STAR WARS & CONVERGENCE Team to Power APRIL 2015 Comic Book Sales to Big Gains

Marvel Comics April 2015 solicitations
Credit: Marvel Comics

May the Force Be With Comics Shops…

Credit: Marvel Comics

April 2015's Direct Market comic book and graphic novel sales were up nearly 18% over the same month last year, led by Marvel’s Star Wars #4, showing staying power and finishing ahead of the debut of DC’s Convergence event.

According to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, the five issues of Convergence released in April (#0-4) all landed in the Top Ten, but there is balance in the Force and Marvel countered that with four Star Wars releases.

The only other Top 10 comic book was DC’s Batman #40 and it may be years or never that the Diamond Top 10 was without a Marvel Universe title during the single distributor era.

Credit: Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment

The Walking Dead Volume 23 trade paperback was the bestselling graphic novel of the month, followed by Marvel’s Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN.

The Star Wars-Convergence battle helped make the Market Share horse race tighter than it’s been in recent months, with Marvel still leading both categories with 34.15% Dollar Share and 36.33% Unit share, versus DC’s 30.91% Dollar and 33.90% Unit share.

Image Comics was in double-digits in both categories with 10.23% Dollar share and 11.18% Unit share.

Overall sales were up over 35% over March 2015 and 17.75% over April 2014 in an apples-to-apples comparison (both April 2015 and 2014 had five release weeks), with even greater gains (22.50%) in the number of comic book units sold versus the same month last year.

The strong month helped 2015 year-to-date overall sales rise to 12% over the same period last year, with Marvel’s Secret Wars on deck for May and DC and Marvel’s line-wide relaunches (of varying degrees) still to come later in the year.

The April 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

34.15%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.91%

IMAGE COMICS

10.23%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.00%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.65%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

2.17%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.05%

TITAN PUBLISHING

0.95%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.94%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.89%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.05%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

36.33%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

33.90%

IMAGE COMICS

11.18%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.78%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.92%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

1.98%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.78%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.97%

TITAN PUBLISHING

0.90%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.85%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.42%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

88

40

1

129

DC ENTERTAINMENT

88

33

1

122

IDW PUBLISHING

61

31

0

92

IMAGE COMICS

74

15

0

89

DARK HORSE COMICS

32

24

0

56

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

39

11

0

50

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

35

4

0

39

AVATAR PRESS

12

2

1

15

TITAN PUBLISHING

7

3

4

14

ONI PRESS

8

5

0

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

101

146

37

284

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2015 VS. MARCH 2014

COMICS

32.70%

27.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

41.29%

41.25%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

35.22%

28.45%

APRIL 2015 VS. APRIL 2014

COMICS

19.75%

22.50%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.45%

10.03%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

17.75%

21.40%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

15.58%

16.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.37%

-3.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

12.00%

14.47%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS #4

$3.99

MAR

2

CONVERGENCE #0 [*]

$4.99

DC

3

CONVERGENCE #1 [*]

$4.99

DC

4

BATMAN #40

$4.99

DC

5

DARTH VADER #4

$3.99

MAR

6

CONVERGENCE #2 [*]

$3.99

DC

7

CONVERGENCE #3 [*]

$3.99

DC

8

KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1

$3.99

MAR

9

CONVERGENCE #4 [*]

$3.99

DC

10

PRINCESS LEIA #3

$3.99

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 23 TP

$14.99

IMA

2

AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON HC

$24.99

MAR

3

FABLES VOLUME 21: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

4

BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY TP (N52)

$16.99

DC

5

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

6

JUPITER'S LEGACY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

7

HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY TP (N52)

$16.99

DC

8

BATMAN VOLUME 6: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT HC (N52)

$24.99

DC

9

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

IMA

10

LUMBERJANES VOLUME 1 TP

$14.99

BOO

Similar content
Twitter activity