Print View

Top 50 Graphic Novels--January 2003

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 12/22/2002 12:00am

For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in January, see 'Batman Tops January Comics.'

 

For an analysis of the dollar trends in January, see 'Comic Dollars Down for January.'

 

For the top 300 comics in January, see 'Top 300 Comics--January 2003.'

 

QtyRank

Guide

Description

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

4.83

30 DAYS OF NIGHT TP (MR)

$17.99

IDW

5,798

2

4.51

ULTIMATE DAREDEVIL & ELEKTRA TP

$11.99

MAR

5,414

3

4.09

DAREDEVIL LEGENDS VOL 1 YELLOW TP

$14.99

MAR

4,910

4

4.06

DAREDEVIL MOVIE TP

$12.99

MAR

4,874

5

3.23

ROBOTECH MACROSS SAGA VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DC

3,877

6

3.01

LOVE HINA VOL 9 GN (Of 14)

$9.99

TKP

3,613

7

2.87

JLA THE GOLDEN PERFECT TP

$12.95

DC

3,445

8

2.78

HELLBLAZER HAUNTED TP (MR)

$12.95

DC

3,337

9

2.69

CHOBITS VOL 4 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

3,229

10

2.45

OH MY GODDESS HAND IN HAND TP

$17.95

DAR

2,941

11

2.43

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL I HOPE TP

$12.99

MAR

2,917

12

2.4

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON GN #2

$13.95

ONE

2,881

13

2.39

LONE WOLF 2100 SHADOWS ON SAPLINGS TP

$12.95

DAR

2,869

14

2.37

BIRDS OF PREY OLD FRIENDS NEW ENEMIES TP

$17.95

DC

2,845

15

2.36

PUNISHER VOL 3 BUSINESS AS USUAL TP

$14.99

MAR

2,833

16

2.35

WOLVERINE LEGENDS VOL 1 WOLVERINE HULK TP

$9.99

MAR

2,821

17

2.29

ASTRO BOY VOL 12 TP

$9.95

DAR

2,749

18

2.27

RANMA 1/2 VOL 21 TP

$15.95

VIZ

2,725

19

2.21

CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 1 NEW DEAL HC

$22.99

MAR

2,653

20

2.17

TRANSFORMERS GN LEGACY OF UNICRON

$19.95

TIT

2,605

21

2.08

AQUAMAN ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.95

DC

2,497

22

2.06

DAREDEVIL ELEKTRA LOVE & WAR HC (RES)

$29.99

MAR

2,473

23

2.04

FORGE #10

$7.95

CRO

2,449

24

1.95

EDGE #10

$7.95

CRO

2,341

25

1.92

FLASH ROGUES TP

$14.95

DC

2,305

26

1.82

GI JOE BATTLE FILES ULTIMATE SOURCE BOOK TP

$14.95

IMA

2,185

27

1.82

GREEN LANTERN EMERALD DAWN TP NEW ED

$14.95

DC

2,185

28

1.8

GTO VOL 10 GN (Of 25)

$9.99

TKP

2,161

29

1.79

GTO VOL 9 GN (Of 25)

$9.99

TKP

2,149

30

1.75

WHATS MICHAEL FAT CAT IN CITY TP

$8.95

DAR

2,101

31

1.7

WITCHING HOUR TP (MR)

$19.95

DC

2,041

32

1.68

BATTLE O/T PLANETS VOL 1 KEY COMICS TP

$19.99

DYN

2,017

33

1.67

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA MASTER O/T CLOW VOL 3 GN (Of 6)

$9.99

TKP

2,005

34

1.66

QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL 3 CRYSTAL BALL TP (MR)

$14.95

ONI

1,993

35

1.65

X-FORCE FAMOUS MUTANT & MORTAL HC

$29.99

MAR

1,981

36

1.57

MARMALADE BOY VOL 5 GN (Of 8)

$9.99

TKP

1,885

37

1.54

REAL BOUT HIGH SCHOOL VOL 5 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,849

38

1.53

WISH VOL 4 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,837

39

1.5

MARS VOL 9 GN (Of 15)

$9.99

TKP

1,801

40

1.49

LUPIN III VOL 2 GN

$9.99

TKP

1,789

41

1.41

WEASEL #6 (MR)

$12.95

FAN

1,693

42

1.39

CHANNEL ZERO JENNIE ONE GN

$9.95

AIT

1,669

43

1.37

COURIERS GN

$12.95

AIT

1,645

44

1.28

SHAOLIN SISTERS VOL 1 GN (Of 5) (RES)

$9.99

TKP

1,537

45

1.28

ONEGAI TEACHER GN #1

$9.95

ONE

1,537

46

1.27

GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES SC

$8.95

FAN

1,525

47

1.24

INITIAL D VOL 6 GN (Of 20)

$9.99

TKP

1,489

48

1.22

DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS VOL 1 TP

$9.95

DRE

1,465

49

1.22

METABARONS VOL 4 TP IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

$9.95

HUM

1,465

50

1.21

POWERS VOL 4 SUPERGROUP HC (MR)

$29.95

IMA

1,453

 
 

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 January 2003.  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 December, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels--December 2002.'

 

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

For an analysis of the dollar trends in December, see 'Weak Finish to a Strong Comics Year.'

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

 
Rolling for Initiative--How to Sell Me Your Game (or Your Comic or Anything Else)
Column by Scott Thorne
This week, Thorne describes the process of selling a game (or other product) to a retailer.