August 2011 Comic Book Sales Charts & Market Share

Potential Full JUSTICE LEAGUE Lineup

 

Diamond Comic Distributors released their August 2011 sales charts for the comic book Direct Market on Monday, and as expected, DC Comics inaugural New 52 title - Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League #1 - was by far August 2011's best-selling title of the month. The strength of Justice League sales didn't overturn the usual make-up of Market Share positions between the "Big Two", but it did help push the overall numbers to one of the most positive sales months of 2011, with comic book Unit Sales up over 7% compared to July and over 17% compared to August 2010.

Marvel's usual Market Share dominance remained in-tact for at least one more month. The publisher, whose bestselling title of August was Fear Itself #5 (#3 on the chart), led the industry with 42.47% of Unit Share, compared to DC's 34.85%. Dollar Share-wise, Marvel led 37.34% to DC's 30.72%. Early indications are Market Share may look much different than it has in some time in September.

The best-selling graphic novel of the month was Dark Horse's Serenity Vol. 2: Better Days & Other Stories Hardcover. 

The month's good news was a group effort, however, as sales - helped by August's "5th week" status - were up across the board, particularly in graphic novel sales, which saw double-digit percentage increased compared to July and August 2010. The positive figures helped cut into the deficit between 2011 and 2010, with overall sales now down just 3.99% through August compared to the same time period last year.

The August 2011 Market Share charts, Top 100 sales charts for comic books and graphic novels (with sales indexes), and the Comparative Sales Statistics charts all follow below, after the Facebook plug-in.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

