Batman & Superman #50 Take #1 & #4 spots
Marvel Still Wins Overall by >16%
Comic fans LOVE Batman. Superman is not quite as popular in comics sales, but he’s recognizable all around the world. With Giant-sized #50 issues out in March, as well as the Batman v Superman movie in the theaters, it’s no surprise that Batman & Superman were top sellers for DC. Batman #50 in the #1 sales spot and Superman #50 coming in 4th.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a surprise success taking the #2 spot. It’s hard to know when the nostalgia bug is going to hit people who were kids in the 90s, but it hit them hard for Power Rangers. I was in my local comic shop the Wednesday issue #0 came out. The shop had ordered something like 50 copies, WAY more than a normal licensed property or other BOOM! Studios #1. They sold out in the 1st 30 minutes the shop was open. The could have sold a couple hundred that day. BOOM! created a promotion for #1 with multiple covers and a package with some posters and other giveaways. If a fan bought the normal cover to #1, they got a 2nd copy of a different cover free as well as the prize pack. That really helped move a LOT of copies of this comic.
Marvel continues to ride the Star Wars franchise to success, with Star Wars and 2 issues of Darth Vader coming in at #3, #6, and #7. Somewhat surprising is that the kickoff to Marvel’s Avengers event “Avengers Standoff” just snuck in at #10. It will be interesting to see how this mini-event in the Avengers books does overall. More interesting will be seeing how the upcoming Civil War II does when it goes up against DC’s Rebirth, both of them trying to reach into fan’s wallets and extract as much of each fan’s disposable income as they can.
On the collected edition front, a new volume of Walking Dead always sells well, and Volume 25 is no exception, coming in at #1 on the Collected Edition chart. Brian K Vaughan & Cliff Chiang’s Image original ‘Paper Girls’ Volume 1 came in at #2, and Marvel’s Civil War TPB came in at #3, likely because of the upcoming movie.
– Bob Bretall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Diamond’s Press Release:
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 8, 2016) —Restored as Batman, Bruce Wayne battles Mr. Bloom for the fate of Gotham City in the finale of “Superheavy” from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo in DC Entertainment’s Batman #50, the best-selling comic book of March 2016 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was March’s top publisher with a 37.39% dollar share and a 42.71% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 26.32% dollar share and a 25.94% unit share. March’s number three publisher was Image Comics with an 8.73% dollar share and an 8.63% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.82% dollar share and a 4.41% unit share, followed by BOOM! Studios with a 3.26% dollar share and 4.07% units share. Dark Horse Comics placed sixth for the month with a 2.82% dollar share and a 2.47% unit share.
Marvel Comics had seven of March’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu’s Star Wars #17 at #3. Also in the top ten were series debuts Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s International Iron Man #1 at #9 and Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz’s Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha at #10. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten; in addition to Batman #50, Gene Luen Yang and Howard Porter’s Superman #50, the conclusion to the “Strange Dawn” story arc, ranked #4. Rounding out the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 ranked #2 for the month. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #152 was Image Comics’ top book for the month at #12; Dark Horse Comics’ Fight Club 2 #10, the finale to Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to his novel, ranked #72; and IDW Publishing’s Back to the Future #6 ranked #109 for the month.
Rick faces questions about his leadership when the Whisperers attack in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead Volume 25: No Turning Back from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of March. In total, Image had five titles in the top ten including Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls Volume 1 at #2, Rick Remender and Sean Murphy’s Tokyo Ghost Volume 1 at #4, Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley’s Beauty Volume 1 at #6, and Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s East of West Volume 5 at #7. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten — Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War at #3 and Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars at #8. DC Entertainment also had two titles in the top ten — Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman Volume 7: Endgame at #5 and Snyder and Capullo’s Batman Volume 8: Superheavy at #9. Rounding out the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar the Last Airbender Volume 12: Smoke and Shadow Part 3 ranked #10.
Random House’s DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High was March’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ World of WarCraft: Chronicle Volume 1 ranked #2 for the month. Also among the top ten, IDW Publishing’s Visual Funk Street Art Adult Coloring Book ranked #6.
Bandai’s Dragonball Z: Son Goku 10-Inch PVC Figure was March’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys has three products in the top ten, led by the perennial seller Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles likewise had three products in the top ten; the DC Bombshells: The Joker and Harley Quinn Statue (2nd Edition) ranked #6.
Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly was March’s best-selling game product.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||2.82%||2.47%|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||1.21%||0.34%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||9.88%||7.77%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||23||16||0||39|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||140||153||29||322|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MARCH 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2016|
|MARCH 2016 VS. MARCH 2015|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|2||MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1||$3.99||JAN161182-M||BOO|
|3||STAR WARS #17||$3.99||JAN160915-M||MAR|
|5||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9||$3.99||JAN160833-M||MAR|
|6||DARTH VADER #17||$3.99||DEC150865||MAR|
|7||DARTH VADER #18||$3.99||JAN160919||MAR|
|9||INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1||$3.99||JAN160720-M||MAR|
|10||AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1||$4.99||JAN160762-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 25: NO TURNING BACK TP (MR)||$14.99||DEC150677||IMA|
|2||PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||JAN160645||IMA|
|3||CIVIL WAR TP||$24.99||JAN072436||MAR|
|4||TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 1: ATOMIC GARDEN TP (MR)||$9.99||JAN160652||IMA|
|5||BATMAN VOLUME 7: ENDGAME TP||$16.99||DEC150331||DC|
|6||BEAUTY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||JAN160633-M||IMA|
|7||EAST OF WEST VOLUME 5: ALL THESE SECRETS TP||$14.99||JAN160657||IMA|
|8||SECRET WARS HC||$50.00||AUG150873||MAR|
|9||BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY HC||$24.99||NOV150271||DC|
|10||AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 12: SMOKE & SHADOW PART 3 TP||$10.99||NOV150073||DAR|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC||$13.99||JAN161903||RAN|
|2||WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 1 HC||$39.99||NOV150039||DAR|
|3||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 104 SC||$14.95||DEC151826||SAN|
|4||DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 87 SC||$14.95||NOV151873||SAN|
|5||BATMAN V SUPERMAN: ART OF DAWN OF JUSTICE HC||$39.99||JAN161707||RAN|
|6||VISUAL FUNK STREET ART ADULT COLORING BOOK TP||$9.99||DEC150518||IDW|
|7||MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: LIGHT UP RING & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT||$9.95||DEC151823||RUN|
|8||STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE||$4.99||MAY151813||RAN|
|9||BOB’S BURGERS BURGER BOOK HC||$19.95||JAN161898||RAN|
|10||BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE TECH MANUAL HC||$39.95||JAN161708||RAN|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||DRAGONBALL Z: SON GOKU 10-INCH PVC FIGURE||APR158752||BAN|
|2||POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR (6-INCH) WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA VINYL FIGURE 3-PACK||SEP158902||FUN|
|3||MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE||MAR101468||DST|
|4||MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE||JUL158280||SQU|
|5||MARVEL: LADY DEADPOOL BISHOUJO STATUE||SEP152305||KOT|
|6||DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND ED||AUG150309||DC|
|7||GREEN ARROW AND BLACK CANARY STATUE||AUG150310||DC|
|8||BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUE||AUG150303||DC|
|9||BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUE||AUG152310||DST|
|10||BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN VARIANT STATUE||JUL158013||DST|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLY||OCT158186||HAS|
|2||STAR WARS X-WING: GHOST EXPANSION PACK||OCT152855||FAN|
|4||RISK: STAR WARS EDITION||OCT158587||HAS|
|5||STAR WARS X-WING: PUNISHING ONE EXPANSION PACK||OCT152859||FAN|
|6||DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICK||DEC152576||NEC|
|7||V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE BOARD GAME||SEP152626||IDW|
|8||TICKET TO RIDE MAP COLLECTION 5: UNITED KINGDOM||DEC152543||DOW|
|9||YU-GI-OH! TCG PREMIUM GOLD BOX||DEC158812||KON|
|10||YU-GI-OH! TCG: BREAKERS OF SHADOW SPECIAL EDITION BOOSTERS||DEC158528||KON|
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