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August 2001 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


Over half of this month's preorders—$2.5 million dollars—came from Diamond's list of the Top 25 TPBs, making this the best month for comics plus TPBs since December 1998.

Diamond did release dollar rankings for the Top 300 comics; these will be added at a later date.

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

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart.
Items marked (resolicited) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
1-New X-Men117$2.25Marvel136,919
2-Uncanny X-Men397$2.25Marvel132,181
3-Ultimate X-Men9$2.25Marvel113,831
4-X-Treme X-Men4$2.99Marvel108,527
5-Green Arrow7$2.50DC91,791
6-Amazing Spider-Man34$2.25Marvel90,497
7-Ultimate Spider-Man12$2.25Marvel89,154
8-Elektra2$2.99Marvel80,987
9-Wolverine167$2.25Marvel79,865
10-Punisher3$2.99Marvel79,615
11-JLA57$2.25DC78,970
12-Daredevil Yellow3$3.50Marvel70,877
13-Avengers45$2.25Marvel70,011
14-Cyclops1$2.50Marvel69,008
15-Rogue1$2.50Marvel66,705
16-Ultimate Marvel Team Up7$2.25Marvel61,687
17-Daredevil22$2.99Marvel60,049
18-Daredevil23$2.99Marvel59,857
19-Just Imagine Stan Lee W/Jim Lee Creating Wonder Woman$5.95DC59,011
20-X-Force119$2.25Marvel58,962
21-Peter Parker Spider-Man34$2.25Marvel58,947
22-Fantastic Four46$2.25Marvel57,732
23-Universe1$2.50Image57,570
24-Spawn113$2.50Image56,000
25-Exiles3$2.25Marvel54,874
26-Superman173$2.25DC53,383
27-Brotherhood4$2.25Marvel51,213
28-Action Comics782$2.25DC49,580
29-Batman594$2.25DC49,196
30-Adventures of Superman595$2.25DC48,695
31-Superman The Man of Steel117$2.25DC48,045
32-Fantastic Four 12342$2.99Marvel47,750
33-Ghost Rider Hammer Lane3$2.99Marvel47,288
34-JSA27$2.50DC46,707
35-Authority25$2.50DC46,673
36-Thor40$2.25Marvel44,862
37-Worlds Finest Our Worlds At War1$2.95DC44,803
38-Detective Comics761$2.50DC43,514
39-Midnight Nation10$2.50Image42,447
40-JLA Incarnations4$3.50DC42,078
41-Iron Man45$2.25Marvel41,792
42-Deadpool Agent of Weapon X1$2.25Marvel41,286
43-Tomb Raider16$2.50Image41,089
44-Captain America46$2.25Marvel41,025
45-Planetary15$2.50DC40,931
46-Nightwing60$2.25DC40,390
47-Tangled Web5$2.99Marvel40,179
48-Batgirl19$2.50DC40,021
49-Thunderbolts55$2.25Marvel38,373
50-Incredible Hulk31$2.25Marvel38,299
51-Flash Our Worlds At War1$2.95DC38,201
52-Batman Gotham Knights20$2.50DC38,152
53-Green Lantern141$2.25DC37,803
54-Cable96$2.25Marvel37,434
55-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight146$2.25DC37,153
56-Wonder Woman173$2.25DC36,769
57-Harley Quinn Our Worlds At War1$2.95DC35,982
58-Deadman Dead Again1$2.50DC35,751
59-Deadman Dead Again2$2.50DC34,560
60-Startling Stories Banner2$2.99Marvel34,418
61-Deadman Dead Again3$2.50DC34,241
62-Deadman Dead Again4$2.50DC33,862
63-Superman & Batman Generations II1$5.95DC33,803
