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September 2001 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


In a month in which the New York City-centric comics industry dealt with the impact of the September 11 attacks, what would be a significant turning point arrived in the industry's fortunes with the release of Wolverine: The Origin #1.

Aggregate unit preorders actually dipped a bit for comic books, while preorder dollars were almost identical to August's total. Once TPBs and graphic novels are figured in, September represented a slight drop form August 2001, but still a slight increase over September 2000. That said, five-year comparisons were finally available, revealing that unit sales were off a whopping 47% from five years before.

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-Wolverine: The Origin1$3.50Marvel135,651
2-New X-Men118$2.25Marvel127,670
3-Uncanny X-Men398$2.25Marvel121,426
4-Ultimate X-Men10$2.25Marvel107,552
5-X-Treme X-Men5$2.99Marvel96,742
6-Amazing Spider-Man35$2.25Marvel89,994
7-Green Arrow8$2.50DC86,218
8-Ultimate Spider-Man13$2.25Marvel86,043
9-Wolverine168$2.25Marvel76,370
10-JLA58$2.25DC74,309
11-X-Treme X-Men Savage Land1$2.99Marvel73,984
12-Punisher4$2.99Marvel72,660
13-G.I. Joe1$2.95Image67,179
14-Avengers46$2.25Marvel65,398
15-Daredevil Yellow4$3.50Marvel64,026
16-Elektra3$2.99Marvel63,381
17-Ultimate Marvel Team Up8$2.25Marvel56,738
18-Cyclops2$2.50Marvel56,343
19-Fury1$2.99Marvel56,308
20-Peter Parker Spider-Man35$2.25Marvel56,089
21-X-Force120$2.25Marvel55,764
22-Daredevil25$2.99Marvel55,506
23-Daredevil24$2.99Marvel55,449
24-Just Imagine Stan Lee W/John Buscema Creating Superman$5.95DC55,102
25-Rogue2$2.50Marvel55,058
26-Fantastic Four47$2.25Marvel53,611
27-Alias1$2.99Marvel52,379
28-Spawn114$2.50Image51,704
29-Rising Stars17$2.50Image51,156
30-Exiles4$2.25Marvel47,867
31-Avengers Celestial Quest1$2.50Marvel46,582
32-Fantastic Four 12343$2.99Marvel46,516
33-Danger Girl Kamikaze (resolicited)1$2.95DC45,232
34-Superman174$2.25DC45,139
35-Universe X X$3.99Marvel44,026
36-JSA28$2.50DC44,008
37-Batman595$2.25DC43,850
38-Brotherhood5$2.25Marvel43,618
39-Authority26$2.50DC43,267
40-Ghost Rider Hammer Lane4$2.99Marvel42,925
41-Thor41$2.25Marvel41,079
42-Detective Comics762$2.50DC40,899
43-Adventures of Superman596$2.25DC40,487
44-Action Comics783$2.25DC40,211
45-Superman The Man of Steel118$2.25DC40,088
46-Iron Man46$3.50Marvel39,312
47-JLA Incarnations5$3.50DC39,101
48-Captain America47$2.25Marvel38,137
49-Us War Machine1$1.50Marvel37,615
50-Nightwing61$2.25DC37,523
51-Batgirl20$2.50DC37,273
52-Cable97$2.25Marvel37,062
53-Thor Godstorm1$3.50Marvel36,387
54-Tangled Web6$2.99Marvel36,203
55-Green Lantern142$2.25DC36,181
56-Us War Machine2$1.50Marvel35,896
57-Us War Machine3$1.50Marvel35,615
