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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

Marvel Gains in August with Over 40% of the Dollar and Unit Share

August was a good month for Marvel, and the industry as a whole according to the latest report from Diamond Comic Distributors who released their August sales report today.

Marvel Comics was August’s top publisher with a 40.87% dollar share (+1.80) and a 43.12% unit share (+2.08). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 27.51% dollar share (-4.11) and a 31.02% unit share (-2.60). Image Comics was third with an 8.90% dollar share (+0.38) and a 9.08% unit share (+0.21). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.43% dollar share (-0.09) and a 3.81% unit share (-0.14), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.05% dollar share (+0.23) and a 2.37% unit share (+0.46), BOOM! Studios with a 2.58% dollar share (+1.29) and a 2.30% unit share (+0.56), VIZ Media with a 1.33% dollar share (+0.13) and a 0.54% unit share (+0..08), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.32% dollar share (-0.42) and a 1.12% unit share (-0.95).

The industry is showing signs of improvement in the latter half of the year. While comics were down just under 2% in dollars and a little over 6% in units from the previous month, graphic novels were up almost 34% in dollars and around 28.5% in units. Overall comics and graphic novels were up 6.88% in dollars and down 3.97% in units. Toys saw massive improvement from the previous month up almost 50% in dollars and up a little over 32% in units.

Compared to the same month last year, comics were up 5.04% in dollars but down 5.25% in units. Graphic novels were up 2.91% in dollars and up 1.44% in units and overall comics and graphic novels were up 4.37% in dollars and down 4.71% in units. Toys were up in dollars and units as well gaining 13.76% and 4.26%.

August 2017 saw success for DC with the launch of Dark Nights: Metal which held the top spot and Batman holding second and third. Marvel saw success with three issues of Secret Empire, Star Wars, and Generations.

Year to date, comics are up 1.31% in dollars but down 6.8% in units. Graphic novels are down 6.73% in dollars and 8.83% in units. The combination are down 1.10% in dollars and 6.85% in units. Toys are down 5.15% in dollars and 8.32% in units.

Marvel’s success was driven by the launch of numerous first issues and events. Fantastic Four #1 and Infinity Wars #1 took the top two spots and each had a price tag of $5.99. The publisher had four comics in the top ten. DC held six titles in the top ten led by Batman #52 which came in third. The Sandman Universe #1, a special one-shot launching Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe titles ranked #6.

Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #182 was their top book at #14; IDW Publishing’s Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1, a co-production with Oni Press, ranked #65; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1 was BOOM! Studios’ best-selling book at #94; Dark Horse Comics’Seeds ranked #154, and Dynamite Entertainment’s top book, Project Superpowers #1, ranked #175.

Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Korra Volume 3: Turf Wars Part 3, continuing the fan-favorite Nickelodeon animated series, was August’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led byDC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle at #2. Image Comics had five titles, with East of West Volume 8 their top book at #2. Marvel Comics also had two titles in the top ten; Black Panther Book 1: A Nation Under Our Feetwas their best-selling book at #4.

In August, for the second month in a row, Gemstone’s Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 was the month’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, IDW Publishing’s John Byrne: X-Men Artifact Edition ranked #4.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling video game, Good Smile’s Overwatch: D.Va “Classic Skin” Nendoroid was August’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten: theMarvel Gallery: Taco Truck Deadpool PVC Figure ranked #3, the Pacific Rim Uprising Select Series 2 Action Figures ranked #7, and the DC Gallery: Batman The Animated Series: Harley Quinn 25th-Anniversary Deluxe PVC Figure ranked #10.

Paizo’s Starfinder RPG: Armory, a sourcebook for the space role-playing game, was August’s best-selling game product and one of the nine Paizo products in the top ten, including July’s best-selling product, the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, which charted at #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.87%

