February’s Comic Sales Down After Total Releases Hit Six Year Low

Comichron has released its compiled sales information for comic sales in February 2019 and the report shows quite a drop in sales compared to January 2019, with retailers buying $34.73 million in comics and graphic novels. The overall number of new titles shipped was at a six year low.

February 2019 saw a year over year drop in both dollars and units for both comics and graphic novels. Meanwhile, a strong January kept the dollar amounts for year-to-date up 5% over 2018.

As it goes, Marvel Comics held the top spot for dollars and units, blowing away DC Comics, by roughly 12% in dollars and 14% in units. Of note is Dynamite Entertainment taking over the number five slot, knocking IDW Publishing down to sixth. Also of note is book publisher St. Martin’s Press making the top ten list for the first time.

Batman Who Laughs continues its dominance of the sales charts by units for the third issue in a row. Additionally Marvel and DC split the top ten comics by units with only one new #1 making the list.

Batman Who Laughs #3 took the top spot for comic sales by dollars, while the heavily priced $7.99 Uncanny X-Men #11 took the number two spot. Marvel ended up with six spots and DC had four.

While DC took the top spot in graphic novels by units with Mister Miracle, Marvel held strong with seven of the top ten spots. Viz took the fifth slot, while Image took the seventh.

Mister Miracle also took the top spot for graphic novels sold by dollars. DC took three spots in the top ten while Marvel took seven. Four titles with a cover price of $100 or more also placed in the list.

Once again, Marvel led the way with most titles shipped with 86 comics and 40 graphic novels. DC took second place with 59 comics and 28 graphic novels, a steep drop from last month’s release of 87 comics and 31 graphic novels, but it shows a commitment to their recent plan to cut their new comic offerings by 10-15%

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