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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

Beast Kingdom Enters the Magic Kingdom With Collection of Disney Mastercraft, D-Stage Figures

Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors have entered the Magic Kingdom to bring fans a quartet of Disney PREVIEWS Exclusive statues.

Toy Story’s Hamm comes to life in Beast Kingdom’s Mastercraft line, while Chip ‘n’ Dale, Donald Duck, and Stitch take on the hot summer days in Beast Kingdom’s beloved D-Stage series.

In the classic animated Disney/Pixar series: Toy StoryHamm stands out with some of the zaniest, most outlandish adventures of all! Beast Kingdom takes you back to one of Toy Story 2‘s scene when Hamm uses a set of children’s blocks as a makeshift stand for a game controller in an adorable moment where he shows us his ingenuity before jumping into some serious gaming action. The PREVIEWS Exclusive Mastercraft, MC-011 Toy Story Craft Hamm showcases Beast Kingdom’s immense attention to detail. The series of high-end statues allows fans to take home the very best in high-end collectibles. Fully hand painted with crisp details, each section from Hamm himself to the controller and the wooden blocks have had no details spared.

MC-011 Toy Story Craft Hamm

Beast Kingdom’s D-Stage dream series features three new summer dream scenes that capture the long, hot summer days from some of Disney’s most loveable characters! Standing at a perfectly displayable 6”, Beast Kingdom’s 360-degree 3D modeling techniques are matched with high-end manufacturing and realistic character portrayals for truly stunning statues!

Stitch has always been one for beach fun and whilst he himself may not exactly have a beach-body, that hasn’t stopped him from catching waves and breaking hearts! With his green ragdoll in tow, the PREVIEWS Exclusive DS-030 Stitch Surf D-Stage Statue is ready to ride some serious waves on his Hawaii themed surfboard. The highly detailed surfboard with hibiscus flower prints is accompanied by a dynamic and transparent wave, bringing home a highly realistic recreation of summer fun. Included in the diorama, collectors can enjoy a sandy beach based, completed with beach balls, shells and sand adding the resort style atmosphere.

DS-030 Stitch Surf D-Stage Statue

Whilst Mickey is famed for having steamboat, Donald Duck is also one for sea-adventures with his very own ship. In the PREVIEWS Exclusive DS-029 Donald Ducks Boat D-Stage Statue, the ship’s hull is adorned with Donald blue, white and yellow, matching the classic costume of the zany duck. Whether it be the sails, railings, lifebuoys, fishing rods or the realistic, transparent waves, no detail is overlooked, giving fans endless surprises!

DS-029 Donald Ducks Boat D-Stage Statue

Come and be greeted by the warm welcoming of the PREVIEWS Exclusive DS-028 Chip’n’Dale D-Stage Statue in their very own Tree House, completed with their name sign and original house propeller. Perfect to cool down during those hot evenings, the cute house built on a pine tree is the perfect getaway for the two fun loving chipmunks and their guests.

DS-028 Chip'n'Dale D-Stage Statue

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Toy Story MC-011 Hamm Statue (MAY198892U, SRP: $159.00), Lilo & Stitch DS-030 Stitch Surf D-Stage 6IN Statue (MAY198891U, SRP: $29.99), Disney DS-029 Donald Ducks Boat D-Stage 6IN Statue (MAY198890U, SRP: $29.99), and Disney DS-028 Chip N Dale Treehouse D-Stage 6IN Statue (MAY198889U, SRP: $29.99) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of February 26, 2020.

Save Your Change With The PREVIEWS Exclusive Toy Story Large Vinyl Piggy Banks

Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors want to help you take your savings to Infinity and Beyond with two brand-new, PREVIEWS Exclusive Toy Story piggy banks: Alien and Hamm!

Spanning 15 years and four classic movies, the Toy Story franchise has won the hearts of children and adults alike. Wonderment, adventure and most of all heart makes for a perfect combination! Beast Kingdom is excited to introduce the Piggy Bank collection starring two fan favorite characters from the films: the curious yet cute Alien, and the mischievousHamm! Featuring rotating head and arms, and a classic plug in the base, each coin bank measures almost 16 inches, making it a stunning statement piece for Toy Story fans young and old.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Toy Story Hamm (MAY198661) and Toy Story Alien (MAY198660) Large Vinyl Piggy Banks are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of October 30, 2019.

