Diamond's Nov. '08 Sales Charts & Market Share - UPDATED

Ultimatum #1
Ultimatum #1
Ultimatum

 ** UPDATE: Tuesday Diamond released their Top 100 Graphic Novels chart from November, and the always-strong DC/Vertigo Fables Volume 11 was the best-selling trade of the month.

The full Top 100 chart has been added below...

Diamond Comics Distributors released their November 2008 Direct Market sales charts and market share report Monday, or at least a slightly different version of them. Diamond has not yet published their Top 100 Graphic Novel chart, which usually accompanies the Top 100 Comic Book and Publisher Market Share charts, but instead have included a Top 50 Independent Comic Book chart.

But starting with the more familiar, Marvel again scored the top-selling comic book of the month, on route to maintaining their leads in both Market Share categories for the year, but at tighter margins that have been in the norm in recent months.

Jeph Loeb and David Finch's Ultimatum #1, the debut of the limited series Marvel is promising will "forever change" their alternative superhero universe, was the bestselling title of the month. It sold a little better than 10% more than Batman #681, the conclusion of the 'Batman R.I.P.' story arc.

All-in-all, Marvel charted 6 of the Top 10 best-selling titles, slightly off recent months when they usually accounted for 8 or 9, usually anchored by an issue of Secret Invasion.

DC accounted for the other 3 in the Top 10, and Dark Horse 1, i.e. the still-strong Buffy the Vampire Slayer (#19).

Despite not having written any comics for years, Kevin Smith demonstrated he still has some legs among retailers and readers. The debut issue of his Batman Cacophony limited series came at #11 for the month.

Over in Diamond's Indy chart, IDW's Angel: After the Fall #14 was the top-selling title, demonstrating the continued strength of the Joss Whedon vampire-verse.

On the Market Share side, as mentioned, Marvel again led in both Unit and Dollar share categories, but with DC a little closer behind than compared the recent months.

Marvel accounted for 42.90% of Units sold in November, to DC's 34.52%, and 36.96% in Dollar Share, with its Uptown rival just behind at 34.21%.

The full charts follow below, along with new text from Diamond providing some insight into its methodology.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2008

