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Top 300 Comics--January 2002

Quantity Estimates Based on Diamond Title Indexes and External Title Data

Published: 01/03/2002 12:00am
For information about and analysis of these numbers, see 'Ten Cent Batman Boffo.'
For analysis of over-all dollar trends for the month, see 'Comics Up 18% in January.'
 
QtyRank  GuideDescription  PricePubQty Est
11385.6BATMAN 10 CENT ADVENTURE$0.10 DC654,128
2353.74ORIGIN #6$3.50 MAR166,997
3329.01DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2 (Of 3)*$7.95 DC155,322
4316.23ULTIMATES #1$2.25 MAR149,289
5231.41NEW X-MEN #122$2.25 MAR109,246
6220.88MOMENT OF SILENCE$3.00 MAR104,275
7214.25UNCANNY X-MEN #402$2.25 MAR101,145
8206.93ULTIMATE X-MEN #14$2.25 MAR97,690
9192.31AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39$2.25 MAR90,788
10167.77ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #17$2.25 MAR79,203
11164.73X-TREME X-MEN #9$2.99 MAR77,767
12160.94GREEN ARROW #12$2.50 DC75,978
13159.71GI JOE #3$2.95 IMA75,397
14151.61WOLVERINE #172$2.25 MAR71,574
15134.18JLA #62$2.25 DC63,345
16118.64AVENGERS #50 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR56,009
17115.03PUNISHER #8$2.99 MAR54,305
18105.08DETECTIVE COMICS #766$2.50 DC49,607
19102.48PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #39$2.25 MAR48,380
20101.7DAREDEVIL #29$2.99 MAR48,012
21101.07FANTASTIC FOUR #51$2.25 MAR47,714
22100BATMAN #599$2.25 DC47,209
2396.74X-FORCE #124$2.25 MAR45,670
2495.08FATHOM #13 (RES)$2.50 IMA44,886
2594.05ELEKTRA #7$2.99 MAR44,400
2692.55ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #600 (Note Price)$3.95 DC43,692
2791.68SPAWN #118$2.50 IMA43,281
2891.29IRON MAN #50 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR43,097
2988.63ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM UP #12$2.25 MAR41,841
3087.69NIGHTWING #65$2.25 DC41,398
3186.4BATGIRL #24$2.50 DC40,789
3285.9SUPERMAN #178$2.25 DC40,553
3384.7BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25$2.50 DC39,986
3484.7ICEMAN #4$2.50 MAR39,986
3583.42EXILES #8$2.25 MAR39,382
3683.12JSA #32$2.50 DC39,240
3781.56NIGHTCRAWLER #3$2.50 MAR38,504
3879.7FURY #5 (MR)$2.99 MAR37,626
3977.15INCREDIBLE HULK #36$2.25 MAR36,422
4076.19MARVEL MANGAVERSE X-MEN #1$2.25 MAR35,969
4176.04ACTION COMICS #787$2.25 DC35,898
4275.91ALIAS #5 (MR)$2.99 MAR35,836
4374.77THOR #45$2.25 MAR35,298
4473.54ROBIN #98$2.25 DC34,717
4573.08SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL #122$2.25 DC34,500
4670.64CATWOMAN #3$2.50 DC33,348
4769.51ELEKTRA & WOLVERINE #3$5.95 MAR32,815
4869.11MARVEL MANGAVERSE SPIDER-MAN #1$2.25 MAR32,626
