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Publisher Market Shares: May 2017

Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in Retail Dollar Share and Unit Share in May 2017, based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2017

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.05%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 27.93%
IMAGE COMICS 10.25%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.65%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.05%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.10%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.72%
TITAN COMICS 1.18%
VIZ MEDIA 1.12%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.89%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.72%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.64%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.60%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.57%
AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.54%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.41%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.40%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.37%
ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT 0.36%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.36%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 4.09%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 39.91%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.88%
IMAGE COMICS 11.83%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.78%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.21%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.85%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.74%
TITAN COMICS 0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.80%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.59%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.55%
AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.53%
VIZ MEDIA 0.39%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.33%
ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT 0.31%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.30%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.16%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.11%
ST. MARTINS PRESS 0.10%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.07%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 2.56%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2017

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2017 VS. APRIL 2017
COMICS 16.49% 17.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 17.13% 19.52%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 16.69% 17.53%
TOYS 52.15% 52.94%
MAY 2017 VS. MAY 2016
COMICS 10.58% 16.74%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.54% 13.65%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 8.31% 16.49%
TOYS 40.46% 29.34%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS 0.11% 8.89%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.23% -8.72%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.92% 7.35%
TOYS 1.14% 1.10%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2017

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 99 43 0 142
DC ENTERTAINMENT 82 34 0 116
IMAGE COMICS 71 14 1 86
IDW PUBLISHING 59 15 0 74
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 26 10 0 36
TITAN COMICS 22 7 4 33
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 12 0 32
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 7 0 30
ONI PRESS INC. 6 4 0 10
VIZ MEDIA 0 9 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 119 203 28 350

 

Dollar Market Shares for May 2017

Dollar Market Share – May 2017

Unit Market Shares for May 2017

Unit Market Share – May 2017

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises 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 New Titles Count Chart 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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