Harleen

Wolverine and Harleen topped February sales, according to charts just released by Diamond Distributors. Wolverine #1 by Ben Percy, Adam Kubert, and Viktor Bogdanovic and Stjepan Sejic’s Harleen were the top selling periodical and graphic novel, respectively. Marvel had eight of the  top ten periodicals, while they made an unusually strong showing GNs due to a sale on some backlist Star Wars collections.

DC’s Black Label books continue to do very well, with the collection of the periodical Harleen joining other best sellers from the combination “mature” and “elseworlds” not-an-imprint.

Wolverine #1.jpgComparative sales were down from January but up from February 2019. comics are not dying after all. But the how the effects of COVID-19 will hit the comics industry and the rest of the world is yet to be seen, duh.

John Jackson Miller takes a look at how comics do in times of emergency in his column, noting that comics, as cheap entertainment, generally perform well during economic downturns.

Meanwhile, some external shocks that related more generally to the U.S. economy have had less impact. The comics industry didn’t slow down until well after 2008 financial crisis was past, for example, and the 1990-91 recession ended up being no impediment to the record early 1990s comics market at all. The month of 9/11 was, in fact, a turning point in the industry’s fortunes, as the comic book that kickstarted the post-1990s recovery, Wolverine: The Origin #1, had already hit shelves on Sept. 5, 2001.

He notes that February was another strong month overall with both Marvel AND DC up.  

The greatest jump, however, was in the number of graphic novel units sold: that’s because Marvel had a major sale on Star Wars collected editions in February, resulting in the unusual situation that no less than six titles from 2015 and 2016 made the Top 10 Graphic Novels list. There have been many other months over the years where discounted titles impacted the charts, but never have so many made the Top 10. The dollar rankings chart is thus probably worth more attention this time around. Both charts were led by the Harleen hardcover.

 

Will comics survive COVID-19 despite the end of public events for a minimum of three months? Certainly. But how much the disruption in production and shipping from China, and increasing self-quanrantine among customers will ding the industry is a rapidly evolving story.

And the charts:

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

41.85%

47.30%

DC COMICS

29.00%

30.16%

IMAGE COMICS

6.02%

5.41%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.47%

3.14%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.93%

2.06%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.58%

2.64%

VIZ MEDIA

2.24%

0.87%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.11%

2.04%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.62%

0.18%

TITAN COMICS

0.56%

0.45%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.61%

5.74%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

FEBRUARY 2020 VS. JANUARY 2020

COMICS

-8.25%

-7.75%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-27.16%

-13.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.25%

-8.26%

TOYS

-22.37%

-34.10%

FEBRUARY 2020 VS. FEBRUARY 2019

COMICS

8.78%

2.90%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.56%

15.46%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

7.32%

3.77%

TOYS

0.83%

-14.97%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2020 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2019

COMICS

0.12%

-3.45%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.44%

6.60%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.35%

-2.72%

TOYS

2.59%

-15.75%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

47

0

139

DC COMICS

102

27

1

130

IMAGE COMICS

39

8

0

47

VIZ MEDIA LLC

0

40

0

40

IDW PUBLISHING

28

10

0

38

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

17

0

37

DYNAMITE

29

4

0

33

BOOM! STUDIOS

17

8

0

25

YEN PRESS

0

18

0

18

TITAN COMICS

7

4

2

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

141

134

24

299

TOTAL

475

317

27

819

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WOLVERINE #1

$7.99

DEC190753-MMAR

2

X-MEN #6

$3.99

NOV190812-MMAR

3

X-MEN #7

$4.99

DEC190786-MMAR

4

GWEN STACY #1

$4.99

DEC190842-MMAR

5

GIANT SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY & EMMA FROST #1

$4.99

DEC190780-MMAR

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39

$3.99

DEC190863-MMAR

7

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1

$4.99

DEC190965-MMAR

8

BATMAN #88

$3.99

DEC190442DC

9

X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$4.99

DEC190770-MMAR

10

BATMAN #89

$3.99

DEC190444DC

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WOLVERINE #1

$7.99

DEC190753-MMAR

2

X-MEN #7

$4.99

DEC190786-MMAR

3

X-MEN #6

$3.99

NOV190812-MMAR

4

GWEN STACY #1

$4.99

DEC190842-MMAR

5

GIANT SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY & EMMA FROST #1

$4.99

DEC190780-MMAR

6

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1

$4.99

DEC190965-MMAR

7

X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$4.99

DEC190770-MMAR

8

BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #7

$4.99

DEC190448-MDC

9

THE JOKER: KILLER SMILE #3 (MR)

