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October 2003 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


A lot of second issues in the top ranks this time out, but the month overall was way up above 2002. Marvel restored the numbering for Amazing Spider-Man, not coincidentally just in time for #500. DC published the second issue of Avengers/JLA, hence it got credit in the charts.

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. 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
11Avengers/JLA2$5.95DC162,309
22Amazing Spider-Man500 (#59)$3.50Marvel148,939
33Marvel 16023$3.50Marvel129,466
45Ultimate Six2$2.25Marvel119,918
56Ultimate Six3$2.25Marvel109,745
68Ultimate X-Men38$2.25Marvel108,120
79Batman620$2.25DC107,646
810New X-Men147$2.25Marvel105,655
94Superman/Batman3$2.95DC103,577
1011New X-Men148$2.25Marvel103,017
1114Ultimate Spider-Man47$2.25Marvel99,670
1215Ultimate Spider-Man48$2.25Marvel98,755
1317Uncanny X-Men432$2.25Marvel92,479
1423Wolverine6$2.25Marvel82,080
1512Supreme Power3$2.99Marvel77,128
1631Spectacular Spider-Man5$2.25Marvel71,671
1732Batman619$2.25DC71,391
187Hulk Gray1$3.50Marvel69,873
1927Teen Titans4$2.50DC69,087
2018X-Treme X-Men32$2.99Marvel63,468
2116Hulk Gray2$3.50Marvel63,361
2219Thanos1$2.99Marvel63,113
2322Transformers Generation One Vol. 26$2.95Dreamwave62,951
2420X-Treme X-Men33$2.99Marvel62,736
2524Transformers War Within Vol. 21$2.95Dreamwave62,553
2634JLA88$2.25DC59,453
2726Transformers/G.I. Joe2$2.95Dreamwave59,141
2835JLA89$2.25DC59,012
2936Avengers70$2.25Marvel58,882
3025Daredevil53$2.99Marvel58,624
3137Avengers72$2.25Marvel58,441
3239Avengers71$2.25Marvel57,354
3329G.I. Joe/Transformers4$2.95Image55,998
3442Incredible Hulk62$2.25Marvel55,535
3530Nyx1$2.99Marvel54,760
3650Fantastic Four505 (#76)$2.25Marvel52,854
3745Outsiders5$2.50DC48,904
3855Silver Surfer2$2.25Marvel47,278
3933Spider-Man & Dr Octopus Negative Exposure1$2.99Marvel45,104
4053JSA53$2.50DC43,715
4170Venom5$2.25Marvel42,553
4240Captain America19$2.99Marvel42,359
4341Punisher33$2.99Marvel42,133
4472Venom6$2.25Marvel42,068
4557Formerly Known as the Justice League4$2.50DC42,036
4658Emma Frost4$2.50Marvel41,713
4744Punisher34$2.99Marvel41,444
4861New Mutants5$2.50Marvel41,304
4947Superman Birthright4$2.95DC41,261
5046Exiles35$2.99Marvel40,733
5164New Mutants6$2.50Marvel40,647
5248Exiles36$2.99Marvel40,604
5374Venom7$2.25Marvel40,583
5451Mystique7$2.99Marvel39,700
5565Green Arrow31$2.50DC39,528
5671Spawn129$2.50Image38,214
5759Detective Comics787$2.75DC37,881
5821Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003$4.95DC37,859
5913Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files 2003$5.95DC37,762
6054G.I. Joe22$2.95Image36,664
6143Thor Vikings4$3.50Marvel35,685
6289Flash203$2.25DC35,469
6356Hawkeye1$2.99Marvel35,265
6462Planetary17$2.95DC34,942
6560Michael Turner Presents Aspen1$2.99Aspen34,662
6663Iron Man73$2.99Marvel34,135
6797Superman198$2.25DC33,682
6866Thor69$2.99Marvel32,994
6982JSA All Stars6$2.50DC32,692
