Sales Charts: Batman is #1 in a peppy October

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Batman #56.jpgJust like he usually does, Batman ruled the roost for comics and graphic novels sales in october, as Diamond revealed in their monthly sales charts, released today.

Tom King, Tony S. Daniel, and Danny Miki’s Batman #56 was the #1 comics periodical and Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight was the top graphic novel, proving Batman is still popular, even with his junk concealed. The Walking Dead anniversary specials and WDoner Woman Earth One Vol 2 also did well.

Marvel was still #1 in dollars and units though.

The Walking Dead #1 Anniversary Variant.jpgHowever, more to the point of our usual is glass half empty or half full analysis,  comics sales finally crept into the black for the year, though by a mere 0.38%. Comics and GN remain down from 2017, but by under 5% in most cases – units are down between 5-6% for periodicals and the overall market. So it’s not a downward spiral after all. Comics may live.

October was a five week month so month to month, October 2018 is up quite a bit.

As usual John Jackson Miller gave us a preview of his column on the month:

Thanks to a five-week October and Walking Dead’s 15th anniversary, the comics market finally made up all the ground lost in the first quarter of 2018 to move into positive territory. Orders are up $1.6 million, or less than 1%, for the year — but it’s still the first positive Year-to-Date number since December 2016. In November we give that extra week back, but December ought to be an easy beat — so chances for a year ending positive remain better than even.

No blockbuster titles evident this month, but notably the entire Top 10 was priced at $3.99 or below. Perhaps as a consequence, comics units topped 8 million copies for the first time in more than a year. Comics unit sales overall lag behind 2017, but slates this year have been smaller to match — 200 fewer comic books have been published so far in 2018. Publishers appear to be ramping up a bit more, coming out of the recession; aided by its 15 “blind bag” editions of Walking Dead, Image had as many comics out as DC.

Some trends that I note just about every month: Marvel’s periodical sales were led by a bunch of Spider-titles, including Spider-Gwen and Venom, but no Marvel GN’s hit the top units list. Despite the popularity of the Venom movie, Marvel wasn’t able to cash in – at least on the Top 10. The Michelinie/McFarlane Spider-Man Omnibus did chart on the dollars list, though, which considering it retails for $100 is no surprise.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.22%

37.89%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.48%

32.99%

IMAGE COMICS

12.62%

12.64%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.03%

3.74%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.32%

2.41%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.37%

2.06%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.86%

1.52%

VIZ MEDIA

1.34%

0.48%

TITAN COMICS

0.87%

0.57%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.78%

0.16%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.11%

5.55%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

OCTOBER 2018 VS. SEPTEMBER 2018

COMICS

11.93%

11.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.28%

-0.76%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.32%

10.49%

TOYS

19.04%

22.50%

OCTOBER 2018 VS. OCTOBER 2017

COMICS

9.66%

5.33%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.30%

14.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

8.38%

5.95%

TOYS

21.58%

47.81%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

2.13%

-5.56%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.76%

-4.45%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.38%

-5.48%

TOYS

-2.16%

-1.15%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

95

41

0

136

DC ENTERTAINMENT

78

38

1

117

IMAGE COMICS

78

24

0

102

IDW PUBLISHING

34

16

0

50

DARK HORSE COMICS

23

20

0

43

BOOM! STUDIOS

26

14

0

40

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

27

9

0

36

VIZ MEDIA

0

26

0

26

TITAN COMICS

12

12

1

25

ARCHIE COMICS

11

4

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

142

236

36

414

TOTAL

526

440

38

1004

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #56

$3.99

AUG180501-M DC

2

THE WALKING DEAD #1 15TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION

$2.99

JUL188116-M IMA

3

SPIDER-GEDDON #1

$3.99

AUG180842-M MAR

4

BATMAN #57

$3.99

AUG180503-M DC

5

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #1

$3.99

AUG180854-M MAR

6

HEROES IN CRISIS #2

$3.99

AUG180462-M DC

7

VENOM #7

$3.99

AUG180979-M MAR

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #10

$3.99

AUG180480-M DC

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

$3.99

AUG180971-M MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8

$3.99

AUG180975-M MAR

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #56

$3.99

AUG180501-M DC

2

SPIDER-GEDDON #1

$3.99

AUG180842-M MAR

3

VENOM #7

$3.99

AUG180979-M MAR

4

BATMAN #57

$3.99

AUG180503-M DC

5

VENOM ANNUAL #1

$4.99

AUG180977 MAR

6

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #1

$3.99

AUG180854-M MAR

7

HEROES IN CRISIS #2

$3.99

AUG180462-M DC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

$3.99

AUG180971-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8

$3.99

AUG180975-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #10

$3.99

AUG180480-M DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP

$19.99

JUL180733 DC

2

WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC

$24.99

JUL180591 DC

3

MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES HC (MR)

