Diamond: Comics and GNs soar in March


  1. Torsten Adair says:

    So, are we seeing more sales for DC’s $2.99 titles when compared to the $3.99 issues?

    Marvel may have a larger market share, but DC has 7 of the top 10 comics, and 5 of the top 10 graphic novels (including two new Vertigo series!)

    Yay! Takio was #3! (Yes, I know… we don’t know how well it sold to customers. But that many stores ordering that deep for a kids book is amazing.)

  2. brandon says:

    Didnt DC have 7 of the top ten comics in November as well? Prior to the price reduction taking effect?

    This seems like more of a case where their books actually shipped (2 issues of GL, 2 issues of Batman Inc and Dark Knight) than a price reduction.

  3. Another thing to keep in mind is that a reduction in dollar share isn’t necessarily a bad thing for DC, since their comics (being only 20 story pages) are cheaper to produce. Their profitability overall may well be going up.

  4. Joe Lawler says:

    I’m impressed with the Batman Beyond collection’s showing in the top 10. I wouldn’t have expected it to debut so high.

  5. Torsten,

    We have only sold 5 out of the 16 Takio that we ordered.

    Baffling compared to other Bendis stuff, but I guess people might not like all-ages. That saddens me.

    For frame of reference, we sold out of 38 Scarlet #1s.

    I have a feeling this would have sold more as individual comics with a followup collection. The OGN seems to only hurt overall sales except in the rare few cases. I could be wrong on that, but it always seems better to double-dip with a book (comic followed by graphic novel) than to just release the graphic novel.

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