DC Rules Top 10, But Marvel Comic Book Sales Leader in Feb.

Marvel Back on Top Feb. Comics Sales

For the second month in a row, DC Comics’ the New 52 has achieved a rare sweep of the industry’s Top 10 selling comic books for February 2012, but for the first time since DC’s historic relaunch of their line in September 2011, Marvel Comics is on top of both of Diamond Comic Distributors Market Share charts.

According to sales data released by Diamond about the comic book Direct Market on Friday, Justice League #6  and Batman #6 are again the two bestselling comic book titles in North America. Marvel's Uncanny X-Men #6 was their bestselling title of the month (#11).

DC’s Batman: Gates of Gotham trade paperback was the bestselling graphic novel of the month

But the biggest change in the charts in the last six months is Marvel is back on top of Diamond Market Share charts, what was their regular position for years before September’s DC relaunch.

Marvel took 38.61% of the Retail, or Unit Share category, a raw measure of how many titles comic book retailers ordered in February, with DC in second at 35.26%.

Marvel also led with 35.92% in Dollar Share, which measures how many gross dollars retailers spent on Direct Market orders that month. DC was again second with 29.47%.

As always, Diamond's reported sales are for published products ordered by comic book retailers, and not sales made to consumers in-store.

For fans less interested in the monthly Marvel-DC horserace, February delivered some solid overall sales for the industry.

Comic book sales rose 8.36% over January 2012 sales and 11.07% in graphic novel sales for an overall gain of 8.55%.

The numbers are much more robust compared to February 2011, with comics sales up 19.63% over last year, and 18.97% overall.

Combined with January 2012’s strong comparable sales, the first two months of 2012 sales are up a significant 24.61% over the same time period in 2011.

Look for much more analysis of February 2012 sales from our content partner Comichron in the upcoming hours and days.

February 2012’s Market Share chart, Comparative Sales Data, and Top 100 Comic Book and Graphic Novel charts with sales indexes follow below.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES 

RETAIL MARKET SHARE 

PUBLISHER 

SHARE 

MARVEL COMICS

35.92%

DC COMICS

29.47%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.66%

IMAGE COMICS

5.53%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.98%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

4.20%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.61%

VIZ MEDIA

1.10%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.08%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

1.03%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.43%

 

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.61%

DC COMICS

35.26%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.62%

IMAGE COMICS

4.88%

DARK HORSE COMICS

4.06%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.82%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.40%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

1.11%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.68%

BONGO COMICS

0.52%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.04%

 

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2012 VS. JANUARY 2012

COMICS

10.84%

8.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

11.45%

11.07%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.03%

8.55%

FEBRUARY 2012 VS. FEBRUARY 2011

COMICS

22.26%

19.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

15.65%

11.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

20.11%

18.97%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2011

COMICS

26.71%

25.94%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.93%

9.90%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

23.49%

24.61%

LAST TWELVE MONTHS VERSUS PREVIOUS TWELVE MONTHS

COMICS

7.46%

10.76%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.85%

-9.27%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.35%

8.96%

 

