Diamond Announces Top Products For May 2017. Marvel Gains in the Month

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 38.05% dollar share and a 39.91% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in May with a 27.93% dollar share and a 30.88% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.25% dollar share and a 11.83% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.65% dollar share and a 3.78% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.05% dollar share and a 2.21% unit share.

Marvel Comics had six titles in May’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #1, Mike Costa and Tradd Moore’s Venom #150 ranked #2; Christopher Hastings, Edgar Salazar, and Allen Martinez’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout #1 ranked #5; Nick Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino, and Rod Reis’ Secret Empire #2 ranked #6; Spencer, Sorrentino, and Reis’ Secret Empire #3 ranked 8; and Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder’s All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 ranked #9. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten: the lenticular edition of Batman #22, the third chapter of “The Button” by Tom King, Joshua Williamson, and Jason Fabok, ranked #3; the lenticular edition of The Flash #22, the final chapter of “The Button” by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, ranked #4; and King and Mitch Gerads’ Batman #23 ranked #7. Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #167 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudino, and Cliff Rathburn was the publisher’s best-selling book at #10. Among the premier publishers, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton’s Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #3 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #95, while IDW Publishing’s top-ranked book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #6, the final chapter of their crossover with DC Entertainment, at #114.

Artist Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, returned to the character with writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers in Marvel Comics’ original graphic novel, Deadpool: Bad Blood, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Also among Marvel Comics’ three graphic novels in the top ten were Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos’ Champions Volume 1: Change the World at #7 and Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel’s The Unworthy Thor at #9. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Taki Soma’s Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch at #2; Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 7 at #3; and Moonshine Volume 1 at #5. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten: Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Wonder Woman Volume 2: Year One at #4; The Flash Volume 2: The Speed of Darkness at #6; Batman: Detective Comics Volume 2: The Victim Syndicate at #8; and Gerard Way, Nick Derington, and Tom Fowler’s Doom Patrol Volume 1: Brick by Brick at #10.

Dark Horse Comics’ He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium, a guidebook to the beloved 1980s animated television series, was May’s best-selling book. Of note, Harcourt’s Neil Gaiman Coloring Book ranked #4 and Titan Books’ The Art and Making of Wonder Woman, a look behind the scenes of the blockbuster film, ranked #6.

Bandai’s Power Rangers Legacy: Dragonzord was May’s best-selling toy. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten: the Wonder Woman Movie: Wonder Woman on Horseback Deluxe Statue ranked #2, the Gotham City Garage: Wonder Woman Statue ranked #9, and the DC TV: Supergirl Action Figure ranked #10.

WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers/Defenders War Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten from WizKids/NECA was the DC HeroClix: Wonder Woman Pack at #5. IDW Publishing had two products in the top ten: the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #8 and the Escape from 100 Million BC Board Game ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 38.05% 39.91%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 27.93% 30.88%
IMAGE COMICS 10.25% 11.83%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.65% 3.78%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.05% 2.21%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.10% 1.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.72% 1.85%
TITAN COMICS 1.18% 0.99%
VIZ MEDIA 1.12% 0.39%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.89% 0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.06% 5.83%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2017 VS. APRIL 2017
COMICS 16.49% 17.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 17.13% 19.52%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 16.69% 17.53%
TOYS 52.15% 52.94%
MAY 2017 VS. MAY 2016
COMICS 10.58% 16.74%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.54% 13.65%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 8.31% 16.49%
TOYS 40.46% 29.34%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS 0.11% 8.89%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.23% -8.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.92% 7.35%
TOYS 1.14% 1.10%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 99 43 0 142
DC ENTERTAINMENT 82 34 0 116
IMAGE COMICS 71 14 1 86
IDW PUBLISHING 59 15 0 74
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 10 0 36
TITAN COMICS 22 7 4 33
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 12 0 32
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 7 0 30
ONI PRESS INC. 6 4 0 10
VIZ MEDIA 0 9 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 119 203 28 350

