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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.


UnitsReleaseComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
1Jun-17Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man1$4.99Marvel224,620
2Apr-17Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)21$3.99DC219,472
3May-17Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)22$3.99DC186,914
4Apr-17Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)21$3.99DC174,803
5May-17Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)22$3.99DC163,767
6Apr-17Secret Empire0$4.99Marvel162,718
7May-17Secret Empire1$4.99Marvel157,517
8May-17Venom150$5.99Marvel141,757
9Jun-17Dark Days: The Forge1$4.99DC130,651
10Jun-17Star Wars Darth Vader1$4.99Marvel118,644
11Jun-17Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)9$5.99DC118,628
12Jun-17Batman24$2.99DC116,037
13Apr-17X-Men Gold1$4.99Marvel114,332
14Mar-17Amazing Spider-Man25$9.99Marvel113,934
15Jan-17U.S. Avengers1$3.99Marvel110,729
16Apr-17X-Men Blue1$4.99Marvel108,839
17Mar-17Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)8$5.99DC107,892
18Jan-17Batman14$2.99DC106,816
19Feb-17Star Wars Darth Maul1$4.99Marvel105,177
20May-17Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout1$4.99Marvel104,217
21Jan-17Batman15$2.99DC102,802
22Jun-17Batman25$3.99DC102,798
23Feb-17Batman16$2.99DC102,096
24May-17Secret Empire2$4.99Marvel100,983
25Feb-17Batman17$2.99DC99,637
26Mar-17Batman18$2.99DC98,100
27Jun-17Edge of Venomverse1$3.99Marvel98,052
28Apr-17Batman20$2.99DC97,544
29Mar-17Batman19$2.99DC97,501
30May-17Batman23$2.99DC96,542
31Mar-17X-Men Prime1$4.99Marvel95,739
32Feb-17Justice League of America1*$2.99DC93,494
33Jan-17Justice League Power Rangers1$3.99DC93,443
34Jun-17Secret Empire4$3.99Marvel91,621
35May-17Secret Empire3$3.99Marvel91,611
36Feb-17Super Sons1*$2.99DC90,345
37Mar-17Iron Fist1$3.99Marvel89,652
38Apr-17Batman21$2.99DC89,256
39Jun-17Secret Empire5$3.99Marvel87,675
40Jan-17Walking Dead162$2.99Image85,395







My analyses of final orders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here:

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