DC Comics Reached The Top of February's Comics Sales Chart As Blackest Night Neared Its Conclusion
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 4, 2010) — The uniting of heroes and villains into Lantern Corps to defeat Nekron helped send Blackest Night #7, the latest chapter of the cosmic crossover event by writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis, to the top of the sales charts, giving DC Comics the best-selling comic book in February 2010, based upon total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.
Battling Blackest Night for the #2 spot on the chart was Siege #2, the second issue of Marvel Comics' Avengers crossover, which helped Marvel Comics take the top publisher spot in February with the company leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, for a 45.42% Unit Market Share and a 41.66% Dollar Share for the month.
Bill Willingham's take on the creatures of myth and fairy tales, Fables, has been a strong seller for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint and was optioned for a pilot by ABC. The latest collected volume of the series, Fables Volume 13: The Great Fables Crossover, collecting a nine-part storyline that ran between Fables and Jack of Fables, provided DC/Vertigo with the best-selling graphic novel to comic book specialty shops in February.
DC Direct brought the heroes and villains of their best-selling comic book mini-series Blackest Night to life, and the Blackest Night Series 3 Action Figures gave DC Comics the best-selling Toy product to comics specialty retailers in February. Wizards of the Coast's latest expansion for the Magic the Gathering trading card game, Worldwake, gave the publisher the best-selling game product to specialty retailers for the month.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|PUBLISHER||UNIT SHARE||DOLLAR SHARE|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.47%||4.61%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||4.53%||8.83%|
TOP 10 COMICS
|1||BLACKEST NIGHT #7||$3.99||DEC090133-M||DC|
|3||GREEN LANTERN #51||$2.99||DEC090136-M||DC|
|4||BATMAN AND ROBIN #8||$2.99||DEC090151-M||DC|
|5||BATMAN AND ROBIN #9||$2.99||DEC090153-M||DC|
|6||DARK AVENGERS #14||$3.99||DEC090436-M||MAR|
|7||NEW AVENGERS #62||$3.99||DEC090435||MAR|
|8||GREEN LANTERN CORPS #45||$2.99||DEC090138-M||DC|
|9||THE FLASH: REBIRTH #6||$2.99||JUL090202-M||DC|
|10||UNCANNY X-MEN #521||$2.99||DEC090546-M||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||FABLES VOLUME 13: THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER TP (MR)||$17.99||NOV090228||DC|
|2||KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC (MR)||$24.99||DEC090575-M||MAR|
|3||ALL-STAR SUPERMAN VOLUME 2 TP||$12.99||NOV090170||DC|
|4||NARUTO VOLUME 47 TP||$9.99||NOV090945||VIZ|
|5||STAR WARS ADVENTURES VOLUME 3: LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE TREASURE OF THE DRAGONSNAKES TP||$7.95||SEP090035||DAR|
|6||GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN TP||$14.99||NOV090177||DC|
|7||THE DARK TOWER: THE FALL OF GILEAD PREMIERE HC||$24.99||NOV090539||MAR|
|8||HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM HC (MR)||$24.99||OCT090300||DC|
|9||STAR WARS: LEGACY VOLUME 8: TATOOINE TP||$17.99||NOV090075||DAR|
|10||BERSERK VOLUME 33||$14.99||SEP090043||DAR|
TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES
|1||BLACKEST NIGHT SERIES 3 FIGURES||AUG090260||DC|
|2||COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: POWER GIRL STATUE||JUL090329||DC|
|3||RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK UQS: INDIANA JONES FIGURE||APR088045||DST|
|4||MARVEL: SCARLET WITCH BISHOUJO STATUE||SEP091442||KOT|
|5||BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE: MARSHALL ROGERS||JUL090312||DC|
|6||JLA CLASSIFIED CLASSIC SERIES 2 FIGURES||JUL090313||DC|
|7||STAR WARS UQS: DARTH MAUL FIGURE||AUG084941||DST|
|8||BATMAN: MAD LOVE COLLECTOR'S SET||JUL090327||DC|
|9||PLANET HULK STATUE||JUL091506||BOW|
|10||WOMEN OF THE DCU: SERIES 3 HIPPOLYTA BUST||JUL090328||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: WORLDWAKE BOOSTER PACKS||DEC091562||WIZ|
|2||YU-GI-OH! TCG: 5DS ABSOLUTE POWERFORCE BOOSTER PACKS||DEC091503||KON|
|3||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: WORLDWAKE FAT PACKS||DEC091563||WIZ|
|4||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: WORLDWAKE INTRO DECKS||DEC091564||WIZ|
|5||BAKUGAN 7-IN-1 MAXUS DRAGONOID||DEC091534||SPI|
|6||PEARLIZED POLY 7-PIECE DICE TUBES||NOV091447||KOP|
|7||PEARLIZED POLY 10-PIECE DICE TUBES||NOV091446||KOP|
|8||YU-GI-OH! TCG MACHINA MAYHEM STRUCTURE DECKS||DEC091504||KON|
|9||PEARLIZED POLY 100-PIECE DICE BOX||NOV091448||KOP|
|10||DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: MARTIAL POWER #2||DEC091540||WIZ|
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