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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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 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.

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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

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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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Diamond Announces Top Sales for December 2016

DC Places 5 Titles in Top 10 but Marvel Wins for 3rd Month
Year-Over-Year for December is Down, 2016 Finishes Up Slightly

The “Rebirth Bump” is officially over.  For a 3rd straight month DC has failed to regain the #1 position it held briefly during the several months when they staggered out the Rebitrth #1 issues and comics buyers have gone back to the “steady state” that has existed for years with Marvel on top in dollar sales and units by a decent margin.  DC had the #1 comic (Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1) and 4 more Batman books placing in the Top 10, because the comic shop constant other than Marvel on Top in overall sales is that fans love buying Batman comics.

As for overall sales: December 2016 was down 9.69% in dollar sales compared to November…and down 14.84% compared to December 2015.  That said, exceptionally strong sales for the DC Rebirth relaunch, though they didn’t sustain at the high levels, were enough to keep 2016 as a year a slight 0.3% above 2015 in overall sales.

Gimmicks and relaunches continue to pump up sales compared to the issues on either side of them, but seem to be diminishing in their “bump power” each year.  The variant cover craze for driving sales seems to have gone away.  There are so many variant and chase covers that they are totally commonplace and the burned out readers seem to have mostly fallen into a mode of buying whatever cover they like best or that is readily available as opposed to upping their orders and buying copies of each cover en masse.  Similarly, while #1 issue continue to bump sales, the sales bumps seem to also be diminishing as the renumbering becomes more and more common.   Comic fans like things that feel really special.  When there’s a variant for every issue and a new #1 every 6 months, they fail to feel all that special any more.   That said, I expect Marvel & DC to continue to beat the “new #1” drum until the trend has well and truly been driven into the ground.

I look forward to the day that may or may not come when the Big Two worry more about telling good stories and worry less about creating the APPEARANCE that something is special.  When sales drop like a rock by issue 3 or 4 we can see that readers are not sticking around because they are held captive by an entertaining story and really do want to “see what happens next”.  That is the lifeblood of serialized comics.
– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 12, 2017) — The Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad and is determined to bring them to justice in DC Entertainment’s Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 from Joshua Williamson and Jason Fabok, the first crossover event of DC Rebirth and the best-selling comic book of December 2016, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was December’s top publisher with a 36.73% dollar share and a 40.50% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.47% dollar share and a 29.04% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with an 8.81% dollar share and a 7.70% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.49% dollar share and a 4.10% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.17% dollar share and 2.43% units share.

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Comic and graphic novel sales in December, a four shipping week month, declined by 9.69% from November, a five shipping week month, as well as by 14.84% from December 2015, also a five shipping week month.  Despite the decline, comics and graphic novel sales on the year finished up 0.30% over 2015.

DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten. In addition to Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7 ranked #3; Tom King, Mikel Janin, and Hugo Petrus’ Batman #12 ranked #4; King and Janin’s Batman #13 ranked #5, and Scott Snyder, John Romita, Jr., and Danny Miki’s All-Star Batman #5 ranked #10. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten: Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, and Leinil Francis Yu’s Inhumans vs. X-Men #1 ranked #2; Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Civil War II #8, the final chapter of Marvel’s 2016 event, ranked #6; Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #26 ranked #7; Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker, and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1, a new ongoing series spinning out of Star Wars: Darth Vader, ranked #8; and Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon’s Hulk #1, a new series starring Jennifer Walters, ranked #9. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #161 was Image Comics’ top book in December at #11. IDW Publishing’s top book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #2 at #65. Finally, Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #3, based on Joss Whedon’s film Serenity, was their top book of the month at #112.

IDW Publishing’s Love is Love anthology, a tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, produced with the assistance of DC Entertainment and featuring dozens of writers and artists, was December’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman Volume 9: Bloom at #2 for the month. Image Comics’ three titles in the top ten were led by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender Volume 3: Singularities at #3. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with four titles topped by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Wolverine: Old Man Logan at #4.

