X-FORCE Tops OCT. Sales Charts; EARTH ONE Makes Things Close

 

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their sales charts and Market Share report for comic book and graphic novels that went on sale in the comic book Direct Market in October 2010, and powered by strong showing by DC Comics on the top of the comic book charts and far and away the bestselling graphic novel of the month, it was a closer race between the two main rival publishers than it's been in recent years.

Marvel had the bestselling comic book of the month, the new launch Uncanny X-Force #1, but DC followed with the next best five selling titles of the month, including their bestseller, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5.

DC's launch of their new series of Earth One graphic novels, J. Michael Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One, lead the trade paperback/graphic novel charts, surpassing Image's The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone By a significant margin.

As mentioned, the strength at the top of both sales charts seemingly helped DC close the Market Share gap to tighter margins than has been average over the last several years.

Marvel still led both categories, with the industry's top publisher accounting for 40.56% of all publications sold to retailers in October. DC came in less than 5 percentage points behind at 35.81%.

In Dollar Share – the total amount spent by retailers in the Direct Market – Marvel led with 35.70%, with DC coming in second with 31.67%

Diamond is also reporting new sales figures this month, showing October 2010’s sales against September's and October 2009's, as well as and Year-To-Date 2010 sales vs. 2009, and other than graphic novel sales compared to October 2009, all three categories show a negative trend.

The Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, and Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel charts all follow below.

Look for much more analysis, including more in-depth historical sales analysis later this month on Newsarama.

TOP COMIC BOOK AND GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.70%

40.56%

DC COMICS

31.67%

35.81%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.92%

4.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.09%

4.04%

IMAGE COMICS

4.52%

3.54%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.44%

2.71%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.28%

1.94%

VIZ MEDIA

1.30%

0.63%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.05%

0.28%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.74%

0.21%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.30%

5.61%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

OCTOBER 2010 VS. SEPTEMBER 2010

COMICS

-6.96%

-7.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-13.37%

-1.76%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-9.20%

-6.89%

OCTOBER 2010 VS. OCTOBER 2009

COMICS

-1.70%

-5.26%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.04%

29.05%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.77%

-2.70%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2010 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2009

