Ghost Rider Vol. 1 Sales Figures
Circulation as Reported in Publishers' Statements of Ownership
Filed with the United States Postal Service
Marvel had previously published a title by this name in 1967 as a western; this incarnation was much different, merging motorcycle action with the occult. Ghost Rider was one of several darker titles released by Marvel in the 1970s. Riding (no pun intended) that wave, the title went from bimonthly to monthly in December 1979.
Sales for the series gently declined until 1983, when it ceased publication. A revival in the comics boom of the early 1990s brought the title to higher circulation levels: click to see the sales for Ghost Rider Vol. 2.
—John Jackson Miller
|Issue Statement appearing in:||#42 March|
|Date of filing:||10/1/79|
|Issues published during year:||12|
|Annual subscription price:||5|
|Cover price during year:||$0.40|
|Total Copies PRINTED (avg):||277,030|
|Sales through DEALERS (avg):||134,549|
|Sales by SUBSCRIPTION (avg):||558|
|Total PAID circulation (avg):||135,107|
|Samples by MAIL (avg):||560|
|Samples OUTSIDE mail (avg):||0|
|Total FREE circulation (avg):||560|
|Copies not distributed (office):||1,066|
|Copies not distributed (RETURNS):||140,297|
|Reported % Paid/Requested:|
|% of RUN RETURNED:||50.6%|
|SELL-THROUGH at RETAIL:||48.8%|
|Issue Statement appearing in:||#55 April||#67 April||#81 June|
|Date of filing:||10/1/80||10/1/81||10/11/82|
|Issues published during year:||12||12||12|
|Annual subscription price:||6||7||7|
|Cover price during year:||$0.50||$0.60||$0.60|
|Total Copies PRINTED (avg):||279,576||273,048||271,143|
|Sales through DEALERS (avg):||131,014||119,266||115,348|
|Sales by SUBSCRIPTION (avg):||1,115||1,961||2,421|
|Total PAID circulation (avg):||132,129||121,227||117,769|
|Samples by MAIL (avg):||576||526||640|
|Samples OUTSIDE mail (avg):||0||0|
|Total FREE circulation (avg):||576||526||640|
|Copies not distributed (office):||2,136||2,223||2,005|
|Copies not distributed (RETURNS):||144,735||149,072||150,729|
|Reported % Paid/Requested:|
|% of RUN RETURNED:||51.8%||54.6%||55.6%|
|SELL-THROUGH at RETAIL:||47.3%||44.4%||43.4%|
As was the practice at Marvel, no Statements appeared in the title for the first few years of its run. The final Statement, for 1982, appeared in the very last issue of the series.
This record is now complete, with all Statements having been found.
Understanding Statements of Ownership
The figures above are taken directly from the annual Statements of Ownership, Management, and Circulation filed by publishers with the United States Postal Service. The sales figure is the Average Paid Circulation figure and includes all copies sold through newsstands, comics shops, and postal subscription. It does not count copies the publisher gave away for free, or copies that were kept for office use.
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