Diamond Comic Distributors has released its rundown of the top comics and graphic novels for 2019, and it looks like Detective Comics #1000 was the top selling comic for the year.

Detective Comics #1000

As the cornerstone of Batman’s 80th anniversary, the 96-page tribute to Gotham City’s Dark Knight featured an unbelievable lineup of storytelling talent, a series of decade-spanning variant covers, and a robust retailer variant program, as well as introducing a new version of the Super-Villain Arkham Knight into DC continuity. The book was praised as an incredible tribute to Batman, receiving rave reviews from fans, retailers, and comics trade media alike.

While the news is good for DC, marvel ended up once again as the top comic book publisher of the year.

Marvel Comics was 2019’s top publisher in the comic book specialty market, with a 40.20% dollar market share and a 44.72% unit share. Marvel Comics’ top comic book for the year, Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu’s X-Men #1, ranked #3. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including Black Cat #1 at #4; Absolute Carnage #1, the first issue of Marvel Comics’ winter event, at #6; Marvel Comics #1000, a special issue celebrating the 80th anniversary of the publication of Marvel Comics #1 in 1939, at #7; Hickman and Pepe Larraz’s House of X #1, beginning Marvel’s X-Men relaunch, at #8; Powers of X #1 at #9; and War of the Realms #1 at #10.

While there may be a lot of back and forth coming from the publishers as far as who is the best of the best, what really matters is overall sales for the year. According to Diamond Comic Distributors, the specialty market increased in 2019 by 4%, while graphic novel sales declined by 2%.

2019 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS  
PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.20%44.72%
DC29.29%30.74%
IMAGE COMICS8.04%7.69%
IDW PUBLISHING3.55%3.29%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.19%2.33%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.56%2.42%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.16%1.88%
VIZ MEDIA1.45%0.55%
ONI PRESS0.61%0.43%
TITAN COMICS0.60%0.49%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.34%5.47%

So, what other titles made the Top 10 for 2019?

2019 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS   
QTY
RANK
DESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1DETECTIVE COMICS #1000$9.99DC
2SPAWN #300$7.99IMAGE COMICS
3X-MEN #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
4BLACK CAT #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
5DCEASED #1$3.99DC
6ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1$7.99MARVEL COMICS
7MARVEL COMICS #1000$9.99MARVEL COMICS
8HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS
9POWERS OF X #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS
10WAR OF REALMS #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS

And for those wondering about those graphic novel sales, here is that list.

2019 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS   
QTY
RANK
DESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1WATCHMEN TP$24.99DC
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
3UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99DARK HORSE COMICS
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
5MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99DC
6DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 31 TP (MR)$16.99IMAGE COMICS
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99DC
10BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99DC

I am sure we will see more from Diamond Comic Distributors in the coming days, including the best selling comics for the year.

via Diamond Comic Distributors and DC Comics

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