Diamond Announces Top Products for May 2018

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 15, 2018) —Peter Parker and his allies battle Norman Osborn and the Carnage symbiote in Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, and an all-star roster of artists' Amazing Spider-Man #800, an oversized landmark issue from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book of May 2018 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 top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.65% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.54% dollar share and a 1.63% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.96% dollar share and a 1.58% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.64% dollar share and a 1.30% unit share.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. In addition to Amazing Spider-Man #800, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's Venom #1 ranked #2, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness' Avengers #1 ranked #4, and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña's Black Panther #1 ranked #5. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock #5 ranked #3; Tom King and Tony S. Daniel's Batman #47 ranked 6; King and Daniel's Batman #46 ranked #7; Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, and Francis Manapul's Justice League: No Justice #1 ranked #8; and Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Jason Fabok's The Man of Steel #1 ranked #9. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #179 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, BOOM! Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 was their top book at #133, Frank Miller's Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2 was Dark Horse's top book at #129, Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 ranked #142, and IDW Publishing's TMNT: Urban Legends #1 ranked #159.

The misadventures of two rebels during the Galactic Civil War are recounted in Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon's Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel had five titles in the top ten including Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim's The Infinity Gauntlet at #2, Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom, Inc. at #7; and, tied at #10, Black Panther: Long Live the King and Infinity War. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten: Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas ranked #3, Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming ranked #3, and Black Magick Volume 2: Awakening II ranked #9. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten: Dark Days: The Road to Metal ranked #5 and Wonder Woman Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon ranked #6. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction ranked #8.

Zenescope Entertainment's Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 was May's best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of stories and background details on the popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment, returned to the top ten at #7.

A PREVIEWS Exclusive variant of the first figure in Mezco's trio of One:12 Collective figures that interpret different eras of Batman's career, the One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Ascending Knight "Blue" Action Figure, was May's best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Statue at #2, the Batman vs. The Joker: Laff-Co Battle Statue at #8, and the DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack at #9. Funko had two PREVIEWS exclusive POP! vinyl figures in the top ten: the POP! Rick and Morty: Pickle Rick "No Limbs" Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Heroes: DC Death Vinyl Figure, based on Neil Gaiman's character from The Sandman, ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Gallery: X-23 PVC Statue ranked #6. Also in the top ten, McFarlane Toys' Stranger Things: Demogorgon Deluxe Action Figure ranked #10.

Taking the HeroClix game to the depths of space, WizKids/NECA's Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick was May's best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing also had a strong month in May, with eight products from the Starfinder and Pathfinder role-playing game lines among the month's top ten products.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 42.64%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.71%
IMAGE COMICS 10.83%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.65%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.54%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.96%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.64%
VIZ MEDIA 1.12%
ONI PRESS 1.03%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.03%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.35%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 37.87%
IMAGE COMICS 9.67%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS 1.63%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.58%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.30%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.90%
TITAN COMICS 0.57%
AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.53%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.52%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018
COMICS 7.00% 2.99%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.94% 4.85%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 6.98% 3.13%
TOYS 4.95% 23.84%
MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017
COMICS 6.23% -8.63%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -8.04% -13.85%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 1.84% -9.06%
TOYS -28.63% -30.85%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017
COMICS 0.22% -9.80%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -9.31% -10.56%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -2.67% -9.85%
TOYS -12.06% -17.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 92 42 0 134
DC ENTERTAINMENT 74 30 0 104
IMAGE COMICS 65 22 0 87
IDW PUBLISHING 39 24 0 63
BOOM! STUDIOS 23 12 0 35
DARK HORSE COMICS 17 16 0 33
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 20 5 0 25
VIZ MEDIA 0 22 0 22
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 8 3 0 11
ONI PRESS 3 2 0 5
OTHER NON-TOP 10 131 208 32 371
TOTAL 472 386 32 890

