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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--August 2008

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

Published: 09/16/2008 12:00am
#1 in August

These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during August 2008.


For an overview and analysis of comic sales in August see "'Watchmen' Top Dollar Book in August."

For an analysis of the dollar trends in August, see "Comics Continue Slide in August."

 

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during August, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--August 2008."

 

 

TOP 100 GNs -- AUGUST 2008

 

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

41.89

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

  43,393

2

9.39

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN

$15.95

DAR

    9,727

3

6

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

    6,215

4

5.94

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 20 & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS

$12.99

MAR

    6,153

5

5.93

DMZ TP VOL 05 HIDDEN WAR (MR)

$12.99

DC

    6,143

6

5.93

ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 01

$12.99

DC

    6,143

7

4.23

WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 01

$19.99

DC

    4,382

8

4

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

    4,144

9

3.99

MIGHTY AVENGERS TP VOL 01

$14.99

MAR

    4,133

10

3.93

SPIDER-MAN TP ONE MORE DAY*

$19.99

MAR

    4,071

11

3.87

WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #693

$7.99

GEM

    4,009

12

3.84

WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #692

$7.99

GEM

    3,978

13

3.61

STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 02 PARALLELS

$17.95

DAR

    3,740

14

3.47

WOLVERINE TP GET MYSTIQUE

$10.99

MAR

    3,595

15

3.34

X-MEN TP VOL 03 COMPLETE ONSLAUGHT EPIC

$29.99

MAR

    3,460

16

3.18

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE O/SECRETS TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

    3,294

17

3.14

X-MEN TP DIVIDED WE STAND

$12.99

MAR

    3,253

18

3.13

WALT DISNEYS VACATION PARADE #5

$9.95

GEM

    3,242

19

3.08

TERRY MOORES ECHO TP VOL 01 MOON LAKE

$15.95

ABS

    3,191

20

3.08

DONALD DUCK FAMILY DAAN JIPPES COLLECTION TP VOL 01

$8.99

GEM

    3,191

21

3.07

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

    3,180

22

2.88

STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 04 DAZE O/HATE KN

$18.95

DAR

    2,983

23

2.84

JLA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01

$29.99

DC

    2,942

24

2.79

AMERICAS BEST COMICS PRIMER TP

$4.99

DC

    2,890

25

2.79

MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS TP VOL 01

$19.95

DAR

    2,890

26

2.78

WARCRAFT LEGENDS GN VOL 01 (Of 4)

$10.99

TKP

    2,880

27

2.62

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 30

$10.95

DAR

    2,714

28

2.61

CREEPY ARCHIVES HC

$49.95

DAR

    2,704

29

2.6

PUNISHER PREM HC WELCOME BACK FRANK*

$24.99

MAR

    2,693

30

2.59

SANDMAN PRESENTS DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

    2,683

31

2.56

COUNTDOWN ARENA TP

$17.99

DC

    2,652

32

2.49

SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 05

$14.99

DC

    2,579

33

2.42

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC

    2,507

34

2.4

X-MEN LEGACY PREM HC VOL 01 DIVIDED HE STANDS

$19.99

MAR

    2,486

35

2.36

SPIDER-MAN TP KRAVENS LAST HUNT

$14.99

MAR

    2,445

36

2.34

SIMON DARK WHAT SIMON DOES TP

$14.99

DC

    2,424

37

2.32

ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP 01

$14.99

IMA

    2,403

38

2.27

MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 10*

$54.99

MAR

    2,351

39

2.26

SHOWCASE PRESENTS ATOM TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

    2,341

40

2.24

NEW X-MEN BY MORRISON ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 02

$34.99

MAR

    2,320

41

2.22

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL HC VOL 02

$24.99

DC

    2,300

42

2.22

NEW EXILES TP VOL 01 NEW LIFE NEW GAMBIT

$15.99

MAR

    2,300

43

2.21

MILLENNIUM TP

$19.99

DC

    2,289

44

2.17

ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN BOY WONDER HC VOL 01

$24.99

DC

    2,248

45

2.01

BRAVE & BOLD HC VOL 02 BOOK O/DESTINY

$24.99

DC

    2,082

46

1.99

WOLVERINE LOGAN PREMIERE HC

$19.99

MAR

    2,061

47

1.98

THUNDERBOLTS BY ELLIS PREM HC VOL 02 CAGED ANGELS

$19.99

MAR

    2,051

48

1.96

ABSOLUTE LOEG BLACK DOSSIER HC

$99.00

DC

    2,030

49

1.94

SUPERGIRL BEYOND GOOD & EVIL TP

$17.99

DC

    2,010

50

1.92

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

    1,989

51

1.92

ESSENTIAL MAN-THING TP VOL 02

$16.99

MAR

    1,989

52

1.89

ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR)

$17.99

DC

    1,958

53

1.82

MMW GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 03*

$59.99

MAR

    1,885

54

1.82

BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 01

$12.99

DC

    1,885

55

1.78

SUICIDE SQUAD FROM THE ASHES TP

$19.99

DC

    1,844

56

1.76

SHE-HULK TP VOL 06 JADED

$14.99

MAR

    1,823

57

1.72

STARCRAFT FRONTLINE GN VOL 01 (Of 3)

