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Diamond Announces Top Products for July 2018

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 10, 2018) — Batman and Catwoman face their wedding day and make decisions about their future in Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #50 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of July 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was July's top publisher with a 39.07% dollar share and a 41.05% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.62% dollar share and a 33.82% unit share. Image Comics was third with an 8.52% dollar share and an 8.87% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.52% dollar share and a 3.95% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.82% dollar share and a 1.91% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.89% dollar share and a 1.74% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.74% dollar share and a 2.07% unit share.

DC Entertainment had five titles in July's top ten. In addition to Batman #50 atop the charts, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock #6 ranked #4; Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado's Superman #1 ranked #5; Joëlle Jones' Catwoman #1 ranked #6; and King and Lee Weeks' Batman #51 at #8. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten: Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley's Amazing Spider-Man #1 ranked #2; Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu, and Gerry Alanguilan's Captain America #1 ranked #3; Spencer and Ottley's Amazing Spider-Man #2 ranked #7; Mariko Tamaki and Juann Cabal's X-23 #1 ranked #9; and Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett's Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 at #10. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics' The Walking Dead #181 was their top book at #17, Dynamite Entertainment's Elvira, Mistress of the Dark #1 ranked #89, BOOM! Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29 ranked #113, IDW Publishing's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 ranked #116, and Dark Horse Comics' Neil Gaiman's American Gods: My Ainsel #5 ranked #147.

Tom King and Mikel Janin's Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar from DC Entertainment was July's best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, with Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim's The Infinity Gauntlet as their top book at #2. VIZ Media had two titles in the top ten, led by One-Punch Man Volume 14 at #6.

Gemstone Publishing's The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 was July's best-selling book product; the softcover edition ranked #1 for the month, and the hardcover edition ranked #2.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment's best-selling video game Overwatch, Good Smile's Overwatch: Genji "Classic Skin" Nendoroid Figure was July's best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Thanos Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles also had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Bombshells: Wonder Woman Deluxe Statue at #10.

Paizo's Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, a special limited edition release with the new edition of Pathfinder's rules, was July's best-selling game product and one of eight Paizo products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 39.07%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.62%
IMAGE COMICS 8.52%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.52%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.82%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.89%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.74%
VIZ MEDIA 1.20%
TITAN COMICS 0.69%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.29%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 41.05%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 33.82%
IMAGE COMICS 8.87%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.95%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS 1.91%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.74%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.66%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.60%
AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.52%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.80%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JULY 2018 VS. JUNE 2018
COMICS 14.18% 7.84%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -13.07% -9.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 6.01% 6.55%
TOYS 16.78% -0.28%
JULY 2018 VS. JULY 2017
COMICS 17.37% 10.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.11% -4.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.53% 9.27%
TOYS 15.77% 4.94%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017
COMICS 0.76% -7.02%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.26% -10.42%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.93% -7.28%
TOYS -8.63% -10.45%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS
SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED
MAGAZINES
SHIPPED
TOTAL
SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 89 37 0 126
DC ENTERTAINMENT 63 34 0 97
IDW PUBLISHING 56 19 1 76
IMAGE COMICS 59 14 0 73
DARK HORSE COMICS 21 19 0 40
BOOM! STUDIOS 24 9 0 33
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 16 8 0 24
VIZ MEDIA 0 22 0 22
TITAN COMICS 10 3 4 17
ARCHIE COMICS 10 3 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 130 153 7 290
TOTAL 478 321 12 811

