Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in December 2015 and has attracted an unbelievable amount of attention. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, The Force Awakens has rekindled interest in the franchise, drawing in huge amounts of money.
In addition to a record-breaking opening weekend and making $1 billion faster than any other movie -- ever, The Force Awakens has also led to incredible merchandise sales. Now, having raked in a ton of money, the latest Star Wars movie has led to yet more successes... but this time it's in the sale of comic books.
Yes that's right, Star Wars has achieved successes across the board, including among the ranks of the comic books fans. Much of the Star Wars universe is now non-canon, but the stories which exist in novels, games and comic books are spectacular!
Diamond comic book distributor has announced their top sales for 2015, with the Marvel Star Wars comic books dominating the top 10. It seems the build-up to The Force Awakens prompted a huge boost in Star Wars comic book sales, not just in December, but throughout the entire year.
According to io9, the overall Diamond comic book sales are as follows.
1. STAR WARS #1 MARVEL COMICS
2. SECRET WARS #1 MARVEL COMICS
3. BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM HOLO JOHN #1 BOOM! STUDIOS
4. ORPHAN BLACK #1 IDW PUBLISHING
5. DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 DC COMICS
6. STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1 MARVEL COMICS
7. DARTH VADER #1 MARVEL COMICS
8. SPIDER-GWEN #1 MARVEL COMICS
9. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 MARVEL COMICS
10. PRINCESS LEIA #1 MARVEL COMICS
As you can see above, Diamond's top 10 spots are dominated by comic books such as: STAR WARS #1 MARVEL COMICS, SECRET WARS #1 MARVEL COMICS, STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1 MARVEL COMICS and DARTH VADER #1 MARVEL COMICS.
Marvel's Star Wars comic books have also dominated in overall Graphic Novel and Trade Paperback sales in 2015.
1. SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) IMAGE COMICS
2. SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) IMAGE COMICS
3. SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR) IMAGE COMICS
4. CIVIL WAR TP MARVEL COMICS
5. THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 23: WHISPERS INTO SCREAMS TP IMAGE COMICS
6. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION DC COMICS
7. SAGA VOLUME 2 TP IMAGE COMICS
8. THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP IMAGE COMICS
9. SAGA VOLUME 3 TP IMAGE COMICS
10. STAR WARS VOLUME 1: SKYWALKER STRIKES MARVEL COMICS
Io9 further claims that Marvel was a league ahead of its competition in 2015, with 41.82% of all comic book sales being under its banner. Its primary competition was DC who was responsible for just 27.32% of all sales. Damn, Disney and Marvel had a hell of a big year!