Batman Beats Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Into 2nd Place In March Charts And Marketshare

The top ten is in flux for March, as the #50 issue landmark lifts Superman into 4th, and cements Batman into first place, as Boom’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 takes second place and Star Wars takes third. In fact, with Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Deadpool and International Iron Man, the launch of Marvel’s Avengers crossover event, usually expected to be closer to the top, only ekes into tenth place.

But for all that, not too much has changed between the direct market Diamond comic book marketshare, between February to March. Marvel have dropped their dollar share by three points, but gained a little in the numbers they were selling. This is usually due to them giving big discounts. Meanwhile DC have maintained their dollar share, but the amount of comics they sold dropped three points, possibly because the price of their comics went up with all the $4.99 issue 50 titles.

Image Comics have dropped marketshare back below 10%, quite significantly, while IDW have also had a one percentage bump, which at that level makes a lot of difference, while Boom do the same, thanks to their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers performance, while everyone else seemed to fall back a bit.

Oh and the Harley Quinn Loot Crate exclusive did not go through Diamond, it seems.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.39%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.32%
IMAGE COMICS 8.73%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.82%
BOOM! STUDIOS 3.26%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.82%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.69%
VIZ MEDIA 1.45%
TITAN COMICS 1.42%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.21%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.88%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 42.71%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.94%
IMAGE COMICS 8.63%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.41%
BOOM! STUDIOS 4.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.47%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.56%
TITAN COMICS 1.48%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.13%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 6.78%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 84 44 0 128
DC ENTERTAINMENT 77 40 0 117
IDW PUBLISHING 50 32 0 82
IMAGE COMICS 54 19 0 73
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 47 47
VIZ MEDIA 0 43 0 43
DARK HORSE COMICS 23 16 0 39
TITAN COMICS 19 11 5 35
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 11 0 34
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 18 2 0 20
OTHER NON-TOP 10 140 153 29 322

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2016
COMICS 3.62% 2.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 31.90% 26.24%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.29% 4.61%
MARCH 2016 VS. MARCH 2015
COMICS 0.53% -8.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 36.36% 34.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 11.04% -5.31%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS -3.40% -9.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.67% 13.56%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 1.32% -7.53%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #50 $5.99 DC
2 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 BOO
3 STAR WARS #17 $3.99 MAR
4 SUPERMAN #50 $4.99 DC
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 MAR
6 DARTH VADER #17 $3.99 MAR
7 DARTH VADER #18 $3.99 MAR
8 DEADPOOL #8 $3.99 MAR
9 INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1 $3.99 MAR
10 AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1 $4.99 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 25: NO TURNING BACK TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
2 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 IMA
3 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
4 TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 1: ATOMIC GARDEN TP (MR) $9.99 IMA
5 BATMAN VOLUME 7: ENDGAME TP $16.99 DC
6 BEAUTY VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 IMA
7 EAST OF WEST VOLUME 5: ALL THESE SECRETS TP $14.99 IMA
8 SECRET WARS HC $50.00 MAR
9 BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY HC $24.99 DC
10 AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 12: SMOKE & SHADOW PART 3 TP $10.99 DAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC $13.99 RAN
2 WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 1 HC $39.99 DAR
3 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 104 SC $14.95 SAN
4 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 87 SC $14.95 SAN
5 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: ART OF DAWN OF JUSTICE HC $39.99 RAN
6 VISUAL FUNK STREET ART ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $9.99 IDW
7 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: LIGHT UP RING & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT $9.95 RUN
8 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE $4.99 RAN
9 BOB’S BURGERS BURGER BOOK HC $19.95 RAN
10 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE TECH MANUAL HC $39.95 RAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION VENDOR
1 DRAGONBALL Z: SON GOKU 10-INCH PVC FIGURE BAN
2 POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR (6-INCH) WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA VINYL FIGURE 3-PACK FUN
3 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE DST
4 MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE SQU
5 MARVEL: LADY DEADPOOL BISHOUJO STATUE KOT
6 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND ED DC
7 GREEN ARROW AND BLACK CANARY STATUE DC
8 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUE DC
9 BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUE DST
10 BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN VARIANT STATUE DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLY HAS
2 STAR WARS X-WING: GHOST EXPANSION PACK FAN
3 SUPERNATURAL MONOPOLY USA
4 RISK: STAR WARS EDITION HAS
5 STAR WARS X-WING: PUNISHING ONE EXPANSION PACK FAN
6 DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICK NEC
7 V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE BOARD GAME IDW
8 TICKET TO RIDE MAP COLLECTION 5: UNITED KINGDOM DOW
9 YU-GI-OH! TCG PREMIUM GOLD BOX KON
10 YU-GI-OH! TCG: BREAKERS OF SHADOW SPECIAL EDITION BOOSTERS KON

 

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Dollar Market Share – March 2016

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Unit Market Share – March 2016

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