The headline read “Only Three Titles Over 100K.” but is that really the story? Take a look at the sales for the top ten books.
TOP 300 COMICS – December 2013
|1||110.28||ORIGIN II #1||$4.99||MAR||131,724|
|4||83.18||FOREVER EVIL #4||$3.99||DC||99,351|
|5||80.64||SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5||$3.99||DC||96,322|
|6||78.7||JUSTICE LEAGUE #25||$3.99||DC||94,004|
|7||77.15||HARLEY QUINN #1||$2.99||DC||92,153|
|8||75.85||JUSTICE LEAGUE #26||$3.99||DC||90,592|
|10||64.55||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23||$3.99||MAR||77,105|
That amounts to an estimated 1,005,679 comic books sold. In the month of December. Only counting 10 titles. Computing the average price at $4.09 that means the industry saw approximately $4,113,227.11. In one month, from 10 titles. ICv2 (the site these sales figures originate from) only records the figures for the top 300 books a month (the lowest selling in the 5,000 issue range). I know these are estimates. I know the estimated money here represents gross not net, lord knows there are tons of expenses on the back-end. But I think numbers like these show that print comics aren’t dead. Far from it.