58-Warlands Age of Ice2$2.95Image35,111
59-Incredible Hulk32$2.25Marvel35,111
60-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight147$2.25DC34,878
61-Deadpool Agent of Weapon X2$2.25Marvel34,870
62-Thunderbolts56$2.25Marvel34,852
63-Batman Gotham Knights21$2.50DC34,401
64-Wonder Woman174$2.25DC32,221
65-Witchblade51$2.50Image31,932
66-Startling Stories Banner3$2.99Marvel31,897
67-Incredible Hulk 2001$2.99Marvel31,765
68-Captain America 2001$2.99Marvel31,331
69-Suicide Squad1$2.50DC30,941
70-Out There5$2.50DC30,805
71-Superman & Batman Generations II2$5.95DC30,669
72-Tomb Raider1/2$2.95Image30,643
73-Establishment1$2.50DC29,665
74-Flash178$2.25DC28,691
75-Robin94$2.25DC28,494
76-Harley Quinn12$2.25DC28,283
77-Universe2$2.50Image28,235
78-Titans33$2.50DC28,213
79-Ministry of Space3$2.95Image28,183
80-Star Wars Jedi Quest1$2.99Dark Horse28,025
81-Young Justice37$2.50DC27,529
82-Defenders9$2.25Marvel26,450
83-Harley & Ivy Love On The Lam$5.95DC25,986
84-Spectre9$2.50DC25,885
85-Spider-Girl38$2.25Marvel25,858
86-Captain Marvel23$2.50Marvel25,679
87-Batman Orpheus Rising2$2.50DC25,670
88-Star Wars Tales9$5.99Dark Horse25,144
89-Star Wars Jedi Vs Sith6$2.99Dark Horse25,139
90-Birds of Prey35$2.50DC24,819
91-Ninja Boy2$2.95DC24,284
92-Shidima0$2.95Image23,977
93-Star Wars34$2.99Dark Horse23,719
94-Supergirl62$2.25DC22,982
95-War Story Johanns Tiger$4.95DC22,302
96-Legion Worlds6$3.95DC21,680
97-Gen 1369$2.50DC21,316
98-Black Panther36$3.50Marvel21,105
99-Sojourn3$2.95Crossgen20,732
100-Monarchy7$2.50DC20,561
101-Adventures in the Rifle Brigade Operation Bollock2$2.50DC20,088
102-Transmetropolitan49$2.50DC19,500
103-Hellblazer166$2.50DC19,452
104-Angel Vol. 21$2.99Dark Horse19,408
105-Planet of the Apes1$2.99Dark Horse19,246
106-Hellspawn14$2.50Image19,158
107-Flash Secret Files3$4.95DC19,062
108-Superboy92$2.25DC18,869
109-Taleweaver1$3.50DC18,483
110-Agency3$2.50Image18,426
111-100 Bullets28$2.50DC18,391
112-Lady Death Last Rites1$2.99Chaos18,373
113-Scion16$2.95Crossgen18,360
114-Crux6$2.95Crossgen18,031
115-Buffy the Vampire Slayer37$2.99Dark Horse17,417
116-Codename Knockout5$2.50DC17,229
117-First11$2.95Crossgen17,211
118-Wildcats Vol. 227$2.50DC17,202
119-Mystic16$2.95Crossgen17,189
120-Bone45$2.95Cartoon16,939
121-Bart Simpsons Treehouse of Horror7$4.50Bongo16,720
122-Hunter The Age of Magic3$2.50DC16,628
123-Spawn The Dark Ages31$2.50Image16,584
124-Sam and Twitch26$2.50Image16,413
125-Martian Manhunter36$2.50DC16,321
126-Fantastic Four Worlds Greatest Comic Mag10$2.99Marvel16,106
127-Sigil16$2.95Crossgen16,023
128-Meridian16$2.95Crossgen15,826
129-Simpsons Comics62$2.50Bongo15,576
130-American Century7$2.50DC15,492
131-Azrael Agent of the Bat82$2.50DC15,457
132-Lucifer18$2.50DC15,440
133-Buffy the Vampire Slayer Oz3$2.99Dark Horse15,413