43.12%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

27.51%

31.02%

IMAGE COMICS

8.90%

9.08%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.43%

3.81%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.05%

2.37%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.58%

2.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.33%

0.54%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.32%

1.12%

TITAN COMICS

0.98%

0.66%

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

0.63%

0.72%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.40%

5.27%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2018 VS. JULY 2018

COMICS

-1.95%

-6.19%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

33.98%

28.57%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.88%

-3.97%

TOYS

49.89%

32.04%

AUGUST 2018 VS. AUGUST 2017

COMICS

5.04%

-5.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.91%

1.44%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.37%

-4.71%

TOYS

13.76%

4.26%

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

COMICS

1.31%

-6.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-6.73%

-8.83%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.10%

-6.95%

TOYS

-5.15%

-8.32%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

86

45

0

131

DC ENTERTAINMENT

72

30

1

103

IMAGE COMICS

61

16

0

77

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

23

21

0

44

BOOM! STUDIOS

27

14

0

41

TITAN COMICS

15

10

3

28

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

14

6

0

20

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

13

2

0

15

VIZ MEDIA

0

15

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

114

180

31

325

TOTAL

464

363

35

862

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$5.99

JUN180762-M MAR

2

INFINITY WARS #1

$5.99

JUN180789-M MAR

3

BATMAN #52

$3.99

JUN180463-M DC

4

BATMAN #53

$3.99

JUN180465-M DC

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

JUN180856-M MAR

6

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 (MR)

$4.99

JUN180422-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4

$3.99

JUN180858-M MAR

8

SUPERMAN #2

$3.99

JUN180537-M DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5

$3.99

JUN180507-M DC

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #6

$3.99

JUN180509-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$5.99

JUN180762-M MAR

2

INFINITY WARS #1

$5.99

JUN180789-M MAR

3

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 (MR)

$4.99

JUN180422-M DC

4

BATMAN #52

$3.99

JUN180463-M DC

5

PUNISHER #1

$4.99

JUN180809-M MAR

6

BATMAN #53

$3.99

JUN180465-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

JUN180856-M MAR

8

INFINITY WARS #2

$4.99

JUN180799-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4

$3.99

JUN180858-M MAR

10

VENOM: FIRST HOST #1

$3.99

JUN180823-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 3 : TURF WARS PT 3 TP

$10.99

FEB180062 DAR

2

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: OUT OF THE BOTTLE TP

$9.99

FEB180156 DC

3

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 8 TP

$16.99

JUN180144 IMA

4

BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP

$16.99

JUN160956 MAR

5

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? TP

$17.99

MAY160926 MAR

6

RAT QUEENS VOL. 5: COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING TP (MR)

$16.99

MAY180229 IMA

7

THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP

$17.99

OCT160292 DC

8

KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUN180190 IMA

9

I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUN180176 IMA

10

SEX CRIMINALS VOL. 5: FIVE-FINGERED DISCOUNT TP (MR)

$16.99

JUN180239 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC (MR)

$100.00

FEB180917 MAR

2

JACK KIRBY: MARVEL HEROES & MONSTERS ARTIST EDITION

$90.00

FEB180485 IDW

3

X-MEN REVOLUTION BY CHRIS CLAREMONT OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

FEB180914 MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: VENOM TP

$39.99

JUN180972 MAR

5

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? TP

$17.99

MAY160926 MAR

6

BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP

$16.99

JUN160956 MAR

7

THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP

$17.99

OCT160292 DC

8

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX SAGA OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

FEB180915 MAR

9

SEVEN SOLDIERS BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS HC

$75.00

FEB180312 DC

10

INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

2

THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY 2018

$19.95

JAN188603 PRI

3

DOCTOR WHO: ONE DOCTOR TWO HEARTS HC

$9.99

DEC178057 BBC

4

JOHN BYRNE X-MEN ARTIFACT EDITION HC

$75.00

MAR180554 IDW

5

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM A WOOKIE

$4.99

MAY181770 GOL

6

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

7

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL ARTIST TRIBUTE HC

$24.99

FEB181211 BOO

8

BE A STAR, WONDER WOMAN BOARD BOOK

$7.99

MAY181564 CAP

9

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT

$5.99

MAY181938 RAN

10

COURAGEOUS CAPTAIN AMERICA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

MAR161966 GOL

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: D.VA “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID NOV178113 GOO

2

VOLTRON: HYPERPHASE VOLTRON SDCC 2018 5-PIECE GIFT SET JAN189071 PLA

3

X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178804 HAS

4

MARVEL GALLERY: TACO TRUCK DEADPOOL PVC FIGURE MAR182429 DST

5

DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES FEB188788 BAN

6

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR MC-004: INFINITY GAUNTLET REPLICA STATUE DEC178326 BEA

7

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING SELECT SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES JAN182369 DST

8

SW BLACK SERIES 6IN AF ASST 201803 FEB188917 HAS

9

SDCC 2018 POP MARVEL TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT PX 2PK DEC178718 FUN

10

DC GALLERY BATMAN TAS 25 ANNIV HARLEY QUINN DLX PVC FIG APR172648 DST

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STARFINDER RPG :ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

2

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK SC MAY182921 PAI

3

STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

4

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK HC MAY182922 PAI

5

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK DELUXE HARDCOVER MAY182923 PAI

6

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE COMBAT POCKET EDITION MAY182927 PAI

7

PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 5 POCKET EDITION MAY182926 PAI

8

GLOOMHAVEN 2017 EDITION MAR188530 CEP

9

PATHFINDER RPG: PLANAR ADVENTURES HC APR182573 PAI

10

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST ADVENTURE: DOOMSDAY DAWN MAY182924 PAI

Vegas Baby! Diamond’s Retailer Summit Heads to Las Vegas in 2019

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that its 2019 Retailer Summit for comic book specialty retailers will take place Saturday, May 18th through Monday, May 20th, 2019 in the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2019 Retailer Summit will offer a wealth of entertaining, educational and informative activities, bringing together the industry’s retailers, publishers, key vendors, and Diamond staff for the 3-day trade-only event. The Retailer Summit will feature key supplier presentations, a trade-only Exhibit Hall, retailer workshops, publisher forums, and more fun and informative events for comic book specialty retailers.

Diamond’s Retailer Summit is the leading annual event for comic book specialty retailers to meet with publishers and suppliers who come together to discuss the industry and their businesses. Top publishers sponsor the event and share exciting new projects, while retailers get to network and learn about new and proven business practices to help them succeed in today’s retailing environment.

Early Bird Registration for retailers will begin on October 1st with a cost of $75/per person until January 31st, 2019, which includes all meals and presentations for the event, as well as generous giveaways from Diamond, publishers and suppliers.

Diamond Announces the Top Products for July 2018. Batman #50 Takes the Top Spot

Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher according to Diamond Comic Distributors with a 39.07% dollar share (+0.65) and a 41.05% unit share (+0.07). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.62% dollar share (+1.08) and a 33.82% unit share (+0.09). Image Comics was third with an 8.52% dollar share (-1.94) and an 8.87% unit share (-2.59). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.52% dollar share (+2.06) and a 3.95% unit share (+2.29), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.82% dollar share (-0.51) and a 1.91% unit share (-0.19), BOOM! Studios with a 1.89% dollar share (+0.27) and a 1.74% unit share (-0.02), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.74% dollar share (-0.36) and a 2.07% unit share (+0.56).

Compared to June 2018, comics saw a vast improvement while graphic novels fell. The two combined saw an improvement. Toys was mixed with an increased in dollars and a slight dip in units. Compared to July 2017, it’s much of the same but toys has also seen an increase in units.

The year to date is mixed with comics showing a slight improvement in dollars though a dip in units. Graphic novels, and toys see a decrease in dollars and units.

DC Entertainment had five titles in July’s top ten including the top comics in Batman #50. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten with the highest ranking being Amazing Spider-Man #1 ranked #2. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #181 was their top book at #17, Dynamite Entertainment’s Elvira, Mistress of the Dark #1 ranked #89, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29 ranked #113, IDW Publishing’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 ranked #116, and Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: My Ainsel #5 ranked #147.

Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar from DC Entertainment was July’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, with Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet as their top book at #3. VIZ Media had two titles in the top ten, led by One-Punch ManVolume 14 at #6.

Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 was July’s best-selling book product; the softcover edition ranked #1 for the month, and the hardcover edition ranked #2.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling video game Overwatch, Good Smile’s Overwatch: Genji “Classic Skin” Nendoroid Figure was July’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Thanos Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles also had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Bombshells: Wonder Woman Deluxe Statue at #10.

Paizo’s Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, a special limited edition release with the new edition of Pathfinder‘s rules, was July’s best-selling game product and one of eight Paizo products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.07%

