AUGUST Comic Book Sales Up Vs. 2013, Way Down Vs. Last Month

Batman #34 preview
Credit: DC Comics

The bad news is Direct Market comic book sales were waaaay down versus a July 2014 powered by the surprising sales of Marvel's Rocket Raccoon #1. The good and perhaps more significant news in context is Dollar Sales were up a healthy 7.6% versus August 2013, continuing the 2014 bounce back after a down 1st quarter.

Credit: DC Comics

According to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, Batman #34 was the industry's best-selling comic book, and the Scott Snyder-Greg Capullo series (though this one in particular had some helpf rom Duggan, Scalera, and Loughridge) continues to emerge as comics’ most reliably-selling non-relaunch/event title. Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #4 placed second, with DC's The Multiversity #1 debuting in the #4 slot. Image's The Walking Dead returned to the Top 10 with its 130th issue, showing off its newfound strength as both a comic book and graphic novel chart-topper.

Rocket Raccoon #2, btw, did not not place in the August Top 10.

Credit: Marvel Comics

Marvel's OGN Thanos: The Infinity Revelation hardcover was the top-selling graphic novel of the month.

Marvel and DC, who for the second month in a row published nearly an identical number of new titles (108 DC, 107 Marvel) of course retained their standard #1-2 Market Share positions. Marvel led with 34.27% in Dollar Share to DC's 28.71%, and 35.85% in Unit Share to DC's 32.56%.

Again, one might look at August's 23.26% decline in Dollar Sales versus July 2014 as alarming (though July had 5 shipping weeks versus August's 4), but August was up a robust 7.60% versus August 2013 (both 4 ship weeks). Year-to-date 2014 now stands 2.84% ahead of last year's pace, and it's beginning to look more and more likely this year will finish ahead of 2013 in the end despite a rough 1st quarter.

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

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR
SHARE

UNIT
SHARE>

MARVEL COMICS

34.27%

35.85%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

28.71%

32.56%

IMAGE COMICS

8.83%

10.97%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.43%

4.67%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.73%

4.03%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.59%

2.40%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.32%

2.14%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.65%

0.43%

RANDOM HOUSE

1.14%

0.38%

VIZ MEDIA

1.04%

0.42%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.28%

6.17%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

85

22

1

108

MARVEL COMICS

78

29

0

107

IMAGE COMICS

63

5

0

68

IDW PUBLISHING

42

17

0

59

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

18

0

54

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

25

12

0

37

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

9

0

32

RANDOM HOUSE

1

27

0

28

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0

0

25

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

24

0

24

OTHER NON-TOP 10

98

117

21

236

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2014 VS. JULY 2014

COMICS

-23.77%

-22.73%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-22.06%

-20.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-23.26%

-22.60%

AUGUST 2014 VS. AUGUST 2013

COMICS

7.30%

4.20%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.31%

9.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.60%

4.63%

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

COMICS

2.40%

-2.32%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.81%

5.79%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.84%

-1.69%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #34

$3.99

DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5

$3.99

MAR

3

ORIGINAL SIN #7

$3.99

MAR

4

MULTIVERSITY #1

$4.99

DC

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32

$4.99

MAR

6

THE WALKING DEAD #130 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

7

HARLEY QUINN #9

$2.99

DC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4

$3.99

MAR

9

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18

$3.99

MAR

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #18

$2.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN HC

$24.99

MAR

2

FABLES VOLUME 20: CAMELOT TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

3

DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE TP

$16.99

MAR

4

TRILLIUM TP (MR)

$16.99

DC

5

BATMAN: EARTH-ONE TP

$12.99

DC

6

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP

$19.99

MAR

7

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

8

WATCHMEN HC

$39.99

DC

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

10

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA


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