Marvel leads again in May as sales are up in double digits

Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Marvel leads again in May as sales are up in double digits
The lady X-Men led the single issue sales charts for May, while kids comics made a strong showing on the graphic novel chart, with Adventure Time or My Little Pony coming in at 1, 5 and 7. Superman charted with the paperback versions of Earth One V.1 and Action Aomics V.1. The Walking Dead and Saga both had strong backlist showings.

Marvel Comics led DC fairly decisively again, 33.36% to 28.27% in dollars and 37.44% to 30.84% in units, but DC narrowed the gap. Image was a strong #1 yet again, but down from their near 10% share last month.

Overall sales were up in double digits for the year, and up from April but fairly flat from May 2012. I’m sure John Jackson Miller will be along in a minute to tell us what it all means.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 33.36%
DC COMICS 28.27%
IMAGE COMICS 7.48%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.28%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.73%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.50%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.97%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.57%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.92%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.90%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 10.02%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.44%
DC COMICS 30.84%
IMAGE COMICS 8.11%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.77%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.36%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.30%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.63%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.82%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.76%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 6.60%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2013 VS. APRIL 2013
COMICS 6.95% 5.42%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 15.79% 5.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.76% 5.46%
MAY 2013 VS. MAY 2012
COMICS 0.97% -2.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.00% 3.17%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.98% -2.15%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS 15.04% 12.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.01% 11.45%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 14.07% 12.19%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 X-MEN #1 $3.99 FEB130492 MAR
2 BATMAN #20 $3.99 MAR130201 DC
3 JUSTICE LEAGUE #20 $3.99 MAR130173 DC
4 AGE OF ULTRON #7 $3.99 MAR130600 MAR
5 AGE OF ULTRON #8 $3.99 MAR130603 MAR
6 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 MAR130615 MAR
7 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 MAR130617 MAR
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA#3 $3.99 FEB130111 DC
9 ALL NEW X-MEN #11 $3.99 MAR130614 MAR
10 DETECTIVE COMICS #20 $3.99 MAR130210 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 01 PLAYING FIRE $11.99 FEB130825 BOO
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
4 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01 $12.99 FEB130226 DC
5 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE & THE SCREAMQUEENSTP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR130946 BOO
6 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MAR
7 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01 $17.99 MAR130366 IDW
8 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 MY OWN WORST ENEMY NOW $17.99 MAR130724 MAR
9 SUPERMAN ACTION TP VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL (N52) $16.99 FEB130215 DC
10 GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO HC VOL 02 (MR) $19.99 JAN130329 DC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN AF SEP128219 SQU
2 MARVEL SELECT NIGHTCRAWLER AF MAY121672 DST
3 MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE FEB130255 DC
4 DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BANE AF SEP128218 SQU
5 GREEN LANTERN SIMON BAZ AF JAN130349 DC
6 ST TOS ENTERPRISE CUTAWAY MODEL FEB131540 DST
7 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MIKE ALLRED FEB130260 DC
8 MASS EFFECT COMMANDER SHEPARD BISHOUJO STATUE OCT121708 KOT
9 DC COMICS AQUAMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER APR131844 KOT
10 KNIGHT RIDER 1/15 SCALE KITT MAY121668 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS BOOSTER BRICK JAN132015 NEC
2 MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE BOOSTER DIS FEB131931 WIZ
3 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
4 DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS 24 CT PRIMER DS JAN132014 NEC
5 MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE FAT PACK FEB131933 WIZ
6 MARVEL HEROCLIX FEAR ITSELFBLITZKRIEG USA SCENARIO PK JAN138294 NEC
7 DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS RAVAGERS FAST FORCES 6 PACK JAN132016 NEC
8 WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME JUL112137 CRY
9 IRON MAIDEN HEROCLIX 24 CT GRAVITY FEED DISPLAY JAN138373 NEC
10 MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE INTRO DECK DIS FEB131934 WIZ

Comments

  1. Interesting, but what happened to the April DC sales charts? We got the Marvel and Indies ones, but no DC.

  2. The Beat says:

    If you want to know what happened to the April DC sales chart please direct your inquires to @comiks_debris on Twitter.

    M-O says he’ll finish them this weekend.

  3. Doctor Timebomb says:

    This may not be the time or the place, and Heidi is certainly not obligated to answer this question, but as a fan of this site I want to ask…is Frisch doing ok? His presence on this site has felt a little erratic.

  4. The Beat says:

    In fairness to M-O, he doesn’t do this for a living and has been very busy with freelance projects and there’s a big comics event in Munich this week.

  5. Doctor Timebomb says:

    Got it, cool.

  6. Zeparu says:

    A little filler for all who miss Mark’s column: One thing Mark has been doing last weekend is having a little discussion with Lee Bermejo on Before Watchmen and ethics:
    http://www.splashcomics.de/php/messen/berichte/1345/film_knstlergesprch_mit_lee_bermejo
    (fast foward to 23:30)

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