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Top 50 Graphic Novels--February 2003

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 01/25/2003 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in February, see 'Batman Continues To Climb in February.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see 'Comic Dollar Declines Slow in February.'

For the top 300 comics in February, see 'Top 300 Comics--February 2003.'

 

QtyRank

Guide

Description

Price

 

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

5.97

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 PUBLIC SCRUTINY TP

$11.99

 

MAR

 

7,468

2

4.61

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 4 HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE TP

$12.99

 

MAR

 

5,767

3

4.08

BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE FUGITIVE VOL 2 TP

$12.95

 

DC

 

5,104

4

3.31

DAREDEVIL VOL 5 OUT TP

$19.99

 

MAR

 

4,141

5

3.14

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 HC

$29.99

 

MAR

 

3,928

6

2.99

MIKE MIGNOLA ART OF HELLBOY HC

$49.95

 

DAR

 

3,740

7

2.71

JLA RIDDLE O/T BEAST SC

$14.95

 

DC

 

3,390

8

2.59

STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO VOL 5 FOOLS BOUNTY TP

$29.95

 

DAR

 

3,240

9

2.28

GREEN LANTERN POWER OF ION TP

$14.95

 

DC

 

2,852

10

2.27

TRANSFORMERS BEGINNINGS GN

$16.95

 

TIT

 

2,840

11

2.23

SHADE THE CHANGING MAN AMERICAN SCREAM TP (MR)

$17.95

 

DC

 

2,790

12

2.2

HAWKMAN ENDLESS FLIGHT TP

$12.95

 

DC

 

2,752

13

2.2

NIGHTWING HUNT FOR ORACLE TP

$14.95

 

DC

 

2,752

14

2.12

RUSE VOL 2 SILENT PARTNER TP

$15.95

 

CRO

 

2,652

15

2.12

ASTRO BOY VOL 13 TP

$9.95

 

DAR

 

2,652

16

2.06

COSMIC ODYSSEY TP NEW ED

$19.95

 

DC

 

2,577

17

1.98

EXILES VOL 3 OUT OF TIME TP

$17.99

 

MAR

 

2,477

18

1.96

SUPERMAN CRITICAL CONDITION TP

$14.95

 

DC

 

2,452

19

1.95

CHEAT GN (MR)

$5.95

 

ONI

 

2,439

20

1.93

ALIAS VOL 2 COME HOME TP (MR)

$13.99

 

MAR

 

2,414

21

1.89

X STATIX VOL 1 TP

$11.99

 

MAR

 

2,364

22

1.85

FORGE #11

$7.95

 

CRO

 

2,314

23

1.79

PHANTOM VOL 4 HUNT GN

$6.95

 

MNS

 

2,239

24

1.75

EDGE #11

$7.95

 

CRO

 

2,189

25

1.62

STEAMPUNK DRAMA OBSCURA

$14.95

 

DC

 

2,027

26

1.42

NOBLE CAUSES VOL 1 IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH TP

$12.95

 

IMA

 

1,776

27

1.38

SCRYED VOL 1 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,726

28

1.36

ANGELIC LAYER VOL 5 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,701

29

1.33

KODOCHA VOL 6 SANAS STAGE GN (Of 10)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,664

30

1.31

PEACH GIRL SOPHOMORE YEAR VOL 1 TP

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,639

31

1.3

KARE KANO VOL 2 GN (Of 15) (RES)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,626

32

1.28

FIST FULL OF BLOOD HC

$14.95

 

HEA

 

1,601

33

1.27

MYSTIC VOL 4 ALL NIGHT TP

$15.95

 

CRO

 

1,589

34

1.24

WILDCATS BATTERY PARK TP

$17.95

 

DC

 

1,551

35

1.23

BATTLE ROYALE (MR)

$15.95

 

VIZ

 

1,539

36

1.22

RAGNAROK VOL 6 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,526

37

1.2

INITIAL D VOL 4 GN (Of 20) (RES)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,501

38

1.15

BTVS NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND TP

$12.95

 

DAR

 

1,439

39

1.15

PREACHER DEAD OR ALIVE COLLECTED COVERS SC

$19.95

 

DC

 

1,439

40

1.12

GATEKEEPERS VOL 1 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,401

41

1.11

SERAPHIC FEATHER TARGET ZONE TP (MR)

$17.95

 

DAR

 

1,389

42

1.08

APACHE SKIES TP (MR)

$12.99

 

MAR

 

1,351

43

0.98

STRAY BULLETS VOL 7 TP (MR)

$14.95

 

EL

 

1,226

44

0.94

PLANET LADDER VOL 5 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,176

45

0.92

REBIRTH VOL 1 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,151

46

0.9

EIGHTBALL DAVID BORING SC (MR)

$16.95

 

FAN

 

1,126

47

0.9

CLUMSY GN

$10.00

 

TOP

 

1,126

48

0.89

CROW FLESH & BLOOD COLL (Net)

$2.99

 

BUD

 

1,113

49

0.86

MIRACLE GIRLS VOL 8 PKT TP

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,076

50

0.85

PRIEST VOL 5 GN (Of 9)

$9.99

 

TKP

 

1,063

 

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 February 2003.  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 January, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels--January 2003.'

 

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in January, see 'Batman Tops January Comics.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in January, see 'Comic Dollars Down for January.'

For the top 300 comics in January, see 'Top 300 Comics--January 2003.'

 

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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