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Top 300 Comics--May 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 04/25/2002 12:00am
For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in May, see 'Spider-Man, Batman Up in May.'
For an analysis of the dollar trends in May, see 'May Comic and Graphic Novel Orders Continue Sharp Increases'
For the top 50 graphic novels in May, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels -- May.'
 
QtyRank   Guide Description     PricePubEst.Qty.
1222.85TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #2$2.95 DRE115,655
2198.83NEW X-MEN #126$2.25 MAR103,189
3197.55ULTIMATES #5$2.25 MAR102,524
4188.73AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 (RES)$2.25 MAR97,947
5181.4ULTIMATE X-MEN #18$2.25 MAR94,143
6176.03UNCANNY X-MEN #406$2.25 MAR91,356
7175.16ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #22 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR90,905
8152.43SPIDER-MAN BLUE #1 (Of 6)$3.50 MAR79,108
9149.08ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL #1$3.50 MAR77,370
10138.14GI JOE #6$2.95 IMA71,692
11134.38X-TREME X-MEN #13$2.99 MAR69,741
12133.64GREEN ARROW #15$2.50 DC69,356
13133.07WOLVERINE #176$2.25 MAR69,061
14129.77CAPTAIN AMERICA #2$2.99 MAR67,348
15116.73JLA #66$2.25 DC60,581
16104.48SPIDER-MAN PETER PARKER #44$2.25 MAR54,223
17101.88AVENGERS #54$2.25 MAR52,874
18100BATMAN #603$2.25 DC51,898
1995.07DETECTIVE COMICS #770$2.50 DC49,339
2091DAREDEVIL #33$2.99 MAR47,227
2189.04WOLVERINE HULK #4$3.50 MAR46,210
2288.29SPIDER-MAN QUALITY OF LIFE #1 (Of 4)$2.99 MAR45,821
2386.93INCREDIBLE HULK #40$2.25 MAR45,115
2484.62NIGHTWING #69$2.25 DC43,916
2583.94FANTASTIC FOUR #55$2.25 MAR43,563
2682.46HAWKMAN #3$2.50 DC42,795
2781.62PUNISHER #12$2.99 MAR42,359
2881.33SPAWN #122$2.50 IMA42,209
2981.2GREEN LANTERN #150 (Note Price)$3.50 DC42,141
3080.79JSA #36$2.50 DC41,928
3180.35RISING STARS #19 (Of 24)$2.50 IMA41,700
3279.24X-FORCE #128$2.25 MAR41,124
3378.73IRON MAN #55 (#400 SPECIAL ISSUE) (Note Price)$3.50 MAR40,859
3477.22X-FACTOR #2 (Of 4)$2.50 MAR40,076
3577.07X-MEN UNLIMITED #36$3.50 MAR39,998
3675.71MARVEL MANGAVERSE #2$2.25 MAR39,292
3774.92BIRDS OF PREY #43$2.50 DC38,882
3873.85SUPERMAN #182$2.25 DC38,327
3973.81EXILES #13$2.25 MAR38,306
4072.03ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM UP #16$2.25 MAR37,382
4168.83THOR #49$2.25 MAR35,721
4268.38PARADISE X XEN$4.50 MAR35,488
4367.26BATGIRL #28$2.50 DC34,907
4466.48MIDNIGHT NATION #12 (Of 12) (RES) (Note Price)$2.95 IMA34,502
4564.86BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #29$2.50 DC33,661
