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1. Trailer Unveiled For Batkid Begins Documentary

A trailer has been unleashed for Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. The video embedded above stars a five year old leukemia patient named Miles Scott who yearned to be Batman for one day.

The story chronicles how more than 25,000 people came together to make that wish come true. A limited theatrical release has been scheduled for June 26th. (via USA Today)

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2. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Enrique Alcatena

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I was turned onto artist Enrique Alcatena’s work by my friend Jon Vinson(DUB Comics). Alcatena is well known in his native country of Argentina and has garnered international respect for his dark surrealist art. There are many comics by Alcatena still unpublished and untranslated here in the States. Hopefully some independent(or major) publisher picks up the slack soon and gives us some English language editions of his work.

In the meantime, you can still track down some of his earlier work in back issue bins, such as Predator vs. Judge Dredd and various Batman comics, including The Batman of Arkham Elseworlds Special with writer Alan Grant.

You can read more about the art of Enrique Alcatena in a recent article The Comics Exotic by the aforementioned Jon Vinson.

You can find Enrique Alcatena’s Art & Comics Facebook page here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates

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3. Walking the Game Beat: Batgirl Confirmed and Voices Revealed, Nintendo Theme Parks, Fallout 4 at E3?

With Bethesda holding their first E3 press conference, it seems like a no brainer that an announcement for, the post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 was obvious, but could we now know more about what we’ll see from it? Batman: Arkham Knight is only just starting to reveal its secrets, and Nintendo gets into the theme park rides business. Let’s Go!

 

The German site PC Games reported a rumor from a trusted source that Bethesda Softworks will not only announce Fallout 4 at E3, but will also show off a 20-30 minute behind closed doors gameplay demo of it. Back in February, the developer announced its plans for a press conference before E3 and told everyone that no official word about Fallout 4 was ready.

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Our thought:

They’re ready now. E3 is one the biggest announcement shows for gaming and they wouldn’t hold an event to not announce the game, so it’s a sure bet we’ll see at least a trailer for Fallout 4. When it comes to a demo at the show; there’s an excellent chance not all attendees at E3 will go hands on with it. The odds of Fallout having been developed to near completion for 2015 under our collective noses is slim, a release date of Fall 2016/Spring 2017 would be the likely target. Thus, Fallout 4 wouldn’t be ready for anything other than a guided tour video.


 

Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.

More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.

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Our thought:

Mario Karts, Metroid 3d the Ride, Donkey Kong churro stands… yes! For years, movies such as Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and most recently The Fast and The Furious have received the ride treatment. Even beloved comic book characters are the theme of attractions all over the country. It was only a matter of time before gaming made a big splash at tourist attractions. Though it seems odd to take a medium that’s meant to be enjoyed in-home and adapt it in such a way that will make gamers want to get outside and enjoy the big glowing thing in the sky. In the end, it’s a tremendous counter-programing start to Disney utilizing LucasFilm and Marvel properties in their parks.


Just when you think Rocksteady and WB couldn’t possibly tease gamers any more than they’ve already have for Batman: Arkham Knight… boom a new video drops.

As we already knew, the iconic voice of the caped crusader, Kevin Conroy would be in the game to finish Rocksteady’s epic trilogy. Now we get a look at the cast of talented actors brining their voices to a magnanimous group of characters in the game. Returning alongside Conroy are Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Troy Baker as Two-Face and Nolan North as Penguin. If that weren’t enough, the newcomers of the group include Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) as James Gordon, Ashley Greene (Twilight) as Barbara Gordon, Scott Porter ( Hart of Dixie) as Nightwing, and John Noble (Fringe) as Scarecrow.

 

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Rocksteady also cleared up one area of confusion over twitter. Last week, more details were given about the inclusions in the game’s season pass option. The image of Batgirl along with details of her getting story content for the game were met with questions of who was under the mask. As we’ve seen in the trailers, Oracle appears in her wheelchair and the Batgirl in the image looks like the Barbra version of the character. Game director, Sefton Hill confirmed that Barbra Gordon was indeed Batgirl. Now more rumors are flying about what content being based on an iconic DC Comics story

 

Our thought:

This is one of the best voice casts that’s been assembled for a game, period. Hearing Noble talk about the Scarecrow is simply chilling. With all the surprises and twists the game is sure to deliver, it’s building up to be a game of the year contender even before its release.

Though it was about 95% certain the Batgirl in the image was Barbra Gordon, now the confirmation opens up new possibilities about what her part of the story will be. Could we learn what events confined her to the wheelchair? Will there be some sort of recovery story in the main game that leads to her DLC? Most seem to believe we’ll see a prequel set around events of “the Killing Joke”, but that would mean Troy Baker would once again voice the Joker as Mark Hamill had officially retired from voicing the character. Baker a superbly talented actor would be great as the Joker again and would simply place the Batgirl DLC events between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum.

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4. What Are the Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Franchises?

Marvel’s Spider-Man is the top grossing movie franchise based on a comic book, according to 24/7 Wall Street. The franchise has grossed $3.96 billion in worldwide sales across its five movies.

DC Comics’ Batman ranked at No. 2 on the list with $3.8 billion in gross earnings worldwide and Marvel’s X-Men ranked at No. 3 on the list with $3.05 billion in gross earnings worldwide.

Follow this link to check out the top 10 list.

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5. Amazing Arizona Con 2015: Deadpool ruled & art crooks were called out

The Valentines State’s first comic con of the year wrapped up over the romantic weekend. Jimmy Jay, Amazing Arizona Comic Con organizer, didn’t let a hallmark holiday get in the way of putting on his three-day annual comic book convention on Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15. The event kicked off with an intimate panel with Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane and the New York Times best selling Batman artist, Greg Capullo. They signed someone’s baby.

Capullo was a selfie machine and gave the fans what they wanted. God bless him.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend the event until the last day because I was under the weather. Sunday was not uneventful to say the least. The line of eager con goers to buy their tickets around noon on the last day is always a good sign. The con was located at the south Phoenix Convention Center building.

Flash, Superman, and Captain Marvel. Photo by Henry Barajas.

Flash, Superman, and Captain Marvel. Photo by Henry Barajas.

The event hosted approximately 89 exhibitors and 144 creatives in artist alley. Jay expects that he beat last year’s attendance record of 25,000, but didn’t have the final numbers.There was a laundry list of legends like Steve McNiven, George Perez, Adam Kubert, Mark Bagley, Kevin Eastman, Herb Trimpe, and Steve Epting. Sadly, there weren’t any female guests of honor except Nei Raffino.  I hope there’s a little more diversity in next year’s line-up. All the guests seemed to have done well and appreciated the hospitality. One of the guests said he was amazed by the talent that were invited, and the response from the fans was overwhelming. The only “Hollywood” characters that had a big presence were the Power Ranger actors, but they seemed like real sweethearts and approachable folks. None of them seemed like cold-blooded-killers.

Deadpool aka Rob Liefeld Panel. Photo by Henry Barajas

Deadpool aka Rob Liefeld Panel. Photo by Henry Barajas.

With recent Deadpool news, you could have nicknamed his con “Deadpool Con” with all the prints and cosplayers at AACC. Deadpool creator, Rob Liefeld, was on cloud nine and loving all the support from the fans. His Sunday panel was standing room only.  Liefeld jumped off the stage, broke the fourth wall, and started taking questions from the audience by handing them the microphone individually. This is Rob’s fifth AACC appearance and doesn’t intend on missing a single show as long as it doesn’t land on a government holiday.

Wasp. Photo by Henry Barajas.

Wasp. Photo by Henry Barajas.

Some of the lower level, lesser known comic book creators might have been a little overshadowed, according to some of the folks behind their booths.  A majority of the unknown creators I spoke with didn’t make the profit they were hoping for, but networking with some of their favorite creators made up for the loss. Some of the creators that exhibited at the Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest that that took place in December were glad they did both shows. It seems that Fan Fest was strategically planned to compete with the AACC, but Jay says it didn’t affect him. There’s a silent con war going on and both sides are pretty classy about it.

Another complaint that I heard from the artists was how loud the announcements were echoing through the intercom. It was hard to have a conversation while panel reminders were being announced.

Harley Quinn. Photo by Henry Barajas.

Harley Quinn. Photo by Henry Barajas.

Still, there were a few bumps at the event. I have never had a negative experience at this show until now. Mike Olivares, Tucson Comic –Con director, was assisting Travis Hanson at his booth, so I went over to talk to Olivares about the upcoming Tucson Con and small press expo he’s organizing in the spring. While we were discussing the good old days, I noticed a large canvas with Bruce Timm’s artwork on it; obviously, it was not an original, and there was a $200 price tag.

Bruce Timm art printed on a canvas with a $200 price tag.

Bruce Timm art printed on a canvas with a $200 price tag.

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Instead of going the traditional route, take some pictures and post it on Bleeding Cool, I decided to question the people at the booth about this canvas. There were four guys sitting at the table selling prints that featured everyone’s favorite super heroes (Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, ect.) by various artists in the Philippines, according to Aaron Luevanos. The table was labeled HeroicFineArt.com  #816. I asked them if that Timm piece was an original. One of them said no. The next logical question was: Does Bruce Timm know you’re printing his art on a canvas and charging $200? Luevanos and the group said that it was taken from a Timm original (apparently, they owned the original art) that was back in Texas. I asked how does that give them the right to print his art on a canvas and sell it for $200 just because they have the original. I couldn’t get a clear answer, so I had to walk away because I didn’t want to cause a scene.

Here's some fan art that was for sale at the HeroicFineArt.com  #816 booth.

Here’s some fan art that was for sale at the HeroicFineArt.com #816 booth.

Eventually, I came back (after letting off some steam) to get some names. Luevanos handed me his phone so I can talk to his attorney, Cesar Garcia, read on the iPhone screen, about the matter. The counselor asked me what was going on so I told him I was merely asking his client why is he selling art at his table that isn’t his, the lawyer said he had nothing to say, so I handed the phone back to Luevanos.

Yes. The same Aaron Luevanos that owns Capital City Comic Con. The same Capital City Comic Con that had that “Everything’s bigger in Austin!” Powergirl campaign everyone loved so much. Not.

Luevanos said he wasn’t selling the piece and it was his friend, Mark William. William took the blame and said he owned the art. Apparently, Luevanos had no idea it was there because he left his booth for five hours. I was baffled because I now know this guy runs a con and he was all of a sudden unaware the piece was at HIS booth. Some spectators said I was too hard on the guy and I was being a “hard ass.” I disagreed and pointed out that an artist the next row over caught a colorist that swiped his art and was selling the piece —recolored— in the same row when the con started, according to Olivares and Jay. Luevanos decided to remove Timm’s artwork from display to shut me up, and to avoid getting his lawyer involved.

We shook hands, eventually.

I left to thank Jay for the press pass and explain what happened. Jay asked one of his managers to escort me to the booth and point out where this happened so they can take care of it. Luevanos was more upset at this point and said I was harassing him. But I was just trying to make sure I did my due diligence so this wasn’t a complete shock to Jay and his con staff. I couldn’t take much more of Luevanos, so I left the con and headed back to Tucson. I’m confident that Jay and his staff resolved the matter, and I’m sure I’ll be hearing from Luevanos’ “legal counsel.”

I won’t let this altercation define my AACC experience. Phoenix is a big city and could use the con war/competition. Gives everyone another reason to cosplay visit Phoenix in the winter. The high was 85 degrees for crying out loud.

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6. Best Selling Kids Series | March 2015

Holy books, Batman! The Batman Classic series is this month's best selling kids series from The Children's Book Review's affiliate store.

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7. nuDC: Batman is a robot, Wonder Woman is Captain Wolverine and Superman put on jeans

This week DC has been revealing new looks for its core characters, including some startling fashion changes. The new looks have been revealed in various places We’ve cobbled it all up for you below but here’s the shorter version:

• Batman is now a robot or something. Scott Snyder calls it “the boldest, weirdest, biggest thing we’ve ever tried on the book.” Maybe the suit is an eco skeleton or something…his ears are now antenna-thingies that have distant echoes of a cross between Doom PAtrol Cliff, Batman Beyond and  Ultron.

• Superman now looks like..Channing Tatum. After he trashed his tights the other day he’s put on some comfy jeans that give him mobility and a sporty vibe. This look debuted in the Morrison/Quitely Action Comics, but Superman has a shorter, more contemporary haircut. And no capes because Edna Mode.

• Wonder Woman has gotten a VERY thorough update that also seems to include body armor as well as big wrist spikes (ala Wolverine) and a logo treatment that…well, it resembles Captain Marvel just a weeeeeeee bit. I don’t really like loincloths, but whatever floats your boat.

• Also Harley Quinn has kneeepads…dont’ know how long that has been going on but NOT GOING THERE.

While I don’t expect to see any of these looks on toasters or immersion blenders any time soon, a shake up is good, and I’m sure all the stories behind these changes will be exciting (The Batman robot one looks promising). In the meantime here’ amore of DC’s new June look:

Here’s the lineup:

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BATMAN #41
Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
THE JOKER Variant cover by SEAN MURPHY
On sale JUNE 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The all-new Batman makes his debut! Who is he, and what happens next? Find out here as a new era begins in Gotham City!





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ACTION COMICS #41
Written by GREG PAK and AARON KUDER / Art and cover by AARON KUDER
THE JOKER Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale JUNE 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The epic new storyline “TRUTH” begins! For Superman, there’s no more holding back!

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HARLEY QUINN #17
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI / Art by CHAD HARDIN
Cover by AMANDA CONNER / THE JOKER Variant cover by EDUARDO RISSO
On sale JUNE 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
They’re here – the Gang of Harleys has arrived! Because the world demanded more Harley Quinn, Harley has answered the call – will a dozen more Harleys do the trick? Meet Carli Quinn, Harley Queen, HanukQuinn, and many, many, MANY more in a story that will have your sides splitting!

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SINESTRO #12
Written by CULLEN BUNN / Art by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Cover by MARTIN COCCOLO / THE JOKER Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

There’s a traitor in the Sinestro Corps who has set New Korugar on a path to certain destruction! The smart move would be to evacuate the Korugarian refugees from the planet, but Sinestro knows finding the identity of the traitor is more crucial, which leads to an unexpected betrayal from someone you would never expect, and a punishment from Sinestro that will alter someone’s life irrevocably!

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GRAYSON #9
Written by TOM KING and TIM SEELEY / Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN
THE JOKER Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JUNE 24 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Everything changes as Helena takes over SPYRAL! Plus: Grayson gets a new partner!

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WONDER WOMAN #41
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and 
JONATHAN GLAPION
THE JOKER Variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand-new villain! But while he may be new to us, he’s not new to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy’s quest to destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that’s even possible!), while the games of the Gods bring dark portents to the ultimate Amazon!

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GREEN LANTERN #41
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by BILLY TAN and MARK IRWIN
Cover by BILLY TAN
THE JOKER Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale JUNE 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Renegade!” Beginning a new chapter in Hal Jordan’s life as he becomes the universe’s most wanted outlaw! And wait till you meet Hal’s new partner, Darlene. She’s definitely not what you’re expecting!





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DETECTIVE COMICS #41
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and
BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
THE JOKER Variant cover by PATRICK GLEASON
On sale JUNE 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Following the events of “Endgame,” get ready to ride with the GCPD in a whole new city! Harvey Bullock is leading a Bat task force, but what are his duties, and can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya?





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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #18
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and others
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
THE JOKER Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The epic new storyline “TRUTH” continues! As the pressure mounts, a relationship is tested!





 

Also here’s a look at the Batman/Superman #21 cover where you can see the robotic bats in all its glory.

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8. Entertainment Round-Up: The Flash Season 2 may bring new speedsters, another Crow is cast, Batman’s role in Suicide Squad revealed?, and another returning character for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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It was a slow news weekend on the entertainment front these past few days, but here are the the headlines that grabbed my attention in the past 48 hours:

– Both of the casts and creative teams for The Flash and Arrow were on hand at PaleyFest over the weekend. Nothing really earth shattering was announced, but there were a few teases that might excite fans, particularly for The Flash. According to TVLine, Greg Berlanti has hopes that they’ll tackle Wally West or Bart Allen, though no sooner than Season 2. They also hinted that the series will be adapting a major Flash comics storyline soon. Flashpoint, Crisis on Infinite Earths, or a meld of the two seem the obvious answers there, but who knows?

