EDITOR’S NOTE: For a long time we have been interested in the business side of comics and these type of statistics. Please note that these rankings are based on pre-orders received by Diamond Distributors and not actual sales numbers, although the pre-orders have a lot to do with the eventual sales numbers. I’m not going to comment now, but i have a lot of thoughts on this which I’ll share in a later post.
from the official press release … . . . .
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (November 6, 2015) —Tony Stark unveils a new armor and comes into conflict with Doctor Doom as the All-New All-Different Marvel debuts in Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's Invincible Iron Man #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in October 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Their sales fueled by the All-New All-Different Marvel launch, Marvel Comics was October's top publisher with a 43.65% dollar share and a 48.26% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month's number two publisher with a 21.85% dollar share and a 22.92% unit share. October's number three publisher was Image Comics with an 9.17% dollar share and a 9.27% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 6.16% dollar share and a 4.96% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 4.04% dollar share and a 3.10% unit share. Overall, periodical sales in the comic book specialty market increased by 22.33% in October over September in spite of having one fewer shipping week than the previous month.
Marvel Comics had the top ten best-selling titles in October, including Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli's Amazing Spider-Man #1 at #2, Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez's Spider-Gwen #1 at #3, and Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's Doctor Strange #1 at #5, all part of the All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch. DC Entertainment's top book for October, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #45, fell just outside the top ten at #11 for the month. Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang debuted a new series, Paper Girls #1, from Image Comics at #23. Bob Gale's 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. In addition, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's Jughead #1 from Archie Comics was the best-selling non-premier comic for the month at #71.
The first story arc of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday's best-selling Star Wars series was collected in Marvel Comics' Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes, the best-selling graphic novel of October and one of the publisher's three titles in the top ten. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De's 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.
Sanctum Productions' The Shadow Double Novel Volume 100, a reprinting of two classic pulp-era novels, was October's best-selling book. Also in the top ten were IDW Publishing's Winterworld Book 1: The Mechanic's Song at #4 and Dark Horse Comics' The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #5.
Square Enix's Batman Arkham Knight Play Arts Kai: Harley Quinn Action Figure, based on the best-selling video game, was October's best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten, led by the Batman: The Animated Series: Batmobile, a recreation of the vehicle in scale with the new Batman Animated action figures, at #2. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys' Gotham Select Action Figures, based on the hit FOX television series, ranked #9.
Skybound's Superfight: The Card Game Core Deck, released by Image Comics, was October's best-selling game product. BOOM! Studios' new Second Edition of Archaia's Mouse Guard: The Roleplaying Game placed among the top ten; the special boxed set ranked #2 for the month, while the regular edition ranked #5. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys' Back to the Future Monopoly ranked #4.
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