Not a Lot of Change
Marvel #1, DC #2, Image #3
Nothing jumped out at me as a big surprise for June. The specific numbers moved around a bit, but Marvel is still beating DC in dollars and units by a decent margin. Indie books dropped a bit, led by Image’s drop of a % point, but that can be explained by Image shipping 71 books in June as opposed to 86 in May. So not a cooling of fan interest, just fewer Image books to buy.
The 4 DC Books in the Top 10 are all Batman books (slots #2, 4, 5, 6), no surprise. Marvel scored with #1 issues (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man at #1, Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 at #3, and Edge of Venomverse #1 at #7). The Top 10 was rounded out by 2 issues of Secret Empire and Walking Dead #168. This is very typical of what we see most months.
On the “Graphic Novel” side Image and DC both took 4 spots, with Marvel taking up the final 2. Again, nothing particularly surprising from a publisher standpoint, though it was refreshing to see a book aimed at younger female readers (DC Super Hero Girls volume 3) taking the #2 spot.
June 2017 sales were down quite a bit compared to June 2016 (but June 2016 had 5 shipping weeks, compared to 4 this year, so that explains it). Year-to-date 2017 comic sales are now up compared to 2016.
– Bob Bretall (email@example.com)
Diamond’s Press Release:
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 14, 2017) — Peter Parker returns to being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert, and Jordie Bellaire’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of June 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 38.54% dollar share and a 42.82% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in June with a 30.61% dollar share and a 31.76% unit share. In third was Image Comics with an 8.86% dollar share and a 9.00% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.24% dollar share and a 3.18% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.46% dollar share and a 2.47% unit share.
Marvel Comics had five titles among the top ten. In addition to Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Cam Smith’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 ranked #3; Matthew Rosenberg, Roland Boschi, and Adam Gorham’s Edge of Venomverse #1 ranked #7; Nick Spencer, Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis, and Joshua Cassara’s Secret Empire #4 ranked #8; and Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino, Ries, and Cassara’s Secret Empire #5 ranked #9.
DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr.’s Dark Days: The Forge, the prelude to DC Entertainment’s summer event Dark Nights: Metal, ranked #2; Tom King and David Finch’s Batman #24, in which Bruce Wayne proposed marriage to Selina Kyle, ranked #4; Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 ranked #5; and Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #25, the first chapter of “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” ranked #9.
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #168 from Image Comics rounded out the top ten at #10. Also from the premier publishers, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #4 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book for the month at #98, and IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80 was their top book for June at #173.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked and The Divine Volume 5: Imperial Phase Part 1 from Image Comics was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten including Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr’s Motor Crush Volume 1 at #3; Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender Volume 4 at #4; and Scott Snyder and Lemire’s A.D.: After Death at #9. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten: Shea Fontana and Yancy Labat’s DC Super Hero Girls Volume 3: Summer Olympus at #2, Teen Titans Volume 1: Damian Knows Best at #6, Harley Quinn Volume 2: The Joker Loves Harley at #7, and Nightwing Volume 2: Back to Bludhaven at #10. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles: Spider-Man/Deadpool Volume 2: Side Pieces at #5 and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Volume 1 at #8.
Sanctum Publishing’s The Shadow Double Novel Volume 118 was June’s best-selling book. Dynamite Entertainment’s Art of Atari Poster Collection ranked #2. BOOM! Studios’ An Apple and An Adventure ranked #3. IDW Publishing’s Toybox Time Machine ranked #9.
DC Collectibles’ DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, based on Bolland’s artwork from the best-selling graphic novel The Killing Joke, was June’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten for DC Collectibles were the Batman Black & White: Nightwing by Jim Lee Statue at #2 and the Supergirl TV: Supergirl Statue at #6. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Old Man Logan PVC Statue at #7 and the Marvel Gallery: Classic Iron Man PVC Statue at #10.