41.05%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.62%

33.82%

IMAGE COMICS

8.52%

8.87%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.52%

3.95%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

1.91%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.89%

1.74%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.74%

2.07%

VIZ MEDIA

1.20%

0.46%

TITAN COMICS

0.69%

0.47%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.64%

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.29%

5.05%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2018 VS. JUNE 2018

COMICS

14.18%

7.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-13.07%

-9.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.01%

6.55%

TOYS

16.78%

-0.28%

JULY 2018 VS. JULY 2017

COMICS

17.37%

10.40%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.11%

-4.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.53%

9.27%

TOYS

15.77%

4.94%

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

COMICS

0.76%

-7.02%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.26%

-10.42%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.93%

-7.28%

TOYS

-8.63%

-10.45%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

89

37

0

126

DC ENTERTAINMENT

63

34

0

97

IDW PUBLISHING

56

19

1

76

IMAGE COMICS

59

14

0

73

DARK HORSE COMICS

21

19

0

40

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

9

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

16

8

0

24

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

TITAN COMICS

10

3

4

17

ARCHIE COMICS

10

3

0

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

130

153

7

290

TOTAL

478

321

12

811

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MAR

3

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$4.99

MAY180773-M MAR

4

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

$4.99

MAY180471-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180460-M DC

6

CATWOMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180456-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAY180793-M MAR

8

BATMAN #51

$3.99

MAY180454-M DC

9

X-23 #1

$4.99

MAY180808-M MAR

10

COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1

$3.99

MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MAR

3

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$4.99

MAY180773-M MAR

4

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

$4.99

MAY180471-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180460-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAY180793-M MAR

7

X-23 #1

$4.99

MAY180808-M MAR

8

CATWOMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180456-M DC

9

BATMAN #51

$3.99

MAY180454-M DC

10

COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1

$3.99

MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP

$16.99

APR180261 DC

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

VENOMIZED TP

$17.99

MAY180963 MAR

4

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL. 3: REMASTERED TP

$17.99

APR180857 MAR

5

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE VOL. 1: FATE OF THE FOUR TP

$17.99

APR180864 MAR

6

ONE-PUNCH MAN VOLUME 14 GN

$9.99

MAY182170 VIZ

7

DRAGON BALL SUPER VOLUME 3 GN

$9.99

MAY182168 VIZ

8

MS. MARVEL VOL. 9: TEENAGE WASTELAND TP

$17.99

APR180868 MAR

9

WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 7: SCARLET SAMURAI TP

$15.99

APR180870 MAR

10

ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

$29.99

JAN130790 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$125.00

JAN181031 MAR

2

BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

$75.00

FEB180294 DC

3

EX MACHINA: THE COMPLETE SERIES OMNIBUS HC (MR)

$150.00

DEC170409 DC

4

BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP

$16.99

APR180261 DC

5

DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERER SUPREME OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC

$125.00

JAN181033 MAR

6

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 10 HC

$75.00

JAN181035-M MAR

7

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

8

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION TP

$34.99

APR180860 MAR

9

THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 3 HC

$99.99

JAN180398 DC

10

THE PRISONER BY KIRBY & KANE ARTIST EDITION HC

$79.99

FEB181804 TTN

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

2

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 HC

$35.00

APR181581-M GEM

3

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

4

DOCTOR WHO: POSTCARDS FROM TIME & SPACE SET

$17.99

MAR121365 PEN

5

DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME MMPB

$9.99

MAR188210 PEN

6

LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: AVENGERS: THREAT OF THANOS HC

$4.99

MAY181767 RAN

7

DOCTOR WHO: ESSENTIAL GUIDE REVISED EDITION

$20.00

NOV158048 PEN

8

PROMISE OF SPACE AND OTHER STORIES SC

$15.95

FEB178336 PRI

9

DOCTOR WHO: THE PIRATE PLANET HC

$19.99

DEC162187 PEN

10

BIG BIG OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL 48

$47.50

APR181584 GEM

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: GENJI “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178585 GOO

2

OVERWATCH: HANZO “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178586 GOO

3

MARVEL SELECT: THANOS ACTION FIGURE MAY052331 DST

4

AVENGERS LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178726 HAS

5

POP! MARVEL: TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE VINYL FIGURE 2-PACK DEC178718 FUN

6

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST

7

MARVEL PREMIER: DEADPOOL STATUE OCT172362 DST

8

MARVEL PREMIER: CABLE STATUE DEC172279 DST

9

MARVEL GALLERY: WHITE PHOENIX SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE PVC FIGURE JAN188826 DST

10

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN DELUXE STATUE DEC170425 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK HC MAY182922 PAI

2

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK SC MAY182921 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: PLANAR ADVENTURES HC APR182573 PAI

5

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: RULEBOOK DELUXE HC MAY182923 PAI

6

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES BOOSTER BRICK DEC178215 NEC

7

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST ADVENTURE: DOOMSDAY DAWN MAY182924 PAI

8

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

9

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: FLIP-MAT MULTI-PACK MAY182925 PAI

10

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

Marvel Takes the Dollar and Unit Share for June while Justice League Takes the Top Spot

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their sales information for June and Marvel again has taken the top unit and dollar share. DC ComicsJustice League took the top spot for comics sold.

