Saturday, June 08, 2019

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: April 2019 - Unreasonable Batspectations

The Batman Who Laughs #4
Greetings, sales charts fans! It's time once again to look at DC's sales figures. 


The big news since our last DC sales column is the not-yet-announced-officially ending of DC”s Vertigo imprint. Looking at the Vertigo sales for the past several years, it’s not hard to see why: they’ve been abysmal, irregardless of the quality of the comics themselves. At this point, having Vertigo attached to a book is like poison, and neither retailers nor readers want to come near it. (And before anyone starts to talk about trade sales—which in the past have been Vertigo’s bread-and-butter—those have been abysmal too.) Once the current set of series come to an end, there will likely be no more new Vertigo comics (for quite a while, at least).

What is unclear at this point is the fate of the Sandman Universe titles. While not selling great, they are selling twice to three times what other recent Vertigo series have been doing lately, so it may make sense to keep those around, especially if there is any sales traction in the upcoming trade collections. Will they continue to have the Vertigo name on them? It may be just as easy to leave the “Sandman Universe” banner on them and remove the Vertigo logo.



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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3 - THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS ($4.99)
12/2018: Batman Who Laughs #1 of 6 -- 220,055           [254,187]
01/2019: Batman Who Laughs #2 of 6 -- 116,827 (- 50.9%) [124,796]
02/2019: Batman Who Laughs #3 of 6 -- 101,771 (- 12.7%) [108,981]
03/2019: BWL: The Grimm Knight #1  -- 133,656 (+ 23.4%) [134,447]
04/2019: Batman Who Laughs #4 of 7 -- 103,645 (- 22.9%) 

Back on top, with first month sales of issue #4 exceeding those of issue #3. DC’s only comic selling over 100K this month, and further proof that what readers really want is Scott Snyder writing Batman.

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6, 5 - BATMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Batman #626    --  78,519  [80,149]
04/2009: Battle Cowl #2 --  89,120  
04/2014: Batman #30     -- 108,998 [111,778]
04/2015: Batman #40     -- 131,128 [154,764]
04/2016: Batman #51     -- 101,922
04/2017: Batman #20     --  97,544  [98,325] 
04/2017: Batman #21     -- 219,472 [228,310]
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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 (-  6.6%)  [84,682]
02/2019: Batman #64     --  93,400 (+ 10.8%)  [93,863]
02/2019: Batman #65     --  89,123 (-  4.0%)  [90,125]
03/2019: Batman #66     --  83,102 (-  7.8%) 
03/2019: Batman #67     --  84,463 (+  1.6%) 
04/2019: Batman #68     --  87,557 (+  3.7%) 
04/2019: Batman #69     --  88,666 (+  1.3%) 
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6 months: - 15.2%
1 year  : - 26.4%
2 years : - 46.1%
5 years : - 21.2%
10 years: -  1.1%
15 years: +  9.9%

Sales are starting to inch their way back up, but that hasn’t saved writer Tom King, who is on his way out after issue #75 (with his story to be concluded in a Batman/Catwoman maxi-series). DC apparently think that the regular Batman title should be selling more than 100K per issue; I think that their memory is short-lived: prior to the Snyder/Capullo New 52, Batman rarely sold over 100K (only for special issues, or the run when Jim Lee was drawing the title). Besides not having Scott Snyder at the helm, the current series also has the additional challenge of being a twice-monthly $3.99 book, which just isn’t sustainable.

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8 - HEROES IN CRISIS ($3.99)
09/2018: Heroes in Crisis #1 of 9 -- 140,699           [153,265]
10/2018: Heroes in Crisis #2 of 9 --  88,547 (- 34.0%) [101,096]
11/2018: Heroes in Crisis #3 of 9 --  83,794 (-  9.8%)  [91,169]
12/2018: --
01/2019: Heroes in Crisis #4 of 9 --  82,151 (-  4.7%)  [86,921]
01/2019: Heroes in Crisis #5 of 9 --  79,087 (-  6.1%)  [81,638]
02/2019: Heroes in Crisis #6 of 9 --  79,006 (-  0.8%)  [80,993]
03/2019: Heroes in Crisis #7 of 9 --  78,587 (-  1.5%)  [79,783]
04/2019: Heroes in Crisis #8 of 9 --  79,512 (-  0.3%)
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6 months: - 21.4%

I mean seriously: Tom King is writing three of your top four-selling comics for the month, and DC think that he is the problem. Look, I personally think that Heroes in Crisis is a godawful mess. And yeah, it probably should be selling better. But DC have far, far more problems in their comics lineup than Tom King writing Batman.

