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Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in Retail Dollar Share and Unit Share categories in January 2014 based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2014

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.09%
DC COMICS 28.06%
IMAGE COMICS 8.78%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.71%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.81%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.25%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 2.14%
VIZ LLC 1.26%
AVATAR PRESS INC 1.05%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.95%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.90%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.85%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.83%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.45%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.41%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.41%
TITAN 0.27%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.27%
801 MEDIA INC 0.23%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 3.53%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.39%
DC COMICS 30.77%
IMAGE COMICS 10.10%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.08%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.22%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.69%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.99%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 1.00%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.95%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.87%
VIZ LLC 0.51%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.43%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.24%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.22%
TITAN 0.14%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.14%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.08%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.08%
801 MEDIA INC 0.05%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 2.06%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2014

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 83 23 0 106
MARVEL COMICS 79 27 0 106
IMAGE COMICS 53 11 0 64
IDW PUBLISHING 38 15 0 53
VIZ LLC 0 45 0 45
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 36 4 0 40
DARK HORSE COMICS 26 12 0 38
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 7 0 33
AVATAR PRESS INC 16 2 1 19
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 14 14
OTHER 77 108 21 206

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2014

  DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2014 VS. DECEMBER 2013
COMICS -5.87% -7.17%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.65% -9.89%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -7.71% -7.39%
JANUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013
COMICS -0.42% -7.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -14.28% -6.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.09% -7.42%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -0.42% -7.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -14.28% -6.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.09% -7.42%
TWELVE MONTH ROLLING COMPARSION
COMICS 8.52% 4.61%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.57% 2.48%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 6.63% 4.44%
Dollar Market Shares for January 2014

Dollar Market Share – January 2014

Unit Market Shares for January 2014

Unit Market Share– January 2014

 

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.