In August, the direct comic book market saw a huge drop in sales, with no single book breaking the 100,000 mark.  The good news is September did break the 100,000 benchmark, the bad news it was only one comic… and Wolverine at that.  Brightest Day #9 and #10 followed close behind, but the index difference between the two have each issue selling around 85,000 copies each.  DC and Marvel split the top ten equally, though DC did triumph in the Top 5 Comics with four titles.  Still, those titles had to go up against Wolverine…

The range in the number of comics sold varied greatly over the month, with Boom Studios’ Farscape # selling just under 5,000 issue, with most selling less than 50,000 copies.  A lot of people have speculated that the price point woes continue to vex the publishers in this economy, while others are firmly on the Event Fatigue bandwagon, though it is interesting that all the DC titles in the Top 10 were $2.99 and were tied to some event (Brightest Day and Batman), while Marvel didn’t have any big event going on at all.  So, why another month (and a Q3) of low sales?  Could it be that digital comics are taking a bite out of the direct market in a really big way?  While estimates have digital comic sales hitting the $6 million to $8 million range, most comics are still not day and date releases, so that argument can be shot down really quickly.

Take the jump to see the data for yourself (remember, you can sort our table and search for specific data), then share your thoughts on what the heck is going on.

Top 300 Comics for September 2010

Quantity RankIndexDescriptionPriceVendor
1135.54WOLVERINE #1$3.99MAR
2114.82BRIGHTEST DAY #9$2.99DC
3113.25BRIGHTEST DAY #10$2.99DC
4110.57GREEN LANTERN #57$2.99DC
5107.61BATMAN AND ROBIN #14$2.99DC
6106.98AVENGERS #5$3.99MAR
7100.58NEW AVENGERS #4$3.99MAR
8100.00BATMAN #703$2.99DC
990.28SECRET AVENGERS #5$3.99MAR
1088.72AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641$3.99MAR
1186.39X-MEN #3$3.99MAR
1282.53GREEN LANTERN CORPS #52$2.99DC
1381.02UNCANNY X-MEN #528$3.99MAR
1480.57FLASH #5$2.99DC
1580.30AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #643$2.99MAR
1678.04AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #642$2.99MAR
1775.69AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #644$2.99MAR
1874.79JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #49$3.99DC
1973.07GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #2$3.99DC
2069.46THOR #614$3.99MAR
2168.67THOR #615$3.99MAR
2266.18X-MEN LEGACY #240$2.99MAR
2363.37DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #1$3.99MAR
2462.94X-23 #1$3.99MAR
2562.54AVENGERS PRIME #3$3.99MAR
2662.29CAPTAIN AMERICA #610$3.99MAR
2761.32INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #30$2.99MAR
2861.30SHADOWLAND #3$3.99MAR
2960.73HULK #25$3.99MAR
3060.02NEMESIS #3 (MR)$2.99MAR
3158.26BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #36$2.99DAR
3258.06DAREDEVIL #510$2.99MAR
3357.40GREEN ARROW #4$2.99DC
3455.97ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #2$3.99MAR
3555.76INCREDIBLE HULKS #612$3.99MAR
3654.86FANTASTIC FOUR #583$2.99MAR
3752.12BIRDS OF PREY #5$2.99DC
3852.01INCREDIBLE HULKS #613$3.99MAR
3951.99BATMAN ODYSSEY #3$3.99DC
4050.56ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #3$3.99MAR
4150.44WONDER WOMAN #603$2.99DC
4248.54DETECTIVE COMICS #869$3.99DC
4348.40X-FORCE SEX AND VIOLENCE #3$3.99MAR
4448.23JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #9$2.99DC
4547.54JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #10$2.99DC
4647.48JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #43$2.99DC
4747.26DEADPOOL #27$2.99MAR
4846.50STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #3$3.99MAR
4946.44ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #14$3.99MAR
5046.08AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #2$3.99MAR
5144.07ACTION COMICS #893$3.99DC
5243.82RED ROBIN #16$2.99DC
5343.80INVADERS NOW #1$3.99MAR
5443.74WOLVERINE ROAD TO HELL #1$3.99MAR
5542.08LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #5$3.99DC
5641.85THOR FOR ASGARD #1$3.99MAR
5741.79THUNDERBOLTS #148$2.99MAR
5841.54SUPERMAN BATMAN #76$2.99DC
5941.13NEW MUTANTS #17$2.99MAR
6040.72BATMAN BEYOND #4$2.99DC
6140.52AVENGERS ACADEMY #4$2.99MAR
6238.56THANOS IMPERATIVE #4$3.99MAR
6338.46X-FACTOR #209$2.99MAR
6438.24ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #3$3.99MAR
6537.08THOR FOR ASGARD #2$3.99MAR
6636.92TITANS #27$2.99DC
6736.46JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA SPECIAL #1$4.99DC
6835.89X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS SMOKE AND BLOOD #1$3.99MAR
6935.63WALKING DEAD #77 (MR)$2.99IMA
7035.45SCARLET #2$3.95MAR
7135.09ADVENTURE COMICS #518$3.99DC
7234.87BATGIRL #14$2.99DC
7333.68SECRET WARRIORS #20$2.99MAR
7433.56DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #5$3.99DC
7533.30X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS X-MEN VS VAMPIRES #1$3.99MAR
7632.96ZATANNA #5$2.99DC
7732.83ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #3$3.99MAR
7832.50SUPERGIRL #56$2.99DC
7931.86SHADOWLAND ELEKTRA #1$3.99MAR
8031.55FRANKEN-CASTLE #20$2.99MAR
8131.49TRUE BLOOD #3$3.99IDW
8231.39TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #3$3.99DC
8331.29RED HOOD LOST DAYS #4$2.99DC
8431.00NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #2$2.99MAR
8530.93BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #16$3.99DC
8630.92GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #16$2.99DC
8730.31AMERICAN VAMPIRE #6 (MR)$3.99DC
8830.19TEEN TITANS #87$3.99DC
8929.93SUPERMAN THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON #2$4.99DC
9029.76DEADPOOL WADE WILSONS WAR #4$3.99MAR
9129.40SHADOWLAND GHOST RIDER #1$3.99MAR
9228.41DEADPOOL CORPS #6$2.99MAR
9328.10JSA ALL STARS #10$3.99DC
9427.68DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #5$3.99MAR
9527.56THOR FIRST THUNDER #1$3.99MAR
9627.36MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #3$3.99MAR
9727.22DEADPOOL PULP #1$3.99MAR
9827.16I AM AN AVENGER #1$3.99MAR
9927.11KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #7$3.99DE
10026.99BOYS #46 (MR)$3.99DE
10126.97SECRET SIX #25$2.99DC
10226.61FIRST WAVE #4$3.99DC
10326.48MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #4$3.99MAR
10426.36SHADOWLAND MOON KNIGHT #2$3.99MAR
10526.01FRANKEN-CASTLE #21$3.99MAR
10625.86DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #889$2.99MAR
10725.44FABLES #98 (MR)$2.99DC
10825.16FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1$2.99DC
10924.92SHADOWLAND BLOOD ON STREETS #2$3.99MAR
11024.15HELLBOY THE STORM #3$2.99DAR
11124.08TASKMASTER #1$3.99MAR
11224.02BOOSTER GOLD #36$2.99DC
11324.01BLACK WIDOW #6$2.99MAR
11423.89POWER GIRL #16$2.99DC
11523.47SPAWN #199$2.99IMA
11623.39CAPTAIN AMERICA PATRIOT #1$3.99MAR
11723.23HAUNT #9$2.99IMA
11823.11BOYS HIGHLAND LADDIE #2 (MR)$3.99DE
11923.02AVENGERS & INFINITY GAUNTLET #2$2.99MAR
12022.91SHADOWLAND POWER MAN #2$3.99MAR
12121.69STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC #3$2.99DAR
12221.43STAR WARS BLOOD TIES TALE JANGO & BOBA FETT #2$3.50DAR
12321.30HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #4$2.99MAR
12421.11SHADOWLAND DAUGHTERS OF SHADOW #2$3.99MAR
12521.04INCREDIBLE HULKS ENIGMA FORCE #1$3.99MAR
12620.99VALKYRIE #1$3.99MAR
12720.92PUNISHER MAX HOT RODS OF DEATH #1 (MR)$4.99MAR
12820.71CAPTAIN AMERICA PATRIOT #2$3.99MAR
12920.70IRON MAN LEGACY #6$2.99MAR
13020.60ANGEL #37$3.99IDW
13120.56CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #23$2.99DAR
13219.94JOE THE BARBARIAN #7 (MR)$2.99DC
13319.71STAR WARS INVASION RESCUES #4$2.99DAR
13419.67WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #12$3.99MAR
13519.63AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS BLACK CAT #3$3.99MAR
13619.58WEIRD WAR TALES #1$3.99DC
13719.46POWERS #6 (MR)$3.95MAR
13819.32HEROIC AGE ONE MONTH TO LIVE #1$2.99MAR
13919.26IZOMBIE #5 (MR)$2.99DC
14018.91KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET ANNUAL #1$5.99DE
14118.60BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #48$2.99DC
14218.08GRIMM FAIRY TALES #50$4.99ZEN
14317.89NEW MUTANTS FOREVER #2$3.99MAR
14417.80DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF ATOM #2$3.50DAR
14517.55ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS X-MEN #1$3.99MAR
14617.52HEROIC AGE ONE MONTH TO LIVE #2$2.99MAR
14717.13GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #158$3.99IDW
14817.07ARTIFACTS #2$3.99IMA
14917.05CAPTAIN AMERICA FOREVER ALLIES #2$3.99MAR
15016.91HEROIC AGE ONE MONTH TO LIVE #3$2.99MAR
15116.87CHEW #14 (MR)$2.99IMA
15216.71X-MEN FOREVER 2 #7$3.99MAR
15316.61OUR ARMY AT WAR #1$3.99DC
15416.61UNWRITTEN #17 (MR)$3.99DC
15516.56X-MEN FOREVER 2 #8$3.99MAR
15616.51BPRD HELL ON EARTH NEW WORLD #2$3.50DAR
15716.38YOUNG ALLIES #4$2.99MAR
15816.21ASTRO CITY SILVER AGENT #2$3.99DC
15915.93ATLAS #5$2.99MAR
16015.81FATHOM BLUE DESCENT #1$2.99ASP
16115.74HEROIC AGE ONE MONTH TO LIVE #4$2.99MAR
16215.48OUR FIGHTING FORCES #1$3.99DC
16315.43GI JOE #22$3.99IDW
16415.37G I COMBAT #1$3.99DC
16515.37DOC SAVAGE #6$3.99DC
16615.34IRREDEEMABLE #17$3.99BOO
16715.31SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC FOUR #3$3.99MAR
16815.25REBELS #20$2.99DC
16915.04TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #11$3.99IDW
17014.86JONAH HEX #59$2.99DC
17114.57HEROIC AGE SUPER HEROES #1$3.99MAR
17214.55GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE #5$3.99DE
17314.50GI JOE ORIGINS #19$3.99IDW
17414.44HEROIC AGE ONE MONTH TO LIVE #5$2.99MAR
17514.40KEVIN SMITH KATO #4$3.99DE
17614.31JACK OF FABLES #47 (MR)$2.99DC
17714.13THOR MIGHTY AVENGER #4$2.99MAR
17814.04STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #1$3.99DC
17914.02X-FILES 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #3 (MR)$3.99DC
18013.99DOOM PATROL #14$2.99DC
18113.91HALO FALL OF REACH BOOT CAMP #1 (MR)$3.99MAR
18213.89AVP THREE WORLD WAR #6$3.50DAR
18313.82INCORRUPTIBLE #9$3.99BOO
18413.76BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS #2$3.50DAR
18513.73IRON MAN 2 AGENTS OF SHIELD #1$3.99MAR
18613.66WITCHBLADE #138$2.99IMA
18713.15HERCULES TWILIGHT OF A GOD #4$3.99MAR
18813.09SPIRIT #6$3.99DC
18912.97RED SONJA #51$3.99DE
19012.891 FOR DOLLAR BUFFY THE SLAYER$1.00DAR
19112.89CROSSED FAMILY VALUES #4 (MR)$3.99AVA
19212.87GREEN HORNET STRIKES #3$3.99DE
19312.79HELLBLAZER #271 (MR)$2.99DC
19412.51PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER TWO #12$2.99DE
19512.20STAR WARS BLOOD TIES TALE JANGO & BOBA FETT #1$3.50DAR
19612.101 FOR DOLLAR SERENITY THOSE LEFT BEHIND$1.00DAR
19712.06MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD #3$3.50ARA
19811.98GI JOE COBRA II #8$3.99IDW
19911.91QUEEN SONJA #9$2.99DE
20011.81SWEET TOOTH #13 (MR)$2.99DC
20111.76SPIKE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW #3$3.99IDW
20211.65GI JOE HEARTS AND MINDS #4$3.99IDW
20311.65QUEEN SONJA #10$2.99DE
20411.40GI JOE COBRA SPECIAL #2$4.99IDW
20511.381 FOR DOLLAR STAR WARS LEGACY$1.00DAR
20611.30BART SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #16$4.99BON
20711.23TRANSFORMERS DRIFT #1$3.99IDW
20811.16GI JOE HEARTS AND MINDS #5$3.99IDW
20911.15SPIKE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW #4$3.99IDW
21011.11AZRAEL #12$2.99DC
21111.09DAYTRIPPER #10 (MR)$2.99DC
21210.99CHARMED #2$3.50ZEN
21310.94ANITA BLAKE CIRCUS OF DAMNED CHARMER #4 (MR)$3.99MAR
21410.90HIT-MONKEY #3$2.99MAR
21510.87COMIC BOOK GUY THE COMIC BOOK #3$2.99BON
21610.84TERMINATOR 1984 #1$3.50DAR
21710.77DAWN NOT TO TOUCH EARTH (ONE SHOT)$5.99IMA
21810.73MORNING GLORIES #2$3.50IMA
21910.61HACK SLASH MY FIRST MANIAC #4 (MR)$3.50IMA
22010.57X-CAMPUS #4$4.99MAR
22110.55TRANSFORMERS DRIFT #2$3.99IDW
22210.50HOUSE OF MYSTERY #29 (MR)$2.99DC
22310.48TINY TITANS #32$2.99DC
22410.46SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #217$2.99ARC
22510.43TRANSFORMERS SECTOR 7 #1$3.99IDW
22610.41TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #64 (MR)$2.95BRO
22710.36MACHETE #0$3.99IDW
22810.06GFT PRESENTS NEVERLAND #5$2.99ZEN
22910.04BILLY THE KID GHASTLY FIEND LONDON #1$3.99DAR
23010.011 FOR DOLLAR UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE$1.00DAR
2319.89CASANOVA #3 (MR)$3.99MAR
2329.79MAGDALENA (ONGOING) #3$3.99IMA
2339.50NORTHLANDERS #32 (MR)$2.99DC
2349.50SIMPSONS COMICS #170$2.99BON
2359.40DARKNESS #86 (MR)$2.99IMA
2369.40TFW MAD HATTER VS QUEEN OF HEARTS$4.99ZEN
2379.34GOD OF WAR #4 (MR)$3.99DC
2389.30GFT INFERNO #3$2.99ZEN
2399.24KATO ORIGINS WAY O/T NINJA #4$3.99DE
2408.91SCOURGE #1$2.99ASP
2418.88GREEN HORNET PARALLEL LIVES #3$3.99DE
2428.76SONIC UNIVERSE #20$2.99ARC
2438.67GORILLA MAN #3$3.99MAR
2448.65TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM #4$3.99DC
2458.64DARKWING DUCK #4$3.99BOO
2468.611 FOR DOLLAR MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER$1.00DAR
2478.59DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #15$3.99IDW
2488.56AUTHORITY #26$2.99DC
2498.49CHOKER #4 (MR)$3.99IMA
2508.411 FOR DOLLAR GROO$1.00DAR
2518.39ANGELUS #5$2.99IMA
2528.24BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #21$2.99DC
2538.22DMZ #57 (MR)$2.99DC
2548.17RAWHIDE KID #4$3.99MAR
2558.15JURASSIC PARK REDEMPTION #3$3.99IDW
2568.08FUTURAMA COMICS #51$2.99BON
2578.06LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME #3 (MR)$4.99RAL
2588.03SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #1$2.99DC
2598.01VERONICA #202$2.99ARC
2607.98MARVELMAN FAMILYS FINEST #3$3.99MAR
2617.96VELOCITY #2$3.99IMA
2627.84STAR TREK CAPTAINS LOG PIKE #1$3.99IDW
2637.83MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3$3.99DC
2647.79STUMPTOWN #4 (MR)$3.99ONI
2657.61LIFE WITH ARCHIE MARRIED LIFE #2$3.99ARC
2667.50SPIDER-MAN #6$2.99MAR
2677.44TORCHWOOD #2$3.99TIT
2687.44MYSTERY SOCIETY #3$3.99IDW
2697.34RATCHET AND CLANK #1$3.99DC
2707.29FRINGE TALES FROM THE FRINGE #4$3.99DC
2717.24RADICAL PREMIERE MATA HARI$1.00RAL
2727.16WILDCATS #27$2.99DC
2737.12DV8 GODS AND MONSTERS #6$2.99DC
2747.12DARKNESS FOUR HORSEMEN #2$3.99IMA
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6 Comments

