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Sunday, December 31, 2017

MAD runs postal circulation statement, last one left in comics industry

by John Jackson Miller
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Earlier this month, MAD magazine did something it's done regularly every year since the 1950s: it ran its Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation for the year, this one in issue #549. It did so as well at the end of 2016, in #543 — and while that year's form was notable for being the first to include electronic sales, we didn't know something else at the time: that it would be the only title to publish a form in the entire comics industry in 2016.

That's because, to date, no forms with 2016 data have been found in any 2017 cover-dated Archie publications, neither digests nor regular comics. Archie had, like Mad, run forms with something pretty close to clockwork regularity for half a century — but the large number of its series reboots  may have impacted what titles require forms, plus many of the digests of late have been renamed or transformed into something else. I have not had confirmation from Archie that the forms are gone for good, but after a year it's possible that it could be a case like Marvel's earlier this decade: that publisher just stopped running them. If the same holds true in 2017, then the 2017 data set is likewise now complete with just one title's form, down from a probably peak of 170 titles running forms in 1961.

It also would wind down a large comics circulation data set just around the time that I've finally collected most of what's out there. (Learn more about Statements of Ownership here, and see some of the data.)

While other researchers and I continue to find oddball titles with Statements (not many would have thought to look in Cool Cat for Black Magic's 1961 data, or in Favorite Funnies, Alan Light's short-lived comic strip magazine, for its sole form), I finish 2017 with full data from 3,907 forms, and at least the average annual sales numbers from 21 more.

Beyond those only 184 suspected forms remain, though that count includes 22 forms which I believe Harvey failed to print any numbers in. Then 35 more would be from magazines Cracked, Comic Relief, and CarToons, with another seven suspected in Shonen Jump — so that's really a maximum of 120 postal bottom line circ numbers that I don't have, mostly in early 1960s Charltons and Harveys. A good number of those simply don't exist.
The last one left: the form from MAD #549.

Specifically to Mad's posting (my thanks to the Grand Comics Database for the form, as I've had trouble finding the physical issue) its sales during this year of its move to California went up, from 133,512 to 138,598 copies, with losses in newsstand sales more than covered by increases in subscriptions. 2016's form included 412 average electronic copies sold per issue; 2017 reported 233.

It remains to be seen if Archie will print filings again, or if another comics publisher will start; if anyone does, we'll track it as well. But with 2017's website redesign mostly complete here, 2018 should be the year the nearly-finished Postal Data Set finally gets updated on here, with a list of what's missing or suspected for each year. Stay tuned!

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, December 28, 2017

Kirkman's Oblivion Song leads advance reorders for March; Comichron pages for December, January added

by John Jackson Miller

Find this issue at TFAWI know from experience that people are frequently looking to see the charts for future months before they're released; until now, those requests have gone to a redirect page. But 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 December 2017 and January 2018.

The problem with reorders is that they don't synch up exactly with any given shipping month; they're placed all the time and reported weekly, whereas comics orders are reported here monthly. Any given list will have a mix of titles from various months. So while the January page links to some of the more recent advance reorders, some of those items are for months beyond January (as is the case with this week's top advance reorder book, Oblivion Song #1 I don't intend to go any more than a month into the future with these landing pages, so the farthest-out month will simply collate the latest advance reorders.

Non-advance reorder charts, meanwhile, are going to be more relevant to the current month, since the books being reordered are on the shelves already. So the current month's report, December, aggregates links to the most recent reorder reports, while also linking to some advance reorder reports from October and November, because the reported reorders relate to December-shipping books.

It's not a perfect system, but it'll do — and you'll notice that the Top 25s are not being stored on those monthly pages. That's because those pages will be replaced by the estimated sales charts once they become available. The reorder tables become less important then (especially because they don't necessarily represent filled orders) so there's no need to keep them in the permanent archives, though at least for the moment, they will remain visible as blog posts — like this one.

And let's get to it. Here are the reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between December 19-25, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for December 19-25, 2017 (in dollars)

 Find this issue on TFAWThese are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. 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.

DC's Dark Nights Metal #4, which went on sale Dec. 20, is the top reordered comic book.

