Batman Takes Top Two Slots, Marvel Still Dominates Marketshare, But Image On The Rise – January 2014 Statistics

Batman #27 beat Detective Comics #27 in January's sales, taking the top two spots as distributed in North America by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics have dropped their dollar share from 35.42% to 34.09% but increased their unit share from 36.56% to 37.39%. Basically Marvel selling slightly less but charging slightly more. But in both cases, dominating DC Comics, who have seen their dollar share rise from 27.22% to 28.06% and their unit share fall from 31.13% to 30.77%. Again, slightly less sales, but charging slightly more.

So where has the marketshare gone? Simply, Image Comics. And probably down to The Walking Dead going bi-weekly. Image's dollar share has gone from 7.32% to 8.78% and their unit share has gone from 8.07% to 10.10%.

Comics sales compared to January 2013 are about the same, and both months were five week months, however graphic novel sales are down significantly. Also, a five week January did worse business than a four week December, though that had the advantage of the run up to Christmas.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS34.09%
DC COMICS28.06%
IMAGE COMICS8.78%
IDW PUBLISHING5.71%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.81%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.25%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD2.14%
VIZ LLC1.26%
AVATAR PRESS INC1.05%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.11%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.39%
DC COMICS30.77%
IMAGE COMICS10.10%
IDW PUBLISHING5.08%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.22%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.69%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.99%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS1.00%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC0.95%
OTHER NON-TOP 104.82%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS83230106
MARVEL COMICS79270106
IMAGE COMICS5311064
IDW PUBLISHING3815053
VIZ LLC045045
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT364040
DARK HORSE COMICS2612038
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT267033
AVATAR PRESS INC162119
EAGLEMOSS001414
OTHER7710821206

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
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%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS-0.42%-7.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-14.28%-6.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.09%-7.42%
TWELVE MONTH ROLLING COMPARSION
COMICS8.52%4.61%
GRAPHIC NOVELS2.57%2.48%
TOTAL COMICS/GN6.63%4.44%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1BATMAN #27$3.99DC
2DETECTIVE COMICS #27$7.99DC
3AVENGERS WORLD #1$3.99MAR
4JUSTICE LEAGUE #27$3.99DC
5SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25$4.99MAR
6ALL NEW X-MEN #22.NOW$3.99MAR
7SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26$3.99MAR
8HARLEY QUINN #2$2.99DC
9AVENGERS #25$3.99MAR
10JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #11$3.99DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
2THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP$14.99IMA
3ALL-NEW X-MEN VOLUME 1: YESTERDAY'S X-MEN TP$19.99MAR
4SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4: NECESSARY EVIL TP$17.99MAR
5BATMAN '66: THE TV STORIES TP$14.99DC
6SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
7X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM HC$49.99MAR
8THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 8: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLDS TP (MR)$16.99DC
9BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 2: CYCLE OF VIOLENCE TP (N52)$14.99DC
10THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1: GOD BUTCHER TP$19.99MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1JOHN ROMITA: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST'S EDITION VOLUME 2 HC$95.00IDW
2LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC$34.99DAR
3DOCTOR WHO: 11 DOCTORS, 11 STORIES SC$15.99PEN
4THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 80 SC$14.95SAN
5TIM BRADSTREET SKETCHBOOK VOLUME 1 TP$9.99IDW
6DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR'S LIVES & TIMES SC$19.99HAR
7DARK SOULS: DESIGN WORKS HC$39.99UDO
8MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK FAVORITES$6.99RAN
9HISTORY OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SC$34.99UDO
10DC SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN: SWORD OF DRAGON$4.95CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD: LINK FIGMAGOO
2SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED SERIES 1 MINI-FIGURESDC
3DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGUREDC
4DC COMICS: SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW ARTFX STATUEKOT
5BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: CATWOMAN STATUEDC
6MARVEL: PSYLOCKE "X-FORCE" BISHOUJO STATUEKOT
7MARVEL SELECT: ULTIMATE HULK ACTION FIGUREDST
8BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN EARTH-2 STATUEDC
9DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: DEADSHOT ACTION FIGUREDC
10DC COMICS: SHAZAM "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUEKOT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITIONUSA
2MY LITTLE PONY CCG: PREMIERE EDITION 2-PLAYER STARTER SETENT
3RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITIONUSA
4MY LITTLE PONY CCG: PREMIERE EDITION BOOSTER PACKSENT
5YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX STARTER SETNEC
6PANDEMIC BOARD GAME (NEW EDITION)ALL
7FIREFLY: OUT TO THE BLACK CARD GAMETOY
8MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: THEROS BOOSTER PACKSALL
9MY LITTLE PONY CCG: PREMIERE EDITION THEME DECKSENT
10MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: X-MEN STARTER SETNEC

 

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Dollar Market Share – January 2014

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Unit Market Share– January 2014

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