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October 2020 Comics Sales Early Look

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

October 2020 has four shipping weeks, one fewer than October 2019, so the year-to-year comparison will be in 2019's favor. Beyond that, October 2019 delivered the best month in three years for the Direct Market, as comics shops ordered $56.35 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond Comic Distributors. It was the fourth best month of the decade, also the first month to top $50 million in orders in exactly three years.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in November 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 September 7-13, 2020

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Venom #27 3rd Printing Var (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Thor by Donny Cates TPB Vol. 1: Devourer King (Marvel)

A big week for Donny Cates as he had both the top advance-reordered comic book and the top advance-reordered graphic novel (as well as the top reordered comic book).

No hardcovers were in the charts this week.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Venom #27 3rd Ptg Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
2Thor by Donny Cates TPB Vol. 1 Devourer King$17.99Marvel11/04/20
3Black Widow #2 JS Campbell Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
4Champions #1$3.99Marvel10/07/20
5Wolverine #6 XOS$3.99Marvel10/07/20
6Miles Morales Spider-Man #19 Out$3.99Marvel10/07/20
7Walking Dead Dlx #1 Cvr F Blank Sketch Cvr$3.99Image10/07/20
8Thor #8$3.99Marvel10/07/20
9Wolverine #6 Alex Ross Wolverine Timeless Var Xos$3.99Marvel10/07/20
10Thor #8 Larocca Fortnite Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
11Champions #1 Andrews Marvel Zombies Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
12Thor #8 Alex Ross Thor Timeless Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
13We Only Find Them When Theyre Dead #2 Cvr A Main$3.99Boom10/07/20
14Champions #1 Di Meo Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
15X-Force #13 Xos$3.99Marvel10/07/20
16Wolverine #6 Johnson Var XOS$3.99Marvel10/07/20
17Getting It Together #1 Cvr B Wada$4.99Image10/07/20
18We Only Find Them When Theyre Dead #2 Cvr B Infante Var$3.99Boom10/07/20
19Marauders #13 Dauterman Fortnite Var XOS$4.99Marvel10/07/20
20Fantastic Four #24 2nd Ptg Art Adams Var$3.99Marvel10/07/20
21X-Force #13 Cassara Fortnite Var XOS$3.99Marvel10/07/20
22Star Wars #7$3.99Marvel10/07/20
23Walking Dead Dlx #1 Cvr A Finch & Mccaig$3.99Image10/07/20
24Marauders #13 XOS$4.99Marvel10/07/20
25Original Marvel Zombies Marvel Tales #1$7.99Marvel10/07/20

Advance reorders placed between September 14-20, 2020

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Amazing Spider-Man #50 Alex Ross Spider-Man Timeless Variant (Marvel)

A break from Donny Cates' Thor and Venom leading the advance reorder chart as the Alex Ross Amazing Spider-Man #50 variant placed first in advance reorders.

No graphic novels charted.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1 Amazing Spider-Man #50 Alex Ross Spider-Man Timeless Var $5.99Marvel10/14/20
2Thor #1 4th Ptg Var$4.99Marvel10/14/20
3Thor #4 4th Ptg Var$3.99Marvel10/14/20
4Web of Venom Wraith #1 2nd Ptg Var$4.99Marvel10/14/20
5Web of Venom Empyres End #1$4.99Marvel10/14/20
6Thor #3 5Th Ptg Var$3.99Marvel10/14/20
7Avengers #37 Alex Ross Black Panther Timeless Var$3.99Marvel10/14/20
8New Mutants #13 Momoko Var Xos$3.99Marvel10/14/20
9Dune House Atreides #1 Cvr A Lee$4.99Boom10/21/20
10Web of Venom Empyres End #1 Knull Is Coming Var$4.99Marvel10/14/20
11Strange Academy #2 4th Ptg Var$3.99Marvel10/14/20
12Dune House Atreides #1 Cvr C Die Cut Var$6.99Boom10/21/20
13We Live #1 Cvr A Miranda$4.99Aftershock10/14/20
14Hellions #5 Alex Ross Phoenix Timeless Var Xos$3.99Marvel10/14/20
15Captain America #24 Alex Ross Falcon Timeless Var$3.99Marvel10/14/20
16Marvel Zombies Resurrection #3$3.99Marvel10/14/20
17Avengers #37 Brooks Fortnite Wrpad Var$3.99Marvel10/14/20
18Hellions #5 Xos$3.99Marvel10/14/20
19Amazing Spider-Man #50 Ortega Var Last$5.99Marvel10/14/20
20New Mutants #13 Alex Ross Colossus Timeless Var Xos$3.99Marvel10/14/20
21Cable #5 Xos$3.99Marvel10/14/20
22Stillwater by Zdarsky & Perez #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/14/20
23Amazing Spider-Man #50 Kuder Spider-Man Vampire Var Last$5.99Marvel10/14/20
24Commanders In Crisis #1 Cvr C Momoko$3.99Image10/14/20
25It Eats What Feeds It #1 3rd Ptg$3.99Scout11/04/20

