Marvel Dominates August 2015 Sales With Wars Secret, Star, and Civil

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Marvel Comics continued their direct market domination in August 2015, according to Diamond Comics Distribution's latest sales report. The company had seven of the top ten best selling individual issues of the month, on the backs of their Secret Wars crossover event and the Star Wars line. We now live in a world where a comic book starring Lando Calrissian has outsold every Superman, Green Lantern, X-Men, and Avengers title on the shelves.

That all means Marvel came away with a 36.67% dollar share and 40.13% unit share, putting them more than 11% and more than 13%, respectively, ahead of DC Comics, who still came in at second place. Only Batman and Justice League cracked the top ten for DC, with the latter coming in a spot lower than The Walking Dead #145, the only non-DC or Marvel title at #7. Likewise, the latest volume of The Walking Dead lead the graphic novel and collection category, with four other Image Comics titles also falling into the top ten for collections.

In the toys category, the "Batgirl of Burnside" black and white statue based on Babs Tarr's new-look Batgirl was the best seller of August. Black Widow, Lois Lane, and Vampirella also all cracked the top ten, showing demand for female characters figures and statues.

Sales look down from July to August, but July was also a five Wednesday month, which automatically boosts its numbers. Year over year, sales are marginally up for monthly books and saw a large 16% growth for graphic novels. Year-to-date, things are reversed, with a higher percentage growth for monthlies than collections, though both have seen a steady rise.

Check out the sales charts below, and look for the full top 300 for August 2015 soon.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

36.67%

40.13%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.39%

26.95%

IMAGE COMICS

9.98%

10.41%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.90%

4.26%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.09%

3.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.33%

2.38%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.01%

2.03%

TITAN COMICS

1.33%

1.42%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.07%

1.37%

ONI PRESS

1.12%

1.11%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

11.10%

6.32%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

72

33

0

105

DC ENTERTAINMENT

70

26

1

97

IMAGE COMICS

61

16

0

77

IDW PUBLISHING

39

18

0

57

DARK HORSE COMICS

32

13

0

45

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

31

8

0

39

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

8

0

27

TITAN COMICS

11

6

1

18

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

11

5

0

16

ONI PRESS INC.

9

3

0

12

OTHER NON-TOP 10

81

145

46

272


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2015 VS. JULY 2015

COMICS

-18.24%

-15.79%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.71%

-20.19%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-15.89%

-16.20%

AUGUST 2015 VS. AUGUST 2014

COMICS

2.25%

0.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.04%

11.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.45%

0.97%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

11.38%

10.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.35%

5.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.80%

10.22%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #5

$3.99

MAY150642-M

MAR

2

STAR WARS #8

$3.99

MAY150780-M

MAR

3

BATMAN #43

$3.99

JUN150239-M

DC

4

DARTH VADER #8

$3.99

MAY150786

MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #3

$3.99

MAY150716-M

MAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #4

$3.99

JUN150736-M

MAR

7

THE WALKING DEAD #145 (MR)

$2.99

JUN150539

IMA

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #43

$3.99

JUN150172-M

DC

9

CIVIL WAR #2

$3.99

MAY150690-M

MAR

10

STAR WARS: LANDO #2

$3.99

MAY150774

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 24: LIFE AND DEATH TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN150590

IMA

2

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC

3

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 3: VANISHING POINT TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN150521

IMA

4

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MAR

5

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAY150827

MAR

6

FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)

$17.99

APR150316

DC

7

CHEW VOLUME 10: BLOOD PUDDIN' TP (MR)

$14.99

JUN150496

IMA

8

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER TP

$15.99

MAY150824

MAR

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

10

SUNSTONE VOLUME 3 GN (MR)

$14.99

JUN150583

IMA