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2018 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

OVERALL North American Dollar Sales for Diamond's Comics,
Graphic Novels, and Magazines for the year (through JUNE)

around $251.45 Million

(down 4% year-over-year)

A fifth shipping week in January helped the month to the smallest year-to-year decline in Direct Market sales seen since the previous spring, just under 2%. DC had a strong opening to the year, with dollar sales up 15% over its total from the previous January, aided by the chart-topping Doomsday Clock #3 and Dark Nights Metal #5. No Doomsday Clock issue in February made for a slow month in comics shops. But whereas comics and graphic novels were equally responsible for 2017's overall shortfall, a lackluster graphic novel slate was the main culprit in February's decline, with periodicals nearly, but not quite, holding their own. Graphic novel sales continued to be weak in March, a month which further saw nearly 100 fewer comics release than the same month in the previous year — but the comics that did come out sold relatively better, including the finale issue of Dark Nights Metal. The first quarter finished down a little less than 9%.

April was a big month for the Direct Market, thanks to a comic book 80 years in the making: Action Comics #1000, which shipped with ten variant covers and had orders worldwide exceeding 500,000 copies; the North American first-month portion accounted for 450,000 copies. Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man #800 topped 410,000 copies in May, and at $9.99 it both helped the month beat the top month of 2017 — while also driving the average weighted cover price for comics up to $4.40 for a month. June didn't have the same huge landmark issues, though a new Justice League #1 did top 200,000 copies. While the month was unable to beat the second-best month of 2017, the quarter finished higher, ending a year-and-a-half run of quarterly declines.

Unit sales comparisons during the year are much distorted, due to Marvel's overships in January 2017 and Image's 25-cent anniversary issues, as well as the fact that the reported million-copy selling 25¢ book DC Nation #0 was not counted in Diamond's comparative charts.

The chart below projects Diamond's end-of-year sales by collating the known sales for each month. Since most titles do not reappear on the charts after their first month, it underestimates final orders for each title to some degree — but where reorders are known, those have been added to the first month's totals. Now that the Top 500 comics are being reported each month, odds are better that the below list will capture a greater portion of any given comics' sales; final, all-inclusive figures for the year will appear here in early 2019 when Diamond releases them.

The below captures everything reported through June. But there is reorder data for July that can be examined.

