UPDATED: BLACKEST NIGHT Bright, MARVEL Shines in MAR. Sales

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Updated with Top 100 Comic Book (with sales indexes) chart (below).

Thursday Diamond Comic Distributors released their preliminary Top 10 sales (sans sales indexes) and Market Share charts for sales in the comic book Direct Market in March 2010. While the finale to DC's Blackest Night (#8) was the bestselling comic book of the month and the publisher took 4 of the Top 5 chart positions, Marvel once again enjoyed a strong lead in overall industry Unit and Dollar sales.

Siege #3 was the second bestselling title of the month, and despite being shut-out of the rest of the Top 5 Marvel took all five of the 6-10 chart positions.

The publisher, through their ICON imprint, also had the bestselling trade paperback of the month, the Kick-Ass Premiere Hardcover, with sales no doubt being goosed by this month's release of the feature film adaptation. 

In the Market Share category, Marvel flirted with the high 40%'s again in Unit Sales, taking in 47.12% of all Direct Market sales in March. The also took 41.94% of Dollar Sales. DC accounted for29.92% in Unit, ad 27.25% in Dollar.

Dynamite Entertainment, presumably off the debut sales of Kevin Smith's Green Hornet series, makes what may be their first-ever appearance in the Top 5, accounting for 3.08% of Unit Sales and 3.40% in Dollar.

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...

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2010

QUANTITY RANK

DOLLAR RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

220.84

BLACKEST NIGHT #8

$3.99

DC 

2

2

184.89

SIEGE #3

$3.99

MAR

3

5

159.21

GREEN LANTERN #52

$2.99

DC 

4

10

139.46

BATMAN AND ROBIN #10

$2.99

DC 

5

3

125.45

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46

$3.99

DC 

6

4

124.51

NEW AVENGERS #63

$3.99

MAR

7

6

118.15

DARK AVENGERS #15

$3.99

MAR

8

7

116.55

ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #1

$3.99

MAR

9

8

111.18

UNCANNY X-MEN #522

$3.99

MAR

10

16

108.02

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #623

$2.99

MAR

11

9

107.94

X-MEN SECOND COMING #1 XSC

$3.99

MAR

12

21

101.40

THOR #608 SIEGE

$2.99

MAR

13

20

100.00

BATMAN #697

$2.99

DC 

14

23

98.46

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #624

$2.99

MAR

15

12

95.00

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #5

$3.99

MAR

16

14

93.14

CAPTAIN AMERICA #604

$3.99

MAR

17

13

92.32

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #43

$3.99

DC 

18

27

88.63

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #627

$2.99

MAR

19

28

88.59

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #625

$2.99

MAR

20

11

88.50

KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #1

$3.99

DE

21

29

88.08

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #626

$2.99

MAR

22

30

87.86

NEMESIS #1 (MR)

$2.99

MAR

23

35

83.53

MIGHTY AVENGERS #35

$2.99

MAR

24

17

83.04

HULK #21

$3.99

MAR

25

15

82.35

JUSTICE LEAGUE RISE AND FALL SPECIAL #1

$3.99

DC 

26

37

81.61

X-FORCE #25

$2.99

MAR

27

38

81.52

MIGHTY AVENGERS #34

$2.99

MAR

28

18

81.38

JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #7

$3.99

DC 

29

39

80.89

DARK WOLVERINE #84

$2.99

MAR

30

41

80.51

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #24

$2.99

MAR

31

44

78.84

X-MEN LEGACY #234

$2.99

MAR

32

19

77.09

INCREDIBLE HULK #608

$3.99

MAR

33

45

76.15

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #33

$2.99

DAR

34

22

73.07

DETECTIVE COMICS #862

$3.99

DC 

35

25

71.05

SIEGE EMBEDDED #3

$3.99

MAR

36

24

70.51

DETECTIVE COMICS #863

$3.99

DC 

37

49

68.78

DEADPOOL #21

$2.99

MAR

38

26

66.99

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #8

$3.99

MAR

39

31

64.34

ADVENTURE COMICS #8

$3.99

DC 

40

57

63.14

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #34

$2.99

MAR

41

34

63.01

FALL OF HULKS RED HULK #3

$3.99

MAR

42

32

62.73

FIRST WAVE #1

$3.99

DC 

43

33

62.47

SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON #1

$3.99

DC 

44

36

61.34

ADVENTURE COMICS #9

$3.99

DC 

45

58

61.12

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #37

$2.99

DC 

46

61

60.59

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #45

$2.99

MAR

47

40

60.52

PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #1

$3.99

MAR

48

60

60.02

RED ROBIN #10

$2.99

DC 

49

62

59.89

NEW MUTANTS #11

$2.99

MAR

50

43

58.90

JUSTICE LEAGUE THE RISE OF ARSENAL #1

$3.99

DC 

51

63

58.52

FANTASTIC FOUR #577

$2.99

MAR

52

66

56.15

BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #5

$2.99

DC 

53

67

55.81

THUNDERBOLTS #142 SIEGE

$2.99

MAR

54

68

55.60

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #46

$2.99

MAR

55

46

55.21

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 (MR)

