Diamond Announces Top Products for August 2019

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 13, 2019) — Carnage's hunt for Venom -- and all those who have carried a symbiote -- threatens chaos in New York City in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's Absolute Carnage #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of August 2019 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, taking 46.15% of dollars and 49.96% of units shipped. In second place, DC's market share was 24.86% and 25.96% respectively. Image Comics ranked third, with a 6.32% dollar share and a 6.26% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and BOOM! Studios.

Marvel Comics had seven of the month's top ten best-selling comic books. In addition to Absolute Carnage #1, the 80th-anniversary celebration Marvel Comics #1000 ranked #2, Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz's House of X #3 ranked #4, Hickman and R.B. Silva's Powers of X #2 ranked #5, Hickman and Larraz's House of X #2 ranked #6, Hickman and Silva's Powers of X #3 ranked #7, and Cates and Stegman's Absolute Carnage #2 ranked #8. DC had three titles in the top ten: Joshua Williamson and David Marquez's Batman/Superman #1, spinning out of the events of The Batman Who Laughs, ranked #3, Tom King and Tony S. Daniel's Batman #77 ranked #9, and Sean Murphy's Black Label book, Batman: Curse of the White Knight #2, ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top book for August was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97 at #44; Dynamite Entertainment's Vampirella #2 ranked #51; BOOM! Studios' Once and Future #1, the new series from Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora, ranked #64; Dark Horse Comics' Black Hammer/Justice League #2 ranked #88; and Image Comics' Die #6 ranked #95.

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 32, the final volume of Image Comics' best-selling series, was August's best-selling graphic novel. DC had three titles in the top ten: Scott Snyder and Jock's The Batman Who Laughs ranked #2, Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh's Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass ranked #3, and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, reprinted to coincide with the HBO series, ranked #4. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman's War of the Realms ranked #5, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified ranked #6, Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum and Paolo Villanelli's Star War: Vader: Dark Visions ranked #7, and Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw's Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Final Gauntlet ranked #10.

UDON Entertainment's Neon Genesis Evangelion: TV Animation Production Art Collection, a hardcover collection of concept and production art for the acclaimed anime, was August's best-selling book, and one of UDON's three books in the top ten. The softcover edition of Gemstone Publishing's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 49 ranked #3. Also in the top ten, Dynamite Entertainment's The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars Volume 2, a collection of covers and pin-ups, ranked #9.

Mezco's One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Sovereign Knight Batman (Blue Costume) Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive version of the figure series that looks at Batman through the ages, was August's best-selling figure. Funko had three products in the top ten, all of them PREVIEWS Exclusives: the POP! DC Heroes: Batman Damned Vinyl Figure ranked #2, the POP! DC Heroes: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Marvel: Nova Prime Vinyl Figure ranked #8. Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select: Psylocke Figure ranked #6. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten: the Batman: The Animated Series: Batcycle & Figure Set ranked #7 and the DC Designer Series: Nightwing by Jim Lee Statue ranked #9.

Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Core Rulebook (2nd Edition) was August's best-selling game product and one of Paizo's eight products among the top ten.

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 46.15%
DC COMICS 24.86%
IMAGE COMICS 6.32%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.00%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.27%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.50%
VIZ MEDIA 1.33%
TITAN COMICS 0.72%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.53%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.81%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 49.96%
DC COMICS 25.96%
IMAGE COMICS 6.26%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.65%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.34%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.13%
TITAN COMICS 0.64%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.56%
VIZ MEDIA 0.53%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.79%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2019 VS. JULY 2019
COMICS -6.01% -9.70%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -5.13% 0.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.78% -9.06%
TOYS -21.40% -20.06%
AUGUST 2019 VS. AUGUST 2018
COMICS 0.64% -4.44%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -20.11% -21.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.76% -5.94%
TOYS -9.65% 11.91%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS 0.92% -4.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -3.24% -8.55%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.26% -4.68%
TOYS 24.37% 31.96%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS
SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED
MAGAZINES
SHIPPED
TOTAL
SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 88 42 0 130
DC 64 27 1 92
IMAGE COMICS 47 9 0 56
IDW PUBLISHING 32 12 0 44
DARK HORSE COMICS 21 18 0 39
BOOM! STUDIOS 19 15 0 34
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 17 7 0 24
VIZ MEDIA 0 21 0 21
TITAN COMICS 8 6 1 15
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 7 2 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 128 169 22 319
TOTAL 431 328 24 783