RETAIL

MARKET

SHARE

UNIT

MARKET

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

37.34%

42.47%

DC COMICS

30.72%

34.84%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.78%

3.79%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.79%

3.74%

IMAGE COMICS

4.67%

4.64%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.23%

2.24%

BOOM STUDIOS

1.24%

1.21%

VIZ MEDIA

1.14%

0.53%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.11%

0.25%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.88%

1.04%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

10.11%

5.25%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

AUGUST 2011 VS. JULY 2011

COMICS

9.00%

7.33%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

24.18%

13.26%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.74%

7.79%

AUGUST 2011 VS. AUGUST 2010

COMICS

15.14%

17.55%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

31.17%

20.17%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

20.15%

17.76%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010

COMICS

-4.60%

-3.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.35%

-7.61%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.87%

-3.99%

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2011

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

331.04

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

DC 

2

2

182.66

FLASHPOINT #5

$3.99

DC 

3

3

175.65

FEAR ITSELF #5

$3.99

MAR

4

4

166.57

FLASHPOINT #4

$3.99

DC 

5

5

142.51

ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4

$3.99

MAR

6

6

137.63

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667

$3.99

MAR

7

7

116.49

AVENGERS #16

$3.99

MAR

8

8

111.49

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH #2

$3.99

DC 

9

9

111.15

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #668

$3.99

MAR

10

10

108.26

NEW AVENGERS #15

$3.99

MAR

11

11

105.95

UNCANNY X-MEN #542

$3.99

MAR

12

12

105.07

CAPTAIN AMERICA #2

$3.99

MAR

13

27

104.85

KICK-ASS 2 #3 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

14

13

104.14

UNCANNY X-FORCE #13

$3.99

MAR

15

24

103.32

BATMAN INCORPORATED #8

$2.99

DC 

16

22

103.11

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #63

$2.99

DC 

17

25

102.22

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #5

$2.99

DC 

18

26

101.82

BATMAN AND ROBIN #26

$2.99

DC 

19

34

100.30

FF #8

$2.99

MAR

20

29

100.00

BATMAN #713

$2.99

DC 

21

14

98.09

UNCANNY X-FORCE #14

$3.99

MAR

22

15

96.88

X-MEN SCHISM #3

$3.99

MAR

23

16

92.02

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #1

$3.99

MAR

24

17

89.48

SECRET AVENGERS #16

$3.99

MAR

25

18

86.41

PUNISHER #1

$3.99

MAR

26

19

86.16

MIGHTY THOR #5

$3.99

MAR

27

37

85.45

GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #13

$2.99

DC 

28

20

83.39

X-MEN #16

$3.99

MAR

29

40

82.28

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #60

$2.99

DC 

30

70

82.03

PUNISHER #2

$2.99

MAR

31

21

79.86

ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #5

$3.99

MAR

32

42

79.19

DAREDEVIL #2

$2.99

MAR

33

43

78.18

X-MEN LEGACY #253

$2.99

MAR

34

41

77.81

FLASHPOINT BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #3

$2.99

DC 

35

28

77.44

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #507

$3.99

MAR

36

46

77.08

X-MEN LEGACY #254

$2.99

MAR

37

23

76.76

DETECTIVE COMICS #881

$3.99

DC 

38

45

75.97

ACTION COMICS #904

$2.99

DC 

39

30

75.92

WOLVERINE #13

$3.99

MAR

40

31

75.71

ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #6

$3.99

MAR

41

32

75.09

WOLVERINE #14

$3.99

MAR

42

35

73.85

INCREDIBLE HULKS #635

$3.99

MAR

43

49

73.57

X-MEN #15.1

$2.99

MAR

44

48

72.47

BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING #3

$2.99

DC 

45

51

69.69

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #621

$2.99

MAR

46

50

69.40

SUPERMAN #714

$2.99

DC 

47

53

67.68

VENOM #6

$2.99

MAR

48

33

67.24

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #1

$3.99

IDW

49

54

66.92

FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE #2

$2.99

MAR

50

38

64.66

ASTONISHING X-MEN #41

$3.99

MAR

51

55

61.51

WALKING DEAD #88 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

52

56

61.48

FLASHPOINT ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #3

$2.99

DC 

53

57

60.95

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #626

$2.99

MAR

54

58

59.05

FLASHPOINT PROJECT SUPERMAN #3

$2.99

DC 

55

47

58.87

ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #1

$3.99

MAR

56

44

58.42

MOON KNIGHT #4

$3.99

MAR

57

60

56.98

FLASHPOINT WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #3

$2.99

DC 

58

61

56.98

FLASHPOINT EMPEROR AQUAMAN #3

$2.99

DC 

59

139

56.50

GENERATION HOPE #10

$2.99

MAR

60

62

56.46

WONDER WOMAN #614

$2.99

DC 

61

64

56.14

HULK #38 FEAR

$2.99

MAR

62

63

55.86

FLASHPOINT HAL JORDAN #3

$2.99

DC 

63

66

55.20