7098Green Lantern170$2.25DC32,681
7169Astro City Local Heroes4$2.95DC32,574
7267Thor70$2.99Marvel32,337
7368X-Statix13$2.99Marvel32,186
7473X-Statix14$2.99Marvel31,422
75106Action Comics808$2.25DC30,981
7675Batman Death & Maidens3$2.95DC30,647
7794Birds ofPrey60$2.50DC30,518
7877Street Fighter2$2.95Image30,087
7978Transformers Armada16$2.95Dreamwave29,947
80110Nightwing86$2.25DC29,581
8188Batman Gotham Knights46$2.75DC29,215
82113Wonder Woman197$2.25DC28,946
8380Batman City ofLight1$2.95DC28,246
8479Alias27$2.99Marvel28,193
85104Batgirl45$2.50DC28,031
86105Hawkman20$2.50DC28,010
8752Legion25$3.95DC27,956
88119Adventures ofSuperman621$2.25DC27,848
8981Weapon X14$2.99Marvel27,665
9083Thundercats Hammerhands Revenge1$2.95DC27,482
9184Authority Vol. 26$2.95DC27,417
9286Y The Last Man15$2.95DC27,321
9387Thundercats Dogs ofWar5$2.95DC27,299
9485Weapon X13$2.99Marvel26,976
9590Paradise X X$2.99Marvel26,535
96111Kingpin5$2.50Marvel26,535
9791Trouble4$2.99Marvel26,363
98112Fables18$2.50DC26,352
9993Powers34$2.95Image26,287
10092Captain Marvel15$2.99Marvel26,040
101115Arkham Asylum Living Hell6$2.50DC25,781
10296Superman & Batman Generations III10$2.95DC25,695
103116Batman Legends of the Dark Knight172$2.50DC25,555
10438Transformers More Than Meets Eye of Gd7$5.25Dreamwave24,963
105120Aquaman11$2.50DC24,920
10628Batman/Joker Switch$6.95DC24,694
10799Agent X15$2.99Marvel24,414
108100Namor7$2.99Marvel24,393
109101G.I. Joe Frontline15$2.95Image24,134
110102Elektra28$2.99Marvel23,779
111108Sojourn28$2.95CrossGen23,575
112107Namor8$2.99Marvel23,273
113124Catwoman24$2.50DC23,165
11476Dark Days4$3.99IDW22,573
115109Spider-Girl65$2.99Marvel22,563
116142Robin119$2.25DC22,132
117129Runaways7$2.50Marvel21,723
11895Ghost in the Shell 2 Man/Machine Interface8$3.50Dark Horse21,680
119130Doctor Fate3$2.50DC21,658
120114Magdalena Vol. 23$2.99Image21,637
121117Witchblade70$2.99Image21,239
122131Inhumans6$2.50Marvel21,206
123118Star Wars Empire12$2.99Dark Horse21,152
124121Smax3$2.95DC20,399
125140Sentinel7$2.50Marvel20,184
12649Star Wars Tales17$5.99Dark Horse20,130
127123Tomb Raider34$2.99Image20,011
128144Sentinel8$2.50Marvel19,419
129126El Cazador2$2.95CrossGen19,366
130125Hellboy Weird Tales5$2.99Dark Horse19,322
131127Liberty Meadows34$2.95Image18,558
132128Tom Strong22$2.95DC18,461
133132Brian Pulido Lady Death8$2.95CrossGen17,945
134133Motu He-Man Rise of the Snake Men1$2.95CrossGen17,675
135154Gotham Central12$2.50DC17,557
136134Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated5$2.95Dreamwave17,514
137135Robotech Love & War5$2.95DC17,460
138156100 Bullets47$2.50DC17,309
139138Brian Pulido Lady Death9$2.95CrossGen17,213
140122Frank Millers Robocop2$3.50Avatar17,116
141139Voltron Defender of the Universe5$2.95Image17,105
142137Drawing On Your Nightmares Halloween 2003 Sp$2.99Dark Horse16,987
143141Caper1$2.95DC16,965
144163Hero9$2.50DC16,944
145143Tom Strongs Terrific Tales8$2.95DC16,868
146146Two Step1$2.95DC16,212
147145Eternal5$2.99Marvel16,039
148147Ruse23$2.95CrossGen15,953
149155Hellblazer189$2.75DC15,899
150149Terra Obscura5$2.95DC15,727
151172Demon Driven Out2$2.50DC15,684
152151Ruse24$2.95CrossGen15,297
153178Fallen Angel4$2.50DC15,092
154152Cursed1$2.99Image14,844
155179Harley Quinn37$2.50DC14,586
156159Wildcats Version 3.015$2.95DC14,446
157157Buffy The Vampire Slayer62$2.99Dark Horse14,446
158160Losers5$2.95DC14,435
159161Solus7$2.95CrossGen14,414
160162Superman Metropolis9$2.95DC14,392
161158Simpsons Comics87$2.99Bongo14,295
162164Red Star Vol. 23$2.99Archaia14,145
163103Bart Simpsons Treehouse ofHorror9$4.99Bongo14,123
164184Sam and Twitch25$2.50Image14,080
165165Bone52$2.95Cartoon14,037
166166Way of the Rat17$2.95CrossGen13,994
167187Teen Titans2 2nd Prt$2.50DC13,972
168204Batman Adventures7$2.25DC13,789
169190Lucifer43$2.50DC13,628
170169Gen 1314$2.95DC13,585
171168Crew6$2.99Marvel13,499
172170Way of the Rat18$2.95CrossGen13,456
173171Human Target3$2.95DC13,348
174208Justice League Adventures24$2.25DC13,284
175174Brath8$2.95CrossGen13,176
176173Botp Manga1$2.99Image13,004
177176Scion40$2.95CrossGen12,928
178175Lone Wolf 210010$2.99Dark Horse12,885
179180Path19$2.95CrossGen12,315
180181Kamikaze1$2.95DC12,304
181182Tokyo Storm Warning3$2.95DC12,186
182183Megaman2$2.95Dreamwave11,959
183185Negation22$2.95CrossGen11,916
184188Stormwatch Team Achilles16$2.95DC11,776
185148CSI Bad Rap2$3.99IDW11,755
186186Bart Simpson Comics14$2.99Bongo11,733
187189Negation23$2.95CrossGen11,550
188191Mystic40$2.95CrossGen11,292
189205Reign of the Zodiac3$2.75DC11,260
190192Aria Uses ofEnchantment4$2.95Image11,227
191193Ruse Archards Agents Pugilistic Pete$2.95CrossGen11,217
192194Crux29$2.95CrossGen11,217
193153Alan Moores Yuggoth Cultures1$3.95Avatar11,152
194195Mystic41$2.95CrossGen11,077
195196Meridian39$2.95CrossGen11,066
196197Sigil40$2.95CrossGen10,937
197198Frankenstein Mobster0$2.95Image10,915
198199Micronauts11$2.95Image10,894
199200Crux30$2.95CrossGen10,722
200201Route 66616$2.95CrossGen10,603
201202Sigil41$2.95CrossGen10,549
202203First35$2.95CrossGen10,528
203206Savage Dragon111 (Res)$2.95Image10,409
204207Futurama Comics15$2.99Bongo10,237
205209Victory2$2.95Image10,065
206221Casefiles Sam & Twitch4$2.50Image10,054
207229Icandy2$2.50DC9,494
208212Sleeper9$2.95DC9,204
209213Darkminds Macropolis Vol. 22$2.95Dreamwave9,182
210211Goon3$2.99Dark Horse9,150
211231Extinction Event4$2.50DC9,139
212214Sleeper10$2.95DC9,075
213215Space Ace Defender of the Universe1$2.95CrossGen9,032
214233Human Defense Corps6$2.50DC8,859
215218Tales of the Realm1$2.95CrossGen8,816
216219Vampi Vicious2$2.99Harris8,644
217223Crossovers8$2.95CrossGen8,504
218224Sword ofDracula1$2.95Image8,472
219225PVP4$2.95Image8,386
220240Bad Girls3$2.50DC8,321
221226Wildguard Casting Call2$2.95Image8,127
222227Dragons Lair Singes Revenge2$2.95CrossGen8,117
223228Strangers In Paradise Sourcebook$2.95Abstract8,073
224230Superman/Batman2$2.95DC8,009
225177Shonen Jump Vol. 1$4.95Viz7,686
