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Comic Book Market

Global Comic Book Market Size, Share, Growth, Forecast: By Type: Physical Comic, Digital Comic; By End Use: Kids, Adults; By Distribution Channel: Book Stores, Comic Stores, Online; Regional Analysis; Market Dynamics: SWOT Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Key Indicators for Demand; Competitive Landscape; 2024-2032

Global Comic Book Market Outlook

The global comic book market size reached approximately USD 1.30 billion in 2023. The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% between 2024 and 2032, reaching a value of around USD 1.98 billion by 2032.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Popular titles like "X-Men," "Batman," and "Spider-Man" consistently rank among the best-selling comic books.
  • Surveys conducted by market analysts indicate that audiences are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity.
  • The rise of graphic novels highlights a trend towards longer, more substantial narratives that appeal to a broader audience.

 

Comic books are a type of magazine that tell a story with the help of still pictures that are serialised and combined with short texts. Comic books are meant to be quick reads, with a short length and greater focus on images. The main elements of a comic book are word-image relationship, layout, image style, undrawn interferences, words, and word containers.

 

One of the major factors driving the comic book market growth is that comic books are increasingly used as source material for movies, animated series, and television shows. This is surging the popularity of comic books and encouraging sales at a faster rate. Readers of all ages enjoy comic books, ranging from small children who are learning how to read, to school kids taking a break from studies, and even adults looking for a short read. The vast readership base of comic books facilitates the steady growth of the market. The use of digital technology is a major factor that is increasing the popularity of comic books as some comic book companies have started publishing online, attracting new young readers and accelerating the comic book market development.

 

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Key Trends and Developments

Comic book events and book fairs; diversity and inclusion; indie and creator-owned comics; and subscription services are the major trends impacting the comic book market expansion

 

April, 2024

Coca-Cola and Marvel announced the details of their partnership, which will involve a comprehensive promotional campaign across various platforms such as television and social media.

 

April, 2024

Marvel Comics officially announced a new ongoing X-Force series, which will be part of the X-Men's upcoming From the Ashes era.

 

April, 2024

DC Comics announced that they will be releasing a series of Artist Spotlight variant covers showcasing the artwork of José Luis García-López.

 

April, 2024

Gearbox Publishing has undergone a rebranding following the sale of its parent company, Gearbox Entertainment which signifies a new phase for the publishing division.

 

Comic book events and book fairs

The increasing trend of organising events along with fairs has also increased the number of readers as well as buyers ultimately contributing to the growth of the market.

 

Diversity and inclusion

There is a growing demand for diverse characters and storytelling in comic books and publishers are responding by introducing more characters from different backgrounds.

 

Indie and creator-owned comics

Platforms like Kickstarter and Patreon have made it easier for independent creators to fund and publish their work which has led to a more diverse range of stories.

 

Subscription services

Subscription services like Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe Infinite offer access to vast libraries of digital comics for a monthly fee.

 

Global Comic Book Market Trends

The increasing trend of organising events and fairs dedicated to comic books and related culture has significantly contributed to the growth of the market. Comic cons and similar events draw attention to the world of comic books, making them more visible to a wider audience. They often receive media coverage, which helps in promoting the medium to people who might not have been previously interested.

 

Market players in the comics market are engaging in cross-collaborations to engage the audiences. Coke and Marvel announced their partnership in April 2024, which will involve a comprehensive promotional campaign. These campaigns will feature a new commercial that is themed around comic books, leveraging the popularity and iconic imagery associated with Marvel's characters and stories.

