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“Batman,” “Amazing Spider-Man” Lead the Way in August

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“Batman,” “Amazing Spider-Man” Lead the Way in August

Marvel Comics took the position for top comic book publisher for the second month running, according to Diamond Distributor’s sales charts for August. However, the top ten comics of the month were nearly split down the middle, with Marvel only narrowly pulling head. The publisher had half of the top ten comics, with Spider-Man leading the way. “Amazing Spider-Man” #5 was the publisher’s bestseller title for the month at second, followed by “Original Sin” #7 in third, “Superior Spider-Man” #32, “Amazing Spider-Man” #1.4 in eighth and — representing the only non-Spider-title for Marvel in the top ten — “Guardians of the Galaxy” #18 in ninth.

By contrast, DC Comics had four titles in the top ten, nearly all Batman-related. “Batman” #34 was the month’s top bestselling title, while the debut issue of “The Multiversity” clocked in at fourth, “Harley Quinn” continued its success in the top ten at seventh and “Batman Eternal” #18 ended up in tenth.

Image Comics also had a showing in the top ten: Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s “The Walking Dead” #130 came in at sixth.

Sales were down a significant amount from July — between 20 and 24 percent in both comics and graphic novels for dollars and units — but up when compared to August 2013 and year-to-date.

The graphic novels and trade paperbacks were also dominated by Marvel and DC during August, with “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” OGN leading the way. “Deadpool Vs. Carnage” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vol. 1 also charted at third and sixth, respectively. DC had a particularly strong showing with four titles in the top ten graphic novels: “Fables Volume 20” came in at second, “Trillium” in fourth, “Batman: Earth One” at fifth and the “Watchmen” hardcover at ninth. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten graphic novels: all three volumes of “Saga.”

Look at the graphics below and check back next week for John Mayo’s look at the Top 300 and in-depth analysis.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.27%

35.85%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

28.71%

32.56%

IMAGE COMICS

8.83%

10.97%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.43%

4.67%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.73%

4.03%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.59%

2.40%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.32%

2.14%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.65%

0.43%

RANDOM HOUSE

1.14%

0.38%

VIZ MEDIA

1.04%

0.42%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.28%

6.17%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

85

22

1

108

MARVEL COMICS

78

29

0

107

IMAGE COMICS

63

5

0

68

IDW PUBLISHING

42

17

0

59

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

18

0

54

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

25

12

0

37

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

9

0

32

RANDOM HOUSE

1

27

0

28

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0

0

25

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

24

0

24

OTHER NON-TOP 10

98

117

21

236


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2014 VS. JULY 2014

COMICS

-23.77%

-22.73%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-22.06%

-20.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-23.26%

-22.60%

AUGUST 2014 VS. AUGUST 2013

COMICS

7.30%

4.20%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.31%

9.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.60%

4.63%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

2.40%

-2.32%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.81%

5.79%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.84%

-1.69%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #34

$3.99

JUN140215-M

DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5

$3.99

JUN140613-M

MAR

3

ORIGINAL SIN #7

$3.99

JUN140605-M

MAR

4

MULTIVERSITY #1

$4.99

JUN140145-M

DC

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32

$4.99

JUN140643-M

MAR

6

THE WALKING DEAD #130 (MR)

$2.99

JUN140586

IMA

7

HARLEY QUINN #9

$2.99

JUN140228-M

DC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4

$3.99

JUN140645-M

MAR

9

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18

$3.99

JUN140622-M

MAR

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #18

$2.99

JUN140207

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN HC

$24.99

APR140765

MAR

2

FABLES VOLUME 20: CAMELOT TP (MR)

$19.99

MAY140403

DC

3

DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE TP

$16.99

MAY140932

MAR

4

TRILLIUM TP (MR)

$16.99

MAY140407

DC

5

BATMAN: EARTH-ONE TP

$12.99

MAY140376

DC

6

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP

$19.99

JAN140800

MAR

7

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556

IMA

8

WATCHMEN HC

$39.99

JUL080172

DC

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

10

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMA

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