Monday, January 11, 2016

Star Wars Has 4 Issues in the Top 10 for December

The Comics Chronicles released the December estimated sales today .  Despite another onslaught of new Marvel superhero #1s, the Star Wars titles held strong and 4 issues placed in the top 10 for the month.

TitleIssueMonthly RankEstimated SalesLast Estimated SalesPercent Change
Star Wars133139,918123,133+13.63%
Darth Vader14797,457113,448-14.10%
Star Wars Annual1989,635N/AN/A
Darth Vader Annual11086,478N/AN/A

In November, we saw Darth Vader #13, part 2 in the Vader Down event, sell over 23,000 more copies than Darth Vader #12.  In December, both the Star Wars and Darth Vader titles tie into the 6-issue event.  Star Wars gained approximately 16,000 copies and Darth Vader lost about 16,000 copies, make it a wash for the month.  Star Wars is still the top selling ongoing title in December.

In recent years, Marvel has made the attempt to have their annuals count by having the story relate back to the main title.  This has paid off for the Star Wars and Darth Vader Annuals, both of which placed in the top 10 titles in December.  This is even more remarkable when you consider they outsold the first issues of the All New X-Men, Deadpool, Totally Awesome Hulk, Spidey, and All New Inhumans.

The last issue of the Chewbacca mini-series fell just under 5,000 copies.  Every issue in this mini-series still placed in the top 50 titles every month, so Marvel has to be pleased with that.

Kanan shed just under 2,000 copies a slightly higher drop than last month.  This title is due to end with Kanan #12.

The following table shows the total number of Star Wars units sold per month since January 2015 along with the average number of sales per issue.  Note this chart does not include reprints.

Month/YearTotal Estimated Sales# IssuesAverage Sale per Issue
January 2015985,9761985,976
February 2015526,4513175,484
March 2015596,2994149,075
April 2015537,8124134,453
May 2015324,8353108,278
June 2015396,931499,232
July 2015597,0235119,404
August 2015430,241586,048
September 2015551,8805110,376
October 2015953,2891095,329
November 20151,003,9548125,494
December 2015507,545684,591

The average sale per issue would rank 12th on the top 300 chart for the month of December.  The 6 Star Wars issues this month sold almost half as many units as the 8 Star Wars issues from last month.

Take a look at the Star Wars Sales Estimate Chart and please read the blog posting December 2015 comics sales estimates online: Secret Wars #8 leads with 170k copies ordered.

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