Marvel Leads Diamond's 2015's Top Selling Comics, Publishers

Wed, January 6th, 2016 at 8:00am PST

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Diamond Comic Distributors has released its data for the best-selling comics and publishers of 2015. As expected, Marvel Comics led the list, and "Star Wars" #1 ranking as the best-selling single issue, with "Secret Wars" #1 as the second-best selling issue.

BOOM! Studios' "Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John" #1 and IDW Publishing's "Orphan Black" #1 were the third and fourth best selling issues of the year. Both issues saw their numbers boosted due to their inclusion in subscription box service LootCrate.

Marvel Comics' output made up approximately 40% of the direct market in 2015, while DC Entertainment was the second best-selling publisher overall, accounting for just over a quarter of the market. Image Comics was third, accounting for 10% of the year's sales, bolstered by "The Walking Dead's" continued strong sales, along with "Saga's" trade paperback sales -- Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples' sci-fi series took the first, second and third slots in the year's overall TPB sales.

"Overall, comic books and graphic novels continued their positive trends, with 2015’s annual sales increasing 7.17% over the previous year," Diamond said in a statement. "[C]omic book sales specifically were up 8.99%, while graphic novel sales rose by 3.14%. Over 98 million comic books were sold to comic book specialty stores in 2015, an increase of 6 million units over 2014, with just over 8 million graphic novels units shipped."

2015's TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.74%

41.82%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.75%

27.35%

IMAGE COMICS

9.93%

10.70%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.59%

4.87%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.79%

3.10%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.28%

2.46%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.99%

1.79%

TITAN COMICS

1.03%

0.95%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0.94%

0.20%

VIZ MEDIA

0.93%

0.35%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.00%

6.41%

2015's TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.74%

41.82%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.75%

27.35%

IMAGE COMICS

9.93%

10.70%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.59%

4.87%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.79%

3.10%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.28%

2.46%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.99%

1.79%

TITAN COMICS

1.03%

0.95%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0.94%

0.20%

VIZ MEDIA

0.93%

0.35%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.00%

6.41%

2015's TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT140644

IMAGE COMICS

2

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMAGE COMICS

3

SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL150565

IMAGE COMICS

4

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MARVEL COMICS

5

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 23: WHISPERS INTO SCREAMS TP

$14.99

FEB150545

IMAGE COMICS

6

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC COMICS

7

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMAGE COMICS

8

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157-M

IMAGE COMICS

9

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556

IMAGE COMICS

10

STAR WARS VOLUME 1: SKYWALKER STRIKES TP

$19.99

MAY150811

MARVEL COMICS

2015 NUMBER OF TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS

GRAPHIC NOVELS

MAGAZINES

TOTAL

MARVEL COMICS

917

390

2

1309

DC ENTERTAINMENT

963

331

6

1300

IMAGE COMICS

773

187

0

960

IDW PUBLISHING

527

265

0

792

DARK HORSE COMICS

378

234

0

612

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

385

94

0

479

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

301

68

0

369

VIZ MEDIA

0

270

0

270

TITAN COMICS

120

67

35

222

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

152

152

OTHER

1157

1518

315

2990

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