It looks like Superior Spider-Man’s run at the top has ended. For February Batman is tops. Check out more on this below and share your thoughts on the state of comics circa February after the JUMP!
Diamond Comic Distributors released their February 2014 comic book sales and market share charts Friday morning and like last month , the figures again suggest the comic book Direct Market growth trend that began in Fall 2011 may have reached its peak.
Batman #28 and Forever Evil #5 led the pace in comic book sales; Wolverine #1 was Marvel’s bestselling comic book; and two issues of the Walking Dead – #121 & 122 and part of the “All-Out War” arc celebrating of the 10th anniversary of the series – cracked the Top 10.
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IDW’s Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega hardcover, the final in the series, topped the graphic novel charts.
Marvel led both market share categories, 34.10% in dollar share and 37.36% in unit share. DC was of course #2 in both categories, with 28.73% and 31.12% in dollar and unit share, respectively.
And while graphic novel sales posted 2.83% dollar and 14.99% unit gains over February 2013, comic book sales were down in double figures versus the same period last year – -10.39% in dollar sales and -14.77% in unit sales.
Overall dollar sales are down -5.89% year-to-date in 2014 versus 2013. Given what was more bad weather across much of North America in February, it’s probably too early to call the sales growth trend of the last 2.5 years definitively over, but certainly the early 2014 trend bears watching.