March 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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One year after the pandemic shut down the comics industry, the Direct Market appeared to have strongly rebounded by March 2021. Based on its sample of retail orders, Comichron projects that initial unit orders for new comics were up dramatically over the same month in the previous year, assisted by launches including BRZRKR #1, Alien #1, and Joker #1.

Initial orders for all publishers (including DC) appear to have landed between 7 to 8 million copies, for a value of between $32 million and $34 million. If the middle of that estimate is correct, that's a boost of 28% in units and 37% in dollars over the comics that came out in March 2020, a month that had one less shipping week on top of the other conditions that prevailed. We know that the total value of successful eBay auctions for comics in March was up by even greater margins over the early post-pandemic months, so an increase of that size would be consistent.

Significantly, March 2021's performance was based on just 335 new comics, versus 458 in March 2020 — a figure partially inflated by publishers trying to get comics released before Diamond's shutdown. DC's output was just 36 new comics, tying a previous non-shutdown monthly low set in December 1990.

Our retail order dataset found BRZRKR #1, the new series cowritten by actor Keanu Reeves, as the top comic book by units and dollars in initial orders; publisher Boom had announced that initial orders were 615,000 copies, though that figure likely includes copies outside the North American market. A further report had put Marvel's sales of Alien #1 at 300,000 copies including overseas shipments, but it's not clear how much of that landed in March as opposed to April. Comichron's dataset suggests that Joker #1 appears to have landed just below it in March, although we caution that it's harder to pinpoint sales at the very top of the charts based on sampling retail orders. Buy-in from store to store on blockbuster issues varies greatly relative to regular issues of ongoing series, which are more stable.

Despite DC's small slate, initial orders for its new comics in our retail order dataset were up from February, thanks to several new series launches.

Lunar did not release any sales reporting, and by late April, Diamond was in the fifth 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 225th 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 March 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
Updated May 17, 2021

