June 2020 Comics Sales through Diamond

Projections for Comics Ordered by North American Comics Shops
from Diamond Comic Distributors

This data refers only to Diamond. Click to see sales from DC's distributors, and for the Overall market.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Diamond Comic Distributors suspended the release of new comics with on-sale dates beginning with April 1, and shipments of new releases were not slated to begin again until May 20.

In the interim, DC announced on April 17 that a limited slate of titles would be available for late April from UCS Comics Distributors and Lunar Distribution, distribution firms that had been set up for the purpose by sister companies to the mail-order retailers Midtown Comics and DCBS (Discount Comic Book Service) respectively. Previous orders through Diamond for those comics were canceled by DC and retailers were asked to submit new orders.

It turned out not to be an interim solution, but a historic shift. After nearly four decades of distribution and 25 years of exclusivity, on June 5 DC announced that it was cutting ties with Diamond altogether, forcing retailers who wanted its comics to go through Lunar or UCS, and to Random House for its graphic novels.

Diamond continued to ship DC comics for the rest of June, and the publisher released a much larger slate than its rivals did. Comichron's analysis suggests that DC's market share of comic books — not including graphic novels — ordered would have surpassed 70% of all comics ordered, and that it would have taken the top five slots both at Diamond and when all distributors are combined. Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 appears to have been the top ordered title, with Batman #92 — which DC held back until the Diamond restart — taking second when its versions were combined. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, one of three such editions in the month, would have been the title in dollars.

In addition to the changing volume of new offerings, many comics were made returnable or deeply discounted by their publishers during the month — all of which would have greatly complicated the chart-generation procedures Diamond has employed for decades. Traditional charting under such conditions would have been both more dificult logistically, and less likely to yield clear-cut results. As such, the distributor has yet to release monthly sales charts for June.

In their absence, Comichron has drawn upon a subset of known retail orders both to determine approximate rankings and to project the relative order volumes of comic-book releases. The subset represents a sizable number of copies, but it is not possible at present to know what portion of the overall population of store orders it represents, particularly as many stores were closed, had their accounts on hold, or had not established accounts with DC's distributors. Only periodicals were examined, and order totals are believed to be as of Final Order Cutoff. No statistical adjustments have been made for returnability and no later returns have been subtracted out.

The chart below features every new comic book released by Diamond into the Direct Market in June 2020. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The release dates are from Diamond; note that many titles had already been released earlier by DC's distributors. (See the DC distributors' June 2020 orders in isolation here.)

The order volumes are expressed in relation to Justice League #46, which has been chosen as the order index issue this month for Diamond and DC's distributors. (There are Justice League issues without cardstock variants in the May and June lists for both Diamond and DC's distributors, so it's a good choice if you're trying to refer between charts.) For every 100 copies of Justice League #46 ordered in the subset, for example, there were 138 copies of Immortal Hulk #34.

Note that even though the chart below is for Diamond specifically, reliable breakdowns of which DC copies came from Diamond and which from UCS and Lunar cannot be made for the May-June period where sales overlapped. The DC figures reported (all marked with asterisks) are based on the publisher's industrywide sales; the DC sales just for Diamond would be lower.

DC offered 10 comic books with cardstock variants at a different price, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 had a higher-priced foil version; their sales have been fused by default below. You can find the component versions at the bottom of the chart, or by sorting by "Units" to see where its variants would have placed. Another cardstock comic book, Flash #754, appears without a regular variant because that version shipped in May. Its sales can be found there.

The dollar rankings are based on the totals of the fused entries.

Market shares: The market share charts, seen in the column at left, are of a variety that has long appeared on Comichron: they refer only to the top-selling comics (just the 248 new issues released in May, in this case), with no graphic novels included. Further, they resemble the charts that appeared before 2003 in that the charts look only at initial and same-month orders for new releases; reorders and reprints of previous months' comics are not included.

