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November 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.


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November 2020 was the fifth 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. But change was coming again, as UCS had announced in October it would end its distribution relationship with DC by the end of the year, leaving only Lunar, but November still had a full slate of DC titles at UCS.

As they had all autumn long, Batman and Death Metal-related titles dominated retailer orders from the two distributors: Comichron projects a very close finish between Dark Nights: Death Metal #5 and Batman #102 for the lead in inital orders. At $4.99, Death Metal would have been the top dollar book by orders according to our retail order dataset, which depicted a very narrow lead for that issue among units as well.

Once variants are removed, DC only had 46 new comics releases, its smallest non-pandemic slate since May 1991, when it had 45 new comics on the racks. Perhaps as a consequence, the number of units ordered in our retail order dataset was smaller for DC than it had been in any month since July. Offsetting that was a larger than normal number of graphic novel releases for the holiday season, including the hardcover for Batman: Three Jokers.

With the end nearing for UCS as a distributor, its sales charts, always of limited use, provided almost no information about new comics orders. They mostly depicted comics that had already shipped, suggesting that UCS was filling one of the roles that its sister company Midtown Comics always had: serving as a reorder source for other comics shops. Lunar, meanwhile, released no data at all; it would be another month before it would get beyond a minimal consumer-facing website.

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; only initial orders for periodicals were examined. 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 #3, which would have charted again on a Diamond-style report, does not reappear.

The chart below features every new comic book released by DC in November 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 #56, 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 #56 in the order set, there were 70 copies of Batman: The Adventure Continues #6.

DC offered 12 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.

We also have a page breaking out ship dates for second printings.

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 #56s 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
11Dark Nights Death Metal5$4.9911/17/20DC198
22Batman102 (All)$3.9911/03/20DC196
34Batman103 (All)$3.9911/17/20DC189
43Punchline Special1 (All)$4.9911/10/20DC156
59DCeased Dead Planet5 (All)$3.9911/03/20DC106
68Rorschach2$4.9911/17/20DC105
75Dark Nights Death Metal Multiverse Who Laughs1$5.9911/24/20DC103
86Dark Nights Death Metal Infinite Hours Exxxtreme1$5.9911/10/20DC103
913Justice League57$3.9911/17/20DC100
1014Justice League56$3.9911/03/20DC100
117Tales From The Dark Multiverse Batman Hush1$5.9911/03/20DC94
1215Detective Comics1030 (All)$3.9911/10/20DC91
1312Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn2$4.9911/24/20DC88
1416Detective Comics1031 (All)$3.9911/24/20DC78
1518Batman The Adventures Continue6$3.9911/03/20DC70
1619Superman27$3.9911/10/20DC69
1710Hellblazer Rise And Fall2$6.9911/03/20DC66
1811Other History of the DC Universe1$6.9911/24/20DC65
1920Wonder Woman766 (All)$3.9911/10/20DC58
2021Batman Superman14$3.9911/24/20DC58
2122Flash765$3.9911/10/20DC57
2224Green Lantern Season Two9$3.9911/10/20DC57
2323Action Comics1027 (All)$3.9911/24/20DC53
2417Joker Harley Criminal Sanity6$5.9911/17/20DC52
2527Flash766$3.9911/24/20DC51
2628Nightwing76$3.9911/17/20DC50
2725Wonder Woman767 (All)$3.9911/24/20DC49
2830Legion of Super-Heroes11$3.9911/24/20DC48
2926Catwoman27 (All)$3.9911/17/20DC46
3031Young Justice20 (All)$3.9911/03/20DC41
3133Justice League Dark28$3.9911/24/20DC39
3232Sweet Tooth The Return1 (All)$3.9911/03/20DC36
3334Suicide Squad11$3.9911/24/20DC33
3429John Constantine Hellblazer12$5.9911/24/20DC33
3536American Vampire 19762$3.9911/10/20DC29
3637Red Hood51$3.9911/24/20DC28
3738Hawkman29$3.9911/10/20DC27
3839Aquaman65$3.9911/17/20DC26
3935Last God10$4.9911/24/20DC25
4040Batman Beyond49$3.9911/24/20DC25
4141Teen Titans47$3.9911/17/20DC23
4242Dreaming Waking Hours4$3.9911/03/20DC18
4346Dollar Comics The Sandman23$1.0011/17/20DC16
4444DC Classics The Batman Adventures6$1.9911/03/20DC10
4543Strange Adventures Directors Cut1$5.9911/03/20DC10
4645Looney Tunes257$2.9911/17/20DC6
n.a.n.a.Action Comics1027 Regular$3.9911/24/20DC40
n.a.n.a.Action Comics1027 Card Stock$4.9911/24/20DC13
n.a.n.a.Batman102 Regular$3.9911/03/20DC123
n.a.n.a.Batman102 Card Stock$4.9911/03/20DC73
n.a.n.a.Batman103 Regular$3.9911/17/20DC119
n.a.n.a.Batman103 Card Stock$4.9911/17/20DC70
n.a.n.a.Catwoman27 Regular$3.9911/17/20DC20
n.a.n.a.Catwoman27 Card Stock$4.9911/17/20DC26
n.a.n.a.DCeased Dead Planet5 Regular$3.9911/03/20DC44
n.a.n.a.DCeased Dead Planet5 Card Stock$4.9911/03/20DC62
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1030 Regular$3.9911/10/20DC63
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1030 Card Stock$4.9911/10/20DC28
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1031 Regular$3.9911/24/20DC53
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1031 Card Stock$4.9911/24/20DC25
n.a.n.a.Punchline Special1 Regular$4.9911/10/20DC90
n.a.n.a.Punchline Special1 Card Stock$5.9911/10/20DC66
n.a.n.a.Sweet Tooth The Return1 Regular$3.9911/03/20DC24
n.a.n.a.Sweet Tooth The Return1 Card Stock$4.9911/03/20DC12
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman766 Regular$3.9911/10/20DC25
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman766 Card Stock$4.9911/10/20DC26
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman767 Regular$3.9911/24/20DC25
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman767 Card Stock$4.9911/24/20DC24
n.a.n.a.Young Justice20 Regular$3.9911/03/20DC27
n.a.n.a.Young Justice20 Card Stock$4.9911/03/20DC14


