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June 2020 Comics Sales Early Look

Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Diamond Comic Distributors suspended release of new comics with on-sale dates beginning with April 1, and shipments of new releases were not slated to begin again until May 20. As such, no advance reorder charts appeared during April.

DC announced on April 17 that a limited slate of titles would be available for late April from UCS Comics Distributors and Lunar Distribution, distribution firms that had been set up for the purpose by sister companies to the mail-order retailers Midtown Comicsand DCBS (Discount Comic Book Service) respectively. Previous orders through Diamond for those comics were canceled by DC.

When Diamond did resume its advance reorder charts for the April 27-May 3 edition, that meant that the list was entirely DC titles. The top ordered comic on that list, Detective Comics #1022, originally set for April 22 release, was slated to ship June 3.

June 2020 has four shipping weeks, the same as June 2019, so the year-to-year comparison would have been an even one had there been no outbreak. Retailers ordered $42.3 million dollars of comics, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond Comic Distributors in that month; the new-title austerity accelerated for DC, as it published just 50 new comic books in June 2019, a new 28-year low for the publisher. Marvel more than doubled its total number of new comic books, with 104. (Several of those releases were dollar-copy True Believers titles.)

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in July 2020, likely in the second week or so. Follow @Comichron on Twitter to get the alert when the report becomes available. In the meantime, you can get a sense of what sales might be like from noting what products were most reordered by retailers.


Advance Reorders

Several weeks ago, retailers began placing advance reorders for items whose initial order deadlines had passed, but which had not yet released at the time the reorders were placed. These reorders, placed further out than regular reorders, tend to be more speculative in nature, as there is less certainty that stock will still be available. But they do give us the farthest-into-the-future look at potential sales. To see potential sales for this month, you generally want to look at the advance reorders placed from the month before.

Note that the listings mix hardcovers, softcovers, and comics together, and that they also rank items by dollars rather than units. Note, too, that advance reorder charts are ranked by retail dollars, so retailers' discounts have not yet been applied. There is no guarantee that these advance reorders will be filled. It's also likely that a lot of books in these lists won't synch up exactly with this month; reorders are placed all the time and reported weekly, while comics sales are reported monthly.



Advance reorders placed between April 27-May 3, 2020

• Top advance-reordered June-shipping comic book:
Detective Comics #1022 (DC)

Because DC required that Diamond cancel orders for its comics that were to have shipped in April, that meant that all its orders were placed outside the normal window, meaning they would appear in the advance reorder charts. As such, every item on the first advance reorder chart after the pause was from DC comics. Detective Comics #1022, which led the list, was originally supposed to be out on April 22.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Detective Comics #1022$3.99DC 06/02/20
2 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1960s J Scott Ca $9.99DC 06/02/20
3Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1$9.99DC 06/02/20
4Batman Superman #9$3.99DC 06/02/20
5 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1980s Stanley La $9.99DC 06/02/20
6Action Comics #1022$3.99DC 06/02/20
7 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 2000s Jim Lee Va $9.99DC 06/02/20
8 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1940s Adam Hughe $9.99DC 06/02/20
9 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 2010s Jeehyung L $9.99DC 06/02/20
10Event Leviathan Checkmate #1$3.99DC 06/02/20
11 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1990s Gabrielle $9.99DC 06/02/20
12Wonder Woman #756$3.99DC 06/02/20
13Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1970S Frank Cho$9.99DC 06/02/20
14Shazam #12 (Res)$3.99DC 06/02/20
15John Constantine Hellblazer #6$3.99DC 06/02/20
16Justice League Dark #22$3.99DC 06/02/20
17Catwoman #22$3.99DC 06/02/20
18Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 Blank Var Ed$9.99DC 06/02/20
19Detective Comics #1022 Card Stock Lee Bermejo Var Ed$4.99DC 06/02/20
20 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1950s Travis Cha $9.99DC 06/02/20
21Wonder Woman #756 Card Stock Mikel Janin Var Ed$4.99DC 06/02/20
22Catwoman #22 Card Stock J T Tedesco Var Ed$4.99DC 06/02/20
23Batman Superman #9 Mike Mayhew Var Ed$3.99DC 06/02/20
24Swamp Thing Giant #4$4.99DC 06/02/20
25Action Comics #1022 L Parrillo Var Ed$3.99DC 06/02/20



Advance reorders placed between May 4-10, 2020

• Top advance-reordered June-shipping comic book:
Batman #92 Cardstock Artgerm Var. (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Green Lantern Vol. 2: The Day the Star Fell (DC)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Batman Deluxe Collected Ed. Vol. 5 (DC)

Once again, DC books took every slot on the chart — a consequence of the publishers' titles orders' being canceled and taken anew. The Artgerm variant of Batman #92 had led the advance reorder charts in weeks in February and March, when it was still an April 1 release.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Batman #92 Card Stock Artgerm Var Ed$4.99DC06/09/20
2Batman #92$3.99DC06/09/20
3Dark Nights Death Metal #1 Black Blank Var Ed$4.99DC 06/16/20
4Dark Nights Death Metal #1$4.99DC 06/16/20
5 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1990S G Dellotto Va $9.99DC06/09/20
6 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1970S Jim Lee Var E $9.99DC06/09/20
7Dark Nights Death Metal #1 1 25 Doug Mahnke Var Ed$4.99DC 06/16/20
8 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 Blank Var Ed $9.99DC06/09/20
9Batman #93$3.99DC 06/23/20
10 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1960S F Mattina Var $9.99DC06/09/20
11Green Lantern TPB Vol. 2 The Day The Stars Fell$19.99DC 07/07/20
12 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 2010S Jock Var Ed $9.99DC06/09/20
13Batman #93 Card Stock Francesco Mattina Var Ed$4.99DC 06/23/20
14 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 $9.99DC06/09/20
15Batman Deluxe Ed Coll HC Book 5$34.99DC 07/28/20
16 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1950S David Finch V $9.99DC06/09/20
17 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 2000S Lee Bermejo V $9.99DC06/09/20
18Superboy A Celebration of 75 Years HC$39.99DC 07/11/20
19Lois Lane and The Friendship Challenge TPB$9.99DC 08/11/20
20Strange Adventures #2$4.99DC 06/16/20
21 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1980S Seinkiewicz V $9.99DC06/09/20
22 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1940S Arthur Adams $9.99DC06/09/20
23Superman #22$3.99DC 06/16/20
24Batman #92 1 25 Punchline Jimenez Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC06/09/20
25Question The Deaths of Vic Sage #3$6.99DC 06/16/20



