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October 2002 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


In an otherwise down month, Jim Lee's Batman story, "Hush," began, a storyline which would heat up into some of 2003's best sales.

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
13Batman608$2.25DC120,945
25Ultimates9$2.25Marvel110,000
31Transformers War Within1$2.95Dreamwave106,468
47New X-Men133$2.25Marvel104,932
58Amazing Spider-Man46$2.25Marvel104,835
69Ultimate Spider-Man28$2.25Marvel98,522
710Ultimate Spider-Man29$2.25Marvel98,365
812Ultimate X-Men23$2.25Marvel96,333
92Spider-Man Black Cat Evil That Men Do5$2.99Marvel95,160
1015Uncanny X-Men414$2.25Marvel89,536
114Transformers Armada4$2.95Dreamwave87,468
1211Thundercats3$2.95DC74,212
1313G.I. Joe Frontline1$2.95Image73,099
1421Wolverine182$2.25Marvel70,535
156Spider-Man Blue6$3.50Marvel68,552
1614X-Treme X-Men19$2.99Marvel68,189
1716Captain America (resolicited)6$2.99Marvel65,141
1826JLA73$2.25DC64,561
1927JLA74$2.25DC64,343
2017G.I. Joe11$2.95Image63,569
2130Spider-Man Peter Parker49$2.25Marvel60,400
2228Green Arrow18$2.50DC57,679
2331Avengers59$2.25Marvel57,522
2419Daredevil38$2.99Marvel56,965
2532Fantastic Four62$2.25Marvel55,417
2620Battle of the Planets4$2.99Image54,147
2733Incredible Hulk46$2.25Marvel53,772
2818League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II4$3.50DC51,704
2925Punisher (resolicited)17$2.99Marvel48,705
3029Punisher18$2.99Marvel47,350
3136JSA41$2.50DC44,762
3222Detective Comics775$3.50DC44,363
3343Weapon X2$2.25Marvel44,121
3438Spawn127$2.50Image42,428
3546X-Statix4$2.25Marvel41,775
3647Green Lantern155$2.25DC41,738
3750Exiles18$2.25Marvel40,444
3852Thor55$2.25Marvel39,295
3935Mekanix1$2.99Marvel38,049
4023Wolverine Netsuke2$3.99Marvel37,904
4157Iron Man60$2.25Marvel37,892
4258Superman187$2.25DC37,711
4348Hawkman8$2.50DC37,312
4441Batman Gotham Knights34$2.75DC36,453
4561Action Comics796$2.25DC36,138
4663Spider-Man Legend of the Spider Clan1$2.25Marvel35,038
4753Batgirl33$2.50DC34,977
4839Paradise X6$2.99Marvel34,736
4965Adventures of Superman609$2.25DC34,602
5066Captain Marvel2$2.25Marvel34,131
5167Superman Man of Steel131$2.25DC33,877
5242Tomb Raider25$2.99Image33,333
5370Agent X4$2.25Marvel33,308
5471Nightwing74$2.25DC33,224
5544Witchblade60$2.99Image32,244
5645Youngblood Bloodsport1$2.99Arcade32,159
5776Flash191$2.25DC31,349
5849Elektra15$2.99Marvel30,527
5978Ultimate Adventures2$2.25Marvel30,394
6051Alias15$2.99Marvel29,825
6124Green Arrow Secret Files1$4.95DC29,801
6234Ghost In The Shell 2 Man Machine Interface1$3.99Dark Horse29,378
6381Thunderbolts73$2.25Marvel29,281
6473Batman Legends of the Dark Knight160$2.50DC29,257
6555Global Frequency1$2.95DC29,220
6682Marville2$2.25Marvel29,172
6754Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu2$2.99Marvel28,870
6874Birds of Prey48$2.50DC28,858
6956Killraven1$2.99Marvel28,688
7084Soldier X4$2.25Marvel28,628
7175Catwoman12$2.50DC28,374
7262Micronauts3$2.95Image27,443
7359Star Wars Infinities Empire Strikes Back4$2.99Dark Horse27,334
