ZOMBIE drama and a sci-fi saga ruled the comics industry in 2013.
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #115 – celebrating the 10th anniversary of the hit title – was the bestselling comic of the year, according to Diamond Comics Distributors, and the first collected volume of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga topped the list of graphic novels and trade paperbacks.
The Walking Dead also had the top comic of 2012 with its 100th issue.
Overall, 2013 was a standout year for the US comics business. Annual sales increased 9.04% over 2012’s numbers, with single-issue comic sales up 10.22%.
Marvel Comics continued its dominance as the industry’s top publisher over rival DC Comics in both dollar market share (33.5% to 30.33%) and unit market share (36.97% to 33.35%), though DC did have No. 2 (Justice League Of America #1), No. 3 (Superman Unchained #1) and 10 (Superman Unchained #2) on the bestselling comics list.
Marvel filled out the rest of the top 10 with a bunch of first issues: Guardians Of The Galaxy was the publisher’s top comic at No. 3 followed by Superior Spider-Man, Infinity, X-Men, Age Of Ultron and Uncanny X-Men.
Image Comics, the industry’s No. 3 publisher, took seven spots in the list of bestselling graphic novels – two Saga books and four Walking Dead trades. Also faring well were Marvel’s Hawkeye Vol 1: My Life As A Weapon and DC’s Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls and Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition. – USA Today/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services