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Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--August 2003

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

Published: 09/16/2003 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during August 2003.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in August, see '1602 Over 150,000.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during August, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--August 2003.'
 

QtyRank

Index

 

Title

Price

 

Pub

Est.Qty

1

5.37

 

Y THE LAST MAN CYCLES VOL 2 TP (MR)

$12.95

 

DC

7,901

2

4.71

 

BATMAN HONG KONG HC

$24.95

 

DC

6,930

3

4.4

 

DH BOOK O/HAUNTINGS HC

$14.95

 

DAR

6,474

4

3.22

 

WONDER WOMAN HIKETEIA SC

$17.95

 

DC

4,737

5

2.73

 

ESSENTIAL HUMAN TORCH VOL 1 TP

$14.99

 

MAR

4,017

6

2.6

 

SQUADRON SUPREME TP

$29.99

 

MAR

3,825

7

2.5

 

MAXX BOOK ONE TP

$17.95

 

DC

3,678

8

2.47

 

JLA OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK TWO TP

$12.95

 

DC

3,634

9

2.27

 

BATMAN ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC NEW PRICE

$19.95

 

DC

3,340

10

2.15

 

STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO VOL 7 FAR FAR AWAY TP

$29.95

 

DAR

3,163

11

2.11

 

SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS II TP

$19.95

 

DC

3,104

12

2.05

 

STAR WARS EMPIRE VOL 1 TP

$12.95

 

DAR

3,016

13

1.99

 

RANMA 1/2 VOL 23 TP

$9.95

 

VIZ

2,928

14

1.91

 

EARTH X VOL 4 PARADISE X BOOK 1 TP

$29.99

 

MAR

2,810

15

1.8

 

LOEG BOOK ONE TP

$14.95

 

DC

2,648

16

1.78

 

STAR WARS DARK EMPIRE TP 3RD ED (Note Price)

$16.95

 

DAR

2,619

17

1.74

 

WILL EISNERS SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 11 HC

$49.95

 

DC

2,560

18

1.72

 

LOVE HINA VOL 13 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

2,531

19

1.7

 

BATMAN ALIENS II TP

$14.95

 

DC

2,501

20

1.69

 

THOR LEGENDS VOL 2 WALT SIMONSON BOOK 2 TP

$24.99

 

MAR

2,486

21

1.67

 

CHOBITS VOL 7 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

2,457

22

1.61

 

QUIMBY THE MOUSE SC

$14.95

 

FAN

2,369

23

1.51

 

HUMAN TARGET FINAL CUT SC

$19.95

 

DC

2,222

24

1.5

 

ASTRO BOY VOL 17 TP

$9.95

 

DAR

2,207

25

1.48

 

AL CAPP LIL ABNER FRAZETTA SUNDAYS VOL 1 HC

$18.95

 

DAR

2,177

26

1.46

 

ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL 3 TP

$12.99

 

MAR

2,148

27

1.45

 

ASTRO BOY VOL 18 TP

$9.95

 

DAR

2,133

28

1.42

 

PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOL 5 HC

$49.95

 

DC

2,089

29

1.37

 

CSI SERIAL TP

$19.99

 

IDW

2,016

30

1.32

 

BATMAN CULT TP

$19.95

 

DC

1,942

31

1.3

 

TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE VOL 1 TP (MR)

$24.99

 

BRO

1,913

32

1.27

 

ESCAFLOWNE VOL 1 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

1,869

33

1.27

 

CAGE TP (MR)

$13.99

 

MAR

1,869

34

1.21

 

DEATH AT DEATHS DOOR SC

$9.95

 

DC

1,780

35

1.2

 

WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 BRAND BUILDING TP

$14.95

 

DC

1,766

36

1.14

 

LIBERTY MEADOWS HC VOL 1 EDEN HC

$24.95

 

IMA

1,677

37

1.12

 

DRAGONBALL VOL 12 TP SHONEN J ED

$7.95

 

VIZ

1,648

38

1.11

 

X-STATIX VOL 2 GOOD GUYS & BAD GUYS TP

$15.99

 

MAR

1,633

39

1.09

 

DORK VOL 2 TP CIRCLING DRAIN

$13.95

 

SLA

1,604

40

1.09

 

JIST CREATING DC UNIVERSE BOOK TWO TP

$19.95

 

DC

1,604

41

1.08

 

CANNON GOD EXAXXION STAGE 2 TP

$14.95

 

DAR

1,589

42

1.08

 

ACME NOVELTY DATEBOOK

$39.95

 

DRA

1,589

43

1.05

 

SCARLET TRACES HC

$14.95

 

DAR

1,545

44

1.05

 

GTO VOL 13 GN

$9.99

 

TKP

1,545

45

1.04

 

TRANSFORMERS TIME WARS GN

$19.95

 

TIT

1,530

46

1.03

 

RED STAR COMPLETE COLL VOL 1 TP

$24.95

 

ARC

1,515

47

1.03

 

X-MEN EVOLUTION VOL 2 TP

$11.99

 

MAR

1,515

48

0.98

 

CASTLE I/T SKY VOL 3 TP

$9.95

 

VIZ

1,442

49

0.96

 

ORIGIN TP

$14.99

 

MAR

1,412

50

0.96

 

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS CINEMANGA VOL 1 GN

$7.99

 

TKP

1,412

 

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

TIT = Titan Publishing

CAR = Cartoon Books

HAR = Harris

CRO = CrossGen

BON = Bongo

TKP = Tokyo Pop

 

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

 

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 the top 50 graphic novels actual orders in July, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--July 2003.'

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in July, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--July 2003.'

 

For an overview and analsysis of the actual July orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Top July Comics Flat' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'

 

For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 50 Graphic Novel articles (going back over three years, including preorder analysis through March 2003 and actual order analysis beginning March 2003) see: 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 50 GNs Index.'

 
 
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