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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 FEBRUARY)

around $76 Million

(down 5% 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.

Unit sales comparisons early in the year are much distorted, due to Marvel's overships in January 2017 and Image's 25-cent anniversary issues.

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 February. But there is reorder data for March, April, and May that can be examined.

— John Jackson Miller

The chart below collates known information from Diamond's monthly charts for the year.
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
1Dark Nights Metal5$3.9901/31/18DC165,802
2Doomsday Clock3$4.9901/24/18DC165,565
4Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt1$4.9902/14/18DC101,373
5X-Men Red1$4.9902/07/18Marvel98,468
10Walking Dead175$3.9901/03/18Image82,361
11Walking Dead176$3.9902/07/18Image77,407
12Batman White Knight5$3.9902/07/18DC77,373
13Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man300$5.9902/28/18Marvel77,094
14Batman White Knight4$3.9901/03/18DC76,993
15Amazing Spider-Man Venom Inc Omega1$4.9901/17/18Marvel64,243
16Batman and the Signal1$3.9901/03/18DC62,394
17Old Man Hawkeye1$3.9901/10/18Marvel59,672
18Star Wars41$3.9901/03/18Marvel56,545
19Star Wars43$3.9902/07/18Marvel56,045
20Infinity Countdown Prime1$4.9902/21/18Marvel55,260
21Amazing Spider-Man796$3.9902/21/18Marvel55,138
22Amazing Spider-Man794$3.9901/24/18Marvel54,384
23Star Wars42$3.9901/17/18Marvel53,710
24Star Wars Darth Vader10$3.9901/10/18Marvel53,420
25Star Wars Darth Vader11$3.9902/14/18Marvel53,275
26Detective Comics973$2.9901/24/18DC53,024
27Amazing Spider-Man795$3.9902/07/18Marvel52,844
28Star Wars Thrawn1$4.9902/14/18Marvel52,295
29Detective Comics975$3.9902/28/18DC51,856
30Detective Comics972$2.9901/10/18DC51,694
31Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey2$3.9901/03/18Marvel51,318
32Detective Comics974$2.9902/14/18DC51,189
33Astonishing X-Men7$3.9901/03/18Marvel50,772
36Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey3$3.9901/10/18Marvel49,261
37Star Wars Darth Vader12$3.9902/28/18Marvel49,134
39Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey5$4.9901/31/18Marvel47,393
41Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey4$3.9901/24/18Marvel46,517
42Flash Annual1$4.9901/31/18DC46,357
44Justice League36$2.9901/03/18DC46,043
47Detective Comics Annual1$4.9901/31/18DC45,732
49Justice League38$2.9902/07/18DC45,314
50Justice League37$2.9901/17/18DC45,313
53Justice League39$2.9902/21/18DC44,148
54Amazing Spider-Man Annual42$4.9902/14/18Marvel43,935
55Action Comics998$2.9902/28/18DC43,810
57Action Comics997$2.9902/14/18DC43,509
58Mighty Thor703$3.9901/17/18Marvel42,866
60Guardians of the Galaxy150$4.9901/03/18Marvel42,521
61Star Wars Last Jedi DJ1$4.9901/31/18Marvel42,427
62Brave & The Bold Batman & Wonder Woman1$3.9902/21/18DC42,087
64Action Comics995$2.9901/10/18DC41,987
65Action Comics996$2.9901/24/18DC41,978
66Doctor Strange Damnation1$4.9902/21/18Marvel41,564
67Mighty Thor704$3.9902/21/18Marvel41,533
69Rise of Black Panther1$3.9901/03/18Marvel40,897
70X-Men Blue Annual1$4.9901/24/18Marvel40,014
71Rogue & Gambit1$3.9901/03/18Marvel39,840
75X-Men Gold21$3.9902/07/18Marvel39,379
78X-Men Blue21$3.9902/14/18Marvel39,030
80Mister Miracle6$3.9901/10/18DC38,655
82Infinity Countdown Adam Warlock1$4.9902/07/18Marvel38,295
83Captain America697$3.9901/03/18Marvel37,927
84Batman and the Signal2$3.9902/21/18DC37,758
85Old Man Logan35$3.9902/14/18Marvel37,227
86X-Men Gold19$3.9901/03/18Marvel36,915
87Wonder Woman38$2.9901/10/18DC36,828
88X-Men Gold20$3.9901/17/18Marvel36,471
89Wonder Woman40$2.9902/14/18DC36,464
90Captain America698$3.9902/14/18Marvel36,297
91Wonder Woman39$2.9901/24/18DC36,269
92Marvel Two-In-One3$3.9902/14/18Marvel35,890
93Mera Queen of Atlantis1$3.9902/28/18DC35,701
94Wonder Woman41$2.9902/28/18DC35,572
95Old Man Logan33$3.9901/10/18Marvel35,468
96X-Men Gold22$3.9902/21/18Marvel35,420
98Super Sons12$3.9901/17/18DC35,068
99X-Men Blue22$3.9902/28/18Marvel35,062
100Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II3$3.9901/17/18DC35,028


