Diamond has released their preliminary information on May’s sales charts, and Marvel is back in units and dollars—both hard won victories—while AvX topped the singles chart and the New 52 trades topped the books charts quite handily.
Comics sales are up 40% from May 2011 —so if you want to know if the New 52 was a sales success, there’s your answer right there.
NOTE: May was a five week month, as opposed to last year which was a 4-week month. We’ll have a bit more drill down in a bit.
PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES – MAY 2012
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MAY 2012 VS. APRIL 2012|
|MAY 2012 VS. MAY 2011|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2012 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2011|
TOP 10 COMICS
|1||AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4||$3.99||MAR120534||MAR|
|2||AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3||$3.99||MAR120530||MAR|
|4||JUSTICE LEAGUE #9||$3.99||MAR120159||DC|
|5||BATMAN ANNUAL #1||$4.99||MAR120188||DC|
|6||AVX VS #2||$3.99||MAR120528||MAR|
|7||BATMAN INCORPORATED #1||$2.99||MAR120149||DC|
|8||DETECTIVE COMICS #9||$3.99||MAR120189||DC|
|9||ACTION COMICS #9||$3.99||MAR120176||DC|
|10||GREEN LANTERN #9||$2.99||MAR120204||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 1: ORIGIN HC||$24.99||JAN120299||DC|
|2||BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS HC||$24.99||JAN120300||DC|
|3||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP||$9.99||JUL068351||IMA|
|4||BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN DELUXE EDITION HC||$24.99||JAN120285||DC|
|5||ANIMAL MAN VOLUME 1: THE HUNT TP||$14.99||FEB120247||DC|
|6||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 4: HEARTS DESIRE TP||$14.99||SEP088205||IMA|
|7||KICK-ASS 2 PREMIERE HC (MR)||$24.99||MAR120637||MAR|
|8||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 2: MILES BEHIND US TP||$14.99||SEP088204||IMA|
|10||GREEN LANTERN VOLUME 1: SINESTRO HC||$22.99||JAN120301||DC|
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.