Monday, May 23, 2011
Sales Review: April 2011
April was a good month for comic sales with sales down about 1.5% in comparison to April 2010. The top comic Fear Itself from Marvel sold over 140K as well. As always, this information has been gleaned from ICv2. Here is a link to their list of the top 300 comics for April:
Comics are still down around 6% for the quarter, so as always stability in sales is to be admired. Which takes us to Supergirl #63.
Supergirl #63 was the penultimate chapter of the 'Good Looking Corpse' story arc. Remember, this arc started with the mini-upheaval at writer with Nick Spencer being ousted (leaving on his own?) in the middle of the first issue. I was worried that the loss of Spencer and the sense of uncertainty around the title might lead to a serious sales drop. Instead, Supergirl fans are holding strong. Supergirl #63 sold 21,598. Supergirl #62 sold 21786. That's a drop of less than 1% in a market where there is almost always attrition. That is the definition of stability.
I think it is also a testament to James Peaty and Bernard Chang. If this wasn't a good story I am sure some folks would have left.
It's funny, even with another new creative team, Kelly Sue DeConnick and ChrisCross, coming on for only 3 issues, I don't have that sense of unease about the title anymore. We'll see if upcoming sales mirror my new-found optimism.