Marvel continues its tremendous year, with a 38.82% market share, vs. 23.01% market share for DC. The market share spreads for the first three months of 2015 averaged just over 15% in favor of Marvel, as DC prepared for its HQ move to Burbank and Marvel hitting on all cylinders. Image Comics hit a new high, with 11.39% share of comic store sales in March. All the other top ranks were fairly typical except at the #6 slot, where BOOM! Studios topped Dynamite Entertainment by a hair. And we don’t remember seeing Titan Comics on this list of the Top 10 comic publishers, so the expansion of its comic publishing is starting to add up.
March 2015 Comic Store Market Share
38.82% Marvel Comics
23.01% DC Entertainment
11.39% Image Comics
6.51% IDW Publishing
3.90% Dark Horse Publishing
2.41% BOOM! Studios
2.37% Dynamite Entertainment
1.83% Eaglemoss Publicaitons
1.01% Titan Comics
0.98% VIZ Media
Marvel dominated the Top 10 Comics list with nine of ten titles, behind four Star Wars titles, including three of the top five; three titles in the Spider-Man family; and two launches (Guardians Team-Up and Howard the Duck).
Top 10 Comics—March 2015
- Princess Leia #1
- Star Wars 33
- Guardians Team-Up #1
- Spider-Gwen #2
- Princess Leia #2
- Amazing Spider-Man #16
- Howard the Duck #1
- Darth Vader #3
- Batman: Arkham Asylum #1
- Amazing Spider-Man #16.1
IDW Publishing had the top graphic novel with Top Shelf’s latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (see "Final 'LOEG' Nemo Trilogy GN"), while Marvel’s second Ms. Marvel volume took the second slot. Marvel also had three titles tied to Deadpool in the top seven, while Image Comics was marking it rain with two launches (Low and Birthright), a second volume (Deadly Class) and the new-perennial Saga.
Dynamite Entertainment placed a title in the Top 10 Graphic Novels chart with its first collection of Bob’s Burgers (see "Preview: 'Bob's Burgers' Vol. 1 TP"), a strong showing for the TV tie-in.
Top 10 Graphic Novels—March 2015
- Nemo: River of Ghosts HC
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why
- Low Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope
- Hawkeye vs. Deadpool
- Saga Vol. 4
- Deadpool Vol. 7: Axis
- Deadpool’s The Art of War
- Deadly Class Vol. 2, Kids of the Black Hole
- Birthright Vol. 1: Homecoming
- Bob’s Burgers Vol. 1
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in March, see "'Howard the Duck' Outsells Top DC."
For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during March, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2015."
For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during March, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2015."
For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during February, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2015."
For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during February, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2015."
For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in February, see "Seven Titles Over 100K in February." For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see "IDW Has the #1 Comic in February."
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through March 2015, see "ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 300 GNs Index."