Things slowed for the month with comics down 16.71% in dollars and down 6.22% in unites compared to May 2018. Graphic novels were also down. Toys, however, were up compared to the previous month.

Compared to a year ago, comics were down 11.14% in dollars and 8.93% in units. Graphic novels were down 2.15% in dollars and 14.24% in units. Toys too are down.

While things seem dire, there is a bright spot. The second quarter is up across the board compared to the first quarter for comics and graphic novels. They’re up 19.70% in dollars and 13.34% in units. Compared to the second quarter of 2017, comics are up 3.01% in dollars, down 4.85% in units. Graphic novels are down 3.41% in dollars and down 10.32% in units. The combination of the two is up 1.10% in dollars and down 5.28% in units. Toys are down in both dollars and units.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 38.42% dollar share (down 4.22 from the previous month) and a 40.98% unit share (up 2.63). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 30.54% dollar share (up 4.83) and a 33.73% unit share (down 4.14). Image Comics was third with a 10.46% dollar share (down 0.37) and an 11.48% unit share (up 1.81). In fourth was Dark Horse Comics who moved up a slot with a 3.23% dollar share (up 0.69) and a 2.30% unit share (up 0.67), followed by IDW Publishing, who decreased a spot, with a 2.46% dollar share (down 1.19) and a 1.66% unit share (down 1.41), Dynamite Entertainment increases a spot with a 2.10% dollar share (up 0.46) and a 1.51% unit share (down 0.21), and BOOM! Studios, down a spot, with a 1.62% dollar share (down 0.34) and a 1.76% unit share (up 0.18).

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti’s Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 at #3. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten including including the top comic with Justice League #1. Rounding out the top ten, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order #1 from Image Comics ranked #2. Also from the premier publishers, their top books for the June are BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1 at #116, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s America Gods: My Ainsel #4 ranked #148, IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #6 at #156, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels #1 at #183.

Collecting DC Entertainment’s best-selling event, the Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition hardcover was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Also from DC Entertainment among the top ten, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Nights Rising, a collection of the tie-in one-shots, ranked #2; Dark Nights Metal: The Resistance, ranked #3; The FlashVolume 6: A Cold Day in Hell ranked #8; Batman: Detective Comics Volume 6: Fall of the Batmen ranked #9; and Super Sons of Tomorrow ranked #10. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten: Thanos Wins ranked #4, and Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet ranked #5. Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’sSouthern Bastards Volume 4: Gut Check from Image Comics ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, with art by Rafael Albuquerque, ranked #7.

Documenting the world of Hyrule, Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia was June’s best-selling book, and the deluxe edition of the book ranked #2. Marvel Press had three titles in the top ten, led by Marvel Super-Hero Adventures: Buggin’ Out at #3. BOOM! Studios’ Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.

The Mezco Toys’ One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Spider-Man “Black Costume” Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was June’s best-selling toy. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten: the Marvel Select: Black Panther Movie Action Figure at #2, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie PVC Figure at #3, the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #5, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie: Killmonger PVC Figure at #9, and the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Hulk Action Figure at #10. DC Collectibles charted one product, the Harley Quinn: Red White & Black Statue by Jae Lee at #8.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Reanimator: The Board Game was June’s best-selling game. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (2nd Edition) ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.42%

40.98%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.54%

33.73%

IMAGE COMICS

10.46%

11.48%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.46%

1.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.10%

1.51%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.62%

1.76%

VIZ MEDIA

1.18%

0.43%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.09%

0.83%

TITAN COMICS

0.87%

0.68%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.84%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2018 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-16.71%

-6.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.44%

-8.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.13%

-6.39%

TOYS

1.03%

4.22%

JUNE 2018 VS. JUNE 2017

COMICS

-11.14%

-8.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.15%

-14.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.62%

-9.35%

TOYS

-11.53%

17.66%

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

COMICS

-1.84%

-9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.12%

-11.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.72%

-9.77%

TOYS

-11.98%

-12.70%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

19.97%

12.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

19.01%

19.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.70%

13.34%

TOYS

-16.97%

-7.55%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2017

COMICS

3.01%

-4.85%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.41%

-10.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.10%

-5.28%

TOYS

-14.46%

-13.05%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

87

33

0

120

DC ENTERTAINMENT

73

31

1

105

IMAGE COMICS

60

15

0

75

IDW PUBLISHING

19

18

0

37

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

15

0

35

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

10

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

TITAN COMICS

17

5

1

23

VIZ MEDIA

0

20

0

20

ONI PRESS

7

10

0

17

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

176

19

308

TOTAL

437

340

21

798

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

THE MAGIC ORDER #1 [*] (MR)

