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JLA/AVENGERS and SOMETHING IS KILLING… top Diamond’s March orders

But Spawn had a hell of a month

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Diamond Comics has just released its sales charts for March, representing orders from direct sales comics shops. James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera’s Something Is Killing the Children #21 was the best selling comics periodical – kicking off a new storyline in the popular series.

The Hero Initiative edition of the Kurt Busiek/George Pérez classic JLA/Avengers was the top selling graphic novel.

These charts are, of course, without DC books, and with about 30-40% of Marvel sales.

Periodicals were dominated by Boom! and Image titles, with Strange #1 by Jed MacKay and Marcelo Ferreira at #7 the sole Marvel title.

Although Something Is Killing the Children was the top seller, Spawn was really king of the list, with four titles in the top ten. The resurgence of Spawn in comics shops has been one of the big stories in comics retailing over the last few months. 

Among the premier publishers, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo‘s supernatural series We Have Demons #1 from Dark Horse Comics was their top book for March at #13, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Draculina #2 by Christopher Priest and Michael Sta. Maria ranked #44 for the month.

Over in in the GN list, after JLA/Avengers it was a mixed bag of manga from Viz and Dark Horse, four Image titles and one from Boom!.

BTW, since JLA/Avengers had a print run of 7000 copies, you can do some of the math yourself on the sales volume of some of these titles.

From the other premier publishers, Marvel Comics’ top book, The Death of Doctor Strange, ranked #36, while Dynamite’s top book, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Bigfoot, ranked #91.

Diamond also includes a listing for Toys, and that list was led by Funko’s POP! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dontallo (with Black & White Chase) Vinyl Figure PREVIEWS exclusive figure.

BTW, in case you’re wondering, it is highly likely that we’ll never get any meaningful sales data from Lunar on DC or PRH on Marvel and IDW, so until we get a real Bookscan for periodicals, this is the fragmentary data we have.

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SOLD

RANK
PRODUCT TITLE
PRICE
ITEM CODE
PUBLISHER
1
SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #21
$3.99
JAN220737-M
BOOM! STUDIOS                       
2
SPAWN #327
$2.99
DEC210334-M
IMAGE COMICS
3
SPAWN: THE SCORCHED #3
$2.99
DEC210328-M
IMAGE COMICS
4
SAGA #57 (MR)
$2.99
JAN220296
IMAGE COMICS
5
SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #21 DIE-CUT MASK VARIANT COVER
$4.99
JAN220738-M
BOOM! STUDIOS                       
6
LITTLE MONSTERS #1 (MR) [*]
$3.99
JAN220067-M
IMAGE COMICS
7
STRANGE #1
$4.99
DEC211133-M
MARVEL COMICS
8
ROGUE SUN #1 [*]
$3.99
DEC210054-M
IMAGE COMICS
9
GUNSLINGER SPAWN #6
$2.99
JAN220263-M
IMAGE COMICS
10
SPAWN #328
$2.99
JAN220301-M
IMAGE COMICS

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS BY UNITS SOLD

RANK
PRODUCT TITLE
PRICE
ITEM CODE
PUBLISHER
1
JLA/AVENGERS TP HERO INITIATIVE EDITION
$29.99
JAN228074
THE HERO INITIATIVE
2
MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 30 GN
$9.99
JAN221787
VIZ MEDIA LLC
3
THE ME YOU LOVE IN THE DARK
VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
$16.99
DEC210158
IMAGE COMICS
4
ASTRO CITY METROBOOK VOLUME 1 TP
$29.99
DEC210124
IMAGE COMICS
5
BERSERK DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 10 HC
$49.99
NOV210327
DARK HORSE COMICS
6
A RIGHTEOUS THIRST FOR VENGEANCE VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
$9.99
JAN220159
IMAGE COMICS
7
RADIANT BLACK VOLUME 2 TP
$16.99
JAN220204
IMAGE COMICS
8
ONCE & FUTURE VOLUME 4 TP
$16.99
NOV210760
BOOM! STUDIOS                       
9
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOLUME 3 GN
$9.99
FEB202196
VIZ MEDIA LLC
10
AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER: NORTH & SOUTH OMNIBUS TP
$24.99
OCT210258
DARK HORSE COMICS

