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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--September 2007

Sales Estimates for September Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 10/15/2007, Last Updated: 05/09/2008 03:44am
These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during September 2007.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in September see ''World War Hulk' Conquers Again.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in September, see 'Comics Post 6% Growth in 3rd Quarter.'
 
For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during September, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--September 2007.'
 
Rank Index

Title

Price

Pub  Est.Qty 
1 17.97 WALKING DEAD VOL 7 CALM BEFORE TP (MR) $12.99 IMA  13,203
2 13.86 MARVEL ZOMBIES ARMY OF DARKNESS HC $19.99 MAR  10,183
3 10.87 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 18 ULTIMATE KNIGHTS TP $15.99 MAR    7,986
4 10.6 52 VOL 3 TP $19.99 DC    7,788
5 9.73 HELLBOY VOL 7 TROLL WITCH & OTHERS TP $17.95 DAR    7,149
6 8.3 DMZ VOL 3 PUBLIC WORKS TP (MR) $12.99 DC    6,098
7 7.12 NARUTO VOL 18 TP $7.95 VIZ    5,231
8 7.09 NARUTO VOL 17 TP $7.95 VIZ    5,209
9 6.95 NARUTO VOL 16 TP $7.95 VIZ    5,106
10 6.11 PUNISHER MAX VOL 8 WIDOWMAKER TP (MR) $17.99 MAR    4,489
11 6.1 JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA VOL 1 NEXT AGE HC $19.99 DC    4,482
12 5.83 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL VOL 1 CIVIL WAR TP $14.99 MAR    4,283
13 5.81 TEEN TITANS VOL 7 TITANS EAST TP $14.99 DC    4,269
14 5.54 DAREDEVIL DEVIL HELL TO PAY VOL 1 TP $14.99 MAR    4,070
15 5.29 SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN A/OUTSIDERS VOL 1 TP $16.99 DC    3,887
16 5.04 BERSERK VOL 19 TP (MR) $13.95 DAR    3,703
17 4.81 WOLVERINE ORIGINS VOL 2 SAVIOR TP $13.99 MAR    3,534
18 4.65 SILENT WAR TP $14.99 MAR    3,416
19 4.55 SHOWCASE PRESENTS METAL MEN VOL 1 TP $16.99 DC    3,343
20 4.49 HELLBLAZER THE GIFT TP (MR) $14.99 DC    3,299
21 4.32 CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH $9.99 DC    3,174
22 4.28 LOKI TP $12.99 MAR    3,145
23 4.23 MS MARVEL VOL 2 CIVIL WAR TP $14.99 MAR    3,108
24 4.21 STAR WARS 30TH ANNIV COLL VOL 8 HC SPLINTER O/MINDS EYE $19.95 DAR    3,093
25 4.18 PATH O/ASSASSIN VOL 7 TP (MR) $9.95 DAR    3,071
26 4.08 JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL 2 HC $49.99 DC    2,998
27 4.04 THUNDERBOLTS BY ELLIS VOL 1 FAITH IN MONSTERS PREM HC $24.99 MAR    2,968
28 4.03 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY FOR BETTER OR WORSE TP $14.99 DC    2,961
29 4.02 ENCYCLOPEDIA O/COMICBOOK HEROES VOL 3 SUPERMAN $19.99 DC    2,954
30 3.97 PUNISHER PRESENTS BARRACUDA MAX TP (MR) $17.99 MAR    2,917
31 3.95 DONALD DUCK CASE O/MISSING MUMMY TP $8.99 GEM    2,902
32 3.81 SUPERGIRL & LEGION DOMINATOR WAR TP $14.99 DC    2,799
33 3.81 ESSENTIAL PUNISHER VOL 2 TP $16.99 MAR    2,799
34 3.8 CAPTAIN AMERICA RED WHITE & BLUE TP $19.99 MAR    2,792
35 3.78 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC $74.99 MAR    2,777
36 3.59 AVENGERS DEFENDERS WAR PREMIERE HC* $19.99 MAR    2,638
37 3.4 GHOST RIDER TRAIL OF TEARS PREMIERE HC $19.99 MAR    2,498
38 3.38 ION VOL 2 DYING FLAME TP $14.99 DC    2,483
39 3.3 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC    2,425
40 3.27 CHECKMATE VOL 2 PAWN BREAKS TP $14.99 DC    2,403
41 3.2 DR THIRTEEN ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY TP $14.99 DC    2,351
42 3.11 SUPERMAN DEATH & RETURN O/SUPERMAN OMNIBUS HC $75.00 DC    2,285
43 3.1 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER VOL 9 TP $9.99 VIZ    2,278
44 2.97 SWORD O/ATOM TP $19.99 DC    2,182
