Spider-Man and Walking Dead top December sales

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Marvel maintained its top publisher spot in both inits and dollars for December, as Diamond released preliminary charts for last month. The Marvel Now books made up 6 out of the top 10 comics, topped by the final issue of Amazing Spiderman. DC’s Batman titles had a strong showing, however.

Over in graphic novels, Image pretty much crushed it, not just with The Walking Dead but strong showings for Saga, Chew and Fatale as well, making for one of its strongest monthly shares in a while.

In comparative sales, 2012 was up in every category over 2011, although down less than 5% from November 2012.

Overall 2012 was a big honking year for comics.

dollar share1 Spider Man and Walking Dead top December sales

unit share1 Spider Man and Walking Dead top December sales

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.40%

36.12%

DC COMICS

29.69%

34.84%

IMAGE COMICS

9.10%

8.49%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.82%

4.79%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.49%

4.56%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.60%

2.93%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.69%

1.88%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.13%

0.20%

VIZ MEDIA

0.94%

0.39%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.91%

0.75%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.23%

5.05%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

DECEMBER 2012 VS. NOVEMBER 2012

COMICS

-1.67%

-3.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-4.27%

-4.03%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.42%

-3.49%

DECEMBER 2012 VS. DECEMBER 2011

COMICS

19.03%

12.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.25%

6.65%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

15.74%

12.50%

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2012

COMICS

5.90%

6.71%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.57%

-11.29%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.50%

5.19%

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2011

COMICS

9.51%

4.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.53%

13.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.00%

5.04%

YEAR 2012 VS. YEAR 2011

COMICS

14.94%

11.41%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.26%

13.66%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.72%

11.58%


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700

$7.99

OCT120626-M

MAR

2

AVENGERS #1

$3.99

SEP120526-M

MAR

3

BATMAN #15

$3.99

OCT120183-M

DC

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE #15

$3.99

OCT120147-M

DC

5

DETECTIVE COMICS #15

$3.99

OCT120187-M

DC

6

AVENGERS #2

$3.99

OCT120565-M

MAR

7

CABLE AND X-FORCE #1

$3.99

OCT120568-M

MAR

8

BATMAN AND ROBIN #15

$2.99

OCT120192

DC

9

ALL-NEW X-MEN #3

$3.99

OCT120589-M

MAR

10

THUNDERBOLTS #1

$2.99

OCT120559-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$9.99

JUL068351

IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US TP

$14.99

SEP088204

IMA

3

CHEW VOLUME 6: SPACE CAKES TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT120481

IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

5

FATALE VOLUME 2: DEVIL’S BUSINESS TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT120474

IMA

6

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

NOV082245

IMA

7

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 VOL. 2: ON YOUR OWN TP

$17.99

AUG120067

DAR

8

GREEN LANTERN VOLUME 2: REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND HC

$24.99

SEP120232

DC

9

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 17: SOMETHING TO FEAR TP (MR)

$14.99

SEP120449

IMA

10

DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID VOLUME 2 TP

$15.99

SEP120699

MAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE

OCT120316

DC

2

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE

SEP120277

DC

3

“WE CAN BE HEROES” JUSTICE LEAGUE BOX SET

AUG120308

DC

4

MARVEL SELECT: BARBARIAN HULK FIGURE

JUL121724-M

DST

5

THE DARK KNIGHT: BATMAN HD MASTERPIECE

AUG128067

ENT

6

THE DARK KNIGHT: JOKER HD MASTERPIECE

AUG128068

ENT

7

DC COMICS: POWER GIRL BISHOUJO STATUE

JUL121879

KOT

8

THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ACTION FIGURE BOX SET

OCT120313

DC

9

MARVEL SELECT: STORM ACTION FIGURE

APR121690-M

DST

10

SPIDER-MAN RED MUSEUM STATUE

JUL121855

BOW


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM

SEP122103

NEC

2

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM FAST FORCES

SEP122104

NEC

3

STAR TREK CATAN BOARD GAME

AUG128353

ALL

4

RISK LEGACY

JUN118204

HAS

5

THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME

JUL112137

CRY

6

THE WALKING DEAD COMIC BOARD GAME

JUL112185

ALL

7

MONOPOLY: DOCTOR WHO 50TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION

AUG122147

USA

8

DC COMICS DECK BUILDING GAME

JUN122173

CRY

9

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RETURN TO RAVNICA BOOSTER PACKS

AUG122136

WIZ

10

STAR WARS RPG: EDGE OF THE EMPIRE BEGINNER GAME

NOV122045

FAN

Comments

  1. Our 2012 numbers overall were up 26% from last year. We’ve now had 16 straight months of growth, and January is already shaping up to be #17.

  2. Charles says:

    Mr Jacoby- how are the Marvel NOW titles doing in your store?

  3. Cerebro says:

    Can’t see the unit share percentages. The right side of the column is getting cut off.

    The must be a way to fix this consistent formatting problem.

  4. The Beat says:

    It looks fine in my browser, Cerebro. I’m using Mac Chrome Can you email me a screen shot and let me know what browser you are using?

    I do know there is a table problem and I”m working on it.

  5. Torsten Adair says:

    Google Chrome (PC) cuts off the publisher share.

  6. Charles-
    Marvel NOW is running the gamut from titles that have basically just held steady from pre-NOW numbers (Thunderbolts, X-Men Legacy) to moderate successes with initial growth of 20% (Indestructible Hulk, Iron Man) to titles that have been runaway hits with larger than 20% growth (Thor, Avengers).

    If the NOW titles can hang onto their numbers for a while, then Marvel will help us fuel growth in 2013 the way DC did in 2011-2012, and Image did for us in 2012.

  7. So already, in month two, Marvel’s premiere X-title is selling less than the 15th issue of DC’s third-tier Bat-title.

    And Avengers #2, launching in the same month as #1, sold fewer copies than Detective Comics #15.

    I’m not an anti-Marvel guy. I’m just pointing out some clear indicators of how Marvel Now is obviously not the sales revitalization scheme that it was supposed to be.

  8. giuliano says:

    LT says

    The bat books are in the middle of a crossover and selling more than usual.
    In a couple of months it would be interesting to read a comparison between first 3-4 months sales trends of New 52 and NOW.

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