Advance reorders placed between September 21-27, 2020

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Venom #29 Stegman Variant (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Romita Jr. DM Var. (Marvel)

Top finishers for other publishers included Scumbag #1 in second from Image and Something is Killing the Children #11 from Boom.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Venom #29 Stegman Var$3.99Marvel10/21/20
2Scumbag #1 Cvr A Larosa & Dinisio$3.99Image10/21/20
3Spider-Woman #5 Momoko Var$4.99Marvel10/21/20
4Juggernaut #2 Dx$3.99Marvel10/21/20
5Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Romita Jr Dm Var$125.00Marvel02/17/21
6Venom #29 Kuder Fortnite Var$3.99Marvel10/21/20
7Something Is Killing Children #11 Frison Var$3.99Boom10/21/20
8Thor #7 2nd Ptg Klein Var$3.99Marvel10/21/20
9Scumbag #1 Cvr B Robinson$3.99Image10/21/20
10Something Is Killing Children #11 Main$3.99Boom10/21/20
11Amazing Spider-Man #50.Lr$3.99Marvel10/21/20
12X-Men #12 2nd Ptg Yu Var Emp Xosp$3.99Marvel10/21/20
13Something Is Killing Children #11 Cvr E Blank Sketch Var$3.99Boom10/21/20
14Fantastic Four #25 Alex Ross Black Bolt Timeless Var Emp$5.99Marvel10/21/20
15Werewolf by Night #1$3.99Marvel10/21/20
16Miles Morales Spider-Man #18 2nd Ptg Carnero Var Out$3.99Marvel10/21/20
17Fantastic Four #25 Artgerm Var$5.99Marvel10/21/20
18Stillwater by Zdarsky & Perez #2$3.99Image10/21/20
19Spider-Woman #5 Alex Ross Spider-Woman Timeless Var$4.99Marvel10/21/20
20Venom #29 Stegman Sketch Var$3.99Marvel10/21/20
21Savage Dragon #253 Cvr B Biden Harris$3.99Image10/21/20
22X-Men #13 Xos$3.99Marvel10/21/20
23Excalibur #13 Xos$3.99Marvel10/21/20
24Excalibur #13 Alex Ross Nightcrawler Timeless Var Xos$3.99Marvel10/21/20
25 TMNT The Last Ronin #1 Cvr A Eastman Kuhn $8.99IDW10/28/20

Advance reorders placed between Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2020

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
TMNT The Last Ronin #1 Cvr A Eastman Escorza (IDW)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Power Rangers Sins of the Future Original GN (Boom)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus HC Vol. 2 (Marvel)

A diverse mix of publishers made the advance reorder list during the first partial week of October.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1TMNT The Last Ronin #1 Cvr A Eastman Escorza$8.99IDW10/28/20
2 Spawn #311 Cvr B McFarlane $2.99Image10/28/20
3Department of Truth #2 Cvr A Simmonds$3.99Image10/28/20
4Department of Truth #2 Cvr B Ward$3.99Image10/28/20
5Strange Academy #4$3.99Marvel10/28/20
6X of Swords Stasis #1$4.99Marvel10/28/20
7Giga #1 Cvr A Le$3.99Vault10/28/20
8Spawn #311 Cvr C Barberi$2.99Image10/28/20
9Fantastic Four Antithesis #2 2nd Ptg Neal Adams Var$4.99Marvel10/28/20
10Fantastic Four Antithesis #3 Alex Ross Medusa Timeles$4.99Marvel10/28/20
11Strange Academy #4 Adams Character Spotlight Var$3.99Marvel10/28/20
12Shang-Chi #2 Alex Ross Shang-Chi Timeless Var$3.99Marvel10/28/20
13Amazing Spider-Man #51 Last$3.99Marvel10/28/20
14Giga #1 Cvr B Gooden Daniel$3.99Vault10/28/20
15Autumnal #1 Simmonds Foil Var (2nd Ptg)$9.99Vault10/28/20
16X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$125.00Marvel02/24/21
17Spawn #311 Cvr A Mattina$2.99Image10/28/20
18Fantastic Four Antithesis #3$4.99Marvel10/28/20
19Shang-Chi #2$3.99Marvel10/28/20
20Giga #1 Cvr C Gorham$3.99Vault10/28/20
21Strange Academy #4 Alex Ross Scarlet Witch Timeless Var$3.99Marvel10/28/20
22Department of Truth #2 10 Copy Incv Francavilla$3.99Image10/28/20
23 Power Rangers Sins of Future Original GN $19.99Boom10/28/20
24Marvel Zombies Resurrection #4$3.99Marvel10/28/20
25Autumnal #2 Cvr A Shehan$3.99Vault10/28/20

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, 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.

Reorders placed between October 12-18, 2020

• Top reordered October-shipping comic book:
We Live #1 (Aftershock)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Boys Omnibus Vol. 1 (Dynamite)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Conan the Barbarian The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC Vol. 4 DM variant (Marvel)

For the first time, Aftershock had the top reordered comic book in the Miranda Brothers' We Live #1.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1$29.99Dynamite03/20/19
2Conan Barbarian Orig Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Dm Var$125.00Marvel09/23/20
3We Live #1 Cvr A Miranda$4.99Aftershock10/14/20
4Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Photo Cvr Ed$29.99DynamiteBacklist
5Conan Barbarian Orig Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 4$125.00Marvel09/23/20
6Spider-Man Ben Reilly Omnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00Marvel09/23/20
7House of X Powers of X TPB$44.99Marvel08/26/20
8Amazing Spider-Man #49$9.99Marvel10/07/20
9Punisher Max by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00Marvel05/02/18
10Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 2$29.99Dynamite06/12/19
11Captain America by Waid & Garney Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel12/06/17
12Sandman TPB Expanded Edition Box Set$250.00DC09/23/20
13Marvel Zombies Resurrection #2$3.99Marvel09/30/20
14Vision Complete Collection TPB$29.99Marvel11/13/19
15Spider-Men Ii #1 Var Cvr A & B Set Michael Turner$39.99Aspen02/27/19
16X-Men Epic Collection TPB Second Genesis$39.99MarvelBacklist
17Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore HC Vol. 2 (Res)$99.99DCBacklist
18Marauders #13$4.99Marvel10/07/20
19X-Men Dark Phoenix Saga Omnibus HC$100.00Marvel08/01/18
20Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 3$29.99Dynamite07/31/19
21Darth Maul #1 Var Cvrs A & B Set Michael Turner$39.99Aspen02/27/19
22Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 5$49.99Dark Horse07/01/20
23Monstress TPB Vol. 5$16.99Image09/30/20
24Umbrella Academy Library Edition HC Vol. 3 Hotel Oblivion (C$39.99Dark Horse09/30/20
25Conan Barbarian Orig Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00Marvel07/24/19

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.