"Batman" Retakes #1 Slot in Direct Market for June, Johns/Romita "Superman" Debuts at #5

Fri, July 11th, 2014 at 8:54am PDT | Updated: July 11th, 2014 at 9:51am

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Stephen Gerding, Senior Editor
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DC Comics jumped back to the top of Diamond Distributor's sales charts in June, as "Batman" returned to its position as the number one selling comic in the direct market. "Harley Quinn" was the publisher's second highest seller, landing in the number four slot, followed by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.'s "Superman" debut at #5, "Justice League" in position #8 and "Detective Comics" at #10.

Marvel only charted four titles in the top ten, but the publisher once again topped the overall market share with a 33.71% dollar share and 35.68% unit share. "Amazing Spider-Man" was #2 for the month, with "Original Sin" taking #3 and #6 on the charts and "Amazing Spider-Man" #1.2 ranking seventh.

"The Walking Dead" remained the only top ten title not from the Big Two, sitting at #9 on the charts.

Monthly comic sales were down slightly across the board compared to the previous month as well as June 2013. Graphic novel sales dipped from May, but were up by over 8% from last year.

Zombies once again ruled the graphic novel charts, as the first volume of "Afterlife with Archie" was the best selling collection, followed by "Night of the Living Deadpool." Image once again saw multiple titles land on the chart, with the debut volume of "Velvet" at #3, and the first three "Saga" collections all appearing in the top ten.

Check out the charts and graphs below and come back next week for John Mayo's look at the Top 300 and in-depth analysis.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.71%

35.68%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.88%

33.20%

IMAGE COMICS

8.93%

10.51%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.60%

4.45%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.57%

4.89%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.62%

2.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.52%

2.52%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.20%

1.27%

AVATAR PRESS

1.10%

0.81%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.93%

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.94%

3.74%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2014 VS. MAY 2014

COMICS

-3.19%

-1.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.36%

2.93%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.25%

-0.99%

JUNE 2014 VS. JUNE 2013

COMICS

-2.93%

-4.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.09%

10.26%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.33%

-3.46%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-1.43%

-6.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.93%

5.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.08%

-5.46%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014

COMICS

14.13%

11.07%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.59%

2.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.96%

10.34%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013

COMICS

3.90%

-1.29%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.33%

1.25%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.04%

-1.09%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #32

$3.99

APR140209-M

DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

APR140679-M

MAR

3

ORIGINAL SIN #3

$3.99

APR140626-M

MAR

4

HARLEY QUINN #7

$2.99

APR140223-M

DC

5

SUPERMAN #32

$3.99

APR140188-M

DC

6

ORIGINAL SIN #4

$3.99

APR140630-M

MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2

$3.99

APR140681-M

MAR

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #31

$3.99

MAR140175-M

DC

9

THE WALKING DEAD #128 (MR)

$2.99

APR140615

IMA

10

DETECTIVE COMICS #32

$3.99

APR140213-M

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE TP

$17.99

FEB140918-M

ARC

2

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAR140768

MAR

3

VELVET VOLUME 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END TP (MR)

$9.99

FEB140537

IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556

IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 6: GOBLIN NATION TP

$19.99

MAR140765

MAR

7

BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP

$14.99

MAR140250

DC

8

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 TP

$14.99

MAR140265

DC

9

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 2 HC

$19.99

FEB140260

DC

10

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443

IMA

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