Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekend Headlines - DC & Marvel Split December Sales; 2017 Officially First Down

It's official. Direct Market comic book sales fell year-to-year for the first time since 2011, with 2017 finishing up about 10% off from 2016.

According to figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, DC Comics led the Direct Market in dollar share, powered by the two best-selling comic books of the month - Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock #2 and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal #4 - and four other Top 10 titles.

Marvel Comics, which released the other four Top 10 titles including Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Yu's Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 (ranked #3), led the Direct Market in unit share. 

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 8 from Image Comics was December's best-selling graphic novel.

Sales of comic books and graphic novels in December were down 14.57% in dollars and 23.23% in units versus December 2016. That finalized the first year-to-year decline in sales since 2011, with 2017 finishing up down 10.09% in dollars and 9.86% in units against 2016.
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK  DESCRIPTION  PRICE  VENDOR

1  DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2 $4.99  DC

2 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #4 $3.99 DC

3 PHOENIXRESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1 $4.99 MAR

4 BATMAN #36 $2.99 DC

5 BATMAN #37 $2.99 DC

6 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #3 $3.99 DC


7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1 $4.99 MAR

8 MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #1 $3.99 MAR


9 HAWKMAN FOUND #1 $3.99 DC


10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 $3.99 MAR


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
VENDOR
1
SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)
$14.99
IMA
2
BATMAN VOL. 4: THE WAR OF JOKES & RIDDLES TP
$19.99
DC
3
STAR WARS VOL. 6: OUT AMONG THE STARS TP
$19.99
MAR
4
BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 4: DEUS EX MACHINA TP
$16.99
DC
5
BLACK HAMMER VOL. 2: THE EVENT TP
$19.99
DAR
6
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD TP
$24.99
DC
7
SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER TP (MR)
$16.99
IMA
8
DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 6 TP (MR)
$16.99
IMA
9
VENOMVERSE TP
$15.99
MAR
10
RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 6 TP (MR)
$19.99
ONI