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Scott Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #1 was the best-selling periodical in December in comics shops, according to the statistics just released by Diamond Comics.

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Paper Girls Vol 5 was the best-selling graphic novel.

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Marvel led DC by their traditional wide margin but DC had 7 out of the top periodicals, most of them Batman, sure, but Shazam #1 also charted.

December 2018 sales overall were wayyyyy down from December 2017, especially in graphic novels. which has a massive 25% drop in dollars and a SHOCKING 1/3rd in units. Considering that it was the holiday season this is troubling. The lack of a “must have” new title is showing here, I think..

Diamond also issued a correction for the year showing that comics and GN sales were actually DOWN for the year, a fact that should bear its own headline.

Update: You can read Comichron commentary here. According to John Jackson Miller it was the smallest ship month in a while, hence the year over year drops.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.57%

44.09%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.51%

30.75%

IMAGE COMICS

8.73%

9.06%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.10%

3.66%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.98%

2.38%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

2.37%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.11%

2.10%

VIZ MEDIA

1.03%

0.38%

TITAN COMICS

0.82%

0.59%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.71%

0.78%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

6.62%

3.85%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2018 VS. NOVEMBER 2018

COMICS

-3.53%

-3.58%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-17.46%

-17.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.35%

-4.55%

TOYS

-58.05%

-53.99%

DECEMBER 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017

COMICS

9.29%

-0.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-26.35%

-35.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.26%

-3.72%

TOYS

-44.01%

-47.06%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

YEAR 2018 VS. YEAR 2017

COMICS

2.04%

-5.67%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.22%

-9.71%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.08%

-5.98%

TOYS

-6.39%

-6.48%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

90

38

0

128

DC COMICS

52

37

1

90

IMAGE COMICS

52

10

0

62

IDW PUBLISHING

32

10

0

42

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

16

0

40

DARK HORSE COMICS

21

11

0

32

VIZ MEDIA LLC

0

23

0

23

TITAN COMICS

8

7

2

17

DYNAMITE

13

1

0

14

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

5

2

0

7

OTHER NON-TOP 10

101

113

9

223

TOTAL

398

268

12

678

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)

$6.99

SEP180424-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

$4.99

SEP180426-M DC

4

BATMAN #60

$3.99

OCT180483-M DC

5

BATMAN #61

$3.99

OCT180485-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11

$3.99

OCT180921-M MAR

7

FANTASTIC FOUR #5

$7.99

OCT180766-M MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

OCT180925-M MAR

9

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT180487 DC

10

SHAZAM #1

$4.99

SEP180436-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)

$6.99

SEP180424-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

$4.99

SEP180426-M DC

4

FANTASTIC FOUR #5

$7.99

OCT180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #60

$3.99

OCT180483-M DC

6

BATMAN #61

$3.99

OCT180485-M DC

7

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT180487 DC

8

SHAZAM #1

$4.99

SEP180436-M DC

9

INFINITY WARS #6

$5.99

OCT180866-M MAR

10

FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1

$4.99

OCT180778-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP

$14.99

OCT180099 IMA

2

BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP

$16.99

SEP180545 DC

3

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: IMBALANCE PART ONE TP

$10.99

JUN180347 DAR

4

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN

$19.99

AUG181366 BOO

5

STAR WARS VOLUME 9: HOPE DIES TP

$19.99

SEP180996 MAR

6

THE FLASH VOLUME 8: FLASH WAR TP

$16.99

SEP180570 DC

7

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 16 GN

$9.99

OCT182065 VIZ

8

THOR VOLUME 1: GOD OF THUNDER REBORN TP

$17.99

SEP181005 MAR

9

VENOM: FIRST HOST TP

$15.99

SEP181007 MAR

10

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 8: ON THE OUTSIDE TP

$16.99

SEP180548 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP

$14.99

OCT180099 IMA

2

BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 6 HC

$125.00

MAY180571 DC

3

FANTASTIC FOUR BY WAID & WIERINGO OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

JUN180968 MAR

4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 20 HC

$75.00

JUN180962-M MAR

5

JEPH LOEB & TIM SALE: YELLOW, BLUE, GRAY & WHITE OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

JUN180964 MAR

6

BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP

$16.99

SEP180545 DC

7

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN

$19.99

AUG181366 BOO

8

MARVEL UNIVERSE BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$125.00

JUN180960 MAR

9

BEFORE WATCHMEN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

JUN180573 DC

10

WONDER WOMAN DIANA PRINCE: CELEBRATING THE 60S OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAY180594 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOCTOR WHO: TARDIS TYPE-40 INSTRUCTION MANUAL HC

$19.99

MAY188247 BBC

2

DOCTOR WHO: COMBAT MAGICKS HC

$10.99

APR188135 BBC

3

MONSTER HUNTER ILLUSTRATIONS 2 HC

$54.99

OCT182056 UDO

4

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

5

DC SUPER HEROES: SUPER HEROES SAY PLEASE BOARD BOOK

$10.99

JUL181774 DOW

6

DRAGON QUEST ILLUSTRATIONS HC (30TH ANNIVERSARY)

$34.99

OCT182063 VIZ

7

OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO STAR WARS COLLECTIBLES SC

$30.00

SEP181814 GEM

8

SWORD ART ONLINE NOVEL VOLUME 15 SC

$14.00

OCT182104 YEN

9

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580 GEM

10

FINAL FANTASY: ULTIMANIA ARCHIVE VOLUME 2 HC

$39.99

JUL180505 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 9 ACTION FIGURES JUL182490 DST

2

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL PX DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE AF AUG178702 MEZ

3

PACIFIC RIM 2 SELECT AF SERIES 3 ASST JUL182498 DST

4

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE DC CATWOMAN AF JAN189082 MEZ

5

DC ARTISTS ALLEY FLASH BY UMINGA VINYL FIG JUN180600 DC

6

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL DOCTOR STRANGE AF APR178082 MEZ

7

DC ARTISTS ALLEY BATGIRL BY MURASE VINYL FIG JUN180598 DC

8

MARVEL GALLERY ANT-MAN & THE WASP MOVIE WASP PVC FIGURE JUL182500 DST

9

X-MEN LEGENDS ARCHANGEL 6IN AF CS JUN188419 HAS

10

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS BATMAN & CATWOMAN STATUE MAY180613 DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

2

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

3

TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

4

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

5

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RPG: CORE RULEBOOK GIFT SET SEP182834 WIZ

6

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

7

PATHFINDER RPG FLIP TILES: URBAN STARTER SET OCT182919 PAI

8

MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI

9

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

10

PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT BASIC (NEW EDITION) MAR138328 PAI

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Note that Monday’s +0.6% reported for the year is ALSO correct. It’s based on a larger data set and later information. The monthly tabulations still have all the returnability penalties baked in, and don’t include a variety of items (including DC Nation #0, itself worth a quarter-million dollars).

  2. It appears the Marvel is trying to pummel the other companies with an over abundance of product. I’ve seen them do this in the past.

    This is also a very poor time of year to do this as sales are generally down during the beginning of the year. But judging from the Diamond catalogs, Marvel will continue to lead in dollars and units thru the entire first quarter( Jan/Feb/Mar ).

    I do not see how this helps the direct market retailers, having to put out more cash to support this marketing plan at a time when sales are slower.

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