Penguin Books’ Doctor Who: The Death Riders, a Doctor Who novel starring the eleventh Doctor for young readers, was December’s best-selling book and one of three Doctor Who novels from the publisher among the top ten. IDW Publishing’s The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color, an adult coloring book based on the beloved film, ranked #3 for the month. Dark Horse Comics had three adult coloring books among the top ten, led by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book at #4. Also in the top ten, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book ranked #10 for the month.

DC Collectibles’ DC Designer Series: Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm Statue was December’s best-selling toy product and one of their nine products among the top ten. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: The Hulk PVC Figure ranked #2 for the month.

Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly, a custom edition of the venerable board game, returned to the top of the sales charts as December’s best-selling game product. IDW Publishing had two products in the top ten, led by the Machi Koro Card Game at #2. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Game of Thrones Playing Cards, a decorative deck based on the hit HBO series, ranked #7 for the month.

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MARVEL COMICS 36.73% 40.50%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.47% 29.04%
IMAGE COMICS 8.81% 7.70%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.49% 4.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.17% 2.43%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.40% 1.64%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.99% 6.97%
TITAN COMICS 1.16% 0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.10% 1.20%
VIZ MEDIA 1.09% 0.34%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.59% 5.09%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

DECEMBER 2016 VS. NOVEMBER 2016

COMICS -9.01% -1.79%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.19% 1.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -9.69% -1.56%
TOYS -12.28% -11.75%

DECEMBER 2016 VS. DECEMBER 2015

COMICS -18.84% -8.39%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -4.24% 18.44%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -14.84% -6.66%
TOYS -36.78% -46.07%

FOURTH QUARTER 2016 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2016

COMICS -7.42% -5.96%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.07% 1.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.36% -5.42%
TOYS -1.80% -11.85%

FOURTH QUARTER 2016 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2015

COMICS -8.92% -0.53%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.53% 12.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.11% 0.30%
TOYS -22.29% -30.42%

YEAR 2016 VS. YEAR 2015

COMICS -0.11% 1.02%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.24% 2.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.30% 1.10%
TOYS -9.74% -14.18%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 89 42 0 131
DC ENTERTAINMENT 84 33 1 118
IMAGE COMICS 47 18 1 66
IDW PUBLISHING 42 17 0 59
BOOM! STUDIOS 26 12 0 38
DARK HORSE COMICS 26 10 0 36
TITAN COMICS 21 5 4 30
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 18 9 0 27
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 11 2 0 13
VIZ MEDIA 0 13 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 114 133 25 272

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1 $3.99 OCT160147-M DC
2 INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1 $5.99 SEP160868-M MAR
3 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #7 $5.99 OCT160259-M DC
4 BATMAN #12 $2.99 OCT160173-M DC
5 BATMAN #13 $2.99 OCT160175-M DC
6 CIVIL WAR II #8 $4.99 SEP161000-M MAR
7 STAR WARS #26 $3.99 OCT160988-M MAR
8 STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 $4.99 OCT160975-M MAR
9 HULK #1 $3.99 OCT160788-M MAR
10 ALL-STAR BATMAN #5 $4.99 OCT160160-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LOVE IS LOVE SC $9.99 OCT160480 IDW
2 BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM TP $16.99 SEP160335 DC
3 DESCENDER VOLUME 3: SINGULARITIES TP $14.99 SEP160801 IMA
4 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692 MAR
5 I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 2: FLUFF MY LIFE TP $14.99 OCT160683-M IMA
6 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOLUME 1: REBOOT TP $17.99 OCT161021 MAR
7 STAR WARS: POE DAMERON VOL. 1: BLACK SQUADRON TP $19.99 AUG160999 MAR
8 DOCTOR STRANGE VOLUME 1: WAY OF WEIRD TP $19.99 SEP161127 MAR
9 BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE HC $22.99 AUG160317 DC
10 BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 5: TRUE ATONEMENT TP (MR) $14.99 OCT160677 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOCTOR WHO: DEATH RIDERS SC $9.99 JUN158023 PEN
2 DOCTOR WHO: SYSTEM WIPE SC $9.99 JUN158025 PEN
3 THE PRINCESS BRIDE: A STORYBOOK TO COLOR TP $16.99 SEP160611 IDW
4 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 AUG160020 DAR
5 THE POKEMON COOKBOOK HC $14.99 OCT162035 VIZ
6 STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 AUG160018 DAR
7 STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 AUG160019 DAR
8 DOCTOR WHO: THE GOOD THE BAD & THE ALIEN SC $9.99 NOV158049 PEN
9 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 112 SC $14.95 SEP162252 SAN
10 THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR) $14.99 FEB160615 IMA

