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Diamond Announces Top Products for November 2009

DC Comics Topped November's Sales Charts As Nekron's Scheme to Destroy the DC Universe Is Revealed in Blackest Night #5

Nekron rose from the underworld to command his legion of Black Lanterns as their attack on the DC Universe continued in Blackest Night #5, the latest chapter of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' crossover event, giving DC Comics the bestselling comic book title for November 2009, based upon total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics took the top publisher spot in November, leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 41.93% Unit Market Share and a 37.85% Dollar Share for the month.

Image Comics collected its breakout hit of the summer, Chew, about a man with the unique ability to "see" the past of anything he eats, giving the publisher the bestselling graphic novel in November with Chew Volume 1.

DC Direct had the bestselling Toy product in November with the Cover Girls of the DCU: Black Canary Statue, based on stunning cover artwork from fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes. NECA/WizKids had the bestselling Game product to comics specialty shops with the Marvel HeroClix: Hammer of Thor Booster Packs which relaunched the best-selling HeroClix miniatures game.


TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER UNIT SHARE DOLLAR SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 41.93% 37.85%
DC COMICS 34.78% 31.71%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.99% 5.51%
IMAGE COMICS 3.66% 3.84%
IDW PUBLISHING 2.82% 3.29%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.55% 2.75%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.64% 1.75%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.88% 0.56%
VIZ MEDIA 0.76% 1.59%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 0.55% 0.60%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.43% 10.57%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACKEST NIGHT #5 $3.99 SEP090092-M DC
2 GREEN LANTERN #48 $2.99 SEP090096-M DC
3 CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #4 $3.99 AUG090418-M MAR
4 BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 $2.99 SEP090115-M DC
5 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #39 $3.99 SEP090107 DC
6 ADVENTURE COMICS #4 $3.99 SEP090100-M DC
7 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42 $2.99 SEP090098-M DC
8 NEW AVENGERS #59 $3.99 SEP090448 MAR
9 FLASH REBIRTH #5 $2.99 JUN090180-M DC
10 DARK AVENGERS #11 $3.99 SEP090419 MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 CHEW VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 SEP090288 IMA
2 THE BOYS VOLUME 5: HEROGASM TP (MR) $19.99 SEP090750 DE
3 GREEN LANTERN: AGENT ORANGE HC $19.99 JUL090231 DC
4 BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL HC $19.99 JUL090230 DC
5 INCOGNITO TP (MR) $18.99 SEP090494 MAR
6 DARK AVENGERS VOLUME 1: ASSEMBLE TP $19.99 SEP090526 MAR
7 USAGI YOJIMBO: YOKAI HC $14.95 JUL090054 DAR
8 ASTONISHING X-MEN VOLUME 5: GHOST BOX TP $24.99 SEP090530 MAR
9 DEADPOOL CLASSIC VOLUME 3 TP $29.99 SEP090535 MAR
10 MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 TP $15.99 SEP090541 MAR

 

TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: BLACK CANARY STATUE APR090294 DC
2 BLACKEST NIGHT SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES APR090298 DC
3 HOT TOYS TERMINATOR: SALVATION T-600 1/6-SCALE FIG MAY090272 DC
4 STAR WARS: RALPH MCQUARRIE ACTION FIGURE SETS MAR098174 KEN
5 ZATANNA 1/6-SCALE DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE APR090292 DC
6 BATMAN FAMILY MULTI-PART STATUE PART 2 APR090293 DC
7 RETRO HULK GREEN STATUE JUN091495 BOW
8 METAL GEAR SOLID 4: SNAKE CROUCHING ULTRA-DETAIL FIGURE DEC088094 MED
9 WONDER WOMAN VS. ARES STATUE MAY090274 DC
10 STAR WARS: ULT. QUARTER-SCALE JEDI LUKE SKYWALKER FIGURE FEB094876 DST

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: HAMMER OF THOR BOOSTER PACKS JUL098192 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ZENDIKAR BOOSTER PACKS AUG091778 WIZ
3 YU-GI-OH! TCG: 5DS HIDDEN ARSENAL BOOSTER PACKS AUG098050 KON
4 YU-GI-OH! TCG: 2009 COLLECTIBLE TIN CASE WAVE 2 SEP091600 KON
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: PREMIUM DECK SLIVERS PACKS JUL098332 WIZ
6 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CMG: MONSTER MANUAL SAVAGE ENCOUNTERS PACK SEP091643 WIZ
7 YU-GI-OH! TCG: 5DS STARDUST OVERDRIVE BOOSTER PACKS SEP091601 KON
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHARDS ALARA INTRO PACKS MAY088381 WIZ
9 MARVEL HEROCLIX: HAMMER OF THOR PROMO KIT AUG098006 NEC
10 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: DRACONOMICON METALLIC DRAGONS SEP091644 WIZ

 

Unit Market Shares for November
Unit Market Share– November 2009

 

Dollar Market Shares for November
Dollar Market Share – November 2009

 

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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.