Diamond Announces Top Sales for July 2017

Marvel Continues to Dominate the Shrinking Comics Market

Marvel beat DC yet again… by ~10% on dollars and ~8% on unit share… but to do that, Marvel churned out 133 items to DC’s 108, over 20% more items.  The overall market is shrinking: The total market was down 19.31% in dollars and 25.64% in units in July 2017 compared to July 2016.  Year to date 2017 is down 8.69% in dollars and 3.41% in units compared to 2016.  Marvel is on top, but on top of a shrinking market.  And fan anticipation that I’ve seen has been lukewarm about Marvel Legacy…but we’ll have to see how sales do, since Marvel is doing their best to manipulate retailers into ordering big on  Legacy to qualify for incentive covers.  My hope is that this does not backfire on retailers who order too heavily and driver even more comic shops out of business.

Following on Marvel’s blatant attempts to manipulate sales at the retailer level (without any assurance that those sales will pass through to fans reading comics), I continue to see a decent amount of Marvel hate, balanced by DC support at numerous sites on the internet.  I’m not TRYING to hang out in DC-centric places, and it is generally the case that he vocal minority complaining or praising one publisher or the other on the internet does not necessarily correlate to sales (as evidence by Marvel continuing to be the #1 publisher despite “noisy fan preference” that would tend to indicate the opposite.

Personally, I’m reading more than twice as many Marvel books as I am DC books.  Maybe it’s the tendency to root for the underdog, or maybe it’s the power of Batman being greater than the lure of Star Wars and the X-Men.  I’m not sure.

What I do know is that in my own experience of reading comics for over 40 years, it is more foolhardy than ever to say “Publisher X is not putting out any good books”.  That means you either have a very narrow definition of what is “good” (which I guess is OK, but I feel sorry for you) OR it means you’re just not trying the right books.  I got 29 of the 133 items Marvel shipped in May, which is about 22% of what they put out.  That means I didn’t like 78% of what they put out.  Yet I still consider Marvel to be publishing “good” stuff because I (for the most part) really liked the titles I got (probably everything other than Secret Empire).  I got 16 of the 108 items DC put out, which is about 15%.  I like DC less than Marvel right now, but still enjoyed the DC titles I am getting.  IDW put out 53 items, I got only 8 of them but I still think IDW is a top-notch publisher, the things I get from them I would consider to be some of the best things in the industry.

My point here is to avoid making sweeping statements about everything a publisher puts out: “I don’t like Publisher X”… unless you have tried everything they do and disliked it all, it could be that they have some hidden gem that you’ve just never tried and could end up being your favorite item of the month or even the year!

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 11, 2017) — The mystery deepens for Batman and his allies in Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita, Jr.’s Dark Days: The Casting #1 from DC Entertainment, the prelude to their Dark Nights: Metal event and the best-selling comic book of July 2017 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher with a 36.89% dollar share and a 39.53% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in July with a 26.94% dollar share and a 31.15% unit share. In third was Image Comics with an 11.47% dollar share and a 9.73% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.83% dollar share and a 3.26% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.40% dollar share and a 2.55% unit share.

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DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten. In addition to Dark Days: The Casting #1, Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #26, the second chapter of “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” ranked #3 and King and Clay Mann’s Batman #27, the third chapter in the storyline, ranked #4. Marvel Comics had six titles in the top ten, led by Charles Soule and Jim Cheung’s Astonishing X-Men #1 at #2, followed by Nick Spencer and Leinil Francis Yu’s Secret Empire #6 at #5, Spencer and Andrea Sorrentino’s Secret Empire #7 at #6, Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #33 at #7, Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic’s Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #1 at #8, and Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli’s Spider-Men II #1 at #10. Image Comics rounded out the top ten with Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #169 at #9. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #5 was their top book at #94, while IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo One-Shot was the publisher’s top ranked book at #145.

Monstress Volume 2, the second volume in Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda’s steampunk meets kaiju series from Image Comics, was July’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had three titles total among the top ten, including Curse Words Volume 1 at #4 and Black Science Volume 6 at #9. Oni Press’ Rick and Morty Volume 1 returned to the top ten at #2 for the month. Marvel Comics’ Star Wars Volume 5: Yoda’s Secret War ranked #3. DC Comics had two titles in the top ten: The Flash Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded ranked #5 and Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ranked #7. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten as well; The Legend of Korra Volume 1: Turf Wars Part 1 ranked #6 and Serenity Volume 5: No Power in the ‘Verse ranked #10. IDW Publishing’s Batman/TMNT Adventures ranked #8 for the month.

Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47, the latest edition of the venerable comic book resource, was the best-selling book of July; the softcover edition ranked #1 for the month, the hardcover edition ranked #2, and the spiral-bound Big! Big! edition ranked #8. BOOM! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales ranked #3 for the month. Dark Horse Comics’ Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow, an art book devoted to the work of the artist behind Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, ranked #4.

A fan-favorite video game character, Princess Zelda, was brought to life by Good Smile for their Legend of Zelda: Princess Zelda Figma, the best-selling toy product of July. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten: the Superman: The Animated Series: Superman & Lois Lane Action Figure 2-Pack ranked #3, the DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman by Adam Hughes Statue ranked #4, and the Harley Quinn: Black, White, and Red Statue by Terry Dodson ranked #7. Diamond Select Toys also had three products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Gwenpool PVC Figure ranked #6, the Marvel Gallery: Classic Iron Man PVC Figure ranked #9, and the Batman 1966: Shakespeare Head Bust Bank ranked #10.

WizKids/NECA celebrated the fifteenth-anniversary of the debut of the HeroClix miniatures game with the DC HeroClix: 15th-Anniversary Elseworlds Booster Brick, the best-selling game product of July. IDW Publishing had two products in the top ten: the perennial best-selling Machi Koro Card Game at #6 and the King of Creepies Game at #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 36.89% 39.53%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.94% 31.15%
IMAGE COMICS 11.47% 9.73%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.83% 3.26%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.40% 2.55%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.32% 2.33%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.16% 2.04%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.63% 0.96%
VIZ MEDIA 1.12% 0.41%
TITAN COMICS 0.95% 0.94%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.29% 7.11%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

JULY 2017 VS. JUNE 2017

COMICS -13.55% -11.04%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.41% -18.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.56% -11.61%
TOYS -10.76% 11.81%

JULY 2017 VS. JULY 2016

COMICS -23.18% -26.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.33% -10.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -19.31% -25.64%
TOYS -18.79% -25.46%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS -7.01% -2.52%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.39% -13.18%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -8.69% -3.41%
TOYS -5.09% -9.26%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 93 40 0 133
DC ENTERTAINMENT 76 32 0 108
IMAGE COMICS 52 20 1 73
IDW PUBLISHING 41 12 0 53
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 22 0 42
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 8 0 31
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 24 3 0 27
TITAN COMICS 18 8 1 27
VIZ MEDIA 0 27 0 27
ONI PRESS INC. 8 5 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 131 133 18 282

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1 $4.99 MAY170193-M DC
2 ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 $4.99 MAY170806-M MAR
3 BATMAN #26 $2.99 MAY170211-M DC
4 BATMAN #27 $2.99 MAY170213-M DC
5 SECRET EMPIRE #6 $4.99 MAY170763-M MAR
6 SECRET EMPIRE #7 $3.99 MAY170769-M MAR
7 STAR WARS #33 $3.99 MAY170924-M MAR
8 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 $3.99 MAY170819-M MAR
9 THE WALKING DEAD #169 (MR) $2.99 MAY170730 IMA
10 SPIDER-MEN II #1 $3.99 MAY170813-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MONSTRESS VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $16.99 APR170834-M IMA
2 RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP $19.99 JUL151482-M ONI
3 STAR WARS VOLUME 5: YODA’S SECRET WAR TP $17.99 MAR171131 MAR
4 CURSE WORDS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 MAY170612-M IMA
5 THE FLASH VOLUME 3: ROGUES RELOADED TP $16.99 APR170413 DC
6 THE LEGEND OF KORRA VOL. 1: TURF WARS PT 1 TP $10.99 FEB170063 DAR
7 BATMAN/TMNT TP $16.99 APR170419 DC
8 BATMAN/TMNT ADVENTURES TP $19.99 APR170539-M IDW
9 BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 6 TP (MR) $16.99 MAY170662 IMA
10 SERENITY VOLUME 5: NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE HC $19.99 MAR170077 DAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 47 SC $29.95 APR171765-M GEM
2 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 47 HC $35.00 APR171766-M GEM
3 JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL TALES HC $16.99 MAR171409 BOO
4 LEAD POISONING: THE PENCIL ART OF GEOF DARROW HC $34.99 MAR170037 DAR
5 BE A STAR WONDER WOMAN PICTURE BOOK $15.95 MAY172129 CAP
6 BEDTIME FOR BATMAN BOARD BOOK $7.99 MAY172130 CAP
7 SPIDER MAN: NIGHT OF VULTURE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 MAY172147 RAN
8 BIG! BIG! OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL 47 $47.50 MAY171625 GEM
9 MIGHTY THOR: THUNDER STRIKE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 MAY172146 RAN
10 STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY VOL. 5: FORCE OVERSLEEPS HC $12.99 MAY172182 SCH

