Diamond Announces Top Products For April 2017

Steve Rogers unleashes his plan for Hydra domination of the Earth in Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, and Rod Reis’ Secret Empire #0 from Marvel Comics, the first chapter of Marvel’s summer crossover event and April’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher with a 34.95% dollar share and a 38.23% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in April with a 30.49% dollar share and a 34.34% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.54% dollar share and a 9.86% unit share. In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 4.46% dollar share and a 3.06% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.63% dollar share and a 2.95% unit share.

Marvel Comics had five titles in March’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #0, Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf’s X-Men Gold #1 ranked #3, Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina’s X-Men Blue #1 ranked #4, Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #30 ranked #8, and Greg Pak and Greg Land’s Weapon X #1 ranked #9.

Also dominating the sales charts was DC Entertainment’s Batman #21 lenticular and regular format issues from Tom King and Jason Fabok, the first chapter of “The Button,” a four-part storyline that unites The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive as they explore the mystery behind an iconic blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. The lenticular edition of Batman #21 ranked #2; the lenticular edition of Joshua Willingham and Howard Porter’s The Flash #21, the second chapter of “The Button,” ranked #5; King and David Finch’s Batman #20, the finale of “I Am Bane,” ranked #6; and the regular edition of King and Fabok’s Batman #21 ranked #7. The non-lenticular edition of The Flash #21 fell just outside April’s top 10 at #11.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #166 from Image Comics ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #2 ranked #66 for the publisher’s top book, and Star Trek/Green Lantern Volume 2 #5 was IDW Publishing’s top-ranked book for April at #158.

Batman leads a team into Santa Prisca to find Bane in Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman Volume 2: I Am Suicide from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel of April. In total, DC Entertainment had six titles in the top ten including Superman Volume 2: Trials of the Super Son at #4, Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.’s All-Star Batman Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy at #5, Batman Volume 10: Epilogue at #7, Justice League Volume 2: Outbreak at #8, and Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 1: Dark Trinity at #10. Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni’s original graphic novel Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea ranked #2 and was one of Dark Horse Comics’ two titles among the top ten; also in the top ten from the publisher was Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 9 at #9. Image Comics rounded out the top ten with two volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga: Saga Volume 7 ranked #3 and the Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 2 hardcover ranked #6.

Hachette’s Wonder Woman: Talking Figure and Illustrated Book Kit was April’s best-selling book. Dynamite Entertainment’s Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art ranked #2. Kodansha Comics’ Attack on Titan Adventure, a Choose Your Own Adventure-style book, ranked #5. Dark Horse Comics had two artbooks in the top ten: The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts ranked #6 and The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia ranked #7.

Medicom’s Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn MAF EX Figure, an action figure based on Margot Robbie’s performance in the Suicide Squad film, was April’s best-selling toy. DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten: the Harley Quinn: Red White and Black Statue by Jim Lee at #2, the DC Icons: Wonder Woman Action Figure at #3, the DC Comics Bombshells: Raven Statue at #4, the Harley Quinn: Red White and Black Injustice 2 Statue at #7, the DC Icons: Deathstroke Action Figure at #8, and the DC Designer Series: Starfire by Amanda Conner Statue at #9. Diamond Select Toys’ best-selling product in April was the perennial best-selling Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #13.

Wizard of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering TCG: Shadows over Innistrad Booster Packs were April’s best-selling game product. IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #5. Also of note, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (Second Edition) ranked #6 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.95%

38.23%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.49%

34.34%

IMAGE COMICS

10.54%

9.86%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.46%

3.06%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.63%

2.95%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.27%

1.95%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.44%

1.60%

VIZ MEDIA

1.30%

0.48%

TITAN COMICS

1.30%

1.20%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.90%

0.79%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.73%

5.55%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2017 VS. MARCH 2017

COMICS

-9.47%

-5.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.77%

-6.00%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-9.87%

-5.36%

TOYS

-45.50%

-39.17%

APRIL 2017 VS. APRIL 2016

COMICS

-11.28%

-4.66%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-17.18%

-15.47%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-13.18%

-5.62%

TOYS

-20.01%

-21.08%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS

-2.53%

6.89%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-12.41%

-14.02%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.74%

5.04%

TOYS

-6.38%

-5.57%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

93

41

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

78

33

1

112

IMAGE COMICS

57

11

1

69

IDW PUBLISHING

47

15

0

62

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

21

0

41

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

26

12

0

38

VIZ MEDIA

0

30

0

30

TITAN COMICS

23

2

1

26

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

15

6

0

21

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

12

3

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

108

112

31

251

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1 SECRET EMPIRE #0

$4.99

FEB170758-M MAR
2 BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)

