(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 8, 2011) — Reeling from the death of one of their own, the Fantastic Four was reborn for a new era with a new member — Spider-Man — as the Future Foundation in Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting's FF #1, March's best-selling comic book to comics specialty retailers, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was the leading comic book publisher in March with a Dollar Market Share of 39.63% and a Unit Market Share of 45.28%.
Sales of comic books and graphic novels soared in March over February's, with comic books sales up over February by 17.13% and graphic novel sales up 13.86%. For the first quarter, comic sales declined by 8.57% compared to the same period in 2010, while graphic novel sales declined by 7.24%.
Mike Carey and Peter Gross' acclaimed fantasy series The Unwritten for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint gave the the publisher the best-selling graphic novel in March with the third volume of the series, The Unwritten Volume 3: Dead Man's Knock, which revealed more of the secrets and mysteries surrounding Tommy Taylor.
Popular characters Judge Malthred and Garona from Blizzard Entertainment's best-selling World of WarCraft massively multiplayer online roleplaying game were brought to life by DC Direct for the World of WarCraft Series 7 Action Figures, the best-selling Toy product to comics specialty retailers in March.
The X-Men come to the HeroClix table in a massive way with WizKids/NECA's Marvel HeroClix: Giant Sized X-Men Brick, providing gamers with dozens of their favorite mutants and giving the manufacturer March's best-selling Games product sold to comics specialty retailers.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||4.27%||2.86%|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||0.88%||0.22%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||9.90%||5.20%|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MARCH 2011 VS. FEBRUARY 2011|
|MARCH 2011 VS. MARCH 2010|
|FIRST QUARTER 2011 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2010|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|2||GREEN LANTERN #64||$2.99||JAN110237-M||DC|
|3||GREEN LANTERN #63||$2.99||DEC100180-M||DC|
|4||BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #2||$2.99||OCT100174-M||DC|
|5||BRIGHTEST DAY #21||$2.99||JAN110243-M||DC|
|6||BRIGHTEST DAY #22||$2.99||JAN110245-M||DC|
|7||BATMAN INCORPORATED #3||$2.99||NOV100164-M||DC|
|9||BATMAN INCORPORATED #4||$2.99||DEC100192-M||DC|
|10||FEAR ITSELF: BOOK OF THE SKULL #1||$3.99||JAN110692-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 3: DEAD MAN'S KNOCK TP||$14.99||DEC100305||DC|
|2||BATMAN AND ROBIN: BATMAN REBORN TP||$14.99||DEC100246||DC|
|4||BATMAN: TIME AND THE BATMAN HC||$19.99||NOV100225||DC|
|5||BATMAN BEYOND: HUSH BEYOND TP||$14.99||DEC100245||DC|
|6||IZOMBIE VOLUME 1: DEAD TO THE WORLD TP||$14.99||DEC100299||DC|
|7||BLEACH VOLUME 34 TP||$9.99||DEC101080||VIZ|
|8||THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE||$9.99||JUL068351||IMA|
|9||MORNING GLORIES VOL. 1: FOR A BETTER FUTURE||$9.99||DEC100470||IMA|
|10||THE THANOS IMPERATIVE HC||$24.99||DEC100645||MAR|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 7 ACTION FIGURES||MAR100358||DC|
|2||COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: SUPERGIRL STATUE||JUN100300||DC|
|3||WORLD OF WARCRAFT: LICH KING ARTHAS DLX FIGURE||APR100323||DC|
|4||JOKER 1/4-SCALE MUSEUM QUALITY STATUE||APR100304||DC|
|5||DC X BISHOUJO: CATWOMAN STATUE||OCT101632||KOT|
|6||BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES||JUN100288||DC|
|7||BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: BATMAN BY TONY DANIEL||JUN100299||DC|
|8||HEROES OF THE DCU: BLACKEST NIGHT HAL JORDAN BUST||JUN100297||DC|
|10||WOMEN OF THE DCU SERIES 3: POISON IVY BUST||JUL100279||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX: GIANT SIZED X-MEN BRICK||JAN111976||NEC|
|2||MARVEL HEROCLIX: GIANT SIZED X-MEN SUPER BOOSTER||JAN111977||NEC|
|3||YU-GI-OH! TCG 5DS: STORM OF RAGNAROK SPECIAL EDITION BOX||JAN111944||KON|
|4||MARVEL HEROCLIX: GIANT SIZED X-MEN ORGANIZED PLAY KIT||JAN111978||NEC|
|5||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MIRRODIN BESIEGED BOOSTER PACKS||DEC101712||WIZ|
|6||YU-GI-OH! TCG 3D BONDS BEYOND TIME MOVIE PACKS||DEC101687||KON|
|7||YU-GI-OH! TCG: DRAGUNITY LEGION STRUCTURE DECK||JAN111945||KON|
|8||DC HEROCLIX: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD BOOSTER PACK||JAN101703||NEC|
|9||MARVEL HEROCLIX: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER PACK||JUN101864||NEC|
|10||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DECK BUILDERS TOOLKIT 2011 EDITION||JAN111972||WIZ|
Dollar Market Share – March 2010
Unit Market Share– March 2010
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