January 2021 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops

This data combines orders from all Direct Market distributors. Click to see only Diamond and DC's distributor.

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Back in January 1995, Marvel replaced all its X-Men titles temporarily for several months with the "Age of Apocalypse" versions of those series. Exactly 26 years later, DC did the same thing, except with almost its entire line in an event called "Future State" — and it paid dividends in giving the publisher the top comic books by initial-order units and dollars accoding to our retailer order sample.

Initial orders for all publishers (including DC) appear to have been around 6 million copies, for a value of between $27 million and $28 million. That compares favorably with the same grouping from January 2020, which had one additional shipping week and the advantage of a much larger slate of comics: 490 versus 270 in January 2021. DC's output was just 42 new comics, the lowest for a non-shutdown month since December 1990.

Our retail order dataset found Dark Nights Death Metal #7, the finale issue of that miniseries, as the top comic book in retail initial orders. Meanwhile, Future State: The Next Batman #1, priced at $7.99, appears to have been the top comic book in initial order dollars.

Marvel's top comic book was Star Wars: The High Republic #1, tying in with a new milieu for the franchise, and initial orders had been reported as topping 100,000 copies, with reorders and reprints taking it well beyond that. Our sample only looks at initial orders, so those wouldn't impact the rankings, which still had Death Metal a bit ahead.

Lunar did not release any sales reporting, and by late February, Diamond was in the third month of its second pause in monthly report releases. As we did during the first pause in 2020, Comichron has drawn upon a retailer initial order sample to determine approximate unit and dollar sales rankings. The dataset represented a sizable number of copies, from which Comichron was able to determine relative sales volumes — but only the rankings are being shared at this time, and no attempt has been made to rank items beyond 200th place.

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.

The charts feature every new comic book released by Diamond and Lunar in January 2021. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The DC release dates are from Lunar.

Things to remember: As we're not characterizing order levels at this time, ranked comics could be separated by thousands of copies or as little as a single issue. Rankings are 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. Comichron tracks copies in circulation, a category which includes both copies on retail shelves and in consumers' hands.

