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Top Comics Dip In June

Marvel Has Eight Of The Top Ten Titles

Published: 07/16/2003 12:00am

Diamond Comic Distributors' tally of comics shipped during June showed declines in nineteen of the top 25 comics.  Three strong number one issues including Wolverine #1, which took the top spot, helped buoy the May numbers.  But only two number one issues made it into the top 25 in June and Spider-Man & Wolverine, the top premier issue, only made it to number eleven.   Only four comics out of the top 25 showed gains and they were all Marvels: Ultimate X-Men #34, New X-Men #142, Incredible Hulk #56, and Fantastic Four #70.  Ironically writer Mark Waid was removed from the Fantastic Four during June when his book was one of the very few to show any forward momentum.  All three of last month's best-selling number one issues remained in the top 25, with Wolverine at number four, Venom at number ten, and New Mutants at number 23.

 

Jim Lee's Batman regained the top spot in June, reasserting the dominance it has displayed all year.  DC had four other titles in the top 25, but Marvel dominated with 18, while Dreamwave and Image each had one.  The top 25 comics sold by Diamond during June with our estimates of the quantities are:

 

141,736   Batman #616

110,753   Ultimate X-Men #34

100,151   Ultimate Spiderman #42

  99,867   Wolverine #2

  97,897   New X-Men #142

  91,547   Uncanny X-Men #425

  89,719   Uncanny X-Men #426

  68,529   Incredible Hulk #56

  67,211   Transformers Generation One Vol. #2 (of 6)

  66,956   Venom #2

  66,729   Spider-Man & Wolverine #1 (of 4)

  63,923   X-Treme X-Men #27

  63,554   Born #1 (of 4)

  59,869   Daredevil #48

  58,480   JLA #82

  57,587   Avengers #68

  53,066   Fantastic Four #70

  50,004   Marvel Universe The End #6 (of 6)

  48,686   Peter Parker Spider-Man #57

  47,666   Outsiders #1

  47,113   Green Arrow #27

  45,639   Captain America #14

  45,568   New Mutants #2

  43,740   JSA #49

  41,146   GI Joe #18

 

 

We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores) rather than pre-orders (as we did for the past several years) because Diamond recently changed its reporting and began basing its indexes on actual sales (see 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting').  We use those indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title diamond uses in its calculations), and use that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  Because of that change, we will not be able to do year over year comparisons until February of 2004, but in general, it's an improvement to have actual numbers to work with rather than preorders, which have significant differences from sales. 

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during June, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual -- June 2003.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during June, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual -- June 2003.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during May, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual -- May 2003.'

 

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during May, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual -- May 2003.'

 

 

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

 
 
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