Media Release — Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, and The Thing came together to form an all-new team of New Avengers as Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen relaunched the best-selling title for the Heroic Age, giving Marvel Comics the top spot on the comics sales chart in June 2010 with New Avengers #1, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops according to Diamond Comic Distributors.
Marvel Comics also took the top publisher spot in June with the company leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 42.99% Unit Market Share and a 37.80% Dollar Share for the month.
Sam Kieth, the acclaimed creator of The Maxx, took readers on a journey into Gotham City’s heart of darkness in Batman: Arkham Asylum: Madness, an original hardcover graphic novel that gave DC Comics the best-selling graphic novel in the month of June.
DC Direct dominated the month of June as they had eight of the top ten best-selling toy products to comics specialty retailers, with the DCU Origins Series 1 Action Figure 2-Packs, featuring both modern and first-appearance designs of Batman, Catwoman, Nightwing, and The Joker, leading the way.
NECA/WizKids continued their HeroClix line in June with the DC HeroClix: Blackest Night Starter Set, based on DC’s best-selling Blackest Night crossover event, giving the vendor the best-selling Game product to comics specialty shops for the month.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|PUBLISHER||UNIT SHARE||DOLLAR SHARE|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.53%||5.30%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||5.85%||10.99%|
TOP 10 COMICS
|1||NEW AVENGERS #1||$3.99||APR100553-M||MAR|
|4||BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #3||$3.99||APR100159-M||DC|
|5||GREEN LANTERN #55||$2.99||APR100141-M||DC|
|6||BRIGHTEST DAY #3||$2.99||APR100137-M||DC|
|7||BRIGHTEST DAY #4||$2.99||APR100139-M||DC|
|8||SECRET AVENGERS #2||$3.99||APR100557-M||MAR|
|9||UNCANNY X-MEN #525||$2.99||APR100621-M||MAR|
|10||AVENGERS PRIME #1||$3.99||APR100559-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM: MADNESS HC||$19.99||FEB100129||DC|
|2||CHEW VOLUME 2: INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR TP (MR)||$12.99||FEB100354||IMA|
|3||HELLBOY VOLUME 10: THE CROOKED MAN & OTHERS TP||$17.99||FEB100044||DAR|
|4||NARUTO VOLUME 48 TP||$9.99||MAR101180||VIZ|
|5||FINAL CRISIS TP||$19.99||MAR100239||DC|
|6||BATMAN: R.I.P. TP||$14.99||MAR100237||DC|
|7||JONAH HEX: NO WAY BACK HC||$19.99||JAN100270||DC|
|8||DMZ VOLUME 8: HEARTS AND MINDS TP (MR)||$16.99||APR100271||DC|
|9||JACK OF FABLES VOLUME 7: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF JACK & JACK TP (MR)||$14.99||MAR100299||DC|
|10||CRIMINAL VOLUME 5: SINNERS TP (MR)||$15.99||APR100639||MAR|
TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES
|1||DCU ORIGINS SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKS||OCT090327||DC|
|2||IRON MAN 2 MARK IV ARTFX STATUE||FEB101516||KOT|
|3||BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE STATUE BY FRANK QUITELY||OCT090337||DC|
|4||DC DYNAMICS: BATMAN STATUE||OCT090326||DC|
|5||COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: ZATANNA STATUE||JAN090300||DC|
|6||ALICE IN WONDERLAND: MAD HATTER ULTRA-DETAIL FIGURE||JUL098256||MED|
|7||GREEN LANTERN LEGACIES STATUE PART 2: KYLE RAYNER||OCT090324||DC|
|8||LYNDA CARTER AS WONDER WOMAN (2010) STATUE||SEP090257||DC|
|9||HEROES OF THE DCU: JOKER BUST||OCT090338||DC|
|10||POISON IVY 1/6-SCALE COLLECTOR FIGURE||OCT090323||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||DC HEROCLIX: BLACKEST NIGHT STARTER SET||MAR101752||NEC|
|2||YU-GI-OH! TCG GOLD SERIES 3 (2010) EXPANSION||MAR108037||KON|
|3||DC HEROCLIX: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD BOOSTERS||JAN101703||NEC|
|4||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RISE OF THE ELDRAZI BOOSTERS||FEB101691||WIZ|
|5||WORLD OF WARCRAFT TCG: WRATHGATE BOOSTERS||FEB101684||CRY|
|6||YU-GI-OH! TCG: 5DS 2010-EDITION STARTER DECKS||APR101712||KON|
|7||MAGIC THE GATHERING: ARCHENEMY CARD GAME||APR101758||WIZ|
|8||MAGIC THE GATHERING: DUELS OF THE PLANESWALKERS DECKS||FEB108426||WIZ|
|9||DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 4TH-EDITION MONSTER MANUAL 3||APR101753||WIZ|
|10||DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MINIATURES: ORCUS GARGANTUAN||APR101756||WIZ|
How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.
Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.
Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.
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