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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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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Get me Spider-Man!": Sixteen Spidey #800 variants among week's Top 25 advance reorders

by John Jackson Miller

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Avengers: Infinity War had another nine-figure week to start off the month of May; it was a period that also included a very busy Free Comic Book Day and some improved news about the state of the market.  In response, retailers continued to restock the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback — and on the advance reorder side, it's all Amazing Spider-Man in the latest Diamond Comic Distributors reorder charts. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Apr. 30-May 6, 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.

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

The top reordered trade paperback and top item overall was, of course, the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback. Marvel's Avengers Infinity War Prelude was the second-most reordered trade paperback.

 Find this issue on TFAWAction Comics #1000 was the top reordered comic; after a week in which all its variants made the Top 25, the only variant of the April 18-released comic book to do so was the Blank Edition. It went out of stock last week so that should be the end of the variants charting. (See listings for them on eBay.)

Hunt for Wolverine #1, the fourth-place comic book in April, was the top reordered Marvel comic book. It went on sale April 25 and is now marked as out of stock in Diamond's system.

The top reordered hardcover was a repeat entry, the Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus hardcover. In second was last week's leader, the $150 Absolute Preacher Vol. 3. It went on sale April 25.

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
2Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
3Action Comics #1000$7.99 DC
4Absolute Preacher HC Vol. 3$150.00 DC
5Carnage Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
6Action Comics #1000 Blank Var Ed$7.99 DC
7Marvels Avengers Infinity War Prelude TPB$15.99 Marvel
8Hellboy Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99 Dark Horse
9Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
10Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
11Hunt For Wolverine #1$5.99 Marvel
12Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
13Animosity The Rise (LCSD 2017) HC$19.99 Aftershock
14Rick & Morty #37 Cvr B Vasquez Var$3.99 Oni
15Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
16Thanos Annual #1$4.99 Marvel
17Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 (2nd Ptg)$4.99 Boom
18Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
19Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
20Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2018 Annual #1$7.99 Boom
21Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
22Paper Girls TPB Vol. 4$14.99 Image
23Sherlock Frankenstein Legion of Evil From Black Hammer TPB $17.99 Dark Horse
24Deadly Class Dlx HC Vol. 1$49.99 Image
25Captain America Epic Collection TPB Bloodstone Hunt$39.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
for Apr. 30-May 6, 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.

For the second week in a row, Marvel had 22 of the top 25 advance-reordered items in the week — and just as DC had a week where Action #1000 variants monopolized the chart, all the top 10 advance reordered comics were many Amazing Spider-Man #800 variants, with the John Romita Sr. edition leading the list, with the Frank Cho and Mark Bagley variants in second and third. There were sixteen variants in the Top 25, the most of anything we've seen all year. The comic book releases on May 30.

DC's first entry is Brian Michael Bendis's Man of Steel #1, at eleventh place, which goes on sale the same day.

The top June-shipping entry is X-Men Gold #30's JSC Classified variant, which releases June 20. The first Marvel Fresh Start launch is a bit below that, Tony Stark Iron Man #1.

The only graphic novel on the list is the Shaw variant of the collected edition of Thanos Wins by Donny Cates, which ships June 27.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Amazing Spider-Man #800 Jr Sr Var$9.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #800 Cho Var$9.99 Marvel
3Amazing Spider-Man #800 Bagley Var$9.99 Marvel
4Amazing Spider-Man #800 Moebius Var$9.99 Marvel
5Amazing Spider-Man #800 Land Var$9.99 Marvel
6Amazing Spider-Man #800 Bradshaw Var$9.99 Marvel
7Amazing Spider-Man #800 Cassaday Var$9.99 Marvel
8Amazing Spider-Man #800 Dodson Var$9.99 Marvel
9Amazing Spider-Man #800 Frenz Var$9.99 Marvel
10Amazing Spider-Man #800 Rivera Var$9.99 Marvel
11Man of Steel #1$3.99 DC
12Amazing Spider-Man #800 Dellotto Var$9.99 Marvel
13X-Men Gold #30 JSC Classified Var$4.99 Marvel
14Amazing Spider-Man #800 Blank Var$9.99 Marvel
15Batman Prelude To The Wedding Robin Vs Ras Al Ghul #1$3.99 DC
16Amazing Spider-Man #799 2nd Ptg Immonen Var$3.99 Marvel
17Tony Stark Iron Man #1$4.99 Marvel
18Thanos Wins by Donny Cates TPB Shaw Dm Var$19.99 Marvel
19Amazing Spider-Man #800 Moebius Virgin Var$9.99 Marvel
20X-Men Gold #30 Jsc Kitty & Colossus Var$4.99 Marvel
21Amazing Spider-Man #800 Ramos Connecting Var$9.99 Marvel
22Amazing Spider-Man #800 Dellotto Virgin Var$9.99 Marvel
23X-Men Gold #30$4.99 Marvel
24Justice League No Justice #4$3.99 DC
25Star Wars Lando Double Or Nothing #1$3.99 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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New video: April 2018 Comics Sales Estimates

