2017 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops
Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
OVERALL North American Dollar Sales for
Diamond's Comics, Graphic Novels, and Magazines for the year
around $261.18 Million
(down 6.77% year-over-year)
2017 started out slightly off in a January that saw Marvel offer a 10% overship on its entire new comics line. February brought Image's 25th anniversary, and its 25-cent Walking Dead issue which sold more than 750,000 copies. In March, a $9.99 Amazing Spider-Man issue became the most expensive comic book ever to top the charts, helping to close out the quarter just 3% off the previous year's pace.
Marvel's slow start to 2017 worsened in April as Secret Empire #0 released; while the market as a whole was down year-to-date, the market not including Marvel was up. Both Marvel and the market excluding Marvel were up in May, which, having an extra week than the same month the previous year, provided a welcome rebound. Those gains were given back in a weak June, which was up against the best month in 20 years.
The following figures are not from an end-of-year release by Diamond, but they do combine the estimates for each of Diamond's monthly reports provided thus far in 2017 to provide a projected Top 10 for the year. As such, they will not represent the final orders for each issue for the year, as only some months' reorders are included: only those months in which a reordered book made the Top 300. Furthermore, the final figures are not known for issues with asterisks; those issues had their orders reduced by 10% to account for returnability, and their final numbers may be lower or higher than those seen here. Variant-priced collector's editions of books are fused in the rankings below. Final-order rankings for the year may differ.
Items marked with asterisks had reported orders reduced by 10% to account for returnability.
The links lead to current auctions for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.
|Units||Release||Comic-book Title||Issue||Price||Publisher||Est. units|
|1||Jun-17||Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man||1||$4.99||Marvel||224,620|
|2||Apr-17||Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)||21||$3.99||DC||219,472|
|3||May-17||Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)||22||$3.99||DC||186,914|
|4||Apr-17||Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)||21||$3.99||DC||174,803|
|5||May-17||Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)||22||$3.99||DC||163,767|
|9||Jun-17||Dark Days: The Forge||1||$4.99||DC||130,651|
|10||Jun-17||Star Wars Darth Vader||1||$4.99||Marvel||118,644|
|11||Jun-17||Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)||9||$5.99||DC||118,628|
|17||Mar-17||Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)||8||$5.99||DC||107,892|
|19||Feb-17||Star Wars Darth Maul||1||$4.99||Marvel||105,177|
|20||May-17||Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout||1||$4.99||Marvel||104,217|
|27||Jun-17||Edge of Venomverse||1||$3.99||Marvel||98,052|
|32||Feb-17||Justice League of America||1*||$2.99||DC||93,494|
|33||Jan-17||Justice League Power Rangers||1||$3.99||DC||93,443|
My analyses of final orders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here: