The other month Diamond Comic Distributors accidentally leaked the names, contact details and a series of figures for over two thousand of their accounts. Dubbed Marvel.xls it has been interpreted to reflect each and every store’s Marvel orders on average for the month and for the year as a whole. There are inconsistencies, the list only has one store listed for some chains, every store listed for others, and we have identified many stores – such as those in the UK – are missed out entirely. And some order numbers posted are glitchingly small, such as the well known comics retailer who is only meant to order $7 of Marvel comics a month.
Nevertheless, given all those provisos, here is a look at the top twenty-five stores on the list, in order of amount.. ordered. Possibly no surprise, it is the big online operations that take the top. Midtown who, as well as their multiple stores in New York, also manage Marvel direct subscriptions and comp copies sent out to creators, reviewers and other individuals – though whether that goes through Diamond and gets picked up on this list is unknown.
- DCBS – online comic store.
- Midtown Comics – Times Square, New York
- Lone Star – now online store MyComicShop
- Graham Crackers/Naperville, comic chain
- Distribution Universe -online store Universal Distribution
- Newbury Comics, comic c*hain in Newbury
- Unknown Comics – online store.
- Michael J. Lerner, owner of Pulp Fiction comic book store in Long Beach
- Things From Another World, Portland comic store with large online presence and tied to Dark Horse Comics.
- Coliseum Of Comics – Florida based chain.
- Third Eye Comics – Maryland based chain
- Comics Elite – online store
- Bedrock City Comic Co, Texas comic chain
- Comics-N-Stuff, San Diego/Nevada comic chain
- The Westfield Company, online store
- C. P. Klop Holding – Owner of Cheap-Comics online store
- New England Comics, comic chain in New England
- Carolina Comics, – Ultimate Comics in North Carolina
- Specialty Distribution Inc of allied bookstores under Beyda And Associates
- The Comic Mint, online store.
- Painted Visions Comics & Cards or Woodbridge, Virginia.
- New Dimension Comics – Cranberry, comic chain in Pennsylvania.
- Kinokuniya Bookstores, Japanese-based retailer chain across USA.
- Sci-Fi Genre – now Atomic Empire comic store in North Carolina.
- Double Header – comic store in Arkansas.