Updated on December 10, 2021
It’s rebooting time again at DC Comics, with “DC Universe: Rebirth” #1 as the top-selling comic for May 2016. A few of DC’s final pre-Rebirth books are also in the top 10.
However, not to be outdone, Marvel’s “Civil War II” #0 came in second place. Also appearing in the top 10 is the now-controversial “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #1 comic. Last month‘s #1, “Black Panther,” has come in in ninth place, keeping with the usual inflated numbers for first issues.
Here’s a list of the top 10 selling books for May 2016. Figures are from Diamond and Comichron.com.
|1||DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1||$2.99||DC|
|2||CIVIL WAR II #0||$4.99||MAR|
|3||THE PUNISHER #1||$3.99||MAR|
|5||CAPTAINAMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1||$4.99||MAR|
|6||STAR WARS #19||$3.99||MAR|
|7||JUSTICE LEAGUE #50||$5.99||DC|
|8||DARTH VADER #20||$4.99||MAR|
|9||BLACK PANTHER #2||$3.99||MAR|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12||$3.99||MAR|
On the trade paperback and graphic novel side, the top seller is, once again, the nearly-30-year-old “The Killing Joke.” I’m wondering if the hype related to the upcoming direct-to-video animated version of this comic helped boost sales. Fortunately, the rest of the top 10 are books written after the Reagan administration, including “Chew,” “Star Wars,” and “Spider-Gwen.” See the full list of top graphic novels below.
|1||BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC||$17.99||DC|
|2||DESCENDER VOLUME 2 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|3||CIVIL WAR TP||$24.99||MAR|
|4||BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 4: GODWORLD TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|5||WE STAND ON GUARD DELUXE HC (MR)||$24.99||IMA|
|6||CHEW VOLUME 11: LAST SUPPERS TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|7||THE JOKER: ENDGAME TP||$24.99||DC|
|8||STAR WARS: KANAN VOLUME 2: FIRST BLOOD TP||$17.99||MAR|
|9||SPIDER-GWEN VOLUME 1: GREATER POWER TP||$17.99||MAR|
|10||SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL: DON’T CALL IT A TEAM UP TP||$34.99||MAR|
The top five comics publishers’ sales, by dollar share:
- Marvel, 39.64%
- DC, 26.45%
- Image, 8.38%
- IDW, 5.7%
- Dark Horse, 3.25%
The top five comics publishers by unit share:
- Marvel, 44.8%
- DC, 26.34%
- Image, 7.95%
- IDW, 4.99%
- Boom! Studios, 2.34%
Total comics/graphic novel sales have dropped by 6.46%/4.77% (by dollars/units respectively) since April 2016. Since May 2015, they’ve dropped by 9.05%/16.58%. For the year to date, comics sales are down by 5.11%/12.72% compared to 2015.
As usual, Marvel’s got a comfortable lead and dominance of comics sales. But we’ll see if June (at least for that month) finally sees DC beat Marvel with the first big wave of Rebirth books.