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Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--November 2003

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

Published: 12/22/2003 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during November 2003.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in November, see 'Comic Numbers Nosedive in November.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during November, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2003.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

42.57

JLA LIBERTY & JUSTICE OVERSIZED SC

$9.95

DC

 

41,201

2

10.78

VAMPIRES CHRISTMAS GN

$5.95

IMA

 

10,433

3

9.24

LOEG BOOK TWO HC

$24.95

DC

 

8,943

4

8.56

MATRIX COMICS VOL 1 TP

$21.95

RED

 

8,285

5

8.09

SGT ROCK BETWEEN HELL & HARD PLACE HC

$24.95

DC

 

7,830

6

7.16

BATMAN DETECTIVE #27 HC

$19.95

DC

 

6,930

7

6.08

TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 9 CURE TP

$14.95

DC

 

5,884

8

5.6

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL 4 SPIDER-MAN HC

$24.99

MAR

 

5,420

9

4.35

JOSS WHEDONS FRAY FUTURE SLAYER TP

$19.95

DAR

 

4,210

10

4.29

RING VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

4,152

11

4.29

SEI DEATH & LEGEND GN

$6.95

IMA

 

4,152

12

4.04

ART O/MARVEL COMICS VOL 1 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

3,910

13

4.04

BATGIRL YEAR ONE TP

$17.95

DC

 

3,910

14

3.91

O/T ROAD TO PERDITION BOOK 2 SANCTUARY

$7.95

DC

 

3,784

15

3.87

ORIGIN TP

$14.99

MAR

 

3,746

16

3.87

BATMAN CHILD O/DREAMS SC

$19.95

DC

 

3,746

17

3.69

SANDMAN PRESENTS FURIES SC

$17.95

DC

 

3,571

18

3.57

JUSTICE SOCIETY RETURNS TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,455

19

3.43

THANOS VOL 3 MARVEL UNIVERSE END TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,320

20

3.39

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 1 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,281

21

3.36

BATTLE ROYALE VOL 3 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

3,252

22

3.24

BATMAN ARROW RING AND BAT

$19.95

DC

 

3,136

23

3.08

TRIGUN VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

2,981

24

3.07

STAR WARS CLONE WARS VOL 2 VICTORIES & SACRIFICE TP

$14.95

DAR

 

2,971

25

3.02

ELFQUEST WOLFRIDER VOL 2 TP

$9.95

DC

 

2,923

26

2.9

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 HC

$19.95

DC

 

2,807

27

2.73

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 1 POWER & RESPONSIBILITY TP

$14.95

MAR

 

2,642

28

2.7

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 TOMORROW PEOPLE TP

$14.95

MAR

 

2,613

29

2.7

OH MY GODDESS VOL 17 TRAVELER TP

$17.95

DAR

 

2,613

30

2.66

WILL EISNERS SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 12 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,574

31

2.58

CATWOMAN CROOKED LITTLE TOWN TP

$14.95

DC

 

2,497

32

2.58

PUNISHER VOL 5 STREETS O/LAREDO TP

$17.99

MAR

 

2,497

33

2.54

STRANGERS I/PARADISE VOL 13 FLOWER TO FLAME TP

$15.95

ABS

 

2,458

34

2.44

ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

2,362

35

2.43

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 5 ULTIMATE WAR TP

$10.99

MAR

 

2,352

36

2.38

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 LEARNING CURVE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

2,303

37

2.3

STAR WARS STARK HYPERSPACE WAR TP

$12.95

DAR

 

2,226

38

2.3

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 2 RETURN TO WEAPON X TP

$14.95

MAR

 

2,226

39

2.3

GTO VOL 15 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

2,226

40

2.29

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 4 LEGACY TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,216

41

2.28

WOLVERINE LEGENDS VOL 5 SNIKT TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,207

42

2.25

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 4 HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

2,178

43

2.22

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 PUBLIC SCRUTINY TP

$11.99

MAR

 

2,149

44

2.17

WIZARD BEST O/X-MEN LTD DLX HC

$29.99

WIZ

 

2,100

45

2.16

FULL METAL PANIC MANGA VOL 2 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

2,091

46

2.14

ARCHIE AMERICANA SER BEST O/50S VOL 2

$10.95

ARC

 

2,071

47

2.13

ASTRO BOY VOL 20 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

2,061

48

2.06

GREEN ARROW ARCHERS QUEST HC

$19.95

DC

 

1,994

49

2.06

NEW X-MEN VOL 1 E IS FOR EXTINCTION TP

$12.95

MAR

 

1,994

50

2.05

MARS VOL 15 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,984

 
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 November, 2003.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of November, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of November.

 

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 October, see Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2003.'

 

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

 

For an overview and analsysis of the actual Ocotber orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'October Comic Numbers Sag' 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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