In repeats from the previous week, Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet was the top reordered softcover, and DC's Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus the top reordered hardcover.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Dark Nights Metal #4$3.99 DC
2Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
3Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
4X-O Manowar TPB Vol. 1 Soldier$9.99 Valiant
5Green Lantern Secret Origin TPB New Ed$14.99 DC
6Gotham by Midnight TPB Vol. 1 We Do Not Sleep$14.99 DC
7Batgirl The Bronze Age Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99 DC
8Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
9BPRD Hell On Earth HC Vol. 1$34.99 Dark Horse
10Amazing Spider-Man #792$3.99 Marvel
11Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99 DC
12Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
13Batman Dark Knight Master Race HC$29.99 DC
14Walking Dead Heres Negan HC$19.99 Image
15Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99 Image
16X-Men Classic Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
17Batman Who Laughs #1 2nd Ptg (Metal)$3.99 DC
18Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 1 Vader$19.99 Marvel
19Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99 DC
20Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
21Rebels TPB Vol. 1 Well Regulated Militia$24.99 Dark Horse
22Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible HC Vol. 1$34.99 Dark Horse
23Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
24Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
25Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for Dec. 19-25, 2017 (in dollars)


And now, a look into the future. 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 reorder item was the Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition from Image, priced at $200; it comes with a statue, a print, and a pin and is limited to 1,000 copies. It's expected to go on sale March 7. The basic comic version led all comics in advance reorders, placing second in dollars overall.

IDW's
Lights of the Amalou was the top trade paperback, and Boom's Giant Days Vol. 2 the top hardcover.

Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed$200.00 Image
2Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1$3.99 Image
3Walking Dead #176 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
4Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1$4.99 DC
5Lights of the Amalou TPB$39.99 IDW
6Tales of Suspense #103$3.99 Marvel
7Giant Days Not On The Test Edition HC Vol. 2$34.99 Boom
8Star Wars Adventures #6 Cvr B Levins$3.99 IDW
9Frank Cho Savage Wolverine Artist Ed HC$150.00 IDW
10Star Wars Adventures #6 Cvr A Charm$3.99 IDW
11Archie Giant Comics Roll TPB$7.99 Archie
12Under (Statix) #2$5.99 Titan
13Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5$4.99 Marvel
14Eternity #4 Cvr A Djurdjevic$3.99 Valiant
15Eternity #4 Cvr B Muller$3.99 Valiant
16Ninjak Complete Classic Omnibus HC$99.99 Valiant
17Flash Annual #1$4.99 DC
18Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman HC$49.99 DC
19Bettie Page #7 Cvr C Photo$3.99 Dynamite
20Archies #4 Cvr B Allred & Martin$3.99 Archie
21Berserk Official Guidebook TPB$14.99 Dark Horse
22Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5 Lee Jean Grey$4.99 Marvel
23X-Men Grand Design TPB$29.99 Marvel
24Avengers #678 Leg$3.99 Marvel
25Archies #4 Cvr A Reg Smallwood$3.99 Archie

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fourth World, Infinity Gauntlet lead week's reorder charts; Doomsday Clock #3 top advance reorder

by John Jackson Miller

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Something we've never done before on Comichron is look at the reorder and advance reorder charts released by Diamond Comic Distributors. We do so now, looking at the report released today, December 20, covering orders placed between December 11 and 17.

These charts have been available from Diamond since at least the 1990s, when they appeared in the distributor's Diamond Dateline newsletter; then, as now, they served to supplement for retailers the monthly sales charts by informing on which already-released comics and graphic novels were being ordered again, as well as what books that hadn't been released were generating orders beyond their initial order cutoff dates. Both tables are indicators of customer interest, and suggest what we may see in future monthly sales charts.

While I've got reorder charts going all the way back to the Dateline days, the tables never found their way into my previous magazine work or into Comichron's archives for several reasons. There aren't order indexes, as you see with the monthly charts, suggesting unit counts — but more importantly, the orders don't necessarily equate to filled shipments. The information is more along the lines of the preorder charts which appear on Comichron for years before 2003; it reflects consumer desire as expressed through retailer intent, but it doesn't speak to the number of copies ultimately in circulation. Reorders that are filled, meanwhile, already get reflected in the monthly charts both in the aggregate total, and also when they make the Top 300.

