Comic Sales Yearly 2008-2015
Comic Book Unit Sales 2008 -2015

Earlier this week Diamond Comic Distributors released the 2015 sales numbers for comics. So I went back and collected all the data as far back as I could. I was able to get back to 2008.

A few things to note.

  1. These are only for printed comics. Digital sales are not reported.
  2. These are Unit sales, this is not revenue.

The first thing that I noticed is that Marvel while constantly at the top almost got surpassed by DC Comics in 2012. The DC reboot the New 52 started in September of 2011 so its impact latest well over a year. Also I think that digital comics really started to take off around this time with the ComiXology App.  I know they did report $19 million in sales in 2011. I wish that digital sales where reported but unfortunately I can’t find anywhere that has those numbers.

The second thing that really stuck out for me was Image Comics continuous march to 3rd place. They went from 3.32% in 2008 to 10.7% in 2015. I’ve gone ahead and put all the data in a chart below.

Comic Unit Sales 2008-2014

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Marvel Comics 45.82% 45.63% 43.35% 40.93% 37.59% 36.97% 36.78% 41.82%
DC Entertainment 31.67% 32.22% 34% 36.77% 36.75% 33.35% 32.47% 27.35%
Image Comics 3.32% 3.25% 3.71% 4.71% 6.6% 8.49% 10.41% 10.7%
IDW Publishing 2.92% 3.49% 3.45% 3.78% 4.36% 5.1% 4.34% 4.87%
Dark Horse Comics 5.05% 4.05% 3.88% 3.35% 3.8% 4.5% 4.25% 3.1%
BOOM! Studios 1.22% 1.77% 1.43% 1.53% 1.92% 2.16% 2.46%
Dynamite Entertainment 2.16% 2.52% 2.85% 3% 2.59% 2.41% 1.79%
Other 11.22% 7.98% 7.33% 6.17% 6.38% 7.08% 7.18% 7.91%

Incase you where wondering which comics sold the most in 2015 I’ve included that list below as well.

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #1 $4.99 AUG158711-M MARVEL COMICS
2 SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 JUL158548-M MARVEL COMICS
3 BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM HOLO JOHN #1 $4.99 MAR151109-M BOOM! STUDIOS
4 ORPHAN BLACK #1 $3.99 DEC140468-M IDW PUBLISHING
5 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 $5.99 SEP150179-M DC COMICS
6 STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1 $4.99 SEP150827-M MARVEL COMICS
7 DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 AUG158716-M MARVEL COMICS
8 SPIDER-GWEN #1 $3.99 APR158276-M MARVEL COMICS
9 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 $3.99 JUL150696-M MARVEL COMICS
10 PRINCESS LEIA #1 $3.99 JAN150733-M MARVEL COMICS

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