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in February 2012 

QTY

RANK 

DOLLAR

RANK 

INDEX 

DESCRIPTION 

PRICE

VENDOR

1

1

105.38

JUSTICE LEAGUE #6

$3.99

DC

2

3

100.00

BATMAN #6

$2.99

DC

3

2

75.19

ACTION COMICS #6

$3.99

DC

4

4

73.50

DETECTIVE COMICS #6

$2.99

DC

5

5

73.24

GREEN LANTERN #6

$2.99

DC

6

8

60.05

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #6

$2.99

DC

7

16

54.21

SUPERMAN #6

$2.99

DC

8

20

52.98

FLASH #6

$2.99

DC

9

23

49.39

AQUAMAN #6

$2.99

DC

10

13

49.12

BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

11

6

46.58

UNCANNY X-MEN #6

$3.99

MAR

12

7

46.08

UNCANNY X-MEN #7

$3.99

MAR

13

9

43.43

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #5

$3.99

MAR

14

10

43.08

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #6

$3.99

MAR

15

28

42.18

WONDER WOMAN #6

$2.99

DC

16

11

42.12

NEW AVENGERS #21

$3.99

MAR

17

12

41.83

AVENGERS X-SANCTION #3

$3.99

MAR

18

29

41.35

TEEN TITANS #6

$2.99

DC

19

15

41.01

AVENGERS #22

$3.99

MAR

20

14

40.92

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679

$3.99

MAR

21

17

40.65

AVENGERS #23

$3.99

MAR

22

18

40.38

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680

$3.99

MAR

23

19

39.88

NEW AVENGERS #22

$3.99

MAR

24

35

39.65

WINTER SOLDIER #1

$2.99

MAR

25

21

39.43

UNCANNY X-FORCE #21

$3.99

MAR

26

36

39.41

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1

$2.99

MAR

27

37

39.17

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #6

$2.99

DC

28

22

38.66

UNCANNY X-FORCE #22

$3.99

MAR

29

40

38.32

BATWOMAN #6

$2.99

DC

30

30

37.24

BATGIRL #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

31

31

37.16

NIGHTWING #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

32

33

35.85

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

33

24

35.51

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #4

$3.99

MAR

34

25

35.24

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #7

$3.99

MAR

35

26

33.85

CAPTAIN AMERICA #8

$3.99

MAR

36

27

33.29

INCREDIBLE HULK #5

$3.99

MAR

37

51

33.02

FANTASTIC FOUR #603

$2.99

MAR

38

54

32.10

SWAMP THING #6

$2.99

DC

39

55

32.04

WINTER SOLDIER #2

$2.99

MAR

40

58

31.59

FF #15

$2.99

MAR

41

32

30.62

SECRET AVENGERS #22

$3.99

MAR

42

49

30.44

RED LANTERNS #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

43

34

29.94

WOLVERINE #301

$3.99

MAR

44

64

29.50

DAREDEVIL #9

$2.99

MAR

45

53

29.04

CATWOMAN #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

46

38

28.91

SECRET AVENGERS #23

$3.99

MAR

47

39

28.73

X-MEN #24

$3.99

MAR

48

42

28.40

X-MEN #25

$3.99

MAR

49

66

28.38

X-MEN LEGACY #262

$2.99

MAR

50

41

28.33

DEADPOOL #50

$3.99

MAR

51

59

27.95

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

52

43

27.30

MIGHTY THOR #11

$3.99

MAR

53

60

27.13

SUPERGIRL #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

54

62

26.98

ANIMAL MAN #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

55

61

26.88

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

56

44

26.69

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #2

$3.99

MAR

57

45

26.36

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #7

$3.99

MAR

58

71

26.31

SCARLET SPIDER #2

$2.99

MAR

59

65

26.30

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

60

46

26.12

DEFENDERS #3

$3.99

MAR

61

47

25.82

VENOM #13

$3.99

MAR

62

48

25.49

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513

$3.99

MAR

63

72

25.19

WALKING DEAD #94 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

64

50

25.19

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #7

$3.99

MAR

65

70

24.19

SUPERBOY #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

66

56

23.99

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #8

$3.99

MAR

67

57

23.74

ASTONISHING X-MEN #47

$3.99

MAR

68

75

23.26

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #6

$2.99

DAR

69

52

22.46

MAGIC THE GATHERING #1

$3.99

IDW

70

63

22.01

CARNAGE USA #3

$3.99

MAR

71

73

21.60

SUICIDE SQUAD #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

72

80

21.42

VENOM #13.1

$2.99

MAR

73

79

21.37

DEADPOOL #51

$2.99

MAR

74

74

21.28

BIRDS OF PREY #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

75

81

21.14

VENOM #13.2

$2.99

MAR

76

82

21.12

VENOM #13.4

$2.99

MAR

77

76

21.09

GREEN ARROW #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

78

83

20.99

VENOM #13.3

$2.99

MAR

79

67

20.70

BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #1

$3.99

DC

80

84

20.45

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #627

$2.99

MAR

81

85

20.30

STORMWATCH #6

$2.99

DC

82

89

19.01

FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #9

$2.99

MAR

83

90

18.99

FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #8

$2.99

MAR

84

91

18.96

X-FACTOR #231

$2.99

MAR

85

92

18.82

X-FACTOR #232

$2.99

MAR

86

68

18.57

MAGIC THE GATHERING #2

$3.99

IDW

87

69

18.34

ALL STAR WESTERN #6 [*]

