July 2020 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This data combines orders from all Direct Market distributors. Click to see only Diamond and DC's distributors.

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July 2020 was the first time since April 1997 that a retailer could not order all major publishers' comics from Diamond Comic Distributors. As of its July 7 ship-date releases, DC required retailers who wanted its comics to go through Lunar Distribution or UCS Comic Distributors (or one of those firms' subdistributors, such as Universal Distribution in Canada), and to go through Random House for its graphic novels.

Comichron's founder began reporting merged rankings and relative sales levels for Heroes World Distribution and Diamond in September 1996; the report below similarly brings together estimates for the various Direct Market distributors. Click to see the month's reports just for Diamond and just for DC's distributors.

The new era started off with DC at a type of disadvantage which will impact each distributor an equal number of times: July had five Wednesdays, Diamond's traditional release day, but only had four Tuesdays, which is DC's release day. So DC had one less ship week relative to Diamond's publishers. Indeed, DC wouldn't have had anything out on July 1 anyway, given that the publisher skipped the week of June 30 in order to give retailers time to set accounts with Lunar and UCS.

DC nonetheless had the "Joker War" storyline in Batman and related titles, and that helped give DC a narrow lead over Marvel when it came to projected orders for new comic books. We project the publisher took the top three slots in our combined charts, with the month's two issues of Batman followed by Dark Nights: Death Metal #2.

But Diamond's retailers got a helpful boost right away in the month, thanks to Robert Kirkman and Image, who delivered a July Surprise for the third year in a row. The July 2018 surprise was the stealth-released Die Die Die #1; in July 2019, retailers got another shock when Walking Dead #193 turned out to be the final issue of that series. Kirkman did it again on July 1, releasing the $4.99 special Negan Lives #1 for free to a retail base beleagured by the Coronavirus pandemic and its shutdowns.

Free shipments were matched to retailers' sales to date of that Walking Dead finale, with two Silver Variants and one Gold Variant additionally sent to each storefront. An option to reorder was also made available. That resulted in the issue edging past Marvel's X-Men #10 for first place at Diamond and fourth place overall in our projections, although its projected dollar ranking was far lower, based as it was only on the reordered copies. (Another Kirkman production, Fire Power Vol. 1: Prelude released on July 1 in support of the comics series that also launched that day; at $9.99 it's sure to have led the month's graphic novel orders.)

The likely tenth-place issue in units, Marvel's Empyre #1, appears to have come in fourth in dollar rankings.

The glut of new graphic novel releases — stuck in a bottleneck during the pandemic — worsened further in July, with a staggering 555 new titles released to the Direct Market. Meanwhile, the number of new comics releases, cardstock editions excluded, extended past a combined 300 for the first time since the shutdowns began.

Between DC's one less week and Marvel's still-smaller-than-normal slate, there was a near parity of offerings between the top three publishers. DC had 49 new comics to Image's 46 and Marvel's 45, totalling 140; still signifiantly down from July 2019's total of 230 new issues. Variants (defined by Comichron as any first or later printing with a cover different from the first one in any solicitation) — were almost back to March levels, with 736 different ones on offer.

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 July — and DC's distributors have not yet released any monthly charts at all.

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 into the Direct Market in July 2020. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The DC release dates are from UCS.

The order volumes are expressed in relation to Avengers #34, which we've chosen as the order index issue this month for Diamond. (Avengers usually corresponds fairly well to the title we've chosen for DC's distributors, Justice League.) For every 100 copies of Avengers #34 ordered in the subset, for example, there were 125 copies of Justice League #49.

The pandemic prompted the cancellation of several variant covers; initial orders for them are not reflected in the projections. This includes several Wonder Woman 84 variant covers associated with the delayed movie, as well as a number of Marvel variants. (Including one for the order index title, Avengers #34; that contributed to the split observed with Justice League #49.)

Diamond and DC's distributors offered 15 comic books with variants at a different price that sold well enough to merit their own entries; 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.

The dollar rankings below and item counts in the tables on the left 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 300 comics, 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 and its dollar share of the Top 300 new comics to be 35%, once orders across Diamond, UCS, and Lunar are combined. Marvel's are 32% and 34% respectively, and in fact less than a point separates the two in dollars. It is, again, a month where DC is shorted by a week, but also one with a smaller-than-normal Marvel slate.

Graphic novels are, as noted, not included in these tabulations; Marvel had many more new graphic novels out than DC did.

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.

Read more in our preliminary post. You can also click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the month. And you can see the reorders that were placed during the month on our pages for reorders and advance reorders for the year. We also have a page breaking out ship dates for second printings.

