January 2021 DC Comic Book Sales
Projections for DC Comics Ordered by North American Comics Shops
This data refers only to sales by DC's sole distributor, Lunar. Click to see the Overall charts and those from Diamond.
With January 2021, DC was again exclusive with just a single Direct Market distributor, as retailers had to order its comics from Lunar Distribution or one of its subdistributors such as Universal Distribution in Canada. UCS Comic Distributors had dropped out of its relationship with DC at the end of 2020. The first month of the new era would coincide with the smallest slate of new DC comics in 30 years.
DC offered just 42 new comic books, not counting variants, in the month, dropping below May 1991's low of 45 new comics. It's six more than the next lowest non-pandemic figure, 36 new issues in December 1990. By contrast, DC had offered 82 new comics in January 2020, before the Coronavirus pandemic. But the actual number of versions of comics released by DC was much higher, with fully 26 out of its 42 new comics having card stock variants. In total, it released 121 variants.
The Future State event replaced almost all of DC's line, in a manner similar to what Marvel did in another January in 1995 with "Age of Apocalypse." Our retail order dataset found that the finale issue Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 garnered the most initial orders, with the Future State versions of Batman and Wonder Woman following closely behind. At $7.99, Future State: The Next Batman #1 appears to have been the top comic book by dollars in initial orders.
Despite the lower number of new releases, the number of units ordered in our retail order dataset improved over December and November levels; it helped that 23 releases, more than half the slate, were all first issues. As a reasult of all the special and first issues, the median cover price of DC's releases went to $4.99, with the average cost weighted by orders hitting $5.60.
While Lunar added a consumer-facing website in December, it still did not report anything about sales. 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 December's Batman/Catwoman #1, 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 January 2021. 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 Future State: Justice League #1, 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 Future State: Justice League #1 in the order set, there were 75 copies of DCeased Dead Planet #7.
As noted, DC offered 26 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 Lunar Distribution in the month.
The Order Index Number by each comic book indicates how many copies were ordered within the sample for every 100 Future State: Justice League #1s 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.
|Unit||Dollar||Comic-book Title||Issue||Price||On sale||Publisher||Order Index|
|1||3||Dark Nights Death Metal||7||$5.99||01/05/21||DC||141|
|2||1||Future State Next Batman||1 (All)||$7.99||01/05/21||DC||120|
|3||7||Future State Wonder Woman||1 (All)||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||117|
|4||2||Future State Next Batman||2 (All)||$7.99||01/19/21||DC||108|
|5||4||Future State Dark Detective||1 (All)||$5.99||01/12/21||DC||102|
|6||5||Future State Justice League||1 (All)||$5.99||01/12/21||DC||100|
|8||15||Future State Teen Titans||1 (All)||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||83|
|9||6||Future State Dark Detective||2 (All)||$5.99||01/26/21||DC||81|
|10||8||Future State Immortal Wonder Woman||1 (All)||$5.99||01/19/21||DC||77|
|11||13||DCeased Dead Planet||7 (All)||$4.99||01/19/21||DC||75|
|12||18||Future State Harley Quinn||1 (All)||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||73|
|13||20||Future State Flash||1 (All)||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||69|
|14||12||Future State Superman of Metropolis||1 (All)||$5.99||01/05/21||DC||68|
|16||22||Future State Swamp Thing||1 (All)||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||67|
|17||21||Future State Superman Wonder Woman||1 (All)||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||63|
|18||14||Batman Black & White||2||$5.99||01/26/21||DC||61|
|19||10||Future State Superman Worlds of War||1 (All)||$7.99||01/19/21||DC||57|
|20||26||Future State Nightwing||1 (All)||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||57|
|21||23||Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn||4||$4.99||01/26/21||DC||56|
|22||25||Future State Catwoman||1 (All)||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||55|
|23||27||Future State Batman Superman||1 (All)||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||54|
|24||17||Future State Green Lantern||1 (All)||$5.99||01/12/21||DC||51|
|27||19||Future State Suicide Squad||1 (All)||$5.99||01/26/21||DC||49|
|28||33||Future State Legion of Super-Heroes||1 (All)||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||46|
|29||35||Future State Aquaman||1 (All)||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||45|
|30||34||Future State Shazam||1 (All)||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||44|
|31||31||Future State Robin Eternal||1 (All)||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||44|
|32||32||Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman||1 (All)||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||44|
|33||29||Batman The Adventures Continue||8||$4.99||01/26/21||DC||43|
|34||37||Legion of Super-Heroes||12||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||39|
|35||36||Future State Superman Vs Imperious Lex||1 (All)||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||37|
|36||28||Joker Harley Criminal Sanity||7||$5.99||01/26/21||DC||36|
|37||30||Other History of the DC Universe||2||$6.99||01/26/21||DC||29|
|38||39||American Vampire 1976||4||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||20|
|40||40||Dreaming Waking Hours||6||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||13|
|41||41||Sweet Tooth The Return||3||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||10|
|n.a.||n.a.||DCeased Dead Planet||7 Regular||$4.99||01/19/21||DC||31|
