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January 2002 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Thanks to Wolverine: The Origin and Dark Knight Strikes Again, 2002 got off to a roaring start.

A minor wave of stunt pricing began with Batman: The 10 Cent Adventure, which added 700,000 copies to the overall total. Diamond ran it in its Top 300 as the top seller, but the distirbutor would later revise its practices, not listing anything priced below $1. We present the data for the Batman issue below, but have removed its ordinal unit sales ranking; Wolverine: The Origin was the month's real top-selling normally-priced comic.

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
-67Batman 10 Cent Adventure $0.10 DC702,126
12Wolverine: The Origin6$3.50Marvel179,251
21Dark Knight Strikes Again2$7.95DC166,720
33Ultimates1$2.25Marvel160,244
45New X-Men122$2.25Marvel117,263
54Moment of Silence$3.00Marvel111,927
67Uncanny X-Men402$2.25Marvel108,567
79Ultimate X-Men14$2.25Marvel104,858
810Amazing Spider-Man39$2.25Marvel97,449
914Ultimate Spider-Man17$2.25Marvel85,014
106X-Treme X-Men9$2.99Marvel83,474
1113Green Arrow12$2.50DC81,553
128G.I. Joe3$2.95Image80,930
1317Wolverine172$2.25Marvel76,825
1420JLA62$2.25DC67,993
1511Avengers50$3.50Marvel60,119
1616Punisher8$2.99Marvel58,289
1723Detective Comics766$2.50DC53,247
1827Peter Parker Spider-Man39$2.25Marvel51,930
1919Daredevil29$2.99Marvel51,535
2029Fantastic Four51$2.25Marvel51,215
2131Batman599$2.25DC50,673
2232X-Force124$2.25Marvel49,021
2326Fathom (resolicited)13$2.50Image48,180
2422Elektra7$2.99Marvel47,658
2515Adventures of Superman600$3.95DC46,898
2628Spawn118$2.50Image46,457
2718Iron Man50$3.50Marvel46,259
2840Ultimate Marvel Team Up12$2.25Marvel44,912
2942Nightwing65$2.25DC44,435
3033Batgirl24$2.50DC43,782
3143Superman178$2.25DC43,528
3235Batman Gotham Knights25$2.50DC42,920
3336Iceman4$2.50Marvel42,920
3445Exiles8$2.25Marvel42,271
3538JSA32$2.50DC42,119
3639Nightcrawler3$2.50Marvel41,329
3725Fury5$2.99Marvel40,386
3849Incredible Hulk36$2.25Marvel39,094
3951Marvel Mangaverse X-Men1$2.25Marvel38,608
4052Action Comics787$2.25DC38,532
4130Alias5$2.99Marvel38,466
4253Thor45$2.25Marvel37,888
4356Robin98$2.25DC37,265
4457Superman Man of Steel122$2.25DC37,032
4548Catwoman3$2.50DC35,795
4612Elektra & Wolverine3$5.95Marvel35,223
4760Marvel Mangaverse Spider-Man1$2.25Marvel35,020
4850Birds of Prey39$2.50DC35,010
4961Green Lantern146$2.25DC34,939
5041Howard The Duck1$2.99Marvel33,698
5162Cable101$2.25Marvel33,687
5264Batman Legends of the Dark Knight151$2.25DC32,816
5358Tomb Raider19$2.50Image32,481
5465Thunderbolts60$2.25Marvel32,106
5544Captain America Heart of Darkness1$2.99Marvel32,086
5659Avengers Celestial Quest5$2.50Marvel31,960
5734Marvel Mangaverse New Dawn1$3.50Marvel31,255
5846Spider-Man Tangled Web10$2.99Marvel31,184
5969Wonder Woman178$2.25DC31,093