That said, reorder information is certainly of interest, and while it doesn't necessarily fit with our archive tracking the numbers of books in print, it is easily enough conveyed here on the blog. If you're interested in this feature appearing weekly, please let us know in the comments and on social media.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for December 11-17, 2017 (in dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. 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. Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus is the top reordered hardcover; Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet the top-reordered softcover. Batman: White Knight #3, which went on sale Dec. 6, is the top reordered comic book in dollars. The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog Info Page
PricePublisher
1Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
2Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
3Batman White Knight #3$3.99 DC
4Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Alpha #1$4.99 Marvel
5Watchmen TPB$19.99 DC
6Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 01$59.99 Image
7Captain America By Waid & Garney Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
8Batman Who Laughs #1 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
9Black Hammer TPB Vol 2 The Event$19.99 Dark Horse
10Punk Rock Jesus Deluxe Edition HC$39.99 DC
11Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
12X-Men Classic Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
13DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1$9.99 DC
14Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 03$59.99 Image
15Monstress TPB Vol. 2$16.99 Image
16Walking Dead TPB Vol. 28 A Certain Doom$16.99 Image
17Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
18Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 01$34.99 Marvel
19Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel
20Black Bolt TPB Vol 01 Hard Time$17.99 Marvel
21Batman Dark Knight Master Race HC$29.99 DC
22Batman White Knight #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
23Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
24Descender Dlx Ed HC Vol. 01$49.99 Image
25Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99 DC

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS for December 11-17, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. 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 two items are both copies of Doomsday Clock #3, which releases on January 24; that is by no means a guarantee the book will be Diamond's top seller for that month, but it does suggest high placement, as well as something about its placement in December's lists. The Swamp Thing Winter Special, a $7.99 comic book set for January 31, appears third; remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Marvel's new printing of its Venom: Lethal Protector trade paperback collection is the top advance-reordered softcover; Punisher Max by Garth Ennis Omnibus Vol. 1 is the top hardcover. Again, the links in the table below go to the Diamond information pages for each book.

Item and Diamond Catalog Info PagePricePublisher
1Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
2Doomsday Clock #3$4.99 DC
3Swamp Thing Winter Special #1$7.99 DC
4Dark Nights Metal #1 3rd Ptg$4.99 DC
5Teen Titans #12 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
6Batman White Knight #3 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
7Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc. Omega #1$4.99 Marvel
8Batman The Red Death #1 4th Ptg$3.99 DC
9Batman Lost #1 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
10Batman The Dawnbreaker #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
11Dark Nights Metal #3 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
12Dark Nights Metal #2 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
13Batman The Murder Machine #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
14Batman The Merciless #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
15Batman The Drowned #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
16Venom TPB Lethal Protector$16.99 Marvel
17Silencer #1$2.99 DC
18Amazing Spider-Man #792 2nd Ptg Ross Var$3.99 Marvel
19Amazing Spider-Man #794$3.99 Marvel
20Marvel Two-In-One #2$3.99 Marvel
21Punisher Max By Garth Ennis Omnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00 Marvel
22Flash #39 Var Ed$2.99 DC
23Batman #39$2.99 DC
24Carnage Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
25Mighty Thor #703$3.99 Marvel

Again, if there's interest we'll certainly consider running these with more regularity.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

November 2017 Comics Order Estimates: Doomsday Clock #1 near 239k copies

by John Jackson Miller

DC's Doomsday Clock #1
took both the first and second spots on the new comics sales charts in November, its sales divided almost exactly in half between its lenticular and standards editions. Comichron estimates that North American retailer orders for the two versions combined for nearly 239,000 copies, making the issue one of the year's top three sellers so far. Click to see estimated comics orders for November, as well as the projected top sellers for 2017 thus far.

As reported here Friday, while the Justice League movie released in November, DC's first outperformance of a Rebirth month from 2016 probably had more to do with Doomsday Clock #1, its continuing Batman-related event, and an expanded slate that took advantage of a five-week month to include several annuals and new series launches. DC outpaced its November 2016 performance by 21%.

It was enough to give the Direct Market its second-best month of 2017, as retailers ordered almost exactly $47 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond in the month. It would have been better had DC's strength been matched elsewhere — but orders for the market minus DC were down 15% year-over-year, including, unusually, Image, which had been pacing ahead of its 2016 performance all year. The overall market was down 5.8%, the smallest decline since the Rebirth comparative months began.

The average price for all comics in the Top 300 was $3.99, the first time it's ever been exactly that price. It had topped $4 just once, earlier in the year.

