Many of us collected comic books about our favorite superheroes when we were kids. But recent data shows that the comic book trend didn't stop as we became adults, it only continued to rise.Since 2010, estimated sales of the top 300 comic books of all time have climbed nearly 30 percent from 69.2 million copies to 89.4 million copies in 2016, according to figures from Diamond Comic Distributors. In revenue, that's a jump from $322 million to over $437 million in total sales, driving the average comic book price from $3.55 to $3.85. Unfortunately, there is nothing to compare post-2016 since that's the latest available. However, the trend seems to continue to keep rising.
Per a survey was taken last February by comic book retailers on Newsarama.com, the average age of customers has increased to the mid- to late- 30's. Bret Parks, owner of Ssalefish Comics in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, weighs in on that demographic:
"The average age of our customers is usually 20 to 30. However, somewhere after the first 'Avengers' film came out, I did notice a sharp increase in children reading. Absolutely there is hope in the rising number of kids reading comics, especially with their knowledge of comic characters growing in relation to the amount of information and media like movies and superhero shows out there."
I will agree, the movie industry has put a positive dent in the comic book industry with popular releases from both the Marvel Universe and DC Universe. The movie trend doesn't seem to be dying out anytime soon either so, if superhero movies continue to get released throughout the comic years, comic book sales should also continue the trend.
Looking back, I remember growing up on superheroes like Batman and Spiderman, but my favorite team of heroes was the X-Men. I must have collected at least 50 comic books and had the entire 1994 Fleer Ultra comic book card collection. Wish I would have never gotten rid of it.
What are your favorite comic books? Do you still collect any? Let us know in the comments!