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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Black Panther: The complete postal circulation data

by John Jackson Miller

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It's been a while since we added some more Title Spotlights featuring all the postal circulation data associated with a specific title — so with the movie releasing, this seemed like a good time to take a tour of Black Panther's various titles with circulation data.

Black Panther's debut in 1966's Fantastic Four #52 sold 329,000 copies, according to Marvel's first postal statement ever for that title; the 2016 series launch nearly matched that, with at least 287,000 copies sold by the end of the first year. In between, Marvel published postal circulation data in three of its Black Panther series; that and more is now online at Comichron.

You'll find it here, starting with the first series for which there were postal filings: Black Panther, Vol. 2. It's also the longest-running series to date, running from 1998-2003.

Black Panther Vol. 3 from 2005-08 and Vol. 4, published from 2009-10, finish out the data collection. The largest amount of Black Panther data on the site, of course, is in our monthly sales reports; use the search box atop any page to find more.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dark Nights Metal #5 top reorder last week; Sienkiewicz Walking Dead covers lead advance reorders for March, April

by John Jackson Miller

We're hearing about more reorders and advance reorders that comics shops placed in February with Diamond Comic Distributors. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Feb. 5-Feb. 11, 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.

The top reordered comic book was DC's Dark Nights Metal #5, which went on sale January 31. The top Feburary-shipping comic book in reorders was a Feb. 7 release, the Swamp Thing Winter Special, featuring the last story by the late Len Wein. The issue is sold out at Diamond.

The House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus from DC was the top hardcover. The $125 volume went on sale on Feb. 7.

Image's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was the top reordered softcover for the fifth week in a row.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99 DC
2House of Secrets The Bronze Age Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
3Absolute Wonder Woman by Azzarello & Chiang HC Vol. 2$125.00 DC
4Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
5My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 1 (Res)$39.99 Fantagraphics
6Flash Annual #1$4.99 DC
7Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
8Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
9Divinity Comp Trilogy Dlx Ed HC$59.99 Valiant
10Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
11Ninjak Complete Classic Omnibus HC$99.99 Valiant
12Cannon Wally Wood HC$35.00 Fantagraphics
13Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
14Vision HC$39.99 Marvel
15Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
16Detective Comics Annual #1$4.99 DC
17Doomsday Clock #2$4.99 DC
18Daredevil Shadowland Omnibus HC Tan DM Var$125.00 Marvel
19Black Panther TPB Book 01 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
20Black Hammer TPB Vol. 2 The Event$19.99 Dark Horse
21Swamp Thing Winter Special #1$7.99 DC
22Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
23Moebius Library Inside Moebius HC Vol. 1$39.99 Dark Horse
24Silencer #1$2.99 DC
25Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2$49.99 Image

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
 for Feb. 5-Feb. 11, 2018, 2018 (in full retail dollars)

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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.

The top advance-reordered comic book was the Bill Sienkiewicz variant cover to Walking Dead #177, which goes on sale March 7. The Sienkiewicz variants have appeared a lot on the reorder lists of late; the variant cover for #178 is the top advance-reordered comic book for April, due out on the 4th. Amazing Spider-Man #797 was in second place overall.


The March-slated Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition was third among advance-reordered comics; Diamond informed retailers this week that due to unforeseen circumstances, a portion of the copies would not be available on March 7 but would ship soon afterward.

No hardcovers or softcovers of any kind in the advance reorder list, as happens sometimes.


