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.
|1||THE WALKING DEAD #150 (MR)||$2.99||IMA|
|2||SECRET WARS #9||$4.99||MAR|
|4||STAR WARS #14||$3.99||MAR|
|5||STAR WARS #15||$3.99||MAR|
|6||OLD MAN LOGAN #1||$4.99||MAR|
|7||STAR WARS: OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1||$3.99||MAR|
|9||DARTH VADER #15||$3.99||MAR|
|10||UNCANNY X-MEN #1||$3.99||MAR|
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?