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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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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Future Chart Watch: Batman dominates 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 6-12, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for November 6-12, 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
3Hawkeye By Matt Fraction And David Aja Omnibus HC$99.99 Marvel
4Batman The Dark Prince Charming HC Book 01$12.99 DC
5X-Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
6Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$99.99 Marvel
7Captain America Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
8Batman White Knight #2$3.99 DC
9Superior Foes Spider-Man Omnibus HC$49.99 Marvel
10Batman Tmnt TPB Vol. 1$16.99 DC
11Batman The Devastator #1 (Metal)$3.99 DC
12Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
13Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Opena Cvr$125.00 Marvel
14Harley Quinn By Conner & Palmiotti Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99 DC
15Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
16Justice League #32 Metal$2.99 DC
17Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
18Abs Justice League Worlds Greatest Superheroes HC$75.00 DC
19Identity Crisis 10th Anniversary HC$29.99 DC
20Batman Detective Rebirth Dlx Coll HC Book 01$34.99 DC
21Marvel Masterworks X-Men HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
22Daredevil By Frank Miller Omnibus Companion HC New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
23Daredevil By Miller And Janson Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
24Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
25Guardians of Galaxy By Abnett And Lanning Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for November 6-12, 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 third printing of Batman White Knight #1, which is expected to reach stores Dec. 6. Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Batman White Knight #1 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
2Batman White Knight #2 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
3Batman White Knight #3$3.99 DC
4Batman White Knight #3 Var Ed$3.99 DC
5Klaus And The Crisis In Xmasville #1 Foc Incv Quitely Var$7.99 Boom
6Marvel Two-In-One #1$3.99 Marvel
7Punisher #219$3.99 Marvel
8Captain America #695 2nd Ptg Alex Ross Var$3.99 Marvel
9Rick And Morty TPB Vol. 6$19.99 Oni
10Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1$3.99 DC
11Amazing Spider-Man #792$3.99 Marvel
12Batman #36$2.99 DC
13Guardians of Galaxy #146 2nd Ptg Lim Var$3.99 Marvel
14Star Wars #40$3.99 Marvel
15Witchblade #1$3.99 Image
16Walking Dead #174$2.99 Image
17Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
18Deadman #2$3.99 DC
19Daredevil #596$3.99 Marvel
20X-Men Blue #17$3.99 Marvel
21Spider-Man #234 2nd Ptg Bagley Var$3.99 Marvel
22Rockos Modern Life #1 Foc Incv Look & Find Var$3.99 Boom
23Marvel Two-In-One #1 Kirby 100th Var$3.99 Marvel
24Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99 DC
25Harley Quinn #33 Var Ed$2.99 DC

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Monday, November 13, 2017

October 2017 comics sales estimates: Metal #3 near 159k copies, four over 100k

by John Jackson Miller

October brought the restoration of many Marvel titles' legacy numberings (as well as the creation of several legacy titles through the cobbling-together of multiple miniseries) as part of its Legacy event. The promotion, which required retailers to meet certain thresholds to order special lenticular covers, helped Marvel and the Direct Market's orders increase 5% over September, but paled in comparison to sales from the previous October, the Rebirth-driven second-strongest month of 2016. Click to see comics order estimates for October 2017.

Many fewer new comics were released this October versus the year before, however: 484, down 8% or 52 comics from the year previous. Perhaps owing to Legacy, Marvel's release slate was its smallest in a long time; Marvel released 81 new comic books, its fewest since February 2016 and eight fewer than it released last October. The 7.62 million comic books retailers ordered, while nearly identical to orders from the previous two months, was off 21% from 2016's overstuffed October; that shortfall likely drops to 18% with the Loot Crate book from that month removed. Marvel's Thor #700 was its top seller, in advance of the release of the popular film, Thor: Ragnarok.


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The Dark Multiverse event at DC — including Dark Nights: Metal #3 (with North American shipments of 158,700 copies) and various Batman specials — dominated the top 10; orders continued to come in for Dark Nights: Metal #1, bringing it above 271,000 copies. It remains second on the list of top-sellers for 2017. While the Marvel Legacy lenticular covers were priced identically with their normal counterparts and thus combined in rankings by Diamond, two DC issues had different prices and were not. With orders fused, Action Comics #989 and #990 would have placed 9th and 12th respectively.

Mister Miracle, one of September's most heavily reordered books, saw orders off very slightly from its second to third issue.

Image saw its dollar market share climb above 11% thanks to strong performances in the graphic novel category; the Here's Negan hardcover alone had first-month North American orders above 19,300 copies, with a full retail dollar value of nearly $400,000. (Edit: An errant decimal point resulted in an earlier incorrect headline.) Trade paperback and hardcover sales to retailers overall were up slightly over the previous year.

The vital statistics for the month:

Friday, November 10, 2017

Metal, Legacy dominate October sales to comic shops; Here's Negan pushes DM graphic novel category to first win in months


by John Jackson Miller

Earlier this week in advance of the release of the Diamond Comic Distributors preliminary sales report for October 2017, I tweeted that the same month last year would be very hard to beat, even with Marvel's Legacy event and DC's Dark Multiverse storyline underway. The second best month of 2016 in the Direct Market, October 2016 had a huge number of new releases: 536 new comics, the most all year, many of which were double-shipped Rebirth issues. And it was further assisted on the unit sales side by several hundred thousand copies of Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 which went to Loot Crate; it was the largest number of copies Diamond shipped of any comic book all year.


