Friday, February 6, 2015
by John Jackson Miller
Diamond Comic Distributors. Comic shops in North America ordered nearly $44 million in comic books and graphic novels in the month, up 12.27% over last January and topping the total for December, a rare but not unprecedented feat. It is the largest dollar figure for January in the Diamond Exclusive Era, and nearly double what it was in January ten years ago.
In the least surprising news in some time, Star Wars #1 from Marvel was the chart-topper: the comic book is reported by its publisher to have sales over a million copies, helped by an unprecedented number of variant covers and boosted by special editions for Loot Crate and other channels. Marvel's market share jumped as a consequence, accounting for 45.64% of units and 41.05% of dollars. Overall comics unit sales were up 10.27% year-over-year, but slightly off from December.
This January was a four-ship-week month, but while January 2014 had five Wednesdays, its first Wednesday was counted as part of December 2013's shipping. So it's really a four-week-to-four-week comparison.
The comparative sales statistics:
|JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014|
|Total Comics & Graphic Novels||0.77%||-1.66%|
|JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014|
The Death of Wolverine hardcover led the graphic novel list. The top selling comics and graphic novels:
|1||Star Wars #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|3||Amazing Spider-Man #12||$3.99||Marvel|
|4||Amazing Spider-Man #13||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Uncanny Avengers #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|9||Justice League #38||$3.99||DC|
|10||The Walking Dead #136||$2.99||Image|
|1||Death of Wolverine HC||$24.99||Marvel|
|2||Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|3||Saga Vol. 4||$14.99||Image|
|4||Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome To Nowhere||$14.99||Image|
|5||Saga Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|6||Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Spider-Verse Prelude||$17.99||Marvel|
|7||Saga Vol. 3||$14.99||Image|
|8||Saga Vol. 2||$14.99||Image|
|9||The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye||$14.99||Image|
|10||Deadpool: The Ones With Deadpool||$15.99||Marvel|
|Dollar Share||Unit Share|
|Comics Shipped||Graphic Novels Shipped||Magazines shipped||Total Shipped|
Full estimates should appear here Monday.
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. He is the author of several novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, and the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown, releasing January 27. Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com.
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