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #50 $4.99 MAY180450-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 $5.99 MAY180784-M MAR
3 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $4.99 MAY180773-M MAR
4 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6 $4.99 MAY180471-M DC
5 SUPERMAN #1 $3.99 MAY180460-M DC
6 CATWOMAN #1 $3.99 MAY180456-M DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAY180793-M MAR
8 BATMAN #51 $3.99 MAY180454-M DC
9 X-23 #1 $4.99 MAY180808-M MAR
10 COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 $3.99 MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #50 $4.99 MAY180450-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 $5.99 MAY180784-M MAR
3 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $4.99 MAY180773-M MAR
4 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6 $4.99 MAY180471-M DC
5 SUPERMAN #1 $3.99 MAY180460-M DC
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAY180793-M MAR
7 X-23 #1 $4.99 MAY180808-M MAR
8 CATWOMAN #1 $3.99 MAY180456-M DC
9 BATMAN #51 $3.99 MAY180454-M DC
10 COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 $3.99 MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP $16.99 APR180261 DC
2 THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
3 VENOMIZED TP $17.99 MAY180963 MAR
4 STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL. 3: REMASTERED TP $17.99 APR180857 MAR
5 MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE VOL. 1: FATE OF THE FOUR TP $17.99 APR180864 MAR
6 ONE-PUNCH MAN VOLUME 14 GN $9.99 MAY182170 VIZ
7 DRAGON BALL SUPER VOLUME 3 GN $9.99 MAY182168 VIZ
8 MS. MARVEL VOL. 9: TEENAGE WASTELAND TP $17.99 APR180868 MAR
9 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 7: SCARLET SAMURAI TP $15.99 APR180870 MAR
10 ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT COMPLETE COLLECTION TP $29.99 JAN130790 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC $125.00 JAN181031 MAR
2 BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC $75.00 FEB180294 DC
3 EX MACHINA: THE COMPLETE SERIES OMNIBUS HC (MR) $150.00 DEC170409 DC
4 BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP $16.99 APR180261 DC
5 DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERER SUPREME OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC $125.00 JAN181033 MAR
6 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 10 HC $75.00 JAN181035-M MAR
7 THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
8 DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION TP $34.99 APR180860 MAR
9 THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 3 HC $99.99 JAN180398 DC
10 THE PRISONER BY KIRBY & KANE ARTIST EDITION HC $79.99 FEB181804 TTN

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC $29.95 APR181580-M GEM
2 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 HC $35.00 APR181581-M GEM
3 LULU IS A RHINOCEROS $16.99 FEB188267 WIC
4 DOCTOR WHO: POSTCARDS FROM TIME & SPACE SET $17.99 MAR121365 PEN
5 DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME MMPB $9.99 MAR188210 PEN
6 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: AVENGERS: THREAT OF THANOS HC $4.99 MAY181767 RAN
7 DOCTOR WHO: ESSENTIAL GUIDE REVISED EDITION $20.00 NOV158048 PEN
8 PROMISE OF SPACE AND OTHER STORIES SC $15.95 FEB178336 PRI
9 DOCTOR WHO: THE PIRATE PLANET HC $19.99 DEC162187 PEN
10 BIG BIG OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL 48 $47.50 APR181584 GEM

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERWATCH: GENJI “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178585 GOO
2 OVERWATCH: HANZO “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178586 GOO
3 MARVEL SELECT: THANOS ACTION FIGURE MAY052331 DST
4 AVENGERS LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178726 HAS
5 POP! MARVEL: TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE VINYL FIGURE 2-PACK DEC178718 FUN
6 MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST
7 MARVEL PREMIER: DEADPOOL STATUE OCT172362 DST
8 MARVEL PREMIER: CABLE STATUE DEC172279 DST
9 MARVEL GALLERY: WHITE PHOENIX SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE PVC FIGURE JAN188826 DST
10 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN DELUXE STATUE DEC170425 DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK HC MAY182922 PAI
2 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK SC MAY182921 PAI
3 CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE
4 PATHFINDER RPG: PLANAR ADVENTURES HC APR182573 PAI
5 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: RULEBOOK DELUXE HC MAY182923 PAI
6 DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES BOOSTER BRICK DEC178215 NEC
7 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST ADVENTURE: DOOMSDAY DAWN MAY182924 PAI
8 STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
9 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: FLIP-MAT MULTI-PACK MAY182925 PAI
10 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

 

Dollar Market Shares for July 2018
Dollar Market Share – July 2018
Unit Market Shares for July 2018
Unit Market Share – July 2018

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located inNorth Americaand around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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