September 2012 Comics & Graphic Novels Top 100 Sales Charts

UPDATE Oct 8.: Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel & Trade Paperback charts (with Diamond sales indexes) added below.

Original story: Diamond Comic Distributors released their September 2012 sales figures Friday, and while a small dip in comic book sales against September 2011 was expected (reason below), strong graphic novel sales helped the industry continue their year-to-year gains against 2011, albeit very slightly.

 

As expected, Marvel Comics has the best-selling comic book of the month with the penultimate Avengers vs. X-Men #11, while Scott Snyder’s Batman continues to emerge as DC’s top title, topping the publisher’s #0 issue sales as the second best selling title of September.

Zero Month helped DC dominate the Top 10, despite not having the bestselling title, with all nine of the other slots.

 

On the graphic novel side, its looks like Thanos’ rising Hollywood star along with a relatively low price point ($7.99) helped Marvel’s Thanos Quest #1 top that chart.

Zero Month appeared to have helped DC to a relatively healthy win in both Market Share categories last month. DC led Marvel 36.41% vs. 31.04% in Dollar (retail) sales and 41.10% vs. 33.65% in Unit Sales.

Overall industry-wide comparative sales wise, September 2012 was down double figures compared to a strong August 2012 (with an extra ship week), but an offsetting 14.43% gain in graphic novel sales versus a 4.42% decline in comic book sales helped September gain 1.02% in Dollar Sales over September 2011, which is of course significant given that month was the launch of DC’s The New 52.

DC’s sales figures will be watched even more closely now that there will be true year-to-year comparisons available versus the launch of their game-changing reboot initiative and it appears the publisher actually had higher gross sales last month than it did in September 2011.

According to sales figures calculated by Comichron, in September 2011 Diamond reported overall sales of all comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and magazines of $38.54m. According to Diamond sales figures, DC Comics’ Dollar Share that month was 35.54%, for an approximate Sept. 2011 figure of $13.77m in gross sales.

Diamond reported Friday that September 2012 sales were 1.02% over one year ago that month, for an approximate overall figure of $$38.93m. Calculate DC’s Dollar Share of 36.41% for last month and that’s $14.17m in sales, or $400k higher than September 2011.

[editor's note: those figures have been corrected since original publication]

Year-to-date 2012 sales stand at 16.16% over 2011 through September. Look for much more analysis from Comichron later Friday afternoon.

September 2012’s Publisher Market Share chart, Comparative Sales Statistics, and Top 10 Comic Book chart and Top 10 Graphic Novel charts follow below:

 

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES 

RETAIL MARKET SHARE 

PUBLISHER 

SHARE 

DC COMICS

36.41%

MARVEL COMICS

31.04%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.36%

IMAGE COMICS

6.09%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.49%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.97%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.40%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.11%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.96%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.92%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.25%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE 

PUBLISHER 

SHARE 

DC COMICS

41.10%

MARVEL COMICS

33.65%

IMAGE COMICS

5.56%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.82%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.69%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.97%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.50%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

1.00%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.98%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.87%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.88%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS 

  

DOLLARS 

UNITS

SEPTEMBER 2012 VS. AUGUST 2012

COMICS

-11.89%

-9.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-14.31%

-15.83%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-12.69%

-10.17%

SEPTEMBER 2012 VS. SEPTEMBER 2011

COMICS

-4.42%

-8.72%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.43%

20.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.02%

-6.85%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2011

COMICS

17.12%

14.26%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.16%

13.60%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.16%

14.21%

THIRD QUARTER 2012 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2012

COMICS

2.36%

0.41%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.46%

8.75%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.07%

1.06%

THIRD QUARTER 2012 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2011

COMICS

11.50%

6.06%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

15.37%

21.21%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

12.71%

14.21%

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2012

 

QTY

RANK 

DOLLAR

RANK 

INDEX 

DESCRIPTION 

PRICE 

VENDOR 

1

1

106.88

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11

$3.99

MAR

2

2

100.00

BATMAN #0

$3.99

DC 

3

3

80.40

JUSTICE LEAGUE #0

$3.99

DC 

4

6

57.43

GREEN LANTERN #0

$2.99

DC 

5

4

53.69

DETECTIVE COMICS #0

$3.99

DC 

6

5

50.22

ACTION COMICS #0

$3.99

DC 

7

14

46.58

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #0

$2.99

DC 

8

20

44.17

BATMAN AND ROBIN #0

$2.99

DC 

9

21

44.14

EARTH 2 #0

$2.99

DC 

10

22

42.23

BATMAN INCORPORATED #0

$2.99

DC 

11

23

39.11

AQUAMAN #0

$2.99

DC 

12

24

38.64

SUPERMAN #0

$2.99

DC 

13

8

38.19

UNCANNY X-MEN #18

$3.99

MAR

14

7

38.18

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #693

$3.99

MAR

15

10

37.44

AVENGERS #30

$3.99

MAR

16

9

37.34

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #694

$3.99

MAR

17

28

36.34

FLASH #0

$2.99

DC 

18

11

36.24

NEW AVENGERS #30

$3.99

MAR

19

12

35.68

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #16

$3.99

MAR

20

13

35.20

BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #3 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