We project DC's unit share of the Top 91 new comics to be 60%, once orders across Diamond, UCS, and Lunar are combined; its dollar share is 67%. That dwarfs Marvel's 12% and 10% respectively. As in May, it was the lightness of Marvel's slate that played a large part: Marvel had only 14 new comics out, to DC's 64 — and unlike in May, it had few heavy-hitters.

To underscore, graphic novels are not included in these projected shares. Actual market shares would differ considerably, most especially in the case of Dark Horse, which had 40 graphic novel releases but only one comic book out in June.

Other things to remember: The retail order subset represents a sizable number of copies, but it is not possible at present to know what portion of the overall population of store orders it represents, particularly as many stores were closed, had their accounts on hold, or had not established accounts with DC's distributors. For example, Justice League had been seeing Diamond orders of more than 40,000 copies per issue in North America the first quarter of 2020, but we do not advise using that number to extrapolate overall sales for other titles — not until we have a better idea how the market size has changed.

We're sticking with whole numbers until we have a better handle on the margin of error. As such, note that a difference of a single point on the chart may not be meaningful, due to rounding. Projections for issues at the lower extremes are thus subject to more error due to the small quantities involved; while we rank such titles, we usually mark them with "no estimate" for that reason. Projected relative sales levels here are likely most reliable for regular series issues in the middle of the chart: orders for the highest sellers and first issues may tend to show more variation.

Rankings in these charts should also be expected to differ — often significantly — from the sales-to-consumers charts available at other outlets. Those report sell-through and not sell-in, and different retailers are sampled in each, with no known overlap in reporting stores as of the generation of the below charts.

As is the case with all data on Comichron, it is subject to revision without notice in the event more authoritative and complete information about orders becomes available.

