UPDATED: DC Tops Chart, But MARVEL Dominates Dec. Sales

GEOFF JOHNS Talks BLACKEST NIGHT, pt. 1

UPDATED 1-11 with Top 100 Comic Books (with sales indexes, below): DC Comics published the Top 2 selling comic books in Diamond Comics Distributors’’ Direct Market in December 2009, as well as accounted for four of the Top 6 and six of the Top 10 bestsellers, along with the bestselling trade paperback of the month, but it didn’t stop Marvel Comics from recording one of the most dominant Marker Share months in modern industry history.

According to the preliminary sales charts released by Diamond on Thursday, as expected, DC’s Blackest Night #6, one of only two new Diamond-distributed books available at comics shops last week, was the month’s top-seller, followed by another “Blackest Night” tie-in, Green Lantern #49. Marvel’s bestselling title was Captain America: Reborn #5, good for third place for the month.

And Wildstorm’s Ex Machina Volume 8: Dirty Tricks led all trade paperback/graphic novel Unit sales, but unlike recent months, it didn’t prevent DC’s main rival from swallowing upnearly half the indusry's sales for the month.

Marvel scored 49.31% of Diamond’s Unit Market Share in December, along with 44.57% of the Dollar Share. DC Comics accounted for 30.21% Unit and 27.20% Dollar Share.

Diamond’s initial release of data only includes the Top 10 Bestsellers from each category (without sales indexes), along with the Marker Share chart (all below).

Look for more analysis on December’s sales with Diamond releases more comprehensive charts and data in the coming weeks.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER UNIT SHARE DOLLAR SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 49.31% 44.57%
DC COMICS 30.21% 27.20%
IMAGE COMICS 3.62% 3.41%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.22% 4.45%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.17% 4.32%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.92% 2.14%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.57% 1.98%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.83% 0.52%
VIZ MEDIA 0.64% 1.40%
AVATAR PRESS 0.55% 0.67%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.95% 9.34%

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2009

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX

DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 152.71   BLACKEST NIGHT #6 $3.99 DC 
2 6 147.61   GREEN LANTERN #49 $2.99 DC 
3 2 139.27   CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #5 $3.99 MAR
4 4 122.55   CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD $3.99 MAR
5 11 121.86   BLACKEST NIGHT THE FLASH #1 $2.99 DC 
6 14 118.00   GREEN LANTERN CORPS #43 $2.99 DC 
7 7 110.44   NEW AVENGERS #60 $3.99 MAR
8 15 107.36   BLACKEST NIGHT WONDER WOMAN #1 $2.99 DC 
9 9 105.90   DARK AVENGERS #12 $3.99 MAR
10 18 104.27   BLACKEST NIGHT JSA #1 $2.99 DC 
11 8 104.19   JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #40 $3.99 DC 
12 10 104.17   SIEGE CABAL $3.99 MAR
13 20 104.04   UNCANNY X-MEN #518 $2.99 MAR
14 22 101.72   UNCANNY X-MEN #519 $2.99 MAR
15 21 100.00   BATMAN #694 $2.99 DC 
16 25 96.71   AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #615 $2.99 MAR
17 13 95.26   FALL OF HULKS ALPHA $3.99 MAR
18 29 93.48   THOR #604 $2.99 MAR
19 3 93.21   NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3 $4.99 MAR
20 5 91.83   DARK AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
21 12 90.85   ADVENTURE COMICS #5 $3.99 DC 
22 28 90.57   AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #614 $2.99 MAR
23 32 89.30   AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #616 $2.99 MAR
24 36 87.38   ASTONISHING X-MEN #33 $2.99 MAR
25 39 83.82   THOR #605 $2.99 MAR
26 16 80.75   HULK #18 $3.99 MAR
27 17 79.35   DETECTIVE COMICS #860 $3.99 DC 
28 19 78.68   X-FORCE #22 $3.99 MAR
29 44 77.27   X-MEN LEGACY #231 $2.99 MAR
30 23 75.52   X-MEN LEGACY #230 $3.99 MAR
31 45 75.33   SUPERMAN BATMAN #67 $2.99 DC 
32 46 73.83   MIGHTY AVENGERS #32 $2.99 MAR
33 47 72.98   DARK WOLVERINE #81 $2.99 MAR
34 49 71.81   INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #21 $2.99 MAR
35 26 71.13   FALL OF HULKS GAMMA $3.99 MAR
36 52 69.66   DEADPOOL #18 $2.99 MAR
37 27 69.57   ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 MAR
38 42 68.48   BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW ONE SHOT $3.50 DAR
39 33 66.71   INCREDIBLE HULK #605 $3.99 MAR
40 31 65.85   TEEN TITANS #78 $3.99 DC 
41 35 65.41   X-FORCE ANNUAL #1 $3.99 MAR
42 34 64.47   JSA ALL STARS #1 $3.99 DC 
43 37 64.04   DARK X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
44 38 63.42   NATION X #1 $3.99 MAR
45 56 63.32   JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #34 $2.99 DC 
46 41 61.85   X NECROSHA GATHERING $3.99 MAR
47 40 61.08   BOOSTER GOLD #27 $3.99 DC 
48 59 59.97   RED ROBIN #7 $2.99 DC 
49 63 58.69   DAREDEVIL #503 $2.99 MAR
50 64 58.31   FANTASTIC FOUR #574 $2.99 MAR
51 43 57.42   OUTSIDERS #25 $3.99 DC 
52 67 56.22   DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #6 $2.99 MAR
53 30 55.50   X-FACTOR #200 $4.99 MAR
54 68 55.42   WOLVERINE ORIGINS #43 $2.99 MAR
55 69 55.09   DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #898 $2.99 MAR
56 48 53.63   DOOM PATROL #5 $3.99 DC 
57 51 52.76   MARVELS PROJECT #4 $3.99 MAR
58 70 51.39   SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #10 $2.99 DC 
59 53 50.78   WOLVERINE WEAPON X #8 $3.99 MAR
60 71 50.63   SUPERMAN #695 $2.99 DC 
61 74 49.28   BATGIRL #5 $2.99 DC 
62 77 48.99   AVENGERS INITIATIVE #31 SIEGE $2.99 MAR
63 79 48.92   NEW MUTANTS #8 $2.99 MAR
64 24 48.86   BATMAN 80 PAGE GIANT #1 $5.99 DC 
65 54 48.36   ACTION COMICS #884 $3.99 DC 
66 55 47.78   REBELS #11 $3.99 DC 
67 57 46.67   DARK TOWER BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL #1 $3.99 MAR
68 85 46.65   SECRET WARRIORS #11 $2.99 MAR
69 58 45.96   BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #7 $3.99 DC 
70 87 45.45   THUNDERBOLTS #139 $2.99 MAR
71 89 45.15   SPIDER-WOMAN #4 $2.99 MAR
72 86 45.08   GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #7 $2.99 DC 
73 61 44.67   ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #3 $3.99 MAR
74 60 44.56   WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 MAR
75 62 44.14   CABLE #21 $3.99 MAR
76 90 43.08   HAUNT #3 $2.99 IMA
77 65 43.01   DARK TOWER BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL #2 $3.99 MAR
78 91 42.75   SUPERGIRL #48 $2.99 DC 
79 66 41.68   IMAGE UNITED #2 $3.99 IMA
80 97 39.68   WONDER WOMAN #39 $2.99 DC 
81 98 39.28   TITANS #20 $2.99 DC 
82 72 38.02   WHAT IF ASTONISHING X-MEN $3.99 MAR
83 135 38.02   ARCHIE #604 $2.50 ARC
84 103 37.91   PUNISHER #12 $2.99 MAR
85 73 37.88   WHAT IF SECRET INVASION $3.99 MAR
86 75 37.30   WHAT IF WORLD WAR HULK $3.99 MAR
87 76 36.88   STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #3 $3.99 MAR
88 106 36.76   WALKING DEAD #68 (MR) $2.99 IMA
89 102 36.45   BOYS #37 (MR) $2.99 DYN
90 82 35.79   INCREDIBLE HERCULES #139 $3.99 MAR
91 111 35.34   WORLDS FINEST #3 $2.99 DC 
92 83 35.06   PUNISHERMAX #2 (MR) $3.99 MAR
93 84 34.92   PSYLOCKE #2 $3.99 MAR
94 115 34.35   SECRET SIX #16 $2.99 DC 
95 114 34.19   POWER GIRL #7 $2.99 DC 
96 117 34.18   MS MARVEL #48 $2.99 MAR
97 131 33.98   SPIDER-MAN AND SECRET WARS #1 $2.99 MAR
98 88 33.82   WHAT IF SPIDER-MAN HOUSE OF M $3.99 MAR
99 119 33.79   GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #21 $2.99 MAR
100 120 33.69   NOVA #32 $2.99 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE

VENDOR
1 EX MACHINA VOLUME 8: DIRTY TRICKS TP (MR) $12.99   DC
2 DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: DARK REIGN TP $14.99   MAR
3 STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS VOLUME 4: COLOSSUS OF DESTINY TP $7.99   DAR
4 IRREDEEMABLE VOLUME 2 TP $16.99   BOO
5 BLEACH VOLUME 29 TP $9.99   VIZ
6 BATMAN: THE CAT AND THE BAT TP $12.99   DC
7 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN HC $24.99   MAR
8 THE ROCKETEER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION HC $29.99   IDW
9 THE GOON VOLUME 6: CHINATOWN AND THE MYSTERY OF MR. WICKER TP $15.95   DAR
10 ULTIMATUM: X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR TP $19.99   MAR

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