Exclusive: 2018's Top 100 Best-Selling Comics

DC Entertainment -- Action Comics #1000DC Entertainment celebrated Superman's 80th-anniversary with the all-star, milestone issue Action Comics #1000, featuring a special story by Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Lee, and the issue was the best-selling comic book of 2018.

DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten, including Batman #50 from Tom King, Mikel Janin, and a legendary roster of Batman artists at #3 and Scott Snyder and Jock's The Batman Who Laughs #1, a spin-off from the best-selling Dark Nights: Metal, at #9.

Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, led by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen's Amazing Spider-Man #800, depicting the finale of the ultimate battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, at #2. Also in the top ten were Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli's Fantastic Four #1 at #4, Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley's Amazing Spider-Man #1 at #5, Charles Soule and Steve McNiven's Return of Wolverine #1 at #6, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's Venom #1 at #7, Slott and Immonen's Amazing Spider-Man #798 at #8, and Slott and Immonen's Amazing Spider-Man #799 at #10.

Among the premier publishers, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel's The Magic Order #1 was Image Comics' top book for the year at #18; Dark Horse Comics' Stranger Things #1 from Jody Houser and Stefano Martino, based on the hit Netflix television series, ranked #183; Greg Pak and Dan McDaid's Firefly #1, based on Joss Whedon's sci-fi western, was BOOM! Studios' top book at #257; Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1, an all-ages Spider-Man book from Delilah S. Dawson and Fico Ossio, was IDW Publishing's top book at #459; and David Avallone and Dave Acosta's Elvria: Mistress of the Dark #1, inspired by the horror film hostess, was Dynamite Entertainment's best-selling comic for the year at #997.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in 2018