—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all comic books released by Direct Market Distributors in the month.
The Order Index by each comic book indicates how many copies were ordered within a known subset of retailer orders for every 100 Justice League #46s that were ordered industrywide.
The stats for DC items are based on industrywide totals; Diamond's totals would be lower.
"No est." appears beside titles where we're making no Order Index estimate, but titles are still ranked.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitDollarComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisherOrder Index
13Dark Nights Death Metal1 $4.9906/16/20DC544
25Batman92 (All)$3.9906/09/20DC438
31Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular1$9.9906/09/20DC372
42Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular1$9.9906/02/20DC360
56Batman93 (All)$3.9906/23/20DC324
64Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular1$9.9906/23/20DC262
77Batman The Smile Killer1 $5.9906/23/20DC190
88Batman The Adventures Continue1 $3.9906/09/20DC171
1011Detective Comics1022 (All)$3.9906/02/20DC141
1112Immortal Hulk34$3.9906/24/20Marvel138
129Strange Adventures2$4.9906/16/20DC132
1313Batman Superman9$3.9906/02/20DC117
1414Star Wars Bounty Hunters3$3.9906/24/20Marvel111
1516New Mutants10$3.9906/10/20Marvel108
1718Justice League47 (All)$3.9906/23/20DC101
1820Justice League46$3.9906/09/20DC100
1939Spawn307 $2.9906/24/20Image97
2021Green Lantern Season 24 $3.9906/16/20DC94
2117Empyre Avengers0$4.9906/24/20Marvel86
2224Batman's Grave7 (All)$3.9906/09/20DC85
2325Legion of Super Heroes6 (All)$3.9906/09/20DC85
2627Flash756 (All)$3.9906/23/20DC81
2831Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles5 $3.9906/17/20Boom81
3035Action Comics1022$3.9906/02/20DC76
3122Batman Secret Files3$4.9906/09/20DC75
3223Flash Annual3$4.9906/16/20DC74
3332Wonder Woman756 (All)$3.9906/02/20DC73
3441Detective Comics475 Facs. Ed.$3.9906/16/20DC72
3533Wonder Woman757 (All)$3.9906/16/20DC72
3737Catwoman22 (All)$3.9906/02/20DC70
3843Undiscovered Country6 $3.9906/10/20Image69
4047That Texas Blood1 $3.9906/24/20Image68
4148Justice League Dark23$3.9906/23/20DC66
4249Black Cat11$3.9906/10/20Marvel65
4350Red Sonja Age of Chaos4 $3.9906/17/20Dynamite65
4451Justice League Dark22$3.9906/02/20DC64
4515Question The Deaths of Vic Sage3 $6.9906/16/20DC63
4652Miles Morales Spider-Man17 $3.9906/10/20Marvel63
4753Harley Quinn73$3.9906/09/20DC62
4854Decorum2 $3.9906/10/20Image61
4938Iron Man 20204 $4.9906/24/20Marvel60
5055Suicide Squad6$3.9906/23/20DC59
5156Young Justice15$3.9906/16/20DC57
5257Plunge4 $3.9906/23/20DC56
5358Mercy3 $3.9906/24/20Image55
5444Captain America Marvels Snapshot1$4.9906/24/20Marvel55
5536Mighty Morphin Power Rangers50 (All)$4.9906/24/20Boom55
5659Cimmerian Red Nails1 $3.9906/10/20Ablaze53
5761John Constantine Hellblazer6 $3.9906/02/20DC51
5862Batman Beyond44$3.9906/23/20DC51
5963Far Sector6 $3.9906/02/20DC51
6064Die11 $3.9906/24/20Image51
6165Lois Lane11 $3.9906/09/20DC49
6266John Constantine Hellblazer7 $3.9906/23/20DC49
6367Justice League Odyssey21$3.9906/09/20DC49
6468Low Low Woods6 $3.9906/23/20DC48
6670Once & Future8$3.9906/24/20Boom47
6973Faithless II1 $3.9906/10/20Boom47
7074Batman and the Outsiders13$3.9906/16/20DC46
7146Harley Quinn & The Birds of Prey2 $5.9906/23/20DC45
7275Something Is Killing Children7$3.9906/10/20Boom45
7477Resistance2 $3.9906/17/20AWA43
