"Harley Quinn" Maintains Top 10 Rank; Image Takes 10% of the Direct Market in January

Fri, February 7th, 2014 at 8:39am PST | Updated: February 7th, 2014 at 8:40am

Comic Books
Stephen Gerding, Senior Editor
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"Batman" #27 led Diamond's sales for January 2014, followed by the Dark Knight's anniversary issue of "Detective Comics," which was double-sized and priced at $7.99. Meanwhile, DC's "Justice League" and the soon-to-be-relaunched "Justice League of America" landed in the Top 10 as well, along with "Harley Quinn" #2, which maintained the series' impressive sales momentum to land at #8 on the charts..

The other half of the Top 10 was all Marvel, with "Avengers World" #1 leading the way in the #3 position. Two issues of the consistently strong selling "Superior Spider-Man" landed at #5 and 7, while "All-New X-Men and "Avengers" also charted.

The first volume of Bryan K Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Image-published "Saga" was the month's best-selling graphic novel, with Vol. 2 also placing in the Top 10.

Overall, Marvel still managed to top DC in Dollar Share, 34.09% to 28.06%, despite "Detective Comics" #27's strong showing, and in Units 37.39% to DC's 30.77%. Image was a solid #3 this month, with a strong 8.78% Dollar Share and an impressive 10.10% Unit Share.

The direct market as a whole dropped from December 2013 in both Dollars and Units; likewise, January saw a drop in the year-to-year comparison with January 2013.

Check out the charts and graphs below and come back next week for John Mayo's look at the Top 300 and in-depth analysis.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.09%

37.39%

DC COMICS

28.06%

30.77%

IMAGE COMICS

8.78%

10.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.71%

5.08%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.74%

4.22%

DYNAMIC FORCES

2.81%

2.69%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

2.25%

1.99%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

2.14%

0.43%

VIZ LLC

1.26%

0.51%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.05%

0.87%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.11%

5.95%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2014 VS. DECEMBER 2013

COMICS

-5.87%

-7.17%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-11.65%

-9.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.71%

-7.39%

JANUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013

COMICS

-0.42%

-7.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-14.28%

-6.99%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.09%

-7.42%

TWELVE-MONTH ROLLING COMPARISON

COMICS

8.52%

4.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.57%

2.48%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.63%

4.44%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #27

$3.99

NOV130172-M

DC

2

DETECTIVE COMICS #27

$7.99

NOV130175-M

DC

3

AVENGERS WORLD #1

$3.99

NOV130569-M

MAR

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE #27

$3.99

NOV130123-M

DC

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25

$4.99

NOV130660-M

MAR

6

ALL NEW X-MEN #22.NOW

$3.99

NOV130557-M

MAR

7

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26

$3.99

NOV130662

MAR

8

HARLEY QUINN #2

$2.99

NOV130171

DC

9

AVENGERS #25

$3.99

NOV130579-M

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #11

$3.99

NOV130126-M

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157

IMA

3

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOLUME 1: YESTERDAY'S X-MEN TP

$19.99

OCT130757

MAR

4

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4: NECESSARY EVIL TP

$17.99

OCT130759

MAR

5

BATMAN '66: THE TV STORIES TP

$14.99

OCT130248

DC

6

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMA

7

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM HC

$49.99

OCT130747

MAR

8

THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 8: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLDS TP (MR)

$16.99

OCT130295

DC

9

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 2: CYCLE OF VIOLENCE TP (N52)

$14.99

OCT130236

DC

10

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1: GOD BUTCHER TP

$19.99

OCT130763

MAR

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