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100 Page Giant Comics from DC Come to Walmart this Summer Starting in July with Original Stories

This summer, Walmart shoppers will find it easier to discover the lore behind their favorite DC experiences as DC Entertainment has announced that a series of “giant” monthly comics will be sold exclusively in more than 3,000 participating Walmart stores around the country.

Available for $4.99, each 100-page anthology features all-new stories written exclusively for these books by some of DC’s top creative talents, including Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Brian Michael Bendis, Andy Kubert and others. Each title will also include additional story arcs drawn from fan-favorite DC eras such as the New 52, Rebirth and the New Age of DC Heroes.

Each of the four titles – Superman Giant, Justice League of America Giant, Batman Giant, and Teen Titans Giant – will arrive in stores by July 1. Beginning in August, the Superman and Justice League of America titles will arrive in week one of each month, with the second pair, Batman and Teen Titans, arriving approximately two weeks later.

The debut title lineup includes:

SUPERMAN GIANT #1

SUPERMAN GIANT #1 features chapter one of the two-part “Endurance,” an original story written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Tom Derenick. The Daily Planet sends Clark Kent to Tornado Alley to do a story on the area, but when the storm hits, it turns out that this mild-mannered reporter is more helpful as Superman.

The issue also includes:

THE TERRIFICS #1­ (2018) – From this year’s New Age of Heroes and born of the events of DC’s hit series DARK NIGHTS: METAL. Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl are a team of heroes bound together by fate and united by the spirit of exploration and discovery. Together these heroes plumb the depths of the fantastic to learn what it means to become family.

GREEN LANTERN #1 (2005) – Written by best-selling writer Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Carlos Pacheco, this first chapter launches the fan-favorite three-part story “No Fear,” in which Hal Jordan makes his return to the DC Universe as the Green Lantern, casting the light of justice on the darkest corners of Space Sector 2814.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1 (2003) – The iconic fan-favorite story arc, “Public Enemies,” returns, courtesy of writer Jeph Loeb, with artists Ed McGuinness and Tim Sale. Batman and Superman unite when President Lex Luthor accuses the Man of Steel of a crime against humanity and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in by any means necessary.

September’s SUPERMAN GIANT #3 features Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King’s first return to the Man of Steel since his poignant and heartfelt tribute story, “For Tomorrow,” in the pages of ACTION COMICS #1000. Together with DC Master Class artist Andy Kubert, this powerhouse team will take readers on a new 12-part adventure titled “Up in the Sky!” When a little girl is kidnapped and taken from Earth, Superman embarks on a galaxy-spanning mission to find the perpetrators…but has to decide what lengths he will go to in order to save one life!

TEEN TITANS GIANT #1

In this original six-part Teen Titans story by Dan Jurgens with art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, and Jim Charalampidis, the Teen Titans’ pizza dinner is interrupted by the introduction of a new villain, the Disruptor. Teaming up with the Fearsome Five and working as an agent of H.I.V.E., he had one mission: kill the Teen Titans! The battle spills onto the streets of San Francisco, putting its citizens at risk, while H.I.V.E. uses this distraction to begin their plan for world conquest!

Additional issue #1 stories include:

SUPER SONS #1 (2017) – From DC’s smash-hit Rebirth event, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez reintroduce the sons of Superman and Batman, Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, in part one of “When I Grow Up.” As Robin, Damian’s more than ready to take his place at the heroes’ table and has zero plans to wait his turn. And he’s dragging Superman’s son along for the trip, whether Jon likes it or not!

SIDEWAYS #1 (2018) – Also from the New Age of Heroes, this story written by Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort introduces fans to high schooler Derek James who, during the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, has acquired powers from the Dark Multiverse and stepped into the role of superhero! But when cracks begin to appear in the space-time continuum, he soon learns that with that much power comes even greater liability!

TEEN TITANS #1 (2003) – Written by best-selling author Geoff Johns with art by Mike McKone. Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy welcome in a new roster of young heroes to train to defend humanity—Wonder Girl, Impulse and a Superboy who’s been cloned from Superman’s DNA!

