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Diamond Announces Top Products for August 2017

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 8, 2017) — The Justice League learns of the threat posed by the Dark Multiverse and Batman makes an unexpected ally in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal #1, the first chapter of DC Entertainment's 2017 event and the best-selling comic book of August 2017 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was August's top publisher with a 35.01% dollar share and a 39.52% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in August with a 28.18% dollar share and a 31.09% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.06% dollar share and a 9.23% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.81% dollar share and a 3.69% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.16% dollar share and a 2.18% unit share.

DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten. In addition to Dark Nights: Metal, Tom King and Mikel Janin's Batman #28, the fourth chapter of "The War of Jokes and Riddles," ranked #2, and King and Janin's Batman #29, the fifth chapter of the storyline, ranked #3. Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, led by Nick Spencer, and David Marquez's Secret Empire #10, the final of Marvel's summer event, at #4; followed by Tom Taylor and Ramon Rosanas' Generations: All-New Wolverine/Wolverine #1 at #5; Spencer and Daniel Acuna's Secret Empire #8 at #6; Spencer and Leinil Francis Yu's Secret Empire #9 at #7; Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar's Generations: The Mighty Thor/The Unworthy Thor #1 at #8; Aaron and Salvador Larroca's Star Wars #34 at #9; and Aaron and Larroca's Star Wars #35 at #10. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #170 was Image Comics' top book for August at #11. P. Craig Russell and Bo Hampton's Neil Gaiman's American Gods: Shadows #6 was Dark Horse Comics' top book #105. Finally, IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 was their top book at #158.

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls Volume 3 from Image Comics was August's best-selling graphic novel. In total, Image had five titles in the top ten including Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw's God Country at #3, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Kill or Be Killed Volume 2 at #4, Mark Millar and Greg Capullo's Reborn at #7, and Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez's Old Guard Book 1: Opening Fire at #9. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten: Tom King, David Finch, and Danny Miki's Batman Volume 3: I Am Bane at #2; Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp's Wonder Woman Volume 3: The Truth at #5; and Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's Superman Volume 3: Multiplicity at #8. Marvel Comics had two titles among the top ten: Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf's X-Men Gold Volume 1: Back to Basics at #6 and Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina, and Matteo Buffagni's X-Men Blue Volume 1: Strangest at #10.

Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors, a new prose anthology featuring stories of Mike Mignola's Hellboy and published by Dark Horse Comics, was August's best-selling book.  Also charting for Dark Horse in August, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Big Bads and Monsters Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.  IDW Publishing's Cinegeek ranked #3. BOOM! Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book ranked #5. Gemstone Publishing's The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47 ranked #8 in its second month of release.

Based on the best-selling game for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, Good Smile's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid DX was August's best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten: the Batman Black & White Statue by Norm Breyfogle at #2 and the DC Cover Girls: Zatanna Statue at #5. Diamond Select Toys had three products among the top ten: the Marvel Select: Lady Deadpool Action Figure at #4, the Marvel Premium Collection: Thanos Statue at #6, and the Marvel Gallery: Luke Cage (Netflix) PVC Figure at #10.

Thor and the gods of Asgard join WizKids/NECA's HeroClix miniatures game with the Marvel HeroClix: The Mighty Thor Booster Brick, August's best-selling gaming product. From the premier publishers, IDW Games' Machi Koro Card Game ranked #6.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 35.01%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.18%
IMAGE COMICS 10.06%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.81%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.16%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.50%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.19%
TITAN COMICS 1.48%
VIZ MEDIA 1.42%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.28%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.91%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 39.52%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.09%
IMAGE COMICS 9.23%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.69%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.58%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.18%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.88%
TITAN COMICS 1.25%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.82%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.77%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.98%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2017 VS. JULY 2017
COMICS 9.56% 9.30%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 18.34% 20.46%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.16% 10.12%
TOYS 52.54% 32.90%
AUGUST 2017 VS. AUGUST 2016
COMICS -25.72% -25.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.89% -10.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -20.71% -24.84%
TOYS -33.47% -42.90%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS -9.94% -6.23%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.68% -12.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.47% -6.76%
TOYS -10.99% -16.38%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 106 40 1 147
DC ENTERTAINMENT 78 29 1 108
IMAGE COMICS 62 18 0 80
IDW PUBLISHING 56 22 0 78
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 16 0 36
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 30 6 0 36
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 25 10 0 35
TITAN COMICS 20 13 1 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 26 0 26
ONI PRESS INC. 8 7 0 15
OTHER NON-TOP 10 119 182 32 333

