Friday, January 8, 2016
by John Jackson Miller
Secret Wars #8 was the top-selling comic book in the comic shop market in December, according to information that Diamond Comic Distributors released today.
As suggested by the bottom line projection in our end-of-year post, retailers ordered $52.9 million worth of comic books, graphic novels, and magazine in December, up a considerable 21.85% over the same month in 2014. That was enough to push the 2015 totals higher, to $579.18 million, up 7.17%.
In an unusual happenstance, December had five shipping weeks, as did last December; often the holidays push one of the reporting weeks into January.
Comics dollar sales spiked significantly, up 25% over the same month a year ago. November's top title slipped to second place with its second issue, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2.
The Private Eye, a hardcover collecting a digital comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. An Image title priced at $49.95, it no doubt contributed to the 14% increase in graphic novel dollar sales that December saw year-over-year.
Here's the comparative sales statistics for the month, including those for the fourth quarter. This table also obviously includes the final percentage changes for 2015 overall:
|December 2015 vs. November 2015|
|December 2015 vs. December 2014|
|4th Qtr 2015 vs. 3rd Qtr 2014|
|4th Qtr 2015 vs. 4th Qtr 2014|
|Year 2015 vs. Year 2014|
The market shares for the year were previously reported, but the market shares for December are as follows:
|Dollar share||Unit share|
|1||Secret Wars #8||$3.99||Marvel|
|2||Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2||$5.99||DC|
|3||Star Wars #13||$3.99||Marvel|
|4||Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1||$3.99||DC|
|6||Guardians of Infinity #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|7||Darth Vader #14||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||Harley's Little Black Book #1||$4.99||DC|
|9||Star Wars Annual #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|10||Darth Vader Annual #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|1||The Private Eye Deluxe Edition HC||$49.99||Image|
|2||Harley Quinn Volume 2: Power Outage||$16.99||DC|
|3||Avatar The Last Airbender Vol. 11: Smoke & Shadow Part 2||$10.99||Dark Horse|
|4||Batman Vs. Superman||$9.99||DC|
|5||Saga Volume 5||$14.99||Image|
|6||We Can Never Go Home||$9.99||Black Mask|
|7||Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab HC||$24.99||DC|
|8||Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader||$19.99||Marvel|
|10||Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows||$17.99||Marvel|
|Comics shipped||Graphic novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
Next up here at Comichron will be the updates to the Comics of the Century, followed by the December 2015 final estimates and the Top Thousand Comics lists.
He is the author of several novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown, and Star Wars: A New Dawn. New Dawn appears with a new Miller short story as part of the Rise of the Empire compendium. His Star Trek: Prey trilogy is set for late 2016 release from Pocket books. Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com. And be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook.