Our January 2020 comics sales estimates are now online. Wonder Woman #750 moved more than 167,000 copies in North America, with the series leading the market for its first time ever. That was about a third of what Action and Detective #1000 did, but WW‘s sales were strong enough to more than double the dollars spent on any other January item.
As expected, Batman #86 and #87, the debut issues of James Tynion IV, moved up in Diamond’s chart once the regular and cardstock versions were combined. Use the “Fused” column to re-sort Comichron’s comics chart to combine DC’s (and other publishers’) differently priced editions.
No three-peat for Star Wars #1 as a million-copy seller, though the 2015 issue’s presence is felt in this month’s charts in that all the five-year comparatives are skewed. (Every seventh comic Diamond sold in January 2015 was a Star Wars #1, wildly distorting the month’s data.) It did double the sales of Dark Horse’s 1998 and and 2013 Star Wars #1s, so it’s right in the middle.
X-Men #4 significantly outsold #5, but a portion of that comes from the former’s spotlight focus as a Jan. 1 release, whereas #5 only was out three days in January. Issue #5 did well in advance reorders and the issue is sold out at Diamond, so the difference may wash out in time.
Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 25 years, including a decade editing the industry’s retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises.
He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, Star Trek: Discovery – The Enterprise War, and his latest release, Star Trek: Discovery – Die Standing. Read more about them at his fiction site.
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