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Top 50 Graphic Novels--August 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 07/25/2002 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in August, see 'Retro Influence Grows on Top Comic Sellers.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in August, see 'Comic Orders Awesome in August.'

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

 

 QtyRank GuideDescription   PricePub Est.Qty
128.63LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 25 PERHAPS IN DEATH TP (MR)$9.95 DAR12,660
214.32DARK HORSE MAVERICK HAPPY ENDINGS TP$9.95 DAR6,332
314CAPTAIN AMERICA RED WHITE & BLUE HC$29.99 MAR6,191
412.63RISING STARS VOL 3 VISITATIONS TP$8.99 IMA5,585
511.91POWERS VOL 3 LITTLE DEATHS TP (MR)$24.95 IMA5,266
69.42TRANSFORMERS TARGET 2006 GN$19.99 TIT4,165
79.39BATMAN BLACK & WHITE VOL 2 OVERSIZED HC$39.95 DC4,152
89.35FANTASTIC FOUR 1234 TP$9.99 MAR4,134
98.69ASTRO BOY VOL 7 TP$9.95 DAR3,843
108.49SUPERMAN OUR WORLDS AT WAR VOL 1 TP$19.95 DC3,754
118.34SUPERMAN OUR WORLDS AT WAR VOL 2 TP$19.95 DC3,688
128.03CROW COLLECTED NEW PRTG TP (Net) (MR)$3.50 BUD3,551
137.91MARVEL VISIONARIES JIM STERANKO TP$12.99 MAR3,498
147.64CATWOMAN DARK END O/T STREET TP$12.95 DC3,378
156.84LEGION OF SUPER HEROES GREAT DARKNESS SAGA NEW ED TP$14.95 DC3,025
166.65FORGE #5 (Note Price)$11.95 CRO2,940
176.43DAREDEVIL LOVES LABOR LOST TP$19.99 MAR2,843
186.4BIGG TIME (MR)$14.95 DC2,830
196.39SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 8 HC$49.95 DC2,826
206.28EDGE #5 (Note Price)$11.95 CRO2,777
216.2LUCIFER VOL 3 DALLIANCE W/DAMNED TP (MR)$14.95 DC2,742
226.11KOLCHAK NIGHT STALKER GET OF BELIAL GN (MR)$6.95 MNS2,702
236.03RED STAR VOL 2 NOKGORKA TP$24.95 ARS2,666
245.94LOVE HINA VOL 5 GN$9.99 TKP2,627
255.67ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP HC$39.99 MAR2,507
265.55SHIELD AMERICAS FIRST PATRIOTIC COMIC BOOK HERO TP$12.95 ARC2,454
275.5RESIDENT EVIL CODE VERONICA VOL 2 TP (MR)$14.95 DC2,432
285.15HOWARD THE DUCK TP (MR)$14.99 MAR2,277
295.06SOCK MONKEY GLASS DOOR KNOB HC$14.95 DAR2,237
304.98COMPLETELY PIP & NORTON TP$9.95 DAR2,202
314.7BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE MURDERER TP (O/A)$19.95 DC2,078
324.27BONE VOL 8 TREASURE HUNTERS HC$23.95 CAR1,888
334.2MYSTIC VOL 3 SIEGE OF SCALES TP$15.95 CRO1,857
344.15THOR LORD OF ASGARD TP$15.99 MAR1,835
353.85BTVS HAUNTED TP$12.95 DAR1,702
363.75MAD ABOUT MOB TP$8.95 DC1,658
373.71FOUR WOMEN  TP (MR)$17.95 DC1,640
383.67CYBERTRONIAN TRANSFORMERS INDEX$29.95 ANT1,623
393.67SPIDER-MAN DEATH OF GWEN STACY NEW PRTG TP$12.99 MAR1,623
403.6METABARONS VOL 3 POET & KILLER TP$11.95 HUM1,592
413.42THREE FINGERS GN$14.95 TOP1,512
423.29GLOOM COOKIE VOL 2 TP (MR)$16.95 SLA1,455
433.29X 1999 VOL 8 CRESCENDO TP$15.95 VIZ1,455
443.26ANGELIC LAYER VOL 2 GN$9.99 TKP1,442
453INITIAL D VOL 3 GN$9.99 TKP1,327
462.97PEACH GIRL VOL 6 PKT GN$9.99 TKP1,313
472.97FELIX THE CATS GREATEST HITS TP$9.95 DAR1,313
482.96KODOCHA VOL 3 SANAS STAGE GN$9.99 TKP1,309
492.87JEREMIAH GUN IN WATER HC (MR)$14.95 DAR1,269
502.69RAGNAROK VOL 3 GN$9.99 TKP1,189

 

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

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 50 graphic novels in July, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels - July 2002.'

 

 
 
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