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Top Selling Comics & Publisher Market Share: February 2014

What books were hot in February?

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The numbers from the second month of the new year are in! Diamond Comic Distributors has compiled the data from February and placed into awesome tables for math nerds, like us, to stare and enjoy. Let's get right down to the numbers.

Last month, Marvel took the top spot.

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Taking the top spot last month was BATMAN #28. DC took 3 of the top ten spots, Marvel took 5 spots, and Image took two spots in February.

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The finale from LOCKE & KEY takes the top spot for graphic novels. Like most months, Image books tend to dominate this section.

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In case you were wondering

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How do they calculate this information? 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 January to December 2013, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

What are your thoughts on all these numbers? What's your predictions for this month?

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Posted By pikahyper

@v_scarlotte_rose: very true but anything they sell that is not a comic book or collection should not be put in the ranking for top marketshare, a publisher should distribute comics to be included.

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@pikahyper: They make quite a lot of other stuff apart from the chess collections. I think they currently make Doctor Who figurines, Batmobiles, Star Trek ships, etc.

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Posted By Manwhohaseverything

Also glad FF #1 did well. Now, it is a #1 so no surprise, but it was a really cool comic. I hope everyone that bought the first issue, buys the second. I know I will.

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@patrat18 said:

@vaeternus said:

So more or less comes down to

Batman vs. Marvel Universe lol

Batman wins every time.

Lol :)

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Shame on the people who bought Paul Cornell's "Wolverine".

Shame, shame, shamity, shame.

None of them will ever know dignity sir.

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Posted By mickeymayhew

Superior Spiderman is doing brilliantly so what do they do? cancel it. Right.

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Posted By Bezza

@theblackhood:

re Mags comic, I bought that one too and yeah It will get cancelled no doubt! Also agree re Wolverine, he is one of my favourites, but is in too many comics....

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@bezza said:

Marvel rules again. DC need to up their game. Aside from the ever popular Batman they are falling way off the pace....the new Green Lantern series post Geoff Johns has not caught the imagination, WW is critically acclaimed but polarising WW fans and a commercial failure. The promising Superman Unchained has been hit by delays and many people like me have given up on it. DCs other characters just aren't well known enough in the wider world to attract new readers. Marvel have a strong line up with interesting new characters and they don't keep ret-conning their universe to further aleniate existing readers!!!

No, instead of ret-conning Marvel just starts out with new #1's and creative teams every 10 issues. So both companies have their failings. And for as much BS as people give Batman fans, the Wolverine / Deadpool fans are just as bad. I would venture to guess that out of the 69 comics that Marvel put out Wolverine was probably in almost 20 of them. I wish both companies would take more chances on ongoings for interesting characters. But hey, they gave Magneto a series that will be cancelled in twelve issues so I am happy for the next year.

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Posted By Bezza

Marvel rules again. DC need to up their game. Aside from the ever popular Batman they are falling way off the pace....the new Green Lantern series post Geoff Johns has not caught the imagination, WW is critically acclaimed but polarising WW fans and a commercial failure. The promising Superman Unchained has been hit by delays and many people like me have given up on it. DCs other characters just aren't well known enough in the wider world to attract new readers. Marvel have a strong line up with interesting new characters and they don't keep ret-conning their universe to further aleniate existing readers!!!

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I still need to read Saga!! And this keeps reminding me!!

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Posted By scouts1998

GO EAGLE MOSS!

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Posted By TheFirstLantern

I'm happy that F4 #1 cracked the top 10. I didn't think that it it would come close even though it was a number one issue. Glad to see the first family get some love from the masses.

I agree, this is by far the biggest surprise to me.

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@k4tzm4n: I'll take one too. Oh and woot! Superior Spidey PWNS!

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Posted By MakkyD

I'm happy that F4 #1 cracked the top 10. I didn't think that it it would come close even though it was a number one issue. Glad to see the first family get some love from the masses.

Yes! First thing I noticed on the chart

@sagejonathan-They probably make most of their sales through digital, similar to most other "indie" publishers, since most LCS don't stock much non DC/Marvel titles..

