UPDATED: AvX Stands Tall, "Batman Inc" Opens Big In May Sales Rankings

Mon, June 11th, 2012 at 7:30am PDT | Updated: June 11th, 2012 at 7:52am

Comic Books
Kiel Phegley, Staff Writer

Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's "Batman Incorporated" was the only Second Wave title to crack the top ten in May

May, 2012 wasn't a blockbuster month in terms of brand new series, though the established players in the Direct Market continued to reap the success of their current initiatives in new sales rankings and market share info released today by Diamond Comic Distributors. Looking at the year-to-year sales, however, shows an overall increase over May, 2011 of over 40%, though it should be mentioned that this May have an extra week of sales .

Marvel Comics took a narrow edge overall in the month with a 35.32% retail dollar share and a 38.64% unit market share. DC Comics came in second with 32.73% and 36.72% respectively. Image Comics placed a strong third.

In terms of specific issue sales, Marvel took the top two sales spots with "Avengers Vs. X-Men" #4 and 3 (yes, the fourth issue sold better than the third) as the spinoff "AvX: VS" came in sixth. DC filled up the other seven slots in the top ten, mostly with its now solid serial performers, including a #5 finish for the Mr. Freeze origin that was "Batman Annual" #1. The much-lauded Second Wave of New 52 titles also cracked the top ten with "Batman Incorporated" #1 selling over 100,000 copies as told to CBR News by DC execs.

On the trade side of the equation, DC's first set of New 52 hardcovers was unsurprisingly led by "Justice League" and "Batman" at #1 and 2 respectively. Image's "The Walking Dead" continued to entice retailers and fans as the now mega-best selling Vol. 1 placed third with Vol. 4 and Vol. 2 coming in 6th and 8th respectively. Chip Kidd's original graphic novel "Batman: Death By Design" was also a notable finish at #4 as was "Watchmen" which ranks in the top ten again presumably in anticipation of DC's new "Before Watchmen" prequels.

Check out the full top ten lists and share information below, and stay tuned to CBR News for more on the May numbers as they become available.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.32%

38.64%

DC COMICS

32.73%

36.72%

IMAGE COMICS

7.19%

6.70%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.80%

4.04%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.75%

3.48%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.55%

2.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.60%

1.60%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.08%

0.26%

VIZ MEDIA

0.86%

0.38%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

0.85%

0.73%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.27%

4.84%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2012 VS. APRIL 2012

COMICS

20.60%

20.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

31.65%

22.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

24.11%

21.02%

MAY 2012 VS. MAY 2011

COMICS

45.12%

44.24%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

41.14%

24.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

43.76%

42.46%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2011

COMICS

21.77%

20.89%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.22%

12.77%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.95%

20.21%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4

$3.99

MAR120534

MAR

2

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3

$3.99

MAR120530

MAR

3

BATMAN #9

$3.99

MAR120184

DC

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE #9

$3.99

MAR120159

DC

5

BATMAN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

MAR120188

DC

6

AVX VS #2

$3.99

MAR120528

MAR

7

BATMAN INCORPORATED #1

$2.99

MAR120149

DC

8

DETECTIVE COMICS #9

$3.99

MAR120189

DC

9

ACTION COMICS #9

$3.99

MAR120176

DC

10

GREEN LANTERN #9

$2.99

MAR120204

DC

TOP 300 COMIC BOOKS

UnitsDollarsTitlePriceMAR
11AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 $3.99MAR
22AVENGERS VS X-MEN #3 $3.99MAR
33BATMAN #9 $3.99DC
44JUSTICE LEAGUE #9$3.99DC
55BATMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99DC
66AVX VS #2$3.99MAR
710BATMAN INCORPORATED #1$2.99DC
87DETECTIVE COMICS #9 $3.99DC
99ACTION COMICS #9$3.99DC
1013GREEN LANTERN #9$2.99DC
118EARTH 2 #1 [*]$3.99DC
1218BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #9 $2.99DC
1321BATMAN AND ROBIN #9$2.99DC
1411UNCANNY X-MEN #12$3.99MAR
1512AVENGERS #26$3.99MAR
1614WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #11$3.99MAR
1715NEW AVENGERS #26$3.99MAR
1816WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #10$3.99MAR
1927FLASH #9$2.99DC
2023WORLDS FINEST #1 [*]$2.99DC
2128SUPERMAN #9$2.99DC
2229NIGHTWING #9 $2.99DC
2330AQUAMAN #9$2.99DC
2431BATGIRL #9 $2.99DC
2519AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686$3.99MAR
2620AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685$3.99MAR
2725ASTONISHING X-MEN #50$3.99MAR
2836WALKING DEAD #97 (MR)$2.99IMA
2917UNCANNY X-FORCE #25$4.99MAR
3042TEEN TITANS #9 $2.99DC
3140WALKING DEAD #98 (MR)$2.99IMA
3224SECRET AVENGERS #27$3.99MAR
3343CATWOMAN #9 $2.99DC
3444RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9 $2.99DC
3545WONDER WOMAN #9$2.99DC
3648GREEN LANTERN CORPS #9$2.99DC
3751X-MEN LEGACY #267$2.99MAR
3850GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #9$2.99DC
3922TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 $4.99DC
4056BATWOMAN #9$2.99DC
4132AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #3$3.99MAR
4259X-MEN LEGACY #266$2.99MAR
4326X-O MANOWAR #1$3.99VAL
4433ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #10$3.99MAR
4534INCREDIBLE HULK #8$3.99MAR
4635AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #39$3.99MAR
4764BIRDS OF PREY #9 $2.99DC
4853DIAL H #1 [*]$2.99DC
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5055RAVAGERS #1 [*]$2.99DC
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5370DAREDEVIL #12$2.99MAR
5467RED LANTERNS #9$2.99DC
5571DAREDEVIL #13$2.99MAR
5638CAPTAIN AMERICA #11$3.99MAR
5757SAGA #3 (MR) [*]$2.99IMA
5839CAPTAIN AMERICA #12$3.99MAR
5972INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1$2.99MAR
6041AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #7$3.99MAR
6146X-MEN #28$3.99MAR
6278BATWING #9 $2.99DC
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7187SUICIDE SQUAD #9$2.99DC
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7661INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #517$3.99MAR
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7963ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #11$3.99MAR
8065ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #10$3.99MAR
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8293WINTER SOLDIER #5$2.99MAR
8354GI COMBAT #1 [*]$3.99DC