Wrapping up the analysis of April 2018's sales, we have our video walkthrough of the month online:


The attendant charts for this report can be found here.


Monday, May 7, 2018

April 2018 Comics Sales Estimates: Diamond ships 450k Action #1000s to North America

by John Jackson Miller

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As reported here on Friday — and in our preliminary video report about the month — April 2018 represented a significant improvement in the fortunes of the Direct Market, thanks in considerable measure to a comic book 80 years in the making: Action Comics #1000, which dominated the comics sales charts — as its companion Action: 80 Years of Superman hardcover did the graphic novel charts. Thanks to Diamond Comic Distributors, we now have further information: click to see Comichron's estimated sales for individual April 2018 comics and graphic novels.

The reader will immediately note that, while DC reported orders of 500,000 copies back in April, North American shipments in April totaled just under 450,000 copies. Reorders outside April, which are known to be significant, and copies bound for overseas would easily cover the rest. (Including overseas sales would defeat the primary purpose of the distributor sales charts, which is to tell North American retailers how many copies are in circulation in their geographic market. Read more in our FAQ.) The issue accounted for $3.6 million of all product ordered in April, somewhat less than the total amount of the month's increase over the previous year.

But while Action's sales were monumental, it was not the whole story of the month. Six issues above 100,000 copies is the most seen in some time, and the top three sellers immediately became the top-sellers for the year so far:


April accounts for five of the top ten so far. Earlier issues continue to advance, with March's Weapon H #1 topping 100,000 on reorders. You can see the rest of our running totals for 2018 here.

As reported Friday, Marvel and DC's dollar sales for the month at full retail were up 19% and 18% respectively year-over-year, while Oni, IDW, and Dynamite's April-versus-April beats were even larger. Marvel's incentive-copy targets were reportedly easier to hit in the month than they had been previously, which seems likely to have helped its performance.

Diamond shipped more than 6.8 million comic books to North American shops in April, a quantity that again reinforces the stability of periodicals in the market across time:

TOTAL SALES OF COMIC BOOKS IN
DIAMOND'S TOP 300

April 1998: 7.0 million copies
April 2003: 6.0 million copies
April 2008: 6.7 million copies
April 2013: 6.8 million copies
April 2017: 6.5 million copies
April 2018: 6.8 million copies

So that's twenty years in a fairly narrow range. (We don't know Diamond's portion of the all-time dollar record month  April 1993 exactly, but all Direct Market distributors are suspected to have sold 48 million copies.)

Winter volumes are such that a good April can wipe out a poor winter; April 2018 didn't quite accomplish that, but it did bring the year-to-date shortfall below 4%.

The vital statistics for the month:


Friday, May 4, 2018

Action #1000, Infinity War tie-ins power comics shops to big win in $46 million April

by John Jackson Miller

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If Diamond Comic Distributors doesn't mind getting good news out in front of Free Comic Book Day, April's sales charts should certainly satisfy. Thanks to DC's Action Comics #1000, the Action: 80 Years of Superman hardcover, and Marvel's several new series launches, Infinity War tie-ins, and Dan Slott's final Amazing Spider-Man arc, April's Direct Market orders were at their highest level since last May, posting the best four-week month since October 2016.