134-Sandman Presents Dead Boy Detectives4$2.50DC15,194
135-Vampi11 Reg Ed$2.99Harris15,150
136-Impulse78$2.50DC14,940
137-Creech Out For Blood2$4.95Image14,892
138-Obergeist5$2.95Image14,883
139-Vampirella3 Reg Ed$2.99Harris14,878
140-Shadow Reavers2$2.99Wizard14,813
141-Savage Dragon90$2.95Image14,668
142-Orion18$2.50DC14,260
143-Angel and The Ape2$2.95DC14,238
144-Liberty Meadows22$2.95Insight14,028
145-Purgatori Darkest Hour2$2.99Chaos13,646
146-Sailor Moon35$2.95Tokyopop13,594
147-Batman Gotham Adventures42$1.99DC13,019
148-Bad Kitty Reloaded1$2.99Chaos12,905
149-Crusades7$2.50DC12,607
150-Noble Causes First Impressions$2.95Image12,256
151-Insane Clown Posse Pendulum11$5.99Chaos11,857
152-Radioactive Man4$2.50Bongo11,853
153-10th Muse6$2.95Image11,647
154-Outlaw Nation13$2.50DC11,173
155-Swamp Thing19$2.50DC11,015
156-Snakes & Ladders$5.95Eddie Campbell10,941
157-Flash Annual 19631$6.95DC10,862
158-Grendel The Devil Inside1$2.99Dark Horse10,660
159-Tarot Witch of the Black Rose10$2.95Broadsword10,568
160-Violent Messiahs8$2.95Image10,476
161-Powerpuff Girls19$1.99DC10,450
162-Legend of the Sage3$2.99Chaos10,020
163-Oh My Goddess Part XI2 $3.50Dark Horse9,603
164-Cybernary 2.03$2.95DC9,559
165-Superman Adventures61$1.99DC9,459
166-Mech Destroyer4$2.95Image8,853
167-Desperadoes Quiet of the Grave5$2.95DC8,761
168-Dragonball Z Part 410$2.95Viz8,722
169-Queen & Country4$2.95Oni8,393
170-Blade of the Immortal60$2.99Dark Horse8,336
171-Terry Moores Paradise Too3$2.95Abstract8,270
172-D & D In Shadow of Dragons4$2.99Kenzer8,104
173-Knights of the Dinner Table59$2.99Kenzer7,871
174-Ring of Nibelung Gotterdammerung4$5.99Dark Horse7,577
175-Outlaw 72$2.99Dark Horse7,533
176-Nocturnals Dark Forever2$2.95Oni7,455
177-Dragonball Part 42$2.95Viz7,437
178-Cerebus270$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7,305
179-Avengelyne Seraphacide1$3.50Avatar7,139
180-Super Manga Blast16$5.99Dark Horse7,104
181-Ranma 1/2 Part 106$2.95Viz6,727
182-Gundam Wing Episode Zero6$2.95Viz6,411
183-Poison Elves67$2.95Sirius6,183
184-Neon Genesis Book 63$3.50Viz6,047
185-Scooby-Doo52$1.99DC5,915
186-Sonic The Hedgehog102$1.99Archie5,227
187-Tick Color5$3.95New England5,113
188-Cardcaptor Sakura20$2.95Tokyopop5,109
189-Little Red Hot Bound2$2.95Image4,731
190-No Need For Tenchi Part 122$3.50Viz4,666
191-Knights of the Dinner Table Hackmasters9$2.99Kenzer4,600
192-How To Draw Manga8$4.95Antarctic4,574
193-Incal5$2.95Humanoids4,433
194-Scary Godmother5$2.95Sirius4,416
195-Randy Odonnell Is The Man3$2.95Image4,385
196-Inu Yasha Part 65$2.95Viz4,376
197-Gold Digger Annual 2001$3.95Antarctic4,223
198-Kissing Chaos1$1.95Oni4,096
199-Gloom Cookie9$2.95Slave Labor4,056
200-Ticks Big Halloween Special 2001$3.95New England4,039
201-Cavewoman Pangaean Sea2$2.95Basement3,723
202-Avengelyne Seraphicide1/2$4.95Comic Cavalcade3,657
