Princess Leia #1

Marvel’s Princess Leia #1 was the #1 book in March according to Diamond’s just released sales charts….another month for a female led title to top the charts following Spider-Gwen last month. Howard the Duck #1 also made the top ten, a pretty strong debut.

And yes, I know the Marvel Star Wars franchise is so strong (esp. with variant covers) that they could put out a Nien Nunb #1 and it would probably top the charts, but Spider-Gwen and Ms Marvel also made strong showings elsewhere so this is not a fluke.

Marvel continued to whup DC in market share and dollars, while Image comics was in double digits once again. 1st quarter comparisons show comics are up yet again from 2014, a healthy 9.63% in dollars and 11.76% in units. Are these just variant buoyed increases that are unhealthy in the long run? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo: River of Ghosts, was the top selling graphic novel, with Image’s Low and Ms. Marvel Volume 2 also making a strong showing.

unit-share dollar-share

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.82% 41.53%
DC COMICS 23.01% 26.13%
IMAGE COMICS 11.39% 12.98%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.51% 5.16%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.90% 3.07%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.41% 2.44%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.37% 1.99%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.83% 0.32%
TITAN COMICS 1.01% 0.77%
VIZ MEDIA 0.98% 0.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.76% 5.23%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 79 30 0 109
DC COMICS 85 17 0 102
IMAGE COMICS 59 20 0 79
IDW PUBLISHING 52 18 0 70
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 22 0 49
BOOM! STUDIOS 40 3 0 43
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 28 6 0 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 27 0 27
TITAN COMICS 8 7 2 17
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 14 14
OTHER NON-TOP 10 86 98 13 197

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014
COMICS -3.86% -4.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.34% 10.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.58% -3.37%
MARCH 2015 VS. MARCH 2014
COMICS 11.19% 9.92%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.56% -22.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.99% 6.70%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014(FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014)
COMICS 13.85% 13.76%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.65% -8.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.63% 11.76%
FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2014
COMICS -9.56% -8.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -17.28% -15.58%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.97% -8.93%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PRINCESS LEIA #1 $3.99 JAN150727-M MAR
2 STAR WARS #3 $3.99 JAN150742-M MAR
3 GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1 $3.99 DEC140815-M MAR
4 SPIDER-GWEN #2 $3.99 JAN150785-M MAR
5 PRINCESS LEIA #2 $3.99 JAN150738-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 $3.99 JAN150779-M MAR
7 HOWARD THE DUCK #1 $3.99 JAN150769-M MAR
8 DARTH VADER #3 $3.99 JAN150740-M MAR
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1 $3.99 JAN150229-M DC
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1 $3.99 JAN150781-M MAR

 


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR) $14.95 JAN151622 IDW
2 MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY TP $15.99 DEC140970 MAR
3 LOW VOL. 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE TP (MR) $9.99 DEC140670 IMA
4 HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL TP $16.99 DEC140975 MAR
5 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 DEADPOOL VOLUME 7: AXIS TP $17.99 DEC140987 MAR
7 DEADPOOL’S THE ART OF WAR TP $12.99 DEC140974 MAR
8 DEADLY CLASS VOL. 2: KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE TP (MR) $14.99 DEC140657 IMA
9 BIRTHRIGHT VOL. 1: HOMECOMING TP (MR) $9.99 JAN150622 IMA
10 BOB’S BURGERS VOLUME 1 TP $17.99 JAN151278-M DE

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HOW TO DRAW BATMAN, SUPERMAN & OTHER DC HEROES & VILLAINS SC $14.95 NOV141845 CAP
2 MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: ULTIMATE CHARACTER GUIDE UPDATED & EXPANDED $16.99 JAN151807 DK
3 DC SUPER HEROES: ABC 123 BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148147 POC
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 93 SC $14.95 JAN151844 SAN
5 MY FIRST SUPERMAN BOOK BOARD BOOK $10.99 SEP148149 POC
6 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF SUPER VILLAINS BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148144 POC
7 DC SUPER HEROES: COLORS SHAPES & MORE BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148148 POC
8 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER PANEL TO PANEL: SEASONS 8 & 9 TP $24.99 OCT140022 DAR
9 DC SUPER HEROES: BUSY BODIES BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148146 POC
10 DAVID MACK: REFLECTIONS TP $24.99 NOV140015 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN STATUE AUG140385 DC
2 MARVEL SELECT: CABLE ACTION FIGURE OCT142189 DST
3 ARROW: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE OCT140412 DC
4 GHOSTBUSTERS: BURNT STAY-PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN BANK MAY142237 DST
5 STAR TREK SELECT: WORF ACTION FIGURE NOV142174 DST
6 JAY & SILENT BOB: BUDDY CHRIST BANK JUN142094 DST
7 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE NOV140359 DC
8 GODZILLA: BURNING GODZILLA VINYL FIGURAL BANK OCT142184 DST
9 MY LITTLE PONY: APPLEJACK BANK JUL142032 DST
10 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN STATUE SEP140354 DC


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST
2 D&D DICE MASTERS FOIL PACKS SEP142615 NEC
3 D&D DICE MASTERS STARTER SET SEP142616 NEC
4 D&D MINIATURES SET TWO BOOSTER BRICK JAN152658 NEC
5 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
6 STAR WARS: X-WING MOST WANTED EXPANSION PACK OCT142777 FAN
7 DC HEROCLIX: JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK DEC142573 NEC
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: FATE REFORGED BOOSTER PACKS JAN152654 WIZ
9 STAR WARS: X-WING IG-2000 EXPANSION PACK OCT142775 FAN
10 STAR WARS: X-WING STARVIPER EXPANSION PACK OCT142778 FAN

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Also, lots of books aimed at kids!

    RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
    1 HOW TO DRAW BATMAN, SUPERMAN & OTHER DC HEROES & VILLAINS SC $14.95 NOV141845 CAP
    2 MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: ULTIMATE CHARACTER GUIDE UPDATED & EXPANDED $16.99 JAN151807 DK
    3 DC SUPER HEROES: ABC 123 BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148147 POC
    5 MY FIRST SUPERMAN BOOK BOARD BOOK $10.99 SEP148149 POC
    6 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF SUPER VILLAINS BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148144 POC
    7 DC SUPER HEROES: COLORS SHAPES & MORE BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148148 POC
    9 DC SUPER HEROES: BUSY BODIES BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148146 POC

    Capstone, DK, Downtown Bookworks

  2. I look forward to the continued increase in non top two sales. Perhaps that will convince them to start creating comics average people can read again. DC and Marvel are pretty insular these days, and it’s just no fun trying to read their books. Image, Dark Horse, Oni, and others seem to be exploring new venues, and that’s where you get interest. By continuing to cater to the same readers, Marvel and DC just don’t seem to be generating new fans.

    I’m not anti big two. It’s just that they really don’t have much that’s new and interesting nowadays.

Leave a Reply