It’s the start of a new year, but it feels like old times as Marvel Comics dominated the market share for the first month of the year.

Marvel too 44.38% of the Dollar Share and 48.17% of the Unit Share in January, while DC Entertainment was only able to bring in 22.16% and 24.02% respectively. That’s a huge gap, and may be the reason why so many (including me) think the upcoming Rebirth and Hanna-Barbera events are an attempt by DC to close the gap. To make matters worse, Marvel only shipped 17 more single issue titles and 16 more trade paperbacks.

RANKTITLEPRICEPUBLISHER
1THE WALKING DEAD #150 (MR)$2.99IMA
2SECRET WARS #9$4.99MAR
3SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #1$3.99MAR
4STAR WARS #14$3.99MAR
5STAR WARS #15$3.99MAR
6OLD MAN LOGAN #1$4.99MAR
7STAR WARS: OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1$3.99MAR
8BATMAN #48$3.99DC
9DARTH VADER #15$3.99MAR
10UNCANNY X-MEN #1$3.99MAR

Even with Marvel grabbing a huge portion of the marketshare, it is not all roses. Individual comic and graphic novel sales dropped dramatically from December 2015, with a 21.25% drop in comics and a 6.73% drop in graphic novel sales. Even compared to this time last year, sales are down across the board around 4%.

We should have a rundown of the top 300 comics sold in the direct market soon, but in the meantime, is this a seasonal slump, or something else?

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. February 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm — Reply

    Wow, looking pretty dire for DC compared to Marvel.

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