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC DESIGNER SERIES: HARLEY QUINN BY BRUCE TIMM STATUE MAR160333 DC
2 MARVEL GALLERY: THE HULK PVC FIGURE AUG162570 DST
3 DC TV: ARROW/THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK APR160456 DC
4 DC FILMS: ARMORED BATMAN PREMIUM ACTION FIGURE MAR160323 DC
5 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE MAR160314 DC
6 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE APR160452 DC
7 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE MAR160318 DC
8 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES BY LEE BERMEJO: BATMAN FIGURE FEB160280 DC
9 DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE FLASH BY FRANCIS MANAPUL STATUE JUL160449 DC
10 DARKSEID AND GRAIL ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK APR160448 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
2 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
3 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO
4 EXPLODING KITTENS CARD GAME NSFW EDITION OCT163224 EXP
5 EXPLODING KITTENS CARD GAME ORIGINAL EDITION OCT163223 EXP
6 PANDEMIC: IBERIA BOARD GAME AUG163183 ZMA
7 GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDS JAN120128 DAR
8 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
9 BATMANL THE ANIMATED SERIES DICE GAME SEP163193 PSI
10 STAR TREK 50TH-ANNIVERSARY 3000-PIECE DIECUT JIGSAW PUZZLE JUN168685 NMR

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Diamond Announces Top Sales for November 2016

Marvel Holds Top Spot for 2nd Month
Comic Sales Down & Collected Edition Sales Up
For Year to Year Comparison of Nov 2015 to Nov 2016

Though comic fans continue their love affair with Batman (issues #10 and #11 were the top 2 comics of the month, with 2 other Batman books, All-Star Batman #4 and Batman Annual #1, in the Top 10), Marvel seems to have regained their hold on the top Publisher spot after DC’s few months on top riding the wave of Rebirth #1s.  Marvel beat DC by ~12% in dollars and ~8% in units sold.  Walking Dead, despite the griping of a vocal subset online, continues to sell well and is once again in the Top 10 at spot #9.

Marvel’s 5 Top 10 books were riding their own wave of fan manipulation with events and first issues: Civil War II #7, Invincible Iron Man #1 (with Riri Williams in the armor), Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (an alternate timeline Spider-Man story), Venom #1, and IvX #0 (an Inhumans vs. X-Men mini-event).

DC was #1 when they were pumping out #1s, now Marvel is pushing their own set of #1s.  Is Marvel back on top where they had been for years because fans were moving back to a Marvel preference or are fans simply chasing the latest crop of bright shiny #1 issues?  Are we moving to an era of comics where every few months will see #1 issues to try to capture the attention of comic shops and fans?  If so, will this get old and blow up in the Publisher’s faces at some point?  Comic sales are down year over year, down 12.71% in $ and down 6.09% in units compared to November 2015.  Is this an indication that readers are tiring of the #1s all the time trend?  Time will tell.  Collected edition sales are up by over 20% from last November, fans seem to be shifting their focus to collected story arcs.

