December 2020 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops

This data combines orders from all Direct Market distributors. Click to see only Diamond and DC's distributors.

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A year of tumult for the entire world closed with a much different Direct Market than the one it had started with in January. DC, having departed Diamond Comic Distributors earlier in the year, saw yet more changes in December, as UCS Comic Distributors had elected not to continue as a DC distributor after Dec. 31, leaving only Lunar Distribution after the start of the new year.

Initial orders for comic books from all publishers (including DC) appear to have been between 6 and 7 million copies, for a value of between $29 million and $30 million. That is significantly higher than initial orders for comic books in December 2019, and while that month had one less shipping week, it also had more new comics releases, with 409 new comics versus 362 in December 2020.

Our retail order dataset found King in Black #1, the start of Marvel's winter editorial event, as the top comic book in initial orders in both unit and dollar terms, with DC's Batman #104 in second place in units and Dark Nights Death Metal #6 the second-place comic book in dollars.

Lunar and UCS did not release any sales reporting, and by late January, Diamond was in the second month of its second pause in monthly report releases. As we did during the first pause in 2020, Comichron has drawn upon a retailer initial order sample to determine approximate unit and dollar sales rankings. The dataset represented a sizable number of copies, from which Comichron was able to determine relative sales volumes — but only the rankings are being shared at this time, and no attempt has been made to rank items beyond 200th place.

No statistical adjustments have been made for returnability and no later returns have been subtracted out. Note, further, that our process only looks at first-month orders for comics, so no reordered titles from the month before or reprints appear in the chart below.

The charts feature every new comic book released by Diamond and Lunar in December 2020. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The DC release dates are from UCS.

Things to remember: As we're not characterizing order levels at this time, ranked comics could be separated by thousands of copies or as little as a single issue. Rankings are most reliable for regular series issues in the middle of the chart: orders for the highest sellers and first issues may tend to show more variation.

Rankings in these charts should also be expected to differ — often significantly — from the sales-to-consumers charts available at other outlets. Those report sell-through and not sell-in. Comichron tracks copies in circulation, a category which includes both copies on retail shelves and in consumers' hands.

You can see the reorders that were placed during the month on our pages for reorders and advance reorders for the year. We also have a page breaking out ship dates for second printings.

As is the case with all data on Comichron, it is subject to revision without notice in the event more authoritative and complete information about orders becomes available.