7578Boys Dear Becky1 $3.9906/03/20Dynamite42
7640Wonder Woman Dead Earth3 $6.9906/16/20DC41
7779Daphne Byrne5 $3.9906/16/20DC41
7880Teen Titans42$3.9906/23/20DC40
7981Transformers Vs. Terminator2 $3.9906/24/20IDW39
8082Firefly16 $3.9906/17/20Boom38
8183Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen11 $3.9906/23/20DC38
8284Dejah Thoris (2019)5 $3.9906/10/20Dynamite38
8385A Man Among Ye1 $3.9906/17/20Image37
8486Vampirella Red Sonja8 $3.9906/10/20Dynamite37
86133DC Classics The Batman Adventures1$1.9906/09/20DC35
8726Birds of Prey1$9.9906/02/20DC35
8888Gideon Falls22 $3.9906/17/20Image35
8990Red Hood Outlaw46$3.9906/23/20DC34
9091Rick and Morty Go to Hell1 $3.9906/10/20Oni34
9192Sex Criminals29 $3.9906/24/20Image33
9294Sabrina Something Wicked1 $3.9906/03/20Archie33
9395Spider-Ham5 $3.9906/24/20Marvel32
94972020 Rescue2 $3.9906/24/20Marvel32
9598Nailbiter Returns1$3.9906/03/20Image30
9689TMNT Jennika3 $4.9906/24/20IDW28
9793Superman Giant3$4.9906/09/20DC27
98101TMNT105 $3.9906/24/20IDW27
99103Die Die Die10 $3.9906/10/20Image26
100104Year Zero2 $3.9906/24/20AWA26
10160Buffy Every Generation1 $7.9906/03/20Boom26
102105Family Tree6$3.9906/17/20Image26
103106Sleeping Beauties1 $3.9906/24/20IDW26
104195Bleed Them Dry1 $1.0006/24/20Vault26
10596Swamp Thing Giant4$4.9906/02/20DC25
106107Amethyst3 $3.9906/09/20DC25
107108Bitter Root8 $3.9906/10/20Image25
108109Star Wars Adventures Clone Wars2 $3.9906/24/20IDW24
109110Monstress28 $3.9906/24/20Image24
110111Transformers20 $3.9906/17/20IDW24
111113Middlewest17 $3.9906/24/20Image23
112114Sonic The Hedgehog28 $3.9906/24/20IDW23
113115Vampironica New Blood4 $3.9906/17/20Archie23
114116Metal Men7 $3.9906/16/20DC23
115117Unsacred6 $3.9906/17/20Ablaze23
11699Last God Sourcebook1$4.9906/02/20DC23
117100Nightwing Annual3$4.9906/16/20DC23
118118Five Years10 $3.9906/24/20Abstract22
119119Books of Magic20 $3.9906/23/20DC22
120122Red Mother5$3.9906/03/20Boom21
121123Rogue Planet2$3.9906/24/20Oni21
122124Dead Body Road Bad Blood1 $3.9906/24/20Image20
123125Locke & Key1 $3.9906/24/20IDW20
124126Go Go Power Rangers32 $3.9906/10/20Boom19
125112Aquaman Giant4$4.9906/16/20DC19
126127Killadelphia6 $3.9906/10/20Image19
127128Jim Henson Dark Crystal Age Resistance8 $3.9906/10/20Boom18
128129G.I. Joe A Real American Hero271 $3.9906/03/20IDW18
129130Savage Dragon249 $3.9906/17/20Image18
130132Outer Darkness Chew3 $3.9906/24/20Image18
131134Angel & Spike11 $3.9906/24/20Boom17
132121Dying Is Easy5 $4.9906/17/20IDW17
133135Death-Defying Devil5 $3.9906/10/20Dynamite17
134136G.I. Joe A Real American Hero272 $3.9906/17/20IDW17
135137Star Trek Year Five11 $3.9906/03/20IDW17
136138Man Who Effed Up Time3$3.9906/17/20Aftershock17
137139Hotell2 $3.9906/17/20AWA16
138140Join The Future2 $3.9906/10/20Aftershock16
139142Stealth2 $3.9906/10/20Image16
140143Red Border2 $3.9906/24/20AWA15
141163Tarot Witch of the Black Rose122 $2.9506/24/20Broadsword15
143145Moonshine18 $3.9906/17/20Image15
144120Invader Zim Quarterly1 $5.9906/17/20Oni14
145131Wynd1 $4.9906/17/20Boom14
146146Critical Role Vox Machina Origins Series II6 $3.9906/03/20Dark Horse14
147147Reaver8 $3.9906/03/20Image14
148148Archangel 82 $3.9906/10/20AWA14
149149Ludocrats2 $3.9906/17/20Image13
150102Grievling1 $7.9906/17/20Clover13
151151George R.R. Martin A Clash of Kings4 $3.9906/17/20Dynamite13
152152Ice Cream Man19 $3.9906/10/20Image13
153153Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Death of Nancy Drew1 $3.9906/03/20Dynamite13
