Diamond Announces Top Sales for June 2019

DC Ships Less Than Half as Many Items as Marvel
Achieves ~60% of Marvel’s Market Share

Marvel wins as top Publisher again.  This is hardly news.  Marvel out-shipped DC 147 items to 71.  That’s more than twice as many items and they are not getting twice the market share.  What DC learned is all those extra items got them into a diminishing returns situation, so they cut back and concentrated on what is selling better.  For DC, that means ship a lot of Batman books, but “give the people what they want” is an old marketing aphorism.

With summer upon us, Marvel continues to hammer the marketplace with stuff.  June’s 147 items from Marvel is up ~25% from the 118 items they shipped in May.  There were a total of 788 items across all publishers shipped in June.  That’s close to 200 items for each Wednesday in the month.  Is your local shop racking 200 items each week?  I know mine are not.  I’ll point out again that the 2 comic shops I go to regularly don’t even buy all of “top publisher” Marvel’s items for the rack any more. Things that are not on any customer’s pull lists or books nobody has even asked about often get skipped.  These are not tiny shops, but they are overwhelmed by all the material being produced and they are pushing back by not blindly ordering copies of everything.  This means it is more important than ever to browse through the upcoming solicitations to see if there are things you’re interested in and ask your local shop to order a copy.  This isn’t necessary for the new House of X series or crossover du jour, but if you really want a copy of a mini series not featuring really popular characters (like “Meet the Skrulls”) or a lower-tier hero (like “Unstoppable Wasp”) there’s a chance you may not see it on the rack if you don’t ask about it in advance.  The same holds true for DC and indie books.  Take a few minutes each month to peruse the upcoming solicits on one of the popular comic book websites and see what catches your interest.  Personally, most of my favorites are outside of the huge selling blockbuster category.

Another thing I noticed this month is the dismal state of collected edition (aka Graphic Novel) sales.  They’re down double digits for June 2019 vs. May 2019 and June 2019 vs. June 2018.  Personally, I think this is more indicative of people moving outside of comic shops to get their reading material that is not “monthly time-sensitive”.  There is a lot of competition from Amazon and other online sellers that don’t get their product via Diamond, as well as digital comics which are sold in collected volumes as well as single issues.  Unfortunately, we don’t have reliable sales data for these other retail avenues, but I suspect they are growing as the dead tree versions decline.

I still love comics as much as I ever did, but my interests have changed over time.  I suspect this will happen with most people who don’t give up on the medium.  There’s a lot out there to enjoy, but you need to look around a bit to find what might be a good fit for you.  If you’re not seeing enough that wows you sitting on the rack at your local shop (or not seeing anything at all that wows you), that does not necessarily mean that those elusive “wow factor” books are not being published.  It just means your shop didn’t order copies for the rack.  A first step may be to ask them what sold out before you got to the shop that week.  Or even what they got for customer’s pull lists that never even made it to the racks.  Someone is liking those books, asking about what other people are enjoying coupled with a few simple Google searches may help you find a new favorite.

Read what you like.  When you run out of things you like to read, look for NEW things. Keep on comicing!

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 12, 2019) — Felicia Hardy, jewel thief and long-time Spider-Man foe, starred in her first ongoing series and the best-selling comic book of June 2019, Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman’s Black Cat #1 from Marvel Comics, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 43.38% dollar share and a 48.93% unit share. In second, DC had a 26.71% dollar share and a 26.44% unit share. Image Comics was third for the month at 7.58% in dollars and 8.01% in units, followed by Dark Horse Comics at 3.23% in dollars and 2.16% in units, IDW Publishing at 3.08% in dollars and 2.83% in units, BOOM! Studios at 2.43% in dollars and 2.31% in units, and Dynamite Entertainment at 2.15% in dollars and 2.02% in units.

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Marvel Comics had four books in the top ten. In addition to Black Cat #1, Donny Cates and Tradd Moore’s Silver Surfer: Black #1 ranked #3, Amazing Spider-Man #24 ranked #6, and The Immortal Hulk #19 ranked #7. DC had five titles in the top ten: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Stefano Guadiano’s DCeased #2 ranked #2; Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Damned #3 ranked #4; The Batman Who Laughs #6 ranked #5; Batman #73 ranked #9; and Batman #72 ranked #10. Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #192, the penultimate issue of Robert Kirkman’s long-running zombie series, ranked #8. Among the premier publishers, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo #1 was IDW Publishing’s top book for June at 61; BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 ranked #85; Stranger Things: Six #2, a prequel to the Netflix series, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #110; and Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1, telling the origin of the sword-and-sorcery character, was their top book at #125.

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker from Image Comics, the first volume of their modern fantasy series about adults facing the same monstrous evil they faced as teenaged role-players, was June’s best-selling graphic novel. DC had five titles in the top ten: the Detective Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition ranked #2; the DC Poster Portfolio: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, a collection of his covers for DC, ranked #3; DC Super-Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis ranked #4; Teen Titans: Raven, the original graphic novel from the DC Ink imprint, ranked #7; and Batman/The Flash: The Button, a softcover edition of the best-selling storyline, ranked #8.

UDON Entertainment’s Mega Man Zero: Official Complete Works, an artbook that looks at the Capcom video game, was June’s best-selling book and one of the four UDON books among the top ten. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, the novelization of the beloved film, ranked #10.

Funko’s POP! DC Heroes: Harley Quinn with Boombox Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was June’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had two items in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Carnage Comic PVC Figure ranked #2 and the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Endgame: Hulkbuster Deluxe PVC Figure ranked #4. DC Collectibles also had two products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Supergirl by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Statue ranked #8 and the Batman Animated Series: Batcycle & Figure Set ranked #10.

Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Core Set was June’s best-selling game product and one of the six products from Paizo in the top ten. Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting rulebook placed in the top ten for the third consecutive month and the fourth time in the past six months, ranking #2 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

43.38%

48.93%

DC

26.71%

26.44%

IMAGE COMICS

7.58%

8.01%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.16%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.08%

2.83%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.43%

2.31%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.15%

2.02%

VIZ MEDIA

1.61%

0.59%

ONI PRESS

0.74%

0.53%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.57%

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.52%

5.59%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2019 VS. MAY 2019

COMICS

-6.44%

-6.55%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-18.39%

-15.92%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.09%

-7.26%

TOYS

-2.86%

-15.02%

JUNE 2019 VS. JUNE 2018

COMICS

3.56%

-4.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.11%

-13.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.36%

-5.27%

TOYS

35.23%

14.34%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

0.21%

-5.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.25%

-7.19%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.49%

-5.19%

TOYS

24.92%

27.33%

SECOND QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2019

COMICS

3.15%

6.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.01%

-3.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.11%

5.72%

TOYS

-9.68%

-11.18%

SECOND QUARTER 2019 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2018

COMICS

-6.71%

-7.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.72%

-16.49%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.28%

-8.29%

TOYS

30.69%

24.68%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS

SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES

SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

104

43

0

147

DC

50

20

1

71

IMAGE COMICS

46

11

0

57

IDW PUBLISHING

30

17

0

47

DARK HORSE COMICS

19

22

0

41

BOOM! STUDIOS

20

11

0

31

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

23

0

23

ARCHIE COMICS

11

2

0

13

ONI PRESS

5

5

0

10

OTHER NON-TOP 10

121

184

18

323

TOTAL

424

345

19

788

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACK CAT #1

$4.99

APR190773-M MAR

2

DCEASED #2

$3.99

APR190459-M DC

3

SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1

$3.99

APR190783-M MAR

4

BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (MR)

$6.99

MAR190493-M DC

5

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6

$4.99

APR190454-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24

$3.99

APR190824-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #19

$3.99

APR190792-M MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD #192 (MR)

$3.99

APR190202-M IMA

9

BATMAN #73

$3.99

APR190448-M DC

10

BATMAN #72

$3.99

APR190446-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACK CAT #1

$4.99

APR190773-M MAR

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (MR)

$6.99

MAR190493-M DC

3

SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE #1 (MR) [*]

$7.99

APR190432-M DC

4

DCEASED #2

$3.99

APR190459-M DC

5

SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1

$3.99

APR190783-M MAR

6

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6

$4.99

APR190454-M DC

7

WAR OF THE REALMS #6

$5.99

APR190726-M MAR

8

THE IMMORTAL HULK #19

$3.99

APR190792-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24

$3.99

APR190824-M MAR

10

THE WALKING DEAD #192 (MR)

$3.99

APR190202-M IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR190080 IMA

2

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

MAR190576 DC

3

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP

$24.99

OCT180551 DC

4

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP

$9.99

JUN180439 DC

5

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP

$15.99

FEB192149 TOK

6

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 1 TP

$15.99

JAN192254 TOK

7

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN TP (DC INK)

$16.99

FEB190469 DC

8

BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON TP

$14.99

MAR190568-M DC

9

MIRACULOUS TALES: LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR SEASON 2 VOL. 4 TP

$8.99

SEP181357 ACT

10

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 19 GN

$9.99

APR192159 VIZ

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACKEST NIGHT OMNIBUS: 10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC

$150.00

NOV180548 DC

2

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP

$24.99

OCT180551 DC

3

BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$75.00

NOV180534 DC

4

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

MAR190576 DC

5

BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 7 HC

$125.00

OCT180558 DC

6

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP

$15.99

FEB192149 TOK

7

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC

$75.00

DEC181027-M MAR

8

BERSERK DELUXE EDITION VOL. 2  HC (MR)

$49.99

FEB190389 DAR

9

DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR190080 IMA

10

HULK BY LOEB & MCGUINNESS OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

DEC181029 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MEGA MAN ZERO: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS HC

$44.99

APR192142 UDO

2

THE ART OF DARKSIDERS HC

$49.99

FEB192162 UDO

3

ROLLED AND TOLD VOL. 1 HC

$39.99

APR191818 LIO

4

THE ART OF DARKSIDERS II HC

$49.99

MAR192161 UDO

5

THE ART OF DARKSIDERS III HC

$49.99

DEC188955 UDO

6

PHOTO JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS VOL III: A-J

$29.95

STAR00178 GEM

7

PHOTO JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS VOL 3 & 4 SET

$50.00

STAR18847 GEM

8

NEIL GAIMAN: THE SLEEPER & THE SPINDLE SC

$9.99

JAN198509 HAR

9

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS HC

$20.00

JAN192102 TAS

10

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL SC

$14.99

FEB191275 BOO

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

POP! DC HEROES: HARLEY QUINN WITH BOOMBOX VINYL FIGURE AUG188545 FUN

2

MARVEL GALLERY: CARNAGE COMIC PVC FIGURE JAN192550 DST

3

X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV188066 HAS

4

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS ENDGAME: HULKBUSTER PVC FIGURE JAN192549 DST

5

CAPTAIN MARVEL LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL188377 HAS

6

SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES MAY198658 HAS

7

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: GHOSTBUSTERS DELUXE 4-PIECE FIGURE SET FEB188377 MEZ

8

DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERGIRL BY STANLEY LAU STATUE NOV180595 DC

9

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC SOVEREIGN KNIGHT BATMAN FIGURE MAR188642 MEZ

10

BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: BATCYCLE & FIGURE SET JAN190709 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PATHFINDER ADVENTURE CARD GAME CORE SET MAR198499 PAI

2

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

3

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS: BLACK PANTHER AND THE ILLUMINATI BOOSTER BRICK FEB193072 NEC

4

STARFINDER RPG: BEGINNER BOX FEB193069 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG: OCCULT ADVENTURES POCKET EDITION MAR193051 PAI

6

PATHFINDER ACG ADVENTURE PATH: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE MAR198498 PAI

7

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

8

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE WILDERNESS POCKET EDITION MAR193052 PAI

9

THE EXPANSE RPG HC NOV182869 GRE

10

MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE VS. CYCLOPS REGENESIS DEC188863 NEC

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for May 2019

DC is Coming on Strong with Comics Fans
Marvel Wins Sales by Flooding the Market with Books

In May, Marvel beat DC on unit share by only ~1% -> 39.75% for Marvel, 38.58% for DC.  While Marvel won by ~12% on dollar share (because they are selling more expensive products overall) they are almost on par with DC on the number of comics being bought by shops.  The thing to consider here is that Marvel had to ship more that 50% more items to comics shops to win by that meager 1%!  Marvel shipped 154 total items to DC’s 93.  For comic books, Marvel almost doubled DC’s output, 118 to 60.

This tells me that Marvel is flooding the racks with lower selling books in an attempt to crowd out the competition.  I have noticed (at the comic shops I frequent here in SoCal) that they are not even racking all the items Marvel is blasting out each month.  They treat the bottom 30% of Marvel’s title list like low-end indie books… they order copies for people who have them on their pull list and maybe 1 copy for the rack that goes in a single pile as opposed to getting a solo rack slot.

It’s getting to be too much.  Marvel did this back in the 1990s as well, crowding out the competition with loads of reprints and titles with low circulation.  Today the reprints (and Marvel puts out a lot of them) are augmented by tremendous amounts of event tie-in books and multiple issues per month of popular titles.

The fact that DC can be at pretty much the same unit share shipping only 2/3rds of what Marvel ships tells me that concentrating on the DC core titles works.  I always point out that DC has a reliance on Batman, but that works for them AND for their fans. The Batman Who Laughs is a hit (at spot #5), outselling the core Batman title (at spots #8+9).  The new Black Label “Batman: Last Knight on Earth” outsold even that (coming in at spot #3).  DC held 6 of the top 10, 4 of those are Batman and the other 2 are events.

I’d love to see Marvel concentrating on putting out books that give Batman a run for his money at the top of the sales charts (which theoretically equates to fan interest) as opposed to going for the numerical win by putting out a large quantity of filler material.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 10, 2019) — A techno-virus turns a tenth of Earth’s population into monstrous creatures and the Justice League is all that stands in the way of total disaster in Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Stefano Gaudiano’s DCeased #1 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a dollar share of 40.46% and a unit share of 39.75%. DC placed second with a 28.22% dollar share and a 38.58% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 6.88% dollar share and a 5.53% unit share. Dark Horse Comics ranked fourth with a 3.78% dollar share and 2.19% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.61% dollar share and a 2.98% unit share, then BOOM! Studios with a 2.21% dollar share and a 1.76% unit share, VIZ Media with a 1.84% dollar share and a 0.65% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.78% dollar share and a 1.50% unit share.

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In total, DC had six titles in the top ten including Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #10 at #2, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 at #3, Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #5 at #5, Batman #70 at #8, and Batman #71 at #9. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Savage Avengers #1 ranked #4; Nick Spencer, Gerardo Sandoval, and Victor Nava’s Amazing Spider-Man #21 ranked #6; Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy Jose’s The Immortal Hulk #17 ranked #7; and Spencer and Humberto Ramos’ Amazing Spider-Man #22 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #191 ranked #27; Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things: Six #1, a prequel to the Netflix series, ranked #82; BOOM! Studios’ Firefly #6 ranked #98; Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1, a crossover with Archie Comics, ranked #107; and IDW Publishing’s Transformers #4 ranked #156.

Lauren Myracle and Issac Goodhart’s Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, an original graphic novel from DC’s DC Ink imprint, was May’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten for DC, DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: The Umbrella Academy volumes 1 and 2 ranked #2 and #4 respectively, and The Legend of Korra Part 1: Ruins of Empire ranked #8. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten: Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest Book 1 ranked #3, East of West Volume 9 ranked #5, Rat Queens Volume 6 ranked #9, and Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 3 ranked #10. Also in the top ten, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s The Immortal Hulk Volume 3: Hulk in Hell ranked #7.

VIZ Media’s My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 1 was May’s best-selling book.

1000 Toys’ Hellboy: Standard Version 1/12-Scale Figure was May’s best-selling toy. Funko’s PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! Marvel: Spider-Punk Vinyl Figure ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Rogue Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; their top-selling product, the DC Cover Girls: Wonder Woman by Joëlle Jones Statue, ranked #5.

Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG Beginner Box, an introductory set to the space opera role-playing game, was May’s best-selling game product. Also, Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Edition, the best-selling game of April, remained in the top ten at #10 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.46%

39.75%

DC COMICS

28.22%

38.58%

IMAGE COMICS

6.88%

5.53%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.78%

2.19%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.61%

2.98%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.21%

1.76%

VIZ MEDIA

1.84%

0.65%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.78%

1.50%

ONI PRESS

0.84%

0.56%

TITAN COMICS

0.67%

0.49%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.72%

9.72%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2019 VS. APRIL 2019

COMICS

15.60%

14.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

50.97%

44.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

24.51%

16.35%

TOYS

27.91%

46.27%

MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-7.81%

-4.30%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.36%

-5.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.15%

-4.38%

TOYS

40.65%

40.25%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

-0.45%

-5.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.21%

-5.94%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.66%

-5.18%

TOYS

23.04%

30.09%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS

SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES

SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

118

36

0

154

DC COMICS

60

33

0

93

IMAGE COMICS

38

23

0

61

IDW PUBLISHING

37

18

0

55

DARK HORSE COMICS

22

30

0

52

VIZ MEDIA

0

45

0

45

BOOM! STUDIOS

22

13

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

4

0

23

TITAN COMICS

10

6

2

18

ONI PRESS

9

5

0

14

OTHER NON-TOP 10

151

190

27

368

TOTAL

486

403

29

918

 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DCEASED #1

$3.99

MAR190464-M DC

2

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10

$4.99

JAN190585-M DC

3

BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)

$5.99

MAR190458-M DC

4

SAVAGE AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR190757-M MAR

5

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5

$4.99

MAR190495-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21

$3.99

MAR190831-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #17

$3.99

MAR190845-M MAR

8

BATMAN #70

$3.99

MAR190487-M DC

9

BATMAN #71

$3.99

MAR190489-M DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22

$3.99

MAR190835-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DCEASED #1

$3.99

MAR190464-M DC

2

BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)

$5.99

MAR190458-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10

$4.99

JAN190585-M DC

4

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5

$4.99

MAR190495-M DC

5

SAVAGE AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR190757-M MAR

6

THE IMMORTAL HULK #17

$3.99

MAR190845-M MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21

$3.99

MAR190831-M MAR

8

WAR OF REALMS #3

$4.99

MAR190765-M MAR

9

WAR OF REALMS #4

$4.99

MAR190773-M MAR

10

BATMAN #70

$3.99

MAR190487-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP

$16.99

JAN190554 DC

2

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.99

SEP108136 DAR

3

MIDDLEWEST BOOK 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR190092-M IMA

