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September sales figures released by Diamond Comics distributors show DC holding on to its lead in both dollars and units, down a bit from August but still 13 points over Marvel in units, up from 12 last month.

Month to month comparisons from August are down, but August was a five week month compared to September’s normal four week cycle.

I’m sure John Jackson Miller will soon appraise the month by saying “Your September sales are gigantic—the largest I’ve ever seen!” or some such, but what really strikes me about these figures is that Marvel has only one book in the top 10 comics – Civil War II –  and one GN in the Top 10 – Secret Wars. While DC’s double shipping Rebirth is definitely a hit with retailers, Marvel NOW needs to get some traction if Marvel is to regain its place at #1.

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DC’s chart leaders include two issues of Batman and one of All-Star Batman – Supergirl #1 also cracked the top 10, so that happened,  it really did. IN Gn’s it was the new Walking Dead compilation, but all of DC’s main GN series are doing quite well, it seems.

Year to date is finally creeping into the positive, up 2.65% in dollars and 1.39% in units. Graphic novel sales are down from a year ago, something I haven’t really been able to pinpoint the cause of. Something to investigate.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR SHARE

UNIT SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT

36.53%

43.45%

MARVEL COMICS

31.40%

30.75%

IMAGE COMICS

9.04%

8.80%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.60%

3.55%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.43%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.38%

1.95%

TITAN COMICS

1.29%

1.27%

VIZ MEDIA

1.10%

0.39%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.02%

0.79%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

0.94%

0.78%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.46%

5.84%

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

SEPTEMBER 2016 VS. AUGUST 2016

COMICS

-23.78%

-20.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.25%

-8.37%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-19.65%

-19.79%

SEPTEMBER 2016 VS. SEPTEMBER 2015

COMICS

9.23%

15.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.94%

-14.46%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.20%

12.57%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

3.32%

1.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.15%

-0.82%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.65%

1.39%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

82

40

0

122

DC ENTERTAINMENT

76

36

0

112

IMAGE COMICS

53

18

1

72

IDW PUBLISHING

40

13

0

53

DARK HORSE COMICS

26

18

0

44

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

24

14

0

38

VIZ MEDIA

0

23

0

23

TITAN COMICS

17

2

3

22

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

16

4

0

20

ONI PRESS INC.

9

2

0

11

OTHER

115

131

12

258

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #6

$2.99

JUL160304-M

DC

2

ALL-STAR BATMAN #2 [*]

$4.99

JUL160288-M

DC

3

BATMAN #7

$2.99

JUL160310-M

DC

4

CIVIL WAR II #5

$4.99

JUN160760-M

MAR

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 [*]

$2.99

JUL160338-M

DC

6

THE WALKING DEAD #158 (MR)

$2.99

JUL160789-M

IMA

7

TRINITY #1 [*]

$2.99

JUL160282-M

DC

8

SUPERGIRL #1 [*]

$2.99

JUL160277-M

DC

9

SUICIDE SQUAD #2 [*]

$2.99

JUL160346-M

DC

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 [*]

$2.99

JUL160340-M

DC

 

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 26: CALL TO ARMS TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN160722

IMA

2

WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON HC

$22.99

MAY160281

DC

3

BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY TP

$16.99

JUN160332

DC

4

BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM HC

$24.99

MAY160304

DC

5

THE FIX VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JUN160686-M

IMA

6

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 13: NORTH AND SOUTH PART 1 TP

$10.99

MAY160022

DAR

7

SECRET WARS TP

$34.99

JUN160958

MAR

8

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 7: THE DARKSEID WAR PART 1 TP

$16.99

JUN160346

DC

10

HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: A CALL TO ARMS TP

$16.99

JUN160344

DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH TALES HC

$16.99

JUL161323

BOO

2

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPER HERO HIGH YEARBOOK SC

$9.99

JUL162224

RAN

3

GHOSTBUSTERS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

JUL162266

RAN

4

GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

JUL162267

RAN

5

BEDTIME FOR BATMAN PICTURE BOOK HC

$15.95

JUL162219

CAP

6

THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)

$14.99

FEB160615

IMA

7

BEAUTY OF HORROR: GOREGEOUS COLORING BOOK TP

$17.99

JUL160659

IDW

8

ATTACK ON TITAN ADULT COLORING BOOK

$12.99

MAY168239

RAN

9

ALAN MOORE: JERUSALEM HC NOVEL (MR)

$35.00

JUL162245

WW

10

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 110 SC

$14.95

JUN162101

SAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY ANDY KUBERT STATUE

DEC150384

DC

2

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE BY BERMEJO

FEB160284

DC

3

POP! MARVEL: DEADPOOL “DRESSED TO KILL” VINYL FIGURE

JUL162708

FUN

4

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: HALLOWEEN BATGIRL STATUE

APR160454

DC

5

THE FLASH TV ACTION FIGURE

OCT140413

DC

6

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: BATMAN MAF EX FIGURE

NOV158136

MED

7

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURES

MAY162380

DST

8

BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE PLAY ARTS KAI: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE

JAN168666

SQU

9

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: CLASSIC HARLEY QUINN 2ND EDITION STATUE

JUN160390

DC

10

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES BY CAPULLO: SURVIVAL GEAR BATMAN ACTION FIGURE

MAR160328

DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC DICE MASTERS: GREEN ARROW AND THE FLASH

JUN163094

NEC

2

FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE GAME

JUL158674

BAN

3

THE GODFATHER: THE NEW DON GAME

MAY160541

IDW

4

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION)

FEB151158

BOO

5

MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICK

MAY163107

NEC

6

ARCANE ACADEMY CARD GAME

JUN160572

IDW

7

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKS

MAY163104

WIZ

8

YU-GI-OH! TCG 2016 MEGA-TIN CASE

MAY168707

KON

9

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME (2ND EDITION)

FEB151159

BOO

10

D&D MINIATURES SET FIVE

JUN169191

NEC

 

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