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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Walking Dead #177 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
2Amazing Spider-Man #797 Leg$3.99 Marvel
3Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed$200.00 Image
4Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1$3.99 Image
5Thanos #13 3rd Ptg Shaw Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
6Avengers #683 Leg$3.99 Marvel
7Amazing Spider-Man #797 Ramos Connecting Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
8Amazing Spider-Man #797 Mcguinness Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
9Gideon Falls #1 Virgin Cvr$3.99 Image
10Avengers #679 2nd Ptg Jacinto Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
11Amazing Spider-Man #797 Crain Mighty Thor Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
12X-Men Red #2 Leg Ww$3.99 Marvel
13Realm Spec Ed HC Vol. 1$39.99 Image
14Infinity Countdown #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
15X-Men Red #1 2nd Ptg Asrar Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
16True Believers Venom Vs Spider-Man #1$1.00 Marvel
17Walking Dead #178 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
18East of West #36 Cvr B Virgin Wraparound$3.99 Image
19Doctor Strange Damnation #2 Tarnation Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
20Captain America #699 Leg$3.99 Marvel
21Venom #163 Leg$3.99 Marvel
22Mister Miracle #5 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
23Doctor Strange Damnation #2 Leg$3.99 Marvel
24Gideon Falls #1 Cvr A Sorrentino$3.99 Image
25Infinity Countdown #1 Captain Marvel Holds Infinity V$4.99 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 February 2018 and March 2018. A page for April 2018 has also been started. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Job cuts hit Barnes & Noble

by John Jackson Miller

Earlier this year we passed along that, according to Bookscan, the adult graphic novel category was off 5% in 2017, with the kids' graphic novel category up 1.9%. Both those figures were an improvement over the 10% loss for the year suffered by the comic book specialty shop market, which remains the largest channel for comics and graphic novel sales combined. (See the most recent size comparisons here.)

The book channel, however, sells a majority of the industry's graphic novels — and a significant player in that has announced a large number of layoffs. CNBC reports that Barnes & Noble confirmed a significant number of layoffs today. "Its 2017 holiday sales fell more than 6 percent to $953 million, when compared with the year prior. Same-store sales declined 6.4 percent for the holiday period, while online sales dropped 4.5 percent."

There's nothing in the statement or article suggesting the company may alter its purchasing strategies or product mix; we'll see what impact this has, if any, on the graphic novel business. Barnes & Noble's rivals in the book channel, Amazon and Wal-Mart, already have their graphic novel sales tracked by Bookscan.

Monday, February 12, 2018

January estimates find Doomsday Clock steady, Hawkman soaring; Comichron adds on-sale dates to comics charts

by John Jackson Miller

Normally, ongoing titles see a drop from December to January — and a much more sizable one between second and third issues. But Doomsday Clock #3 saw its orders from December decline by less than a thousand copies, shipping nearly 158,000 copies to comic shops in January. That's according to our estimates for sales of comic books and graphic novels to comics shops in January 2018, now online here.

As reported here on Friday, a fifth shipping week in January helped the month to the smallest drop in Direct Market sales to since the previous spring, just under 2%. DC had a strong opening to the year, with dollar sales up 15% over its total from the previous January — and we can now see that it had a notable success story in Hawkman Found #1, which released the last week of December with 64,600 copies shipped. The book was the top reordered comic three weeks in a row thereafter, moving more than 22,200 more copies in January and nearly cracking the Top 100 again.


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Marvel was off year-over-year, but only by high-single digits against what was a very unusual month for it: January 2017 was the month that Marvel offered free overships of its entire line, distorting that category of the charts. The publisher's sales for Avengers #678 were divided between the regular $4.99 issue in sixth place, and a $3.99 special in 282nd place; that latter edition's dollar ranking reflects that it was shipped as a free premium. If combined, the issue would have placed fifth. The series had three more weekly issues release.

It's been a busy week for Comichron, and not just because our other report on Friday, on the end of DC's newsstand sales, quickly became one of our three most-read blog posts. In addition, we've just added something that people have been asking for for a long time. We now have included on-sale dates in the monthly charts, starting with December 2017.

There's a reason for the addition now: Diamond began reporting the Top 500 comics in December, which brought a number of reordered and liquidated comics onto the list. The dates serve as a necessary aid to identification.

An excerpt from December's updated chart.
Sorting by date is one method of isolating the new comics from the reordered ones; you can also look just at a specific shipping week, getting a sense for how titles with more weeks on the shelves benefit. Much of what is assumed is "attrition," for example, is often a function of comics simply not having as many calendar days in which to sell. Sales in the following month may make up the difference in many cases.

Some of the on-sale dates are after the original ones for the comic; that usually suggests that the issue is a later printing. We see a number of those among the liquidated comics, as supply finally exceeded demand for certain books.

