Diamond Announces Top Products for August 2018

Johnny Storm’s search for Reed Richards and Sue Storm continues while Ben Grimm proposes to Alicia Masters in Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young, and Marte Gracia’s Fantastic Four #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of April 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
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Marvel Comics was August’s top publisher with a 40.87% dollar share and a 43.12% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 27.51% dollar share and a 31.02% unit share. Image Comics was third with an 8.90% dollar share and a 9.08% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.43% dollar share and a 3.81% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.05% dollar share and a 2.37% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 2.58% dollar share and a 2.30% unit share, VIZ media with a 1.33% dollar share and a 0.54% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.32% dollar share and a 1.12% unit share.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. In addition to Fantastic Four #1, Garry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Infinity Wars #1 ranked #2; Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley and Cliff Rathburn’s Amazing Spider-Man #3 ranked #5 and Spencer, Ottley and Rathburn’s Amazing Spider-Man #4 ranked at #7.

DC Entertainment had six titles in the top ten, led by Tom King and Lee Weeks’ Batman #52 at #3, followed by King and Weeks’ Batman #53 at #4. The Sandman Universe #1, a special one-shot launching Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe titles written by Si Spurrier, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard and Dan Watters, ranked #6 with Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s Superman #2 ranked #8. Justice League #5, by James Tynion IV, Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza ranked #9, while Justice League #6 by Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez ranked #10.

Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #182 was their top book at #14; IDW Publishing’s Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1, a co-production with Oni Press, ranked #65; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1 was BOOM! Studios’ best-selling book at #94; Dark Horse Comics’ Seeds ranked #154, and Dynamite Entertainment’s top book,Project Superpowers #1, ranked #175.

Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Korra Volume 3: Turf Wars Part 3, continuing the fan-favorite Nickelodeon animated series, was August’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led by DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle at #2. Image Comics had five titles, with East of West Volume 8 their top book at #2. Marvel Comics also had two titles in the top ten;Black Panther Book 1: A Nation Under Our Feet was their best-selling book at #4.

In August, for the second month in a row, Gemstone’s Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 was the month’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, IDW Publishing’s John Byrne: X-Men Artifact Edition ranked #4.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling video game, Good Smile’s Overwatch: D.Va “Classic Skin” Nendoroid was August’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Taco Truck Deadpool PVC Figure ranked #3, the Pacific Rim Uprising Select Series 2 Action Figures ranked #7, and the DC Gallery: Batman The Animated Series: Harley Quinn 25th-Anniversary Deluxe PVC Figure ranked #10.

Paizo’s Starfinder RPG: Armory, a sourcebook for the space role-playing game, was August’s best-selling game product and one of the nine Paizo products in the top ten, including July’s best-selling product, the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, which charted at #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.87%

43.12%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

27.51%

31.02%

IMAGE COMICS

8.90%

9.08%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.43%

3.81%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.05%

2.37%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.58%

2.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.33%

0.54%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.32%

1.12%

TITAN COMICS

0.98%

0.66%

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

0.63%

0.72%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.40%

5.27%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2018 VS. JULY 2018

COMICS

-1.95%

-6.19%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

33.98%

28.57%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.88%

-3.97%

TOYS

49.89%

32.04%

AUGUST 2018 VS. AUGUST 2017

COMICS

5.04%

-5.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.91%

1.44%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.37%

-4.71%

TOYS

13.76%

4.26%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

1.31%

-6.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-6.73%

-8.83%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.10%

-6.95%

TOYS

-5.15%

-8.32%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

86

45

0

131

DC ENTERTAINMENT

72

30

1

103

IMAGE COMICS

61

16

0

77

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

23

21

0

44

BOOM! STUDIOS

27

14

0

41

TITAN COMICS

15

10

3

28

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

14

6

0

20

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

13

2

0

15

VIZ MEDIA

0

15

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

114

180

31

325

TOTAL

464

363

35

862

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$5.99

JUN180762-M MAR

2

INFINITY WARS #1

$5.99

JUN180789-M MAR

3

BATMAN #52

$3.99

JUN180463-M DC

4

BATMAN #53

$3.99

JUN180465-M DC

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

JUN180856-M MAR

6

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 (MR)

$4.99

JUN180422-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4

$3.99

JUN180858-M MAR

8

SUPERMAN #2

$3.99

JUN180537-M DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5

$3.99

JUN180507-M DC

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #6

$3.99

JUN180509-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$5.99

JUN180762-M MAR

2

INFINITY WARS #1

$5.99

JUN180789-M MAR

3

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 (MR)

$4.99

JUN180422-M DC

4

BATMAN #52

$3.99

JUN180463-M DC

5

PUNISHER #1

$4.99

JUN180809-M MAR

6

BATMAN #53

$3.99

JUN180465-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

JUN180856-M MAR

8

INFINITY WARS #2

$4.99

JUN180799-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4

$3.99

JUN180858-M MAR

10

VENOM: FIRST HOST #1

$3.99

JUN180823-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 3 : TURF WARS PT 3 TP

$10.99

FEB180062 DAR

2

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: OUT OF THE BOTTLE TP

$9.99

FEB180156 DC

3

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 8 TP

$16.99

JUN180144 IMA

4

BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP

$16.99

JUN160956 MAR

5

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? TP

$17.99

MAY160926 MAR

6

RAT QUEENS VOL. 5: COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING TP (MR)

$16.99

MAY180229 IMA

7

THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP

$17.99

OCT160292 DC

8

KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUN180190 IMA

9

I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUN180176 IMA

10

SEX CRIMINALS VOL. 5: FIVE-FINGERED DISCOUNT TP (MR)

$16.99

JUN180239 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC (MR)

$100.00

FEB180917 MAR

2

JACK KIRBY: MARVEL HEROES & MONSTERS ARTIST EDITION

$90.00

FEB180485

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