(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 9, 2013) —Superman called upon Batman's assistance when the terrorist organization Ascension struck in Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #2 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in July 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
DC Entertainment was July's top publisher in dollar share, edging Marvel Comics 32.50% to 32.34%. Marvel Comics was the month's top publisher in units sold with 36.47% of the market, compared to DC Entertainment's 34.07%. Comics sales increased over June's by 7.65%, and graphic novel sales increased over the previous month by 24.80%.
Clint Barton and Kate Bishop dealt with the fallout of Hurricane Sandy in Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye Volume 2: Little Hits Now from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in July.
DC Collectibles recreated the power source of the Green Lantern Corps with the Green Lantern 1:1-Scale PowerBatteryProp With Ring, July’s best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers.
WizKids introduced the newest expansion for their popular card game with the Magic the Gathering TCG: 2014 Core Set, the best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers in July.
PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL SHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||35||20||0||55|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||77||167||42||283|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|JULY 2013 VS. JUNE 2013|
|JULY 2013 VS. JULY 2012|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2||$3.99||MAY130128||DC|
|3||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5||$3.99||MAY130589||MAR|
|4||JUSTICE LEAGUE #22||$3.99||MAY130099||DC|
|5||BATMAN ANNUAL #2||$4.99||MAY130155||DC|
|6||BATMAN SUPERMAN #2||$3.99||MAY130147||DC|
|7||JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA#6||$3.99||MAY130103||DC|
|8||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #13||$3.99||MAY130627||MAR|
|9||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14||$3.99||MAY130628||MAR|
|10||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #1||$3.99||MAY130638||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
|1||HAWKEYE VOL. 2: LITTLE HITS TP||$16.99||MAR130726||MAR|
|2||AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 5: THE SEARCH PART 2 TP||$10.99||MAR130020||DAR|
|3||SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$14.99||APR130443||IMA|
|4||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|5||BLACK BOLT: SOMETHING INHUMAN THIS WAY COMES||$7.99||MAY130610||MAR|
|6||KICK-ASS 2 PRELUDE: HIT-GIRL TP (MR)||$19.99||MAY130706||MAR|
|7||FAIREST VOLUME 2: HIDDEN KINGDOM TP (MR)||$14.99||APR130255||DC|
|8||BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN/RORSCHACH DELUXE HC (MR)||$29.99||MAR130265||DC|
|9||INVINCIBLE VOL. 18: THE DEATH OF EVERYONE TP||$16.99||MAY130459||IMA|
|10||BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL/DR.MANHATTAN DELUXE HC (MR)||$29.99||MAR130266||DC|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||GREEN LANTERN 1:1-SCALE POWER BATTERY PROP WITH RING||FEB130261||DC|
|2||THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS ~KAI~: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE||JAN131785||SQU|
|3||MARVEL SELECT IRON MAN 3: WAR MACHINE FIGURE||DEC121591||DST|
|4||BATMAN:ARKHAMCITYPLAY ARTS ~KAI~: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE||FEB131687||SQU|
|5||THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS ~KAI~: CATWOMAN ACTION FIGURE||JAN131784||SQU|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD SERIES 2: THE GOVERNOR/PENNY ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK||JAN138175||TMP|
|7||BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS ~KAI~: POISON IVY ACTION FIGURE||FEB131688||SQU|
|8||THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: BATMAN MAF EX||SEP128116||MED|
|9||MARVEL: KITTY PRYDE BISHOUJO STATUE||JAN131764||KOT|
|10||DC: THE NEW 52 -- MARTIAN MANHUNTER ACTION FIGURE||APR130278||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2014 CORE SET BOOSTERS||MAY132333||WIZ|
|2||MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN||JUN132402||NEC|
|3||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2014 CORE SET FAT PACK||MAY132335||WIZ|
|4||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN MASTERS BOOSTERS||APR132231||WIZ|
|5||YU-GI-OH! TCG: NUMBER HUNTERS BOOSTERS||MAR138416||KON|
|6||CLUE: THE BIG BANG THEORY EDITION||MAR132256||USA|
|7||PACIFIC RIM HEROCLIX||MAR138261||NEC|
|8||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2014 CORE SET INTRO DECKS||MAY132336||WIZ|
|9||STAR WARS RPG: EDGE OF THE EMPIRE CORE RULEBOOK||MAR132242||FAN|
|10||YU-GI-OH! TCG: EPIC DAWN 2 WAR OF THE GIANTS BOOSTERS||FEB138643||KON|
Dollar Market Share – July 2013
Unit Market Share – July 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 dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines 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.
The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.
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