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.

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-MDC

2

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

$4.99

NOV180783-MMAR

3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$4.99

NOV180771-MMAR

4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$4.99

NOV180740-MMAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

NOV180903-MMAR

6

BATMAN #62

$3.99

NOV180402-MDC

7

BATMAN #63

$3.99

NOV180404-MDC

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #4

$3.99

NOV180457-MDC

9

HEROES IN CRISIS #5

$3.99

NOV180459-MDC

10

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV180793-MMAR

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

$4.99

NOV180783-MMAR

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2

$4.99

NOV180414-MDC

3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$4.99

NOV180771-MMAR

4

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$4.99

NOV180740-MMAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

NOV180903-MMAR

6

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV180793-MMAR

7

YOUNG JUSTICE #1

$4.99

NOV180376-MDC

8

BATMAN #62

$3.99

NOV180402-MDC

9

BATMAN #63

$3.99

NOV180404-MDC

10

HEROES IN CRISIS #4

$3.99

NOV180457-MDC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180569DC

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745MAR

3

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP

$15.99

OCT181018-MMAR

4

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

$19.99

OCT181014MAR

5

COSMIC GHOST RIDER: BABY THANOS MUST DIE TP

$15.99

NOV181028MAR

6

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

$19.99

SEP180278DAR

7

FARMHAND VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$12.99

OCT180065IMA

8

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180568DC

9

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP

$19.99

JUL180733DC

10

SPIDER-GEDDON: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON TP

$15.99

OCT181015MAR

 

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-MMAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745MAR

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP

$19.99

OCT180569DC

4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 11 HC

$100.00

JUL181165-MMAR

5

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

$99.99

JUN180578DC

6

INFINITY TP

$49.99

JUN140730MAR

7

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 4 HC

$75.00

JUL181163-MMAR

8

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

$19.99

OCT181014MAR

9

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

$19.99

SEP180278DAR

10

SPIDER-MAN: BEN REILLY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

JUL181167MAR

 

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267WIC

2

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148UDO

3

CAPTAIN MARVEL LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181804RAN

4

A FRIEND LIKE PIKACHU: POKEMON LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181802RAN

5

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-MGEM

6

FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC

$17.99

NOV181857LIO

7

OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 9 HC

$20.00

NOV182175HAC

8

STAR TREK: I AM MR SPOCK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181801RAN

9

STAR TREK: I AM CAPTAIN KIRK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

NOV181800RAN

10

DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS: THE JOKER TP

$4.95

DEC182051CAP

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

POP! POWER RANGERS: LORD DRAKKON VINYL FIGUREJUN188596FUN

2

OVERWATCH: MEI FLOATING SNOWBALL REPLICAJUL189227BLI

3

OVERWATCH: GENJI SWORD REPLICAJUL189228BLI

4

INFINITY WAR: THANOS ARTFX+ STATUEMAR188569KOT

5

POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGUREJUN188595FUN

6

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON-SPIDER FIGUREJAN188710DST

7

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULKOCT178172MEZ

8

AQUAMAN MOVIE GALLERY: AQUAMAN PVC FIGUREAUG182575DST

9

PERSONA 5: JOKER FIGMAJUN178415GOO

10

HARLEY QUINN: PINK WHITE BLACK VALENTINE BY LAU VARIANT STATUEJUL180806DC

 

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE

2

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI

3

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN POCKET EDITIONNOV182880PAI

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE INTRIGUE POCKET EDITIONNOV182881PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOKJUN091729PAI

6

GLOOMHAVEN 2017 EDITIONMAR188530ALL

7

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HCMAY182931PAI

8

STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 HCAUG183177PAI

9

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAMEJUL183082SHI

10

RED SONJA TAROT CARD SETJUN181151DYN

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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