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

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 40.78% 42.19%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.00% 29.01%
IMAGE COMICS 9.18% 10.13%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.78% 4.14%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.07% 2.59%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.12% 1.94%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.09% 1.68%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.04% 0.85%
VIZ MEDIA 0.94% 0.38%
TITAN COMICS 0.92% 0.82%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.09% 6.29%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 80 32 0 112
DC ENTERTAINMENT 78 28 1 107
IMAGE COMICS 53 13 0 66
IDW PUBLISHING 41 22 0 63
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 16 0 43
BOOM! STUDIOS 23 13 0 36
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 20 6 0 26
TITAN COMICS 14 6 1 21
ONI PRESS 7 3 0 10
VIZ MEDIA 0 2 0 2
OTHER NON-TOP 10 142 134 31 307

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. JANUARY 2016
COMICS 0.14% -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 NOVELS 12.00% 18.12%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.69% -12.54%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS -5.32% -9.52%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.13% 2.92%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.43% -8.63%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #3 $5.99 NOV150155-M DC
2 STAR WARS #16 $3.99 DEC150866-M MAR
3 BATMAN #49 $3.99 DEC150271-M DC
4 SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 DEC150723-M MAR
5 DEADPOOL: THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 $3.99 DEC150741-M MAR
6 DEADPOOL #7 $9.99 DEC150853-M MAR
7 DARTH VADER #16 $3.99 NOV150919 MAR
8 POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 $3.99 DEC150732-M MAR
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 DEC150809-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #48 $3.99 NOV150171-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 NOV150702 IMA
2 STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP $16.99 NOV150951 MAR
3 LUMBERJANES VOLUME 3 TP $14.99 NOV151165 BOO
4 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV150279-M DC
5 BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY DELUXE EDITION HC $24.99 OCT150255 DC
6 SUNSTONE VOLUME 4 OGN SC (MR) $14.99 OCT150579 IMA
7 NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 2: MONSTERS TP $14.99 NOV150280 DC
8 THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $12.99 DEC150644 IMA
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP $15.99 FEB150860 MAR
10 SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC $16.99 JAN161900 DK
2 THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB HC $19.99 OCT150048 DAR
3 DOCTOR WHO COLORING BOOK $14.99 DEC151808 PUT
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 103 SC $14.95 NOV151874 SAN
5 WONDER WOMAN: AMAZON WARRIOR SC $5.99 DEC151804 SCH
6 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE JOKER’S MAGIC MAYHEM TP $5.95 DEC151798 CAP
7 BATMAN TALKING BUST & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT $12.95 OCT151888 RUN
8 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: TWO-FACE FACE OFF TP $5.95 DEC151795 CAP
9 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE SCARECROW’S NIGHTMARE MAZE TP $5.95 DEC151797 CAP
10 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: CLAYFACE’S SLIME SPREE TP $5.95 DEC151796 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES MAY152168 DST
2 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURES MAR101468 DST
3 MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: SAMURAI DARTH VADER “DEATH STAR” ACTION FIGURE AUG158041 BLU
4 ALIENS WARRIOR COOKIE JAR AUG152314 DST
5 THE FLASH STATUE PAPERWEIGHT AUG152807 ICO
6 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACK NOV152451 KOT
7 MARVEL NOW: MAGNETO ARTFX+ STATUE AUG152630 KOT
8 STREET FIGHTER: POISON BISHOUJO STATUE MAY158417 KOT
9 DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN BUST JUL150356 DC
10 BATMAN 1966: BATMOBILE WITH ACTION FIGURE JUN158643 MAT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICK DEC152576 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: OATH OF THE GATEWATCH BOOSTERS NOV158284 WIZ
3 DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE DEC152574 NEC
4 CTHULHU MONOPOLY JAN162797 USA
5 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DICE MASTERS: FAERUN UNDER SIEGE DEC152567 NEC
6 DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC152578 NEC
7 DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC152575 NEC
8 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS CHESS GAME OCT158185 HAS
9 CTHULHU YAHTZEE JAN162798 USA
10 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLY OCT158186 HAS
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