Diamond Distributer Announces Top Comics for January

Interesting to note that Marvel continues to carry the largest Market Share of comics distributed, however, 6 of the top 10 books have Batman in them.

 

Roberto da Costa and A.I.M. form a new Avengers team and battle the Secret Empire in Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, and Jesus Aburtov’s U.S.Avengers #1 from Marvel Comics, January’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise. 

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher with a 37.09% dollar share and a 42.62% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 28.93% dollar share and a 31.33% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 9.82% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.25% dollar share and a 3.45% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 4.04% dollar share and a 2.91% unit share.

 

Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten. In addition to U.S.Avengers #1, Cullen Bunn and Steve McNiven’s Monsters Unleashed #1 ranked #8 and Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Cam Smith’s Amazing Spider-Man #23 ranked #9. DC Entertainment had six titles among the top ten, led by Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Batman #14 at #2, followed by King and Gerads’ Batman #15 at #3; Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne’s Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, a co-publication with BOOM! Studios, at #4; Scott Snyder and Jock’s All-Star Batman #6 at #6; Joshua Williamson, Jesus Merino, and Andy Owens’ Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3 at #7; and Tim Seeley and Christian Duce’s Justice League #12 at #10. Rounding out the top ten, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #162 ranked #5. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s top book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #3, a co-publication with DC Entertainment, at #99. Finally, Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #4, based on Joss Whedon’s film Serenity, was their top book of the month at #133.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER/DOLLAR SHARE/UNIT SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 37.09% 42.62%

DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.93% 31.33%

IMAGE COMICS 9.82% 9.36%

IDW PUBLISHING 5.25% 3.45%

DARK HORSE COMICS 4.04% 2.91%

BOOM! STUDIOS 2.09% 1.91%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.65% 1.47%

TITAN COMICS 1.24% 1.10%

VIZ MEDIA 1.15% 0.39%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.82% 0.81%

OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.92% 4.65%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS/UNITS /JANUARY 2017 VS. DECEMBER 2016

COMICS -7.50% -7.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS -18.85% -28.03%

TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.00% -9.49%

TOYS -38.37% -39.98%

JANUARY 2017 VS. JANUARY 2016

COMICS 0.36% 7.21%

GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.88% -8.61%

TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.41% 6.01%

TOYS -15.43% -2.28%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER/COMICS SHIPPED/GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED/MAGAZINES SHIPPED/TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 97 33 0 130

DC ENTERTAINMENT 86 26 0 112

IMAGE COMIC 44 16 0 60

IDW PUBLISHING 41 17 0 58

DARK HORSE COMICS 27 16 0 43

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 7 0 33

TITAN COMICS 24 0 4 28

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 16 6 0 22

VIZ MEDIA 0 21 0 21

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 9 3 0 12

OTHER 87 96 27 210

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK/DESCRIPTION/PRICE/ITEM CODE/VENDOR

1 U.S.AVENGERS #1 $3.99 OCT160723-M MAR

2 BATMAN #14 $2.99 NOV160208-M DC

3 BATMAN #15 $2.99 NOV160210-M DC

4 JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 NOV160283-M DC

5 THE WALKING DEAD #162 (MR) $2.99 NOV160652-M IMA

6 ALL-STAR BATMAN #6 $4.99 NOV160195-M DC

7 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #3 $3.99 NOV160163-M DC

8 MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 $4.99 NOV160745-M MAR

9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 NOV160827-M MAR

10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 $2.99NOV160179-M DC

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2 Responses to Diamond Distributer Announces Top Comics for January

  1. It’s strange to see Marvel with the dollar share and unit share lead over DC. I really thought the Rebirth launch would put them on top for a long long time. Not to mention that I think DC is putting out better titles these days with less shenanigans but what do I know.

  2. My local shop has backed way off of DC. They stock up on the Batman-related titles, but the other DC titles are all down to just a few copies being ordered, and not selling. Now that DC is bumping up cover prices & including the free digital copy, I’m wondering how that will impact things. Now that Marvel is discontinuing their free digital copy program, I’m actually going to be buying less from them, simply because I won’t have time to keep up with reading all those titles, since I can’t rely on reading some of them on-the-go and on break at work. And of course, week one roll-out of their new initiative, they’re offering digital copies of books I already bought last year and have the digital copies of; and it’s the same books being given away across all titles this week, so the codes from the other 10 books are pointless.

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