NOVEMBER 2013 Sales: Marvel Wins Market Share, BATMAN Back to #1, Gains Over 2012 Modest

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Credit: Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics took control of Dollar and Unit sales in November 2013, but only by a slim margin, as DC Comics had the top two best-selling books of the month, and four of the top five.

Credit: DC Comics

Marvel edged out DC in a particularly close Dollar Share category, winning it out 29.97% to 29.24%. That means DC sold more higher-priced single issues in November, as Marvel's Unit Share victory was at a slightly higher margin: 33.65% to 31.90%.

DC's Batman #25, Harley Quinn #0, Superman Unchained #4, and Forever Evil #3 took the #1, 2, 4, and 5 spots, with the top five dominance only interrupted by Marvel's Amazing X-Men #1, which launched a new title and featured the return of Nightcrawler. The back five of the top ten were just the opposite, with Marvel taking 4 spots thanks to Infinity #6, All-New X-Men #18, and both November issues of Superior Spider-Man, with #22 charting higher than #21 (a rare occurence). DC's Batman/Superman #5 rounded out the top ten with the #9 charting issue.

Credit: Image Comics

The Walking Dead vol 19: The March to War unsurprisingly took the top spot on the graphic novel chart for the Direct Market - nearly every volume of the series has taken #1 in the month of its release. Image had two more of the top ten, Marvel had two (including Hawkeye v1 HC and S.H.I.E.L.D. Origins likely boosted by the TV show), and DC took four, with Viz coming in at #2.

Year-to-date, 2013 sales are up overly 9.33% over 2012, though November saw a slight slowdown, growing only 3.39% in sales year-over-year vesus November 2012. Most of that gain was done on the backs of graphic novels as retailers likely stocked up for the holidays. Comic book sales were actually down 1.21% vesurs the year before.

The November 2013 Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, and New Titles Shipped charts, along with Top 10 Comic Books and Top 10 Graphic Novels charts follow below. Look for even more analysis of November’s sales from Comichron soon.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

29.97%

DC COMICS

29.24%

IMAGE COMICS

8.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.68%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.11%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.20%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.90%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.86%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.58%

VIZ MEDIA

1.19%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.59%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.65%

DC COMICS

31.90%

IMAGE COMICS

9.77%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.26%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.91%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.00%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.92%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.74%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.91%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.81%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

5.13%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

85

29

1

115

MARVEL COMICS

74

34

0

108

IDW PUBLISHING

46

31

0

77

DARK HORSE COMICS

37

31

0

68

IMAGE COMICS

42

14

0

56

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

30

18

0

48

VIZ MEDIA

0

25

0

25

BOOM! STUDIOS

20

3

0

23

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

2

0

10

EAGLEMOSS COLLECTIONS

0

0

9

9

OTHER NON-TOP 10

64

116

16

196

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

NOVEMBER 2013 VS. OCTOBER 2013

COMICS

-18.80%

-18.95%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.72%

-14.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-16.07%

-18.65%

NOVEMBER 2013 VS. NOVEMBER 2012

COMICS

-1.21%

-8.43%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.59%

11.44%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.39%

-7.12%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

COMICS

11.09%

7.69%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.55%

3.92%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.33%

7.39%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #25

$4.99

DC

2

HARLEY QUINN #0

$2.99

DC

3

AMAZING X-MEN #1

$3.99

MAR

4

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4

$3.99

DC

5

FOREVER EVIL #3

$3.99

DC

6

INFINITY #6

$5.99

MAR

7

ALL-NEW X-MEN #18

$3.99

MAR

8

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #22

$3.99

MAR

9

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #5

$3.99

DC

10

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #21

$3.99

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 19: MARCH TO WAR TP

$14.99

IMA

2

YU-GI-OH! 5DS VOLUME 5 GN

$9.99

VIZ

3

FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND HC (MR)

$22.99

DC

4

BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE OWLS TP (N52)

$19.99

DC

5

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOLUME 3 TP

$14.99

IMA

6

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

DC

7

NOWHERE MEN VOLUME 1: FATES WORSE THAN DEATH TP

$9.99

IMA

8

BATMAN IN DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 2: SCARE TACTICS (N52)

$16.99

DC

9

S.H.I.E.L.D. ORIGINS TP

$7.99

MAR

10

HAWKEYE VOLUME 1 HC

$34.99

MAR

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