Diamond Top Products July 2015

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 7, 2015) — The surviving heroes of the Marvel Universe confront Doom and his Thor Corps in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #4 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in July 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher with a 38.43% dollar share and a 41.59% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 23.94% dollar share and a 24.30% unit share. July’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 9.48% dollar share and a 10.72% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 6.60% dollar share and a 5.28% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 3.77% dollar share and a 3.36% unit share.

In July, Marvel Comics had eight titles among the top ten best-selling comics, including Charles Soule and Alex Maleev’s Star Wars: Lando #1 at #2 and Soule and Leinil Francis Yu’s Civil War #1 at #3. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue their impressive run on their current adventures of the Dark Knight, with DC Entertainment’s Batman #42 coming in at #5. Also in the top ten was Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’ Archie #1, a modern relaunch of the venerable character from Archie Comics, at #7.

Bill Willingham’s long-running fantasy Fables came to its conclusion in Fables Volume 22 from DC Entertainment’s VERTIGO imprint, the best-selling graphic novel for July and one of the publisher’s four volumes in the top ten. Image Comics had two titles among the top ten, with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked & The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium as their best-selling graphic novel at #2. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Hawkeye Volume 4: Rio Bravo by Jonathan Hickman and David Aja at #3.

Gemstone’s softcover edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 45 was July’s best-selling book, and the hardcover edition ranked #2 for the month.

DC Entertainment’s DC Comics Blueline: Batman By Jim Lee San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Action Figure, a unique new action figure that boasts a design based on Lee’s pencil artwork of the Dark Knight, was July’s best-selling toy and one of the manufacturer’s five products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys with two products; the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure was their best-selling product at #2.

The Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers: Age of Ultron Foil Packs, an expansion for WizKids/NECA’s collectible dice game based on Marvel Comics’ Age of Ultron comic book, was July’s best-selling game product.

 

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

 

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.43%

41.59%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

23.94%

24.30%

IMAGE COMICS

9.48%

10.72%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.60%

5.28%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.77%

3.36%

ARCHIE COMICS

2.28%

2.62%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.85%

1.99%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.83%

1.65%

TITAN COMICS

1.26%

1.15%

ONI PRESS

1.24%

1.19%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.32%

6.13%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

75

36

0

111

DC ENTERTAINMENT

75

34

0

109

IMAGE COMICS

74

19

0

93

IDW PUBLISHING

45

29

0

74

DARK HORSE COMICS

34

16

0

50

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

32

3

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

21

4

0

25

TITAN COMICS

14

6

4

24

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

15

2

0

17

ONI PRESS INC.

8

3

0

11

OTHER NON-TOP 10

103

150

49

302

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2015 VS. JUNE 2014

COMICS

8.35%

3.46%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.88%

5.14%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.91%

3.61%

JULY 2015 VS. JULY 2014

COMICS

-4.67%

-8.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.29%

10.81%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.88%

-6.74%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

12.64%

12.08%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.08%

5.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.25%

11.50%

 

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

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DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #4

$3.99

APR150697-M MAR

2

STAR WARS: LANDO #1

$3.99

MAY150764-M MAR

3

CIVIL WAR #1

$4.99

MAY150682-M MAR

4

STAR WARS #7

$3.99

MAY150775-M MAR

5

BATMAN #42

$3.99

MAY150192-M DC

6

DARTH VADER #7

$3.99

APR150858-M MAR

7

ARCHIE #1

$3.99

APR151026-M ARC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #2

$3.99

APR150758-M MAR

9

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1

$4.99

MAY150692-M MAR

10

GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1

$3.99

APR150830-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)

$17.99

APR150316 DC

2

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 2: FANDEMONIUM TP (MR)

$14.99

APR150619 IMA

3

HAWKEYE VOLUME 4: RIO BRAVO TP

$17.99

OCT140937 MAR

4

RED SONJA #1973

$7.99

MAY151220 DE

5

BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN TP

$19.99

APR150289 DC

6

AUTUMNLANDS VOL. 1: TOOTH & CLAW TP (MR)

