Batman #44

The September sales slowdown that many have predicted based on DC and Marvel glitches was revealed in Diamond’s figures released earlier today. While the gap between Marvel and DC narrowed,  Image had a strong month with 11% of the dollars and 12% of the units. The lack of Secret Wars and late shipping seems to have hurt Marvel, but Star Wars was there to fill the void.

The good news is that graphic novels are  continuing strong. Direct comparison are difficult because September was a five Wednesday month, but Q3 2015 was down from both Q2 2015 and Q3 2014. John Jackson Miller has more analysis at Comichron:

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Comics dollar orders were down 19.6% year-to-year and graphic novel orders were up 12.5%, netting out to an overall drop of 10.7%. This, despite September 2015 having one more shipping week than the same month the previous year.

That said, September 2014 was nonetheless a very strong month, with Marvel launching its Death of Wolverine title and DC’s orders boosted by its lenticular “Future’s End” covers. Retailers ordered nearly $51 million in comics, graphic novels, and magazines that month, as compared with the approximately $45.33 million in comics, graphic novels, and magazines ordered this September.

As seen in one of the tables below, whereas the number of new graphic novels on offer rose substantially this September as expected with the fifth week, the number of new comics released barely changed, suggesting that publishers were trimming their periodical offerings as the market headed into autumn.

dollar-share unit-share

 

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 32.67% 38.12%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.01% 26.32%
IMAGE COMICS 11.81% 12.07%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.72% 4.84%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.42% 3.64%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.11% 2.08%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.79% 1.80%
AVATAR PRESS INC 1.55% 1.19%
VIZ MEDIA 1.32% 0.56%
TITAN COMICS 1.31% 1.25%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 11.29% 8.14%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 80 23 0 103
DC ENTERTAINMENT 70 25 0 95
IMAGE COMICS 73 18 0 91
IDW PUBLISHING 42 20 0 62
DARK HORSE COMICS 29 26 0 55
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 30 9 0 39
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 20 7 0 27
TITAN COMICS 11 12 3 26
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 10 5 0 15
ONI PRESS INC. 7 2 0 9
OTHER NON TOP 10 118 190 49 357


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
SEPTEMBER 2015 VS. AUGUST 2015
COMICS 0.89% -1.10%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.71% 14.79%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 3.49% 0.30%
SEPTEMBER 2015 VS. SEPTEMBER 2014
COMICS -19.62% -20.15%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.51% 30.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.73% -16.89%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
COMICS 7.21% 6.58%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 7.06% 8.48%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.16% 6.73%
THIRD QUARTER 2015 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2015
COMICS -12.07% -14.18%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -0.26% 1.14%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -8.49% -12.94%
THIRD QUARTER 2015 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2014
COMICS -8.08% -10.07%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 9.32% 17.13%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.98% -8.07%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #1 $3.99 JUL150767-M MAR
2 STAR WARS #9 $3.99 JUN150792-M MAR
3 BATMAN #44 $4.99 JUL150256-M DC
4 DEADPOOL VS. THANOS #1 $3.99 JUL150789-M MAR
5 DARTH VADER #9 $3.99 JUN150796-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #5 $3.99 JUL150737-M MAR
7 BATMAN ANNUAL #4 $4.99 JUL150258 DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE #44 $3.99 JUL150202-M DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD #146 (MR) $2.99 JUL150569 IMA
10 DEADPOOL VS. THANOS #2 $3.99 JUL150792-M MAR

 


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMA
2 DESCENDER VOLUME 1: TIN STARS TP (MR) $9.99 JUL150554-M IMA
3 BATMAN VOLUME 7: ENDGAME HC $24.99 MAY150231 DC
4 CHRONONAUTS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 MAY150488-M IMA
5 BATMAN VOLUME 6: GRAVEYARD SHIFT TP (N52) $16.99 JUN150290 DC
6 AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 10: SMOKE & SHADOW PART 1 TP $10.99 MAY150050 DAR
7 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD TP (MR) $14.99 MAY150271 DC
8 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
9 THE JOKER: ENDGAME HC $29.99 MAY150232 DC
10 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEIL GAIMAN: THE SLEEPER & THE SPINDLE HC $19.99 JUL151864 HAR
2 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS: THE TRAGEDY OF THE SITH’S REVENGE HC $14.95 JUL151875 QUI
3 LEGEND OF KORRA: ART OF THE ANIMATED SERIES BOOK 4: BALANCE $34.99 MAY150040 DAR
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 99 SC $14.95 JUL151869 SAN
5 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 83 SC $14.95 MAY151803 SAN
6 AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: SUPERGIRL’S PET PROBLEM PB $3.95 JUL151821 CAP
7 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 6: INVASION HC $26.99 AUG152007 STM
8 AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: MAGIC MONSTERS $3.95 JUL151823 CAP
9 AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: BUBBLE TROUBLE $3.95 JUL151822 CAP
10 DC SUPER HEROES SUPERMAN: LEX LUTHOR’S POWER GRAB $5.95 JUN151733 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: ARKHAM KNIGHT ACTION FIGURE SEP140355 DC
2 AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON: HULKBUSTER VS. IRON MAN ARTFX+ STATUE MAR152213 KOT
3 ARKHAM: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE 5-PACK MAR150321 DC
4 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT PLAY ARTS KAI: ARKHAM KNIGHT FIGURE MAR158226 SQU
5 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE SEP140356 DC
6 DC COMICS: ZATANNA BISHOUJO STATUE FEB152360 KOT
7 AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON: THE HULK ARTFX+ STATUE MAR152212 KOT
8 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: LEONARDO PVC FIGURE NOV148117 GOO
9 ELECTROCUTIONER/LADY SHIVA/HARLEEN QUINZELL FIGURE 3-PACK MAY150300 DC
10 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN FIGURE FEB158188 SQU


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG CONSTRUCTION -­ UPDATED EDITION HC JUN152754 SCH
2 MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG REDSTONE -­ UPDATED EDITION HC JUN152756 SCH
3 MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG ESSENTIAL ­- UPDATED EDITION HC JUN152755 SCH
4 MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT ­- UPDATED EDITION HC JUN152753 SCH
5 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
6 DC DICE MASTERS WAR OF LIGHT FOIL PACKS JUN152765 NEC
7 D&D MINIATURES SET THREE BOOSTERS JUN152763 NEC
8 DC BOMBSHELLS 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE JUL152777 NMR
9 MACHI KORO CARD GAME DELUXE EDITION JUN152743 IDW
10 DC DICE MASTERS: WAR OF LIGHT STARTER SET JUN152769 NEC