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ACTION COMICS #1000 $7.99 FEB180142-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 $9.99 MAR180831-M MARVEL COMICS
3 BATMAN #50 $4.99 MAY180450-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
4 FANTASTIC FOUR #1 $5.99 JUN180771-M MARVEL COMICS
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 $5.99 MAY180784-M MARVEL COMICS
6 RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 JUL180968-M MARVEL COMICS
7 VENOM #1 $4.99 MAR180803-M MARVEL COMICS
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798 $3.99 FEB180832-M MARVEL COMICS
9 BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 $4.99 OCT180464-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 $3.99 FEB180836-M MARVEL COMICS
11 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99 APR180140-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
12 DARK NIGHTS METAL #6 $4.99 DEC170230-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
13 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $7.99 SEP180791-M MARVEL COMICS
14 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 $4.99 NOV170212-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
15 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $4.99 MAY180779-M MARVEL COMICS
16 DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 $3.99 OCT170206-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
17 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4 $4.99 DEC170234-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
18 MAGIC ORDER #1 (MR) $3.99 APR180455-M IMAGE COMICS
19 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5 $4.99 MAR180233-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
20 HEROES IN CRISIS #1 $3.99 JUL180592-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
21 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 $3.99 JAN180895-M MARVEL COMICS
22 AVENGERS #1 $4.99 MAR180776-M MARVEL COMICS
23 BATMAN DAMNED #2 (MR) $6.99 SEP180424-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
24 HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 $5.99 FEB180745-M MARVEL COMICS
25 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6 $4.99 MAY180471-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
26 TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 $4.99 APR180670-M MARVEL COMICS
27 SUPERMAN #1 $3.99 MAY180460-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
28 BATMAN #44 $2.99 FEB180164-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
29 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7 $4.99 JUL180604-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
30 BLACK PANTHER #1 $4.99 MAR180787-M MARVEL COMICS
31 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 $3.99 APR180767-M MARVEL COMICS
32 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 $4.99 SEP180426-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
33 BATMAN #49 $2.99 APR180172-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
34 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAY180794-M MARVEL COMICS
35 CATWOMAN #1 $3.99 MAY180456-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
36 INFINITY WARS #1 $5.99 JUN180796-M MARVEL COMICS
37 BATMAN #51 $3.99 MAY180454-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
38 BATMAN #48 $2.99 APR180169-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
39 BATMAN #56 $3.99 AUG180501-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
40 DEADPOOL #1 $4.99 APR180698-M MARVEL COMICS
41 SPIDER-GEDDON #1 $3.99 AUG189067-M MARVEL COMICS
42 THOR #1 $5.99 APR180657-M MARVEL COMICS
43 BATMAN #55 $3.99 JUL180626-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
44 WALKING DEAD #1 15TH ANNV VAR (MR) $2.99 JUN180298-M IMAGE COMICS
45 BATMAN #45 $2.99 FEB180167-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
46 VENOMIZED #1 $4.99 FEB180799-M MARVEL COMICS
47 WEB OF VENOM CARNAGE BORN #1 $4.99 SEP180855-M MARVEL COMICS
48 BATMAN DAMNED #1 (MR) $6.99 JUL180597-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
49 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 SEP180916-M MARVEL COMICS
50 BATMAN #38 $2.99 NOV170232-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
51 DARK KNIGHTS RISING THE WILD HUNT #1 $4.99 NOV170209 DC ENTERTAINMENT
52 BATMAN #47 $2.99 MAR180256-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
53 BATMAN #52 $3.99 JUN180463-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
54 WEAPON H #1 $4.99 JAN180920-M MARVEL COMICS
55 BATMAN #46 $2.99 MAR180254-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
56 BATMAN #53 $3.99 JUN180465-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
57 GREEN LANTERN #1 $4.99 SEP180430-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
58 DOMINO #1 $3.99 FEB180770-M MARVEL COMICS
59 X-23 #1 $4.99 MAY180812-M MARVEL COMICS
60 COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 $3.99 MAY189522-M MARVEL COMICS
61 INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1 $4.99 JAN180884-M MARVEL COMICS
62 X-MEN RED #1 $4.99 DEC170785-M MARVEL COMICS
63 MIGHTY THOR #705 $3.99 JAN180891-M MARVEL COMICS
64 BATMAN #40 $2.99 DEC170254-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
65 THANOS LEGACY #1 $4.99 JUL180975-M MARVEL COMICS
66 BATMAN #57 $3.99 AUG180503-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
67 BATMAN #39 $2.99 NOV170233-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
68 BATMAN #58 $3.99 SEP180450-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
69 BATMAN #54 $3.99 JUL180624-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
70 BATMAN #41 $2.99 DEC170256-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
71 HEROES IN CRISIS #2 $3.99 AUG180462-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
72 X-MEN GOLD #30 $4.99 APR180811-M MARVEL COMICS
73 BATMAN #42 $2.99 JAN180260-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
74 IMMORTAL HULK #1 $4.99 APR180697-M MARVEL COMICS
75 BATMAN #59 $3.99 SEP180452-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
76 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 JUN180857-M MARVEL COMICS
77 BATMAN #43 $2.99 JAN180262-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
78 JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 $3.99 MAY189836-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
79 BATMAN #60 $3.99 OCT180483-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
80 SPIDER-GWEN GHOST-SPIDER #1 $3.99 AUG180854-M MARVEL COMICS
81 TRUE BELIEVERS VENOM VS SPIDER-MAN #1 $1.00 JAN180960-M MARVEL COMICS
82 VENOM #7 $3.99 AUG180979-M MARVEL COMICS
83 JUSTICE LEAGUE NO JUSTICE #1 $3.99 MAR180228-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
84 BATMAN #61 $3.99 OCT180485-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
85 FANTASTIC FOUR #2 $3.99 JUL189276-M MARVEL COMICS
86 AVENGERS #675 $4.99 OCT170809-M MARVEL COMICS
87 VENOM #2 $3.99 APR180768-M MARVEL COMICS
88 OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1 $3.99 JAN180587 IMAGE COMICS
89 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 SEP180914-M MARVEL COMICS
90 MAN OF STEEL #1 $3.99 APR180145 DC ENTERTAINMENT
91 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 JUL181042-M MARVEL COMICS
92 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 JUL189277-M MARVEL COMICS
93 HEROES IN CRISIS #3 $3.99 SEP180434-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
94 VENOM #3 $3.99 APR180772-M MARVEL COMICS
95 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 AUG180972-M MARVEL COMICS
96 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 JUN180859-M MARVEL COMICS
97 JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 $3.99 AUG180480-M DC ENTERTAINMENT
98 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 $3.99 AUG180975-M MARVEL COMICS
99 AVENGERS #10 $5.99 SEP180829-M MARVEL COMICS
100 SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 (MR) $4.99 JUN180422-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

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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 stores 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.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable. This month, as Batman did not ship, Convergence #8 from DC Entertainment was used as the control index.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

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