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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.


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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 Lunar.

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
Updated May 18, 2021


This list includes all DC items released by Lunar Distribution in the month.
Differently priced variants appear fused together by default near where they'd have ranked if together.
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
21Future State Next Batman1 (All)$7.9901/05/21DC
39Future State Wonder Woman1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
44Future State Dark Detective1 (All)$5.9901/12/21DC
53Future State Next Batman2 (All)$7.9901/12/21DC
65Future State Justice League1 (All)$5.9901/19/21DC
78Batman Catwoman2$4.9901/19/21DC
815Future State Teen Titans1 (All)$3.9901/19/21DC
97Future State Immortal Wonder Woman1 (All)$5.9901/26/21DC
1013DCeased Dead Planet7 (All)$4.9901/19/21DC
1117Future State Harley Quinn1 (All)$3.9901/12/21DC
1214Rorschach4$4.9901/26/21DC
1311Future State Superman of Metropolis1 (All)$5.9901/05/21DC
1412Future State Dark Detective2 (All)$5.9901/12/21DC
1519Future State Flash1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
1621Future State Swamp Thing1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
1722Future State Superman Wonder Woman1 (All)$3.9901/05/21DC
1823Future State Nightwing1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
1910Future State Superman Worlds of War1 (All)$7.9901/19/21DC
206Generations Shattered1$8.9901/26/21DC
2116Future State Green Lantern1 (All)$5.9901/19/21DC
2226Future State Robin Eternal1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
2320Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn4$4.9901/26/21DC
2427Future State Catwoman1 (All)$3.9901/12/21DC
2528Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
2630Future State Shazam1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
2718Batman Black & White2$5.9901/19/21DC
2825Strange Adventures8$4.9901/19/21DC
2932Future State Batman Superman1 (All)$3.9901/12/21DC
3033Future State Legion of Super-Heroes1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
3135Future State Aquaman1 (All)$3.9901/26/21DC
3224Future State Suicide Squad1 (All)$5.9901/05/21DC
3336Legion of Super-Heroes12$3.9901/26/21DC
3431Batman The Adventures Continue8$4.9901/19/21DC
3529Joker Harley Criminal Sanity7$5.9901/26/21DC
3637Future State Superman Vs Imperious Lex1 (All)$3.9901/19/21DC
3734Other History of the DC Universe2$6.9901/12/21DC
3839American Vampire 19764$3.9901/12/21DC
3938Last God12$4.9901/26/21DC
4040Dreaming Waking Hours6$3.9901/05/21DC
4141Sweet Tooth The Return3$3.9901/12/21DC
4242Looney Tunes258$2.9901/26/21DC


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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.

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
100 Bullets Omnibus Vol. 1 HC$150.0001/12/21DC
Batman Adventures Robin The Boy Wonder$9.9901/05/21DC
Batman The Caped Crusader Vol. 5$29.9901/05/21DC
Batman The Chalice$16.9901/12/21DC
Batman The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 4$29.9901/19/21DC
Birds of Prey Hero Hunters$29.9901/12/21DC
Heroes In Crisis The Price And Other Stories$16.9901/12/21DC
House of El Book 1 The Shadow Threat$16.9901/05/21DC
Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating The DC Universe Book 2 New Edition$34.9901/05/21DC
Justice League Dark Vol. 4 A Costly Trick Of Magic$16.9901/26/21DC
Justice League International Book 2 Around The World$29.9901/26/21DC
Justice Society of America The Demise Of Justice HC$39.9901/19/21DC
Legends of the DC Universe Doug Mahnke HC$49.9901/26/21DC
New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 5 HC$84.9901/26/21DC
Superman Kryptonite Nevermore HC$29.9901/26/21DC
Superman The Man Of Steel Vol. 2 HC$49.9901/26/21DC
Titans Burning Rage$16.9901/26/21DC
We Found A Monster$9.9901/12/21DC
Wonder Woman By George Perez Vol. 5$34.9901/05/21DC
Wonder Woman in the Fifties$34.9901/26/21DC
Young Justice Vol. 3 Warriors And Warlords$16.9901/19/21DC