"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.

Rank Title Price Publisher Estimated sales
1 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 $5.99 DC  440,234
2 STAR WARS: VADER DOWN #1 $4.99 MAR 384,968
3 DEADPOOL #1 $4.99 MAR 180,565
4 SECRET WARS #7 $3.99 MAR 177,018
5 EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 $4.99 MAR 133,715
6 ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1 $4.99 MAR 128,570
7 STAR WARS #11 $3.99 MAR 126,780
8 UNCANNY X-MEN #600 $5.99 MAR 126,447
9 STAR WARS #12 $3.99 MAR 123,133
10 ALL NEW WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 MAR 119,785

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.

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

The top five publishers by dollar/unit market share:

Publisher Dollar share Unit share
Marvel 43.20% 47.65%
DC Comics 26.35% 26.09%
Image 8.67% 10.02%
IDW 4.42% 3.50%
Dark Horse 3.17% 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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