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 $9.99 MAR180826-M MAR
2 VENOM #1 $4.99 MAR180796-M MAR
3 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5 $4.99 MAR180233-M DC
4 AVENGERS #1 $4.99 MAR180776-M MAR
5 BLACK PANTHER #1 $4.99 MAR180786-M MAR
6 BATMAN #47 $2.99 MAR180256-M DC
7 BATMAN #46 $2.99 MAR180254-M DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1 $3.99 MAR180228-M DC
9 THE MAN OF STEEL #1 [*] $3.99 APR180145 DC
10 THE WALKING DEAD #179 (MR) $3.99 MAR180767-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 $9.99 MAR180826-M MAR
2 VENOM #1 $4.99 MAR180796-M MAR
3 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5 $4.99 MAR180233-M DC
4 AVENGERS #1 $4.99 MAR180776-M MAR
5 BLACK PANTHER #1 $4.99 MAR180786-M MAR
6 ACTION COMICS #1000 $7.99 FEB180142-M DC
7 DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300 $5.99 MAR180832-M MAR
8 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #8 $4.99 MAR180260-M DC
9 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600 $5.99 MAR180837-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1 $3.99 MAR180228-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1 $7.99 MAR180947 MAR
2 THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
3 WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP $19.99 MAR180600 IMA
4 SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP $15.99 MAR180757 IMA
5 DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC $29.99 DEC170376 DC
6 WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP $16.99 FEB180292 DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP $19.99 FEB180936 MAR
8 HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP $24.99 JAN180104 DAR
9 BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR) $16.99 MAR180642 IMA
10 BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP $14.99 FEB180931 MAR
10 INFINITY WAR TP $29.99 JAN062102 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
2 PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR) $100.00 NOV171043 MAR
3 STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1 $7.99 MAR180947 MAR
4 DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC $29.99 DEC170376 DC
5 WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP $19.99 MAR180600 IMA
6 WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC $100.00 NOV171044 MAR
7 INFINITY WAR TP $29.99 JAN062102 MAR
8 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC $75.00 NOV171039-M MAR
9 HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP $24.99 JAN180104 DAR
10 WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC $125.00 NOV171045 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 2 $12.99 APR181912 ZEN
2 OVERLORD VOL. 7 LIGHT NOVEL HC $20.00 MAR188458 YEN
3 THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC $49.99 MAR181077 AFT
4 BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC $44.99 MAR172148 UDO
5 DOCTOR WHO TARGET COLLECTION: CITY OF DEATH MMPB $9.99 APR181367 PEN
6 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 129 SC $14.95 FEB182112 SAN
7 OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC $19.99 JUN170080 DAR
8 WOLF & PARCHMENT VOL. 2 LIGHT NOVEL SC $14.00 FEB181982 YEN
9 DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY VOL. 5 NOVEL SC $14.00 MAR182083 YEN
10 NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC $15.95 DEC178273 WW

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN "BLUE" FIGURE JUL178556 MEZ
2 DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN STATUE BY CAPULLO NOV170394 DC
3 POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK "NO LIMBS" VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN
4 POP! HEROES: DC: DEATH VINYL FIGURE DEC178161 FUN
5 OVERWATCH: GENJI 12-INCH STATUE DEC178061 BLI
6 MARVEL GALLERY: X-23 PVC STATUE NOV172443 DST
7 OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI
8 BATMAN VS. THE JOKER: LAFF-CO BATTLE STATUE OCT170396 DC
9 DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC
10 STRANGER THINGS: DEMOGORGON DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SEP178832 TMP

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS INFINITY COLOSSAL BOOSTER BRICK DEC172935 NEC
2 STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI
3 CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE
4 PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE MAGIC POCKET EDITION FEB182807 PAI
5 PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 4 POCKET EDITION FEB182806 PAI
6 STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: DEAD SUNS PART 5 SC FEB182808 PAI
7 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI
8 PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI
9 STARFINDER RPG ALIEN: ARCHIVE HC AUG173202 PAI
10 PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI

 

Dollar Market Shares for May 2018
Dollar Market Share – May 2018
Unit Market Shares for May 2018
Unit Market Share – May 2018

 

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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