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Top 50 Graphic Novels--April 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 04/01/2002 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in April, see 'Retro Rules in April.' 

For an analysis of the over-all dollar trends for April, see 'Comic and Graphic Novel Orders Surge in April.' 

For the Top 300 Comics in April, see 'Top 300 Comics -- April 2002.'
 

QtyRank

  GuideDescription  PricePubEst.Qty
129.65LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 21 FRANGRANCE OF DEATH TP (MR)$9.95 DAR13,299
218.18STAR WARS EP II ATTACK O/T CLONES TP$17.95 DAR8,154
315.4GREEN LANTERN LEGACY LAST WILL & TESTAMENT HAL JORDAN$24.95 DC6,907
415.27SPIDER-MAN MOVIE TP$12.95 MAR6,849
513.52FORGE #1$9.95 CRO6,064
612.97EDGE #1$9.95 CRO5,817
79.8ASTRO BOY VOL 3 TP$9.95 DAR4,396
89.59MARVEL MANGAVERSE TP$24.95 MAR4,301
99.12DAREDEVIL YELLOW HC$29.95 MAR4,091
109.09BATMAN IN FIFTIES TP$19.95 DC4,077
118.13TANK GIRL VOL 1 GN$16.99 TIT3,647
128.09FURY TP (MR)$15.95 MAR3,629
136.77SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 7 HC$49.95 DC3,037
146.69ROBIN YEAR ONE TP$14.95 DC3,001
156.5STAR WARS TALES VOL 2 TP$19.95 DAR2,915
166.23AVENGERS KORVAC SAGA TP$19.95 MAR2,794
176.12GUNDAM THE ORIGIN #1$7.95 VIZ2,745
185.39DUMPED GN$5.95 ONI2,418
195.32COWBOY BEBOP VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP2,386
205.25SPIDER-MAN WEDDING TP$15.95 MAR2,355
214.95WOLVERINE & ELEKTRA REDEEMER HC$29.95 MAR2,220
224.77VAMPIRE MASQUERADE GN NOSFERATU (MR)$6.95 MNS2,139
234.72VIOLENT CASES TP$12.95 DAR2,117
244.7OBERGEIST DIRECTORS CUT TP$19.95 IMA2,108
254.57AMERICAN CENTURY VOL 2 HOLLYWOOD BABYLON TP (MR)$12.95 DC2,050
264.11LOVE HINA VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP1,843
273.79JUDGE DREDD JUSTICE ONE GN$14.99 TIT1,700
283.79WOLVERINE GAMBIT VICTIMS TP$12.95 MAR1,700
293.72SERGIO ARAGONES ACTIONS SPEAK TP$13.95 DAR1,669
303.51TRANSFORMERS VOL 3 PX HC GN PRIMAL SCREAMS$24.99 TIT1,574
313.31CHOBITS VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP1,485
323.15CABLE SHINING PATH TP$15.95 MAR1,413
333.15BTVS OZ TP$9.95 DAR1,413
342.88TONY DANIEL F5 TP$14.95 DAR1,292
352.67TRUE FACTS TP$10.00 AIT1,198
362.56CAGES HC COLLECTION (MR)$50.00 NBM1,148
372.54POISON ELVES VOL 8 TP$15.95 SIR1,139
382.37BONEYARD VOL 1 TP (MR)$12.95 NBM1,063
392.31TRIBULATION FORCE VOL 1 GN$5.99 TYN1,036
402.2TO AFGHANISTAN & BACK HC$15.95 NBM987
412.2INITIAL D VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP987
422.13CLIVE BARKERS HELLRAISER PX LEATHER BOUND ED$49.95 CHE955
432.12KING VOL 2 TP (MR)$11.95 FAN951
442.11EXTERMINATOR 17 HC$15.95 HUM946
452.08KABUKI VOL 6 SCARAB HC$29.95 IMA933
462.06GUNWITCH OUTSKIRTS OF DOOM TP$9.95 ONI924
472.03MARMALADE BOY VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP911
481.99MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0079 VOL 4 TP$9.95 VIZ893
491.96MARVEL MASTERWORKS AVENGERS HC NEW PRTG$49.95 MAR879
501.96REAL BOUT HIGH SCHOOL VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP879

 

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

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 March 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 a list of the top comics in March, see 'Top 300 Comics -- March 2002.'

 

For a list of the top graphic novels in March, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels -- March 2002.'

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in March, see 'Mundane March Titles Hold Their Own.'

 

For an analysis of the over-all dollar trends for March, see 'Comics and Graphic Novels Complete Q1 Hat Trick.'

 
 
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