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Marvel Tops 40% in Both Dollars and Units in June 2019

Marvel saw gains in June in both dollar share and unit share as June saw a general improvement for the year. Marvel held the top comic on the month in Black Cat #1 according to data provided by Diamond COmic Distributors.

Compared to the previous month, which saw massive gains, June was down across the board in both dollars and units for comics, graphic novels, and toys. Compare the June 2018, June 2019 saw gains in comics, total comics/graphic novels, and huge gains in toys in dollar share. Toys also saw a gain in unit shares. Comics and graphic novels saw a dip compared to the same time last year in units.

The year to date is showing some improvement. Comics are up in dollars by 0.21% while units are down 5.03%. Graphic novels are having issues this year down in both dollars (2.25%) and units (7.19%). Combined, comics and graphic novels are down 0.49% and down 5.19% in units.

Toy sales is the unreported story of the year. Compared to the same time last year, toys are up 24.92% in dollars and up 27.33% in units. The closure of Toys ‘R’ Us is most likely a factor in the boom.

Compared to the first quarter of 2019, the second is up in dollars for comics and comics and graphic novels in both dollars and units. Graphic novels is up in dollars and down in units. Toys is down in both dollars and units.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 43.38% dollar share (+2.92) and a 48.93% unit share (+9.18). Marvel’s gains was almost entirely on DC’s loss. In second, DC had a 26.71% dollar share (-1.51) and a 26.44% unit share (-12.14). Image Comics was third for the month at 7.58% in dollars (+0.67) and 8.01% in units (+2.48), followed by Dark Horse Comics at 3.23% in dollars (-0.55) and 2.16% in units (-0.03), IDW Publishing at 3.08% in dollars (-0.53) and 2.83% in units (-0.15), BOOM! Studios at 2.43% in dollars (+0.22) and 2.31% in units (+0.55), and Dynamite Entertainment at 2.15% in dollars (+0.37). and 2.02% in units (+0.52).

Marvel Comics had four books in the top ten. DC had five titles in the top ten. Image Comics‘ The Walking Dead #192, the penultimate issue of Robert Kirkman’s long-running zombie series, ranked #8. Among the premier publishers, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo #1 was IDW Publishing‘s top book for June at 61; BOOM! Studios‘ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 ranked #85; Stranger Things: Six #2, a prequel to the Netflix series, was Dark Horse Comics‘ top book at #110; and Dynamite Entertainment‘s Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1, telling the origin of the sword-and-sorcery character, was their top book at #125.

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker from Image Comics, the first volume of their modern fantasy series about adults facing the same monstrous evil they faced as teenaged role-players, was June’s best-selling graphic novel. DC had five titles in the top ten. Tokyopop has success with two in the top ten, Action Lab Entertainment had one, and VIZ Media had one as well.

When it comes to dollars invoiced, DC had 5 titles in the top ten, Tokyopop had one, Marvel had two, Dark Horse had one, and Image had one as well.

UDON Entertainment’s Mega Man Zero: Official Complete Works, an artbook that looks at the Capcom video game, was June’s best-selling book and one of the four UDON books among the top ten. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, the novelization of the beloved film, ranked #10.

Funko’s POP! DC Heroes: Harley Quinn with Boombox Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was June’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had two items in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Carnage Comic PVC Figure ranked #2 and the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Endgame: Hulkbuster Deluxe PVC Figure ranked #4. DC Collectibles also had two products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Supergirl by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Statue ranked #8 and the Batman Animated Series: Batcycle & Figure Set ranked #10.

Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Core Set was June’s best-selling game product and one of the six products from Paizo in the top ten. Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Settingrulebook placed in the top ten for the third consecutive month and the fourth time in the past six months, ranking #2 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS43.38%48.93%
DC26.71%26.44%
IMAGE COMICS7.58%8.01%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.23%2.16%
IDW PUBLISHING3.08%2.83%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.43%2.31%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.15%2.02%
VIZ MEDIA1.61%0.59%
ONI PRESS0.74%0.53%
ARCHIE COMICS0.57%0.60%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.52%5.59%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
JUNE 2019 VS. MAY 2019
COMICS-6.44%-6.55%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-18.39%-15.92%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-10.09%-7.26%
TOYS-2.86%-15.02%
JUNE 2019 VS. JUNE 2018
COMICS3.56%-4.63%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-7.11%-13.13%
TOTAL COMICS/GN0.36%-5.27%
TOYS35.23%14.34%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS0.21%-5.03%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-2.25%-7.19%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.49%-5.19%
TOYS24.92%27.33%
SECOND QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2019
COMICS3.15%6.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS3.01%-3.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN3.11%5.72%
TOYS-9.68%-11.18%
SECOND QUARTER 2019 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2018
COMICS-6.71%-7.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-8.72%-16.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-7.28%-8.29%
TOYS30.69%24.68%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS104430147
DC5020171
IMAGE COMICS4611057
IDW PUBLISHING3017047
DARK HORSE COMICS1922041
BOOM! STUDIOS2011031
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT187025
VIZ MEDIA023023
ARCHIE COMICS112013
ONI PRESS55010
OTHER NON-TOP 1012118418323
TOTAL42434519788

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BLACK CAT #1$4.99APR190773-MMAR
2DCEASED #2$3.99APR190459-MDC
3SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1$3.99APR190783-MMAR
4BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (MR)$6.99MAR190493-MDC
5THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6$4.99APR190454-MDC
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24$3.99APR190824-MMAR
7THE IMMORTAL HULK #19$3.99APR190792-MMAR
8THE WALKING DEAD #192 (MR)$3.99APR190202-MIMA
9BATMAN #73$3.99APR190448-MDC
10BATMAN #72$3.99APR190446-MDC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BLACK CAT #1$4.99APR190773-MMAR
2BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (MR)$6.99MAR190493-MDC
3SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE #1 (MR) [*]$7.99APR190432-MDC
4DCEASED #2$3.99APR190459-MDC
5SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1$3.99APR190783-MMAR
6THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6$4.99APR190454-MDC
7WAR OF THE REALMS #6$5.99APR190726-MMAR
8THE IMMORTAL HULK #19$3.99APR190792-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24$3.99APR190824-MMAR
10THE WALKING DEAD #192 (MR)$3.99APR190202-MIMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99MAR190080IMA
2DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC$19.99MAR190576DC
3DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP$24.99OCT180551DC
4DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP$9.99JUN180439DC
5DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP$15.99FEB192149TOK
6DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 1 TP$15.99JAN192254TOK
7TEEN TITANS: RAVEN TP (DC INK)$16.99FEB190469DC
8BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON TP$14.99MAR190568-MDC
9MIRACULOUS TALES: LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR SEASON 2 VOL. 4 TP$8.99SEP181357ACT
10MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 19 GN$9.99APR192159VIZ

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BLACKEST NIGHT OMNIBUS: 10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC$150.00NOV180548DC
2DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP$24.99OCT180551DC
3BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC$75.00NOV180534DC
4DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC$19.99MAR190576DC
5BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 7 HC$125.00OCT180558DC
6DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP$15.99FEB192149TOK
7MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC$75.00DEC181027-MMAR
8BERSERK DELUXE EDITION VOL. 2  HC (MR)$49.99FEB190389DAR
9DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99MAR190080IMA
10HULK BY LOEB & MCGUINNESS OMNIBUS HC$100.00DEC181029MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MEGA MAN ZERO: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS HC$44.99APR192142UDO
2THE ART OF DARKSIDERS HC$49.99FEB192162UDO
3ROLLED AND TOLD VOL. 1 HC$39.99APR191818LIO
4THE ART OF DARKSIDERS II HC$49.99MAR192161UDO
5THE ART OF DARKSIDERS III HC$49.99DEC188955UDO
6PHOTO JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS VOL III: A-J$29.95STAR00178GEM
7PHOTO JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS VOL 3 & 4 SET$50.00STAR18847GEM
8NEIL GAIMAN: THE SLEEPER & THE SPINDLE SC$9.99JAN198509HAR
9THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS HC$20.00JAN192102TAS
10JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL SC$14.99FEB191275BOO

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP! DC HEROES: HARLEY QUINN WITH BOOMBOX VINYL FIGUREAUG188545FUN
2MARVEL GALLERY: CARNAGE COMIC PVC FIGUREJAN192550DST
3X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESNOV188066HAS
4MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS ENDGAME: HULKBUSTER PVC FIGUREJAN192549DST
5CAPTAIN MARVEL LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESJUL188377HAS
6SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESMAY198658HAS
7ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: GHOSTBUSTERS DELUXE 4-PIECE FIGURE SETFEB188377MEZ
8DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERGIRL BY STANLEY LAU STATUENOV180595DC
9ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC SOVEREIGN KNIGHT BATMAN FIGUREMAR188642MEZ
10BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: BATCYCLE & FIGURE SETJAN190709DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1PATHFINDER ADVENTURE CARD GAME CORE SETMAR198499PAI
2CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
3MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS: BLACK PANTHER AND THE ILLUMINATI BOOSTER BRICKFEB193072NEC
4STARFINDER RPG: BEGINNER BOXFEB193069PAI
5PATHFINDER RPG: OCCULT ADVENTURES POCKET EDITIONMAR193051PAI
6PATHFINDER ACG ADVENTURE PATH: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONEMAR198498PAI
7STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
8PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE WILDERNESS POCKET EDITIONMAR193052PAI
9THE EXPANSE RPG HCNOV182869GRE
10MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE VS. CYCLOPS REGENESISDEC188863NEC
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