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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (October 4, 2013) —The Crime Syndicate has invaded Earth and the villains have taken charge in Forever Evil #1 from Geoff Johns and David Finch, the debut issue of the autumn crossover event from DC Entertainment and the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in September 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 September's top publisher, with a 40.39% dollar share and 45.17% unit share for the month. Marvel placed second for the month with 5 out of the top 10 comic titles, led by Infinity #2 & #3 and Mighty Avengers #1.

Comic Book Specialty Market sales in September increased sharply over August. Driven by DC Entertainment's "Villains Month," comic sales were up nearly 32% over the previous month, and graphic novels climbed by nearly 12%. Year-to-date comics sales are up by 12.5% over 2012.

Summarizing the top products from the below charts: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the near-future American West in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's East of West Volume 1: The Promise, the first collected edition of the best-selling series from Image Comics and the best-selling graphic novel for September.

Jeffrey Brown, the indie comics sensation behind the best-selling Darth Vader & Son, returns to a galaxy far, far away with new characters and new hijinks for young readers in Chronicle Books' Star Wars: Jedi Academy, the month's best-selling book in the comic book specialty market.

Based on a design by Stanley"Artgerm" Lau, Barbara Gordon is suited up for action in DC Collectibles' DC Comics Cover Girls: Batgirl Statue, September's best-selling toy product to direct market retailers.

The classic play style of Risk expands through successive games in Hasbro's Risk Legacy, the best-selling game product to the direct market for the month.  

Also noteworthy: Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin TP debuted at number three on the Graphic Novel & Trade Paperbacks list, while The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia HC continued its 10-month run in the Top 10 Books List. In addition, IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 2 TP also debuted on the top GN/TP list.  

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 40.39%
MARVEL COMICS 28.49%
IMAGE COMICS 6.87%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.89%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.76%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.27%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.83%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.95%
AVATAR PRESS 0.88%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.87%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 3.31%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 45.17%
MARVEL COMICS 29.83%
IMAGE COMICS 7.00%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.12%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.04%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.19%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.65%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.91%
AVATAR PRESS 0.72%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.66%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 3.72%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC ENTERTAINMENT 129 22 0 151
MARVEL COMICS 67 32 0 99
IMAGE COMICS 39 15 0 54
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 19 0 46
IDW PUBLISHING 32 12 0 44
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 31 5 0 36
BOOM! STUDIOS 19 6 0 25
AVATAR PRESS 8 2 1 11
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 7 2 0 9
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 4 4
OTHER PUBLISHERS 85 140 33 258

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
SEPTEMBER 2013 VS. AUGUT 2013
COMICS 31.66% 29.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 11.93% 9.89%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 25.69% 27.79%
SEPTEMBER 2013 VS. SEPTEMBER 2012
COMICS 33.90% 26.97%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.76% -2.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 23.40% 24.47%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS 12.50% 9.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.03% 3.67%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 10.43% 9.09%
THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013
COMICS 7.00% 5.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -1.79% -2.05%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.21% 4.98%
THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2012
COMICS 11.12% 8.27%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.30% -4.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.64% 7.16%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 FOREVER EVIL #1 $3.99 JUL130149-M DC
2 INFINITY #2 $3.99 JUL130565-M MAR
3 INFINITY #3 $3.99 JUL130570-M MAR
4 X-MEN:BATTLEOF ATOM #1 $3.99 JUL130658-M MAR
5 BATMAN #23.1: THE JOKER $3.99 JUL130185 DC
6 BATMAN #23.2: THE RIDDLER $3.99 JUL130186 DC
7 MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 $3.99 JUL130582-M MAR
8 BATMAN #23.4: BANE $3.99 JUL130188 DC
9 AVENGERS #19 $3.99 JUL130578-M MAR
10 BATMAN #23.3: THE PENGUIN $3.99 JUL130187 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 EAST OF WEST VOLUME 1: THE PROMISE TP $9.99 JUN130466 IMA
2 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 3: THE THRONE OF ATLANTIS HC $24.99 MAY130218 DC
3 STAR WARS VOLUME 1: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN TP $19.99 MAY130061 DAR
4 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 9 HC (MR) $34.99 JUL130491 IMA
5 THE WALKING DEAD 100 PROJECT TP (MR) $12.99 JUL130500 IMA
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 2: THE VILLAINS' JOURNEY TP $16.99 JUN130261 DC
7 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
8 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
9 MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC VOLUME 2 TP $17.99 JUL130301 IDW
10 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 1 HC $34.99 APR130716-M MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY HC $12.99 JUN131516 SCH
2 NEIL GAIMAN: FORTUNATELY THE MILK HC $14.99 JUL131502 HAR
3 DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN: ATTACK OF THE CHEETAH SC $4.95 JUN131469 CAP
4 DOCTOR WHO: CYBERMAN BUST & BOOK KIT $9.95 JUL131466 RUN
5 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
6 DC SUPER HEROES BATMAN: TWO-FACE'SDOUBLE TAKESC $4.95 JUL131459 CAP
7 DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN: MONSTER MAGIC $4.95 JUN131470 CAP
8 FRANK FRAZETTA: ART AND REMEMBRANCES HC $49.99 MAY131406 HER
9 DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN: CREATURE OF CHAOS $4.95 JUN131468 CAP
10 MARVEL CHRONICLE: A YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY HC $50.00 JUL131453 DK

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: BATGIRL STATUE APR130281 DC
2 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: WONDER WOMAN FIGURE MAR138269 SQU
3 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN FIGURE MAR138267 SQU
4 MARVEL SELECT: THE WOLVERINE MOVIE FIGURE APR131745 DST
5 DOCTOR WHO TITANS SERIES 2 MINI-FIGURES APR131875 TTN
6 DC THE NEW 52: TRINITY WAR ACTION FIGURE BOX SET MAY130271 DC
7 BATMAN: HUSH: SCARECROW/NIGHTWING/POISON IVY ACTION FIGURE 3-PACK MAY130286 DC
8 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: GREEN LANTERN FIGURE MAR138268 SQU
9 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: SUPERGIRL STATUE MAR130317 DC
10 MARVEL UNIVERSE ACTION FIGURES MAY131824 HAS

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
2 DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN '66 CLASSIC TV SERIES EXPANSION JUN138233 NEC
3 DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN '66 CLASSIC TV SERIES BATMOBILE JUN138232 NEC
4 MY LITTLE PONY MONOPOLY MAY132328 USA
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE & X-MEN BOOSTER BRICK JUN132403 NEC
6 THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME JUL112137 CRY
7 YU-GI-OH! TCG 2013 WAVE 1 COLLECTIBLE TINS MAY138246 KON
8 THE WALKING DEAD COMIC BOARD GAME JUL112185 ALL
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING CCG DUEL DECKS: HEROES VS. MONSTERS JUN138373 ALL
10 PATHFINDER ADVENTURE CARD GAME: RISE OF THE RUNELORDS BASE SET JUN132383 PAI

 

Dollar Market Shares for September 2013

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Unit Market Shares for September 2013

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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 in North 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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