Comic Book Market Maven: Spider-Man Leads Again in May

May sales have been released, so let’s take a look at some of the notable titles and numbers!

The Top 10

Rank Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. sales
1 Original Sin 1 $4.99 Marvel 147,045
2 Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 123,945
3 Amazing Spider-Man 1.1 $3.99 Marvel 116,555
4 Batman 31 $3.99 DC 107,499
5 Forever Evil 7 $4.99 DC 96,098
6 Original Sin 2 $3.99 Marvel 92,643
7 Justice League 30 $3.99 DC 77,456
8 Walking Dead 127 $2.99 Image 71,352
9 New 52 Futures End 1 $2.99 DC 70,788
10 Batman Eternal 5 $2.99 DC 66,795

Though Marvel took the #1 spot with the first issue of Original Sin, the big news is once again Amazing Spider-Man. After the first issue broke all kinds of sales records last month, the second issue, divorced of speculator buys and variant covers, provides a reasonable benchmark for where the book will perform moving forward. And that benchmark looks to be about 120K, which is impressive (it puts Amazing Spider-Man about 10-15K ahead of Batman, DC’s consistent number one book and the next best-selling regular series).

Even more impressive, “Amazing Spider-Man #1.1,” the first issue of the untold tales/year one limited series telling tales set between the original Spider-Man issues, beat out Batman by about 10,000 books sold to take the number three spot. If those kinds of sales hold, don’t be surprised to see similar style miniseries for other characters in the future.

DC gets on the board with the aforementioned Batman at number four, followed by the long-delayed last issue of Forever Evil. DC actually landed more books in the top 10 in May, thanks to the continued success of Justice League, the debut of Futures End, and the fifth issue of the weekly Batman Eternal, but Marvel still outsold DC 480,188 to 418,636, thanks to its domination of the top spots and the success of Original Sin (whose two issues accounted for nearly a quarter of a million sales, an impressive start for the event).

Image, as usual, is the lone independent to crack the top 10, and with only one issue of Walking Dead on sale in May, it only did so once (though the lone issue did sell better than previous issues, picking up about 4K in sales by not having to share the wealth with another issue).

In terms of market share, Marvel once again beat DC, in both units sold and overall dollars, though the numbers were much closer than in the previous month (when “Amazing Spider-Man #1″‘s record-breaking sales likely skewed things). Image remained number three overall in both categories, while Dark Horse beat out IDW for fourth in units sold while IDW bested Dark Horse in overall dollars.

Other Notables

  • “Woods #1” beat out Adventure Time to be Boom! Studios number one book in May: 13,916 to 12,806 copies sold. Given #2 attrition, that will probably be reversed in June but is still a strong debut for the new series.
  • The first issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, a four-part limited series from Dark Horse, debuted with 17,095 copies sold, just beneath Rebel Heist and Hellboy in Hell, good for seventh overall.
  • The four issues of Batman Eternal released in May accounted for 255,665 issues sold, good for an average of 64K per issue, with the eighth issue actually selling slightly more than #7. Issues #5, #6 ,and #8 were all in DC’s overall top 10 for the month.
  • The four issues of New 52: Futures End released in May accounted for 234, 884 issues sold, nearly 59K per issue on average (though issue #1 outsold the rest by about 15K and eight chart positions).
  • “Solar: Man of the Atom #2” sold just under 9,000 issues, a steep drop from the nearly 23,000 copies sold of the first issue.
  • The TMNT 30th Anniversary Special was IDW’s third-best selling book of the month, behind only the two My Little Pony titles.
  • Saga returned in relatively the same position overall as when its last issue shipped in January, with issue #19 up a few thousand sales from issue #18.
  • The second issue of Southern Bastards dropped from 38K to 25K, just outside Image’s overall top 5. But if it can hold that number going forward, it should be a perennial top 10 Image book capable of lifting into the top 5 on occasion.
  • “All New X-Men #27” was Marvel’s best selling non-Spidey, non-Original Sin book at 62,269 issues, though the combined totals of Avengers (which double shipped in May and landed just beneath All New X-Men) account for around 115,000 issues sold, which would place it fourth overall for Marvel.
  • The first issue of Cyclops’s first solo series debuted well, with 47, 468 issues sold, good for 13th overall at Marvel; expect regular sales, sans the first issue bump, to settle in around 30K a month, in the range of similar Marvel NOW solo X-books such as Nightcrawler and Magneto, still well within Marvel’s top 50.

