BATMAN & MARVEL Rule Surprisingly Down NOVEMBER 2016 Comic Book Sales

DC Comics November 2016 solicitations
Credit: DC Comics

The Dark Knight ruled the top of the comic book sales chart and Marvel's "Marvel NOW!" once again has them on top of the market share categories, but despite having five sales weeks compared to 2015's four, November sales were down against last year, but it still looks like 2016 will eek out a narrow gain over 2015 when December's sales are tallied. 

Credit: DC Comics

According to sales figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, Bane's return helped Batman #10 and #11 top the November comic book sales charts, in a top 10 also featuring All-Star Batman #4 (4) and Batman Annual #1 (7). Marvel's Civil War II #7 (3) was there bestselling title. 

Credit: Cliff Chiang (Image Comics)

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls Volume 2 from Image Comics was November's best-selling graphic novel. 

Despite DC dominating the top of the comic book chart and perhaps aided by six entries in the graphic novel top 10, Marvel is once again the market hate leaders after ceding the position to DC for a few months during the initial months of "Rebirth."

Their 38.08% dollar share and 39.46% unit share easily topped DC's 26.17% dollar share and 31.30% unit share. 

But despite the advantage of having an extra week, November sales lagged behind sales one year ago by 4.25%. Graphic novel sales were up versus last year a robust 21.56%, but a 12.71% deficit in comic book sales wound up pulling the month into negative territory.

November 2015 featured the strong debuts of DC’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 and Marvel’s Star Wars: Vader Down #1 (over 820k copies between them) so while surprising, it may simply be a matter of circumstance and not a trend.

But you can always find more insight at our friends at Comichron

Year-to-date 2016 still leads 2015 by 1.82% in overall sales, so it still looks like the year will likely finish up for the sixth consecutive year.

The November 2016 Market ShareComparative 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

38.08%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.17%

IMAGE COMICS

8.99%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.23%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.65%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.98%

TITAN COMICS

1.61%

VIZ MEDIA

1.52%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.40%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

1.01%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

10.38%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.46%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.30%

IMAGE COMICS

9.06%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.59%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.85%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.66%

TITAN COMICS

1.30%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.23%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.15%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

1.06%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

6.34%


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

NOVEMBER 2016 VS. OCTOBER 2016

COMICS

-10.33%

-13.26%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

19.48%

18.91%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.72%

-11.35%

TOYS

28.48%

53.60%

NOVEMBER 2016 VS. NOVEMBER 2015

COMICS

-12.71%

-6.09%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

21.56%

25.78%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.25%

-4.15%

TOYS

-9.53%

-12.99%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

1.85%

1.97%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.74%

0.77%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.82%

1.87%

TOYS

-5.60%

-8.56%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

88

44

0

132

DC ENTERTAINMENT

84

35

0

119

IDW PUBLISHING

46

25

0

71

IMAGE COMICS

50

9

1

60

DARK HORSE COMICS

28

26

0

54

VIZ MEDIA

0

45

0

45

TITAN COMICS

23

18

2

43

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

23

8

0

31

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

25

5

0

30

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

15

4

0

19

OTHER NON-TOP 10

136

217

30

383

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #10

$2.99

DC

2

BATMAN #11

$2.99

DC

3

CIVIL WAR II #7

$4.99

MAR

4

ALL STAR BATMAN #4

$4.99

DC

5

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1

$3.99

MAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1

$4.99

MAR

7

BATMAN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

DC

8

VENOM #1

$3.99

MAR

9

THE WALKING DEAD #160 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

10

IVX #0

$4.99

MAR


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 2 TP

$12.99

IMA

2

MARVEL: THE HIP-HOP COVERS VOLUME 1 HC

$34.99

MAR

3

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 2: HITS AND MYTHS TP

$9.99

DC

4

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 4: END OF GAMES TP

$19.99

MAR

5

UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL VOL. 1: BELIEVE IT TP

$16.99

MAR

6

SANDMAN OVERTURE TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

7

DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION HC

$17.99

DC

8

VISION VOL. 2: LITTLE BETTER THAN BEAST TP

$17.99

MAR

9

MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 1: LUNATIC TP

$15.99

MAR

10

DEADPOOL V. GAMBIT: V IS FOR VS TP

$16.99

MAR


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