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
1Legend of Korra Vol. 2 Turf Wars Pt 2$10.99Dark Horse7,098
2Saga Vol. 8$14.99Image6,473
3Wicked & Divine Vol. 6 Imperial Phase Part 2$16.99Image5,723
4DC Super Hero Girls Date With Disaster$9.99DC4,772
5Descender Vol. 5 Rise of the Robots$16.99Image4,641
6Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image4,620
7Kill or Be Killed Vol. 3$16.99Image4,562
8Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel3,468
9Vision HC$39.99Marvel3,219
10Wolverine Old Man Logan Vol. 6 Days of Anger$17.99Marvel3,172
11Black Panther Book 1 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99Marvel3,150
12Paper Girls Vol. 1$9.99Image3,120
13Star Wars Doctor Aphra Vol. 2 Doctor Aphra Enormous Profi$17.99Marvel2,957
14DC Meets Looney Tunes$19.99DC2,924
15Nightwing Vol. 4 Blockbuster$16.99DC2,787
16Saga Vol. 7$14.99Image2,738
17Harley Quinn Vol. 4 Surprise Surprise$16.99DC2,727
19Teen Titans Vol. 2 The Rise of Aqualad Rebirth$14.99DC2,634
20Star Wars Jedi of the Republic Mace Windu$15.99Marvel2,610
21Aquaman Vol. 4 Underworld$16.99DC2,569
22Justice League Vol. 5 Legacy Rebirth$16.99DC2,560
23Saga Vol. 2$14.99Image2,556
24Despicable Deadpool Vol. 1 Deadpool Kills Cable$17.99Marvel2,532
25Monstress Vol. 1$9.99Image2,520
26Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99DC2,494
27Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99Marvel2,388
28Titans Vol. 3 a Judas Among Us Rebirth$16.99DC2,380
29Hellboy and the BPRD 1954$19.99Dark Horse2,368
30Spider-Man Deadpool Vol. 4 Serious Business$15.99Marvel2,326
31Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 4 Fracture$19.99DC2,301
32Injustice Gods Among Us Year Three Complete Coll$24.99DC2,284
33Only End of the World Again HC$19.99Dark Horse2,248
34Batman Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99DC2,244
35Astonishing X-Men By Charles Soule Vol. 1 Life of X$17.99Marvel2,208
36X-Men Gold Vol. 3 Mojo Worldwide$17.99Marvel2,178
37Black Panther Book 2 Nation Under Our Feet$15.99Marvel2,147
38Neil Gaiman American Gods HC Vol. 1 Shadows$29.99Dark Horse2,089
39Batman Beyond Vol. 2 Rise of the Demon$16.99DC1,996
40Saga Vol. 3$14.99Image1,989
41Black Af Americas Sweetheart$9.99Black Mask1,960
42Lumberjanes Vol. 8$14.99Boom1,911
43Saga Vol. 6$14.99Image1,887
44DC Universe By Neil Gaiman$19.99DC1,856
45Paper Girls Vol. 3$12.99Image1,856
46Lobo By Keith Giffen & Alan Grant Vol. 1$24.99DC1,836
47Curse Words Vol. 2 Explosiontown$16.99Image1,803
48Saga Vol. 4$14.99Image1,774
49Dark Tower Prem HC Gunslinger Born$24.99Marvel1,770
50Paper Girls Vol. 2$12.99Image1,761
