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DC Comics Conquered October's Sales Chart With the Black Lanterns and Their Universal Depredations With Blackest Night #4

The Black Lanterns continued their march across the universe and their leader arose in Blackest Night #4, the latest issue of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' cosmic crossover event for DC Comics, giving the New York City-based publisher the bestselling comic book title for October 2009, based upon total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics took the top publisher spot in October, leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 40.12% Unit Market Share and a 36.50% Dollar Share for the month.

The post-apocalyptic adventures of Wolverine from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven provided Marvel Comics with the bestselling graphic novel for October with the Wolverine: Old Man Logan hardcover, collecting the best-selling storyline from Wolverine #66-#72 and the Wolverine Giant-Size: Old Man Logan special.

DC Direct had the bestselling Toy product in October with the Blackest Night Series 1 Action Figures, featuring characters from the best-selling comic book event such as the Blue Lantern Saint Walker and the Black Lantern Earth-2 Superman. Wizard of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering TCG: Zendikar Booster Packs, the latest expansion for their popular trading card game, was the bestselling Game product to comic book specialty shops for the second month in a row.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER UNIT SHARE DOLLAR SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.12% 36.50%
DC COMICS 37.69% 33.82%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.14% 4.90%
IMAGE COMICS 3.93% 3.73%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.15% 4.22%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.72% 1.77%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.44% 1.48%
AVATAR PRESS 0.92% 1.31%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.90% 0.58%
VIZ MEDIA 0.79% 1.72%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.19% 9.97%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACKEST NIGHT #4 $3.99 AUG090086-M DC
2 BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 $2.99 AUG090106-M DC
3 GREEN LANTERN #47 $2.99 AUG090095-M DC
4 BLACKEST NIGHT: BATMAN #3 $2.99 AUG090091-M DC
5 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 $2.99 AUG090097-M DC
6 BLACKEST NIGHT: SUPERMAN #3 $2.99 AUG090089-M DC
7 NEW AVENGERS #58 $3.99 AUG090495 MAR
8 DARK AVENGERS #10 $3.99 AUG090460 MAR
9 UNCANNY X-MEN #516 $2.99 AUG090513 MAR
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #608 $2.99 AUG090442-M MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN HC $34.99 AUG090551-M MAR
2 JACK OF FABLES VOLUME 6: THE BIG BOOK OF WAR TP (MR) $14.99 JUL090281 DC
3 NARUTO VOLUME 46 TP $9.99 JUL091111 VIZ
4 FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS HC $19.99 JUN090206 DC
5 NOIR VOLUME 1 TP $12.95 MAY090058 DAR
6 B.P.R.D. VOLUME 11: THE BLACK GODDESS TP $17.95 JUL090019 DAR
7 SCALPED VOLUME 5: HIGH LONESOME TP (MR) $14.99 JUL090293 DC
8 DAREDEVIL: RETURN OF THE KING TP $17.99 AUG090574 MAR
9 ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK PREMIERE HC $24.99 AUG090560 MAR
10 SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS HC (MR) $24.99 JUN090267 DC

 

TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACKEST NIGHT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES FEB090286 DC
2 WONDER WOMAN 1/6-SCALE FIGURE FEB090295 DC
3 RED HULK STATUE MAY091513 BOW
4 HULKBUSTER IRON MAN STATUE APR091428 BOW
5 WORLD OF WARCRAFT ILLIDAN DELUXE ACTION FIGURE MAR090279 DC
6 BATMAN FAMILY MULTI-PART STATUE PART 1 MAR090251 DC
7 STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN PHASER AUG084934 DST
8 BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE -- ED MCGUINNESS APR090306 DC
9 JLA: IDENTITY CRISIS CLASSICS SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES MAR090257 DC
10 AME-COMI BATGIRL VERSION 2 VINYL FIGURE MAR090255 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ZENDIKAR BOOSTER PACKS AUG091778 WIZ
2 YU-GI-OH TCG: ANCIENT PROPHECY SPECIAL EDITION BOXES AUG091719 KON
3 TRANSPARENT POLY 7-PIECE DICE TUBES JUL091700 KOP
4 TRANSPARENT POLY 10-PIECE DICE TUBES JUL091701 KOP
5 STAR WARS CMG: GALAXY AT WAR BOOSTERS AUG091781 WIZ
6 WARHAMMER 40K: ROGUE TRADER RPG CORE RULEBOOK JUL091691 FAN
7 YU-GI-OH TCG: WARRIORS STRIKE STRUCTURE DECKS AUG091720 KON
8 MOUSE GUARD RPG HC APR098450 ARC
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ZENDIKAR INTRO DECKS AUG091780 WIZ
10 BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS TRAPS MAY098136 SPI

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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.