You can see the reorders that were placed during the month on our pages for reorders and advance reorders for the year. 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 the two lists below include all comic books released by Direct Market Distributors in the month.
Rankings are based on Comichron's retailer inital order sample and do not include reorders.
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
12Dark Nights Death Metal7$5.9901/05/21DC
28Star Wars High Republic1$3.9901/06/21Marvel
31Future State Next Batman1 (All)$7.9901/05/21DC
55King In Black3$4.9901/20/21Marvel
713Future State Wonder Woman1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
96Future State Dark Detective1 (All)$5.9901/12/21DC
113Future State Next Batman2 (All)$7.9901/12/21DC
127Future State Justice League1 (All)$5.9901/19/21DC
1311Batman Catwoman2$4.9901/19/21DC
1414Amazing Spider-Man56$4.9901/06/21Marvel
1623Future State Teen Titans1 (All)$3.9901/19/21DC
1724Amazing Spider-Man57$3.9901/13/21Marvel
1826Amazing Spider-Man58$3.9901/27/21Marvel
1910Future State Immortal Wonder Woman1 (All)$5.9901/26/21DC
2120DCeased Dead Planet7 (All)$4.9901/19/21DC
2228King In Black Gwenom Vs. Carnage1$3.9901/13/21Marvel
2429Future State Harley Quinn1 (All)$3.9901/12/21DC
2631Immortal Hulk42$3.9901/13/21Marvel
2818Future State Superman of Metropolis1 (All)$5.9901/05/21DC
2932Star Wars Darth Vader9$3.9901/13/21Marvel
3033King In Black Return of Valkyries1$3.9901/06/21Marvel
3219Future State Dark Detective2 (All)$5.9901/12/21DC
3336Future State Flash1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
3539Star Wars10$3.9901/06/21Marvel
3640Future State Swamp Thing1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
3741Future State Superman Wonder Woman1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
3943Future State Nightwing1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
4045King In Black Planet of Symbiotes1$3.9901/13/21Marvel
4247Black Cat2$3.9901/20/21Marvel
4315Future State Superman Worlds of War1 (All)$7.9901/19/21DC
4449Guardians of the Galaxy10$3.9901/06/21Marvel
459Generations Shattered1$8.9901/26/21DC
4650Department of Truth5$3.9901/27/21Image
4725Future State Green Lantern1 (All)$5.9901/19/21DC
4853Strange Academy7$3.9901/27/21Marvel
4954Walking Dead Deluxe6$3.9901/06/21Image
5055Symbiote Spider-Man King In Black3$3.9901/06/21Marvel
5156Future State Robin Eternal1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
5238Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn4$4.9901/26/21DC
5357Future State Catwoman1 (All)$3.9901/12/21DC
5559Iron Man5$3.9901/06/21Marvel
5660Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
5744Maestro War and Pax1$4.9901/20/21Marvel
5861Miles Morales Spider-Man22$3.9901/06/21Marvel
6166Future State Shazam1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
6235Batman Black & White2$5.9901/19/21DC
6452Strange Adventures8$4.9901/19/21DC
6571Future State Batman Superman1 (All)$3.9901/12/21DC
6672Savage Avengers17$3.9901/27/21Marvel
6975Future State Legion of Super-Heroes1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
7076Iron Fist Heart of Dragon1$3.9901/20/21Marvel
7178Walking Dead Deluxe7$3.9901/20/21Image
7280Fantastic Four28$3.9901/27/21Marvel
7684King In Black Thunderbolts1$3.9901/13/21Marvel
7785Future State Aquaman1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
7848Future State Suicide Squad1 (All)$5.9901/05/21DC
7986Captain Marvel25$3.9901/27/21Marvel
8087Legion of Super-Heroes12$3.9901/26/21DC
8188We Only Find Them When They're Dead5$3.9901/27/21Boom
8470Batman The Adventures Continue8$4.9901/19/21DC
8589Star Wars Bounty Hunters9$3.9901/27/21Marvel
8690Star Wars Doctor Aphra7$3.9901/20/21Marvel
8791Something Is Killing the Children14$3.9901/27/21Boom
8879Chris Claremont Anniversary Special1$4.9901/13/21Marvel
8992Once & Future15$3.9901/20/21Boom
9062Joker Harley Criminal Sanity7$5.9901/26/21DC
9194Future State Superman Vs Imperious Lex1 (All)$3.9901/19/21DC
9295Bettie Page5$3.9901/27/21Dynamite
9396Conan The Barbarian18$3.9901/27/21Marvel
9497Red Sonja The Superpowers1$3.9901/13/21Dynamite
9598King In Black Namor3$3.9901/27/21Marvel
