Diamond Top Products July 2015

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 7, 2015) — The surviving heroes of the Marvel Universe confront Doom and his Thor Corps in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #4 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in July 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher with a 38.43% dollar share and a 41.59% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 23.94% dollar share and a 24.30% unit share. July’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 9.48% dollar share and a 10.72% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 6.60% dollar share and a 5.28% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 3.77% dollar share and a 3.36% unit share.

In July, Marvel Comics had eight titles among the top ten best-selling comics, including Charles Soule and Alex Maleev’s Star Wars: Lando #1 at #2 and Soule and Leinil Francis Yu’s Civil War #1 at #3. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue their impressive run on their current adventures of the Dark Knight, with DC Entertainment’s Batman #42 coming in at #5. Also in the top ten was Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’ Archie #1, a modern relaunch of the venerable character from Archie Comics, at #7.

Bill Willingham’s long-running fantasy Fables came to its conclusion in Fables Volume 22 from DC Entertainment’s VERTIGO imprint, the best-selling graphic novel for July and one of the publisher’s four volumes in the top ten. Image Comics had two titles among the top ten, with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked & The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium as their best-selling graphic novel at #2. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Hawkeye Volume 4: Rio Bravo by Jonathan Hickman and David Aja at #3.

Gemstone’s softcover edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 45 was July’s best-selling book, and the hardcover edition ranked #2 for the month.

DC Entertainment’s DC Comics Blueline: Batman By Jim Lee San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Action Figure, a unique new action figure that boasts a design based on Lee’s pencil artwork of the Dark Knight, was July’s best-selling toy and one of the manufacturer’s five products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys with two products; the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure was their best-selling product at #2.

The Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers: Age of Ultron Foil Packs, an expansion for WizKids/NECA’s collectible dice game based on Marvel Comics’ Age of Ultron comic book, was July’s best-selling game product.

 

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

 

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.43%

41.59%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

23.94%

24.30%

IMAGE COMICS

9.48%

10.72%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.60%

5.28%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.77%

3.36%

ARCHIE COMICS

2.28%

2.62%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.85%

1.99%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.83%

1.65%

TITAN COMICS

1.26%

1.15%

ONI PRESS

1.24%

1.19%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.32%

6.13%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

75

36

0

111

DC ENTERTAINMENT

75

34

0

109

IMAGE COMICS

74

19

0

93

IDW PUBLISHING

45

29

0

74

DARK HORSE COMICS

34

16

0

50

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

32

3

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

21

4

0

25

TITAN COMICS

14

6

4

24

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

15

2

0

17

ONI PRESS INC.

8

3

0

11

OTHER NON-TOP 10

103

150

49

302

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2015 VS. JUNE 2014

COMICS

8.35%

3.46%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.88%

5.14%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.91%

3.61%

JULY 2015 VS. JULY 2014

COMICS

-4.67%

-8.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.29%

10.81%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.88%

-6.74%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

12.64%

12.08%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.08%

5.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.25%

11.50%

 

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

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RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #4

$3.99

APR150697-M MAR

2

STAR WARS: LANDO #1

$3.99

MAY150764-M MAR

3

CIVIL WAR #1

$4.99

MAY150682-M MAR

4

STAR WARS #7

$3.99

MAY150775-M MAR

5

BATMAN #42

$3.99

MAY150192-M DC

6

DARTH VADER #7

$3.99

APR150858-M MAR

7

ARCHIE #1

$3.99

APR151026-M ARC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #2

$3.99

APR150758-M MAR

9

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1

$4.99

MAY150692-M MAR

10

GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1

$3.99

APR150830-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)

$17.99

APR150316 DC

2

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 2: FANDEMONIUM TP (MR)

$14.99

APR150619 IMA

3

HAWKEYE VOLUME 4: RIO BRAVO TP

$17.99

OCT140937 MAR

4

RED SONJA #1973

$7.99

MAY151220 DE

5

BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN TP

$19.99

APR150289 DC

6

AUTUMNLANDS VOL. 1: TOOTH & CLAW TP (MR)

$9.99

APR150573 IMA

7

DIVINITY TP

$9.99

MAY151625 VAL

8

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1: PURE INSANITY TP

$16.99

APR150302 DC

9

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436 MAR

10

BATMAN ETERNAL VOLUME 2 TP

$39.99

APR150286 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 45 SC

$29.95

APR151518-M GEM

2

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 45 HC

$35.00

APR151519-M GEM

3

STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY VOL. 3: THE PHANTOM BULLY

$12.99

MAY151809 SCH

4

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE

$4.99

MAY151813 RAN

5

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

$4.99

MAY151814 RAN

6

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: RETURN OF THE JEDI

$4.99

MAY151815 RAN

7

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS: THE CLONE ARMY ATTACKETH HC

$14.95

MAY151808 RAN

8

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: REVENGE OF THE SITH

$4.99

MAY151812 RAN

9

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE PHANTOM MENACE

$4.99

MAY151810 RAN

10

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

$4.99

MAY151811 RAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS BLUELINE: BATMAN BY JIM LEE SDCC 2015 EXCLUSIVE FIG. JAN158085 DC

