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

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Updated on December 10, 2021

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).

Rank Title Price Publisher Estimated sales
1 Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1 $3.99 Marvel 208,884
2 Star Wars #9 $3.99 Marvel 135,817
3 Batman #44 $4.99 DC 114,409
4 Deadpool Vs. Thanos #1 $3.99 Marvel 108,610
5 Darth Vader #9 $3.99 Marvel 100,235
6 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 $3.99 Marvel 94,653
7 Batman Annual #4 $4.99 DC 80,684
8 Justice League #44 $3.99 DC 76,752
9 The Walking Dead #146 $2.99 Image 69,006
10 Deadpool Vs. Thanos #2 $3.99 Marvel 67,901

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.

Rank Title Price Publisher Estimated sales
1 Saga Vol. 5 $14.99 Image 29,387
2 Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars $9.99 Image 8,947
3 Batman Vol. 7: Endgame HC $24.99 DC 7,846
4 Chrononauts Vol. 1 $9.99 Image 7,031
5 Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift $16.99 DC 6,430
6 Avatar The Last Airbender Vol. 10: Smoke & Shadow Part 1 $10.99 Dark Horse 5,536
7 Mad Max: Fury Road $14.99 DC 5,487
8 Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition HC $17.99 DC 5,089
9 The Joker: Endgame HC $29.99 DC 4,878
10 Saga Vol. 1 $9.99 Image 4,675

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)

Anthony Dean

Anthony Dean is the owner of Diverse Tech Geek and Diverse Media Notes.

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