The Rebel Alliance faces a new challenge after the Battle of Endor in Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s prequel to the new Star Wars film, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in September 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was September’s top publisher with a 32.67% dollar share and a 38.12% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 26.01% dollar share and a 26.32% unit share. August’s number three publisher was Image Comics with an 11.81% dollar share and a 12.07% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.72% dollar share and a 4.84% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 4.42% dollar share and a 3.64% unit share. Overall, the comic book specialty market continued its ongoing trend of annual sales increases with comic book and graphic novel sales up over 7% year-to-date. In August, Marvel Comics had six titles among the top ten best-selling comics, including Tim Seeley and Elmo Bondoc’s Deadpool Vs. Thanos #1 at #4 and Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 at #6. DC Entertainment had three titles among top ten positions including Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #44 at #3 and Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League #44 at #8. Also in the top ten was Image Comics with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #146 at #9 for the month. Outside the top ten, the month’s bestselling non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #3, based on the fan-favorite animated series, which ranked #41 overall.
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 5 from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel for August and one of the publisher’s four volumes in the top ten. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led Diamond Announces September 2015 Top Products Page 2 of 5 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman Volume 7: Endgame at #3. Also in the top ten was Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 10: Smoke and Shadow Part One from Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru at #6.
Neil Gaiman reimagines the fairy tales of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty in his illustrated children’s book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, from Bloomsbury, the best-selling book in September. Also among the top ten was Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book 4: Balance at #3.
Based on the best-selling video game, DC Entertainment’s Batman Arkham Knight: Arkham Knight Action Figure was September’s best-selling toy and one of the manufacturer’s four products in the top ten.
Scholastic’s Minecraft: The Official Mojang Construction Handbook Updated Edition, a guide to the fan-favorite game, was the best-selling game product of September. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly, a custom edition of the beloved board game, which ranked #5 for the month.
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