Saturday, December 23, 2017

SALES CHARTS: DC Comics for November 2017



Hey, gang, welcome to the sales charts! We’ve got a lot of data to cover, so I won’t give too much of a preamble — just a quick primer from those of you who have not been here before, or else have not seen these charts when I’ve done them for other sites on the web.

The numbers you’ll see below represent sales to comic book stores in the United States for November 2017. In the U.S. there is one distributor who serves all stores, having exclusive deals with all of the major, and most of the minor publishers. That company, Diamond Distributors, does not release actual circulation figures. Nor do the publishers themselves. However, Diamond does release an index each month that compares who every title it shipped sold in relation to that month’s issue of BATMAN. But as it so happens, the good folks at ICv2.com happen to be privy to the actual sales of some titles. So, together with John Jackson Miller of Comichron.com, they use the Diamond Index, together with their own proprietary data, to estimate the sales for all comic books.

Again, it’s important to note that these numbers are for U.S. sales through Diamond only. However, that number is thought to represent about 85-90 percent of all comic book sales for most titles. A few might be released to regular newsstands, sold via channels other than Diamond and/or comic book specialty shops, or released abroad  — mostly to Canada and the United Kingdom. Sales to other countries tend to be product licensed to publishers in those counties, not released by the U.S. publishers themselves.

Now, keep in mind, comics sold to U.S. comic books stores are, for the most part, non-returnable. So what you see here is not actual sales to customers, but orders from stores. Yes, most shops order just what they think they can sell, but a few order above that in order to have copies to sell later on to the back issue market. Meanwhile, sometimes the store owners guess wrong, and copies sit on their shelves, or in discount bins, unsold.

Still, these numbers are useful as they give us, A) a detailed comparative look at how certain titles are selling relative to one another, and B) an idea of the minimum number of issues that can circulate in the marketplace. Toward that end, you will observe that here and there I note that an issue was returnable, i.e. stores were able to return a maximum number of unsold copies to Diamond for refund. In that case, the numbers presented here have been reduced by 10 percent, to account for probable returns — because again, the number we are trying to get at is not really how many copies stores ordered, but how many they retained, so that we, as collectors, might best determine how hard it might be to find that missing issue of BLUE BEETLE, as compared to BATMAN.

Okay, that’s it then. As I’ve said, the numbers come from Comichron.com. All I’ve done is sort them by title. But the commentary, snarky remarks, and helpful hints for how to improve sales — that’s all me.

Oh, one more thing: Each title is listed below with its ranking among all coming books moved by Diamond in November. So, DOOMSDAY CLOCK, for example, was the No. 1 selling comic book for the month. And if a title is listed in bold text with asterisks, one of those copies sold belongs to me.

Oh, and one more “one more thing” — numbers given below for years prior to 1997 are taken, where available, from published statements of ownership and circulation. Back in the day when comic books were more heavily sold vis mail subscriptions, companies had to publish their circulation numbers once per year. Those statements were generally prepared for October 1 of the given year, and the number provided below is the yearly average for the preceding 12 months. The issue number given is the one on-sale just before October 1, to give an idea of which 12 issues (or fewer, if not released on a monthly schedule) we are talking about. Numbers after 1997 are calculated by Miller.

And away we go . . .



1. **DOOMSDAY CLOCK** ($4.99)
11/17 001 Doomsday Clock #1* — 238,643

COMMENTARY — 12-issue limited series. Sales for this were divided almost equally between the regular cover (119,412 units) and the special lenticular cover, at $1 more  (119,231 units). I got the regular cover. I would say that DC must be pretty pleased with this. I am. I had expected this series to be junk and only ordered it out of a sense of fanboy obligation (with plans of snarking the hell out of it online). But, as it turns out, I enjoyed this book immensely!



3. THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS($3.99) [OS]
11/17 003 Batman Who Laughs #1 — 105,183

COMMENTARY — A one-shot DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in, advance solicited with the October books. Over 100k, who can complain?



4. BATMAN LOST($4.99) [OS]
11/17 004 Batman Lost #1 — 101,267

COMMENTARY — Also, a one-shot DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in, advance solicited with the October books. Also, over 100k. It’s worth noting here that only three titles in the entire comic book industry move more than 100,000 copies in November — the three you’ve just seen.



5. BATMAN ($2.99)
1962: Batman #151 — 410,000
1967: Batman #196 — 805,700 (+96.3%)
1972: Batman #245 — 185,283 (–77.0%)
1977: Batman #294 — 150,853 (–18.6%)
1982: Batman #354 — 108,234 (–28.3%)
1987: Batman #415 — 193,000 (+78.3%)
1992: Batman #486 — ???
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11/97 033 Batman #550 —  71,392 
11/02 006 Batman #609 — 101,681 (+42.4%)
11/07 013 Batman #671 —  76,736 (–24.5%)
11/12 002 Batman  #14 — 159,729 (+108.2%)
11/13 001 Batman  #25 — 125,602 (–21.4%)
11/14 003 Batman  #36 — 115,183 (–8.3%)
11/15 013 Batman  #46 — 106,989 (–7.1%)
11/16 002 Batman  #11 — 116,690 (+9.1%)
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12/16 004 Batman #12 — 111,391 (–4.5%)
12/16 005 Batman #13 — 108,407 (-2.7%)
01/17 002 Batman #14 — 106,816 (–1.5%)
01/17 003 Batman #15 — 102,802 (-3.8%)
02/17 002 Batman #16 — 102,096 (-0.7%)
02/17 003 Batman #17 —  99,637 (–2.4%)
03/17 003 Batman #18 —  98,100 (–1.4%)
03/17 004 Batman #19 —  97,501 (-0.6%)
04/17 006 Batman #20 —  97,544 (+0.04%)
04/17 002 Batman #21 — 219,472 (+125.0%)
05/17 003 Batman #22 — 186,914 (–14.8%)
05/17 007 Batman #23 —  96,542 (–48.3%)
06/17 004 Batman #24 — 116,037 (+20.2%)
06/17 006 Batman #25 — 102,798 (–11.4%)
07/17 003 Batman #26 — 107,071 (+4.2%)
07/17 004 Batman #27 — 102,335 (-4.4%)
08/17 002 Batman #28 — 104,666 (+2.3%)
08/17 003 Batman #29 — 100,787 (-3.7%)
09/17 004 Batman #30 — 100,083 (–0.7%)
09/17 005 Batman #31 —  98,594 (–1.5%)
10/17 004 Batman #32 — 108,945 (+10.5%)
10/17 005 Batman #33 —  97,839 (–10.2%)
11/17 006 Batman #34 —  96,676 (–1.2%)
11/17 005 Batman #35 —  97,459 (+0.8%)
11/17 009 Batman Annual #2 — 75,928

06 mos: +00.9%
01  yr: –16.5%
02 yrs: –08.9%
05 yrs:­ –39.0%
10 yrs: +27.0%
15 yrs: –04.1%
20 yrs: +36.5%

COMMENARY — The numbers for #21-22 above include special lenticular covers. FWIW, the 1997 numbers for #550 also include a special collectors’ edition format.

Sales have bounced around a bit of late but otherwise appear to have settled solidly just below 100k. Once upon a time, Batman editor Jack Schiff vetoed having Batman appear as a regular member of the JLA for fear of over-exposing the character and driving-down sales. With DARK NIGHTS: METAL and its 1,001 special tie-in books, could that be at least some of what is happening here? Maybe not, as the title has limboed under the 100k line at other times during the past year. Still, if I was the one counting beans at DC, I’d tend to ask myself just how much Batman the market can bear.

HINTS TO FIX — First off, a fix that’d I’d apply line-wide, so this will apply to all titles “fixed” below — if Diane Nelson were ever to fire Mssrs. DiDio & Lee and appoint me in their stead, I would, 1) lay off the glossy pages and fancy coloring, saving that for collected editions, and return to some lower grade of paper, if not actual newsprint. 2) Because the goal is to not only hold the line at $2.99, but to get most comics at or under $1.99, I’d make a deal with the big retailers like Walmart, Target, etc., and even some of the larger grocery chains, to carry books featuring DC’s best known characters and other high profile titles. It doesn’t matter if I make no money on books sold through these outlets, the goal is to boost circulation to a point where DC Comics once again become attractive to advertisers. 3) Along that line, I’d enter into a subscription service deal with Amazon, having that company offer DC comics mailed on a per issue, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. 4) With sales channels secured, I’d go hard after advertisers.

With all of that in place, what do I do with BATMAN? That’s where I land Brian Michael Bendis, who has recently defected from Marvel, preferably with Alan Davis on the art chores.



7. BATMAN THE DEVASTATOR($3.99) [OS]
11/17 007 Batman Devastator #1 — 94,496

COMMENTARY — Also one-shot DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in, advance solicited with the October books. But this one fell below 100k. It didn’t have Scott Snyber or Joker buzz to sell it, so the result is to be expected, I guess.



11. JUSTICE LEAGUE ($2.99)
1962: JLA  #15 — 340,000
1967: JLA  #58 — 385,300 (+13.3%)
1972: JLA #102 — ???
1977: JLA #149 — ???
1982: JLA #209 — ???
1987: JL International #9 — ???
1992: JL America #68 — ???
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11/97 007 JLA #14            — 111,425 
11/02 017 JLA #75              67,984 (–39.0%)
10/07 003 JLA #14            — 101,656 (+49.5%)
11/12 009 Justice League #14 — 113,094 (+11.3%)
10/13 006 Justice League #24 —  98,491 (–12.1%)
11/14 010 Justice League #36 —  74,796 (–24.1%)
10/15 020 Justice League #45 —  77,192 (+3.2%)
11/16 013 Justice League #09 —  77,905 (+0.9%)
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12/16 014 Justice League #10 — 73,652 (–5.5%)
12/16 015 Justice League #11 — 71,527 (-2.9%)
01/17 010 Justice League #12 — 72,598 (+1.5%)
01/17 015 Justice League #13 — 70,437 (-3.0%)
02/17 010 Justice League #14 — 65,458 (-7.1%)
02/17 011 Justice League #15 — 64,230 (–1.9%)
03/17 011 Justice League #16 — 62,515 (–2.7%)
03/17 012 Justice League #17 — 61,165 (-2.2%)
04/17 017 Justice League #18 — 58,737 (–4.0%)
04/17 020 Justice League #19 — 57,647 (+1.9%)
05/17 021 Justice League #20 — 56,119 (–2.7%)
05/17 022 Justice League #21 — 55,351 (–1.4%)
06/17 023 Justice League #22 — 54,047 (–2.4%)
06/17 024 Justice League #23 — 53,283 (–1.4%)
07/17 021 Justice League #24 — 52,700 (­–1.1%)
07/17 022 Justice League #25 — 51,507 (-2.3%)
08/17 023 Justice League #26 — 51,048 (–0.9%)
08/17 025 Justice League #27 — 50,023 (-2.0%)
09/17 032 Justice League #28 — 49,298 (–1.4%)
09/17 035 Justice League #29 — 48,425 (–1.8%)
10/17 040 Justice League #30 — 48,477 (+0.1%)
10/17 042 Justice League #31 — 47,541 (–1.9%)
11/17 011 Justice League #32 — 73,839 (+55.3%)
11/17 012 Justice League #33 — 71,769 (–2.8%)

06 mos: +29.7%
01  yr: –07.9%
02 yrs: –07.0%
05 yrs:­ –36.5%
10 yrs: –29.4%
15 yrs: +05.6%
20 yrs: –35.6%

COMMENTARY — Both November issues were DARK NIGHTS” METAL tie-ins, thus the predictable jump, which throws off the long-term averages just above. Still, I think we can predict with even greater accuracy that numbers sill return afterward to sales below where they would have been before the spike, as that tends to be the trend with numbers boosted by gmmicks and crossovers. FWIW, I started buying this book with the “Timeless” storyline, because of a Legion of Super-Heroes cameo that promised to be more than a cameo (it wasn’t), and dropped it with the METAL tie-ins.

HINTS TO FIX — My all-time favorite run of JLA was the era of the 60¢ giants. So, while I just told you the regular DCU line needs to get cheaper, this would be my exception to prove the rule, although, with my other “fixes,” that would make this a 56-page book for roughly same money or less as the standard Marvel title. I’d also bring back the ‘70s “of American” logo, the classic satellite HQ, and boot cyborg’s ass back to the Titans. I’d also minimize the title’s connection to the continuity of other books and what goes on there — the JLA is all your favorite super-heroes together, after all, not all your favorite civilian identities — and allow writers to bring in different characters JUSTICE LEGUE UNLIMITED style, as needed for a given story. Since I’d put Bendis on Batman, this is where I would move Tom King, as he deserves a high profile book.



13. **BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT**($3.99)
10/17 010 Batman White Knight #1 — 86,791
11/17 013 Batman White Knight #2 — 69,668 (–19.7%)

COMMENTARY — 7-issue limited series. That is actually not all that bad of a second-issue drop. Generally, we can expect retailers to come in for a #2 at about 70-75 percent of their order for the debut issue. The true test, however, is always issue numbers 3 and 4, as that’s when retailers are placing orders not on guesswork of customer demand, but based on actual traffic at the cash register. FWIW, I had skipped this book initially, but bought in later after learning the artists lives in Portland, Maine, and was using the city as a model for certain parts of Gotham. Turns out the series is pretty good.



19. HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS($2.99)
1987 unknown
1992 ---
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11/97 ---
11/02 ---
11/07 029 GL Corps #18 — 55,818
11/12 045 GL Corps #14 — 49,549 (–11.2%)
11/13 049 GL Corps #25 — 38,369 (–22.8%)
11/14 068 GL Corps #36 — 34,109 (–10.9%)
11/15 ---
11/16 055 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #09 — 43,485 (+27.5%)
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12/16 054 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #10 — 41,234 (–5.2%)
12/16 057 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #11 — 40,111 (-2.7%)
01/17 060 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #12 — 39,148 (–2.4%)
01/17 063 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #13 — 38,053 (-2.8%)
02/17 052 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #14 — 37,504 (-1.4%)
02/17 057 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #15 — 36,331 (–3.1%)
03/17 058 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #16 — 35,996 (–0.9%)
03/17 061 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #17 — 35,205 (-2.2%)
04/17 059 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #18 — 34,507 (–2.0%)
04/17 061 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #19 — 34,140 (–1.1%)
05/17 067 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #20 — 33,721 (–1.2%)
05/17 068 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #21 — 33,259 (–1.4%)
06/17 066 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #22 — 33,116 (–0.4%)
06/17 069 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #23 — 32,517 (–1.8%)
07/17 063 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #24 — 32,210 (­–0.9%)
07/17 065 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #25 — 31,838 (-1.2%)
08/17 068 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #26 — 31,481 (–1.1%)
08/17 069 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #27 — 31,251 (-0.7%)
09/17 077 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #28 — 30,911 (–1.1%)
09/17 079 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #29 — 30,864 (–0.2%)
10/17 081 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #30 — 31,268 (+1.3%)
10/17 083 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #31 — 30,586 (–2.2%)
11/17 019 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #32 — 57,000 (+86.4%)
11/17 059 Hal Jordan/GL Corps #33 — 33,624 (–41.0%)

06 mos: +01.1%
01  yr: –22.7%
02 yrs: –--
05 yrs:­ –32.1%
10 yrs: –39.8%

COMMENTARY — #32 was a DARK NIGHT: METAL tie-in, while #33 was not, with predictable results. Otherwise this book had been in what we call “standard attrition” — regular monthly losses of 2 percent, or less (hopefully less). So, it’s a fairly stable, if unspectacular book.

HINTS TO FIX — My problem with GLs is that their rings are just too damn powerful. Someone would have to be a real Brainiac, I’d think, to imagine and hold in their mind the image of most of the constructs these dudes come up with, especially ones that come with moving parts. It also amuses me how aliens always seem to make constructs recognizable to Earth culture. You’d think some stuff they’d make would ‘cause you, me, and Dupree to exclaim, “WTF is that?!?” Still, overall, it’s just not much fun if GLs can do absolutely anything. 

So, I’d seriously depower the rings, to, like, just force blasts, with only a few GLs of exceptional willpower able to make constructs, and only 1 in 100 able to make detailed ones with internal and moving parts. 

Also, I’d change the vibe a bit. To my mind, THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS (take Hal's name off the logo) should be akin toHILL STREET BLUES . . . in Space.” So, since DC is out in Hollywood land now anyway, I’d get in touch with the Screen Writer’s Guild and solicit its help in contacting writers who worked on Hill Street, Fargo, The Shield, NYPD Blue, The Wire, True Detectives, and things like that, and, say, “Okay, pitch me your best police story, only in space.” And then I’d sell the hell out of that concept in the fan press.



20. DETECTIVE COMICS ($2.99)
1962 Detective #309 — 265,000
1967 Detective #369 — 425,700 (+60.6%)
1972 Detective #429 — ???
1977 Detective #474 — ???
1982 Detective #521 — ???
1987 Detective #581 — ???
1992 Detective #651 — ???
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11/97 042 Detective #717 — 48,326 
11/02 025 Detective #776 — 42,279 (–12.5%)
11/07 026 Detective #838 — 60,246 (+42.5%)
11/12 014 Detective #14  — 74,560 (+23.8%)
11/13 017 Detective #25  — 64,392 (–13.6%)
11/14 020 Detective #36  — 58,171 (–9.7%)
11/15 043 Detective #46  — 47,256 (–18.8%)
11/16 019 Detective #945 — 69,942 (+48.0%)
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12/16 017 Detective #946 — 66,374 (–5.1%)
12/16 018 Detective #947 — 65,090 (-1.9%)
01/17 016 Detective #948 — 64,090 (–1.5%)
01/17 019 Detective #949 — 61,543 (-4.0%)
02/17 012 Detective #950 — 62,628 (+1.8%)
02/17 014 Detective #951 — 59,630 (–4.8%)
03/17 014 Detective #952 — 59,722 (+0.2%)
03/17 015 Detective #953 — 59,160 (-0.9%)
04/17 018 Detective #954 — 58,187 (–1.6%)
04/17 019 Detective #955 — 57,666 (–0.9%)
05/17 019 Detective #956 — 57,178 (–0.8%)
05/17 020 Detective #957 — 56,344 (–1.5%)
06/17 018 Detective #958 — 56,226 (–0.2%)
06/17 019 Detective #959 — 55,449 (–1.4%)
07/17 015 Detective #960 — 55,074 (–0.7%)
07/17 016 Detective #961 — 54,407 (-1.2%)
08/17 017 Detective #962 — 54,259 (–0.3%)
08/17 020 Detective #963 — 52,975 (-2.4%)
09/17 024 Detective #964 — 53,552 (+1.1%)
09/17 021 Detective #965 — 57,102 (+6.6%)
10/17 026 Detective #966 — 56,801 (–0.5%)
10/17 030 Detective #967 — 55,556 (–2.2%)
11/17 020 Detective #968 — 56,948 (+2.5%)
11/17 028 Detective #969 — 52,855 (–7.2%)

06 mos: –06.2%
01  yr: –24.4%
02 yrs: +11.8%
05 yrs:­ –29.1%
10 yrs: –12.3%
15 yrs: +25.0%
20 yrs: +09.4%

COMMENTARY — #968 featured the return of Tim Drake, hence the drop-off now that that long tease is over. Otherwise, this title has been relatively stable over the past year.

HINTS TO FIX — When I ask myself, who is the best team doing crime stories in comics today, there’s really only one answer: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, currently working on KILL OR BE KILLED for Image. I’d stop at nothing to get them on Detective.

If we follow the same format suggested for ACTION COMICS, below, I'd also fold in Batwoman and/or Batgirl, include a "Batman Black & White" story, and a Sunday comics center spread rotating Bat-Mite, Bat Hound, Bat Cow, Detective Chimp, and the like.



21. **ACTION COMICS** ($2.99)
1962: Action #294 — 435,000
1967: Action #356 — 420,900 (–3.2%)
1972: Action #418 — ???
1977: Action #478 — ???
1982: Action #538 — ???
1987: Action #595 — ???
1992: Action #682 — ???
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11/97 035 Action #741 — 57,089 
11/02 055 Action #797 — 33,412 (–41.5%)
11/07 030 Action #859 — 54,552 (+63.3%)
11/12 024 Action #14  — 64,341 (+17.9%)
11/13 029 Action #25  — 46,550 (–27.7%)
11/14 044 Action #36  — 41,835 (–10.1%)
11/15 070 Action #46  — 35,569 (–15.0%)
11/16 048 Action #968 — 48,931 (+37.6%)
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12/16 044 Action #969 — 46,573 (–4.8%)
12/16 045 Action #970 — 45,856 (-1.5%)
01/17 043 Action #971 — 44,894 (–2.1%)
01/17 048 Action #972 — 43,110 (-4.0%)
02/17 035 Action #973 — 43,047 (–0.1%)
02/17 038 Action #974 — 41,712 (–3.1%)
03/17 028 Action #975 — 47,382 (+13.6%)
03/17 031 Action #976 — 46,846 (-1.1%)
04/17 034 Action #977 — 43,865 (–6.4%)
04/17 035 Action #978 — 43,555 (–0.7%)
05/17 039 Action #979 — 43,336 (–0.5%)
05/17 040 Action #980 — 42,811 (–1.2%)
06/17 042 Action #981 — 42,520 (–0.7%)
06/17 043 Action #982 — 41,799 (–1.7%)
07/17 034 Action #983 — 41,764 (–0.1%)
07/17 036 Action #984 — 40,957 (-1.9%)
08/17 039 Action #985 — 41,014 (+0.1%)
08/17 040 Action #986 — 40,607 (-1.0%)
09/17 010 Action #987 — 96,897 (+138.6%)
09/17 012 Action #988 — 91,303 (–5.8%)
10/17 021 Action #989 — 88,083 (–2.7%)
10/17 024 Action #990 — 80,955 (–8.8%)
11/17 021 Action #991 — 78,710 (–2.8%)
11/17 039 Action #992 — 41,955 (–46.7%)

06 mos: –02.0%
01  yr: –14.3%
02 yrs: +18.0%
05 yrs:­ –34.8%
10 yrs: –23.1%
15 yrs: +25.6%
20 yrs: –26.5%


COMMENTARY — Issues #987-991 came out in regular and lenticular over options, the latter for $1 more. The sales chart position is for the better selling special cover, although the sales of both editions have been added together. For example, #991 moved 21,762 units of the regular cover, which landed at #104 of the charts, while the No. 21 spot was captured by the lenticular cover, which moved 56,948 units. #992 had no special cover, hence the precipitous drop.

HINTS TO FIX — Action, I think, needs to be an anthology comic. I’d get whomever I can that’s as close to the Alan Moore/Chris Sprouse Tom Strong team as possible, for the same kind of way-out Weisinger-style world-building on a main Superman feature, add a Superboy (Jon-El back-up feature), include a “Superman Black and White” elseworld stories by a rotating cast of name creators, and add a Sunday funnies style center spread, featuring Krypto, Beppo, Bibbo, Bizarro, “Silver Age” Jimmy Olsen, and other similar characters, all in a 64-page package for as low a cover price as can possibly be managed. If this format proves popular, I’d repeat it with DETECTIVE, and revive SENSATION (Wonder Woman + DC chicks), ADVENTURE (Legion), ALL-AMERICAN (GLs), and FLASH (Flash, natch).



30. THE FLASH ($2.99)
1962: Flash #132 — 270,000
1967: Flash #174 — 267,000 (–1.1%)
1972: Flash #218 — ???
1977: Flash #256 — ???
1982: Flash #316 — ???
1987: Flash #008 — ???
1992: Flash #70  — ???
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11/97 053 Flash #133 — 42,616 
11/02 070 Flash #192 — 30,809 (–27.7%)
11/07 044 Flash #234 — 46,418 (+50.7%)
11/12 049 Flash #14  — 48,012 (+03.4%)
11/13 036 Flash #25  — 41,838 (–12.9%)
11/14 051 Flash #36  — 38,145 (–08.8%)
11/15 067 Flash #46  — 36,153 (–05.2%)
11/16 028 Flash #11  — 68,304 (+88.9%)
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12/16 020 Flash #12 — 64,476 (–5.6%)
12/16 024 Flash #13 — 62,800 (-2.6%)
01/17 020 Flash #14 — 60,732 (–3.3%)
01/17 022 Flash #15 — 58,402 (-3.8%)
02/17 015 Flash #16 — 57,039 (–2.3%)
02/17 018 Flash #17 — 55,234 (–3.2%)
03/17 018 Flash #18 — 54,959 (–0.5%)
03/17 020 Flash #19 — 53,918 (-1.9%)
04/17 025 Flash #20 — 53,828 (–0.2%)
04/17 005 Flash #21 — 174,803 (+224.7%)
05/17 004 Flash #22 — 163,767 (–6.3%)
05/17 023 Flash #23 — 54,640 (–66.6%)
06/17 022 Flash #24 — 54,275 (–0.7%)
06/17 021 Flash #25 — 54,632 (+0.6%)
07/17 018 Flash #26 — 54,237 (–0.7%)
07/17 019 Flash #27 — 53,806 (-0.8%)
08/17 019 Flash #28 — 54,076 (+0.5%)
08/17 020 Flash #29 — 52,819 (-2.3%)
09/17 025 Flash #30 — 52,905 (+0.2%)
09/17 027 Flash #31 — 52,412 (–0.9%)
10/17 035 Flash #32 — 51,775 (–1.2%)
10/17 018 Flash #33 — 69,679 (+34.6%)
11/17 030 Flash #34 — 50,364 (–27.75)
11/17 032 Flash #35 — 48,496 (–3.7%)

06 mos: –11.2%
01  yr: –29.0%
02 yrs: +34.1%
05 yrs:­ +01.0%
10 yrs: +04.5%
15 yrs: +57.4%
20 yrs: +13.8%

COMMENTARY — #21 was a Batman cross-over (with the first hint of Watchmen in the DCU) that moved 67,766 copies of the regular cover (placing No. 11 for the month) and 107,037 in the special lenticular cover version. The same cover and basic sales break-down applied to #22, as well. #33 was a DARK NIGHT: METAL cross-over. And, for what it’s worth, that’s where I bailed on the title. Still, despite my defection, the book is not doing all that badly, comparatively, even if it has dropped down the charts recently. It’s still posting some of the best numbers across the DCU compared to its historical track record. So, that’s an argument to leave this one be for now.

HINTS TO FIX — Still, I think it’s time to give up the ghost, have Superboy-Prime punch the universe, or whatever, and make this title more closely conform to its television continuity. I’d offer the book to Phil Jimenez to write and draw (since he did such a fantastic job with the CRISIS ON EARTH-X poster), with a co-writer able to punch up the humor without getting too bwa-ha-ha.



