X-MEN Leads Pack in a Static May 2013 Comic BOOK Sales Month

X-Men #1 variant
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Diamond Comic Distributors released their May 2013 sales charts and market share data Friday morning, and girl-power ruled as the debut of Marvel's new female-only mutant team X-Men was the best-selling comic book of the month, leading Marvel to what is now its relatively standard position above both Market Share categories. DC's Batman #20 was the second best-selling titles and the 'Big 2' split the Top 10 comic book chart 6 Marvel, 4 DC.

Credit: BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios (via its kaboom! imprint) made a rare appearance on top of a Market Share chart as its Adventure Time Vol. 1: Playing With Fire original graphic novel was the bestselling trade/GN, supplanting The Walking Dead's usual domination, at least for one month.

Market Share wise there were great surprises. Marvel again led both categories with 37.44% Unit share and 33.36% Dollar share, to DC's 30.84% Unit and 28.27% Dollar share, making it a much closer horse race than last month

But as has also become typical, overall industry sales are up again over the same period last year, but with a caveat this month.

Both comic book and graphic novel Dollar sales were up around just 1% over May 2012 (with comic book Unit sales actually down a little under 3%). Both May 2012 and 2013 were five-week shipping months, so comparisons are fair, but it should be noted that sales were up 9.76% vs. April 2013 and May 2012 was a relatively huge sales month.

Comichron estimates overall industry sales were $44.68 million in May 2012, up over 24% over April 2012's estimated $36 million and a whopping 43.76% over May 2011 sales.

Does May 2013's sales indicate that maybe the market has reached its peak with about $45m in overall monthly sales? We'll let Comichron tackle that question when they weigh in with their analysis later Friday.

The May 2013 Market Share and Comparative Sales Data charts, along with Top 10 Comic Books and Top 10 Graphic Novels charts follow below. Again look for more analysis of May’s sales from Comichron soon.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.36%

DC COMICS

28.27%

IMAGE COMICS

7.48%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.28%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.73%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.50%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.97%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.57%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.92%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.90%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

10.02%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

37.44%

DC COMICS

30.84%

IMAGE COMICS

8.11%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.77%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.36%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.63%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.82%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.76%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.37%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

6.60%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2013 VS. APRIL 2013

COMICS

6.95%

5.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

15.79%

5.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.76%

5.46%

MAY 2013 VS. MAY 2012

COMICS

0.97%

-2.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.00%

3.17%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.98%

-2.15%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

COMICS

15.04%

12.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.01%

11.45%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.07%

12.19%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

X-MEN #1

$3.99

MAR

2

BATMAN #20

$3.99

DC

3

JUSTICE LEAGUE #20

$3.99

DC

4

AGE OF ULTRON #7

$3.99

MAR

5

AGE OF ULTRON #8

$3.99

MAR

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9

$3.99

MAR

7

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10

$3.99

MAR

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA#3

$3.99

DC

9

ALL NEW X-MEN #11

$3.99

MAR

10

DETECTIVE COMICS #20

$3.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 01 PLAYING FIRE

$11.99

BOO

2

SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

IMA

3

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$14.99

IMA

4

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01

$12.99

DC

5

ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE & THE SCREAMQUEENSTP VOL 01

$19.99

BOO

6

DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW

$15.99

MAR

7

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01

$17.99

IDW

8

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 MY OWN WORST ENEMY NOW

$17.99

MAR

9

SUPERMAN ACTION TP VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL (N52)

$16.99

DC

10

GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO HC VOL 02 (MR)

$19.99

DC

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