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“Dark Knight III” Tops Direct Market Sales for November 2015

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“Dark Knight III” Tops Direct Market Sales for November 2015

Marvel was once again the overall leader in Direct Market sales in November 2015, though DC Comics did regain the top spot on the bestsellers list with the release of “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #1. “Star Wars: Vader Down,” the first chapter of the anticipated crossover event, debuted in the #2 position.

While Marvel filled the other nine of the Top Ten slots, the return of Frank Miller to Batman — joined by Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson — helped DC regain some of the market share it lost in previous months. Overall, Marvel had a 43.20% dollar share and a 47.65% unit share while DC came in with a 26.35% dollar share and a 26.09% unit share. Image Comics was the third place publisher with an 8.67% dollar share and a 10.02% unit share.

Marvel’s All-New initiative continued to roll out big debuts, with the #1 issues of “Deadpool,” “Extraordinary X-Men,” “All-New, All-Different Avengers” and “All-New Wolverine” landing int he Top Ten. Joining them were “Secret Wars” #7, “Star Wars” #11 and 12, and the long-delayed “Uncanny X-Men” #600.

As a whole, the industry was up over 30% over November 2014, and about 8% over October 2015.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

43.20%

47.65%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.35%

26.09%

IMAGE COMICS

8.67%

10.02%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.42%

3.50%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.17%

2.69%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

1.67%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.90%

1.60%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.06%

0.61%

TITAN COMICS

0.73%

0.64%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.73%

0.87%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.82%

4.66%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

NOVEMBER 2015 VS. OCTOBER 2015

COMICS

8.62%

4.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-11.93%

-10.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.70%

3.80%

NOVEMBER 2015 VS. NOVEMBER 2014

COMICS

30.05%

18.19%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-17.50%

-21.76%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.84%

14.63%

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

COMICS

7.54%

5.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.24%

3.06%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.89%

5.26%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1

$5.99

SEP150179-M

DC

2

STAR WARS: VADER DOWN #1

$4.99

SEP150827-M

MAR

3

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

SEP150699-M

MAR

4

SECRET WARS #7

$3.99

JUL150718-M

MAR

5

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1

$4.99

AUG150752-M

MAR

6

ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1

$4.99

SEP150651-M

MAR

7

STAR WARS #11

$3.99

AUG150870-M

MAR

8

UNCANNY X-MEN #600

$5.99

MAR150760-M

MAR

9

STAR WARS #12

$3.99

SEP150835-M

MAR

10

ALL NEW WOLVERINE #1

$4.99

SEP150716-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SANDMAN OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION HC (MR)

$24.99

JUL150333-M

DC

2

STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS: SHATTERED EMPIRE TP

$16.99

AUG150915

MAR

3

STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA TP

$16.99

JUN150822

MAR

4

MS. MARVEL VOLUME 4: LAST DAYS TP

$17.99

AUG150888

MAR

5

SPIDER-GWEN VOLUME 0: MOST WANTED TP

$16.99

SEP150873

MAR

6

DEADPOOL VS. THANOS TP

$16.99

SEP150876

MAR

7

LOW VOLUME 2: BEFORE THE DAWN BURNS US TP

$14.99

AUG150536

IMA

8

VAMPIRELLA #1969

$7.99

SEP151219-M

DE

9

STAR WARS: KANAN VOLUME 1: THE LAST PADAWAN TP

$19.99

AUG150916

MAR

10

SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL150565

IMA

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