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December 2001 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Diamond's combined comics and trade paperback preorders for 2001 were slightly edged out those for 2000, but "long tail" sales almost certainly put 2001 ahead, breaking the long recession. December 2001 still improved on the same month of the previous year, thanks in large part to the phenomenal orders for Dark Knight Strikes Again #1.

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—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
11Dark Knight Strikes Again1$7.95DC187,376
22Wolverine: The Origin5$3.50Marvel178,231
36New X-Men121$2.25Marvel120,618
49Uncanny X-Men401$2.25Marvel113,546
510Ultimate X-Men13$2.25Marvel107,953
613Amazing Spider-Man38$2.25Marvel95,296
715Ultimate Spider-Man16$2.25Marvel86,922
87X-Treme X-Men8$2.99Marvel86,861
914Green Arrow11$2.50DC84,681
104Uncanny X-Men 2001$3.50Marvel81,808
1118Wolverine171$2.25Marvel78,361
1219JLA61$2.25DC72,537
1316Punisher7$2.99Marvel64,063
143X-Treme X-Men 2001$4.95Marvel63,210
1525Avengers49$2.25Marvel62,031
1617X-Treme X-Men Savage Land4$2.99Marvel59,045
1712Fantastic Four50$3.99Marvel56,394
1830Ultimate Marvel Team Up11$2.25Marvel55,846
1920Daredevil28$2.99Marvel53,452
2035Peter Parker Spider-Man38$2.25Marvel53,065
2121Elektra6$2.99Marvel52,716
2237X-Force123$2.25Marvel51,110
2332Spawn117$2.50Image48,538
2433Rising Stars (resolicited)17$2.50Image48,499
255Just Imagine Stan Lee with Jerry Ordway Creating JLA$5.95DC46,157
2638Iceman3$2.50Marvel44,390
2746Superman177$2.25DC44,325
2839Nightcrawler2$2.50Marvel43,837
2948Batman598$2.25DC43,524
3040JSA31$2.50DC43,350
3141Authority29$2.50DC43,328
3249Exiles7$2.25Marvel43,071
338Captain America50$5.95Marvel43,002
3427Fury4$2.99Marvel42,884
3524Paradise X Heralds3$3.50Marvel41,774
3631Alias4$2.99Marvel41,100
3744Detective Comics765$2.50DC40,765
3853Action Comics786$2.25DC40,403
3911Elektra & Wolverine Redeemer2$5.95Marvel40,195
4036Tomb Raider Journeys1$2.95Image40,129
4155Adventures of Superman599$2.25DC39,772
4247Catwoman2$2.50DC39,576
4322Cable100$3.99Marvel38,932
4458Superman Man of Steel121$2.25DC38,854
4559Thor44$2.25Marvel38,767
4662Iron Man49$2.25Marvel38,249
4751Midnight Nation (resolicited)9$2.50Image38,101
4864Incredible Hulk35$2.25Marvel37,022
4967Nightwing64$2.25DC36,682
5054Batgirl23$2.50DC36,295
5129JLA Incarnations7$3.50DC36,016
5268Green Lantern145$2.25DC35,894
5360Batman Gotham Knights24$2.50DC34,798
5461Avengers Celestial Quest4$2.50Marvel34,480
5570Batman Legends of the Dark Knight150$2.25DC33,949
5645Marvel Knights Double Shot3$2.99Marvel33,866
5763Doom Emperor Returns2$2.50Marvel33,374
5873Thunderbolts59$2.25Marvel33,083
5975Brotherhood8$2.25Marvel32,465
6050Spider-Man Tangled Web9$2.99Marvel32,173
6179Wonder Woman177$2.25DC32,042
6281Deadpool Funeral For A Freak1$2.25Marvel31,760
6356Powers17$2.95Image30,315
6457Banished Knights1$2.95Image29,792
6576Haven Broken City1$2.50DC29,022
6678Out There7$2.50DC28,987
6790Flash181$2.25DC28,935
6880Deadman1$2.50DC28,730
6993Robin97$2.25DC28,212
7082Young Justice40$2.50DC28,021
7196Harley Quinn15$2.25DC27,172
7299X-Men Evolution2$2.25Marvel26,907
7387Titans36$2.50DC26,898
7426JLA Gatekeeper3$4.95DC26,689
7569Warlands Age of Ice5$2.95Image26,302
7689Legion3$2.50DC26,158
77103Spider-Girl41$2.25Marvel25,335
7871Nightside3$2.99Marvel25,157
7994Doom Patrol3$2.50DC24,961
8095Birds of Prey38$2.50DC24,900
8174Bloodstone3$2.99Marvel24,561
8297Captain Marvel26$2.50Marvel24,439
8323Star Wars Tales10$5.99Dark Horse24,417
84101Spectre12$2.50DC23,895
8566Defenders12$3.50Marvel23,681
8683Star Wars Jedi Quest4$2.99Dark Horse23,372
8784Joss Whedons Fray6$2.99Dark Horse23,338
88125Justice League Adventures2$1.99DC23,255
8986Sojourn6$2.95Crossgen22,963
9085Star Wars37$2.99Dark Horse22,794
91114Supergirl65$2.25DC22,628
9288Promethea18$2.95DC22,310
9391Negation1$2.95Crossgen22,058
94105Suicide Squad4$2.50DC22,001
9542Secret Files Guide To Dcu 2001/2002$4.95DC21,510
9643War Story Nightingale$4.95DC21,405
9792Superman Tarzan Sons of the Jungle3$2.99Dark Horse21,357
98107Batman Orpheus Rising5$2.50DC21,340
99108Universe4$2.50Image21,205
100110Black Panther39$2.50Marvel21,040
10134Batman Ankh2$5.95DC20,343
10298Heroes$3.00Marvel20,182
103102Radix1$2.95Image19,551
104119Hellblazer169$2.50DC19,338
105104Ruse3$2.95Crossgen19,181
106132Superboy95$2.25DC18,872
10772Marvel Universe Millennial Visions$3.99Marvel18,781
108123Gen 1372$2.50DC18,576
109126Establishment4$2.50DC18,502
110127100 Bullets31$2.50DC18,502
111106Scion19$2.95Crossgen18,337
11277Marvel Knights Millennial Visions$3.99Marvel18,171
113109Buffy the Vampire Slayer Haunted1$2.99Dark Horse17,597
114112Ninja Boy5$2.95DC17,579
115113Crux9$2.95Crossgen17,375
116100Giant Size Mini Marvels Starring Spidey1$3.50Marvel17,292
117115Lady Death Chastity1$2.99Chaos16,892
118116Buffy the Vampire Slayer40$2.99Dark Horse16,874
119117Haunted1$2.99Chaos16,800
12065Aria Midwinters Dream$4.95Image16,757
121118Mystic19$2.95Crossgen16,565
122120First14$2.95Crossgen16,382
123121Angel Vol. 24$2.99Dark Horse15,995
124122Bone46$2.95Cartoon15,921
12552Everquest Ruins of Kunark$5.95DC15,782
126139Impulse81$2.50DC15,525
127124Lady Death Last Rites3$2.99Chaos15,516
128128Sigil19$2.95Crossgen15,482
129129Meridian19$2.95Crossgen15,408
130140Simpsons Comics65$2.50Bongo15,355
131141Azrael Agent of the Bat85$2.50DC15,286
132142Lucifer21$2.50DC15,277
133111Alan Moores Glory2$3.50Avatar14,981
134143Hunter Age of Magic6$2.50DC14,863
135144Codename Knockout8$2.50DC14,798
136130Vampi14 Reg Ed$2.99Harris14,702
137145Sandman Presents Corinthian3$2.50DC14,642
138133Strangers In Paradise Vol. III46$2.95Abstract14,367
139131Vampirella5 Reg Ed$2.99Harris14,298
140134Tekken Forever1$2.95Image14,219
141147Orion21$2.50DC14,215
142135Liberty Meadows24$2.95Insight14,045
143149American Century10$2.50DC13,597
144137Savage Dragon94$2.95Image13,588
145164Batman Gotham Adventures45$1.99DC13,227
146146Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1$2.95Mirage12,361
147136Greyshirt Indigo Sunset3$3.50DC11,625
148148Sergio Aragones Groo Death & Taxes1$2.99Dark Horse11,564
149150Lenore9$2.95Slave Labor11,347
150138Marvel Poster Book Winter 2001$3.50Marvel11,155
151151Bad Kitty Reloaded3$2.99Chaos11,064
152153Four Women3$2.95DC10,855
153154Taleweaver4$2.95DC10,759
154152Jade Redemption2$2.99Chaos10,724
155163Crusades10$2.50DC10,668
156156Last Shot3$2.95Image10,585
157166Outlaw Nation16$2.50DC9,915
158169Grip Strange World of Men2$2.50DC9,836
159157Planet of the Apes4$2.99Dark Horse9,776
160180Powerpuff Girls22$1.99DC9,771
161182Superman Adventures64$1.99DC9,554
16216010th Muse9$2.95Image9,436
163159Oh My Goddess Part XI5$2.99Dark Horse9,345
164162Creeps2$2.95Image9,057
165155Coven Tooth & Nail1$3.50Avatar9,036
166161Dungeons & Dragons Tempests Gate1$2.99Kenzer8,975
167165Usagi Yojimbo53$2.99Dark Horse8,731
168167Adventures of Barry Ween 3 Monkey Tales6$2.95Oni8,391
169168Blade of the Immortal63$2.99Dark Horse8,235
170170Dragonball Z Part 413$2.95Viz8,183
171158Herobear & The Kid5$3.50Astonish8,074
172171Knights of the Dinner Table62$2.99Kenzer7,891
173173Image Introduces Believer1$2.95Image7,547
174174Cannon God Exaxxion2$2.99Dark Horse7,447
175187Cerebus273$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7,212
176175Cybernary 2.06$2.95DC7,025
177176Terry Moores Paradise Too5$2.95Abstract6,973
178177Dragonball Part 45$2.95Viz6,960
179183Ranma 1/2 Part 109$2.95Viz6,433
180205Scooby-Doo55$1.99DC5,763
181186Poison Elves Parintachin2$2.95Sirius5,597
182208Sonic The Hedgehog105$1.99Archie5,519
183188Gundam Wing Battlefield of Pacifists3$2.95Tokyopop5,480
184190Cardcaptor Sakura23$2.95Tokyopop5,123
185179Tick Color6$3.95New England4,970
186181Coven Tooth & Nail1/2$3.95Comics Cavalcade4,831
187192Gold Digger27$2.99Antarctic4,735
188184Bastard Wizard1$3.95Viz4,709
189185Bazooka Jules3$3.99Com X4,557
190194Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated10$2.99Kenzer4,500
191195No Need For Tenchi Part 125$2.95Viz4,461
192198Inu Yasha Part 68$2.95Viz4,174
193191Ancient Joe3$3.50Dark Horse4,126
194200Slayers Special1$2.95CPM4,126
195201Gloom Cookie10$2.95Slave Labor4,065
196203Killer Princesses1$2.95Oni3,965
197204Dork Tower18$2.99Dork Storm3,904
198233Dexters Laboratory27$1.99DC3,817
199207Ceres Celestial Legend Part 21$2.95Viz3,800
200199Berlin9$3.50Drawn & Quarterly3,517
201241Looney Tunes85$1.99DC3,495
202242Archie518$1.99Archie3,478
203178Dale Keown Pitt Sketchbook$5.95Full Bleed3,391
204343Archie & Friends Starring Josie & Pussycats54$.80Archie3,208
