Amazing Spider-Man #9Marvel continued to dominate the top 10 and both units and dollars according to November sales figures released today by Diamond. Sales for the four-Wednesday week were down from five week October, but comics are up for the year overall, with periodical sales statistically flat down .11%. Dolalrs are up, but so are cover prices.

Image continued to have double digit sales and units, and the perennials Waking Dead and Saga were joined by the first collection of Gillen & McKelvie’s The Wicked and the Divine.

Spider-Men from across the multiverse are brought together to defeat the psychic vampire Morlun who hunts them in Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #9, the first chapter of Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel’s “Spider-Verse” storyline and November 2014’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

With eight titles in the top ten, Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher, leading in both the dollar share (34.88%) and unit share (37.82%) categories. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #36 at #3, and was second in both market share categories with a dollar share of 27.47% and a unit share of 31.64%. Image Comics had a strong November as well, topping ten percent in both dollar share (10.62%) and unit share (11.06%). IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.65% dollar share, and Dark Horse Comics was fifth with a 4.85% dollar share. Overall, November’s comic book and graphic novel sales were up by 5.47% over 2013 and year-to-date sales are up 4.52% but down by 18.40% from October due to four shipping weeks compared to October’s five.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

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PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 34.88% 37.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 27.47% 31.64%
IMAGE COMICS 10.62% 11.06%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.65% 4.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.85% 3.58%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.84% 2.54%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.73% 2.68%
RANDOM HOUSE 1.20% 0.49%
VIZ MEDIA 0.97% 0.36%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.77% 0.18%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.01% 5.13%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC COMICS 95 29 0 124
MARVEL COMICS 76 37 0 113
IMAGE COMICS 74 13 0 87
IDW PUBLISHING 46 27 0 73
DARK HORSE COMICS 36 27 0 63
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 41 6 0 47
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 33 10 0 43
VIZ LLC 0 31 0 31
RANDOM HOUSE 4 24 0 28
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 7 7
OTHER NON-TOP 10 94 97 25 216

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
NOVEMBER 2014 VS. OCTOBER 2014
COMICS -22.73% -22.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.49% -3.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -18.40% -20.73%
NOVEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2013
COMICS 5.47% 5.84%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 14.44% 21.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 8.36% 7.03%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS 3.80% -0.11%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.16% 6.52%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.52% 0.39%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $4.99 SEP140823-M MAR
2 ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99 SEP140810-M MAR
3 BATMAN #36 $3.99 SEP140247-M DC
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 SEP140828-M MAR
5 SPIDER-WOMAN #1 $3.99 SEP140833-M MAR
6 THOR #2 $3.99 SEP140857-M MAR
7 SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 $3.99 SEP140798-M MAR
8 AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #4 $3.99 SEP140771-M MAR
9 AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #5 $3.99 SEP140774-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #36 $3.99 SEP140185-M DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 22: A NEW BEGINNING TP (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
2 TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC $22.99 JUL140221 DC
3 SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 1 HC $49.99 SEP140591 IMA
4 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 1: THE FAUST ACT TP (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 SERENITY: LEAVES ON WIND HC $19.99 JUL140058 DAR
7 AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 9: RIFT PART 3 TP $10.99 JUL140112 DAR
8 BATMAN ETERNAL VOLUME 1 TP (N52) $39.99 SEP140302 DC
9 THE WAKE HC (MR) $24.99 JUL140281 DC
10 DEADPOOL VOLUME 6: ORIGINAL SIN TP $17.99 SEP140932 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG ESSENTIAL HANDBOOK HC $7.99 FEB142549 SCH
2 MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG REDSTONE HANDBOOK HC $7.99 FEB142550 SCH
3 DOCTOR WHO: THE OFFICIAL ANNUAL 2015 $12.99 JAN148356 PEN
4 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
5 DRAWING BEAUTIFUL WOMEN: THE FRANK CHO

METHOD SC (MR)

$19.95 AUG141888 PUB
6 THE ART OF DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION HC $39.99 JUN140054 DAR
7 THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO GRADING COMICS SC $24.95 SEP141457 GEM
8 THE ART OF ROBERT E. MCGINNIS HC $34.95 SEP141849 RAN
9 POPULAR SKULLTURE: SKULL MOTIFS HC $19.99 JUL140131 DAR
10 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE JOKER HC $24.95 JUL141650 PUB

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ANIMATED: THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES BATMAN FIGURE JUN140313 DC
2 DC COMICS: GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: CATWOMAN STATUE MAY140419 DC
3 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES CATWOMAN FIG JUN140316 DC
4 DC COMICS: STARFIRE BISHOUJO STATUE APR142091 KOT
5 VOLTRON 30TH-ANNIVERSARY LION GIFT SET JAN141950 TOY
6 THE WALKING DEAD: RICK GRIMES RESIN STATUE AUG140714 TMP
7 BATMAN 75TH-ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK SET 1 MAY140418 DC
8 THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: CALL TO ARMS STATUE “YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION” JUL140300 DC
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: POISON IVY STATUE JUN140323 DC
10 MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THOR ARTFX+ STATUE MAY142513 KOT


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH BOOSTER BRICK AUG142838 NEC
2 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
3 DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH FOIL BOOSTERS AUG142839 NEC
4 ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 2: BMO VS. LADY RAINICORN APR148198 CRY
5 FIREFLY: YAHTZEE COLLECTORS EDITION JUL142616 USA
6 DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH: ROGUES FAST FORCES 6-PACK AUG142840 NEC
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KHANS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS AUG142826 WZK
8 GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDS JAN120128 DAR
9 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN JUN142654 NEC
10 D&D ICONS OF THE REALMS: TIAMAT PREMIUM FIGURE SEP142618 NEC

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Great to see Thor #2 still up there. Nice to see the diversity with the trades and graphic novels. Interesting to see just how MUCH DC (and to a lesser extent Marvel and then Image) put out in October.

    Good on Image for keeping up with the big boys very well. Dark Horse hasn’t really lost much marketshare at all since losing Star Wars (more informed people I read predicted they’d be just fine due to their catalogue). And Boom! seems to inch up a little bit in marketshare every month.

    All in all, a fine month for direct market comic sales.

  2. Yeah at this rate we could see Boom! slowly surpass Dynamite in the future.

    @JG:
    Could be wrong but don’t retailers need to order these events well in advance because they ship (bi)weekly? It’s possible the issues so far were ordered kind of without a real idea of market demand. Hope it’s doing well for retailers though, it must stink to be stuck with piles of unsold products.

  3. top 50 now available

    http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/977?articleID=157668

    comics:
    Marvel take 26 of top 50, including 15 of top 25 and 8 of top 10
    DC take 20 of top 50, including 8 of top 25 and 2 of top 10
    Image take 4 of top 50, including 2 of top 25

    graphic novels:
    DC take 16 of the top 50, including 8 of top 25 and 3 of top 10
    Marvel take 16 of top 50, including 6 of top 25 and 1 of top 10
    Image take 10 of top 50, including 6 of top 25 and 4 of top 10 (all 4 in the top 5, actually quite impressive)
    Dark Horse have 3 of the top 50, including 2 in the top 25, both in the top 10
    Boom have 2 of the top 50, both in the top 25
    JOE have 1 of the top 50, also in the top 25
    IDW and RAN both have 1 of the top 50

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