May charts are now online. Batman #108 led our projected all-industry rankings for comic shop initial orders in the month. A projected 6 to 7 million copies were initially ordered overall, worth $30 to 31 million, obviously way above May 2020. Click to see the charts for May 2021.
May 2021’s 329 new comic releases dwarf the 91 that came out in May 2020; Diamond only restarted on the 20th. But May 2019 saw 486 new releases, and even though it had one more ship week, that’s still a lot more than we’re seeing yet.
We also have a page just for what DC sold through Lunar, though note again that as our retail order sample only looks at initial orders, books like Batman/Fortnite may have done better in the end. Click to see the DC May 2021 rankings.
Finally, we’re nearly caught up on the charts from earlier in Diamond’s data pause: December 2020’s rankings are online. King in Black #1 led initial orders in the overall market, according to our retail order sample. (Just November to go!)
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 upcoming release, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – The High Country. Read more about them at his fiction site.
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