GL Soars to #1 as Comics Sales Bounce Back in February 2011

Diamond February 2011 Sales Report

Diamond Comics Distributors has released the initial sales reports for February 2011, with some promising results after a dismal-looking January. Sales of comics improved by 19.72% in the dollars column from month to month, and over 20% increase in units. Year-over-year, monthly comics still saw a slight decrease in both dollars and units from February 2010, but Graphic Novels improved by 6.92% in the category.

Marvel's Dollar and Unit Share lead grew in February 2011, and Image lost share, apparently to Dark Horse and Dynamite, who both saw increases.

Individually, DC held the best seller in the top 10 with Green Lantern #62, followed by both issues of Brightest Day for the month, showing the Geoff Johns/Hal Jordan force is still one to be reckoned with. Rounding out the top ten were three more DC titles and four Marvels. According to Dan Slott's Twitter account, Amazing Spider-Man took not just the #10 spot, but also the numbers 12, 14, and 15, as the book had extra-shipping issues while playing catch-up and putting out the "point one" issue.

In Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks, DC's Return of Bruce Wayne HC took the #1 spot, with Image's Morning Glories Vol. 1 beating out the standard top selling manga and vertigo titles for #2.

More from Diamond's February 2011 sales reports as they come in.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.69%

45.13%

DC COMICS

27.74%

31.48%

IMAGE COMICS

5.31%

4.80%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.26%

3.49%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.60%

4.14%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.60%

3.14%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.94%

1.62%

VIZ MEDIA

1.33%

0.66%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.00%

0.72%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.68%

0.57%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.84%

4.26%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2011 VS. JANUARY 2011

COMICS

19.72%

20.97%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.08%

8.29%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

17.83%

19.87%

FEBRUARY 2011 VS. FEBRUARY 2010

COMICS

-1.70%

-2.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.92%

-1.70%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.94%

-2.26%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010

COMICS

-12.10%

-13.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-5.48%

-11.05%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.03%

-12.87%


TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GREEN LANTERN #62

$2.99

NOV100188

DC

2

BRIGHTEST DAY #19

$2.99

DEC100168

DC

3

BRIGHTEST DAY #20

$2.99

DEC100170

DC

4

AVENGERS #10

$3.99

DEC100551

MAR

5

FANTASTIC FOUR #588

$3.99

DEC100592

MAR

6

NEW AVENGERS #9

$3.99

DEC100552

MAR

7

BATMAN AND ROBIN #20

$2.99

DEC100198

DC

8

BATMAN #707

$2.99

DEC100196

DC

9

THE FLASH #9

$2.99

OCT100224

DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1

$2.99

DEC100573

MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

OCT100262

DC

2

MORNING GLORIES VOLUME 1: FOR A BETTER FUTURE TP

$9.99

DEC100470

IMA

3

NARUTO VOLUME 50 TP

$9.99

NOV101064

VIZ

4

DMZ VOLUME 9: MIA TP (MR)

$14.99

NOV100272

DC

5

NEMESIS PREMIERE HC (MR)

$19.99

NOV100630

MAR

6

DAYTRIPPER TP (MR)

$19.99

NOV100268

DC

7

SCALPED VOLUME 7: REZ BLUES TP (MR)

$17.99

NOV100278

DC

8

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 9 TP

$19.99

OCT100026

DAR

9

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 1: BLOOD OF EMPIRE TP

$15.99

NOV100020

DAR

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$9.99

JUL068351

IMA

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