James O’Barr‘s The Crow is getting another shot at the big screen, directed by Corin Hardy, and according to O’Barr, the film has already found its lead (per Dread Central):

O’Barr said that “Jack Huston has definitely been cast,” that he was “really happy with that choice,” and that the film “will shoot in a couple of months.” He also said the film will essentially be a straight adaptation of his original graphic novel, which differs quite a bit from the (still awesome) 1994 Brandon Lee vehicle.

Jack Huston is a fan favorite from Boardwalk Empire, so this makes for a fairly compelling choice. Whether or not the world needs another Crow film…I’ll leave that up to your discretion.

- The folks over at Latino Review have really been nailing the Suicide Squad news over the past week, dropping some choice tidbits about Jared Leto‘s Joker before the weekend hit. Now they have a few details regarding Batman’s appearance in the David Ayer directed ensemble picture:

According to sources, in the film Batman is some sort of big boogeyman that the government REALLY hates. Get this, prior to the events in #BatmanvSuperman, THE JOKER is the only one to really ever meet him or know him and that’s why he’s so important to Amanda Waller. They have footage of Batman in action which they watch. There is a bit of dialogue where they say Batman is the key to tracking down all “the supers.” Very cool stuff.

- I never find myself terribly excited about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a number of reasons that have been covered by enough people, but it was pointed out to me this morning by Hannah that in the most recently released episode synopsis, Lucy Lawless‘ Isabelle Hartley is coming back:

“One Door Closes” – War comes to Coulson’s doorstep in a way he never anticipated as shocking revelations are brought to light, and Skye struggles to control her new abilities but will soon make a decision that irrevocably changes her life, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Tuesday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.

Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Christine Adams as Agent Weaver, Kirk Acevedo as Agent Calderon, Cornelius Smith, Jr. as Case, Sai Rao as Susanna, Mackenzie Astin as Tim Maguire and Rick Otto as lead Hydra agent.

So, in other words, the pattern of no one ever actually staying dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues, then again, I guess that’s pretty true to the comics.

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9. Batman in Dior

There is more to Batman 47 than Joe ChillGirl in Dior has been getting great press worldwide for its depiction of one of the most influential premiere collections in fashion history, but there are a couple of classic superhero connections as well.

Sixty-eight year old fashion spoiler alert!

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As Girl in Dior aptly depicts, the designer’s debut collection split the fashion world. For some, the longer length of the skirts in Christian Dior’s first collection in 1947 was a step backward, but what ultimately won the day was a sense that Dior had tapped into deeper, more vital currents in the post-war West. Besides changing the course of fashion for a generation and, along the way, mentoring his successor in innovation, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior inspired a description that immediately became synonymous with his designs and, over time, any revolutionary break from existing style: the New Look.

Girl in Dior beautifully depicts the entry of this phrase into the fashion lexicon. After noting the presence of legendary Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow in the front row, author Annie Goetzinger lavishly recreates the moment when, following the show, Snow uttered the phrase that solidified Dior’s place in fashion history.

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If you’re reading this site, though, chances are that you’re already thinking that the New Look sounds mighty familiar.

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It was, of course, the name famously — and not coincidentally — given to the modernization of Batman's appearance in 1964.

But that wasn’t the first time Dior’s New Look appeared in Batman comics – there’s also a reference contemporaneous with Dior’s early work.

Dior’s New Look garnered a lot of press in the U.S., from the revolutionary collections in the late ’40s to the Dior-mania of the subsequent decade and more. For our purposes, two articles in particular stand out: a January 1948 New York Times piece headlined “New Look to Stay, Expert Asserts” and Life Magazine‘s coverage of Dior’s latest “New Look” collection in February 1948.

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To see how such stories influenced comics, we can turn to the June 1948 of Batman, which re-tells Batman’s origin and includes his epic encounter with his father’s murderer, Joe Chill. However, that’s not the only story in this book, which deserves a digital restoration in full on Comixology (hint, hint).

The landmark Batman #47 actually opens with a Catwoman story called “Fashions in Crime.” The tale begins with Catwoman breaking out of jail, only to hear herself mocked by other women as she walks down the street while wearing her civilian clothes:

“Hmmph! She’s wearing a short skirt! She doesn’t have the NEW LOOK!”

As the women go on to ridicule her for not reading the latest fashion magazines, Catwoman makes the painful realization that “since [she’s] been in prison, the style has changed.” But this also gives her an entrepreneurial idea: she creates her own fashion magazine, Damsel, along with a Damsel fashion TV program.

Months later Damsel is the hottest media empire in the fashion world, and the scene shifts to an older socialite, who, wearing an elaborate hat, notes that Catwoman-turned-Damsel-publisher-Madame-Moderne’s latest designer favorite is “a gown by Millie Karnalee.” Karnalee’s name seems odd, but at the time it would have made sense as a pun on the popular American designer Hattie Carnegie, the subject of the January 1948 New York Times piece. Carnegie, besides, ahem, adapting (i.e. copying) Dior’s “New Look” at a lower price for the U.S. market, also made a point of condemning the predilection of younger women not to wear hats.

And despite a nifty later scene wear Batman cracks the case thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of fashion illustration technique, that’s where the story begins to diverge from the world of Girl in Dior.

Apparently the writers weren’t aware of the free samples and ample cashflow that would have been accrued to the publisher of the world’s hottest fashion magazine, because Catwoman proceeds to use her newfound high-society access to steal clothes and rob women at an exclusive fashion show. Not surprisingly, the scene at Catwoman’s show is rather different from the more modest Parisian runways of the time — in true 1940s Batman fashion, it features “giant needles … scissors … thimbles … and a huge sewing machine!”

Girl in Dior might not end with a fight on oversized designer props, but it is nonetheless a most enlightening read. I could go on, but I’ll leave that to an actual reviewer – ceci n’est pas une critique de Jeune fille en Dior.

Girl in Dior

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10. Walking the Game Beat: Batman, Disney Infinity 2.0, Call of Duty, RIP Silent Hills

What a 48hrs it’s been. Gamers have been given reason to cheer and cry. Such weight that can only be decompressed with hours of performing Mortal Kombat X fatalities.

Wait that ain’t it… oh well let’s talk about some of the major news video games has recently bombarded us with.

On Sunday, Treyarch showed off the first full trailer for the next installment of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Black Ops III comes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC this November.

Now the series has become a yearly expectation, not unlike a new Madden Football game or MLB The Show. Hell, the game has even aided in giving birth to pro gaming leagues where Mountain Dew fueled players compete for bragging rights and copious amounts of cash. So what can a new installment bring that we haven’t seen before? Bigger combat arenas allowed the game to boast a 4-player co-op campaign. For the first time in the franchise’s history, the campaign’s protagonist is fully customizable. In addition to upgrading abilities, changing your character’s appearance and tweaking weapons, players can pick the gender of their Call of Duty hero. Black Ops also brings back Zombie survival mode, where players obliterate wave after wave of the undead. This time the mode comes with a full character progression system similar to multiplayer.

Being the third CoD game by Treyarch, the group is leaving nothing out. Come November we’ll see wall running, underwater combat, unlimited sprinting, the ability to customize your solider as a heroic female in the campaign, and swimming. Yes according to the developer certain battle arenas will have areas where players can have their solider swim while still controlling weapons and combat. Though we haven’t seen much of how this development will affect the game, it sure does sound like a thing they threw in after the art directors pool party. The one thing the game really needs is a new Jim Lee drawn cover.

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Cause this weird “I gotta go to the bathroom but I don’t want to put my guns down” box ain’t cutting it.

 

WtolZw1Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set to release on November 6, 2015. Preordering through Gamestop will get you access to the upcoming beta.


 

 

Disney Infinity 2.0 finally released their mobile app on Android today. The guesstimated five of us that don’t have iPhones can now:

Create your own worlds and games starring over 60 of your favorite Marvel and Disney characters! Marvel Super Heroes come to Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0, with some of your favorite characters including the Avengers, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Also explore some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters from Frozen (Elsa & Anna), Big Hero 6 (Hiro & Baymax), Brave (Merida), Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc, and more!

For anyone that hasn’t picked up any Disney Infinity console and PC version… yes the cost goes beyond what you’ll initially pay after the starter set. This is just the new trend in gaming. These miniature versions of Mickey Mouse, Venom, Jack Sparrow, and Baymax we all have to buy are the new form of downloadable content for games. Though they have the distinction of having desk/shelf potential for collectors, it can still add up to serious coin, which is why it’s a nice feature that you can use web code cards from your physical Disney Infinity Figures to unlock characters in the mobile game. Such a novelty is essentially making the content transferable through all the platforms that gives it a value other games could learn from.

Now if we could just get those Legos and Amibos to talk to each other.

Plus look at the meme potential!

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As we talked a little about yesterday, Batman: Arkham Knight or as I call it “That thing I’m not going to work the week of June 23rd for,” dropped a new trailer that included the long awaited story playability of Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman (I don’t count Arkham City cause you had to download her). The feature looks to be similar to what Grand Theft Auto 5 did with switching between three main characters at the push of a button at any time.

Here it is again in all it’s glory:

Two-Face, Oracle, Azrael, and the bat-plane also appear in the trailer. In addition to all this, pre-ordering the game get’s you a playable Harley Quinn in the game’s challenge maps and if you do it through GameStop then the Red Hood (Jason Todd) will also be yours. The game’s “Mature” rating doesn’t shine through in the trailer but you can see a level of despair that hasn’t been hit in the series yet, and that’s saying a lot because Arkham City wasn’t exactly sunshine and roses.

Fortunately we won’t have to wait too much longer as the game is locked into releasing worldwide June 23, 2015 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

In the meantime, have you figured out who “Johnny Charisma” is yet?


 

Before we start the rundown of what gaming comics will be in stores this week, we should take a moment of “silence” for Silent Hills. Last year the world was told to play the creepy ass downloadable game P.T. In it, you’re put in the shoes of a man trapped in the hallways of a house where some supernatural depressing Scooby Doo ghost shit is going down.  The erie vibrance and mind bending nature of the situation made the game a brief but intense ride. Then at the end players find out that this is just a “Playable Teaser” for a game called Silent Hills. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re then told the game is being developed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and master film director Guillermo Del Torro. Then as if that isn’t enough we’re told Daryl Dixon himself, Norman Reedus, is going to  model and voice the main character.

Yesterday, Konami confirmed our worst fears and officially canceled Silent Hills.

For fans of the Silent Hill series; the teaser was like being defibrillated back to life. A franchise whose better days were behind them, only showing mere glimpses of awesome in comics being published by IDW, was going to make a comeback. For a brief moment two storytelling giants that specialize in the bizarre were going to give fans the game they knew this series could be and P.T was the proof.

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What went wrong? While we may never know the real answer to that, at least until someone makes the documentary about all this ten years from now; the writing had been on the wall for quite sometime. Rumors surrounding Kojima leaving Konami after Metal Gear Solid 5 turned into plausible scenarios. Though he doesn’t look it, Hideo Kojima is like 50 something years old (Somewhere there’s an attic with a painting of an old Hideo Kojima screaming cause this guy doesn’t age). If he feels it’s time to move on and tell a new story then he’s earned that right. Most feel that he’ll put his passion for Hollywood to use. Then, Konami itself is starting to show signs of restructuring to focus on other ventures like gambling; they even pulled themselves from the New York Stock Exchange. Though, if you look at their numbers, it was apparent very little trading happened in the US for them. Both parites will undoutebly be okay as their names and properties alone could keep them afloat for years.

There’s the matter of Guillermo Del Torro. He was the first one to come out and say that he was no longer working on Silent Hills. The news was just the latest in a string of incomplete projects the filmmaker has in his portfolio; Justice League Dark and Haunted Mansion (announced at SDCC 2010 but only now finding its star) come to mind . It looks like Pacific Rim 2 will be done before either of those movies gets to theaters. In the end the tragic news of Silent Hills doesn’t fall on Del Torro, he’s a gamer and a storyteller who wanted to create art with a man he sees as a legend. When it became apparent that the legend was leaving the table, he decided not to do the project.

Kojima will be okay, Del Torro will be okay, Konami will be okay; the only real casualties here are all of us because we’ll never know what could have been.

 


 

Gaming Comics 4/29:

Injustice: Year Three Annual #1                                                                                                                                         (W) Ray Fawkes, Brian Buccellato (A) Sergio Fernandez Davila & Various (CA) Neil Googe

The Year of Magic is over, and the stalemate between Superman’s regime and Batman’s resistance continues. But some mysteries remain to be explained, like the true start of John Constantine’s involvement. What secret role did Dr. Occult play? And what have the Titans been up to all this time?
Munchkin #4 (BOOM! Studios)
(W) Tom Siddell, Jim Zub (A) Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh (CA) Ian McGinty
Based on the popular card game. A squad of space marines are sent to investigate a colony that has recently fallen out of contact, but when they get there, they find the first signs of nonhuman life are super annoying. Plus, an exclusive game card is included with every copy of the first printing!
Sonic Boom #7 (Archie Comics)
(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Matt Herms & Various
It’s wacky-racin’ adventure in “Everybody’s Super Sonic Racing” Part Two: Dr. Eggman’s fun and “friendly” go-kart challenge has turned deadly! But, really, who didn’t see that “twist” coming? Can Sonic salvage the race and prove to the bad doctor he can win fair and square? More importantly, can Sonic survive long enough to return to the race course?! Discover the fate of life, limb and ego in this super-fast story with cover art from Sonic comic fav Jamal Peppers, and an all-new “insubordination” variant cover from painter Erik Ly!

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11. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: March 2015 – End of an Era…

330660_20150311155606_largeby David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

March 2015 was not a good sales month for DC in the North American direct market.

Average sales per title for the DCU books (28,559), Vertigo (7,055), and DC as a whole (23,466) were all the lowest they’ve been since the New 52 started back in September 2011.

Most of their sales problems were due to books that missed shipping in March, including their two top sellers, Batman and Justice League, and two other books that are in their top 30% (or so), Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman. A similar tune plays at the Vertigo label; with Sandman Overture MIA until May, the perpetually delayed American Vampire Second Cycle also not around, and Fables pretty much over (except for the oversized finale coming in July). That leaves Astro City as the regularly-shipping standard bearer for the imprint.

Things are exacerbated on the low end of the sales scales, with many low-selling DCU books shipping their final issues in May (including two low-selling issues of Infinity Man and the Forever People), and a whopping five Vertigo titles not making the Top 300 Diamond chart at all.

March 2015 marks the end of an era at DC: the (almost) end of the New 52 as both a label and a concept, along with the physical relocation of editorial from the east coast to the west. The ‘almost’ is because there are actually a good number of New 52 books coming in April, including the missed titles noted above, several Annuals, and the final issues of the three weekly series. I considered writing some sort of post-mortem for the New 52, but Heidi already beat me to it. You can read the numbers below and make up your own minds.

April starts the two month Convergence event/stunt/whatever, and I’m interested to see what happens with the sales numbers there. So tune in again about a month for now, as whatever happens probably won’t be dull!

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

8 - BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
03/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #1  -- 73,266

A big debut for a digital-first title, helped by the fact that it was included in an Arcade Block subscription box. There was also a GameStop exclusive cover, though it’s unclear whether that account was serviced by Diamond. So expect to see things come back down to reality next month, though if a number of those who received their copy in a sub box end up converting to readers that will be a swell move for DC (though it is more likely I’d think that they’d be converted to digital readers as opposed to print buyers).

14 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99) 
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9  --  71,522 (-  6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 --  58,500 (- 18.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 119,180 (+103.7%)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 --  68,557 (- 42.5%)
11/2014: Harley Quinn #12 --  71,245 (+  3.9%)
12/2014: Harley Quinn #13 --  68,102 (-  4.4%)
01/2015: Harley Quinn #14 --  64,735 (-  4.9%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Harley Quinn #15 --  66,904 (+  3.4%)
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6 months: - 43.9%
1 year  : +  6.0%
Since #0: - 52.7%

Slipped from February, so this is the Harley Quinn variant cover issue of Harley Quinn.

20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99) 
03/2005: Detective Comics #804 -- 39,388
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 -- 43,119
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 -- 40,047
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   -- 89,981
03/2013: Detective Comics #18  -- 76,237 
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03/2014: Detective Comics #29  -- 55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  -- 56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  -- 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  -- 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  -- 58,812 (-  6.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 96,081 (+ 63.4%)
10/2014: Detective Comics #35  -- 57,385 (- 40.3%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36  -- 58,171 (+  1.4%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37  -- 54,953 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  -- 51,301 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Detective Comics #39  -- 54,698 (+  6.6%)
03/2015: Detective Comics #40  -- 56,126 (+  2.6%)
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6 months: - 41.6%
1 year  : +  1.2%
2 years : - 26.4%
5 years : + 30.2%
10 years: + 42.5%
Since #1: - 64.4%

The issue with the movie poster freely-orderable variant (The Matrix) sees another gain.