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS: ZELDA FIGMA AUG168805 GOO
2 DRAGONBALL SUPER: DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168377 BAN
3 SUPERMAN ANIMATED: SUPERMAN & LOIS LANE FIGURE 2-PACK JAN170424 DC
4 DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN BY ADAM HUGHES STATUE JAN170426 DC
5 MARVEL: SQUIRREL GIRL BISHOUJO STATUE DEC162884 KOT
6 MARVEL GALLERY: GWENPOOL PVC FIGURE DEC162562 DST
7 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY TERRY DODSON JAN170429 DC
8 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: WOLVERINE FIGURE DEC168151 SQU
9 MARVEL GALLERY: CLASSIC IRON MAN PVC FIGURE JAN172648 DST
10 BATMAN 1966: SHAKESPEARE HEAD BUST BANK JUN162388 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: 15TH-ANNIVERSARY ELSEWORLDS BOOSTER BRICK MAR173391 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AETHER REVOLT BOOSTER PACKS NOV162988 WIZ
3 RICK AND MORTY: ANATOMY PARK BOARD GAME MAY173183 CRY
4 D&D: ICONS OF THE REALM MINIATURE BOOSTER BRICK MAR173387 NEC
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVESTATION BOOSTER PACKS APR173295 WIZ
6 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
7 DRINKING FLUXX CARD GAME APR173273 LOO
8 DC HEROCLIX: 15TH-ANNIVERSARY ELSEWORLDS STARTER SET MAR173392 NEC
9 KING OF CREEPIES GAME APR170672 IDW
10 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 OCT168616 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 June 2017

Not a Lot of Change
Marvel #1, DC #2, Image #3

Nothing jumped out at me as a big surprise for June.  The specific numbers moved around a bit, but Marvel is still beating DC in dollars and units by a decent margin.  Indie books dropped a bit, led by Image’s drop of a % point, but that can be explained by Image shipping 71 books in June as opposed to 86 in May.  So not a cooling of fan interest, just fewer Image books to buy.

The 4 DC Books in the Top 10 are all Batman books (slots #2, 4, 5, 6), no surprise.  Marvel scored with #1 issues (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man at #1, Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 at #3, and Edge of Venomverse #1 at #7).  The Top 10 was rounded out by 2 issues of Secret Empire and Walking Dead #168.   This is very typical of what we see most months.

On the “Graphic Novel” side Image and DC both took 4 spots, with Marvel taking up the final 2.  Again, nothing particularly surprising from a publisher standpoint, though it was refreshing to see a book aimed at younger female readers (DC Super Hero Girls volume 3) taking the #2 spot.

June 2017 sales were down quite a bit compared to June 2016 (but June 2016 had 5 shipping weeks, compared to 4 this year, so that explains it).  Year-to-date 2017 comic sales are now up compared to 2016.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 14, 2017) — Peter Parker returns to being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert, and Jordie Bellaire’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of June 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 38.54% dollar share and a 42.82% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in June with a 30.61% dollar share and a 31.76% unit share. In third was Image Comics with an 8.86% dollar share and a 9.00% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.24% dollar share and a 3.18% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.46% dollar share and a 2.47% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had five titles among the top ten. In addition to Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Cam Smith’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 ranked #3; Matthew Rosenberg, Roland Boschi, and Adam Gorham’s Edge of Venomverse #1 ranked #7; Nick Spencer, Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis, and Joshua Cassara’s Secret Empire #4 ranked #8; and Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino, Ries, and Cassara’s Secret Empire #5 ranked #9.

DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr.’s Dark Days: The Forge, the prelude to DC Entertainment’s summer event Dark Nights: Metal, ranked #2; Tom King and David Finch’s Batman #24, in which Bruce Wayne proposed marriage to Selina Kyle, ranked #4; Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 ranked #5; and Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #25, the first chapter of “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” ranked #9.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #168 from Image Comics rounded out the top ten at #10. Also from the premier publishers, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #4 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book for the month at #98, and IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80 was their top book for June at #173.

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked and The Divine Volume 5: Imperial Phase Part 1 from Image Comics was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten including Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr’s Motor Crush Volume 1 at #3; Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender Volume 4 at #4; and Scott Snyder and Lemire’s A.D.: After Death at #9. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten: Shea Fontana and Yancy Labat’s DC Super Hero Girls Volume 3: Summer Olympus at #2, Teen Titans Volume 1: Damian Knows Best at #6, Harley Quinn Volume 2: The Joker Loves Harley at #7, and Nightwing Volume 2: Back to Bludhaven at #10. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles: Spider-Man/Deadpool Volume 2: Side Pieces at #5 and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Volume 1 at #8.

Sanctum Publishing’s The Shadow Double Novel Volume 118 was June’s best-selling book. Dynamite Entertainment’s Art of Atari Poster Collection ranked #2. BOOM! Studios’ An Apple and An Adventure ranked #3. IDW Publishing’s Toybox Time Machine ranked #9.

DC Collectibles’ DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, based on Bolland’s artwork from the best-selling graphic novel The Killing Joke, was June’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten for DC Collectibles were the Batman Black & White: Nightwing by Jim Lee Statue at #2 and the Supergirl TV: Supergirl Statue at #6. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Old Man Logan PVC Statue at #7 and the Marvel Gallery: Classic Iron Man PVC Statue at #10.

WizKids/NECA celebrated the 15th-anniversary of their HeroClix miniatures game with a special release, the Marvel HeroClix 15th-Anniversary What If? Booster Brick, which was June’s best-selling game product. Their Marvel HeroClix 15th-Anniversary What If? Starter Set ranked #4. IDW Games had two products in the top ten as well: the perennial selling Machi Koro Card Game ranked #3 and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 38.54% 42.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.61% 31.76%
IMAGE COMICS 8.86% 9.00%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.24% 3.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.46% 2.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.83% 1.61%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.79% 2.07%
TITAN COMICS 1.02% 0.76%
VIZ MEDIA 1.01% 0.36%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.79% 0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.84% 5.37%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

JUNE 2017 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS -0.43% -5.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -13.01% -8.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.31% -6.08%
TOYS -18.49% -38.75%

JUNE 2017 VS. JUNE 2016

COMICS -18.38% -20.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -28.04% -30.14%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -21.34% -21.06%
TOYS -20.11% -37.01%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS -3.84% 2.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.99% -13.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.77% 1.15%
TOYS -2.84% -6.29%

SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2017

COMICS 8.21% 1.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.99% 17.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.84% 2.47%
TOYS -12.46% -6.82%

SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2016

COMICS -7.68% -4.64%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -15.03% -13.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.01% -5.41%
TOYS -3.19% -11.96%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 101 39 0 140
DC ENTERTAINMENT 84 36 1 121
IMAGE COMICS 55 15 1 71
IDW PUBLISHING 51 17 0 68
DARK HORSE COMICS 22 20 0 42
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 9 0 32
TITAN COMICS 15 14 2 31
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 2 0 25
VIZ MEDIA 0 22 0 22
ONI PRESS INC. 12 6 0 18
OTHER NON-TOP 10 116 142 19 277

