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Aggregate Price of Top Ten Comics Lowest in Decade

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LOLtron

Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:57 pm

Don’t worry, we’ll define “aggregate” in the article.



Source: CBR

After doing absolutely no research into the matter we here at The Outhouse, your number-one spot for the best in internet journalism, are prepared to announce that the aggregate (total) price of the Top 10 Direct Market single issues comics for September 2016 is the lowest in almost about a decade.

Take a look for yourselves:

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Of the Top Ten Comics Sold in September (to the direct market, not number of books actually sold to customers, nor digital sales, or any other metric that is easily measured in any other industry except comics for reasons) eight of them were only $2.99.  With the other two $4.99 books taken into account the average price of a top ten comic was only $3.39.

"Only $2.99" "Only $3.39" How sad is that?

As you can see, DC followed up on their "record-setting month in August by once more dominating the Top Ten in September, with seven titles landing at the top of the sales chart." Marvel and Image both tied with one book each.

As for market share and all that other stuff, just look at these charts and graphs we stole from CBR:

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So, now you know.



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Rebirth NoctourneM

Silly French Man

Postby Rebirth NoctourneM » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:37 pm

Ha!
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crawley

Flying Mongoose

Postby crawley » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Nice. I like the part where there's 11 books in the top ten better than I like the part where you briefly abandon the english language completely to say

is easily measured in and other industry except comics for reasons
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Rebirth NoctourneM

Silly French Man

Postby Rebirth NoctourneM » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:13 pm

crawley wrote:Nice. I like the part where there's 11 books in the top ten better than I like the part where you briefly abandon the english language completely to say



tanks 4 teh hitz! :lol:

zryson

biny little tird

Postby zryson » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:17 pm

No doubt Rebirth has been a hit but when Marvel relaunches it should make the figures much more interesting, seeing what titles soar and what titles crash.
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Chessack

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby Chessack » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:42 pm

The sad part is when sales take a jump for either Big Two company, no one has to ask 'what did they do?' There's always one of two answers: A bunch of new #1s, or an 'event.'

jethawk

expert hobo killer

Postby jethawk » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:01 am

Chessack wrote:The sad part is when sales take a jump for either Big Two company, no one has to ask 'what did they do?' There's always one of two answers: A bunch of new #1s, or an 'event.'

There's literally just two #1s for DC on the Top Ten List, if you remove all their #1s, there's a pretty safe bet that it will still be heavily DC dominated. Civil War 2 actually poisoned sales with Ms Marvel, A-Force, and Heroes for Hire getting sidetracked, it's original tie-ins are also doing pretty terribly. Marvel Now 2.0 barely any hype at all, tides are changing.
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uz000

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby uz000 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:33 am

jethawk wrote:There's literally just two #1s for DC on the Top Ten List, if you remove all their #1s, there's a pretty safe bet that it will still be heavily DC dominated. Civil War 2 actually poisoned sales with Ms Marvel, A-Force, and Heroes for Hire getting sidetracked, it's original tie-ins are also doing pretty terribly. Marvel Now 2.0 barely any hype at all, tides are changing.


Drivel War 2 really has taken Ms Marvel off track. The other marvel books I read have not crossed over: Spidey/Deadpool & Spider-gwen.

zryson

biny little tird

Postby zryson » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:11 am

Chessack wrote:The sad part is when sales take a jump for either Big Two company, no one has to ask 'what did they do?' There's always one of two answers: A bunch of new #1s, or an 'event.'


This is partly why I steer clear of the new comics for the most part because current comics firstly are boring and secondly even at three bucks each, that's still way too much for a comic book (especially when you can buy three in the bargain bins for the same price if you are prepared to wait.) Still I cannot deny DC is doing exceedingly well with Rebirth. In fact, sales are back at pre-90s bubble bust in some cases which is an ominous sign that neither the industry nor its readers have learned anything.

jethawk

expert hobo killer

Postby jethawk » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:12 am

uz000 wrote:
Drivel War 2 really has taken Ms Marvel off track. The other marvel books I read have not crossed over: Spidey/Deadpool & Spider-gwen.

