STAR WARS, Marvel Dominate March's Top 10 in Slightly UP Sales Month

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Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Thanks in part to a month in which Star Wars helped Marvel dominate the Top 10 comic book sales chart, March 2015 comics were up, but graphic novel sales were way down versus March 2014 according to Diamond Comics Distributors' sales charts and market share report released Friday.

Princess Leia #1 and Star Wars #3 were the top two selling comic books of March, and Marvel took all of the Top 10 minus DC's Batman: Arkham Knight #1 in the #9 position.

Credit: IDW Publishing

IDW's Nemo: River of Ghosts Hardcover was the bestselling graphic novel, in a Top 10 that curiously didn't feature any DC titles.

The Marvel-DC disparity at the top of the charts led to a pretty substantial spread in market share in March, with Marvel accounting for 38.82% of all wholesale dollars spent in the Direct Market in March, compared to DC's 23.01%. Marvel sold 41.53% of all units sold to retailers, compared to DC's 26.13%.

Image Comics accounted for 11.39% of dollars and 12.98% of units sold, respectively.

Comic book sales were up 11.19% versus March 2014, but down 12.56% in graphic novel sales, with overall sales up a slight 2.99%.

Year-to-date comic book sales are outpacing last year by over double digits, but graphic novel sales are so far flat, with overall sales up 9.63% over 2014.

The March 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

38.82%

DC COMICS

23.01%

IMAGE COMICS

11.39%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.51%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.90%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.41%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.37%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.83%

TITAN COMICS

1.01%

VIZ MEDIA

0.98%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.76%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

41.53%

DC COMICS

26.13%

IMAGE COMICS

12.98%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.16%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.07%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.44%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.99%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.99%

TITAN COMICS

0.77%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.69%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.24%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

79

30

0

109

DC COMICS

85

17

0

102

IMAGE COMICS

59

20

0

79

IDW PUBLISHING

52

18

0

70

DARK HORSE COMICS

27

22

0

49

BOOM! STUDIOS

40

3

0

43

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

28

6

0

34

VIZ MEDIA

0

27

0

27

TITAN COMICS

8

7

2

17

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0

0

14

14

OTHER NON-TOP 10

86

98

13

197

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014

COMICS

-3.86%

-4.32%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.34%

10.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.58%

-3.37%

MARCH 2015 VS. MARCH 2014

COMICS

11.19%

9.92%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-12.56%

-22.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.99%

6.70%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
(FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014)

COMICS

13.85%

13.76%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.65%

-8.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.63%

11.76%

FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2014

COMICS

-9.56%

-8.37%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-17.28%

-15.58%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-11.97%

-8.93%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

PRINCESS LEIA #1

$3.99

MAR

2

STAR WARS #3

$3.99

MAR

3

GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1

$3.99

MAR

4

SPIDER-GWEN #2

$3.99

MAR

5

PRINCESS LEIA #2

$3.99

MAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16

$3.99

MAR

7

HOWARD THE DUCK #1

$3.99

MAR

8

DARTH VADER #3

$3.99

MAR

9

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1

$3.99

DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1

$3.99

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR)

$14.95

IDW

2

MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY TP

$15.99

MAR

3

LOW VOL. 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

4

HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAR

5

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

6

DEADPOOL VOLUME 7: AXIS TP

$17.99

MAR

7

DEADPOOL'S THE ART OF WAR TP

$12.99

MAR

8

DEADLY CLASS VOL. 2: KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

BIRTHRIGHT VOL. 1: HOMECOMING TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

10

BOB'S BURGERS VOLUME 1 TP

$17.99

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