Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tuesday's Headlines | August 2020 Summer Comic Book Sales

Marvel Comics’ Venom #27 by Donny Cates and Juan Gedeon, continuing Cates’ acclaimed run on the title, was the best-selling comic book distributed in August through Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics claimed all ten spots in August’s top ten best-selling comics. Peter David, German Peralta, and Dale Keown reveal the untold origin of the future, villainous Hulk, in Maestro #1, which debuted at #3. Other books from Marvel in the top ten include Amazing Spider-Man #46 and #47, Empyre #4 and #5, Thor #6, Venom #25, Wolverine #4, and X-Men #11.

The best-selling comic titles from the premier publishers in August were:

Image Comics (#15): Spawn #309 by Todd McFarlane and Ken Lashley, continuing McFarlane’s record-setting series.

BOOM! Studios (#46): Seven Secrets #1 by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo, a new urban fantasy series about a secret society of magical guardians under attack.

Dynamite Entertainment (#49): Vampirella #12 by Christopher Priest and Giovanni Timpano, continuing Priest’s acclaimed run on the title.

IDW Publishing (#65): Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go… #1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, a new World War I-set chapter of the horror-fantasy series.

Dark Horse Comics (#79): Alien: The Original Screenplay #1 by Cristiano Seixas and Guilherme Balbi, adapting the original Dan O’Bannon screenplay.

Also of note, August’s top selling non-Marvel Comics title came from Titan Comics; Horizon: Zero Dawn #1 fell just outside the month's top ten comics, ranking #11 for the month.

Deadpool’s earliest appearances, including his first appearance in New Mutants #98, are reprinted in Marvel Comics’ Deadpool Classics Volume 1, the best-selling graphic novel of August. Other Marvel titles among the top ten include Spider-Man/Deadpool Volume 0: Don’t Call It a Team-Up, a collection of the duo’s early team-ups, ranked #2; Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee ranked #4; and Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva’s House of X/Powers of X, which launched a new era of X-Men adventure, ranked #5.

Also among the top ten graphic novels for August were two titles from Image Comics. The fourth collected volume of Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart’s Eisner Award-winning series Gideon Falls ranked #4, and Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips’ original graphic novel Pulp ranked #7.

Funko’s POP! Marvel Heroes: Absolute Carnage Deluxe Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive figure inspired by Marvel Comics’ best-selling Absolute Carnage event, was August’s best-selling toy and one of the three Funko products among the month’s top ten. Also in the top ten from the manufacturer were the POP! DC Heroes: Red Hood vs. Deathstroke Comic Moment Vinyl Figure Diorama, a PREVIEWS Exclusive for San Diego Comic Con 2020, at #2 and the life-size POP! Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The Child 10-Inch Vinyl Figure at #9.  Mezco’s One:12 Collective: Marvel: Stealth Suit Spider-Man Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, ranked #3 for the month. Diamond Select Toys also had four products in the top ten, led by The Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Lighted Action Figure Box Set, produced for San Diego Comic Con 2020, at #4.

Paizo Publishing had a strong August, taking all ten spots in the month’s top ten best-selling game products, with the Pathfinder Second Edition Advanced Player’s Guide topping the chart. Also in the top ten were the Starfinder RPG: Starship Operations Manual at #2, the Pathfinder Second Edition: Lost Omens Legends Sourcebook at #3, the Pathfinder Second Edition Core Rulebook at #4, and the Pathfinder Second Edition Advanced Player’s Guide Special Edition at #5.

“We’re very encouraged by the strong performance we saw in many titles this month,” said Tim Lenaghan, Chief Purchasing officer of Geppi Family Enterprises, the parent company of Diamond Comic Distributors, of August’s sales.  “The market continues to rebound, and in many cases, we’re seeing new series debut from many of our publishers that are outperforming what we saw in the first quarter. Similarly, issues of established series are seeing increases in subsequent issues as well, and we believe this bodes well for the strength of the industry in third and fourth quarter.