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13, 14 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
04/2004: Detective Comics #793  --  34,800
04/2009: Detective Comics #853  -- 104,107
04/2014: Detective Comics #30   --  56,149  [56,110]
04/2015: --
04/2016: Detective Comics #51   --  43,190
04/2017: Detective Comics #954  --  58,187  [58,558]
04/2017: Detective Comics #955  --  57,666  [58,297]
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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 (+ 16.1%)  [57,468]
01/2019: Detective Comics #995  --   51,246 (-  4.7%)  [54,772]
01/2019: Detective Comics #996  --   52,263 (+  1.6%)  [55,645]
01/2019: Detective Comics #997  --   53,071 (-  1.5%)  [54,830]
02/2019: Detective Comics #998  --   60,447 (+ 11.5%)  [61,113]
02/2019: Detective Comics #999  --   62,953 (+  6.5%)  [65,064]
03/2019: Detective Comics #1000 --  526,941 (+709.9%) [572,678]
04/2019: Detective Comics #1001 --   66,743 (- 88.3%) 
04/2019: Detective Comics #1002 --   61,007 (-  8.6%) 
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6 months: + 14.0%
1 year  : + 25.1%
2 years : +  9.3%
5 years : + 13.8%
10 years: - 38.6%
15 years: + 83.5%

Detective gets a bit of a post-anniversary afterglow, while last month’s issue #1000 gets a whopping additional 46K in reorders.

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16, 15 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League #29 --  78,912  [78,495]
04/2015: Justice League #40 --  78,388  [82,316]
04/2016: Justice League #49 --  71,131
04/2017: Justice League #18 --  58,737  [58,971]
04/2017: Justice League #19 --  57,647  [58,198]
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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%)
02/2019: Justice League #17 --  57,105 (-  4.1%)
02/2019: Justice League #18 --  55,988 (-  1.2%)  [56,432]
03/2019: Justice League #19 --  57,733 (+  2.3%) 
03/2019: Justice League #20 --  64,675 (+ 14.4%)  [66,034]
04/2019: Justice League #21 --  55,245 (- 16.9%)
04/2019: Justice League #22 --  56,094 (+  1.5%)
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6 months: - 29.4%
1 year  : + 27.8%
2 years : -  5.0%
5 years : - 29.1%

Issue #22 is another “Legion of Doom” interstitial; which usually means that sales would drop a bit, but this time out the art is by Francis Manapul and there’s a variant cover by Lineal Francis Yu. 

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22 - THE GREEN LANTERN ($3.99)
04/2004: Green Lantern #176    --  34,674  [37,565]
04/2009: Green Lantern #39     --  79,792  [84,784]
04/2009: Green Lantern #40     --  76,665  [84,705]
04/2014: Green Lantern #30     --  44,483  [43,612]
04/2015: --
04/2016: Green Lantern #51     --  32,862
04/2017: Green Lanterns #20    --  34,224  [34,335]
04/2017: Green Lanterns #21    --  33,556  [33,775]
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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%)
02/2019: The Green Lantern #4  --  50,176 (-  7.8%)
03/2019: The Green Lantern #5  --  47,325 (-  5.7%)
04/2019: The Green Lantern #6  --  49,256 (+  4.1%)
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6 months: + 70.5%
1 year  : +102.3%
2 years : + 44.6%
5 years : + 12.9%
10 years: - 41.9%
15 years: + 31.1%

Either there are a few thousand Adam Strange fans who picked this up for that character’s guest appearance, or Morrison & Sharpe’s The Green Lantern is settling in and making a small correction this month.

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23 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Superman #204  -- 231,411 [244,120]
04/2009: Superman #687  --  43,041
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316  [38,429]
04/2015: Superman #40   --  52,666  [53,756]
04/2016: Superman #51   --  38,103
04/2017: Superman #20   --  53,373  [53,437]
04/2017: Superman #21   --  51,373  [51,638]
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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%)
02/2019: Superman #8    --  50,475 (-  0.5%)
03/2019: Superman #9    --  48,919 (-  3.1%)
04/2019: Superman #10   --  48,802 (-  0.2%)
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6 months: - 27.8%
1 year  : + 14.2%
2 years : -  7.1%
5 years : + 27.0%
10 years: + 13.4%
15 years: - 80.0%

Another title that may be settling in, with sales in April nearly identical to those from last month.

