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May 2002 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


The Transformers continued to top the charts in May, a month in which the Spider-Man movie came out and which saw the first Free Comic Book Day event.

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
11Transformers Generation One2$2.95Dreamwave124,093
25New X-Men126$2.25Marvel110,718
36Ultimates5$2.25Marvel110,005
47Amazing Spider-Man (resolicited)41$2.25Marvel105,094
58Ultimate X-Men18$2.25Marvel101,012
611Uncanny X-Men406$2.25Marvel98,022
72Ultimate Spider-Man22$3.50Marvel97,537
83Spider-Man Blue1$3.50Marvel84,880
94Ultimate Spider-Man Special1$3.50Marvel83,015
109G.I. Joe6$2.95Image76,923
1110X-Treme X-Men13$2.99Marvel74,829
1213Green Arrow15$2.50DC74,417
1317Wolverine176$2.25Marvel74,100
1412Captain America2$2.99Marvel72,262
1523JLA66$2.25DC65,001
1628Spider-Man Peter Parker44$2.25Marvel58,179
1729Avengers54$2.25Marvel56,732
1830Batman603$2.25DC55,685
1927Detective Comics770$2.50DC52,939
2020Daredevil33$2.99Marvel50,673
2115Wolverine Hulk4$3.50Marvel49,582
2222Spider-Man Quality of Life1$2.99Marvel49,164
2340Incredible Hulk40$2.25Marvel48,407
2442Nightwing69$2.25DC47,120
2544Fantastic Four55$2.25Marvel46,742
2632Hawkman3$2.50DC45,918
2726Punisher12$2.99Marvel45,450
2833Spawn122$2.50Image45,288
2918Green Lantern150$3.50DC45,216
3036JSA36$2.50DC44,988
3137Rising Stars19$2.50Image44,743
3249X-Force128$2.25Marvel44,125
3319Iron Man55$3.50Marvel43,841
3441X-Factor2$2.50Marvel43,000
3521X-Men Unlimited36$3.50Marvel42,916
3650Marvel Mangaverse2$2.25Marvel42,159
3746Birds of Prey43$2.50DC41,719
3854Superman182$2.25DC41,123
3955Exiles13$2.25Marvel41,101
4058Ultimate Marvel Team Up16$2.25Marvel40,110
4159Thor49$2.25Marvel38,328
4216Paradise X Xen$4.50Marvel38,077
4351Batgirl28$2.50DC37,454
4439Midnight Nation12$2.95Image37,019
4557Batman Gotham Knights29$2.50DC36,117
4624Star Wars Ep II Attack of the Clones3$3.99Dark Horse35,738
4725Star Wars Ep II Attack of the Clones4$3.99Dark Horse35,588
4843Cage3$2.99Marvel35,321
4966Action Comics791$2.25DC35,232
5047Alias9$2.99Marvel34,692
5168Adventures of Superman604$2.25DC34,647
5231DC First Batgirl Joker$3.50DC34,263
5348Black Widow Pale Little Spider2$2.99Marvel33,934
5463Catwoman7$2.50DC33,645
5571Superman Man of Steel126$2.25DC33,617
5634DC First Flash Superman$3.50DC32,230
5738DC First Green Lantern Green Lantern$3.50DC31,440
5852Marvel Knights Double Shot (resolicited)2$2.99Marvel31,228
5953Spider-Man Tangled Web14$2.99Marvel31,039
6014Jist W/Chris Bachalo Creating Catwoman$5.95DC30,950
6156Hood1$2.99Marvel30,821
6282Thunderbolts64$2.25Marvel30,682
6383Batman Legends of the Dark Knight155$2.25DC30,582
6484Order4$2.25Marvel30,582
6574Tomb Raider22$2.50Image30,203
6675Morlocks2$2.50Marvel30,131
6788Flash186$2.25DC29,992
6845DC First Superman Lobo$3.50DC29,892
6990Robin102$2.25DC29,635
7092Cable105$2.25Marvel29,257
7161Powers21$2.95Image29,073
7260Blade3$2.99Marvel28,839
7362Marvel Knights Vol. 23$2.99Marvel28,460
