DC Dominates February Top Ten, Marvel Leads in Overall Dollars/Units

Fri, March 9th, 2012 at 11:00am PST | Updated: April 5th, 2012 at 7:28am

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

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"Justice League" #6 continued its streak as the top-selling comic in February

Diamond Comic Distributors has released sales numbers for February 2012, with Marvel Comics ahead of the pack in both dollar and unit share. Although Marvel has both dollars and units locked up for February with a 35.92% and 38.61% share respectively, DC Comics swept the top ten single issues for the second month in a row with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "Justice League" #6 at the top. "Justice League" continues its incredible run as the top selling issue each month it's had a new installment since the premiere of the New 52 in August 2011. Bat-books once again comprised the bulk of the top ten issues sold with #6 issues of "Batman," "Detective Comics," "Batman: The Dark Knight" and "Batman And Robin" all breaking the top ten. Fan-favorite title "Aquaman" jumped to the ninth spot this month, trading places with "Batman and Robin."

Batman also dominated the top ten graphic novels and trade paperbacks, performing very well for DC with "Batman: Gates of Gotham" in the top spot and "Batman: Time and the Batman," "Batman: The Black Mirror" and "Batman vs. Bane" filling out the middle of the chart. Along with "American Vampire" Volume 3, DC's accounted for five of the top ten graphic novels sold, pushing trade paperbacks of "The Walking Dead" down to eighth and ninth. Marvel nabbed second and third with "Fantastic Four Season One" and "Uncanny X-Force" Volume 2. IDW cracked the top ten with the inaugural volume of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

Overall, sales were up from January in both dollars and units across the board by 11.03% in dollars and 8.55% in units, while sales greatly increased from February 2011, showing a 20.11% increase in dollars and an 18.97% increase in units.

Check out the sales charts below and stay tuned to CBR News for more in-depth analysis of Diamond's February 2012 sales numbers.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR SHAREUNIT SHARE
MARVEL COMICS35.92%38.61%
DC ENTERTAINMENT29.47%35.26%
IDW PUBLISHING6.66%5.62%
IMAGE COMICS5.53%4.88%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.98%4.06%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT4.20%3.82%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.61%1.40%
VIZ MEDIA1.10%0.49%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.08%0.25%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS1.03%1.11%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.43%4.50%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARSUNITS
FEBRUARY 2012 VS. JANUARY 2012
COMICS10.84%8.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS11.45%11.07%
TOTAL COMICS/GN11.03%8.55%
FEBRUARY 2012 VS. FEBRUARY 2011
COMICS22.26%19.63%
GRAPHIC NOVELS15.65%11.24%
TOTAL COMICS/GN20.11%18.97%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010
COMICS26.71%25.94%
GRAPHIC NOVELS16.93%9.90%
TOTAL COMICS/GN23.49%24.61%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1JUSTICE LEAGUE #6$3.99DEC110188DC
2BATMAN #6$2.99DEC110217DC
3ACTION COMICS #6$3.99DEC110209DC
4DETECTIVE COMICS #6$2.99DEC110222DC
5GREEN LANTERN #6$2.99DEC110239DC
6BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #6$2.99DEC110224DC
7SUPERMAN #6$2.99DEC110213DC
8FLASH #6$2.99DEC110197DC
9AQUAMAN #6$2.99DEC110193DC
10BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 [*]$2.99DEC110227DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM TP$14.99NOV110194DC
2FANTASTIC FOUR SEASON ONE PREMIERE HC$24.99NOV110658MAR
3UNCANNY X-FORCE: VOL. 2 DEATHLOK NATION TP$15.99DEC110743MAR
4AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOLUME 3 HC (MR)$24.99OCT110282DC
5BATMAN: TIME AND THE BATMAN TP$14.99NOV110198DC
6BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC$29.99JUL110249DC
7BATMAN VS. BANE TP$12.99NOV110193DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 15 TP (MR)$14.99OCT110502IMA
9THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP$9.99JUL068351IMA
10TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES VOL. 1 TP$17.99DEC110372IDW

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEXITEM CODEDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
11105.38DEC110188-MJUSTICE LEAGUE #6$3.99DC
23100.00DEC110217-MBATMAN #6$2.99DC
3275.19DEC110209-MACTION COMICS #6$3.99DC
4473.50DEC110222-MDETECTIVE COMICS #6$2.99DC
5573.24DEC110239-MGREEN LANTERN #6$2.99DC
6860.05DEC110224-MBATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #6$2.99DC
71654.21DEC110213-MSUPERMAN #6$2.99DC
82052.98DEC110197-MFLASH #6$2.99DC
92349.39DEC110193-MAQUAMAN #6$2.99DC
101349.12DEC110227BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 [*]$2.99DC
11646.58DEC110669UNCANNY X-MEN #6$3.99MAR
12746.08DEC110670UNCANNY X-MEN #7$3.99MAR
13943.43DEC110665WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #5$3.99MAR
141043.08DEC110666WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #6$3.99MAR
152842.18DEC110195-MWONDER WOMAN #6$2.99DC
161142.12DEC110610-MNEW AVENGERS #21$3.99MAR
171241.83DEC110616-MAVENGERS X-SANCTION #3$3.99MAR
182941.35DEC110267-MTEEN TITANS #6$2.99DC
191541.01DEC110604AVENGERS #22$3.99MAR
201440.92DEC110644AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679$3.99MAR
211740.65DEC110605AVENGERS #23$3.99MAR
221840.38DEC110646AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680$3.99MAR
231939.88DEC110612NEW AVENGERS #22$3.99MAR
243539.65DEC110588-MWINTER SOLDIER #1$2.99MAR
252139.43DEC110672UNCANNY X-FORCE #21$3.99MAR
263639.41DEC110645AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1$2.99MAR
273739.17DEC110243-MGREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #6$2.99DC
282238.66DEC110673UNCANNY X-FORCE #22$3.99MAR
294038.32DEC110229-MBATWOMAN #6$2.99DC
303037.24DEC110231BATGIRL #6 [*]$2.99DC
313137.16DEC110234NIGHTWING #6 [*]$2.99DC
323335.85DEC110242GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6 [*]$2.99DC
332435.51DEC110633-MAVENGING SPIDER-MAN #4$3.99MAR
342535.24DEC110626ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #7$3.99MAR
352633.85DEC110601CAPTAIN AMERICA #8$3.99MAR
362733.29DEC110600INCREDIBLE HULK #5$3.99MAR
375133.02DEC110652FANTASTIC FOUR #603$2.99MAR
385432.10DEC110248-MSWAMP THING #6$2.99DC
395532.04DEC110592-MWINTER SOLDIER #2$2.99MAR
405831.59DEC110653-MFF #15$2.99MAR
413230.62DEC110613-MSECRET AVENGERS #22$3.99MAR
424930.44DEC110245RED LANTERNS #6 [*]$2.99DC
433429.94DEC110667WOLVERINE #301$3.99MAR
446429.50DEC110647DAREDEVIL #9$2.99MAR
455329.04DEC110233CATWOMAN #6 [*]$2.99DC
463828.91DEC110615SECRET AVENGERS #23$3.99MAR
473928.73DEC110684X-MEN #24$3.99MAR
484228.40DEC110685X-MEN #25$3.99MAR
496628.38DEC110680X-MEN LEGACY #262$2.99MAR
504128.33DEC110676-MDEADPOOL #50$3.99MAR
515927.95DEC110232RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #6 [*]$2.99DC
524327.30DEC110608MIGHTY THOR #11$3.99MAR
536027.13DEC110216SUPERGIRL #6 [*]$2.99DC
546226.98DEC110250ANIMAL MAN #6 [*]$2.99DC
556126.88DEC110247JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #6 [*]$2.99DC
564426.69DEC110668WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #2$3.99MAR
574526.36DEC110630-MULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #7$3.99MAR
587126.31DEC110632SCARLET SPIDER #2$2.99MAR
596526.30DEC110192JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #6 [*]$2.99DC
604626.12DEC110595-MDEFENDERS #3$3.99MAR
614725.82DEC110636-MVENOM #13$3.99MAR
624825.49DEC110607INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513$3.99MAR
637225.19DEC110575WALKING DEAD #94 (MR)$2.99IMA
645025.19DEC110627-MULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #7$3.99MAR
657024.19DEC110215SUPERBOY #6 [*]$2.99DC
665623.99DEC110629ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #8$3.99MAR
675723.74DEC110688ASTONISHING X-MEN #47$3.99MAR
687523.26DEC110053-MBTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #6$2.99DAR
695222.46OCT110356MAGIC THE GATHERING #1$3.99IDW
706322.01DEC110635CARNAGE USA #3$3.99MAR
717321.60DEC110260SUICIDE SQUAD #6 [*]$2.99DC
728021.42DEC110640VENOM #13.1$2.99MAR
737921.37DEC110679DEADPOOL #51$2.99MAR
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758121.14DEC110641VENOM #13.2$2.99MAR
768221.12DEC110643VENOM #13.4$2.99MAR
777621.09DEC110203GREEN ARROW #6 [*]$2.99DC
788320.99DEC110642VENOM #13.3$2.99MAR
796720.70DEC110238BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #1$3.99DC
808420.45DEC110609CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #627$2.99MAR
818520.30DEC110256-MSTORMWATCH #6$2.99DC
828919.01DEC110599FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #9$2.99MAR
839018.99DEC110598FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #8$2.99MAR
849118.96DEC110674X-FACTOR #231$2.99MAR
859218.82DEC110675X-FACTOR #232$2.99MAR
866818.57NOV110308MAGIC THE GATHERING #2$3.99IDW
876918.34DEC110262ALL STAR WESTERN #6 [*]$3.99DC
889818.11DEC110686NEW MUTANTS #37$2.99MAR
8910017.64DEC110687NEW MUTANTS #38$2.99MAR
9010317.51DEC110648PUNISHER #8$2.99MAR
9110517.38DEC110606JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #634$2.99MAR
9210417.33DEC110237HUNTRESS #5$2.99DC
937717.12DEC110649MOON KNIGHT #10$3.99MAR
9410617.10DEC110602AVENGERS ACADEMY #25$2.99MAR
9510716.93DEC110655HULK #48$2.99MAR
9610916.84DEC110603AVENGERS ACADEMY #26$2.99MAR
979716.45DEC110255DEMON KNIGHTS #6 [*]$2.99DC
989616.41DEC110274LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6 [*]$2.99DC
998816.01DEC110047-MCONAN THE BARBARIAN #1$3.50DAR
1009515.81DEC110551FATALE #2 [*] (MR)$3.50IMA

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