$5.99

DEC190477-MDC

10

DC CRIMES OF PASSION #1

$9.99

DEC190416-MDC

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

HARLEEN HC (MR)

$29.99

OCT190670DC

2

DIE VOL. 2: SPLIT THE PARTY TP (MR)

$16.99

DEC190086IMA

3

BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME TP

$9.99

OCT190492DC

4

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 4: END OF GAMES TP

$19.99

JUL161076MAR

5

STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: SHATTERED EMPIRE HC

$24.99

MAY160921MAR

6

STAR WARS: VADER DOWN TP

$19.99

JAN160962MAR

7

STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP

$16.99

NOV150951MAR

8

STAR WARS VOLUME 2: SHOWDOWN ON THE
SMUGGLER’S MOON TP

$19.99

OCT150986MAR

9

STAR WARS VOLUME 3: REBEL JAIL TP

$19.99

MAY160922MAR

10

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 23 GN

$9.99

DEC192056VIZ

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

HARLEEN HC (MR)

$29.99

OCT190670DC

2

X-MEN VS. APOCALYPSE: THE TWELVE OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

AUG191137MAR

3

SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

AUG191136MAR

4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 12 HC

$100.00

AUG191143-MMAR

5

DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$100.00

JUL191089MAR

6

DIE VOL. 2: SPLIT THE PARTY TP (MR)

$16.99

DEC190086IMA

7

MARVEL MASTERS OF SUSPENSE: STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$100.00

AUG191145MAR

8

ULTIMATES BY MARK MILLAR & BRYAN HITCH OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

AUG191130MAR

9

BERSERK DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 4 HC (MR)

$49.99

OCT190398DAR

10

METABARONS BOX SET HC

$149.95

NOV191776HUM

 

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

IS WRONG PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? VOL. 14 SC

$15.00

JUN192164YEN

2

NO GAME, NO LIFE VOLUME 10 SC

$14.00

DEC192108YEN

3

RE:ZERO: STARTING LIFE IN ANOTHER WORLD VOL. 12 SC

$14.00

DEC192110YEN

4

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 49 SC

$29.95

APR191757-MGEM

5

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS VOL. 4 SC

$10.99

JAN202203VIZ

6

DRAGON BALL: A VISUAL HISTORY HC

$34.99

AUG192435VIZ

7

DISNEY: I AM MULAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

$4.99

DEC191723GOL

8

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 1 SC

$12.99

OCT151871ZEN

9

COMICS JOURNAL #305

$14.99

DEC191680FAN

10

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: LEGACY OF FIRE NATION HC

$24.99

DEC191747INS

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: CABLE (X-MEN EDITION) FIGUREOCT188681MEZ

2

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: GREEN LANTERN HAL JORDAN FIGURENOV188570MEZ

3

DC DESIGNER SERIES: HARLEY & POISON IVY BY LUPPACHINO STATUEJUL190677DC

4

DEVIL MAY CRY 5: DANTE DELUXE VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGUREAPR198276100

5

POP! MARVEL HEROES: THANOS SNAP 6-INCH DELUXE VINYL FIGUREMAY198251FUN

6

GODZILLA GALLERY: GODZILLA (1991) DELUXE PVC FIGUREMAY192385DST

7

DEVIL MAY CRY 5: NERO DELUXE VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGUREMAY198059100

8

MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS ENDGAME: IRON MAN MK. 85 FIGURESEP192494DST

9

TRANSFORMERS: OPTIMUS PRIME DELUXE SCALE FIGUREMAY198120THR

10

MARVEL PREMIER: CARNAGE STATUEJUN192392DST

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PATHFINDER: GAMEMASTERY GUIDE HCNOV192998PAI

2

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE

3

MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE AVENGERS BOOSTER BRICKAUG198599NEC

4

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: THEROS BEYOND DEATH BOOSTER PACKSSEP198414WIZ

5

CREATURE CODEX HCJUL183073PAI

6

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI

7

PATHFINDER: GAMEMASTERY GUIDE SPECIAL EDITION HCNOV192999PAI

8

PATHFINDER: CORE RULEBOOK HCMAY193227PAI

9

PATHFINDER RPG: RISE OF THE RUNELORDS ANNIVERSARY POCKET EDITIONDEC192952PAI

10

PATHFINDER: ADVENTURE GEAR DECKDEC192950PAI

 

1 COMMENT

  1. An Ollie’s just opened near me, and most of their graphic novel selection was buyout Star Wars collected editions from Marvel. A lot of Star Wars Legends Epic Collections for like 4 or 5 dollars each.

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