An all-star roster of writers and artists celebrate 80 years of Batman in DC Comics’ Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book of March 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
DC was March’s top publisher in dollars with a 36.20% market share and second in units with a 34.00% market share. Marvel Comics was the month’s top publisher in units with a 40.94% market share and second in dollars with a 34.46% market share. Image Comics was third in market share with a 9.63% dollar share and a 9.36% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.26% dollar share and a 2.45% unit share, IDW Publishing with a 3.19% market share in both dollars and units, BOOM! Studios with a 2.19% dollar share and a 2.13% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.24% dollar share and a 1.08% unit share.
DC had seven titles in March’s top ten comics. In addition to Detective Comics #1000, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Eduardo Risso’s The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 ranked #2; Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #9 ranked #3; Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Jorge Fornes’ Batman #67 ranked #4; King and Fornes’ Batman #66 ranked #5; King and Clay Mann’sHeroes in Crisis #7 ranked #6; and Snyder and Jorge Jimenez’s Justice League #20 ranked #10. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, and Victor Olazaba’sAmazing Spider-Man #17, the first chapter of the “Hunted” storyline featuring Kraven the Hunter, ranked #7; Spencer, Ramos, and Olazaba’s Amazing Spider-Man #18 ranked #8; and Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and Michele Bandini’s Spider-Man: City at War #1, based on the best-selling Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4, ranked #9. Among the premier publishers, their top books were Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #189 at #30, BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 at #76, IDW Publishing’s Transformers #1 at #90, Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #6 at #131, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja #2 at #135.
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn’s The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of March. In total, Image Comics had six titles in the top ten. DC had four titles in the top ten, led by Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman, an anthology of stories from the past eight decades, at #2.
BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Thirteen Doctors 13 Stories, a young readers anthology of short stories featuring each of the Doctor’s incarnation, was the best-selling book of March. Gemstone Publishing’s Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 returned to the top ten at #5. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend, an art book featuring Donato Giancola’s work based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, ranked #7 for the month.
Good Smile’s Overwatch: Reaper Figma, based on the best-selling video game from Blizzard Entertainment, was the best-selling toy product of March. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the month’s top ten, led by the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Infinity War: Iron Spider-Man PVC Statue at #2. DC Collectibles also had three products among the top ten, with the Batman Family: Batman Multi-Part Statue, the first piece in a new statue line, as their best-selling product at #6.
The Creature Codex, a sourcebook for Paizo’s Pathfinder role-playing game, was the best-selling game product of March and one of Paizo’s eight products among the month’s top ten.
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