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April 2002 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Dreamwave's Transformers revival kicked off a wave of 1980s nostalgia titles. This month also included the orders for the first Free Comic Book Day titles. The prices listed below are not cover prices, but what retailers paid according to Diamond's chart press release.

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
- - FCBD Edition Ultimate Spider-Man1 $0.12Marvel631,990
- - FCBD Edition Star Wars Tales: A Jedi's Weapon1 $0.12Dark Horse389,260
- - FCBD Edition Justice League Adventures1 $0.12DC310,643
- - FCBD Edition Tomb Raider1/2 $0.02Image238,679
12Transformers Generation One1$2.95Dreamwave128,202
26New X-Men125$2.25Marvel112,005
37Ultimates4$2.25Marvel110,896
48Amazing Spider-Man (resolicited)40$2.25Marvel106,725
59Ultimate X-Men17$2.25Marvel103,085
612Uncanny X-Men405$2.25Marvel100,958
71Captain America1$3.99Marvel97,366
813Ultimate Spider-Man21$2.25Marvel90,827
94Wolverine175$3.50Marvel81,198
1011G.I. Joe5$2.95Image77,972
1110X-Treme X-Men12$2.99Marvel77,248
1214Green Arrow14$2.50DC75,942
1322JLA65$2.25DC66,577
1427Avengers53$2.25Marvel57,869
1532Spider-Man Peter Parker42$2.25Marvel52,434
1615Wolverine Hulk3$3.50Marvel52,420
1734Spider-Man Peter Parker43$2.25Marvel52,111
1826Detective Comics769$2.50DC52,097
1920Daredevil32$2.99Marvel51,147
2028X-Factor1$2.50Marvel50,279
2123Marvel Mangaverse1$2.99Marvel50,072
223Spider-Man Movie Adaptation$5.95Marvel48,582
2324Punisher11$2.99Marvel48,331
2444Batman602$2.25DC48,220
2517Fantastic Four54$3.50Marvel48,172
2645Incredible Hulk39$2.25Marvel47,858
2747Nightwing68$2.25DC46,301
2835Spawn121$2.50Image46,161
2936Batgirl27$2.50DC45,997
3037Batman Gotham Knights28$2.50DC45,857
3138Fathom15$2.50Image45,298
3248X-Force127$2.25Marvel45,168
3341JSA35$2.50DC44,507
3442Hawkman2$2.50DC44,459
355G.I. Joe Battle Files1$5.95Image43,494
3621X-Men Unlimited35$3.50Marvel42,892
3750Ultimate Marvel Team-Up15$2.25Marvel42,004
3829Paradise X2$2.99Marvel41,850
3952Exiles12$2.25Marvel41,677
4056Superman181$2.25DC40,727
4157Iron Man53$2.25Marvel40,461
4259Iron Man54$2.25Marvel40,215
4318Star Wars Ep II Attack of the Clones1$3.99Dark Horse40,211
4433Black Widow Pale Little Spider1$2.99Marvel39,343
4519Star Wars Ep II Attack of the Clones2$3.99Dark Horse38,904
4662Thor48$2.25Marvel38,725
4766Green Lantern149$2.25DC37,939
4839Elektra10$2.99Marvel37,559
4940Marvel Knights Double Shot (resolicited)1$2.99Marvel37,356
5053Midnight Nation (resolicited)11$2.50Image37,274
5155Morlocks1$2.50Marvel36,676
5267Action Comics790$2.25DC36,560
5369Adventures of Superman603$2.25DC36,064
5446Alias8$2.99Marvel35,707
5573Superman Man of Steel125$2.25DC34,661
5665Catwoman6$2.50DC34,289
5780Robin101$2.25DC32,081
5871Tomb Raider21$2.50Image31,941
5983Batman Legends of the Dark Knight154$2.25DC31,661
6051Startling Stories Megalomaniacal Spider-Man$2.99Marvel31,517
6185Order3$2.25Marvel31,410
6286Thunderbolts63$2.25Marvel31,222
6374Muties3$2.50Marvel31,145
6454Blade2$2.99Marvel30,706
