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Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--December 2003

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

Published: 01/13/2004 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during December 2003.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in December, see 'Ultimate FF Best-Selling Regular Marvel Since Origin.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during December, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--December 2003.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

14.08

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 HC

$19.95

DC

 

12,939

2

6.22

CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 2 ROGUES I/T HOUSE TP

$15.95

DAR

 

5,716

3

5.79

DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN TP

$19.95

DC

 

5,321

4

5.62

JLA LIBERTY & JUSTICE OVERSIZED SC

$9.95

DC

 

5,165

5

5.57

POWERS VOL 5 ANARCHY TP

$14.95

IMA

 

5,119

6

5.35

HELLSING VOL 1 TP

$13.95

DAR

 

4,917

7

4.29

BLADE O/T IMMORTAL VOL 12 AUTUMN FROST TP (MR)

$16.95

DAR

 

3,942

8

4.28

DONALD DUCK ADVS VOL 3 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

3,933

9

4.23

HELLBOY WEIRD TALES VOL 1 TP

$17.95

DAR

 

3,887

10

3.62

AUTOBIOGRAPHIX TP

$14.95

DAR

 

3,327

11

3.58

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 2 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,290

12

3.54

NIGHTWING/HUNTRESS TP

$9.95

DC

 

3,253

13

3.52

BATTLE ROYALE VOL 4 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

3,235

14

3.35

WOLVERINE VOL 1 BROTHERHOOD TP

$12.99

MAR

 

3,079

15

3.21

SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL 1 HUNGER TP

$11.99

MAR

 

2,950

16

3.17

INU YASHA VOL 16 TP

$8.95

VIZ

 

2,913

17

3.12

HEAVENS WAR GN

$12.95

IMA

 

2,867

18

3.04

AMERICAS BEST COMICS TP

$17.95

DC

 

2,794

19

2.99

STARMAN VOL 8 STARS MY DESTINATION TP

$14.95

DC

 

2,748

20

2.94

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 3 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,702

21

2.85

AVENGERS VOL 2 RED ZONE TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,619

22

2.67

VIOLENT CASES TP NEW PRTG

$14.95

DAR

 

2,454

23

2.65

40 OZ COLL TP

$9.95

IMA

 

2,435

24

2.55

GREEN LANTERN WILLWORLD SC

$17.95

DC

 

2,343

25

2.52

SLEEPER OUT I/T COLD TP

$17.95

DC

 

2,316

26

2.45

KYLE BAKER CARTOONIST TP

$14.95

KYL

 

2,252

27

2.42

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON VOL 5 GN

$13.95

HK

 

2,224

28

2.41

TERMINATOR BURNING EARTH TP

$17.95

IBK

 

2,215

29

2.39

SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,196

30

2.37

YU-GI-OH VOL 3 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

2,178

31

2.34

SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS VOL 4 SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,150

32

2.32

HELLBOY VOL 1 SEED O/DESTRUCTION TP NEW PRTG

$17.95

DAR

 

2,132

33

2.32

THUNDER AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL 3 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,132

34

2.32

X-MEN LEGENDS VOL 4 HATED & FEARED TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,132

35

2.29

CEREBUS VOL 15 LATTER DAYS TP

$30.00

AAR

 

2,104

36

2.12

DOT HACK SIGN VOL 2 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,948

37

2.11

NARUTO VOL 2 TP SHONEN J ED

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,939

38

2.04

ASTRO BOY VOL 22 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

1,875

39

2.02

SHREK TP

$9.95

DAR

 

1,856

40

2

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE VOL 3 MONSTER MADNESS HC

$14.95

IMA

 

1,838

41

1.93

JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC

$19.95

SLG

 

1,774

42

1.92

THOSE WHO HUNT ELVES MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,764

43

1.9

KODOCHA VOL 10 SANAS STAGE GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,746

44

1.89

HELLBOY VOL 2 WAKE DEVIL TP NEW PRTG

$17.95

DAR

 

1,737

45

1.85

DRAGONBALL Z VOL 14 TP SHONEN J ED

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,700

46

1.84

TRIGUN VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

1,691

47

1.73

LOEG BOOK TWO HC

$24.95

DC

 

1,590

48

1.71

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 HC

$19.95

DC

 

1,571

49

1.68

GTO VOL 16 GN (Of 25)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,544

50

1.67

EXCEL SAGA VOL 4 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,535

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For an overview and analsysis of the actual November orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Comic Numbers Nosedive in November' 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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