Diamond's May 2008 Sales Charts & Market Share Report

Marvel's Secret Invasion #2

Diamond Comics Distributors released their monthly sales charts and Market Share report Monday, this month for comic book titles sold in the Direct Market in May 2008, and despite the debut of DC's Final Crisis by Grant Morrison and JG Jones, Marvel finished the month with the best-selling comic book of the month and a healthy lead in both Market Share categories.

Secret Invasion #2 was the bestselling comic book of May, comfortably edging out the first issue of DC's big summer event, Final Crisis. Also strengthening Marvel's numbers were consecutive Top Ten finishes for the debuts of Avengers/Invaders #1 (#4), Invincible Iron Man #1 (#5), and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 (#6).

Morrison's second new entry of the month - Batman R.I.P. - performed strongly for DC, with the first two issues of that Batman story arc taking the #'s 7 and 9 positions, respectively.

On the trade paperback side, Dark Horse took the win with the second volume of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, "No Future for You". Dark Horse also took the third and fourth chart positions, with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trade paperback and Hellboy Vol. 8: Darkness Calls, helping them continue their recent strong Market Share performances of 6.30% Unit Share and 8.11% Dollar Share.

On that note, Marvel again handily led both categories, with 47.56% Unit Share and 43.28% Dollar Share. Finishing second of course was DC, with 29.95% Unit, and 27.76% Dollar Share.

Look for the full Market Share chart, and Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel charts below, as well as much more detail and analysis of these figures later this week.

 

MAY MARKET SHARES

Based on Actual Sales for Comics, Magazines, & GNs Invoiced in May 2008

Publisher

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Dollar Share

Comics, Magazines, & GNs Unit Share

MARVEL COMICS

43.28%

47.56%

DC COMICS

27.76%

29.95%

DARK HORSE COMICS

8.11%

6.30%

IMAGE COMICS

3.28%

2.75%

IDEA & DESIGN WORKS LLC

2.46%

2.40%

VIZ LLC

1.87%

1.00%

DYNAMIC FORCES

1.84%

2.24%

TOKYOPOP

1.47%

0.64%

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

0.98%

0.74%

DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING INC

0.70%

0.60%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.60%

0.23%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.39%

0.14%

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

0.34%

0.10%

BONGO COMICS

0.32%

0.34%

VIRGIN COMICS LLC

0.31%

0.39%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

0.31%

0.30%

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING-MARYLAND

0.29%

0.13%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.28%

0.45%

TITAN

0.27%

0.15%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.26%

0.14%

OTHER NON-TOP 20

4.88%

3.46%

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2008

Qty Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Description

Price

Ven

1

1

179.11

SECRET INVASION #2 (Of 8) SI*

$3.99

MAR

2

2

142.18

FINAL CRISIS #1 (Of 7)

$3.99

DC

3

5

107.19

NEW AVENGERS #41 SI

$2.99

MAR

4

6

106.16

AVENGERS INVADERS #1 (Of 12)*

$2.99

MAR

5

7

103.93

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1*

$2.99

MAR

6

3

103.58

GIANT SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1*

$4.99

MAR

7

8

103.12

BATMAN #676 RIP*

$2.99

DC

8

9

95.12

MIGHTY AVENGERS #13 SI

$2.99

MAR

9

10

94.36

BATMAN #677 RIP*

$2.99

DC

10

12

93.54

MIGHTY AVENGERS #14 SI

$2.99

MAR

11

14

88.39

JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #21

$2.99

DC

12

4

86.03

DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #3 (Of 5)*

$3.99

MAR

13

15

85.51

THOR #9

$2.99

MAR

14

16

80.59

UNCANNY X-MEN #498 DWS

$2.99

MAR

15

17

80.57

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #14

$2.99

DAR

16

18

78.71

X-FORCE #4 DWS*

$2.99

MAR

17

19

78.36

X-MEN LEGACY #211 DWS*

$2.99

MAR

18

20

77.90

CAPTAIN AMERICA #38

$2.99

MAR

19

21

76.88

JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #15*

$2.99

DC

20

22

75.56

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #558

$2.99

MAR

21

24

72.85

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #559

$2.99

MAR

22

25

72.68

X-MEN LEGACY #212 DWS

$2.99

MAR

23

26

72.66

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #560

$2.99

MAR

24

30

69.07

ALL STAR SUPERMAN #11

$2.99

DC

25

31

64.67

GREEN LANTERN #31

$2.99

DC

26

32

61.59

FANTASTIC FOUR #557

$2.99

MAR

27

33

61.31

WOLVERINE #65 DWS

$2.99

MAR

28

34

59.58

SECRET INVASION FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (Of 3) SI*

$2.99

MAR

29

11

56.43

KING SIZE HULK #1

$4.99

MAR

30

36

56.31

TITANS #2

$2.99

DC

31

37

55.78

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #13*

$2.99

MAR

32

23

55.53

X-MEN DIVIDED WE STAND #2 (Of 2)

$3.99

MAR

33

38

54.74

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #122

$2.99

MAR

34

27

54.13

MARVEL 1985 #1 (Of 6)*

$3.99

MAR

35

39

53.76

CABLE #3 DWS*

$2.99

MAR

36

28

53.63

LOGAN #3 (Of 3)*

$3.99

MAR

37

13

53.33

ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #11*

$4.99

DC

38

40

52.04

INCREDIBLE HERCULES #117 SI

$2.99

MAR

39

29

51.94

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #25*

$3.99

MAR

40

41

51.88

SUPERMAN BATMAN #48

$2.99

DC

41

42

51.47

SERENITY BETTER DAYS #3 (Of 3)

$2.99

DAR

42

43

50.33

YOUNG X-MEN #2 DWS

$2.99

MAR

43

44

48.87

ULTIMATE X-MEN #94

$2.99

MAR

44

45

47.51

DETECTIVE COMICS #844

$2.99

DC

45

47

47.35

X-FACTOR #31 DWS

$2.99

MAR

46

48

46.09

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24

$2.99

DC

47

50

45.91

ACTION COMICS #865

$2.99

DC

48

51

45.46

TEEN TITANS #59

$2.99

DC

49

52

44.81

SUPERMAN #676

$2.99

DC

50

35

44.60

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #7

$3.99

IDW

51

55

42.49

CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI 13 #1 SI*

$2.99

MAR

52

57

40.38

MS MARVEL #27 SI

$2.99

MAR

53

58

39.68

DAREDEVIL #107

$2.99

MAR

54

59

37.63

THUNDERBOLTS #120

$2.99

MAR

55

60

37.42

WONDER WOMAN #20

$2.99

DC

56

62

36.87

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #54

$2.99

MAR

57

54

36.50

RANN THANAGAR HOLY WAR #1 (Of 8)*

$3.50

DC

58

63

36.42

X-FACTOR QUICK & DEAD

$2.99

MAR

59

64

36.21

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #3 (Of 7)*

$2.99

DE

60

65

35.75

IRON MAN DIRECTOR O/SHIELD #29

$2.99

MAR

61

66

35.63

GUARDIANS O/GALAXY #1

$2.99

MAR

62

46

35.55

GIANT SIZE INCREDIBLE HULK #1

$3.99

MAR

63

67

35.16

BRAVE & BOLD #13

$2.99

DC

64

49

34.51

IRON MAN VIVA LAS VEGAS #1 (Of 4)*

$3.99

MAR

65

69

34.43

BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #7

$2.99

DC

66

70

34.39

BOOSTER GOLD #9

$2.99

DC

67

53

33.07

GENEXT #1 (Of 5)

$3.99

MAR

68

56

31.69

WOLVERINE AMAZING IMMORTAL MAN BLOODY TALES

$3.99

MAR

69

71

31.36

FLASH #240

$2.99

DC

70

72

30.30

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #8

$2.99

DC

71

74

29.97

PUNISHER #57 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

72

75

29.80

STAR WARS LEGACY #23

$2.99

DAR

73

76

29.78

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #15

$2.99

MAR

74

77

29.64

SUPERGIRL #29

$2.99

DC

75

78

29.36

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #19*

$2.99

MAR

76

79

29.33

TWELVE #5 (Of 12)

$2.99

MAR

77

81

29.06

STAR WARS LEGACY #24

$2.99

DAR

78

82

29.03

BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #1 (Of 12)

$2.99

DC

79

83

28.83

NIGHTWING #144

$2.99

DC

80

84

28.36

NEWUNIVERSAL SHOCKFRONT #1 (Of 6)

$2.99

MAR

81

85

28.27

YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #5 (Of 6)

$2.99

MAR

82

87

27.63

NOVA #13

$2.99

MAR

83

88

27.44

BOYS #18 (MR)

$2.99

DE

84

89

27.43

LEGION O/SUPER HEROES #42

$2.99

DC

85

90

27.13

THUNDERBOLTS REASON IN MADNESS

$2.99

MAR

86

92

27.03

NEW EXILES #6

$2.99

MAR

87

93

26.99

HOUSE O/MYSTERY #1 (MR)*

$2.99

DC

88

68

26.27

X-MEN ORIGIN COLOSSUS

$3.99

MAR

89

95

26.14

MOON KNIGHT #18

$2.99

MAR

90

97

25.73

ROBIN #174

$2.99

DC

91

99

24.65

STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/OLD REPUBLIC #28 VECTOR PART 4

$2.99

DAR

92

100

24.64

GHOST RIDER #23

$2.99

MAR

93

101

24.56

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #17

$2.99

DC

94

102

24.28

DC WILDSTORM DREAMWAR #2 (Of 6)

$2.99

DC

95

103

24.14

WORLD O/WARCRAFT #7

$2.99

DC

96

104

24.04

STAR WARS DARK TIMES #11 VECTOR PART 5

$2.99

DAR

97

105

23.37

FINAL CRISIS SKETCHBOOK

$2.99

DC

98

106

23.35

FABLES #73 (MR)

$2.99

DC

99

107

22.96

LAST DEFENDERS #3 (Of 6)

$2.99

MAR

100

108

22.95

IRON MAN LEGACY O/DOOM #2 (Of 4)

$2.99

MAR

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Actual Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2008

Qty Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Title

Price

Ven

1

4

9.32

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU

$15.95

DAR

2

1

9.26

HULK WWH TP

$24.99

MAR

3

16

6.29

INDIANA JONES & KINGDOM O/T CRYSTAL SKULL TP

$12.95

DAR

4

6

6.12

HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS

$19.95

DAR

5

8

5.83

HEROES SC

$19.99

DC

6

42

5.64

NARUTO TP VOL 29

$7.95

VIZ

7

10

5.49

CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC VOL 02 DEATH CAPT AMERICA*

$19.99

MAR

8

11

5.42

COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC

9

18

5.34

NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI TP

$14.99

MAR

10

13

5.09

SAVAGE SWORD O/CONAN TP VOL 03

$19.95

DAR

11

19

5.00

JUSTICE TP VOL 01

$14.99

DC

12

5

4.88

BATMAN RESURRECTION O/RAS AL GHUL HC

$29.99

DC

13

82

4.50

VERTIGO FIRST CUT TP (MR)

$4.99

DC

14

17

4.49

BATMAN JOKERS LAST LAUGH TP

$17.99

DC

15

9

4.44

HULK WWH TP X-MEN

$24.99

MAR

16

24

4.33

HELLBOY COMPANION TP

$14.95

DAR

17

49

4.05

KINGDOM HEARTS II GN VOL 02 (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

18

36

3.75

BERSERK TP VOL 23 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

19

35

3.49

HULK WWH TP INCREDIBLE HERC

$14.99

MAR

20

22

3.48

JLA PRESENTS AZTEK THE ULTIMATE MAN TP

$19.99

DC

21

29

3.27

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SP ED HC

$17.99

DC

22

3

3.22

STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

$49.99

DC

23

45

3.22

GREEN LANTERN NO FEAR TP

$12.99

DC

24

54

3.16

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 29

$10.95

DAR

25

32

3.11

BLACK ADAM DARK AGE TP

$17.99

DC

26

37

3.07

SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 03

$16.99

DC

27

20

2.98

IMMORTAL IRON FIST PREM HC VOL 02 CITIES O/HEAVEN

$24.99

MAR

28

44

2.94

EXTERMINATORS TP VOL 04 CROSSFIRE & COLLATERAL (MR)

