Diamond Announces Top Products For April 2014 in Comic Shops

Amazing Spider-Man #1

 

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, who deliver comics to Britian’s many comic shops and worldwide.

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.

Diamond Comics Dollar Share Chart -  April 2014

 

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%.

Diamond Comics Unit Share Chart -  April 2014

 

The science fiction 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

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.27%

41.15%

DC COMICS

23.65%

27.24%

IMAGE COMICS

9.34%

10.31%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.54%

5.18%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.10%

4.24%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.49%

2.47%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

2.14%

0.54%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.07%

1.97%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.15%

1.03%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.04%

1.18%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.21%

4.69%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

80

35

0

115

DC COMICS

79

26

1

106

IMAGE COMICS

71

13

0

84

IDW PUBLISHING

45

24

0

69

DARK HORSE COMICS

38

27

0

65

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

43

6

0

49

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

25

7

0

32

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

26

26

AVATAR PRESS INC

11

2

2

15

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

13

2

0

15

OTHER

77

157

35

269

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2014 VS. MARCH 2014

COMICS

23.22%

14.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.90%

-0.33%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

18.27%

12.90%

APRIL 2014 VS. APRIL 2013

COMICS

17.37%

6.96%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.78%

11.20%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

17.18%

7.32%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE
2013

COMICS

-0.89%

-6.91%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.44%

10.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.04%

-5.61%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

FEB140664-M MAR

2

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31

$5.99

FEB140659-M MAR

3

BATMAN #30

$3.99

FEB140198-M DC

4

BATMAN ETERNAL #1 [*]

$2.99

FEB140140-M DC

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29

$3.99

JAN140243-M DC

6

BATMAN ETERNAL #2 [*]

$2.99

FEB140142 DC

7

HULK #1

$3.99

FEB140684-M MAR

8

ORIGINAL SIN #0

$4.99

FEB140657 MAR

9

BATMAN ETERNAL #3 [*]

$2.99

FEB140143 DC

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #4 [*]

$2.99

FEB140144 DC

 

Sex Criminals Volume 1

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN140558 IMA

2

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556 IMA

3

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 2: WE ARE ALL ONE
TP

$14.99

DEC130494 IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS
HC

$24.99

DEC130759 MAR

6

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1:
COSMIC AVENGERS TP

$19.99

JAN140800 MAR

7

THE JOKER: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP
(N52)

$24.99

JAN140340 DC

8

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMA

9

PRETTY DEADLY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

FEB140533 IMA

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS
GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157 IMA

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH HC

$19.99

FEB141067 BOO

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 4: FALL OF THE
GOVERNOR PART 2

$25.99

DEC138366 STM

3

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

4

MY LITTLE PONY: FIREFLY WITH BOOK

$9.95

FEB141598 RUN

5

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 83 SC

$14.95

FEB141625 SAN

6

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA 75TH-ANNIVERSARY
EDITION HC

$40.00

DEC131413 DK

7

SPIDER-MAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
HC

$16.99

JAN141481 DK

8

GODZILLA LIGHT & SOUND
MINIATURE BOOK KIT

$12.95

JAN141512 RUN

9

SWORD ART ONLINE VOLUME 1: AINCRAD
SC

$13.00

FEB141540 HAC

10

DARKSTALKERS: OFFICIAL COMPANION
WORKS SC

$39.99

JAN141345 UDO

 

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED MINI FIGURES
SERIES 2
OCT130312 DC

2

THE WALKING DEAD: DIXON WITH CHOPPER
BOX SET
AUG138265 TMP

3

MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THE
HULK ARTFX+ STATUE
OCT132006 KOT

4

MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 ACTION
FIGURE
DEC131822 DST

5

BATMAN HUSH: BATMAN & CATWOMAN:
THE KISS STATUE
SEP130322 DC

6

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS:
SUPERWOMAN ACTION FIGURE
SEP130323 DC

7

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY: ARMORED BATMAN
STATUE
NOV130291 DC

8

THE WALKING DEAD: DARYL DIXON
MINI-BUST
MAY131926 GEN

9

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: ULTRAMAN ACTION
FIGURE
SEP130325 DC

10

DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI:
THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE
JUL138154 SQU

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL
EDITION
OCT128266 USA

2

MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL FEB142556 NEC

3

YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX MAY132348 NEC

4

RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA

5

RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS

6

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS.
X-MEN
NOV132536 NEC

7

DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES
BOOSTER BRICK
OCT132418 NEC

8

WONDER WOMAN: COLLAGE 1000-PIECE
JIGSAW PUZZLE
FEB142427 AQU

9

SUPERMAN: COLLAGE 1000-PIECE JIGSAW
PUZZLE
FEB142426 AQU

10

RISK: MASS EFFECT: GALAXY AT WAR
COLLECTOR’S EDITION
DEC132333 USA

 

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.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

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.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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