AvX Powers Marvel To Number One Spot In April

Mon, May 7th, 2012 at 10:28am PDT

Comic Books
Stephen Gerding, Senior Editor
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Diamond Comic Distributors has released sales numbers for the month of April, showing that the AvX halo effect is expanding with three more Marvel titles breaking into the top ten for the month while DC continues to maintain its lock on the remaining six positions.

Marvel maintained its hold on the comic book direct market for a third straight month thanks to the continuing strength of "Avengers Vs. X-Men" with the second issue of the series ranking as the top-selling issue of the month. Sister title "AVX Vs." debuted in the number four slot as "Uncanny X-Men" and "Avengers" both muscled their way back into the top ten and positions #9 and 10, respectively.

DC Comics continued to rule the top ten with Batman taking the position of the publisher's top-selling title from "Justice League" for the month, settling in at #2 and 3 on the chart.

Overall, Marvel titles accounted for 34.64% of the month's sales in dollar share to DC's 30.12%, and 39.07% to DC's 34.06 in unit share. Image Comics placed third, boasting an impressive gain to 8.60% in dollar share over March's 6.66%. Image also rose in unit share from 5.59% in May to 6.61% in April.

For a full breakdown of the numbers, including final sales estimates, check back with CBR for John Mayo's monthly report and analysis.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.64%

39.07%

DC COMICS

30.12%

34.06%

IMAGE COMICS

8.60%

6.61%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.37%

4.64%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.22%

3.40%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.89%

3.90%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.67%

1.92%

AVATAR PRESS

0.97%

0.82%

VIZ MEDIA

0.92%

0.40%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

0.92%

0.89%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.68%

4.29%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2012 VS. MARCH 2012

COMICS

5.40%

2.47%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

9.84%

-0.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.77%

2.25%

APRIL 2012 VS. APRIL 2011

COMICS

16.30%

16.11%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.56%

15.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

15.09%

16.04%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2011

COMICS

15.94%

15.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

9.47%

9.29%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.84%

14.65%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2

$3.99

FEB120534

MAR

2

BATMAN #8

$3.99

FEB120186

DC

3

JUSTICE LEAGUE #8

$3.99

FEB120160

DC

4

AVX VS #1

$3.99

FEB120531

MAR

5

GREEN LANTERN #8

$2.99

FEB120204

DC

6

ACTION COMICS #8

$3.99

FEB120178

DC

7

DETECTIVE COMICS #8

$3.99

FEB120190

DC

8

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #8

$2.99

FEB120193

DC

9

UNCANNY X-MEN #11

$3.99

FEB120545

MAR

10

AVENGERS #25

$3.99

FEB120541

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$9.99

JUL068351

IMA

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US TP

$14.99

SEP088204

IMA

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

NOV082245

IMA

4

FLEX MENTALLO: MAN OF MUSCLE AND MYSTERY DELUXE HC

$22.99

OCT110285

DC

5

CHEW VOL. 5: MAJOR LEAGUE CHEW TP

$12.99

FEB120425

IMA

6

CINDERELLA: FABLES ARE FOREVER TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN120331

DC

7

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 5: BEST DEFENSE TP

$14.99

SEP088206

IMA

8

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 15: WE FIND OURSELVES

$14.99

OCT110502

IMA

9

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 4: HEARTS DESIRE TP

$14.99

SEP088205

IMA

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 6: SORROWFUL LIFE TP

$14.99

SEP088207

IMA

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