Diamond's September 2008 Comics Sales Charts & Market Share

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Diamond Comics Distributors released their Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel sales charts and Market Share report for the September 2008 comic book Direct Market on Monday, and Marvel Comics may have achieved an industry milestone for the first time in the single major distributor/post-Marvel bankruptcy era - over 50% Unit Market Share - i.e. over half of every comic book and graphic novel ordered by retailers in September was a Marvel publication.

The figure was reached anchored by the latest issue of Secret Invasion (#6) and perhaps given the small percentage Marvel exceeded 50% (50.92% to be exact), helped along by the lack of an issue of DC's event Final Crisis. DC's bestselling title of the month was the still strong All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder #10, the #4 selling title of the month.

Marvel also charted the other 8 titles in the Top Ten, including the debuts of a Stephen King two-fer The Stand: Captain Trips #1 (#8) and The Dark Tower #1 (#9).

DC's Watchmen trade paperback continued its run atop the graphic novel chart, where it could conceivably remain until March when the Warner Bros. big screen feature is released.

On the Market Share side, as mentioned Marvel took in 50.92% of the Unit Market share, which may well be a first in any industry era. DC followed of course with 28.47%.

On the Dollar Share side, Marvel led with 45.31% to DC's 27.29%.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2008 MARKET SHARES

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

Publisher

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Dollar Share

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Unit Share

MARVEL COMICS

45.31%

50.92%

DC COMICS

27.29%

28.47%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.19%

4.87%

IMAGE COMICS

3.74%

3.74%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.92%

2.56%

VIZ MEDIA

2.04%

0.93%

DYNAMIC FORCES

1.76%

1.82%

TOKYOPOP

1.02%

0.43%

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

0.97%

0.74%

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

0.79%

0.26%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.59%

0.20%

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING

0.43%

0.18%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.40%

0.12%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

0.40%

0.43%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.36%

0.20%

ONI PRESS

0.29%

0.12%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.25%

0.39%

BONGO COMICS

0.25%

0.26%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.21%

0.26%

ASPEN MLT INC

0.21%

0.29%

OTHER NON TOP 20

4.58%

2.80%

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2008

Qty Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Description

Price

Ven

1

1

240.74

SECRET INVASION #6 (Of 8) SI*

$3.99

MAR

2

2

172.47

HULK #6*

$2.99

MAR

3

5

151.27

NEW AVENGERS #45 SI

$2.99

MAR

4

6

137.70

ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN BOY WONDER #10*

$2.99

DC

5

7

132.93

MIGHTY AVENGERS #18 SI

$2.99

MAR

6

9

127.15

ULTIMATES 3 #5 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

7

10

121.34

UNCANNY X-MEN #502 MD

$2.99

MAR

8

3

121.03

STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS #1 (Of 5)*

$3.99

MAR

9

4

120.84

DARK TOWER TREACHERY #1 (Of 6)*

$3.99

MAR

10

11

120.75

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #570 NWD*

$2.99

MAR

11

12

113.59

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #18

$2.99

DAR

12

13

110.64

CAPTAIN AMERICA #42

$2.99

MAR

13

14

110.04

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #572 NWD

$2.99

MAR

14

15

107.87

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #571 NWD

$2.99

MAR

15

17

103.10

ALL STAR SUPERMAN #12

$2.99

DC

16

18

100.00

DETECTIVE COMICS #848 RIP

$2.99

DC

17

8

98.70

DEADPOOL #1 SI

$3.99

MAR

18

19

97.26

X-MEN LEGACY #216

$2.99

MAR

19

21

95.09

ULTIMATE ORIGINS #4 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

20

22

95.03

X-FORCE #7

$2.99

MAR

21

23

93.44

GREEN LANTERN #34

$2.99

DC

22

25

88.49

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5*

$2.99

MAR

23

26

87.62

DEADPOOL #2 SI*

$2.99

MAR

24

27

86.43

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #17 SI

$2.99

MAR

25

29

86.26

SECRET INVASION THOR #2 (Of 3) SI

$2.99

MAR

26

30

85.29

FANTASTIC FOUR #560

$2.99

MAR

27

31

84.27

SECRET INVASION X-MEN #2 (Of 4) MD

$2.99

MAR

28

16

80.09

FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #2 (Of 5)

