Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Titans Sales Watch: June

DeTroyes from ComicBloc has posted another excellent sales analysis:

June sales estimates have now been posted. Time for the monthly sales analysis.

As always, sales estimates courtesy of ICv2:


Issue # / Release Month / Year / # Units Sold / +/- Previous Month

Teen Titans (Ongoing)
#71 May 2009 3,734 n/a (NOTE: REORDERS!!)
#72 June 2009 32,512 -1,598
(see note below concerning these numbers!)

Titans (Ongoing)
#14 June 2009 32,321 -2,022

Tiny Titans (Ongoing)
#17 June 2009 8,640 -204

Superman/Batman (Ongoing)
#61 June 2009 38,228 -1,303 w/The Justice Titans



Teen Titans: OK, this is going to take some explaining. You may remember that last month the following sales figures were reported for Teen Titans:

Teen Titans (Ongoing)
#71 May 2009 30,376 -5,036

Note the 5k drop. That seemed a pretty steep drop-off, far more than the title has been trending for the last few years. A variety of reasons were speculated, but even so, that still seemed like an ominous number. It didn't seem likely that there would be any significant reorders, since none worth recording have ever shown up before. But low and behold, a significant number of re-orders (or more likely, lagging orders that for some reason did not get figured into the original May numbers) did show up in the June numbers. This means that the May numbers for Teen Titans #71 now officially look like this:

Teen Titans (Ongoing):
#71 May 2009 34,110 -1,302
(May - 30,376; June - 3,734)

A much smaller drop-off, and one that fits much more securely in the title's general trend. Still not great, considering where the title was, but at least not as much as was originally feared.

Titans: As I originally predicted a few months ago, Titans has now officially dipped below Teen Titans in sales numbers. This has happened not because of better sales for Teen Titans, but because Titans drop-off numbers have been generally steeper than Teen Titans have been. *sigh* Titans #14 was a "Day in the Life" issue, so the dip was pretty much expected. The real test will be next issue, which will have the return of Tempest and is being billed as a Blackest Night tie-in. Still, the numbers keep going down, which does not bode well.

Tiny Titans: While I don't think its bad news, I would point out that the sales numbers for June were the lowest they've ever been for this title. Still, for a Johnny DC title, those numbers are quite healthy. And the compilations sell very well, so there's no chance this one is going anywhere.

Overall: The sales numbers have resumed their downwards trends. While they haven't reached cancellation levels yet, both titles are starting to run out of room. With permanent writers announced for both titles we can hope that those numbers will stabilize, but if so, it has to happen soon.



I had at least one request to keep tracking the numbers on Vigilante, so here they are for June:

Vigilante (Ongoing)
#7 June 2009 11,483 -7,394

Wish I had better news to report on this title, but I don't. Vigilante has gone right back to the numbers it had prior to "Deathtrap", and that's a shame.

Cancellation by the end of this year. Sorry, but that's my prediction.



  • At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As long as the Tiny Titans stick around for a while. I may be 19 and a fan of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez comics (missing only a few out of the entire collection), but I love the Tiny Titans! So cute!

    "Aw yeah, Titans!"

    (PS - toddler Raven make me squeal, as does toddler Starfire, Robin, and Wonder Girl!)

    (PSS - no, me being female has nothing to do with this.)

  • At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Por culpa de los malos escritores y por culpa de DiDio, no lo dudéis, volverán a cancelar a los Titanes.

    ¡Así es imposible que lleguen al número 100 nunca!

    Pero lo peor de todo es la poca fe o confianza que tienen los lectores y fans de los Titanes.

    ¡Si eres un fan de los Titanes una vez, debes serlo siempre! Nada importan los DiDios o los Judd Winicks de turno.

    If you are a fan of the Titans, STAY as a fan of the Titans, ALWAYS, no matter what happens. The title deserves it.

  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm a fan of the Teen Titans.

    ...A fan of Marv Wolfman and George Perez's Titans, that is (and the cartoon). Just because I'm a fan, it doesn't mean I have to support those writers who have no business writing for the Titans (Johns, Winnick, etc).

  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Avi Green said…

    I think DC has already sealed the fate of the Titans titles, and like I've said before, with someone like DiDio in charge, that alone is why they have little chance of being salvaged.

    On a side note, anyone notice the awfulness of Blackest Night? Geoff Johns resorted to gross gore almost instantly out of the gate and killed off the Hawks! Heaven help us if he's ever allowed to write the Titans again.

  • At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WTF? Hawkman and Hawkgirl are dead?!

  • At 9:30 AM, Blogger Thomas said…

    Uhhhhh, guys....you DO know that some people aren't getting their comics the second they're released, right?

    Show a little respect and don't spoil stuff....

  • At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Madame Rogue said…

    Sorry, but I loved Johns Teen Titans. I'd rather have him back on than Henderson or Wallace.

  • At 11:31 PM, Blogger Thomas said…

    I have to agree with Madame Rogue. I don't care for everything Johns does, but I really liked his work on TITANS, and would welcome seeing what he had planned after 'Titans Around The World.'

  • At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Red Robin said…

    I have to disagree with Avi. Blackest Night is one of the better books I've read in a while. The build-up has been tantalizing, and frankly, the way they officially kicked it off with the gore and death of the Hawks were perfectly appropriate. This is a story about zombie-like creatures out to kill anyone and everyone who has ever been resurrected, as well as anyone who gets in their way.

    With a premise like that, you can't do a slow build-up. You have to go straight into the horror. This isn't like most villains who have to devise elaborate plots. These creatures are very simple minded. Kill, rip-out hearts, strengthen power and repeat. Having a gore-ridden start is the way to get people going 'holly hell!' It had the proper levels of darkness needed for a such a dark storyline.

    And frankly, I don't really care much that that Hawks are dead, because... well they ALWAYS die and get resurrected. That's their schtick. They're the DCU equivalent of X-Men's Phoenix. Dead one week, back the next.

    I wouldn't mind Johns writing for Titans again, BUT he needs to cut down on his work-load and emphasis on Titans. He does so much work for so many books that frankly, I feel he slacks off on certain books in favor of others.


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