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Top Ten Comic Books For October 2016

Posted By: Matt McGloin
11/11/2016 - 2:45pm

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Diamond released numbers for the October comic book sales where Marvel Comics comes out on top; however, their heavily publicized Champions fails to take the number one spot, with BOOM! Studios' Big Trouble In Little China/Escape From New York edging it out. It should be noted both titles don't really represent what was sold in comic book stores as the numbers are artificially inflated due to geek box sales, school book clubs and/or sales outside comic shops. You can expect both titles' numbers for next month to be enormously down.

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DiamondAnnounces Top Products For October 2016

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (November 11, 2016) — The Marvel universe's teenaged heroes form their own super-team in the wake of Civil War II in Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos' Champions #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of October 2016 in terms of dollars invoiced, while BOOM! Studios' Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1, a crossover between two classic John Carpenter films starring Kurt Russell, was October's best-selling comic book by units sold, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was October's top publisher with a 35.89% dollar share and a 36.58% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month's number two publisher with a 30.70% dollar share and a 34.76% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 9.45% dollar share and an 8.83% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.70% dollar share and a 3.44% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.47% dollar share and 2.27% units share.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten unit rankings including Champions #1 at #2, Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez, and Alvaro Lopez's Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1 at #3; Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's Civil War II #6 at #7; and Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca's Darth Vader #25, the concluding issue of the series, at #8. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten, led by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson's Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6 at #4, followed by Batman #8 at #5, Batman #9 at #6, and Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.'s All-Star Batman #3 at #9. Rounding out the top ten, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #159 from Image Comics ranked #10 for the month. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse #1 was their top book at #73, and IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2 was their top book at #130.

Published to coincide with the debut of the new Champions team, Marvel's Champions: No Time For Losers, a collection of classic 1970s Champions tales, was October's best-selling graphic novel. Marvel had a total of four books among the top ten including Ryan North and Erica Henderson's original graphic novel, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe at #6; Doctor Strange: Flight of Bones at #7; and the adult coloring book, Color Your Own Star Wars, at #8. Image Comics had five titles at the top ten, led by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked and the Divine Volume 4: Rising Action at #2, followed by East of West Volume 6 at #3, Tokyo Ghost Volume 2 at #4, Low Volume 3: Shore of the Dying Light at #5, and Trees Volume 2 at #9. Rounding out the top ten, DC Entertainment's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Book & Mask Set ranked #10.

Dark Horse Comics' Serenity Adult Coloring Book, an adult coloring book based on the fan-favorite Joss Whedon television series and movie, was October's best-selling book. In total, Dark Horse Comics had five titles in the top ten, including Chuck Palahniuik's Bait: Off-Color Stories For You to Color at #2, Avatar: The Last Airbender Adult Coloring Book at #5, and The Art of Fire Emblem: Awakening at #6. Dynamite Entertainment's The Art of Atari, an art book that looks back at the classic video game system, ranked #3. Image Comics' The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes Adult Coloring Book ranked #4 for the month. Also among the top ten, BOOM! Studios' Mouse Guard Coloring Book ranked #8.

DC Collectibles' Batman: The Animated Series: Deluxe Batmobile was October's best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer's three products among the top ten. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the month's top ten, led by the Marvel Premium Collection: Spider-Gwen Statue at #6.

WizKids/NECA's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HeroClix: Heroes in a Half Shell was October's best-selling game product. IDW Publishing had two products among the top ten -- the Back to the Future: Outatime Dice Game at #3 and Bed Wed Dead: A Game of Dirty Decisions Card Game at #6.


TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.89%

36.58%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.70%

34.76%

IMAGE COMICS

9.45%

8.83%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.70%

3.44%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.47%

2.27%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.85%

5.55%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.00%

1.54%

TITAN COMICS

1.23%

1.13%

VIZ MEDIA

0.88%

0.29%

ONI PRESS

0.81%

0.58%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.00%

5.02%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

OCTOBER 2016 VS. SEPTEMBER 2016

COMICS

18.42%

18.38%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.01%

-9.67%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.69%

16.23%

TOYS

-1.07%

-26.26%

OCTOBER 2016 VS. OCTOBER 2015

COMICS

5.74%

13.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.40%

-5.82%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.09%

12.23%

TOYS

-15.81%

-23.92%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

3.59%

2.86%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-0.01%

-1.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.48%

2.52%

TOYS

-5.05%

-7.94%

 

 


NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

89

39

0

128

DC ENTERTAINMENT

88

32

1

121

IMAGE COMICS

58

22

1

81

IDW PUBLISHING

44

31

0

75

DARK HORSE COMICS

25

21

0

46

BOOM! STUDIOS

28

10

0

38

TITAN COMICS

26

2

4

32

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

23

7

0

30

ONI PRESS

13

4

0

17

VIZ MEDIA

0

17

0

17

OTHER NON-TOP 10

134

160

19

313

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1

$3.99

AUG161297-M

BOO

2

CHAMPIONS #1

$4.99

AUG160733-M

MAR

3

DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1

$3.99

AUG160798-M

MAR

4

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #6

$5.99

JUN160290-M

DC

5

BATMAN #8

$2.99

AUG160197-M

DC

6

BATMAN #9

$2.99

AUG160203-M

DC

7

CIVIL WAR II #6

$4.99

JUL160889-M

MAR

8

DARTH VADER #25

$5.99

JUN160929-M

MAR

9

ALL-STAR BATMAN #3 [*]

$4.99

AUG160186-M

DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #159 (MR)

$2.99

AUG160675-M

IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CHAMPIONS: NO TIME FOR LOSERS #1

$7.99

AUG160750

MAR

2

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 4: RISING ACTION TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL160868

IMA

3

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 6 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL160823

IMA

4

TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL160853

IMA

5

LOW VOLUME 3: SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT TP (MR)

$14.99

MAY160689

IMA

6

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL BEATS UP THE MARVEL UNIVERSE HC

$24.99

JUN160947

MAR

7

DOCTOR STRANGE: FLIGHT OF BONES TP

$24.99

JUL161070

MAR

8

COLOR YOUR OWN STAR WARS TP

$9.99

JUL161075

MAR

9

TREES VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$12.99

NOV150698

IMA

10

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BOOK & MASK SET

$39.99

APR160376

DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SERENITY ADULT COLORING BOOK TP

$14.99

JUL160124

DAR

2

BAIT: OFF-COLOR STORIES FOR YOU TO COLOR HC

$19.99

AUG160017

DAR

3

THE ART OF ATARI HC

$39.99

JUL161467

DE

4

THE WALKING DEAD: RICK GRIMES ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)

$14.99

JUL160872

IMA

5

AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER ADULT COLORING BOOK TP

$14.99

JUL160111

DAR

6

THE ART OF FIRE EMBLEM: AWAKENING HC

$39.99

APR160139

DAR

7

DC COMICS ENCYCLOPEDIA UPDATED HC

$40.00

AUG162215

DK

8

MOUSE GUARD COLORING BOOK

$14.99

JUN161233

BOO

9

DC SUPER HEROES: BIG BOOK OF GIRL POWER HC

$16.99

JUN162064

POC

10

DC SUPER HEROES: BIG BOOK OF SUPERPOWERS HC

$16.99

JUN162065

POC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: DELUXE BATMOBILE

FEB160290

DC

2

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK BETWEEN WORLDS: LINK FIGMA DX

NOV158470

GOO

3

MARVEL: SPIDER-GWEN BISHOUJO STATUE

MAR162521

KOT

4

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: JUSTICE LEAGUE FIGURE 7-PACK BOX SET

NOV138235

DC

5

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK BETWEEN WORLDS LINK FIGMA

NOV158469

GOO

6

MARVEL PREMIUM COLLECTION: SPIDER-GWEN STATUE

APR162612

DST

7

MARVEL GALLERY: DEADPOOL PVC FIGURE

JUN162394

DST

8

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: C-3PO & R2-D2 WITH BB-8 ARTFX+ STATUE 3-PACK

DEC152336

KOT

9

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMAN & ROBIN WITH BATSIGNAL 2-PACK

JUN160386

DC

10

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: SUPERMAN MAF EX FIGURE

NOV158137

MED

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX: HEROES IN A HALF SHELL

AUG163181

NEC

2

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KALADESH BOOSTER PACKS

AUG163175

WIZ

3

BACK TO THE FUTURE: OUTATIME DICE GAME

MAR160336

IDW

4

GAME OF THRONES RISK

JUN152759

USA

5

GAME OF THRONES MONOPOLY

APR152735

USA

6

BED WED DEAD: A GAME OF DIRTY DECISIONS CARD GAME

JUN160573

IDW

7

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KALADESH BUNDLE PACK

AUG163176

WIZ

8

MARVEL HEROCLIX: NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD BOOSTER BRICK

MAY152783

NEC

9

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX: HEROES IN A HALF SHELL FAST FORCES 6-PACK

AUG163182

NEC

10

ARCANE ACADEMY CARD GAME

JUN160572

IDW


 

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