Diamond Comic Distributors Announces July 2017 Orders. Comics Down.
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the top-selling comics and products in July 2017. Comics were down 13.55% in dollar share and 11.04% in unit share while graphic novels are down 6.41% in dollar share and 18.21% in unit share compared to June 2017. Compared to July 2016 comics are down 23.18% in dollar share and 26.60% unit share. Graphic novels are down 8.33% in dollar share and 10.96% in unit share compared to the same time last year.
But, July 2016 was the beginning of DC Comics’ Rebirth and in the middle of Marvel’s Civil War II. So, without major events to compare, things were of course going to be lowered.
Both Marvel and DC lost ground in dollars and units percentage for the month. Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher with a 36.89% dollar share (down 1.65) and a 39.53% unit share (down 3.29). DC Entertainment was second in July with a 26.94% dollar share (down 3.67) and a 31.15% unit share (down 0.61). In third was Image Comics with an 11.47% dollar share (up 2.61) and a 9.73% unit share (up 0.73). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.83% dollar share (down 0.41) and a 3.26% unit share (up 0.08), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.40% dollar share (down 0.06) and a 2.55% unit share (up 0.08).
DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten with Dark Days: The Casting #1 being the top comic for the month. Marvel Comics had six titles in the top ten, led by Astonishing X-Men #1 at #2. Image Comics rounded out the top ten with The Walking Dead #169 at #9. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #5 was their top book at #94, while IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo One-Shot was the publisher’s top ranked book at #145.
Monstress Volume 2 from Image Comics, was July’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had three titles total among the top ten. Oni Press’ Rick and Morty Volume 1 returned to the top ten at #2 for the month. Marvel Comics’ Star Wars Volume 5: Yoda’s Secret War ranked #3. DC Comics had two titles in the top ten: The Flash Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded ranked #5 and Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ranked #7. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten as well; The Legend of Korra Volume 1: Turf Wars Part 1 ranked #6 and Serenity Volume 5: No Power in the ‘Verse ranked #10. IDW Publishing’s Batman/TMNT Adventures ranked #8 for the month.
Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47, the latest edition of the venerable comic book resource, was the best-selling book of July; the softcover edition ranked #1 for the month, the hardcover edition ranked #2, and the spiral-bound Big! Big! edition ranked #8. BOOM! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales ranked #3 for the month. Dark Horse Comics’ Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow, an art book devoted to the work of the artist behind Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, ranked #4.
A fan-favorite video game character, Princess Zelda, was brought to life by Good Smile for their Legend of Zelda: Princess Zelda Figma, the best-selling toy product of July. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten: the Superman: The Animated Series: Superman & Lois Lane Action Figure 2-Pack ranked #3, the DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman by Adam Hughes Statue ranked #4, and the Harley Quinn: Black, White, and Red Statue by Terry Dodson ranked #7. Diamond Select Toys also had three products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Gwenpool PVC Figure ranked #6, the Marvel Gallery: Classic Iron Man PVC Figure ranked #9, and the Batman 1966: Shakespeare Head Bust Bank ranked #10.
