DC’s “Rebirth” once again dominated comic sales in August. Leading the pack as the top-selling book this month is “Harley Quinn” #1.
Listed below are the top 10 selling comics for August, according to Diamond. Asterisks indicate the books are returnable, as part of DC’s “Rebirth” promotional effort.
|1||HARLEY QUINN #1 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|2||ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 [*]||$4.99||DC|
|3||SUICIDE SQUAD #1 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|4||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16||$3.99||MAR|
|5||SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|6||BATMAN #4 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|7||BATMAN #5 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|8||JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|9||HARLEY QUINN #2 [*]||$2.99||DC|
|10||SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1 [*]||$2.99||DC|
As shown above, DC completely dominates the top 10 selling books this month. Comichron notes it’s DC’s highest sales in several years. It’s also another month with sales led by a book starring a woman. Fortunately, that’s an occurrence that’s becoming more and more common in recent years.
Presumably coming out biweekly is helping “Batman” a lot, as it has two slots.
Marvel’s one entry in the top 10 is an issue of “Amazing Spider-Man.”
Trade paperbacks/graphic novels
Below are the top 10 trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Information also taken from Diamond.
|1||STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 3: THE SHU TORUN WAR TP||$16.99||MAR|
|2||BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC||$17.99||DC|
|3||BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP||$16.99||MAR|
|4||SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC TP||$17.99||MAR|
|5||STAR WARS VOLUME 3: REBEL JAIL TP||$19.99||MAR|
|6||BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC||$24.99||DC|
|7||SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|8||TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC||$22.99||DC|
|9||HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET||$34.99||DC|
|10||HARLEY QUINN & THE SUICIDE SQUAD: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK TP||$15.99||DC|
Marvel’s “Darth Vader” topped the TPB/GN list. Following it in second place is perennial “Family Ties”-era best seller “The Killing Joke.”
Other top sellers include “Black Panther,” “Saga,” and a few Harley Quinn books. “Saga” for some reason is the only non-Big Two book in the top 10 this month.
In contrast to the above, the New York Times paperback best-seller list (for the week of September 25) is available here. The top sellers are “Angel Catbird, vol. 1” (hardcover) and “March, Book Three” (paperback). Other best-sellers include “Maus,” “Persepolis,” and “American Born Chinese.”
The top five comic publishers’ dollar and unit share respectively:
- DC Comics, 39.27%/44.59%
- Marvel, 30.78%/32.11%
- Image, 7.66%/7.78%
- IDW, 4.92%/3.53%
- Dark Horse, 3.08%/2.28%
Sales rose (by dollars/units) by 14.13%/8.95% over July. They’re up by a whopping 31.62%/40.77% over August 2015. (This August had five shipping weeks in it, on top of “Rebirth.”) Sales for 2016 are up by 2.71%/0.14%.
Overall, things look positive for the comics industry, with sales still up. While “Rebirth” won’t keep DC aloft forever, it might give a boost to the industry as a whole, like the New 52 did in 2011.