Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Circulation 1994 - present
Sonic the Hedgehog Comic (by Archie) Circulation Figures
(compiled by Ron Bauerle)

Year # copies % change Dealer Sales Mail subs % change Total Sales % change Free dist. (mail) Free dist. (non-mail) Total free dist. Total dist. Office use, leftovers, spoiled Returns from agents % of Total Total
1994 207145/208363 NA/NA 61759/65505 4509/5415 NA/NA 66268/70920 NA/NA ???/??? ???/??? 574/549 66842/71469 3798/3449 136505/133445 66/64 207145/208363
1995 202902/196690 -2.0/-5.6 57996/65080 5671/5516 25.6/1.9 63667/70596 -3.9/-0.5 ???/??? ???/??? 468/542 64135/71138 7898/7862 130869/117690 64/60 202902/196690
1996 194766/186299 -4.0/-5.3 62129/68370 5481/5480 -3.6/-0.7 67610/73850 6.2/4.6 245/245 309/317 554/562 68164/74412 14651/13774 111951/98113 57/53 194766/186299
1997 182024/188808 -6.5/1.3 64389/74122 6185/6605 12.8/20.5 70574/80727 4.4/9.3 295/267 240/250 535/517 71109/81244 9027/17881 101888/89683 56/47 182024/188808
1998 165221/149080 -9.2/-21.0 58952/59314 6624/6284 7.1/-4.9 65576/65598 -7.1/-18.7 281/285 240/245 521/530 66097/66128 7024/7046 92101/75906 56/51 165221/149080
1999 133908/118024 -19.0/-21.6 40716/41227 5338/4338 -19.4/-31.0 46054/45615 -29.8/-30.5 290/291 197/198 487/489 46540/46154 6767/6217 80601/64473 60/55 133908/116844
2000 103044/80607 -23.0/-31.7 32424/33815 4257/4870 -20.3/12.3 36681/38685 -20.3/-18.0 296/298 147/147 443/445 37124/39130 3583/1198 62337/40279 60/50 103044/80607
2001 73201/68555 -29.0/-15.0 26983/29594* 3682/3158* -13.5/-35.1 30665/32752 -16.4/-15.3 293/292 141/144 435/436 31100/33188 2187/2176 39914/33191 55/48 73201/68555
2002 68141/67229 -6.9/-1.9 28046/33474 3385/3552 -8.1/12.5 31461/37026 2.6/13.0 292/287 140/135 432/422 31862/37448 2790/2555 33489/27226 49/40 68141/67229
2003 66769/66260 -2.0/-1.4 29518/34818 3571/3889 5.5/9.5 33090/38707 5.2/4.5 290/292 136/137 427/429 33517/39136 2402/2849 30850/24275 46/37 66769/66260
2004 65144/68034 -2.4/2.7 33103/38460 4950/5531 38.6/42.2 38053/43991 15.0/13.7 292/293 136/136 428/429 38481/44420 2536/3906 24127/19708 37/29 65144/68034
2005 71153/72153 9.2/6.1 43555/35987 5429/4857 31.6/-6.4 48984/40824 28.7/-7.2 109/109 7943/251 8052/360 57036/41184 5287/7351 8830/23618 12/33 71153/72153
2006 73512/75114 3.3/4.1 30793/33353 4840/4775 -10.8/-1.7 35633/38128 -27.3/-6.6 109/109 251/251 360/360 35993/38488 9427/9502 28092/27124 38/36 73512/75114
2007 64993/58385 -11.6/-22.3 30551/30734 4143/3962 -14.4/-17.0 34694/34696 -3.6/-9.0 110/112 160/160 270/272 34964/34968 ----/---- -----/----- --/-- 64993/58385
2008 55895/54737 -14.0/-8.6 25703/28077 3875/3907 -6.5/-1.4 29613/32009 -14.6/-7.7 92/90 153/150 245/240 29858/32249 ----/---- -----/----- --/-- 55895/54737

Welcome to my Sonic the Hedgehog Comic (by Archie) circulation page!

Data above is taken from the annual "Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation" published in the comic, starting in Issue #21 and about every 13 issues thereafter. The first number in each column is the average for the filing year, the second number is for the issue nearest the filing date (generally Oct/Nov of each year). Hopefully the font isn't too small for most people to read; it was the only way I could minimize horizontal scrolling :^( The last column which is off the page is just another Total column, which should duplicate the second column, but sometimes doesn't.

Note that for 2000-2006, "Office use/leftovers/spoiled" became "Non-distributed copies", and the Returns from Agents weren't reported, so I subtracted the Total Distribution + Office use from the Total Copies to get the number. For 2007, they included Returns from Agents with Non-distributed copies, thus I can no longer separate them :^(

* The Dealer sales and Mail subscriptions appear to be reversed for 2001; I rereversed them in the table above.

Note the jump in non-mail free distribution in 2005; this skewed the Returns from Agents calculation.

If you have any comments or questions, let me know at rdbauerle@juno.com. If you'd like to join my moderated Sonic the Hedgehog mailing list, let me know that too, but note that it's not really active any more :^( When it was, the content was mainly compilations of posts on Ken Penders' message board, and Dan Drazen's Sonic comic reviews


Created Jan. 27, 2002; last modified Feb. 14, 2009; stored as http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~bauerle/circ.htm