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March 1, 2017

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #79 March 2017

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 8:00 pm

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,603,508 +3.71% +17.27% +132.70%
Cyberspace Comics listings 104,467 +1.81% +13.20% +1,040.84%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.90% -1.73% -3.37% +390.26%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 139,846 +5.82% -2.37% +41.53%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 3.88% +2.18% -16.72% -39.17%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,037,663 +2.83% +4.09%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 28.80% -0.84% -11.23%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 52,033
My current eBay feedback (total): 106,763
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (21,635 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (15,703 listings)
Third Other Indies Other Indies (10,663 listings)
Fourth Image Comics Image Comics (7,959 listings)
Fifth Marvel (Bronze Age) Dark Horse (4,622 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,442,334 +0.30% +19.03% -6.57%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 98,862 +1.05% +12.09% +115.32%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 6.85% +0.80% -5.85% +130.47%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 9.52% -10.02% -16.27% +83.08%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 239,251 +0.67% +8.57%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 41.32% +0.39% +3.23%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 137,359 +0.51% +13.01% +62.69%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,586,915 +0.37%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,182,967 +0.62%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 91 +0.00%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 106,016 -49.83% -32.27%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 97,642 -1.03% +12.70%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 92.10% +97.26% +66.40%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 202,709 -1.84% +36.81%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 103,359 +1.77% +11.88%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 50.99% +3.68% -18.22%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 157,640 +8.80% +39.40%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace inexplicably grew to the size it held during the Christmas 2016 season.

Atomic Avenue has hit some big strides in regaining its inventory. Its about midway from the bottom-out point to its all-time high.

Comic Collector Live consistently averages a little over 1% growth each month of their userbase.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace took a big hit this month as its number of listings dropped by a little more than half.

HipComic has shown increases of more than 35% in the past year for its listings.

Bonanza‘s number of listings has shown strong gains in the past year – up nearly 40%.

February 1, 2017

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #78 February 2017

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 11:23 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,474,692 -3.16% +10.09% +98.53%
Cyberspace Comics listings 102,606 -0.01% +10.97% +1,205.92%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.95% +3.25% +0.78% +557.79%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 132,156 -10.34% -13.72% -51.51%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 3.80% -7.46% -21.58% -75.57%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,009,065 +2.13% +4.22%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 29.04% +5.45% +5.34%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 51,423
My current eBay feedback (total): 105,097
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (21,374 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (16,014 listings)
Third Other Indies Other Indies (10,284 listings)
Fourth Image Comics Image Comics (7,972 listings)
Fifth Marvel (Bronze Age) (↑) Dark Horse (4,360 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,438,091 +4.22% +19.52% -3.57%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 97,831 +0.71% +11.07% +112.75%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 6.80% -3.37% -7.07% +121.62%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 10.58% -0.84% +13.03% +104.64%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 237,662 +0.79% +8.58%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 41.16% -0.09% +2.30%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 136,664 +0.53% +16.17% +63.10%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,581,092 -2.26%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,169,559 +0.49%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 91 -3.19%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 211,317 +6.93% +34.91%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 98,661 +0.20% +14.31%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 46.69% -6.29% -15.26%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 206,518 +0.60% +42.50%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 101,557 +0.06% +9.85%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 49.18% -0.53% -22.91%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 144,892 +3.99%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has continued to slowly curve downward now that the 2016 Christmas season has passed – this is part of their normal cycle and is nothing to be concerned about.

Atomic Avenue has hit some big strides in regaining its inventory. Its about midway from the bottom-out point to its all-time high.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base despite the number of stores and available items decreasing slightly.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has saw strong gains this month in the number of listings.

HipComic has shown increases of more than 40% in the past year.

Bonanza‘s number of listings bounced back after last months’ small slump.

January 4, 2017

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #77 January 2017

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 2:11 pm

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,587,929 -0.46% +17.16% +124.65%
Cyberspace Comics listings 102,615 +0.62% +12.21% +1,219.64%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.86% +1.06% -4.35% +492.76%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 147,400 -15.58% +5.82% -2.54%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.11% -15.12% -9.71% -56.62%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 988,046 -0.13%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 27.54% +0.32%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 50,789
My current eBay feedback (total): 103,051
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (21,526 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (15,923 listings)
Third Other Indies Other Indies (10,276 listings)
Fourth Image Comics Image Comics (7,894 listings)
Fifth Dark Horse Comics (↑) Dark Horse (4,223 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,379,861 +2.44% +13.36% -7.41%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 97,145 -1.15% +9.30% +110.33%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.04% -3.56% -3.56% +127.15%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 10.67% -27.95% +12.08% +84.28%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 235,800 +0.50% +8.15%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 41.20% -1.65% +1.07%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 135,945 +0.74% +19.06% +63.14
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,617,692 +0.27%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,158,893 +0.39%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 94 +4.44%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 197,627 -0.27% +28.87%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 98,465 +0.32% +17.26%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 49.82% +0.59% -4.99%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 205,295 +6.68% +64.29%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 101,498 +0.59% +11.07%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 49.44% -5.72% -32.39%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 139,332 -3.27%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has begun to slowly curve downward now that the 2016 Christmas season has passed.

Atomic Avenue continues its slow increase in listings after bottoming out last year. Up more than 10% in the past year.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base. Their number of stores jumped by nearly 5% in the past month.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has seemingly stagnated in the number of available listings.

HipComic now has one year of data in the can. Their number of listings increased by more than 50% in their first year.

Bonanza‘s number of listings continues to decrease.

December 7, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #76 December 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 7:52 pm

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,604,650 +1.35% +14.00% +125.28%
Cyberspace Comics listings 101,983 +0.69% +13.93% +1,163.73%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.83% -0.73% -0.03% +460.95%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 174,606 +33.48% -4.02% +10.80%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.84% +31.63% -15.76% -50.82%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 989,322 -0.54%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 27.45% -1.87%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 50,242
My current eBay feedback (total): 101,429
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (21,600 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (16,043 listings)
Third Other Indies Other Indies (10,097 listings)
Fourth Image Comics Image Comics (7,800 listings)
Fifth Marvel Comics (Bronze) Dark Horse (4,233 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,347,050 +1.96% +11.41% -9.35%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 98,280 +2.07% +12.37% +118.07%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.30% +0.10% +0.91% +140.57%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 14.81% +51.28% +74.44% +163.99%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 234,627 +0.76% +8.31%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 41.89% +1.30% +3.73%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 134,945 +1.08% +22.24% +62.77
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,613,321 -2.53%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,150,612 +0.77%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 90 -4.26%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 198,169 +2.40% +52.93%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 98,151 +1.60% +24.63%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 49.53% -0.78% -18.51%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 192,431 -4.34%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 100,903 +0.71%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 52.44% +5.27%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 144,037 -12.82%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has reached the highest selection in terms of listings offered since I began tracking this data. On a personal note of achievement, I earned the flying purple star this month.

Atomic Avenue continues its slow increase in listings after bottoming out last year.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base. Their number of stores dropped sharply again this month. They’ve dropped from 101 stores in May to their current number of 90. This drop has also caused a drop in their number of available issues.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has more than doubled in the past year.

HipComic took a modest hit this month in their number of listings.

Bonanza took a very large hit in their number of listings this month, falling more than 10%.

November 2, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #75 November 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 7:18 pm

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,556,618 +3.10% +11.18% +135.44%
Cyberspace Comics listings 101,285 +4.19% +12.28% +1,129.19%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.85% +0.99% +0.99% +422.05%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 130,806 -8.70% -28.58% +80.93%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 3.68% -11.38% -35.81% -23.22%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 994,732 -1.55%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 27.97% -4.51%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 49,545
My current eBay feedback (total): 99,196
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (21,646 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (16,488 listings)
Third Other Indies Other Indies (9,933 listings)
Fourth Image Comics Image Comics (7,939 listings)
Fifth Marvel Comics (Bronze) Dark Horse (4,300 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,321,125 +3.87% +10.17% -10.58%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 96,291 +2.83% +13.78% +113.27%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.29% -0.97% +3.24% +138.52%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 9.79% +42.09% +28.99% +51.31%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 232,862 +0.63% +8.42%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 41.35% +2.18% +4.95%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 133,504 +0.96% +23.45% +62.02
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,655,189 -0.07%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,134,116 +0.42%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 94 +/- 0.00%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 193,517 +1.95% +53.11%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 96,607 +4.83% +24.82%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 49.92% +2.83% -18.48%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 201,155 +7.84%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 100,193 +4.27%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 49.81% -3.30%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 165,214 +5.54%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has reached the highest selection in terms of listings offered since I began tracking this data.

Atomic Avenue continues its slow increase in listings after bottoming out last year.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base. Their number of stores has leveled off after a few months of decline.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has more than doubled in the past year.

HipComic continues to show strong gains in their number of listings.

Bonanza continues its slow, steady growth.

October 5, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #74 October 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 12:00 pm

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,449,582 +2.27% +16.21% +122.78%
Cyberspace Comics listings 97,214 +2.26% +12.36% +1,756.29%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.82% -0.07% -3.16% +733.25%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 143,268 -0.85% -14.08% +71.78%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.15% -2.96% -26.10% -22.95%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,010,344 -1.47%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 29.29% -3.65%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 48,956
My current eBay feedback (total): 97,602
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (19,709 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (15,150 listings)
Third Other Indies (↑) Other Indies (9,802 listings)
Fourth Image Comics (↓) Image Comics (7,457 listings)
Fifth Marvel Comics (Bronze) (↑) Dark Horse (4,339 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,271,926 +4.83% +8.72% -17.86%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 93,643 +3.85% +13.71% +121.39%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.36% -0.91% +4.58% +154.12%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 6.89% -20.90% +8.68% +14.64%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 231,393 +0.91% +8.68%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 40.47% +2.92% +4.63%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 132,229 +1.79% +24.93%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,656,369 -0.18%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,125,239 +0.43%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 94 -2.08%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 189,816 -5.57% +56.33%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 92,158 +2.04% +22.12%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 48.55% +8.06% -21.88%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 186,539 +9.86%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 96,090 +2.36%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 51.51% -6.83%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 156,535 +8.60%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has reached the highest selection in terms of listings offered since I began tracking this data.

Atomic Avenue continues its slow increase in listings after bottoming out last year.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base although their number of stores continues to slowly drop.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has more than doubled in the past year.

HipComic is back for the third month and showing strong gains in their number of listings.

Bonanza continues its slow, steady growth.

September 7, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #73 September 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 8:00 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,372,896 +4.73% +13.73% +113.78%
Cyberspace Comics listings 95,061 +3.66% +9.98% +1,660.39%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.82% -1.11% -3.15% +723.49%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 144,499 -17.84% +14.99% +84.74%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.28% -21.54% +1.04% -13.63%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,025,441 -1.88%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 30.40% -6.31%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 48,274
My current eBay feedback (total): 95,533
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (19,540 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (13,486 listings)
Third Image Comics (↑) Other Indies (9,625 listings)
Fourth Other Indies (↑) Image Comics (7,499 listings)
Fifth Graded Comics (CGC) (↓) Dark Horse (4,339 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,213,359 -3.64% +4.75% -15.70%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 90,169 +0.09% +10.88% +115.72%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.43% +3.94% +5.86% +155.91%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 8.71% -10.94% +50.43% +15.98%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 229,296 +0.40% +9.15%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 39.32% -0.29% +4.64%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 129,899 +1.93% +26.22%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,659,380 -0.87%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,116,151 +0.48%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 96 -1.03%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 201,020 -0.67% +158.47%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 90,315 +0.26% +130.23%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 44.93% +0.94% -10.93%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 169,794 +8.67%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 93,878 +2.78%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 55.29% -5.42%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 144,134 +3.03%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has reached the highest selection in terms of listings offered since I began tracking this data.

Atomic Avenue‘s total listings hit a slight speed bump in their road to recovery. Nearly a 4% drop from last month..

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base although their number of stores continues to slowly drop.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace has more than doubled in the past year.

HipComic is back for the second month and showing strong gains in their number of listings.

Bonanza continues its slow, steady growth.

