Diamond Announces December 2016’s Top Products. Marvel on Top Overall, But DC Challenges in a Mixed Month

dollar-shareDiamond Comic Distributors has announced the top products and publisher shares for December 2016. DC Entertainment’s Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 from Joshua Williamson and Jason Fabok was the best-selling comic book of December 2016, according to information provided by Diamond.

Marvel Comics was December’s top publisher with a 36.73% dollar share and a 40.50% unit share. That’s a slight dip in dollar share, about 1.35% points and an increase in unit share by 0.96% points. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.47% dollar share and a 29.04% unit share. DC also saw mixed results with their dollar share increasing 3.3% points, but the unit share decreasing by 2.26% points. At number three was Image Comics with an 8.81% dollar share and a 7.70% unit share. Image saw a down month with the dollar share decreasing 0.18% points and unit share decreasing 1.36% points. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.49% dollar share and a 4.10% unit share. IDW’s month was mixed with their dollar share increasing 0.26% percentage points and the unit share decreasing 0.49% points. Dark Horse Comics rounds out the top five with a 3.17% dollar share and 2.43% units share. Both of those are down from the previous month with dollar share down 0.58% points and unit shares down 0.42% points.

The top ten saw BOOM! Studios holding steady at #6, Dynamite Entertainment leaping from #9 last month to #7 this month, Titan Comics fell to #8, Valiant enters the top ten at #9, and Viz Media fell to #10.

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.

unit-shareDC 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.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS36.73%40.50%
DC ENTERTAINMENT29.47%29.04%
IMAGE COMICS8.81%7.70%
IDW PUBLISHING5.49%4.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.17%2.43%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.40%1.64%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.99%6.97%
TITAN COMICS1.16%0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC1.10%1.20%
VIZ MEDIA1.09%0.34%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.59%5.09%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS

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 NOVELS0.07%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 NOVELS1.53%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 NOVELS1.24%2.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN0.30%1.10%
TOYS-9.74%-14.18%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS89420131
DC ENTERTAINMENT84331118
IMAGE COMICS4718166
IDW PUBLISHING4217059
BOOM! STUDIOS2612038
DARK HORSE COMICS2610036
TITAN COMICS215430
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT189027
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS112013
VIZ MEDIA013013
OTHER NON-TOP 1011413325272

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

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

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1LOVE IS LOVE SC$9.99OCT160480IDW
2BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM TP$16.99SEP160335DC
3DESCENDER VOLUME 3: SINGULARITIES TP$14.99SEP160801IMA
4WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP$29.99JUL100692MAR
5I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 2: FLUFF MY LIFE TP$14.99OCT160683-MIMA
6INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOLUME 1: REBOOT TP$17.99OCT161021MAR
7STAR WARS: POE DAMERON VOL. 1: BLACK SQUADRON TP$19.99AUG160999MAR
8DOCTOR STRANGE VOLUME 1: WAY OF WEIRD TP$19.99SEP161127MAR
9BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE HC$22.99AUG160317DC
10BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 5: TRUE ATONEMENT TP (MR)$14.99OCT160677IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOCTOR WHO: DEATH RIDERS SC$9.99JUN158023PEN
2DOCTOR WHO: SYSTEM WIPE SC$9.99JUN158025PEN
3THE PRINCESS BRIDE: A STORYBOOK TO COLOR TP$16.99SEP160611IDW
4BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ADULT COLORING BOOK$14.99AUG160020DAR
5THE POKEMON COOKBOOK HC$14.99OCT162035VIZ
6STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES ADULT COLORING BOOK$14.99AUG160018DAR
7STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION ADULT COLORING BOOK$14.99AUG160019DAR
8DOCTOR WHO: THE GOOD THE BAD & THE ALIEN SC$9.99NOV158049PEN
9THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 112 SC$14.95SEP162252SAN
10THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)$14.99FEB160615IMA

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1DC DESIGNER SERIES: HARLEY QUINN BY BRUCE TIMM STATUEMAR160333DC
2MARVEL GALLERY: THE HULK PVC FIGUREAUG162570DST
3DC TV: ARROW/THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKAPR160456DC
4DC FILMS: ARMORED BATMAN PREMIUM ACTION FIGUREMAR160323DC
5BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGUREMAR160314DC
6HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUEAPR160452DC
7BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGUREMAR160318DC
8DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES BY LEE BERMEJO: BATMAN FIGUREFEB160280DC
9DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE FLASH BY FRANCIS MANAPUL STATUEJUL160449DC
10DARKSEID AND GRAIL ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKAPR160448DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLYJUL152198DST
2MACHI KORO CARD GAMEMAY142831IDW
3MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION)FEB151158BOO
4EXPLODING KITTENS CARD GAME NSFW EDITIONOCT163224EXP
5EXPLODING KITTENS CARD GAME ORIGINAL EDITIONOCT163223EXP
6PANDEMIC: IBERIA BOARD GAMEAUG163183ZMA
7GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDSJAN120128DAR
8TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAMEAPR160482IDW
9BATMANL THE ANIMATED SERIES DICE GAMESEP163193PSI
10STAR TREK 50TH-ANNIVERSARY 3000-PIECE DIECUT JIGSAW PUZZLEJUN168685NMR