Diamond Announces the Top Products For August 2015

The secrets behind the creation of Battleworld are revealed in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic‘s Secret Wars #5 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in August 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was August’s top publisher with a 36.67% dollar share and a 40.13% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 25.39% dollar share and a 26.95% unit share. August’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 9.98% dollar share and a 10.41% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.90% dollar share and a 4.26% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 4.09% dollar share and a 3.63% unit share.

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In August, Marvel Comics had seven titles among the top ten best-selling comics, including Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader #8 and Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 at #5. DC Entertainment had two titles maintain their top ten positions — Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #43 at #3 and Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League #43 at #8. Also in the top ten was Image Comics with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #145 at #7 for the month. Outside the top ten, August’s best-selling non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #2, based on the fan-favorite animated series, which ranked #43 overall.

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 24: Life and Death from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel for August and one of the publisher’s five volumes in the top ten. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition at #2. Marvel Comics placed three titles in the top ten, with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War at #4.

IDW Publishing’s Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition, a recreation of Miller’s classic Daredevil artwork, was August’s best-selling book. Also among the top ten were two books from Dark Horse Comics; Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia ranked #2 and Avatar: The Last Airbender Poster Collection ranked #7.

DC Entertainment’s Batman Black & White: Batgirl by Babs Tarr, a statue that recreates the new look of Batgirl, was August’s best-selling toy and one of the manufacturer’s three products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys with five products; the Marvel Select: Avengers Age of Ultron: Black Widow Action Figure was their best-selling product at #3.

The Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD Booster Brick, an expansion for WizKids/NECA’s collectible miniatures game, was August’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly, a custom edition of the board game based on the beloved film series, ranked #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS36.67%40.13%
DC ENTERTAINMENT25.39%26.95%
IMAGE COMICS9.98%10.41%
IDW PUBLISHING4.90%4.26%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.09%3.63%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.33%2.38%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.01%2.03%
TITAN COMICS1.33%1.42%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT1.07%1.37%
ONI PRESS1.12%1.11%
OTHER NON-TOP 1011.10%6.32%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS72330105
DC ENTERTAINMENT7026197
IMAGE COMICS6116077
IDW PUBLISHING3918057
DARK HORSE COMICS3213045
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT318039
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT198027
TITAN COMICS116118
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC115016
ONI PRESS INC.93012
OTHER NON-TOP 108114546272

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
AUGUST 2015 VS. JULY 2015
COMICS-18.24%-15.79%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-10.71%-20.19%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-15.89%-16.20%
AUGUST 2015 VS. AUGUST 2014
COMICS2.25%0.03%
GRAPHIC NOVELS16.04%11.89%
TOTAL COMICS/GN6.45%0.97%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
COMICS11.38%10.61%
GRAPHIC NOVELS6.35%5.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN9.80%10.22%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1SECRET WARS #5$3.99MAY150642-MMAR
2STAR WARS #8$3.99MAY150780-MMAR
3BATMAN #43$3.99JUN150239-MDC
4DARTH VADER #8$3.99MAY150786MAR
5AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #3$3.99MAY150716-MMAR
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #4$3.99JUN150736-MMAR
7THE WALKING DEAD #145 (MR)$2.99JUN150539IMA
8JUSTICE LEAGUE #43$3.99JUN150172-MDC
9CIVIL WAR #2$3.99MAY150690-MMAR
10STAR WARS: LANDO #2$3.99MAY150774MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 24: LIFE AND DEATH TP (MR)$14.99JUN150590IMA
2BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC$17.99NOV070226DC
3BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 3: VANISHING POINT TP (MR)$14.99JUN150521IMA
4CIVIL WAR TP$24.99JAN072436MAR
5RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP$16.99MAY150827MAR
6FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)$17.99APR150316DC
7CHEW VOLUME 10: BLOOD PUDDIN’ TP (MR)$14.99JUN150496IMA
8UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER TP$15.99MAY150824MAR
9SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMA
10SUNSTONE VOLUME 3 GN (MR)$14.99JUN150583IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1FRANK MILLER’S DAREDEVIL ARTIFACT EDITION HC$75.00MAR150343IDW
2LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC$34.99SEP120055DAR
3BATMAN YOU CHOOSE STORIES: TERRIBLE TRIO$6.95JUN151729CAP
4BATMAN YOU CHOOSE STORIES: SUPER VILLAIN SMACKDOWN$6.95JUN151728CAP
5THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 98$14.95JUN151745SAN
6THE ART OF MOUSE GUARD 2005-2015 HC$59.99MAY151087BOO
7AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER: POSTER COLLECTION TP$24.99MAR150041DAR
8THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 45 SC$29.95APR151522GEM
9DC SUPER HEROES BATMAN: ATTACK OF THE MAN-BAT SC$5.95JUN151730CAP
10DC SUPER HEROES SUPERMAN: DARK SIDE OF APOKOLIPS SC$5.95JUN151732CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: BATGIRL BY BABS TARRFEB150303DC
2MARVEL COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: IRON MAN FIGUREDEC148331SQU
3MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON: BLACK WIDOW FIGUREFEB152166DST
4MARVEL SELECT: ZOMBIE SABRETOOTH FIGUREMAR152070DST
5DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: LOIS LANE STATUEFEB150301DC
6MARVEL SELECT: ANT-MAN FIGUREFEB152167DST
7WOMEN OF DYNAMITE: VAMPIRELLA STATUEAPR151332DYN
8MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON: THOR FIGUREJAN152175DST
9MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK FIGUREMAR088262DST
10DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES BY JAE LEE: BATMAN FIGUREFEB150297DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MARVEL HEROCLIX: NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD BOOSTER BRICKMAY152783NEC
2BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLYJUL152198DST
3GAME OF THRONES RISKJUN152759USA
4BATMAN: FLUXX CARD GAMEJUN152744LOO
5STAR WARS X-WING: IMPERIAL RAIDER EXPANSION PACKFEB152685FAN
6LEGEND OF ZELDA YAHTZEE COLLECTOR’S EDITIONJUL152936USA
7GAME OF THRONES MONOPOLYAPR152735USA
8MARVEL HEROCLIX: NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD FAST FORCES 6-PACKMAY152785NEC
9STAR WARS: FORCE AND DESTINY RPG CORE RULEBOOKAPR152724FAN
10MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON FOIL PACKSMAR152653NEC