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DC Comics' Sales Rise on Rebirth, Marvel Still Tops Overall in June 2016 Sales

Marvel reclaimed the #1 position on Diamond Comics Distributors' sales charts in June, with "Civil War II" #1 outselling the rest of the month's offerings.

In fact, Marvel remained the number one publisher overall, though DC Comics' Rebirth powered the publisher to a larger market share, with seven releases landing in the Direct Market's Top Ten. "Batman" and "Batman: Rebirth" were the second and third best sellers, respectively, while "Dark Knight III," "Dark Knight Returns: the Last Crusade," "Superman: Rebirth" "Wonder Woman" and "Superman" landed in positions 6 - 10.

"Star Wars: Han Solo" #1 and "Civil War II" #2 were Marvel's remaining Top Ten releases.

"Saga: Vol. 6" was the best-selling graphic novel for May. "Dark Night: A True Batman Tale," Paul Dini's recounting of his late-90s mugging, illustrated by Eduardo Risso, was #2.

Overall, Marvel's Direct Market shares rose to 40.08% in dollar shares, and dipped slightly to 44.17% unit shares. DC Comics rose on the back of Rebirth to 29.93% in dollars, and 31.69% in units. Image was once again third, making up 7.88% of the market in dollars, and 7.64% in units.

Monthly comics sales were up significantly from May, and saw an increase over June 2015.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.08%

44.17%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.93%

31.69%

IMAGE COMICS

7.88%

7.64%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.22%

4.15%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.81%

1.76%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.23%

2.18%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.45%

1.17%

TITAN COMICS

1.09%

1.07%

VIZ MEDIA

0.97%

0.34%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.75%

0.84%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.58%

5.00%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2016 VS. MAY 2016

COMICS

34.90%

37.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

25.16%

49.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

31.77%

38.59%

JUNE 2016 VS. JUNE 2015

COMICS

23.06%

19.75%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.37%

17.55%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

20.26%

19.55%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

-3.84%

-8.38%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.58%

6.30%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.73%

-7.26%

SECOND QUARTER 2016 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2016

COMICS

18.04%

18.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.48%

17.06%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.22%

17.96%

SECOND QUARTER 2016 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2015

COMICS

-4.21%

-7.71%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.69%

0.80%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.42%

-7.02%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CIVIL WAR II #1

$5.99

MAR160703-M

MAR

2

BATMAN #1 [*]

$2.99

APR160286-M

DC

3

BATMAN REBIRTH #1 [*]

$2.99

APR160284-M

DC

4

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1

$3.99

APR161034-M

MAR

5

CIVIL WAR II #2

$4.99

APR160857-M

MAR

6

DARK KNIGHT III: the MASTER RACE #5

$5.99

FEB160127-M

DC

7

DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE #1

$6.99

DEC150208-M

DC

8

SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1 [*]

$2.99

APR168695-M

DC

9

WONDER WOMAN #1 [*]

$2.99

APR160310-M

DC

10

SUPERMAN #1 [*]

$2.99

APR160278-M

DC

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