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December 2002 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


A double dose of new Ultimate launches from Marvel rounded out a positive year for the business.

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
11Ultimate War1$2.25Marvel131,829
22Ultimate War2$2.25Marvel124,458
33Batman610$2.25DC117,380
44Ultimates (resolicited)9$2.25Marvel109,222
55Ultimate Spider-Man33$2.25Marvel106,639
67New X-Men135$2.25Marvel103,153
79Amazing Spider-Man48$2.25Marvel100,700
810Ultimate Spider-Man32$2.25Marvel98,869
912Uncanny X-Men416$2.25Marvel94,702
1013Ultimate X-Men26$2.25Marvel94,291
116Transformers War Within3$2.95Dreamwave78,727
1211Transformers Armada6$2.95Dreamwave72,811
1322Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra2$2.25Marvel72,693
1424Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra3$2.25Marvel71,191
1525Wolverine184$2.25Marvel69,324
1614Masters of the Universe2$2.95Image67,000
1728JLA76$2.25DC66,038
188Truth2$3.50Marvel65,322
1916Captain America (resolicited)7$2.99Marvel61,589
2017Thundercats5$2.95DC61,425
2133Avengers61$2.25Marvel59,547
2234Avengers62$2.25Marvel59,159
2319G.I. Joe13$2.95Image58,901
2418Daredevil40$2.99Marvel58,244
2529Green Arrow20$2.50DC57,657
2620Robotech1$2.95DC56,882
2736Spider-Man Peter Parker51$2.25Marvel56,824
2821X-Treme X-Men X-Pose2$2.99Marvel54,734
2915League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II5$3.50DC54,523
3039Fantastic Four64$2.25Marvel53,866
3142Incredible Hulk48$2.25Marvel52,210
3235Robotech0$2.50DC51,365
3327G.I. Joe Frontline3$2.95Image50,743
3440Aquaman1$2.50DC48,396
3530Punisher20$2.99Marvel46,682
3643JSA43$2.50DC44,252
3741Detective Comics777$2.75DC43,841
3844Spawn129$2.50Image41,916
3938Battle of the Planets6$2.99Image40,989
4049Green Lantern157$2.25DC40,625
4150Exiles20$2.25Marvel39,475
4231X-Men Unlimited40$3.50Marvel39,040
4355X-Statix6$2.25Marvel38,512
4457Thor57$2.25Marvel37,855
4561Weapon X4$2.25Marvel37,045
4662Superman189$2.25DC36,998
4763Iron Man62$2.25Marvel35,930
4865Iron Man63$2.25Marvel35,777
4948Batman Gotham Knights36$2.75DC35,413
5067Action Comics798$2.25DC34,991
5145Batgirl Year One1$2.95DC34,697
5270Adventures of Superman611$2.25DC34,416
5356Hawkman10$2.50DC34,216
5459Batgirl35$2.50DC33,888
5572Superman Man of Steel133$2.25DC33,876
5647Paradise X8$2.99Marvel33,418
5776Agent X6$2.25Marvel32,831
5878Captain Marvel4$2.25Marvel32,655
5979Nightwing76$2.25DC32,291
6037Wolverine Netsuke4$3.99Marvel31,082
6126Authority Scorched Earth$4.95DC30,636
6283Flash193$2.25DC30,237
6375Birds of Prey50$2.50DC29,908
6486Batman Family7$2.25DC29,685
6551Elektra18$2.99Marvel29,674
6654Batman Family8$2.95DC29,662
6752Elektra19$2.99Marvel29,650
6887Spider-Man Legend of the Spider Clan3$2.25Marvel29,533
6988Batman Family6$2.25DC29,521
7053Alias17$2.99Marvel29,474
7191Ultimate Adventures4$2.25Marvel29,357
7246Thunderbolts75$3.50Marvel29,216
7380Batman Legends of the Dark Knight162$2.50DC28,911
7482Gotham Central1$2.50DC28,735
7560Powers27$2.95Image28,558
