“Dark Nights: Metal,” “The Walking Dead” top October 2017 comic sales

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DC’s Batman-centric “Dark Nights: Metal” event topped October 2017 direct-market comic sales. Meanwhile, “The Walking Dead” topped graphic novel/trade paperback direct market and bookstore sales.

Comics

Here’s a look at October’s top-selling direct market comics, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3$3.99DC
2THE MIGHTY THOR #700$5.99MAR
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789$3.99MAR
4BATMAN #32$2.99DC
5BATMAN #33$2.99DC
6THE DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287$3.99MAR
7BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1$3.99DC
8BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1$3.99DC
9BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1$3.99DC
10BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1$3.99DC

DC took seven of the top 10 slots this month, all for Batman-related titles, including tie-ins to “Dark Nights: Metal.” Marvel takes up the other three entries with Thor’s 700th issue, Spider-Man, and Deadpool.

Graphic novels/trade paperbacks

Here’s October’s top-selling direct market trade paperbacks and graphic novels.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC (MR)$19.99IMA
2BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON DELUXE EDITION HC$19.99DC
3SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
4RAT QUEENS VOLUME 4: HIGH FANTASIES TP (MR)$14.99IMA
5SUPER SONS VOLUME 1: WHEN I GROW UP TP$12.99DC
6I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 3: GOOD GIRL TP (MR)$16.99IMA
7REDNECK TP VOL 01 DEEP IN THE HEART (MR)$16.99IMA
8STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL TP$17.99MAR
9BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 3: LEAGUE TP$19.99DC
10LOW VOL. 4: OUTER ASPECTS OF INNER ATTITUDES TP (MR)$16.99IMA
The Walking Dead: Here's Negan HC
Art by Charlie Adlard and Dave Stewart.

Image has six of the top 10 selling trades, including “The Walking Dead,” “Rat Queens,” and “Seven to Eternity.”

DC has three entries (led by the “Watchmen”-tied “The Button”), while Marvel has just one (a “Star Wars” title).

Dollar share and unit share

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 36.38%
  2. DC Comics: 30.58%
  3. Image: 11.46%
  4. IDW: 4.33%
  5. Dark Horse: 2.82%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. Marvel: 38.63%
  2. DC Comics: 35.48%
  3. Image: 9.84%
  4. IDW: 3.31%
  5. Dynamite: 1.96%

Publishers Weekly graphic novel best sellers

Outside of the direct market (and Diamond), Publishers Weekly reports that (as of the five-week period ending November 5, 2017), the top-selling trade paperback/graphic novel is “The Walking Dead,” volume 28. Other top sellers include the manga series “Tokyo Ghoul” and three other “Walking Dead” volumes.

The only superhero titles in the top 10 are two Batman books: a deluxe edition of “The Button,” and “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.”

Comments

Despite the demise of the New York Times’ best-sellers’ lists for comics, I thought I’d try to include non-direct market comics sales figures. Comics are sold at venues besides local comic shops, after all, plus it’s more reflective of what’s actually selling.

Publishers Weekly offers a top 10 graphic novel sales list, based on Bookscan sales data (i.e., sales through Amazon, Walmart, bookstores, and other non-comic shop venues).

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