Saturday, July 13, 2019

Weekend Headlines | June 2019 Comic Book Sales

Marvel Comics published more than twice the number of new comic book and graphic novels in June 2019 than DC, whose publishing volume more closely resembled Image Comics and IDW Publishing than its historic rival - but those numbers come with a caveat, according to figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors yesterday Friday morning.

Felicia Hardy, jewel thief and long-time Spider-Man foe, starred in her first ongoing series and the best-selling comic book of June 2019, Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman's Black Cat #1 from Marvel Comics, 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 top publisher with a 43.38% dollar share and a 48.93% unit share. In second, DC had a 26.71% dollar share and a 26.44% unit share. Image Comics was third for the month at 7.58% in dollars and 8.01% in units, followed by Dark Horse Comics at 3.23% in dollars and 2.16% in units, IDW Publishing at 3.08% in dollars and 2.83% in units, BOOM! Studios at 2.43% in dollars and 2.31% in units, and Dynamite Entertainment at 2.15% in dollars and 2.02% in units.

Marvel Comics had four books in the top ten. In addition to Black Cat #1, Donny Cates and Tradd Moore's Silver Surfer: Black #1 ranked #3, Amazing Spider-Man #24 ranked #6, and The Immortal Hulk #19 ranked #7. DC had five titles in the top ten: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Stefano Guadiano's DCeased #2 ranked #2; Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Batman: Damned #3 ranked #4; The Batman Who Laughs #6 ranked #5; Batman #73 ranked #9; and Batman #72 ranked #10. Image Comics' The Walking Dead #192, the penultimate issue of Robert Kirkman's long-running zombie series, ranked #8. Among the premier publishers, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo #1 was IDW Publishing's top book for June at 61; BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 ranked #85; Stranger Things: Six #2, a prequel to the Netflix series, was Dark Horse Comics' top book at #110; and Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1, telling the origin of the sword-and-sorcery character, was their top book at #125.

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans' Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker from Image Comics, the first volume of their modern fantasy series about adults facing the same monstrous evil they faced as teenaged role-players, was June's best-selling graphic novel. DC had five titles in the top ten: the Detective Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition ranked #2; the DC Poster Portfolio: Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, a collection of his covers for DC, ranked #3; DC Super-Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis ranked #4; Teen Titans: Raven, the original graphic novel from the DC Ink imprint, ranked #7; and Batman/The Flash: The Button, a softcover edition of the best-selling storyline, ranked #8.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 43.38%
DC COMICS 26.71%
IMAGE COMICS 7.58%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.23%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.08%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.43%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.15%
VIZ MEDIA 1.61%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.74%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.57%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.52%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 48.93%
DC COMICS 26.44%
IMAGE COMICS 8.01%
IDW PUBLISHING 2.83%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.31%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.16%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.02%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.62%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.60%
VIZ MEDIA 0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.49%