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8596DEADPOOL #54$2.99MAR
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8898DEADPOOL #55$2.99MAR
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9074ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #11$3.99MAR
9175WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND #5$3.99MAR
92102VENOM #18$2.99MAR
93105SECRET SERVICE #2 (MR)$2.99MAR
94100BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #9$2.99DAR
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98107GREEN ARROW #9$2.99DC
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100111BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED #2$2.99DC
101113EXILED #1$2.99MAR
102114NEW MUTANTS #42$2.99MAR
103116JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #637$2.99MAR
10488BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #4$3.99DC
105117NEW MUTANTS #43$2.99MAR
106119X-FACTOR #235$2.99MAR
107120X-FACTOR #236$2.99MAR
108121LEGION LOST #9 $2.99DC
109122CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE #630$2.99MAR
110123JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #638$2.99MAR
11191AVENGERS VS X-MEN #2$3.99MAR
112125PUNISHER #11$2.99MAR
113126CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE #631$2.99MAR
114109FATALE #5 (MR)$3.50IMA
115127STORMWATCH #9$2.99DC
116170FAIREST #3 (MR)$2.99DC
117128HULK #51$2.99MAR
118110STAR WARS DARTH VADER GHOST PRISON #1$3.50DAR
11986SHADOW #2$3.99DE
120131HULK #52$2.99MAR
12190STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION #1$3.99IDW
122136DEATHSTROKE #9$2.99DC
123135LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #9$2.99DC
124106FURY MAX #1 (MR)$3.99MAR
125103ADVENTURE TIME #4$3.99BOO
126138DEMON KNIGHTS #9$2.99DC
127118MIND THE GAP #1 [*]$2.99IMA
128124STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE STORM #4$3.50DAR
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130112FURY MAX #2 (MR)$3.99MAR
131141THUNDERBOLTS #174$2.99MAR
132104MAGIC THE GATHERING #4$3.99IDW
133294HIGHER EARTH #1$1.00BOO
134129STAR WARS BLOOD TIES BOBA FETT IS DEAD #2$3.50DAR
135144RESURRECTION MAN #9$2.99DC
136134MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3$3.50IMA
137145THIEF OF THIEVES #4$2.99IMA
138147SAVAGE HAWKMAN #9$2.99DC
139148FABLES #117 (MR)$2.99DC
140149HULK SMASH AVENGERS #1$2.99MAR
141152FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #9$2.99DC
142151FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #9$2.99DC
143150ANGEL & FAITH #10$2.99DAR
144154I VAMPIRE #9$2.99DC
145157BLUE BEETLE #9$2.99DC
146115BOYS #66 (MR)$3.99DE
147133AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1$3.99MAR
148130MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #1$3.99MAR
149159AMERICAS GOT POWERS #2$2.99IMA
150165DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #9$2.99DC
151167HULK SMASH AVENGERS #3$2.99MAR
152143CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4$3.50DAR
153168HULK SMASH AVENGERS #2$2.99MAR
154169GRIFTER #9$2.99DC
155137MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #2$3.99MAR
156172SHADE #8$2.99DC
157132FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE ALIVE #1$3.99IDW
158174HULK SMASH AVENGERS #4$2.99MAR
159173INVINCIBLE #91$2.99IMA
160175MARVELS AVENGERS AVENGERS INITIATIVE$2.99MAR
161179AMERICAN VAMPIRE #27 (MR)$2.99DC
162178HULK SMASH AVENGERS #5$2.99MAR
163184EPIC KILL #1$2.99IMA
164187VOODOO #9$2.99DC
165188AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #1$2.99MAR
166192SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES #1$2.99DC
167164STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC WAR #5$3.50DAR
168196SPAWN #219$2.99IMA
169142THE SPIDER #1$3.99DE
170160POWERS #10 (MR)$3.95MAR
171205AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #2$2.99MAR
172207CAPTAIN ATOM #9$2.99DC
173176BPRD HELL ON EARTH TRANSFORMATION ODONNELL #1$3.50DAR
174206CHEW #26 (MR)$2.99IMA
175146GODZILLA #1$3.99IDW
176153TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #5$3.99IDW
177155STAR TREK #8$3.99IDW
178156TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #5$3.99IDW
179190BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #1$3.50DAR
18095MYSTERY IN SPACE #1 (MR)$7.99DC
181158STAR TREK #9$3.99IDW
182216HARDCORE #1$2.99IMA
183161ROCKETEER ADVENTURES 2 #3$3.99IDW
184162GAME OF THRONES #8 (MR)$3.99DE
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186276SAUCER COUNTRY #3 (MR)$2.99DC
187166TRUE BLOOD #1$3.99IDW
188177GARFIELD #1$3.99BOO
189200TAKIO #1$3.95MAR
190171CROSSED BADLANDS #5 (MR)$3.99AVA
191233NIGHTWING #8$2.99DC
192181WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #12 (MR)$3.99DE
193230GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES #2$2.99DC