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
48Amazing Spider-Man62$3.9903/24/21Marvel
54Batman106 (All)$4.9903/02/21DC
65Carnage Black White and Blood1$4.9903/24/21Marvel
76Non-Stop Spider-Man1$4.9903/10/21Marvel
913Amazing Spider-Man61$3.9903/10/21Marvel
109Demon Days X-Men1$4.9903/03/21Marvel
1110Justice League59 (All)$4.9903/16/21DC
1215Star Wars High Republic3$3.9903/03/21Marvel
137Infinite Frontier0 (All)$5.9903/02/21DC
1714Beta Ray Bill1$4.9903/31/21Marvel
2026Teen Titans Academy1$3.9903/23/21DC
2121Harley Quinn1 (All)$3.9903/23/21DC
2216Children of the Atom1$4.9903/10/21Marvel
2317Batman Catwoman4$4.9903/30/21DC
2430Immortal Hulk44$3.9903/10/21Marvel
2519Detective Comics1034 (All)$4.9903/23/21DC
2611Batman Urban Legends1$7.9903/09/21DC
2733Black Knight Curse Ebony Blade1$3.9903/17/21Marvel
3038Swamp Thing1$3.9903/02/21DC
3129King in Black Spider-Man1$4.9903/17/21Marvel
3242Star Wars12$3.9903/10/21Marvel
3346Strange Academy9$3.9903/10/21Marvel
3431Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn6$4.9903/23/21DC
3648Star Wars High Republic Adventures2$3.9903/03/21IDW
3725Deadpool Nerdy 301$5.9903/10/21Marvel
3951Crime Syndicate1$3.9903/02/21DC
4053X-Men Legends2$3.9903/31/21Marvel
4128Batman Black and White4$5.9903/23/21DC
4254King in Black Gwenom Vs. Carnage3$3.9903/03/21Marvel
4336Wolverine Black White Blood4$4.9903/10/21Marvel
4437King In Black Scream1$4.9903/24/21Marvel
4558Captain America28$3.9903/31/21Marvel
4740King in Black Ghost Rider1$4.9903/31/21Marvel
4961Savage Avengers19$3.9903/24/21Marvel
5063Department of Truth7$3.9903/31/21Image
5365Iron Man7$3.9903/17/21Marvel
5444Avengers Curse Man-Thing1$4.9903/31/21Marvel
5668Suicide Squad1$3.9903/02/21DC
5769Batman Superman16$3.9903/23/21DC
5870Proctor Valley Road1$3.9903/10/21Boom
5934Superman Red and Blue1$5.9903/16/21DC
6049Strange Adventures9$4.9903/30/21DC
6252King in Black Captain America1$4.9903/03/21Marvel
6373Black Knight Curse Ebony Blade1$3.9903/17/21Marvel
6475Black Cat4$3.9903/31/21Marvel
6576Miles Morales Spider-Man24$3.9903/24/21Marvel
6677Sensational Wonder Woman1$3.9903/02/21DC
6939Future State Teen Titans Ruins$5.9903/23/21DC
7055King in Black Wiccan Hulkling1$4.9903/03/21Marvel
7156Action Comics1029$4.9903/23/21DC
7279Walking Dead Deluxe10$3.9903/03/21Image
7357Wonder Woman770$4.9903/09/21DC
7480Star Wars Bounty Hunters10$3.9903/17/21Marvel
7682King in Black Return of Valkyries4$3.9903/31/21Marvel
7783Captain Marvel27$3.9903/17/21Marvel
8187Norse Mythology6$3.9903/10/21Dark Horse
8288Orphan and Five Beasts1$3.9903/17/21Dark Horse
8389Vampirella Vs. Purgatori1$3.9903/24/21Dynamite
8490Radiant Black2$3.9903/17/21Image
8666King in Black Handbook1$4.9903/03/21Marvel
8792Maestro War and Pax3$3.9903/24/21Marvel
8893America Chavez Made in USA1$3.9903/03/21Marvel
9071Green Lantern Season 212$4.9903/09/21DC
9196Blade Runner Origins1$3.9903/10/21Titan
9245Captain America Anniversary Tribute1$6.9903/17/21Marvel
9398Guardians of the Galaxy12$3.9903/24/21Marvel
9495Catwoman29 (All)$3.9903/16/21DC
9599Walking Dead Deluxe11$3.9903/17/21Image
96100Symbiote Spider-Man King in Black5$3.9903/31/21Marvel
9897Future State Superman Vs Imperious Lex3 (All)$3.9903/30/21DC
99102Stray Dogs2$3.9903/24/21Image
100105King in Black Thunderbolts3$3.9903/03/21Marvel
101106Star Wars Doctor Aphra8$3.9903/24/21Marvel
102107Vengeance of Vampirella16$3.9903/31/21Dynamite
107112Conan the Barbarian19$3.9903/10/21Marvel
10832TMNT The Last Ronin Director's Cut1$10.9903/17/21IDW
109113Blade Runner Origins2$3.9903/24/21Titan
110115Once & Future17$3.9903/24/21Boom
111116Iron Fist Heart of Dragon3$3.9903/17/21Marvel
112101Trials of Ultraman1$4.9903/17/21Marvel
113117Blade Runner 20293$3.9903/10/21Titan
114118Deep Beyond2$3.9903/10/21Image
11574Other History of the DC Universe3$6.9903/30/21DC
116103Red Sonja25$4.9903/24/21Dynamite