See Dark Nights Metal #3 at TFAW
But while beating last October seemed unlikely, I noted that trajectory mattered — and while Diamond today reported that orders for comics, graphic novels, and magazines were down 11% versus last October, they were up 5% over September 2017, a month which also had four shipping weeks. The month's top seller was Dark Nights: Metal #3, with six other Batman releases making the Top 10; three Marvel Legacy issues rounded out the top 10, including the second-place Thor #700.

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calculates that retailers ordered $45.58 million in print material at full retail, $2 million more than September and almost tying the total from this August, which had an extra shipping week. While both were down versus last October, Marvel and DC sold retailers more dollars worth of merchandise this October than they did in September — and Image continued to outpace the market, beating its year-ago total by 8% and climbing to an 11.46% market share.

Order Here's Negan from TFAWSpeaking of Image, a positive sign was to be found in Diamond's graphic novel sales to comics shops, which managed to beat their pace from the same month a year ago by more than 2%. That's the first graphic novel year-over-year win since May, the only other month this year in which that happened. Image had six of the top ten graphic novels, including the top-selling Walking Dead: Here's Negan hardcover. The number of new graphic novels that shipped this October is the same as last October: 345.

Meanwhile, many fewer new comics were released this October: 484, down 8% or 52 comics from last October. Perhaps owing to Legacy, Marvel's release slate was its smallest in a long time; Marvel released 81 new comic books, its fewest since February 2016 and eight fewer than it released last October. The 7.62 million comic books retailers ordered, while nearly identical to orders from the previous two months, was off 21% from 2016's overstuffed October; that shortfall likely drops to 18% with the Loot Crate book removed.

The aggregate sales statistics:


DollarsUnits
October 2017 Vs. September 2017
Comics2.84%-1.10%
Graphic Novels9.60%0.08%
Total Comics/GNs4.74%-1.02%
Toys-3.64%-7.22%
October 2017 Vs. October 2016
Comics-15.74%-21.05%
Graphic Novels2.37%-8.02%
Total Comics/GNs-11.12%-20.27%
Toys-16.10%-12.91%
Year-To-Date 2017 Vs. Year-To-Date 2016
Comics-9.93%-7.89%
Graphic Novels-10.55%-12.76%
Total Comics/GNs-10.12%-8.27%
Toys-11.82%-17.78%

The market shares:

PublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
Marvel36.38%38.63%
DC30.58%35.48%
Image11.46%9.84%
IDW4.33%3.31%
Dark Horse2.82%1.74%
Dynamite1.99%1.96%
Boom1.96%1.81%
Oni1.08%0.76%
Titan1.02%0.85%
Archie0.68%0.57%
Other7.70%5.05%

The top-selling comics:

COMIC BOOKPRICEPUBLISHER
1Dark Nights: Metal #3$3.99DC
2The Mighty Thor #700$5.99Marvel
3Amazing Spider-Man #789$3.99Marvel
4Batman #32$2.99DC
5Batman #33$2.99DC
6The Despicable Deadpool #287$3.99Marvel
7Batman: The Drowned #1$3.99DC
8Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1$3.99DC
9Batman: The Merciless #1$3.99DC
10Batman: White Knight #1$3.99DC

The top-selling graphic novels:

GRAPHIC NOVELPRICEPUBLISHER
1The Walking Dead: Here's Negan HC19.99Image
2Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition HC$19.99DC
3Seven To Eternity Volume 2$16.99Image
4Rat Queens Volume 4: High Fantasies$14.99Image
5Super Sons Volume 1: When I Grow Up$12.99DC
6I Hate Fairyland Volume 3: Good Girl$16.99Image
7Redneck Vol 01 Deep In The Heart$16.99Image
8Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel$17.99Marvel
9Batman: Detective Comics Volume 3: League$19.99DC
10Low Vol. 4: Outer Aspects Of Inner Attitudes$16.99Image

The number of new releases per publisher:

PublisherComics shippedGraphic Novels shippedMagazinesTotal shipped
Marvel81410122
DC79391119
Image6722089
IDW4136077
Boom297036
Dark Horse1518033
Titan218332
Dynamite246030
Oni124016
Archie Comics114015
Other10416024288
TOTAL SHIPPED48434528857

While October starts the fourth quarter out behind the same period last year, last October was the market's last peak month, in a sense; eleven out of the next twelve months would see declines. The comparatives get easier from here; there's a good chance that the overall year could end up only off in the single digits. That's not great news, but it would represent a boost over the worst point of the year, and would keep the Direct market ahead of the recession-year 10% drop seen in 2009.