6587Cable104$2.25Marvel30,441
6658Marvel Knights Vol. 22$2.99Marvel30,301
6731Transformers Px Preview Book1$3.95Dreamwave30,272
6860Spider-Man Tangled Web13$2.99Marvel29,839
6961Deadline1$2.99Marvel29,732
7063Powers20$2.95Image29,385
7190Flash185$2.25DC29,371
7292Wonder Woman180$2.25DC28,922
7379Witchblade55$2.50Image28,898
7481Young Justice44$2.50DC28,855
7564Star Wars Jango Fett Open Seasons1$2.99Dark Horse28,705
7694Deadpool66$2.25Marvel28,652
7716Just Imagine Stan Lee W/Scott Mcdaniel Creating Aquaman$5.95DC28,377
7884Birds of Prey42$2.50DC28,339
7949Avengers Celestial Quest8$3.50Marvel28,180
8068Avengers Icons Tigra2$2.99Marvel27,418
8170Howard The Duck4$2.99Marvel27,085
8289Legion7$2.50DC26,998
8372Just A Pilgrim Garden of Eden2$2.99Wizard26,323
8493Lab Rats1$2.50DC25,841
8576Tomb Raider Journeys4$2.95Image25,807
86104Spider-Girl46$2.25Marvel25,566
8796Titans40$2.50DC25,388
8877Sojourn10$2.95Crossgen25,248
8978High Roads1$2.95DC24,891
9082Out There10$2.95DC24,433
91106Harley Quinn19$2.25DC24,284
92102Captain Marvel31$2.50Marvel24,009
93103Power Company3$2.50DC23,527
9488Ruse7$2.95Crossgen22,885
9525Transformers Generation One Chrome Cvr1$5.95Dreamwave22,591
9691Star Wars41$2.99Dark Horse22,027
9775Mutant X Dangerous Discoveries1$3.50Marvel21,906
9897Path2$2.95Crossgen21,443
9998Bastard Samurai1$2.95Image21,381
100108Black Panther43$2.50Marvel21,376
10195Taskmaster3$2.99Marvel21,352
102118Superboy99$2.25DC21,159
10399Promethea20$2.95DC20,773
104100Athena Inc1$2.95Image20,764
105122Supergirl69$2.25DC20,691
106110Spectre16$2.50DC20,547
107111Doom Patrol7$2.50DC20,532
10830Batman Deathblow After Fire2$5.95DC20,262
109113Hellblazer173$2.50DC19,992
110139Justice League Adventures6$1.99DC19,799
111114Impulse85$2.50DC19,654
112131Warlands1 / 2$2.25Dreamwave19,466
113136X-Men Evolution6$2.25Marvel18,714
114121Transmetropolitan55$2.50DC18,623
115105Spyboy Young Justice3$2.99Dark Horse18,449
11643Superman & Savage Dragon Chicago$5.95DC18,386
117124100 Bullets35$2.50DC18,386
118107Scion23$2.95Crossgen18,222
119109Buffy the Vampire Slayer44$2.99Dark Horse17,600
120130Universe7$2.50Image17,528
121132Gen 1376$2.50DC17,427
122133Suicide Squad8$2.50DC17,243
123134Lucifer25$2.50DC17,108
124116Crux13$2.95Crossgen16,284
125119Mystic23$2.95Crossgen16,120
126115Lady Death Chastity Bad Kitty United1$2.99Chaos16,105
127117Citizen V & Battallion Everlasting3$2.99Marvel16,019
128137Haven Broken City5$2.50DC15,937
129120Negation5$2.95Crossgen15,932
130123It Girl One Shot$2.95Oni15,739
131125Banished Knights3$2.95Dreamwave15,512
132101Crossgen Chronicles7$3.95Crossgen15,479
133126First18$2.95Crossgen15,464
134127Sigil23$2.95Crossgen15,397
135129Meridian23$2.95Crossgen15,035
136143Simpsons Comics69$2.50Bongo15,011
137128Lady Death Gauntlet2$2.99Chaos14,876
138145Deadman5$2.50DC14,717
139146Azrael Agent of the Bat89$2.50DC14,452
140149Hunter Age of Magic10$2.50DC14,061
141151Codename Knockout12$2.50DC13,487
142138Savage Dragon98$2.95Image13,391
143153Kindred4$2.50DC13,169
144140Vampirella8 Reg Ed$2.99Harris13,164
