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“Dark Knight III” Tops February 2016 Sales Charts, “Power Man & Iron Fist” Cracks Top 10

by  in Comic News Comment

Marvel continued to dominate the Direct Market in February 2016, but DC Comics closed the gap slightly with the Frank Miller-led “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #3 topping the sales charts for the month.

This marks the second month in a row where Marvel was the number one publisher overall, by a large margin, without claiming the #1 spot on the charts; in January, Image’s “The Walking Dead” #150 was the best-selling single issue.

Marvel titles accounted for 7 of the top 10 best-selling issues in February, with “Star Wars” #16 in the #2 position. Several series debuts cracked the top ten for Marvel, as well: Miles Morales’ new series, “Spider-Man” #1, “Deadpool: The Mercs for Money #1 and “Power Man and Iron Fist” #1.

DC Comics, the number two publisher overall, tripled its Top Ten presence over January, with DKIII being joined by “Batman” 349 in the #3 position, and “Justice League” #48 at #10.

The third collection of Image Comics’ “The Wicked + The Divine” topped the graphic novel sales charts, while BOOM! Studios’ “Lumberjanes” vol. 3 landed in the #3 spot.

Overall, Marvel commanded 40.78% of the Direct Market in dollar shares, and 42.19% unit shares. DC Comics accounted for 26% in dollars, and 29.01% in units. Image was third, making up approximately 10% of the market.

Monthly comics were down slightly from January. Graphic novel sales rose 8.21% in unit sales, despite a -0.63% dip in dollars.



TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.78%

42.19%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.00%

29.01%

IMAGE COMICS

9.18%

10.13%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.78%

4.14%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.07%

2.59%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

1.94%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.09%

1.68%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.04%

0.85%

VIZ MEDIA

0.94%

0.38%

TITAN COMICS

0.92%

0.82%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.09%

6.29%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2016 VS. JANUARY 2016

COMICS

0.14%

-5.26%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-0.63%

8.21%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.10%

-4.24%

FEBRUARY 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2015

COMICS

-6.73%

-14.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.00%

18.12%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.69%

-12.54%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

-5.32%

-9.52%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.13%

2.92%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.43%

-8.63%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #3

$5.99

NOV150155-M

DC

2

STAR WARS #16

$3.99

DEC150866-M

MAR

3

BATMAN #49

$3.99

DEC150271-M

DC

4

SPIDER-MAN #1

$3.99

DEC150723-M

MAR

5

DEADPOOL: THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1

$3.99

DEC150741-M

MAR

6

DEADPOOL #7

$9.99

DEC150853-M

MAR

7

DARTH VADER #16

$3.99

NOV150919

MAR

8

POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1

$3.99

DEC150732-M

MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

$3.99

DEC150809-M

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #48

$3.99

NOV150171-M

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

NOV150702

IMA

2

STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP

$16.99

NOV150951

MAR

3

LUMBERJANES VOLUME 3 TP

$14.99

NOV151165

BOO

4

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$19.99

NOV150279-M

DC

5

BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY DELUXE EDITION HC

$24.99

OCT150255

DC

6

SUNSTONE VOLUME 4 OGN SC (MR)

$14.99

OCT150579

IMA

7

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 2: MONSTERS TP

$14.99

NOV150280

DC

8

THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$12.99

DEC150644

IMA

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP

$15.99

FEB150860

MAR

10

SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR)

$14.99

JUL150565

IMA