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October 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 Overall charts and those from Diamond.

October 2020 was the fourth full month in which retailers had to order DC comics from Lunar Distribution or UCS Comic Distributors or one of those firms' subdistributors, such as Universal Distribution in Canada. On October 19, UCS announced it would end its distribution relationship with DC by the end of the year, leaving only Lunar, but October still had a full slate of DC titles at UCS.

Once again, Batman and Death Metal-related titles dominated retailer orders from the two distributors: Comichron projects that the $6.99 Black Label title Batman: Three Jokers #3 was the top-ordered comic book from DC's distributors in the month in units and dollars. The anniversary issue Batman #100 placed second, but unlike Detective Comics #1000 in the previous month, it was only priced at $6.99, so it didn't overtake Three Jokers as the top dollar item for DC.

Once variants are removed, DC only had 49 new comics releases, its smallest non-pandemic slate since May 1991, when it had 45 new comics on the racks. It's one less than its recent-history low in June 2019 level of 50 releases.

The performance of Three Jokers #3 followed the success of its first issue, which continued to appear atop the Best Sellers section on the UCS website through October. (The snapshot from October 19 can be seen at right.) As in previous months, the charts in that section co-mingled both preordered items and those 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. Lunar, meanwhile, released no data at all.

Given the lack of official information, 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.

Note, further, that our process only looks at first-month orders for comics, so no reordered titles from the month before or reprints appear in the chart below. Thus, Batman: Three Jokers #1, which might have charted again on a Diamond-style report, does not reappear.

The chart below features every new comic book released by DC in October 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 #55, which has been chosen as the order index issue for DC's distributors this month, as well as for Diamond. Sales below are expressed in relation to that issue. For example, for every 100 copies of Justice League #55 in the order set, there were 90 copies of Batgirl #50.

DC offered eight 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. Dollar rankings are based on the combined sales of the component variants.

Things to remember: A difference of a single point on the chart may not be meaningful, due to rounding; projections for issues at the lower extremes are 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 #55s that were ordered.
Differently priced variants appear fused together by default near where they'd have ranked if together.
The component variants are sorted to the bottom of the chart by default.
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.

UnitDollarComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisherOrder Index
11Batman Three Jokers3$6.9910/27/20DC420
22Batman100 (All)$6.9910/06/20DC324
33Dark Nights Death Metal4$4.9910/13/20DC259
45Batman101 (All)$3.9910/20/20DC215
54Dark Nights Death Metal Robin King1$5.9910/20/20DC158
78Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn1$4.9910/20/20DC147
89Detective Comics1029 (All)$3.9910/27/20DC138
910Detective Comics1028 (All)$3.9910/13/20DC131
107Dark Nights Death Metal Rise Of The New God1$5.9910/27/20DC130
1113DCeased Dead Planet4 (All)$3.9910/06/20DC110
1216Justice League55$3.9910/20/20DC100
1317Justice League54$3.9910/06/20DC98
1414Catwoman26 (All)$3.9910/20/20DC92
1618Wonder Woman765 (All)$3.9910/27/20DC77
1720Action Comics1026$3.9910/27/20DC76
1821Batman The Adventures Continue5$3.9910/06/20DC73
1919Strange Adventures6$4.9910/13/20DC68
2222Batman Superman13 (All)$3.9910/27/20DC67
2326Green Lantern Season Two8$3.9910/13/20DC63
2424Wonder Woman764 (All)$3.9910/13/20DC61
2527Batmans Grave11$3.9910/13/20DC61
2729Legion of Super-Heroes10$3.9910/27/20DC61
2912DC The Doomed and the Damned1$9.9910/13/20DC53
3031American Vampire 19761$3.9910/06/20DC52
3132Justice League Dark27$3.9910/27/20DC48
3223Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular1$5.9910/06/20DC47
3335Batman Beyond48$3.9910/27/20DC44
3436Suicide Squad10$3.9910/27/20DC41
3537John Constantine Hellblazer11$3.9910/27/20DC40
3638Young Justice19$3.9910/06/20DC39
3733Last God Songs of Lost Children1$4.9910/27/20DC38
3940Far Sector8$3.9910/06/20DC35
4041Justice League Odyssey25$3.9910/13/20DC33
4142Batman And The Outsiders17$3.9910/13/20DC32
4334Red Hood Outlaw50$5.9910/27/20DC30
4444Wonder Woman10 Facs. Ed.$3.9910/06/20DC29
4545Metal Men11$3.9910/20/20DC23
4646Dreaming Waking Hours3$3.9910/06/20DC22
4747DC Classics The Batman Adventures5$1.9910/06/20DC14
4848Scooby-Doo Where Are You106$2.9910/20/20DC7
n.a.n.a.Batman100 Card Stock$7.9910/06/20DC103
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1028$3.9910/13/20DC97
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1029$3.9910/27/20DC96
n.a.n.a.Batman101 Card Stock$4.9910/20/20DC76
n.a.n.a.DCeased Dead Planet4 Card Stock$4.9910/06/20DC58
n.a.n.a.DCeased Dead Planet4$3.9910/06/20DC52
n.a.n.a.Batman Superman13$3.9910/27/20DC49
n.a.n.a.Catwoman26 Card Stock$4.9910/20/20DC48
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman765 Card Stock$4.9910/27/20DC43
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1029 Card Stock$4.9910/27/20DC42
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1028 Card Stock$4.9910/13/20DC34
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman765$3.9910/27/20DC34
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman764$3.9910/13/20DC31
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman764 Card Stock$4.9910/13/20DC30
n.a.n.a.Teen Titans46$3.9910/20/20DC23
n.a.n.a.Teen Titans46 Card Stock$4.9910/20/20DC21
n.a.n.a.Batman Superman13 Card Stock$4.9910/27/20DC17