145155Sandman Presents Thessaliad4$2.50DC13,145
146168Batman Gotham Adventures49$1.99DC13,053
147141Strangers In Paradise Vol. III49$2.95Abstract12,913
148142Defiance2$2.95Image12,822
149156Establishment8$2.50DC12,817
150112Orion25$3.95DC12,783
151157Midnight Mass1$2.50DC12,663
152144Vampi 18 Reg Ed$2.99Harris12,503
153161American Century14$2.50DC12,122
154147Purgatori God Hunter2$2.99Chaos12,016
155150Chastity Crazytown2$2.99Chaos11,361
156152Scorpion King2$2.99Dark Horse11,081
157162Sci Spy3$2.50DC10,960
158158Radix3$2.95Image10,647
159159Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles3$2.95Mirage10,522
160180Powerpuff Girls26$1.99DC9,711
161154Greyshirt Indigo Sunset5$3.50DC9,398
162172Crusades14$2.50DC9,306
163163Tekken Forever3$2.95Image9,118
164167Oh My Goddess Part Xi9$2.99Dark Horse8,737
165135Untold Tales of Evil Ernie Relentless1$4.99Chaos8,443
166173Knights of the Dinner Table66$2.99Kenzer7,725
167174Blade of the Immortal67$2.99Dark Horse7,643
168165Stray Bullets25$3.50El Capitan7,590
169175Dragonball Z Part 54$2.95Viz7,571
17017710th Muse11$2.95Image7,320
171189Cerebus277$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7,190
172178Image Introduces Cryptopia1$2.95Image7,050
17317010th Muse Demonslayer1$3.50Avatar6,973
174179Tenth Nightwalker1$2.99Dark Horse6,934
175164Girl Genius7$3.95Studio Foglio6,732
176181Dragonball Part 49$2.95Viz6,355
177182Cannon God Exaxxion6$2.99Dark Horse6,249
178160Ennis & Mccrea's Bigger Dicks3$4.95Avatar6,240
179169Madman Picture Exhibition1$3.95AAA Pop6,196
180198Scooby-Doo59$1.99DC6,177
181186Robo Dojo3$2.95DC5,970
182187Ranma 1/2 Part 112$2.95Viz5,936
183148Super Manga Blast21$5.99Dark Horse5,883
184188Terry Moores Paradise Too7$2.95Abstract5,864
185205Sonic The Hedgehog109$1.99Archie5,507
186207Sonic The Hedgehog110$1.99Archie5,357
187190Gundam Wing Endless Waltz2$2.99Tokyopop5,150
188191Cardcaptor Sakura27$2.99Tokyopop4,836
189194Gold Digger31$2.99Antarctic4,677
19018410th Muse Demonslayer1/2$3.95Comic Cavalcade4,591
191196Transformers Generation One Incentive Cvr1$2.95Dreamwave4,229
192197Knights of the Dinner Table Table Illustrated12$2.99Kenzer4,152
193199Inu Yasha Part 612$2.95Viz4,041
194201Gloom Cookie12$2.95Slave Labor3,862
195202Dork Tower (resolicited)18$2.99Dork Storm3,723
196236Dexters Laboratory29$1.99DC3,698
197204Knights of the Dinner Table Hackmasters Everknight14 Kevlar$2.99Kenzer3,684
198176Planetary Authority Ruling World$5.95DC3,665
199185How To Draw Manga14$4.95Antarctic3,650
200183Victoria Cross1/2$4.99Crusade3,641
201206Brutal Planet1$2.99Neko3,578
202208Incal9$2.95Humanoids3,578
203243Archie522$1.99Archie3,510
204245Looney Tunes89$1.99DC3,457
205209Love Hina3$2.99Tokyopop3,448
206210Love Hina4$2.99Tokyopop3,428
207200Big O Part 13$3.50Viz3,366
208212Ceres Celestial Legend Part 25$2.95Viz3,346
209214Boneyard6$2.95NBM3,332
210195Bastard5$3.95Viz3,231
211255Betty & Veronica174$1.99Archie3,115
212256Betty & Veronica175$1.99Archie3,091
213218Ninja High School94$2.99Antarctic3,076
214211Betty & Veronica Double Digest106$3.29Archie3,038
