That they have sold of more than 5 million copies of the DC Relaunch comics in only six weeks, which averages out at around 75,000 for each comic.
That JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 has sold more than 250,000 copies.
That ACTION COMICS #1 and BATMAN #1 have both sold more than 200,000 copies.
That DETECTIVE COMICS #1, THE FLASH #1, GREEN LANTERN #1 and SUPERMAN #1 have all sold more than 150,000 copies.
That AQUAMAN #1, BATGIRL #1, BATMAN AND ROBIN #1, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1 and WONDER WOMAN #1 have all sold more than 100,000 copies, bringing a total of fourteen comics to cross that mark.
This will also include the second print of comics that have now started to appear in stores, the UK sales that are not reported by Diamond and, I guess, the comics that could be returned to DC by the stores under current favourable incentives. But there is not likely to be a lot of returning going on.
The DC press release also gives som fun Nw York-related statistics
2,090,880 comic books laid end to end to stretch from one end of New York State to the other. We’ve sold enough DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 first issues to span New York State in its entirety two times over.
174,480 comic books stacked on top of each other to reach the top of the Empire State Building. That’s every copy of GREEN LANTERN #1—with issues to spare.
36,600 comic books stacked in a pile to reach the top of the Statue of Liberty. That means copies of WONDER WOMAN #1 could reach the top of Lady Liberty almost three times.
Oh, and 5 million copies sold? That’s enough copies of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 to lay out and span the distance from New York to Chicago – with some left over.
But for me the most impressive statistic is one from the bar last night, talking to a fan who harldy read DC Comics, now committed to ten comics from them a month, every month. And trying to justify a way to bring it up to fifteen. Repeat that across the comics industry, soupled with the observation that other publishers aren’t suffering in their sales, and you have a success story that everyone can be a part of.