I never thought we’d see the day when DC Comics would beat Marvel Entertainment in the number of comics sold and the amount of money made in a month, but the New 52 appears to have done exactly what DC said it didn’t want it to do – change the playing field.
The margin between the dollar share in the top publishers for September isn’t large, DC only beat Marvel by .37%, but considering DC’s titles are mostly $2.99 against Marvel’s $3.99, to take that top spot says something about the number of comics sold. When it comes to unit share, DC dominated with 43.04% of the market.
When it comes to the Top Ten Comics for September, DC nailed it with 8 titles on the list, with Batman and Action Comics taking the top spots. Batman actually did really well, putting four titles featuring the hero on the list. Marvel did have a few number ones released in September, and Miles Morales lead the way placing Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 in the number nine position. As far as big event comics go, Fear Itself #6 placed in the number eight spot.
|2||ACTION COMICS #1||$3.99||JUL110201||DC|
|3||GREEN LANTERN #1||$2.99||JUL110218||DC|
|4||THE FLASH #1||$2.99||JUL110193||DC|
|5||SUPERMAN #1 [*]||$2.99||JUL110203||DC|
|6||DETECTIVE COMICS #1 [*]||$2.99||JUL110208||DC|
|7||BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 [*]||$2.99||JUL110210||DC|
|8||FEAR ITSELF #6||$3.99||JUL110570||MAR|
|9||ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1||$3.99||JUL110605||MAR|
|10||BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 [*]||$2.99||JUL110211||DC|
While there is probably a lot of back slapping and hand shaking going on at DC Comics with this news, the bigger measure of success is still a month away when the industry sees how well DC does with its number twos.