The vital statistics:

Friday, December 15, 2017

DC's Doomsday Clock helps make November 2017 second best month of year; GN orders grow

by John Jackson Miller


 See eBay listings for this issueDoomsday Clock and its continuing Batman-related event during the Justice League movie's release month combined to give DC its strongest month of 2017 by far in November 2017, outstripping its previous November (which also had five shipping weeks) by 21%. That's a major beat, and a reversal after a long string of comparatives against Rebirth months; we're now into comparisons with the 2016 months where Rebirth issues weren't returnable.

It was enough to give the Direct Market its second-best month of 2017, as retailers ordered almost exactly $47 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond in the month. It would have been better had DC's strength been matched elsewhere — but orders for the market minus DC were down 15% year-over-year, including, unusually, Image, which had been pacing ahead of its 2016 performance all year. So the overall market was down 5.8% versus the previous November, but that's the lowest decline since we got into the Rebirth comparative months.

It was the first month with no Image graphic novels in the Top 10 since January 2016. It's something that's happened a few times this decade, but not very often. Only 14 new Image GNs were released, against even fewer (9) last November; Image appears to do the bulk of its holiday graphic novel releases earlier in the fall. Still, graphic novels had a good month, up 2.21% over the previous November. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi releasing, the franchise again topped the graphic novel charts with Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Imperial Machine.

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So we now have one positive category, with the others down only in single-digits percentage-wise — with the exception of comic book unit sales, which were off 13.28%. Recall, however, that November 2016 was a significant month for Marvel overship volume. We're going to get into some more months like as the winter progresses.

To get back to another five-week November to compare with before 2016, you have to go to November 2011, the strongest autumn month following the New 52 relaunch. November 2017's sales beat those from that month easily, $47 million to $41.28 million. That's an increase of 14% and demonstrates that, while 2017 has been a definite rough patch, major growth took place in the market following the last market lull, and we're still at a higher plateau.

We're looking now at a year between $525 and $530 million in overall comics, graphic novels, and magazines ordered, likely down 9%; comic book units are looking at around 90 million copies for the year, off around 9%. The latter is lower than recent levels, but, again, higher than 2013 and previous years of the decade.

The comparatives:

DollarsUnits
November 2017 Vs. October 2017
Comics-3.63%-4.73%
Graphic Novels19.29%27.04%
Total Comics/GNs3.11%-2.54%
Toys45.65%39.93%
November 2017 Vs. November 2016
Comics-9.45%-13.28%
Graphic Novels2.21%-1.73%
Total Comics/GNs-5.80%-12.36%
Toys-4.88%-20.66%
Year-To-Date 2017 Vs. Year-To-Date 2016
Comics-9.89%-8.38%
Graphic Novels-9.32%-11.72%
Total Comics/GNs-9.72%-8.65%
Toys-11.01%-18.12%

Among the bright spots, Dynamite's orders were up nearly 50% over the same month in the previous year. That was enough to vault the publisher into fifth place. The market shares:

PublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
Marvel34.29%34.52%
DC33.71%39.37%
Image8.07%8.26%
IDW4.04%3.66%
Dynamite2.20%2.15%
Dark Horse2.08%1.53%
Boom2.06%1.61%
Viz1.34%0.53%
Titan1.31%1.07%
Oni1.23%0.76%

Doomsday Clock's regular and lenticular versions ended 1-2 in the rankings; it's already been reprinted. The promo button appears to have helped, and many of the eBay auctions for the book seem to be going with the button as a package deal. The top-selling comics:

COMIC BOOKPRICEPUBLISHER
1Doomsday Clock #1$4.99DC
2Doomsday Clock #1 Lenticular Edition$5.99DC
3The Batman Who Laughs #1$3.99DC
4Batman Lost #1$4.99DC
5Batman #35$2.99DC
6Batman #34$2.99DC
7Batman: The Devastator #1$3.99DC
8Captain America #695$3.99Marvel
9Batman Annual #2$4.99DC
10Star Wars #38$3.99Marvel

The top-selling graphic novels:

GRAPHIC NOVELPRICEPUBLISHER
1Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Imperial Machine17.99Marvel
2Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe... Again$15.99Marvel
3The Flash Vol. 4: Running Scared$14.99DC
4Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch$16.99DC
5Rick And Morty Volume 1$19.99Oni
6Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation$19.99Marvel
7Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Captain Phasma$16.99Marvel
8Superman Volume 4: Black Dawn$16.99DC
9Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir$15.99Marvel
10Justice League Vol. 4: Endless$16.99DC

