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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:33 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:Yeah, there is a distinct difference in Levitz's writing style between "LSH" and "Worlds' Finest". Kind of like the difference between Johns' "Justice League" and "Aquaman". WF has been a slow burn but then he'll do something fun like last issue's fight between Huntress and Damian.


It makes you wonder if Levitz is getting "help" with writing on WF that he isn't getting on Legion.
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:43 am

And the news just keeps getting worse and worse.

124 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
11/2007: SLoSH #36 -- 26,814
11/2008: LoSH #48 -- 22,917
11/2010: LoSH #7 -- 26,439
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11/2011: LoSH #3 -- 34,979 (- 25.9%)
12/2011: LoSH #4 -- 27,832 (- 20.4%)
01/2012: LoSH #5 -- 25,624 (- 7.9%)
02/2012: LoSH #6 -- 23,428 (- 8.6%)
03/2012: LoSH #7 -- 21,894 (- 6.6%)
04/2012: LoSH #8 -- 21,457 (- 2.0%)
05/2012: LoSH #9 -- 20,854 (- 2.8%)
06/2012: LoSH #10 -- 19,963 (- 4.3%)
07/2012: LoSH #11 -- 19,421 (- 2.7%)
08/2012: LoSH #12 -- 18,907 (- 2.7%)
09/2012: LoSH #0 -- 21,561 (+ 14.0%)
10/2012: LoSH #13 -- 18,487 (- 14.3%)
11/2012: LoSH #14 -- 17,767 (- 3.9%)
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6 months: - 14.8%
1 year : - 49.2%
2 years : - 32.8%
5 years : - 33.7%

These have been the lowest sales by far of any ongoing Legion series in the 10 years since March 2003 that we have consistent data on. But: still ongoing, at this time.


http://comicsbeat.com/dc-comics-month-to-month-sales-november-2012/

Anybody who thinks that the "classic" Legion revival hasn't failed by now is either delusional of Amoebas. Or both.

If sales don't pick up with Giffen, you can kiss the Legion goodbye, and it ain't gonna come back for a good long time.
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:58 pm

The Nacireman wrote:And the news just keeps getting worse and worse.



http://comicsbeat.com/dc-comics-month-to-month-sales-november-2012/

Anybody who thinks that the "classic" Legion revival hasn't failed by now is either delusional of Amoebas. Or both.

If sales don't pick up with Giffen, you can kiss the Legion goodbye, and it ain't gonna come back for a good long time.


With Giffen back, it could get one or two thousand new readers.
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bkthomson

Rain Partier

Postby bkthomson » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:33 pm

Arion wrote:
With Giffen back, it could get one or two thousand new readers.


I still dropped it and even with Giffen back it was not enough to make me want to buy it now.
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:44 pm

Arion wrote:
With Giffen back, it could get one or two thousand new readers.


Maybe at first, but most of them might not keep buying the book.

And a couple of thousand is probably not going to be enough to seriously help the book out. I'd say it needs more like 20,000 more readers.
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:51 pm

The Nacireman wrote:
Maybe at first, but most of them might not keep buying the book.

And a couple of thousand is probably not going to be enough to seriously help the book out. I'd say it needs more like 20,000 more readers.


It's never going to get 20,000 new readers.

Now, I see a lot of Dark Horse and Image titles that survive with 7,000 or 8,000 issues a month, why can't the Legion survive with 12,000 issues a month?
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bkthomson

Rain Partier

Postby bkthomson » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:16 pm

Arion wrote:
It's never going to get 20,000 new readers.

Now, I see a lot of Dark Horse and Image titles that survive with 7,000 or 8,000 issues a month, why can't the Legion survive with 12,000 issues a month?


Creator Own books all the cost goes on said creators and not really on Image or DH where as the opposite is true about the big two books.
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UnionJack

Mad Hatter

Postby UnionJack » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:40 pm

This has always puzzled me. I love Dynamite's output & buy most of it. They aren't creator owned books. Now I haven't looked at sales figures but I'm pretty sure their titles probably don't sell anymore than Marvel or DC's lowest selling books so how come they manage to survive & rather well too it seems?
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:21 pm

UnionJack wrote:This has always puzzled me. I love Dynamite's output & buy most of it. They aren't creator owned books. Now I haven't looked at sales figures but I'm pretty sure their titles probably don't sell anymore than Marvel or DC's lowest selling books so how come they manage to survive & rather well too it seems?


They're rarely in the top 100, so yes, sales wise most of them are below Legion of Super-Heroes ...
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UnionJack

Mad Hatter

Postby UnionJack » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:48 pm

That's ridiculous. Several of their books are in my top ten, all the Dynamite books I buy would be in my top twenty. To think they don't make the top 100 in sales beggars belief.....

Just had a read through of all the Warlord of Mars & Dejah Thoris comics. Great stuff. Green Hornet catch up next.
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:32 pm

UnionJack wrote:This has always puzzled me. I love Dynamite's output & buy most of it. They aren't creator owned books. Now I haven't looked at sales figures but I'm pretty sure their titles probably don't sell anymore than Marvel or DC's lowest selling books so how come they manage to survive & rather well too it seems?



DC probably pays creators more for their books for one thing.
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UnionJack

Mad Hatter

Postby UnionJack » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:08 pm

Perhaps and they have fewer books. However they do have regular top talent working for them in the likes of Alex Ross, Garth Ennis, John Cassaday & Paul Renauld. Plus a lot of licensed properties which must cost them something.
As for the Legion it would be unthinkable for them to get cancelled & disappear.

For Nacireman & I at least :-)
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:55 pm

UnionJack wrote:Perhaps and they have fewer books. However they do have regular top talent working for them in the likes of Alex Ross, Garth Ennis, John Cassaday & Paul Renauld. Plus a lot of licensed properties which must cost them something.
As for the Legion it would be unthinkable for them to get cancelled & disappear.

For Nacireman & I at least :-)


Sadly, it would seem that Legion is not a huge priority for DC. I wouldn't call it an "unthinkable" property not to have a series. Not like Superman or Batman, at least.
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:06 am

UnionJack wrote:That's ridiculous. Several of their books are in my top ten, all the Dynamite books I buy would be in my top twenty. To think they don't make the top 100 in sales beggars belief.....

Just had a read through of all the Warlord of Mars & Dejah Thoris comics. Great stuff. Green Hornet catch up next.


Dynamite has great titles, The Boys, for example, was one of my favorites. But if you check the montly sale charts you'll see that the top 100 has only Marvel and DC stuff (with one or two exceptions from Image, TWD and Saga these days, and maybe one other title from IDW).
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UnionJack

Mad Hatter

Postby UnionJack » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:28 am

Arion wrote:
Dynamite has great titles, The Boys, for example, was one of my favorites. But if you check the montly sale charts you'll see that the top 100 has only Marvel and DC stuff (with one or two exceptions from Image, TWD and Saga these days, and maybe one other title from IDW).


A great shame & just seems unbelievable. Haven't read The Boys but hoping to buy the hardcover collections if they stay in print long enough for me to be able to afford them.

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