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“The Walking Dead,” “Death of Wolverine” Gain Top Spots in October

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“The Walking Dead,” “Death of Wolverine” Gain Top Spots in October

Zombies and Death were the name of the game in October — and not just due to Halloween. Diamond’s sales charts for October 2014 had “The Walking Dead” #132 as the #1 bestselling comic for the month, while “Death of Wolverine” #4 led the way for Marvel in the second spot. In fact, “Death of Wolverine” is partially what helped Marvel take back the top publisher spot — Marvel had seven of the top ten bestselling comic books of October, including “Death of Wolverine” #4, “Thor” #1, “Death of Wolverine” #3, “Avengers and X-Men: AXIS” #1, “Amazing Spider-Man” #7, “Amazing Spider-Man” #8 and “Avengers and X-Men: AXIS” #2.

DC Comics rounded out the top ten with “Batman” #35 in sixth and “Harley Quinn Annual” #1 at ninth, continuing “Harley Quinn’s” strong showing in the top ten monthly comics.

While “The Walking Dead” may have topped sales for single issues, it was surprisingly absent from the top ten graphic novels and trade paperbacks, though Image Comics did have two trades make the list: “East of West” Volume 3 TP at fourth and “Southern Bastards” Volume 1 TP at sixth. Marvel topped the list of trades with “Ms. Marvel” Volume 1 TP and “Hawkeye” Volume 3 TP in first and second, respectively with “Amazing Spider-Man” Volume 1 TP and “Moon Knight” Volume 1 TP bringing up the rear at eighth and ninth. DC also had four trades on the list: “Batman” Volume 4 TP at third, “Batman” Volume 5 HC at fifth, “Harley Quinn” Volume 1 HC at seventh and the “Batman: Death of the Family” book and mask set in tenth.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.82%

36.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

27.53%

31.00%

IMAGE COMICS

9.77%

12.28%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.18%

3.94%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.74%

3.25%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.60%

2.00%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.39%

2.26%

ARCHIE COMICS

1.19%

1.20%

AVATAR PRESS

1.18%

1.25%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.17%

0.30%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.43%

6.18%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC COMICS

109

34

1

144

MARVEL COMICS

94

45

1

140

IMAGE COMICS

72

17

0

89

DARK HORSE COMICS

38

34

0

72

IDW PUBLISHING

47

25

0

72

BOOM! STUDIOS

38

9

0

47

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

38

9

0

47

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

22

22

ARCHIE COMICS

16

5

0

21

AVATAR PRESS

17

2

1

20

OTHER NON-TOP 10

121

194

31

346


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

OCTOBER 2014 VS. SEPTEMBER 2014

COMICS

6.30%

9.64%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

21.30%

25.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.45%

10.69%

OCTOBER 2014 VS. OCTOBER 2013

COMICS

10.84%

10.14%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.90%

6.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.46%

9.85%

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

COMICS

3.64%

-0.66%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.31%

5.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.15%

-0.22%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD #132 (MR)

$2.99

AUG140566-M

IMA

2

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #4

$4.99

JUN140603-M

MAR

3

THOR #1

$3.99

AUG140777-M

MAR

4

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3

$4.99

JUN140602-M

MAR

5

AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #1

$4.99

AUG140718-M

MAR

6

BATMAN #35

$4.99

AUG140268-M

DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

$3.99

AUG140795-M

MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8

$3.99

AUG140800-M

MAR

9

HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1

$5.99

AUG140294-M

DC

10

AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #2

$3.99

AUG140728-M

MAR


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL TP

$15.99

JUN140725

MAR

2

HAWKEYE VOLUME 3: L.A. WOMAN TP

$15.99

MAY140930

MAR

3

BATMAN VOL. 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY TP (N52)

$16.99

JUL140237

DC

4

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 3: THERE IS NO US TP

$14.99

JUL140478

IMA

5

BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY HC (N52)

$24.99

JUN140264

DC

6

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 1: HERE WAS A MAN TP (MR)

$9.99

JUL140517

IMA

7

HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 1: HOT IN THE CITY HC

$24.99

JUN140279

DC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1: THE PARKER LUCK TP

$17.99

JUL140726

MAR

9

MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 1: FROM THE DEAD HC

$17.99

JUL140728

MAR

10

BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK & JOKER MASK SET

$39.99

MAY140361

DC

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