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August 2003 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Comics and trade paperback sales lagged behind a year earlier, but a number of new title launches set up the fall for improvement. Neil Gaiman's 1602 led the market, and DC's Superman/Batman started a successful run.

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—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
11Marvel 16021$3.50Marvel152,528
23Batman618$2.25DC149,040
32Superman Batman1$2.95DC135,880
44Ultimate X-Men36$2.25Marvel111,929
55Ultimate Spider-Man44$2.25Marvel103,762
66Ultimate Spider-Man45$2.25Marvel101,929
77New X-Men144$2.25Marvel101,034
88Uncanny X-Men429$2.25Marvel95,088
99Amazing Spider-Man57$2.25Marvel94,685
1011Amazing Spider-Man56$2.25Marvel93,478
1117Spectacular Spider-Man3$2.25Marvel79,096
1210Supreme Power1$2.99Marvel70,824
1319Wolverine4$2.25Marvel69,363
1412Daredevil50$2.99Marvel66,248
1513X-Treme X-Men30$2.99Marvel65,608
1614X-Treme X-Men29$2.99Marvel65,339
1716Transformers Generation One Vol. 25$2.95Dreamwave62,388
1820Teen Titans2$2.50DC62,329
1922Incredible Hulk59$2.25Marvel60,108
2023JLA84$2.25DC59,899
2124JLA85$2.25DC59,139
2226Avengers69$2.25Marvel58,603
2332Fantastic Four502 (#73)$2.25Marvel54,787
2435Fantastic Four503 (#74)$2.25Marvel54,489
2518Spider-Man & Wolverine3$2.99Marvel53,640
2636Emma Frost2$2.50Marvel47,112
2739Outsiders3$2.50DC45,666
2828G.I. Joe21*$2.95Image44,012
2942JSA51$2.50DC43,952
3027Captain America16$2.99Marvel43,684
3130Superman Birthright2$2.95DC43,013
3247Green Arrow29$2.50DC42,074
3331Exiles30$2.99Marvel41,806
3433Exiles31$2.99Marvel41,195
3534Exiles32$2.99Marvel41,076
3649Spawn127$2.50Image39,883
3737Mystique5$2.99Marvel39,332
3838G.I. Joe20$2.95Image39,108
39153Sojourn25$1.00CrossGen38,676
4046Detective Comics785$2.75DC38,482
4151Formerly Known As Justice League2$2.50DC38,363
4240Punisher30$2.99Marvel37,856
4329Thor Vikings2$3.50Marvel36,887
4443Batman Death & Maidens1$2.95DC36,858
4545Planetary16$2.95DC36,187
4665Flash201$2.25DC35,665
4758JSA All Stars4$2.50DC34,950
4871Green Lantern168$2.25DC34,458
4974Superman196$2.25DC34,086
5048Trouble2$2.99Marvel33,609
5115Superman Red Son3$5.95DC32,744
5250Thor67$2.99Marvel32,699
5352Thundercats Dogs of War2$2.95DC32,416
5453Transformers Armada14$2.95Dreamwave32,416
5568Kingpin3$2.50Marvel31,597
5655Authority Vol. 24$2.95DC31,328
5785Action Comics806$2.25DC31,254
5854Iron Man71$2.99Marvel31,224
5993Wonder Woman195$2.25DC29,942
6057Thundercats Dogs of War3$2.95DC29,912
6164Batman Gotham Knights44$2.75DC29,823
6294Nightwing84$2.25DC29,793
6360Batgirl Year One9$2.95DC29,167
6459X-Statix12$2.99Marvel29,033
6578Hawkman18$2.50DC28,929
66100Adventures of Superman619$2.25DC28,511
6781Batgirl43$2.50DC28,362
6841Dark Days2$3.99IDW28,243
6984Birds of Prey58$2.50DC28,213
7061Alias25$2.99Marvel28,034
7163X-Men Phoenix3$2.99Marvel27,975
7287Aquaman9$2.50DC27,811
7388Doctor Fate1$2.50DC27,751
7492Arkham Asylum Living Hell4$2.50DC27,170
7566Captain Marvel13$2.99Marvel26,634
7625Supreme Power Sp Ed1$4.99Marvel26,589
7769Y The Last Man14$2.95DC26,559
