Marvel Takes the Dollar and Unit Share for June while Justice League Takes the Top Spot

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their sales information for June and Marvel again has taken the top unit and dollar share. DC ComicsJustice League took the top spot for comics sold.

Things slowed for the month with comics down 16.71% in dollars and down 6.22% in unites compared to May 2018. Graphic novels were also down. Toys, however, were up compared to the previous month.

Compared to a year ago, comics were down 11.14% in dollars and 8.93% in units. Graphic novels were down 2.15% in dollars and 14.24% in units. Toys too are down.

While things seem dire, there is a bright spot. The second quarter is up across the board compared to the first quarter for comics and graphic novels. They’re up 19.70% in dollars and 13.34% in units. Compared to the second quarter of 2017, comics are up 3.01% in dollars, down 4.85% in units. Graphic novels are down 3.41% in dollars and down 10.32% in units. The combination of the two is up 1.10% in dollars and down 5.28% in units. Toys are down in both dollars and units.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 38.42% dollar share (down 4.22 from the previous month) and a 40.98% unit share (up 2.63). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 30.54% dollar share (up 4.83) and a 33.73% unit share (down 4.14). Image Comics was third with a 10.46% dollar share (down 0.37) and an 11.48% unit share (up 1.81). In fourth was Dark Horse Comics who moved up a slot with a 3.23% dollar share (up 0.69) and a 2.30% unit share (up 0.67), followed by IDW Publishing, who decreased a spot, with a 2.46% dollar share (down 1.19) and a 1.66% unit share (down 1.41), Dynamite Entertainment increases a spot with a 2.10% dollar share (up 0.46) and a 1.51% unit share (down 0.21), and BOOM! Studios, down a spot, with a 1.62% dollar share (down 0.34) and a 1.76% unit share (up 0.18).

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti’s Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 at #3. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten including including the top comic with Justice League #1. Rounding out the top ten, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order #1 from Image Comics ranked #2. Also from the premier publishers, their top books for the June are BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1 at #116, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s America Gods: My Ainsel #4 ranked #148, IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #6 at #156, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels #1 at #183.

Collecting DC Entertainment’s best-selling event, the Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition hardcover was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Also from DC Entertainment among the top ten, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Nights Rising, a collection of the tie-in one-shots, ranked #2; Dark Nights Metal: The Resistance, ranked #3; The FlashVolume 6: A Cold Day in Hell ranked #8; Batman: Detective Comics Volume 6: Fall of the Batmen ranked #9; and Super Sons of Tomorrow ranked #10. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten: Thanos Wins ranked #4, and Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet ranked #5. Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’sSouthern Bastards Volume 4: Gut Check from Image Comics ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, with art by Rafael Albuquerque, ranked #7.

Documenting the world of Hyrule, Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia was June’s best-selling book, and the deluxe edition of the book ranked #2. Marvel Press had three titles in the top ten, led by Marvel Super-Hero Adventures: Buggin’ Out at #3. BOOM! Studios’ Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.

The Mezco Toys’ One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Spider-Man “Black Costume” Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was June’s best-selling toy. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten: the Marvel Select: Black Panther Movie Action Figure at #2, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie PVC Figure at #3, the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #5, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie: Killmonger PVC Figure at #9, and the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Hulk Action Figure at #10. DC Collectibles charted one product, the Harley Quinn: Red White & Black Statue by Jae Lee at #8.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Reanimator: The Board Game was June’s best-selling game. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (2nd Edition) ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.42%

40.98%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.54%

33.73%

IMAGE COMICS

10.46%

11.48%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.46%

1.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.10%

1.51%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.62%

1.76%

VIZ MEDIA

1.18%

0.43%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.09%

0.83%

TITAN COMICS

0.87%

0.68%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.84%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2018 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-16.71%