9699Cimmerian Frost Giants Daughter2$3.9901/13/21Ablaze
97100Abbott 19731$3.9901/20/21Boom
98101Fire Power7$3.9901/06/21Image
101104Mighty Morphin3$3.9901/13/21Boom
103108Werewolf By Night4$3.9901/27/21Marvel
10577Other History of the DC Universe2$6.9901/12/21DC
106110Blade Runner 20292$3.9901/13/21Titan
10764Symbiote Spider-Man Marvel Tales1$7.9901/06/21Marvel
108112Unsacred Vol. 23$3.9901/27/21Ablaze
109113Red Sonja23$3.9901/27/21Dynamite
110114Red Sonja Price of Blood2$3.9901/20/21Dynamite
111116Vampirella Dark Powers2$3.9901/27/21Dynamite
112117American Vampire 19764$3.9901/12/21DC
114107Dune House Atreides4$4.9901/27/21Boom
115118Resistance Reborns Oneshot1$3.9901/06/21AWA
116120Sacred Six6$3.9901/27/21Dynamite
117111Last God12$4.9901/26/21DC
119124Seven to Eternity16$3.9901/20/21Image
120125Stillwater5 $3.9901/20/21Image
121115Last Witch1$4.9901/06/21Boom
122126Rise of Ultraman5$3.9901/06/21Marvel
123127Captain America117 Facs Ed.$3.9901/06/21Marvel
125129Usagi Yojimbo Wanderers Road3$3.9901/27/21IDW
126130Crimson Flower1$3.9901/20/21Dark Horse
127131Colonel Weird Cosmagog4$3.9901/27/21Dark Horse
128132You Look Like Death Tales Umbrella Academy5$3.9901/20/21Dark Horse
129133Power Rangers3$3.9901/20/21Boom
130122Rick and Morty Presents Death Stalkers1$4.9901/27/21Oni
131137Seven Secrets6$3.9901/13/21Boom
132139Eighth Immortal1$3.9901/27/21Source Point
133105Van Helsing (Legacy Number)50$7.9901/20/21Zenescope
134119Van Helsing Hellfire Cvr a Vitorino$5.9901/27/21Zenescope
135141Post Americana2$3.9901/27/21Image
136142Dreaming Waking Hours6$3.9901/05/21DC
137143We Live4$3.9901/20/21Aftershock
139147Taarna (2020)2$3.9901/27/21Heavy Metal
140148Kick-Ass Vs. Hit-Girl3$3.9901/13/21Image
141149Year Zero Vol. 23 $3.9901/27/21AWA
142151Home Sick Pilots2$3.9901/13/21Image
144152Sonic The Hedgehog36$3.9901/13/21IDW
145153E Ratic2$3.9901/13/21AWA
146138Scouts Honor1$4.9901/06/21Aftershock
147155Modok Head Games2$3.9901/06/21Marvel
149157Rick & Morty Ever After4$3.9901/20/21Oni
150158X-O Manowar4$3.9901/27/21Valiant
151159Unkindness of Ravens5$3.9901/27/21Boom
152140TMNT Jennika II3$4.9901/20/21IDW
153160Sweet Tooth The Return3$3.9901/12/21DC
154161Barbalien Red Planet3$3.9901/20/21Dark Horse
155162Witcher Fading Memories3$3.9901/27/21Dark Horse
157164Captain America354 Facs. Ed.$3.9901/13/21Marvel
158165Commanders In Crisis4$3.9901/13/21Image
159135TMNT Best of Leonardo$5.9901/20/21IDW
160136Belle Dead of Winter One Shot Cvr a Vitorino$5.9901/20/21Zenescope
161166Stranger Things Science Camp4$3.9901/13/21Dark Horse
163168Usagi Yojimbo16$3.9901/06/21IDW
165170Gung Ho Sexy Beast1$3.9901/20/21Ablaze
166171Manns World1$3.9901/13/21AWA
167172American Ronin4$3.9901/20/21AWA
168173Nailbiter Returns9 $3.9901/27/21Image
169154Rain Like Hammers1$4.9901/20/21Image
170176Red Mother12$3.9901/13/21Boom
171177Big Girls6$3.9901/13/21Image
172121Myths & Legends Quarterly Gretel2$8.9901/27/21Zenescope
173178Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast Vol. 2 Night City5$3.9901/13/21Heavy Metal
174179Bloodshot (2019)10$3.9901/13/21Valiant
175180Damned Cursed Children1$3.9901/27/21Source Point
176144Space Bastards1 $5.9901/13/21Humanoids
177145Robyn Hood Iron Maiden1$5.9901/20/21Zenescope
178150Star Wars Adventures Smugglers Run2$5.9901/27/21IDW
179181Star Trek Year Five18$3.9901/06/21IDW
180182Devils Red Bride4$3.9901/13/21Vault
181183Dungeons & Dragons At Spine of World3$3.9901/06/21IDW
183186Dead End Kids Suburban Job1$3.9901/27/21Source Point
185188Brooklyn Gladiator3$3.9901/13/21Heavy Metal
186189Sleeping Beauties5$3.9901/06/21IDW
187190Buffy The Vampire Slayer21$3.9901/06/21Boom
189192Green Hornet5$3.9901/13/21Dynamite
190193George Rr Martin a Clash of Kings10$3.9901/20/21Dynamite
191194Sweet Downfall1$3.9901/27/21Scout
192195Star Trek Voyager Sevens Reckoning3$3.9901/20/21IDW
193208Dark Wing2$2.9901/20/21Heavy Metal
194196Byte Sized2$3.9901/20/21AWA
195197Fishkill3$3.9901/20/21Heavy Metal
196174Cutting Edge Devils Mirror1$5.9901/20/21Titan
197175Courier Liberty & Death1$5.9901/20/21Zenescope
198184Mega Man Fully Charged6$4.9901/27/21Boom
199239Sengi and Tembo1$1.9901/06/21Scout
200199Wrong Earth Night and Day1$3.9901/06/21Ahoy