WizKids/NECA celebrated the fifteenth-anniversary of the debut of the HeroClix miniatures game with the DC HeroClix: 15th-Anniversary Elseworlds Booster Brick, the best-selling game product of July. IDW Publishing had two products in the top ten: the perennial best-selling Machi Koro Card Game at #6 and the King of Creepies Game at #9.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.40%||2.55%|
|ONI PRESS INC.||1.63%||0.96%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||9.29%||7.11%|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|JULY 2017 VS. JUNE 2017|
|JULY 2017 VS. JULY 2016|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||20||22||0||42|
|ONI PRESS INC.||8||5||0||13|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||131||133||18||282|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1||$4.99||MAY170193-M||DC|
|2||ASTONISHING X-MEN #1||$4.99||MAY170806-M||MAR|
|5||SECRET EMPIRE #6||$4.99||MAY170763-M||MAR|
|6||SECRET EMPIRE #7||$3.99||MAY170769-M||MAR|
|7||STAR WARS #33||$3.99||MAY170924-M||MAR|
|8||DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1||$3.99||MAY170819-M||MAR|
|9||THE WALKING DEAD #169 (MR)||$2.99||MAY170730||IMA|
|10||SPIDER-MEN II #1||$3.99||MAY170813-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||MONSTRESS VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$16.99||APR170834-M||IMA|
|2||RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP||$19.99||JUL151482-M||ONI|
|3||STAR WARS VOLUME 5: YODA’S SECRET WAR TP||$17.99||MAR171131||MAR|
|4||CURSE WORDS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||MAY170612-M||IMA|
|5||THE FLASH VOLUME 3: ROGUES RELOADED TP||$16.99||APR170413||DC|
|6||THE LEGEND OF KORRA VOL. 1: TURF WARS PT 1 TP||$10.99||FEB170063||DAR|
|8||BATMAN/TMNT ADVENTURES TP||$19.99||APR170539-M||IDW|
|9||BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 6 TP (MR)||$16.99||MAY170662||IMA|
|10||SERENITY VOLUME 5: NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE HC||$19.99||MAR170077||DAR|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 47 SC||$29.95||APR171765-M||GEM|
|2||OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 47 HC||$35.00||APR171766-M||GEM|
|3||JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL TALES HC||$16.99||MAR171409||BOO|
|4||LEAD POISONING: THE PENCIL ART OF GEOF DARROW HC||$34.99||MAR170037||DAR|
|5||BE A STAR WONDER WOMAN PICTURE BOOK||$15.95||MAY172129||CAP|
|6||BEDTIME FOR BATMAN BOARD BOOK||$7.99||MAY172130||CAP|
|7||SPIDER MAN: NIGHT OF VULTURE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK||$4.99||MAY172147||RAN|
|8||BIG! BIG! OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL 47||$47.50||MAY171625||GEM|
|9||MIGHTY THOR: THUNDER STRIKE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK||$4.99||MAY172146||RAN|
|10||STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY VOL. 5: FORCE OVERSLEEPS HC||$12.99||MAY172182||SCH|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||LEGEND OF ZELA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS: ZELDA FIGMA||AUG168805||GOO|
|2||DRAGONBALL SUPER: DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES||DEC168377||BAN|
|3||SUPERMAN ANIMATED: SUPERMAN & LOIS LANE FIGURE 2-PACK||JAN170424||DC|
|4||DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN BY ADAM HUGHES STATUE||JAN170426||DC|
|5||MARVEL: SQUIRREL GIRL BISHOUJO STATUE||DEC162884||KOT|
|6||MARVEL GALLERY: GWENPOOL PVC FIGURE||DEC162562||DST|
|7||HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY TERRY DODSON||JAN170429||DC|
|8||MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: WOLVERINE FIGURE||DEC168151||SQU|
|9||MARVEL GALLERY: CLASSIC IRON MAN PVC FIGURE||JAN172648||DST|
|10||BATMAN 1966: SHAKESPEARE HEAD BUST BANK||JUN162388||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||DC HEROCLIX: 15TH-ANNIVERSARY ELSEWORLDS BOOSTER BRICK||MAR173391||NEC|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AETHER REVOLT BOOSTER PACKS||NOV162988||WIZ|
|3||RICK AND MORTY: ANATOMY PARK BOARD GAME||MAY173183||CRY|
|4||D&D: ICONS OF THE REALM MINIATURE BOOSTER BRICK||MAR173387||NEC|
|5||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVESTATION BOOSTER PACKS||APR173295||WIZ|
|6||MACHI KORO CARD GAME||MAY142831||IDW|
|7||DRINKING FLUXX CARD GAME||APR173273||LOO|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: 15TH-ANNIVERSARY ELSEWORLDS STARTER SET||MAR173392||NEC|
|9||KING OF CREEPIES GAME||APR170672||IDW|
|10||MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2||OCT168616||NEC|