In advance of the larger releases of its December and 2013 year-end sales tables, Diamond Comic Distributors has released a sneak peek at the topline figures for the year.
Comic shop orders for comic books and graphic novels in North America reportedly
increased by 9.04% over 2012. It’s a smaller increase than last year’s 14.72% boost. It would bring the year in at more than
$518 million — in line with previous estimates here at Comichron
— and an increase of around $43 million for the year. Note that this
figure does not include comics and graphic novels sold through
bookstore and newsstand channels, which adds another $200 million or so —
nor does it include digital sales, which were reported to be in excess
of $75 million in 2012 and would likely have been more in 2013.
Orders for comic books were up by 10.22% in dollars, while graphic novel orders were up by 6.5%. October’s The Walking Dead #115 was the best-selling comic book of the year, with sales in excess of 300,000 copies — and, perhaps not coincidentally, it cost at least a dollar less than anything else on the top-ten list.
TOP-SELLING COMICS OF 2013
|1||The Walking Dead #115||$2.99||Image|
|2||Justice League Of America #1||$3.99||DC|
|3||Superman Unchained #1||$4.99||DC|
|4||Guardians of the Galaxy #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Superior Spider-Man #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||Age Of Ultron #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|9||Uncanny X-Men #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|10||Superman Unchained #2||$3.99||DC|
Image also had the top-selling graphic novel in Saga Vol. 1 — again, priced quite a bit less than anything else in the Top 10. It unseated Walking Dead Vol. 1, which had led the list for three years running; that book still placed second. Image had seven out of ten entries on the list.
TOP-SELLING GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2013
|1||Saga Volume 1||$9.99||Image|
|2||The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye||$14.99||Image|
|3||Saga Volume 2||$14.99||Image|
|4||The Walking Dead Volume 18: What Comes After||$14.99||Image|
|5||The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us||$14.99||Image|
|6||The Walking Dead Volume 19: March To War||$14.99||Image|
|7||Hawkeye Volume 1: My Life As Weapon||$16.99||Marvel|
|8||Batman Volume 1: The Court Of Owls||$16.99||DC|
|9||Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition HC||$17.99||DC|
|10||The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars||$14.99||Image|
Marvel led the publishers list in both dollar and market shares, and the dollar rankings were identical to 2012’s list, with the exception of Valiant replacing Viz at ninth:
|UNIT SHARE||DOLLAR SHARE|
|Dark Horse Comics||4.50%||5.17%|
|Other Non-Top 10||5.02%||8.70%|
Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 25 years, including a decade editing the industry’s retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises.
He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, Star Trek: Discovery – The Enterprise War, and his latest release, Star Trek: Discovery – Die Standing. Read more about them at his fiction site.
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