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January 2003 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Jim Lee's Batman led the way in a month that started off 2003 weakly in comparison with 2002.

This was the last month in which only preorder figures are available from Diamond. Final order figures began appearing in February, changing the metrics by which comics sales were tracked. Henceforth, no comics would appear in the charts that had not been released.

A consequence of the revamp was that Diamond stopped reporting its category breakdown table; the last of these is seen at lower left.

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 (resolicitation) 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
11Batman611$2.25DC129,377
22Ultimate War3$2.25Marvel114,693
33Ultimate Spider-Man34$2.25Marvel101,082
44Ultimate Spider-Man35$2.25Marvel100,746
55New X-Men136$2.25Marvel100,720
66Amazing Spider-Man49$2.25Marvel97,033
78Ultimate X-Men27$2.25Marvel91,172
89Ultimate X-Men28$2.25Marvel90,978
910Uncanny X-Men417$2.25Marvel90,447
1011Uncanny X-Men418$2.25Marvel90,163
117Transformers Armada7$2.95Dreamwave73,861
1219Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra4$2.25Marvel71,248
1312Daredevil42$2.99Marvel67,651
1424Wolverine185$2.25Marvel67,056
1514X-Treme X-Men20$2.99Marvel65,232
1625JLA77$2.25DC65,103
1715Transformers War Within4$2.95Dreamwave63,861
1829Avengers63$2.25Marvel59,759
1916Captain America8$2.99Marvel59,229
2013Truth3$3.50Marvel57,586
2127Green Arrow21$2.50DC56,641
2218Hulk/Wolverine 6 Hours1$2.99Marvel55,503
2335Spider-Man Peter Parker52$2.25Marvel53,446
2436Fantastic Four65$2.25Marvel52,954
2522Masters of the Universe3$2.95Image52,825
2623G.I. Joe14$2.95Image52,734
2721Hulk/Wolverine 6 Hours2$2.99Marvel52,437
2837Incredible Hulk49$2.25Marvel51,828
2942Thor58$2.25Marvel45,981
3030Punisher21$2.99Marvel44,842
3143Iron Man64$2.25Marvel44,519
3232G.I. Joe Frontline4$2.95Image44,234
3341JSA44$2.50DC43,302
3439Detective Comics778$2.75DC41,271
3553Green Lantern158$2.25DC39,913
3644Spawn130$2.50Image39,809
3738Robotech2$2.95DC39,434
3845Aquaman2$2.50DC39,344
3955Exiles21$2.25Marvel38,917
4028X-Men Unlimited41$3.50Marvel38,593
4161X-Statix7$2.25Marvel36,420
4233Daredevil Movie Official Comic Book Adaptation$3.50Marvel35,579
4364Weapon X5$2.25Marvel34,285
4465Action Comics799$2.25DC34,194
4548Batman Gotham Knights37$2.75DC33,936
4646Superman & Batman Generations III1$2.95DC33,276
4759Hawkman11$2.50DC33,121
4871Adventures of Superman612$2.25DC33,095
4960Batgirl36$2.50DC32,797
5052Superman Man of Steel134$2.75DC32,797
5172Captain Marvel5$2.25Marvel32,487
5274Agent X7$2.25Marvel31,710
5375Nightwing77$2.25DC31,555
5447Darkness Vol. 22$2.99Image31,464
5550Superman Vs Darkseid Apokolips Now$2.95DC31,076
5649Paradise X Ragnarok1$2.99Marvel30,934
5751Batgirl Year One2$2.95DC30,856
5881Flash194$2.25DC29,705
5954Elektra20$2.99Marvel29,589
6056Alias19$2.99Marvel29,097
6157Alias18$2.99Marvel28,696
6258Powers28$2.95Image28,140
6378Batman Legends of the Dark Knight163$2.50DC28,075
6489Spider-Man Legend of the Spider Clan4$2.25Marvel27,648
6580Birds of Prey51$2.50DC27,208
