Diamond Announces Top Products for November 2018

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 7, 2018) — One of the most storied titles in comic book history returned in November as Marvel Comics relaunched Uncanny X-Men #1 in an oversized issue from an all-star roster of writers and artists, giving Marvel Comics the best-selling comic book of November 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 November's top publisher with a 40.80% dollar share and a 43.75% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 26.74% dollar share and a 29.51% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.57% dollar share and a 8.50% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.62% dollar share and a 3.39% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.37% dollar share and a 2.58% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 2.95% dollar share and a 2.49% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.24% dollar share and a 2.11% unit share.

In total, Marvel Comics had six titles in the top ten including Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1 at #3, Amazing Spider-Man #10 at #4, Amazing Spider-Man #9 at #7, Avengers #10 at 9, and Venom #8 at #10. DC Entertainment had four titles, led by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp's The Green Lantern #1 at #2, followed by Batman #58 at #5, Batman #59 at #6, and Heroes in Crisis #3 at #8. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics' top book, The Walking Dead #185, ranked #18; BOOM! Studios' Firefly #1, based on Joss Whedon's space opera, ranked #22; IDW Publishing's Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1 ranked #48; Dark Horse Comics' Stranger Things #3, based on the hit Netflix series, ranked #67; and Dynamite Entertainment's best-selling book, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #3 ranked #156.

Venom faced the most powerful adversary he had ever faced in Marvel Comics' Venom Volume 1: Rex by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, the best-selling graphic novel of November. In total, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten, including Thanos: The Infinity Conflict at #2, Will.I.Am and Damion Scott's Black Eyed Peas Presents: Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles at #4, and Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: Back to Basics, the first volume of Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley's run on the title, at #5. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led by Justice League Volume 1: The Totality by Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, and Jorge Jimenez at #3, followed by Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight, October's best-selling graphic novel, at #7. Image Comics also had a title in the top ten; Mirka Andolfo's Unnatural Volume 1: Awakening ranked #8.

Dark Horse Comics' The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Creating a Champion, an art book that delves into the creation of the latest game in the fan-favorite Nintendo franchise, was the best-selling book of November.

DC Collectibles' DC Comics Bombshells: Batman & Catwoman Statue, based on Ant Lucia's pin-up styled artwork and sculpted by Jack Mathews, was November's best-selling toy product. In total, DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten including the Batman Black & White: The Batman Who Laughs Statue at #2 and the DC Cover Girls: Catwoman by Joëlle Jones Statue at #10. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Gallery: Venom (Comic Version) PVC Figure at #2.

Shinobi 7's My Hero Academia Card Game, based on the popular manga and anime, was November's best-selling game. IDW Publishing had two games in the top ten: the Batman: The Animated Series: Gotham Under Siege Game ranked #4 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Munchkin, a special edition of the popular Munchkin board game, ranked #6.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.80%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.74%
IMAGE COMICS 8.57%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.62%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.37%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.95%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.24%
VIZ MEDIA 1.26%
TITAN COMICS 1.20%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.97%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.28%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 43.75%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.51%
IMAGE COMICS 8.50%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.39%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.58%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.49%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.11%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.94%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.80%
TITAN COMICS 0.80%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.13%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
NOVEMBER 2018 VS. OCTOBER 2018
COMICS -16.49% -19.71%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -21.10% -23.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -17.81% -19.99%
TOYS 6.76% -23.81%
NOVEMBER 2018 VS. NOVEMBER 2017
COMICS -4.98% -11.24%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -30.36% -31.11%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -13.61% -13.02%
TOYS -10.88% -19.52%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017
COMICS 1.48% -6.06%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.67% -7.25%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.98% -6.15%
TOYS -3.25% -3.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS
SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED
MAGAZINES
SHIPPED
TOTAL
SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 79 39 0 118
DC COMICS 67 40 0 107
IMAGE COMICS 57 18 0 75
IDW PUBLISHING 33 14 0 47
BOOM! STUDIOS 23 16 0 39
DARK HORSE COMICS 16 19 0 35
TITAN COMICS 10 13 5 28
VIZ MEDIA LLC 0 26 0 26
DYNAMITE 17 4 0 21
ONI PRESS INC. 8 4 0 12
OTHER NON-TOP 10 113 206 17 336
TOTAL 423 399 22 844

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $7.99 SEP180791-M MAR
2 THE GREEN LANTERN #1 $4.99 SEP180430-M DC
3 WEB OF VENOM: CARNAGE BORN #1 $4.99 SEP180855-M MAR
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 SEP180916-M MAR
5 BATMAN #58 $3.99 SEP180450-M DC
6 BATMAN #59 $3.99 SEP180452-M DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 SEP180914-M MAR
8 HEROES IN CRISIS #3 $3.99 SEP180434-M DC
9 AVENGERS #10 $5.99 SEP180829-M MAR
10 VENOM #8 $3.99 SEP180918-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $7.99 SEP180791-M MAR
2 WEB OF VENOM: CARNAGE BORN #1 $4.99 SEP180855-M MAR
3 THE GREEN LANTERN #1 $4.99 SEP180430-M DC
4 AVENGERS #10 $5.99 SEP180829-M MAR
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 SEP180916-M MAR
6 BATMAN #58 $3.99 SEP180450-M DC
7 BATMAN #59 $3.99 SEP180452-M DC
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 SEP180914-M MAR
9 HEROES IN CRISIS #3 $3.99 SEP180434-M DC
10 VENOM #8 $3.99 SEP180918-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 VENOM BY DONNY CATES VOLUME 1: REX TP $17.99 AUG181081 MAR
2 THANOS: THE INFINITY CONFLICT HC $24.99 AUG181076 MAR
3 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 1: THE TOTALITY TP $17.99 AUG180630 DC
4 BLACK EYED PEAS PRESENTS: MASTERS OF THE SUN: THE  ZOMBIE CHRONICLES TP $24.99 APR171143 MAR
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOLUME 1: BACK TO BASICS TP $15.99 SEP181008 MAR
6 THE IMMORTAL HULK VOLUME 1: OR IS HE BOTH? TP $15.99 AUG181082 MAR
7 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP $19.99 JUL180733 DC
8 UNNATURAL VOLUME 1: AWAKENING TP (MR) $9.99 SEP180132 IMA
9 STAR WARS: LANDO: DOUBLE OR NOTHING TP $15.99 JUL181171 MAR
10 DOMINO VOLUME 1: KILLER INSTINCT TP $17.99 AUG181085 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 X-MEN MUTANT: MASSACRE OMNIBUS HC $100.00 MAY180951 MAR
2 THANOS: THE INFINITY CONFLICT HC $24.99 AUG181076 MAR
3 ABSOLUTE TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOLUME 3 HC (MR) $125.00 MAR180362 DC
4 SILVER SURFER BY SLOTT AND ALLRED OMNIBUS HC $75.00 MAY180954 MAR
5 BLACK EYED PEAS PRESENTS: MASTERS OF THE SUN: THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES TP $24.99 APR171143 MAR
6 VENOM BY DONNY CATES VOLUME 1: REX TP $17.99 AUG181081 MAR
7 FIREFLY: BIG DAMN HEROES BOX SET $150.00 SEP181294 BOO
8 WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC $125.00 APR180285 DC
9 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOLUME 17 HC $75.00 MAY180957-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 1: THE TOTALITY TP $17.99 AUG180630 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD: CREATING A CHAMPION HC $39.99 JUL180425 DAR
2 BLACK PANTHER LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 NOV172179 GOL
3 GIGER HC $15.00 SEP181990 TAS
4 ART MATTERS: BECAUSE YOUR IMAGINATION CAN CHANGE WORLD $19.99 OCT182016 WIL
5 DARK SOULS III DESIGN WORKS HC $49.99 JUN182173 UDO
6 SPECTRUM ART BOOK 25 SC $35.00 SEP181796 FLE
7 FIREFLY: BIG DAMN HERO HC $22.95 AUG182286 TTN
8 GHOSTBUSTERS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 JUL162266 GOL
9 FINAL FANTASY VII: ON THE WAY TO A SMILE SC $14.00 AUG182452 YEN
10 MARVEL STUDIOS: THE FIRST 10 YEARS HC $24.99 SEP182051 TTN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATMAN & CATWOMAN STATUE MAY180613 DC
2 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS STATUE MAY180609 DC
3 MARVEL GALLERY: VENOM COMIC PVC FIGURE MAY182304 DST
4 MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: DR. STRANGE PVC FIGURE AUG178008 DST
5 LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD: GUARDIAN NENDOROID JAN188701 GOO
6 EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN: ASH WILLIAMS BISHOUJO STATUE MAY182647 KOT
7 MARVEL UNIVERSE: BLACK PANTHER ARTFX+ STATUE MAY182646 KOT
8 MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE (VER. 2) PVC FIGURE MAY182305 DST
9 MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT FIGURE JUN101512 DST
10 DC COVER GIRLS: CATWOMAN BY JOELLE JONES STATUE MAY180610 DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 SHI
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: GUILDS OF RAVNICA BOOSTERS AUG183192 WIZ
3 D&D ICONS OF THE REALM SET 10 AUG183199 NEC
4 BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: GOTHAM UNDER SIEGE GAME JUN180756 IDW
5 RISK RICK & MORTY BOARD GAME OCT182927 USA
6 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MUNCHKIN MAY180770 IDW
7 PATHFINDER BATTLES: KINGMAKER BOOSTER BRICK AUG183201 NEC
8 RICK AND MORTY DBG: THE RICKSHANK RICKDEMPTION MAY188741 PSI
9 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDYS MONOPOLY BOARD GAME SEP182828 USA
10 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RPG: WATERDEEP DRAGON HEIST HC AUG183190 WIZ

 

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