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May 2003 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


The relaunched Wolverine helped the market move into positive territory for the year in its widest category.

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. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
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 item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
11Wolverine1$2.25Marvel157,739
22Batman615$2.25DC143,139
33Ultimates10$2.25Marvel104,849
44Ultimate Spider-Man40$2.25Marvel103,790
55Ultimate Spider-Man41$2.25Marvel102,115
67New X-Men141$2.25Marvel95,173
78Amazing Spider-Man53$2.25Marvel95,144
89Uncanny X-Men424$2.25Marvel94,013
910Ultimate X-Men33$2.25Marvel92,510
1011Venom1$2.25Marvel91,981
116Transformers Generation One Vol. 22$2.95Dreamwave73,831
1212X-Treme X-Men25$2.99Marvel65,901
1313X-Treme X-Men26$2.99Marvel65,729
1421Incredible Hulk54$2.25Marvel61,020
1515Daredevil47$2.99Marvel60,963
1622JLA81$2.25DC59,918
1725Avengers67$2.25Marvel57,713
1820New Mutants1$2.50Marvel56,640
1914League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II5$3.50DC53,749
2023Green Arrow25$2.50DC52,188
2134Fantastic Four69$2.25Marvel51,759
2217Marvel Universe The End5$2.99Marvel50,700
2335Peter Parker Spider-Man56$2.25Marvel50,141
2427Green Arrow26$2.50DC50,141
2519Captain America13$2.99Marvel48,953
2624Authority Vol. 21$2.95DC44,058
2747Green Lantern164$2.25DC44,058
2838JSA48$2.50DC43,729
2939JSA All Stars1$2.50DC43,271
3026Wolverine Snikt1$2.99Marvel42,183
3128Mystique2$2.99Marvel40,766
3245Spawn125$2.50Image40,680
3329Transformers Armada11$2.95Dreamwave40,465
3431Voltron Defender of the Universe1$2.95Image40,236
3530Punisher26$2.99Marvel39,750
3632Punisher27$2.99Marvel39,549
3750Inhumans1$2.50Marvel38,562
3841Detective Comics782$2.75DC38,189
3959Green Lantern165$2.25DC37,746
4053Titans/Young Justice Graduation Day1$2.50DC37,331
4136Exiles27$2.99Marvel36,958
4237Exiles26$2.99Marvel36,844
4364Namor2$2.25Marvel36,701
4456X-Men Unlimited46$2.50Marvel35,312
4543Thundercats Return4$2.95DC34,826
4676Superman193$2.25DC34,697
4757X-Men Unlimited47$2.50Marvel34,339
4844Thor64$2.99Marvel34,110
4960Titans/Young Justice Graduation Day2$2.50DC33,938
5065Aquaman6$2.50DC32,993
5148Iron Man68$2.99Marvel32,993
5249X-Men Phoenix1$2.99Marvel32,908
5371Arkham Asylum Living Hell1$2.50DC32,335
5484Action Comics803$2.25DC31,906
5552G.I. Joe Frontline7$2.95Image31,677
5689Flash198$2.25DC31,004
5754Batgirl Year One6$2.95DC30,875
5816Thundercats/Battle of the Planets$4.95DC30,803
5978Human Torch2$2.50Marvel30,274
6055Wolverine Doop1$2.99Marvel30,116
6179Batgirl40$2.50DC29,973
6280Crew1$2.50Marvel29,801
6368Batman Gotham Knights41$2.75DC29,758
6494Nightwing81$2.25DC29,744
6581Hawkman15$2.50DC29,701
6695Adventures of Superman616$2.25DC29,658
6718Battle of the Planets Thundercats One-Shot$4.99Image29,644
6882Domino1$2.50Marvel29,515
6958Captain Marvel9$2.99Marvel28,642
7062Captain Marvel10$2.99Marvel28,370
7186JLA Scary Monsters3$2.50DC28,356
7263Weapon X9$2.99Marvel28,270