6620JLA/Spectre Soul War1$5.95DC26,613
6786Catwoman15$2.50DC25,707
6866Tomb Raider27$2.99Image25,617
6967Legion16$2.50DC25,591
7068Witchblade62$2.99Image25,591
7187Fantastic Four Unstable Molecules1$2.99Marvel25,591
7297Spider-Girl55$2.25Marvel25,397
7398Spider-Girl56$2.25Marvel25,267
7470Star Wars Empire5$2.99Dark Horse25,086
75100Robin110$2.25DC24,983
76101Ultimate Adventures4 (Res)$2.25Marvel24,944
77102Wonder Woman188 (Res)$2.25DC24,892
78103Wonder Woman187 (Res)$2.25DC24,866
7973Botp/Witchblade1$6.99Image24,646
8017Sojourn19$2.95Crossgen24,646
8126Batman Aliens II2$5.95DC24,413
8291Supergirl78$2.50DC24,258
8383Young Justice53$2.75DC24,168
8493Fables9$2.50DC23,689
8576Mekanix4$2.99Marvel23,560
8677Spider-Man Tangled Web22$2.99Marvel23,534
8779Filth8$2.95DC23,068
88112Soldier X7$2.25Marvel23,016
8963Ghost in the Shell 2 Man Machine Interface4$3.50Dark Horse22,421
9084Robotech Sourcebook$2.95DC22,343
9185Y The Last Man7$2.95DC22,330
9231Star Wars Republic50$5.99Dark Horse22,318
9382Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu5$2.99Marvel22,318
9490Titans49$2.75DC22,240
95105Gotham Central3$2.50DC21,800
9688Global Frequency4$2.95DC21,205
9792Gen 135$2.95DC20,532
9894Ruse16$2.95Crossgen20,002
9995Brath Prequel$2.95Crossgen19,898
10096Tomb Raider Journeys9$2.99Image19,303
10199Red Star Vol. 22$2.95Archie19,161
102120Black Panther53$2.50Marvel19,135
10369CSI Crime Scene Investigation1$3.99IDW18,863
104123Harley Quinn28$2.50DC18,591
105104Tom Strongs Terrific Tales6$2.95DC18,514
106115Hellblazer180$2.75DC18,423
107133Marville Originville5$2.25Marvel18,423
108127100 Bullets42$2.50DC18,229
109106Kiss6*$2.99Dark Horse18,177
110108Killraven4$2.99Marvel17,970
111109Warlands Vol. 33$2.95Dreamwave17,776
11234Superman Last Stand On Krypton$6.95DC17,712
113110Way of the Rat9$2.95Crossgen17,660
114111Wildcats Version 3.06$2.95DC17,569
115116Path11$2.95Crossgen17,181
116114Marvel Double Shot3$2.99Marvel17,013
117117Lone Wolf 21007$2.99Dark Horse16,767
118118Buffy the Vampire Slayer53$2.99Dark Horse16,496
119119Sandscape1$2.95Dreamwave16,418
12040Batman Golden Streets of Gotham$6.95DC16,237
12162War Story Condors$4.95DC16,211
122121Limbo City1 (Res)$2.95Dreamwave16,159
123122Stormwatch Team Achilles7$2.95DC16,133
124130Spectre25$2.75DC16,030
125125Sandman Presents Bast1$2.95DC15,525
126126Lone Wolf 2100 Red Files$2.99Dark Horse15,473
127124Scion32$2.95Crossgen15,473
128142Doom Patrol16$2.50DC15,215
129128Crossovers1$2.95Crossgen15,215
130129Hellblazer Special Lady Constantine2$2.95DC15,176
131153Justice League Adventures15$2.25DC15,034
132146Simpsons Comics78$2.50Bongo14,995
133131Sleeper1$2.95DC14,904
134149Lucifer34$2.50DC14,697
135184Crux22$2.95Crossgen14,633
136138Power Company12$2.75DC14,322
137134Azrael Agent of the Bat98$2.95DC13,895
138135Mek3$2.95DC13,403
139136Negation14$2.95Crossgen13,403
140137Route 6668$2.95Crossgen13,403
141139Mystic32$2.95Crossgen13,339
142140First27$2.95Crossgen13,028
143113Savage Dragon107$3.95Image12,886
144141Edens Trail3$2.99Marvel12,847
145143R.A. Salvatore Demon Wars Trial By Fire2$2.95Crossgen12,821
146144Sigil32$2.95Crossgen12,821
147151Hunter Age of Magic19$2.75DC12,601
