Sales of comics and graphic novels to the Direct Market of comic book stores serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors declined 3.26% compared to the previous year in January, according to information released by Diamond.  Comic sales were down 6.7%, while graphic novels were up 5.09% to produce the 3.26% net decline.

Market shares were fairly consistent with recent months.


Comic Store Market Share (Dollar & Unit Share) – January 2020

Publisher                            Dollar Share        Unit Share
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Marvel Comics                    39.98%                   46.67%
DC Comics                           29.33%                   29.73%
Image Comics                       5.60%                      5.60%
IDW Publishing                     4.05%                      3.28%
Dark Horse Comics              3.09%                      2.28%
Boom! Studios                      3.04%                      3.10%
VIZ Media                              2.59%                      1.04%
Dynamite Entertainment    2.21%                      2.08%
Random House                    0.76%                      0.22%
Titan Comics                         0.57%                      0.41%
Other Non-Top 10               8.77%                      5.59%

DC Comics had the top comic by units shipped with Wonder Woman #750, an up-priced $9.99 anniversary issue.  Marvel Comics ad eight of the top ten comics for January.

Top 10 Comics by Units Shipped – January 2020
  1.  Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics)
  2.  Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)
  3.  Star Wars #1 (Marvel Comics)
  4.  X-Men #4 (Marvel Comics)
  5.  X-Men #5 (Marvel Comics)
  6.  Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)
  7.  Batman #86 (DC Comics)
  8.  Amazing Spider-Man #38 (Marvel Comics)
  9.  Amazing Spider-Man #37 (Marvel Comics)
10.  Star #1 (Marvel Comics)

That premium cover price on Wonder Woman #750 placed it at #1 on the top dollar comics for January as well.  Higher-priced issues from DC Comics changed the rankings slightly; three DCs were in the top ten dollar comics.

Top 10 Comics by Dollars Invoiced – January 2020
  1.  Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics)
  2.  Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)
  3.  Star Wars #1 (Marvel Comics)
  4.  X-Men #4 (Marvel Comics)
  5.  Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)
  6.  X-Men #5 (Marvel Comics)
  7.  The Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #2 (DC Comics)
  8.  Batman: Curse of the White Knight #6 (DC Comics)
  9.  Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel Comics)
10.  Venom: The End #1 (Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics had the top graphic novel by units shipped in January with its Absolute Carnage collection; the $60 House of X/Powers of X collection placed impressively at #5 in units.

Top 10 Graphic Novels by Units Shipped – January 2020
  1.  Absolute Carnage TP (Marvel Comics)
  2.  Diana: Princess of the Amazons TP (DC Comics)
  3.  Watchmen TP (DC Comics)
  4.  League of Legends: Lux TP (Marvel Comics)
  5.  House of X/Powers of X HC (Marvel Comics)
  6.  Stranger Things: Zombie Boys TP (Dark Horse Comics)
  7.  My Hero Academia Volume 22 GN (VIZ Media)
  8.  Black Hammer Vol. 4: Age of Doom Part II TP (Dark Horse Comics)
  9.  Green Lantern: Legacy TP (DC Comics)
10.  Wonder Woman: Warbringer TP (DC Comics)

Two $125 omnibi were the top graphic novels by dollars shipped in January; only three volumes in the top ten dollar books were priced at under $50 MSRP.

Top 10 Graphic Novels by Dollars Invoiced – January 2020
  1.  Incredible Hulk by Peter David Omnibus Vol. 1 HC (Marvel Comics)
  2.  Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 3 HC (Marvel Comics)
  3.  House of X/Powers of X HC (Marvel Comics)
  4.  Absolute Carnage TP (Marvel Comics)
  5.  Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus Vol. 1 HC (Marvel Comics)
  6.  Junji Ito: No Longer Human HC (VIZ Media)
  7.  Watchmen TP (DC Comics)
  8.  Batman: Black & White Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
  9.  Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil Vol. 14 HC (Marvel Comics)
10.  Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Maximum Carnage TP (Marvel Comics)

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during November, see "Top 500 Comics Actual--January 2020."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during November, see "Top 500 Graphic Novels Actual—January| 2020."

For links to all previous Top 500/300 Comic and Top 500/300 Graphic Novel articles, see "ICv2 Top 300 Comics and Top 300 GNs Index."