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“Secret Wars,” “Star Wars,” “Batman” & “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” Lead August Sales

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“Secret Wars,” “Star Wars,” “Batman” & “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” Lead August Sales

“The Walking Dead” surged into the Diamond Comics’ Top Ten chart in August, but Marvel Comics maintained its overall domination of the upper portion of the direct market’s sales charts with seven titles. Meanwhile, DC saw “Batman” joined by “Justice League” to take the remaining two spots.

“Secret Wars” and “Star Wars” continue to lead Marvel to industry-leading sales. The event series’ fifth issue was the top-selling comic for the month, followed by “Star Wars” #8 in the #2 position. “Batman” #43 ranked third, and “Darth Vader” #8 was fourth. Fans continued to support “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows,” with Issues #3 and 4 of the married with a kid Peter Parker and Mary Jane “Secret Wars” series taking the #5 and 6 spots, respectively.

“The Walking Dead” #145 was the seventh best-selling series of the month, and the series 24th collection was the best selling trade paperback of August. “Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition” was the #2 seller, and “Image Comics’ “Black Science” vol. 3 was third.

Sales were down significantly from July, seeing an 18% drop in dollars and a near-16% drop in numbers from the previous month. Year to year, however, sales were up, if only a nominal 2.25% in dollars and .03% in monthly issues sold; graphic novel sales, on the other hand, were up 16% in dollars and 11.89% in units.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

36.67%

40.13%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.39%

26.95%

IMAGE COMICS

9.98%

10.41%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.90%

4.26%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.09%

3.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.33%

2.38%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.01%

2.03%

TITAN COMICS

1.33%

1.42%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.07%

1.37%

ONI PRESS

1.12%

1.11%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

11.10%

6.32%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2015 VS. JULY 2015

COMICS

-18.24%

-15.79%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.71%

-20.19%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-15.89%

-16.20%

AUGUST 2015 VS. AUGUST 2014

COMICS

2.25%

0.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.04%

11.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.45%

0.97%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

11.38%

10.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.35%

5.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.80%

10.22%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #5

$3.99

MAY150642-M

MAR

2

STAR WARS #8

$3.99

MAY150780-M

MAR

3

BATMAN #43

$3.99

JUN150239-M

DC

4

DARTH VADER #8

$3.99

MAY150786

MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #3

$3.99

MAY150716-M

MAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #4

$3.99

JUN150736-M

MAR

7

THE WALKING DEAD #145 (MR)

$2.99

JUN150539

IMA

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #43

$3.99

JUN150172-M

DC

9

CIVIL WAR #2

$3.99

MAY150690-M

MAR

10

STAR WARS: LANDO #2

$3.99

MAY150774

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 24: LIFE AND DEATH TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN150590

IMA

2

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC

3

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 3: VANISHING POINT TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN150521

IMA

4

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MAR

5

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAY150827

MAR

6

FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)

$17.99

APR150316

DC

7

CHEW VOLUME 10: BLOOD PUDDIN’ TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN150496

IMA

8

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER TP

$15.99

MAY150824

MAR

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

10

SUNSTONE VOLUME 3 GN (MR)

$14.99

JUN150583

IMA

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