7497Deadpool67$2.25Marvel28,366
7577Witchblade56$2.50Image28,360
76100Wonder Woman181$2.25DC27,948
7764Superman Aliens II1$2.99Dark Horse27,943
7881Muties4$2.50Marvel27,798
7987Young Justice45$2.50DC27,013
8091Legion8$2.50DC26,578
8165Howard The Duck5$2.99Marvel26,534
8267Star Wars Jango Fett Open Seasons2$2.99Dark Horse26,461
83105Spider-Girl47$2.25Marvel25,815
8469Avengers Icons Tigra3$2.99Marvel25,804
8570Just A Pilgrim Garden of Eden3$2.99Wizard25,715
8673Sojourn11$2.95Crossgen25,609
8772Lone Wolf 21001$2.99Dark Horse25,298
88101Titans41$2.50DC24,841
8976Way of the Rat1$2.95Crossgen24,501
90103Captain Marvel32$2.50Marvel24,273
9180Out There11$2.95DC23,694
92104Fables1$2.50DC23,633
9378Deadline2$2.99Marvel23,549
94111Harley Quinn20$2.25DC23,471
9585Tom Strong17$2.95DC23,276
9635Green Lantern Secret Files3$4.95DC22,781
9789Ruse8$2.95Crossgen22,731
9894Path3$2.95Crossgen21,801
9996Mutant Earth1$2.95Image21,656
10093Star Wars42$2.99Dark Horse21,589
10195Taskmaster4$2.99Marvel21,427
10298Red Star9*$2.95Image21,422
10399Tom Strongs Terrific Tales4$2.95DC21,411
104110Power Company4$2.50DC21,199
105113Black Panther44$2.50Marvel20,999
106126Supergirl70$2.25DC20,553
107115Inferno Hellbound (resolicited)3$2.50Image20,219
10879Mutant X Future Shock1$3.50Marvel20,024
109116Hellblazer174$2.50DC19,969
110118Lab Rats2$2.50DC19,690
111119Spectre17$2.50DC19,634
112121Doom Patrol8$2.50DC19,573
11386Superboy100$3.50DC19,506
114106High Roads2$2.95DC19,339
115149Justice League Adventures7$1.99DC18,727
116129Transmetropolitan56$2.50DC18,326
117109100 Bullets36$2.50DC18,187
118130Scion24$2.95Crossgen18,187
119108Amazing Screw-On Head$2.99Dark Horse18,142
120140X-Men Evolution7$2.25Marvel17,969
121102Gen 1377$3.50DC17,429
122114Buffy the Vampire Slayer45$2.99Dark Horse17,145
123138Suicide Squad9$2.50DC16,917
124117Liberty Meadows26$2.95Insight16,722
125122Dawn Convention Sketchbook 2002$2.95Image16,405
126120Lady Death Goddess Returns1$2.99Chaos16,371
127107Steampunk12$3.50DC15,993
128123Crux14$2.95Crossgen15,943
129124Mystic24$2.95Crossgen15,876
130142Lucifer26$2.50DC15,753
131125Negation6$2.95Crossgen15,681
132143Azrael Agent of the Bat90$2.50DC15,625
133127Bone48$2.95Cartoon15,603
134145Simpsons Comics70$2.50Bongo15,503
135131First19$2.95Crossgen15,274
136132Sigil24$2.95Crossgen15,252
137133Guardian Angel1$2.95Image15,196
138148Impulse86$2.50DC15,029
139165Batman Gotham Adventures50$1.99DC14,907
140136Meridian24$2.95Crossgen14,846
141134Citizen V & Battallion Everlasting4$2.99Marvel14,812
142135Lady Death Bedlam1$2.99Chaos14,762
143137Strangers In Paradise Vol. III50$2.95Abstract14,550
144151Haven Broken City6$2.50DC14,044
145152Hunter Age of Magic11$2.50DC13,799
146139Tenth Nightwalker2$2.99Dark Horse13,793
147141Deadman6$2.50DC13,387
148155Savage Dragon99$2.95Image13,387
149157Codename Knockout13$2.50DC13,142
150146Darkminds Macropolis3$2.95Dreamwave13,130
151158Bart Simpson Comics8$2.50Bongo13,008
152144Purgatori God Killer1$2.99Chaos13,002
153147Vampirella9 Reg Ed$2.99Harris12,885
