The first issue of the revival of “Spectacular Spider-Man” led in comic sales for June 2017. On the trade paperback side, “The Wicked + the Divine” was #1 in trade paperback/graphic novel sales.
Here’s the top 10 selling comics for June, according to Diamond.
|1||PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1||$4.99||MAR|
|2||DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1||$4.99||DC|
|3||STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1||$4.99||MAR|
|5||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #9||$5.99||DC|
|7||EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1||$3.99||MAR|
|8||SECRET EMPIRE #4||$3.99||MAR|
|9||SECRET EMPIRE #5||$3.99||MAR|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD #168 (MR)||$2.99||IMA|
Marvel dominated sales as usual for June, with half of the top 10 books. Those included a new “Darth Vader” book, plus a few event titles like “Secret Empire.”
DC’s top sellers were the usual Batman-related books, including the kickoff for their “Dark Nights” event.
The sole non-Big Two book in the top 10 was Image’s “The Walking Dead” #168.
Trade paperbacks/graphic novels
Below are the top 10 trade paperbacks and graphic novels.
|1||THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE I TP||$16.99||IMA|
|2||DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS TP||$9.99||DC|
|3||MOTOR CRUSH VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||IMA|
|4||DESCENDER VOLUME 4: ORBITAL MECHANICS TP||$16.99||IMA|
|5||SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SIDE PIECES TP||$16.99||MAR|
|6||TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST TP||$16.99||DC|
|7||HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: THE JOKER LOVES HARLEY TP||$16.99||DC|
|8||STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOLUME 1: APHRA TP||$17.99||MAR|
|9||A.D.: AFTER DEATH HC||$24.99||IMA|
|10||NIGHTWING VOL. 2: BACK TO BLUDHAVEN TP||$16.99||DC|
Image and DC each took up four spaces, with Marvel the remaining two.
Marvel’s top-selling trades were a Spider-Man/Deadpool volume and a “Star Wars” trade.
DC’s top seller was a volume of “DC Super Hero Girls,” featuring Wonder Woman’s Greco-Roman deity family. Yes, they went with the New 52 “Zeus is her Dad” origin for this series, unfortunately.
The top five publishers by dollar share:
- Marvel: 38.54%
- DC Comics: 30.61%
- Image: 8.86%
- IDW: 4.24%
- Dark Horse: 3.46%
The top five publishers by unit share:
- Marvel: 42.82%
- DC Comics: 31.76%
- Image: 9%
- IDW: 3.18%
- Dark Horse: 2.47%
Comichron and Comics Beat state that sales were down from June 2016, probably stemming from how well DC’s Rebirth relaunch did. They also note July has a heavier number of trade paperbacks coming out.
Of course, these numbers look quite different from the recently released, overall 2016 sales figures. Those include bookstore and digital sales, giving a very different picture of what’s selling. (In summary, non-comic shop sales mainly stem from trades/graphic novels and kid-friendly material.)