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[Business] Marvel moves back to the top spot in comics sales in October

For those who were biting their nails waiting to see if DC would once again trump Marvel in the race to the top of the sales charts, you are either breathing a sigh of relief or running in the streets looking for someone to blame. Marvel has moved to the top of the charts for October 2016.

Marvel had four titles in the top ten lead by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos’ Champions #1. But surprisingly, it wasn’t Marvel or DC that had the number one book for the month. That honor goes to BOOM! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1! No, really!

RANKTITLEPRICEVENDOR
1BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1$3.99BOO
2CHAMPIONS #1$4.99MAR
3DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1$3.99MAR
4DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #6$5.99DC
5BATMAN #8$2.99DC
6BATMAN #9$2.99DC
7CIVIL WAR II #6$4.99MAR
8DARTH VADER #25$5.99MAR
9ALL-STAR BATMAN #3 [*]$4.99DC
10THE WALKING DEAD #159 (MR)$2.99IMA

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Take a look at that list for a moment. Both DC and Marvel had four titles in the top ten, neither one could take the number one spot, and yet Marvel still sold the most comics overall.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS35.89%36.58%
DC ENTERTAINMENT30.70%34.76%
IMAGE COMICS9.45%8.83%
IDW PUBLISHING4.70%3.44%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.47%2.27%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.85%5.55%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.00%1.54%
TITAN COMICS1.23%1.13%
VIZ MEDIA0.88%0.29%
ONI PRESS0.81%0.58%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.00%5.02%

In August 2016, over 10 million comics were sold. That number dropped 20% in September, which had some people shaking their heads, even though 8,000,000 comics is nothing to sneeze at (unless you didn’t store them correctly, and mold and mildew have grown on them, then sneeze away). So how did October do? According to Diamond Comic Distributors, comic sales climbed 18.35%, which almost brings the loss from September back to the magical 10 million mark. This jump in October kept overall growth at 2.86% compared to 2015.

We’ll have the complete rundown of the top 300 comics sold in the direct market on Monday.

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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