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 $4.99 APR170970-M MAR
2 DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1 $4.99 APR170259-M DC
3 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 APR171101-M MAR
4 BATMAN #24 $2.99 APR170279-M DC
5 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #9 $5.99 MAR170359-M DC
6 BATMAN #25 $3.99 APR170281-M DC
7 EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 $3.99 APR170962-M MAR
8 SECRET EMPIRE #4 $3.99 APR170922-M MAR
9 SECRET EMPIRE #5 $3.99 APR170928-M MAR
10 THE WALKING DEAD #168 (MR) $2.99 APR170902-M IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE I TP $16.99 APR170909 IMA
2 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS TP $9.99 MAR170353 DC
3 MOTOR CRUSH VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 MAR170820-M IMA
4 DESCENDER VOLUME 4: ORBITAL MECHANICS TP $16.99 APR170785 IMA
5 SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SIDE PIECES TP $16.99 MAR171162 MAR
6 TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST TP $16.99 MAR170410 DC
7 HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: THE JOKER LOVES HARLEY TP $16.99 MAR170404 DC
8 STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOLUME 1: APHRA TP $17.99 MAR171129 MAR
9 A.D.: AFTER DEATH HC $24.99 FEB170689-M IMA
10 NIGHTWING VOL. 2: BACK TO BLUDHAVEN TP $16.99 MAR170406 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 118 SC $14.95 MAR172353 SAN
2 ART OF ATARI POSTER COLLECTION SC $24.99 APR171557 DYN
3 APPLE AND AN ADVENTURE HC $14.99 FEB171299 BOO
4 BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC $44.99 MAR172148 UDO
5 EVIL DEAD 2 ADULT COLORING ACTIVITY BOOK TP $14.99 APR171958 SPA
6 FAMILY GUY COLORING BOOK $14.95 MAR172109 RAN
7 MANGA IN THEORY & PRACTICE HC $19.99 APR172155 VIZ
8 TOYBOX TIME MACHINE HC $29.99 FEB170491 IDW
9 5 MINUTE SPIDER-MAN STORIES HC $12.99 APR172266 HAC
10 NEIL GAIMAN’S AMERICAN GODS OFFICIAL COLORING BOOK $16.99 JAN178881 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE JOKER BY BRIAN BOLLAND STATUE JAN170427 DC
2 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: NIGHTWING BY JIM LEE DEC160417 DC
3 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168377 BAN
4 DC UNIVERSE: HARLEY QUINN ARTFX+ STATUE NOV162698 KOT
5 LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS: LINK FIGMA DX AUG168804 GOO
6 SUPERGIRL TV: SUPERGIRL STATUE OCT160339 DC
7 MARVEL GALLERY: OLD MAN LOGAN PVC FIGURE OCT160011 DST
8 FINAL FANTASY VII PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE REMAKE FIGURE NOV168102 SQU
9 X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES FEB178702 HAS
10 MARVEL GALLERY: CLASSIC IRON MAN PVC FIGURE JAN172648 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX 15TH-ANNIVERSARY WHAT IF BOOSTER BRICK MAR173399 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KALADESH BOOSTER PACKS AUG163175 WIZ
3 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX 15TH-ANNIVERSARY WHAT IF STARTER SET MAR173400 NEC
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 MONOPOLY MAY173213 USA
6 YU-GI-OH! MAXIMUM CRISIS SPECIAL EDITION APR173279 KON
7 DC DICE MASTERS: BATMAN SEP168742 NEC
8 CHEMISTRY FLUXX CARD GAME MAR173363 LOO
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
10 YU-GI-OH! PENDULUM EVOLUTION BOOSTER PACKS APR173278 KON

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 2017

Marvel/DC Hold 2/3rds of Direct Market
with DC Back in Solid 2nd Place
Marvel Fans Seem Willing to Pay $4.99 or More for Comics

Marvel fans are cracking open their wallets to pay $4.99 or $5.99 for the top comics in May.  Marvel’s top 4 sellers were Secret Empire #1 at spot #1 ($4.99), Venom #150 at spot #2 ($5.99), Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout #1 at spot #5 ($4.99), and Secret Empire #2 at spot #6 ($4.99).  DC’s top sellers were the lenticular covers to Batman #22 and Flash #22 in spots 3 & 4 for $3.99 each.  I give DC a lot of credit for not jacking up the price on these fancy covers.  What this does show is that the escalated prices don’t really impeded sales on comics that fans tend to gravitate to: events and ‘special’ issues.

Marvel was #1 publisher yet again with 38% of the dollar share and close to 40% of the unit share, shipping 99 comics and 43 collected editions.  DC is in 2nd by about 10%, taking a hair under 28% in dollar share and almost 31% of the units, shipping 82 comics and 34 collected editions.

Indie books continue to hold 1/3rd of the direct market. Though some wish this was higher it’s certainly more than it was a decade ago and these books are slowly gaining ground on the super-heroes that have dominated the comics industry for decades.

May 2017 sales were up over April 2017 and also over May 2016, though still lagging a bit on total year-to-date when compared to 2016.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 16, 2017) — The United States is dominated by Hydra, with Captain America at its head, in Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven, and Jay Leisten’s Secret Empire #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 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 38.05% dollar share and a 39.91% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in May with a 27.93% dollar share and a 30.88% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.25% dollar share and a 11.83% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.65% dollar share and a 3.78% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.05% dollar share and a 2.21% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had six titles in May’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #1, Mike Costa and Tradd Moore’s Venom #150 ranked #2; Christopher Hastings, Edgar Salazar, and Allen Martinez’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout #1 ranked #5; Nick Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino, and Rod Reis’ Secret Empire #2 ranked #6; Spencer, Sorrentino, and Reis’ Secret Empire #3 ranked 8; and Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder’s All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 ranked #9. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten: the lenticular edition of Batman #22, the third chapter of “The Button” by Tom King, Joshua Williamson, and Jason Fabok, ranked #3; the lenticular edition of The Flash #22, the final chapter of “The Button” by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, ranked #4; and King and Mitch Gerads’ Batman #23 ranked #7. Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #167 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudino, and Cliff Rathburn was the publisher’s best-selling book at #10. Among the premier publishers, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton’s Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #3 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #95, while IDW Publishing’s top-ranked book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #6, the final chapter of their crossover with DC Entertainment, at #114.

Artist Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, returned to the character with writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers in Marvel Comics’ original graphic novel, Deadpool: Bad Blood, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Also among Marvel Comics’ three graphic novels in the top ten were Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos’ Champions Volume 1: Change the World at #7 and Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel’s The Unworthy Thor at #9. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Taki Soma’s Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch at #2; Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 7 at #3; and Moonshine Volume 1 at #5. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten: Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Wonder Woman Volume 2: Year One at #4; The Flash Volume 2: The Speed of Darkness at #6; Batman: Detective Comics Volume 2: The Victim Syndicate at #8; and Gerard Way, Nick Derington, and Tom Fowler’s Doom Patrol Volume 1: Brick by Brick at #10.

Dark Horse Comics’ He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium, a guidebook to the beloved 1980s animated television series, was May’s best-selling book. Of note, Harcourt’s Neil Gaiman Coloring Book ranked #4 and Titan Books’ The Art and Making of Wonder Woman, a look behind the scenes of the blockbuster film, ranked #6.

Bandai’s Power Rangers Legacy: Dragonzord was May’s best-selling toy. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten: the Wonder Woman Movie: Wonder Woman on Horseback Deluxe Statue ranked #2, the Gotham City Garage: Wonder Woman Statue ranked #9, and the DC TV: Supergirl Action Figure ranked #10.

WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers/Defenders War Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten from WizKids/NECA was the DC HeroClix: Wonder Woman Pack at #5. IDW Publishing had two products in the top ten: the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #8 and the Escape from 100 Million BC Board Game ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 38.05% 39.91%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 27.93% 30.88%
IMAGE COMICS 10.25% 11.83%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.65% 3.78%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.05% 2.21%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.10% 1.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.72% 1.85%
TITAN COMICS 1.18% 0.99%
VIZ MEDIA 1.12% 0.39%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.89% 0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.06% 5.83%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

MAY 2017 VS. APRIL 2017

COMICS 16.49% 17.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 17.13% 19.52%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 16.69% 17.53%
TOYS 52.15% 52.94%

MAY 2017 VS. MAY 2016

COMICS 10.58% 16.74%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.54% 13.65%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 8.31% 16.49%
TOYS 40.46% 29.34%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS 0.11% 8.89%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.23% -8.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.92% 7.35%
TOYS 1.14% 1.10%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 99 43 0 142
DC ENTERTAINMENT 82 34 0 116
IMAGE COMICS 71 14 1 86
IDW PUBLISHING 59 15 0 74
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 10 0 36
TITAN COMICS 22 7 4 33
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 12 0 32
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 7 0 30
ONI PRESS INC. 6 4 0 10
VIZ MEDIA 0 9 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 119 203 28 350

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SECRET EMPIRE #1 $4.99 MAR170901-M MAR
2 VENOM #150 $5.99 MAR171008-M MAR
3 BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169207 DC
4 THE FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169210 DC
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MISSION BREAKOUT #1 $4.99 MAR171072-M MAR
6 SECRET EMPIRE #2 $4.99 MAR170910-M MAR
7 BATMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170274-M DC
8 SECRET EMPIRE #3 $3.99 MAR170915-M MAR
9 ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR170937-M MAR
10 THE WALKING DEAD #167 (MR) $2.99 MAR170791 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD OGN HC $24.99 DEC161086-M MAR
2 BITCH PLANET VOLUME 2: PRESIDENT BITCH TP (MR) $14.99 MAY160684-M IMA
3 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMA
4 WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 2: YEAR ONE TP $16.99 FEB170298 DC
5 MOONSHINE VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 FEB170696-M IMA
6 THE FLASH VOLUME 2: THE SPEED OF DARKNESS TP $14.99 FEB170294 DC
7 CHAMPIONS VOLUME 1: CHANGE THE WORLD TP $15.99 FEB170982 MAR
8 BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 2: VICTIM SYNDICATE $16.99 FEB170293 DC
9 THE UNWORTHY THOR TP $15.99 FEB170983 MAR
10 DOOM PATROL VOLUME 1: BRICK BY BRICK TP (MR) $16.99 FEB170287 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: A CHARACTER GUIDE AND WORLD COMPENDIUM HC $49.99 JAN170145 DAR
2 HARRY POTTER: TALKING SORTING HAT & STICKER BOOK $12.95 FEB172232 HAC
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 117 SC $14.95 FEB172238 SAN
4 NEIL GAIMAN COLORING BOOK $15.99 FEB172228 HAR
5 WONDER WOMAN: ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE AMAZON WARRIOR HC $24.99 APR172263 DK
6 THE ART AND MAKING OF WONDER WOMAN HC $39.95 MAR172111 RAN
7 SPECTACULAR SISTERHOOD OF SUPERWOMEN HC $24.95 MAR172334 RAN
8 THE ART AND MAKING OF ALIEN: COVENANT HC $39.95 FEB171976 RAN
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OFFICIAL PIZZA COOKBOOK HC $24.99 MAR172348 POC
10 NIGHT NIGHT GROOT PICTURE BOOK $12.99 FEB172210 HAC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 POWER RANGERS LEGACY: DRAGONZORD FEB142135 BAN
2 WONDER WOMAN MOVIE: WONDER WOMAN ON HORSEBACK DELUXE STATUE NOV160368 DC
3 FINAL FANTASY VII: VINCENT VALENTINE STATIC ARTS GALLERY AUG168855 SQU
4 DARK SOULS II DXF V1: BEARER OF THE CURSE FIGURE AUG168152 BAN
5 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: DEADPOOL FIGURE OCT168088 SQU
6 MARVEL NOW! SUPER DEADPOOL ARTFX STATUE OCT162924 KOT
7 POP! DC HEROES: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS CARRIE KELLY VINYL FIGURE OCT158905 FUN
8 POWER RANGERS LEGACY: DRAGON DAGGER FEB142136 BAN
9 GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: WONDER WOMAN STATUE DEC160416 DC
10 DCTV: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE NOV160373 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR BOOSTER BRICK JAN173249 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AMONKHET BOOSTER PACKS DEC168751 WIZ
3 PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME BEGINNER BOX NEW EDITON SEP138188 PAI
4 DC COMICS HEROCLIX: WONDER WOMAN JAN173247 NEC
5 YU-GI-OH! MAXIMUM CRISIS MAR173362 KON
6 MONOPOLY DRAGON BALL Z EDITION MAR173383 USA
7 MIRACULOUS THROWDOWN CARD GAME JUN161009 ACT
8 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
9 ESCAPE FROM 100 MILLION BC BOARD GAME AUG160552 IDW
10 AMC’S THE WALKING DEAD MONOPOLY APR173290 USA

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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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for April 2017

Event & Batman on Top…Nothing New!
X-Men Back on Top?  Will it Last?
Is Digital Behind the Drop in Print Sales?

It should be no surprise to people who follow sales numbers that the top 10 once again confirm the lemming-like tendency of comic shops to order piles of event comics (Secret Wars #0 at #1), Batman, and gimmick covers.   Putting a gimmick cover on a Batman crossover?  No big surprise that’s a top seller (Batman #21, “The Button part one”, lenticular cover at spot #2).  What is somewhat surprising to me is that the X-Men have come back to the Top 10 after a long absence with their new #1 entries X-Men Gold #1 (at spot #3) and X-Men Blue #1 (at spot #4).  The more telling question will be if X-Men can hold onto top sales positions as the new series get up to really high issue numbers (like #3 and #4).  We also had Flash #21 (lenticular cover), Batman #20, and Batman #21 (regular cover) at spots #5-7 respectively.   The regular cover of Flash #21 didn’t crack the Top 10.

Marvel was #1 publisher, but they had to pump out 93 books to DC’s 78 (20% more books) in order to beat DC by ~4% on both units & dollars, so Marvel is winning to top spot, to some extent, by flooding the market with more product.

Once again Image Comics grabs their ~10% share in both dollars and units, placing Walking Dead #166 at spot #10.  Not fully equal footing with Marvel/DCs dominant positions, but they are holding a steady and decent market share each month, just waiting for a larger portion of the comic shop fan-base to develop a taste for something outside of costumed characters walloping one another.

It is also worth noting that April 2017 comics and graphic novel sales are down, in both dollars and units when compared to both March 2017 and last year, April 2016.  How much of that is attributable to a readership shifting to digital?  There’ no way to make a precise comparison since no specific digital sales data is released to the public, but my gut feel is that a rise in digital consumption is one of the big reasons behind the drop in print sales.  I know far too many people who have made the shift, either completely or in part, to reading comics digitally for me to not acknowledge the part that is playing here.

– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (May 5, 2017) — Steve Rogers unleashes his plan for Hydra domination of the Earth in Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, and Rod Reis’ Secret Empire #0 from Marvel Comics, the first chapter of Marvel’s summer crossover event and April’s best-selling comic book 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 34.95% dollar share and a 38.23% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in April with a 30.49% dollar share and a 34.34% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.54% dollar share and a 9.86% unit share. In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 4.46% dollar share and a 3.06% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.63% dollar share and a 2.95% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had five titles in March’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #0, Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf’s X-Men Gold #1 ranked #3, Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina’s X-Men Blue #1 ranked #4, Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #30 ranked #8, and Greg Pak and Greg Land’s Weapon X #1 ranked #9.

Also dominating the sales charts was DC Entertainment’s Batman #21 lenticular and regular format issues from Tom King and Jason Fabok, the first chapter of “The Button,” a four-part storyline that unites The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive as they explore the mystery behind an iconic blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. The lenticular edition of Batman #21 ranked #2; the lenticular edition of Joshua Willingham and Howard Porter’s The Flash #21, the second chapter of “The Button,” ranked #5; King and David Finch’s Batman #20, the finale of “I Am Bane,” ranked #6; and the regular edition of King and Fabok’s Batman #21 ranked #7. The non-lenticular edition of The Flash #21 fell just outside April’s top 10 at #11.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #166 from Image Comics ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #2 ranked #66 for the publisher’s top book, and Star Trek/Green Lantern Volume 2 #5 was IDW Publishing’s top-ranked book for April at #158.

Batman leads a team into Santa Prisca to find Bane in Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman Volume 2: I Am Suicide from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel of April. In total, DC Entertainment had six titles in the top ten including Superman Volume 2: Trials of the Super Son at #4, Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.’s All-Star Batman Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy at #5, Batman Volume 10: Epilogue at #7, Justice League Volume 2: Outbreak at #8, and Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 1: Dark Trinity at #10. Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni’s original graphic novel Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea ranked #2 and was one of Dark Horse Comics’ two titles among the top ten; also in the top ten from the publisher was Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 9 at #9. Image Comics rounded out the top ten with two volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga: Saga Volume 7 ranked #3 and the Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 2 hardcover ranked #6.

