Diamond Comic Distributors. The comic book market continued to grow at a fast pace in June; its $48.7 million in sales meant that that the first half of 2015 was up nearly 13% over the first half of 2014. Comics retailers bought $282 million in comics, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond in the first half of the year, an increase of more than $33 million over the same period in 2014.
According to Comichron and ICV2's 2014 sales report released last week, when bookstore, digital and other sales were added to Diamond's sales, last year saw overall North American sales of $935 million. Were the first half sales increase to persist and be seen across all categories, that would put the overall 2015 total north of $1 billion. That's never happened before, although when adjusted for inflation the market's peak year, 1993, likely approached $1.4 billion.
That said, the first half of 2014 was completely flat versus the year before it, so all the growth in 2014 happened in the second half. Comparatives are likely to get harder to beat as the year goes on.
The comparatives for the month:
|JUNE 2015 VS. MAY 2014|
|JUNE 2015 VS. JUNE 2014|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014|
|SECOND QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2015|
|SECOND QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014|
|Dollar share||Unit share|
|1||Secret Wars #3||$3.99||Marvel|
|2||Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|3||Star Wars #6||$3.99||Marvel|
|4||Justice League of America #1||$5.99||DC|
|7||Darth Vader #6||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||X-Men '92 #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|9||Justice League #41*||$4.99||DC|
Image's Wytches led a graphic novel list that was split between Marvel and Image. Graphic novels were up dramatically for the month; we'll have a better notion as to why when we see the rest of the Top 300:
|1||Wytches Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|2||Thanos: The Infinity Relativity HC||$24.99||Marvel|
|3||East of West Volume 4: Who Wants War||$14.99||Image|
|4||Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed||$15.99||Marvel|
|6||Saga Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|7||Saga Vol. 4||$14.99||Image|
|8||House of Hem||$7.99||Marvel|
|9||ODYC Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|10||Marvel Universe: Ant-Man Digest||$9.99||Marvel|
|Comics shipped||Graphic novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
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