First the good news; DC Comics unit share grew five-percent from last month. The bad news, Marvel still dominated the market in January 2016.  Diamond Comic Distributors has released a rundown of the top ten comics released in February, and DC was able to place in several key spots.

Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher with a 42.19% dollar share and a 40.78% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.01% dollar share and a 26.00% unit share. January’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 10.13% dollar share and a 9.18% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.14% dollar share and a 4.78% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 2.59% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share.

How is this good for DC? Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 took the top spot for the month, with Batman #49 coming in third.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEPUBLISHER
1DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #3$5.99DC
2STAR WARS #16$3.99MAR
3BATMAN #49$3.99DC
4SPIDER-MAN #1$3.99MAR
5DEADPOOL: THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1$3.99MAR
6DEADPOOL #7$9.99MAR
7DARTH VADER #16$3.99MAR
8POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1$3.99MAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7$3.99MAR
10JUSTICE LEAGUE #48$3.99DC

As far as comparative sales go, here’s the rundown of the numbers.

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS  
 DOLLARSUNITS
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. JANUARY 2016
COMICS0.14%-5.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-0.63%8.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.10%-4.24%
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2015
COMICS-6.73%-14.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS12.00%18.12%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-1.69%-12.54%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS-5.32%-9.52%
GRAPHIC NOVELS1.13%2.92%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.43%-8.63%

Overall, things are progressing as I expect for a month that had fewer days (but the same number of Wednesdays).

We’ll have the complete rundown of comics sold in the direct market next week, but are you seeing anything interesting in the trends compared to previous months?

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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