Diamond Comic Distributors has released their May 2014 product sales data. Included are Top Comic Book Publishers by Retail Market Share & Unit Share, Comparative Sales, Top 10 Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, and Games. Marvel held onto both Market Share and Unit Share this month with a little help from Original Sin and the Amazing Spider-Man. DC will just have to settle for having the top two TPB last month. Image did what they seem to do best and that's dominate the TPB sales with Manifest Destiny, Manhattan Project, Saga, and Black Science.
"(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
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014|
|MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013|
|FIRST QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
- ORIGINAL SIN #1
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1
- BATMAN #31
- FOREVER EVIL #7
- ORIGINAL SIN #2
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #30
- THE WALKING DEAD #127 (MR)
- NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*]
- BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*]
- BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52)
- BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)
- BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR)
- X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC
- BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC
- MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP
- HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP
- SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)
- MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP
- GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC
- DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: BATMAN FIGURE
- DC COMICS: NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET
- MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE
- DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: TALON FIGURE
- DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: RIDDLER FIGURE
- DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE
- DC COMICS: NIGHTWING "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE
- DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: NIGHTWING FIGURE
- X-FORCE: PSYLOCKE FINE ART STATUE
- ROBOCOP "1987 VERSION" PLAY ARTS KAI ACTION FIGURE
- MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL BOOSTER BRICK
- MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST BOOSTERS
- MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX BOOSTERS
- MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: SENTINEL PACK
- MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
- DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT: SINESTRO CORPS WAR SCENARIO PACK
- RISK: DOCTOR WHO COLLECTOR'S EDITION
- MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX FAT PACK
- ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS: FOR THE GLORY BOOSTERS
- MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL: THUNDERBOLTS FAST FORCES PACK