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Top 50 Graphic Novels--July 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 06/26/2002 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in July, see 'Retro Rules Again in July.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in July, see 'July Comic & Graphic Novel Orders Up 5% Over 2001.'

For the top 300 comics in July, see 'Top 300 Comics--July 2002.'

 

QtyRank   GuideDescription   PricePub  Est.Qty
124.82LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 24 IN THESE SMALL HANDS TP (MR)$9.95 DAR   13,064
216.18CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS TP$14.95 DC    8,516
313.49ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP$12.99 MAR    7,100
412.93LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL 1 EDEN TP$14.95 IMA    6,806
512.85AUTHORITY EARTH INFERNO & OTHER STORIES TP$14.95 DC    6,764
612.54AMAZING SPIDER-MAN REVELATIONS TP$8.99 MAR    6,600
710.02CATWOMAN SELINAS BIG SCORE HC$24.95 DC    5,274
89.59GI JOE VOL 3 TP$24.99 MAR    5,048
98.17ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 HC$34.99 MAR    4,300
107.9ASTRO BOY VOL 6 TP$9.95 DAR    4,158
117.02GODDESS TP (RES) (MR)$19.95 DC    3,695
126.54RUSE VOL 1 ENTER DETECTIVE TP$15.95 CRO    3,442
136.37ANIMAL MAN VOL 2 ORIGIN O/T SPECIES TP (MR)$19.95 DC    3,353
146.34RANMA 1/2 VOL 20 TP$15.95 VIZ    3,337
155.92ROAD TO PERDITION SC NEW ED (MR)$13.95 DC    3,116
165.89FORGE #4 (Note Price)$11.95 CRO    3,100
175.89DAREDEVIL UNDERBOSS TP$14.99 MAR    3,100
185.74OH MY GODDESS! LEADER O/T PACK TP$13.95 DAR    3,021
195.69EDGE #4 (Note Price)$11.95 CRO    2,995
205.55COWBOY BEBOP VOL 3 GN$9.99 TKP    2,921
215.45OUT THERE VOL 1 EVIL WITHIN TP (MR)$12.95 DC    2,869
225.19LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN HC (STAR12324)$24.95 DC    2,732
235.07ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL 8 HC$49.95 DC    2,669
245.06STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL 11 BRAVE NEW WORLD TP$8.95 ABS    2,663
254.69CONAN SKETCHBOOK BY MARK SCHULTZ$5.95 WAN    2,469
264.54LOVE HINA VOL 4 GN$9.99 TKP    2,390
274.42WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS TP$12.99 MAR    2,326
284.09QUIMBY THE MOUSE SC (RES)$14.95 FAN    2,153
294.07STAR WARS DARKNESS TP$12.95 DAR    2,142
304.01X-MEN & SPIDER-MAN SAVAGE LAND TP$9.95 MAR    2,111
313.98DRAGONBALL Z VOL 9 TP$12.95 VIZ    2,095
323.89ELEKTRA LIVES AGAIN HC NEW PRTG$24.99 MAR    2,048
333.88PROMETHEA BOOK THREE HC$24.95 DC    2,042
343.83MERIDIAN VOL 3 TAKING SKIES TP$15.95 CRO    2,016
353.79TOMB RAIDER VOL 3 CHASING SHANGRI LA TP$12.95 IMA    1,995
363.76GUNDAM ORIGIN #2$7.95 VIZ    1,979
373.57MAD ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC$49.95 DC    1,879
383.45WISH VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP    1,816
393.36PUNISHER WAR ZONE VOL 1 TP$15.99 MAR    1,769
403.31X-MEN EVOLUTION VOL 1 TP$8.99 MAR    1,742
413.28CARDCAPTOR SAKURA VOL 1 PASSAGES GN$9.99 TKP    1,726
423.06BASTARD VOL 1 TP (MR)$14.95 VIZ    1,611
433WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE CHILDREN OF GAIA GN (MR)$6.95 MNS    1,579
442.99TRANSFORMERS VOL 4 MATRIX QUEST PX HC GN$24.99 TIT    1,574
452.96VIOLENT MESSIAHS VOL 1 BOOK OF JOB TP$24.95 IMA    1,558
462.963 X 3 EYES SUMMONING O/T BEAST TP$14.95 DAR    1,558
472.92REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA VOL 2 TO PLANT TP$15.95 VIZ    1,537
482.9BTVS UGLY LITTLE MONSTERS TP$12.95 DAR    1,526
492.88SERAPHIC FEATHER SEEDS OF CHAOS TP$17.95 DAR    1,516
502.84GTO VOL 5 GN$9.99 TKP    1,495

 

Notes on this chart:

Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.

Publisher abbreviations have also been used.

Mar = Marvel

Dar = Dark Horse

Dre = Dreamwave

Ima = Image

Bla = Black Bull

Car = Cartoon Books

Har = Harris

Cro = Crossgen

Bon = Bongo

Tok = Tokyo Pop

Cha = Chaos

 

The quantities in this chart are ICv2 estimates of initial raw orders to Diamond North America on titles scheduled for shipment in July 2002. 

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image 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. 

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image distribute some of their titles through channels other than comic specialty stores, e.g., newsstands and bookstores.  These quantity estimates do not reflect distribution through those channels. 

 

The quantities above do not include advance reorders, late orders, or reorders.

 

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.

 

Even given the above, however, it is probably safe to say that these quantities reflect 80% or more of the total North American sales by the publisher on most periodical comics.   

 

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.  If that percentage is 10-20% of sales (a reasonable assumption), the estimates above may be quite close to actual sales to consumers.

 

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in June, see 'Top Comics Drop in June.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in June, see 'Comic and Graphic Novel Orders up 19% in Second Quarter.'

For the top 300 comics in June, see 'Top 300 Comics--June 2002.'
For the top 50 graphic novels in June, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels -- June 2002.'

 
 
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