154150Vampi19 Reg Ed$2.99Harris12,368
155162Futurama Comics9$2.50Bongo12,329
156163Establishment9$2.50DC11,994
157167American Century15$2.50DC11,694
158128Darkchylde Last Issue Special$3.95Darkchylde11,627
159156Chastity Crazytown3$2.99Chaos11,104
160160Fused2$2.95Image10,797
161171Midnight Mass2$2.50DC10,730
162112Spyboy Special One Shot$4.99Dark Horse10,558
163161Tarot Witch of the Black Rose14$2.95Broadsword10,508
164164Haunted Gray Matters1$2.99Chaos9,968
165174Sci Spy4$2.50DC9,795
166183Powerpuff Girls27$1.99DC9,466
167169Insane Clown Posse Dark Carnival1$2.99Chaos9,394
168170Noble Causes3*$2.95Image9,288
169178Crusades15$2.50DC9,082
170154Oh My Goddess Part Xi10$3.99Dark Horse8,620
171173Usagi Yojimbo57$2.99Dark Horse8,425
172175Queen & Country8$2.95Oni7,946
173176Knights of the Dinner Table67$2.99Kenzer7,796
174177Black Tide4*$2.95Image7,746
175179Blade of the Immortal68$2.99Dark Horse7,579
176172Stray Bullets26$3.50El Capitan7,562
177181Dragonball Z Part 55$2.95Viz7,451
178193Cerebus278$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7,117
179182Dungeons & Dragons In Shadow of Dragons8$2.99Kenzer6,699
180202Scooby-Doo60$1.99DC6,693
181159Kabuki Refelctions4$4.95Image6,543
182184Dragonball Part 410$2.95Viz6,298
183185Cannon God Exaxxion7$2.99Dark Horse6,192
184166Beautiful Killer Ltd Preview Ed1$5.00Wizard5,852
185153Super Manga Blast22$5.99Dark Horse5,752
186188Ranma 1/2 Part 113$2.95Viz5,736
187168Ennis & Mccreas Bigger Dicks4$4.95Avatar5,719
188189Creeps4$2.95Image5,685
189211Creed Utopiate3$2.95Image5,680
190190Sonic The Hedgehog111$1.99Archie5,680
191191Nightmares & Fairy Tales1$2.95Slave Labor5,663
192180Madman Picture Exhibition2$3.95AAA Pop5,596
193194Poison Elves71$2.95Sirius5,346
194195All New Tenchi Muyo Part 11$2.95Viz5,162
195197Robo Dojo4$2.95DC4,984
196198Cardcaptor Sakura28$2.99Tokyopop4,772
197199Gundam Wing Endless Waltz3$2.99Tokyopop4,755
198200Gold Digger32$2.99Antarctic4,722
199192Neon Genesis Part 71$3.50Viz4,678
200208Xin1 Alpha Preview Ed$2.50Harris4,616
201203Metabarons17$2.95Humanoids4,483
202196Tick & Artie1$3.50New England4,310
203240Looney Tunes90$1.99DC4,015
204354Warren Ellis Scars Sampler$.75Avatar3,920
205209Inu Yasha Part 613$2.95Viz3,903
206244Archie523$1.99Archie3,787
207205Berlin9$3.50Drawn & Quarterly3,653
208206Big O Part 14$3.50Viz3,620
209217Shot Callerz1$2.95Oni3,608
210216Knights of the Dinner Table Hackmasters Everknight15 Priestess$2.99Kenzer3,581
211218Sky Between Branches0$2.99Com X3,553
212210Cavewoman Raptor2$3.25Basement3,530
213187How To Draw Manga15$4.95Antarctic3,480
214251Betty & Veronica176$1.99Archie3,452
215214Betty & Veronica Double Digest107$3.29Archie3,297
216204Betty113$1.99Archie3,274
217257Bastard6$3.95Viz3,274
218223Ceres Celestial Legend Part 26$2.95Viz3,274
219262Veronica127$1.99Archie3,230
220264Shi Poisoned Paradise Preview$1.99Avatar3,196
221212Age of Bronze Behind Scenes$3.50Image3,185
222227Mutant Texas Tales of Sheriff Ida Red1$2.95Oni3,146
223228Ninja High School95$2.99Antarctic3,052
224273Sabrina Vol. 233$1.99Archie3,046
