Comic Book Market Maven: Batman Leads a Big June for DC

June sales have been released, and the top 10 for the month got all kinds of shaken up!

The Top 10

Rank Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. sales
1 Batman 32 $3.99 DC 130,077
2 Amazing Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 109,029
3 Original Sin 3 $3.99 Marvel 93,351
4 Harley Quinn 7 $2.99 DC 93,266
5 Superman 32 $3.99 DC 89,140
6 Original Sin 4 $3.99 Marvel 88,508
7 Amazing Spider-Man 1.2 $3.99 Marvel 86,315
8 Justice League 31 $3.99 DC 75,803
9 Walking Dead 128 $2.99 Image 74,326
10 Detective Comics 32 $3.99 DC 72,988

For the first time since March, DC took the number-one spot, with “Batman #32”, buoyed by the end of the “Zero Year” storyline, outselling “Amazing Spider-Man #3” by over 20,000 copies. Even more surprising is Harley Quinn landing at number four overall. It’s reliably been one of DC’s top selling books, but it picked up over 30K in sales from last month and bested an issue of Marvel’s Original Sin in the process!

And DC still isn’t done celebrating. The new creative team of Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. helped land “Superman #32” into the top 5 for the month, increasing sales by almost 50K and easily doubling what the previously issue sold. That number is likely to drop in future months in the absence of curious looky-loos, but DC has got to be happy with those numbers. Detective Comics also picked up another 20K in sales and a place in the top 10, and combined with perennial top 10 title Justice League, DC accounts for half the overall top 10 and nearly half a million in sales.

Marvel didn’t go home entirely empty handed: it still placed four books in the top 10 (albeit two Original Sin issues and two Spidey-titles), and they still won market share for the month, both in terms of overall units sold (35.68% to 33.20%) and overall dollars (33.71% to 29.88%).

Walking Dead, per usual, was the lone independent within the top 10 and Image’s sole representative there, but it did continue its quiet uptick, picking up 3K in sales from the previous issue.

Other Notables

  • As reported, “Big Trouble in Little China #1” debuted big for Boom! Studios, with just over 24,000 in sales, almost doubling the previous Boom! top seller, Adventure Time. That number won’t hold in future issues, but even with attrition, it looks like Boom! has a new contender for its best-selling book.
  • Woods, meanwhile, fell back beneath Adventure Time with its second issue but was still good for the three spot overall at Boom!.
  • The final issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind was consistent with previous issues and Dark Horse’s #1 book overall, just under 15K better than its next highest-selling title (Star Wars). Dark Horse presumably can’t get another Serenity series going fast enough, especially with the looming loss of the Star Wars license at the end of the year.
  • The four issues of Batman Eternal released in June dropped slightly, but each issue still consistently hovered around 60K.
  • New 52: Futures End, meanwhile, dropped more sharply, closer to 45K per issue (down from 59K last month), with sales for each subsequent issue descreasing.
  • All together, the various Batman titles and related series (not counting team-up books or things like Justice League) accounted for over 812,000 issues sold last month.
  • New Vampirella debuted for Dynamite with 22,864 copies sold.
  • Both My Little Pony books from IDW were down slightly this month.
  • Outcast, a new horror series by Robert Kirkman, debuted strong, with 71,788 issues sold, second at Image only to Kirkman’s Walking Dead (and by only about 3K), good for a spot just outside the overall top 10. Clearly, Kirkman’s name is enough to move the needle, especially on a horror book. If the drop off to issue #2 isn’t too steep (losing 10K would still keep it ahead of Saga), Image could have a new top seller and a challenger for the overall top 10 on its hands.
  • The critically well-received Wicked + the Divine debuted with almost 43K in sales, good for number four at Image and over 15 K better than the number-five book (“Sex Criminals #6,” returning after a break to 26,309 in sales, up just under 5K from number five). Even with second issue attrition, the series should be a consistent top 10 book for the company.
  • Warren Ellis’s Trees held steady, losing only about 6K in sales from issue #1 to issue #2.
  • Marvel shipped only one issue of Avengers in June, and at just under 54,000, it sold less than either of the issues shipped in May.
  • All New X-Men remained Marvel’s best-selling non-Spider-Man, non-Original Sin book. Guardians of the Galaxy was the second best such title, thanks to the Avengers drop; its sales between May and June were steady.

All Sales Numbers via Comichron

All Sales Numbers via Comichron.com
All Sales Numbers via Comichron.com
Rank Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. sales
1 Batman 32 $3.99 DC 130,077
2 Amazing Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 109,029
3 Original Sin 3 $3.99 Marvel 93,351
4 Harley Quinn 7 $2.99 DC 93,266
5 Superman 32 $3.99 DC 89,140
6 Original Sin 4 $3.99 Marvel 88,508
7 Amazing Spider-Man 1.2 $3.99 Marvel 86,315
8 Justice League 31 $3.99 DC 75,803
9 Walking Dead 128 $2.99 Image 74,326
10 Detective Comics 32 $3.99 DC 72,988
11 Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta 1* $2.99 Image 71,788
12 Justice League United 2 $3.99 DC 62,928
13 Superman Wonder Woman 9 $3.99 DC 62,659
14 Batman Eternal 9* $2.99 DC 62,086
15 Batman Eternal 10* $2.99 DC 61,094
16 Batman Eternal 11* $2.99 DC 59,791
17 Batman Eternal 12* $2.99 DC 59,431
18 All New X-Men 28 $3.99 Marvel 57,135
19 Saga 20 $2.99 Image 56,497
20 Green Lantern 32 $2.99 DC 56,315
21 Batman and Ras Al Ghul 32 $2.99 DC 56,311
22 Action Comics 32 $3.99 DC 55,400
23 Guardians of Galaxy 16 $3.99 Marvel 54,827
24 Deadpool 30 $3.99 Marvel 54,072
25 Avengers 31 $3.99 Marvel 53,933
26 Uncanny X-Men 22 $3.99 Marvel 52,731
27 Uncanny Avengers 21 $3.99 Marvel 49,762
28 New 52 Futures End 5* $2.99 DC 48,768
29 Wonder Woman 32 $2.99 DC 48,235
30 Batgirl 32 $2.99 DC 47,304
31 Earth 2 24 $2.99 DC 47,277
32 Deadpool Vs Carnage 4 $3.99 Marvel 47,228
33 Flash 32 $2.99 DC 47,188
34 New 52 Futures End 6* $2.99 DC 46,857
35 New 52 Futures End 7* $2.99 DC 45,696
36 Original Sin 3.1 $3.99 Marvel 45,338
37 Uncanny X-Men Special 1 $4.99 Marvel 45,292
38 Aquaman 32 $2.99 DC 44,853
39 New 52 Futures End 8* $2.99 DC 44,671
40 Savage Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 44,177
41 Wicked & Divine 1* $3.50 Image 42,948
42 Wolverine 9 $3.99 Marvel 42,333
43 Serenity Leaves On the Wind 6 $3.50 Dark Horse 42,069
44 New Avengers 19 $3.99 Marvel 41,989
45 New Avengers 20 $3.99 Marvel 41,962
46 Amazing X-Men 8 $3.99 Marvel 41,613
47 Green Lantern Corps 32 $2.99 DC 40,734
48 Wolverine 8 $3.99 Marvel 40,491
49 Moon Knight 4 $3.99 Marvel 40,348
50 Original Sins 1 $3.99 Marvel 39,660
51 X-Men 15 $3.99 Marvel 38,271
52 Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 38,231
53 Justice League Dark 32 $3.99 DC 38,219
54 Daredevil 4 $3.99 Marvel 37,902
55 Thor God of Thunder 23 $3.99 Marvel 36,540
56 New Avengers Annual 1 $4.99 Marvel 36,518
57 Original Sins 2 $3.99 Marvel 36,099
58 Silver Surfer 3 $3.99 Marvel 36,075
59 Amazing X-Men Annual 1 $4.99 Marvel 35,777
60 Hulk 4 $3.99 Marvel 35,377
61 Ms Marvel 5 $2.99 Marvel 33,795
62 Catwoman 32 $2.99 DC 33,694
63 Batwoman 32 $2.99 DC 33,538
64 Fantastic Four 6 $3.99 Marvel 33,177
65 Red Hood and the Outlaws 32 $2.99 DC 33,081
66 Batman 66 Meets Green Hornet 1 $2.99 DC 32,983
67 Magneto 5 $3.99 Marvel 32,837
68 Wolverine and X-Men 5 $3.99 Marvel 32,511
69 Nightcrawler 3 $3.99 Marvel 31,743
70 Cyclops 2 $3.99 Marvel 31,132
71 Captain America 21 $3.99 Marvel 30,427
72 Sinestro 3 $2.99 DC 30,422
73 Iron Fist Living Weapon 3 $3.99 Marvel 29,816
74 Secret Origins 3 $4.99 DC 28,351
75 Iron Man 27 $3.99 Marvel 28,290
76 Iron Man 28 $3.99 Marvel 28,027
77 Star Wars 18 $2.99 Dark Horse 27,898
78 Avengers World 7 $3.99 Marvel 27,854
79 Avengers World 8 $3.99 Marvel 26,912
80 Punisher 6 $3.99 Marvel 26,606
81 Wake 9 $2.99 DC 26,561
82 Sex Criminals 6 $3.50 Image 26,309
83 Mighty Avengers 11 $3.99 Marvel 26,221
84 Punisher 7 $3.99 Marvel 26,192
85 Nova 18 $3.99 Marvel 25,875
86 Trees 2* $2.99 Image 25,515
87 Black Widow 7 $3.99 Marvel 25,423
88 Infinity Man and the Forever People 1 $2.99 DC 24,907
89 Loki Agent of Asgard 5 $2.99 Marvel 24,794
90 She-Hulk 5 $2.99 Marvel 24,736
91 All New Ghost Rider 4 $3.99 Marvel 24,627
92 X-Force 6 $3.99 Marvel 24,358
93 Justice League 3000 7 $2.99 DC 24,172
94 Big Trouble In Little China 1 $3.99 Boom 24,160
95 Captain Marvel 4 $3.99 Marvel 24,062
96 Red Lanterns 32 $2.99 DC 23,936
97 All New X-Factor 9 $3.99 Marvel 23,720
98 Green Arrow 32 $2.99 DC 23,602
99 All New Invaders 6 $3.99 Marvel 23,470
100 Green Lantern New Guardians 32 $2.99 DC 23,142
101 Aquaman and the Others 3 $2.99 DC 23,109
102 New Vampirella 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 22,864
103 Elektra 3 $3.99 Marvel 22,773
104 Supergirl 32 $2.99 DC 22,481
105 Mph 2 $2.99 Image 21,937
106 All New Ultimates 3 $3.99 Marvel 21,898
107 Thunderbolts 27 $2.99 Marvel 21,778
108 Manifest Destiny 7 $2.99 Image 21,500
109 Secret Avengers 4 $3.99 Marvel 21,335
110 Worlds Finest 24 $2.99 DC 20,900
111 Savage Wolverine 20 $3.99 Marvel 20,725
112 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 20 $3.99 IDW 20,711
113 All New Ultimates 4 $3.99 Marvel 20,561
114 Star Wars Rebel Heist 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 19,379
115 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 19,365
116 Starlight 4 $2.99 Image 19,355
117 Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two 6 $2.99 DC 19,353
118 Miracleman 7 $4.99 Marvel 19,123
119 New Warriors 5 $3.99 Marvel 18,576
120 Swamp Thing 32 $2.99 DC 18,483
121 New Warriors 6 $3.99 Marvel 18,156
122 My Little Pony Friends Forever 6 $3.99 IDW 18,132
123 Avengers Undercover 5 $2.99 Marvel 18,115
124 Spider-Man Spectacular 1 $4.99 Marvel 17,919
125 Superior Foes of Spider-Man 12 $3.99 Marvel 17,826
126 Avengers Undercover 6 $2.99 Marvel 17,771
127 TMNT Ongoing 34 $3.99 IDW 17,442
128 Batman 66 12 $3.99 DC 17,286
129 Constantine 15 $2.99 DC 16,704
130 Armor Hunters 1* $3.99 Valiant 16,484
131 Birds of Prey 32 $2.99 DC 16,397
132 Deadly Class 6 $3.50 Image 16,305
