Diamond Announces Top Sales For January 2015

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.

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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

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 41.05% 45.64%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 24.18% 27.06%
IMAGE COMICS 9.21% 8.91%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.78% 4.52%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.01% 3.03%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.41% 2.22%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.26% 2.28%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.46% 0.32%
AVATAR PRESS 1.08% 0.81%
VIZ MEDIA 0.95% 0.39%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.61% 4.82%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 79 33 0 112
DC ENTERTAINMENT 86 23 0 109
IDW PUBLISHING 50 26 0 76
IMAGE COMICS 54 14 0 68
DARK HORSE COMICS 28 19 0 47
BOOM! STUDIOS 34 6 0 40
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 31 6 0 37
VIZ MEDIA 0 31 0 31
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 19 19
AVATAR PRESS 10 2 1 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 78 115 28 221

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014

COMICS -2.69% -2.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 9.12% 10.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.77% -1.66%

JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014

COMICS 10.27% 9.65%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 16.83% 12.33%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.27% 9.86%

Star Wars #1 Batman #38 Amazing Spider-Man #12

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #1 $4.99 NOV140709-M MAR
2 BATMAN #38 $3.99 NOV140245-M DC
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
6 WOLVERINES #1 $3.99 NOV140736-M MAR
7 ANT-MAN #1 $4.99 NOV140725-M MAR
8 THOR #4 $3.99 NOV140781-M MAR
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE #38 $3.99 NOV140180-M DC
10 THE WALKING DEAD #136 (MR) $2.99 NOV140696 IMA

Death of Wolverine Outcast Volume 1 Saga Volume 4

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

 How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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