Diamond Comic Distributors has released their December 2014 product sales data. Included are Top Comic Book Publishers by Retail Market Share & Unit Share, Comparative Sales, Top 10 Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, and Games.
"(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 16, 2015) — The Joker's "Endgame" ramps up in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #37 from DC Comics, December 2014's best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
December 2014 saw a rare split between the month's top publisher in units shipped and dollars invoiced, with Marvel Comics taking the top honors in the month's dollar share (32.07% to DC Comics' 31.76%) while DC took the top spot in units (36.17% to Marvel's 34.10%). Marvel Comics had seven of the month's top ten comics, led by Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel's Amazing Spider-Man #11 at #2, and DC Comics took the other three spots. Image Comics had a strong December as the month's number three with a 9.89% dollar share and 10.40% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 6.10% dollar share and a 4.17% unit share. Dark Horse Comics was fifth with a 3.47% dollar share and a 2.95% unit share.
On the year, comics sales increased by 4.03% over 2013 and graphic novel sales increased by 5.18%. The second half of 2014 saw an increase of 19.34% in comics and 10.54% in graphic novels over the first six months of the year.
The newest collection in Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' acclaimed and award-winning sci-fi epic, Image Comics' Saga Volume 4, was December's best-selling graphic novel. In total, Image had five titles among the top ten. DC Comics had four titles, led by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained Deluxe at #6, and Marvel Comics one, Captain America: Peggy Carter: Agent of SHIELD at #2.
Dark Horse Comics' Dream Logic, the career-spanning artbook by Kabuki creator David Mack, was the best-selling book in December 2014. Also among the top ten books for the month from Dark Horse was Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #10.
The DC Comics Bombshells: Holiday Harley Quinn from DC Collectibles, based on the pin-up-style artwork of Ant Lucia, was the best-selling toy product in December and one of the manufacturer's six products among the top ten. Diamond Select Toys' top product in December was the Marvel Select: Venom Action Figure.
USAopoly's Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, a special edition of the venerable board game with a custom board based on the best-selling Image Comics series by Robert Kirkman, was December's best-selling game product."
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DOLLAR SHARE||UNIT SHARE|
DARK HORSE COMICS
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
AVATAR PRESS INC
OTHER NON-TOP 10
- BATMAN #37
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11
- S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
- BATMAN ANNUAL #3
- THOR #3
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #37
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
- AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #7
- AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #9
- AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #8
- SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)
- CAPTAIN AMERICA: PEGGY CARTER: AGENT OF SHIELD
- JUST THE TIPS HC (MR)
- THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP
- SUNSTONE VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
- SUPERMAN UNCHAINED DELUXE EDITION HC
- BATMAN: THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA VOLUME 1 TP
- NEW 52: FUTURES END VOLUME 1 TP
- NIGHTWING VOLME 5: SETTING SON TP
- THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP
- DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: HOLIDAY HARLEY QUINN STATUE
- DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: ZATANNA STATUE
- DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 2: CAPULLO DELUXE BATMAN THRASHER ACTION FIGURE
- LEGEND OF ZELDA: WIND WAKER LINK NENDOROID
- BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK
- BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MICHAEL TURNER
- METROID: OTHER M: SAMUS ARAN FIGMA ACTION FIGURE
- MARVEL SELECT: ANTI-VENOM ACTION FIGURE
- DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 3: ZERO YEAR BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY PLATINUM LEGENDS ACTION FIGURES
- MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
- MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HANDBOOK HC
- MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK HC
- LEGEND OF ZELDA MONOPOLY
- MARVEL DICE MASTERS UNCANNY X-MEN
- TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES RETRO MONOPOLY
- FIREFLY CLUE
- THE WALKING DEAD: YAHTZEE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
- DC DECK BUILDING GAME 3: FOREVER EVIL
- DOCTOR WHO: DALEK YAHTZEE COLLECTOR'S EDITION