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2000 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

Dollar Preorders for Diamond's Top 300 Comics and
Top 25 Graphic Novels from each and every month from the year

around $209.95 Million

(down 5% year-over-year)

 

Another down year, but the worst slump in decades was finally nearing its end.

Publishers reduced their slates in January and retailers ordered fewer copies in response. Marvel's Punisherlaunch proved one of the better sellers in a down February. Comics got their act together a little bit in March, thanks to the strong showing of X-Men #100.

Marvel's price increase in April helped it catch DC in dollar comic-book preorder dollars. After an uneventful May, both unit sales and dollar sales continued in the right direction in June, helped out by Marvel's X-Men movie previews.

After a July that saw Spawn's 100th issue top the charts, sales for trade paperbacks and hardcovers were incredibly robust in August – by dollars, the strongest since the release of the Crisis on Infinite Earths hardcover back in 1998.

DC's lead over Marvel in  direct-market unit and dollar preorders evaporated in September, and doing it took Marvel putting out 10 more comics than usual. But the hidden gem was Ultimate Spider-Man, which did far better in reorders not represented on the charts.

October was down month without many major launches, but Ultimate Spider-Man was picking up heat. In November, trade paperback preorders, in dollars, amounted to nearly a quarter of all dollar preorders thanks to major holiday releases. Marvel hit it big in December with Ultimate X-Men #1. DC still beat Marvel in dollar comic-book preorders for 2000, but the margin narrowed significantly.

The final rankings for all comics and trade paperbacks during the year appear below. Diamond Comic Distributors reported these issues without indexes allowing actual sales estimates to be calculated. You can find the first-month preorders for these issues in the monthly charts; click one of the months above or use the search tool at the top of the page to find the specific issue. But note that those monthly numbers do not include reorders for the entire year; the rankings below do take the entire year's sales into account.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the year.

— John Jackson Miller


Listed are all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
The links lead to listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisher
1Uncanny X-Men381$2.25Marvel
2X-Men103$2.25Marvel
3Uncanny X-Men380$2.99Marvel
4Uncanny X-Men383$2.99Marvel
5X-Men101$2.25Marvel
6Uncanny X-Men382$2.25Marvel
7Uncanny X-Men384$2.25Marvel
8Uncanny X-Men378$1.99Marvel
9Uncanny X-Men385$2.25Marvel
10X-Men104$2.25Marvel
11X-Men102$2.25Marvel
12Uncanny X-Men387$2.25Marvel
13Uncanny X-Men379$1.99Marvel
14Fathom12$2.50Image
15X-Men98$1.99Marvel
16Uncanny X-Men386$2.25Marvel
17X-Men105$2.25Marvel
18X-Men99$1.99Marvel
19X-Men107$2.25Marvel
20Uncanny X-Men388$2.25Marvel
21X-Men106$2.99Marvel
22X-Men108$2.25Marvel
23Uncanny X-Men389$2.25Marvel
24Wolverine150$2.99Marvel
25X-Men109$3.50Marvel
26Aphrodite IX1$2.50Image
27Wolverine148$1.99Marvel
28Battle Chasers7$2.50DC
29Wolverine151$2.25Marvel
30Wolverine147$1.99Marvel
31Wolverine153$2.25Marvel
32Ultimate X-Men1$2.99Marvel
33Wolverine149$1.99Marvel
34Wolverine154$2.25Marvel
35Wolverine152$2.25Marvel
36Aria Angela Heavenly Creatures1$2.95Image
37Magdalena1$2.50Image
38Batgirl1$2.50DC
39Avengers25$2.99Marvel
40Punisher1$2.99Marvel
41Avengers27$2.99Marvel
42Wolverine156$2.25Marvel
43Wolverine157$2.25Marvel
44Punisher4$2.99Marvel
45Punisher3$3.99Marvel
46Wolverine155$2.25Marvel
47JLA43$1.99DC
48JLA41$2.99DC
49JLA39$1.99DC
50Daredevil10$2.50Marvel
51Spawn91$1.95Image
52Punisher5$2.99Marvel
53Avengers26$1.99Marvel
54JLA40$1.99DC
55Avengers28$1.99Marvel
56JLA44$2.25DC
57Punisher6$2.99Marvel
58Spawn92$1.95Image
59Avengers29$2.25Marvel
60JLA47$2.25DC
61Wolverine158$2.25Marvel
62Wolverine159$2.25Marvel
63JLA45$2.25DC
64Avengers30$2.25Marvel
65JLA48$2.25DC
66Avengers31$2.25Marvel
67X-Men 20000$3.50Marvel
68JLA42$1.99DC
69Spawn93$1.95Image
70JLA46$2.25DC
71Avengers32$2.25Marvel
72Punisher7$2.99Marvel
73JLA49$2.25DC
74Tomb Raider3$2.50Image
75Spawn97$1.95Image
76Spawn94$1.95Image
77Daredevil11$2.50Marvel
78Avengers34$2.99Marvel
79Punisher8$2.99Marvel
80Avengers33$2.25Marvel
81Spawn95$1.95Image
82Punisher9$2.99Marvel
83Daredevil13$2.99Marvel
84Avengers35$2.25Marvel
85Spawn96$1.95Image
86Midnight Nation1$2.50Image
87Daredevil12$2.99Marvel
88Punisher10$2.99Marvel
89Spawn98$2.50Image
90Uncanny X-Men0$3.50Marvel
91Soul Saga1$2.50Image
92Danger Girl7$5.95DC
93Harley Quinn1$2.95DC
94Universe X1$3.50Marvel
95Avengers36$2.25Marvel
96Punisher11$2.99Marvel
97Spawn99$2.50Image
98Earth X11$2.99Marvel
99X-Men Black Sun The New X-Men1$2.99Marvel
100Universe X0$3.99Marvel






2000 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

#1 #2 #3 #4

Two giant "treasury-sized" editions led the graphic novel charts in a year where graphic novels fared relatively well.