— John Jackson Miller

The chart below collates known information from Diamond's monthly charts for the year.
Items marked with asterisks [*] had their reported orders reduced by 10% due to returnability.
Items marked with daggers [†] received a large portion of their orders from outside the comic shop market.
The links lead to listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisherEst. units
1Action Comics1000$7.9904/18/18DC502,982
2Amazing Spider-Man800$9.9905/30/18Marvel434,370
3Amazing Spider-Man798$3.9904/04/18Marvel241,014
5Amazing Spider-Man799$3.9904/18/18Marvel204,602
6Justice League1$3.9906/06/18DC200,235
7Dark Nights Metal6$4.9903/28/18DC190,671
8Doomsday Clock3$4.9901/24/18DC171,859
9Dark Nights Metal5$3.9901/31/18DC166,536
10Doomsday Clock4$4.9903/28/18DC157,870
11Magic Order 1*†$3.9906/13/18Image157,731
12Doomsday Clock5$4.9905/30/18DC151,040
13Amazing Spider-Man797$3.9903/07/18Marvel143,958
14Hunt For Wolverine1$5.9904/25/18Marvel143,274
16Tony Stark Iron Man1$4.9906/20/18Marvel135,727
17Black Panther1$4.9905/23/18Marvel129,098
19Amazing Spider-Man801$3.9906/20/18Marvel122,256
26Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt1$4.9902/14/18DC102,301
28X-Men Red1$4.9902/07/18Marvel101,132
30Weapon H1$4.9903/21/18Marvel100,084
32Mighty Thor705$3.9903/21/18Marvel96,188
34Infinity Countdown1$4.9903/07/18Marvel95,137
40Justice League No Justice1$3.9905/09/18DC89,119
41X-Men Gold30$4.9906/20/18Marvel88,238
42True Believers Venom Vs. Spider-Man1$1.0003/07/18Marvel88,010
44Justice League2$3.9906/20/18DC86,001
45Oblivion Song By Kirkman & De Felici1$3.9903/07/18Image85,135
46Immortal Hulk1$4.9906/06/18Marvel84,153
47Walking Dead175$3.9901/03/18Image82,361
48Amazing Spider-Man796$3.9902/21/18Marvel82,147
49Man of Steel1*$3.9905/30/18DC78,942
50Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man300$5.9902/28/18Marvel77,841
51Captain America700$5.9904/11/18Marvel77,776
52Batman White Knight4$3.9901/03/18DC77,571
53Walking Dead176$3.9902/07/18Image77,407
54Batman White Knight5$3.9902/07/18DC77,373
55Batman White Knight6$3.9903/07/18DC76,157
56Amazing Spider-Man795$3.9902/07/18Marvel75,488
57Walking Dead177$3.9903/07/18Image74,828
58Walking Dead178$3.9904/04/18Image73,978
59Batman White Knight7$3.9904/04/18DC73,964
60Walking Dead179$3.9905/02/18Image73,744
61Batman White Knight8$4.9905/09/18DC73,616
63Justice League No Justice2$3.9905/16/18DC71,966
64Walking Dead180$3.9906/06/18Image71,196
65Justice League No Justice3$3.9905/23/18DC69,990
66Amazing Spider-Man794$3.9901/24/18Marvel69,533
67Justice League No Justice4$3.9905/30/18DC69,362
68Man of Steel2*$3.9906/06/18DC69,174
69Infinity Countdown2$4.9904/18/18Marvel68,951
72Man of Steel3*$3.9906/13/18DC66,550
73Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Omega1$4.9901/17/18Marvel64,243
74Man of Steel4*$3.9906/20/18DC63,565
76Man of Steel5*$3.9906/27/18DC62,468
77Batman and the Signal1$3.9901/03/18DC62,394
78Batman Prelude to the Wedding Harley Vs. Joker1$3.9906/27/18DC60,367
79Despicable Deadpool300$5.9905/09/18Marvel59,931
80Old Man Hawkeye1$3.9901/10/18Marvel59,672
83Star Wars46$3.9904/04/18Marvel59,335
84Infinity Countdown Prime1$4.9902/21/18Marvel59,220
85Infinity Countdown3$4.9905/02/18Marvel59,041
86Invincible Iron Man600$5.9905/23/18Marvel58,528
87X-Men Wedding Special1$4.9905/16/18Marvel58,272
88Mighty Thor706$3.9904/25/18Marvel57,558
90Batman Prelude to the Wedding Robin Vs. Ras Al Ghul1$3.9905/30/18DC57,410
92Star Wars41$3.9901/03/18Marvel56,545
93X-Men Red3$3.9904/11/18Marvel56,531
94Batman Prelude to the Wedding Nightwing Vs. Hush1$3.9906/06/18DC56,191
95Star Wars43$3.9902/07/18Marvel56,045
96Star Wars44$3.9903/07/18Marvel55,650
97Batman Prelude to the Wedding Batgirl Vs. Riddler1$3.9906/13/18DC55,533
98New Mutants Dead Souls1$3.9903/14/18Marvel54,350
100Star Wars42$3.9901/17/18Marvel53,710


