Diamond's April '09 Top 100 Sales Charts & Market Share

Diamond Comics' Distributors this week released their Market Share Report and Top 100 Sales Charts for comic books and graphic novels sold to the comic book Direct Market in April 2009, and while Marvel Comics held onto its now regular leads in both Market Share categories, DC Comics had the two top-selling comic books of the month, as well as the top-selling graphic novel of the month.

It was an unusual month in the Top 10 comic books, with Marvel and DC actually splitting the top of the chart with 5 titles a piece. Detective Comics #853 - the 2nd part of Neil Gaiman's two-part "What Ever Happened to the Caped Crusader" story arc - was the best-selling comic of the month, followed by the return of Barry Allen in earnest to the DC Universe in Flash Rebirth #1.

The debut of a new ongoing series starring Wolverine - Wolverine Weapon X #1 was Marvel's best-selling title of the month, coming in at #3 overall.

Coming as no surprise. The Watchmen trade paperback continued its dominance over the graphic novel charts in April. It's a title the perennial best-seller might not relinquish soon with the DVD release of the feature film just around the corner. 

Marvel charted the 2nd best-seller of the month with its Dark Tower: Treachery Premiere Hardcover.

Despite the reemergence of the two-party system at the top of the charts, the Market Share make-up remained largely unchanged. As mentioned Marvel held its lead in both categories, although at somewhat lower levels than some of the highs seen in the last year and 1/2, particularly in the Unit Share category.

Marvel accounted for 40.20% of all units sold to the comics shops in April, and 39.80% of all wholesale dollars spent, with DC coming in at 28.38% Unit Share and 27.75% Dollar Share.

The Market Share and Top 100 Sales charts follow below, and as always, look for more detailed analysis of the month's figures soon here at Newsarama...

APRIL 2009 MARKET SHARES

Based on Total Sales for Comics, Graphic Novels & Magazines Invoiced in April 2009

Vendor

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Unit Share

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Dollar Share

MARVEL COMICS

40.20%

39.80%

DC COMICS

28.38%

27.75%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.84%

5.31%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.11%

4.16%

IMAGE COMICS

3.34%

4.01%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.26%

2.03%

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

0.94%

2.00%

VIZ MEDIA

1.39%

1.77%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.88%

1.14%

AVATAR PRESS

0.63%

1.04%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

0.48%

0.79%

TOKYOPOP

0.21%

0.70%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.18%

0.69%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

2.23%

0.62%

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

0.37%

0.60%

BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS

0.57%

0.52%

DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING

0.26%

0.52%

ONI PRESS

0.67%

0.44%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

0.07%

0.33%

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

0.46%

0.31%

OTHER NON-TOP 20

6.55%

5.47%

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2009

Quantity Rank

Dollar Rank

Index

Description

Price

Vendor

1

1

116.82

DETECTIVE COMICS #853

$3.99

DC

2

2

114.93

FLASH REBIRTH #1 (OF 6)

$3.99

DC

3

8

109.85

WOLVERINE WEAPON X #1

$3.99

MAR

4

3

107.56

DARK AVENGERS #4

$3.99

MAR

5

4

105.45

NEW AVENGERS #52 (DARK REIGN)

$3.99

MAR

6

5

100.00

BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL #2 (OF 3)

$3.99

DC

7

6

92.83

HULK #11

$3.99

MAR

8

9

91.11

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #26

$2.99

DC

9

10

89.53

GREEN LANTERN #39 (ORIGINS)

$2.99

DC

10

7

89.35

THOR #601

$3.99

MAR

11

11

86.02

GREEN LANTERN #40

$2.99

DC

12

13

85.77

UNCANNY X-MEN #508

$2.99

MAR

13

14

80.72

X-MEN LEGACY #223

$2.99

MAR

14

15

77.63

UNCANNY X-MEN #509

$2.99

MAR

15

16

76.56

MIGHTY AVENGERS #24 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

16

17

76.05

ASTONISHING X-MEN #29

$2.99

MAR

17

20

74.52

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #590

$2.99

MAR

18

18

74.08

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #32

$2.99

DC

19

21

73.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #592

$2.99

MAR

20

19

73.74

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #25

$2.99

DC

21

23

71.67

CAPTAIN AMERICA #49

$2.99

MAR

22

25

68.35

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #24 CHEN CVR

$2.99

DAR

23

27

68.24

ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #4 (OF 6)

$2.99

MAR

24

26

67.89

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #591

$2.99

MAR

25

29

66.66

ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #5 (OF 6)

$2.99

MAR

26

28

65.94

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35

$2.99

DC

27

31

64.30

X-FORCE #14 (X-MEN: MESSIAH WAR)

$2.99

MAR

28

12

63.83

FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #4 (OF 5)

$3.99

DC

29

35

58.09

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #12 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

30

22

56.35

DARK REIGN CABAL (DARK REIGN)

$3.99

MAR

31

38

56.25

SECRET WARRIORS #3 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

32

39

56.15

KICK ASS #6 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

33

42

55.16

THUNDERBOLTS #131 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

34

43

54.40

DEADPOOL #9 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

35

44

53.90

AVENGERS INVADERS #9 (OF 12)

$2.99

MAR

36

24

53.47

WAR OF KINGS #2 (OF 6)

$3.99

MAR

37

49

50.66

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #23 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

38

51

50.47

DAREDEVIL #118

$2.99

MAR

39

48

50.47

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #35 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

40

47

50.36

SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #2 (OF 12)

$2.99

DC

41

54

49.37

AVENGERS INVADERS #10 (OF 12)

$2.99

MAR

42

53

48.66

ACTION COMICS #876

$2.99

DC

43

55

48.30

SUPERMAN #687

$2.99

DC

44

30

48.13

MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #1 (OF 4)

$3.99

MAR

45

57

46.84

SUPERMAN BATMAN #57

$2.99

DC

46

40

46.07

DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #1 (OF 5) (DARK REIGN)

$3.99

MAR

47

58

46.01

SUPERMAN BATMAN #58

$2.99

DC

48

60

45.49

CABLE #13 (X-MEN: MESSIAH WAR)

$2.99

MAR

49

59

45.09

SUPERMAN BATMAN #59

$2.99

DC

50

36

44.00

DARK TOWER SORCERER #1

$3.99

MAR

51

61

43.97

BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL ARKHAM #1

$2.99

DC

52

34

43.69

NEW AVENGERS REUNION #2 (OF 4) (DARK REIGN)

$3.99

MAR

53

33

43.66

STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #2 (OF 5)

$3.99

MAR

54

63

43.49

BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL THE UNDERGROUND #1

$2.99

DC

55

64

43.19

BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL MAN BAT #1

$2.99

DC

56

37

43.11

DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #1 (OF 5)

$3.99

MAR

57

67

41.51

PUNISHER #4 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

58

41

41.20

CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL #1

$3.99

MAR

59

66

40.88

AZRAEL DEATHS DARK KNIGHT #2 (OF 3)

$2.99

DC

60

68

40.41

TITANS #12

$2.99

DC

61

69

39.74

TEEN TITANS #70

$2.99

DC

62

70

39.69

TEEN TITANS #69

$2.99

DC

63

45

38.76

WAR OF KINGS ASCENSION #1 (OF 4)

$3.99

MAR

64

46

38.55

X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE #1

$3.99

MAR

65

76

38.44

WAR MACHINE #5 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

66

74

38.24

SUPERGIRL #40

$2.99

DC

67

81

37.86

INCREDIBLE HERCULES #128 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

68

75

37.85

ORACLE #2 (OF 3)

$2.99

DC

69

77

37.59

TRINITY #44

$2.99

DC

70

84

37.43

BLACK PANTHER 2 #3 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

71

78

37.43

TRINITY #45

$2.99

DC

72

80

37.16

TRINITY #46

$2.99

DC

73

82

37.00

TRINITY #47

$2.99

DC

74

83

36.83

TRINITY #48

$2.99

DC

75

32

36.50

TEEN TITANS ANNUAL 2009 #1

$4.99

DC

76

56

36.03

WOLVERINE NOIR #1 (OF 4)

$3.99

MAR

77

87

35.91

X-FACTOR #42

$2.99

MAR

78

86

35.75

WONDER WOMAN #31

$2.99

DC

79

89

35.34

DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (OF 5) (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

80

65

34.94

EXILES #1

$3.99

MAR

81

50

34.01

ANGEL #20

$3.99

IDW

82

62

33.54

DARK REIGN ELEKTRA #2 (OF 5) (DARK REIGN)

$3.99

MAR

83

92

33.38

AGENTS OF ATLAS #3 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

84

227

32.06

PREACHER # 1 SPECIAL EDITION

$1.00

DC

85

101

30.90

MS MARVEL #38 (DARK REIGN)

$2.99

MAR

86

102

30.65

SKAAR #10

$2.99

MAR

87

100

30.49

OUTSIDERS #17

$2.99

DC

88

103

30.42

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13

$2.99

MAR

89

52

30.32

FEMALE FORCE #3 MICHELLE OBAMA

$3.99

BLU

90

71

29.45

SI AFTERMATH BETA RAY BILL GREEN OF EDEN #1

$3.99

MAR

91

106

29.44

NOVA #24

$2.99

MAR

92

94

29.21

BOYS #29 (MR)

$2.99

DE

93

73

29.13

SUB-MARINER COMICS 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL #1

$3.99

MAR

94

72

28.96

HALO UPRISING #4 (OF 4) (MR)

$3.99

MAR

95

85

27.69

DAREDEVIL NOIR #1 (OF 4)

$3.99

MAR

96

108

27.55

STAR WARS LEGACY #35 STORMS PT 2 (OF 2)

$2.99

DAR

97

110

27.31

SECRET SIX #8

$2.99

DC

98

97

27.24

INCOGNITO #3 (MR)

$3.50

MAR

99

88

26.62

WOLVERINE ANNIVERSARY

$3.99

MAR

100

114

26.51

FABLES #83 (MR)

$2.99

DC

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2009

Quantity Rank

Dollar Rank

Index

Title

Price

Vendor

1

4

7.18

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

2

3

6.29

DARK TOWER TREACHERY PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

3

107

6.10

SPIDER-MAN DEATH OF THE STACYS PREMIERE HC

$19.99

MAR

4

41

5.58

STAR WARS ADV TP VOL 01 HAN SOLO & HOLLOW MOON OF KHORYA

$7.95

DAR

5

11

5.41

GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 01

$14.99

DC

6

136

4.63

FALLEN SON DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

7

7

4.53

MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 HC

$19.99

MAR

8

9

4.49

BPRD TP VOL 10 THE WARNING

$17.95

DAR

9

19

4.46

MARVEL ZOMBIES TP VOL 02

$15.99

MAR

10

149

4.45

RED PROPHET TALES OF ALVIN MAKER PREM HC VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

11

23

4.44

NEW AVENGERS TP VOL 09 SECRET INVASION BOOK 02

$14.99

MAR

12

64

4.32

NARUTO TP VOL 43

$7.95

VIZ

13

65

4.32

NARUTO TP VOL 44

$7.95

VIZ

14

66

4.32

NARUTO TP VOL 42

$7.95

VIZ

15

28

3.96

MIGHTY AVENGERS TP VOL 04 SECRET INVASION BOOK 02

$14.99

MAR

16

8

3.89

FREAKANGELS TP VOL 02 (MR)

$19.99

AVA

17

12

3.89

BATMAN THE HEART OF HUSH HC

$19.99

DC

18

176

3.83

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VENOM PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

19

15

3.80

HULK PREM HC VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

20

5

3.78

DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 02

$29.99

MAR

21

30

3.76

JSA TP VOL 02 THY KINGDOM COME PART 01

$14.99

DC

22

33

3.74

SCALPED TP VOL 04 THE GRAVEL IN YOUR GUTS (MR)

$14.99

DC

23

13

3.63

STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 06 VINDICATION

$19.95

DAR

24

35

3.52

WOLVERINE TP LOGAN

$14.99

MAR

25

10

3.40

JSA HC VOL 04 THY KINGDOM COME PART 3

$24.99

DC

26

27

3.16

CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 17 CREATION QUEST

$17.95

DAR

27

55

2.98

NEGIMA GN VOL 21 (MR)

$10.99

DEL

28

233

2.93

RED PROPHET TALES OF ALVIN MAKER PREM HC VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

29

43

2.87

BATMAN LOVERS AND MADMEN TP

$14.99

DC

30

44

2.86

SPIDER-MAN TP KRAVENS FIRST HUNT

$14.99

MAR

31

60

2.85

STINKY GN

$12.95

RAW

32

40

2.82

SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE DOOM PATROL TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

33

51

2.75

ULTIMATE IRON MAN TP VOL 02

$14.99

MAR

34

101

2.73

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN TP VOL 15 BAD BLOOD PART 2

$9.95

DAR

35

22

2.68

PUNISHER WAR ZONE PREM HC RESURRECTION MA GNUCCI

$24.99

MAR

36

56

2.67

GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES TP VOL 01

$14.99

DC

37

112

2.61

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

38

21

2.61

STAR WARS OMNIBUS EMISSARIES AND ASSASSINS

$24.95

DAR

39

36

2.61

STAR TREK COUNTDOWN TP

$17.99

IDW

40

39

2.54

GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 05

$15.99

ZEN

41

17

2.51

UNCANNY X-MEN HC MANIFEST DESTINY

$29.99

MAR

42

26

2.50

GAMBIT CLASSIC TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

43

48

2.49

SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TP VOL 03

$16.99

DC

44

275

2.47

X-MEN PHOENIX WARSONG PREMIERE HC

$19.99

MAR

45

75

2.44

HOUSE OF M TP CIVIL WAR

$14.99

MAR

46

70

2.40

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

$14.99

IMA

47

42

2.38

WHAT IF TP SECRET WARS

$19.99

MAR

48

89

2.35

GANTZ TP VOL 04 (MR)

$12.95

DAR

49

77

2.34

SHE-HULK TP VOL 08 SECRET INVASION

$14.99

MAR

50

129

2.31

VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 06

$8.99

VIZ

51

142

2.29

LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 04

$7.99

VIZ

52

78

2.28

GREEN ARROW YEAR ONE TP

$14.99

DC

53

31

2.27

BATMAN RIP DELUXE EDITION HC

$24.99

DC

54

84

2.22

HELLBLAZER PRESENTS CHAS THE KNOWLEDGE TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

55

32

2.21

RESIDENT EVIL FIRE AND ICE TP (MR)

$24.99

DC

56

45

2.17

ANITA BLAKE PREM HC BOOK 01 LC ANIMATOR (MR)

$19.99

MAR

57

87

2.14

ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP VOL 02

$14.99

IMA

58

16

2.14

INVINCIBLE HC VOL 04 ULTIMATE COLL

$34.99

IMA

59

81

2.14

WOLVERINE PRODIGAL SON GN VOL 01

$12.99

DEL

60

90

2.13

NOVA TP VOL 04 NOVA CORPS

$14.99

MAR

61

91

2.10

JONAH HEX BULLETS DONT LIE TP

$14.99

DC

62

25

2.08

APES & BABES ART OF FRANK CHO HC (MR)

$29.99

IMA

63

85

2.06

TALES FROM WONDERLAND TP

$12.99

ZEN

64

38

2.06

MMW AVENGERS TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

65

108

2.04

NEGIMA NEO GN VOL 01 MAGISTER NEGI MAGI (MR)

$10.99

DEL

66

54

2.04

SUPERMAN THE COMING OF ATLAS HC

$19.99

DC

67

221

2.03

RESURRECTION TP VOL 01

$6.00

ONI

68

58

2.01

WOLVERINE PREM HC NOT DEAD YET

$19.99

MAR

69

114

1.97

XXXHOLIC GN VOL 13

$10.99

DEL

70

99

1.97

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

71

61

1.95

DC WILDSTORM DREAMWAR TP

$19.99

DC

72

159

1.93

WOLVERINE ORIGINS TP VOL 01 BORN IN BLOOD

$13.99

MAR

73

128

1.92

CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 13 (OF 13) (MR)

$10.99

TOK

74

14

1.91

DC LIBRARY BATMAN THE ANNUALS HC

$39.99

DC

75

104

1.91

WOLVERINE HC WORST DAY EVER

$14.99

MAR

76

67

1.90

WOLVERINE TP DANGEROUS GAMES

$19.99

MAR

77

46

1.89

DOCTOR WHO FORGOTTEN TP

$19.99

IDW

78

82

1.87

SUPERGIRL WAY OF THE WORLD TP

$17.99

DC

79

154

1.86

TRIGUN MAXIMUM TP VOL 14 MIND GAMES

$9.95

DAR

80

94

1.83

WOLVERINE ORIGIN TP

$16.99

MAR

81

34

1.83

SPIDER-MAN 2099 TP VOL 01

$29.99

MAR

82

109

1.82

SUPERNATURAL RISING SON TP

$14.99

DC

83

174

1.80

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

84

88

1.80

BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

85

62

1.73

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS TP VOL 01

$19.99

DE

86

79

1.71

TERMINATOR SALVATION MOVIE PREQUEL TP

$17.99

IDW

87

68

1.71

QUEEN & COUNTRY DEFINITIVE ED TP VOL 04 (MR)

$19.95

ONI

88

120

1.70

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

89

83

1.69

X-MEN PREM HC PROTEUS

$19.99

MAR

90

133

1.68

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

91

370

1.67

NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 04 COLLECTIVE

$19.99

MAR

92

122

1.67

PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MR)

$14.99

DC

93

1

1.66

WOLVERINE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

$99.99

MAR

94

86

1.63

JOKER HC

$19.99

DC

95

380

1.61

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED PREM HC TREASURE ISLAND

$19.99

MAR

96

2

1.61

X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

$99.99

MAR

97

137

1.60

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED HEROES TP

$12.99

DC

98

135

1.59

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

99

212

1.59

ROSARIO VAMPIRE GN VOL 06

$7.99

VIZ

100

396

1.57

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED PREM HC LAST OF THE MOHICANS

$19.99

MAR

 

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