$3.99

APR180455-M IMA

3

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

6

BATMAN #48

$2.99

APR180169-M DC

7

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

8

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

9

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

3

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

4

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

6

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1

$4.99

APR180691-M MAR

8

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

10

VENOM #2

$3.99

APR180768-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

4

THANOS WINS TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 4: GUT CHECK TP (MR)

$16.99

NOV170835 IMA

7

NEIL GAIMAN: A STUDY IN EMERALD HC

$17.99

FEB180021 DAR

8

THE FLASH VOL. 6: A COLD DAY IN HELL TP

$16.99

MAR180343 DC

9

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 6 FALL OF THE BATMEN TP

$19.99

MAR180334 DC

10

SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW TP

$14.99

MAR180354 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

JAN180406 DC

4

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170940 MAR

7

THANOS WINS CATES TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

8

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

$99.99

DEC170399 DC

9

RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170944 MAR

10

ABSOLUTE SANDMAN OVERTURE HC (MR)

$125.00

NOV170387 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$39.99

DEC170068 DAR

2

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA DELUXE EDITION HC

$79.99

DEC170073 DAR

3

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: BUGGIN OUT SC

$4.99

APR181653 MAR

4

THE SHADOW VOLUME 130 SC

$14.95

MAR182184 SAN

5

THE ILLUSTRATED CALL OF CTHULHU HC

$24.95

MAR181669 FLE

6

HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA STUDIO EDITION

$50.00

MAR181670 FLE

7

WORLD OF READING: MEET ANT-MAN AND THE WASP SC

$4.99

APR181654 MAR

8

NOCTURNALS ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK SC

$14.99

APR181597 HER

9

PLANET OF THE APES ADULT COLORING BOOK SC

$16.99

FEB181205 BOO

10

GROW UP ANT-MAN HC

$12.99

APR181652 MAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL SPIDER-MAN “BLACK COSTUME” FIGURE FEB178708 MEZ

2

MARVEL SELECT: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE ACTION FIGURE SEP172486 DST

3

MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE PVC FIGURE DEC172278 DST

4

HARLEY QUINN: “WAITING FOR MY J MAN” STATUE DEC168559 MON

5

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

6

DC COMICS REBIRTH: BATMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NOV172822 KOT

7

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

8

HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JAE LEE NOV170395 DC

9

MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: KILLMONGER PVC FIGURE JAN182376 DST

10

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

REANIMATOR COLLECTIBLE BOARD GAME DEC171511 DE

2

STRANGER THINGS: EGGO CARD GAME NOV178197 HAS

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLEBOND APR182619 WIZ

4

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION SPECIAL EDITION APR182566 KON

5

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION BOOSTER PACKS MAR182721 KON

6

RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAME APR188202 PSI

7

MUNCHKIN CCG: DESOLATION OF BLARG BOOSTER PACKS FEB182814 PSI

8

DEADPOOL MONOPOLY JUL178753 HAS

9

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME HC BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO

10

YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SAVIORS BOOSTER PACKS APR182565 KON

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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

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

MAR181077 AFT

4

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

5

DOCTOR WHO TARGET COLLECTION: CITY OF DEATH MMPB

$9.99

APR181367 PEN

6

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 129 SC

$14.95

FEB182112 SAN

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

WOLF & PARCHMENT VOL. 2 LIGHT NOVEL SC

$14.00

FEB181982 YEN

9

DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY VOL. 5 NOVEL SC

$14.00

MAR182083 YEN

10

NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC

$15.95

DEC178273 WW

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN “BLUE” FIGURE JUL178556 MEZ

2

DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN STATUE BY CAPULLO NOV170394 DC

3

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

4

POP! HEROES: DC: DEATH VINYL FIGURE DEC178161 FUN

5

OVERWATCH: GENJI 12-INCH STATUE DEC178061 BLI

6

MARVEL GALLERY: X-23 PVC STATUE NOV172443 DST

7

OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI

8

BATMAN VS. THE JOKER: LAFF-CO BATTLE STATUE OCT170396 DC

9

DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC

10

STRANGER THINGS: DEMOGORGON DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SEP178832 TMP

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS INFINITY COLOSSAL BOOSTER BRICK DEC172935 NEC

2

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE MAGIC POCKET EDITION FEB182807 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 4 POCKET EDITION FEB182806 PAI

6

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: DEAD SUNS PART 5 SC FEB182808 PAI

7

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

8

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

9

STARFINDER RPG ALIEN: ARCHIVE HC AUG173202 PAI

10

PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI

 

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excite for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Los Angeles Times – Comic book valued at $500 among those reportedly taken by thief at Burbank store – Booo. If anyone knows anything, please help out.

CBR – Damon Lindelof Says ‘Sacred’ Watchmen Comics Will Be Remixed, Not Retread – Interesting.

ICv2 – Lionsgate Wins Bidding War to Adapt Gerry Duggan’s ‘Analog’ – What comics aren’t being adapted?

The Outhouse – Diamond Estimates 1.5 Million Free Comic Book Day Attendees – That’s a solid amount of people.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – New Challengers #1

Newsarama – Skyward #2

Talking Comics – The Mighty Thor: Gates of Valhalla

Diamond Announces its 2018 San Diego Comic-Con PREVIEWS Exclusives

Diamond Comic Distributors is offering seventeen extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 19-22). The list includes variants of several popular Marvel titles, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deadpool, a two-pack of Superman ViniMates vinyl figures to commemorate his 80thbirthday and landmark Action Comics #1000, an assortment of PVC and PX statues, and more! Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401 and purchase from participating retailers on the show floor.

For more information and to pick up our one-sheet listing retailers on the show floor where you can purchase our SDCC PREVIEWS Exclusives, make sure to visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401.

Comics & Graphic Novels

SDCC 2018 JIM HENSON BENEATH DARK CRYSTAL #1

(W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington

Writer Adam Smith (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special) and artist Alexandria Huntington (Avengers Origins) present a new sequel to the hit film! The realm of Mithra is being rebuilt by the newly-crowned Ember Queen Thurma. But while she seeks to save all people, a long-forgotten tribe of Firelings disputes the legitimacy of her reign… and they have proof that another Fireling is the true heir to the throne. (MAR188001) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 CHARLIES ANGELS #1

(W) John Layman (A) Joe Eisma

The Angels are back, baby! -The original Angels, Jill, Kelly and Sabrina! Travel back to the swingin’ 70s, and revisit the butt-kicking, crime-fighting, mold-breaking lady detectives who took 70s TV by storm, ready to do the same to comics 40 years later! Break out your bell-bottoms, feather your hair, and jump back to an era of peanut-farmer presidents, gargantuan gas-guzzlers and foxy female detectives… for a globe-trotting adventure that’s simply too big and epic for the 70s-era boob tube. Written by elderly Eisner winner and solicitation-writing former-superstar John Layman, and with art by his scrappy but lovable youngster pal, Joe Eisma. This is one comic you DON’T DARE TO MISS!!!! (MAR188166) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #7 FOIL CVR

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas

Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized, and more powerful players…One of the first major villains of the new series revealed! Special foil cover to celebrate entering the second half of Sonic’s first year at IDW! (MAR188123) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 MAGIC ORDER #1 (OF 6)

(W) Mark Millar (A) Olivier Coipel

We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians-sworn to protect our world for generations-must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first. Mark Millar’s first Netflix comic book, drawn by the incredible Olivier Coipel (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor). (FEB188362) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 VAR

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Ryan Ottley

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (Secret Empire, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and the Marvel debut of Ryan Ottley (Invincible)! Rated Teen. (MAR188242) Limited to 4,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 VAR

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Rated Teen+ (MAR188238) Limited to 4,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2018 DEADPOOL #2 VAR

(W) Skottie Young (A) Nic Klein

COSMIC CALAMITY! A strange and powerful being from outer space is coming to destroy Earth – but WHY? WHO CARES?! Deadpool is totally going to merc it dead! Take that, space nerd! Ummm, that’s the right thing to do, right? And…Wade can do it? Right? And there totally won’t be any repercussions, right? RIGHT? I, uh…I’ve got a lot riding on this… Parental Advisory (MAR188239) Limited to 4,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 2018 VENOM #3 VAR

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ryan Stegman

Still recovering from his injuries, Eddie Brock – the Wicked Web-Slinger known as VENOM – has to defend NYC against the most powerful foe he’s ever faced! The only thing standing in his way? Miles Morales…SPIDER-MAN! Though Eddie and the symbiote have no qualms with this particular web-slinger, the same can’t be said for Miles’ feelings about Venom…Rated Teen+ (MAR188240) Limited to 4,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2018 X-23 #1 VAR

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Juann Cabal

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki (Hulk, Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer) and Juann Cabal (All new Wolverine, Elektra). Rated Teen+ (MAR188241) Limited to 4,000 copies.