Hachette’s Wonder Woman: Talking Figure and Illustrated Book Kit was April’s best-selling book. Dynamite Entertainment’s Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art ranked #2. Kodansha Comics’ Attack on Titan Adventure, a Choose Your Own Adventure-style book, ranked #5. Dark Horse Comics had two artbooks in the top ten: The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts ranked #6 and The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia ranked #7.

Medicom’s Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn MAF EX Figure, an action figure based on Margot Robbie’s performance in the Suicide Squad film, was April’s best-selling toy. DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten: the Harley Quinn: Red White and Black Statue by Jim Lee at #2, the DC Icons: Wonder Woman Action Figure at #3, the DC Comics Bombshells: Raven Statue at #4, the Harley Quinn: Red White and Black Injustice 2 Statue at #7, the DC Icons: Deathstroke Action Figure at #8, and the DC Designer Series: Starfire by Amanda Conner Statue at #9. Diamond Select Toys’ best-selling product in April was the perennial best-selling Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #13.

Wizard of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering TCG: Shadows over Innistrad Booster Packs were April’s best-selling game product. IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #5. Also of note, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (Second Edition) ranked #6 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 34.95% 38.23%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.49% 34.34%
IMAGE COMICS 10.54% 9.86%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.46% 3.06%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.63% 2.95%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.27% 1.95%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.44% 1.60%
VIZ MEDIA 1.30% 0.48%
TITAN COMICS 1.30% 1.20%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.90% 0.79%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.73% 5.55%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

APRIL 2017 VS. MARCH 2017

COMICS -9.47% -5.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.77% -6.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -9.87% -5.36%
TOYS -45.50% -39.17%

APRIL 2017 VS. APRIL 2016

COMICS -11.28% -4.66%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -17.18% -15.47%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -13.18% -5.62%
TOYS -20.01% -21.08%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS -2.53% 6.89%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.41% -14.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.74% 5.04%
TOYS -6.38% -5.57%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 93 41 0 134
DC ENTERTAINMENT 78 33 1 112
IMAGE COMICS 57 11 1 69
IDW PUBLISHING 47 15 0 62
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 21 0 41
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 12 0 38
VIZ MEDIA 0 30 0 30
TITAN COMICS 23 2 1 26
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 15 6 0 21
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 12 3 0 15
OTHER NON-TOP 10 108 112 31 251

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SECRET EMPIRE #0 $4.99 FEB170758-M MAR
2 BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON) $3.99 NOV169200 DC
3 X-MEN GOLD #1 $4.99 FEB170777-M MAR
4 X-MEN BLUE #1 $4.99 FEB170767-M MAR
5 THE FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON) $3.99 NOV169204 DC
6 BATMAN #20 $2.99 FEB170191-M DC
7 BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON) $2.99 NOV169198-M DC
8 STAR WARS #30 $3.99 FEB170955-M MAR
9 WEAPON X #1 $3.99 FEB170790-M MAR
10 THE WALKING DEAD #166 (MR) $2.99 FEB170686 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN VOLUME 2: I AM SUICIDE TP $16.99 JAN170376 DC
2 HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA HC $14.99 DEC160056 DAR
3 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMA
4 SUPERMAN VOL. 2: TRIALS OF THE SUPER SON TP $16.99 JAN170383 DC
5 ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY HC $24.99 JAN170374 DC
6 SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 2 HC (MR) $49.99 FEB170708 IMA
7 BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE TP $16.99 JAN170385 DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 2: OUTBREAK TP $16.99 JAN170380 DC
9 AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 15 TP $10.99 DEC160088 DAR
10 RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS VOL. 1: DARK TRINITY TP $16.99 JAN170381 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WONDER WOMAN TALKING FIGURE & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT $12.95 FEB172203 HAC
2 MASTERS OF SPANISH COMIC BOOK ART HC $39.99 NOV161453 DE
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 116 SC $14.95 JAN172333 SAN
4 STAR WARS BIG GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE $10.99 FEB172246 RAN
5 ATTACK ON TITAN ADVENTURE SC $10.99 DEC161774 KOT
6 LEGEND OF ZELDA: ART & ARTIFACTS HC $39.99 JUL168360 DAR
7 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
8 TOKYO GHOUL: PAST SC NOVEL $12.99 FEB172098 VIZ
9 STAR TREK: CATS HC $14.95 FEB172242 CHR
10 STAR WARS: CLASSIC STICKER BOOK SC $12.95 FEB172243 ABR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN PX MAF EX AUG162979 MED
2 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JIM LEE SEP160380 DC
3 DC ICONS: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE OCT160343 DC
4 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: RAVEN STATUE OCT160332 DC
5 POP! MARVEL: BLADE VINYL FIGURE JUL168820 FUN
6 STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 40TH-ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH FIGURES JAN178152 HAS
7 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE: INJUSTICE 2 OCT160338 DC
8 DC ICONS: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE OCT160344 DC
9 DC DESIGNER SERIES: STARFIRE BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE SEP160381 DC
10 POWER RANGERS LEGACY 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV169036 BAN

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERS FEB162979 WIZ
2 PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: BEGINNER BOX NEW EDITION SEP138188 PAI
3 MARVEL HEROCLIX: MERCS FOR MONEY FAST FORCES 6-PACK NOV162999 NEC
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY OCT168616 NEC
5 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
6 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO
7 TRIVIAL PURSUIT: STAR WARS GAME OCT168253 HAS
8 YU-GI-OH! DUELIST SAGA FEB173203 KON
9 DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD BOOSTER BRICK JUL163367 NEC
10 SUPERNATURAL TRIVIAL PURSUIT FEB173217 USA

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 2017

High Price Tags Don’t Deter Comic Shops
DC Wins Unit Share, Marvel Wins on $$ Spent

Spider-Man #25, with a hefty $9.99 price tag, was the #1 comic sold to comic shops in March.  The high price did not seem to deter orders of the book. Similarly, the #2 comic was Dark Knight III #8, with a $5.99 price.  Given comics shops (and presumably fans) willingness to pay high prices for the characters they love (Spider-Man and Batman) I don’t expect to see these pricing tactics to go away any time soon for “special” books starring the most popular characters.

Marvel and DC both shipped 92 comics in March, with Marvel shipping more “graphic novels”; 39 to DC’s 31.  Marvel took $ share handily, 35.41% to DC’s 28.75%, but DC edged Marvel in unit sales 35.46% to 34.34%.  Quantity shifted to DC, but the bottom line dollars still favor Marvel, due at least in part to DC continuing to offer comics with a $2.99 price tag that is long extinct at Marvel.

Marvel’s Top 10 is a mixed bag with Spider-Man, Iron Fist, X-Men, and Star Wars.  DC’s Top 10, as always, is dominated by Batman, Batman, Batman, Batman, and Justice League (featuring Batman)…  DC should be thankful every day to Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

Of interest, at least to me, is that Image Comics continues to plug away with an ~10% share in both dollars and units.  Taking Image along with the other indie publishers we see that about a third of the comic shop market is devoted to something other than the super-hero fare which is the bread and butter of the “Big Two”.
– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 7, 2017) — Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen kick off a new storyline with the Green Goblin in Marvel Comics’ oversized Amazing Spider-Man #25, March’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was March’s top publisher by dollars invoiced with a 35.41% dollar share and a 34.34% unit share, while DC Entertainment was the month’s top publisher by units shipped with a 28.75% dollar share and a 35.46% unit share. Image Comics topped ten percent market share in both the dollar and unit categories in March, placing third for the month with a 10.71% dollar share and a 10.02% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.68% dollar share and a 4.72% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.57% dollar share and a 1.45% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had four titles in March’s top ten. In addition to Amazing Spider-Man #25, Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins’ Iron Fist #1 ranked #5, Mark Guggenheim and Ken Lashley’s X-Men Prime #1 ranked #6, and Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #29 ranked #7. DC Entertainment lead the category with five titles in the top ten with Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8 at #2, followed by Tom King and David Finch’s Batman #18 at #3, King and Finch’s Batman #19 at #4, Scott Snyder and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s All-Star Batman #8 at #8, and Bryan Hitch and Fernando Pasarin’s Justice League #16 ranked #10. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #185 from Image Comics ranked #9. Among the premier publishers, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton’s Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1, adapting Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to comics, was Dark Horse Comics’ best-selling title in March at #36, and IDW Publishing’s Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #5, a co-production with DC Entertainment, was their best-selling title at #107.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 7 from Image Comics was March’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten from Image Comics were The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War at #2 and Deadly Class Volume 5: Carousel at #10. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Harley Quinn Volume 1: Die Laughing at #3, Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault at #4, Titans Volume 1: The Return of Wally West at #6, Deathstroke Volume 1: The Professional at #8, and Batgirl Volume 1: Beyond Burnside at #9. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles: Death of X at #5 and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Wolverine: Old Man Logan at #7.

