(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 7, 2019) — A techno-virus turns a tenth of Earth’s population into monstrous creatures and the Justice League is all that stands in the way of total disaster in Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Stefano Gaudiano’s DCeased #1 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2019 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 dollar share of 40.46% and a unit share of 39.75%. DC placed second with a 28.22% dollar share and a 38.58% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 6.88% dollar share and a 5.53% unit share. Dark Horse Comics ranked fourth with a 3.78% dollar share and 2.19% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.61% dollar share and a 2.98% unit share, then BOOM! Studios with a 2.21% dollar share and a 1.76% unit share, VIZ Media with a 1.84% dollar share and a 0.65% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.78% dollar share and a 1.50% unit share.
In total, DC had six titles in the top ten including Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #10 at #2, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 at #3, Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #5 at #5, Batman #70 at #8, and Batman #71 at #9. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Savage Avengers #1 ranked #4; Nick Spencer, Gerardo Sandoval, and Victor Nava’s Amazing Spider-Man #21 ranked #6; Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy Jose’s The Immortal Hulk #17 ranked #7; and Spencer and Humberto Ramos’ Amazing Spider-Man #22 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #191 ranked #27; Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things: Six #1, a prequel to the Netflix series, ranked #82; BOOM! Studios’ Firefly #6 ranked #98; Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1, a crossover with Archie Comics, ranked #107; and IDW Publishing’s Transformers #4 ranked #156.
Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart’s Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, an original graphic novel from DC’s DC Ink imprint, was May’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten for DC, DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: The Umbrella Academy volumes 1 and 2 ranked #2 and #4 respectively, and The Legend of Korra Part 1: Ruins of Empire ranked #8. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten: Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest Book 1 ranked #3, East of West Volume 9 ranked #5, Rat Queens Volume 6 ranked #9, and Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 3 ranked #10. Also in the top ten, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s The Immortal Hulk Volume 3: Hulk in Hell ranked #7.
VIZ Media’s My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 1 was May’s best-selling book.
1000 Toys’ Hellboy: Standard Version 1/12-Scale Figure was May’s best-selling toy. Funko’s PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! Marvel: Spider-Punk Vinyl Figure ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Rogue Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; their top-selling product, the DC Cover Girls: Wonder Woman by Joëlle Jones Statue, ranked #5.
Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG Beginner Box, an introductory set to the space opera role-playing game, was May’s best-selling game product. Also, Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Edition, the best-selling game of April, remained in the top ten at #10 for the month.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MAY 2019 VS. APRIL 2019|
|MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018|
|YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|DARK HORSE COMICS||22||30||0||52|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||151||190||27||368|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
|2||DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10||$4.99||JAN190585-M||DC|
|3||BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)||$5.99||MAR190458-M||DC|
|4||SAVAGE AVENGERS #1||$4.99||MAR190757-M||MAR|
|5||THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5||$4.99||MAR190495-M||DC|
|6||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21||$3.99||MAR190831-M||MAR|
|7||THE IMMORTAL HULK #17||$3.99||MAR190845-M||MAR|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22||$3.99||MAR190835-M||MAR|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|2||BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)||$5.99||MAR190458-M||DC|
|3||DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10||$4.99||JAN190585-M||DC|
|4||THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5||$4.99||MAR190495-M||DC|
|5||SAVAGE AVENGERS #1||$4.99||MAR190757-M||MAR|
|6||THE IMMORTAL HULK #17||$3.99||MAR190845-M||MAR|
|7||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21||$3.99||MAR190831-M||MAR|
|8||WAR OF REALMS #3||$4.99||MAR190765-M||MAR|
|9||WAR OF REALMS #4||$4.99||MAR190773-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
|1||UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP||$16.99||JAN190554||DC|
|2||THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP||$17.99||SEP108136||DAR|
|3||MIDDLEWEST BOOK 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||MAR190092-M||IMA|
|4||THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP||$17.99||DEC098005||DAR|
|5||EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP||$16.99||FEB190059||IMA|
|6||DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT TP||$9.99||JAN190555||DC|
|7||THE IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 3: HULK IN HELL TP||$15.99||FEB190998||MAR|
|8||LEGEND OF KORRA PART 1: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP||$10.99||JAN190482||DAR|
|9||RAT QUEENS VOL. 6: INFERNAL PATH TP (MR)||$16.99||MAR190119||IMA|
|10||SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)||$49.99||MAR190127||IMA|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC||$125.00||NOV181004-M||MAR|
|2||SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)||$49.99||MAR190127||IMA|
|3||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC||$125.00||NOV181006||MAR|
|4||THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP||$17.99||SEP108136||DAR|
|5||UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP DC INK||$16.99||JAN190554||DC|
|6||THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP||$17.99||DEC098005||DAR|
|7||EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP||$16.99||FEB190059||IMA|
|8||SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER HC||$24.99||FEB190468||DC|
|9||ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC||$99.99||AUG180594||DC|
|10||BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT HC||$29.99||JAN198939||DC|
TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
|1||MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS VOL. 1 SC||$10.99||FEB192175||VIZ|
|2||LULU IS A RHINOCEROS||$16.99||FEB188267||WIC|
|3||DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC||$23.99||DEC181681||PEN|
|4||OVERLORD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)||$20.00||MAR192224||YEN|
|5||BLOODBORNE: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC||$44.99||MAR172148||UDO|
|6||TALES OF THE LOST CITADEL PROSE ANTHOLOGY SC||$15.99||JAN193197||GRE|
|7||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 141 SC||$14.95||FEB191942||SAN|
|8||AVENGERS ENDGAME: OFFICIAL MOVIE SPECIAL HC||$19.99||JAN192125||TTN|
|9||DOCTOR WHO: 13 DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC||$17.99||DEC181677||PEN|
|10||DOCTOR WHO: THE WOMEN WHO LIVED HC||$23.99||FEB188707||PEN|
TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||HELLBOY: STANDARD VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGURE||MAY189233||100|
|2||POP! MARVEL: SPIDER-PUNK VINYL FIGURE||SEP188215||FUN|
|3||MARVEL SELECT: ROGUE ACTION FIGURE||SEP182338||DST|
|4||MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN COMIC PVC FIGURE||SEP182341||DST|
|5||DC COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN BY JOELLE JONES STATUE||OCT180633||DC|
|6||DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE DAWNBREAKER STATUE||OCT180626||DC|
|7||MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT ACTION FIGURE||JUN101512||DST|
|8||DC GALLERY METAL: THE RED DEATH PVC FIGURE||OCT182228||DST|
|9||ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: BLADE ACTION FIGURE||MAR188185||MEZ|
|10||BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: WHITE KNIGHT JOKER BY SEAN MURPHY||NOV180600||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||STARFINDER RPG BEGINNER BOX||FEB193069||PAI|
|2||CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC||JUN173357||GRE|
|3||THE EXPANSE RPG HC||NOV182869||GRE|
|4||MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME||JUL183082||S7|
|5||STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC||JUN173371||PAI|
|6||PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOX||FEB168541||PAI|
|7||TOME OF BEASTS HC||JUN168476||PAI|
|8||THE EXPANSE RPG: GAME MASTERS KIT HC||NOV182870||GRE|
|9||PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION||APR168770||PAI|
|10||DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: STRANGER THINGS EDITION||JAN198565||HAS|
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