Returning to her home on Coney Island, Harley Quinn faces an all-out zombie apocalypse in Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin’s Harley Quinn #1 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of August 2016 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Diamond Comic Distributors topped ten million non-promotional comic books shipped during the month for the first time in nearly twenty years, with comic shops purchasing 10.26 million comic books in August.

With sales powered by the Rebirth publishing initiative, DC Entertainment was August’s top publisher with a 39.27% dollar share and a 44.59% unit share. Marvel Comics was the month’s number two publisher with a 30.78% dollar share and a 32.11% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 7.66% dollar share and a 7.78% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.92% dollar share and a 3.53% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.08% dollar share and 2.28% units share.

DC Entertainment had nine of the month’s top ten best-selling comics; in addition to Harley Quinn #1, Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.’s All-Star Batman #1 ranked #2, Rob Williams and Jim Lee’s Suicide Squad #1 ranked #3, Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 ranked #5, Batman #4 ranked #6, Batman #5 ranked #7, Justice League #2 ranked #8, Harley Quinn #2 ranked #9, and Supergirl Rebirth #1 ranked #10. Rounding out the top ten, Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Amazing Spider-Man #16 from Marvel Comics ranked #4 for August. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #157 was Image Comics’ best-selling book in July at #13. IDW Publishing’s TMNT Universe #1, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spin-off, was their top book for the month at #85. Finally, Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s Briggs Land #1, a new series about anti-government extremists in the American west in development as a television series for AMC, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book for August at #127.

Darth Vader puts down a rebellion against the Empire’s rule in Kieron Gillen, Leinil Francis Yu, and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 3: The Shu-Torun War from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel for August. In total, Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten including Ta-Nahesi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther Book 1: Nation Under Our Feet at #3, Spider-Man/Deadpool Volume 1: Isn’t It Bromantic? at #4, and Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Jail at #5. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition at #2, followed by Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (copublished by IDW Publishing) at #5, Teen Titans: Earth One Volume 2 at #8, the Harley Quinn Book and Mask Set at #9, and Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: An Adult Coloring Book at #10. Also in the top ten was Image Comics; Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 6 ranked #7 for the month.

Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and some of the top writers working in fantasy and horror today explore the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft in Dark Horse Comics’ prose anthology Children of Lovecraft, the best-selling book of August. Image Comics had two titles in the top ten books as well; the ODYC Adult Coloring Book ranked #3 and The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book ranked #7.

Inspired by Warner Bros.’ film, DC Collectibles’ Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Statue was August’s best-selling toy product. In total, DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten, including the Joker and Deadshot statues that match the Harley Quinn statue. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten; the Marvel Gallery: Spider-Gwen PVC Figure ranked #3 and perennial seller the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure ranked #4..

NECA/WizKids’ Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man Booster Packs was August’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten was IDW Games; the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #7 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT 39.27% 44.59%
MARVEL COMICS 30.78% 32.11%
IMAGE COMICS 7.66% 7.78%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.92% 3.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.08% 2.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.98% 1.57%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.57% 1.14%
TITAN COMICS 1.19% 1.09%
VIZ MEDIA 1.14% 0.41%
ONI PRESS 0.83% 0.55%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.58% 4.94%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2016 VS. JULY 2016
COMICS 13.30% 8.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 16.50% 19.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 14.13% 8.95%
AUGUST 2016 VS. AUGUST 2015
COMICS 44.58% 44.02%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.53% 7.15%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 31.62% 40.77%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS 2.66% 0.06%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.81% 1.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.71% 0.14%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 93 35 0 128
DC ENTERTAINMENT 75 33 1 109
IDW PUBLISHING 53 31 0 84
IMAGE COMICS 52 11 1 64
DARK HORSE COMICS 26 16 0 42
TITAN COMICS 20 10 2 32
BOOM! STUDIOS 22 8 0 30
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 22 6 0 28
VIZ MEDIA 0 24 0 24
ONI PRESS 10 2 0 12
OTHER NON-TOP 10 144 117 24 285

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HARLEY QUINN #1 [*] $2.99 JUN160218-M DC
2 ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 [*] $4.99 JUN160203-M DC
3 SUICIDE SQUAD #1 [*] $2.99 JUN160230-M DC
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 $3.99 JUN160844-M MAR
5 SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1 [*] $2.99 JUN160228-M DC
6 BATMAN #4 [*] $2.99 JUN160242-M DC
7 BATMAN #5 [*] $2.99 JUN160244-M DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 [*] $2.99 JUN160266-M DC
9 HARLEY QUINN #2 [*] $2.99 JUN160220-M DC
10 SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1 [*] $2.99 JUN160226-M DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 3: THE SHU TORUN WAR TP $16.99 MAY160924 MAR
2 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
3 BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP $16.99 JUN160956 MAR
4 SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC TP $17.99 MAY160926 MAR
5 STAR WARS VOLUME 3: REBEL JAIL TP $19.99 MAY160922 MAR
6 BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC $24.99 APR160380 DC
7 SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR) $14.99 MAR160684 IMA
8 TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC $22.99 APR160323 DC
9 HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET $34.99 APR160377 DC
10 HARLEY QUINN & THE SUICIDE SQUAD: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $15.99 MAY160307 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 CHILDREN OF LOVECRAFT TP $19.99 APR160081 DAR
2 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 MAY162065 RAN
3 ODYC ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR) $14.99 MAY160682 IMA
4 MARVEL: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW HC $19.99 JUN162060 DK
5 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 109 SC $14.95 MAY162071 SAN
6 SENSUOUS FRAZETTA SC (MR) $24.95 MAY161913 VAN
7 THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR) $14.99 FEB160615 IMA
8 ART OF COLORING DISNEY VILLAINS HC $15.99 JUN162067 HAC
9 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 46 SC $29.95 APR161669-M GEM
10 YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS SC $19.99 JUN161954 VIZ

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN STATUE JAN160369 DC
2 SUICIDE SQUAD: THE JOKER STATUE JAN160371 DC
3 MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-GWEN PVC FIGURE MAR162236 DST
4 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
5 POP! GODZILLA: ATOMIC BREATH GODZILLA 6-INCH FIGURE APR162788 FUN
6 SUICIDE SQUAD: DEADSHOT STATUE JAN160368 DC
7 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN II ACTION FIGURE FEB160276 DC
8 DC ICONS: THE JOKER “A DEATH IN THE FAMILY” ACTION FIGURE NOV150323 DC
9 X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES APR168678 HAS
10 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: POWER GIRL & SUPERMAN STATUE JAN160372 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICK MAY163107 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKS MAY163104 WIZ
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON FAT PACK MAY163105 WIZ
4 FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE GAME JUL158674 BAN
5 4D CITYSCAPE: GAME OF THRONES: WESTEROS PUZZLE AUG132098 4D
6 MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
FAST FORCES 6-PACK
MAY163109 NEC
7 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
8 DEADPOOL BATTLE YAHTZEE JUN163093 USA
9 MUNCHKIN MARVEL UNIVERSE 2: MYSTIC MAYHEM MAY163102 PSI
10 YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS MOVIE BOOSTER PACKS MAY168708 KON

 

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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