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Villains Unite, Drive DC Comics To the Top of September’s Sales Chart

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Diamond Comics has released its Top Ten charts for products released in September 2013, which finds DC Comics handily taking the top spot by a large margin thanks to the launch of “Forever Evil” and the Villains Month one-shots. Overall, DC accounted for 40.39% of the direct market’s Dollar Share and 45.17% of its Unit Share to second place Marvel’s 28.49% and 29.83%. Image Comics ranked third, with IDW Publishing and Dark Horse accounting for the number 4 and 5 positions, respectively.

Sales were up dramatically over August, with the DC event leading the industry to a nearly 32% dollar increase over the previous month. And the increase wasn’t just seen in the monthly comics — graphic novel sales shot up 12% over August’s figures. Year to year, comics sales increased 33.9% in dollars and 26.97% in units over 2012, while graphic novel sales were up 1.76% in dollars with a decline of 2.96% in units.

The best selling comic of the month was, to nobody’s surprise, Geoff Johns’ “Forever Evil” #1. The biggest seller amongst the Villains Month one-shots was the Joker issue, followed by The Riddler, landing in positions 5 and 6, respectively. Bane checked in at #8 while Batman’s rogues solidified their top of the food chain position the DCU with the Penguin landing at #10. Marvel nailed down the 2-4 positions in the top ten with “Infinity” #2 & #3 and “X-Men: Battle of the Atom” #1, with the debut of “Mighty Avengers” at #7 and “Avengers” #19 at #9.

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s first “East of West” collection landed in the top spot for graphic novels, with the publisher ultimately taking 5 of the positions thanks to “Walking Dead” and “Saga.”

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT

40.39%

45.17%

MARVEL COMICS

28.49%

29.83%

IMAGE COMICS

6.87%

7.00%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.89%

4.12%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.76%

4.04%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.27%

2.19%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.83%

1.65%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0.95%

0.15%

AVATAR PRESS

0.88%

0.72%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.87%

0.91%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.79%

4.23%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

SEPTEMBER 2013 VS. AUGUST 2013

COMICS

31.66%

29.26%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

11.93%

9.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

25.69%

27.79%

SEPTEMBER 2013 VS. SEPTEMBER 2012

COMICS

33.90%

26.97%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.76%

-2.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

23.40%

24.47%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

COMICS

12.50%

9.56%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.03%

3.67%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.43%

9.09%

THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013

COMICS

7.00%

5.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.79%

-2.05%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.21%

4.98%

THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2012

COMICS

11.12%

8.27%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.30%

-4.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

7.16%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FOREVER EVIL #1

$3.99

JUL130149-M

DC

2

INFINITY #2

$3.99

JUL130565-M

MAR

3

INFINITY #3

$3.99

JUL130570-M

MAR

4

X-MEN: BATTLE OF ATOM #1

$3.99

JUL130658-M

MAR

5

BATMAN #23.1: THE JOKER

$3.99

JUL130185

DC

6

BATMAN #23.2: THE RIDDLER

$3.99

JUL130186

DC

7

MIGHTY AVENGERS #1

$3.99

JUL130582-M

MAR

8

BATMAN #23.4: BANE

$3.99

JUL130188

DC

9

AVENGERS #19

$3.99

JUL130578-M

MAR

10

BATMAN #23.3: THE PENGUIN

$3.99

JUL130187

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 1: THE PROMISE TP

$9.99

JUN130466

IMA

2

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 3: THE THRONE OF ATLANTIS HC

$24.99

MAY130218

DC

3

STAR WARS VOLUME 1: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN TP

$19.99

MAY130061

DAR

4

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 9 HC (MR)

$34.99

JUL130491

IMA

5

THE WALKING DEAD 100 PROJECT TP (MR)

$12.99

JUL130500

IMA

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 2: THE VILLAINS’ JOURNEY TP

$16.99

JUN130261

DC

7

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

8

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMA

9

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC VOLUME 2 TP

$17.99

JUL130301

IDW

10

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 1 HC

$34.99

APR130716-M

MAR