Diamond’s Top 10 for January 2014

Batman 27There’s a lot of interesting notes in Diamond’s Top Sales Lists for January 2014.  Marvel won the overall sales battle for the month, while DC claimed half of the Top 10, including the Top Two with BATMAN #27 and DETECTIVE #27.  Image went over 10% of total sales for the month and had the top Graphic Novel with SAGA.  Dark Horse’s SERENITY had a great debut at #29, and IDW had a hit with their collection of John Romita’s SPIDER-MAN artwork.  Here’s the full story, with all the charts, courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors:

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Batman’s earliest days and his alliance with Jim Gordon are explored in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #27 from DC Entertainment, the latest chapter of the “Zero Year” storyline and January 2014’s best-selling comic book to specialty retailers, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher, topping DC Entertainment 34.09% to 28.06% in Dollar Share and 37.39% to 30.77% in Unit Share. With five titles each for Marvel Comics (led by Avengers World #1) and DC Entertainment, the publishers split the month’s top ten best-selling comics. Also of note, Image Comics topped ten percent in units in January, publishing 10.10% of the month’s comics and graphic novels.

Compared to January 2013, the month’s comics sales were essentially flat (down 0.42%) while graphic novel sales dropped by 14.28%.

Saga Volume 1Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Hugo Award-winning interstellar drama from Image Comics, Saga Volume 1, was January’s best-selling graphic novel, and the second volume also placed in the top ten.

IDW Publishing’s latest Artist’s Edition artbook, the John Romita: Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition Volume 2, was January’s best-selling book in the comic book specialty market.

Dark Horse Comics had their strongest launch on the comics charts since September’s The Star Wars #1 in January as Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, the long-awaited sequel to Joss Whedon’s film Serenity, charted at #29.

Based on Nintendo’s best-selling video game, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Link Figma action figure from Good Smile was January’s top-selling toy product.

Returning to the top of the sales charts, USAopoly’s Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, with custom rules and locations based on the best-selling comic, was January’s best-selling games product.

 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.09%

37.39%

DC COMICS

28.06%

30.77%

IMAGE COMICS

8.78%

10.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.71%

5.08%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.74%

4.22%

DYNAMIC FORCES

2.81%

2.69%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

2.25%

1.99%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

2.14%

0.43%

VIZ LLC

1.26%

0.51%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.05%

0.87%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.11%

5.95%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC   ENTERTAINMENT

83

23

0

106

MARVEL   COMICS

79

27

0

106

IMAGE   COMICS

53

11

0

64

IDW   PUBLISHING

38

15

0

53

VIZ   MEDIA

0

45

0

45

DYNAMITE   ENTERTAINMENT

36

4

0

40

DARK   HORSE COMICS

26

12

0

38

BOOM!   STUDIOS

26

7

0

33

AVATAR   PRESS

16

2

1

19

EAGLEMOSS   PUBLICATIONS

0

0

14

14

OTHER

77

108

21

206

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

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%

TWELVE-MONTH ROLLING COMPARISON

COMICS

8.52%

4.61%

GRAPHIC   NOVELS

2.57%

2.48%

TOTAL   COMICS/GN

6.63%

4.44%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #27

$3.99

NOV130172-M DC

2

DETECTIVE COMICS #27

$7.99

NOV130175-M DC

3

AVENGERS WORLD #1

$3.99

NOV130569-M MAR

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE #27

$3.99

NOV130123-M DC

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25

$4.99

NOV130660-M MAR

6

ALL NEW X-MEN #22.NOW

$3.99

NOV130557-M MAR

7

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26

$3.99

NOV130662 MAR

8

HARLEY QUINN #2

$2.99

NOV130171 DC

9

AVENGERS #25

$3.99

NOV130579-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #11

$3.99

NOV130126-M DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157 IMA

3

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOLUME 1: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN TP

$19.99

OCT130757 MAR

4

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4: NECESSARY EVIL TP

$17.99

OCT130759 MAR

5

BATMAN ’66: THE TV STORIES TP

$14.99

OCT130248 DC

6

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMA

7

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM HC

$49.99

OCT130747 MAR

8

THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 8: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLDS TP (MR)

$16.99

OCT130295 DC

9

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 2: CYCLE OF VIOLENCE TP (N52)

$14.99

OCT130236 DC

10

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1: GOD BUTCHER TP

$19.99

OCT130763 MAR

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JOHN ROMITA: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST’S EDITION VOLUME 2 HC

$95.00

SEP130429 IDW

2

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

3

DOCTOR WHO: 11 DOCTORS, 11 STORIES SC

$15.99

AUG131594 PEN

4

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 80 SC

$14.95

NOV131406 SAN

5

TIM BRADSTREET SKETCHBOOK VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

SEP130462 IDW

6

DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR’S LIVES & TIMES SC

$19.99

NOV131389 HAR

7

DARK SOULS: DESIGN WORKS HC

$39.99

AUG131470 UDO

8

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK FAVORITES

$6.99

NOV131387 RAN

9

HISTORY OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SC

$34.99

SEP131340 UDO

10

DC SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN: SWORD OF DRAGON

$4.95

NOV131383 CAP

 

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD: LINK FIGMA JUN132070 GOO

2

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED SERIES 1 MINI-FIGURES SEP130331 DC

3

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE SEP130327 DC

4

DC COMICS: SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW ARTFX STATUE JUL131943 KOT

5

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: CATWOMAN STATUE AUG130365 DC

6

MARVEL: PSYLOCKE “X-FORCE” BISHOUJO STATUE JUL131945 KOT

7

MARVEL SELECT: ULTIMATE HULK ACTION FIGURE MAR031852 DST

8

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN EARTH-2 STATUE AUG130364 DC

9

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: DEADSHOT ACTION FIGURE SEP130326 DC

10

DC COMICS: SHAZAM “NEW 52” ARTFX+ STATUE JUL131944 KOT

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

2

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: PREMIERE EDITION 2-PLAYER STARTER SET JUL138270 ENT

3

RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA

4

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: PREMIERE EDITION BOOSTER PACKS JUL138268 ENT

5

YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX STARTER SET MAY132349 NEC

6

PANDEMIC BOARD GAME (NEW EDITION) MAR132266 ALL

7

FIREFLY: OUT TO THE BLACK CARD GAME SEP132434 TOY

8

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: THEROS BOOSTER PACKS JUN132398 ALL

9

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: PREMIERE EDITION THEME DECKS JUL138269 ENT

10

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: X-MEN STARTER SET AUG138093 NEC

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Ed is a long-time comics collector, going back to the days when comics were only 12 cents. He reviews DC titles and a variety of Indie publishers here at TMStash.

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