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SECRET EMPIRE #1 $4.99 MAR170901-M MAR
2 VENOM #150 $5.99 MAR171008-M MAR
3 BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169207 DC
4 THE FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169210 DC
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MISSION BREAKOUT #1 $4.99 MAR171072-M MAR
6 SECRET EMPIRE #2 $4.99 MAR170910-M MAR
7 BATMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170274-M DC
8 SECRET EMPIRE #3 $3.99 MAR170915-M MAR
9 ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR170937-M MAR
10 THE WALKING DEAD #167 (MR) $2.99 MAR170791 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD OGN HC $24.99 DEC161086-M MAR
2 BITCH PLANET VOLUME 2: PRESIDENT BITCH TP (MR) $14.99 MAY160684-M IMA
3 SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMA
4 WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 2: YEAR ONE TP $16.99 FEB170298 DC
5 MOONSHINE VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 FEB170696-M IMA
6 THE FLASH VOLUME 2: THE SPEED OF DARKNESS TP $14.99 FEB170294 DC
7 CHAMPIONS VOLUME 1: CHANGE THE WORLD TP $15.99 FEB170982 MAR
8 BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 2: VICTIM SYNDICATE $16.99 FEB170293 DC
9 THE UNWORTHY THOR TP $15.99 FEB170983 MAR
10 DOOM PATROL VOLUME 1: BRICK BY BRICK TP (MR) $16.99 FEB170287 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: A CHARACTER GUIDE AND WORLD COMPENDIUM HC $49.99 JAN170145 DAR
2 HARRY POTTER: TALKING SORTING HAT & STICKER BOOK $12.95 FEB172232 HAC
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 117 SC $14.95 FEB172238 SAN
4 NEIL GAIMAN COLORING BOOK $15.99 FEB172228 HAR
5 WONDER WOMAN: ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE AMAZON WARRIOR HC $24.99 APR172263 DK
6 THE ART AND MAKING OF WONDER WOMAN HC $39.95 MAR172111 RAN
7 SPECTACULAR SISTERHOOD OF SUPERWOMEN HC $24.95 MAR172334 RAN
8 THE ART AND MAKING OF ALIEN: COVENANT HC $39.95 FEB171976 RAN
9 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OFFICIAL PIZZA COOKBOOK HC $24.99 MAR172348 POC
10 NIGHT NIGHT GROOT PICTURE BOOK $12.99 FEB172210 HAC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 POWER RANGERS LEGACY: DRAGONZORD FEB142135 BAN
2 WONDER WOMAN MOVIE: WONDER WOMAN ON HORSEBACK DELUXE STATUE NOV160368 DC
3 FINAL FANTASY VII: VINCENT VALENTINE STATIC ARTS GALLERY AUG168855 SQU
4 DARK SOULS II DXF V1: BEARER OF THE CURSE FIGURE AUG168152 BAN
5 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: DEADPOOL FIGURE OCT168088 SQU
6 MARVEL NOW! SUPER DEADPOOL ARTFX STATUE OCT162924 KOT
7 POP! DC HEROES: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS CARRIE KELLY VINYL FIGURE OCT158905 FUN
8 POWER RANGERS LEGACY: DRAGON DAGGER FEB142136 BAN
9 GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: WONDER WOMAN STATUE DEC160416 DC
10 DCTV: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE NOV160373 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR BOOSTER BRICK JAN173249 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AMONKHET BOOSTER PACKS DEC168751 WIZ
3 PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME BEGINNER BOX NEW EDITON SEP138188 PAI
4 DC COMICS HEROCLIX: WONDER WOMAN JAN173247 NEC
5 YU-GI-OH! MAXIMUM CRISIS MAR173362 KON
6 MONOPOLY DRAGON BALL Z EDITION MAR173383 USA
7 MIRACULOUS THROWDOWN CARD GAME JUN161009 ACT
8 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
9 ESCAPE FROM 100 MILLION BC BOARD GAME AUG160552 IDW
10 AMC’S THE WALKING DEAD MONOPOLY APR173290 USA

 

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