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Marvel and Action Comics #1000 Rule April 2018 at the Comic Shop. Comics and Graphic Novels see Gains.

Comic shops celebrated Superman’s 80th birthday in April as Action Comics #1000 was the top comic shipped and invoiced and Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman was the top graphic novel shipped and invoiced. Despite that high cover price and sales, Marvel was the top publisher in both dollar share and unit share. Check out below for Diamond Comic Distributor‘s top products for April 2018.

Compared to March 2018, comics and graphic novels made a nice recover. Comics were up 20.64% in dollars and 12.39% in units; graphic novels were up 15.40% in dollars and 24.13% in units; and overall the two were up 19.13% in dollars and 13.20% in units. Toys were down in both dollars and units. Compared to April 2017, comics were up 15.67% in dollars and 4.11% in units. April 2017 was led by Secret Empire #0, Batman #21, and the debuts of X-Men Gold and X-Men Blue. Graphic novels were mixed being up 0.72% in dollars and down 1.79% in units. Toys too were mixed with a 3.47% gain in dollars and down 14.60% in units. Year to date things are still down across the board though improved. Comics are down 1.51% in dollars and 10.12% in units; graphic novels down 9.68% in dollars and 9.53% in units, and toys are down 7.3% in dollars and 12.84% in units. Comics and graphic novels have made gains since last month though toys’ units have decreased since last month.

Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher with a 37.59% dollar share (up 1.67) and a 42.21% unit share (up 3.83). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 32.39% dollar share (up 1.33) and a 33.02% unit share (down 2.08). Image Comics was third with a 9.16% dollar share (down 1.82) and a 9.47% unit share (down 0.96). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.08% dollar share (up 0.12) and a 3.67% unit share (up 0.39), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.36% dollar share (down 0.02) and a 1.79% unit share (up 0.21), BOOM! Studios with a 2.20% dollar share (down 0.20) and a 1.72% unit share (down 0.43), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.60% dollar share (down 0.23) and a 1.29% unit share (down 0.32).

Marvel Comics had six titles in the top ten, led by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen’s Amazing Spider-Man #798 at #2, followed by Amazing Spider-Man #799 at #3. DC Entertainment had three titles among April’s top ten. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #178 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Xerxes #1, the debut of Frank Miller’s long-awaited sequel to 300, was their top book at #95; IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #1 ranked #111; Dynamite Entertainment’s John Wick #2 was their top book at #140; and BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers#26 ranked #142 for April.

In April’s best-selling graphic novel DC Entertainment had two in the top ten including the top graphic novel, Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics also had four titles in the top ten, led by Jim Starlin and Alan Davis’ original graphic novel, Thanos: The Infinity Siblings at #3.

Dark Horse Comics’ Moebius Library: The Art of Edena, an artbook that looks at Moebius’ work on World of Edena, was April’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten for Dark Horse, The Art of God of War, an artbook based on the new video game for the PlayStation 4, ranked #8. BOOM! Studios’ Power Rangers Artist Tribute ranked #6.

Diamond Select Toys’ Pacific Rim Uprising Select Series 1 Action Figures were the best-selling toy product of April. Also in the top ten for Diamond Select Toys, the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Thor Figureranked #4. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten: the DC Comics Bombshells: Green Lantern Jessica Cruz Statue ranked #8 and the Harley Quinn: Red, White, and Black Statue by Babs Tarr ranked #10.

Steam Forged Games’ Dark Souls Card Game, based on the best-selling video game, was April’s best-selling game product. IDW Games had two products in the top ten: the Dragonball Z: Perfect Cell Game ranked #4 andThe X-Files: Conspiracy Theory Game ranked #7. Also of note, Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella Tarot Cards Set ranked #8.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

37.59%

42.21%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

32.39%

33.02%

IMAGE COMICS

9.16%

9.47%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.08%

3.67%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.36%

1.79%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.20%

1.72%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.60%

1.29%

VIZ MEDIA

1.19%

0.48%

ONI PRESS

1.13%

0.61%

TITAN COMICS

0.73%

0.55%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.57%

5.20%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2018 VS. MARCH 2018

COMICS

20.64%

12.39%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

15.40%

24.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.13%

13.20%

TOYS

-19.63%

-16.16%

APRIL 2018 VS. APRIL 2017

COMICS

15.67%

4.11%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.72%

-1.79%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.08%

3.64%

TOYS

3.47%

-14.60%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

-1.51%

-10.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.68%

-9.53%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.97%

-10.08%

TOYS

-7.30%

-12.84%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

86

37

0

123

DC ENTERTAINMENT

81

30

1

112

IMAGE COMICS

62

22

0

84

IDW PUBLISHING

47

19

0

66

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

14

0

37

DARK HORSE COMICS

16

10

0

26

TITAN COMICS

13

8

1

22

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

16

5

0

21

ONI PRESS

3

4

0

7

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

180

19

330

TOTAL

478

351

21

850

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798

$3.99

FEB180830-M MAR

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799

$3.99

FEB180834-M MAR

4

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1

$5.99

FEB180745-M MAR

5

BATMAN #44

$2.99

FEB180164-M DC

6

VENOMIZED #1

$4.99

FEB180796-M MAR

7

BATMAN #45

$2.99

FEB180166-M DC

8

DOMINO #1

$3.99

FEB180770-M MAR

9

CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

$5.99

FEB180754-M MAR

10

THE WALKING DEAD #178 (MR)