—John Jackson Miller

This the two lists below include all comic books released by Direct Market Distributors in the month.
Rankings are based on Comichron's retailer inital order sample and do not include reorders.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitDollarComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisher
11King In Black1$5.9912/02/20Marvel
27Batman104 (All)$3.9912/01/20DC
32Dark Nights Death Metal6$4.9912/15/20DC
43Batman Catwoman1$4.9912/01/20DC
54King In Black2$4.9912/23/20Marvel
68Batman105 (All)$3.9912/15/20DC
710Amazing Spider-Man55$3.9912/30/20Marvel
1014Amazing Spider-Man54$3.9912/09/20Marvel
1313Batman Annual5 (All)$4.9912/29/20DC
1520DCeased Dead Planet6 (All)$3.9912/01/20DC
169Batman Black And White1$5.9912/08/20DC
1721Amazing Spider-Man53.LR$3.9912/02/20Marvel
1825Amazing Spider-Man54.LR$3.9912/23/20Marvel
195Dark Nights Death Metal The Last Stories Of The DC Universe1$8.9912/08/20DC
226Dark Nights Death Metal The Last 52 War Of The Multiverses1$8.9912/29/20DC
2331Immortal Hulk41$3.9912/16/20Marvel
2416Dark Nights Death Metal The Secret Origin1$5.9912/22/20DC
2634Star Wars Darth Vader8$3.9912/16/20Marvel
2735Detective Comics1032 (All)$3.9912/08/20DC
2940Black Cat1$3.9912/16/20Marvel
3041Strange Academy6$3.9912/09/20Marvel
3122Strange Adventures7$4.9912/01/20DC
3242Department of Truth4$3.9912/23/20Image
3323King In Black Immortal Hulk1$4.9912/16/20Marvel
3443Star Wars9$3.9912/09/20Marvel
3524Wolverine Black White Blood2$4.9912/16/20Marvel
3827Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn3$4.9912/22/20DC
3945Something Is Killing the Children13$3.9912/23/20Boom
4228Justice League Endless Winter1 (All)$4.9912/01/20DC
4348Detective Comics1033 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
4419Tales From The Dark Multiverse Flashpoint #1 (One Shot)1$5.9912/08/20DC
4549New Mutants14$3.9912/16/20Marvel
4651Cimmerian Frost Giants Daughter1$3.9912/09/20Ablaze
4752Justice League58$3.9912/15/20DC
5158Walking Dead Deluxe4$3.9912/02/20Image
5259Symbiote Spider-Man King In Black2$3.9912/16/20Marvel
5360Iron Man4$3.9912/16/20Marvel
5867Captain America26$3.9912/16/20Marvel
5968Fantastic Four27$3.9912/16/20Marvel
6069Wonder Woman769 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
6133Tales From The Dark Multiverse Crisis On Infinite Earths1$5.9912/15/20DC
6270Superman28 (All)$3.9912/15/20DC
6371Miles Morales Spider-Man21$3.9912/02/20Marvel
6472Stranger Things D&D Crossover3$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
6573Batman The Adventures Continue7$3.9912/01/20DC
6737Tales From The Dark Multiverse Wonder Woman War Of The Gods 1$5.9912/01/20DC
6853Ghost Rider Return of Vengeance1$4.9912/30/20Marvel
6976Superman Endless Winter Special1$3.9912/08/20DC
7139Tales From The Dark Multiverse Dark Nights Metal1$5.9912/29/20DC
7379Captain Marvel24$3.9912/09/20Marvel
7480Savage Avengers15$3.9912/02/20Marvel
7581Guardians of the Galaxy9$3.9912/09/20Marvel
7682Black Widow4$3.9912/02/20Marvel
7783King In Black Iron Man Doom1$3.9912/30/20Marvel
7884We Only Find Them When They're Dead4$3.9912/16/20Boom
7985Wonder Woman768 (All)$3.9912/08/20DC
8086Mighty Morphin2$3.9912/09/20Boom
8187Star Wars Bounty Hunters8$3.9912/23/20Marvel
8389Walking Dead Deluxe5$3.9912/16/20Image
8490Batman Superman15 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
8563Justice League Endless Winter2 (All)$4.9912/29/20DC
8691Action Comics1028 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
8792Savage Avengers16$3.9912/16/20Marvel
8893Power Rangers2$3.9912/16/20Boom
8994Black Adam Endless Winter Special1 (All)$3.9912/22/20DC
9095Batman's Grave12$3.9912/15/20DC
9196Justice League Dark29$3.9912/22/20DC
9297Green Lantern Season Two10$3.9912/15/20DC
9399Home Sick Pilots1$3.9912/09/20Image
9438Knull Marvel Tales1$7.9912/02/20Marvel
95100King In Black Namor1$3.9912/09/20Marvel
96101Once & Future14$3.9912/16/20Boom
97102Vampirella Dark Powers1$3.9912/09/20Dynamite
99104Teen Titans Endless Winter Special1$3.9912/15/20DC
10050King-Size Conan1$6.9912/23/20Marvel