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 Avengers #34s that were ordered.
"Fused" combines differently priced-variants; click the "Unit" arrow to do a sort separating them.
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.

FusedDollarUnitComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisherOrder Index
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July 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 July. 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 July 16 at UCS and July 24 at Diamond, is a good bet to have been the top ordered new graphic novel in initial-ordered units.

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

July 2020 Comics Reorders

Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

After items have been released by Diamond, retailers continue to place and receive reorders — often for many years after the the publication date. This section records the weekly reorder charts Diamond released during the month. Click to see the archived advance reorders, which are for books that had not yet shipped at time of the order.

Note that the listings mix hardcovers, softcovers, and comics together, and that they also rank items by dollars rather than units. Note, too, that these are invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already been applied.

Reorders placed between July 1-7, 2020

• Top reordered July-shipping comic book:
Batman #92 Card Stock Artgerm Var Ed. (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Umbrella Academy Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite (Dark Horse)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Postal Complete Collection (Image)

Diamond did not release a reorder list for the last week of May — and when the list returned, on the other side of DC's announcement that it had cut ties with Diamond, the chart was led by Batman #92. The reorder charts are supposed to be for books that have already been released, and Batman #92 had not yet come out — just one more peculiarity of the charts in this period.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Batman #92 Card Stock Artgerm Var Ed$4.99DC06/10/20
2Batman #92$3.99DC06/10/20
3Postal Comp Collection HC$59.99Image05/27/20
4House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
5Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 3$49.99Image05/27/20
6Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 2 Transcendentalism$49.99Image12/13/17
7Venom #25$5.99Marvel05/27/20
8Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
9Detective Comics #1022$3.99DC06/03/20
10Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 1 Remastered Ed$49.99Image05/16/18
11Justice League #44$3.99DC05/20/20
12Lady Killer Library Ed Vol. 1$39.99Dark Horse06/10/20
13Hellblazer by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC$150.00DC05/19/20
14X-Men Revolution by Chris Claremont Omnibus HC$100.00Marvel08/01/18
15Batman Last Knight On Earth HC$29.99DC05/20/20
16Marvel Action Avengers #10 Sommariva$3.99IDW05/20/20
17Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 3 Hotel Oblivion$19.99Dark Horse09/18/19
18Absolute V For Vendetta HC$99.99DCBacklist
19Justice League #45$3.99DC05/26/20
20Silver Surfer Black #5 2nd Ptg Moore Var$3.99Marvel12/11/19
21Marvel Masterworks Ghost Rider HC Vol. 1$75.00Marvel10/09/19
22He Man and The Masters of the Multiverse #6$3.99DC05/26/20
23Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel01/08/20
24Harleen HC$29.99DC02/05/20
25Matrix Comics 20Th Ann Dlx Ed HC Pod Cvr (C: 0-1-0)$39.99Burlyman11/27/19

Reorders placed between July 8-14, 2020

• Top reordered July-shipping comic book:
Batman #92 (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Great Responsibility (Marvel)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Hellblazer by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC (DC)

The pandemic-postponed Batman #92 finally released from Diamond, presumably giving DC one of its last leads in the reorder column in advance of the publisher's departure.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Hellblazer by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC$150.00DC05/19/20
2Silver Surfer Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel06/17/20
3Annihilation Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00Marvel12/04/19
4Batman #92$3.99DC06/10/20
5Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel01/08/20
6Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$100.00Marvel02/12/20
7Wonder Woman The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 4$150.00DC03/18/20
8Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 1 Remastered Ed$49.99Image05/16/18
9 Neil Gaiman Library Edition HC $49.99Dark Horse06/17/20
10Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Great Responsibility TPB$39.99MarvelBacklist
11Silver Surfer Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Ribic Dm Var New Ptg$100.00Marvel06/17/20
12Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 2 Transcendentalism$49.99Image12/13/17
13Batman #92 Card Stock Artgerm Var Ed$4.99DC06/10/20
14Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00DC12/06/17
15Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Cho Var$125.00Marvel05/22/19
16Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
17House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
18Oz Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
19Detective Comics #1022$3.99DC06/03/20
20Astonishing X-Men Whedon Cassaday Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel06/03/20
21Amazing Mary Jane #1 Blank Var$3.99Marvel10/23/19
22Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
23Joker 80 Years of the Clown Prince of Crime HC$29.99DC06/03/20
24Squadron Supreme Classic Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
25Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00DCBacklist

Reorders placed between July 15-21, 2020

• Top reordered July-shipping comic book:
Batman #92 (DC)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Squadron Supreme Classic Omnibus HC (Publisher)

