April's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 Pushes 2014 Comic Book Sales Up Over 2013 For 1st Time

Amazing Spider-Man #1
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Thanks no doubt in large part to sales of Amazing Spider-Man #1 (reportedly around 700k units), Marvel helped flip the comic book sales script on a down first quarter of 2014, with April 2014's sales single-handedly wiping away the deficit to put 2014 sales up over 2013 through April.

Amazing #1 with its many alternative covers (including covers exclusive to specific retailers) was of course the top selling title of the month, followed by the preceding final issue of Superior Spider-Man. Hulk #1 and Original Sin #0 rounded out Marvel's four entries in the Top 10.

DC followed up with Batman #30 as their top seller in the #3 slot for the month. All four of the first month's issues of DC's Batman Eternal weekly series made the top 10, with issue #1 charting the highest at #4 for the month.

Credit: Image Comics

Image had the best selling graphic novel of the month - Matt Fraction's Sex Criminals Volume 1 - and Image in fact had the four best selling graphic novels of the month and seven of the Top 10. Even more remarkably, only one of those titles (#10) was a Walking Dead collection.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 certainly was the big influence on April's Market Share, putting Marvel easily out in front of their chief rival with 39.27% dollar share to compared to DC's 23.65% and 41.15% unit share compared to DC's 27.24%. Image continues to stake new ground around the double-digits in Market Share.

The 'Amazing' effect put the first positive spin of the sales year compared to 2013. Comic book sales were up 17.37% compared to a year ago and combined with a strong trade sales month - 16.78% over April, 2013 (thanks Image Comics ) - overall sales were up 17.18% in dollars versus last April.

That 17.18% gain wiped out the overall deficit accumulated in January through March and sales through April are now up 1.04% year-to-date over 2013.

The April 2014 Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, andNew Titles Shipped charts, along with Top 10 Comic Books and Top 10 Graphic Novels charts follow below.

Look for more April 2014 sales analysis from Comichron soon.

TOP PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.27%

DC COMICS

23.65%

IMAGE COMICS

9.34%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.54%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.10%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.49%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

2.14%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.07%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.15%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.04%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.21%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

41.15%

DC COMICS

27.24%

IMAGE COMICS

10.31%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.18%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.24%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.47%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.97%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.18%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.03%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.73%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.50%

TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

80

35

0

115

DC COMICS

79

26

1

106

IMAGE COMICS

71

13

0

84

IDW PUBLISHING

45

24

0

69

DARK HORSE COMICS

38

27

0

65

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

43

6

0

49

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

25

7

0

32

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

26

26

AVATAR PRESS INC

11

2

2

15

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

13

2

0

15

OTHER

77

157

35

269

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2014 VS. MARCH 2014

COMICS

23.22%

14.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.90%

-0.33%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

18.27%

12.90%

APRIL 2014 VS. APRIL 2013

COMICS

17.37%

6.96%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.78%

11.20%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

17.18%

7.32%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-0.89%

-6.91%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.44%

10.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.04%

-5.61%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAR

2

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31

$5.99

MAR

3

BATMAN #30

$3.99

DC

4

BATMAN ETERNAL #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29

$3.99

DC

6

BATMAN ETERNAL #2 [*]

$2.99

DC

7

HULK #1

$3.99

MAR

8

ORIGINAL SIN #0

$4.99

MAR

9

BATMAN ETERNAL #3 [*]

$2.99

DC

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #4 [*]

$2.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

2

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

3

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 2: WE ARE ALL ONE TP

$14.99

IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS HC

$24.99

MAR

6

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP

$19.99

MAR

7

THE JOKER: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)

$24.99

DC

8

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

PRETTY DEADLY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

IMA


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