Ranking USA Comics February: the gap between Marvel and DC, Batman is still in the lead


Published on Apr 09, 2019


The american market had opened in 2019 with a first month positive – our analysis HERE – that could be summed up with an adage all too familiar: Marvel in the head and Batman-the comic/volume sold. Specifically, you have to remember that January has been a month is also positive because it is composed of 5 weeks which was translated into a sound +19.47% +15.18% for dollars earned and comics sold compared to December and +14.33% +4.82% with respect to January 2018, which was, however, a month absolutely positive.

February, unfortunately, marks a new downward trend, with the percentage very negative. Compared to January of 2019, in fact, we talk about -22.71% for dollars earned and -18.65% for the comics sold, while compared to February 2018 us assestiamo respectively -5.27% and -8.47%.

In this negativity all the glimmer of light is represented by a statistical long-term: the first two months of 2019, in fact, are scoring, compared to the first two months of 2018, with an encouraging +4.87% . To report that both the DC Image have started to prune their editorial line. By making a comparison between the Marvel – 126 titles – and DC – 88 – note, in fact, like the DC you place in the much more copies of his comics than the Marvel and in fact, in general, on average, each store sold 14,830 compared to 14,038 in February this year: less comics to sell, more copies of each comic.

Marvel is still the undisputed queen of the market, by increasing respectively of 14 and 8 percentage points, the gap with the DC: 40.20% for dollars earned and 44.48% of comics sold, respectively, against 28.69% and 30.64%. Returns to appear around 10% of the Image – 9.49% 9.30% – while a surprise in fifth position, jumps to the Dynamite which is square behind Dark Horse bypassing IDW and BOOM!.

Top 10 comicbooks: in spite of the percentages, very, very far apart Marvel and DC share five positions each. The register of the most sold is The Batman Who Laughs #3 selling about 102,000 copies. We report the return in the Top 10 of the Flash – in eighth place – while Venom is confirmed as the title of the tip of the last months of Marvel gaining in the fourth position, even Batman. Good debut in the tenth position of Avengers No Road Home #1.

Top 10 graphic novels & tradepaperbacks: definitely the prerogative of the Marvel square in only seven titles in the top ten. The more volume sold, however, is weblog DC, Mister Miracle, TP sells approximately 9,000 copies. You will notice in the fifth position, the volume 17 of My Hero Academia, which sells about 3,000 copies.


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