194295NEW DEADWARDIANS #3 (MR)$2.99DC
195234UNWRITTEN #37 (MR)$2.99DC
196215LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND #5$3.50DAR
197182TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #9$3.99IDW
198236HELLBLAZER #291 (MR)$2.99DC
199183GI JOE VOL 2 #13$3.99IDW
200208AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0$3.99MAR
201186TRIO #1$3.99IDW
202185STEPHEN KING JOE HILL ROAD RAGE #4$3.99IDW
203180CROSSED BADLANDS #6 (MR)$3.99AVA
204189GHOSTBUSTERS #9$3.99IDW
205220GUILD FAWKES #1$3.50DAR
206191DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS #1$3.99IDW
207241MORNING GLORIES #18 (MR)$2.99IMA
208193FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2$3.99BOO
209194VAMPIRELLA #17$3.99DE
210226SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #236$2.99ARC
211242WITCHBLADE #156$2.99IMA
212197LORD OF THE JUNGLE #4 (MR)$3.99DE
213198GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #178$3.99IDW
214245DANCER #1$3.50IMA
215199DEJAH THORIS & WHITE APES OF MARS #2 (MR)$3.99DE
216232SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #237$2.99ARC
217202SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #13$3.99IDW
218203KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #9$3.99DE
219140GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #6 (MR)$5.99ZEN
220218AVX VS #1$3.99MAR
221250NIGHT FORCE #3$2.99DC
222204LOCKE & KEY CLOCKWORKS #6$3.99IDW
223209COBRA #13$3.99IDW
224210RACHEL RISING #8$3.99ABS
225212GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #13 (MR)$3.99DE
226258IZOMBIE #25 (MR)$2.99DC
227247BART SIMPSONS PAL MILHOUSE #1$2.99BON
228201CALL OF WONDERLAND #1 (MR)$3.99ZEN
229239MASS EFFECT HOMEWORLDS #2$3.50DAR
230259GRIM LEAPER #1 (MR)$3.50IMA
231262SWEET TOOTH #33 (MR)$2.99DC
232282YOUNGBLOOD #71$2.99IMA
233214IRREDEEMABLE #37$3.99BOO
234213HERO COMICS 2012$3.99IDW
235261MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2$2.99MAR
236224MIND MGMT #1$3.99DAR
237265HELL YEAH #3$2.99IMA
238225DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #6$3.99MAR
239266YOUNG JUSTICE #16$2.99DC
240211LADY DEATH #17 (MR)$3.99AVA
241228DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #7$3.99MAR
242139DARK HORSE PRESENTS #12$7.99DAR
243300DANGER CLUB #2$2.99IMA
244260SONIC UNIVERSE #40$2.99ARC
245222BIONIC WOMAN #2$3.99DE
246252TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #74 (MR)$2.95BRO
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248238ARTIFACTS #17$3.99IMA
249337DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #3 (MR)$2.99DC
250263SIMPSONS COMICS #190$2.99BON
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252286MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES #2$2.99MAR
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272246VAMPIRELLA VS DRACULA #4$3.99DE
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274219LORD OF THE JUNGLE ANNUAL #1 (MR)$4.99DE
275248QUEEN SONJA #29$3.99DE
276777ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4$3.99MAR
277278GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #17 (MR)$2.99ZEN
278249DARK SHADOWS #5$3.99DE
279284RESIDENT ALIEN #1$3.50DAR
280251NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #43$3.99IDW
281253FERALS #5 (MR)$3.99AVA
282269BATMAN #8$3.99DC
283283GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #16 (MR)$2.99ZEN
284528AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99MAR
285217GFT OVERSIZED COSPLAY SPECIAL (MR)$4.99ZEN
286275FATHOM KIANI VOL 2 #2$3.50ASP
287305BART SIMPSON COMICS #71$2.99BON
288254DAN THE UNHARMABLE #1 (MR)$3.99AVA
289320SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #21$2.99DC
290281UNCANNY X-MEN #11$3.99MAR
291322JOHN CARTER GODS OF MARS #3$2.99MAR
292303PETER PANZERFAUST #4 (MR)$3.50IMA
293267PLANET OF THE APES #14$3.99BOO
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TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 1: ORIGIN HC

$24.99

JAN120299

DC

2

BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS HC

$24.99

JAN120300

DC

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$9.99

JUL068351

IMA

4

BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN DELUXE EDITION HC

$24.99

JAN120285

DC

5

ANIMAL MAN VOLUME 1: THE HUNT TP

$14.99

FEB120247

DC

6

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 4: HEARTS DESIRE TP

$14.99

SEP088205

IMA

7

KICK-ASS 2 PREMIERE HC (MR)

$24.99

MAR120637

MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US TP

$14.99

SEP088204

IMA

9

WATCHMEN HC

$39.99

JUL080172

DC

10

GREEN LANTERN VOLUME 1: SINESTRO HC

$22.99

JAN120301

DC

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