 

comic book market by segments

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Global Comic Book Market Segmentation

“Comic Book Market Report and Forecast 2024-2032” offers a detailed analysis of the market based on the following segments:

 

Market Breakup by Type

  • Physical Comic
  • Digital Comic

 

Market Breakup by End Use

  • Kids
  • Adults

 

Market Breakup by Distribution Channel

  • Book Stores
  • Comic Stores
  • Online

 

Market Breakup by Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

 

Physical comic maintains its dominance in the market as a large consumer base still prefer to keep a collection of physical copies rather than digital

The digital segment is expected to witness fast growth in the comic book market because they are easily accessible, low-cost, and can be stored conveniently as compared to physical comic books. In digital form, they can be carried to places that too in bulk by storing in a device or in the cloud and read both online and offline using any electronic device. The growing popularity of e-book readers and apps is supporting the growth of the digital type of comic books. Digital comic books are also immensely popular among readers in regions where comic bookstores that sell physical books are limited.

 

Despite the growing popularity of digital comic books, physical comic books still hold a substantial share of the comic book market. Many readers enjoy visiting comic book shops and browsing through physical comic books before selecting their desired choices. Comic books are considered collector’s items, and many readers prefer the feel of a physical comic book rather than a digital screen.

 

Adults occupy a major comic book market share due to nostalgia as well as the popularity of collectibles

As per the comic book market analysis, the adults account for a larger share of the market due to their increased purchasing power and preference for reading comic books. Reading comic books is a popular hobby for many adults, particularly young adults. They have the independence and ability to visit comic bookstores as desired and buy expensive and specialised comic books. For many adults, particularly those with stressful lifestyles, reading comic books is a means of relaxation.

 

Kids have traditionally been fond of comic books as they incorporate a greater proportion of visuals as compared to written words, helping them retain interest in reading. For new readers, comic books are an easy way to improve reading skills. In recent times, with the prevalence of digital devices and screens, many kids are shifting away from traditional comic books, decreasing their market size.

 

Competitive Landscape

The market players are increasing their collaborations to gain a competitive edge in the comic book market

 

DC Comics Inc. founded in 1934, is a comic book company that publishes various genres of books and related media such as fantasy, action, superhero, adventure, and science fiction.

 

Marvel Comics, established in 1939, is a publishing company that is known for printing comic books set in the Marvel universe, and with time they have shifted to online platforms.

 

Image Comics Inc., founded in 1992, is a comic book publisher that is known for publishing comic books and graphic novels of various fictional genres including fantasy, and mystery, among others.

 

Dark Horse Comics LLC is a prominent American comic book and manga publisher which is known for publishing a wide range of materials, including original works and licensed properties.

 

Other market players include IDW Publishing, BOOM! Entertainment, Inc., Valiant Entertainment LLC, Lev Gleason Incorporated, Aspen Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment, among others.

 

comic book market by region

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Comic Book Market Analysis by Region

The demand for comic books in the Asia Pacific region has seen significant growth over the years. Comics and graphic novels have a deep-rooted cultural presence in many Asia Pacific countries. For example, Japan is renowned for its manga culture, while countries like South Korea and China have their own thriving comic industries with manhwa and manhua, respectively. The expanding middle class in the region, with increased disposable income, has led to higher spending on entertainment and leisure activities, including comic books.

 

The comic book market in North America has remained strong and has evolved over the years. The success of superhero movies and TV shows, particularly those from Marvel and DC, has significantly boosted interest in their comic book counterparts. Characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and the Avengers have become cultural icons, driving fans to explore their stories in comic book form.

 

Key Highlights of the Report

REPORT FEATURES DETAILS
Base Year 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment:

  • Type
  • End Use
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region
Breakup by Type
  • Physical Comic
  • Digital Comic
Breakup by End Use
  • Kids
  • Adults
Breakup by Distribution Channel
  • Book Stores
  • Comic Stores
  • Online
Breakup by Region
  • North America
    • United States of America 
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Australia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Others
Market Dynamics
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  • Key Indicators for Demand
  • Key Indicators for Price
Competitive Landscape
  • Market Structure
  • Company Profiles
    • Company Overview
    • Product Portfolio
    • Demographic Reach and Achievements
    • Certifications
Companies Covered
  • DC Comics, Inc.
  • Marvel Comics
  • Image Comics, Inc.
  • Dark Horse Comics LLC
  • IDW Publishing
  • BOOM! Entertainment, Inc.
  • Valiant Entertainment LLC
  • Lev Gleason Incorporated
  • Aspen Comics
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Others