Spider-Man, Magneto Lead New PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Egg Attack Figures

Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors are celebrating an iconic Marvel hero and Marvel villain with three new PREVIEWS Exclusive Egg Attack Action figures! Featuring the webslinger himself the infamous X-Men foe, these figures honor Spider-Man and Magneto.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker goes back to basics and is reminded that even without his advanced spider suit, he is still a hero! Wearing his homemade suit, he still manages to save the day and defeat the conniving Vulture. Beast Kingdom revisits the Egg Attack Action series with the latest cloth-clad 6-inch action figure: PREVIEWS Exclusive EAA-074 Spider-Man: Homecoming Homemade SuitWith a focus on detailed tailoring, this suit is the ultimate homage to Peter Parker’s very own ingenuity. Featuring 28 points of articulation and measuring about 6.5” tall, this action figure features not only 3 pairs of magnetic replacement eyes and 4 pairs of replaceable hands, but also a fully tailored suit with elasticity in the pants and t-shirt. Real fabric with real zippers makes this a perfect collector’s piece. Spidey also includes four varying lengths of webbing effects and a Homecoming branded base for easy display.

The Marvel Animated series from the 90’s introduced fans to some of the most iconic character designs of all time, and now, following the release of the popular Egg Attack Action Wolverine and Cyclops comes arguably their most infamous foe: Magneto! This highly articulated 6″ PREVIEWS Exclusive EAA-083 X-MEN Magneto figure includes a magnetic helmet to protect Magneto from Professor X’s brainwave manipulation. With a focus on detail, the helmet has high grading paint-work using metallic like effects along with an impressive cloth costume that includes a cloak with adjustable built-in wiring, for the ultimate in possibility. Magneto even comes with effect accessories that include magnets built in for authentic magnetic action! Also included are two replacement faces, three pairs of replacement hands, a pair of magnetic Shock Wave special effect accessory discs, and one X-Men branded platform stand.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive EAA-083DX X-MEN Magneto Deluxe Version comes with the same accessories as the standard version – two replacement faces, three pairs of replacement hands, a pair of magnetic Shock Wave special effect accessory discs, and one X-Men branded platform stand – but also includes exclusive accessories, such as an additional Erik Lehnsherr expression face and a large sculped gravel ruin scene.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive EAA-074 Spider-Man: Homecoming Spider-Man Homemade Suit (MAY198499; SRP $80.00), EAA-083 X-Men Magneto (MAY198500; SRP $80.00), and EAA-083DX X-Men Magneto Deluxe Version (MAY198501; SRP $100.00) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of February 26, 2020.

PREVIEWS Exclusive Batman: Damned Funko POP! Descends into Comic Shops this August

Funko and Diamond Comic Distributors have once again partnered to bring the Caped Crusader exclusively to comic book shops. Straight from the pages of the DC miniseries, Batman: Damned, written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo, comes a PREVIEWS Exclusive Batman: Damned Funko POP! figure of the Dark Knight himself.

This PREVIEWS Exclusive Batman: Damned POP! features Bruce in his unique costume from the comic with that stylish Funko flair! Each POP! Figure stands about 3 3/4″ tall and comes in a collector-friendly window box, perfect for display.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Batman: Damned Funko POP! (DEC188715, SRP $11.99) is now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of August 7, 2019.

Diamond Comic Distributors’ ComicWow! Rebrands as Sapphire Studios

Effective immediately, ComicWow!, a marketing sector of Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD), is rebranding themselves as Sapphire Studios. Since its inception in August of 2011, ComicWow! has undergone many changes.  Originally founded as a social media site, it eventually shifted into a comic industry news forum. After being acquired by DCD in 2015, ComicWow! transformed into the full-blown multi-media production department it is today. The name ComicWow! will be retained, but as ComicWow! Productions, which is reserved for select original content.

As Sapphire Studios, the department will continue to facilitate and develop content for the following: Game Trade Media, PREVIEWSworld, Toychest, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), Halloween ComicFest, and ComicWow! Productions.

Sapphire Studios

Beast Kingdom Gears Up For “Toy Story 4” With Previews Exclusive Statues

In anticipation of the upcoming release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors have once again partnered to release two new Previews Exclusive D-Stage statues based on the hit animated franchise! Featuring the Aliens from the claw machine, Beast Kingdom introduces the Previews Exclusive Aliens Rocket Deluxe Edition diorama statue. And showing off best pals Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Beast Kingdom has introduced the Previews Exclusive Toy Story Special diorama statue

The adorable three-eyed Aliens from Toy Story were always looking up at the stars, waiting for their master to take them far away to space. Now, with the Previews Aliens Rocket D-Stage Series DLX Statue, they just might get their chance! Beast Kingdom is proud to present the first in a line of Deluxe “D-Stage” dioramas. The Deluxe range brings along unique and functional elements. In this figure, all six aliens are free to move, and with a certain element of playability and customization the D-Stage 031 is built for fan engagement.

