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Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap. While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some news from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Wonder Woman 2 Will Be First Film to Adopt Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy – Very nice to hear.

Comicbook – Snoop Dogg Donating Money for Kids to Go See ‘Black Panther’ – Cool of him to do. There’s lots of organizations raising money for kids if folks are interested.

The Comichron – Diamond’s Sales Charts: The road to the Top 500 – For those that like sales numbers.

 

Reviews

The Outhouse – Venom Inc.: Omega #1

Diamond Announces 2017 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the winners of the 2017 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as a key annual award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2017. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards–seven–including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Batman #24; Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99 with Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12); Backlist Publisher of the Year; Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1, shared with IDW Publishing; Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls TP volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High; and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment, won Collectible Statue of the Year with the DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue.

Marvel Comics earned three Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year for Marvel Legacy #1; and Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

Image Comics received three Gem Awards, taking home Reprint TP or HC of the Year with The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan; Best Free Comic Book Day Book withFCBD 2017 I Hate Image; and Best New Comic Book Series for Redneck.

IDW Publishing received three Gem Awards as well, taking home Anthology of the Year with Love is Love GN; Best All Ages Series with Ducktales, and shared Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1 with DC Comics.

Dark Horse Comics took home the Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC.

Retailers also recognized AfterShock Comics as New Publisher of the Year for 2017, VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys for Toy Product of the Year with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure.

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: Aftershock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Comics

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.99: Batman #24, DC Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12), DC Comics

2017 Best New Comic Book Series: Redneck, Image Comics

2017 Best All Ages Series: DuckTales, IDW Publishing

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year: Batman TMNT, volume 1, DC Comics/IDW Publishing

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year: Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1, DC Comics

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan, Image Comics

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year: My Favorite Thing is Monsters GN Vol. 1, Fantagraphics Books

2017 Manga TP of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Volume 1, VIZ Media

2017 Anthology of the Year: Love is Love GN, IDW Publishing

2017 Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Magazine

2017 Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2017 I Hate Image, Image Comics

2017 Game Product of the Year: Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA

2017 Toy Product of the Year: Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure, Diamond Select Toys

2017 Toy Line of the Year: POP!, Funko

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year: DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, DC Collectibles

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Diamond Hires Jim Kuhoric as Purchasing Director – Congrats!

Comicbook – AMC Responds to ‘The Walking Dead’ Lawsuit – Well this should be interesting.

Comicbook – FX CEO Says They Are Pretty Optimistic About ‘Y: The Last Man’ – Duh?

The Outhouse – Amazon’s The Boys Sets Five Of The Seven – Who’s looking forward to this series?

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Ice Cream Man #1

Diamond Comic Distributors Announces the Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels for 2017

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their top 10 comics and graphic novels ordered in 2017. Looking at the top ten, it’s clear events rule taking up nine of the top ten single issues in 2017. Marvel‘s “return to its core” led the pack with Marvel Legacy #1 coming in first place. It was the best-selling comic published in units and dollars. DC ComicsDark Nights: Metal #1 was in second.

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 36.36% Dollar Market Share and a 38.30% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics had five of the year’s top ten comics.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2017 with a 30.07% Dollar Market Share and a 33.93% Unit Market Share. Overall, DC had five titles in the top ten comics for the year.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ award-winning science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics once again dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.80% Dollar Market Share and a 10.12% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took eight of the top ten graphic novel spots. The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #146 at #82.

IDW Publishing was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles from Hasbro, Disney, and Lucasfilm. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 4.54% for the yearStar Wars Adventures #1, a kid-friendly title based on the iconic film franchise, was IDW’s top-selling comic book, landing at #381 for the year.

Dark Horse Comics‘ creator-owned titles helped the company to be the fifth-ranked publisher in the comic book specialty market in 2017 with a 3.12% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year was Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton, at #292.

2017 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 36.36% 38.30%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.07% 33.93%
IMAGE COMICS 9.80% 10.12%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.54% 3.66%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.12% 2.25%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.10% 1.85%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.90% 2.04%
TITAN COMICS 1.15% 0.97%
VIZ MEDIA 1.15% 0.41%
ONI PRESS 1.00% 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.81% 5.83%

2017 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTY

RANK

RETAIL

RANK

DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 1 MARVEL LEGACY #1 $5.99 JUL170990-M
2 2 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 $4.99 JUN170233-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
3  4 PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1  $4.99 APR170970-M  MARVEL COMICS
4  19 SECRET EMPIRE #0  $4.99 FEB170758-M  MARVEL COMICS
5  10 SECRET EMPIRE #1  $4.99 MAR170901-M  MARVEL COMICS
6 14 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3 $3.99 JUL170304-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
7 15 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 $3.99 JUL170300-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
8 6 DOOMSDAY: CLOCK #2 $4.99 OCT170204-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
9 16 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #4 $3.99 SEP170248-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
10 5 PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1 $4.99 OCT170824-M MARVEL COMICS

