JUSTICE LEAGUE Debuts to Down Month But an UP Quarter In June Comic Book Sales

"Justice League #1" cover
Credit: Jim Cheung/Mark Morales/Laura Martin (DC Comics)
Credit: Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair (DC Comics)

Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung's Justice League #1 was the best-selling comic book of June 2018 according to figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning. But Marvel edged out DC in the Top 10 list (five titles to four) and on the market share charts in another 2018 month down from 2017. But there is a glass half-full version too. More on that later.

The only non-Marvel/DC title in the Top 10, and the second-best selling title of the month, was Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel's The Magic Order #1 from Netflix/Image Comics. 

Marvel Comics' titles in the Top 10 included three #1s - Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti's Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (#3), Skottie Young and Nic Klein's Deadpool #1 (#7), and Jason Aaron and Michael del Mundo's Thor #1 at (#8). Dan Slott's final issue of his Spider-Man run, Amazing Spider-Man #801, was the month's #4 seller.

In addition to the Justice League relaunch, DC other three Top 10 titles included Tom King and Mikel Janin's Batman #49 (#5) and Batman #48 (#6) as the title gained momentum towards this month's Batman #50. Snyder and Jorge Jimenez's Justice League #2 finished in #10 slot. 

Credit: Greg Capullo/Jonathan Glapion/FCO Plascencia (DC Comics)

DC's Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition hardcover collection was June's best-selling graphic novel, a chart dominated by other Metal collections and DC at the top. 

Marvel was June's top publisher with a 38.42% dollar share and a 40.98% unit share. DC was second for the month with a 30.54% dollar share and a 33.73% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.46% dollar share and an 11.48% unit share.

So what does John Jackson Miller (if you look closely, gets a "Special thanks to" credit in Ant-Man and the Wasp) of Comichron have to say about the month that was?

"June's comic shop orders weren't likely to turn the entire year positive, but they were enough to ensure that the second quarter was the first growth quarter, year-over-year, since the summer of 2016, during the heat of DC's 'Rebirth' launch. According to Comichron's analysis of data released by Diamond, retailers ordered $42.11 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines, bringing the quarterly total to $137 million, up a little over 1% over the same quarter in the previous year, and the highest dollar value seen since the fourth quarter of 2016. The sales estimates for each title will appear here Monday: http://www.comichron.com/monthlycomicssales/2018/2018-06.html  

"Even though June 2017 was a disappointment compared to June 2016 (again in the heat of the 'Rebirth' event), it was still the second-best month of the year, and had a couple of legitimate hits in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 and Dark Days: The Forge #1. April and May of this year were headlined by two major anniversary issues, Action Comics #1000 and Amazing Spider-Man #800, each of which brought in about $4 million each; June 2018 lacked anything like that, and was down by - you guessed it - almost exactly $4 million. Sales comparisons were further affected by a smaller number of new comics releases: this June saw 30 fewer comics released, and IDW in particular had its smallest slate in several years, only 19 new comics.

"As of midyear, the Direct Market's trajectory remains more favorable than it's been in a while: two more quarters of exactly the same size would result in the market being up for 2018, erasing the winter's shortfall. That's in part an indicator of how weak the rest of 2017 was - and within the third quarter, July 2017 was the weakest month. With a new Amazing Spider-Man series and Batman #50 in the mix in July, chances are very good for a resumption of growth months; an identical showing from June would mean a July that's up 3%."

The June 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

38.42%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.54%

IMAGE COMICS

10.46%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.46%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.10%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.62%

VIZ MEDIA

1.18%

ONI PRESS

1.09%

TITAN COMICS

0.87%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.98%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

33.73%

IMAGE COMICS

11.48%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.10%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.76%

IDW PUBLISHING

1.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.51%

ONI PRESS

0.83%

TITAN COMICS

0.68%

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

0.59%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.68%


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2018 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-16.71%

-6.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.44%

-8.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.13%

-6.39%

TOYS

1.03%

4.22%

JUNE 2018 VS. JUNE 2017

COMICS

-11.14%

-8.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.15%

-14.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.62%

-9.35%

TOYS

-11.53%

17.66%

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

COMICS

-1.84%

-9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.12%

-11.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.72%

-9.77%

TOYS

-11.98%

-12.70%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

19.97%

12.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

19.01%

19.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.70%

13.34%

TOYS

-16.97%

-7.55%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2017

COMICS

3.01%

-4.85%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.41%

-10.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.10%

-5.28%

TOYS

-14.46%

-13.05%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS
SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED

MAGAZINES
SHIPPED

TOTAL
SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

87

33

0

120

DC ENTERTAINMENT

73

31

1

105

IMAGE COMICS

60

15

0

75

IDW PUBLISHING

19

18

0

37

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

15

0

35

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

10

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

TITAN COMICS

17

5

1

23

VIZ MEDIA

0

20

0

20

ONI PRESS

7

10

0

17

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

176

19

308

TOTAL

437

340

21

798

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

DC

2

THE MAGIC ORDER #1 [*] (MR)

$3.99

IMA

3

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

MAR

5

BATMAN #49

$2.99

DC

6

BATMAN #48

$2.99

DC

7

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

MAR

8

THOR #1

$5.99

MAR

9

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

DC


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

DC

2

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

MAR

3

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

MAR

4

THOR #1

$5.99

MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

MAR

6

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1

$4.99

MAR

8

BATMAN #49

$2.99

DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

DC

10

VENOM #2

$3.99

MAR


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

DC

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

DC

4

THANOS WINS TP

$19.99

MAR

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

MAR

6

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 4: GUT CHECK TP (MR)

$16.99

IMA

7

NEIL GAIMAN: A STUDY IN EMERALD HC

$17.99

DAR

8

THE FLASH VOL. 6: A COLD DAY IN HELL TP

$16.99

DC

9

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 6 FALL OF THE BATMEN TP

$19.99

DC

10

SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW TP

$14.99

DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

DC

3

INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

DC

4

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

DC

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

MAR

6

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR

7

THANOS WINS CATES TP

$19.99

MAR

8

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

$99.99

DC

9

RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR

10

ABSOLUTE SANDMAN OVERTURE HC (MR)

$125.00

DC


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