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Posted by inferiorego (22618 posts) - - Show Bio

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

Marvel takes the top spot for July, once again, with DC falling a bit behind.

It's pretty obvious that ROCKET RACCOON #1 took first place, especially after it was announced that the first issue sold 300,000 copies.

Image comics continues to do extremely well in the trade market with volume 21 of THE WALKING DEAD taking the top spot and two volumes of SAGA making the list.

If you were wondering how many books each of the companies shipped out, here's the numbers. There's only a difference of one item between Marvel and DC.

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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#1 Posted by Fallschirmjager (19627 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-Man 2099 5? Nice.

#2 Edited by MadeinBangladesh (9872 posts) - - Show Bio

Rocket Raccoon, a character that barely ANYONE knew 2 years ago now beat everybody including Batman.

Marvel is smart.

ANd wow Harley Quinn still selling so good.

#3 Edited by tparks (6259 posts) - - Show Bio

@madeinbangladesh: That is crazy about Rocket, although Nerd Block was responsible for a nice portion of those sales. Awesome to see Harley Quinn on there too.

#4 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

@madeinbangladesh: I have no idea how Harley Quinn is selling well, I can understand Rocket, but not Harley.

#5 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

Also I think this proves once and for all just how much movies affect comic sales.

#6 Posted by TimeLordScience (1626 posts) - - Show Bio

I love that we live in a time where Rocket can dethrone Batman. Granted, it was a number one issue, but still. Also, Batman's issue was a finale. Nice.

#7 Posted by Transformers1024 (6922 posts) - - Show Bio

Rocket is number one?! Even beating Batman?! Whoa..

#8 Posted by Ultron345 (234 posts) - - Show Bio

How many more #1's can Marvel put out? Their highest numbered comic in the top 10 is an event.

#9 Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie (247 posts) - - Show Bio

@ultron345: Marvel comic's entire current business model in a nutshell.

#10 Edited by RustyRoy (14938 posts) - - Show Bio

@madeinbangladesh said:

Rocket Raccoon, a character that barely ANYONE knew 2 years ago now beat everybody including Batman.

Marvel is smart.

ANd wow Harley Quinn still selling so good.

It will drop hard within 3 months. Marvel and their #1s.

#11 Posted by MarcosVergara14 (516 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel it's allwasy gonna be first almost all their books are 3.99$, in DC almost every book it's 2.99$

#12 Posted by RustyRoy (14938 posts) - - Show Bio

Harley Quinn is also outselling Avengers and she actually has staying power.

#13 Posted by SupBatz (2021 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty disheartening to see Harley Quinn cracking the top 10.

#14 Posted by Deadgod (1653 posts) - - Show Bio

Sad to see no Valiant there. Eaglemoss Publications what comics do these guys make anyway?

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#15 Posted by EdgeJohn (290 posts) - - Show Bio

DC losers again HAHA

#16 Edited by crazyAMRIT (21 posts) - - Show Bio

Where is Superman, it dropped from 5th, to not even being on the top 10. What place did it come?

#17 Posted by EdgeJohn (290 posts) - - Show Bio

Hopefully DC fails in the next few years. Their characters are trash

#18 Edited by micah (6407 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel represent!!!!!!!!! Rocket Raccoon beat Batman LOL!!!!!!!!

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#19 Posted by entropy_aegis (15984 posts) - - Show Bio

I just love how people keep going on and on about Raccoon beating Batman but ignore completely that he beat every other book as well. I just dont understand CVs' obsession with knocking Batman down a peg. It doesn't even matter anyway,Iron Man in MCUs biggest character and he sells less than Batgirl,Raccoon will be lucky to have a book by this time next year.

#20 Posted by manwithoutshame (659 posts) - - Show Bio

Rocket Raccoon sold 300k? lol, what's next man-thing in the top 10?

#21 Posted by TimeLordScience (1626 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis: keep in mind that the Iron Man comic is trash.

Also, do you ever think about the fact that maybe, just maybe, people are remarking upon Batman being beaten not because they dislike him but because he is the character to beat? Who frequently gets the top spot?

#22 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis: That's because outside of non comic fans, very very very few people like Iron Man. Besides it's not a bad thing for people to get sick of seeing too much Batman.

#23 Posted by The Stegman (28727 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman got beat by a Godd*mn raccoon??... SMH.

#24 Posted by DcNoobReviews (46 posts) - - Show Bio

@captainmarvel4ever:

harley is a 100% fun read every single month, its an awesome book, it shouldnt be a suprise.

#25 Posted by sanityisoverrated (28 posts) - - Show Bio

If Marvel would quit flooding the market with #1 issues then the Raccoon would not have been number one. I think it also doesn't hurt that there was a Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming out at the same time this comic was put out. I am not saying its a bad comic at all. But frankly Batman sales a lot better then most of the Marvel's titles. Also Marvel jacks up their prices as well. Also saying that all of DC's characters are trash is low. Batman clearly has staying power as he has been around for 75 years, which is longer then Marvel has been around. Also Scott Snyder is a heck of a writer and what he has done with Batman over at DC is pretty remarkable. Also, Batman, and several Batman titles are usually in the top ten list of sales most months.

#26 Edited by Cap10nate (3204 posts) - - Show Bio

@marcosvergara14: That would only make an impact in the dollar share for the month and not the unit share. Marvel still shipped 7 percent more units than DC.