215257Betty112$1.99Archie3,023
216220Slayers Special4$2.95CPM2,994
217259Sabrina Vol. 232$1.99Archie2,990
218171Popbot2$7.99IDW2,937
219217Archie Double Digest134$3.29Archie2,917
220267Veronica126$1.99Archie2,840
221225Slayers Super Explosive Demon Story6$2.95CPM2,835
222268Archie & Friends57$1.99Archie2,826
223223Nodwick14$2.99Dork Storm2,811
224227Pounded2$2.95Oni2,763
225216Alice In Sexland3$3.50Fantagraphics2,758
226228PVP6$2.99Dork Storm2,710
227272Betty & Veronica Spectacular54$1.99Archie2,662
228232Ragnarok3$2.99Tokyopop2,589
229224Jugheads Double Digest85$3.29Archie2,546
230242Medabots Part 11$2.75Viz2,546
231235Lodoss War Deedlits Tale8$2.95CPM2,527
232270Betty & Veronica Digest129$2.19Archie2,522
233271Archie Digest189$2.19Archie2,445
234237Courtney Crumrin & Night Things2$2.95Oni2,416
235239Lodoss War Chronicles Heroic Knight19$2.95CPM2,416
236248Medabots Part 12$2.75Viz2,411
237222Wereslut (resolicited)6$3.50Fantagraphics2,406
238192Smile Vol. 45$5.99Tokyopop2,397
239193Zoids3$5.99Viz2,334
240244Halo & Sprocket1$2.95Slave Labor2,334
241283Laugh Digest175$2.19Archie2,247
242247Marmalade Boy5$2.99Tokyopop2,218
243249Genus53$2.99Radio2,184
244250Tower1$2.95Sirius2,175
245234Orient Sexpress1$3.50Fantagraphics2,175
246251Kodocha4$2.99Tokyopop2,117
247253Battle Girlz3$2.99Antarctic2,093
248229Warrior Nun No Justice1$3.95Antarctic2,049
249240Alraune4$3.50Fantagraphics2,025
250241Steven Grants Mortal Souls2$3.50Avatar2,016
251264Baby Demonica1$2.95Sirius1,967
252265Silent Mobius Turnabout4$2.95Viz1,963
253215Artbabe Presents La Perdida2$4.95Fantagraphics1,953
254266Saint Tail18$2.99Tokyopop1,924
255166Amazing Spider-Man Ace Ed129$13.99Wizard1,871
256203Tigers of Luftwaffe7$5.95Antarctic1,866
257276Futabakun Change Vol. 83$2.95Ironcat1,760
258278Horsemen1$2.95Griot1,746
259280Hedg3$2.95Papyrus1,726
260269Specwar1$3.25Peter Four1,717
261279Furrlough112$2.99Radio1,707
262281Jack Staff10$2.95Dancing Elephant1,683
263246Puncture5$3.99Com X1,678
264226Vagabond Part 16$4.95Viz1,673
265284Pantheon11$2.95Lone Star1,668
266282Miracle Girls19$2.99Tokyopop1,654
267287My Friend Dahmer1$2.95Derfcity1,625
268297Pop Gun War3$2.50Abstract1,620
269286Warrior Nun Areala6$2.99Antarctic1,611
270289Savage Planet1$2.95Basement1,601
271290Tigress Tales3$2.95Basement1,596
272231A G Super Erotic Anthology2$4.99Icarus1,591
273294Ogenki Clinic Vol. 91$2.95Ironcat1,442
274298Teenagers From Mars1$2.99Teenagers from Mars1,326
275299Vampire Yui Vol. 43$2.95Ironcat1,326
276213Lady Death Gauntlet Alt Cvr2$7.50Chaos1,316
277312Rapture1$2.75Acid Colors1,292
278302Monsters of Rock1$2.99Radio1,263
279308Sandwalk Adventures3$2.95Active Synapse1,254
280310Oddballz1$2.95NBM1,220
281311Double Take2$2.95Funk-O-Tron1,220
282258Shanda The Panda35$4.99Shanda1,201
283295Warhammer Monthly54$3.50Games Workshop1,201
284261Pokemon Adventures Part 71$4.95Viz1,191
285313Ex Parte1$2.95Lone Star1,191
286262Threshold47$4.95Avatar1,181
287318Liberty Meadows (reorders)8$2.95Insight1,114
288320Liberty Meadows (reorders)10$2.95Insight1,114