35. SUPERMAN ($2.99)
1962: Superman #157 — 740,000
1967: Superman #201 — 649,300 (–12.3%)
1972: Superman #258 — 317,990 (–51.0%)
1977: Superman #318 — 235,430 (–26.0%)
1982: Superman #378 — 140,006 (–40.5%)
1987: Advs. Superman #436 — 161,850 (+15.6%)
1992: Advs. Superman #496 – ???
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11/97 032 Superman #131 — 57,876 
11/02 045 Superman #188 — 36,107 (–37.6%)
11/07 040 Superman #670 — 48,490 (–34.3%)
11/12 041 Superman #14 —  52,572 (+08.4%)
11/13 044 Superman #25 —  39,295 (–25.3%)
11/14 025 Superman #36 —  52,272 (+33.0%)
11/15 055 Superman #46 —  41,657 (–20.3%)
11/16 022 Superman #11 —  63,686 (+52.9%)
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12/16 026 Superman #12 — 60,992 (–4.2%)
12/16 028 Superman #13 — 59,393 (-2.6%)
01/17 021 Superman #14 — 60,409 (+1.7%)
01/17 023 Superman #15 — 57,412 (-5.0%)
02/17 017 Superman #16 — 56,105 (-2.2%)
02/17 019 Superman #17 — 54,561 (–2.8%)
03/17 016 Superman #18 — 57,879 (+6.1%)
03/17 017 Superman #19 — 56,439 (-2.5%)
04/17 026 Superman #20 — 53,373 (–5.4%)
04/17 028 Superman #21 — 51,373 (–3.7%)
05/17 025 Superman #22 — 51,938 (+1.1%)
05/17 028 Superman #23 — 51,264 (–1.3%)
06/17 028 Superman #24 — 50,762 (–1.0%)
06/17 027 Superman #25 — 50,873 (+0.2%)
07/17 023 Superman #26 — 50,173 (–1.4%)
07/17 025 Superman #27 — 48,953 (-2.4%)
08/17 027 Superman #28 — 48,922 (–0.06%)
08/17 026 Superman #29 — 49,294 (+0.8)
09/17 036 Superman #30 — 47,664 (–3.3%)
09/17 037 Superman #31 — 46,868 (–1.7%)
10/17 044 Superman #32 — 46,571 (–0.6%)
10/17 045 Superman #33 — 45,544 (–2.2%)
11/17 035 Superman #34 — 47,844 (+5.1%)
11/17 036 Superman #35 — 45,447 (–5.0%)

06 mos: –11.3%
01  yr: –28.6%
02 yrs: +09.1%
05 yrs:­ –13.6%
10 yrs: –06.3%
15 yrs: +25.7%
20 yrs: –21.5%

COMMENTARY — Standard attrition for the most part. Still, one might expect better of the greatest hero of them all, especially as he closes in on his 80th birthday.

HINTS TO FIX — I’d want to give the book to someone like Mark Waid, who really gets what makes Superman special. And I’d pick an artist as much like Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez as possibly, up to and including JLGL himself.



40. **WONDER WOMAN** ($2.99)
1962: Wonder Woman #134 — 215,000
1967: Wonder Woman #173 — 175,000 (–18.6%)
1972: Wonder Woman #203 — 133,918 (–23.5%)
1977: Wonder Woman #238 — 151,954 (+13.5%)
1982: Wonder Woman #298 —  96,198 (–36.7%)
1987: Wonder Woman #12  — 118,550 (+23.2%)
1992: Wonder Woman #68  – ???
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11/97 064 Wonder Woman #129 — 38,552 
11/02 087 Wonder Woman #187 — 25,685 (–33.4%)
11/07 035 Wonder Woman #14  — 53,071 (+106.6%)
11/12 054 Wonder Woman #14 —  42,384 (–20.1%)
11/13 060 Wonder Woman #25 —  33,532 (–20.9%)
11/14 018 Wonder Woman #36 —  58,965 (+75.8%)
11/15 074 Wonder Woman #46 —  34,042 (–42.3%)
11/16 030 Wonder Woman #11 —  58,692 (+72.4%)
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12/16 032 Wonder Woman #12 — 55,639 (-5.2%)
12/16 033 Wonder Woman #13 — 54,589 (-1.9%)
01/17 029 Wonder Woman #14 — 52,784 (–3.3%)
01/17 030 Wonder Woman #15 — 50,978 (-3.4%)
02/17 022 Wonder Woman #16 — 49,921 (-2.1%)
02/17 026 Wonder Woman #17 — 48,662 (–2.5%)
03/17 026 Wonder Woman #18 — 47,484 (–2.4%)
03/17 032 Wonder Woman #19 — 46,745 (-1.6%)
04/17 030 Wonder Woman #20 — 45,266 (–3.2%)
04/17 032 Wonder Woman #21 — 44,597 (–1.5%)
05/17 035 Wonder Woman #22 — 44,114 (–1.1%)
05/17 037 Wonder Woman #23 — 43,704 (–0.9%)
06/17 038 Wonder Woman #24 — 43,371 (–0.8%)
06/17 037 Wonder Woman #25 — 44,106 (+1.7%)
07/17 029 Wonder Woman #26 — 43,042 (–2.4%)
07/17 030 Wonder Woman #27 — 42,371 (-1.6%)
08/17 032 Wonder Woman #28 — 41,837 (–1.3%)
08/17 038 Wonder Woman #29 — 41,077 (–1.8)
09/17 049 Wonder Woman #30 — 40,955 (–0.3%)
09/17 046 Wonder Woman #31 — 41,647 (+1.7%)
10/17 056 Wonder Woman #32 — 39,694 (–4.7%)
10/17 053 Wonder Woman #33 — 39,920 (+0.6%)
11/17 040 Wonder Woman #34 — 41,185 (+3.2%)
11/17 045 Wonder Woman #35 — 38,637 (–6.2%)

06 mos: –11.6%
01  yr: –34.2%
02 yrs: +13.5%
05 yrs:­ –08.8%
10 yrs: –27.2%
15 yrs: +50.4%
20 yrs: +00.2%

COMMENTARY — #34’s bump was probably due to the revelation of Wonder Woman’s brother, but, as often happens, things settled right back to where they would have been anyway given the attrition trend line, or lower.

HINTS TO FIX — I am enjoying the current storyline, so, I’m not exactly clamoring to swap out creative teams. Still, I might put James Robinson on something hipper, and, if I could poach Jason Aaron from Marvel, I’d put him here, based on the outstanding work he’s done with the godly pantheon there. Given how much I enjoyed his DOCTOR STRANGE, I’d also add a new Zatanna series to Aaron’s DC plate.



43. **MISTER MIRACLE** ($3.99)
08/17 043 Mister Miracle #1 — 48,175
09/17 043 Mister Miracle #2 — 41,575 (–13.7%)
10/17 051 Mister Miracle #3 — 40,488 (–2.6%)
11/17 043 Mister Miracle #4 — 39,202 (–3.2%)

COMMENTARY — 12-issue limited series. The numbers for the first issue include 14,682 in reorders delivered in September, marking an extremely rare occurrence in the modern comics industry. Thus, rather than the usual 30 percent decline for a #2, MISTER MIRACLE actually enjoyed a 24.1 percent increase from the initial orders of 33,493.

HINTS TO FIX — None needed, but if the numbers are not a fluke and hold throughout the series, I’d be inclined to let writer Tom King try his hand at something else from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World oeuvre. The All-New, All-Different New Gods, anyone?



52. BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT ($5.99)
11/17 052 Batman Creature/Night #1 — 35,347

COMMENTARY — 4-issue limited series. It lands much lower than I might have expected. Perhaps a victim of the overexposure fear I mentioned earlier?



53. HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/02 114 Harley Quinn #26 — 19,970
11/07 ---
11/12 ---
11/13 002 Harley Quinn #0  — 114,212
11/14 012 Harley Quinn #12 — 71,245 (–37.6%)
11/15 031 Harley Quinn #22 — 58,344 (–18.1%)
11/16 037 Harley Quinn #08 — 54,111 (–7.3%)
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12/16 038 Harley Quinn #09 — 49,871 (–7.8%)
12/16 041 Harley Quinn #10 — 48,380 (-3.0%)
01/17 034 Harley Quinn #11 — 47,308 (–2.2%)
01/17 041 Harley Quinn #12 — 45,599 (-3.6%)
02/17 029 Harley Quinn #13 — 45,400 (-0.4%)
02/17 032 Harley Quinn #14 — 43,798 (–3.5%)
03/17 039 Harley Quinn #15 — 43,264 (–1.2%)
03/17 041 Harley Quinn #16 — 42,767 (-1.1%)
04/17 037 Harley Quinn #17 — 43,263 (+1.2%)
04/17 040 Harley Quinn #18 — 41,645 (–3.7%)
05/17 043 Harley Quinn #19 — 41,552 (–0.2%)
05/17 045 Harley Quinn #20 — 40,596 (–2.3%)
06/17 045 Harley Quinn #21 — 40,272 (–0.8%)
06/17 047 Harley Quinn #22 — 39,389 (–2.2%)
07/17 038 Harley Quinn #23 — 39,480 (+0.2%)
07/17 043 Harley Quinn #24 — 38,124 (-3.4%)
08/17 044 Harley Quinn #25 — 39,093 (+2.5%)
08/17 049 Harley Quinn #26 — 37,134 (–5.0%)
09/17 053 Harley Quinn #27 — 37,087 (–0.1%)
09/17 056 Harley Quinn #28 — 36,193 (–2.4%)
10/17 063 Harley Quinn #29 — 36,113 (–0.2%)
10/17 059 Harley Quinn #30 — 38,403 (+6.3%)
11/17 053 Harley Quinn #31 — 34,688 (­–9.7%)
11/17 055 Harley Quinn #32 — 34,366 (–0.9%)

06 mos: –15.3%
01  yr: –36.5%
02 yrs: –41.1%
05 yrs:­  –--
10 yrs:  –--
15 yrs: +72.1%
20 yrs:  ---

COMMENTARY — It seems that all of the steam has gone out of the Harley sensation. I think it’s fair to say most of the attraction was actually a perfect pairing of character with artist (Amanda Connor). This has got a ways to fall before getting too panicky, but it may be time to start thinking about new creative teams and/or direction.

HINTS TO FIX — Given the real-world news of late, I might consider giving Harley a new target, having her go after sexual predators and other ill-behaving bad men. Not to move too hard in the SJW direction, but Harley could easily become DC’s high-profile #MeToo title. This may seem a way-out idea, but I’d invite Rose McGowan to write the book. And Jesus, get Amanda Connor back on the title, too, whatever it takes!



56. SUPERGIRL ($3.99)
1972: Supergirl #1 — ???
1977: ---
1982: Daring New Advs. Supergirl #2 — ???
1987: ---
1992: ---
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11/97 056 Supergirl #17 — 41,792 
11/02 110 Supergirl #76 — 21,109 (–49.5%)
11/07 046 Supergirl #23 — 45,443 (+115.3%)
11/12 073 Supergirl #14 — 31,270 (–31.2%)
11/13 088 Supergirl #25 — 25,377 (–18.8%)
11/14 085 Supergirl #36 — 28,373 (+11.8%)
11/15 ---
11/16 075 Supergirl #3  — 37,316
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12/16 092 Supergirl #4  — 31,040 (–16.8%)
01/17 096 Supergirl #5  — 27,749 (–10.6%)
02/17 092 Supergirl #6  — 26,240 (–5.4%)
03/17 103 Supergirl #7  — 24,592 (–6.3%)
04/17 097 Supergirl #8  — 23,273 (-5.4%)
05/17 117 Supergirl #9  — 22,605 (–2.9%)
06/17 122 Supergirl #10 — 22,093 (–2.3)
07/17 105 Supergirl #11 — 21,319 (–3.5%)
08/17 081 Supergirl #12 — 27,104 (+27.1%)
08/17 127 Supergirl Annual #1 — 17,322
09/17 065 Supergirl #13 — 33,750 (+24.5%)
10/17 078 Supergirl #14 — 31,720 (–6.0%)
11/17 056 Supergirl #15 — 34,314 (+8.2%)

06 mos: +51.8%
01  yr: –08.0%
02 yrs:  ---
05 yrs:­ +09.7%
10 yrs: -24.5%
15 yrs: +62.6%
20 yrs: –18.2%

COMMENTARY — Well, here’s a book that’s kind of turned things around. I think it’s fair to say that, until August, SUPERGIRL was in kind of a death spiral. However, I think the upward movement has more to do with alternate covers by Stanley “artgerm” Lau that anything actually going on inside the book.

HINTS TO FIX — Well, keep the artgerm covers coming, obviously. As to the inside, I don’t really know enough about the current status quo of this book to say, really. I do think that, while I advocate moving Flash and Green Arrow closer to their CW continuities, DC’s Supergirl comic should feature the character still in high school. I’d try to capture a good, well-known YA author — I’m not plugged in enough to that industry to know a good one by name — and an artist with a clean, Schaffenberger-like style.



58. THE TITANS ($3.99)
1967: Teen Titans #12     — ???
1972: Teen Titans #42     — ???
1977: Teen Titans #52     — ???
1982: New Teen Titans #26 — ???
1987: New Teen Titans #39 — ???
1992: New Titans #92      — ???
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11/97 ---
11/02 097 Titans #47 — 23,143 (–49.5%)
11/07 ---
11/12 ---
11/13 ---
11/14 ---
11/15 110 Titans Hunt #2 — 22,466
11/16 041 Titans #05 — 52,511
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12/16 040 Titans #06 — 48,612 (–7.4%)
01/17 036 Titans #07 — 46,998 (–3,3%)
02/17 031 Titans #08 — 44,028 (–6.3%)
03/17 042 Titans #09 — 42,557 (–3.3%)
03/17 064 Titans Annual #1 — 34,878
04/17 044 Titans #10 — 40,893 (-3.9%)
05/17 031 Titans #11 — 45,889 (+12.2%)
06/17 046 Titans #12 — 40,204 (–12.4%)
07/17 040 Titans #13 — 39,272 (–2.3%)
08/17 048 Titans #14 — 37,283 (–5.1%)
09/17 057 Titans #15 — 35,858 (–3.8%)
10/17 065 Titans #16 — 34,570 (–3.6%)
11/17 058 Titans #17 — 33,960 (–1.8%)

06 mos: –26.0%
01  yr: –35.3%
02 yrs: +51.2%
05 yrs:­  ---
10 yrs:  ---
15 yrs: +46.7%
20 yrs:  ---

COMMENTARY — Definitely a book in freefall and headed for cancellation. I mean, maybe not anytime real soon, but for sure within the next 12-15 issues, I’d guess, without a major course correction.

HINTS TO FIX — DC has a real problem with its second (or third, depending on how you count) generation heroes. Basically, it’s trying to have its cake and eat it to — de-aging its main heroes at the start of the New 52 and giving them young, mostly multicultural sidekicks, yet trying to retain the original Titans for fans of those characters as well. But here’s what I’d do, when Superboy-Prime punches the universe again, or Dr. Manhattan resets the DCU after ACTION COMICS #1,000 (or whatever it takes to accomplish this), I’d reset the Teen Titans with Cyborg back in the fold, but have just one Wally West and one Aqualad (the black ones). Maybe Dick Grayson has gone on to become Nightwing, but there’s no Donna Troy and no Speedy. The Teen Titans are just the DCU teen heroes with no previous younger generation. But I’d have this title feature the original Titans all grown up on Earth-1. Yes, the original Earth-1, as it would have been if CRISIS had happened, but the universes did not merge at the end of it. Maybe we renumber it Earth-56, but otherwise, same place.

