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August 2020 Comics Sales Early Look

Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

August 2020 has four shipping weeks, the same as August 2019, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. Comics retailers ordered $45 million in comic books and graphic novels in August 2019, a good showing; Marvel provided most of the muscle to make that happen, through a combination of Absolute Carnage #1, the 80th anniversary edition Marvel Comics #1000, and the biweekly alternating House of X/Powers of X combo.

The often-delayed New Mutants film is tentatively scheduled for release August 28.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in October 2020, likely in the second week or so. Follow @Comichron on Twitter to get the alert when the report becomes available. In the meantime, you can get a sense of what sales might be like from noting what products were most reordered by retailers.


Advance Reorders

Several weeks ago, retailers began placing advance reorders for items whose initial order deadlines had passed, but which had not yet released at the time the reorders were placed. These reorders, placed further out than regular reorders, tend to be more speculative in nature, as there is less certainty that stock will still be available. But they do give us the farthest-into-the-future look at potential sales. To see potential sales for this month, you generally want to look at the advance reorders placed from the month before.

Note that the listings mix hardcovers, softcovers, and comics together, and that they also rank items by dollars rather than units. Note, too, that advance reorder charts are ranked by retail dollars, so retailers' discounts have not yet been applied. There is no guarantee that these advance reorders will be filled. It's also likely that a lot of books in these lists won't synch up exactly with this month; reorders are placed all the time and reported weekly, while comics sales are reported monthly.



Advance reorders placed between July 6-12, 2020

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Thor #4 2nd Printing Klein Var. (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Immortal Hulk Vol. 7: Hulk is Hulk (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Eternals Complete Saga Omnibus HC Kirby DM Var. (Marvel)

All Marvel for the leaders of the three main product categories as August advance reorder charts began.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Thor #4 2nd Ptg Klein Var$3.99Marvel08/05/20
2Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #2 (Res)$3.99Image08/05/20
3Empyre #4$4.99Marvel08/05/20
4Eternals Complete Saga Omnibus HC Kirby Dm Var$125.00Marvel12/02/20
5Thor #3 3rd Ptg Klein Var$3.99Marvel08/05/20
6Fire Power by Kirkman & Samnee #1 (Res)$3.99Image08/05/20
7Seven Secrets #1 Foc Lee Var$3.99Boom08/12/20
8Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Cvr E Momoko$3.99Titan08/05/20
9Giant Size X-Men Fantomex #1$4.99Marvel08/05/20
10Vampire The Masquerade #1 Cvr D Foil Mack$9.99Vault08/05/20
11Black Cat #12 Skan Var$3.99Marvel08/05/20
12Negan Lives #1 2nd Ptg$4.99Image08/05/20
13Empyre X-Men #2$4.99Marvel08/05/20
14My Little Pony Transformers #4 Cvr A Fleecs$3.99IDW10/07/20
15My Little Pony Transformers #2 Cvr A Fleecs$3.99IDW08/19/20
16My Little Pony Transformers #3 Cvr A Fleecs$3.99IDW09/09/20
17Lords of Empyre Celestial Messiah #1$4.99Marvel08/05/20
18Seven Secrets #1 Main$3.99Boom08/12/20
19Eternals Complete Saga Omnibus HC Ross Cvr$125.00Marvel12/02/20
20Maestro Future Imperfect Marvel Tales #1$7.99Marvel08/05/20
21Fantastic Four #22 Emp$3.99Marvel08/05/20
22Thor #6$3.99Marvel08/19/20
23Seven Secrets #1 Secret Spoiler Var$4.99Boom08/12/20
24Guardians of the Galaxy #5$3.99Marvel08/05/20
25Immortal Hulk TPB Vol. 7 Hulk Is Hulk$15.99Marvel09/02/20



Advance reorders placed between July 13-19, 2020

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Venom #27 Stegman Var. (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
New Mutants Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Sienkiewicz Cover (Marvel)

Venom #25 had led the list twice in July; now Venom #27 led for the first time in August.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Venom #27 Stegman Var$3.99Marvel08/12/20
2Venom #27$3.99Marvel08/12/20
3 TMNT The Last Ronin #1 Cvr A Eastman Kuhn $8.99IDW09/09/20
4Empyre #5$4.99Marvel08/12/20
5Something Is Killing Children #9$3.99Boom08/12/20
6Strange Academy #2 2nd Ptg Var$3.99Marvel08/12/20
7New Mutants Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Sienkiewicz Cover$125.00Marvel12/09/20
8Immortal Hulk #36$3.99Marvel08/12/20
9Empyre X-Men #3$4.99Marvel08/12/20
10 New Mutants Omnibus HC Vol. 1 McLeod DM Var $125.00Marvel12/09/20
11 Avatar Last Airbender Lost Adventures Library Ed HC $39.99Dark Horse10/28/20
12Star Wars Darth Vader #4$3.99Marvel08/12/20
13Amazing Spider-Man #46$3.99Marvel08/12/20
14Empyre Avengers #2$3.99Marvel08/12/20
15Gi Joe A Real American Hero Snake Eyes Origin$4.99IDW08/12/20
16Captain Marvel #19 Emp$3.99Marvel08/12/20
17Empyre Captain America #2$3.99Marvel08/12/20
18Marauders #11 Rodriguez Days of Future Past$3.99Marvel08/12/20
19Big Girls #1$3.99Image08/12/20
20Venom #26 2nd Ptg Coello Var$3.99Marvel08/19/20
21X-Force #11$3.99Marvel08/12/20
22Marauders #11$3.99Marvel08/12/20
23Ghost-Spider #9$3.99Marvel08/12/20
24X-Men God Loves Man Kills Extended Cut Gallery Edition HC$34.99Marvel12/09/20
25Venom #25 3rd Ptg Bagley Var$5.99Marvel08/19/20