$16.99

JUL180133 IMA

4

BATMAN VOLUME 7: THE WEDDING TP

$16.99

JUL180717 DC

5

GIDEON FALLS VOLUME 1: BLACK BARN TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG180153-M IMA

6

ISOLA VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

JUL180153-M IMA

7

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 7 TP (MR)

$17.99

AUG180194 IMA

8

DEATH OR GLORY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$16.99

AUG180126-M IMA

9

AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOLIME 1: FINAL HOST TP

$17.99

JUL181176-M MAR

10

BATMAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE MANGA VOLUME 1 TP

$12.99

JUN180436 DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC

$24.99

JUL180591 DC

2

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP

$19.99

JUL180733 DC

3

MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES HC (MR)

$16.99

JUL180133 IMA

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY MICHELINIE & MCFARLANE OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

APR180851 MAR

5

THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM 15TH ANNV BOX SET

$200.00

APR188923 IMA

6

BATMAN VOLUME 7: THE WEDDING TP

$16.99

JUL180717 DC

7

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 7 TP (MR)

$17.99

AUG180194 IMA

8

X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN: SECOND GENESIS TP

$29.99

JUL181178 MAR

9

TOMB OF DRACULA OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$100.00

APR180852 MAR

10

MARVELOCITY: THE MARVEL COMIC ART OF ALEX ROSS HC

$50.00

JUL182072 PAN

 

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MEGA MAN: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS TP

$39.99

AUG182411 UDO

2

THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR 2018

$19.95

FEB188260 PRI

3

SUPER MARIO ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$39.99

JUN180310 DAR

4

DARK SOULS II: DESIGN WORKS HC

$49.99

AUG151751 UDO

5

OKAMI: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS SC

$39.99

MAY073783 UDO

6

BILL SIENKIEWICZ: MUTANTS & MOON KNIGHTS ARTIFACT EDITION HC

$90.00

APR180447 IDW

7

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE NOVEL HC

$24.95

JUL182219 TTN

8

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

9

ART OF TROMA HC (MR)

$34.99

JUL181247 DE

10

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 135

$14.95

AUG182175 SAN

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: MERCY 12-INCH STATUE MAR188055 BLI

2

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: THOR PVC FIGURE APR182164 DST

3

POP! MARVEL: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: COMIC ROCKET RACCOON CLASSIC VINYL FIGURE APR188340 FUN

4

DC GALLERY: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS PVC FIGURE MAY182303 DST

5

POP! MARVEL: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: STAR-LORD CLASSIC HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST 2018 VINYL FIGURE APR188339 FUN

6

DC DESIGNER SERIRES: TRINITY BY JASON FABOK STATUE MAR180386 DC

7

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: BLACK WIDOW PVC FIGURE APR182160 DST

8

MARVEL GALLERY: WOLVERINE COMIC PVC FIGURE APR182171 DST

9

THE IRON GIANT DIECAST 1/12 SCALE ACTION FIGURE JAN188313 100

10

VENOM LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178802 HAS

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 HC AUG183177 PAI

2

CREATURE CODEX HC JUL183073 PAI

3

MARVEL HEROCLIX: SECRET WARS BOOSTER BRICK JUN182958 NEC

4

PATHFINDER RPG ADVANCED RACE GUIDE POCKET EDITION AUG183170 PAI

5

BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: GOTHAM UNDER SIEGE GAME JUN180756 IDW

6

PATHFINDER RPG: NPC CODEX POCKET EDITION AUG183171 PAI

7

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

8

PATHFINDER CAMPAIGN SETTING: SANDPOINT: LIGHT OF THE LOST COAST AUG183172 PAI

9

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: AGAINST THE AEON THRONE PART 3 AUG183178 PAI

10

PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC TERRAIN MULTI-PACK JUN132387 PAI

 

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