With No Anniversary Issues, April’s Comic Sales Sag

Comichron has released its compiled sales information for comic sales in March 2019 and sales are down, following a big month for DC Comics. Retailers ordered more than $37.75 million in comic books and graphic novels, a drop from last month’s $43.5 million.

In both month over month sales and year over year sales, both comics and graphic novel were down dramatically, with graphic novel unit sales down over 31% year over year.

Marvel’s unit share breached 50% of the market in April, with DC only reaching a paltry 25%.

For comic books by units, Marvel took six of the top ten spots, with four new #1s. DC took the other four spots.

For comic books by dollars, Marvel also took six of the top ten spots, with DC taking the remaining four. Of note is Detective Comics #1000, placing in the top ten for another month in a row, despite its $9.99 price tag.

Somehow people still read Mark Millar comics, as the first volume of his newest book Magic Order took the top spot. Three Image Comics titles placed in the top ten, while three Marvel and two DC titles did as well. Of note is the resurgence of Umbrella Academy, with the popularity of the Netflix show, leading to the first two volumes to place in the top ten.

For graphic novels by dollar amounts, Marvel took five of the top ten spots, with the fifth place slot taken by Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Box Set Slipcase, with its $500 price tag. Image took three slots and DC took two.

As it is every month, Marvel is flooding dominating the marketplace, with 106 comics shipped and 37 graphic novels shipped. DC is far behind with 52 comics shipped and 32 graphic novels shipped.

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