Diamond Comic Distributors has released the first wave of market share data for comics shipped to comic book and specialty stores in November 2016. The good news? Marvel and DC nearly tie in the top ten, but overall comic sales have slipped.

Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher with a 38.08% dollar share and a 39.46% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 26.17% dollar share and a 31.30% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with an 8.99% dollar share and a 9.06% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.23% dollar share and a 4.59% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.65% dollar share and 2.85% units share.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS38.08%39.46%
DC ENTERTAINMENT26.17%31.30%
IMAGE COMICS8.99%9.06%
IDW PUBLISHING5.23%4.59%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.65%2.85%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.98%1.66%
TITAN COMICS1.61%1.30%
VIZ MEDIA1.52%0.56%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.40%1.23%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS1.01%1.06%
OTHER NON-TOP 1010.38%6.92%

So, what titles made the top ten, and what titles didn’t?

RANKTITLEPRICEVENDOR
1BATMAN #10$2.99DC
2BATMAN #11$2.99DC
3CIVIL WAR II #7$4.99MAR
4ALL STAR BATMAN #4$4.99DC
5INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1$3.99MAR
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1$4.99MAR
7BATMAN ANNUAL #1$4.99DC
8VENOM #1$3.99MAR
9THE WALKING DEAD #160 (MR)$2.99IMA
10IVX #0$4.99MAR

Is it surprising that so many of those titles feature Batman? There isn’t a single DC book in the top ten that isn’t a Bat-title. Next week we’ll have the complete rundown and we’ll see where the rest of the DCU ranked.

Sadly, overall sales for November slipped compared to October and years past.

 DOLLARSUNITS
NOVEMBER 2016 VS. OCTOBER 2016
COMICS-10.33%-13.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS19.48%18.91%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-2.72%-11.35%
TOYS28.48%53.60%
NOVEMBER 2016 VS. NOVEMBER 2015
COMICS-12.71%-6.09%
GRAPHIC NOVELS21.56%25.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.25%-4.15%
TOYS-9.53%-12.99%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS1.85%1.97%
GRAPHIC NOVELS1.74%0.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN1.82%1.87%
TOYS-5.60%-8.56%

Is the drop is sales due to the holidays, or something else? You have the data, so now it is up to you to draw your own conclusions and share the information in the comment section below.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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