I'm not ready to commit to adding the dates retroactively before December, as identification wasn't as much of a problem then — and I'm not sure how helpful they'd be for graphic novels, where multiple editions result in different on-sale dates. Plus there are a lot of other projects I'd like to get to! Let's see how this works going forward, first...

The vital statistics for the month:

Friday, February 9, 2018

End of an era: The last DC newsstand issues

by John Jackson Miller

A moment in comics history passed without any fanfare at all in the summer of 2017. It went unnoticed for several weeks — and while it's been discussed online in the months since, I was evidently the first person to ask the publisher directly about it, more than five months later. And now the confirmation is official: DC ended its newsstand editions of its comics as of the end of August 2017.

 See this issue on eBay"DC discontinued much of its newsstand distribution in late 2013 and early 2014," Vice President - Specialty Sales James Sokolowski told me today. Marvel had pulled out of newsstand distribution completely in 2013, but while DC's titles left most independent wholesalers then, the company had continued to distribute a limited slate of returnable titles through Ingram Content Group, which served Barnes & Noble, and Media Solutions, which served Books-a-Million.

Ingram, however, sold off its business to TNG, formerly The News Group, as of May 1, 2017 — and a quick look shows that TNG's catalog, while evidently not complete, has only a handful of comics, and no DCs. That's because, as "Ski" said, DC chose the summer to wind down its newsstand presence. "The comic books that would have arrived in comics shops on August 29 would have been the final titles with newsstand editions."

As mentioned here before — and in greater historical detail here — newsstand editions with different "trade dress," or cover elements, from Direct Market comic books became a necessity as the comic shop business grew in the late 1970s. Newsstand distributors and the publishers they served did not want non-returnable copies entering their return streams. With sell-throughs falling in the newsstand market, publishers focused more and more attention on comics shops — to the point where, in recent years, some aftermarket players (prominently, Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics) began to recognize newsstand editions as rare variants. At any moment, there's a host of newsstand variants on eBay.

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In DC's case, its final run of newsstand comics varied little from the Direct Market versions except, first, in the wording on the UPC boxes, as seen at left and above in a copy of the last Superman newsstand issue, currently auctioning at eBay. (Update: It sold for $34.99.)

They also differed in many cases in price, as DC in recent times bumped up the cover price on several of its newsstand editions by $1 to cover the extra expense of offering the comics returnably through the channel. Ultimately, it was no longer worth it, and the era of DC newsstand availability came to an end.

Even without fanfare, it was an event of some moment, as Kirk Ticknor, the reader who asked me to look into it, pointed out. DC's publishing efforts were intertwined with the newsstand distribution business right from the start, given owner Harry Donenfeld's role as founder of Independent News, a major player in distribution from the 1930s to 1970. Ultimately, DC would stay on the newsstands about four years longer than its top rival. A handful of titles remain returnable from various publishers, including the largest grouping, Archie's digests.

So what were the final newsstand issues for DC? While Sokolowski did not provide a specific list, I took a look at Ingram's final order form, from May 2017, and found 20 titles on it. The most recent issues prior to the end of August appear below, as well as two titles that did not, Action and Aquaman, which I have confirmed had newsstand variants. All have October cover dates, and can be found in our Direct Market sales charts for August 2017.

Consulting eBay, the Grand Comics Database, and (most helpfully) Mile High Comics, I was able confirm the existence of newsstand variants all the way up to Aug. 23's Harley Quinn #26. Based on Sokolowski's Aug. 29 date (on-sale in comics shops Aug. 30), there should in theory be two later issues, Wonder Woman #29 and Justice League of America #13 with newsstand variants, but those have not come to light.


