BATMAN Tops June 2014 Sales In Flat Month vs. 2013

Batman #32
Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

June 2014 comic book and graphic novel sales were almost exactly the same as June 2013 sales, and through the first half of the year sales are almost exactly the same was they were in the first half of 2013, according to sales charts as market data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday.

Yup, things are officially static in the comic book Direct Market.

Marvel, as is once again now standard, led both market share categories, though in a relatively tight race with DC. The latter publisher had the bestselling comic book of the month and five of the Top 10 bestsellers.

Batman #32 led the field in June, continuing to solidify itself as the premiere ongoing comic book series in the Direct Market bar none. Superman #32, featuring the debut of the Geoff Johns-John Romita Jr. creative team, clocked in as the fifth bestselling title of the month.

Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #3 finished one spot ahead of Original Sin #3 as those Marvel titles took the show and place positions on the chart.

Afterlife with Archie Vol 1
Afterlife with Archie Vol 1
Credit: Archie Comics

Archie Comics had the bestselling trade paperback with Volume One of their Afterlife with Archie collection.

An 8.09% rise in graphic novel dollar sales helped offset a 2.93% decline in comic book sales versus June 2013, putting June 2014 a fraction of a percent (0.33%) ahead of last year.

So where do things stand in year-to-date 2014 sales now that half the year is in the bank?

The good news is sales in the second quarter 2014 are way up versus the first quarter of 2014 (13.96%).

The better news is sales in the second quarter 2014 are up by 4.04% versus second quarter sales in 2013.

This leaves year-to-date 2014 sales down slightly in comic books, up slightly in graphic novels, and up just 0.08% overall versus 2013.

Yup, effectively speaking, sales wise 2014 has been exactly the same as 2013 through June.

The June 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 June 2014 sales analysis from Comichron soon.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.71%

DC COMICS

29.88%

IMAGE COMICS

8.93%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.60%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.57%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.62%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.52%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.20%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.10%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.93%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.94%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.68%

DC COMICS

33.20%

IMAGE COMICS

10.51%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.89%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.45%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.52%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.30%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.27%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.81%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.70%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

3.68%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

77

28

1

106

MARVEL COMICS

78

24

0

102

IMAGE COMICS

53

10

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

23

0

59

IDW PUBLISHING

43

16

0

59

BOOM! STUDIOS

28

7

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

23

9

0

32

AVATAR PRESS

9

7

0

16

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

11

2

0

13

RANDOM HOUSE

0

11

0

11

OTHER NON-TOP 10

66

109

34

209

 

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

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #32

$3.99

DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

MAR

3

ORIGINAL SIN #3

$3.99

MAR

4

HARLEY QUINN #7

$2.99

DC

5

SUPERMAN #32

$3.99

DC

6

ORIGINAL SIN #4

$3.99

MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2

$3.99

MAR

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #31

$3.99

DC

9

THE WALKING DEAD #128 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

10

DETECTIVE COMICS #32

$3.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE TP

$17.99

ARC

2

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAR

3

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

$9.99

IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 6: GOBLIN NATION TP

$19.99

MAR

7

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

$14.99

DC

8

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 TP

$14.99

DC

9

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 2 HC

$19.99

DC

10

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA


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