ORIGINAL SIN Tops Charts But May 2014 Comic Book Sales Down Again (Slightly) vs. 2013

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After a brief respite in April in part due to enormous sales of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #1 , May 2014 Direct Market comic book sales continued the trend of being down versus sales in 2013. According to sales data released Friday by Diamond Comic Distributors, Marvel Comics won both Market Share categories and published the three bestselling comic book titles of the month, but for the fouth time in five months, sales against the same month in 2013 were down, though with a caveat.

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The launch issue of Marvel's current event series Original Sin was the best-selling comic book in May, followed by Amazing Spider-Man #2 and Amazing Spider-Man #1.1. Batman #31 was DC's best selling title of the month (#4) and Marvel's rival publisher actually sold more comics in the Top Ten (5) than their competition (4). The Walking Dead #127 continued the Image series' new life among the bestselling comic book periodicals.

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The Batman Volume 4: Zero Year - Secret City hardcover and Volume 3: Death of the Family trade paperback were the top-selling graphic novels of the month.

Sales were down in the 10% range across the board versus last month (which had five sales weeks versus four and again, sales of Amazing Spider-Man #1 boosting the numbers). Comic book dollar sales were down 2.01% versus May 2013 and a more significant 9.47% loss in graphic novel sales for an overall dollars sales decline of 4.52% against 2013. But again, like April 2014, May 2013 did have five sales weeks compared to May 2014's four.

Overall, 2014 sales year-to-date versus 2013 are down just a very slight 0.16%, though that small decline is due to comic book sales, which are down 1.13%. Graphic novel sales are actually up 1.96%.

The May 2014 Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, and New Titles Shipped charts, along with Top 10 Comic Books and Top 10 Graphic Novels charts follow below.

Look for more May 2014 sales analysis from Comichron soon.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.38%

DC COMICS

30.04%

IMAGE COMICS

8.86%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.38%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.96%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.97%

AVATAR PRESS

1.03%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.88%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.81%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.39%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

36.46%

DC COMICS

33.52%

IMAGE COMICS

9.96%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.50%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.18%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.29%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.84%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.97%

AVATAR PRESS

0.88%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.84%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.56%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

DC COMICS

87

30

0

117

MARVEL COMICS

74

38

0

112

IDW PUBLISHING

45

21

0

66

IMAGE COMICS

54

11

0

65

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

23

0

59

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

35

1

0

36

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

20

7

0

27

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

13

2

0

15

RANDOM HOUSE

0

14

0

14

AVATAR PRESS INC

8

1

0

9

OTHER PUBLISHERS

55

98

18

171

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014

COMICS

-10.72%

-7.35%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.24%

-19.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.57%

-8.41%

MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013

COMICS

-2.01%

-6.00%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.47%

-15.27%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.52%

-6.79%

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

COMICS

-1.13%

-6.72%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.96%

4.54%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.16%

-5.85%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

ORIGINAL SIN #1

$4.99

MAR

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAR

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1

$3.99

MAR

4

BATMAN #31

$3.99

DC

5

FOREVER EVIL #7

$4.99

DC

6

ORIGINAL SIN #2

$3.99

MAR

7

JUSTICE LEAGUE #30

$3.99

DC

8

The WALKING DEAD #127 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

9

NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*]

$2.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52)

$24.99

DC

2

BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)

$16.99

DC

3

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

4

X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC

$24.99

MAR

5

BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC

$22.99

DC

6

MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

IMA

7

HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP

$17.99

DAR

8

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP

$14.99

IMA

10

GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC

$19.99

DC


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