And the total number of new items shipped:

PublisherComics
shipped
Graphic
Novels
shipped
Magazines
shipped
Total shipped
DC95360131
Marvel85460131
Image6814082
IDW4326069
Boom2516041
Titan2310841
Viz040040
Dynamite259034
Dark Horse1412026
Oni82010
Other15624430430
TOTAL SHIPPED542455381035

The final estimates will be online here Monday. In the meantime, don't spoil the movie for anyone!

http://amzn.to/2hsu7mtComichron 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: KenobiOverdraft: The Orion OffensiveStar Wars: A New Dawn, and the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. His new Last Jedi prequel hardcover, Star Wars: Canto Bight, releases December 5. Read more at his fiction site.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Future Chart Watch: Diamond reorders and advance reorders, Dec. 5-11 2017

by John Jackson Miller

For purposes of our retroactive tracking, here are reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between December 5 and 11, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for December 5-11, 2017 (in dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. 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. Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus is the top reordered hardcover; Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet the top-reordered softcover. Doomsday Clock #1, which went on sale in November, is the top reordered comic book in dollars. The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
2Captain America by Waid & Garney Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
3Justice League of America The Detroit Era Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
4Doomsday Clock #1 Lenticular Var Ed$5.99 DC
5Walking Dead Here's Negan HC$19.99 Image
6Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
7Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
8X-Men Classic Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
9Watchmen TPB$19.99 DC
10Punisher By Garth Ennis Omnibus HC New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
11Batman Annual #2$4.99 DC
12DC Universe Rebirth Deluxe Edition HC$17.99 DC
13Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$14.99 Image
14Rick & Morty$19.99 Oni
15Batman Creature of the Night #1 (Of 4)$5.99 DC
16Runaways Complete Collection Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
17Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 1$17.99 Marvel
18Saga Vol. 7$14.99 Image
19Johnny Homicidal Maniac Directors Cut SC$21.95 Slave Labor
20Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1$59.99 Image
21Monstress Vol. 1$9.99 Image
22Punisher Max Complete Collection Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
23Wolverine Old Man Logan$29.99 Marvel
24Saga Vol. 1$9.99 Image

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS for December 5-11, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. 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 comic is the Bill Sienkiewicz cover of Walking Dead #175, a Jan. 3-slated release. Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units, so its placement this high is significant.

The top hardcover is Marvel's Black Panther Art of the Movie Slipcase.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Walking Dead #175 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
2Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99 DC
3Old Man Hawkeye #1$3.99 Marvel
4Venom #160$3.99 Marvel
5Star Wars Darth Vader #10$3.99 Marvel
6Dark Nights Metal #5 Lee Var Ed$3.99 DC
7Dark Nights Metal #5 Kubert Var Ed$3.99 DC
8Flash #38 Var Ed$2.99 DC
9X-Men Gold Annual #1$4.99 Marvel
10Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #3$3.99 Marvel
11Dark Nights Metal #5 Daniel Var Ed$3.99 DC
12Mister Miracle #6$3.99 DC
13Old Man Logan #33$3.99 Marvel
14Punisher #220$3.99 Marvel
15Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #3$3.99 Marvel
16Walking Dead #176 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
17Doomsday Clock #3$4.99 DC
18Spy Seal Vol 1 Corten-Steel Phoenix$12.99 Image
19To Love Ru Vol. 3-4$19.99 Seven Seas
20Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 1 Discover Now$14.99 Boom
21Marvels Black Panther Art of Movie Slipcase HC$50.00 Marvel
22Daredevil #597$3.99 Marvel
23Mister Miracle #6 Var Ed$3.99 DC
24Old Man Hawkeye #1 Blank Var$3.99 Marvel

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Future Chart Watch: Doomsday Clock, Batman Annual 2 lead reorder rankings

by John Jackson Miller

For purposes of our retroactive tracking, here are reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between November 27 and December 4, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for November 27-December 4, 2017 (in dollars)

