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“Batman,” “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” Top March 2016 Direct Market Sales

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“Batman,” “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” Top March 2016 Direct Market Sales

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Batman” #50 was the top-selling title in March 2016, but Marvel Comics remained the #1 publisher overall according to Diamond Comics Distributors. “Superman” #50 surged up the charts to the #4 position for the month.

Though it ceded the #1 slot to DC Comics’ Dark Knight, Marvel took 7 of the top 10 best-selling issues in March. “Star Wars” was the publisher’s best-selling single issue at #3 on the charts. The latest issue of “Amazing Spider-Man” landed at position #5, while “International Iron Man” and “Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha” debuted at #9 and 10, respectively.

BOOM! Studios’ “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” #1 debuted strong in the #2 position overall, thanks to a combination of strong fan interest and multiple variant covers.

“The Walking Dead Volume 25” topped the graphic novel sales charts, with fellow Image Comics title “Paper Girls” taking the #2 position with its first collection.

Overall, Marvel commanded 37.39% of the Direct Market in dollar shares, and 42.71% unit shares. DC Comics accounted for 26.32% in dollars, and 25.94% in units. Image was third, making up just over 8.5% of the market.

Monthly comics sales were up slightly from February, but down from March 2015. Graphic novel sales were up significantly, both from February and March of last year.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

37.39%

42.71%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.32%

25.94%

IMAGE COMICS

8.73%

8.63%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.82%

4.41%

BOOM! STUDIOS

3.26%

4.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

2.47%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.69%

1.56%

VIZ MEDIA

1.45%

0.63%

TITAN COMICS

1.42%

1.48%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

1.21%

0.34%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.88%

7.77%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2016

COMICS

3.62%

2.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

31.90%

26.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

12.29%

4.61%

MARCH 2016 VS. MARCH 2015

COMICS

0.53%

-8.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

36.36%

34.78%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

11.04%

-5.31%

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

COMICS

-3.40%

-9.16%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.67%

13.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.32%

-7.53%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$5.99

JAN160227-M

DC

2

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1

$3.99

JAN161182-M

BOO

3

STAR WARS #17

$3.99

JAN160915-M

MAR

4

SUPERMAN #50

$4.99

JAN160229-M

DC

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

8

DEADPOOL #8

$3.99

JAN160891-M

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

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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

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