$9.99

APR150573 IMA

7

DIVINITY TP

$9.99

MAY151625 VAL

8

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1: PURE INSANITY TP

$16.99

APR150302 DC

9

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436 MAR

10

BATMAN ETERNAL VOLUME 2 TP

$39.99

APR150286 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 45 SC

$29.95

APR151518-M GEM

2

OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 45 HC

$35.00

APR151519-M GEM

3

STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY VOL. 3: THE PHANTOM BULLY

$12.99

MAY151809 SCH

4

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE

$4.99

MAY151813 RAN

5

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

$4.99

MAY151814 RAN

6

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: RETURN OF THE JEDI

$4.99

MAY151815 RAN

7

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS: THE CLONE ARMY ATTACKETH HC

$14.95

MAY151808 RAN

8

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: REVENGE OF THE SITH

$4.99

MAY151812 RAN

9

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE PHANTOM MENACE

$4.99

MAY151810 RAN

10

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

$4.99

MAY151811 RAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS BLUELINE: BATMAN BY JIM LEE SDCC 2015 EXCLUSIVE FIG. JAN158085 DC

2

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

3

MAXIMUM CARNAGE FINE ART STATUE NOV142339 KOT

4

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE DEC140437 DC

5

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN STATUE JAN150421 DC

6

FINAL FANTASY ADVENT CHILDREN PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE FIG. SEP148219 SQU

7

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MIKE MIGNOLA DEC140431 DC

8

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: GREEN LANTERN JOHN STEWART FIGURE DEC140436 DC

9

BACK TO THE FUTURE: TIME MACHINE MARK I CAR APR148369 DST

10

DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN TIMELESS WILD WEST FIG DEC148596 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON FOIL PACKS MAR152653 NEC

2

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 ORIGINS BOOSTER PACKS MAY152770 WIZ

3

CHEW: CASES OF THE FDA CARD GAME MAR152639 IDW

4

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON STARTER SET MAR152654 NEC

5

DC DECK BUILDING GAME: TEEN TITANS DEC142543 CRY

6

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AGE OF ULTRON COLLECTOR’S BOX APR152744 NEC

7

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 ORIGINS FAT PACK MAY152772 WIZ

8

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS JAN158366 WIZ

9

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS NEXT: PLAYER’S HANDBOOK HC JUL142620 WIZ

10

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2015 ORIGINS CLASH DECKS MAY152771 WIZ

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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August PREVIEWS catalog – Highlights

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Front CoverAugust’s PREVIEWS Features DC Entertainment’s Newest Weekly Series, Earth 2: World’s End

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 16, 2014) — The August edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other specialty outlets on July 23rd. August’s PREVIEWS offers over 2,000 new items and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning October 2014.

ON OUR FRONT COVER: The return of Power Girl and Huntress to their homeworld has dire consequences in DC Entertainment’s newest weekly series, Earth 2: World’s End.

ON OUR BACK COVER: Scott Snyder and Jock, the acclaimed team behind Batman: The Black Mirror, reteam for a new supernatural horror series from Image Comics, Wytches.

The August PREVIEWS Features

How to Draw Month — For the aspiring artist in all of us, PREVIEWS offers a wealth of “how-to” books from a variety of publishers that will satisfy every artistic inclination and teach you what you need to know to succeed.

On The Flip Side — Frank Cho, the fan-favorite artist of Liberty Meadows and numerous Marvel comics, talks to PREVIEWS about his new instructional book offered in this month’s catalog, Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method.

Indie Edge — James Tynion IV, the co-writer of Batman Eternal for DC Entertainment and the writer of The Woods for BOOM! Studios, talks about the projects he’s working on, how Batman Eternal is created, and which books he’s reading today.

Back CoverGems of the Month — August’s PREVIEWS Gems of the Month include: Dark Horse Comics’ Alien Vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1, which pits the crew of a starship against both Aliens and Predators; DC Entertainment’s Arkham Manor #1, in which Batman must solve the murder of inmates in Arkham Asylum; IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1, the long-awaited crossover between two of the ’80s biggest franchises; Image Comics’ Rasputin #1, a new horror series by Proof‘s Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo; and Marvel Comics’ The Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1, an examination of his loss and its effect upon the Marvel Universe.