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #4

$2.99

DC 

64

67

54.67

BOOSTER GOLD #47

$2.99

DC 

65

68

54.18

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #5

$2.99

DC 

66

71

53.86

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #626 POINT ONE

$2.99

MAR

67

69

53.60

FLASHPOINT THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #3

$2.99

DC 

68

36

53.05

TEEN TITANS #100

$4.99

DC 

69

65

53.00

INFINITE #1

$2.99

IMA

70

73

52.76

INCREDIBLE HULKS #634

$2.99

MAR

71

74

52.56

NEW MUTANTS #29

$2.99

MAR

72

72

52.05

RED ROBIN #26

$2.99

DC 

73

76

51.96

HULK #39

$2.99

MAR

74

79

51.77

DEADPOOL #42

$2.99

MAR

75

78

51.71

DEADPOOL #41

$2.99

MAR

76

82

51.54

NEW MUTANTS #30

$2.99

MAR

77

77

51.26

BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #4

$2.99

DC 

78

84

51.08

THUNDERBOLTS #161

$2.99

MAR

79

75

51.05

SUPERMAN BATMAN #87

$2.99

DC 

80

81

50.31

BIRDS OF PREY #15

$2.99

DC 

81

85

50.21

FLASHPOINT DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #3

$2.99

DC 

82

89

50.21

THUNDERBOLTS #162

$2.99

MAR

83

86

50.19

FLASHPOINT KID FLASH LOST #3

$2.99

DC 

84

52

49.83

SUPERMAN BEYOND #0

$3.99

DC 

85

87

49.43

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #54

$2.99

DC 

86

90

49.03

BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #5

$2.99

DC 

87

93

48.82

FEAR ITSELF WOLVERINE #2

$2.99

MAR

88

92

48.32

FLASHPOINT CITIZEN COLD #3

$2.99

DC 

89

95

48.10

AVENGERS ACADEMY #17

$2.99

MAR

90

96

48.05

ALPHA FLIGHT #3

$2.99

MAR

91

94

47.59

FLASHPOINT DEATHSTROKE THE CURSE OF RAVAGER #3

$2.99

DC 

92

98

47.41

AVENGERS ACADEMY #18

$2.99

MAR

93

97

47.22

GHOST RIDER #2

$2.99

MAR

94

100

46.48

FLASHPOINT LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #3

$2.99

DC 

95

104

46.32

X-23 #13

$2.99

MAR

96

99

46.14

GREEN ARROW #15

$2.99

DC 

97

106

46.09

X-FACTOR #223

$2.99

MAR

98

101

45.90

TEEN TITANS #99

$2.99

DC 

99

103

45.88

FLASHPOINT SECRET SEVEN #3

$2.99

DC 

100

107

45.75

X-FACTOR #224

$2.99

MAR

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2011

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

5

7.87

SERENITY HC VOL 02 BETTER DAYS & OTHER STORIES

$19.99

DAR

2

59

6.98

STAR WARS ADV TP CHEWBACCA & SLAVERS O/T SHADOWLAND

$7.99

DAR

3

6

6.24

WE 3 DELUXE EDITION HC (MR)

$24.99

DC 

4

15

6.01

BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 01 NEW WORLD

$19.99

DAR

5

18

5.97

BATMAN MAD LOVE AND OTHER STORIES TP

$17.99

DC 

6

23

5.19

FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

7

39

5.10

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR)

$14.99

IMA

8

82

5.09

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

9

7

5.07

BATMAN UNDER THE RED HOOD TP

$29.99

DC 

10

47

4.87

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 06 STARK RESILIENT BOOK 2

$15.99

MAR

11

32

4.83

SHADOWLAND TP

$19.99

MAR

12

26

4.72

HELLBLAZER BLOODY CARNATIONS TP (MR)

$19.99

DC 

13

22

4.48

GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS HC VOL 01

$22.99

DC 

14

36

4.35

SUPERMAN BATMAN NIGHT AND DAY TP

$17.99

DC 

15

49

4.27

BATMAN IMPOSTORS TP

$14.99

DC 

16

14

4.17

FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 (MR)

$29.99

DC 

17

77

4.16

LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR)

$9.95

TOP

18

29

4.09

CROW SPECIAL ED TP

$18.00

POC

19

34

4.07

OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ TP

$19.99

MAR

20

41

4.04

MADAME XANADU TP VOL 04 EXTRA SENSORY (MR)

$17.99

DC 

21

95

4.02

BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP

$9.99

ARC

22

31

3.99

CREEPY PRESENTS BERNIE WRIGHTSON HC

$19.99

DAR

23

35

3.97

X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS TP

$19.99

MAR

24

85

3.95

X-MEN LEGACY COLLISION TP

$14.99

MAR

25

37

3.92

SHOWCASE PRESENTS TRIAL OF THE FLASH TP

$19.99

DC 

26

65

3.84

SPIDER-MAN BIG TIME TP

$14.99

MAR

27

30

3.82

SUPERMAN GROUNDED HC VOL 01

$22.99

DC 

28

40

3.81

TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 10 ONE MORE TIME NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

29

28

3.78

CARNAGE HC FAMILY FEUD

$24.99

MAR

30

44

3.62

CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 21 BLOOD OF TITAN

$18.99

DAR

31

61

3.57

INCREDIBLE HULKS DARK SON TP

$19.99

MAR

32

27

3.56

STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 04

$24.99

DAR

33

81

3.44

SILVER SURFER TP DEVOLUTION

$14.99

MAR

34

55

3.38

X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

35

8

3.29

TERRY MOORES ECHO COMPLETE ED SC

$39.99

ABS

36

63

3.22

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 08 UNFIXABLE

$19.99

MAR

37

130

3.20

YU GI OH GX GN VOL 07

$9.99

VIZ

38

42

3.16

GOTHAM CITY SIRENS HC VOL 03 STRANGE FRUIT

$22.99

DC 

39

69

3.15

FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN TP

$17.99

DC 

40

121

3.13

PLANET OF THE APES TP VOL 01

$9.99

BOO

41

105

3.10

GANTZ TP VOL 18 (MR)

