“Marvel Legacy,” “The Walking Dead” top September 2017 comic sales

Marvel’s “Marvel Legacy” #1 topped September 2017’s direct market comic sales. Meanwhile, “The Walking Dead” was the top-selling trade paperback.

Comics

Below are September’s top-selling comics, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1MARVEL LEGACY #1$5.99MAR
2DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2$3.99DC
3VENOMVERSE #1$4.99MAR
4BATMAN #30$2.99DC
5BATMAN #31$2.99DC
6HARLEY QUINN 25TH-ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1$4.99DC
7THE WALKING DEAD #171 (MR)$2.99IMA
8BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1$3.99DC
9BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1$3.99DC
10ACTION COMICS #987 LENTICULAR EDITION$3.99DC

Marvel’s only two entries in the top 10 this month are event-related, “Legacy” and “Venomverse” (one guess who that’s about). Not even “Star Wars” is in the top 10 this month. (A book about Captain Phasma came in at #11, according to Comichron.)

Meanwhile, DC’s top 10 are the usual: “Batman,” a “Harley Quinn” 25th anniversary special (she debuted on “Batman: The Animated Series” in 1992), and “Dark Nights: Metal.” Also appearing is “Action Comics” #987 (for a lenticular cover).

The only non-Big Two title in the top 10 is also the usual one: Image’s “The Walking Dead.”

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Here’s the top-selling trade paperbacks for September.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 28 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
2BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT III: MASTER RACE HC$29.99DC
3STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL TP$16.99MAR
4EAST OF WEST VOLUME 7 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
5DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 4: PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH TP$9.99DC
6SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 4: FOURGY TP (MR)$16.99IMA
7ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY TP$16.99DC
8ROYAL CITY VOL. 1: NEXT OF KIN TP$9.99IMA
9HARLEY QUINN VOL. 3: RED MEAT TP$16.99DC
10WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 5: PAST LIVES TP$17.99MAR
Past Times at Superhero High
Art by Yancey Labat.

“The Walking Dead” is the top-selling trade this month. Image also has three other titles in the top 10, “East of West,” “Sex Criminals,” and “Royal City.”

DC took up four slots, with “The Dark Knight III” hardcover as their top seller. Of interest is that a DC Super Hero Girls book, “Past Times at Super Hero High,” came in (at fifth place) as DC’s second biggest selling trade paperback/graphic novel this month.

Marvel only had two titles, led by a Darth Maul book.

“East of West” is by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, featuring a sci-fi Western series set in a dystopian version of the United States. “Royal City,” by writer/artist Jeff Lemire, is a series about a writer returning to his declining childhood hometown, where he deals with family related drama.

Other figures

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 37.97%
  2. DC Comics: 30.21%
  3. Image: 9.55%
  4. IDW: 4.3%
  5. Dark Horse: 2.44%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. Marvel: 38.13%
  2. DC Comics: 36.68%
  3. Image: 8.81%
  4. IDW: 3.67%
  5. Dynamite: 1.91%

Comments

Sales continue to be soft for the year overall versus 2016.

I’ve seen some on Twitter comment on the closeness of the unit sales figures for Marvel and DC. I assume the whopping $6 cover price for “Marvel Legacy” and $5 for “Venomverse” helped keep the dollar sales figures much further apart.

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