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“Star Wars” Launches Marvel to Top of January’s Sales Charts

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“Star Wars” Launches Marvel to Top of January’s Sales Charts

As expected, “Star Wars” Marvel Comics return was a triumphant one, with Jason Aaron and John Cassaday‘s series debuting in the top position on Diamond Comics’ January 2015 sales chart. Marvel is claiming sales of over one million copies of the new series’ forst issue, so it’s no surprise to see the publisher control a commanding 41% of the market’s dollar share in January, and nearly 46% of the unit share.

REPORT: Marvel’s “Star Wars” #1 to Sell Over One Million Copies

Marvel’s good fortunes and strong debuts didn’t stop there. While DC Comics’ “Batman” was the #2 seller and “Justice League” landed at #9, “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Thor” remained Top Ten titles, while “Uncanny Avengers,” “Ant-Man” and “Wolverines” all debuted in the Top Ten as well.

Image Comics’ sales juggernaut “The Walking Dead” rounds out the list in the #10 position.

DC Comics was January’s #2 publisher, with Image maintaining its #3 slot. As usual, Image ruled the Top Ten for graphic novels, with “Walking Dead,” “Saga,” “Black Science” and more represented.

Despite the amazing sales for “Star Wars” #1, overall, the market for monthly comics was down over 2.5% in both dollars and units from December 2014; Graphic novels, however, saw a 9-10% increase over the previous month. Year to year, January 2015 was up significantly from its 2014 counterpart, across the board.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

41.05%

45.64%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

24.18%

27.06%

IMAGE COMICS

9.21%

8.91%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.78%

4.52%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.01%

3.03%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.41%

2.22%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.26%

2.28%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.46%

0.32%

AVATAR PRESS

1.08%

0.81%

VIZ MEDIA

0.95%

0.39%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.61%

4.82%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014

COMICS

-2.69%

-2.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

9.12%

10.49%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.77%

-1.66%

JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014

COMICS

10.27%

9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.83%

12.33%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

12.27%

9.86%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS #1

$4.99

NOV140709-M

MAR

2

BATMAN #38

$3.99

NOV140245-M

DC

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

OCT140832-M

MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13

$3.99

NOV140764-M

MAR

5

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1

$3.99

NOV140703-M

MAR

6

WOLVERINES #1

$3.99

NOV140736-M

MAR

7

ANT-MAN #1

$4.99

NOV140725-M

MAR

8

THOR #4

$3.99

NOV140781-M

MAR

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #38

$3.99

NOV140180-M

DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #136 (MR)

$2.99

NOV140696

IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DEATH OF WOLVERINE HC

$24.99

OCT140914-M

MAR

2

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

OCT140637

IMA

3

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT140644

IMA

4

BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 2: WELCOME TO NOWHERE TP

$14.99

OCT140615

IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2: SPIDER-VERSE PRELUDE TP

$17.99

OCT140932

MAR

7

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556

IMA

8

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMA

9

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$14.99

NOV128157

IMA

10

DEADPOOL: THE ONES WITH DEADPOOL TP

$15.99

NOV140877

MAR

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