(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 7, 2013) — The world's female mutants gather together in Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel's X-Men #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in May 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was May's leading publisher with a 33.36% market share in retail dollars and a 37.44% market share in units. DC Entertainment was second with a 28.27% share in dollars and a 30.84% share in units. May's comics sales increased overall by nearly 7% over April and graphic novels by nearly 16%. Comics sales through the end of May are up 15% over last year.
BOOM! Studios' first original Adventure Time graphic novel, Adventure Time: Playing With Fire by Danielle Corsetto and Zack Sterling, was May's best-selling graphic novel.
Square Enix's The Dark Knight Trilogy Play Arts ~Kai~: Batman Action Figure, based on Christopher Nolan's acclaimed Batman film trilogy, was the best-selling toy product to direct market retailers in May.
DC Comics' popular Teen Titans franchise joined the HeroClix gaming table in May with the DC HeroClix: Teen Titans Booster Brick, the best-selling game product to direct market retailers for the month.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MAY 2013 VS. APRIL 2013|
|MAY 2013 VS. MAY 2012|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|3||JUSTICE LEAGUE #20||$3.99||MAR130173||DC|
|4||AGE OF ULTRON #7||$3.99||MAR130600||MAR|
|5||AGE OF ULTRON #8||$3.99||MAR130603||MAR|
|6||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9||$3.99||MAR130615||MAR|
|7||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10||$3.99||MAR130617||MAR|
|8||JUSTICE LEAGUE OFAMERICA#3||$3.99||FEB130111||DC|
|9||ALL NEW X-MEN #11||$3.99||MAR130614||MAR|
|10||DETECTIVE COMICS #20||$3.99||MAR130210||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
|1||ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 01 PLAYING FIRE||$11.99||FEB130825||BOO|
|2||SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|3||WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE||$14.99||NOV128157||IMA|
|4||SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01||$12.99||FEB130226||DC|
|5||ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE & THE SCREAMQUEENSTP VOL 01||$19.99||MAR130946||BOO|
|6||DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW||$15.99||MAR130727||MAR|
|7||MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01||$17.99||MAR130366||IDW|
|8||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 MY OWN WORST ENEMY NOW||$17.99||MAR130724||MAR|
|9||SUPERMAN ACTION TP VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL (N52)||$16.99||FEB130215||DC|
|10||GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO HC VOL 02 (MR)||$19.99||JAN130329||DC|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN AF||SEP128219||SQU|
|2||MARVEL SELECT NIGHTCRAWLER AF||MAY121672||DST|
|3||MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE||FEB130255||DC|
|4||DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BANE AF||SEP128218||SQU|
|5||GREEN LANTERN SIMON BAZ AF||JAN130349||DC|
|6||ST TOS ENTERPRISE CUTAWAY MODEL||FEB131540||DST|
|7||BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MIKE ALLRED||FEB130260||DC|
|8||MASS EFFECT COMMANDER SHEPARD BISHOUJO STATUE||OCT121708||KOT|
|9||DC COMICS AQUAMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER||APR131844||KOT|
|10||KNIGHT RIDER 1/15 SCALE KITT||MAY121668||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS BOOSTER BRICK||JAN132015||NEC|
|2||MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE BOOSTER DIS||FEB131931||WIZ|
|4||DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS 24 CT PRIMER DS||JAN132014||NEC|
|5||MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE FAT PACK||FEB131933||WIZ|
|6||MARVEL HEROCLIX FEAR ITSELFBLITZKRIEG USA SCENARIO PK||JAN138294||NEC|
|7||DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS RAVAGERS FAST FORCES 6 PACK||JAN132016||NEC|
|8||WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME||JUL112137||CRY|
|9||IRON MAIDEN HEROCLIX 24 CT GRAVITY FEED DISPLAY||JAN138373||NEC|
|10||MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE INTRO DECK DIS||FEB131934||WIZ|
|Dollar Market Share – May 2013|
|Unit Market Share– May 2013|
How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.
Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located inNorth Americaand around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.
Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.
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