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Diamond Announces Top Products for December 2013 #Wolverine #WalkingDead #Saga #Batman


Diamond Comic Distributors has released their December 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. Marvel took back both Market Share and Unit Share this month with the help of Wolverine's Origin II, with DC having the most titles shipped and the most in the Top 10. Image's TPB sales are always strong with The Walking Dead and Saga.



"(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 10, 2014) —James Howlett has his first encounter with Mr. Sinister as Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert reveal an untold chapter in the story of Wolverine in Marvel Comics' Origin II #1, the best-selling book to specialty retailers in December 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 December's top publisher, edging DC Entertainment 35.42% to 27.22% in Dollar Share and 36.56% to 31.13% in Unit Share. Marvel Comics had four of the month's top ten best-selling comics, while DC Entertainment took the other six spots.

Comics sales in December edged up over November, up 0.63% in dollars and 1.60% in units. On the year, comics sales were up 10.22% in dollars and 6.70% in units, and graphic novel sales climbed by 6.50% in dollars and 5.12% in units. Overall, print sales in 2013 were up 9.04% in dollars and 6.58% in units over 2012.

Snow White and Bigby face challenges — her cubs are lost and their marriage is threatened — in Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's Fables Volume 19: Snow White from DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint and December's best-selling graphic novel. Also notable, IDW Publishing's original graphic novel from Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground, ranked #3 for the month, and both volumes of Image Comics' Saga ranked in the top ten at #7 and #9.

BOOM! Studios collected the covers for their Adventure Time comics in the artbook, Adventure Time: Eye Candy, December'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 #2.

As if taken from the fusilage of a B-17 bomber and given physical form, the DC Bombshells: Harley Quinn Statue from DC Collectibles was the best-selling toy product to specialty market retailers in December.

USAopoly's Risk: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, with custom rules for the zombie apocalypse, was December's best-selling games product."

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS


RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS
35.42%
DC COMICS
27.22%
IDW PUBLISHING
8.18%
IMAGE COMICS
7.32%
DARK HORSE COMICS
6.28%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
3.22%
BOOM! STUDIOS
2.06%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
1.11%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD
0.98%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
0.91%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
7.32%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS
36.56%
DC COMICS
31.13%
IMAGE COMICS
8.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS
6.35%
IDW PUBLISHING
6.17%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
3.25%
BOOM! STUDIOS
2.12%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
1.16%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
0.91%
AVATAR PRESS INC
0.81%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
3.45%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARSUNITS
DECEMBER 2013 VS. NOVEMBER 2013
COMICS0.63%1.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.40%3.67%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.03%1.76%
DECEMBER 2013 VS. DECEMBER 2012
COMICS1.09%-3.64%
GRAPHIC NOVELS18.02%20.38%
TOTAL COMICS/GN5.93%-2.07%
FOURTH QUARTER 2013 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013
COMICS-0.72%-2.39%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.79%2.09%
TOTAL COMICS/GN1.23%-2.06%
YEAR 2013 VS. YEAR 2012
COMICS10.22%6.70%
GRAPHIC NOVELS6.50%5.12%
TOTAL COMICS/GN9.04%6.58%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

  1. ORIGIN II #1
  2. AVENGERS #24.NOW
  3. BATMAN #26
  4. FOREVER EVIL #4
  5. SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5
  6. JUSTICE LEAGUE #25
  7. HARLEY QUINN #1
  8. JUSTICE LEAGUE #26
  9. INHUMANITY #1
  10. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

  1. FABLES VOLUME 19: SNOW WHITE TP (MR)
  2. ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES GN
  3. RICHARD STARK'S PARKER: SLAYGROUND HC
  4. DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL TP
  5. STAR LORD: WORLDS ON THE BRINK
  6. NIGHTWING VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)
  7. SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
  8. DEADPOOL VOLUME 3: GOOD BAD AND UGLY TP
  9. SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)
  10. THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

TOP 10 TOYS

  1. DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE
  2. METROID OTHER M: SAMUS ARAN FIGMA
  3. METROID OTHER M: SAMUS ARUN "ZERO SUIT" PVC FIGURE
  4. DC: 1966 BATMAN 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES
  5. DOCTOR WHO TITANS MINI-FIGURES SERIES 3
  6. BACK TO THE FUTURE: TIME MACHINE CAR
  7. BATMAN RETRO 8-INCH SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES
  8. MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL AF
  9. THE WALKING DEAD: DARYL DIXON 10-INCH DELUXE ACTION FIGURE
  10. TERMIANTOR 2: T-800 "BATTLE DAMAGE" HD MASTERPIECE FIGURE

TOP 10 GAMES

  1. RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
  2. MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
  3. LEGEND OF ZELDA: COLLECTORS EDITION STRATEGY GUIDE BOX SET
  4. MARVEL HEROCLIX: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN BOOSTER BRICK
  5. GAME OF THRONES: WESTEROS 4D CITYSCAPE PUZZLE
  6. YU-GI-OH! TCG 2013 COLLECTIBLE TIN WAVE 2
  7. MY LITTLE PONY: CCG PREMIERE EDITION BOOSTER PACKS
  8. DOCTOR WHO: ALIEN ATTAX TCG BOOSTER PACKS
  9. YU-GI-OH! TCG: YUGI AND KAIBA RELOADED STARTER DECKS
  10. ELDRITCH HORROR BOARD GAME

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