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November 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 new items on UCS's charts appearing in October and November, the top graphic novel that shipped for the first time in November appears to have been the Batman: Three Jokers hardcover.

A list of all the graphic novels DC released appears below. DC released 31 new graphic novels in November, an increase from October.


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
Batman By Tom King & Lee Weeks Deluxe Edition HC$29.9911/17/20DC
Batman Detective Comics #1027 The Deluxe Edition HC$19.9911/24/20DC
Batman Superman Vol. 1 Who Are The Secret Six$17.9911/03/20DC
Batman The Road to No Mans Land Omnibus HC$125.0011/17/20DC
Batman Three Jokers HC$29.9911/17/20DC
Daphne Byrne HC$24.9911/03/20DC
Flash Vol. 13 Rogues Reign$17.9911/17/20DC
Flash Year One$17.9911/17/20DC
Forever People By Jack Kirby$29.9911/10/20DC
Girl$7.9911/10/20DC
Hard Time The Complete Series$39.9911/03/20DC
Heroes In Crisis$19.9911/24/20DC
Jla By Grant Morrison Omnibus HC$150.0011/17/20DC
Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2 HC$125.0011/24/20DC
Justice League Unlimited Time After Time$9.9911/03/20DC
Lois Lane Enemy of the People$29.9911/24/20DC
Lucifer Omnibus Vol. 2 HC$125.0011/03/20DC
Plastic Man Rubber Banded Deluxe Edition HC$69.9911/03/20DC
Plunge HC$24.9911/17/20DC
Question The Deaths of Vic Sage HC$29.9911/24/20DC
Sandman The Deluxe Edition Book One HC$49.9911/03/20DC
Super Sons Omnibus Expanded Edition HC$99.9911/24/20DC
Supergirl (2018) Vol. 3 Infectious$24.9911/03/20DC
Superman Action Comics Vol. 3 Leviathan Hunt$16.9911/17/20DC
Superman The City of Tomorrow Vol. 2$39.9911/03/20DC
Teen Titans Deathstroke The Terminus Agenda$16.9911/03/20DC
Teen Titans Go Roll With It$9.9911/10/20DC
Teen Titans Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set$39.9911/10/20DC
Underworld Unleashed The 25th Anniversary Edition$29.9911/17/20DC
Victor and Nora a Gotham Love Story$16.9911/03/20DC
Y The Last Man Compendium One$59.9911/10/20DC