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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
MARVEL COMICS 45.42% 41.66%
DC COMICS 34.37% 30.95%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.47% 4.61%
IMAGE COMICS 3.38% 3.61%
IDW PUBLISHING 2.52% 3.10%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.09% 1.91%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.00% 2.21%
VIZ MEDIA 0.88% 1.96%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.83% 0.59%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 0.50% 0.58%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.53% 8.83%

 

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACKEST NIGHT #7 $3.99 DEC090133-M DC
2 SIEGE #2 $3.99 DEC090432-M MAR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

Unit Market Share for February 2010

Dollar Market Share for February 2010

 

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? 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 any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

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