Diamond Comic Distributors has released their September 2013 product sales data. Included are Top Comic Book Publishers by Retail Market Share & Unit Share, Comparative Sales, Top 10 Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, and Games. DC took the market share from Marvel this month with the help of their annula New 52 event Forever Evil and their extra 3D Covers and extra issues of their flagship titles. Image's TPB were strong with The Walking Dead, Saga, and new title East of West TPB came in strong, and Stanley "Artgerm" Lau's DC Comics Cover Girls: Batgirl statue topped the toy chart.
"(BALTIMORE, MD) — (October 4, 2013) —The Crime Syndicate has invaded Earth and the villains have taken charge in Forever Evil #1 from Geoff Johns and David Finch, the debut issue of the autumn crossover event from DC Entertainment and the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in September 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
DC Entertainment was September's top publisher, with a 40.39% dollar share and 45.17% unit share for the month. Marvel placed second for the month with 5 out of the top 10 comic titles, led by Infinity #2 & #3 and Mighty Avengers #1.
Comic Book Specialty Market sales in September increased sharply over August. Driven by DC Entertainment's "Villains Month," comic sales were up nearly 32% over the previous month, and graphic novels climbed by nearly 12%. Year-to-date comics sales are up by 12.5% over 2012.
Summarizing the top products from the below charts: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the near-future American West in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's East of West Volume 1: The Promise, the first collected edition of the best-selling series from Image Comics and the best-selling graphic novel for September.
Jeffrey Brown, the indie comics sensation behind the best-selling Darth Vader & Son, returns to a galaxy far, far away with new characters and new hijinks for young readers in Chronicle Books' Star Wars: Jedi Academy, the month's best-selling book in the comic book specialty market.
Based on a design by Stanley"Artgerm" Lau, Barbara Gordon is suited up for action in DC Collectibles' DC Comics Cover Girls: Batgirl Statue, September's best-selling toy product to direct market retailers.
The classic play style of Risk expands through successive games in Hasbro's Risk Legacy, the best-selling game product to the direct market for the month.
Also noteworthy: Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin TP debuted at number three on the Graphic Novel & Trade Paperbacks list, while The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia HC continued its 10-month run in the Top 10 Books List. In addition, IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 2 TP also debuted on the top GN/TP list. "
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
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- FOREVER EVIL #1
- INFINITY #2
- INFINITY #3
- X-MEN:BATTLEOF ATOM #1
- BATMAN #23.1: THE JOKER
- BATMAN #23.2: THE RIDDLER
- MIGHTY AVENGERS #1
- BATMAN #23.4: BANE
- AVENGERS #19
- BATMAN #23.3: THE PENGUIN
- EAST OF WEST VOLUME 1: THE PROMISE TP
- JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 3: THE THRONE OF ATLANTIS HC
- STAR WARS VOLUME 1: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN TP
- THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 9 HC (MR)
- THE WALKING DEAD 100 PROJECT TP (MR)
- JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 2: THE VILLAINS' JOURNEY TP
- SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
- SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)
- MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC VOLUME 2 TP
- SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 1 HC
- DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: BATGIRL STATUE
- DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: WONDER WOMAN FIGURE
- DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN FIGURE
- MARVEL SELECT: THE WOLVERINE MOVIE FIGURE
- DOCTOR WHO TITANS SERIES 2 MINI-FIGURES
- DC THE NEW 52: TRINITY WAR ACTION FIGURE BOX SET
- BATMAN: HUSH: SCARECROW/NIGHTWING/POISON IVY ACTION FIGURE 3-PACK
- DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: GREEN LANTERN FIGURE
- DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: SUPERGIRL STATUE
- MARVEL UNIVERSE ACTION FIGURES
- RISK LEGACY
- DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN '66 CLASSIC TV SERIES EXPANSION
- DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN '66 CLASSIC TV SERIES BATMOBILE
- MY LITTLE PONY MONOPOLY
- MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE & X-MEN BOOSTER BRICK
- THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME
- YU-GI-OH! TCG 2013 WAVE 1 COLLECTIBLE TINS
- THE WALKING DEAD COMIC BOARD GAME
- MAGIC THE GATHERING CCG DUEL DECKS: HEROES VS. MONSTERS
- PATHFINDER ADVENTURE CARD GAME: RISE OF THE RUNELORDS BASE SET