Diamond Announces Top Sales For June 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 11, 2014) — Batman confronts the Riddler in the penultimate chapter of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s ” Zero Year” storyline in DC Entertainment’s Batman #32, the best-selling comic book of June 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

dollar-share unit-share

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 33.71% dollar market share and a 35.68% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.88% dollar share and 33.20% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share and a 10.51% unit share. IDW Publishing’s dollar share in June was 5.60% and Dark Horse Comics’ was 5.57%.

Marvel Comics had four titles place among June’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Amazing Spider-Man #3 at #2. DC Entertainment had a strong showing with five titles in the top ten, including Batman #32 at #1. Rounding out the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #128 at #9.

A magical accident by Sabrina the Teenage Witch triggers the zombie apocalypse in Riverdale, USA in Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie Volume 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla, the best-selling graphic novel of June. Also of note, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet Volume 1: Before the Living End at #3.

Complemented by illustrations by Brian Froud, A.C.H. Smith’s novelization of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal returned to print in a new hardcover edition from BOOM! Studios and was June’s best-selling book. Also notable, Dark Horse Comics had two book in the top ten — Daniel Way’s real-life history of EVE Online, EVE: True Stories, at #3, and the perennial best-seller Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #7.

Based on a design by Ant Lucia, DC Collectibles’ DC Comics Bombshells: Black Canary Statue the June’s best-selling toy product, and one of their six products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys with three products, led by the Marvel Select: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Action Figure at #4.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 33.71% 35.68%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.88% 33.20%
IMAGE COMICS 8.93% 10.51%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.60% 4.45%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.57% 4.89%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.62% 2.30%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.52% 2.52%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 1.20% 1.27%
AVATAR PRESS 1.10% 0.81%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.93% 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.94% 3.74%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT 77 28 1 106
MARVEL COMICS 78 24 0 102
IMAGE COMICS 53 10 0 63
DARK HORSE COMICS 36 23 0 59
IDW PUBLISHING 43 16 0 59
BOOM! STUDIOS 28 7 0 35
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 9 0 32
AVATAR PRESS 9 7 0 16
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 11 2 0 13
RANDOM HOUSE 0 11 0 11
OTHER NON-TOP 10 66 109 34 209

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

JUNE 2014 VS. MAY 2014

COMICS -3.19% -1.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -3.36% 2.93%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.25% -0.99%

JUNE 2014 VS. JUNE 2013

COMICS -2.93% -4.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.09% 10.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.33% -3.46%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS -1.43% -6.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.93% 5.41%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.08% -5.46%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014

COMICS 14.13% 11.07%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 13.59% 2.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.96% 10.34%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013

COMICS 3.90% -1.29%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.33% 1.25%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.04% -1.09%

Batman #32 Amazing Spider-Man #3 Original Sin #3

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #32 $3.99 APR140209-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 APR140679-M MAR
3 ORIGINAL SIN #3 $3.99 APR140626-M MAR
4 HARLEY QUINN #7 $2.99 APR140223-M DC
5 SUPERMAN #32 $3.99 APR140188-M DC
6 ORIGINAL SIN #4 $3.99 APR140630-M MAR
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2 $3.99 APR140681-M MAR
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 $3.99 MAR140175-M DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD #128 (MR) $2.99 APR140615 IMA
10 DETECTIVE COMICS #32 $3.99 APR140213-M DC

Afterlife With Archie Volume 1 Night of the Living Deadpool Velvet Volume 1

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE TP $17.99 FEB140918-M ARC
2 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP $16.99 MAR140768 MAR
3 VELVET VOLUME 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END TP (MR) $9.99 FEB140537 IMA
4 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 6: GOBLIN NATION TP $19.99 MAR140765 MAR
7 BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP $14.99 MAR140250 DC
8 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 TP $14.99 MAR140265 DC
9 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 2 HC $19.99 FEB140260 DC
10 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVEL HC $19.99 APR140989 BOO
2 NEIL GAIMAN: THE TRUTH IS IN A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA HC $21.99 MAR141569 HAR
3 EVE: TRUE STORIES HC $12.99 FEB140044 DAR
4 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: THE FALL OF GOVERNOR

PART 1 SC

$14.99 APR141556
5 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 85 SC $14.95 APR141581 SAN
6 PLANET OF THE APES MINIATURE BOOK KIT $12.95 MAR141565 RUN
7 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
8 MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC COLLECTOR

POSTER BOOK

$20.00 APR141570 HAC
9 NEIL GAIMAN: CHU’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HC $17.99 APR141578 HAR
10 THE QUOTABLE DOCTOR WHO: WISE WORDS FROM

ACROSS TIME & SPACE HC

$19.99 MAR141554 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BLACK CANARY STATUE DEC130358 DC
2 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET NOV138235 DC
3 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE DEC130359 DC
4 MARVEL SELECT: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 ACTION FIGURE FEB142060 DST
5 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
6 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1: NIGHTWING BY CAPULLO FIGURE NOV130286 DC
7 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POISON IVY STATUE JAN140397 DC
8 MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK ACTION FIGURE MAR088262 DST
9 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: EARTH-2 THOMAS WAYNE BATMAN FIGURE JAN140394 DC
10 DC COMICS: ARMORED WONDER WOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE NOV132032 KOT

 

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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