Brace yourself, Fury of Firestorm outsold the vast majority of other DC titles, including: Batman, Detective Comics, Justice League, Green Lantern, and Flash!!!
Astonishing, right?!?! … Alright, I know you are waiting for the catch. Here it is, the statement above is completely factual … for November 1985. A while back over on Jim Shooter’s blog, he posted some DC Comics sales data from November 1985. Below are the relevant documents.
It’s rewarding to see that Fury of Firestorm was such a top seller!
Here is a little information on the numbers themselves. The “draw” represents the composite of orders from various distributors (and thus the print run), while “sale” represents the supposed number of copies sold. There is a lot of debate as to what the true sales numbers were, plus what was the impact of newsstand versus direct market. For full details, be sure to check out Jim Shooter’s post on this.
Regardless of the exact sales figures, this data allows us to compare the individual comics to each other. Just take a moment and bask in the glory that Firestorm outsold so many other DC Comics. Could you imagine nowadays Fury of Firestorm outselling Batman, Justice League, or Green Lantern?!?! I know I can’t. Kind of hard to wrap my brain around the fact that Firestorm was so popular.
As a frame of reference, here are a few of the November 1985 covers: Fury of Firestorm #41 (by Gerry Conway & Rafael Kayanan), Batman #389, Justice League of America #244, and Green Lantern #194!
Great historical information! Anytime you see fanboys bashing on classic Firestorm, be sure to share this link with them.
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