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[Market Share] DC Universe: Rebirth tops the charts for May

It should come as no surprise that DC Universe: Rebirth #1 took the number one spot in the direct comic sales market for May 2016, but overall sales weren’t rosy.

DC Entertainment was able to place three comics in the top ten for May (DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Batman #52, Justice League #50), while Marvel took the remaining seven slots lead by Civil War II #0.  Heck, the Punisher #1 did better than Batman #52, but that may be a continued holdover from the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil series.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1$2.99APR160273-MDC
2CIVIL WAR II #0$4.99MAR168949-MMAR
3THE PUNISHER #1$3.99MAR160728-MMAR
4BATMAN #52$3.99MAR160223-MDC
5CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1$4.99MAR160721-MMAR
6STAR WARS #19$3.99MAR160891-MMAR
7JUSTICE LEAGUE #50$5.99FEB160134-MDC
8DARTH VADER #20$4.99MAR160897-MMAR
9BLACK PANTHER #2$3.99MAR160829-MMAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12$3.99MAR160781-MMAR

Marvel shipped 102 issues in May, compared to DC Entertainment’s 74, giving The House of Ideas a 44.8% share compared to DC’s 26.34%.  Dark Horse continued to hang out in fifth place in the dollar share at 3.25%, but BOOM! Studios actually shipped more comics (24) than Dark Horse’s 20.  Image Comics and IDW Publishing continue to hang out in the third and fourth place, but as Dark Horse continues to work out its place in the comic industry post Star Wars loss and recent conclusion to Hellboy in Hell, the fifth place battle could get very interesting in the months to come.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS39.64%44.80%
DC ENTERTAINMENT26.45%26.34%
IMAGE COMICS8.38%7.95%
IDW PUBLISHING5.70%4.99%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.25%2.31%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.51%2.34%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.66%1.51%
TITAN COMICS1.39%1.48%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC1.09%1.25%
ONI PRESS INC.0.98%0.89%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.95%6.13%

What is really concerning is that overall comic sales dropped in May, slipping 6.54% in the dollar share category. Compared to May 0f 2015, sales dropped even further, plunging 14.34% on the dollar share, and 17.60% on the number of comics sold.  Combined, comic sales dropped 9.23% compared to the same time last year. Though graphic novel sales also dropped substantially (11% compared to April and 3.39% compared to May 2015), overall graphic novel sales this year is up slightly (3.46%).

So, where did your favorite comic place in the May 2016 ranking? Check out the table below where you can sort and sort to your heart’s content.

QtyRankIndexTITLESRPVendName
1230.72DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1$2.99DC
2173.47CIVIL WAR II #0$4.99MAR
3108.35PUNISHER #1$3.99MAR
4100.00BATMAN #52$3.99DC
597.62CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1$4.99MAR
693.11STAR WARS #19$3.99MAR
790.44JUSTICE LEAGUE #50$5.99DC
884.78DARTH VADER #20$4.99MAR
975.98BLACK PANTHER #2$3.99MAR
1073.35AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12$3.99MAR
1168.03SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1$3.99DC
1267.48STAR WARS POE DAMERON #2$3.99MAR
1367.44WALKING DEAD #154 (MR)$2.99IMA
1463.52BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #6$3.99DC
1562.45SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #5$3.99MAR
1661.55DEADPOOL #11$3.99MAR
1756.56DEADPOOL #12$3.99MAR
1854.48DEADPOOL LAST DAYS OF MAGIC #1$4.99MAR
1953.15SUPERMAN #52$3.99DC
2051.63OLD MAN LOGAN #6$3.99MAR
2151.17ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #9$3.99MAR
2250.44ALL NEW X-MEN #9$4.99MAR
2349.84UNCANNY X-MEN #7$3.99MAR
2448.94EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #10$3.99MAR
2548.61SPIDER-GWEN #8$3.99MAR
2648.36DOCTOR STRANGE #8$3.99MAR
2748.27INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9$3.99MAR
2848.11SPIDER-MAN #4$3.99MAR
2947.58FUTURE QUEST #1$3.99DC
3047.39OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #5$3.99MAR
3146.41MIGHTY THOR #7$3.99MAR
3244.20THUNDERBOLTS #1$3.99MAR
3343.02DETECTIVE COMICS #52$3.99DC
3442.92HARLEY QUINN #28$3.99DC
3542.76DAREDEVIL #7$3.99MAR
3642.18DEADPOOL MERCS FOR MONEY #4$3.99MAR
3741.24DAREDEVIL PUNISHER #1$4.99MAR
3841.01AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.5$3.99MAR
3939.75ACTION COMICS #52$3.99DC
4039.16UNCANNY AVENGERS #9$3.99MAR
4137.92EMPRESS #2$3.99MAR
4237.71MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #3$3.99BOO
4337.58GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #8$3.99MAR
4437.42ALL NEW WOLVERINE #8$3.99MAR
4537.34GWENPOOL #2$3.99MAR
4637.03HARLEY QUINN AND HER GANG OF HARLEYS #2$3.99DC
4734.73MOON KNIGHT #2$3.99MAR
4834.52INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #3$3.99MAR
4933.72DEADPOOL MASACRE #1$3.99MAR
5033.31NIGHTHAWK #1$3.99MAR
5133.15FLASH #51$3.99DC
5233.07GWENPOOL #0$4.99MAR
5332.28BATMAN SUPERMAN #32$3.99DC
5432.23GREEN LANTERN #52$3.99DC
5532.13FLASH #52$3.99DC
5630.30BLACK WIDOW #3$3.99MAR
5730.22SILK #8$3.99MAR
5829.46X-MEN 92 #3$3.99MAR
5929.20MS MARVEL #7$3.99MAR
6029.07A-FORCE #5$3.99MAR
6129.04WONDER WOMAN #52$3.99DC
6228.54NEW AVENGERS #11$3.99MAR
6327.95SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #29$3.99DC
6427.91UNCANNY INHUMANS #8$3.99MAR
6526.89CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #9$3.99MAR
6626.554001 AD #1$3.99VAL
6726.54SPIDER-WOMAN #7$3.99MAR
6826.20TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6$3.99MAR
6925.93ULTIMATES #7$3.99MAR
7025.92BATGIRL #52$2.99DC
7125.74POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #4$3.99MAR
7225.71SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN #7$3.99DC
7324.67UNCANNY INHUMANS #9$3.99MAR
7423.30CAPTAIN MARVEL #5$3.99MAR
7523.25GRAYSON #20$3.99DC
7623.24KARNAK #4$3.99MAR
7723.19CARNAGE #8$3.99MAR
7823.06INVADER ZIM #9$3.99ONI
7922.92NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #20$2.99DC
8022.54SPIDER-MAN 2099 #10$3.99MAR
8121.95ROBIN SON OF BATMAN #12$3.99DC
8221.77AQUAMAN #52$3.99DC
8321.44MOCKINGBIRD #3$3.99MAR
8421.33SPIDEY #6$3.99MAR
8521.19POISON IVY CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #5$2.99DC
8621.03TOKYO GHOST #7 (MR)$3.99IMA
8720.94SUPERMAN THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #4$3.99DC