This list has all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see an item, Diamond did not rank it.

Follow the links to search for each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
1JLA Heaven's Ladder$9.95DC
2Shazam Power of Hope$9.95DC
3Preacher Vol. 8 All Hells A-Coming$17.95DC
4Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 1$9.95Dark Horse
5Crisis on Infinite Earths$29.95DC
6Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 2$9.95Dark Horse
7Authority Relentless$17.95DC
8Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 3$9.95Dark Horse
9JLA A League of One HC$17.95DC
10Reinventing Comics$9.95DC
11Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 4 The Bell Warden$24.95Dark Horse
12Planetary All Over the World and Other Stories$14.95DC
13Watchmen$19.95DC
14Batman No Man's Land Vol. 2$12.95DC
15Sailor Moon Super S Vol. 3$9.95Tokyopop
16Batman Dark Knight Returns$14.95DC
17Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace Manga #1$9.95Dark Horse
18Rising Stars Vol. 1 Born to Fire$19.95Image
19Preacher Vol. 1 Gone to Texas$14.95DC
20Dawn Portable Dawn$9.95Sirius
21How to Draw Manga Vol. 1 $16.95Graphic-Sha
22Akira Vol. 1$24.95Dark Horse
23Kingdom Come$14.95DC
24Authority Under New Management$17.95DC
25Batman The Long Halloween$19.95DC
26Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace Manga #2$9.95Dark Horse
27Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Vol. 30 Sci-Fi$22.00Gemstone
28JLA Earth 2 HC$24.95DC
29Preacher Vol. 7 $14.95DC
30X-Men Beginnings$14.95Marvel
31Preacher Vol. 2 Until the End of the World$14.95DC
32100 Bullets First Shot Last Call$9.95DC
33JLA Earth 2 HC$14.95DC
34Daredevil Visionaries Frank Miller Vol. 1$17.95Marvel
35Hellboy The Right Hand of Doom$17.95Dark Horse
36Essential Conan$14.95Marvel
37Batman No Man's Land Vol. 2$12.95DC
38Preacher Vol. 6 War in the Sun$14.95DC
39Son of Superman$14.95DC
40League of Extraordinary Gentleman HC$24.95DC
41Sandman The Dream Hunters$19.95DC
42Preacher Vol. 3 Proud Americans$14.95DC
43Battle Chasers A Gathering of Heroes$14.95DC
44Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Vol. 30 Horror$22.00Gemstone
45Preacher Vol. 5 Dixie Fried$14.95DC
46Stormwatch Vol. 2 Lightning Strikes$14.95DC
47Crimson Heaven and Earth$14.95DC
48Preacher Vol. 4 Ancient History$14.95DC
49Sandman Vol. 1 Preludes and Nocturnes$19.95DC
50Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 Back on the Street$7.95DC
51Warlands Chronicles Vol. 1 $7.95Image
52Transmetropolitan Vol. 4 The New Scum$12.95DC
53Batman Harvest Breed HC$24.95DC
54Clerks$10.95Oni
55Essentail Captain America$14.95Marvel
56Sailor Moon Vol. 6$9.95Tokyopop
57Last Day in Vietnam$10.95Dark Horse
58Batman War on Crime Oversized$9.95DC
59Aria Vol. 1 Magic of Aria$13.95Image
60Only the End of the World Again$6.95Oni
61Nick Fury Scorpio$12.95Marvel
62Essential Avengers Vol. 2 $14.95Marvel
63Blade of the Immortal on Silent Wings II$14.95Dark Horse
64Inhumans$24.95Marvel
65Superman and Batman Generations$14.95DC
66Avengers The Kree Skrull War$24.95Marvel
67Batman No Man's Land Vol. 4$12.95DC
68Elektra Asassin$24.95Marvel
69From Hell$35.00Top Shelf
70Batman Black and White$19.95DC
71Buffy the Vampire Slayer Supernatural Defense Kit$19.95Dark Horse
72Will Eisner's Spirit Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95DC
73Essential Iron Man$14.95Marvel
74Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 Lust for Life$14.95DC
75Batman No Man's Land Vol. 1 $12.95DC
76Techniques for Drawing Female Manga Characters$18.95Graphic-Sha
77Sin City Hell and Back$25.00Dark Horse
78Batman Dark Knight Dynaasty$14.95DC
79Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ring of Fire$9.95Dark Horse
80Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Director's Cut$19.95Slave Labor
81Daredevil Visionaries Kevin Smith$19.95Marvel
82Batman Year One$9.95DC
83Sandman Vol. 2 The Doll's House$19.95DC
84Sailor Moon Vol. 7$9.95Tokyopop
85How to Draw Manga Vol. 2 Compiling Techniques$18.95Graphic-Sha
86Danger Girl the Dangerous Collection #1$5.95DC
87Marvels $19.95Marvel
88Ranma 1/2 Vol. 15$16.95Viz
89Little Annie Fannie Vol. 1$24.95Dark Horse
90How to Draw Manga 3 Compiling Application & Practice$18.95Graphic-Sha
91Stormwatch Vol. 4 A Finer World$14.95DC
92Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 Year of the Bastard$12.95DC
93Squee$15.95Slave Labor
94Stormwatch Vol. 1 Force of Nature$14.95DC
95Last Temptation$9.95Dark Horse
96Nick Fury Agent of Shield$19.95Marvel
97Crimson Loyalty and Loss$12.95DC
98Jay & Silent Bob$11.95Oni
99JLA Vol. 6 World War Three$12.95DC
100Sailor Mon Super S Vol. 4$9.95Tokyopop

My analyses of preorders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here:

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