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Marvel Comics’ Ultimatum #1 was the best-selling comic book title based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops for November 2008, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

The new five-issue limited series features Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Ultimates, the Hulk and more in the defining moment of truth for Marvel’s “Ultimate” Universe. Brought to you by award-winning scribe Jeph Loeb and superstar artist David Finch, the book spells the end of the Ultimate universe... or it may mean a new beginning.

Marvel Comics also nabbed the top publisher spot in November, leading both Retail Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 42.90% Unit Market Share, and a 36.96% Retail Dollar Market Share.

The top-selling graphic novel for November was DC Comics’ Fables TP Volume 11: War & Pieces, collecting issues #70-75 of the Eisner award-winning series from creator Bill Willingham. Kotobukiya’s Iron Man Movie Fine Art Statue netted the number one Toy product and WizKids’ DC HeroClix: Arkham Asylum Booster Pack was the best-selling Game product to comic book specialty shops.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

 

RETAIL SHARE

QUANTITY SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

36.96%

42.90%

DC COMICS

34.21%

34.52%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.86%

4.84%

IMAGE COMICS

4.35%

3.80%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.96%

2.83%

OTHERS

15.65%

11.11%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

Quantity Rank

Description

Price

Item Code

Vendor

1

ULTIMATUM #1 (Of 5)

$3.99

SEP082306-8

Marvel Comics

2

BATMAN #681 RIP

$3.99

AUG080132-3

DC Comics

3

HULK #8

$2.99

SEP082340-1

Marvel Comics

4

WOLVERINE #69

$2.99

SEP082335

Marvel Comics

5

UNCANNY X-MEN #504 MD

$2.99

SEP082388

Marvel Comics

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #577

$3.99

SEP082315-6

Marvel Comics

7

CAPTAIN AMERICA #44

$2.99

SEP082327-8

Marvel Comics

8

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #19

$2.99

AUG080025

Dark Horse Comics

9

JSAKINGDOM COME SPECIAL SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

SEP080162-3

DC Comics

10

JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #20*

$2.99

AUG080169-70

DC Comics

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

Quantity Rank

Description

Price

Item Code

Vendor

1

FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR & PIECES (MR

$17.99

AUG080229

DC Comics

2

MICHAEL TURNER TRIBUTE GN

$8.99

SEP083746

Aspen MLT

3

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SEASON 8 TP VOL 03:

WOLVES AT THE GATE

$15.95

JUL080042

Dark Horse Comics

4

HEROES HC VOL 02

$29.99

JUL080198/

AUG088062

DC Comics

5

WATCHMEN HC

$39.99

JUL080172

DC Comics

6

JLA AVENGERS TP

$19.99

AUG080178

DC/Marvel

7

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

FEB058406/

JUL088045

DC Comics

8

JOKER HC

$19.99

JUL080124

DC Comics

9

NARUTO TP VOL 32

$7.95

AUG084366

Viz Media

10

FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 21 (Of 23)

$9.99

AUG084307

TOKYOPOP

 

TOP 10 TOYS

Retail Rank

Description

Price

Code

Vendor

1

IRON MAN MOVIE FINE ART STATUE

$174.99

MAY084835

Kotobukiya

2

JLA BUILD A SCENE STATUE PART 2

$150.00

FEB080318

DC Direct

3

DARK KNIGHT BATMAN VINYL STATUE BY KOTOBUKIYA

$125.00

MAY080291

DC Direct

4

SUPERMAN BATMAN SER 6 BALANCED MASTER CASE

$100.00

APR080311

DC Direct

5

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE JIM APARO

$75.00

APR080304

DC Direct

6

INCREDIBLE HULK MOVIE FINE ART STATUE

$175.00

JUL084966

Kotobukiya

7

GREEN LANTERN ACTION FIGURE BOX SET

$30.00

MAY080292

DC Direct

8

STAR WARS PX ECLIPTIC EVADER TIE FIGHTER

$59.99

JAN088284

Kenner/Hasbro

9

DARK KNIGHT JOKER STATUE

$150.00

APR080297

DC Direct

10

DARK KNIGHT JOKER 1/6 SCALE COLL FIGURE

$89.99

APR080295

DC Direct

 

TOP 10 GAMES

Retail Rank

Description

Price

Code

Vendor

1

DC HEROCLIX ARKHAM ASYLUM BOOSTER PACK

$6.29

AUG085406

WizKids

2

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CMG BOOSTER PACK

$8.99

MAY085149

Upper Deck Company

3

HALO INTERACTIVE STRATEGY GAME

$49.99

SEP085157

WAX

4

YU GI OH TCG 5DS CROSSROADS CHAOS BOOSTER DIS

$56.16

SEP085217

Upper Deck Company

5

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CMG STARTER SET

$14.99

MAY085147

Upper Deck

6

POKEMON TCG D&P STORMFRONT BOOSTER DIS

$136.44

JUL088197

Pokemon USA

7

D&D MINATURES DEMONWEB BOOSTER PACK

$14.99

SEP085228

Wizards of the Coast

8

STAR WARS CMG CLONE WARS BOOSTER PACK

$14.99

SEP085242

Wizards of the Coast

9

WOW TCG DRUMS WAR BOOSTER PACK DIS

$57.46

SEP085216

Upper Deck Company

10

YU GI OH TCG FALL 2008 COLL TIN CASE (Net)

$154.80

SEP085218

Upper Deck Company

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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 4,000+ accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants and other specialty stores.  

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders 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.