Jeffrey Brown’s Star Wars: Darth Vader & Family Coloring Book, a coloring book from Chronicle Books based on Brown’s Darth Vader & Son series of picture books, was March’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 2 at #2, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts at #3, and The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda at #6.

DC Collectibles’ DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack, featuring the core seven characters of the Justice League in their new Rebirth costumes, was March’s best-selling toy product. Also among the top ten for DC Collectibles were the Batman Animated: Batman Expressions Pack at #4, the DC Designer Series: DC Bombshells Harley Quinn Action Figure at #5, and the DC Designer Series: Superman and Lois Lane by Gary Frank Statue at #8. Mezco had two PREVIEWS Exclusive items in the top ten: the One-12 Collective: Marvel: The Punisher Deluxe Action Figure at #3 and the One-12 Collective: DC: Reverse Flash Action Figure at #10. Diamond Select Toys’ best-selling product in March was the DC Gallery: Batman the Animated Series: Lawyer Harley PVC Figure which ranked #38 for the month.

WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick was March’s best-selling games product. IDW Publishing had three products in March’s top ten: the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #3, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #9, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past: April O’Neil Adventure Pack ranked #10.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 35.41% 34.34%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.75% 35.46%
IMAGE COMICS 10.71% 10.02%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.68% 4.72%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.48% 3.09%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.15% 1.86%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.76% 2.00%
TITAN COMICS 1.15% 1.06%
VIZ MEDIA 1.14% 0.43%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.14% 1.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.62% 5.64%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

MARCH 2017 VS. FEBRUARY 2017

COMICS 15.00% -4.72%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 15.44% 19.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 15.14% -3.13%
TOYS 34.66% 55.98%

MARCH 2017 VS. MARCH 2016

COMICS 6.02% 8.93%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -15.36% -17.47%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.68% 6.21%
TOYS -9.24% 0.51%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS 0.70% 11.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.68% -13.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.01% 8.89%
TOYS -2.52% -0.31%

FIRST QUARTER 2017 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2016

COMICS -15.15% -12.69%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.42% -16.73%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -14.06% -12.98%
TOYS -20.45% -23.92%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 92 39 0 131
DC ENTERTAINMENT 92 31 0 123
IMAGE COMICS 61 16 2 79
IDW PUBLISHING 60 19 0 79
DARK HORSE COMICS 25 14 0 39
TITAN COMICS 24 6 5 35
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 24 10 0 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 26 0 26
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 21 1 0 22
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 7 2 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 130 161 20 311

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 $9.99 JAN170988-M MAR
2 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8 $5.99 JAN170324-M DC
3 BATMAN #18 $2.99 JAN170237-M DC
4 BATMAN #19 $2.99 JAN170239-M DC
5 IRON FIST #1 $3.99 JAN170951-M MAR
6 X-MEN PRIME #1 $4.99 JAN170940 MAR
7 STAR WARS #29 $3.99 JAN171083-M MAR
8 ALL-STAR BATMAN #8 $4.99 JAN170228-M DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD #165 (MR) $2.99 JAN170772 IMA
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #16 $2.99 JAN170285-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMA
2 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 27: THE WHISPERER WAR TP $14.99 AUG168569 IMA
3 HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 1: DIE LAUGHING TP $16.99 DEC160373 DC
4 SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 1: THE BLACK VAULT TP $16.99 DEC160375 DC
5 DEATH OF X TP $17.99 DEC161096 MAR
6 TITANS VOLUME 1: THE RETURN OF WALLY WEST TP $16.99 DEC160376 DC
7 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692 MAR
8 DEATHSTROKE VOLUME 1: THE PROFESSIONAL TP $16.99 DEC160372 DC
9 BATGIRL VOLUME 1: BEYOND BURNSIDE TP $16.99 DEC160370 DC
10 DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 5: CAROUSEL TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170822 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & FAMILY COLORING BOOK $14.95 JAN172321 CHR
2 WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 2 HC $39.99 NOV160049 DAR
3 LEGEND OF ZELDA: ART & ARTIFACTS HC $39.99 JUL168360 DAR
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 115 SC $14.95 DEC162213 SAN
5 THE LEGION OF REGRETTABLE SUPERVILLAINS HC $24.95 JAN172281 RAN
6 THE ART OF MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA HC $39.99 NOV160081 DAR
7 DOCTOR WHO: T IS FOR TARDIS HC $9.99 SEP168058 PEN
8 ICHI-F: A WORKER’S GRAPHIC MEMOIR OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT SC $24.99 JAN171863 RAN
9 OTOMO: GLOBAL TRIBUTE TO THE GENIUS BEHIND AKIRA HC $29.99 OCT168151 RAN
10 BATGIRL: NEW HERO OF THE NIGHT SC $5.99 JAN172287 SCH

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC
2 POWER RANGERS LEGACY 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV169036 BAN
3 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: THE PUNISHER DELUXE ACTION FIGURE JUN168911 MEZ
4 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN EXPRESSIONS PACK SEP160384 DC
5 DC DESIGNER SERIES: BOMBSHELLS HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE OCT160334 DC
6 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: SONIC NENDOROID EZ AUG169297 GOO
7 MARVEL: LADY LOKI BISHOUJO STATUE SEP162765 KOT
8 DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERMAN & LOIS LANE BY GARY FRANK STATUE AUG160368 DC
9 DC COMICS: BATMAN & ROBIN ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACK OCT162923 KOT
10 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: REVERSE FLASH ACTION FIGURE MAY168197 MEZ

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL AND X-FORCE BOOSTER BRICK NOV162996 NEC
2 LEGEND OF ZELDA CHESS DEC163202 USA
3 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
4 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKS MAY163104 WIZ
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL AND X-FORCE FAST FORCES 6-PACK NOV162997 NEC
6 D&D: MONSTER MENAGERIE MINIATURE BOOSTER BRICK AUG169525 NEC
7 FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE HANK GAME JUL158674 BAN
8 TRIVIAL PURSUIT: STAR WARS GAME OCT168253 HAS
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
10 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST: APRIL O’NEIL ADVENTURE PACK AUG160440 IDW

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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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for February 2017

DC Takes 7 of Top 10
Ties on Unit Share, But Loses on Fan $$ Spent

Marvel held on as #1 publisher in February, but just barely.  DC pretty much tied in unit share, coming in less than 0.2% behind Marvel.  Marvel won on dollar share by ~4%, and that was shipping 140 items to DC’s 116.  It looks like DC “Holding the Line at $2.99” cost them top spot this month, and it marks a big dip for Marvel with DC taking 7 of the Top 10 with lots of Batman, Justice League and the new Super Sons #1 starring Superboy and Robin.  Marvel held only 2 Top 10 slots with Star Wars  title Darth Maul #1 taking the #1 position (with a $4.99 price tag, so that certainly helped the $ Marvel took in) as well as Star Wars #28 in position 8.  Image/Skybound’s Walking Dead continues to place in the Top 10 with issue #164 taking position 6.

On the collected edition front, DC took 4 slots, Image 3, and IDW 2, with Marvel taking only spot #10 with the $50 Civil War II hardcover, another big $ item that fans don’t seem to mind opening their wallets for.

