SECRET WARS Top May 2015 Comic Book Sales, Once Again Up Over 2014

Secret Wars #1 cover by Alex Ross
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: BOOM! Studios

According to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning and to the surprise of no one, Marvel's Secret Wars #1 was May 2015's bestselling comic book in the Direct Market (Secret Wars #2 was 3rd), helping overall industry sales rise 13.5% over May 2014.

Secret Wars may have been no surprise, but the #2 book is a little. It was BOOM!'s Bravest Warriors: Tales of Holo John #1 and as you probably already assumed by now, yes, it was a Loot Crate book.

Marvel further dominated the Top 10 with seven entries (with Star Wars titles still showing legs). Only DC's Convergence #5 and #6 at the 9th and 10th positions kept the publisher from being shut out of the Top 10 entirely.

Of course it should be noted DC didn't publish an issue of Batman in May.

But the Dark Knight did make his presence felt on the charts as Batman: Earth One Volume 2 was the bestselling graphic novel in a month where the category was sharply down over last month and slightly down over the same period last year.

Credit: DC Comics

Marvel's Secret Wars launch helped power them to easy wins in the Market Share categories, with 40.17% Retail (or Dollar) Share versus DC's 25.43%, and 41.11% Unit Share versus DC's 26.04%.

Overall sales were down 13.81% against April 2015 (again, with an over 21% decline in graphic novel sales) but conversely overall sales were up 13.49% against May 2014, with the strongest gains coming from the comic book category (up nearly 20%).

Year-to-date, overall sales are up 12.31% over 2014 with more DC and Marvel relaunches and more Loot Crate spikes to come, and it's looking more and more likely like the comic book industry's sales winning streak will continue through 2015.

The May 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

40.17%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.43%

IMAGE COMICS

8.89%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.06%

BOOM! STUDIOS

3.96%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.83%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.22%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.16%

VIZ MEDIA

1.01%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.85%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.43%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

41.11%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.04%

IMAGE COMICS

10.28%

BOOM! STUDIOS

7.16%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.82%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.43%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.82%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.92%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.87%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.57%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.97%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

71

35

0

106

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

25

0

99

IMAGE COMICS

58

10

0

68

IDW PUBLISHING

42

21

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

33

17

0

50

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

28

6

0

34

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

26

2

0

28

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

27

27

VIZ MEDIA

0

19

0

19

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

11

2

0

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

93

91

17

201

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2015 VS. APRIL 2014

COMICS

-10.58%

-9.60%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-21.11%

-19.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-13.81%

-10.38%

MAY 2015 VS. MAY 2014

COMICS

19.94%

19.53%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-0.29%

9.90%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.49%

18.78%

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

COMICS

16.48%

16.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.41%

-1.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

12.31%

15.35%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #1

$4.99

MAR

2

BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES OF HOLO JOHN #1

$4.99

BOO

3

SECRET WARS #2

$4.99

MAR

4

STAR WARS #5

$3.99

MAR

5

DEADPOOL'S SECRET SECRET WARS #1

$4.99

MAR

6

A-FORCE #1

$3.99

MAR

7

OLD MAN LOGAN #1

$4.99

MAR

8

DARTH VADER #5

$3.99

MAR

9

CONVERGENCE #5 [*]

$3.99

DC

10

CONVERGENCE #6 [*]

$3.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: EARTH-ONE VOLUME 2 HC

$24.99

DC

2

NIGHT NURSE

$7.99

MAR

3

RAT QUEENS VOLUME 2: THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N'RYGOTH TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

4

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOLUME 2: GRIDIRON TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

5

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

6

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

7

LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST GN

$19.99

VIZ

8

DEADPOOL VOLUME 8: ALL GOOD THINGS TP

$24.99

MAR

9

THE VALIANT TP

$9.99

VAL

10

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA


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