Updated on December 10, 2021
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.
Below are the top 10 selling comics for October, according to Diamond.
|1||BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1||$3.99||BOO|
|3||DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1||$3.99||MAR|
|4||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #6||$5.99||DC|
|7||CIVIL WAR II #6||$4.99||MAR|
|8||DARTH VADER #25||$5.99||MAR|
|9||ALL-STAR BATMAN #3 [*]||$4.99||DC|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD #159 (MR)||$2.99||IMA|
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.
|1||CHAMPIONS: NO TIME FOR LOSERS #1||$7.99||MAR|
|2||THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 4: RISING ACTION TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|3||EAST OF WEST VOLUME 6 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|4||TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|5||LOW VOLUME 3: SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|6||UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL BEATS UP THE MARVEL UNIVERSE HC||$24.99||MAR|
|7||DOCTOR STRANGE: FLIGHT OF BONES TP||$24.99||MAR|
|8||COLOR YOUR OWN STAR WARS TP||$9.99||MAR|
|9||TREES VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$12.99||IMA|
|10||BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BOOK & MASK SET||$39.99||DC|
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.
The top five comic publishers by dollar sales:
- Marvel: 35.89%
- DC: 30.7%
- Image: 9.45%
- IDW: 4.7%
- Dark Horse: 3.47%
The top five comic publishers by unit sales:
- Marvel: 36.58%
- DC: 34.76%
- Image: 8.83%
- Boom! Studios: 5.55%
- 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%.