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July 2020 DC Comic Book Sales

Projections for DC Comics Ordered by North American Comics Shops

This data refers only to sales by DC's distributors. Click to see the Diamond and Overall charts.


On June 5, DC announced that it was cutting ties with Diamond Comic Distributors altogether, forcing retailers who wanted its comics to go through Lunar Distribution or UCS Comic Distributors (or one of those firms' subdistributors, such as Universal Distribution in Canada), and to go through Random House for its graphic novels. June 30 was further declared a skip week to give more retailers time to set up accounts.

So as of the July 7 ship date comics, every DC comic book was shipped through UCS or Lunar; it was the first time since the April 1997 that a retailer could not order all major publishers' comics from Diamond. The Joker War story arc was big for DC in July; Comichron projects that Batman #95 was its top seller to retailers in dollars and units, once all versions were merged.

During July, UCS had a Best Sellers section on its website, including sections for comic books, graphic novels, magazines, books, and promotional items. They were simple top ten lists, without any indexed sales figures, and appeared to co-mingle both preordered items and those that had shipped. (For example, the July 7 snapshot, seen at right, included items that had not shipped yet.)

 

UCS did not include information about what specific timeframe was being measured in the rankings, and the titles listed updated dynamically through the month. As such, while Comichron archived several instances of the reports, the UCS data on comic books was too limited in detail to be of much use to retailers.

With UCS releasing little official information about its DC sales and Lunar releasing none at all, Comichron has drawn upon a subset of known retail orders both to determine approximate rankings and to project the relative order volumes of comic-book releases. The subset represents a sizable number of copies, but it is not possible at present to know what portion of the overall population of store orders it represents, particularly as many stores were closed, had their accounts on hold, or had not established accounts with DC's distributors. Only periodicals were examined, and order totals are believed to be as of Final Order Cutoff. No statistical adjustments have been made for returnability and no later returns have been subtracted out.

The chart below features every new comic book released by DC in July 2020. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The release dates are from UCS. We make no attempt here to distinguish between the distributors DC sold through; the intent is to describe DC's business in the Direct Market.

The order volumes are expressed in relation to Justice League #49, which has been chosen as the order index issue for DC's distributors this month, as well as for Diamond. (There are Justice League issues without cardstock variants in the May and June lists for both Diamond and DC's distributors, so it's a good choice if you're trying to refer between charts.) For example, for every 100 copies of Justice League #49 in the order set, there were 120 copies of Batgirl #47.

DC offered 10 comic books with cardstock variants at a different price; their sales have been fused by default below. You can find the component versions at the bottom of the chart, or by sorting by "Units" to see where its variants would have placed.

Things to remember: The retail order subset represents a sizable number of copies, but it is not possible at present to know what portion of the overall population of store orders it represents, particularly as many stores were closed, had their accounts on hold, or had not established accounts with DC's distributors. For example, Justice League had been seeing Diamond orders of more than 40,000 copies per issue in North America the first quarter of 2020, but we do not advise using that number to extrapolate overall sales for other titles — not until we have a better idea how the market size has changed.

We're sticking with whole numbers until we have a better handle on the margin of error. As such, note that a difference of a single point on the chart may not be meaningful, due to rounding. Projections for issues at the lower extremes are thus subject to more error due to the small quantities involved. Projected relative sales levels here are likely most reliable for regular series issues in the middle of the chart: orders for the highest sellers and first issues may tend to show more variation.

Rankings in these charts should also be expected to differ — often significantly — from the sales-to-consumers charts available at other outlets. Those report sell-through and not sell-in, and different retailers are sampled in each, with no known overlap in reporting stores as of the generation of the below charts.

As is the case with all data on Comichron, it is subject to revision without notice in the event more authoritative and complete information about orders becomes available.

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all DC items released by its distributors in the month.
The Order Index Number by each comic book indicates how many copies were ordered within the sample for every 100 Justice League #49s that were ordered.
"Fused" combines differently priced-variants; click the "Unit" arrow to do a sort separating them.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


FusedDollarUnitComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisherOrder Index
11n.a.Batman95 (All)$3.9907/21/20DC392
22n.a.Batman94 (All)$3.9907/07/20DC357
332Dark Nights Death Metal2$4.9907/14/20DC230
44n.a.DCeased Dead Planet1 (All)$4.9907/07/20DC199
55n.a.Detective Comics1023 (All)$3.9907/07/20DC194
66n.a.Detective Comics1024 (All)$3.9907/21/20DC187
774Nightwing72$3.9907/14/20DC148
889Batgirl47$3.9907/21/20DC120
9911Batman The Adventures Continue2$3.9907/07/20DC116
101012Strange Adventures3$4.9907/14/20DC113
1111n.a.Batman Superman10 (All)$3.9907/28/20DC106
121213Justice League49$3.9907/14/20DC100
131314Justice League48$3.9907/07/20DC95
141415Action Comics1023$3.9907/21/20DC94
151516Superman23$3.9907/07/20DC92
1616n.a.Green Lantern Season 25 (All)$3.9907/07/20DC92
1717n.a.Batman's Grave8 (All)$3.9907/07/20DC87
1818n.a.Legion of Super-Heroes7 (All)$3.9907/28/20DC85
191917Catwoman23$3.9907/14/20DC83
202020Flash757$3.9907/07/20DC78
212121Flash758$3.9907/21/20DC76
2222n.a.Wonder Woman759 (All)$3.9907/28/20DC76
232322Joker Harley Criminal Sanity Secret Files1$5.9907/21/20DC76
242424Justice League Dark24$3.9907/21/20DC69
2525n.a.Wonder Woman758 (All)$3.9907/07/20DC67
2626n.a.Shazam13 (All)$3.9907/21/20DC65
272726Harley Quinn74$3.9907/07/20DC63
282829Young Justice16$3.9907/07/20DC54
292930Plunge5$3.9907/28/20DC53
303031Suicide Squad7$3.9907/28/20DC53
313132Justice League Odyssey22$3.9907/07/20DC50
323234Daphne Byrne6$3.9907/14/20DC49
333335Lois Lane12$3.9907/07/20DC48
343436Aquaman61$3.9907/14/20DC47
353539John Constantine Hellblazer8$3.9907/28/20DC46
363640Batman Beyond45$3.9907/21/20DC46
373741Batman And The Outsiders14$3.9907/07/20DC42
383842Hawkman25$3.9907/07/20DC41
393944Teen Titans43$3.9907/14/20DC38
404045Red Hood Outlaw47$3.9907/28/20DC34
414146Last God7$4.9907/21/20DC33
424247Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen12$3.9907/14/20DC33
434348Metal Men8$3.9907/14/20DC32
444452DC Cybernetic Summer1$9.9907/28/20DC25
454553DC Classics The Batman Adventures2$1.9907/07/20DC25
464656Amethyst4$3.9907/21/20DC22
474757Books of Magic21$3.9907/21/20DC21
484859Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds7$3.9907/07/20DC20
494961Looney Tunes255$2.9907/14/20DC6
n.a.n.a.1Batman95$3.9907/21/20DC246
n.a.n.a.3Batman94$3.9907/07/20DC223
n.a.n.a.5Detective Comics1023$3.9907/07/20DC147
n.a.n.a.6Batman95 Card Stock$4.9907/21/20DC147
n.a.n.a.7Batman94 Card Stock$4.9907/07/20DC134
n.a.n.a.8Detective Comics1024$3.9907/21/20DC129
n.a.n.a.10DCeased Dead Planet1 Card Stock$5.9907/07/20DC118
n.a.n.a.18Batman Superman10$3.9907/28/20DC81
n.a.n.a.19DCeased Dead Planet1$4.9907/07/20DC81
n.a.n.a.23Green Lantern Season 25$3.9907/07/20DC71
n.a.n.a.25Batman's Grave8$3.9907/07/20DC65
n.a.n.a.27Legion of Super-Heroes7$3.9907/28/20DC62
n.a.n.a.28Detective Comics1024 Card Stock$4.9907/21/20DC59
n.a.n.a.33Shazam13$3.9907/21/20DC50
n.a.n.a.37Detective Comics1023 Card Stock$4.9907/07/20DC47
n.a.n.a.38Wonder Woman759$3.9907/28/20DC47
n.a.n.a.43Wonder Woman758$3.9907/07/20DC40
n.a.n.a.49Wonder Woman759 Card Stock$4.9907/28/20DC30
n.a.n.a.50Wonder Woman758 Card Stock$4.9907/07/20DC27
n.a.n.a.51Batman Superman10 Card Stock$4.9907/28/20DC25
n.a.n.a.54Legion of Super-Heroes7 Card Stock$3.9907/28/20DC23
n.a.n.a.55Batman's Grave8 Card Stock$4.9907/07/20DC22
n.a.n.a.58Green Lantern Season 25 Card Stock$4.9907/07/20DC20
n.a.n.a.60Shazam13 Card Stock$4.9907/21/20DC16





July 2020 DC Graphic Novel Releases

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Released to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from UCS Comic Distributors


Comichron did not sample retailer sales data for DC's Direct Market graphic novel sales; a list of all the graphic novels it released appears below. Advance reorders taken at Diamond indicated strong presales of Green Lantern Vol. 2: The Day the Stars Fell; the Flash Forward collection would've been another highlight for the month.


The links lead to title details on Amazon (paid links). You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Trade Paperback titlePriceOn salePublisher
Batman Beyond Vol. 7 First Flight$16.9907/21/20DC
Batman Deluxe Edition Collection Book 5 HC$34.9907/28/20DC
Batman Vol. 13 City of Bane Part 2 HC $24.9907/14/20DC
Crisis on Infinite Earths Paragons Rising Deluxe Edition HC $17.9907/07/20DC
DC Poster Portfolio Stanley Artgerm Lau Vol. 2 Tp $24.9907/14/20DC
DC Super Hero Girls Weird Science$9.9907/14/20DC
Deathstroke RIP$16.9907/28/20DC
Dreaming Vol. 3 One Magical Moment$19.9907/14/20DC
Flash Forward$17.9907/07/20DC
Flash United They Fall$17.9907/21/20DC
Green Lantern 80 Years of The Emerald Knight HC $29.9907/14/20DC
Green Lantern Green Arrow Space Traveling Heroes HC$49.9907/21/20DC
Green Lantern Vol. 2 The Day The Stars Fell$19.9907/07/20DC
House Of Mystery The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2 HC $150.0007/21/20DC
Justice League Of America By Brad Meltzer Deluxe Edition HC $39.9907/07/20DC
Lucifer Vol. 3 The Wild Hunt$16.9907/28/20DC
Superboy A Celebration of 75 Years HC$39.9907/07/20DC
Supergirl Being Super New Edition $16.9907/07/20DC
Wonder Woman Come Back to Me$16.9907/28/20DC
Wonder Woman Her Greatest Victories$12.9907/14/20DC
Wonder Woman Through The Years HC$39.9907/21/20DC
Wonder Woman War of the Gods Omnibus HC$99.9907/28/20DC