225230Slayers Special5$2.95CPM3,007
226275Archie & Friends58$1.99Archie3,001
227232Skinwalker1$2.95Oni2,868
228280Cartoon Cartoons11$1.99DC2,851
229226Pals N Gals Double Digest67$3.29Archie2,840
230235Pounded3$2.95Oni2,812
231271Betty & Veronica Digest130$2.19Archie2,773
232272Archie Digest190$2.19Archie2,768
233207Gold Digger Swimsuit Special 2002$4.50Antarctic2,751
234238Classwar4$2.99Com X2,740
235225Zooms Academy For Super Gifted3$3.50Astonish2,701
236231Jugheads Double Digest86$3.29Archie2,673
237241Courtney Crumrin & Night Things3$2.95Oni2,656
238258Vault1 Legends Dark City Angel Preview$2.50DHJ2,595
239248Squid Girl1$2.95Basement2,511
240250Akiko48$2.95Sirius2,506
241245Ragnarok4$2.99Tokyopop2,495
242297Archies Weird Mysteries21$1.99Archie2,484
243298Jughead144$1.99Archie2,467
244234S&M University5$3.50Fantagraphics2,406
245236Wereslut7$3.50Fantagraphics2,367
246201Smile Vol. 46$5.99Tokyopop2,350
247239Slow News Day6$3.50Slave Labor2,333
248296Jughead W/Archie Digest175$2.19Archie2,272
249186Dark Knight Strikes Again3$7.95DC2,250
250261Milk29$2.99Radio2,161
251233Young Witches Vol. 5 Legacy3$3.95Fantagraphics2,133
252266Kodocha5$2.99Tokyopop2,110
253274Amelia Rules6$2.95Renaissance2,044
254270Battle Girlz4$2.99Antarctic2,038
255224Tim Vigils Webwitch Companion$4.95Comic Cavalcade1,921
256284Silent Mobius Turnabout5$2.95Viz1,871
257286My Monkeys Name Is Jennifer2$2.95Slave Labor1,849
258263Steven Grants Mortal Souls3$3.50Avatar1,832
259215Tigers of Luftwaffe8$5.95Antarctic1,815
260265Bitch In Heat14$3.50Fantagraphics1,810
261288Saint Tail19$2.99Tokyopop1,787
262289Futabakun Change Vol. 84$2.95Ironcat1,749
263395Fade From Blue1$1.00Second to Some1,743
264221Zoids4$5.95Viz1,682
265294Furrlough113$2.99Radio1,671
266237Vagabond Part 17$4.95Viz1,671
267304Medabots Part 13$2.75Viz1,665
268299Miracle Girls20$2.99Tokyopop1,643
269306Medabots Part 14$2.75Viz1,637
270300Miracle Girls21$2.99Tokyopop1,615
271302Hedg4$2.95Papyrus1,598
272303Warrior Nun Areala7$2.99Antarctic1,576
273310Truth Serum3$2.95Slave Labor1,459
274282Super Dooper Groovy Space Chicks1$3.95Frontline1,414
275314Infinite Kung Fu2$3.00Great Lakes Ninja1,398
276317Ogenki Clinic Vol. 92$2.95Ironcat1,392
277213Dark Knight Strikes Again2$7.95DC1,370
278320Paradigm2$3.00Two Irish Guys1,331
279219Dark Knight Strikes Again1 Curr Prtg$7.95DC1,320
280259Dojin 2000 Phantasy XXX $4.95Media Market1,309
281260Vampire Yui Vol. 44$2.95Ironcat1,303
282325Dojin 2000 Love Tina 2 $4.95Media Market1,303
283305Treasure Chests7$3.50Fantagraphics1,292
284267Dojin 2000 Dead Or Dead $4.95Media Market1,258
285331Mac Afro3$2.95Atomic Basement1,236
286333Pete The Pod Postal Worker (resolicited)11$2.95Shanda1,225
287335Colonia7$2.95Colonia1,214
288316Warhammer Monthly55$3.50Games Workshop1,181
289277Pokemon Adventures Part 72$4.95Viz1,175
290278Dojin 2000 Girls Will Be Boys $4.95Media Market1,164
291318Rubber Necker1$3.50Alternative1,158
292281Big Funnies5$4.99Radio1,125
293328Pleasure Bound9$3.50Fantagraphics1,086
