Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday's Headlines | January Comic Book Sells

Direct Market comic book and graphic novel sales got a positive start to the year, with January 2019 sales topping last January's over 10%, according to figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors last Friday morning.

For the second month in a row, Scott Snyder and Jock's The Batman Who Laughs from DC was the best-selling comic book of the month and its second issue led the publisher's five titles in the Top 10 that also included four Tom King-written titles at #6 through #9 - Batman #62 and #63 and Heroes in Crisis #4 and #5, respectively.

Marvel Comics split the remaining five titles in the Top 10, led by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Nunez Carnero's Captain Marvel #1, the second best-selling title of January. Guardians of the Galaxy #1, Conan the Barbarian #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #14 rounded out the Top 5, respectively, with Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 completing the Top 10 at #10.

"December’s loss is January’s gain, with a lot of the business and releases that would have appeared in that holiday-truncated month winding up in the five-week January instead. A better comparison is to look at December and January together as a unit: in that case, the current market nets out better, up 6% in dollars and with 300,000 more comics sold than in December 2017/January 2018. We also see that a dozen fewer new comic books were released across the December 2018/January 2019 combo, which means the current per-release average was a little better.

"I will be running the attached table, which adds perspective to that. I won’t say that Christmas Week’s weird schedule cost the Direct Market the full percentage point it was shy of beating 2017, but I do find that the 12 months from February 2018-to-January 2019 did slightly beat February 2017-to-January 2018."

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
VENDOR
1
THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2
$4.99
DC
2
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
$4.99
MAR
3
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
$4.99
MAR
4
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1
$4.99
MAR
5
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14
$3.99
MAR
6
BATMAN #62
$3.99
DC
7
BATMAN #63
$3.99
DC
8
HEROES IN CRISIS #4
$3.99
DC
9
HEROES IN CRISIS #5
$3.99
DC
10
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1
$4.99
MAR