The leader of Wakanda takes his place at the front of the pack as MacArthur Fellowship author Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze reintroduce readers to T’Challa in Marvel Comics’ Black Panther #1, the best-selling comic book of April 2016 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

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Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher with a 42.98% dollar share and a 47.87% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 25.82% dollar share and a 25.13% unit share. April’s number three publisher was Image Comics with an 8.72% dollar share and an 8.95% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.41% dollar share and a 3.67% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.07% dollar share and 2.42% units share.

 

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Vader Down Star Wars Poe Dameron #1 Black Panther #1Dark Knight III #4Marvel Comics had seven of April’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther #1 debuting at #1. Also in the top ten were the Star Wars series debuts Charles Soule, Phil Noto, and Chris Eliopoulous’ Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 at #2 and James Robinson and Tony Harris Star Wars Special C-3P0 #1 at #4. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten — Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, and Andy Kubert’s Dark Knight III Master Race Book 4 at #3, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s final collaboration on the Dark Knight, Batman #51 at #5, and Rob Williams and Jim Lee’s Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fools Special #1 at #9. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #153 was Image Comics’ top book for the month at #13, IDW Publishing’s Micronaunts #1 ranked #75, and Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens: Defiance #1 ranked #132 for the month.

 

Rat Queens Volume 3Wonder Woman Earth OneGrant Morrison and Yanick Paquette provided a fresh look at Diana’s origin in Wonder Woman Earth One Volume: 1 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel of April. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten with the release of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition at #9. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten – Star Wars: Vader Down at #2, Jim Starlin and Ron Lim’s Thanos: The Infinity Finale OGN at #5, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War at #6, and Deadpool: World’s Greatest Volume 1: A Millionaire with Mouth at #7. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten including Kurtis Wiebe and Tess Fowler’s Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons at #3, Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After at #4, and Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick Volume:1 Awakening at #8. Rounding out the top ten, Oni Press’ Rick & Morty: Volume 2 ranked #10.

 

Image Comics’ Spawn Adult Coloring Book was April’s best-selling book. Random House’s Star Wars Little Golden Book: The Force Awakens ranked #2 for the month.

 

DC Collectibles’ Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice: Batman Statue was April’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten was DC Collectible’s DC Comics Bombshells: The Joker & Harley Quinn Statue 2nd Edition at #5. Diamond Select Toys has five products in the top ten, led by the Ghostbusters Select Series 2 Action Figures at #2. Diamond Select Toys rounds out the top ten with Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #7, Marvel Select: Black Widow Action Figure at #8, Ghostbusters Select Series 1 Action Figures at #9, and Batman Premium Collection: Mad Love Harley Quinn Statue at #10.

 

Wizkids/NECA’s Marvel Heroclix: Uncanny X-Men Booster Brick was April’s best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 42.98% 47.87%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.82% 25.13%
IMAGE COMICS 8.72% 8.95%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.41% 3.67%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.07% 2.42%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.39% 2.45%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.53% 1.45%
TITAN COMICS 1.10% 1.09%
VIZ MEDIA 0.97% 0.38%
ONI PRESS 0.87% 0.63%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.12% 5.96%

 


NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 92 35 1 128
DC ENTERTAINMENT 80 31 1 112
IMAGE COMICS 56 17 1 73
IDW PUBLISHING 43 21 0 64
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 19 0 46
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 27 8 0 35
TITAN COMICS 22 3 1 26
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 19 6 0 25
VIZ MEDIA 0 21 0 21
ONI PRESS INC. 8 4 0 12
OTHER NON-TOP 10 46 139 26 211

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
APRIL 2016 VS. MARCH 2016
COMICS 8.18% 8.19%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.81% -8.22%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.06% 6.50%
APRIL 2016 VS. APRIL 2015
COMICS -18.05% -22.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.99% -12.42%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -16.19% -21.49%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS -7.84% -13.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.87% 5.23%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.06% -11.69%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACK PANTHER #1 $4.99 FEB160740-M MAR
2 STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1 $4.99 FEB160747-M MAR
3 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4 $5.99 JAN160219-M DC
4 STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1 $4.99 OCT150933 MAR
5 BATMAN #51 $3.99 FEB160185-M DC
6 GWENPOOL #1 $4.99 FEB160762-M MAR
7 STAR WARS #18 $3.99 FEB160935-M MAR
8 DARTH VADER #19 $3.99 FEB160938 MAR
9 HARLEY QUINN & SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL’S SPECIAL #1 $4.99 FEB160121-M DC
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 FEB160792-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE BOOK 1 HC $22.99 DEC150215 DC
2 STAR WARS: VADER DOWN TP $19.99 JAN160962 MAR
3 RAT QUEENS VOLUME 3: DEMONS TP (MR) $14.99 JAN160696 IMA
4 I HATE FAIRYLAND VOL. 1: MADLY EVER AFTER TP (MR) $9.99 JAN160644-M IMA
5 THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE OGN HC $24.99 DEC150873 MAR
6 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
7 DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST VOLUME 1: A MILLIONAIRE WITH MOUTH TP $15.99 JAN160939 MAR
8 BLACK MAGICK VOL. 1: AWAKENING PART ONE TP (MR) $9.99 JAN160635-M IMA
9 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
10 RICK & MORTY VOLUME 2 TP $19.99 FEB161683-M ONI

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SPAWN ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 FEB160614 IMA
2 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE FORCE AWAKENS $4.99 FEB162187 RAN
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 105 SC $14.95 JAN161934 SAN
4 STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA UPDATED EXPANDED HC $16.99 MAR162015 DK
5 FIREFLY DICTIONARY AND PHRASEBOOK HC $21.95 JAN161711 RAN
6 NARUTO: SAKURA STORY SC $10.99 MAR161867 VIZ
7 LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA $18.99 MAR161976 DK
8 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIRST AVENGER HC $24.99 MAR161964 DK
9 STAR TREK: MAD LIBS $4.99 FEB162184 PUT
10 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148145 POC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUE AUG150303 DC
2 GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES JAN162250 DST
3 MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: TEPPO ASHIGARU SANDTROOPER ACTION FIGURES JUL158518 BLU
4 HATSUNE MIKU PLAY ARTS KAI: TETSUYA FIGURE SEP152434 SQU
5 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND EDITION AUG150309 DC
6 POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA 3-PACK SEP158902 FUN
7 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
8 MARVEL SELECT: BLACK WIDOW ACTION FIGURE SEP118154 DST
9 GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES MAY152168 DST
10 BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUE JUL158013 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: UNCANNY X-MEN BOOSTER BRICK MAR162746 NEC
2 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX JAN162805 NEC
3 SHADOWS OVER CAMELOT FEB054009 DAY
4 SMALL WORLD FEB095181 DOW
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR FEB162982 NEC
6 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERS FEB162979 WIZ
7 DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS QUICK START KIT JAN160053 NEC
8 MEMOIR ’44 APR044222 DOW
9 TICKET TO RIDE MAR043750 DOW
10 DC DICE MASTERS: WORLDS FINEST JAN162799 NEC

 

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

 

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

 

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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