  1. Bob
    October 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    Good to see that Barry Allen is still a top 15 book.

  2. Slappy
    October 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm — Reply

    I didn’t even know the Last Unicorn was being published. <ight need to check the lists more often.

  3. Zagra
    October 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    No. 1 of the list was really no surprise at all… who’d resiste a new ongoing of Wolvie?

  4. October 22, 2010 at 4:16 am — Reply

    On a (sort of) related topic, and up Stephen’s digital comics alley, did you see the sales spike Steve Lieber got on his Underground comic after it was bootlegged on 4chan? As a result, he’s making the whole series available for free download on his website, and asking for either a donation or a TPB purchase if people like it.

  5. Morpheus
    October 22, 2010 at 8:43 am — Reply

    I think the reason for another month of low sales is squarely on the raising unemployment. The studies that I have read show that the 30-40 year old demographic are the most unemployed group and this could be connected to the decline in comic sales since everyone keeps saying that is the age group comics are written for.

    As a person experience I have had to drop all my titles as of the end of September in an attempt to cut costs due to my inclusion in the unemployment market. I think if someone can get the economy to turn around and companies to hire people again then an increase in comic sales would be soon to follow.

  6. October 22, 2010 at 9:27 am — Reply

    Such a steep decline can’t be blamed on just one factor. Digital Comics, even if you have to wait to download, are now an option. Money is tight, hours being cut back, people loosing their jobs. Comic book quality is just scraping the bottom of the barrel. Add these up and it just about sums it all up.

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