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[Business] Amazing Spider-Man tops the charts, while DC ships the most comics

March was a strange month for the comic book industry. While Marvel was able to make the most money (Amazing Spider-Man #25 sold for $9.99), DC was able to ship more books than anyone else. There has been a lot of back and forth over the last couple of weeks with a lot of fingers being pointed, but the final numbers are here, and it is somewhat disappointing.

With the increase in cover prices, overall money billed was up 15% compared to February 2017, but the number of comics shipped was down by nearly 5%. So far that tracks, and compared to last year at this time, comic sales and the number of issues sold were up 6.02% and 8.93% respectively. Again, it seems like a good sign, but comics are still double shipping from DC Comics. The real disappointment comes from the year to year and first quarter data provided to us from Diamond Comic Distributors. Compared to the year to date 2017 and 2016, the dollar amount only grew .7% even though the number of comics shipped (not sold) was up 11.05%. All of this culminates in the first quarter comparisons, where the amount of billable funds slipped by 15% and the number of comics shipped also slipped 12.69%.

March 2017 Unit Share

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS35.41%34.34%
DC ENTERTAINMENT28.75%35.46%
IMAGE COMICS10.71%10.02%
IDW PUBLISHING5.68%4.72%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.48%3.09%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.15%1.86%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.76%2.00%
TITAN COMICS1.15%1.06%
VIZ MEDIA1.14%0.43%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC1.14%1.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.62%5.64%

Here is the data for you to look at. What are your thoughts and reactions?

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25$9.99MAR
2DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8$5.99DC
3BATMAN #18$2.99DC
4BATMAN #19$2.99DC
5IRON FIST #1$3.99MAR
6X-MEN PRIME #1$4.99MAR
7STAR WARS #29$3.99MAR
8ALL-STAR BATMAN #8$4.99DC
9THE WALKING DEAD #165 (MR)$2.99IMA
10JUSTICE LEAGUE #16$2.99DC

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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