64-Deadman Dead Again5$2.50DC33,778
65-Ninja Boy1$3.50DC33,503
66-Out There4$2.50DC33,227
67-Young Justice36$2.50DC32,829
68-Harley Quinn11$2.25DC30,674
69-Iron Man 2001 Annual$2.99Marvel30,649
70-Titans32$2.50DC30,517
71-Avengers The Ultron Imperative$5.99Marvel30,438
72-Flash177$2.25DC30,428
73-Batman Orpheus Rising1$2.50DC30,344
74-Hellspawn13$2.50Image30,029
75-Star Wars Infinities A New Hope4$2.99Dark Horse29,995
76-Defenders8$2.25Marvel29,951
77-Robin93$2.25DC29,823
78-Spectre8$2.50DC28,913
79-Tom Strong15$2.95DC28,873
80-Supergirl61$2.25DC28,283
81-Captain Marvel22$2.50Marvel27,835
82-Spider-Girl37$2.25Marvel27,491
83-Star Wars Jedi Vs Sith5$2.99Dark Horse26,861
84-Birds of Prey34$2.50DC26,689
85-Powers1/2$2.95Image25,592
86-Star Wars33$2.99Dark Horse25,533
87-Hellboy Conqueror Worm4$2.99Dark Horse25,238
88-Promethea16$2.95DC25,056
89-Superboy91$2.25DC24,308
90-Legion Worlds5$3.95DC23,521
91-Shidima6$2.95Image23,511
92-Monarchy6$2.50DC23,280
93-Gen 1368$2.50DC23,265
94-Adventures In The Rifle Brigade Operation Bollock1$2.50DC22,965
95-Joss Whedons Fray3$2.99Dark Horse22,340
96-Black Panther35$2.50Marvel22,133
97-Sojourn2$2.95Crossgen21,760
98-Aria The Soul Market5$2.95Image21,509
99-Hellblazer165$2.50DC20,682
100-Transmetropolitan48$2.50DC20,618
101-Flash Iron Heights$5.95DC20,530
102-Wildstorm Summer Special$5.95DC20,348
103-Agency2$2.50Image20,126
104-Codename Knockout4$2.50DC19,949
105-Crossgen Chronicles4$3.95Crossgen19,624
106-Lady Death Bad Kitty1$2.99Chaos19,585
107-Scion15$2.95Crossgen19,570
108-Impulse77$2.50DC19,492
109-Crux5$2.95Crossgen19,408
110-Buffy the Vampire Slayer36$2.99Dark Horse19,123
111-100 Bullets27$2.50DC19,064
112-First10$2.95Crossgen18,827
113-Shadow Reavers1$2.99Wizard18,596
114-Wildcats Vol. 226$2.50DC18,586
115-Planet of the Apes Human War3$2.99Dark Horse18,567
116-Mystic15$2.95Crossgen18,498
117-Hunter The Age of Magic2$2.50DC18,237
118-Angel & The Ape1$2.95DC18,188
119-Spawn The Dark Ages30$2.50Image17,991
120-Sam & Twitch25$2.50Image17,799
121-Sigil15$2.95Crossgen17,381
122-Martian Manhunter35$2.50DC17,322
123-Fantastic Four Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine9$2.99Marvel17,165
124-American Century6$2.50DC17,096
125-Sandman Presents Dead Boy Detectives3$2.50DC17,071
126-Meridian15$2.95Crossgen16,963
127-Vampi10 Reg Ed$2.99Harris16,909
128-Azrael Agent of the Bat81$2.50DC16,746
129-Buffy the Vampire Slayer Oz2$2.99Dark Horse16,737
130-Vampirella2 Reg Ed$2.99Harris16,707
131-Lucifer17$2.50DC16,505
132-Obergeist4$2.95Image16,284
133-Simpsons Comics61$2.50Bongo16,264
134-Strangers In Paradise Vol. III43$2.95Abstract15,886
135-Purgatori Darkest Hour1$2.99Chaos15,836
136-Savage Dragon89$2.95Image15,733
137-Orion17$2.50DC15,517
138-Last Shot1$2.95Image15,093
139-Futurama Comics5$2.50Bongo15,049