7623Batman/Aliens II1$5.95DC26,986
7766Micronauts4$2.95Image26,821
7889Catwoman14$2.50DC26,540
7990Gotham Central2$2.50DC26,446
8068Mekanix3$2.99Marvel26,270
81103Spider-Girl54$2.25Marvel26,164
8269Tomb Raider26$2.99Image26,023
83106Robin109$2.25DC25,929
8471Star Wars Empire4$2.99Dark Horse25,706
8593Legion15$2.50DC25,706
8673Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu4$2.99Marvel25,108
8774Spider-Man Tangled Web21$2.99Marvel25,061
8877Sojourn18$2.95Crossgen24,978
89110Soldier X6$2.25Marvel24,908
9085Young Justice52$2.75DC24,415
9181Filth7$2.95DC24,392
92102Fables8$2.50DC23,840
9364Ghost In The Shell 2 Man Machine Interface3$3.50Dark Horse23,042
9484Global Frequency3$2.95DC22,924
9596Titans48$2.75DC22,889
9632Star Wars Tales14$5.99Dark Horse22,396
9792Marvel Double Shot2$2.99Marvel22,044
98113Supergirl77$2.50DC21,786
9994Star Wars Republic49$2.99Dark Horse21,445
10095Tom Strong19$2.95DC21,410
10197Liberty Meadows29$2.95Image21,281
10298Gen 134$2.95DC21,281
10399Y The Last Man6$2.95DC20,741
104101Ruse15$2.95Crossgen20,600
105100Killraven3$2.99Marvel20,401
106124Black Panther52$2.50Marvel19,732
107104Alias Agent Bristow0*$2.99Arcade19,591
108108Archards Agents1$2.95Crossgen19,544
109105Kiss5$2.99Dark Horse19,532
110109Out There15$2.95DC19,403
111126Harley Quinn27$2.50DC19,156
112119Hellblazer179$2.75DC18,851
113137Marville4$2.25Marvel18,523
114111Promethea24$2.95DC18,476
115114Wildcats Version 3.05$2.95DC18,452
116130100 Bullets41$2.50DC18,370
117115Way of the Rat8$2.95Crossgen18,346
118116Warlands Vol. 32$2.95Dreamwave18,123
119118Path10$2.95Crossgen17,889
120117Lone Wolf 21006$2.99Dark Horse17,724
121133Futurama Simpsons Sp Crossover Crisis2$2.50Bongo17,513
122141Gotham Girls5$2.25DC17,513
123121Hellblazer Special Lady Constantine1$2.95DC17,466
12458War Story J For Jenny$4.95DC17,196
125122Stormwatch Team Achilles6$2.95DC17,161
126123Buffy the Vampire Slayer52$2.99Dark Horse16,844
127131Spectre24$2.75DC16,597
128125Edens Trail2$2.99Marvel16,433
129128Scion31$2.95Crossgen15,928
130129Mek2$2.95DC15,764
131142Doom Patrol15$2.50DC15,612
132153Justice League Adventures14$2.25DC15,576
133132Ra Salvatore Demon Wars Trial By Fire1$2.95Crossgen15,435
134146Simpsons Comics77$2.50Bongo15,377
135136Power Company11$2.75DC15,271
136151Lucifer33$2.50DC14,931
137135Azrael Agent of the Bat97$2.95DC14,485
138183Mystic31$1.48Crossgen13,886
139138Route 6667$2.95Crossgen13,804
140139Negation13$2.95Crossgen13,792
141140Crux21$2.95Crossgen13,534
142143First26$2.95Crossgen13,193
143144Sigil31$2.95Crossgen13,170
144145Rex Mundi1$2.95Image13,111
145147Savage Dragon106$2.95Image13,029
146148Athena Inc5*$2.95Image13,006
147120Tom Judge End of Days1$3.99Image12,947
148149Meridian31$2.95Crossgen12,865
149152Hunter Age of Magic18$2.75DC12,806
150150HawaIIan Dick1$2.95Image12,689
151166Batman Gotham Adventures57$2.25DC12,595
152157Hellspawn20$2.50Image12,548
153155Codename Knockout19$2.75DC12,125
154107Wonder Woman Annual 19671$4.95DC11,703
155156Zero Girl Full Circle2$2.95DC11,104
156112Grendel Red White & Black4$4.99Dark Horse10,916
