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Top 50 Graphic Novels--November 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 11/05/2002 12:00am

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

 

For an analysis of the dollar trends in November, see 'Comic Dollars Down Again in November.'

 

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

 
 
QtyRank  GuideDescription  PricePubEst.Qty
133.34JLA SECRET ORIGINS OVERSIZED SC$7.95 DC31,695
216.83JLA JSA VIRTUE & VICE HC$24.95 DC15,999
313.88LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 28 FALLING TREE TP$9.95 DAR13,195
413.03ORIGIN TP$14.99 MAR12,387
57.57TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 1 TP$17.95 DRE7,196
66.15BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE FUGITIVE VOL 1 TP$12.95 DC5,846
75.51BATMAN ABSOLUTION HC$24.95 DC5,238
85.45LADY PENDRAGON SPECIAL$7.95 IMA5,181
94.93TRANSFORMERS GENESIS ART BOOK HC$29.45 EIG4,687
104.65BLADE O/T IMMORTAL BEASTS TP (MR)$14.95 DAR4,421
114.59CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON GN #1$13.95 ONE4,363
124.3JSA RETURN OF HAWKMAN TP$19.95 DC4,088
134.25INVISIBLES #7 INVISIBLE KINGDOM TP (MR)$19.95 DC4,040
144.2METABARONS ALPHA OMEGA GN$9.95 HUM3,993
154.1SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TP$14.95 DC3,898
163.49SUPREME STORY O/T YEAR TP$26.95 CHE3,318
173.46ASTRO BOY VOL 10 TP$9.95 DAR3,289
183.33TRANSFORMERS FALLEN ANGEL GN$19.95 TIT3,166
193.3X-FORCE VOL 2 TP$19.99 MAR3,137
203.04BATMAN YEAR TWO FEAR REAPER TP NEW ED$17.95 DC2,890
212.8SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 9 HC$49.95 DC2,662
222.74FORGE #8$11.95 CRO2,605
232.73EDGE #8$11.95 CRO2,595
242.6INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 1 HC$29.99 MAR2,472
252.47PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOL 4 HC$49.95 DC2,348
262.39STRAY TOASTERS TP$19.95 GRA2,272
272.38JUST A PILGRIM VOL 2 GARDEN OF EDEN TP$12.99 WIZ2,263
282.38LUPIN III VOL 1 GN$9.99 TKP2,263
292.11GROO ODYSSEY TP$12.95 DAR2,006
302.11CARDCAPTOR SAKURA MASTER O/T CLOW VOL 2$9.99 TKP2,006
311.9EDGE 10TH ANNIVERSARY*$19.95 VAN1,806
321.9WISH VOL 3 GN$9.99 TKP1,806
331.89CANNON GOD EXAXXION STAGE 1 TP (MR)$15.95 DAR1,797
341.87MERIDIAN VOL 4 TP$15.95 CRO1,778
351.84CRUX VOL 2 TP$15.95 CRO1,749
361.75KRAZY & IGNATZ LOVE LETTERS IN ANCIENT BRICK 1927-28 TP$14.95 FAN1,664
371.74MARS VOL 7 GN$9.99 TKP1,654
381.73WILDCATS STREET SMART TP$14.95 DC1,645
391.66DIVINE RIGHT BOOK TWO TP$17.95 DC1,578
401.63SPYBOY VOL 5 SPY SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL TP$12.95 DAR1,550
411.61MAX HAMM FAIRY TALE DETECTIVE #1$4.95 NIT1,531
421.61CLIVE BARKERS TAPPING VEIN TP$21.95 CHE1,531
431.48DARKNESS VOL 1 COMING OF AGE TP$14.99 IMA1,407
441.48DYLAN DOG ZED GN$5.95 DAR1,407
451.39G-FORCE ANIMATED TP$15.95 TWO1,321
461.38DESPERADOES QUIET O/T GRAVE TP$14.95 DC1,312
471.35STORM RIDERS GN #8$13.95 ONE1,283
481.28MONSTERS INC VOL 1 GN$7.99 TKP1,217
491.27GRAPHIC CLASSICS VOL 4 HP LOVECRAFT$9.95 EUR1,207
501.26SPIRITED AWAY VOL 5 TP$9.95 VIZ1,198

 

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

 

The quantities in this chart are ICv2 estimates of initial raw orders to Diamond North America on titles scheduled for shipment in November 2002.  They do not include late orders, advancer reorders, distributor extras, or reorders. 

 

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 the top 50 graphic novels in October, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels--October 2002.'

 

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

For an analysis of the dollar trends in October, see 'Comic Orders Down for October.'

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

 

For links to all of the Top 300 Comic and Top 300 Graphic Novel orders, see our 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics & Top 50 GN's Index'.

 
 
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