140-Sailor Moon34$2.95Tokyopop14,597
141-Crusades6$2.50DC14,228
142-Bart Simpson Comics5$2.50Bongo13,952
143-Batman Gotham Adventures41$1.99DC13,809
144-Amazing Spider-Man Coll Ed$3.95Marvel13,691
145-Vandala II1$2.99Chaos13,416
146-Batman Beyond24$1.99DC12,732
147-Dollz3$2.95Image12,688
148-Dexters Laboratory (resolicited)25$.50DC12,658
149-Dreams of the Darkchylde6$2.95Darkchylde12,496
150-Outlaw Nation12$2.50DC12,166
151-Swamp Thing18$2.50DC12,122
152-Star Trek Divided We Fall4$2.95DC11,635
153-Cybernary 2.02$2.95DC11,473
154-Kabuki1/2$2.95Image11,227
155-Powerpuff Girls18$1.99DC11,054
156-Legend of the Sage2$2.99Chaos10,946
157-Outlaw 71$2.99Dark Horse10,444
158-Oh My Goddess Part XI1$3.50Dark Horse10,400
159-Superman Adventures60$1.99DC9,957
160-Coven Dark Sister2$3.50Avatar9,825
161-Usagi Yojimbo51$2.99Dark Horse9,465
162-Desperadoes Quiet of the Grave4$2.95DC9,456
163-Dragonball Z Part 49$2.95Viz9,362
164-Dirty Pair Sim Hell Remastered4$2.99Dark Horse8,934
165-Eightball22$5.95Fantagraphics8,855
166-Blade of the Immortal59$2.99Dark Horse8,836
167-Gunsmith Cats Mister V11$3.50Dark Horse8,555
168-Adventures of Barry Ween 3 Monkey Tales4$2.95Oni8,496
169-Ring of Nibelung Gotterdammerung3$2.99Dark Horse8,329
170-Dragonball Part 41$2.95Viz8,280
171-Knights of the Dinner Table58$2.95Kenzer8,275
172-Super Manga Blast15$5.99Dark Horse7,793
173-Murder Me Dead8$2.95El Capitan7,694
174-Cerebus269$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7,670
175-Monster World4$2.95DC7,522
176-Disciples3$2.95Image7,276
177-Ranma 1/2 Part 105$2.95Viz7,074
178-Girl Genius4$3.95Studio Foglio6,951
179-Optic Nerve8$2.95Drawn & Quarterly6,858
180-Gundam Wing Episode Zero5$2.95Viz6,809
181-Hammer of the Gods4$2.95Insight6,750
182-Mr Right1$2.95Image6,420
183-Demonslayer Prophecy1$3.50Avatar6,381
184-Recognition Elfquest Summer Special 20012$2.95Warp6,223
185-Poison Elves Lusiphur & Lirilith4$2.95Sirius6,179
186-Scooby-Doo51$1.99DC6,051
187-Cardcaptor Sakura19$2.95Tokyopop5,421
188-Gold Digger Vol. 225$2.95Antarctic5,392
189-Gunwitch Outskirts of Doom2$2.95Oni5,387
190-Castle Waiting Vol. 2 (resolicited)6$2.95Olio5,279
191-How To Draw Manga7$4.95Antarctic5,269
192-Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated8$2.95Harris5,220
193-Sonic The Hedgehog101$1.99Archie5,175
194-No Need For Tenchi Part 121$2.95Viz5,166
195-Incal4$2.95Humanoids4,841
196-Scary Godmother4$2.95Sirius4,629
197-Inu Yasha Part 64$2.95Viz4,561
198-Hopeless Savages1$2.95Oni4,561
199-Demonslayer Rave$3.50Avatar4,531
200-Some Trouble of Serrious Nature$3.50Crusade4,364
201-Burning Circle1$2.95Tusk4,251
202-Neon Genesis Book 62$3.50Viz3,921
203-Archie514$1.99Archie3,862
204-Betty & Veronica Double Digest100$3.29Archie3,700
205-Lodoss War Deedlits Tale1$2.95CPM3,660
206-Archie & Friends Starring Josie & Pussycats51$1.99Archie3,601
