“Batman,” “The Walking Dead” top comic sales for September 2016

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DC continued to top the comics sales charts in September 2016, thanks to Rebirth. The top selling book in September was DC’s reliable workhorse, “Batman.”

Comics

Below are the top ten selling comics for August. Information is from Diamond. Asterisks indicate the issues are returnable.

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #6 $2.99 DC
2 ALL-STAR BATMAN #2 [*] $4.99 DC
3 BATMAN #7 $2.99 DC
4 CIVIL WAR II #5 $4.99 MAR
5 JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 [*] $2.99 DC
6 THE WALKING DEAD #158 (MR) $2.99 IMA
7 TRINITY #1 [*] $2.99 DC
8 SUPERGIRL #1 [*] $2.99 DC
9 SUICIDE SQUAD #2 [*] $2.99 DC
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 [*] $2.99 DC

DC took up most of the top slots this month, thanks in part to double-shipping some of its $3 books. Marvel’s sole entry in the top 10 is “Civil War II” #5, while Image placed in sixth with “The Walking Dead” #158.

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Below are the top 10 selling trade paperbacks, according to Diamond.

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 26: CALL TO ARMS TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
2 WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON HC $22.99 DC
3 BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY TP $16.99 DC
4 BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM HC $24.99 DC
5 THE FIX VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 IMA
6 AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 13: NORTH AND SOUTH PART 1 TP $10.99 DAR
7 SECRET WARS TP $34.99 MAR
8 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 DC
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 7: THE DARKSEID WAR PART 1 TP $16.99 DC
10 HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: A CALL TO ARMS TP $16.99 DC

The top selling TPB is “The Walking Dead.” However, most of the top sellers were DC titles. Unusually, the top selling DC title is a Wonder Woman volume, not a Batman one.

An “Avatar: The Last Airbender” book also came in in the top 10.

Outside of comic shops, September’s New York Times paperback best-seller list included “March: Book One” for three weeks, and “March: Book Three” for the final week.

Miscellaneous

The top five comic publishers’ dollar and unit shares respectively:

  1. DC Comics, 36.53%/43.45%
  2. Marvel, 31.4%/30.75%
  3. Image, 9.04%/8.8%
  4. IDW, 4.6%/3.55%
  5. Dark Horse, 3.23%/2.43%

Sales dropped (in dollars/units respectively) by 19.65%/19.79% from August 2016. They’re up by 2.2%/12.57% from September 2015. Sales for 2016 to date are up by 2.65%/1.39%.

Not much else to comment on. Comic shop customers still love Rebirth (for now) and anything to do with Batman or “The Walking Dead.” Meanwhile, bookstore customers love John Lewis’ “March” books.


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