BATMAN GIANT #1

Batman is on the case of a missing girl in “One More Chance,” an all-new story by writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Patrick “Patch” Zircher. Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but what happens when the trail in his newest case leads him back to a place from his past that he never expected to revisit?

BATMAN GIANT #1 also includes:

BATMAN #608 (2002) – Written by Jeph Loeb with art by comics icon Jim Lee, issue #608 kicks off “Batman: Hush,” one of the most popular storylines in the Dark Knight’s fabled history. When Batman sets out to unmask the mystery character wreaking havoc in his life, he teams up with an unexpected ally (Catwoman) and finds himself facing off against not only his deadliest foes, but some of the toughest characters in the DC Universe, including Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and even Superman!

NIGHTWING #1 (2011) – From DC’s New 52, this story by writer Kyle Higgins and artist Eddy Barrows debuted a new look for Dick Grayson as he dives into a tale of murder, mystery and superhuman evil against the backdrop of Haley’s Circus, the place that started him on his path from acrobat to orphan to sidekick and ultimately superhero!

HARLEY QUINN #1 (2011) – Also from the New 52, writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner break Harley Quinn out of The Joker’s shadow with all the force of a giant mallet!

Beginning with BATMAN GIANT #3 in September, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis makes his DC debut on the Dark Knight with a 12-part story, “Universe.” Batman’s run-in with the Riddler leads the Caped Crusader into a mystery that spans the globe!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT #1

Justice League member Wonder Woman is spotlighted in “The Conversion,” an all-new story from NIGHTWING writer Tim Seeley and artists Rick Leonardi and Steve Buccellato. In this single-issue story, Wonder Woman comes face to face with Ares, god of war—who sees her as a promising new recruit!

JUSTICE LEAGUE GIANT #1 also includes:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (2011) – From the incomparable team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee comes this version of the League from the New 52. In this alternative spin on the union of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, superheroes are a strange and new phenomenon. The mysterious Batman discovers a dark evil that requires him to unite these reluctant heroes to protect Earth from a cosmic-level threat!

THE FLASH #1 (2011) – In this New 52 version of the Fastest Man Alive, writer Brian Buccellato and artist Francis Manapul introduce Barry Allen to a villain who not only can be everywhere at once, but is also a close friend of the Scarlet Speedster!

AQUAMAN #1 (2011) – Award-winning writer Geoff Johns and dynamic artist Ivan Reis team up on this story from the New 52! Aquaman has given up the throne of Atlantis, but the sea still has plans for Arthur Curry as a broken race of undersea creatures, the Trench, emerges from the ocean depths, bent on destroying the surface world!

In issue #2, Seeley teams up with artists Felipe Watanabe and Chris Sotomayor on “Mother’s Day,” a stand-alone story where Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island for the first time since her exile, only to find that the Amazons – and Queen Hippolyta – have been abducted by Echidna, the mythological Mother of Monsters, with a brood of unstoppable beasts as children!

Issue #3 begins another original 12-part Wonder Woman story by HARLEY QUINN co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti called “Come Back to Me.” When Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on an island outside of time itself, it’s up to Wonder Woman to rescue him from this mysterious land, full of monsters, dinosaurs and some very surprising citizens.

Diamond Announces a “Pop Up A Spinner Rack” Program

Since its debut in March, retailer reaction has been strong to Diamond’s 44 Pocket Comic Spinner Rack (JAN188004), which wholesales for $299, with free delivery in the continental United States. Several hundred units have already been sold and feedback has been positive about the unit’s compact footprint and quality construction.

Now, Diamond and Premier publishers, along with Diamond Select Toys are encouraging comic retailers to “pop up a spinner rack” in other “complementary businesses” in their area by offering incentives to retailers who purchase a spinner rack for placement in other businesses.

Retailers qualify by reaching a signed agreement with another business to allow them to place and maintain a spinner rack of comics in their stores for a minimum of six months. Agreements can be reached on a buy-sell or consignment basis with quantities, margin splits, payment terms, and other details being at the discretion of the parties.

