May 2019 Comic Figures Show Marvel Released Twice As Many Titles As DC And Sold Nearly As Many Copies

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 just about $47 million in comic books and graphic novels, a rise from last month’s $37.75 million.

Month over month sales saw both comics and graphic novels numbers up, with graphic novels up over 50% in dollars. Year over year though sees an overall drop in both dollars and units.

For market shares, Marvel and DC were nearly even in amounts, while Marvel blew away DC in dollar sales, showing that higher prices aren’t affecting sales.

DC took six of the top ten sales spots by units, taking the top three. Marvel took the remaining four. DC had two number #1s place, while Marvel had one.

DC and Marvel split the top ten spots by dollars with five entries each. Although, DC did take the top four spots. Again, DC had two number #1s place, while Marvel had one. Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1’s $5.99 price tag gave it the number two slot.

Image took four of the top ten spots for graphic novel sales by units. Rereleases of two Umbrella Academy volumes helped Dark Horse take three spots. DC took two, including the top spot, while Marvel had one.

For graphic novels by dollar amounts, DC took four of the top ten spots, with Image and Dark Horse both taking two. Marvel also took two spots, but both titles had price tags of $125.00.

Marvel shipped nearly double the amount of comics as the closest publisher DC, just shy of the record 126 new comic books Marvel shipped in August 1993.

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