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2019 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

around $79.66 Million

(up 5% year-over-year)

After 2017 was the first down year in six for the Direct Market, 2018 served as a year of recovery, with the year-and-a-half recession ending in spring. The only two months where we won't have even comparisons in 2019 will be July and August; August's fifth shipping week in 2018 goes to July in 2019.

The number of new comic books (not counting variants) released so far in 2019 is 904, down from 927 in the same period in 2018. The number of new graphic novels released so far in 2019 is 663, up from 614 in the same period in 2018.

January's market rebounded strongly from a slowdown at the end of 2018, with overall dollar sales of comic books and graphic novels up 14%. Every subcategory was up over the same month in 2018, which had the same number of shipping weeks. Batman Who Laughs #2 led unit sales for comics, while Captain Marvel #1 led dollar sales. Marvel saw the return of the Conan license from Dark Horse, and as a result had a new Conan the Barbarian #1 in fourth place, while a new omnibus led the graphic novel dollar chart.

February saw the smallest new comics slate since at least 2013, with only 389 new comics released, a full 60 fewer than in the same month in the previous year. Sales were consequently down overall but not by as much as new release volume; average sales per release thus improved.

In March, DC looks to try to repeat its success with Action #1000 in April 2018 with Detective Comics #1000, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Batman. Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman — The Deluxe Edition is the hardcover for the celebration, and is likely to be one of the top sellers for the month. The month also saw the release of the Captain Marvel movie on March 8.

April will feature the launch of War of the Realms, a major Marvel crossover lasting three months. In theaters, Shazam releases April 5, and Hellboy on April 12.

The big event of May outside comics shops is likely to be the Avengers movie debuting May 3. Free Comic Book Day immediately follows on May 4.

June's releases include the DC Artgerm Portfolio. June 7 sees the release of the Dark Phoenix movie.

July sees Spider-Man: Far From Home release in theaters on July 5. July also features the return of Jonathan Hickman to Marvel with House of X and Powers of X. July has a natural year-to-year advantage because of a fifth shipping week.

Marvel gets another film in August, with The New Mutants releasing Aug. 2. August has a natural year-to-year disadvantage because of a one fewer shipping week. The Absolute Carnage event by Donny Cates launches at Marvel during the month.

DC gets a movie release in October with Joker.

Star Wars Episode IX is set for a December release. It comes out on Dec. 20.

Projected rankings for comics and graphic novels sold by Diamond during the year appear below. These are aggregated from the Top 500 lists published by the distributor throughout the year, and undershoot sales by whatever months in which reorders did not make the Top 500. Year-end totals will appear on this page in January 2020 and will include those extra months' sales. These figures then should be considered as minimums for the number of copies shipped, with final orders for the year slightly higher.

You can also see our pages for reorders and advance reorders for 2019.

— John Jackson Miller

The chart below collates known information from Diamond's monthly charts for the year.

Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.