22 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99) 
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 -- 85,292
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 -- 59,818
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  -- 68,010
03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 -- 69,614 [76,575]
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03/2014: and Aquaman #29      -- 43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 -- 44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 -- 42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 -- 56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 -- 56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 -- 53,403 (-  5.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 83,783 (+ 56.9%)
10/2014: Batman and Robin #35 -- 54,616 (- 34.8%)
11/2014: Batman and Robin #36 -- 55,289 (+  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman and Robin #37 -- 53,543 (-  3.2%)
01/2015: Batman and Robin #38 -- 50,993 (-  4.8%)
02/2015: Batman and Robin #39 -- 53,699 (+  5.3%)
03/2015: Batman and Robin #40 -- 53,926 (+  0.4%)
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6 months: - 35.6%
1 year  : + 24.6%
2 years : - 29.6%
5 years : - 36.8%
Since #1: - 53.5%

Sees a small uptick for Movie Poster variant (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and as the final issue.

(And by final issue I mean ‘final regular issue.’ There’s still an annual coming in April and two issues of Convergence with a Batman and Robin title. So here and any place below where I write ‘final issue’ replace it with the caveat that there may be annuals or Convergence issues still to come.)

25 - SUPERMAN ($4.99) 
03/2005: Superman #214  -- 100,943
03/2010: Superman #696 --   31,940
03/2011: Superman #709 --   39,846
03/2012: Superman #7   --   66,588
03/2013: Superman #17  --   49,666 
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03/2014: Superman #29   --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32   --  89,140 (+155.4%) [103,508]
07/2014: Superman #33   --  62,998 (- 39.1%)
08/2014: Superman #34   --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 --  77,949 (+ 37.8%)
10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692 (- 31.1%)
11/2014: Superman #36   --  52,272 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Superman #37   --  50,383 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Superman #38   --  48,987 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Superman #39   --  50,260 (+  2.6%)
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6 months: - 35.5%
1 year  : + 49.4%
2 years : + 26.1%
5 years : + 57.4%
10 years: - 50.2%
Since #1: - 66.5%

Still running behind, so this is the issue with the Harley Quinn variant.

27 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99) 
08/2014: The Multiversity #1 -- 90,551 
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W    #1 -- 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just         #1 -- 53,301 (- 18.0%)
11/2014: Pax Americana    #1 -- 51,490 (-  3.4%)
12/2014: Thunderworld     #1 -- 47,714 (-  7.3%)
01/2015: Guidebook        #1 -- 38,672 (- 19.0%)
02/2015: Mastermen        #1 -- 50,091 (+ 29.5%)
03/2015: Ultra Comics     #1 -- 48,938 (-  2.3%)
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6 months: - 24.7%
Since #1: - 46.0%

A bit of a drop of just over 1K copies.

30, 32, 34, 33 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99) 
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 --  56,793 (-  1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 --  56,152 (-  1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 --  56,002 (-  0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 --  55,662 (-  0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 --  51,133 (-  2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 --  50,709 (-  0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 --  50,230 (-  0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 --  49,748 (-  1.0%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 --  48,999 (-  1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 --  48,683 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 --  48,083 (-  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 --  48,035 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 --  47,782 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #40 --  46,832 (-  2.0%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #41 --  46,648 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #42 --  46,516 (-  0.3%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #43 --  45,912 (-  1.3%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #44 --  45,391 (-  1.1%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #45 --  45,199 (-  0.4%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #46 --  44,763 (-  1.0%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #47 --  44,699 (-  0.1%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #48 --  44,505 (-  0.4%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #49 --  44,277 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #50 --  43,982 (-  0.7%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #51 --  44,065 (+  0.2%)
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6 months: - 21.3%
Since #1: - 60.3%

Well within the established parameters. Final issue in April, though it’s entirely likely that we’ll see another Batman weekly comic in the not-too-distant future.

35 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196
03/2011: Superman/Batman #82 --  28,913
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03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (-  4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (- 18.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      --  87,339 (+ 56.1%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 --  52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 --  50,226 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 --  48,581 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 --  44,714 (-  8.0%)
01/2015: Batman/Superman #18 --  41,750 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Batman/Superman #19 --  44,134 (+  5.7%)
03/2015: Batman/Superman #20 --  43,428 (-  1.6%)
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6 months: - 50.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
5 years : + 34.9%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 71.3%

One of the Movie Poster variants (The Fugitive) that shows a bit of a decrease.

37 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232
03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 
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03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     --  77,372 (+ 76.5%)
10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893 (- 40.7%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36  --  46,157 (+  0.6%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37  --  44,033 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #38  --  39,342 (- 10.7%)
02/2015: Green Lantern #39  --  41,997 (+  6.7%)
03/2015: Green Lantern #40  --  42,334 (+  0.8%)
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6 months: - 45.3%
1 year  : -  7.6%
2 years : - 39.4%
5 years : - 56.5%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 75.0%

The issue with the Move Poster variant (2001) shows an increase of a few hundred copies.

38 - BATGIRL ($2.99) 
03/2005: Batgirl #61    -- 28,750
03/2010: Batgirl #8     -- 30,886
03/2011: Batgirl #19    -- 24,043
03/2012: Batgirl #7     -- 50,791
03/2013: Batgirl #18    -- 51,677 
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03/2014: Batgirl #29    -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30    -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31    -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32    -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33    -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34    -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 67,933 (+ 96.4%)
10/2014: Batgirl #35    -- 62,644 (-  7.8%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36    -- 50,247 (- 19.8%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37    -- 45,060 (- 10.3%)
01/2015: Batgirl #38    -- 45,096 (+  0.1%)
02/2015: Batgirl #39    -- 40,880 (-  9.3%)
03/2015: Batgirl #40    -- 41,729 (+  2.1%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 38.6%
1 year  : + 25.6%
2 years : - 19.3%
5 years : + 35.1%
10 years: + 45.1%
Since #1: - 61.0%

Adds nearly 1000 copies for the issue with a Movie Poster variant (Purple Rain).

39 - GRAYSON ($2.99) 
03/2005: Nightwing #105 -- 38,958
03/2005: Nightwing #106 -- 38,772
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489
03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 [53,978]
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 76,551 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Grayson #3     -- 52,849 (- 31.0%)
11/2014: Grayson #4     -- 47,590 (- 10.0%)
12/2014: Grayson #5     -- 42,611 (- 10.5%)
01/2015: Grayson #6     -- 38,505 (-  9.6%)
02/2015: Grayson #7     -- 41,164 (+  6.9%)
03/2015: Grayson #8     -- 40,859 (-  0.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 46.6%
1 year  : + 11.0%
2 years : - 24.3%
10 years: +  5.1%
Since #1: - 49.8%

Grayson’s issue with the Movie Poster variant (Enter the Dragon) drops a few hundred copies.

45, 61 - ENDGAME one-shots ($2.99) 
03/2015: Detective Comics #1  -- 39,506 
03/2015: Batgirl          #1  -- 32,393

There were meant to be four of these in March, but the Arkham Manor and Gotham Academy ones slipped into April.

I suspect that these were supposed to give a boost by tying-in with the “Endgame” storyline running in the regular Batman title, but both of these game it at levels below the regular issues of the titles, meaning that those placing the orders saw these as not essential to either the “Endgame” story or the stories in the regular books. (Which is a shame because the story in Batgirl: Endgame was really good!)

48 - FLASH ($2.99) 
02/2005: Flash #220       --  46,851 [48,659]
03/2010: --
03/2011: --
03/2012: Flash #7         --  64,975
03/2013: Flash #18        --  41,659 
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   --  70,368 (+ 89.6%)
10/2014: Flash #35        --  37,484 (- 46.7%)
11/2014: Flash #36        --  38,145 (+  1.8%)
12/2014: Flash #37        --  37,026 (-  2.9%)
01/2015: Flash #38        --  35,180 (-  5.0%)
02/2015: Flash #39        --  43,635 (+ 24.0%)
03/2015: Flash #40        --  38,382 (- 12.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 45.5%
1 year  : + 15.5%
2 years : -  7.9%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.0%

After last month’s conspicuously large rise, this month Flash sees an equally conspicuously large decline for its Movie Poster variant (North by Northwest).

49 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99) 
03/2005: Teen Titans #22 -- 67,780
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758
03/2011: Teen Titans #93 -- 24,957
03/2012: Teen Titans #7  -- 51,402
03/2013: Teen Titans #18 -- 42,055 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Teen Titans #29 -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30 -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1  -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2  -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 62,915 (+ 54.6%)
10/2014: Teen Titans #3  -- 39,198 (- 37.7%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4  -- 36,364 (-  7.2%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5  -- 34,101 (-  6.2%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #6  -- 30,955 (-  9.2%)
02/2015: Teen Titans #7  -- 34,051 (+ 10.0%)
03/2015: Teen Titans #8  -- 38,363 (+ 12.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 39.0%
1 year  : + 47.7%
2 years : -  8.8%
5 years : + 48.9%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 26.7%

Adds over 4K copies during its Movie Poster variant (The Lost Boys), which is much more than the other titles so there may be something else underlying the rise this month.

50 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99) 
03/2005: Action Comics #825 -- 40,877
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460
03/2011: Action Comics #899 -- 31,808
03/2012: Action Comics #7   -- 91,822
03/2013: Action Comics #18  -- 61,879
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: Action Comics #29  -- 34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  -- 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  -- 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  -- 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  -- 46,746 (-  5.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 74,497 (+ 59.4%)
10/2014: Action Comics #35  -- 45,152 (- 39.4%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36  -- 41,835 (-  7.3%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37  -- 39,168 (-  6.4%)
01/2015: Action Comics #38  -- 35,018 (- 10.6%)
02/2015: Action Comics #39  -- 38,070 (+  8.7%)
03/2015: Action Comics #40  -- 38,216 (+  0.4%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 48.7%
1 year  : + 11.6%
2 years : - 38.2%
5 years : + 29.7%
10 years: -  6.5%
Since #1: - 81.0%

Adds just a few copies for its Movie Poster variant (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).

60 - AQUAMAN ($2.99) 
03/2005: Aquaman #28    -- 19,177
03/2012: Aquaman #6     -- 63,450
03/2013: Aquaman #18    -- 53,337 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Aquaman #29    -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30    -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31    -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32    -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33    -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34    -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 95.4%)
10/2014: Aquaman #35    -- 32,238 (- 50.6%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36    -- 32,838 (+  1.9%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37    -- 31,198 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: Aquaman #38    -- 28,356 (-  9.1%)
02/2015: Aquaman #39    -- 32,162 (+ 13.4%)
03/2015: Aquaman #40    -- 32,404 (+  0.8%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 50.3%
1 year  : -  4.4%
2 years : - 39.2%
10 years: + 69.0%
Since #1: - 70.1%

Adds just a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Free Willy).

62 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99) 
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
11/2014: Justice League United #6  -- 34,610 (-  9.1%) 
12/2014: Justice League United #7  -- 31,904 (-  7.8%) 
01/2015: Justice League United #8  -- 28,720 (- 10.0%) 
02/2015: Justice League United #9  -- 31,932 (+ 11.2%) 
03/2015: Justice League United #10 -- 31,722 (-  0.7%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 56.4%
Since #0: - 53.6%

Loses just a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Mars Attacks).

63 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99) 
03/2012: Deathstroke #7  -- 19,744 
03/2013: Deathstroke #18 -- 12,306 
 ---------------------------------
10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
12/2014: Deathstroke #3  -- 34,010 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  -- 33,011 (-  2.9%) 
02/2015: Deathstroke #5  -- 32,863 (-  0.4%) 
03/2015: Deathstroke #6  -- 31,666 (-  3.6%) 
 ----------------
2 years : +157.3%
Since #1: - 41.4%

A standard attrition-type drop, and still head-and-shoulders above the previous New 52 version of the title. (Deathstroke has variants, but not the freely-orderable kind.)

65 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99) 
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7      -- 32,908
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18     -- 25,232 
 ---------------------------------------
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 73,599 (+ 91.3%)
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  -- 39,498 (- 46.3%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4  -- 34,920 (- 11.6%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5  -- 32,834 (-  6.0%)
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6  -- 32,304 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: New Suicide Squad #7  -- 30,537 (-  5.5%)
03/2015: New Suicide Squad #8  -- 30,443 (-  0.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 58.6%
1 year  : + 37.4%
2 years : + 20.7%
Since #1: - 38.2%

Just a tiny drop of fewer than 100 copies.

66, 69, 71, 74 - THE NEW 52  FUTURES END ($2.99) 
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 -- 38,778 (-  2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 -- 38,377 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 -- 37,990 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 -- 37,861 (-  0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 -- 36,468 (-  3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 -- 36,120 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 -- 35,937 (-  0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 -- 35,585 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 -- 35,452 (-  0.4%)
11/2014: Futures End #27 -- 34,692 (-  2.1%)
11/2014: Futures End #28 -- 34,601 (-  0.3%)
11/2014: Futures End #29 -- 34,202 (-  1.2%)
11/2014: Futures End #30 -- 33,942 (-  0.8%)
12/2014: Futures End #31 -- 33,025 (-  2.7%)
12/2014: Futures End #32 -- 32,878 (-  0.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #33 -- 32,409 (-  1.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #34 -- 32,414 (+  0.0%)
12/2014: Futures End #35 -- 32,233 (-  0.6%)
01/2015: Futures End #36 -- 31,338 (-  2.8%)
01/2015: Futures End #37 -- 31,202 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Futures End #38 -- 30,992 (-  0.7%)
01/2015: Futures End #39 -- 30,510 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: Futures End #40 -- 30,157 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #41 -- 29,994 (-  0.5%)
02/2015: Futures End #42 -- 29,641 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #43 -- 29,647 (+  0.0%)
03/2015: Futures End #44 -- 29,971 (+  1.1%)
03/2015: Futures End #45 -- 29,610 (-  1.2%)
03/2015: Futures End #46 -- 29,543 (-  0.2%)
03/2015: Futures End #47 -- 29,386 (-  0.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 22.5%
Since #1: - 62.3%

Has settled into the 29K range for its penultimate month.

72 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99) 
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 
 -----------------------------------------
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,325 (+ 97.9%)
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 34,222 (- 41.3%)
11/2014: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 34,109 (-  0.3%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Corps #37 -- 32,860 (-  3.7%)
01/2015: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 27,765 (- 15.5%)
02/2015: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 29,825 (+  7.4%)
03/2015: Green Lantern Corps #40 -- 29,412 (-  1.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 49.6%
1 year  : +  6.0%
2 years : - 33.5%
5 years : - 61.7%
Since #1: - 69.0%

A drop of just a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Forbidden Planet) sporting final issue.

78 - SINESTRO ($2.99) 
04/2014: Sinestro #1    -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2    -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3    -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4    -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5    -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6    -- 33,621 (- 44.7%) 
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Sinestro #7    -- 33,549 (-  0.2%) 
12/2014: Sinestro #8    -- 31,509 (-  6.1%) 
01/2015: Sinestro #9    -- 26,346 (- 16.4%) 
02/2015: Sinestro #10   -- 28,698 (+  8.9%) 
03/2015: Sinestro #11   -- 28,384 (-  1.1%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 53.3%
Since #1: - 38.9%

Also drops just a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Westworld).

83 - EARTH 2 ($2.99) 
03/2013: Earth 2 #10    -- 46,213 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Earth 2 #21    -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22    -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23    -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24    -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25    -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26    -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 73.7%)
10/2014: Earth 2 #27    -- 37,925 (- 41.6%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28    -- 31,722 (- 16.4%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29    -- 30,273 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Earth 2 #30    -- 28,618 (-  5.5%)
02/2015: Earth 2 #31    -- 27,513 (-  3.9%)
03/2015: Earth 2 #32    -- 27,361 (-  0.6%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 58.0%
1 year  : - 22.5%
2 years : - 40.8%
Since #1: - 73.3%

Final issue. Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.

89 - CATWOMAN ($2.99) 
03/2005: Catwoman #41   -- 22,029
03/2012: Catwoman #7    -- 41,447
03/2013: Catwoman #18   -- 33,220 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Catwoman #29   -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30   -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31   -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32   -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33   -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34   -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 56,939 (+142.3%)
10/2014: Catwoman #35   -- 25,970 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36   -- 26,237 (+  1.0%)
12/2014: Catwoman #37   -- 25,154 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: Catwoman #38   -- 22,386 (- 11.0%)
02/2015: Catwoman #39   -- 26,450 (+ 18.2%)
03/2015: Catwoman #40   -- 26,534 (+  0.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 53.4%
1 year  : + 19.3%
2 years : - 20.1%
10 years: + 20.5%
Since #1: - 64.9%

Adds under 100 copies for its Movie Poster variant issue (Bullitt).

90 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99) 
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Supergirl #29  -- 22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30  -- 23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31  -- 22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32  -- 22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33  -- 22,802 (+  1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34  -- 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 55,706 (+110.1%)
10/2014: Supergirl #35  -- 26,371 (- 52.7%)
11/2014: Supergirl #36  -- 28,373 (+  7.6%)
12/2014: Supergirl #37  -- 26,272 (-  7.4%)
01/2015: Supergirl #38  -- 22,677 (- 13.7%)
02/2015: Supergirl #39  -- 26,304 (+ 16.0%)
03/2015: Supergirl #40  -- 26,528 (+  0.9%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 52.4%
1 year  : + 15.9%
2 years : -  5.4%
5 years : - 11.1%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Adds a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (The Wizard of Oz) sporting final issue.

96 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99) 
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7  -- 36,089
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18 -- 25,664 
 -----------------------------------------
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,529 (+131.7%)
10/2014: Justice League Dark #35 -- 24,462 (- 58.2%)
11/2014: Justice League Dark #36 -- 24,495 (+  0.1%)
12/2014: Justice League Dark #37 -- 23,151 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Justice League Dark #38 -- 20,222 (- 12.7%)
02/2015: Justice League Dark #39 -- 24,023 (+ 18.8%)
03/2015: Justice League Dark #40 -- 24,816 (+  3.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 57.6%
1 year  : - 15.0%
2 years : -  3.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Adds a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Beetlejuice) sporting final issue. The planned post-Convergence relaunch will apparently be delayed for a bit.

98, 99, 100, 101 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99) 
10/2014: E2 World's End #1  -- 48,249
10/2014: E2 World's End #2  -- 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #3  -- 38,496 (-  4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #4  -- 37,874 (-  1.6%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #5  -- 36,395 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #6  -- 31,248 (- 14.1%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #7  -- 30,378 (-  2.8%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #8  -- 29,636 (-  2.4%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #9  -- 28,204 (-  4.8%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #10 -- 27,893 (-  1.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #11 -- 27,297 (-  2.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #12 -- 27,256 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #13 -- 26,942 (-  1.2%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #14 -- 25,600 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #15 -- 25,562 (-  0.1%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #16 -- 25,331 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #17 -- 24,955 (-  1.5%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #18 -- 24,435 (-  2.1%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #19 -- 24,376 (-  0.2%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #20 -- 24,182 (-  0.8%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #21 -- 24,033 (-  0.6%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #22 -- 23,814 (-  0.9%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #23 -- 23,765 (-  0.2%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #24 -- 23,652 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #25 -- 23,529 (-  0.5%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 51.2%

Continues its small but steady decline as the final issue approaches.

111 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99) 
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3  -- 26,509 (- 14.8%)
01/2015: Gotham Academy #4  -- 22,576 (- 14.8%)
02/2015: Gotham Academy #5  -- 20,844 (-  7.7%)
03/2015: Gotham Academy #6  -- 20,361 (-  2.3%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 53.0%

Standard attrition, but at this level there’s not much room for such things. There’s a Damian Wayne appearance coming post-Convergence to maybe give sales a boost and perhaps entice some new readers to give it a look.

115 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99) 
03/2012: New Guardians #7  -- 48,422
03/2013: New Guardians #18 -- 42,028 
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (-  2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (-  3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (-  3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (-  3.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 55,863 (+153.3%)
10/2014: New Guardians #35 -- 26,702 (- 52.2%)
11/2014: New Guardians #36 -- 25,681 (-  3.8%)
12/2014: New Guardians #37 -- 25,438 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: New Guardians #38 -- 21,992 (- 13.5%)
02/2015: New Guardians #39 -- 20,494 (-  6.8%)
03/2015: New Guardians #40 -- 20,104 (-  1.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 64.0%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 52.2%
Since #1: - 79.2%
116 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99) 
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 43,450
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 
 ----------------------------------
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 56,030 (+146.2%)
10/2014: Red Lanterns #35 -- 26,534 (- 52.6%)
11/2014: Red Lanterns #36 -- 25,654 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Red Lanterns #37 -- 25,521 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Red Lanterns #38 -- 21,573 (- 15.5%)
02/2015: Red Lanterns #39 -- 20,546 (-  4.8%)
03/2015: Red Lanterns #40 -- 19,996 (-  2.7%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 64.3%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 43.2%
Since #1: - 77.6%

Final issues for both, straddling either side of the 20K line.

These two titles have pretty much been neck-and-neck together on the chart at the bottom of the GL group since I took over this column in early 2014, and represent the floor of interest in the franchise.

There will be three Green Lantern-related titles post-Divergence–the returning Green Lantern and Sinestro and the new GL: The Lost Army–which is probably still one too many but much more realistic.

117 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99) 
03/2005: Green Arrow #58  -- 31,668
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 
 ----------------------------------
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 61,915 (+170.1%)
10/2014: Green Arrow #35  -- 23,346 (- 62.3%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36  -- 21,842 (-  6.4%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37  -- 20,904 (-  4.3%)
01/2015: Green Arrow #38  -- 20,207 (-  3.3%)
02/2015: Green Arrow #39  -- 19,651 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Green Arrow #40  -- 19,792 (+  0.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 68.0%
1 year  : - 16.5%
2 years : - 29.5%
5 years : - 18.4%
10 years: - 37.7%
Since #1: - 72.8%

An addition of a bit more than a hundred copies. GA seems to have found its new level since the creative team change. There will likely be a Green Arrow on the slate as long as the Arrow television series is on the air, but I’m not sure if DC will be happy enough with sales at this level for very long. Certainly if they start to drop much lower they’ll have to consider another change.

(Meanwhile, former GA writer Jeff Lemire’s new book for Hawkeye, Marvel’s archer super-hero, debuts with sales over 66K. As with most Marvel debuts that’s inflated with variants and whatnot, but it will be interesting to see where that title eventually settles at. . .)

121 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99) 
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1 -- 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2 -- 30,907 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Arkham Manor #3 -- 28,202 (-  8.8%)
01/2015: Arkham Manor #4 -- 21,617 (- 23.3%)
02/2015: Arkham Manor #5 -- 19,512 (-  9.7%)
03/2015: Arkham Manor #6 -- 18,538 (-  5.0%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 59.6%

Final issue. AFAIK this was not announced as a limited series, but I suspect it wasn’t meant to go beyond six issues.

123 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99) 
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2  -- 27,849 (- 27.5%)
01/2015: Gotham by Midnight #3  -- 21,330 (- 23.4%)
02/2015: Gotham by Midnight #4  -- 18,643 (- 12.6%)
03/2015: Gotham by Midnight #5  -- 17,604 (-  5.6%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 54.2%

I don’t foresee a bright future for this supernaturally-tinged Bat-book.

126 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99) 
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 55,376 (+153.3%)
10/2014: Worlds' Finest #27 -- 20,234 (- 63.5%)
11/2014: Worlds' Finest #28 -- 19,709 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Worlds' Finest #29 -- 19,001 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: Worlds' Finest #30 -- 18,470 (-  2.8%)
02/2015: Worlds' Finest #31 -- 17,314 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Worlds' Finest #32 -- 17,389 (+  0.4%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 68.6%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 38.9%
Since #1: - 75.0%

Adds seventy-five copies for its final issue.

127 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99) 
03/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #7  -- 38,630
03/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #18 -- 37,731 [42,901]
 ------------------------------
03/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1         -- 54,984 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 -- 19,837 (- 63.9%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 -- 19,245 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 -- 18,723 (-  2.7%)
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 (-  3.8%)
02/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #39 -- 17,270 (-  4.1%)
03/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #40 -- 17,110 (-  0.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 68.9%
1 year  : - 23.3%
2 years : - 30.1%
Since #1: - 75.6%

Final issue. Being relaunched post-Convergence as Red Hood/Arsenal and a separate Starfire series.

129 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99) 
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
09/2004: --
10/2014: Secret Origins #6  -- 24,775 (+  2.7%) 
11/2014: Secret Origins #7  -- 21,377 (- 13.7%) 
12/2014: Secret Origins #8  -- 20,687 (-  3.2%) 
01/2013: Secret Origins #9  -- 18,190 (- 12.1%) 
02/2014: Secret Origins #10 -- 18,312 (+  0.7%) 
03/2014: Secret Origins #11 -- 16,854 (-  8.0%) 
 ----------------
6 months:    n.a.
Since #1: - 56.5%

Final issue. The previous Secret Origins series, which launched post-Crisis, lasted for fifty issues. But the interests of those buying super-hero comics are much different today than they were thirty years ago.

131 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99) 
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4  -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5  -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6  -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7  -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8  -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9  -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10 -- 19,623 (- 6.4%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11 -- 18,642 (- 5.0%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12 -- 18,659 (+ 0.1%)
01/2015: Justice League 3K #13 -- 17,432 (- 6.6%)
02/2015: Justice League 3K #14 -- 16,778 (- 3.8%)
03/2015: Justice League 3K #15 -- 16,604 (- 1.0%)
 ----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 44.9%
Since #1: - 71.2%

Final issue–of a sort. Relaunched as Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.

135 - SWAMP THING ($2.99) 
03/2005: Swamp Thing #13 -- 12,707
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (-  2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+  1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (-  1.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,918 (+195.5%)
10/2014: Swamp Thing #35 -- 17,354 (- 66.6%)
11/2014: Swamp Thing #36 -- 16,840 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Swamp Thing #37 -- 16,339 (-  3.0%)
01/2015: Swamp Thing #38 -- 15,751 (-  3.6%)
02/2015: Swamp Thing #39 -- 15,360 (-  2.5%)
03/2015: Swamp Thing #40 -- 15,966 (+  3.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 69.2%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 48.0%
10 years: + 25.6%
Since #1: - 78.3%

Adds a few hundred copies for its final issue. Don’t worry Swamp Thing fans–the ol’ muck monster will surely return to comics again someday.

139, 141 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2013: Injustice #3     -- 18,608 [24,469]
 ------------------------
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #11 -- 18,086 (+ 0.1%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #12 -- 17,829 (- 1.4%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 (+ 8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 (- 7.4%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3  -- 17,243 (- 3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4  -- 16,741 (- 2.9%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5  -- 16,611 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6  -- 16,141 (- 2.8%)
01/2015: Injustice Y3 #7  -- 15,796 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #8  -- 15,816 (+ 0.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #9  -- 15,345 (- 3.0%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #10 -- 15,417 (+ 0.5%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #11 -- 15,526 (+ 0.7%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #12 -- 15,322 (- 1.3%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 14.1%
1 year  : - 25.5%
2 years : - 37.0%
Since #1: - 20.1%

Final issues of Year Three. There’s an Annual in April, then Year Four comes to print starting in May.

147 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99) 
03/2005: Hellblazer #206 -- 15,464
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,990 (+232.3%)
10/2014: Constantine #18 -- 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19 -- 15,716 (+  0.4%)
12/2014: Constantine #20 -- 15,574 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: Constantine #21 -- 15,209 (-  2.3%)
02/2015: Constantine #22 -- 14,716 (-  3.2%)
03/2015: Constantine #23 -- 14,530 (-  1.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 72.1%
1 year  : - 27.5%
2 years : - 61.3%
5 years : + 41.1%
10 years: -  6.0%
Since #1: - 61.3%

Final issue. Relaunching post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.

151 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
09/2014: Batman '66 #15 -- 16,842 (-21.5%)
10/2014: Batman '66 #16 -- 15,923 (- 5.5%)
11/2014: Batman '66 #17 -- 15,585 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: Batman '66 #18 -- 15,409 (- 1.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Batman '66 #19 -- 14,770 (- 4.1%)
02/2015: Batman '66 #20 -- 14,525 (- 1.7%)
03/2015: Batman '66 #21 -- 14,238 (- 2.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 24.3%
Since #1: - 71.8%

Standard attrition.

154 - MORTAL KOMBAT X (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
01/2015: Mortal Kombat X #1  -- 21,062 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #2  -- 13,277 (- 37.0%) 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #3  -- 12,581 (-  5.2%)
03/2015: Mortal Kombat X #4  -- 14,038 (+ 11.6%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 33.3%

A non-trivial rise in the third month; perhaps retailers (as a group) were a bit too severe in their second month order cuts…

155 - BATWOMAN ($2.99) 
03/2012: Batwoman #7    -- 49,227
03/2013: Batwoman #18   -- 31,381 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Batwoman #29   -- 19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30   -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31   -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32   -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33   -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34   -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 50,914 (+201.1%)
10/2014: Batwoman #35   -- 16,767 (- 67.1%)
11/2014: Batwoman #36   -- 15,795 (-  5.8%)
12/2014: Batwoman #37   -- 15,305 (-  3.1%)
01/2015: Batwoman #38   -- 14,656 (-  4.2%)
02/2015: Batwoman #39   -- 13,987 (-  4.6%)
03/2015: Batwoman #40   -- 13,827 (-  1.1%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 72.8%
1 year  : - 30.0%
2 years : - 55.9%
Since #1: - 84.3%

A fairly small drop for the final issue (though there’s an Annual in April to wrap of the story).

157 - LOBO ($2.99) 
10/2014: Lobo #1  -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2  -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3  -- 20,208 (- 21.9%)
01/2015: Lobo #4  -- 16,889 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: Lobo #5  -- 14,770 (- 12.5%)
03/2015: Lobo #6  -- 13,715 (-  7.1%)
 ----------------
Since #1: - 64.9%

The lowest-selling DCU title not scheduled for cancellation or relaunch post-Convergence.

161 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99) 
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 53,531 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Aquaman & Others #6  -- 17,086 (- 68.1%) 
11/2014: Aquaman & Others #7  -- 15,859 (-  7.2%) 
12/2014: Aquaman & Others #8  -- 14,822 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Aquaman & Others #9  -- 13,586 (-  8.3%) 
02/2015: Aquaman & Others #10 -- 12,821 (-  5.6%) 
03/2015: Aquaman & Others #11 -- 12,444 (-  2.9%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 76.8%
Since #1: - 63.5%

Final issue.

170 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99) 
03/2013: -- 
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11  -- 13,090 (-  5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12  -- 12,718 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13  -- 12,430 (-  2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14  -- 12,144 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15  -- 11,905 (-  2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16  -- 11,721 (-  1.5%)
09/2014: He-Man & MotU #17  -- 11,756 (+  0.3%)
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18  -- 11,501 (-  2.2%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19  -- 11,022 (-  4.2%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1 -- 18,884 (+ 71.3%)
01/2015: He-Man Eternity #2 -- 12,104 (- 35.9%)
02/2015: He-Man Eternity #3 -- 11,700 (-  3.3%)
03/2015: He-Man Eternity #4 -- 11,746 (+  0.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years :    n.a.
Since #1: - 37.8%

The new series seems to have found its level, and it’s pretty much where the old series was.

175 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Astro City DA4 #2 -- 13,118
03/2011: --
03/2012: --
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: Astro City #10    -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11    -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12    -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13    -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14    -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
09/2014: Astro City #15    -- 12,660 (- 3.1%)
10/2014: Astro City #16    -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Astro City #17    -- 12,055 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Astro City #18    -- 11,985 (- 0.6%)
01/2015: Astro City #19    -- 11,734 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Astro City #20    -- 11,603 (- 1.1%)
03/2015: Astro City #21    -- 11,492 (- 1.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: -  9.2%
1 year  : - 18.5%
5 years : - 12.4%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 58.5%

The top-selling Vertigo title for March.

177 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 -- 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4 -- 16,573 (-  7.9%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5 -- 14,323 (- 13.6%)
01/2015: Sensation Comics #6 -- 12,927 (-  9.7%)
02/2015: Sensation Comics #7 -- 12,115 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Sensation Comics #8 -- 11,399 (-  5.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 48.4%
Since #1: - 61.5%

At this point percentage drops in the 3% range would be preferable.