21

15

34.98

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #17

$3.99

MAR

22

26

34.31

TALON #0 [*]

$2.99

DC 

23

16

34.15

BEFORE WATCHMEN SILK SPECTRE #3 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

24

25

34.07

WALKING DEAD #102 (MR) [*]

$2.99

IMA

25

17

34.03

BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #3 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

26

32

33.92

NIGHTWING #0

$2.99

DC 

27

19

33.55

SPIDER-MEN #5

$3.99

MAR

28

18

33.39

BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #3 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

29

35

32.22

BATGIRL #0

$2.99

DC 

30

36

31.79

WONDER WOMAN #0

$2.99

DC 

31

39

30.22

TEEN TITANS #0

$2.99

DC 

32

38

30.22

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #0

$2.99

DC 

33

41

29.84

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #0

$2.99

DC 

34

27

28.14

UNCANNY X-FORCE #31

$3.99

MAR

35

45

27.32

WORLDS FINEST #0

$2.99

DC 

36

48

27.26

HIT-GIRL #3 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

37

50

26.62

BATWOMAN #0

$2.99

DC 

38

29

26.16

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

MAR

39

31

25.83

JUSTICE LEAGUE #12

$3.99

DC 

40

30

25.83

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #15

$3.99

MAR

41

58

25.63

SWAMP THING #0

$2.99

DC 

42

61

25.24

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #0

$2.99

DC 

43

33

25.08

WOLVERINE #313

$3.99

MAR

44

62

24.99

CATWOMAN #0

$2.99

DC 

45

63

24.86

RED LANTERNS #0

$2.99

DC 

46

64

24.46

ANIMAL MAN #0

$2.99

DC 

47

34

24.44

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7

$3.99

MAR

48

65

23.75

DAREDEVIL #18

$2.99

MAR

49

59

23.05

PHANTOM STRANGER #0 [*]

$2.99

DC 

50

67

23.01

X-MEN LEGACY #273

$2.99

MAR

51

37

22.99

SECRET AVENGERS #31

$3.99

MAR

52

40

22.65

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

MAR

53

69

22.60

FANTASTIC FOUR #610

$2.99

MAR

54

71

22.46

X-MEN LEGACY #274

$2.99

MAR

55

72

22.01

SUPERGIRL #0

$2.99

DC 

56

74

21.90

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #0

$2.99

DC 

57

42

21.89

CAPTAIN AMERICA #17

$3.99

MAR

58

43

21.64

INCREDIBLE HULK #14

$3.99

MAR

59

44

21.63

INCREDIBLE HULK #13

$3.99

MAR

60

81

21.44

HAWKEYE #2

$2.99

MAR

61

76

21.06

HAPPY #1

$2.99

IMA

62

46

20.47

X-MEN #35

$3.99

MAR

63

47

20.44

X-MEN #36

$3.99

MAR

64

78

20.36

SUICIDE SQUAD #0

$2.99

DC 

65

79

20.34

SUPERBOY #0

$2.99

DC 

66

49

20.07

FIRST X-MEN #2

$3.99

MAR

67

73

19.83

TEAM 7 #0 [*]

$2.99

DC 

68

51

19.79

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #524

$3.99

MAR

69

52

19.73

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #525

$3.99

MAR

70

80

19.53

BIRDS OF PREY #0

$2.99

DC 

71

53

19.50

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #16

$3.99

MAR

72

55

19.41

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #15

$3.99

MAR

73

54

19.35

MIGHTY THOR #19

$3.99

MAR

74

56

19.31

ASTONISHING X-MEN #54

$3.99

MAR

75

57

19.27

MIGHTY THOR #20

$3.99

MAR

76

82

19.21

VENOM #24

$2.99

MAR

77

83

19.06

FF #22

$2.99

MAR

78

85

18.23

DEADPOOL #60

$2.99

MAR

79

87

18.22

GAMBIT #3

$2.99

MAR

80

86

18.15

GREEN ARROW #0

$2.99

DC 

81

88

18.11

DEADPOOL #61

$2.99

MAR

82

91

17.34

SCARLET SPIDER #9

$2.99

MAR

83

66

17.29

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #16

$3.99

MAR

84

60

17.22

SWORD OF SORCERY #0 [*]