SplashPREVIEWS shines a special spotlight at some of the blockbuster books and products coming this October, including Marvel Comics’ Avengers & X-Men: Axis event; IDW Publishing’s new Edward Scissorhands series that picks up two generations after the film; BOOM! Studios’ new series based on FOX’s supernatural hit Sleepy Hollow; Valiant Entertainment’s Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody, a sequel series to the original Valiant hit by the original creators, Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright; Toon Tumbler’s new line of DC Bombshells Pint Glasses; and much more.

PREVIEWS Exclusive Apparel — This month PREVIEWS offers more exclusive apparel that can be found only at your comic shop than ever before! Rocket Raccoon is full of furry attitude on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Bro Bandit shirt, and you’ll be ready for a day at work with the Army of Darkness: S-Mart t-shirt. These and many more shirts can only be found in PREVIEWS, so be sure to order them from your local comic book shop and refresh your wardrobe!

Plus: Staff Picks, the month’s Certified Cool books, the monthly Bestseller Charts, and so much more!

All this awaits you in the August edition of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, July 23rd with a cover price of just $4.50.

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© 2014 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, Diamond Books logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

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Diamond Comic Distributors: The Top 10: June 2014 Sales Charts

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Diamond Announces Top Products For June 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 11, 2014) — Batman confronts the Riddler in the penultimate chapter of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s ” Zero Year” storyline in DC Entertainment’s Batman #32, the best-selling comic book of June 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had five titles place among June’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Amazing Spider-Man #3 at #2. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten. Rounding out the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #128 at #9.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 33.71% dollar market share and a 35.68% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.88% dollar share and 33.20% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share and a 10.51% unit share. IDW Publishing’s dollar share in June was 5.60% and Dark Horse Comics’ was 5.57%

A magical accident by Sabrina the Teenage Witch triggers the zombie apocalypse in Riverdale, USA in Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie Volume 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla, the best-selling graphic novel of June. Also of note, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet Volume 1: Before the Living End at #3.

Complemented by illustrations by Brian Froud, A.C.H. Smith’s novelization of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal returned to print in a new hardcover edition from BOOM! Studios and was June’s best-selling book. Also notable, Dark Horse Comics had two book in the top ten — Daniel Way’s real-life history of EVE Online, EVE: True Stories, at #3, and the perennial best-seller Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #7.

Based on a design by Ant Lucia, DC Collectibles’ DC Comics Bombshells: Black Canary Statue the June’s best-selling toy product, and one of their six products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys with three products, led by the Marvel Select: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Action Figure at #4.

Hasbro’s Risk: Legacy, a multi-generation revision of the venerable strategy board game, was June’s best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.71%

35.68%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.88%

33.20%

IMAGE COMICS

8.93%

10.51%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.60%

4.45%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.57%

4.89%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.62%

2.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.52%

2.52%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.20%

1.27%

AVATAR PRESS

1.10%

0.81%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.93%

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.94%

3.74%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

77

28

1

106

MARVEL COMICS

78

24

0

102

IMAGE COMICS

53

10

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

23

0

59

IDW PUBLISHING

43

16

0

59

BOOM! STUDIOS

28

7

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

23

9

0

32

AVATAR PRESS

9

7

0

16

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

11

2

0

13

RANDOM HOUSE

0

11

0

11

OTHER NON-TOP 10

66

109

34

209

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2014 VS. MAY 2014

COMICS

-3.19%

-1.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.36%

2.93%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.25%

-0.99%

JUNE 2014 VS. JUNE 2013

COMICS

-2.93%

-4.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.09%

10.26%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.33%

-3.46%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-1.43%

-6.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.93%

5.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.08%

-5.46%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014

COMICS

14.13%

11.07%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.59%

2.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.96%

10.34%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013

COMICS

3.90%

-1.29%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.33%

1.25%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.04%

-1.09%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #32

$3.99

APR140209-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

APR140679-M MAR

3

ORIGINAL SIN #3

$3.99

APR140626-M MAR

4

HARLEY QUINN #7

$2.99

APR140223-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #32

$3.99

APR140188-M DC

6

ORIGINAL SIN #4

$3.99

APR140630-M MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2

$3.99

APR140681-M MAR

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #31

$3.99

MAR140175-M DC

9

THE WALKING DEAD #128 (MR)

$2.99

APR140615 IMA

10

DETECTIVE COMICS #32

$3.99

APR140213-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE TP

$17.99

FEB140918-M ARC

2

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAR140768 MAR

3

VELVET VOLUME 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END TP (MR)