The links lead to current auctions for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisherEst. units
1Captain Marvel1$4.9901/09/19Marvel123,157
2Batman Who Laughs2$4.9901/16/19DC117,944
3Guardians of the Galaxy1$4.9901/23/19Marvel115,537
4Conan The Barbarian1$4.9901/02/19Marvel104,431
5Batman Who Laughs3$4.9902/13/19DC101,771
7Amazing Spider-Man14$3.9901/30/19Marvel92,458
12Heroes In Crisis4$3.9901/02/19DC83,539
13Heroes In Crisis5$3.9901/30/19DC80,850
14Heroes In Crisis6$3.9902/27/19DC79,006
15Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man1$4.9901/09/19Marvel78,667
16Young Justice1$4.9901/09/19DC76,654
17Amazing Spider-Man15$3.9902/13/19Marvel71,407
18Uncanny X-Men12$3.9902/20/19Marvel68,636
20Fantastic Four6$3.9901/16/19Marvel67,167
21Uncanny X-Men11$7.9902/06/19Marvel66,962
22Amazing Spider-Man13$3.9901/16/19Marvel66,396
23Avengers No Road Home1$4.9902/13/19Marvel64,505
24Amazing Spider-Man16$4.9902/27/19Marvel64,197
25Detective Comics999$3.9902/27/19DC62,953
27Wolverine Infinity Watch1$3.9902/20/19Marvel61,123
29Detective Comics998$3.9902/13/19DC60,447
30Justice League15$3.9901/09/19DC60,326
32Justice League16$3.9901/23/19DC59,577
33Return of Wolverine5$4.9902/20/19Marvel59,313
34Return of Wolverine4$3.9901/16/19Marvel58,560
35Justice League17$3.9902/06/19DC57,105
36Justice League18$3.9902/20/19DC55,988
37Detective Comics996$3.9901/16/19DC55,645
38Fantastic Four7$3.9902/27/19Marvel55,375
39Detective Comics997$3.9901/30/19DC54,830
40Detective Comics995$3.9901/02/19DC54,772
41Green Lantern3$3.9901/09/19DC54,398
43Uncanny X-Men10$4.9901/16/19Marvel52,365
44Uncanny X-Men8$3.9901/02/19Marvel52,162
48Green Lantern4$3.9902/06/19DC50,176
50Justice League Annual1$4.9901/30/19DC48,315
52Web of Venom Unleashed1$4.9901/09/19Marvel47,906
53Savage Sword of Conan1$4.9902/13/19Marvel47,420
54Uncanny X-Men9$3.9901/09/19Marvel46,566
55Walking Dead187$3.9901/02/19Image46,536
56Action Comics1006$3.9901/02/19DC46,140
57Wonder Woman65$3.9902/27/19DC46,007
58Wonder Woman64$3.9902/13/19DC45,866
60Walking Dead188 $3.9902/06/19Image44,597
61Action Comics1007$3.9901/30/19DC44,405
62Action Comics1008$3.9902/27/19DC44,084
64Guardians of the Galaxy2$3.9902/20/19Marvel43,662
65Immortal Hulk11$3.9901/02/19Marvel43,114
66Age of X-Man Alpha1$4.9901/30/19Marvel42,022
67Age of X-Man Marvelous X-Men1$3.9902/06/19Marvel42,021
68Uncanny X-Men Annual1$4.9901/23/19Marvel41,700
69Star Wars59$3.9901/09/19Marvel41,655
70Star Wars Age of Republic Jango Fett1$3.9901/09/19Marvel41,371
71Captain America7$3.9901/30/19Marvel41,339
72Immortal Hulk12$3.9901/23/19Marvel41,331
74Marvel Comics Presents1$4.9901/16/19Marvel40,543
75Immortal Hulk13$3.9902/06/19Marvel40,496
76Star Wars61$3.9902/06/19Marvel40,483
80Star Wars60$3.9901/23/19Marvel38,837
81Captain America8$3.9902/27/19Marvel38,651
83Conan The Barbarian3$3.9902/06/19Marvel38,279
84Conan The Barbarian2$3.9901/16/19Marvel37,906
86Superior Spider-Man2$3.9901/23/19Marvel37,684
88Captain Marvel2$3.9902/13/19Marvel37,380
89Young Justice2$3.9902/06/19DC37,081
90Wonder Woman61$3.9901/02/19DC36,413
91Avengers No Road Home2$3.9902/20/19Marvel36,396
92Star Wars Age of Republic Obi-Wan Kenobi1$3.9901/02/19Marvel36,392
93Miles Morales Spider-Man2$3.9901/09/19Marvel36,290
94Harley Quinn58$3.9902/06/19DC36,010
95Justice League Dark7$3.9901/16/19DC35,967
98Infinity Wars Infinity1$3.9901/02/19Marvel35,432
99Miles Morales Spider-Man3$3.9902/20/19Marvel35,408
