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News and observations from the world of historical comics circulation research, from Comichron.com founder John Jackson Miller



Updated: 2018-04-21T02:54:00.048-05:00

 



New Video: Comics Sales Flashback: April 1998

2018-04-20T16:37:56.598-05:00

New on the Comichron YouTube channel, a video flashback!

Twenty years ago this month, the Distribution Wars had been over for a year -- but the business's problems certainly weren't. Travel back to the age of Battle Chasers and mutant chart domination.

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Check out the video — and then see the charts in question for yourself: April 1998 and 1998 Year-End. And be sure to subscribe to the channel!



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Action 80 Years leads hardcover reorders as Action #1000 goes on sale; Venom #1 tops advance reorders

2018-04-18T12:16:31.897-05:00

by John Jackson MillerToday sees the release of Action Comics #1000, the first North American comic book to reach that number in serial publication since Dell's Four Color #1000 in 1959 — see Action's progress over the years in our legacy numbering timeline. In the meantime, we have some new Diamond Comic Distributors reorder charts, also out today. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Apr. 9-15, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.For the umpteenth time this year, the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback repeated as the top reordered softcover and top reordered item by dollars overall; the book wound up 17th overall in the charts for March. An Image sale resulted in every Saga trade paperback volume making the top 12.The top hardcover was DC's Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman hardcover, which previously had topped the advance reorder charts. It released in shops last Wednesday. Diamond reports that both it and Action #1000 are still in stock for reorders.We have to go all the way down to 17th place among reorders to find the first comic book: Batman #44, which went on sale April 4. The second printing, due out in May, placed highly on the advanced reorder charts below. Last week's top reordered comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #798, was the #2 reordered comic.The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book. table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher1Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel 2Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image 3Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image 4Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image 5Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC 6Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel 7Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99 Image 8Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image 9Saga TPB Vol. 6$14.99 Image 10Saga TPB Vol. 5$14.99 Image 11Saga TPB Vol. 4$14.99 Image 12Saga TPB Vol. 3$14.99 Image 13Paper Girls TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image 14Green Lantern Earth One HC Vol. 1$24.99 DC 15X-Men Grand Design TPB$29.99 Marvel 16Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2$49.99 Image 17Batman #44$2.99 DC 18Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel 19Amazing Spider-Man #798$3.99 Marvel 20Thanos Infinity Siblings HC$24.99 Marvel 21Paper Girls TPB Vol. 2$12.99 Image 22Paper Girls TPB Vol. 3$12.99 Image 23Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Mckone Cvr$100.00 Marvel 24Venomized #1$4.99 Marvel 25Thanos #18$3.99 MarvelAnd now on to the future...TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for Apr. 9-15, 2018 (in full retail dollars) These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed. These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.Another Marvel Fresh Start book led the charts: Venom #1, which is slated to release on May 9. (There is an escalating discount opportunity tied to retailers' orders of Amazing Spider-Man/Venom Inc. Omega #1, but it's not known where the issue would fall in the chart below had it been based on invoiced dollars rather than cover price.) Justice League: No Justice #1 from DC was the second-place comic — it's also due out May 9.The Where We Live Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology from Im[...]



New: The complete ACTION COMICS postal circulation record, 1960-89

2018-04-17T20:16:58.120-05:00

by John Jackson Miller

Following our post and video about the resurrection of Superman — and continuing the month-long commemoration of Action Comics #1000's publication tomorrow— we've published the complete U.S. Postal Service circulation filings for Action Comics, which ran in the title from 1960-89.

The forms confirm that very close to 100 million copies of Action were sold in that time, with a circulation peak in 1965. Action would go on to run the very last DC non-MAD postal statement in 1989, and would be the only title that year to do so.(image)



25 years ago: Superman rises from the dead — and sparks the biggest month in comics history

2018-04-13T18:41:13.496-05:00

by John Jackson MillerThis slipped a lot of calendars, but Superman’s rise from the dead began 25 years ago today (that’s when Adventures of Superman #500 apparently left the warehouse; on-sale was both April 14 and April 15, as distributors were moving New Comic Book Day from Thursday to Wednesday). In observance of the event, I posted the Diamond sales charts for April 1993 — skipping back a year or so to get to them —and worked up some industry-wide estimates for this very important month in the history of the business. April 1993 has long been believed by me to be as the top month in the history of the business in dollar terms — 48 million copies to the Direct Market alone, totaling more than $100 million; the highest estimates for the 1950s wouldn’t get to $100 million in a single month, even adjusted for inflation. Of course, many of the comics in the chart didn’t come out, and many of the retailers didn’t survive to pay for them. But it was the peak month historically in sales by publishers. Click below to check out my video tour of the estimates. allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/L-Mbe62HnBY/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L-Mbe62HnBY?feature=player_embedded" width="320">Regarding the estimates, which are not for Diamond but the industry overall — they’re much rougher than we usually do, in part because in the multi-distributor era there is no single number that can be plugged into a Diamond chart which will work for every title and every publisher overall. Availability and discounts varied too much from distributor to distributor. The estimates will be updated as more research is completed.The eventual goal is to have separate charts for all distributors that published them, with an overarching chart collating known data each month. Hopefully that’ll be done before the 50th anniversary rolls around!Finally, and completely coincidentally, Comichron is quoted in a piece about Superman in this Sunday's New York Times Business section.Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry's retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises. He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, Star Wars: A New Dawn, and the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. Read more about them at his fiction site.Be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook. And subscribe to our channel on YouTube!  [...]