Diamond Announces Top Products For May 2013

Hey, Investors! Daimond Comics Distributors sent over their sales charts for the month of May, 2013.
Marvel takes the top in both Dollar and Units, with 6 books in the top ten, including Pete Woods all female X-Men #1 taking the #1 seller spot. DC grabs the remaining four, including the 2nd and third spots with BATMAN #20 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #20, respectively.

Meanwhile, BOOM! STUDIOS was able to grab the #1 spot for best selling trade with their original graphic novel, ADVENTURE TIME: PLAYING WITH FIRE.

Check out the report and the charts below.

(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 ArtsKai: 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

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.36%

37.44%

DC COMICS

28.27%

30.84%

IMAGE COMICS

7.48%

8.11%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.28%

4.77%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.73%

4.36%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.50%

3.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.97%

2.63%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.57%

0.37%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.92%

0.76%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.90%

0.82%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

10.02%

6.60%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2013 VS. APRIL 2013

COMICS

6.93%

5.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

15.79%

5.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.76%

5.46%

MAY 2013 VS. MAY 2012

COMICS

0.97%

-2.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.00%

3.17%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.98%

-2.15%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

COMICS

15.04%

12.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.01%

11.45%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.07%

12.19%

 


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM   CODE

VENDOR

1

X-MEN #1

$3.99

FEB130492 MAR

2

BATMAN #20

$3.99

MAR130201 DC

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 OF AMERICA #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 & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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 SCREAM QUEENS TP 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

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM   CODE

VENDOR

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

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS BOOSTER   BRICK JAN132015 NEC

2

MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE BOOSTER   DIS FEB131931 WIZ

3

RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS

4

DC HEROCLIX TEEN TITANS 24 CT   PRIMER DS JAN132014 NEC

5

MTG TCG DRAGONS MAZE FAT PACK FEB131933 WIZ

6

MARVEL HEROCLIX FEAR ITSELF BLITZKRIEG 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

 

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 in North America and 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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