Civil War II, Batman top comics sales for June 2016

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.

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

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.

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

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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