203-Magic Pickle1$2.95Oni3,635
204-Ceres Celestial Legend4$2.95Viz3,521
205-Archie515$1.99Archie3,517
206-Corrector Yui1$2.95Tokyopop3,394
207-Looney Tunes82$1.99DC3,368
208-Betty & Veronica Double Digest101$3.29Archie3,350
209-Betty & Veronica167$1.99Archie3,293
210-Archie and Friends Starring Josie & Pussycats52$1.99Archie3,276
211-Dork Tower17$2.95Dork Storm3,223
212-Dark Angel29$2.95CPM3,157
213-Betty104$1.99Archie3,157
214-Sabrina Vol. 224$1.99Archie3,056
215-Hopeless Savages2$2.95Oni3,052
216-Lodoss War Deedlits Tale2$2.95CPM3,052
217-El Hazard Part 33$2.95Viz2,999
218-Cartoon Cartoons (resolicited)7$1.99DC2,986
219-Artesia Annual2$3.95Sirius2,894
220-Veronica119$1.99Archie2,877
221-Lodoss War Chronicles Heroic Knight13$2.95CPM2,855
222-Negative Exposure1$2.95Humanoids2,833
223-Ninja High School Yearbook 2001$3.95Antarctic2,820
224-Tales of Shock City$3.95Fantagraphics2,820
225-Jugheads Double Digest80$3.29Archie2,815
226-Agency Preview$2.00Image2,789
227-Archie Digest184$2.19Archie2,754
228-Betty & Veronica Digest124$2.19Archie2,749
229-Holiday Fun Digest6$2.19Archie2,679
230-Wereslut4$3.50Fantagraphics2,631
231-Smile Vol. 310$4.99Tokyopop2,622
232-PVP4$2.95Dork Storm2,543
233-Gunfighters In Hell Original Sin1$3.95Broken Halos2,526
234-Laugh Digest170$2.19Archie2,473
235-Archies Weird Mysteries17$1.99Archie2,442
236-Slow News Day2$3.50Slave Labor2,425
237-Silent Mobius Advent3$3.25Viz2,412
238-S&M University2$3.50Fantagraphics2,394
239-Jughead140$1.99Archie2,307
240-Milk25$2.99Radio2,285
241-Kaos Moon0$2.95Tusk2,210
242-Atlas1$3.95Drawn & Quarterly2,210
243-Gold Digger Perfect Memory Vol. 2$5.95Antarctic2,175
244-Sexy Symphony4$3.95Fantagraphics2,175
245-Ultimate Marvel Magazine9$3.99Marvel2,171
246-Saint Tail11$2.95Tokyopop2,162
247-Battle Pope Presents St Michael1$2.95Funk-O-Tron2,127
248-Geobreeders31$2.95CPM2,048
249-La Blue Girl Manga Ed2$2.95CPM2,017
250-Astra3$2.95CPM2,008
251-Aphrodite Ix Convention Exclusive1$3.00Image1,995
252-Futabakun Change Vol. 72$2.95Ironcat1,964
253-Miracle Girls12$2.95Tokyopop1,960
254-Razor Bleeding Heart1$3.50Avatar1,934
255-Galactic Gladiators2$2.95Playdigm1,907
256-Tigress Tales2$2.95Basement1,881
257-Wild Zoo8$2.99Radio1,872
258-Island2$2.95Tokyopop1,859
259-So You Want To Be A Super-Villain1$1.95Epoch1,807
260-Furrlough105$2.99Radio1,763
261-Archie Halloween Ashcan 2001 Bundle$3.00Archie1,758
262-Ranklechick & His Three Legged Cat3$3.95Slave Labor1,745
263-Actionopolis1$6.95Antarctic1,693
264-Vampire Princess Yui Vol. 32$2.95Ironcat1,671
265-Jack Staff7$2.95Dancing Elephant1,662
266-Demon Beast Invasion Manga Ed1$2.95CPM1,653
267-Small Favors4$3.50Fantagraphics1,649
268-Pantheon9$2.95Lone Star1,618
269-Pokemon Adventures Part 53$4.95Viz1,601
270-Lady Death Last Rites Premium Ed1$9.99Chaos1,601
271-Mens Altered Wars Chronicles Annual1$5.95Antarctic1,587
272-Art of Tim Vigil Dark Utopia7$3.95Broken Halos1,570
273-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 82$2.95Ironcat1,522
274-Dahlia Vampire5$2.95Ironcat1,508
275-Maxion22$2.95CPM1,504
276-Arsenic Lullaby Halloween Sp1$2.75A Silent1,495
277-Arsenic Lullaby Sep 01$2.50A Silent1,482
278-Princess Prince12$2.95CPM1,478
279-Filler Bunny (reorders)1$2.25Slave Labor1,443
280-We Love Porn1$4.00Badazz Mofo1,368
281-Blue Eyes Vol. 12$3.50White Lightning1,364
282-Helden2$2.95Caption1,364
283-Vesper4$2.50Acetylene1,316
284-Urotsukidoji Return of Chojin4$2.95CPM1,307
285-Filler Bunny (reorders)2$2.25Slave Labor1,285
286-Warhammer Monthly46$2.95Games Workshop1,267
287-Threshold44$4.95Avatar1,263
288-Collars and Cuffs Special1$4.99Radio1,263
289-Victorian12$2.95Penny Farthing1,254
290-Mad Science2$2.95Slave Labor1,254
291-Batman Giant Batman Annual1 Facsimile Ed$4.95DC1,171
292-Elvira101$2.50Claypool1,171
293-Paleo Tales Late Cretaceous4$2.95Zeromayo1,166
294-Tales of Cherokee1$2.95Mandalay1,149
295-Billy Boy The Sick Little Fat Kid1$2.95Asylum1,140
296-Fred The Clown1$2.95Hotel Fred1,123
297-Supernatural Law32$2.95Exhibit A1,114
298-Tomorrow Girl Armary1$4.50Antarctic1,087
299-Top Cow Classics Witchblade (reorders)1$2.95Image1,079
300-Vampirella3 Ltd Cvr Ed$9.95Harris1,048

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September 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.

#1 #2 #3 #4

Two titles had preorders of more than 10,000 copies.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
12Delicate Creatures HC$9.95Image15,667
23Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 14 Day of the Demons$9.95Dark Horse14,734
313Tellos Sons & Moons$5.95Image8,885
41Batman Dark Victory HC$29.95DC6,009
57Batman Crimson Mist$14.95DC4,316
65Star Trek Next Generation Forgiveness HC$24.95DC3,592
712Crimson Redemption$14.95DC3,587
89Oh My Goddess Fourth Goddess$18.95Dark Horse3,195
917Strangers In Paradise Vol. 10 Tropic of Desire$12.95Abstract3,094
1019X-Force New Beginings$12.95Marvel3,068
1111Gunsmith Cats Mister V$18.95Dark Horse2,924
1210Spider-Man Visionaires Todd Mcfarlane$19.95Marvel2,872
1316Neon Genesis Evangelion Book 5$15.95Viz2,811
146Sentry$24.95Marvel2,776
154Blackhawk Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95DC2,776
1633American Centuryars and Stripes$8.95DC2,771
1714X-Men Poptopia$16.95Marvel2,745
1818Fushigi Yugi Vol. 5 Rival$15.95Viz2,492
1926Dragonball Vol. 6$12.95Viz2,374
2022Star Wars Underworld The Yavin Vassilika$14.95Dark Horse2,361
2115Powersriptbook$19.95Image2,313
2223Superman Vs Predator$14.95DC2,304
2338Superman Gen 13 (Res)$9.95DC2,191
2430Aliens Vs Predator Witchblade Darkness Mindhunter$12.95Dark Horse2,125
258I Paparazzi HC$29.95DC2,064