 

Comic Book Market Report Snapshots

Comic Book Market Size

Comic Book Market Trends

Comic Book Market Share

Comic Book Companies

Comic Book Market Regional Analysis

 

*While we strive to always give you current and accurate information, the numbers depicted on the website are indicative and may differ from the actual numbers in the main report. At Expert Market Research, we aim to bring you the latest insights and trends in the market. Using our analyses and forecasts, stakeholders can understand the market dynamics, navigate challenges, and capitalize on opportunities to make data-driven strategic decisions.

1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Market Snapshot
    6.1    Global
    6.2    Regional
7    Opportunities and Challenges in the Market
8    Global Comic Book Market Analysis

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Global Comic Book Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    8.3    Global Comic Book Market Forecast (2024-2032)
    8.4    Global Comic Book Market by Type
        8.4.1    Physical Comic
            8.4.1.1    Market Share
            8.4.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.4.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.4.2    Digital Comic
            8.4.2.1    Market Share
            8.4.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.4.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    8.5    Global Comic Book Market by End Use
        8.5.1    Kids
            8.5.1.1    Market Share
            8.5.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.5.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.5.2    Adults
            8.5.2.1    Market Share
            8.5.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.5.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    8.6    Global Comic Book Market by Distribution Channel
        8.6.1    Book Stores
            8.6.1.1    Market Share
            8.6.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.6.2    Comic Stores
            8.6.2.1    Market Share
            8.6.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.6.3    Online
            8.6.3.1    Market Share
            8.6.3.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.3.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    8.7    Global Comic Book Market by Region
        8.7.1    North America
            8.7.1.1    Market Share
            8.7.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.2    Europe
            8.7.2.1    Market Share
            8.7.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.3    Asia Pacific
            8.7.3.1    Market Share
            8.7.3.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.3.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.4    Latin America
            8.7.4.1    Market Share
            8.7.4.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.4.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.5    Middle East and Africa
            8.7.5.1    Market Share
            8.7.5.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.5.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
9    North America Comic Book Market Analysis
    9.1    United States of America 
        9.1.1    Market Share
        9.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        9.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    9.2    Canada
        9.2.1    Market Share
        9.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        9.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
10    Europe Comic Book Market Analysis
    10.1    United Kingdom
        10.1.1    Market Share
        10.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.2    Germany
        10.2.1    Market Share
        10.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.3    France
        10.3.1    Market Share
        10.3.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.3.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.4    Italy
        10.4.1    Market Share
        10.4.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.4.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.5    Others
11    Asia Pacific Comic Book Market Analysis
    11.1    China
        11.1.1    Market Share
        11.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.2    Japan
        11.2.1    Market Share
        11.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.3    India
        11.3.1    Market Share
        11.3.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.3.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.4    ASEAN
        11.4.1    Market Share
        11.4.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.4.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.5    Australia
        11.5.1    Market Share
        11.5.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.5.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.6    Others
12    Latin America Comic Book Market Analysis
    12.1    Brazil
        12.1.1    Market Share
        12.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        12.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    12.2    Argentina
        12.2.1    Market Share
        12.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        12.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    12.3    Mexico
        12.3.1    Market Share
        12.3.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        12.3.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    12.4    Others
13    Middle East and Africa Comic Book Market Analysis
    13.1    Saudi Arabia
        13.1.1    Market Share
        13.1.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.1.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.2    United Arab Emirates
        13.2.1    Market Share
        13.2.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.2.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.3    Nigeria
        13.3.1    Market Share
        13.3.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.3.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.4    South Africa
        13.4.1    Market Share
        13.4.2    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.4.3    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.5    Others
14    Market Dynamics
    14.1    SWOT Analysis
        14.1.1    Strengths
        14.1.2    Weaknesses
        14.1.3    Opportunities
        14.1.4    Threats
    14.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        14.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        14.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        14.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        14.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        14.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    14.3    Key Indicators for Demand
    14.4    Key Indicators for Price
15    Competitive Landscape
    15.1    Market Structure
    15.2    Company Profiles
        15.2.1    DC Comics, Inc.
            15.2.1.1    Company Overview
            15.2.1.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.1.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.1.4    Certifications
        15.2.2    Marvel Comics
            15.2.2.1    Company Overview
            15.2.2.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.2.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.2.4    Certifications
        15.2.3    Image Comics, Inc.
            15.2.3.1    Company Overview
            15.2.3.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.3.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.3.4    Certifications
        15.2.4    Dark Horse Comics LLC
            15.2.4.1    Company Overview
            15.2.4.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.4.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.4.4    Certifications
        15.2.5    IDW Publishing
            15.2.5.1    Company Overview
            15.2.5.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.5.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.5.4    Certifications
        15.2.6    BOOM! Entertainment, Inc.
            15.2.6.1    Company Overview
            15.2.6.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.6.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.6.4    Certifications
        15.2.7    Valiant Entertainment LLC
            15.2.7.1    Company Overview
            15.2.7.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.7.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.7.4    Certifications
        15.2.8    Lev Gleason Incorporated
            15.2.8.1    Company Overview
            15.2.8.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.8.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.8.4    Certifications
        15.2.9    Aspen Comics
            15.2.9.1    Company Overview
            15.2.9.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.9.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.9.4    Certifications
        15.2.10    Dynamite Entertainment
            15.2.10.1    Company Overview
            15.2.10.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.10.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.10.4    Certifications
        15.2.11    Others
16    Key Trends and Developments in the Market

 

List of Key Figures and Tables

1.    Global Comic Book Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032
2.    Global Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Type (USD Million), 2018-2023
3.    Global Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Type (USD Million), 2024-2032
4.    Global Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by End Use (USD Million), 2018-2023
5.    Global Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by End Use (USD Million), 2024-2032
6.    Global Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Distribution Channels (USD Million), 2018-2023
7.    Global Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Distribution Channels (USD Million), 2024-2032
8.    Global Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Region (USD Million), 2018-2023
9.    Global Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (USD Million), 2024-2032
10.    North America Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2018-2023
11.    North America Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2024-2032
12.    Europe Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2018-2023
13.    Europe Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2024-2032
14.    Asia Pacific Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2018-2023
15.    Asia Pacific Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2024-2032
16.    Latin America Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2018-2023
17.    Latin America Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2024-2032
18.    Middle East and Africa Comic Book Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2018-2023
19.    Middle East and Africa Comic Book Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2024-2032
20.    Global Comic Book Market Structure

Key Questions Answered in the Report

The global market size for comic books reached a value of more than USD 1.30 billion in 2023.

The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% between 2024 and 2032.

The market size for comic books globally is expected to reach a value of more than USD 1.98 billion by 2032.

The major market drivers include increasing number of kids with smartphones, comic book movie adaptations, and enriched content.

The key trends of the market are increasing use of e-book readers and apps, rising popularity of comic events, and interest in comic books among adult readers.

The major players in the market are DC Comics, Inc., Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Inc., Dark Horse Comics LLC, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Entertainment, Inc., Valiant Entertainment LLC, Lev Gleason Incorporated, Aspen Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment, among others.

A comic book is a type of magazine that tell a story with the help of still pictures that are serialised combined with some text.

Comic books are meant to be a source of entertainment for the readers.

The global comic book market is segmented based on type, distribution channel, end use, and region.

Comic books are shorter in length, typically with less complicated stories, whereas graphic novels contain longer and more complex stories.

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