DC Comics' Weeklies Grabbed Back Marketshare In May 2014, But Marvel Stays Top With Original Sin And Spider-Man

These are the official statistics for comic books as distributed in North America by Diamond Comic Distributors in the month of May 2014. So what have we learned?

After month after month after month of seeing DC Comics losing marketshare to Marvel Comics, things ust changed. Last month their dollar share fell from 25.94% to 23.65%, sixteen points behind Marvel's 39.27%, the greatest gap and the lowest level since before the New 52 relaunch. In June however, DC are on 30.04% and Marvel are on 34.38%, narrowing that lead to less than four-and-a-half points.

While on share of actual numbers of comics sold, DC, who had slipped from 29.02% to 27.24%, a whopping fourteen points behind Marvel's 41.15%, now see DC with a 33.52% and Marvel on 36.46% , just under three points difference.

This is a remarkable turn around for DC, helped by a) no Amazing Spider-Man relaunch and b) the continuing strong performance of Batman Eternal four or five times a month and the launch of Futures End weekly as well.

Marvel placed the top three titles with Original Sin and Amazing Spider-Man, but had only one other in the top ten. DC however, even though Batman was knocked back from its traditional-of-late top spot, took four slots with Walking Dead taking the other, cementing that Image book as a regular top ten title now.

Performance was down across the industry from April that was a five day month compared to May's four week. It was also down on May 2013's five week month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS34.38%
DC COMICS30.04%
IMAGE COMICS8.86%
IDW PUBLISHING6.38%
DARK HORSE COMICS5.96%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.30%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.97%
AVATAR PRESS1.03%
RANDOM HOUSE0.88%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC0.81%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.39%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS36.46%
DC COMICS33.52%
IMAGE COMICS9.96%
DARK HORSE COMICS5.50%
IDW PUBLISHING4.18%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.29%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.84%
ARCHIE COMICS0.97%
AVATAR PRESS0.88%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 103.56%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS87300117
MARVEL COMICS74380112
IDW PUBLISHING4521066
IMAGE COMICS5411065
DARK HORSE COMICS3623059
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT351036
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT207027
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC132015
RANDOM HOUSE014014
AVATAR PRESS INC8109
OTHER PUBLISHERS559818171

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS-10.72%-7.35%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-10.24%-19.32%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-10.57%-8.41%
MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013
COMICS-2.01%-6.00%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-9.47%-15.27%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.52%-6.79%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS-1.13%-6.72%
GRAPHIC NOVELS1.96%4.54%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.16%-5.85%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1ORIGINAL SIN #1$4.99MAR
2AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2$3.99MAR
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1$3.99MAR
4BATMAN #31$3.99DC
5FOREVER EVIL #7$4.99DC
6ORIGINAL SIN #2$3.99MAR
7JUSTICE LEAGUE #30$3.99DC
8The WALKING DEAD #127 (MR)$2.99IMA
9NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*]$2.99DC
10BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*]$2.99DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52)$24.99DC
2BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)$16.99DC
3BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR)$9.99IMA
4X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC$24.99MAR
5BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC$22.99DC
6MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP$9.99IMA
7HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP$17.99DAR
8SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
9MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP$14.99IMA
10GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC$19.99DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1TRANSFORMERS: LIGHT-UP OPTIMUS PRIME BUST & BOOK$12.95RUN
2LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC$34.99DAR
3GODZILLA: LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT$12.95RUN
4THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC$14.95SAN
5DOCTOR WHO: WHEN'S THE DOCTOR SC$7.99PEN
6DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 74 SC$14.95SAN
7WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S STAR WARS HC$14.95RAN
8X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PROSE NOVEL HC$24.99MAR
9AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES 1965-1969 HC$41.95TWO
10ART OF NEIL GAIMAN: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY HC$39.99HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: BATMAN FIGUREDC
2DC COMICS: NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SETDC
3MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREDST
4DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: TALON FIGUREDC
5DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: RIDDLER FIGUREDC
6DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURESQU
7DC COMICS: NIGHTWING "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUEKOT
8DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: NIGHTWING FIGUREDC
9X-FORCE: PSYLOCKE FINE ART STATUEKOT
10ROBOCOP "1987 VERSION" PLAY ARTS KAI ACTION FIGURESQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL BOOSTER BRICKNEC
2MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST BOOSTERSNEC
3MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX BOOSTERSWIZ
4MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: SENTINEL PACKNEC
5MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITIONUSA
6DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT: SINESTRO CORPS WAR SCENARIO PACKNEC
7RISK: DOCTOR WHO COLLECTOR'S EDITIONUSA
8MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX FAT PACKWIZ
9ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS: FOR THE GLORY BOOSTERSCRY
10MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL: THUNDERBOLTS FAST FORCES PACKNEC

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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