$3.99

DC 

85

94

16.52

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #13

$2.99

DAR

86

97

16.49

WINTER SOLDIER #10

$2.99

MAR

87

75

16.22

ALL STAR WESTERN #0

$3.99

DC 

88

101

16.17

WINTER SOLDIER #11

$2.99

MAR

89

100

16.12

VENOM #25

$2.99

MAR

90

102

15.84

CAPTAIN MARVEL #4

$2.99

MAR

91

103

15.64

X-TREME X-MEN #3

$2.99

MAR

92

104

15.37

DIAL H #0

$2.99

DC 

93

107

15.22

AVENGERS ACADEMY #36

$2.99

MAR

94

70

15.20

X-O MANOWAR #5

$3.99

VAL

95

106

15.18

DARK AVENGERS #180

$2.99

MAR

96

109

15.09

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #7

$2.99

MAR

97

110

14.72

DARK AVENGERS #181

$2.99

MAR

98

111

14.71

AVENGERS ACADEMY #37

$2.99

MAR

99

114

14.43

X-TREME X-MEN #4

$2.99

MAR

100

115

14.33

RAVAGERS #0

$2.99

DC 

 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2012 

QTY

RANK 

DOLLAR

RANK 

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

6

8.39

THANOS QUEST #1

$7.99

MAR

2

3

3.35

JUDAS COIN HC

$22.99

DC 

3

2

3.33

WALKING DEAD HC VOL 08 (MR)

$34.99

IMA

4

23

3.31

AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 03 PROMISE PART 3

$10.99

DAR

5

5

3.16

AQUAMAN HC VOL 01 THE TRENCH

$22.99

DC 

6

36

3.11

TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 01 GEISTHAWK

$7.99

LEG

7

13

2.96

MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD

$14.99

IMA

8

14

2.86

THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

9

16

2.51

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY TP

$16.99

DC 

10

4

2.47

BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 03 KNIGHTSEND

$29.99

DC 

11

28

2.28

TEEN TITANS TP VOL 01 ITS OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT

$14.99

DC 

12

19

2.24

DR STRANGE PREM HC SEASON ONE

$24.99

MAR

13

56

2.13

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

14

41

1.94

NEMESIS TP (MR)

$14.99

MAR

15

24

1.91

STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION TP VOL 01

$17.99

IDW

16

42

1.90

BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 01 TROUBLE IN MIND

$14.99

DC 

17

62

1.85

NARUTO TP VOL 58

$9.99

VIZ

18

34

1.84

AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 03 (MR)

$16.99

DC 

19

35

1.78

GREEN LANTERN WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS TP

$16.99

DC 

20

21

1.76

GREEN LANTERN CORPS HC VOL 01 FEARSOME

$22.99

DC 

21

18

1.71

AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 04 (MR)

$24.99

DC 

22

57

1.62

SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 07

$10.99

RAN

23

43

1.58

LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05

$14.99

FAN

24

47

1.57

WINTER SOLDIER TP VOL 01 LONGEST WINTER

$15.99

MAR

25

27

1.57

CROSSED WISH YOU WERE HERE TP VOL 01 (MR)

$19.99

AVA

26

44

1.55

DEADPOOL TP VOL 10 EVIL DEADPOOL

$16.99

MAR

27

45

1.53

VENOM CIRCLE OF FOUR TP

$19.99

MAR

28

48

1.39

BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 03

$16.99

DC 

29

39

1.38

STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE III EMPIRE LOST TP

$19.99

DAR

30

33

1.38

BATMAN EARTH ONE HC

$22.99

DC 

31

63

1.36

PENGUIN PAIN AND PREJUDICE TP

$14.99

DC 

32

58

1.36

BERSERK TP VOL 36

$14.99

DAR

33

54

1.33

UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN TP VOL 01

$16.99

MAR

34

65

1.31

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

35

32

1.27

BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS

$24.99

DC 

36

46

1.25

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING TP VOL 03 SHADOWS

$17.99

IDW

37

104

1.25

BLEACH TP VOL 46

$9.99

VIZ

38

15

1.24

SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-ISLAND TP

$34.99

MAR

39

107

1.24

BLEACH TP VOL 47

$9.99

VIZ

40

26

1.22

OZ HC DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ

$29.99

MAR

41

94

1.21

HULK SMASH AVENGERS TP

$14.99

MAR

42

49

1.20

DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREM HC VOL 03

$19.99

MAR

43

74

1.18

FURY OF FIRESTORM NUCLEAR MEN TP VOL 01 GOD PARTICLE

$14.99

DC 

44

76

1.18

LEGION LOST TP VOL 01 RUN FROM TOMORROW

$14.99

DC 

45

100

1.18

X-MEN WAR MACHINES TP

$14.99

MAR

46

75

1.17

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR)

