Ultimate Spidey, Walking Dead top June sales

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The death of a Spider-Man and shuffling zombies led comics and GN sales in June, according to Diamond’s just released figures. Sales were up from a dismal May, but still lag last year about 7% overall.

A hero fell as Peter Parker made the ultimate sacrifice to save his family and friends from the Green Goblin in Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man #160 from Marvel Comics, June’s best-selling comic book to comics specialty retailers according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was also the leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels in June, with a 39.32% share of total dollars and a 43.04% share of total units sold.  In total, June’s printed material sales increased over May, with Comics improving by 18.31% and Graphic Novels by 17.67%. Sales fell slightly from the same month last year, with Comics down 4.62% and Graphic Novels down 8.15%. Sales for the second quarter also improved over the first quarter, with Comics up 8.41% and Graphic Novels up 13.75%. Total merchandise sales in June increased by 104% over May, led by Apparel (up 238%) and Toys (up 135%).

Helping to fuel the increase in print sales was June’s top-selling Graphic Novel, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead Volume 14: Now Way Out, the latest volume of Robert Kirkman’s best-selling zombie story that was adapted by AMC and Frank Darabont for television last year. Dark Horse Comics also had a strong June, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Volume 8: Last Gleaming as the month’s number two graphic novel.

In June, DC Direct released the JLA Classic Icons Series 1 Action Figures, a series of dynamic figures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, giving the manufacturer the best-selling Toy product to comics retailers for the month. June was a strong month for Toy sales overall, with sales in that category increasing by over 135% over May’s sales.

In anticipation of the theatrical release of Captain America: The First Avenger, WizKids/NECA released the Marvel HeroClix: Captain America Expansion, bringing the star-spangled Avenger to the popular miniatures game, giving the manufacturer the best-selling Games product to comics retailers in June. Total sales on Games product fell slightly in June over May’s sales with a 2.66% decline.

unit share Ultimate Spidey, Walking Dead top June sales

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.32%

43.04%

DC COMICS

28.03%

33.17%

IMAGE COMICS

5.85%

5.30%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.28%

3.21%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.76%

3.22%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.49%

3.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.95%

1.62%

VIZ MEDIA

1.36%

0.58%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

0.95%

1.03%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.79%

1.00%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.22%

4.52%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2011 VS. MAY 2011

COMICS

18.31%

20.26%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.45%

10.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

17.67%

19.37%

JUNE 2011 VS. JUNE 2010

COMICS

-4.62%

-1.43%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.15%

-13.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.85%

-2.63%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010

COMICS

-7.78%

-7.47%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-5.97%

-10.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.19%

-7.74%

SECOND QUARTER 2011 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2011

COMICS

8.41%

6.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.75%

14.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.14%

7.50%

SECOND QUARTER 2011 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2010

COMICS

-7.04%

-6.92%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-4.82%

-8.20%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-6.31%

-7.03%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160

$3.99

APR110569-M MAR

2

FEAR ITSELF #3

$3.99

APR110534-M MAR

3

FLASHPOINT #2

$3.99

APR110101-M DC

4

AVENGERS #14

$3.99

APR110539 MAR

5

FF #5

$2.99

APR110612-M MAR

6

NEW AVENGERS #13

$3.99

APR110574 MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #663

$3.99

APR110595 MAR

8

BATMAN INCORPORATED #7

$2.99

MAR110294-M DC

9

BATMAN AND ROBIN #24

$2.99

APR110159-M DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #664

$3.99

APR110597 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 14: NO WAY OUT  TP

$14.99

APR110444 IMA

2

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8 VOLUME 8: LAST GLEAMING TP

$16.99

FEB110018 DAR

3

NARUTO VOLUME 51 TP

$9.99

MAR111299 VIZ

4

GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY HC

$22.99

FEB110200 DC

5

BATWOMAN VOLUME 1: ELEGY TP

$17.99

MAR110341 DC

6

SWEET TOOTH VOLUME 3: ANIMAL ARMIES TP

$14.99

MAR110392 DC

7

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$9.99

JUL068351 IMA

8

ARKHAM ASYLUM: MADNESS TP

$14.99

MAR110344 DC

9

X-MEN: SECOND COMING TP

$34.99

APR110694 MAR

10

THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER: THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA HC

$24.99

APR110707 MAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JLA CLASSIC ICONS SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES OCT100348 DC

2

BRIGHTEST DAY SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES AUG100284 DC

3

MARVEL SELECT: BEST OF SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES JAN111644 DST

4

WORLD OF WARCRAFT PREMIUM SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURES MAR100366 DC

5

MARVEL SELECT: GAMBIT ACTION FIGURES OCT101482 DST

6

WONDER WOMAN #600 STATUE OCT100341 DC

7

COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: WONDER WOMAN ARMORED STATUE SEP100334 DC

8

WOMEN OF THE DCU SERIES 3: HARLEY QUINN BUST SEP100332 DC

9

M.O.D.O.K. PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE STATUE SEP108144 BOW

10

MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT ACTION FIGURE JUN101512 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA EXPANSION APR112105 NEC

2

YU-GI-OH! TCG: 5DS CROW DUELIST PACK APR112069 KON

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: COMMANDER MULTI-PLAYER GAME SET APR112102 WIZ

4

GODZILLA: KAIJU WARS BOARD GAME MAR112025 TOY

5

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: NEW PHYREXIA EVENT DECKS MAR112032 WIZ

6

STAR TREK EXPEDITIONS BOARD GAME FEB111880 NEC

7

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: NEW PHYREXIA BOOSTER PACKS MAR112030 WIZ

8

REDAKAI TCG HOBBY STRUCTURED DECKS APR112084 SPI

9

DC HEROCLIX: GREEN LANTERN 2011 FAST FORCES 6-PACK MAR112034 NEC

10

REDAKAI TCG HOBBY GOLD PACKS APR112083 SPI

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