The Most Successful Comics of 2010

Diamond announces the best-selling comics and graphic novels of 2010.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

The Most Successful Comics of 2010

Diamond Publishing has issued a press statement announcing the most successful comic books of 2010. At the top of the list is Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.’s Avengers #1. The series was a relaunch for Marvel’s Avengers team, reuniting the universe’s big players after the events of Seige.

As a matter of fact, Marvel took home the largest market share in the comics industry in 2010, pulling in 43% of the medium’s audience. DC Comics came in second with 34%, with their top titles being the finale of Blackest Night and J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis’ Superman: Earth One graphic novel. It’s also interesting to note that the $1 price hike didn’t affect sales as much as everyone through it would, or it just proves that comic fans are obsessive completionists.

2010 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

Quantity Rank

Description

Price

Publisher

1

AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MARVEL COMICS

2

X-MEN #1

$3.99

MARVEL COMICS

3

BLACKEST NIGHT #8

$3.99

DC COMICS

4

SIEGE #1

$3.99

MARVEL COMICS

5

BLACKEST NIGHT #7

$3.99

DC COMICS

6

NEW AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MARVEL COMICS

7

BRIGHTEST DAY #0

$3.99

DC COMICS

8

BRIGHTEST DAY #1

$2.99

DC COMICS

9

SIEGE #2

$3.99

MARVEL COMICS

10

BATMAN: RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1

$3.99

DC COMICS

2010 TOP COMIC BOOK & GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHERS

 

RETAIL DOLLAR      MARKET SHARE

UNIT                                  MARKET SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.23%

43.35%

DC COMICS

30.39%

34.00%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.17%

3.88%

IMAGE COMICS

4.53%

3.71%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.08%

3.45%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.65%

2.52%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.95%

1.77%

VIZ MEDIA

1.42%

0.68%

 

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.82%

0.20%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.70%

0.50%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

10.07%

5.95%

Image Comics also had a great year with The Walking Dead Volume 1 being the best-selling graphic novel of 2010, with four other volumes of The Walking Dead taking up spots on the top ten graphic novel list. The AMC’s drama series obviously had something to do with this. 

2010 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

Quantity Rank

Description

Price

Publisher

1

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMAGE COMICS

2

KICK ASS PREMIUM HC

$24.99

MARVEL COMICS

3

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS

$14.99

IMAGE COMICS

4

SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR

$11.99

ONI PRESS

5

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC

$19.99

DC COMICS

6

SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE

$11.99

ONI PRESS

7

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM

$14.99

IMAGE COMICS

8

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US

$14.99

IMAGE COMICS

9

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE

$14.99

IMAGE COMICS

10

SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD

$11.99

ONI PRESS

 

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