Marvel Dominates October 2015 Sales

Invincible Iron Man #1

Riding high on the debut of the All-New, All-Different era, Marvel Comics dominated sales in October 2015. Marvel took all 10 slots on the top 10 bestsellers of the month list, with Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Invincible Iron Man #1 claiming the top spot.

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Marvel had the best market share of the month, with a staggering 43.65% dollar share and a 48.26% unit share. DC Entertainment was second with 21.85% dollar share and a 22.92% unit share. Image took 9.17% dollar share and a 9.27% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 6.16% dollar share and a 4.96%, and Dark Horse Comics 4.04% dollar share and a 3.10% unit share.

Periodical sales in the comic book specialty market in October increased by 22.33% overall over September, despite having one fewer shipping week.

Marvel’s other top 10 hits included Amazing Spider-Man #1, Spider-Gwen #1, and Doctor Strange #1. DC Entertainment's top book was Batman #45 at #11 for the month. Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls #1 debuted at #23, from Image Comics. Back to the Future #1 was IDW Publishing's top book for October at #28, and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club 2 #6 was the best-selling comic from Dark Horse Comics at #60. Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's Jughead #1 from Archie Comics was the best-selling non-premier comic for the month at #71.

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Marvel Comics had another victory, with Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes being the best-selling graphic novel of October, one of three Marvel collected editions in the top 10. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine at #3. Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea's Deathstroke Book and Mask Set from DC Entertainment ranked #4 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

43.65%

48.26%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

21.85%

22.92%

IMAGE COMICS

9.17%

9.27%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.16%

4.96%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.04%

3.10%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.41%

1.93%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.60%

1.53%

TITAN COMICS

1.21%

1.16%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.92%

0.99%

VIZ MEDIA

0.88%

0.34%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.12%

5.54%


NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

78

34

1

113

MARVEL COMICS

68

33

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

55

14

0

69

IDW PUBLISHING

41

22

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

25

0

61

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

29

12

0

41

TITAN COMICS

12

9

4

25

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

6

0

24

VIZ MEDIA

0

19

0

19

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

10

5

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

98

99

15

212

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

OCTOBER 2015 VS. SEPTEMBER 2015

COMICS

22.33%

20.47%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.57%

-17.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.91%

16.59%

OCTOBER 2015 VS. OCTOBER 2014

COMICS

-7.49%

-12.27%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-14.27%

-14.94%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-9.55%

-12.47%

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

COMICS

5.37%

4.21%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.45%

5.80%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.08%

4.33%


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1

$3.99

JUL150696-M

MAR

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

AUG150700-M

MAR

3

SPIDER-GWEN #1

$3.99

AUG150805-M

MAR

4

SECRET WARS #6

$3.99

JUN150680-M

MAR

5

DOCTOR STRANGE #1

$4.99

AUG150741-M

MAR

6

STAR WARS #10

$3.99

JUL150764-M

MAR

7

CHEWBACCA #1

$3.99

AUG150855-M

MAR

8

JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #2

$3.99

JUL150772-M

MAR

9

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$3.99

AUG150760-M

MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

AUG150712-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS VOLUME 1: SKYWALKER STRIKES TP

$19.99

MAY150811

MAR

2

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOLUME 1: VADER TP

$19.99

JUL150827

MAR

3

BITCH PLANET VOL. 1: EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE TP (MR)

$9.99

MAY150482-M

IMA

4

DEATHSTROKE BOOK AND MASK SET

$29.99

JUN150300

DC

5

MARVEL SUPER HERO: CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS VOL. 1 TP

$7.99

AUG150846

MAR

6

THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM VOLUME 3 TP

$59.99

AUG150497

IMA

7

SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL150565

IMA

8

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL150633

IMA

9

LUMBERJANES VOLUME 2 TP

$14.99

AUG151216

BOO

10

INJECTION VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG150488

IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 100 SC

$15.95

AUG151992

SAN

2

DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC

$14.95

JUL151868

SAN

3

ADVENTURE TIME: THE ENCHIRIDION & MARCY'S SUPER SECRET SCRAPBOOK

$24.95

MAY151741

ABR

4

WINTERWORLD BOOK 1: MECHANIC'S SONG TP

$9.99

DEC140570

IDW

5

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055

DAR

6

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S GAME OF THRONES COLORING BOOK

$16.95

SEP151841

RAN

7

SWORD ART ONLINE: PROGRESSIVE VOLUME 3 NOVEL

$14.00

AUG151853

HAC

8

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$40.00

AUG151909

DK

9

THE BIG BANG THEORY KIT

$9.95

JUL151853

RUN

10

NARUTO: KAKASHI'S STORY NOVEL SC

$10.99

SEP151696

VIZ


TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT PLAY ARTS KAI: HARLEY QUINN FIGURE

MAR158227

SQU

2

BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMOBILE

APR150335

DC

3

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATWOMAN STATUE

MAR150325

DC

4

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: CATWOMAN STATUE

APR150342

DC

5

MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: SPIDER-MAN FIGURE

MAR158235

SQU

6

BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATMAN FIGURE

JUN150336

DC

7

BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: ARKHAM KNIGHT FIGURE

SEP140355

DC

8

BATMAN ANIMATED: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: BATGIRL FIGURE

JUN150337

DC

9

GOTHAM SELECT ACTION FIGURES

MAY152171

DST

10

MARVEL: WASP BISHOUJO STATUE

APR152483

KOT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SUPERFIGHT CARD GAME CORE DECK

AUG150606

IMA

2

MOUSE GUARD: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME HC BOXED SET (2ND ED)

FEB151158

BOO

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR BOOSTER PACKS

AUG152925

ALL

4

BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY

JUL152198

DST

5

MOUSE GUARD: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME HC (2ND ED)

FEB151159

BOO

6

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR FAT PACK

AUG152927

WIZ

7

FIREFLY PLAYING CARDS

MAR158605

QUA

8

DC HEROCLIX: SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN FAST FORCES 6-PACK

SEP152649

NEC

9

MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HC (UPDATED EDITION)

JUN152753

SCH

10

ADVENTURE TIME FLUXX CARD GAME

MAY152758

LOO