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Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in Retail Dollar Share and Unit Share categories in March 2014 based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2014

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.31%
DC COMICS 25.94%
IMAGE COMICS 11.38%
DARK HORSE COMICS 6.19%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.29%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.61%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.99%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.59%
AVATAR PRESS INC 1.14%
RANDOM HOUSE 1.04%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.92%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.91%
VIZ LLC 0.84%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.74%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.60%
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS 0.58%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.47%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.34%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.31%
TITAN 0.19%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 2.60%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.17%
DC COMICS 29.02%
IMAGE COMICS 11.04%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.72%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.51%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.56%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.84%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.95%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.95%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.94%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.86%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.47%
VIZ LLC 0.36%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.35%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.26%
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS 0.17%
TITAN 0.11%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.10%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.09%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.08%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 1.46%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2014

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 84 28 1 113
MARVEL COMICS 75 34 0 109
IMAGE COMICS 54 13 0 67
IDW PUBLISHING 42 22 0 64
DARK HORSE COMICS 42 15 0 57
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 34 5 0 39
BOOM! STUDIOS 28 7 0 35
AVATAR PRESS 11 4 0 15
RANDOM HOUSE 0 15 0 15
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 12 12
OTHER 63 104 16 183

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2014

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2014 VS. FEBRUARY 2014
COMICS 4.11% 6.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 24.00% 25.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 10.22% 7.93%
MARCH 2014 VS. MARCH 2013
COMICS -9.47% -11.83%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 18.31% 22.85%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.48% -9.28%
FIRST QUARTER 2014 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2013
COMICS -14.30% -13.77%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.59% -1.59%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -13.45% -12.82%
FIRST QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013
COMICS -6.89% -11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.39% 10.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.40% -9.85%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -6.89% -11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.39% 10.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.40% -9.85%
Dollar Market Shares for March 2014

Dollar Market Share – March 2014

Unit Market Shares for March 2014

Unit Market Share– March 2014

 

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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 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.

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 and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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