4969.09BIRDS OF PREY #39$2.50 DC32,617
5068.95GREEN LANTERN #146$2.25 DC32,551
5166.5HOWARD THE DUCK #1 (MR)$2.99 MAR31,394
5266.48CABLE #101$2.25 MAR31,385
5364.76BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #151$2.25 DC30,573
5464.1TOMB RAIDER #19$2.50 IMA30,261
5563.36THUNDERBOLTS #60$2.25 MAR29,912
5663.32CAPTAIN AMERICA HEART OF DARKNESS #1$2.99 MAR29,893
5763.07AVENGERS CELESTIAL QUEST #5 (Of 8)$2.50 MAR29,775
5861.68MARVEL MANGAVERSE NEW DAWN #1 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR29,119
5961.54SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB #10$2.99 MAR29,052
6061.36WONDER WOMAN #178$2.25 DC28,967
6160.33JIST SECRET FILES #1$4.95 DC28,481
6260.31MARVEL MANGAVERSE ETERNAL TWILIGHT #1 (Note Price)$3.50 MAR28,472
6360.3MARVEL MANGAVERSE AVENGERS #1$2.25 MAR28,467
6460.24MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #4 (MR)$2.99 MAR28,439
6560.23MARVEL MANGAVERSE FANTASTIC FOUR #1$2.25 MAR28,434
6659.35WITCHBLADE #53 (RES)$2.50 IMA28,019
6758.59DEADPOOL FUNERAL FOR A FREAK #2$2.25 MAR27,660
6857.64BROTHERHOOD #9$2.25 MAR27,211
6956.95POWERS #18 (MR)$2.95 IMA26,886
7056.31FLASH #182$2.25 DC26,583
7156.07DOOM EMPEROR RETURNS #3$2.50 MAR26,470
7255.25OUT THERE #8$2.50 DC26,083
7354.97MARVEL MANGAVERSE PUNISHER #1$2.25 MAR25,951
7454.9POWER COMPANY JOSIAH POWER$2.50 DC25,918
7554.65POWER COMPANY SAPPHIRE$2.50 DC25,800
7654.04POWER COMPANY MANHUNTER$2.50 DC25,512
7753.86POWER COMPANY SKYROCKET$2.50 DC25,427
7853.77POWER COMPANY BORK$2.50 DC25,384
7953.48POWER COMPANY WITCHFIRE$2.50 DC25,247
8052.72YOUNG JUSTICE #41$2.50 DC24,889
8152.4POWER COMPANY STRIKER Z$2.50 DC24,738
8252.09TITANS #37$2.50 DC24,591
8351.72LEGION #4$2.50 DC24,416
8451.17MARVEL MANGAVERSE GHOST RIDER #1$2.25 MAR24,157
8550.5X-MEN EVOLUTION #3$2.25 MAR23,841
8650.21HARLEY QUINN #16$2.25 DC23,704
8749.36HAVEN BROKEN CITY #2 (Of 9)$2.50 DC23,302
8848.88SPIDER-GIRL #43$2.25 MAR23,076
8948.77SPIDER-GIRL #42$2.25 MAR23,024
9048.09INFERNO HELLBOUND #2$2.50 IMA22,703
9148.04WARLANDS AGE OF ICE #0$2.50 IMA22,679
9246.58CAPTAIN MARVEL #27$2.50 MAR21,990
9346.41TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES #2$2.95 DC21,910
9446.33I LOVE NEW YORK$2.95 LIN21,872
9545.45DEADMAN #2$2.50 DC21,456
9645.02DOOM PATROL #4$2.50 DC21,253
9744.93SOJOURN #7$2.95 CRO21,211
9844.78SPECTRE #13$2.50 DC21,140
9943.67CAPTAIN MARVEL #28$2.50 MAR20,616
10043.23STAR WARS STARFIGHTER CROSSBONES #1 OF 3$2.99 DAR20,408
10142.92SUPERGIRL #66$2.25 DC20,262
10242.73STAR WARS #38 STARK HYPERSPACE WAR 3 Of 4$2.99 DAR20,172
10342.68JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #3$1.99 DC20,149
10441.96NIGHTSIDE #4$2.99 MAR19,809