Retailers ordered $45.84 million in comics and graphic novels, 11% more than last April. I've often said winter volumes are such that a good April can wipe out a poor winter; this April didn't quite accomplish that, but it did bring the year-to-date shortfall below 4%. The final estimates will appear on this page on Monday; bookmark now to have it handy when they appear.

We have a video walkthrough of last month's preliminary sales report here:


I've observed before that 2018's trajectory was improving despite being down year-over-year; I'd also noted that April 2017 was a relatively reachable target, which Action could get the market some distance toward. While it's not yet clear whether all of the reported 500,000 copies of Action #1000 were shipped to North America, anywhere close to that would yield $4 million at full retail, almost the full value of April's increase.

 Find this book on TFAWAvoid, however, the temptation to write this month's win as being all about one comic book. It's a bad practice, to begin with; there are almost always outlier titles, and while they may not promise repeat business, they do demonstrate that the dollars were in the business to be had in the first place for the right product. Last April's sales winners the "Button" issues and the launch of Secret Empire; this April, the mix appears to have offered a better sales story. April's improvement further appears to be spread around some: Comichron finds Marvel's and DC's dollar sales for the month at full retail up 19% and 18% respectively year-over-year, while OniIDW, and Dynamite's April-versus-April beats were even larger.

While the number of new comic books released was basically identical to last April, new graphic novel releases were up significantly in number; 65 more were offered to market, an increase of 23%. In part, that's because the previous April's slate was unusually light. The upshot is that the graphic novel category was up slightly last month in dollar terms after a series of disappointing results: around 610,000 units shipped. You have to go back to August 2016, during the DC Rebirth launch, to find a month where both comics and graphic novel dollar sales were up. April did the trick, if just barely.

The aggregate sales charts for April:


DollarsUnits
April 2018 Vs. March 2018
Comics+20.64%+12.39%
Graphic Novels+15.40%+24.13%
Total Comics/Graphic Novels+19.13%+13.20%
Toys-19.63%-16.16%
April 2018 Vs. April 2017
Comics+15.67%+4.11%
Graphic Novels+0.72%-1.79%
Total Comics/Graphic Novels+11.08%+3.64%
Toys+3.47%-14.60%
Year-To-Date 2018 Vs. Year-To-Date 2017
Comics-1.51%-10.12%
Graphic Novels-9.68%-9.53%
Total Comics/Graphic Novels-3.97%-10.08%
Toys-7.30%-12.84%

The market shares find DC much closer to Marvel in dollars than units, thanks to Action #1000:

PublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
Marvel37.59%42.21%
DC32.39%33.02%
Image9.16%9.47%
IDW4.08%3.67%
Dark Horse2.36%1.79%
Boom2.20%1.72%
Dynamite1.60%1.29%
Viz1.19%0.48%
Oni1.13%0.61%
Titan0.73%0.55%
Other7.57%5.20%

Among the top-sellers for comics, Amazing Spider-Man's march to another milestone issue, #800, granted it the top two spots after Action #1000, while Captain America #700 placed ninth. Marvel had three launches in the top 10, including Hunt for Wolverine #1, Venomized #1, and Domino #1.

The top-selling comic books by UNITS:

TOP COMIC BOOKS (by units)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Action Comics #10007.99DC
2Amazing Spider-Man #798$3.99Marvel
3Amazing Spider-Man #799$3.99Marvel
4Hunt For Wolverine #1$5.99Marvel
5Batman #44$2.99DC
6Venomized #1$4.99Marvel
7Batman #45$2.99DC
8Domino #1$3.99Marvel
9Captain America #700$5.99Marvel
10Walking Dead #178$3.99Image

The top-selling comic books by DOLLARS:

TOP COMIC BOOKS (by dollars)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Action Comics #1000$7.99DC
2Amazing Spider-Man #798$3.99Marvel
3Hunt For Wolverine #1$5.99Marvel
4Amazing Spider-Man #799$3.99Marvel
5Venomized #1$4.99Marvel
6Captain America #700$5.99Marvel
7Domino #1$3.99Marvel
8Batman #44$2.99DC
9Infinity Countdown #2$4.99Marvel
10Walking Dead #178$3.99Image

Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman was the top-selling graphic novel in both units and dollars, followed by the Paper Girls Vol. 4 trade paperback from Image. The Thanos: The Infinity Siblings original graphic novel, the subject of April controversy involving a sale run by Amazon on its digital platforms, placed third in both units and dollars. Diamond had a promotion on Saga volumes, and two made the Top 10.