148147Meridian32$2.95Crossgen12,575
149148Dominion1$2.95Image12,524
150158Hellspawn21$2.50Image12,394
151172Batman Gotham Adventures58$2.25DC12,330
152150Strangers In Paradise Vol. III56$2.95Abstract12,174
153155Codename Knockout20$2.75DC11,851
154163Futurama Comics11$2.50Bongo11,799
155164Clock Maker1$2.50Image11,760
156145Grendel God & Devil0$3.50Dark Horse10,803
157156Invincible1$2.95Image10,751
158157Fate of the Blade5 (Res)$2.95Dreamwave10,596
159160Tarot Witch of the Black Rose18$2.95Broadsword10,324
160162Venture1$2.95Image10,208
161169American Century22$2.75DC10,195
162161Vampirella17 Reg Ed$2.99Harris10,104
163166Zero Girl Full Circle3$2.95DC9,923
164165Vampi25 Reg Ed$2.99Harris9,820
165167Firebreather1$2.95Image9,716
166154Alan Moores Courtyard1$3.50Avatar9,652
16717021 Down5$2.95DC9,432
168171Noble Causes Family Secrets4$2.95Image9,432
169173Xin Legend of the Monkey King3 Reg Cvr$2.99Harris9,186
170175Violent Messiahs Lamenting Pain3$2.95Image9,069
171176Automatic Kafka7$2.95DC9,043
172177Hawaiian Dick2$2.95Image8,914
173191Powerpuff Girls34$2.25DC8,824
174132Shonen Jump Vol. 1$4.95Viz8,461
175178Usagi Yojimbo63$2.99Dark Horse8,099
176180Vertigo Pop London3$2.95DC7,996
177181Queen & Country13$2.95Oni7,801
178107Superboy147 Facsimile Ed$6.95DC7,776
179159Knights of the Dinner Table75$3.99Kenzer7,711
180182Oh My Goddess94$2.99Dark Horse7,594
181183Tech Jacket3$2.95Image7,349
182185Nevermen Streets of Blood1$2.99Dark Horse7,116
183187Black Sun5$2.95DC6,948
184188Blade of the Immortal75$2.99Dark Horse6,922
185186Resistance5$2.95DC6,922
186174Girl Genius9$3.95Studio Foglio6,922
187190Queen & Country Declassified3$2.95Oni6,883
188179Stray Bullets29$3.50El Capitan6,831
189195Fight For Tomorrow5$2.50DC6,766
190198Cerebus286$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,663
191192Forever Maelstrom3$2.95DC6,546
192205Scooby-Doo68$2.25DC6,132
193208Sonic The Hedgehog119$2.19Archie5,951
194152Super Manga Blast29$5.99Dark Horse5,654
195193Dragonball Part 61$3.50Viz5,473
196189Metal Hurlant4$3.95Humanoids5,175
197197Poison Elves71 (Res)$2.95Sirius5,110
198194Cannon God Exaxxion Stage 213$3.50Dark Horse5,097
199199Paradigm5$2.95Image5,059
200200Ranma 1/2 Part 1111$2.95Viz4,981
201202Battle Angel Alita Last Order Part 15$2.95Viz4,800
202196Gold Digger39$3.50Antarctic4,360
203201Mage Knight Stolen Destiny4$3.50IDW4,050
204203Warren Ellis Scars3$3.50Avatar4,011
205211Big Daddy Danger6$2.95DC3,998
206212All New Tenchi Muyo Part 24$2.95Viz3,855
207236Looney Tunes98$2.25DC3,506
208218Inu Yasha Part 76$2.95Viz3,493
209217Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated18$2.99Kenzer3,454
210206Alan Moores Courtyard Wrprnd1$3.95Avatar3,403
211239Cartoon Cartoons15$2.25DC3,273
212224Boneyard9$2.95NBM3,183
213245Archie532$2.19Archie3,144
214226Courtney Crumrin & Coven of Mystics2$2.95Oni3,118
215228Dogwitch4$2.95Sirius3,040
216255Betty & Veronica184$2.19Archie2,924
217229Nodwick19$2.99Dork Storm2,898
218219Bondage Fairies Extreme14$3.50Fantagraphics2,885
219220Ninja High School102$3.50Antarctic2,846
220204Ap How To Draw Manga21$4.95Antarctic2,833
