Led by a #1 showing from “Batman #6, DC Comics once again found itself as the top publisher in the Direct Market for September 2016.
DC followed up a record-setting month in August by once more dominating the Top Ten in September, with eight titles landing at the top of the sales chart.
“All-Star Batman” #2 was ranked at #2, with “Batman” #7 third. “Justice League” #4, “Trinity” #1, “Supergirl” #1, “Suicide Squad” #2 and “Justice League” #5 rounded out DC’s Top Ten series.
Marvel Comics’ saw “Civil War” #5 take the #4 position, while Image Comics’ perennial best-seller “The Walking Dead” re-entered the top ten with #158 landing in the #6 slot. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s hit series also saw its latest collection, “The Walking Dead” Vol. 26, top the trade paperback charts.
DC Comics’ Direct Market shares dipped slightly from September, to 36.53% dollar share and a 43.45% unit share . Marvel increased to 31.40 % in dollars, and dropped slightly to 30.75% in units. Image was third, making up 9.04 % of the market in dollars, and 8.80% in units, increasing over September due in large part to the continuing success of “The Walking Dead.”
Though it was a solid month by any metric, overall sales were down significantly from August 2016, with monthly comic sales dropping by 23.78% in dollars and 20.61% in units. Compared to September 2015, its easy to see how the month was a win, however, as sales increased by 9.23% in dollars, and 15.61% in units sold.
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