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 $7.99 JUN190761-M MAR
2 MARVEL COMICS #1000 $9.99 JUN190842-M MAR
3 BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 [*] $3.99 JUN190450-M DC
4 HOUSE OF X #3 $4.99 JUN190821-M MAR
5 POWERS OF X #2 $4.99 JUN190828-M MAR
6 HOUSE OF X #2 $4.99 JUN190814-M MAR
7 POWERS OF X #3 $4.99 JUN190835-M MAR
8 ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2 $4.99 JUN190775-M MAR
9 BATMAN #77 $3.99 JUN190479-M DC
10 BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #2 $4.99 JUN190457-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL COMICS #1000 $9.99 JUN190842-M MAR
2 ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 $7.99 JUN190761-M MAR
3 BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 [*] $3.99 JUN190450-M DC
4 SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE #2 (MR) [*] $7.99 JUN190465-M DC
5 POWERS OF X #2 $4.99 JUN190828-M MAR
6 HOUSE OF X #3 $4.99 JUN190821-M MAR
7 HOUSE OF X #2 $4.99 JUN190814-M MAR
8 POWERS OF X #3 $4.99 JUN190835-M MAR
9 ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2 $4.99 JUN190775-M MAR
10 BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #2 $4.99 JUN190457-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 32 TP $16.99 JUN190045 IMA
2 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS HC $29.99 JUN190568 DC
3 HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS TP $16.99 APR190434 DC
4 WATCHMEN TP $24.99 JUN190614-M DC
5 WAR OF THE REALMS TP $29.99 MAY190956 MAR
6 MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. DECLASSIFIED SLIPCASE HC $49.99 APR140762 MAR
7 STAR WARS: VADER: DARK VISIONS TP $15.99 MAY190975 MAR
8 MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR SEASON 2 VOL. 4: NO EVIL DOING TP $8.99 SEP181357 ACT
9 DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE'S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP $15.99 FEB192149 TOK
10 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: FINAL GAUNTLET TP $17.99 MAY190960 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 32 TP $16.99 JUN190045 IMA
2 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS HC $29.99 JUN190568 DC
3 SAGA COMPENDIUM VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $59.99 MAY190044 IMA
4 WAR OF THE REALMS TP $29.99 MAY190956 MAR
5 THE JOKER: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC $99.99 DEC180652 DC
6 WATCHMEN TP $24.99 JUN190614-M DC
7 MARVEL MASTERS OF SUSPENSE: LEE & DITKO OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC $100.00 FEB190976 MAR
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: HUNTED TP $39.99 MAY190964 MAR
9 THE BOYS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $29.99 DEC181256-M DYN
10 MISTER MIRACLE HC (MR) $34.99 JAN198940 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION ART COLLECTION HC $39.99 JUN192115 UDO
2 MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS $44.99 JUN192114 UDO
3 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 49 SC $29.95 APR191757-M GEM
4 THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL VOL. 6 SC $14.00 MAY192174 YEN
5 STAR WARS: REY AND PALS HC $14.95 JUN191651 CHR
6 CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF ILLUSTRATED NOVEL SC $18.00 JUN191761 POC
7 SO I'M A SPIDER, SO WHAT? VOL. 6 SC $14.00 MAY192175 YEN
8 DARK SOULS DESIGN WORKS VOLUME 1 HC $39.99 AUG131470 UDO
9 THE ART OF DEJAH THORIS & THE WORLDS OF MARS VOL. 2 HC (MR) $39.99 JAN191259 DE
10 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 143 SC $14.95 APR191921 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: SOVEREIGN KNIGHT BATMAN BLUE FIGURE JUN188303 MEZ
2 POP! DC HEROES: BATMAN DAMNED VINYL FIGURE DEC188715 FUN
3 POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGURE JUN188595 FUN
4 X-FORCE LEGENDS ACTION FIGURES APR198748 HAS
5 MARVEL LEGENDS GEAR: AVENGERS ENDGAME: POWER GAUNTLET JAN199285 HAS
6 MARVEL SELECT: PSYLOCKE FIGURE FEB192448 DST
7 BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATCYCLE & FIGURE SET JAN190709 DC
8 POP! MARVEL: NOVA PRIME VINYL FIGURE OCT188711 FUN
9 DC DESIGNER SERIES: NIGHTWING BY JIM LEE STATUE JAN190712 DC
10 MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: SKELETOR 1/6-SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGURE SEP188638 MON

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK HC (P2) MAY193227 PAI
2 PATHFINDER BESTIARY HC (P2) MAY193229 PAI
3 PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: AGE OF ASHES VOL. 1 (P2) MAY193233 PAI
4 PATHFINDER ADVENTURE: FALL OF PLAGUESTONE (P2) MAY193232 PAI
5 CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE
6 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI
7 D&D: BALDUR’S GATE: DECENT INTO AVERNUS MINIATURES BRICK JAN198568 NEC
8 PATHFINDER BESTIARY SPECIAL EDITION HC (P2) MAY193230 PAI
9 STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
10 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

 

Dollar Market Shares for August 2019
Dollar Market Share – August 2019
Unit Market Shares for August 2019
Unit Market Share – August 2019

 

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 in North America and 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 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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