Diamond has just released the year end sales charts for 2017 and it was a close one, but Marvel had the #1 periodical comic of the year with Legacy #1. DC came in second with Metal #1. DC and Marvel split the top 10 comics, but Marvel had another year at #1, beating DC by 5-6% in both units and dollars.
However over in GNS, it was a different story with Image taking 8 of the top 10 spots. Brian K. Vaughan alone had four of the top 10. Walking Dead had another two and along with Monstress and, a bit surprisingly, Seven to Eternity.
DC had a Batman book and Oni’s Rick and Morty collection rounded it out.
Image was the #3 publisher, followed by IDW and Dark Horse.
Two of the top books of the year – Doomsday Clock #2 and the Resurrection of Jean Grey came out in the last month of the year so maybe things are looking up? I dunno.
Diamond has released the top 500 books and all their other charts for the year so I’ll be formatting those for the rest of the day.
Last year Diamond never really released their full charts for 2016, so direct comparisons are a little hard. I do have some commentary on all of this but I’ll post it after I inspect the rest of the charts,
2017 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.12%||2.25%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.81%||5.83%|
2017 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||1||MARVEL LEGACY #1||$5.99||JUL170990-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|2||2||DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1||$4.99||JUN170233-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|3||4||PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1||$4.99||APR170970-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|4||19||SECRET EMPIRE #0||$4.99||FEB170758-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|5||10||SECRET EMPIRE #1||$4.99||MAR170901-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|6||14||DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3||$3.99||JUL170304-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|7||15||DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2||$3.99||JUL170300-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|8||6||DOOMSDAY: CLOCK #2||$4.99||OCT170204-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|9||16||DARK NIGHTS: METAL #4||$3.99||SEP170248-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|10||5||PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1||$4.99||OCT170824-M||MARVEL COMICS|
2017 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||1||SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)||$14.99||JAN170850||IMAGE COMICS|
|2||14||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMAGE COMICS|
|3||6||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 27: WHISPERER WAR TP||$14.99||AUG168569||IMAGE COMICS|
|4||24||PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||JAN160645||IMAGE COMICS|
|5||4||BATMAN VOLUME 1: I AM GOTHAM TP||$16.99||OCT160291-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|6||28||MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||APR160803-M||IMAGE COMICS|
|7||3||RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP||$19.99||JUL151482-M||ONI PRESS|
|8||5||THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC (MR)||$19.99||JUL170766-M||IMAGE COMICS|
|9||12||SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT170715||IMAGE COMICS|
|10||38||SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||DEC160767-M||IMAGE COMICS|
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.