Led by Marvel's 'WARS', August Comic Book Sales Down vs. July, Up vs. Last Year

"Secret Wars #5" cover by Alex Ross
Credit: Alex Ross (Marvel Comics)

According to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, Direct Market comic book sales rebounded from its first down month of 2015 to again post sales gains in August 2015 versus the same month last year.

Credit: Tomm Coker (Marvel Comics)

Led by Marvel and by their 'Wars' exacta of Secret Wars #5 (#1) and Star Wars #8 (#2), despite being down over 15% versus July 2015, overall sales rose about 6.5% over August 2014, with comic book sales up just slightly at 2.25% and graphic novels a strong 16.04% over last year.

Marvel dominated the top 10 with seven releases, followed by two from DC, including Batman #43 at #3, and onee from Image - The Walking Dead #145 at #7.

Credit: Charlie Adlard (Image/Skybound)

The 24th volume of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's juggernaut series -The Walking Dead: Life and Death, assumed its usual position atop the graphic novels chart. DC's gift that keeps on giving - Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 Batman: The Killing Joke came in second with a 'Special Edition Hardcover.'

Marvel led all publishers in August marker share, with 36.67% in Dollar share and 40.13% in Unit share.

With its 6.45% gain over month-to-month, overall year-to-date 2015 sales now stands 9.80% over 2014.

The August 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

36.67%

DC COMICS

25.39%

IMAGE COMICS

9.98%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.90%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.09%

BOOM STUDIOS

2.33%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.01%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.57%

TITAN COMICS

1.33%

ONI PRESS

1.12%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

10.60%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.13%

DC COMICS

26.95%

IMAGE COMICS

10.41%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.26%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.63%

BOOM STUDIOS

2.38%

DYNAMIC ENTERTAINMENT

2.03%

TITAN COMICS

1.42%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.37%

ONI PRESS

1.11%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

6.32%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

72

33

0

105

DC ENTERTAINMENT

70

26

1

97

IMAGE COMICS

61

16

0

77

IDW PUBLISHING

39

18

0

57

DARK HORSE COMICS

32

13

0

45

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

31

8

0

39

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

8

0

27

TITAN COMICS

11

6

1

18

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

11

5

0

16

ONI PRESS INC.

9

3

0

12

OTHER NON-TOP 10

81

145

46

272

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2015 VS. JULY 2015

COMICS

-18.24%

-15.79%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.71%

-20.19%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-15.89%

-16.20%

AUGUST 2015 VS. AUGUST 2014

COMICS

2.25%

0.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.04%

11.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.45%

0.97%

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

COMICS

11.38%

10.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.35%

5.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.80%

10.22%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #5

$3.99

MAR

2

STAR WARS #8

$3.99

MAR

3

BATMAN #43

$3.99

DC

4

DARTH VADER #8

$3.99

MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #3

$3.99

MAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #4

$3.99

MAR

7

THE WALKING DEAD #145 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #43

$3.99

DC

9

CIVIL WAR #2

$3.99

MAR

10

STAR WARS: LANDO #2

$3.99

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 24: LIFE AND DEATH TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

2

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

DC

3

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 3: VANISHING POINT TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

4

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

5

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAR

6

FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

7

CHEW VOLUME 10: BLOOD PUDDIN' TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

8

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER TP

$15.99

MAR

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

10

SUNSTONE VOLUME 3 GN (MR)

$14.99

IMA


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