Thursday, March 24, 2005

Comics' dollar sales up 15% in February

ICv2 has the breakdown of North American direct-market figures for February, noting that dollar sales of comics and graphic novels were up 15 percent over those in February 2004 -- the best month since the retailer website began tracking year-over-year numbers last March.

Single issues increased 10 percent, while graphic novels jumped 49 percent over the same period in 2004. Six titles were over the 100,000 mark last month, compared to just three in February 2004.

Marvel's New Avengers #3 held the top spot, with an estimated 148,973 copies. DC's top seller was Superman/Batman #17, which came in at No. 3 with an estimated 116,637 copies. Top Cow's Hunter-Killer #1 was the first non-Big Two book to crack the charts, coming in at No. 37 with an estimated 40,084 copies.

Top 300 comics for February
Top 100 graphic novels for February