117104Firefly Brand New Verse1$4.9903/24/21Boom
121122Fire Power9$3.9903/03/21Image
122125Batman Vs Ras Al Ghul5$3.9903/16/21DC
124127Year Zero Vol. 25$3.9903/24/21AWA
125128Cult of Dracula1$3.9903/31/21Source Point
126130Die Die Die14 $3.9903/24/21Image
127131American Vampire 19766$3.9903/09/21DC
128132Black Panther24$3.9903/24/21Marvel
129133U.S. Agent4$3.9903/31/21Marvel
130134Dejah Thoris 11$3.9903/24/21Dynamite
131135Young Hellboy The Hidden Land2$3.9903/31/21Dark Horse
132136Red Sonja The Superpowers3$3.9903/10/21Dynamite
133123Dune House Atreides5$4.9903/24/21Boom
134137Cold Dead War1$3.9903/24/21Heavy Metal
135138Fear Case2$3.9903/03/21Dark Horse
136139Vampirella Dark Powers4$3.9903/17/21Dynamite
137140Unsacred Vol. 25$3.9903/31/21Ablaze
139129Truth and Justice2$4.9903/16/21DC
141143Black Hammer Visions2$3.9903/10/21Dark Horse
142146Two Moons2$3.9903/31/21Image
143147Eros Psyche1$3.9903/17/21Ablaze
145152Thor and Loki Double Trouble1$3.9903/10/21Marvel
147154Abbott 19733$3.9903/17/21Boom
149156Shadow Doctor2$3.9903/24/21Aftershock
150157Power Rangers5$3.9903/24/21Boom
151158Usagi Yojimbo Wanderers Road5$3.9903/31/21IDW
152159Avengers Mech Strike2$3.9903/03/21Marvel
153160Mighty Morphin5$3.9903/10/21Boom
154114Power Rangers Unlimited Heir to Darkness1$7.9903/31/21Boom
155161Power Pack4$3.9903/03/21Marvel
157164Rabid World1$3.9903/24/21Scout
158167Dreaming Waking Hours8$3.9903/02/21DC
159166Sonic The Hedgehog38$3.9903/24/21IDW
160193Maiden1$2.9903/10/21Heavy Metal
162149Dead Dogs Bite1$4.9903/03/21Dark Horse
164124G.I. Joe Castle Fall$7.9903/17/21IDW
165169Taarna4$3.9903/24/21Heavy Metal
167151Storyteller Tricksters1$4.9903/17/21Boom
168171Usagi Yojimbo17$3.9903/24/21IDW
169172Kick-Ass Vs. Hit-Girl5$3.9903/17/21Image
171174Transformers Back to the Future3$3.9903/17/21IDW
172144Van Helsing Black Annis $5.9903/31/21Zenescope
173176Transformers Beast Wars2$3.9903/03/21IDW
174145Robyn Hood Cult of the Spider$5.9903/17/21Zenescope
175177Nottingham1$3.9903/10/21Mad Cave
176178Maniac of New York2$3.9903/10/21Aftershock
177179Witcher Fading Memories4$3.9903/31/21Dark Horse
179165Rick and Morty Presents Jerryboree1$4.9903/03/21Oni
180182Sweet Tooth The Return5$3.9903/09/21DC
181183Grimm Fairy Tales46$3.9903/10/21Zenescope
182184Rick and Morty Worlds Apart2$3.9903/03/21Oni
183185Redemption2 $3.9903/10/21AWA
184186Lady Baltimore Witch Queens1$3.9903/24/21Dark Horse
185187Barbalien Red Planet5$3.9903/24/21Dark Horse
186189Nuclear Family2$3.9903/31/21Aftershock
187191Home Sick Pilots4$3.9903/10/21Image
188192Moonshine23 $3.9903/24/21Image
189175TMNT Jennika II5$4.9903/10/21IDW
190194Dungeons & Dragons At Spine of World4$3.9903/24/21IDW
192196Post Americana4$3.9903/24/21Image
194199Commanders In Crisis6$3.9903/10/21Image
195200Star Wars Adventures4$3.9903/17/21IDW
196201I Walk With Monsters4$3.9903/17/21Vault
197204James Bond Agent of Spectre1$3.9903/03/21Dynamite
198205Star Trek Year Five19$3.9903/17/21IDW
199206Buffy The Vampire Slayer23$3.9903/03/21Boom
201208God of War Fallen God1$3.9903/10/21Dark Horse
203210Midnight Western Theatre1$3.9903/17/21Scout
204216Casual Fling2$3.9903/03/21AWA
206218Destiny N.Y.1$3.9903/31/21Black Mask
207221Sea of Stars9$3.9903/10/21Image
209219Crimson Flower3$3.9903/24/21Dark Horse
210220Lady Freedom1$3.9903/24/21Second Sight
212181Courier Liberty & Death3$5.9903/31/21Zenescope
214225Gung Ho Sexy Beast3$3.9903/24/21Ablaze
216227American Mythology Monsters3$3.9903/24/21American Mythology
217229True Lives Fabulous Killjoys National Anthem6$3.9903/10/21Dark Horse
219231Frank At Home on the Farm3$3.9903/24/21Scout
220232Byte Sized4$3.9903/31/21AWA
221203Biden's Titans1$4.9903/31/21Keenspot
222207Undone By Blood Other Side of Eden1$4.9903/03/21Aftershock
224235Beware Witch's Shadow Winter Special$3.9903/03/21American Mythology
225162Myths & Legends Quarterly Dark Princess$8.9903/03/21Zenescope

