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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 13, 2014) —  The murder of the Watcher drew Earth's heroes to the Moon's surface and prompted an investigation to find the perpetrator in Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, Jr.'s Original Sin #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had four titles place among the month's top ten best-selling comics. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by Batman #31 at #4. Also in the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #127 at #8.

Marvel Comics was May's top publisher with a 34.38% dollar market share and a 36.46% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 30.04% dollar share and 33.52% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share, followed by IDW Publishing at 6.38% and Dark Horse Comics at 5.96%. Sales overall slipped in May, a four-week month, when compared to April with its five shipping weeks.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are revisiting Batman's origins in the "Zero Year" storyline, and the collected edition of the first story arc   Batman Volume 4: Zero Year: Secret City   from DC Entertainment was May's best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher's four in the top ten. Also notable, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Rick Remender Matteo Scalera's Black Science Volume 1: How to Fall Forever at #3. Additionally, Mike Mignola's Hellboy In Hell Volume 1: Descent from Dark Horse Comics ranked #7.

Released to coincide with the new Transformers: Age of Extinction film, Running Press' Transformers: Light-Up Optimus Prime Bust & Book Set was May's best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics' Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia continued its run as a best-seller as the month's #2 best-selling book.

DC Collectibles launched a new action figure line in May with the DC Comics Designer Series 1: Greg Capullo Figures, and the Batman figure from the line was the month's best-selling toy product.  All four figures from the line were among the top ten, and DC Collectibles had five of the month's top ten products.

NECA/WizKids newest expansion for the Marvel HeroClix game, the Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool Booster Brick, was May's best-selling games product. April's top selling product, USAopoly's Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, dropped to #5 in May.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.38%
DC COMICS 30.04%
IMAGE COMICS 8.86%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.38%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.96%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.30%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.97%
AVATAR PRESS 1.03%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.88%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.81%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.39%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 36.46%
DC COMICS 33.52%
IMAGE COMICS 9.96%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.50%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.18%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.29%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.84%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.97%
AVATAR PRESS 0.88%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 3.56%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 87 30 0 117
MARVEL COMICS 74 38 0 112
IDW PUBLISHING 45 21 0 66
IMAGE COMICS 54 11 0 65
DARK HORSE COMICS 36 23 0 59
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 35 1 0 36
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 20 7 0 27
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 13 2 0 15
RANDOM HOUSE 0 14 0 14
AVATAR PRESS INC 8 1 0 9
OTHER PUBLISHERS 55 98 18 171

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS -10.72% -7.35%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -10.24% -19.32%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.57% -8.41%
MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013
COMICS -2.01% -6.00%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.47% -15.27%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.52% -6.79%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -1.13% -6.72%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.96% 4.54%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.16% -5.85%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ORIGINAL SIN #1 $4.99 MAR140615-M MAR
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAR140641-M MAR
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1 $3.99 MAR140638-M MAR
4 BATMAN #31 $3.99 MAR140212-M DC
5 FOREVER EVIL #7 $4.99 JAN140237-M DC
6 ORIGINAL SIN #2 $3.99 MAR140627-M MAR
7 JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 $3.99 FEB140149-M DC
8 The WALKING DEAD #127 (MR) $2.99 MAR140520 IMA
9 NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*] $2.99 MAR140164-M DC
10 BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*] $2.99 MAR140208 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52) $24.99 JAN140342 DC
2 BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52) $16.99 FEB140248 DC
3 BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR) $9.99 MAR140535 IMA
4 X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC $24.99 JAN140780 MAR
5 BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC $22.99 JAN140326 DC
6 MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 MAR140546 IMA
7 HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP $17.99 JAN140125 DAR
8 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
9 MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP $14.99 FEB140529 IMA
10 GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC $19.99 FEB140325 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 TRANSFORMERS: LIGHT-UP OPTIMUS PRIME BUST & BOOK $12.95 FEB141599 RUN
2 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
3 GODZILLA: LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT $12.95 JAN141512 RUN
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC $14.95 MAR141577 SAN
5 DOCTOR WHO: WHEN'S THE DOCTOR SC $7.99 DEC131415 PEN
6 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 74 SC $14.95 FEB141624 SAN
7 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S STAR WARS HC $14.95 MAY131497 RAN
8 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PROSE NOVEL HC $24.99 FEB140834 MAR
9 AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES 1965-1969 HC $41.95 DEC131299 TWO
10 ART OF NEIL GAIMAN: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY HC $39.99 MAR141568 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: BATMAN FIGURE NOV130284 DC
2 DC COMICS: NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET NOV138235 DC
3 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
4 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: TALON FIGURE NOV130285 DC
5 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: RIDDLER FIGURE NOV130287 DC
6 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE JUL138153 SQU
7 DC COMICS: NIGHTWING "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE NOV132034 KOT
8 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: NIGHTWING FIGURE NOV130286 DC
9 X-FORCE: PSYLOCKE FINE ART STATUE OCT132007 KOT
10 ROBOCOP "1987 VERSION" PLAY ARTS KAI ACTION FIGURE NOV132163 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL BOOSTER BRICK FEB142557 NEC
2 MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST BOOSTERS FEB142560 NEC
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX BOOSTERS MAR142420 WIZ
4 MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: SENTINEL PACK FEB142561 NEC
5 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
6 DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT: SINESTRO CORPS WAR SCENARIO PACK MAR142427 NEC
7 RISK: DOCTOR WHO COLLECTOR'S EDITION MAR142418 USA
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX FAT PACK MAR142422 WIZ
9 ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS: FOR THE GLORY BOOSTERS FEB148253 CRY
10 MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL: THUNDERBOLTS FAST FORCES PACK FEB142559 NEC

 

Dollar Market Shares for May 2014

Dollar Market Share – May 2014

Unit Market Shares for May 2014

Unit Market Share– May 2014

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 dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines 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.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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