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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 5, 2013) — Out of control satellites and a government conspiracy pose new challenges for the Man of Steel in Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #1 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in June 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was June's leading publisher with a 32.77% market share in retail dollars and a 38.29% market share in units. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.57% share in dollars and a 32.03% share in units. June's comics sales declined slightly from May, a five week month. Second quarter print sales were up over the first quarter by nearly 5%, and year-to-date print sales are up nearly 12% over 2012..

Rick Grimes and his band of survivors must adjust to life under Negan's rule in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 18: What Comes After from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in June.

Michonne, the fan-favorite character from Kirkman's The Walking Dead, unleashed her fury and her katana on two walkers in McFarlane Toys' The Walking Dead: Michonne Resin Statue, the best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers in June.

Designed for retailers' HeroClix tournaments within their stores, NECA/WizKids' Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself Month 2 Organized Play Kit, based on the Marvel Comics crossover event of 2011, was the best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers in June.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 32.77%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.57%
IMAGE COMICS 8.77%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.55%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.51%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.40%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.93%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.76%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 1.04%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.91%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.80%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.29%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 32.03%
IMAGE COMICS 8.31%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.01%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.64%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.30%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.82%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 1.03%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.84%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.80%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.94%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JUNE 2013 VS. MAY 2013
COMICS -2.27% -2.86%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -19.07% -20.90%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -7.92% -4.40%
JUNE 2013 VS. JUNE 2012
COMICS 5.28% 1.17%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -3.35% -4.31%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.57% 0.76%
SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013
COMICS 2.27% -0.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 10.39% 11.83%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.72% 0.57%
SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2012
COMICS 6.30% 2.95%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.62% 5.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 5.43% 3.16%
FIRST HALF 2013 VS. FIRST HALF 2012
COMICS 13.26% 10.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 9.25% 8.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 11.98% 10.13%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 $4.99 APR130107 DC
2 BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 $3.99 APR130117 DC
3 BATMAN #21 $3.99 APR130161 DC
4 AGE OF ULTRON #10 $3.99 APR130589 MAR
5 AGE OF ULTRON #9 $3.99 APR130586 MAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 $3.99 APR130137 DC
7 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #11 $3.99 APR130603 MAR
8 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #12 $3.99 APR130604 MAR
9 ALL-NEW X-MEN #12 $3.99 APR130600 MAR
10 KICK-ASS 3 #1 (MR) $2.99 MAR130713 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 18: WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 APR130482 IMA
2 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
3 ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 3 TP $14.99 APR130964 BOO
4 STAR-LORD: THE HOLLOW CROWN TP $7.99 APR130679 MAR
5 DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED TP $14.99 MAR130735 MAR
6 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
7 FATALE VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130422 IMA
8 BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 1: BORN TO KILL TP $16.99 MAR130270 DC
9 HARLEY QUINN: NIGHT AND DAY TP $16.99 MAR130276 DC
10 BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE DELUXE HC (MR) $29.99 MAR130264 DC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD: MICHONNE RESIN STATUE MAR130599 TMP
2 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE: THE JOKER ARTFX STATUE NOV121817 KOT
3 DC COMICS: BATMAN " NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE DEC121704 KOT
4 BATMAN:ARKHAMCITY- THE JOKER STATUE JAN130348 DC
5 MARVEL SELECT: GHOST RIDER ACTION FIGURE NOV063174 DST
6 MARVEL SELECT: IRON MAN 3 - IRON MAN MK. 42 FIGURE DEC121590 DST
7 INJUSTICE: THE FLASH VS. RAVEN FIGURE 2-PACK MAR130315 DC
8 INJUSTICE: CYBORG VS. HARLEY QUINN FIGURE 2-PACK MAR130314 DC
9 TOMB RAIDER PLAY ARTS ~KAI~: LARA CROFT FIGURE DEC121781 SQU
10 STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT - USS ENTERPRISE-E SHIP AUG108211 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: FEAR ITSELF MONTH 2 ORGANIZED PLAY KIT FEB138562 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN MASTERS BOOSTER PACKS APR132231 WZK
3 DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL BOOSTER PACKS MAR132260 NEC
4 DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL STARTER SET MAR132263 NEC
5 LORD OF THE RINGS HEROCLIX: FELLOWSHIP BOOSTERS FEB138641 NEC
6 THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME JUL112137 CRY
7 DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL MINI GAME MAR132262 NEC
8 DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL MARQUEE PACK MAR132261 NEC
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGON'S MAZE BOOSTER PACKS FEB131931 WZK
10 PATHFINDER BATTLES BUILDER SERIES: WE BE GOBLINS BOOSTER PACKS MAR132264 NEC
Dollar Market Shares for June 2013
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Unit Market Shares for June 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 comic book specialty shops located inNorth Americaand around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders 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.

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