$3.99

DC

88

98

18.11

NEW MUTANTS #37

$2.99

MAR

89

100

17.64

NEW MUTANTS #38

$2.99

MAR

90

103

17.51

PUNISHER #8

$2.99

MAR

91

105

17.38

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #634

$2.99

MAR

92

104

17.33

HUNTRESS #5

$2.99

DC

93

77

17.12

MOON KNIGHT #10

$3.99

MAR

94

106

17.10

AVENGERS ACADEMY #25

$2.99

MAR

95

107

16.93

HULK #48

$2.99

MAR

96

109

16.84

AVENGERS ACADEMY #26

$2.99

MAR

97

97

16.45

DEMON KNIGHTS #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

98

96

16.41

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6 [*]

$2.99

DC

99

88

16.01

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

$3.50

DAR

100

95

15.81

FATALE #2 [*] (MR)

$3.50

IMA

 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS 

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in February 2012

QTY

RANK

DOLLAR

RANK

INDEX

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

10

3.42

BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM TP

$14.99

DC

2

9

3.16

FANTASTIC FOUR SEASON ONE PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

3

18

2.54

UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 02 DEATHLOK NATION

$15.99

MAR

4

7

2.48

AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 03 (MR)

$24.99

DC

5

22

2.43

BATMAN TIME AND THE BATMAN TP

$14.99

DC

6

5

2.37

BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR HC

$29.99

DC

7

32

2.25

BATMAN VS BANE TP

$12.99

DC

8

26

2.20

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

56

2.14

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

10

14

2.13

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING TP VOL 01

$17.99

IDW

11

21

1.84

CARNAGE FAMILY FEUD TP

$19.99

MAR

12

37

1.74

HELLBLAZER PHANTOM PAINS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

13

67

1.73

BLEACH TP VOL 38

$9.99

VIZ

14

38

1.71

IZOMBIE TP VOL 03 SIX FEET UNDER AND RISING (MR)

$14.99

DC

15

57

1.70

X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM TP

$14.99

MAR

16

17

1.66

UNCANNY X-FORCE DARK ANGEL SAGA PREM HC BOOK 02

$24.99

MAR

17

27

1.65

STAR WARS JEDI VOL 01 DARK SIDE TP

$18.99

DAR

18

39

1.60

FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 01

$15.99

MAR

19

13

1.54

FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 04 (MR)

$29.99

DC

20

20

1.52

SUPERIOR PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

21

44

1.51

ANNIHILATORS TP

$19.99

MAR

22

53

1.48

SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING TP VOL 01

$14.99

DC

23

34

1.47

PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA PREM HC VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

24

66

1.44

DAREDEVIL REBORN TP

$16.99

MAR

25

55

1.42

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

26

23

1.41

ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

27

58

1.35

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 08 UNFIXABLE

$15.99

MAR

28

73

1.32

NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR)

$10.99

RAN

29

31

1.30

SUPERMAN REIGN OF DOOMSDAY HC

$22.99

DC

30

25

1.28

STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 05

$24.99

DAR

31

33

1.28

GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD TP VOL 01 (MR)

$19.99

DE

32

60

1.28

KING CONAN THE SCARLET CITADEL TP

$14.99

DAR

33

40

1.27

X-FORCE NECROSHA TP

$19.99

MAR

34

43

1.26

POWER GIRL OLD FRIENDS TP

$19.99

DC

35

41

1.24

SHOWCASE PRESENTS GHOSTS TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC

36

71

1.19

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

37

114

1.18

LOEG BLACK DOSSIER HC 2ND PTG

$29.99

DC

38

12

1.15

INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLL HC VOL 07

$39.99

IMA

39

86

1.14

GANTZ TP VOL 21

$12.99

DAR

40

47

1.14

SANDMAN TP VOL 08 WORLDS END (MR)

