Diamond Announces Top Products For February 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 14, 2014) — Batman and his new partner Bluebird discover that Catwoman, Gotham City’s new crime lord, holds a prisoner who could save Gotham City in Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Dustin Nguyen’s Batman #28, a flash-forward to the upcoming DC Comics weekly comic Batman Forever and February 2014’s best-selling comic book to specialty retailers, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

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Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher, with a 34.10% Dollar Share and 37.36% Unit Share, compared to 28.73% and 31.12% respectively for runner-up DC Entertainment. Marvel Comics had five of the month’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman’s Wolverine #1 at #3, while DC Entertainment had three titles and Image Comics two, led by The Walking Dead #121 at #8.

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key series for IDW Publishing came to a close with February’s Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega, the collected edition of the series’ final two storylines and the best-selling graphic novel for the month. Image Comics had four of the month’s top-ten graphic novels, including Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Fatale Volume 4 at #2.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.10%

37.36%

DC COMICS

28.73%

31.12%

IMAGE COMICS

7.85%

8.88%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.61%

5.59%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.01%

5.00%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.51%

3.40%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.05%

1.94%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.28%

0.27%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

1.05%

0.99%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.02%

1.08%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.78%

4.38%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC COMICS

85

26

0

111

MARVEL COMICS

69

32

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

48

11

0

59

DARK HORSE COMICS

39

19

0

58

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

50

8

0

58

IDW PUBLISHING

40

17

0

57

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

24

6

0

30

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

14

2

0

16

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

9

2

0

11

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

4

4

OTHER

65

101

21

187


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013

COMICS

-5.48%

-4.47%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-4.48%

5.98%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.17%

-3.65%

FEBRUARY 2014 VS. FEBRUARY 2013

COMICS

-10.39%

-14.77%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.83%

14.99%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-6.71%

-12.83%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-5.53%

-11.18%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-6.69%

3.16%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.89%

-10.15%

Batman 28 Forever Evil 5 Wolverine 1

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #28

$3.99

DEC130250 DC

2

FOREVER EVIL #5

$3.99

NOV130118 DC

3

WOLVERINE #1

$3.99

DEC130609 MAR

4

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27.NOW

$3.99

DEC130648 MAR

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE #28

$3.99

DEC130202 DC

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28

$3.99

DEC130653 MAR

7

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$3.99

DEC130616 MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD #121 (MR)

$2.99

DEC130604 IMA

9

THE WALKING DEAD #122 (MR)

$2.99

DEC130605 IMA

10

ALL NEW X-MEN #23

$3.99

DEC130692 MAR

 

Locke & Key Volume 6 Fatale Volume 4 Adventure Time Volume 4

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 6: ALPHA & OMEGA HC

$29.99

NOV130333 IDW

2

FATALE VOLUME 4: PRAY FOR RAIN TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT130469 IMA

3

ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 4 TP

$14.99

DEC130995 BOO

4

INVINCIBLE VOLUME 19: THE WAR AT HOME TP

$16.99

DEC130496 IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

6

STAR-LORD: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST

$7.99

DEC130736 MAR

7

INFINITY HC

$75.00

NOV130707 MAR

8

MY LITTLE PONY TALES VOLUME 2 TP

$17.99

DEC130439 IDW

9

REVIVAL VOLUME 3: A FARAWAY PLACE TP (MR)

$14.99

DEC130527 IMA

10

THE FLASH VOLUME 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP (N52)

$16.99

NOV130229 DC

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing more than 4,000 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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