March 6, 2016

"Dark Knight III" is the top selling comic for February 2016

"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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