Diamond's August 2008 Comics Sales Charts & Market Share

Best Shots Extra: Secret Invasion #5

Diamond Comics Distributors released their Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel sales charts and market share report for the August 2008 comic book Direct Market on Monday, and Marvel Comics roll continues with more healthy leads in both Direct Market Dollar and Unit Share.

Marvel's Secret Invasion #5 was the bestselling comic book of month, followed by DC's Final Crisis # 3. DC also had the #4 selling title of the month in Batman #679 part of the "Batman R.I.P." storyline, but the remaining 7 of the Top 10 titles all came from Marvel, including New Avengers #44 at #3.

DC charted the top-selling graphic novel of the month in a race that wasn't even close. The publisher's most recent trade paperback reprint of Watchmen sold over 4 times the number of the next bestselling trade, Dark Horse's original Star Wars: The Force Unleaded graphic novel.

Despite Watchmen's strength, however, as mentioned Marvel still led comfortably in both Marvel Share categories, including 48.09% Unit Share to DC's 32.73%, and 41.26% Dollar Share to DC's 33.06%.

All three charts follow below (and pardon some formatting irregularity) and look for more analysis of the June 2008 sales figures here at Newsarama soon.

AUGUST MARKET SHARES

Based on Actual Sales for Comics, Magazines, & GNs Invoiced in August 2008

Publisher

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Dollar Share

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Unit Share

MARVEL COMICS

41.26%

48.09%

DC COMICS

33.06%

32.73%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.74%

4.11%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.29%

3.28%

IMAGE COMICS

2.91%

2.29%

VIZ MEDIA

1.61%

0.78%

TOKYOPOP

1.15%

0.49%

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

0.95%

0.69%

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING

0.92%

0.33%

DYNAMIC FORCES

0.92%

1.12%

DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING

0.75%

0.73%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.52%

0.56%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.42%

0.15%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

0.40%

0.37%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.33%

0.49%

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

0.32%

0.12%

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

0.30%

0.22%

ARCHAIA STUDIOS PRESS

0.21%

0.24%

TITAN

0.21%

0.12%

BONGO COMICS

0.20%

0.26%

OTHER NON-TOP 20

4.53%

2.81%

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2008

Qty Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Description

Price

Ven

1

1

1.60

SECRET INVASION #5 (Of 8) SI*

$3.99

MAR

2

2

1.20

FINAL CRISIS #3 (Of 7)

$3.99

DC

3

4

1.03

NEW AVENGERS #44 SI

$2.99

MAR

4

5

1.00

BATMAN #679 RIP*

$2.99

DC

5

6

0.93

HULK #5

$2.99

MAR

6

8

0.91

ASTONISHING X-MEN #26 MD

$2.99

MAR

7

3

0.90

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568 NWD*

$3.99

MAR

8

9

0.90

MIGHTY AVENGERS #17 SI

$2.99

MAR

9

12

0.83

WOLVERINE #68

$2.99

MAR

10

13

0.82

UNCANNY X-MEN #501 MD

$2.99

MAR

11

14

0.82

CAPTAIN AMERICA #41*

$2.99

MAR

12

15

0.79

JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #24

$2.99

DC

13

16

0.77

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #17

$2.99

DAR

14

18

0.75

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #569 NWD

$2.99

MAR

15

19

0.71

JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #18*

$2.99

DC

16

21

0.69

DETECTIVE COMICS #847 RIP

$2.99

DC

17

22

0.67

AVENGERS INVADERS #4 (Of 12)

$2.99

MAR

18

23

0.67

X-FORCE #6 DWS

$2.99

MAR

19

24

0.66

ULTIMATE ORIGINS #3 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

20

10

0.66

FINAL CRISIS LEGION O/THREE WORLDS #1 (Of 5)

$3.99

DC

21

25

0.66

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #567

$2.99

MAR

22

26

0.66

X-MEN LEGACY #215 MD

$2.99

MAR

23

11

0.65

DC UNIVERSE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT #1

$3.99

DC

24

27

0.63

SECRET INVASION THOR #1 (Of 3) SI

$2.99

MAR

25

28

0.62

SECRET INVASION X-MEN #1 (Of 4) SI

$2.99

MAR

26

7

0.61

FINAL CRISIS SUPERMAN BEYOND #1 (Of 2)

$4.50

DC

27

29

0.58

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #16 SI

$2.99

MAR

28

32

0.58

FANTASTIC FOUR #559

$2.99

MAR

29

17

0.56

FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #1 (Of 5)

