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[Market Share] Batman #50 takes the top spot in March

Diamond Comic Distributors has released the top ten books for March 2016, and with the Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo’s Batman #50 hitting a big milestone, it’s no surprise it took the top spot. What is a surprise is how the publishers ranked this month.

Marvel Comics had seven of March’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu’s Star Wars #17 at #3. Also in the top ten were series debuts Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s International Iron Man #1 at #9 and Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz’s Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha at #10. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten; in addition to Batman #50, Gene Luen Yang and Howard Porter’s Superman #50, the conclusion to the “Strange Dawn” story arc, ranked #4. Rounding out the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 ranked #2 for the month. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #152 was Image Comics’ top book for the month at #12; Dark Horse Comics’ Fight Club 2 #10, the finale to Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to his novel, ranked #72; and IDW Publishing’s Back to the Future #6 ranked #109 for the month.

RANKTITLEPRICEVENDOR
1BATMAN #50$5.99DC
2MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1$3.99BOO
3STAR WARS #17$3.99MAR
4SUPERMAN #50$4.99DC
5AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9$3.99MAR
6DARTH VADER #17$3.99MAR
7DARTH VADER #18$3.99MAR
8DEADPOOL #8$3.99MAR
9INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1$3.99MAR
10AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1$4.99MAR

What is really surprising is that Dark Horse Comics took a dramatic tumble in March. In years past, Dark Horse would routinely hit the number three spot in the publisher ranking, but since it lost Star Wars, the publisher has fallen to sixth position behind Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and BOOM! Studios.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS  
PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.39%42.71%
DC ENTERTAINMENT26.32%25.94%
IMAGE COMICS8.73%8.63%
IDW PUBLISHING5.82%4.41%
BOOM! STUDIOS3.26%4.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.82%2.47%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.69%1.56%
VIZ MEDIA1.45%0.63%
TITAN COMICS1.42%1.48%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.21%0.34%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.88%7.77%

Finally, when we look at comic sales compared to previous months and years show that comic sales were up 3.62% from February 2016, and up slightly compared to March 2015, even though the number of issues shipped dropped 8.45%. More concerning is that overall comic sales have dropped 3.40% in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, and single issue sales have dropped 9.16%.

Is this something to be concerned about? Maybe, but with summer just around the corner, and DC’s Rebirth launching a whole slew of new comics, I expect there will be an overall rebound in 2016 compared to 2015.

A full rundown of the top comics sold in March 2016 should arrive tomorrow, and we’ll share it with you then.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

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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