10541.38RUSE #4$2.95 CRO19,535
10641.27BATMAN NIGHTWING BLOODBORNE$5.95 DC19,483
10739.84BLACK PANTHER #40$2.50 MAR18,808
10839.03DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS #1*$2.95 IMA18,426
10938.54SUICIDE SQUAD #5$2.50 DC18,194
11038.47HELLBLAZER #170 (MR)$2.50 DC18,161
11137.12BLOODSTONE #4$2.99 MAR17,524
11236.53LIBERTY MEADOWS WEDDING ALBUM$2.95 INS17,245
11336.47MIKE MIGNOLAS BPRD HOLLOW EARTH #1 (Of 3)$2.99 DAR17,217
11436.41TRANSMETROPOLITAN #52 (MR)$2.50 DC17,189
11535.59GEN 13 #73$2.50 DC16,802
11635.55100 BULLETS #32 (MR)$2.50 DC16,783
11735.54SUPERBOY #96$2.25 DC16,778
11835.52SCION #20$2.95 CRO16,769
11934.9NEGATION #2$2.95 CRO16,476
12034.68SAURIANS UNNATURAL SELECTION #1 (Of 2)$2.95 CRO16,372
12133.35CRUX #10$2.95 CRO15,744
12232.44BTVS #41 UGLY LITTLE MONSTERS (2 Of 3)*$2.99 DAR15,315
12332.27NINJA BOY #6$2.95 DC15,234
12431.94MYSTIC #20$2.95 CRO15,079
12531.73ESTABLISHMENT #5$2.50 DC14,979
12631.4BTVS HAUNTED #2 (Of 4)*$2.99 DAR14,824
12731.28FIRST #15$2.95 CRO14,767
12831.15KINDRED #1 (Of 4)$2.50 DC14,706
12930.97MONARCHY #10$2.50 DC14,621
13030.83SANDMAN PRESENTS THESSALIAD #1 (Of 4) (MR)$2.50 DC14,555
13130.71FELON #3$2.95 IMA14,498
13230.06SIGIL #20$2.95 CRO14,191
13330.04LADY DEATH LAST RITES #4 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA14,182
13429.82MERIDIAN #20$2.95 CRO14,078
13529.48SIMPSONS COMICS #66$2.50 BON13,917
13629.44SAM & TWITCH #27 (RES)$2.50 IMA13,898
13729LUCIFER #22 (MR)$2.50 DC13,691
13828.93AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #86$2.50 DC13,658
13928.91IMPULSE #82$2.50 DC13,648
14028.51HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #7 (MR)$2.50 DC13,459
14128.01ATHENA INC BEGINNING$5.95 IMA13,223
14227.49CODENAME KNOCKOUT #9 (MR)$2.50 DC12,978
14327.12VAMPI #15  REG ED$2.99 HAR12,803
14426.99VAMPIRELLA #6 REG ED (Note Price)$2.99 HAR12,742
14526.78ORION #22$2.50 DC12,643
14626.29SAVAGE DRAGON #95$2.95 IMA12,411
14725.63AMERICAN CENTURY #11 (MR)$2.50 DC12,100
14825.63AGENCY #5$2.95 IMA12,100
14925.14BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #46$1.99 DC11,868
15024.74SHI THROUGH ASHES$2.99 CRU11,680
15124.7FUTURAMA COMICS #7$2.50 BON11,661
15224.63HAUNTED #2 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA11,628
15321.58SHADOW REAVERS #5$2.99 BLA10,188
15421.14NOBLE CAUSES #1$2.95 IMA9,980
15520.88UNDEAD #1 (MR)*$4.99 CHA9,857
15620.79BAD KITTY RELOADED #4 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA9,815
15720.74GROO DEATH & TAXES #2 (Of 4)$2.99 DAR9,791
15820.23BLACK TIDE #2$2.95 IMA9,550
15920CRUSADES #11 (MR)$2.50 DC9,442
16019.92CREED UTOPIATE #1$2.95 IMA9,404
16119.69TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #12$2.95 BRO9,295
16219.63JADE REDEMPTION #3 (Of 4)$2.99 CHA9,267
16319.33POWERPUFF GIRLS #23$1.99 DC9,125
16418.69TALEWEAVER #5 (Of 6)$2.95 DC8,823
16518.67FOUR WOMEN #4 (Of 5) (MR)$2.95 DC8,814
16618.51OUTLAW NATION #17 (MR)$2.50 DC8,738
16717.69SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #65$1.99 DC8,351
16817.11GRIP STRANGE WORLD OF MEN #3 (Of 5) (MR)$2.50 DC8,077
16916.76USAGI YOJIMBO #54$2.99 DAR7,912
17016.65PLANET O/T APES #5 BLOODLINES (2 Of 3)*$2.99 DAR7,860
17116.24QUEEN & COUNTRY #6 (MR)$2.95 ONI7,667
17216.03DRAGONBALL Z PART 5 #1 (Of 12)$2.95 VIZ7,568
17315.72BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #64 SKIN (1 Of 2) (MR)$2.99 DAR7,421
17415.46STRAY BULLETS #23 (MR)$3.50 EL7,299
17514.99KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #63$2.99 KZR7,077
17614.67DUNGEONS & DRAGONS IN SHADOW OF DRAGONS #6 (Of 8)$2.99 KZR6,926
17714.51DUNGEONS & DRAGONS TEMPESTS GATE #2 (Of 4) (Note Price)$2.99 KZR6,850
17813.92CEREBUS #274$2.25 AAR6,571
17913.76LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #4 (MR)$3.95 FAN6,496
18013.66ELECTROPOLIS #4$2.95 IMA6,449
18113.54GIRL GENIUS #6$3.95 FOG6,392
18213.39DRAGONBALL PART 4 #6 (Of 10)$2.95 VIZ6,321
18313.26CANNON GOD EXAXXION #3 STAGE 1 (3 Of 8) (MR)$2.99 DAR6,260
18412.71TERRY MOORES PARADISE TOO #6$2.95 ABS6,000
18512.54SUGAR & SPIKE FACSIMILE ED$2.95 DC5,920
18612.32RANMA 1/2 PART 10 #10 (Of 11)$2.95 VIZ5,816
18711.4SCOOBY-DOO #56$1.99 DC5,382
18811.14POISON ELVES #69$2.95 SIR5,259
18910.61SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #106$1.99 ARC5,009
19010.35WARREN ELLIS STRANGE KILLINGS #1 (Of 3) (MR)$3.50 AVA4,886
19110.27GUNDAM WING BATTLEFIELD OF PACIFISTS #4 (Of 6)$2.95 TKP4,848
1929.73CARDCAPTOR SAKURA #24$2.95 TKP4,593
1939.11GOLD DIGGER #28$2.99 ANT4,301
1948.31NO NEED FOR TENCHI PART 12 #6 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ3,923
1958.11KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE HACKMASTERS #11$2.99 KZR3,829
1967.97INU YASHA PART 6 #9 (Of 15)$2.95 VIZ3,763
1977.5AGE OF BRONZE #13$3.50 IMA3,541
1987.37INCAL #7 (MR)$2.95 HUM3,479
1997.33HOW TO DRAW MANGA #11$4.95 ANT3,460
2007.29JUST A PILGRIM GARDEN OF EDEN LTD PREVIEW ED$7.00 BLA3,442
2017.24BASTARD WIZARD #2 (Of 2) (MR)$3.95 VIZ3,418
2026.98CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND PART 2 #2 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ3,295
2036.87TRUTH SERUM #1$2.95 SLA3,243
2046.67DEMONSLAYER FUTURE SHOCK #1/2*$4.95 COM3,149
2056.5SLAYERS SPECIAL #2$2.95 CPM3,069
2066.47ARCHIE #519$1.99 ARC3,054
2076.42LOONEY TUNES #86$1.99 DC3,031
