Led by "Superman Unchained," DC Takes Top Three Sales Spots for June

Fri, July 5th, 2013 at 8:57am PDT | Updated: July 5th, 2013 at 10:43am

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

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"Superman Unchained" #1 was the top-selling comic of June according to Diamond's sales report.

June was a big month for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Not only did Marvel's "Age of Ultron" event publish its final two issues, DC debuted three major issues: Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's highly anticipated "Superman Unchained" #1; Greg Pak and Jae Lee's "Batman/Superman" #1; and "Batman" #21 -- the starting issue for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Zero Year" arc. It's no surprise that all these issues comprised the top five comics of the month with DC sweeping the top three spots. However, Marvel had the lions' share of the top ten with a total of six books: the already mentioned "Age of Ultron" #9 and #10, "Superior Spider-Man" #11 and #12, "All-New X-Men" #12 and the debut issue of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s "Kick-Ass 3."

Unsurprisingly, "The Walking Dead" led in trade sales with its eighteenth volume, followed closely by "Saga" volume 2 and BOOM! Studios' "Adventure Time" volume 3. Image Comics' second volume of "The Walking Dead" also made the top ten, as did "Fatale" volume 3. Marvel's "Star-Lord: The Hollow Crown" and "Deadpool Killustrated" clocked in at 4 and 5, respectively, while DC capped off the top ten with "Batman and Robin" volume 1, "Harley Quinn: Night and Day" and "Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre," the only hardcover to break the top 10 this month.

While most of the comparative sales statistics were up from 2012, sales overall were down from May 2013, with comics dropping nearly 3% in dollars and units; and graphic novels dropping nearly 20% in both dollars and units. However, dollars and units are both up compared to the second quarter of 2012 and the first half of 2012.

Check out the charts below and stay tuned to CBR News for a more in-depth analysis of Diamond's sales statistics.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

32.77%

38.29%

DC COMICS

29.57%

32.03%

IMAGE COMICS

8.77%

8.31%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.55%

5.01%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.51%

4.64%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.40%

2.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.93%

1.82%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.76%

0.36%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.04%

1.03%

AVATAR PRESS

0.91%

0.84%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.80%

5.38%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2013 VS. MAY 2013

COMICS

-2.27%

-2.86%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-19.07%

-20.90%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.92%

-4.40%

JUNE 2013 VS. JUNE 2012

COMICS

5.28%

1.17%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.35%

-4.31%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.57%

0.76%

SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013

COMICS

2.27%

-0.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

10.39%

11.83%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.72%

0.57%

SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2012

COMICS

6.30%

2.95%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.62%

5.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.43%

3.16%

FIRST HALF 2013 VS. FIRST HALF 2012

COMICS

13.26%

10.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

9.25%

8.72%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.98%

10.13%


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1

$4.99

APR130107

DC

2

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

APR130117

DC

3

BATMAN #21

$3.99

APR130161

DC

4

AGE OF ULTRON #10

$3.99

APR130589

MAR

5

AGE OF ULTRON #9

$3.99

APR130586

MAR

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE #21

$3.99

APR130137

DC

7

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #11

$3.99

APR130603

MAR

8

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

APR130604

MAR

9

ALL-NEW X-MEN #12

$3.99

APR130600

MAR

10

KICK-ASS 3 #1 (MR)

$2.99

MAR130713

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS AND TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 18: WHAT COMES AFTER

$14.99

APR130482

IMA

2

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMA

3

ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 3 TP

$14.99

APR130964

BOO

4

STAR-LORD: THE HOLLOW CROWN TP

$7.99

APR130679

MAR

5

DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED TP

$14.99

MAR130735

MAR

6

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US

$14.99

SEP088204

IMA

7

FATALE VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130422

IMA

8

BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 1: BORN TO KILL TP

$16.99

MAR130270

DC

9

HARLEY QUINN: NIGHT AND DAY TP

$16.99

MAR130276

DC

10

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE DELUXE HC (MR)

$29.99

MAR130264

DC

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