It may not be the biggest year-on-year increase. But it is an increase. Honest.
Total comic book sales in 2017 were down 10% on 2016, but 2018 started to turn that around. A little.
Annual comic book sales to the comic book specialty market increased in 2018, up +3.3% for the year, while graphic novel sales dipped -6.6% from 2017. Combined, annual sales of comic book and graphic novels to comic book shops were up slightly in 2018, by .6%.
Action Comics #1000 was the most-ordered comic book of the direct market over the year, but DC Comics only had three of the top ten, Marvel taking seven, which is how Marvel had a 38.24% Dollar Market Share and a 40.4% Unit Market Share for 2018 against DC Comics' 30.04% Dollar Market Share and a 33.82% Unit Market Share.
Showing that, yes, movies can affect comic book sales, the best-selling graphic novel of 2017 through Diamond was the 1990s series The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Pérez, and Rom Lim playing out of the Avengers Infinity War movie.
But without any media crossover, volumes of Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga took the next three of the top ten graphic novel spots, while Image as a whole took 6.
From other publishers, the most-ordered comic book for the year from Image was Netflix's The Magic Order #1 at #18 but that includes a 100,000 bulk order by Reed Expo at discount to ensure Mark Millar's attendance at C2E2. They still have most of them.
IDW Publishing's Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1, was IDW's top-selling comic book, landing at #460 for the year, and in market share beat out Dark Horse.
Dark Horse's top comic book for the year Stranger Things #1, based upon the popular Netflix series, at #184.
Here's how the top of the chart breaks down for the year…
|DARK HORSE COMICS||2.92%||2.10%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.01%||5.25%|
2018 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
2018 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||1||ACTION COMICS #1000||$7.99||FEB180142-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|2||2||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800||$9.99||MAR180831-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|3||3||BATMAN #50||$4.99||MAY180450-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|4||4||FANTASTIC FOUR #1||$5.99||JUN180771-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|5||5||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1||$5.99||MAY180784-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|6||6||RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1||$4.99||JUL180968-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|7||9||VENOM #1||$4.99||MAR180803-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|8||10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798||$3.99||FEB180832-M||MARVEL COMICS|
|9||8||BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1||$4.99||OCT180464-M||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|10||13||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799||$3.99||FEB180836-M||MARVEL COMICS|
2018 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||1||INFINITY GAUNTLET TP||$24.99||JUL110745||MARVEL COMICS|
|2||4||SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR)||$14.99||JUL180297||IMAGE COMICS|
|3||19||SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMAGE COMICS|
|4||6||SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR)||$14.99||OCT170715||IMAGE COMICS|
|5||2||ACTION COMICS 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC||$29.99||DEC170241||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|6||8||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 29 LINES WE CROSS||$16.99||JAN180844||IMAGE COMICS|
|7||38||PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01||$9.99||JAN160645||IMAGE COMICS|
|8||7||BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP||$19.99||JUL180733||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|9||3||DARK NIGHTS METAL DELUXE ED HC||$29.99||JAN180379||DC ENTERTAINMENT|
|10||33||MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR)||$9.99||APR160803-M||IMAGE COMICS|
|Dollar Market Share – 2018|
|Unit Market Share – 2018|