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Diamond Announces Top Products for August 2010

DC Comics' Brightest Day Sends The Publisher To The Top Of August's Sales Charts

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 9, 2010) — The resurrected heroes of the DC Universe continue to find their place in the post-Blackest Night universe in Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi's Brightest Day #7, the latest issue of DC Comics' biweekly event, giving the New York-based publisher the top spot on the comics sales chart in August 2010, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in both Retail Dollar and Unit Market Shares based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores, with a dollar share of 40.92% in August and a unit share in August of 45.49%.

For the second month in a row, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, the sixth and final volume of the Oni Press series on which Edgar Wright's film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World was based, was the best-selling graphic novel to comics specialty retailers, giving Oni Press the top spot on the Graphics Novel sales chart in August.

DC Direct's recreation of characters from the best-selling Blackest Night mini-series, including Black Lantern Batman and Black Lantern Hawkman, as the Blackest Night Series 5 Action Figures gave the manufacturer the best-selling Toys product to comics specialty shops in the month of August.

Director Zach Synder's visionary film adaptation of the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel Watchmen came to WizKid's HeroClix game system with the Watchmen HeroClix Collector's Box Set, and this deluxe product gave NECA/WizKids the best-selling Games product to comics specialty retailers in August.

TOP COMIC BOOK AND GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.92% 45.49%
DC COMICS 28.32% 32.05%
IMAGE COMICS 5.42% 4.24%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.63% 4.23%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.38% 3.77%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.46% 2.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.71% 1.55%
ONI PRESS 1.32% 0.52%
VIZ MEDIA 1.20% 0.53%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.73% 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.91% 4.70%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1 BRIGHTEST DAY #7 $2.99 JUN100128-M DC
2 BRIGHTEST DAY #8 $2.99 JUN100130-M DC
3 AVENGERS #4 $3.99 JUN100552-M MAR
4 NEW AVENGERS #3 $3.99 JUN100561-M MAR
5 SECRET AVENGERS #4 $3.99 JUN100555-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #640 $3.99 JUN100539-M MAR
7 BATMAN #702 $2.99 JUN100154 DC
8 X-MEN #2 $3.99 JUN100623-M MAR
9 UNCANNY X-MEN #527 $3.99 JUN100621-M MAR
10 GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #1 $3.99 JUN100136-M DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SCOTT PILGRIM'S FINEST HOUR GN (VOLUME 6) $11.99 MAY101089 ONI
2 CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE TP (MR) $14.99 MAY100268 DC
3 THE UNWRITTEN VOLUME 2: INSIDE MAN TP (MR) $12.99 MAY100283 DC
4 SCOTT PILGRIM'S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE GN (VOLUME 1) $11.99 FEB108442-M ONI
5 THE DARK TOWER: THE BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL PREMIERE HC $24.99 MAY100674 MAR
6 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR) $9.99 JUL068351 IMA
7 BONE: TALL TALES TP $10.99 JUN100889 SCH
8 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 12: LIFE AMONG THEM TP (MR) $14.99 APR100438 IMA
9 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD GN (VOLUME 2) $11.99 FEB108443-M ONI
10 SCOTT PILGRIM & THE INFINITE SADNESS GN (VOLUME 3) $11.99 FEB108444-M ONI

 

TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACKEST NIGHT SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES JAN100381 DC
2 BLACKEST NIGHT: POWER RING SPECTRUM SET JAN100393 DC
3 BATMAN REBORN SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES DEC090303 DC
4 SUPERMAN (KINGDOM COME) 1/6-SCALE FIGURE DEC090300 DC
5 MARVEL COMICS: DARK PHOENIX BISHOUJO STATUE MAR101572 KOT
6 MARVEL COMICS: PHOENIX BISHOUJO STATUE MAR101571 KOT
7 FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK FINE ART STATUE FEB101517 KOT
8 MARVEL VILLAINS: DR. DOOM FINE ART STATUE APR101560 KOT
9 COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: POWER GIRL STATUE JUL090329 DC
10 ANT-MAN STATUE JAN101513 BOW

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WATCHMEN HEROCLIX COLLECTOR'S BOX SET APR101759 NEC
2 YU-GI-OH TCG: DUELIST REVOLUTION BOOSTER PACKS MAR108158 KON
3 DC HEROCLIX: JONAH HEX BATTLEPACK APR108186 NEC
4 PATHFINDER RPG ADVANCED PLAYER'S GUIDE JUN101832 PAI
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2011 CORE SET BOOSTER PACKS MAY101847 WIZ
6 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: WORLDWAKE BOOSTER PACKS DEC091562 WIZ
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHARDS OF ALARA BOOSTER PACKS MAY088379 WIZ
8 DC HEROCLIX: THE BRAVE & THE BOLD BOOSTER PACK JAN101703 NEC
9 DC ADVENTURES RPG: HERO'S HANDBOOK CORE RULEBOOK JUN101806 GRE
10 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: CONFLUX BLISTER PACK OCT088148 WIZ

 

Unit Market Shares for August

Unit Market Share– August 2010

Dollar Market Shares for August

Dollar Market Share – August 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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