4664.18STAR WARS EP II ATTACK O/T CLONES #3 (Of 4)*$3.99 DAR33,308
4763.91STAR WARS EP II ATTACK O/T CLONES #4 (Of 4)*$3.99 DAR33,168
4863.43CAGE #3 (MR)$2.99 MAR32,919
4963.27ACTION COMICS #791$2.25 DC32,836
5062.3ALIAS #9 (MR)$2.99 MAR32,332
5162.22ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #604$2.25 DC32,291
5261.53DC FIRST BATGIRL JOKER$3.50 DC31,933
5360.94BLACK WIDOW PALE LITTLE SPIDER #2 (MR)$2.99 MAR31,627
5460.42CATWOMAN #7$2.50 DC31,357
5560.37SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL #126$2.25 DC31,331
5657.88DC FIRST FLASH SUPERMAN$3.50 DC30,039
5756.46DC FIRST GREEN LANTERN GREEN LANTERN$3.50 DC29,302
5856.08MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #2 (RES)$2.99 MAR29,104
5955.74SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB #14$2.99 MAR28,928
6055.58JIST W/CHRIS BACHALO CREATING CATWOMAN$5.95 DC28,845
6155.35HOOD #1 (MR)$2.99 MAR28,726
6255.1THUNDERBOLTS #64$2.25 MAR28,596
6354.92ORDER #4$2.25 MAR28,502
6454.92BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #155$2.25 DC28,502
6554.24TOMB RAIDER #22$2.50 IMA28,149
6654.11MORLOCKS #2 (Of 4)$2.50 MAR28,082
6753.86FLASH #186$2.25 DC27,952
6853.68DC FIRST SUPERMAN LOBO$3.50 DC27,859
6953.22ROBIN #102$2.25 DC27,620
7052.54CABLE #105$2.25 MAR27,267
7152.21POWERS #21 (MR)$2.95 IMA27,096
7251.79BLADE #3 (MR)$2.99 MAR26,878
7351.11MARVEL KNIGHTS VOL 2 #3$2.99 MAR26,525
7450.94DEADPOOL #67$2.25 MAR26,437
7550.93WITCHBLADE #56$2.50 IMA26,432
7650.19WONDER WOMAN #181$2.25 DC26,048
7750.18SUPERMAN ALIENS II #1 (Of 4)$2.99 DAR26,042
7849.92MUTIES #4$2.50 MAR25,907
7948.51YOUNG JUSTICE #45$2.50 DC25,176
8047.73LEGION #8$2.50 DC24,771
8147.65HOWARD THE DUCK #5 (MR)$2.99 MAR24,729
8247.52STAR WARS JANGO FETT OPEN SEASONS #2 (Of 4)$2.99 DAR24,662
8346.36SPIDER-GIRL #47$2.25 MAR24,060
8446.34AVENGERS ICONS TIGRA #3$2.99 MAR24,050
8546.18JUST A PILGRIM GARDEN OF EDEN #3 (Of 4)$2.99 BLA23,966
8645.99SOJOURN #11$2.95 CRO23,868
8745.43LONE WOLF 2100 #1 (Of 4)$2.99 DAR23,577
8844.61TITANS #41$2.50 DC23,152
8944WAY O/T RAT #1$2.95 CRO22,835
9043.59CAPTAIN MARVEL #32$2.50 MAR22,622
9142.55OUT THERE #11$2.95 DC22,083
9242.44FABLES #1 (MR)$2.50 DC22,026
9342.29DEADLINE #2 (Of 4)$2.99 MAR21,948
9442.15HARLEY QUINN #20$2.25 DC21,875
9541.8TOM STRONG #17$2.95 DC21,693
9640.91GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES #3$4.95 DC21,231
9740.82RUSE #8$2.95 CRO21,185
9839.15PATH #3$2.95 CRO20,318
9938.89MUTANT EARTH #1 (Of 4)*$2.95 IMA20,183
10038.77STAR WARS #42 RITE OF PASSAGE (1 Of 4)$2.99 DAR20,121
10138.48TASKMASTER #4 (Of 4)$2.99 MAR19,970
10238.47RED STAR #9*$2.95 IMA19,965
10338.45TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES #4$2.95 DC19,955
10438.07POWER COMPANY #4$2.50 DC19,758
10537.71BLACK PANTHER #44$2.50 MAR19,571
10636.91SUPERGIRL #70$2.25 DC19,156
10736.31INFERNO HELLBOUND #3 (RES)$2.50 IMA18,844
10835.96MUTANT X FUTURE SHOCK #1$3.50 MAR18,663
10935.86HELLBLAZER #174 (MR)$2.50 DC18,611
11035.36LAB RATS #2$2.50 DC18,351
11135.26SPECTRE #17$2.50 DC18,299
11235.15DOOM PATROL #8$2.50 DC18,242
11335.03SUPERBOY #100 (Note Price)$3.50 DC18,180
11434.73HIGH ROADS #2 (Of 6)$2.95 DC18,024
11533.63JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #7$1.99 DC17,453
11632.91TRANSMETROPOLITAN #56 (MR)$2.50 DC17,080
11732.66SCION #24$2.95 CRO16,950
11832.66100 BULLETS #36 (MR)$2.50 DC16,950
11932.58AMAZING SCREW-ON HEAD$2.99 DAR16,908
12032.27X-MEN EVOLUTION #7$2.25 MAR16,747
12131.3GEN 13 #77 (Note Price)$3.50 DC16,244
12230.79BTVS #45 DEATH OF BUFFY (3 Of 3)*$2.99 DAR15,979
12330.38SUICIDE SQUAD #9$2.50 DC15,767
12430.03LIBERTY MEADOWS #26$2.95 INS15,585
12529.46DAWN CONVENTION SKETCHBOOK 2002 (MR)$2.95 IMA15,289
12629.4LADY DEATH GODDESS RETURNS #1 (Of 2)$2.99 CHA15,258
12728.72STEAMPUNK #12 (Note Price)$3.50 DC14,905
12828.63CRUX #14$2.95 CRO14,858
12928.51MYSTIC #24$2.95 CRO14,796
13028.29LUCIFER #26 (MR)$2.50 DC14,682
13128.16NEGATION #6$2.95 CRO14,614
13228.06AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #90$2.50 DC14,563
13328.02BONE #48$2.95 CAR14,542
13427.84SIMPSONS COMICS #70$2.50 BON14,448
13527.43FIRST #19$2.95 CRO14,236
13627.39SIGIL #24$2.95 CRO14,215
13727.29GUARDIAN ANGEL #1 (Of 4)$2.95 IMA14,163
13826.99IMPULSE #86$2.50 DC14,007
13926.77BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #50$1.99 DC13,893
14026.66MERIDIAN #24$2.95 CRO13,836
14126.6CITIZEN V & BATTALLION EVERLASTING #4$2.99 MAR13,805
14226.51LADY DEATH BEDLAM #1$2.99 CHA13,758
14326.13STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #50$2.95 ABS13,561
14425.22HAVEN BROKEN CITY #6 (Of 9)$2.50 DC13,089
14524.78HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #11 (MR)$2.50 DC12,860
14624.77TENTH NIGHTWALKER #2 (Of 4)*$2.99 DAR12,855
14724.04SAVAGE DRAGON #99$2.95 IMA12,476
14824.04DEADMAN #6$2.50 DC12,476
14923.6CODENAME KNOCKOUT #13 (MR)$2.50 DC12,248
15023.58DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS #3$2.95 DRE12,238
15123.36BART SIMPSON COMICS #8$2.50 BON12,123
15223.35PURGATORI GOD KILLER #1$2.99 CHA12,118
15323.14VAMPIRELLA #9 REG ED$2.99 HAR12,009
15422.21VAMPI #19 REG ED$2.99 HAR11,527