207-Green Arrow (reorders)1 3rd Ptg$2.50DC3,596
208-Ceres Celestial Legend3$2.95Viz3,542
209-Dark Angel28$2.95CPM3,503
210-Looney Tunes81$1.99DC3,463
211-Bazooka Jules (resolicited)4$3.99Com X3,434
212-Ninja High School87$2.95Antarctic3,424
213-Too Much Coffee Man Magazine12$4.95Adhesive3,404
214-Archie Double Digest128$3.29Archie3,390
215-Betty & Veronica166$1.99Archie3,326
216-Gold Digger Edge Guard7$2.99Radio3,222
217-Betty103$1.99Archie3,208
218-Pals N Gals Double Digest61$3.29Archie3,178
219-Cavewoman Prehistoric Pinups Book 2$4.50Basement3,173
220-El Hazard Part 32$2.95Viz3,163
221-Sabrina Vol. 223$1.99Archie3,158
222-Betty & Veronica Spectacular50$1.99Archie3,119
223-Veronica118$1.99Archie3,119
224-Green Arrow (reorders)2 2nd Ptg$2.50DC3,016
225-Lodoss War Chronicles Heroic Knight12$2.95CPM3,011
226-Wereslut3 $3.50Fantagraphics2,888
227-Ultimate Marvel Magazine8$3.99Marvel2,834
228-Island1$2.95Tokyopop2,829
229-Helden1$2.95Caption2,824
230-La Blue Girl Manga Ed1$2.95CPM2,804
231-Tigers of the Luftwaffe1$5.95Antarctic2,799
232-Nodwick10$2.95Dork Storm2,785
233-S&M University1 $3.50Fantagraphics2,765
234-Green Arrow (reorders)3$2.50DC2,750
235-Smile Vol. 39$4.99Tokyopop2,745
236-Jetcat Clubhouse3$3.25Oni2,730
237-First Wave1$2.99Andromeda2,711
238-Neon Genesis Book 6 Coll Ed2$3.50Viz2,706
239-Incredible Hulk Wizard Ace Ed181$13.99Wizard2,696
240-Amelia Rules2$2.95Renaissance2,652
241-Best of Dork Tower1$1.95Dork Storm2,583
242-Silent Mobius Advent2$3.25Viz2,553
243-Laugh Digest169$2.19Archie2,543
244-Jughead W/ Archie Digest169$2.19Archie2,435
245-James Obarr Savages$2.95Peregrine2,411
246-Astra2$2.95CPM2,386
247-Genus49 $2.99Radio2,322
248-Battle Pope Shorts2$2.95Funk-o-tron2,312
249-Saint Tail10$2.95Tokyopop2,307
250-How To Draw Hentai2 $4.95Antarctic2,273
251-Go Girl4$3.50Image2,243
252-Puncture (resolicited)4$3.99Com X2,199
253-Geobreeders30$2.95CPM2,174
254-Miracle Girls11$2.95Tokyopop2,170
255-Futabakun Change Vol. 71$2.95Ironcat2,106
256-Warrior Nun Areala Dangerous Game2$2.95Antarctic2,106
257-Blowjob1 $3.50Fantagraphics2,091
258-Gigantor12$2.95Antarctic2,032
259-Artbabe Presents La Perdida1$4.95Fantagraphics2,017
260-Screaming Kitty1$2.95Slave Labor1,973
261-Elvira100$2.50Claypool1,968
262-Alraune2 $3.50Fantagraphics1,943
263-Furrlough104$2.99Radio1,909
264-Bitch In Heat11 $3.50Fantagraphics1,904
265-Vampire Princess Yui Vol. 31$2.95Ironcat1,825
266-Luftwaffe 1946 Technical Manual Vol. 6$5.99Antarctic1,815
267-Return of Alison Dare Little Miss Adv3$2.95Oni1,796
268-Evil Eye8$3.50Fantagraphics1,796
269-Exec1$3.95Comics Conspiracy1,732
270-Private Beach3$2.95Slave Labor1,673
271-Pokemon Adventures Part 52$4.95Viz1,668
272-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 81 $2.95Ironcat1,668
273-Dahlia Vampire4$2.95Ironcat1,653
274-Purgatori Darkest Hour1 Premium Ed$9.99Chaos1,638
