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“Death of Wolverine” Tops September 2014 Sales Charts, “Futures End” Dominates Overall

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“Death of Wolverine” Tops September 2014 Sales Charts, “Futures End” Dominates Overall

The death of Marvel’s most popular mutant shot to the top of the September sales charts for the direct market, but DC Comics continued its run of ruling the ‘back-to-school’ month for the fourth straight year as its Futures End one-shot event dominated overall.

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s “Death of Wolverine” #1 and 2 were the two best-selling comics for September 2014, while “Amazing Spider-Man’s” continuing build to “Spider-Verse” and the finale of “Original Sin” also placed in the Top Ten. DC took the other six spots, with the Futures End one-shots for Batman and Harley Quinn landing at the #3 and 4 positions, respectively, while the ‘5 Years Later’ “Justice League,” “Detective Comics,” and “Batman/Superman” issues landed at 6, 8 and 10. “Justice League” #33, originally scheduled for an August release, was the #9 book.

RELATED: DC Comics Sells 3.5 Million Comics in September 2014

DC’s sales dominance continued on the collected edition/trade paperback charts, where its “Batman: Death of the Family” book & mask combo was the #1 seller for the month, with the “Forever Evil” hardcover at #2. The latest “Yu-Gi-Oh” release was #3. “Walking Dead,” “Saga” and “Fatale” all charted in the top ten, continuing Image Comics’ traditionally strong showing.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT

36.58%

40.76%

MARVEL COMICS

32.04%

34.11%

IMAGE COMICS

7.49%

8.24%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.52%

3.24%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.11%

3.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.34%

2.28%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.18%

2.31%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.29%

0.25%

RANDOM HOUSE

1.15%

0.41%

VIZ MEDIA

0.96%

0.35%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.34%

4.77%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. AUGUST 2014

COMICS

28.33%

23.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.12%

-1.67%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

23.40%

21.86%

SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. SEPTEMBER 2013

COMICS

4.58%

-0.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.49%

-1.61%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.64%

-0.22%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

2.69%

-2.04%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.33%

4.99%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.19%

-1.51%

THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2014

COMICS

13.59%

13.56%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.75%

0.77%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.50%

12.51%

THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013

COMICS

10.30%

6.15%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

7.04%

4.17%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.33%

6.01%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1

$4.99

JUN140590-M

MAR

2

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2

$4.99

JUN140601-M

MAR

3

BATMAN: FUTURES END #1

$3.99

MAY140318

DC

4

HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1

$3.99

MAY140334

DC

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6

$3.99

JUL140633

MAR

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1

$3.99

MAY140278

DC

7

ORIGINAL SIN #8

$4.99

JUN140609-M

MAR

8

DETECTIVE COMICS: FUTURES END #1

$3.99

MAY140320

DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #33

$3.99

MAY140177-M

DC

10

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1

$3.99

MAY140316

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK & THE JOKER MASK BOXED SET

$39.99

MAY140361

DC

2

FOREVER EVIL HC (N52)

$24.99

MAY140364

DC

3

YU-GI-OH! 5DS VOLUME 6 GN

$9.99

JUL141515

VIZ

4

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2: ANGELA TP

$19.99

JUL140730

MAR

5

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)

$34.99

JUL140520

IMA

6

HARLEY QUINN: VENGEANCE UNLIMITED TP

$19.99

JUN140280

DC

7

SAGA VOLUME 1 HC (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

8

KICK-ASS 3 PREMIERE HC (MR)

$29.99

MAY140918

MAR

9

FATALE VOLUME 5: CURSE THE DEMON TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL140483

IMA

10

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556

IMA

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