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Diamond Announces Top Products for June 2010

The Relaunch of New Avengers #1 Sends Marvel Comics To The Top Of June's Sales Charts

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 8, 2010) — Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, and The Thing came together to form an all-new team of New Avengers as Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen relaunched the best-selling title for the Heroic Age, giving Marvel Comics the top spot on the comics sales chart in June 2010 with New Avengers #1, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics also took the top publisher spot in June with the company leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 42.99% Unit Market Share and a 37.80% Dollar Share for the month.

Sam Kieth, the acclaimed creator of The Maxx, took readers on a journey into Gotham City's heart of darkness in Batman: Arkham Asylum: Madness, an original hardcover graphic novel that gave DC Comics the best-selling graphic novel in the month of June.

DC Direct dominated the month of June as they had eight of the top ten best-selling toy products to comics specialty retailers, with the DCU Origins Series 1 Action Figure 2-Packs, featuring both modern and first-appearance designs of Batman, Catwoman, Nightwing, and The Joker, leading the way.

NECA/WizKids continued their HeroClix line in June with the DC HeroClix: Blackest Night Starter Set, based on DC's best-selling Blackest Night crossover event, giving the vendor the best-selling Game product to comics specialty shops for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK AND GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER UNIT SHARE DOLLAR SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 42.99% 37.80%
DC COMICS 34.60% 31.15%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.53% 5.30%
IMAGE COMICS 3.38% 3.88%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.07% 3.67%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.52% 2.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.82% 2.00%
VIZ MEDIA 0.84% 1.59%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.73% 0.58%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.67% 0.55%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.85% 10.99%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1 NEW AVENGERS #1 $3.99 APR100553-M MAR
2 BATMAN #700 $4.99 APR100131-M DC
3 AVENGERS #2 $3.99 APR100547-M MAR
4 BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #3 $3.99 APR100159-M DC
5 GREEN LANTERN #55 $2.99 APR100141-M DC
6 BRIGHTEST DAY #3 $2.99 APR100137-M DC
7 BRIGHTEST DAY #4 $2.99 APR100139-M DC
8 SECRET AVENGERS #2 $3.99 APR100557-M MAR
9 UNCANNY X-MEN #525 $2.99 APR100621-M MAR
10 AVENGERS PRIME #1 $3.99 APR100559-M MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM: MADNESS HC $19.99 FEB100129 DC
2 CHEW VOLUME 2: INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR TP (MR) $12.99 FEB100354 IMA
3 HELLBOY VOLUME 10: THE CROOKED MAN & OTHERS TP $17.99 FEB100044 DAR
4 NARUTO VOLUME 48 TP $9.99 MAR101180 VIZ
5 FINAL CRISIS TP $19.99 MAR100239 DC
6 BATMAN: R.I.P. TP $14.99 MAR100237 DC
7 JONAH HEX: NO WAY BACK HC $19.99 JAN100270 DC
8 DMZ VOLUME 8: HEARTS AND MINDS TP (MR) $16.99 APR100271 DC
9 JACK OF FABLES VOLUME 7: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF JACK & JACK TP (MR) $14.99 MAR100299 DC
10 CRIMINAL VOLUME 5: SINNERS TP (MR) $15.99 APR100639 MAR

 

TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DCU ORIGINS SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKS OCT090327 DC
2 IRON MAN 2 MARK IV ARTFX STATUE FEB101516 KOT
3 BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE STATUE BY FRANK QUITELY OCT090337 DC
4 DC DYNAMICS: BATMAN STATUE OCT090326 DC
5 COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: ZATANNA STATUE JAN090300 DC
6 ALICE IN WONDERLAND: MAD HATTER ULTRA-DETAIL FIGURE JUL098256 MED
7 GREEN LANTERN LEGACIES STATUE PART 2: KYLE RAYNER OCT090324 DC
8 LYNDA CARTER AS WONDER WOMAN (2010) STATUE SEP090257 DC
9 HEROES OF THE DCU: JOKER BUST OCT090338 DC
10 POISON IVY 1/6-SCALE COLLECTOR FIGURE OCT090323 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: BLACKEST NIGHT STARTER SET MAR101752 NEC
2 YU-GI-OH! TCG GOLD SERIES 3 (2010) EXPANSION MAR108037 KON
3 DC HEROCLIX: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD BOOSTERS JAN101703 NEC
4 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RISE OF THE ELDRAZI BOOSTERS FEB101691 WIZ
5 WORLD OF WARCRAFT TCG: WRATHGATE BOOSTERS FEB101684 CRY
6 YU-GI-OH! TCG: 5DS 2010-EDITION STARTER DECKS APR101712 KON
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING: ARCHENEMY CARD GAME APR101758 WIZ
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING: DUELS OF THE PLANESWALKERS DECKS FEB108426 WIZ
9 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 4TH-EDITION MONSTER MANUAL 3 APR101753 WIZ
10 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MINIATURES: ORCUS GARGANTUAN APR101756 WIZ

 

Unit Market Shares for June

Unit Market Share– June 2010

Dollar Market Shares for June

Dollar Market Share – June 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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