Diamond Comic Distributors. Comic book stores in North America ordered nearly $50.8 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines in the month, a 5.6% increase over last September.
It's the second month this year to top $50 million in total orders, and just the third in the last decade and a half.
Both this September and last September had four shipping weeks, so we finally have a complete quarter of straight-up comparisons: and July, August, and September found the market up 14.52%, 2.84%, and 5.6% respectively to net out at a 9.33% increase for the third quarter. At $395 million for the year, Direct Market orders are $12 million ahead of last year's pace; the fourth quarter need only come in at 90% of last year's total in order for 2014 to see a year-over-year increase.
DC, again, had a remarkable number of new comics releases in September: 124, to Marvel's 80. This would appear to have come from the large number of Standard Editions for its "Futures End" books: at a dollar less, Diamond would give those titles separate entries in its records (as opposed to same-priced variant covers, which are all fused in single entries). For comparison, DC had 85 new comics releases in August.
The comparative sales statistics:
|SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. AUGUST 2014|
|SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. SEPTEMBER 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
|THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2014|
|THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013|
|Comics shipped||Graphic novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
Death of Wolverine #1 and #2 were the top two comic books in the market in orders in September. The top sellers in each category:
|1||Death of Wolverine #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|2||Death of Wolverine #2||$4.99||Marvel|
|3||Batman: Futures End #1||$3.99||DC|
|4||Harley Quinn: Futures End #1||$3.99||DC|
|5||Amazing Spider-Man #6||$3.99||Marvel|
|6||Justice League: Futures End #1||$3.99||DC|
|7||Original Sin #8||$4.99||Marvel|
|8||Detective Comics: Futures End #1||$3.99||DC|
|9||Justice League #33||$3.99||DC|
|10||Batman/Superman: Futures End #1||$3.99||DC|
|1||Batman: Death of the Family Book & The Joker Mask Boxed Set||$39.99||DC|
|2||Forever Evil HC||$24.99||DC|
|3||Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds Volume 6||$9.99||Viz|
|4||Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2: Angela||$19.99||Marvel|
|5||The Walking Dead Volume 10 HC||$34.99||Image|
|6||Harley Quinn: Vengeance Unlimited||$19.99||DC|
|7||Saga Volume 1 HC||$9.99||Image|
|8||Kick-Ass 3 Premiere HC||$29.99||Marvel|
|9||Fatale Volume 5: Curse The Demon||$14.99||Image|
|10||Saga Volume 3||$14.99||Image|
And the market shares:
|Publisher||Dollar Share||Unit Share|
Final reports from September will be along next week.
John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry's retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises. His latest novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn, has just been released by Random House. Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com. And be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook.