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Top 50 Graphic Novels--December 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 12/01/2002 12:00am

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

 

For an analysis of the dollar trends in December, see 'Weak Finish to a Strong Comics Year.'

 

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

 

QtyRank

GUIDE

Description

Price

PUB

Est.Qty

1

11.24

TRANSFORMERS PROFILE BOOK #1 (Of 4)

$12.95

DRE

12,298

2

5.24

FABLES LEGENDS IN EXILE TP

$9.95

DC

5,733

3

4.9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL 3 TP

$12.99

MAR

5,361

4

4.54

TOTAL SELL-OUT TP (MR)

$14.95

IMA

4,967

5

4.03

MIKE MIGNOLAS BPRD COLL TP

$17.95

DAR

4,409

6

3.9

NEW X-MEN 3 NEW WORLDS TP

$14.99

MAR

4,267

7

3.47

GI JOE VOL 5 TP

$24.99

MAR

3,797

8

3.25

LOVE HINA VOL 8 GN (Of 14)

$9.99

TKP

3,556

9

2.89

STAR WARS A LONG TIME AGO VOL 4 SCREAMS IN VOID TP

$29.95

DAR

3,162

10

2.87

SUPER FRIENDS TRUTH JUSTICE & PEACE TP

$14.95

DC

3,140

11

2.81

PROMETHEA BOOK 2 TP

$14.95

DC

3,075

12

2.72

ASTRO BOY VOL 11 TP

$9.95

DAR

2,976

13

2.63

GI JOE VOL 2 RECKONINGS TP

$12.95

IMA

2,878

14

2.53

TRANSFORMERS GN RAGE IN HEAVEN

$19.95

TIT

2,768

15

2.53

USAGI YOJIMBO SHROUDED MOON TP

$15.95

DAR

2,768

16

2.5

TANK GIRL VOL 4 ODYSSEY GN (MR)

$15.95

TIT

2,735

17

2.48

DAREDEVIL VOL 2 HC

$29.99

MAR

2,713

18

2.46

KOLCHAK NIGHT STALKER FEVER PITCH GN (MR)

$6.95

MNS

2,692

19

2.46

X-TREME X-MEN VOL 2 INVASION TP

$19.99

MAR

2,692

20

2.37

FORGE #9

$7.95

CRO

2,593

21

2.29

STAR WARS TALES VOL 3 TP

$19.95

DAR

2,506

22

2.27

EDGE #9

$7.95

CRO

2,484

23

2.19

ISOLATION & ILLUSION COLL P CRAIG RUSSELL TP

$14.95

DAR

2,396

24

2.13

SWAMP THING DARK GENESIS TP - NE (MR)

$19.95

DC

2,331

25

2.08

ELEKTRA VOL 1 INTROSPECT

$16.99

MAR

2,276

26

2.02

GTO VOL 8 GN (Of 20)

$9.99

TKP

2,210

27

1.97

BASTARD SAMURAI VOL I SAMURAI NOIR TP

$12.95

IMA

2,155

28

1.93

RESIDENT EVIL CODE VERONICA BOOK 4 TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

2,112

29

1.91

WARREN ELLIS BAD SIGNAL TP

$6.95

AVA

2,090

30

1.9

KARE KANO VOL 1 GN (Of 13) (RES)

$9.99

TKP

2,079

31

1.86

MAC RABOY FLASH GORDON VOL 1 TP

$19.95

DAR

2,035

32

1.74

SPYBOY YOUNG JUSTICE TP

$9.95

DAR

1,904

33

1.72

DRAGONBALL VOL 10 TP

$12.95

VIZ

1,882

34

1.65

MARS VOL 8 GN (Of 15)

$9.99

TKP

1,805

35

1.61

KABUKI VOL 6 SCARAB TP

$19.95

IMA

1,762

36

1.58

KODOCHA VOL 5 SANAS STAGE GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

1,729

37

1.57

ANGELIC LAYER VOL 4 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

1,718

38

1.56

FIRST VOL 3 SINISTER MOTIVES TP

$15.95

CRO

1,707

39

1.55

MEGATOKYO CHAPTER ZERO

$9.95

ICE

1,696

40

1.54

PEACH GIRL VOL 8 PKT GN (Of 13)

$9.99

TKP

1,685

41

1.46

AP HOW TO DRAW MANGA COMPILATION VOL 3 TP

$17.95

ANT

1,597

42

1.45

X 1999 VOL 9 REQUIEM TP

$15.95

VIZ

1,587

43

1.43

CALL OF DUTY VOL 1 TP

$14.99

MAR

1,565

44

1.42

KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE VOL 10 (Note Price)

$11.99

KZR

1,554

45

1.41

INITIAL D VOL 5 GN (Of 20)

$9.99

TKP

1,543

46

1.41

RAGNAROK VOL 5 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

1,543

47

1.39

SORCERER HUNTERS VOL 13 GN (Of 13)

$12.99

TKP

1,521

48

1.37

3X3 EYES KEY TO SACRED LAND TP (MR)

$13.95

DAR

1,499

49

1.35

WILL EISNERS NAME O/T GAME SC

$19.95

DC

1,477

50

1.32

AKIRA CINEMANGA VOL 1 (Of 5)

$14.99

TKP

1,444

 
 

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

 

The quantities in this chart are ICv2 estimates of initial raw orders to Diamond North America on titles scheduled for shipment in December 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 November, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels--November 2002.'

 

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

For an analysis of the dollar trends in November, see 'Comic Dollars Down Again in November.'

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

 

For links to all of the Top 300 Comic and Top 300 Graphic Novel orders, see our 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics & Top 50 GN's Index.'

 
 
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