$12.99

DAR

42

3

3.10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

$99.99

MAR

43

45

3.08

SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

44

137

2.99

KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 01

$9.95

ARC

45

99

2.98

SHADOWLAND DAREDEVIL TP

$14.99

MAR

46

56

2.89

BLACKJACKED & PISTOL WHIPPED CRIME DOES NOT PAY PRIMER

$19.99

DAR

47

10

2.86

JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 STARRING GREEN ARROW

$49.99

DC 

48

78

2.86

DEADPOOL AM SPIDER-MAN HULK IDENTITY WARS PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

49

116

2.86

DRIFTERS VOL 01 (MR)

$12.99

DAR

50

50

2.86

INFESTATION TP VOL 01

$19.99

IDW

51

21

2.85

BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 02

$34.99

DAR

52

25

2.82

DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES HC

$34.99

DC 

53

68

2.81

SANDMAN TP VOL 06 FABLES AND REFLECTIONS NEW ED (MR)

$19.99

DC 

54

101

2.81

UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION

$15.99

MAR

55

140

2.81

AVENGERS ACADEMY TP ARCADE DEATH GAME

$14.99

MAR

56

107

2.80

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

$14.99

IMA

57

46

2.78

NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 02

$24.99

MAR

58

143

2.76

X-MEN PHOENIX RISING TP

$14.99

MAR

59

86

2.75

TEAM UPS OF THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP

$17.99

DC 

60

110

2.74

MAGDALENA TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

61

67

2.72

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 02

$19.99

DAR

62

74

2.70

BLACKEST NIGHT TP

$19.99

DC 

63

102

2.70

MALINKY ROBOT COLL STORIES & OTHER BITS TP

$16.99

IMA

64

73

2.68

SUPERGIRL BIZARROGIRL TP

$19.99

DC 

65

19

2.67

SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER VILLAINS HC

$39.99

DC 

66

109

2.64

CHIMICHANGA HC

$14.99

DAR

67

13

2.64

X-MEN X-TINCTION AGENDA HC

$49.99

MAR

68

38

2.62

THUNDERBOLTS BY ELLIS AND DEODATO ULT COLL TP

$29.99

MAR

69

12

2.61

MMW DAREDEVIL HC VOL 06

$54.99

MAR

70

117

2.59

WORLD OF WARCRAFT TP VOL 04

$14.99

DC 

71

79

2.58

99 DAYS HC (MR)

$19.99

DC 

72

53

2.57

ANNIHILATORS HC

$24.99

MAR

73

120

2.54

SHADOWLAND STREET HEROES TP

$19.99

MAR

74

124

2.51

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC 

75

122

2.50

SPIDER-GIRL TP FAMILY VALUES

$19.99

MAR

76

9

2.47

MMW ATLAS ERA VENUS HC VOL 01

$59.99

MAR

77

24

2.47

TALES OF THE BATMAN GENE COLAN HC VOL 01

$39.99

DC 

78

312

2.46

POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 01

$4.99

VIZ

79

84

2.45

RESIDENT EVIL TP (MR)

$19.99

DC 

80

128

2.43

HALCYON TP

$14.99

IMA

81

175

2.43

BAKUMAN TP VOL 06

$9.99

VIZ

82

62

2.39

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC 

83

54

2.38

CRIMINAL MACABRE OMNIBUS TP VOL 01

$24.99

DAR

84

4

2.38

NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

$75.00

DC 

85

179

2.36

WOLVERINE HERCULES MYTHS MONSTERS AND MUTANTS TP

$14.99

MAR

86

133

2.35

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC 

87

91

2.34

DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE EMPIRE TP

$19.99

MAR

88

92

2.33

X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS TP MUTANTS VS VAMPIRES

$19.99

MAR

89

93

2.33

ESSENTIAL WEB OF SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

90

57

2.30

GREEN RIVER KILLER TRUE DETECTIVE STORY HC

$24.99

DAR

91

113

2.26

FANTASTIC FOUR BY WAID & WIERINGO ULT COLL TP BOOK 02

$24.99

MAR

92

58

2.24

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN OMNIBUS TP VOL 01

$24.99

DAR

93

336

2.20

POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 02

$4.99

VIZ

94

11

2.19

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01

$64.99

IMA

95

76

2.16

CAPTAIN AMERICA PRISONER OF WAR PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

96

142

2.14

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

97

104

2.11

JOKER HC

$19.99

DC 

98

157

2.08

NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 16

$12.99

VIZ

99

132

2.06

MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER TP VOL 01

$15.99

DAR

100

148

2.04

MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 02

$12.95

UDO

 

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