8820.87TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS CLASSIC #1$1.00MAR
8920.68ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT #5$3.99MAR
9020.63DEATHSTROKE #18$2.99DC
9120.61SILVER SURFER #4$3.99MAR
9220.40MONSTRESS #6 (MR)$3.99IMA
9320.35ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8$3.99MAR
9420.12GREEN ARROW #52$2.99DC
9519.52AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND SILK SPIDERFLY EFFECT #3$4.99MAR
9619.20VISION #7$3.99MAR
9719.07SQUADRON SUPREME #7$3.99MAR
9818.86AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9$3.99ARC
9918.54TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS #1$1.00MAR
10018.43ALL NEW INHUMANS #7$3.99MAR
10118.30GREEN LANTERN CORPS EDGE OF OBLIVION #5$2.99DC
10218.19TEEN TITANS #20$2.99DC
10318.11DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #12$3.99DC
10417.89SUPERMAN LOIS AND CLARK #8$3.99DC
10517.83DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #4 COLLECTORS ED$12.99DC
10617.74BATMAN BEYOND #12$2.99DC
10717.73HOWARD THE DUCK #7$3.99MAR
10817.66DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #13$3.99DC
10917.63SWAMP THING #5$2.99DC
11017.27EAST OF WEST #26$3.50IMA
11117.12EARTH 2 SOCIETY #12$2.99DC
11217.04TITANS HUNT #8$3.99DC
11317.04AGENTS OF SHIELD #5$3.99MAR
11417.00VENOM SPACE KNIGHT #7$3.99MAR
11516.76HAUNTED MANSION #3$3.99MAR
11616.74TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS DARTH VADER #1$1.00MAR
11716.72CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #8 RAHZZAH VAR$3.99MAR
11816.57WICKED & DIVINE #19 (MR)$3.50IMA
11916.48SCARLET WITCH #6$3.99MAR
12016.43TMNT ONGOING #58$3.99IDW
12116.34ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #1$2.99DC
12216.23LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #5$3.99DC
12316.09WEB WARRIORS #7$3.99MAR
12416.05RED HOOD ARSENAL #12$2.99DC
12516.01STARFIRE #12$2.99DC
12615.86ARCHIE #8$3.99ARC
12715.80CATWOMAN #52$2.99DC
12815.76SPAWN #263$2.99IMA
12915.58LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #6$3.99DC
13015.56CONSTANTINE THE HELLBLAZER #12$2.99DC
13115.39GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #6$4.99MAR
13215.36HELLBOY IN HELL #9$2.99DAR
13315.19BLACK PANTHER #1$4.99MAR
13415.11SOUTHERN BASTARDS #14 (MR)$3.50IMA
13515.10SINESTRO #23$2.99DC
13615.07BACK TO THE FUTURE CITIZEN BROWN #1$4.99IDW
13715.05NOVA #7$3.99MAR
13815.04MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #42$3.99IDW
13914.82STAR-LORD #7$3.99MAR
14014.81UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #8$3.99MAR
14114.78RICK & MORTY #14$3.99ONI
14214.72LADY MECHANIKA LOST BOYS OF WEST ABBEY #1$3.99BEN
14314.66SABRINA #5$3.99ARC
14414.54RENATO JONES ONE PERCENT #1 (MR)$3.99IMA
14514.33KLAUS #5$3.99BOO
14614.01TANK GIRL 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #1$3.99TTN
14713.90WE ARE ROBIN #12$3.99DC
14813.70TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS DROIDS #1$1.00MAR
14913.25INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #9$2.99DC
15013.15BACK TO THE FUTURE #8$3.99IDW
15113.05INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #10$2.99DC
15212.92HYPERION #3$3.99MAR
15312.60MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #7$3.99MAR
15412.53MICRONAUTS #2 [*]$3.99IDW
15512.45SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED DEADSHOT KATANA #5$4.99DC