45 2.89 BOYS VOL 1 TP (MR) $14.99 DYN    2,123
46 2.86 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR    2,101
47 2.8 BATMAN GOTHIC TP NEW EDITION $14.99 DC    2,057
48 2.68 IRON MAN HYPERVELOCITY TP $14.99 MAR    1,969
49 2.67 MOUSE GUARD VOL 1 FALL 1152 HC NEW PTG $24.95 ARS    1,962
50 2.65 NIGHTLY NEWS VOL 1 TP $16.99 IMA    1,947
51 2.65 SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE SLEEP O/REASON TP (MR) $14.99 DC    1,947
52 2.64 SPAWN COLLECTION VOL 4 TP $29.95 IMA    1,940
53 2.62 30 DAYS O/NIGHT TP MOVIE PTG (MR) $17.99 IDW    1,925
54 2.62 STAR TREK MANGA VOL 2 GN $9.99 TKP    1,925
55 2.58 MADMAN VOL 1 TP $24.99 IMA    1,896
56 2.52 WOLVERINE CLASSIC VOL 5 TP $14.99 MAR    1,851
57 2.51 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES VOL 5 TP $7.49 ARC    1,844
58 2.49 BATMAN STRIKES DUTY CALLS TP $12.99 DC    1,829
59 2.45 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 DIGEST TP $6.99 MAR    1,800
60 2.4 STRANGERS I/PARADISE VOL 6 PKT TP $17.95 ABS    1,763
61 2.36 NIGHTMARE O/ELM STREET TP (MR) $14.99 DC    1,734
62 2.32 SENTENCES LIFE O/M F GRIMM HC (MR) $19.99 DC    1,705
63 2.32 FRUITS BASKET FAN BOOK NEKO CAT GN $10.99 TKP    1,705
64 2.32 SPIDER-MAN FAMILY BACK I/BLACK DIGEST TP $8.99 MAR    1,705
65 2.29 FRIDAY THE 13TH TP (MR) $14.99 DC    1,682
66 2.25 WHITE TIGER HEROES COMPULSION TP $14.99 MAR    1,653
67 2.22 GUNSMITH CATS OMNIBUS VOL 3 TP $16.95 DAR    1,631
68 2.2 MPD PSYCHO VOL 2 TP (MR) $10.95 DAR    1,616
69 2.17 TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE TP (MR) $14.99 DC    1,594
70 2.04 WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL 5 HC $49.99 DC    1,499
71 2.02 FUTURAMA VOL 4 CONQUERS UNIVERSE TP $14.95 BON    1,484
72 1.99 PROCESS RECESS 2 PORTFOLIO SC (MR) $29.95 ADH    1,462
73 1.96 I LUV HALLOWEEN VOL 3 GN (Of 3) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,440
74 1.87 SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 24 GN (Of 38) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,374
75 1.84 OH MY GODDESS VOL 6 TP RTL $10.95 DAR    1,352
76 1.83 CRIMINAL MACABRE TWO RED EYES TP $12.95 DAR    1,345
77 1.71 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 17 CLONE SAGA TP $24.99 MAR    1,256
78 1.71 AFTER THE CAPE VOL 1 HOW FAR TO FALL TP $12.99 IMA    1,256
79 1.69 WALKING DEAD VOL 6 SORROWFUL LIFE TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,242
80 1.69 BETTY & VERONICA BOY TROUBLE VOL 1 TP $7.49 ARC    1,242
81 1.66 DEATH NOTE VOL 1 TP $7.99 VIZ    1,220
82 1.63 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE VOL 1 TP NEW EDITION $19.99 DC    1,198
83 1.63 BLACK CAT VOL 10 TP $7.99 VIZ    1,198
84 1.6 WELCOME TO NHK VOL 4 GN (Of 6) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,176
85 1.59 SERENITY TP $9.95 DAR    1,168
86 1.58 WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP $9.99 IMA    1,161
87 1.58 HULK PLANET HULK HC $39.99 MAR    1,161
88 1.57 DARKNESS VOL 6 DEPTHS O/HELL TP $14.99 IMA    1,153
89 1.55 INVISIBLE BOY VOL 1 GN $12.95 DIG    1,139
90 1.54 KUROHIME VOL 1 TP $7.99 VIZ    1,131
91 1.54 ADVENTURES O/RED SONJA VOL 2 SHE DEVIL W/SWORD TP $19.99 DYN    1,131
92 1.53 52 VOL 2 TP $19.99 DC    1,124
93 1.5 ORDINARY CRUSH VOL 1 GN $12.95 DIG    1,102
94 1.48 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS VOL 1 TP  $24.95 DAR    1,087
95 1.48 BATMAN SECRETS O/BATCAVE TP $17.99 DC    1,087
96 1.47 FREEFALL ROMANCE GN $12.95 DIG    1,080
97 1.46 HE IS MY MASTER VOL 2 GN (MR) $9.99 SEV    1,073
98 1.45 FABLES VOL 1 LEGENDS IN EXILE TP $9.99 DC    1,065
99 1.43 SHAMAN KING VOL 13 TP $7.95 VIZ    1,051
100 1.42 MARVEL ZOMBIES 5TH PTG MARY JANE HC $19.99 MAR    1,043
 