The classic, original D-Stage Toy Story diorama was one of Beast Kingdom’s most popular releases, and with the release of Toy Story 4, this Galaxy color variant is poised to be a crowd pleaser! Disney’s Toy Story has always embodied cute, yet fun-filled adventure for all ages. With Woody controlling the RC car, the zany three-eyed Aliens on the lookout, and Buzz preparing to lift-off, coupled with a rocket base fit for any toy looking to fly away, this dynamic, limited D-Stage figure has it all!

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Aliens Rocket D-Stage Series DLX Statue and Toy Story DS-032 D-Stage Series 6IN Statue Special are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of July 3, 2019. 

Beast Kingdom Celebrates a Pair of Mighty Marvel Heroes With Previews Exclusive D-Stage Statues

Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors are celebrating two of Marvel’s mightiest heroes with two brand new Previews Exclusive D-Stage diorama statues! Featuring the Sorcerer Supreme and Capt. Carol Danvers, these two D-Stage statues honor Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel.

The all-powerful Sorcerer Supreme, a Wizard without match, one who has mastered the elements, seen other dimensions and returned even wiser and more powerful! As seen in the classic comics, this DS-020 Dr. Strange is proudly delivered by Beast Kingdom. The Previews Exclusive Marvel Comics Doctor Strange DS-020 D-Stage 6IN Statue delicately recreates the classic pose of Dr. Strange from the comics. With the sorcerer levitating and the Sanctum Santorum (the Holy of Holies), as a backdrop, this diorama is the perfect setup for your collection!

One of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel comic universe, Captain Marvel has now officially burst out of the comic pages and joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the latest Avenger! As seen in the comics, Beast Kingdom proudly presents the latest in the D-Stage Staging Your Dreams line of dioramas.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Comics Captain Marvel DS-019 D-Stage 6IN Statue! With an extreme attention to detail, this D-Stage features Captain Marvel in her traditional flying pose! Using the latest in manufacturing techniques, this figure recreates her classic costume of red, blue and gold, even replicating the transparent effects of her energy trail when in flight or in the middle battle.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Comics Doctor Strange DS-020 D-Stage 6IN Statue (APR198860; SRP $29.99) and Captain Marvel DS-019 D-Stage 6IN Statue (APR198859; SRP $29.99) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of February 26, 2020. 

DC Bounces Back in May to Challenge Marvel in Unit Share as May Improves on April

After a brutal April, May was an improvement for the comic industry in month to month gains. DC Comics challenged Marvel in a close race for top unit share while Marvel continues to dominate the dollar share according to data Diamond Comic Distributors released today.

Comics, graphic novels, and toys all improved in double digits in May 2019 versus April 2019. Comics improved 15.6% in dollars and 14.51% in units. Graphic novels improved 50.97% in dollars and 44.63% in units. Together, they improved 24.51% in dollars and 16.35% in units. Toy sales continue to be the story of 2019. For the month, thy improved 27.91% in dollars and 46.27% in units.

Compared to the same time last year, comics and graphic novels are generally down while toys have still improved. Comics in May 2019 are down 7.81% in dollars and down 4.30% in units compared to May 2018. Graphic novels improved 5.36% in dollars but down 5.36% in units. Combined, comics and graphic novels are down 4.15% in dollars and 4.38% in units. Toys are up 40.65% in dollars and 40.25% in units compared to May 2018.

In May 2018, DC shipped 8 more comics and one more graphic novel compared to April 2018 while Marvel shipped 12 more comics and one more graphic novel. Compared to the same month in the previous year, DC shipped 14 less comics and 3 more graphic novels. Marvel shipped 26 more comics and and 6 less graphic novels. 16 comic more titles and 17 more graphic novels shipped for all publishers. in May 2019 versus May 2018.

