Diamond Announces Both Marvel AND DC Comics Gain Ground in June

Diamond Comic Distributors have released the results for June sales and it’s an interesting month that saw both dollars and units down but both Marvel and DC Comics gaining some ground when it comes to unit and dollar shares.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 38.54% dollar share (an increase of 0.49) and a 42.82% unit share (an increase of 2.91). DC Entertainment was second in June with a 30.61% dollar share (an increase of 2.68) and a 31.76% unit share (an increase of 0.88). In third was Image Comics with an 8.86% dollar share (down 1.39) and a 9.00% unit share (down 2.83). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.24% dollar share (down 0.41) and a 3.18% unit share (down 0.60), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.46% dollar share (up 0.41) and a 2.47% unit share (up 0.26).

Marvel Comics had five titles among the top ten. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man was the top selling comic of the month. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten led by Dark Days: The Forge 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. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten with DC Super Hero Girls Volume 3: Summer Olympus at #2. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles.

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.

Overall the month saw 71 fewer titles/comics shipped compared to the previous month and didn’t quite have the juice of anticipated titles like the launch of Marvel’s Secret Empire and DC’s “The Button” storyline. Things are also very down compared to last year which also saw an event, Civil War II, and Rebirth driving sales. I wouldn’t read a lot into month to month or year to year sales for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS38.54%42.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT30.61%31.76%
IMAGE COMICS8.86%9.00%
IDW PUBLISHING4.24%3.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.46%2.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.83%1.61%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.79%2.07%
TITAN COMICS1.02%0.76%
VIZ MEDIA1.01%0.36%
ONI PRESS INC.0.79%0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.84%5.37%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
JUNE 2017 VS. MAY 2017
COMICS-0.43%-5.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-13.01%-8.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.31%-6.08%
TOYS-18.49%-38.75%
JUNE 2017 VS. JUNE 2016
COMICS-18.38%-20.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-28.04%-30.14%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-21.34%-21.06%
TOYS-20.11%-37.01%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS-3.84%2.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-12.99%-13.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-6.77%1.15%
TOYS-2.84%-6.29%
SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2017
COMICS8.21%1.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS6.99%17.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN7.84%2.47%
TOYS-12.46%-6.82%
SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2016
COMICS-7.68%-4.64%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-15.03%-13.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-10.01%-5.41%
TOYS-3.19%-11.96%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS101390140
DC ENTERTAINMENT84361121
IMAGE COMICS5515171
IDW PUBLISHING5117068
DARK HORSE COMICS2220042
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT239032
TITAN COMICS1514231
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT232025
VIZ MEDIA022022
ONI PRESS INC.126018
OTHER NON-TOP 1011614219277

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1$4.99APR170970-MMAR
2DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1$4.99APR170259-MDC
3STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1$4.99APR171101-MMAR
4BATMAN #24$2.99APR170279-MDC
5DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #9$5.99MAR170359-MDC
6BATMAN #25$3.99APR170281-MDC
7EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1$3.99APR170962-MMAR
8SECRET EMPIRE #4$3.99APR170922-MMAR
9SECRET EMPIRE #5$3.99APR170928-MMAR
10THE WALKING DEAD #168 (MR)$2.99APR170902-MIMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE I TP$16.99APR170909IMA
2DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS TP$9.99MAR170353DC
3MOTOR CRUSH VOLUME 1 TP$9.99MAR170820-MIMA
4DESCENDER VOLUME 4: ORBITAL MECHANICS TP$16.99APR170785IMA
5SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SIDE PIECES TP$16.99MAR171162MAR
6TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST TP$16.99MAR170410DC
7HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: THE JOKER LOVES HARLEY TP$16.99MAR170404DC
8STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOLUME 1: APHRA TP$17.99MAR171129MAR
9A.D.: AFTER DEATH HC$24.99FEB170689-MIMA
10NIGHTWING VOL. 2: BACK TO BLUDHAVEN TP$16.99MAR170406DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 118 SC$14.95MAR172353SAN
2ART OF ATARI POSTER COLLECTION SC$24.99APR171557DYN
3APPLE AND AN ADVENTURE HC$14.99FEB171299BOO
4BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
5EVIL DEAD 2 ADULT COLORING ACTIVITY BOOK TP$14.99APR171958SPA
6FAMILY GUY COLORING BOOK$14.95MAR172109RAN
7MANGA IN THEORY & PRACTICE HC$19.99APR172155VIZ
8TOYBOX TIME MACHINE HC$29.99FEB170491IDW
95 MINUTE SPIDER-MAN STORIES HC$12.99APR172266HAC
10NEIL GAIMAN’S AMERICAN GODS OFFICIAL COLORING BOOK$16.99JAN178881HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE JOKER BY BRIAN BOLLAND STATUEJAN170427DC
2BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: NIGHTWING BY JIM LEEDEC160417DC
3DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURESDEC168377BAN
4DC UNIVERSE: HARLEY QUINN ARTFX+ STATUENOV162698KOT
5LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS: LINK FIGMA DXAUG168804GOO
6SUPERGIRL TV: SUPERGIRL STATUEOCT160339DC
7MARVEL GALLERY: OLD MAN LOGAN PVC FIGUREOCT160011DST
8FINAL FANTASY VII PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE REMAKE FIGURENOV168102SQU
9X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESFEB178702HAS
10MARVEL GALLERY: CLASSIC IRON MAN PVC FIGUREJAN172648DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MARVEL HEROCLIX 15TH-ANNIVERSARY WHAT IF BOOSTER BRICKMAR173399NEC
2MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: KALADESH BOOSTER PACKSAUG163175WIZ
3MACHI KORO CARD GAMEMAY142831IDW
4MARVEL HEROCLIX 15TH-ANNIVERSARY WHAT IF STARTER SETMAR173400NEC
5GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 MONOPOLYMAY173213USA
6YU-GI-OH! MAXIMUM CRISIS SPECIAL EDITIONAPR173279KON
7DC DICE MASTERS: BATMANSEP168742NEC
8CHEMISTRY FLUXX CARD GAMEMAR173363LOO
9TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAMEAPR160482IDW
10YU-GI-OH! PENDULUM EVOLUTION BOOSTER PACKSAPR173278KON