Thursday Diamond Comics Distributors released their preliminary Top 10 sales charts (sans sales indexes) and Market Share for sales in the comic book Direct Market in February 2010. While Marvel held onto their now standard lead in overall industry Unit and Dollar sales, DC finished the month with the top selling comic book, 4 of the Top 5, and 6 of the Top 10 selling titles and the bestselling trade paperback of the month.
DC’s Blackest Night #7 held off Marvel’s Siege #2 to take top honors in February. And the double-shipping of Batman & Robin (issues #8 & 9 both went on sale in Feb.) probably gave DC the edge in the month’s Top 10.
The 13th volume of always strong Fables (“The Great Fables Crossover”) top the trade/graphic novel chart, edging out Marvel/Icon’s Kick-Ass Premiere Hardcover.
In Market Share, Marvel took 45.42% of the Unit Share, and 41.66% of the Dollar Share. DC took their usual second place position with 34.37% Unit and 30.95% Dollar Share.
The Top 10 and Market Share charts follow below. Look for more details from Diamond as they release it, and much more analysis about February’s sales later this month on Newsarama.