221233Knights of the Dinner Table Everknights4$2.99Kenzer2,820
222223Pubo2$3.50Dark Horse2,795
223260Veronica136$2.19Archie2,717
224262Betty122$2.19Archie2,691
225263Sabrina Vol. 242$2.19Archie2,691
226225Archie Double Digest140$3.59Archie2,588
227265Archie & Friends67$2.19Archie2,575
228241Kissing Chaos Nonstop Beauty3$2.95Oni2,406
229231Pals N Gals Double Digest73$3.59Archie2,381
230210Killbox2$5.00Antarctic2,368
231234Bastard14$3.95Viz2,290
232227Ceres Celestial Legend Part 44$3.50Viz2,290
233246Betty & Veronica Digest136$2.39Archie2,277
234269One Plus One4$2.95Oni2,277
235250Hsu & Chan1$2.95Slave Labor2,212
236271Archie Digest196$2.39Archie2,199
237235Jugheads Double Digest92$3.59Archie2,199
238230Neotopia1$3.95Antarctic2,186
239238Dragon Arms2$3.50Antarctic2,174
240278Jughead149$2.19Archie2,135
241213Raijin Comics5$4.95Gutsoon2,122
242214Wanderlust Heavens Fire1$2.95Chimaera2,109
243257Raijin Comics6$4.95Gutsoon2,109
244215Raijin Comics7$4.95Gutsoon2,096
245216Raijin Comics8$4.95Gutsoon2,096
246285Archie Mysteries26$2.19Archie2,044
247209Pro$5.95Image2,031
248259Milk33$2.99Radio2,005
249264Banzai Girl1 Encore Ed$2.95Sirius1,954
250284Jughead with Archie Digest181$2.39Archie1,876
251253Twilight X Storm1$3.50Antarctic1,850
252302Shi Pandoras Box Preview Tucci Cvr$1.99Avatar1,837
253256Big O Part 33$3.50Viz1,798
254273Latex Alice0$2.95Basement1,669
255221Luftwaffe 19465$5.95Antarctic1,656
256275My Monkeys Name Is Jennifer6$2.95Slave Labor1,630
257270Small Favors7$3.50Fantagraphics1,553
258280Silent Mobius Part 12 Hell2$2.95Viz1,540
259282Finder30$2.95Lightspeed1,527
260283Moonstone Monsters Vampire Vixens1$2.95Moonstone1,527
261336Stewart The Rat1$3.95About1,501
262261Fade From Blue5$1.50Second to Some1,501
263286Furrlough121$2.99Radio1,488
264291I Love You1$2.95I.C.1,449
265293Supercar2$2.95Misc. Mayhem1,423
266168Dawn Convention Sketch Book Ltd Ed$20.00Linsner1,410
267267Warren Ellis Scars Wrprnd3$3.95Avatar1,397
268294Content1$3.00DI1,397
269295Jack The Lantern1$3.00Castle Rain1,384
270247Jennifer Daydreamer1$4.95Top Shelf1,358
271297Snapdragons3$2.99Dork Storm1,346
272251Alan Moore's Courtyard S/N Incentive$2.50Avatar1,320
273307Lumakick1$4.95Lumakick1,320
274252Vagabond15$4.95Viz1,320
275287Menage A Trois2$3.50Fantagraphics1,268
276258Genus Male2$4.99Radio1,242
277292Warrior Nun Areala14$3.50Antarctic1,216
278304Lab2$2.99Astonish1,203
279303Dungeon4$2.95NBM1,203
280288Cusp One-Shot$3.95Alternative1,126
281299Monster Club2$3.50Autumn1,113
282300Warhammer Monthly64$3.50Games Workshop1,113
283249Shi Pandoras Box Preview*$5.95Avatar1,100
284310Janes World1$2.95Girl Twirl1,087
285312Oh My2$2.95I.C.1,048
286309Vampire Yui Vol. 55$2.95I.C.996
287316Project Arms Part 15$3.25Viz996
288222Vampirella17 Ltd Ed$9.95Harris983
289330Filler Bunny1$2.25Slave Labor957
290277Elvira117$2.50Claypool957
291341Storylines1$4.95Fantagraphics957
292308Elizabeth Bathory3$3.50Fantagraphics944
293320Heartcore4$2.95I.C.932
294326Spirit of the Amazon2$2.95NW Studios880
295290Space Race1$2.99Radio880
296325Extinctioners Vol. 212 (Res)$4.99Shanda880
297328Super Hero Happy Hour1$3.00Geek Punk841
298323Specwar6$3.25Peter Four841