7387Voltron Defender of the Universe0$2.50Image28,027
7466Sentinel2$2.99Marvel27,568
7567Alias22$2.99Marvel27,497
7672Superman & Batman Generations III5$2.95DC27,297
7769Elektra23$2.99Marvel27,211
7873Battle of the Planets9$2.99Image26,724
7975Powers31$2.95Image26,652
8077Y The Last Man11$2.95DC26,023
81102Wonder Woman192$2.25DC25,822
8298Batman Legends of the Dark Knight167$2.50DC25,536
8399Fables13$2.50DC24,992
8483Battle of the Planets10$2.99Image24,677
8585Criminal Macabre Cal Mcdonald Mystery1$2.99Dark Horse23,976
8688Robotech6$2.95DC23,661
87100Catwoman19$2.50DC23,575
88103Runaways2$2.50Marvel23,174
8970Ghost in the Shell 2 Man/Machine Interface4$3.50Dark Horse23,103
9090Star Wars Empire8$2.99Dark Horse23,074
91104Birds of Prey55$2.50DC23,074
92105Legion20$2.50DC23,031
9391Spider-Girl60$2.99Marvel22,959
9493Sojourn23$2.95Crossgen22,945
9592Witchblade64$2.99Image22,931
9674Smallville2$3.50DC22,816
97118Robin114$2.25DC22,444
98110Batman Nevermore2$2.50DC22,101
9996Masters of the Universe Vol. 2 Santalucia Cvr3$2.95Image21,957
10097John Carpenters Snake Plissken 1$2.99Crossgen21,371
10140Tomb Raider30$4.99Image21,213
102116Hero4$2.50DC20,884
103101Filth10$2.95DC19,911
104130Batman Adventures2$2.25DC19,724
105132Thunderbolts79$2.25Marvel19,624
10633JLA Age of Wonder2$5.95DC19,596
10746Transformers More Than Meets Eye Official Guide2$5.25Dreamwave19,338
108108Brian Pulido Lady Death4$2.95Crossgen19,195
109106BPRD Soul of Venice One-Shot$2.99Dark Horse19,123
11051Battle of the Planets Mark One-Shot$4.99Image18,980
111109Solus3$2.95Crossgen18,937
112112Global Frequency8$2.95DC18,465
113113Soldier X11$2.99Marvel18,179
114126Gotham Central7$2.50DC18,064
115115Superman Metropolis4$2.95DC17,792
11642Many Worlds of theesla Strong$5.95DC17,434
117135100 Bullets44 (Res)$2.50DC17,377
118117Tom Strongs Terrific Tales7$2.95DC17,134
11961Star Wars Jedi Shaak Ti$4.99Dark Horse17,005
120119Ruse20$2.95Crossgen16,833
121125Hellblazer184$2.75DC16,819
122120Gen 139$2.95DC16,604
123140Harley Quinn32$2.50DC16,475
124121Black Panther59$2.99Marvel16,275
125142Humans Defense Corps1$2.50DC16,074
126123Reload2$2.95DC15,917
1271114112$3.50Marvel15,588
128127Way of the Rat13$2.95Crossgen15,244
129133Warlands Vol. 35$2.95Dreamwave14,944
130129Lone Wolf 21008$2.99Dark Horse14,886
131134Silken Ghost1$2.95Crossgen14,829
132131Buffy the Vampire Slayer57$2.99Dark Horse14,801
133136Brath4$2.95Crossgen14,614
134137Blood & Water3$2.95DC14,371
135138Beware The Creeper2$2.95DC14,314
136107CSI5$3.99IDW14,285
137159Justice League Adventures19$2.25DC14,171
138150Simpsons Comics82$2.50Bongo14,113
139139Stormwatch Team Achilles11$2.95DC13,985
140141Path15$2.95Crossgen13,942
141151Lucifer38$2.50DC13,756
142162Call2$2.25Marvel13,756
143143Scion36$2.95Crossgen13,570
144144Kiss10$2.99Dark Horse13,212
145146Power Company16$2.75DC13,169
146158Doom Patrol20$2.50DC12,897
147145Marville7$2.99Marvel12,897
148122Savage Dragon107$3.95Image12,110
149147Negation18$2.95Crossgen12,038
150148Mystic36$2.95Crossgen12,009
151193Sigil36$2.95Crossgen11,995