15612.29MARTIAN MANHUNTER #12$2.99DC
15712.21BTVS SEASON 10 #27$3.99DAR
15812.16CYBORG #11$2.99DC
15912.14GOTHAM ACADEMY #18$2.99DC
16012.00TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1$1.00MAR
16111.86SECRET SIX #14$2.99DC
16211.84BATTLESTAR GALACTICA NERD BLOCK EXCLUSIVE$3.99DE
16311.83ILLUMINATI #7$3.99MAR
16411.83RAT QUEENS #16 (MR)$3.99IMA
16511.82MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #28$3.99IDW
16611.72INVINCIBLE #128$2.99IMA
16711.71X-MEN WORST X-MAN EVER #4$3.99MAR
16811.57PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #6$3.99MAR
16911.50MAE #1$3.99DAR
17011.39ARCHANGEL #1 [*]$4.99IDW
17111.37JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 #12$2.99DC
17211.25ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #2$2.99DC
17311.19TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS COVERS #1$1.00MAR
17411.11LEGENDS OF TOMORROW #3$7.99DC
17511.04PENNY DREADFUL #1$3.99TTN
17611.02DRAX #7$3.99MAR
17710.94JUPITERS CIRCLE VOL 2 #6 (MR)$3.99IMA
17810.89TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS SHATTERED EMPIRE #1$1.00MAR
17910.85ALIENS DEFIANCE #2$3.99DAR
18010.82BATMAN 66 MEETS THE MAN FROM UNCLE #6$2.99DC
18110.68TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS KANAN #1$1.00MAR
18210.68TMNT ONGOING #57$3.99IDW
18310.63DIVINITY II #2$3.99VAL
18410.47LUCIFER #6 (MR)$3.99DC
18510.26TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS CHEWBACCA #1$1.00MAR
18610.21FIX #2 (MR)$3.99IMA
18710.15BOBS BURGERS ONGOING #11$3.99DE
18810.08CINEMA PURGATORIO #1 (MR)$5.99AVA
1899.91BLACK ROAD #2 (MR)$3.99IMA
1909.86PREDATOR LIFE AND DEATH #3$3.99DAR
1919.843 FLOYDS ALPHA KING #1 (MR)$3.99IMA
1929.80TRUE BELIEVERS STAR WARS LANDO #1$1.00MAR
1939.78ASTRO CITY #35$3.99DC
1949.69MANIFEST DESTINY #19$2.99IMA
1959.66WEIRDWORLD #6$3.99MAR
1969.16STAR TREK ONGOING #57$3.99IDW
1979.15MIDNIGHTER #12$2.99DC
1989.12DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (2016) #1 [*]$4.99IDW
1998.98BEAUTY #7 (MR)$3.99IMA
2008.97DOCTOR FATE #12$2.99DC
2018.96DISCIPLINE #3 (MR)$2.99IMA
2028.88JUGHEAD #6$3.99ARC
2038.88X-FILES (2016) #2 [*]$3.99IDW
2048.77BLOODLINES #2 FORSAKEN$2.99DC
2058.50JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #15$3.99IDW
2068.31SCARLET #8$3.95MAR
2078.254001 A.D. X-O MANOWAR #1$3.99VAL
2088.22SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #16$2.99DC
2098.06POWERS #6 (MR)$3.99MAR
2108.05STEVEN UNIVERSE & CRYSTAL GEMS #2$3.99BOO
2118.04OMEGA MEN #12$2.99DC
2128.02NAILBITER #21 (MR)$2.99IMA
2137.99WEAVERS #1$3.99BOO
2147.95TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #53$3.99IDW
2157.86XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS #2$3.99DE
2167.85TRANSFORMERS #53$3.99IDW
2177.61RED WOLF #6$3.99MAR
2187.60STAR TREK MANIFEST DESTINY #2$3.99IDW
2197.47STREET FIGHTER X GI JOE #4 [*]$3.99IDW
2207.44SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #1$3.99MAR
2217.43DARK TOWER DRAWING OF THREE BITTER MEDICINE #2 (MR)$3.99MAR
2227.42DOCTOR WHO 10TH YEAR TWO #9$3.99TTN
2237.42FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS #1$4.99IDW
2247.36RAI #13$3.99VAL
2257.36DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR TWO #5$3.99TTN
2267.36STEVEN UNIVERSE & CRYSTAL GEMS #3$3.99BOO