These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. 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 lenticular version of DC's Doomsday Clock #1, which went on sale Nov. 22, is the top reordered comic book.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Doomsday Clock #1 Lenticular Var Ed$5.99 DC
2Akira 35th Anniversary HC Box Set$199.99 Random House
3Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
4Doomsday Clock #1$4.99 DC
5Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
6Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
7Batman Annual #2$4.99 DC
8Doomsday Clock #1 Frank Var Ed$4.99 DC
9Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
10Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
11Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
12Generations HC$50.00 Marvel
13Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
14Batman Dark Knight Master Race HC$29.99 DC
15Doomsday Clock #1 #1 11:57 p.m. Release Variant Ed$4.99 DC
16Walking Dead Heres Negan HC$19.99 Image
17Paper Girls TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
18Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2$49.99 Image
19Batman Year Two 30th Anniversary Dlx Ed HC$29.99 DC
20Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99 DC
21Iron Man Epic Collection TPB Enemy Within$39.99 Marvel
22Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
23Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
24Journey Star Wars Last Jedi Capt Phasma TPB$16.99 Marvel
25Justice League #33 Metal$2.99 DC

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for November 27-December 4, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. 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 comic is the second printing of Batman Annual #2, which is expected to reach stores Jan. 3. Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Batman Annual #2 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
2Batman #38 Var Ed$2.99 DC
3Batman White Knight #4$3.99 DC
4Damage #1$2.99 DC
5Batman And The Signal #1 (Res)$3.99 DC
6Rogue & Gambit #1$3.99 Marvel
7Batman #38$2.99 DC
8Doomsday Clock #3$4.99 DC
9Batman White Knight #4 Var Ed$3.99 DC
10Captain America #697$3.99 Marvel
11Star Wars #41$3.99 Marvel
12Astonishing X-Men #7$3.99 Marvel
13Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1$4.99 DC
14Astonishing X-Men #7 Cassaday LH Var$3.99 Marvel
15Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
16Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #2$3.99 Marvel
17Rise of Black Panther #1$3.99 Marvel
18Superman #38 Sons of Tomorrow$2.99 DC
19Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #2$3.99 Marvel
20X-Men Gold #19$3.99 Marvel
21Star Wars Last Jedi Storms of Crait #1$4.99 Marvel
22Batman And The Signal #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
23X-Men Grand Design #2$5.99 Marvel
24Amazing Spider-Man #793$3.99 Marvel
25Descender TPB Vol. 5 Rise of the Robots$16.99 Image

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Future Chart Watch: Doomsday Clock #1, #2 lead both reorder charts

by John Jackson Miller

For purposes of our retroactive tracking, here are reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between November 20-26, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for November 20-26, 2017 (in dollars)

These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. 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 lenticular version of DC's Doomsday Clock #1, which went on sale Nov. 22, is the top reordered comic book.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Doomsday Clock #1 Lenticular Var Ed$5.99 DC
2Batman Who Laughs #1$3.99 DC
3Weirdworld TPB Vol. 0 Warzones$16.99 Marvel
4Art of Marvel Studios TPB Slipcase$99.99 Marvel
5Aliens 30th Anniversary Original Comics Series HC Vol. 1 (C:$39.99 Dark Horse
6Justice League #33 Metal$2.99 DC
7Batman Lost #1$4.99 DC
8Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
9Futures End Five Years Later Omnibus HC$99.99 DC
10Batman #35$2.99 DC
11Loki Agent of Asgard TPB Vol. 1 Trust Me$19.99 Marvel
12Amazing Spider-Man #791$3.99 Marvel
13Gyo 2In1 Dlx Ed HC Junji Ito$22.99 Viz
14Walking Dead Heres Negan HC$19.99 Image
15Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
16Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
17Doomsday Clock #1$4.99 DC
18Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
19Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99 Image
20Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
21Batman The Dark Prince Charming HC Book 1$12.99 DC
22Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99 Image
23Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2$49.99 Image
24Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
25Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for November 20-26, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. 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 comic is Doomsday Clock #2, which is expected to reach stores Dec. 27. Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Doomsday Clock #2 Var Ed$4.99 DC
2Doomsday Clock #1 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
3Doomsday Clock #2$4.99 DC
4Quantum & Woody #1 Cvr B Ultra Foil Shaw (Net)$3.99 Valiant
5Dark Nights Metal #1 Directors Cut$6.99 DC
6Super Sons #11 (Sons of Tomorrow)$3.99 DC
7Teen Titans #15 (Sons of Tomorrow)$3.99 DC
8Batman Creature of the Night #2$5.99 DC
9Super Powers By Jack Kirby TPB$39.99 DC
10Batman Annual #2 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
11Superman #37 (Sons of Tomorrow)$2.99 DC
12Super Sons #11 Var Ed (Sons of Tomorrow)$3.99 DC
13Quantum & Woody #1 Cvr A Tedesco$3.99 Valiant
14Superman #37 Var Ed (Sons of Tomorrow)$2.99 DC
15Ducktales #1 2nd Ptg$3.99 IDW
16Jim Henson Storyteller Fairies #1 Foc Incv Sakai Var$3.99 Boom
17Evolution #1 2nd Ptg$3.99 Image
18Batman #37$2.99 DC
19Teen Titans #15 Var Ed (Sons of Tomorrow)$3.99 DC
20Action Comics #994$2.99 DC
21Batman #37 Var Ed$2.99 DC
22Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
23Justice League #35 Var Ed$2.99 DC
24Doomsday Clock #3$4.99 DC
25Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99 DC