This is a world on which Flash is dead, Wonder Woman withdrew to Olympus with Steve Trevor, and Superman retired as a result of the “Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel?” story. Maybe we have Batman retired too, as a result of injuries. Maybe we decide his back was broken sometime after CRISIS, after Superman retired, but never healed. Hal Jordan did not go insane, but did retire and pass on his ring to Kyle Raynor. So, we’d have a world in which the original Teen Titans (and New Teen Titans) have fulfilled their calling and fully grown into their roles as the current members of the Justice League. I’d call the book JUSTICE TITANS, or TITANS OF JUSTICE, or something like that, to reflect this development.

And there may be a new Teen Titans on this world as the former Titans, now the JLA, work to train their own eventual replacements. So, you’d have a roll call that would include Dick Grayson as Batman, Donna Troy as Wonder Woman, Kara Zor-El as Superwoman, Wally West as The Flash, Kyle Raynor as Green Lantern, Roy Harper as Red Arrow, an Garth as Aquaman, with Cyborg, Raven, Beast-Man, Zatanna, Ms Martian, Firestrorm and whatever other former teen/now adult heroes from the original Earth-1 you’d care to toss in.

In other words, story tying to amalgamate 80 year of comic book continuity. Have new heroes on a new earth for new fans, and retain the old (teen) heroes on their own earth for their fans, instead of shoehorning them into mostly ill-fitting roles in the modern DCU.

I’d have Marv Wolfman write and put Phil Jimenez or Kevin Maguire on the art chores.



63. NIGHTWING ($2.99)
11/97 052 Nightwing #16  — 42,820 
11/02 054 Nightwing #75  — 33,534 (–21.7%)
11/07 043 Nightwing #138 — 46,740 (+39.4%)
11/12 042 Nightwing #14  — 50,720 (+08.5%)
11/13 ---
11/14 025 Grayson #4    — 47,590
11/15 086 Grayson #14   — 31,831 (–33.1%)
11/16 039 Nightwing #09 — 52,984 (+66.5%)
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12/16 039 Nightwing #10 — 49,436 (–6.7%)
12/16 042 Nightwing #11 — 47,781 (-3.3%)
01/17 039 Nightwing #12 — 46,057 (–3.6%)
01/17 044 Nightwing #13 — 44,462 (-3.4%)
02/17 036 Nightwing #14 — 42,656 (-4.1%)
02/17 039 Nightwing #15 — 41,423 (–2.9%)
03/17 046 Nightwing #16 — 40,289 (–2.7%)
03/17 047 Nightwing #17 — 39,467 (-2.0%)
04/17 048 Nightwing #18 — 38,858 (–1.5%)
04/17 049 Nightwing #19 — 38,320 (–1.4%)
05/17 050 Nightwing #20 — 37,464 (–2.2%)
05/17 052 Nightwing #21 — 37,309 (–0.4%)
06/17 055 Nightwing #22 — 36,343 (–2.6%)
06/17 057 Nightwing #23 — 36,055 (–0.8%)
07/17 052 Nightwing #24 — 35,370 (–1.9%)
07/17 057 Nightwing #25 — 34,587 (-2.2%)
08/17 056 Nightwing #26 — 34,020 (–1.6%)
08/17 063 Nightwing #27 — 33,250 (-2.2%)
09/17 069 Nightwing #28 — 32,874 (–1.1%)
09/17 029 Nightwing #29 — 51,102 (+55.4%)
10/17 075 Nightwing #30 — 31,978 (–37.4%)
10/17 076 Nightwing #31 — 31,762 (–0.7%)
11/17 063 Nightwing #32 — 31,215 (–1.7%)
11/17 067 Nightwing #33 — 30,418 (–2.6%)

06 mos: –18.5%
01  yr: –42.6%
02 yrs: –04.4%
05 yrs:­ –40.0%
10 yrs: –34.9%
15 yrs: –09.3%
20 yrs: –29.0%

COMMENTARY — #29 was a DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in. Other than that, the book is in standard attrition mode, albeit at maybe a higher end of the usual slide than we might otherwise like to see.

HINTS TO FIX — This would be the other book I’d give Bendis, making it a sort of Jessica Jones with actual balls, not just the figurative kind. I might even have Bendis take Dick out of costume, or at least the traditional one, and make him more of a noir-ish character. And maybe give him his own Flamebird partner. For the art, again, someone who can capture a mood evocative of a noir-ish world.



65. TEEN TITANS ($3.99)
1967: Teen Titans #12     — ???
1972: Teen Titans #42     — ???
1977: Teen Titans #52     — ???
1982: New Teen Titans #26 — ???
1987: New Teen Titans #39 — ???
1992: ---
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11/97 079 Teen Titans #15 — 32,110
11/02 093 Young Justice #51 — 24,546 (–23.6%)
11/07 031 Teen Titans #53 — 54,368 (+121.5%)
11/12 058 Teen Titans #14 — 39,745 (–26.9%)
11/13 065 Teen Titans #25 — 32,395 (–18.5%)
11/14 055 Teen Titans #4  — 36,364 (+12.3%)
11/15 096 Titans Hunt #13 — 26,511 (–27.1%)
11/16 040 Teen Titans #2  — 52,877 (+99.5%)
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12/16 047 Teen Titans #3  — 44,116 (–16.6%)
01/17 053 Teen Titans #4  — 41,304 (–6.4%)
02/17 043 Teen Titans #5  — 39,028 (–5.5%)
03/17 055 Teen Titans #6  — 37,572 (–3.7%)
04/17 055 Teen Titans #7  — 36,056 (-4.0%)
05/17 038 Teen Titans #8  — 43,385 (+20.3%)
06/17 056 Teen Titans #9  — 36,058 (–16.9%)
07/17 053 Teen Titans #10 — 35,308 (–2.1%)
08/17 062 Teen Titans #11 — 33,434 (–5.3%)
09/17 019 Teen Titans #12 — 57,359 (+71.6%)
10/17 074 Teen Titans #13 — 32,058 (–44.1%)
11/17 065 Teen Titans #14 — 30,596 (–4.6%)

06 mos: –29.5%
01  yr: –42.1%
02 yrs: +15.4%
05 yrs:­ –23.0%
10 yrs: –43.7%
15 yrs: +24.6%
20 yrs: –04.7%

COMMENTARY — First three issues were returnable. This is a book that, apart from cross-overs and tie-in, continues to mount some pretty heavy monthly losses. I think most of the older fans just don’t accept most of these characters as the “real” Teen Titans, which is another reason to boot the originals back to their own Earth-1.

HINTS TO FIX — One of the problems the Titans have for me is its hard to tell who’s who, and neither book has any real identity as we have very young teens mixed with characters who, by rights, ought to be in their early 20s, at least. I’ve already mentioned what I’d do with TITANS (which includes the old New Teen Titans). For this book, I’d make it just the truly teen heroes, de-aging some (like black Aqualad) if I have to. I’d also look to make this a little bit more of a fun, humor book. I really enjoy what Peter Tomasi is doing on SUPER SONS, so I’d give the all-teen Teen Titans to him, with a fun artists who can evoke the feel of the original pre-GO! Teen Titans cartoon, without getting too cartoony.

And, actually, with the original Teen and New Teen Titans now verifiably adult and moved to Earth-1 as the TITANS OF JUSTICE, I'd make a go at two Teen Titans books in regular continuity, titles TITANS EAST and TITANS WEST, with an annual TITANS TOGETHER crossover event.



69. SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
1987: Suicide Squad #8 — ???
1992: ---
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11/97 ---
11/02 ---
11/07 043 Su. Squad: Raise/Flag #3 — 19,767
11/12 026 Suicide Squad #14   — 63,691 (+222.2%)
11/13 082 Suicide Squad #25   — 27,067 (–57.5%)
11/14 060 New Suicide Sqd #4  — 34,920 (+29.0%)
11/15 082 New Suicide Sqd #14 — 32,925 (–5.7%)
11/16 027 Suicide Squad #7    — 59,452 (+80.6%)
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12/16 027 Suicide Squad #8  — 59,967 (+0.9%)
01/17 026 Suicide Squad #9  — 54,010 (–9.9%)
01/17 027 Suicide Squad #10 — 53,649 (-0.7%)
02/17 025 Suicide Squad #11 — 48,723 (-9.2%)
02/17 027 Suicide Squad #12 — 46,860 (–3.8%)
03/17 035 Suicide Squad #13 — 45,064 (–3.8%)
03/17 038 Suicide Squad #14 — 43,388 (-3.7%)
04/17 043 Suicide Squad #15 — 40,940 (–5.6%)
04/17 039 Suicide Squad #16 — 41,929 (+2.4%)
05/17 047 Suicide Squad #17 — 38,719 (–7.7%)
05/17 048 Suicide Squad #18 — 38,401 (–0.8%)
06/17 051 Suicide Squad #19 — 37,642 (–2.0%)
06/17 053 Suicide Squad #20 — 37,532 (–0.3%)
07/17 046 Suicide Squad #21 — 36,077 (–3.9%)
07/17 049 Suicide Squad #22 — 35,719 (-1.0%)
08/17 054 Suicide Squad #23 — 34,209 (–4.2%)
08/17 059 Suicide Squad #24 — 33,674 (-1.6%)
09/17 067 Suicide Squad #25 — 33,533 (–0.4%)
09/17 030 Suicide Squad #26 — 50,527 (+50.7%)
10/17 077 Suicide Squad #27 — 31,754 (–37.2%)
10/17 080 Suicide Squad #28 — 31,633 (–0.4%)
11/17 067 Suicide Squad #29 — 30,113 (–4.8%)
11/17 069 Suicide Squad #30 — 29,301 (–2.7%)

06 mos: –23.7%
01  yr: –50.7%
02 yrs: –11.0%
05 yrs:­ –54.0%
10 yrs: +48.2%
15 yrs:  ---
20 yrs:  ---

COMMENTARY — As with Teen Titans, but for crossovers, stunts, and tie-ins, it’s falling far faster than we’d like. DC will likely take it off twice-monthly status before summer.

HINTS TO FIX — I think Harley is getting overexposed. Unfortunately, between the comics and the movie, DC has kind of painted itself into a corner, in that it’s really not the Suicide Squad without her. Me, I’d cancel this series and let it rest for six or nine months. Then bring it back as a six issue limited series by whoever is hot at the moment. Give it 2-3 months, and then a new mini series by the next hot creator. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. So, rather than trying to sustain a single ongoing series, I’d put this out as a series of limited series, each running between three and six issues, with writers pitching their best ideas using whatever characters (plus Harley) they choose.



70. **SUPER SONS** ($3.99)
02/17 005 Super Sons #1  — 90,345
03/17 030 Super Sons #2  — 47,021 (­-48.0%)
04/17 045 Super Sons #3  — 40,510 (-13.8%)
05/17 046 Super Sons #4  — 39,412 (–2.7%)
06/17 054 Super Sons #5  — 37,022 (–6.1%)
07/17 051 Super Sons #6  — 35,461 (–4.2%)
08/17 055 Super Sons #7  — 34,165 (–3.7%)
09/17 070 Super Sons #8  — 32,615 (–4.5%)
10/17 079 Super Sons #9  — 31,677 (–2.9%)
11/17 070 Super Sons #10 — 30,051 (–5.1%)
11/17 086 Super Sons Annual #1 — 25,362

06 mos: –23.8%

COMMENTARY — One of my favorite current DCU titles, yet still dropping much faster that I’d be confortable with if I was in the publisher’s chair. If it keeps losing numbers like this, it’ll be lucky to make it past #20.

HINTS TO FIX — Personally, I think the stories are solid. I think what I’d try at this point is a new art team. Maybe Tom Grummet and Karl Kesel? They were always pretty good and making kids look like kids. And who knows, if they’re on board, maybe Tomasi will feel inclined to bring back some of DC’s old kid gangs. Dingbats, anyone?



71. HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA ($3.99)
10/17 034 Harley/Ivy + Betty/Veronica #1 — 52,610
11/17 071 Harley/Ivy + Betty/Veronica #2 — 29,491 (–43.9%)

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. A bit high for a second-issue drop. As more of a novelty item, this will most likely continue to crater all the way to the end. Heck, it might even finish outside the Top 300.



74. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ($2.99)
11/13 012 JLA #9  — 71,008
11/14 ---
11/15 038 JLA #5  — 52,604
11/16 067 JLA #10 — 39,766 (–24.4%)
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02/17 036 JLA: Rebirth #1  — 73,397
02/17 004 JLA #1  — 93,494
03/17 021 JLA #2  — 53,349 (–42.9%)
03/17 025 JLA #3  — 48,504 (-9.1%)
04/17 036 JLA #4  — 43,360 (–10.6%)
04/17 041 JLA #5  — 41,543 (–4.2%)
05/17 041 JLA #6  — 41,182 (–0.9%)
05/17 044 JLA #7  — 40,970 (–0.5%)
06/17 049 JLA #8  — 38,795 (–5.3%)
06/17 052 JLA #9  — 37,567 (–3.2%)
07/17 047 JLA #10 — 35,951 (–4.3%)
07/17 054 JLA #11 — 35,164 (-2.2%)
08/17 078 JLA #12 — 33,770 (–4.0%)
08/17 087 JLA #13 — 32,602 (-3.5%)
09/17 076 JLA #14 — 31,322 (–3.9%)
09/17 078 JLA #15 — 30,900 (–1.3%)
10/17 084 JLA #16 — 30,406 (–1.6%)
10/17 086 JLA #17 — 29,825 (–1.9%)
11/17 074 JLA #18 — 28,852 (–3.3%)
11/17 076 JLA #19 — 28,092 (–2.6%)
11/17 089 JLA Annual #1 — 24,462

06 mos: –31.4%
01  yr: –29.4%
02 yrs: –46.6%

COMMENTARY — First five issues were returnable. Falling like a rock. And, after appearing to stabilize for a bit, picking up negative speed once gain. Considering it stars Batman, I don’t see any way around viewing this book as a failure. But why would it succeed? BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS was a longshot, but this book basically amounts to BATMAN AND THE D-LISTERS.