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October 2020 DC Graphic Novel Sales

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Ordered and Preordered by 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, but UCS Comic Distributors did break out graphic novels in its bestsellers page on its website. As mentioned above, the UCS charts appear to include both items which had shipped and had not yet shipped.

Based on UCS's charts appearing in September and October, the top graphic novel that shipped for the first time in October appears to have been Doomsday Clock: The Complete Collection.

A list of all the graphic novels DC released appears below.

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

Trade Paperback titlePriceOn salePublisher
Absolute Swamp Thing By Alan Moore Vol. 1 HC$99.9910/27/20DC
Absolute Swamp Thing By Alan Moore Vol. 2 HC$99.9910/27/20DC
Batman (2020) Vol. 1 Their Dark Designs HC$34.9910/20/20DC
Batman 80 Years of the Bat Family$39.9910/27/20DC
Batman Adventures Nightwing Rising$9.9910/06/20DC
Batman Gotham By Gaslight The Deluxe Edition HC$34.9910/06/20DC
Batman The Man Who Laughs The Deluxe Edition HC$34.9910/27/20DC
DC Graphic Novels For Kids Box Set$39.9910/20/20DC
DC Graphic Novels For Young Adults Box Set 1 - Resist Revolt Rebel$49.9910/20/20DC
DC Poster Portfolio Dceased$24.9910/27/20DC
Dollhouse Family HC$24.9910/13/20DC
Doomsday Clock The Complete Collection$39.9910/13/20DC
Fables Compendium One$59.9910/20/20DC
House of Whispers Vol. 3 Watching The Watchers$19.9910/27/20DC
Jsa By Geoff Johns Book Four$39.9910/20/20DC
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1 Millennium$19.9910/06/20DC
Mister Miracle The Deluxe Edition HC$49.9910/06/20DC
Sandman Expanded Edition Box Set$250.0010/06/20DC
Shazam The Deluxe Edition HC$34.9910/27/20DC
Super Sons Book 3 Escape to Landis$9.9910/06/20DC
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen Who Killed Jimmy Olsen$29.9910/27/20DC
Swamp Thing Twin Branches$16.9910/13/20DC
Young Justice Book Five$34.9910/20/20DC