No Big Surprise –
Star Wars #1 Helps Marvel Dominate January Sales
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (February 6, 2015) — Marvel Comics returned to George Lucas’ “galaxy far, far away” in Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars #1, January 2015’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.
Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher with a 41.05% dollar share and a 45.64% unit share. DC Entertainment, with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #38 as their top comic at #2, had a 24.18% dollar share and a 27.05% unit share. Image Comics, with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #136 as their top comic at #10, was third for the month with a 9.21% dollar share and a 8.91% unit share. IDW Publishing came in fourth with a 5.78% dollar share and 4.52% unit share. In fifth was Dark Horse Comics with a 4.01% dollar share and a 3.03% unit share.
Wolverine faces his final adventure in Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s Death of Wolverine from Marvel Comics, January’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had seven graphic novels among the top ten, led by Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Volume 1 at #2, as well as all four volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga.
Capstone’s young readers book DC Super Heroes: Batman: The Origin Story was January’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics had two titles among the top ten, including Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #4 and Legend of Korra: Art of the Animated Series Book 3: Change at #6.
Based on the best-selling video game, Good Smile’s Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Link Figma was January’s top-selling toy. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure was that manufacturer’s top selling toy at #8.
In January, USAopoly’s Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, a special edition of the board game based on the best-selling Image Comics series by Robert Kirkman, was the best-selling game product for the second month in a row. Also in the top ten was IDW Publishing’s X-Files: The Board Game, based on the fan-favorite television series, at #8.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.01%||3.03%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.61%||4.82%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTALSHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||28||19||0||47|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||78||115||28||221|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014
JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||STAR WARS #1||$4.99||NOV140709-M||MAR|
|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|
|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
|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|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||DC SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP||$4.95||NOV141826||CAP|
|2||DC SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY||$4.95||NOV141829||CAP|
|3||DC SUPER HEROES: SUPERMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP||$4.95||NOV141827||CAP|
|4||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|5||DC SUPER HEROES: GREEN LANTERN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP||$4.95||NOV141828||CAP|
|6||LEGEND OF KORRA: ART OF ANIMATED SERIES BOOK 3: CHANGE HC||$34.99||SEP140051||DAR|
|7||IN SEARCH OF LOST DRAGONS HC||$34.99||AUG141289||DE|
|8||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 91 SC||$14.95||NOV141854||SAN|
|9||BATMAN: YOU CHOOSE STORIES: THE JOKER’S DOZEN||$6.95||NOV141832||CAP|
|10||BATMAN: YOU CHOOSE STORIES: THE SEED BANK HEIST||$6.95||NOV141830||CAP|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD: LINK FIGMA||JUN132070||GOO|
|2||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ELECTRONIC DANCING BABY GROOT||SEP148110||KID|
|3||DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN ARTFX STATUE||JUL142220||KOT|
|4||THE WALKING DEAD SERIES 6 ACTION FIGURES||APR148174||TMP|
|5||POP! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: DANCING GROOT VINYL FIGURE||JUL148256||FUN|
|6||BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: THE JOKER||JUL148208||SQU|
|7||BATMAN “BLACK COSTUME” ARTFX STATUE||FEB121622||KOT|
|8||MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE||MAR101468||DST|
|9||BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: ROBIN||JUL148207||SQU|
|10||MARVEL SPIDER-MAN 8-INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURE||MAY142225||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|2||JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY||DEC142209||DST|
|3||YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX SERIES TWO||JUN142660||NEC|
|4||STAR WARS: IMPERIAL ASSAULT BOARD GAME||NOV142729||FAN|
|5||MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN SET-UP BOX||AUG142843||NEC|
|6||YU-GI-OH! DICE MASTERS SERIES ONE||NOV142759||NEC|
|7||ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 1: FINN VS. JAKE||APR148197||CRY|
|8||X-FILES: THE BOARD GAME||MAY142832||IDW|
|9||MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN BOOSTER PACKS||NOV132536||NEC|
|10||YU-GI-OH! DICE MASTERS SERIES ONE STARTER SET||NOV142761||NEC|
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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.
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