This shows DC coming on strong, kept away from the top only by Marvel’s higher average prices points and greater quantity of items shipped.  That said, fans are not shy about spending their money on the Marvel Comics they crave.  When the DC price increase goes into effect it will be interesting to see what happens here!
– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 3, 2017) — Cullen Bunn and Luke Ross reveal the untold story of Darth Maul’s apprenticeship to Darth Sidious in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: Darth Maul #1, February’s best-selling comic book 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 with a 37.46% dollar share and a 33.64% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 30.23% dollar share and a 33.47% unit share. Image Comics placed third in February with a 9.58% dollar share and a 18.13% unit share supported by over three-quarters of a million copies of The Walking Dead #163 shipped at a cover price of twenty-five cents in honor of the publisher’s 25th-anniversary. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.83% dollar share and a 3.27% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.57% dollar share and a 1.45% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten; in addition to Star Wars: Darth Maul, Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #28 ranked #8. DC Entertainment had seven titles among the top ten: Tom King and David Finch’s Batman #16, the first chapter of “I Am Bane,” ranked #2; followed by King and Finch’s Batman #17 at #3; Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis’ Justice League of America #1 ranked #4; Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez’s Super Sons #1 ranked #5; Scott Snyder and Tula Lotay’s All-Star Batman #7 ranked #7; Orlando and Reis’ Justice League of America Rebirth #1 ranked #9; and Bryan Hitch and Daniel Henriques’ Justice League #14 ranked #10. Climbing into the top ten, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #164 from Image Comics ranked #6. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 was their top book at #94, and Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #5 was their top book at #110.

Rick Remender and Jerome Opena’s fantasy Seven to Eternity Volume 1 from Image Comics was February’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten from Image were Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung’s Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don’t Care at #4 and Outcast by Kirkman & Azceta Volume 1 at #9. IDW Publishing had two titles in the top ten — Love Is Love, the Pulse Nightclub charity anthology collection that topped the sales chart in January, ranked #2 for the month, and Rep. John Lewis’ March Book 3, the conclusion of his graphic autobiography about the Civil Rights Movement, ranked #6. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten, led by James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows’ Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen at #3, followed by Wonder Woman Volume 1: The Lies at #5, Superman: Action Comics Volume 1: Path of Doom at #7, and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Volume 1: Sinestro’s Law at #8. Rounding out the top ten, Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Civil War II from Marvel Comics ranked #10 for the month.

Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, a compendium of artwork from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda video game franchise, was February’s best-selling book and one of the publisher’s four books among the top ten. Also in the top ten for Dark Horse were the Dragon Age: Adult Coloring Book at #5, the Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Limited Edition at #7, and Vampire Hunter D Volume 25 at #10. IDW Publishing’s Vintage Romance Comic Book Covers Coloring Book ranked #8 for the month.

Bandai’s Dragon Ball Z: Master Stars Piece Manga Dimensions: Son Gohan Figure was February’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had five products in the top ten, led by the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Wonder Woman Statue at #2. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten, with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure as their top ranked product at #5.

USAopoly’s Pokémon Monopoly: Kanto Edition, a custom edition of the classic board game, was February’s best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 37.46% 33.64%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.23% 33.47%
IMAGE COMICS 9.58% 18.13%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.83% 3.27%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.57% 1.45%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.08% 1.84%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.52% 2.06%
TITAN COMICS 1.16% 0.92%
VIZ MEDIA 1.10% 0.35%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.86% 0.60%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.62% 4.27%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

FEBRUARY 2017 VS. JANUARY 2017

COMICS -4.67% 3.65%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 9.05% 3.04%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.82% 3.61%
TOYS 23.91% 3.09%

FEBRUARY 2017 VS. FEBRUARY 2016

COMICS -4.47% 17.29%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -3.30% -12.98%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.11% 14.70%
TOYS 25.46% 0.38%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS -2.06% 12.11%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -7.60% -10.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.76% 10.26%
TOYS 3.18% -0.94%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 104 36 0 140
DC ENTERTAINMENT 82 33 1 116
IMAGE COMICS 46 14 1 61
IDW PUBLISHING 36 22 0 58
TITAN COMICS 24 6 0 30
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 24 3 0 27
DARK HORSE COMICS 13 13 0 26
VIZ MEDIA 0 23 0 23
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 16 4 0 20
ONI PRESS INC. 10 5 0 15
OTHER NON-TOP 10 94 138 20 252

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #1 $4.99 DEC161069-M MAR
2 BATMAN #16 $2.99 DEC160259-M DC
3 BATMAN #17 $2.99 DEC160261-M DC
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 [*] $2.99 DEC160235-M DC
5 SUPER SONS #1 [*] $2.99 DEC160240-M DC
6 WALKING DEAD #164 (MR) $2.99 DEC160746-M IMA
7 ALL STAR BATMAN #7 $4.99 DEC160246-M DC
8 STAR WARS #28 $3.99 DEC161066-M MAR
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA REBIRTH #1 [*] $2.99 DEC160233-M DC
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #14 $2.99 DEC160297-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP VOL 01 $9.99 DEC160767-M IMA
2 LOVE IS LOVE GN $9.99 OCT160480 IDW
3 BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 01 RISE OT BATMEN (REBIRTH) $16.99 NOV160317 DC
4 SNOTGIRL TP VOL 01 GREEN HAIR DONT CARE $9.99 DEC160774 IMA
5 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 THE LIES (REBIRTH) $16.99 NOV160320 DC
6 MARCH GN BOOK 03 $19.99 JUN160408 IDW
7 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 01 PATH OF DOOM (REBIRTH) $16.99 NOV160319 DC
8 HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 01 SINESTROS LAW (REBIRTH) $17.99 NOV160318 DC
9 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 DEC160821 IMA
10 CIVIL WAR II HC $50.00 OCT160999 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA ART & ARTIFACTS HC $39.99 JUL168360 DAR
2 NEIL GAIMAN NORSE MYTHOLOGY HC $25.95 DEC162208 WW
3 SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 114 DEATH BY PROXY & LOOT OF DEATH $14.95 NOV162123 SAN
4 LEGO BATMAN MOVIE ACTIVITY BOOK WITH MINIFIGURE $8.99 NOV162102 SCH
5 DRAGON AGE ADULT COLORING BOOK SC $14.99 OCT160028 DAR
6 UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD HC $13.99 DEC162185 HAC
7 LEGEND OF ZELDA ART & ARTIFACTS HC LTD ED $79.99 OCT168812 DAR
8 VINTAGE ROMANCE COMIC BOOK COVERS COLORING BOOK TP $9.99 DEC160595 IDW
9 DOCTOR WHO GOOD BAD & ALIEN SC $9.99 NOV158049 PEN
10 VAMPIRE HUNTER D NOVEL SC VOL 25 (MR) $11.99 OCT160081 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DBZ MS PIECE MANGA DIMENSIONS SON GOHAN FIG MAY168161 BAN
2 BATMAN V SUPERMAN DOJ WONDER WOMAN STATUE NOV150319 DC
3 BATMAN ANIMATED BATMAN BEYOND AF 3 PACK JUL160450 DC
4 DC BOMBSHELLS KATANA STATUE JUL160448 DC
5 MARVEL GALLERY DR STRANGE PVC FIG JUL162621 DST
6 SUICIDE SQUAD MOVIE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE AUG160374 DC
7 MARVEL FEMALE THOR BISHOUJO STATUE AUG162818 KOT
8 BATMAN ANIMATED NBA GIRLS NIGHT OUT AF 5 PACK (RES) NOV160375 DC
9 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES PREM COLL NURSE HARLEY STAT AUG162553 DST
10 WALKING DEAD TV DARYL DIXON LTD ED STATUE MAY160736 TMP

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 POKEMON KANTO MONOPOLY DEC163203 USA
2 HARRY POTTER DECK BUILDING GAME DEC163201 USA
3 MTG TCG OATH OF THE GATEWATCH BOOSTER DIS NOV158284 WIZ
4 MTG TCG CONSPIRACY TAKE THE CROWN BOOSTER DIS JUL168216 WIZ
5 YU GI OH TCG RAGING TEMPEST BOOSTER DIS SEP168277 KON
6 TMNT DICE MASTERS HEROES IN A HALF SHELL BOX SET SEP163197 NEC
7 D&D MINIATURES SET FIVE 8CT BOOSTER BRICK JUN169191 NEC
8 CLUE STAR WARS CLUE GAME CS OCT168250 HAS
9 MARVEL HEROCLIX SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICK MAY163107 NEC
10 MTG TCG 2016 COMMANDER CASE AUG168994 WIZ

 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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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for January 2017

As Usual, Marvel #1 with DC’s Batman & Justice League Sharing Top 10
Rebirth Vol. 1 Collected Editions are Strong

Marvel took the #1 comic sales slot with U.S.Avengers #1; not surprising for a comic that had 50+ variant covers, one for each State and a few others.  Also not surprising are the two Batman comics for January (#14 and #15) right behind in slots 2 and 3.  DC owned 5 of the top 10 spots, with Marvel taking 4 and Image/Skybound’s Walking Dead holding spot #5.

