MARVEL'S STAR WARS Leads JANUARY 2015 Comic Book Sales to Robust Start of the Year

Credit: Marvel Comics

Diamond Comic Distributors released their January 2015 sales charts and market share report for the comic book direct market Friday morning, and the kick-off of Marvel's new line of Star Wars titles put Star Wars #1 on top of the mountain in another up sales month over last January. While Marvel moved a tremendous amount of comics - over a million - with Star Wars #1, somewhat surprisingly January 2015's total sales couldn't match the big month the industry had in December 2014.

Batman #38 featuring Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Endgame" arc came in second, with the double-shipped Amazing Spider-Man #12 and #13 earning the third and fourth spots respectively.

Marvel captured seven of the spots in the Top 10 Comic books of January 2015, but four of them were due in large part to them being new series -- the aforementioned Star Wars #1, followed by Uncanny Avengers #1, Wolverines #1 and Ant-Man #1. DC's two Top 10 charters were all part of long-running series, Batman #38 and Justice League #38. Image broke into the Top 10 in what's becoming a regular siting with The Walking Dead #136 at number 10.

On the graphic novel and trade paperback charts, Image continues to dominate  with 7 of the Top 10, while Marvel nabbed the top spot with the heavily-promoted Death of Wolverine HC. DC failed to crack the Top 10 on this front. Of note in this is the number of years-old backlist content getting Image in the Top 10 - all four Saga trade paperbacks made January's Top 10, with the first The Walking Dead collection re-appearing in the number 9 spot.

Marvel continued to hold both market share categories, with other publishers following down the line with little difference from previous months.

Comparing to previous months, January 2015 failed to eclipse the previous month's sales on the individual comics front but did have strong 9% increase in graphic novel sales by dollar amount. Together, January 2015 sales had a marginal -- .77% -- increase over December, but with overall less units sold.

Year-to-date however, overall sales are up a healthy 12.27% in dollars compared to a relatively weak January 2014 with graphic novels being the bigger part of that increase.

With various Star Wars launches primed to goose 2015's first quarter and DC and Marvel's big event plans for the second, it's looking like an early strong bet the Direct Market could be in for its fourth consecutive up year.

The January 2015 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

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

41.05%

DC COMICS

24.18%

IMAGE COMICS

9.21%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.78%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.01%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.41%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.26%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.46%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.08%

VIZ MEDIA

0.95%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.61%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

45.64%

DC COMICS

27.06%

IMAGE COMICS

8.91%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.52%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.03%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.28%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.22%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.93%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.81%

TITAN

0.71%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.89%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

79

33

0

112

DC COMICS

86

23

0

109

IDW PUBLISHING

50

26

0

76

IMAGE COMICS

54

14

0

68

DARK HORSE COMICS

28

19

0

47

BOOM! STUDIOS

34

6

0

40

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

31

6

0

37

VIZ MEDIA

0

31

0

31

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0

0

19

19

AVATAR PRESS

10

2

1

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

78

115

28

221

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014

COMICS

-2.69%

-2.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

9.12%

10.49%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.77%

-1.66%

JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014

COMICS

10.27%

9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.83%

12.33%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

12.27%

9.86%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS #1

$4.99

MAR

2

BATMAN #38

$3.99

DC

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13

$3.99

MAR

5

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

6

WOLVERINES #1

$3.99

MAR

7

ANT-MAN #1

$4.99

MAR

8

THOR #4

$3.99

MAR

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #38

$3.99

DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #136 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DEATH OF WOLVERINE HC

$24.99

MAR

2

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

IMA

3

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

4

BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 2: WELCOME TO NOWHERE TP

$14.99

IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2: SPIDER-VERSE PRELUDE TP

$17.99

MAR

7

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

8

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

10

DEADPOOL: THE ONES WITH DEADPOOL TP

$15.99

MAR

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