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30 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
04/2004: Action Comics #814  --  56,714
04/2009: Action Comics #876  --  43,360
04/2014: Action Comics #30   --  37,809  [39,088]
04/2015: --
04/2016: Action Comics #51   --  32,167
04/2017: Action Comics #977  --  43,865  [44,180]
04/2017: Action Comics #978  --  43,555  [45,302]
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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%) 
02/2019: Action Comics #1008 --  44,084 (+  0.5%)  [44,622]
03/2019: Action Comics #1009 --  43,014 (-  3.6%) 
04/2019: Action Comics #1010 --  42,317 (-  1.6%) 
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6 months: - 30.9%
1 year  : - 91.6%
2 years : -  5.4%
5 years : +  8.3%
10 years: -  2.4%
15 years: - 25.4%

Given that Action is currently running a prelude to Event Leviathan, one has to wonder how big of an impact that series will make sales-wise.

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33 - CATWOMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Catwoman #30   --  24,286 
04/2014: Catwoman #30   --  20,968 
04/2015: -- 
04/2016: Catwoman #51   --  13,150 
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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%)
02/2019: Catwoman #8    --  32,360 (-  8.8%)
03/2019: Catwoman #9    --  43,952 (+ 35.8%)
04/2019: Catwoman #10   --  40,857 (-  7.0%)
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6 months: - 43.4%
5 years : + 94.9%
15 years: + 68.2%

Historically, these are very good sales for a Catwoman solo series. (Of course, the Artgerm variant covers help a lot!)

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37, 40 - FLASH ($3.99)
04/2004: Flash #209 --  47,543  [51,233] 
04/2009: Rebirth #1 -- 102,429 [111,515]
04/2014: Flash #30  --  33,300  [35,798]
04/2015: --
04/2016: Flash #50  --  35,160
04/2017: Flash #20  --  53,828  [53,920]
04/2017: Flash #21  -- 174,803 [194,051]
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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%) [39,099]
02/2019: Flash #64  --  67,712 (+ 76.5%) [69,029]
02/2019: Flash #65  --  60,031 (-  9.7%) [62,360]
03/2019: Flash #66  --  39,144 (- 37.2%) 
03/2019: Flash #67  --  38,520 (-  1.6%) 
04/2019: Flash #68  --  38,064 (-  1.2%) 
04/2019: Flash #69  --  37,484 (-  1.5%) 
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6 months: - 25.8%
1 year  : - 18.1%
2 years : - 69.5%
5 years : +  5.5%
10 years: - 66.1%
15 years: - 26.3%

Now following a standard twice-monthly attrition. At this sales level, DC should begin thinking about switching to monthly. 

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39, 42 - WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Wonder Woman #203 --  30,418
04/2009: Wonder Woman #31  --  31,857
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  --  31,094  [31,669]
04/2015: Wonder Woman #40  --  45,172  [45,457]
04/2016: Wonder Woman #51  --  29,787
04/2017: Wonder Woman #20  --  45,266  [45,393]
04/2017: Wonder Woman #21  --  44,597  [45,004]
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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%) 
02/2019: Wonder Woman #64  --  45,866 (+ 31.2%) 
02/2019: Wonder Woman #65  --  46,007 (+  2.6%) [47,052]
03/2019: Wonder Woman #66  --  35,547 (- 24.5%) 
03/2019: Wonder Woman #67  --  33,665 (+ 16.6%) [41,434]
04/2019: Wonder Woman #68  --  37,676 (-  9.1%) 
04/2019: Wonder Woman #69  --  34,990 (-  7.1%) 
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6 months: - 25.7%
1 year  : +  4.2%
2 years : - 19.6%
5 years : + 14.7%
10 years: + 14.1%
15 years: + 19.4%

Not sure as to the reason for nearly 8K in reorders for issue #67; maybe the Esteban Maroto variant?

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49 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 
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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%)
02/2019: Justice League Dark #8  -- 33,554 (-  6.7%)
03/2019: Justice League Dark #9  -- 31,648 (-  5.7%)
04/2019: Justice League Dark #10 -- 32,439 (+  2.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 40.1%
5 years : + 17.1%

A slight uptick this month; perhaps the Kelley Jones variant?