For every rack purchased and rack agreement sent over to Diamond, publishers will be providing the following limited edition variants and free goods to offset the costs:

  • Marvel: A 1 in 1000 Variant Comic TBD at time of redemption
  • DC: MAY178593 DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 B&W MIDNIGHT RELEASE VAR B plus a second limited edition comic TBD at time of redemption
  • Image: Retailer’s choice of 50 in-stock Image Firsts, plus a 2017 Retailer Appreciation Variant (while supplies last).
  • Dark Horse: JUL168360 V LEGEND OF ZELDA ART & ARTIFACTS HC & JAN080090 V HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS
  • IDW: SEP170487 TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS II #1 INCV
  • Dynamite: A high perceived retail value item TBD at time of redemption
  • Boom: CGC Books & assorted Limited Edition Incentives TBD at time of redemption
  • Diamond Select Toys: Retailer’s choice of one in-stock Gallery PVC Figure

The Dark Tower Returns to Comics Courtesy of Gallery 13

Gallery 13 will publish eleven books based on Stephen King’s bestselling series The Dark Tower. Gallery 13 is the graphic novel imprint of Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,

Originally published to widespread acclaim by Marvel Comics, the acquisition of publishing rights includes eleven official graphic novels as part of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower—five prequel works focusing on Roland Deschain of Gilead’s coming-of-age and told in chronological order, now officially titled BeginningsThe Gunslinger Born (Book #1), The Long Road Home (Book #2), Treachery (Book #3), The Fall of Gilead (Book #4), The Battle of Jericho Hill (Book #5); AND the six-part comic adaptation of the 1982 bestselling novel The GunslingerThe Journey Begins (Book #1), The Little Sisters of Eluria (Book #2), The Battle of Tull (Book #3), The Way Station (Book #4),The Man in Black (Book #5), and Last Shots (Book #6).

Creatively overseen by Stephen King himself, these official graphic novels are beautifully illustrated by Eisner Award winning artist Jae Lee and Quill Award-winning artist Richard Isanove, plotted by longtime Dark Tower expert Robin Furth, and scripted by New York Times bestselling author Peter David—ultimately serving as the perfect introduction to Stephen King’s modern literary classic The Dark Tower for new readers, and giving longtime fans thrilling adventures merely hinted at in his blockbuster novels.

Gallery 13 will be publishing the Beginnings prequel graphic novels every two weeks starting with The Gunslinger Born on August 14, 2018. The Gunslinger novel adaptation will publish in Spring 2019.

Lion Forge Launches a Tabletop Gaming Imprint Quillion

Lion Forge has been a market leader and champion of authentic representation across genres, from the proprietary superhero universe of Catalyst Prime to multiple imprints encompassing comics for readers of all ages. Today, the St. Louis publisher announces plans to move into the gaming space with a new imprint and flagship hybrid publication: Rolled & Told!

The first release under the Quillion banner will be Rolled & Told, a publication combining the thrill of tabletop role-play with the storytelling of comics in a monthly comic book format. Rolled & Told brings a ready-to-play, fun adventure for one of gaming’s favorite tabletop role-playing games, alongside beautiful illustrations, comics coinciding with each full adventure, as well as instructive articles. Rolled & Told enhances gameplay for new and old game masters alike.

Fans of comics and gaming alike will get their first taste of this exciting new publication at Comic-Con next month, where Rolled & Told will premier in a special free issue No. 0, featuring a “barcrawl” like no other! It’s not every day you find a tavern with a dungeon challenge built in its basement! “The Thunderlock Barcrawl” puts players in an adventure that is part proving ground, part extreme sporting event, in the hope of adding their names to the illustrious “Wall of Crawlers.”

Rolled & Told No. 1 will be solicited in Diamond’s July dated PREVIEWS catalog, to be released in September, just in time for back-to-school Friday night gaming!

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Infinity War Crosses $2 Billion

Things are strong but slowing down for comic related films and with the summer box office blockbusters regularly coming, we’ll be seeing how many of these have long term legs.

This past weekend after a slew of new films Deadpool 2 dropped two spots at the box office coming in fifth place. It earned an estimated $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $294.7 million. The film also added $9.8 million internationally and has now brought in $689.5 million worldwide. The film is now withing $100 million of the original. It’s overperforming the original overseas where it has earned 57.3% of its grosses compared to 53.6% for the original.

