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August 2002 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


The 1980s revival continued with a launch for Thundercats — and Marvel one-upped DC's 10-cent Batman with a nine-cent Fantastic Four. We have set aside the issue from the rankings below, but preserved its dollar rank as reported by Diamond.

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
-98Fantastic Four60 $0.09Marvel752,699
11Transformers Generation One5$2.95Dreamwave131,119
25Ultimates8$2.25Marvel120,168
32Transformers Armada2$2.95Dreamwave116,925
43Thundercats1$2.95DC108,405
58Amazing Spider-Man44$2.25Marvel106,824
64Spider-Man/Black Cat Evil That Men Do3$2.99Marvel105,800
79New X-Men131$2.25Marvel105,474
810New X-Men130$2.25Marvel105,464
97Thundercats0$2.50DC103,274
1011Ultimate Spider-Man25$2.25Marvel102,887
1113Ultimate X-Men21$2.25Marvel99,507
1214Uncanny X-Men410$2.25Marvel92,880
1315Uncanny X-Men411$2.25Marvel92,739
1412Battle of the Planets2$2.99Image76,841
156Spider-Man Blue4$3.50Marvel75,038
1623Wolverine180$2.25Marvel72,475
1716X-Treme X-Men17$2.99Marvel69,345
1817Captain America5$2.99Marvel69,062
1918G.I. Joe9$2.95Image68,963
2026JLA69$2.25DC66,801
2127Spider-Man Peter Parker47$2.25Marvel66,352
2219Spider-Man Daredevil1$2.99Marvel65,843
2328JLA70$2.25DC65,710
2425Green Arrow16$2.50DC63,992
2531Avengers57$2.25Marvel59,706
2624Daredevil36$2.99Marvel53,598
2738Incredible Hulk44$2.25Marvel52,503
2821League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II2$3.50DC50,389
2929Punisher15$2.99Marvel47,505
3044Batman606$2.25DC47,202
3145Fantastic Four59$2.25Marvel46,306
3246Call of Duty Wagon1$2.25Marvel46,178
3340JSA39$2.50DC45,928
3434Detective Comics773$2.75DC45,300
3532Rising Stars21$2.99Image44,705
3642Spawn125$2.50Image44,035
3751X-Statix2$2.25Marvel43,917
3854Call of Duty Brotherhood3$2.25Marvel42,888
3955Call of Duty Precinct2$2.25Marvel42,511
4058Exiles16$2.25Marvel41,774
4160Weapon X Wild Child1$2.25Marvel41,415
4261Weapon X Agent Zero1$2.25Marvel41,354
4363Weapon X Marrow1$2.25Marvel40,528
4465Green Lantern153$2.25DC40,419
4566Weapon X Kane1$2.25Marvel40,264
4667Weapon X Sauron1$2.25Marvel40,212
4750Hawkman6$2.50DC39,697
4868Thor52$2.25Marvel39,414
4969Thor53$2.25Marvel39,178
5070Superman185$2.25DC39,136
5171Iron Man58$2.25Marvel38,484
5241Micronauts2$2.95Image37,946
5359Batgirl31$2.50DC37,516
5448Batman Gotham Knights32$2.75DC36,898
5543Paradise X5$2.99Marvel36,676
5677Nightwing72$2.25DC35,676
5779Action Comics794$2.25DC34,854
5880Agent X2$2.25Marvel34,727
5947Infinity Abyss5$2.99Marvel34,529
6037Infinity Abyss6$3.50Marvel34,373
6181Adventures of Superman607$2.25DC34,264
6222Authority Kev$4.95DC33,759
6349Spider-Man Quality of Life4$2.99Marvel33,754
6486Spider-Man Get Kraven3$2.25Marvel32,999
6587Superman Man of Steel129$2.25DC32,947
6689Soldier X2$2.25Marvel32,730
6720G.I. Joe Battle Files3$5.95Image32,310
6853Elektra13$2.99Marvel32,277
6956X-Men Icons Chamber1$2.99Marvel31,805
7078X-Factor4$2.50Marvel31,706
7191Flash189$2.25DC31,588
7257Alias13$2.99Marvel31,541
7362Kiss2$2.99Dark Horse30,852
7464Sabretooth Mary Shelley Overdrive3$2.99Marvel30,431