2018 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

As with the comics estimates above, this collates the known data as reported in Diamond's monthly top-seller lists. It underestimates sales by any copies shipped in months when reorders did not make the charts.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
1Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel22,209
2Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99DC19,841
3Walking Dead Vol. 29 Lines We Cross$16.99Image16,724
4Star Wars Tag & Bink Were Here #1$7.99Marvel16,656
5Paper Girls Vol. 4$14.99Image12,114
6Green Lantern Earth One HC Vol. 1$24.99DC12,098
7Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image11,366
8Dark Nights Metal Deluxe Ed HC$29.99DC11,034
9Saga Vol. 8$14.99Image10,985
10Dark Nights Metal Dark Nights Rising HC$29.99DC8,248
11Paper Girls Vol. 1$9.99Image8,211
12Batman Vol. 5 Rules of Engagement Rebirth$16.99DC6,588
13Thanos Infinity Siblings HC$24.99Marvel6,133
14Saga Vol. 2$14.99Image5,943
15Monstress Vol. 1$9.99Image5,826
16Saga Vol. 7$14.99Image5,706
17Dark Nights Metal The Resistance$24.99DC5,622
18Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 2 Legacys End$17.99Marvel5,479
19Thanos Wins By Donny Cates$19.99Marvel5,437
20Snotgirl Vol. 2 California Screaming$15.99Image5,287
21Where We Live Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology$19.99Image5,256
22Dark Days The Road to Metal HC$29.99DC5,230
23Black Panther Book 1 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99Marvel5,121
24Kill or Be Killed Vol. 3$16.99Image4,974
25Infinity War$29.99Marvel4,943
26Saga Vol. 3$14.99Image4,762
27Paper Girls Vol. 3$12.99Image4,628
28Paper Girls Vol. 2$12.99Image4,601
29Saga Vol. 6$14.99Image4,581
30Saga Vol. 4$14.99Image4,562
31Black Monday Murders Vol. 2$16.99Image4,521
32Saga Vol. 5$14.99Image4,498
33X-Men Grand Design$29.99Marvel4,279
34Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan$15.99Marvel4,163
36Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey$17.99Marvel4,070
37Star Wars Vol. 7 Ashes of Jedha$17.99Marvel4,063
38Super Sons Vol. 2 Planet of the Capes Rebirth$14.99DC4,003
39Flash Vol. 5 Negative Rebirth$14.99DC3,996
40Snotgirl Vol. 1 Green Hair Dont Care$9.99Image3,794
41Batman Detective Vol. 5 Lonely Place of Living Rebirth$16.99DC3,705
42Punisher Platoon$17.99Marvel3,609
43Head Lopper Vol. 2 Crimson Tower$16.99Image3,583
44Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse3,527
45Southern Bastards Vol. 4 Gut Check$16.99Image3,513
46Realm Vol. 1$9.99Image3,377
47Black Science Vol. 7 Extinction Is The Rule$16.99Image3,287
48Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc$19.99Marvel3,127
49Neil Gaiman Study In Emerald HC$17.99Dark Horse3,097
50Flash Vol. 6 Cold Day In Hell Rebirth$16.99DC3,080
51Monstress Vol. 2$16.99Image3,073
52Invincible Vol. 25 End of All Things Part 2$16.99Image3,037
53Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC3,009
54Puerto Rico Strong Sc$12.99Lion Forge2,982
55Batman Detective Comics Vol. 6 Fall of the Batmen Rebirth$19.99DC2,980
56Batman Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99DC2,960
58Wonder Woman Vol. 5 Heart of the Amazon Rebirth$16.99DC2,904
59Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99Marvel2,902
60Marvels Avengers Infinity War Prelude$15.99Marvel2,857
61Deadly Class Vol. 1 Reagan Youth$9.99Image2,847
62Ricanstruction Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico$19.99Somos Arte2,833
63Aliens Dead Orbit$17.99Dark Horse2,830
64Black Panther Long Live The King Mpgn$14.99Marvel2,826
65Black Magick Vol. 2 Awakening II$16.99Image2,824
66Wicked & Divine Vol. 1 The Faust Act$9.99Image2,815
67Despicable Deadpool Vol. 1 Deadpool Kills Cable$17.99Marvel2,774
68Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe$14.99Marvel2,742
69Harley Quinn Vol. 4 Surprise Surprise$16.99DC2,727
70Port of Earth Vol. 1$9.99Image2,704
71Superman Vol. 5 Hopes and Fears Rebirth$16.99DC2,678
72Moonstruck Vol. 1$9.99Image2,668
73Rick & Morty Vol. 1$19.99Oni2,661
74My Hero Academia Vol. 1$9.99Viz2,635
75Runaways By Rainbow Rowell Vol. 1 Find Your Way Home$17.99Marvel2,632
76Descender Vol. 1 Tin Stars$9.99Image2,580
77Justice League Vol. 5 Legacy Rebirth$16.99DC2,560
78Batman & Harley Quinn HC$24.99DC2,557
79Sandman Vol. 1 Preludes & Nocturnes$19.99DC2,550
80Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 3 Bizarro Reborn Rebirth$19.99DC2,549
81Sherlock Frankenstein Legion of Evil From Black Hammer$17.99Dark Horse2,542
82Rick & Morty Vol. 7$19.99Oni2,505
83Annihilation Vol. 1 Complete Collection$34.99Marvel2,488
84Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$14.99Image2,488
86Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham$16.99DC2,474
87Rick & Morty Pocket Like You Stole It$19.99Oni2,465
88Super Sons of Tomorrow Rebirth$14.99DC2,461
89Seven to Eternity Vol. 1$9.99Image2,444
90DC Young Animal Milk Wars$19.99DC2,414
91Harley Quinn Vol. 5 Vote Harley Rebirth$16.99DC2,413
92Nightwing The New Order$16.99DC2,383
93All Star Batman Vol. 2 Ends of the Earth Rebirth$14.99DC2,382
95Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool$16.99Marvel2,373
96Lazarus X Plus 66$16.99Image2,370
97Nightwing Vol. 5 Raptors Revenge Rebirth$14.99DC2,356
98Spider-Man Deadpool Vol. 4 Serious Business$15.99Marvel2,326
99Black Panther Book 5 Avengers of New World Part 2$19.99Marvel2,324
100Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 4 Fracture$19.99DC2,301

My analyses of orders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found below. Covers for later months depict some of the top advance-reordered books for each month:

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September October November December