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
Hero Hourly$9.9903/17/2121 Pulp
Flaming Cerebus Comics$4.0003/31/21Aardvark-Vanaheim
21st Centurions4$5.9503/24/21AC
Miranda In Maelstrom4$3.9903/17/21Action Lab
Sasquatch in Love4$3.9903/17/21Action Lab
Vampblade Season 412$4.9903/17/21Action Lab
Zombie Tramp78$4.9903/10/21Action Lab
North Star One Shot$6.9503/24/21Adhouse
I Breathed a Body3$3.9903/31/21Aftershock
Knock Em Dead4$3.9903/10/21Aftershock
Red Atlantis5$3.9903/17/21Aftershock
Scout's Honor3$3.9903/10/21Aftershock
Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Blood6 $4.9903/31/21Ahoy
Happy Hour5 $3.9903/17/21Ahoy
Wrong Earth Night and Day3$3.9903/10/21Ahoy
Goon13 Card Stock$3.9903/10/21Albatross
Land That Time Forgot Fearless2$3.9903/17/21American Mythology
Moon Maid Three Keys2$3.9903/31/21American Mythology
Zorro In Land That Time Forgot3$3.9903/10/21American Mythology
Coaraptor One Shot3$3.9903/31/21Antarctic
Exciting Comics8$3.9903/24/21Antarctic
Gold Digger279$3.9903/17/21Antarctic
Horror Comics Black and White1$3.9903/17/21Antarctic
Horror Comics Black and White2$3.9903/31/21Antarctic
Hot Valley Days & Cocaine Nights3$3.9903/17/21Antarctic
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest318$7.9903/24/21Archie
Betty & Veronica Friends Forever Spring Break1$2.9903/10/21Archie
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest292$7.9903/31/21Archie
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest107$7.9903/17/21Archie
World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest3$7.9903/17/21Archie
Manns World3 $3.9903/31/21AWA
Hotline Miami Wildlife7$3.9903/17/21Behemoth
Paranormal Hitmen2$3.9903/24/21Behemoth
Steambound2 $3.9903/17/21Behemoth
Steambound3 $3.9903/24/21Behemoth
Vietnam Horror1 $3.9903/24/21Behemoth
Last Witch3$4.9903/10/21Boom
Specter Inspectors2$4.9903/10/21Boom
Lady Death Lingerie1$20.0003/03/21Coffin
Lady Death Masters1$20.0003/03/21Coffin
Avatar The Next Shadow3$3.9903/03/21Dark Horse
Dragon Age Dark Fortress1$3.9903/31/21Dark Horse
Overwatch Tracer London Calling4$3.9903/03/21Dark Horse
Resident Alien Your Ride's Here4$3.9903/10/21Dark Horse
Looney Tunes259$2.9903/16/21DC
Night Hunters2$4.9903/10/21Floating World
Dark Wing4$2.9903/17/21Heavy Metal
Savage Circus4$2.9903/17/21Heavy Metal
Suneater3$4.9903/10/21Heavy Metal
Space Bastards3 $4.9903/10/21Humanoids
Comic Book History of Animation4$3.9903/24/21IDW
Marvel Action Captain Marvel1$3.9903/03/21IDW
Marvel Action Spider-Man1$3.9903/31/21IDW
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic95$3.9903/17/21IDW
Bitter Root11$3.9903/24/21Image
Head Lopper15$5.9903/17/21Image
Nomen Omen13$3.9903/24/21Image
Rain Like Hammers3$4.9903/24/21Image
Rat Queens25$3.9903/10/21Image
Air War Stories3$9.9903/17/21It's Alive
Breathers5$7.9903/17/21It's Alive
Dose2$4.9903/17/21It's Alive
Kona1$9.9903/10/21It's Alive
Kona2$9.9903/10/21It's Alive
God Mode3$4.9903/31/21Keenspot
Ninjas & Robots5$4.9903/24/21Keenspot
Minerva's Map Key to a Perfect Apocalypse1$8.9903/10/21Lev Gleason
Honor and Curse9$3.9903/10/21Mad Cave
Knights of the Golden Sun11$3.9903/17/21Mad Cave
Pantomime5$3.9903/24/21Mad Cave
Stargazer6$3.9903/10/21Mad Cave
Terminal Punks5$3.9903/31/21Mad Cave
They Fell From The Sky2$3.9903/17/21Mad Cave
Deep Blue3 $3.9903/24/21Mythos
Invader Zim Quarterly Zim's Greatest Plan1$5.9903/17/21Oni
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters1$3.9903/03/21Oni
Children of the Grave3$3.9903/17/21Scout
Electric Black Presents3$3.9903/10/21Scout
Tart Soul Searchers$5.9903/10/21Scout
Wild Bull & Chipper1$1.9903/17/21Scout
Book of Lyaxia1$3.9903/24/21Second Sight
Edge1$3.9903/24/21Second Sight
Antifa Super Soldier Cookbook$14.9903/10/21Silver Sprocket
Black of Heart5$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Claim Song of Ire and Vice4$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Damned Cursed Children3$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Dead End Kids Suburban Job3$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Eighth Immortal3$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Era of Great Wonders4$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Spaced Out$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Touching Evil14$4.9903/31/21Source Point
Warcorns Combat Unicorns For Hire3$3.9903/31/21Source Point
Cutting Edge Devils Mirror2$5.9903/10/21Titan
Minions Sports1$3.9903/10/21Titan
Resonant8 $3.9903/03/21Vault
Shadow Service6$3.9903/31/21Vault
Vampire The Masquerade6$3.9903/10/21Vault
Wasted Space20 $3.9903/10/21Vault
Belle Thunder of Gods$5.9903/24/21Zenescope
Grimm Fairy Tales47$3.9903/31/21Zenescope

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March 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.