$3.99

DC

29

33

79.94

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #126

$2.99

MAR

30

34

78.67

TRINITY #14

$2.99

DC

31

35

77.90

NIGHTWING #148 RIP

$2.99

DC

32

36

77.74

TRINITY #15

$2.99

DC

33

37

76.59

TRINITY #16

$2.99

DC

34

38

75.77

TITANS #4

$2.99

DC

35

39

75.13

TRINITY #17

$2.99

DC

36

41

73.20

SUPERMAN BATMAN #52

$2.99

DC

37

42

73.14

TITANS #5

$2.99

DC

38

43

73.12

BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #11 RIP

$2.99

DC

39

44

72.61

ACTION COMICS #869

$2.99

DC

40

20

72.12

X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #1 (Of 5) MD

$3.99

MAR

41

46

69.34

INCREDIBLE HERCULES #121*

$2.99

MAR

42

47

68.52

SECRET INVASION AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 (Of 3) SI

$2.99

MAR

43

48

68.20

SUPERMAN #680

$2.99

DC

44

49

68.16

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #28

$2.99

MAR

45

51

67.79

DAREDEVIL #111

$2.99

MAR

46

52

67.19

SECRET INVASION INHUMANS #2 (Of 4) SI

$2.99

MAR

47

24

66.52

ULTIMATE X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1

$3.99

MAR

48

54

65.79

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28

$2.99

DC

49

57

65.12

X-FACTOR #35*

$2.99

MAR

50

28

64.65

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR X-MEN ANNUAL #1

$3.99

MAR

51

58

64.25

IRON MAN DIRECTOR O/SHIELD #33 SI

$2.99

MAR

52

59

63.58

THUNDERBOLTS #124 SI

$2.99

MAR

53

32

62.98

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #12

$3.99

IDW

54

60

62.19

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

$2.99

MAR

55

62

61.64

GUARDIANS O/GALAXY #5 SI*

$2.99

MAR

56

63

61.18

TEEN TITANS #63

$2.99

DC

57

66

59.01

SECRET INVASION FRONT LINE #3 (Of 5) SI

$2.99

MAR

58

67

58.62

MS MARVEL #30 SI

$2.99

MAR

59

69

55.89

YOUNG X-MEN #6 MD*

$2.99

MAR

60

40

55.88

SKAAR SON OF HULK PRESENTS SAVAGE WORLD #1

$3.99

MAR

61

70

54.19

NOVA #17 SI

$2.99

MAR

62

72

51.36

CIVIL WAR HOUSE OF M #1 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

63

50

51.04

X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT #1 (Of 5)

$3.99

MAR

64

73

50.63

WONDER WOMAN #24

$2.99

DC

65

75

49.89

VENOM DARK ORIGIN #2 (Of 5)

$2.99

MAR

66

53

49.31

MARVEL APES #1 (Of 4)*

$3.99

MAR

67

76

49.22

BLACK PANTHER #41 SI

$2.99

MAR

68

55

49.17

MARVEL 1985 #5 (Of 6)

$3.99

MAR

69

77

48.31

CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI 13 #5*

$2.99

MAR

70

78

48.11

SHE-HULK 2 #33 SI

$2.99

MAR

71

79

47.19

ROBIN #178

$2.99

DC

72

80

47.06

MS MARVEL #31

$2.99

MAR

73

81

46.92

BOOSTER GOLD #12

$2.99

DC

74

82

46.37

SECRET SIX #1

$2.99

DC

75

64

45.47

SPIKE AFTER THE FALL #3 (Of 4)

$3.99

IDW

76

65

44.58

WOLVERINE ANNUAL #2 ROAR

$3.99

MAR

77

68

43.75

MARVEL APES #2 (Of 4)*

$3.99

MAR

78

85

43.71

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #17

$2.99

DC

79

86

43.50

DC UNIVERSE DECISIONS #1 (Of 4)

$2.99

DC

80

45

43.15

CABLE KING SIZE SPECTACULAR #1

$4.99

MAR

81

87

42.94

STAR WARS LEGACY #28 VECTOR PART 9 OF 12

$2.99

DAR

82

88

42.72

FLASH #244

$2.99

DC

83

89

42.68

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #6 (Of 7)*

$2.99

DE

84

91

40.93

RUNAWAYS 3 #2

$2.99

MAR

85

92

40.84

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #12

$2.99

DC

86

93

40.42

SUPERGIRL #33

$2.99

DC

87

94

40.09

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #23*

$2.99

MAR

88

71

39.93

SUB-MARINER DEPTHS #1 (Of 5)

$3.99

MAR

89

96

39.72

SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #3*

$2.99

MAR

90

97

39.68

BOYS #22 (MR)

$2.99

DE

91

98

39.39

PUNISHER #62 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

92

56

39.09

WOLVERINE SAUDADE (MR)

$4.99

MAR

93

99

38.94

STAR WARS CLONE WARS #1 (Of 6)

$2.99

DAR

94

100

38.62

MOON KNIGHT #22

$2.99

MAR

95

74

37.52

MS MARVEL ANNUAL #1

$3.99

MAR

96

61

36.99

FABLES #75 (MR)

$4.99

DC

97

101

36.75

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #3

$2.99

DAR

98

102

36.54

LEGION O/SUPER HEROES #46

$2.99

DC

99

103

36.50

BATGIRL #3 (Of 6)

$2.99

DC

100

105

35.89

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #21

$2.99

DC

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2008

Qty Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Title

Price

Ven

1

1

11.91

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

2

9

10.23

100 BULLETS TP VOL 12 DIRTY (MR)

$12.99

DC

3

41

8.85

STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP VOL 01 SHIPYARDS O/DOOM

$7.95

DAR

4

45

8.24

NARUTO TP VOL 31

$7.95

VIZ

5

16

6.83

CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 02 DEATH O/CAPTAIN AMERICA

$14.99

MAR

6

11

6.72

KINGDOM COME TP NEW EDITION

$17.99

DC

7

28

6.32

WOLVERINE BLOOD DEBT TP

$12.95

MAR

8

67

5.98

BLEACH TP VOL 24

$7.95

VIZ

9

15

5.74

IMMORTAL IRON FIST TP VOL 02 CITIES O/HEAVEN

$17.99

MAR

10

7

5.72

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS TP VOL 05

$24.95

DAR

11

17

5.59

JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA TP VOL 01 TORNADOS PATH

$17.99

DC

12

18

5.56

ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 01 THE DROWNING

$17.95

DAR

13

39

5.53

UNCANNY X-MEN TP DIVIDED WE STAND

$12.99

MAR

14

58

5.50

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

15

30

5.35

LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #1

$14.99

FAN

16

13

5.30

WATCHMEN TP INTERNATIONAL EDITION

$19.99

DC

17

22

5.27

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

18

37

5.21

BERSERK TP VOL 25 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

19

10

5.20

BATMAN THE BLACK GLOVE HC

$24.99

DC

20

12

5.11

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 02 FIRST NIGHT

$21.99

IDW

21

26

5.08

SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN TP VOL 04

$16.99

DC

22

5

4.99

ULTIMATE POWER TP

$29.99

MAR

23

21

4.90

JLA SALVATION RUN TP

$19.99

DC

24

75

4.82

BARKS ROSA COLL TP VOL 03 GOLDEN HELMET CHARTS COLUMBUS

$8.99

GEM

25

27

4.78

FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

26

40

4.72

HELLBLAZER LAUGHING MAGICIAN TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

27

8

4.46

X-MEN VS APOCALYPSE TP VOL 02 AGES O/APOCALYPSE

$29.99

MAR

28

35

4.17

CONAN TP VOL 06 HAND O/NERGAL

$17.95

DAR

29

70

4.16

NEGIMA GN VOL 19 (MR)

$10.95

RAN

30

20

3.94

TWELVE PREM HC VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

31

51

3.84

BAD BOY 10TH ANN HC*

$14.99

DE

32

81

3.78

PATH O/ASSASSIN TP VOL 13 HATEFUL BURDEN (MR)

$9.95

DAR

33

23

3.78

BLACK SUMMER TP (MR)

$24.99

AVA

34

33

3.77

LOVELESS TP VOL 03 BLACKWATER FALLS

$19.99

DC

35

24

3.76

INVASION TP

$24.99

DC

36

54

3.73

MADAME MIRAGE TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

37

84

3.52

LOVELESS GN VOL 08 (Of 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

38

14

3.50

DEATH OF THE NEW GODS HC

$29.99

DC

39

57

3.46

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN

$15.95

DAR

40

61

3.35

INCREDIBLE HERCULES AGAINST THE WORLD TP

$14.99

MAR

41

19

3.31

GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 01 IN THE LINE O/DUTY

$29.99

DC

42

29

3.23

SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE HC

$24.99

DC

43

59

3.18

SHOWCASE PRESENTS METAL MEN TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

44

108

3.14

VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 05

$8.99

VIZ

45

3

3.01

MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 11*

$54.99

MAR

46

71

3.00

SPIDER-MAN RED SONJA TP

$14.99

MAR

47

72

3.00

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

48

36

2.97

WOLVERINE ORIGINS VOL 05 DEADPOOL PREMIERE HC

$24.99

MAR

49

53

2.80

IRON MANUAL TP

$19.99

MAR

50

109

2.79

JANES IN LOVE**

$9.99

DC

51

55

2.78

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC VOL 03 BRAND NEW DAY

$19.99

MAR

52

56

2.77

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE TP VOL 03

$19.99

DC

53

62

2.77

DR FATE COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY TP

$17.99

DC

54

42

2.73

WONDER WOMAN THE CIRCLE HC

$24.99

DC

55

4

2.68

MMW ATLAS ERA HEROES HC VOL 03*

$59.99

MAR

56

31

2.63

SPAWN COLLECTION TP VOL 06

$29.99

IMA

57

25

2.55

FREAK BROTHERS OMNIBUS TP (MR)

$35.00

DIA

58

80

2.54

JSA PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN TP

$14.99

DC

59

121

2.54

CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 10 (Of 13) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

60

47

2.53

CONAN HC VOL 06 HAND O/NERGAL

$24.95

DAR

61

92

2.53

WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS TP ROOKIE

$12.99

MAR

62

110

2.53

MPD PSYCHO TP VOL 06 (MR)

$10.95

DAR

63

60

2.52

CABLE PREM HC VOL 01 MESSIAH WAR

$19.99

MAR

64

34

2.51

LOCAL HC

$29.99

ONI

65

63

2.46

BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

66

48

2.43

MARVEL BOY PREM HC*

$24.99

MAR

67

38

2.41

ELEKTRA & WOLVERINE REDEEMER HC

$29.95

MAR

68

2

2.40

ABSOLUTE RONIN HC

$99.00

DC

69

161

2.40

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 10 CRISIS DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

70

98

2.35

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

71

50

2.34

ETERNALS BY JACK KIRBY TP BOOK 02

$24.99

MAR

72

136

2.29

CASTLEVANIA CURSE O/DARKNESS GN VOL 01 (Of 2)

$9.99

TKP

73

86

2.29

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC

74

87

2.29

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

$14.99

DC

75

43

2.26

BEST O/SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 03

$29.99

MAR

76

206

2.23

ZOMBIE-SAMA ONE SHOT

$6.99

BIG

77

79

2.22

ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR)

$17.99

DC

78

82

2.20

ESSENTIAL OFF HB MARVEL UNIV MASTER ED TP VOL 03

$16.99

MAR

79

74

2.18

COUNTER X TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

80

94

2.16

UNCLE SAM FREEDOM FIGHTERS BRAVE NEW WORLD TP

$14.99

DC

81

77

2.06

X-FACTOR PREM HC ONLY GAME IN TOWN

$19.99

MAR

82

93

2.04

BLADE BLACK & WHITE TP

$15.99

MAR

83

85

2.03

BLACK PANTHER TP BACK TO AFRICA

$16.99

MAR

84

99

2.02

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

85

49

2.02

OMEGA UNKNOWN PREM HC*

$29.99

MAR

86

78

2.01

IRON MAN PREM HC LEGACY O/DOOM

$19.99

MAR

87

197

2.00

POKEMON DIAMOND & PEARL ADVENTURE GN VOL 02

$7.99

VIZ

88

64

1.96

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC VOL 04 SPIDER-MAN

$24.99

MAR

89

65

1.95

LOCKE & KEY HC

$24.99

IDW

90

181

1.95

NANA TP VOL 12 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

91

122

1.94

CRIMINAL MACABRE MY DEMON BABY TP

$12.95

DAR

92

52

1.92

ART O/MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 01

$29.99

MAR

93

164

1.90

WELCOME TO NHK GN 08 (Of 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

94

151

1.89

KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 07

$10.95

DAR

95

46

1.84

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 05

$34.99

MAR

96

68

1.83

THOR VISIONARIES WALT SIMONSON TP VOL 01

$24.95

MAR

97

104

1.79

SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE O/HORROR TP VOL 05 DEAD MANS JEST

$15.95

HAR

98

105

1.78

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME

$15.95

DAR

99

114

1.78

ARMY O/DARKNESS TP VOL 06 FROM ASHES

$14.99

DE

100

118

1.73

WITCHBLADE SHADES O/GRAY TP

$14.99

DE

 

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