-6.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.44%

-8.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.13%

-6.39%

TOYS

1.03%

4.22%

JUNE 2018 VS. JUNE 2017

COMICS

-11.14%

-8.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.15%

-14.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.62%

-9.35%

TOYS

-11.53%

17.66%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

-1.84%

-9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.12%

-11.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.72%

-9.77%

TOYS

-11.98%

-12.70%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

19.97%

12.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

19.01%

19.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.70%

13.34%

TOYS

-16.97%

-7.55%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2017

COMICS

3.01%

-4.85%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.41%

-10.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.10%

-5.28%

TOYS

-14.46%

-13.05%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

87

33

0

120

DC ENTERTAINMENT

73

31

1

105

IMAGE COMICS

60

15

0

75

IDW PUBLISHING

19

18

0

37

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

15

0

35

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

10

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

TITAN COMICS

17

5

1

23

VIZ MEDIA

0

20

0

20

ONI PRESS

7

10

0

17

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

176

19

308

TOTAL

437

340

21

798

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

THE MAGIC ORDER #1 [*] (MR)

$3.99

APR180455-M IMA

3

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

6

BATMAN #48

$2.99

APR180169-M DC

7

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

8

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

9

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

3

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

4

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

6

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1

$4.99

APR180691-M MAR

8

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

10

VENOM #2

$3.99

APR180768-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

4

THANOS WINS TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 4: GUT CHECK TP (MR)

$16.99

NOV170835 IMA

7

NEIL GAIMAN: A STUDY IN EMERALD HC

$17.99

FEB180021 DAR

8

THE FLASH VOL. 6: A COLD DAY IN HELL TP

$16.99

MAR180343 DC

9

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 6 FALL OF THE BATMEN TP

$19.99

MAR180334 DC

10

SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW TP

$14.99

MAR180354 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

JAN180406 DC

4

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170940 MAR

7

THANOS WINS CATES TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

8

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

$99.99

DEC170399 DC

9

RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170944 MAR

10

ABSOLUTE SANDMAN OVERTURE HC (MR)

$125.00

NOV170387 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$39.99

DEC170068 DAR

2

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA DELUXE EDITION HC

$79.99

DEC170073 DAR

3

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: BUGGIN OUT SC

$4.99

APR181653 MAR

4

THE SHADOW VOLUME 130 SC

$14.95

MAR182184 SAN

5

THE ILLUSTRATED CALL OF CTHULHU HC

$24.95

MAR181669 FLE

6

HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA STUDIO EDITION

$50.00

MAR181670 FLE

7

WORLD OF READING: MEET ANT-MAN AND THE WASP SC

$4.99

APR181654 MAR

8

NOCTURNALS ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK SC

$14.99

APR181597 HER

9

PLANET OF THE APES ADULT COLORING BOOK SC

$16.99

FEB181205 BOO

10

GROW UP ANT-MAN HC

$12.99

APR181652 MAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL SPIDER-MAN “BLACK COSTUME” FIGURE FEB178708 MEZ

2

MARVEL SELECT: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE ACTION FIGURE SEP172486 DST

3

MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE PVC FIGURE DEC172278 DST

4

HARLEY QUINN: “WAITING FOR MY J MAN” STATUE DEC168559 MON

5

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

6

DC COMICS REBIRTH: BATMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NOV172822 KOT

7

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

8

HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JAE LEE NOV170395 DC

9

MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: KILLMONGER PVC FIGURE JAN182376 DST

10

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

REANIMATOR COLLECTIBLE BOARD GAME DEC171511 DE

2

STRANGER THINGS: EGGO CARD GAME NOV178197 HAS

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLEBOND APR182619 WIZ

4

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION SPECIAL EDITION APR182566 KON

5

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION BOOSTER PACKS MAR182721 KON

6

RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAME APR188202 PSI

7

MUNCHKIN CCG: DESOLATION OF BLARG BOOSTER PACKS FEB182814 PSI

8

DEADPOOL MONOPOLY JUL178753 HAS

9

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME HC BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO

10

YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SAVIORS BOOSTER PACKS APR182565 KON

 

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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.

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