205250Betty & Veronica170$1.99Archie3,186
206211Ninja High School90$2.99Antarctic3,160
207215Slayers Super Explosive Demon Story3$2.95CPM3,134
208255Betty108$1.99Archie3,016
209218Magic Pickle4$2.95Oni2,968
210356Betty & Veronica Spectacular52$.80Archie2,964
211257Sabrina Vol. 227$1.99Archie2,942
212258Veronica122$1.99Archie2,938
213210Betty & Veronica Double Digest103$3.29Archie2,916
214220Lodoss War Deedlits Tale5$2.95CPM2,916
215224Marmalade Boy1$2.95Tokyopop2,851
216223Nodwick12$2.99Dork Storm2,842
217206Neo Satanika Tales1$3.95Verotik2,842
218249Kissing Chaos5$2.25Oni2,829
219214Archie Double Digest131$3.29Archie2,816
220209Housewives At Play7 $3.50Fantagraphics2,790
221226El Hazard Part 36$2.95Viz2,781
222225PVP5$2.99Dork Storm2,772
223229Lodoss War Chronicles Heroic Knight16$2.95CPM2,729
224197Smile Vol. 41$4.99Tokyopop2,477
225271Archie Digest186$2.19Archie2,459
226202Battle Pope Christmas Popetacular1$4.95Funk-o-tron2,411
227212Sexy Symphony6 $3.96Fantagraphics2,355
228244Fantastic Stories1$2.95Basement2,289
229279Laugh Digest172$2.19Archie2,268
230230The Lab1$3.50Astonish2,259
231245Amelia Rules4$2.95Renaissance2,259
232246Genus51 $2.99Radio2,185
233239Jetcat Clubhouse5$3.25Oni2,163
234252Silent Mobius Advent6$2.95Viz2,133
235253Seventh Sea3$2.95Studio G2,089
236196Tigers of the Luftwaffe3$5.95Antarctic2,089
237254Saint Tail14$2.95Tokyopop2,041
238256Skull Man2$2.95Tokyopop2,002
239231Puncture3$3.99Com X1,972
240263Geobreeders34$2.95CPM1,946
241243Go Girl5$3.50Image1,937
242264Corrector Yui4$2.95Tokyopop1,928
243268Dragon Knights3$2.95Tokyopop1,867
244269Futabakun Change Vol. 75$2.95Ironcat1,867
245216Banished Knights Holofoil Cvr1$5.00Image1,845
246217Vagabond Part 11$4.95Viz1,819
247272Miracle Girls15$2.95Tokyopop1,815
248270Tomb Raider Origins$3.00Image1,806
249219Vagabond Part 12$4.95Viz1,741
250274Furrlough108$2.99Radio1,728
251277La Blue Girl Manga Ed5 $2.95CPM1,693
252278Cool Devices2 $2.95Ironcat1,684
253276Warrior Nun Areala Books of Peril2$2.99Antarctic1,676
254280Pantheon10$2.95Lone Star1,663
255260Tigress Tales Pinup Book$3.50Basement1,663
256237Jack Staff8$4.50Dancing Elephant1,623
257285Vampire Princess Yui Vol. 35$2.95Ironcat1,523
258286Sandwalk Adventures1$2.95Active Synapse1,493
259287Helden5$2.95Caption1,489
260259Gunfighters In Hell Original Sin2$3.95Broken Halos1,475
261265Ranklechick & His Three Legged Cat4$3.95Slave Labor1,428
262291Maxion25$2.95CPM1,419
263292Ogenki Clinic Vol. 85 $2.95Ironcat1,415
264240Pokemon Adventures Part 61$4.95Viz1,415
265189G.I. Joe Convention Special$10.95Jay Company1,401
266294Digital Webbing Presents1$2.95Digital Webbing1,393
267296Mac Afro1$2.95Atomic Basement1,380
268298Princess Prince15$2.95CPM1,349
269379Girl Genius0 Curr Ptg$1.50Fogel1,336
270299Double Take7$2.95Funk-o-tron1,319
271232Avengelyne Shi Face Off Cvr1$5.95Comics Cavalcade1,288
