  8.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.8%
1 year  : - 15.9%
2 years : - 14.7%
5 years : - 43.7&

Two issues this month as Scooby-Doo Team-Up was one of the titles that shifted it’s regular fourth week date from December into the first week of January. But it’s going bi-monthly after this, so maybe it would have made more sense to just delay issue #46 to February?

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355 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
01/2004: Looney Tunes #110 -- 3,197
01/2009: Looney Tunes #170 -- 2,354
01/2014: -- 
01/2015: --
01/2016: --
01/2017: Looney Tunes #235 -- ????? (< 3,971)
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01/2018: Looney Tunes #241 -- 2,761 
02/2018: --
03/2018: Looney Tunes #242 -- 2,866 (+  3.8%) 
04/2018: --
05/2018: Looney Tunes #243 -- 3,037 (+  6.0%) 
06/2018: --
07/2018: Looney Tunes #244 -- 3,080 (+  1.4%) 
08/2018: --
09/2018: Looney Tunes #245 -- 3,346 (+  8.6%) 
10/2018: --
11/2018: Looney Tunes #246 -- 3,109 (-  7.1%) 
12/2018: --
01/2019: Looney Tunes #247 -- 3,151 (+  1.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: +  2.2%
1 year  : + 14.1%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: + 33.9%
15 years: -  1.4%

DC’s lowest-selling new issue for January.

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Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, director’s cuts, and magazines; based on first-month sales only.)

DC COMICS
01/2004: 24,889
01/2009: 24,273
01/2014: 27,881 
01/2015: 24,289 
01/2016: 21,845
01/2017: 34,011 **
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01/2018: 28,657 (-  3.7%) 
02/2018: 25,798 (- 10.0%) 
03/2018: 27,449 (+  6.4%) 
04/2018: 30,117 (+  9.7%) 
05/2018: 29,876 (-  0.8%) 
06/2018: 31,374 (+  5.0%) 
07/2018: 40,199 (+ 28.1%) 
08/2018: 29,661 (- 26.2%) 
09/2018: 33,904 (+ 14.3%) 
10/2018: 32,789 (-  3.3%) 
11/2018: 29,150 (- 11.1%) 
12/2018: 36,514 (+ 25.3%) 
01/2019: 27,526 (- 24.6%) 
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6 months: - 31.5%
1 year  : -  3.9%
2 years : - 19.1%
5 years : -  1.3%
10 years: + 13.4%
15 years: + 10.6%


DC UNIVERSE
01/2004: 29,783 
01/2009: 32,705 
01/2014: 33,120 
01/2015: 30,680 
01/2016: 27,664
01/2017: 40,979
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01/2018: 35,579 (-  0.8%)
02/2018: 31,696 (- 10.9%)
03/2018: 34,751 (+  9.6%)
04/2018: 37,752 (+  8.6%)
05/2018: 37,935 (+  0.5%)
06/2018: 39,466 (+  4.0%)
07/2018: 50,334 (+ 27.5%)
08/2018: 33,866 (- 32.7%)
09/2018: 40,021 (+ 18.2%)
10/2018: 40,096 (+  0.2%)
11/2018: 35,313 (- 11.9%)
12/2018: 44,269 (+ 25.4%)
01/2019: 32,835 (- 25.8%)
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6 months: - 34.8%
1 year  : -  7.7%
2 years : - 19.9%
5 years : -  0.9%
10 years: +  0.4%
15 years: + 10.2%


WILDSTORM
01/2004: 14,234 
01/2009:  6,851
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01/2018: 12,763 (-  3.3%)
02/2018:  7,968 (- 37.6%)
03/2018: 12,321 (+ 54.6%)
04/2018: --
05/2018: 11,091 (- 10.0%)
06/2018: 10,298 (-  7.1%)
07/2018: 10,067 (-  2.2%)
08/2018:  9,997 (-  0.7%)
09/2018:  9,671 (-  3.3%)
10/2018:  9,575 (-  1.0%)
11/2018:  --
12/2018:  --
01/2019: 12,360 (+ 29.1%)
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6 months: + 22.8%
1 year  : -  3.2%
10 years: + 80.4%
15 years: - 13.2%


VERTIGO & JINXWORLD
01/2004: 15,069
01/2009: 10,980
01/2014: 11,473 
01/2015:  8,361 
01/2016:  6,832
01/2017: 10,652 **
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01/2018: 11,226 (+ 73.6%) 
02/2018: 14,325 (+ 27.6%) 
03/2018:  9,990 (+ 27.6%) 
04/2018:  7,430 (- 25.6%) 
05/2018:  5,837 (- 21.4%) 
06/2018:  5,783 (-  0.9%) 
07/2018:  5,366 (-  7.2%) 
08/2018: 23,104 (+330.6%) 
09/2018: 22,472 (-  2.7%) 
10/2018: 17,168 (- 23.6%) 
11/2018: 13,012 (- 24.2%) 
12/2018: 11,983 (-  7.9%) 
01/2019: 10,822 (-  9.7%) 
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6 months: +101.7%
1 year  : -  3.6%
2 years : +  1.6%
5 years : -  5.7%
10 years: -  1.4%
15 years: - 28.2%

Vertigo average (9 comics): 11,622; Jinxworld average (4 comics): 9,021. 

