Diamond Comic Distributors 2017 Best Sellers

DC Doomsday Clock #2 hits top comic sales, marking this the second month in a row for Diamond Comic rankings for December 2017.

Diamond says that 2017 was the 4th highest sell-in year on record by the distributor. With over 89 million comic books and 7.4 million graphic novels sold to comic stores, it has been a large year for sales. After the all-time highs in 2015 and 2016, the comic book market took a step down in 2017. Annual sales decreased 10% over the year, with comic book sales down -1-.40% and graphic novel sales off by -9.38%.

Taking first in top publishers for December was DC Entertainment in dollars with a 34.54% dollar share and a 37.65% unit share. Marvel Comics was the top publisher of the month in units with 38.81% unit share and a 33.80% dollar share. In third was Image Comics with an 8.69% dollar share and a 7.20% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.92% dollar share and a 2.92% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.69% dollar share and a 2.06% unit share.

Of December’s top ten best-selling comic books, DC Entertainment had six. Doomsday Clock #2 and Dark Nights: Metal #4 taking the top two spots. Marvel took the other four title spots. Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 was ranked #3. Among premier publishers, The Walking Dead #174 was Image Comics’ top book sitting at #12. Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1 at #96. IDW Publishing’s top book for the month was Star Wars Adventures #5 at #128.

Image proved to be a contender this year among the top sales chart for best-selling graphic novels. Image Comics’ Saga Volume 8 as December’s top ranking. Image also had Shirtless Bear-Fighter ranked #7 and Deadly Class Volume 6 at #8. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten with Batman Volume 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles at #2. Batman: Detective Comics Volume #4: Deus Ex Machina at #4. Justice League vs. Suicide Squad at #6. Marvel’s two titles in the top ten were Star Wars Volume 6: Out Among the Stars at #3 and Venomverse at #9. Dark Horse Comics’ Black Hammer Volume 2 was ranked #5. Oni Press’ Rick and Morty Volume 6 ranked #10.

Good Smile’s Overwatch: Mei “Classic Skin” Nendoroid, based on Blizzard Entertainment’s immensely popular team shooter Overwatch, was December’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten including the Marvel Gallery: Thor Ragnarok: The Hulk PVC Figure inspired by the cinematic blockbuster ranked #2 and Marvel Gallery: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Drax and Baby Groot PVC Figure ranked #10.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT

34.54%

37.65%

MARVEL COMICS

33.80%

38.81%

IMAGE COMICS

8.69%

7.20%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.92%

2.92%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.69%

2.06%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.28%

1.98%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.08%

1.84%

ONI PRESS

1.00%

0.52%

VIZ MEDIA

0.96%

0.35%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.96%

1.08%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.08%

5.59%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2017 VS. NOVEMBER 2017

COMICS

-16.13%

-14.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-21.95%

-10.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-18.11%

-13.77%

TOYS

-33.23%

-30.05%

DECEMBER 2017 VS. DECEMBER 2016

COMICS

-16.54%

-24.11%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.17%

-13.37%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.57%

-23.23%

TOYS

-27.60%

-37.11%

FOURTH QUARTER 2017 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2017

COMICS

-2.41%

-5.19%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.49%

7.61%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.82%

-4.24%

TOYS

9.14%

2.15%

FOURTH QUARTER 2017 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2016

COMICS

-13.90%

-19.53%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.77%

-7.71%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.37%

-18.66%

TOYS

-15.67%

-24.40%

YEAR 2017 VS. YEAR 2016

COMICS

-10.40%

-9.69%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.38%

-11.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.09%

-9.86%

TOYS

-12.55%

-19.90%

 

