ORPHAN BLACK #1 Was February's Surprise Bestselling Comic Book in Up Month

Orphan Black #1
Orphan Black #1
Credit: IDW
Credit: IDW Publishing

Almost certainly due to its rumored inclusion in Loot Crate's March "Covert" themed offering, IDW's Orphan Black #1 was Diamond Comic Distributors' bestselling comic book of February, according to data released Friday. Orphan Black #1 beat out Marvel's Darth Vader #1, which reportedly sold north of 300k copies itself.

Darth Vader #2 was also the 7th bestselling title of the month. Marvel's Spider-Gwen #1 (#3) and Star Wars #2 (#4) complete the top 4 with DC's Batman #39 rounding out the Top 5. Marvel's other new female-starring Spider-title Silk #1 also debuted in the Top 10.

Superman: Earth One Vol. 3 cover
Superman: Earth One Vol. 3 cover
Credit: DC Comics

The bestselling graphic novel of the month was DC's OGN Superman: Earth One: Volume 3 Hardcover.

Marvel and DC held their respective Market Shares places, with Marvel registering 38.44% in Dollar and in 39.33% Unit sales respectively and DC following with 25.91% and 28.15%.

The top-of-the-charts comic book strength helped boost February's sales 20.42% over February 2014. With a flat 0.08% increase in graphic novel sales, overall sales were up 14.17% over the same month last year.

Year-to-date 2015 sales now stand an overall 13.20% over 2014, with a 15.76% increase in Unit comic book sales, but how much of that can be attributed to January's record-breaking Star Wars #1 sales and "bundle" sales to venues like Loot Crate remain to be seen.

The February 2015 Market Share, Comparative Sales Data, and New Titles Shipped charts, along with Top 10 Comic Books and Top 10 Graphic Novels charts follow below.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.44%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.91%

IMAGE COMICS

10.51%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.57%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.48%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.95%

VIZ MEDIA

0.89%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.85%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.64%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.33%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

28.15%

IMAGE COMICS

10.61%

IDW PUBLISHING

8.06%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.38%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.86%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.72%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.47%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

DC COMICS

94

26

1

121

MARVEL COMICS

79

28

0

107

IMAGE COMICS

61

15

0

76

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

34

6

0

40

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

33

6

0

39

DARK HORSE COMICS

27

9

0

36

IDW PUBLISHING

23

8

0

31

VIZ LLC

0

25

0

25

AVATAR PRESS INC

8

2

1

11

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

10

10

OTHER NON-TOP 10

99

96

26

221

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014

COMICS

3.22%

6.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-18.17%

-17.23%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.56%

4.53%

FEBRUARY 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014

COMICS

20.42%

22.14%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.08%

-12.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.17%

19.18%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

15.20%

15.76%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.64%

-0.34%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.20%

14.43%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

ORPHAN BLACK #1

$3.99

IDW

2

DARTH VADER #1

$4.99

MAR

3

SPIDER-GWEN #1

$3.99

MAR

4

STAR WARS #2

$3.99

MAR

5

BATMAN #39

$3.99

DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

MAR

7

DARTH VADER #2

$3.99

MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15

$3.99

MAR

9

SILK #1

$3.99

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #39

$3.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 3 HC

$22.99

DC

2

SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2: TWO WORLDS ONE COP TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

3

THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

5

CHEW VOLUME 9: CHICKEN TENDERS TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

6

TREES VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

7

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 11 HC (MR)

$34.99

IMA

8

MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL TP

$15.99

MAR

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

IMA

10

KICK-ASS 3 TP (MR)

$24.99

MAR


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