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 $4.99 JUN170232-M DC
2 BATMAN #28 $2.99 JUN170252-M DC
3 BATMAN #29 $2.99 JUN170254-M DC
4 SECRET EMPIRE #10 $4.99 JUN170877-M MAR
5 GENERATIONS: ALL-NEW WOLVERINE/WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 JUN170857-M MAR
6 SECRET EMPIRE #8 $4.99 JUN170865-M MAR
7 SECRET EMPIRE #9 $4.99 JUN170871-M MAR
8 GENERATIONS: THE MIGHTY THOR/UNWORTHY THOR #1 $4.99 JUN170842-M MAR
9 STAR WARS #34 $3.99 JUN171015-M MAR
10 STAR WARS #35 $3.99 JUN171018-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 3 TP $12.99 JUN170777 IMA
2 BATMAN VOLUME 3: I AM BANE TP $16.99 MAY170321 DC
3 GOD COUNTRY TP (MR) $16.99 MAY170624-M IMA
4 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $16.99 MAY170693-M IMA
5 WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 3: THE TRUTH TP $16.99 MAY170328 DC
6 X-MEN GOLD VOLUME 1: BACK TO BASICS TP $15.99 MAY170943 MAR
7 REBORN HC (MR) $24.99 FEB170703-M IMA
8 SUPERMAN VOLUME 3: MULTIPLICITY TP $16.99 MAY170327 DC
9 OLD GUARD BOOK 1: OPENING FIRE TP (MR) $16.99 JUN170687-M IMA
10 X-MEN BLUE VOLUME 1: STRANGEST TP $15.99 MAY170944 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HELLBOY: AN ASSORTMENT OF HORRORS SC NOVEL $14.99 APR170061 DAR
2 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: HARLEY QUINN'S CRAZY CREEPER CAPER TP $5.95 MAY172127 CAP
3 CINEGEEK HC $14.99 FEB170487 IDW
4 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WELCOME TO SUPER HERO HIGH $4.99 MAY172134 RAN
5 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $16.99 JUN171326 BOO
6 DC SUPER PETS: KRYPTO ORIGIN OF SUPERMAN'S DOG $4.95 MAY172138 CAP
7 DC SUPER PETS: STREAKY ORIGIN OF SUPERGIRL'S CAT $4.95 MAY172139 CAP
8 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLME 47 SC $29.95 APR171765-M GEM
9 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: BIG BADS & MONSTERS ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $14.99 MAY170055 DAR
10 DC SUPER PETS: ACE ORIGIN OF BATMAN'S DOG $4.95 MAY172136 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD: LINK NENDOROID DX DEC168626 GOO
2 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY NORM BREYFOGLE FEB170345 DC
3 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168377 BAN
4 MARVEL SELECT: LADY DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE DEC162578 DST
5 DC COVER GIRLS: ZATANNA STATUE FEB170343 DC
6 MARVEL PREMIUM COLLECTION: THANOS STATUE DEC162576 DST
7 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: ARSENAL ACTION FIGURE AUG168742 MEZ
8 MEGA MAN X FULL ARMOR NENDOROID SEP168170 GOO
9 MARVEL NOW: CARNAGE ARTFX+ STATUE FEB172861 KOT
10 MARVEL GALLERY: LUKE CAGE NETFLIX PVC FIGURE JAN172647 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: THE MIGHTY THOR BOOSTER BRICK APR173304 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AMONKHET BOOSTER PACKS DEC168751 WIZ
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AETHER REVOLT BUNDLE PACK NOV162989 WIZ
4 MONOPOLY: STAR WARS 40TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION FEB178728 HAS
5 STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
6 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
7 CHOCOBO PLAYING CARDS NOV168553 SQU
8 MARVEL HEROCLIX: THE MIGHTY THOR STARTER SET APR173305 NEC
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: COMMANDER 2017 JUN173402 WIZ
10 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AMONKHET BUNDLE PACK DEC168752 WIZ

 

Dollar Market Shares for August 2017
Dollar Market Share – August 2017
Unit Market Shares for August 2017
Unit Market Share – August 2017

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located inNorth Americaand around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The category tables in this press release are ranked by units sold by Diamond to its accounts for the comic books, graphic novels, and books categories and by the dollars invoiced by Diamond for the toys and games categories.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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