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Diamond Announces Top Products for January 2010

Norman Osborn's Overreach Brings Marvel's Fractious Heroes Together to Defeat Him, Sending Marvel Comics to the Top of January's Sales Chart with Siege #1

Norman Osborn's plans to establish his stranglehold on the Marvel Universe reached a fruition as he launched his long-planned attack on Asgard itself and the heroes of the Marvel Universe united against him in its defense in Siege #1, the first part of the four-issue mini-series that marks the culmination of a seven-year-long storyline, giving Marvel Comics the bestselling comic book in January 2010, based upon total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics took the top publisher spot in January, leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 42.56% Unit Market Share and a 38.77% Dollar Share for the month.

Just optioned by AMC for a television series, Image Comics' The Walking Dead from writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard has revolutionized zombie comics. The collection The Walking Dead Volume 11: Fear the Hunters gave Image the bestselling graphic novel in January in this collection of the series' latest story arc.

DC Direct's DC Dynamics statues bring the heroes and heroines of the DC Universe to life, and Tim Bruckner's vibrant take on DC's Amazon princess with the DC Dynamics: Wonder Woman Statue gave DC Comics the bestselling Toy product to comics specialty retailers in January. NECA/WizKids, for the third month in a row, had the bestselling games product to comics specialty shops with the Marvel HeroClix: Hammer of Thor Booster Packs, which relaunched the fan-favorite HeroClix miniatures game.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER UNIT SHARE DOLLAR SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 42.56% 38.77%
DC COMICS 34.89% 29.59%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.20% 5.62%
IMAGE COMICS 3.37% 4.23%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.00% 3.68%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.99% 2.10%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.70% 1.80%
ARCHIE COMICS 1.01% 0.70%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 0.86% 1.01%
VIZ MEDIA 0.75% 1.66%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.68% 10.84%

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SIEGE #1 $3.99 NOV090419-M MAR
2 GREEN LANTERN #50 $3.99 NOV090105-M DC
3 BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 $2.99 NOV090125-M DC
4 CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #6 $3.99 NOV090429-M MAR
5 NEW AVENGERS #61 $3.99 NOV090423 MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #617 $3.99 NOV090448-M MAR
7 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #44 $2.99 NOV090108-M DC
8 DARK AVENGERS #13 $3.99 NOV090424 MAR
9 BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #2 $2.99 NOV090110-M DC
10 UNCANNY X-MEN #520 $2.99 NOV090501 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 11: FEAR THE HUNTERS TP $14.99 OCT090390 IMA
2 THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 1: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE BOGUS IDENTITY TP $9.99 OCT090309 DC
3 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 22: ULTIMATUM TP $19.99 NOV090559 MAR
4 ULTIMATUM TP $19.99 NOV090561 MAR
5 CHILL HC $19.99 SEP090215 DC
6 CAPTAIN AMERICA: ROAD TO REBORN TP $19.99 NOV090558 MAR
7 HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOLUME 3: THE SPACE BETWEEN TP $14.99 OCT090303 DC
8 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 22: FOOTSTEPS TP $19.99 SEP090042 DAR
9 STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 8: DESTROYER TP $17.99 OCT090108 DAR
10 SIEGE: PRELUDE TP $24.99 NOV090557 MAR

TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC DYNAMICS: WONDER WOMAN STATUE JUN090288 DC
2 BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE: LEE BERMEJO JUN090289 DC
3 MARVEL SELECT: BEST OF ACTION FIGURES SERIES 4 JUL091427 DST
4 RATCHET & CLANK: SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES MAY090263 DC
5 RESISTANCE SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES FEB090276 DC
6 DANNY KETCH: GHOST RIDER STATUE AUG091517 BOW
7 STAR WARS ULTIMATE QUARTER-SCALE: EMPEROR PALPATINE FIGURE MAR094732 DST
8 HEROES OF THE DCU: THE FLASH BUST JUN090300 DC
9 JOHNNY BLAZE: GHOST RIDER STATUE AUG091519 BOW
10 MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 31 MINI-FIGURE 2-PACKS AUG091432 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX HAMMER OF THOR BOOSTER PACK JUL098192 NEC
2 MTG TCG SHARDS ALARA PREMIUM FOIL PACK DIS NOV091471 WIZ
3 MARVEL HEROCLIX THORS MIGHTY CHARIOT NOV091475 NEC
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX CLASSICS BATTLEPACK ASST AUG098135 NEC
5 YU GI OH TCG TWILIGHT ED BOX DIS NOV091445 KON
6 STAR WARS CMG DARK TIMES BOOSTER PACK NOV091472 WIZ
7 YU GI OH TCG 5DS DUELIST PACK YUSEI 2 DIS NOV091444 KON
8 MTG TCG 2010 CORE SET BOOSTER DIS MAY091798 WIZ
9 D&D UNDERDARK NOV091469 WIZ
10 KILL DR LUCKY 2009 ED DEC091518 PAI

Unit Market Share for January 2010

Dollar Market Share for January 2010

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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 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around 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.

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