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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 through OCTOBER

around $332.66 Million

(down 10% 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.

By July, the slowdown accelerated, with DC joining Marvel in being behind its 2016 pace due to comparsions with the previous year's Rebirth launch. In August the comparatives were at their toughest, but DC released the best-selling issue of the year thus far in Dark Nights: Metal #1. September closed out the worst quarter year-over-year in more than a decade with the market beginning to claw its way back, thanks in part to the release of Marvel Legacy #1 and the continuation of DC's Dark Multiverse event.

October brought the full line of Legacy lenticular-cover releases from Marvel and was an improved month over September, despite not being able to keep pace with the big Rebirth month from a year before.

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.
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UnitsReleaseComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
1Sep-17Marvel Legacy1$5.99Marvel303,574
2Aug-17Dark Nights Metal1$4.99DC271,108
3Jun-17Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man1$4.99Marvel231,566
4Apr-17Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)21$3.99DC219,472
5May-17Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)22$3.99DC186,914
6Apr-17Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)21$3.99DC174,803
7May-17Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)22$3.99DC163,767
8Sep-17Dark Nights Metal2$3.99DC162,823
9Apr-17Secret Empire0$4.99Marvel162,718
10Oct-17Dark Nights Metal3$3.99DC158,698
11May-17Secret Empire1$4.99Marvel157,517
13Jun-17Dark Days: The Forge1$4.99DC139,088
15Jul-17Dark Days The Casting1$4.99DC128,261
16Jul-17Astonishing X-Men1$4.99Marvel122,287
17Jun-17Star Wars Darth Vader1$4.99Marvel118,644
18Jun-17Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)9$5.99DC118,628
19Oct-17Mighty Thor700$5.99Marvel115,662
20Apr-17X-Men Gold1$4.99Marvel114,332
21Mar-17Amazing Spider-Man25$9.99Marvel113,934
22Jan-17U.S. Avengers1$3.99Marvel110,729
23Oct-17Amazing Spider-Man789$3.99Marvel110,349
25Apr-17X-Men Blue1$4.99Marvel108,839
27Mar-17Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)8$5.99DC107,892
31Feb-17Star Wars Darth Maul1$4.99Marvel105,177
33May-17Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout1$4.99Marvel104,217
37May-17Secret Empire2$4.99Marvel100,983
43Jun-17Edge of Venomverse1$3.99Marvel98,052
47Sep-17Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special1$4.99DC97,211
48Sep-17Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)987$3.99DC96,867
50Mar-17X-Men Prime1$4.99Marvel95,739
51Oct-17Despicable Deadpool287$3.99Marvel93,981
52Feb-17Justice League of America1*$2.99DC93,494
53Jan-17Justice League Power Rangers1$3.99DC93,443
54Aug-17Secret Empire10$4.99Marvel92,353
55Sep-17Batman The Red Death1$3.99DC91,745
56Jun-17Secret Empire4$3.99Marvel91,621
57May-17Secret Empire3$3.99Marvel91,611
58Sep-17Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)988$3.99DC91,303
59Feb-17Super Sons1*$2.99DC90,345
60Oct-17Batman The Drowned1$3.99DC89,861
61Mar-17Iron Fist1$3.99Marvel89,652
62Oct-17Batman The Dawnbreaker1$3.99DC89,427
64Sep-17Batman The Murder Machine1$3.99DC88,693
65Oct-17Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)989$3.99DC88,083
66Oct-17Batman The Merciless1$3.99DC87,920
67Jun-17Secret Empire5$3.99Marvel87,675
68Oct-17Batman White Knight1$3.99DC86,791
69Jul-17Secret Empire6$4.99Marvel85,887
70Aug-17Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine1$4.99Marvel85,688
71Jan-17Walking Dead162$2.99Image85,395
72Jan-17All Star Batman6$4.99DC84,296
73Sep-17Walking Dead171$2.99Image84,239
74Jun-17Walking Dead168$2.99Image82,970
75May-17All New Guardians of the Galaxy1$3.99Marvel82,439
76Oct-17X-Men Gold13$3.99Marvel81,970
77Aug-17Secret Empire8$4.99Marvel81,488
78Jul-17Secret Empire7$3.99Marvel81,365
79Oct-17Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)990$3.99DC80,955
80Feb-17All Star Batman7$4.99DC77,096

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

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