2277.30BLOODSHOT REBORN #13$3.99VAL
2287.30CRY HAVOC #5 (MR)$3.99IMA
2297.23SCARLET #9$3.95MAR
2307.22DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR TWO #6$3.99TTN
2317.22DOCTOR WHO 9TH #2$3.99TTN
2327.21DOCTOR WHO 10TH YEAR TWO #10$3.99TTN
2337.20AFTERSHOCK GENESIS #1$1.00AFT
2347.19GRIZZLY SHARK #2 GRIZZLY SHARK RETURNS (MR)$3.99IMA
2357.06STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #6$3.99UDO
2366.91A&A #3$3.99VAL
2376.89HARROW COUNTY #12$3.99DAR
2386.87DEVOLUTION #4 (MR)$3.99DE
2396.85DOCTOR WHO 11TH YEAR TWO #9$3.99TTN
2406.82GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #228$3.99IDW
2416.74ADVENTURE TIME #52$3.99BOO
2426.73GHOSTBUSTERS INTERNATIONAL #5$3.99IDW
2436.72STAR TREK MANIFEST DESTINY #3$3.99IDW
2446.63SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #281$3.99ARC
2456.56VIKINGS #1$3.99TTN
2466.40LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #1$3.50DAR
2476.36NINJAK #15$3.99VAL
2486.34BPRD HELL ON EARTH #141$3.50DAR
2496.32OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING #2$3.99BOO
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2506.29SIMPSONS COMICS #229$3.99BON
2526.27LUMBERJANES #26$3.99BOO
2536.26CLEAN ROOM #8 (MR)$3.99DC
2546.21RED SONJA VOL 3 #5$3.99DE
2556.20LUMBERJANES SPECIAL MAKIN GHOST 2016 #1$7.99BOO
2566.18STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE #2 [*]$3.99IDW
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2586.15STREET FIGHTER X GI JOE #3$3.99IDW
2596.10ROCKETEER AT WAR #3$4.99IDW
2606.09X-O MANOWAR ANNUAL 2016 #1$5.99VAL
2616.06BEASTS OF BURDEN WHAT CAT DRAGGED IN ONE SHOT$3.99DAR
2626.06DEPT H #2$3.99DAR
2635.91VAMPIRELLA VOL 3 #3$3.99DE
2645.81DISNEY MAGIC KINGDOM COMICS #1$6.99IDW
2655.80RACHEL RISING #42$3.99ABS
2665.79WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #7 [*]$3.99VAL
2675.74SONIC UNIVERSE #85$3.99ARC
2685.72FUTURAMA COMICS #79$3.99BON
2695.69TOMB RAIDER 2016 #4$3.99DAR
2705.68JUDGE DREDD (ONGOING) #5$3.99IDW
2715.65SMOSH #1$3.99DE
2725.64REVIVAL #39 (MR)$3.99IMA
2735.60GRUMPY CAT & POKEY #4$3.99DE
2745.49SHERIFF OF BABYLON #6 (MR)$3.99DC
2755.49WOLF #7 (MR)$3.50IMA
2765.47SPONGEBOB COMICS #56$3.99UNI
2775.38ISLAND #7$7.99IMA
2785.38BALTIMORE EMPTY GRAVES #2$3.99DAR
2795.35ABE SAPIEN #33$3.50DAR
2805.35UNCLE SCROOGE #14$3.99IDW
2815.33MOON KNIGHT #1$4.99MAR
2825.32STARGATE ATLANTIS BACK TO PEGASUS #1$3.99AME
2835.28ORPHAN BLACK HELSINKI #5$3.99IDW
2845.26SUICIDERS KING OF HELLA #3 (MR)$3.99DC
2855.26ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #23 CVR B MENDOZA RISQUE (MR)$4.99ACT
2865.24BRUCE LEE DRAGON RISES #2$3.99MAG
2875.12SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #3$3.99MAR
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2905.05ADVENTURE TIME ICE KING #5$3.99BOO
2915.03SNOWFALL #4 (MR)$3.99IMA
2925.02TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #98 (MR)$2.95BRO
2935.01JUDGE DREDD (ONGOING) #6$3.99IDW
2945.00ROUGH RIDERS #2$3.99AFT
2954.99HOUSE OF PENANCE #2$3.99DAR
2964.95DISNEY DARKWING DUCK #2$2.99JOE
2974.93SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #69$2.99DC
2984.93GEORGE PEREZ SIRENS #5$3.99BOO
2994.91LEGACY OF LUTHER STRODE #6 (MR)$3.50IMA
3004.88BRUTAL NATURE #1 [*]$3.99IDW

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