Ranking USA Comics January 2019: Marvel in the head, Batman is the comic book most sold


Published on Mar 07, 2019


The 2018 was concluded with a heavy flex which is still leading to a profound revision of the editorial policies and commercial of all the publishing houses that, in addition to try new sales strategies, opening and diversifying into new channels, are also, unfortunately, laying off staff.

December had recorded a collapse in resounding – 5.98% for comics sold compared to last year, -3.72% for the comics sold compared to December 2017, and -4.55%, again for comics sold compared to November 2018, for details click HERE – inheriting the situation is certainly not rosy October to November, respectively, here and HERE all the sales data.

There was so much curiosity for the sales figures of January, which could be summed up with an adage all too familiar: the Marvel is in the lead and Batman is the comic/volume sold.

Specifically, we must certainly say that January is a month positive, also because of the 5 weeks, resulting in 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.

Marvel is firmly in command of the market with percentages always dominant: 39.24% and 41.29%, respectively, for earned dollars and for comics sold, making a record only a small decline in the latter category. Slightly lower the DC, losing about 2 percentage points, earned dollars settling at 29.70%, recovering two for comics sold 33.39%. Cala, and a lot of, the Image is now far from 10% a few months ago, stopping at 7.56% and 7.77%, respectively, closely followed by Dark Horse that finishes in fourth position for IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios.


Top 10 comicbooks: substantial equality between Marvel and DC that is shared by five positions each. The register of the most sold is The Batman Who Laughs #2 which sells for about 117,000 copies. Great beginnings home Marvel's Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Conan The Barbarian – respectively the second, third and fourth place. Overtaking the Amazing Spider-Man to Batman in fifth and sixth position: we were arrampicamuri challenge the Dark Knight for several months!

Top 10 graphic novels & tradepaperbacks: decidedly less balanced the ranking of the volumes with the Marvel that is the square of five titles in the top ten positions. The more volume sold, however, is labelled DC and Dark Nights: Metal TP that sells about 5,000 copies. Also of note is the shy entrance of the Image in the standings with the first volume of Farmhand while the Dark Horse on the square in the sixth place, the third volume of the Black Hammer.


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