102106Blade Runner 20291$3.9912/16/20Titan
103107Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology4$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
104108Undiscovered Country11$3.9912/23/20Image
105109Conan The Barbarian17$3.9912/09/20Marvel
10698Fantastic Four Road Trip1$4.9912/02/20Marvel
108112Ice Cream Man22$3.9912/23/20Image
109113Batman Beyond50$3.9912/22/20DC
110114Bettie Page4$3.9912/02/20Dynamite
113118King In Black Namor2$3.9912/30/20Marvel
114119Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology3$3.9912/09/20Dark Horse
11561Gideon Falls27$7.9912/23/20Image
117121Colonel Weird Cosmagog3$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
118122Doctor Doom10$3.9912/23/20Marvel
119123Vengeance of Vampirella13$3.9912/23/20Dynamite
120124Fire Power By Kirkman & Samnee6$3.9912/02/20Image
121125Post Americana1$3.9912/16/20Image
122128Modok Head Games1$3.9912/02/20Marvel
123129Far Sector9$3.9912/01/20DC
124130Red Sonja Price of Blood1$3.9912/09/20Dynamite
125131Us Agent2$3.9912/23/20Marvel
126132American Vampire 19763$3.9912/08/20DC
127110Jinny Hex Special1 (All)$4.9912/29/20DC
129135Locke & Key Sandman Hell & Gone0$3.9912/09/20IDW
13055DC's Very Merry Multiverse1$9.9912/08/20DC
131136Boys Dear Becky8 $3.9912/30/20Dynamite
132137Sacred Six5$3.9912/02/20Dynamite
134140Dejah Thoris (2019)9$3.9912/16/20Dynamite
138146Red Sonja22$3.9912/02/20Dynamite
139147Red Hood52$3.9912/22/20DC
140148Oblivion Song By Kirkman & De Felici29 $3.9912/23/20Image
141126Dune House Atreides3$4.9912/23/20Boom
142127Lady Death Blasphemy Anthem1$4.9912/09/20Coffin
143151Mirka Andolfos Unsacred Vol. 22$3.9912/30/20Ablaze
14475Heroes At Home1$9.9912/09/20Marvel
145153You Look Like Death Tales Umbrella Academy4$3.9912/23/20Dark Horse
146154Mars Attacks Red Sonja5$3.9912/23/20Dynamite
147155Alien Original Screenplay5$3.9912/09/20Dark Horse
148156Boys Dear Becky7 $3.9912/02/20Dynamite
149157Hellboy & BPRD Her Fatal Hour Cvr a Trevallion (Res)$3.9912/02/20Dark Horse
150158Vampirella Red Sonja12$3.9912/16/20Dynamite
152159Seven to Eternity15$3.9912/16/20Image
153142Last God11$4.9912/22/20DC
154160Stillwater By Zdarsky & Perez4$3.9912/16/20Image
156162Spy Island4$3.9912/02/20Dark Horse
157163Rise of Ultraman4$3.9912/09/20Marvel
158164G.I. Joe a Real American Hero276$3.9912/09/20IDW
159165Power Pack2$3.9912/30/20Marvel
160166Seven Secrets5$3.9912/09/20Boom
162168Taarna (2020)1$3.9912/16/20Heavy Metal
163149Civil War Marvels Snapshots1$4.9912/02/20Marvel
165172Magnificent Ms. Marvel17$3.9912/16/20Marvel
166173Transformers Back to Future2$3.9912/23/20IDW
167174Sea of Sorrows2$3.9912/23/20IDW
168175That Texas Blood6 $3.9912/02/20Image
169177Usagi Yojimbo Wanderers Road2$3.9912/30/20IDW
170178Locke & Key In Pale Battalions Go3$3.9912/16/20IDW
171179Rick & Morty Ever After3$3.9912/23/20Oni
172180Family Tree10$3.9912/23/20Image
173117Cinderella Bloody Xmas Annual 2020 Cvr a Vitorino$7.9912/23/20Zenescope
174182Commanders In Crisis3$3.9912/16/20Image
175184Sonic The Hedgehog35$3.9912/02/20IDW
176185Dreaming Waking Hours5$3.9912/01/20DC
177186Picture of Everything Else1$3.9912/23/20Vault
180188Metal Men12$3.9912/01/20DC
181189Year Zero Vol. 22$3.9912/09/20AWA
183191Grendel Ky4$3.9912/23/20AWA
185193Cyberpunk 2077 Trauma Team4$3.9912/16/20Dark Horse
186194Kick-Ass Vs. Hit-Girl2$3.9912/16/20Image
187195X-O Manowar (2020)3$3.9912/23/20Valiant
188196Werewolf By Night3$3.9912/30/20Marvel
189176Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar3$4.9912/09/20Marvel
190197Transformers Escape1$3.9912/30/20IDW
191199A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night2$3.9912/23/20Behemoth
192200Usagi Yojimbo15$3.9912/09/20IDW
193201Grimm Fairy Tales43$3.9912/16/20Zenescope
194202G.I. Joe a Real American Hero277$3.9912/23/20IDW
195203Monstress Talk-Stories2$3.9912/30/20Image
196204Byte Sized1$3.9912/09/20AWA
197205Star Trek Year Five17$3.9912/30/20IDW
198143Jim Henson Labyrinth Masquerade1$7.9912/23/20Boom
199206Transformers Galaxies12$3.9912/30/20IDW
200208Sweet Tooth The Return2$3.9912/08/20DC