$3.99

FEB180713-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798

$3.99

FEB180830-M MAR

3

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1

$5.99

FEB180745-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799

$3.99

FEB180834-M MAR

5

VENOMIZED #1

$4.99

FEB180796-M MAR

6

CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

$5.99

FEB180754-M MAR

7

DOMINO #1

$3.99

FEB180770-M MAR

8

BATMAN #44

$2.99

FEB180164-M DC

9

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2

$4.99

FEB180740-M MAR

10

THE WALKING DEAD #178 (MR)

$3.99

FEB180713-M IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC

$29.99

DEC170241 DC

2

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 4 TP

$14.99

FEB180663 IMA

3

THANOS: THE INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN HC

$24.99

DEC170936 MAR

4

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

5

BATMAN VOL. 5: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT TP

$16.99

JAN180382 DC

6

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

7

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 2: LEGACY’S END TP

$17.99

JAN181040 MAR

8

SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT170715 IMA

9

PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY TP

$17.99

JAN181041-M MAR

10

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

JAN160645 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC

$29.99

DEC170241 DC

2

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 4 TP

$14.99

FEB180663 IMA

3

THANOS: THE INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN HC

$24.99

DEC170936 MAR

4

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

5

X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN TP

$29.99

DEC170935 MAR

6

BATMAN VOL. 5: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT TP

$16.99

JAN180382 DC

7

HARLEY QUINN & THE GOTHAM CITY SIRENS OMNIBUS HC

$75.00

OCT170369 DC

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AVENGERS VOLUME 18 HC

$75.00

OCT170990-M MAR

9

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 2: LEGACY’S END TP

$17.99

JAN181040 MAR

10

SUPERMAN: EXILE AND OTHER STORIES OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

OCT170379 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MOEBIUS LIBRARY: ART OF EDENA HC

$34.99

MAY170010 DAR

2

BE PREPARED GN

$12.99

FEB181570 STM

3

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 128 SC

$14.95

JAN182170 SAN

4

STAR TREK: LIGHT & SOUND TRICORDER KIT

$12.95

FEB182114 HAC

5

STAR TREK: LIGHT & SOUND BORG CUBE KIT

$12.95

FEB182113 HAC

6

POWER RANGERS ARTIST TRIBUTE HC

$24.99

NOV171318 BOO

7

HARRY POTTER: TALKING DOBBY WITH BOOK KIT

$12.95

FEB182109 HAC

8

THE ART OF GOD OF WAR HC

$39.99

OCT178150 DAR

9

LITTLE BOOK OF BATMAN FLEXICOVER

$10.00

FEB182054 TAS

10

POKEMON SEEK & FIND: LEGENDARY POKEMON HC

$9.99

FEB181955 VIZ

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING SELECT ACTION FIGURES SERIES 1 AUG178888 DST

2

DC: SUPERGIRL RETURNS BISHOUJO STATUE JUL178830 KOT

3

DEADPOOL LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178751 HAS

4

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR THOR FIGURE JUL172802 DST

5

AVENGERS LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178781 HAS

6

DRAGONBALL Z SCULTURES: SON GOKU SPECIAL COLOR FIGURE JAN178942 BAN

7

ONE PIECE SCULTURES: BIG ZOUKEIO SHINING ZORO FIGURE JAN178948 BAN

8

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: GREEN LANTERN JESSICA CRUZ STATUE OCT170394 DC

9

KINGDOM HEARTS 3: SORA 2ND FORM BRING ARTS FIGURE SEP178239 SQU

10

HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY BABS TARR OCT170395 DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK SOULS CARD GAME NOV178550 STE

2

STRANGER THINGS MONOPOLY NOV178199 HAS

3

DARK SOULS BOARD GAME OCT178117 STE

4

DRAGON BALL Z: PERFECT CELL GAME FEB180490 IDW

5

RICK AND MORTY MUNCHKIN JAN182866 USA

6

STRANGER THINGS: OUIJA GAME NOV178196 HAS

7

THE X-FILES: CONSPIRACY THEORY GAME FEB180491 IDW

8

VAMPIRELLA TAROT CARDS SET AUG171626 DE

9

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

10

STRANGER THINGS: SCREEN TEST GAME NOV178198 HAS
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