Graphic Novels Buoy February Comic Book Sales in Another Down Month

'Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3' variant cover
'Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3' variant cover
Credit: DC Comics
Credit: Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics)

Monthly comic books sales were off again in February in the comic book Direct Market compared to 2015, but sales of graphic novels help cut into the losses in the second down month of 2016.

According to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, DC's Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 was the bestselling comic book of the month, Image's The Wicked and the Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide was the bestselling graphic novel, and Marvel assumed its usual top position on the market share charts.

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'Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3' variant cover
'Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3' variant cover
Credit: DC Comics

here were no great surprises in the charts. Marvel and DC split the Top Ten Comics Books 7 to 3, with Batman and Star Wars continuing to be a respective strength.

Image, DC and Marvel all showed up in the Graphic Novel Top Ten, with four, three and two titles, respectively.

Comic book sales were down nearly 7% versus February 2015, but graphic novels sales were up 12%, leaving overall sales down just 1.69% verus last year.

For the first two months of 2016, sales are now down an overall 3.43% versus 2016. But with a major DC relaunch starting in June, 2016 still has plenty of time to make up the difference.

The February 2016 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

40.78%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.00%

IMAGE COMICS

9.18%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.78%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.07%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.09%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.04%

VIZ MEDIA

0.94%

TITAN COMICS

0.92%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.09%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.19%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.01%

IMAGE COMICS

10.13%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.14%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.59%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.94%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.68%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.85%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.84%

TITAN COMICS

0.82%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

5.82%

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 COMICS BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #3

$5.99

DC

2

STAR WARS #16

$3.99

MAR

3

BATMAN #49

$3.99

DC

4

SPIDER-MAN #1

$3.99

MAR

5

DEADPOOL: THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1

$3.99

MAR

6

DEADPOOL #7

$9.99

MAR

7

DARTH VADER #16

$3.99

MAR

8

POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1

$3.99

MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

$3.99

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #48

$3.99

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

2

STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP

$16.99

MAR

3

LUMBERJANES VOLUME 3 TP

$14.99

BOO

4

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$19.99

DC

5

BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY DELUXE EDITION HC

$24.99

DC

6

SUNSTONE VOLUME 4 OGN SC (MR)

$14.99

IMA

7

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 2: MONSTERS TP

$14.99

DC

8

THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$12.99

IMA

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP

$15.99

MAR

10

SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA


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