WizKids/NECA celebrated the 15th-anniversary of their HeroClix miniatures game with a special release, the Marvel HeroClix 15th-Anniversary What If? Booster Brick, which was June’s best-selling game product. Their Marvel HeroClix 15th-Anniversary What If? Starter Set ranked #4. IDW Games had two products in the top ten as well: the perennial selling Machi Koro Card Game ranked #3 and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #9.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.46%||2.47%|
|ONI PRESS INC.||0.79%||0.59%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.84%||5.37%|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
JUNE 2017 VS. MAY 2017
JUNE 2017 VS. JUNE 2016
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2017
SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2016
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||22||20||0||42|
|ONI PRESS INC.||12||6||0||18|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||116||142||19||277|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1||$4.99||APR170970-M||MAR|
|2||DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1||$4.99||APR170259-M||DC|
|3||STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1||$4.99||APR171101-M||MAR|
|5||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #9||$5.99||MAR170359-M||DC|
|7||EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1||$3.99||APR170962-M||MAR|
|8||SECRET EMPIRE #4||$3.99||APR170922-M||MAR|
|9||SECRET EMPIRE #5||$3.99||APR170928-M||MAR|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD #168 (MR)||$2.99||APR170902-M||IMA|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE I TP||$16.99||APR170909||IMA|
|2||DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS TP||$9.99||MAR170353||DC|
|3||MOTOR CRUSH VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||MAR170820-M||IMA|
|4||DESCENDER VOLUME 4: ORBITAL MECHANICS TP||$16.99||APR170785||IMA|
|5||SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SIDE PIECES TP||$16.99||MAR171162||MAR|
|6||TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST TP||$16.99||MAR170410||DC|
|7||HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: THE JOKER LOVES HARLEY TP||$16.99||MAR170404||DC|
|8||STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOLUME 1: APHRA TP||$17.99||MAR171129||MAR|
|9||A.D.: AFTER DEATH HC||$24.99||FEB170689-M||IMA|
|10||NIGHTWING VOL. 2: BACK TO BLUDHAVEN TP||$16.99||MAR170406||DC|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 118 SC||$14.95||MAR172353||SAN|
|2||ART OF ATARI POSTER COLLECTION SC||$24.99||APR171557||DYN|
|3||APPLE AND AN ADVENTURE HC||$14.99||FEB171299||BOO|
|4||BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC||$44.99||MAR172148||UDO|
|5||EVIL DEAD 2 ADULT COLORING ACTIVITY BOOK TP||$14.99||APR171958||SPA|
|6||FAMILY GUY COLORING BOOK||$14.95||MAR172109||RAN|
|7||MANGA IN THEORY & PRACTICE HC||$19.99||APR172155||VIZ|
|8||TOYBOX TIME MACHINE HC||$29.99||FEB170491||IDW|
|9||5 MINUTE SPIDER-MAN STORIES HC||$12.99||APR172266||HAC|
|10||NEIL GAIMAN’S AMERICAN GODS OFFICIAL COLORING BOOK||$16.99||JAN178881||HAR|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE JOKER BY BRIAN BOLLAND STATUE||JAN170427||DC|
|2||BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: NIGHTWING BY JIM LEE||DEC160417||DC|
|3||DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES||DEC168377||BAN|
|4||DC UNIVERSE: HARLEY QUINN ARTFX+ STATUE||NOV162698||KOT|
|5||LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS: LINK FIGMA DX||AUG168804||GOO|
|6||SUPERGIRL TV: SUPERGIRL STATUE||OCT160339||DC|
|7||MARVEL GALLERY: OLD MAN LOGAN PVC FIGURE||OCT160011||DST|
|8||FINAL FANTASY VII PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE REMAKE FIGURE||NOV168102||SQU|
|9||X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES||FEB178702||HAS|
|10||MARVEL GALLERY: CLASSIC IRON MAN PVC FIGURE||JAN172648||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX 15TH-ANNIVERSARY WHAT IF BOOSTER BRICK||MAR173399||NEC|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KALADESH BOOSTER PACKS||AUG163175||WIZ|
|3||MACHI KORO CARD GAME||MAY142831||IDW|
|4||MARVEL HEROCLIX 15TH-ANNIVERSARY WHAT IF STARTER SET||MAR173400||NEC|
|5||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 MONOPOLY||MAY173213||USA|
|6||YU-GI-OH! MAXIMUM CRISIS SPECIAL EDITION||APR173279||KON|
|7||DC DICE MASTERS: BATMAN||SEP168742||NEC|
|8||CHEMISTRY FLUXX CARD GAME||MAR173363||LOO|
|9||TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME||APR160482||IDW|
|10||YU-GI-OH! PENDULUM EVOLUTION BOOSTER PACKS||APR173278||KON|
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