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

Fri, March 4th, 2016 at 7:57am PST | Updated: March 4th, 2016 at 8:01am

Comic Books
Stephen Gerding, Senior Editor
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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.

dollar shareunit share

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

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