Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Star Wars and Darth Vader Titles Sell Over 100,000 Copies in May

The May estimated sales are in from The Comics Chronicles and not surprisingly the main two Star Wars titles, Star Wars and Darth Vader, continue their strong performance:

TitleIssueMonthly RankEstimated Sales
Star Wars54146,850
Darth Vader58113,025
Kanan: The Last Padawan22364,960

Princess Leia did not ship in May which explains it's absence from the charts.  Star Wars #5 was only topped by the 1st two issues of Marvel's summer crossover Secret Wars and the 1/2 million Loot Crate sales of Bravest Warriors Tales from Holo Jones #1.  Darth Vader #5 was topped by those same issues plus 3 additional Secret Wars tie ins.

Slightly disappointing are the sales of Kanan: The Last Padawan #2.  This title does not have ties to the original trilogy characters, but it does tie into the popular Disney XD television series Star Wars Rebels.  It is too early to know if sales of Kanan: The Last Padawan will continue to drop or if they will stabilize above cancellation numbers, but it is clear that comic audiences have not embraced this character as much as they have the original trilogy characters.  Dark Horse had similar problems (relatively) with the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series that was released when the popular Cartoon Network television series was on.  That series only ran for 12 issues before it was canceled due to low sales.  I feel a Star Wars Rebels comic would do better since there are other characters on the Ghost that are more popular than Kanan, but Marvel may have their hands tied while the series is running.

The Star Wars Episode IV New Hope hardcover placed 16th on the trade paperback list with an estimated 3,643 sales.  This was the hardcover that represented the original Marvel Star Wars adaptation but with modern coloring.

Please read the blog posting May 2015 comic sales estimates online: Loot Crate effect hits half-million copies.

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