Newsstand titleProjected last issueShip dateCover priceLast confirmed issue
Action9868/23/17$3.99 985
Aquaman278/16/17$4.99 27
Batgirl148/23/17$4.99 13
Batman298/16/17$3.99 29
Detective Comics9638/23/17$3.99 962
Flash298/23/17$3.99 28
Green Arrow298/16/17$3.99 29
Green Lanterns298/16/17$3.99 29
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps278/23/17$4.99 26
Harley Quinn268/23/17$3.99 26
Justice League278/16/17$3.99 27
Justice League of America138/30/17$3.99 12
Nightwing278/16/17$3.99 27
Scooby Doo Where Are You848/9/17$2.99 84
Scooby Doo Team Up298/23/17$2.99 28
Suicide Squad248/23/17$3.99 23
Super Sons78/16/17$4.99 7
Superman298/16/17$3.99 29
Teen Titans118/23/17$4.99 10
Teen Titans Go!238/16/17$2.99 23
Trinity128/16/17$4.99 12
Wonder Woman298/30/17$3.99 28

As noted, several of these are on Mile High Comics or on eBay (or both, like Teen Titans Go! #23). If you have seen later issues, please let us know in the comments section or e-mail at the contact address at left. (Update: Kirk Ticknor also has a thread on the CGC boards tracking these; I've just added his latest finds to the chart and will continue to do so. It's beginning to look as though the Aug. 16 comics might indeed be the cutoff week; Harley Quinn #26 did go on sale in comics shops on Aug. 23, but a consultation of Diamond's shipping updates says that it was originally slated for Aug. 16, and was delayed. If no further 8/23 books are found, we have our cutoff date.)

One Books-a-Million's final DC selection, via Michael Horne
(Update #2: Reader Michael Horne submitted a group of photos from Nov. 13, 2017 showing the final DC selection available in his local Books-a-Million; close-ups demonstrate that they are all returnable newsstand copies, none of which the store was evidently able to return. Of 18 identifiable DC comics, every one was already confirmed, further suggesting that no newsstand variants for issues that reached comic shops after Aug. 16 — besides the aforementioned Harley Quinn #26 — exist. The bagged comics probably came from Diamond.)

While it may look from the above chart as if DC's newsstand slate was dominated by comics from the end of the calendar month, that is in part illusory, as many of the series above were two-a-month titles, so the latter issue is being captured in the list. Biweekly issues would seem to be a less than perfect fit for the newsstand market in any case, as customers there are less regular in their shopping habits; that's probably just one more way in which the modern comics market doesn't sync up with the newsstand.

Postal subscriptions for comics continue, if much reduced, so all the channels of the past haven't gone away. And Books-a-Million was at one point getting some comics non-returnably through Diamond, so that's a different matter. But today's returnable newsstands are just as likely to be embedded within a bookstore, and while comics remain a huge presence in those places, it's just in a different part of the store; with spines rather than staples.

Readers looking for more information about newsstand editions should definitely read Rozanski's detailed discussion from a few years back. My own calculations about newsstand edition ratios, based on internal publisher documentation from the 1980s and 1990s, differ in some small respects; I hope to get that research online here in the future.

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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Fifth week helps January comics sales arrest slide; Doomsday Clock #3 leads big month for DC

by John Jackson Miller


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A fifth shipping week in January helped reduce the year-to-year drop in Direct Market sales to the smallest dropoff we've seen since last spring, just under 2%, according to information released today by Diamond Comic Distributors. We've been reporting reorders and advance reorders for January comics at Comichron for weeks now; now, we finally have a look at how those reorders relate to overall sales.

The quick line on the month is that DC had a strong opening to the year; the internal math suggests DC's dollar sales were up 15% over its total for January 2017, aided by the chart-topping Doomsday Clock #3 and Dark Nights Metal #5. Marvel was off, but high-single digits against what was a very unusual month for it last year.

And that's an important matter: It's critical, first off, to ignore out of hand the unit sales drop, because January 2017 was the month that Marvel offered free overships of its entire line, distorting that category of the charts. Diamond shipped 6.71 million comic books to retailers in the month; to find a comparable figure without the overships we need to go back to January 2016, in which a little over 7 million comics were shipped.

Second, five-week Januaries are actually more rare than the calendar would suggest, because often the January 2 ship day has been counted as part of December. We have to go back to 2008, ten years earlier, for another January where Diamond counted all five New Comics Days as being part of the month. (January 2018's sales were up 14% over January 2008.)

