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Top 30 Graphic Novels--June 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 05/30/2002 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in June, see 'Top Comics Drop in June.'

For an analysis of the dollar trends in June, see 'Comic and Graphic Novel Orders up 19% in Second Quarter.'

For the top 300 comics in June, see 'Top 300 Comics -- June 2002.'

 

QtyRank  GuideDescription  PricePubEst.Qty
128.45LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 23 TEARS OF ICE TP (MR)$9.95 DAR12,928
226.06WITCHBLADE OBAKEMONO$9.95 IMA11,842
319.72TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 2 TP$9.99 WIZ8,961
418.04WONDER WOMAN HIKETEIA HC$24.95 DC8,198
510.27100 BULLETS VOL 4 FOREGONE TOMORROW TP (MR)$17.95 DC4,667
610.08ESSENTIAL TOMB OF DRACULA TP$14.99 MAR4,581
79.87GI JOE VOL 1 REINSTATED TP$14.95 IMA4,485
89.57ASTRO BOY VOL 5 TP$9.95 DAR4,349
99.24NEW X-MEN VOL 2 TP IMPERIAL$19.99 MAR4,199
108.89FORGE #3$9.95 CRO4,040
118.86INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 1 TP RETURN O/T MONSTER$12.99 MAR4,026
128.83TRANSFORMERS VOL 4 GN MATRIX QUEST$19.99 TIT4,013
138.77EDGE #3$9.95 CRO3,985
148.52JSA DARKNESS FALLS TP (RES)$19.95 DC3,872
158.33SOJOURN VOL 1 TP$19.95 CRO3,785
167.14RESIDENT EVIL CODENAME VERONICA VOL 1 TP$14.95 DC3,245
176.95JONNY DOUBLE TP (MR)$12.95 DC3,158
186.95DAREDEVIL WAKE UP TP$9.99 MAR3,158
196.92CLASSIC STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO VOL 2 TP$29.95 DAR3,145
206.75COWBOY BEBOP VOL 2 GN$9.99 TKP3,067
216.64TANK GIRL VOL 2 GN (MR)$16.99 TIT3,017
226.35ENEMY ACE ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC$49.95 DC2,886
236.27PHANTOM VOL 2 GN SINGH WEB$6.95 MNS2,849
246.23STAR WARS HUNT FOR AURRA SING TP$12.95 DAR2,831
255.96GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES VOL 4 HC$49.95 DC2,708
265.94EXILES VOL 2 TP A WORLD APART$14.99 MAR2,699
275.74JIST CREATING DC UNIVERSE BOOK ONE TP$19.95 DC2,608
285.62WOLVERINE DEADPOOL WEAPON X TP$21.99 MAR2,554
295.55ALIAS HC (MR)$29.95 MAR2,522
305.42X-MEN VISIONARIES JIM LEE TP$21.99 MAR2,463

 

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 June 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 May, see 'Top 300 Comics -- May.'

 

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

 

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.'

 
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