133 Star Wars Darth Maul Son of Dathomir 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 15,829
134 Harley Quinn 0 Directors Cut $4.99 DC 15,730
135 Nailbiter 2 $2.99 Image 15,193
136 TMNT Ongoing 35 $3.99 IDW 15,174
137 Manhattan Projects 21 $3.50 Image 15,126
138 Superboy 32 $2.99 DC 14,451
139 Invincible 112 $2.99 Image 14,413
140 Ultimate FF 3 $3.99 Marvel 14,413
141 Fatale 23 $3.50 Image 14,407
142 Batman Beyond Universe 11 $3.99 DC 14,068
143 Fables 141 $2.99 DC 13,997
144 George Romeros Empire of Dead Act One 5 $3.99 Marvel 13,924
145 TMNT Turtles In Time 1 $3.99 IDW 13,840
146 Adventure Time 29 $3.99 Boom 13,785
147 Cowl 2 $3.50 Image 13,569
148 United States of Murder Inc 2 $3.99 Marvel 13,561
149 Rai 2 $3.99 Valiant 13,448
150 Astro City 13 $3.99 DC 13,419
151 Rise of the Magi 1 $3.50 Image 13,345
152 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu 2 $3.99 Marvel 13,093
153 Angel and Faith Season 10 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 13,029
154 Tiny Titans Return To the Treehouse 1 $2.99 DC 13,021
155 Figment 1 $3.99 Marvel 12,735
156 Trinity of Sin the Phantom Stranger 20 $2.99 DC 12,720
157 All New Doop 3 $3.99 Marvel 12,625
158 Iron Patriot 4 $3.99 Marvel 12,597
159 Wildfire 1 $3.99 Image 12,552
160 Trinity of Sin Pandora 12 $2.99 DC 12,540
161 Star Wars Legacy II 16 $2.99 Dark Horse 12,373
162 He Man and the Masters of the Universe 14 $2.99 DC 12,144
163 Walking Dead 127 $2.99 Image 12,093
164 Star Trek City of the Edge of Forever 1* $3.99 IDW 12,028
165 Angry Birds Comics 1 $3.99 IDW 11,939
166 Spawn 244 $2.99 Image 11,837
167 Larfleeze 12 $2.99 DC 11,784
168 Red Sonja 10 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 11,685
169 All Star Western 32 $3.99 DC 11,675
170 X-Files Season 10 13 $3.99 IDW 11,497
171 Smallville Season 11 Lantern 3 $3.99 DC 11,401
172 Adventures of Superman 14 $3.99 DC 11,144
173 Chew 42 $2.99 Image 10,981
174 Legenderry A Steampunk Adv 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 10,865
175 Amazing Spider-Man 1 $5.99 Marvel 10,631
176 Tomb Raider 5 $3.50 Dark Horse 10,536
177 Chaos 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 10,399
178 Blood Queen 1* $3.99 Dynamic Forces 10,352
179 Star Trek Ongoing 34 $3.99 IDW 10,216
180 Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War 1* $3.99 IDW 10,155
181 X-O Manowar 26 $3.99 Valiant 10,083
182 Red City 1 $2.99 Image 9,891
183 Shutter 3 $3.50 Image 9,887
184 Revival 21 $2.99 Image 9,808
185 Transformers Robots In Disguise 30 $3.99 IDW 9,714
186 Alex + Ada 7 $2.99 Image 9,579
187 Caliban 3 $3.99 Avatar 9,506
188 Conan the Avenger 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 9,486
189 Unity 8 $3.99 Valiant 9,442
190 Transformers More Than Meets Eye 30 $3.99 IDW 9,395
191 Woods 2 $3.99 Boom 9,352
