MARKET SHARE: Top 500 Comics for 2012

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Diamond Comic Distributors has released its list of the top selling comics in the direct market for 2012.  It’s an interesting list, and one that is quite different than the best comics of 2012 as named by this very website.

Take the jump for a look at the Top 500 Comics!

While the New 52 was a big deal in 2011, Marvel NOW! and the events in The Amazing Spider-Man (not to mention the spillover from that Avengers movie) pushed Marvel to the top of the hill of publishers in 2012 holding on to a 37.59% of the market share, and snagging 34% of the dollar share.

Overall, the best news for 2012 is that comic sales were up 15% from 2011.

“2012 was a terrific year for comic books and graphic novels,” remarked Diamond CEO Steve Geppi. “Our publishers did a tremendous job of creating compelling storylines that comic book fans wanted to see — from Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men followed by its Marvel NOW! titles later in the year to DC’s powerful New 52 ongoing titles. Add in Dark Horse Comics’ horror line-up, IDW’s My Little Pony and Image Comics’ creator-driven hits and it was quite a year. In addition, I would like to mention what a wonderful job comic shop retailers did in 2012, by continuing to establish a great environment that readers and fans want to come and visit.”