Diamond Announces Top Sales for June 2015

Marvel On Top….again…
Driven by Secret Wars & Star Wars…again…
DC in Top 10 with Batman & Justice League…again…
Image/Marvel Split TPB Top 10…again…

Nothing particularly new or surprising in these high-level sales stats.  More of the same for Marvel and DC.  I’m sure it’s been said before, but taking Star Wars back from Dark Horse has been a sales boon for Marvel.  They’re selling the heck out of Star Wars, making it pay off way more than Dark Horse did.  I’ll be interested to see the detailed sales data when John Jackson Miller puts it up on http://comichron.com/ (probably next week, unless he does it quick before/during San Diego ComicCon).

Diamond’s Press Release:

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 6, 2015) — Doctor Doom’s hold over Battleworld deepens as the heroes begin to discover its secrets in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #3 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of June 2015 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 40.86% dollar share and a 43.16% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 25.06% dollar share and a 28.03% unit share. June’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 9.81% dollar share and a 10.83% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.18% dollar share and a 3.86% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 4.25% dollar share and a 3.51% unit share.

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In May, Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, including Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 at #2 and Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars #6 at #3. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Bryan Hitch’s Justice League of America #1 at #4 and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #41 at #5.

The woods outside Litchfield, New Hampshire hide dark and ancient secrets in Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches Volume 1 from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of June and one of the publisher’s five titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten, led by Jim Starlin’s original graphic novel, Thanos: The Infinity Relativity, at #2.

Quirk Books’ The League of Regrettable Superheroes, a compendium of the strangest characters comic book history has produced from the Golden Age to today, was June’s best-selling book. Of note, Dark Horse Comics placed two titles among the top ten: Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi at #5 and perennial best-seller Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #7.

Kotobukiya’s Marvel Now: Deadpool X-Force ArtFX+ Statue was June’s best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer’s four products in the top ten. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten, led by the DC Comics Cover Girls: Harley Quinn Statue at #2. Also in the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: The Incredible Hulk Action Figure ranked #7 for the month.

The Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Age of Ultron Booster Brick 1 from WizKids/NECA was June’s best-selling game product and one of the manufacturer’s five products among the top ten. USAopoly had two products in the top ten, including Game of Thrones Monopoly at #2. Also, Diamond Select Toys’ Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, based on the Kevin Smith film, ranked #10 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 40.86% 43.16%
DC COMICS 25.06% 28.03%
IMAGE COMICS 9.81% 10.83%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.18% 3.86%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.25% 3.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.93% 1.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.83% 1.65%
TITAN COMICS 1.26% 1.20%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.96% 1.01%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.72% 0.82%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.13% 4.19%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 72 33 0 105
DC COMICS 68 25 1 94
IMAGE COMICS 65 16 0 81
DARK HORSE COMICS 32 31 0 63
IDW PUBLISHING 41 21 0 62
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 31 10 0 41
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 27 5 0 32
TITAN COMICS 10 7 2 19
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 14 2 0 16
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 8 2 0 10
OTHER NON-TOP 10 85 136 36 257

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JUNE 2015 VS. MAY 2014
COMICS -6.09% -5.33%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 14.39% 23.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.35% -3.30%

JUNE 2015 VS. JUNE 2014

COMICS 16.88% 16.01%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 18.03% 31.35%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.49% 18.78%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS 16.46% 16.52%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.85% 4.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.07% 15.46%

SECOND QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2015

COMICS 19.03% 16.19%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 24.63% 31.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 20.67% 17.32%

SECOND QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014

COMICS 18.74% 19.01%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 10.43% 16.71%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 16.09% 18.82%

Secret Wars #3 Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1 Star Wars #6

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SECRET WARS #3 $3.99 APR150690-M MAR
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 $3.99 APR150750-M MAR
3 STAR WARS #6 $3.99 APR150855-M MAR
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 $5.99 APR150167-M DC
5 BATMAN #41 $3.99 APR150254-M DC
6 THORS #1 $3.99 APR150714-M MAR
7 DARTH VADER #6 $3.99 APR150857 MAR
8 X-MEN ’92 #1 $4.99 APR150797-M MAR
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE #41 [*] $4.99 APR150222-M DC
10 GROOT #1 $3.99 APR150862-M MAR

Wytches Volume 1 Thanos East of West Volume 4

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WYTCHES VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 MAR150524 IMA
2 THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN HC $24.99 FEB150842 MAR
3 EAST OF WEST VOLUME 4: WHO WANTS WAR TP $14.99 MAR150527 IMA
4 MS. MARVEL VOLUME 3: CRUSHED TP $15.99 MAR150813 MAR
5 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
6 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
7 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
8 HOUSE OF HEM TP $7.99 APR150869 MAR
9 ODYC VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 MAR150539 IMA
10 MARVEL UNIVERSE: ANT-MAN DIGEST TP $9.99 MAR150800 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SUPERHEROES $24.95 APR151910 QUI
2 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 96 SC $14.95 APR151950 SAN
3 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 81 SC $14.95 FEB151833 SAN
4 WORLD OF READING: ANT-MAN: THIS IS ANT-MAN SC $3.99 APR151918 HAC
5 REALMS: THE ROLEPLAYING GAME ART OF TONY DITERLIZZI $39.99 FEB150103 DAR
6 ANT-MAN: ZOMBIE REPELLENT: MIGHTY MARVEL CHAPTER BOOK $5.99 APR151915 HAC
7 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
8 MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA 75TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC $40.00 DEC131413 DK
9 CHAIKA COFFIN PRINCESS VOLUME 1 HC $13.00 APR151835 YEN
10 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 POSTER BOOK SC $24.99 FEB151802 PUB

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL NOW: DEADPOOL X-FORCE ARTFX+ STATUE JUL148029 KOT
2 DC COMICS: COVER GIRLS HARLEY QUINN STATUE DEC140430 DC
3 BATMAN 75TH-ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4 PACK SET 2 JUN140317 DC
4 STAR WARS: LUKE SKYWALKER & PRINCESS LEIA ARTFX+ STATUE NOV142340 KOT
5 MARVEL NOW: DEADPOOL ARTFX+ STATUE SEP142328 KOT
6 MARVEL: SHE-HULK BISHOUJO STATUE NOV142341 KOT
7 MARVEL SELECT: THE INCREDIBLE HULK ACTION FIGURE DEC074356 DST
8 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN STATUE MAR130316 DC
9 POP! HEROES: DEATHSTROKE VINYL FIGURE JAN148305 FUN
10 PREDATOR PLAY ARTS KAI: PREDATOR MOVIE ACTION FIGURE OCT148267 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON BOOSTER BRICK 1 APR152747 NEC
2 GAME OF THRONES MONOPOLY APR152735 USA
3 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BOOSTER BRICK MAR152655 NEC
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX: ANT-MAN BOX SET MAR158287 NEC
5 JURASSIC WORLD MONOPOLY APR152736 USA
6 PATHFINDER BATTLES DUNGEONS DEEP BOOSTER BRICK APR152750 NEC
7 ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 4 NOV142724 CRY
8 MARVEL HEROCLIX: CLASSIC AVENGERS FAST FORCES 6-PACK MAR158288 NEC
9 MUNCHKIN ADVENTURE TIME 2: IT’S A DUNGEON CRAWL EXPANSION MAR152648 PSI
10 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST

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

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises 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 New Titles Count Chart 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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