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

85

43

0

128

DC ENTERTAINMENT

80

38

1

119

IDW PUBLISHING

35

32

0

67

IMAGE COMICS

55

10

0

65

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

7

0

31

DARK HORSE COMICS

19

9

0

28

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

21

5

0

26

VIZ MEDIA

0

16

0

16

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

6

2

0

8

ONI PRESS

4

3

0

7

OTHER NON-TOP 10

118

164

27

309

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2

$4.99

OCT170204-M DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #4

$3.99

SEP170248-M DC

3

PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1

$4.99

OCT170824-M MAR

4

BATMAN #36

$2.99

OCT170225-M DC

5

BATMAN #37

$2.99

OCT170227-M DC

6

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #3

$3.99

OCT170238-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1

$4.99

OCT170876-M MAR

8

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #1

$3.99

OCT170834-M MAR

9

 HAWKMAN FOUND #1

$3.99

SEP170253-M DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792

$3.99

OCT170879-M MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT170715 IMA

2

BATMAN VOL. 4: THE WAR OF JOKES & RIDDLES TP

$19.99

SEP170400 DC

3

STAR WARS VOL. 6: OUT AMONG THE STARS TP

$19.99

AUG171044 MAR

4

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 4: DEUS EX MACHINA TP

$16.99

SEP170399 DC

5

BLACK HAMMER VOL. 2: THE EVENT TP

$19.99

AUG170013 DAR

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD TP

$24.99

SEP170405 DC

7

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER TP (MR)

$16.99

SEP170681-M IMA

8

DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 6 TP (MR)

$16.99

AUG170634 IMA

9

VENOMVERSE TP

$15.99

OCT171003 MAR

10

RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 6 TP (MR)

$19.99

SEP171801 ONI

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

TERRY MOORE 25TH-ANNIVERSARY SKETCHBOOK

$16.99

OCT171030 ABS

2

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

3

LITTLE BOOK OF SPIDER-MAN FLEXICOVER

$9.99

AUG172292 TAS

4

LITTLE BOOK OF AVENGERS FLEXICOVER

$9.99

AUG172289 TAS

5

LITTLE BOOK OF CAPTAIN AMERICA FLEXICOVER

$9.99

AUG172290 TAS

6

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 124 SC

$14.95

SEP172221 SAN

7

LITTLE BOOK OF FANTASTIC FOUR FLEXICOVER

$9.99

AUG172291 TAS

8

ROBOTECH VISUAL ARCHIVE: MACROSS SAGA HC

$44.99

JUN172052 UDO

9

DOCTOR WHO: T IS FOR TARDIS HC

$9.99

SEP168058 PEN

10

THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI HC

$40.00

OCT172093 ABR

 

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: MEI “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID FEB178956 GOO

2

MARVEL GALLERY: THOR RAGNAROK: THE HULK PVC FIGURE AUG172642 DST

3

MARVEL SELECT: SPIDER-GWEN FIGURE MAY172533 DST

4

DBZ: GOKU SUPER KAMEHAME-HA PREMIUM COLOR FIGURE JAN178994 BAN

5

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: BLACK ADAM FIGURE AUG168741 MEZ

6

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: SUPERMAN RED SON FIGURE AUG168743 MEZ

7

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS: BORUTO FIGURE MAY178021 BAN

8

DRAGONBALL Z SCULTURES: TRUNKS SHINING FIGURE JAN178996 BAN

9

DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168933 BAN

10

MARVEL GALLERY: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: DRAX & BABY GROOT PVC FIGURE MAY172524 DST

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR TREK HEROCLIX: AWAY TEAM: ORIGINAL SERIES BOOSTER BRICK JUL173390 NEC

2

VALERIAN ALPHA MISSIONS BOARD GAME APR178031 ULT

3

BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST

4

DC HEROCLIX: HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM GIRLS BOOSTER BRICK JUN173406 NEC

5

STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

6

TMNT: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW

7

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO

8

DOCTOR WHO: TIME OF THE DALEKS BOARD GAME JUL173367 GAL

9

STAR TREK HEROCLIX: AWAY TEAM: ORIGINAL SERIES STARTER SET JUL173391 NEC

10

YU-GI-OH!: CIRCUIT BREAK SPECIAL EDITION OCT172955 KON

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I'm Christina. I'm 22, and I read comics often as well as draw. What draws me in to a comic most is the art and plot.
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