75101Thunderbolts70$2.25Marvel29,988
76102Thunderbolts69$2.25Marvel29,964
7784Catwoman10$2.50DC29,822
7885Batman Legends of the Dark Knight158$2.50DC29,818
7972Spider-Man Tangled Web17$2.99Marvel28,812
8090Birds of Prey46$2.50DC28,680
8173Avengers Icons Vision1$2.99Marvel28,633
8275Powers24$2.95Image28,336
8376Filth3$2.95DC28,312
8452Spider-Girl50$3.50Marvel28,203
8574Star Wars Infinities Empire Strikes Back2$2.99Dark Horse27,986
8692Witchblade58$2.50Image27,916
87111Robin105$2.25DC27,764
88103Legion11$2.50DC26,674
89117Wonder Woman184$2.25DC26,518
90118X-Men Evolution10$2.25Marvel26,311
9182Sojourn14$2.95Crossgen25,758
9294Young Justice48$2.75DC25,272
93122Gotham Girls1$2.25DC24,748
9488Hellboy Third Wish2$2.99Dark Horse24,644
9536Hawkman Secret Files1$4.95DC24,592
96112Captain Marvel35$2.50Marvel24,578
97126Marvel Mangaverse5$2.25Marvel24,394
98104Titans44$2.75DC23,993
9993Wildcats Version 3.01$2.95DC23,620
10095Marvel Knights Vol. 26$2.99Marvel23,167
10199Liberty Meadows27$2.95Image22,926
102100Stormwatch Team Achilles2$2.95DC22,912
10396Tomb Raider Journeys6$2.99Image22,846
10497Thing Freakshow3$2.99Marvel22,780
10533JLA Destiny3$5.95DC21,911
106105Ruse10$2.95Crossgen21,741
107127Harley Quinn23$2.50DC21,557
108106Apache Skies2$2.99Marvel21,444
109108Out There13$2.95DC21,420
110107Star Wars45$2.99Dark Horse21,340
111109Lone Wolf 21004$2.99Dark Horse21,048
112110Blade6$2.99Marvel21,005
113129Black Panther48$2.50Marvel20,812
11435Green Lantern Evils Might1$5.95DC20,731
115113Path5$2.95Crossgen20,675
116114Tom Strongs Terrific Tales (resolicited)4$2.95DC20,661
117116Way of the Rat4$2.95Crossgen20,491
118115Hood4$2.99Marvel20,240
119132Hellblazer (resolicited)175$2.50DC20,236
120133Supergirl73$2.50DC20,203
121125Hellblazer (resolicited)176$2.75DC19,967
12230JLA Island of Dr Moreau$6.95DC19,910
12339Batman/Deathblow After Fire3$5.95DC19,768
124136Fables4$2.50DC19,726
125120Warlands Age of Ice8$2.95Dreamwave19,674
126121Promethea22$2.95DC19,268
127142Futurama Simpsons Sp Crossover Crisis1$2.50Bongo18,725
128124Fate of the Blade1$2.95Dreamwave18,626
129123Elektra Glimpse & Echo2$2.99Marvel18,588
130145100 Bullets (resolicited)38$2.50DC18,121
131146100 Bullets (resolicited)37$2.50DC18,088
132147Transmetropolitan59$2.50DC18,064
133137Spectre20$2.75DC17,701
134148Doom Patrol11$2.50DC17,592
135130Buffy the Vampire Slayer48$2.99Dark Horse17,337
136159Justice League Adventures10$2.25DC17,262
137131Scion27$2.95Crossgen17,252
138134Route 6663$2.95Crossgen17,087
139144Power Company7$2.75DC16,922
140135High Roads5$2.95DC16,894
141119Red Star Annual1$3.50Archangel16,582
142138Point Blank1$2.95DC16,474
143139Bastard Samurai3$2.95Image16,360
144140Athena Inc3$2.95Image15,997
145141Azrael Agent of the Bat93$2.95DC15,874
146143Shidima6$2.95Dreamwave15,851
147158Suicide Squad12$2.50DC15,714
148160Simpsons Comics73$2.50Bongo15,402
149161Lucifer29$2.50DC15,369
150149Crux17$2.95Crossgen14,902
151165Impulse89$2.50DC14,656
152151Negation9$2.95Crossgen14,619
153152Mystic27$2.95Crossgen14,586
154150Lady Death Mourning1$2.99Chaos14,510
155166Hellspawn16$2.50Image14,453
156153Sigil27$2.95Crossgen14,288
157154First22$2.95Crossgen14,217
158155Meridian26$2.95Crossgen14,033
159157Automatic Kafka2$2.95DC13,675
160156Lady Death Dark Alliance3$2.99Chaos13,519
161164Hunter Age of Magic14$2.75DC13,391
162179Batman Gotham Adventures53$2.25DC13,311
163162Savage Dragon102$2.95Image13,009
164167Codename Knockout16$2.75DC12,896
165174Bart Simpson Comics9$2.50Bongo12,782
16683Lucifer Nirvana$5.95DC12,735
167163Y Last Man2$2.95DC12,594
168168Purgatori Ravenous1$2.99Chaos11,654
169169Vampirella12 Reg Ed$2.99Harris11,541
170171Holy Terror1$2.95Image11,532
171170Vampi22 Reg Ed$2.99Harris11,465
172180Haven Broken City9$2.50DC11,451
173181Deadman9$2.50DC11,432
174182Lab Rats5$2.50DC11,211
175176American Century18$2.75DC11,116
176172Defiance4$2.95Image10,875
177173Rex Mundi0$2.95Image10,871
178185Establishment12$2.50DC10,578
179199Lady Death Crow Preview Book$1.99Chaos10,554
180177Big Daddy Danger1$2.95DC10,328
1811783 Little Kittens1$2.95Broadsword10,215
182196Powerpuff Girls29$2.25DC9,960
183190Midnight Mass5$2.50DC9,913
184183Vertigo Pop Tokyo2$2.95DC9,492
185184Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles5$2.95Mirage9,327
186128100 Percent3$5.95DC8,978
187188Crusades18$2.95DC8,511
188187Oh My Goddess! Part XII2$2.99Dark Horse8,416
189189Usagi Yojimbo60$2.99Dark Horse8,364
190191Tomb Raider Vs Darkness Sp Standard Ed (Net)$3.00Image8,204
191193Superpatriot Americas Fighting Force2$2.95Image7,883
192175Knights of the Dinner Table70$3.99Kenzer7,859
193194Queen & Country11$2.95Oni7,821
194195Insane Clown Posse Mr Johnsons Head1$2.99Chaos7,543
195197Blade of the Immortal71$2.99Dark Horse7,293
196210Scooby-Doo63$2.25DC7,288
197198Dork10$2.95Slave Labor7,231
198200Dragonball Z Part 58$2.95Viz7,076
199216Cerebus281$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,953
200186Love & Rockets Vol. 25$3.95Fantagraphics6,528
201223Sonic The Hedgehog114$1.99Archie6,311
202206Shi Illustrated Warrior3$2.99Crusade6,061
203207Dragonball Part 53$2.95Viz5,914
204201Odyssey1$3.50Avatar5,811
205209Dungeons & Dragons Black & White2$2.99Kenzer5,527
206212Ranma 1/2 Part 116$2.95Viz5,518
207204Tim Vigils Webwitch1$3.50Avatar5,494
208213Banzai Girl1$2.95Sirius5,381
209214Christian Zaniers Dark City Angel1$2.95DHJ5,372
210202Mystic Funnies3$3.95Fantagraphics5,093
211208Atlas1$3.50Avatar4,890
212203American Splendor Unsung Hero1$3.99Dark Horse4,885
213218Gold Digger35$2.99Antarctic4,588
214219Fort Prophet of the Unexplained3$2.99Dark Horse4,376
215220Cardcaptor Sakura31$2.99Tokyopop4,371
216224All New Tenchi Muyo Part 14$2.95Viz4,253
217225Ripleys Believe It Or Not Grim Reaping2$2.99Dark Horse4,140
218228Hopeless Savages Ground Zero3$2.95Oni4,031
219227Gundam Wing Last Outpost2$2.99Tokyopop3,984
22021530 Days of Night2$3.99IDW3,927
221217Age of Bronze14$3.50Image3,927
222231Timeseekers1$2.95Powerhouse3,894
223232Dork Tower20$2.99Dork Storm3,823
224234Nightmares & Fairy Tales2$2.95Slave Labor3,809
225233Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated14$2.99Kenzer3,805
226251Looney Tunes93$2.25DC3,800
227235Inu Yasha Part 71$2.95Viz3,781
228205World Class Comics1$4.95Image3,757
229255Dexters Laboratory31$2.25DC3,687
230271Archie527$1.99Archie3,602
231239Jason & The Argobots1$2.95Oni3,583
232230Strange Killings Body Orchard2$3.50Avatar3,342
233242Incal11$2.95Humanoids3,337
234211Ap How To Draw Manga18$4.95Antarctic3,309
235280Betty & Veronica179$1.99Archie3,214
236282Betty116$1.99Archie3,172
237241Betty & Veronica Double Digest109$3.29Archie3,040
238246Ninja High School98$2.99Antarctic3,021
239229Bastard9$3.95Viz3,007
240288Archie & Friends61$1.99Archie2,997
241293Veronica131$1.99Archie2,978
242249Neon Genesis Evangelion Part 74$2.95Viz2,974
243247Lurid1$2.99IDW2,974
244294Sabrina Vol. 236$1.99Archie2,960
245240Ceres Celestial Legend Part 33$3.50Viz2,889
246300Betty & Veronica Spectacular56$1.99Archie2,875
247222Gold Digger Swimsuit End of Summer Special 2002$4.50Antarctic2,870
248237Verotik World1$3.95Verotik2,752
249238Metal Hurlant2$3.95Humanoids2,719
250244Alice In Sexland5$3.50Fantagraphics2,681
251296Archie Digest192$2.19Archie2,657
252260G.I. Joe3$2.95Image2,657
253298Betty & Veronica Digest132$2.19Archie2,643
254252Jugheads Double Digest88$3.29Archie2,591
255263Cici Mini Series1$2.99Spilled Milk2,568
256248Big O Part 22$3.50Viz2,516
257268Tomb Raider Convention Ex Cvr17$3.00Image2,445
258273Mutant Texas Tales of Sheriff Ida Red3$2.95Oni2,346
259274Little Gloomy (resolicited)6$2.95Slave Labor2,270
260275Akiko49$2.95Sirius2,252
261259G.I. Joe (reorders)4$3.50Image2,242
262319Laugh Digest178$2.19Archie2,242
263236Ap How To Draw Hentai Vol. 21$4.95Antarctic2,237
264276Skinwalker3$2.95Oni2,237
265261Battle Pope Wrath of God2$3.50Funk-o-tron2,233
266278Shot Callerz3$2.95Oni2,219
267284Goon Color Special1$2.95Albatross2,105
268269Genus55$3.50Radio2,086
269287Alien Arena1$2.99Atomeka2,058
270226Luftwaffe 19461$5.95Antarctic2,006
271272Alraune5$3.50Fantagraphics1,987
272295Neon Genesis Evangelion Part 7 Coll Ed4$2.95Viz1,983
273262Puncture6$3.99Com X1,954
274302Thieves & Kings40$2.95I Box1,931
275301Brutal Planet2$2.99Neko1,912
276305G.I. Joe (reorders)5$2.95Image1,841
277311Silent Mobius Part 11 Blood2$2.95Viz1,780
278312Zendra Vol. 22$2.95Penny Farthing1,756
279313Jack Staff11$2.95Com X1,756
280192Amazing Spider-Man Ace Ed14$13.99Wizard1,746
281317Sect2$2.95Powerhouse1,709
282316Furrlough116$2.99Radio1,685
283320Ppv1$2.95Antarctic1,638
284310Sexy Angel1$3.25Basement1,628
285257A G Super Erotic Anthology4$4.99Icarus1,614
286306Head2$3.50Fantagraphics1,544
287264Vagabond Part 110$4.95Viz1,539
288308Orient Sexpress3$3.50Fantagraphics1,525
289290Mad Color Sp6$3.99DC1,492
290250Lady Death Crow Preview Book Premium Ed$6.00Chaos1,463
291333Peanutbutter & Jeremy Nest & Window Exchange$2.95Alternative1,444
292343Arsenic Lullabies Aug 20022$2.65AAA Milwaukee1,444
293331Lori Lovecraft2$3.00AV1,444
294332Warrior Nun Areala10$2.99Antarctic1,435
295338Empty Zone Conversations W/Dead2$2.95Sirius1,378
296339Ogenki Clinic Vol. 95$2.95Ironcat1,369
297256Zoids7$5.95Viz1,355
298309Strange Killings Body Orchard Wrprnd Cvr2$3.95Avatar1,350
299356Futurama Comics (reorders)1$2.50Bongo1,345




August 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.

