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Comic Market Continues Growth

In February

Published: 03/10/2013, Last Updated: 03/12/2013 03:20am
Sales of comics and graphic novels to comic stores grew over 10% in February vs. February 2012, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.  Graphic novels were down around 1.5% and comics were up 15.91% to produce that over-all market.
The growth rate in February declined from the blistering 27% growth rate over-all in January (see "Comic Sales Roar in January"), but that may reflect January’s five weeks of invoicing more than a trend.
Marvel maintained its recent hold on the #1 market share slot with a 35% share vs. a 29% sharea for DC. 
Two relaunches, Justice League of America #1 and Uncanny X-Men #1, topped the comic charts, while the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen hardcover volume from Top Shelf was #1 in graphic novels.

For an overview and analysis of comic sales in February, see "52 Variants Garner Million Dollar Book."
 
For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during February, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2013."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during February, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2013."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books shipped during Janaury, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--Janaury 2013."

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during Janaury, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--January 2013."

For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in January, see"'Superior Spider-Man' Tops in January."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in January, see "Comic Sales Roar in January."
 
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through February 2013, see "ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 300 GNs Index."
 
 
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