Diamond Announces Top Products For November 2013

Batman #25 Amazing X-Men 1

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 13, 2013) — The Riddler plunges Gotham City into a blackout as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Zero Year” continued in Batman #25 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in November 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher, edging DC Entertainment 29.97% to 29.24% in Dollar Share and 33.65% to 31.90% in Unit Share. Both publishers had major launches in November – Harley Quinn #0 for DC Entertainment, Amazing X-Men #1 for Marvel Comics – that landed in the month’s top ten comics.

Comics sales in November, a four week month, declined by nearly 19% over October, a five week month. On the year, comics sales are up 11% over 2012 and graphic novels are up over 5% in the comic book specialty market.

The conflict between the survivors’ groups grows as Rick, Ezekial, Gregory, and Negan prepare for war in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead Volume 19: March to War, the latest volume of the best-selling zombie series from Image Comics and November’s best-selling graphic novel. Also notable in November were two original graphic novels — DC Entertainment’s original graphic novel, Fairest in All the Land ranked #3 and Dark Horse Comics’ The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story at #37.

Penguin Books celebrated Doctor Who‘s golden anniversary with November’s release of Doctor Who: The Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who, November’s best-selling book in the comic book specialty market. Also in the top ten, continuing its year-long run, was Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, at #4.

Seven of comics’ greatest heroes and villains, including Batman, The Flash, The Joker, and Black Manta, come together in the DC Comics: The New 52 Super-Heroes Vs. Super-Villains Action Figure Pack from DC Collectibles, the best-selling toy product to specialty market retailers in November.

The world of HeroClix gaming expanded in November with the Marvel HeroClix: The Invincible Iron Man Booster Brick from WizKids/NECA, the month’s best-selling games product.

Among other major publishers, IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #13, based on the fan-favorite animated series, was the publisher’s top comic book at #56.

dollar-share

unit-share

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

29.97%

33.65%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.24%

31.90%

IMAGE COMICS

8.67%

9.77%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.68%

6.26%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.11%

4.91%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.20%

3.00%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.90%

1.92%

EAGLEMOSS COLLECTIONS

1.86%

0.44%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.58%

1.74%

VIZ MEDIA

1.19%

0.42%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.59%

5.99%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

85

29

1

115

MARVEL COMICS

74

34

0

108

IDW PUBLISHING

46

31

0

77

DARK HORSE COMICS

37

31

0

68

IMAGE COMICS

42

14

0

56

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

30

18

0

48

VIZ MEDIA

0

25

0

25

BOOM! STUDIOS

20

3

0

23

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

2

0

10

EAGLEMOSS COLLECTIONS

0

0

9

9

OTHER NON-TOP 10

64

116

16

196

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

NOVEMBER 2013 VS. OCTOBER 2013

COMICS

-18.80%

-18.95%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.72%

-14.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-16.07%

-18.65%

NOVEMBER 2013 VS. NOVEMBER 2012

COMICS

-1.21%

-8.43%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.59%

11.44%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.39%

-7.12%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

COMICS

11.09%

7.69%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.55%

3.92%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.33%

7.39%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #25

$4.99

SEP130143-M DC

2

HARLEY QUINN #0

$2.99

SEP130227-M DC

3

AMAZING X-MEN #1

$3.99

SEP130740-M MAR

4

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4

$3.99

AUG130213-M DC

5

FOREVER EVIL #3

$3.99

SEP130164-M DC

6

INFINITY #6

$5.99

SEP130661-M MAR

7

ALL-NEW X-MEN #18

$3.99

SEP130749-M MAR

8

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #22

$3.99

SEP130697-M MAR

9

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #5

$3.99

SEP130223-M DC

10

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #21

$3.99

SEP130696 MAR

Yu-Gi-Oh Fairest in All the Land

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 19: MARCH TO WAR TP

$14.99

SEP130566 IMA

2

YU-GI-OH! 5DS VOLUME 5 GN

$9.99

SEP131376 VIZ

3

FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND HC (MR)

$22.99

JUL130257 DC

4

BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE OWLS TP (N52)

$19.99

AUG130291 DC

5

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOLUME 3 TP

$14.99

MAY130427 IMA

6

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUL130242 DC

7

NOWHERE MEN VOLUME 1: FATES WORSE THAN DEATH TP

$9.99

MAY130486 IMA

8

BATMAN IN DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 2: SCARE TACTICS (N52)

$16.99

AUG130290 DC

9

S.H.I.E.L.D. ORIGINS TP

$7.99

SEP130732 MAR

10

HAWKEYE VOLUME 1 HC

$34.99

JUN130677 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOCTOR WHO: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO 50 YEARS OF DOCTOR WHO

$20.00

JUL131467 PEN

2

DC SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN’S SHOCKING SURPRISE TP

$4.95

AUG131589 CAP

3

STAR TREK: LIGHT UP STARSHIP ENTERPRISE KIT

$12.95

JUL131508 RUN

4

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

5

STAR WARS: DEATH STAR OWNERS TECHNICAL MANUAL

$30.00

SEP131510 RAN

6

SPECTRUM VOLUME 20 TP

$35.00

AUG131579 PUB

7

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 78

$14.95

SEP131509 SAN

8

DOCTOR WHO OFFICIAL ANNUAL 2014

$12.99

MAR131467 PEN

9

THE ART OF SEAN PHILLIPS HC (MR)

$39.99

JUL130989 DE

10

DC SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BAT MITE’S BIG BLUNDER TP

$4.95

JUL131458 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 SUPER HEROES VS. SUPER VILLAINS 7-PACK JUN130321 DC

2

MICHAEL JORDAN: REAL MASTERPIECE #23 “ROAD UNIFORM” FIGURE MAR138258 ENT

3

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: THE KISS STATUE MAY130269 DC

4

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: THE JOKER STATUE BY GREG CAPULLO MAY130280 DC

5

MARVEL SELECT: CLASSIC THOR ACTION FIGURE JUL138075 DST

6

MARVEL SELECT: THOR: THE DARK WORLD: THOR ACTION FIGURE MAY131784 DST

7

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN STATUE BY GREG CAPULLO MAY130281 DC

8

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 1: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE JUL130282 DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE: WE CAN BE HEROES 7-PACK BOX SET AUG120308 DC

10

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 1: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE JUN130307 DC


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN BOOSTER BRICK SEP132436 NEC

2

RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA

3

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

4

GAME OF THRONES: WESTEROS 4D CITYSCAPE PUZZLE AUG132098 4D

5

MARVEL HEROCLIX:AVX: AVENGERS STARTER SET AUG138092 NEC

6

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVX: X-MEN STARTER SET AUG138093 NEC

7

MARVEL HEROCLIX: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN BOOSTER PACKS SEP132435 NEC

8

THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME: THE BEST DEFENSE MAR132230 CRY

9

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS BOOSTER PACKS JUL138429 NEC

10

FIREFLY BOARD GAME MAY132319 ALL

 

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 dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines 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.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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