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Top Selling Comics & Publisher Market Share: August 2014

See what the top books and companies were for August

The numbers for August are in! Diamond Comic Distributors has compiled the data from August and placed into awesome tables for math nerds, like us, to stare and enjoy. Let's get right down to the numbers.

Marvel Comics is once again the top dog for the month of August.

Included this month, from the folks at Diamond, is a couple of pie charts showing the dollar share and unit share. Check it out in glorious color!

BATMAN continues to stay in the top 3 of the top 10 books. It should also be noted that THE WALKING DEAD #130 makes its way onto the top 10 list.

Normally, the top 10 trade list is dominated by Image, but this month is pretty split between DC, Marvel, and Image, with THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN taking the number one spot.

There's only one item difference between Marvel and DC this month. Here's what everyone shipped out for August.

How do they calculate this information? 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 in North America and 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 January to December 2013, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

What are your thoughts on all these numbers? What's your predictions for this month?

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Edited by dagmar_merrill

Watchmen is still making the top ten list. That says something.

Posted by Vrakmul

Slow but surely, IDW shall grow.

Posted by RustyRoy

No sign of Raccoon.

Posted by EyeDCyou

Watchmen is still making the to ten list. That says something.

I bought Watchmen this month :)

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

Edited by HushoftheWind

im sorry but all i saw on this was BATMAN SPIDER-MAN BATMAN SPIDER-MAN BATMAN related comics lol. Im glad Multiuniversity made it in the top 5. Hopefully DC will flat out leave that as a stand alone elseworld book and not Incorporate it into ANY New 52 books from here on out.

Also, way to go Harley. Hopefully they're no plans to reunite her with the Joker. In fact i'll be more impressed if DC tease that idea only to allow Harley to knock him on his a$$ and with emphatic NO

Posted by MrTummyTumms

@hushofthewind: isn't it just a miniseries though? I thought it was only lasting like 10 issues.

Posted by StarBrand1

Harley is in the top 10 month after month, and im so happy about that. The harley quinn on going is really a special book

Posted by EyeDCyou
Posted by tparks

Guardians of the Galaxy in top ten? Crazy what a movie can do.

Posted by StarBrand1

@hushofthewind:

multiversity isnt a new 52 book, so you dont have to worry about any of that.

Posted by Boynerdgeek

Wow Harley Quinn in Top 10. Oh btw Batman is now on more that 30 issues beat Spider-man issue 5 should prove something to comics industry that you don't need constant relaunch into issue no.1. Also it is funny how Harley Quinn beat every other heroes except Batman and Spidey of coz

Posted by Boynerdgeek

Also people complaint Original Sin suck but they still buy it . This is why marvel keep doing bad events after events comics

Posted by Lvenger

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

Damn you've really gone over to the Marvel side now :P

@vrakmul said:

Slow but surely, IDW shall grow.

It's a remarkably underrated company IMHO. TMNT is easily one of the best ongoings in the market, I hear their Transformers, Godzilla and Ghostbuster stuff is solid and they've got interesting creator owned work too like Locke and Key.

Posted by RustyRoy

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

They aren't much behind unit share, they're only behind dollar share by a large margin and that's because Marvel charges more than DC so in a way Marvel fans lose and DC fans win :P

Posted by Deatheye

No Valiant in top ten again. This just goes on to show no matter how many good books you shell out , people will only care to buy Marvel & DC comics.

Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

@rustyroy said:

They aren't much behind unit share, they're only behind dollar share by a large margin and that's because Marvel charges more than DC so in a way Marvel fans lose and DC fans win :P

A dollar more for 10+ more pages which means more good content. I'd rather that than less pages of lesser content for a dollar less…so I think Marvel fans win :P

@lvenger said:

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

Damn you've really gone over to the Marvel side now :P

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

No surprise there.

Marvel has had the No.1 spot for Dollar share for over a two years now. (consecutively?)

and im pretty sure DC wont top them anytime soon imo. but single issues DC still dominates. Batman/Justice League/Superman are always in the top ten. and now we can include Morrison's Multiversity to it as well.