299274Darkseid Vs Galactus The Hunger$5.95DC828
300329Comic Book Heaven Vol. 28$2.95Slave Labor828

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January 2003 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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IDW's 30 Days of Night led the charts.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
1230 Days of Night$17.99IDW6,249
25Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra$11.99Marvel5,835
34Daredevil Legends Vol. 1 Yellow$14.99Marvel5,292
46Daredevil Movie$12.99Marvel5,253
59Robotech Macross Saga Vol. 1$14.95DC4,179
624Love Hina Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop3,894
714JLA The Golden Perfect$12.95DC3,713
817Hellblazer Haunted$12.95DC3,597
928Chobits Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop3,480
1011Oh My Goddess Hand In Hand$17.95Dark Horse3,170
1122Uncanny X-Men Vol. I Hope$12.99Marvel3,144
1221Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2$13.95Comicsone3,105
1323Lone Wolf 2100 Shadows On Saplings$12.95Dark Horse3,092
1413Birds of Prey Old Friends New Enemies$17.95DC3,066
1518Punisher Vol. 3 Business As Usual$14.99Marvel3,053
1631Wolverine Legends Vol. 1 Wolverine Hulk$9.99Marvel3,040
1732Astro Boy Vol. 12$9.95Dark Horse2,963
1816Ranma 1/2 Vol. 21$15.95Viz2,937
197Captain America Vol. 1 New Deal HC$22.99Marvel2,859
2012Transformers Legacy of Unicron$19.95Titan2,807
211Aquaman Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95DC2,691
223Daredevil Elektra Love & War HC (Res)$29.99Marvel2,665
2340Forge #10$7.95Crossgen2,639
2443Edge #10$7.95Crossgen2,523
2525Flash Rogues$14.95DC2,484
2626G.I. Joe Battle Files Ultimate Source Book$14.95Image2,355
2727Green Lantern Emerald Dawn New Ed$14.95DC2,355
2835GTO Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop2,329
2936GTO Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop2,316
3042Whats Michael Fat Cat In City$8.95Dark Horse2,264
3119Witching Hour$19.95DC2,199
3220Battle of the Planets Vol. 1 Key Comics$19.99Dynamic Forces2,174
3338Cardcaptor Sakura Master of the Clow Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop2,161
3430Queen & Country Vol. 3 Crystal Ball$14.95Oni2,148
358X-Force Famous Mutant & Mortal HC$29.99Marvel2,135
3641Marmalade Boy Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop2,031
3744Real Bout High School Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop1,992
3845Wish Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop1,979
3947Mars Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop1,941
4048Lupin III Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,928
4134Weasel #6$12.95Fantagraphics1,824
4251Channel Zero Jennie One$9.95Astronauts in Trouble1,798
4337Couriers$12.95Astronauts in Trouble1,772
4456Shaolin Sisters Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,656
4557Onegai Teacher$9.95Comicsone1,656
4667Great Comic Book Heroes SC$8.95Fantagraphics1,643
4759Initial D Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,604
4861Darkminds Macropolis Vol. 1$9.95Dreamwave1,578
4962Metabarons Vol. 4 Immaculate Conception$9.95Humanoids1,578
5015Powers Vol. 4 Supergroup HC$29.95Image1,565