Marvel’s “Champions” helps it top October 2016 comics sales

Marvel’s “Champions” helped it to top this month’s sales charts in revenue. However, by units sold (thanks to Loot Crate), the top comic this month is a Boom Studios crossover between “Escape From New York” and “Big Trouble in Little China.” Diamond noted this in its listings, though didn’t mention Loot Crate.

Comics

Below are the top 10 selling comics for October, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1$3.99BOO
2CHAMPIONS #1$4.99MAR
3DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1$3.99MAR
4DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #6$5.99DC
5BATMAN #8$2.99DC
6BATMAN #9$2.99DC
7CIVIL WAR II #6$4.99MAR
8DARTH VADER #25$5.99MAR
9ALL-STAR BATMAN #3 [*]$4.99DC
10THE WALKING DEAD #159 (MR)$2.99IMA

DC’s “Rebirth” (and returnable books) influence is finally waning. Marvel’s “Champions” book, starring Ms. Marvel and other young heroes, topped sales for the Big Two. Dr. Strange also did well (thanks to the new movie). The sole Image title appearing is “The Walking Dead.”

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Below is a list of the top selling trade paperbacks/graphic novels.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1CHAMPIONS: NO TIME FOR LOSERS #1$7.99MAR
2THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 4: RISING ACTION TP (MR)$14.99IMA
3EAST OF WEST VOLUME 6 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
4TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
5LOW VOLUME 3: SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT TP (MR)$14.99IMA
6UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL BEATS UP THE MARVEL UNIVERSE HC$24.99MAR
7DOCTOR STRANGE: FLIGHT OF BONES TP$24.99MAR
8COLOR YOUR OWN STAR WARS TP$9.99MAR
9TREES VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$12.99IMA
10BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BOOK & MASK SET$39.99DC

A reprint of the 70s run of “Champions” topped the trade paperback list this month. Image also did quite well, taking up half the slots. DC’s sole entry is the Reagan-era “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.”

Outside of comic shops, October’s top selling paperback graphic novel, according to the New York Times, is “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier. It topped the list all through the month.

Miscellaneous

The top five comic publishers by dollar sales:

  1. Marvel: 35.89%
  2. DC: 30.7%
  3. Image: 9.45%
  4. IDW: 4.7%
  5. Dark Horse: 3.47%

The top five comic publishers by unit sales:

  1. Marvel: 36.58%
  2. DC: 34.76%
  3. Image: 8.83%
  4. Boom! Studios: 5.55%
  5. IDW: 3.44%

Total comic sales are up (by dollars/units respectively) by 10.69%/16.23% since September. Since a year ago, they’re up 1.09%/12.23%. Comic sales are up for 2016 by 2.48%/2.52%.

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