7867Hulk Nightmerica3$2.99Marvel26,559
7970Powers33$2.95Image26,514
8072Superman & Batman Generations III8$2.95DC26,276
8175Authority Vol. 20$2.95DC25,829
8273Paradise X Special A$2.99Marvel25,814
8397Fables16$2.50DC25,695
8499Batman Legends of the Dark Knight170$2.50DC25,665
85110Namor5$2.25Marvel25,352
86102JLA Scary Monsters6$2.50DC25,337
8777Elektra26$2.99Marvel24,502
8879G.I. Joe Frontline11$2.95Image24,338
8980G.I. Joe Frontline12$2.95Image24,174
9083G.I. Joe Frontline13$2.95Image23,921
9162Ghost in the Shell 2 Man/Machine Interface6$3.50Dark Horse23,906
92106Inhumans4$2.50Marvel23,906
9386Smax1$2.95DC23,757
9482Agent X13$2.99Marvel23,712
9589Sojourn26$2.95CrossGen23,340
9690Spider-Girl63$2.99Marvel22,878
9791Magdalena Vol. 22$2.99Image22,788
98111Legion23$2.50DC22,758
99114Human Torch5$2.50Marvel22,073
10095Witchblade67$2.99Image21,998
101123Robin117$2.25DC21,834
10298Masters of the Universe Vol. 26$2.95Image21,775
103101Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated3$2.95Dreamwave21,596
10476Frank Millers Robocop1$3.50Avatar21,566
10596Darkness Wanted Dead One-Shot$2.99Image21,507
10644Battle of the Planets12$4.99Image21,417
107103Arrowsmith2$2.95DC20,940
108104Tomb Raider32$2.99Image20,568
109121Sentinel5$2.50Marvel20,493
110105Hellboy Weird Tales4$2.99Dark Horse20,091
111107Joss Whedons Fray8$2.99Dark Horse19,688
112124Empire2$2.50DC19,644
11321Batman Tenses1$6.95DC19,644
114126Runaways5$2.50Marvel19,584
115108Robotech Love & War3$2.95DC19,494
116109Criminal Macabre Cal Mcdonald Mystery4$2.99Dark Horse19,181
117112Filth12$2.95DC18,734
118116Liberty Meadows33$2.95Image18,556
11956Star Wars Jedi Aayla Secura One-Shot$4.99Dark Horse18,496
120130Hero7$2.50DC18,481
121115Eternal3$2.99Marvel18,436
122117Tom Strong21$2.95DC18,436
123133Fallen Angel2$2.50DC18,257
124134Batman Nevermore5$2.50DC17,974
125118Human Target1$2.95DC17,855
126120Terra Obscura3$2.95DC17,602
127119John Carpenters Snake Plissken2$2.99CrossGen17,468
128144Gotham Central10$2.50DC17,244
129122Crew4$2.99Marvel16,514
130128Ruse22$2.95CrossGen16,335
131127Ultimate Adventures5$2.99Marvel16,305
132136Hellblazer187$2.75DC16,245
133139Reign of the Zodiac1$2.75DC16,052
134113Startling Stories Thing Last Line of Defense1$3.50Marvel15,783
135129Witchblade Animated One-Shot$2.99Image15,590
136131Red2$2.95DC15,575
137154Harley Quinn35$2.50DC15,336
138135Losers3$2.95DC15,143
139137Superman Metropolis7$2.95DC15,068
140140Wildcats Version 3.013$2.95DC14,934
141138Buffy the Vampire Slayer60$2.99Dark Horse14,770
142143Gen 1312$2.95DC14,710
143156Sam & Twitch24$2.50Image14,546
144145Way of the Rat16$2.95CrossGen14,338
145148Brath6$2.95CrossGen14,025
146147Simpsons Comics85$2.99Bongo13,950
147149Hedge Knight1$2.95Image13,876
148168Batman Adventures5$2.25DC13,786
149212Scooby Doo Dollar Comic$1.00DC13,756
150159Lucifer41$2.50DC13,622
151169Justice League Adventures22$2.25DC13,488
152151Possessed2$2.95DC13,324
153152Path17$2.95CrossGen13,205
154155Stormwatch Team Achilles14$2.95DC12,475
155125CSI Bad Rap1$3.99IDW12,296
156170Teen Titans1 3rd Printing$2.50DC12,102
157171Bad Girls1$2.50DC12,042