HINTS TO FIX. Cancel it. Now, I’ve already told you what I’d do with JUSTICE LEAGUE, re-launching it with its OF AMERICA appendage. That book should have Superman leading the more cosmic heroes: Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, etc., all working out of the satellite HQ. After canceling this title, I’d launch a new JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA title, with Batman leading street level and low-powered heroes, with a few not-too-omnipotent magic uses. Say, a roster of Batman, Vixen, Black Lightning, Black Canary, Katana, Elongated Man and Zatanna. They’d work out of Batman’s old Batcave beneath Wayne Tower in downtown Gotham. I see Mikel Janin as the artist. And call me crazy, but I’d invite Gerry Conway to write.



77. **GREEN LANTERNS** ($2.99)
11/16 053 Green Lanterns #11 — 44,073
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12/16 051 Green Lanterns #12 — 42,241 (–4.2%)
12/16 055 Green Lanterns #13 — 41,090 (-2.7%)
01/17 059 Green Lanterns #14 — 39,854 (–3.0%)
01/17 062 Green Lanterns #15 — 38,571 (-3.2%)
02/17 050 Green Lanterns #16 — 37,845 (-1.9%)
02/17 054 Green Lanterns #17 — 36,626 (–3.2%)
03/17 059 Green Lanterns #18 — 35,824 (–2.2%)
03/17 060 Green Lanterns #19 — 35,368 (-1.6%)
04/17 060 Green Lanterns #20 — 34,224 (–3.0%)
04/17 063 Green Lanterns #21 — 33,556 (–2.0%)
05/17 069 Green Lanterns #22 — 32,686 (–2.6%)
05/17 072 Green Lanterns #23 — 32,251 (–1.3%)
06/17 072 Green Lanterns #24 — 31,683 (–1.8%)
06/17 076 Green Lanterns #25 — 31,413 (–0.9%)
07/17 068 Green Lanterns #26 — 31,045 (–1.2%)
07/17 070 Green Lanterns #27 — 30,278 (-2.5%)
08/17 074 Green Lanterns #28 — 30,024 (–0.8%)
08/17 075 Green Lanterns #29 — 29,451 (–1.9%)
09/17 083 Green Lanterns #30 — 29,462 (+0.03%)
09/17 085 Green Lanterns #31 — 28,997 (–1.6%)
10/17 087 Green Lanterns #32 — 28,775 (–0.8%)
10/17 090 Green Lanterns #33 — 28,238 (–1.9%)
11/17 077 Green Lanterns #34 — 27,959 (–1.0%)
11/17 080 Green Lanterns #35 — 27,370 (–2.1%)

06 mos: –15.1%
01  yr: –37.9%

COMMENTARY — This title has been fairly consistent, losing less then 2 percent in sales each month. Generally, they say anything less then 2 percent is just statistical noise. Still, losing something every month, even a little, eventually adds up, and this is in line to be the next twice-monthly title to get demoted to monthly status.

HINTS TO FIX — Well, I’m loath to change anything, actually. I have really enjoyed this title, and especially so since Tim Seeley came on board as writer. If anything, I’d say that if GL CORPS should be written like Hill Street Blues in Space, this title should be Adam-12 in Space, which it already is, to a certain degree. But maybe it doesn’t always have to feature Simon and Jessica. Maybe Seeley could occasionally do arcs featuring other, alien lantern teams. In the entire universe, is Earth really the only planet with more than one GL?



78. TRINITY ($3.99)
11/16 031 Trinity #3  — 58,253
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12/16 037 Trinity #4  — 50,270 (–13.7%)
01/17 038 Trinity #5  — 46,204 (–8.1%)
02/17 037 Trinity #6  — 42,001 (–9.1%)
03/17 049 Trinity #7  — 39,380 (–6.2%)
04/17 053 Trinity #8  — 36,803 (–6.5%)
05/17 065 Trinity #9  — 34,317 (–6.8%)
06/17 068 Trinity #10 — 32,654 (–4.8%)
07/17 067 Trinity #11 — 31,274 (–4.2%)
08/17 073 Trinity #12 — 30,215 (–3.4%)
09/17 084 Trinity #13 — 29,106 (–3.7%)
10/17 091 Trinity #14 — 27,968 (–3.9%)
11/17 078 Trinity #15 — 27,694 (–1.0%)

06 mos: –19.3%
01  yr: –52.5%

COMMENTARY — Yeah, I don’t even know what this is, other than it stars DC’s “Big 3.” But it’s falling hard and fast, and it remains to be seen if November is indicative of the book finally finding its level, or if it was only a brief respite in the long, inexorable slide.

HINTS TO FIX — Personally, the “Big 3” construct has always felt forced to me. I think what I would do is cancel this title and in its place launch a book called DC ALL-STARS, or WORLD’S FINEST, or something like that, featuring one of the Big 3 teaming each issue with a different lesser-known member of the DC pantheon, in single-issue tales (albeit maybe a larger 48-page format to account for modern decompressed storytelling), all by name creators, particularly those know for doing their own thing, making their work on a Big 3 DC title noteworthy in and of itself. So, one issue might be Wonder Woman & Phantom Lady by Terry Moore, creator of STRANGERS IN PARADISE, another might be Batman & Swamp Thing by The Goon’s Eric Powell, another might be Superman & Kamandi by Mark Schutlz, of XENOZOIC TALES fame.



79. DEADMAN ($3.99)
11/17 079 Deadman #1* — 35,127

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. The placement is for the special glow-in-the-dark cover, which sold 27,370 units at $4.99. The regular $3.99 cover sold a mere 7,757 copies, landing it at No. 231 on the charts. DC keeps going back to the well with Neal Adams, but his recent track record would not seem to warrant that level of confidence. Personally, I would not mind him drawing a book, but he needs a writer (or at least a scripter) to make his titles readable. After COMING OF THE SUPERMEN I just can’t take Adams’ writing anymore.



81. **AQUAMAN** ($3.99)
1962: Aquaman #6  — ???
1967: Aquaman #36 — 234,200
1972: ---
1977: Aquaman #59 — ???
1982: ---
1987: ---
1992: Aquaman #12 – ???
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11/97 087 Aquaman #40 — 29,892 
11/02 ---
10/07 168 Aquaman: Sword/Atlantis #57 — 12,931
11/12 038 Aquaman #14 — 53,664 (+315.0%)
11/13 038 Aquaman #25 — 41,264 (–23.1%)
11/14 072 Aquaman #36 — 32,838 (–20.4%)
11/15 097 Aquaman #46 — 25,962 (–20.9%)
11/16 074 Aquaman #11 — 38,109 (+46.8%)
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12/16 076 Aquaman #12 — 35,571 (–6.7%)
12/16 079 Aquaman #13 — 34,619 (-2.7%)
01/17 079 Aquaman #14 — 33,377 (–3.6%)
01/17 084 Aquaman #15 — 32,424 (-2.9%)
02/17 072 Aquaman #16 — 31,408 (-3.1%)
02/17 076 Aquaman #17 — 30,584 (–2.6%)
03/17 079 Aquaman #18 — 30,044 (–1.8%)
03/17 080 Aquaman #19 — 29,279 (-2.5%)
04/17 078 Aquaman #20 — 28,452 (–2.8%)
04/17 082 Aquaman #21 — 27,837 (–2.1%)
05/17 093 Aquaman #22 — 27,215 (–2.2%)
05/17 097 Aquaman #23 — 26,841 (–1.4%)
06/17 093 Aquaman #24 — 26,455 (–1.4%)
06/17 084 Aquaman #25 — 27,793 (+5.1%)
07/17 077 Aquaman #26 — 27,702 (-0.3%)
08/17 077 Aquaman #27 — 28,677 (+3.5%)
09/17 090 Aquaman #28 — 28,081 (–2.1%)
10/17 092 Aquaman #29 — 27,559 (–1.9%)
11/17 081 Aquaman #30 — 27,243 (–1.1%)
11/17 105 Aquaman Annual #1 — 21,598

06 mos: +01.5%
01  yr: –28.5%
02 yrs: +04.9%
05 yrs:­ –49.2%
10 yrs: +110.7%
15 yrs:  ---
20 yrs: –08.9%

COMMENTARY — While I buy the regular title, I did skip the annual because it was not by the regular creative team. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this title got a slight bump when it got demoted to monthly status. However, that is probably due to the advent of artist Stjepan Sejic, and the move to a slightly different story line.

HINTS TO FIX — Although I have enjoyed Dan Abnett as writer, I would not scream if DC gave this to someone who, with Sejic, would really capture that other-worldly feel of Atlantis. Maybe Jason Aaron, if we could get him from Marvel. Or maybe go outside comics and solicit KINGS OF THE WYLD author Nicholas Eames, or Deborah Wolf, writer of THE DRAGON’S LEGACY. Aquaman should be more like the Jason Mamoa version — basically, underwater Conan — while his stories should read like Lord of the Rings Under Water.



87. GREEN ARROW ($3.99)
1987: Green Arrow #1  — ???
1992: Green Arrow #67 – ???
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11/97 124 Green Arrow #128 — 20,183 
11/02 025 Green Arrow #19 — 58,578 (+190.8%)
11/07 053 Green Arrow/Bl.Canary #2 — 42,811 (–26.9%)
11/12 103 Green Arrow #14 — 21,825 (–49.0%)
11/13 074 Green Arrow #25 — 29,591 (+35.6%)
11/14 103 Green Arrow #36 — 21,842 (–26.2%)
11/15 103 Green Arrow #46 — 24,393 (+11.7%)
11/16 060 Green Arrow #11 — 41,576 (+70.4%)
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12/16 066 Green Arrow #12 — 38,515 (–7.4%)
12/16 070 Green Arrow #13 — 37,365 (-3.0%)
01/17 070 Green Arrow #14 — 35,733 (–4.4%)
01/17 075 Green Arrow #15 — 34,590 (-3.5%)
02/17 063 Green Arrow #16 — 33,371 (-3.2%)
02/17 067 Green Arrow #17 — 32,392 (–2.9%)
03/17 072 Green Arrow #18 — 31,838 (–1.7%)
03/17 075 Green Arrow #19 — 30,984 (-2.7%)
04/17 072 Green Arrow #20 — 30,216 (–2.5%)
04/17 074 Green Arrow #21 — 29,993 (–0.7%)
05/17 085 Green Arrow #22 — 28,931 (–3.5%)
05/17 088 Green Arrow #23 — 28,921 (–0.03%)
06/17 085 Green Arrow #24 — 27,737 (–4.1%)
06/17 087 Green Arrow #25 — 27,388 (–1.3%)
07/17 080 Green Arrow #26 — 27,285 (–0.4%)
07/17 083 Green Arrow #27 — 26,715 (-2.1%)
08/17 083 Green Arrow #28 — 26,572 (–0.5%)
08/17 084 Green Arrow #29 — 26,455 (–0.4)
09/17 094 Green Arrow #30 — 26,429 (–0.09%)
09/17 096 Green Arrow #31 — 25,742 (–2.6%)
10/17 039 Green Arrow #32 — 48,898 (+89.9%)
10/17 097 Green Arrow #33 — 25,963 (–46.9%)
11/17 087 Green Arrow #34 — 25,181 (–3.0%)
11/17 110 Green Arrow Annual #1 — 20,372

06 mos: –12.9%
01  yr: –39.4%
02 yrs: +03.2%
05 yrs:­ +15.4%
10 yrs: –41.2%
15 yrs: –57.0%
20 yrs: +24.7%

COMMENTARY — This book had been fairly stable for a while, but that did not stave of the demotion to monthly status. Green Arrow is a perennial mid-lister, and its easy to see why he did not have his own title for so many decades.

HINTS TO FIX — Personally, I think GA should begin to transition to a continuity closer to the CW TV version, since that is the Arrow most people now know, and the one any new comic book readers will most likely be expecting. And as long as the show remains on the air, DC is almost obligated to publish some form of Green Arrow comic. Still, if it was me, I’d cancel this series and revive it as a Green Arrow led team book called SEVEN SOLIDERS, with Green Arrow, John Diggle as The Guardian, The Vigilante, The Shining Knight, a new Crimson Avenger, Starman, and Mr. Terrific. And, since I’m throwing in Starman, it’d really have to be written by James Robinson.



94. RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($3.99)
11/12 060 Red Hood/Outlaws #14 — 37,710
11/13 068 Red Hood/Outlaws #25 — 30,632 (–18.8%)
11/14 117 Red Hood/Outlaws #36 — 19,245 (–37.2%)
11/15 121 Red Hood/Arsenal #6  — 19,857 (+3.2%)
11/16 079 Red Hood/Outlaws #4  — 36,740 (+85.0%)
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12/16 085 Red Hood/Outlaws #5  — 32,860 (–10.6%)
01/17 086 Red Hood/Outlaws #6  — 31,321 (–4.7%)
02/17 082 Red Hood/Outlaws #7  — 28,753 (–8.2%)
03/17 087 Red Hood/Outlaws #8  — 27,894 (–3.0%)
04/17 089 Red Hood/Outlaws #9  — 26,410 (–5.3%)
05/17 100 Red Hood/Outlaws #10 — 25,977 (-1.6%)
06/17 101 Red Hood/Outlaws #11 — 25,185 (–2.0%)
07/17 085 Red Hood/Outlaws #12 — 26,251 (+4.2%))
08/17 088 Red Hood/Outlaws #13 — 25,073 (–4.5%)
08/17 111 Red Hood/Outlaws Annual #1 — 20,638
09/17 102 Red Hood/Outlaws #14 — 24,376 (–2.8%)
10/17 105 Red Hood/Outlaws #15 — 23,680 (–2.9%)
11/17 094 Red Hood/Outlaws #16 — 23,610 (­–0.3%)

06 mos: –09.1%
01  yr: –35.7%
02 yrs: +18.9%
05 yrs:­ –37.4%

COMMENTARY — Another one that’s been just absolutely bleeding sales, with the only question being if November was the title finally finding its bottom level. My guess is, no.