2086.27I DREAM OF JEANNIE #1$2.95 AIR2,960
2096.26BONEYARD #5 (MR)$2.95 NBM2,955
2106.06NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #91$2.99 ANT2,861
2116.03BETTY & VERONICA #171$1.99 ARC2,847
2126DISTANT SOIL #34 (Net) (Note Price)$4.95 IMA2,833
2135.93POPBOT #1 (MR)$7.99 IDW2,799
2145.92KODOCHA #1 (Of 5)$2.95 TKP2,795
2155.77SLAYERS SUPER EXPLOSIVE DEMON STORY #4$2.95 CPM2,724
2165.69BETTY #109$1.99 ARC2,686
2175.62KISSING CHAOS #6 (Of 8) (MR)$2.25 ONI2,653
2185.56ARCHIE & FRIENDS STARRING JOSIE  & PUSSYCATS #55$1.99 ARC2,625
2195.51SABRINA VOL 2 #28$1.99 ARC2,601
2205.44WHITE RAIN #1 (RES)$4.95 FNB2,568
2215.41CARTOON CARTOONS #9$1.99 DC2,554
2225.37VERONICA #123$1.99 ARC2,535
2235.35LODOSS WAR DEEDLITS TALE #6$2.95 CPM2,526
2245.31BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #104$3.29 ARC2,507
2255.23SABRINA VOL 2 #29$1.99 ARC2,469
2265.06BUNNY TOWN #1$2.99 RAD2,389
2275.04LODOSS WAR CHRONICLES HEROIC KNIGHT #17$2.95 CPM2,379
2284.87CLASSWAR #2 (Of 6)$2.99 CMX2,299
2294.82YOUNG WITCHES VOL 5 LEGACY #1 (A)$3.95 ERO2,275
2304.71PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #64 (Net)$1.32 ARC2,224
2314.7WERESLUT #4 (RES) (A)$3.50 ERO2,219
2324.69JOSS WHEDONS FRAY NEW PRTG #1 (O/A)$2.99 DAR2,214
2334.66SLOW NEWS DAY #4 (Of 6)$3.50 SLA2,200
2344.63ARCHIES WEIRD MYSTERIES #19$1.99 ARC2,186
2354.62SMILE VOL 4 #2$4.99 TKP2,181
2364.57BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #127$2.19 ARC2,157
2374.43JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #83$3.29 ARC2,091
2384.39ARCHIE DIGEST #187$2.19 ARC2,072
2394.32JUGHEAD #142$1.99 ARC2,039
2404.21SILENT MOBIUS TURNABOUT #1 (Of 6)$2.95 VIZ1,987
2414.16MARMALADE BOY #2 (Of 5)$2.95 TKP1,964
2424.15TIGERS O/T LUFTWAFFE #4$5.95 ANT1,959
2434.12MILK #27 (A)$2.99 RAD1,945
2444.03JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #2 (Of 8) (O/A)$2.99 DAR1,903
2454.01HOW TO COLOR COMICS GD TO COMP COLORING #2$4.95 ANT1,893
2463.95THIEVES & KINGS #37$2.50 IBX1,865
2473.91LAUGH DIGEST #173$2.19 ARC1,846
2483.88WARREN ELLIS STRANGE KILLINGS WRAPAROUND CVR #1 (Of 3) (MR)$3.95 AVA1,832
2493.85DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS STORMKOTE #1 (Net)$5.00 IMA1,818
2503.82JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #3 (Of 8) (O/A)$2.99 DAR1,803
2513.82SAINT TAIL #15$2.95 TKP1,803
2523.79JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE DIGEST #172 (Net)$0.88 ARC1,789
2533.76ALISON DARE & HEART O/T MAIDEN #1 (Of 2)$2.95 ONI1,775
2543.74GEOBREEDERS #35$2.95 CPM1,766
2553.63DRAGON KNIGHTS #4 (Of 6)$2.95 TKP1,714
2563.59FUTABAKUN CHANGE VOL 7 #6$2.95 STU1,695
2573.46MIRACLE GIRLS #16$2.95 TKP1,633
