Diamond Announces February Top Sellers. DC Gains Ground.

dollar-shareDiamond Comic Distributors has released its initial information for sales in February. The top selling comic for the month was DC ComicsDark Knight III: The Master Race #3 while Image Comics found success with The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 which was at the top for trade paperbacks and graphic novels.

Marvel Comics continued to be the top publisher with a 42.19% dollar share and a 40.78% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.01% dollar share and a 26.00% unit share. January’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 10.13% dollar share and a 9.18% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.14% dollar share and a 4.78% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 2.59% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share.

unit-shareCompared to January in the top five publishers Marvel and Image lost ground while DC and IDW gained. Dark Horse remained relatively the same. Both dollar and unit share dropped for Marvel. The dollar share decreased 3.6 percentage points for a 18.11% decrease and unit share decreased 5.98 percentage points for a 12.41% decrease compared to the previous month. Image saw their dollar share decrease by 0.49 percentage points and 5.07% and unit share decrease 0.86 percentage points for a 7.83% decrease. DC on the other hand saw their dollar share increase 3.84 percentage points for 17.33% and units increase by 4.99 percentage points and 20.77%. IDW saw dollar share increase 0.67 percentage points for 16.30% and unit share increased 0.66 percentage points for a 18.97% increase.

Marvel shipped fewer items decreasing their titles shipped by 19, Image decreased theirs shipped by 3, while DC increased theirs by 9 and IDW increased theirs by 11.

Marvel Comics had seven of February’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Star Wars #16 at #2, last month they had 8. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten where in the previous month they had 1. Image Comics’ best-selling book in February was The Walking Dead #151 at #13. The penultimate issue of Fight Club, Fight Club 2 #9, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #63. IDW Publishing’s Back to the Future #5 was their top book at #102. February’s best-selling non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #7 at #90.

The Wicked and the Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of February and one of the publisher’s four titles among the month’s top ten. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten. BOOM! Studios had one in the top ten. Rounding out the top ten, DC Entertainment had three titles.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS40.78%42.19%
DC ENTERTAINMENT26.00%29.01%
IMAGE COMICS9.18%10.13%
IDW PUBLISHING4.78%4.14%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.07%2.59%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.12%1.94%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.09%1.68%
ONI PRESS INC.1.04%0.85%
VIZ MEDIA0.94%0.38%
TITAN COMICS0.92%0.82%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.09%6.29%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS80320112
DC ENTERTAINMENT78281107
IMAGE COMICS5313066
IDW PUBLISHING4122063
DARK HORSE COMICS2716043
BOOM! STUDIOS2313036
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT206026
TITAN COMICS146121
ONI PRESS73010
VIZ MEDIA0202
OTHER NON-TOP 1014213431307

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. JANUARY 2016
COMICS0.14%-5.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-0.63%8.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.10%-4.24%
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2015
COMICS-6.73%-14.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS12.00%18.12%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-1.69%-12.54%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS-5.32%-9.52%
GRAPHIC NOVELS1.13%2.92%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.43%-8.63%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #3$5.99NOV150155-MDC
2STAR WARS #16$3.99DEC150866-MMAR
3BATMAN #49$3.99DEC150271-MDC
4SPIDER-MAN #1$3.99DEC150723-MMAR
5DEADPOOL: THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1$3.99DEC150741-MMAR
6DEADPOOL #7$9.99DEC150853-MMAR
7DARTH VADER #16$3.99NOV150919MAR
8POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1$3.99DEC150732-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7$3.99DEC150809-MMAR
10JUSTICE LEAGUE #48$3.99NOV150171-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$14.99NOV150702IMA
2STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP$16.99NOV150951MAR
3LUMBERJANES VOLUME 3 TP$14.99NOV151165BOO
4BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP$19.99NOV150279-MDC
5BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY DELUXE EDITION HC$24.99OCT150255DC
6SUNSTONE VOLUME 4 OGN SC (MR)$14.99OCT150579IMA
7NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 2: MONSTERS TP$14.99NOV150280DC
8THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$12.99DEC150644IMA
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP$15.99FEB150860MAR
10SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)$14.99JUL150565IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC$16.99JAN161900DK
2THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB HC$19.99OCT150048DAR
3DOCTOR WHO COLORING BOOK$14.99DEC151808PUT
4THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 103 SC$14.95NOV151874SAN
5WONDER WOMAN: AMAZON WARRIOR SC$5.99DEC151804SCH
6BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE JOKER’S MAGIC MAYHEM TP$5.95DEC151798CAP
7BATMAN TALKING BUST & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT$12.95OCT151888RUN
8BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: TWO-FACE FACE OFF TP$5.95DEC151795CAP
9BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE SCARECROW’S NIGHTMARE MAZE TP$5.95DEC151797CAP
10BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: CLAYFACE’S SLIME SPREE TP$5.95DEC151796CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURESMAY152168DST
2MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURESMAR101468DST
3MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: SAMURAI DARTH VADER “DEATH STAR” ACTION FIGUREAUG158041BLU
4ALIENS WARRIOR COOKIE JARAUG152314DST
5THE FLASH STATUE PAPERWEIGHTAUG152807ICO
6STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACKNOV152451KOT
7MARVEL NOW: MAGNETO ARTFX+ STATUEAUG152630KOT
8STREET FIGHTER: POISON BISHOUJO STATUEMAY158417KOT
9DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN BUSTJUL150356DC
10BATMAN 1966: BATMOBILE WITH ACTION FIGUREJUN158643MAT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICKDEC152576NEC
2MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: OATH OF THE GATEWATCH BOOSTERSNOV158284WIZ
3DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICEDEC152574NEC
4CTHULHU MONOPOLYJAN162797USA
5DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DICE MASTERS: FAERUN UNDER SIEGEDEC152567NEC
6DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST FAST FORCES 6-PACKDEC152578NEC
7DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE FAST FORCES 6-PACKDEC152575NEC
8STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS CHESS GAMEOCT158185HAS
9CTHULHU YAHTZEEJAN162798USA
10STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLYOCT158186HAS