Comic Book Sales Figures for 1963

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.

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Just as Statements of Ownership for 1962 went AWOL from most Gold Key/Dell titles, a puzzling and frustrating period for the archivist begins at DC with the 1963 reports. For three years beginning with 1963, DC, alone among publishers, began printing many of its Statements without any sales figures. There are only a handful of exceptions in 1963, including, for whatever reason, Sea Devils, which first ran a data-free form followed by a corrected form with numbers later in the year. The figures would not return to the entire line until supplemental filings appeared for 1965.

So consider a serious asterisk next to Dennis the Menace — which, while selling a healthy half-million copies here during the height of the TV show's popularity, was almost certainly outsold by Superman, if nothing else.

Statements for Gold Key titles returned, and while they were at much lower levels, titles like Uncle Scrooge had gone from quarterly to bimonthly in the interim.

And the super-hero movement began to move the needle at Marvel, with the publisher's titles fully pulling past ACG and Charlton once and for all and leaving its own Millie the Model in the dust.

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

—John Jackson Miller

Links lead to current listings for these titles on eBay. Further detail may be found in our Title Spotlights.

TitlePublisherAverage Copies Sold
Per Issue
1Dennis the MenaceFawcett493,534
3Walt Disney's Comics & StoriesGold Key446,000
4The Three StoogesGold Key354,785
5TarzanGold Key332,460
7Betty and VeronicaArchie320,605
8Life with ArchieArchie316,106
9Uncle ScroogeGold Key299,155
10Walt Disney's Donald DuckGold Key293,800
11Turok, Son of StoneGold Key276,550
12Archie's Pal JugheadArchie266,239
13Laugh ComicsArchie264,863
14Yogi BearGold Key255,500
15Pep ComicsArchie252,621
17Little LuluGold Key247,530
18Archie Giant SeriesArchie246,857
19Archie's Pals 'n' GalsArchie243,652
20Woody WoodpeckerGold Key217,350
21Sea DevilsDC203,150
22Little ArchieArchie195,414
23Rawhide KidMarvel194,390
24Kid Colt OutlawMarvel192,755
25Tales to AstonishMarvel189,390
26Strange TalesMarvel189,305
27Tales of SuspenseMarvel188,110
28Journey into MysteryMarvel187,895
29Patsy WalkerMarvel174,375
30Millie the ModelMarvel173,925
31Forbidden WorldsACG169,603
32Fightin' MarinesCharlton154,369
33Adventures into the UnknownACG153,283
34Unknown WorldsACG143,468
35Unusual TalesCharlton141,083
36Strange Suspense StoriesCharlton133,788
37Fightin' NavyCharlton136,526
38Space WarCharlton121,581
39Space AdventuresCharlton117,623

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