Comic Book Sales are on the Rise – Here’s why
2016 saw the comic book industry experience its best year of sales in almost two decades. The trend continued through 2017 and into 2018, with sales of titles accelerating to new heights. With retailers ordering more than 8 million copies of the top 300 comics on a monthly basis, the industry is booming.
Comic books and the Big Screen
What’s driven the recent rise the appreciation of comic books as a medium of entertainment? Many attribute it to the many movie franchises created by the comic publishing companies. Revolutionary developments in CGI technology have allowed comic books to come to life on the big screen, with action sequences and graphics that seem completely real.
Marvel Studios Breaking New Ground
Leading the way in cinematic production is Marvel. The studio has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few decades to establish a dominant presence in modern cinema entertainment. Captain America: Civil war, performed better than expected at the box office, smashing records and drawing crowds over its release weekend of July the 27th.
Keeping Up with Popular Trends
The highlight of 2017 for Marvel Studios came in the release of Spiderman: Homecoming. The franchise grows from strength to strength with fans and critics praising the fresh approach to the characters. Marvel continues to adapt to evolving trends and rely on their ability to tell a spellbinding story packed with action and drama.
Black Panther has set box office records in its first weekend of opening. The movie received a lot of hype in the media, making it one of the most successful comic book movies of all time. The Black Panther franchise is sure to see further stories in the future.
What’s to come in the Future for Marvel?
Marvel has pulled out all of the stops for releases in 2018. The most anticipated release of the year comes in the form of Spiderman’s nemesis, Venom. The alien symbiote from space gets its slot in the big-time to tell the Venom story from a different perspective.
Toward the end of the year, we will see the release of the second movie in the Deadpool franchise. Ryan Reynolds brought the killer-for-hire, with a smart mouth, to international infamy with the first movie. The cross-over theme continues in the second movie, named DP2, and the X-Men are called in to help Dead pool battle Cable.
DC is another behemoth of the comic book to silver screen transition. The Superman and Batman franchises have experienced tremendous success in theaters, with fans flocking to see the last Superman Vs. Batman crossover. Suicide squad was another favorite release that was followed shortly by Wonder Woman, and then the Justice League. DC Comics have wasted no time cementing their DC Extended Universe brand into the cinematic realm of entertainment.
Apart from DC and Marvel, there are a few other comic books that have made the crossover into TV series. The popularity of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” has captivated viewers across the globe for over eight seasons and is still going strong. When the Walking Dead finished its first season, a mint 1st edition copy of the comic book created by the independent house, Image comics, was retailing on eBay for over $2,500.
New entries into the market from independent publishing houses include; Preacher, The Tick, iZombie, and Gotham. Independent houses seem to do best with TV series, and their popularity continues to soar alongside the more prominent brands Marvel Studios and DC Extended universe.
The Rise of Online Comic Books
As the print era died out near the end of the Nineties, the rise of the internet gave comic books a reason to adapt to changing consumer climates. Instead of running and hiding away from the internet revolution, comic book companies embraced it and began to release their titles online.
Now you can buy comics online from any comic book publishing house, for a fraction of the price of a physical book.