$19.99

DC

41

49

1.14

CAPTAIN AMERICA PRISONER OF WAR TP

$19.99

MAR

42

36

1.13

ASSASSINS CREED THE FALL TP (MR)

$18.99

UBI

43

121

1.12

YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 02

$9.99

VIZ

44

4

1.12

AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 JRJR CVR

$99.99

MAR

45

99

1.10

SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER

$11.99

ARC

46

1

1.09

JOHN ROMITA AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST ED HC

 

IDW

47

35

1.08

ULT COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

48

78

1.06

X-MEN LEGACY NECROSHA TP

$15.99

MAR

49

6

1.04

MMW UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 08

$59.99

MAR

50

64

1.01

NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

51

144

1.01

AVENGERS ORIGIN TP

$14.99

MAR

52

61

1.01

SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN TP

$19.99

MAR

53

30

1.00

ASTONISHING X-MEN WHEDON CASSADAY ULT COLL TP BOOK 01

$29.99

MAR

54

97

1.00

XOMBI TP

$14.99

DC

55

135

1.00

WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA TP

$14.99

MAR

56

96

0.99

DEADMAN TP VOL 02

$14.99

DC

57

87

0.99

UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION

$15.99

MAR

58

79

0.98

MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME TP

$16.99

MAR

59

65

0.97

ARTIFACTS TP VOL 03

$19.99

IMA

60

117

0.97

MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING

$11.99

ARC

61

190

0.96

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN PINEAPPLE & OTHER

$6.99

APE

62

154

0.96

BAKUMAN TP VOL 09

$9.99

VIZ

63

104

0.95

SOUL EATER TP VOL 08

$11.99

HAC

64

101

0.95

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

65

45

0.95

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC

66

100

0.94

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

67

128

0.92

AVENGERS HAWKEYE TP

$19.99

MAR

68

24

0.92

A TALE OF SAND HC

$29.95

ARA

69

108

0.91

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA MONUMENT POINT TP

$14.99

DC

70

156

0.91

GATE 7 TP VOL 02

$10.99

DAR

71

173

0.91

JOHN CARTER A PRINCESS OF MARS TP

$14.99

MAR

72

155

0.90

IRON MAN 2.0 TP VOL 02 ASYMMETRY

$14.99

MAR

73

72

0.90

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

74

3

0.90

X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR

75

166

0.90

BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 06

$9.99

VIZ

76

51

0.90

STAND NIGHT HAS COME PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

77

133

0.89

XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19

$10.99

RAN

78

76

0.89

FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

79

92

0.87

AVENGERS BIG THREE TP

$29.99

MAR

80

115

0.85

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

81

141

0.85

EXPLORER THE MYSTERY BOXES SC

$10.95

ABR

82

77

0.85

VENGEANCE HC

$24.99

MAR

83

146

0.84

PIGS TP VOL 01 HELLO CRUEL WORLD (MR)

$12.99

IMA

84

122

0.83

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR)

$14.99

IMA

85

103

0.82

HACK SLASH TP VOL 10 DEAD CELEBRITIES

$16.99

IMA

86

125

0.81

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

87

136

0.81

FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM (MR)

$14.99

DC

88

224

0.80

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN BERRY SCARY STORM

$6.99

APE

89

176

0.80

AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1

$10.99

DAR

90

170

0.79

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$12.99

DC

91

2

0.79

WALLY WOOD EC STORIES ARTIST ED HC

 

IDW

92

142

0.79

NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 19

$12.99

VIZ

93

28

0.78

DC UNIVERSE SECRET ORIGINS HC

$39.99

DC

94

220

0.77

POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM GN VOL 04

$7.99

VIZ

95

89

0.77

CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 05 DEAD MEN O/T DEEP & OTHER STORI

$18.99

DAR

96

68

0.77

TORSO GN HC (MR)

$24.99

MAR

97

90

0.76

WITCHBLADE REDEMPTION TP VOL 04

$19.99

IMA

98

105

0.76

KEY OF Z TP VOL 01 (MR)

$14.99

BOO

99

93

0.76

V FOR VENDETTA TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

100

138

0.76

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME

$14.99

IMA

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