Detective Comics #1000 Pushed DC to First Place in Dollar Marketshare in March 2019

Marvel Comics retained their traditional dominance of share of comics sold in North American comic book stores in March 2019. But DC Comics' Detective Comics #1000, a ten dollar comic that sold huge numbers, helped push DC to take the dollar marketshare – for this month at least. Marvel took a 40.94% market share in items sold and a 34.46% market share in dollars. This compares to 44.48% and 40.20% in February and 41.29% and 39.24% in January. Looks like March reversed Marvel's increase and then some. This compares to January where Marvel had dollar share (39.24%) and unit share (41.29%) with DC Comics on dollar share of (29.70%) and unit share (33.39%).

Detective Comics #1000 Pushed DC to First Place in Dollar Marketshare in March 2019

While DC Comics had a 34% share of items sold and a 36.20% market share in dollars. Which compares to a February unit share of 30.64% and dollar share of 28.69%. And a January unit share of 33.39% and dollar share of 29.7%. Can DC have a Detective Comics #1000 every month? Remeber this is also in a month when DC had about 101 items to Marvel's 143 items… so the per capita share will be a little different. DC also had seven books in the top ten.

Detective Comics #1000 Pushed DC to First Place in Dollar Marketshare in March 2019

Even with all the Detective Comics action, Image Comics rose closer to their usual ten percent share with 9.63% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share.

Also, notably, 2019 is outperforming 2018 in dollars if not in sales. 7.64% more money raised than this time last year, but 1.68% fewer copies of things sold…

Image Comics' bestseller The Walking Dead #189 was at #30, BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 at #76, IDW Publishing's Transformers #1 at #90, Dark Horse Comics' The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #6 at #131, and Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja #2 at #135.

Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn's The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of March. In total, Image Comics had six titles in the top ten. DC had four titles in the top ten, led by Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman at #2.

BBC Books' Doctor Who: Thirteen Doctors 13 Stories, a young readers anthology of short stories featuring each of the Doctor's incarnation, was the best-selling book of March. Gemstone Publishing's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 returned to the top ten at #5. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend, an art book featuring Donato Giancola's work based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, ranked #7 for the month.

Good Smile's Overwatch: Reaper Figma, based on the best-selling video game from Blizzard Entertainment, was the best-selling toy product of March. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the month's top ten, led by the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Infinity War: Iron Spider-Man PVC Statue at #2. DC Collectibles also had three products among the top ten, with the Batman Family: Batman Multi-Part Statue, the first piece in a new statue line, as their best-selling product at #6.

The Creature Codex, a sourcebook for Paizo's Pathfinder role-playing game, was the best-selling game product of March and one of Paizo's eight products among the month's top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC

36.20%

34.00%

MARVEL COMICS

34.46%

40.94%

IMAGE COMICS

9.63%

9.36%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.26%

2.45%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.19%

3.19%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.19%

2.13%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.24%

1.08%

VIZ MEDIA

1.23%

0.50%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.80%

0.86%

ONI PRESS

0.74%

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.07%

4.85%

 

