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Two Batman series and Marvel's "Star Wars" were the only comic titles to crack 100,000 in sales for February 2016.
Marvel led the month, but DC Comics had the #1 selling issue, while Image's "The Wicked + The Divine" was the best-selling graphic novel.
This month Brian Hibbs dives deep -- really deep -- into 2015 BookScan numbers, tracking comic sales and trends for the bookstore market.
Image's zombie drama celebrates its anniversary with a major sales bump, while Marvel's wise-cracking team-up debuts over 130K.
Marvel had a strong 2015 thanks in large part to "Star Wars" and "Secret Wars," while "Dark Knight III" helped DC's numbers trend up at year's end.
With "Star Wars" and "Secret Wars" dominating Top Ten sales charts all year, Marvel Comics commanded the top publisher position in 2015.
The Dark Knight remains DC's biggest property, "Secret Wars" maintains Marvel's momentum & "Rick and Morty" shows staying power.
"Frank Miller's new Batman tale holds strong, but Marvel's universe-changing event continues to top the sales charts.
"Secret Wars" and "Star Wars" led Marvel's year-end sales, while "Dark Knight III" and "Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" topped the charts for DC.
"Star Wars" and "Secret Wars" ruled the single issue charts, while "Saga" led Image Comics to a strong trade paperback presence.
Despite the overall numbers being up for the month, November's sales show that the Direct Market has some potentially tough months ahead.
"Vader Down" #1 landed with over 380K in sales, while every other Top Ten series sold over 100K in November 2015.
Frank Miller's Batman tale pushed Marvel's "Vader Down" #1 to the number two spot on the best-selling comics list.
Relaunches, variants, "Star Wars" and "Secret Wars" pushed Marvel past its previous high sales benchmark set in 2008
Marvel's All-New #1 issues result in the publisher owning over 50% of the direct market's sales in October 2015.
"Star Wars" and "Spider-Man" aided a strong Marvel month as "Bitch Planet" proved a collected hit.
Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto's movie-bridging comic soars, even as overall sales dip in September.
While Marvel dominated August's sales chart, and DC was a solid #2, Image Comics continues to impress thanks in large part to its zombie juggernaut.
Marvel maintained its top position even while Image and DC reclaimed some top ten spots, but monthly sales were weaker as a whole.
The Marvel miniseries starring a married Spider-Man remains a strong seller, while "The Walking Dead" and "Justice League" re-enter the top ten.
"Secret Wars" is paving the way nicely for Marvel's All-New, All-Different series, and Image Comics continues to strengthen its Direct Market position.
Marvel's "Secret Wars" and "Star Wars" continue to dominate while "Invader Zim," Mad Max" and other series launch strong.
Archie Comics' flagship overhaul paid off for the publisher, but Marvel remained the top company overall.
Does "Renew Your Vows'" strong debut indicate fans want a married Peter Parker, and how did a 217 week delay affect Nate Simpson's second issue?
Marvel's one-two franchise punch helps the publisher maintain its #1 position, even while DC Comics sees strong debuts for several series.
DC Comics' "Justice League of America" debuted strong, but Marvel remained the top publisher by a large margin in June 2015.
Marvel's "Secret Wars" and BOOM! Studios' new "Bravest Warriors" series led a Top Ten where every entry sold over 100K copies.
BOOM! Studios' latest "Bravest Warriors" mini debuted strong at #2, while DC Comics' "Convergence" finished outside of the top ten.
DC's crossover event opened to massive numbers, while Marvel's "Star Wars" line continues to impress on April 2015's sales charts.
Aside from a lone issue of "Batman," Diamond's top ten in April consisted solely of "Convergence" and "Star Wars" titles.
Marvel Comics' current line of titles not only dominated March's top ten, it accounted for nearly 50% of every comic sold in the Top 300.
Beyond "Leia" selling over a quarter-million copies to land in the #1 position, Marvel's "Star Wars" titles combine for four of March's top ten best-selling series.
DC's sole title to place in the top ten for March's Direct Market sales was the print release of digital-first series "Batman: Arkham Knight."
How did "Orphan Black" #1 become IDW's best-selling issue ever, and can it sustain sales from its chart-topping start?
IDW's tie-in to the hit BBC series moves almost half-a-million copies of its debut issue, while "Dartth Vader" and "Spider-Gwen" debut to over 250,000.
IDW Publishing's BBC series tie-in landed in the direct market's number one slot in February, while "Darth Vader" debuted in the #2 position.
John Mayo looks at Marvel's impressive "Star Wars" #1 numbers, and explores the power of a jumping-in story point over a jumping-on issue.
The Force was with Marvel in January, as "Star Wars" #1 sold about nine times as many copies as the next bestselling title.
According to Diamond Comics, Marvel's return to a galaxy far, far away helped the publisher take a large portion of the direct market's January sales.
In 2014, the direct market had its third strongest year since 2007, with Marvel accounting for 9 of the 10 best selling issues, and Image grabbing the tenth spot.