Media Release — The X-Men faced their gravest threat as the Marvel Universe’s vampires arose and attacked San Francisco in by Victor Gischler and Paco Medina’s X-Men #1, giving Marvel Comics the top spot on the comics sales chart in July 2010, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops according to Diamond Comic Distributors.
Marvel Comics also took the top publisher spot in July with the company leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 42.69% Unit Market Share and a 38.66% Dollar Share for the month.
Bryan Lee O’Malley’s story of a twentysomething slacker musician and his quest for love reached its climax in Oni Press’ Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, the sixth and final volume of the Oni Press series on which the new film, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is based, giving Oni Press the best-selling graphic novel in July.
Kotobukiya’s association with Marvel Comics has produced a series of stylish statues as superheroines are reimagined as bishoujo-styled characters by renowned artist Shunya Yamashita, and the latest statue in the series — the Marvel Comics: Psylocke Bishoujo Statue — gave the Japan-based manufacturer the best-selling Toy product to comic specialty shops for the month.
Wizards of the Coast launched their new release for the best-selling Magic the Gathering Trading Card Game in July with the 2011 Core Set, and three products — the Booster Packs, the Intro Decks, and the Fat Packs — for that set were the top-selling Games products to comics specialty retailers in July.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|PUBLISHER||UNIT SHARE||DOLLAR SHARE|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.04%||4.12%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||5.48%||9.18%|
TOP 10 COMICS
|2||BRIGHTEST DAY #6||$2.99||MAY100111-M||DC|
|3||BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #4||$3.99||MAY100131-M||DC|
|5||BATMAN AND ROBIN #13||$2.99||APR100165-M||DC|
|6||GREEN LANTERN #56||$2.99||MAY100113-M||DC|
|7||NEW AVENGERS #2||$3.99||MAY100569-M||MAR|
|8||BRIGHTEST DAY #5 (*)||$2.99||MAY100109-M||DC|
|10||SECRET AVENGERS #3||$3.99||MAY100571-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR GN (VOLUME 6)||$11.99||MAY101089||ONI|
|2||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 12: LIFE AMONG THEM TP||$14.99||APR100438||IMA|
|3||BLACKEST NIGHT HC||$29.99||MAR100240||DC|
|4||BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN HC||$24.99||MAR100241||DC|
|5||SCOTT PILGRIM’S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE GN (VOLUME 1)||$11.99||FEB108442-M||ONI|
|6||BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN CORPS HC||$24.99||MAR100242||DC|
|7||SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD GN (VOLUME 2)||$11.99||FEB108443-M||ONI|
|8||SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE UNIVERSE GN (VOLUME 5)||$11.99||FEB108446-M||ONI|
|9||SCOTT PILGRIM GETS IT TOGETHER GN (VOLUME 4)||$11.99||FEB108445-M||ONI|
|10||SCOTT PILGRIM AND THE INFINITE SADNESS GN (VOLUME 3)||$11.99||FEB108444-M||ONI|
TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES
|1||MARVEL: PSYLOCKE BISHOUJO STATUE||JAN101538||KOT|
|2||BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE: CATWOMAN BY STEVE RUDE STATUE||DEC090316||DC|
|3||MARVEL SELECT: ABOMINATION ACTION FIGURE||AUG091437||DIA|
|4||AVENGERS REBORN: CAPTAIN AMERICA FINE ART STATUE||DEC091395||KOT|
|5||GREEN LANTERN: LEGACIES PART 3 STATUE||NOV090267||DC|
|7||DR. OCTOPUS STATUE||FEB101497||BOW|
|8||BLACK PANTHER CLASSIC STATUE||JAN101514||BOW|
|9||CHRISTOPHER REEVE AS SUPERMAN STATUE (2010)||DEC090314||DC|
|10||MARVEL UNIVERSE ACTION FIGURES||MAY101539||KEN|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2011 CORE SET BOOSTER PACKS||MAY101847||WIZ|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2011 CORE SET INTRO DECKS||MAY101848||WIZ|
|3||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2011 CORE SET FAT PACKS||MAY101849||WIZ|
|4||YU-GI-OH! TCG: HIDDEN ARSENAL #2 BOOSTER PACKS||MAY101807||KON|
|5||DOCTOR WHO RPG CORE RULEBOOK BOX SET||AUG091701||CUB|
|6||MARVEL HEROCLIX CLASSICS: IRON MAN ARMOR WARS MEGA BATTLE PACK||FEB108024||NEC|
|7||WORLD OF WARCRAFT TCG: CLASS STARTER DECKS||JAN101697||CRY|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD BOOSTER PACK||JAN101703||NEC|
|9||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: WORLDWAKE BOOSTER PACKS||DEC091562||WIZ|
|10||THE DRESDEN FILES RPG CORE RULEBOOK VOLUME 1||APR101701||EVI|
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