192 Lumberjanes 3 $3.99 Boom 9,150
193 Legends Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular 3 $9.99 DC 9,109
194 Adventure Time Flip Side 6 $3.99 Boom 9,019
195 Transformers Windblade 3 $3.99 IDW 8,920
196 Goon One For the Road Oneshot $3.50 Dark Horse 8,848
197 Sonic the Hedgehog 261 $2.99 Archie 8,822
198 Coffin Hill 8 $2.99 DC 8,764
199 Dexter Down Under 5 $3.99 Marvel 8,693
200 Batwing 32 $2.99 DC 8,664
201 Real Heroes 3 $3.99 Image 8,590
202 Samurai Jack 9 $3.99 IDW 8,464
203 King Conan Conqueror 5 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,376
204 God Is Dead 14 $3.99 Avatar 8,373
205 God Is Dead 15 $3.99 Avatar 8,262
206 BPRD Hell On Earth 120 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,127
207 Dream Police 2 $2.99 Image 8,097
208 Harley Quinn 1 $2.99 DC 8,047
209 Winterworld 1* $3.99 IDW 7,957
210 Magnus Robot Fighter 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,898
211 Teen Titans Go 4* $2.99 DC 7,879
212 Sons of Anarchy 10 $3.99 Boom 7,875
213 Witchblade 175 $5.99 Image 7,843
214 Sex 14 $2.99 Image 7,824
215 Turok Dinosaur Hunter 5 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,803
216 Empty Man 1 $3.99 Boom 7,685
217 Abe Sapien 13 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,674
218 TMNT New Animated Adventures 12 $3.99 IDW 7,577
219 Bee and Puppycat 2 $3.99 Boom 7,557
220 Uber 14 $3.99 Avatar 7,493
221 Revenge 4 $2.99 Image 7,490
222 Sonic Universe 64 $2.99 Archie 7,423
223 Solar Man of the Atom 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,408
224 Witchfinder Mysteries of Unland 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,355
225 Original Sin 2 $3.99 Marvel 7,335
226 Superannuated Man 1 $3.99 Image 7,308
227 Amazing World of Gumball 1 $3.99 Boom 7,285
228 Rachel Rising 26 $3.99 Abstract 7,260
229 Harbinger 24 $3.99 Valiant 7,256
230 Hinterkind 8 $2.99 DC 7,212
231 Lobster Johnson Get Lobster 4 $3.99 Dark Horse 7,203
232 Unwritten Vol. 2 Apocalypse 6 $3.99 DC 7,133
233 Archer & Armstrong 21 $3.99 Valiant 7,120
234 Stray Bullets the Killers 4 $3.50 Image 7,092
235 Flash Gordon 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,034
236 Godzilla Rulers of the Earth 13 $3.99 IDW 6,980
237 FBP Federal Bureau of Physics 11 $2.99 DC 6,958
238 Royals Masters of War 5 $2.99 DC 6,928
239 Quantum & Woody 11 $3.99 Valiant 6,888
240 Edgar Allen Poe Morella Murders Rue Morgue One Shot $3.99 Dark Horse 6,861
241 Doc Savage 6 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6,841
242 Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 6,824
243 G.I. Joe A Real American Hero 203 $3.99 IDW 6,791
244 Bloodshot & Hard Corps 23 $3.99 Valiant 6,783
245 Ghost 5 $2.99 Dark Horse 6,699
246 Simpsons Comics 212 $2.99 Bongo 6,619
247 Mega Man 38 $2.99 Archie 6,604
248 Crossed Badlands 55 $3.99 Avatar 6,579