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK
PRODUCT TITLE
PRICE
ITEM CODE
PUBLISHER
1
POP! TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: DONATELLO (WITH BLACK & WHITE CHASE) VINYL FIGURE
$13.99
MAR218990
FUNKO
2
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: LORD DRAKKON 1/6-SCALE FIGURE
$96.49
JUN218916
THREEZERO
3
POP! IRON MAN 2: IRON MAN MK. IV WITH GANTRY GLOW-IN-THE-DARK DELUXE VINYL FIGURE
$29.99
DEC209218
FUNKO
4
POP! TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: RAPHAEL (WITH BLACK & WHITE CHASE) VINYL FIGURE
$13.99
MAR218993
FUNKO
5
POP! THE SIMPSONS: ALIEN MR. BURNS VINYL FIGURE
$14.99
JAN218320
FUNKO
6
MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON SPIDER-MAN PVC FIGURE
$49.99
JUN182325
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
7
THE LORD OF THE RINGS DELUXE FIGURES SERIES 4
$179.94
JUN212274
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
8
HALLOWEEN 2: MICHAEL MYERS & DR. LOOMIS 7-INCH FIGURE 2-PACK
$75.99
JUL218394
NECA
9
DUCK TALES DAH-040: DARKWING DUCK DYNAMIC 8-CTION HEROES FIGURE
$69.00
FEB218295
BEAST KINGDOM CO
10
MARVEL SELECT: THE IMMORTAL HULK FIGURE
$29.99
SEP201919
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK
PRODUCT TITLE
PRICE
ITEM CODE
PUBLISHER
1
POKEMON TCG: SWORD & SHIELD—FUSION STRIKE BOOSTERS
$90.00
DEC219273
POKEMON USA
2
POKEMON TCG: SWORD & SHIELD—CHILLING REIGN BOOSTERS
$90.00
DEC219272
POKEMON USA
3
VAULT OF MAGIC (D&D 5E) HC
$49.99
MAY218691
PAIZO PUBLISHING
4
YU GI OH HIDDEN ARSENAL CHAPTER ONE DIS
$119.92
APR218762
KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT
5
D&D ICONS OF THE REALMS; VAN RICTEN’S GUIDE TO RAVENLOFT BOOSTERS
$159.92
AUG218253
NECA
6
D&D ICONS OF THE REALMS: BEYOND WITCHLIGHT MINIATURES BOOSTERS
$159.92
MAY218572
NECA
7
PATHFINDER: LOST OMENS: MONSTERS OF MYTH HC
$34.99
OCT212857
PAIZO PUBLISHING
8
TOME OF BEASTS 2 HC
$49.99
SEP202470
PAIZO PUBLISHING
9
DEEP MAGIC (D&D 5E) HC
$49.99
JUL202620
PAIZO PUBLISHING
10
PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK HC
$59.99
MAY193227
PAIZO PUBLISHING

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. And Bookscan still wouldn’t be enough, as the metric retailers and collectors need most is how many copies originally existed. Nobody searching for Walking Dead #1 sales data cares what place it landed in originally, or whether those copies sold immediately or sat on shelves or in boxes for a while — they only want to know what’s out there.

    We’re able to get a little bit more than half of that initial supply information now from what we know from Diamond and can extrapolate about Marvel. Which is about what percentage we knew in the multi-distributor era, the difference being there were no significant Direct Market exclusives complicating matters.

  2. after years of reading these types of charts, it is really starting to blow my mind that most Big Four series are still stuck ‘writing for the trade’ when these trades, barring a handful of true perennials, sell like garbage.

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