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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 JULY)

around $296.09 Million

(down 2% 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.

July opened the second half of the year strongly, thanks to Batman #50's July 4 midnight release, a new Amazing Spider-Man #1, and the surprise-shipped Die! Die! Die! #1 from Image. (The latter does not appear below, because its 80,000-or-so initial copies were sent to retailers for free.) Batman #50 and Catwoman #1 were later announced to be returnable, but those adjustments have not been made to the figures below.

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
3Amazing Spider-Man800$9.9905/30/18Marvel434,370
4Amazing Spider-Man1$5.9907/11/18Marvel289,102
5Amazing Spider-Man798$3.9904/04/18Marvel241,014
7Amazing Spider-Man799$3.9904/18/18Marvel204,602
8Justice League1$3.9906/06/18DC203,354
9Dark Nights Metal6$4.9903/28/18DC190,671
10Doomsday Clock3$4.9901/24/18DC172,696
11Captain America1$4.9907/04/18Marvel167,414
12Dark Nights Metal5$3.9901/31/18DC166,536
13Doomsday Clock4$4.9903/28/18DC157,870
14Magic Order1*†$3.9906/13/18Image157,731
15Doomsday Clock5$4.9905/30/18DC152,259
16Amazing Spider-Man797$3.9903/07/18Marvel143,958
17Hunt For Wolverine1$5.9904/25/18Marvel143,274
19Tony Stark Iron Man1$4.9906/20/18Marvel137,349
20Doomsday Clock6$4.9907/25/18DC135,155
22Black Panther1$4.9905/23/18Marvel129,098
25Amazing Spider-Man801$3.9906/20/18Marvel122,256
27Amazing Spider-Man2$3.9907/25/18Marvel113,944
34Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt1$4.9902/14/18DC102,301
36X-Men Red1$4.9902/07/18Marvel101,132
38Weapon H1$4.9903/21/18Marvel100,084
40Mighty Thor705$3.9903/21/18Marvel96,188
42Infinity Countdown1$4.9903/07/18Marvel95,137
48Cosmic Ghost Rider1$3.9907/04/18Marvel92,327
50Justice League2$3.9906/20/18DC89,213
51Justice League No Justice1$3.9905/09/18DC89,119
52X-Men Gold30$4.9906/20/18Marvel88,238
53True Believers Venom Vs. Spider-Man1$1.0003/07/18Marvel88,010
55Oblivion Song By Kirkman & De Felici1$3.9903/07/18Image85,135
56Immortal Hulk1$4.9906/06/18Marvel84,153
57Walking Dead175$3.9901/03/18Image82,361
58Amazing Spider-Man796$3.9902/21/18Marvel82,147
59Justice League3$3.9907/04/18DC80,669
60Action Comics1001$3.9907/25/18DC79,327
61Man of Steel1*$3.9905/30/18DC78,942
62Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man300$5.9902/28/18Marvel77,841
63Captain America700$5.9904/11/18Marvel77,776
64Batman White Knight4$3.9901/03/18DC77,571
65Walking Dead176$3.9902/07/18Image77,407
66Batman White Knight5$3.9902/07/18DC77,373
68Justice League4$3.9907/18/18DC77,023
69Batman White Knight6$3.9903/07/18DC76,157
70Amazing Spider-Man795$3.9902/07/18Marvel75,488
71Walking Dead177$3.9903/07/18Image74,828
72Life of Captain Marvel1$4.9907/18/18Marvel74,298
73Walking Dead178$3.9904/04/18Image73,978
74Batman White Knight7$3.9904/04/18DC73,964
75Walking Dead179$3.9905/02/18Image73,744
76Batman White Knight8$4.9905/09/18DC73,616
77Justice League No Justice2$3.9905/16/18DC71,966
78Mr. and Mrs. X1$3.9907/25/18Marvel71,396
79Walking Dead180$3.9906/06/18Image71,196
80Justice League No Justice4$3.9905/30/18DC70,186
81Justice League No Justice3$3.9905/23/18DC69,990
82Amazing Spider-Man794$3.9901/24/18Marvel69,533
83Man of Steel2*$3.9906/06/18DC69,174
84Infinity Countdown2$4.9904/18/18Marvel68,951
85Teen Titans20$3.9907/25/18DC67,978
86Walking Dead181$3.9907/04/18Image67,681
87Infinity Wars Prime1$4.9907/25/18Marvel67,175
90Man of Steel3*$3.9906/13/18DC66,550
91Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Omega1$4.9901/17/18Marvel64,243
92Man of Steel4*$3.9906/20/18DC63,565
94Man of Steel5*$3.9906/27/18DC62,468
95Batman and the Signal1$3.9901/03/18DC62,394
97Star Wars50$5.9907/04/18Marvel61,832
98Batman Prelude to the Wedding Harley Vs. Joker1$3.9906/27/18DC61,458
99Man of Steel6*$3.9907/04/18DC61,248
100Justice League Dark1$3.9907/25/18DC60,318