2583.46SOME TROUBLE OF SERRIOUS NATURE VARIANT HILDEBRANDT CVR (OA)$3.50 CRU1,633
2593.41NEGATIVE EXPOSURE #3 (Of 6) (MR)$2.95 HUM1,610
2603.37BITCH IN HEAT #13 (A)$3.50 ERO1,591
2613.35BLOWJOB #2 (A)$3.50 ERO1,582
2623.35FURRLOUGH #109$2.99 RAD1,582
2633.31LA BLUE GIRL MANGA ED #6 (A)$2.95 CPM1,563
2643.31SKULL MAN #3 (Of 5)$2.95 TKP1,563
2653.28COOL DEVICES #3 (A)$2.95 STU1,548
2663.27VAGABOND PART 1 #3 (MR)$4.95 VIZ1,544
2673.22WARRIOR NUN AREALA BOOKS OF PERIL #3 (Of 4)$2.99 ANT1,520
2683.21SMALL FAVORS #5 (A)$3.50 ERO1,515
2693.13POP GUN WAR #2$2.50 AOI1,478
2703.11SPAWN #11 (STAR09961)$1.95 IMA1,468
2712.9OGENKI CLINIC VOL 8 #6 (A)$2.95 STU1,369
2722.9VAMPIRE PRINCESS YUI VOL 3 #6$2.95 STU1,369
2732.82DOUBLE TAKE #8 (MR)$2.95 FUN1,331
2742.79FINDER #25$2.95 LIG1,317
2752.79JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #4 (Of 8) (O/A)$2.99 DAR1,317
2762.71GENUS MALE #1 (A)$3.99 RAD1,279
2772.66MAXION #26 (MR)$2.95 CPM1,256
2782.58BLUE EYES VOL 1 #4 (Of 5) (A)$3.50 WLP1,218
2792.58HELDEN #6 (Of 6) (Note Price)$3.95 MOD1,218
2802.56MILLENNIUM EDITION SUPERMAN #1 (STAR11899)$3.95 DC1,209
2812.52PRINCESS PRINCE #16$2.95 CPM1,190
2822.51POKEMON ADVS PART 6 AGATHAS ARBOK #2 (Of 4)$4.95 VIZ1,185
2832.46OCHLOCRAT #1$2.95 COM1,161
2842.39KATMANDU #27 (MR)$4.99 SHA1,128
2852.38FRED THE CLOWN #2$2.95 HFP1,124
2862.37DFE FATHOM CONNECTING ALT CVR #13 (RES)$6.99 DYN1,119
2872.37THRESHOLD NUDE CVR #46 (MR)*$4.95 AVA1,119
2882.35WARHAMMER MONTHLY #51$2.95 GAM1,109
2892.35DOJIN 2000 COLL NUKI LUM 2 (A)$4.95 MMG1,109
2902.32DOJIN 2000 COLL LOVE TINA (A)$4.95 MMG1,095
2912.28DOJIN 2000 COLL DB (A)$4.95 MMG1,076
2922.27DEMON BEAST INVASION MANGA ED #5 (A)$2.95 CPM1,072
2932.27WAITING PLACE VOL 2 #12 (Of 12)$4.95 SLA1,072
2942.26DOJIN 2000 FIGHTING SPIRIT (A)$4.95 MMG1,067
2952.18BATMAN FULL CIRCLE (STAR00040)$5.95 DC1,029
2962.18ELVIRA #105$2.50 CLA1,029
2972.03HAPPY #1 (MR)$3.50 TOP958
2982.02ALAN MOORES GLORY LUSH LANDS CVR #0$5.95 AVA954
2991.98GREMLIN TROUBLE #29$2.95 ABP935
3001.91ASTRA #7$2.95 CPM902

 

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

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 January 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 last month's top comic list, see 'Top 300 Comics -- December 2001.'

 

For last month's graphic novel list, see 'Top 25 Graphic Novels -- December 2001.'

 

For an overview and analysis of last month's numbers, see 'The Return of the Million Dollar Comic.'

 

For an analysis of the over-all dollar trends for December, see 'December Comic Orders Up 7% Over Last Year.'

 
 
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