The Batman Who Laughs #2Diamond released their January sales charts today and it was pretty much business as usual: Mavel led, Batman was #1 in both periodicals and Gns, and Marvel’s rollout of new #1s continue to chart.

Figures were WAY up from December, mostly because January was a five week month.

Marvel and DC pretty much split the periodicals, but Marvel had many titles on the top 10 for graphic novels, something they don’t always have. Either a sign that Image didn’t have a block bster in th emonth or that MArvel is upping its game?

Captqain Marvel trades had an especially strong showing, sugesting that Marvel is way out ahead of the movie this time.

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John Jackson Miller has more informative analysis and I’ll quote it with his permission:

The $44.9 million that retailers spent on comics, graphic novels, and magazines in January is more than $5 million more than last January, which also had five shipping weeks; that’s an increase of 14%. It even beat out the $43.75 million spent in January 2015, the month of the release of million-copy seller Star Wars #1. Retailers bought 7.04 million comic books in January 2019, 300,000 more copies than the previous January. That’s around the range for the first month of the year for several of the healthier years this decade, though some of those Januaries reached the 7 million mark with one fewer shipping week.

As mentioned, December’s sales were artificially low because Diamond did not have a full release week during Christmas Week: rather, a handful of select titles had been shipped to stores the Friday before, street-dated for the 26th. While those comics weren’t invoiced until Jan. 9, it does appear that the expected dollar value was figured into the December charts, because those Christmas-week releases have normal dollar rankings. It does appear that significant business that otherwise would have transpired in December occured in January instead; graphic novel shipments were up dramatically, 43% over December dollars and 12% over the previous January’s.

If we’re looking for a measure that wipes out the holiday factor, consider the sales when December and January are considered a single nine-week unit: $82.55 million, up 6% over the same two months a year earlier. Comics unit sales were 13.25 million copies, up 310,000 copies over December 2017/January 2018.

 

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.24%

41.29%

DC

29.70%

33.39%

IMAGE COMICS

7.56%

7.77%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.95%

2.97%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.32%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.32%

2.23%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.13%

1.83%

VIZ MEDIA

1.55%

0.61%

TITAN COMICS

0.80%

0.60%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.78%

0.77%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.31%

5.20%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2019 VS. DECEMBER 2018

COMICS

11.93%

13.49%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

42.79%

40.93%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.47%

15.18%

TOYS

154.01%

234.27%

JANUARY 2019 VS. JANUARY 2018

COMICS

15.32%

5.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

11.98%

2.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.33%

4.82%

TOYS

34.53%

57.58%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

102

40

0

142

DC

87

31

0

118

IMAGE COMICS

57

10

0

67

IDW PUBLISHING

39

17

0

56

DARK HORSE COMICS

27

19

0

46

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

11

0

36

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

6

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

25

0

25

TITAN COMICS

10

9

0

19

ARCHIE COMICS

13

5

0

18

OTHER NON-TOP 10

136

186

37

359

TOTAL

515

359

37

911

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2

$4.99

NOV180414-M DC

2

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

$4.99

NOV180783-M MAR

3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$4.99

NOV180771-M MAR

4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$4.99

NOV180740-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

NOV180903-M MAR

6

BATMAN #62

$3.99

NOV180402-M DC

7

BATMAN #63

$3.99

NOV180404-M DC

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #4

$3.99

NOV180457-M DC

9

HEROES IN CRISIS #5

$3.99

NOV180459-M DC

10

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV180793-M MAR

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

$4.99

NOV180783-M MAR

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2

$4.99

NOV180414-M DC

3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$4.99

NOV180771-M MAR

4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$4.99

NOV180740-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

NOV180903-M MAR

6

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV180793-M MAR

7

YOUNG JUSTICE #1

$4.99

NOV180376-M DC

8

BATMAN #62

$3.99

NOV180402-M DC

9

BATMAN #63

$3.99

NOV180404-M DC

10

HEROES IN CRISIS #4

$3.99

NOV180457-M DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180569 DC

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP

$15.99

OCT181018-M MAR

4

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOLUME 4: FORTRESS VADER TP

$19.99

OCT181014 MAR

5

COSMIC GHOST RIDER: BABY THANOS MUST DIE TP

$15.99

NOV181028 MAR

6

BLACK HAMMER VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM PART I TP

$19.99

SEP180278 DAR

7

FARMHAND VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$12.99

OCT180065 IMA

8

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180568 DC

9

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP

$19.99

JUL180733 DC

10

SPIDER-GEDDON: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON TP

$15.99

OCT181015 MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CONAN THE BARBARIAN OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

JUL181158-M MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180569 DC

4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 11 HC

$100.00

JUL181165-M MAR

5

HOUSE OF MYSTERY: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

$99.99

JUN180578 DC

6

INFINITY TP

$49.99

JUN140730 MAR

7

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 4 HC

$75.00

JUL181163-M MAR

8

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOLUME 4: FORTRESS VADER TP

$19.99

OCT181014 MAR

9

BLACK HAMMER VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM PART I TP

$19.99

SEP180278 DAR

10

SPIDER-MAN: BEN REILLY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

JUL181167 MAR

 

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

2

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

3

CAPTAIN MARVEL LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181804 RAN

4

A FRIEND LIKE PIKACHU: POKEMON LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181802 RAN

5

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

6

FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC

$17.99

NOV181857 LIO

7

OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 9 HC

$20.00

NOV182175 HAC

8

STAR TREK: I AM MR SPOCK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181801 RAN

9

STAR TREK: I AM CAPTAIN KIRK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181800 RAN

10

DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS: THE JOKER TP

$4.95

DEC182051 CAP

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

POP! POWER RANGERS: LORD DRAKKON VINYL FIGURE JUN188596 FUN

2

OVERWATCH: MEI FLOATING SNOWBALL REPLICA JUL189227 BLI

3

OVERWATCH: GENJI SWORD REPLICA JUL189228 BLI

4

INFINITY WAR: THANOS ARTFX+ STATUE MAR188569 KOT

5

POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGURE JUN188595 FUN

6

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON-SPIDER FIGURE JAN188710 DST

7

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK OCT178172 MEZ

8

AQUAMAN MOVIE GALLERY: AQUAMAN PVC FIGURE AUG182575 DST

9

PERSONA 5: JOKER FIGMA JUN178415 GOO

10

HARLEY QUINN: PINK WHITE BLACK VALENTINE BY LAU VARIANT STATUE JUL180806 DC

 

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

2

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

3

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN POCKET EDITION NOV182880 PAI

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE INTRIGUE POCKET EDITION NOV182881 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

6

GLOOMHAVEN 2017 EDITION MAR188530 ALL

7

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

8

STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 HC AUG183177 PAI

9

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI

10

RED SONJA TAROT CARD SET JUN181151 DYN

5 COMMENTS

  1. You really need to proofread your article. There are quite a few spelling errors. Also, if your headline is about The Batman who Laughs, why is your initial picture of a Marvel property?

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