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Diamond Announces Top Products for February 2014 #ForeverEvil #Wolverine #WalkingDead #Locke&Key


Diamond Comic Distributors has released their February 2014 product sales data. Included are Top Comic Book Publishers by Retail Market Share & Unit Share, Comparative Sales, Top 10 Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, and Games. Marvel held onto both Market Share and Unit Share this month but DC again had the top units sold and held the top 2 titles in unit sales. Image's again dominated the TPB sales with Fatale, Invincible, Saga, & Revival (amazing enough the Walking Dead didn't make the top 10 for the first time since July).



"(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 14, 2014) — Batman and his new partner Bluebird discover that Catwoman, Gotham City's new crime lord, holds a prisoner who could save Gotham City in Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Dustin Nguyen's Batman #28, a flash-forward to the upcoming DC Comics weekly comic Batman Forever and February 2014's best-selling comic book to specialty retailers, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was February's top publisher, with a 34.10% Dollar Share and 37.36% Unit Share, compared to 28.73% and 31.12% respectively for runner-up DC Entertainment. Marvel Comics had five of the month's top ten best-selling comics, led by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman's Wolverine #1 at #3, while DC Entertainment had three titles and Image Comics two, led by The Walking Dead #121 at #8.

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key series for IDW Publishing came to a close with February's Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega, the collected edition of the series' final two storylines and the best-selling graphic novel for the month. Image Comics had four of the month's top-ten graphic novels, including Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Fatale Volume 4 at #2.

Sanctum Publishing's The Shadow Double Novel Volume 81, a collection of classic pulp-era stories of The Shadow, was February's best-selling book in the comic book specialty market. Dark Horse Comics had three books in the top ten, led by the Alabaster novel Pale at #3, along with perennial best-sellers The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and The Hellboy Companion.

Ant Lucia's 1940's pin-up redesign of Batgirl inspired DC Collectibles' DC Comics Bombshells: Batgirl Statue, February's best-selling toy product.

The 31st-century heroes of the Legion of Super-Heroes starred in WizKids/NECA's DC HeroClix: Legion of Super-Heroes Boosters, an expansion for the fan-favorite miniatures game and the best-selling game product in February."

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS


RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS
34.10%
DC COMICS
28.73%
IMAGE COMICS
7.85%
DARK HORSE COMICS
6.61%
IDW PUBLISHING
6.01%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
3.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS
2.05%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD
1.28%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
1.05%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
1.02%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
7.78%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS
37.36%
DC COMICS
31.12%
IMAGE COMICS
8.88%
DARK HORSE COMICS
5.59%
IDW PUBLISHING
5.00%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
3.40%
BOOM! STUDIOS
1.94%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
1.08%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
0.99%
AVATAR PRESS INC
0.95%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
3.70%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARSUNITS
FEBRUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013
COMICS-5.48%-4.47%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-4.48%5.98%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.17%-3.65%
FEBRUARY 2014 VS. FEBRUARY 2013
COMICS-10.39%-14.77%
GRAPHIC NOVELS2.83%14.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-6.71%-12.83%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS-5.53%-11.18%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-6.69%3.16%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.89%-10.15%
TWELVE MONTH ROLLING COMPARSION
COMICS8.52%4.61%
GRAPHIC NOVELS2.57%2.48%
TOTAL COMICS/GN6.63%4.44%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

  1. BATMAN #28
  2. FOREVER EVIL #5
  3. WOLVERINE #1
  4. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27.NOW
  5. JUSTICE LEAGUE #28
  6. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28
  7. FANTASTIC FOUR #1 $3.99
  8. THE WALKING DEAD #121 (MR)
  9. THE WALKING DEAD #122 (MR)
  10. ALL NEW X-MEN #23

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

  1. LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 6: ALPHA & OMEGA HC
  2. FATALE VOLUME 4: PRAY FOR RAIN TP (MR)
  3. ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 4 TP
  4. INVINCIBLE VOLUME 19: THE WAR AT HOME TP
  5. SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
  6. STAR-LORD: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST
  7. INFINITY HC
  8. MY LITTLE PONY TALES VOLUME 2
  9. REVIVAL VOLUME 3: A FARAWAY PLACE TP (MR)
  10. THE FLASH VOLUME 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP (N52)

TOP 10 TOYS

  1. DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATGIRL STATUE
  2. DCV PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN "RED COSTUME" FIGURE
  3. BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: DEATHSTROKE FIGURE
  4. MARVEL SELECT: CLASSIC HAWKEYE FIGURE
  5. BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: KILLER CROC DELUXE FIGURE
  6. THOR: SMASHING HAMMER STATUE
  7. ASTONISHING WOLVERINE STATUE
  8. BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: FIREFLY FIGURE
  9. BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI: THE JOKER FIGURE
  10. DC COMICS ICONS: BATMAN 1/6-SCALE STATUE

TOP 10 GAMES

  1. DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICK
  2. MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS BOOSTERS
  3. MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
  4. DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES FOIL PACKS
  5. MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS FAT PACK
  6. ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS GAME
  7. DOCTOR WHO: TUMBLING TARDIS TOWER
  8. YU-GI-OH! TCG: STRUCTURE DECK CYBER DRAGON REVOLUTION
  9. RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION
  10. MY LITTLE PONY MONOPOLY

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