Detective Comics #1000 is the Top-Selling Comic of 2019 while Marvel Takes Top Publisher

DC the 80th anniversary of Batman‘s debut in Detective Comics #27 with its publication of Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book published in 2019, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Featuring stories and artwork from creators such as Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, and more, this oversized issue presented the best in Batman stories, spanning past, present, and future.

Annual comic book sales in the comic book specialty market increased in 2019 by nearly 4% over 2018 while graphic novel sales declined by 2%, for an overall increase in print over the previous year by 2.23%.

Marvel Comics was 2019’s top publisher in the comic book specialty market, with a 40.20% dollar market share and a 44.72% unit share. Marvel Comics’ top comic book for the year, Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu’s X-Men #1, ranked #3. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including Black Cat #1 at #4; Absolute Carnage #1, the first issue of Marvel Comics’ winter event, at #6; Marvel Comics #1000, a special issue celebrating the 80th anniversary of the publication of Marvel Comics #1 in 1939, at #7; Hickman and Pepe Larraz’s House of X #1, beginning Marvel’s X-Men relaunch, at #8; Powers of X #1 at #9; and War of the Realms #1 at #10.

DC was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2019 with a 29.29% dollar market share and a 30.74% unit market share. DC had two of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Detective Comics #1000, DCeased #1 ranked #5 for the year. On the graphic novels chart, DC charted five titles; thanks to interest from HBO’s acclaimed adaptation, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen returned the top of the year’s sales charts. Also among the top graphic novels were Tom King and Mitch Gerards’ award-winning Mister Miracle at #5, Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight at #7, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke at #9, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Black Label title Batman: Damned at #10.

Image Comics was the year’s third largest comic book publisher with an 8.04% dollar market share and a 7.69% unit market share. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #300, featuring contributions from Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, and Jerome Opeña, was the year’s #2 comic book. Image Comics had four of the year’s top ten best-selling graphic novels, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 1 at #2, followed by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress Volume 1 at #4, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker at #6 and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 31, the final volume of the series, at #7.

IDW Publishing was the year’s fourth largest publisher with a dollar market share of 3.55% and 3.29%. Their top ranked comic book for the year was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 which ranked #66 for the year.

With a dollar market share of 3.19% and a unit share of 2.33%, Dark Horse Comics was the year’s fifth ranked publisher. Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite, adapted to television by Netflix in 2019, was their best-selling graphic novel at #3.

BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.56%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 2.16%. Viz Media, Oni Press, and Titan Comics rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2019.

2019 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.20%44.72%
DC29.29%30.74%
IMAGE COMICS8.04%7.69%
IDW PUBLISHING3.55%3.29%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.19%2.33%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.56%2.42%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.16%1.88%
VIZ MEDIA1.45%0.55%
ONI PRESS0.61%0.43%
TITAN COMICS0.60%0.49%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.34%5.47%

2019 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTYRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DETECTIVE COMICS #1000$9.99JAN190542-MDC
2SPAWN #300$7.99JUN190014-MIMAGE COMICS
3X-MEN #1$4.99AUG190845-MMARVEL COMICS
4BLACK CAT #1$4.99APR190773-MMARVEL COMICS
5DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
6ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1$7.99JUN190761-MMARVEL COMICS
7MARVEL COMICS #1000$9.99JUN190842-MMARVEL COMICS
8HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MAY190690-MMARVEL COMICS
9POWERS OF X #1$5.99MAY190703-MMARVEL COMICS
10WAR OF REALMS #1$5.99JAN190870-MMARVEL COMICS

2019 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTYRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMAGE COMICS
3UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DARK HORSE COMICS
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99APR160803-MIMAGE COMICS
5MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
6DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99MAR190080-MIMAGE COMICS
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99JUL180733DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 31 TP (MR)$16.99JAN190186IMAGE COMICS
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99JUN190574DC
10BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99MAR190571DC