Some Top Comic Titles Rebound from September
Identity Crisis Remains Strong
Published: 11/16/2004 12:00am
At the top of the charts was Identity Crisis #5, which sold over 125,000 copies in October. The property also showed strength further down the chart, where the second printing of #1 sold over 27,000 copies, and issues 2 through 4 all sold mid-four figure numbers.
Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 failed to crack 100,000 with its October sales, but will definitely do a lot more when the second and third printings ship.
In graphic novels, two books, Dark Horse's Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt and DC's Batman: Hush Vol. 2, topped 10,000 copies. Marvel's 1602 Vol. 1 hardcover was the top dollar book; it sold over 8,000 copies at $24.99 each.
In manga, Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 7 was the top piece seller, although two Dark Horse titles and two Tokyopop titles sold more dollars due to their higher cover prices.
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125,637 Identity Crisis #5
116,831 Wolverine #20
113,480 Superman #210
109,745 Secret War Book Three
101,506 Uncanny X-Men #450
97,498 Uncanny X-Men #451
95,917 Ultimate Spider-Man #66
95,092 Green Lantern: Rebirth #1
95,071 Ultimate Spider-Man #513
93,833 Ultimate X-Men #52
89,615 Amazing Spider-Man #513
88,615 X-Men #163
83,585 Wolverine #21
83,208 Ultimate Nightmare #3
75,073 X-Men: The End Bk One Dreamers & Demons #4
69,946 Batman #633
69,918 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #7
65,225 JLA #107
63,154 Teen Titans #17
59,293 Teen Titans Legion Special #1
53,138 Daredevil #66
51,159 Spectacular Spider-Man #20
49,368 Thor #85
49,298 Ultimate Elektra #3
48,410 Strange #2
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. We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accurcy.
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 an analysis of the dollar trends in October, see 'Comics and Graphic Novels Skid 16% in October.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during October, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--October 2004.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during October, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2004.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during September, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--September 2004.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during September, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--September 2004.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through October 2004, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'
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