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Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2003

Sales Estimates for March Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 04/29/2003 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during March 2003. 

 

For our estimates of preorders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels (Preorders) March 2003.'

 

For our estimates of preorders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comics scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 300 Comics (Preorders) March 2003.'

 

For an over-view and analysis of the top-ordered comics and graphic novels for March, see 'March Comic Orders Mixed.'

 

For an analysis of the pre-ordered dollars for March, see 'Q1 Comics Even with 2002.'
 
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

6.79

BATMAN CHILD O/DREAMS HC

$24.95

DC

9,183

2

5.56

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL 2 X-MEN HC

$29.99

MAR

7,519

3

4.55

30 DAYS O/NIGHT TP (MR)

$17.99

IDW

6,154

4

4.44

100 BULLETS VOL 5 COUNTERFIFTH DETECTIVE TP

$12.95

DC

6,005

5

4.03

TOTAL SELL OUT TP

$14.95

IMA

5,450

6

3.52

TOP TEN BOOK TWO TP

$14.95

DC

4,761

7

3.52

Y THE LAST MAN UNMANNED VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

4,761

8

3.07

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 5 ULTIMATE WAR TP

$10.99

MAR

4,152

9

3

ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION BOOK 1 OASIS

$7.95

DC

4,057

10

2.96

LOVE HINA VOL 9 GN

$9.99

TKP

4,003

11

2.6

BIZARRO COMICS SC

$19.95

DC

3,516

12

2.45

GREEN LANTERN EMERALD DAWN II TP

$12.95

DC

3,313

13

2.38

LOEG BOOK 1 TP

$14.95

DC

3,219

14

2.29

NEW TEEN TITANS JUDAS CONTRACT TP

$19.95

DC

3,097

15

2.22

SHADE THE CHANGING MAN AMERICAN SCREAM TP

$17.95

DC

3,002

16

2.14

GOLDEN AGE SPECTRE ARCHIVES VOL 1

$49.95

DC

2,894

17

2.12

MARVEL UNIVERSE VOL 1 THANOS INFINITY ABYSS TP

$17.99

MAR

2,867

18

2.1

TRANSFORMERS LEGACY O/UNICRON GN

$19.95

TIT

2,840

19

2.08

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 2 HC

$29.99

MAR

2,813

20

2.06

ASTRO BOY VOL 13 TP

$9.95

DAR

2,786

21

2.02

X-MEN 2 MOVIE TP

$12.99

MAR

2,732

22

1.98

AVENGERS LEGENDS VOL 2 KORVAC SAGA TP

$19.95

MAR

2,678

23

1.96

BATMAN DEATHBLOW AFTER FIRE TP

$12.95

DC

2,651

24

1.96

CHEAT GN

$5.95

ONI

2,651

25

1.93

STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL 12 TP HEART IN HAND

$12.95

ABS

2,610

26

1.92

DAREDEVIL VOL 1 HC

$29.99

MAR

2,597

27

1.91

WONDER WOMAN PARADISE FOUND TP

$14.95

DC

2,583

28

1.89

JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVS TP

$9.95

DC

2,556

29

1.79

WAY O/T RAT VOL 1 TP WALLS O/ZHUMAR

$15.95

CRO

2,421

30

1.78

AVENGERS VOL 1 WORLD TRUST TP

$14.99

MAR

2,407

31

1.75

PHANTOM VOL 4 HUNT GN

$6.95

MNS

2,367

32

1.74

GTO VOL 10 GN

$9.99

TKP

2,353

33

1.73

WOLVERINE LEGENDS VOL 2 MELTDOWN TP

$19.99

MAR

2,340

34

1.73

BASTARD SAMURAI VOL I SAMURAI NOIR TP

$12.95

IMA

2,340

35

1.72

FORGE #12

$7.95

CRO

2,326

36

1.66

TRANSFORMERS BEGINNINGS GN

$16.95

TIT

2,245

37

1.63

STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO VOL 4 SCREAMS I/T VOID TP

$29.95

DAR

2,204

38

1.59

EDGE #12

$7.95

CRO

2,150

39

1.57

WOLVERINE LEGENDS VOL 3 LAW O/T JUNGLE TP

$12.99

MAR

2,123

40

1.56

SIMPSONS COMIC MADNESS TP

$14.95

BON

2,110

41

1.55

WEAPON X VOL 1 TP

$21.99

MAR

2,096

42

1.52

HIGH ROADS TP

$14.95

DC

2,056

43

1.5

CHOBITS VOL 5 GN

$9.99

TKP

2,029

44

1.43

NOBLE CAUSES VOL 1 IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH TP

$12.95

IMA

1,934

45

1.42

COURIERS GN

$12.95

AIT

1,920

46

1.4

ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO VOL 1 ALIEN NATION TP

$8.95

VIZ

1,893

47

1.35

ANGELIC LAYER VOL 5 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,826

48

1.34

SCRYED VOL 1 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,812

49

1.29

PEACH GIRL CHANGE O/HEART VOL 1 TP

$9.99

TKP

1,745

50

1.29

THE HOOD VOL 1 BLOOD FROM STONES TP

$14.99

MAR

1,745

 
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

 

 

These estimates are based on ICv2 estimates of comic sales by Diamond North America during March, 2003.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of March, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of March.  

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen, 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, Image, and CrossGen 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. 

 

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.

 

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, probably amounting to 5-20% of sales.

 

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through March 2003, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 50 GNs Index.'
 
 
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