August 9, 2016

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #181 normalman

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 8:00 am

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

In a twist on the Superman mythos, the title character in Jim Valentino’s normalman (stylized in all lower-case letters) is shipped off into space by his father when he concludes that the planet they inhabit will explode. The child arrives on a planet inhabited completely by super-powered beings – they dub him normalman, because he’s the only one there without powers.

The character debuted in Cerebus the Aardvark #56 and was soon given his own ongoing series. That title served as a vehicle for creator, Jim Valentino, to spoof and parody other comics, a perfect opportunity (if ever there was one) to introduce cover swipes that parody the source material.

Archibald “Archie” Andrews debuted in Pep Comics #22 (published in December 1941). The following year, he got his own solo series which spawned dozens of spin-off titles. One of those spin-offs, Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals, debuted in 1952. Issue #14 of this series was the first time they utilized a multiple panel strip on the cover.

As you can see, this cover is certainly not a swipe but it does pay homage to the cover design.

Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #14
Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals #14
September 1960
 
normalman #12
normalman #12
December 1985
Jim Valentino

On Ebay: normalman | Archie
On Amazon: normalman | Archie
On AtomicAvenue: normalman | Archie






August 3, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #72 August 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 8:00 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,220,701 +2.37% +15.07% +105.67%
Cyberspace Comics listings 91,704 -1.03% +31.07% +1,382.68%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.85% -3.15% +13.89% +617.52%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 175,882 +26.70% +43.27% +106.32%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 5.46% +23.83% +24.40% -16.48%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,045,062 -2.16%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 32.45% -4.42%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 47,540
My current eBay feedback (total): 92,776
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (18,913 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (12,785 listings)
Third Graded Comics (CGC) Other Indies (9,143 listings)
Fourth Image Comics Image Comics (7,554 listings)
Fifth Other Indies (↑) Dark Horse (4,261 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,259,228 +2.00% +10.12% -11.59%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 90,084 +0.56% +14.31% +133.51%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.15% -1.46% +3.83% +164.14%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 9.78% +94.82% +52.10% +49.54%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 228,380 +0.58% +8.90%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 39.44% -0.01% +4.96%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 127,443 +1.93% +25.21%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,673,873 +0.34%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,106,067 +0.46%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 97 -3.00%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 202,379 +10.81% +235.14%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 90,078 +1.96% +253.61%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 44.51% -8.00% +5.52%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 156,249 -11.46%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 91,343 -0.23%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 58.46% +12.68%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 139,901 +7.54%

 
 

eBay’s comics marketplace has reached the second highest selection in terms of listings offered since I began tracking this data.

Atomic Avenue‘s total listings are continuing their climb. This month, their one year change is over a 10% gain.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base although their number of stores continues to slowly drop.

I’ve been tracking Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace for a year now. It’s first year’s growth in terms of number of listings is over 225% and growing quickly.

HipComic is back in action! However, they took a more than 20% drop in their number of listings. Let’s hope that temporary shutdown doesn’t affect their validity as a marketplace.

Bonanza put on some strong gains this month.

August 2, 2016

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #180 normalman

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 8:00 am

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

In a twist on the Superman mythos, the title character in Jim Valentino’s normalman (stylized in all lower-case letters) is shipped off into space by his father when he concludes that the planet they inhabit will explode. The child arrives on a planet inhabited completely by super-powered beings – they dub him normalman, because he’s the only one there without powers.

The character debuted in Cerebus the Aardvark #56 and was soon given his own ongoing series. That title served as a vehicle for creator, Jim Valentino, to spoof and parody other comics, a perfect opportunity (if ever there was one) to introduce cover swipes that parody the source material.

Howard Chaykin launched American Flagg in 1983. This creator-owned series that follows protagonist, Reuben Flagg, is a mix of science fiction and political satire.

As you can see, this cover is certainly not a swipe but it does pay homage to the cover design.

American Flagg #1
American Flagg #1
October 1983
Howard Chaykin
normalman #11
normalman #11
October 1985
Jim Valentino

On Ebay: normalman | American Flagg
On Amazon: normalman | American Flagg
On AtomicAvenue: normalman | American Flagg






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