7460Spider-Man Tangled Web19$2.99Marvel27,322
7593Spider-Girl52$2.25Marvel26,644
7664Filth5$2.95DC26,620
7795Spider-Man Get Kraven5$2.25Marvel26,463
7896Robin107$2.25DC26,257
7983Legion13$2.50DC25,906
80101Call of Duty Brotherhood5$2.25Marvel25,532
8169Sojourn16$2.95Crossgen25,519
8240Young Justice50$3.95DC25,495
8368Star Wars Empire2$2.99Dark Horse25,241
84103Wonder Woman186$2.25DC24,987
8572Gen 132$2.95DC24,975
8687Titans46$2.75DC23,173
87113Call of Duty Precinct4$2.25Marvel23,173
88102Supergirl75$2.50DC22,968
8977Avengers Icons Vision3$2.99Marvel22,931
9079X-Men Icons Chamber3$2.99Marvel22,738
91115Call of Duty Wagon3$2.25Marvel22,532
9285Ruse12$2.95Crossgen21,686
9388Ruse13$2.95Crossgen21,565
94109Harley Quinn25$2.50DC21,407
9586Star Wars Republic47$2.99Dark Horse21,371
96111Fables6$2.50DC21,214
9789Liberty Meadows28$2.95Image21,008
98114Black Panther50$2.50Marvel20,778
9990Tomb Raider Journeys7$2.99Image20,706
10094Out There14$2.95DC20,283
10197Way of the Rat6$2.95Crossgen19,871
10298Tom Strongs Terrific Tales5$2.95DC19,787
10399Path7$2.95Crossgen19,545
104100Path8$2.95Crossgen19,508
105110Hellblazer (resolicited)177$2.75DC19,327
106104Stormwatch Team Achilles4$2.95DC18,988
107125Gotham Girls3$2.25DC18,964
10880Promethea23$3.50DC18,928
109105Wildcats Version 3.03$2.95DC18,892
110107Apache Skies4$2.99Marvel18,420
111108Hood6$2.99Marvel18,178
11237Green Lantern Evils Might3$5.95DC18,142
11392Buffy the Vampire Slayer50$3.50Dark Horse17,465
114119Spectre22$2.75DC17,090
115116Scion29$2.95Crossgen16,799
116117Elektra Glimpse & Echo4$2.99Marvel16,545
117131Doom Patrol13$2.50DC16,533
118118B-Sides2$2.99Marvel16,110
119124Power Company9$2.75DC15,989
120146Justice League Adventures12$2.25DC15,953
121140Simpsons Comics75$2.50Bongo15,832
122106Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tales of the Slayers Broken Bottle of Djinn$3.50Dark Horse15,747
123120Y The Last Man4$2.95DC15,529
124121Route 6665$2.95Crossgen15,239
125122Negation Lawbringer1$2.95Crossgen15,082
126123Azrael Agent of the Bat95$2.95DC15,034
127143Lucifer31$2.50DC14,949
128126Athena Inc4$2.95Image14,417
12912721 Down2$2.95DC14,356
130128Crux19$2.95Crossgen14,344
131129Negation11$2.95Crossgen14,235
132130Mystic29$2.95Crossgen14,078
133132Sigil29$2.95Crossgen13,909
134133Limbo City2$2.95Dreamwave13,885
135134First24$2.95Crossgen13,679
136135Fate of the Blade3$2.95Dreamwave13,655
137136Meridian28$2.95Crossgen13,558
138137Meridian29$2.95Crossgen13,534
139139Arkanium2$2.95Dreamwave13,485
140152Hellspawn18$2.50Image13,473
141141Savage Dragon104$2.95Image13,195
142145Hunter Age of Magic16$2.75DC13,123
143142Strangers In Paradise Vol. III54$2.95Abstract12,965
144162Batman Gotham Adventures55$2.25DC12,651
145144Lady Death Halloween Special1$2.99Chaos12,445
146149Codename Knockout18$2.75DC12,445
14791Grendel Red White & Black2$4.99Dark Horse12,409
148148Point Blank3$2.95DC11,768
149150Automatic Kafka4$2.95DC11,587
150151Black Sun2$2.95DC11,514
151138Mage Knight Stolen Destiny1$3.50IDW11,369
152153Resistance2$2.95DC11,296
153155Noble Causes Family Secrets1$2.95Image11,091
154154Vampi24 Reg Ed$2.99Harris11,054
155164Fight For Tomorrow2$2.50DC11,018
156157Vampirella14 Reg Ed$2.99Harris10,861
157158Lady Death Dark Alliance5$2.99Chaos10,825
158166Radioactive Man106$2.50Bongo10,813
159159Witchblade1/2$2.99Image10,595
160160Purgatori Trick Or Treat1$2.99Chaos10,474
161178Powerpuff Girls31$2.25DC9,869
162171Midnight Mass7$2.50DC9,784
163177Lab Rats7$2.50DC9,264
164112100 Percent5$5.95DC8,829
165167Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles6$2.95Mirage8,769
1661683 Little Kittens2$2.95Broadsword8,744
167170Oh My Goddess91$2.99Dark Horse8,236
168172Usagi Yojimbo61$2.99Dark Horse8,128
169173Crusades20$2.95DC8,103
170174Vertigo Pop Tokyo4$2.95DC8,067
171176Superpatriot Americas Fighting Force4$2.95Image7,861
172161Knights of the Dinner Table72$3.99Kenzer7,765
173156Evil Ernie Horror1$4.50Chaos7,257
174180Dragonball Z Part 510$2.95Viz6,954
175165Girl Genius8$3.95Studio Foglio6,942
17616330 Days of Night3$3.99IDW6,918
177189Scooby-Doo65$2.25DC6,809
178191Cerebus283$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,785
179175Paradigm2$3.50Image6,749
180182Big Daddy Danger3$2.95DC6,725
181184Holy Terror2$2.95Image6,458
182205Sonic The Hedgehog116$1.99Archie6,338
183147Super Manga Blast26$5.99Dark Horse5,890
184185Dragonball Part 55$2.95Viz5,757
185183Cannon Exaxxion Stage 2 (2 of 5)10$3.50Dark Horse5,467
186186Ranma 1/2 Part 118$2.95Viz5,382
187188Shi Illustrated Warrior4$2.99Crusade5,201
188192Blue Monday Dead Mans Party$2.95Oni5,128
189193Battle Angel Alita Last Order Part 12$2.95Viz5,128
190195Terry Moores Paradise Too10$2.95Abstract5,043
191181Hate Annual3$3.95Fantagraphics5,019
192194Dungeons & Dragons Black & White4$2.99Kenzer4,995
193198Banzai Girl2$2.95Sirius4,983
194197Witchblade Botp Cvr55$3.00Image4,922
195199G.I. Joe 2nd Ptg1$2.95Image4,765
196200Dogwitch1$2.95Sirius4,753
197201Gold Digger36$2.99Antarctic4,511
198203All New Tenchi Muyo Part 21$2.95Viz4,402
199196Gun Fu1$3.50Axiom4,257
200204Cardcaptor Sakura33$2.99Tokyopop4,245
201169Savage Dragon Hellboy Coll Ed$5.95Image4,173
202206Dork Tower21$2.99Dork Storm4,064
203209Castle Waiting16$2.95Oni3,894
204190American Splendor Unsung Hero3$3.99Dark Horse3,834
205211Hopeless Savages Ground Zero4$2.95Oni3,810
206236Dexters Laboratory32$2.25DC3,677
207212Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated15$2.99Kenzer3,677
208215Inu Yasha Part 73$2.95Viz3,653
209179Savage Dragonbert Full Frontal Nerdity$5.95Image3,653
210237Looney Tunes95$2.25DC3,592
211251Archie529$1.99Archie3,568
212217Gloom Cookie14$2.95Slave Labor3,556
213218Gundam Wing Last Outpost4$2.99Tokyopop3,459
214220PVP7$2.99Dork Storm3,411
215202Tick & Artie2$3.95New England3,399
216222Boneyard8$2.95NBM3,326
217208Tim Vigils Webwitch3$3.50Avatar3,302
218261Betty & Veronica181$1.99Archie3,290
219225Ripleys Believe It Or Not Human Wonders3$2.99Dark Horse3,266
220226Kissing Chaos Nonstop Beauty1$2.95Oni3,266
221210Ennis & Mccreas Dicks 22$3.50Avatar3,241
222228Incal13$2.95Humanoids3,229
223227Top Cow Classics Tomb Raider Witchblade1$2.99Image3,205