Qty Rank Retail Rank Index Title Price Ven
1 4 12.80 FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR & PIECES (MR) $17.99 DC
2 18 10.05 MICHAEL TURNER TRIBUTE GN $8.99 ASP
3 6 9.25 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 03 WOLVES AT THE GATE $15.95 DAR
4 3 9.24 HEROES HC VOL 02* $29.99 DC
5 2 8.11 WATCHMEN HC $39.99 DC
6 9 6.65 JLA AVENGERS TP $19.99 DC/MAR
7 11 5.78 WATCHMEN TP* $19.99 DC
8 12 5.51 JOKER HC $19.99 DC
9 57 5.31 NARUTO TP VOL 32 $7.95 VIZ
10 47 4.52 FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 21 (Of 23) $9.99 TKP
11 20 4.44 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 AVA
12 21 4.40 BPRD TP VOL 09 1946 $17.95 DAR
13 14 3.99 HULK PREM HC VOL 01 RED HULK $24.99 MAR
14 25 3.60 COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC
15 19 3.59 ULTIMATE X-MEN ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
16 1 3.56 ABSOLUTE SANDMAN HC VOL 04 (MR) $99.00 DC
17 48 3.47 TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE TP VOL 09 $12.99 WIZ
18 8 3.45 FABLES COVERS BY JAMES JEAN HC (MR) $39.99 DC
19 41 3.38 BERSERK TP VOL 26 $13.95 DAR
20 15 3.29 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 04 (MR) $29.99 IMA
21 32 3.28 ULTIMATE HULK VS IRON MAN TP ULTIMATE HUMAN $15.99 MAR
22 60 3.15 STAR WARS REBELLION TP VOL 03 SMALL VICTORIES $12.95 DAR
23 37 3.10 X-MEN POPTOPIA TP $15.95 MAR
24 35 3.01 CHRONICLES O/CONAN TP VOL 16 ETERNITY WAR & OTHER STORIES $16.95 DAR
25 29 2.97 BATMAN GOTHAM UNDERGROUND TP $19.99 DC
26 39 2.95 X-MEN LEGACY TP VOL 01 DIVIDED HE STANDS $15.99 MAR
27 53 2.94 GREEN LANTERN CORPS RING QUEST TP $14.99 DC
28 30 2.93 NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 08 SECRET INVASION BOOK 1 $19.99 MAR
29 54 2.88 EXTERMINATORS TP VOL 05 BUG BROTHERS FOREVER (MR) $14.99 DC
30 56 2.82 TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE TP $14.99 DC
31 31 2.73 AVENGERS THE INITIATIVE TP VOL 02 KILLED IN ACTION $19.99 MAR
32 5 2.69 WATCHMEN THE ABSOLUTE EDITION HC $75.00 DC
33 45 2.68 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 02 $16.99 DC
34 49 2.63 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SGT ROCK TP VOL 02 $16.99 DC
35 22 2.62 DAREDEVIL MILLER JANSON TP VOL 01 $29.99 MAR
36 33 2.61 CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC VOL 03 DEATH CAPT AMERICA $19.99 MAR
37 43 2.56 BATMAN EGO & OTHER TAILS TP $17.99 DC
38 64 2.56 THUNDERBOLTS WARREN ELLIS TP VOL 02 CAGED ANGELS $14.99 MAR
39 36 2.53 BATMAN RULES O/ENGAGEMENT TP $19.99 DC
40 10 2.47 JACK KIRBYS THE DEMON OMNIBUS HC $49.99 DC
41 97 2.38 TRIGUN MAXIMUM TP VOL 13 DOUBLE DUEL $9.95 DAR
42 91 2.33 WARCRAFT LEGENDS GN VOL 02 (Of 5) $10.99 TKP
43 42 2.32 DIANA PRINCE WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 03 $19.99 DC
44 114 2.31 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 02 $7.99 VIZ
45 67 2.31 DISNEYS DUCKTALES GOLD ODYSSEY TP $15.99 GEM
46 65 2.25 ESSENTIAL HULK TP VOL 05 $16.99 MAR
47 51 2.23 SUPERMAN VS BRAINIAC TP $19.99 DC
48 93 2.22 TSUBASA GN VOL 19 $10.95 RAN
49 23 2.15 NEW X-MEN BY MORRISON ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 03 $34.99 MAR
