Media Release — The Green Lantern Corps, already reeling from the events of Blackest Night, begins to turn on its own in Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, and Christian Alamy’s Green Lantern #62, a prologue to this summer’s “War of the Green Lanterns” event and February’s best-selling comic book to comics 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 the leading comic book publisher in February with a Dollar Market Share of 40.69% and a Unit Market Share of 45.13%.
Sales of comic books and graphic novels rebounded in February, with comic books sales up over January by 19.72% and graphic novel sales up 14.08%.
Bruce Wayne, believed dead at Darkseid’s hand, embarked on an epic journey through time to return home in Grant Morrison’s Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, and the collected edition of the best-selling six-issue mini-series from DC Comics was February’s top selling graphic novel to comic shops.
UbiSoft’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, the best-selling comic book-derived video game of all time, inspired DC Direct’s Batman: Arkham Asylum Series 1 Action Figures, recreating the characters of the game utilizing the game’s CG models, and giving the manufacturer the best-selling toy product to comics specialty retailers in February.
Wizards of the Coast’s new Mirrodin Besieged expansion for the best-selling Magic the Gathering trading card game in February, and the release gave the manufacturer the top-selling games product to comics retailers — and three of the top four — in February, with the Mirrodin Besieged booster packs topping the charts.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|PUBLISHER||DOLLAR SHARE||UNIT SHARE|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||5.26%||3.49%|
|AVATAR PRESS INC||1.00%||0.72%|
|ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC||0.68%||0.57%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.84%||4.26%|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|FEBRUARY 2011 VS. JANUARY 2011|
|FEBRUARY 2011 VS. FEBRUARY 2010|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||GREEN LANTERN #62||$2.99||NOV100188||DC|
|2||BRIGHTEST DAY #19||$2.99||DEC100168||DC|
|3||BRIGHTEST DAY #20||$2.99||DEC100170||DC|
|5||FANTASTIC FOUR #588||$3.99||DEC100592||MAR|
|6||NEW AVENGERS #9||$3.99||DEC100552||MAR|
|7||BATMAN AND ROBIN #20||$2.99||DEC100198||DC|
|9||THE FLASH #9||$2.99||OCT100224||DC|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1||$2.99||DEC100573||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE EDITION HC||$29.99||OCT100262||DC|
|2||MORNING GLORIES VOLUME 1: FOR A BETTER FUTURE TP||$9.99||DEC100470||IMA|
|3||NARUTO VOLUME 50 TP||$9.99||NOV101064||VIZ|
|4||DMZ VOLUME 9: MIA TP (MR)||$14.99||NOV100272||DC|
|5||NEMESIS PREMIERE HC (MR)||$19.99||NOV100630||MAR|
|6||DAYTRIPPER TP (MR)||$19.99||NOV100268||DC|
|7||SCALPED VOLUME 7: REZ BLUES TP (MR)||$17.99||NOV100278||DC|
|8||THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 9 TP||$19.99||OCT100026||DAR|
|9||STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC VOLUME 1: BLOOD OF EMPIRE TP||$15.99||NOV100020||DAR|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP||$9.99||JUL068351||IMA|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES||JUN100288||DC|
|2||COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: POISON IVY STATUE||FEB100286||DC|
|3||DC HEROES: WAVE 16 “BANE SERIES” ACTION FIGURES||APR108039||MAT|
|4||AME-COMI HEROINE SERIES 1 MINI-FIGURES||JUN100301||DC|
|5||JLA TROPHY ROOM: SINESTRO BATTERY PROP REPLICA||MAR100354||DC|
|6||MICHAEL KEATON AS BATMAN STATUE||MAR100328||DC|
|7||DANGER ROOM SESSIONS: PSYLOCKE FINE ART STATUE||SEP101560||KOT|
|8||SUPERMAN FOREVER #1 MINI-STATUE||JAN100398||DC|
|10||DC UNIVERSE ONLINE: SUPERMAN STATUE||MAY100311||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MIRRODIN BESIEGED BOOSTER PACKS||DEC101712||WIZ|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MIRRODIN BESIEGED FAT PACKS||DEC101715||WIZ|
|3||YU-GI-OH TCG 5DS: STORM OF RAGNAROK BOOSTERS||DEC101689||KON|
|4||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MIRRODIN BESIEGED INTRO DECKS||DEC101713||WIZ|
|5||MARVEL HEROCLIX: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER PACK||JUN101864||NEC|
|6||YU GI OH TCG 5DS: DUELIST PACK YUSEI 3||NOV101692||KON|
|7||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SCARS OF MIRRODIN BOOSTER PACKS||AUG101862||WIZ|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: BLACKEST NIGHT STARTER SET||MAR101752||NEC|
|9||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2011 CORE SET BOOSTERS||MAY101847||WIZ|
|10||MUNCHKIN: MUNCHKINOMICON EXPANSION PACK||DEC101704||PSI|
How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.
Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.
Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.
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