PREVIEWSworld has unveiled a list of the 500 best-selling comics released in 2015, and Marvel’s launch of their Star Wars universe appears to have been a resounding success as four of their titles set in a galaxy far, far away entered the top 10. Their flagship title, Star Wars #1 headed up by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, was the best-selling comic book of 2015 at number 1; while Star Wars: Vader Down #1 at number 6, Darth Vader #1 at number 7 and Princess Leia #1 at number 10, all made strong debuts.
Marvel reaffirmed their sheer dominance of the top 10 with another three entries on the list, with the launch of Spider-Gwen #1 solo series making it in at number 8, the latest Iron Man series, Invincible Iron Man #1 making a strong debut at number 8, and their main summer event series, Secret Wars #1 entering the list at number 2.
DC only had a single entry in the top 10, with the third chapter of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga, Dark Knight III Master Race #1, closing out the top 5 in 5th place. IDW got a strong debut with the first issue in their Orphan Black series as the issue became the 4th best-selling comic of 2015. The top 10 list was closed out by BOOM! Studios’ one shot Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1.
Marvel certainly had a stellar year, dominating both the top 10 with 7 entries, and the top 50 with 40 of the year’s best-selling titles belonging to the House of Ideas. Their show of power did not stop there, as Marvel dominated the top 100 as well, with 79 of the 100 best-selling titles of year carrying their logo.
Time will tell whether this dominance continues in 2016, or whether DC and the other studios can unify to challenge Marvel’s control of the best-sellers list.
For the complete list of 2015 500 best-selling comics, go to PREVIEWSworld.com.