The top selling graphic novels by UNITS:

TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS (by units)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Action Comics: 80 Years Of Superman HC$29.99DC
2Paper Girls Vol. 4$14.99Image
3Thanos: The Infinity Siblings HC$24.99Marvel
4Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image
5Batman Vol. 5: Rules of Engagement$16.99DC
6The Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel
7Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2: Legacy's End$17.99Marvel
8Saga Vol. 8$14.99Image
9Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey$17.99Marvel
10Paper Girls Vol. 1$9.99Image

The top sellers by DOLLARS:

TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS (by dollars)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99DC
2Paper Girls Vol. 4$14.99Image
3Thanos: The Infinity Siblings HC$24.99Marvel
4Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel
5X-Men: Grand Design$29.99Marvel
6Batman Vol. 5: Rules of Engagement$16.99DC
7Harley Quinn & The Gotham City Sirens Omnibus HC$75.00DC
8Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Vol. 18 HC$75.00Marvel
9Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2: Legacy's End$17.99Marvel
10Superman: Exile And Other Stories Omnibus HC$125.00DC

And the number of new items released:

PublisherComics shippedGraphic Novels shippedMagazinesTotal shipped
Marvel86370123
DC81301112
Image6222084
IDW4719066
Boom2314037
Dark Horse1610026
Titan138122
Viz022022
Dynamite165021
Oni3407
Other13118019330
TOTAL SHIPPED47835121850


May was the best month of 2017, and its comparatives will be tough to beat. But April's dollar volume was nearly there, even with one less shipping week — and this May has a number of things going for it. See what we know about May 2018 sales so far.

As noted, the final estimates will be along here Monday. In the meantime, enjoy Free Comic Book Day — and be sure to check out both our FAQ about the beginnings of the event and founder Joe Field's video about it. In my comics-creator-and-novelist identity, I'll be making two stops, signing from 9-11 at Powers Comics in Green Bay, Wis., and then from 12-2 at House of Heroes in Oshkosh. I've done many FCBD signings, but never two in one day. See you in the comic shop!

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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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday!

by John Jackson Miller

As the headline says, Free Comic Book Day is Saturday! As always, click to find events in your area.

In past years, I've reposted the origin story of the biggest multi-store event in comics here on the blog, but there's interest year-round, so we now have a dedicated FAQ page on the origins of Free Comic Book Day.

In addition, if you haven't seen it before, event founder Joe Field has an excellent video on the subject that's worth checking out:


In my comics-creator-and-novelist identity, I'll be making two stops this Free Comic Book Day, signing from 9-11 at Powers Comics in Green Bay, Wis., and then from 12-2 at House of Heroes in Oshkosh. I've done many FCBD signings, but never two in one day. See you there!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Black Panther leads advance reorders as Infinity Gauntlet, Action #1000 keep rolling

by John Jackson Miller

With Avengers: Infinity War out last week, retailers continued to restock the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback — and Action Comics #1000's various editions kept on selling. The latest Diamond Comic Distributors reorder charts for last week included those and more. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Apr. 23-29, 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.

Action Comics #1000 was the top reordered comic and top reordered item overall in dollars. It released on April 18. All nine of the variant versions also made the reorder Top 25, in the following order: Blank Edition1930s1960s, 1940s, 1990s2000s, 1980s, 1970s, and 1950s, which is fairly close to last week's listing. They're all marked as out of stock now in Diamond's system.

We have to go to 15th place among reorders to find the first non-Action comic book: Amazing Spider-Man #799, which went on sale April 18. (See listings for it on eBay.)

The top hardcover was a new entry, the $150 Absolute Preacher Vol. 3. It went on sale April 25.

