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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|Units||Release||Comic-book Title||Issue||Price||Publisher||Est. units|
|2||Aug-17||Dark Nights Metal||1||$4.99||DC||271,108|
|3||Jun-17||Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man||1||$4.99||Marvel||231,566|
|4||Apr-17||Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)||21||$3.99||DC||219,472|
|5||May-17||Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)||22||$3.99||DC||186,914|
|6||Apr-17||Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)||21||$3.99||DC||174,803|
|7||May-17||Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)||22||$3.99||DC||163,767|
|8||Sep-17||Dark Nights Metal||2||$3.99||DC||162,823|
|10||Oct-17||Dark Nights Metal||3||$3.99||DC||158,698|
|13||Jun-17||Dark Days: The Forge||1||$4.99||DC||139,088|
|15||Jul-17||Dark Days The Casting||1||$4.99||DC||128,261|
|17||Jun-17||Star Wars Darth Vader||1||$4.99||Marvel||118,644|
|18||Jun-17||Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)||9||$5.99||DC||118,628|
|27||Mar-17||Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)||8||$5.99||DC||107,892|
|31||Feb-17||Star Wars Darth Maul||1||$4.99||Marvel||105,177|
|33||May-17||Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout||1||$4.99||Marvel||104,217|
|43||Jun-17||Edge of Venomverse||1||$3.99||Marvel||98,052|
|47||Sep-17||Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special||1||$4.99||DC||97,211|
|48||Sep-17||Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)||987||$3.99||DC||96,867|
|52||Feb-17||Justice League of America||1*||$2.99||DC||93,494|
|53||Jan-17||Justice League Power Rangers||1||$3.99||DC||93,443|
|55||Sep-17||Batman The Red Death||1||$3.99||DC||91,745|
|58||Sep-17||Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)||988||$3.99||DC||91,303|
|60||Oct-17||Batman The Drowned||1||$3.99||DC||89,861|
|62||Oct-17||Batman The Dawnbreaker||1||$3.99||DC||89,427|
|64||Sep-17||Batman The Murder Machine||1||$3.99||DC||88,693|
|65||Oct-17||Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)||989||$3.99||DC||88,083|
|66||Oct-17||Batman The Merciless||1||$3.99||DC||87,920|
|68||Oct-17||Batman White Knight||1||$3.99||DC||86,791|
|70||Aug-17||Generations Wolverine & All-New Wolverine||1||$4.99||Marvel||85,688|
|72||Jan-17||All Star Batman||6||$4.99||DC||84,296|
|75||May-17||All New Guardians of the Galaxy||1||$3.99||Marvel||82,439|
|79||Oct-17||Action Comics (plus Lenticular Ed.)||990||$3.99||DC||80,955|
|80||Feb-17||All Star Batman||7||$4.99||DC||77,096|
My analyses of final orders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here: