Diamond Announces Top Products for March 2019

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 26, 2019) — An all-star roster of writers and artists celebrate 80 years of Batman in DC Comics' Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book of March 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

DC Comics was March's top publisher in dollars with a 36.20% market share and second in units with a 34.00% market share. Marvel Comics was the month's top publisher in units with a 40.94% market share and second in dollars with a 34.46% market share. Image Comics was third in market share with a 9.63% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.26% dollar share and a 2.45% unit share, IDW Publishing with a 3.19% market share in both dollars and units, BOOM! Studios with a 2.19% dollar share and a 2.13% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.24% dollar share and a 1.08% unit share.

DC Comics had seven titles in March's top ten comics. In addition to Detective Comics #1000, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Eduardo Risso's The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 ranked #2; Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock #9 ranked #3; Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Jorge Fornes' Batman #67 ranked #4; King and Fornes' Batman #66 ranked #5; King and Clay Mann's Heroes in Crisis #7 ranked #6; and Snyder and Jorge Jimenez's Justice League #20 ranked #10. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, and Victor Olazaba's Amazing Spider-Man #17, the first chapter of the "Hunted" storyline featuring Kraven the Hunter, ranked #7; Spencer, Ramos, and Olazaba's Amazing Spider-Man #18 ranked #8; and Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum and Michele Bandini's Spider-Man: City at War #1, based on the best-selling Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4, ranked #9.  Among the premier publishers, their top books were Image Comics' The Walking Dead #189 at #30, BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 at #76, IDW Publishing's Transformers #1 at #90, Dark Horse Comics' The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #6 at #131, and Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja #2 at #135.

Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn's The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of March. In total, Image Comics had six titles in the top ten. DC Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman, an anthology of stories from the past eight decades, at #2.

BBC Books' Doctor Who: Thirteen Doctors 13 Stories, a young readers anthology of short stories featuring each of the Doctor's incarnation, was the best-selling book of March. Gemstone Publishing's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 returned to the top ten at #5. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend, an art book featuring Donato Giancola's work based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, ranked #7 for the month.

Good Smile's Overwatch: Reaper Figma, based on the best-selling video game from Blizzard Entertainment, was the best-selling toy product of March. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the month's top ten, led by the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Infinity War: Iron Spider-Man PVC Statue at #2. DC Collectibles also had three products among the top ten, with the Batman Family: Batman Multi-Part Statue, the first piece in a new statue line, as their best-selling product at #6.

The Creature Codex, a sourcebook for Paizo's Pathfinder role-playing game, was the best-selling game product of March and one of Paizo's eight products among the month's top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC COMICS 36.20%
MARVEL COMICS 34.46%
IMAGE COMICS 9.63%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.26%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.19%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.19%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.24%
VIZ MEDIA 1.23%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.80%
ONI PRESS 0.74%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.07%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.94%
DC COMICS 34.00%
IMAGE COMICS 9.36%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.19%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.45%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.13%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.08%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.86%
ONI PRESS 0.64%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.76%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2019
COMICS 26.89% 9.90%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 21.20% 33.41%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 25.30% 11.52%
TOYS -8.40% -10.17%
MARCH 2019 VS. MARCH 2018
COMICS 15.82% -3.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.35% 17.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.10% -1.87%
TOYS 4.67% 8.49%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS 8.51% -2.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.46% 3.95%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.64% -1.68%
TOYS 20.14% 29.77%
FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2018
COMICS -4.89% -7.30%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.40% 2.03%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.46% -6.66%
TOYS 14.61% 23.82%
FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018
COMICS 8.51% -2.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.46% 3.95%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.64% -1.68%
TOYS 20.14% 29.77%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS
SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED
MAGAZINES
SHIPPED
TOTAL
SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 99 44 0 143
DC COMICS 66 35 0 101
IMAGE COMICS 66 27 0 93
DARK HORSE COMICS 25 21 0 46
IDW PUBLISHING 29 10 0 39
BOOM! STUDIOS 25 10 0 35
VIZ MEDIA 0 21 0 21
ONI PRESS 9 7 0 16
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 12 3 0 15
ARCHIE COMICS 8 2 0 10
OTHER NON-TOP 10 138 207 17 362
TOTAL 477 387 17 881