154154Old Haunts1$3.9906/10/20AWA13
155141Flash754 Card Stock$4.9906/02/20DC13
156155Kiss Zombies5 $3.9906/10/20Dynamite12
157156Ash & Thorn1 $3.9906/24/20Ahoy12
158157Aggretsuko3 $3.9906/03/20Oni12
159158James Bond5 $3.9906/10/20Dynamite12
160159Finger Guns2 $3.9906/03/20Vault12
162161Death to Army of Darkness3 $3.9906/17/20Dynamite11
163181Scooby Doo Where Are You14$2.9906/02/20DC11
164162Undone By Blood3$3.9906/10/20Aftershock11
165164Osiris Path1 $3.9906/24/20Behemoth11
167166Gung Ho5 $3.9906/24/20Ablaze10
168167Redneck27 $3.9906/24/20Image10
169168Wicked Things2 $3.9906/24/20Boom10
170170Storm Kids Hyperbreed1$3.9906/24/20Storm King10
171173Sonata10 $3.9906/10/20Image9
172174Tartarus3 $3.9906/17/20Image9
173175Doctor Tomorrow3 $3.9906/24/20Valiant9
174176No Ones Rose2$3.9906/10/20Vault9
175165Uncle Scrooge56 $4.9906/17/20IDW9
176178Danger Devil1$3.9906/24/20Source Point9
177179Red Agent Island of Dr Moreau5 $3.9906/17/20Zenescope9
178180White Ash4$3.9906/17/20Scout9
179182Artemis & Assassin2 $3.9906/10/20Aftershock8
180169Ragnarok Breaking of Helheim5 $4.9906/03/20IDW8
181183Gung Ho4 $3.9906/03/20Ablaze8
182184Kidz3 $3.9906/03/20Ablaze8
183185Nomen Omen6 $3.9906/24/20Image8
184186North Bend2$3.9906/03/20Scout8
185171Rick and Morty Presents Council of Ricks1 $4.9906/24/20Oni8
186187Cobra Kai Karate Kid Saga Continues4 $3.9906/10/20IDW7
187188Lady Zorro1 $3.9906/17/20American Mythology7
188205Archie & Friends Geeks & Games1$2.9906/24/20Archie7
189189Deep Blue1$3.9906/10/20Mythos7
190190Robyn Hood Vigilante6 $3.9906/03/20Zenescope7
191192Crow Lethe2 $3.9906/17/20IDW7
192193Classic Pulp Ellery Queen One-Shot$4.0006/24/20Source Point6
193194Monstrous See No Evil One-Shot$3.9906/24/20Source Point6
194172After Realm2$5.9906/17/20Image6
195196Dryad2 $3.9906/10/20Oni6
196197John Carpenters Tales Scifi Vortex 21$3.9906/24/20Storm King6
197198Wellington4 $3.9906/10/20IDW6
199177Disney Comics and Stories12 $5.9906/10/20IDW6
200202Backtrack3 $3.9906/03/20Oni6
201203Dark Ark After Flood4$3.9906/17/20Aftershock6
202204Dragon Whisperer2$3.9506/03/20Red 56
203206Fuhrer and the Tramp2 $3.9906/24/20Source Point5
204207Kill Lock5 $3.9906/10/20IDW5
205208Excellence7 $3.9906/10/20Image5
206209Grumble Memphis & Beyond The Infinite2 $3.9906/17/20Albatross5
207210Mountainhead4 $3.9906/10/20IDW5
208211Zero Day Threat1$3.9506/10/20Red 5no est.
209212Apocalypse Girl5 $3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
210213Battlecats Tales of Valderia3 $3.9906/10/20Mad Caveno est.
211214Fuhrer and the Tramp3 $3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
212215Hardcore Reloaded5 $3.9906/17/20Imageno est.
213191World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest98$7.9906/10/20Archieno est.
214217Casper Spotlight Ghostly Trio1 $3.9906/10/20American Mythologyno est.
215218Postal Deliverance8 $3.9906/03/20Imageno est.
216219Caspers Spooksville4 $3.9906/03/20American Mythologyno est.
217220Heart Attack6 $3.9906/17/20Imageno est.
218221Savage Bastards3$3.9906/24/20Mad Caveno est.
219200Archie Milestones Digest8$7.9906/10/20Archieno est.
220201B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest280$7.9906/17/20Archieno est.
221222Cat Shit Vol. 13 $3.9906/24/20Antarcticno est.
222223Hellfighter Quin2$3.9906/10/20Mad Caveno est.
223224Oggy & The Cockroaches3 $3.9906/24/20American Mythologyno est.
224225Hank Steiner Monster Detective2 $3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