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2019

COMICS

26.89%

9.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

21.20%

33.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

25.30%

11.52%

TOYS

-8.40%

-10.17%

MARCH 2019 VS. MARCH 2018

COMICS

15.82%

-3.32%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.35%

17.77%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.10%

-1.87%

TOYS

4.67%

8.49%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

8.51%

-2.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.46%

3.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

-1.68%

TOYS

20.14%

29.77%

FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2018

COMICS

-4.89%

-7.30%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.40%

2.03%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.46%

-6.66%

TOYS

14.61%

23.82%

FIRST QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

8.51%

-2.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.46%

3.95%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.64%

-1.68%

TOYS

20.14%

29.77%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

99

44

0

143

DC

66

35

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

66

27

0

93

DARK HORSE COMICS

25

21

0

46

IDW PUBLISHING

29

10

0

39

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

10

0

35

VIZ MEDIA

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS

9

7

0

16

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

12

3

0

15

ARCHIE COMICS

8

2

0

10

OTHER NON-TOP 10

138

207

17

362

TOTAL

477

387

17

881

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

JAN190542-MDC

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

$4.99

JAN190535-MDC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9

$4.99

NOV180434-MDC

4

BATMAN #67

$3.99

JAN190576-MDC

5

BATMAN #66

$3.99

JAN190574-MDC

6

HEROES IN CRISIS #7

$3.99

JAN190558-MDC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

$4.99

JAN190896-MMAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

JAN190901-MMAR

9

SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1

$3.99

JAN190967-MMAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #20

$3.99

JAN190609-MDC

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

$9.99

JAN190542-MDC

2

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

$4.99

JAN190535-MDC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9

$4.99

NOV180434-MDC

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17

$4.99

JAN190896-MMAR

5

BATMAN #67

$3.99

JAN190576-MDC

6

SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1

$3.99

JAN190967-MMAR

7

BATMAN #66

$3.99

JAN190574-MDC

8

HEROES IN CRISIS #7

$3.99

JAN190558-MDC

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

JAN190901-MMAR

10

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1

$4.99

JAN190927-MMAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR)

$16.99

JAN190186IMA

2

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC

$29.99

DEC180641DC

3

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491IMA

4

MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

APR160803IMA

5

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP

$17.99

JAN190247IMA

6

SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP

$16.99

OCT180111IMA

7

BATMAN VOLUME 9: THE TYRANT WING TP

$16.99

DEC180627DC

8

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT TP

$9.99

DEC180509DC

9

SAGA VOLUME 9 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL180297IMA

10

MERA: TIDEBREAKER TP

$16.99

DEC180508DC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN HC

$29.99

DEC180641DC

2

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC

$125.00

SEP181003-MMAR

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 31 TP (MR)

$16.99

JAN190186IMA

4

AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 4 HC

$100.00

SEP180999-MMAR

5

THANOS WARS: THE INFINITY ORIGIN OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

OCT181003-MMAR

6

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 1: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED TP

$39.99

DEC181034MAR

7

DARK NIGHTS METAL: DARK KNIGHTS RISING TP

$24.99

DEC180638DC

8

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW TP

$17.99

JAN190247IMA

9

EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS OMEGA HC

$100.00

SEP180998MAR

10

SEVEN TO ETERNITY VOLUME 3 TP

$16.99

OCT180111IMA

 

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DOCTOR WHO: THIRTEEN DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC

$17.99

DEC181677BBC

2

FLCL ARCHIVES TP

$39.99

DEC182217UDO

3

SAMURAI PIZZA CATS OFFICIAL FAN BOOK SC

$39.99

NOV182128UDO

4

FAMILY TRAITS HC

$29.99

DEC182218UDO

5

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580GEM

6

THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL VOLUME 5 SC

$14.00

JAN192356YEN

7

MIDDLE-EARTH: JOURNEYS IN MYTH AND LEGEND HC

$39.99

SEP180284DAR

8

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 139 SC

$14.95

DEC182026SAN

9

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148UDO

10

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1 SC

$12.99

OCT151871ZEN

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: REAPER FIGMAMAR188251GOO

2

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON SPIDER-MAN PVC STATUEJUN182325DST

3

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: DARKSEID FIGUREMAR188264MEZ

4

KINGDOM HEARTS: SORA NENDOROIDJUN188352GOO

5

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: THOR FIGUREAPR182167DST

6

BATMAN FAMILY: BATMAN MULTI PART STATUEAUG180672DC

7

BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESJUL188376HAS

8

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGUREAPR182168DST

9

DC COVER GIRLS: MERA BY JOELLE JONES STATUEAUG180678DC

10

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: STATUE BY KLAUS JANSONAUG180679DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

CREATURE CODEX HCJUL183073PAI

2

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI

3

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOKJUN091729PAI

4

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITIONAPR168770PAI

5

TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI

6

PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: RISE OF THE RUNELORDS ANNIVERSARY EDITIONAPR121968PAI

7

STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HCMAY182931PAI

8

PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC (NEW EDITION)MAR138328PAI

9

D&D ICONS OF THE REALM WATERDEEP: MAD MAGE BOOSTER BRICKNOV182893NEC

10

DRAGON AGE RPG: FACES OF THEDAS SOURCEBOOKJAN182843GRE

 

 

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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