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Comic Book Sales by Year

Yearly comic book sales can be calculated in a number of ways. The data currently on Comichron comes in two varieties:

1) Year-by-year rankings of the sales figures found in comics publishers' Statements of Ownership, beginning in 1960. Some of that material can be found in our Postal Data Repository, also reachable by the annual links here:

Comichron has on hand more than 95% of the existing postal data for comics. More will be posted in the future.







2) Aggregated monthly data, combining the preorders and final orders from Diamond Comic Distributors and other distributors to the North American comics shop market for each month from 1996 to present.

The below charts collect the comics shop market data I've calculated across time. The widest grouping, visible below in black, has the widest margin of error; in addition to including the more solid estimates of comics-shop sales, guesses at returnable newsstand comics sales and returnable bookstore trade paperback sales are included.

The most reliable figures are the smaller groupings. These are calculated based on all the public reports issued by Diamond for comics shop sales in each month. The biggest such figure captures all comics, trade paperbacks, and magazines sold by Diamond in a year. As what Diamond has reported from year to year has changed, figures are not available for every category for every year.


  Estimated OVERALL North American Market size, including both print and digital estimates by Comichron and ICV2.com
DIGITAL sales for Comics (not counting subscription services) in North America, as calculated by ICV2.com (est.):
2011 $715 million $25 million
2012 $805 million
$70 million
2013 $870 million
$90 million
2014 $935 million
$100 million
2015  $1.03 billion
$90 million
2016 Estimate coming soon! Estimate coming soon!



  Estimated OVERALL North American Market size, including estimates for newsstand comics and book channel TPB sales
(*joint calculation by Comichron and ICV2)
OVERALL North American Dollar Sales for Comics, Trade Paperbacks, and Magazines sold by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic book stores (est.):
1997 $300-320 million  
1998 $280-300 million  
1999 $270-290 million  
2000 $255-275 million  
2001 $260-285 million  
2002 $300-330 million n/a
2003 $350-400 million $310.6 million
2004 $420-480 million $328.25 million
2005 $475-550 million $352.33 million
2006 $575-640 million $395.55 million
2007 $660-700 million $430.00 million
2008 $680-710 million $436.6 million
2009 $650-700 million $428 million
2010 $660-690 million $419 million
2011 $690 million* $414 million
2012 $735 million*
$474.61 million
2013 $780 million*
$517.66 million
2014 $835 million*
$540.38 million
2015 $940 million*
$579.12 million
2016 Estimate coming soon! $580.91 million



  Dollar Sales for All Diamond's Comics (est., based on Diamond's reports): Dollar Sales for Diamond's Top 300 Comic Books from each month (est.):
1997
$244.39 million
1998
$210.65 million
1999
$202.54 million
2000
$190.75 million
2001
$186.98 million
2002
$196.65 million
2003
$207.19 million
2004
$213.24 million
2005
$221.73 million
2006
$252.18 million
2007
$270.00 million
2008
$263.00 million
2009 $279 million
$257.88 million
2010 $266 million
$245.72 million
2011 $269 million
$248.44 million
2012 $310 million $285.02 million
2013 $341 million
$308.71 million
2014 $355 million $313.08 million
2015 $388 million $353.18 million
2016 $382 million
$344.28 million



  Unit Sales for All Diamond's Comics(est., based on Diamond's reports): Unit Sales for Diamond's Top 300 Comic Books from each month (est.):
1997
100.32 million copies
1998
84.45 million copies
1999
78.08 million copies
2000
69.26 million copies
2001
66.92 million copies
2002
70.27 million copies
2003
73.02 million copies
2004
74.14 million copies
2005
76.13 million copies
2006
81.85 million copies
2007
85.27 million copies
2008
81.34 million copies
2009 78.4 million copies 74.88 million copies
2010 73.8 million copies 69.20 million copies
2011 77.2 million copies 72.13 million copies
2012 86 million copies 80.55 million copies
2013 91.8 million copies 84.51 million copies
2014 92 million copies 82.65 million copies
2015 98 million copies 89.17 million copies
2016 99 million copies 89.35 million copies



  Dollar Sales for Diamond's Top Trade Paperbacks from each month (est.): Combined Dollar Sales
for Diamond's Top 300 Comics and Top TPBs from each month(est.):
1997 n/a n/a
1998 $15.84 million $226.49 million
1999 $17.31 million $219.85 million
2000 $19.20 million $209.95 million
2001 $20.51 million $207.49 million
2002 $32.64 million $229.29 million
2003 $30.73 million $237.92 million
2004 $40.99 million $254.36 million
2005 $45.84 million $267.57 million
2006 $48.45 million $300.63 million
2007 $57.15 million $327.1 million
2008 $59.57 million $327.65 million
2009 $77.65 million $335.47 million
2010 $76.31 million $321.98 million
2011 $70.06 million $318.5 million
2012 $84.57 million $369.59 million
2013 $93.91 million $402.31 million
2014 $88.82 million $401.88 million
2015 $89.43 million $442.6 million
2016 $93.72 million $437.38 million



  Average price of comic books in Diamond's Top 300 from each month: Average price of comic books in Diamond's Top 300 from each month, weighted by orders:
1997 $2.62 $2.44
1998 $2.71 $2.49
1999 $2.88 $2.59
2000 $2.95 $2.75
2001 $3.10 $2.79
2002 $3.07 $2.67
2003 $3.06 $2.84
2004 $3.14 $2.88
2005 $3.15 $2.91
2006 $3.24 $3.08
2007 $3.27 $3.17
2008 $3.34 $3.23
2009 $3.47 $3.44
2010 $3.58 $3.55
2011 $3.49 $3.44
2012 $3.54 $3.57
2013 $3.61 $3.65
2014 $3.77 $3.79
2015 $3.83 $3.96
2016 $3.89 $3.85

Note that in the charts above, Diamond from time to time increased the number of trade paperbacks it was reporting on. In 2008, the first 10 months it reported its Top 100, while in the last two months it reported its Top 300. In 2009, the total sum was higher only because the 2009 figure includes Top 300s from all 12 months (and thus figures on 2,000 more trade paperback releases). The links below go to individual yearly pages where that has been allowed for, and apples-to-apples comparisons can be seen.

Beginning with 2011, the "overall" computations are the result of a collaboration with ICv2.com.

The individual pages for each of these years can be found by clicking the links below. Remember that these pages only show what the comics shops of North America ordered, whereas the Statements of Ownership report sales through all channels. More years coming soon!