Diamond Comic Distributors has run through the numbers of books sold in the direct market during 2015, and have announced the best selling individual issues and graphic novels for the year.

Star Wars has dominated the year in movies, and it looks like Marvel’s Star Wars titles dominated the year in comics, too. Of the Top Ten Comics for 2015, four of the titles were Star Wars related. Orphan Black #1 makes a surprise appearance on the list at number four until you realize that it, Invincible Iron Man #1, Darth Vader #1 and others on the list were all part of subscription box services, which inflate the numbers drastically. I only bring this up because there is a difference between buying a comic because you want to read it, and having a comic handed to you regardless if you read it or not.

RANKTITLEPRICEVENDOR
1STAR WARS #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
2SECRET WARS #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
3BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM HOLO JOHN #1$4.99BOOM! STUDIOS
4ORPHAN BLACK #1$3.99IDW PUBLISHING
5DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1$5.99DC COMICS
6STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
7DARTH VADER #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
8SPIDER-GWEN #1$3.99MARVEL COMICS
9INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1$3.99MARVEL COMICS
10PRINCESS LEIA #1$3.99MARVEL COMICS

On the graphic novel chart, seeing Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples top the charts here.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)$14.99IMAGE COMICS
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
3SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)$14.99IMAGE COMICS
4CIVIL WAR TP$24.99MARVEL COMICS
5THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 23: WHISPERS INTO SCREAMS TP$14.99IMAGE COMICS
6BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC$17.99DC COMICS
7SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$14.99IMAGE COMICS
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP$14.99IMAGE COMICS
9SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$14.99IMAGE COMICS
10STAR WARS VOLUME 1: SKYWALKER STRIKES TP$19.99MARVEL COMICS

When all is said and done, the big winner for 2015 is Marvel who lead both the Dollar and Unit Market Share from Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS38.74%41.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT25.75%27.35%
IMAGE COMICS9.93%10.70%
IDW PUBLISHING5.59%4.87%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.79%3.10%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.28%2.46%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.99%1.79%
TITAN COMICS1.03%0.95%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS0.94%0.20%
VIZ MEDIA0.93%0.35%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.00%6.41%

2015 saw a year of positive growth in both individual issues (+7.17%) and graphic novel sales (+3.14%). It will be very interesting to see if the trend continues or if changes in box subscription services change the nature of the game in 2016.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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