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 $9.99 JAN190542-M DC
2 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1 $4.99 JAN190535-M DC
3 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 $4.99 NOV180434-M DC
4 BATMAN #67 $3.99 JAN190576-M DC
5 BATMAN #66 $3.99 JAN190574-M DC
6 HEROES IN CRISIS #7 $3.99 JAN190558-M DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17 $4.99 JAN190896-M MAR
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18 $3.99 JAN190901-M MAR
9 SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1 $3.99 JAN190967-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #20 $3.99 JAN190609-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 $9.99 JAN190542-M DC
2 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1 $4.99 JAN190535-M DC
3 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 $4.99 NOV180434-M DC
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17 $4.99 JAN190896-M MAR
5 BATMAN #67 $3.99 JAN190576-M DC
6 SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1 $3.99 JAN190967-M MAR
7 BATMAN #66 $3.99 JAN190574-M DC
8 HEROES IN CRISIS #7 $3.99 JAN190558-M DC
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18 $3.99 JAN190901-M MAR
10 SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 $4.99 JAN190927-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR) $16.99 JAN190186 IMA
2 DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC $29.99 DEC180641 DC
3 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
4 MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 APR160803 IMA
5 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP $17.99 JAN190247 IMA
6 SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP $16.99 OCT180111 IMA
7 BATMAN VOLUME 9: THE TYRANT WING TP $16.99 DEC180627 DC
8 SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT TP $9.99 DEC180509 DC
9 SAGA VOLUME 9 TP (MR) $14.99 JUL180297 IMA
10 MERA: TIDEBREAKER TP $16.99 DEC180508 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC $29.99 DEC180641 DC
2 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC $125.00 SEP181003-M MAR
3 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR) $16.99 JAN190186 IMA
4 AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 4 HC $100.00 SEP180999-M MAR
5 THANOS WARS: THE INFINITY ORIGIN OMNIBUS HC $100.00 OCT181003-M MAR
6 UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 1: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED TP $39.99 DEC181034 MAR
7 DARK NIGHTS METAL: DARK KNIGHTS RISING TP $24.99 DEC180638 DC
8 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP $17.99 JAN190247 IMA
9 EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS OMEGA HC $100.00 SEP180998 MAR
10 SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP $16.99 OCT180111 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOCTOR WHO: THIRTEEN DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC $17.99 DEC181677 BBC
2 FLCL ARCHIVES TP $39.99 DEC182217 UDO
3 SAMURAI PIZZA CATS OFFICIAL FAN BOOK SC $39.99 NOV182128 UDO
4 FAMILY TRAITS HC $29.99 DEC182218 UDO
5 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC $29.95 APR181580 GEM
6 THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL VOLUME 5 SC $14.00 JAN192356 YEN
7 MIDDLE-EARTH: JOURNEYS IN MYTH AND LEGEND HC $39.99 SEP180284 DAR
8 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 139 SC $14.95 DEC182026 SAN
9 BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC $44.99 MAR172148 UDO
10 GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1 SC $12.99 OCT151871 ZEN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 OVERWATCH: REAPER FIGMA MAR188251 GOO
2 MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON SPIDER-MAN PVC STATUE JUN182325 DST
3 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: DARKSEID FIGURE MAR188264 MEZ
4 KINGDOM HEARTS: SORA NENDOROID JUN188352 GOO
5 MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: THOR FIGURE APR182167 DST
6 BATMAN FAMILY: BATMAN MULTI PART STATUE AUG180672 DC
7 BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL188376 HAS
8 MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE APR182168 DST
9 DC COVER GIRLS: MERA BY JOELLE JONES STATUE AUG180678 DC
10 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: STATUE BY KLAUS JANSON AUG180679 DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 CREATURE CODEX HC JUL183073 PAI
2 STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
3 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI
4 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI
5 TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI
6 PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: RISE OF THE RUNELORDS ANNIVERSARY EDITION APR121968 PAI
7 STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI
8 PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC (NEW EDITION) MAR138328 PAI
9 D&D ICONS OF THE REALM WATERDEEP: MAD MAGE BOOSTER BRICK NOV182893 NEC
10 DRAGON AGE RPG: FACES OF THEDAS SOURCEBOOK JAN182843 GRE

 

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