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[Business] DC places six titles in top ten, comic sales climb in January

Diamond Comic Distributors has released the first wave of data regarding direct market comic book sales in January 2018. The good news? Comic sales grew in January.

According to Diamond Comic Distributors, Marvel comics was the top publisher for January with a dollar share of 34.30%, with DC Comics place second with a dollar share of 33.80%.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS36.36%38.30%
DC ENTERTAINMENT30.07%33.93%
IMAGE COMICS9.80%10.12%
IDW PUBLISHING4.54%3.66%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.12%2.25%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.10%1.85%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.90%2.04%
TITAN COMICS1.15%0.97%
VIZ MEDIA1.15%0.41%
ONI PRESS1.00%0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.81%5.83%

The data is pretty typical. DC had a good couple of months at number one, but because Marvel ships more comics than DC, it makes sense that Marvel would return to the top of the chart.

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS86410127
DC ENTERTAINMENT89280117
IMAGE COMICS6218080
IDW PUBLISHING4325068
BOOM! STUDIOS2412036
TITAN COMICS1810331
DARK HORSE COMICS1014024
VIZ MEDIA018018
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT133016
ONI PRESS5409
OTHER NON-TOP 1012812322273
TOTAL47829625799

The last couple of months, we’ve been concerned about the huge drop in comic sales, especially in November and December, when comic sales should have been on the rise due to holiday shopping. While January 2018 was a much better month than December 2017, it still wasn’t enough to cover the overall drop since October.

 DOLLARSUNITS
JANUARY 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017
COMICS6.08%7.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-6.09%-11.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.13%5.79%
TOYS5.72%12.29%
JANUARY 2018 VS. JANUARY 2017
COMICS-4.29%-11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS3.96%6.09%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-1.97%-10.26%
TOYS24.19%17.66%

It should come as no surprise that Doomsday Clock continues to place in the top ten each month since launch. With the series now going to bi-monthly, it will be interesting to see how comics shake out in February.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3$4.99DC
2DARK NIGHTS METAL #5$3.99DC
3BATMAN #38$2.99DC
4BATMAN #39$2.99DC
5THE WALKING DEAD #175 (MR)$3.99IMA
6AVENGERS #675$4.99MAR
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #4$3.99DC
8AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1$4.99MAR
9BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1$3.99DC
10OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1$3.99MAR

And because YOU demanded it, here are some more charts and things…

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 2: TURF WARS PT 2 TP$10.99DAR
2THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 6: IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
3DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER TP$9.99DC
4DESCENDER VOLUME 5: RISE OF THE ROBOTS TP$16.99IMA
5KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
6SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
7WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 6: DAYS OF ANGER TP$17.99MAR
8VISION HC$39.99MAR
9SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
10HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: SURPRISE, SURPRISE TP$16.99DC
RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURESBAN
2ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: X-FORCE DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREMEZ
3OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUEBLI
4BORUTO -NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS: NARUTO FIGUREBAN
5MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK FIGUREDST
6POP! DRAGON BALL SUPER: GOTENKS VINYL FIGUREFUN
7MARVEL SELECT: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: DRAX & BABY GROOT ACTION FIGUREDST
8DRAGONBALL Z MANGA DIMENSIONS: VEGITO FIGUREBAN
9OVERWATCH: TRACER FIGMAGOO
10MARVEL SELECT: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: STAR-LORD & ROCKET FIGUREDST
RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1VAMPIRELLA TAROT CARDS SETDE
2RICK AND MORTY MONOPOLYUSA
3MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BOOSTER PACKSWIZ
4MARVEL DICE MASTERS: MIGHTY THOR 90 GRAVITY FEED PACKSNEC
5MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: IXALAN BOOSTER PACKSWIZ
6DC DICE MASTERS: BATMAN GRAVITY FEED PACKSNEC
7TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAMEIDW
8FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES STARTERASM
9MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BUNDLE PACKWIZ
10DROPMIX MUSIC GAMING SYSTEMHAS

We should have the Top 300 Comics list early next week.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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