$14.99

DC

29

31

2.91

ULTIMATE HULK VS IRON MAN PREM HC ULTIMATE HUMAN

$19.99

MAR

30

40

2.78

ESSENTIAL RAMPAGING HULK TP VOL 01

$16.99

MAR

31

15

2.77

X-MEN TP VOL 02 COMP ONSLAUGHT EPIC

$29.99

MAR

32

33

2.69

BATMAN VS TWO FACE TP

$19.99

DC

33

50

2.64

WOLVERINE ORIGINS TP VOL 04 OUR WAR

$14.99

MAR

34

12

2.62

X-MEN HC MESSIAH COMPLEX

$39.99

MAR

35

65

2.59

HULK WWH TP GAMMA CORPS

$10.99

MAR

36

25

2.59

JACK KIRBYS OMAC ONE MAN ARMY CORPS HC

$24.99

DC

37

26

2.58

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC VOL 01 BRAND NEW DAY

$24.99

MAR

38

38

2.56

52 AFTERMATH FOUR HORSEMEN TP

$19.99

DC

39

14

2.50

NEW X-MEN BY MORRISON ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 01

$34.99

MAR

40

46

2.44

HULK WWH TP FRONT LINE

$16.99

MAR

41

28

2.36

BOOSTER GOLD HC VOL 01 52 PICK UP

$24.99

DC

42

71

2.35

TSUBASA GN VOL 17

$10.95

RAN

43

41

2.34

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

44

53

2.32

IRON MAN TP ENTER THE MANDARIN

$14.99

MAR

45

23

2.31

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC VOL 06 FANTASTIC FOUR

$29.99

MAR

46

2

2.27

INCREDIBLE HULK OMNIBUS HC VOL 01*

$99.99

MAR

47

84

2.21

STAR WARS CLONE WARS PHOTO COMIC

$9.95

DAR

48

34

2.12

SUPERMAN ESCAPE FROM BIZARRO WORLD HC

$24.99

DC

49

7

2.12

MMW MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 07*

$54.99

MAR

50

56

2.08

FANTASTIC FOUR TP NEW FANTASTIC FOUR

$15.99

MAR

51

48

2.04

QUESTION TP VOL 02 POISONED GROUND

$19.99

DC

52

27

2.04

IRON MAN WAR MACHINE TP

$29.99

MAR

53

57

2.03

GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 03

$15.99

ZEN

54

64

1.95

COLOR O/RAGE TP VOL 01

$14.95

DAR

55

30

1.94

SPAWN COLL VOL 5 TP

$29.99

IMA

56

39

1.92

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

57

73

1.92

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

58

66

1.83

CHECKMATE TP VOL 03 FALL O/WALL

$14.99

DC

59

59

1.82

BOYS TP VOL 01 (MR)

$16.99

DE

60

95

1.82

CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 08 (Of 12) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

61

61

1.79

ESSENTIAL OFF HB MARVEL UNIV MASTER ED TP VOL 02

$16.99

MAR

62

52

1.77

BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR)

$19.99

DE

63

43

1.77

HULK VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

64

68

1.76

SUPERMAN WORLD O/KRYPTON TP

$14.99

DC

65

72

1.72

GRENDEL HC DEVIL QUEST

$14.95

DAR

66

47

1.66

NEARLY COMP ESSENTIAL HEMBECK ARCHIVES OMNIBUS

$24.99

IMA

67

105

1.62

BATTLE CLUB GN VOL 06 (Of 6) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

68

78

1.60

SUPERNATURAL ORIGINS TP

$14.99

DC

69

98

1.58

BLOOD PLUS GN VOL 02

$10.95

DAR

70

108

1.55

SUBURBAN GLAMOUR TP VOL 01

$9.99

IMA

71

60

1.52

TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION TP

$19.99

IDW

72

81

1.51

PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MR)

$14.99

DC

73

83

1.49

BIG BRILLIANT BOOK O/BART SIMPSON TP

$14.95

BON

74

63

1.48

WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY TP VOL 02

$19.99

DC

75

85

1.47

GRENDEL DEVIL CHILD HC

$14.95

DAR

76

67

1.42

GOLDEN AGE SHEENA BEST O/QUEEN O/T JUNGLE TP VOL 01

$18.99

DDP

77

88

1.42

ALL NEW ATOM TP VOL 03 HUNT FOR RAY PALMER

$14.99

DC

78

90

1.40

BOMB QUEEN TP VOL 04 SUICIDE BOMBER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

79

120

1.39

TRINITY BLOOD GN VOL 06 (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

80

138

1.38

ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND GN VOL 06

$8.99

VIZ

81

89

1.31

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME

$15.95

DAR

82

150

1.31

NANA TP VOL 10 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

83

177

1.31

D GRAY MAN GN VOL 09

$7.99

VIZ

84

130

1.30

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

85

133

1.28

JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 01 BEST LITTLE GHOST IN THE WORLD

$9.95

TOP

86

58

1.28

RETURN TO WONDERLAND HC

$24.99

ZEN

87

103

1.26

GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 07 (Of 15) SHONAN JUNAI GUMI (MR)

$12.99

TKP

88

94

1.25

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS (MR)

$14.99

DC

89

75

1.23

SHE-HULK PREM HC JADED

$19.99

MAR

90

142

1.23

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO GN VOL 28 (Of 38) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

91

92

1.20

ESSENTIAL X-MEN TP VOL 01

$16.99

MAR

92

111

1.18

STREET FIGHTER II MANGA VOL 2 GN

$12.95

UDO

93

104

1.17

AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL TP VOL 03 MIND GAMES

$13.99

MAR

94

80

1.15

STAR TREK ALIEN SPOTLIGHT TP

$19.99

IDW

95

157

1.12

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

96

207

1.11

IRON MAN & POWER PACK TP ARMORED DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

97

143

1.10

KASHIMASHI MANGA GN VOL 05

$10.99

SEV

98

213

1.10

HIKARU NO GO TP VOL 12

$7.95

VIZ

99

212

1.10

BLACK CAT TP VOL 14

$7.99

VIZ

100

214

1.10

SHAMAN KING TP VOL 16

$7.95

VIZ

 

 

 

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