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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Revenge of the Comics: Diamond "pop-up" spinner rack program redeems relic from comics distribution history

by John Jackson Miller

The spinner rack — the rotating wire display with pockets shelving comics — has a bit of a checkered past in comics history, but it's also a familiar icon with a convenient share for retailing. It's now being employed by Diamond Comic Distributors in a just-announced program to put pop-up comics stands in places that haven't had comics in a long time.

In the program, comics shops would purchase 44-pocket racks for placement of comics in other "complementary" businesses. “We’re thinking about stores with the kind of clientele that would be interested in comics,” Diamond Executive Director of Sales Mike Schimmel said. “The book, record, toy, or game store around the corner, the hospital gift shop down the street, drug stores, convenience stores, movie theaters, you name it. Since there really are comic books for everyone, there are lots of possibilities, and each retailer will know best what might work in their communities.”

Diamond is also offering, with partner publishers, a variety of bonus items for retailers who try out the program. Retailers qualify by signing an 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. “There are lots of ways to structure an agreement,” Schimmel said. “We’ve provided a couple of templates that retailers can adapt as they see fit. The program is also flexible in that there are no requirements in terms of the titles or quantities retailers put on the racks.”

The spinner rack as a vehicle to get comics into places they weren't is interesting in hindsight, because while many collectors recall them with fond nostalgia, the cold retailing history was that the spinner rack was originally developed not as a showcase, but as a response to 20th century newsstands and grocers who found comics unprofitable and undesirable, and who wanted them off their magazine shelves. Sticking them all onto a standing rack allowed newsstand owners to stick them off into a corner — "a place for comics to go and die," as one observer recollected.

In practice, of course, comics fans followed the books there, with many developing a fondness for the displays — enough so that the "Hey Kids! Comics!" label atop spinners became a slogan reclaimed by fans (it was even Heidi MacDonald's column title for a time in Comics Buyer's Guide). And even after most comics sales had migrated to comics shops, the racks have proved popular enough that shop owners and fans alike have sought them out (including via a successful Kickstarter earlier this year which raised $95,000).

It's highly unlikely that any of the outlets taking the pop-ups would have been ones that exiled comics to the spinners decades ago — but the fact that the spinner is being employed as a way back into wider distribution is interesting. And since the terms for the books on those racks will be different — and because the titles will be curated rather than selected randomly and shoved haphazardly in, as in the bad old days — there's a better chance that this century, they'll be profitable enough to stay.

Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry's retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises. He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Overdraft: The Orion OffensiveStar Wars: A New Dawn, and the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. Read more about them at his fiction site.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

May 2018 Comics Sales Estimates: Spidey #800 tops 411,000 copies, Venom 225k; Action #1000 passes 500k

by John Jackson Miller

As reported here in greater detail on Friday, April's strong sales continued into May, with the month beating any one from 2017. We've now got our estimates for the individual title sales for the month, and they make Amazing Spider-Man #800 the second book in two months to top 400,000 copies. Further, April's leader, Action Comics #1000, piled up even more sales, passing 500,000 copies in North America, as expected — meaning that both issues have a nearly even dollar value at full retail of around $4 million. Click to see the comics sales charts for May 2018.

We have also updated our running sales tally for 2018, and two books from May made the Top 5: Spidey's issue, of course, and Venom #1, which shipped more than 225,000 copies.

The influence of the top-sellers resulted in the average weighted price of comics ordered by shops to vault to $4.40, blowing away the previous record of $4.18 set in November 2015. (See other modern-era sales records.) The average cost of comics offered (rather than ordered) was $3.93, about normal for this year.

We have a video walkthrough of the month's preliminary sales report; be sure to take a look.

The vital statistics for the month:

Friday, June 15, 2018

May 2018 comics sales best in year and a half; Amazing Spider-Man #800 top comic

by John Jackson Miller

Improvement continued in the comic shop market in May, with retailers ordering $49.05 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond Comic Distributors according to Comichron's estimates; that's the largest amount since November 2016. (6/18 UPDATE: The full sales charts are now online.)

 Find this issue at TFAWEarlier last week I tweeted that this May had a decent shot at beating the same month a year earlier, despite that month having the best sales of 2017. Both months had five weeks, and May 2018 had some major events, including the top-selling Amazing Spider-Man #800, Man of Steel #1, and a hit Avengers movie in theaters all month (not to mention Deadpool and a Star Wars film). This May beat last May by nearly 2% and came close to flirting with the $50 million level. Marvel dollar sales saw significant year-over-year improvement, as did those of Image; total Marvel titles shipped to market exceeded $20 million, the best figure for the company since June 2016.

The year-to-date shortfall was shaved yet again, to 2.67%; comics dollar sales, separate from graphic novels, which continued to lag, are now positive for the year. We know a bit about June's sales already; it's up against a relatively good month from 2017, so completely erasing the year's deficit at halftime (which is around $6 million) is unlikely. But April and May are up a combined 6% over the same months in 2017, and it's now nearly a mathematical certainty that the second quarter will be up, thus ending the recession in comics, at least as far as the conventional definition is concerned. (Check out our explainer video below.)


Economists often define a recession as any period in which growth has fallen two quarters in a row; our string of down quarters year-over-year began in the fourth quarter of 2016, running for a year and a half — which is about how long recessions tend to run in the general economy. We came close to a down period of this length in 2010-11, though it was interrupted by a growth quarter; it took the DC New 52 to kick off several years of growth. The comparison charts:


DollarsUnits
May 2018 Vs. April 2018
Comics+7.00%+2.99%*
Graphic Novels+6.94%+4.85%
TOTAL COMICS/GNs+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/GNs+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/GNs-2.67%-9.85%
Toys-12.06%-17.25%

May's unit sales for comics were down versus last May as reported by Diamond — but there were a couple of things going on, the first of which resulted in the asterisks we've placed above.

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First and most important, last May included the 25-cent Saga #43, which sold in the hundreds of thousands of copies; this May included DC Nation #0, likewise priced at a quarter and selling a reported million copies. But while both comics were included in calculations for Image and DC's market shares respectively, our calculations show that unlike Saga #43, DC Nation #0 sales were not included in the computation of Diamond's year-over-year industry-wide comics unit sales.

Diamond would have faced a difficult choice with the issue: Free Comic Book Day issues — which DC Nation essentially served the role of for DC this year — are traditionally not included in either the percentage change table or unit market shares. They'd distort the comparisons too much. Yet comics with a nominal cover price — even 25¢ — traditionally have been counted toward both the percentage change tables and market shares. But a million promotional-rate copies is a lot, and would have wreaked a lot of havoc on the percentage-change tables, so it appears Diamond compromised here, giving DC its market share credit, while protecting the more important all-industry measures from distortion.

Because Saga #43 was included for percentage-change purposes last year, the decision has the effect of making the unit sales change number for this month look worse than it is. If we calculate DC Nation #0 as representing an exact million copies, then comics unit sales would have been up 16.5% over April, rather than 3%; sales versus last may would have been up 3.5% rather than down 8.65%; and year-to-date sales would have been down 7.3% rather than close to 9.8%. I do not intend to alter the charts, but will serve reminders here as necessary that 2018 has something a million copies not counted that would have been counted in previous years.

The other thing of note regarding unit sales is that this May saw 10% fewer new comics offered to market — 472 versus 527 last May, 55 fewer new releases. That more than accounts for the difference in unit sales, quarter-book complications aside.

The market shares:

PublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
Marvel42.64%38.35%
DC25.71%37.87%
Image10.83%9.67%
IDW3.65%3.07%
Dark Horse2.54%1.63%
Boom1.96%1.58%
Dynamite1.64%1.30%
Viz1.12%0.40%
Oni1.03%0.48%
Valiant0.84%0.90%
Other8.03%4.75%

Marvel had four of the top 10 comics (including three Fresh Start launches), DC had five, and Image one. Several of the best sellers came out on the last week of the month, so they'll see significant traffic next month. Man of Steel #1's asterisk means it was returnable; unlike everything else in the top ten, it had no variants.

The top selling comics by units:

TOP COMIC BOOKS (by units)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Amazing Spider-Man #800$9.99Marvel
2Venom #1$4.99Marvel
3Doomsday Clock #5$4.99DC
4Avengers #1$4.99Marvel
5Black Panther #1$4.99Marvel
6Batman #47$2.99DC
7Batman #46$2.99DC
8Justice League: No Justice #1$3.99DC
9The Man of Steel #1*$3.99DC
10The Walking Dead #179$3.99Image

And the top-selling comics by invoiced dollars confirms that Action Comics #1000 was still doing big business in May:

TOP COMIC BOOKS (by dollars)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Amazing Spider-Man #800$9.99Marvel
2Venom #1$4.99Marvel
3Doomsday Clock #5$4.99DC
4Avengers #1$4.99Marvel
5Black Panther #1$4.99Marvel
6Action Comics #1000$7.99DC
7Despicable Deadpool #300$5.99Marvel
8Batman: White Knight #8$4.99DC
9Invincible Iron Man #600$5.99Marvel
10Justice League: No Justice #1$3.99DC

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The graphic novel sector has lagged all year, though it's only off single digits now. While 8% percent more new graphic novels were offered, 8% fewer dollars were made from them — a consequence, possibly, of retailers splitting up graphic novel dollars to stock Infinity War-related titles.

The 2011 printing of Infinity Gauntlet led reorders for most of the month (and it is still continuing to), and those combined to beat any new graphic novel out there in dollars. It just missed being the top graphic novel by units, because the $7.99 Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here #1 from Marvel was counted in the category.

The top-selling graphic novels by units:

TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS (by units)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here #1$7.99Marvel
2Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel
3Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology$19.99Image
4Snotgirl Vol. 2: California Screaming$15.99Image
5Dark Days: The Road To Metal HC$29.99DC
6Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Heart Of The Amazon$16.99DC
7Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom, Inc$19.99Marvel
8Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed Of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse
9Black Magick Vol. 2: Awakening II$16.99Image
10Black Panther: Long Live The King$14.99Marvel

Marvel had a big blowout sale on older Marvel Masterworks hardcovers in May; while those sales are reflected in the unit charts, the dollars chart is based on what retailers actually paid. It's a new one that made the chart below, which is the top-selling graphic novels by invoiced dollars:

TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS (by dollars)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel
2Punisher Max By Garth Ennis Omnibus Vol. 1 HC$100.00Marvel
3Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here #1$7.99Marvel
4Dark Days: The Road To Metal HC$29.99DC
5Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology$19.99Image
6Wolverine Goes To Hell Omnibus HC$100.00Marvel
7Infinity War$29.99Marvel
8Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Team-Up Vol. 3 HC$75.00Marvel
9Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed Of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse
10Weapon X: The Return Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel

Finally, here are the number of offerings. As noted, fewer new comics shipped:

PublisherComics
shipped
Graphic Novels
shipped
Magazines
shipped
Total
shipped
Marvel92420134
DC74300104
Image6522087
IDW3924063
Boom2312035
Dark Horse1716033
Dynamite205025
Viz022022
Valiant83011
Oni3205
Other13120832371
Total shipped47238632890

I'm a guest at All-Star Comic-Con in Tysons Corners, Virginia this weekend; look for the estimates on our May 2018 comics chart sales page next week when I return.

Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry's retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises. He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Overdraft: The Orion OffensiveStar Wars: A New Dawn, and the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. Read more about them at his fiction site.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #800, Walking Dead anniversary box set lead reorder charts

by John Jackson Miller

We expect the May sales charts to be along this weekend, but in the meantime, last week's reorder charts are out from Diamond Comic Distributors. Amazing Spider-Man #800 continued to lead one, while the Walking Dead 15th anniversary box set led the other. First, we'll look at what's already in stores before moving on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for June 4-10, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

Last week's top reordered book, Amazing Spider-Man #800, topped the list once again. (See listings for the issue on eBay.)

The top hardcover was Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 3: Knightsend.

The Infinity Gauntlet collection was yet again the top trade paperback.

The top reordered comic book from DC was Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin Vs. Ras Al Ghul #1. It went on sale on May 30. DC also had the top reordered comic book released in June, Justice League #1.

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Amazing Spider-Man #800 Leg$9.99 Marvel
2Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
3Batman Knightfall Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Knightsend$99.99 DC
4Amazing Spider-Man #800 Bagley Var Leg$9.99 Marvel
5Batman Prelude To The Wedding Robin Vs Ras Al Ghul #1$3.99 DC
6Man of Steel #1$3.99 DC
7Amazing Spider-Man #800 Land Var Leg$9.99 Marvel
8Hellboy Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99 Dark Horse
9Amazing Spider-Man #800 Bradshaw Var Leg$9.99 Marvel
10Crisis On Infinite Earths Dlx Ed HC$49.99 DC
11Amazing Spider-Man #800 Moebius Var Leg$9.99 Marvel
12Doomsday Clock #5 Var Ed$4.99 DC
13Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
14Amazing Spider-Man #800 Frenz Var$9.99 Marvel
15Justice League No Justice #4$3.99 DC
16Doomsday Clock #5$4.99 DC
17Amazing Spider-Man #800 Dodson Var Leg$9.99 Marvel
18Dark Days The Road To Metal HC$29.99 DC
19Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
20Locke & Key TPB Vol. 1 Welcome To Lovecraft$19.99 IDW
21Justice League #1$3.99 DC
22Hellboy Library HC Vol. 5 Darkness Calls Wild Hunt (C: 0-1-2$49.99 Dark Horse
23Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
24Silver Surfer Epic Collection TPB Thanos Quest$39.99 Marvel
25Mmw Fantastic Four HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
for June 4-10, 2018 (in full retail dollars)


These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed.

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These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

The Walking Dead Compendium 15th Anniversary Box Set was the top advance-reordered item by dollars. Priced at $200, it goes on sale October 3.

The Jim Lee variant of Batman #50 was the top advance-reordered comic book, with the regular edition right behind. It goes on sale July 4 as part of the midnight-release promotion many shops are participating in.

The Fresh Start relaunch Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the top advance reordered comic book from Marvel. The 56-page issue has a discount program keyed to retailer's orders of Amazing Spider-Man #796. Marvel also had a lot of Captain America #1 variants in the chart.

No trade paperbacks made the list.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Walking Dead Compendium 15th Annv Box Set$200.00 Image
2Batman #50 Lee Var Ed$4.99 DC
3Batman #50$4.99 DC
4Catwoman #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
5Amazing Spider-Man #1$5.99 Marvel
6Captain America #1$4.99 Marvel
7Justice League #3$3.99 DC
8Man of Steel #6$3.99 DC
9Batman #50 Blank Var Ed$4.99 DC
10Captain America #1 Djurdjevic Var$4.99 Marvel
11Captain America #1 Zeck Var$4.99 Marvel
12Captain America #1 Cassaday Var$4.99 Marvel
13Captain America #1 Renaud Simon Kirby Var$4.99 Marvel
14Captain America #1 Miller Remastered Var$4.99 Marvel
15Avengers #4$3.99 Marvel
16Captain America #1 Garney Var$4.99 Marvel
17Cosmic Ghost Rider #1$3.99 Marvel
18Immortal Hulk #2$3.99 Marvel
19Catwoman #1$3.99 DC
20Batman #50 Jim Lee Pencils Var Ed$4.99 DC
21Justice League #3 Var Ed$3.99 DC
22Captain America #1 Yu Var$4.99 Marvel
23Captain America #1 Jusko Var$4.99 Marvel
24Deadpool #2$3.99 Marvel
25Star Wars #50$5.99 Marvel

We've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for May 2018 June 2018, and July 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Original, relaunched Spider-Man series lead reorder charts

by John Jackson Miller

The reorder charts are out from Diamond Comic Distributors, and Spider-Man leads both of them. Let's look first at the books that are already out, before moving on to the future.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for May 28-June 3, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

Last week's big release, Amazing Spider-Man #800 was the top reordered comic book. (See listings for the issue on eBay.) The top reordered comic book from DC was the weekly Justice League: No Justice #3. It went on sale on May 23.

Marvel had a deep-discount sale on its Marvel Masterworks hardcovers and trade paperbacks that ran from May 17-30; this resulted in eight of the volumes making the Top 25, including the top hardcover for the week, the 2014 printing of Marvel Masterworks: Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1.

The top hardcover appearing not as the result of a sale was Dark Days: The Road to Metal from DC. It shipped on May 16.

And in what has become nearly boilerplate text here, the Infinity War trade paperback was the top reordered softcover.

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Amazing Spider-Man #800$9.99 Marvel
2Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
3Marvel Masterworks Avengers HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
4Marvel Masterworks X-Men HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
5Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
6Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
7Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
8Marvel Masterworks Captain America HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
9Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
10Justice League No Justice #3$3.99 DC
11Dark Days The Road To Metal HC$29.99 DC
12Dark Nights Metal Deluxe Ed HC$29.99 DC
13Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
14Black Panther #1$4.99 Marvel
15Marvel Masterworks Daredevil HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
16Jim Henson Power of Dark Crystal HC Vol. 1$24.99 Boom
17Justice League No Justice #4$3.99 DC
18Ricanstruction Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico TPB$19.99 Somos Arte
19Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
20Invincible Iron Man #600$5.99 Marvel
21Star Wars Annual #4$4.99 Marvel
22Batman Prelude To The Wedding Robin Vs Ras Al Ghul #1$3.99 DC
23My Hero Academia Vol. 1$9.99 Viz
24Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
25Justice League No Justice #2$3.99 DC

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
for May 28-June 3, 2018 (in full retail dollars)


 Find this book at TFAWThese are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed.

These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

The Fresh Start relaunch Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the top advance reordered comic book. It goes on sale July 11 and is the first July book to appear on the reorder charts. (Check out our new July page. )The 56-page issue has a discount program keyed to retailer's orders of Amazing Spider-Man #796.

The top June-shipping comic was Venom #3, which releases June 27. DC's top advance-reordered book was Man of Steel #5, which also releases that day.

The top and only trade paperback on the list is Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar. It goes on sale July 25.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Amazing Spider-Man #1$5.99 Marvel
2Venom #3$3.99 Marvel
3Man of Steel #5$3.99 DC
4Batgirl #24 Var Ed$3.99 DC
5Amazing Spider-Man #800 3rd Ptg Immonen Var$9.99 Marvel
6Batman Prelude To The Wedding Harley Vs Joker #1$3.99 DC
7Black Panther #2$3.99 Marvel
8Thor #2$3.99 Marvel
9Amazing Spider-Man #1 Davis Var$5.99 Marvel
10Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1$7.99 Boom
11Teen Titans Special #1$4.99 DC
12Flash #49 Var Ed$2.99 DC
13Amazing Spider-Man #1 Blank Var$5.99 Marvel
14Ms Marvel #31 Hans Var$4.99 Marvel
15Amazing Spider-Man #1 Cheung Var$5.99 Marvel
16Amazing Spider-Man #1 Party Var$5.99 Marvel
17Sentry #1$3.99 Marvel
18Multiple Man #1$3.99 Marvel
19Black Panther #1 2nd Ptg Acuna Var$4.99 Marvel
20Bloodstrike #23 Cvr B Liefeld$3.99 Image
21Amazing Spider-Man #1 Opena Var$5.99 Marvel
22Batman TPB Vol. 6 Bride or Burglar$16.99 DC
23Kill Or Be Killed #20 Cvr B Virgin$3.99 Image
24Detective Comics #983 Var Ed$2.99 DC
25X-Men Grand Design Second Genesis #1 Character Var$5.99 Marvel

We've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for May 2018 and June 2018. And we now have a page for July 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Infinity War, Batman's wedding, Sonic box set see reorder action in last week of May

by John Jackson Miller
The last full week of May reorders resulted in yet another Infinity War-led reorder chart from Diamond Comic Distributors — and Sonic the Hedgehog made an appearance in the advance reorders, with a boxed set due out in June. 
First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for May 21-27, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

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These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

In yet another repeat, Marvel Infinity War-related items took the top three slots, with the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback, the Infinity War trade paperback, and the Infinity trade paperback topping the charts.

The top reordered comic book was the weekly Justice League: No Justice #2 from DC. It went on sale on May 16. The top Marvel reordered comic was Avengers #2, which also went on sale May 16. It's on a second printing now.

The top hardcover was Ultimate Comics Avengers: Blade Vs. Avengers. It came out on April 13, 2011, making its appearance here possibly the result of a sale.

And, after many weeks, Action Comics #1000 finally left the list. (See listings for them on eBay.)

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
2Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
3Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
4Ricanstruction Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico TPB$19.99 Somos Arte
5Justice League No Justice #2$3.99 DC
6Avengers #2$3.99 Marvel
7Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
8Marvel 1872 TPB$15.99 Marvel
9Ultimate Comics Avengers Prem HC Blade Vs Avengers$24.99 Marvel
10Dark Days The Road To Metal HC$29.99 DC
11Deadpool by Daniel Way Complete Coll TPB Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
12Justice League No Justice #3$3.99 DC
13Silver Surfer Rebirth of Thanos TPB$24.99 Marvel
14Avengers Vs Thanos TPB$34.99 Marvel
15Civil War TPB$24.99 Marvel
16Hellboy Library HC Vol. 4 Crooked Man$49.99 Dark Horse
17X-Men Wedding Special #1$4.99 Marvel
18Justice League No Justice #1$3.99 DC
19Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel
20Batman #47$2.99 DC
21Barrier #3$3.99 Image
22Superman Special #1$4.99 DC
23From Hell TPB$35.00 IDW/Top Shelf
24Venom #1$4.99 Marvel
25Hellboy Library HC Vol. 6 Storm Fury Bride Hell$49.99 Dark Horse

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
for May 21-27, 2018 (in full retail dollars)


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These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

Batman's wedding continued to draw attention as the Artgerm variant edition of Batman #49 was the top advance-reordered comic. It goes on sale June 20.

No softcovers or hardcovers, but IDW did offer a Sonic the Hedgehog Box Set that made the charts. It includes issues #1-4 of the series, and is also due on June 20.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Batman #49 Var Ed$2.99 DC
2Man of Steel #4$3.99 DC
3Avengers #3$3.99 Marvel
4Amazing Spider-Man #801$3.99 Marvel
5Venom #1 2nd Ptg Stegman Var$4.99 Marvel
6Batman Prelude To The Wedding Red Hood Vs Anarky #1$3.99 DC
7Justice League #2$3.99 DC
8Justice League #2 Var Ed$3.99 DC
9Avengers #2 2nd Ptg Mcguinness Var$3.99 Marvel
10Analog #1 C2E2 Exc Var$10.00 Image
11X-Men Wedding Special #1 2nd Ptg JS Campbell Var$4.99 Marvel
12Sonic The Hedgehog #1 - 4 Box Set$24.99 IDW
13Domino #2 2nd Ptg Land Var$3.99 Marvel
14Batman #49$2.99 DC
15Aquaman #37 Var Ed$3.99 DC
16Amazing Spider-Man #801 Dauterman Young Guns Var$3.99 Marvel
17Doctor Strange #2$3.99 Marvel
18X-Men Gold #27 2nd Ptg Marquez Var$3.99 Marvel
19Hunt For Wolverine Claws of Killer #1 2nd Ptg Guice V$3.99 Marvel
20Ant-Man and The Wasp #2$3.99 Marvel
21X-Men Gold #26 2nd Ptg Marquez Var$3.99 Marvel
22Rick & Morty Presents Krombopulous Michael #1 Cvr A$4.99 Oni
23Infinity Countdown Black Widow #1 Del Mundo Young Guns Var$4.99 Marvel
24Justice League #2 Jim Lee Pencil Var$3.99 DC
25Ms Marvel TPB Vol. 9 Teenage Wasteland$17.99 Marvel

We've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for  May 2018 and June 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Justice League: No Justice #1 top reordered comic last week; Thor #1 leads advance reorders

by John Jackson Miller
Another week, another Infinity War-led reorder chart from Diamond Comic Distributors. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for May 14-20, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

Just like the week before, Marvel Infinity War-related items took the top three slots, with the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback, the Infinity War trade paperback, and the Infinity trade paperback topping the charts.

The top reordered comic book was Justice League: No Justice #1 from DC. It went on sale on May 9. Action Comics #1000 from April 18 once again made the list, in 10th. (See listings for them on eBay.)

The Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman book was the top hardcover.

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
2Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
3Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
4Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
5Justice League No Justice #1$3.99 DC
6Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99 DC
7Venom #1$4.99 Marvel
8Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
9Wrath of the Eternal Warrior HC Dlx Ed$49.99 Valiant
10Action Comics #1000$7.99 DC
11Hellboy Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99 Dark Horse
12Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
13Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Boom
14Thanos TPB Vol. 1 Thanos Returns$17.99 Marvel
15John Buscema Silver Surfer Artist Ed HC (Net)$75.00 IDW
16Avengers by Jonathan Hickman Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00 Marvel
17RWBY$14.99 Viz
18Avengers Vs Thanos TPB$34.99 Marvel
19Legend of Korra TPB Vol. 1 Turf Wars Pt 1$10.99 Dark Horse
20Silver Surfer Rebirth of Thanos TPB$24.99 Marvel
21Paper Girls TPB Vol. 4$14.99 Image
22Barrier #2$3.99 Image
23Barrier #1 Collectors Ed$4.99 Image
24Batman White Knight #8$4.99 DC
25Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath TPB$34.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
for May 14-20, 2018 (in full retail dollars)


These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed.
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These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

A bit more Marvel in the advance reorder chart this week, with the publisher taking 15 slots. Another Marvel Fresh Start launch led the chart: Jason Aaron's Thor #1, which releases June 13. An Amazing Spider-Man #800 second printing came in second.

DC's top comic was Man of Steel #3 and Image's top release was Mark Millar's Magic Order #1, both of which are also out on June 13.

No May-shipping comics on the advance reorder list: It's too late in the month. And as often happens, no graphic novels made the chart at all, hardcover or softcover.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Thor #1$5.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #800 2nd Ptg Artist Var Leg$9.99 Marvel
3Venom #2$3.99 Marvel
4Man of Steel #3$3.99 DC
5Batman Prelude To The Wedding Batgirl Vs Riddler #1$3.99 DC
6Magic Order #1 Cvr A Coipel$3.99 Image
7Magic Order #1 Cvr C Hughes$3.99 Image
8Thor #1 Andrews Connecting Party Var$5.99 Marvel
9Flash #48 Var Ed$2.99 DC
10Amazing Spider-Man #797 3rd Ptg Immonen Var$3.99 Marvel
11Venom #2 Del Mundo Young Guns Var$3.99 Marvel
12Deadpool Assassin #1 Sienkiewicz Var$4.99 Marvel
13Hawkman #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
14Weeknd Presents Starboy #1$3.99 Marvel
15Suicide Squad #43 Var Ed$3.99 DC
16Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1 Park Var$4.99 Marvel
17Domino #3$3.99 Marvel
18Thor #1 Blank Var$5.99 Marvel
19Weatherman #1 Cvr A Fox$3.99 Image
20Star Wars Darth Vader #17$3.99 Marvel
21Venom #1 2nd Ptg Stegman Var$4.99 Marvel
22Batman #49 Var Ed$2.99 DC
23Isola #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 Image
24Hunt For Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #1 2nd Ptg Silva$3.99 Marvel
25Thor #1 Dauterman Design Var$5.99 Marvel

We've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for  May 2018 and June 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Early demand high for June's Justice League, while Infinity War reorders keep rolling

by John Jackson Miller

Avengers: Infinity War
 is still going strong, and that was visible on the Diamond Comic Distributors reorder charts last week — while the advance reorder charts were led by a competing super-team, Justice League. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for May 7-13, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

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These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

As noted, Infinity War-related items took the top three slots, with the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback, the Infinity War trade paperback, and the Infinity trade paperback topping the charts. (No way to get those confused!)

