Diamond Announces Top Sales for January 2016

Walking Dead Beats Secret Wars for #1 Position!
Marvel Finishes With Double DC’s Dollar/Unit Share.

Walking Dead had been an atypical comic for a long time.   It seems to be a comic that has actually turned its success on TV into tangible new readers for the monthly comics and collected editions.  It has long been one of the few comics that does not follow the standard pattern of ever decreasing sales until it is restarted with a brand-new #1 issue that fans eat up and help reset the sales temporarily to a higher level before they start dropping again.  If new fans want to read the print adventures of Rick Grimes and the gang they can easily start at the beginning with the numerous collected editions in hardcover, softcover, and giant omnibus format and then continue on in monthly form if they so choose.  #150 hit it hard….spurred on by multiple variant covers…a tactic used to exhaustion by Marvel/DC, but that’s fighting fire with fire.  Coming in at #1 in a top 10 otherwise full of Star Wars, Marvel #1s, and Batman is a noteworthy achievement.

Marvel continues to dominate the battle between the “Big Two” posting double the dollar and unit share of DC.  Perhaps DC’s “Rebirth” coming this summer will revitalize interest from the fan-base that has turned away from DC in recent years, mostly sticking around for perennial fan-favorite Batman.
– Bob Bretall (bob@comicspectrum.com)

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (February 5, 2016) — Resentments boil over in Alexandria in Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Stefano Gaudino’s The Walking Dead #150 from Image Comics, the best-selling comic book of January 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 January’s top publisher with a 44.38% dollar share and a 48.17% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 22.16% dollar share and a 24.02% unit share. January’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 9.67% dollar share and a 10.99% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.11% dollar share and a 3.48% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 3.06% dollar share and a 2.51% unit share.

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Marvel Comics had eight of January’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #9, the conclusion of their universe shattering crossover series, at #2. Also in the top ten were Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness at #3, Star Wars #14 at #4, Star Wars #15 at #5, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Old Man Logan #1 at #6, Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 at #7, Darth Vader #15 at #9, and Cullen Bunn at Greg Land’s Uncanny X-Men #1 at #10. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continued their stellar “Superheavy” storyline in DC Entertainment’s Batman #48, landing at #8. Among the other premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Winter Special was their top book at #137, and Back to the Future #4 from IDW Publishing was their top book at #99. January’s top non-premier comic book was BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 at #39.

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets from Marvel Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of January and one of Marvel’s nine titles in the top ten. Rounding out the top ten, Oni Press’ Invader Zim Volume 1 ranked #9 for the month.

Random House’s Star Wars: I Am Jedi Little Golden Book was January’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten was IDW Publishing’s Worlds of Color: Welcome to Oz Adult Coloring Book at #5.

DC Collectibles’ DC Comics Icons: Harley Quinn Statue was January’s best-selling toy product and one of the three DC Collectibles products among the top ten, along with the Batman: Arkham Knight: Azrael Action Figure at #6 and the Batman: Arkham Knight: Man-Bat Figure at #10. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure, a perennial seller, placed among the top ten at #7 for the month.

Wizard of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering TCG: Oath of the Gatewatch Fat Packs were January’s best-selling games product. Diamond Select Toys also had two titles in the top ten, led by the Back to the Future Monopoly at #2. Also in the top ten was IDW Publishing with three products, led by the Machi Koro Card Game at #3.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 44.38% 48.17%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 22.16% 24.02%
IMAGE COMICS 9.67% 10.99%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.11% 3.48%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.06% 2.51%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 2.26% 0.41%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.98% 1.89%
VIZ MEDIA 1.18% 0.45%
TITAN COMICS 1.15% 1.02%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.15% 0.92%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.89% 6.14%

 NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 94 37 0 131
DC ENTERTAINMENT 77 21 0 98
IMAGE COMICS 58 11 0 69
IDW PUBLISHING 37 15 0 52
DARK HORSE COMICS 34 12 0 46
VIZ MEDIA 0 40 0 40
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 22 12 0 34
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 30 30
TITAN COMICS 14 6 3 23
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 10 5 0 15
OTHER NON-TOP 10 104 110 26 240