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52 - YOUNG JUSTICE ($3.99)
01/2019: Young Justice #1  -- 73,952 (+974,2%) [76,654]
02/2019: Young Justice #2  -- 37,081 (- 51.6%)
03/2019: Young Justice #3  -- 33,683 (-  9.2%)
04/2019: Young Justice #4  -- 31,319 (-  7.0%)

I’m really surprised this isn’t doing better, sales-wise.

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60 - HARLEY QUINN ($3.99)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155  [71,478]
04/2015: Harley Quinn #16 --  72,055  [73,976]
04/2016: Harley Quinn #27 --  54,864
04/2017: Harley Quinn #17 --  43,263  [43,364]
04/2017: Harley Quinn #18 --  41,645  [42,128]
--------------------------------------
04/2018: Harley Quinn #41   --  30,229 (-  1.3%) [30,366]
04/2018: Harley Quinn #42   --  30,838 (+  3.4%) [31,407]
05/2018: Harley <3 Joker #1 --  41,247 (+ 31.4%) [41,278]
05/2018: Harley <3 Joker #2 --  37,012 (-  9.6%) [37,309]
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%)
02/2019: Harley Quinn #58   --  36,010 (+ 36.4%)
03/2019: Harley Quinn #59   --  44,298 (+ 23.0%)
04/2019: Harley Quinn #60   --  28,968 (- 34.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.1%
1 year  : -  6.2%
2 years : - 32.2%
5 years : - 59.5%

Lacking the Derrick Chew variants of the past two months, Harley takes a tumble back to her regular sales level.

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62 - BATGIRL ($3.99)
04/2004: Batgirl #51 --  25,793 
04/2014: Batgirl #30 --  32,698  [32,302]
04/2015: --
04/2016: Batgirl #50 --  34,632 
04/2016: Batgirl #51 --  23,280 
04/2017: Batgirl #10 --  24,117 
-------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Batgirl #32 --  29,839 (- 10.4%)
03/2019: Batgirl #33 --  24,034 (- 19.5%)
04/2019: Batgirl #34 --  28,271 (+ 17.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.9%
1 year  : + 60.7%
2 years : + 17.2%
5 years : - 12.5%
15 years: +  9.6%

Joshua Middleton returns to the variant covers.

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70 - TEEN TITANS ($3.99)
04/2004: Teen Titans #10  -- 68,359  
04/2009: Teen Titans #69  -- 35,375
04/2009: Teen Titans #70  -- 35,412
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 
04/2015: --
04/2016: Teen Titans #19  -- 21,989 
04/2017: Teen Titans #7   -- 36,056  [36,655]
-----------------------------------
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%)
01/2019: Teen Titans #26  -- 24,208 (- 11.3%)
02/2019: Teen Titans #27  -- 23,137 (-  4.4%)
03/2019: Teen Titans #28  -- 27,405 (+ 18.4%)
04/2019: Teen Titans #29  -- 27,137 (-  1.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.7%
1 year  : +  3.0%
2 years : - 26.0%
5 years : +  5.6%
10 years: - 23.3%
15 years: - 60.3%



75 - DEATHSTROKE ($3.99)
04/2015: --
04/2016: Deathstroke #17 --  24,858
04/2017: Deathstroke #16 --  23,712 (-  4.2%)
04/2017: Deathstroke #17 --  23,449 (-  1.1%)
-----------------------------------
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%)
01/2019: Deathstroke #39 --  21,442 (- 25.6%)
02/2019: Deathstroke #40 --  19,608 (-  8.6%)
03/2019: Deathstroke #41 --  21,167 (+  8.0%)
04/2019: Deathstroke #42 --  26,054 (+ 23.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.9%
1 year  : - 42.0%
2 years : + 10.5%

Teen Titans & Deathstroke are having a crossover. 

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77 - AQUAMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Aquaman #17 -- 25,691  
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 
04/2015: --
04/2016: Aquaman #51 -- 21,959 
04/2017: Aquaman #20 -- 28,452  [28,562]
04/2017: Aquaman #21 -- 27,837 
------------------------------
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 (- 15.9%) [27,071]
02/2019: Aquaman #45 -- 26,291 (-  1.2%) [26,754]
03/2019: Aquaman #46 -- 24,566 (-  8.2%) 
04/2019: Aquaman #47 -- 25,442 (+  3.6%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 27.6%
1 year  : +  7.8%
2 years : -  9.8%
5 years : - 22.6%
15 years: -  1.0%

Still searching for its post-creative-team-change level—or maybe it’s just the Joshua Middleton variant.

