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Diamond Announces Top Products for November 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 12, 2014) — Spider-Men from across the multiverse are brought together to defeat the psychic vampire Morlun who hunts them in Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man #9, the first chapter of Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel's "Spider-Verse" storyline and November 2014's best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

With eight titles in the top ten, Marvel Comics was November's top publisher, leading in both the dollar share (34.88%) and unit share (37.82%) categories. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #36 at #3, and was second in both market share categories with a dollar share of 27.47% and a unit share of 31.64%. Image Comics had a strong November as well, topping ten percent in both dollar share (10.62%) and unit share (11.06%). IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.65% dollar share, and Dark Horse Comics was fifth with a 4.85% dollar share.  Overall, November's comic book and graphic novel sales were up by 5.47% over 2013 and year-to-date sales are up 4.52% but down by 18.40% from October due to four shipping weeks compared to October's five.

The survivors of the zombie apocalypse face new challenges in the aftermath of all-out war in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 22: A New Beginning from Image Comics, November's best-selling graphic novel and one of Image's four titles in the top ten. Also in the top ten were Dark Horse Comics (two titles, led by Serenity: Leaves on the Wind), DC Comics (three titles, led by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson's Teen Titans: Earth One), and Marvel Comics (one title, Deadpool Volume 6: Original Sin).

Scholastic's Minecraft: The Official Mojang Essential Handbook was November's best-selling book. Also in the top ten was Dark Horse Comics with three titles, led by Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #3.

DC Collectibles revisited the world of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm's groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series with a new line of action figures, and the Batman Animated: The New Batman Adventures Batman Action Figure was the month's best-selling toy product. Falling just outside of the top ten was Diamond Select Toys' top product for the month; the Marvel Select: Juggernaut Action Figure ranked #11.

Spanning seventy-five years of history, WizKids/NECA's DC HeroClix: The Flash Booster Brick brought the Scarlet Speedster to the gaming table and was November's top-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.88%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 27.47%
IMAGE COMICS 10.62%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.65%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.85%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.84%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.73%
RANDOM HOUSE 1.20%
VIZ MEDIA 0.97%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.77%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.01%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.64%
IMAGE COMICS 11.06%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.58%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.68%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.54%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.73%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.58%
TITAN 0.56%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.30%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 95 29 0 124
MARVEL COMICS 76 37 0 113
IMAGE COMICS 74 13 0 87
IDW PUBLISHING 46 27 0 73
DARK HORSE COMICS 36 27 0 63
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 41 6 0 47
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 33 10 0 43
VIZ LLC 0 31 0 31
RANDOM HOUSE 4 24 0 28
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 7 7
OTHER NON-TOP 10 94 97 25 216

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
NOVEMBER 2014 VS. OCTOBER 2014
COMICS -22.73% -22.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.49% -3.21%
TOTAL -18.40% -20.73%
NOVEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2013
COMICS 5.47% 5.84%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 14.44% 21.00%
TOTAL 8.36% 7.03%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS 3.80% -0.11%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.16% 6.52%
TOTAL 4.52% 0.39%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $4.99 SEP140823-M MAR
2 ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99 SEP140810-M MAR
3 BATMAN #36 $3.99 SEP140247-M DC
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 SEP140828-M MAR
5 SPIDER-WOMAN #1 $3.99 SEP140833-M MAR
6 THOR #2 $3.99 SEP140857-M MAR
7 SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 $3.99 SEP140798-M MAR
8 AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #4 $3.99 SEP140771-M MAR
9 AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #5 $3.99 SEP140774-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #36 $3.99 SEP140185-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 22: A NEW BEGINNING TP (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
2 TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC $22.99 JUL140221 DC
3 SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 1 HC $49.99 SEP140591 IMA
4 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 1: THE FAUST ACT TP (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 SERENITY: LEAVES ON WIND HC $19.99 JUL140058 DAR
7 AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 9: RIFT PART 3 TP $10.99 JUL140112 DAR
8 BATMAN ETERNAL VOLUME 1 TP (N52) $39.99 SEP140302 DC
9 THE WAKE HC (MR) $24.99 JUL140281 DC
10 DEADPOOL VOLUME 6: ORIGINAL SIN TP $17.99 SEP140932 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG ESSENTIAL HANDBOOK HC $7.99 FEB142549 SCH
2 MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG REDSTONE HANDBOOK HC $7.99 FEB142550 SCH
3 DOCTOR WHO: THE OFFICIAL ANNUAL 2015 $12.99 JAN148356 PEN
4 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
5 DRAWING BEAUTIFUL WOMEN: THE FRANK CHO METHOD SC (MR) $19.95 AUG141888 PUB
6 THE ART OF DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION HC $39.99 JUN140054 DAR
7 THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO GRADING COMICS SC $24.95 SEP141457 GEM
8 THE ART OF ROBERT E. MCGINNIS HC $34.95 SEP141849 RAN
9 POPULAR SKULLTURE: SKULL MOTIFS HC $19.99 JUL140131 DAR
10 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE JOKER HC $24.95 JUL141650 PUB

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ANIMATED: THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES BATMAN FIGURE JUN140313 DC
2 DC COMICS: GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: CATWOMAN STATUE MAY140419 DC
3 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES CATWOMAN FIG JUN140316 DC
4 DC COMICS: STARFIRE BISHOUJO STATUE APR142091 KOT
5 VOLTRON 30TH-ANNIVERSARY LION GIFT SET JAN141950 TOY
6 THE WALKING DEAD: RICK GRIMES RESIN STATUE AUG140714 TMP
7 BATMAN 75TH-ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK SET 1 MAY140418 DC
8 THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: CALL TO ARMS STATUE "YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION" JUL140300 DC
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: POISON IVY STATUE JUN140323 DC
10 MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THOR ARTFX+ STATUE MAY142513 KOT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH BOOSTER BRICK AUG142838 NEC
2 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
3 DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH FOIL BOOSTERS AUG142839 NEC
4 ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 2: BMO VS. LADY RAINICORN APR148198 CRY
5 FIREFLY: YAHTZEE COLLECTORS EDITION JUL142616 USA
6 DC HEROCLIX: THE FLASH: ROGUES FAST FORCES 6-PACK AUG142840 NEC
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KHANS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS AUG142826 WZK
8 GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDS JAN120128 DAR
9 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN JUN142654 NEC
10 D&D ICONS OF THE REALMS: TIAMAT PREMIUM FIGURE SEP142618 NEC

 

Dollar Market Shares for November 2014

Dollar Market Share – November 2014

Unit Market Shares for November 2014

Unit Market Share– November 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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