And, shocking absolutely no one in the week in which Avengers: Infinity War released, the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback repeated yet again as the top reordered softcover.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Action Comics #1000$7.99 DC
2Action Comics #1000 Blank Var Ed$7.99 DC
3Absolute Preacher HC Vol. 3$150.00 DC
4Action Comics #1000 1930s Var Ed$7.99 DC
5Action Comics #1000 1960s Var Ed$7.99 DC
6Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
7Action Comics #1000 1940s Var Ed$7.99 DC
8Action Comics #1000 1990s Var Ed$7.99 DC
9Action Comics #1000 2000s Var Ed$7.99 DC
10Action Comics #1000 1980s Var Ed$7.99 DC
11Action Comics #1000 1970s Var Ed$7.99 DC
12Action Comics #1000 1950s Var Ed$7.99 DC
13Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
14Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
15Amazing Spider-Man #799 Leg$3.99 Marvel
16Black Hammer TPB Vol. 2 The Event$19.99 Dark Horse
17My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 1 (Res)$39.99 Fantagraphics
18Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
19Hellboy TPB Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction (New Ptg)$17.99 Dark Horse
20Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
21Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
22Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #26 Main Sg$3.99 Boom
23Carnage Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
24Batman #45$2.99 DC
25Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
 for Apr. 23-29, 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.

Marvel had 22 of the top 25 advance-reordered items in the week, which may be the most this year. Another Marvel Fresh Start book led the charts: Black Panther #1, which is due to ship May 23. It has a significant discount promotion attached, keying off retailers orders of Black Panther #172.

The Doomsday Clock #5 Gary Frank variant edition is the top DC title on the list, and with a June 20 cover-date is the first June release to appear in the advance-reorder charts.

Otherwise, the list has many Amazing Spider-Man #800 variants and Thanos reprintings, with no softcover or hardcover editions appearing at all.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Black Panther #1$4.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #800 Bradshaw Var$9.99 Marvel
3Invincible Iron Man #600$5.99 Marvel
4Black Panther #1 Beland Var$4.99 Marvel
5Doomsday Clock #5 Var Ed$4.99 DC
6Amazing Spider-Man #800 Cho Var$9.99 Marvel
7Amazing Spider-Man #800 Rivera Var$9.99 Marvel
8Justice League No Justice #3$3.99 DC
9Black Panther #1 Beland B&W Var$4.99 Marvel
10Amazing Spider-Man #800 Cassaday Var$9.99 Marvel
11Thanos #15 4th Ptg Shar Var$3.99 Marvel
12Amazing Spider-Man #798 3rd Ptg Immonen Var$3.99 Marvel
13Thanos #13 5th Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
14Thanos #16 3rd Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
15Flash #47 Var Ed$2.99 DC
16Amazing Spider-Man #800 Moebius Var$9.99 Marvel
17Thanos #14 5th Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
18Thanos #17 3rd Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
19Amazing Spider-Man #800 Land Var$9.99 Marvel
20Amazing Spider-Man #794 5Th Ptg Immonen Var$3.99 Marvel
21Black Panther #1 Artgerm Var$4.99 Marvel
22Invincible Iron Man #600 Blank Var$5.99 Marvel
23X-Men Gold #28$3.99 Marvel
24Amazing Spider-Man #800 Frenz Var$9.99 Marvel
25Hunt For Wolverine Mystery Madripoor #1$3.99 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 April 2018 and May 2018 — and now we have a page for June 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Avengers Comics Sales Figures, according to Marvel: A Comichron Video Spotlight

by John Jackson Miller

Avengers: Infinity War is out, and we've got a new video exploring the sales history of the main Avengers comics title through the years as reported by Marvel in its postal filings; the complete official record from 1966 forward. Follow the title's ups and downs while learning more about postal circulation records:

 

You can follow along with the video or take a closer look by clicking directly to our Avengers postal data page.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

It's all Action, Infinity Gauntlet in reorder-land

by John Jackson Miller

Last week's release of Action Comics #1000, the first North American comic book to reach that number in serial publication since Dell's Four Color #1000 (see listings for it on eBay) ( in 1959, made a huge splash on the latest Diamond Comic Distributors reorder charts — and naturally, retailers stocked up on Infinity Gauntlet in advance of Avengers: Infinity War. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Apr. 16-22, 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.

