Diamond’s Top 50 Non-Premier Comics and Graphic Novels for February 2012

by Jeff

dec110969 Diamond's Top 50 Non-Premier Comics and Graphic Novels for February 2012Media Release — Garth Ennis’ The Boys races towards its conclusion in February’s The Boys #63 from Dynamite Entertainment, the best-selling Non-Premier Comic sold to comics retailers that month. In total, Dynamite Entertainment had a strong month, taking seven of the top ten spots on the best-sellers list.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics (Archie Comics #630, the final chapter of “Archie Meets KISS” ranked #2) and BOOM! Studios (two titles, led by Adventure Time #1, from their KaBOOM! all-ages imprint, ranked #4 and headed for an imminent second printing).

The Soul Reapers face a harrowing battle against the forces of evil in VIZ Media’s Bleach Volume 38, the best-selling Non-Premier Graphic Novel to comics retailers in February. Overall, VIZ had three of the top ten Non-Premier Graphic Novels for the month.

Other publishers in the top ten include Ape Entertainment (Strawberry Shortcake Digest: Pineapple & Other Stories at #8), Archie Comics (two titles, led by Sonic Universe Volume 2: 30 Years Later at #6), Dynamite Entertainment (Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood Volume 1 ranked #3), Kodansha Comics (Negima! Volume 33 ranked #2), UbiWorkshop (Assassin’s Creed: The Fall ranked #4), and Yen Press (Soul Eater Volume 8 ranked #10).

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 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, 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.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics’ monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

OVERALL QTY RANK QTY RANK RETAIL RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 122 87 12.94 BOYS #63 (MR) DE
2 128 153 12.33 ARCHIE #630 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 4 ) ARC
3 151 126 9.69 GAME OF THRONES #6 (MR) DE
4 153 118 9.65 ADVENTURE TIME #1 BOO
5 170 148 8.43 WARLORD OF MARS #15 DE
6 171 149 8.41 WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #10 (MR) DE
7 173 143 8.24 PEANUTS #2 BOO
8 174 152 8.19 LORD OF THE JUNGLE #2 (MR) DE
9 178 157 7.71 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #9 (MR) DE
10 179 158 7.67 VAMPIRELLA #14 DE
11 182 161 7.50 KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #6 DE
12 187 169 7.13 ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #1 DE
13 192 176 6.91 KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #7 DE
14 194 184 6.73 GARTH ENNIS NINJETTES #1 (MR) DE
15 195 186 6.66 WARRIORS OF MARS #1 (MR) DE
16 196 226 6.65 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #233 ARC
17 199 228 6.61 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #234 ARC
18 202 191 6.49 RED SONJA WITCHBLADE #1 DE
19 206 178 6.29 HELLRAISER #10 (MR) BOO
20 208 200 6.21 VOLTRON #3 DE
21 213 204 6.06 GREEN HORNET #22 DE
22 214 188 6.05 IRREDEEMABLE #34 BOO
23 215 190 5.98 HELLRAISER #11 (MR) BOO
24 216 230 5.96 GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #2 (MR) ZEN
25 218 243 5.91 RALPH WIGGUM COMICS #1 BON
26 221 244 5.90 SPONGEBOB COMICS #7 UNI
27 222 198 5.89 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #14 (MR) AVA
28 225 167 5.83 WARLORD OF MARS ANNUAL #1 (MR) DE
29 230 212 5.64 KIRBY GENESIS CAPTAIN VICTORY #3 DE
30 233 211 5.61 FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #3 DE
31 235 214 5.57 THE LONE RANGER #2 DE
32 237 215 5.52 RED SONJA #63 DE
33 239 242 5.45 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #67 (MR) ZEN
34 240 217 5.43 RED SONJA #64 DE
35 243 257 5.29 SIMPSONS COMICS #187 BON
36 244 258 5.29 SONIC UNIVERSE #37 ARC
37 249 247 4.98 FATHOM VOL 4 #4 ASP
38 251 249 4.92 RASL #13 (MR) CAR
39 253 220 4.82 INCORRUPTIBLE #27 BOO
40 254 271 4.80 MEGA MAN #10 ARC
41 255 272 4.78 FUTURAMA COMICS #59 BON
42 256 235 4.75 QUEEN SONJA #27 DE
43 258 232 4.68 FERALS #2 (MR) AVA
44 260 273 4.66 KEVIN KELLER #1 ARC
45 261 254 4.66 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #7 BON
46 263 265 4.61 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #12 (MR) ZEN
47 266 241 4.53 KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #3 DE
48 267 270 4.46 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #13 (MR) ZEN
49 269 236 4.34 PLANET OF THE APES #11 BOO
50 274 289 4.14 BART SIMPSON COMICS #68 BON