The list below includes all the other comics released by Diamond and Lunar for which Comichron is not projecting rankings at this time. They appear in alphabetical order by publisher and then by title; use the arrows to sort by any column.

The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Comic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisher
Superbabes Starring Femforce5$5.9501/13/21AC
Kaiju Score3$4.9901/27/21Aftershock
Knock Em Dead2$3.9901/06/21Aftershock
Lonely Receiver5$3.9901/13/21Aftershock
Red Atlantis3$3.9901/13/21Aftershock
Sympathy For No Devils4$3.9901/27/21Aftershock
Edgar Allan Poe`S Snifter of Blood4 $4.9901/27/21Ahoy
Happy Hour3 $3.9901/06/21Ahoy
American Mythology Monsters1$3.9901/13/21American Mythology
Zorro Galleon of Dead3$3.9901/20/21American Mythology
Cat Shit Vol. 22$3.9901/06/21Antarctic
Crimson Scorpion3$3.9901/06/21Antarctic
Gold Digger278$3.9901/06/21Antarctic
Hot Valley Days & Cocaine Nights2$3.9901/06/21Antarctic
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest316$7.9901/20/21Archie
Betty & Veronica Friends Forever Winterfest1$2.9901/13/21Archie
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest290$7.9901/20/21Archie
Riverdale Presents South Side Serpents $3.9901/27/21Archie
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest106$7.9901/27/21Archie
World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest1$7.9901/06/21Archie
Cavewoman Double Feature$3.9901/20/21Basement
2020 One Shot$2.9901/27/21Behemoth
Necromorfus4 $3.9901/27/21Behemoth
Lady Death Nightmare Symphony1 Raw Ed.$25.0001/27/21Coffin
Looney Tunes258$2.9901/26/21DC
Savage Circus2$2.9901/20/21Heavy Metal
Marvel Action Avengers3$3.9901/06/21IDW
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic93$3.9901/06/21IDW
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic94$3.9901/27/21IDW
A Man Among Ye4$3.9901/13/21Image
Getting It Together4$4.9901/06/21Image
Nomen Omen11$3.9901/27/21Image
Rat Queens24 $3.9901/06/21Image
Savage Dragon256$3.9901/13/21Image
Ninjas & Robots3$4.9901/27/21Keenspot
Hollywood Trash4$3.9901/20/21Mad Cave
Honor and Curse7$3.9901/06/21Mad Cave
Knights of the Golden Sun9$3.9901/13/21Mad Cave
Pantomime3$3.9901/13/21Mad Cave
Stargazer5$3.9901/27/21Mad Cave
Terminal Punks3$3.9901/20/21Mad Cave
Villainous4$3.9901/27/21Mad Cave
Aggretsuko Meet Her Friends3$3.9901/27/21Oni
Backtrack10 $3.9901/06/21Oni
Kaijumax Season 56 $3.9901/13/21Oni
Concrete Jungle4$3.9901/13/21Scout
Ninja Nuns Bad Habits Die Hard $4.9901/06/21Scout
Backfired3$3.9901/27/21Source Point
Black of Heart3$3.9901/27/21Source Point
Claim Song of Ire and Vice2$3.9901/27/21Source Point
Era of Great Wonders2$3.9901/27/21Source Point
No Heroine3$3.9901/27/21Source Point
Touching Evil12$3.9901/27/21Source Point
Warcorns Combat Unicorns For Hire1$3.9901/27/21Source Point
John Carpenters Tales Scifi Vortex 28$3.9901/27/21Storm King
Doctor Who Comics3$3.9901/13/21Titan
Life Is Strange Partners In Time4$3.9901/20/21Titan
Bleed Them Dry6$3.9901/13/21Vault
27 Run Crush 1$3.9901/13/21Wave Blue World

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January 2021 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Comichron did not examine graphic novel orders, but you can see what graphic novels were receiving retail attention at Diamond in the month by looking at its reorders.