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Future Chart Watch: Batman Metal titles lead reorder lists

by John Jackson Miller

For purposes of our retroactive tracking, here are reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between November 13-19, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for November 13-19, 2017 (in dollars)

These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. 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.

Batman Lost #1, which went on sale Nov. 8, is the top reordered comic book.

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Batman & Robin By Tomasi & Gleason Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
2Batman Lost #1 (Metal)$4.99 DC
3Batman Who Laughs #1 (Metal)$3.99 DC
4Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$99.99 Marvel
5Captain America Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
6Batman The Dark Prince Charming HC Book1$12.99 DC
7X-Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
8Batman Hush 15Th Anniversary Dlx Ed HC$49.99 DC
9Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 Metal$2.99 DC
10Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
11Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Opena Cvr$125.00 Marvel
12Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
13Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00 Marvel
14Guardians of Galaxy By Abnett And Lanning Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
15All Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder HC Vol. 1$24.99 DC
16Paper Girls Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$34.99 Image
17Daredevil By Miller And Janson Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
18Hellboy Library HC Vol. 1 Seed Destruction Devil$49.99 Dark Horse
19Disney Return of Snow White & Seven Dwarfs$19.99 Fantagraphics
20Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
21Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99 Image
22Batman The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 4$75.00 DC
23Hellboy In Hell Library Edition HC$49.99 Dark Horse
24Suicide Squad TPB Vol. 1 The Black Vault$16.99 DC
25Aliens Defiance TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Dark Horse

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for November 13-19, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. 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 comic is the second printing of Batman Who Laughs #1, which is expected to reach stores Dec. 13. Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Batman Who Laughs #1 2nd Ptg (Metal)$3.99 DC
2Vision HC$39.99 Marvel
3Avengers Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Buscema Dm Var$100.00 Marvel
4Jungle Fantasy Survivors #1 Gold Leather Nude$39.99 Avatar
5Port of Earth #2 Cvr B Timpano$3.99 Image
6Supergirl #16 Var Ed$3.99 DC
7American Gods HC Vol. 1 Shadows$29.99 Dark Horse
8Doctor Strange #383 Leg$3.99 Marvel
9Judas #1 Foc Incv Bastian Var$3.99 Boom
10Guardians of Galaxy #149$3.99 Marvel
11Mighty Thor #702 Leg$3.99 Marvel
12Moon Knight #188 2nd Ptg Sienkiewicz Var$3.99 Marvel
13Tales of Suspense #100 Leg$3.99 Marvel
14Avengers Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Davis Var$100.00 Marvel
15Star Wars Doctor Aphra #15$3.99 Marvel
16Old Man Logan #32$3.99 Marvel
17Spider-Gwen #27 Leg$3.99 Marvel
18X-Men Gold #18 Leg$3.99 Marvel
19Daredevil #595 2nd Ptg Torque Var $3.99 Marvel
20Mister Miracle #5$3.99 DC
21Deadpool By Posehn & Duggan TPB Vol. 1 Complete Collection$34.99 Marvel
22Coyotes #1 2nd Ptg$3.99 Image
23Punisher Max TPB Complete Collection Vol. 7$39.99 Marvel
24Walking Dead #175$3.99 Image
25Injustice Gods Among Us Year Three Comp Coll TPB$24.99 DC

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