DC Sells More Comics, Marvel Makes More Money: January 2018 Marketshare Establishes New Paradigm

Posted by February 9, 2018 Comment

The gap between Marvel and DC continues to perform pirouettes in January 2018’s marketshare figures, as provided by the direct market’s supplier Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher in dollars with a 34.30% retailer dollar share and a 36.69% unit share. This is a slight bump on December’s 33.8% dollar share, but a drop on their 38.31% unit share.

 

But DC Entertainment was the month’s top publisher in units shipped, with a 38.94% unit share and a 33.80% retailer dollar share. A drop on their dollar share in December of 34.54%, but a boost to their December 37.65% unit share.

This continues to solidify the new reality. DC sells more comics, Marvel brings in more money, possibly due to having $3.99 as a price baseline compared to DC Comics’ $2.99.

Of course, the best-selling comic, Doomsday Clock #3 was $4.99. And Marvel was locked out of the top five in the Battle of ’75 with The Walking Dead #175 beating out Avengers #675.

Image Comics was third with a 9.48% dollar share and an 8.23% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.42% dollar share and a 3.51% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.50% dollar share and a 1.27% unit share. IDW however publishes many more titles than Dark Horse and, per title, Dark Horse probably did better.

Outside of the top ten — indeed the top hundred — Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny: Leia, ranked #135, and Dark Horse Comics’ Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #4 was their top book for January at #179.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 34.30% 36.69%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 33.80% 38.94%
IMAGE COMICS 9.48% 8.23%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.42% 3.51%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.50% 1.27%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.13% 1.74%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.61% 2.25%
VIZ MEDIA 1.29% 0.44%
TITAN COMICS 0.96% 0.74%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.89% 0.48%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.63% 5.71%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017
COMICS 6.08% 7.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.09% -11.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.13% 5.79%
TOYS 5.72% 12.29%
JANUARY 2018 VS. JANUARY 2017
COMICS -4.29% -11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.96% 6.09%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.97% -10.26%
TOYS 24.19% 17.66%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 86 41 0 127
DC ENTERTAINMENT 89 28 0 117
IMAGE COMICS 62 18 0 80
IDW PUBLISHING 43 25 0 68
BOOM! STUDIOS 24 12 0 36
DARK HORSE COMICS 10 14 0 24
VIZ MEDIA 0 18 0 18
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 13 3 0 16
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 7 3 0 10
ONI PRESS 5 4 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 139 130 25 294
TOTAL 392 255 25 672

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 $4.99 NOV170212-M DC
2 DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 $3.99 OCT170206-M DC
3 BATMAN #38 $2.99 NOV170231-M DC
4 BATMAN #39 $2.99 NOV170233-M DC
5 THE WALKING DEAD #175 (MR) $3.99 NOV170604-M IMA
6 AVENGERS #675 $4.99 OCT170809-M MAR
7 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #4 $3.99 NOV170239-M DC
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 $4.99 NOV170955-M MAR
9 BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 $3.99 NOV170210-M DC
10 OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 $3.99 NOV170921-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 $4.99 NOV170212-M DC
2 DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 $3.99 OCT170206-M DC
3 AVENGERS #675 $4.99 OCT170809-M MAR
4 THE WALKING DEAD #175 (MR) $3.99 NOV170604-M IMA
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 $4.99 NOV170955-M MAR
6 BATMAN #38 $2.99 NOV170231-M DC
7 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #4 $3.99 NOV170239-M DC
8 BATMAN #39 $2.99 NOV170233-M DC
9 BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 $3.99 NOV170210-M DC
10 OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 $3.99 NOV170921-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 2: TURF WARS PT 2 TP $10.99 SEP170087 DAR
2 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 6: IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170862 IMA
3 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER TP $9.99 NOV170216 DC
4 DESCENDER VOLUME 5: RISE OF THE ROBOTS TP $16.99 NOV170741 IMA
5 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170691-M IMA
6 SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT170715 IMA
7 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 6: DAYS OF ANGER TP $17.99 NOV171057-M MAR
8 VISION HC $39.99 OCT170993 MAR
9 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
10 HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: SURPRISE, SURPRISE TP $16.99 OCT170360 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 VISION HC $39.99 OCT170993 MAR
2 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 6: IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170862 IMA
3 GENE COLAN’S TOMB OF DRACULA ARTIST EDITION HC $125.00 AUG170497 IDW
4 SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 5 HC $125.00 AUG170343 DC
5 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOLUME 12 HC $75.00 JUL171204-M MAR
6 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB-MARINER VOLUME 8 HC $75.00 JUL171206-M MAR
7 LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 2: TURF WARS PT 2 TP $10.99 SEP170087 DAR
8 DESCENDER VOLUME 5: RISE OF THE ROBOTS TP $16.99 NOV170741 IMA
9 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170691-M IMA
10 DEADPOOL & CO. OMNIBUS HC $125.00 JUL171192 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACK PANTHER LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 NOV172179 RAN
2 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN AT SUPER HERO HIGH $13.99 NOV172187 RAN
3 DC SUPER FRIENDS: THE FLASH LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 NOV172183 RAN
4 WONDER WOMAN IS RESPECTFUL PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172176 CAP
5 NIGHT, NIGHT GROOT BOARD BOOK $7.99 NOV172194 HAC
6 BATMAN IS TRUSTWORTHY PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172171 CAP
7 THE FLASH IS CARING PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172172 CAP
8 SUPERMAN IS A GOOD CITIZEN PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172174 CAP
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINNS JLA JAILHOUSE SC $5.95 NOV172192 CAP
10 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 125 SC $14.95 OCT172091 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168933 BAN
2 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: X-FORCE DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE FEB178707 MEZ
3 OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI
4 BORUTO -NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS: NARUTO FIGURE MAY178022 BAN
5 MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK FIGURE JUL172803 DST
6 POP! DRAGON BALL SUPER: GOTENKS VINYL FIGURE AUG178958 FUN
7 MARVEL SELECT: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: DRAX & BABY GROOT ACTION FIGURE JAN172662 DST
8 DRAGONBALL Z MANGA DIMENSIONS: VEGITO FIGURE JAN178995 BAN
9 OVERWATCH: TRACER FIGMA MAY178050 GOO
10 MARVEL SELECT: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: STAR-LORD & ROCKET FIGURE JAN172663 DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 VAMPIRELLA TAROT CARDS SET AUG171626 DE
2 RICK AND MORTY MONOPOLY DEC172927 USA
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BOOSTER PACKS APR173295 WIZ
4 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: MIGHTY THOR 90 GRAVITY FEED PACKS JUN173411 NEC
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: IXALAN BOOSTER PACKS JUN173398 WIZ
6 DC DICE MASTERS: BATMAN GRAVITY FEED PACKS SEP168742 NEC
7 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
8 FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES STARTER OCT178573 ASM
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BUNDLE PACK APR173296 WIZ
10 DROPMIX MUSIC GAMING SYSTEM JUL178809 HAS

 

(Last Updated February 9, 2018 1:02 pm )

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