Saturday, August 10, 2019

Weekend Headlines | July 2019 Top Sales

A new era began for the X-Men and the Marvel Universe in Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz's House of X #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of July 2019 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 41.38% dollar share and a 45.49% unit share. DC placed second for the month with a 26.79% dollar share and a 27.63% unit share. Image Comics was third with an 8.43% share in dollars and a 8.64% share in units. IDW was fourth for the month, followed by Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and BOOM! Studios.

In total, Marvel Comics had five titles in July's top ten best-selling comics. In addition to House of X #1, Hickman and R.B. Silva's Powers of X #1 ranked #2; Nick Spencer, Zeb Wells, Ryna Ottley, Humberto Ramos, and Dan Hipp's Amazing Spider-Man #25 ranked #3; Jed MacKay, Clay McLeod Chapman, Travel Foreman, and Alberto Alburquerque's Black Cat #2 ranked #8; and Al Ewing and Joe Bennett's Immortal Hulk #20 ranked #9. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #193, the final issue of the long-running Image Comics zombie series, ranked #4. DC had four titles in the top ten: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman: The Last Knight on Earth #2 at #5, Sean Murphy's Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 at #6, Snyder and Jock's The Batman Who Laughs #7 at #7, and Tom King and Mikel Janin's Batman #74 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Dynamite Entertainment's Vampirella #1 from Christopher Preist and Ergun Gunduz was their top book in July at #11; Dark Horse Comics' Black Hammer/Justice League #1, a crossover with DC by Jeff Lemire and Michael Walsh, ranked #64; IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #96 was their top book at #99; and BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 ranked #108.

Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's The Joker from DC’s Black Label imprint was July's best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten for DC, Michael Northrop and Gustavo Duarte's Dear Justice League ranked #6. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten, led by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Bad Weekend at #2. IDW Publishing's They Called Us Enemy, an autobiographical graphic novel from Star Trek actor George Takei about Japanese internment camps during World War II, ranked #4. Marvel Comics also had three titles in the top ten, with Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar's Conan the Barbarian Volume 1: The Life and Death of Conan Book One leading the way at #7.

The softcover edition of Gemstone Publishing's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 49, the newest edition of the comic industry's definitive price guide, was July's best-selling book. The hardcover edition ranked #3, and the Big! Big! spiralbound edition ranked #9. Dynamite Entertainment also placed in the top ten with The Art of Tekken: A Complete Visual History, an art book about Namco's long-running video game franchise, ranking #4.

Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Gallery: X-Force Taco Truck Deadpool Statue, a San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive, was July's best-selling toy product, and one of the three SDCC exclusives from Diamond Select Toys among the top ten. Beast Kingdom's Marvel Comics EAA-077: Spider-Gwen Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, ranked #2 for the month. Funko also had three PREVIEWS Exclusive products among the top ten, led by the POP! Marvel: Nova Prime Vinyl Figure at #4. DC Collectibles also charted; the DC/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Michelangelo as Batman Figure, an SDCC exclusive, ranked #9.

Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Core Rulebook 2nd Edition, a revision of the rules for the popular role-playing game, was July's best-selling game product and one of Paizo's eight products among the top ten, including five additional products as part of the Pathfinder 2nd Edition launch.
 
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 41.38%
DC COMICS 26.79%
IMAGE COMICS 8.43%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.22%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.10%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.31%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.05%
VIZ MEDIA 1.51%
TITAN COMICS 0.74%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.68%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.80%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 45.49%
DC COMICS 27.63%
IMAGE COMICS 8.64%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.99%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.42%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.19%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.86%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.75%
TITAN COMICS 0.68%
VIZ MEDIA 0.58%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.77%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
  DOLLARS UNITS
JULY 2019 VS. JUNE 2019
COMICS 15.75% 12.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.58% 4.42%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.93% 11.72%
TOYS 48.78% 61.20%
JULY 2019 VS. JULY 2018
COMICS 4.99% -0.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.83% 0.08%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 6.91% -0.68%
TOYS 72.30% 84.85%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS 0.97% -4.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -0.25% -6.20%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.63% -4.50%
TOYS 32.17% 35.90%