Walking Dead is #1 Comic!
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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (November 7, 2014) — Weapon-bearing zombies offer a new threat to the survivors of the apocalypse in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #132 from Image Comics, the best-selling comic book of October 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was October’s top publisher with a 34.82% dollar market share and a 36.35% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 27.53% dollar share and 31.00% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 9.77% dollar share and a 12.28% unit share. IDW Publishing’s dollar share in October was fourth at 5.18% and Dark Horse Comics was fifth at 4.74%.
Marvel Comics had seven titles among October’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Death of Wolverine #4 at #2. DC Entertainment placed two titles in the top ten, with Batman #35 as the publisher’s top book at #6.
The first arc of G. Willow Wilson’s acclaimed Ms. Marvel was collected in October in Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, and the book from Marvel Comics was the month’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher’s four books in the top ten. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten, led by Batman Volume 4: Zero Year: Secret City at #3. Rounding out the top ten with two titles was Image Comics with Jonathan Hickman’s East of West Volume 3: There Is No Us leading the way at #4.
Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti joined forces for a reimagination of a classic fairy tale in Toon Graphic’s Hansel & Gretel, the best-selling book in October. Also returning to the top ten was Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #2.
DC Collectibles released a new version of a fan-favorite in October with the Batman Black & White: Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm Statue (Second Edition), the month’s best-selling toy product and one of their seven items in the top ten. Also among the top ten was Diamond Select Toys; their Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure ranked #6 for the month.
USApoly’s Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, a custom edition of the venerable board game based on Robert Kirkman’s best-selling Image comic book, was October’s best-selling game product.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.74%||3.25%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||9.43%||6.18%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||38||34||0||72|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||121||194||31||346|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|OCTOBER 2014 VS. SEPTEMBER 2014|
|OCTOBER 2014 VS. OCTOBER 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD #132 (MR)||$2.99||AUG140566-M||IMA|
|2||DEATH OF WOLVERINE #4||$4.99||JUN140603-M||MAR|
|4||DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3||$4.99||JUN140602-M||MAR|
|5||AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #1||$4.99||AUG140718-M||MAR|
|7||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7||$3.99||AUG140795-M||MAR|
|8||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8||$3.99||AUG140800-M||MAR|
|9||HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1||$5.99||AUG140294-M||DC|
|10||AVENGERS AND X-MEN: AXIS #2||$3.99||AUG140728-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|2||HAWKEYE VOLUME 3: L.A. WOMAN TP||$15.99||MAY140930||MAR|
|3||BATMAN VOL. 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY TP (N52)||$16.99||JUL140237||DC|
|4||EAST OF WEST VOLUME 3: THERE IS NO US TP||$14.99||JUL140478||IMA|
|5||BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY HC (N52)||$24.99||JUN140264||DC|
|6||SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 1: HERE WAS A MAN TP (MR)||$9.99||JUL140517||IMA|
|7||HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 1: HOT IN THE CITY HC||$24.99||JUN140279||DC|
|8||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1: THE PARKER LUCK TP||$17.99||JUL140726||MAR|
|9||MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 1: FROM THE DEAD HC||$17.99||JUL140728||MAR|
|10||BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK & JOKER MASK SET||$39.99||MAY140361||DC|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||HANSEL & GRETEL HC||$16.95||JUL141687||RAN|
|2||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|3||DOCTOR WHO MAD LIBS||$3.99||JUL141663||PUT|
|4||THE WALKING DEAD BOOK 5: DESCENT HC||$25.99||AUG141936||STM|
|5||PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY HC||$34.99||AUG141763||VIZ|
|6||UNCANNY X-MEN 100 PROJECT TP||$12.99||JUL141291||HER|
|7||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 88 SC||$14.95||AUG141926||SAN|
|8||NEIL GAIMAN: FORTUNATELY THE MILK SC||$5.99||JUL141684||HAR|
|9||BATMAN: A YEAR-BY-YEAR VISUAL CHRONICLE HC||$50.00||JUL141641||DK|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD NOVEL BOOK 4: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR PART 2 SC||$14.99||AUG141935||STM|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE (SECOND EDITION)||MAR140302||DC|
|2||DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE (SECOND EDITION)||APR140329||DC|
|3||BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK SET 1||MAY140418||DC|
|4||BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: ZOMBIE BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS||APR140318||DC|
|5||DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET||NOV138235||DC|
|6||MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE||MAR101468||DST|
|7||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET RACCOON ARTFX+ STATUE||APR142092||KOT|
|8||DC COMICS ICONS: SUPERMAN 1/6-SCALE STATUE||MAR140304||DC|
|9||ARKHAM ORIGINS: DEATHSTROKE/THE JOKER/COPPERHEAD 3-PACK||MAR140311||DC|
|10||BATMAN ARKHAM CITY: BATMAN ARTFX+ STATUE||MAR142128||KOT|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|2||MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN||JUN142654||NEC|
|3||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KHANS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS||AUG142826||WIZ|
|4||RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128267||USA|
|5||DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT: ALTERNATE LANTERNS||JUN142653||NEC|
|6||MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN STARTER SET||JUN142655||NEC|
|7||ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 3: PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM VS. LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS||JUN142617||CRY|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT BOOSTER BRICK WAVE 2||MAY142842||NEC|
|10||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KHANS OF TARKIR FAT PACK||AUG142828||WIZ|
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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.
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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.
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