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Mayo Report: Lack of Events Leads to Feb. Sales Drop Despite X-Men Red Debut

February 2018 had 5,751,648 units in the top 300 comics list, an decrease of 256,178 units from last month. Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 sold 101,373 units and was the only item to sell over 100,000 units. Neither Dark Nights: Metal nor Doomsday Clock shipped in February.

Dark Nights: Metal #6 and Doomsday Clock #4 are both currently scheduled to ship on March 28th. Either title would have compensated for the 104,806 unit loss DC had in February. In March, DC should see at least 250,000 units in sales from the event titles but how much Marvel will see with Infinity Countdown #1 isn't as clear. The Infinity Countdown event started in February with Infinity Countdown Prime #1 which only sold 55,260 units.

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Marvel Comics placed 2,311,439 units in the top 300 comics and was down 48,571 units in the top 300 compared to last month and accounted for 40.19% of the total units for the top 300 comics. A mere 7,237 units behind was DC Comics with 40.06% of the total units for the top 300 comics placed. DC was down 377,308 units in the top 300 compared to last month and had 2,304,202 units in the top 300 comics. This is the narrowest gap between Marvel and DC since the invoiced sales were first reported in early 2003. In February 2017, DC outsold Marvel in the top 300 by 17,088 units which was the last time the gap between the two companies was the narrowest.

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Image Comics had 572,184 units in the top 300 comics, IDW Publishing had 114,235 units and Dark Horse had 61,456 units. The premiere publishers (Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image and Marvel) accounted for 93.25% of the units in the top 300 comics this month while all of the other publishers with items in the top 300 accounted for 6.75% of the units.

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