On the collected edition front, there is strong interest in DC’s Rebirth with Rebirth Vol. 1 collections taking 5 of the top 10 spots, including 4 of the top 6.

Fans have gone back to their Marvel preference, with Marvel leading by ~10% in both dollar and unit share, but DC retains their strong #2 position in comic shop fans’ hearts.  “Big Two” superheroes made up almost 75% of comic  sales in January, but that 25%+ that fell outside the corporate superheroes is a really strong indicator of the diversity and health of the comics industry, with 3rd place Image Comics (a haven for creator-owned comics) commanding an almost 10% share of the dollar sales.   Sales in general were solid with January 2017 up slightly in dollars year over year from January 2016, and up over 7% in unit sales.
– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (February 17, 2017) —
Roberto da Costa and A.I.M. form a new Avengers team and battle the Secret Empire in Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, and Jesus Aburtov’s U.S.Avengers #1 from Marvel Comics, January’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher with a 37.09% dollar share and a 42.62% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 28.93% dollar share and a 31.33% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 9.82% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.25% dollar share and a 3.45% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 4.04% dollar share and a 2.91% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten. In addition to U.S.Avengers #1, Cullen Bunn and Steve McNiven’s Monsters Unleashed #1 ranked #8 and Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Cam Smith’s Amazing Spider-Man #23 ranked #9. DC Entertainment had six titles among the top ten, led by Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Batman #14 at #2, followed by King and Gerads’ Batman #15 at #3; Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne’s Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, a co-publication with BOOM! Studios, at #4; Scott Snyder and Jock’s All-Star Batman #6 at #6; Joshua Williamson, Jesus Merino, and Andy Owens’ Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3 at #7; and Tim Seeley and Christian Duce’s Justice League #12 at #10. Rounding out the top ten, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #162 ranked #5. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s top book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #3, a co-publication with DC Entertainment, at #99. Finally, Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #4, based on Joss Whedon’s film Serenity, was their top book of the month at #133.

Tom King and Jason Fabok’s Batman Volume 1: I Am Gotham from DC Entertainment, a collection of the first Batman story arc of DC Rebirth, was January’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had five titles among the top ten, all from DC RebirthThe Flash Volume 1: Lightning Strikes Twice ranked #3, Superman Volume 1: Son of Superman ranked #4, Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machine ranked #6, and Green Arrow Volume 1: The Life and Death of Oliver Queen ranked #9. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten — Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Kill or Be Killed Volume 1 ranked #2, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 1 ranked #5, Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls Volume 1 ranked #7, and Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday Murders Volume 1: All Hail God Mammon ranked #10. Finally, Marjorie M. Liu and Mark Brooks’ Star Wars: Han Solo from Marvel Comics ranked #8.

Lisa Yee’s DC Super Hero Girls: Batgirl at Super Hero High, a young readers novel based on DC Entertainment’s Super Hero Girls franchise published by Random House Books for Young Readers, was January’s best-selling book.

Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: Doctor Strange Movie Action Figure, recreating Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the Sorcerer Supreme, was January’s best-selling toy product. In total, Diamond Select had four products in the top ten, including the Marvel Gallery: Spider-Man PVC Figure at #5, the Marvel Select: Cable Action Figure at #7, and the Ghostbusters Select Series 4 Action Figures at #10.

4D Cityscape’s Batman: Gotham City Puzzle, a 3-dimensional puzzle of Batman’s base of operations, was January’s best-selling game product and one of the manufacturer’s four products among the top ten. IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #6 for the month, and their Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City Board Game ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 37.09% 42.62%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.93% 31.33%
IMAGE COMICS 9.82% 9.36%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.25% 3.45%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.04% 2.91%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.09% 1.91%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.65% 1.47%
TITAN COMICS 1.24% 1.10%
VIZ MEDIA 1.15% 0.39%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.82% 0.81%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.92% 4.65%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2017 VS. DECEMBER 2016
COMICS -7.50% -7.84%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -18.85% -28.03%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.00% -9.49%
TOYS -38.37% -39.98%
JANUARY 2017 VS. JANUARY 2016
COMICS 0.36% 7.21%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.88% -8.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.41% 6.01%
TOYS -15.43% -2.28%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 97 33 0 130
DC ENTERTAINMENT 86 26 0 112
IMAGE COMICS 44 16 0 60
IDW PUBLISHING 41 17 0 58
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 16 0 43
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 7 0 33
TITAN COMICS 24 0 4 28
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 16 6 0 22
VIZ MEDIA 0 21 0 21
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 9 3 0 12
OTHER 87 96 27 210


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 U.S.AVENGERS #1 $3.99 OCT160723-M MAR
2 BATMAN #14 $2.99 NOV160208-M DC
3 BATMAN #15 $2.99 NOV160210-M DC
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 NOV160283-M DC
5 THE WALKING DEAD #162 (MR) $2.99 NOV160652-M IMA
6 ALL-STAR BATMAN #6 $4.99 NOV160195-M DC
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #3 $3.99 NOV160163-M DC
8 MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 $4.99 NOV160745-M MAR
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 NOV160827-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 $2.99 NOV160179-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN VOLUME 1: I AM GOTHAM TP $16.99 OCT160291-M DC
2 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 NOV160670-M IMA
3 THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP $17.99 OCT160292 DC
4 SUPERMAN VOL. 1: SON OF SUPERMAN TP $16.99 OCT160297 DC
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: THE EXTINCTION MACHINE TP $16.99 OCT160295 DC
7 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 JAN160645 IMA
8 STAR WARS: HAN SOLO TP $16.99 SEP161136 MAR
9 GREEN ARROW VOL. 1: THE LIFE & DEATH OF OLIVER QUEEN TP $16.99 OCT160293 DC
10 THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS VOLUME 1: ALL HAIL GOD MAMMON TP (MR) $19.99 NOV160656-M IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: BATGIRL AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC $13.99 OCT162171 RAN
2 STAR WARS: I AM A STORMTROOPER LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 OCT162204 RAN
3 DOCTOR STRANGE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 OCT162172 RAN
4 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET TO RESCUE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 OCT162173 RAN
5 DC SUPER FRIENDS: WONDER WOMAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $9.99 OCT162170 RAN
6 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 113 SC $14.95 OCT162199 SAN
7 DC SUPER FRIENDS: COLD CAPER SC $4.99 OCT162168 RAN
8 9 MARVEL SUPER HERO TALES LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK HC $12.99 OCT162174 RAN
9 I AM JIM HENSON HC $14.99 NOV162128 PUT
10 SECRET HERO SOCIETY VOLUME 2: FORT SOLITUDE HC $12.99 OCT162175 SCH

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL SELECT: DOCTOR STRANGE MOVIE ACTION FIGURE JUN162396 DST
2 MARVEL UNIVERSE: THANOS FINE ART STATUE JUN162696 KOT
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-MAN ARTFX+ STATUE JUL162983 KOT
4 MARVEL: DEADPOOL 1/4-SCALE ACTION FIGURE MAY168389 NEC
5 MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN PVC FIGURE SEP162538 DST
6 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: WONDER WOMAN MAF EX FIGURE NOV158387 MED
7 MARVEL SELECT: CABLE ACTION FIGURE OCT142189 DST
8 POP! DC HEROES: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: SUPERMAN FIGURE JUL162707 FUN
9 DC COMICS: WONDER GIRL BISHOUJO STATUE JUL162984 KOT
10 GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT ACTION FIGURES SERIES 4 SEP162532 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 4D CITYSCAPE: BATMAN: GOTHAM CITY PUZZLE JUN168000 4D
2 4D CITYSCAPE: LORD OF THE RINGS: MIDDLE-EARTH PUZZLE JUN168003 4D
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AETHER REVOLT BOOSTER PACKS NOV162988 WIZ
4 4D CITYSCAPE: GAME OF THRONES: ESSOS PUZZLE JUN168001 4D
5 4D CITYSCAPE: THE HOBBIT: MIDDLE-EARTH PUZZLE JUN168002 4D
6 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
7 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX: SHREDDER’S RETURN SEP168871 NEC
8 RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAME AUG168447 CRY
9 MACHI KORO: BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY CARD GAME SEP160613 IDW
10 MEGA MAN BOARD GAME NOV162976 JAS

 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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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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