Batman and Carrie Kelley journey to the Fortress of Solitude to free Superman as the renegade priest Quar and his fanatic Kandorian followers make their demands of Earth’s leaders in Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of February 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 February’s top publisher with a 42.19% dollar share and a 40.78% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.01% dollar share and a 26.00% unit share. January’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 10.13% dollar share and a 9.18% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.14% dollar share and a 4.78% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 2.59% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share.

Marvel Comics had seven of February’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu’s Star Wars #16 at #2. Also in the top ten were Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli’s Spider-Man #1 at #4, Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin’s Deadpool: The Mercs for Money #1 at #5. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten; in addition to Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Superheavy” storyline continued in Batman #49 at #2. Image Comics’ best-selling book in February was Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #151 at #13. The penultimate issue of Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to Fight Club, Fight Club 2 #9, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #63. IDW Publishing’s Back to the Future #5 was their top book at #102. February’s best-selling non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #7 at #90.

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvine’s The Wicked and the Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of February and one of the publisher’s four titles among the month’s top ten. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto’s Star Wars: Chewbacca at #2. BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes Volume 3 ranked #3 for the month. Rounding out the top ten, DC Entertainment had three titles, led by Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns at #4.

DK Publishing’s The Batman Character Encyclopedia was February’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten was Dark Horse Comics’ The Eltingville Club at #2.

Diamond Select Toys’ Ghostbusters Select Series 1 Action Figures were February’s best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer’s three products among the top ten. DC Collectibles had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Super Heroes: Wonder Woman Bust at #9.

WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: Worlds Finest Booster Brick was February’s best-selling games product.

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%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

80

32

0

112

DC ENTERTAINMENT

78

28

1

107

IMAGE COMICS

53

13

0

66

IDW PUBLISHING

41

22

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

27

16

0

43

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

13

0

36

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

6

0

26

TITAN COMICS

14

6

1

21

ONI PRESS

7

3

0

10

VIZ MEDIA

0

2

0

2

OTHER NON-TOP 10

142

134

31

307

 

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

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$16.99

JAN161900 DK

2

THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB HC

$19.99

OCT150048 DAR

3

DOCTOR WHO COLORING BOOK

$14.99

DEC151808 PUT

4

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 103 SC

$14.95

NOV151874 SAN

5

WONDER WOMAN: AMAZON WARRIOR SC

$5.99

DEC151804 SCH

6

BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE JOKER’S MAGIC MAYHEM TP

$5.95

DEC151798 CAP

7

BATMAN TALKING BUST & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT

$12.95

OCT151888 RUN

8

BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: TWO-FACE FACE OFF TP

$5.95

DEC151795 CAP

9

BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE SCARECROW’S NIGHTMARE MAZE TP

$5.95

DEC151797 CAP

10

BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: CLAYFACE’S SLIME SPREE TP

$5.95

DEC151796 CAP

 

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES MAY152168 DST

2

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURES MAR101468 DST

3

MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: SAMURAI DARTH VADER “DEATH STAR” ACTION FIGURE AUG158041 BLU

4

ALIENS WARRIOR COOKIE JAR AUG152314 DST

5

THE FLASH STATUE PAPERWEIGHT AUG152807 ICO

6

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACK NOV152451 KOT

7

MARVEL NOW: MAGNETO ARTFX+ STATUE AUG152630 KOT

8

STREET FIGHTER: POISON BISHOUJO STATUE MAY158417 KOT

9

DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN BUST JUL150356 DC

10

BATMAN 1966: BATMOBILE WITH ACTION FIGURE JUN158643 MAT

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICK DEC152576 NEC

2

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: OATH OF THE GATEWATCH BOOSTERS NOV158284 WIZ

3

DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE DEC152574 NEC

4

CTHULHU MONOPOLY JAN162797 USA

5

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DICE MASTERS: FAERUN UNDER SIEGE DEC152567 NEC

6

DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC152578 NEC

7

DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC152575 NEC

8

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS CHESS GAME OCT158185 HAS

9

CTHULHU YAHTZEE JAN162798 USA

10

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLY OCT158186 HAS

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises 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 New Titles Count Chart 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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