The year to date is mixed. Comics are down 0.45% in dollars and down 5.12% in units. Graphic novels are down 1.21% in dollars and 5.94% in units. The two together are down 0.66% in dollars and 5.18% in units compared to the same point last year. Toys though are up 23.04% in dollars and 30.09% in units.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a dollar share of 40.46% (-5.05) and a unit share of 39.75% (-10.95). DC placed second with a 28.22% dollar share (+2.49) and a 38.58% unit share (+12.69). In third was Image Comics with a 6.88% dollar share (-1.05) and a 5.53% unit share (-2.07). Dark Horse Comics ranked fourth with a 3.78% dollar share (+0.87) and 2.19% unit share (+0.27), followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.61% dollar share (+0.35) and a 2.98% unit share (+0.22), then BOOM! Studios with a 2.21% dollar share (-0.25) and a 1.76% unit share (-0.99), VIZ Media with a 1.84% dollar share (+0.77) and a 0.65% unit (+0.25) share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.78% dollar share (+0.07) and a 1.50% unit share (-0.03). Oni Press and Titan Comics again make the top ten list while Valiant Entertainment and Aftershock Comics fell off from previous month’s listing.

In total, DC had six titles in the top ten including the top comic of the month, DCeased #1. They also took second place with Doomsday Clock #10 and #3 with Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1. Batman focused comics made up four of DC’s six titles while the top two were “event” focused. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Savage Avengers #1 ranked #4, Marvel’s top comic of the month. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics‘ The Walking Dead #191 ranked #27; Dark Horse Comics‘ Stranger Things: Six #1, a prequel to the Netflix series, ranked #82; BOOM! Studios‘ Firefly #6 ranked #98; Dynamite Entertainment‘s Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1, a crossover with Archie Comics, ranked #107; and IDW Publishing‘s Transformers #4 ranked #156.

Lauren Myracle and Issac Goodhart’s Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, an original graphic novel from DC’s DC Ink imprint, was May’s best-selling graphic novel. DC had two entries in the top ten with the other being DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: The Umbrella Academy volumes 1 and 2 ranked #2 and #4 respectively, and The Legend of Korra Part 1: Ruins of Empire ranked #8. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten: Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest Book 1 ranked #3, East of West Volume 9 ranked #5, Rat Queens Volume 6 ranked #9, and Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 3 ranked #10. Marvel had one entry in the top ten, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s The Immortal Hulk Volume 3: Hulk in Hell ranked #7.

VIZ Media’My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 1 was May’s best-selling book.

1000 Toys’ Hellboy: Standard Version 1/12-Scale Figure was May’s best-selling toy. Funko’s PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! Marvel: Spider-Punk Vinyl Figure ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Rogue Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; their top-selling product, the DC Cover Girls: Wonder Woman by Joëlle Jones Statue, ranked #5.

Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG Beginner Box, an introductory set to the space opera role-playing game, was May’s best-selling game product. Also, Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Edition, the best-selling game of April, remained in the top ten at #10 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.46%39.75%
DC COMICS28.22%38.58%
IMAGE COMICS6.88%5.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.78%2.19%
IDW PUBLISHING3.61%2.98%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.21%1.76%
VIZ MEDIA1.84%0.65%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.78%1.50%
ONI PRESS0.84%0.56%
TITAN COMICS0.67%0.49%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.72%9.72%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
MAY 2019 VS. APRIL 2019
COMICS15.60%14.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS50.97%44.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN24.51%16.35%
TOYS27.91%46.27%
MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018
COMICS-7.81%-4.30%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.36%-5.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.15%-4.38%
TOYS40.65%40.25%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS-0.45%-5.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.21%-5.94%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.66%-5.18%
TOYS23.04%30.09%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS118360154
DC COMICS6033093
IMAGE COMICS3823061
IDW PUBLISHING3718055
DARK HORSE COMICS2230052
VIZ MEDIA045045
BOOM! STUDIOS2213035
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT194023
TITAN COMICS106218
ONI PRESS95014
OTHER NON-TOP 1015119027368
TOTAL48640329918