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

Infinity Gauntlet, drafting off the Avengers movie, is the year's bestselling graphic novel to date. 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$24.99Marvel25,081
2Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99DC19,841
3Walking Dead Vol. 29 Lines We Cross$16.99Image16,982
4Star Wars Tag & Bink Were Here #1$7.99Marvel16,656
5Paper Girls Vol. 4$14.99Image12,855
6Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image12,738
7Saga Vol. 8$14.99Image12,361
8Green Lantern Earth One HC Vol. 1$24.99DC12,098
9Dark Nights Metal Deluxe Ed HC$29.99DC11,926
10Dark Nights Metal Dark Nights Rising HC$29.99DC9,690
11Paper Girls Vol. 1$9.99Image9,053
12Batman Vol. 5 Rules of Engagement Rebirth$16.99DC7,034
13Saga Vol. 2$14.99Image6,736
14Saga Vol. 7$14.99Image6,358
15Dark Nights Metal The Resistance$24.99DC6,270
16Infinity War$29.99Marvel6,208
17Dark Days The Road to Metal HC$29.99DC6,146
18Thanos Infinity Siblings HC$24.99Marvel6,133
19Snotgirl Vol. 2 California Screaming$15.99Image5,992
20Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 2 Legacys End$17.99Marvel5,846
21Monstress Vol. 1$9.99Image5,826
22Black Panther Book 1 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99Marvel5,516
23Thanos Wins By Donny Cates$19.99Marvel5,437
24Batman Vol. 6 Bride or Burglar$16.99DC5,400
25Where We Live Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology$19.99Image5,256
26Saga Vol. 3$14.99Image5,248
27Kill or Be Killed Vol. 3$16.99Image5,181
28Saga Vol. 6$14.99Image5,127
30Paper Girls Vol. 2$12.99Image5,056
31Paper Girls Vol. 3$12.99Image5,031
32Saga Vol. 4$14.99Image4,988
33Saga Vol. 5$14.99Image4,912
34Black Monday Murders Vol. 2$16.99Image4,771
35Snotgirl Vol. 1 Green Hair Dont Care$9.99Image4,335
36X-Men Grand Design$29.99Marvel4,279
37Super Sons Vol. 2 Planet of the Capes Rebirth$14.99DC4,210
38Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan$15.99Marvel4,163
39Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey$17.99Marvel4,070
40Star Wars Vol. 7 Ashes of Jedha$17.99Marvel4,063
41Flash Vol. 5 Negative Rebirth$14.99DC3,996
42Southern Bastards Vol. 4 Gut Check$16.99Image3,913
43Neil Gaiman Study In Emerald HC$17.99Dark Horse3,804
44Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC3,756
45Batman Detective Vol. 5 Lonely Place of Living Rebirth$16.99DC3,705
46Punisher Platoon$17.99Marvel3,609
47Monstress Vol. 2$16.99Image3,585
48Head Lopper Vol. 2 Crimson Tower$16.99Image3,583
49Deadly Class Vol. 1 Reagan Youth$9.99Image3,578
50Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse3,527
51Batman Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99DC3,424
52Realm Vol. 1$9.99Image3,377
53Flash Vol. 6 Cold Day In Hell Rebirth$16.99DC3,373
54Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc$19.99Marvel3,363
55Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99Marvel3,339
56Black Science Vol. 7 Extinction Is The Rule$16.99Image3,287
57Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe$14.99Marvel3,286
58Wicked & Divine Vol. 1 The Faust Act$9.99Image3,277
60Sandman Vol. 1 Preludes & Nocturnes$19.99DC3,241
61Batman Detective Comics Vol. 6 Fall of the Batmen Rebirth$19.99DC3,219
62My Hero Academia Vol. 1$9.99Viz3,172
63Rick & Morty Vol. 1$19.99Oni3,117
64Invincible Vol. 25 End of All Things Part 2$16.99Image3,037
66Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham$16.99DC3,010
67Puerto Rico Strong Sc$12.99Lion Forge2,982
68Wonder Woman Vol. 5 Heart of the Amazon Rebirth$16.99DC2,904
69Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$14.99Image2,901
70I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1 Madly Ever After$9.99Image2,885
71Batman Hush Complete$24.99DC2,864
72Marvels Avengers Infinity War Prelude$15.99Marvel2,857
73Ricanstruction Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico$19.99Somos Arte2,833
74Aliens Dead Orbit$17.99Dark Horse2,830
75Black Panther Long Live The King Mpgn$14.99Marvel2,826
76Black Magick Vol. 2 Awakening II$16.99Image2,824
77Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool$16.99Marvel2,789
78Despicable Deadpool Vol. 1 Deadpool Kills Cable$17.99Marvel2,774
79Seven to Eternity Vol. 1$9.99Image2,729
80Harley Quinn Vol. 4 Surprise Surprise$16.99DC2,727
81Port of Earth Vol. 1$9.99Image2,704
82Superman Vol. 5 Hopes and Fears Rebirth$16.99DC2,678
83Moonstruck Vol. 1$9.99Image2,668
84Flash Vol. 1 Lightning Strikes Twice$17.99DC2,666
86Supergirl Being Super$16.99DC2,634
87Runaways By Rainbow Rowell Vol. 1 Find Your Way Home$17.99Marvel2,632
88Descender Vol. 1 Tin Stars$9.99Image2,580
89Hellboy Complete Short Stories Vol. 1$24.99Dark Horse2,567
90Justice League Vol. 5 Legacy Rebirth$16.99DC2,560
91Batman & Harley Quinn HC$24.99DC2,557
92Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 3 Bizarro Reborn Rebirth$19.99DC2,549
93Sherlock Frankenstein Legion of Evil From Black Hammer$17.99Dark Horse2,542
94Star Wars Darth Vader Vol. 1 Vader$19.99Marvel2,515
95Rick & Morty Vol. 7$19.99Oni2,505
96Annihilation Vol. 1 Complete Collection$34.99Marvel2,488
97Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 2 Strange Places$24.99Dark Horse2,466
98Rick & Morty Pocket Like You Stole It$19.99Oni2,465
99Super Sons of Tomorrow Rebirth$14.99DC2,461
100Star Wars Doctor Aphra Vol. 3 Remastered$17.99Marvel2,459

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




Click to see the year's Reorders and Advance Reorders.