Marvel, Alan Moore top July sales

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LXG III Century 1969 Marvel, Alan Moore top July sales

Amazing Spider Man 666 Marvel, Alan Moore top July sales

Spider Island and 1969 topped July’s sales figures, just released by Diamond, with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666 topping the periodicals, and LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN CENTURY #2: 1969 topping the GN sales.

Sales were down from 2010 and down sharply from June — however, June was a five-week month, and July only four. The overall market is down about 7 percent in both units and dollars for the year.

IDW was the #3 publisher in dollars, while Image was #3 in units; DC has closed the gap against Marvel quite a bit from the dismal May that is what many say unleashed the relaunch plans.

Tables, charts and more info below.

unit share Marvel, Alan Moore top July sales

dollar share Marvel, Alan Moore top July sales

Spider-Man faces one of his greatest challenges — the emergence of spider-powers like his in a million New Yorkers — in the prelude to the “Spider-Island” storyline in Dan Slott and Stefano Caselli’s Amazing Spider-Man #666 from Marvel Comics, July’s best-selling comic book to comics and specialty retailers according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was also the leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels in July, with a 39.43% share of total dollars and a 43.59% share of total units sold.  July, a four week shipping month, saw a decline in sales from June (a five-week shipping month) for both comics (down 5.25%) and graphic novels (down 8.94%). Year-to-date, sales in the printed categories are down 7% from 2010’s sales. Sales in the merchandise categories also declined over June’s sales (down 19%), but Games sales increased from June by 207%.

July’s best-selling graphic novel was Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #2: 1969 from Top Shelf Productions, the latest chapter in the adventures of their Victorian-era heroes, bringing them into the turbulent 1960s.

The inmates have taken over the asylum in Ubisoft’s best-selling video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and DC Direct’s Batman: Arkham Asylum Series 2 Action Figures, recreating characters such as Bane and Poison Ivy as they appeared in the game, was the best-selling Toy product to comics specialty retailers in the month of July.

For the second month in a row, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Captain America Expansion was the month’s top-selling Games product to comics retailers, its sales boosted by gamer interest due to Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger film.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.43%

43.59%

DC COMICS

30.55%

34.76%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.32%

3.76%

IMAGE COMICS

4.50%

4.52%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.69%

2.74%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.83%

2.58%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.57%

1.36%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.00%

0.23%

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

0.97%

0.36%

VIZ LLC

0.94%

0.40%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.21%

5.70%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2011 VS. JUNE 2011

COMICS

-5.26%

-4.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-16.12%

-13.27%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.94%

-5.33%

JULY 2011 VS. JULY 2010

COMICS

-4.27%

-0.52%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.10%

-13.19%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-6.17%

-1.64%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010

COMICS

-7.26%

-6.46%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-6.58%

-11.01%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.04%

-6.85%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666

$3.99

MAY110632 MAR

2

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$3.99

MAY110617 MAR

3

FEAR ITSELF #4

$3.99

MAY110572 MAR

4

FLASHPOINT #3

$3.99

MAY110162 DC

5

GREEN LANTERN #67

$2.99

APR110095 DC

6

DAREDEVIL #1

$3.99

MAY110660 MAR

7

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #3

$2.99

DEC100194 DC

8

AVENGERS #15

$3.99

MAY110584 MAR

9

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH #1

$3.99

MAY110156 DC

10

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #61

$2.99

APR110097 DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN III: CENTURY #2: 1969 (MR)

$9.95

MAY111195 TOP

2

CONAN THE BARBARIAN: MASK OF ACHERON

$6.99

MAY110024 DAR

3

KICK-ASS TP (MR)

$19.99

APR110670 MAR

4

BLACKEST NIGHT TP

$19.99

APR110192 DC

5

BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN TP

$19.99

APR110193 DC

6

JACK OF FABLES VOLUME 9: THE END TP (MR)

$17.99

APR110245 DC

7

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS VOLUME 6: THE STARCRUSHER TRAP GN

$7.99

MAR110017 DAR

8

BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP

$19.99

APR110194 DC

9

NORTHLANDERS VOLUME 5: METAL TP (MR)

$17.99

APR110247 DC

10

INCOGNITO VOLUME 2: BAD INFLUENCES TP (MR)

$17.99

APR110669 MAR

 

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES JUL100270 DC

2

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES JUN100288 DC

3

BRIGHTEST DAY SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES SEP100324 DC

4

BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE ACTION FIGURES NOV100289 DC

5

DC HEROES WAVE 17 “ANTIMONITOR SERIES” FIGURES MAR111723 MAT

6

GREEN LANTERN 1/4-SCALE POWER BATTERY & RING PROP OCT100343 DC

7

DC X BISHOUJO: SUPERGIRL STATUE FEB111684 KOT

8

GREEN LANTERN MOVIE: POWER BATTERY PROP REPLICA MAR110404 DC

9

THE PUNISHER CLASSIC STATUE DEC101524 BOW

10

BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE – BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM STATUE APR110280 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA EXPANSION APR112103 NEC

2

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2012 CORE SET BOOSTERS MAY112065 WIZ

3

MARVEL HEROCLIX: THE HAMMER OF THOR FAST FORCES 6- PACKS MAY112071 NEC

4

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2012 CORE SET FAT PACKS MAY112067 WIZ

5

YU-GI-OH! TCG 5DS GOLD SERIES 4 PYRAMIDS EDITION JUN112159 KON

6

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2012 CORE SET INTRO DECKS MAY112068 WIZ

7

MOUSE GUARD RPG HC APR098450 ARA

8

ARKHAM HORROR: MISKATONIC HORROR EXPANSION APR112049 FAN

9

DOCTOR WHO FAMILY BOARD GAME OCT101792 DIA

10

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: NEW PHYREXIA BOOSTERS MAR112030 WIZ

 

Comments

  1. Sorta related, sorta not. Does anyone know the time frame for comics hitting book store shelves (Barnes and Nobles, Books A Million, etc.) compared to hitting comic shop shelves. I know there is a lag time, I just really have no idea how long it is (or is it random?) For example, I’m wanting to pick up Uncanny X-Force #12 at the bookstore, but they still have #11 stocked. And it came out LAST week in comics shops. So I didn’t know if there was a three week, etc. wait period between comic shops and book stores receiving comics, or what the deal was exactly?

  2. Torsten Adair says:

    Nathan, when I started collecting comics back in 1984 (sigh), newsstands and bookstores received their comics three weeks after the Direct Market. Which meant that when I finally hiked to my local comics shop (Dragon’s Lair in Omaha), I left with three weeks of comics!

    Sometimes my comics shop would sell out of something, and I’d buy a newsstand copy at the gas station along the route.

    Now, it’s about a week or two, as I’ve noticed whenever an issue of Archie makes the news.

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