15522.14FUTURAMA COMICS #9$2.50 BON11,490
15621.54ESTABLISHMENT #9$2.50 DC11,179
15721AMERICAN CENTURY #15 (MR)$2.50 DC10,899
15820.88DARKCHYLDE LAST ISSUE SPECIAL (Note Price)$3.95 DRK10,836
15919.94CHASTITY CRAZYTOWN #3 (Of 3)$2.99 CHA10,348
16019.39FUSED #2$2.95 IMA10,063
16119.27MIDNIGHT MASS #2 (Of 8) (MR)$2.50 DC10,001
16218.96SPYBOY SPECIAL ONE SHOT$4.99 DAR9,840
16318.87TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #14$2.95 BRO9,793
16417.9HAUNTED GRAY MATTERS #1$2.99 CHA9,290
16517.59SCI SPY #4 (Of 6) (MR)$2.50 DC9,129
16617POWERPUFF GIRLS #27$1.99 DC8,823
16716.87INSANE CLOWN POSSE DARK CARNIVAL #1$2.99 CHA8,755
16816.68NOBLE CAUSES #3*$2.95 IMA8,657
16916.31CRUSADES #15 (MR)$2.50 DC8,465
17015.48OH MY GODDESS PART XI #10 MYSTERY CHILD (8 Of 8) (Note Price)$3.99 DAR8,034
17115.13USAGI YOJIMBO #57$2.99 DAR7,852
17214.27QUEEN & COUNTRY #8 (MR)$2.95 ONI7,406
17314KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #67$2.99 KZR7,266
17413.91BLACK TIDE #4*$2.95 IMA7,219
17513.61BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #68 BEASTS (3 Of 7) (MR)$2.99 DAR7,063
17613.58STRAY BULLETS #26 (MR)$3.50 EL7,048
17713.38DRAGONBALL Z PART 5 #5 (Of 12)$2.95 VIZ6,944
17812.78CEREBUS #278$2.25 AAR6,633
17912.03DUNGEONS & DRAGONS IN SHADOW OF DRAGONS #8 (Of 8)$2.99 KZR6,243
18012.02SCOOBY-DOO #60$1.99 DC6,238
18111.75KABUKI REFELCTIONS #4$4.95 IMA6,098
18211.31DRAGONBALL PART 4 #10 (Of 10)$2.95 VIZ5,870
18311.12CANNON GOD EXAXXION #7 STAGE 1 (7 Of 8) (MR)$2.99 DAR5,771
18410.51BEAUTIFUL KILLER LTD PREVIEW ED #1$5.00 BLA5,454
18510.33SUPER MANGA BLAST #22 (MR)$5.99 DAR5,361
18610.3RANMA 1/2 PART 11 #3 (Of 11)$2.95 VIZ5,345
18710.27ENNIS & MCCREAS BIGGER DICKS #4 (Of 4) (MR)*$4.95 AVA5,330
18810.21CREEPS #4 (Of 4)$2.95 IMA5,299
18910.2SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #111$1.99 ARC5,294
19010.2CREED UTOPIATE #3 (Of 4)$2.95 IMA5,294
19110.17NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES #1$2.95 SLA5,278
19210.05MADMAN PICTURE EXHIBITION #2$3.95 AAA5,216
1939.6POISON ELVES #71$2.95 SIR4,982
1949.27ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO PART 1 #1 (Of 7)$2.95 VIZ4,811
1958.95ROBO DOJO #4 (Of 6)$2.95 DC4,645
1968.57CARDCAPTOR SAKURA #28$2.99 TKP4,448
1978.54GUNDAM WING ENDLESS WALTZ #3 (Of 5)$2.99 TKP4,432
1988.48GOLD DIGGER #32$2.99 ANT4,401
1998.4NEON GENESIS PART 7 #1 (Of 7)$3.50 VIZ4,359
2008.29XIN #1 ALPHA PREVIEW ED$2.50 HAR4,302
2018.05METABARONS #17 (Of 17)$2.95 HUM4,178
2027.74TICK & ARTIE #1$3.50 NEW4,017
2037.21LOONEY TUNES #90$1.99 DC3,742
2047.04WARREN ELLIS SCARS SAMPLER (MR)$0.75 AVA3,654
2057.01INU YASHA PART 6 #13 (Of 15)$2.95 VIZ3,638
2066.8ARCHIE #523$1.99 ARC3,529
2076.56BERLIN #9 (MR) (Note Price)$3.50 DRA3,405
2086.5BIG O PART 1 #4 (Of 5)$3.50 VIZ3,373
2096.48SHOT CALLERZ #1 (Of 4) (MR)$2.95 ONI3,363
2106.43KODT HACKMASTERS EVERKNIGHT #15 PRIESTESS$2.99 KZR3,337
2116.38SKY BETWEEN BRANCHES #0$2.99 CMX3,311
2126.34CAVEWOMAN RAPTOR #2 (Of 2)$3.25 AMR3,290
2136.25HOW TO DRAW MANGA #15$4.95 ANT3,244
2146.2BETTY & VERONICA #176$1.99 ARC3,218
2155.92BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #107$3.29 ARC3,072
2165.88BASTARD #6 FIGHTER (1 Of 3) (MR)$3.95 VIZ3,052
2175.88BETTY #113$1.99 ARC3,052
2185.88CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND PART 2 #6 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ3,052
2195.8VERONICA #127$1.99 ARC3,010
2205.74SHI POISONED PARADISE PREVIEW$1.99 AVA2,979
2215.72AGE OF BRONZE BEHIND SCENES$3.50 IMA2,969
2225.65MUTANT TEXAS TALES OF SHERIFF IDA RED #1 (Of 4)$2.95 ONI2,932
2235.48NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #95$2.99 ANT2,844
2245.47SABRINA VOL 2 #33$1.99 ARC2,839
2255.4SLAYERS SPECIAL #5$2.95 CPM2,802
2265.39ARCHIE & FRIENDS #58$1.99 ARC2,797
2275.15SKINWALKER #1 (Of 4) (MR)$2.95 ONI2,673
2285.12CARTOON CARTOONS #11$1.99 DC2,657
2295.1PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #67$3.29 ARC2,647
2305.05POUNDED #3 (Of 3) (MR)$2.95 ONI2,621
2314.98BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #130$2.19 ARC2,585
2324.97ARCHIE DIGEST #190$2.19 ARC2,579
2334.94GOLD DIGGER SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2002$4.50 ANT2,564
2344.92CLASSWAR #4$2.99 CMX2,553
2354.85ZOOMS ACADEMY FOR SUPER GIFTED #3$3.50 MFA2,517
2364.8JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #86$3.29 ARC2,491
2374.77COURTNEY CRUMRIN & NIGHT THINGS #3 (Of 4)$2.95 ONI2,476
2384.66VAULT #1 LEGENDS DARK CITY ANGEL PREVIEW$2.50 DJE2,418
2394.51SQUID GIRL #1$2.95 AMR2,341
2404.5AKIKO #48$2.95 SIR2,335
2414.48RAGNAROK #4 (Of 4)$2.99 TKP2,325
2424.46ARCHIES WEIRD MYSTERIES #21$1.99 ARC2,315
2434.43JUGHEAD #144$1.99 ARC2,299
2444.32S&M UNIVERSITY #5 (Of 6) (A)$3.50 ERO2,242
2454.25WERESLUT #7 (A)$3.50 ERO2,206
2464.22SMILE VOL 4 #6$5.99 TKP2,190
2474.19SLOW NEWS DAY #6 (Of 6)$3.50 SLA2,175
2484.08JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #175$2.19 ARC2,117
2494.04DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #3 (Of 3) (O/A)$7.95 DC2,097
2503.88MILK #29 (A)$2.99 RAD2,014
2513.83YOUNG WITCHES VOL 5 LEGACY #3 (A)$3.95 ERO1,988
2523.79KODOCHA #5 (Of 5)$2.99 TKP1,967
2533.67AMELIA RULES #6$2.95 REN1,905