194 - SUICIDERS (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
02/2015: Suiciders #1  -- 18,275 
03/2015: Suiciders #2  -- 10,585 (- 42.1%)

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

Emblematic of Vertigo’s recent troubles, as a new series by a well-regarded talent only places around 10K copies in its second issue.

187 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 -- 23,501 
11/2014: Flash Season 0 #2 -- 14,287 (- 39.2%) 
12/2014: Flash Season 0 #3 -- 12,247 (- 14.3%) 
01/2015: Flash Season 0 #4 -- 10,806 (- 11.8%) 
02/2015: Flash Season 0 #5 -- 10,450 (-  3.3%) 
03/2015: Flash Season 0 #6 -- 10,188 (-  2.5%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 56.6%

Settling in to standard attrition.

199 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
01/2015: Fables: TWAU #1  -- 13,620 
02/2015: Fables: TWAU #2  -- 10,224 (- 24.9%) 
03/2015: Fables: TWAU #3  --  9,352 (-  8.5%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 31.3%

A typical third issue percentage drop.

203 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99) 
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 -- 15,097 (- 33.4%)
12/2014: Trinity of Sin #3 -- 12,939 (- 14.3%)
01/2015: Trinity of Sin #4 -- 11,016 (- 14.9%)
02/2015: Trinity of Sin #5 --  9,728 (- 11.7%)
03/2015: Trinity of Sin #6 --  9,190 (-  5.5%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 59.5%

Final issue.

206 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2013: Arrow #5            -- 10,908 
 -------------------------------------
10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 -- 17,364 (+113.1%) 
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 -- 11,121 (- 36.0%) 
12/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #3 --  9,862 (- 11.3%) 
01/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 --  9,302 (-  5.7%) 
02/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 --  9,060 (-  2.6%) 
03/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #6 --  9,055 (-  0.1%) 
 ---------------
2 years : - 17.0%
Since #1: - 47.9%

Five fewer copies than last month, so it looks like Arrow has found its level, at least for now.

207 - STRANGE SPORTS STORIES (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
03/2015: Strange Sports #1 of 4 -- 9,003

A couple of months ago I suggested that anthology titles might be a way forward for Vertigo. I may have been too optimistic on that front…

221 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CONTINUITY (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
03/2013: Smallville S11 #11    -- 16,502
 ---------------------------------------
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
09/2014: Smallville Chaos #2   --  9,801 (- 8.5%)
10/2014: Smallville Chaos #3   --  9,661 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Smallville Chaos #4   --  8,841 (- 8.5%)
12/2014: S'ville Continuity #1 --  9,071 (+ 2.6%)
01/2015: S'ville Continuity #2 --  8,521 (- 6.1%)
02/2015: S'ville Continuity #3 --  8,107 (- 4.9%)
03/2015: S'ville Continuity #4 --  7,901 (- 2.5%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 19.4%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 52.1%
Since #1: - 12.9%

The final issue of Season 11 falls below the 8K line. As more and more standard DC super-hero tropes were brought in to this series, the sales kept dropping. I think they mis-judged what Smallville fans wanted from a comic continuation.

230, 241 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99) 
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 45,586 (+267.9%)
10/2014: Infinity Man & FP #4 -- 10,275 (- 77.5%)
11/2014: Infinity Man & FP #5 --  9,350 (-  9.0%)
12/2014: Infinity Man & FP #6 -- 11,261 (+ 20.4%)
01/2015: Infinity Man & FP #7 --  7,797 (- 30.8%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Infinity Man & FP #8 --  7,363 (-  5.6%)
03/2015: Infinity Man & FP #9 --  6,944 (-  5.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 84.3%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Final issue. There were five different art teams over the course of the ten published issues.

235 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 -- 15,865 
01/2015: Wolf Moon #2 of 6 --  8,747 (- 44.9%) 
02/2015: Wolf Moon #3 of 6 --  7,789 (- 11.0%) 
03/2015: Wolf Moon #4 of 6 --  7,124 (-  8.5%) 
 ----------------
Since #1: - 55.1%

The first three issues were returnable, but #4 was not.

244 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6  --  8,333 (- 7.8%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7  --  7,530 (- 9.6%)
12/2014: --
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8  --  6,678 (-11.3%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9  --  6,780 (+ 1.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 18.6%
1 Year  : - 19.8%
Since #1: - 52.7%

Adds about a hundred copies along with Superman.

264 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 -- 13,884 (-  9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 -- 11,348 (- 18.3%)
11/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #5 --  8,920 (- 21.4%)
12/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #6 --  7,809 (- 12.5%)
01/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #7 --  7,231 (-  7.4%)
02/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #8 --  6,498 (- 10.1%)
03/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #9 --  6,236 (-  4.0%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 76.1%

Ending in June.

267 - iZOMBIE special edition (Vertigo) ($1.00) 
03/2015: iZombie SE #1 -- 6,077

Reprint of the first issue, presumably to entice those watching the new TV series to check out the trade collections.

(The original printing of issue #1 back in 2010 also had a $1 cover price.)

277 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
09/2014: Coffin Hill #11 --  7,422 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Coffin Hill #12 --  7,136 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: Coffin Hill #13 --  6,752 (- 5.4%)
12/2014: Coffin Hill #14 --  6,410 (- 5.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Coffin Hill #15 --  5,933 (- 7.4%)
03/2015: Coffin Hill #16 --  5,785 (- 2.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 22.0%
1 year  : - 42.0%
Since #1: - 76.0%

Standard attrition.

290 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99) 
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (- 37.5%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 --  9,228 (- 79.2%) 
11/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #4 --  7,546 (- 18.2%) 
12/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #5 --  7,173 (-  4.9%) 
01/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #6 --  5,866 (- 18.2%) 
02/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #7 --  5,433 (-  7.4%) 
03/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #8 --  5,125 (-  5.7%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 88.4%
Since #1: - 72.7%

Final issue of a series that deserved better. The trade collection will be out in August, so give it a go if you’re looking for a solid modern espionage/special forces story (with zombies…)

292 - KLARION ($2.99) 
10/2014: Klarion #1 -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 
11/2014: Klarion #2 -- 11,413 (- 45.3%) 
12/2014: Klarion #3 --  8,418 (- 26.2%) 
01/2015: Klarion #4 --  6,776 (- 19.5%) 
02/2015: Klarion #5 --  5,575 (- 17.7%) 
03/2015: Klarion #6 --  5,091 (-  8.7%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 75.6%

Manages to stay above 5K for its final issue.

+300 - EFFIGY (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
01/2015: Effigy #1  -- 11,656 
02/2015: Effigy #2  --  6,408 (- 45.0%) 
03/2015: Effigy #3  --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
11/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 -- 14,066 
12/2014: The Kitchen #2 of 8 --  7,403 (- 47.4%) 
01/2015: The Kitchen #3 of 8 --  6,328 (- 14.5%) 
02/2015: The Kitchen #4 of 8 --  5,153 (- 18.6%) 
03/2015: The Kitchen #5 of 8 --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 -- 17,266 
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 --  9,056 (- 47.6%) 
11/2014: The Names #3 of 8 --  6,926 (- 23.5%) 
12/2014: The Names #4 of 8 --  5,918 (- 14.6%) 
01/2015: The Names #5 of 8 --  5,312 (- 10.2%) 
02/2015: The Names #6 of 8 --  4,965 (-  6.5%) 
02/2015: The Names #7 of 8 --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
09/2014: Hinterkind #11 --  ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Hinterkind #12 --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: --
12/2014: Hinterkind #13 --  5,080 
01/2015: Hinterkind #14 --  4,810 (- 5.3%) 
02/2015: Hinterkind #15 --  ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: Hinterkind #16 --  ????? (< 4,917)
 ----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
09/2014: --
10/2014: FBP #14     --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: FBP #15     --  5,288
12/2014: FBP #16     --  ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: FBP #17     --  4,707
02/2015: FBP #18     --  ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: FBP #19     --  ????? (< 4,917)
 ----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%

Five Vertigo series do not make the Top 300 cut-off this month.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99) 
03/2005: Scooby-Doo #94                -- 4,772
03/2010: Scooby-Doo #154               -- 3,846
03/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7  -- 4,522
03/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #19 -- 4,677
03/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #31 -- 4,770
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03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #49 -- ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 -- ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #53 -- 4,703 
02/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #54 -- ????? (< 4,804) 
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #55 -- ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

And not surprisingly Scooby-Doo also misses the cut-off. (And it’s quite possible that it out-sold one or more of the Vertigo titles that was under the cut-off, though there’s no way to be sure.)

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, and magazines)

DC COMICS 
03/2005: 27,349
03/2010: 23,299
03/2011: 23,976
03/2012: 29,697
03/2013: 30,819 **
 --------------
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+  3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+  0.2%)**
08/2014: 28,951 (- 11.6%)**
09/2014: 46,869 (+ 61.9%)**
10/2014: 31,598 (- 32.6%)**
11/2014: 28,654 (-  9.3%)**
12/2014: 29,047 (+  1.4%)**
01/2015: 24,289 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: 24,537 (+  1.0%)**
03/2015: 23,466 (-  4.4%)**
 ----------------
6 months: - 49.9%
1 year  : - 12.4%
2 years : - 23.9%
5 years : +  0.7%
10 years: - 14.2%

DC UNIVERSE 
03/2005: 34,864
03/2010: 32,375
03/2011: 26,720
03/2012: 33,229
03/2013: 32,294**
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03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,945 (-  4.2%) 
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%) 
09/2014: 63,401 (+ 73.0%)** 
10/2014: 39,978 (- 36.9%)
11/2014: 36,710 (-  8.2%)
12/2014: 34,882 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: 30,680 (- 12.0%)
02/2015: 32,403 (+  5.6%)
03/2015: 28,559 (- 11.9%)
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6 months: - 55.0%
1 year  : - 10.8%
2 years : - 11.6%
5 years : - 11.8%
10 years: - 18.1%

VERTIGO 
03/2005: 13,094
03/2010: 11,394
03/2011: 10,450
03/2012: 12,688
03/2013: 11,055 
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03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)** 
08/2014:  9,082 (- 42.5%)
09/2014: 10,022 (+ 10.4%)**
10/2014:  9,066 (-  9.5%)**
11/2014:  8,511 (-  6.1%)**
12/2014: 13,195 (+ 55.0%)**
01/2015:  8,361 (- 36.6%)
02/2015:  8,612 (+  3.0%)**
03/2015:  7,055 (- 15.6%)**
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6 months: - 29.6%
1 year  : - 63.2%
2 years : - 36.2%
5 years : - 38.1%
10 years: - 46.1%

6 month comparisons
===================

– 0.1% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
– 9.2% – Astro City
– 14.1% – Injustice
– 15.5% – Batman ’66
– 18.6% – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
– 19.4% – Smallville Season 11
– 21.3% – Batman Eternal
– 22.0% – Coffin Hill
– 22.5% – New 52 – Futures End
– 24.7% – The Multiversity
– 35.5% – Superman
– 35.6% – Batman and Robin
– 38.6% – Batgirl
– 39.0% – Teen Titans
– 41.6% – Detective Comics
– 43.9% – Harley Quinn
– 45.3% – Green Lantern
– 45.5% – Flash
– 46.6% – Grayson
– 48.4% – Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
– 48.7% – Action Comics
– 49.6% – Green Lantern Corps
– 50.3% – BAtman/Superman
– 50.3% – Aquaman
– 52.4% – Supergirl
– 53.3% – Sinestro
– 53.4% – Catwoman
– 55.1% – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
– 56.4% – Justice League United
– 57.6% – Justice League Dark
– 58.0% – Earth 2
– 58.6% – New Suicide Squad
– 64.0% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 64.3% – Red Lanterns
– 68.0% – Green Arrow
– 68.6% – Worlds’ Finest
– 68.9% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 69.2% – Swamp Thing
– 72.1% – Constantine
– 72.8% – Batwoman
– 76.8% – Aquaman and the Others
– 84.3% – Infinity Man and the Forever People
– 88.4% – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie









































1 year comparisons
===================

+ 49.4% – Superman
+ 47.7% – Teen Titans
+ 37.4% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 25.6% – Batgirl
+ 24.6% – Batman and Robin
+ 19.3% – Catwoman
+ 15.9% – Supergirl
+ 15.5% – Flash
+ 11.6% – Action Comics
+ 11.0% – Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 6.0% – Harley Quinn
+ 6.0% – Green Lantern Corps
+ 1.2% – Detective Comics
– 4.4% – Aquaman
– 7.6% – Green Lantern
– 10.3% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
– 15.0% – Justice League Dark
– 15.2% – Swamp Thing
– 16.5% – Green Arrow
– 18.5% – Astro City
– 19.8% – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
– 20.5% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 20.5% – Red Lanterns
– 22.5% – Earth 2
– 23.3% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 24.3% – Batman ’66
– 25.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 25.5% – Injustice
– 27.5% – Constantine
– 30.0% – Batwoman
– 32.3% – Worlds’ Finest
– 42.0% – Coffin Hill
– 44.9% – Justice League 3000































2 year comparisons
===================

+157.3% – Deathstroke
+ 26.1% – Superman
+ 20.7% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
– 3.3% – Justice League Dark
– 5.4% – Supergirl
– 7.9% – Flash
– 8.8% – Teen Titans
– 17.0% – Arrow
– 19.3% – Batgirl
– 20.1% – Catwoman
– 24.3% – Grayson
– 26.4% – Detective Comics
– 29.5% – Green Arrow
– 29.6% – Batman and Robin
– 30.1% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 33.5% – Green Lantern Corps
– 37.0% – Injustice
– 38.2% – Action Comics
– 38.9% – Worlds’ Finest
– 39.2% – Aquaman
– 40.8% – Earth 2
– 43.2% – Red Lanterns
– 48.0% – Swamp Thing
– 52.1% – Smallville Season 11
– 52.2% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 55.9% – Batwoman
– 61.3% – Constantine

























5 year comparisons
===================

+ 57.4% – Superman
+ 48.9% – Teen Titans
+ 41.1% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 35.1% – Batgirl
+ 34.9% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 30.2% – Detective Comics
+ 29.7% – Action Comics
– 11.1% – Supergirl
– 12.4% – Astro City
– 18.4% – Green Arrow
– 36.8% – Batman and Robin
– 56.5% – Green Lantern
– 61.7% – Green Lantern Corps











10 year comparisons
===================

+ 69.0% – Aquaman
+ 45.1% – Batgirl
+ 42.5% – Detective Comics
+ 25.6% – Swamp Thing
+ 20.5% – Catwoman
+ 5.1% – Grayson (Nightwing)
– 6.0% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
– 6.5% – Action Comics
– 21.1% – Flash
– 37.7% – Green Arrow
– 43.4% – Teen Titans
– 50.2% – Superman










Sales Indices
=============

DCU: Average: 28,559. Median: 27,873.

2.3 – Harley Quinn
2.0 – Detective Comics
1.9 – Batman and Robin
1.8 – Superman
1.7 – Multiversity
1.6 – Batman Eternal
1.5 – Batman/Superman
1.5 – Green Lantern
1.4 – Grayson
1.4 – Detective Comics Endgame
1.3 – Flash
1.3 – Teen Titans
1.3 – Action Comics
1.1 – Aquaman
1.1 – Batgirl Endgame
1.1 – Justice League United
1.1 – Deathstroke
1.1 – New Suicide Squad
1.0 – New 52 Futures End
1.0 – Green Lantern Corps
1.0 – Sinestro
1.0 – Earth 2
0.9 – Catwoman
0.9 – Supergirl
0.9 – Justice League Dark
0.8 – Earth 2 World’s End
0.7 – Gotham Academy
0.7 – Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.7 – Red Lanterns
0.7 – Green Arrow
0.6 – Arkham Manor
0.6 – Gotham By Midnight
0.6 – Worlds’ Finest
0.6 – Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.6 – Secret Origins
0.6 – Justice League 3000
0.6 – Swamp Thing
0.5 – Constantine
0.5 – Batwoman
0.5 – Lobo
0.4 – Aquaman and the Others
0.3 – Trinity of Sin
0.3 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.2 – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.2 – Klarion











































Vertigo: Average: 7,055*. Median: 5,785*

1.6 – Astro City
1.5 – Suiciders
1.3 – Fables: The Wolf Among Us
1.3 – Strange Sports Stories
1.0 – Wolf Moon
0.8 – Coffin Hill
0.7 – Effigy *
0.7 – The Kitchen *
0.7 – The Names *
0.7 – Hinterkind *
0.7 – FBP *









Digital First & Other: Average: 15,415*. Median: 11,399*

4.8 – Batman Arkham Knight
1.0 – Injustice
0.9 – Batman ’66
0.9 – Mortal Kombat X
0.8 – He-Man Eternity War
0.7 – Sensation Comics
0.7 – Flash Season Zero
0.6 – Arrow Season 2.5
0.5 – Smallville Continuity
0.4 – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.4 – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.3 – Scooby Doo Where Are You? *










The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the National Weather Service, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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12. New Batman: Arkham Knight DLC Details Including Batgirl!