51Dark Tower Prem HC Treachery$24.99Marvel1,756
52Robotech Vol. 1$16.99Titan1,751
53Invincible Iron Man Ironheart Vol. 1 Riri Williams$19.99Marvel1,746
54Elsewhere Vol. 1$9.99Image1,745
55Star Wars Darth Vader Vol. 1 Vader$19.99Marvel1,736
56Rick & Morty Vol. 2$19.99Oni1,726
57Black Panther Adventures Digest$9.99Marvel1,702
58Amazing Spider-Man Worldwide Vol. 7$19.99Marvel1,677
59Moebius Library Inside Moebius HC Vol. 1$39.99Dark Horse1,677
60Dark Tower Prem HC Battle of Jericho Hill$24.99Marvel1,674
61Scales & Scoundrels Vol. 1 Into The Dragons Maw$9.99Image1,669
62Bingo Love Ogn$9.99Image1,668
63All New Wolverine Vol. 5 Orphans of X$17.99Marvel1,634
64Eternal$7.99Black Mask1,628
65Marvels Black Panther Prelude$15.99Marvel1,625
66Saga Vol. 5$14.99Image1,619
67Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC1,616
69Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 7 Been Waiting For Squirrel$17.99Marvel1,591
70Batman Hush Complete$24.99DC1,586
71Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 1 Discover Now PX$14.99Boom1,586
72Monstress Vol. 2$16.99Image1,544
73Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham$16.99DC1,532
74Crosswind Vol. 1$9.99Image1,527
75Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$14.99Image1,527
76Magnus Robot Fighter Vol. 1 Flesh & Steel$17.99Dynamite1,511
77Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 3$16.99DC1,506
78Avengers Rage of Ultron Ogn HC$24.99Marvel1,505
79Dead Drop$9.99Valiant1,501
80TMNT Allies & Enemies$17.99IDW1,499
81Punisher Vol. 3 King of New York Streets$15.99Marvel1,481
82Jack Kirby 100Th Celebration Collection$19.99DC1,481
84Avengers & Champions Worlds Collide$17.99Marvel1,459
85Venom Vol. 3 Lethal Protector Blood In The Water$15.99Marvel1,457
86Star Wars Adventures Vol. 2$9.99IDW1,425
87Elseworlds Superman Vol. 1$34.99DC1,418
88Flash Vol. 1 Lightning Strikes Twice$17.99DC1,417
89Immortal Iron Fists Mpgn$14.99Marvel1,406
90Dark Tower Gunslinger Prem HC Journey Begins$24.99Marvel1,402
91Super Powers By Jack Kirby$39.99DC1,400
92Star Trek Tng Mirror Broken$17.99IDW1,389
93Wicked & Divine Vol. 1 The Faust Act$9.99Image1,382
94Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 2$16.99DC1,378
95Shade The Changing Girl Vol. 2 Little Runaway$16.99DC1,375
96Cowboy Ninja Viking Dlx Ed$19.99Image1,371
97Weapon X Vol. 2 Hunt For Weapon H$15.99Marvel1,371
98Lovecraft Myth of Cthulhu HC$19.99IDW1,368
99Divided States of Hysteria$16.99Image1,364
100Doctor Strange Vol. 5 Secret Empire$17.99Marvel1,363

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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