100Flash Annual2$4.9901/30/19DC35,288
101Wonder Woman63$3.9901/30/19DC34,963
102Avengers No Road Home3$3.9902/27/19Marvel34,837
103Tony Stark Iron Man7$3.9901/02/19Marvel34,102
104Tony Stark Iron Man8$3.9902/06/19Marvel33,940
105Wonder Woman62$3.9901/16/19DC33,870
106Black Widow1$3.9901/16/19Marvel33,853
107Doctor Strange10$5.9901/30/19Marvel33,603
108Justice League Dark8$3.9902/13/19DC33,554
110Buffy The Vampire Slayer1$3.9901/23/19Boom33,330
112Man Without Fear1$3.9901/02/19Marvel33,237
113Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man2$3.9901/23/19Marvel32,430
117Star Wars Aor Count Dooku1$3.9902/13/19Marvel32,316
118Age of X-Man Amazing Nightcrawler1$3.9902/20/19Marvel32,180
119Age of X-Man Nextgen1$3.9902/13/19Marvel32,059
121Justice League Odyssey4$3.9901/02/19DC31,696
122Old Man Quill1$3.9902/06/19Marvel31,508
123Sharkey Bounty Hunter1 $3.9902/20/19Image31,399
125Star Wars Age of Republic Special1$4.9901/16/19Marvel31,182
126Dead Man Logan3$3.9901/30/19Marvel31,113
128Superior Spider-Man3$3.9902/27/19Marvel31,028
129Age of X-Man X-Tremists1$3.9902/27/19Marvel30,737
130Star Wars Aor Anakin Skywalker1$3.9902/06/19Marvel30,626
131Dead Man Logan4$3.9902/13/19Marvel30,497
132Savage Sword of Conan2$3.9902/27/19Marvel30,024
135Captain Marvel Braver & Mightier1$3.9902/27/19Marvel28,844
136Justice League Odyssey5$3.9901/30/19DC28,776
137Man Without Fear2$3.9901/09/19Marvel28,643
139Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man3$3.9902/20/19Marvel27,903
140Marvel Knights 20Th6$4.9901/30/19Marvel27,852
141Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider4$3.9901/09/19Marvel27,721
142Wonder Twins1$3.9902/13/19DC27,584
143Marvel Knights 20Th5$3.9901/02/19Marvel27,386
144Man Without Fear3$3.9901/16/19Marvel27,209
146Man Without Fear5$3.9901/30/19Marvel26,987
147Man Without Fear4$3.9901/23/19Marvel26,892
150Martian Manhunter2$3.9901/09/19DC26,573
151Female Furies1$3.9902/06/19DC26,515
152Harley Quinn57$3.9901/09/19DC26,407
154Justice League Odyssey6$3.9902/27/19DC26,248
155Stranger Things4$3.9901/02/19Dark Horse26,118
157Suicide Squad50$4.9901/16/19DC25,906
162Buffy The Vampire Slayer2$3.9902/27/19Boom24,880
163Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider5$3.9902/13/19Marvel24,703
166Teen Titans26$3.9901/23/19DC24,208
170Wolverine Long Night Adaptation1$4.9901/02/19Marvel23,565
172Doctor Strange11$3.9902/20/19Marvel23,488
173Rick & Morty Vs. Dungeons & Dragons4$4.9901/30/19IDW23,353
174Teen Titans27$3.9902/20/19DC23,137
175Black Panther9$3.9902/27/19Marvel23,052
176Star Wars Doctor Aphra28$3.9901/30/19Marvel22,976
178Black Panther8$3.9901/16/19Marvel22,670
179Star Wars Doctor Aphra29$3.9902/27/19Marvel22,449
180Martian Manhunter3$3.9902/27/19DC22,431
181Magic Order6 $3.9902/13/19Image22,389
182Batman Who Laughs1$4.9912/12/18DC22,183
183Fight Club 31*$3.9901/30/19Dark Horse21,739
184Oblivion Song By Kirkman & De Felici11$3.9901/09/19Image21,715
186Old Man Quill2$3.9902/20/19Marvel21,244
187Black Panther Vs. Deadpool4$3.9901/30/19Marvel21,176
188Oblivion Song By Kirkman & De Felici12 $3.9902/13/19Image20,530
190Teen Titans Annual1$4.9901/30/19DC20,332
191Crypt of Shadows1$3.9901/23/19Marvel20,299
192Red Hood Outlaw30$3.9901/16/19DC20,247
195Adventures of the Super Sons6$3.9901/09/19DC19,969
196Black Order3$3.9901/09/19Marvel19,949
197Man and Superman 100 Page Super Spectacular1$9.9902/06/19DC19,782
199Black Panther Vs. Deadpool5$3.9902/27/19Marvel19,699

