Marvel Dominates 2014 Comic Book Market

ASM1There was one comic book to rule them all in 2014, and that book was Amazing Spider-Man No. 1 from Marvel. The return of Peter Parker after a year-and-a-half hiatus which gave birth to the successful Superior Spider-Man title led all sales for the year, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in the world.

Marvel ended the year with a 34.38% dollar share and a 36.78% unit share for the North American market, compared to rival DC Comics 28.86% dollar share and 32.47% unit share. DC published 43 of the top 100 comics for the year, according to Diamond, while Marvel released 53 of the top 100.

The Big Two represented 63% of the total dollar share and 69% of the total unit share, while ever-rising independent publisher Image finished with 9.43% dollar share and jumped to a 10.41% unit share on the year. Image also released the #2 comic of the year in terms of sales, with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead No. 132.

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The disparity in both dollar and unit share has to be discouraging for the folks in Burbank, as DC shipped a staggering 1107 titles in 2014 compared to just 953 for Marvel. Image’s percentage despite shipping 953 titles is a clear indicator that, despite the growing critical reception for the publisher’s stellar line of creator-owned titles, super-hero books still own the market.

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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