It was an all-hardcover reorder chart, with the exception of the two Batman issues for the month. It was the third week in a row that some version of Batman #92 was the top comic book.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Squadron Supreme Classic Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
2Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
3Captain America Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
4Parker Martini Ed HC Slipcase Vol. 1$99.99IDW06/10/20
5Stan Lee Marvel Treasury Edition Slipcase HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
6Guardians of Galaxy by Abnett and Lanning Omnibus HC$100.00MarvelBacklist
7X-Men Adamantium Collection HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
8Daredevil by Frank Miller Omnibus Companion HC New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
9Batman #92$3.99DC06/10/20
10Avengers Vibranium Collection Slipcase HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
11Infinite Crisis Omnibus HC New Ed$150.00DC06/10/20
12Avengers by John Byrne Omnibus HC$100.00MarvelBacklist
13Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
14Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus HC New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
15Astonishing X-Men Whedon Cassaday Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel06/03/20
16Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 3$49.99Image05/27/20
17 DCeased HC$29.99DC11/20/19
18James Bond Comp Warren Ellis Omnibus HC$39.99Dynamite06/10/20
19Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 2 Transcendentalism$49.99Image12/13/17
20Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 1 Remastered Ed$49.99Image05/16/18
21Marvels Platinum Edition Slipcase HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
22Oz Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
23Detective Comics #1022$3.99DC06/03/20
24Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 1$49.99Dark Horse02/27/19
25Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 3$49.99Dark Horse10/23/19

Reorders placed between July 22-28, 2020

• Top reordered July-shipping comic book:
Mercy #3 Cvr A Andolfo (Image)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1 (Marvel)

Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #3 was the top comic book on a list where all the other periodicals were DC issues. Otherwise, hardcovers again ruled the chart, with no trade paperbacks ranking whatsoever.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
2King Size Kirby Slipcase HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
3Oz Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
4Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
5Mirka Andolfo Mercy #3 Cvr A Andolfo$3.99Image06/24/20
6 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 $9.99DC06/10/20
7Captain America 75th Anniv Vibranium Collection HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
8Squadron Supreme Classic Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
9Ultimate Marvel Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99MarvelBacklist
10Dark Nights Death Metal #1$4.99DC06/17/20
11Guardians of Galaxy Solo Classic Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
12Star Wars Droids and Ewoks Omnibus HC Droids Cvr$75.00MarvelBacklist
13Guardians of Galaxy by Abnett and Lanning Omnibus HC$100.00MarvelBacklist
14Muppets Omnibus HC Langridge Cvr$59.99MarvelBacklist
15Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1$9.99DC06/03/20
16Muppet Babies Omnibus HC$75.00MarvelBacklist
17 Critical Role HC Vol. 1 Chronicles of Exandria Mighty Nein $44.99Dark Horse06/10/20
18Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1980S Stanley La$9.99DC06/03/20
19Marvel Legacy of Jack Kirby Slipcase HC$49.99MarvelBacklist
20House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
21Deadpool Minibus HC New Ptg$59.99MarvelBacklist
22 Catwoman 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1960S J Scott Ca $9.99DC06/03/20
23Strange Adventures #2$4.99DCBacklist
24Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus HC New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
25Joker 80 Years of the Clown Prince of Crime HC$29.99DC06/03/20

Reorders placed between July 29-July 5, 2020

• Top reordered July-shipping comic book:
Dark Nights Death Metal #1 (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Great Power (Marvel)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Cho Var (Marvel)

July ended with two Spider-Man books leading in the graphic novel categories.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Cho Var$125.00Marvel05/22/19
2Morbius Living Vampire Omnibus HC$100.00Marvel06/24/20
3Dark Nights Death Metal #1$4.99DC06/17/20
4Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 5$49.99Dark Horse07/01/20
5Deadpool Classic Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
6Captain America Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
7Batman #93$3.99DC06/24/20
8Negan Lives #1$4.99Image07/01/20
9Secret Wars HC$50.00MarvelBacklist
10Oz Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
11Morbius Living Vampire Omnibus HC Dm Var$100.00Marvel06/24/20
12New X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
13King Size Kirby Slipcase HC$200.00MarvelBacklist
14Amazing Fantasy Omnibus HC New Ptg$75.00Marvel06/24/20
15Superman Batman Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00DC05/26/20
16Batman #93 Card Stock Francesco Mattina Var Ed$4.99DC06/24/20
17 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 $9.99DC06/10/20
18Hellblazer by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC$150.00DC05/19/20
19Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus HC New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
20Guardians of Galaxy by Abnett and Lanning Omnibus HC$100.00MarvelBacklist
21Doomsday Clock HC Part 1$24.99DC10/02/19
22Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection TPB Great Power New Ptg Dm$34.99Marvel03/25/20
23House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
24Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
25Squadron Supreme Classic Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist