2018 isn't off to a great start comic book sales wise, but there are a number of bright spots in the Direct Market's March 2018 sales numbers.
September's sales dip doesn't indicate the end of the road for DC or Marvel, but both publishers have work cut out for them in the months ahead.
Big event debuts, strong "Star Wars" sales and increasing prices all contributed to a more than solid month for the comic book industry.
Marvel Comics' current line of titles not only dominated March's top ten, it accounted for nearly 50% of every comic sold in the Top 300.
How did "Orphan Black" #1 become IDW's best-selling issue ever, and can it sustain sales from its chart-topping start?
John Mayo looks at Marvel's impressive "Star Wars" #1 numbers, and explores the power of a jumping-in story point over a jumping-on issue.
Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #9 was the best-selling title in November 2014, but how far did the "Spider-Verse" halo effect spread?
With seven series performing particularly well in October, the direct market saw its biggest month of sales in over a decade.
Overall, August 2014 was a weak month of comic sales, with "Multiversity debuting under the 100K mark and a number of titles on the cancellation bubble.
Marvel's January relaunches open soft while "Walking Dead" remains steady, helping the title move into the Top Ten.
John Mayo looks at the sales numbers for "The Walking Dead" #100, explaining the discrepancies between his estimates and Image's reported sales while looking at the title's potential future performance. UPDATED with more info from Image.
CBR's John Mayo breaks down the particularly low sales numbers for March of 2009 -- books like "Marvel: Your Universe" and "The Mighty" seeing huge sales drops-- and shows you what a month of no event comics looks like.
Marvel once again dominated the sales figures in December 2008, with their
highest dollar amount since 2003. Also, John discusses which titles are likely to
be affected when Diamond's new cutoff levels kick in this year.
November 2008 was another month during which what comics didn't come
out were just as important as what comics did. And what's going on with
trade paperback sales of Brian Wood's "DMZ?"
The absence of new issues of "Final Crisis," "Batman," "Justice League of
America," "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" hit DC hard in September, and Marvel
came out on top with "Secret Invasion" #6.
August was an important month for DC Comics, with "Watchmen" outselling the
seven new releases in the top trades combined. But the publisher also had
a setback with "Family Dynamic."
John Mayo returns with an analysis of his estimated sales numbers for June,
2008, which saw "Secret Invasion" lead the pack once again, with Hellboy trades
showing big bumps and Buffy still going strong.
John Mayo returns with an analysis of his estimated sales numbers for April,
2008, which saw "Secret Invasion" lead the pack. What's it all mean? John has