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Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in both Retail Dollar and Unit Market Shares based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores in April 2013, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2013

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.95%
DC COMICS 25.98%
IMAGE COMICS 9.04%
IDW PUBLISHING 7.54%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.35%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.98%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.92%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.04%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.94%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.80%
VIZ MEDIA 0.72%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.69%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.68%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.56%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.53%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.49%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.43%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.26%
BONGO COMICS 0.22%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.20%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 2.67%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 41.78%
DC COMICS 27.72%
IMAGE COMICS 9.87%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.59%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.09%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.60%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.97%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.11%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.72%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.65%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.64%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.54%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.33%
VIZ MEDIA 0.30%
BONGO COMICS 0.22%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.19%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.18%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.12%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.09%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.05%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 1.24%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2013

  DOLLARS UNITS
APRIL 2013 VS. MARCH 2013
COMICS -4.95% -5.73%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 10.32% 10.11%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.56% -4.56%
APRIL 2013 VS. APRIL 2012
COMICS 13.87% 11.71%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 14.83% 19.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 14.18% 12.29%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS 19.44% 16.85%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 15.85% 14.15%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 18.32% 16.64%

 

Dollar Market Shares for April

Dollar Market Share – April 2013

Unit Market Shares for April

Unit Market Share– April 2013

 

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, minus any copies that are distributed free of cost.

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