Black Panther Is The Best Selling Comic In April 2016 As Marvel Marches On Marketshare Ahead Of DC Rebirth

blackpanther-negative-jtc-shop-imageThe new Black Panther #1 takes the top spot in April in comic stores, reportedly selling over 300,000, beating out the launch of Star Wars title Poe Cameron, one of four Star Wars titles in the top ten. But it’s the appearance of the Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad April Fool Special that might promise much for Suicide Squad Rebirth from the same creative team of Rob Williams and Jim Lee.

We are also in a world where the launch of Gwenpool beats out the regular issue of Star Wars.

March saw Boom’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 takes second place in the charts, behind Batman #50.  Marvel dropped their dollar share by three points, but gained a little in the numbers they were selling. While DC maintained their dollar share, but the amount of comics they sold dropped three points, possibly because the price of their comics went up with all the $4.99 issue 50 titles.

In April’s figures, it’s all about the Marvel gains.

Marvel’s dollar share has risen rapidly from 37.39% to 42.98% and their sales share has jumped  from 42.71% to 47.87%, over five points for each.

While DC Comics’ dollar share has slipped back slightly from 26.32% to 25.82% and their sales share has also slipped slightly from 25.94% to 25.13%.

Meanwhile, Image Comics whose share dropped from their usual 10%+, to 8.73%/8,63% in March, saw their dollar share stay pretty much the same at 8.72% and their sales share rise to 8.95%.

While Boom who saw their share top Dark Horse on the back of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, saw their share drop from 3.26% and 4.07% to 2.38% and 2.45% and Dark Horses’ share go in both directions, revenue rising from 2.82% to 3.07% and sales falling from 2.47% to 2.42%

As for the overall sales figures, Bleeding Cool has reported on a slump in sales from 2016 based on 2015, and that continues. This year so far, 2016 is down 12% in terms of comcis sold and 4% down in total revenue.

This really isn’t good…

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS42.98%
DC ENTERTAINMENT25.82%
IMAGE COMICS8.72%
IDW PUBLISHING4.41%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.07%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.39%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.53%
TITAN COMICS1.10%
VIZ MEDIA0.97%
ONI PRESS0.87%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.12%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS47.87%
DC ENTERTAINMENT25.13%
IMAGE COMICS8.95%
IDW PUBLISHING3.67%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.45%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.42%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.45%
TITAN COMICS1.09%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT1.03%
ONI PRESS0.63%
OTHER NON-TOP 105.30%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS92351128
DC ENTERTAINMENT80311112
IMAGE COMICS5617073
IDW PUBLISHING4321064
DARK HORSE COMICS2719046
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT278035
TITAN COMICS223126
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT196025
VIZ MEDIA021021
ONI PRESS INC.84012
OTHER NON-TOP 104613926211

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
APRIL 2016 VS. MARCH 2016
COMICS8.18%8.19%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-8.81%-8.22%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.06%6.50%
APRIL 2016 VS. APRIL 2015
COMICS-18.05%-22.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-11.99%-12.42%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-16.19%-21.49%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS-7.84%-13.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS4.87%5.23%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.06%-11.69%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1BLACK PANTHER #1$4.99MAR
2STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1$4.99MAR
3DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4$5.99DC
4STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1$4.99MAR
5BATMAN #51$3.99DC
6GWENPOOL #1$4.99MAR
7STAR WARS #18$3.99MAR
8DARTH VADER #19$3.99MAR
9HARLEY QUINN & SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL’S SPECIAL #1$4.99DC
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10$3.99MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE BOOK 1 HC$22.99DC
2STAR WARS: VADER DOWN TP$19.99MAR
3RAT QUEENS VOLUME 3: DEMONS TP (MR)$14.99IMA
4I HATE FAIRYLAND VOL. 1: MADLY EVER AFTER TP (MR)$9.99IMA
5THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE OGN HC$24.99MAR
6CIVIL WAR TP$24.99MAR
7DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST VOLUME 1: A MILLIONAIRE WITH MOUTH TP$15.99MAR
8BLACK MAGICK VOL. 1: AWAKENING PART ONE TP (MR)$9.99IMA
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC$17.99DC
10RICK & MORTY VOLUME 2 TP$19.99ONI

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1SPAWN ADULT COLORING BOOK$14.99IMA
2STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE FORCE AWAKENS$4.99RAN
3THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 105 SC$14.95SAN
4STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA UPDATED EXPANDED HC$16.99DK
5FIREFLY DICTIONARY AND PHRASEBOOK HC$21.95RAN
6NARUTO: SAKURA STORY SC$10.99VIZ
7LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA$18.99DK
8CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIRST AVENGER HC$24.99DK
9STAR TREK: MAD LIBS$4.99PUT
10DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK$9.99POC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPUBLISHER
1BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUEDC
2GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURESDST
3MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: TEPPO ASHIGARU SANDTROOPER ACTION FIGURESBLU
4HATSUNE MIKU PLAY ARTS KAI: TETSUYA FIGURESQU
5DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND EDITIONDC
6POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA 3-PACKFUN
7MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREDST
8MARVEL SELECT: BLACK WIDOW ACTION FIGUREDST
9GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURESDST
10BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUEDST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONPUBLISHER
1MARVEL HEROCLIX: UNCANNY X-MEN BOOSTER BRICKNEC
2TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIXNEC
3SHADOWS OVER CAMELOTDAY
4SMALL WORLDDOW
5MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WARNEC
6MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERSWIZ
7DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS QUICK START KITNEC
8MEMOIR ’44DOW
9TICKET TO RIDEDOW
10DC DICE MASTERS: WORLDS FINESTNEC

 

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Dollar Market Share – April 2016

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Unit Market Share – April 2016

 

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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