157165American Century21$2.75DC10,482
158159Fate of the Blade5$2.95Dreamwave10,412
159158Vampirella16 Reg Ed$2.99Harris10,353
16016021 Down4$2.95DC10,294
161164Automatic Kafka6$2.95DC9,895
162163Xin Legend of the Monkey King2$2.99Harris9,766
163127Shonen Jump Vol. 1$4.95Viz9,566
164167Arkanium4$2.95Dreamwave9,367
165168Noble Causes Family Secrets3$2.95Image9,367
166180Powerpuff Girls33$2.25DC9,355
167169Point Blank5$2.95DC9,144
168170Forever Maelstrom2$2.95DC8,909
1691713 Little Kittens3$2.95Broadsword8,897
170172Vertigo Pop London2$2.95DC8,733
171173Tech Jacket2$2.95Image8,064
172174Black Sun4$2.95DC8,017
173175Oh My Goddess93$2.99Dark Horse7,900
174176Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles7$2.95Mirage7,900
175185Fight For Tomorrow4$2.50DC7,794
176177Resistance4$2.95DC7,548
177161Knights of the Dinner Table74$3.99Kenzer7,501
178162Reid Fleming/Flaming Carrot Crossover1$3.99Dark Horse7,442
179179Queen & Country Declassified2$2.95Oni7,231
180181Blade of the Immortal74$2.99Dark Horse7,008
181199Cerebus285$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,667
182202Scooby-Doo67$2.25DC6,491
183207Sonic The Hedgehog118$2.19Archie6,280
184134J Scott Campbell Danger Girl Sketchbook New Prtg$6.95DC6,151
185154Super Manga Blast28$5.99Dark Horse5,822
186184Paradigm4$3.50Image5,705
187191Dragonball Part 57$2.95Viz5,517
188194Banzai Girl3$2.95Sirius5,306
189182Cannon God Exaxxion Stage 212$3.99Dark Horse5,176
190196Ranma 1/2 Part 1110$2.95Viz5,165
191200Battle Angel Alita Last Order Part 14$2.95Viz5,059
192189Mage Knight Stolen Destiny3$3.50IDW4,930
193178Black Hole10$4.50Fantagraphics4,836
194203Top Cow Classics Battle of the Planets1$2.99Image4,766
195205Big Daddy Danger5$2.95DC4,719
196204Shi Illustrated Warrior6$2.99Crusade4,683
197208Darkness Falls Tooth Fairy Tragic Life of Matilda Dixon$2.99Dark Horse4,590
198209Dungeons & Dragons Black & White6$2.99Kenzer4,578
199195Gold Digger38$3.50Antarctic4,402
200190Gloom Cookie Monsters Christmas Color Sp$3.95Slave Labor4,296
201201Warren Ellis Scars2$3.50Avatar4,237
202212All New Tenchi Muyo Part 23$2.95Viz4,120
203213Dork Tower22$2.99Dork Storm4,050
204214Courtney Crumrin & Coven of Mystics1$2.95Oni4,014
205186Tick Golden Age Comic3$4.95New England3,909
206235Radiskull & Devil Doll Radiskull Hate Christmas One-Shot$2.50Image3,744
207246Looney Tunes97$2.25DC3,697
208211Lubas Comics & Stories3$3.50Fantagraphics3,674
209218Inu Yasha Part 75$2.95Viz3,627
210219Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated17$2.99Kenzer3,545
211216Cavewoman Pangaean Sea6$3.25Basement3,533
212187Raijin Comics1$4.95Gutsoon3,521
213248Dexters Laboratory33$2.25DC3,510
214188Dragon Arms1$4.95Antarctic3,498
215251Archie531$2.19Archie3,345
216192Killbox1$5.00Antarctic3,216
217193Raijin Comics2$4.95Gutsoon3,169
218236Awesome Man1$2.95Astonish3,158
219256Betty & Veronica183$2.19Archie3,087
220197Raijin Comics3$4.95Gutsoon3,075
221198Raijin Comics4$4.95Gutsoon3,052
222220Ennis & Mccreas Dicks 24$3.50Avatar3,028
223217Betty & Veronica Double Digest112$3.59Archie2,981
