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Top 300 Comics Numbers Rise, But 2018 Has Lowest Sales Since 2011

March 2018 had 6,078,535 in the top 300 comics list, an increase of 326,887 units from last month. Most of the gain was from Marvel. The month-to-month increase for DC was offset by the losses for Image. March 2018 was the strongest month for the top 300 comics since the 6,593,275 units for November 2017. Prior to that, the most recent month lowest than March 2018 was February 2014 with 5,916,604 units. The period from December 2017 to March 2018 is the longest period of low total sales for the top 300 comics since the period from July 2010 to July 2011 which averaged sales of 5,553,092 units over those 13 months.

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Marvel Comics placed 2,550,801 units in the top 300 comics, an increase of 239,362 units. Infinity Countdown #1 sold 93,029 units for Marvel.

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DC Comics placed 2,312,202 units in the top 300 comics, an increase of 8,000 units. Both Dark Nights: Metal and Doomsday Clock shipped in March and not in February. Dark Nights: Metal #6 concluded the miniseries with 187,583 units and was the best-selling comic in March. Doomsday Clock #4 was the next best-selling comic in March with 149,581 units.

Image Comics placed 564,112 units in the top 300 comics, a decrease of 8,072 units. IDW Publishing increase of 45,083 units to 159,318 units. Dark Horse placed 69,353 units in the top 300 comics, an increase of 7,897 units which is the best it has done in 2018 but still far below how the publisher has done in past years.

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The premiere publishers (Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image and Marvel) accounted for 93.05% of the units in the top 300 comics this month while all of the other publishers with items in the top 300 accounted for 6.95% of the units. Factor in Dynamite Entertainment and BOOM! Studios which became premiere publishers in the April 2018 Previews and the total for the premiere publishers goes to 96.26% of the total units for the top 300 comics.

BOOM! Studios placed 104,760 units in the top 300 comics and was up 13,599 units in the top 300 compared to last month and accounted for 1.72% of the total units for the top 300 comics.

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Dynamite Entertainment placed 90,377 units in the top 300 comics and was down 35,525 units in the top 300 compared to last month and accounted for 1.49% of the total units for the top 300 comics.

The up-swing of 1,578,245 units from new and increased sales was enough to compensate for the down-swing of 1,251,358 units from lost sales resulting in the net increase of 326,887 units for the month.

The continuing titles which gained sales category added 153,214 units compared to last month. Mighty Thor #705 shot up 120.67% to 93,082 units from the 42,181 units of the previous issue. The issue featured the death of the current Thor, which is a story point that Jason Aaron has been building to for years. Avengers also saw a large increase from month-to-month with the weekly issues selling an average of 47,336 units in March versus the 39,079 unit average in February.

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