The list below includes all the other comics released by Diamond and Lunar for which Comichron is not projecting rankings at this time. They appear in alphabetical order by publisher and then by title; use the arrows to sort by any column.

The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Comic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisher
Hermann One Shot$4.0012/30/20Aardvark-Vanaheim
Men of Mystery115$29.9512/09/20AC
Carmine3 $3.9912/30/20Action Lab
Miranda In Maelstrom2$3.9912/02/20Action Lab
Sasquatch In Love2$3.9912/02/20Action Lab
Vampblade Season 411$4.9912/23/20Action Lab
Zombie Tramp76$4.9912/16/20Action Lab
Disaster Inc5$3.9912/09/20Aftershock
Kaiju Score2$4.9912/30/20Aftershock
Knock Em Dead1$4.9912/02/20Aftershock
Lonely Receiver4$3.9912/09/20Aftershock
Miles to Go3$3.9912/23/20Aftershock
Piecemeal Prestige Format One Shot$6.9912/09/20Aftershock
Red Atlantis2$3.9912/02/20Aftershock
Sympathy For No Devils3$3.9912/30/20Aftershock
We Live3$3.9912/16/20Aftershock
Edgar Allan Poe`S Snifter of Blood3 $4.9912/23/20Ahoy
Happy Hour2 $3.9912/02/20Ahoy
Second Coming Only Begotten Son1$3.9912/16/20Ahoy
Fearless Dawn Return of Old Number Seven One Shot$3.9912/30/20Albatross
King Tank Girl2$3.9912/16/20Albatross
Laurel & Hardy Christmas Follies1$3.9912/02/20American Mythology
Oggy and the Cockroaches Oggy New Year1$3.9912/16/20American Mythology
Starring Sonya Devereaux Violet Vixen Cvr a Fraim$3.9912/23/20American Mythology
Zorro In Land That Time Forgot2$3.9912/09/20American Mythology
Coaraptor One Shot2$4.9912/30/20Antarctic
Offworld Sci Fi Double Feature7$3.9912/09/20Antarctic
Archie Milestones Jumbo Digest12$7.9912/23/20Archie
Archies Christmas Spectacular$2.9912/09/20Archie
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest289$7.9912/02/20Archie
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest105$7.9912/09/20Archie
American Ronin3$3.9912/16/20AWA
Bad Mother5$3.9912/30/20AWA
E Ratic1$3.9912/02/20AWA
Hotline Miami Wildlife4$3.9912/16/20Behemoth
Necromorfus3 $3.9912/16/20Behemoth
Bigs and Tiny5$3.9912/02/20Blackbox
Buffy The Vampire Slayer5$3.9912/02/20Boom
Firefly Blue Sun Rising1$7.9912/23/20Boom
Lumberjanes End of Summer1$6.9912/02/20Boom
Mega Man Fully Charged5$4.9912/16/20Boom
Red Mother11$3.9912/09/20Boom
Unkindness of Ravens4$3.9912/23/20Boom
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose125$3.9912/30/20Broadsword
Assassins Creed Valhalla Song of Glory3$3.9912/23/20Dark Horse
Avatar Next Shadow1$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
Barbalien Red Planet2$3.9912/16/20Dark Horse
Bill & Ted Are Doomed4$3.9912/09/20Dark Horse
Orville4$3.9912/02/20Dark Horse
Overwatch Tracer London Calling1$3.9912/02/20Dark Horse
Overwatch Tracer London Calling2$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
Resident Alien Your Rides Here2$3.9912/09/20Dark Horse
Resident Alien Your Rides Here3$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
Stranger Things D&D Crossover2$3.9912/02/20Dark Horse
True Lives Fabulous Killjoys National Anthem3$3.9912/09/20Dark Horse
True Lives Fabulous Killjoys National Anthem4$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
Witcher Fading Memories2$3.9912/30/20Dark Horse
DC Classics The Batman Adventures7$1.9912/01/20DC
Scooby-Doo Where Are You107$2.9912/15/20DC
Arkworld2$7.9912/09/20Devil's Due
Mercy Sparx14$7.9912/16/20Devil's Due
Killing Red Sonja5$3.9912/16/20Dynamite
Psychodrama Illustrated3 $4.9912/16/20Fantagraphics
Night Hunters1$4.9912/16/20Floating World
Canto II Hollow Men4$3.9912/30/20IDW
Comic Book History of Animation1$3.9912/09/20IDW
Comic Book History of Animation2$3.9912/23/20IDW
Dungeons & Dragons At Spine of World2$3.9912/30/20IDW
Goosebumps Secret of the Swamp3$3.9912/09/20IDW
