Night Nurse

Secret Wars thumped Convergence in May’s sales, according to numbers just released by Diamond. Secret Wars #1 was the top comic for the month, and overall Marvel achieved market share dominance of DC ~40% to ~25%. However Batman Earth One Vol. Two was the top graphic novel. Image was #3, breaking 10% of unit share again.

I’m a bit surprised by the #2 titles in both categories. Boom’s BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES OF HOLO JOHN #1 was the #2 periodical overall beating out many issues of Secret Wars and Convergence—I’m told this was a Loot Crate comic, but Secret Wars dominated even Loot Crate.

The #2 graphic novel was even more surprising: NIGHT NURSE??? This was a one shot reprinting the cult  70s comic by Linda Fite and Win Mortimer, and it was more a big comic than a true GN, but still…I guess the Daredevil Netflix show had some influence here, as Rosario Dawson’s character was based on Night Nurse.

Sales remain robust for the year over 2014. (May is down against April as it was a five week month.) YTD sales are up 15% overall in units and 12% overall in dollars—perhaps this is evidence of the “Variant Era” sales?

dollar-share unit-share

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.17% 41.11%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.43% 26.04%
IMAGE COMICS 8.89% 10.28%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.06% 3.82%
BOOM! STUDIOS 3.96% 7.16%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.83% 3.43%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.22% 1.82%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.16% 0.27%
VIZ MEDIA 1.01% 0.33%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.85% 0.92%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.43% 4.81%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 71 35 0 106
DC ENTERTAINMENT 74 25 0 99
IMAGE COMICS 58 10 0 68
IDW PUBLISHING 42 21 0 63
DARK HORSE COMICS 33 17 0 50
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 28 6 0 34
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 26 2 0 28
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 27 27
VIZ MEDIA 0 19 0 19
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 11 2 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 93 91 17 201


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2015 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS -10.58% -9.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -21.11% -19.41%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -13.81% -10.38%
MAY 2015 VS. MAY 2014
COMICS 19.94% 19.53%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -0.29% 9.90%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.49% 18.78%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
COMICS 16.48% 16.90%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.41% -1.13%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.31% 15.35%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 FEB150650-M MAR
2 BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES OF HOLO JOHN #1 $4.99 MAR151109-M BOO
3 SECRET WARS #2 $4.99 MAR150618-M MAR
4 STAR WARS #5 $3.99 MAR150683-M MAR
5 DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 MAR150644-M MAR
6 A-FORCE #1 $3.99 MAR150665-M MAR
7 OLD MAN LOGAN #1 $4.99 MAR150656-M MAR
8 DARTH VADER #5 $3.99 MAR150688-M MAR
9 CONVERGENCE #5 [*] $3.99 MAR150155-M DC
10 CONVERGENCE #6 [*] $3.99 MAR150159-M DC

 


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN: EARTH-ONE VOLUME 2 HC $24.99 JAN150232 DC
2 NIGHT NURSE $7.99 MAR150754 MAR
3 RAT QUEENS VOLUME 2: THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N’RYGOTH TP (MR) $14.99 SEP140647 IMA
4 SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOLUME 2: GRIDIRON TP (MR) $9.99 FEB150542 IMA
5 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
6 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
7 LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST GN $19.99 MAR151495 VIZ
8 DEADPOOL VOLUME 8: ALL GOOD THINGS TP $24.99 MAR150804 MAR
9 THE VALIANT TP $9.99 MAR151614 VAL
10 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DRAGON AGE: THE WORLD OF THEDAS VOLUME 2 HC $39.99 DEC140101 DAR
2 ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL: KYKLO NOVEL $14.95 MAR151665 RAN
3 ESSENTIAL EVANGELION CHRONICLE: SIDE A SC $39.99 JAN151635 UDO
4 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
5 THE WORLD OF THE WITCHER HC $39.99 OCT140122 DAR
6 MARVEL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON POP-UP BOOK HC $14.99 MAR151735 HAC
7 THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: A HANDBOOK FOR GIRL GEEKS HC $15.95 MAR151759 RAN
8 TH ECOMPLETE GUIDE TO SELF PUBLISHING COMICS SC $24.99 MAR151750 RAN
9 WOMEN OF WONDER: CELEBRATING WOMEN CREATORS OF FANTASTIC ART $24.95 MAR151727 PUB
10 BRAVEST WARRIORS: THINGS TO DOODLE & DO SC $12.99 MAR151492 VIZ

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL NOW: DEADPOOL ARTFX+ STATUE SEP142328 KOT
2 THE DARK KNIGHT: THE JOKER MAF EX FIGURE APR148224 MED
3 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE DEC140434 DC
4 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE SEP140356 DC
5 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE SEP140357 DC
6 MARVEL: WOLVERINE DANGER ROOM SESSIONS STATUE AUG142465 KOT
7 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: MERA STATUE NOV140352 DC
8 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: SCARECROW ACTION FIGURE SEP140358 DC
9 THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE OCT140413 DC
10 DC COMICS: SUPERMAN & BATMAN BOOKENDS NOV140347 DC


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BOOSTER BRICK MAR152655 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS JAN158366 WIZ
3 YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX SERIES THREE SEP142619 NEC
4 HARLEY QUINN PUZZLE MAR152470 NMR
5 THE WALKING DEAD: PRISON BOARD GAME JUN142630 MEG
6 STAR WARS ARMADA: VICTORY CLASS STAR DESTROYER EXPANSION JAN152641 FAN
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR FAT PACK JAN158368 WIZ
8 STAR WARS ARMADA: ASSAULT FRIGATE MARK II EXPANSION JAN152634 FAN
9 MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HANDBOOK HC FEB142547 SCH
10 MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK HC FEB142548 SCH

 

Bravest Warriors Tales of Holo John

5 COMMENTS

  1. Colin,
    https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=29701562
    It has an EAN barcode, not a UPC. Yes, the barcode is on the front cover, and it wasn’t distributed via bookstores, but Marvel has done that before. (For example, the Marvel Premier Classic collections have DM-only editions.)

    There are many comics with EANs, most notably the Gemstone Disney titles. (Used so that those squarebound issues could be sold via bookstores.) DC has done the same for finite series, such as The Dark Knight Strikes Again (9781563898709, 9781563898716, 9781563898723).

    Binding and length do not define where something is sold.
    Even serials (usually defined by an ISSN) can be sold like books, such as societal annuals or guidebooks (like Fodor’s New York City ISSN: 2328-3106).

  2. I understand that. I’m just saying it was presented, ordered and sold as a comic book. That’s why it is so high on the chart. Most stores wouldn’t have ordered 5-10 copies of a Night Nurse GN, but as a comic, sure. The title of the article indicated it was a surprise top seller. Just explaining why. I guess at $7.99 its kind of in between collection. But I still go with, if it is folded and has staples, its a comic more than a GN.

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