4

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP

$17.99

DEC098005 DAR

5

EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP

$16.99

FEB190059 IMA

6

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT TP

$9.99

JAN190555 DC

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 3: HULK IN HELL TP

$15.99

FEB190998 MAR

8

LEGEND OF KORRA PART 1: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP

$10.99

JAN190482 DAR

9

RAT QUEENS VOL. 6: INFERNAL PATH TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR190119 IMA

10

SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)

$49.99

MAR190127 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC

$125.00

NOV181004-M MAR

2

SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)

$49.99

MAR190127 IMA

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS VOL. 1  HC

$125.00

NOV181006 MAR

4

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.99

SEP108136 DAR

5

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP DC INK

$16.99

JAN190554 DC

6

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP

$17.99

DEC098005 DAR

7

EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP

$16.99

FEB190059 IMA

8

SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER HC

$24.99

FEB190468 DC

9

ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC

$99.99

AUG180594 DC

10

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT HC

$29.99

JAN198939 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS VOL. 1 SC

$10.99

FEB192175 VIZ

2

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

3

DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC

$23.99

DEC181681 PEN

4

OVERLORD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)

$20.00

MAR192224 YEN

5

BLOODBORNE: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

6

TALES OF THE LOST CITADEL PROSE ANTHOLOGY SC

$15.99

JAN193197 GRE

7

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 141 SC

$14.95

FEB191942 SAN

8

AVENGERS ENDGAME: OFFICIAL MOVIE SPECIAL HC

$19.99

JAN192125 TTN

9

DOCTOR WHO: 13 DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC

$17.99

DEC181677 PEN

10

DOCTOR WHO: THE WOMEN WHO LIVED HC

$23.99

FEB188707 PEN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

HELLBOY: STANDARD VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGURE MAY189233 100

2

POP! MARVEL: SPIDER-PUNK VINYL FIGURE SEP188215 FUN

3

MARVEL SELECT: ROGUE ACTION FIGURE SEP182338 DST

4

MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN COMIC PVC FIGURE SEP182341 DST

5

DC COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN BY JOELLE JONES STATUE OCT180633 DC

6

DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE DAWNBREAKER STATUE OCT180626 DC

7

MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT ACTION FIGURE JUN101512 DST

8

DC GALLERY METAL: THE RED DEATH PVC FIGURE OCT182228 DST

9

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: BLADE ACTION FIGURE MAR188185 MEZ

10

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: WHITE KNIGHT JOKER BY SEAN MURPHY NOV180600 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STARFINDER RPG BEGINNER BOX FEB193069 PAI

2

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

3

THE EXPANSE RPG HC NOV182869 GRE

4

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 S7

5

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

6

PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOX FEB168541 PAI

7

TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

8

THE EXPANSE RPG: GAME MASTERS KIT HC NOV182870 GRE

9

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

10

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: STRANGER THINGS EDITION JAN198565 HAS

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for April 2019

Detective Comics #1000 Variants Gave Comics a HUGE Bump in March
April Sales Show the “No Big Book” slump

In March, the plethora of variant covers for the $9.99 cover price Detective Comics #1000 drove DC to a rare win in $ sales, and also gave comics overall a very solid month.  With no similar big book for DC in April, they dropped back down to a far distant 2nd place (20% behind Marvel in $ sales, 25% behind in unit sales).  This is partially due to the DC cutback on total titles, they shipped 85 total items to Marvel’s 143.  That said, the March sales show us that DC can win BIG by using the triple threat of Batman + Significant Anniversary + Variant covers, because fans ate that up with many people buying multiple copies of the $9.99 #1000 issue in March.

Lacking the stunt driven sales, total sales for April were down 13.26% over March 2019 and down 17.65% over last year, April 2018.

The top 10 of comics is yet again dominated by events (War of the Realms #1, Heroes in Crisis #7), Batman (Batman Who Laughs #4, Batman #68 & 69), and Spider-Man family (Symbiote Spider-Man #1, Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1, Amazing Spider-Man #20). The two exceptions to the  Event/batman/Spider-Man triumvirate were Thanos #1 (coming in at #7) and The Immortal Hulk #16 (coming in at #4).  Thanos is not surprising given the box office results for Avengers: Endgame.  The Immortal Hulk is a rare example of a book selling really well because of solid fan word of mouth, this book has been selling strongly for the entire run and is one of the most popular takes on the Hulk since World War Hulk over a decade ago.

In collected editions, there is a pretty even mix of Publishers with Image and Marvel both holding 3 spots, DC 2 spots, and Dark Horse making a rare appearance with both volumes of The Umbrella Academy hitting the top 10 in the wake of the team’s Netflix series debut.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (May 10, 2019) — Malekith and his armies, fresh from conquering nine of the cosmic realms, invades Midgard, better known as Earth, in Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s War of the Realms #1, the first chapter of the new crossover event from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book of April 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher with a dollar share of 45.50% and a unit share of 50.70%. DC Comics placed second with a 24.73% dollar share and a 25.89% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 7.93% dollar share and a 7.60% unit share. IDW Publishing ranked fourth with a 3.26% dollar share and 2.76% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.89% dollar share and a 1.92% unit share, then BOOM! Studios with a 2.46% dollar share and a 2.75% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.71% dollar share and a 1.53% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had six of the month’s top ten best-selling comic books. In addition to War of the Realms #1, Peter David and Greg Land’s Symbiote Spider-Man #1 ranked #2, The Immortal Hulk #16 ranked #4, Thanos #1 ranked #7, Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1 ranked #9, and Amazing Spider-Man #20 ranked #10. DC Comics had four titles in the top ten: Scott Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #4 ranked #3, Batman #69 ranked #5, Batman #68 ranked #6, and Heroes in Crisis #8 ranked #8. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #190 ranked #31, BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 ranked #78, IDW Publishing’s Marvel Action: Black Panther #1 ranked #115, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja #3 ranked #136, and Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1 ranked #150.

Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order Volume 1 from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of April. Also in the top ten from Image Comics was Gideon Falls Volume 2: Original Sins at #3 and Unnatural Volume 2 at #9. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Venom by Donny Cates Volume 2 at #2, Star Wars Volume 10: Escape at #6, and Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter at #10. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten, Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite at #4 and The Umbrella Academy Volume 2: Dallas at #8, thanks to the new Umbrella Academy television series on Netflix. DC Comics also had two titles in the top ten: Catwoman Volume 1: Copycats at #5 and Batman: Detective Comics Volume 9: Deface the Face at #7.

No Game No Life Volume 8, a light novel from Yen Press, was April’s best-selling book. Graphix’s Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story, a how-to book on writing and drawing from best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier, ranked #2. Marvel Comics’ The Road to Avengers: Endgame — The Art of the Cinematic Universe ranked #7. Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy: The Art of the Motion Picture ranked #9.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling video game, the Overwatch: Torbjörn “Classic Skin” Nendoroid was the best-selling toy of April. Funko’s POP! DC Heroes: John Constantine Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive figure of the hard-boiled mage released for Free Comic Book Day, ranked #2 for the month. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the Batman Black & White: White Knight Batman Statue by Sean Murphy ranked #3, the DC Bombshells: Batwoman “Away Uniform” Statue ranked #8, and the DC Designer Series: Green Lantern by Ivan Reis Statue ranked #10. Diamond Select Toys also had three products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Symbiote Spider-Man Statue, a PREVIEWS exclusive statue released for Free Comic Book Day, ranked #4; the Aliens Colonial marines: Armored Personnel Carrier 1/18-Scale Vehicle ranked #4; and the John Wick 2 Gallery PVC Figure ranked #9.

Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Edition, a version of the classic tabletop role-playing game inspired by the events of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, was the best-selling game product of April.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

45.50%

50.70%

DC COMICS

25.73%

25.89%

IMAGE COMICS

7.93%

7.60%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.26%

2.76%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.89%

1.92%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.46%

2.75%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.71%

1.53%

VIZ MEDIA

1.07%

0.40%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.76%

0.91%

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

0.70%

0.71%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.99%

4.83%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2019 VS. MARCH 2019

COMICS

-11.12%

0.07%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-19.02%

-27.69%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-13.26%

-2.22%

TOYS

-11.38%

-8.24%

APRIL 2019 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

-14.67%

-13.92%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-25.37%

-31.39%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-17.65%

-15.24%

TOYS

15.41%

18.74%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

1.83%

-5.35%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.18%

-6.11%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.41%

-5.40%

TOYS

19.14%

27.48%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS

SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES

SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

106

37

0

143

DC COMICS

52

32

1

85

IMAGE COMICS

47

13

0

60

IDW PUBLISHING

32

9

0

41

BOOM! STUDIOS

20

11

0

31

DARK HORSE COMICS

19

7

0

26

YEN PRESS

0

24

0

24

DYNAMITE

16

4

0

20

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

11

4

0

15

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

9

1

0

10

OTHER

101

133

18

252

TOTAL

413

275

19

707

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WAR OF THE REALMS #1

$5.99

JAN190870-M MAR

2

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

FEB190822-M MAR

3

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #4

$4.99

FEB190484-M DC

4

THE IMMORTAL HULK #16

$3.99

FEB190849-M MAR

5

BATMAN #69

$3.99

FEB190480-M DC

6

BATMAN #68

$3.99

FEB190478-M DC

7

THANOS #1

$4.99

FEB190810-M MAR

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #8

$3.99

FEB190462-M DC

9

WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1

$4.99

FEB190858-M MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20

$3.99

FEB190837-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WAR OF THE REALMS #1

$5.99

JAN190870-M MAR

2

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

FEB190822-M MAR

3

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #4

$4.99

FEB190484-M DC

4

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

JAN190542-M DC

5

WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1

$4.99

FEB190858-M MAR

6

THANOS #1

$4.99

FEB190810-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #16

$3.99

FEB190849-M MAR

8

BATMAN #69

$3.99

FEB190480-M DC

9

BATMAN #68

$3.99

FEB190478-M DC

10

WAR OF THE REALMS #2

$4.99

FEB190759-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE MAGIC ORDER VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$19.99

FEB190095-M IMA

2

VENOM BY DONNY CATES VOLUME 2 TP

$17.99

JAN191101 MAR

3

GIDEON FALLS VOLUME 2: ORIGINAL SINS TP (MR)

$16.99

FEB190077 IMA

4

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.99

SEP108136 DAR

5

CATWOMAN VOLUME 1: COPYCATS TP

$16.99

JAN190665 DC

6

STAR WARS VOLUME 10: ESCAPE TP

$17.99

JAN191095 MAR

7

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 9: DEFACE THE FACE TP

$16.99

JAN190661 DC

8

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP

$17.99

DEC098005 DAR

9

UNNATURAL VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$16.99

FEB190120 IMA

10

JESSICA JONES: PURPLE DAUGHTER TP

$19.99

JAN191027 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

INFINITY WAR OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

OCT181002 MAR

2

THE DEATH & RETURN OF SUPERMAN OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

SEP180566 DC

3

THE MAGIC ORDER VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$19.99

FEB190095-M IMA

4

INFINITY BY STARLIN & HICKMAN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

OCT181005 MAR

5

AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST BOX SET SLIPCASE

$500.00

OCT181006 MAR

6

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AVENGERS VOL. 19 HC

$75.00

OCT181009-M MAR

7

VENOM BY DONNY CATES VOLUME 2 TP

$17.99

JAN191101 MAR

8

PAPER GIRLS DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 2 HC

$34.99

NOV180079 IMA

9

GIDEON FALLS VOLUME 2: ORIGINAL SINS TP (MR)

$16.99

FEB190077 IMA

10

BATMAN/SUPERMAN SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$99.99

SEP180539 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

NO GAME NO LIFE VOLUME 8 LIGHT NOVEL SC

$14.00

DEC182289 YEN

2

SHARE YOUR SMILE: RAINA’S GUIDE TO TELLING YOUR OWN STORY HC

$12.99

FEB191785 SCH

3

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

4

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 140 SC

$14.95

JAN192066 SAN

5

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC (NEW EDITION)

$40.00

JAN191813 DK

6

SAMURAI PIZZA CATS OFFICIAL FAN BOOK SC

$39.99

NOV182128 UDO

7

THE ROAD TO MARVEL’SS AVENGERS: ENDGAME: THE ART OF THE CINEMATIC UNIV HC SLIPCASE

$50.00

JAN191086 MAR

8

FAMILY TRAITS HC

$29.99

DEC182218 UDO

9

HELLBOY: THE ART OF THE MOTION PICTURE HC

$39.99

JAN190452 DAR

10

FLCL ARCHIVES TP

$39.99

DEC182217 UDO

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: TORBJRN NENDOROID SEP188531 GOO

2

POP! DC HEROES: JOHN CONSTANTINE FCBD 2019 VINYL FIGURE NOV180015 FUN

3

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: WHITE KNIGHT STATUE BY SEAN MURPHY SEP180641 DC

4

MARVEL GALLERY: SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN FCBD 2019 PVC STATUE AUG188000 DST

5

ALIENS COLONIAL MARINES: ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER 1/18-SCALE VEHICLE APR182281 DST

6

HELLRAISER 3: HELL ON EARTH: PINHEAD BISHOUJO STATUE JUL189121 KOT

7

SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV188096 HAS

8

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATWOMAN “AWAY UNIFORM” STATUE SEP180642 DC

9

JOHN WICK 2 GALLERY PVC FIGURE JUN182313 DST

10

DC DESIGNER SERIES: GREEN LANTERN BY IVAN REIS STATUE SEP180631 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: STRANGER THINGS EDITION JAN198565 HAS

2

DC HEROCLIX REBIRTH BOOSTER BRICK NOV182895 NEC

3

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI

4

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

5

PATHFINDER PAWNS: BESTIARY BOX FEB168541 PAI

6

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

7

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: DAWN OF FLAME PART 2 JAN193202 PAI

8

CREATURE CODEX HC JUL183073 PAI

9

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

10

STARFINDER RPG: CRITICAL FUMBLE DECK JAN193205 PAI

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for March 2019

Sales on $9.99 Detective Comics #1000
Lead DC to a win in March

Even though DC published 101 items to Marvel’s 143, they beat Marvel in dollars in March on the strength of the hue push for Batman’s 80th birthday which included a LOT of variant covers on the $9.99 Detective Comics #1000, as well as 2 regular issues of Batman and a #1 featuring the fan favorite “Batman Who Laughs”.

Batman is DC’s crown jewel, their top sales live and die on the character, so his 80th birthday understandably brought out numerous people to open their wallets and throw money in DC’s direction.

Variant cover sales continue to be a solid revenue stream for Marvel/DC.  It makes me wonder when this will stop being an easy way to reach into fan’s wallets (in the single issue market) and what it will mean for the comic book direct market when it does.

Collected editions were more normal, with Image taking 6 of the top 10 by unit sales, DC making up the other 4 spots.  Readers of non-super-hero comics tend to skew in the direction of collections, while the super-hero market has a strong pull in sales for  events, variant covers, #1 issues… all things which have a perceived monetary collectible value. While this is certainly not a characteristic of every reader of single issues, it is definitely an element of the community that exists far less, if at all, for collected editions.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 26, 2019) — An all-star roster of writers and artists celebrate 80 years of Batman in DC Comics’ Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book of March 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

DC was March’s top publisher in dollars with a 36.20% market share and second in units with a 34.00% market share. Marvel Comics was the month’s top publisher in units with a 40.94% market share and second in dollars with a 34.46% market share. Image Comics was third in market share with a 9.63% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.26% dollar share and a 2.45% unit share, IDW Publishing with a 3.19% market share in both dollars and units, BOOM! Studios with a 2.19% dollar share and a 2.13% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.24% dollar share and a 1.08% unit share.

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DC had seven titles in March’s top ten comics. In addition to Detective Comics #1000, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Eduardo Risso’s The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 ranked #2; Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #9 ranked #3; Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Jorge Fornes’ Batman #67 ranked #4; King and Fornes’ Batman #66 ranked #5; King and Clay Mann’s Heroes in Crisis #7 ranked #6; and Snyder and Jorge Jimenez’s Justice League #20 ranked #10. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, and Victor Olazaba’s Amazing Spider-Man #17, the first chapter of the “Hunted” storyline featuring Kraven the Hunter, ranked #7; Spencer, Ramos, and Olazaba’s Amazing Spider-Man #18 ranked #8; and Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and Michele Bandini’s Spider-Man: City at War #1, based on the best-selling Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4, ranked #9.  Among the premier publishers, their top books were Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #189 at #30, BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 at #76, IDW Publishing’s Transformers #1 at #90, Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #6 at #131, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja #2 at #135.

Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn’s The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of March. In total, Image Comics had six titles in the top ten. DC had four titles in the top ten, led by Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman, an anthology of stories from the past eight decades, at #2.

BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Thirteen Doctors 13 Stories, a young readers anthology of short stories featuring each of the Doctor’s incarnation, was the best-selling book of March. Gemstone Publishing’s Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 returned to the top ten at #5. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend, an art book featuring Donato Giancola’s work based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, ranked #7 for the month.

Good Smile’s Overwatch: Reaper Figma, based on the best-selling video game from Blizzard Entertainment, was the best-selling toy product of March. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the month’s top ten, led by the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Infinity War: Iron Spider-Man PVC Statue at #2. DC Collectibles also had three products among the top ten, with the Batman Family: Batman Multi-Part Statue, the first piece in a new statue line, as their best-selling product at #6.