---

80 - RED HOOD: OUTLAW ($3.99)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 -- 21,718 
04/2015: --
04/2016: Red Hood/Arsenal #11   -- 19,711
04/2017: Red Hood & Outlaws #9  -- 26,410 
-----------------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Red Hood: Outlaw #31   -- 19,546 (-  3.5%)
03/2019: Red Hood: Outlaw #32   -- 18,389 (-  5.9%)
04/2019: Red Hood: Outlaw #33   -- 24,706 (+ 34.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.5%
1 year  : -  9.0%
2 years : - 34.1%
5 years : - 17.6%

No idea of a reason for the large sales jump—maybe the Lucio Parrillo variant cover?

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81 - NIGHTWING ($3.99)
04/2004: Nightwing #92  --  29,555
04/2014: --
04/2015: --
04/2016: Grayson #19    --  27,378 
04/2017: Nightwing #18  --  38,858  [39,070]
04/2017: Nightwing #19  --  38,230  [38,675]
----------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Nightwing #57  --  26,845 (+  7.2%)
03/2019: Nightwing #58  --  25,433 (-  5.3%)
04/2019: Nightwing #59  --  24,677 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.5%
1 year  : -  6.4%
2 years : - 36.5%
5 years :    n.a.
15 years: - 16.5%

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86 - 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%)
02/2019: Justice League Odyssey #6  -- 26,248 (-  8.8%)
03/2019: Justice League Odyssey #7  -- 24,378 (-  7.1%)
04/2019: Justice League Odyssey #8  -- 23,493 (-  3.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 50.3%

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91 - TITANS ($3.99)
04/2009: Titans #12           --  36,014
04/2016: Titans Hunt #7 of 8  --  20,079
04/2017: Titans #10           --  40,893  [41,069] 
----------------------------------------
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%) 
02/2019: Titans #34           --  22,928 (-  2.5%) 
03/2019: Titans #35           --  22,088 (-  3.7%) 
04/2019: Titans #36           --  21,451 (-  2.9%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 35.8%
1 year  : - 26.4%
2 years : - 47.8%
10 years: - 40.4%

Final issue, though DC will start a mini-series reprinting the stories from Titans Giant starting in August/

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94 - SUPERGIRL ($3.99)
04/2009: Supergirl #40  --  34,080 
04/2014: Supergirl #30  --  23,410 
04/2017: Supergirl #8   --  23,814 
----------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Supergirl #27  --  19,980 (- 32.3%)
03/2018: Supergirl #28  --  32,370 (+ 62.0%)
04/2018: Supergirl #29  --  19,550 (- 39.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 56.2%
1 year  : - 37.0%
2 years : - 17.9%
5 years : - 16.5%
10 years: - 42.6%

No Artgerm variant cover this month, so back to normal for Supergirl sales. 

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126 - NAOMI ($3.99)
01/2019: Naomi #1 -- 27,777           [38,435]
02/2019: Naomi #2 -- 15,838 (- 44.8%) [21,219]
03/2019: Naomi #3 -- 14,691 (-  6.7%) [19,802]
04/2019: Naomi #4 -- 19,282 (-  2.6%) 

First month sales to retailers on Naomi finally start to catch up to the actual demand from customers.

---

101 - ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS ($3.99)
04/2017: Super Sons #3        -- 44,561  [43,807]
---------------------------------------
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%)
01/2019: Adventures #6 of 12  -- 19,969 (-  4.8%)
02/2019: Adventures #7 of 12  -- 19,570 (-  2.0%)
03/2019: Adventures #8 of 12  -- 19,071 (-  2.5%)
04/2019: Adventures #9 of 12  -- 18,573 (-  2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.1%
1 year  : - 33.7%
2 years : - 57.6%

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103 - HAWKMAN ($3.99)
04/2004: Hawkman #27 -- 28,394
------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Hawkman #9  -- 18,829 (-  6.8%)
03/2019: Hawkman #10 -- 18,269 (-  3.0%)
04/2019: Hawkman #11 -- 18,392 (+  0.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 39.3%
15 years: - 35.2%

---
109 - BATMAN BEYOND ($3.99)
04/2014: Universe #9       -- 13,807 
04/2016: Batman Beyond #11 -- 18,061
04/2017: Batman Beyond #7  -- 24,789 
------------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Batman Beyond #29 -- 16,174 (+  1.0%)
03/2019: Batman Beyond #30 -- 16,427 (+  1.6%)
04/2019: Batman Beyond #31 -- 17,280 (+  5.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.0%
1 year  : +  5.8%
2 years : - 30.3%
5 years : + 25.2%

It’s a veritable Batman Beyond renaissance!