224243Dogwitch3$2.95Sirius2,934
225242Ripleys Believe It Or Not Invaders4$2.99Dark Horse2,923
226224Ninja High School101$3.50Antarctic2,911
227229Warren Ellis Strange Killings Body Orchard6$3.50Avatar2,876
228245PVP8$2.99Dork Storm2,841
229262Betty121$2.19Archie2,841
230263Sabrina Vol. 240$2.19Archie2,817
231232Jungle Fantasy1$3.50Avatar2,782
232266Veronica135$2.19Archie2,735
233269Sabrina Vol. 241$2.19Archie2,723
234233Pals N Gals Double Digest72$3.59Archie2,641
235271Archie & Friends66$2.19Archie2,629
236221Little Gloomy Adventures1$3.95Slave Labor2,618
237238Alice In Sexland8$3.50Fantagraphics2,594
238273Betty & Veronica Spectacular58$2.19Archie2,582
239225Bastard13$3.95Viz2,582
240239Ceres Celestial Legend Part 43$3.50Viz2,559
241240Poison Elves Companion$3.50Sirius2,524
242250Goon3$2.95Albatross Exploding2,500
243268Betty & Veronica Digest135$2.39Archie2,500
244270Archie Digest195$2.39Archie2,477
245241Jugheads Double Digest91$3.59Archie2,453
246252Supercar1$2.95Misc Mayhem2,336
247249Genus57$3.50Radio2,160
248280Laugh Digest181$2.39Archie2,148
249284Jughead W/Archie Digest180$2.39Archie2,078
250226Battle of the Planets2 Animation Cvr$5.00Image2,031
251206DF Masters of the Universe Alt Cvr1$6.99Dynamic Forces1,972
252253Big O Part 32$3.50Viz1,949
253258Monster Club1$3.50Autumn1,855
254276Three Days In Europe2$2.95Oni1,819
255278Sky Between Branches0$2.99Com X1,737
256228Luftwaffe 19464$5.95Antarctic1,690
257286Jack Staff12$2.95Dancing Elephant1,667
258287Silent Mobius Part 12 Hell1$2.95Viz1,667
259288Spacehack3$2.99Kenzer1,643
260291Zendra Vol. 26$2.95Penny Farthing1,632
261260Ennis & Mccreas Dicks 2 Offensive4$3.95Avatar1,632
262247Ag Super Erotic Anthology6$4.99Icarus1,596
263261Jungle Fantasy1/2$3.95Comic Cavalcade1,596
264294Furrlough120$2.99Radio1,585
265265Warren Ellis Scars2$3.95Avatar1,549
266296Jason & Argobots4$2.95Oni1,526
267306Arsenic Lullabies Jan 20034$2.65AAA Milwaukee1,479
268244Cherry Prime1$6.00Hippy1,432
269299Spirit of the Amazon1$2.95NW Studios1,432
270300Naughty Bits37$2.95Fantagraphics1,432
271254Vagabond14$4.95Viz1,373
272302Lost Stock of Children1$2.99Neko1,373
273292Rear Entry2$3.50Fantagraphics1,373
274305Tuesday2$2.95Kim-Rehr1,338
275279Inquisitor1$3.95Verotik1,315
276308Warrior Nun Areala13$2.99Antarctic1,268
277313Johnny The Homicidal Maniac6$2.95Slave Labor1,232
278293Warren Ellis Strange Killings Body Orchard6$3.95Avatar1,209
279316Oh My1$2.95Ironcat1,197
280317Hip Flask Unnatural Selection (reorders)$2.99Active Images1,186
281215Rga Magazine1$9.90Gutsoon1,162
282310Project Arms Part 14$3.25Viz1,162
283322Johnny The Homicidal Maniac5$2.95Slave Labor1,150
284304Orient Sexpress4$3.50Fantagraphics1,150
285325Colonia8$2.95Colonia1,127
286326Digital Webbing Presents6$2.95Digital Webbing1,115
287275Weapon Brown$4.95Death Ray1,103
288307Warhammer Monthly62$3.50Games Workshop1,103
289259Warhammer Monthly63$5.95Games Workshop1,092
290329Vampire Yui Vol. 54$2.95Ironcat1,068
291222Rga Magazine2$9.90Gutsoon1,045
292264Zoids11$5.95Viz1,021