The film moved up three slots and is now the 25th highest grossing comic movie adaptation. It’s also the third highest grossing “X” film worldwide (not adjusted for inflation).

Avengers: Infinity War came in at #8 for the weekend adding an estimated $5.3 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $644.2 million domestically. The film crossed the $2 billion mark, the fourth film ever to do so, and has earned $2.020 billion. Domestically, the film is the second highest grossing comic adaptation (not adjusted for inflation) behind this year’s Black Panther. The difference between the two is the foreign gross where Infinity War has over doubled Black Panther‘s take.

Black Panther slipped one spot to come in at #26 and added $147,000 to bring its domestic total to $699.6 million after 18 weeks. Worldwide the film has earned $1.346 billion.

The Death of Stalin wasn’t on the chart but still brought dollars in over the week bringing its total to $7,978,274 about an $20,000 increase. That’s an improvement from the previous week’s $18,000.

My Friend Dahmer which was released domestically in 2017 opened up in some international markets. It has earned $74,712 which is about $15,000 more than the previous week.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Some more numbers have come in. According to what little we could find, it looks like the film’s domestic box office has brought in $183,754. All together, the film has earned a reported $263,621 at the foreign box office. The movie was released on demand at the same time in theaters, so the film has made money it’s just unknown how much.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $1.667 billion
Total International Gross: $2.410 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.077 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $625.1 million
Total “Profit”: $3431 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $333.3 million
Average International Gross: $482.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $815.4 million
Average Budget: $156.3 million
Average Profit: $659.1 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Incredibles 2 Delivers a Record Setting $180 Million Opening

The Incredibles 2 was, well, incredible at the weekend box office. The film had an amazing opening shattering the previous record for the opening of an animated film but it’s also one of the top ten openings of all-time.

Incredibles 2 earned an estimated $180 million which beat Finding Dory‘s $135 million opening, the previous best opening for an animated film. That total is te eighth largest opening of all time beating 2016’s Captain America: Civil War‘s $179.1 million.

Internationally, the brough in an estimated $51.5 million from about 26% of the international market. That’s a global total of $231.5 million.

The film earned an “A+” CinemaScore and everything says this film will likely cross $500 million domestically.

Ocean’s 8 dropped to second place with an etimated $19.6 million to bring its domestic total to $79.2 million and $116.3 million worldwide so far.

Tag debuted in third place with an estimated $14.6 million. The film was slightly below expectations. Internationally the film eaned $1.4 million in seven markets.

In fourth place was Solo: A Star Wars Story which earned an estimated $9.1 million to bring its domestic total to $192.8 million. Internationally the film earned $5.2 million to bring its worldwide total to $339.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was Deadpool 2 which earned an estimated $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $294.7 million. The film also added $9.8 million internationally and has now earned $689.5 million worldwide. The film is now withing $100 million of the original. It’s overperforming the original overseas where it has earned 57.3% of its grosses compared to 53.6% for the original.

In other comic movie news…

Avengers: Infinity War came in at #8 for the weekend adding an estimated $5.3 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $644.2 million domestically. The film crossed the $2 billion mark, the fourth film ever to do so, and has earned $2.020 billion.

Black Panther slipped one spot to come in at #26 and added $147,000 to bring its domestic total to $699.6 million after 18 weeks. Worldwide the film has earned $1.346 billion.

We’ll be back in an hour to dive deeper into the numbers of 2018’s comic film adaptations.

Marvel Takes the Top Spot for Diamond in May Crossing 40% Dollar Share

Diamond Comic Distributors has released the stats of May and Marvel Comics was the month’s top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.65% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.54% dollar share and a 1.63% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.96% dollar share and a 1.58% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.64% dollar share and a 1.30% unit share.

Marvel dominated due to Amazing Spider-Man #800 which was the month’s most ordered comic and had a $9.99 price tag.

