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Top 50 Graphic Novels--October 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 10/03/2002 12:00am

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

 

For an analysis of the dollar trends in October, see 'Comic Orders Down for October.'

 

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

 

QtyRank

Guide

Description

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

11.5

LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 27 BATTLES EVE (MR)

$9.95

DAR

 

13,002

2

10.57

VAMPIRES CHRISTMAS GN

$5.95

IMA

 

11,951

3

6.95

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 4 TP

$14.99

MAR

 

7,858

4

6.14

TELLOS SONS & MOONS (RES)

$5.95

IMA

 

6,942

5

6.13

REVEAL TP VOL 1

$6.95

DAR

 

6,931

6

5.67

DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN HC

$29.95

DC

 

6,411

7

5.35

AUTHORITY TRANSFER OF POWER TP

$17.95

DC

 

6,049

8

4.63

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 3 WORLD TOUR TP (O/A)

$17.99

MAR

 

5,235

9

4.38

TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 7 SPIDERS THRASH TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

4,952

10

4.19

ALAN MOORE MAGIC WORDS VOL 1 SC (MR)

$6.95

AVA

 

4,737

11

4.09

SANDMAN PRESENTS FURIES HC

$24.95

DC

 

4,624

12

4.06

DANGER GIRL ULTIMATE COLL TP

$19.95

DC

 

4,590

13

3.43

JLA A LEAGUE OF ONE SC

$14.95

DC

 

3,878

14

3.26

JLA VOL 9 TERRA INCOGNITA TP

$12.95

DC

 

3,686

15

3

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS HC NEW ED

$24.95

DC

 

3,392

16

3

ASTRO BOY VOL 9 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

3,392

17

2.98

CLASSIC STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO VOL 3 TP

$29.95

DAR

 

3,369

18

2.88

INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 1 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

3,256

19

2.87

STAR WARS JANGO FETT OPEN SEASONS TP

$12.95

DAR

 

3,245

20

2.85

LOVE HINA VOL 7 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

3,222

21

2.82

SOJOURN VOL 2 DRAGONS TALE TP

$15.95

CRO

 

3,188

22

2.74

OH MY GODDESS QUEEN SAYOKO TP

$16.95

DAR

 

3,098

23

2.67

TANK GIRL VOL 3 GN (MR)

$14.95

TIT

 

3,019

24

2.47

FORGE #7

$11.95

CRO

 

2,793

25

2.41

EDGE #7

$11.95

CRO

 

2,725

26

2.38

ARCHIES CLASSIC CHRISTMAS STORIES VOL 1

$10.95

ARC

 

2,691

27

2.37

DAREDEVIL ELEKTRA LOVE & WAR HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,680

28

2.37

BATMAN DYNAMIC DUO ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,680

29

2.36

DEAD TO RIGHTS GN

$5.95

DAR

 

2,668

30

2.25

INFINITY ABYSS TP

$17.99

MAR

 

2,544

31

2.23

BIRDS OF PREY TP NEW ED

$17.95

DC

 

2,521

32

2.16

PATH VOL 1 CRISIS OF FAITH TP

$19.95

CRO

 

2,442

33

2.16

CAGE HC

$19.99

MAR

 

2,442

34

2.1

SHAZAM ARCHIVES VOL 3 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,374

35

2.06

BLOOD LAST VAMPIRE 2002 GN (MR)

$15.95

VIZ

 

2,329

36

1.95

RESIDENT EVIL CODE VERONICA VOL 3 (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

2,205

37

1.89

FUSHIGI YUGI VOL 7 CASTAWAY TP

$15.95

VIZ

 

2,137

38

1.76

TOMB RAIDER WITCHBLADE TROUBLE SEEKERS TP

$7.95

IMA

 

1,990

39

1.75

DRAGONBALL Z VOL 10 TP

$12.95

VIZ

 

1,979

40

1.72

GTO VOL 7 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,945

41

1.7

STAR TREK TNG FORGIVENESS SC

$17.95

DC

 

1,922

42

1.69

NEGATION VOL 1 BOHICA TP

$19.95

CRO

 

1,911

43

1.68

AVENGERS KANG DYNASTY TP

$29.99

MAR

 

1,899

44

1.61

MARVEL MANGAVERSE VOL 2 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,820

45

1.6

MARMALADE BOY VOL 4 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,809

46

1.57

GROO DEATH & TAXES TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,775

47

1.52

VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE GN CALEBROS (MR)

$5.95

MNS

 

1,719

48

1.48

SUPERMAN BATMAN WORLDS FINEST TP NEW ED

$14.95

DC

 

1,673

49

1.4

AL WILLIAMSON HIDDEN LANDS TP

$22.95

DAR

 

1,583

50

1.4

ANGELIC LAYER VOL 3 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,583

 

 

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

 

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.'

 
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