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.
|1||AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4||$3.99||MAR|
|2||AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3||$3.99||MAR|
|4||JUSTICE LEAGUE #9||$3.99||DC|
|5||BATMAN ANNUAL #1||$4.99||DC|
|6||AVX VS #2||$3.99||MAR|
|7||BATMAN INCORPORATED #1||$2.99||DC|
|8||DETECTIVE COMICS #9||$3.99||DC|
|9||ACTION COMICS #9||$3.99||DC|
|10||GREEN LANTERN #9||$2.99||DC|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.75%||3.48%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||8.27%||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.