(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 11, 2013) — Trapped in Doctor Octopus' body, Peter Parker wages a desperate final battle against his old enemy in Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos' Amazing Spider-Man #700, the oversized anniversary issue from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in December 2012, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was December’s leading publisher in both Retail Dollars with 33.40% market share and Units with a 36.12% market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.69% share in dollars and a 34.84% share in units.
Rick Grimes' desperate struggle for survival in the face of the zombie apocalypse begins as Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye from Image Comics, the first volume of the fan-favorite series and inspiration for the AMC series, returns to the top of the sales charts as December's best-selling graphic novel.
Sporting the new costume from the pages of the "New 52," the Justice League: Superman Action Figure from DC Collectibles was the best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers in December.
The struggle for GothamCitycontinues in WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: Batman: Streets of Gotham Booster Packs, an expansion for the fan-favorite miniature games and December’s best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|DECEMBER 2012 VS. NOVEMBER 2012|
|DECEMBER 2012 VS. DECEMBER 2011|
|FOURTH QUARTER 2012 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2012|
|FOURTH QUARTER 2012 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2011|
|YEAR 2012 VS. YEAR 2011|
TOP 10 COMICS
|1||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700||$7.99||OCT120626-M||MAR|
|4||JUSTICE LEAGUE #15||$3.99||OCT120147-M||DC|
|5||DETECTIVE COMICS #15||$3.99||OCT120187-M||DC|
|7||CABLE AND X-FORCE #1||$3.99||OCT120568-M||MAR|
|8||BATMAN AND ROBIN #15||$2.99||OCT120192||DC|
|9||ALL-NEW X-MEN #3||$3.99||OCT120589-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP||$9.99||JUL068351||IMA|
|2||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHINDUSTP||$14.99||SEP088204||IMA|
|3||CHEW VOLUME 6: SPACE CAKES TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT120481||IMA|
|4||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|5||FATALE VOLUME 2: DEVIL'S BUSINESS TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT120474||IMA|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS||$14.99||NOV082245||IMA|
|7||BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 VOL. 2: ON YOUR OWN TP||$17.99||AUG120067||DAR|
|8||GREEN LANTERN VOLUME 2: REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND HC||$24.99||SEP120232||DC|
|9||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 17: SOMETHING TO FEAR TP (MR)||$14.99||SEP120449||IMA|
|10||DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID VOLUME 2 TP||$15.99||SEP120699||MAR|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||JUSTICE LEAGUE: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE||OCT120316||DC|
|2||DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE||SEP120277||DC|
|3||"WE CAN BE HEROES" JUSTICE LEAGUE BOX SET||AUG120308||DC|
|4||MARVEL SELECT: BARBARIAN HULK FIGURE||JUL121724-M||DST|
|5||THE DARK KNIGHT: BATMAN HD MASTERPIECE||AUG128067||ENT|
|6||THE DARK KNIGHT: JOKER HD MASTERPIECE||AUG128068||ENT|
|7||DC COMICS: POWER GIRL BISHOUJO STATUE||JUL121879||KOT|
|8||THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ACTION FIGURE BOX SET||OCT120313||DC|
|9||MARVEL SELECT: STORM ACTION FIGURE||APR121690-M||DST|
|10||SPIDER-MAN RED MUSEUM STATUE||JUL121855||BOW|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN STREETS OFGOTHAM||SEP122103||NEC|
|2||DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN STREETS OFGOTHAMFAST FORCES||SEP122104||NEC|
|3||STAR TREK CATAN BOARD GAME||AUG128353||ALL|
|5||THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME||JUL112137||CRY|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD COMIC BOARD GAME||JUL112185||ALL|
|7||MONOPOLY: DOCTOR WHO 50TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION||AUG122147||USA|
|8||DC COMICS DECK BUILDING GAME||JUN122173||CRY|
|9||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RETURN TO RAVNICA BOOSTER PACKS||AUG122136||WIZ|
|10||STAR WARS RPG: EDGE OF THE EMPIRE BEGINNER GAME||NOV122045||FAN|
|Dollar Market Share – December 2012|
|Unit Market Share– December 2012|
How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.
Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located inNorth Americaand around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.
Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.
Please note that comics that were shipped to comic book retailers on December 28, 2012 with an on-sale date of January 2, 2013 were included in December's sales chart information.
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