Spider-Man/Deadpool is pretty solid. How did it took this long to get Joe Kelly back?

zryson

biny little tird

Postby zryson » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:13 am

jethawk wrote:There's literally just two #1s for DC on the Top Ten List, if you remove all their #1s, there's a pretty safe bet that it will still be heavily DC dominated. Civil War 2 actually poisoned sales with Ms Marvel, A-Force, and Heroes for Hire getting sidetracked, it's original tie-ins are also doing pretty terribly. Marvel Now 2.0 barely any hype at all, tides are changing.


Are tides changing? Maybe, maybe not but with Marvel Now 2.0 launching sixty titles (some new, some returning) the last few months will be interesting to see what resonates with readers.
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Chessack

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby Chessack » Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:41 am

jethawk wrote:There's literally just two #1s for DC on the Top Ten List, if you remove all their #1s, there's a pretty safe bet that it will still be heavily DC dominated. Civil War 2 actually poisoned sales with Ms Marvel, A-Force, and Heroes for Hire getting sidetracked, it's original tie-ins are also doing pretty terribly. Marvel Now 2.0 barely any hype at all, tides are changing.


And the others are all low-issue-# comics that just got rebooted for Rebirth, which is... wait for it... an event.

Or are you saying you think that if Rebirth had not happened, and JL and SS had not been rebooted, that their #47 or whatever it is issues would have sold just as well, even if there was no event going on?

jethawk

expert hobo killer

Postby jethawk » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:49 am

Chessack wrote:
And the others are all low-issue-# comics that just got rebooted for Rebirth, which is... wait for it... an event.

Or are you saying you think that if Rebirth had not happened, and JL and SS had not been rebooted, that their #47 or whatever it is issues would have sold just as well, even if there was no event going on?

Rebirth is as much an event as much as One Year Later or 52 is an event, it's building up to THE event. If it's an event, where's the tie-ins? Where's the inter-connected storyline that interrupts all the books? Why is there no $5 Bi-Monthly Rebirth Event Book that takes 9 Issues and gets extended to 12? Where's the $6 The Road to Rebirth Book? I sure don't see the 4 Issue Prequel Mini-Series Rebirth: The Birthening. Think Geoff John's Green Lantern run, how everything from his run is part of this War of Light Event but the actual culminating event was really Blackest Night which didn't happen until everything else got set up.

Suicide Squad probably not, but with movie hype and Jim Lee on art duties, there'll be a sizable bump. Justice League made consistent appearances on the Top Ten even before Rebirth.

Rebirth is a relaunch, a restructuring, it's a new era. If DC didn't shill Rebirth and just had creative team changes, no $1 reduction in price, no $3 80 Page Comic, no big press release how they're integrating the Post-Flashpoint Earth into the REAL DC Earth and how it's all gonna be explained in the end then no shit that it won't sell as well. Believe or not, proper advertisement and telling people what's happening and telling them stuff that would pique their interest (Lower Price Rates, "A return to form", "Everything's gonna be fixed at the end") is way better than what they did for DC You (New Titles, here are free 8 page previews for all the books and free shit and absolutely nothing else to get you excited about these books) and is a huge factor on why Rebirth is going up.

zryson

biny little tird

Postby zryson » Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:06 am

There are several reasons why readers are embracing Rebirth. Firstly the price. Yes its a gimmick to lure people in but its working. Rebirth also has some beloved characters returning like Superman with Lois Lane. There is also a renewed sense of legacy and optimism, something sorely lacking from DC under their The New 52. Still its just early days. It remains to be seen what the figures will be like when Marvel 2.0 launches.

jethawk

expert hobo killer

Postby jethawk » Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:13 am

zryson wrote:There are several reasons why readers are embracing Rebirth. Firstly the price. Yes its a gimmick to lure people in but its working.

Now that's a cheap gimmick I want other publishers to start copying (Get it? Cheap? Cause $3 is cheaper than $5)

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