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    Default APRIL 2019 SALES - Marvel version

    Newsarama has given us a preliminary look at comics sales for April 2019.

    https://www.newsarama.com/45123-apri...es-charts.html

    As expected, sales were down compared to March due to the absense of Detective 1000, among other reasons. Also, as expected, the War of the Realms event took the top slot.

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    Marvel Comics relcaimed the top publisher spot with 45.50% dollar share and 50.70% unit share.
    DC followed with 23.73% and 25.89% respectively,
    then Image Comics in at third with 7.93% and 7.60%.

    According to John Jackson Miller of Comichron, the big takeaway from the April 2019 figures are DC's cutbacks to its comic book line are taking affect - not just for the publisher, but the entire market.

    "It would be a down month year-over-year even with Action Comics #1000 excised from the charts last April," Miller told Newsarama. "Marvel is filling some of those empty rack slots (presuming any store had a spot for everything), but not all of them."

    Marvel shipped 106 comic books in April 2019, to DC's 52. That's DC's lowest title count since 1991, and is 29 fewer than it released in April 2018. Comparitively, Marvel released 86 comic books in April 2018, but has exceeded 106 on several occasions - it's last being June 2016.

    "Iím sure Marvel did double DCís output in terms of number of titles some months in 1974, but I canít find much evidence that itís happened since," Miller explained. "DC, meanwhile, doubled up on Marvel often in the post-bankruptcy years."
    However, it's interesting to note that even though DC's numbers were half of Marvel's, DC also published about half the number of comics that Marvel did (106 comics for Marvel vs. 52 for DC). This might mean that the average DC title sold just as well as the average Marvel title. It will be interesting to see if this bears out when the full figures are released. Does this mean it was smart of DC to cut its line?

    Also interesting that Immortal Hulk #16 jumped into the top 10. #15 was in 17th place with 53k copies sold. Was #16 a special issue or jut a Realms Tie-in that did exceptionally well?

    These are the Top 10 Comics sold by units in April 2019:

    1 WAR OF THE REALMS #1 $5.99 MAR

    2 SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 $4.99 MAR

    3 THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #4 $4.99 DC

    4 THE IMMORTAL HULK #16 $3.99 MAR

    5 BATMAN #69 $3.99 DC

    6 BATMAN #68 $3.99 DC

    7 THANOS #1 $4.99 MAR

    8 HEROES IN CRISIS #8 $3.99 DC

    9 WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1 $4.99 MAR

    10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 $3.99 MAR

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    I'm happy for Al Ewing.
    Symbiote Spider-Man is doing crazy good for a mini series!
    Bringing back the old, killing the young: that's the Marvel way

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugiwara View Post
    I'm happy for Al Ewing.
    Symbiote Spider-Man is doing crazy good for a mini series!
    PAD will be happy. He's shaken off the stink of Scarlet Spider's ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugiwara View Post
    Symbiote Spider-Man is doing crazy good for a mini series!
    Combination of it being a first issue as well as having an Artgerm cover. We'll have to see how further issues fare to determine if it's a sales success or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digifiend View Post
    Just a normal issue by the looks of things. And Hulk isn't even doing a WOTR tie-in.
    https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Immortal_Hulk_Vol_1_16
    Correct. AndHulk is not at all in this silly wotr stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immortal Hulk View Post
    Correct. AndHulk is not at all in this silly wotr stuff.
    Why are the No Road Home heroes excluded anyway? The only one who's due to appear at all is Hawkeye, in Superior Spider-Man, with the rest of his West Coast Avengers team (except for Kate Bishop, who's in Journey Into Mystery instead). But No Road Home is set at the same time as the vampire war Avengers arc, not WOTR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digifiend View Post
    Why are the No Road Home heroes excluded anyway? The only one who's due to appear at all is Hawkeye, in Superior Spider-Man, with the rest of his West Coast Avengers team (except for Kate Bishop, who's in Journey Into Mystery instead). But No Road Home is set at the same time as the vampire war Avengers arc, not WOTR.
    Good question!

    By the way, with charts like that, Marvel really is the core of the comic book industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digifiend View Post
    Just a normal issue by the looks of things. And Hulk isn't even doing a WOTR tie-in.
    https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Immortal_Hulk_Vol_1_16
    Which just goes to the quality of the run.

    No tie-ins.
    No gimmicks.
    Just a good book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandEleven View Post
    Which just goes to the quality of the run.

    No tie-ins.
    No gimmicks.
    Just a good book.
    There was a lot of hype of a first appearance, and don't get me wrong, Immortal Hulk is picking up readers by all evidence we have, but this spike certainly has a lot to do with speculation as well, as the 1:25 variant was in demand enough to push a lot of extra orders, in fact it was so hot that they did a 1:25 variant for the second print that plenty of retailer jumped on, ordering reprints they did not need just to make a buck on the variant.

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    It helps that Immortal Hulk isn't confusing. You can just read issue 1... and start there. You don't have to deal with dozens of relaunches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Negative Zone View Post
    It helps that Immortal Hulk isn't confusing. You can just read issue 1... and start there. You don't have to deal with dozens of relaunches.
    You mean aside from the fact it is a relaunch and a major status quo change? I think it is mainly the huge positive press it is getting, especially from the main podcasts and the end of year lists. It is also a word of mouth book because most didn't jump on early. I actually wonder if we are seeing one of the side effects of Marvel Unlimited. That once people can sample a few issues they are more likely to catch up and add it to their pull list of books they buy on Wednesdays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Comic-Reader Lad View Post
    However, it's interesting to note that even though DC's numbers were half of Marvel's, DC also published about half the number of comics that Marvel did (106 comics for Marvel vs. 52 for DC). This might mean that the average DC title sold just as well as the average Marvel title. It will be interesting to see if this bears out when the full figures are released. Does this mean it was smart of DC to cut its line?
    it means DC has no depth in characters at all.

    Centralized around 1 character and this is what happens
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    Well, two characters, since it's not just Batman. Bendis doesn't just use Superman in Clark's own two books, the Man of Steel also has a connection to every comic in the Wonder Comics line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindofShadow View Post
    it means DC has no depth in characters at all.

    Centralized around 1 character and this is what happens
    Quote Originally Posted by Digifiend View Post
    Well, two characters, since it's not just Batman. Bendis doesn't just use Superman in Clark's own two books, the Man of Steel also has a connection to every comic in the Wonder Comics line.
    Honestly I'd say the DCU seems more centralized on Snyder's stuff and Bendis' Superman then Batman at this point.

    Right now the only thing Batman's got going for him is that he can carry a franchise of titles. The only solo Marvel character who can do that is Spider-Man.

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