HINTS TO FIX — I have never read this book, in part because I have hated Jason Todd since the post-crisis change in his character from heroic aerialist to mouthy street punk. Yes, I was one of those who voted to kill him, way back in the day. So, I don’t know, is this series still set in space, as it was at the launch of the New 52? If not, I’d move in there and invite Jim Starlin to write, and maybe even draw. That’d be a fun way to thumb our collective DC noses at Marvel and gain a TON of fan press.



98. NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER ($3.99)
08/17 065 Nightwing New Order #1 — 32,515
09/17 100 Nightwing New Order #2 — 25,027 (–23.0%)
10/17 109 Nightwing New Order #3 — 23,506 (–6.1%)
11/17 098 Nightwing New Order #4 — 22,488 (–4.3%)

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. I don’t know anything about this. I don’t even remember ever seeing it solicited.



109. DEATHSTROKE ($3.99)
1992 Deathstroke #16 – ???
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11/97 ---
11/02 ---
11/07 ---
11/12 151 Deathstroke #14 — 14,452
11/13 ---
11/14 056 Deathstroke #2  — 36,356 (+151.6%)
11/15 085 Deathstroke #12 — 31,939 (–12.1%)
11/16 080 Deathstroke #7  — 35,782 (+12.0%)
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12/16 086 Deathstroke #8  — 32,530 (–9.1%)
12/16 089 Deathstroke #9  — 31,519 (–3.1%)
01/17 090 Deathstroke #10 — 29,864 (-5.3%)
01/17 098 Deathstroke #11 — 28,625 (–4.1%)
02/17 086 Deathstroke #12 — 27,226 (–4.9%)
02/17 090 Deathstroke #13 — 26,328 (–3.3%)
03/17 094 Deathstroke #14 — 25,493 (–3.2%)
03/17 100 Deathstroke #15 — 24,746 (–2.9%)
04/17 098 Deathstroke #16 — 23,712 (–4.2%)
04/17 099 Deathstroke #17 — 23,449 (–1.1%)
05/17 116 Deathstroke #18 — 22,742 (-3.0%)
05/17 062 Deathstroke #19 — 34,722 (+52.7%)
06/17 104 Deathstroke #20 — 24,743 (–28.7%)
07/17 091 Deathstroke #21 — 24,956 (+0.9%)
08/17 095 Deathstroke #22 — 23,713 (–5.0%)
09/17 105 Deathstroke #23 — 22,811 (–3.8%)
10/17 113 Deathstroke #24 — 21,970 (–3.7%)
11/17 109 Deathstroke #25 — 20,899 (–4.9%)

06 mos: –39.8%
01  yr: –41.6%
02 yrs: –34.6%
05 yrs:­ +44.6%

COMMENTARY — Another book in freefall, and the recent change in format, despite the initial bounce, has done nothing to reverse that trend. This title is still solicited though March, but I wonder if that might be the final issue, given copy that reads, “. . . brings the events of the entire series full circle as both heroes and villains struggle with the question of how to stop the World’s Deadliest Assassin once and for all!”

HINTS TO FIX — It’s time to cancel this series. And don’t revive it, at least not until (if) we get the character in a new Justice League movie. To my mind, we don’t want a Deathstroke series any more than we want an ongoing starring The Joker, or Dr. Doom. The character works as a big bad who plagues various heroes in their own titles with some regularity, but featuring him on repeat-play month-in and month-out in his own title soon rubs off the mystique. DC does not need an ongoing Deathstroke comic.

The exception might be if the series was called DEATHSTOKE vs . . .  and told stories more from the perspective of the characters he goes after. And such a thing might work best as a 12-issue limited series somewhat reminiscent of the old Calculator serial from back in the day in DETECTIVE COMICS. As a limited series, that would allow Deathstroke to actually off a few of his targets in early issues — maybe D-listers like the female Manhunter, or Cameron Chase — while the survivors piece together what Deathstroke is after and who hired him, making the series kind of a puzzle for the readers to solve alongside the targeted heroes.



111. BATGIRL ($3.99)
11/97 ---
11/02 049 Batgirl #34 — 34,399
11/07 ---
11/12 017 Batgirl #14 — 77,468
11/13 041 Batgirl #25 — 40,752
11/14 036 Batgirl #36 — 50,247 (+23.3%)
10/15 080 Batgirl #45 — 29,276 (–41.7%)
11/16 083 Batgirl #5  — 35,210 (+20.3%)
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12/16 091 Batgirl #6  — 31,294 (–11.1%)
01/17 097 Batgirl #7  — 28,712 (–8.3%)
02/17 088 Batgirl #8  — 26,539 (–7.6%)
03/17 095 Batgirl #9  — 25,469 (–4.0%)
03/17 110 Batgirl Annual #1 — 22,344
04/17 094 Batgirl #10 — 24,117 (-5.3%)
05/17 112 Batgirl #11 — 23,338 (–3.2%)
06/17 117 Batgirl #12 — 22,473 (–3.7%)
07/17 101 Batgirl #13 — 22,356 (–0.5%)
08/17 101 Batgirl #14 — 22,593 (+1.1%)
09/17 106 Batgirl #15 — 22,752 (+0.7%)
10/17 115 Batgirl #16 — 21,314 (–6.3%)
11/17 111 Batgirl #17 — 20,337 (–4.6%)

06 mos: –12.9%
01  yr: –42.2%
02 yrs: –30.5%
05 yrs:­ –73.7%
10 yrs:  ---
15 yrs: –40.9%
20 yrs:  ---

COMMENTARY — Despite the brief hoopla at the time of the Stewart/Tarr redesign, Babs has just never taken off, and her title is again moving rapidly toward imminent cancellation.

HINTS TO FIX — You want some press? Shoot her again. Seriously. Put Babs back in the wheelchair and have the title be about her training a new Batgirl. And who knows, maybe she goes through a couple before she finds just the right inheritor of the mantle.



112. WONDER WOMAN/CONAN ($3.99)
09/17 072 Wonder Woman/Conan #1 — 32,439
10/17 112 Wonder Woman/Conan #2 — 22,195 (–31.6%)
11/17 112 Wonder Woman/Conan #3 — 20,103 (–9.4%)

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. Seemed like a good idea at the time, I guess. I like the Groo/Conan cross-over better, though.



114. BATMAN BEYOND ($3.99)
11/02 ---
11/07 ---
11/12 117 Bat-Beyond Unlimited #10 — 19,004
11/13 128 Bat-Beyond Universe #4  — 16,889 (–11.1%)
11/14 163 Bat-Beyond Universe #16 — 13,211 (–21.8%)
10/15 094 Batman Beyond #6 — 27,778 (+110.3%)
11/16 062 Batman Beyond #2 — 41,313 (+48.7%)
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12/16 084 Batman Beyond #3  — 32,916 (–20.3%)
01/17 092 Batman Beyond #4  — 29,767 (–9.6%)
02/17 084 Batman Beyond #5  — 27,495 (–7.6%)
03/17 093 Batman Beyond #6  — 26,261 (–4.5%)
04/17 092 Batman Beyond #7  — 24,789 (-5.6%)
05/17 109 Batman Beyond #8  — 24,093 (–2.8%)
06/17 112 Batman Beyond #9  — 23,370 (–3.0%)
07/17 097 Batman Beyond #10 — 22,871 (–2.1%)
08/17 108 Batman Beyond #11 — 21,640 (–5.4%)
09/17 111 Batman Beyond #12 — 21,866 (+1.0%)
10/17 117 Batman Beyond #13 — 20,464 (–6.4%)
11/17 114 Batman Beyond #14 — 19,181 (–6.3%)

06 mos: –20.4%
01  yr: –53.6%
02 yrs: –30.9%
05 yrs:­ +00.9%
10 yrs:  ---
15 yrs:  ---

COMMENTARY — Still solicited through March. The question is, how long with this title last beyond that?

HINTS TO FIX —I’m not sure this can be fixed. It may be time to give cancel the title and give it a rest for a couple of years. Then bring it back once its been gone just long enough for the nostalgia factor to figure into how retailers order it.



115. BATWOMAN ($3.99)
11/12 064 Batwoman #14 — 36,395
11/13 087 Batwoman #25 — 25,987 (–28.6%)
11/14 137 Batwoman #36 — 15,795 (–39.2%)
10/15 ---
11/16 ---
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02/17 021 Batwoman Rebirth #1 — 52,650
03/17 019 Batwoman #1 — 54,849
04/17 065 Batwoman #2 — 33,239 (-39.4%)
05/17 081 Batwoman #3 — 29,664 (–10.8%)
06/17 090 Batwoman #4 — 26,782 (–9.7%)
07/17 092 Batwoman #5 — 24,843 (–7.2%)
08/17 103 Batwoman #6 — 22,362 (–10.0%)
09/17 112 Batwoman #7 — 21,415 (–4.2%)
10/17 118 Batwoman #8 — 20,364 (–4.9%)
11/17 115 Batwoman #9 — 18,976 (­–7.7%)

06 mos: –36.0%
01  yr:  ---
02 yrs:  ---
05 yrs:­ –47.9%


COMMENTARY — The first two issues were returnable. This one is falling fast, WAY too fast. It’s still on the schedule for March. Still, though I don’t want to sound like that guy, I think it’s safe to say this series would have been canceled already if it did not star a lesbian.

HINTS TO FIX — None. Batwoman has proven a couple of times now that there’s no demand for the character. Cancel it. Let her be a supporting player in other titles. Maybe ship her over to BIRDS OF PREY. A bat is a kind of bird, right?



116. **BLACK LIGHTNING: COLD DEAD HANDS** ($3.99)
11/17 116 Black Lightning CDH #1 — 18,750

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. Well, I must say, I am SUPER disappointed at this result. If we assume a best-case scenario of a 30 percent drop-off for #2, then 12 percent for #3, followed by 7 percent for #4, 5 percent for #5 and 2 percent for the final issue, this will finish right at 10,000 copies. More likely, it will land well below that. Which is too bad. I enjoyed the hell out of this book and would eagerly plop down my hard-earned for an ongoing by the same creative team.

HINTS TO FIX — If DC lets Isabella back up this series with another, it really needs to be at a $2.99 price point.



117. THE WILD STORM ($3.99)
02/17 023 Wild Storm #1 — 49,493
03/17 066 Wild Storm #2 — 34,380 (-30.5%)
04/17 083 Wild Storm #3 — 27,814 (–19.1%)
05/17 103 Wild Storm #4 — 25,571 (–8.1%)
06/17 108 Wild Storm #5 — 24,206 (–5.3%)
07/17 098 Wild Storm #6 — 22,640 (–6.5%)
08/17 ---
09/17 118 Wild Storm #7 — 20,027 (–11.5%)
10/17 123 Wild Storm #8 — 19,041 (–4.9%)
11/17 117 Wild Storm #9 — 18,608 (–2.3%)

6 mos: –27.2%

COMMENTARY — Wildstorm imprint. First three issues returnable. Does not appear that was anything close to a pent up demand for a return to the Wildstorm universe. I believe this is an ongoing, but I seriously doubt it’s going to be going on for much longer. #12 was not solicited as a final issue, but there is no #13 solicited for March.



120. BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY ($3.99)
11/97 ---
11/02 074 Birds of Prey #49  — 28,674
11/07 094 Birds of Prey #112 — 25,108 (­–12.4%)
11/12 091 Birds of Prey #14  — 24,904 (–0.8%)
11/13 096 Birds of Prey #25  — 22,751 (–8.6%)
11/14 ---
11/15 ---
11/16 090 Batgirl/BOP #4  — 33,138
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12/16 099 Batgirl/BOP #5  — 28,846 (–13.0%)
01/17 103 Batgirl/BOP #6  — 26,618 (–7.7%)
02/17 095 Batgirl/BOP #7  — 24,466 (–8.1%)
03/17 106 Batgirl/BOP #8  — 22,941 (-6.2%)
04/17 106 Batgirl/BOP #9  — 21,535 (–6.1%)
05/17 120 Batgirl/BOP #10 — 20,818 (–3.3%)
06/17 132 Batgirl/BOP #11 — 19,912 (–4.4%)
07/17 111 Batgirl/BOP #12 — 19,297 (–3.1%)
08/17 117 Batgirl/BOP #13 — 18,917 (–2.0%)
09/17 122 Batgirl/BOP #14 — 18,572 (–1.8%)
10/17 127 Batgirl/BOP #15 — 17,949 (–3.4%)
11/17 120 Batgirl/BOP #16 — 17,710 (–1.3%)

06 mos: –14.9%
01  yr: –46.6%
02 yrs:  ---
05 yrs:­ –28.9%
10 yrs: –29.5%
15 yrs: –38.2%
20 yrs:  ---

COMMENTARY — Like Batgirl’s main book, the fans just don’t seem to be turning out for this one. Still solicited through #20 in March. I’ll be real surprised to see this last past #25, if that.

HOW TO FIX — Cancel it. Replace on the schedule with a new SECRET SIX: An all-female teen team for the #MeToo era, consisting of Wonder Girl, Stargirl, Cyclone, Bumblebee, Tsunami, and Miss Martian, with Supergirl and Batgirl as associate members.



123. MYSTIK U ($5.99)
11/17 123 Mystik U #1 — 17,141

COMMENTARY — 3-issue prestige format mini-series. Sure, the numbers are not that great, but at $5.99 this is probably not the thing that has DC most worried from this month’s chart. It made a profit. Still, I’m betting on a 40 percent drop for #2, and probably 15 percent for #3, which will finish out the mini series at around 8,750 in sales.



129. THE JETSONS ($3.99)
11/17 123 Jetsons #1 — 16,654

COMMENTARY — One of the NuHB re-imaginings. Not great numbers, even for that type of thing. Don’t expect this one to be around for long.



