Civil War II, Batman top comics sales for June 2016

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Marvel as usual leads in comics sales for June 2016, thanks to sales of its “Civil War II” crossover, as well as the usual “Star Wars” books. DC’s sales are better than average this month, thanks to its “Rebirth” reboot.

Below are the top 10 selling comics. Figures are from Diamond and Comichron.

Rank Title Price Publisher
1 CIVIL WAR II #1 $5.99 MAR
2 BATMAN #1 $2.99 DC
3 BATMAN REBIRTH #1 $2.99 DC
4 STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1 $3.99 MAR
5 CIVIL WAR II #2 $4.99 MAR
6 DARK KNIGHT III: the MASTER RACE #5 $5.99 DC
7 DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE #1 $6.99 DC
8 SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1 $2.99 DC
9 WONDER WOMAN #1 $2.99 DC
10 SUPERMAN #1 $2.99 DC

It’s no surprise that DC’s sales are Batman-dominant, including the (slowly) ongoing “Dark Knight III” miniseries.

On the trade paperback/graphic novel side, here’s the top sellers for June.

Rank Title Price Publisher
1 SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
2 DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY HC (MR) $22.99 DC
3 SEX CRIMINALS VOL. 3: THREE THE HARD WAY TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
4 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 1: FINALS CRISIS TP $9.99 DC
5 COLOR YOUR OWN YOUNG MARVEL BY SKOTTIE YOUNG TP $9.99 MAR
6 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 DC
7 PREACHER BOOK 1 TP (MR) $19.99 DC
8 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOL. 3: LITTLE LIGHT (MR) $14.99 IMA
9 HARLEY QUINN VOL. 3: KISS KISS BANG STAB TP $16.99 DC
10 NEIL GAIMAN’S HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES HC $17.99 DAR

It’s a mix of publishers in the top 10 trades/graphic novels. Image’s “Saga” is the top selling trade paperback for June. Marvel’s top seller is a coloring book, while DC’s best seller is an autobiography by Paul Dini. Also appearing in the top 10 are “Preacher” (thanks to attention from the new AMC TV show), “DC Super Hero Girls,” and a Neil Gaiman story.

The top five comics publishers’ sales, by dollar share:

  1. Marvel, 40.08%
  2. DC Comics, 29.93%
  3. Image, 7.88%
  4. IDW, 5.22%
  5. Dark Horse, 2.81%

The top five comics publishers’ sales, by unit share:

  1. Marvel, 44.17%
  2. DC Comics, 31.69%
  3. Image, 7.64%
  4. IDW, 4.15%
  5. Boom! Studios, 2.18%

Comic sales jumped (in dollars/units) by 31.77%/38.59% respectively from May, while they rose by 20.26%/19.55% over June 2015. For the year to date, comic sales are down 0.73%/7.26% from this point in 2015. Despite the flat sales so far this year, comic sales for June 2016 were at $58.6 million, a 20-year high according to Comichron. Yes, reboots and mega-crossovers still sell, despite their heavy flaws.


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