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Posted By pikahyper

How in the hell is Eaglemoss in the Top 10 !!! They make chess pieces that look like comic characters !!! No way are their three or four $32 "magazines" a month pulling in more then Valiant and Zenescope, I've never even heard of any LCS ordering them.

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Posted By AlwaysAngry

@k4tzm4n said:

One ticket to the universe where Green Arrow, TMNT, and Valiant sell the amount they deserve to, please.

I'll buy one of those tickets.

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Posted By Vaeternus

@patrat18 said:

@vaeternus said:

So more or less comes down to

Batman vs. Marvel Universe lol

Batman wins every time.

lol seems that way.

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Posted By Experio

Marvellous

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Posted By 2chimcha3

Valiant finally got 1%! In all seriousness people, they are arguably the best publisher atm or at least in the top 3. They deserve so much more.

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@wolverine08: Never said that. But I don't see DC putting giant, pointless #1s on their covers nearly every story arc, no matter how connected they are to the previous issues.

Pretty much. Marvel has #1's every week now.

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So more or less comes down to

Batman vs. Marvel Universe lol

Batman wins every time.

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@jonny_anonymous:

no. no they weren't. the explosion in sales is solely based on the success of the show. all you have to do is look at the previous sales charts.

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Comic Superman\WW not in Top 10. Hallelujah.

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Posted By lifeboy

I believe marvel gets more money. Thats why the majority of their comics are 3.99 and the majority of dc is 2.99.

Just give me my Supergirl, Superman and Catwoman and I'm a happy camper.

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Posted By mak13131313

Glad to see Batman get the top spot again! And more people need to be reading Green Arrow damn it!

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Posted By MasterBelmont

I know I've already said this, but I just love how SSM gets so much hate, yet once again, both of last month's issues are in the top ten. Looks like the haters got owned.

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@wolverine08: Never said that. But I don't see DC putting giant, pointless #1s on their covers nearly every story arc, no matter how connected they are to the previous issues.

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Posted By RustyRoy

@rulerofthisuniverse said:

@rustyroy: Because they like excessive amounts of money.

.................Yes, because as we all know, DC likes low sales.

Doesn't Marvel seem to be more desperate?

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Posted By Doomnaut

MARVEL WINS!!!!!

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@rulerofthisuniverse said:

@rustyroy: Because they like excessive amounts of money.

.................Yes, because as we all know, DC likes low sales.

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@rustyroy: Because they like excessive amounts of money.

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Posted By lvenger

Shame on the people who bought Paul Cornell's "Wolverine".

Shame, shame, shamity, shame.

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

BATMAN! You don't deserve the #1 spot!!!!

Wooo Locke and Key FTW!!!

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I'm happy that F4 #1 cracked the top 10. I didn't think that it it would come close even though it was a number one issue. Glad to see the first family get some love from the masses.

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Marvel's win this month doesn't really surprise me, with the renumberings. I really hate that marketing technique, but it sure does work.

Why do they keep renumbering?

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Posted By inferiorego

@k4tzm4n said:

One ticket to the universe where Green Arrow, TMNT, and Valiant sell the amount they deserve to, please.

Make that two please. Especially on Green Arrow.

..and I hate to be a pain but.....I don't think February is the first month of the "new" year @inferiorego, sorry but it was nibbling at me a bit.

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Posted By RulerOfThisUniverse

Marvel's win this month doesn't really surprise me, with the renumberings. I really hate that marketing technique, but it sure does work.

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Posted By Vaeternus

So more or less comes down to

Batman vs. Marvel Universe lol

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@k4tzm4n said:

One ticket to the universe where Green Arrow, TMNT, and Valiant sell the amount they deserve to, please.

Ditto!

Not many surprises on this list. DC takes the top comic but Marvel has a higher market share. That's to be expected with the new wave of Marvel NOW books though.

The lack of The Walking Dead in the top trades surprised me a little though. But in a good way. Image didn't actually take that many of the top trades this month which is cool.

Also congrats to Booch and Francis for being the only DC team to break into the top-ten trades this month.

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Posted By TommyJones1945

@k4tzm4n They're pretty much what any comic fan would expect. Nothing too eye opening i.e. Batman's at the top, you gotta a couple of #1s, Marvel has more market share etc.

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