Venom #28.jpgDiamond has released its September sales charts and Marvel dominates, as you might expect. Venom #28 by Donny Cates and Juan Gedeon was the top comics periodical and Marvel had eight titles in the top ten. Image charted at #4 with Todd McFarlane and Jim Muniz’s Spawn #310, ranked #4. The Department of Truth #1, which sold quite a few copies after selling out before hitting the stands, was #7.

Other top sellers from other companies that are not DC: BOOM! Studios’ We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo at #31; Dark Horse Comics’ You Look Like Death: Tales from The Umbrella Academy #1 by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and I.N.J. Culbard at #52; Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella #13 by Christopher Priest, Ergun Gunduz, and Giovanni Timpano, at #77; and IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #109 by Sophie Campbell and Jodie Nishijima at #85.

The Marvel Legacy of Jack Kirby from Marvel was the top selling GN, and Marvel repeated their eight out of ten performance.

“September was a fantastic close to third quarter sales for the industry and we continue to see a wide spectrum of publishers pick up momentum in the latter part of 2020,” said Tim Lenaghan, Chief Purchasing Officer of Geppi Family Enterprises, the parent company of Diamond Comic Distributors.  “We’ve seen strong sales from Marvel’s X titles and the debut of X of Swords continues that trend. It’s been great to see a long running series like Spawn return to our Top Sellers list as well, proving it’s never too late to recruit new readers!”

Diamond also noted that The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 50, published by Diamond’s sister company Gemstone, was September’s best-selling book. Its paperback edition topped the chart, its hardcover edition ranked #2, and the oversized Big! Big! edition ranked #4. Fifty years of price guides! And Robert M. Overstreet is still around to byline it.

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Diamond included publisher shares once again, along with pie charts, although without DC numbers to compare, it’s still a bit of a head-scratcher.

John Jackson Miller, as always, at Comichron has his own thoughts, and notes:

The September numbers found Marvel leading Image about 5.9-to-1 in units and about 5.2-to-1 in dollars; that sounds like a lot, but that’s actually a lesser margin than Marvel led Image by in March 2020. The difference then was closer to 7.6-to-1 in units and 6.4-to-1 in dollars. That’s likely attributable to Marvel’s slate still being somewhat smaller than usual post-pandemic — it had 76 new comics out in September, as compared to 99 in September 2019. Image’s new comics slate was at 46 issues, up seven both from March and last September. September was a five-week month in terms of New Comic Book Days both for Diamond and for DC’s distributors.

Comichron will has its own integrated sales estimates later this month, with DC added.

 

 

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TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1
VENOM #28
$3.99
APR201004-M
MARVEL COMICS
2
X OF SWORDS: CREATION #1
$6.99
JUL200583-M
MARVEL COMICS
3
THOR #7
$3.99
APR201008-M
MARVEL COMICS
4
SPAWN #310 [*]
$2.99
JUL200231-M
IMAGE COMICS
5
WEB OF VENOM: WRAITH #1
$4.99
FEB200936-M
MARVEL COMICS
6
IRON MAN #1
$4.99
JUL200595-M
MARVEL COMICS
7
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1 (MR) [*]
$3.99
JUL200012-M
IMAGE COMICS
8
X-MEN #12
$3.99
APR200891-M
MARVEL COMICS
9
FANTASTIC FOUR #24
$3.99
JUL200667-M
MARVEL COMICS
10
MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION #1
$5.99
FEB200797-M
MARVEL COMICS

 
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1
X OF SWORDS: CREATION #1
$6.99
JUL200583-M
MARVEL COMICS
2
VENOM #28
$3.99
APR201004-M
MARVEL COMICS
3
WEB OF VENOM: WRAITH #1
$4.99
FEB200936-M
MARVEL COMICS
4
MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION #1
$5.99
FEB200797-M
MARVEL COMICS
5
THOR #7
$3.99
APR201008-M
MARVEL COMICS
6
IRON MAN #1
$4.99
JUL200595-M
MARVEL COMICS
7
X-MEN #12
$3.99
APR200891-M
MARVEL COMICS
8
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1 (MR) [*]
$3.99
JUL200012-M
IMAGE COMICS
9
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #48
$3.99
APR200988-M
MARVEL COMICS
10
FANTASTIC FOUR #24
$3.99
JUL200667-M
MARVEL COMICS

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1
THE MARVEL LEGACY OF JACK KIRBY SLIPCASE HC
$49.99
APR150904
MARVEL COMICS
2
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC
$49.99
NOV130711
MARVEL COMICS
3
THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY HC
$24.99
FEB150842
MARVEL COMICS
4
MONSTRESS VOLUME 5 TP (MR)
$16.99
JUL200117
IMAGE COMICS
5
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1 HC
$34.99
MAR150785
MARVEL COMICS
6
OLD GUARD BOOK 2: FORCE MULTIPLIED TP (MR)
$16.99
JUL200122
IMAGE COMICS
7
PUNISHER MAX VOL. 1: IN THE BEGINNING TP (MR)
$14.99
JUN041643
MARVEL COMICS
8
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 2 HC
$34.99
OCT150970
MARVEL COMICS
9
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 2 HC
$34.99
OCT150966
MARVEL COMICS
10
IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 7: HULK IS HULK TP
$15.99
APR201092
MARVEL COMICS