152149Xin Journey of the Monkey King1*$2.99Harris11,852
153152Crux26$2.95Crossgen11,651
154153Mark of Charon3$2.95Crossgen11,508
155154Route 66612$2.95Crossgen11,408
156155First31$2.95Crossgen11,322
157156Meridian36$2.95Crossgen11,279
158161Hunter Age of Magic23$2.75DC11,265
159157Judge Dredd Vs Aliens Incubus3$2.99Dark Horse11,036
160114Athena Inc6*$4.95Image10,664
161178Futurama Comics13$2.50Bongo10,449
162163Karza3$2.95Image10,449
163165Misplaced1*$2.95Image10,234
164166Tarot Witch of the Black Rose20$2.95Broadsword10,191
165184Batman614$2.25DC9,991
166167Legacy1$2.95Image9,919
167168Sleeper5$2.95DC9,690
168169Karza4$2.95Image9,447
169170Crossovers5$2.95Crossgen9,290
170181American Century24 (Res)$2.75DC9,290
171171R.A. Salvatore Demon Wars Vol. 21$2.95Crossgen9,261
172174PVP2$2.95Image9,175
173175Rotogin Junkbotz1$2.95Image9,161
174173Vampirella20 Reg Ed$2.99Harris9,046
175128Shonen Jump Vol. 1$4.95Viz9,018
176176Vertigo Pop Bangkok1$2.95DC8,932
177179Sweatshop2$2.95DC8,789
178180Dominion2$2.95Image8,717
179182Automatic Kafka9$2.95DC8,130
18018321 Down9$2.95DC8,044
181192Powerpuff Girls38$2.25DC8,016
182124100 Percent5$5.95DC7,787
183191Clockmaker3$2.50Image7,572
184185Invincible4$2.95Image7,558
185177Grendel God & Devil4$3.50Dark Horse7,515
186187Mythstalkers2$2.95Image7,100
187190Hammer of the Gods Hammer Hits China2$2.95Image6,856
188189Oh My Goddess97$2.99Dark Horse6,842
189172Knights of the Dinner Table79$3.99Kenzer6,813
190207Scooby Doo72$2.25DC5,940
191194Tony Millionaire Sock Monkey1$2.99Dark Horse5,940
192200Fight For Tomorrow6$2.50DC5,883
193210Sonic The Hedgehog123$2.19Archie5,740
194195Strangers3$2.95Image5,654
195197Tech Jacket6$2.95Image5,525
196196Nevermen Streets of Blood3$2.99Dark Horse5,497
197198Blackburne Covenant2$2.99Dark Horse5,396
198199Agents2$2.95Image5,239
199164Super Manga Blast31$5.99Dark Horse5,081
200203Banzai Girl4$2.95Sirius4,809
201201Scooter Girl1$2.99Oni4,767
202204Devils Footprints3$2.99Dark Horse4,724
203206Poison Elves73$2.95Sirius4,566
204160DF Transformers Generation One Vol. 21 Alt Cvr$6.99Dynamic Forces4,495
205209Mr Gum One-Shot$2.99Oni4,394
206202Gold Digger42$3.50Antarctic4,051
207188Transformers More Than Meets Eye Official Guide1$5.25Dreamwave3,979
208208Warren Ellis Scars5$3.50Avatar3,779
209233Looney Tunes102$2.25DC3,707
210186Superman Red Son1$5.95DC3,707
211211Lansdale & Trumans Dead Folks2$3.50Avatar3,564
212213Paradigm9$3.50Image3,421
213238Mucha Lucha2$2.25DC3,292
214216Cavewoman Pangaean Sea6$3.25Basement3,264
215242Archie536$2.19Archie3,149
216226Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated22$2.99Kenzer3,020
217229Outlook Grim1$2.95Slave Labor2,992
218217Berlin10$3.50Drawn & Quarterly2,992
219232Dogwitch5$2.95Sirius2,834
220247Veronica140$2.19Archie2,777
221234Black Tide5$2.95Angel Gate2,763
222235Nodwick20$2.99Dork Storm2,720
223215Metal Hurlant6$3.95Humanoids2,691
224249Sabrina Vol. 245$2.19Archie2,691
225250Betty & Veronica188$2.19Archie2,691
226251Betty126$2.19Archie2,677
227225Betty & Veronica Double Digest115$3.59Archie2,576
