Updated on December 10, 2021
The pricey “Amazing Spider-Man” #25 tops March 2017’s comic sales charts. Meanwhile, “Saga” topped the trade paperback sales charts.
Here’s the top 10 selling comics for March, according to Diamond.
|1||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25||$9.99||MAR|
|2||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #8||$5.99||DC|
|5||IRON FIST #1||$3.99||MAR|
|6||X-MEN PRIME #1||$4.99||MAR|
|7||STAR WARS #29||$3.99||MAR|
|8||ALL-STAR BATMAN #8||$4.99||DC|
|9||THE WALKING DEAD #165 (MR)||$2.99||IMA|
|10||JUSTICE LEAGUE #16||$2.99||DC|
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.
|1||SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|2||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 27: THE WHISPERER WAR TP||$14.99||IMA|
|3||HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 1: DIE LAUGHING TP||$16.99||DC|
|4||SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 1: THE BLACK VAULT TP||$16.99||DC|
|5||DEATH OF X TP||$17.99||MAR|
|6||TITANS VOLUME 1: THE RETURN OF WALLY WEST TP||$16.99||DC|
|7||WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP||$29.99||MAR|
|8||DEATHSTROKE VOLUME 1: THE PROFESSIONAL TP||$16.99||DC|
|9||BATGIRL VOLUME 1: BEYOND BURNSIDE TP||$16.99||DC|
|10||DEADLY CLASS VOLUME 5: CAROUSEL TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
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.
The top five publishers by dollar share:
- Marvel: 35.41%
- DC: 28.75%
- Image: 10.71%
- IDW: 5.68%
- Dark Horse: 3.48%
The top five publishers by unit share:
- DC: 35.46%
- Marvel: 34.34%
- Image: 10.02%
- IDW: 4.72%
- 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.”
Anthony Dean is the owner of Diverse Tech Geek and Diverse Media Notes.