DETECTIVE COMICS Powers Comic Book Sales to Positive March, Q1 2019

DC Comics March 2019 solicitations
Credit: DC Entertainment

DC's celebration of 80 years of Batman and 1000 issues of Detective Comics helped the comic book Direct Market make solid sales gains in March over last year, and sales for the first quarter of 2019 are up nearly 8% compared to 2018.

Credit: DC Entertainment

The all-star, 96-page, $9.99 Detective Comics #1000 was, of course, the best-selling title of March, according to figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning. DC also dominated the top of the comic book charts, accounting for the top six selling titles of the month, including The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 (#2) and Doomsday Clock #9 (#3).

Marvel had the seventh, eighth and ninth selling titles, including Amazing Spider-Man #17 (#7). 

Image Comics' The Walking Dead #189 was the best-selling non-DC or Marvel title at #30.

Credit: Charlie Adlard/Dave Stewart (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment)

The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core was the best-selling graphic novel of March in units sold, one of six Image titles in the Top Ten. DC had the other four titles including Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman at #2, which was the best-selling title by dollars.  

Detective Comics #1000's $10 cover price and their top-of-the-chart dominance helped DC to a rare split of the market share categories. DC was March's top dollar publisher with 36.20% in market share to Marvel's 34.46%. Marvel led the industry in unit market share with 40.94% to DC's 34%. Image was third with 9.63% in dollar share and 9.36% in unit share.

Overall, comic book and graphic novel dollar sales in March were up 13.10% over March 2018, though down 1.87% in total units sold.

For the completed first quarter of 2019, dollar sales are up 7.64% but down -1.68% in units.

The March 2019 Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, New Titles Shipped and Top 10 Comic Books Units and Dollars and Top 10 Graphic Novels Units and Dollars charts follow below.
 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

DC COMICS

36.20%

MARVEL COMICS

34.46%

IMAGE COMICS

9.63%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.26%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.19%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.19%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.24%

VIZ MEDIA

1.23%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.80%

ONI PRESS

0.74%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.07%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.94%

DC COMICS

34.00%

IMAGE COMICS

9.36%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.19%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.45%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.13%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.08%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.86%

ONI PRESS

0.64%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.59%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.76%


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2019

COMICS

26.89%

9.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

21.20%

33.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

25.30%

11.52%

TOYS

-8.40%

-10.17%

MARCH 2019 VS. MARCH 2018

COMICS

15.82%

-3.32%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.35%

17.77%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.10%

-1.87%

TOYS

4.67%

8.49%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

8.51%

-2.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.46%

3.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

-1.68%

TOYS

20.14%

29.77%

FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2018

COMICS

-4.89%

-7.30%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.40%

2.03%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.46%

-6.66%

TOYS

14.61%

23.82%

FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

8.51%

-2.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.46%

3.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

-1.68%

TOYS

20.14%

29.77%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS
SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED

MAGAZINES
SHIPPED

TOTAL
SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

99

44

0

143

DC COMICS

66

35

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

66

27

0

93

DARK HORSE COMICS

25

21

0

46

IDW PUBLISHING

29

10

0

39

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

10

0

35

VIZ MEDIA

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS

9

7

0

16

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

12

3

0

15

ARCHIE COMICS

8

2

0

10

OTHER NON-TOP 10

138

207

17

362

TOTAL

477

387

17

881

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

DC

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

$4.99

DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9

$4.99

DC

4

BATMAN #67

$3.99

DC

5

BATMAN #66

$3.99

DC

6

HEROES IN CRISIS #7

$3.99

DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

$4.99

MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

MAR

9

SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1

$3.99

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #20

$3.99

DC


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

DC

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

$4.99

DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9

$4.99

DC

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

$4.99

MAR

5

BATMAN #67

$3.99

DC

6

SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1

$3.99

MAR

7

BATMAN #66

$3.99

DC

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #7

$3.99

DC

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

MAR

10

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1

$4.99

MAR


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR)

$16.99

IMA

2

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC

$29.99

DC

3

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

4

MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

5

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP

$17.99

IMA

6

SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP

$16.99

IMA

7

BATMAN VOLUME 9: THE TYRANT WING TP

$16.99

DC

8

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT TP

$9.99

DC

9

SAGA VOLUME 9 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

10

MERA: TIDEBREAKER TP

$16.99

DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC

$29.99

DC

2

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

MAR

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR)

$16.99

IMA

4

AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 4 HC

$100.00

MAR

5

THANOS WARS: THE INFINITY ORIGIN OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

MAR

6

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 1: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED TP

$39.99

MAR

7

DARK NIGHTS METAL: DARK KNIGHTS RISING TP

$24.99

DC

8

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP

$17.99

IMA

9

EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS OMEGA HC

$100.00

MAR

10

SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP

$16.99

IMA


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