SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales


Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest worldwide distributor of comic books, has released May’s rankings for the comic book market and the big winner is Marvel’s Secret Empire.

Marvel Comics outperformed its main rival, DC, with six titles in the top 10. The first issue of the controversial Secret Empire claimed the top spot, with the second and third issues also claiming spots in the top 10. The May issue of Batman was the strongest performer for DC at number 3, and Image Comics mainstay The Walking Dead landed the final spot.

DC edged out Marvel in graphic novel sales, claiming four of the top ten spots compared to Marvel’s three. Image Comics also claimed three spots on the strength of Saga, Moonshine, and Bitch Planet.

In terms of raw numbers, May was a success for Marvel. The publisher claimed the top spot in both unit share and dollar share with 39.91% and 38.05% respectively. DC came in second in both categories, followed by Image Comics, which claimed just over 10% in both areas.

The full charts can be viewed below.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.05%

39.91%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

27.93%

30.88%

IMAGE COMICS

10.25%

11.83%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.65%

3.78%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.05%

2.21%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.10%

1.74%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.72%

1.85%

TITAN COMICS

1.18%

0.99%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

0.39%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.89%

0.59%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.06%

5.83%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2017 VS. APRIL 2017

COMICS

16.49%

17.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

17.13%

19.52%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.69%

17.53%

TOYS

52.15%

52.94%

MAY 2017 VS. MAY 2016

COMICS

10.58%

16.74%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.54%

13.65%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

8.31%

16.49%

TOYS

40.46%

29.34%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS

0.11%

8.89%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.23%

-8.72%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.92%

7.35%

TOYS

1.14%

1.10%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPEDMARVEL COMICS99430142DC ENTERTAINMENT82340116IMAGE COMICS7114186IDW PUBLISHING5915074BOOM ENTERTAINMENT2610036TITAN COMICS227433DARK HORSE COMICS2012032DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT237030ONI PRESS INC.64010VIZ MEDIA0909OTHER NON-TOP 1011920328350TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SECRET EMPIRE #1

$4.99

MAR170901-M

MAR

2

VENOM #150

$5.99

MAR171008-M

MAR

3

BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION

$3.99

NOV169207

DC

4

THE FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION

$3.99

NOV169210

DC

5

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MISSION BREAKOUT #1

$4.99

MAR171072-M

MAR

6

SECRET EMPIRE #2

$4.99

MAR170910-M

MAR

7

BATMAN #23

$2.99

MAR170274-M

DC

8

SECRET EMPIRE #3

$3.99

MAR170915-M

MAR

9

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$3.99

MAR170937-M

MAR

10

THE WALKING DEAD #167 (MR)

$2.99

MAR170791

IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD OGN HC

$24.99

DEC161086-M

MAR

2

BITCH PLANET VOLUME 2: PRESIDENT BITCH TP (MR)

$14.99

MAY160684-M

IMA

3

SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN170850

IMA

4

WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 2: YEAR ONE TP

$16.99

FEB170298

DC

5

MOONSHINE VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

FEB170696-M

IMA

6

THE FLASH VOLUME 2: THE SPEED OF DARKNESS TP

$14.99

FEB170294

DC

7

CHAMPIONS VOLUME 1: CHANGE THE WORLD TP

$15.99

FEB170982

MAR

8

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 2: VICTIM SYNDICATE

$16.99

FEB170293

DC

9

THE UNWORTHY THOR TP

$15.99

FEB170983

MAR

10

DOOM PATROL VOLUME 1: BRICK BY BRICK TP (MR)

$16.99

FEB170287

DC


 

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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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