DC ends distribution relationship with Diamond: Historical notes and future prospects

As announced to the general public in a report from Hollywood Reporter, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors and will not solicit any titles after the June 1 Final Order Cut-off. This ends not just a 23-year period in which Diamond was the only source for comics periodicals from all major publishers, but also a sales relationship with … Read more

25 years ago this week: The DC/Diamond distribution deal announced

Described to the world in great detail by a leaked memo published by Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics in The Comics Journal, news of Diamond Comic Distributors‘ exclusive deal with DC Comics was officially announced on Friday,  April 28, 1995 — which brought reaction immediately from Diamond’s rival Capital City in the form of a lawsuit. … Read more

Comics orders in March 2020 down 15%; Spider-Woman #1 led market as shutdown began

March saw the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down commerce across much of North America, and impacting the comics industry at several levels. DC‘s printer closed during the month, the major comics distributor saw warehouses closed by law, and hundreds of stores were likewise forced to shutter. Nonetheless, significant business was transacted during the month, and Diamond … Read more

DC stopgap distribution move during COVID-19 has echo in 1997 UPS strike

With Diamond Comic Distributors ending shipments of new comics temporarily at the start of April due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s been a much different kind of month. The last sales reports to come out of the company were the reorder and advance reorder charts for the week ending March 29, and it’s unclear when … Read more

BATMAN at 30: Check out the June 1989 comics sales charts, with estimates!

Tim Burton‘s Batman movie came out 30 years ago this weekend, so we’ve just posted the June 1989 sales charts for both Diamond Comic Distributors and Capital City Distribution. See what was selling by clicking the links: June 1989: Capital City Sales Charts June 1989: Diamond Sales Charts Capital was the second largest distributor, with … Read more