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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...

 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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