COMICS

-4.82%

-6.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-4.56%

-5.97%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.74%

-6.04%

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in October 2010

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

268.09

UNCANNY X-FORCE #1

$3.99

MAR

2

2

241.09

BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #5

$3.99

DC 

3

7

234.97

BRIGHTEST DAY #11

$2.99

DC 

4

9

230.96

BRIGHTEST DAY #12

$2.99

DC 

5

11

228.81

GREEN LANTERN #58

$2.99

DC 

6

13

224.74

BATMAN AND ROBIN #15

$2.99

DC 

7

4

205.78

NEW AVENGERS #5

$3.99

MAR

8

5

205.35

AVENGERS #6

$3.99

MAR

9

6

192.34

SECRET AVENGERS #6

$3.99

MAR

10

17

182.99

KICK-ASS 2 #1 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

11

8

178.76

X-MEN #4

$3.99

MAR

12

12

177.19

WOLVERINE #2

$3.99

MAR

13

10

174.51

UNCANNY X-MEN #529

$3.99

MAR

14

20

170.45

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #53

$2.99

DC 

15

3

167.31

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #50

$4.99

DC 

16

24

162.93

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #646

$2.99

MAR

17

23

162.04

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME BATMAN & ROBIN #1

$2.99

DC 

18

28

158.96

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #645

$2.99

MAR

19

16

143.10

THOR #616

$3.99

MAR

20

15

141.53

GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #3

$3.99

DC 

21

31

141.45

SUPERMAN #703

$2.99

DC 

22

19

139.45

ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #1

$3.99

MAR

23

18

136.76

CAPTAIN AMERICA #611

$3.99

MAR

24

35

134.92

X-MEN LEGACY #241

$2.99

MAR

25

22

133.02

CARNAGE #1

$3.99

MAR

26

14

132.59

UNTOLD TALES OF BLACKEST NIGHT #1

$4.99

DC 

27

37

131.02

SUPERMAN #704

$2.99

DC 

28

21

130.10

SHADOWLAND #4

$3.99

MAR

29

39

127.56

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #31

$2.99

MAR

30

41

121.56

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME RED ROBIN #1

$2.99

DC 

31

44

121.00

DAREDEVIL #511 SL

$2.99

MAR

32

42

120.59

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #37 LAST GLEAMING PT 2

$2.99

DAR

33

25

120.35

HULK #26

$3.99

MAR

34

27

120.19

ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #4

$3.99

MAR

35

26

118.55

ACTION COMICS #894

$3.99

DC 

36

45

118.26

GREEN ARROW #5

$2.99

DC 

37

47

115.39

FANTASTIC FOUR #584 THREE

$2.99

MAR

38

49

114.49

SUPERIOR #1

$2.99

MAR

39

29

110.93

INCREDIBLE HULKS #614

$3.99

MAR

40

50

109.10

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME BATGIRL #1

$2.99

DC 

41

53

108.37

DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #2

$2.99

MAR

42

30

108.00

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #3

$3.99

MAR

43

56

104.85

WONDER WOMAN #604

$2.99

DC 

44

169

103.51

WARLORD OF MARS #1

$1.00

DE

45

32

103.02

INCREDIBLE HULKS #615

$3.99

MAR

46

58

101.51

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME CATWOMAN #1

$2.99

DC 

47

34

100.00

DETECTIVE COMICS #870

$3.99

DC 

48

61

99.52

JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #11

$2.99

DC 

49

60

99.46

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #44

$2.99

DC 

50

62

99.03

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME ORACLE #1

$2.99

DC 

51

36

98.97

BATMAN ODYSSEY #4

$3.99

DC 

52

64

98.90

X-23 #2

$2.99

MAR

53

67

97.63

DEADPOOL #28

$2.99

MAR

54

65

97.42

JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #12

$2.99

DC 

55

38

97.15

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #15

$3.99

MAR

56

66

97.02

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME RAS AL GHUL #1

$2.99

DC 

57

46

96.73

CHAOS WAR #1

$3.99

MAR

58

69

93.00

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME COMMISSIONER GORDON #1

$2.99

DC 

59

70

92.65

BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME OUTSIDERS #1

$2.99

DC 

60

43

92.41

STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #4

$3.99

MAR

61

33

92.40

TRUE BLOOD #4

$3.99

IDW

62

74

91.09

SHIELD #4

$2.99

MAR

63

72

88.98

SUPERMAN BATMAN #77

$2.99

DC 

64

81

87.66

AVENGERS ACADEMY #5

$2.99

MAR

65

79

85.72

THUNDERBOLTS #149 SL

$2.99

MAR

66

48

84.78

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6

$3.99

DC 

67

80

84.43

BATMAN BEYOND #5

$2.99

DC 

68

51

83.01

THANOS IMPERATIVE #5

$3.99

MAR

69

52

82.34

CHAOS WAR #2

$3.99

MAR

70

55

81.79

DEADPOOLMAX #1 (MR)

$3.99

MAR

71

86

78.34

WALKING DEAD #78 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

72

57

77.47

TEEN TITANS #88

$3.99

DC 

73

92

77.22

X-FACTOR #210

$2.99

MAR

74

90

76.89

TITANS #28

$2.99

DC 

75

94

75.76

NEW MUTANTS #18

$2.99

MAR

76

68

71.05

ADVENTURE COMICS #519

$3.99

DC 

77

97

69.32

SECRET WARRIORS #21

$2.99

MAR

78

73

68.91

SHADOWLAND SPIDER-MAN #1 SL

$3.99

MAR

79

71

67.86

DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #6

$3.99

DC 

80

100

66.83

SUPERGIRL #57

$2.99

DC 

81

77

66.50

THOR FOR ASGARD #3

$3.99

MAR

82

101

65.67

ZATANNA #6

$2.99

DC 

83

75

65.49

X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS X-MEN VS VAMPIRES #2

$3.99

MAR

84

76

65.41

ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #4

$3.99

MAR

85

103

64.38

RED HOOD LOST DAYS #5

$2.99

DC 

86

78

63.95

TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #4

$3.99

DC 

87

54

63.09

BATMAN HIDDEN TREASURES #1

$4.99

DC 

88

40

61.87

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA 80 PAGE GIANT 2010 #1

$5.99

DC 

89

84

61.42

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #7 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

90

107

61.30

KNIGHT & SQUIRE #1

$2.99

DC 

91

59

60.46

SUPERMAN THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON #3

$4.99

DC 

92

87

59.25

INVADERS NOW #2

$3.99

MAR

93

88

59.13

LOKI #1

$3.99

MAR

94

63

59.09

SUPERGIRL ANNUAL #2

$4.99

DC 

95

91

57.45

JSA ALL STARS #11

$3.99

DC 

96

112

57.12

SECRET SIX #26

$2.99

DC 

97

102

56.95

INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #1 (MR)

$3.50

MAR

98

83

56.62

BOYS #47 (MR)

$3.99

DE

99

93

56.05

JLA THE 99 #1

$3.99

DC 

100

115

55.10

FABLES #99 (MR)

$2.99

DC 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in October 2010

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

45.58

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC

$19.99

DC 

2

33

28.77

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

3

2

21.03

RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE OUTFIT HC

$24.99

IDW

4

43

20.05

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US

$14.99

IMA

5

5

18.82

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 07 TWILIGHT (MR)

$16.99

DAR

6

54

18.01

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

7

74

17.46

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE

$14.99

IMA

8

6

16.13

HELLBOY TP VOL 11 MASKS AND MONSTERS

$17.99

DAR

9

20

13.45

NARUTO TP VOL 49

$9.99

VIZ

10

3

12.43

WALKING DEAD HC VOL 06 (MR)

$34.99

IMA

11

15

10.27

NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 04 THE PLAGUE WIDOW (MR)

$16.99

DC 

12

27

10.21

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN VOL 02

$11.99

DAR

13

12

10.01

IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 04

$16.99

BOO

14

37

8.39

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM

$14.99

IMA

15

16

7.98

LUTHOR HC

$19.99

DC 

16

4

7.37

STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 05

$49.99

DC 

17

10

7.35

Y THE LAST MAN DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 04 (MR)

$29.99

DC 

18

13

7.34

GREEN WOMAN HC (MR)

$24.99

DC 

19

44

7.21

FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS TP

$14.99

DC 

20

23

7.18

BATMAN LIFE AFTER DEATH HC

$19.99

DC 

21

25

7.09

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS TP NEXT GENERATION

$19.99

MAR

22

19

7.06

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 08

$19.99

DAR

23

45

7.02

HELLBLAZER INDIA TP (MR)

$14.99

DC 

24

171

6.93

TOP COW FIRST LOOK TP

$4.99

IMA

25

55

6.60

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR)

$14.99

IMA

26

36

6.53

POWER GIRL ALIENS AND APES TP

$17.99

DC 

27

65

6.27

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE

$14.99

IMA

28

17

6.24

CHARLES BURNS X ED OUT GN

$19.95

RAN

29

68

6.18

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

30

18

6.17

X-MEN SECOND COMING REVELATIONS HC

$24.99

MAR

31

72

6.09

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

32

38

6.03

CONAN TP VOL 09 FREE COMPANIONS

$17.99

DAR

33

77

6.00

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME

$14.99

IMA

34

34

5.97

SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY HC (MR)

$19.99

DC 

35

35

5.87

SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

36

64

5.87

SECRET SIX DANSE MACABRE TP

$14.99

DC 

37

28

5.85

GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 08

$17.99

ZEN

38

22

5.83

STEPHEN KINGS N PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

39

82

5.82

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

40

66

5.77

BATMAN UNSEEN TP

$14.99

DC 

41

70

5.66

HULK TP VOL 05 FALL OF HULKS

$14.99

MAR

42

40

5.62

DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME TP

$19.99

MAR

43

32

5.52

LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 02 HEAD GAMES

$19.99

IDW

44

87

5.51

NEGIMA GN VOL 28 (MR)

$10.99

RAN

45

103

5.34

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR)

$12.99

IMA

46

59

5.31

SAGA OF REX TP

$17.99

IMA

47

49

5.25

VICTORIAN UNDEAD TP

$17.99

DC 

48

7

5.22

MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 12

$54.99

MAR

49

114

5.22

TRANSFORMERS PRIME TP

$9.99

IDW

50

84

5.21

WONDER WOMAN CONTAGION TP

$14.99

DC 

51

76

5.18

INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 02 FALL OF THE HULKS

$15.99

MAR

52

117

5.03

YU GI OH GX GN VOL 05

$9.99

VIZ

53

21

5.01

X-MEN NATION X TP

$29.99

MAR

54

31

5.00

MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 HC

$24.99

MAR

55

73

4.90

SOLOMON KANE TP VOL 02 DEATHS BLACK RIDERS

$15.99

DAR

56

89

4.88

JONAH HEX COUNTING CORPSES TP

$14.99

DC 

57

88

4.86

GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES TP VOL 03

$14.99

DC 

58

8

4.84

MMW MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 09

$54.99

MAR

59

102

4.81

GANTZ TP VOL 13

$12.99

DAR

60

51

4.79

DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 05 WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS

$19.99

MAR

61

94

4.72

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE TP

$14.99

DC 

62

53

4.72

ASTONISHING X-MEN EXOGENETIC PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

63

9

4.71

FABLES COVERS BY JAMES JEAN HC (MR)

$49.99

DC 

64

97

4.62

SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET TP VOL 03 VULTURE & MORBIUS

$14.99

MAR

65

39

4.61

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS PREM HC CRIME & PUNISHMENT

$24.99

MAR

66

60

4.56

SPIDER-MAN GRIM HUNT PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

67

57

4.54

SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

68

61

4.45

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM HC VOL 02 LEVIATHAN

$19.99

DC 

69

50

4.45

PREDATORS TP

$19.99

DAR

70

111

4.42

BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 03

$10.99

HAC

71

67

4.35

HULK PREM HC VOL 06 WORLD WAR HULKS

$19.99

MAR

72

75

4.27

SANDMAN TP VOL 03 DREAM COUNTRY NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

73

30

4.26

MARVEL UNIVERSE END PREM HC

$29.99

MAR

74

146

4.15

7 PSYCHOPATHS TP

$9.99

BOO

75

79

4.12

DEADPOOL CORPS PREM HC VOL 01 POOL-POCALYPSE NOW

$19.99

MAR

76

78

4.05

WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 04

$19.99

DC 

77

104

3.98

CABLE TP VOL 04 HOMECOMING

$15.99

MAR

78

71

3.97

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 01

$19.99

DAR

79

81

3.94

SIN CITY NEW MILLER CVR TP VOL 01 HARD GOODBYE (MR)

$19.00

DAR

80

85

3.86

SIN CITY NEW MILLER CVR TP VOL 02 DAME KILL FOR (MR)

$19.00

DAR

81

116

3.83

JSA ALL STARS CONSTELLATIONS TP

$14.99

DC 

82

120

3.78

X-FACTOR TP VOL 09 INVISIBLE WOMAN HAS VANISHED

$14.99

MAR

83

121

3.78

BLACK WIDOW DEADLY ORIGIN TP

$14.99

MAR

84

56

3.71

DOOMWAR HC

$24.99

MAR

85

90

3.69

INCREDIBLE HULK PREM HC VOL 03 WORLD WAR HULKS

$19.99

MAR

86

46

3.67

CHOBITS DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 02

$24.99

DAR

87

80

3.64

KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET TP VOL 01 SINS O/T FATHER

$19.99

DE

88

47

3.63

SCARY GODMOTHER DARK HORSE ED HC

$24.99

DAR

89

162

3.61

NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 06

$9.99

DAR

90

11

3.60

MMW ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 03

$59.99

MAR

91

93

3.57

ESSENTIAL GHOST RIDER TP VOL 04

$19.99

MAR

92

157

3.55

ONE PIECE TP VOL 55

$9.99

VIZ

93

52

3.53

STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 02

$24.99

DAR

94

124

3.47

SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE

$11.99

ONI

95

69

3.47

MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 05

$24.99

MAR

96

58

3.44

PALOOKA VILLE HC VOL 20 (MR)

$19.95

DRA

97

100

3.37

HULK WORLD WAR HULKS TP HULKED-OUT HEROES

$19.99

MAR

98

221

3.33

HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER GN (MR)

$6.00

MIC

99

62

3.33

CONAN HC VOL 09 FREE COMPANIONS

$24.99

DAR

100

41

3.32

WALKING DEAD HC VOL 01 (MR)

$34.99

IMA

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