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DC COMICS - TOTAL SALES
01/2004: 1,468,465
01/2009: 1,917,585
01/2014: 2,035,283
01/2015: 1,943,156
01/2016: 1,616,524 **  
01/2017: 2,856,889 **  
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01/2018: 2,493,119 (+  6.0%) 
02/2018: 2,270,180 (-  8.9%) 
03/2018: 2,305,728 (+  1.6%) 
04/2018: 2,439,466 (+  5.8%) 
05/2018: 2,210,850 (-  9.4%) 
06/2018: 2,321,651 (+  5.0%) 
07/2018: 2,452,128 (+  4.5%) 
08/2018: 2,135,622 (- 12.9%) 
09/2018: 2,203,739 (+  3.2%) 
10/2018: 2,557,578 (+  3.2%) 
11/2018: 1,953,053 (- 23.6%) 
12/2018: 1,898,752 (-  2.8%) 
01/2019: 2,367,265 (+ 24.7%) 
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6 months: -  3.5%
1 year  : -  5.0%
2 years : - 17.1%
5 years : + 16.3%
10 years: + 23.5%
15 years: + 61.2%

By shifting what would have been week four of December into the first week of January, DC bumped their total titles released this month up to 86 and got their total sales up to a respectable 2.3M. But as many of those titles that doubled-up were in the lower section of the sales chart, that really damaged the average sales, especially without top sellers like Doomsday Clock or Batman Damned


Sales Indices
=============

The Sales Index number is the ratio of that comic’s sales to the average sales of all comics in that category.

DCU: Average: 32,835. Median: 26,495. No.: 66. Total: 2,167,127.

3.6 - Batman Who Laughs
2.8 - Batman (62)
2.5 - Batman (63)
2.5 - Heroes in Crisis (4)
2.4 - Heroes in Crisis (5)
2.3 - Young Justice
1.8 - Justice League (15)
1.8 - Justice League (16)
1.7 - The Green Lantern
1.6 - Detective Comics (997)
1.6 - Detective Comics (996)
1.6 - Detective Comics (995)
1.5 - Superman
1.4 - Justice League Annual
1.4 - Action Comics (1006)
1.4 - Action Comics (1007)
1.3 - Shazam!
1.2 - Flash (61)
1.2 - Flash (62)
1.2 - Flash (63)
1.1 - Wonder Woman (61)
1.1 - Justice League Dark
1.1 - Catwoman
1.1 - Wonder Woman (63)
1.1 - Flash Annual
1.0 - Wonder Woman (62)
1.0 - Batgirl (31)
1.0 - Justice League Odyssey (4)
0.9 - Batgirl (30)
0.9 - Supergirl
0.9 - Justice League Odyssey (5)
0.8 - Naomi
0.8 - Martian Manhunter
0.8 - Aquaman
0.8 - Harley Quinn
0.8 - Suicide Squad
0.8 - Nightwing
0.7 - Teen Titans
0.7 - Titans (32)
0.7 - Titans (33)
0.7 - Deathstroke
0.6 - Teen Titans Annual
0.6 - Red Hood Outlaw
0.6 - Hawkman
0.6 - Adventures of the Super Sons
0.6 - Batman Kings of Fear
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.5 - The Terrifics (11)
0.5 - Old Lady Harley (3)
0.5 - Batman Beyond (27)
0.5 - The Terrifics (12)
0.5 - Batman Beyond (28)
0.5 - Old Lady Harley (4)
0.4 - Freedom Fighters 
0.4 - Mystery of Love in Space
0.3 - Suicide Squad Black Files
0.3 - Raven Daughter of Darkness (11)
0.3 - Sideways
0.3 - Raven Daughter of Darkness (12)
0.3 - Damage
0.3 - The Silencer (12)
0.3 - The Silencer (13)
0.2 - The Curse of Brimstone
0.2 - The Curse of Brimstone Annual
0.2 - The Unexpected
0.2 - Electric Warriors


Vertigo & Jinxworld: Average: 10,822. Median: 9,854. No.: 13. Total: 140,683.

1.6 - The Dreaming
1.5 - The Books of Magic (3)
1.3 - The Books of Magic (4)
1.3 - Lucifer
1.2 - The House of Whispers
0.9 - Pearl
0.9 - Cover
0.9 - Scarlet
0.8 - Hex Wives (3)
0.7 - Goddess Mode
0.7 - Hex Wives (4)
0.6 - United States vs. Murder Inc
0.6 - American Carnage


WildStorm: Average: 12,360. Median: 12,360. No.: 1. Total: 12,360

1.0 - The Wild Storm


Digital First & Other: Average: 7,849. Median: 6,979. No.: 6. Total: 47,095.

1.8 - Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe
1.3 - Scooby Apocalypse
1.0 - Teen Titans Go!
0.7 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up (45)
0.7 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up (46)
0.4 - Looney Tunes

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The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)


The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com and Comichron, according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com's and Comichron’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it's a "month-to-month" column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include many sales to bookstores, newsstands, libraries, other mass-market retail chains, or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book's initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month; or they show up in the year-end Top 1000. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book's initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. "[36,599]"). Likewise, any lower numbers due to returns or other factors returns will also be reflected in the brackets. Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used. Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it's a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent. 

Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don't tell us much about their performance. Likewise, Digital First comics are published online before print, and may do a significant amount of their sales in that arena. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. 

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it's assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer; The National Institute for Play; or my former neighbor's dog Miles.



The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me). As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

This article was originally published March 10, 2019 on Yet Another Comics Blog.


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