OVERALL QTY RANK QTY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 13 67 1.73 BLEACH TP VOL 38 VIZ LLC
2 28 73 1.32 NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR) RANDOM HOUSE
3 31 33 1.28 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD TP VOL 01 (MR) DYNAMIC FORCES
4 42 36 1.13 ASSASSINS CREED THE FALL TP (MR) UBIWORKSHOP
5 43 121 1.12 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 02 VIZ LLC
6 45 99 1.10 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
7 60 117 0.97 MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
8 61 190 0.96 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN PINEAPPLE & OTHER APE ENTERTAINMENT
9 62 154 0.96 BAKUMAN TP VOL 09 VIZ LLC
10 63 104 0.95 SOUL EATER TP VOL 08 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
11 68 24 0.92 A TALE OF SAND HC ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC
12 75 166 0.90 BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 06 VIZ LLC
13 77 133 0.89 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19 RANDOM HOUSE
14 81 141 0.85 EXPLORER THE MYSTERY BOXES SC ABRAMS
15 88 224 0.80 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN BERRY SCARY STORM APE ENTERTAINMENT
16 92 142 0.79 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 19 VIZ LLC
17 94 220 0.77 POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM GN VOL 04 VIZ LLC
18 98 105 0.76 KEY OF Z TP VOL 01 (MR) BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
19 104 81 0.73 LIFE & DEATH OF FRITZ THE CAT HC FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
20 108 63 0.72 ATHOS IN AMERICA HC FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
21 112 19 0.70 VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 04 DYNAMIC FORCES
22 115 107 0.68 WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS TP VOL 02 PIRATE QUEEN (MR) DYNAMIC FORCES
23 122 183 0.66 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 17 RANDOM HOUSE
24 127 178 0.64 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 11 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
25 128 185 0.62 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 RANDOM HOUSE
26 131 127 0.62 WARLORD OF MARS FALL OF BARSOOM TP VOL 01 DYNAMIC FORCES
27 139 62 0.59 YOUNG ROMANCE BEST SIMON & KIRBY COMICS HC FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
28 144 74 0.58 MADWOMAN O/T SACRED HEART GN (MR) HUMANOIDS INC
29 145 120 0.57 KEVIN KELLER HC VOL 01 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
30 149 147 0.55 TENJO TENGE GN VOL 05 (MR) VIZ LLC
31 150 162 0.54 VAMPIRELLA TP VOL 02 DYNAMIC FORCES
32 155 118 0.52 WHISPERS IN THE WALLS GN (MR) HUMANOIDS INC
33 161 226 0.51 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 01 RANDOM HOUSE
34 165 151 0.48 NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD TP VOL 03 (MR) AVATAR PRESS INC
35 166 273 0.48 DEVIL & HER LOVE SONG GN VOL 01 VIZ LLC
36 168 111 0.48 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 (MR) AVATAR PRESS INC
37 170 153 0.48 LONE RANGER ZORRO TP VOL 01 DEATH OF ZORRO DYNAMIC FORCES
38 171 137 0.47 MODESTY BLAISE TP VOL 21 LIVE BAIT RANDOM HOUSE
39 174 400 0.46 SHREK DIGEST GN VOL 02 APE ENTERTAINMENT
40 176 550 0.46 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 05 VIZ LLC
41 178 234 0.45 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 17 ATONEMENT ARC PT 3 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
42 181 172 0.44 VAMPIRELLA SCARLET LEGION TP DYNAMIC FORCES
43 184 126 0.43 BOYS TP VOL 09 BIG RIDE (MR) DYNAMIC FORCES
44 185 260 0.42 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 01 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
45 188 42 0.41 PHANTOM COMP SERIES HC CHARLTON YEARS VOL 01 HERMES PRESS
46 190 427 0.41 NINJAGO GN VOL 02 MASK OF THE SENSEI NBM
47 194 169 0.40 GOLIATH HC DRAWN & QUARTERLY
48 195 252 0.40 OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 06 (MR) HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
49 204 465 0.39 MEGAMIND DIGEST GN VOL 02 WHY SO BLUE APE ENTERTAINMENT
50 215 160 0.36 CROSSED TP VOL 01 (MR) AVATAR PRESS INC

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