The comic book industry has been suffering the past few months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The spread of the novel coronavirus has affected the direct market of comic books – publishers, distributors, and retailers have been made to take extra precautions to help curb the pandemic, and as a result, comic books have not been physically published the past few weeks.
Despite these hurdles, it seems like DC Universe has enjoyed some success during the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to a new report by DC Universe (via The Hollywood Reporter), the site has seen a whopping 35% increase in the readership of digital comics available in the online DC library from February and April. DC Universe not only serves as a streaming site for television content like Titans, Harley Quinn, and Doom Patrol, but it also serves as a digital hub for comic books from DC.
DC Universe's new numbers reveals that 18 million comics were read from February to April during the COVID-19 lockdown.
That's quite a number of readers. DC is certainly enjoying success despite the struggle that other publishers have experienced the past few months. Marvel Comics hasn't been doing so well in comparison – the publisher just recently announced its decision to shut down the Marvel Digital Comics Shop in June.
It seems like DC has the upper hand with DC Universe allowing fans easy access to comics and other digital media. The site offers new titles every week, giving fans new material to consume during the pandemic.
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