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Coates & Stelfreeze’s “Black Panther” #1 Tops April’s Direct Market Sales Charts

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Coates & Stelfreeze’s “Black Panther” #1 Tops April’s Direct Market Sales Charts

Ta-Nehisi Coates can add best-selling comics writer to his resume, as his and artist Brian Stelfreeze‘s “Black Panther” #1 debuted as April’s top-selling single issue.

Overall, Marvel Comics once again took 7 of the top 10 best-selling issues for the month, with “Poe Dameron” #1 in the #2 slot and “Star wars Special: C-3PO iat #4. “Star Wars” #18 ranked seventh, while “Darth Vader” #19 was eight; “Vader’s final issue was just announced for August. “Gwenpool” made her solo series debut at #6, while “Amazing Spider-Man” #10 was #10.

RELATED: Coates, Run the Jewels Explore Wakanda in New “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet” Video

DC Comics made up the final three in April’s Top Ten, with “Dark Knight II: The Master Race” #4 in the third position, “Batman” #51, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s final issue, at #5, and “Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special” at #9.

Grant MOrrison and Yannick Paquette’s “Wonder Woman: Earth One” hardcover was the best-selling graphic novel in April, with Marvel’s “Star Wars: Vader Down” at #2.

Overall, Marvel commanded 42.98% of the Direct Market in dollar shares, and 47.87% unit shares. DC Comics accounted for 25.82% in dollars, and 25.13% in units. Image was once again third, making up just over 8.5% of the market.

Monthly comics sales were up slightly from March, but down significantly from April 2015. Graphic novel sales were down, both from March 2016 and April of last year.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.98%

47.87%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.82%

25.13%

IMAGE COMICS

8.72%

8.95%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.41%

3.67%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.07%

2.42%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.39%

2.45%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.53%

1.45%

TITAN COMICS

1.10%

1.09%

VIZ MEDIA

0.97%

0.38%

ONI PRESS

0.87%

0.63%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.12%

5.96%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2016 VS. MARCH 2016

COMICS

8.18%

8.19%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.81%

-8.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.06%

6.50%

APRIL 2016 VS. APRIL 2015

COMICS

-18.05%

-22.28%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-11.99%

-12.42%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-16.19%

-21.49%

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

COMICS

-7.84%

-13.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.87%

5.23%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.06%

-11.69%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

FEB160740-M

MAR

2

STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1

$4.99

FEB160747-M

MAR

3

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4

$5.99

JAN160219-M

DC

4

STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1

$4.99

OCT150933

MAR

5

BATMAN #51

$3.99

FEB160185-M

DC

6

GWENPOOL #1

$4.99

FEB160762-M

MAR

7

STAR WARS #18

$3.99

FEB160935-M

MAR

8

DARTH VADER #19

$3.99

FEB160938

MAR

9

HARLEY QUINN & SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL’S SPECIAL #1

$4.99

FEB160121-M

DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10

$3.99

FEB160792-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE BOOK 1 HC

$22.99

DEC150215

DC

2

STAR WARS: VADER DOWN TP

$19.99

JAN160962

MAR

3

RAT QUEENS VOLUME 3: DEMONS TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN160696

IMA

4

I HATE FAIRYLAND VOL. 1: MADLY EVER AFTER TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN160644-M

IMA

5

THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE OGN HC

$24.99

DEC150873

MAR

6

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MAR

7

DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST VOLUME 1: A MILLIONAIRE WITH MOUTH TP

$15.99

JAN160939

MAR

8

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 1: AWAKENING PART ONE TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN160635-M

IMA

9

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC

10

RICK & MORTY VOLUME 2 TP

$19.99

FEB161683-M

ONI

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