158173Casefiles Sam & Twitch2$2.50Image11,655
159174Extinction Event2$2.50DC11,595
160158Aria Uses of Enchantment3$2.95Image11,580
161160Mystic39$2.95CrossGen11,476
162161Micronauts10$2.95Image11,461
163157Kiss12$2.99Dark Horse11,446
164162Beware The Creeper5$2.95DC11,416
165163Strangers in Paradise Vol. III59$2.95Abstract11,342
166164Meridian38$2.95CrossGen11,178
167165Necrowar2$2.95Dreamwave11,104
168166Mark of Charon5$2.95CrossGen11,059
169167First34$2.95CrossGen10,791
170181Human Defense Corps4$2.50DC10,328
171172Dragons Lair Singes Revenge1$2.95CrossGen9,971
172185Cinnamon El Ciclo1$2.50DC9,941
173194Batman617$2.25DC9,703
174176Xin Journey of the Monkey King3$2.99Harris9,315
175178Sleeper8$2.95DC9,091
176142Shonen Jump Vol. 1$4.95Viz8,868
177180Dh Goon2$2.99Dark Horse8,659
178182Vampirella22 Reg Ed$2.99Harris8,615
179184Hellhounds1$2.95Image8,540
180187Spyboy 13.3 Manga Affair3$2.99Dark Horse7,974
181189R.A. Salvatore Demon Wars Vol. 24$2.95CrossGen7,929
182188Assassin1$2.99APC7,854
183190Noble Causes Distant Relatives1$2.95Image7,780
184191Feather1$2.95Image7,705
185204Powerpuff Girls41$2.25DC7,586
186193Faction Paradox1$2.95Image7,541
187197Vertigo Pop Bangkok4$2.95DC7,124
188196Galactic1$2.99Dark Horse7,035
189198Syn1$2.99Dark Horse6,945
190199Oh My Goddess100$2.99Dark Horse6,915
191150Terminator 3 Eyes of the Rise3$5.95Beckett6,841
192200Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles11$2.95Mirage6,781
193201Rotogin Junkbotz2$2.95Image6,737
194179Knights of the Dinner Table82$3.99Kenzer6,677
195132Uncle Scrooge321$6.95Gemstone6,573
196192Grendel God & Devil7$3.50Dark Horse6,453
197141Titans/Young Justice Graduation Day Compendium$6.95DC6,334
198214Sonic The Hedgehog126$2.19Archie6,245
199210Scooby Doo75$2.25DC6,215
200195Shi Sempo1$3.50Avatar6,170
201213Cerebus292$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,096
202202Blade of the Immortal Shadows One-Shot81$2.99Dark Horse6,066
203146Walt Disneys Comics & Stories636$6.95Gemstone6,006
204203Go Boy 7 Human Action Machine2$2.99Dark Horse5,872
205205Jack Staff3$2.95Image5,649
206206Misplaced2$2.95Image5,529
207207Sweatshop5$2.95DC5,351
208183Outsiders Double Feature$4.95DC5,097
209208Tony Millionaire Sock Monkey2$2.99Dark Horse4,933
210175Super Manga Blast34$5.99Dark Horse4,710
211216Heirs of Eternity4$2.95Image4,576
212218Puffed2$2.95Image4,471
213219Shadows3$2.95Image4,456
214217Cannon God Exaxxion16$2.99Dark Horse4,441
215220Strangers5$2.95Image4,367
216222Agents4$2.95Image4,337
217223Poison Elves74$2.95Sirius4,292
218233Outsiders2$2.50DC4,054
219211Flash200$3.50DC3,950
220177DF Witchblade Demon1$6.99Dynamic Forces3,935
221215Dungeons & Dragons Where Shadows Fall1$3.50Kenzer3,890
222225Terry Moores Paradise Too14$2.95Abstract3,830
223226Dork Tower24$2.99Dork Storm3,786
224228Scooter Girl3$2.99Oni3,681
225209Shi Sempo1/2$3.95Comic Cavalcade3,651
226239Looney Tunes105$2.25DC3,547
227186Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman Trinity2$6.95DC3,517
228234Marquis Sin of One1$2.99Oni3,383
229253Archie539$2.19Archie3,145
230236G.I. Joe/Transformers1$2.95Image3,115