293331Heartcore3$2.95Ironcat1,021
294227Vampirella16 Ltd Ed$9.95Harris1,009
295319Colliers Vol. 22$3.50Drawn & Quarterly998
296230RGA Magazine3$9.90Gutsoon998
297231RGA Magazine4$9.90Gutsoon998
298351Elvira116$2.50Claypool986
299337Opposite Forces2$2.95Funnypages974
300290Basement Comics Amryl San Diego 2002 Jam Book$5.00Basement974





December 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 #4 #6

Graphic novels closed out the year up significantly.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Transformers Profile Book 1$12.95Dreamwave13,193
29Fables Legends In Exile$9.95DC6,151
37Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3$12.99Marvel5,752
46Total Sell-Out$14.95Image5,329
55Mike Mignolas BPRD Coll$17.95Dark Horse4,730
68New X-Men 3 New Worlds$14.99Marvel4,578
72G.I. Joe Vol. 5$24.99Marvel4,073
822Love Hina Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop3,815
93Star Wars A Long Time Ago Vol. 4 Screams In Void$29.95Dark Horse3,392
1013Super Friends Truth Justice & Peace$14.95DC3,369
1115Promethea Book 2$14.95DC3,298
1226Astro Boy Vol. 11$9.95Dark Horse3,193
1320G.I. Joe Vol. 2 Reckonings$12.95Image3,087
1410Transformers Rage In Heaven$19.95Titan2,970
1516Usagi Yojimbo Shrouded Moon$15.95Dark Horse2,970
1617Tank Girl Vol. 4 Odyssey$15.95Titan2,934
174Daredevil Vol. 2 HC$29.99Marvel2,911
1846Kolchak Night Stalker Fever Pitch$6.95Moonstone2,888
1911X-Treme X-Men Vol. 2 Invasion$19.99Marvel2,888
2041Forge #9$7.95Crossgen2,782
2112Star Wars Tales Vol. 3$19.95Dark Horse2,688
2244Edge #9$7.95Crossgen2,665
2321Isolation & Illusion Coll P Craig Russell$14.95Dark Horse2,571
2414Swamp Thing Dark Genesis - Ne$19.95DC2,500
2519Elektra Vol. 1 Introspect$16.99Marvel2,441
2637GTO Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop2,371
2730Bastard Samurai Vol. I Samurai Noir$12.95Image2,312
2825Resident Evil Code Veronica Book 4$14.95DC2,265
2962Warren Ellis Bad Signal$6.95Avatar2,242
3040Kare Kano Vol. 1 (resolicited)$9.99Tokyopop2,230
3118Mac Raboy Flash Gordon Vol. 1$19.95Dark Horse2,183
3245Spyboy Young Justice$9.95Dark Horse2,042
3334Dragonball Vol. 10$12.95Viz2,019
3449Mars Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,937
3523Kabuki Vol. 6 Scarab$19.95Image1,890
3651Kodocha Vol. 5 Sanas Stage$9.99Tokyopop1,855
3752Angelic Layer Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop1,843
3831First Vol. 3 Sinister Motives $15.95Crossgen1,831
3954Megatokyo Chapter Zero$9.95Ironcat1,819
4055Peach Girl Vol. 8 Pkt$9.99Tokyopop1,808
4129AP How To Draw Manga Compilation Vol. 3$17.95Antarctic1,714
4232X 1999 Vol. 9 Requiem$15.95Viz1,702
4336Call Of Duty Vol. 1$14.99Marvel1,679
4448Knights of the Dinner Table Bundle Of Trouble Vol. 10$11.99Kenzer1,667
4559Initial D Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop1,655
4661Ragnarok Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop1,655
4743Sorcerer Hunters Vol. 13$12.99Tokyopop1,632
48393x3 Eyes Key To Sacred Land$13.95Dark Horse1,608
4927Will Eisners Name of the Game$19.95DC1,585
5038Akira Cinemanga Vol. 1$14.99Tokyopop1,549