It will be interesting to watch these trends over the next few months.
– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 9, 2016) — Batman leads his team into Santa Prisca Prison to confront Bane in Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #10 from DC Entertainment, November’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 November’s top publisher with a 38.08% dollar share and a 39.46% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 26.17% dollar share and a 31.30% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with an 8.99% dollar share and a 9.06% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.23% dollar share and a 4.59% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.65% dollar share and 2.85% units share.

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Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten unit rankings including Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Civil War II #7 at #3; Bendis and Stefano Caselli’s Invincible Iron Man #1 at #5; Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 at #6; Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval’s Venom #1 at #8; and Inhumans Vs. X-Men #0 at #10. DC Entertainment had four titles among the top ten; in addition to the top-selling Batman #10, Batman #11 ranked #2, Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.’s All-Star Batman #4 ranked #4, and Batman Annual #1 ranked #7. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #160 from Image Comics rounded out the top ten at #9. From the premier publishers, Batman/TMNT Adventures #1 was IDW Publishing’s top book at #14 for the month, and Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #2 was their best-selling book at #113.

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls Volume 2 from Image Comics was November’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had six titles in the top ten led by Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Volume 1, a collection of the fan-favorite series of variant covers with an introduction by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Black Panther), at #2. DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten with Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat’s DC Super Hero Girls Volume 2: Hits and Myths as their top-selling book at #3.

Some of comics’ top artists come together to celebrate the 30th-anniversary of Labyrinth in BOOM! Studios’ Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Artist Tribute, November’s best-selling book and one of the publisher’s two titles among the top ten. IDW Publishing also had two titles in the top ten — John Byrne’s Stowaway to the Stars Graphic Album to Color at #3 and Tales from the Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill at #4. Image Comics’ Chew Adult Coloring Book ranked #7 for the month.

DC Collectibles’ Batman Animated Series: Batwing Vehicle, a vehicle based on Batman: The Animated Series in scale with DC Collectibles’ line of action figures, was November’s best-selling toy figure and one of the manufacturer’s five products in the top ten. Also among the top ten for DC Collectibles were the Gotham City Garage: Harley Quinn Deluxe Statue at #4, the DC Icons: Batgirl of Burnside Deluxe Action Figure at #5, the Harley Quinn: Red, Black, and White Holiday Statue at #6, and the Batman Animated Series: New Batman Adventures Joker Action Figure at #7. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Deadpool PVC Figure at #2 and the Marvel Premier Collection: Spider-Gwen Statue at #9. Also in the top ten, Skybound Productions’ Saga: Alan & Marko Action Figure 2-Pack ranked #10.

WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: The Joker’s Wild Booster Brick was November’s best-selling game product. IDW Publishing had two products among the top ten — the TMNT: Shadows of the Past Board Game at #2 and The Game Card Game at #9. Also, Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly returned to the top ten at #6.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 38.08% 39.46%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.17% 31.30%
IMAGE COMICS 8.99% 9.06%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.23% 4.59%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.65% 2.85%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.98% 1.66%
TITAN COMICS 1.61% 1.30%
VIZ MEDIA 1.52% 0.56%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.40% 1.23%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 1.01% 1.06%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 10.38% 6.92%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

NOVEMBER 2016 VS. OCTOBER 2016

COMICS -10.33% -13.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 19.48% 18.91%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.72% -11.35%
TOYS 28.48% 53.60%

NOVEMBER 2016 VS. NOVEMBER 2015

COMICS -12.71% -6.09%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 21.56% 25.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.25% -4.15%
TOYS -9.53% -12.99%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS 1.85% 1.97%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.74% 0.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 1.82% 1.87%
TOYS -5.60% -8.56%

 NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 88 44 0 132
DC ENTERTAINMENT 84 35 0 119
IDW PUBLISHING 46 25 0 71
IMAGE COMICS 50 9 1 60
DARK HORSE COMICS 28 26 0 54
VIZ MEDIA 0 45 0 45
TITAN COMICS 23 18 2 43
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 8 0 31
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 25 5 0 30
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 15 4 0 19
OTHER NON-TOP 10 136 217 30 383