231230Gun Fu Lost City1$3.50Axiom3,115
232235Love Fights3$2.99Oni3,100
233255Betty & Veronica191$2.19Archie3,070
234231Warren Ellis Strange Killings Strong Medicine2$3.50Avatar2,966
235238Knights of the Dinner Table Table Illustrated25$2.99Kenzer2,936
236224Artesia Afire3$3.95Archaia2,891
237254Empire1$2.50DC2,757
238263Betty129$2.19Archie2,683
239265Cartoon Cartoons21$2.25DC2,578
240268Veronica143$2.19Archie2,519
241248Gift1$2.95Overcast2,504
242269Archie & Friends74$2.19Archie2,489
243270Sabrina Vol. 249$2.19Archie2,489
244237Archie Double Digest145$3.59Archie2,474
245249Trouble1$2.99Marvel2,459
246251Neotopia Vol. 21$2.99Antarctic2,429
247271Batman616$2.25DC2,370
248227Big Bang Summer Sp1$4.95Image2,265
249242Ninja High School108$3.50Antarctic2,251
250229Ap How To Draw Manga25$4.95Antarctic2,221
251240Pals N Gals Double Digest78$3.59Archie2,221
252280Jughead153$2.19Archie2,161
253258Teenagers From Mars7$2.99Teenagers from Mars2,131
254275Archie Digest201$2.39Archie2,116
255261Transformers Generation One Vol. 24$2.95Dreamwave2,116
256284Archie Mysteries30$2.19Archie2,101
257259Marvel Must Haves Ultimate X-Men34-35$2.99Marvel2,101
258277Betty & Veronica Digest141$2.39Archie2,087
259250Jugheads Double Digest97$3.59Archie2,042
260287Batman615$2.25DC1,938
261256Awesome Man2$3.50Astonish1,893
262288Jughead W/Archie Digest186$2.39Archie1,744
263276Outlook Grim2$2.95Slave Labor1,699
264260Frank Millers Robocop1 Platinum$3.75Avatar1,669
265264Genus60$3.50Radio1,669
266267Junction 171$3.50Antarctic1,625
267243Raijin Comics33$4.95Gutsoon1,565
268244Raijin Comics34$4.95Gutsoon1,565
269245Raijin Comics35$4.95Gutsoon1,550
270246Raijin Comics36$4.95Gutsoon1,535
271262Tick Circus Maximus Update 20031$3.95New England1,535
272286Losers2$2.95DC1,505
273291Kickass Girl Skeletons I/Closet1*$2.99Neko1,341
274293Finder32$2.95Lightspeed1,326
275307Birds of Prey57$2.50DC1,297
276247Luftwaffe 194612$5.95Antarctic1,267
277281Warren Ellis Strange Killings Strong Medicine Wrap Cvr2$3.95Avatar1,192
278320Spectacular Spider-Man2$2.25Marvel1,177
279283Beelza Bob1$3.95Comics Conspiracy1,177
280302Angry Youth Comix5$2.95Fantagraphics1,177
281285Marvel Must Haves Wolverine1-3$3.99Marvel1,148
282326Batman610$2.25DC1,133
283304Darkness2 Megacon Con Ed$3.00Image1,133
284294Silencers2$3.50Moonstone1,103
285295Twilight X Storm4$3.50Antarctic1,103
286310Laughter of the Damned3$2.75AAA Milwaukee1,103
287266Transformers More Than Meets Eye Off Gd4$5.25Dreamwave1,103
288308Criminal Macabre Cal Mcdonald Mystery1$2.99Dark Horse1,073
289309Furrlough126$2.99Radio1,043
290232Vampirella22 Ltd Ed$9.95Harris1,028
291300Warhammer Monthly71$3.50Games Workshop1,013
292303Dildo3$3.50Fantagraphics969
293314Supernatural Law38$2.95Exhibit A969
294282Hit The Beach 2003$4.99Radio939
295296I Feel Sick2$3.95Slave Labor939
296306Warrior Nun Areala20$3.50Antarctic924
297297Bootleg8$3.95White Lightning924
298317Red1$2.95DC924
299354JLA83$2.25DC924
300299Demolution Engine1$3.95Disgruntled Fanboy909

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August 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.

