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September Comics Rankings Revealed

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There’s going to be a whole lot of analysis in the coming days from many sources about how to break down the month of September for comic books. With the way the releases went from DC Comics, there’s going to be theories and explanations one way or another why it wasn’t an utter blowout because, well, there has to be context to it. The initial one to realize is that the biggest of the sellers with Justice League #1 actually sold at the end of August alongside Flashpoint #5. The other is that comparatively, DC published something like 62 or so books between its lines compared to nearly 100 from Marvel. And more Marvel books are at $3.99 than DC’s standard $2.99. When you factor that in, the numbers do look more impressive with how DC Comics came out.

But that’ll be all the fanboy arguments as they go around. What is important is that anecdotal evidence from just about every local comic shop is saying that they’ve acquired new readers. Not just one-off’s to it, coming in and leaving, but rather people coming back week after week and starting pull lists. Adding more books and sampling. It’s not something that’s happened in years. and by and large, it seems like very, very few people were speculating and even the copy counts on eBay were minimal overall compared to what it could have been. While the numbers and fans can buzz about, the important thing to us is that it got people talking about comics that never did before, try new things and to get a good number of them coming back for more. And none of the numbers below take into account subscriptions direct from the company or digital sales from Comixology.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER RETAIL
MARKET
SHARE
UNIT
MARKET
SHARE
DC COMICS 35.74% 43.04%
MARVEL COMICS 35.37% 37.88%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.76% 3.51%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.13% 3.10%
IMAGE COMICS 4.08% 3.29%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.07% 3.02%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.39% 0.94%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.99% 0.26%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.98% 0.22%
LEGENDARY COMICS 0.97% 0.12%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.53% 4.63%

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TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1 BATMAN #1 $2.99 JUL110206 DC
2 ACTION COMICS #1 $3.99 JUL110201 DC
3 GREEN LANTERN #1 $2.99 JUL110218 DC
4 THE FLASH #1 $2.99 JUL110193 DC
5 SUPERMAN #1 [*] $2.99 JUL110203 DC
6 DETECTIVE COMICS #1 [*] $2.99 JUL110208 DC
7 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 [*] $2.99 JUL110210 DC
8 FEAR ITSELF #6 $3.99 JUL110570 MAR
9 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 JUL110605 MAR
10 BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 [*] $2.99 JUL110211 DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1 HOLY TERROR HC (MR) $29.99 JUL111154 LEG
2 NEW TEEN TITANS: GAMES HC $24.99 MAY110190 DC
3 CHEW VOLUME 4: FLAMBE TP (MR) $12.99 MAY110447 IMA
4 RICHARD CASTLE’S DEADLY STORM PREMIERE HC $19.99 JUL110726 MAR
5 HELLBOY VOLUME 11: THE BRIDE OF HELL & OTHERS TP $19.99 MAY118259 DAR
6 MORNING GLORIES VOLUME 2 TP $12.99 JUN110483 IMA
7 BRIGHTEST DAY VOLUME 3 HC $29.99 MAY110243 DC
8 SAILOR MOON VOLUME 1 TP $10.99 JUL111150 KOD
9 NARUTO VOLUME 52 TP $9.99 JUN111269 VIZ
10 UNCANNY X-FORCE VOLUME 1: THE APOCALYPSE SOLUTION TP $15.99 AUG110733 MAR