Diamond Announces Top Sales For February 2015

IDW Takes the #1 Sales Slot with Orphan Black #1
Beats Darth Vader #1 AND Spider-Gwen #1!!

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 13, 2015) —The mysteries surrounding Sarah and her clones from the hit BBC America series Orphan Black deepen in IDW Publishing’s Orphan Black #1, written by series co-creator John Fawcett and arriving in shops in advance of the third season premiere, the best-selling comic book of February 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had seven comics in the top ten, led by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca’s Darth Vader #1 at #2, and was February’s top publisher with a 38.44% dollar share and a 39.33% unit share. DC Entertainment, with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #39 as their top comic at #5, had a 25.91% dollar share and a 28.15% unit share. Image Comics was third for the month with a 10.51% dollar share and a 10.61% unit share. IDW Publishing came in fourth with a 5.57% dollar share and 8.06% unit share. In fifth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.48% dollar share and a 2.66% unit share.

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DC Entertainment’s Superman: Earth One Volume 3, the latest volume in J. Michael Straczynski’s series of original graphic novels, was February’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had seven graphic novels among the top ten, led by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals Volume 2: Two Worlds One Cop at #2. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles, led by G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal at #8.

Sanctum Publishing’s The Shadow Double Novel Volume 92 was February’s best-selling book. Also among the top ten was Dark Horse Comics; Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia ranked #3 for the month.

Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select: Ultron Action Figure, based on the long-time Avengers foe, was February’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had four products in the top ten, led by the DC Comics Bombshells: Hawkgirl Statue, based on Ant Lucia’s artwork, at #2.

WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: Justice League: Trinity War Booster Brick, an expansion for the best-selling miniatures game, was February’s best-selling gaming product. Also among the top ten was Diamond Select Toys; their Jay & Silent Bob Monopoly, a custom edition of the venerable board game based on Kevin Smith’s films, ranked #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 38.44% 39.33%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.91% 28.15%
IMAGE COMICS 10.51% 10.61%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.57% 8.06%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.48% 2.66%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.63% 2.38%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.12% 2.12%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.95% 0.18%
VIZ MEDIA 0.89% 0.32%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.85% 0.64%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.64% 5.54%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC COMICS 94 26 1 121
MARVEL COMICS 79 28 0 107
IMAGE COMICS 61 15 0 76
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 34 6 0 40
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 33 6 0 39
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 9 0 36
IDW PUBLISHING 23 8 0 31
VIZ LLC 0 25 0 25
AVATAR PRESS INC 8 2 1 11
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 10 10
OTHER NON-TOP 10 99 96 26 221

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

FEBRUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014

COMICS 3.22% 6.42%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -18.17% -17.23%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.56% 4.53%

FEBRUARY 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014

COMICS 20.42% 22.14%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.08% -12.28%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 14.17% 19.18%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS 15.20% 15.76%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.64% -0.34%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.20% 14.43%

Orphan Black #1 Darth Vader #1 Spider-Gwen #1

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ORPHAN BLACK #1 $3.99 DEC140468-M IDW
2 DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 DEC140792-M MAR
3 SPIDER-GWEN #1 $3.99 DEC140832-M MAR
4 STAR WARS #2 $3.99 DEC140806-M MAR
5 BATMAN #39 $3.99 DEC140325-M DC
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 $3.99 DEC140845-M MAR
7 DARTH VADER #2 $3.99 DEC140803-M MAR
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 $3.99 DEC140849-M MAR
9 SILK #1 $3.99 DEC140837-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 $3.99 DEC140263-M DC

Superman Earth One Volume 3 Sex Criminals Volume 2 The Fade-Out

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 3 HC $22.99 OCT140340 DC
2 SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2: TWO WORLDS ONE COP TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140654 IMA
3 THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 DEC140664 IMA
4 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
5 CHEW VOLUME 9: CHICKEN TENDERS TP (MR) $14.99 DEC140632 IMA
6 TREES VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $14.99 DEC140696 IMA
7 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 11 HC (MR) $34.99 DEC140703 IMA
8 MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL TP $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
9 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
10 KICK-ASS 3 TP (MR) $24.99 DEC140939 MAR

 TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 92 SC $14.95 DEC141899 SAN
2 NEIL GAIMAN & DAVE MCKEAN: CRAZY HAIR SC $6.99 DEC141894 HAR
3 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
4 STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR ENCYCLOPEDIA HC $34.99 DEC141695 UDO
5 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 79 SC $14.95 NOV141853 SAN
6 MODERN MASTERS VOLUME 30: PAOLO RIVERA SC $15.95 NOV141664 TWO
7 NEIL GAIMAN: TRIGGER WARNING HC $26.99 DEC141895 HAR
8 DC COMICS VISUAL HISTORY HC $50.00 DEC141865 DK
9 EARLY PHOTOGRAPHS OF BETTIE PAGE SC (MR) $19.99 DEC141862 BIN
10 MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1980S SC $27.95 SEP141665 TWO

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL SELECT: ULTRON ACTION FIGURE MAR121603 DST
2 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: HAWKGIRL STATUE AUG140386 DC
3 MARVELL JUBILEE BISHOUJO STATUE AUG142464 KOT
4 DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: HARLEY QUINN FIGURE AUG148399 SQU
5 DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURE NOV140358 DC
6 DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: HARLEY QUINN 2ND EDITION BUST JUN140318 DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2l SPIDER-MAN MAF EX DELUXE FIGURE FEB148328 MED
8 BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 1: BATMAN FIGURE JUN130307 DC
9 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ELECTRONIC DANCING BABY GROOT SEP148110 KID
10 SOFT SPOTS: PORTABLE PUPPY PLAYSET APR148308 ACT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX JUSTICE LEAGUEL TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK DEC142573 NEC
2 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: FATE REFORGED BOOSTER PACKS JAN152654 WIZ
4 DC HEROCLIX WAR OF LIGHT GRAVITY PACKS DEC142579 NEC
5 DC HEROCLIX JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR GRAVITY PACKS DEC142576 NEC
6 RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA
7 DC HEROCLIX JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR BOOSTER PROMO DEC142574 NEC
8 DC HEROCLIX JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC142577 NEC
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: FATE REFORGED FAT PACK JAN152656 WIZ
10 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

 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 thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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