$3.99

DC 

56

47

55.17

DARK X-MEN #5

$3.99

MAR

57

73

54.62

DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #9

$2.99

MAR

58

70

54.51

SUPERMAN #698

$2.99

DC 

59

48

54.43

FALL OF HULKS SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1

$3.99

MAR

60

42

53.74

KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #2

$3.99

DE

61

74

52.64

SUPERMAN BATMAN #70

$2.99

DC 

62

75

52.36

PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #2

$2.99

MAR

63

78

50.80

PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #3

$2.99

MAR

64

77

50.50

BATGIRL #8

$2.99

DC 

65

50

49.96

DOOMWAR #2

$3.99

MAR

66

80

49.47

PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #4

$2.99

MAR

67

51

49.27

CABLE #24

$3.99

MAR

68

81

48.80

SUPERGIRL #51

$2.99

DC 

69

53

48.73

WOLVERINE WEAPON X #11

$3.99

MAR

70

52

48.17

ACTION COMICS #887

$3.99

DC 

71

55

47.79

NATION X #4

$3.99

MAR

72

86

47.48

PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #5

$2.99

MAR

73

89

47.29

X-FACTOR #203

$2.99

MAR

74

91

46.73

SECRET WARRIORS #14

$2.99

MAR

75

90

46.72

DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #895

$2.99

MAR

76

56

46.64

JSA ALL STARS #4

$3.99

DC 

77

88

46.58

GREEN ARROW #31

$2.99

DC 

78

59

45.99

MARVELS PROJECT #7

$3.99

MAR

79

93

45.49

X-MEN HOPE #1

$2.99

MAR

80

69

44.68

X-23 #1

$3.99

MAR

81

96

43.41

GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #10

$2.99

DC 

82

64

43.16

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #10

$3.99

DC 

83

65

42.12

TEEN TITANS #81

$3.99

DC 

84

71

41.59

SPIDER-WOMAN #7

$3.99

MAR

85

98

41.27

WONDER WOMAN #42

$2.99

DC 

86

72

41.27

HULK LET BATTLE BEGIN #1

$3.99

MAR

87

225

39.79

IMAGE FIRSTS WALKING DEAD #1 (MR)

$1.00

IMA

88

102

39.67

TITANS #23

$2.99

DC 

89

107

37.90

SECRET SIX #19

$2.99

DC 

90

79

37.67

HERCULES FALL OF AN AVENGER #1

$3.99

MAR

91

84

36.68

PUNISHERMAX #5 (MR)

$3.99

MAR

92

83

36.45

STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #5

$3.99

MAR

93

111

36.44

PUNISHER #15

$2.99

MAR

94

103

36.01

BOYS #40 (MR)

$2.99

DE

95

85

35.81

DEADPOOL CORPS RANK AND FOUL #1

$3.99

MAR

96

115

35.39

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #24

$2.99

MAR

97

87

35.28

WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #6 GNTLT

$3.99

MAR

98

117

35.00

NOVA #35

$2.99

MAR

99

76

34.88

GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE #1

$3.99

DE

100

92

34.49

STEPHEN KINGS N #1

$3.99

MAR

 

  

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

UNIT SHARE

DOLLAR SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

47.12%

41.94%

DC COMICS

29.92%

27.25%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.61%

4.02%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.33%

4.76%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.08%

3.40%

IMAGE COMICS

3.01%

3.22%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.84%

1.98%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

0.93%

0.90%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.81%

0.67%

VIZ MEDIA

0.71%

1.48%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

5.65%

10.39%

 

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC

$24.99

MAR

2

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8 VOLUME 6: RETREAT TP

$15.99

DAR

3

THE BOYS VOLUME 6: SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY TP

$19.99

DE

4

HELLBOY VOLUME 9: WILD HUNT TP

$19.99

DAR

5

HAUNT VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

IMA

6

NORTHLANDERS VOLUME 3: BLOOD IN THE SNOW TP

$14.99

DC

7

CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN PREMIERE HC

$24.99

MAR

8

PLANETARY VOLUME 4 HC

$24.99

DC

9

THE ARCHIE WEDDING: ARCHIE IN… WILL YOU MARRY ME? TP

$14.95

ARC

10

TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

YEN

 

 

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