Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that March was a very good month for comic sales, as single issues sales increased once again.
Compared to March 2014, the 2015 data shows that single issue sales were up 9.92%, and with the increase in cover prices, there was an 11.19% increase in money spent. The good times continue to roll as the first quarter of 2015 was up 13.76% over the first quarter of 2014.
“But Stephen, is there anything that can tarnish this news on a Monday morning?”
Yes, Dear Spoilerite, there is.
While sales appear to be up, when one compares the first quarter of 2015 to the last quarter of 2014, overall comic sales are down 8.37%. With end of year spending, this isn’t a huge deal, especially knowing that the rest of 2015 should continue to climb. Sadder news is graphic novel sales dropped dramatically last month. Graphic novel sales dropped 22.36% from March 2014, and nearly 9-percent when comparing first quarter 2015 to first quarter 2014.
The news gets even worse for DC Comics, as the publisher was only able to place on title in the top 10. Batman: Arkham Knight #1 made it to the number nine spot, while Marvel dominated with Princess Leia #1 and Star Wars #3 take the top two spots.
|1||PRINCESS LEIA #1||$3.99||MAR|
|2||STAR WARS #3||$3.99||MAR|
|3||GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1||$3.99||MAR|
|5||PRINCESS LEIA #2||$3.99||MAR|
|6||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16||$3.99||MAR|
|7||HOWARD THE DUCK #1||$3.99||MAR|
|8||DARTH VADER #3||$3.99||MAR|
|9||BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1||$3.99||DC|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1||$3.99||MAR|
Be on the lookout for the complete Top 300 rundown later this week!