All Sales Numbers via Comichron.com

Overall Top 300

Rank Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. sales
1 Original Sin 1 $4.99 Marvel 147,045
2 Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 123,945
3 Amazing Spider-Man 1.1 $3.99 Marvel 116,555
4 Batman 31 $3.99 DC 107,499
5 Forever Evil 7 $4.99 DC 96,098
6 Original Sin 2 $3.99 Marvel 92,643
7 Justice League 30 $3.99 DC 77,456
8 Walking Dead 127 $2.99 Image 71,352
9 New 52 Futures End 1 $2.99 DC 70,788
10 Batman Eternal 5 $2.99 DC 66,795
11 Batman Eternal 6* $2.99 DC 64,530
12 Justice League United 1 $3.99 DC 64,209
13 Superman Doomed 1 $4.99 DC 63,424
14 Harley Quinn 6 $2.99 DC 62,467
15 Batman Eternal 8* $2.99 DC 62,294
16 All New X-Men 27 $3.99 Marvel 62,269
17 Batman Eternal 7* $2.99 DC 62,046
18 Avengers 29 $4.99 Marvel 58,661
19 New 52 Futures End 2* $2.99 DC 57,147
20 Avengers 30 $3.99 Marvel 57,099
21 Saga 19 $2.99 Image 55,422
22 Batman Superman 10 $3.99 DC 54,844
23 Uncanny X-Men 21 $3.99 Marvel 54,747
24 Detective Comics 31 $3.99 DC 54,518
25 Guardians of Galaxy 15 $3.99 Marvel 54,332
26 New 52 Futures End 3* $2.99 DC 53,771
27 Batman Superman 11 $3.99 DC 53,504
28 New 52 Futures End 4* $2.99 DC 53,178
29 Deadpool 29 $3.99 Marvel 52,403
30 Uncanny Avengers 20 $3.99 Marvel 51,886
31 Justice League of America 14 $3.99 DC 51,351
32 Superman Wonder Woman 8 $3.99 DC 47,803
33 Thanos Annual 1 $4.99 Marvel 47,599
34 Cyclops 1 $3.99 Marvel 47,468
35 Deadpool Vs. Carnage 3 $3.99 Marvel 46,688
36 Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 45,864
37 Deadpool 28 $3.99 Marvel 45,858
38 Nightwing 30 $3.99 DC 43,923
39 Green Lantern 31 $2.99 DC 43,769
40 New Avengers 18 $3.99 Marvel 43,668
41 Moon Knight 3 $3.99 Marvel 42,607
42 Serenity Leaves On The Wind 5 $3.50 Dark Horse 42,606
43 Amazing X-Men 7 $3.99 Marvel 42,512
44 Batman And Frankenstein 31 $2.99 DC 42,150
45 Inhuman 2 $3.99 Marvel 41,810
46 Deadpool Annual 2 $4.99 Marvel 41,271
47 Action Comics 31 $3.99 DC 41,081
48 Superman 31 $2.99 DC 40,534
49 X-Men 14 $3.99 Marvel 39,499
50 Daredevil 3 $3.99 Marvel 39,316
51 The Star Wars 8 $3.99 Dark Horse 38,654
52 Hulk 3 $3.99 Marvel 37,639
53 Thor God of Thunder 22 $3.99 Marvel 36,945
54 MPH 1 $2.99 Image 35,632
55 Wolverine 6 $3.99 Marvel 35,571
56 Magneto 3 $3.99 Marvel 35,504
57 Nightcrawler 2 $3.99 Marvel 35,356
58 Wolverine 7 $3.99 Marvel 35,039
59 Ms. Marvel 4 $2.99 Marvel 34,839
60 Sinestro 2 $2.99 DC 34,640
61 Earth 2 23 $2.99 DC 34,531
62 Flash 31 $2.99 DC 34,240
63 Iron Fist Living Weapon 2 $3.99 Marvel 33,643
64 Wolverine And X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 33,521
65 Fantastic Four 5 $4.99 Marvel 33,336
66 Fantastic Four 4 $3.99 Marvel 33,263
67 Magneto 4 $3.99 Marvel 33,070
68 Secret Origins 2 $4.99 DC 32,966
69 Aquaman 31 $2.99 DC 32,076
70 Trees 1* $2.99 Image 31,926
71 Batgirl 31 $2.99 DC 31,552
72 Wonder Woman 31 $2.99 DC 30,655
73 Captain America 20 $3.99 Marvel 30,341
74 Iron Man 25 $3.99 Marvel 29,558
75 Avengers World 6 $3.99 Marvel 28,969
76 Mighty Avengers 10 $3.99 Marvel 28,711
77 Iron Man 26 $3.99 Marvel 28,654
78 Green Lantern Corps 31 $2.99 DC 28,449
79 Star Wars 17 $2.99 Dark Horse 28,241
80 All New Ghost Rider 3 $3.99 Marvel 27,756
81 Punisher 5 $3.99 Marvel 27,471
82 Afterlife With Archie 5 $2.99 Archie 27,071
83 East of West 12 $3.50 Image 27,056
84 Wake 8 $2.99 DC 26,694
85 Elektra 2 $3.99 Marvel 26,612
86 X-Force 5 $3.99 Marvel 26,215
87 Aquaman and the Others 2 $2.99 DC 26,198
88 Black Widow 6 $3.99 Marvel 26,136
89 Captain Marvel 3 $3.99 Marvel 26,057
90 Loki Agent of Asgard 4 $2.99 Marvel 26,012
91 Southern Bastards 2* $3.50 Image 25,811
92 Justice League 3000 6 $2.99 DC 25,738
93 She-Hulk 4 $2.99 Marvel 25,543
94 Justice League Dark 31 $3.99 DC 25,337
95 All New X-Factor 7 $3.99 Marvel 24,873
96 Red Lanterns 31 $2.99 DC 24,307
97 All New X-Factor 8 $3.99 Marvel 24,283
98 All New Ultimates 2 $3.99 Marvel 24,165
99 Giant Size Spider-Man 1 $4.99 Marvel 23,996
100 Green Lantern New Guardians 31 $2.99 DC 23,886
101 Green Arrow 31 $2.99 DC 23,475
102 Teen Titans Annual 3 $4.99 DC 23,140
103 Secret Avengers 3 $3.99 Marvel 22,860
104 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 19 $3.99 IDW 22,820
105 Supergirl 31 $2.99 DC 22,783
106 Nailbiter 1 $2.99 Image 22,746
107 Miracleman 5 $4.99 Marvel 22,399
108 Suicide Squad 30 $3.99 DC 22,063
109 All New Invaders 5 $3.99 Marvel 21,843
110 Thunderbolts 26 $2.99 Marvel 21,771
111 Nova 17 $3.99 Marvel 21,652
112 Savage Wolverine 18 $3.99 Marvel 21,599
113 Red Hood And The Outlaws 31 $2.99 DC 21,257
114 Savage Wolverine 19 $3.99 Marvel 21,144
115 Worlds Finest 23 $2.99 DC 21,118
116 Cowl 1 $3.50 Image 20,851
117 Miracleman 6 $4.99 Marvel 20,598
118 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 20,556
119 Star Wars Rebel Heist 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 20,387
120 Velvet 5 $2.99 Image 20,258
121 Catwoman 31 $2.99 DC 20,144
122 Winter Soldier Bitter March 4 $3.99 Marvel 19,930
123 New Warriors 4 $3.99 Marvel 19,900
124 Starlight 3 $2.99 Image 19,891
125 Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two 5 $2.99 DC 19,834
126 Avengers Undercover 4 $2.99 Marvel 19,696
127 Marvels Guardians of Galaxy Prelude 2 $2.99 Marvel 19,588
128 Chaos 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 19,537
129 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu 1 $3.99 Marvel 19,315
130 My Little Pony Friends Forever 5 $3.99 IDW 19,312
131 Hellboy In Hell 6 $2.99 Dark Horse 19,179
132 Batman 66 11 $3.99 DC 18,642
133 United States of Murder Inc. 1 $3.99 Marvel 18,474
134 Batwoman 31 $2.99 DC 18,463
135 Invincible 111 $2.99 Image 18,440
136 Chew / Revival 1 $4.99 Image 18,259
137 Swamp Thing 31 $2.99 DC 18,249
138 Constantine 14 $2.99 DC 17,422
139 Deadly Class 5 $3.50 Image 17,099
140 Star Wars Darth Maul Son of Dathomir 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 17,095
141 Ultimate FF 2 $3.99 Marvel 17,059
142 Doctor Spektor 1* $3.99 Dynamic Forces 16,471
143 Birds of Prey 31 $2.99 DC 15,947
144 American Vampire Second Cycle 3 $2.99 DC 15,642
145 All New Doop 2 $3.99 Marvel 15,022
146 Iron Patriot 3 $3.99 Marvel 14,840
147 Superboy 31 $2.99 DC 14,795
148 Fatale 22 $3.50 Image 14,694
149 Angel And Faith Season 10 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 14,200
150 Fables 140 $2.99 DC 13,977
151 Woods 1 $3.99 Boom 13,916
152 Batman Beyond Universe 10 $3.99 DC 13,869
153 Astro City 12 $3.99 DC 13,795
154 Trinity of Sin Pandora 11 $2.99 DC 13,659
155 Trinity of Sin The Phantom Stranger 19 $2.99 DC 13,641
156 TMNT 30th Anniversary Special $7.99 IDW 13,391
157 Amazing Spider-Man 1 $5.99 Marvel 13,240
158 Adventure Time 28 $3.99 Boom 12,806
159 X-O Manowar 25 $4.99 Valiant 12,493
160 Star Wars Legacy Ii 15 $2.99 Dark Horse 12,473
161 He Man And The Masters of the Universe 13 $2.99 DC 12,430
162 Shutter 2 $3.50 Image 12,267
163 Bee And Puppycat 1 $3.99 Boom 12,204
164 Larfleeze 11 $2.99 DC 12,110
165 All Star Western 31 $3.99 DC 12,023
166 Red Sonja 9 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 11,850
167 X-Files Season 10 12 $3.99 IDW 11,773
168 Spawn 243 $2.99 Image 11,714
169 Sandman Overture 2 Spec. Ed. $4.99 DC 11,499
170 Fairest 26 $2.99 DC 11,493
171 Rat Queens 6 $3.50 Image 11,476
172 Real Heroes 2 $3.99 Image 11,426
173 Smallville Season 11 Lantern 2 $3.99 DC 11,372
174 Tomb Raider 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 11,300
175 Revival 20 $2.99 Image 10,341
176 Adventures of Superman 13 $3.99 DC 10,045
177 Satellite Sam 8 $3.50 Image 9,997
178 Conan The Avenger 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 9,946
179 Lumberjanes 2 $3.99 Boom 9,904
180 Alex + Ada 6 $2.99 Image 9,869
181 Madame Frankenstein 1 $2.99 Image 9,771
182 Star Trek Ongoing 33 $3.99 IDW 9,729
183 Rocket Girl 5 $3.50 Image 9,630
184 Thief of Thieves 21 $2.99 Image 9,625
185 Transformers Robots In Disguise 29 $3.99 IDW 9,615
186 Transformers More Than Meets Eye 29 $3.99 IDW 9,543
187 Caliban 2 $3.99 Avatar 9,454
188 Dexter Down Under 4 $3.99 Marvel 9,329
189 God Is Dead 12 $3.99 Avatar 9,275
190 Dead Body Road 6 $2.99 Image 9,266
191 Adventure Time Flip Side 5 $3.99 Boom 9,174
192 Powers Bureau 10 $3.95 Marvel 9,002
193 God Is Dead 13 $3.99 Avatar 8,987
194 Transformers Windblade 2 $3.99 IDW 8,980
195 Batwing 31 $2.99 DC 8,941
196 Solar Man of the Atom 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,918
197 Sonic The Hedgehog 260 $2.99 Archie 8,866
198 Unity 7 $3.99 Valiant 8,653
199 Sons of Anarchy 9 $3.99 Boom 8,511
200 Samurai Jack 8 $3.99 IDW 8,471
201 King Conan Conqueror 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,428
202 Turok Dinosaur Hunter 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,426
203 Magnus Robot Fighter 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,333
204 BPRD Hell On Earth 119 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,306
205 Flash Gordon 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,255
206 Littlest Pet Shop 1 $3.99 IDW 8,211
207 Sex 13 $2.99 Image 8,192
208 Veil 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,184
209 Twilight Zone 5 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,140
210 Harbinger 23 $3.99 Valiant 8,011
211 Revenge 3 $2.99 Image 7,969
212 Elfquest Final Quest 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,967
213 Stray Bullets The Killers 3 $3.50 Image 7,935
214 Godzilla Rulers of the Earth 12 $3.99 IDW 7,890
215 Clive Barkers Nightbreed 1 $3.99 Boom 7,790
216 Grimm Fairy Tales Warlord of Oz 1 $2.99 Zenescope 7,787
217 Shadow Midnight Moscow 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,772
218 Uber 13 $3.99 Avatar 7,653
219 Mega Man 37 $2.99 Archie 7,640
220 Shadow 25 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,602
221 Abe Sapien 12 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,559
222 Archer & Armstrong 20 $3.99 Valiant 7,553
223 Sonic Universe 63 $2.99 Archie 7,507
224 Hinterkind 7 $2.99 DC 7,487
225 Scooby Doo Team Up 4* $2.99 DC 7,417
226 Star Trek New Visions: Mirror Crackd 1 $7.99 IDW 7,411
227 Bloodshot & Hard Corps 22 $3.99 Valiant 7,350
228 Dead Boy Detectives 6 $2.99 DC 7,305
229 Unwritten Vol. 2 Apocalypse 5 $3.99 DC 7,267
230 Shadow Year One 9 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,262
231 FBP Federal Bureau of Physics 10 $2.99 DC 7,242
232 Black Dynamite 2 $3.99 IDW 7,233
233 Quantum & Woody 10 $3.99 Valiant 7,232
234 Disney Kingdoms Seekers of Weird 5 $3.99 Marvel 7,185
