Batman-50.jpgMarvel remained the #1 publisher accoridng to sales figures just released by Diamond, but they lost some of their dollar share from February, as Boom gained a little market share. Boom’s big win was a #2 slot on the periodical chart for the first issue of their surprise hit Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1. Batman #50,  was the top comic, however, and someting called The Walking Dead led the graphic novel charts.

Graphic novels were up an insane 25%-36% from last month and a year ago. March was a five Wednesday month, but that wouldn’t account for this huge rise. Perhaps tellingly, while a lot of comparisons to previous periods are in the black, and overall comics sales are up 1.32% for the year in DOLLARS, in UNITS they are down -7.53%, indicating that high cover prices and not more comics solds are keeping things level.

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Random House’s DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High was March’s best-selling book, showing good comics shop support for this initiative aimed at young girls, a demographic once considered anathema to the LCS.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 37.39% 42.71%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.32% 25.94%
IMAGE COMICS 8.73% 8.63%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.82% 4.41%
BOOM! STUDIOS 3.26% 4.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.82% 2.47%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.69% 1.56%
VIZ MEDIA 1.45% 0.63%
TITAN COMICS 1.42% 1.48%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.21% 0.34%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.88% 7.77%

 


NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 84 44 0 128
DC ENTERTAINMENT 77 40 0 117
IDW PUBLISHING 50 32 0 82
IMAGE COMICS 54 19 0 73
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 47 47
VIZ MEDIA 0 43 0 43
DARK HORSE COMICS 23 16 0 39
TITAN COMICS 19 11 5 35
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 11 0 34
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 18 2 0 20
OTHER NON-TOP 10 140 153 29 322

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2016
COMICS 3.62% 2.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 31.90% 26.24%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.29% 4.61%
MARCH 2016 VS. MARCH 2015
COMICS 0.53% -8.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 36.36% 34.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 11.04% -5.31%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS -3.40% -9.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.67% 13.56%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 1.32% -7.53%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #50 $5.99 JAN160227-M DC
2 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 JAN161182-M BOO
3 STAR WARS #17 $3.99 JAN160915-M MAR
4 SUPERMAN #50 $4.99 JAN160229-M DC
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 JAN160833-M MAR
6 DARTH VADER #17 $3.99 DEC150865 MAR
7 DARTH VADER #18 $3.99 JAN160919 MAR
8 DEADPOOL #8 $3.99 JAN160891-M MAR
9 INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1 $3.99 JAN160720-M MAR
10 AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1 $4.99 JAN160762-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 25: NO TURNING BACK TP (MR) $14.99 DEC150677 IMA
2 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 JAN160645 IMA
3 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
4 TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 1: ATOMIC GARDEN TP (MR) $9.99 JAN160652 IMA
5 BATMAN VOLUME 7: ENDGAME TP $16.99 DEC150331 DC
6 BEAUTY VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 JAN160633-M IMA
7 EAST OF WEST VOLUME 5: ALL THESE SECRETS TP $14.99 JAN160657 IMA
8 SECRET WARS HC $50.00 AUG150873 MAR
9 BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY HC $24.99 NOV150271 DC
10 AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 12: SMOKE & SHADOW PART 3 TP $10.99 NOV150073 DAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC $13.99 JAN161903 RAN
2 WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 1 HC $39.99 NOV150039 DAR
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 104 SC $14.95 DEC151826 SAN
4 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 87 SC $14.95 NOV151873 SAN
5 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: ART OF DAWN OF JUSTICE HC $39.99 JAN161707 RAN
6 VISUAL FUNK STREET ART ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $9.99 DEC150518 IDW
7 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: LIGHT UP RING & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT $9.95 DEC151823 RUN
8 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE $4.99 MAY151813 RAN
9 BOB’S BURGERS BURGER BOOK HC $19.95 JAN161898 RAN
10 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE TECH MANUAL HC $39.95 JAN161708 RAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DRAGONBALL Z: SON GOKU 10-INCH PVC FIGURE APR158752 BAN
2 POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR (6-INCH) WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA VINYL FIGURE 3-PACK SEP158902 FUN
3 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
4 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE JUL158280 SQU
5 MARVEL: LADY DEADPOOL BISHOUJO STATUE SEP152305 KOT
6 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND ED AUG150309 DC
7 GREEN ARROW AND BLACK CANARY STATUE AUG150310 DC
8 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUE AUG150303 DC
9 BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUE AUG152310 DST
10 BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN VARIANT STATUE JUL158013 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLY OCT158186 HAS
2 STAR WARS X-WING: GHOST EXPANSION PACK OCT152855 FAN
3 SUPERNATURAL MONOPOLY FEB162978 USA
4 RISK: STAR WARS EDITION OCT158587 HAS
5 STAR WARS X-WING: PUNISHING ONE EXPANSION PACK OCT152859 FAN
6 DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICK DEC152576 NEC
7 V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE BOARD GAME SEP152626 IDW
8 TICKET TO RIDE MAP COLLECTION 5: UNITED KINGDOM DEC152543 DOW
9 YU-GI-OH! TCG PREMIUM GOLD BOX DEC158812 KON
10 YU-GI-OH! TCG: BREAKERS OF SHADOW SPECIAL EDITION BOOSTERS DEC158528 KON

 

 

Comments

  1. Dan Slott says

    I eagerly await Xavier’s analysis here later in the month to explain how that issue of Spider-Man was– yet again– a complete and utter failure. :)

  2. comicsatemybrain says

    “Perhaps tellingly, while a lot of comparisons to previous periods are in the black, and overall comics sales are up 1.32% for the year in DOLLARS, in UNITS they are down -7.53%, indicating that high cover prices and not more comics solds are keeping things level.”

    The “year to date” comparison stats are going to be a little flakey for a while b/c of the insane Star Wars numbers that were in the charts for the beginning of 2015.

    As an additional complication, March ’16 is also the month with a bunch of DC Comics priced higher than normal (those #50 issues).

    Not that I’m arguing against your conclusion, just pointing out that there are a lot of unusual factors in play with the “year to date” comparisons right now.

  3. Gianluca Glazer says

    BOOM! Studios beat Dark Horse for the month, in addition to having the #2 spot.

  4. Skottie says

    “I eagerly await Xavier’s analysis here later in the month to explain how that issue of Spider-Man was– yet again– a complete and utter failure.”

    Even though nobody has made that claim, it’s not surprising you’re hopelessly dependent on other people’s opinions of your inability to increase sales anymore.

  5. Dan Slott says

    The “inability to increase sales anymore” dig hurt, Skottie. Fortunately the 16K+ sales bump in March eased the pain. ;-)
    (But I’m sure Xavier will be able to explain that away too.) :-P

  6. Skottie says

    A hypothetical 16% bump still puts it far below the last volume of the title, and if even you call it a bump rather than a rise or growth, it’s probably just another variant cover gimmick.

    How are those Silver Surfer numbers working out for ya?

  7. Brian Lichner says

    Dan Slott, I like your writing. But every time I see these juvenile attacks, it’s like you’re hurting your own cause. Arguing with anonymous internet nobodies does nothing.

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