Marvel Rides "Guardians," "Age of Ultron" To Top March's Sales Charts

Fri, April 5th, 2013 at 7:55am PDT | Updated: April 5th, 2013 at 10:32am

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CBR News Team, Editor
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EDITOR: The original version of this story stated that graphic novel sales declined from March 2012. Diamond has issued a revised chart indicating that sales actually rose for graphic novels while also revising the year-to-year sales for comics upward.

Diamond Comics has released its Top Ten charts for products released in March 2013 which found Marvel sitting atop the charts with 40% of the market share in retail dollars and just under 44% in units. DC Comics was second with 27% and 30% respectively. Image Comics ranked third, with IDW Publishing and Dark Horse rounding out the top five spots.

Looking at the month to month numbers, the market as a whole saw a slight uptick of 3% in comics sales, while graphic novel sales rose by 7% in dollars and 17% in units. Overall, both comic and graphic novel sales rose compared to March, 2012.

The top selling comic was Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1, followed by the debut issue of "Age of Ultron." AoU 2 and 3 ranked in the top ten as well, along with "Wolverine" #1, "Superior Spider-Man" #5 and All New X-Men" #8. DC's "Batman" #18 ranked third, with "Justice League" and Justice League of America" being the publisher's only other titles to break the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.96%

43.78%

DC COMICS

27.09%

29.88%

IMAGE COMICS

8.01%

7.88%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.34%

5.24%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.72%

4.16%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.16%

1.87%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.68%

1.49%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.97%

0.20%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.86%

0.84%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.83%

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.38%

4.06%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2013 VS. FEBRUARY 2013

COMICS

3.05%

2.78%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

7.77%

17.00%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.36%

3.71%

MARCH 2013 VS. MARCH 2012

COMICS

26.28%

21.43%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.33%

7.78%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

22.59%

20.31%

FIRST QUARTER 2013 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2012

COMICS

-4.13%

-3.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-6.00%

-2.09%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.70%

-3.51%

FIRST QUARTER 2013 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2012

COMICS

21.38%

18.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.22%

12.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.78%

18.15%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1

$3.99

JAN130642

MAR

2

AGE OF ULTRON #1

$3.99

JAN130627

MAR

3

BATMAN #18

$3.99

JAN130234

DC

4

WOLVERINE #1

$3.99

JAN130653

MAR

5

AGE OF ULTRON #2

$3.99

JAN130634

MAR

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE #18

$3.99

JAN130205

DC

7

AGE OF ULTRON #3

$3.99

JAN130637

MAR

8

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5

$3.99

JAN130712

MAR

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2

$3.99

JAN130195

DC

10

ALL NEW X-MEN #8

$3.99

JAN130674

MAR

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