(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 6, 2013) — With the Avengers off-planet, Thanos plots his conquest of Earth and only the Inhumans can counter him in Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung's Infinity #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in August 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 the month's top publisher in both retailer dollar and unit share, taking 33.70% and 36.30% of the market respectively. DC Entertainment placed second in both categories, 30.16% and 33.14% respectively.
Though sales showed a decline in August, a four shipping week month, when compared to sales in July 2013 and August 2012, both five shipping week months, comics sales for the year are a robust 9.82% above 2012's sales.
Rick Grimes wakes from a coma and discovers a world in the grip of the zombie apocalypse in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in August and the first volume of the best-selling series that inspired the AMC television series.
McFarlane Toys continues their line of action figures based on Robert Kirkman's best-selling comic The Walking Dead with The Walking Dead Series 2 Action Figures, a series of four figures, including The Governor's Daughter Zombie and Michonne's Pet Zombie, that was August' best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers.
More mutants join the HeroClix campaign with NECA/WizKids's Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men Booster Brick, August's best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers.
PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL SHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||29||15||0||44|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||0||0||6||6|
|AVATAR PRESS INC||7||4||0||11|
|ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC||11||3||0||14|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||66||100||27||193|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|AUGUST 2013 VS. JULY 2013|
|AUGUST 2013 VS. AUGUST 2012|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|2||SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3||$3.99||JUN130176||DC|
|4||JUSTICE LEAGUE #23||$3.99||JUN130154||DC|
|5||JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA#7||$3.99||JUN130146||DC|
|6||BATMAN SUPERMAN #3||$3.99||JUN130193||DC|
|7||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #15||$3.99||JUN130606||MAR|
|8||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #16||$3.99||JUN130607||MAR|
|10||ALL-NEW X-MEN #15||$3.99||JUN130641||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP||$14.99||NOV128157||IMA|
|2||CHEW VOLUME 7: BAD APPLES TP||$12.99||JUN130436||IMA|
|3||ROCKET RACCOON: TALES FROM THE HALF WORLD TP||$7.99||JUN130618||MAR|
|4||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|5||SAGA VOLUME 2 TP||$14.99||APR130443||IMA|
|6||MY LITTLE PONY DIGEST VOLUME 1 TP||$6.99||MAY130361||IDW|
|7||DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SOUL HUNTER TP||$15.99||MAY130727||MAR|
|8||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 2: TROUBLED MIND TP||$17.99||MAY130724||MAR|
|9||THE FLASH VOLUME 1: MOVE FORWARD TP||$16.99||MAY130224||DC|
|10||B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH VOLUME 6: RETURN OF THE MASTER TP||$19.99||APR130044||DAR|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD COMIC SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES||APR130580||TMP|
|2||BATMAN:ARKHAMCITY: SOLOMON GRUNDY DELUXE ACTION FIGURES||MAY130274||DC|
|3||BATMAN: HUSH: THE JOKER/HARLEY QUINN/STEALTH BATMAN ACTION FIGURE 3-PACK||MAY130272||DC|
|4||MAN OF STEEL PLAY ARTS KAI: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE||MAR138138||SQU|
|5||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM UNBOUND FINE ART STATUE||DEC121703||KOT|
|6||DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE||JAN131762||KOT|
|7||MAN OF STEEL PLAY ARTS KAI: GENERAL ZOD FIGURE||MAR138137||SQU|
|8||BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: THE JOKER WITH SCARFACE ACTION FIGURE PACK||OCT128236||DC|
|9||INJUSTICE: NIGHTWING VS. SUPERMAN FIGURE 2-PACK||APR130269||DC|
|10||BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE||OCT128235||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN BOOSTER BRICK||JUN132403||NEC|
|2||BIOSHOCK INFINITE HEROCLIX||MAR132258||NEC|
|3||MARVEL HEROCLIX: FEAR ITSELF: THE MIGHTY SCENARIO||FEB138561||NEC|
|4||KICK-ASS 2 HEROCLIX||APR138309||NEC|
|5||PATHFINDER BATTLES: SKULL & SHACKLES BOOSTER BRICK||MAY132337||NEC|
|6||STAR TREK: ATTACK WING STARTER SET||MAY132339||NEC|
|7||BIOSHOCK INFINITE HEROCLIX STARTER SET||MAR132259||NEC|
|9||THE LONE RANGER HEROCLIX||APR132233||NEC|
|10||YU-GI-OH! TCG: JUDGMENT OF THE LIGHT BOOSTER||APR138126||KON|
|Dollar Market Share – August 2013|
|Unit Market Share– August 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, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.
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