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The Batman Hong Kong hardcover was the top seller by dollars.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
15Y The Last Man Cycles Vol. 2$12.95DC8,003
21Batman Hong Kong HC$24.95DC7,020
36 Dark Horse Book of Hauntings HC$14.95Dark Horse6,558
48Wonder Woman Hiketeia$17.95DC4,799
515Essential Human Torch Vol. 1$14.99Marvel4,069
63Squadron Supreme$29.99Marvel3,875
711Maxx Book One$17.95DC3,726
819JLA Obsidian Age Book Two$12.95DC3,681
910Batman Archives Vol. 1 HC New Price$19.95DC3,383
107Star Wars Long Time Ago Vol. 7 Far Far Away$29.95Dark Horse3,204
1114Superman & Batman Generations II$19.95DC3,145
1227Star Wars Empire Vol. 1$12.95Dark Horse3,055
1335Ranma 1/2 Vol. 23$9.95Viz2,966
149Earth X Vol. 4 Paradise X Book 1$29.99Marvel2,847
1526League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Book One$14.95DC2,683
1620Star Wars Dark Empire 3rd Ed$16.95Dark Horse2,653
172Will Eisners Spirit Archives Vol. 11 HC$49.95DC2,593
1847Love Hina Vol. 13$9.99Tokyopop2,563
1931Batman Aliens II$14.95DC2,534
2013Thor Legends Vol. 2 Walt Simonson Book 2$24.99Marvel2,519
2149Chobits Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop2,489
2232Quimby The Mouse$14.95Fantagraphics2,400
2321Human Target Final Cut$19.95DC2,251
2454Astro Boy Vol. 17$9.95Dark Horse2,236
2524Al Capp Lil Abner Frazetta Sundays Vol. 1 HC$18.95Dark Horse2,206
2637Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Vol. 3$12.99Marvel2,176
2756Astro Boy Vol. 18$9.95Dark Horse2,161
284Plastic Man Archives Vol. 5 HC$49.95DC2,116
2925CSI Serial$19.99IDW2,042
3028Batman Cult$19.95DC1,967
3118Tarot Witch of the Black Rose Vol. 1$24.99Broadsword1,938
3260Escaflowne Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,893
3342Cage$13.99Marvel1,893
3467Death At Deaths Door$9.95DC1,803
3541WildCats Version 3.0 Brand Building$14.95DC1,788
3622Liberty Meadows HC Vol. 1 Eden HC$24.95Image1,699
3785Dragonball Vol. 12 Shonen J Ed$7.95Viz1,669
3843X-Statix Vol. 2 Good Guys & Bad Guys$15.99Marvel1,654
3953Dork Vol. 2 Circling Drain$13.95Slave Labor1,625
4033Jist Creating DC Universe Book Two$19.95DC1,625
4150Cannon God Exaxxion Stage 2$14.95Dark Horse1,610
4212Acme Novelty Datebook$39.95Drawn & Quarterly1,610
4351Scarlet Traces HC$14.95Dark Horse1,565
4474GTO Vol. 13$9.99Tokyopop1,565
4534Transformers Time Wars$19.95Titan1,550
4630Red Star Complete Coll Vol. 1$24.95Archangel1,535
4763X-Men Evolution Vol. 2$11.99Marvel1,535
4878Castle in the Sky Vol. 3$9.95Viz1,461
4957Origin$14.99Marvel1,431
5098Spongebob Squarepants Cinemanga Vol. 1$7.99Tokyopop1,431