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Diamond Announces Top Products for September 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (October 3, 2014) — Hunted by his enemies, his healing factor gone, Wolverine faces his final reckoning in Charles Soule and Steve McNiven's Death of Wolverine #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of September 2014 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 36.58% dollar market share and a 40.76% unit market share. Marvel Comics was second with a 32.04% dollar share and 34.11% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 7.49% dollar share and an 8.24% unit share. IDW Publishing's dollar share in September was fourth at 4.52% and Dark Horse Comics was fifth at 4.11%.

Marvel Comics had four titles among September's top ten best-selling comics, including Death of Wolverine #2 at #2. DC Entertainment placed six titles in the top ten, driven by DC Comics' Futures End month-long event featuring lenticular covers and led by Batman: Futures End #1 at #3.

DC Entertainment's Batman: Death of the Family Book & The Joker Mask Boxed Set, a special edition of the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo storyline that comes with a Joker mask, was September's best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher's three titles in the top ten. Also in the top ten were Marvel Comics with two titles, led by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli's Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: Angela at #4, and Image Comics with four titles, led by Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 10 hardcover at #5.

Released to coincide with the debut of the new season of Doctor Who, Running Press' Doctor Who: K-9 Light & Sound Figurine and Book Set was September's best-selling book. Also among the top ten was Dark Horse Comics' Legend of Korra: Art of the Animated Series Book 2: Spirits at #4.

Based on the best-selling video game, the Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn/Batman/Nightwing/Robin Action Figure 4-Pack from DC Collectibles was the best-selling toy product in September and one of the manufacturer's five products among the top ten. Diamond Select Toys also placed in the top ten with the Marvel Select: Zombie Magneto Action Figure at #8.

Hasbro's perennial best-seller Risk Legacy, a multi-game revision of the venerable board game, returned to the top of the sales charts in September as the month's best-selling game.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 36.58%
MARVEL COMICS 32.04%
IMAGE COMICS 7.49%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.52%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.11%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.34%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.18%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.29%
RANDOM HOUSE 1.15%
VIZ MEDIA 0.96%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.34%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 40.76%
MARVEL COMICS 34.11%
IMAGE COMICS 8.24%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.30%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.24%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.31%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.28%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.71%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.66%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.63%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.77%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC ENTERTAINMENT 124 27 0 151
MARVEL COMICS 80 26 1 107
IMAGE COMICS 57 12 0 69
DARK HORSE COMICS 36 21 0 57
IDW PUBLISHING 35 18 0 53
BOOM! STUDIOS 30 7 0 37
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 34 0 0 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 24 0 24
RANDOM HOUSE 3 20 0 23
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 12 12
OTHER NON-TOP 10 85 110 21 216

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. AUGUST 2014
COMICS 28.33% 23.90%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.12% -1.67%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 23.40% 21.86%
SEPTEMBER 2014 VS. SEPTEMBER 2013
COMICS 4.58% -0.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.49% -1.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 5.64% -0.22%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS 2.69% -2.04%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.33% 4.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 3.19% -1.51%
THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2014
COMICS 13.59% 13.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.75% 0.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.50% 12.51%
THIRD QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013
COMICS 10.30% 6.15%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 7.04% 4.17%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.33% 6.01%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 JUN140590-M MAR
2 DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2 $4.99 JUN140601-M MAR
3 BATMAN: FUTURES END #1 $3.99 MAY140318 DC
4 HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1 $3.99 MAY140334 DC
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 JUL140633 MAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1 $3.99 MAY140278 DC
7 ORIGINAL SIN #8 $4.99 JUN140609-M MAR
8 DETECTIVE COMICS: FUTURES END #1 $3.99 MAY140320 DC
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE #33 $3.99 MAY140177-M DC
10 BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1 $3.99 MAY140316 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK & THE JOKER MASK BOXED SET $39.99 MAY140361 DC
2 FOREVER EVIL HC (N52) $24.99 MAY140364 DC
3 YU-GI-OH! 5DS VOLUME 6 GN $9.99 JUL141515 VIZ
4 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2: ANGELA TP $19.99 JUL140730 MAR
5 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 10 HC (MR) $34.99 JUL140520 IMA
6 HARLEY QUINN: VENGEANCE UNLIMITED TP $19.99 JUN140280 DC
7 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
8 KICK-ASS 3 PREMIERE HC (MR) $29.99 MAY140918 MAR
9 FATALE VOLUME 5: CURSE THE DEMON TP (MR) $14.99 JUL140483 IMA
10 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOCTOR WHO: K-9 LIGHT & SOUND FIGURINE & BOOK KIT $12.95 JUL141658 RUN
2 ATTACK ON TITAN GUIDEBOOK: INSIDE & OUTSIDE $24.99 JUL141306 RAN
3 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE YEARBOOK 2014 $12.95 JUL141269-M GEM
4 LEGEND OF KORRA: ART OF THE ANIMATED SERIES BOOK 2: SPIRITS HC $34.99 MAY140059 DAR
5 G.I. JOE: COBRA HISS TANK WITH BOOK KIT $12.95 JUL141643 RUN
6 ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL NOVEL $10.95 JUL141473 RAN
7 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 87 $14.95 JUL141692 SAN
8 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 44 SC $29.95 APR141239-M GEM
9 LOSE VOLUME 6 SC $8.00 JUL141315 KOY
10 HATSUNE MIKU GRAPHICS VOCALOID SC VOLUME 2 SC $39.99 JUL141469 UDO

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: HARLEY QUINN/BATMAN/NIGHTWING/ROBIN ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK APR140323 DC
2 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE APR140313 DC
3 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE APR140314 DC
4 INFINITE CRISIS: PAJAMA PARTY HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE MAR140306 DC
5 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: DEATHSTROKE FIGURE FEB148007 SQU
6 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: TEEN TITANS RED ROBIN ACTION FIGURE APR140316 DC
7 MARVEL COMICS AVENGERS NOW: CAPTAIN AMERICA ARTFX+ STATUE JAN142026 KOT
8 MARVEL SELECT: ZOMBIE MAGNETO ACTION FIGURE APR141986 DST
9 DANGER ROOM SESSIONS: JUGGERNAUT FINE ART STATUE FEB142240 KOT
10 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN FIGURE FEB148006 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
2 MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY COMIC BOOSTER BRICK JUN142657 NEC
3 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
4 ADVENTURE TIME: CARD WARS PACK 3: PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM VS THE LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS JUN142617 CRY
5 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. THE X-MEN NOV132536 NEC
6 RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA
7 THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME JUL112137 CRY
8 MY LITTLE PONY LIFE JUN142645 USA
9 DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT BOOSTER BRICK WAVE 2 MAY142842 NEC
10 YU-GI-OH! TCG 2014 MEGA-TIN MAR148274 KON

 

Dollar Market Shares for September 2014

Dollar Market Share – September 2014

Unit Market Shares for September 2014

Unit Market Share – September 2014

 

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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