6021Jist Secret Files1$4.95DC30,571
6137Marvel Mangaverse Eternal Twilight1$3.50Marvel30,561
6274Marvel Mangaverse Avengers1$2.25Marvel30,556
6347Marvel Knights Double Shot4$2.99Marvel30,525
6475Marvel Mangaverse Fantastic Four1$2.25Marvel30,520
6563Witchblade (resolicited)53$2.50Image30,074
6681Deadpool Funeral For A Freak2$2.25Marvel29,689
6785Brotherhood9$2.25Marvel29,208
6854Powers18$2.95Image28,858
6989Flash182$2.25DC28,534
7066Doom Emperor Returns3$2.50Marvel28,412
7168Out There8$2.50DC27,997
7291Marvel Mangaverse Punisher1$2.25Marvel27,855
7370Power Company Josiah Power$2.50DC27,820
7473Power Company Sapphire$2.50DC27,693
7576Power Company Manhunter$2.50DC27,384
7677Power Company Skyrocket$2.50DC27,293
7778Power Company Bork$2.50DC27,247
7879Power Company Witchfire$2.50DC27,100
7982Young Justice41$2.50DC26,715
8083Power Company Striker Z$2.50DC26,553
8184Titans37$2.50DC26,396
8286Legion4$2.50DC26,208
8398Marvel Mangaverse Ghost Rider1$2.25Marvel25,929
84100X-Men Evolution3$2.25Marvel25,590
85101Harley Quinn16$2.25DC25,443
8692Haven Broken City2$2.50DC25,012
87105Spider-Girl43$2.25Marvel24,769
88106Spider-Girl42$2.25Marvel24,713
8994Inferno Hellbound2$2.50Image24,369
9095Warlands Age of Ice0$2.50Image24,343
9196Captain Marvel27$2.50Marvel23,604
9271Tom Strongs Terrific Tales2$2.95DC23,517
9372I Love New York$2.95Linsner23,477
9499Deadman2$2.50DC23,031
95102Doom Patrol4$2.50DC22,813
9680Sojourn7$2.95Crossgen22,767
97103Spectre13$2.50DC22,691
98107Captain Marvel28$2.50Marvel22,129
9987Star Wars Starfighter Crossbones1$2.99Dark Horse21,906
100117Supergirl66$2.25DC21,749
10188Star Wars38$2.99Dark Horse21,653
102131Justice League Adventures3$1.99DC21,627
10390Nightside4$2.99Marvel21,262
10493Ruse4$2.95Crossgen20,969
10524Batman Nightwing Bloodborne$5.95DC20,913
106114Black Panther40$2.50Marvel20,188
10797Darkminds Macropolis1$2.95Image19,778
108118Suicide Squad5$2.50DC19,529
109119Hellblazer170$2.50DC19,494
110104Bloodstone4$2.99Marvel18,810
111109Liberty Meadows Wedding Album$2.95Insight18,511
112108Mike Mignolas BPRD Hollow Earth1$2.99Dark Horse18,480
113124Transmetropolitan52$2.50DC18,450
114127Gen 1373$2.50DC18,035
115128100 Bullets32$2.50DC18,014
116134Superboy96$2.25DC18,009
117110Scion20$2.95Crossgen17,999
118112Negation2$2.95Crossgen17,685
119113Saurians Unnatural Selection1$2.95Crossgen17,573
120115Crux10$2.95Crossgen16,899
121116Buffy the Vampire Slayer41$2.99Dark Horse16,438
122120Ninja Boy6$2.95DC16,352
123121Mystic20$2.95Crossgen16,185
124135Establishment5$2.50DC16,079
125122Buffy the Vampire Slayer Haunted2$2.99Dark Horse15,911
126123First15$2.95Crossgen15,851
127136Kindred1$2.50DC15,785
128138Monarchy10$2.50DC15,693
129139Sandman Presents Thessaliad1$2.50DC15,623
130125Felon3$2.95Image15,562
131129Sigil20$2.95Crossgen15,232
132126Lady Death Last Rites4$2.99Chaos15,222
133130Meridian20$2.95Crossgen15,111
134142Simpsons Comics66$2.50Bongo14,938
