Diamond Comic Distributors has released their April 2014 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 held onto both Market Share and Unit Share this month with a little help from the Amazing Spider-Man. DC will just have to settle for having the #3 comic last month. Image did what they seem to do best and that's dominate the TPB sales with the help of Sex Criminals, The Walking Dead, Saga & more.
"(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.
For the second month in a row, USAopoly's Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition topped the sales charts as April's best-selling Games product."
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|APRIL 2014 VS. MARCH 2014|
|APRIL 2014 VS. APRIL 2013|
|FIRST QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
- SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31
- BATMAN #30
- BATMAN ETERNAL #1
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #29
- BATMAN ETERNAL #2
- HULK #1
- ORIGINAL SIN #0
- BATMAN ETERNAL #3
- BATMAN ETERNAL #4
- SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
- SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)
- EAST OF WEST VOLUME 2: WE ARE ALL ONE TP
- SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS HC
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP
- THE JOKER: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)
- SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)
- PRETTY DEADLY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
- THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP
- SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED MINI FIGURES SERIES 2
- THE WALKING DEAD: DIXON WITH CHOPPER BOX SET
- MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THE HULK ARTFX+ STATUE
- MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 ACTION FIGURE
- BATMAN HUSH: BATMAN & CATWOMAN: THE KISS STATUE
- DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: SUPERWOMAN ACTION FIGURE
- BATMAN ARKHAM CITY: ARMORED BATMAN STATUE
- THE WALKING DEAD: DARYL DIXON MINI-BUST
- DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: ULTRAMAN ACTION FIGURE
- DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE
- MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
- MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL
- YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX
- RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
- RISK LEGACY
- MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN
- DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICK
- WONDER WOMAN: COLLAGE 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE
- SUPERMAN: COLLAGE 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE
- RISK: MASS EFFECT: GALAXY AT WAR COLLECTOR'S EDITION