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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Diamond August top sellers out: Blackest Night overtakes Cap

It's that time again. Diamond Comic Distributors started the monthly roll-out of comics sales information today with its release of the top ten sellers in the month of August for several categories. DC's Blackest Night, which came in second place last month to Marvel's Captain America: Reborn #1, claimed the top slot with its second issue. The second Cap issue came in second place. DC took three of the top four slots, thanks to Batman and Robin #3 and Green Lantern #45.

Marvel had several debuts, with Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 and The Marvels Project #1 making the Top 10. Eight of the top 10 comics were priced at $3.99, with the other two at $2.99.

Image's tenth volume of Walking Dead was the top-selling trade paperback to retailers in the month.

Marvel led in both unit and dollar market shares, with the dollar shares at 39.7% for Marvel versus 33.16% for DC. Dark Horse came in third in both categories, followed by Image and IDW.

As we can see from the link, this is, again, just the Top 10, without order index numbers; those will follow here soon, with the actual estimates later on. In the meantime, we might note that August 2008, while not having any #1s in the Top 19, did have both Final Crisis and Secret Invasion continuing, so it remains to be seen how well this August's slate will compare in the aggregate. Notably, only three of the Top 10 comics last year were priced at $3.99, so it's almost certain that the average weighted price for comics ordered will go up.

More to come. Stay tuned...
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