October 2020 (4th week) Comic Book Sales Charts and Figures

This week saw one the lowest sales volume in the modern newsstand market with 84 copies being sold. Either the supply is drying up or collectors are more careful with their money due to the covid situation.

  • 35.8% of newsstand comics sold are sold at $10 and below prices. X-Men and Batman lead the sales here with each commanding more than 25% of the total unit sales. Other well selling titles here are Sonic and Spider-Man.
  • 34.6% of newsstand sales are sold between $11 and $30. In this price category, Spider-Man and Batman are the top sellers, with each having 10% of the total units sold. Marville sold a set here as well with 7 copies in the set. Star Wars rounded up the bunch with about 5-7% of the sales.
  • 13.5% of newsstand sales are sold between $30 and $100. It is a bit unusual to see less copies sold here than in the $100 price range but that is what happened this week. Only 11 comics are sold within this price range. Amazing Spider-Man have 3 units sold while Star Wars Tales have 2.
  • 16.0% of newsstand sales are sold above $100. 13 copies sold above $100 this week but there is no 4 digit sales although one book came pretty close.

Below are the top 10 newsstand sales for the week.

Knights of the Old Republic #9

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $900

Knights of the Old Republic progressed from last week’s number 2 debut to this week’s number one spot. Looks like the first cameo appearance of Darth Revan is going to be a major Star Wars key in the coming years.

This week’s sale is for a CGC 9.6. Compared to last week’s raw copy sales, this one seems to be a bargain as prices are similar.

In terms of newsstand premium, this sale has less premium relative to last week’s raw copy sales. Compared to direct edition’s 9.6 sales which is around $600-700, the premium is around 40-50%.

Batman Beyond #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $350

Batman Beyond #1 made an impressive 7th entry into the chart, after last week’s 6th entry. This is also a sign that 1999 books have more newsstand copies available than those produced after 2000.

This sale was for a raw 8.0 and went for $350. Compared to the usual $400 that this book can command, this sale seems cheaper than usual.

The lower selling price also means that there is hardly any newsstand premium being attached to this book as regular editions are selling for the same price.

Detective Comics #871

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $150

A new entry this week comes from Detective Comics #871. It features another great cover by Jock as well as the first Scott Snyder work on Batman.

This copy is a CGC 9.6 and went for $150. In the same condition, you only have to pay $50 for a direct edition version.

This means the newsstand premium is around 200% for Detective #871.

Daredevil Vol 3, #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $148

This is another entry that surprised me quite a bit with its high price. It is a new entry by Daredevil Vol 3, #1.

I was surprised because this book doesn’t feature any major first appearances or desirable cover art. From what I can tell, it is a pretty ‘normal’ comic.

However this sale of $148 is 30X more expensive than the normal direct edition! In comparison, a similar newsstand edition of this book sold for $12 just a month ago.

Ultimate Fallout #5

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $133

The final new entry for this week comes from Ultimate Fallout #5. To my knowledge, there is nothing significant happening within this book, unless I am missing some preview info.

On average, you can get a direct edition of this book for about $10. Newsstand premium wise, this works out to be 13X, a very impressive number for a non key book.

What if Venom Possessed Deadpool?

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $550

This week’s number 2 spot belongs to What if Venom Possessed Deadpool. It is this book’s 4th entry into the charts, after previously appearing on the last week of September.

Compared to the previous sales, this one seems kinda of low as it is a CGC 9.2 but sold at similar prices as a raw 7.5.

However, when compared to direct editions, this sale still commands a solid premium. 9.8 of the direct editions are selling for less than $500 so this sale clearly has a newsstand premium of at least 100% if not more.

Venom Vol 2 #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $299

This sale shock me a bit. The previous sale of this book was in the first week of September and went for $148. This sale has effectively doubled that price within 2 months.

What is more interesting is that this book does not contain any major first appearances. Also, it features mainly Agent Venom, and not the current fan favorite – Eddie Brock.

Due to this high price sale, the newsstand premium is absolutely huge. Regular raw copies are only selling $20 so this premium is around 15x or 1400%.

Detective Comics #880

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $148

The second new entry for this week also comes from Detective Comics. Similarly, it also features a Jock cover art that is now consider a classic.

This sale is for a F/VF raw copy, which is considered high for its condition. As a comparison, you only need to pay $70-$80 for a similar condition book in direct edition. Newsstand premium for this sale is around 100%.

Ultimate Fallout #3

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $140

The 4th new entry this week comes from Ultimate Fallout #3, which sold for $140 in raw VF condition. Initially, I did not know why it is sold for so much until I figure out there is a preview of Mile Morales on the last page. Talk about Miles fever!

Due to this preview, this book is now commanding around $10 or less for regular editions in vf condtion. Hence, the newsstand premium is around 15X, which is pretty impressive for such a previously unknown book.

Batman #635

Copies sold: 2
Average Sales: $100

After debuting on the 2nd week of July, Batman #635 finally made its second entry this week with 2 copies being sold around $100 each. This book features the first appearance of Jason Todd as Red Hood.

Both copies sold are in non NM condition: one is a VF while the other is a VG. Relative to direct editions, the newsstand premium will be around 50-100%.

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