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Blackest Night #6 Tops December 2009 Sales Chart

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The battle against Nekron continued as long-established heroes and villains were deputized into the Lantern Corps in Blackest Night #6, the latest chapter of the cosmic crossover event from writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis, joining the series' previous five issues atop the sales charts and giving DC Comics the best-selling comic book title for December 2009, based upon total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics took the top publisher spot in December, leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, with a 49.31% Unit Market Share and a 44.57% Dollar Share for the month.

The emergence of new masked adventurer and the Republican National Convention both complicate the life of New York City Mayor Mitchell Hundred in Ex Machina Volume 8: Dirty Tricks, the latest collected volume of the political superhero series from Brian K. Vaughn and Tony Harris, giving DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint the best-selling graphic novel for the month of December.

DC Direct's partnership with Hong Kong toymaker Hot Toys resulted in the best-selling Toy product in December with The Dark Knight: Policeman Joker 1/6-Scale Figure, which recreated actor Heath Ledger's Academy Award-winning performance.  For the second month in a row, NECA/WizKids Marvel HeroClix: Hammer of Thor Booster Packs, which relaunched the best-selling HeroClix miniatures game, was the best-selling Game product to comics specialty shops.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

UNIT SHARE

DOLLAR SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

49.31%

44.57%

DC COMICS

30.21%

27.20%

IMAGE COMICS

3.62%

3.41%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.22%

4.45%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.17%

4.32%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.92%

2.14%

DYNAMIC FORCES

1.57%

1.98%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.83%

0.52%

VIZ MEDIA

0.64%

1.40%

AVATAR PRESS

0.55%

0.67%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.95%

9.34%


TOP 10 COMICS

1    BLACKEST NIGHT #6
2    GREEN LANTERN #49
3    CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #5
4    CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN -- WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD? ONE-SHOT
5    BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #1
6    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #43
7    NEW AVENGERS #60
8    BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #1
9    DARK AVENGERS #12
10    BLACKEST NIGHT: JSA #1

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

1    EX MACHINA VOLUME 8: DIRTY TRICKS TP (MR)
2    DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: DARK REIGN TP
3    STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS VOLUME 4: COLOSSUS OF DESTINY TP
4    IRREDEEMABLE VOLUME 2 TP
5    BLEACH VOLUME 29 TP
6    BATMAN: THE CAT AND THE BAT TP
7    MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN HC
8    THE ROCKETEER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION HC
9    THE GOON VOLUME 6: CHINATOWN AND THE MYSTERY OF MR. WICKER TP
10    ULTIMATUM: X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR TP

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