275-Maxion21$2.95CPM1,619
276-Vampi1/2$9.95Harris1,540
277-Last Kiss2$4.99Shanda1,530
278-Princess Prince11$2.95CPM1,530
279-Mad Color Classics4$3.99DC1,476
280-Whitechapel Freak$2.00Black Boar1,471
281-Dreams of the Darkchylde Fear 2001 Ed4$5.95Comic Cavalcade1,446
282-Threshold43$4.95Avatar1,446
283-Vesper3$2.50Acetylene1,412
284-Powers (reorders)7$2.95Image1,402
285-Shanda The Panda33$2.99Shanda1,382
286-Warhammer Monthly45$2.95Games Workshop1,382
287-Waiting Place Vol. 210$2.95Slave Labor1,373
288-Victorian11$2.95Penny Farthing1,348
289-Urotsukidoji Return of Chojin (resolicited)3$2.95CPM1,299
290-Pleasure Bound8 $3.50Fantagraphics1,250
291-Big Funnies2 $3.99Radio1,225
292-Mangazine25$8.99Antarctic1,225
293-Dojin 2000 Coll2036 $4.95Media Market1,220
294-Manga Ex4$6.95Antarctic1,181
295-Paleo Tales Late Cretaceous3$2.95Zeromayo1,176
296-Dojin 2000 Coll2030$4.95Media Market1,176
297-Last Shot First Draw (reorders)1$2.95Image1,176
298-Dojin 2000 Coll2014 $4.95Media Market1,161
299-Vampirella2 Ltd Cvr Ed$9.95Harris1,156
300-Giant Shanda Animal6$4.99Shanda1,151

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August 2001 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

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

This list includes all items on Diamond's chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

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As noted above, the $2.47 million represented by the Top 25 was a monumental boon to the Direct Market.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
18Captain America Nick Fury Otherworld War$6.95Marvel17,785
21Bluntman & Chronic$14.95Image17,593
35Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 13 Moon In The East Sun In The West$9.95Dark Horse15,630
42Akira Book 4$27.95Dark Horse9,170
54Rising Stars Vol. 2$19.95Image8,358
612Stormwatch Vol. 5 Final Orbit$9.95DC7,793
713Twisted Toyfare Theatre Vol. 1$9.99Wizard7,394
87Little Annie Fanny Vol. 2 1970-1988$24.95Dark Horse5,008
916Batman Officer Down$12.95DC4,939
1010Swamp Thing Vol. 4 A Murder of Crows$19.95DC4,482
1111Transformers Vol. 1 All Fall Down$19.99Titan4,467
1217Essential Hulk Vol. 2$14.95Marvel4,255
1314Bone Vol. 7 Ghost Circles$16.95Cartoon4,054
1418Tom Strong Book One$14.95DC3,970
1519Warlands Vol. 1$14.95Image3,832
163Spirit Archives Vol. 5 HC$49.95DC3,773
1720X-Men Vignettes$16.95Marvel3,252
189Liberty Meadows Big Book Love HC$29.95Insight3,217
196Superman Action Comics Archives Vol. 3 HC$49.95DC2,952
2030Green Lantern New Journey Old Path$12.95DC2,922
2121Avengers Clear & Present Dangers$19.95Marvel2,740
2215Kabuki Vol. 5 Metamorphosis$24.95Image2,612
2327Zenith Phase 1$14.99Titan2,607
2442Lady Deaths Black Book Vol. 1$9.99Chaos2,445
2543Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. 4 Pkt Mixx$9.95Tokyopop2,357