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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ultimatum #1 tops list in "early peek" at Diamond November list

About a week before Diamond Comic Distributors would customarily release its Top 300 Comics and Top 100 Trade Paperbacks lists for November, it has announced the Top 10 sellers in each category and the top five publisher market shares. Elissa Lynch at Diamond has confirmed for The Comics Chronicles that this list is preparatory to, and not in place of, the regular indexed sales figures.

The Top 10 comics:
1) Ultimatum #1 • $3.99 • Marvel
2) Batman #681 RIP • $3.99 • DC
3) Hulk #8 • $2.99 • Marvel
4) Wolverine #69 • $2.99 • Marvel
5) Uncanny X-Men #504 MD • $2.99 • Marvel
6) Amazing Spider-Man #577 • $3.99 • Marvel
7) Captain America #44 • $2.99 • Marvel
8) Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19 • $2.99 • Dark Horse
9) JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1 • $3.99 • DC
10) Justice Society of America #20* • $2.99 • DC

The Top 10 Trade Paperbacks:
1) Fables Vol. 11: War & Pieces • $17.99 • DC
2) Michael Turner Tribute • $8.99 • Aspen
3) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate • $15.95 • Dark Horse
4) Heroes HC Vol. 2 • $29.99 • DC
5) Watchmen HC • $39.99 • DC
6) JLA/Avengers • $19.99 • DC/Marvel
7) Watchmen SC • $19.99 • DC
8) Joker HC • $19.99 • DC
9) Naruto Vol. 32 • $7.95 • Viz
10) Fruits Basket Vol. 21 • $9.99 • TokyoPop

The top five companies' market shares:


Dollars

Units

Marvel

36.96%

42.90%

DC

34.21%

34.52%

Dark Horse

5.86%

4.84%

Image

4.35%

3.80%

IDW

2.96%

2.83%

Other

15.65%

11.11%



The "early peek" at the top-sellers lists appears to be an enhancement from Diamond, capitalizing on the attention the indexed charts receive each month — charts that have appeared from one distributor or another in comics since the early 1980s, when Milton Griepp introduced them to Internal Correspondence at Capital City. Diamond is a longstanding supporter of increasing public awareness of what's going on in the medium, and The Comics Chronicles applauds its continuing efforts to do that with this added, early release of information.

EDIT: Link added and column headers corrected for table.
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