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Comics Edge Up

In February

Published: 03/24/2005 12:00am

Sales on comics edged up modestly in February, with improvement both at the top and the bottom of the list of the bestselling titles in comic shops.  Sales on four of the top six titles were up over sales on the previous issues this month, and at the bottom of the list, sales on the 300th title would have placed at #262 in January. 

 

Piece sales also improved vs. the same month a year ago.  There were six titles over 100,000 in February 2005, compared to only three in February 2004.

 

Graphic novel sales at the top of the Top 100 Graphic Novels list were unremarkable, with the top seller, Superman / Batman Vol. 2 at only 7,800 copies.  But Dark Horse made a big move this month, with four of the top ten graphic novels, the most of any publisher.  Three of those were new editions of the Sin City trade paperbacks.  The fourth was the top manga title this month, the American manga Megatokyo (which also scored big in bookstores last month, see ''Megatokyo' Reaches #3').

 

The top 25 comic titles in February, along with our estimates of the numbers sold by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores, are as follow:

 

148,973            New Avengers #3

134,134            Astonishing X-Men #8

116,637            Superman / Batman #17    

108,378            Ultimates 2 #3

108,077            Green Lantern: Rebirth #4     

101,258            Superman #213

  98,339            X-Men: Phoenix-Endsong #2

  88,920            Uncanny X-Men #455

  87,951            Young Avengers #1

  86,767            Uncanny X-Men #456

  86,685            Ultimate Spider-Man #72

  84,155            X-Men #167

  83,720            Ultimate X-Men #56

  83,180            Wolverine #25

  78,584            Amazing Spider-Man #517

  74,783            X-Men: Phoenix-Endsong #3

  73,082            Ultimate Nightmare #5

  66,861            Teen Titans #21

  64,540            JLA #111

  60,460            Marvel Knights Spider-Man #11

  58,034            Batman #637

  57,047            X-Men Fantastic Four #3

  55,510            Supreme Power #15

  54,329            X-23 #3

  53,606            JLA Classified #4
 

We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.

 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see 'Comic Dollars Up 15%.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during February, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2005.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during February, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2005.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during January, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--January 2005.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during January, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--January 2005.'

 

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through February 2005, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'

 
 
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