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Top 50 Graphic Novels--September 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 09/01/2002 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in September, see 'Ultimate September.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in September, see 'Comic Growth Rate Slows in Q3.'

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

 

QtyRank

Guide

Description

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

29.89

LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 26 BATTLE IN DARK TP (MR)

$9.95

DAR

13,033

2

18.95

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$29.99

MAR

8,263

3

18.35

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN BOOK ONE TP

$14.95

DC

8,001

4

12.11

BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP

$19.95

DC

5,280

5

10.15

MIDNIGHT NATION TP

$29.99

IMA

4,426

6

9.42

GI JOE VOL 4 TP

$25.99

MAR

4,107

7

8.86

ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL VOL 1 TP

$14.99

MAR

3,863

8

8.64

BONE VOL 8 TREASURE HUNTERS SC

$15.95

CAR

3,767

9

8.54

SPIDER-MAN PETER PARKER RETURN O/T GOBLIN TP

$8.99

MAR

3,724

10

8.42

ASTRO BOY VOL 8 TP

$9.95

DAR

3,671

11

8.3

INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 2 TP MORNING AFTER

$8.99

MAR

3,619

12

8.21

TRANSFORMERS DARK DESIGNS GN

$19.95

TIT

3,580

13

8.12

SUPERMAN IN FIFTIES TP

$19.95

DC

3,541

14

7.98

NEW X-MEN HC

$29.99

MAR

3,480

15

7.15

EXPO 2002 ANTHOLOGY

$9.95

CBL

3,118

16

7.06

OH MY GODDESS FINAL EXAM TP

$13.95

DAR

3,078

17

6.88

LOVE HINA VOL 6 GN

$9.99

TKP

3,000

18

6.87

ART OF JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER HC

$39.95

IMA

2,996

19

6.66

FORGE #6 (Note Price)

$11.95

CRO

2,904

20

6.59

BATMAN WORLD'S FINEST ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.95

DC

2,873

21

6.53

CHOBITS VOL 3 GN

$9.99

TKP

2,847

22

6.46

EDGE #6 (Note Price)

$11.95

CRO

2,817

23

6.11

PHANTOM VOL 3 GN TREASURES OF BANGALLA

$6.95

MNS

2,664

24

6.1

IN SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE HC (MR)

$24.95

DC

2,660

25

5.81

THUNDER AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.95

DC

2,533

26

5.42

ARCHIE AMERICANA SER BEST OF 40S VOL 2

$10.95

ARC

2,363

27

5.23

X-MEN VISIONARIES JIM LEE TP (RES)

$29.99

MAR

2,280

28

5.13

HAMMER O/T GODS MORTAL ENEMY TP

$18.95

IMA

2,237

29

4.9

FUTURAMA O RAMA VOL 1 TP

$12.95

BON

2,137

30

4.85

SIGIL VOL 3 TP LIZARD GOD

$15.95

CRO

2,115

31

4.71

INU YASHA VOL 12 TP

$15.95

VIZ

2,054

32

4.68

DV8 NEIGHBORHOOD THREAT TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

2,041

33

4.61

QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL 2 MORNING STAR TP (MR)

$8.95

ONI

2,010

34

4.58

SCION VOL 3 TP DIVIDED LOYALTIES

$15.95

CRO

1,997

35

4.5

ELEKTRA LIVES AGAIN HC NEW PRTG (RES)

$24.99

MAR

1,962

36

4.44

SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB VOL 3 TP

$15.99

MAR

1,936

37

4.4

SKREEMER TP (MR)

$19.95

DC

1,919

38

4.34

ESSENTIAL UNCANNY X-MEN VOL 1 TP NEW PRTG

$14.95

MAR

1,892

39

4.34

BILLI 99 TP

$14.95

DAR

1,892

40

4.31

DRAGONBALL VOL 9 TP

$12.95

VIZ

1,879

41

4.24

GTO VOL 6 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,849

42

4.15

STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION GORN CRISIS TP

$17.95

DC

1,810

43

4.13

BTVS DEATH OF BUFFY TP

$15.95

DAR

1,801

44

3.92

REAL BOUT HIGH SCHOOL VOL 4 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,709

45

3.57

DEADLINE TP

$9.99

MAR

1,557

46

3.5

WISH VOL 2 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,526

47

3.32

CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND VOL 2 YUHI TP

$15.95

VIZ

1,448

48

3.29

ART OF JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER LTD ED HC

$69.95

IMA

1,435

49

3.25

MORGANA BOOK 1 HC HEAVENS GATE (MR)

$15.95

HUM

1,417

50

3.25

FLOOD NOVEL IN PICTURES TP

$14.95

DAR

1,417

 

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 September  2002.  They do not include late orders, advancer reorders, distributor extras, or reorders. 

 

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 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.'


For the top 50 graphic novels in August, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels -- August 2002.'

 
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