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111 - WONDER TWINS ($3.99)
02/2019: Wonder Twins #1 of 6 -- 27,584           [28,154]
03/2019: Wonder Twins #2 of 6 -- 19,892 (- 29.3%)
04/2019: Wonder Twins #3 of 6 -- 16,951 (- 14.8%)

An expected third-issue percentage drop.

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125 - THE TERRIFICS ($3.99)
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%) 
02/2019: Terrifics #13 -- 15,917 (-  4.4%) 
03/2019: Terrifics #14 -- 15,294 (-  3.9%) 
04/2019: Terrifics #15 -- 14,598 (-  4.6%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 42.9%
1 year  : - 53.1%

Soon to be the last New Age of Heroes title standing. Also, the only NAoH title that did not feature actual new heroes. Coincidence?

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127 - 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 (-  6.2%)
02/2018: Dreaming #6  -- 15,989 (-  6.2%)
03/2018: Dreaming #7  -- 15,046 (-  5.9%)
04/2018: Dreaming #8  -- 14,409 (-  4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 33.2%

The top-selling of the Sandman Universe titles, and also the top-selling non-DCU title for April. 

---

138 - DIAL H FOR HERO ($3.99)
03/2019: Dial H for Hero #1 of 6 -- 21,832 (+ 96.9%)
04/2019: Dial H for Hero #2 of 6 -- 12,896 (- 40.9%)

Not a bad second issue percentage drop, but it was starting amor a fairly low spot to begin with...

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141 - 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%)
02/2019: Freedom Fighters #3 of 12  -- 13,619 (-  3.3%)
03/2019: Freedom Fighters #4 of 12  -- 13,130 (-  3.6%)
04/2019: Freedom Fighters #5 of 12  -- 12,653 (-  3.6%)

Standard attrition by this point is pretty good, but that’s still a lot of attrition to go until issue #12.

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143 - THE BOOKS OF MAGIC (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2018: Books of Magic #1  -- 32,284 (+206.0%) [33,255]
11/2018: Books of Magic #2  -- 18,189 (- 45.3%)
12/2018: --
01/2019: Books of Magic #3  -- 15,886 (- 12.7%)
01/2019: Books of Magic #4  -- 14,581 (-  8.2%)
02/2019: Books of Magic #5  -- 13,864 (-  4.8%)
03/2019: Books of Magic #6  -- 13,177 (-  5.1%)
04/2019: Books of Magic #7  -- 12,524 (-  5.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 62.3%

---

142 - LUCIFER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
04/2004: Lucifer #49 -- 12,846 
04/2016: Lucifer #5  -- 11,049 
04/2017: Lucifer #17 --  6,703 
------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: Lucifer #5  -- 13,413 (-  7.3%)
03/2019: Lucifer #6  -- 12,721 (-  5.2%)
04/2019: Lucifer #7  -- 12,114 (-  4.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 57.9%
2 years : + 80.7%
15 years: -  5.7%

Outpacing the previous Lucifer series; which is something, I guess.

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162 - THE WILD STORM (WildStorm) ($3.99)
04/2017: The Wild Storm #3  -- 30,595  [28,765]
-------------------------------------
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%)
02/2019: The Wild Storm #20 -- 12,312 (-  0.4%)
03/2019: The Wild Storm #21 -- 11,257 (-  8.6%)
04/2019: The Wild Storm #22 -- 11,353 (+  0.9%)
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6 months: - 12.8%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 60.5%

Ending (as planned) with issue #24. to be followed by a new WildCATs series in August.

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166 - FEMALE FURIES ($3.99)
02/2019: Female Furies #1 of 6 -- 26,515
03/2019: Female Furies #2 of 6 -- 13,585 (- 48.8%)
04/2019: Female Furies #3 of 6 -- 10,951 (- 19.4%)

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168 - SCOOBY APOCALYPSE (Hanna-Barbera) ($3.99)
04/2017: Scooby Apocalypse #12 -- 16,492 
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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%)
02/2019: Scooby Apocalypse #34 --  9,959 (-  2.8%)
03/2019: Scooby Apocalypse #35 --  9,878 (-  0.8%)
04/2019: Scooby Apocalypse #36 -- 10,341 (+  4.7%)
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6 months: -  8.8%
1 year  : - 11.7%
2 years : - 37.3%

A bit of a sales lift for the final issue.

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171 - HOUSE OF WHISPERS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
09/2018: House of Whispers #1  -- 28,346           [29,282]
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%)
02/2019: House of Whispers #6  -- 11,566 (-  7.5%)
03/2019: House of Whispers #7  -- 10,874 (-  6.0%)
04/2019: House of Whispers #8  -- 10,155 (-  6.6%)
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6 months: - 39.4%

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179 - 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%) 
02/2019: --
03/2019: Pearl #7      --  9,798 (-  1.9%) 
04/2019: Pearl #8      --  9,412 (-  3.9%) 
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6 months: - 31.6%

Ending with issue #12

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185 - 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%)
02/2019: SS Black Files #4 of 6 -- 10,328 (-  8.8%)
03/2019: SS Black Files #5 of 6 --  9,587 (-  7.2%)
04/2019: SS Black Files #6 of 6 --  9,139 (-  4.7%)

No more Suicide Squad after this month; until we get closer to the next movie, most likely.

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192 - DAMAGE ($3.99)
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%)  
02/2019: Damage #14 --  9,164 (-  8.0%)  
03/2019: Damage #15 --  8,667 (-  5.4%)  
04/2019: Damage #16 --  8,265 (-  4.6%)  
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6 months: - 52.0%
1 year  : - 59.0%

Final issue.

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188 - THE SILENCER ($3.99)
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%)  
02/2019: The Silencer #14 --  8,302 (-  4.4%)  
03/2019: The Silencer #15 --  7,949 (-  4.3%)  
04/2019: The Silencer #16 --  7,901 (-  0.6%)  
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6 months: - 48.8%
1 year  : - 51.1%

Ends with issue #18 in June.

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205 - HIGH LEVEL (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2019: High Level #1  -- 16,824           [17,492]
03/2019: High Level #2  --  8,155 (- 53.4%)
04/2019: High Level #3  --  7,064 (- 13.4%)

Ending with issue #6.

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240 - GODDESS MODE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2018: Goddess Mode #1  -- 17,471 
01/2019: Goddess Mode #2  --  8,116 (- 53.5%) 
02/2019: Goddess Mode #3  --  6,231 (- 23.2%) 
03/2019: Goddess Mode #4  --  5,537 (- 11.1%) 
04/2019: Goddess Mode #5  --  5,176 (-  6.5%) 

Ending with issue #6.

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243 - 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%) 
02/2019: American Carnage #4  --  5,673 (- 13.2%) 
03/2019: American Carnage #5  --  5,350 (-  5.7%) 
04/2019: American Carnage #6  --  5,111 (-  4.5%) 

Ending with issue #9.

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234 - 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%)
02/2019: Electric Warriors #4 of 6 --  5,732 (- 12.4%)
03/2019: Electric Warriors #5 of 6 --  5,172 (-  9.8%)
04/2019: Electric Warriors #6 of 6 --  5,013 (-  3.1%)

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265 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
04/2004: Scooby-Doo #83                -- 5,528
04/2009: Scooby-Doo #143               -- 4,610 
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 
04/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #56 -- ?????  
04/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #68 -- 4,892
04/2017: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #80 -- 4,416     
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04/2018: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #92 -- 4,115 (+  3.4%)    
05/2018: --
06/2018: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #93 -- 4,238 (+  3.0%)    
07/2018: --
08/2018: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #94 -- 4,424 (+  4.4%)    
09/2018: --
10/2018: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #95 -- 4,402 (-  0.5%)    
11/2018: --
12/2018: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #96 -- 4,214 (-  4.3%)    
01/2019: --
02/2019: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #97 -- 4,112 (-  2.4%)    
03/2019: --
04/2019: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #98 -- 4,332 (+  5.4%)    
-----------------
6 months: -  1.6%
1 year  : +  5.3%
2 years : -  1.9%
5 years : -  6.8%
10 years: -  6.0%
15 years: - 21.6%

The lowest-selling new issue from DC in February.