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2016 VS. DECEMBER 2015
COMICS -25.19% -21.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.81% -6.73%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -21.52% -20.31%
JANUARY 2016 VS. JANUARY 2015
COMICS -3.86% -4.09%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -7.77% -9.65%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.10% -4.54%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD #150 (MR) $2.99 NOV150561-M IMA
2 SECRET WARS #9 $4.99 OCT150729-M MAR
3 SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #1 $3.99 NOV150751-M MAR
4 STAR WARS #14 $3.99 OCT150945-M MAR
5 STAR WARS #15 $3.99 NOV150920-M MAR
6 OLD MAN LOGAN #1 $4.99 NOV150733-M MAR
7 STAR WARS: OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1 $3.99 NOV150910-M MAR
8 BATMAN #48 $3.99 NOV150219-M DC
9 DARTH VADER #15 $3.99 NOV150917-M MAR
10 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $3.99 OCT150769-M MAR

 


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOLUME 2: SHADOWS AND SECRETS TP $19.99 OCT150987 MAR
2 STAR WARS VOLUME 2: SHOWDOWN ON THE SMUGGLERS’ MOON TP $19.99 OCT150986 MAR
3 COLOR YOUR OWN DEADPOOL TP $9.99 NOV150950 MAR
4 DEATH OF WOLVERINE TP $19.99 JUN150829 MAR
5 STAR WARS: LANDO TP $16.99 OCT150988 MAR
6 DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS TP $15.99 OCT150977 MAR
7 INVADER ZIM VOLUME 1 TP $19.99 OCT151564 ONI
8 THOR VOLUME 1: GODDESS OF THUNDER TP $19.99 OCT150985 MAR
9 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOLUME 1: VADER TP $19.99 JUL150827 MAR
10 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM JEDI $4.99 NOV151882 RAN
2 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM DROID $4.99 NOV151881 RAN
3 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM PILOT $4.99 NOV151883 RAN
4 NARUTO: SEVENTH HOKAGE SCARLET SPRING GN $9.99 NOV151741 VIZ
5 DC SUPER FRIENDS: SUPER PETS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 NOV151862 RAN
6 WORLDS OF COLOR: WELCOME TO OZ ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $9.99 NOV150474 IDW
7 ART OF MAGIC THE GATHERING VOLUME 1: ZENDIKAR HC $39.99 NOV151737 VIZ
8 DC SUPER FRIENDS: WONDER WOMAN TO THE RESCUE SC $4.99 NOV151863 RAN
9 THE ART OF PLOOG HC $49.00 OCT151878 FPG
10 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK LIBRARY $29.94 AUG158822 RAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC COMICS ICONS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE JUL150349 DC
2 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BLACK WIDOW FIGURE JUL158279 SQU
3 MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: MEISHO BOBA FETT FIGURE JUL158082 BLU
4 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: VENOM FIGURE MAY158200 SQU
5 DC COMICS: RAVEN BISHOUJO STATUE APR158525 KOT
6 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: AZRAEL FIGURE AUG150317 DC
7 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL FIGURE MAR101468 DST
8 DC: THE NEW 52: RED HOOD ARTFX+ STATUE AUG152628 KOT
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT STATUE NOV142328 GEN
10 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: MAN-BAT FIGURE AUG150319 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: OATH OF THE GATEWATCH FAT PACK NOV158285 WZK
2 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
3 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
4 MACHI KORO CARD GAME DELUXE EDITION JUN152743 IDW
5 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST
6 RISK: STAR WARS EDITION GAME OCT158587 HAS
7 ORPHAN BLACK CARD GAME MAY152754 IDW
8 YU-GI-OH! TCG: BREAKERS OF SHADOW BOOSTER PACKS NOV158111 KON
9 SETTLERS OF CATAN NEW EDITION NOV074603 MAY
10 STAR WARS: X-WING IMPERIAL ASSAULT: CARRIER EXPANSION PACK OCT152856 FAN

 

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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