Two Issues Of The Walking Dead In February 2014’s Top Ten, As Comics Sales Begin To Drop

Posted by March 14, 2014 Comment

These are the official statistics for comic books as distributed in North America by Diamond Comic Distributors in the month of February 2014. So what have we learned? Well, the relaunch of Wolverine didn’t seem to bother the continuing Forever Evil and Batman sales, as DC continue to dominate the very top of the charts, but Marvel grab the remains. Also worth noting, Walking Dead continues to super-perform for Image Comics, this month for the first time putting two issues in the Top Ten as All Out War kicks off.

Marvel Comics dollar share stabalised from to 34.09% to 34.1% but as did their unit share from to 37.39% to 37.36%. DC Comics saw their dollar share rise ever so slightly from 28.06% to 28.73% and their unit share from 30.77% to 31.12%. Image’s dollar share has gone from  8.78% to 7.85% and their unit share has dropped from to 10.10% to 8.88%.

Overall sales though are dropping, compared to January and to this time last year… indeed, compared 2013 at this time last year, 2014 is 10% down. After months and years of increasing sales… is this the beginning of reducing sales? Graphic novel sales in comic stores are up, but its not enough to stop the downward trend…

But its also noticing that while the graphic novel sales don’t match the bookstore sales results, there are still no Marvel or DC titles in the top five.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS34.10%
DC COMICS28.73%
IMAGE COMICS7.85%
DARK HORSE COMICS6.61%
IDW PUBLISHING6.01%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT3.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.05%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.28%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC1.05%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC1.02%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.78%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.36%
DC COMICS31.12%
IMAGE COMICS8.88%
DARK HORSE COMICS5.59%
IDW PUBLISHING5.00%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT3.40%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.94%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC1.08%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC0.99%
AVATAR PRESS INC0.95%
OTHER NON-TOP 103.70%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS85260111
MARVEL COMICS69320101
IMAGE COMICS4811059
DARK HORSE COMICS3919058
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT508058
IDW PUBLISHING4017057
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT246030
AVATAR PRESS INC101112
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC92011
EAGLEMOSS0044
OTHER6910220191

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%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1BATMAN #28$3.99DC
2FOREVER EVIL #5$3.99DC
3WOLVERINE #1$3.99MAR
4SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27.NOW$3.99MAR
5JUSTICE LEAGUE #28$3.99DC
6SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28$3.99MAR
7FANTASTIC FOUR #1$3.99MAR
8THE WALKING DEAD #121 (MR)$2.99IMA
9THE WALKING DEAD #122 (MR)$2.99IMA
10ALL NEW X-MEN #23$3.99MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 6: ALPHA & OMEGA HC$29.99IDW
2FATALE VOLUME 4: PRAY FOR RAIN TP (MR)$14.99IMA
3ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 4 TP$14.99BOO
4INVINCIBLE VOLUME 19: THE WAR AT HOME TP$16.99IMA
5SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
6STAR-LORD: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST$7.99MAR
7INFINITY HC$75.00MAR
8MY LITTLE PONY TALES VOLUME 2 TP$17.99IDW
9REVIVAL VOLUME 3: A FARAWAY PLACE TP (MR)$14.99IMA
10THE FLASH VOLUME 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP (N52)$16.99DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 81 SC$14.95SAN
2MODERN MASTERS VOLUME 29: CLIFF CHIANG SC$15.95TWO
3ALABASTER NOVEL: PALE SC$14.99DAR
4DISNEY’S THE MUPPETS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC$16.99DK
5THE AVENGER DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 12 SC$14.95SAN
6MAD GREATEST ARTISTS: DAVE BERG HC$30.00RUN
7LEGEND OF HEROES VOLUME 1: CHARACTERS SC$49.99UDO
8LEGEND OF HEROES VOLUME 2: ILLUSTRATIONS SC$49.99UDO
9LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC$34.99DAR
10HELLBOY COMPANION TP$14.95DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATGIRL STATUEDC
2DCV PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN “RED COSTUME” FIGURESQU
3BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: DEATHSTROKE FIGUREDC
4MARVEL SELECT: CLASSIC HAWKEYE FIGUREDST
5BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: KILLER CROC DELUXE FIGUREDC
6THOR: SMASHING HAMMER STATUEBOW
7ASTONISHING WOLVERINE STATUEBOW
8BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: FIREFLY FIGUREDC
9BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI: THE JOKER FIGURESQU
10DC COMICS ICONS: BATMAN 1/6-SCALE STATUEDC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICKNEC
2MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS BOOSTERSALL
3MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITIONUSA
4DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES FOIL PACKSNEC
5MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS FAT PACKALL
6ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS GAMECRY
7DOCTOR WHO: TUMBLING TARDIS TOWERUND
8YU-GI-OH! TCG: STRUCTURE DECK CYBER DRAGON REVOLUTIONKON
9RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITIONUSA
10MY LITTLE PONY MONOPOLYUSA
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Dollar Market Share – February 2014

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Unit Market Share– February 2014

(Last Updated March 14, 2014 10:38 am )

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