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Top 25 Graphic Novels--February 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and External Title Data

Published: 02/05/2002 12:00am
For information about and analysis of these numbers, see see 'DKSA #1 Again for February.
For analysis of the over-all dollar trends for the month, see see 'Comics and Graphic Novels Continue Growth in February.'
For a list of the top 300 comic titles for February, see 'Top 300 Comics -- February 2002.'
 
QtyRank  GuideDescription  PricePubEstQty
124.44LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 19 MOON IN OUR HEARTS TP$9.95 DAR12,991
221.9ORIGIN HC$34.95 MAR11,641
320.01HISTORY O/T DC UNIVERSE TP$9.95 DC10,636
415.16AKIRA BOOK 6 TP$29.95 DAR8,058
511.92IMAGE COMICS 10TH ANNIVERSARY HC$24.95 IMA6,336
611.92ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC$34.95 MAR6,336
711.1ASTRO BOY VOL 1 TP$9.95 DAR5,900
89.28ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 TP$14.95 MAR4,933
98.28COMPLETE FRANK MILLER SPIDER-MAN HC$29.95 MAR4,401
106.64HELLBOY CONQUEROR WORM TP NEW PRTG$17.95 DAR3,529
116.23RANMA 1/2 VOL 19 TP$15.95 VIZ3,311
126.11HELLBLAZER GOOD INTENTIONS TP$12.95 DC3,248
135.96PHANTOM VOL 1 GN GHOST KILLER$5.95 MNS3,168
145.74AVENGERS DEFENDERS WAR TP$17.95 MAR3,051
155.5OH MY GODDESS CHILDHOODS END TP$15.95 DAR2,923
165.03STARMAN VOL 7 STARRY KNIGHT TP$17.95 DC2,674
174.98FLASH ARCHIVES VOL 3 HC$49.95 DC2,647
184.64X-TREME X-MEN TP$18.95 MAR2,466
194.49STAR WARS JEDI VS SITH TP$17.95 DAR2,387
204.22FUSHIGI YUGI VOL 6 SUMMONER TP$15.95 VIZ2,243
213.88ELEKTRA TP$15.95 MAR2,062
223.85TOM STRONG BOOK TWO HC$24.95 DC2,046
233.84BLADE DUEL WITH DRACULA TP$17.95 MAR2,041
243.57SPIDER-MAN REVENGE O/T GREEN GOBLIN TP$16.95 MAR1,898
253.5DIVINE RIGHT BOOK ONE TP$17.95 DC1,860

 

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

Ima = Image

Bla = Black Bull

Car = Cartoon Books

Har = Harris

Cro = Crossgen

Bon = Bongo

Tok = Tokyo Pop

Cha = Chaos

 

The quantities in this chart are ICv2 estimates of initial raw orders to Diamond North America on titles scheduled for shipment in February 2002. 

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse 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, and Image 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. 

 

The quantities above do not include advance reorders, late orders, or reorders.

 

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.

 

Even given the above, however, it is probably safe to say that these quantities reflect 80% or more of the total North American sales by the publisher on most periodical comics.   

 

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.  If that percentage is 10-20% of sales (a reasonable assumption), the estimates above may be quite close to actual sales to consumers.

 

For last month's top comic list, see 'Top 300 Comics -- January 2002.'

 

For last month's graphic novel list, see 'Top 25 Graphic Novels -- January.'

 

For an overview and analysis of last month's numbers, see 'Ten Cent Batman Boffo.'

 

For an analysis of the over-all dollar trends for January, see 'Comics Up 18% in January.'

 
 
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