Advance reorders placed between May 11-17, 2020

• Top advance-reordered June-shipping comic book:
Batman #92 Card Stock Artgerm Var. Ed. (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 (Boom)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Hellsing Deluxe Ed. (Dark Horse)

For the first time since charts returned, DC books did not take every slot on the chart, but the Artgerm variant of Batman #92 again led the advance reorder charts.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Batman #92 Card Stock Artgerm Var Ed$4.99DC 06/09/20
2Batman #92$3.99DC 06/09/20
3Nightwing #71$3.99DC06/09/20
4Question The Deaths of Vic Sage #3$6.99DC 06/16/20
5Question The Deaths of Vic Sage #3 H Chaykin Var Ed$6.99DC 06/16/20
6Batman #92 1 25 Punchline Jimenez Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC06/09/20
7Nightwing #71 Alan Quah Var Ed$3.99DC06/09/20
8Batman Secret Files #3$4.99DC06/09/20
9Batman #93$3.99DC 06/23/20
10Something Is Killing Children TPB Vol. 1$14.99Boom06/10/20
11Something Is Killing Children #7$3.99Boom06/10/20
12Batman #93 Card Stock Francesco Mattina Var Ed$4.99DC 06/23/20
13Strange Adventures #2$4.99DC 06/16/20
14Blacksad Collected Stories TPB Vol. 1$29.99Dark Horse07/01/20
15Adventureman #1$3.99Image06/10/20
16Faithless Ii #1 Cvr B Erotica Connecting Var$4.99Boom06/10/20
17Superman #22$3.99DC 06/16/20
18Hellsing Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 1$49.99Dark Horse07/15/20
19Old Haunts #1$3.99AWA06/10/20
20Ascender TPB Vol. 2$16.99Image06/24/20
21Bitter Root #8 Cvr B Visions$3.99Image06/10/20
22Faithless Ii #1 Foc Anka Var$3.99Boom06/10/20
23Batman The Adventures Continue #1 Blank Var Ed$3.99DC06/09/20
24Batman The Adventures Continue #1 Dan Mora Var Ed$3.99DC06/09/20
25Farmhand TPB Vol. 3$16.99Image06/24/20



Advance reorders placed between May 18-24, 2020

• Top advance-reordered June-shipping comic book:
Strange Adventures #2 (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Batman Beyond Vol. 7 First Flight (DC)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Pulp HC (Image)

A single hardcover, Silver Surfer Omnibus Vol. 1, was Marvel's first entry on the advance reorder list since charts returned.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Strange Adventures #2$4.99DC 06/16/20
2Superman #22$3.99DC 06/16/20
3Wynd #1 Cvr A Main$4.99Boom06/17/20
4Strange Adventures #2 Evan Shaner Var Ed$4.99DC 06/16/20
5Wynd #1 Cvr B Mora$4.99Boom06/17/20
6Young Justice #15$3.99DC 06/16/20
7Pulp HC$16.99Image07/29/20
8Superman #22 Bryan Hitch Var Ed$3.99DC 06/16/20
9Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Foc Mora Var$4.99Boom06/24/20
10 Bowie Stardust Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams Px HC Gn 2nd Ed $39.99Insight06/10/20
11Green Lantern Green Arrow Space Traveling Heroes HC (Res)$49.99DC 07/21/20
12Young Justice #15 Ben Caldwell Var Ed$3.99DC 06/16/20
13Silver Surfer Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel06/17/20
14 Power of Shazam HC Book 1 In The Beginning (Res) $49.99DC 08/18/20
15Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 Foc Mundo Var$3.99Boom06/17/20
16Batman #93$3.99DC06/24/20
17 Green Lantern 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 Blank Var E $9.99DC 06/23/20
18Batman Beyond TPB Vol. 7 First Flight (Res)$16.99DC 07/21/20
19Flash United They Fall TPB (Res)$17.99DC 07/21/20
20Ludocrats #2 Cvr B Anka$3.99Image06/17/20
21Batman #93 Card Stock Francesco Mattina Var Ed$4.99DC 06/23/20
22 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Foil Wraparound Var $5.99Boom06/24/20
23Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Cvr A Campbell$4.99Boom06/24/20
24Wynd #1 25 Copy Incv Momoko$4.99Boom06/17/20
25Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Connecting Var$4.99Boom06/24/20



Advance reorder charts will be posted here as soon as they are released. Stay tuned!

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REORDERS

Reorders, by contrast, are orders for items that had already been released at the time of the order. In other words, these are the comics customers have been asking for, generally speaking; while deep discounts may also put titles on these lists, the charts are ranked by invoiced dollars, which is what retailers actually paid.


Reorder charts will be released weekly during the month. Stay tuned!

The true top sellers for the month will replace this page once they are released by Diamond.