224187How To Draw Manga19$4.95Antarctic3,193
225219Betty & Veronica Double Digest110$3.29Archie3,108
226264Betty119$1.99Archie3,096
227266Sabrina Vol. 238$1.99Archie3,096
228214Warren Ellis Strange Killings Body Orchard4$3.50Avatar3,084
229269Veronica133$1.99Archie2,987
230270Betty118$1.99Archie2,963
231224Archie Double Digest138$3.29Archie2,963
232278Archie & Friends63$1.99Archie2,891
233233Ninja High School99$2.99Antarctic2,891
234221Neon Genesis Evangelion Part 76$3.50Viz2,866
235267Holiday Fun Digest7$2.19Archie2,806
236223Ceres Celestial Legend Part 41$3.50Viz2,794
237213Bastard11$3.95Viz2,782
238283Archie & Friends64$1.99Archie2,770
239231Pals N Gals Double Digest71$3.29Archie2,685
240271Betty & Veronica Digest134$2.19Archie2,685
241287Betty & Veronica Spectacular57$1.99Archie2,649
242243Goon1$2.95Albatross2,612
243242Spacehack1$2.99Kenzer2,588
244235Jugheads Double Digest90$3.29Archie2,528
245272Cici Mini-Series3$2.50Spilled Milk2,334
246254One Plus One2$2.95Oni2,322
247259Tuesday1$2.95Kim-Rehr2,274
248241Big O Part 24$3.50Viz2,250
249260Louis Riel8$2.95Drawn & Quarterly2,237
250298Laugh Digest179$2.19Archie2,225
251301Jughead W/Archie Digest179$2.19Archie2,165
252246Battle Pope Wrath of God3$3.50Funk-O-Tron2,165
253263Mutant Texas Tales of Sheriff Ida Red4$2.95Oni2,153
254249Genus56$3.50Radio2,092
255250Zak Raven Esq1$3.50Avatar2,056
256268Johnny The Homicidal Maniac1$2.95Slave Labor2,020
257275Johnny The Homicidal Maniac2$2.95Slave Labor1,971
258273Jack The Lantern0$2.99Castle Rain1,947
259256Neon Genesis Evangelion Part 7 Coll Ed6$3.50Viz1,935
260281Halo & Sprocket3$2.95Slave Labor1,899
261284Charm School6$2.95Slave Labor1,838
262216Luftwaffe 19462$5.95Antarctic1,802
263286Snapdragons2$2.99Dork Storm1,778
264277Project Arms Part 12$3.25Viz1,766
265265Menage A Trois1$3.50Fantagraphics1,754
266289Killbox Primer1$2.99Antarctic1,754
267207DF G.I. Joe Frontline Alt Cvr1$6.99Dynamic Forces1,717
268257Ennis & Mccreas Dicks 22$3.95Avatar1,717
269307Pop Gun War5$2.50Abstract1,717
270292Silent Mobius Part 11 Blood4$2.95Viz1,705
271234A G Super Erotic Anthology5$4.99Icarus1,681
272293Zendra Vol. 24$2.95Penny Farthing1,681
273274Atlas2$3.50Avatar1,669
274279Tigress Hidden Lands1$3.50Basement1,633
275300Furrlough118$2.99Radio1,596
276245Vagabond12$4.95Viz1,536
277288I Dream of Jeannie Tricks Or Treats Annual1$3.50Airwave1,512
278247Likewise1$4.95Slave Labor1,500
279346Jungle Fantasy Preview$1.99Avatar1,488
280290Blowjob4$3.50Fantagraphics1,451
281252Furry Ninja High School2$4.99Shanda1,427
282323Arsenic Lullabies Oct 20023$2.65A Silent1,403
283308Warrior Nun Areala11$2.99Antarctic1,391
284310Squee3$2.95Slave Labor1,379
285312Decoy4$2.95Penny Farthing1,367
286311Call of Duty Brotherhood Marvel Must Have1$2.99Marvel1,355
287314Heartcore1$2.95Ironcat1,342
288316Tigress Tales5$2.95Basement1,330
289317Patrick The Wolf Boy Another Halloween Sp$2.95Blind Wolf1,318
290304Elizabeth Bathory1$3.50Fantagraphics1,318
291319Ogenki Clinic Vol. 97$2.95Ironcat1,294
292324Lenore9$2.95Slave Labor1,258
293296Warren Ellis Strange Killings Body Orchard4$3.95Avatar1,246
294248Zoids9$5.95Viz1,246
295325Vampire Yui Vol. 52$2.95Ironcat1,222
296327Sandwalk Adventures5$2.95Active Synapse1,209
297329Empty Zone Conversations W/Dead3$2.95Sirius1,209
298309Green Ginger1$3.50Radio1,173
299315Warhammer Monthly60$3.50Games Workshop1,125
300335Bipolar3$2.95Alternative1,113





October 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 #4

Perennial market-topper Lone Wolf & Cub hurtled toward its concluding chapter this month.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 27 Battles Eve$9.95Dark Horse13,909
215Vampires Christmas$5.95Image12,784
35Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4$14.99Marvel8,406
428 Tellos Sons & Moons (resolicited)$5.95Image7,426
522Reveal Vol. 1$6.95Dark Horse7,414
61Dark Knight Strikes Again HC$29.95DC6,858
77Authority Transfer of Power$17.95DC6,471
810 Ultimate X-Men Vol. 3 World Tour (reorders)$17.99Marvel5,600
914Transmetropolitan Vol. 7 Spiders Thrash$14.95DC5,297
1037Alan Moore Magic Words Vol. 1$6.95Avatar5,068
116Sandman Presents Furies HC$24.95DC4,947
1211Danger Girl Ultimate Coll$19.95DC4,910
1316JLA A League of One$14.95DC4,148
1423JLA Vol. 9 Terra Incognita$12.95DC3,943
1512Batman Dark Knight Returns HC New Ed$24.95DC3,628
1634Astro Boy Vol. 9$9.95Dark Horse3,628
178Classic Star Wars Long Time Ago Vol. 3$29.95Dark Horse3,604
189Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 HC$29.99Marvel3,483
1927Star Wars Jango Fett Open Seasons$12.95Dark Horse3,471
2039Love Hina Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop3,447
2119Sojourn Vol. 2 Dragons Tale$15.95Crossgen3,411
2218Oh My Goddess Queen Sayoko$16.95Dark Horse3,314
2326Tank Girl Vol. 3$14.95Titan3,229
2435Forge #7$11.95Crossgen2,987
2538Edge #7$11.95Crossgen2,915
2641Archies Classic Christmas Stories Vol. 1$10.95Archie2,878
2713Daredevil Elektra Love & War HC$29.99Marvel2,866
282Batman Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95DC2,866
2963Dead To Rights$5.95Dark Horse2,854
3024Infinity Abyss$17.99Marvel2,721
3125Birds of Prey New Ed$17.95DC2,697
3221Path Vol. 1 Crisis of Faith$19.95Crossgen2,612
3320Cage HC$19.99Marvel2,612
344Shazam Archives Vol. 3 HC$49.95DC2,540
3530Blood Last Vampire 2002$15.95Viz2,491
3636Resident Evil Code Veronica Vol. 3$14.95DC2,358
3733Fushigi Yugi Vol. 7 Castaway$15.95Viz2,286
3864Tomb Raider Witchblade Trouble Seekers$7.95Image2,129
3945Dragonball Z Vol. 10$12.95Viz2,117
4055GTO Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop2,080
4132Star Trek TNG Forgiveness$17.95DC2,056
4229Negation Vol. 1 Bohica$19.95Crossgen2,044
4317Avengers Kang Dynasty$29.99Marvel2,032
4447Marvel Mangaverse Vol. 2$12.99Marvel1,947
4560Marmalade Boy Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop1,935
4648Groo Death & Taxes$12.95Dark Horse1,899
47101Vampire The Masquerade Calebros$5.95Moonstone1,838
4846Superman Batman Worlds Finest New Ed$14.95DC1,790
4931Al Williamson Hidden Lands$22.95Dark Horse1,693
5065Angelic Layer Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,693