Diamond Announces Top Products for August 2018

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 14, 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 August 2018 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 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

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.87%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 27.51%
IMAGE COMICS 8.90%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.43%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.05%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.58%
VIZ MEDIA 1.33%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.32%
TITAN COMICS 0.98%
AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.63%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.40%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 43.12%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.02%
IMAGE COMICS 9.08%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.81%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.37%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.30%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.12%
AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.72%
TITAN COMICS 0.66%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.17%

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 IDW
3 X-MEN REVOLUTION BY CHRIS CLAREMONT OMNIBUS HC $100.00 FEB180914 MAR
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: VENOM TP $39.99 JUN180972 MAR
5 SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN'T IT BROMANTIC? TP $17.99 MAY160926 MAR
6 BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP $16.99 JUN160956 MAR
7 THE FLASH VOL. 1: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE TP $17.99 OCT160292 DC
8 X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX SAGA OMNIBUS HC $100.00 FEB180915 MAR
9 SEVEN SOLDIERS BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS HC $75.00 FEB180312 DC
10 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC $29.95 APR181580-M GEM
2 THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY 2018 $19.95 JAN188603 PRI
3 DOCTOR WHO: ONE DOCTOR TWO HEARTS HC $9.99 DEC178057 BBC
4 JOHN BYRNE X-MEN ARTIFACT EDITION HC $75.00 MAR180554 IDW
5 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM A WOOKIE $4.99 MAY181770 GOL
6 LULU IS A RHINOCEROS $16.99 FEB188267 WIC
7 JIM HENSON'S THE DARK CRYSTAL ARTIST TRIBUTE HC $24.99 FEB181211 BOO
8 BE A STAR, WONDER WOMAN BOARD BOOK $7.99 MAY181564 CAP
9 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT $5.99 MAY181938 RAN
10 COURAGEOUS CAPTAIN AMERICA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 MAR161966 GOL

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERWATCH: D.VA "CLASSIC SKIN" NENDOROID NOV178113 GOO
2 VOLTRON: HYPERPHASE VOLTRON SDCC 2018 5-PIECE GIFT SET JAN189071 PLA
3 X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178804 HAS
4 MARVEL GALLERY: TACO TRUCK DEADPOOL PVC FIGURE MAR182429 DST
5 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES FEB188788 BAN
6 AVENGERS INFINITY WAR MC-004: INFINITY GAUNTLET REPLICA STATUE DEC178326 BEA
7 PACIFIC RIM UPRISING SELECT SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES JAN182369 DST
8 SW BLACK SERIES 6IN AF ASST 201803 FEB188917 HAS
9 SDCC 2018 POP MARVEL TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT PX 2PK DEC178718 FUN
10 DC GALLERY BATMAN TAS 25 ANNIV HARLEY QUINN DLX PVC FIG APR172648 DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STARFINDER RPG :ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI
2 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK SC MAY182921 PAI
3 STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
4 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK HC MAY182922 PAI
5 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK DELUXE HARDCOVER MAY182923 PAI
6 PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE COMBAT POCKET EDITION MAY182927 PAI
7 PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 5 POCKET EDITION MAY182926 PAI
8 GLOOMHAVEN 2017 EDITION MAR188530 CEP
9 PATHFINDER RPG: PLANAR ADVENTURES HC APR182573 PAI
10 PATHFINDER PLAYTEST ADVENTURE: DOOMSDAY DAWN MAY182924 PAI

 

Dollar Market Shares for August 2018
Dollar Market Share – August 2018
Unit Market Shares for August 2018
Unit Market Share – August 2018

 

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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