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But the fifth week does not appear to have added much at all in terms of new comics releases; they were just up 5%, and at 478 new comic books that's the lowest number of new comics out per week since before 2015. Marvel only put out one more comic book in January than December, which had one less week. Dark Horse's 10 new comics for the month appears to be a 21st century low (though it had the top graphic novel by units in The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 2, as we'll see below).

Graphic novels, meanwhile, were where publishers shifted their attention for the month, with 23% more new titles shipping this January versus last. The result was a better month for graphic novels relative to comics, about with 560,000 copies shipping versus 527,000 last January. In dollar terms, graphic novels were up 4%.

While the "dead quarter" pattern has been subverted in recent years, the first quarter of the year has generally seen fewer new high-profile offerings than in other times of the year; sales volumes are simply lower, and trends seen now — positive or negative — will have less effect on the year overall. The fact that DC has entered the year with momentum, however, does distinguish this year from last, and the fact that a new Robert Kirkman series is slated to debut in March could change the picture further.

Here's the comparative sales stats:


DollarsUnits
January 2018 Vs. December 2017
Comics6.08%7.60%
Graphic Novels-6.09%-11.86%
Total Comics/GNs2.13%5.79%
Toys5.72%12.29%
January 2018 Vs. January 2017
Comics-4.29%-11.40%
Graphic Novels3.96%6.09%
Total Comics/GNs-1.97%-10.26%
Toys24.19%17.66%

The market shares, below, were revised by Diamond after an erroneous table released.

PublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
Marvel34.30%36.69%
DC33.80%38.94%
Image9.48%8.23%
IDW4.42%3.51%
Dark Horse2.50%1.27%
Boom2.13%1.74%
Dynamite1.61%2.25%
Viz1.29%0.44%
Titan0.96%0.74%
Oni0.89%0.48%
Other8.63%5.71%

The number of titles released, as discussed above:

Publisher Comics
shipped
Graphic Novels
shipped
Magazines
shipped
Total shipped
Marvel86410127
DC89280117
Image6218080
IDW4325068
Boom2412036
Titan1810331
Dark Horse1014024
Viz018018
Dynamite133016
Oni5409
Other12812322273
TOTAL SHIPPED47829625799

And now onto the sales rankings. Diamond did something new this month, using its initial release to put forward not just the usual Top 10 by units, as seen below...

COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPEDPRICEPUBLISHER
1Doomsday Clock #3$4.99DC
2Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99DC
3Batman #38$2.99DC
4Batman #39$2.99DC
5Walking Dead #175$3.99Image
6Avengers #675$4.99Marvel
7Batman: White Knight #4$3.99DC
8Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc. Omega #1$4.99Marvel
9Batman And The Signal #1$3.99DC
10Old Man Hawkeye #1$3.99Marvel

...but also the Top 10 by Dollars Invoiced, or received from retailers. Marvel does a bit better here because of its higher prices relative to DC.

COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS RETAILERS PAIDPRICEPUBLISHER
1Doomsday Clock #3$4.99DC
2Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99DC
3Avengers #675$4.99Marvel
4The Walking Dead #175$3.99Image
5Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc. Omega #1$4.99Marvel
6Batman #38$2.99DC
7Batman: White Knight #4$3.99DC
8Batman #39$2.99DC
9Batman And The Signal #1$3.99DC
10Old Man Hawkeye #1$3.99Marvel

Then we have the graphic novels by units, as reported in the traditional way. As mentioned above, Dark Horse's Legend of Korra Vol. 2 led the chart:

GRAPHIC NOVELS BY UNITS SHIPPEDPRICEPUBLISHER
1Legend of Korra Volume 2: Turf Wars Pt 2$10.99Dark Horse
2The Wicked & The Divine Volume 6: Imperial Phase Part 2$16.99Image
3DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster$9.99DC
4Descender Volume 5: Rise Of The Robots$16.99Image
5Kill Or Be Killed Volume 3$16.99Image
6Saga Volume 8$14.99Image
7Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 6: Days Of Anger$17.99Marvel
8Vision HC$39.99Marvel
9Saga Volume 1$9.99Image
10Harley Quinn Volume 4: Surprise, Surprise$16.99DC

