Our impromptu Top Forty-Seven comic sellers chart for December 2012 seems to have been bang on the money, at least for the top ten. We'll be able to check the rest later.
Both December and November were four week months, but December's skip week with only a handful of new titles available on Boxing Day may have had an affect, even when one of those comics was Amazing Spider-Man #700. Sales were down month on month but the $7.99 cost of Amazing may have explained why unit sales were down more than dollars spent.
Still comic sales were up an eighth in sales on this month last year and a fifth on the money brought in this time last year.
Both DC and Marvel's marketshare has fallen slightly in favour of Image, with DC dipping under 30% of dollars spent in November for the first time since before Flashpoint. Image have jumped from around 7% marketshare in November to 9% in December, their highest since Walking Dead #100 came out in July.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
RETAIL MARKET SHAREPUBLISHERSHAREMARVEL COMICS33.40%DC COMICS29.69%IMAGE COMICS9.10%IDW PUBLISHING5.82%DARK HORSE COMICS5.49%DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.60%BOOM! STUDIOS1.69%EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.13%VIZ MEDIA0.94%AVATAR PRESS INC0.91%OTHER NON-TOP 109.23%UNIT MARKET SHAREPUBLISHERSHAREMARVEL COMICS36.12%DC COMICS34.84%IMAGE COMICS8.49%IDW PUBLISHING4.79%DARK HORSE COMICS4.56%DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.93%BOOM! STUDIOS1.88%VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC0.93%ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC0.82%AVATAR PRESS INC0.75%OTHER NON-TOP 103.89%COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
DOLLARSUNITSDECEMBER 2012 VS. NOVEMBER 2012COMICS-1.67%-3.45%GRAPHIC NOVELS-4.27%-4.03%TOTAL COMICS/GN-2.42%-3.49%DECEMBER 2012 VS. DECEMBER 2011COMICS19.03%12.93%GRAPHIC NOVELS8.25%6.65%TOTAL COMICS/GN15.74%12.50%FOURTH QUARTER 2012 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2012COMICS5.90%6.71%GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.57%-11.29%TOTAL COMICS/GN3.50%5.19%FOURTH QUARTER 2012 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2011COMICS9.51%4.42%GRAPHIC NOVELS14.53%13.86%TOTAL COMICS/GN11.00%5.04%YEAR 2012 VS. YEAR 2011COMICS14.94%11.41%GRAPHIC NOVELS14.26%13.66%TOTAL COMICS/GN14.72%11.58%TOP 10 COMICS
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR1AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700$7.99MAR2AVENGERS #1$3.99MAR3BATMAN #15$3.99DC4JUSTICE LEAGUE #15$3.99DC5DETECTIVE COMICS #15$3.99DC6AVENGERS #2$3.99MAR7CABLE AND X-FORCE #1$3.99MAR8BATMAN AND ROBIN #15$2.99DC9ALL-NEW X-MEN #3$3.99MAR10THUNDERBOLTS #1$2.99MARTOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR1THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP$9.99IMA2THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHINDUSTP$14.99IMA3CHEW VOLUME 6: SPACE CAKES TP (MR)$14.99IMA4SAGA VOLUME 1 TP$9.99IMA5FATALE VOLUME 2: DEVIL'S BUSINESS TP (MR)$14.99IMA6THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS$14.99IMA7BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 VOL. 2: ON YOUR OWN TP$17.99DAR8GREEN LANTERN VOLUME 2: REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND HC$24.99DC9THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 17: SOMETHING TO FEAR TP (MR)$14.99IMA10DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID VOLUME 2 TP$15.99MAR