(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.
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
|DARK HORSE COMICS||5.57%||4.89%|
|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
|DARK HORSE COMICS||36||23||0||59|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||66||109||34||209|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
JUNE 2014 VS. MAY 2014
JUNE 2014 VS. JUNE 2013
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014
SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|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|
|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|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|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
|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
|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
|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
TOP 10 TOYS
|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|
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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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