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Marvel, DC Split Top Position on December Sales Charts

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Marvel, DC Split Top Position on December Sales Charts

“Batman” rose to the top of Diamond Comics’ sales charts once again in December, with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s series helping DC Comics to an unusual split with Marvel as the publisher was #1 overall in units sold, while Marvel took the top spot in dollar share. Joining the latest chapter of “Batman: Endgame” in the top ten was “Batman Annual” #3 and “Justice League” #37 from DC, while “Amazing Spider-Man,” #11the debut of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Thor” #3, “Amazing Spider-Man Annual” #1 and multiple issues of “Avengers & X-Men: AXIS” filled out the remaining seven slots.

Image Comics maintained its #3 position, with approximately 10% of the market in both units and dollar share. The creator-owned haven had its typically strong month on the trade paperback charts, with collections of “Saga,” “Sex Criminals,” “Manhattan Projects,” “Sunstone” and “The Walking Dead” all landing in the top ten.

Overall, December was a slightly up month from November for the direct market. Year over year, the direct market saw a moderate increase from 2013 to 2014, thanks in large part to a strong second half which saw a nearly 20% increase in monthly issue sales over the second half of the previous year.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

32.07%

34.10%

DC COMICS

31.76%

36.17%

IMAGE COMICS

9.89%

10.40%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.10%

4.17%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.47%

2.95%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.66%

2.82%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.58%

2.26%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.22%

0.22%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.88%

0.91%

AVATAR PRESS

0.86%

0.74%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.50%

5.25%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2014

COMICS

1.77%

0.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-18.50%

-21.51%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.14%

-1.64%

DECEMBER 2014 VS. DECEMBER 2013

COMICS

6.67%

4.50%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-5.41%

-8.39%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.83%

3.46%

CALENDAR YEAR 2014 VS. CALENDAR YEAR 2013

COMICS

4.03%

0.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.18%

5.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.39%

0.64%

FOURTH QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2014

COMICS

-2.90%

-1.57%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.31%

4.02%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.20%

-1.16%

FOURTH QUARTER 2014 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2013

COMICS

7.89%

7.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

7.56%

6.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.78%

6.98%

SECOND-HALF 2014 VS. FIRST-HALF 2014

COMICS

19.34%

18.58%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

10.54%

4.26%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.53%

17.36%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #37

$3.99

OCT140293-M

DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11

$3.99

OCT140829-M

MAR

3

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

$4.99

OCT140813-M

MAR

4

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

$4.99

OCT140297

DC

5

THOR #3

$3.99

OCT140862-M

MAR

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE #37

$3.99

OCT140223-M

DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

OCT140824-M

MAR

8

AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #7

$3.99

OCT140781-M

MAR

9

AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #9

$4.99

OCT140787-M

MAR

10

AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #8

$3.99

OCT140784-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT140644

IMA

2

CAPTAIN AMERICA: PEGGY CARTER: AGENT OF SHIELD

$7.99

OCT140823

MAR

3

JUST THE TIPS HC (MR)

$12.99

SEP140590

IMA

4

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP

$14.99

SEP140630

IMA

5

SUNSTONE VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT140613

IMA

6

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

AUG140334

DC

7

BATMAN: THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA VOLUME 1 TP

$14.99

SEP140283

DC

8

NEW 52: FUTURES END VOLUME 1 TP (N52)

$39.99

SEP140303

DC

9

NIGHTWING VOLME 5: SETTING SON TP (N52)

$16.99

SEP140309

DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157

IMA

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