DC enjoyed its traditional September sales bump thanks to the “Future’s End” lenticular covers event, beating Marvel by 4 points in dollars and 6 in units. While I’m told retailers went a bit lighter on this, and there was no comic shop run as there was with the scarcer villain variants last year, it was still enough to give DC the win for the month. Marvel had the #1 comic though, with the latest death of Wolverine. It was a good month for DC in graphic novels, as well, with three books, including the Future’s End collection, in the Top 10 and a Batman package topping the chart.
September sales were way up over August, and year to year sales are about on the same trajectory, with periodicals still down a tad and overall unit sales down .
DC’s market share win prompted a press release, something we haven’t seen since the early days of the New 52’s chart domination. You can read that at the end of the charts.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.11%||3.30%|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||1.29%||0.25%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.34%||4.77%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTALSHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||36||21||0||57|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||85||110||21||216|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. AUGUST 2014|
|SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. SEPTEMBER 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
|THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2014|
|THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1||$4.99||JUN140590-M||MAR|
|2||DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2||$4.99||JUN140601-M||MAR|
|3||BATMAN: FUTURES END #1||$3.99||MAY140318||DC|
|4||HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1||$3.99||MAY140334||DC|
|5||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6||$3.99||JUL140633||MAR|
|6||JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1||$3.99||MAY140278||DC|
|7||ORIGINAL SIN #8||$4.99||JUN140609-M||MAR|
|8||DETECTIVE COMICS: FUTURES END #1||$3.99||MAY140320||DC|
|9||JUSTICE LEAGUE #33||$3.99||MAY140177-M||DC|
|10||BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1||$3.99||MAY140316||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK & THE JOKER MASK BOXED SET||$39.99||MAY140361||DC|
|2||FOREVER EVIL HC (N52)||$24.99||MAY140364||DC|
|3||YU-GI-OH! 5DS VOLUME 6 GN||$9.99||JUL141515||VIZ|
|4||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2: ANGELA TP||$19.99||JUL140730||MAR|
|5||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)||$34.99||JUL140520||IMA|
|6||HARLEY QUINN: VENGEANCE UNLIMITED TP||$19.99||JUN140280||DC|
|7||SAGA VOLUME 1 HC (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|8||KICK-ASS 3 PREMIERE HC (MR)||$29.99||MAY140918||MAR|
|9||FATALE VOLUME 5: CURSE THE DEMON TP (MR)||$14.99||JUL140483||IMA|
|10||SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)||$14.99||JAN140556||IMA|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||DOCTOR WHO: K-9 LIGHT & SOUND FIGURINE & BOOK KIT||$12.95||JUL141658||RUN|
|2||ATTACK ON TITAN GUIDEBOOK: INSIDE & OUTSIDE||$24.99||JUL141306||RAN|
|3||THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACEYEARBOOK 2014||$12.95||JUL141269-M||GEM|
|4||LEGEND OF KORRA: ART OF THE ANIMATED SERIESBOOK 2: SPIRITS HC||$34.99||MAY140059||DAR|
|5||G.I. JOE: COBRA HISS TANK WITH BOOK KIT||$12.95||JUL141643||RUN|
|6||ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL NOVEL||$10.95||JUL141473||RAN|
|7||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 87||$14.95||JUL141692||SAN|
|8||THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 44 SC||$29.95||APR141239-M||GEM|
|9||LOSE VOLUME 6 SC||$8.00||JUL141315||KOY|
|10||HATSUNE MIKU GRAPHICS VOCALOID SC VOLUME 2 SC||$39.99||JUL141469||UDO|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: HARLEY QUINN/BATMAN/NIGHTWING/ROBIN ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK||APR140323||DC|
|2||DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE||APR140313||DC|
|3||DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE||APR140314||DC|
|4||INFINITE CRISIS: PAJAMA PARTY HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE||MAR140306||DC|
|5||BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: DEATHSTROKE FIGURE||FEB148007||SQU|
|6||DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: TEEN TITANS RED ROBIN ACTION FIGURE||APR140316||DC|
|7||MARVEL COMICS AVENGERS NOW: CAPTAIN AMERICA ARTFX+ STATUE||JAN142026||KOT|
|8||MARVEL SELECT: ZOMBIE MAGNETO ACTION FIGURE||APR141986||DST|
|9||DANGER ROOM SESSIONS: JUGGERNAUT FINE ART STATUE||FEB142240||KOT|
|10||BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN FIGURE||FEB148006||SQU|
TOP 10 GAMES
|2||MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY COMICBOOSTER BRICK||JUN142657||NEC|
|3||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|4||ADVENTURE TIME: CARD WARS PACK 3: PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM VS THE LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS||JUN142617||CRY|
|5||MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. THE X-MEN||NOV132536||NEC|
|6||RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128267||USA|
|7||THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME||JUL112137||CRY|
|8||MY LITTLE PONY LIFE||JUN142645||USA|
|9||DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT BOOSTER BRICK WAVE 2||MAY142842||NEC|
|10||YU-GI-OH! TCG 2014 MEGA-TIN||MAR148274||KON|
The future has arrived.
DC Entertainment topped the comic book sales charts for the month with a jaw-dropping figure of nearly 3.5 million comic books sold, making the company the No. 1 comic book publisher in dollars and units for September, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in the world. This is the fourth year in a row DC has been the industry’s top publisher in September.
The sales were propelled in large part by the record-breaking success of DC Comics’ month-long “FUTURES END” event in which DC Comics–The New 52 flashed forward five years. Each Futures End book featured a standard 2-D cover and an innovative “3-D Motion” cover that showcased both the current and future state of the character or team, becoming instant collectors’ items. Taking the #3 slot was BATMAN: FUTURES END #1 followed by HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1 taking #4.
The #1 book, according to Diamond is BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY Book & Joker Mask Set– this seminal Batman trade paperback graphic novel is paired with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of Batman’s greatest foe.
“Our publishing business continues to be a top priority for DC Entertainment and I couldn’t be more proud of our team’s success this September,” said Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment President. “The excitement behind so many of our titles, including Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor and Catwoman, as well as the upcoming launch of our next weekly series, Earth 2: World’s End, demonstrates the strength of this business when we focus on great storytelling. With the upcoming start of the pivotal new storyline in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman and the innovative “Scent-Ticular” Harley Quinn Annual, 2014 looks to be a record-setting year for the entire DC Entertainment business.”
The comic book sales news sets the stage for DCE’s major presence at next week’s New York Comic-Con. While the talk of the town’s been the future, NYCC brings fans to Gotham with the continued celebration of the world’s most famous hero, Batman. The Dark Knight’s 75th Anniversary will take center stage with a stunning display featuring Batman costumes from the character’s various film appearances worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale, and a very special cape and cowl from BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE director Zack Snyder.
Vertigo recently launched the acclaimed miniseries BODIES, about a time-spanning serial killer by Si Spencer and THE NAMES, a story set in the world of high finance and revenge written by veteran Peter Milligan. This month also sees the publication of Vertigo’s DEFY Covers where the story starts directly on the cover itself, in an innovative panel design that continues on page one of some fan favorite titles.
On the digital front, new titles ARROW: SEASON 2.5 and FLASH SEASON ZERO launched to great fanfare and sales as the new Fall TV Season gets underway. Perennial digital bestseller INSJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US marked a climactic ending to YEAR TWO followed by the launch of YEAR THREE this week.
DC Collectibles’ Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn/Batman/Nightwing/Robin Action Figure 4-Pack based on the hit game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was the best-selling toy product in September, and one of DC Collectibles’ five products among the top ten best selling toys on the Diamond charts for September.
On the book trade side, JUSTICE LEAGUE: FOREVER EVIL, BATMAN Vol. 3, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, and INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US Vol. 2, appeared on The New York Times Hardcover Graphic Book Bestseller list. While FABLES Vol. 20 landed on The New York Times Paperback Graphic Book Bestseller list.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.