135144Sam & Twitch (resolicited)27$2.50Image14,918
136145Lucifer22$2.50DC14,695
137146Azrael Agent of the Bat86$2.50DC14,660
138147Impulse82$2.50DC14,650
139148Hunter Age of Magic7$2.50DC14,447
14055Athena Inc Beginning$5.95Image14,194
141149Codename Knockout9$2.50DC13,930
142132Vampi15 Reg Ed$2.99Harris13,743
143133Vampirella6 Reg Ed$2.99Harris13,677
144150Orion22$2.50DC13,570
145137Savage Dragon95$2.95Image13,322
146152American Century11$2.50DC12,988
147140Agency5$2.95Image12,988
148168Batman Gotham Adventures46$1.99DC12,739
149141Shi Through Ashes$2.99Crusade12,537
150156Futurama Comics7$2.50Bongo12,516
151143Haunted2$2.99Chaos12,481
152151Shadow Reavers5$2.99Wizard10,935
153153Noble Causes1$2.95Image10,712
154111Undead1$4.99Chaos10,581
155154Bad Kitty Reloaded4$2.99Chaos10,535
156155Groo Death & Taxes2$2.99Dark Horse10,510
157157Black Tide2$2.95Image10,251
158169Crusades11$2.50DC10,135
159158Creed Utopiate1$2.95Image10,094
160160Tarot Witch of the Black Rose12$2.95Broadsword9,978
161159Jade Redemption3$2.99Chaos9,947
162184Powerpuff Girls23$1.99DC9,795
163161Taleweaver5$2.95DC9,471
164162Four Women4$2.95DC9,461
165175Outlaw Nation17$2.50DC9,380
166190Superman Adventures65$1.99DC8,964
167179Grip Strange World of Men3$2.50DC8,670
168167Usagi Yojimbo54$2.99Dark Horse8,493
169170Planet of the Apes5$2.99Dark Horse8,437
170171Queen & Country6$2.95Oni8,229
171173Dragonball Z Part 51$2.95Viz8,123
172174Blade of the Immortal64$2.99Dark Horse7,966
173164Stray Bullets23$3.50El Capitan7,834
174176Knights of the Dinner Table63$2.99Kenzer7,596
175177Dungeons & Dragons In Shadow of Dragons6$2.99Kenzer7,434
176178Dungeons & Dragons Tempests Gate2$2.99Kenzer7,353
177194Cerebus274$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7,054
178163Love & Rockets Vol. 24$3.95Fantagraphics6,973
179181Electropolis4$2.95Image6,922
180165Girl Genius6$3.95Studio Foglio6,861
181183Dragonball Part 46$2.95Viz6,785
182182Cannon God Exaxxion3$2.99Dark Horse6,719
183185Terry Moores Paradise Too6$2.95Abstract6,441
184186Sugar & Spike Facsimile Ed$2.95DC6,354
185187Ranma 1/2 Part 1010$2.95Viz6,243
186210Scooby-Doo56$1.99DC5,777
187192Poison Elves69$2.95Sirius5,645
188214Sonic The Hedgehog106$1.99Archie5,376
189189Warren Ellis Strange Killings1$3.50Avatar5,245
190196Gundam Wing Battlefield of Pacifists4$2.95Tokyopop5,204
191198Cardcaptor Sakura24$2.95Tokyopop4,930
192200Gold Digger28$2.99Antarctic4,616
193204No Need For Tenchi Part 126$2.95Viz4,211
194205Knights of the Dinner Table Hackmasters11$2.99Kenzer4,110
195206Inu Yasha Part 69$2.95Viz4,039
196202Age of Bronze13$3.50Image3,800
197211Incal7$2.95Humanoids3,735
198188How To Draw Manga11$4.95Antarctic3,714
199166Just A Pilgrim Garden of Eden Ltd Preview Ed$7.00Wizard3,694
200199Bastard Wizard2$3.95Viz3,669
201215Ceres Celestial Legend Part 22$2.95Viz3,537
202216Truth Serum1$2.95Slave Labor3,481
203191Demonslayer Future Shock1/2$4.95Comic Cavalcade3,380
204220Slayers Special2$2.95CPM3,294
205247Archie519$1.99Archie3,279
206248Looney Tunes86$1.99DC3,253
207222I Dream of Jeannie1$2.95Airwave3,177
208223Boneyard5$2.95NBM3,172
209225Ninja High School91$2.99Antarctic3,071
210258Betty & Veronica171$1.99Archie3,056
211197Distant Soil34$4.95Image3,040
212172Popbot1$7.99Idea & Design Works3,005
213227Kodocha1$2.95Tokyopop3,000
214229Slayers Super Explosive Demon Story4$2.95CPM2,924
215266Betty109$1.99Archie2,883
216250Kissing Chaos6$2.25Oni2,848
217273Archie & Friends Starring Josie & Pussycats55$1.99Archie2,817
218276Sabrina Vol. 228$1.99Archie2,792
219201White Rain (resolicited)1$4.95Fanboy2,757
220278Cartoon Cartoons9$1.99DC2,741
221281Veronica123$1.99Archie2,721
222236Lodoss War Deedlits Tale6$2.95CPM2,711
223226Betty & Veronica Double Digest104$3.29Archie2,691
224283Sabrina Vol. 229$1.99Archie2,650
225239Bunny Town1$2.99Radio2,564
226240Lodoss War Chronicles Heroic Knight17$2.95CPM2,554
227242Classwar2$2.99Com X2,468
228221Young Witches Vol. 5 Legacy1$3.95Fantagraphics2,442
229337Pals N Gals Double Digest64$3.29Archie2,387
230233Wereslut (resolicited)4$3.50Fantagraphics2,382
231245Joss Whedons Fray New Prtg (reorders)1$2.99Dark Horse2,377
232234Slow News Day4$3.50Slave Labor2,361
233303Archies Weird Mysteries19$1.99Archie2,346
234208Smile Vol. 42$4.99Tokyopop2,341
235289Betty & Veronica Digest127$2.19Archie2,316
236241Jugheads Double Digest83$3.29Archie2,245
237298Archie Digest187$2.19Archie2,225
238307Jughead142$1.99Archie2,189
239251Silent Mobius Turnabout1$2.95Viz2,133
240254Marmalade Boy2$2.95Tokyopop2,108
241203Tigers of the Luftwaffe4$5.95Antarctic2,103
242253Milk27$2.99Radio2,088
243256Joss Whedons Fray2$2.99Dark Horse2,042
244217How To Color Comics Gd To Comp Coloring2$4.95Antarctic2,032
245291Thieves & Kings37$2.50I Box2,002
246309Laugh Digest173$2.19Archie1,981
247238Warren Ellis Strange Killings Wraparound Cvr1$3.95Avatar1,966
248219Darkminds Macropolis Stormkote1$5.00Image1,951
249265Joss Whedons Fray3$2.99Dark Horse1,936
250268Saint Tail15$2.95Tokyopop1,936
251398Jughead With Archie Digest172$.88Archie1,921
252272Alison Dare & Heart of the Maiden1$2.95Oni1,905
253274Geobreeders35$2.95CPM1,895
254280Dragon Knights4$2.95Tokyopop1,839
255282Futabakun Change Vol. 76$2.95Ironcat1,819
256284Some Trouble of Serrious Nature Variant Hildebrandt Cvr$3.50Crusade1,753
257255Miracle Girls16$2.95Tokyopop1,753
258288Negative Exposure3$2.95Humanoids1,728
259260Bitch In Heat13$3.50Fantagraphics1,708
260261Blowjob2$3.50Fantagraphics1,698
261290Furrlough109$2.99Radio1,698
262293La Blue Girl Manga Ed6$2.95CPM1,677
263294Skull Man3$2.95Tokyopop1,677
264296Cool Devices3$2.95Ironcat1,662
265235Vagabond Part 13$4.95Viz1,657
266299Warrior Nun Areala Books of Peril3$2.99Antarctic1,632
267269Small Favors5$3.50Fantagraphics1,627
268320Pop Gun War2$2.50Absence of Ink1,586
