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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 8, 2013) — The Martian Manhunter assembles a new team of heroes in Geoff Johns and David Finch's Justice League of America #1 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in February 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was February’s leading publisher with a 34.86% market share in retail dollars and a 38.46% market share in units. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.22% share in dollars and a 32.89% share in units.

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill return to the world of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with the original graphic novel, Nemo: Heart of Ice from Top Shelf Productions, the best-selling graphic novel for February.

For the second month in a row, Dark Horse Comics' The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia was the best-selling book to comic retailers.

The February release of the much-requested Marvel Select: Venom Action Figure, recreating the alien symbiote from the pages of Marvel Comics, gave Diamond Select Toys the best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers for the month.

Topping the charts for the second month in a row, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: The Amazing Spider-Man expansion was February's best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.86%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.22%
IMAGE COMICS 7.76%
IDW PUBLISHING 7.09%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.82%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.80%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.97%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.42%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.94%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.11%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.46%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 32.89%
IMAGE COMICS 7.89%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.04%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.16%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.55%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.75%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.98%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.73%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.57%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 3.98%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
FEBRUARY 2013 VS. JANUARY 2013
COMICS 5.04% 3.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -20.37% -14.28%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.53% 2.33%
FEBRUARY 2013 VS. FEBRUARY 2012
COMICS 15.91% 14.75%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -1.47% 0.90%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 10.48% 13.73%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS 18.95% 17.20%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 17.14% 15.04%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 18.39% 17.05%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA#1 $3.99 DEC120183 DC
2 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $3.99 DEC120608 MAR
3 BATMAN #17 $3.99 DEC120264 DC
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE #17 $3.99 DEC120174 DC
5 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 DEC120662 MAR
6 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 DEC120664 MAR
7 UNCANNY X-MEN #2 $3.99 DEC120613 MAR
8 UNCANNY AVENGERS #4 $3.99 NOV120657 MAR
9 DETECTIVE COMICS #17 $3.99 DEC120274 DC
10 SECRET AVENGERS #1 $3.99 DEC120624 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEMO: HEART OF ICE HC $14.95 DEC121247 TOP
2 BATMAN: THE NIGHT OF THE OWLS HC $29.99 OCT120247 DC
3 ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2 TP $14.99 DEC120941 BOO
4 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR TP $16.99 NOV120268 DC
7 CATWOMAN VOLUME 2: DOLLHOUSE TP $14.99 NOV120260 DC
8 STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2 VOLUME 2 TP $17.99 NOV120336 IDW
9 BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE DARKEST REFLECTION TP $14.99 NOV120261 DC
10 ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 1 TP $14.99 SEP120922 BOO

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
2 UNEARTHING SC $29.95 OCT121209 TOP
3 BONE: QUEST FOR SPARK BOOK 3 SC $10.99 NOV121202 SCH
4 HELMETGIRLS: ART OF CAMILLA D'ERRICO HC $24.99 MAR120056 DAR
5 AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES: 1960-1964 $39.95 AUG121321 TWO
6 DOC SAVAGE: THE NEW ADVENTURES VOLUME 4: DEATH'S DARK DOMAIN $24.95 DEC121396 WIL
7 STEAMPUNK: THE BEGINNING SC $24.95 SEP121318 GIN
8 THE WALKING DEAD NOVEL VOL. 1: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR SC $14.99 MAR121340 ST.
9 ART OF DEAD SPACE HC $34.95 DEC121336 RAN
10 ART OF BLIZZARD HC $75.00 AUG121447 PUB

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL SELECT: VENOM ACTION FIGURE AUG121762 DST
2 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY SERIES 4: NIGHTWING FIGURE DEC120375 DC
3 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY SERIES 4: BATMAN FIGURE DEC120376 DC
4 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY SERIES 4: TALIA FIGURE DEC120377 DC
5 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY SERIES 4: DEADSHOT FIGURE DEC120374 DC
6 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: GREEN ARROW ACTION FIGURE NOV120313 DC
7 STAR TREK: NEMESIS: USS ENTERPRISE-E SHIP APR121693 DST
8 SCARLET WITCH STATUE JUL121856 BOW
9 GENTLE GIANT: DEADPOOL MINI-BUST AUG121851 GEN
10 MARVEL UNIVERSE ACTION FIGURES JAN131691 HAS

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICK NOV122067 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: GATECRASH BOOSTERS DEC121918 WIZ
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: GATECRASH FAT PACK DEC121920 WIZ
4 YAHTZEE: DOCTOR WHO COLLECTOR'S EDITION OCT122011 USA
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: GATECRASH INTRO DECK DEC121921 WIZ
6 MONOPOLY: LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY EDITION JAN132013 USA
7 GAME OF THRONES LCG HBO EDITION OCT121990 FAN
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: GATECRASH EVENT DECK DEC121919 WIZ
9 SETTLERS OF CATAN NEW EDITION NOV074603 MAY
10 TICKET TO RIDE MAR043750 DAY

 

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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 comic book specialty shops located inNorth Americaand around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, 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.

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