"Orphan Black" #1 Was the Best-Selling Title in February 2015

Fri, March 13th, 2015 at 8:12am PDT | Updated: March 13th, 2015 at 8:45am

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IDW Publishing's "Orphan Black" #1 was the top-selling title for the month of February 2015, while Marvel's "Darth Vader" #1 debuted in the #2 slot.

Marvel Comics has reported that "Vader" #1 saw pre-orders in excess of 300K, which gives us an idea of just how impressive the "Orphan Black" debut is. The companion comic to the hit BBC sci-fi series saw a boost to its profile and sales thanks to being included as part of March's Loot Crate haul.

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Meanwhile, Marvel saw six other titles join "Darth Vader" in the top ten for February, with "Spider-Gwen" #1 landing in the third slot, followed by the latest issues of "Star Wars," "Amazing Spider-Man," and the debut of "Silk."

DC Comics had two top ten titles in February -- "Batman" in the #5 slot, and "Justice League" at #10.

Marvel maintained its position as the number one direct market publisher overall, though its unit and dollar share dropped from January when "Star Wars" #1 debuted with over a million copies. DC Comics ranked second and Image was third. IDW maintained in its usual #4 position, but saw its unit and dollar share rise significantly thanks to the performance of "Orphan Black" #1.

dollar shareunit share

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.44%

39.33%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.91%

28.15%

IMAGE COMICS

10.51%

10.61%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.57%

8.06%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.48%

2.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.63%

2.38%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

2.12%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

0.95%

0.18%

VIZ MEDIA

0.89%

0.32%

AVATAR PRESS INC

0.85%

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.64%

5.54%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014

COMICS

3.22%

6.42%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-18.17%

-17.23%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.56%

4.53%

FEBRUARY 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014

COMICS

20.42%

22.14%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.08%

-12.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

14.17%

19.18%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

15.20%

15.76%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.64%

-0.34%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.20%

14.43%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ORPHAN BLACK #1

$3.99

DEC140468-M

IDW

2

DARTH VADER #1

$4.99

DEC140792-M

MAR

3

SPIDER-GWEN #1

$3.99

DEC140832-M

MAR

4

STAR WARS #2

$3.99

DEC140806-M

MAR

5

BATMAN #39

$3.99

DEC140325-M

DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

DEC140845-M

MAR

7

DARTH VADER #2

$3.99

DEC140803-M

MAR

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15

$3.99

DEC140849-M

MAR

9

SILK #1

$3.99

DEC140837-M

MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #39

$3.99

DEC140263-M

DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 3 HC

$22.99

OCT140340

DC

2

SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2: TWO WORLDS ONE COP TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT140654

IMA

3

THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

DEC140664

IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT140644

IMA

5

CHEW VOLUME 9: CHICKEN TENDERS TP (MR)

$14.99

DEC140632

IMA

6

TREES VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$14.99

DEC140696

IMA

7

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 11 HC (MR)

$34.99

DEC140703

IMA

8

MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL TP

$15.99

JUN140725

MAR

9

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491

IMA

10

KICK-ASS 3 TP (MR)

$24.99

DEC140939

MAR

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