As I noted in the Off Panel podcast which released earlier this week, perspective means a great deal to interpreting the market's position; while Star Wars' return to Marvel and Rebirth posed tough comparatives for 2016 and 2017 respectively, it's worth remembering that through October, the Direct Market is up 29.2%, or nearly $100 million, over its position at the same point of 2011, the year the New 52 helped re-energize sales. Dollar volumes this September and October, in fact, roundly beat those from the first two New 52 months — and while inflation plays a role, it does not account for all of the increases.

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: Kenobi, Overdraft: 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, November 8, 2017

Future Chart Watch: Discounted hardcovers, Phoenix Resurrection top reorder charts

by John Jackson Miller

For purposes of our retroactive tracking, here are reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between October 30-November 5, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for October 30-November 5, 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.

Marvel ran a buy-one-get-one-free promotion for much of its backstock, resulting in it monopolizing the reorder charts during the week. No comic books at all made the Top 25!

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


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$99.99 Marvel
2X-Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
3Daredevil By Miller And Janson Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
4Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$99.99 Marvel
5Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00 Marvel
6Captain America Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
7Hawkeye By Matt Fraction and David Aja Omnibus HC$99.99 Marvel
8Elektra By Frank Miller Omnibus HC New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
9Spider-Man By Todd Mcfarlane Omnibus HC$75.00 Marvel
10Doctor Strange Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Ross Cvr$75.00 Marvel
11Guardians of Galaxy By Abnett And Lanning Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
12Daredevil By Frank Miller Omnibus Companion HC New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
13New X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00 Marvel
14Star Wars Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 2 Day Cvr$125.00 Marvel
15Star Wars Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Chaykin Cvr$125.00 Marvel
16Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Opena Cvr$125.00 Marvel
17Captain America Omnibus HC Vol. 2 Pacheco Cvr$99.99 Marvel
18Star Wars Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 3$125.00 Marvel
19Avengers By John Byrne Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
20Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
21Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
22Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$49.99 Marvel
23Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
24Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$100.00 Marvel
25Spider-Man Clone Saga Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00 Marvel

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for October 30-November 5, 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 Artgerm variant of Phoenix: Resurrection #1, which is expected to reach stores Dec. 27. Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #1 Artgerm Var$4.99 Marvel
2Avengers LH #675$4.99 Marvel
3Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
4Batman The Devastator #1 Metal 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
5Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Alpha #1$4.99 Marvel
6Batman The Red Death #1 Metal 3rd Ptg$3.99 DC
7Batman Annual #2$4.99 DC
8Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Alpha #1 Granov Var A Le$4.99 Marvel
9Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey LH #1$4.99 Marvel
10Guardians of Galaxy LH #150$4.99 Marvel
11Star Wars Darth Vader #9$3.99 Marvel
12Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #1 Artist Var L$4.99 Marvel
13Captain America #696$3.99 Marvel
14Moebius Library Inside Moebius HC Vol. 1$39.99 Dark Horse
15DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1$9.99 DC
16X-Men Gold #17$3.99 Marvel
17Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #1 In-Hyuk Lee$4.99 Marvel
18Jim Henson Labyrinth 2017 Special #1$7.99 Boom
19Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #1 Arthur Adams$4.99 Marvel
20Moon Knight #189$3.99 Marvel
21Deadly Class TPB Vol. 6$16.99 Image
22Dark Days The Forge & The Casting Directors Cut #1$7.99 DC
23GI Joe A Real American Hero #246 Cvr A Diaz$3.99 IDW
24Spider-Man #235$3.99 Marvel
25Guardians of Galaxy #150 Avengers Var$4.99 Marvel
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Where Bendis' Marvel successes began: Ultimate Spider-Man, the complete postal sales record

With news everywhere today about writer Brian Michael Bendis's departure from Marvel to an exclusive multi-year contract with DC, Comichron presents a look back to the beginning of his run with the publisher. 

See eBay listings for this issue All the filings Marvel made with the United States Postal Service about Bendis's flagship title can now be found here at Ultimate Spider-Man: The Postal Sales Record.

It's a bit of a complicated series to report on because it's actually under two different postal licenses: the 2000-2009 series was rebooted with a new #1 and a new license. But the rebooted series resumed the original's numbering with #150. There don't seem to be any reports on the third series by that name, nor the Marvel Universe-branded title.

Another unusual element is that Ultimate Spider-Man #1 has many reprints, and those appear to have impacted the first year's report; Marvel's reported sales for average issues in the year are far, far higher than anything anyone else was doing in comics at the time. It's possible to compare those sales, which include most channels, with just the sales to the Direct Market beginning with the first issue in September 2000; remember, however, that in that era reorders were not reported, so you won't see the very large traffic in reprints that followed.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Comichron visits the Off Panel podcast: A look at the numbers game

by John Jackson Miller
This month begins my twenty-fifth year of covering the comics industry professionally (for those counting, that means the actual anniversary is November 2018), and I speak about a number of the datasets that I've been developing over the years on the new Off Panel podcast with David Harper of SKTCHD.

It's a wide-ranging discussion, looking at the difference between distributor shipment figures and overall sales, touching on comic book variants and how they've changed over the years, and getting into the importance of having circulation figures to both retailers and the aftermarket. There's also some discussion of current market conditions — and many references to baseball statistics!
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