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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 5, 2013) —Iron Man joins forces with Star Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they embark on an interstellar quest in Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven's Guardians of the Galaxy #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in March 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 March's leading publisher with a 39.96% market share in retail dollars and a 43.78% market share in units. DC Entertainment was second with a 27.09% share in dollars and a 29.88% share in units. Comics sales were up in March over February by 3.05%, and graphic novels sales climbed by 7.77%

Batman's confrontation with the Court of Owls for the soul of Gotham City reaches its climax in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls from DC Comics, the best-selling graphic novel for March.

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

More fan-favorite characters from AMC's top-rated The Walking Dead were brought to life in McFarlane Toys' The Walking Dead Series 3 Action Figures, March's best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers.

Hasbro's Risk Legacy, a new version of the venerable game that features multi-game gameplay mechanics, returned to the top of the sales charts for the first time since October as March's top-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 39.96%
DC COMICS 27.09%
IMAGE COMICS 8.01%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.34%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.72%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.16%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.68%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.97%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.86%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.83%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.38%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 43.78%
DC COMICS 29.88%
IMAGE COMICS 7.88%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.24%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.16%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.87%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.49%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.84%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.60%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.57%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 3.69%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2012 VS. FEBRUARY 2012
COMICS 3.05% 2.78%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 7.77% 17.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.36% 3.71%
MARCH 2013 VS. MARCH 2012
COMICS 26.28% 21.43%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 14.33% 7.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 22.59% 20.31%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
(FIRST QUARTER 2013 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2012)
COMICS 21.38% 18.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 16.22% 12.38%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 19.78% 18.15%
FIRST QUARTER 2013 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2012
COMICS -4.13% -3.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.00% -2.09%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.70% -3.51%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99 JAN130642 MAR
2 AGE OF ULTRON #1 $3.99 JAN130627 MAR
3 BATMAN #18 $3.99 JAN130234 DC
4 WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 JAN130653 MAR
5 AGE OF ULTRON #2 $3.99 JAN130634 MAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE #18 $3.99 JAN130205 DC
7 AGE OF ULTRON #3 $3.99 JAN130637 MAR
8 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 JAN130712 MAR
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA #2 $3.99 JAN130195 DC
10 ALL NEW X-MEN #8 $3.99 JAN130674 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN HC VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 NOV120259 DC
2 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
3 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 DEC120744 MAR
4 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 NOV120020 DAR
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMA
6 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP $34.99 JAN130771 MAR
7 KICK-ASS 2 TP (MR) $19.99 AUG120686 MAR
8 KICK-ASS 2 PRELUDE HIT-GIRL PREM HC (MR) $24.99 OCT120679 MAR
9 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
10 EARTH 2 HC VOL 01 THE GATHERING (N52) $22.99 NOV120262 DC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 3 AF ASST JAN130620 TMP
2 BATMANARKHAMCITYPLAY ARTS KAI ROBIN VER AUG128201 SQU
3 MARVEL LEGENDS 6-IN AF ASST 201301 DEC121644 HAS
4 BATMANARKHAMCITYPLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN DKR VER AUG128200 SQU
5 SAVAGE HULK STATUE JUL121857 BOW
6 WE CAN BE HEROES JUSTICE LEAGUE 7 PACK BOX SET AUG120308 DC
7 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS CALL TO ARMS STATUE DEC120379 DC
8 VERTIGO COVER GIRLS DEATH STATUE NOV120314 DC
9 DC COMICS FLASH ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER SEP121780 KOT
10 SUPERMAN THE MAN OF STEEL STATUE BY LEEBERMEJO JAN130346 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
2 BATMAN GOTHAM CITY STRATEGY GAME OCT122010 NEC
3 MTG TCG GATECRASH BOOSTER DIS DEC121918 WIZ
4 STAR WARS X-WING MINIS GAME CORE SET JUN122181 FAN
5 MTG CCG DUEL DECKS SORIN VS TIBALT DISPLAY JAN138121 WIZ
6 WALKING DEAD COMIC BOARD GAME JUL112185 Z-M
7 YU GI OH TCG ZEXAL TIN COLLECTION CASE NOV128237 KON
8 LORD OF THE RINGS DICE BUILDING GAME NOV122065 NEC
9 STAR WARS X-WING MINIS GAME MILLENNIUM FALCON EXP PACK NOV122047 FAN
10 STAR WARS X-WING MINIS GAME SLAVE-I EXP PACK NOV122048 FAN
Dollar Market Shares for March 2013
Dollar Market Share – March 2013
Unit Market Shares for March 2013
Unit Market Share – March 2013

 

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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