Batman hunts through Gotham City to locate Gotham Girl to help her after her encounter with the Psycho-Pirate in Tom King, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado’s Batman #6 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of September 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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DC Entertainment was September’s top publisher with a 36.53% dollar share and a 43.45% unit share. Marvel Comics was the month’s number two publisher with a 31.40% dollar share and a 30.75% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 9.04% dollar share and a 8.80% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.60% dollar share and a 3.55% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.23% dollar share and 2.43% units share.

 

DC Entertainment had eight titles in the top ten including Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.’s All-Star Batman #2 at

#2; Batman #7, the first chapter of “Night of the Monster Men,” at #3; Justice League #4 at #5; Francis Manapul’s

Trinity #1 at #7; Supergirl #1 at #8; Suicide Squad #2 at #9; and Justice League #5 at #10. Brian Michael Bendis and

David Marquez’s Civil War II #5 was Marvel Comics’ best-selling book for September at #4. Image Comics’ The

Walking Dead #158 from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard was the publisher’s top book at #6. IDW Publishing’s Revolution #1, the first part of IDW Publishing’s Hasbro crossover, was their top book at #85. Rounding out the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Black Hammer #3 from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston was their top book at #158.

 

the-walking-dead-volume-26Rick Grimes prepares a counterattack against the Whisperers in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead Volume 26: Call to Arms from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of September and one of the publisher’s two titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had six titles in the top ten, led by Jill Thompson’s original graphic novel, Wonder Woman: The Last Amazon at #2. Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 13:

North and South Part One ranked #6. Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic ranked #7.

 

BOOM! Studios’ Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales, an illustrated storybook based on the cult film, was September’s best-selling book. Image Comics’ The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book was in the top ten at #10 as was IDW Publishing’s The Beauty of Horror: A Goregeous Coloring Book at #7.

 

Based on artwork for Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the DC Designer Series: Batman by Andy Kubert Statue from DC Collectibles was September’s best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer’s six products among the top ten. Also in the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Ghostbusters Select Series 3 Action Figure ranked #7 for the month.

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WizKids/NECA’s DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash Foil Packs was September’s best-selling game product. IDW Publishing had two products among the top ten — The Godfather: The New Don Game ranked #3 for the month, and the Arcane Academy Card Game ranked #6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR SHARE UNIT SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 36.53% 43.45%
MARVEL COMICS 31.40% 30.75%
IMAGE COMICS 9.04% 8.80%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.60% 3.55%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.23% 2.43%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.38% 1.95%
TITAN COMICS 1.29% 1.27%
VIZ MEDIA 1.10% 0.39%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.02% 0.79%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 0.94% 0.78%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.46% 5.84%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
SEPTEMBER 2016 VS. AUGUST 2016  
COMICS -23.78% -20.61%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.25% -8.37%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -19.65% -19.79%
SEPTEMBER 2016 VS. S EPTEMBER 2015  
COMICS 9.23% 15.61%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.94% -14.46%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.20% 12.57%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. Y EAR-TO-DATE 2015  
COMICS 3.32% 1.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.15% -0.82%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.65% 1.39%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC

NOVELS

SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 82 40 0 122
DC ENTERTAINMENT 76 36 0 112
IMAGE COMICS 53 18 1 72
IDW PUBLISHING 40 13 0 53
DARK HORSE COMICS 26 18 0 44
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 24 14 0 38
VIZ MEDIA 0 23 0 23
TITAN COMICS 17 2 3 22
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 16 4 0 20
ONI PRESS INC. 9 2 0 11
OTHER 115 131 12 258

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #6 $2.99 JUL160304-M DC
2 ALL-STAR BATMAN #2 [*] $4.99 JUL160288-M DC
3 BATMAN #7 $2.99 JUL160310-M DC
4 CIVIL WAR II #5 $4.99 JUN160760-M MAR
5 JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 [*] $2.99 JUL160338-M DC
6 THE WALKING DEAD #158 (MR) $2.99 JUL160789-M IMA
7 TRINITY #1 [*] $2.99 JUL160282-M DC
8 SUPERGIRL #1 [*] $2.99 JUL160277-M DC
9 SUICIDE SQUAD #2 [*] $2.99 JUL160346-M DC
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 [*] $2.99 JUL160340-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR

  • THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 26: CALL TO ARMS TP (MR) $14.99   JUN160722           IMA
  • WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON HC $22.99   MAY160281          DC
  • BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY TP $16.99        JUN160332           DC
  • BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM HC $24.99        MAY160304          DC
  • THE FIX VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99      JUN160686-M        IMA

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 13: NORTH AND

  • $10.99 MAY160022          DAR

SOUTH PART 1 TP

  • SECRET WARS TP $34.99   JUN160958           MAR
  • BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99   NOV070226          DC
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 7: THE DARKSEID WAR PART 1 TP $16.99   JUN160346           DC
  • HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: A CALL TO ARMS TP $16.99   JUN160344           DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH TALES HC $16.99 JUL161323 BOO
2 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPER HERO HIGH YEARBOOK SC $9.99 JUL162224 RAN
3 GHOSTBUSTERS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 JUL162266 RAN
4 GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 JUL162267 RAN
5 BEDTIME FOR BATMAN PICTURE BOOK HC $15.95 JUL162219 CAP
6 THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR) $14.99 FEB160615 IMA
7 BEAUTY OF HORROR: GOREGEOUS COLORING BOOK TP $17.99 JUL160659 IDW
8 ATTACK ON TITAN ADULT COLORING BOOK $12.99 MAY168239 RAN
9 ALAN MOORE: JERUSALEM HC NOVEL (MR) $35.00 JUL162245 WW
10 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 110 SC $14.95 JUN162101 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY ANDY KUBERT STATUE DEC150384 DC
2 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE BY BERMEJO FEB160284 DC
3 POP! MARVEL: DEADPOOL “DRESSED TO KILL” VINYL FIGURE JUL162708 FUN
4 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: HALLOWEEN BATGIRL STATUE APR160454 DC
5 THE FLASH TV ACTION FIGURE OCT140413 DC
6 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: BATMAN MAF EX FIGURE NOV158136 MED
7 GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURES MAY162380 DST
8 BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE PLAY ARTS KAI: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE JAN168666 SQU
9 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: CLASSIC HARLEY QUINN 2ND EDITION STATUE JUN160390 DC
10 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES BY CAPULLO: SURVIVAL GEAR BATMAN ACTION FIGURE MAR160328 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC DICE MASTERS: GREEN ARROW AND THE FLASH JUN163094 NEC
2 FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE GAME JUL158674 BAN
3 THE GODFATHER: THE NEW DON GAME MAY160541 IDW
4 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICK MAY163107 NEC
6 ARCANE ACADEMY CARD GAME JUN160572 IDW
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKS MAY163104 WIZ
8 YU-GI-OH! TCG 2016 MEGA-TIN CASE MAY168707 KON
9 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME (2ND EDITION) FEB151159 BOO
10 D&D MINIATURES SET FIVE JUN169191 NEC

 

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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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