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Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in Retail Dollar and Unit Market Shares based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores in June 2009, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

JUNE MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Sales for Comics, Graphic Novels & Magazines Invoiced in June 2009

Vendor Comics, Magazines, & GNs Unit Share  Comics, Magazines, & GNs Dollar Share 
MARVEL COMICS 50.91% 45.09%
DC COMICS 28.51% 27.13%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.80% 4.27%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.99% 3.85%
IMAGE COMICS 2.64% 2.85%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.47% 2.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.17% 1.27%
VIZ MEDIA 0.80% 1.65%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 0.59% 0.79%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.54% 0.62%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.52% 0.39%
GEMSTONE 0.52% 0.30%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.42% 1.76%
DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING 0.38% 0.34%
AVATAR PRESS 0.32% 0.35%
ASPEN MLT 0.29% 0.27%
BONGO COMICS 0.28% 0.24%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.24% 0.80%
BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS 0.23% 0.24%
TOKYOPOP 0.17% 0.45%
OTHER NON TOP-20 2.23% 5.07%

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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 4,000+ 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 Retail Dollar sales are calculated based upon orders 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.