“Dark Knight III” is the top selling comic for February 2016

The top selling comic for February was “Dark Knight III” #3, which isn’t much of a surprise. The miniseries had missed coming out in January, but finally returned in February.

Here’s a list of the top selling comics for February 2016, from Diamond figures and Comichron:

  1. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3, $5.99 (DC)
  2. Star Wars #16, $3.99 (Marvel)
  3. Batman #49, $3.99 (DC)
  4. Spider-Man #1, $3.99 (Marvel)
  5. Deadpool: The Mercs For Money #1, $3.99 (Marvel)
  6. Deadpool #7, $9.99 (Marvel)
  7. Darth Vader #16, $3.99 (Marvel)
  8. Power Man and Iron Fist #1, $3.99 (Marvel)
  9. Amazing Spider-Man #7, $3.99 (Marvel)
  10. Justice League #48, $3.99 (DC)

The top selling graphic novel/trade paperback in February was Image’s “The Wicked + The Divine.” Here’s the full list of the top selling trade paperbacks for February:

  1. The Wicked + The Divine vol. 3, $14.99 (Image)
  2. Star Wars: Chewbacca, $16.99 (Marvel)
  3. Lumberjanes vol. 3, $14.99 (Boom)
  4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, $19.99 (DC)
  5. Batman: Harley and Ivy Deluxe Edition HC, $24.99 (DC)
  6. Sunstone vol. 4 SC, $14.99 (Image)
  7. New Suicide Squad vol. 2: Monsters, $14.99 (DC)
  8. The Fade-Out vol. 3, $12.99 (Image)
  9. Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse, $15.99 (Marvel)
  10. Saga vol. 5, $14.99 (Image)

The top five publishers by dollar/unit share:

  1. Marvel, 40.78%/42.19%
  2. DC, 26.00%/29.01%
  3. Image, 9.18%/10.13%
  4. IDW, 4.78%/4.14%
  5. Dark Horse, 3.07%/2.59%

Total comic sales are down 0.1%/4.24% (by dollar/unit share) from January 2016. Sales are down 1.69%/12.54% from February 2015. Comichron blames this on a Loot Crate comic from a year ago.

DC seems to have improved a bit thanks to the return of “Dark Knight III” and its $6 cover price. Marvel still dominated sales, however, with their “Star Wars,” Spider-Man, and Deadpool books selling well. Wonder if Deadpool got a sales boost thanks to his smash-hit film?

On the trade side, it’s a mix of companies’ books, with Image taking up four of the top 10 slots, including #1. DC has three books appearing in the top 10. While their top seller (yet again) is the 30-year-old “Dark Knight Returns,” at least their other two entries are books with some material from this century (or after the Reagan administration, anyway).

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