269340Spawn11$1.95Image1,576
270308Vampire Princess Yui Vol. 36$2.95Ironcat1,470
271310Ogenki Clinic Vol. 86$2.95Ironcat1,470
272311Double Take8$2.95Funk-o-tron1,429
273313Joss Whedons Fray4$2.99Dark Horse1,414
274312Finder25$2.95Lightspeed1,414
275277Genus Male1$3.99Radio1,373
276319Maxion26$2.95CPM1,348
277303Helden6$3.95Caption1,307
278284Blue Eyes Vol. 14$3.50White Lightning1,307
279285Millennium Edition Superman1$3.95DC1,297
280322Princess Prince16$2.95CPM1,277
281251Pokemon Adventures Part 6 Agathas Arbok2$4.95Viz1,272
282323Ochlocrat1$2.95Comics Conspiracy1,247
283258Katmandu27$4.99Shanda1,211
284327Fred The Clown2$2.95Hotel Fred1,206
285230Threshold Nude Cvr46$4.95Avatar1,201
286261DF Fathom Connecting Alt Cvr (resolicited)13$6.99Dynamic Forces1,201
287329Warhammer Monthly51$2.95Games Workshop1,191
288262Dojin 2000 Coll Nuki Lum 2$4.95Media Market1,191
289263Dojin 2000 Coll Love Tina$4.95Media Market1,176
290266Dojin 2000 Coll Db$4.95Media Market1,155
291332Waiting Place Vol. 212$4.95Slave Labor1,150
292269Demon Beast Invasion Manga Ed5$2.95CPM1,150
293270Dojin 2000 Fighting Spirit$4.95Media Market1,145
294245Batman Full Circle$5.95DC1,105
295351Elvira105$2.50Claypool1,105
296325Happy1$3.50Top Shelf1,029
297256Alan Moores Glory Lush Lands Cvr0$5.95Avatar1,024
298340Gremlin Trouble29$2.95Anti-Ballistic Pixelations1,003
299345Astra7$2.95CPM968

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January 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

A big month for graphic novel sales to start the year.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
16Star Wars Zam Wesell$5.95Dark Horse14,194
22 Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 18 Twilight of the Kurokuwa$9.95Dark Horse14,021
319-11 Emergency Relief$14.95Alternative13,540
47Transmetropolitan Vol. 6 Gouge Away$14.95DC4,895
59Essential Ant Man$14.95Marvel4,094
68JLA Vol. 8 Divided We Fall$17.95DC4,049
712Star Wars Infinities A New Hope$12.95Dark Horse4,003
85Universe X Vol. 1$24.95Marvel3,694
911Wonder Woman Paradise Lost$14.95DC3,496
1015Punisher Army of One$15.95Marvel3,040
1118Usagi Yojimbo Grasscutter II Journey To Atsuta Shrine$15.95Dark Horse2,954
1222Spectacular Spider-Man$12.95Marvel2,919
1320Art of Comic Book Writing$14.95Dark Horse2,838
1421Gunsmith Cats Mistys Run$14.95Dark Horse2,792
153Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,741
1625Exiles$12.95Marvel2,610
1716Dr Strange A Separate Reality$19.95Marvel2,412
1810Life & Death of Captain Marvel$24.95Marvel2,159
194Marvel Masterworks Uncanny X-Men$49.95Marvel2,123
2028Dragonball Vol. 7$12.95Viz2,108
2123Captain America To Serve & Protect$17.95Marvel2,067
2224Blackmark$16.95Fantagraphics2,047
2317Tomorrow Stories Book One HC$24.95DC1,915
2419Cybertronian Trg Unofficial Transformers Gd Vol. 4$24.95Antarctic1,850
2527No Need For Tenchi Vol. 11$15.95Viz1,819