Marvel Comics dominated the top-selling comics in November, while DC Comics did the same on the graphic novel chart, a historical pattern that hasn’t been much in evidence lately.  The combination pushed combined comic and graphic novel sales to comic stores up 4.3% over sales in November 2018, a solid month and a continuation of a positive trend, according to numbers released by Diamond Comic Distributors.

In a rare configuration, graphic novel sales were up more (7.43%) than comic sales (3.12%).

Year-to-date sales are now up 2.02% through November.

Marvel took the top share spot, as usual, up less than 7 share points in units, but over 10 share points in dollars.  BOOM! Studios had an impressive month, taking the #4 share spot normally held by IDW Publishing or Dark Horse Comics.

Comic Store Market Share (Dollar & Unit Share) – November 2019

Publisher                            Dollar Share         Unit Share

Marvel Comics                    37.41%                   42.68%
DC Comics                           30.72%                   32.41%
Image Comics                       7.90%                     7.87%
BOOM! Studios                     3.46%                     3.07%
IDW Publishing                     3.42%                     3.04%
Dark Horse Comics              3.38%                     2.37%
Dynamite Ent.                       2.03%                     1.45%
VIZ Media                              1.48%                      0.56%
Titan Comics                         0.70%                      0.50%
Oni Press Inc.                        0.57%                      0.46%
Other Non-Top 10                8.93%                      5.59%

Marvel Comics had the top eight comics in unit sales, and nine of the top 10 in dollar sales.  The rejuvenation of Marvel's X-Men universe is having a profound effect; accounting for four of the top five unit sale comics and four of the top six dollar comics.

Top 10 Comics by Units Shipped – November 2019
  1.   New Mutants #1 (Marvel Comics)
  2.   X-Men #2 (Marvel Comics)
  3.   Absolute Carnage #5 (Marvel Comics)
  4.   X-Force #1 (Marvel Comics)
  5.   Fallen Angels #1 (Marvel Comics)
  6.   Deadpool #1 (Marvel Comics)
  7.   Amazing Spider-Man #33 (Marvel Comics)
  8.   Undiscovered Country #1 (MR) (Image Comics)
  9.   Batman #82 Acetate Cover (DC Comics)
10.   Amazing Spider-Man #34 (Marvel Comics)

Image Comics' Undiscovered Country had a strong debut.

Top 10 Comics by Dollars Invoiced – November 2019
  1.   New Mutants #1 (Marvel Comics)
  2.   Absolute Carnage #5 (Marvel Comics)
  3.   X-Force #1 (Marvel Comics)
  4.   X-Men #2 (Marvel Comics)
  5.   Deadpool #1 (Marvel Comics)
  6.   Fallen Angels #1 (Marvel Comics)
  7.   Undiscovered Country #1 (MR) (Image Comics)
  8.   Batman: White Knight Presents: Von Freeze #1 (DC Comics)
  9.   Scream: Curse of Carnage #1 (Marvel Comics)
10.   Amazing Spider-Man #33 (Marvel Comics)

DC Comics' DCeased collection topped the graphic novel unit sales chart.

Top 10 Graphic Novels by Units Shipped – November 2019
  1.   DCeased HC (DC Comics)
  2.   Firefly: The Sting HC (BOOM! Studios)
  3.   Immortal Hulk Vol. 5: Breaker of Worlds TP (Marvel Comics)
  4.   November Vol. 1 HC (MR) (Image Comics)
  5.   Superman: Year One HC (DC Comics)
  6.   Legend of Korra Part 2: Ruins of Empire TP (Dark Horse Comics)
  7.   Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance TP (Marvel Comics)
  8.   League of Legends: Lux TP (Marvel Comics)
  9.   Savage Avengers Vol. 1: City of Sickles TP (Marvel Comics)
10.   Stranger Things: Six TP (Dark Horse Comics)

It's on the top dollar graphic novels chart where DC dominated, with five of the top six and seven of the top nine titles.  A $500 MSRP product was the #2 book for the month.

Top 10 Graphic Novels by Dollars Invoiced – November 2019
  1.   Savage Sword of Conan: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 2 HC (Marvel Comics)
  2.   Crisis on Infinite Earths Box Set HC (DC Comics)
  3.   Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
  4.   DCeased HC (DC Comics)
  5.   Doom Patrol: The Bronze Age Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
  6.   Superman: Year One HC (DC Comics)
  7.   Firefly: The Sting HC (BOOM! Studios)
  8.   Batman by Snyder & Capullo Omnibus Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
  9.   New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 4 HC (DC Comics)
10.   Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 31 HC (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--November 2019."

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--November 2019."

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."