“Dark Knight III” tops November 2015 comic sales

The latest Frank Miller written (sort of) sequel to his Reagan administration-era hit “The Dark Knight Returns” debuted last month. The dubiously named “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #1 is the top selling comic for November 2015. Despite “Dark Knight III” being a rare-nowadays chart-topper by DC, comic sales this month were dominated by all Marvel titles otherwise.

Below is a list of the top 10 comics, per Comichron and Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisherEstimated sales
1DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1$5.99DC 440,234
2STAR WARS: VADER DOWN #1$4.99MAR384,968
3DEADPOOL #1$4.99MAR180,565
4SECRET WARS #7$3.99MAR177,018
5EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1$4.99MAR133,715
6ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1$4.99MAR128,570
7STAR WARS #11$3.99MAR126,780
8UNCANNY X-MEN #600$5.99MAR126,447
9STAR WARS #12$3.99MAR123,133
10ALL NEW WOLVERINE #1$4.99MAR119,785

DC also had success with “Sandman Overture” as the top-selling trade paperback this month, though again, other publishers filled in the rest of the top 10. Below is the graphic novel/trade paperback top 10 list.

RankTitlePricePublisherEstimated sales
1SANDMAN OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION HC (MR)$24.99DC 12,549
2STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS: SHATTERED EMPIRE TP$16.99MAR7,075
3STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA TP$16.99MAR6,782
4MS. MARVEL VOLUME 4: LAST DAYS TP$17.99MAR5,518
5SPIDER-GWEN VOLUME 0: MOST WANTED TP$16.99MAR5,157
6DEADPOOL VS. THANOS TP$16.99MAR4,797
7LOW VOLUME 2: BEFORE THE DAWN BURNS US TP$14.99IMA4,732
8VAMPIRELLA #1969$7.99DE4,620
9STAR WARS: KANAN VOLUME 1: THE LAST PADAWAN TP$19.99MAR4,604
10SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)$14.99IMA4,408

The top five publishers by dollar/unit market share:

PublisherDollar shareUnit share
Marvel43.20%47.65%
DC Comics26.35%26.09%
Image8.67%10.02%
IDW4.42%3.50%
Dark Horse3.17%2.69%

Total comic/graphic novel sales are up 2.7%/3.8% by dollar/unit share from October 2015. Since November 2014, they’re up 13.84%/14.63%.

DC’s “Dark Knight” sequel has managed to slightly bump its numbers from October. However despite the high profile sequel, it’s still well behind Marvel in sales. The House of Ideas stayed steady thanks to its own #1’s and “Star Wars.”

Outside the top 10 (full sales estimates are here), “Batman” clocks in at #13 as DC’s first regular comic, behind “The Mighty Thor” #1, another renumbering of a Marvel title that should’ve been doing OK. “Lois and Clark” #2 is down at #109, selling 22,898 issues. “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #13 saw its sales drop from the record figures of #12 (the issue with Harley Quinn), but still look decent for its title (8,007, at #210).

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