$9.99

FEB140537 IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556 IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 6: GOBLIN NATION TP

$19.99

MAR140765 MAR

7

BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP

$14.99

MAR140250 DC

8

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 TP

$14.99

MAR140265 DC

9

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 2 HC

$19.99

FEB140260 DC

10

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVEL HC

$19.99

APR140989 BOO

2

NEIL GAIMAN: THE TRUTH IS IN A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA HC

$21.99

MAR141569 HAR

3

EVE: TRUE STORIES HC

$12.99

FEB140044 DAR

4

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: THE FALL OF GOVERNOR

PART 1 SC

$14.99

APR141556 ST.

5

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 85 SC

$14.95

APR141581 SAN

6

PLANET OF THE APES MINIATURE BOOK KIT

$12.95

MAR141565 RUN

7

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

8

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC COLLECTOR

POSTER BOOK

$20.00

APR141570 HAC

9

NEIL GAIMAN: CHU’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HC

$17.99

APR141578 HAR

10

THE QUOTABLE DOCTOR WHO: WISE WORDS FROM

ACROSS TIME & SPACE HC

$19.99

MAR141554 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BLACK CANARY STATUE DEC130358 DC

2

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET NOV138235 DC

3

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE DEC130359 DC

4

MARVEL SELECT: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 ACTION FIGURE FEB142060 DST

5

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

6

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1: NIGHTWING BY CAPULLO FIGURE NOV130286 DC

7

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POISON IVY STATUE JAN140397 DC

8

MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK ACTION FIGURE MAR088262 DST

9

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: EARTH-2 THOMAS WAYNE BATMAN FIGURE JAN140394 DC

10

DC COMICS: ARMORED WONDER WOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE NOV132032 KOT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS

2

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: CANTERLOT NIGHTS BOOSTER PACKS DEC138400 ENT

3

STAR WARS X-WING: TANTIVE IV EXPANSION PACK JAN142335 FAN

4

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

5

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN EVENT DECK MAR148174 WIZ

6

GODZILLA SERIES ONE MINI-FIGURES JAN142344 NEC

7

ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 2: B-MO VS. LADY RAINICORN APR148198 CRY

8

PATHFIDER BATTLES: REIGN OF WINTER BOOSTER BRICK JAN142345 NEC

9

TICKET TO RIDE 10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION APR142365 DOW

10

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: CANTERLOT NIGHTS THEME DECK DEC138401 ENT

 

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

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Flash and Justice League of America Movie Coming!

DC EntertainmentLost in the midst of the hoopla surrounding WB/DC Entertainment announcement of the Superman/Batman movie was more news about the Flash movie slated for 2016, followed by the Justice League of America movie in 2017! DC Entertainment has outshined Marvel at the San Diego Comic Con this year with their teaser and news regarding their future on the movie front.

Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (1940)

Justice League of America first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28 (1960)

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Here are the links that confirm the 2 movies mentioned in this article: 

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/comic-con-superman-batman-team-movie-185356115.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2013/07/22/when-batman-becomes-warner-bros-dc-universe-crutch/?partner=yahootix

DC Entertainm​ent Announces Villains Month, FOREVER EVIL, and More!

044.DCC.DdshotFC.1.0Following the events of this summer’s crossover “Trinity War,” a dark shadow will be cast acrossthe DC Universe. 

This September, all of the DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 titles will be replaced by Villains books. What happens when the heroes of the DC Universe fall and there’s nobody left to stop the villains from taking over? Find out this fall during Villain’s Month, which will spotlight 52 of the DC Universe’s biggest rogues in their own one-shots.

“September has always been a big month for us and we look for an opportunity every year in September to do something big that really redefines the line and invites anyone who hasn’t been following comics to step right in,” DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee explained. “We launched the New 52 with all-new continuity and new costumes, Zero Month was all about origins of our heroes, and now the villains are taking over. One of the strengths of the DC Universe has been the strength of the rogues gallery. Often times they’re as famous – if not more infamous – than 034.DCC.JokerFC.1.0our heroes.”

And what’s more, each Villains Month cover will feature a 3D motion image on the front and back!

