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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 8, 2014) — Guardians of the Galaxy's breakout character stars in a new solo series by Skottie Young in Marvel Comics' Rocket Raccoon #1, the best-selling comic book of July 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had six titles place among July's top ten best-selling comics, including Spider-Man 2099 #1 at #5 and The Legendary Star-Lord #1 at #9. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #33 at #2.

Marvel Comics was July's top publisher with a 35.09% dollar market share and a 38.39% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 28.18% dollar share and 31.32% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 9.25% dollar share and a 9.82% unit share. IDW Publishing's dollar share in July was fourth at 5.21% and Dark Horse Comics was fifth at 5.02%.

Survivor factions battle it out for supremacy in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out War Part 2 from Image Comics, July's best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher's five titles in the top ten. Also of note, Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 8 at #2 and followed by Star Wars: The Lucas Draft, the adaptation of George Lucas' first draft of his science-fiction classic, at #8.

The definitive guide to comic book prices, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 44, was July's best-selling book; the softcover edition was the month's top book, followed by its hardcover edition at #2. Notably, Dark Horse Comics had the #4 book, The Sakai Project: 30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo, and the #9 book, Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City. Also in the top ten was IDW Publishing with two books: the Mike Mignola's Hellboy Artist's Edition ranked #6 and Jim Steranko's Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD Artist's Edition ranked #7.

Based on the CGI designs used in the best-selling Batman: Arkham Asylum video game series, DC Collectibles' Arkham Asylum: The Joker/Harley Quinn/Batman/The Scarecrow Action Figure 4-Pack was July's best-selling toy product and one of their five products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select: Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The Falcon Action Figure at #2.

Based on the new film, the Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy Expansion Booster Packs from NECA/WizKids were July's best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 35.09%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.18%
IMAGE COMICS 9.25%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.21%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.02%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.18%
ARCHIE COMICS 2.04%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.76%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.05%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 1.05%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.18%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.39%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.32%
IMAGE COMICS 9.82%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.11%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.80%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.16%
ARCHIE COMICS 1.88%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.78%
TITAN 1.03%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.89%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.81%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 93 36 0 129
DC ENTERTAINMENT 97 31 0 128
IMAGE COMICS 66 17 0 83
IDW PUBLISHING 48 31 0 79
DARK HORSE COMICS 39 29 0 68
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 40 4 0 44
BOOM! STUDIOS 29 4 0 33
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 14 4 0 18
ARCHIE COMICS 15 5 0 20
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 10 10
OTHER NON-TOP 10 89 151 39 279

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JULY 2014 VS. JUNE 2014
COMICS 32.22% 29.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 21.04% 24.64%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 28.66% 28.88%
JULY 2014 VS. JULY 2013
COMICS 19.23% 14.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.84% 4.59%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 14.52% 13.87%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS 1.76% -3.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.25% 5.27%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.22% -2.51%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ROCKET RACCOON #1 $3.99 MAY140797-M MAR
2 BATMAN #33 $4.99 MAY140230-M DC
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 MAY140762-M MAR
4 ORIGINAL SIN #5 $3.99 MAY140764-M MAR
5 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 $3.99 MAY140807-M MAR
6 ORIGINAL SIN #6 $3.99 MAY140768-M MAR
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 $3.99 MAY140173-M DC
8 GRAYSON #1 $2.99 MAY140156-M DC
9 THE LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #1 $3.99 MAY140804-M MAR
10 HARLEY QUINN #8 $2.99 MAY140245-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 21: ALL-OUT WAR PART 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
2 AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 8: RIFT PART 2 TP $10.99 MAR140061 DAR
3 DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 1: REAGAN YOUTH TP (MR) $9.99 MAY140626 IMA
4 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
5 BRYAN LEE O'MALLEY: SECONDS GN $25.00 APR140949 RAN
6 DEADPOOL VOLUME 5: THE WEDDING OF DEADPOOL TP $15.99 APR140772 MAR
7 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
8 STAR WARS: THE LUCAS DRAFT TP $19.99 MAR140021 DAR
9 BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS TP $16.99 DEC120323 DC
10 LAZARUS VOLUME 2: LIFT TP (MR) $14.99 FEB140527 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 44 SC $29.95 APR141239-M GEM
2 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 44 HC $35.00 APR141240-M GEM
3 STAR WARS: GOODNIGHT, DARTH VADER HC $14.95 MAY141838 CHR
4 THE SAKAI PROJECT: 30 YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO HC $29.99 MAR140071 DAR
5 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN HC $14.95 APR141583 RAN
6 MIKE MIGNOLA'S HELLBOY ARTIST'S EDITION $95.00 MAR140463 IDW
7 STERANKO'S NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD ARTIST'S EDITION $112.50 FEB140330 IDW
8 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AN ORIGIN STORY YR HC $12.99 APR141554 HAC
9 FRANK MILLER: THE ART OF SIN CITY TP $25.00 FEB140012 DAR
10 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL ANNUAL VOLUME 1 SC $14.95 MAY141833 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ARKHAM ASYLUM: THE JOKER/HARLEY QUINN/BATMAN/THE SCARECROW ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK MAR140312 DC
2 MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: THE FALCON ACTION FIGURE DEC131823 DST
3 POWER RANGERS LEGACY DRAGONZORD FEB142135 BAN
4 DC COMICS: BATGIRL "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE DEC131932 KOT
5 DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: ARMORED LEX LUTHOR DELUXE FIGURE JAN140403 DC
6 MARVEL: SPIDER-WOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE DEC131933 KOT
7 DC COMICS: NEW 52 POWERGIRL & HUNTRESS ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK FEB140305 DC
8 DC COMICS: NEW 52 EARTH-2 WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE JAN140396 DC
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURLES MINI-FIGURES SERIES 1 MAY142311 BEA
10 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POISON IVY STATUE JAN140397 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BOOSTER PACKS APR142394 NEC
2 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 CORE SET BOOSTER PACKS JUN142649 WIZ
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY STARTER SET APR142396 NEC
5 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
6 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 CORE SET FAT PACK JUN142651 WIZ
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE STRATEGY GAME MAY142845 NEC
8 DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT BOOSTER BRICK WAVE 1 MAR142424 NEC
9 MARVEL LEGENDARY: VILLAINS DECK BUILDING GAME CORE SET MAY142841 WIZ
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY MONOPOLY APR142387 USA

 

Dollar Market Shares for July 2014

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Unit Market Shares for July 2014

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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 includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart 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, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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