2019 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

The chart below collates known information from Diamond's monthly charts for the year.

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

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Projected rankings for hardcovers and trade paperbacks sold by Diamond during the year appear below. These are aggregated from the Top 500 lists published by the distributor throughout the year, and undershoot sales by whatever months in which orders did not make the Top 500. Year-end totals will appear on this page in January 2020 and will include those extra months' sales. These figures then should be considered as minimums for the number of copies shipped, with final orders for the year higher.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
1Mister Miracle$24.99DC8,395
2Dark Nights Metal$19.99DC5,683
3Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel5,337
4Life of Captain Marvel$15.99Marvel4,707
5Cosmic Ghost Rider Baby Thanos Must Die$15.99Marvel4,264
6Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Vol. 4 Fortress Vade$19.99Marvel3,774
7Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image3,605
8Saga Vol. 9$14.99Image3,483
9Black Hammer Vol. 3 Age of Doom Part I$19.99Dark Horse3,479
10Deadly Class Vol. 1 Reagan Youth$9.99Image3,439
11Farmhand Vol. 1$12.99Image3,392
13Monstress Vol. 1$9.99Image3,020
14Infinity Wars$34.99Marvel2,967
15Dark Days Road to Metal$19.99DC2,965
16Immortal Hulk Vol. 2 Green Door$15.99Marvel2,919
17My Hero Academia Vol. 17$9.99Viz2,868
18Batman White Knight$19.99DC2,842
19Spider-Geddon Edge of Spider-Geddon$15.99Marvel2,755
20Deadpool Skottie Young Vol. 1 Mercin Hard For Money$17.99Marvel2,566
21Dragon Ball Super Vol. 4$9.99Viz2,564
22Deadpool MPGN Secret Agent Deadpool$14.99Marvel2,551
23My Hero Academia Vol. 1$9.99Viz2,537
24Man-Eaters Vol. 1$12.99Image2,536
25Infinity Gauntlet Deluxe Edition$34.99Marvel2,473
26Paper Girls Vol. 1$9.99Image2,464
28One Punch Man Vol. 15$9.99Viz2,426
29Conan The Barbarian Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00Marvel2,405
31Star Wars Doctor Aphra Vol. 4 Catastrophe Con$17.99Marvel2,270
32Captain America Vol. 1 Winter In America$17.99Marvel2,206
33Problem of Susan and Other Stories HC$17.99Dark Horse2,202
34Amazing Spider-Man By Nick Spencer Vol. 2$15.99Marvel2,173
35Tony Stark Iron Man Vol. 1 Self Made Man$15.99Marvel2,112
36Black Panther Book 6 Interg Empire Wakanda Pt 01$17.99Marvel2,068
37My Hero Academia Vigilantes Vol. 3$9.99Viz2,066
38Thanos Rising$17.99Marvel2,057
39Immortal Hulk Vol. 1 Or Is He Both$15.99Marvel2,057
40Umbrella Academy Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$17.99Dark Horse1,995
41Death of Inhumans$15.99Marvel1,990
42X-23 Vol. 1 Family Album$17.99Marvel1,969
43Marvel Super Hero Adventures Captain Marvel$9.99Marvel1,962
44Punisher Vol. 1 World War Frank$15.99Marvel1,914