Action Comics #1000 was the top reordered comic; as noted, it came out on April 18. Diamond reports that it is still in stock for reorders. Six of the variant versions also made the reorder Top 25, in the following order: 1930s, 1940s, 1990s, 1960s, 2000s, and 1950s. The 1970s Jim Steranko variant is reported as out of stock, and the 1980s variant's stocking level is marked as low.

The top hardcover was once again DC's Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman hardcover, which previously had topped the advance reorder charts. It released in shops April 11. Diamond reports that it's still in stock as of today, but remaining quantities are low. A much more expensive hardcover, the Superman: Exile and Other Stories Omnibus placed third. It shipped April 11 as well.

And — no surprise — the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback repeated yet again as the top reordered softcover; the book wound up 17th overall in the charts for March and is likely to improve on that with the movie releasing this week.

We have to go to 12th place among reorders to find the first non-Action comic book: Amazing Spider-Man #799, which went on sale April 18. (See listings for it on eBay..)

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Action Comics #1000$7.99 DC
2Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
3Superman Exile and Other Stories Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
4Harley Quinn & The Gotham City Sirens Omnibus HC$75.00 DC
5Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
6X-Men Legionquest HC$75.00 Marvel
7Action Comics #1000 1930S Var Ed$7.99 DC
8Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
9Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
10Action Comics #1000 1940S Var Ed$7.99 DC
11Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99 Image
12Amazing Spider-Man #799 Leg$3.99 Marvel
13Action Comics #1000 1990S Var Ed$7.99 DC
14Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
15Action Comics #1000 1960S Var Ed$7.99 DC
16Action Comics #1000 2000S Var Ed$7.99 DC
17Savage TPB$9.99 Valiant
18BPRD Hell On Earth HC Vol. 2$34.99 Dark Horse
19Action Comics #1000 1950S Var Ed$7.99 DC
20Paper Girls TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
21Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
22Road To Marvels Avengers Infinity War Art Slipcase HC Vol. 2$50.00 Marvel
23X-Men Grand Design TPB$29.99 Marvel
24Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2$49.99 Image
25Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image

And now on to the future...

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS 
 for Apr. 16-22, 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.

After a couple of Marvel Fresh Start books led the last two weeks, DC's Batman #47 led the advance reorder charts last week. It's slated for May 16 release. Avengers #2 was second; it ships the same day.

The top advance reordered trade paperback has led the list before: Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico from Somos Arte. A May 23 release.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Batman #47$2.99 DC
2Avengers #2$3.99 Marvel
3Amazing Spider-Man #800 Frenz Var$9.99 Marvel
4Justice League No Justice #2$3.99 DC
5Amazing Spider-Man #800 Land Var$9.99 Marvel
6Batman #45 2nd Ptg$2.99 DC
7Amazing Spider-Man #800 Moebius Var$9.99 Marvel
8X-Men Wedding Special #1$4.99 Marvel
9Batman #47 Var Ed$2.99 DC
10Amazing Spider-Man #800 Dodson Var$9.99 Marvel
11Amazing Spider-Man #800 Bagley Var$9.99 Marvel
12Amazing Spider-Man #800 Jr Sr Var$9.99 Marvel
13Ricanstruction Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico TPB$19.99 Somos Arte
14X-Men Wedding Special #1 Dodson Var$4.99 Marvel
15Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 Main Sg$3.99 Boom
16Amazing Spider-Man #800 Cassaday Var$9.99 Marvel
17Mighty Thor Gates of Valhalla #1$4.99 Marvel
18Kick-Ass #4 Cvr C Mayhew$3.99 Image
19Hunt For Wolverine Claws of Killer #1$3.99 Marvel
20Mighty Thor Gates of Valhalla #1 Garney Var$4.99 Marvel
21Amazing Spider-Man #800 Cho Var$9.99 Marvel
22Quicksilver No Surrender #1$3.99 Marvel
23Sonic The Hedgehog #2 2nd Ptg$3.99 IDW
24Gideon Falls #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 Image
25Sonic The Hedgehog #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 IDW

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 April 2018 and May 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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