228214Gold Digger Swimsuit Sp 2003$4.50Antarctic2,491
229212Ap How To Draw Manga24$4.95Antarctic2,462
230228Archie Double Digest143$3.59Archie2,462
231230Freemind6$3.50Future2,462
232240Sammy Tourist Trap3$2.95Image2,462
233224Marvel Must Haves Incredible Hulk50-52$3.99Marvel2,448
234257Archie & Friends71$2.19Archie2,448
235241Knights of the Dinner Table Everknights6$2.99Kenzer2,419
236205DF Darkness Prelude1$6.00Dynamic Forces2,333
237273Shi Sempo Preview Tucci Cvr$1.99Avatar2,290
238237Metallix0$3.50Future2,247
239267Betty & Veronica Spectacular60$2.19Archie2,204
240243Spirit of the Amazon1 (Res)$2.95NW Studios2,176
241262Archie Digest198$2.39Archie2,104
242245Sammy Tourist Trap4$2.95Image2,104
243239Sex Warrior Isane1$3.50Fantagraphics2,090
244269Cartoon Cartoons18$2.25DC2,076
245218Raijin Comics23$4.95Gutsoon2,047
246219Raijin Comics21$4.95Gutsoon2,047
247220Raijin Comics22$4.95Gutsoon2,047
248221Raijin Comics24$4.95Gutsoon2,033
249248Teenagers From Mars6$2.99Teenagers from Mars1,990
250252Wilde Knight1$2.95Basement1,961
251253Louis Riel10$2.95Drawn & Quarterly1,904
252274Laugh Digest184$2.39Archie1,889
253255Milk34$2.99Radio1,818
254261Three Strikes2$2.99Oni1,732
255286New X-Men140$2.25Marvel1,718
256264Johnny The Homicidal Maniac1$2.95Slave Labor1,646
257265Strangehaven15$2.95Abiogenesis1,646
258244Neotopia4$3.95Antarctic1,617
259268Johnny The Homicidal Maniac2$2.95Slave Labor1,589
260272How Loathsome2$2.95NBM1,560
261271Midnight Mover2$2.99Oni1,546
262258Dragon Arms6$3.50Antarctic1,517
263227League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II Bumper Ed Parts 1 & 2$5.95DC1,503
264298Ultimate X-Men32$2.25Marvel1,489
265276Furrlough124$2.99Radio1,446
266278Transformers Generation One Vol. 21$2.95Dreamwave1,446
267289Arsenic Lullabies Jan 20032$2.65AAA Milwaukee1,417
268266Big O Part 43$3.50Viz1,388
269256Lansdale & Trumans Dead Folks Wrap Cvr2$3.95Avatar1,374
270280Furrlough123$2.99Radio1,360
271236Luftwaffe 19469$5.95Antarctic1,360
272260Warren Ellis Scars Wrap Cvr5$3.95Avatar1,317
273305Green Lantern163$2.25DC1,303
274301Aquaman1$2.50DC1,288
275291Bubba Redneck Werewolf1$2.95Brass Ball1,260
276292Heartcore1$2.95I.C.1,245
277277Rear Entry3$3.50Fantagraphics1,231
278295Ogenki Clinic Vol. 97$2.95I.C.1,188
279296Ogenki Clinic Vol. 98$2.95I.C.1,188
280318New X-Men139$2.25Marvel1,174
281321Batman610$2.25DC1,145
282284Twilight X Storm3$3.50Antarctic1,116
283285Monster Club4$3.50Com X1,102
284299Oh My1$2.95I.C.1,102
285222Threshold50$8.95Avatar1,102
286288Uncanny X-Men422$3.50Marvel1,088
287302Vampire Yui Vol. 52$2.95I.C.1,088
288303Y The Last Man10$2.95DC1,074
289327Amazing Spider-Man52$2.25Marvel1,074
290328Batman Adventures Newsstand Ed1$2.25DC1,074
291290Sexual Positions of the Kama Sutra2$3.50Fantagraphics1,059
292246Shi Sempo Preview*$5.95Avatar1,031
293293Warhammer Monthly68$3.50Games Workshop1,031
294304Vampire Yui Vol. 53$2.95I.C.1,016
295306Dungeon6$2.95NBM1,002
296263Shanda The Panda37$4.99Shanda988
297223Vampirella20 Ltd Ed$9.95Harris988
298308Vampire Yui Vol. 54$2.95I.C.959
299309Heartcore2$2.95I.C.959
300310Oh My2$2.95I.C.959




May 2003 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to 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

The first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book led the month in both dollars and units.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Book One$14.95DC10,492
23Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 3 Hulk HC$19.99Marvel5,454
37Transmetropolitan Vol. 8 Dirge$14.95DC5,267
45Powers Vol. 4 Supergroup$19.95Image4,852
54Spider-Man Blue HC$21.99Marvel4,580
617New X-Men Vol. 4 Riot At Xaviers$11.99Marvel4,537
76Batman Hush HC$19.95DC4,537
89Alan Moore Portrait of Extraordinary Gentleman $14.95Abiogenesis4,537
916Hulk Movie$12.99Marvel4,266
1028Love Hina Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop4,079
1118Daredevil Vol. 6 Lowlife$13.99Marvel3,850
1220JLA Obsidian Age Book One$12.95DC3,765
1337Yu-Gi-Oh Vol. 1 Millennium Puzzle$7.95Viz3,736
141330 Days of Night$17.99IDW3,536
1519Hellblazer Freezes Over$14.95DC3,349
1612Herobear & The Kid Vol. 1 Inheritance$19.95Astonish3,235
1715Oh My Goddess Vol. 16 Mystery Child$18.95Dark Horse3,178
1830Uncanny X-Men Vol. 2 Dominant Species$11.99Marvel3,120
1914Daredevil Legends Vol. 4 Typhoid Mary$19.99Marvel3,106
2024Promethea Book Three$14.95DC3,092
2122X-Treme X-Men Vol. 3 Schism$16.99Marvel2,791
222Thunder Agents Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,591
2327Sojourn Vol. 3$15.95Crossgen2,576
2436Marvel Mangaverse Vol. 3 Spider-Man Legend Spider-Clan$11.99Marvel2,548
2544Battle Royale Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop2,548
2646Astro Boy Vol. 15$9.95Dark Horse2,433
2748Kare Kano Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop2,376
2831Origin$14.99Marvel2,362
2949GTO Vol. 11$9.99Tokyopop2,290
308Barnum HC$29.95DC2,290
3132Robotech Macross Saga Vol. 2$14.95DC2,276
3211Best of Spider-Man Vol. 2 HC$29.99Marvel2,204
3321Thor Vol. 3 Gods On Earth$21.99Marvel2,204
3454Clamp School Detectives Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop2,147
3525Battle of the Planets Vol. 1 Key Comics$19.99Dynamic Forces2,133
3626Batman Contagion$19.95DC2,090
3756Mars Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop2,047
3834G.I. Joe Vol. 3 Malfunction$15.95Image2,018
3958Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow & Tara$9.95Dark Horse1,990
4029House of the Borderland Sc$19.95DC1,961
4138Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1 Tomorrow People$14.95Marvel1,918
4233Jimmy Corrigan Smartest Kid On Earth Sc$17.95Fantagraphics1,875
4363Kodocha Vol. 7 Sanas Stage$9.99Tokyopop1,804
4464Peach Girl Change of Heart Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,761
4510Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 2nd Ed HC$39.99Marvel1,675
4645Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu Vol. 1$14.99Marvel1,660
4790Dragonball Z Vol. 11 Shonen Jump Ed$7.95Viz1,632
4891Dragonball Vol. 11 Shonen Jump Ed$7.95Viz1,632
4976Man of Many Faces Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,532
5077Astro Boy Vol. 14$9.95Dark Horse1,517