“We’re also commemorating this event by doing something really unheard of, I think, as far as a major publisher – we’re actually adding a special cover on every single villain’s book. It’s called a 3D motion cover and it’s essentially artwork that’s been separated onto different layers, so when you hold the cover, which is a premium stock cover, and you slightly rotate the comic book left or right or up and down, the images move a bit,” Lee continued.

“It’s an incredible 3D effect that shows depth of field on the covers,” added DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “It’s the full cover stock, so it’s not anything that’s been glued on. More importantly, it’s actually pliable and soft to the touch – it’s a brand new technology and we’re going to be the first ones debuting in this fashion.”

040.DCC.CntVrtFC.1.0September is also the launch date for FOREVER EVIL, the seven-part mini-series by Geoff Johns and David Finch that sets into motion this first New 52 universe-wide crossover event.

“FOREVER EVIL is a chance for David and I to work on all the greatest villains in comic books,” Johns said. “It’s literally everybody. I don’t even know if there’s anybody not in it. We’re really exploring what darkness means and the different kinds of darkness that are within these villains.”

As for the art of FOREVER EVIL? Finch went on to say that he has “more of an affinity for villains than heroes. I have a really dark art style and the tone of this is so exactly where I’m coming from.”

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Warner Bros. Entertainm​ent & DC Entertainm​ent Celebrate Superman¹s 75th with New Logo and Company-Wi​de Commemorat​ion For Beloved Iconic Character¹​s Milestone Anniversar​y

 Warner Bros. Entertainment & DC Entertainment sent this news to InvestComics to share with fans. Superman is 75 and BIG things are planned. Read on…..

SM75_Vert_Preferred_Color_FINALIn celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans befitting one of the most popular and enduring Super Heroes of all time.

To honor Superman—the world’s first Super Hero—for reaching such an incredible milestone, the companies are kicking off a year of celebration including a new commemorative Superman 75th anniversary logo as well as an animated short tribute chronicling the rich 75-year history of the character, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

First appearing in the comic book Action Comics #1, dated June 1938, Superman quickly became a cultural icon, winning fans around the world in live-action and animated form in nearly every known entertainment medium. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, he has battled some of the greatest villains ever created in his endless pursuit of truth, justice and the American way.

Tsujihara stated, “Warner Bros. is privileged to be home to the global Superman brand, which has had an unparalleled impact on popular culture for 75 years. We are proud to commemorate this milestone with exciting entertainment across the entire Studio and across the globe, ensuring this enduring icon reaches new generations of audiences.”

DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products, kicking off with the release of the much anticipated summer-blockbuster “Man of Steel.”

The new animated short, currently in production, is being produced by Zack Snyder and pays homage to Superman and many iterations of the Super Hero throughout his 75 years. A sneak peek of this short is planned for Comic-Con International: San Diego in July and the finished version will debut late summer.

The new commemorative logo takes its cue from the iconic Superman costume, featuring predominantly blue coloring with a splash of red and highlights a bold silhouette of the Man of Steel with his cape waving behind him and the block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out by all the divisions on Superman-related promotions, products and initiatives. DC Entertainment will be the first to feature the new logo on the upcoming Superman Unchained comic book by artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder, on sale Wednesday, June 12.

“Superman is undeniably the greatest Super Hero in the world and likely the most influential comic book character of all time,” according to Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment. “In addition to being an enduring presence in pop culture for the last 75 years, he continues to be a commanding global icon. DC Entertainment and all of Warner Bros. look forward to celebrating this important, year-long anniversary for Superman.”

In tandem with the various special celebrations comes the release of this summer’s tent pole action adventure feature “Man of Steel,” opening in theaters nationwide June 14.

Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, stated, “Superman is a larger-than-life figure, making the big screen the perfect place to experience his adventures, and ‘Man of Steel’ delivers with first rate story-telling that is broadly entertaining. It couldn’t be more fitting that the centerpiece of our summer slate hits theaters during this commemorative year.”

“It’s a great honor for all of us involved in ‘Man of Steel’ to carry on the tradition of Superman for longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers,” director Zack Snyder said. “I’m so excited to share the movie with them and to be a part of this celebration.”

