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'Civil War' Finale Tops the Charts

Marvel Dominates in February

Published: 03/20/2007 12:00am

The seventh and final issue of Marvel's Civil War crossover event topped the February sales chart of periodical comics sold via Diamond Comic Distributors with sales of 265,935 units.  Civil War #7 was one of just five titles to post gains over previous issues, while 17 series declined, but sales of periodicals were given a definite boost by debut comics, three of which finished in the top 25.  Marvel's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1 comic came in at number 2 with 172,147 copies sold, while DC's Brave & Bold #1 (2 covers; 50/50 ratio) was at #13 with 92,091 copies sold, and Marvel's X-Men Annual (65,559) was #22.

 

Marvel took the first six spots and 15 out of the top 25.  In addition to Civil War and Dark Tower, Marvel's top titles included Amazing Spider-Man #538 a Civil War tie-in and New Avengers #27, which featured the debut of artist Leinil Yu, Astonishing X-Men #20 and Wolverine #51.  Overall Marvel had 33 out of the top 50 titles, while DC had 17.  Dark Horse's  Star Wars Legacy #8 (at 57), Conan #37 (at 75), and Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja #19 (at 93) were the only non-Marvel or DC titles in the top 100.

 

While Marvel dominated the periodical comic book list, DC took 8 out of the top 10 spots in the graphic novel chart, though Marvel did claim the top spot (in units) with Civil War: The Road to Civil War, while New Avengers Vol. 5 came in at #7.  DC's contingent was led by the Alex Ross' Justice Vol. 2 hardcover (#2 in units, #1 in dollars), the deluxe softcover edition of Batman Year One, Jack of Fables Vol.1, DMZ Vol.2, and Justice Society Vol.2.

 

Viz Media's Bleach, which is picking up steam in both the direct and bookstore markets, was the top manga release at #11, followed closely by Tokyopop's Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vol.2 at #12.  Dark Horse's $30 300 hardcover was #15 in units, but third in dollar sales.

 

Here are ICv2's estimates of the sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores on the top 25 comic titles in January:

 

265,935           Civil War #7 (of 7)

172,147           Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1 (of 7)

142,956           Amazing Spider-Man #538

130,531           New Avengers #27

119,736           Astonishing X-Men #20

  97,181           Wolverine #51

  94,960           Justice #10 (of 12)

  94,694           52 Week #40

  94,486           52 Week #41

  94,220           52 Week #42

  93,505           52 Week #43

  92,881           New Avengers: Illuminati #2 (of 5)

  92,091           Brave & Bold #1

  89,163           Civil War Frontline #11 (of 11)

  84,356           Justice Society of America #3

  83,167           Batman #663

  83,009           Uncanny X-Men #483

  78,901           Wolverine: Origins #11

  75,707           X-Men #196

  74,376           Ultimate Spider-Man #105

  69,860           Wonder Woman #4

  65,569           X-Men Annual #1

  64,554           Action Comics #846

  64,363           Ultimate X-Men #79

  62,791           Thunderbolts #111

 

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 Books & Graphic Novels Post Gains Again.'

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 2007.'


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 2007.'

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 2007.'

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 2007.'

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through February 2007, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'
 
 
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