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Last week, Diamond Distributors released the details behind January’s releases, including the top ten books and graphic novels of the month.

Some things to note:

  • Marvel is currently leading in both dollar and unit share, with DC as a close second. Marvel’s numbers are probably higher right now due to January’s line-wide launch of All-New Marvel NOW, though it’s worth noting that DC took five of the top ten slots for comics this month, including the #1 and #2 spot with Batman #27 and Detective Comics #27.
  • Only one new #1 made the list this month, with all the others (save for Harley Quinn) already being established series.
  • Graphic Novel sales were down drastically compared to last year’s January numbers, as well as December’s sales. It’s also one of the first times The Walking Dead Volume 1 did NOT take the top slot, with Saga taking over the top spot.
  • Sales in general were down across the board, although comics themselves were only down a hair compared to last months sales.
  • Despite the series ending in April, Superior Spider-Man’s two issues (including the $4.99 issue) took two of the spots this month, meaning that the series as a whole has had at least one issue in the top ten since it started, with the other issue usually making the top fifteen.
  • Only one book in the top ten was $2.99. All the others were either $3.99, $4.99 (SSM #25) or $7.99 (Detective Comics #27)

With those thoughts out of the way, check out the numbers for yourself:

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.09%

37.39%

DC COMICS

28.06%

30.77%

IMAGE COMICS

8.78%

10.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.71%

5.08%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.74%

4.22%

DYNAMIC FORCES

2.81%

2.69%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

2.25%

1.99%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

2.14%

0.43%

VIZ LLC

1.26%

0.51%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.05%

0.87%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.11%

5.95%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

83

23

0

106

MARVEL COMICS

79

27

0

106

IMAGE COMICS

53

11

0

64

IDW PUBLISHING

38

15

0

53

VIZ MEDIA

0

45

0

45

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

36

4

0

40

DARK HORSE COMICS

26

12

0

38

BOOM! STUDIOS

26

7

0

33

AVATAR PRESS

16

2

1

19

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0

0

14

14

OTHER

77

108

21

206

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JANUARY 2014 VS. DECEMBER 2013

COMICS

-5.87%

-7.17%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-11.65%

-9.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.71%

-7.39%

JANUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013

COMICS

-0.42%

-7.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-14.28%

-6.99%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.09%

-7.42%

TWELVE-MONTH ROLLING COMPARISON

COMICS

8.52%

4.61%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.57%

2.48%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.63%

4.44%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #27

$3.99

NOV130172-M DC

2

DETECTIVE COMICS #27

$7.99

NOV130175-M DC

3

AVENGERS WORLD #1

$3.99

NOV130569-M MAR

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE #27

$3.99

NOV130123-M DC

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25

$4.99

NOV130660-M MAR

6

ALL NEW X-MEN #22.NOW

$3.99

NOV130557-M MAR

7

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26

$3.99

NOV130662 MAR

8

HARLEY QUINN #2

$2.99

NOV130171 DC

9

AVENGERS #25

$3.99

NOV130579-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #11

$3.99

NOV130126-M DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157 IMA

3

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOLUME 1: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN TP

$19.99

OCT130757 MAR

4

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4: NECESSARY EVIL TP

$17.99

OCT130759 MAR

5

BATMAN ’66: THE TV STORIES TP

$14.99

OCT130248 DC

6

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMA

7

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM HC

$49.99

OCT130747 MAR

8

THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 8: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLDS TP (MR)

$16.99

OCT130295 DC

9

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOLUME 2: CYCLE OF VIOLENCE TP (N52)

$14.99

OCT130236 DC

10

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1: GOD BUTCHER TP

$19.99

OCT130763 MAR

What are your thoughts on January’s sales? Any surprises? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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