Diamond Announces Top Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2014

Diamond2014 seems like a distant memory already, but we’re still not done talking about how great a year it truly was for comics and comic shop. Diamond has come out with its best sellers for the year that was 2014, and it’s a great chance to relive all the awesome that we were gifted last year. Here’s the skinny.

AmazingSpider-Man#1Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the best-selling comic book published in 2014 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Written by Dan Slott and illustrated by Ramon K. Perez, Amazing Spider-Man #1 marked the return of Peter Parker as the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler and saw his return to heroism after a year and a half of Doctor Octopus in control of his body.

Comics and graphic novels continued their upward trend in 2014, with annual sales increasing 4.39% over the previous year, as comic book sales specifically were up 4.03%, while graphic novel sales rose by 5.18%.

MARVEL RED logoMarvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 34.38% Dollar Market Share and a 36.78% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics had nine of the year’s top ten comics, with the all four issues of the Death of Wolverine limited series among the top sellers, along with Rocket Raccoon #1, Thor #1, Original Sin #1, and Superior Spider-Man #31. On the year, Marvel had 53 of the 2014’s top 100 best-selling comics.

DC Comics LogoDC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2014 with a 28.86% Dollar Market Share and a 32.47% Unit Market Share. The publisher celebrated the Dark Knight’s 75th Anniversary throughout the year, publishing a number of bestselling titles and declaring July 23rd Batman Day with retailers and libraries nationwide. DC Entertainment’s top comic, Batman #32 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, charted at #14; overall, DC had 43 of the top 100 comics for the year.

SagaThe third volume of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics was the year’s top-selling graphic novel and boosted Image Comics to the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.23% Dollar Market Share and a 10.41% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took nine of the top ten graphic novel spots, including all four collections of Saga as well as four volumes from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, along with Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals Volume 1 at #7. Also among the top comics for the year from Image was Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #132, the #2 best-selling comic book for 2014.

IDW Publishing - FeaturedIDW Publishing’s was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles such as My Little Pony, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others. The company’s market share was 5.69% dollar market share for the year. Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe #1, pitting the beloved Hasbro toy franchises in battle, was IDW’s top-selling comic book for the year, and the publisher had two volumes of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key among the year’s top 100 graphic novels.

Dark Horse Comics mix of licensed comic books and creator-owned titles helped the company to be the fifth leading comic book publisher to the comic book specialty market in 2014 with a 5.07% retail dollar market share. Two volumes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, based on the Nickelodeon television series, ranked among the year’s top 100 graphic novels along with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell: Descent.

2014 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.38% 36.78%
DC COMICS 28.86% 32.47%
IMAGE COMICS 9.23% 10.41%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.69% 4.34%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.07% 4.25%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.57% 2.41%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.23% 2.16%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.30% 0.29%
AVATAR PRESS 0.97% 0.83%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.95% 0.30%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.75% 5.75%

2014 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 $5.99 FEB140672-M MARVEL COMICS
2 WALKING DEAD #132 (MR) $2.99 AUG148104-M IMAGE COMICS
3 ROCKET RACCOON #1 $3.99 MAY140803-M MARVEL COMICS
4 DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 JUN140593-M MARVEL COMICS
5 DEATH OF WOLVERINE #4 $4.99 APR148362-M MARVEL COMICS
6 THOR #1 $3.99 AUG140785-M MARVEL COMICS
7 ORIGINAL SIN #1 $4.99 MAR140616-M MARVEL COMICS
8 DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2 $4.99 APR148360-M MARVEL COMICS
9 DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3 $4.99 APR148361-M MARVEL COMICS
10 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31 $5.99 FEB140659-M MARVEL COMICS

 2014 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMAGE COMICS
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1 (MR) $14.99 JAN140559 IMAGE COMICS
4 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMAGE COMICS
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMAGE COMICS
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMAGE COMICS
7 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 JAN140558 IMAGE COMICS
8 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMAGE COMICS
9 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $16.99 DEC120323 DC ENTERTAINMENT
10 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMAGE COMICS

2014 NUMBER OF TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS GRAPHIC NOVELS MAGAZINES TOTAL
DC COMICS 1107 340 6 1453
MARVEL COMICS 953 387 3 1343
IMAGE COMICS 717 151 0 868
IDW PUBLISHING 515 257 0 772
DARK HORSE COMICS 432 260 0 692
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 354 82 0 436
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 367 57 0 424
RANDOM HOUSE 14 203 0 217
AVATAR PRESS INC 130 29 7 166
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 150 150
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