294358Supernatural Law34$2.50Exhibit A1,080
295359Elvira109$2.50Claypool1,064
296363Felix The Cats Tv Extravaganza1$2.50Felix1,030
297220Lady Death Goddess Returns Premium1$9.99Chaos1,019
298293Giant Shanda Animal7$4.99Shanda1,002
299355Squee1$2.95Slave Labor991
300324Freak Brothers13 New Ptg $3.95Rip Off974




May 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

Another strong month for graphic novel sales.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
15Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 22 Heaven & Earth $9.95Dark Horse14,166
27Murder Mysteries HC$13.95Dark Horse9,060
34Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3$17.95Marvel8,358
42Spawn Book of the Dead HC$24.95Image6,933
53G.I. Joe Vol. 2$24.95Marvel6,092
616Forge #2$9.95Crossgen5,635
717Edge #2$9.95Crossgen5,246
830Warren Ellis Atmospherics$5.95Avatar4,794
920Astro Boy Vol. 4$9.95Dark Horse4,728
1013Blade of the Immortal Secrets$16.95Dark Horse4,377
119Classic Star Wars Long Time Ago Vol. 1$29.95Dark Horse3,753
1210Universe X Vol. 2$29.95Marvel3,748
131Absolute Authority Vol. 1 Oversized HC$49.95DC3,514
1419Oh My Goddess Wrong Number$13.95Dark Horse3,402
1529Bulletproof Monk$9.95Image3,157
1612Fathom Vol. 1$24.95Image3,063
1711Punisher HC$34.95Marvel2,884
1821Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 6$15.95Viz2,795
1936Adv of Barry Ween Boy Genius Gorilla Warfare Vol. 4$8.95Oni2,762
206Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 3 HC$49.95DC2,701
2118Eightball 20th Century Eightball (resolicited)$18.95Fantagraphics2,684
2228Warlands Vol. 2$11.95Dreamwave2,678
2315Clive Barkers Hellraiser Collected Best$21.95Checker2,639
2424Names of Magic$14.95DC2,539
258Marvel Masterworks Iron Man HC$49.95Marvel2,511
2622Green Lantern Circle of Fire$17.95DC2,422
2725Inu Yasha Vol. 11$15.95Viz2,344
2823Comics Journal Library Vol. 1 Jack Kirby$18.95Fantagraphics2,294
2914Human Target Final Cut HC$29.95DC2,250
3026Crux Vol. 1$15.95Crossgen2,250
3135Blaze of Glory$11.50Marvel2,155
3250Vampire Masquerade Beckett$6.95Moonstone2,060
3332Dragonball Vol. 8$12.95Viz2,021
3439Love Hina Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop2,021
3540Superman Tarzan Sons of the Jungle$9.95Dark Horse2,021
3627No Need For Tenchi Vol. 12 No Need For Endings$15.95Viz2,010
3731Ghost Rider Hammer Lane$15.95Marvel1,721
3838Buffy the Vampire Slayer: False Memories$12.95Dark Horse1,671
3944Angelic Layer Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,609
4033X 1999 Vol. 7 Rhapsody$15.95Viz1,609
4141Sorcerer Hunters Vol. 10$12.99Tokyopop1,526
4247Tenth No Sweets After Dark$9.95Dark Horse1,520
4337El Hazard Vol. 1$15.95Viz1,492
4442Angel Long Nights Journey$12.95Dark Horse1,448
4554Kodocha Vol. 1 Sanas Stage$9.99Tokyopop1,292
4655Nocturnals Dark Forever$9.95Oni1,275
4758Ragnarok Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,219
4860Kare Kano Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,214
4962Flipped #2$9.95Astonish1,158
5061GTO Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,158