$3.99

DC

30

33

0.56

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4

$2.99

MAR

31

34

0.55

SECRET INVASION AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (Of 3) SI

$2.99

MAR

32

35

0.54

NIGHTWING #147 RIP

$2.99

DC

33

36

0.53

ROBIN #176 RIP

$2.99

DC

34

37

0.53

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #125

$2.99

MAR

35

20

0.53

FINAL CRISIS ROGUES REVENGE #2 (Of 3)

$3.99

DC

36

38

0.50

SUPERMAN BATMAN #51

$2.99

DC

37

39

0.49

KICK ASS #4 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

38

40

0.49

INCREDIBLE HERCULES #120 SI

$2.99

MAR

39

41

0.49

SKAAR SON OF HULK #3

$2.99

MAR

40

42

0.49

X-FACTOR #34 SI

$2.99

MAR

41

43

0.48

SECRET INVASION INHUMANS #1 (Of 4) SI

$2.99

MAR

42

44

0.48

ACTION COMICS #868

$2.99

DC

43

46

0.47

TRINITY #10**

$2.99

DC

44

47

0.46

TRINITY #11**

$2.99

DC

45

48

0.45

ULTIMATE X-MEN #97

$2.99

MAR

46

49

0.45

SUPERMAN #679

$2.99

DC

47

50

0.45

TRINITY #12**

$2.99

DC

48

51

0.44

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27

$2.99

DC

49

52

0.44

TRINITY #13**

$2.99

DC

50

53

0.44

SECRET INVASION FRONT LINE #2 (Of 5) SI

$2.99

MAR

51

55

0.44

THUNDERBOLTS #123 SI

$2.99

MAR

52

56

0.44

SECRET INVASION RUNAWAYS YOUNG AVENGERS #2 (Of 3) SI

$2.99

MAR

53

30

0.43

CABLE #6 MD*

$3.99

MAR

54

31

0.43

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #11

$3.99

IDW

55

59

0.43

VENOM DARK ORIGIN #1 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

56

60

0.42

DAREDEVIL #110*

$2.99

MAR

57

61

0.42

TEEN TITANS #62

$2.99

DC

58

64

0.39

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #4 SI

$2.99

MAR

59

66

0.37

ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #5 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

60

67

0.37

YOUNG X-MEN #5 DWS

$2.99

MAR

61

68

0.37

NOVA #16 SI

$2.99

MAR

62

70

0.37

SHE-HULK 2 #32 SI*

$2.99

MAR

63

72

0.36

CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #4 SI

$2.99

MAR

64

45

0.35

MARVEL 1985 #4 (Of 6)

$3.99

MAR

65

73

0.34

WONDER WOMAN #23

$2.99

DC

66

54

0.33

HALO UPRISING #3 (Of 4) (MR)

$3.99

MAR

67

74

0.33

IRON MAN DIRECTOR O/SHIELD #32

$2.99

MAR

68

75

0.33

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #57

$2.99

MAR

69

76

0.32

BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #10

$2.99

DC

70

57

0.32

WOLVERINE KILLING MADE SIMPLE

$3.99

MAR

71

58

0.32

SPIKE AFTER THE FALL #2 (Of 4)

$3.99

IDW

72

77

0.32

BLACK PANTHER #40 SI

$2.99

MAR

73

78

0.32

RUNAWAYS 3 #1

$2.99

MAR

74

79

0.32

BOOSTER GOLD #11

$2.99

DC

75

62

0.30

X-FACTOR SPECIAL LAYLA MILLER

$3.99

MAR

76

80

0.30

BRAVE & BOLD #16

$2.99

DC

77

81

0.30

ROBIN #177

$2.99

DC

78

82

0.30

MOON KNIGHT #21*

$2.99

MAR

79

83

0.30

PUNISHER #60 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

80

84

0.30

NEW WARRIORS #15 SI

$2.99

MAR

81

63

0.29

IRON MAN VIVA LAS VEGAS #2 (Of 4)

$3.99

MAR

82

65

0.29

NYX NO WAY HOME #1 (Of 6)*

$3.99

MAR

83

85

0.29

FLASH #243

$2.99

DC

84

86

0.28

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #11

$2.99

DC

85

69

0.28

X-MEN ORIGINS JEAN GREY

$3.99

MAR

86

87

0.28

STAR WARS LEGACY #27

$2.99

DAR

87

88

0.27

PUNISHER #61 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

88

89

0.27

SUPERGIRL #32

$2.99

DC

89

90

0.27

SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #2

$2.99

MAR

90

91

0.27

TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE #6 (Of 6)