Notes on this chart:
 
Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.  Publisher abbreviations have also been used:
MAR = Marvel Comics
DC = DC Comics
DAR = Dark Horse Comics
IMA = Image Comics
ABS = Abstract Studio
ADV = A.D. Vision
ALI = Alias Enterprises LLC
ANT = Antarctic Press
ARC = Archie Comic Publications
ASP = Apen MLT Inc.
AVA = Avatar Press
BON = Bongo Comics
CAR = Cartoon Books
DEV = Devil's Due Publishing
DYN = Dynamite Entertainment
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
IDW = IDW Publishing
MIR = Mirage Studios
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
SLG = Slave Labor Graphics
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz Media
 
We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of September, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of September.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
 
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Devil's Due, Avatar, Aspen Studios and Gemstone distribute 100% of their comic store orders through Diamond.  Some other publishers distribute directly to stores or through other distributors and as a result this analysis may underestimate their sales.
 
Most graphic novel publishers also release their titles through other channels, which make up a majority of graphic novel sales over-all.  These quantity estimates do not reflect distribution through those channels.'
 
Most of the titles on this chart are also distributed to Europe by Diamond UK, which can account for significant sales for the publisher, ranging from 3-20% of the US numbers.  Sales by Diamond UK are not included in the numbers above.
 
One other factor to consider is that sales through Diamond and other comic distributors are non-returnable to retailers.  That means that there is a considerable unknown percentage of books unsold at the retailer level, probably amounting to 5-20% of sales.
 
For the top 100 graphic novels actual orders in August, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--August 2007.'
For the top 300 comic actual orders in August, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--August 2007.'
For an overview and analysis of the actual August orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see ''World War Hulk' Back on Top' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in August, see 'Tough Comparables Slow Comic Growth.'
For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 100 Graphic Novel articles (going back over three years, including preorder analysis through March 2003 and actual order analysis beginning March 2003) see: 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'
 
 
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