$10.99

TKP

    1,782

58

1.65

ROBIN YEAR ONE TP

$14.99

DC

    1,709

59

1.63

BLOOD PLUS GN VOL 03

$10.95

DAR

    1,688

60

1.61

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL CLASSIC TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

    1,668

61

1.6

DOCTOR WHO AGENT PROVACATEUR TP

$19.99

IDW

    1,657

62

1.6

WITCHBLADE TP VOL 05

$17.99

IMA

    1,657

63

1.59

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

    1,647

64

1.59

BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 02

$12.99

DC

    1,647

65

1.55

COUNTDOWN LORD HAVOK & EXTREMISTS TP

$17.99

DC

    1,606

66

1.54

TESTAMENT TP VOL 04 EXODUS (MR)

$14.99

DC

    1,595

67

1.5

MIDNIGHTER TP VOL 02 ANTHEM

$14.99

DC

    1,554

68

1.49

BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP

$19.99

DC

    1,543

69

1.48

NEW WARRIORS TP VOL 02 THRASHED

$19.99

MAR

    1,533

70

1.48

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS & WHEREFORES (MR)

$14.99

DC

    1,533

71

1.47

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

    1,523

72

1.45

DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS OMNIBUS HC VOL 1

$99.99

MAR

    1,502

73

1.45

YOUNG INHUMANS TP

$19.99

MAR

    1,502

74

1.43

D GRAY MAN GN VOL 10

$7.99

VIZ

    1,481

75

1.43

FLASH THE WILD WESTS HC

$24.99

DC

    1,481

76

1.43

COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS TP

$19.99

IDW

    1,481

77

1.41

OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 04

$24.99

MAR

    1,461

78

1.39

BLACK LAGOON GN VOL 01 (MR)

$12.99

VIZ

    1,440

79

1.39

MOON KNIGHT PREM HC VOL 03 GOD & COUNTRY

$24.99

MAR

    1,440

80

1.36

WANTED GN (NEW PTG)

$19.99

IMA

    1,409

81

1.35

FOOLKILLER TP FOOLS PARADISE (MR)

$17.99

MAR

    1,398

82

1.34

EC ARCHIVES TALES FROM THE CRYPT HC VOL 03

$49.95

GEM

    1,388

83

1.34

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

    1,388

84

1.34

CTHULHU TALES TP VOL 01

$15.99

BOO

    1,388

85

1.3

GRENDEL GOD & THE DEVIL TP

$29.95

DAR

    1,347

86

1.28

MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK TP VOL 03 STRONGEST DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

    1,326

87

1.28

FEAR AGENT TP VOL 04 HATCHET JOB

$14.95

DAR

    1,326

88

1.27

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

    1,316

89

1.25

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES WALT SIMONSON TP VOL 02

$14.99

MAR

    1,295

90

1.24

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR)

$12.99

DC

    1,284

91

1.22

SPIDER-MAN J TP VOL 1 JAPANESE KNIGHTS DIGEST

$9.99

MAR

    1,264

92

1.22

METAL MEN HC

$24.99

DC

    1,264

93

1.21

DEATHBLOW AND THEN YOU LIVE TP

$19.99

DC

    1,253

94

1.2

TRINITY BLOOD GN VOL 07 (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

    1,243

95

1.2

GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 08 (Of 15) SHONAN JUNAI GUMI (MR)

$12.99

TKP

    1,243

96

1.19

MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN TP VOL 03 DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

    1,233

97

1.19

UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.95

DAR

    1,233

98

1.19

BRIT TP VOL 02 AWOL

$14.99

IMA

    1,233

99

1.14

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN TP

$19.99

DC

    1,181

100

1.14

POKEMON RANGER & THE TEMPLE O/T SEA

$7.99

VIZ

    1,181


Notes on this chart:
Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.  Publisher abbreviations have also been used:

MAR = Marvel Comics
DC = DC Comics
DAR = Dark Horse Comics
IMA = Image Comics
ABS = Abstract Studio
ADV = A.D. Vision
ALI = Alias Enterprises, LLC
ANT = Antarctic Press
ARC = Archie Comic Publications
ASP = Apen MLT Inc.
AVA = Avatar Press
BON = Bongo Comics
CAR = Cartoon Books
DE = Dynamite Entertainment
DDP = Devil's Due Publishing
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
IDW = IDW Publishing
MIR = Mirage Studios
NBM = NBM / Papercutz
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
SEV = Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC
SLG = Slave Labor Graphics
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz Media
ZEN = Zenescope Entertainment, Inc.

We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using 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 accuracy.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of August, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of August.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Dynamite, Devil's Due, Avatar, Aspen Studios and Gemstone 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.

 

Most graphic novel publishers also release their titles through other channels, which make up a majority of graphic novel sales over-all.  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 U.S. 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 100 graphic novels actual orders July, see "Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--July 2008."

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in July, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--July 2008."

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual July orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "'Secret Invasion' Stays Strong in July" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in July, see "Comic Dollars Decline Continues."

For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 100 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 100 GNs Index."

 
 
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