$14.99

IMA

47

40

1.16

WORLD OF WARCRAFT PEARL OF PANDARIA HC

$24.99

DC 

48

95

1.16

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL 02 FEAR ITSELF FALLOUT

$15.99

MAR

49

72

1.14

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 01

$15.99

MAR

50

78

1.13

FEAR ITSELF TP SECRET AVENGERS

$19.99

MAR

51

359

1.11

NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD DAY O/T UNDEAD GN (MR)

$2.99

AVA

52

55

1.10

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$19.99

DC 

53

129

1.09

MARVELS AVENGERS TP BLACK WIDOW STRIKES

$12.99

MAR

54

81

1.08

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

55

128

1.07

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE TP

$12.99

MAR

56

7

1.06

DAVE STEVENS STORIES & COVERS HC

$49.99

IDW

57

68

1.05

UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN PREM HC VOL 03 AVX

$19.99

MAR

58

88

1.04

STAND TP VOL 04 HARDCASES

$19.99

MAR

59

87

1.03

VOODOO TP VOL 01 WHAT LIES BENEATH

$14.99

DC 

60

70

1.03

BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC 

61

77

1.03

PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA TP VOL 02

$16.99

MAR

62

90

1.02

SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 10

$14.99

DC 

63

93

1.01

FLASH TP VOL 02 THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT

$14.99

DC 

64

96

1.00

YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 11

$11.99

HAC

65

66

1.00

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREM HC VOL 03 AVX

$19.99

MAR

66

67

0.97

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 02 (MR)

$19.99

DC 

67

69

0.95

GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 12

$15.99

ZEN

68

37

0.95

BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 02 WOLVES AT GATE

$29.99

DAR

69

125

0.95

THUNDERBOLTS TP LIKE LIGHTNING

$16.99

MAR

70

116

0.94

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 06

$11.99

ARC

71

51

0.94

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC 

72

20

0.92

INCOGNITO CLASSIFIED EDITION HC (MR)

$44.99

MAR

73

86

0.92

SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC 

74

139

0.92

ONE PIECE TP VOL 64

$9.99

VIZ

75

71

0.91

CHRONICLES OF KING CONAN TP VOL 03

$18.99

DAR

76

1

0.89

JOE KUBERT TARZAN OF THE APES ARTIST ED HC (NET)

$75.00

IDW

77

30

0.88

STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE SAGA HC

$34.99

DAR

78

111

0.88

GREEN ARROW LONGBOW HUNTERS TP NEW ED

$14.99

DC 

79

99

0.86

AVENGERS CELESTIAL QUEST TP

$24.99

MAR

80

85

0.86

ALIEN ILLUSTRATED STORY TP

$14.95

RAN

81

9

0.86

MMW IRON FIST HC VOL 02

$69.99

MAR

82

112

0.86

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE

$14.99

IMA

83

91

0.85

SQUEE TP

$15.95

SLA

84

101

0.85

WOLVERINE TP GOODBYE CHINATOWN

$16.99

MAR

85

147

0.84

KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 03

$9.99

ARC

86

103

0.83

FEAR ITSELF TP UNCANNY X-MEN

$16.99

MAR

87

118

0.82

FRINGE BEYOND THE FRINGE TP

$14.99

DC 

88

168

0.82

GLORY TP VOL 01 THE ONCE & FUTURE DESTROYER (MR)

$9.99

IMA

89

64

0.82

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$24.99

DC 

90

82

0.82

SHOWCASE PRESENTS AMETHSYT TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC 

91

79

0.81

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 04

$19.99

DAR

92

22

0.81

100 BULLETS HC BOOK 03 (MR)

$49.99

DC 

93

146

0.80

AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1

$10.99

DAR

94

8

0.80

MMW ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 04

$74.99

MAR

95

84

0.80

LOBO PORTRAIT OF A BASTICH TP NEW PTG

$19.99

DC 

96

50

0.78

BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01

$29.99

DC 

97

152

0.78

OREIMO TP VOL 01

$10.99

DAR

98

92

0.77

SPIDER-MAN LIZARD PREM HC NO TURNING BACK

$19.99

MAR

99

115

0.76

PRINCE OF CATS TP (MR)

$16.99

DC 

100

12

0.75

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