226232Ra Salvatore Demon Wars Vol. 25$2.95CrossGen7,632
227256Powerpuff Girls43$2.25DC7,621
228234Dragons Lair Singes Revenge3$2.95CrossGen7,352
229210Ultraman Tiga2$3.99Dark Horse7,331
230136CSI Miami Smoking Gun$6.99IDW7,309
231237Donald Duck & Friends309$2.95Gemstone7,288
232263Sonic The Hedgehog129$2.19Archie7,266
233238Walking Dead1$2.95Image7,266
234235Usagi Yojimbo69$2.99Dark Horse7,245
235239Space Ace Defender of the Universe2$2.95CrossGen7,083
236242Mickey Mouse & Friends258$2.95Gemstone6,943
237241Queen & Country18$2.99Oni6,889
238243Noble Causes Distant Relatives2$2.95Image6,879
239257Cinnamon El Ciclo3$2.50DC6,846
240269Sonic The Hedgehog128$2.19Archie6,814
241244Queen & Country19$2.99Oni6,674
242245Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles12$2.95Mirage6,642
243150Uncle Scrooge323$6.95Gemstone6,545
244217Knights of the Dinner Table84$3.99Kenzer6,545
245246Noble Causes Distant Relatives3$2.95Image6,502
246247Rex Mundi6$2.95Image6,426
247222Girl Genius10$3.95Studio Foglio6,351
248248Oh My Goddess102$2.99Dark Horse6,340
249236Capes1$3.50Image6,168
250272Cerebus295$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,168
251249Lone2$2.99Dark Horse6,093
252251Crush1$2.99Dark Horse6,071
253252Blade of the Immortal Path ofShadows One-Shot83$2.99Dark Horse6,028
254274Scooby Doo77$2.25DC6,017
255253Hammer of the Gods Hammer Hits China3$2.95Image5,964
256254Mythstalkers5$2.95Image5,921
257167Walt Disneys Comics & Stories638$6.95Gemstone5,834
258255Kore5$2.95Image5,824
259258Rotogin Junkbotz3$2.95Image5,522
260260Feather2$2.95Image5,501
261261Stupid Comics2$2.95Image5,479
262264Syn2$2.99Dark Horse5,253
263267Galactic2$2.99Dark Horse5,102
264268Hell3$2.99Dark Horse5,070
265270El Cazador1$2.95CrossGen4,726
266271Serenity Rose1$2.95Slave Labor4,704
267265Shi Sempo2$3.50Avatar4,467
268216Super Manga Blast35$5.99Dark Horse4,424
269275Go Boy 7 Human Action Machine3$2.99Dark Horse4,424
270293Cerebus294$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim4,403
271276Cannon God Exaxxion18$2.99Dark Horse4,360
272277Heavens Devils1$2.95Image4,220
273259Cvo Artifact1$3.99IDW4,069
274278Galactic3$2.99Dark Horse4,069
275279Gold Digger45$2.99Antarctic4,026
276266Looney Tunes Back in Action Movie$3.95DC3,864
277283Gold Digger46$2.99Antarctic3,811
278220Gene Pool1$6.99IDW3,628
279303Looney Tunes107$2.25DC3,595
280285Street Fighter1$2.95Image3,585
281287Heroes Anonymous2$2.99Bongo3,466
282289Hellhounds3$2.95Image3,434
283280Dungeons & Dragons Where Shadows Fall2$3.50Kenzer3,412
284291Agents6$2.95Image3,380
285292Too Much Hopeless Savages2$2.99Oni3,316
286282Age ofBronze18$3.50Image3,316
287295Possessed4$2.95DC3,100
288314Archie541$2.19Archie3,036
289273Distant Soil36$4.50Image3,025
290281Paradigm11$3.95Image2,971
291288Warren Ellis Strange Killings Strong Medicine3$3.50Avatar2,928
292297Boneyard12$2.95NBM2,928
293320Betty & Veronica193$2.19Archie2,842
294300Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated27$2.99Kenzer2,799
295322Betty & Veronica194$2.19Archie2,799