 2017 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTY

RANK

RETAIL

RANK

DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 1 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMAGE COMICS
2 14 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS
3 6 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 27: WHISPERER WAR TP $14.99 AUG168569 IMAGE COMICS
4 24 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 JAN160645 IMAGE COMICS
5 4 BATMAN VOLUME 1: I AM GOTHAM TP $16.99 OCT160291-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
6 28 MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 APR160803-M IMAGE COMICS
7 3 RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP $19.99 JUL151482-M ONI PRESS
8 5 THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC (MR) $19.99 JUL170766-M IMAGE COMICS
9 12 SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT170715 IMAGE COMICS
10 38 SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 DEC160767-M IMAGE COMICS

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the 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 2017, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. The category tables in this press release are ranked by units sold by Diamond to its accounts for the comic books and graphic novels categories.

Diamond Comic Distributors Announces December 2017’s Top Products. DC Wins Dollars and Marvel Wins Units.

2017 has been a topsy-turvy year for comics and it shouldn’t be a surprise that December was such. In a flip from last month DC Entertainment took the top dollar share while Marvel won the unit share according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

DC Entertainment was December’s top publisher in dollars with a 34.54% dollar share (+0.83) and a 37.65% unit share (-1.72). DC’s increase was driven by a higher cover priced Doomsday Clock #2 and Dark Knights: Metal #4 which were the top two comics for the month. Marvel Comics was the month’s top publisher in units with 38.81% unit share (+4.29) and a 33.80% dollar share (-0.49). In third was Image Comics with an 8.69% dollar share (+0.62) and a 7.20% unit share (-1.06). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.92% dollar share (-0.12) and a 2.92% unit share (-0.74), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.69% dollar share (+0.61) and a 2.06% unit share (+0.53). Dark Horse moved from sixth place last month to fifth this month.

DC Entertainment had six of December’s top ten best-selling comic books. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Yu’s Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 ranked #3. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #174 was Image Comics’ top book in December at #12. Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes’ Christmas-themed Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #96. Finally, IDW Publishing’s top book for the month was Star Wars Adventures #5 at #128.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ award-winning Saga returned to the top of the sales charts as Image Comics’ Saga Volume 8 was December’s best-selling graphic novel. Image had three in the top ten. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten. Dark Horse Comics’ Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event ranked #5. Finally, Oni Press’ Rick and Morty Volume 6 ranked #10.

A collection of Strangers in Paradise writer/artist Terry Moore’s personal sketches and art commissions, Abstract Studios’ Terry Moore: 25th Anniversary Sketch book: 8,800 Days of Blondes, Brunettes and Bozos was December’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a hardcover collection of sketches, webcomics, and background material on the popular video game, ranked #2 for the month.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s immensely popular team shooter Overwatch, Good Smile’s Overwatch: Mei “Classic Skin” Nendoroid was December’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Thor Ragnarok: The Hulk PVC Figure, inspired by Marvel Studios’ cinematic blockbuster, ranked #2; the Marvel Select: Spider-Gwen PVC Figure ranked #3; and the Marvel Gallery: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Drax and Baby Groot PVC Figure ranked #10.

Star Trek fans beamed into action with WizKids/NECA’s Star Trek HeroClix: Away Team Original Series Booster Brick, an expansion for the miniatures game and the best-selling game product of December. Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly, a custom edition of the popular board game based on the film trilogy, ranked #3. IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #6.

After achieving all-time highs in 2015 and 2016, the comic book specialty market dipped in 2017 but still recorded its 4th highest year of sell-in to comic shops. Annual sales decreased -10.09% over the previous year; with comic book sales down -10.40%, while graphic novel sales were off by -9.38%. Over 89 million comic books were sold to comic book specialty stores in 2017, with over 7.4 million graphic novels units shipped.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT 34.54% 37.65%
MARVEL COMICS 33.80% 38.81%
IMAGE COMICS 8.69% 7.20%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.92% 2.92%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.69% 2.06%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.28% 1.98%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.08% 1.84%
ONI PRESS 1.00% 0.52%
VIZ MEDIA 0.96% 0.35%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.96% 1.08%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.08% 5.59%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
DECEMBER 2017 VS. NOVEMBER 2017
COMICS -16.13% -14.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -21.95% -10.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -18.11% -13.77%
TOYS -33.23% -30.05%
DECEMBER 2017 VS. DECEMBER 2016
COMICS -16.54% -24.11%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.17% -13.37%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -14.57% -23.23%
TOYS -27.60% -37.11%
FOURTH QUARTER 2017 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2017
COMICS -2.41% -5.19%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.49% 7.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.82% -4.24%
TOYS 9.14% 2.15%
FOURTH QUARTER 2017 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2016
COMICS -13.90% -19.53%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -1.77% -7.71%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.37% -18.66%
TOYS -15.67% -24.40%
YEAR 2017 VS. YEAR 2016
COMICS -10.40% -9.69%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.38% -11.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.09% -9.86%
TOYS -12.55% -19.90%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 85 43 0 128
DC ENTERTAINMENT 80 38 1 119
IDW PUBLISHING 35 32 0 67
IMAGE COMICS 55 10 0 65
BOOM! STUDIOS 24 7 0 31
DARK HORSE COMICS 19 9 0 28
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 21 5 0 26
VIZ MEDIA 0 16 0 16
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 6 2 0 8
ONI PRESS 4 3 0 7
OTHER NON-TOP 10 118 164 27 309