And now the graphic novels by dollars paid in. The Vision hardcover led reorders for hardcovers one week in January, and did so overall in dollars:

GRAPHIC NOVELS BY DOLLARS RETAILERS PAIDPRICEPUBLISHER
1Vision HC$39.99Marvel
2The Wicked & The Divine Volume 6: Imperial Phase Part 2$16.99Image
3Gene Colan's Tomb Of Dracula Artist Edition HC$125.00IDW
4Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 5 HC$125.00DC
5Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil Volume 12 HC$75.00Marvel
6Marvel Masterworks: Sub-Mariner Volume 8 HC$75.00Marvel
7Legend Of Korra Volume 2: Turf Wars Pt 2$10.99Dark Horse
8Descender Volume 5: Rise Of The Robots$16.99Image
9Kill or Be Killed Volume 3$16.99Image
10Deadpool & Co. Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel

Remember, you can sort any chart in Comichron's monthly sales section by either dollars or units.

Take a look also, for comparison, at ICV2's new list of top Bookscan graphic novels for January. The book channel's tastes don't always have much in common with the Direct Market's, but the comparisons are interesting.

The full data should be along on Monday. Enjoy the Olympics!

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, February 7, 2018

Action 1000 hardcover, Thanos lead comic shop advance reorders as February begins

by John Jackson Miller

We're starting to get word on some reorders and advance reorders that comics shops placed in February with Diamond Comic Distributors. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018 (in 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.

Image's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was both the top reordered softcover for the fourth week in a row and also the top reordered item overall by dollars.

The top reordered comic book for the second week in a row was DC's Doomsday Clock #3, which went on sale January 24. It had previously led the advance reorder charts.

The top reordered hardcover was Dark Horse's Hellboy in Hell Library Edition, which came back into stock after its October 11 release.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
2Doomsday Clock #3$4.99 DC
3Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
4Hellboy In Hell Library Edition HC$49.99 Dark Horse
5Vision HC$39.99 Marvel
6Teen Titans #12 2nd Ptg Metal$3.99 DC
7Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
8Wrinkle In Time TPB New Ptg$15.99 St. Martins
9Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
10Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99 DC
11Marvel Two-In-One #2 Leg$3.99 Marvel
12Black Panther TPB Book 01 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
13Silencer #1$2.99 DC
14Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel
15Doomsday Clock #2$4.99 DC
16Hellboy In Hell TPB Vol. 1 Descent$17.99 Dark Horse
17Batman & Robin by Tomasi & Gleason Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
18Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
19Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99 DC
20Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
21Batman Hush Complete TPB$24.99 DC
22Marvels Black Panther Art of Movie Slipcase HC$50.00 Marvel
23Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
24Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
25Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 1 Vader$19.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
 for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018 (in 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.

After several weeks with hardcovers and trade paperbacks mostly squeezed out of the list, last week saw a few reenter the list. 
The Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman book was the top item in advance-reorder dollars; it's been first among hardcovers five out of six weeks. It's an April 11 title.

 Find this comic at TFAWThe Dark Nights Metal Deluxe Edition was second among hardcovers; it won't be out until June 6.

The top advance reordered comic book was Thanos #16 from Marvel, due out on Feb. 28.  Returning to the list as the top March-slated comic book was the Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition.