296305Dogwitch7$2.95Sirius2,734
297324Sabrina Vol. 251$2.19Archie2,713
298284Artesia Afire4$3.95Archie2,713
299323Cartoon Cartoons23$2.25DC2,702
300262Realm of the Claw0 Foil Cvr$5.95Image2,702

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October 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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Graphic novels were down this month, but new comics sales appear to have offset that.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Chronicles of Conan Vol. 1$15.95Dark Horse7,643
21Sandman Endless Nights HC$24.95DC7,363
39Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 7 Irresponsible$12.99Marvel7,019
48Trigun Vol. 1$14.95Dark Horse6,889
510Crisis of Multiple Earths Vol. 2$14.95DC5,544
611Essential Tomb of Dracula Vol. 1$14.99Marvel5,479
714New X-Men Vol. 5 Assault of Weapon Plus$14.99Marvel4,779
821Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 Unintended Consequences$12.99Marvel4,478
919Berserk Vol. 1 Black Swordsman$13.95Dark Horse4,349
103Genesis Art of Transformers HC$29.95Image4,241
1125Chobits Vol. 8$9.99TokyoPop4,230
1212Sandman Presents Taller Tales$19.95DC3,908
136Life Eaters HC$29.95DC3,875
1423Daredevil Vol. 7 Hardcore$13.99Marvel3,703
1513Hellblazer Rake at the Gates of Hell$19.95DC3,617
1615X-Treme X-Men Vol. 5 God Loves Man Kills$19.99Marvel3,585
1738Donald Duck Adventures Vol. 2$7.95Gemstone3,488
1816Animal Man Vol. 3 Deus Ex Machina$19.95DC3,412
1917Batman/Superman Worlds Finest$19.95DC3,305
2020Fantastic Four Vol. 2 Unthinkable$17.99Marvel3,240
2126Batman Terror$12.95DC3,240
2218Superman Man of Steel Vol. 2$19.95DC3,079
2333Hero Powers & Abilities$9.95DC3,046
2434Ranma 1/2 Vol. 24$9.95Viz3,036
2528Incredible Hulk Vol. 5 Hide I/Plain Sight$11.99Marvel3,014
2642Inu Yasha Vol. 15$8.95Viz2,896
2724Batman Absolution Sc$17.95DC2,863
2839Superman Man of Steel Vol. 1$9.95DC2,713
2959Giant Thb Vol. 2$6.95Horse2,691
3041Battle Angel Alita Last Order Vol. 2$9.95Viz2,605
312Sgt Rock Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,562
3245More Fund Comics$10.00Sky Dog2,444
335All Star Comics Archives Vol. 9 HC$49.95DC2,422
3430League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Book One$14.95DC2,314
3550Death At Deaths Door Sc$9.95DC2,239
3637Captain America Vol. 3 Ice$12.99Marvel2,218
377Atom Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,207
3853Astro Boy Vol. 19$9.95Dark Horse2,088
3957Full Metal Panic Manga Vol. 1$9.99A.D. Vision1,991
4027Stray Toasters (Res)$19.95Graphitti1,938
4143Nextworld Vol. 1$13.95Dark Horse1,830
4236Will Eisner Fagin The Jew$15.95Random House1,808
4373All New Tenchi Muyo Vol. 3 Dark Washu$8.95Viz1,787
4463Fushigi Yugi Vol. 9 Lover$9.95Viz1,765
452921 Down$19.95DC1,755
4676Queen & Country Vol. 4 Operation Blackwall$8.95Oni1,733
4766Blue Monday Vol. 3 Inbetween Days$9.95Oni1,712
4831Mac Raboy Flash Gordon Vol. 2$19.95Dark Horse1,658
4968Ragnarok Vol. 8$9.99TokyoPop1,658
5071Excel Saga Vol. 3$9.95Viz1,636