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Marvel on top again in November sales

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There’s been a lot of rumbling about a slow down in comics sales of late, and while we’ll have to wait for the drill down from veteran chart watchers, a few clues are visible in the November sales charts just released by Diamond.

Comics periodical and graphic novels flip-flopped in month to month comparisons in the November sales figures. GNs were up in double digits from the previous month, while periodical were down in double digits – the opposite of October.  While total sales are still up for the year, it’s by a slim margin – just under 2% for both units and dollars. Hopefully December will hold the line on this, but it’s still a pretty stagnant picture.

Batman was the top periodical while Paper Girls Vol. 2 was the top GN. Overall, Marvel was #1 again, gaining a few percentage points while DC dropped by similar numbers.

The month to month periodical drop – down 10% in dollars and 13%in units – is odd because November was a five Wednesday month and October had only four. This could be explained by a couple of things: the big Loot Crate numbers for Boom’s Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York book and the end of returnability for DC’s Rebirth. The surge in GNs – up nearly 20% in dollars and 19% in units – is also a little hard to parse, although people do love their Paper Girls.

DC Superhero Girls Vol. 2 was the #3 GN, while Marvel had six titles in the top ten, including The Visions Vol 2, Gwenpool and Moonknight, a pretty healthy showing for some of their newish titles. DC’s other top ten titles were the Sandman Overture paperback and a deluxe Rebirth collection The Individual Rebirth trades won’t start hitting for a while, and DC could use a few GN hits there.  Aside from Batman and The Flash, there haven’t been many backlist stars from the New 52 onwards. The fact that DC Superhero Girls is one of their strongest launches in the last few years is very notable.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 38.08% 39.46%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.17% 31.30%
IMAGE COMICS 8.99% 9.06%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.23% 4.59%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.65% 2.85%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.98% 1.66%
TITAN COMICS 1.61% 1.30%
VIZ MEDIA 1.52% 0.56%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.40% 1.23%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 1.01% 1.06%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 10.38% 6.92%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
NOVEMBER 2016 VS. OCTOBER 2016
COMICS -10.33% -13.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 19.48% 18.91%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.72% -11.35%
TOYS 28.48% 53.60%
NOVEMBER 2016 VS. NOVEMBER 2015
COMICS -12.71% -6.09%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 21.56% 25.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.25% -4.15%
TOYS -9.53% -12.99%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS 1.85% 1.97%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.74% 0.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 1.82% 1.87%
TOYS -5.60% -8.56%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

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MARVEL COMICS 88 44 0 132
DC ENTERTAINMENT 84 35 0 119
IDW PUBLISHING 46 25 0 71
IMAGE COMICS 50 9 1 60
DARK HORSE COMICS 28 26 0 54
VIZ MEDIA 0 45 0 45
TITAN COMICS 23 18 2 43
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 8 0 31
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 25 5 0 30
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 15 4 0 19
OTHER NON-TOP 10 136 217 30 383

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #10 $2.99 SEP160227-M DC
2 BATMAN #11 $2.99 SEP160229-M DC
3 CIVIL WAR II #7 $4.99 AUG160866-M MAR
4 ALL STAR BATMAN #4 $4.99 SEP160214-M DC
5 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 $3.99 SEP160893-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 $4.99 SEP160946-M MAR
7 BATMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 SEP160231 DC
8 VENOM #1 $3.99 SEP160951-M MAR
9 THE WALKING DEAD #160 (MR) $2.99 SEP160763-M IMA
10 IVX #0 $4.99 SEP160882-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 2 TP $12.99 SEP160815 IMA
2 MARVEL: THE HIP-HOP COVERS VOLUME 1 HC $34.99 MAR160927 MAR
3 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 2: HITS AND MYTHS TP $9.99 AUG160270 DC
4 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 4: END OF GAMES TP $19.99 JUL161076 MAR
5 UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL VOL. 1: BELIEVE IT TP $16.99 AUG161009 MAR
6 SANDMAN OVERTURE TP (MR) $19.99 AUG160359 DC
7 DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION HC $17.99 AUG160316 DC
8 VISION VOL. 2: LITTLE BETTER THAN BEAST TP $17.99 SEP161139 MAR
9 MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 1: LUNATIC TP $15.99 SEP161128 MAR
10 DEADPOOL V. GAMBIT: V IS FOR VS TP $16.99 AUG161011 MAR

 


TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH ARTIST TRIBUTE HC $24.99 AUG161305 BOO
2 MOUSE GUARD COLORING BOOK $14.99 JUN161233 BOO
3 JOHN BYRNE’S STOWAWAY TO THE STARS GRAPHIC ALBUM TO COLOR TP $12.99 SEP160610 IDW
4 TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE SCRIPTS BY JOE HILL HC $17.99 AUG160478 IDW
5 DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELVE DOCTORS OF CHRISTMAS HC $14.99 JUN168322 PEN
6 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 111 SC $14.95 AUG162275 SAN
7 CHEW ADULT COLORING BOOK TP (MR) $14.99 SEP160767 IMA
8 SPECTRUM ART BOOK 23 SC $35.00 SEP162204 PUB
9 DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN COLORING BOOK SC $14.99 AUG162253 POC
10 THE SHADOW NOVEL ANNUAL VOLUME 2 SC $19.95 JUL162277 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: BATWING VEHICLE APR160436 DC
2 MARVEL GALLERY: DEADPOOL PVC FIGURE JUN162394 DST
3 DC COMICS: HARLEY QUINN “NEW 52” BISHOUJO STATUE APR162878 KOT
4 GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: HARLEY QUINN DELUXE STATUE AUG150301 DC
5 DC ICONS: BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE MAY160364 DC
6 HARLEY QUINN: RED, BLACK & WHITE HOLIDAY STATUE MAY160361 DC
7 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE MAR160321 DC
8 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER “EPISODE IV” ARTFX+ STATUE MAY162719 KOT
9 MARVEL PREMIER COLLECTION: SPIDER-GWEN STATUE APR162612 DST
10 SAGA: ALANA & MARKO ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK SEP160830 SKY

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD BOOSTER BRICK JUL163367 NEC
2 TMNT: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
3 JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH BOARD GAME JUN163091 RIV
4 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: DEADPOOL AUG163179 NEC
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: CONSPIRACY: TAKE THE CROWN BOOSTER PACKS JUL168216 WIZ
6 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
7 PANDEMIC: REIGN OF CTHULHU EDITION BOARD GAME JUN163096 ZMA
8 DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD FAST FORCES 6-PACK JUL163368 NEC
9 THE GAME CARD GAME SEP152625 IDW
10 THE WALKING DEAD TRIVIAL PURSUIT JUL163366 USA

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