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X-Men #1

The X-Men faced their gravest threat as the Marvel Universe's vampires arose and attacked San Francisco in by Victor Gischler and Paco Medina's X-Men #1, giving Marvel Comics the top spot on the comics sales chart in July 2010.

In total, Marvel Comics had four of the ten ten books in July. In addition to X-Men 31, Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr.'s Avengers #3 ranked #4, Bendis and Stuart Immonen's New Avengers #2 ranked #7, and Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato, Jr.'s Secret Avengers #3 ranked #10.

DC Comics took the other six spots on the top ten best-selling comics chart in July. Leading off with Brightest Day #6 at #2, DC also had Grant Morrison's Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 at #3, Batman and Robin #13 at #4, Green Lantern #56 at #6, Brightest Day #5 at #8, and Batman #701 at #9.

Among other Premiere publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book in July was Jim Shooter's highly-anticipated relaunch of a classic Silver Age character in Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1 at #91. IDW Publishing's True Blood #1, based on HBO's wildly popular vampire television series, ranked #65 for the month of July. Finally, Image Comics' top book in July was Robert Kirkman's popular zombie comic (and soon to be an AMC television series) The Walking Dead #75 at #68.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in July 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 183.69 MAY100628-M X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
2 5 123.94 MAY100111-M BRIGHTEST DAY #6 $2.99 DC 
3 2 115.21 MAY100131-M BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #4 $3.99 DC 
4 3 114.41 MAY100565-M AVENGERS #3 $3.99 MAR
5 10 112.31 APR100165-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #13 $2.99 DC 
6 11 110.17 MAY100113-M GREEN LANTERN #56 $2.99 DC 
7 4 109.16 MAY100569-M NEW AVENGERS #2 $3.99 MAR
8 14 101.83 MAY100109-M BRIGHTEST DAY #5 (*) $2.99 DC 
9 15 100.00 MAY100130 BATMAN #701 $2.99 DC 
10 6 94.63 MAY100571-M SECRET AVENGERS #3 $3.99 MAR
11 7 89.36 MAY100552-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #638 $3.99 MAR
12 19 87.74 MAY100115-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #50 $2.99 DC 
13 8 87.34 MAY100634 UNCANNY X-MEN #526 $3.99 MAR
14 9 86.21 MAY100636 X-MEN SECOND COMING #2 $3.99 MAR
15 20 84.86 MAY100127-M FLASH #4 $2.99 DC 
16 12 80.93 MAY100135-M BATMAN ODYSSEY #1 $3.99 DC 
17 24 80.74 APR100627-M X-FORCE #28 $2.99 MAR
18 13 79.02 MAY100125-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #47 $3.99 DC 
19 16 73.34 MAY100551 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637 $3.99 MAR
20 17 73.31 APR100540 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #636 $3.99 MAR
21 25 71.87 MAY100588-M SHADOWLAND #1 $3.99 MAR
22 28 71.34 MAY100149-M SUPERMAN #701 $2.99 DC 
23 18 69.86 MAY100619 THOR #612 $3.99 MAR
24 31 69.78 MAY100638 X-MEN LEGACY #238 $2.99 MAR
25 21 69.02 MAY100612-M STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #1 $3.99 MAR
26 34 63.95 MAY100123-M JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #41 $2.99 DC 
27 38 63.73 MAY100607 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #28 $2.99 MAR
28 22 62.62 MAY100549 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #3 $3.99 MAR
29 23 61.37 MAY100546 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #5 $3.99 MAR
30 26 58.45 MAY100627 UNCANNY X-MEN HEROIC AGE #1 $3.99 MAR
31 45 57.75 MAY100118 GREEN ARROW #2 $2.99 DC 
32 48 56.83 MAY100126 BIRDS OF PREY #3 $2.99 DC 
33 49 55.66 MAY100591 DARK WOLVERINE #88 $2.99 MAR
34 32 54.72 MAY100573-M AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #1 $3.99 MAR
35 29 54.22 MAY100647 X-FORCE SEX AND VIOLENCE #1 $3.99 MAR
36 30 52.84 MAY100138 DETECTIVE COMICS #867 $3.99 DC 
37 54 52.84 MAY100119-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #5 $2.99 DC 
38 55 51.93 MAY100182-M WONDER WOMAN #601 $2.99 DC 
39 56 51.30 MAY100121-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #6 $2.99 DC 
40 58 50.31 MAY100590 DAREDEVIL #508 $2.99 MAR
41 63 49.82 MAY100567-M AVENGERS ACADEMY #2 $2.99 MAR
42 33 49.58 MAY100550 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #12 $3.99 MAR
43 35 48.21 MAY100540 DEADPOOL #25 $3.99 MAR
44 37 47.65 MAY100640 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #50 $3.99 MAR
45 36 47.59 MAY100155-M LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #3 $3.99 DC 
46 61 46.67 MAY100142 RED ROBIN #14 $2.99 DC 
47 66 46.47 MAY100594 FANTASTIC FOUR #581 $2.99 MAR
48 67 46.37 MAY100643-M NEW MUTANTS #15 $2.99 MAR
49 39 46.24 MAY100151 ACTION COMICS #891 $3.99 DC 
50 65 46.08 MAY100117 BRIGHTEST DAY THE ATOM SPECIAL #1 $2.99 DC 
51 42 45.43 MAY100524 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #2 $3.99 MAR
52 41 45.17 MAY100166-M TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #1 $3.99 DC 
53 46 44.22 MAY100637 X-MEN HELLBOUND #3 $3.99 MAR
54 47 44.08 MAY100547-M ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #1 $3.99 MAR
55 27 43.71 MAY100139-M BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #6 $4.99 DC 
56 79 41.99 MAY100642 X-FACTOR #207 $2.99 MAR
57 53 41.91 MAY100651-M SCARLET #1 (MR) $3.95 MAR
58 50 41.74 MAY100625 THANOS IMPERATIVE #2 $3.99 MAR
59 51 41.26 MAY100545 X-MEN ORIGINS DEADPOOL #1 $3.99 MAR
60 77 41.24 MAY100129 TITANS #25 $2.99 DC 
61 83 41.23 MAY100623 THUNDERBOLTS #146 $2.99 MAR
62 80 41.10 MAY100141 BATMAN BEYOND #2 $2.99 DC 
63 52 40.44 MAY100154 ADVENTURE COMICS #516 $3.99 DC 
64 82 40.38 MAY100153 SUPERMAN BATMAN #74 $2.99 DC 
65 44 39.66 MAY100327-M TRUE BLOOD #1 $3.99 IDW
66 57 38.69 MAY100639 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #15 $3.99 MAR
67 43 38.00 MAY100641 X-WOMEN #1 $4.99 MAR
68 60 37.52 MAY100419-M WALKING DEAD #75 (MR) $3.99 IMA
69 40 37.26 APR100576 FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #32 $4.99 MAR
70 59 37.24 MAY100544 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #13 $3.99 MAR
71 87 36.66 MAY100148 BATGIRL #12 $2.99 DC 
72 89 36.38 MAY100178-M ZATANNA #3 $2.99 DC 
73 64 35.32 MAY100601 WORLD WAR HULKS WOLVERINE VS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99 MAR
74 90 35.26 MAY100152 SUPERGIRL #54 $2.99 DC 
75 69 35.25 MAY100599 WORLD WAR HULKS SPIDER-MAN VS THOR #1 $3.99 MAR
76 62 34.96 MAY100162-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #3 $3.99 DC 
77 92 34.77 MAY100137 RED HOOD LOST DAYS #2 $2.99 DC 
78 68 33.93 MAR100215-M FIRST WAVE #3 $3.99 DC 
79 70 33.49 MAY100602 WORLD WAR HULKS WOLVERINE VS CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 MAR
80 93 33.34 APR100474 WALKING DEAD #74 (MR) $2.99 IMA
81 94 33.14 MAY100143 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #14 $2.99 DC 
82 71 33.11 MAY100600 WORLD WAR HULKS SPIDER-MAN VS THOR #2 $3.99 MAR
83 96 32.65 MAY100592 FRANKEN-CASTLE #19 $2.99 MAR
84 74 32.61 MAY100527 LADY DEADPOOL #1 $3.99 MAR
85 72 32.54 MAY100263-M AMERICAN VAMPIRE #5 (MR) $3.99 DC 
86 73 32.42 MAY100146 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #14 $3.99 DC 
87 98 32.04 MAY100543 DEADPOOL CORPS #4 $2.99 MAR
88 75 31.74 MAY100177 TEEN TITANS #85 $3.99 DC 
89 78 30.73 MAY100169 JSA ALL STARS #8 $3.99 DC 
90 84 29.77 MAY100529 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #3 $3.99 MAR
91 91 29.62 MAY100009-M DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF ATOM #1 $3.50 DAR
92 102 29.37 MAY100541 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #891 $2.99 MAR
93 104 28.89 APR100189 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #35 $2.99 DC 
94 76 28.83 JUN100924 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #6 $3.99 DE
95 85 28.43 MAY100583-M MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #5 $3.99 MAR
96 108 28.21 MAY100175 SECRET SIX #23 $2.99 DC 
97 86 28.08 MAY100648 PUNISHERMAX #9 (MR) $3.99 MAR
98 88 27.89 MAY100574 AGE OF HEROES #3 $3.99 MAR
99 81 27.84 MAY100941 BOYS #44 (MR) $3.99 DE
100 122 26.87 MAY100603 HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #2 $2.99 MAR

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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 dollars 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.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.