The Creature Codex, a sourcebook for Paizo’s Pathfinder role-playing game, was the best-selling game product of March and one of Paizo’s eight products among the month’s top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC

36.20%

34.00%

MARVEL COMICS

34.46%

40.94%

IMAGE COMICS

9.63%

9.36%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.26%

2.45%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.19%

3.19%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.19%

2.13%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.24%

1.08%

VIZ MEDIA

1.23%

0.50%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.80%

0.86%

ONI PRESS

0.74%

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.07%

4.85%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2019

COMICS

26.89%

9.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

21.20%

33.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

25.30%

11.52%

TOYS

-8.40%

-10.17%

MARCH 2019 VS. MARCH 2018

COMICS

15.82%

-3.32%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.35%

17.77%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.10%

-1.87%

TOYS

4.67%

8.49%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

8.51%

-2.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.46%

3.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

-1.68%

TOYS

20.14%

29.77%

FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2018

COMICS

-4.89%

-7.30%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.40%

2.03%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.46%

-6.66%

TOYS

14.61%

23.82%

FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

8.51%

-2.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.46%

3.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

-1.68%

TOYS

20.14%

29.77%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS
SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES
SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

99

44

0

143

DC

66

35

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

66

27

0

93

DARK HORSE COMICS

25

21

0

46

IDW PUBLISHING

29

10

0

39

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

10

0

35

VIZ MEDIA

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS

9

7

0

16

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

12

3

0

15

ARCHIE COMICS

8

2

0

10

OTHER NON-TOP 10

138

207

17

362

TOTAL

477

387

17

881

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

JAN190542-M DC

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

$4.99

JAN190535-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9

$4.99

NOV180434-M DC

4

BATMAN #67

$3.99

JAN190576-M DC

5

BATMAN #66

$3.99

JAN190574-M DC

6

HEROES IN CRISIS #7

$3.99

JAN190558-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

$4.99

JAN190896-M MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

JAN190901-M MAR

9

SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1

$3.99

JAN190967-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #20

$3.99

JAN190609-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

JAN190542-M DC

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

$4.99

JAN190535-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9

$4.99

NOV180434-M DC

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

$4.99

JAN190896-M MAR

5

BATMAN #67

$3.99

JAN190576-M DC

6

SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1

$3.99

JAN190967-M MAR

7

BATMAN #66

$3.99

JAN190574-M DC

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #7

$3.99

JAN190558-M DC

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

JAN190901-M MAR

10

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1

$4.99

JAN190927-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR)

$16.99

JAN190186 IMA

2

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC

$29.99

DEC180641 DC

3

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

4

MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

APR160803 IMA

5

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP

$17.99

JAN190247 IMA

6

SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP

$16.99

OCT180111 IMA

7

BATMAN VOLUME 9: THE TYRANT WING TP

$16.99

DEC180627 DC

8

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT TP

$9.99

DEC180509 DC

9

SAGA VOLUME 9 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL180297 IMA

10

MERA: TIDEBREAKER TP

$16.99

DEC180508 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC

$29.99

DEC180641 DC

2

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

SEP181003-M MAR

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR)

$16.99

JAN190186 IMA

4

AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 4 HC

$100.00

SEP180999-M MAR

5

THANOS WARS: THE INFINITY ORIGIN OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

OCT181003-M MAR

6

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 1: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED TP

$39.99

DEC181034 MAR

7

DARK NIGHTS METAL: DARK KNIGHTS RISING TP

$24.99

DEC180638 DC

8

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP

$17.99

JAN190247 IMA

9

EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS OMEGA HC

$100.00

SEP180998 MAR

10

SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP

$16.99

OCT180111 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOCTOR WHO: THIRTEEN DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC

$17.99

DEC181677 BBC

2

FLCL ARCHIVES TP

$39.99

DEC182217 UDO

3

SAMURAI PIZZA CATS OFFICIAL FAN BOOK SC

$39.99

NOV182128 UDO

4

FAMILY TRAITS HC

$29.99

DEC182218 UDO

5

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580 GEM

6

THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL VOLUME 5 SC

$14.00

JAN192356 YEN

7

MIDDLE-EARTH: JOURNEYS IN MYTH AND LEGEND HC

$39.99

SEP180284 DAR

8

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 139 SC

$14.95

DEC182026 SAN

9

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

10

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1 SC

$12.99

OCT151871 ZEN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: REAPER FIGMA MAR188251 GOO

2

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON SPIDER-MAN PVC STATUE JUN182325 DST

3

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: DARKSEID FIGURE MAR188264 MEZ

4

KINGDOM HEARTS: SORA NENDOROID JUN188352 GOO

5

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: THOR FIGURE APR182167 DST

6

BATMAN FAMILY: BATMAN MULTI PART STATUE AUG180672 DC

7

BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL188376 HAS

8

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE APR182168 DST

9

DC COVER GIRLS: MERA BY JOELLE JONES STATUE AUG180678 DC

10

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: STATUE BY KLAUS JANSON AUG180679 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CREATURE CODEX HC JUL183073 PAI

2

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

3

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

4

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

5

TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

6

PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: RISE OF THE RUNELORDS ANNIVERSARY EDITION APR121968 PAI

7

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

8

PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC (NEW EDITION) MAR138328 PAI

9

D&D ICONS OF THE REALM WATERDEEP: MAD MAGE BOOSTER BRICK NOV182893 NEC

10

DRAGON AGE RPG: FACES OF THEDAS SOURCEBOOK JAN182843 GRE

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Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for February 2019

Fans Love an Evil Batman Even More than “Batman Classic”
Tom King Proves You Don’t need to Be a Crossover Event to be
#1

DC has given up on trying to publish as many books as Marvel. As we reported last month, this means Marvel will be the #1 Publisher every month pretty much by default by virtue of putting out more product, so it’s pointless to talk about #1 Publisher any more.

What becomes more interesting is what individual books fans are flocking to.  To some extent this remains fairly predictable as well:

  • Batman
  • Events
  • Crossovers
  • Spider-Man
  • X-Men
  • Characters/Teams that get movies

DC seems to have hit a sweet spot in fans with their “Batman Who Laughs” character (an evil Batman from the Dark Multiverse introduced in the Dark Nights: Metal event).  This could be the same fan desire that was served by Lobo back in the 90s and continues to be served by anti-heroes like Venom, Wolverine and The Punisher.  A certain very populous part of comic book fandom seem to love books featuring characters that are not “good” for lack of a better characterization.  DC is running with it.  Issue #3 of The Batman Who Laughs was the #1 book for February.  #2 was the #2 book last month, beat only by a new Captain Marvel #1, driven likely by a big push for her new movie.  Batman Who Laughs #1 was the #1 book in December.  There seems no denying it: Fans are buying LOTS of this character… I’m going to go ahead and equate that to fans loving him.  You can look at the Top 10 in the charts below… the rest of the top 10 are filled out with books that correlate to the bullet list I have up above.

HOWEVER… The Collected Edition sales model is not generally dominated by the same fan preferences that create the Top 10 of periodical comics.  While crossovers and events pop on when they are collected, historically month after month it tends to be more story driven and will often have indie books that never hit the Top 10 for individual issues.
(Note: Keep in mind that collected editions are what some people like to call “Graphic Novels” when they like to make them sound fancy and distance them from being collections of individual issues of a comic book series.  I like to reserve Graphic Novel to refer to a work of graphic fiction that was originally published in book-length form. Every item on the Top 10 is a collection of individual components originally published elsewhere.)

In February  the collection of the Tom King Mister Miracle series topped sales for units shipped.  This series has received fairly universal praise, and it’s good to see something that is neither an event nor featuring an “A-List” character hitting #1.  My supposition her is that it is #1 based on the strength of the creative team and positive word of mouth in the fan community.

A bit of an anomaly this month is the lack of indie presence on the collected edition list.  1 entry by Viz (the popular manga My Hero Academia vol 17) and one by Image (the 1st volume of the new series Man-Eaters).  Marvel has been coming on strong last month and this month (7 of 10 spots this month and 5 of 10 in January).  I’m not sure if Marvel is starting to pump out more product in an attempt to dominate here like they do in periodicals or if this is an anomaly.  I’ll be keeping an eye on the collected edition lists in months to come.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 15, 2019) — Infected by the Joker’s toxin, Batman faces the Grim Knight in Scott Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #3 from DC, the best-selling comic book of February 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher, leading in dollar share with 40.20% and unit share with 44.48%. DC was second, with a dollar share of 28.69% and unit share of 30.64%. Image Comics was third, with a 9.49% dollar share and a 9.30% unit share. Dark Horse Comics was fourth with a 3.25% dollar share and a 2.58% unit share, followed by Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.58% dollar share and a 2.35% unit share, then IDW Publishing with a 2.55% dollar share and a 2.20% unit share, and BOOM! Studios with a 2.38% dollar share and a 2.26% unit share.

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DC had five titles in the top ten, including Joshua Williamson and Guillem March’s Batman #64 at #2; Williamson and March’s Batman #65 at #3; Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Clay Mann’s Heroes in Crisis #6 at #5; and Williamson and Rafael Sandoval’s The Flash #64 at #8. Marvel Comics also had five titles among the top ten: Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #11 ranked #4, Nick Spencer and Chris Bachalo’s Amazing Spider-Man #15 ranked #6, Matthew Rosenberg and Salvador Larroca’s Uncanny X-Men #12 ranked #7, Rosenberg and Larroca’s Uncanny X-Men #11 ranked #9, and Avengers: No Road Home #1 from an all-star line-up of writers and artists ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #188 ranked #28, BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 ranked #71, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja #1 ranked #98, Dark Horse Comics’ William Gibson’s Alien 3 #4 ranked #133, and IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #13 ranked #144.

Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ critically-acclaimed Mister Miracle from DC was February’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had a strong month in February with seven titles among the top ten, led by Christos Gage and Clayton Crain’s Spider-Geddon at #2. Chelsea Cain and Kate Miemczyk’s Man-Eaters Volume 1 from Image Comics also made the top ten, ranked #7.

BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Scratchmen, an original novel by beloved Doctor Who actor Tom Baker based on his 1970s screenplay, was February’s best-selling book.

Based on the character from DC’s Dark Nights: Metal currently starring in his own mini-series, the POP! DC Comics: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure from Funko, a PREVIEWS exclusive, was the best-selling toy product of February. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: Squirrel Girl PVC Figure ranked #5. DC Collectibles had four products in the top ten, led by the DC Designer Series: Nightwing & Batman by Ryan Sook Statue at #6.

Based on the anime sensation, Shinobi 7’s My Hero Academia: The Card Game was February’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing had a strong month with four products in the top ten; the Pathfinder Pawns: Bestiary Box was their top product at #3. IDW Games had two products in the top ten, led by the Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Board Game at #7.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.20%

44.48%

DC

28.69%

30.64%

IMAGE COMICS

9.49%

9.30%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.25%

2.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.58%

2.35%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.55%

2.20%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.38%

2.26%

VIZ MEDIA

1.78%

0.67%

ST. MARTINS PRESS

0.60%

0.16%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.56%

0.39%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.91%

4.96%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2019 VS. JANUARY 2019

COMICS

-21.31%

-18.10%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-26.09%

-25.43%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-22.71%

-18.65%

TOYS

-19.93%

-35.10%

FEBRUARY 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2018

COMICS

-6.06%

-8.47%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.16%

-8.47%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.27%

-8.47%

TOYS

20.34%

18.44%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2019 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2018

COMICS

4.82%

-1.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.00%

-2.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.87%

-1.59%

TOYS

27.83%

39.44%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS
SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

86

40

0

126

DC

59

28

1

88

IMAGE COMICS

47

19

0

66

DARK HORSE COMICS

24

13

0

37

IDW PUBLISHING

22

11

0

33

BOOM! STUDIOS

21

10

0

31

VIZ MEDIA

0

27

0

27

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

1

0

21

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS

4

3

0

7

OTHER NON-TOP 10

106

131

22

259

TOTAL

389

304

23

716

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3

$4.99

DEC180539-M DC

2

BATMAN #64

$3.99

DEC180510-M DC

3

BATMAN #65

$3.99

DEC180515-M DC

4

VENOM #11

$3.99

DEC180962-M MAR

5

HEROES IN CRISIS #6

$3.99

DEC180521-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15

$3.99

DEC180951-M MAR

7

UNCANNY X-MEN #12

$3.99

DEC180906-M MAR

8

THE FLASH #64

$3.99

DEC180512-M DC

9

UNCANNY X-MEN #11

$7.99

DEC180896-M MAR

10

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1

$4.99

DEC180831-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3

$4.99

DEC180539-M DC

2

UNCANNY X-MEN #11

$7.99

DEC180896-M MAR

3

BATMAN #64

$3.99

DEC180510-M DC

4

BATMAN #65

$3.99

DEC180515-M DC

5

VENOM #11

$3.99

DEC180962-M MAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16

$4.99

DEC180953-M MAR

7

HEROES IN CRISIS #6

$3.99

DEC180521-M DC

8

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #5

$4.99

NOV180950-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15

$3.99

DEC180951-M MAR

10

UNCANNY X-MEN #12

$3.99

DEC180906-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)

$24.99

OCT180598 DC

2

SPIDER-GEDDON TP

$24.99

NOV181026 MAR

3

INFINITY WARS TP

$34.99

NOV181024 MAR

4

IMMORTAL HULK VOLUME 2: GREEN DOOR TP

$15.99

NOV181036 MAR

5

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 17 GN

$9.99

DEC182240 VIZ

6

DEADPOOL: SECRET AGENT DEADPOOL TP

$14.99

NOV180967 MAR

7

MAN-EATERS VOLUME 1 TP

$12.99

DEC180123 IMA

8

INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION TP

$34.99

AUG181075 MAR

9

CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1: WINTER IN AMERICA TP

$17.99

NOV181022 MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 2 TP

$15.99

NOV181033 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)

$24.99

OCT180598 DC

2

HE MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

JUL180761 DC

3

CAPTAIN MARVEL/MS. MARVEL: A HERO IS BORN OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

AUG181069-M MAR

4

VENOMNIBUS HC VOL 02

$125.00

AUG181071 MAR

5

INFINITY WARS TP

$34.99

NOV181024 MAR

6

INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION TP

$34.99

AUG181075 MAR

7

SPIDER-GEDDON TP

$24.99

NOV181026 MAR

8

STAR WARS BY JASON AARON OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

SEP180997 MAR

9

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: LUKE CAGE POWER MAN VOL. 3

$75.00

AUG181073-M MAR

10

WONDER WOMAN BY PHIL JIMINEZ OMNIBUS HC

$75.00

AUG180663 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC

$23.99

DEC181681 BBC

2

ALAN MOORE: WRITING FOR COMICS GN (MR)

$5.95

STAR18707 AVA

3

FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC

$17.99

NOV181857 LIO

4

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE HC

$14.99

OCT181271 BOO

5

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: MIGHTY MARVELS SC

$4.99

DEC181953 MAR

6

COMICS JOURNAL #303

$14.99

NOV181771 FAN

7

WORLD OF READING: THIS IS CAPT MARVEL SC

$4.99

DEC181955 MAR

8

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1

$12.99

OCT151871 ZEN

9

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

10

MARVEL: POWERS OF A GIRL HC

$16.99

DEC181952 MAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGURE JUN188595 FUN

2

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: IRON MAN STEALTH ARMOR FIGURE JUN178877 MEZ

3

OVERWATCH: WIDOWMAKER FIGMA JAN188448 GOO

4

FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE & FENRIR FIGURE MAY188937 SQU

5

MARVEL GALLERY: SQUIRREL GIRL COMIC PVC FIGURE AUG182582 DIA

6

DC DESIGNER SERIES: NIGHTWING & BATGIRL BY RYAN SOOK STATUE JUL180809 DC

7

OVERWATCH: JUNKRAT “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID MAY189432 GOO

8

DC ESSENTIALS: NIGHTWING FIGURE AUG180673 DC

9

DC ESSENTIALS: SHAZAM & BLACK ADAM ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK JUN180604 DC

10

DC ESSENTIALS: HARLEY QUINN FIGURE AUG180675 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI

2

MARVEL HEROCLIX: EARTH X BOOSTER BRICK JUL188756 NEC

3

PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOX FEB168541 PAI

4

TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

5

WORLD OF LAZARUS: MODERN AGE RPG CAMPAIGN SETTING HC MAR182717 GRE

6

STARFINDER PAWNS: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 PAWN BOX DEC183290 PAI

7

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: CRASH COURSE BOARDGAME MAY180772 IDW

8

INVADER ZIM: DOOMSDAY DICE GAME AUG180835 IDW

9

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RAVNICA ALLEGIANCE BOOSTER PACKS AUG183195 WIZ

10

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: FIRE STARTERS PART 1 DEC183289 PAI

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

***

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for January 2019

$ and Marketshare Difference Between Marvel & DC are Meaningless
as DC Cuts Back More on Titles Published

It has always been kind of fun watching the rivalry between comics industry publishing giants Marvel & DC go against each other month after month with Marvel winning far more often than not over the past decade or more.

DC has been publishing fewer total items (comics + collected editions) than Marvel for a while now, in 2018 DC published fewer items than Marvel in every month, here are the numbers for the last few months of 2018:

  • Dec 2018: Marvel – 128 / DC – 90
  • Nov 2018: Marvel – 118 / DC – 107
  • Oct 2018: Marvel – 136 / DC – 117
  • Sept 2018: Marvel – 143 / DC – 101

This gap looks like it will widen even more in 2019, with speculation that DC’s “New 52” may ultimately become the “New 22”.

It’s not that hard to get more “total sales” than your competition if you are putting out significantly more product.  The “comparing totals” game is more meaningful when the two competitors are on roughly even footing and putting out a similar enough set of products for sale to make the comparison have some tangible meaning.

What this means is I’ll be looking at these monthly sales numbers in a different way moving forward in 2019.  It’s not much of a Marvel vs. DC contest when we know in advance that Marvel is going to win numerically every single time. Even the Top 10 focus on what is really capturing fan interest is rarely much of a surprise (Hint: it’s Batman, new #1 issues, and events almost every single month, with Spider-Man in the mix as well on many occasions).  That said, it is worth mentioning when something that breaks this pattern creeps into the Top 10. like an indie book breaking into the Top 10.

What I find more interesting, and what I’ll try to focus on in 2019 is seeing how the “Big 2 super-hero block” of Marvel + DC compares to “everybody else”.  Even though there are some super-heroey comics from other publishers, I think it’s fair to characterize them as the alternative to the same old super-hero comics that helped create the stereotype of comics that is still prevalent among many people who don’t actively read comics (and among some who do read them, now or in the past).