2

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

3

MAXIMUM CARNAGE FINE ART STATUE NOV142339 KOT

4

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE DEC140437 DC

5

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN STATUE JAN150421 DC

6

FINAL FANTASY ADVENT CHILDREN PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE FIG. SEP148219 SQU

7

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MIKE MIGNOLA DEC140431 DC

8

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: GREEN LANTERN JOHN STEWART FIGURE DEC140436 DC

9

BACK TO THE FUTURE: TIME MACHINE MARK I CAR APR148369 DST

10

DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN TIMELESS WILD WEST FIG DEC148596 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON FOIL PACKS MAR152653 NEC

2

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 ORIGINS BOOSTER PACKS MAY152770 WIZ

3

CHEW: CASES OF THE FDA CARD GAME MAR152639 IDW

4

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON STARTER SET MAR152654 NEC

5

DC DECK BUILDING GAME: TEEN TITANS DEC142543 CRY

6

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AGE OF ULTRON COLLECTOR’S BOX APR152744 NEC

7

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 ORIGINS FAT PACK MAY152772 WIZ

8

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS JAN158366 WIZ

9

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS NEXT: PLAYER’S HANDBOOK HC JUL142620 WIZ

10

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 ORIGINS CLASH DECKS MAY152771 WIZ

 

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Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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From: InvestComics Hot Picks #378

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We Stand on Guard #1 InvestComics

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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 7/1/15

 

We Stand On Guard #1 – A new Brian K Vaughan offering. The concept; U.S. invades Canada on foot and with big robots!

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #1 – All four covers (including regular) are sold out. Looks like the great Grant Morrison has a hit on his hands.

Onyx #1 – The new IDW sci-fi book, written by Chris Ryall is sold out.

Mickey Mouse #1 – Another IDW number one issue, sold out. This time it’s Mickey!

Groot #2 –  (verbage from the InvestComics Hot Picks #378) will have special guest star and an awesome jam cover by Declan Shalvey. The Francesco Francavilla variant is way cool too. Watch for Groot to possibly branch out (yep yep) over the years. He already has become a fan favorite in the theaters. A solo Groot short film, Netflix film, cartoon, is not that far out of the realm.

 

Here are the rest of the comics that appeared on this past week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #378 (Click the link to read now!) Click the Red links below to buy/bid now if your comic shop is not able to hook you up!

Darth Vader #7

Princess Leia #5

Barb Wire #1 (Dark Horse)

8house Arclight #1 (Image Comics)

Bob’s Burgers #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Spire #1 (Boom Studios)

 

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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 7/1/15

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A very light week compared to the busy ones we’ve had for a long stretch there. Perfect time to catch up on those back issues you’ve been looking for. Go through those boxes at your local shop, there are probably a few gems sitting in there.

The biggest book to look out for this week has to be We Stand On Guard #1 (Image Comics). Not only will it probably be a fantastic read, but it’s written by Brian K. Vaughan. This deals with the invasion of Canada by the United States. Invasion with big robots. How much fun is this going to be? Lots! One key element pertaining to the speculative side that makes this comic very attractive is the no variant aspect to it. Just one cover release (as of right now) and this makes for less clutter in the market, thus making this comic a probable sell out more attractive.

Grant Morrison will have a creator owned book this Wednesday; Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #1 (Graphic India). All of the variant covers are limited to 1000 copies each and are sold out already. The regular cover is sold out too. You better grab this off the shelf if you want a copy, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

We Stand on Guard #1 InvestComics

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Groot #2 variant InvestComics

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Barb Wire #1 InvestComics

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Grant Morrison 18 Days #1 InvestComics

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New Star Wars comics coming this Wednesday, Darth Vader #7 and Princess Leia #5. Buy any of the new Star Wars comics. The stories are great and for the possible speculative side as well. New movie will be hitting in December, who knows what possible character or villain could appear in the comic before the movie.

IDW publishing has a couple of books to look out this week. Onyx #1, a new sci-fi book from Chris Ryall with a very nice limited SDCC variant. And the new Mickey Mouse #1. Regular cover and variant sold out.

As InvestComics has matured over the years, it’s not very often that a book like Barb Wire #1 (Dark Horse) gets a mention. But when it’s Adam Hughes supplying the covers, well it has to be mentioned. Especially when the regular cover blows away the variant cover.

Darth Vader #7 InvestComics

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Onyx #1 InvestComics

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Groot #2 will have special guest star and an awesome jam cover by Declan Shalvey. The Francesco Francavilla variant is way cool too. Watch for Groot to possibly branch out (yep yep) over the years. He already has become a fan favorite in the theaters. A solo Groot short film, Netflix film, cartoon, is not that far out of the realm.

Check out these comics this Wednesday as well; 8house Arclight #1 (Image Comics), Bob’s Burgers #1 (Dynamite Entertainment). Two sold out variants already. And Spire #1 (Boom Studios).

 

Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz