AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 Powers May 2018 Sales in a Month Full of Caveats

Amazing Spider-Man #800
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

May 2018's best-selling comic book costs two dollars more than its best-selling graphic novel. That's just one of the curiosities of the month's sales figures in the comic book Direct Market according to figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning.

Marvel Comics' oversized, $9.99 Amazing Spider-Man #800 was the best-selling comic book of May 2018. The cover price helped May sales eclipse May 2017 comic book sales by 6.23%, although officially unit sales were down 8.63%. But there are some factors to be aware of when comparing figures, as we'll get to in a moment. 

Marvel had four titles in the Top 10, including Venom #1 ranked (#2), Avengers #1 (#4), and Black Panther #1 (#5). DC Comics' five Top 10 titles include Doomsday Clock #5 (#3) and The Man of Steel #1 (#9). Image Comics' The Walking Dead #179 cracked the Top 10 at #10. 

Credit: Marvel Comics

Marvel's Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here ($7.99) was the best-selling graphic novel of May, one of five titles the publisher had in the Top 10, including the Infinity Gauntlet at #2. 

Marvel Comics was May's top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. 

Overall, sales were up 1.84% in dollars versus May 2017, but down 9.06% in units, putting the year-to-date totals at deficits of 2.67% in dollars and 9.85% in units. 

But here's things observers should know about May, according to Comichron. One is Comichron is advising observers to disregard comparative unit sales figures for the month, for reasons they'll explain later Friday. 

We'll update with more details when they do. 

For now the May 2018 Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, New Titles Shipped and Top 10 Comic Books Units and Dollars and Top 10 Graphic Novels Units and Dollars charts follow below.


TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.64%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.71%

IMAGE COMICS

10.83%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.54%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.64%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

ONI PRESS

1.03%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.84%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

37.87%

IMAGE COMICS

9.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

1.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.30%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.90%

TITAN COMICS

0.57%

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

0.53%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.52%


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

7.00%

2.99%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.94%

4.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.98%

3.13%

TOYS

4.95%

23.84%

MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS

6.23%

-8.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.04%

-13.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.84%

-9.06%

TOYS

-28.63%

-30.85%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

0.22%

-9.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.31%

-10.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.67%

-9.85%

TOYS

-12.06%

-17.25%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

42

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

30

0

104

IMAGE COMICS

65

22

0

87

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

12

0

35

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

16

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

5

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

3

0

11

ONI PRESS

3

2

0

5

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

208

32

371

TOTAL

472

386

32

890

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR

6

BATMAN #47

$2.99

DC

7

BATMAN #46

$2.99

DC

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

DC

9

THE MAN OF STEEL #1 [*]

$3.99

DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #179 (MR)

$3.99

IMA


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR

6

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

DC

7

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300

$5.99

MAR

8

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #8

$4.99

DC

9

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600

$5.99

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

MAR

3

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

IMA

4

SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP

$15.99

IMA

5

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DC

6

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP

$16.99

DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP

$19.99

MAR

8

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

DAR

9

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR)

$16.99

IMA

10

BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP

$14.99

MAR

10

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

MAR


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

MAR

2

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR)

$100.00

MAR

3

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR

4

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DC

5

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

IMA

6

WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

MAR

7

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

MAR

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

MAR

9

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

DAR

10

WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR


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