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December 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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December 2020 was the sixth 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 — and it was the final month in which retailers could order from UCS. It had announced in October it would end its distribution relationship with DC by the end of the year, leaving only Lunar.

A year of crisis for the world and change for DC ended with Batman leading the way for the publisher. Comichron projects a close finish between Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 and Batman #103 for the lead in inital orders according to our retail order dataset, with the nod going to the latter. At $4.99, Death Metal #6 would have been the top dollar book by orders. Batman/Catwoman #1 was likely the top launch; we have it in third. Several Endless Winter and holiday special issues appeared; they landed in the middle of the chart.

Once variants are removed, DC had 51 new comics releases, up from November, when it had 46 new comics on the racks. Perhaps as a consequence, the number of units ordered in our retail order dataset rebounded. There were again a larger than normal number of graphic novel releases for the holiday season, including the hardcover for Wonder Woman: Dead Earth. The Wonder Woman 1984 movie, unable to open earlier in the year, released instead streaming on HBOMax on Christmas Day.

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, but it did get a consumer-facing website in the middle of December. It said nothing about sales, but it did at least say what was coming out.

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, comics like October's Batman: Three Jokers #3, which might have charted again on a Diamond-style report, do not reappear.

The chart below features every new comic book released by DC in December 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.

DC offered 15 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.
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 salePublisher
15Batman104 (All)$3.9912/01/20DC
21Dark Nights Death Metal6$4.9912/15/20DC
32Batman Catwoman1$4.9912/01/20DC
46Batman105 (All)$3.9912/15/20DC
58Batman Annual5 (All)$4.9912/29/20DC
612DCeased Dead Planet6 (All)$3.9912/01/20DC
77Batman Black And White1$5.9912/08/20DC
83Dark Nights Death Metal The Last Stories Of The DC Universe1$8.9912/08/20DC
910Rorschach3$4.9912/15/20DC
104Dark Nights Death Metal The Last 52 War Of The Multiverses1$8.9912/29/20DC
119Dark Nights Death Metal The Secret Origin1$5.9912/22/20DC
1217Detective Comics1032 (All)$3.9912/08/20DC
1313Strange Adventures7$4.9912/01/20DC
1414Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn3$4.9912/22/20DC
1515Justice League Endless Winter1 (All)$4.9912/01/20DC
1620Detective Comics1033 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
1711Tales From The Dark Multiverse Flashpoint #1 (One Shot)1$5.9912/08/20DC
1821Justice League58$3.9912/15/20DC
1922Flash767$3.9912/08/20DC
2025Wonder Woman769 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
2116Tales From The Dark Multiverse Crisis On Infinite Earths1$5.9912/15/20DC
2226Superman28 (All)$3.9912/15/20DC
2327Batman The Adventures Continue7$3.9912/01/20DC
2418Tales From The Dark Multiverse Wonder Woman War Of The Gods 1$5.9912/01/20DC
2528Superman Endless Winter Special1$3.9912/08/20DC
2619Tales From The Dark Multiverse Dark Nights Metal1$5.9912/29/20DC
2729Catwoman28$3.9912/15/20DC
2830Wonder Woman768 (All)$3.9912/08/20DC
2931Batman Superman15 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
3024Justice League Endless Winter2 (All)$4.9912/29/20DC
3132Action Comics1028 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
3233Black Adam Endless Winter Special1 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
3334Batman's Grave12$3.9912/15/20DC
3435Justice League Dark29$3.9912/22/20DC
3536Green Lantern Season Two10$3.9912/15/20DC
3637Teen Titans Endless Winter Special1$3.9912/15/20DC
3739Nightwing77$3.9912/15/20DC
3840Batman Beyond50$3.9912/22/20DC
3941Aquaman66$3.9912/15/20DC
4042Far Sector9$3.9912/01/20DC
4143American Vampire 19763$3.9912/08/20DC
4238Jinny Hex Special1 (All)$4.9912/29/20DC
4323DC's Very Merry Multiverse1$9.9912/08/20DC
4445Red Hood52$3.9912/22/20DC
4544Last God11$4.9912/22/20DC
4646Dreaming Waking Hours5$3.9912/01/20DC
4747Metal Men12$3.9912/01/20DC
4848Sweet Tooth The Return2$3.9912/08/20DC
4949Amethyst6$3.9912/15/20DC
5050DC Classics The Batman Adventures7$1.9912/01/20DC
5151Scooby-Doo Where Are You107$2.9912/15/20DC


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December 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 December appears to have been the Wonder Woman: Dead Earth hardcover. UCS reported that November's Batman: Three Jokers hardcover outsold it overall.

A list of all the graphic novels DC released appears below. DC released 31 new graphic novels in December, the same as in November.


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 Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 HC$150.0012/08/20DC
Arkhamaniacs$9.9912/08/20DC
Authority Book One $34.9912/22/20DC
Batman City of Bane Complete Collection$29.9912/15/20DC
Batman Detective Comics Vol. 4 Cold Vengeance $17.9912/29/20DC
Batman The Rise and Fall of the Batmen Omnibus HC $150.0012/29/20DC
Batman Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader Deluxe 2020 Edition HC $29.9912/22/20DC
Books of Magic Omnibus Vol. 1 HC$150.0012/08/20DC
DC Poster Portfolio Clay Mann $24.9912/22/20DC
DC Through The 80S The End of Eras HC $49.9912/22/20DC
Deadman Omnibus HC$99.9912/08/20DC
Green Lantern By Geoff Johns Book 4 $39.9912/29/20DC
Green Lantern Season Two Vol. 1 HC$29.9912/01/20DC
Injustice Gods Among Us Omnibus Vol. 2 HC$125.0012/15/20DC
Justice League By Scott Snyder Book Two Deluxe Edition HC$39.9912/01/20DC
Justice League Vengeance Is Thine$19.9912/08/20DC
New Teen Titans Vol. 12 $19.9912/29/20DC
Nightwing The Prince of Gotham Omnibus HC$99.9912/01/20DC
Promethea The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Three HC $39.9912/22/20DC
Promethea The Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 HC $39.9912/22/20DC
Shazam and the Seven Magic Lands$29.9912/08/20DC
Super Friends Saturday Morning Comics Vol. 2 HC $69.9912/22/20DC
Superman Vs. Wonder Woman Tabloid Edition HC$39.9912/08/20DC
Superman Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow Deluxe 2020 Edition HC $29.9912/22/20DC
Terrifics Vol. 4 The Tomorrow War $24.9912/22/20DC
Tiny Titans Beast Boy & Raven$9.9912/01/20DC
Transmetropolitan Book Four$29.9912/15/20DC
V For Vendetta Black Label Edition$24.9912/15/20DC
Wonder Woman Dead Earth HC$29.9912/01/20DC
Wonder Woman Vol. 3 Loveless $17.9912/29/20DC
Young Justice Vol. 2 Lost In The Multiverse $17.9912/29/20DC