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Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2003

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

Published: 01/27/2004 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during October 2003.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in October, see 'October Comic Numbers Sag.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during October, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--October 2003.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Ven

 

Est.Qty

1

7.1

CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 1 TP

$15.95

DAR

 

7,642

2

6.84

SANDMAN ENDLESS NIGHTS HC

$24.95

DC

 

7,362

3

6.52

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 IRRESPONSIBLE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

7,018

4

6.4

TRIGUN VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

6,889

5

5.15

CRISIS O/MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL 2 TP

$14.95

DC

 

5,543

6

5.09

ESSENTIAL TOMB O/DRACULA VOL 1 TP

$14.99

MAR

 

5,479

7

4.44

NEW X-MEN VOL 5 ASSAULT O/WEAPON PLUS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

4,779

8

4.16

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES TP

$12.99

MAR

 

4,478

9

4.04

BERSERK VOL 1 BLACK SWORDSMAN TP (MR)

$13.95

DAR

 

4,349

10

3.94

GENESIS ART O/TRANSFORMERS HC

$29.95

IMA

 

4,241

11

3.93

CHOBITS VOL 8 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

4,230

12

3.63

SANDMAN PRESENTS TALLER TALES TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,907

13

3.6

LIFE EATERS HC

$29.95

DC

 

3,875

14

3.44

DAREDEVIL VOL 7 HARDCORE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

3,703

15

3.36

HELLBLAZER RAKE A/T GATES O/HELL TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,617

16

3.33

X-TREME X-MEN VOL 5 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS TP

$19.99

MAR

 

3,584

17

3.24

DONALD DUCK ADVS VOL 2 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

3,487

18

3.17

ANIMAL MAN VOL 3 DEUS EX MACHINA TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,412

19

3.07

BATMAN/SUPERMAN WORLDS FINEST TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,304

20

3.01

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 2 UNTHINKABLE TP

$17.99

MAR

 

3,240

21

3.01

BATMAN TERROR TP

$12.95

DC

 

3,240

22

2.86

SUPERMAN MAN O/STEEL VOL 2 TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,078

23

2.83

HERO POWERS & ABILITIES TP

$9.95

DC

 

3,046

24

2.82

RANMA 1/2 VOL 24 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

3,035

25

2.8

INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 5 HIDE I/PLAIN SIGHT TP

$11.99

MAR

 

3,014

26

2.69

INU YASHA VOL 15 TP

$8.95

VIZ

 

2,895

27

2.66

BATMAN ABSOLUTION SC

$17.95

DC

 

2,863

28

2.52

SUPERMAN MAN O/STEEL VOL 1 TP

$9.95

DC

 

2,712

29

2.5

GIANT THB VOL 2 #1

$6.95

HOR

 

2,691

30

2.42

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER VOL 2 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

2,605

31

2.38

SGT ROCK ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,562

32

2.27

MORE FUND COMICS GN

$10.00

SKY

 

2,443

33

2.25

ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL 9 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,422

34

2.15

LOEG BOOK ONE TP

$14.95

DC

 

2,314

35

2.08

DEATH AT DEATHS DOOR SC

$9.95

DC

 

2,239

36

2.06

CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 3 ICE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

2,217

37

2.05

ATOM ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,207

38

1.94

ASTRO BOY VOL 19 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

2,088

39

1.85

FULL METAL PANIC MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,991

40

1.8

STRAY TOASTERS TP (RES)

$19.95

GRA

 

1,937

41

1.7

NEXTWORLD VOL 1 TP

$13.95

DAR

 

1,830

42

1.68

WILL EISNER FAGIN THE JEW GN

$15.95

RAN

 

1,808

43

1.66

ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO VOL 3 DARK WASHU TP

$8.95

VIZ

 

1,787

44

1.64

FUSHIGI YUGI VOL 9 LOVER TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,765

45

1.63

21 DOWN TP

$19.95

DC

 

1,754

46

1.61

QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL 4 OPERATION BLACKWALL TP

$8.95

ONI

 

1,733

47

1.59

BLUE MONDAY VOL 3 INBETWEEN DAYS TP

$9.95

ONI

 

1,711

48

1.54

MAC RABOY FLASH GORDON VOL 2 TP

$19.95

DAR

 

1,658

49

1.54

RAGNAROK VOL 8 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,658

50

1.52

EXCEL SAGA VOL 3 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,636

 

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

TIT = Titan Publishing

CAR = Cartoon Books

HAR = Harris

CRO = CrossGen

BON = Bongo

TKP = Tokyo Pop

 

These estimates are based on ICv2 estimates of comic sales by Diamond North America during October, 2003.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of October, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of October.  

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen, 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, Image, and CrossGen 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. 

 

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.

 

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 50 graphic novels actual orders in September, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--September 2003.'

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in September, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--September 2003.'

 

For an overview and analsysis of the actual September orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Hush Finale Tops the Charts' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'

 

For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 50 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 50 GNs Index.'

 
 
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