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2 $4.99 OCT170204-M DC
2 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #4 $3.99 SEP170248-M DC
3 PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1 $4.99 OCT170824-M MAR
4 BATMAN #36 $2.99 OCT170225-M DC
5 BATMAN #37 $2.99 OCT170227-M DC
6 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #3 $3.99 OCT170238-M DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1 $4.99 OCT170876-M MAR
8 MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #1 $3.99 OCT170834-M MAR
9 HAWKMAN FOUND #1 $3.99 SEP170253-M DC
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 $3.99 OCT170879-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT170715 IMA
2 BATMAN VOL. 4: THE WAR OF JOKES & RIDDLES TP $19.99 SEP170400 DC
3 STAR WARS VOL. 6: OUT AMONG THE STARS TP $19.99 AUG171044 MAR
4 BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 4: DEUS EX MACHINA TP $16.99 SEP170399 DC
5 BLACK HAMMER VOL. 2: THE EVENT TP $19.99 AUG170013 DAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD TP $24.99 SEP170405 DC
7 SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER TP (MR) $16.99 SEP170681-M IMA
8 DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 6 TP (MR) $16.99 AUG170634 IMA
9 VENOMVERSE TP $15.99 OCT171003 MAR
10 RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 6 TP (MR) $19.99 SEP171801 ONI

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 TERRY MOORE 25TH-ANNIVERSARY SKETCHBOOK $16.99 OCT171030 ABS
2 OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC $19.99 JUN170080 DAR
3 LITTLE BOOK OF SPIDER-MAN FLEXICOVER $9.99 AUG172292 TAS
4 LITTLE BOOK OF AVENGERS FLEXICOVER $9.99 AUG172289 TAS
5 LITTLE BOOK OF CAPTAIN AMERICA FLEXICOVER $9.99 AUG172290 TAS
6 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 124 SC $14.95 SEP172221 SAN
7 LITTLE BOOK OF FANTASTIC FOUR FLEXICOVER $9.99 AUG172291 TAS
8 ROBOTECH VISUAL ARCHIVE: MACROSS SAGA HC $44.99 JUN172052 UDO
9 DOCTOR WHO: T IS FOR TARDIS HC $9.99 SEP168058 PEN
10 THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI HC $40.00 OCT172093 ABR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERWATCH: MEI “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID FEB178956 GOO
2 MARVEL GALLERY: THOR RAGNAROK: THE HULK PVC FIGURE AUG172642 DST
3 MARVEL SELECT: SPIDER-GWEN FIGURE MAY172533 DST
4 DBZ: GOKU SUPER KAMEHAME-HA PREMIUM COLOR FIGURE JAN178994 BAN
5 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: BLACK ADAM FIGURE AUG168741 MEZ
6 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: SUPERMAN RED SON FIGURE AUG168743 MEZ
7 BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS: BORUTO FIGURE MAY178021 BAN
8 DRAGONBALL Z SCULTURES: TRUNKS SHINING FIGURE JAN178996 BAN
9 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168933 BAN
10 MARVEL GALLERY: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: DRAX & BABY GROOT PVC FIGURE MAY172524 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR TREK HEROCLIX: AWAY TEAM: ORIGINAL SERIES BOOSTER BRICK JUL173390 NEC
2 VALERIAN ALPHA MISSIONS BOARD GAME APR178031 ULT
3 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
4 DC HEROCLIX: HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM GIRLS BOOSTER BRICK JUN173406 NEC
5 STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
6 TMNT: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
7 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO
8 DOCTOR WHO: TIME OF THE DALEKS BOARD GAME JUL173367 GAL
9 STAR TREK HEROCLIX: AWAY TEAM: ORIGINAL SERIES STARTER SET JUL173391 NEC
10 YU-GI-OH!: CIRCUIT BREAK SPECIAL EDITION OCT172955 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 category tables in this press release are ranked by units sold by Diamond to its accounts for the comic books, graphic novels, and books categories and by the dollars invoiced by Diamond for the toys and games categories.

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.

DC Wins the Unit Share While Marvel Takes the Dollars in November

November was a good month for DC Comics as they had the top unit shares as well as 8 out of the top 10 comics according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Compared to the previous month, comics are down both in dollars and units and are down further compared to the same time last year. Year to date comics are down 9.89% in dollars and 8.38% in units. Graphic novels rebounded from the previous month up 19.29% in dollars and 27.04% in units. Compared to last year they are up 2.21% in dollars and down 1.73% in units. The year to date graphic novels are down 9.32% in dollars and 11.72% in units. Overall, comics and graphic novels are down in the year to date 9.72% in dollars and 8.65% in units.

Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher in dollars with a 34.29% dollar share (down 2.09) and a 34.52% unit share (down 4.11). DC Entertainment was the month’s top publisher in units with 39.37% unit share (up 3.89) and a 33.71% dollar share (up 3.13). In third was Image Comics with an 8.07% dollar share (down 2.76) and an 8.26% unit share (down 1.58). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.04% dollar share (down 0.29) and a 3.66% unit share (up 0.35), followed by Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.20% dollar share (up 0.21) and a 2.15% unit share (up 0.19), then Dark Horse Comics with a 2.08% dollar share (down 0.74) and a 1.53% unit share (down 0.21).

Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli explore the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into the inhuman cyborg Darth Vader in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1: Imperial Machine, the best-selling graphic novel of November. Marvel had five of the top ten graphic novels. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten. Finally, Oni Press’ Rick and Morty Volume 1 ranked #5.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Undisputed Street Fighter, a behind the scenes look at Capcom’s fighting video game franchise, was November’s best-selling book. Also of note, Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia returned to the top ten at #5 and Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color, featuring a story by Fight Club‘s Chuck Palahniuk, ranked #8. IDW Publishing’s Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition ranked #7. Image Comics’ The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.

Bandai America reintroduced customers to virtual pets with the Chibi Tamagotchi, the best-selling toy product of November. Funko had two items in the top ten, both PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! Rides: Marvel Classic Ghost Rider Vinyl Figures, with the glow-in-the-dark edition ranking #2 and the regular edition ranking #3. Kotobukiya also had two items in the top ten, the Marvel Now: Venom ArtFX Statue at #4 and the Marvel Premier Collection: Psylocke Statue at #10. DC Collectibles had four items in the top ten: the DC Icons: “Death of Superman” Doomsday Vs. Superman Deluxe Action Figure 2-Pack at #5, the Justice League Movie: Batman Statue at #6, the Bat Signal Prop at #7, and the Justice League Movie: Superman Statue at #9. Finally, Diamond Select Toys’ Batman: The Animated Series: Harley Quinn 25th-Anniversary Deluxe PVC Figure ranked #9.

Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder RPG: Ultimate Wilderness Sourcebook was November’s best-selling game product and one of the nine Paizo products in the top ten. Also in the top ten, NECA/WizKids’ DC HeroClix: Harley Quinn and the Gotham Girls Booster Brick ranked #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 34.29% 34.52%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 33.71% 39.37%
IMAGE COMICS 8.07% 8.26%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.04% 3.66%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.20% 2.15%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.08% 1.53%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.06% 1.61%
VIZ MEDIA 1.34% 0.53%
TITAN COMICS 1.31% 1.07%
ONI PRESS 1.23% 0.76%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.68% 6.54%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
NOVEMBER 2017 VS. OCTOBER 2017
COMICS -3.63% -4.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 19.29% 27.04%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 3.11% -2.54%
TOYS 45.65% 39.93%
NOVEMBER 2017 VS. NOVEMBER 2016
COMICS -9.45% -13.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.21% -1.73%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.80% -12.36%
TOYS -4.88% -20.66%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS -9.89% -8.38%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.32% -11.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -9.72% -8.65%
TOYS -11.01% -18.12%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT 95 36 0 131
MARVEL COMICS 85 46 0 131
IMAGE COMICS 68 14 0 82
IDW PUBLISHING 43 26 0 69
BOOM! STUDIOS 25 16 0 41
TITAN COMICS 23 10 8 41
VIZ MEDIA 0 40 0 40
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 25 9 0 34
DARK HORSE COMICS 14 12 0 26
ONI PRESS 8 2 0 10
OTHER NON-TOP 10 156 244 30 430

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 $4.99 SEP170245-M DC
2 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 LENTICULAR EDITION $5.99 SEP170247 DC
3 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 $3.99 AUG170173 DC
4 BATMAN LOST #1 $4.99 AUG170170 DC
5 BATMAN #35 $2.99 SEP170276-M DC
6 BATMAN #34 $2.99 SEP170274-M DC
7 BATMAN: THE DEVASTATOR #1 $3.99 AUG170172-M DC
8 CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 $3.99 SEP170802-M MAR
9 BATMAN ANNUAL #2 $4.99 SEP170278 DC
10 STAR WARS #38 $3.99 SEP170965-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 1: IMPERIAL MACHINE TP $17.99 AUG171045 MAR
2 DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE… AGAIN TP $15.99 AUG171018 MAR
3 THE FLASH VOL. 4: RUNNING SCARED TP $14.99 AUG170320 DC
4 WONDER WOMAN VOL. 4: GODWATCH TP $16.99 AUG170329 DC
5 RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP $19.99 JUL151482 ONI
6 STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION TP $19.99 AUG171049 MAR
7 JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: CAPTAIN PHASMA TP $16.99 AUG171050 MAR
8 SUPERMAN VOLUME 4: BLACK DAWN TP $16.99 AUG170325 DC
9 STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL: SON OF DATHOMIR TP $15.99 AUG171046 MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 4: ENDLESS TP $16.99 AUG170324 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER HC $39.99 JUL171680 DYN
2 BACK ISSUE #101 $34.95 AUG172086 TWO
3 GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1 $12.99 OCT151871 ZEN
4 HARRY MOON: HARRY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL HC $16.99 JAN179078 RAB
5 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
6 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 47 $29.95 APR171765-M GEM
7 BERNIE WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT EDITION HC $125.00 JUN170552 IDW
8 LEGACY: COLOR NOVELLA FOR YOU TO COLOR HC $19.99 JUL170107 DAR
9 THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR) $14.99 FEB160615 IMA
10 HONEY MOON: CHRISTMAS HC $16.99 JAN179079 RAB

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 CHIBI TAMAGOTCHI MAR178821 BAN
2 POP RIDES! MARVEL: CLASSIC GHOST RIDER GLOW-IN-THE-DARK VINYL FIGURE JUL178584 FUN
3 POP RIDES! MARVEL: CLASSIC GHOST RIDER VINYL FIGURE JUL178585 FUN
4 MARVEL NOW: VENOM ARTFX+ STATUE MAY172821 KOT
5 DC ICONS: DOOMSDAY VS. SUPERMAN DELUXE FIGURE 2-PACK MAY170374 DC
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE: BATMAN STATUE MAY170370 DC
7 BAT SIGNAL PROP MAY170373 DC
8 BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: HARLEY QUINN 25TH-ANNIVERARY DELUXE PVC FIGURE APR172648 DST
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE: SUPERMAN STATUE MAY170371 DC
10 MARVEL PREMIER COLLECTION: PSYLOCKE STATUE APR172652 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE WILDERNESS SEP173077 PAI
2 DC HEROCLIX: HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM GIRLS BOOSTER BRICK JUN173406 NEC
3 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI
4 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI
5 PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 2 POCKET EDITION AUG173198 PAI
6 STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE HC AUG173202 PAI
7 STARFINDER PAWNS: ALIEN ARCHIVE PAWN BOX SEP173078 PAI
8 PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI
9 PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE EQUIPMENT POCKET EDITION AUG173199 PAI
10 TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

DC Has 7 of the Top 10 in October in an Interesting Month for Comics

October was all about Dark Nights: Metal in an interesting month that saw some positive signs as released by Diamond Comic Distributors. Marvel Comics was October’s top publisher with a 36.38% dollar share (up 1.59) and a 38.63% unit share (up 0.50). DC Entertainment was second with a 30.58% dollar share (up 0.37) and a 35.48% unit share (down 1.20). In third was Image Comics with an 11.46% dollar share (up 1.91) and a 9.84% unit share (up 1.03). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.33% dollar share (up 0.03) and a 3.31% unit share (down 0.36), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.82% dollar share (up 0.38) and a 1.74% unit share (down 0.03).

Comic dollar sales improved while unit shares dropped compared to the previous month, the exact opposite of last month’s report. Dollars and unit shares are sharply down compared to the same time last year. Graphic novels saw an increase in both dollars and units compared to the last month and dollars are up compared to last year while units are down. Overall, total comics and graphic novels are up compared to the previous month while units are down and totals are down for both compared to the previous year. The previous year saw some major launches at the same time as well as a top comic boosted due to sales for “geek boxes.”

DC Entertainment had seven titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #172 ranked #22 for the month, IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Adventures #3 ranked #104, and Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #8 ranked #122.

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan, a hardcover collection of the comic strip by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn originally published in Image Comics’ IMAGE+ magazine, was October’s best-selling graphic novel and one of Image Comics’ six titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel ranked #8 for the month.

Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of background materials on the characters from the best-selling video game, was the best-selling book of October. In total, Dark Horse Comics had four titles in the top ten including The Art of Overwatch at #3, the Serenity: Everything’s Shiny Adult Coloring Book at #4, and The Art of Overwatch Limited Edition at #6. BOOM! Studio’s Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Adult Coloring Book ranked #2. IDW Publishing had two titles in the top ten: The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History at #7 and The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes to Color at #8.

Good Smile’s Overwatch: Tracer “Classic Skin” Nendoroid, a figure based on one of the most popular characters from Blizzard’s Overwatch video game, was October’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten: the Batman Animated Series: Batcave Playset with Alfred Action Figure at #2; the DCTV The Flash: The Flash Season 3 Action Figure at #5; the Bat-Signal Prop, inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, ranked #6; the Justice League Movie: Wonder Woman Statue ranked #7; the DC Icons: Batman Rebirth Action Figure ranked #9; and the Batman Black & White: Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner Statue ranked #10. Diamond Select Toys also had two titles among the top the: the Marvel Select: Spider-Man Homecoming: Spider-Man Action Figure ranked #3 and the Marvel Select: Netflix Daredevil Action Figure ranked #4. Finally, Funko’s POP! Marvel Heroes: Emma Frost Diamond Form Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive figure released in conjunction with Halloween Comic Fest, ranked #8.

Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game was October’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten, IDW Games’ Atari: Centipede Board Game, based on the classic 1980s video game, ranked #7 for the month.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 36.38% 38.63%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.58% 35.48%
IMAGE COMICS 11.46% 9.84%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.33% 3.31%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.82% 1.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.99% 1.96%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.96% 1.81%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.08% 0.76%
TITAN COMICS 1.02% 0.85%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.68% 0.57%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.70% 5.05%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
OCTOBER 2017 VS. SEPTEMBER 2017
COMICS 2.84% -1.10%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 9.60% 0.08%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.74% -1.02%
TOYS -3.64% -7.22%
OCTOBER 2017 VS. OCTOBER 2016
COMICS -15.74% -21.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.37% -8.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.12% -20.27%
TOYS -16.10% -12.91%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS -9.93% -7.89%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.55% -12.76%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.12% -8.27%
TOYS -11.82% -17.78%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 81 41 0 122
DC ENTERTAINMENT 79 39 1 119
IMAGE COMICS 67 22 0 89
IDW PUBLISHING 41 36 0 77
BOOM! STUDIOS 29 7 0 36
DARK HORSE COMICS 15 18 0 33
TITAN COMICS 21 8 3 32
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 24 6 0 30
ONI PRESS 12 4 0 16
ARCHIE COMICS 11 4 0 15
OTHER NON-TOP 10 104 160 24 288

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3 $3.99 JUL170304-M DC
2 THE MIGHTY THOR #700 $5.99 AUG170848-M MAR
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789 $3.99 AUG170779-M MAR
4 BATMAN #32 $2.99 AUG170197-M DC
5 BATMAN #33 $2.99 AUG170199-M DC
6 THE DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287 $3.99 AUG170830-M MAR
7 BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1 $3.99 JUL170311-M DC
8 BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1 $3.99 JUL170310-M DC
9 BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1 $3.99 JUL170312-M DC
10 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1 $3.99 AUG170269-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC (MR) $19.99 JUL170766-M IMA
2 BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON DELUXE EDITION HC $19.99 JUN170380-M DC
3 SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $16.99 AUG170728 IMA
4 RAT QUEENS VOLUME 4: HIGH FANTASIES TP (MR) $14.99 AUG170704 IMA
5 SUPER SONS VOLUME 1: WHEN I GROW UP TP $12.99 JUL170465 DC
6 I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 3: GOOD GIRL TP (MR) $16.99 AUG170669 IMA
7 REDNECK TP VOL 01 DEEP IN THE HEART (MR) $16.99 AUG170579-M IMA
8 STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL TP $17.99 JUL171215 MAR
9 BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 3: LEAGUE TP $19.99 JUL170458 DC
10 LOW VOL. 4: OUTER ASPECTS OF INNER ATTITUDES TP (MR) $16.99 JUN170763 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC $19.99 JUN170080 DAR
2 JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $16.99 JUN171331 BOO
3 ART OF OVERWATCH HC $49.99 JUN170078 DAR
4 SERENITY: EVERYTHING’S SHINY ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $14.99 JUN170101 DAR
5 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE FORCE DOTH AWAKEN HC $14.95 AUG172376 RAN
6 ART OF OVERWATCH LIMITED EDITION HC $100.00 JUN170079 DAR
7 ART OF THE PULPS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY HC $49.99 MAY170545 IDW
8 THE PRINCESS BRIDE: AS YOU WISH MEMORABLE QUOTES TO COLOR TP $16.99 JUN170544 IDW
9 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 122 SC $14.95 JUL172465 SAN
10 DECONSTRUCTING THE INCAL HC $24.95 AUG171792 HUM

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERWATCH: TRACER “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID JAN178091 GOO
2 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATCAVE PLAYSET WITH ALFRED FIGURE APR170463 DC
3 MARVEL SELECT: SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING ACTION FIGURE FEB172613 DST
4 MARVEL SELECT: NETFLIX DAREDEVIL ACTION FIGURE MAY172531 DST
5 DCTV THE FLASH: THE FLASH SEASON 3 ACTION FIGURE AUG170365 DC
6 BAT SIGNAL PROP MAY170373 DC
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE: WONDER WOMAN STATUE APR170460 DC
8 POP! MARVEL EMMA FROST DIAMOND FORM VINYL FIGURE JUL170020 FUN
9 DC ICONS: BATMAN REBIRTH ACTION FIGURE MAY170378 DC
10 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE APR170470 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAME AUG168447 CRY
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: IXALAN BOOSTER PACKS JUN173398 WIZ
3 SCOTT PILGRIM’S PRECIOUS LITTLE CARD GAME JUN173385 REN
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX: THOR RAGNAROK MOVIE EXPANSION JUN173414 NEC
5 PATHFINDER BATTLES: MAZE OF DEATH BOOSTER BRICK JUN173415 NEC
6 YU-GI-OH! TCG: LEGENDARY DRAGON DECKS AUG173192 KON
7 ATARI: CENTIPEDE GAME AUG170531 IDW
8 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: X-MEN FIRST CLASS FEB173226 NEC
9 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RPG: TOMB OF ANNIHILATION HC AUG173217 WIZ
10 MAGIC THE GATGHERING TCG: IXALAN BUNDLE PACK JUN173399 WIZ

Marvel Sees Gains in Dollar Share While DC Sees Big Jump in Units in September

Diamond Comic Distributors have revealed their sales stats for September. Marvel Legacy #1 was the top selling book of September which saw Marvel gain some ground in dollar share but DC Comics gained a large share in units. While comics showed improvement in the month to month and year to year change (losing less than the previous month’s losses), graphic novels saw a sharp turn with both month to month and year to year losses.

Marvel Comics was September’s top publisher with a 37.97% dollar share (up 2.96) and a 38.13% unit share (down 1.39). DC Entertainment was second with a 30.21% dollar share (up 2.03) and a 36.68% unit share (up 5.59). In third was Image Comics with a 9.55% dollar share (down 0.51) and a 8.81% unit share (down 0.42). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.30% dollar share (down 0.51) and a 3.67% unit share (down 0.02), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.44% dollar share (down 0.72) and a 1.70% unit share (down 0.48).

Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had seven titles in September’s top ten, led by Dark Nights: Metal #2. Also in the top ten was The Walking Dead #171 from Image Comics which ranked #7. Among the premier publishers, Star Wars Adventures #1 was IDW Publishing’s top book at #33, while Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #7 was Dark Horse Comics’ top-ranked book at #115.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead Volume 28 was September’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had four titles total among the top ten. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten.

BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Alphabet Book, written by Mouse Guard creator David Peterson and painted by Serena Malyon, was September’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten: The Art of Rick and Morty at #2 and the Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 at #10. Random House had four DC Super Hero Girls titles in the top ten: Finders Keepers at #3, Harley Quinn Brain Squeezers at #4, Showdown in Space at #5, and Power Play at #6.

Batman and Harley Quinn tangle above the rooftops of Gotham City in DC Collectibles’ Batman Vs. Harley Quinn Battle Statue, designed by Alejandro Pereira and the best-selling toy product of September. In total, DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten including the DC Bombshells: Harley Quinn Deluxe Statue at #2, the Batman Animated: GCPD Rogues Gallery Figure 5-Pack Boxed Set at #5, the DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman by Frank Cho Statue at #6, the DC Icons: Robin & Superboy Action Figure 2-Pack at #8, and the DC Icons: Supergirl Action Figure at #10. Diamond Select Toys had two products among the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther PVC Figure at #3 and the Marvel Gallery: Netflix: The Punisher PVC Figure at #7.

WizKids’ WizKids HeroClix: Undead, a horror-themed miniatures game, was September’s best-selling game product. Also among the top ten were two products from IDW Games: Outpost Siberia Gard Game at #6 and Seikatsu Game at #7.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 37.97% 38.13%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.21% 36.68%
IMAGE COMICS 9.55% 8.81%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.30% 3.67%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.44% 1.70%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.99% 1.77%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.94% 1.91%
VIZ MEDIA 1.40% 0.49%
TITAN COMICS 1.16% 0.85%
ONI PRESS 1.10% 0.72%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.94% 5.27%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
SEPTEMBER 2017 VS. AUGUST 2017
COMICS -0.44% 1.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -14.41% -15.46%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.81% -0.08%
TOYS -18.35% -15.27%
SEPTEMBER 2017 VS. SEPTEMBER 2016
COMICS -2.98% -5.49%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -13.14% -16.98%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.07% -6.37%
TOYS -13.86% -30.78%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS -9.20% -6.15%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.83% -13.22%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.00% -6.71%
TOYS -11.33% -18.24%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 88 42 0 130
DC ENTERTAINMENT 77 34 0 111
IMAGE COMICS 58 25 0 83
IDW PUBLISHING 40 21 0 61
VIZ MEDIA 0 43 0 43
BOOM! STUDIOS 28 10 0 38
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 29 7 0 36
TITAN COMICS 19 10 3 32
DARK HORSE COMICS 16 13 0 29
ONI PRESS 8 6 0 14
OTHER NON-TOP 10 123 154 17 294

