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Diamond Announces Top Products for December 2018

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

YEAR 2018 VS. YEAR 2017

COMICS

2.04%

-5.67%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.22%

-9.71%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.08%

-5.98%

TOYS

-6.39%

-6.48%

 

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 18, 2019) — Spinning out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal, a twisted version of Batman is on the loose in Gotham City in Scott Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #1 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of December 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

In total, DC Entertainment had seven titles in the top ten, including Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Batman: Damned #2 at #2, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock #8 at #3, Tom King and Mikel Janin's Batman #60 at #4, King and Travis Moore's Batman #61 at #5, Tom Taylor and Otto Schmidt's Batman Annual #3 at #9, and Johns and Dale Eaglesham's SHAZAM! #1 at #10. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, and Cliff Rathburn'sAmazing Spider-Man #11 at #7; Dan Slott, Mike Allred, Adam Hughes, and Aaron Kuder's Fantastic Four #5, featuring the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters, at #8, and Spencer, Ottley, and Rathburn's Amazing Spider-Man #12 at #9. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #186 was Image Comics' top book in December at #18; BOOM! Studios' Firefly #2, based on Joss Whedon's television series, was their best-selling comic at #60; Marvel Action: Avengers #1 was IDW Publishing's top book at #86; Dark Horse Comics' Hellboy Winter Special 2018 ranked #112; and Dynamite Entertainment's John Wick #4 was their top book at #145.

Marvel Comics was the top publisher in December, with a 38.57% dollar share and 44.09% unit share. DC Entertainment was second, with a 31.51% dollar share and a 30.75% unit share. In third was Image Comics at 8.73% in dollars and 9.06% in units, followed by IDW Publishing at 4.10% in dollars and 3.55% in units, BOOM! Studios with 2.98% in dollars and 2.38% in units, Dark Horse Comics with 2.82% in dollars and 2.37% in units, and Dynamite Entertainment with 2.11% in dollars and 2.10% in units.

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls Volume 5 from Image Comics was December's best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Batman Volume 8: Cold Days at #2. Dark Horse Comics' Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance Part 1 ranked #3. BOOM! Studios was also in the top ten; Saban's Power Rangers: Soul Dragon, an original graphic novel, ranked #4. Marvel Comics also had three titles in the top ten; Star Wars Volume 9: Hope Dies was their top charting book for the month at #5.

Inspired by the long-running BBC series, BBC Books' Doctor Who: TARDIS Type-40 Instruction Manual, a technical manual that explores the Doctor's time and space vessel, was the best-selling book in December. Gemstone Publishing's The Overstreet Price Guide to Star Wars Collectiblesranked #7 for the month.

Diamond Select Toys' Ghostbusters Series 9 Action Figures, featuring characters from the late 1980s animated television series The Real Ghostbusters, was December's best-selling toy product and one of three products from the manufacturer in the top ten. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten, as well, led by the DC Artists Alley: The Flash by Uminga Vinyl Figure at #5. Mezco also had three products in the top ten, including the PREVIEWS Exclusive One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Dr. Strange (Defenders) Action Figure at #2.

Green Ronin Publishing's Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, a sourcebook for the Critical Role role-playing game, was December's best-selling game product. Paizo had a strong month, with seven products in the top ten, led by the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.57%

44.09%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.51%

30.75%

IMAGE COMICS

8.73%

9.06%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.10%

3.66%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.98%

2.38%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

2.37%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.11%

2.10%

VIZ MEDIA

1.03%

0.38%

TITAN COMICS

0.82%

0.59%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.71%

0.78%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

6.62%

3.85%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2018 VS. NOVEMBER 2018

COMICS

-3.53%

-3.58%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-17.46%

-17.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.35%

-4.55%

TOYS

-58.05%

-53.99%

DECEMBER 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017

COMICS

9.29%

-0.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-26.35%

-35.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.26%

-3.72%

TOYS

-44.01%

-47.06%

YEAR 2018 VS. YEAR 2017

COMICS

2.04%

-5.67%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.22%

-9.71%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.08%

-5.98%

TOYS

-6.39%

-6.48%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

90

38

0

128

DC COMICS

52

37

1

90

IMAGE COMICS

52

10

0

62

IDW PUBLISHING

32

10

0

42

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

16

0

40

DARK HORSE COMICS

21

11

0

32

VIZ MEDIA LLC

0

23

0

23

TITAN COMICS

8

7

2

17

DYNAMITE

13

1

0

14

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

5

2

0

7

OTHER NON-TOP 10

101

113

9

223

TOTAL

398

268

12

678

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)

$6.99

SEP180424-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

$4.99

SEP180426-M DC

4

BATMAN #60

$3.99

OCT180483-M DC

5

BATMAN #61

$3.99

OCT180485-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11

$3.99

OCT180921-M MAR

7

FANTASTIC FOUR #5

$7.99

OCT180766-M MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

OCT180925-M MAR

9

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT180487 DC

10

SHAZAM #1

$4.99

SEP180436-M DC

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)

$6.99

SEP180424-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

$4.99

SEP180426-M DC

4

FANTASTIC FOUR #5

$7.99

OCT180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #60

$3.99

OCT180483-M DC

6

BATMAN #61

$3.99

OCT180485-M DC

7

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT180487 DC

8

SHAZAM #1

$4.99

SEP180436-M DC

9

INFINITY WARS #6

$5.99

OCT180866-M MAR

10

FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1

$4.99

OCT180778-M MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP

$14.99

OCT180099 IMA

2

BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP

$16.99

SEP180545 DC

3

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: IMBALANCE PART ONE TP

$10.99

JUN180347 DAR

4

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN

$19.99

AUG181366 BOO

5

STAR WARS VOLUME 9: HOPE DIES TP

$19.99

SEP180996 MAR

6

THE FLASH VOLUME 8: FLASH WAR TP

$16.99

SEP180570 DC

7

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 16 GN

$9.99

OCT182065 VIZ

8

THOR VOLUME 1: GOD OF THUNDER REBORN TP

$17.99

SEP181005 MAR

9

VENOM: FIRST HOST TP

$15.99

SEP181007 MAR

10

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 8: ON THE OUTSIDE TP

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