Sales Charts: Rocket Raccoon #1 tops July

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Rocket Raccoon 1 Sales Charts: Rocket Raccoon #1 tops July  As expected, although still shockingly, Rocket Raccoon #1 by Skottie Young was the #1 comics periodical for July, according to Diamond’s just released stats. As reported earlier, RR #1 sold some 300,000 copies—100,000 of them through a single order from bulk seller Loot Crate. Even so, 200,000 copies is a high water mark for a character viewed as a minor oddity a few months ago. As usual, and perhaps comfortingly, Batman #33  took the second spot, but Harley Quinn #8 was also in the top 10, another sign of the audience diversity that is beginning to take hold.

Marvel won the month  with a 35.09% dollar market share and a 38.39% unit market share to DC’s  28.18% dollar share and 31.32% unit share. Archie edged out Boom for #7, perhaps due to the death of Archie orders.

The month was up sharply in month to month and year to year, but July was a five Wednesday month so the stats aren’t that significant. 2014 is still generally flat against 2013, but that was a huge year for sales so the industry is still in a pretty good place.

The Walking Dead’s newest trade,  Volume 21: All Out War Part 2, led graphic novels, with the new Avatar the Last Airbender YA gn from Dark Horse and even Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds also making an appearance.

unit share Sales Charts: Rocket Raccoon #1 tops July

dollar share Sales Charts: Rocket Raccoon #1 tops July

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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UNIT

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MARVEL COMICS 35.09% 38.39%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.18% 31.32%
IMAGE COMICS 9.25% 9.82%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.21% 4.11%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.02% 3.80%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.18% 2.16%
ARCHIE COMICS 2.04% 1.88%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.76% 1.78%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.05% 0.24%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 1.05% 0.87%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.18% 5.62%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 93 36 0 129
DC ENTERTAINMENT 97 31 0 128
IMAGE COMICS 66 17 0 83
IDW PUBLISHING 48 31 0 79
DARK HORSE COMICS 39 29 0 68
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 40 4 0 44
BOOM! STUDIOS 29 4 0 33
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 14 4 0 18
ARCHIE COMICS 15 5 0 20
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 10 10
OTHER NON-TOP 10 89 151 39 279

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JULY 2014 VS. JUNE 2014
COMICS 32.22% 29.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 21.04% 24.64%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 28.66% 28.88%
JULY 2014 VS. JULY 2013
COMICS 19.23% 14.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.84% 4.59%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 14.52% 13.87%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS 1.76% -3.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.25% 5.27%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.22% -2.51%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ROCKET RACCOON #1 $3.99 MAY140797-M MAR
2 BATMAN #33 $4.99 MAY140230-M DC
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 MAY140762-M MAR
4 ORIGINAL SIN #5 $3.99 MAY140764-M MAR
5 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 $3.99 MAY140807-M MAR
6 ORIGINAL SIN #6 $3.99 MAY140768-M MAR
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 $3.99 MAY140173-M DC
8 GRAYSON #1 $2.99 MAY140156-M DC
9 THE LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #1 $3.99 MAY140804-M MAR
10 HARLEY QUINN #8 $2.99 MAY140245-M DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 21: ALL-OUT WAR PART 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
2 AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 8: RIFT PART 2 TP $10.99 MAR140061 DAR
3 DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 1: REAGAN YOUTH TP (MR) $9.99 MAY140626 IMA
4 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
5 BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY: SECONDS GN $25.00 APR140949 RAN
6 DEADPOOL VOLUME 5: THE WEDDING OF DEADPOOL TP $15.99 APR140772 MAR
7 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
8 STAR WARS: THE LUCAS DRAFT TP $19.99 MAR140021 DAR
9 BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS TP $16.99 DEC120323 DC
10 LAZARUS VOLUME 2: LIFT TP (MR) $14.99 FEB140527 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 44 SC $29.95 APR141239-M GEM
2 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 44 HC $35.00 APR141240-M GEM
3 STAR WARS: GOODNIGHT, DARTH VADER HC $14.95 MAY141838 CHR
4 THE SAKAI PROJECT: 30 YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO HC $29.99 MAR140071 DAR
5 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN HC $14.95 APR141583 RAN
6 MIKE MIGNOLA’S HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION $95.00 MAR140463 IDW
7 STERANKO’S NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD ARTIST’S EDITION $112.50 FEB140330 IDW
8 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AN ORIGIN STORY YR HC $12.99 APR141554 HAC
9 FRANK MILLER: THE ART OF SIN CITY TP $25.00 FEB140012 DAR
10 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL ANNUAL VOLUME 1 SC $14.95 MAY141833 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ARKHAM ASYLUM: THE JOKER/HARLEY QUINN/BATMAN/

THE SCARECROW ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK

MAR140312 DC
2 MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER:

THE FALCON ACTION FIGURE

DEC131823 DST
3 POWER RANGERS LEGACY DRAGONZORD FEB142135 BAN
4 DC COMICS: BATGIRL “NEW 52″ ARTFX+ STATUE DEC131932 KOT
5 DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: ARMORED LEX LUTHOR DELUXE FIGURE JAN140403 DC
6 MARVEL: SPIDER-WOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE DEC131933 KOT
7 DC COMICS: NEW 52 POWERGIRL & HUNTRESS ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK FEB140305 DC
8 DC COMICS: NEW 52 EARTH-2 WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE JAN140396 DC
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURLES MINI-FIGURES SERIES 1 MAY142311 BEA
10 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POISON IVY STATUE JAN140397 DC

 

Comments

  1. If DC can follow through with things like Batgirl and Gotham Academy and push their line outwards, I think they will be in much better shape.

  2. Seconds was #5 despite being $25 (other than Walking Dead, the other three were $10 or $11). Pretty good haul, there.

    Interesting to see Archie Comics net 2% of the market. I guess Archie dying combined with all those zombies is starting to affect sales in a positive way.

  3. Last July was five weeks, too, so this was a straight beat. The biggest factor I believe wasn’t Loot Crate or the new Walking Dead: it’s in that New Releases chart. Diamond hasn’t put out this many new comics and GNs since they started reporting these statistics a year ago. My preliminary report:

    http://blog.comichron.com/2014/08/july-2014-comics-market-dollar-orders.html

  4. Congratulations to Rocket Raccoon for being #1 and sold some thousands of copies through a single bulk order. That’s a huge. Thanks for sharing this information.

  5. Torsten Adair says:

    http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/29357.html
    BookScan data for July. (Mostly bookstores.)

    1 NARUTO VOL. 66
    2 SECONDS: A GRAPHIC NOVEL HC
    3 ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 1
    4 ATTACK ON TITAN: NO REGRETS VOL. 1
    5 SECONDS: A GRAPHIC NOVEL HC (B&N EXCLUSIVE ED.)

    That B&N edition was part of their Get Pop Cultured month. He signed at NYC/Union Square in early August, so expect that edition to appear again in August.

    Aside from manga and Seconds, everything else on that list appears to be backlist.

  6. Cerebro says:

    Phenomenal sales for ROCKET RACCOON. Didn’t see that coming. I’d love to know if any of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Bill Mantlo. Because that would be a cool thing to do.

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