DARTH MAUL Dominates February 2017 Comic Book Sales in Another Mixed Month

Marvel Comics February 2017 solicitations
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Star Wars continues to be the star of Marvel Comics's line-up, with the debut of Star Wars: Darth Maul ranking as the bestselling comic book of February 2017 in the North American Direct Market. 

According to sales figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, Star Wars was also the only thing to keep Marvel from being shut-out of the Top 10, with Star Wars #28 (#8) being their only other title to chart. DC Comics dominated the Top 10, with seven releases, including Batman #'s 16 & 17 at #2 and #3, and the series debuts of Justice League of America and Super Sons rounding out the Top 5. Image Comics's The Walking Dead #164 finished in the 6th spot. 

Credit: Image Comics

Image's Seven To Eternity Vol. 1 trade paperback was the bestselling graphic novel of the month. 

With help from 140 new releases to DC's 116, Marvel held onto their usual top positions on the Market Share charts, but with slightly tighter margins this month. They led the Dollar Share category 37.46% to 30.23% and 33.64% 33.47% over DC in Unit Share in a squeaker. 

Overall, February was one again down versus the same month last year, in a four week-to-four week even comparison, at least in dollar sales. 

Comic book units were significantly up (17.29%) over Feb. 2016, but graphic novel units were significantly down (12.98%). Together that marked a 14.70% unit increase over 2017, but again thanks in part to DC's  "Rebirth" price points, that equated to a 4.11% decrease in dollars. 

For the first two months of the year, overall unit sales are up 10.26% but dollar sales are down 3.76%. 

The February 2017 Market ShareComparative 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

37.46%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.23%

IMAGE COMICS

9.58%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.83%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.57%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.08%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.52%

TITAN COMICS

1.16%

VIZ MEDIA

1.10%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.86%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.62%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.64%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

33.47%

IMAGE COMICS

18.13%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.27%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.06%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.84%

DARK HORSE COMICS

1.45%

TITAN COMICS

0.92%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.61%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.01%


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2017 VS. JANUARY 2017

COMICS

-4.67%

3.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

9.05%

3.04%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.82%

3.61%

TOYS

23.91%

3.09%

FEBRUARY 2017 VS. FEBRUARY 2016

COMICS

-4.47%

17.29%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.30%

-12.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.11%

14.70%

TOYS

25.46%

0.38%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016

COMICS

-2.06%

12.11%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.60%

-10.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.76%

10.26%

TOYS

3.18%

-0.94%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

104

36

0

140

DC ENTERTAINMENT

82

33

1

116

IMAGE COMICS

46

14

1

61

IDW PUBLISHING

36

22

0

58

TITAN COMICS

24

6

0

30

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

24

3

0

27

DARK HORSE COMICS

13

13

0

26

VIZ MEDIA

0

23

0

23

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

16

4

0

20

ONI PRESS INC.

10

5

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

94

138

20

252

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #1

$4.99

MAR

2

BATMAN #16

$2.99

DC

3

BATMAN #17

$2.99

DC

4

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

5

SUPER SONS #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

6

WALKING DEAD #164 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

7

ALL STAR BATMAN #7

$4.99

DC

8

STAR WARS #28

$3.99

MAR

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA REBIRTH #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #14

$2.99

DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP VOL 01

$9.99

IMA

2

LOVE IS LOVE GN

$9.99

IDW

3

BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 01 RISE OT BATMEN (REBIRTH)

$16.99

DC

4

SNOTGIRL TP VOL 01 GREEN HAIR DONT CARE

$9.99

IMA

5

WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 THE LIES (REBIRTH)

$16.99

DC

6

MARCH GN BOOK 03

$19.99

IDW

7

SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 01 PATH OF DOOM (REBIRTH)

$16.99

DC

8

HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 01 SINESTROS LAW (REBIRTH)

$17.99

DC

9

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 04 (MR)

$14.99

IMA

10

CIVIL WAR II HC

$50.00

MAR

 

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