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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
04/2004: 31,332
04/2009: 27,373
04/2014: 29,202 **
04/2015: 38,318 **
04/2016: 23,187 **
04/2017: 32,870 **
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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%) 
02/2019: 29,807 (+  8.3%) 
03/2019: 36,887 (+ 23.8%) 
04/2019: 29,141 (- 21.0%) 
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6 months: - 11.1%
1 year  : -  3.2%
2 years : - 11.3%
5 years : -  0.2%
10 years: +  6.5%
15 years: -  7.0%


DC UNIVERSE
04/2004: 37,031 
04/2009: 38,150 
04/2014: 36,447  
04/2015: 49,845
04/2016: 30,003
04/2017: 41,600
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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%)
02/2019: 34,801 (+  6.0%)
03/2019: 46,190 (+ 32.7%)
04/2019: 34,471 (- 25.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.0%
1 year  : -  8.7%
2 years : - 17.1%
5 years : -  5.4%
10 years: -  9.6%
15 years: -  6.9%


WILDSTORM
04/2004: 16,866 
04/2009:  8,277
04/2017: 30,595
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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%)
02/2019: 12,312 (-  0.4%)
03/2019: 11,257 (-  8.6%)
04/2019: 11,353 (+  0.9%)
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6 months: + 18.6%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 62.9%
10 years: + 37.2%
15 years: - 32.7%


VERTIGO & JINXWORLD
04/2004: 16,427
04/2009: 10,767
04/2014: 11,214  
04/2015:  7,257 **
04/2016:  5,649 **
04/2017:  8,994 **
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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%) 
02/2019: 10,732 (-  0.8%) 
03/2019:  9,739 (-  9.3%) 
04/2019:  9,496 (-  9.3%) 
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6 months: - 44.7%
1 year  : + 27.8%
2 years : +  5.6%
5 years : - 15.3%
10 years: - 11.8%
15 years: - 42.2%

Vertigo average (7 comics): 9,508; Jinxworld average (1 comic): 9,412. 

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DC COMICS - TOTAL SALES
04/2004: 1,911,238
04/2009: 2,162,480
04/2014: 2,073,308 ** 
04/2015: 3,333,697 **  
04/2016: 1,808,582 **  
04/2017: 2,465,239 **  
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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%) 
02/2019: 1,758,617 (- 25.7%) 
03/2019: 2,213,196 (+ 25.8%) 
04/2019: 1,515,307 (- 31.5%) 
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6 months: - 40.8%
1 year  : - 37.9%
2 years : - 38.5%
5 years : - 26.9%
10 years: - 29.9%
15 years: - 20.7%

DC continued its plan to lower their monthly title output in April with just 52 comics—tying their modern-era low from last December (which was effectively a three-week month). 



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: 34,471. Median: 27,137. No.: 41. Total: 1,413,316.

3.0 - Batman Who Laughs
2.6 - Batman (69)
2.5 - Batman (68)
2.3 - Heroes in Crisis
1.9 - Detective Comics (1001)
1.8 - Detective Comics (1002)
1.6 - Justice League (22)
1.6 - Justice League (21)
1.4 - The Green Lantern
1.4 - Superman
1.2 - Action Comics
1.2 - Catwoman
1.1 - Flash (68)
1.1 - Wonder Woman (68)
1.1 - Flash (69)
1.0 - Wonder Woman (69)
0.9 - Justice League Dark
0.9 - Young Justice
0.8 - Harley Quinn
0.8 - Batgirl
0.8 - Teen Titans
0.8 - Deathstroke
0.7 - Aquaman
0.7 - Red Hood Outlaw
0.7 - Nightwing
0.7 - Justice League Odyssey
0.6 - Titans
0.6 - Supergirl
0.6 - Naomi
0.5 - Adventures of the Super Sons
0.5 - Hawkman
0.5 - Batman Beyond
0.5 - Wonder Twins
0.4 - The Terrifics
0.4 - Dial H for Hero
0.4 - Freedom Fighters
0.3 - Female Furies
0.3 - Suicide Squad Black Files
0.2 - Damage
0.2 - The Silencer
0.1 - Electric Warriors


Vertigo & Jinxworld: Average: 9,496. Median: 9,784. No.: 8. Total: 75,965.

1.5 - The Dreaming
1.3 - The Books of Magic
1.3 - Lucifer
1.1 - House of Whispers
1.0 - Pearl
0.7 - High Level 
0.5 - Goddess Mode
0.5 - American Carnage


WildStorm: Average: 11,353. Median: 11,353. No.: 1. Total: 11,353

1.0 - The Wild Storm


Digital First & Other: Average: 7,337. Median: 7,337. No.: 2. Total: 14,673.

1.4 - Scooby Apocalypse
0.6 - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

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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 Sisterhood International Society; 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 June 8, 2019 on Yet Another Comics Blog.


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