Invincible Iron Man #1 is Top Comic
…DC Shut out of Top 10 and >20% Behind in Sales
Marvel really ruled in October with Secret Wars winding down and a new wave of Marvel #1s starting to flood the racks. New #1s for Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider- Gwen Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy were all at the top of the chart along with several Star Wars titles.
With overall sales up, the “Big Two” commanded ~65% of the $ share compared to ~59% last month. Most of the increase seems to have been Marvel that managed to gobble up the $$ being spent by comic shop patrons on their relaunches and popular Star Wars franchise.
DC was totally shut out of the top 10 for the first time that I can remember (it could have happened before, I just don’t recall when) and was down ~5% from last month. Image was down >2%.
Diamond’s Press Release:
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (November 6, 2015) —Tony Stark unveils a new armor and comes into conflict with Doctor Doom as the All-New All-Different Marvel debuts in Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Invincible Iron Man #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in October 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Their sales fueled by the All-New All-Different Marvel launch, Marvel Comics was October’s top publisher with a 43.65% dollar share and a 48.26% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 21.85% dollar share and a 22.92% unit share. October’s number three publisher was Image Comics with an 9.17% dollar share and a 9.27% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 6.16% dollar share and a 4.96% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 4.04% dollar share and a 3.10% unit share. Overall, periodical sales in the comic book specialty market increased by 22.33% in October over September in spite of having one fewer shipping week than the previous month.
Marvel Comics had the top ten best-selling titles in October, including Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 at #2, Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez’s Spider-Gwen #1 at #3, and Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s Doctor Strange #1 at #5, all part of the All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch. DC Entertainment’s top book for October, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #45, fell just outside the top ten at #11 for the month. Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang debuted a new series, Paper Girls #1, from Image Comics at #23. Bob Gale’s Back to the Future #1 was IDW Publishing’s top book for October at #28, and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club 2 #6 was the best-selling comic from Dark Horse Comics at #60. In addition, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s Jughead #1 from Archie Comics was the best-selling non-premier comic for the month at #71.
The first story arc of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s best-selling Star Wars series was collected in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes, the best-selling graphic novel of October and one of the publisher’s three titles in the top ten. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De’s Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine at #3. Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea’s Deathstroke Book and Mask Set from DC Entertainment ranked #4 for the month.
Sanctum Productions’ The Shadow Double Novel Volume 100, a reprinting of two classic pulp-era novels, was October’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten were IDW Publishing’s Winterworld Book 1: The Mechanic’s Song at #4 and Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #5.
Square Enix’s Batman Arkham Knight Play Arts Kai: Harley Quinn Action Figure, based on the best-selling video game, was October’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten, led by the Batman: The Animated Series: Batmobile, a recreation of the vehicle in scale with the new Batman Animated action figures, at #2. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Gotham Select Action Figures, based on the hit FOX television series, ranked #9.
Skybound’s Superfight: The Card Game Core Deck, released by Image Comics, was October’s best-selling game product. BOOM! Studios’ new Second Edition of Archaia’s Mouse Guard: The Roleplaying Game placed among the top ten; the special boxed set ranked #2 for the month, while the regular edition ranked #5. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly ranked #4.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.04%||3.10%|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||0.92%||0.99%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.12%||5.54%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||36||25||0||61|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||10||5||0||15|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||98||99||15||212|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
OCTOBER 2015 VS. SEPTEMBER 2015
OCTOBER 2015 VS. OCTOBER 2014
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1||$3.99||JUL150696-M||MAR|
|2||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1||$5.99||AUG150700-M||MAR|
|4||SECRET WARS #6||$3.99||JUN150680-M||MAR|
|5||DOCTOR STRANGE #1||$4.99||AUG150741-M||MAR|
|6||STAR WARS #10||$3.99||JUL150764-M||MAR|
|8||JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #2||$3.99||JUL150772-M||MAR|
|9||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1||$3.99||AUG150760-M||MAR|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2||$3.99||AUG150712-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||STAR WARS VOLUME 1: SKYWALKER STRIKES TP||$19.99||MAY150811||MAR|
|2||STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOLUME 1: VADER TP||$19.99||JUL150827||MAR|
|3||BITCH PLANET VOL. 1: EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE TP (MR)||$9.99||MAY150482-M||IMA|
|4||DEATHSTROKE BOOK AND MASK SET||$29.99||JUN150300||DC|
|5||MARVEL SUPER HERO: CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS VOL. 1 TP||$7.99||AUG150846||MAR|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM VOLUME 3 TP||$59.99||AUG150497||IMA|
|7||SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)||$14.99||JUL150565||IMA|
|8||OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$14.99||JUL150633||IMA|
|9||LUMBERJANES VOLUME 2 TP||$14.99||AUG151216||BOO|
|10||INJECTION VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG150488||IMA|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 100 SC||$15.95||AUG151992||SAN|
|2||DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC||$14.95||JUL151868||SAN|
|3||ADVENTURE TIME: THE ENCHIRIDION & MARCY’S SUPER SECRET SCRAPBOOK||$24.95||MAY151741||ABR|
|4||WINTERWORLD BOOK 1: MECHANIC’S SONG TP||$9.99||DEC140570||IDW|
|5||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|6||GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S GAME OF THRONES COLORING BOOK||$16.95||SEP151841||RAN|
|7||SWORD ART ONLINE: PROGRESSIVE VOLUME 3 NOVEL||$14.00||AUG151853||HAC|
|8||MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS ENCYCLOPEDIA HC||$40.00||AUG151909||DK|
|9||THE BIG BANG THEORY KIT||$9.95||JUL151853||RUN|
|10||NARUTO: KAKASHI’S STORY NOVEL SC||$10.99||SEP151696||VIZ|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT PLAY ARTS KAI: HARLEY QUINN FIGURE||MAR158227||SQU|
|2||BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMOBILE||APR150335||DC|
|3||DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATWOMAN STATUE||MAR150325||DC|
|4||DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: CATWOMAN STATUE||APR150342||DC|
|5||MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: SPIDER-MAN FIGURE||MAR158235||SQU|
|6||BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMAN FIGURE||JUN150336||DC|
|7||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: ARKHAM KNIGHT FIGURE||SEP140355||DC|
|8||BATMAN ANIMATED: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: BATGIRL FIGURE||JUN150337||DC|
|9||GOTHAM SELECT ACTION FIGURES||MAY152171||DST|
|10||MARVEL: WASP BISHOUJO STATUE||APR152483||KOT|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||SUPERFIGHT CARD GAME CORE DECK||AUG150606||IMA|
|2||MOUSE GUARD: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME HC BOXED SET (2ND ED)||FEB151158||BOO|
|3||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR BOOSTER PACKS||AUG152925||ALL|
|4||BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY||JUL152198||DST|
|5||MOUSE GUARD: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME HC (2ND ED)||FEB151159||BOO|
|6||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR FAT PACK||AUG152927||WIZ|
|7||FIREFLY PLAYING CARDS||MAR158605||QUA|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN FAST FORCES 6-PACK||SEP152649||NEC|
|9||MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HC (UPDATED EDITION)||JUN152753||SCH|
|10||ADVENTURE TIME FLUXX CARD GAME||MAY152758||LOO|
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