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A rare month in 2002 which dollar sales of the Top 25 graphic novels were off year-over-year.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
15Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 25 Perhaps In Death$9.95Dark Horse13,514
211Dark Horse Maverick Happy Endings$9.95Dark Horse6,759
31Captain America Red White & Blue HC$29.99Marvel6,608
414Rising Stars Vol. 3 Visitations$8.99Image5,962
54Powers Vol. 3 Little Deaths$24.95Image5,622
67Transformers Target 2006$19.99Titan4,446
72Batman Black & White Vol. 2 Oversized HC$39.95DC4,432
822Fantastic Four 1234$9.99Marvel4,413
924Astro Boy Vol. 7$9.95Dark Horse4,102
108Superman Our Worlds At War Vol. 1$19.95DC4,007
119Superman Our Worlds At War Vol. 2$19.95DC3,937
1266Crow Collected New Prtg (Net)$3.50BUD3,790
1316Marvel Visionaries Jim Steranko$12.99Marvel3,734
1419Catwoman Dark End of the Street$12.95DC3,606
1518Legion of Super Heroes Great Darkness Saga New Ed$14.95DC3,229
1626Forge #5$11.95Crossgen3,139
1712Daredevil Loves Labor Lost$19.99Marvel3,035
1820Bigg Time$14.95DC3,021
193Spirit Archives Vol. 8 HC$49.95DC3,016
2029Edge #5$11.95Crossgen2,964
2123Lucifer Vol. 3 Dalliance W/Damned$14.95DC2,927
2247Kolchak Night Stalker Get of Belial$6.95Moonstone2,884
2310Red Star Vol. 2 Nokgorka$24.95Archangel2,846
2434Love Hina Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop2,804
256Ultimate Marvel Team-Up HC$39.99Marvel2,676
2630Shield Americas First Patriotic Comic Book Hero$12.95Archie2,620
2725Resident Evil Code Veronica Vol. 2$14.95DC2,596
2827Howard The Duck$14.99Marvel2,431
2928Sock Monkey Glass Door Knob HC$14.95Dark Horse2,388
3040Completely Pip & Norton$9.95Dark Horse2,351
3121Batman Bruce Wayne Murderer (O/A)$19.95DC2,219
3217Bone Vol. 8 Treasure Hunters HC$23.95Cartoon2,016
3331Mystic Vol. 3 Siege Ofales$15.95Crossgen1,983
3433Thor Lord of Asgard$15.99Marvel1,959
3539Buffy the Vampire Slayer Haunted$12.95Dark Horse1,817
3653Mad About Mob$8.95DC1,770
3732Four Women $17.95DC1,751
3815Cybertronian Transformers Index$29.95Antarctic1,732
3943Spider-Man Death of Gwen Stacy New Prtg$12.99Marvel1,732
4045Metabarons Vol. 3 Poet & Killer$11.95Humanoids1,699
4138Three Fingers$14.95Top Shelf1,614
4236Gloom Cookie Vol. 2$16.95Slave Labor1,553
4337X 1999 Vol. 8 Crescendo$15.95Viz1,553
4454Angelic Layer Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,539
4559Initial D Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,416
4661Peach Girl Vol. 6 Pkt$9.99Tokyopop1,402
4763Felix The Cats Greatest Hits$9.95Dark Horse1,402
4862Kodocha Vol. 3 Sanas Stage$9.99Tokyopop1,397
4946Jeremiah Gun In Water HC$14.95Dark Horse1,355
5068Ragnarok Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,270