289323Liberty Meadows (reorders)11$2.95Insight1,104
290322Tony Digerolamos Travelers15$2.99Kenzer1,095
291275I Hate Cartoons1$4.95Atta Boy1,061
292345Elvira108$2.50Claypool1,056
293326Big Pants Mouse1$3.00Dumm1,056
294252Demi The Demoness6$5.95Fogelcomix1,051
295333Screaming Kitty3$2.95Slave Labor964
296334Tarot Witch of the Black Rose Curr Ptg (reorders)1$2.95Broadsword960

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April 2002 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 #7

The Star Wars Episode II graphic novel was billed in April and shipped later for the movie release.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 21 Frangrance of Death$9.95Dark Horse14,297
23Star Wars Ep II Attack of the Clones$17.95Dark Horse8,766
31Green Lantern Legacy Last Will & Testament Hal Jordan$24.95DC7,426
47Spider-Man Movie$12.95Marvel7,363
511Forge #1$9.95Crossgen6,519
613Edge #1$9.95Crossgen6,254
720Astro Boy Vol. 3$9.95Dark Horse4,726
86Marvel Mangaverse$24.95Marvel4,624
95Daredevil Yellow HC$29.95Marvel4,398
108Batman In Fifties$19.95DC4,383
1110Tank Girl Vol. 1$16.99Titan3,920
1214Fury$15.95Marvel3,901
132Spirit Archives Vol. 7 HC$49.95DC3,264
1418Robin Year One$14.95DC3,226
1512Star Wars Tales Vol. 2$19.95Dark Horse3,134
1616Avengers Korvac Saga$19.95Marvel3,004
1733Gundam The Origin #1$7.95Viz2,951
1843Dumped$5.95Oni2,599
1929Cowboy Bebop Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop2,565
2023Spider-Man Wedding$15.95Marvel2,532
219Wolverine & Elektra Redeemer HC$29.95Marvel2,387
2241Vampire Masquerade Nosferatu$6.95Moonstone2,300
2326Violent Cases$12.95Dark Horse2,276
2421Obergeist Directors Cut$19.95Image2,266
2527American Century Vol. 2 Hollywood Babylon$12.95DC2,204
2635Love Hina Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,982
2728Judge Dredd Justice One$14.99Titan1,828
2832Wolverine Gambit Victims$12.95Marvel1,828
2930Sergio Aragones Actions Speak$13.95Dark Horse1,794
3022Transformers Vol. 3 Px HC Primalreams$24.99Titan1,693
3142Chobits Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,596
3231Cable Shining Path$15.95Marvel1,519
3346Buffy the Vampire Slayer Oz$9.95Dark Horse1,519
3434Tony Daniel F5$14.95Dark Horse1,389
3551True Facts$10.00AIT1,287
3615Cages HC Collection$50.00NBM1,234
3736Poison Elves Vol. 8$15.95Sirius1,225
3847Boneyard Vol. 1$12.95NBM1,143
3978Tribulation Force Vol. 1$5.99Tyndale House1,114
4038To Afghanistan & Back HC$15.95NBM1,061
4158Initial D Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,061
4217Clive Barkers Hellraiser Px Leather Bound Ed$49.95Checker1,027
4352King Vol. 2$11.95Fantagraphics1,022
4439Exterminator 17 HC$15.95Humanoid1,017
4525Kabuki Vol. 6arab HC$29.95Image1,003
4662Gunwitch Outskirts of Doom$9.95Oni993
4763Marmalade Boy Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop979
4865Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Vol. 4$9.95Viz960
4919Marvel Masterworks Avengers HC New Prtg$49.95Marvel945
5066Real Bout Highhool Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop945