Star Wars #1Diamond has released its prelimiary official year end stats for 2015, and like the unofficial one, Star Wars #1 was the top seller of the year among periodicals, while Saga Vol. 4 led among graphic novels and took the top three spots on the chart. Star Wars #1 was the best-selling single issue in over two decades.

Comics periodical sales were up 8.99% for the year, while graphic novel sales rose by 3.14%. Overall, sales increased by 7.17%, and Diamond sold over 98 million comic books, up 6 million from 2014. They shipped just over 8 million graphic novels.

Now, you may be wondering how this compares to last year. It’s actually up from 2014, when annual sales increased only 4.39%, with comics up 4.03% and GNs up  5.18%. So despite the feelings of unease and doom we’ve been noting, the numbers don’t support a sense of disaster. Doesn’t mean the numbers aren’t showing it, however.

Marvel was the #1 publisher again, beating DC by 13 points in dollars and 14 in units. Image remained at #3. Again, copmparing this to 2014, Marvel’s margin was only 6 points in dollars and a scant 4 in units. Images percentages are almost exactly the same.

Here’s the rest of the charts:

 

 

2015 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

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MARVEL COMICS 38.74% 41.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.75% 27.35%
IMAGE COMICS 9.93% 10.70%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.59% 4.87%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.79% 3.10%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.28% 2.46%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.99% 1.79%
TITAN COMICS 1.03% 0.95%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.94% 0.20%
VIZ MEDIA 0.93% 0.35%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.00% 6.41%

2015 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #1 $4.99 AUG158711-M MARVEL COMICS
2 SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 JUL158548-M MARVEL COMICS
3 BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM HOLO JOHN #1 $4.99 MAR151109-M BOOM! STUDIOS
4 ORPHAN BLACK #1 $3.99 DEC140468-M IDW PUBLISHING
5 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 $5.99 SEP150179-M DC COMICS
6 STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1 $4.99 SEP150827-M MARVEL COMICS
7 DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 AUG158716-M MARVEL COMICS
8 SPIDER-GWEN #1 $3.99 APR158276-M MARVEL COMICS
9 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 $3.99 JUL150696-M MARVEL COMICS
10 PRINCESS LEIA #1 $3.99 JAN150733-M MARVEL COMICS

 

2015 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMAGE COMICS
2 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS
3 SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMAGE COMICS
4 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MARVEL COMICS
5 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 23: WHISPERS INTO SCREAMS TP $14.99 FEB150545 IMAGE COMICS
6 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC COMICS
7 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMAGE COMICS
8 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP $14.99 NOV128157-M IMAGE COMICS
9 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMAGE COMICS
10 STAR WARS VOLUME 1: SKYWALKER STRIKES TP $19.99 MAY150811 MARVEL COMICS

2015 NUMBER OF TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS GRAPHIC NOVELS MAGAZINES TOTAL
MARVEL COMICS 917 390 2 1309
DC ENTERTAINMENT 963 331 6 1300
IMAGE COMICS 773 187 0 960
IDW PUBLISHING 527 265 0 792
DARK HORSE COMICS 378 234 0 612
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 385 94 0 479
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 301 68 0 369
VIZ MEDIA 0 270 0 270
TITAN COMICS 120 67 35 222
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 152 152
OTHER 1157 1518 315 2990

 

1 COMMENT

  1. And we’re up at Comichron, with an overall dollar value and some historical estimates based on that 98 million comic figure. This is, believe it or not, the first time in 30+ years Diamond’s released a total comics sold number.

    http://blog.comichron.com/2016/01/comics-shops-order-579-million-in.html

    Those figures also confirm our guesses that periodicals are exactly 2/3 of Diamond’s print business, that 90% of periodical sales are in the Top 300s, and that only half the TPB sales are in the Top 300s.

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