(BALTIMORE, MD) — (May 15, 2015) —Luke Skywalker’s quest to become a Jedi leads him back to Tatooine in Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars #4 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of April 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics, April’s top publisher with a 34.15% dollar share and a 36.33% unit share, had four comics among April’s top ten, including Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader #4 at #4 and Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz’s Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 at #8.
DC Entertainment was the month’s #2 publisher with a 30.91% dollar share and a 33.90% unit share, and the publisher had six titles among the top ten including Dan Jurgens, Jeff King, and Ethan Van Sciver’s Convergence #0 at #2 and Scott Synder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #40, the conclusion to the “Endgame” storyline, at #4.
Image Comics ranked third for the month with a 10.23% dollar share and a 11.18% unit share. IDW Publishing came in fourth with a 6.00% dollar share and 4.78% unit share. In fifth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.65% dollar share and a 2.92% unit share.
The survivors of the zombie apocalypse face a new and insidious threat in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 23 from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of April and one of the publisher’s four volumes among the top ten.
Marvel Comics’ original graphic novel, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, by Warren Ellis and Jerome Opena, ranked #2.
DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten, led by Bill Willingham’s Fables Volume 21: Happily Ever After at #23.
Jeffrey Brown’s latest all-ages Star Wars book, Star Wars: Darth Vader & Friends, from Chronicle Books was April’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ranked #2. IDW Publishing had two titles in the top ten — John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition at #4 and Starling: Ashley Book Book 1 at #6.
DC Collectibles continued their Batman Animated series of action figures, based on the animated series of the 1990s, in April with the Batman: The Animated Series: The Joker Action Figure, the month’s best-selling toy and one of the four products the manufacturer placed in the top ten. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten, led by the Star Trek: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Ship at #2.
Based on the new film, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers: Age of Ultron Foil Packs were April’s best-selling gaming product and one of their six products among the top ten. Diamond Select Toys’ Jay & Silent Bob Monopoly, March’s best-selling game product, remained in the top ten in April at #7.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.65%||2.92%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.05%||4.97%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||32||24||0||56|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||101||146||37||284|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|APRIL 2015 VS. MARCH 2014|
|APRIL 2015 VS. APRIL 2014|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||STAR WARS #4||$3.99||FEB150684-M||MAR|
|2||CONVERGENCE #0 [*]||$4.99||JAN150218-M||DC|
|3||CONVERGENCE #1 [*]||$4.99||FEB150137-M||DC|
|5||DARTH VADER #4||$3.99||FEB150682-M||MAR|
|6||CONVERGENCE #2 [*]||$3.99||FEB150142-M||DC|
|7||CONVERGENCE #3 [*]||$3.99||FEB150146-M||DC|
|8||KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1||$3.99||FEB150675-M||MAR|
|9||CONVERGENCE #4 [*]||$3.99||FEB150150-M||DC|
|10||PRINCESS LEIA #3||$3.99||FEB150680-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 23 TP||$14.99||FEB150545||IMA|
|2||AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON HC||$24.99||DEC140948||MAR|
|3||FABLES VOLUME 21: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TP (MR)||$17.99||JAN150397||DC|
|4||BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY TP (N52)||$16.99||JAN150363||DC|
|5||SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT140644||IMA|
|6||JUPITER’S LEGACY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||FEB150526||IMA|
|7||HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY TP (N52)||$16.99||JAN150369||DC|
|8||BATMAN VOLUME 6: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT HC (N52)||$24.99||DEC140379||DC|
|9||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP||$14.99||NOV128157||IMA|
|10||LUMBERJANES VOLUME 1 TP||$14.99||FEB151172||BOO|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & FRIENDS HC||$14.95||FEB151837||CHR|
|2||THE ART OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HC||$39.99||DEC140098||DAR|
|3||WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS: FORSOOTH, THE PHANTOM MENACE HC||$14.95||FEB151839||RAN|
|4||JOHN ROMITA’S AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIFACT EDITION||$112.50||OCT140523||IDW|
|5||DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK||$9.99||SEP148145||POC|
|6||STARLING: ASHLEY WOOD BOOK 1 HC||$17.99||OCT140520||IDW|
|7||NEIL GAIMAN’S CHU’S DAY AT BEACH HC||$17.99||FEB151829||HAR|
|8||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 94 SC||$14.95||FEB151834||SAN|
|9||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 95 SC||$14.95||MAR151764||SAN|
|10||GAME OF THRONES: HAND OF THE KING WAX SEAL KIT||$12.95||DEC141885||RUN|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE JOKER FIGURE||JUL140292||DC|
|2||STAR TREK: USS ENTERPRISE NCC-1701-A SHIP||AUG142285||DST|
|3||MARVEL: CAPTAIN AMERICA 8-INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURE SET||SEP142256||DST|
|4||DC COMICS: BATWOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE||SEP142327||KOT|
|5||BACK TO THE FUTURE: FLUX CAPACITOR UNLIMITED EDITION||OCT088076||DST|
|6||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE||SEP140356||DC|
|7||AVENGERS INFINITE LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES||FEB152176||HAS|
|8||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE||SEP140357||DC|
|9||ONE:12 COLLECTIVE: BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS FIGURE||AUG148295||MEZ|
|10||ARROW: ARROW ACTION FIGURE||OCT140411||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON FOIL PACKS||FEB152705||NEC|
|2||DC DICE MASTERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE FOIL PACKS||JAN152660||NEC|
|3||MARVEL HEROCLIX AVENGERS QUICK START KIT||SEP140018||NEC|
|4||THE WALKING DEAD PRISON BOARD GAME||JUN142630||MEG|
|5||STAR WARS: ARMADA BOARD GAME||DEC142545||FAN|
|6||MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON STARTER SET||FEB152706||NEC|
|7||JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY||DEC142209||DIA|
|8||DC DICE MASTERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE STARTER SET||JAN152664||NEC|
|9||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|10||DC HEROCLIX: JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK||DEC142573||NEC|
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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.
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