Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday's Headlines - DARTH MAUL Dominates February 2017

Star Wars continues to be the star of Marvel Comic's line-up, with the debut of Star Wars: Darth Maul ranking as the bestselling comic book of February 2017 in the North American Direct Market.

According to sales figures released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, Star Wars was also the only thing to keep Marvel from being shut-out of the Top 10, with Star Wars #28 (#8) being their only other title to chart. DC Comics dominated the Top 10, with seven releases, including Batman #'s 16 & 17 at #2 and #3, and the series debuts of Justice League of America and Super Sons rounding out the Top 5. Image Comic's The Walking Dead #164 finished in the 6th spot.

With help from 140 new releases to DC's 116, Marvel held onto their usual top positions on the Market Share charts, but with slightly tighter margins this month. They led the Dollar Share category 37.46% to 30.23% and 33.64% 33.47% over DC in Unit Share in a squeaker.

Overall, February was one again down versus the same month last year, in a four week-to-four week even comparison, at least in dollar sales.

Comic book units were significantly up (17.29%) over Feb. 2016, but graphic novel units were significantly down (12.98%). Together that marked a 14.70% unit increase over 2017, but again thanks in part to DC's  "Rebirth" price points, that equated to a 4.11% decrease in dollars.
For the first two months of the year, overall unit sales are up 10.26% but dollar sales are down 3.76%.

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
VENDOR
1
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #1
$4.99
MAR
2
BATMAN #16
$2.99
DC
3
BATMAN #17
$2.99
DC
4
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 [*]
$2.99
DC
5
SUPER SONS #1 [*]
$2.99
DC
6
WALKING DEAD #164 (MR)
$2.99
IMA
7
ALL STAR BATMAN #7
$4.99
DC
8
STAR WARS #28
$3.99
MAR
9
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA REBIRTH #1 [*]
$2.99
DC
10
JUSTICE LEAGUE #14
$2.99
DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
RANK
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
VENDOR
1
SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP VOL 01
$9.99
IMA
2
LOVE IS LOVE GN
$9.99
IDW
3
BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 01 RISE OT BATMEN (REBIRTH)
$16.99
DC
4
SNOTGIRL TP VOL 01 GREEN HAIR DONT CARE
$9.99
IMA
5
WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 THE LIES (REBIRTH)
$16.99
DC
6
MARCH GN BOOK 03
$19.99
IDW
7
SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 01 PATH OF DOOM (REBIRTH)
$16.99
DC
8
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 01 SINESTROS LAW (REBIRTH)
$17.99
DC
9
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 04 (MR)
$14.99
IMA
10
CIVIL WAR II HC
$50.00
MAR