(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 5, 2013) — Out of control satellites and a government conspiracy pose new challenges for the Man of Steel in Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #1 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in June 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 June's leading publisher with a 32.77% market share in retail dollars and a 38.29% market share in units. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.57% share in dollars and a 32.03% share in units. June's comics sales declined slightly from May, a five week month. Second quarter print sales were up over the first quarter by nearly 5%, and year-to-date print sales are up nearly 12% over 2012..
Rick Grimes and his band of survivors must adjust to life under Negan's rule in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 18: What Comes After from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in June.
Michonne, the fan-favorite character from Kirkman's The Walking Dead, unleashed her fury and her katana on two walkers in McFarlane Toys' The Walking Dead: Michonne Resin Statue, the best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers in June.
Designed for retailers' HeroClix tournaments within their stores, NECA/WizKids' Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself Month 2 Organized Play Kit, based on the Marvel Comics crossover event of 2011, was the best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers in June.
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COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|JUNE 2013 VS. MAY 2013|
|JUNE 2013 VS. JUNE 2012|
|SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013|
|SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2012|
|FIRST HALF 2013 VS. FIRST HALF 2012|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1||$4.99||APR130107||DC|
|4||AGE OF ULTRON #10||$3.99||APR130589||MAR|
|5||AGE OF ULTRON #9||$3.99||APR130586||MAR|
|6||JUSTICE LEAGUE #21||$3.99||APR130137||DC|
|7||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #11||$3.99||APR130603||MAR|
|8||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #12||$3.99||APR130604||MAR|
|9||ALL-NEW X-MEN #12||$3.99||APR130600||MAR|
|10||KICK-ASS 3 #1 (MR)||$2.99||MAR130713||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 18: WHAT COMES AFTER||$14.99||APR130482||IMA|
|2||SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$14.99||APR130443||IMA|
|3||ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 3 TP||$14.99||APR130964||BOO|
|4||STAR-LORD: THE HOLLOW CROWN TP||$7.99||APR130679||MAR|
|5||DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED TP||$14.99||MAR130735||MAR|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US||$14.99||SEP088204||IMA|
|7||FATALE VOLUME 3 TP (MR)||$14.99||APR130422||IMA|
|8||BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 1: BORN TO KILL TP||$16.99||MAR130270||DC|
|9||HARLEY QUINN: NIGHT AND DAY TP||$16.99||MAR130276||DC|
|10||BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE DELUXE HC (MR)||$29.99||MAR130264||DC|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD: MICHONNE RESIN STATUE||MAR130599||TMP|
|2||BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE: THE JOKER ARTFX STATUE||NOV121817||KOT|
|3||DC COMICS: BATMAN " NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE||DEC121704||KOT|
|4||BATMAN:ARKHAMCITY- THE JOKER STATUE||JAN130348||DC|
|5||MARVEL SELECT: GHOST RIDER ACTION FIGURE||NOV063174||DST|
|6||MARVEL SELECT: IRON MAN 3 - IRON MAN MK. 42 FIGURE||DEC121590||DST|
|7||INJUSTICE: THE FLASH VS. RAVEN FIGURE 2-PACK||MAR130315||DC|
|8||INJUSTICE: CYBORG VS. HARLEY QUINN FIGURE 2-PACK||MAR130314||DC|
|9||TOMB RAIDER PLAY ARTS ~KAI~: LARA CROFT FIGURE||DEC121781||SQU|
|10||STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT - USS ENTERPRISE-E SHIP||AUG108211||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX: FEAR ITSELF MONTH 2 ORGANIZED PLAY KIT||FEB138562||NEC|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN MASTERS BOOSTER PACKS||APR132231||WZK|
|3||DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL BOOSTER PACKS||MAR132260||NEC|
|4||DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL STARTER SET||MAR132263||NEC|
|5||LORD OF THE RINGS HEROCLIX: FELLOWSHIP BOOSTERS||FEB138641||NEC|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD TV BOARD GAME||JUL112137||CRY|
|7||DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL MINI GAME||MAR132262||NEC|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: MAN OF STEEL MARQUEE PACK||MAR132261||NEC|
|9||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGON'S MAZE BOOSTER PACKS||FEB131931||WZK|
|10||PATHFINDER BATTLES BUILDER SERIES: WE BE GOBLINS BOOSTER PACKS||MAR132264||NEC|
|Dollar Market Share – June 2013|
|Unit Market Share– June 2013|
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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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