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1
CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 4 HC
$125.00
JAN201038-M
MARVEL COMICS
2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC
$125.00
SEP190968-M
MARVEL COMICS
3
WOLVERINE OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC
$100.00
OCT191088-M
MARVEL COMICS
4
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE OMNIBUS HC
$100.00
FEB201046
MARVEL COMICS
5
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 22 HC
$100.00
JAN201044-M
MARVEL COMICS
6
BLACK WIDOW STRIKES OMNIBUS HC
$100.00
OCT191096-M
MARVEL COMICS
7
MONSTRESS VOLUME 5 TP (MR)
$16.99
JUL200117
IMAGE COMICS
8
SPIDER-MAN: BEN REILLY OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
$125.00
JAN201035
MARVEL COMICS
9
CLOAK AND DAGGER OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC
$100.00
NOV190943-M
MARVEL COMICS
10
X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN OMNIBUS HC
$100.00
JAN201043
MARVEL COMICS

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK
DESCRIPTION
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1
POP! MARVEL HEROES: ABSOLUTE CARNAGE DELUXE VINYL FIGURE
DEC198585
FUNKO
2
RE EDIT HALO: MASTER CHIEF MJOLNIR MARK V
1/12-SCALE ACTION FIGURE
JUL198701
1000 TOYS
3
POP! MARVEL: INFAMOUS IRON MAN FIGURE
JAN208954
FUNKO
4
ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: MAGNETO (MARVEL NOW EDITION) FIGURE
AUG198176
MEZCO TOYS
5
HELLBOY: ABE SAPIEN (STANDARD) 1/12-SCALE FIGURE
NOV198143
1000 TOYS INC.
6
STAR WARS: DARTH REVAN FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER
JAN208512
HASBRO TOY GROUP
7
SPIDER-MAN VINTAGE 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES
FEB209316
HASBRO TOY GROUP
8
MARVEL SELECT: HULKBUSTER FIGURE
JUN201794
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
9
DC GALLERY: BATMAN (1989 MOVIE) PVC STATUE
MAR202618
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
10
G.I. JOE CLASSIFIED SERIES 6-INCH FIGURE
DEC198100
HASBRO TOY GROUP

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK
DESCRIPTION
ITEM CODE
VENDOR
1
PATHFINDER 2ND EDITION RPG: ADVANCED PLAYERS GUIDE HC
NOV198464
PAIZO PUBLISHING
2
MARVEL HEROCLIX: SPIDER-MAN AND VENOM: ABSOLUTE CARNAGE BOOSTER BRICK
JAN208408
NECA/WIZKIDS
3
PATHFINDER 2ND EDITION CORE RULEBOOK HC
MAY193227
PAIZO PUBLISHING
4
STARFINDER RPG: STARSHIP OPERATIONS MANUAL HC
NOV198469
PAIZO PUBLISHING
5
PATHFINDER 2ND EDITION: GAMEMASTERY GUIDE HC
NOV192998
PAIZO PUBLISHING
6
PATHFINDER 2ND EDITION: BESTIARY 2
FEB202896
PAIZO PUBLISHING
7
PATHFINDER 2ND EDITION: BESTIARY HC
MAY193229
PAIZO PUBLISHING
8
PATHFINDER 2ND EDITION CORE RULEBOOK SPECIAL EDITION HC
MAY193228
PAIZO PUBLISHING
9
PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC TERRAIN MULTI-PACK
JUN132387
PAIZO PUBLISHING
10
STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKED EDITION
NOV198467
PAIZO PUBLISHING

 
NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER
COMICS SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED
MAGAZINES SHIPPED
TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS
76
46
0
122
IMAGE COMICS
46
15
0
61
BOOM! STUDIOS
24
15
0
39
SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
0
39
0
39
VIZ MEDIA
0
37
0
37
IDW PUBLISHING
25
9
0
34
DARK HORSE COMICS
12
17
0
29
KODANSHA COMICS
0
16
0
16
YEN PRESS
0
16
0
16
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
14
1
0
15
OTHER NON-TOP 10
106
172
25
303
TOTAL
303
383
25
711

 MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER
DOLLAR MARKET SHARE
UNIT MARKET SHARE
MARVEL COMICS
55.94%
66.00%
IMAGE COMICS
10.71%
11.22%
BOOM! STUDIOS
5.58%
5.33%
DARK HORSE COMICS
3.74%
2.76%
IDW PUBLISHING
3.71%
3.42%
DC COMICS
2.68%
-0.97%
VIZ MEDIA
2.62%
1.18%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
2.53%
2.43%
RANDOM HOUSE
0.97%
0.30%
TITAN COMICS
0.90%
0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
10.63%
7.49%

 

 

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