US titles by Paul Cornell, Sean Phillips top February comic shop charts

Wolverine  Issue 1February was a good month for key British creators working for US publishers, with writer Paul Cornell and artist Sean Phillips both working on some of the top selling books on sale that month in comic shops on both sides of the Atlantic, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

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,

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-favourite miniatures game and the best-selling game product in February.

Comic Sales Dollar Share February 2014

 

 

Comic Sales Unit Share February 2014

 

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR SHARE

UNIT SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.10%

37.36%

DC COMICS

28.73%

31.12%

IMAGE COMICS

7.85%

8.88%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.61%

5.59%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.01%

5.00%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.51%

3.40%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.05%

1.94%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.28%

0.27%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

1.05%

0.99%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.02%

1.08%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.78%

4.38%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

 

PUBLISHER COMICSSHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS

85

26

0

111

MARVEL COMICS

69

32

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

48

11

0

59

DARK HORSE COMICS

39

19

0

58

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

50

8

0

58

IDW PUBLISHING

40

17

0

57

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

24

6

0

30

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

14

2

0

16

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

9

2

0

11

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

4

4

OTHER

65

101

21

187

 

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

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 NOVELS

2.83%

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%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #28

$3.99

DEC130250 DC

2

FOREVER EVIL #5

$3.99

NOV130118 DC

3

WOLVERINE #1

$3.99

DEC130609 MAR

4

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27.NOW

$3.99

DEC130648 MAR

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE #28

$3.99

DEC130202 DC

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28

$3.99

DEC130653 MAR

7

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$3.99

DEC130616 MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD #121 (MR)

$2.99

DEC130604 IMA

9

THE WALKING DEAD #122 (MR)

$2.99

DEC130605 IMA

10

ALL NEW X-MEN #23

$3.99

DEC130692 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 6: ALPHA
& OMEGA HC

$29.99

NOV130333 IDW

2

FATALE VOLUME 4: PRAY FOR RAIN TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT130469 IMA

3

ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 4 TP

$14.99

DEC130995 BOO

4

INVINCIBLE VOLUME 19: THE WAR AT
HOME TP

$16.99

DEC130496 IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

6

STAR-LORD: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST

$7.99

DEC130736 MAR

7

INFINITY HC

$75.00

NOV130707 MAR

8

MY LITTLE PONY TALES VOLUME 2 TP

$17.99

DEC130439 IDW

9

REVIVAL VOLUME 3: A FARAWAY PLACE TP
(MR)

$14.99

DEC130527 IMA

10

THE FLASH VOLUME 2: ROGUES
REVOLUTION TP (N52)

$16.99

NOV130229 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 81
SC

$14.95

DEC131431 SAN

2

MODERN MASTERS VOLUME 29: CLIFF
CHIANG SC

$15.95

OCT131328 TWO

3

ALABASTER NOVEL: PALE SC

$14.99

OCT130051 DAR

4

DISNEY’S THE MUPPETS CHARACTER
ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$16.99

DEC131414 DK

5

THE AVENGER DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 12
SC

$14.95

SEP131507 SAN

6

MAD GREATEST ARTISTS: DAVE BERG HC

$30.00

AUG131587 RUN

7

LEGEND OF HEROES VOLUME 1:
CHARACTERS SC

$49.99

AUG131472 UDO

8

LEGEND OF HEROES VOLUME 2:
ILLUSTRATIONS SC

$49.99

AUG131473 UDO

9

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

10

HELLBOY COMPANION TP

$14.95

JAN080088 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATGIRL
STATUE
AUG130363 DC

2

DCV PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN “RED
COSTUME” FIGURE
JUL138004 SQU

3

BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2:
DEATHSTROKE FIGURE
OCT130305 DC

4

MARVEL SELECT: CLASSIC HAWKEYE FIGURE OCT131851 DST

5

BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2:
KILLER CROC DELUXE FIGURE
SEP138282 DC

6

THOR: SMASHING HAMMER STATUE JUL131928 BOW

7

ASTONISHING WOLVERINE STATUE AUG132131 BOW

8

BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2:
FIREFLY FIGURE
OCT130302 DC

9

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI:
THE JOKER FIGURE
SEP132057 SQU

10

DC COMICS ICONS: BATMAN 1/6-SCALE
STATUE
SEP130318 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES
BOOSTER BRICK
OCT132418 NEC

2

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF
THE GODS BOOSTERS
DEC132337 ALL

3

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL
EDITION
OCT128266 USA

4

DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES FOIL
PACKS
OCT132417 NEC

5

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF
THE GODS FAT PACK
DEC132339 ALL

6

ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS GAME JUL132296 CRY

7

DOCTOR WHO: TUMBLING TARDIS TOWER NOV132054 UND

8

YU-GI-OH! TCG: STRUCTURE DECK CYBER
DRAGON REVOLUTION
DEC132321 KON

9

RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL
EDITION
OCT128267 USA

10

MY LITTLE PONY MONOPOLY MAY132328 USA

 

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 dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines 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.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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