235 Royals Masters of War 4 $2.99 DC 7,156
236 Pathfinder City Secrets 1 $4.99 Dynamic Forces 7,101
237 Dejah of Mars 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,085
238 Danger Girl Mayday 2 $3.99 IDW 6,945
239 V-Wars 2* $3.99 IDW 6,912
240 Wraith Welcome To Christmasland 6 $3.99 IDW 6,811
241 G.I. Joe A Real American Hero 202 $3.99 IDW 6,781
242 Field 2 $3.50 Image 6,639
243 Fuse 4 $3.50 Image 6,637
244 Spongebob Comics 32 $2.99 United Plankton 6,623
245 Crossed Badlands 53 $3.99 Avatar 6,617
246 Bunker 4 $3.99 Oni 6,518
247 Massive 23 $3.50 Dark Horse 6,470
248 Crossed Badlands 54 $3.99 Avatar 6,420
249 24 2 $3.99 IDW 6,326
250 Zero 8 $2.99 Image 6,225
251 Rover Red Charlie 6 $5.99 Avatar 6,222
252 Shadowman End Times 2 $3.99 Valiant 6,216
253 Original Sin 0 $4.99 Marvel 6,166
254 Judge Dredd 19 $3.99 IDW 6,152
255 Undertow 4 $2.99 Image 6,114
256 Mercenary Sea 4 $2.99 Image 6,103
257 Tarot Witch of the Black Rose 86 $2.95 Broadsword 6,078
258 TMNT New Animated Adventures 11 $3.99 IDW 6,075
259 Ghostbusters 16 $3.99 IDW 6,061
260 Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Fairy Tales 97 $2.99 Zenescope 6,055
261 Sheltered 9 $2.99 Image 6,047
262 Scribblenauts Unmasked Crisis of Imagination 5 $2.99 DC 6,045
263 Powerpuff Girls 9 $3.99 IDW 6,032
264 Cyber Force 9 $2.99 Image 6,022
265 Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,934
266 Futurama Comics 71 $2.99 Bongo 5,914
267 Ash & The Army of Darkness 7 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,690
268 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Clash of Queens 4 $3.99 Zenescope 5,685
269 Movement 12 $2.99 DC 5,629
270 Sovereign 3 $2.99 Image 5,609
271 Harley Quinn 2 $2.99 DC 5,547
272 Translucid 2 $3.99 Boom 5,507
273 Ghosted 10 $2.99 Image 5,481
274 Halo Escalation 6 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,432
275 Burn The Orphanage Reign of Terror 1 $3.50 Image 5,423
276 Monster & Madman 3 $3.99 IDW 5,414
277 Last Broadcast 1 $3.99 Boom 5,329
278 Mars Attacks First Born 1* $3.99 IDW 5,324
279 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland 23 $3.99 Zenescope 5,313
280 Dead Letters 2 $3.99 Boom 5,278
281 Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Legend 3 $2.99 Zenescope 5,268
282 Mind The Gap 17 $2.99 Image 5,261
283 Battlestar Galactica 11 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,243
284 Maxx Maxximized 7 $3.99 IDW 5,241
285 Dexters Laboratory 2 $3.99 IDW 5,241
286 Aphrodite IX 10 $2.99 Image 5,211
287 Terminator Salvation Final Battle 6 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,203
288 Batman Eternal 1 $2.99 DC 5,162
289 Axe Cop American Choppers 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,114
290 Lola XOXO 2 $3.99 Aspen 5,105
291 Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2014 $5.99 Zenescope 5,089
292 Doc Savage Annual 2014 $5.99 Dynamic Forces 5,042
293 Miss Fury 10 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,024
294 Weird Love 1 $3.99 IDW 4,954
295 Bart Simpson Comics 90 $2.99 Bongo 4,913
296 Mass Effect Foundation 11 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,879
297 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Asylum 5 $3.99 Zenescope 4,833
298 Miss Fury 11 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,797
299 Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 26 $2.99 Marvel 4,759
300 Prophet 44 $3.99 Image 4,757

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