In January 2019 the “Big Two” Marvel + DC garnered a Dollar Share of 68.94% leaving a bit over 31% for everyone else.  The Big Two had even more of the units, 74.68%, pretty much 3 out of every 4 comics sold through comics shops was either Marvel or DC.

I’ll be interested in seeing this play out over 2019, focusing more on the mainstream super-hero publishers vs. the alternate choices that readers can make.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (February 22, 2019) — The battle between Batman and his malevolent counterpart from the Dark Multiverse intensifies in Scott Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #2 from DC, the best-selling comic book of January 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

DC had five titles in the top ten overall including Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Batman #62 at #6, King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #63 at #7, King and Clay Mann’s Heroes in Crisis #4 at #8, and King and Mann’s Heroes in Crisis #5 at #9. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top; Kelly Thompson and Carmen Nunez Carnero’s Captain Marvel #1 led off at #2, followed by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s Guardians of the Galaxy #1 ranked #3, Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar’s Conan the Barbarian #1 at #4, Nick Spencer and Chris Bachalo’s Amazing Spider-Man #14 at #5, and Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 at #10. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #187 was Image Comics’ top book at #30; BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1, a present day reimagining of Joss Whedon’s cult television series, was their best-selling book for January at #70; Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things #4, based on the Netflix television series, ranked #85; Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #4, the final issue of IDW Publishing’s crossover event, ranked #98; and Dynamite Entertainment’s Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #1 ranked #174.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher, leading in both the dollar share (39.24%) and unit share (41.29%) categories. DC was second, with a dollar share of 29.70% and unit share of 33.39%. Image Comics was third, with a 7.56% dollar share and a 7.77% unit share. Dark Horse Comics was fourth with a 3.95% dollar share and a 2.97% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.75% dollar share and a 3.32% unit share, then BOOM! Studios with a 2.32% dollar share and a 2.23% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.13% dollar share and a 1.83% unit share.

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The collected edition of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal from DC topped the graphic novel chart in January. Also in the top ten from DC were Dark Days: Road to Metal at #8 and Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight at #9. Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet at #2, followed by The Life of Captain Marvel at #3, Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Volume 4 at #4, Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die at #5, and Spider-Geddon: Edge of Spider-Geddon at #10. Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer Volume 3: Age of Doom Part 1 from Dark Horse Comics ranked #6. Image Comic was also in the top ten; Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Volume 1 ranked #7.

Wicked Cow Studios’ Lulu Is a Rhinoceros, a picture book for young readers about a dog who wants to be a rhinoceros by Jason Flom and Sophie Corrigan, was January’s best-selling book. Gemstone’s Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 returned to the charts at #5.

Funko’s POP! Power Rangers: Lord Drakkon Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive figure, was January’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten from Funko was the PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! DC Heroes: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure at #5. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Avengers Infinity War: Iron-Spider Action Figure at #6. Also in the top ten, DC Collectibles’ Harley Quinn: Pink White & Black Valentine by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Variant Statue ranked #10.

January’s best-selling game product, Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, a sourcebook for the Critical Role role-playing game, topped the sales charts for a second month in a row. Paizo Publishing had a strong month with six products in the top ten, led by the Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2. Also in the top ten, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja Tarot Card Set ranked #10.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.24%

41.29%

DC

29.70%

33.39%

IMAGE COMICS

7.56%

7.77%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.95%

2.97%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.32%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.32%

2.23%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.13%

1.83%

VIZ MEDIA

1.55%

0.61%

TITAN COMICS

0.80%

0.60%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.78%

0.77%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.31%

5.20%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2019 VS. DECEMBER 2018

COMICS

11.93%

13.49%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

42.79%

40.93%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.47%

15.18%

TOYS

154.01%

234.27%

JANUARY 2019 VS. JANUARY 2018

COMICS

15.32%

5.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

11.98%

2.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.33%

4.82%

TOYS

34.53%

57.58%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS
SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES
SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

102

40

0

142

DC

87

31

0

118

IMAGE COMICS

57

10

0

67

IDW PUBLISHING

39

17

0

56

DARK HORSE COMICS

27

19

0

46

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

11

0

36

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

6

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

25

0

25

TITAN COMICS

10

9

0

19

ARCHIE COMICS

13

5

0

18

OTHER NON-TOP 10

136

186

37

359

TOTAL

515

359

37

911

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2

$4.99

NOV180414-M DC

2

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

$4.99

NOV180783-M MAR

3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$4.99

NOV180771-M MAR

4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$4.99

NOV180740-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

NOV180903-M MAR

6

BATMAN #62

$3.99

NOV180402-M DC

7

BATMAN #63

$3.99

NOV180404-M DC

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #4

$3.99

NOV180457-M DC

9

HEROES IN CRISIS #5

$3.99

NOV180459-M DC

10

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV180793-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

$4.99

NOV180783-M MAR

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2

$4.99

NOV180414-M DC

3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$4.99

NOV180771-M MAR

4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$4.99

NOV180740-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

NOV180903-M MAR

6

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV180793-M MAR

7

YOUNG JUSTICE #1

$4.99

NOV180376-M DC

8

BATMAN #62

$3.99

NOV180402-M DC

9

BATMAN #63

$3.99

NOV180404-M DC

10

HEROES IN CRISIS #4

$3.99

NOV180457-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180569 DC

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP

$15.99

OCT181018-M MAR

4

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOLUME 4: FORTRESS VADER TP

$19.99

OCT181014 MAR

5

COSMIC GHOST RIDER: BABY THANOS MUST DIE TP

$15.99

NOV181028 MAR

6

BLACK HAMMER VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM PART I TP

$19.99

SEP180278 DAR

7

FARMHAND VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$12.99

OCT180065 IMA

8

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180568 DC

9

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP

$19.99

JUL180733 DC

10

SPIDER-GEDDON: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON TP

$15.99

OCT181015 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CONAN THE BARBARIAN OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

JUL181158-M MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180569 DC

4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 11 HC

$100.00

JUL181165-M MAR

5

HOUSE OF MYSTERY: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

$99.99

JUN180578 DC

6

INFINITY TP

$49.99

JUN140730 MAR

7

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 4 HC

$75.00

JUL181163-M MAR

8

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOLUME 4: FORTRESS VADER TP

$19.99

OCT181014 MAR

9

BLACK HAMMER VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM PART I TP

$19.99

SEP180278 DAR

10

SPIDER-MAN: BEN REILLY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

JUL181167 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

2

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

3

CAPTAIN MARVEL LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181804 RAN

4

A FRIEND LIKE PIKACHU: POKEMON LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181802 RAN

5

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

6

FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC

$17.99

NOV181857 LIO

7

OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 9 HC

$20.00

NOV182175 HAC

8

STAR TREK: I AM MR SPOCK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181801 RAN

9

STAR TREK: I AM CAPTAIN KIRK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181800 RAN

10

DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS: THE JOKER TP

$4.95

DEC182051 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

POP! POWER RANGERS: LORD DRAKKON VINYL FIGURE JUN188596 FUN

2

OVERWATCH: MEI FLOATING SNOWBALL REPLICA JUL189227 BLI

3

OVERWATCH: GENJI SWORD REPLICA JUL189228 BLI

4

INFINITY WAR: THANOS ARTFX+ STATUE MAR188569 KOT

5

POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGURE JUN188595 FUN

6

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON-SPIDER FIGURE JAN188710 DST

7

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK OCT178172 MEZ

8

AQUAMAN MOVIE GALLERY: AQUAMAN PVC FIGURE AUG182575 DST

9

PERSONA 5: JOKER FIGMA JUN178415 GOO

10

HARLEY QUINN: PINK WHITE BLACK VALENTINE BY LAU VARIANT STATUE JUL180806 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

2

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

3

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN POCKET EDITION NOV182880 PAI

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE INTRIGUE POCKET EDITION NOV182881 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

6

GLOOMHAVEN 2017 EDITION MAR188530 ALL

7

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

8

STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 HC AUG183177 PAI

9

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI

10

RED SONJA TAROT CARD SET JUN181151 DYN

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

***

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for December 2018

Comic Fans Love Both Batman & Marvel Comics
2018 Finishes Up in $ Sales, Down in Units Compared to 2017

Fans LOVE Batman. Batman accounted for 4 of the top 5 comics (by units shipped) and 5 of the top 10.

Fans also LOVE Marvel Comics.  Marvel came out as top Publisher yet again, beating DC by ~7% in $ and ~13% in units shipped.

Ponder on that dichotomy, and imagine a world where Batman was a Marvel comic.  How much of a runaway #1 would Marvel be on that alternate Earth?

It is also interesting to note that in the 2018 Diamond GEM Awards, awards voted on by comics retailers, the retailers skewed heavily to the DC side, naming DC Publisher of the year, as well as heavily favoring DC books over Marvel, all while Marvel consistently outsells DC month after month.

December sales were down from November 2018 in both $ and units.  December was down from December 2017 in units, but up in $, indicating the effect of rising prices.  Graphic Novels (aka collections) were down across the board.  Month over month, year over year, and for the total year.  Perhaps the people who are not reading their comics “new off the rack” in monthly installments are shifting to digital instead of buying as many collections.  There are certainly reasonably priced “all you can read” digital programs from Marvel, DC, and Comixology that may be having a significant effect on the “I don’t need to read it new” crowd.

