Marvel scores 8 of Top 10 Comics!
Walking Dead & Earth One Teen Titans Top the Collected Editions!
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 12, 2014) — Spider-Men from across the multiverse are brought together to defeat the psychic vampire Morlun who hunts them in Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #9, the first chapter of Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel’s “Spider-Verse” storyline and November 2014’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
With eight titles in the top ten, Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher, leading in both the dollar share (34.88%) and unit share (37.82%) categories. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #36 at #3, and was second in both market share categories with a dollar share of 27.47% and a unit share of 31.64%. Image Comics had a strong November as well, topping ten percent in both dollar share (10.62%) and unit share (11.06%). IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.65% dollar share, and Dark Horse Comics was fifth with a 4.85% dollar share. Overall, November’s comic book and graphic novel sales were up by 5.47% over 2013 and year-to-date sales are up 4.52% but down by 18.40% from October due to four shipping weeks compared to October’s five.
The survivors of the zombie apocalypse face new challenges in the aftermath of all-out war in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 22: A New Beginning from Image Comics, November’s best-selling graphic novel and one of Image’s four titles in the top ten. Also in the top ten were Dark Horse Comics (two titles, led by Serenity: Leaves on the Wind), DC Comics (three titles, led by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson’s Teen Titans: Earth One), and Marvel Comics (one title, Deadpool Volume 6: Original Sin).
Scholastic’s Minecraft: The Official Mojang Essential Handbook was November’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten was Dark Horse Comics with three titles, led by Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #3.
DC Collectibles revisited the world of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series with a new line of action figures, and the Batman Animated: The New Batman Adventures Batman Action Figure was the month’s best-selling toy product. Falling just outside of the top ten was Diamond Select Toys’ top product for the month; the Marvel Select: Juggernaut Action Figure ranked #11.
Spanning seventy-five years of history, WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: The Flash Booster Brick brought the Scarlet Speedster to the gaming table and was November’s top-selling game product.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.85%||3.58%|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||0.77%||0.18%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.01%||5.13%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||36||27||0||63|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||94||97||25||216|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|NOVEMBER 2014 VS. OCTOBER 2014|
|NOVEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9||$4.99||SEP140823-M||MAR|
|2||ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1||$3.99||SEP140810-M||MAR|
|4||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10||$3.99||SEP140828-M||MAR|
|7||SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1||$3.99||SEP140798-M||MAR|
|8||AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #4||$3.99||SEP140771-M||MAR|
|9||AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #5||$3.99||SEP140774-M||MAR|
|10||JUSTICE LEAGUE #36||$3.99||SEP140185-M||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 22: A NEW BEGINNING TP (MR)||$14.99||SEP140657||IMA|
|2||TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC||$22.99||JUL140221||DC|
|3||SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 1 HC||$49.99||SEP140591||IMA|
|4||THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 1: THE FAUST ACT TP (MR)||$9.99||SEP140684||IMA|
|5||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|6||SERENITY: LEAVES ON WIND HC||$19.99||JUL140058||DAR|
|7||AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 9: RIFT PART 3 TP||$10.99||JUL140112||DAR|
|8||BATMAN ETERNAL VOLUME 1 TP (N52)||$39.99||SEP140302||DC|
|9||THE WAKE HC (MR)||$24.99||JUL140281||DC|
|10||DEADPOOL VOLUME 6: ORIGINAL SIN TP||$17.99||SEP140932||MAR|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG ESSENTIAL HANDBOOK HC||$7.99||FEB142549||SCH|
|2||MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG REDSTONE HANDBOOK HC||$7.99||FEB142550||SCH|
|3||DOCTOR WHO: THE OFFICIAL ANNUAL 2015||$12.99||JAN148356||PEN|
|4||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|5||DRAWING BEAUTIFUL WOMEN: THE FRANK CHO
METHOD SC (MR)
|6||THE ART OF DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION HC||$39.99||JUN140054||DAR|
|7||THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO GRADING COMICS SC||$24.95||SEP141457||GEM|
|8||THE ART OF ROBERT E. MCGINNIS HC||$34.95||SEP141849||RAN|
|9||POPULAR SKULLTURE: SKULL MOTIFS HC||$19.99||JUL140131||DAR|
|10||THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE JOKER HC||$24.95||JUL141650||PUB|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||BATMAN ANIMATED: THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES BATMAN FIGURE||JUN140313||DC|
|2||DC COMICS: GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: CATWOMAN STATUE||MAY140419||DC|
|3||BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES CATWOMAN FIG||JUN140316||DC|
|4||DC COMICS: STARFIRE BISHOUJO STATUE||APR142091||KOT|
|5||VOLTRON 30TH-ANNIVERSARY LION GIFT SET||JAN141950||TOY|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD: RICK GRIMES RESIN STATUE||AUG140714||TMP|
|7||BATMAN 75TH-ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK SET 1||MAY140418||DC|
|8||THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: CALL TO ARMS STATUE “YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION”||JUL140300||DC|
|9||BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: POISON IVY STATUE||JUN140323||DC|
|10||MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THOR ARTFX+ STATUE||MAY142513||KOT|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH BOOSTER BRICK||AUG142838||NEC|
|2||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|3||DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH FOIL BOOSTERS||AUG142839||NEC|
|4||ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 2: BMO VS. LADY RAINICORN||APR148198||CRY|
|5||FIREFLY: YAHTZEE COLLECTORS EDITION||JUL142616||USA|
|6||DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH: ROGUES FAST FORCES 6-PACK||AUG142840||NEC|
|7||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KHANS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS||AUG142826||WZK|
|8||GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDS||JAN120128||DAR|
|9||MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN||JUN142654||NEC|
|10||D&D ICONS OF THE REALMS: TIAMAT PREMIUM FIGURE||SEP142618||NEC|
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