Diamond Comic Distributors has released market share data for April 2017, that has Marvel’s Secret Empire #0 taking the top spot.

Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher with a 34.95% dollar share and a 38.23% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in April with a 30.49% dollar share and a 34.34% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.54% dollar share and a 9.86% unit share. In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 4.46% dollar share and a 3.06% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.63% dollar share and a 2.95% unit share.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
SHARE
UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS34.95%38.23%
DC ENTERTAINMENT30.49%34.34%
IMAGE COMICS10.54%9.86%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.46%3.06%
IDW PUBLISHING3.63%2.95%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.27%1.95%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.44%1.60%
VIZ MEDIA1.30%0.48%
TITAN COMICS1.30%1.20%
ARCHIE COMICS0.90%0.79%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.73%5.55%

Marvel Comics had five titles in March’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #0, Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf’s X-Men Gold #1 ranked #3, Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina’s X-Men Blue #1 ranked #4, Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #30 ranked #8, and Greg Pak and Greg Land’s Weapon X #1 ranked #9.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1SECRET EMPIRE #0$4.99FEB170758-MMAR
2BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)$3.99NOV169200DC
3X-MEN GOLD #1$4.99FEB170777-MMAR
4X-MEN BLUE #1$4.99FEB170767-MMAR
5THE FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)$3.99NOV169204DC
6BATMAN #20$2.99FEB170191-MDC
7BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON)$2.99NOV169198-MDC
8STAR WARS #30$3.99FEB170955-MMAR
9WEAPON X #1$3.99FEB170790-MMAR
10THE WALKING DEAD #166 (MR)$2.99FEB170686IMA

When comparing sales from month to month, overall comic sales slipped just over 5-percent. This really isn’t much of a surprise and considering the dollar drop was under 10=percent I think everyone can breath a collective sigh because April had a lot of vacationdays, bad weather, and the like that could have affected the bottom line.

However comparing yearly data, unit sales slipped 4.66-percent from April 2017 compared to April 2016, while dollar sales fell 11.28-percent. This really adjusts the overall sales for the year. Compared to this time in 2016, unit sales have risen by 6.89-percent while the dollar slipped 2.53-percent.

 DOLLARSUNITS
APRIL 2017 VS. MARCH 2017
COMICS-9.47%-5.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-10.77%-6.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-9.87%-5.36%
TOYS-45.50%-39.17%
APRIL 2017 VS. APRIL 2016
COMICS-11.28%-4.66%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-17.18%-15.47%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-13.18%-5.62%
TOYS-20.01%-21.08%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS-2.53%6.89%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-12.41%-14.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.74%5.04%
TOYS-6.38%-5.57%

We will have the complete list of the top 300 comics sold in April on Monday.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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