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 (email@example.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.
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 Rebirth — The Flash Volume 1: Lightning Strikes Twice ranked #3, Superman Volume 1: Son of Superman ranked #4, Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machine ranked #6, and Green Arrow Volume 1: The Life and Death of Oliver Queen ranked #9. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten — Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Kill or Be Killed Volume 1 ranked #2, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 1 ranked #5, Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls Volume 1 ranked #7, and Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday Murders Volume 1: All Hail God Mammon ranked #10. Finally, Marjorie M. Liu and Mark Brooks’ Star Wars: Han Solo from Marvel Comics ranked #8.
Lisa Yee’s DC Super Hero Girls: Batgirl at Super Hero High, a young readers novel based on DC Entertainment’s Super Hero Girls franchise published by Random House Books for Young Readers, was January’s best-selling book.
Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: Doctor Strange Movie Action Figure, recreating Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the Sorcerer Supreme, was January’s best-selling toy product. In total, Diamond Select had four products in the top ten, including the Marvel Gallery: Spider-Man PVC Figure at #5, the Marvel Select: Cable Action Figure at #7, and the Ghostbusters Select Series 4 Action Figures at #10.
4D Cityscape’s Batman: Gotham City Puzzle, a 3-dimensional puzzle of Batman’s base of operations, was January’s best-selling game product and one of the manufacturer’s four products among the top ten. IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #6 for the month, and their Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City Board Game ranked #9.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.04%||2.91%|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||0.82%||0.81%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.92%||4.65%|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|JANUARY 2017 VS. DECEMBER 2016|
|JANUARY 2017 VS. JANUARY 2016|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||27||16||0||43|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||9||3||0||12|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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|
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