2018 as a whole was up by a slight 0.6% in $ sales over 2017, but down ~6% in units.  Readership of printed comics/collections is slipping, but one would hope that digital is making up that scant 6% drop and readership overall when factoring in digital media is likely staying steady or even growing (hard to tell since no objective sales numbers are revealed for digital sales).

For 2018, I end up with “It could have been worse”.  Readership across all media is dropping nowadays, so the 2018 results for this small niche of reading look OK overall.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 18, 2019) — Spinning out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal, a twisted version of Batman is on the loose in Gotham City in Scott Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #1 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of December 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

In total, DC Entertainment had seven titles in the top ten, including Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Damned #2 at #2, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #8 at #3, Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #60 at #4, King and Travis Moore’s Batman #61 at #5, Tom Taylor and Otto Schmidt’s Batman Annual #3 at #9, and Johns and Dale Eaglesham’s SHAZAM! #1 at #10. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, and Cliff Rathburn’s Amazing Spider-Man #11 at #7; Dan Slott, Mike Allred, Adam Hughes, and Aaron Kuder’s Fantastic Four #5, featuring the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters, at #8, and Spencer, Ottley, and Rathburn’s Amazing Spider-Man #12 at #9. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #186 was Image Comics’ top book in December at #18; BOOM! Studios’ Firefly #2, based on Joss Whedon’s television series, was their best-selling comic at #60; Marvel Action: Avengers #1 was IDW Publishing’s top book at #86; Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Winter Special 2018 ranked #112; and Dynamite Entertainment’s John Wick #4 was their top book at #145.

Marvel Comics was the top publisher in December, with a 38.57% dollar share and 44.09% unit share. DC Entertainment was second, with a 31.51% dollar share and a 30.75% unit share. In third was Image Comics at 8.73% in dollars and 9.06% in units, followed by IDW Publishing at 4.10% in dollars and 3.55% in units, BOOM! Studios with 2.98% in dollars and 2.38% in units, Dark Horse Comics with 2.82% in dollars and 2.37% in units, and Dynamite Entertainment with 2.11% in dollars and 2.10% in units.

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Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls Volume 5 from Image Comics was December’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Batman Volume 8: Cold Days at #2. Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance Part 1 ranked #3. BOOM! Studios was also in the top ten; Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul Dragon, an original graphic novel, ranked #4. Marvel Comics also had three titles in the top ten; Star Wars Volume 9: Hope Dies was their top charting book for the month at #5.

Inspired by the long-running BBC series, BBC Books’ Doctor Who: TARDIS Type-40 Instruction Manual, a technical manual that explores the Doctor’s time and space vessel, was the best-selling book in December. Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Price Guide to Star Wars Collectibles ranked #7 for the month.

Diamond Select Toys’ Ghostbusters Series 9 Action Figures, featuring characters from the late 1980s animated television series The Real Ghostbusters, was December’s best-selling toy product and one of three products from the manufacturer in the top ten. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten, as well, led by the DC Artists Alley: The Flash by Uminga Vinyl Figure at #5. Mezco also had three products in the top ten, including the PREVIEWS Exclusive One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Dr. Strange (Defenders) Action Figure at #2.

Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, a sourcebook for the Critical Role role-playing game, was December’s best-selling game product. Paizo had a strong month, with seven products in the top ten, led by the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.57%

44.09%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.51%

30.75%

IMAGE COMICS

8.73%

9.06%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.10%

3.66%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.98%

2.38%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

2.37%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.11%

2.10%

VIZ MEDIA

1.03%

0.38%

TITAN COMICS

0.82%

0.59%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.71%

0.78%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

6.62%

3.85%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2018 VS. NOVEMBER 2018

COMICS

-3.53%

-3.58%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-17.46%

-17.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.35%

-4.55%

TOYS

-58.05%

-53.99%

DECEMBER 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017

COMICS

9.29%

-0.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-26.35%

-35.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.26%

-3.72%

TOYS

-44.01%

-47.06%

YEAR 2018 VS. YEAR 2017

COMICS

2.04%

-5.67%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.22%

-9.71%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.08%

-5.98%

TOYS

-6.39%

-6.48%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

90

38

0

128

DC COMICS

52

37

1

90

IMAGE COMICS

52

10

0

62

IDW PUBLISHING

32

10

0

42

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

16

0

40

DARK HORSE COMICS

21

11

0

32

VIZ MEDIA LLC

0

23

0

23

TITAN COMICS

8

7

2

17

DYNAMITE

13

1

0

14

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

5

2

0

7

OTHER NON-TOP 10

101

113

9

223

TOTAL

398

268

12

678

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)

$6.99

SEP180424-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

$4.99

SEP180426-M DC

4

BATMAN #60

$3.99

OCT180483-M DC

5

BATMAN #61

$3.99

OCT180485-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11

$3.99

OCT180921-M MAR

7

FANTASTIC FOUR #5

$7.99

OCT180766-M MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

OCT180925-M MAR

9

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT180487 DC

10

SHAZAM #1

$4.99

SEP180436-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)

$6.99

SEP180424-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

$4.99

SEP180426-M DC

4

FANTASTIC FOUR #5

$7.99

OCT180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #60

$3.99

OCT180483-M DC

6

BATMAN #61

$3.99

OCT180485-M DC

7

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT180487 DC

8

SHAZAM #1

$4.99

SEP180436-M DC

9

INFINITY WARS #6

$5.99

OCT180866-M MAR

10

FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1

$4.99

OCT180778-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP

$14.99

OCT180099 IMA

2

BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP

$16.99

SEP180545 DC

3

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: IMBALANCE PART ONE TP

$10.99

JUN180347 DAR

4

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN

$19.99

AUG181366 BOO

5

STAR WARS VOLUME 9: HOPE DIES TP

$19.99

SEP180996 MAR

6

THE FLASH VOLUME 8: FLASH WAR TP

$16.99

SEP180570 DC

7

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 16 GN

$9.99

OCT182065 VIZ

8

THOR VOLUME 1: GOD OF THUNDER REBORN TP

$17.99

SEP181005 MAR

9

VENOM: FIRST HOST TP

$15.99

SEP181007 MAR

10

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 8: ON THE OUTSIDE TP

$16.99

SEP180548 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP

$14.99

OCT180099 IMA

2

BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 6 HC

$125.00

MAY180571 DC

3

FANTASTIC FOUR BY WAID & WIERINGO OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

JUN180968 MAR

4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 20 HC

$75.00

JUN180962-M MAR

5

JEPH LOEB & TIM SALE: YELLOW, BLUE, GRAY & WHITE OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

JUN180964 MAR

6

BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP

$16.99

SEP180545 DC

7

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN

$19.99

AUG181366 BOO

8

MARVEL UNIVERSE BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$125.00

JUN180960 MAR

9

BEFORE WATCHMEN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

JUN180573 DC

10

WONDER WOMAN DIANA PRINCE: CELEBRATING THE 60S OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAY180594 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOCTOR WHO: TARDIS TYPE-40 INSTRUCTION MANUAL HC

$19.99

MAY188247 BBC

2

DOCTOR WHO: COMBAT MAGICKS HC

$10.99

APR188135 BBC

3

MONSTER HUNTER ILLUSTRATIONS 2 HC

$54.99

OCT182056 UDO

4

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

5

DC SUPER HEROES: SUPER HEROES SAY PLEASE BOARD BOOK

$10.99

JUL181774 DOW

6

DRAGON QUEST ILLUSTRATIONS HC (30TH ANNIVERSARY)

$34.99

OCT182063 VIZ

7

OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO STAR WARS COLLECTIBLES SC

$30.00

SEP181814 GEM

8

SWORD ART ONLINE NOVEL VOLUME 15 SC

$14.00

OCT182104 YEN

9

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580 GEM

10

FINAL FANTASY: ULTIMANIA ARCHIVE VOLUME 2 HC

$39.99

JUL180505 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 9 ACTION FIGURES JUL182490 DST

2

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL PX DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE AF AUG178702 MEZ

3

PACIFIC RIM 2 SELECT AF SERIES 3 ASST JUL182498 DST

4

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE DC CATWOMAN AF JAN189082 MEZ

5

DC ARTISTS ALLEY FLASH BY UMINGA VINYL FIG JUN180600 DC

6

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL DOCTOR STRANGE AF APR178082 MEZ

7

DC ARTISTS ALLEY BATGIRL BY MURASE VINYL FIG JUN180598 DC

8

MARVEL GALLERY ANT-MAN & THE WASP MOVIE WASP PVC FIGURE JUL182500 DST

9

X-MEN LEGENDS ARCHANGEL 6IN AF CS JUN188419 HAS

10

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS BATMAN & CATWOMAN STATUE MAY180613 DC

 TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

2

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

3

TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

4

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

5

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RPG: CORE RULEBOOK GIFT SET SEP182834 WIZ

6

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

7

PATHFINDER RPG FLIP TILES: URBAN STARTER SET OCT182919 PAI

8

MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI

9

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

10

PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT BASIC (NEW EDITION) MAR138328 PAI

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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