MARKET MAVEN: Despite REBIRTH, Marvel Dominates Comic Market


Diamond Comic Book Distributors has released May’s distributor-level sales numbers for the comic market. In the continuation of a long-running trend, Marvel Comics maintained its stranglehold on the Top 100 titles, landing 66 of the top 100 spots compared to DC’s 27.

DC did manage to land the top spot thanks to extremely good sales for the launch of their Rebirth event, as “DC Comics: Rebirth #1” came in at #1. While exact sales numbers for the launch issue won’t be available until the release of the Top 300 with the monthly Previews magazine from Diamond, it’s easy to surmise that sales are well north of 150,000 units. Rebirth has already gone back for multiple re-printings, which is good news for a DC brand which has been struggling of late.

Overall, the Big Two dominated the comic market’s top sellers in May. On the independent side of the market, only longtime powerhouse The Walking Dead from Image and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers from BOOM! filling slots in the top 50 at #13 and #42, respectively.

Monthly issue sales have been sluggish thus far in 2016, but comic market watchdogs are anticipating a bounce-back month with the launch of both Rebirth and Marvel’s Civil War II.


TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2016

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 $2.99 DC
2 CIVIL WAR II #0 $4.99 MAR
3 PUNISHER #1 $3.99 MAR
4 BATMAN #52 $3.99 DC
5 CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1 $4.99 MAR
6 STAR WARS #19 $3.99 MAR
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 $5.99 DC
8 DARTH VADER #20 $4.99 MAR
9 BLACK PANTHER #2 $3.99 MAR
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 $3.99 MAR
11 SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 $3.99 DC
12 STAR WARS POE DAMERON #2 $3.99 MAR
13 WALKING DEAD #154 (MR) $2.99 IMA
14 BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #6 $3.99 DC
15 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #5 $3.99 MAR
16 DEADPOOL #11 $3.99 MAR
17 DEADPOOL #12 $3.99 MAR
18 DEADPOOL LAST DAYS OF MAGIC #1 $4.99 MAR
19 SUPERMAN #52 $3.99 DC
20 OLD MAN LOGAN #6 $3.99 MAR
21 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #9 $3.99 MAR
22 ALL NEW X-MEN #9 $4.99 MAR
23 UNCANNY X-MEN #7 $3.99 MAR
24 EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #10 $3.99 MAR
25 SPIDER-GWEN #8 $3.99 MAR
26 DOCTOR STRANGE #8 $3.99 MAR
27 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 $3.99 MAR
28 SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 MAR
29 FUTURE QUEST #1 $3.99 DC
30 OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #5 $3.99 MAR
31 MIGHTY THOR #7 $3.99 MAR
32 THUNDERBOLTS #1 $3.99 MAR
33 DETECTIVE COMICS #52 $3.99 DC
34 HARLEY QUINN #28 $3.99 DC
35 DAREDEVIL #7 $3.99 MAR
36 DEADPOOL MERCS FOR MONEY #4 $3.99 MAR
37 DAREDEVIL PUNISHER #1 $4.99 MAR
38 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.5 $3.99 MAR
39 ACTION COMICS #52 $3.99 DC
40 UNCANNY AVENGERS #9 $3.99 MAR
41 EMPRESS #2 $3.99 MAR
42 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #3 $3.99 BOO
43 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #8 $3.99 MAR
44 ALL NEW WOLVERINE #8 $3.99 MAR
45 GWENPOOL #2 $3.99 MAR
46 HARLEY QUINN AND HER GANG OF HARLEYS #2 $3.99 DC
47 MOON KNIGHT #2 $3.99 MAR
48 INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #3 $3.99 MAR
49 DEADPOOL MASACRE #1 $3.99 MAR
50 NIGHTHAWK #1 $3.99 MAR
51 FLASH #51 $3.99 DC
52 GWENPOOL #0 $4.99 MAR
53 BATMAN SUPERMAN #32 $3.99 DC
54 GREEN LANTERN #52 $3.99 DC
55 FLASH #52 $3.99 DC
56 BLACK WIDOW #3 $3.99 MAR
57 SILK #8 $3.99 MAR
58 X-MEN 92 #3 $3.99 MAR
59 MS MARVEL #7 $3.99 MAR
60 A-FORCE #5 $3.99 MAR
61 WONDER WOMAN #52 $3.99 DC
62 NEW AVENGERS #11 $3.99 MAR
63 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #29 $3.99 DC
64 UNCANNY INHUMANS #8 $3.99 MAR
65 CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #9 $3.99 MAR
66 4001 AD #1 $3.99 VAL
67 SPIDER-WOMAN #7 $3.99 MAR
68 TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6 $3.99 MAR
69 ULTIMATES #7 $3.99 MAR
70 BATGIRL #52 $2.99 DC
71 POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #4 $3.99 MAR
72 SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN #7 $3.99 DC
73 UNCANNY INHUMANS #9 $3.99 MAR
74 CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 $3.99 MAR
75 GRAYSON #20 $3.99 DC
76 KARNAK #4 $3.99 MAR
77 CARNAGE #8 $3.99 MAR
78 INVADER ZIM #9 $3.99 ONI
79 NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #20 $2.99 DC
80 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #10 $3.99 MAR
81 ROBIN SON OF BATMAN #12 $3.99 DC
82 AQUAMAN #52 $3.99 DC
83 MOCKINGBIRD #3 $3.99 MAR
84 SPIDEY #6 $3.99 MAR
85 POISON IVY CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #5 $2.99 DC
86 TOKYO GHOST #7 (MR) $3.99 IMA
87 SUPERMAN THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #4 $3.99 DC
88 TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS CLASSIC #1 $1.00 MAR
89 ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT #5 $3.99 MAR
90 DEATHSTROKE #18 $2.99 DC
91 SILVER SURFER #4 $3.99 MAR
92 MONSTRESS #6 (MR) $3.99 IMA
93 ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8 $3.99 MAR
94 GREEN ARROW #52 $2.99 DC
95 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND SILK SPIDERFLY EFFECT #3 $4.99 MAR
96 VISION #7 $3.99 MAR
97 SQUADRON SUPREME #7 $3.99 MAR
98 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9 $3.99 ARC
99 TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS #1 $1.00 MAR
100 ALL NEW INHUMANS #7 $3.99 MAR

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2016

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
2 DESCENDER TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
3 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
4 BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 04 GODWORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
5 WE STAND ON GUARD DLX HC (MR) $24.99 IMA
6 CHEW TP VOL 11 LAST SUPPERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
7 JOKER ENDGAME TP $24.99 DC
8 STAR WARS KANAN TP VOL 02 FIRST BLOOD $17.99 MAR
9 SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL 01 GREATER POWER $17.99 MAR
10 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP DONT CALL IT TEAM UP $34.99 MAR
11 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
12 DAREDEVIL BACK IN BLACK TP VOL 01 CHINATOWN $15.99 MAR
13 X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TP $19.99 MAR
14 ALL NEW WOLVERINE TP VOL 01 FOUR SISTERS $17.99 MAR
15 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
16 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 25 NO TURNING BACK (MR) $14.99 IMA
17 TWILIGHT CHILDREN TP (MR) $14.99 DC
18 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
19 BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 03 $12.99 IMA
20 ALL NEW X-MEN INEVITABLE TP VOL 01 GHOSTS OF CYCLOPS $15.99 MAR
21 GRAYSON TP VOL 03 NEMESIS $16.99 DC
22 UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 03 SQUIRREL REALLY GOT ME NO $17.99 MAR
23 SAGA TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99 IMA
24 PREACHER TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 DC
25 SUPERGIRL COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE TP $12.99 DC
26 MIGHTY THOR PREM HC THUNDER IN HER VEINS VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
27 WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $22.99 DC
28 SILK TP VOL 01 SINISTER $19.99 MAR
29 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 07 WAR TORN $16.99 DC
30 BATMAN & ROBIN TP VOL 07 ROBIN RISES $19.99 DC
31 KINGDOM COME 20TH ANNIVERSARY DLX ED HC $39.99 DC
32 FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 02 $24.99 DC
33 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
34 REBELS TP VOL 01 WELL REGULATED MILITIA $24.99 DAR
35 DAREDEVIL VS PUNISHER MEANS AND ENDS TP NEW PTG $17.99 MAR
36 ODYC TP VOL 02 SONS OF THE WOLF (MR) $14.99 IMA
37 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 03 DEMONS (MR) $14.99 IMA
38 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 13 HAUNTED (MR) $24.99 DC
39 WAYWARD TP VOL 03 OUT FROM THE SHADOWS (MR) $16.99 IMA
40 THEYRE NOT LIKE US TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
41 LITTLE MARVEL STANDEE PUNCH-OUT BOOK TP $24.99 MAR
42 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 13 END OF DAYS $19.99 DAR
43 UNFOLLOW TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 DC
44 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 IMA
45 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
46 HOWARD THE DUCK TP VOL 01 DUCK HUNT $17.99 MAR
47 WATCHMEN TP NEW ED $19.99 DC
48 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
49 TEEN TITANS GO HEROES ON PATROL TP NEW ED $12.99 DC
50 STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 01 VADER $19.99 MAR
51 ALL NEW INHUMANS TP VOL 01 GLOBAL OUTREACH $15.99 MAR
52 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
53 X-MEN TP RISE OF APOCALYPSE $34.99 MAR
54 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMA
55 GOTHAM CENTRAL OMNIBUS HC $99.99 DC
56 ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 07 FOUR CASTLES $14.99 BOO
57 WONDER WOMAN BY MIKE DEODATO TP $24.99 DC
58 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP NEW EDITION $19.99 DC
59 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 22 $19.99 DAR
60 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 IMA
61 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY BY ABNETT AND LANNING OMNIBUS HC $100.00 MAR
62 DESCENDER TP VOL 01 TIN STARS (MR) $9.99 IMA
63 STAR WARS TP VOL 01 SKYWALKER STRIKES $19.99 MAR
64 BATMAN WAR GAMES TP VOL 02 $39.99 DC
65 SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 01 KICKED IN THE TEETH (N52) $14.99 DC
66 AVENGERS K TP BOOK 01 AVENGERS VS ULTRON $24.99 MAR
67 LAZARUS HC VOL 02 (MR) $39.99 IMA
68 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
68 TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 14 ORDER FROM CHAOS $19.99 IDW
70 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 12 (MR) $29.99 DC
71 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 05 BLACK ARROW $19.99 DC
72 WEB WARRIORS OF SPIDER-VERSE TP VOL 01 ELECTROVERSE $15.99 MAR
73 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 08 TWIST OF FATE $24.99 DC
74 GREEN LANTERN NEW GODS GODHEAD TP $24.99 DC
75 STAR WARS EPISODE I PHANTOM MENACE HC $24.99 MAR
76 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 IMA
77 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
78 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
79 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID AND CHRIS SAMNEE HC VOL 05 $34.99 MAR
80 I HATE FAIRYLAND TP VOL 01 MADLY EVER AFTER (MR) $9.99 IMA
81 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 MAR
82 X-MEN TP MUTANT GENESIS 2.0 $24.99 MAR
83 SYMMETRY TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
84 JLA TP VOL 08 $24.99 DC
85 AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION TP UNDER SIEGE $39.99 MAR
86 SUPERMAN ADVENTURES TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC
87 SCALPED HC BOOK 04 DELUXE EDITION (MR) $29.99 DC
88 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 DC
89 CATWOMAN TP VOL 05 BACKWARD MASKING $24.99 DC
90 BATMAN 66 TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC
90 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS GALLERY ED HC $175.00 DC
90 TOKYO GHOST TP VOL 01 ATOMIC GARDEN (MR) $9.99 IMA
93 MMW CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 06 $75.00 MAR
94 DRAX TP VOL 01 GALAXYS BEST DETECTIVE $15.99 MAR
95 STAR WARS TP VADER DOWN $19.99 MAR
96 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MAR
97 UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG $99.99 MAR
98 PRIDE & JOY GN (MR) $14.99 IMA
99 ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA CAKE CARD WARS TP $19.99 BOO
99 LADY MECHANIKA TP VOL 01 MYSTERY OF MECHANICAL CORPSE

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Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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