Secret Wars first topped the comics charts more than 30 years ago — and did so again in May 2015, according to preliminary sales reports released this morning by Diamond Comic Distributors.
The event — along with Free Comic Book Day, attention from the second Avengers movie, and a boost from a repackager contributed to nearly $49 million in orders for new comic books, graphic novels, and magazines by North American comics shops in the month.
Periodical comic book unit sales were up 20% year-over-year against last May, while graphic novel sales were flat; the result was that overall sales were up 13.5%. (That makes sense, because periodicals are about two-thirds of Diamond's combined print comics sales, while graphic novels make up the other third.)
The aggregate changes:
|MAY 2015 VS. APRIL 2015|
|Total Comics & GNs||-13.81%||-10.38%|
|MAY 2015 VS. MAY 2014|
|Total Comics & GNs||13.49%||18.78%|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014|
|Total Comics & GNs||12.31%||15.35%|
Boom Studios has been publishing Bravest Warriors comics, based on the cartoon series, for several years; insertion in the May Loot Crate vaulted the Bravest Warriors one-shot Tales from the Holo John up to second place, topping Secret Wars #2.
Loot Crate subscriptions were already climbing toward 400,000 earlier in the year and could be higher now; we ought to get a good idea from the final numbers what the figure is.
|1||Secret Wars #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|2||Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1†||$4.99||Boom|
|3||Secret Wars #2||$4.99||Marvel|
|4||Star Wars #5||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|7||Old Man Logan #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|8||Darth Vader #5||$3.99||Marvel|
DC's Convergence issues placed ninth and tenth, whereas the debuts of A-Force and Old Man Logan placed sixth and seventh respectively. Star Wars kept two slots in the Top 10.
The Batman: Earth One Vol. 2 hardcover was the top graphic novel for the month:
|1||Batman: Earth-One Volume 2 HC||$24.99||DC|
|3||Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N'Rygoth||$14.99||Image|
|4||Southern Bastards Volume 2: Gridiron||$9.99||Image|
|6||Saga Vol. 4||$14.99||Image|
|7||Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past||$19.99||Viz|
|8||Deadpool Vol. 8: All Good Things||$24.99||Marvel|
|10||Saga Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|Publisher||Dollar Share||Unit Share|
|Comics shipped||Graphic Novels Shipped||Magazines Shipped||Total Shipped|
The detailed estimates for the month 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. He is the author of several novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown, and Star Wars: A New Dawn, now available in paperback. See him at Superman Celebration Saturday, June 13 in Metropolis, Ill.
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