“Amazing Spider-Man” #25 tops March 2017 comic sales

Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 4) #25

The pricey “Amazing Spider-Man” #25 tops March 2017’s comic sales charts. Meanwhile, “Saga” topped the trade paperback sales charts.

Comics

Here’s the top 10 selling comics for March, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25$9.99MAR
2DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8$5.99DC
3BATMAN #18$2.99DC
4BATMAN #19$2.99DC
5IRON FIST #1$3.99MAR
6X-MEN PRIME #1$4.99MAR
7STAR WARS #29$3.99MAR
8ALL-STAR BATMAN #8$4.99DC
9THE WALKING DEAD #165 (MR)$2.99IMA
10JUSTICE LEAGUE #16$2.99DC

The top selling comic is… the expensive $10 “Amazing Spider-Man” #25. That’s a lot, even if the comic clocks in at (per Comixology) 75 pages, and the stories are all-new (versus reprints). At that price, buying a trade paperback for not much more would seem a better use of one’s money. And again, it begs the question: how much is too much for comics to cost before buyers say “no?”

Also, if people are willing to buy a trade paperback-priced single comic, shouldn’t we be taking actual sales of actual trades/digital comics/etc. into account for how comic sales are doing? It’s absurd that paying $10 for a graphic novel doesn’t “count” or isn’t the “right” way to buy comics, but spending the same $10 on a extra-sized floppy comic does “count.”

Going along with this is the #2 book costing $6 (another issue of “Dark Knight III”). That’s followed by the bimonthly shipping “Batman”; at $3 an issue, the title’s basically $6 a month.

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Here’s the top 10 trade paperbacks/graphic novels.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
2THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 27: THE WHISPERER WAR TP$14.99IMA
3HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 1: DIE LAUGHING TP$16.99DC
4SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 1: THE BLACK VAULT TP$16.99DC
5DEATH OF X TP$17.99MAR
6TITANS VOLUME 1: THE RETURN OF WALLY WEST TP$16.99DC
7WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP$29.99MAR
8DEATHSTROKE VOLUME 1: THE PROFESSIONAL TP$16.99DC
9BATGIRL VOLUME 1: BEYOND BURNSIDE TP$16.99DC
10DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 5: CAROUSEL TP (MR)$14.99IMA

The top selling trade paperback is volume 7 of “Saga,” the popular Image series. If curious, it clocks in at 152 pages, and currently sells at $10.39 on Amazon. (It’s also more likely to have a complete storyline.)

DC took half the top slots, while Image took three and Marvel two.

Miscellaneous

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 35.41%
  2. DC: 28.75%
  3. Image: 10.71%
  4. IDW: 5.68%
  5. Dark Horse: 3.48%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. DC: 35.46%
  2. Marvel: 34.34%
  3. Image: 10.02%
  4. IDW: 4.72%
  5. Dark Horse: 3.09%

Total comics/TPB sales are up 15.14% (in dollars)/down 3.13% (in units) over February. Versus March 2016, sales are down 1.68% (in dollars)/up 6.21% (in units).

While Marvel’s sales are likely being boosted by $10 Spider-Man comics and “Star Wars,” DC’s still beating them in number of books sold. Of course, DC’s top-selling books cost a bit less than Marvel’s, and also ship twice a month. Rebirth also seems somewhat better received than some of Marvel’s storylines lately, namely “Captain America’s a sleeper Hydra agent.”

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