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“Princess Leia” Leads Marvel to Take 9 of March’s Top Ten Sales Slots

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“Princess Leia” Leads Marvel to Take 9 of March’s Top Ten Sales Slots

The power of the Force helped Marvel Comics return to the top of the direct market in March 2015, as “Princess Leia” launched her first ever solo title in grand style, taking the #1 position for the month.

Overall, Marvel swept nine of the top ten positions, with Leia’s second issue landing in the #5 position. “Guardians Team-Up” took two other slots, “Howard the Duck” launched strong, and “Spider-Gwen,” “Star Wars,” “Darth Vader” and “Amazing Spider-Man” all maintained their sales momentum.

DC Comics lone top ten book was “Batman: Arkham Knight” #1, a collection of the digital-first comic series. DC’s top ten mainstay, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Batman,” did not see an issue ship in March.

Sales were down from February 2015, but up over March 2014. Marvel maintained it’s overall position as the number one publisher in the direct market, with a 38.82% dollar share and 41.53% unit share. DC accounted for approximately a quarter of all comics sold in March, while Image locked down 11.39% of the dollars spent in March, moving 12.98% of the comics for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

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%

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

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