“Princess Leia” is the top-selling comic for March 2015

March’s sales figures are in, and the top-selling comic for the second month in a row stars a woman: “Princess Leia” #1. The comic book sales rankings are listed below:

RankTitlePricePublisherEstimated Sales
1PRINCESS LEIA #1$3.99Marvel 253,655
2STAR WARS #3$3.99Marvel 161,226
3GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1$3.99Marvel 155,388
4SPIDER-GWEN #2$3.99Marvel 107,070
5PRINCESS LEIA #2$3.99Marvel 96,262
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16$3.99Marvel 92,289
7HOWARD THE DUCK #1$3.99Marvel 85,929
8DARTH VADER #3$3.99Marvel 85,156
9BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1$3.99DC 73,266
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1$3.99Marvel 73,170

Also available are the trade paperback sales rankings:

RankTitlePricePublisherEstimated Sales
1NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR)$14.95IDW 6,848
2MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY TP$15.99Marvel 5,400
3LOW VOL. 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE TP (MR)$9.99Image 5,303
4HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL TP$16.99Marvel 4,846
5SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)$14.99Image 4,492
6DEADPOOL VOLUME 7: AXIS TP$17.99Marvel 4,475
7DEADPOOL’S THE ART OF WAR TP$12.99Marvel 4,364
8DEADLY CLASS VOL. 2: KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE TP (MR)$14.99Image 4,216
9BIRTHRIGHT VOL. 1: HOMECOMING TP (MR)$9.99Image 4,053
10BOBS BURGERS VOL. 1$17.99Dynamite 3,931

“Princess Leia”‘s new series from Marvel’s proven to be popular, as the second issue of her five-issue miniseries comes in at #5. Marvel might want to consider making Leia’s book an ongoing instead of just a miniseries, given these sales figures. “Leia” sold over a quarter million issues just for #1 alone.

Three of the top five selling comics this month starred women, as “Spider-Gwen” came in at #4.

Marvel takes up nine of the top ten comics; the sole DC title is “Batman: Arkham Knight,” a print version of a digital-first book. Apparently, “Batman” #40, due out this month, has been pushed back to April (amidst “Convergence”), thus why DC’s usual top-seller’s a no-show. Meanwhile, “Howard the Duck” came in seventh place. This is the second time within a year that a talking animal-starring comic’s outsold everything from DC…and this time, Loot Crate sales aren’t to “blame.”

For trade paperbacks, “Nemo: River of Dreams” tops the list. “Nemo” is an Alan Moore-written spinoff of “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and stars the daughter of Captain Nemo. Coming in second place on the sales charts is the second trade paperback of “Ms. Marvel.” Not a single DC title’s in the top 10—even cynically-kept-in-continuity-solely-for-sales-reasons stuff like “The Killing Joke” has been outsold this month by a trade of the comics version of “Bob’s Burgers.”

Unless I’m mistaken (and feel free to correct me), and since month-by-month figures for the Golden Age/Silver Age aren’t available, this might mark the first time solo female stars have topped the comic sales charts for two months in a row. It also might mark the first time solo female stars topped both the single-issue and trade paperback sales lists in a single month.

(Updated 4/13/15)

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