UPDATED: Diamond's AUGUST '09 Sales Charts & Market Share

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UPDATED 09/14 with Top 100 Comic Books with Sales Indexes (below):

On Thursday Diamond Comics Distributors began releasing their preliminary sales figures and Market Share for products sold to the comic book Direct Market in August 2009, and swapping places from last month, DC's Blackest Night #2 was the bestselling comic of the month, with the second issue of Marvel's Captain America: Reborn coming in second place (Diamond's preliminary figures do not include sales indexes indicating the comparative number of issues sold).

DC had a strong showing in the Top 5, also placing the 3rd (Batman & Robin #3) and 4th (Green Lantern #45) bestselling titles of the month, with the debut of Marvel's Ultimate Comics Avengers coming in 5th.

Overall Marvel took 6 of the Top 10 spots to DC's 4.

The bestselling trade paperback of the month was Image and Robert Kirkman's always-strong The Walking Dead Volume 10: What We Become.

Perhaps the tightness in the Top 10 helped make August a relatively closer Market Share month than in recent past. Marvel still led in both categories, but the margins were a little closer than normal.

Marvel took 43.86% of the Unit Share in August, to DC's 36.04%, and 39.70% of the Dollar Share to DC's 33.16%.

See the preliminary charts below and look for expanded sales figures and more analysis soon here on Newsarama.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

UNIT MARKET SHARE

DOLLAR SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

43.86%

39.70%

DC COMICS

36.04%

33.16%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.06%

4.62%

IMAGE COMICS

2.94%

3.86%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.83%

3.34%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.89%

1.93%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.45%

1.54%

ARCHIE COMICS

1.16%

0.78%

VIZ MEDIA

0.72%

1.53%

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

0.52%

0.62%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.52%

8.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2009

QUANTITY RANK

DOLLAR RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

186.36

BLACKEST NIGHT #2 (OF 8)

$3.99

DC

2

2

159.92

CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #2 (OF 5)

$3.99

MAR

3

8

141.08

BATMAN AND ROBIN #3

$2.99

DC

4

11

130.67

GREEN LANTERN #45 (BLACKEST NIGHT)

$2.99

DC

5

6

121.17

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

6

3

120.15

DARK AVENGERS #8 DAX

$3.99

MAR

7

4

115.21

UNCANNY X-MEN #514 DAX

$3.99

MAR

8

5

114.80

NEW AVENGERS #56 DKR

$3.99

MAR

9

9

113.61

MARVELS PROJECT #1 (OF 8)

$3.99

MAR

10

14

110.04

BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #1 (OF 3)

$2.99

DC

11

10

109.72

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1

$3.99

MAR

12

15

107.46

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 (BLACKEST NIGHT)

$2.99

DC

13

18

100.00

BATMAN #689

$2.99

DC

14

19

99.64

FLASH REBIRTH #4 (OF 6)

$2.99

DC

15

12

98.80

HULK #14

$3.99

MAR

16

20

98.10

BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #1 (OF 3)

$2.99

DC

17

22

94.75

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601

$2.99

MAR

18

7

93.74

DAREDEVIL #500

$4.99

MAR

19

25

91.25

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #602

$2.99

MAR

20

13

91.04

HULK #13 DKR

$3.99

MAR

21

26

90.64

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #603

$2.99

MAR

22

28

87.50

DARK WOLVERINE #77 DKR

$2.99

MAR

23

29

82.62

BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #1 (OF 3)

$2.99

DC

24

16

81.79

INCREDIBLE HULK #601

$3.99

MAR

25

31

80.77

X-MEN LEGACY #227 DAX

$2.99

MAR

26

44

79.60

FANTASTIC FOUR #570

$2.99

MAR

27

32

78.23

MIGHTY AVENGERS #28

$2.99

MAR

28

17

75.08

DETECTIVE COMICS #856

$3.99

DC

29

33

73.41

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #36

$2.99

DC

30

21

72.34

ADVENTURE COMICS #1

$3.99

DC

31

34

71.97

X-FORCE #18

$2.99

MAR

32

35

70.72

DEADPOOL #13

$2.99

MAR

33

24

70.03

DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #3 (OF 3) DAX

$3.99

MAR

34

23

69.59

JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #2 (OF 7)

$3.99

DC

35

56

69.10

ARCHIE #600

$2.50

ARC

36

38

68.61

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #16 DKR

$2.99

MAR

37

37

68.12

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #27 CHEN CVR

$2.99

DAR

38

27

66.58

BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #1 (OF 6)

$3.99

DC

39

40

65.98

BATGIRL #1

$2.99

DC

40

46

65.25

DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #2

$2.99

MAR

41

42

64.20

RED ROBIN #3

$2.99

DC

42

50

64.12

DEADPOOL #14

$2.99

MAR

43

49

63.04

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #30

$2.99

DC

44

30

62.87

WOLVERINE WEAPON X #4

$3.99

MAR

45

54

57.36

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #39

$2.99

MAR

46

36

51.48

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #3

$3.99

DC

47

39

51.20

WAR OF KINGS #6 (OF 6)

$3.99

MAR

48

63

50.29

CABLE #17

$2.99

MAR

49

60

50.03

SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #6 (OF 12)

$2.99

DC

50

59

49.89

SUPERMAN #691

$2.99

DC

51

64

49.77

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #27

$2.99

MAR

52

65

49.74

SECRET WARRIORS #7

$2.99

MAR

53

41

49.31

WEDNESDAY COMICS #5 (OF 12)

$3.99

DC

54

68

49.19

NEW MUTANTS #4

$2.99

MAR

55

47

49.00

ULTIMATUM X-MEN REQUIEM #1

$3.99

MAR

56

48

48.26

DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #5 (OF 5)

$3.99

MAR

57

45

48.22

WEDNESDAY COMICS #6 (OF 12)

$3.99

DC

58

43

47.95

ACTION COMICS #880

$3.99

DC

59

66

47.79

SUPERMAN BATMAN #63

$2.99

DC

60

51

46.92

WEDNESDAY COMICS #7 (OF 12)

$3.99

DC

61

69

46.91

GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #3

$2.99

DC

62

52

45.88

WEDNESDAY COMICS #8 (OF 12)

$3.99

DC

63

53

45.42

DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #4 (OF 6)

$3.99

MAR

64

72

43.14

SUPERGIRL #44

$2.99

DC

65

76

42.17

PUNISHER #8

$2.99

MAR

66

77

42.16

X-FACTOR #47

$2.99

MAR

67

79

41.69

INCREDIBLE HERCULES #132

$2.99

MAR

68

55

41.15

SUPERMAN ANNUAL #14

$3.99

DC

69

78

41.00

POWER GIRL #4

$2.99

DC

70

57

40.19

STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #5 (OF 5)

$3.99

MAR

71

80

40.07

TITANS #16

$2.99

DC

72

58

38.75

TEEN TITANS #74

$3.99

DC

73

61

38.36

ULTIMATUM FANTASTIC FOUR REQUIEM #1

$3.99

MAR

74

82

37.83

WONDER WOMAN #35

$2.99

DC

75

67

36.06

DOOM PATROL #1

$3.99

DC

76

87

36.05

MS MARVEL #43 DKR

$2.99

MAR

77

89

35.58

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #17

$2.99

MAR

78

70

35.49

X-MEN FOREVER #5

$3.99

MAR

79

90

35.23

BLACK PANTHER 2 #7

$2.99

MAR

80

71

35.08

DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #3 (OF 4) DKR

$3.99

MAR

81

92

35.07

INCREDIBLE HERCULES #133

$2.99

MAR

82

94

34.66

SON OF HULK #14

$2.99

MAR

83

95

34.49

NOVA #28

$2.99

MAR

84

98

32.59

MS MARVEL #44 DKR

$2.99

MAR

85

74

31.73

X-MEN FOREVER #6

$3.99

MAR

86

91

31.49

BOYS #33 (MR)

$2.99

DE

87

99

31.12

WALKING DEAD #64 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

88

100

30.82

SECRET SIX #12

$2.99

DC

89

103

30.57

WAR MACHINE #8

$2.99

MAR

90

104

30.43

OUTSIDERS #21

$2.99

DC

91

81

29.92

DARK REIGN ELEKTRA #5 (OF 5) DKR

$3.99

MAR

92

62

29.82

SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2009 #1

$4.99

DC

93

106

29.20

STAR WARS LEGACY #39 TATOOINE PT 3 (OF 4)

$2.99

DAR

94

107

29.09

JSA VS KOBRA #3 (OF 6)

$2.99

DC

95

73

29.08

ANGEL #24

$3.99

IDW

96

83

28.20

BOOSTER GOLD #23

$3.99

DC

97

101

28.16

BOYS HEROGASM #4 (OF 6) (MR)

$2.99

DE

98

84

27.99

GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #1 (OF 6)

$3.99

MAR

99

110

27.91

FABLES #87 (MR)

$2.99

DC

100

113

27.81

EXILES #5

$2.99

MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QUANTITY RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

WALKING DEAD VOLUME 10: WHAT WE BECOME TP

$14.99

IMA

2

FABLES VOLUME 12: THE DARK AGES TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

3

IRREDEEMABLE VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

BOO

4

INVINCIBLE VOLUME 11: HAPPY DAYS TP

$16.99

IMA

5

FILTHY RICH HC (MR)

$19.99

DC

6

WARREN ELLIS: FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMB GN (MR)

$6.99

AVA

7

BATMAN: HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC

8

DARK ENTRIES HC (MR)

$19.99

DC

9

THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOLUME 2 TP

$19.99

MAR

10

SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM PREMIERE HC

$19.99

MAR

 

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