Diamond Comic Book Distributors, the leading global distributor of comic books, released its November 2015 estimates today and the race for the top slot wasn’t even close.
Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the revival of writer/artist Frank Miller’s controversial franchise, led all books with 440,234 single issues sold. The sales on the title more than edged out the nearest competitor, Marvel’s Star Wars: Vader Down. The Sith Lord’s latest adventure managed a remarkable 384,969 copies sold, but couldn’t best Batman.
Other than DKIII, it was a rough month for DC Comics, which saw nine of the top ten positions on the sales chart go to Marvel. Out of the top twenty-five books, only three came from the Burbank-based publisher while Marvel continues to hold dominance in the now coastal rivalry between comics’ Big Two publishers.
Independent publishers continued to snag small slices of market share, but the biggest independent player, Image Comics, locked in a solid 10% of the market in November.