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
2DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10$4.99JAN190585-MDC
3BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)$5.99MAR190458-MDC
4SAVAGE AVENGERS #1$4.99MAR190757-MMAR
5THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5$4.99MAR190495-MDC
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21$3.99MAR190831-MMAR
7THE IMMORTAL HULK #17$3.99MAR190845-MMAR
8BATMAN #70$3.99MAR190487-MDC
9BATMAN #71$3.99MAR190489-MDC
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22$3.99MAR190835-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
2BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)$5.99MAR190458-MDC
3DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10$4.99JAN190585-MDC
4THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5$4.99MAR190495-MDC
5SAVAGE AVENGERS #1$4.99MAR190757-MMAR
6THE IMMORTAL HULK #17$3.99MAR190845-MMAR
7AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21$3.99MAR190831-MMAR
8WAR OF REALMS #3$4.99MAR190765-MMAR
9WAR OF REALMS #4$4.99MAR190773-MMAR
10BATMAN #70$3.99MAR190487-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP$16.99JAN190554DC
2THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DAR
3MIDDLEWEST BOOK 1 TP (MR)$9.99MAR190092-MIMA
4THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP$17.99DEC098005DAR
5EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP$16.99FEB190059IMA
6DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT TP$9.99JAN190555DC
7THE IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 3: HULK IN HELL TP$15.99FEB190998MAR
8LEGEND OF KORRA PART 1: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP$10.99JAN190482DAR
9RAT QUEENS VOL. 6: INFERNAL PATH TP (MR)$16.99MAR190119IMA
10SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)$49.99MAR190127IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC$125.00NOV181004-MMAR
2SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)$49.99MAR190127IMA
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS VOL. 1  HC$125.00NOV181006MAR
4THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DAR
5UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP DC INK$16.99JAN190554DC
6THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP$17.99DEC098005DAR
7EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP$16.99FEB190059IMA
8SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER HC$24.99FEB190468DC
9ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC$99.99AUG180594DC
10BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT HC$29.99JAN198939DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS VOL. 1 SC$10.99FEB192175VIZ
2LULU IS A RHINOCEROS$16.99FEB188267WIC
3DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC$23.99DEC181681PEN
4OVERLORD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)$20.00MAR192224YEN
5BLOODBORNE: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
6TALES OF THE LOST CITADEL PROSE ANTHOLOGY SC$15.99JAN193197GRE
7THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 141 SC$14.95FEB191942SAN
8AVENGERS ENDGAME: OFFICIAL MOVIE SPECIAL HC$19.99JAN192125TTN
9DOCTOR WHO: 13 DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC$17.99DEC181677PEN
10DOCTOR WHO: THE WOMEN WHO LIVED HC$23.99FEB188707PEN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1HELLBOY: STANDARD VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGUREMAY189233100
2POP! MARVEL: SPIDER-PUNK VINYL FIGURESEP188215FUN
3MARVEL SELECT: ROGUE ACTION FIGURESEP182338DST
4MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN COMIC PVC FIGURESEP182341DST
5DC COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN BY JOELLE JONES STATUEOCT180633DC
6DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE DAWNBREAKER STATUEOCT180626DC
7MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT ACTION FIGUREJUN101512DST
8DC GALLERY METAL: THE RED DEATH PVC FIGUREOCT182228DST
9ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: BLADE ACTION FIGUREMAR188185MEZ
10BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: WHITE KNIGHT JOKER BY SEAN MURPHYNOV180600DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1STARFINDER RPG BEGINNER BOXFEB193069PAI
2CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
3THE EXPANSE RPG HCNOV182869GRE
4MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAMEJUL183082S7
5STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
6PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOXFEB168541PAI
7TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI
8THE EXPANSE RPG: GAME MASTERS KIT HCNOV182870GRE
9PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITIONAPR168770PAI
10DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: STRANGER THINGS EDITIONJAN198565HAS

Diamond and Beast Kingdom Present New Previews Exclusive Disney Figures

How do Disney’s heroes – like Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Simba – always manage to solve the biggest mysteries and save the day? With a little help from their trusted friends, of course! Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors have once again partnered to bring fans the latest in the range of PREVIEWS Exclusive Mini Egg Attack figures: Disney’s Best Friends series!

AbuAladdin’s trusted, loyal, and mischievous monkey is always finding new ways to get into trouble but is unwaveringly devoted to his best friend. He may be attracted to jewels, but in times of need he will fly the magic carpet straight to Aladdin’s side.

Join Tinkerbell, the sassy, feisty, yet lovable fairy as she flies across the sky, spreading fairy dust, joy and saving Peter Pan from the evil clutches of Captain Hook!

Tag along with Timon and Pumbaa as they sing Hakuna Matata to Simba, washing away his worries for the rest of his days with a detailed miniature statue.

The Mini Egg Attack Friend series may be small in size, but it has more than enough heart to spare, finished off with cute, yet meticulous designs.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Disney Best Friends MEA-010 Abu (APR198569; SRP $12.99), Tinkerbell (APR198572; SRP $12.99), Timon (APR198571; SRP $12.99), and Pumbaa (APR198570; SRP $12.99) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of February 26, 2020.

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