45Wolverine Old Man Logan Vol. 10 End of World$17.99Marvel1,900
46Shazam Origins$12.99DC1,832
47Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Coll Book 1$34.99Marvel1,815
48Saga Vol. 2$14.99Image1,788
49Marvels Captain Marvel Prelude$17.99Marvel1,778
50Saga Vol. 8$14.99Image1,728
52Monstress Vol. 3$16.99Image1,703
53Wicked & Divine Vol. 1 The Faust Act$9.99Image1,683
54Gideon Falls Vol. 1 Black Barn$9.99Image1,681
55Spider-Man Miles Morales Vol. 1$15.99Marvel1,671
56Old Man Hawkeye Vol. 2 Whole World Blind$17.99Marvel1,653
57Bully Wars Vol. 1$12.99Image1,652
58Infinity War$29.99Marvel1,636
59Death of Captain Marvel$19.99Marvel1,617
60Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse1,611
61Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC1,610
62Spider-Geddon Covert Ops$17.99Marvel1,605
63Weatherman Vol. 1$17.99Image1,594
64Aquaman Suicide Squad Sink Atlantis$14.99DC1,581
65Superman HC Vol. 1 The Unity Saga$24.99DC1,580
66Mr and Mrs X Vol. 1 Love and Marriage$17.99Marvel1,553
67Shazam The Monster Society of Evil$19.99DC1,549
68Sabrina Chilling Adventures Vol. 1$17.99Archie1,541
69Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan$12.99Marvel1,528
70Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 7 Darkstars Rising$19.99DC1,525
71Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four Complete Coll$29.99DC1,493
72Skyward Vol. 2 Here There Be Dragonflies$16.99Image1,479
73Birthright Vol. 7$14.99Image1,478
74Blackest Night Saga Essential Edition$24.99DC1,468
75Iron Fist Mpgn$19.99Marvel1,455
76What If? Classic Complete Collection Vol. 1$39.99Marvel1,451
77Titans Vol. 5 The Spark$19.99DC1,451
78Sonic The Hedgehog Vol. 2 Fate Dr Eggman$15.99IDW1,427
79Ms. Marvel Epic Collection Woman Warrior$34.99Marvel1,426
80My Hero Academia Vol. 2$9.99Viz1,420
81Amazing Spider-Man By Nick Spencer Vol. 1 Back Basics$15.99Marvel1,407
82Sheets Gn$12.99Lion Forge1,400
83Daredevil Back In Black Vol. 8 Death of Daredevil$19.99Marvel1,391
84BPRD Hell On Earth HC Vol. 4$34.99Dark Horse1,379
85Spider-Gwen Vol. 1 Greater Power$17.99Marvel1,376
86I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1 Madly Ever After$9.99Image1,365
87Batwoman Vol. 3 Fall of the House of Kane$16.99DC1,364
88Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1 Beginning$12.99Marvel1,358
89Snotgirl Vol. 1 Green Hair Dont Care$9.99Image1,355
90Daughters of Dragon Mpgn$19.99Marvel1,346
91Paper Girls Vol. 5$14.99Image1,345
92Firefly Legacy Edition Vol. 2$29.99Boom1,345
93Saga Vol. 3$14.99Image1,341
94New World$17.99Image1,333
95Green Lantern By Geoff Johns Book 1$24.99DC1,329
96Hit-Girl Vol. 3 Rome$14.99Image1,327
97Green Lanterns Vol. 8 Ghosts of the Past$16.99DC1,317
98Saga Vol. 7$14.99Image1,317
99DC Super Hero Girls Search For Atlantis$9.99DC1,308
100Sandman Vol. 4 Season of Mists 30th Anniv Ed$19.99DC1,305

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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