$3.99

NOV169200 DC
3 X-MEN GOLD #1

$4.99

FEB170777-M MAR
4 X-MEN BLUE #1

$4.99

FEB170767-M MAR
5 THE FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)

$3.99

NOV169204 DC
6 BATMAN #20

$2.99

FEB170191-M DC
7 BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON)

$2.99

NOV169198-M DC
8 STAR WARS #30

$3.99

FEB170955-M MAR
9 WEAPON X #1

$3.99

FEB170790-M MAR
10 THE WALKING DEAD #166 (MR)

$2.99

FEB170686 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1 BATMAN VOLUME 2: I AM SUICIDE TP

$16.99

JAN170376 DC
2 HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA HC

$14.99

DEC160056 DAR
3 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN170850 IMA
4 SUPERMAN VOL. 2: TRIALS OF THE SUPER SON TP

$16.99

JAN170383 DC
5 ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY HC

$24.99

JAN170374 DC
6 SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 2 HC (MR)

$49.99

FEB170708 IMA
7 BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE TP

$16.99

JAN170385 DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 2: OUTBREAK TP

$16.99

JAN170380 DC
9 AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 15 TP

$10.99

DEC160088 DAR
10 RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS VOL. 1: DARK TRINITY TP

$16.99

JAN170381 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1 WONDER WOMAN TALKING FIGURE & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT

$12.95

FEB172203 HAC
2 MASTERS OF SPANISH COMIC BOOK ART HC

$39.99

NOV161453 DE
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 116 SC

$14.95

JAN172333 SAN
4 STAR WARS BIG GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE

$10.99

FEB172246 RAN
5 ATTACK ON TITAN ADVENTURE SC

$10.99

DEC161774 KOT
6 LEGEND OF ZELDA: ART & ARTIFACTS HC

$39.99

JUL168360 DAR
7 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR
8 TOKYO GHOUL: PAST SC NOVEL

$12.99

FEB172098 VIZ
9 STAR TREK: CATS HC

$14.95

FEB172242 CHR
10 STAR WARS: CLASSIC STICKER BOOK SC

$12.95

FEB172243 ABR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1 SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN PX MAF EX AUG162979 MED
2 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JIM LEE SEP160380 DC
3 DC ICONS: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE OCT160343 DC
4 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: RAVEN STATUE OCT160332 DC
5 POP! MARVEL: BLADE VINYL FIGURE JUL168820 FUN
6 STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 40TH-ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH FIGURES JAN178152 HAS
7 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE: INJUSTICE 2 OCT160338 DC
8 DC ICONS: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE OCT160344 DC
9 DC DESIGNER SERIES: STARFIRE BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE SEP160381 DC
10 POWER RANGERS LEGACY 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV169036 BAN

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERS FEB162979 WIZ
2 PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: BEGINNER BOX NEW EDITION SEP138188 PAI
3 MARVEL HEROCLIX: MERCS FOR MONEY FAST FORCES 6-PACK NOV162999 NEC
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY OCT168616 NEC
5 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
6 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO
7 TRIVIAL PURSUIT: STAR WARS GAME OCT168253 HAS
8 YU-GI-OH! DUELIST SAGA FEB173203 KON
9 DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD BOOSTER BRICK JUL163367 NEC
10 SUPERNATURAL TRIVIAL PURSUIT FEB173217 USA

How does Diamond calculate the charts?

It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The category tables in this press release are ranked by units sold by Diamond to its accounts for the comic books, graphic novels, and books categories and by the dollars invoiced by Diamond for the toys and games categories.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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