The top trade paperback (after three weeks in which none made the list) was Walking Dead Vol. 29, due out March 7.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
2Thanos #16 Leg$3.99 Marvel
3Thanos #15 2nd Ptg Shaw Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
4Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #300 Leg$5.99 Marvel
5Avengers #682 Leg$3.99 Marvel
6Dark Nights Metal Deluxe Ed HC$29.99 DC
7Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed$200.00 Image
8Walking Dead TPB Vol. 29$16.99 Image
9Batman White Knight #3 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
10Avengers #678 2nd Ptg Larraz Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
11Dark Nights Metal #4 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
12Avengers #677 2nd Ptg Larraz Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
13Amazing Spider-Man #794 2nd Ptg Immonen Var Leg Ww$3.99 Marvel
14Mera Queen of Atlantis #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
15All New Wolverine #31 Hulk Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
16Dark Nights Metal Dark Nights Rising HC$29.99 DC
17Mighty Thor #705 Artgerm Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
18Star Wars Darth Vader #12$3.99 Marvel
19Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #300 Young Var Leg$5.99 Marvel
20Dark Nights Metal The Resistance TPB$24.99 DC
21Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #300 Blank Var Leg$5.99 Marvel
22X-Men Blue #22 Leg$3.99 Marvel
23Absolute Batman The Killing Joke HC$49.99 DC
24Abbott #2$3.99 Boom
25Saga #49$2.99 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 January 2018, February 2018 and March 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Infinity Countdown Prime #1 leads advance reorders; Doomsday Clock #3 tops comics reorders

by John Jackson Miller

The final full week of reorder and advance reorder charts from January is out from Diamond Comic Distributors. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Jan. 22-28, 2018 (in 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.

Image's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was both the top reordered softcover for the third week in a row and also the top reordered item overall by dollars.

The top reordered comic book was DC's Doomsday Clock #3, which went on sale January 24. It had previously led the advance reorder charts.

The top reordered hardcover was DC's Superman: Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 5, which went on sale January 24.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
2Superman The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 5$125.00 DC
3Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
4Vision HC$39.99 Marvel
5Dead Drop TPB$9.99 Valiant
6TMNT Allies & Enemies TPB$17.99 IDW
7Doomsday Clock #3$4.99 DC
8Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
9Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
10Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
11Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Omega #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
12Black Panther TPB Book 01 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
13Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99 DC
14Hulk Planet Hulk Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
15Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Coll TPB Book 01$34.99 Marvel
16Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel
17Avengers #677 Leg$3.99 Marvel
18Avengers #676 Leg$3.99 Marvel
19Rick & Morty HC Book 1$49.99 Oni
20Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
21Damage #1$2.99 DC
22Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
23Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 1 Vader$19.99 Marvel
24Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
25Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
 for Jan. 15-21, 2018 (in dollars)
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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.

As with last week, it was another week in which the advance reorder chart was mostly dominated by comic books. Topping the list overall was Marvel's Infinity Countdown Prime #1, a $4.99 issue which is set to go on sale February 21. A Logan variant of the issue was the #2 advance reordered comic; a trading-card variant also made the list.
Dark Nights Metal
#6
was the top advance-reordered March comic book. Gone finally from the list was  Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition, a recent fixture.

The Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman book repeated in the top hardcover slot; it's been first among hardcovers four out of five weeks. It's an April 11 title.

For the third week in a row, there weren't any trade paperbacks in the Top 25 at all.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Infinity Countdown Prime #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
2Infinity Countdown Prime #1 Logan Holds Infinity Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
3Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
4Avengers #681 Leg$3.99 Marvel
5Amazing Spider-Man #796 Leg$3.99 Marvel
6Avengers #676 2nd Ptg Brooks Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
7Doctor Strange Damnation #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
8Dark Nights Metal #6$4.99 DC
9Brave & The Bold Batman & Wonder Woman #1$3.99 DC
10Venom #162 Leg$3.99 Marvel
11Damage #2 (Res)$2.99 DC
12Doctor Strange Damnation #1 Tarnation Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
13Hit-Girl #1 Cvr G Romita Jr$3.99 Image
14Damage #1 2nd Ptg$2.99 DC
15Thanos Infinity Siblings Ogn HC$24.99 Marvel
16Dark Nights Metal #6 Comicsxposure Var Ed (Net)$4.99 DC
17Mighty Thor #704 Leg$3.99 Marvel
18Hit-Girl #1 Cvr F Doyle$3.99 Image
19Ice Cream Man #2 Cvr A Morazzo & Ohalloran$3.99 Image
20Thanos #15 2nd Ptg Shaw Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
21Cave Carson Swamp Thing Special #1$4.99 DC
22Old Man Hawkeye #1 2nd Ptg Checchetto Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
23Batman #41$2.99 DC
24Infinity Countdown Prime #1 Trading Card Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
25Batman #41 Var Ed$2.99 DC

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 January 2018, February 2018 and March 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Marvel leads reorders last week with Phoenix, Vision collection; Star Wars Thrawn top advance reorder

by John Jackson Miller


After several weeks with mostly DC and Image books atop the reorder and advance reorder charts at Diamond Comic Distributors, Marvel had the largest share of both tables last week. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Jan. 15-21, 2018 (in dollars)
 Find this comic at TFAW
 Find this comic at TFAWThese 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.