Goosebumps Secret of the Swamp4$3.9912/23/20IDW
Marvel Action Avengers12$3.9912/30/20IDW
Marvel Action Chillers3$3.9912/09/20IDW
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic92$3.9912/30/20IDW
Rom Dire Wraiths3$4.9912/30/20IDW
Sleeping Beauties4$3.9912/23/20IDW
Sonic The Hedgehog Bad Guys4$3.9912/23/20IDW
Star Trek Voyager Sevens Reckoning2$3.9912/16/20IDW
Star Wars Adventures Smugglers Run1$5.9912/23/20IDW
TMNT Jennika II2$4.9912/02/20IDW
Big Girls5$3.9912/16/20Image
Bomb Queen Trump Card4$3.9912/16/20Image
Dead Body Road Bad Blood6$3.9912/02/20Image
Getting It Together3$4.9912/09/20Image
Head Lopper14$5.9912/16/20Image
Lost Soldiers5$3.9912/30/20Image
Nailbiter Returns8 $3.9912/30/20Image
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta47$4.9912/23/20Image
Postal Night Shift (One-Shot)$3.9912/09/20Image
Savage Dragon255$3.9912/16/20Image
Sea of Stars8$3.9912/23/20Image
D Ward4$4.9912/09/20Keenspot
Knights of the Dinner Table278$5.9912/23/20Kenzer
Canuck Beyond1$4.9912/16/20Lev Gleason
Captain Canuck Season 51$4.9912/02/20Lev Gleason
Dry Foot4$3.9912/23/20Mad Cave
Hollywood Trash3$3.9912/30/20Mad Cave
Knights of the Golden Sun8$3.9912/02/20Mad Cave
Pantomime2$3.9912/09/20Mad Cave
Stargazer4$3.9912/16/20Mad Cave
Terminal Punks2$3.9912/09/20Mad Cave
Villainous3$3.9912/23/20Mad Cave
Atlantis Attacks5$3.9912/02/20Marvel
Do Not Pet1$4.9512/02/20Microcosm
Seeds of Spring1$4.9512/02/20Microcosm
Deep Blue2 $3.9912/02/20Mythos
Vamp4 $3.9912/02/20Mythos
Aggretsuko Meet Her Friends2$3.9912/16/20Oni
Backtrack9 $3.9912/02/20Oni
Invader Zim Quarterly Holiday Special1$5.9912/30/20Oni
Butcher Queen Planet of the Dead3$3.9512/23/20Red 5
Legacy of Mandrake The Magician3$3.9512/09/20Red 5
Machine Girl & Space Invaders2 $3.9512/16/20Red 5
Riptide Draken4$3.9512/16/20Red 5
Atlantis Wasn`T Built For Tourists4$3.9912/16/20Scout
Concrete Jungle3$3.9912/16/20Scout
Electric Black Presents2$3.9912/23/20Scout
Gutt Ghost Stabbity Bunny One Shot$3.9912/23/20Scout
Murder Hobo All Inn At Dragons Shaft1$3.9912/23/20Scout
Red X-Mas1 $3.9912/16/20Scout
Star Bastard Loggerhead One Shot Cvr a$3.9912/16/20Scout
Black of Heart2$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Claim Song of Ire and Vice1$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Cold Dead Hands3$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Era of Great Wonders1$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Gloomhaven Fallen Lion Oneshot$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Roarin 20S Worlds Fair Oneshot$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Sham Comics 80 Pg Giant$10.0012/23/20Source Point
Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar3$3.9912/23/20Source Point
Touching Evil11$3.9912/23/20Source Point
John Carpenters Tales Scifi Vortex 27$3.9912/30/20Storm King
Cutting Edge Sirens Song2$5.9912/16/20Titan
Doctor Who Comics2$3.9912/16/20Titan
Life Is Strange Partners In Time3$3.9912/16/20Titan
Rai (2019)10$3.9912/16/20Valiant
Dark Interlude2$3.9912/23/20Vault
Devils Red Bride3$3.9912/09/20Vault
I Walk With Monsters2$3.9912/30/20Vault
Resonant6 $3.9912/16/20Vault
Sera & Royal Stars10$3.9912/16/20Vault
Shadow Service5$3.9912/23/20Vault
Vampire The Masquerade5$3.9912/02/20Vault
Wasted Space18 $3.9912/30/20Vault
Belle Targeted Prey One Shot Cvr a Vitorino$5.9912/02/20Zenescope
Grimm Fairy Tales 2020 Holiday Special Cvr a Vitorino$5.9912/09/20Zenescope
Robyn Hood 2020 Annual Worlds Apart$7.9912/30/20Zenescope
Robyn Hood Justice6$3.9912/09/20Zenescope

December 2020 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Comichron did not examine graphic novel orders, but you can see what graphic novels were receiving retail attention at Diamond in the month by looking at its reorders.