$2.99

DC

91

92

0.27

BATGIRL #2 (Of 6)

$2.99

DC

92

93

0.27

TWELVE #7 (Of 12)

$2.99

MAR

93

94

0.27

BOYS #21 (MR)

$2.99

DE

94

95

0.26

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #18

$2.99

MAR

95

96

0.26

GHOST RIDER #26*

$2.99

MAR

96

99

0.25

LEGION O/SUPER HEROES #45

$2.99

DC

97

100

0.25

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #2

$2.99

DAR

98

102

0.25

ETERNALS #3

$2.99

MAR

99

103

0.25

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #22

$2.99

MAR

100

104

0.25

HELLBOY THE CROOKED MAN #2 (Of 3)

$2.99

DAR

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2008

Qty Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Title

Price

Ven

1

1

41.89

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

2

3

9.39

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN

$15.95

DAR

3

8

6.00

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

4

14

5.94

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 20 & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS

$12.99

MAR

5

15

5.93

DMZ TP VOL 05 HIDDEN WAR (MR)

$12.99

DC

6

16

5.93

ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 01

$12.99

DC

7

11

4.23

WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 01

$19.99

DC

8

21

4.00

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

9

22

3.99

MIGHTY AVENGERS TP VOL 01

$14.99

MAR

10

12

3.93

SPIDER-MAN TP ONE MORE DAY*

$19.99

MAR

11

61

3.87

WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #693

$7.99

GEM

12

62

3.84

WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #692

$7.99

GEM

13

19

3.61

STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 02 PARALLELS

$17.95

DAR

14

43

3.47

WOLVERINE TP GET MYSTIQUE

$10.99

MAR

15

9

3.34

X-MEN TP VOL 03 COMPLETE ONSLAUGHT EPIC

$29.99

MAR

16

27

3.18

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE O/SECRETS TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

17

35

3.14

X-MEN TP DIVIDED WE STAND

$12.99

MAR

18

60

3.13

WALT DISNEYS VACATION PARADE #5

$9.95

GEM

19

30

3.08

TERRY MOORES ECHO TP VOL 01 MOON LAKE

$15.95

ABS

20

78

3.08

DONALD DUCK FAMILY DAAN JIPPES COLLECTION TP VOL 01

$8.99

GEM

21

20

3.07

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

22

25

2.88

STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 04 DAZE O/HATE KN

$18.95

DAR

23

10

2.84

JLA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01

$29.99

DC

24

135

2.79

AMERICAS BEST COMICS PRIMER TP

$4.99

DC

25

23

2.79

MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS TP VOL 01

$19.95

DAR

26

63

2.78

WARCRAFT LEGENDS GN VOL 01 (Of 4)

$10.99

TKP

27

72

2.62

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 30

$10.95

DAR

28

5

2.61

CREEPY ARCHIVES HC

$49.95

DAR

29

18

2.60

PUNISHER PREM HC WELCOME BACK FRANK*

$24.99

MAR

30

57

2.59

SANDMAN PRESENTS DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

31

32

2.56

COUNTDOWN ARENA TP

$17.99

DC

32

44

2.49

SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 05

$14.99

DC

33

45

2.42

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC

34

31

2.40

X-MEN LEGACY PREM HC VOL 01 DIVIDED HE STANDS

$19.99

MAR

35

49

2.36

SPIDER-MAN TP KRAVENS LAST HUNT

$14.99

MAR

36

51

2.34

SIMON DARK WHAT SIMON DOES TP

$14.99

DC

37

54

2.32

ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP 01

$14.99

IMA

38

6

2.27

MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 10*

$54.99

MAR

39

42

2.26

SHOWCASE PRESENTS ATOM TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

40

13

2.24

NEW X-MEN BY MORRISON ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 02

$34.99

MAR

41

24

2.22

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL HC VOL 02

$24.99

DC

42

48

2.22

NEW EXILES TP VOL 01 NEW LIFE NEW GAMBIT

$15.99

MAR

43

33

2.21

MILLENNIUM TP

$19.99

DC

44

26

2.17

ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN BOY WONDER HC VOL 01

$24.99

DC

45

29

2.01

BRAVE & BOLD HC VOL 02 BOOK O/DESTINY

$24.99

DC

46

38

1.99

WOLVERINE LOGAN PREMIERE HC

$19.99

MAR

47

40

1.98

THUNDERBOLTS BY ELLIS PREM HC VOL 02 CAGED ANGELS

$19.99

MAR

48

2

1.96

ABSOLUTE LOEG BLACK DOSSIER HC

$99.00

DC

49

52

1.94

SUPERGIRL BEYOND GOOD & EVIL TP

$17.99

DC

50

70

1.92

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

51

58

1.92

ESSENTIAL MAN-THING TP VOL 02

$16.99

MAR

52

56

1.89

ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR)