Compared to the previous month, comics, graphic novels, and toys were all up showing healthy growth. Compared to last year, comics are up 6.23% in dollars and graphic novels and comics are up 1.84% in dollars. We could be seeing a course correction in a sluggish year. In a year to year comparison, comics are up 0.22% in dollars but down 9.8% in units. Graphic Novels, toys, and comics/graphic novels are all down.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten with Amazing Spider-Man #800 leading the pack as the top comic for the month. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #5 ranked #3. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #179 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 was their top book at #133, Frank Miller’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2 was Dark Horse’s top book at #129, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 ranked #142, and IDW Publishing’s TMNT: Urban Legends #1 ranked #159.

The misadventures of two rebels during the Galactic Civil War are recounted in Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon’s Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel had five titles in the top ten. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction ranked #8.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 was May’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of stories and background details on the popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment, returned to the top ten at #7.

PREVIEWS Exclusive variant of the first figure in Mezco’s trio of One:12 Collective figures that interpret different eras of Batman’s career, the One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Ascending Knight “Blue” Action Figure, was May’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Statue at #2, the Batman vs. The Joker: Laff-Co Battle Statue at #8, and the DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack at #9. Funko had two PREVIEWS exclusive POP! vinyl figures in the top ten: the POP! Rick and Morty: Pickle Rick “No Limbs” Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Heroes: DC Death Vinyl Figure, based on Neil Gaiman’s character from The Sandman, ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: X-23 PVC Statue ranked #6. Also in the top ten, McFarlane Toys’ Stranger Things: Demogorgon Deluxe Action Figure ranked #10.

Taking the HeroClix game to the depths of space, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing also had a strong month in May, with eight products from the Starfinder and Pathfinder role-playing game lines among the month’s top ten products.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.64%

38.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.71%

37.87%

IMAGE COMICS

10.83%

9.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.54%

1.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.64%

1.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

0.40%

ONI PRESS

1.03%

0.48%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.84%

0.90%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.75%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

7.00%

2.99%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.94%

4.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.98%

3.13%

TOYS

4.95%

23.84%

MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS

6.23%

-8.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.04%

-13.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.84%

-9.06%

TOYS

-28.63%

-30.85%

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

COMICS

0.22%

-9.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.31%

-10.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.67%

-9.85%

TOYS

-12.06%

-17.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

42

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

30

0

104

IMAGE COMICS

65

22

0

87

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

12

0

35

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

16

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

5

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

3

0

11

ONI PRESS

3

2

0

5

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

208

32

371

TOTAL

472

386

32

890

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

BATMAN #47

$2.99

MAR180256-M DC

7

BATMAN #46

$2.99

MAR180254-M DC

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

9

THE MAN OF STEEL #1 [*]

$3.99

APR180145 DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #179 (MR)

$3.99

MAR180767-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

7

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300

$5.99

MAR180832-M MAR

8

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #8

$4.99

MAR180260-M DC

9

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600

$5.99

MAR180837-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

4

SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP

$15.99

MAR180757 IMA

5

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

6

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP

$16.99

FEB180292 DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP

$19.99

FEB180936 MAR

8

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

9

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR180642 IMA

10

BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP

$14.99

FEB180931 MAR

10

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

2

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR)

$100.00

NOV171043 MAR

3

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

4

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

5

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

6

WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

NOV171044 MAR

7

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

NOV171039-M MAR

9

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

10

WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

NOV171045 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 2

$12.99

APR181912 ZEN

2

OVERLORD VOL. 7 LIGHT NOVEL HC

$20.00

MAR188458 YEN

3

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC

$49.99

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Comcast Bids $65 Billion for 21st Century Fox

While many are acting like it’s a done deal, Disney may not be reuniting the X-Men and Fantastic Four with the Avengers.

Comcast has formalized a $65 billion all-cash bid for most of 21st Century Fox. This is higher than Disney’s $52.4 billion deal revealed in December for the same assets.

This sets the stage for a bidding war that may be as entertaining as any summer blockbuster. Both companies want Fox to boost their influence in industries undergoing massive change.

Purchasing Fox would allow Comcast to deliver even more to consumers and create interesting bundles for their internet subscribers as an example. They already own NBC.

Comcast was in talks to buy Fox in 2017 but investors weren’t sure that such a deal would be approved by government regulation. After the recent court ruling giving the go ahead to the AT&T/Time Warner deal that is no longer a concern.

The deal now goes to Fox’s board who will need to determine which offer is better for the company. If they go with Comcast, Disney would have five days to counter.

Geoff Johns Signs an Exclusive Deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment and Launches Mad Ghost Productions and Pop Up Comic Imprint

Geoff Johns is launching Mad Ghost Productions and is entering into an exclusive writer/producer deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to create content across multiple divisions of the Studio, including films, television and comic books, based on current DC properties as well as new and re-imagined IP. As part of this deal, he will segue from his executive post as President and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment to focus on creative matters full-time. DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee will expand his role to include the Chief Creative Officer title and responsibilities, and will continue to act as Publisher together with Dan DiDio as they have since 2010.

His publishing projects will include a new pop-up slate of comic books under the banner of “The Killing Zone” focusing on new and lesser known DC characters and titles. Johns will also be writing a Shazam! comic book series scheduled to be out in the fall. In addition, he will continue to write the commercial and critical hit Doomsday Clock, a comic book series illustrated by Gary Frank that collides the DC universe with the Watchmen universe, as well as the upcoming Three Jokers, illustrated by Jason Fabok.

Under this new deal, one of Johns’ first film projects will be Warner Bros. Pictures’ Green Lantern Corps, based on his New York Times bestselling series that saw an impressive nine-year run, spawning additional spin-off titles and comic book events. Johns will write and be a producer on the film. Additionally, he co-wrote and executive produced Aquaman, which releases worldwide December 21, and is writing and executive producing the second installment of the Wonder Woman franchise with director Patty Jenkins, releasing in November 2019. New Line’s Shazam!, slated for an April 2019 release, is based on his original graphic novel.

On the television side, Johns co-developed and is executive producer and writer on the first original series for the upcoming DC Universe digital service, Titans, with Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti. Johns also wrote the Titans episode “Doom Patrol” that is spinning off into its own 13-episode original series for the digital service. He is executive producing alongside Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jeremy Carver.  He has also been crucial in helping build the DC television empire and co-developed The CW’s most successful superhero show, The Flash. Alongside Peter Roth and WBTV, he has helped launch over a dozen additional hit television series such as Arrow, Gotham, iZombie, Supergirl, and Black Lightning, among others.

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Infinity War Nears $2 Billion. Comic Films Cross $4 Billion Worldwide in Total.

Things are strong but slowing down for comic related films and with the summer box office blockbusters regularly coming, we’ll be seeing how many of these have long term legs.

This past weekend Deadpool 2 slid to third place with an estimated $13.7 million to bring its domestic total to $278.7 million. Internationally the film added $18.5 million to bring that total to $376.6 million and a worldwide total of $655.3 million.

The film moved up five slots and is now the 28th highest grossing comic movie adaptation. It’s also the third highest grossing “X” film worldwide (not adjusted for inflation).

Capping of the top five this past weekend was Avengers: Infinity War which earned an estimated $6.8 million to bring its domestic total to $654.7 million. It added $10.9 million internationally to bring its worldwide total to $1.998 billion. It’ll be the fourth film ever to top $2 billion. There’s no doubt it’ll cross that number this week.

Black Panther dropped a few spots to come in at #22 with an estimated $137,000. The film has brought in $699.4 million domestically and $1.346 billion worldwide.

The Death of Stalin wasn’t on the chart but still brought dollars in over the week bringing its total to $7,958,023 about an $18,000 increase.

My Friend Dahmer which was released domestically in 2017 opened up in Australia and the United Kingdom where it has brought in $59,491 so far.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Some more numbers have come in. According to what little we could find, it looks like the film’s domestic box office has brought in $183,754. All together, the film has earned a reported $263,621 at the foreign box office. The movie was released on demand at the same time in theaters, so the film has made money it’s just unknown how much.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $1.641 billion
Total International Gross: $2.377 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.017 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $625.1 million
Total “Profit”: $3.374 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $328.2 million
Average International Gross: $475.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $803.5 million
Average Budget: $156.3 million
Average Profit: $647.2 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

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