“Star Wars: Shattered Empire” is the top selling comic for September 2015

September’s comic sales figures are in, and “Star Wars” dominates the top of the comics sales charts. “Shattered Empire” #1, a tie-in to the upcoming film “The Force Awakens,” is the #1 book this month, followed by “Star Wars” #9 at #2. A third “Star Wars” comic, “Darth Vader” #9, is also in the top five, at #5.

The top 10 comics are listed below. Figures are from Comichron.com (via Diamond).

RankTitlePricePublisherEstimated sales
1Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1$3.99Marvel208,884
2Star Wars #9$3.99Marvel135,817
3Batman #44$4.99DC114,409
4Deadpool Vs. Thanos #1$3.99Marvel108,610
5Darth Vader #9$3.99Marvel100,235
6Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5$3.99Marvel94,653
7Batman Annual #4$4.99DC80,684
8Justice League #44$3.99DC76,752
9The Walking Dead #146$2.99Image69,006
10Deadpool Vs. Thanos #2$3.99Marvel67,901

The top selling graphic novel for September is Image’s “Saga” vol. 5. DC takes up five of the top 10 graphic novel slots, thanks to good old Bruce Wayne. One of DC’s top selling trades is a special hardcover edition of the nearly-30-year-old story “The Killing Joke.”

The top 10 graphic novel sales figures (also from Comichron.com, via Diamond) are listed below.

 RankTitlePricePublisherEstimated sales
1Saga Vol. 5$14.99Image 29,387
2Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars$9.99Image8,947
3Batman Vol. 7: Endgame HC$24.99DC7,846
4Chrononauts Vol. 1$9.99Image7,031
5Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift$16.99DC6,430
6Avatar The Last Airbender Vol. 10: Smoke & Shadow Part 1$10.99Dark Horse5,536
7Mad Max: Fury Road$14.99DC5,487
8Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition HC$17.99DC5,089
9The Joker: Endgame HC$29.99DC4,878
10Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image4,675

Total comic/graphic novel sales versus August 2015 (by dollars/units) are up 3.49% and 0.3% respectively. Versus September 2014, however, sales are down by 10.73%/16.89% respectively, with the comics portion taking the biggest dive by around 20% (in dollars and units).

The top five selling publishers for September (plus dollars/unit share respectively):

  1. Marvel (32.67%/38.12%)
  2. DC (26.01%/26.32%)
  3. Image (11.81%/12.07%)
  4. IDW (5.72%/4.84%)
  5. Dark Horse (4.42%/3.64%)

Contrary to any “sky is falling” expectations, it should be noted comic sales are still strong, up 7.2% (in dollars) over last year so far. It’s just that September 2014 saw sales spike thanks to a few more gimmicks versus this year’s offerings. September 2014 saw released Marvel’s “Death of Wolverine” storyline and DC’s “Future’s End” storyline, complete with variant gimmick covers for the latter. This year, DC passed on a major event for September (for the first time since the New 52 reboot), while Marvel’s still winding down “Secret Wars”/preparing for a planned linewide revamp.

Of interest is that “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #12 saw sales of 15,436, ranking at #136, a notch higher than “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” Normally, it’d see sales in the 6,000 or so range, but this month’s issue saw an appearance by Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. With the current popularity of Harley, fans soon got wind of this issue, took note of its usual fairly low print run, and sent copies selling for a large amount (up to $30+) on eBay. Even odder, DC took notice of all this, and are giving this issue a second printing! I’d assume Harley will put in another appearance with the Scooby-Doo gang sometime in the future.

(Updated 10/15/15)

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