(BALTIMORE, MD) — (May 9, 2014) — Peter Parker has a second chance at life and heroism in Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos’ Amazing Spider-Man #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of April 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the comic industry’s best-selling comic book in both units and dollars in over a decade and was one of four titles placed by Marvel in the top ten. DC Comics took the remaining six spots in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #30 at #3.
Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher, with a 39.27% Dollar Share and 41.15% Unit Share, compared to 23.65% and 27.24% respectively for DC Entertainment. Image Comics had a robust April with a 9.34% dollar share, followed by strong showings for Dark Horse Comics at 5.54% and IDW Publishing at 5.10%.
The sci-fi comedy crime caper Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky from Image Comics was April’s best-selling graphic novel and was one of the publisher’s seven titles among the month’s top ten. Also of note, Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business original graphic novel ranked #5, and DC Comics’ The Joker: Death of the Family ranked #7.
BOOM! Studios’ first novel in the Jim Henson Archives, A.C.H. Smith’s novelization of the film Labyrinth, was April’s best-selling prose book. Also in the top ten in April were St. Martin Press’ The Walking Dead Book 4: The Fall of the Governor Part 2 by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga at #2 and Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #3.
The heroes and villains of the DC Comics universe are recreated as cute mini-figures for the Scibblenauts Unmasked Series 2 Figures from DC Collectibles, April’s best-selling Toy product.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||5.54%||5.18%|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||2.14%||0.54%|
|AVATAR PRESS INC||1.15%||1.03%|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||1.04%||1.18%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.21%||4.69%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTALSHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||38||27||0||65|
|AVATAR PRESS INC||11||2||2||15|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||13||2||0||15|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|APRIL 2014 VS. MARCH 2014|
|APRIL 2014 VS. APRIL 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1||$5.99||FEB140664-M||MAR|
|2||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31||$5.99||FEB140659-M||MAR|
|4||BATMAN ETERNAL #1 [*]||$2.99||FEB140140-M||DC|
|5||JUSTICE LEAGUE #29||$3.99||JAN140243-M||DC|
|6||BATMAN ETERNAL #2 [*]||$2.99||FEB140142||DC|
|8||ORIGINAL SIN #0||$4.99||FEB140657||MAR|
|9||BATMAN ETERNAL #3 [*]||$2.99||FEB140143||DC|
|10||BATMAN ETERNAL #4 [*]||$2.99||FEB140144||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||JAN140558||IMA|
|2||SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)||$14.99||JAN140556||IMA|
|3||EAST OF WEST VOLUME 2: WE ARE ALL ONE TP||$14.99||DEC130494||IMA|
|4||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|5||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS HC||$24.99||DEC130759||MAR|
|6||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP||$19.99||JAN140800||MAR|
|7||THE JOKER: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)||$24.99||JAN140340||DC|
|8||SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$14.99||APR130443||IMA|
|9||PRETTY DEADLY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||FEB140533||IMA|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP||$14.99||NOV128157||IMA|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH HC||$19.99||FEB141067||BOO|
|2||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 4: FALL OF THE GOVERNOR PART 2||$25.99||DEC138366||STM|
|3||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|4||MY LITTLE PONY: FIREFLY WITH BOOK||$9.95||FEB141598||RUN|
|5||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 83 SC||$14.95||FEB141625||SAN|
|6||MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA 75TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC||$40.00||DEC131413||DK|
|7||SPIDER-MAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC||$16.99||JAN141481||DK|
|8||GODZILLA LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT||$12.95||JAN141512||RUN|
|9||SWORD ART ONLINE VOLUME 1: AINCRAD SC||$13.00||FEB141540||HAC|
|10||DARKSTALKERS: OFFICIAL COMPANION WORKS SC||$39.99||JAN141345||UDO|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED MINI FIGURES SERIES 2||OCT130312||DC|
|2||THE WALKING DEAD: DIXON WITH CHOPPER BOX SET||AUG138265||TMP|
|3||MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THE HULK ARTFX+ STATUE||OCT132006||KOT|
|4||MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 ACTION FIGURE||DEC131822||DST|
|5||BATMAN HUSH: BATMAN & CATWOMAN: THE KISS STATUE||SEP130322||DC|
|6||DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: SUPERWOMAN ACTION FIGURE||SEP130323||DC|
|7||BATMAN ARKHAM CITY: ARMORED BATMAN STATUE||NOV130291||DC|
|8||THE WALKING DEAD: DARYL DIXON MINI-BUST||MAY131926||GEN|
|9||DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: ULTRAMAN ACTION FIGURE||SEP130325||DC|
|10||DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE||JUL138154||SQU|
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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