2543.66BATTLE GIRLZ #4$2.99 ANT1,899
2553.45TIM VIGILS WEBWITCH COMPANION (MR)*$4.95 COM1,790
2563.36SILENT MOBIUS TURNABOUT #5 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ1,744
2573.32MY MONKEYS NAME IS JENNIFER #2$2.95 SLA1,723
2583.29STEVEN GRANTS MORTAL SOULS #3 (Of 3) (MR)$3.50 AVA1,707
2593.26TIGERS OF LUFTWAFFE #8$5.95 ANT1,692
2603.25BITCH IN HEAT #14 (A)$3.50 ERO1,687
2613.21SAINT TAIL #19$2.99 TKP1,666
2623.14FUTABAKUN CHANGE VOL 8 #4$2.95 STU1,630
2633.13FADE FROM BLUE #1 (Note Price)$1.00 SEC1,624
2643.02ZOIDS #4$5.95 VIZ1,567
2653FURRLOUGH #113$2.99 RAD1,557
2663VAGABOND PART 1 #7 (MR)$4.95 VIZ1,557
2672.99MEDABOTS PART 1 #3 (Of 4)$2.75 VIZ1,552
2682.95MIRACLE GIRLS #20$2.99 TKP1,531
2692.94MEDABOTS PART 1 #4 (Of 4)$2.75 VIZ1,526
2702.9MIRACLE GIRLS #21$2.99 TKP1,505
2712.87HEDG #4 (MR)$2.95 PAP1,489
2722.83WARRIOR NUN AREALA #7$2.99 ANT1,469
2732.62TRUTH SERUM #3$2.95 SLA1,360
2742.54SUPER DOOPER GROOVY SPACE CHICKS #1$3.95 FRO1,318
2752.51INFINITE KUNG FU #2$3.00 GLN1,303
2762.5OGENKI CLINIC VOL 9 #2 (A)$2.95 STU1,297
2772.46DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2 (Of 3)$7.95 DC1,277
2782.39PARADIGM #2$3.00 TIG1,240
2792.37DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #1 CURR PRTG$7.95 DC1,230
2802.35DOJIN 2000 PHANTASY XXX (A)$4.95 MMG1,220
2812.34DOJIN 2000 LOVE TINA 2 (A)$4.95 MMG1,214
2822.34VAMPIRE YUI VOL 4 #4$2.95 STU1,214
2832.32TREASURE CHESTS #7 (A) (Note Price)$3.50 ERO1,204
2842.26DOJIN 2000 DEAD OR DEAD (A)$4.95 MMG1,173
2852.22MAC AFRO #3 (Of 4)$2.95 ATO1,152
2862.2PETE THE POD POSTAL WORKER #11 (RES)$2.95 SHA1,142
2872.18COLONIA #7$2.95 COL1,131
2882.12WARHAMMER MONTHLY #55 (Note Price)$3.50 GAM1,100
2892.11POKEMON ADVS PART 7 #2 (Of 5)$4.95 VIZ1,095
2902.09DOJIN 2000 GIRLS WILL BE BOYS (A)$4.95 MMG1,085
2912.08RUBBER NECKER #1 (MR)$3.50 ALT1,079
2922.02BIG FUNNIES #5 (A)$4.99 RAD1,048
2931.95PLEASURE BOUND #9 (A)$3.50 ERO1,012
2941.94SUPERNATURAL LAW #34$2.50 EXH1,007
2951.91ELVIRA #109$2.50 CLA991
2961.85FELIX THE CATS TV EXTRAVAGANZA #1$2.50 FEL960
2971.83LADY DEATH GODDESS RETURNS PREMIUM #1 (Of 2)$9.99 CHA950
2981.8GIANT SHANDA ANIMAL #7 (MR)$4.99 SHA934
2991.78SQUEE #1$2.95 SLA924
3001.75FREAK BROTHERS #13 NEW PTG (MR) (Note Price)$3.95 RIP908
 
 
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 May 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 April, see 'Top 300 Comics -- April 2002.'

 

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

 

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.'

 
 
 
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