Merchandise

SDCC 2018 DC COMICS 80TH ANN SUPERMAN VINIMATE

It’s Superman’s 80th birthday, and in the wake of his landmark 1000th issue, Diamond Select Toys is offering this commemorative two-pack of DC Vinimates vinyl figures! Based on his first appearance and modern-day look, these two 4-inch vinyl figures are sculpted in the block-figure style and strike trademark Superman poses. Limited to only 1,500 pieces, this exclusive two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (JAN188825) Limited to 1,500 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY GREY HULK PVC STATUE

Now that’s a Hulk of a different color! The Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas returns to Comic-Con with a new variant that celebrates the multi-colored history of the Hulk. This new grey-skinned edition of Diamond Select Toys’ hit Hulk PVC features an all-new head sculpt and captures the character in one of his fan-favorite looks. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this diorama comes packaged in a full color window box. (JAN188824) Limited to 5,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY WHITE PHOENIX PVC STATUE

The Phoenix has returned! Sweeping down from the stratosphere to once again merge with its favorite host, the Phoenix Force has returned to Comic-Con in the form of the X-Man Jean Grey, but in an all-new look! This white-costumed edition of Jean Grey as Phoenix captures the powerful entity in a frequently fan-requested look, and measures approximately 10 inches tall. She comes packaged in a full color window box. (JAN188826) Limited to 5,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY UNMASKED X-23 PVC STATUE

She’s the best there is at what she does, and what she does isn’t pretty – but she is! Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, a.k.a. the all-new Wolverine, removes her mask in this Comic-Con-exclusive Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama. Striking a menacing pose that contrasts with her fetching facial features, Laura stands approximately 9 inches tall atop an X-logo base, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (JAN188827) Limited to 4,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 DC CLASSIC HARLEY GREEN & PURPLE VINYL FIG

Harley Quinn has been around for over 25 years and she is as crazy as ever! This Previews-exclusive variant of the 7-inch Classic Harley Quinn vinyl figure highlights her connection to The Joker by giving her classic jester costume a green-and-purple makeover. She playfully holds her signature mallet behind her back as a reminder that, when Harley is around, mayhem is always just moments away! Designed by Pedro Astudillo and Anders Ehrenborg, the figure is packaged inside a display-worthy window box. (DEC178678) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 POP MARVEL TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT

Meet the ruler of the Inhumans, Black Bolt, and his teleporting canine sidekick, Lockjaw, stylized as a Marvel Pop! two-pack. The duo is being released as a 2018 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, and the figures stand 3 3/4″ tall with the vital inclusion of forehead antennas that help them control their powers. Black Bolt is glow in the dark for nocturnal adventures requiring illumination and Lockjaw is depicted mid-teleportation. (DEC178718) Limited to 15,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 DC COMICS BATMAN WHO LAUGHS PX STATUE

From the popular Dark Nights Metal series comes this stunning statue of the “jokerized” Batman from the Dark Multiverse, the Batman Who Laughs! Standing 8.1 inches tall, this prince of chaos is featured in his signature buckled outfit that’s covered in small details to really bring this Batman to life. Each Previews Exclusive statue is hand painted with metallic details, individually numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. (SEP178828) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 VOLTRON HYPERPHASE VOLTRON PX 5PC GIFT SET

Voltron was built to harness the mysterious Quintessence energy and establish peace and harmony throughout the universe!  Face with the Galra’s innumerable armies, the Voltron team taps into Princess Allura’s unique connection to the Quintessence and imbues the Lions with this energy, upgrading their weapons systems and supercharging this robotic defender! The legend comes alive when the Lengendary Lions are combined to form the unbeatable defender of the universe, Voltron!  These five powerful Lions transform and combine to form a towering 16” Voltron action figure with lights and over 50 phrases and sound effects from the DreamWorks ™ series Voltron legendary Defender. Includes all new Quintessence enhanced projectile launchers! (JAN189071) Limited to 3,000 pieces.

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