Superman enthusiasts can also look forward to much more, including:

  • “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a new fighting game franchise that allows players to experience the power, gadgetry and unparalleled strength of some of the most popular DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains such as Superman and Lex Luthor, was released on April 16 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
  • “Superman: Unbound,” an all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie that pits Superman against Brainiac—a devastating force of flesh and machine with Earth squarely in his sights—was released on May 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
  • “Man of Steel” and Superman products are available for fans of all ages, including toys, costumes, apparel, party goods and publishing from Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
  • “Superman Unchained,” the much anticipated new comic book series that centers on a mystery that is frustrating the hero in both the Superman and Clark Kent aspects of his identity ultimately revealing a brand-new villain, debuts on June 12 from DC Entertainment.
  • “Infinite Crisis,” an all-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that delivers a heart-pounding competitive player vs. player battle experience set in the legendary DC Multiverse, a world in which familiar DC Comics characters such as Superman have been reimagined in startling ways, debuts in fall of 2013 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
  • “DC Nation” Superman Shorts, a series of all-new Superman-themed animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation and airing on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block throughout the year.
  • DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign launches its second crowdfunding initiative in June focused on Superman and featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and limited edition merchandise to engage, excite and empower legions of fans. Get something good. Do something great.

To stay up-to-date on all things Superman and the celebration activities, please visit www.Superman75.com.

DC COMICS/SEARS present MAN OF STEEL DAY June 12th

Sears® Sponsors Free SUPERMAN Comic Book for Fans Awaiting Upcoming Blockbuster Release

In celebration of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated film, DC Entertainment is partnering with comic book retailers and bookstores across America to declare Wednesday, June 12 MAN OF STEEL DAY, ahead of the film’s wide release on Friday, June 14. Sponsored by Sears, those visiting their local comic book retailers on MAN OF STEEL DAY will receive a free copy of ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION comic book by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly.
In addition to the free comic, DC Entertainment has partnered with Warner Bros. to provide comic shops with various MAN OF STEEL promotional posters and bags to get fans geared up for the film’s release.
Fans who visit comic stores on MAN OF STEEL DAY can also purchase the first issue of red-hot new comic series, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, from bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. The series promises to elevate the already high-flying hero to new heights as he faces off against foes familiar and new. SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 includes a bonus two-sided, tipped-in poster measuring approximately 11” x 18” that can be easily removed for display.
“Comic fans and moviegoers have made it very clear that they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of MAN OF STEEL in theaters and we’re excited to offer our retailer partners a chance to celebrate the occasion and tap into fan’s enthusiasm,” stated John Cunningham, vice president of marketing, DC Entertainment.
Also available at comic retail locations is DC Collectibles’ all-new line of 12” MAN OF STEEL statues that capture the film’s characters, Superman, Jor El, Zod and Faora, in stunning, highly-realistic likenesses. The line is already a top seller for DC Collectibles, further demonstrating retailer and fan excitement for MAN OF STEEL.
Continuing the celebration around the film’s release, DC Entertainment has partnered with Random House to bring MAN OF STEEL to libraries across the U.S. on Saturday, June 15.  More than 1,000 local libraries will offer visitors buttons, bookmarks and Superman comics.
On the digital front, ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 will also be available for free download, courtesy of Sears, and the “Superman 201” digital comics sale kicks off on June 12 at www.readdcentertainment.com, the DC Comics app, and all digital platforms (comiXology, Kindle, iBookstore, Nook). The sale offers hundreds of acclaimed Superman titles like SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu – all for $.99 each.

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About MAN OF STEEL From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes MAN OF STEEL, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder.  MAN OF STEEL is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder.  The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment.  Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are serving as executive producers.  The film is slated for release beginning June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

THE ROCKETERS (and IDW) teams up with THE SPIRIT (and DC)

MARK WAID! PAUL SMITH! IDW! DC ENTERTAINMENT! THE ROCKETEER! THE SPIRIT!
It’s PULP FRICTION as Icons Finally Meet This Summer!