Posted by Boynerdgeek

@rustyroy: yup no sign of rocket racoon. Maybe because people only buy issue #1 only for collectors to sell on e-bay or amazon in the future hoping that it can be next Action Comics #1 which is value 3.2 million dollar

Edited by RustyRoy

@arturocalakayvee said:

@rustyroy said:

They aren't much behind unit share, they're only behind dollar share by a large margin and that's because Marvel charges more than DC so in a way Marvel fans lose and DC fans win :P

A dollar more for 10+ more pages which means more good content. I'd rather that than less pages of lesser content for a dollar less…so I think Marvel fans win :P

Really? Because I only read Thor from Marvel and that has a lot less pages than Batman.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

No surprise there.

Marvel has had the No.1 spot for Dollar share for over a two years now. (consecutively?)

and im pretty sure DC wont top them anytime soon imo. but single issues DC still dominates. Batman/Justice League/Superman are always in the top ten. and now we can include Morrison's Multiversity to it as well.

They might be winning some of the battles, but Marvel is still winning the war!

Edited by Boynerdgeek

@j_hickmanisgod: oh Justice League comic is delay right ? No wonder Justice League comic is not in top 10 this week. Sigh

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

@j_hickmanisgod said:

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

No surprise there.

Marvel has had the No.1 spot for Dollar share for over a two years now. (consecutively?)

and im pretty sure DC wont top them anytime soon imo. but single issues DC still dominates. Batman/Justice League/Superman are always in the top ten. and now we can include Morrison's Multiversity to it as well.

They might be winning some of the battles, but Marvel is still winning the war!

yes they have been for a while. 2+ years according to Diamond's records.

im still waiting for the day that Image comics breaks that 10% dollar/market share amount and then all will be well in life.
and then maybe DC n Marvel will learn a thing or two!

Posted by GraniteSoldier

@lvenger: IDW really is underrated I their titles. TMNT is one of my most anticipated titles every month. Such a great book.

Also, sad everyone simply jumped on the Rocket #1 bandwagon and didn't get #2. It's such a fun book.

Posted by HumanRocket

You see that Marvel? GOTG in at number 9? People still care about Richard Rider, bring him back!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

No surprise there.

Marvel has had the No.1 spot for Dollar share for over a two years now. (consecutively?)

and im pretty sure DC wont top them anytime soon imo. but single issues DC still dominates. Batman/Justice League/Superman are always in the top ten. and now we can include Morrison's Multiversity to it as well.

Marvel will always be in the top because all their books are 4$ while DC has a lot of 3$ books. That's why I prefer DC more. MARVEL is more greedy than DC.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

@j_hickmanisgod said:

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

No surprise there.

Marvel has had the No.1 spot for Dollar share for over a two years now. (consecutively?)

and im pretty sure DC wont top them anytime soon imo. but single issues DC still dominates. Batman/Justice League/Superman are always in the top ten. and now we can include Morrison's Multiversity to it as well.

Marvel will always be in the top because all their books are 4$ while DC has a lot of 3$ books. That's why I prefer DC more. MARVEL is more greedy than DC.

To each his own. I personally would rather pay a dollar more for near guaranteed great content than pay for a cheaper comic which I'm nearly guaranteed the company doesn't give a crap about it's own content. Marvel might be more greedy, but DC produces crap. You get what you pay for.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

what the? where rocket raccoon lol i thought rocket was going stay on in the top ten for a while i guess i wrong also god dam Harley still the top ten

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@arturocalakayvee: I still like Dc books more but i'm loving waht Marvel is doing and giving a lot of the characters solo books with solid writing and unique art.

Posted by Boynerdgeek

@arturocalakayvee: yeah great content....for example ? Iron Man comics not so good, Captain America people seem 50-50 about Rick Remender direction, Thor now will become female which Thor fans doesn't like, Wolverine will die soon which is publicity stunt gimmick, Spider-man people still 50-50 about Dan Slott butcher Spider supporting characters like Black Cat etc. All Marvel big guns not doing so well. Meanwhile DC big gun like Batman is positively receive, Superman which is on Geoff Johns which is positive receive, people love Azarello Wonder Woman, Justice League comics is top 10 comics sales while Avengers is not even in top 20 for months after months. All DC big guns is safe hand compare to Marvel big guns

Posted by Fallschirmjager

-insert obligatory valiant comment-

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

@j_hickmanisgod said:

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

No surprise there.

Marvel has had the No.1 spot for Dollar share for over a two years now. (consecutively?)

and im pretty sure DC wont top them anytime soon imo. but single issues DC still dominates. Batman/Justice League/Superman are always in the top ten. and now we can include Morrison's Multiversity to it as well.

Marvel will always be in the top because all their books are 4$ while DC has a lot of 3$ books. That's why I prefer DC more. MARVEL is more greedy than DC.

i pay more attention to units sold. because of that fact.

and still Marvel sells more units. idc whichever ones on top tbh. literally 80% of my pull atm is dark horse and image titles so.

but yes what you say is 99.99% true.

i agree.

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

-insert obligatory valiant comment-

im pulling Rai, Archer, and was pulling Bloodshot Corps.

im doing my part. what about everyone else? hahaha teamwork is needed

Posted by Fallschirmjager
Posted by Vrakmul

@lvenger said:

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

Damn you've really gone over to the Marvel side now :P

@vrakmul said:

Slow but surely, IDW shall grow.

It's a remarkably underrated company IMHO. TMNT is easily one of the best ongoings in the market, I hear their Transformers, Godzilla and Ghostbuster stuff is solid and they've got interesting creator owned work too like Locke and Key.

If I'm not wrong, IDW is basically now the go-to company for licensed comics, taking over from Dark Horse which in turn took over from Marvel for that spot.

Edited by TimeLordScience

@rustyroy: lol knew a Batfan reeling from last month would appear.

Posted by RustyRoy

@rustyroy: lol new a Batfan reeling from last month would appear.

That was to please you specifically.

Posted by TimeLordScience

@rustyroy: d'awh, I'm flattered.

It is disappointing that Rocket's extreme popularity was temporary but it's to be expected I guess. Maybe he'll get a more sustained boost after the cartoon and a second movie.

Edited by Lvenger

@lvenger: IDW really is underrated I their titles. TMNT is one of my most anticipated titles every month. Such a great book.

Also, sad everyone simply jumped on the Rocket #1 bandwagon and didn't get #2. It's such a fun book.

It really is, I have yet to read TMNT #37 with Shredder and Kraang but I hear it's really good.

@vrakmul said:

@lvenger said:

@arturocalakayvee said:

Another victory for Marvel! TAKE THAT DC! >:D

Damn you've really gone over to the Marvel side now :P

@vrakmul said:

Slow but surely, IDW shall grow.

It's a remarkably underrated company IMHO. TMNT is easily one of the best ongoings in the market, I hear their Transformers, Godzilla and Ghostbuster stuff is solid and they've got interesting creator owned work too like Locke and Key.

If I'm not wrong, IDW is basically now the go-to company for licensed comics, taking over from Dark Horse which in turn took over from Marvel for that spot.

I guess it is. Technically they do have the most licensed comic book properties out there and I can't think of anyone else that has more licensed comics than IDW have.

Posted by Sovereign91001

Love me some Dark Horse.

Posted by RustyRoy

@rustyroy: d'awh, I'm flattered.

It is disappointing that Rocket's extreme popularity was temporary but it's to be expected I guess. Maybe he'll get a more sustained boost after the cartoon and a second movie.

Don't be, you deserved it.

Posted by TimeLordScience
Posted by RustyRoy
Edited by Dman1366

@deatheye said:

No Valiant in top ten again. This just goes on to show no matter how many good books you shell out , people will only care to buy Marvel & DC comics.

Posted by butters911

Spidey has 3 books in the top 10. Pretty impressive!

Posted by patrat18

Lmao. That raccoon is nowhere to be found.

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod
@dman1366 said:

@deatheye said:

No Valiant in top ten again. This just goes on to show no matter how many good books you shell out , people will only care to buy Marvel & DC comics.

80% of my pull is Image/Dark Horse/Valiant comics.

so your generalization is wrong.

like most generalizations.

Posted by lagozzino

I'm choosing to believe that the only reason Batman took the top spot is because the artist from Black Science drew it.

What? Don't look at me like that. Let a Black Science fanboy have his delusions! ;)

Posted by MaccyD

@vrakmul: @lvenger: If I remember from being surprised before, I think most of IDW's sales actually come from bronies.

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