Fights and free comics weren’t the only things dropped Saturday night. WB Games, who are set to release the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight game responded to fan and media criticism about their recently announced season pass option by giving away a few more details on their forums.

We now know a few more things about what your $40 will get you:

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Batgirl: A Matter of Family
An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series – check out the first render of Batgirl.

The Season of Infamy
Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.

Gotham City Stories
Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks
Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.

Crimefighter Challenge Maps
Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.

Character Skins
A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

No word on how the content will be spread out over the 6 month period they previously announced. The game’s developer, Rocksteady, did mention that they’re still working on developing even more add-on for the game which will be announced as soon as the studio “ramp on” development of the content.

Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release June 23, 2105 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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13. DC puts Bill Finger’s name on the cover of Detective #27

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DC has done a  nice thing by putting the name of writer Bill Finger on the covers of the special edition of Detective #27, a  giveaway  that will be part of the July 23rd celebration of Batman Day. Finger, who was hired by Bob Kane to ghost write the series, is the uncredited writer of Batman, who came up with many of the Dark Knight’s most iconic elements, Although Kane must contractually be credited as the sole creator of Batman due to a contract he signed with DC by pretending he had been underage when the character was created, it’s nice to see Finger’s name given some prominence in a comic that a lot of people will see.

Of course, there is still some rancor within the Finger family over these matters.

The new Detective #27 contains a new version of Batman’s first story by Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch , and is designed by Batman enthusiast Chip Kidd. Other giveways for Batmanday include capes and masks. Retailers are getting a swell timeline poster seen below.

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14. DC announces 2 new Bat-books, ARKHAM MANOR and GOTHAM ACADEMY, by unlikely teams

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 The Batverse is getting two ongoing spinoff series, according to EW. And not a mention of the “New 52″ in the pr….In Arkham Manor, Wayne Manor gets turned into…a home for the insane. Whch could just be Batman and Robin, but you get the point. CReative team is writer Gerry Duggan and artist Shawn Crystal.

In Gotham Academy, it’s Gossip Girl meets Gotham with the adventures at Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school. The words “twisted teenybopping universe” were used. The writers are Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher and artist is Karl Kerschl.  

This is the most non-New 52 book announced since the New 52 started. Actually both covers look very non-New 52ish — could this be the influence of Batman temporary editor Mark Doyle? 

Both books hit in October. 

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15. Sales Charts: Batman leads June, but Marvel still on top

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It was the usual story for June sales figures just released by Diamond. DC led the single issue chart with Batman #32, but Marvel still eked out a market share win in both collars and units, although it was closer than in some months. Image was #3 with a 10% unit share, a continued strong showing for them.

Diamond also released  quarterly and yearly comparisons. Q2 was up over Q1 2014 but horrible weather probably affected that a great deal. Over all sales are still kind of meh compared to last year, but nothing drastic or worrying.

Two issues of Original Sin made the Top Ten, but not #1; perhaps a continued sign of the softening of the “event” books.

Afterlife with Archie was the #1 GN—given the quality of the work by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla that’s no surprise.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 33.71% 35.68% DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.88% 33.20% IMAGE COMICS 8.93% 10.51% IDW PUBLISHING 5.60% 4.45% DARK HORSE COMICS 5.57% 4.89% DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.62% 2.30% BOOM! STUDIOS 2.52% 2.52% VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 1.20% 1.27% AVATAR PRESS 1.10% 0.81% ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.93% 0.64% OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.94% 3.74%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT 77 28 1 106 MARVEL COMICS 78 24 0 102 IMAGE COMICS 53 10 0 63 DARK HORSE COMICS 36 23 0 59 IDW PUBLISHING 43 16 0 59 BOOM! STUDIOS 28 7 0 35 DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 9 0 32 AVATAR PRESS 9 7 0 16 ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 11 2 0 13 RANDOM HOUSE 0 11 0 11 OTHER NON-TOP 10 66 109 34 209

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JUNE 2014 VS. MAY 2014
COMICS -3.19% -1.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -3.36% 2.93%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.25% -0.99%
JUNE 2014 VS. JUNE 2013
COMICS -2.93% -4.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.09% 10.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.33% -3.46%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -1.43% -6.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.93% 5.41%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.08% -5.46%
SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014
COMICS 14.13% 11.07%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 13.59% 2.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.96% 10.34%
SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013
COMICS 3.90% -1.29%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.33% 1.25%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.04% -1.09%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #32 $3.99 APR140209-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 APR140679-M MAR
3 ORIGINAL SIN #3 $3.99 APR140626-M MAR
4 HARLEY QUINN #7 $2.99 APR140223-M DC
5 SUPERMAN #32 $3.99 APR140188-M DC
6 ORIGINAL SIN #4 $3.99 APR140630-M MAR
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2 $3.99 APR140681-M MAR
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 $3.99 MAR140175-M DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD #128 (MR) $2.99 APR140615 IMA
10 DETECTIVE COMICS #32 $3.99 APR140213-M DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE TP $17.99 FEB140918-M ARC
2 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP $16.99 MAR140768 MAR
3 VELVET VOLUME 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END TP (MR) $9.99 FEB140537 IMA
4 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 6: GOBLIN NATION TP $19.99 MAR140765 MAR
7 BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP $14.99 MAR140250 DC
8 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 TP $14.99 MAR140265 DC
9 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 2 HC $19.99 FEB140260 DC
10 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVEL HC $19.99 APR140989 BOO
2 NEIL GAIMAN: THE TRUTH IS IN A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA HC $21.99 MAR141569 HAR
3 EVE: TRUE STORIES HC $12.99 FEB140044 DAR
4 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: THE FALL OF GOVERNOR

PART 1 SC

$14.99 APR141556 5 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 85 SC $14.95 APR141581 SAN 6 PLANET OF THE APES MINIATURE BOOK KIT $12.95 MAR141565 RUN 7 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR 8 MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC COLLECTOR

POSTER BOOK

$20.00 APR141570 HAC 9 NEIL GAIMAN: CHU’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HC $17.99 APR141578 HAR 10 THE QUOTABLE DOCTOR WHO: WISE WORDS FROM

ACROSS TIME & SPACE HC

$19.99 MAR141554 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BLACK CANARY STATUE DEC130358 DC
2 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET NOV138235 DC
3 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE DEC130359 DC
4 MARVEL SELECT: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 ACTION FIGURE FEB142060 DST
5 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
6 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1: NIGHTWING BY CAPULLO FIGURE NOV130286 DC
7 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POISON IVY STATUE JAN140397 DC
8 MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK ACTION FIGURE MAR088262 DST
9 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: EARTH-2 THOMAS WAYNE BATMAN FIGURE JAN140394 DC
10 DC COMICS: ARMORED WONDER WOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE NOV132032 KOT


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
2 MY LITTLE PONY CCG: CANTERLOT NIGHTS BOOSTER PACKS DEC138400 ENT
3 STAR WARS X-WING: TANTIVE IV EXPANSION PACK JAN142335 FAN
4 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN EVENT DECK MAR148174 WIZ
6 GODZILLA SERIES ONE MINI-FIGURES JAN142344 NEC
7 ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 2: B-MO VS. LADY RAINICORN APR148198 CRY
8 PATHFIDER BATTLES: REIGN OF WINTER BOOSTER BRICK JAN142345 NEC
9 TICKET TO RIDE 10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION APR142365 DOW
10 MY LITTLE PONY CCG: CANTERLOT NIGHTS THEME DECK DEC138401 ENT

 

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16. SDCC 2014: Day -1 — a peak at the floor and The Year of Guardians

I kind of had an inkling that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the big thing at Comic-Con 2014, and after looking on the floor for a few minutes…I was right. If it isn’t the Lego Rocket and Groot, it’s dioramas or the spaceship (Owl ship?) in the Marvel booth. The Marvel booth is very “under construction” but I wouldn’t be too surprised to see more Guardians imagery. I’ll be peeking back in a bit to see what else I can find but here’s a quick look!

 

Some of these are blurry spy pics because workers don’t like it when you stand there and take a lot of clear, well framed photos.

 

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All my life I have dreamed of seeing Sean Bean on an airport luggage conveyor belt. Best promo of the show so far, but I just landed.

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Nice Guardians of the Galaxy display at Hasbro.

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This is a video of JJ Abrams telling you how awesome Star Wars VII is going to be.

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Hot Wheels, I think I love you.

 

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Star Wars Rebels

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The stars of the show so far.

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Seriously the only danger is that Rocket and Groot may be approaching Poochie territory with the exposure they’re getting.

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Doings at the Marvel Booth. Is that Kree, Skrull or just part of an air duct?

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The Alex Ross booth is always a treat although it’s relatively unchanged in recent years.

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More Marvel swagga.

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Batman is the big theme of the DC booth! I tried to get a better shot of the Batman costume displays—which will be very impressive—but too many nosy parkers.

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Top Shelf’s Leigh Walton is thankful his palette of books just arrived. And MArch 2 coming in January.

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Yes SLG and publisher Dan Vado are here. Despite Vado’s recent money troubles, he made it to the show with a lot of merch to sell…

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…including this cool shirt. Many more like it. Check out the SLG booth across from the DC booth!

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And my favorite booth! The land that time forgot, New England Comics. But I got word of a new Tick…sign coming. Maybe.

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Brutal working conditions thus far.

 

 

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17. SDCC ’14: ‘DC Comics – The Weeklies’ panel

BMETRL_Cv26By Kyle Pinion

One of the bigger initiatives to come from the Big Two this year is the advent of the three weekly titles from DC Comics: Batman Eternal, Futures End, and Earth 2: Worlds End. With the latter on the verge of release, and Batman Eternal continuing to perform well in DC Sales Figures, members of the various creative teams for the titles gathered for DC’s Weeklies panel. Writers on hand included: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins (Batman Eternal), Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire (Futures End), Marguerite Bennett and Daniel H. Wilson (Worlds End).

The panel, moderated by Bob Wayne, was neatly delineated with each title receiving its own focus time. With that, things were kicked off with Batman Eternal.

- Scott Snyder thanked the attendees for picking up Eternal and making it such a sales success: “We came up with an idea that we felt would be so big and infect that neighborhood in Gotham. I helped write the first few and I’ll come back and do the last, but it’s these guys that are just killing it on the series. The great thing about it is that it’s not happening in a small corner.” Snyder also stated that when Batman returns in Issue 34, it will deal with the fall-out of Eternal, flashing forward past the Weekly time-frame, with the consequences of the series reverberating through a number of books.

- Fawkes discussed the breakdown of writer tasks and interests within their team, stating that he specifically will be writing the sub-plot dealing with Jim Corrigan and Batwing through the duration of the series. Higgins also chimed in, mentioning that despite coming onto the series late (replacing outgoing writer John Layman), his arc would begin in the 30′s and he would be bringing back The Architect in those issues (a character he co-created with Snyder in the Pre-New 52 Gates of Gotham mini).

- In describing the break-down of the series’ acts Higgins added: “The way that we’re structuring this is three acts. The end of the first big act of the series will be right around issue 20. Section two tees up something new and different with different characters. That’s the stuff I’m doing; I’m working with Jason Fabok to tell the end of section two.” Snyder added in that each of the acts are designed to raise the stakes until the city is on the edge of destruction while reaching a giant crescendo in its finale.

- Moving on to Future’s End, the panelists were a little less verbose regarding future plans, with a big as of yet unannounced event on the horizon, but they discussed the dynamics of the “incredibly unlikely group of writers” that make up their team. With Lemire pointing out that the unusual mix of writers gave way to the eclectic cast that makes up the title’s roster.

- Jurgens and Lemire were especially quick to praise Ryan Sook as the unsung fifth member of their team, who sat in on their writing meetings and created character sketches based on the ideas being bounced around.

- Regarding writer specific favorites, Lemire mentioned that it was Brian Azzarello who was gravitating towards Terry McGinnis, and this in turn led to a discussion amongst the panelists as to whether Terry is called Batman or Batman Beyond in the book proper. (A: He’s not called anything as of yet, as he has few associates per Lemire).

- Lastly, the panel’s focus turned to Earth 2: Worlds End, with “show-runner” Wilson describing the series as: “We’re in a situation where we’re continuing what’s going on in Earth 2 and there are some catastrophic events on the way and we’re bridging into the future. On the ground level, we have characters like Dick Grayson who are surviving on the ground, then you bump up a bit and you have the World Army, then, to the top level. Having all of this play out at the same time is really interesting; figuring out who deals with what and what’s happening to the world.”

- Both Bennett and Wilson agreed that the series will be shifting its gaze less to the big picture and more to the people within it, with Bennett specifically citing Batman Eternal as a huge influence on her work here: “It’s not just a story of attrition or the death of the world, it’s a story about the people in that world. It’s a story of triumph, of love and hope that’s coming out of the ruins.”

- Both writers also wanted to stress the importance of the series having a sense of accessibility, and the first issue will provide an intro as to the happenings within the Earth 2 monthly title.

- Lastly, Wilson mentioned that readers should be on the look-out for them to address some unanswered questions, particularly in regards to the fate of Sam, Alan Scott’s partner.

- The panel then moved into the Q&A portion, which begun with an elaboration on who is tackling what character in Futures End; Lemire is writing Frankenstein and any space characters, Giffen has the Cadmus team and Grifter, Jurgens is writing Tim Drake and Superman, and Azzarello oversees Terry McGuiness.

- Regarding any restrictions on ideas that the Eternal crew might have proposed, they said there weren’t any, and that in issue 20 the status quo will shift tremendously. With Tynion adding in: “We’re marching closer and closer to the end with every single issue, and issues #21-23 is the real turning point to set up that next section and things are going to start changing rapidly. Gotham is going to become very dangerous very quickly.” Fawkes also added that characters like Killer Croc, Jim Gordon, and Batwing will come out of the events of Eternal with new lives.

- On what the writers of Eternal would remember from the series as a whole: Snyder answered that the title is key theme. With Fawkes emphasizing this point, stating that the team wanted readers to believe this is the story that would destroy Batman, but once they reach the conclusion they’ll get the meaning of the title in that context.

- Snyder closed the panel stating that the coordinated work amongst the writers on Eternal affected the narrative of his upcoming Batman arc “Endgame”: “When I seehow much they’re doing, it was like, ‘Let’s make Batman do that too.’ ‘Endgame’ is about taking Batman and giving readers a Gotham they’ve never seen before.

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18. Thanos and Batman top August sales — UPDATED

Batman #34I’ll post John Jackson Miller’s analysis when it comes in, but sales for the year inched up, although down from Five Wednesday July. Image had more than 10% of unit sales, always a good mark for them.

And sales analyst Miller weighs in pointing out this was the first “Normal” month in a while.

After a summer of “bombshell” covers, anniversary covers, high-profile relaunches, and giant purchases by online retailers, August appears to have been something more resembling a generic month in the comics industry. Comic-book retailers purchased more than $41 million in comic books, trade paperbacks, and magazines in August 2014, according Comichron’s analysis of data released today by Diamond Comic Distributors. Dollar sales for the month were up 7.6% year over year, bringing annual sales to $344 million, up nearly 3% over 2013.

July’s sales, the highest recorded dollar amount paid for comics and graphic novels in the seventeen-year long Diamond Exclusive Era, were boosted in part by a fifth week to the month, by the addition of thousands of Rocket Raccoon #1 copies bought by Loot Crate, and by DC’s Batman 75th Anniversary covers, among other things. August’s sales appear to have returned to a more regular pattern, with Batman#34 taking the top slot.


Batman hunts a killer lurking in the shadows of Gotham City in Scott Snyder and Matteo Scalera’s Batman #34 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of August 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had five titles among August’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Amazing Spider-Man #5 at #2. DC Entertainment placed four titles in the top ten. Image Comics had one title, The Walking Dead #130 at #6.

Marvel Comics was August’s top publisher with a 34.27% dollar market share and a 35.85% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 28.71% dollar share and 32.56% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.83% dollar share and a 10.97% unit share. IDW Publishing’s dollar share in August was fourth at 5.43% and Dark Horse Comics was fifth at 4.73%.

Jim Starlin returns to his signature character Thanos in the original graphic novel, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation from Marvel Comics, August’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher’s three books among the top ten. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top led, led by Fables Volume 20: Camelot at #2. Additionally, all three volumes of Image Comics’ Saga placed among the top ten.

The second volume of Jeffrey Brown’s young readers Star Wars series, Star Wars: Jedi Academy: The Return of the Padawan from Chronicle Books was August’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten were IDW Publishing’s Dave Gibbons: The Watchmen Artifact Edition at #2, Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #3, and Gemstone’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 44 remained in the top ten at #4.

The X-Men and their foes, including Wolverine and Magneto, were sculpted in the 6-inch scale for Hasbro’s X-Men Legends Action Figures, August’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had eight of top ten toy products for the month, led by the Batman: Arkham Asylum: Harley Quinn Statue at #2. Diamond Select Toys’ best-selling product for August was the Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Bust Bank at #17.

The cosmic heroes of Marvel Comics’ Guardians of the Galaxy comic book are featured in NECA/WizKids’ Marvel Heroclix: Guardians of the Galaxy Booster Brick, August’s best-selling game product, and one of the manufacturer’s five titles in the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

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MARVEL COMICS 34.27% 35.85% DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.71% 32.56% IMAGE COMICS 8.83% 10.97% IDW PUBLISHING 5.43% 4.67% DARK HORSE COMICS 4.73% 4.03% DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.59% 2.40% BOOM! STUDIOS 2.32% 2.14% EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.65% 0.43% RANDOM HOUSE 1.14% 0.38% VIZ MEDIA 1.04% 0.42% OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.28% 6.17%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT 85 22 1 108 MARVEL COMICS 78 29 0 107 IMAGE COMICS 63 5 0 68 IDW PUBLISHING 42 17 0 59 DARK HORSE COMICS 36 18 0 54 DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 25 12 0 37 BOOM! STUDIOS 23 9 0 32 RANDOM HOUSE 1 27 0 28 EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 25 25 VIZ MEDIA 0 24 0 24 OTHER NON-TOP 10 98 117 21 236

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2014 VS. JULY 2014
COMICS -23.77% -22.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -22.06% -20.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -23.26% -22.60%
AUGUST 2014 VS. AUGUST 2013
COMICS 7.30% 4.20%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.31% 9.95%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.60% 4.63%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS 2.40% -2.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.81% 5.79%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.84% -1.69%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #34 $3.99 JUN140215-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 JUN140613-M MAR
3 ORIGINAL SIN #7 $3.99 JUN140605-M MAR
4 MULTIVERSITY #1 $4.99 JUN140145-M DC
5 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32 $4.99 JUN140643-M MAR
6 THE WALKING DEAD #130 (MR) $2.99 JUN140586 IMA
7 HARLEY QUINN #9 $2.99 JUN140228-M DC
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4 $3.99 JUN140645-M MAR
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 $3.99 JUN140622-M MAR
10 BATMAN ETERNAL #18 $2.99 JUN140207 DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN HC $24.99 APR140765 MAR
2 FABLES VOLUME 20: CAMELOT TP (MR) $19.99 MAY140403 DC
3 DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE TP $16.99 MAY140932 MAR
4 TRILLIUM TP (MR) $16.99 MAY140407 DC
5 BATMAN: EARTH-ONE TP $12.99 MAY140376 DC
6 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP $19.99 JAN140800 MAR
7 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
8 WATCHMEN HC $39.99 JUL080172 DC
9 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
10 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY VOLUME 2: RETURN OF THE PADAWAN HC $12.99 MAY141839 SCH
2 DAVE GIBBONS: WATCHMEN ARTIFACT EDITION HC $75.00 APR140347 IDW
3 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
4 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 44 SC $29.95 APR141239-M GEM
5 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 86 SC $14.95 JUN141674 SAN
6 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 76 SC $14.95 MAY141830 SAN
7 JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER HC $19.99 JUN140971 BOO
8 THE BOUNTY HUNTER CODE: REVELATIONS OF BOBA FETT HC $19.95 JUN141675 CHR
9 SWORD ART ONLINE VOLUME 2: AINCRAD SC $13.00 JUN141575 HAC
10 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: BATTLE OF THE SUPER-HEROES SC $3.95 JUN141629 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES MAR148025 HAS
2 BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: HARLEY QUINN STATUE FEB140310 DC
3 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: STARGIRL STATUE FEB140309 DC
4 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: RED HOOD ACTION FIGURE FEB140306 DC
5 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: EARTH-2 BATMAN ACTION FIGURE MAR140310 DC
6 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: STARFIRE ACTION FIGURE FEB140307 DC
7 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSIC COLLECTOR FIGURES MAY142439 PLA
8 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: ARSENAL ACTION FIGURE FEB140308 DC
9 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: EARTH-2 SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE MAR140308 DC
10 ARKHAM ASYLUM: THE JOKER/HARLEY QUINN/BATMAN/THE SCARECROW ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK MAR140312 DC


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY COMIC BOOSTER BRICK JUN142657 NEC
2 DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT BOOSTER BRICK WAVE 2 MAY142842 NEC
3 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
4 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MINIATURES SET ONE APR142391 NEC
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY COMIC BOOSTERS JUN142656 NEC
6 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
7 MARVEL HEROCLIX: INHUMANS FAST FORCES PACK JUN142659 NEC
8 MUNCHKIN ADVENTURE TIME JUN142638 PSI
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MONOPOLY APR142388 USA
10 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 CORE SET INTRO DECKS JUN142652 WIZ

 

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19. Fictional humans protest Superman’s violent streak just like real ones did

Latino Review is keeping up with the latest Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice [League Movie] set leaks and stuff.. The film is shooting in Detroit, for that “urban explorer” feeling. One scene (above) involves people protesting Superman as an alien and, presumably, his extreme property damage at the end of Man of Steel, as immortalized in Kyle Baker’s “Mass Murderer of Steel” game. There’s even a swastika involved.

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There have also been a few Batman leaks like this grainy, surveillance style image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit.

As you may have guessed from the few peeks at the Batman segment of the v., this movie will be much influenced by Frank Miller (like, what isn’t?) and actor Harry Lennix, who portrays Lieutenant General Swanwick, confirmed this in an interview:

According to the actor, those who enjoyed reading Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” four-issue comic book miniseries will surely love Snyder’s upcoming film, Batman News reported. “Anybody who’s a fan of the ’86 graphic novel ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ I think will be pleased by that,” he answered when asked to give an update on the upcoming film. “This is a historic event. Clearly, Zack Snyder is on the cutting edge of directing movies on this scope and scale.”

 

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20. Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

If you’re picking up Batman #35 this week, do yourself a favour and check out the price point. See that $4.99 price sticker? Originally solicited at the regular $3.99 price, DC sent an e-mail to retailers last week telling them that the price of Batman #35-37 would be pumped up to the $4.99 mark in order to account for additional story pages (surprise: Kelley Jones is back!).

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This series has been no stranger to the occasional price bump, with four of the twelve Zero Year issues clocking in at prices equal to or above the $4.99 price point (issue #24 ran a stunning $6.99), and so DC’s choice to pump up the price in the face of extra content shouldn’t come as a surprise. The problem, was this: retailers (and the creative team) were informed of this change on September 30th, whereas the book was sent to press in and around September 15th, the final day retailers had to send in orders. In essence, the company waited a full 15 days after retailers sent in their final numbers to let them know that they were about to charge 20% more for a book they were contractually obligated to purchase.

A few notes: when these changes happen after solicitations have gone out, the product being offered does become returnable, which is good. If I want to return every issue I have left unsold of Batman #35, I can absolutely do that… eventually. I’ve been working in the industry for 8 years, and I still can’t quite grasp the process, but that’s probably because operating in Canada plies a whole ‘nother set of hoops to jump through.

Second: after hearing about this price jump, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo approached the company and implored them to lower the price back to $3.99. The company was receptive to this, and announced yesterday that they would only be charging $3.99 for issues #36 and 37, which is cool. The problem is this: enacting price jumps after information has gone out is not a thing that should happen. I understand the realities of this business sometimes require a bit of adjustment, and that retroactively a creative team and editor will decide that things needs more space to breathe. Letting retailers know after committing to product? That’s a pretty crap thing to do. It certainly isn’t business busting, but it’s a reminder about how terrible the contracts retailers sign in order to get comics are. Technically, Marvel or DC could announce tomorrow that all of their books are going to jump a dollar, effective immediately. All of this product would be made returnable eventually, but in the meantime, somewhere, there are comic shops that are either just starting or are currently, for whatever reason, operating by the skin of their teeth. They purchase product using a strict budget, because if they don’t, there’s going to be trouble. Imagine learning that a large chunk of your books were suddenly going to be 20-25% more expensive immediately, with no time to adjust. That’s going to be quite a nightmare. But what are you going to do? Not get Batman in your store? Pff. Sure. Let’s see how that goes down for you.

Now ply that to a smaller scale and think about customers. There are a lot of people out there living by the skin of their teeth. They buy comics as a means for escape, but they only have a set amount of money. I know back when I first started picking up comics from a file, I kept a list of 20 books a month, because that’s all I could afford. Some can’t quite do that. Now imagine all of your books increasing significantly overnight. I know that this happens quite often, that Marvel’s across the board policy of $3.99 comics have caused problems for a few people, and that DC’s $3.99 Septembers are no help either. While I often advocate the fact that people will pay $3.99 or $4.99 for their superhero books without blinking (and I have the sales data to back this up), I know that there are those out there for whom the idea of spending that much on a title is insanity. The unfortunate thing for both customers and retailers is this: your budget problems don’t really amount to much when it comes to overall sales.

While a $4.99 comic might have me losing one or two customers, I still have more than enough people for whom that jump is not a deal breaker. In the case of Batman, over the course of Zero Year, I lost a single customer due to the various jumps in price, while all others gladly made purchases. My loss incurred was matched ten-fold by the extra money the price increase nabbed me. The same goes for the industry at large – which is why from a purely business standpoint, DC is crazy for leaving money on the table and dropping the price of the next two issues of Batman. That said, I do have to applaud the company for doing the human thing and keeping the title at $3.99. While it leaves a stack of money on the table, it is greatly appreciated by myself, and many others.

It seems weird to try and thank a company who caused the problem that they are fixing, but let’s be honest: if this goes without remark, they’re going to get the wrong message. They’re going to look at how money is spent, and opt for the quick buck over something more sustainable. So DC? Thanks for not being 100% a dick. Despite what last week’s comics might have suggested.

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But we’ll talk about that bit of business later.

[Brandon Schatz has been working behind the comic book counter for eight years. He's spent the past four as the manager of Wizard's Comics and Collectibles in Edmonton, Alberta. In his spare time, he writes about the comics he likes over at Comics! The Blog. You can find him on twitter @soupytoasterson. The opinions expressed are those of Schatz and do not necessarily reflect those of The Beat.]

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21. 5 Things We Learned About Adam West at #NYCC

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It’s been 48 years since the iconic Batman television series first aired. Adam West, the man behind the cowl, was at the New York Comic Con on Friday afternoon promoting the new television box set and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game that will available for purchase on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The footage has been digitally re-mastered and available in its entirety except for the full length motion picture.

Here are five things I found interesting during the West’s victory lap:

From East to West: Apparently, West was friends with the legendary Bruce Lee. “Bruce Lee and I were friends. We used to surf together out on the beach, strangely enough. Bruce was a very quiet, introspective guy, and he was a dream to work with because he did everything that was required and more.”

Adam West never auditioned for the role: “They seen a commercial for a film I had done before I went to Europe to film some spaghetti westerns. When I got back, my agent said they want to see me at Fox and ABC because they saw something I did that they liked, and I didn’t know what it was. I went out and read the pilot script by Lorenzo Semple Jr. I thought it was brilliant and insanely funny, and I said “I’ll do it.” I knew they wanted me, but they tested others to give me a little fright.”

Julie was his favorite Catwoman: West gave some mad respect to the late great Frank Gorshin. West admitted that his favorite arch-nemesis was Gorshin’s Riddler. There were three actresses that play Catwoman but the stunning Julie Newmar had a special place in his heart. “It has to be Julie because I worked with her first and the most. She promised to date me when she got out of jail. Time off and good behavior.”

Gray Ghost in the works?  “I enjoyed the Gray Ghost. There’s some talk about doing it as a series. People ask me about that a lot, and Family Guy.”

Money talks… Someone from Guinness World Records was in the crowd, and she asked Mayor West how did he feel about breaking the record for most screen appearances as Batman and if he would like to break any more records. West signed and said “The highest paid.”

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22. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Darwyn Cooke

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Darwyn Cooke is another great cartoonist from Canada to grace the pages of mainstream comics. Cooke’s current career in comics began when he wrote, and drew the memorable DC Elseworlds special Batman: Ego. After a short stint in comics in the mid-late 80’s, he found success as an animator/storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series & Superman: The Animated Series in the 1990’s, including creating the main title design for Batman Beyond.

Notable works from Darwyn are DC: The New Frontier(which told the tale of DC Superheroes during the dormant period of the 1950’s), Catwoman’s reboot/redesign in 2001 with writer Ed Brubaker(this run of comics is proving to be ahead of it’s time since we’re seeing a new trend of rethinking/redesigning superhero style & character; i.e. Ms. Marvel, Batgirl, etc.) , the comics adaptations of Donald E. Westlake’s classic crime thriller series Parker, and a recent spate of cover art, including a whole month’s worth of variant covers for many of DC’s flagship titles, and the first issues of IDW’s King Features line.

You can keep up with all things Darwyn Cooke on his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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23. Guest commentary: Who Stole Superman’s Undies?

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Guest post by T Campbell.

Can the soul of Western civilization be found in a pair of red briefs? Was our first great superhero at his strongest, his noblest, his superest, before modern interpretations stripped him of his underwear? Is there a connection?

A generation ago, when those red briefs were an inseparable part of Superman’s design, he was the most familiar superhero by a wide margin, leading the field in film adaptations,[1] headlining cartoon shows,[2] and even winning over famous media critics who were fiction writers in their own right. Even now, if you believe superheroes have anything to say to American culture or the human experience, you sort of have to start with him, because he’s the prototype.

Umberto Eco called him “the representative of all his similars” [3]  and Harlan Ellison described him as one of “only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet.”[4] Born in the early hours of a visual, easily reproduced medium, he was popular enough to codify most of what being a superhero meant. The Oxford English Dictionary even mentions him by name in its definition of “superhero”:

su·per·he·ro ˈso͞opərˌhirō noun: superhero; plural noun: superheroes; noun: super-hero; plural noun: super-heroes. a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.[5]

And yet, Batman emerged a year later with no superhuman powers at all, and he was far from the only superhero to flout that membership requirement.[6] What really seemed to make a superhero a superhero, in the minds of the public, was the benevolence, the codename and the costume.

Superman is a strong man created by weak boys. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were nerdy teens when they came up with their first “Superman,” a madman with mental, not physical, powers.[7] Their second draft, far closer to the version we know, had what appeared to be a streak of white in his hair and a bare chest.[8] And those trunks, which persisted through other versions for eighty years.

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Lacking any personal experience being strong, S. & S. took Superman’s powers from their beloved science fiction, and his costume from the circus.[9]

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Underpants on tights were signifiers of extra-masculine strength and endurance in 1938. The cape, showman-like boots, belt and skintight spandex were all derived from circus outfits and helped to emphasize the performative, even freak-show-esque, aspect of Superman’s adventures. Lifting bridges, stopping trains with his bare hands, wrestling elephants: these were superstrongman feats that benefited from the carnival flair implied by skintight spandex. Shuster had dressed the first superhero as his culture’s most prominent exemplar of the strongman ideal, unwittingly setting him up as the butt of ten thousand jokes.

Grant Morrison [10]

 

Actually, Siegel and Shuster thought of Superman’s other clothes as the mockable ones. To fully understand the significance of Superman’s costume, look at him when he’s out of it—when he’s Clark Kent.

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In virtually every version of Superman, Clark is an exercise in patient self-restraint, the ultimate man pretending day by day to be the ultimate common man. In his early days, this restraint was a superstrongman feat all its own, because Clark was extra pathetic—the better for Siegel, Shuster and the readers to identify with him.