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#27 Posted by wimble23 (593 posts) - - Show Bio
#28 Posted by HushoftheWind (1202 posts) - - Show Bio

its funny how DC launched the new 52 relaunched their books to #1 but marvel seems to have more #1 releases lol

#29 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

@captainmarvel4ever:

harley is a 100% fun read every single month, its an awesome book, it shouldnt be a suprise.

I just can't believe it because of how disturbing that book is. Harley herself is an eyesore with an ear bleeding voice, who in the most recent issue had a "Poop Flinger", and every issue has a stuffed rotting woodchuck, how is that fun? I'm not trying to ruin that book for anyone but I can't see anything enjoyable about that series, or Harley herself.

#30 Posted by DcNoobReviews (46 posts) - - Show Bio

@captainmarvel4ever:

well if its not for you, then its not for you. But i love it, and ive gotten several non comic readers into comics by giving them that book.

#31 Posted by Xwraith (25222 posts) - - Show Bio

This is only the second time I can remember buying a book that made it to #1.

And the first one I can remember that held up on a second reading.

#32 Posted by viin (855 posts) - - Show Bio

I figured Rocket Raccoon would of been 1 of the top 2 or 3 but it surprises me people still buy the never ending marvel crossovers. Its sad we never get to see great books like Green Arrow and other less popular heroes make it on these lists...it always seems to be Batman, Spiderman, Justice League, and whatever marvel crossover is going on. I dropped Batman shortly after Zero Year but Im glad to see it still sold well throughout its run.

#33 Posted by entropy_aegis (15984 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis: keep in mind that the Iron Man comic is trash.

Also, do you ever think about the fact that maybe, just maybe, people are remarking upon Batman being beaten not because they dislike him but because he is the character to beat? Who frequently gets the top spot?

I wish that were true,and it may well be true for some people but this post for example

@entropy_aegis: That's because outside of non comic fans, very very very few people like Iron Man. Besides it's not a bad thing for people to get sick of seeing too much Batman.

doesn't give me much confidence.

#34 Posted by JV (90 posts) - - Show Bio

@edgejohn: That is a pretty immature thing to say. It cracks me up how people get so wrapped in a rivalry like it is a sporting event. You hope a whole company fails so there is job loss and consumers lose out on something they like. Wait, I am probably talking to a 16 year old with the mentality of a 10 yr old.

#35 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis: We both know Batman's not going anywhere, I just want a more even DCU. Marvel does a good job balancing their characters, and I'd like DC to give other characters the spotlight.

#36 Posted by entropy_aegis (15984 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis: We both know Batman's not going anywhere, I just want a more even DCU. Marvel does a good job balancing their characters, and I'd like DC to give other characters the spotlight.

And what does this have to do with the topic at hand?

#37 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis: Not much really, that was just how the conversation went.

#38 Edited by Novemberx2 (502 posts) - - Show Bio

"It's pretty obvious that ROCKET RACCOON #1 took first place, especially after it was announced that the first issue sold 300,000 copies"

Didn't a company that buy most of those to give out free to customers creating an artificial sale figure for this issue.

UPDATE: 100,000 of those comics were all ordered by Loot Crate

Source: http://comicsalliance.com/one-third-of-rocket-raccoon-1s-300000-orders-came-from-one-subscription-service/

Please Amend Article to reflect this.

#39 Edited by CaptainHoopla (1427 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm happy for Rocket. It was a great issue, issue 2 was excellent as well.

On another note, I wish Mat would wait another week for these monthly sales articles to include the numbers for all titles. Just listing the top ten is pretty predictable.

#40 Posted by CorruptedOwl (92 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, marvel charges a whole dollar more, so, figures.

#41 Posted by patrat18 (11589 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah, more #1's by Marvel.

Give Black Panther a book.

#42 Edited by patrat18 (11589 posts) - - Show Bio

"It's pretty obvious that ROCKET RACCOON #1 took first place, especially after it was announced that the first issue sold 300,000 copies"

Didn't a company that buy most of those to give out free to customers creating an artificial sale figure for this issue.

UPDATE: 100,000 of those comics were all ordered by Loot Crate

Source: http://comicsalliance.com/one-third-of-rocket-raccoon-1s-300000-orders-came-from-one-subscription-service/

Please Amend Article to reflect this.

Damn.

#43 Posted by Novemberx2 (502 posts) - - Show Bio

@patrat18: he does already (In All But Name), he's the central character of New Avengers

#44 Posted by king1_icon (973 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL ONE MANGA SELLS MORE THAN THESE COMBINED

#45 Posted by patrat18 (11589 posts) - - Show Bio
#46 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (6855 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL ONE MANGA SELLS MORE THAN THESE COMBINED

That's what's really sad about all this.

#47 Posted by Ostyo (11915 posts) - - Show Bio

Good day to be a Raccoon.

#48 Posted by CaptainHoopla (1427 posts) - - Show Bio

@novemberx2: Umm, I'm pretty sure Marvel didn't print a hundred thousand copies and give them to Loot Crate for free. Meaning they ordered and paid for those copies thus constituting a sale. Why should an article about sales figures be amended to reflect this?

#49 Posted by JazzLover (65 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see that Grayson sold well in July, I hope the sales won't drop by too much in August, the comic book is really good so far, best thing that happened to Dick since the New52.

@captainmarvel4ever:

harley is a 100% fun read every single month, its an awesome book, it shouldnt be a suprise.

True, at first I was a bit disturbed because of some of the covers but then I decided to read it and I must say the book is really funny and I'm glad I gave it a chance.

#50 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6484 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess the reason why Rocket Raccoon sold so well was because it was a #1 issue and Guardians of the Galaxy happened to premiere around the same time the issue came out.