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Comic Book Sales Figures for 1962
Average Total Paid Circulation as Reported in Publishers' Statements of Ownership and Filed with the United States Postal Service
This list includes only those titles which offered subscriptions via the USPS Second or Periodical Class, and which published their sales reports in their titles.
Dell titles fissioned off to go to Gold Key, which accidentally only reported subscription sales during the year. While the lack of data on the Disney titles deals a blow to the overall average for the year, substantial drops are still seen for many of the high-ranking titles, perhaps due to the 12¢ price increase fully taking hold.
With only the earliest super-hero material creeping into Marvel's horror titles, it's interesting to note that its top-seller among reporting titles appears to have been Modeling with Millie!
The Statements for 1960-62 are precious when it comes to DC, which, as will be seen, failed to report sales figures at all for most titles in 1963-64.
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|Title||Publisher||Average Copies Sold|
|3||Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane||DC||490,000|
|4||Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen||DC||470,000|
|8||World's Finest Comics||DC||420,000|
|11||Justice League of America||DC||340,000|
|12||Betty and Veronica||Archie||302,820|
|13||Life with Archie||Archie||297,156|
|17||Archie's Pals 'n' Gals||Archie||250,851|
|18||Archie's Pal Jughead||Archie||250,384|
|21||Archie Giant Series||Archie||246,299|
|25||Dunc and Loo||Dell||222,865|
|28||Brave & Bold||DC||210,000|
|30||Challengers of the Unknown||DC||195,000|
|31||Rip Hunter, Time Master||DC||195,000|
|32||Star-Spangled War Stories||DC||195,000|
|33||Mystery in Space||DC||190,000|
|35||Tales of the Unexpected||DC||180,000|
|37||House of Mystery||DC||175,000|
|38||My Greatest Adventure||DC||175,000|
|39||Adventures of Jerry Lewis||DC||175,000|
|40||Adventures into the Unknown||ACG||165,200|
|41||Sugar & Spike||DC||160,000|
|43||Fox & The Crow||DC||145,000|
|44||Modeling with Millie||Marvel||143,476|
|45||Patsy & Hedy||Marvel||139,855|
|46||Tales to Astonish||Marvel||139,167|
|48||Journey into Mystery||Marvel||132,113|
|49||Strange Suspense Stories||Charlton||127,740|
|51||Tales of Suspense||Marvel||126,140|
|52||Hot Rods and Racing Cars||Charlton||125,515|
|Average for comics||251,057|