Comic Book Sales Figures for 1961

Average Total Paid Circulation as Reported in Publishers' Statements of Ownership and Filed with the United States Postal Service

This list includes only those titles which offered subscriptions via the USPS Second or Periodical Class, and which published their sales reports in their titles.

#1 Most Ordered Issue
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Uncle Scrooge led the list in 1961 but lost a lot of ground, dropping about 15% in sales. As publishers began raising prices from the 10¢ mark comics had been at for a quarter of a century, Dell misread the market and went to 15¢ when everyone else went to 12¢. Over at DC, Superman actually picked up copies to take second. The super-hero take-over of the comics market was on. (No Statement has been found for Walt Disney's Comics & Stories, which presumably would have tracked Uncle Scrooge in sales on the way down.)
The first known statement for Richie Rich put it below any of the Archie titles. The Marvel tiles, still all horror-themed, continued to lag behind everything else. It would be a while before Fantastic Four, which launched in 1961, would print its first Statement.

Magazines with comics content (like Mad) are sorted separately at the bottom.

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TitlePublisherAverage Copies Sold
Per Issue
1Uncle ScroogeDell853,928
4Superman's Pal Jimmy OlsenDC520,000
5Superman's Girlfriend Lois LaneDC515,000
8Action ComicsDC485,000
9World's Finest ComicsDC480,000
10Adventure ComicsDC460,000
12Turok, Son of StoneDell377,145
13Justice League of AmericaDC335,000
14Detective ComicsDC325,000
15Betty and VeronicaArchie308,227
18Archie Giant SeriesArchie257,460
19Green LanternDC255,000
20Pep ComicsArchie250,317
21Brave & BoldDC245,000
22Archie's Pals 'n' GalsArchie244,897
23Laugh ComicsArchie241,416
24Adventures of the FlyArchie240,452
25Mystery in SpaceDC240,000
27Archie's Pal JugheadArchie238,640
28Challengers of the UnknownDC235,000
29Wonder WomanDC230,000
30House of MysteryDC225,000
31Richie RichHarvey220,505
32My Greatest AdventureDC220,000
33Rip Hunter, Time MasterDC215,000
34Strange AdventuresDC210,000
35Our Fighting ForcesDC210,000
36House of SecretsDC205,000
37Star-Spangled War StoriesDC205,000
38Sugar & SpikeDC195,000
39Tales of the UnexpectedDC195,000
40Tales to AstonishMarvel184,895
41Tales of SuspenseMarvel184,635
42All-American WesternDC180,000
43Forbidden WorldsACG178,600
44Adventures into the UnknownACG165,200
45Fox & The CrowDC165,000
46Unknown WorldsACG159,000
47Rawhide KidMarvel150,162
48Unusual TalesCharlton136,414

About a hundred more Statements exist for this year and have been collected by Comichron. They'll appear here soon!