For the next year we may see a lot of headlines like the one above as DC and Marvel battle for number one. This month, Marvel once again took the top spot earning the most money and selling the most product. While that may make some feel superior, when one looks at the Top Ten Titles Sold in the Direct Market, the picture is quite different as DC places seven titles in the Top Ten.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICECOMPANY
1AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4$3.99MAR
2AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3$3.99MAR
3BATMAN #9$3.99DC
4JUSTICE LEAGUE #9$3.99DC
5BATMAN ANNUAL #1$4.99DC
6AVX VS #2$3.99MAR
7BATMAN INCORPORATED #1$2.99DC
8DETECTIVE COMICS #9$3.99DC
9ACTION COMICS #9$3.99DC
10GREEN LANTERN #9$2.99DC
PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS35.32%38.64%
DC COMICS32.73%36.72%
IMAGE COMICS7.19%6.70%
IDW PUBLISHING4.80%4.04%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.75%3.48%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.55%2.63%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.60%1.60%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS1.08%0.26%
VIZ MEDIA0.86%0.38%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT0.85%0.73%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.27%4.84%

There are still some interesting bits of information that can be brought to light this month. On the plus side sales of comics and graphic novels were up by 20% and 22% respectively compared to April 2012, while the year to year comparison has comic book sales up over 44%.

What does that mean? It means comics are doing very well right now, and the only thing that we need to see how well the industry doing as a whole is, is data from the digital comic market, as well as sales from sales to newsstands, grocery stores, and subscriptions.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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4 Comments

  1. June 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Who in the world are Eaglemoss Publications?

  2. HatesNew52
    June 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    Well Im sure glad DC detroyed all my old favorites so they could be number 2.

    • June 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm — Reply

      They were number 2 before, but they’ve narrowed that gap considerably. From a business perspective, the experiment would seem to be a success.

  3. June 9, 2012 at 3:40 am — Reply

    Well, increased sales is always good. Between the Avengers and the New 52, things are looking up for the industry.

    Now all we need is for the companies to start focusing on making their lackluster books not crap. I’m looking at you, Justice League.

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