Batman Beats Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Into 2nd Place In March Charts And Marketshare

The top ten is in flux for March, as the #50 issue landmark lifts Superman into 4th, and cements Batman into first place, as Boom's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 takes second place and Star Wars takes third. In fact, with Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Deadpool and International Iron Man, the launch of Marvel's Avengers crossover event, usually expected to be closer to the top, only ekes into tenth place.

But for all that, not too much has changed between the direct market Diamond comic book marketshare, between February to March. Marvel have dropped their dollar share by three points, but gained a little in the numbers they were selling. This is usually due to them giving big discounts. Meanwhile DC have maintained their dollar share, but the amount of comics they sold dropped three points, possibly because the price of their comics went up with all the $4.99 issue 50 titles.

Image Comics have dropped marketshare back below 10%, quite significantly, while IDW have also had a one percentage bump, which at that level makes a lot of difference, while Boom do the same, thanks to their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers performance, while everyone else seemed to fall back a bit.

Oh and the Harley Quinn Loot Crate exclusive did not go through Diamond, it seems.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.39%
DC ENTERTAINMENT26.32%
IMAGE COMICS8.73%
IDW PUBLISHING5.82%
BOOM! STUDIOS3.26%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.82%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.69%
VIZ MEDIA1.45%
TITAN COMICS1.42%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.21%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.88%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS42.71%
DC ENTERTAINMENT25.94%
IMAGE COMICS8.63%
IDW PUBLISHING4.41%
BOOM! STUDIOS4.07%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.47%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.56%
TITAN COMICS1.48%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC1.13%
ONI PRESS INC.0.84%
OTHER NON-TOP 106.78%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS84440128
DC ENTERTAINMENT77400117
IDW PUBLISHING5032082
IMAGE COMICS5419073
EAGLEMOSS004747
VIZ MEDIA043043
DARK HORSE COMICS2316039
TITAN COMICS1911535
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT2311034
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT182020
OTHER NON-TOP 1014015329322

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
MARCH 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2016
COMICS3.62%2.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS31.90%26.24%
TOTAL COMICS/GN12.29%4.61%
MARCH 2016 VS. MARCH 2015
COMICS0.53%-8.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS36.36%34.78%
TOTAL COMICS/GN11.04%-5.31%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS-3.40%-9.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS12.67%13.56%
TOTAL COMICS/GN1.32%-7.53%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1BATMAN #50$5.99DC
2MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1$3.99BOO
3STAR WARS #17$3.99MAR
4SUPERMAN #50$4.99DC
5AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9$3.99MAR
6DARTH VADER #17$3.99MAR
7DARTH VADER #18$3.99MAR
8DEADPOOL #8$3.99MAR
9INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1$3.99MAR
10AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1$4.99MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 25: NO TURNING BACK TP (MR)$14.99IMA
2PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 1 TP$9.99IMA
3CIVIL WAR TP$24.99MAR
4TOKYO GHOST VOLUME 1: ATOMIC GARDEN TP (MR)$9.99IMA
5BATMAN VOLUME 7: ENDGAME TP$16.99DC
6BEAUTY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
7EAST OF WEST VOLUME 5: ALL THESE SECRETS TP$14.99IMA
8SECRET WARS HC$50.00MAR
9BATMAN VOLUME 8: SUPERHEAVY HC$24.99DC
10AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 12: SMOKE & SHADOW PART 3 TP$10.99DAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC$13.99RAN
2WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 1 HC$39.99DAR
3THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 104 SC$14.95SAN
4DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 87 SC$14.95SAN
5BATMAN V SUPERMAN: ART OF DAWN OF JUSTICE HC$39.99RAN
6VISUAL FUNK STREET ART ADULT COLORING BOOK TP$9.99IDW
7MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: LIGHT UP RING & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT$9.95RUN
8STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE$4.99RAN
9BOB'S BURGERS BURGER BOOK HC$19.95RAN
10BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE TECH MANUAL HC$39.95RAN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1DRAGONBALL Z: SON GOKU 10-INCH PVC FIGUREBAN
2POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR (6-INCH) WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA VINYL FIGURE 3-PACKFUN
3MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREDST
4MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURESQU
5MARVEL: LADY DEADPOOL BISHOUJO STATUEKOT
6DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND EDDC
7GREEN ARROW AND BLACK CANARY STATUEDC
8BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUEDC
9BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUEDST
10BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN VARIANT STATUEDST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLYHAS
2STAR WARS X-WING: GHOST EXPANSION PACKFAN
3SUPERNATURAL MONOPOLYUSA
4RISK: STAR WARS EDITIONHAS
5STAR WARS X-WING: PUNISHING ONE EXPANSION PACKFAN
6DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICKNEC
7V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE BOARD GAMEIDW
8TICKET TO RIDE MAP COLLECTION 5: UNITED KINGDOMDOW
9YU-GI-OH! TCG PREMIUM GOLD BOXKON
10YU-GI-OH! TCG: BREAKERS OF SHADOW SPECIAL EDITION BOOSTERSKON

 

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Dollar Market Share – March 2016

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Unit Market Share – March 2016

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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