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Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in Unit Market and Retail Dollar Shares based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores in April 2010, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2010

PUBLISHER UNIT MARKET SHARE DOLLAR MARKET SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 45.02% 39.35%
DC COMICS 32.69% 30.39%
IMAGE COMICS 4.26% 3.96%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.82% 4.88%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.41% 3.92%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.38% 2.33%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.39% 1.58%
VIZ MEDIA 0.73% 1.56%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.65% 0.64%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.62% 0.52%
AVATAR PRESS 0.61% 1.03%
ONI PRESS. 0.30% 0.62%
BONGO COMICS 0.25% 0.20%
ASPEN MLT 0.24% 0.27%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 0.23% 0.29%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.22% 1.18%
UDON ENTERTAINMENT 0.21% 0.25%
MOONSTONE 0.20% 0.23%
TOKYOPOP 0.20% 0.54%
DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING 0.20% 0.19%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 2.37% 6.08%

Unit Market Shares for March
Unit Market Share– April 2010

Dollar Market Shares for March
Dollar Market Share – April 2010

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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 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.