ORIGIN II Helps Marvel Top December 2013 Sales Charts

Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

While it may be a bit anti-climatic after Diamond as already released the full 2013 year-end sales charts , the comic book distributor released their sales charts and market share data for December 2013 sales, and the launch of Origin II and the Avengers #24.NOW “All-New Marvel NOW!” issue helped Marvel post strong market share figures to close out the year.

Those were the two bestselling titles of the month, respectively, followed by six DC titles, including their top two Batman #26 and Forever Evil #4.

Credit: DC Comics

The bestselling graphic novel of the month was DC/Vertigo’s Fables Volume 19: Snow White.

Marvel enjoyed a solid lead in both market share categories in the final month of the year, accounting for 35.42% of all wholesale dollars spent by Direct Market retailers, and 36.56% of all wholesale units sold.

DC came in at 27.22% and 31.13%, respectively. Marvel’s $4.99 cover price for the industry’s two bestselling titles certainly helped their strong dollar share margin.

IDW put up a relatively strong 8.18% dollar share for the month.

Like last month , the strength of December sales compared to 2012 came from graphic novels, up over 18% over last December. Comic book sales rose just over a percentage point, putting overall sales up 5.3% in December 2013 vs. December 2012.

As to how all that translates to full year-end 2013 over 2012 sales comparisons, as we say, that’s already been calcualted and accounted for and those figures can be seen here .  

The December 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 December’s sales from Comichron soon.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR
SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.42%

DC COMICS

27.22%

IDW PUBLISHING

8.18%

IMAGE COMICS

7.32%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.28%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.22%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.06%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.11%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.98%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.91%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.32%

 

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR
SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

36.56%

DC COMICS

31.13%

IMAGE COMICS

8.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.35%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.17%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.25%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.16%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.91%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.81%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.45%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

92

25

1

118

MARVEL COMICS

72

30

0

102

IDW PUBLISHING

55

33

0

88

DARK HORSE COMICS

50

12

0

62

IMAGE COMICS

47

12

0

59

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

34

6

0

40

BOOM! STUDIOS

28

4

0

32

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

11

3

0

14

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

4

0

12

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

5

5

OTHER

74

110

23

207

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2013 VS. NOVEMBER 2013

COMICS

0.63%

1.60%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.40%

3.67%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.03%

1.76%

DECEMBER 2013 VS. DECEMBER 2012

COMICS

1.09%

-3.64%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

18.02%

20.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.93%

-2.07%

YEAR 2013 VS. YEAR 2012

COMICS

10.22%

6.70%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.50%

5.12%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.04%

6.58%

FOURTH QUARTER 2013 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013

COMICS

-0.72%

-2.39%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.79%

2.09%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.23%

-2.06%

FOURTH QUARTER 2013 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2012

COMICS

4.16%

-0.97%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

7.80%

9.50%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.28%

-0.22%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

ORIGIN II #1

$4.99

MAR

2

AVENGERS #24.NOW

$4.99

MAR

3

BATMAN #26

$3.99

DC

4

FOREVER EVIL #4

$3.99

DC

5

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5

$3.99

DC

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE #25

$3.99

DC

7

HARLEY QUINN #1

$2.99

DC

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #26

$3.99

DC

9

INHUMANITY #1

$3.99

MAR

10

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23

$3.99

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

FABLES VOLUME 19: SNOW WHITE TP (MR)

$16.99

DC

2

ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES GN

$11.99

BOO

3

RICHARD STARK'S PARKER: SLAYGROUND HC

$17.99

IDW

4

DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL TP

$14.99

MAR

5

STAR LORD: WORLDS ON THE BRINK

$7.99

MAR

6

NIGHTWING VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)

$16.99

DC

7

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

8

DEADPOOL VOLUME 3: GOOD BAD AND UGLY TP

$15.99

MAR

9

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

IMA


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