The top reordered hardcover was Marvel's Vision, a $39.99 edition collecting Tom King's limited series, which shipped January 10.

The top reordered comic book was Marvel's Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #3, an issue that also shipped January 10. As of this writing, it appears to be close to sold out at Diamond. The leader the past three weeks, Hawkman Found #1, was out of stock at Diamond last week and does not appear in the list. 


Image's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was the top reordered softcover for the second week in a row.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Vision HC$39.99 Marvel
2Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
3Rick & Morty HC Book 01$49.99 Oni
4Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #3 Leg$3.99 Marvel
5Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
6Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
7Avengers LH #675 Leg$4.99 Marvel
8Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
9X-Men Grand Design #2$5.99 Marvel
10Old Man Hawkeye #1 Leg$3.99 Marvel
11Batman White Knight #3 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
12Doomsday Clock #2$4.99 DC
13Saga TPB Vol. 3$14.99 Image
14Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #4 Leg$3.99 Marvel
15Black Panther TPB Book 01 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
16My Hero Academia Vol. 1$9.99 Viz
17Hellboy Library HC Vol. 6 Storm Fury Bride Hell$49.99 Dark Horse
18Doomsday Clock #1 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
19X-Men Grand Design #1$5.99 Marvel
20Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
21Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
22Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99 Image
23Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Omega #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
24Batman & Robin by Tomasi & Gleason Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
25Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
 for Jan. 15-21, 2018 (in dollars)

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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.

It was mostly comic books in the advance reorder list last week. Topping the list among comic books and overall was Star Wars: Thrawn #1, launching Marvel's take on Timothy Zahn's character from his novels at Del Rey. The issue is set to go on sale Feb. 14.

The top advance-reordered comic book shipping in March was yet again the Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition from Image. It's expected to go on sale March 7.

The Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman book repeated in the top hardcover slot; it's been first three out of four weeks. It's an April 11 title.

Once again, there weren't any trade paperbacks in the Top 25 at all.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Star Wars Thrawn #1$4.99 Marvel
2Avengers #680 Leg$3.99 Marvel
3Terrifics #1 (Res)$2.99 DC
4Supergirl #18 Var Ed$3.99 DC
5X-Men Grand Design #1 2nd Ptg Piskor Var$5.99 Marvel
6Avengers #675 2nd Ptg Larraz Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
7Amazing Spider-Man Annual #42 Leg$4.99 Marvel
8X-Men Blue #21 Leg$3.99 Marvel
9X-Men Grand Design #2 2nd Ptg Piskor Var$5.99 Marvel
10Ice Cream Man #1 2nd Ptg$3.99 Image
11Old Man Hawkeye #2 Leg$3.99 Marvel
12Star Wars Darth Vader #11$3.99 Marvel
13Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
14Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #1 2nd Ptg Var$4.99 Marvel
15Marvel Two-In-One #3 Leg Ww$3.99 Marvel
16Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed$200.00 Image
17Kick-Ass #1 Cvr A Romita Jr$3.99 Image
18Invincible #144 Cvr B Walker & Fairbairn$5.99 Image
19Mister Miracle Directors Cut #1$5.99 DC
20Shade The Changing Girl Wonder Woman Special #1$4.99 DC
21Judas #3 Foc Incv Bastian Var$3.99 Boom
22Action Comics #997 Var Ed$2.99 DC
23Doctor Strange #385 Leg$3.99 Marvel
24Punisher #221 Leg$3.99 Marvel
25Infinity Countdown Prime #1 Leg$4.99 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 January 2018, February 2018 and March 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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