In addition to the entire Top Comics of the 21st Century list, we continue to maintain lists for just the decade of 2000-2009 and the decade of the 2010s.
By the time we added the best-selling 2014 titles to our top-sellers chart for the century last year, Marvel's relaunched Star Wars #1 had already sold 1 million comics and passed it. The issue, with dozens of variant covers, continued to sell throughout the year, charting several more times; Comichron calculates that its final 2015 total was 1.073 million copies shipped.
Star Wars #1 takes over the spot held briefly by Amazing Spider-Man #1, which in 2014 got a boost of its own from repackaging. You can see the updated top-sellers by year here.
As with several other top-selling titles, Star Wars' sales were inflated by between 250,000 and 450,000 copies sold by the repackager Loot Crate. The issue would still have beaten everything else on the charts regardless, though the same cannot be said for Bravest Warriors: Tales of Holo John #1 and Orphan Black #1, which placed fifth and sixth on the century list but wouldn't have made the Top 300 if not for Loot Crate.
As mentioned here earlier in the week, the Loot Crate effect has probably played out, as more publishers are following DC's lead and sending their comics directly to repackagers. Thus these outsized sales figures won't wind up in the Direct Market charts Diamond produces.
An amazing six issues from 2015 made the Top 10 for the Century list; in addition to the titles already mentioned, Secret Wars #1, Dark Knight III Master Race 1, and Star Wars: Vader Down #1 all made the top ten.
The Top 10 since 2000:
based on orders by North American Comics Shops
|Comic-book Title||Issue||Ship||Price||Publisher||Est. sales|
|5||Bravest Warriors Tales of Holo John†||1||May-15||$4.99||Boom||503,000|
|7||Dark Knight III Master Race||1||Nov-15||$5.99||DC||449,100|
|8||Star Wars Vader Down||1||Nov-15||$4.99||Marvel||410,600|
You can see other sales records from the Diamond Exclusive Era here. Look early next week for our annual post with the Top Thousand Comics and Graphic Novels sales estimates.
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