50 79 2.11 YOUNG X-MEN TP VOL 01 FINAL GENESIS $14.99 MAR
51 92 2.09 PULSE TP VOL 02 SECRET WAR $11.99 MAR
52 66 2.09 NIGHTWING FREEFALL TP $17.99 DC
53 58 2.07 WANTED TP MOVIE ED $19.99 IMA
54 34 2.06 ANGEL OMNIBUS TP $24.99 IDW
55 13 2.03 FATHOM DEFINITIVE ED TP $49.99 ASP
56 110 1.92 CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 11 (Of 13) (MR) $9.99 TKP
57 76 1.90 GHOST RIDER TP VOL 05 HELL BENT HEAVEN BOUND $16.99 MAR
58 40 1.89 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL HC VOL 03 $24.99 DC
59 24 1.84 CIVIL WAR HC $39.99 MAR
60 46 1.81 ALIENS OMNIBUS TP VOL 05 $24.95 DAR
61 68 1.80 X-MEN MAGIK STORM AND ILLYANA PREM HC* $19.99 MAR
62 52 1.77 BOOSTER GOLD HC VOL 02 BLUE & GOLD $24.99 DC
63 69 1.77 MOON KNIGHT TP VOL 03 GOD & COUNTRY $19.99 MAR
64 125 1.76 OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB TP VOL 11 $8.99 VIZ
65 17 1.74 MMW INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 05* $54.99 MAR
66 88 1.74 PUNISHER TP BARBARIAN WITH A GUN $15.99 MAR
67 72 1.71 QUESTION TP VOL 03 EPITAPH FOR A HERO $19.99 DC
68 84 1.66 ROBIN VIOLENT TENDENCIES TP $17.99 DC
69 26 1.66 CIVIL WAR HC DM ED $39.99 MAR
70 38 1.64 LIQUID CITY GN $29.99 IMA
71 75 1.63 COUNTER X TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
72 16 1.63 MMW GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 03* $59.99 MAR
73 61 1.60 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
74 62 1.59 X-MEN LEGACY PREM HC VOL 02 SINS OF FATHER $24.99 MAR
75 95 1.59 X-MEN FIRST CLASS TP BAND O/BROTHERS $14.99 MAR
76 111 1.58 ULTIMATE ELEKTRA DEVILS DUE TP $11.99 MAR
77 81 1.56 SPIDER-MAN PREM HC KRAVENS FIRST HUNT $19.99 MAR
78 99 1.56 PULSE TP VOL 03 FEAR $14.99 MAR
79 63 1.55 STRAY TOASTERS TP (NEW PTG) $24.99 IMA
80 83 1.52 TRANSFORMERS MOVIE SEQUEL REIGN O/STARSCREAM TP $19.99 IDW
81 131 1.51 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TP VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
82 153 1.48 UNDERWOLD RISE O/LYCANS COLLECTED ED TP $7.99 IDW
83 98 1.48 LAST DEFENDERS TP $15.99 MAR
84 157 1.47 D GRAY MAN GN VOL 11 $7.99 VIZ
85 7 1.45 PUNISHER BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS HC $99.99 MAR
86 138 1.44 CODE GEASS LELOUCH O/REBELLION GN VOL 02 $9.99 BAN
87 94 1.42 DRAIN TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 IMA
88 70 1.40 MYTHOS HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
89 120 1.40 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 02 $11.95 ARC
90 132 1.38 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 10 $10.95 DAR
91 171 1.36 CLAYMORE TP VOL 13 $7.99 VIZ
92 73 1.34 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG FIRST IMPRESSIONS HC $24.95 VAL
93 108 1.33 SLOTH TP (MR) $14.99 DC
94 109 1.32 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC
95 89 1.31 UN-MEN TP VOL 02 CHILDREN OF PARADOX (MR) $19.99 DC
96 113 1.24 IMPALER TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
97 145 1.24 TRINITY BLOOD GN VOL 08 (Of 10) (MR) $9.99 TKP
98 101 1.23 TANK GIRL VISIONS OF BOOGA TP $17.99 IDW
99 115 1.23 48 MORE ASHLEY WOOD NUDES SC (MR) $14.99 IDW
100 165 1.22 NANA TP VOL 13 (MR) $8.99 VIZ
  

NOVEMBER 2008 MARKET SHARES

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

Publisher

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Dollar Share

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Unit Share

MARVEL COMICS 36.96% 42.90%
DC COMICS 34.21% 34.52%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.86% 4.84%
IMAGE COMICS 4.35% 3.80%
IDW PUBLISHING 2.96% 2.83%
VIZ MEDIA 1.79% 1.00%
DYNAMIC FORCES 1.33% 1.75%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 1.13% 0.82%
TOKYOPOP 0.82% 0.38%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.69% 0.40%
GEMSTONE PUBLISHING 0.60% 0.29%
ASPEN MLT 0.60% 0.20%
DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING 0.56% 0.58%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.55% 0.22%
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 0.51% 0.52%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.49% 0.17%
DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION 0.41% 0.16%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.36% 0.55%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.35% 0.43%
BONGO COMICS 0.27% 0.36%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 5.17% 3.28%

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2008

Qty Rank Retail Rank Index Description Price Ven
1 1 110.74 ULTIMATUM #1 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
2 2 100.00 BATMAN #681 RIP* $3.99 DC
3 6 88.00 HULK #8* $2.99 MAR
4 7 86.19 WOLVERINE #69 $2.99 MAR
5 9 75.40 UNCANNY X-MEN #504 MD $2.99 MAR
6 3 74.28 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #577* $3.99 MAR
7 13 73.19 CAPTAIN AMERICA #44* $2.99 MAR
8 14 71.94 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #19 $2.99 DAR
9 4 70.64 JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL SUPERMAN #1* $3.99 DC
10 17 69.18 JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #20* $2.99 DC
11 5 67.40 BATMAN CACOPHONY #1 (Of 3)* $3.99 DC
12 18 66.85 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #576 $2.99 MAR
13 20 64.53 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #578 $2.99 MAR
14 8 62.24 DETECTIVE COMICS #850 RIP (NOTE PRICE) $3.99 DC
15 21 61.57 X-MEN LEGACY #218 XOS 4 $2.99 MAR
16 23 59.46 FANTASTIC FOUR #561* $2.99 MAR
17 25 56.76 ACTION COMICS #871 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
18 10 56.50 DARK TOWER TREACHERY #3 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
19 26 55.49 X-FORCE #9 $2.99 MAR
20 11 55.46 JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL KINGDOM #1* $3.99 DC
21 12 55.19 FINAL CRISIS RESIST #1 $3.99 DC
22 27 54.51 AVENGERS INVADERS #6 (Of 12)* $2.99 MAR
23 15 53.86 JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL MAGOG #1* $3.99 DC
24 28 53.74 SUPERMAN #682 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
25 16 53.39 STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS #3 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
26 30 50.59 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #128 $2.99 MAR
27 19 49.43 NIGHTWING #150 RIP* $3.99 DC
28 32 48.82 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #30 XOS 5 $2.99 MAR
29 33 48.06 DEADPOOL #4 $2.99 MAR
30 34 47.85 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 $2.99 MAR
31 22 45.81 MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #2 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
32 37 45.56 SECRET INVASION X-MEN #4 (Of 4) MD $2.99 MAR
33 38 45.03 ULTIMATE X-MEN #98 $2.99 MAR
34 39 44.13 SUPERGIRL #35 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
35 40 43.60 TRINITY #23 $2.99 DC
36 41 43.14 TRINITY #24 $2.99 DC
37 24 42.58 THOR MAN OF WAR $3.99 MAR
38 42 42.47 TRINITY #25 $2.99 DC
39 43 42.27 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30 $2.99 DC
40 44 41.89 TRINITY #26 $2.99 DC
41 45 41.63 BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #13 RIP $2.99 DC
42 46 40.24 TITANS #7 $2.99 DC
43 47 39.94 DAREDEVIL #113 $2.99 MAR
44 48 39.90 SECRET INVASION INHUMANS #4 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
45 50 39.80 IRON MAN DIRECTOR O/SHIELD #35 SI $2.99 MAR
46 29 38.84 AVENGERS INITIATIVE SPECIAL $3.99 MAR
47 31 37.76 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #14 $3.99 IDW
48 53 36.72 TEEN TITANS #65 $2.99 DC
49 54 36.18 CABLE #8 $2.99 MAR
50 55 35.67 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #1* $2.99 DAR
51 35 34.79 X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #3 (Of 5) MD $3.99 MAR
52 56 34.69 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #123 $2.99 MAR
53 57 34.66 X-FACTOR #37 $2.99 MAR
54 58 33.93 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #58 $2.99 MAR
55 59 33.72 SKAAR SON OF HULK #5 $2.99 MAR
56 60 33.61 ADVENTURE COMICS SPECIAL GUARDIAN #1 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
57 61 33.58 THUNDERBOLTS #126 $2.99 MAR
58 62 32.26 WONDER WOMAN #26* $2.99 DC
59 65 31.64 SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #1 (Of 4) (MR)* $2.99 DC
60 49 29.83 X-MEN SPIDER-MAN #1 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
61 66 29.58 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #7* $2.99 MAR
62 67 29.31 YOUNG X-MEN #8 MD $2.99 MAR
63 51 29.07 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #25 SI $3.99 MAR
64 36 27.64 IRON MAN END $4.99 MAR
65 70 27.53 ROBIN #180 $2.99 DC
66 71 27.44 NOVA #19 $2.99 MAR
67 72 27.40 BOOSTER GOLD #14 $2.99 DC
68 73 27.18 STAR WARS LEGACY #30 VECTOR PART 11 O/12 $2.99 DAR
69 75 26.20 TERROR TITANS #2 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
70 76 25.93 FLASH #246 $2.99 DC
71 77 25.60 BRAVE & BOLD #19 $2.99 DC
72 78 25.26 SECRET SIX #3 $2.99 DC
73 79 24.82 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #14 $2.99 DC
74 80 24.66 VENOM DARK ORIGIN #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
75 68 24.37 BLACK TERROR #1* $3.50 DE
76 83 23.91 PUNISHER MAX #64 (MR) $2.99 MAR
77 63 23.83 WEAPON X FIRST CLASS #1 (Of 3)* $3.99 MAR
78 64 23.81 X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT #3 (Of 5) $3.99 MAR
79 84 23.74 WOLVERINE CHOP SHOP $2.99 MAR
80 86 23.47 CIVIL WAR HOUSE OF M #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
81 87 23.47 GHOST RIDER #29 $2.99 MAR
82 88 23.36 WALKING DEAD #54 (MR) $2.99 IMA
83 89 23.31 SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM #1 (Of 5) $2.99 DC
84 90 23.25 MS MARVEL #33 $2.99 MAR
85 91 23.22 MOON KNIGHT #24 $2.99 MAR
86 92 23.16 WALKING DEAD #55 (MR) $2.99 IMA
87 94 23.00 SPAWN #186 $2.95 IMA
88 52 22.90 DAREDEVIL & CAPTAIN AMERICA DEAD ON ARRIVAL (MR) $4.99 MAR
89 93 22.78 RUNAWAYS 3 #4 $2.99 MAR
90 95 22.63 FABLES #78 (MR) $2.99 DC
91 96 22.57 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #5 $2.99 DAR
92 99 22.22 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #48 $2.99 DC
93 100 22.21 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #23 $2.99 DC
94 101 21.95 SGT ROCK LOST BATTALION #1 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
95 105 21.51 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #7 $2.99 MAR
96 106 20.99 SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM #2 (Of 5) $2.99 DC
97 107 20.94 BATGIRL #5 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
98 69 20.86 X-MEN WORLDS APART #2 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
99 109 20.32 BIRDS OF PREY #124 $2.99 DC
100 110 20.31 TERRA #1 (Of 4) $2.99 DC

TOP 50 INDEPENDENT COMIC BOOKS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2008

Rank Overall Quantity Rank Overall Retail Rank Index Description Price Vendor
1 47 31 37.76 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #14 $3.99 IDW
2 75 68 24.37 BLACK TERROR #1* $3.50 DE
3 131 138 13.57 RED SONJA #39 $2.99 DE
4 140 127 12.01 TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON #5 $3.99 IDW
5 142 136 11.72 LONE RANGER #15 (MR) $3.50 DE
6 147 144 10.89 JUNGLE GIRL SEASON 2 #1* $3.50 DE
7 153 141 9.96 DOCTOR WHO FORGOTTEN #3 $3.99 IDW
8 154 154 9.84 GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS NIGHT WITCHES #2 (Of 3) $3.50 DE
9 156 143 9.70 TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT BLURR $3.99 IDW
10 158 175 9.34 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #32 $2.99 ZEN
11 159 145 9.32 ANNA MERCURY #4 (Of 5) (MR)* $3.99 AVA
12 161 146 9.27 JIM BUTCHERS DRESDEN FILES STORM FRONT #1 (Of 4) $3.99 DAB
13 162 148 9.17 GRANT MORRISONS DOCTOR WHO #2 $3.99 IDW
14 168 188 8.61 TAROT WITCH O/BLACK ROSE #53 (MR) $2.95 BRO
15 170 158 8.42 STREET FIGHTER II TURBO #2* $3.95 UDO
16 171 156 8.40 STAR TREK LAST GENERATION #1 $3.99 IDW
17 174 196 8.02 SIMPSONS COMICS #148 $2.99 BON
18 181 170 7.31 STAR TREK MIRROR IMAGES #5 $3.99 IDW
19 182 173 7.21 GHOSTBUSTERS THE OTHER SIDE #2 $3.99 IDW
20 183 189 7.20 MAN WITH NO NAME #5 $3.50 DE
21 186 177 6.88 GRAVEL #6 (MR)* $3.99 AVA
22 187 231 6.74 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #194 $2.25 ARC
23 193 217 6.60 FUTURAMA COMICS #40 $2.99 BON
24 194 199 6.58 MOUSE GUARD WINTER 1152 #4 (Of 6) $3.50 ARS
25 195 161 6.57 SAVAGE TALES #10 (MR) $4.99 DE
26 198 186 6.46 FLASH GORDON #3 $3.99 ARD
27 200 190 6.25 SIR APROPOS O/NOTHING #1 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW
28 204 166 6.15 NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA GHOSTS #2 (Of 4) $4.99 DE
29 206 207 6.01 HALLOWEEN FIRST DEATH O/LAURIE STRODE #2 (Of 3)* $3.50 DEV
30 207 224 5.95 CITY OF DUST #2* $2.99 RAL
31 209 215 5.69 SHEENA DARK RISING #2* $3.50 DEV
32 210 155 5.61 TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT OPTIMUS PRIME 3D $5.99 IDW
33 211 201 5.59 WELCOME TO HOXFORD #4 $3.99 IDW
34 215 206 5.38 TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED ARRIVAL #4 $3.99 IDW
35 217 221 5.36 VOLTRON A LEGEND FORGED #4 $3.50 DEV
36 218 183 5.22 SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING #3 $4.99 BON
37 221 214 5.00 PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL BARACK OBAMA $3.99 IDW
38 222 236 4.90 GLAMOURPUSS #4 $3.00 AAR
39 225 195 4.81 SHONEN JUMP DEC 08 $4.99 VIZ
40 229 244 4.56 ATOMIC ROBO DOGS O/WAR #4 (Of 5) $2.95 RED
41 231 223 4.49 FALLEN ANGEL IDW #31 (MR) $3.99 IDW
42 232 245 4.47 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS ADVENTURES O/SINBAD #4 $2.99 ZEN
43 233 281 4.31 SONIC X #39 $2.25 ARC
44 236 157 4.17 UNCLE SCROOGE #382 $7.99 GEM
45 238 257 4.12 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS ADVENTURES O/SINBAD #5 $2.99 ZEN
46 242 164 4.05 UNCLE SCROOGE #381 $7.99 GEM
47 243 203 3.97 DRAGONLANCE LEGENDS TIME O/TWINS #3 (Of 3) PANOSIAN CVR $5.50 DEV
48 245 230 3.88 UNDERWORLD RISE O/LYCANS #1 $3.99 IDW
49 247 232 3.77 PATRICIA BRIGGS MERCY THOMPSON HOMECOMING #1 (Of 4) $3.99 DAB
50 252 174 3.56 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #696 $7.99 GEM

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 4,000+ accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index:

The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

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