Advance reorders placed between July 20-26, 2020

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Venom #25 3rd Ptg Bagley Var. (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Uncanny X-Men Ombibus HC Vol. 3 Smith DM Var (Marvel)

After Venom #25 — one of a literal handful of Marvel comics released in May — became that month's top seller, reprints of the issue continued to get advance reorders into July.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Venom #25 3rd Ptg Bagley Var$5.99Marvel08/19/20
2Thor #6$3.99Marvel08/19/20
3Thor #6 Skroce Spoiler Var$3.99Marvel08/19/20
4Venom #26 2nd Ptg Coello Var$3.99Marvel08/19/20
5Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg Vol. 3 Smith Dm Var$125.00Marvel12/16/20
6 TMNT The Last Ronin #1 Cvr A Eastman Kuhn $8.99IDW09/09/20
7Wolverine #4$3.99Marvel08/19/20
8Maestro #1$4.99Marvel08/19/20
9Empyre X-Men #4$4.99Marvel08/19/20
10Avengers #35$3.99Marvel08/19/20
11Power Rangers Ranger Slayer #1 (2nd Ptg)$7.99Boom08/19/20
12Power Rangers Drakkon New Dawn #1 Foil Var$5.99Boom08/19/20
13Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg Vol. 3 Opena Cvr$125.00Marvel12/16/20
14 Power Rangers Drakkon New Dawn #1 Cvr A Main Secret $4.99Boom08/19/20
15Venom #25 3rd Ptg Stegman Sketch Var$5.99Marvel08/19/20
16Lords of Empyre Swordsman #1$4.99Marvel08/19/20
17Cable #3$3.99Marvel08/19/20
18Maestro #1 Bennett Var$4.99Marvel08/19/20
19Something Is Killing Children #7 (2nd Ptg)$3.99Boom08/19/20
20Captain Marvel #20 Emp$3.99Marvel08/19/20
21Star Wars Bounty Hunters #4$3.99Marvel08/19/20
22Empyre X-Men #4 Larroca Var$4.99Marvel08/19/20
23Strange Academy #1 3rd Ptg Var$4.99Marvel08/26/20
24Captain America #22$3.99Marvel08/19/20
25Web of Venom Wraith #1$4.99Marvel09/09/20



Advance reorders placed between July 27-Aug. 2, 2020

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Strange Academy #1 3rd Printing Ramos Var (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Incal DM Exc Cvr (Humanoids)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
East of West: The Apocalypse Year Three HC DCBS Exc. Var (Image)

The same week that the second printing was the top reordered comic book, the third printing of Strange Academy #1 was the top advance reordered comic book.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Strange Academy #1 3rd Ptg Ramos Var$4.99Marvel08/26/20
2Thor #2 4th Ptg Nic Klein Var$3.99Marvel08/26/20
3Wynd #3 Cvr A Main$4.99Boom08/26/20
4 East of West The Apocalypse Year Three HC DCBS Exc Var $49.99Image11/18/20
5Canto Ii Hollow Men #1 Cvr A Zucker$3.99IDW08/26/20
6X-Factor #2$3.99Marvel08/26/20
7 TMNT The Last Ronin #1 Cvr A Eastman Kuhn $8.99IDW09/09/20
8Amazing Spider-Man #47$3.99Marvel08/26/20
9Fantastic Four Antithesis #1$4.99Marvel08/26/20
10Daredevil Annual #1$4.99Marvel08/26/20
11Locke & Key In Pale Battalions Go #1 Cvr A Rodriguez$3.99IDW08/26/20
12Empyre Avengers #3$3.99Marvel08/26/20
13 Incal TPB DM Exc Cvr $29.99Humanoids08/26/20
14Hellions #3$3.99Marvel08/26/20
15Immortal Hulk #35 2nd Ptg Alex Ross Var$3.99Marvel08/26/20
16X-Men #11 Emp$3.99Marvel08/26/20
17Marvel Cosmic Universe by Cates Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Moore Dm V$100.00Marvel12/23/20
18Thor #5 3rd Ptg Klein Var$3.99Marvel09/02/20
19Venom #27 2nd Ptg Gedeon Var$3.99Marvel09/02/20
20Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #53 Foil Montes Var$4.99Boom08/26/20
21 Power Rangers Drakkon New Dawn #2 Cvr A Main Secret $4.99Boom09/23/20
22Power Rangers Drakkon New Dawn #2 Foil Var$5.99Boom09/23/20
23Dracula Motherf**Ker HC$16.99Image10/07/20
24Spider-Man Noir #3$3.99Marvel08/26/20
25Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #53 Cvr A Campbell$3.99Boom08/26/20



Advance reorder charts will be posted here as soon as they are released. Stay tuned!

Click to skip down to the Reorders placed for issues shipping this month.






REORDERS

Reorders, by contrast, are orders for items that had already been released at the time of the order. In other words, these are the comics customers have been asking for, generally speaking; while deep discounts may also put titles on these lists, the charts are ranked by invoiced dollars, which is what retailers actually paid.




Reorder charts will be released weekly during the month. Stay tuned!

The true top sellers for the month will replace this page once they are released by Diamond.