Marvel Takes First, While DC Dominates the Top Ten for Diamond in January

dollar-shareMarvel saw success with their 50 State variant cover program for U.S.Avengers #1 as it was January’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Comics and graphic novels and toys were all down compared to December 2016, but comics were up compared to January 2016. Due to comics’ improvement total comics/graphic novels for January 2017 was up compared to January 2016, though unit dollars were down.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher with a 37.09% dollar share and a 42.62% unit share. That had the publisher making slight gains in each. Dollar share was up 0.36 points and unit share was up 2.12 points. That had to come from somewhere and it looks like DC was partially it. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 28.93% dollar share and a 31.33% unit share. That’s down 0.54 points in dollar share but the company was up 2.29 points in unit share. This is the simple fact DC in January was still running their $2.99 program. At number three was Image Comics with a 9.82% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share. The publisher was 1.01 points up in dollar share and 1.66 in unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.25% dollar share (down 0.24 points) and a 3.45% unit share (down 0.65 points), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 4.04% dollar share (up 0.87 points) and a 2.91% unit share (up 0.48 points).

unit-shareMarvel Comics had three titles in the top ten. Their best performing comic was the previously mentioned U.S.Avengers #1 which was the top comic of the month. 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. DC’s co-publication with BOOM! Studios, Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne’s Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, was #4. 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 was January’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had five titles among the top ten, all from DC Rebirth. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten — Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Kill or Be Killed Volume 1 ranked #2. 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

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS37.09%42.62%
DC ENTERTAINMENT28.93%31.33%
IMAGE COMICS9.82%9.36%
IDW PUBLISHING5.25%3.45%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.04%2.91%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.09%1.91%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.65%1.47%
TITAN COMICS1.24%1.10%
VIZ MEDIA1.15%0.39%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC0.82%0.81%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.92%4.65%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
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
COMICS0.36%7.21%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-11.88%-8.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.41%6.01%
TOYS-15.43%-2.28%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS97330130
DC ENTERTAINMENT86260112
IMAGE COMICS4416060
IDW PUBLISHING4117058
DARK HORSE COMICS2716043
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT267033
TITAN COMICS240428
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT166022
VIZ MEDIA021021
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC93012
OTHER879627210

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1U.S.AVENGERS #1$3.99OCT160723-MMAR
2BATMAN #14$2.99NOV160208-MDC
3BATMAN #15$2.99NOV160210-MDC
4JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS #1$3.99NOV160283-MDC
5THE WALKING DEAD #162 (MR)$2.99NOV160652-MIMA
6ALL-STAR BATMAN #6$4.99NOV160195-MDC
7JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #3$3.99NOV160163-MDC
8MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1$4.99NOV160745-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23$3.99NOV160827-MMAR
10JUSTICE LEAGUE #12$2.99NOV160179-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN VOLUME 1: I AM GOTHAM TP$16.99OCT160291-MDC
2KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99NOV160670-MIMA
3THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP$17.99OCT160292DC
4SUPERMAN VOL. 1: SON OF SUPERMAN TP$16.99OCT160297DC
5SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMA
6JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1: THE EXTINCTION MACHINE TP$16.99OCT160295DC
7PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP$9.99JAN160645IMA
8STAR WARS: HAN SOLO TP$16.99SEP161136MAR
9GREEN ARROW VOL. 1: THE LIFE & DEATH OF OLIVER QUEEN TP$16.99OCT160293DC
10THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS VOLUME 1: ALL HAIL GOD MAMMON TP (MR)$19.99NOV160656-MIMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: BATGIRL AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC$13.99OCT162171RAN
2STAR WARS: I AM A STORMTROOPER LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99OCT162204RAN
3DOCTOR STRANGE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99OCT162172RAN
4GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET TO RESCUE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99OCT162173RAN
5DC SUPER FRIENDS: WONDER WOMAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$9.99OCT162170RAN
6THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 113 SC$14.95OCT162199SAN
7DC SUPER FRIENDS: COLD CAPER SC$4.99OCT162168RAN
89 MARVEL SUPER HERO TALES LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK HC$12.99OCT162174RAN
9I AM JIM HENSON HC$14.99NOV162128PUT
10SECRET HERO SOCIETY VOLUME 2: FORT SOLITUDE HC$12.99OCT162175SCH

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MARVEL SELECT: DOCTOR STRANGE MOVIE ACTION FIGUREJUN162396DST
2MARVEL UNIVERSE: THANOS FINE ART STATUEJUN162696KOT
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-MAN ARTFX+ STATUEJUL162983KOT
4MARVEL: DEADPOOL 1/4-SCALE ACTION FIGUREMAY168389NEC
5MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN PVC FIGURESEP162538DST
6BATMAN V SUPERMAN: WONDER WOMAN MAF EX FIGURENOV158387MED
7MARVEL SELECT: CABLE ACTION FIGUREOCT142189DST
8POP! DC HEROES: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: SUPERMAN FIGUREJUL162707FUN
9DC COMICS: WONDER GIRL BISHOUJO STATUEJUL162984KOT
10GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT ACTION FIGURES SERIES 4SEP162532DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
14D CITYSCAPE: BATMAN: GOTHAM CITY PUZZLEJUN1680004D
24D CITYSCAPE: LORD OF THE RINGS: MIDDLE-EARTH PUZZLEJUN1680034D
3MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AETHER REVOLT BOOSTER PACKSNOV162988WIZ
44D CITYSCAPE: GAME OF THRONES: ESSOS PUZZLEJUN1680014D
54D CITYSCAPE: THE HOBBIT: MIDDLE-EARTH PUZZLEJUN1680024D
6TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAMEAPR160482IDW
7TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX: SHREDDER’S RETURNSEP168871NEC
8RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAMEAUG168447CRY
9MACHI KORO: BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY CARD GAMESEP160613IDW
10MEGA MAN BOARD GAMENOV162976JAS