San Diego, CA (March 31, 2013) – IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment are pleased to announce the meeting of two of comics’ greatest pulp heroes! Dave Stevens’ high-flying Cliff Secord will finally cross paths with Will Eisner’s iconic Denny Colt this summer in THE ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION! The four-issue series, taking off in July, will also pack quite the creative wallop, being written by multi-Eisner Award-winning scribe Mark Waid and drawn by the legendary Paul Smith!
“Not many writers have been lucky enough to write The Rocketeer or The Spirit,” said Mark Waid, “so I feel like I’ve won the lottery. This is one of the most exciting—and scariest—assignments I’ve ever undertaken. Luckily, I’ve got Paul Smith to make me look good!” “This is one of those ideas that just makes me smile,” said Editor Scott Dunbier, “I’m a long-time fan of both characters and it’s an honor to work on it. And if Mark won the lottery, I hit the Powerball, baby!” The Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction features a murder mystery and political intrigue. From the grim and gritty streets of Central City where The Spirit navigates through the urban underbelly of corruption to the sunny skies of Los Angeles where The Rocketeer soars above the Hollywood elite, these two classic characters will become enthralled in murder, mayhem, and all manner of danger—and with a healthy dose of signature humor tossed in for good measure. The Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction arrives in stores July 10th.

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About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and WONDER WOMAN Come to the Library of American Comics

 

SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and WONDER WOMAN Come to the Library of American Comics
The Classic Newspaper Adventures of DC’s Biggest Heroes Launch this July!
San Diego, CA (March 14, 2013) – IDW’s Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment proudly announce the beginning of a new partnership to reprint some of the rarest DC Comics stories — the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman newspaper strips.

“We’re thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing program for these historic strips,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “The Library of American Comics is the premier home for archival newspaper strips and this new partnership with DC Entertainment further cements the imprint’s reputation as second to none.”

At the same time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman became the world’s most famous and recognizable superheroes in comic books in the 1940s and beyond, they also starred in runs of newspaper comic strips, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared. The Man of Steel’s newspaper adventures ran for more than 25 years, from 1939 until 1966. Only about 10% of these strips have ever been reprinted. The complete comics will be released in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age, then The Atomic Age, and finally, The Golden Age. The black-and-white daily and color Sunday strips contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series of deluxe hardcovers. The line kicks off this July with SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961. Fans can look forward to nearly 800 strips featuring classic artwork by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye. While most of the stories from the Atomic Age and Golden Age were original and completely different from the comic books, under Mort Weisinger’s editorship in the late 1950s Silver Age stories, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought in to script adaptations of then-current comic book tales. “It’s like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories,” said Dean Mullaney, LOAC Creative Director who’s editing and designing the series. “It’s better than an imaginary story—it’s Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman’s Return to Krypton! …it’s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand new world— Earth-N for Newspapers!” Covers for each book are being specially created by Pete Poplaski to evoke the look and style of the times; Volume One is an homage to Curt Swan’s art and Ira Schnapp’s lettering design. Tom DeHaven, author of the novel It’s Superman!, is writing the foreword, and the introductions are by Sidney Friedfertig. Additional details on the Sunday strip books as well as the Batman and Wonder Woman collections will follow, but eager fans should begin watching the skies in July! SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961 (HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages, 11” x 8.5”) ISBN: 978-1-61377-666-7

About The Library of American Comics The Library of American Comics is the world’s #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strip collections, with 21 Eisner and Harvey Award nominations and four wins for best book of the year. Titles include Bloom County, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Superman, Terry and the Pirates, L’il Abner, and more. LOAC has become “the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints.”

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (The Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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WARNER BROS., DC ENTERTAINMENT, and CARTOON NETWORK FORM DC NATION IN 2012

DC’s THE SOURCE blog has announced that WARNER BROS., DC ENTERTAINMENT, and CARTOON NETWORK are forming DC NATION, an online, on network block of all things DC.

Debuting in 2012 as a multi-platform franchise, DC Nation will be the exclusive home for original DC animation properties. Backed by the production, publishing and marketing resources of Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network, DC Nation will be an on-air and online programming block populated with event programming, interstitials, exclusive behind-the-scenes of theatrical production and an insider look into the world of all things DC.

“DC Nation on Cartoon Network will be the first-ever dedicated broadcast destination to showcase the depth and breadth of the DC Universe,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “We and our partners at WBTV are thrilled that fans will be able to immerse themselves in DC’s phenomenal stories, experience a wide spectrum of amazing characters and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings of the world’s greatest superheroes and their creators, both on-air and online.”