AVENGERS Makes Heroic Debut in Diamond's MAY Sales Charts

Marvel First Look - AVENGERS #1

Friday Diamond Comic Distributors released their preliminary Top 10 sales (sans sales indexes) and Market Share charts for sales in the comic book Direct Market in May 2010.

It was a "Heroic" month for Marvel, as the conclusion of Siege and the debut of the "Heroic Age" Avengers relaunch served as a Brian Bendis 1-2 punch, helping Marvel preserve their now usual leads in both monthly Market Share categories.

Siege #4 came in second to Avengers #1, with Ed Brubaker's Secret Avengers #1 also cracking the Top 5 at #4 for the month.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Grant Morrison's Batman The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 edged at Geoff Johns' Brightest Day #1 with Bruce Wayne finishing in 3rd place for the month and the Brightest Day debut rounding out the Top 5.

DC took 4/5’s of the second half of the Top 10, with the second issues of each of those debut series coming in at #6 and 7, respectively.

The top-selling trade paperback of the month was Brian Vaughan's always strong Ex Machina Volume 9: Ring Out the Old.

The Bruce Wayne-Brightest Day double-shipping combo might have helped DC keep the Market Share figures a little closer than they have of late.

Marvel took the Unit Share category with a strong 45.52%, but with DC also showing a strong 35.10% for second place.

Dollar Share-wise, Marvel also led with 40.66% to DC's 30.95%.

The Top 10 Comic Book, Top 10 Graphic Novel and Market Share charts follow below. Look for more details from Diamond as they release it, and much more analysis about May's sales later this month on Newsarama... 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

UNIT SHARE

DOLLAR SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

45.52%

40.66%

DC COMICS

35.10%

30.95%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.16%

4.45%

IMAGE COMICS

3.14%

4.26%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.95%

3.79%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.61%

2.84%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.69%

1.92%

VIZ MEDIA

0.63%

1.36%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.45%

0.41%

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

0.42%

0.56%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.34%

8.80%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

2

SIEGE #4

$3.99

MAR

3

BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1

$3.99

DC

4

SECRET AVENGERS #1

$3.99

MAR

5

BRIGHTEST DAY #1

$2.99

DC

6

BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #2

$3.99

DC

7

BRIGHTEST DAY #2

$2.99

DC

8

GREEN LANTERN #54

$2.99

DC

9

BATMAN AND ROBIN #12

$2.99

DC

10

UNCANNY X-MEN #524

$2.99

MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

EX MACHINA VOLUME 9: RING OUT THE OLD TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

2

SWEET TOOTH VOLUME 1: OUT OF THE WOODS TP (MR)

$9.99

DC

3

INVINCIBLE VOLUME 12: STILL STANDING TP

$16.99

IMA

4

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK 5 HC

$34.99

IMA

5

SCALPED VOLUME 6: THE GNAWING TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

6

WEDNESDAY COMICS HC

$49.99

DC

7

DEADPOOL VOLUME 3: X MARKS THE SPOT TP

$15.99

MAR

8

HELLSING VOLUME 10 TP

$13.99

DAR

9

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOLUME 3: MOST WANTED BK 2 TP

$14.99

MAR

10

KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC (MR)

$24.99

MAR

 

 

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