Diamond Announces Top Sales For May 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 13, 2014) — The murder of the Watcher drew Earth’s heroes to the Moon’s surface and prompted an investigation to find the perpetrator in Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, Jr.’s Original Sin #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

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Marvel Comics had four titles place among the month’s top ten best-selling comics. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by Batman #31 at #4. Also in the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #127 at #8.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 34.38% dollar market share and a 36.46% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 30.04% dollar share and 33.52% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share, followed by IDW Publishing at 6.38% and Dark Horse Comics at 5.96%. Sales overall slipped in May, a four-week month, when compared to April with its five shipping weeks.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are revisiting Batman’s origins in the “Zero Year” storyline, and the collected edition of the first story arc — Batman Volume 4: Zero Year: Secret City — from DC Entertainment was May’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher’s four in the top ten. Also notable, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Rick Remender Matteo Scalera’s Black Science Volume 1: How to Fall Forever at #3. Additionally, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell Volume 1: Descent from Dark Horse Comics ranked #7.

Released to coincide with the new Transformers: Age of Extinction film, Running Press’ Transformers: Light-Up Optimus Prime Bust & Book Set was May’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia continued its run as a best-seller as the month’s #2 best-selling book.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.38% 36.46%
DC COMICS 30.04% 33.52%
IMAGE COMICS 8.86% 9.96%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.38% 4.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.96% 5.50%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.30% 2.29%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.97% 1.84%
AVATAR PRESS 1.03% 0.88%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.88% 0.23%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.81% 0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.39% 4.31%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
DC COMICS 87 30 0 117
MARVEL COMICS 74 38 0 112
IDW PUBLISHING 45 21 0 66
IMAGE COMICS 54 11 0 65
DARK HORSE COMICS 36 23 0 59
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 35 1 0 36
BOOM! STUDIOS 20 7 0 27
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 13 2 0 15
RANDOM HOUSE 0 14 0 14
AVATAR PRESS 8 1 0 9
OTHER 55 98 18 171

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS -10.72% -7.35%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.24% -19.32%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.57% -8.41%
MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013
COMICS -2.01% -6.00%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.47% -15.27%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.52% -6.79%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -1.13% -6.72%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.96% 4.54%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.16% -5.85%

Original Sin #1 Amazing Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #1.1

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ORIGINAL SIN #1 $4.99 MAR140615-M MAR
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAR140641-M MAR
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1 $3.99 MAR140638-M MAR
4 BATMAN #31 $3.99 MAR140212-M DC
5 FOREVER EVIL #7 $4.99 JAN140237-M DC
6 ORIGINAL SIN #2 $3.99 MAR140627-M MAR
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 $3.99 FEB140149-M DC
8 The WALKING DEAD #127 (MR) $2.99 MAR140520 IMA
9 NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*] $2.99 MAR140164-M DC
10 BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*] $2.99 MAR140208 DC

Batman Volume 4 Batman Volume 3 Black Science Volume 1

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52) $24.99 JAN140342 DC
2 BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52) $16.99 FEB140248 DC
3 BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR) $9.99 MAR140535 IMA
4 X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC $24.99 JAN140780 MAR
5 BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC $22.99 JAN140326 DC
6 MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 MAR140546 IMA
7 HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP $17.99 JAN140125 DAR
8 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
9 MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP $14.99 FEB140529 IMA
10 GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC $19.99 FEB140325 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 TRANSFORMERS: LIGHT-UP OPTIMUS PRIME BUST & BOOK $12.95 FEB141599 RUN
2 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
3 GODZILLA: LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT $12.95 JAN141512 RUN
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC $14.95 MAR141577 SAN
5 DOCTOR WHO: WHEN’S THE DOCTOR SC $7.99 DEC131415 PEN
6 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 74 SC $14.95 FEB141624 SAN
7 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS HC $14.95 MAY131497 RAN
8 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PROSE NOVEL HC $24.99 FEB140834 MAR
9 AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES 1965-1969 HC $41.95 DEC131299 TWO
10 ART OF NEIL GAIMAN: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY HC $39.99 MAR141568 HAR

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing more than 4,000 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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