The Weapon X: The Return Omnibus was the top hardcover. It released on May 2.

Action Comics #1000 from April 18 was again the top reordered comic; as expected last week, sellouts meant no variants appeared in this week's list. (See listings for them on eBay.)

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
2Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
3Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
4Weapon X HC The Return Omnibus$125.00 Marvel
5Action Comics #1000$7.99 DC
6Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
7Avengers #1$4.99 Marvel
8Action Comics Special #1$4.99 DC
9Wolverine Goes To Hell Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
10Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
11DC Meets Hanna Barbera TPB$16.99 DC
12Punisher Max by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00 Marvel
13Tokyo Ghost Dlx Ed HC$39.99 Image
14Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
15Annihilation TPB Vol. 2 Complete Collection$34.99 Marvel
16Infinity War Aftermath TPB$39.99 Marvel
17Batman #46$2.99 DC
18Lumberjanes TPB Vol. 1$14.99 Boom
19Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath TPB$34.99 Marvel
20Batgirl & The Birds of Prey TPB Vol. 2 Source Code$16.99 DC
21Mouse Guard HC Vol. 1 Fall 1152 Dust Jacket Ed$24.95 Boom
22Venom #1$4.99 Marvel
23Wonder Woman by John Byrne HC Vol. 1$39.99 DC
24Black Hammer TPB Vol. 2 The Event$19.99 Dark Horse
25Road To Marvels Avengers Infinity War Art Slipcase HC Vol. 2$50.00 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
for May 7-13, 2018 (in full retail dollars)

These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed.

These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

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After several weeks in which either Marvel or DC dominated the advance-reorder chart, this week's looked a bit more balanced, with Marvel placing 12, DC placing nine, and Image placing four items. Everything on the table was a June-shipping book.

DC led the chart with several versions of Justice League #1, which goes on sale on June 6. Marvel's first was Immortal Hulk #1, also a June 6-shipping book, which has a deep discount pegged to retailers' orders of Avengers #684. Image makes its first appearance on the chart with a variant of Isola #3.

There's no sign of the mass of Amazing Spider-Man #800 variants we saw last week, but the top advance-reordered hardcover was the Amazing Spider-Man by Michelinie and McFarlane Omnibus. It's not out until October 3.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Justice League #1$3.99 DC
2Justice League #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
3Justice League #1 Jim Lee Inks Only Var Ed$3.99 DC
4Man of Steel #2$3.99 DC
5Immortal Hulk #1$4.99 Marvel
6Deadpool #1$4.99 Marvel
7Batman Prelude To The Wedding Nightwing Vs Hush #1$3.99 DC
8Justice League #1 Blank Var Ed$3.99 DC
9Avengers #1 2nd Ptg Mcguinness Var$4.99 Marvel
10Batman #48 Var Ed$2.99 DC
11Doctor Strange #1$3.99 Marvel
12Batman #48$2.99 DC
13Isola #3 Cvr B Kerschel$3.99 Image
14Deathstroke #32 Var Ed$3.99 DC
15Amazing Spider-Man by Michelinie & Mcfarlane Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
16Hunt For Wolverine #1 2nd Ptg Marquez Var$5.99 Marvel
17Deadpool #1 Young Var$4.99 Marvel
18Medieval Spawn Witchblade #2 Cvr B Capullo$2.99 Image
19Deadpool #1 Blank Var$4.99 Marvel
20X-Men Gold #29$3.99 Marvel
21Immortal Hulk #1 Connecting Party Var$4.99 Marvel
22Deadpool #1 Liefeld Jay Co Comics Spec Var (Net)$4.99 Marvel
23Thanos Annual #1 2nd Ptg Var$4.99 Marvel
24Death or Glory #2 Cvr C Virgin$3.99 Image
25Walking Dead #180 Cvr A Adlard & Stewart$3.99 Image

We've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for  May 2018 and June 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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