I had crushes on several attractive girls who either didn’t know I existed or didn’t care I existed. So it occurred to me: What if I was really terrific? What if I had something special going for me, like jumping over buildings or throwing cars around or something like that?

Jerry Siegel [11]

Kent looked like Shuster, who later lifted weights for five years but never developed the bodybuilder’s confidence.[12] If Kent’s daily humiliations echoed Siegel’s past, they also predicted part of Shuster’s future.[13] When Shuster’s worsening eyesight drove him out of cartooning, he went back to deliveries, showing up at his former publisher carrying a package and wearing a ratty, worn-out suit.[14]

It’s not hard to imagine nerdy Shuster stammering “Sign here, please” in the same voice that Kent used to ask Lois, on their first date, if it wouldn’t be “reasonable” to let a bullying gangster have just one dance with her.[15]

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Yet Shuster also drew Clark with a rock-hard physique that threatened to burst out of his jacket and pants at any moment. Every so often, after meekly tolerating an editor’s blustering or Lois’ icy contempt, “Clark” would crack a smile: if only they knew. For him, the angst Siegel and Shuster had felt in real life was just a pose, a suit he put on sometimes. And then he’d hear someone in trouble and strip off his shirt to reveal the S-shield underneath. The red trunks would soon follow. Underwear, for the underself.[16]

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It was all just a game. Everything was going to be all right. Superman cheerfully presided over a world of bright rainbow colors where hurts and humiliations were temporary. Indeed, after a couple of years he developed a code against killing—a code most superheroes also followed.[17]

They also imitated the briefs, especially his most immediate peers—the original versions of Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Hourman, Starman, Dr. Fate, the Spectre, the Atom, and the Star-Spangled Kid all rocked the look as seen below. [18] And yes, more than half of those heroes also followed his “Somethingman” naming convention.

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The 1960s and 1970s still saw plenty of new trunks-wearers among Avengers like Giant-Man and the Vision, mutants like Magneto, and gods like Orion. The Thing wore only trunks, and the Hulk torn purple pants. Other gods and mutants (Thor, Darkseid, the early X-Men) wore onesies broken up with a belt.[19] Strangely, two X-Men who each disdained the other’s sense of style—Cyclops and Wolverine—went full trunks-over-pants from the 1970s into the 1990s.[20]

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This tendency to assign the look to gods and mutants, though, instead of more central figures like Captain America, Mister Fantastic, and Spider-Man, may have been an early sign that it was on its way out. These newer Marvel characters stood out from the first generation by being more fully realized people in their civilian identities, if not eliminating the dual identity altogether. Of the marquee Marvel heroes, only Thor, whose fashions and godly nature made him the exception that proved the rule, was introduced with a Clark Kentish self-denying secret identity.[21]

Superman’s influence continued to erode as the decades wore on. Newer heroes showed less interest in the code against killing or in names ending in “-man.”[22]  And costume redesigns left the trunks behind. The X-Men got into black leather for a while, and their later, more colorful costumes still left the briefs out.[23]

Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film “de-briefed” comics’ second most famous underwear wearer. Batman never went back to the briefs in any succeeding movies: they began to fade from the comics as well, as shown in this sample of Ben Moore’s larger survey of Bat-suits seen in various media, covering the period from 2005-2012.[24]

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The look could still show up in the deliberately retro stylings of a film like The Incredibles; despite fashionista Edna Mode’s disdain for capes and insistence that “I never look back, darling, it distracts from the now,” her creations had an old-fashioned flair that matched the traditional values of their wearers, the kind of nuclear family that seemed to headline most sitcoms from the 1950s to the 1980s.[25]

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Superman, for many years, seemed content to be a bit old-fashioned. His brand hadn’t been about “cool” for a long time: it was more about safety and stability. The comic-book Superman of 1962 or 1988 was more scientist than slugger, often approaching problems from a cool remove. His peers honored him as the one who came first, and therefore someone who didn’t need to follow the trends. He had, after all, defined them.[26]

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Nevertheless, as superheroes and popular entertainment in general grew increasingly impatient with the “no kill rule,” the temptation to challenge Superman for wearing last year’s morals was overwhelming. The movies of the 1970s and 1980s danced around the issue by making Superman’s foes inanimate[27] or leaving their fates uncertain.[28] But many of his best-loved adventures, the ones that could claim to influence his canon, saw him sorely tempted to end a life—or even saw him succumb.

However, this was always an ending for the character as we knew him, as proved by what came next. In one such story, Superman instantly punished himself by giving up his super-powers and retiring.[29] In another, he died along with his foe.[30] In a third, he had a mental breakdown and went on a long journey of soul-searching before returning to duty with an even firmer vow, “Never again.”[31] In multiple stories of a world not our own, a world gone wrong, Superman deciding to kill is his first step toward villainy.[32] And at least once, he used magicians’ stage tricks to fool the world into thinking he’d broken his rule—just to show how terrible a Superman unchecked by restraint would be.[33]

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The conservatism is unmistakable but charming.  Nearly all fictional franchises create a moral universe that rewards readers for following them, and Superman is no exception. However much he struggled with it, refusing to kill would always be The Right Choice. Other heroes would always look to him for guidance, saluting his cape as if it were the flag. Underwear on the outside of your pants totally works.

The super-briefs stayed on for generations, in comics, movies, TV, Halloween costumes and branded, official kids’ underwear—an incentive to finish toilet training if ever there was one. [34]

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And then everyone seemed to reject them at once. In 2011, Jim Lee redesigned all DC Comics’ top-selling characters, giving them the scratchy, slightly self-conscious “edginess” that had made Lee famous.[35] But the artist who had kept Cyclops and Wolverine in trunks now broke precedent. The red of Superman’s trunks shifted to his belt, and its buckle took a shape echoing the chest symbol. The trunks vanished.

I think you have to go for the core elements that are critical to the costume and freely change what looks dated… For me, the red trunks on Superman, you didn’t notice. It gets colored in blue anyhow.[36]

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In the same year’s Action Comics, Grant Morrison and Rags Morales emphasized the populist strain in Siegel’s early, Depression-era stories. Theirs was a Superman for the 99 percent, and his costume was the believable result of a reporter’s salary: a screen-printed T-shirt, short cape, and jeans. [37] Morrison explained:

We felt it was time for the big adventures of a 21st-century Paul Bunyan who fights for the weak and downtrodden against bullies of all kinds, from robot invaders and crime lords to corrupt city officials. The new look reflects his status as a street-level defender of the ordinary man and woman.[38]

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The filmmakers of 2013’s Man of Steel found the trunks clashed with their concept of the costume as alien armor. Even director Zack Snyder, whose adaptation of Watchmen had featured two trunks-over-pants designs to the comic books’ one,[39] now found himself breaking precedent.

The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time. I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, “You can’t have the briefs on him.” I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on.[40]

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Who stole Superman’s undies? Morrison takes responsibility for his part in it, Lee shrugs about careless colorists and readers, Snyder bows to the input of unnamed advisors. Their earlier output, though, suggests they had no dislike for the design, just a need to follow popular taste rather than acting as if Superman still shaped it. But fashion, as ever, sends a message about its wearer.

In Man of Steel, the blue is navy, the yellow rusty and gritty. Smallville’s Clark operates without a costume at all. Both versions of Superman are painfully unsure of themselves, closeted, desperate, and far less successful than earlier versions at preventing collateral damage.[41] Smallville averaged one death per episode in each season.[42] Superman’s first TV outing, The Adventures of Superman, averaged none—and lasted six seasons to Smallville’s ten.[43]

Analyst Charles Watson puts the Man of Steel death toll at 129,000, with the last of those deaths by Superman’s own hand.[44] Contrast this with Superman: the Movie, in which Superman saves everyone at risk from a devastating earthquake except Lois Lane, whom he then rescues via time travel. Man of Steel opened in eight times as many theaters as Superman: The Movie.[45] An influential new beginning, and by his old standards, an inauspicious one.

Man of Steel Superman may scream in anguish after killing General Zod, but unlike in the other stories where he crosses that line, he seems to get over it pretty fast. One scene later, he’s cheerfully knocking an Army drone out of the sky. He actually seems more relaxed and happy after the killing is done! No doubt Lois’ approval helps, but even so.

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Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer appears to be weaving some acknowledgments of that issue into its sequel.[46] He would like to assure you that the Superman you remember from your childhoods isn’t gone—he’s just not fully reborn yet.

Our movie was, in a way, Superman Begins; he’s not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he’s Superman and because people idolize him, he will have to hold himself to a higher standard.[47]

It’s true that Smallville and Man of Steel focus on a young Superman who hasn’t had a chance to become the graceful legend of earlier works. But these have been the portrayals to reach the widest audience in the last decade. [48] Even in current comics, though they have a lighter color scheme and mood, he’s an impulsive younger man with a quick temper.[49] The latest Superman project to be announced, TV’s Krypton, will take place thirty years before his birth.[50]

Put it all together and you’re left with the impression that Superman’s 21st-century caretakers would rather invoke the smiling, life-preserving, cool-headed circus superstrongman than actually show him. Will the next film change that? Will it give him the power and certitude to preserve all intelligent life in his path with a calm soul and a wink at the viewer? Or is that Superman no longer filmable, a relic to be tossed out like a pair of outgrown briefs?

Tights may tell.


[1] 1978’s Superman: The Movie earned nearly six times its budget and spearheaded the only superhero film franchise of the following decade.

[2] Some variation of Super Friends, always with Superman as the headliner, appeared on TV from 1973-1986.

[3] Eco and Natalie Chilton. “The Myth of Superman. The Amazing Adventures of Superman. Review.” Diacritics, 2(1), pp. 14-22. Spring 1972.

[4] Ellison, Foreword to Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle, Superman at 50: The Persistence of a Legend, 1987.

[5] Oxford English Dictionary entry, 2014. Found via Google search, November 22, 2014.

[6] Batman later used gadgets as sort of substitute super-powers, but other figures—the first Atom, Wildcat, and the Spirit, among others—used nothing but ordinary fists.

[7] Jerry Siegel (illustration by Joe Shuster), “The Reign of the Superman,” Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization #3, 1933.

[8] Les Daniels, Superman: The Complete History, 2004, p. 17.

[9] Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Action Comics #1, 1938.

[10] Grant Morrison, Super Gods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, 2012.

[11] Gerard Jones, Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the American Comic Book, 2005, p. 63.

[12] Tom Andrae with Geoffrey Blum and Gary Coddington, “The Birth of Superman,” Nemo #2, 1983.

[13] Craig Yoe, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster, 2009; Brad Ricca, Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman, 2013.

[14] Joe Simon, My Life in Comics, p. 188, 2011.

[15] Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Action Comics #1, 1938.

[16] Alex Ross for Alex Ross and Paul Dini, Superman: Peace on Earth, p. 7, 1938.

[17] Editor Whitney Ellsworth was the driving force behind this rule, as early as 1940, years before the Comics Code Authority.

[18] Art by Jerry Ordway, Who’s Who in the DC Universe #12, 1986.

[19] Tim Leong, “A Venn Diagram of Superhero Tropes,” Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, 2013.

[20] Art by Jim Lee for X-Men #11, 1992.

[21] Dr. Donald Blake is more complicated than we can cover here,

[22] Wikipedia’s “List of notable superhero debuts” shows a tapering off of such names after the 1960s.

[23] Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, New X-Men #114, 2001; Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men #1, 2004.

[24] Selected from Ben Moore’s 2012 “Batman Infographic: Every Significant Bat-Suit Ever,” found at Screen Rant, http://screenrant.com/batman-infographic-every-batsuit-benm-144238/.

[25] Brad Bird, The Incredibles, 2004.

[26] Image by Jim Lee for DC Comics.

[27] In Superman: The Movie and Superman Returns, natural disasters are the chief problem; in Superman III and IV, the main villains are destroyed but arguably not truly alive.

[28] Superman II.

[29] Alan Moore, Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger, Action Comics #583, 1986. Source of the image below and the last “Silver Age” Superman story.

[30] Dan Jurgens, Superman #75, 1992. The famous, notorious “Death of Superman.”

[31] John Byrne, Superman #22, 1988; Jerry Ordway, Adventures of Superman #450, 1989; Roger Stern and Kerry Gammill, Superman #28, 1989; George Perez, Action Comics #649, 1989. John Byrne’s last Superman story, and a heavy influence on Man of Steel in terms of who Superman kills and why.

[32] Central premise of the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us, released in 2013, ongoing storyline in the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited animated series (2001-2006) and invoked in the climax of 1996’s Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

[33] Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke, Action Comics #775, 2001. Adapted into a 2012 direct-to-DVD animated film, Superman vs. The Elite.

[34] Photo from http://savinginsalinas.blogspot.com/2011/09/yard-sale-finds.html. Superman has had many adaptations but this was true of virtually all of them until 2011.

[35] Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, Justice League #1, 2011 (image source), and George Perez, Superman #1, 2011. Lee’s career goes back to 1987.

[36] WonderCon 2013 panel, “WC13: Jim Lee Talks DC, Answers Fan Questions and More!,” Comic Book Resources, March 30, 2013, http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44604.

[37] Grant Morrison and Rags Morales, Action Comics #2, 2011.

[38] Dareh Gregorian, “Bird? Plane? Superdude!,” The New York Post, July 18, 2011.

[39] Nite Owl wore them in both versions, but Ozymandias picked them up in the movie. Comics 1986-1987, film 2009.

[40] Reed Tucker, “‘Steel’ this movie,” The New York Post, November 25, 2012. Image from Man of Steel, 2013.

[41] In addition to the film itself, see Emma Dibdin, “‘Man of Steel’: Zack Snyder defends Superman’s ‘collateral damage,’” Digital Spy, August 30, 2013.  

[42] According to smallville.wikia.com. In some seasons it was as high as three.

[43] 1952-1958; 2001-2011.

[44] Graphic by Chris Ritter, “The Insane Destruction That the Final ‘Man Of Steel’ Battle Would Do To NYC, By The Numbers,” Buzzfeed, http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/man-of-steel-destruction-death-analysis, June 17, 2013.

[45] Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com.

[46] Devin Faraci. “Find Out Superman’s Situation In BATMAN V SUPERMAN,” Badass Digest, December 15, 2014.

[47] 2013 speech at the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture series.

[48] 2006’s Superman Returns was far less profitable and problematic in a different way.

[49] Johns, Lee, and Morrison have confirmed this is deliberate.

[50] Lesley Golberg, “Syfy, David Goyer Developing Superman Origin Story ‘Krypton,’” The Hollywood Reporter, December 8, 2014.

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24. Michael Keaton reminisces about his time in the Batsuit

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Michael Keaton finally had his big comeback year in 2014. With Birdman, and his very meta portrayal of a washed-up superhero actor, Keaton now finds himself as a leading contender for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Recently, he sat down with EPIX, along with some of his fellow competition for the award: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), and Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher). Robert Downey Jr. was also in attendance for the roundtable interview.

At one point during the interview, the topic of Keaton’s wearing the Batsuit came up, from his days in Tim Burton’s Batman films, and Keaton’s addressing the topic is as entertaining as ever:

Please put me down in support of Keaton playing the The Dark Knight Returns version of the character someday, a role he still has some affection for.

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25. Voice Cast announced for Batman vs. Robin

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Via The Hollywood Reporter, WB Animation has unveiled its cast for the upcoming feature Batman vs. Robin, which despite sharing a title with a Grant Morrison arc, is actually based on the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo “Court of Owls” storyline that opened up their run in the New 52 era.

The film will act as a sequel to the preceding Batman and Son, with Jason O’Mara, Sean Maher and David McCallum reprising their roles as Batman, Robin and Alfred respectively.

New cast members joining on include:

Jeremy Sisto as Talon (Sisto, you may recall, played Batman in Justice League: The New Frontier)

Grey Griffin as Samantha

Weird Al Yankovic as The Dollmaker

Robin Atkin Downes as Grandmaster

Peter Onorati as Draco

Kevin Conroy as Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father, not the other one)

Batman vs. Robin will arrive in stores this Spring, its the next entry in WB’s shared universe of animated films that include the previously released Justice League: War, Batman and Son, and the upcoming (and to be reviewed in short order by Davey Nieves on this very site) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. It’ll be directed by Jay Oliva, who took the helm for Batman: Assault on Arkham and the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, among others projects.

I haven’t enjoyed any of the offerings from this animated line in some time, probably not since Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, but I continue to hold out hope that the next entry will be the point where they bounce back. Snyder and Capullo’s enjoyable first arc together is as good a starting point as any.

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