272318Midnight Nation (reorders)1$2.50Image1,271
273301Demon Beast Invasion Manga Ed4 $2.95CPM1,232
274236Warhammer Monthly50$5.95Games Workshop1,227
275302Vampire Verses1$2.95Asylum1,214
276303Monster High3$2.95Sirius1,210
277308Warhammer Monthly49$2.95Games Workshop1,171
278261Katmandu Annual3$4.99Shanda1,166
279328Midnight Nation (reorders)2$2.50Image1,162
280310Vesper7$2.95Acetylene1,153
281329Elvira104$2.50Claypool1,145
282313Astra6$2.95CPM1,127
283341Midnight Nation (reorders)3$2.50Image1,036
284325Simpsons Comics & Stories1 $2.95Bongo1,036
285304Literary Graffiti1$3.50Kami Shibal1,014
2863787 Guys of Justice12$2.00Fallen Idol1,014
287281Extinctioners Vol. 211$4.99Shanda979
288309Drippytown Comics 2001$3.50Drippytown979
289350Tomb Raider (reorders)1 Michael Turner Cvr$2.50Image971
290351Midnight Nation (reorders)4$2.50Image966
291273Cavewoman Prehistoric Pinups Book 2 Sp Ed$5.50Basement966
292221Mangazine28$8.99Antarctic949
293330Inferno Hellbound Tomb Raider Flip Book$3.00Image940
294305Assassinate Hitler1$3.75New England940
295213Vampirella5 Ltd Cvr Ed$9.95Harris936
296248Manga Ex6$6.95Antarctic927
297300Raw Media Quarterly11 $3.95Avatar927
298362Rising Stars (reorders)11$2.50Image918
299334Two Over Ten2$2.95Second to Some918
300337Mad Science3$2.95Slave Labor910

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December 2001 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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The Top 25 graphic novels every month this year were up 7% over 2000.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 17 Will of Fang$9.95Dark Horse14,437
211Americas Best Comics Sketchbook$5.95DC10,542
35Powers Vol. 2 Roleplay$13.95Image6,650
436Hammer of the Gods Color Saga$4.95Insight5,371
56Captain Britain$19.95Marvel4,461
610Essential Captain America Vol. 2$14.95Marvel4,383
712Essential Howard The Duck$14.95Marvel3,704
81Sgt Rock Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95DC3,290
92Will Eisners Spirit Archives Vol. 6 HC$49.95DC3,269
109X-Men Fall of the Mutants$24.95Marvel3,103
1114Buffy the Vampire Slayer Creatures of Habit Gsa$17.95Dark Horse3,008
124Worlds Finest Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,877
1318Daredevil Parts of A Hole$16.95Marvel2,755
1413Avengers Celestial Madonna$19.95Marvel2,738
1517Lucifer Vol. 2 Children and Monsters$17.95DC2,629
168Fantastic Firsts$29.95Marvel2,607
1715Star Wars Tales Vol. 1$19.95Dark Horse2,468
1819Superman Til Death Do Us Part$17.95DC2,446
1921Peter Parker Spider-Man One Small Break$16.95Marvel2,389
207Cybertronian Transformer Field Guide 2002$34.95Antarctic2,385
2142Whats Michael Vol. 5 Michael Favorite Spot$8.95Dark Horse2,376
2227Dirty Pair Run From Future$14.95Dark Horse2,315
2353World Darkness Vampire Masquerade Theo Bell$5.95Moonstone2,311
2423Inu Yasha Vol. 10$15.95Viz2,285
2534Dragonball Z Vol. 7$12.95Viz2,224