DC's Deep Six Makes For a Competitive October Sales Chart

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DC Comics pulled off a rare sweep of the top-half of Diamond's October 2009 Direct Market comic book sales charts, in fact accounting for the six bestselling titles of the month, on their way to closing the Market Share gap between themselves and industry leader Marvel Comics to the narrowest it's been in a long time.

According to the preliminary sales charts released by Diamond, led by Blackest Night #4, and largely on power of Blackest Night tie-ins, DC kept Marvel at bay until the #7-10 positions. when New Avengers #58 came in as their bestselling title for October, a month that's notable for not shipping a new issue of Captain America: Reborn, which has been a Top 2 selling title for each of its first three issues.

Marvel on the other hand charted the bestselling graphic novel of the month, the Wolverine: Old Man Logan hardcover.

DC's showing at the top of the comic book chart left it just percentage points behind perennial leader Marvel in both Market Share categories, 37.69% Unit Share to Marvel's 40.12%, and 33.82% Dollar Share, to Marvel's 36.50%.

The full Market Share chart, and Top 10 comic book and graphic novel charts follows, and as always, look for much more analysis, putting the numbers in historical context, soon here on Newsarama...

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

UNIT SHARE

DOLLAR SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.12%

36.50%

DC COMICS

37.69%

33.82%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.14%

4.90%

IMAGE COMICS

3.93%

3.73%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.15%

4.22%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.72%

1.77%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.44%

1.48%

AVATAR PRESS

0.92%

1.31%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.90%

0.58%

VIZ MEDIA

0.79%

1.72%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

5.19%

9.97%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

BLACKEST NIGHT #4

$3.99

DC

2

BATMAN AND ROBIN #5

$2.99

DC

3

GREEN LANTERN #47

$2.99

DC

4

BLACKEST NIGHT: BATMAN #3

$2.99

DC

5

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41

$2.99

DC

6

BLACKEST NIGHT: SUPERMAN #3

$2.99

DC

7

NEW AVENGERS #58

$3.99

MAR

8

DARK AVENGERS #10

$3.99

MAR

9

UNCANNY X-MEN #516

$2.99

MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #608

$2.99

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN HC

$34.99

MAR

2

JACK OF FABLES VOLUME 6: THE BIG BOOK OF WAR TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

3

NARUTO VOLUME 46 TP

$9.99

VIZ

4

FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS HC

$19.99

DC

5

NOIR VOLUME 1 TP

$12.95

DAR

6

B.P.R.D. VOLUME 11: THE BLACK GODDESS TP

$17.95

DAR

7

SCALPED VOLUME 5: HIGH LONESOME TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

8

DAREDEVIL: RETURN OF THE KING TP

$17.99

MAR

9

ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK PREMIERE HC

$24.99

MAR

10

SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS HC (MR)

$24.99

DC

 

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