Top Comic Book Sales Drop By A Fifth, Year On Year?

This March, it is estimated that Diamond Comics Distributors sold 5,567,648 of the top 200 comic books to American comic stores.

The previous March, it is estimated they sold 6,733,040 of the top 300 comic books.

That’s a drop of a fifth, year on year.”

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8 thoughts on “Top Comic Book Sales Drop By A Fifth, Year On Year?”

  1. Without having the data to look at the sales curve, it seems odd that they’re showing a drop in numbers using 1/3 smaller group of books.

  2. approx 5mil of the top 200 this year
    approx 6mil of the top 300 last year….

    Is that a typo, or is the maths wrong?

    Whats the sales for the top 200 last year? or 300 this year?

  3. Likely, the 33% rise in the price of most of the titles in the top 200 comic books, coupled with the fact that people generally have less money to spend on entertainment, has caused the decline in overall sales for the industry. Also, mainstream superhero comics have gotten more dumb over the past five years or so.

    I personally have stopped collecting individual issues in favor of collections. And when I buy collections, I’m more likely to buy something like Scalped or Ignition City or Incognito or Northlanders than I am to buy a disorganized collection of Captain America. For me at least, the serialized superhero stuff has gotten more expensive and less interesting, whereas the collected volumes of creator-owned comics for adults have become more appealing and cost-effective, especially with an Amazon discount.

  4. Those numbers are probably reversed. Estimates I’ve seen suggest that sales were up about 20% in March 2010, which contained five shipping days.

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