$17.99

DC

53

7

1.82

MMW GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 03*

$59.99

MAR

54

87

1.82

BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 01

$12.99

DC

55

47

1.78

SUICIDE SQUAD FROM THE ASHES TP

$19.99

DC

56

80

1.76

SHE-HULK TP VOL 06 JADED

$14.99

MAR

57

100

1.72

STARCRAFT FRONTLINE GN VOL 01 (Of 3)

$10.99

TKP

58

84

1.65

ROBIN YEAR ONE TP

$14.99

DC

59

104

1.63

BLOOD PLUS GN VOL 03

$10.95

DAR

60

36

1.61

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL CLASSIC TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

61

59

1.60

DOCTOR WHO AGENT PROVACATEUR TP

$19.99

IDW

62

71

1.60

WITCHBLADE TP VOL 05

$17.99

IMA

63

39

1.59

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

64

97

1.59

BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 02

$12.99

DC

65

76

1.55

COUNTDOWN LORD HAVOK & EXTREMISTS TP

$17.99

DC

66

88

1.54

TESTAMENT TP VOL 04 EXODUS (MR)

$14.99

DC

67

90

1.50

MIDNIGHTER TP VOL 02 ANTHEM

$14.99

DC

68

66

1.49

BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP

$19.99

DC

69

68

1.48

NEW WARRIORS TP VOL 02 THRASHED

$19.99

MAR

70

91

1.48

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS & WHEREFORES (MR)

$14.99

DC

71

99

1.47

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

72

4

1.45

DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS OMNIBUS HC VOL 1

$99.99

MAR

73

69

1.45

YOUNG INHUMANS TP

$19.99

MAR

74

158

1.43

D GRAY MAN GN VOL 10

$7.99

VIZ

75

46

1.43

FLASH THE WILD WESTS HC

$24.99

DC

76

73

1.43

COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS TP

$19.99

IDW

77

50

1.41

OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 04

$24.99

MAR

78

103

1.39

BLACK LAGOON GN VOL 01 (MR)

$12.99

VIZ

79

53

1.39

MOON KNIGHT PREM HC VOL 03 GOD & COUNTRY

$24.99

MAR

80

79

1.36

WANTED GN (NEW PTG)

$19.99

IMA

81

85

1.35

FOOLKILLER TP FOOLS PARADISE (MR)

$17.99

MAR

82

17

1.34

EC ARCHIVES TALES FROM THE CRYPT HC VOL 03

$49.95

GEM

83

141

1.34

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

84

94

1.34

CTHULHU TALES TP VOL 01

$15.99

BOO

85

41

1.30

GRENDEL GOD & THE DEVIL TP

$29.95

DAR

86

177

1.28

MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK TP VOL 03 STRONGEST DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

87

98

1.28

FEAR AGENT TP VOL 04 HATCHET JOB

$14.95

DAR

88

82

1.27

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

89

101

1.25

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES WALT SIMONSON TP VOL 02

$14.99

MAR

90

118

1.24

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR)

$12.99

DC

91

149

1.22

SPIDER-MAN J TP VOL 1 JAPANESE KNIGHTS DIGEST

$9.99

MAR

92

64

1.22

METAL MEN HC

$24.99

DC

93

86

1.21

DEATHBLOW AND THEN YOU LIVE TP

$19.99

DC

94

152

1.20

TRINITY BLOOD GN VOL 07 (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

95

123

1.20

GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 08 (Of 15) SHONAN JUNAI GUMI (MR)

$12.99

TKP

96

189

1.19

MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN TP VOL 03 DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

97

95

1.19

UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.95

DAR

98

105

1.19

BRIT TP VOL 02 AWOL

$14.99

IMA

99

89

1.14

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN TP

$19.99

DC

100

196

1.14

POKEMON RANGER & THE TEMPLE O/T SEA

7.99

VIZ

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