|n.a.||n.a.||DCeased Dead Planet||7 Card Stock||$5.99||01/19/21||DC||44|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Aquaman||1 Regular||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||34|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Aquaman||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/26/21||DC||11|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Batman Superman||1 Regular||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||41|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Batman Superman||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/26/21||DC||13|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Catwoman||1 Regular||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||28|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Catwoman||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/19/21||DC||27|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Dark Detective||1 Regular||$5.99||01/12/21||DC||70|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Dark Detective||1 Card Stock||$6.99||01/12/21||DC||32|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Dark Detective||2 Regular||$5.99||01/26/21||DC||52|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Dark Detective||2 Card Stock||$6.99||01/26/21||DC||29|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Flash||1 Regular||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||46|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Flash||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/05/21||DC||23|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Green Lantern||1 Regular||$5.99||01/12/21||DC||39|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Green Lantern||1 Card Stock||$6.99||01/12/21||DC||12|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Harley Quinn||1 Regular||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||45|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Harley Quinn||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/05/21||DC||28|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Immortal Wonder Woman||1 Regular||$5.99||01/19/21||DC||48|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Immortal Wonder Woman||1 Card Stock||$6.99||01/19/21||DC||29|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Justice League||1 Regular||$5.99||01/12/21||DC||58|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Justice League||1 Card Stock||$6.99||01/12/21||DC||42|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman||1 Regular||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||24|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/12/21||DC||20|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Legion of Super-Heroes||1 Regular||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||32|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Legion of Super-Heroes||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/26/21||DC||13|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Next Batman||1 Regular||$7.99||01/05/21||DC||66|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Next Batman||1 Card Stock||$8.99||01/05/21||DC||54|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Next Batman||2 Regular||$7.99||01/19/21||DC||64|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Next Batman||2 Card Stock||$8.99||01/19/21||DC||44|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Nightwing||1 Regular||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||42|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Nightwing||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/19/21||DC||15|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Robin Eternal||1 Regular||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||20|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Robin Eternal||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/12/21||DC||24|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Shazam||1 Regular||$3.99||01/19/21||DC||31|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Shazam||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/19/21||DC||13|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Suicide Squad||1 Regular||$5.99||01/26/21||DC||31|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Suicide Squad||1 Card Stock||$6.99||01/26/21||DC||18|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman of Metropolis||1 Regular||$5.99||01/05/21||DC||42|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman of Metropolis||1 Card Stock||$6.99||01/05/21||DC||26|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman Vs Imperious Lex||1 Regular||$3.99||01/26/21||DC||27|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman Vs Imperious Lex||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/26/21||DC||10|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman Wonder Woman||1 Regular||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||28|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman Wonder Woman||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/12/21||DC||35|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman Worlds of War||1 Regular||$7.99||01/19/21||DC||40|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Superman Worlds of War||1 Card Stock||$8.99||01/19/21||DC||17|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Swamp Thing||1 Regular||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||49|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Swamp Thing||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/05/21||DC||18|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Teen Titans||1 Regular||$3.99||01/12/21||DC||56|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Teen Titans||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/12/21||DC||27|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Wonder Woman||1 Regular||$3.99||01/05/21||DC||93|
|n.a.||n.a.||Future State Wonder Woman||1 Card Stock||$4.99||01/05/21||DC||24|
January 2021 DC Graphic Novel Sales
Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Ordered by North American Comics Shops
Comichron did not sample retailer sales data for DC's Direct Market graphic novel sales, and Lunar Distribution did not release any sales data.
There are no major releases in the batch of graphic novels DC did offer in January, so odds are good that December's Wonder Woman: Dead Earth hardcover and November's Batman: Three Jokers hardcover would have continued to appear prominently.
The list of all the graphic novels DC released appears below. DC released 21 new graphic novels in December, ten fewer than in December.