Diamond Reveals August 2016’s Top Sellers. DC Again on Top.

unit-shareDC Comics topped the month again in August 2016, not only in dollar share but also unit share. The publisher had nine of the top ten comics including the number one comic, Harley Quinn #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin’s

Diamond Comic Distributors topped ten million non-promotional comic books shipped during the month for the first time in nearly twenty years, with comic shops purchasing 10.26 million comic books in August.

With sales powered by the Rebirth publishing initiative, DC Entertainment was August’s top publisher with a 39.27% dollar share and a 44.59% unit share. Marvel Comics was the month’s number two publisher with a 30.78% dollar share and a 32.11% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 7.66% dollar share and a 7.78% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.92% dollar share and a 3.53% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.08% dollar share and 2.28% units share.

dollar-shareMarvel’s top-selling comic was Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Amazing Spider-Man #16, ranked #4 for August. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #157 was Image Comics’ best-selling book in July at #13. IDW Publishing’s TMNT Universe #1, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spin-off, was their top book for the month at #85. Finally, Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s Briggs Land #1, a new series about anti-government extremists in the American west in development as a television series for AMC, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book for August at #127.

DC_Logo_RGB_031816Darth Vader puts down a rebellion against the Empire’s rule in Kieron Gillen, Leinil Francis Yu, and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 3: The Shu-Torun War from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel for August. When it came to trade paperbacks and graphic novels, Marvel found more success. The publisher had four of the top ten books, DC Comics had five of the top ten, and Image had one in the top ten.

Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and some of the top writers working in fantasy and horror today explore the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft in Dark Horse Comics’ prose anthology Children of Lovecraft, the best-selling book of August. Image Comics had two titles in the top ten books as well; the ODYC Adult Coloring Book ranked #3 and The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book ranked #7.

Inspired by Warner Bros.’ film, DC Collectibles’ Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Statue was August’s best-selling toy product. In total, DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten, including the Joker and Deadshot statues that match the Harley Quinn statue. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten; the Marvel Gallery: Spider-Gwen PVC Figure ranked #3 and perennial seller the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure ranked #4..

NECA/WizKids’ Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man Booster Packs was August’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten was IDW Games; the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #7 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT39.27%44.59%
MARVEL COMICS30.78%32.11%
IMAGE COMICS7.66%7.78%
IDW PUBLISHING4.92%3.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.08%2.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.98%1.57%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.57%1.14%
TITAN COMICS1.19%1.09%
VIZ MEDIA1.14%0.41%
ONI PRESS0.83%0.55%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.58%4.94%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
AUGUST 2016 VS. JULY 2016
COMICS13.30%8.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS16.50%19.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN14.13%8.95%
AUGUST 2016 VS. AUGUST 2015
COMICS44.58%44.02%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.53%7.15%
TOTAL COMICS/GN31.62%40.77%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS2.66%0.06%
GRAPHIC NOVELS2.81%1.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.71%0.14%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS93350128
DC ENTERTAINMENT75331109
IDW PUBLISHING5331084
IMAGE COMICS5211164
DARK HORSE COMICS2616042
TITAN COMICS2010232
BOOM! STUDIOS228030
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT226028
VIZ MEDIA024024
ONI PRESS102012
OTHER NON-TOP 1014411724285

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1HARLEY QUINN #1 [*]$2.99JUN160218-MDC
2ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 [*]$4.99JUN160203-MDC
3SUICIDE SQUAD #1 [*]$2.99JUN160230-MDC
4AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16$3.99JUN160844-MMAR
5SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1 [*]$2.99JUN160228-MDC
6BATMAN #4 [*]$2.99JUN160242-MDC
7BATMAN #5 [*]$2.99JUN160244-MDC
8JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 [*]$2.99JUN160266-MDC
9HARLEY QUINN #2 [*]$2.99JUN160220-MDC
10SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1 [*]$2.99JUN160226-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 3: THE SHU TORUN WAR TP$16.99MAY160924MAR
2BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC$17.99NOV070226DC
3BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP$16.99JUN160956MAR
4SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC TP$17.99MAY160926MAR
5STAR WARS VOLUME 3: REBEL JAIL TP$19.99MAY160922MAR
6BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC$24.99APR160380DC
7SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR)$14.99MAR160684IMA
8TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC$22.99APR160323DC
9HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET$34.99APR160377DC
10HARLEY QUINN & THE SUICIDE SQUAD: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK TP$15.99MAY160307DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1CHILDREN OF LOVECRAFT TP$19.99APR160081DAR
2TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADULT COLORING BOOK$14.99MAY162065RAN
3ODYC ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)$14.99MAY160682IMA
4MARVEL: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW HC$19.99JUN162060DK
5THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 109 SC$14.95MAY162071SAN
6SENSUOUS FRAZETTA SC (MR)$24.95MAY161913VAN
7THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)$14.99FEB160615IMA
8ART OF COLORING DISNEY VILLAINS HC$15.99JUN162067HAC
9THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 46 SC$29.95APR161669-MGEM
10YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS SC$19.99JUN161954VIZ

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN STATUEJAN160369DC
2SUICIDE SQUAD: THE JOKER STATUEJAN160371DC
3MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-GWEN PVC FIGUREMAR162236DST
4MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREMAR101468DST
5POP! GODZILLA: ATOMIC BREATH GODZILLA 6-INCH FIGUREAPR162788FUN
6SUICIDE SQUAD: DEADSHOT STATUEJAN160368DC
7BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN II ACTION FIGUREFEB160276DC
8DC ICONS: THE JOKER “A DEATH IN THE FAMILY” ACTION FIGURENOV150323DC
9X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESAPR168678HAS
10DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: POWER GIRL & SUPERMAN STATUEJAN160372DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICKMAY163107NEC
2MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKSMAY163104WIZ
3MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON FAT PACKMAY163105WIZ
4FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE GAMEJUL158674BAN
54D CITYSCAPE: GAME OF THRONES: WESTEROS PUZZLEAUG1320984D
6MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
FAST FORCES 6-PACK
MAY163109NEC
7MACHI KORO CARD GAMEMAY142831IDW
8DEADPOOL BATTLE YAHTZEEJUN163093USA
9MUNCHKIN MARVEL UNIVERSE 2: MYSTIC MAYHEMMAY163102PSI
10YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS MOVIE BOOSTER PACKSMAY168708KON

 


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.