Black Panther Tops April's Sales Chart

Black Panther #1

The debut issue of the new Black Panther series from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze reintroduce readers to T’Challa is the best-selling comic book of April 2016, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics was April's top publisher with a 42.98% dollar share and a 47.87% unit share. DC Entertainment was second with a 25.82% dollar share and a 25.13% unit share. Image Comics was third with an 8.72% dollar share and an 8.95% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.41% dollar share and a 3.67% unit share, and Dark Horse Comics was fifth with a 3.07% dollar share and 2.42% units share.

dollar-share
unit-share

Marvel Comics had seven of April's ten best-selling titles. In addition to Black Panther #1 topping the chart, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 came in at #2 and Star Wars Special C-3P0 #1 at #4. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten: Dark Knight III Master Race Book 4 at #3, Batman #51 at #5, and Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fools Special #1 at #9. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #153 was Image Comics' top book for the month at #13, IDW Publishing’s Micronaunts #1 ranked #75, and Dark Horse Comics' Aliens: Defiance #1 ranked #132 for the month.

Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman Earth One Volume 1 from DC Entertainment was the best-selling graphic novel of April. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten with the release of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition at #9. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten – Star Wars: Vader Down at #2, Thanos: The Infinity Finale OGN at #5, Civil War at #6, and Deadpool: World’s Greatest Volume 1: A Millionaire with Mouth at #7. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten including Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons at #3, I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After at #4, and Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening at #8. Oni Press’ Rick & Morty: Volume 2 ranked #10.

Image Comics’ Spawn Adult Coloring Book was April’s best-selling book. Random House’s Star Wars Little Golden Book: The Force Awakens ranked #2 for the month.

DC Collectibles’ Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice: Batman Statue was April’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten was DC Collectible’s DC Comics Bombshells: The Joker & Harley Quinn Statue 2nd Edition at #5. Diamond Select Toys has five products in the top ten, led by the Ghostbusters Select Series 2 Action Figures at #2. Diamond Select Toys rounds out the top ten with Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #7, Marvel Select: Black Widow Action Figure at #8, Ghostbusters Select Series 1 Action Figures at #9, and Batman Premium Collection: Mad Love Harley Quinn Statue at #10.

Wizkids/NECA’s Marvel Heroclix: Uncanny X-Men Booster Brick was April’s best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.98%

47.87%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.82%

25.13%

IMAGE COMICS

8.72%

8.95%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.41%

3.67%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.07%

2.42%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.39%

2.45%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.53%

1.45%

TITAN COMICS

1.10%

1.09%

VIZ MEDIA

0.97%

0.38%

ONI PRESS

0.87%

0.63%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.12%

5.96%


NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

35

1

128

DC ENTERTAINMENT

80

31

1

112

IMAGE COMICS

56

17

1

73

IDW PUBLISHING

43

21

0

64

DARK HORSE COMICS

27

19

0

46

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

27

8

0

35

TITAN COMICS

22

3

1

26

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

6

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS INC.

8

4

0

12

OTHER NON-TOP 10

46

139

26

211

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2016 VS. MARCH 2016

COMICS

8.18%

8.19%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.81%

-8.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

2.06%

6.50%

APRIL 2016 VS. APRIL 2015

COMICS

-18.05%

-22.28%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-11.99%

-12.42%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-16.19%

-21.49%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

-7.84%

-13.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.87%

5.23%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.06%

-11.69%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

FEB160740-M

MAR

2

STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1

$4.99

FEB160747-M

MAR

3

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4

$5.99

JAN160219-M

DC

4

STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1

$4.99

OCT150933

MAR

5

BATMAN #51

$3.99

FEB160185-M

DC

6

GWENPOOL #1

$4.99

FEB160762-M

MAR

7

STAR WARS #18

$3.99

FEB160935-M

MAR

8

DARTH VADER #19

$3.99

FEB160938

MAR

9

HARLEY QUINN & SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL'S SPECIAL #1

$4.99

FEB160121-M

DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10

$3.99

FEB160792-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE BOOK 1 HC

$22.99

DEC150215

DC

2

STAR WARS: VADER DOWN TP

$19.99

JAN160962

MAR

3

RAT QUEENS VOLUME 3: DEMONS TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN160696

IMA

4

I HATE FAIRYLAND VOL. 1: MADLY EVER AFTER TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN160644-M

IMA

5

THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE OGN HC

$24.99

DEC150873

MAR

6

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MAR

7

DEADPOOL: WORLD'S GREATEST VOLUME 1: A MILLIONAIRE WITH MOUTH TP

$15.99

JAN160939

MAR

8

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 1: AWAKENING PART ONE TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN160635-M

IMA

9

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC

10

RICK & MORTY VOLUME 2 TP

$19.99

FEB161683-M

ONI

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SPAWN ADULT COLORING BOOK

$14.99

FEB160614

IMA

2

STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: THE FORCE AWAKENS

$4.99

FEB162187

RAN

3

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 105 SC

$14.95

JAN161934

SAN

4

STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA UPDATED EXPANDED HC

$16.99

MAR162015

DK

5

FIREFLY DICTIONARY AND PHRASEBOOK HC

$21.95

JAN161711

RAN

6

NARUTO: SAKURA STORY SC

$10.99

MAR161867

VIZ

7

LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA

$18.99

MAR161976

DK

8

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIRST AVENGER HC

$24.99

MAR161964

DK

9

STAR TREK: MAD LIBS

$4.99

FEB162184

PUT

10

DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK

$9.99

SEP148145

POC

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN STATUE

AUG150303

DC

2

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES

JAN162250

DST

3

MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: TEPPO ASHIGARU SANDTROOPER ACTION FIGURES

JUL158518

BLU

4

HATSUNE MIKU PLAY ARTS KAI: TETSUYA FIGURE

SEP152434

SQU

5

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE 2ND EDITION

AUG150309

DC

6

POP! STAR WARS: RANCOR WITH LUKE & SLAVE OOLA 3-PACK

SEP158902

FUN

7

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE

MAR101468

DST

8

MARVEL SELECT: BLACK WIDOW ACTION FIGURE

SEP118154

DST

9

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES

MAY152168

DST

10

BATMAN PREMIUM COLLECTION: MAD LOVE HARLEY QUINN STATUE

JUL158013

DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: UNCANNY X-MEN BOOSTER BRICK

MAR162746

NEC

2

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX

JAN162805

NEC

3

SHADOWS OVER CAMELOT

FEB054009

DAY

4

SMALL WORLD

FEB095181

DOW

5

MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR

FEB162982

NEC

6

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERS

FEB162979

WIZ

7

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS QUICK START KIT

JAN160053

NEC

8

MEMOIR '44

APR044222

DOW

9

TICKET TO RIDE

MAR043750

DOW

10

DC DICE MASTERS: WORLDS FINEST

JAN162799

NEC

0comments

-----

Giveaway_Banner

Did you see Captain America: Civil War? Want a chance to win a Hot Toys 1/6th scale Captain America figure from the movie? Head on over to the ComicBook.com Movie Database page and rate the movie to enter!