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Return of Wolverine Tops September’s Comics as Marvel Continues to Lead

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their list of best selling comics for September 2018 as well as market shares for publishers. The month was mixed seeing comics, graphic novels, and toys decrease in dollars and units compared to the previous month but were generally up compared to the same time last year. The third quarter of 2018 has shown vast improvement compared to the second quarter of 2018 with dollars and units up across the board other than comics and units which is down slightly. Compared to last year, there’s also improvement with only comics in units and total comics/graphic novels in units down. The year to date is still rough compared to 2017 with comic dollar sales up 1.25% compared to the previous year but everything else down across the board.

Marvel Comics was September’s top publisher with a 39.86% dollar share (-1.01) and a 43.24% unit share (+0.12). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 29.06% dollar share (+1.55) and a 32.76% unit share (+1.74). Image Comics was third with a 10.13% dollar share (+1.23) and a 8.74% unit share (-0.34). In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.62% dollar (+0.57) share and a 2.91% unit share (+0.54), followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.14% dollar share (-1.29) and a 2.84% unit share (-0.97), BOOM! Studios with a 2.12% dollar share (-0.46) and a 1.65% unit share (-0.65), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.55% dollar share (-0.23) and a 1.38% unit share (-0.26).

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten with Return of Wolverine #1 topping charts. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten with Heroes in Crisis #1 ranked #2. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #183 ranked #19; Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things #1, based on the Netflix series, ranked #20; BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 ranked #111; IDW Publishing’s Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #2, a co-publication with Oni Press, ranked #118; and Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 ranked #129.

Ending with a death that forever changes the series, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 9 from Image Comics was September’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the five Image titles among the top ten. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Tom King, David Finch, Joelle Jones, and Mikel Janin’s Batman & Catwoman: The Wedding Album at #5. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten; their top book, Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Smuerak’s Franklin Richards: A Fantastic Year, ranked #6.

Yen On’s light novel Overlord Volume 8 was September’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts ranked #4 for the month and the softcover edition of Gemstone Publishing’sOverstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 ranked #7.

Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos was brought to life by Diamond Select Toys for the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Infinity War: Thanos PVC Figure, the best-selling toy product of September, and one of the four Diamond Select Toys products in the top ten. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten, led by the DC TV: The Flash Season 3 Action Figure at #6.

Paizo’s Creature Codex, a sourcebook for the Pathfinder role-playing game and other 5E systems, was September’s best-selling game product and one of the eight Paizo products in the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.86%

43.24%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.06%

32.76%

IMAGE COMICS

10.13%

8.74%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.62%

2.91%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.14%

2.84%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

1.65%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.55%

1.38%

VIZ MEDIA

1.11%

0.43%

ONI PRESS

0.99%

0.69%

TITAN COMICS

0.80%

0.47%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.63%

4.88%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

SEPTEMBER 2018 VS. AUGUST 2018

COMICS

-4.51%

-0.16%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.07%

-3.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.30%

-0.48%

TOYS

-29.36%

-9.02%

SEPTEMBER 2018 VS. SEPTEMBER 2017

COMICS

0.75%

-6.58%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

11.74%

15.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.84%

-5.09%

TOYS

-1.58%

11.95%

THIRD QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2018

COMICS

0.23%

-0.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.83%

1.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.40%

0.10%

TOYS

41.66%

28.44%

THIRD QUARTER 2018 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2017

COMICS

7.44%

-0.82%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.95%

3.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.81%

-0.47%

TOYS

9.23%

6.96%

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

COMICS

1.25%

-6.78%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-4.80%

-6.37%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.55%

-6.75%

TOYS

-4.74%

-6.11%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

99

44

0

143

DC ENTERTAINMENT

66

35

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

66

27

0

93

DARK HORSE COMICS

25

21

0

46

IDW PUBLISHING

29

10

0

39

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

10

0

35

TITAN COMICS

11

7

3

21

VIZ MEDIA

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS

9

7

0

16

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

12

3

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

135

202

14

351

TOTAL

477

387

17

881

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1

$4.99

JUL180952-M MAR

2

HEROES IN CRISIS #1

$3.99

JUL180592-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7

$4.99

JUL180604-M DC

4

BATMAN #55

$3.99

JUL180626-M DC

5

BATMAN: DAMNED #1 (MR)

$6.99

JUL180597-M DC

6

BATMAN #54

$3.99

JUL180624-M DC

7

THANOS LEGACY #1

$4.99

JUL180975-M MAR

8

FANTASTIC FOUR #2

$3.99

JUL180969-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6

$3.99

JUL181041-M MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5

$3.99

JUL181038-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1

$4.99

JUL180952-M MAR

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #1 (MR)

$6.99

JUL180597-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7

$4.99

JUL180604-M DC

4

HEROES IN CRISIS #1

$3.99

JUL180592-M DC

5

THANOS LEGACY #1

$4.99

JUL180975-M MAR

6

BATMAN #55

$3.99

JUL180626-M DC

7

SPIDER-GEDDON #0

$4.99

JUL180991-M MAR

8

BATMAN #54

$3.99

JUL180624-M DC

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6

$3.99

JUL181041-M MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

JUL181035-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 9 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL180297 IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 30: NEW WORLD ORDER TP (MR)

$16.99

JUL180335 IMA

3

MONSTRESS VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUL180261-M IMA

4

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI VOL. 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JUL180159 IMA

5

BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE WEDDING ALBUM HC

$17.99

JUN180572 DC

6

FRANKLIN RICHARDS: A FANTASTIC YEAR #1

$7.99

JUL180973 MAR

7

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: THE SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP

$9.99

JUN180439 DC

8

DESCENDER VOLUME 6: WAR MACHINE TP

$16.99

JUL180209 IMA

9

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOLUME 3: BURNING SEAS TP

$19.99

JUN180982 MAR

10

ACTION COMICS #1000: THE DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

JUN180558 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 9 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL180297 IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 30: NEW WORLD ORDER TP (MR)

$16.99

JUL180335 IMA

3

MONSTRESS VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUL180261-M IMA

4

BATMAN BY JEPH LOEB AND TIM SALE OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR180338 DC

5

SPIDER-MAN VS. VENOM OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR180976 MAR

6

ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC

$49.99

JAN180393 DC

7

EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS ALPHA HC

$125.00

MAR180975 MAR

8

BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE WEDDING ALBUM HC

$17.99

JUN180572 DC

9

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE TP

$24.99

JUN180575 DC

10

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: KILLRAVEN VOLUME 1 HC

$100.00

MAR180981-M MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 8 HC

$20.00

JUL182378 YEN

2

DISNEY/PIXAR: THE INCREDIBLES LIITLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

JUL181942 GOL

3

BLACK PANTHER: WARRIORS OF WAKANDA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

JUL181940 GOL

4

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: SHORTCUTS HC

$24.99

MAY181211 BOO

5

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK 1

$12.99

OCT151871 ZEN

6

DC SUPER FRIENDS: AQUAMAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK HC

$4.99

JUL181941 GOL

7

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

8

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK” THE LITTLE MERMAID

$12.99

JUN182128 ZEN

9

DOG MAN VOLUME 5: LORD OF THE FLEAS GN

$9.99

JUN181814 GRA

10

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

JUL181943 GOL

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: THANOS PVC FIGURE APR182161 DST

2

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA PVC FIGURE APR182158 DST

3

DEADPOOL LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178752 HAS

4

MARVEL SELECT: BEAST COMIC ACTION FIGURE MAR182431 DST

5

AVENGERS LEGENDS GEAR: INFINITY GAUNTLET JUL178729 HAS

6

DC TV THE FLASH SEASON 3 ACTION FIGURE AUG170365 DC

7

FINAL FANTASY: BAHAMUT CREATURES BRING ARTS FIGURE DEC178373 SQU

8

DC CORE: BATMAN PVC STATUE MAR180390 DC

9

DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE JOKER BY BRIAN BOLLAND MINI STATUE MAR180389 DC

10

MARVEL PREMIERE: VENOM STATUE JUL172797 DST

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CREATURE CODEX HC JUL183073 PAI

2

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

3

PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC TERRAIN MULTI-PACK JUN132387 PAI

4

THE TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

5

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: THE AEON THRONE PART 1 JUN182907 PAI

6

PATHFINDER FLIP TILES: FOREST STARTER SET JUN182906 PAI

7

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: COMMANDER 2018 APR182621 ALL

8

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

9

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

10

MODERN AGE RPG: BASIC RULEBOOK HC MAR182714 GRE

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