More of the Same Top Comics –
Secret Wars/Star Wars/Batman
Marvel held the #1 spot on the comics list with Secret Wars #8, and Dark Knight III #2 (top comic series for November) moved to the #2 slot. That said, the top of the comics chart continued to be mostly a boring repetition of past months: Secret Wars, 4 Star Wars books, 4 Batman books (counting Harley Quinn under the Batman umbrella) and Guardian of Infinity sneaking in at #6 to be the only thing marginally different at the top of the chart. Comic Shops/fans are eating this stuff up and the Big Two Publishers are feeding it to them with a shovel.
No surprise that we are seeing the debut of another series starring the incredibly popular Harley Quinn, with her “Little Black Book” series debuting at #8 on the comics chart and also taking the #2 and #7 slots on the collected edition chart with TPBs of Vol. 2 & 3 of her current series.
The surprise for me on the collected edition chart was seeing the hardcover edition of the direct-to-digital “pay what you like” series “Private Eye” by Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin debuting at #1. It was also heartening to see the TPB of “We Can Never Go Home” from Black Mask debut at #6 on the collected edition chart, it’s rare to see something from one of the smaller publishers in the back half of Previews show up in the Top 10 when it’s not included in a LootCrate or using some other stunt to pump up sales. This seems like a series that genuinely resonated with readers.
And the book charts showed some interesting results in December. We got 2 “Adult Coloring Books”, Locke & Key from IDW placing at #1 and Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope placing at #3. Given these sales results, I’d expect to see a lot more of these coloring books coming out in future from all the publishers as they jump on the bandwagon.
– Bob Bretall (email@example.com)
Diamond’s Press Release:
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 8, 2016) — The heroes of the Marvel universe lay siege to Doom’s castle in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #8, the penultimate chapter of Marvel Comics’ crossover event and the best-selling comic book of December 2015, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was December’s top publisher with a 37.09% dollar share and a 41.87% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.32% dollar share and a 29.93% unit share. November’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 10.29% dollar share and a 10.65% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.31% dollar share and a 4.10% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 3.05% dollar share and a 2.43% unit share.
Marvel Comics had six of December’s top ten best-selling titles, including Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato’s Star Wars #13 at #3, Dan Abnett and Carlo Barberi’s Guardians of Infinity #1 at #5, and Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader #14 at #7. DC Entertainment had four titles among the top ten, led by Frank Miller, Brian Azarello, John Romita, Jr., and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 at #2. Among the other premier publishers, Image Comics’ top book in December was The Walking Dead #149 at #26, Dark Horse Comics’ Fight Club 2 #8 was their top book at #81, and Back to the Future #3 from IDW Publishing was their top book at #106. December’s top non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #5 at #86.
Image Comics collected the Eisner Award-winning Best Digital Comic from Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin for The Private Eye Deluxe Edition, giving the publisher the best-selling graphic novel of December. Also in the top ten for Image Comics was Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 5 at #5. DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten, led by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s Harley Quinn Volume 2: Power Outage at #2. Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar the Last Airbender Volume 11: Smoke & Shadow Part 2 ranked #3. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten, led by Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1: Vader at #8. Also among the top ten was Black Mask Comics’ We Can Never Go Home at #6.
IDW Publishing’s Locke & Key: Shades of Terror Coloring Book, a new entry in the adult coloring book genre based on the acclaimed comic, was the best-selling book of December and one of the publisher’s two products among the top ten. Also in the top ten were two books from Dark Horse Comics, led by The Art of Fallout 4, an artbook based on the best-selling video game, at #4.
Kotobukiya’s Halo: Mjolnir Mark V and Mark VI Deluxe ArtFX+ Statue 2-Pack, based on Microsoft’s best-selling sci-fi video game franchise, was the best-selling toy product of December. DC Collectibles had eight products in the top ten, led by the DC Comics Bombshells: The Joker and Harley Quinn Statue at #2. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: Dr. Strange Action Figure at #10.
BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (Second Edition) was December’s best-selling game. Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly remained in the top ten, ranking #2 for the month, and their Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Monopoly returned to the top ten at #9. Also of note, Image Comics’ Superfight Decks took five spots in the top ten.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.05%||2.43%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.31%||5.50%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||32||17||0||49|
|ONI PRESS INC.||8||4||0||12|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||139||138||41||318|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
DECEMBER 2015 VS. NOVEMBER 2015
DECEMBER 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014
|YEAR 2015 VS. YEAR 2014|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||SECRET WARS #8||$3.99||AUG150653-M||MAR|
|2||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #2||$5.99||OCT150141-M||DC|
|3||STAR WARS #13||$3.99||SEP150832-M||MAR|
|4||BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1||$3.99||OCT150148-M||DC|
|6||GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1||$4.99||OCT150747-M||MAR|
|7||DARTH VADER #14||$3.99||OCT150943-M||MAR|
|8||HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1||$4.99||OCT150151-M||DC|
|9||STAR WARS ANNUAL #1||$4.99||OCT150941||MAR|
|10||DARTH VADER ANNUAL #1||$4.99||OCT150939-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||THE PRIVATE EYE DELUXE EDITION HC (MR)||$49.99||OCT150484||IMA|
|2||HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 2: POWER OUTAGE TP||$16.99||SEP150302||DC|
|3||AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 11: SMOKE & SHADOW PART 2 TP||$10.99||AUG150057||DAR|
|4||BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN TP||$9.99||SEP150285||DC|
|5||SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)||$14.99||JUL150565||IMA|
|6||WE CAN NEVER GO HOME TP (MR)||$9.99||SEP151091||BLA|
|7||HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 3: KISS KISS BANG STAB HC||$24.99||AUG150272||DC|
|8||STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOLUME 1: VADER TP||$19.99||JUL150827||MAR|
|9||CIVIL WAR TP||$24.99||JAN072436||MAR|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS TP||$17.99||SEP150861||MAR|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||LOCKE & KEY: SHADES OF TERROR COLORING BOOK||$9.99||OCT150443||IDW|
|2||STAR WARS ARTIFACT EDITION HC||$75.00||JUL150362||IDW|
|3||GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ADULT COLORING BOOK||$12.99||OCT151871||ZEN|
|4||THE ART OF FALLOUT 4 HC||$49.99||JUL158450||DAR|
|5||THE LITTLE BOOK OF BATMAN FLEXICOVER (MR)||$9.99||SEP151821||TAS|
|6||WONDER WOMAN: TIARA BRACELET & BOOK KIT||$9.95||OCT151892||RUN|
|7||THE LITTLE BOOK OF WONDER WOMAN FLEXICOVER||$9.99||SEP151823||TAS|
|8||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 102 SC||$14.95||OCT151917||SAN|
|9||THE LITTLE BOOK OF SUPERMAN FLEXICOVER||$9.99||SEP151822||TAS|
|10||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||HALO: MJOLNIR MARK V & MARK VI DELUXE ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACK||MAY152430||KOT|
|2||DC COMICS: THE BOMBSHELLS JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE||MAY150291||DC|
|3||ALEX ROSS JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 6-PACK||JUN150332||DC|
|4||DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK||NOV138235||DC|
|5||DC COMICS: BATGIRL STATUE||JUN150340||DC|
|6||BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: MASK OF THE PHANTASM ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK||JUL150355||DC|
|7||DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: CATWOMAN STATUE||JUN150350||DC|
|8||DC ICONS: GREEN LANTERN: HAL JORDAN DARK DAYS DELUXE FIGURE||MAY150299||DC|
|9||DC ICONS: THE FLASH CHAIN LIGHTNING ACTION FIGURE||MAY150295||DC|
|10||MARVEL SELECT: DR. STRANGE ACTION FIGURE||MAY152177||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION)||FEB151158||BOO|
|2||BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY||JUL152198||DST|
|3||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|4||SUPERFIGHT ORANGE DECK||SEP150634||IMA|
|5||SUPERFIGHT RED DECK||SEP150635||IMA|
|6||SUPERFIGHT BLUE DECK||SEP150636||IMA|
|7||SUPERFIGHT PURPLE DECK||SEP150637||IMA|
|8||SUPERFIGHT GREEN DECK||SEP150638||IMA|
|9||JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY||DEC142209||DST|
|10||DC HEROCLIX BRAINIAC SKULL SHIP||OCT158547||NEC|
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