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL LEGACY #1 $5.99 JUL170990-M MAR
2 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 $3.99 JUL170300-M DC
3 VENOMVERSE #1 $4.99 JUL171050-M MAR
4 BATMAN #30 $2.99 JUL170338-M DC
5 BATMAN #31 $2.99 JUL170340-M DC
6 HARLEY QUINN 25TH-ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 $4.99 JUL170413-M DC
7 THE WALKING DEAD #171 (MR) $2.99 JUL170918-M IMA
8 BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1 $3.99 JUL170308 DC
9 BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1 $3.99 JUL170309 DC
10 ACTION COMICS #987 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 JUL170323 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 28 TP (MR) $16.99 JUL170919 IMA
2 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT III: MASTER RACE HC $29.99 JUN170390 DC
3 STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL TP $16.99 MAY170950 MAR
4 EAST OF WEST VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $16.99 APR170796 IMA
5 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 4: PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH TP $9.99 JUN170333 DC
6 SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 4: FOURGY TP (MR) $16.99 JUL170876 IMA
7 ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY TP $16.99 JUN170378 DC
8 ROYAL CITY VOL. 1: NEXT OF KIN TP $9.99 JUL170757-M IMA
9 HARLEY QUINN VOL. 3: RED MEAT TP $16.99 JUN170383 DC
10 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 5: PAST LIVES TP $17.99 JUL171218 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MOUSE GUARD ALPHABET BOOK HC $16.99 MAY171234 BOO
2 ART OF RICK & MORTY HC $39.99 MAY170019 DAR
3 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINDERS KEEPERS $4.99 JUL172420 RAN
4 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN BRAIN SQUEEZERS $5.99 JUL172421 RAN
5 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SHOWDOWN IN SPACE $4.99 JUL172423 RAN
6 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: POWER PLAY $9.99 JUL172422 RAN
7 STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE OFFICIAL COLLECTOR EDITION SC $10.99 MAY171880-M TTN
8 POKEMON: LET’S FIND POKEMON SPECIAL EDITION HC $16.99 AUG172181 VIZ
9 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 121 $14.95 JUN172308 SAN
10 STAR TREK ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 2 TP $14.99 MAY170057 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN VS. HARLEY QUINN BATTLE STATUE MAR170452 DC
2 DC BOMBSHELLS: HARLEY QUINN DELUXE STATUE MAR170453 DC
3 MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER PVC FIGURE APR172656 DST
4 DRAGONBALL Z MASTER STARS PIECE MANGA DIMENSIONS: TRUNKS FIG NOV168294 BAN
5 BATMAN ANIMATED: GCPD ROGUES GALLERY FIGURE 5-PACK FEB170344 DC
6 DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN BY FRANK CHO STATUE MAR170457 DC
7 MARVEL GALLERY: NETFLIX THE PUNISHER PVC FIGURE MAR172720 DST
8 DC ICONS: ROBIN & SUPERBOY ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK MAR170456 DC
9 THOR LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUN178405 HAS
10 DC ICONS: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE MAR170455 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WIZKIDS HEROCLIX: UNDEAD MAR173404 NEC
2 DRAGON BALL SUPER CCG BOOSTER 1 FEB178467 BAN
3 CLUE: LEGEND OF ZELDA BOARD GAME JUL173383 USA
4 YU-GI-OH! TCG: LEGENDARY DUELISTS JUL173370 KON
5 YU-GI-OH! TCG: MEGA TINS JUN173366 KON
6 OUTPOST SIBERIA CARD GAME MAY170588 IDW
7 SEIKATSU GAME JUL170677 IDW
8 WONDER WOMAN 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE JUL173357 NMR
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ARCHENEMY NICOL BOLAS APR173298 WIZ
10 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY OCT168614 NEC

Diamond, Beast Kingdom Take the Checkered Flag with the New PX Lightning McQueen Statue

Get ready, get set, and go down to your local comic book shop, and see the new Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom Cars 3 Lightning McQueen PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Statue.

The biggest Pixar and Disney fans will be overjoyed with the release of Beast Kingdom’s largest Lightning McQueen statue! Standing almost 4’ tall, this stunning statue is expertly crafted to join together the workmanship expected of a valuable collector’s item with the charm of the Lightning McQueen. This exquisite piece is finished off with a specialty automotive coating applied via a high-quality delicate coloring technique.

This fantastic statue is featured in the September issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog. It will carry a suggested retail price of $6400.00, and will be available in stores late January 2018.

  • CARS 3 LS-051 LIGHTING MCQUEEN PX STATUE (SEP172705)

Diamond, Medicom Return to Gotham City With a PREVIEWS Exclusive Dark Knight Rises Figure

The Dark Knight rises from Gotham to the shelves of your local comic book store once again with the release of Diamond Comics and Medicom’s new MAFEX Batman Ver.3.0 PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Figure.

This brand new and stunningly detailed figure of Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader stands at 6 ½” tall and features an all new sculpt. Insanely posable for maximum action, this Batman comes with three facial expressions, two riffles, a grapnel gun, a trusty Batarang, and multiple sets of hands to display him as you best prefer.

This PREVIEWS Exclusive figure featured in the September issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog, and it will carry suggested retail prices of $75.99.  This Medicom figure will be available in stores late June 2018.

  • DARK KNIGHT RISES BATMAN PX MAF EX VER 3.0, $75.99 (SEP172775)

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