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #10 $2.99 SEP160227-M DC
2 BATMAN #11 $2.99 SEP160229-M DC
3 CIVIL WAR II #7 $4.99 AUG160866-M MAR
4 ALL STAR BATMAN #4 $4.99 SEP160214-M DC
5 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 $3.99 SEP160893-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 $4.99 SEP160946-M MAR
7 BATMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 SEP160231 DC
8 VENOM #1 $3.99 SEP160951-M MAR
9 THE WALKING DEAD #160 (MR) $2.99 SEP160763-M IMA
10 IVX #0 $4.99 SEP160882-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 2 TP $12.99 SEP160815 IMA
2 MARVEL: THE HIP-HOP COVERS VOLUME 1 HC $34.99 MAR160927 MAR
3 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 2: HITS AND MYTHS TP $9.99 AUG160270 DC
4 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 4: END OF GAMES TP $19.99 JUL161076 MAR
5 UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL VOL. 1: BELIEVE IT TP $16.99 AUG161009 MAR
6 SANDMAN OVERTURE TP (MR) $19.99 AUG160359 DC
7 DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION HC $17.99 AUG160316 DC
8 VISION VOL. 2: LITTLE BETTER THAN BEAST TP $17.99 SEP161139 MAR
9 MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 1: LUNATIC TP $15.99 SEP161128 MAR
10 DEADPOOL V. GAMBIT: V IS FOR VS TP $16.99 AUG161011 MAR

 TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH ARTIST TRIBUTE HC $24.99 AUG161305 BOO
2 MOUSE GUARD COLORING BOOK $14.99 JUN161233 BOO
3 JOHN BYRNE’S STOWAWAY TO THE STARS GRAPHIC ALBUM TO COLOR TP $12.99 SEP160610 IDW
4 TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE SCRIPTS BY JOE HILL HC $17.99 AUG160478 IDW
5 DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELVE DOCTORS OF CHRISTMAS HC $14.99 JUN168322 PEN
6 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 111 SC $14.95 AUG162275 SAN
7 CHEW ADULT COLORING BOOK TP (MR) $14.99 SEP160767 IMA
8 SPECTRUM ART BOOK 23 SC $35.00 SEP162204 PUB
9 DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN COLORING BOOK SC $14.99 AUG162253 POC
10 THE SHADOW NOVEL ANNUAL VOLUME 2 SC $19.95 JUL162277 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: BATWING VEHICLE APR160436 DC
2 MARVEL GALLERY: DEADPOOL PVC FIGURE JUN162394 DST
3 DC COMICS: HARLEY QUINN “NEW 52” BISHOUJO STATUE APR162878 KOT
4 GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: HARLEY QUINN DELUXE STATUE AUG150301 DC
5 DC ICONS: BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE MAY160364 DC
6 HARLEY QUINN: RED, BLACK & WHITE HOLIDAY STATUE MAY160361 DC
7 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE MAR160321 DC
8 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER “EPISODE IV” ARTFX+ STATUE MAY162719 KOT
9 MARVEL PREMIER COLLECTION: SPIDER-GWEN STATUE APR162612 DST
10 SAGA: ALANA & MARKO ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK SEP160830 SKY

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD BOOSTER BRICK JUL163367 NEC
2 TMNT: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
3 JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH BOARD GAME JUN163091 RIV
4 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: DEADPOOL AUG163179 NEC
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: CONSPIRACY: TAKE THE CROWN BOOSTER PACKS JUL168216 WIZ
6 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
7 PANDEMIC: REIGN OF CTHULHU EDITION BOARD GAME JUN163096 ZMA
8 DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD FAST FORCES 6-PACK JUL163368 NEC
9 THE GAME CARD GAME SEP152625 IDW
10 THE WALKING DEAD TRIVIAL PURSUIT JUL163366 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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