249 Dream Police 3 $2.99 Image 6,569
250 Wraith Welcome To Christmasland 7 $3.99 IDW 6,510
251 Spongebob Comics 33 $2.99 United Plankton 6,450
252 Five Ghosts 12 $2.99 Image 6,444
253 Crossed Badlands 56 $3.99 Avatar 6,436
254 Ghostbusters 17 $3.99 IDW 6,400
255 Massive 24 $3.50 Dark Horse 6,372
256 Thomas Alsop 1 $3.99 Boom 6,335
257 Sandman Overture 1 $4.99 DC 6,287
258 Rush Clockwork Angels 3 $3.99 Boom 6,169
259 Powerpuff Girls 10 $3.99 IDW 6,106
260 Painkiller Jane 22 Brides 1 $4.99 Marvel 6,100
261 Ghost 4 $2.99 Dark Horse 6,058
262 Harley Quinn 3 $2.99 DC 6,033
263 Letter 44 7 $3.99 Oni 6,032
264 Princess Ugg 1 $3.99 Oni 5,961
265 Fuse 5 $3.50 Image 5,958
266 Doodle Jump 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,940
267 V-Wars 3 $3.99 IDW 5,866
268 Scribblenauts Unmasked Crisis of Imagination 6 $2.99 DC 5,833
269 Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Fairy Tales 98 $2.99 Zenescope 5,828
270 Shadowman End Times 3 $3.99 Valiant 5,826
271 Jim Butcher Dresden Files War Cry 1 $4.99 Dynamic Forces 5,820
272 Grimm Fairy Tales Warlord of Oz 2 $2.99 Zenescope 5,810
273 Clive Barkers Nightbreed 2 $3.99 Boom 5,702
274 24 3 $3.99 IDW 5,655
275 Red Sonja Sanctuary One Shot $4.99 Dynamic Forces 5,485
276 Mercenary Sea 5 $2.99 Image 5,482
277 Ash & the Army of Darkness 8 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,455
278 Dejah of Mars 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,416
279 Regular Show 2014 Annual 1 $4.99 Boom 5,377
280 Halo Escalation 7 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,330
281 Undertow 5 $2.99 Image 5,270
282 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland 24 $3.99 Zenescope 5,261
283 Tales of Honor 3 $2.99 Image 5,170
284 Twilight Zone Annual 2014 $7.99 Dynamic Forces 5,154
285 Thats Because Youre A Robot One Shot $3.99 Image 5,149
286 Peter Panzerfaust 19 $3.50 Image 5,106
287 Battlestar Galactica 12 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,103
288 Eye of Newt 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,087
289 Spongebob Comics Annual Giant Swimtacular 2 $4.99 United Plankton 5,044
290 Judge Dredd Mega City Two 5 $3.99 IDW 5,036
291 Maxx Maxximized 8 $3.99 IDW 5,031
292 Mass Effect Foundation 12 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,998
293 Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Legend 4 $2.99 Zenescope 4,964
294 1 For $1 Strain 1 $1.00 Dark Horse 4,920
295 Translucid 3 $3.99 Boom 4,891
296 Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 27 $2.99 Marvel 4,713
297 Madame Frankenstein 2 $2.99 Image 4,692
298 Pathfinder City Secrets 2 $4.99 Dynamic Forces 4,621
299 Littlest Pet Shop 2 $3.99 IDW 4,593
300 Rocky & Bullwinkle 4 $3.99 IDW 4,560

* denotes books which had their reported orders slightly reduced due to returnability.