133. THE DOOM PATROL($3.99)
1987 Doom Patrol #4  — ???
1992 Doom Patrol #60 – ???
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11/97 ---
11/02 133 Doom Patrol #14 — 15,842
11/07 ---
11/12 ---
11/13 ---
11/14 ---
10/15 ---
11/16 096 Doom Patrol #3  — 30,140
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12/16 ---
01/17 105 Doom Patrol #4 — 26,261 (–12.9%)
02/17 ---
03/17 101 Doom Patrol #5 — 24,693 (–6.0%)
04/17 104 Doom Patrol #6 — 21,954 (-11.1%)
05/17 ---
06/17 ---
07/17 120 Doom Patrol #7 — 18,432 (–16.0%)
08/17 ---
09/17 125 Doom Patrol #8 — 17,483 (–5.1%)
10/17 ---
11/17 133 Doom Patrol #9 — 16,381 (–6.3%)

06 mos: –25.4%
01  yr: –45.7%

COMMENTARY — Young Animal imprint. First three issues were returnable. The series continues to post big drops, and the erratic publishing schedule can’t be helping. Three of the YA titles are rebooting in March, but this one is not listed. I doubt it’s canceled though.

HINTS TO FIX — I think its time to declare the Young Animal imprint noble experiment, thank Gerard Way for his time, and move on. Cancel the Doomsters. Wait 6-9 months, then reboot with the Doom Patrol as weirdly-powered conspiracy theorists trotting the globe to prove and/or debunk end-of-the-world rumors, like CERN weirdness, planet Nirabu, the truth of the JFK assassination, the rise of the Fourth Reich, Pizzagate pedophilia, the truth of the Denver airport, and reptilian aliens on earth. The list is literally endless. Basically, we want the team to be patrolling for actual doom, working as field agents for a loose connection of conspiracy theorists worldwide on a message board much akin to godlikeproductions.com, where users have screen names like TheChief, DannyTheStreet, and CrazyJane. But keep in mind, while we want the team investigating weirdness, let’s lay off the whole weirdness-for-weirdness’-sake of the last several team incarnations. I am SO over that.



134. THE DEMON: HELL ON EARTH ($3.99)
1972 Demon #3 — ???
1977 ---
1982 ---
1987 ---
1992 Demon #29 — ???
**begin monthly direct sales data**
11/97 ---
11/02 ---
11/07 ---
11/12 142 Demon Knights #14 — 16,005
11/13 ---
11/14 ---
10/15 ---
11/16 ---
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11/17 134 Demon/Hell-Earth #1 — 16,328

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. Like Black Lighting, this will probably end up well below 10k before it’s over. Who was beating down DC’s door begging for a new Demon book anyway?



142. THE HELLBLAZER ($3.99)
1987 Hellblazer #2  — ???
1992 Hellblazer #59 – ???
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11/97 143 Hellblazer #121 — 17,965
11/02 116 Hellblazer #178 — 19,228 (+7.0%)
11/07 168 Hellblazer #238 — 12,531 (–34.8%)
11/12 193 Hellblazer #297 —  9,146 (–27.0%)
11/13 ---
11/14 ---
10/15 123 Constantine #6 — 19,328
11/16 102 Hellblazer #4  — 28,882 (+49.4%)
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12/16 101 Hellblazer #5  — 25,780 (–10.7%)
01/17 116 Hellblazer #6  — 23,349 (–9.4%)
02/17 101 Hellblazer #7  — 21,450 (–8.1%)
03/17 115 Hellblazer #8  — 20,510 (–4.4%)
04/17 113 Hellblazer #9  — 19,115 (-6.8%)
05/17 130 Hellblazer #10 — 18,370 (–3.9%)
06/17 139 Hellblazer #11 — 17,585 (–4.3%)
07/17 122 Hellblazer #12 — 17,111 (–2.7%)
08/17 135 Hellblazer #13 — 16,111 (–5.8%)
09/17 135 Hellblazer #14 — 15,431 (–4.2%)
10/17 137 Hellblazer #15 — 15,035 (–2.6%)
11/17 142 Hellblazer #16 — 13,988 (–7.0%)

06 mos: –23.9%
01  yr: –51.6%
02 yrs: –27.6%
05 yrs:­ +52.9%
10 yrs: +11.6%
15 yrs: –27.3%
20 yrs: –22.1%

COMMENTARY — Bad numbers. Won’t last much longer.

HINTS TO FIX — If we can land Ed Brubaker for DETECTIVE COMICS, as I’ve suggested, I’d have him write this as well. Maybe with someone on art who can do moody without sacrificing storytelling quality — basically the best Gene Colan imitator out there.Another/additional opportunity might be to revive HOUSE OF MYSTERY (legacy number, please) as a split book, with Bendis' Hellblazer and Jason Aaron's Zatanna.



143. BANE: CONQUEST ($3.99)
05/17 042 Bane Conquest #1 — 41,709
06/17 102 Bane Conquest #2 — 25,142 (–39.7%)
07/17 109 Bane Conquest #3 — 20,287 (–19.3%)
08/17 126 Bane Conquest #4 — 17,615 (–13.2%)
09/17 133 Bane Conquest #5 — 15,768 (–10.5%)
10/17 140 Bane Conquest #6 — 14,739 (–6.5%)
11/17 143 Bane Conquest #7 — 13,719 (–6.9%)
06 mos: –67.1%


COMMENTARY — 12-issue limited series. Hard numbers. This will almost certainly finish below 10k. Who demanded this, anyway? Bane is stupid. Always has been.



153. SCOOBY APOCALYPSE ($3.99)
11/16 124 Scooby Apocalypse #7  — 21,983
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12/16 119 Scooby Apocalypse #8  — 20,126 (–8.0%)
01/17 134 Scooby Apocalypse #9  — 19,208 (–5.0%)
02/17 122 Scooby Apocalypse #10 — 17,993 (–6.3%)
03/17 136 Scooby Apocalypse #11 — 17,281 (–4.0%)
04/17 123 Scooby Apocalypse #12 — 16,492 (-4.6%)
05/17 151 Scooby Apocalypse #13 — 16,016 (–2.9%)
06/17 152 Scooby Apocalypse #14 — 15,500 (–3.2%)
07/17 138 Scooby Apocalypse #15 — 14,931 (–3.7%)
08/17 147 Scooby Apocalypse #16 — 14,309 (–4.2%)
09/17 141 Scooby Apocalypse #17 — 13,866 (–3.1%)
10/17 152 Scooby Apocalypse #18 — 13,478 (–2.8%)
11/17 153 Scooby Apocalypse #19 — 12,974 (–3.7%)

06 mos: –19.0%
01  yr: –41.0%

COMMENTARY — NuHB re-imagining. Still running LONG after I expected it to. I dropped out after three issues. This will probably keep going for as long as DC can do it without going into the red, although it’s getting close to that line now, I’d wager. We might see it end between #25-30.



156. GOTHAM CITY GARAGE ($2.99)
10/17 098 Gotham City Garage #1 — 25,807
10/17 135 Gotham City Garage #2 — 15,418 (–40.3%)
11/17 156 Gotham City Garage #3 — 12,765 (–17.2%)
11/17 188 Gotham City Garage #4 — 10,689 (–16.2%)

COMMENTARY — Big drops. But who’s surprised, given the series is based Bombshell-like on a line of statues. It’s a digital first title, so we’ll get advance word on when it will be cancelled. Soon, most like.



159. **RAGMAN** ($2.99)
10/17 130 Ragman #1 — 17,220
11/17 159 Ragman #2 — 12,507 (­–27.4%)

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. Ouch. That’s not a terrible drop for a second issue, but when a title starts out this low, it gets ugly quick. This character has always been a tough nut to crack anyway. I’m not sure who thought this was what the market wanted, unless it was trademark renewal time. This one will be doing well, I think, to remain in the Top 300 for all six issues.



160. BOMBSHELLS UNITED ($2.99)
11/15 101 Bombshells #5  — 25,335
11/16 153 Bombshells #19 — 15,452 (–39.0%)
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12/16 150 Bombshells #20 — 14,428 (–6.6%)
01/17 167 Bombshells #21 — 13,748 (–4.7%)
02/17 166 Bombshells #22 — 13,204 (–4.0%)
03/17 175 Bombshells #23 — 12,794 (–3.1%)
03/17 178 Bombshells #24 — 12,525 (–2.1%)
04/17 163 Bombshells #25 — 12,499 (–0.2%)
05/17 173 Bombshells #26 — 13,325 (+6.6%)
05/16 180 Bombshells #27 — 12,917 (–3.1%)
06/17 185 Bombshells #29 — 12,011 (–7.0%)
06/17 189 Bombshells #28 — 11,858 (–1.3%)
07/17 166 Bombshells #30 — 11,970 (+0.9%)
07/17 168 Bombshells #31 — 11,869 (-0.8%)
08/17 174 Bombshells #32 — 12,079 (+1.8%)
08/17 182 Bombshells #33 — 11,652 (–3.5%)
09/17 109 Bombshells United #1 — 22,177 (+90.3%)
09/17 139 Bombshells United #2 — 14,388 (–35.1%)
10/17 156 Bombshells United #3 — 13,317 (–7.4%)
10/17 160 Bombshells United #4 — 12,874 (–3.3%)
11/17 160 Bombshells United #5 — 12,504 (–2.9%)
11/17 166 Bombshells United #6 — 12,043 (–3.7%)

06 mos: –06.8%
01  yr: –22.1%
02 yrs: –52.5%

COMMENTARY — I tied this series for a few issues. I didn’t think it was that good, even if it is a fun idea. Still, although the current run is racing for the bottom, the previous run stayed fairly consistent for a while, indicating there is a fanbase for this that will support it. So, I don’t expect this is going anywhere real soon, even as it hovers around the bottom of the charts. I bet a few issues by Adam Hughes would get a real bump though.



163. SUPERWOMAN ($3.99)
11/16 097 Superwoman #4  — 30,070
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12/16 104 Superwoman #5  — 24,761 (–17.7%)
01/17 118 Superwoman #6  — 23,065 (–6.8%)
02/17 106 Superwoman #7  — 20,435 (–11.4%)
03/17 122 Superwoman #8  — 18,857 (–7.7%)
04/17 119 Superwoman #9  — 17,835 (-5.4%)
05/17 140 Superwoman #10 — 17,068 (–4.3%)
06/17 146 Superwoman #11 — 16,137 (–5.5%)
07/17 136 Superwoman #12 — 15,209 (–5.8%)
08/17 148 Superwoman #13 — 14,181 (–6.8%)
09/17 151 Superwoman #14 — 13,343 (–5.9%)
10/17 157 Superwoman #15 — 13,089 (–1.9%)
11/17 163 Superwoman #16 — 12,232 (–6.5%)

06 mos: –28.3%
01  yr: –59.3%

COMMENTARY — Canceled. #18 in January will be the last. Good. I had high hopes for this book, but the Lois/Lana bait-and-switch really pissed me off.



169. INJUSTICE 2 ($2.99)
11/12 ---
11/13 098 Injustice Gods Among #11 — 22,704
11/14 131 Injustice Gods Among Yr3 #4 — 16,741
11/15 ---
11/16 176 Injustice Gods Among Yr5 Ann #1 — 12,227
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12/16 158 Injustice Grd Zero #2   — 13,406
01/17 175 Injustice Grd Zero #4   — 11,927
02/17 178 Injustice Grd Zero #6   — 11,110 
03/17 198 Injustice Grd Zero #8   — 10,670
04/17 186 Injustice Grd Zero #10  — 10,466
05/17 107 Injustice 2 #1  — 24,325
05/17 170 Injustice 2 #2  — 13,557 (–44.3%)
06/17 167 Injustice 2 #3  — 13,645 (+0.6%)
06/17 170 Injustice 2 #4  — 13,342 (–2.2%)
07/17 148 Injustice 2 #5  — 13,960 (+4.6%)
07/17 152 Injustice 2 #6  — 13,372 (-4.2%)
08/17 161 Injustice 2 #7  — 13,272 (–0.7%)
08/17 163 Injustice 2 #8  — 13,104 (–1.2%)
09/17 157 Injustice 2 #9  — 12,783 (–2.4%)
09/17 165 Injustice 2 #10 — 12,390 (–3.1%)
10/17 164 Injustice 2 #11 — 12,356 (–0.3%)
10/17 165 Injustice 2 #12 — 12,022 (–2.7%)
11/17 169 Injustice 2 #13 — 11,899 (–1.0%)
11/17 175 Injustice 2 #14 — 11,543 (–3.0%)
11/17 178 Injustice 2 Annual #1 — 11,278

06 mos: –14.9%
01  yr: –05.6%
02 yrs:  ---
05 yrs:­  ---

COMMENTARY — One of the most consistent (if low) sellers in the DC line. Like Bombshells, discussed above, and ASTRO CITY, below, this appears to have found its level of support, and those fans don’t appear to be going anywhere.



171. **FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS** ($3.99)
11/16 131 Future Quest #7  — 19,910
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12/16 127 Future Quest #8  — 18,296 (–8.1%)
01/17 150 Future Quest #9  — 17,089 (–6.6%)
02/17 137 Future Quest #10 — 16,246 (–4.9%)
03/17 126 Adam Strage/Ftr Quest #1 — 18,134
03/17 149 Future Quest #11 — 15,750 (-3.1%)
04/17 ---
05/17 155 Future Quest #12 — 15,528 (–1.4%)
06/17 ---
07/17 ---
08/17 120 Ftr Quest Pres. #1 — 18,347 (+18.2%)
09/17 143 Ftr Quest Pres. #2 — 13,783 (–24.9%)
10/17 161 Ftr Quest Pres. #3 — 12,788 (–7.2%)
11/17 171 Ftr Quest Pres. #4 — 11,721 (–8.3%)

06 mos: –24.5%
01  yr: –41.1%

COMMENTARY — NuHB, although this one is really kind of the most faithful to the source material. At the rate it’s falling, it probably will not last much longer, although its still a go at least as far as March.

HINTS TO FIX — I don’t really know what to do here, frankly. I really enjoy this book. I just wish it sold better. I think what I might do is take off the “Future Quest” label and make this more of a series of one-shots, not unlike Dell’s old FOUR COLOR series. Maybe even drive that point home for fans by making the idicia title something like DC FOUR COLOR COMICS. Or maybe even just DC COMICS PRESENTS. But at any rate, the series should do as the most recent “Birdman” issue did and make the character logo the predominate, perhaps only, cover logo.

Then, if this can get swung through licensing, I’d mix up the Hanna-Barbera offerings by rotating in other characters, from other studios. Keeping Steve Rude on the HB heroes, but can you imagine, maybe, some Krofft offerings, like LAND OF THE LOST by Frank Cho, ELECTA-WOMAN AND DYNAGIRL by DeMatteis, Giffen, and Maguire, THE BUGALOOS by Mike Allred, or H.R. PUFNSTUF by Skottie Young? And maybe a mix of other old Saturday-morning adventure shows, like SPEED BUGGY, HE-MAN, THUNDERCATS, DANGER ISLAND, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and others?  



180. **THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE** ($3.99) [LS-12]
01/17 091 Kamandi Challenge Spec #1  — 5,72
01/17 114 Kamandi Challenge #1  — 23,576
02/17 133 Kamandi Challenge #2  — 16,650 (–29.4%)
03/17 153 Kamandi Challenge #3  — 15,446 (–7.2%)
04/17 142 Kamandi Challenge #4  — 14,205 (-8.0%)
05/17 171 Kamandi Challenge #5  — 13,504 (–4.9%)
06/17 172 Kamandi Challenge #6  — 12,860 (–4.8%)
07/17 162 Kamandi Challenge #7  — 12,451 (–3.2%)
08/17 176 Kamandi Challenge #8  — 12,030 (–3.4%)
09/17 166 Kamandi Challenge #9  — 11,844 (–1.5%)
10/17 171 Kamandi Challenge #10 — 11,246 (–5.0%)
11/17 180 Kamandi Challenge #11 — 11,046 (–1.8%)

06 mos:  –18.2%
From #1: –53.1%

COMMENTARY — A fun experiment, but like the DC CHALLENGE series of old, I suspect this was more fun for the creators than readers.

HINTS TO FIX —  I would support an ongoing Kamandi comic, and have longed or a regular series by Gibbons & Sook since WEDNESDAY COMICS. Do that, please.



184. NEW SUPER-MAN ($3.99)
11/16 109 New Super-Man #5  — 25,378
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12/16 115 New Super-Man #6  — 21,000 (–17.2%)
01/17 136 New Super-Man #7  — 18,959 (–9.7%)
02/17 131 New Super-Man #8  — 16,962 (–10.5%)
03/17 150 New Super-Man #9  — 15,576 (–8.2%)
04/17 136 New Super-Man #10 — 14,748 (-5.3%)
05/17 166 New Super-Man #11 — 13,995 (–5.1%)
06/17 168 New Super-Man #12 — 13,610 (–2.8%)
07/17 157 New Super-Man #13 — 12,951 (–4.8%)
08/17 170 New Super-Man #14 — 12,339 (–4.7%)
09/17 164 New Super-Man #15 — 12,431 (+0.7%)
10/17 166 New Super-Man #16 — 11,543 (–7.1%)
11/17 184 New Super-Man #17 — 10,844 (–6.1%)

06 mos: –22.5%
01  yr: –57.3%

COMMENTARY — Still being published, inexplicably, although the title is now NEW SUPER-MAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF CHINA. There has to be some reason DC is persisting in this, despite the high monthly attrition. Does it sell in China? I dunno. All I know is I tried it, found the main character totally unlikable, and dropped out after three issues.

HINTS TO FIX — I dunno. Having the title character not be such a dick would be a start, I guess.



192. WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY ($3.99)
10/17 146 Michael Cray #1 — 14,145
11/17 192 Michael Cray #2 — 10,339 (­–26.9%)

COMMENTARY — Wildstorm imprint. Be interesting to see how long this lasts. I’ll be shocked if it gets to #10.



195. CYBORG ($3.99)
10/15 088 Cyborg #4  — 25,926
11/16 108 Cyborg #5  — 25,772 (–0.6%)
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12/16 113 Cyborg #6  — 21,287 (–17.4%)
12/16 124 Cyborg #7  — 19,788 (–7.0%)
01/17 141 Cyborg #8  — 18,562 (–6.2%)
02/17 136 Cyborg #9  — 16,274 (–12.3%)
03/17 158 Cyborg #10 — 14,977 (–8.0%)
04/17 151 Cyborg #11 — 13,677 (-8.7%)
05/17 179 Cyborg #12 — 12,919 (–5.5%)
06/17 183 Cyborg #13 — 12,076 (–6.5%)
07/17 171 Cyborg #14 — 11,536 (–4.5%)
08/17 192 Cyborg #15 — 10,949 (–5.1%)
09/17 185 Cyborg #16 — 10,385 (–5.2%)
10/17 184 Cyborg #17 —  9,945 (–4.2%)
11/17 195 Cyborg #18 — 10,176 (+2.3%)

06 mos: –21.2%
01  yr: –60.4%
02 yrs: –60.7%

COMMENTARY — Last issue, which might explain the bump. DC has been trying to force-feed us Cyborg ever since making the inexplicable, social justice call to make him a founding member of the Justice League at the start of the New 52 reboot. I don’t mind shoehorning in a black character as a founding JLA member, but would’ve preferred Vixen, Black Lightning, an entirely new character, of even a more permanently black J’Onn J’Onzz. Vic is a great character, but he’s a Titan, and I’ve kind of resented him for being forced into the JLA.



202. BLUE BEETLE ($3.99)
1987 Blue Beetle #20 — ???
1992 ---
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11/97 ---
11/02 ---
11/07 141 Blue Beetle #21 — 15,639
11/12 167 Blue Beetle #14 — 12,508 (–20.0%)
11/13 ---
11/14 ---
10/15 ---
11/16 110 Blue Beetle #3  — 25,300
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12/16 118 Blue Beetle #4  — 20,811 (–17.7%)
01/17 146 Blue Beetle #5  — 18,104 (–13.0%)
02/17 139 Blue Beetle #6  — 15,906 (–12.1%)
03/17 160 Blue Beetle #7  — 14,690 (–7.6%)
04/17 153 Blue Beetle #8  — 13,406 (-8.7%)
05/17 178 Blue Beetle #9  — 12,939 (–3.5%)
06/17 178 Blue Beetle #10 — 12,399 (–4.2%)
07/17 165 Blue Beetle #11 — 12,075 (–2.6%)
08/17 186 Blue Beetle #12 — 11,574 (–4.1%)
09/17 179 Blue Beetle #13 — 10,879 (–6.0%)
10/17 184 Blue Beetle #14 — 10,379 (–4.6%)
11/17 202 Blue Beetle #15 —  9,667 (–4.00

06 mos: –23.0%
01  yr: –60.6%
02 yrs:  ---
05 yrs:­ –20.3%
10 yrs: –36.3%

COMMENTARY — Series cancelled. #18 in February will be the final issue. DC really, really, wants us to like this version of the beetle. And I do. But maybe more as a Titans West member than as the star of his own series.



206. IMAGINARY FRIENDS ($3.99)
11/17 206 Imaginary Friends #1 — 9,604

COMMENTARY — 6-issue limited series. Vertigo imprint. If a new series by Tim Seeley is drawing numbers this low on a new #1, I’d say it’s time to stick a fork in the Vertigo imprint. It’s done. I mean, really, if this had been solicited as just any old DCU title — same exact thing sans Vertigo label — I bet it would have posted numbers at least double this. But the thing is, DC kinds of needs, I think, a place for creators to play with characters, ideas, and themes not appropriate, whether “adult” or not, the its main spandex universe.

HINTS TO FIX — If it were me, I’d put Vertigo to rest and launch a new imprint called DC DIMENSIONS. The trade dress would be the same as the regular DCU titles, just with the world “Dimensions” in place of “Universe.” And I’d market it by saying, “Okay, these are the cool comics we want to publish that aren’t necessarily part of our current super-hero universe continuity, even if one or two of the books happens to star what we’d traditionally think of a super-hero.” I would further day that the Dimensions books are not necessarily “mature readers” titles, just that some could be. The trick though, is to get someone who is a good story editor to lead the line, especially considering that there may be no unifying theme as to the types of books published, apart from “not-current-DCU.”



207. NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2017 ($7.99)
11/17 207 New Talent Showcase #1 — 9,415

COMMENTARY — One-shot. Actually sold better than I would have predicted given the cover price. No way I was jumping in for $8 though.


213. BUG: ADVENTURES OF A FORAGER ($3.99)
05/17 132 Bug #1 — 18,252
06/17 188 Bug #2 — 11,881 (­–34.9%)
07/17 175 Bug #3 — 11,176 (–5.9%)
08/17 ---
09/17 187 Bug #4 — 10,068 (–9.9%)
10/17 ---
11/17 213 Bug #5 —  9,043 (–10.2%)

6 mos: –50.5%

COMMENTARY — Young Animal imprint. Attrition picking up speed, which is never a good sign. Three YA titles are rebooting in March with new #1 and slightly altered titles. This does not appear to be one of them. I have not seen official word, but it appears next month’s issue could be the last, and the book has not been solicited for the first three months of 2018.



216. **ASTRO CITY** ($3.99)
11/97 044 Astro City #12 — 46,953
11/02 ---
11/07 ---
11/12 ---
11/13 135 Astro City #6  — 16,031
11/14 171 Astro City #17 — 12,055 (–24.8%)
11/15 173 Astro City #23 — 10,748 (–10.8%)
10/16 194 Astro City #40 —  9,568 (–11.0%)
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12/16 ---
01/17 ---
02/17 187 Astro City #41 — 10,066 (+5.2%)
03/17 205 Astro City #42 —  9,481 (-5.8%)
04/17 201 Astro City #43 —  9,309 (–1.8%)
05/17 228 Astro City #44 —  9,318 (+0.09%)
06/17 225 Astro City #45 —  9,224 (–1.0%)
07/17 ---
08/17 219 Astro City #46 —  9,168 (–0.6%)
09/17 194 Astro City #47 —  9,246 (+0.9%)
10/17 197 Astro City #48 —  9,140 (–1.1%)
11/17 216 Astro City #49 —  8,938 (–2.2%)

06 mos: –04.7%
01  yr: –06.6%
02 yrs: –16.8%
05 yrs:­  ---
10 yrs:  ---
15 yrs:  ---
20 yrs: –81.0% [Image]

COMMENTARY — Vertigo imprint. One of my very favorite titles published by any company today. Although it has a solid base of support, it makes me sad to think how many of is are reading this today.

HINTS TO FIX — Nothing, other than remove the Vertigo albatross. And, with a different label, i.e. DC DIMENSIONS, described above, don’t bury the solicits after the trade paperback reprints in the PREVIEWS catalog. Also, and I’d hope Kurt Busiek would be up for this, how any a Justice League/Astro City cross-over, in the style of the old JLA/JSA events?



255. DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY ($3.99)
09/17 148 Dastardly & Muttley #1 — 13,525
10/17 200 Dastardly & Muttley #2 —  8,777 (­–35.1%)
11/17 255 Dastardly & Muttley #3 —  6,416 (–26.9%)

COMMENTARY — 4-issue limited series. NuHB. The real question is whether or not the final issue will land outside the Top 300. I’m almost certain it will.



283. **SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP** ($2.99)
11/14 239 Scooby Team-Up #7  — 6,845 (
10/15 210 Scooby Team-Up #13 — 8,008 (+17.0%)
11/16 228 Scooby Team-Up #20 — 7,708 (–3.7%)
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12/16 154 Scooby Team-Up #21 — 14,270 (+85.1%)
01/17 233 Scooby Team-Up #22 —  6,521 (–54.3%)
02/17 253 Scooby Team-Up #23 —  5,959 (–8.6%)
03/17 255 Scooby Team-Up #24 —  6,316 (+6.0%)
04/17 228 Scooby Team-Up #25 —  6,940 (+9.9%)
05/17 281 Scooby Team-Up #26 —  5,998 (–13.6%)
06/17 271 Scooby Team-Up #27 —  6,281 (+4.7%)
07/17 264 Scooby Team-Up #28 —  6,028 (–4.0%)
08/17 295 Scooby Team-Up #29 —  5,778 (–4.1%)
09/17 248 Scooby Team-Up #30 —  5,760 (–0.3%)
10/17 257 Scooby Team-Up #31 —  5,757 (–0.05%)
11/17 283 Scooby Team-Up #32 —  5,207 (–9.6%)

06 mos: –13.2%
01  yr: –32.4%
02 yrs: –35.0%

COMMENTARY — I’ve enjoyed this title from the start. And it has proven popular enough to get an upgrade from bi-monthly to monthly status. It is digital first, and may do well there, but I’m betting it also gets licensed overseas. The sales spikes around a bit, which is not surprising given these numbers are sales to comics shops. Numbers are generally up with the team-up is with a DC super-hero, and down when its with some other cartoon character.

HINTS TO FIX — None, really. My only complaint about this title is that the art appears to be done on computer, often giving it an static, inorganic feel. If the goal is to boost sales via comics shops, it might be fun to so a series of issues that are loosely connected under the them of searching for Zatanna, to play off her original appearances, with the Mystery Inc. gang teaming with a different DC hero during each chapter of the quest.



Finally, DC had to previously solicited Batman one-shots, both tied to DARK NIGHTS: METAL I believe, re-enter the Top 300 as back orders. They were:

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1, placing #248 with 6,804 copies sold (so, add that to the 81,904 copies sold in Septemner), and BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1, which landed at #276 with 5,610 copies sold (added to the 87,920 it moved in October).

Both of these re-orders outsold four new DC offerings, all of which landed outside Diamond’s Top 300 — meaning Comichron.com didn’t bother to track them, they were so week. All we know for sure is that by placing outside the Top 300, these four comics had to sold less than 4,763 copies, each. The Un-Fantastic Four, including one NuHB, two kids titles, and one Vertigo comics, are:

• THE RUFF & REDDY SHOW #2 (of 6) $3.99
• LOONEY TUNES #240 $2.99
• SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU #87 $2.99
• AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW #5 (of 6) $3.99


And that’s that. Do you have a different spin on the sales for any of the above DC books? Then sound off in the comments section below!

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