225226Touching Evil7 $3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
226216Grimm Fairy Tales 2020 Annual$5.9906/24/20Zenescopeno est.
227228Hank Steiner Monster Detective3 $3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
228229Over The Ropes5 $3.9906/17/20Mad Caveno est.
229230Vamp3 $3.9906/10/20Mythosno est.
230231Wretches5$3.9906/03/20Scoutno est.
231232Psychodrama Illustrated1 $4.9906/03/20Fantagraphicsno est.
232233Shapes5$3.9906/10/20Cave Picturesno est.
233227Ginseng Roots4$6.0006/10/20Uncivilizedno est.
234234Gutter Magic Smoke & Mirrors1$3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
235235Gutter Magic Smoke & Mirrors2$3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
236236Kaijumax Season 53 $3.9906/17/20Onino est.
237237Project Icarus3$3.9906/10/20Blackboxno est.
238239Accelerators16 $3.9906/24/20Blue Juiceno est.
239240Remnant One-Shot$3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
240238Holler1 $5.9906/24/20It's Aliveno est.
241241Skylin2$3.9906/24/20Source Pointno est.
242242Air War Stories1$9.9906/10/20It's Aliveno est.
243243Archie Jumbo Comics Digest309$7.9906/24/20Archieno est.
244244Barbara The Barbarian2 $3.9906/17/20Amigono est.
245245Black Hops Hare Trigger One-Shot$6.9906/10/20Antarcticno est.
246246Catalyst Prime Seven Days7 $3.9906/24/20Lion Forgeno est.
247247Doctor Sleepless Manual$3.9906/24/20Avatarno est.
248248Nightmare Before Christmas Zeros Journey18 $3.9906/24/20Tokyopopno est.
249249White Widow4 $4.9906/24/20Red Giantno est.
n.a.n.a.Batman92 Card Stock$4.9906/09/20DC167
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1022$3.9906/02/20DC95
n.a.n.a.Justice League47$3.9906/23/20DC81
n.a.n.a.Batman93 Card Stock$4.9906/23/20DC60
n.a.n.a.Legion of Super Heroes6$3.9906/09/20DC63
n.a.n.a.Batman's Grave7 $3.9906/09/20DC63
n.a.n.a.Detective Comics1022 Card Stock$4.9906/02/20DC46
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman756$3.9906/02/20DC45
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman757$3.9906/16/20DC45
n.a.n.a.Mighty Morphin Power Rangers50 Foil$5.9906/24/20Boom28
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman756 Card Stock$4.9906/02/20DC28
n.a.n.a.Wonder Woman757 Card Stock$4.9906/16/20DC27
n.a.n.a.Mighty Morphin Power Rangers50 $4.9906/24/20Boom26
n.a.n.a.Catwoman22 Card Stock$4.9906/02/20DC23
n.a.n.a.Batman's Grave7 Card Stock$4.9906/09/20DC23
n.a.n.a.Legion of Super-Heroes6 Card Stock$4.9906/09/20DC22
n.a.n.a.Justice League47 Card Stock$4.9906/23/20DC20
n.a.n.a.Flash756 Card Stock$4.9906/23/20DC16

June 2020 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Diamond did not release monthly totals of its graphic novel sales, but it is known that the number of graphic novels released to the Direct Market exploded in June.

At least 419 new graphic novels were released, which was well over number of new comic books released — and far more than the 132 graphic novels that came out in May. That glut would get even worse in July; book distributors had not paused during the initial Coronavirus outbreak, leading to a bottleneck of graphic novels shipping to the Direct Market during the spring.

The Doomsday Clock Part 2 Hardcover with Slipcase, released June 16 at UCS and June 24 at Diamond, is a good bet to have been the top ordered new graphic novel in initial-ordered units.

Some more information about Diamond's graphic novel sales can be found in its reorders.