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December 2003 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


2003 closed out only slightly better than 2002 in the wider categories, but the industry kept its string of growth years going nonetheless. 

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
12Ultimate Fantastic Four1$2.25Marvel173,397
21Marvel 16025$3.50Marvel115,488
33New X-Men150$3.50Marvel110,563
44Ultimate Spider-Man50$2.99Marvel109,792
57Ultimates12$2.25Marvel104,546
68Ultimate X-Men40$2.25Marvel104,417
75Superman/Batman4$2.95DC102,699
89Ultimate Six5$2.25Marvel100,264
910Ultimate Spider-Man51$2.25Marvel96,966
106Superman/Batman5$2.95DC96,396
1112Batman622$2.25DC91,876
1214Amazing Spider-Man502 (#61)$2.25Marvel90,461
1315Uncanny X-Men434$2.25Marvel90,296
1418Uncanny X-Men435$2.25Marvel89,744
1519Uncanny X-Men436$2.25Marvel89,083
1623Wolverine9$2.25Marvel74,640
1711Supreme Power5$2.99Marvel70,303
1822Teen Titans6$2.50DC69,238
1931Spectacular Spider-Man8$2.25Marvel62,705
2020X-Treme X-Men35$2.99Marvel61,015
2132JLA91$2.25DC58,966
2213X-Treme X-Men36$3.50Marvel58,497
2316X-Treme X-Men37$3.50Marvel58,029
2433Avengers75 (Res)$2.25Marvel57,799
2517X-Treme X-Men38$3.50Marvel57,790
2634Avengers76 (Res)$2.25Marvel57,487
2725Daredevil55$2.99Marvel53,646
2826Wanted1$2.99Image53,628
2927Transformers Generation One Vol. 30$2.95Dreamwave53,068
3028G.I. Joe/Transformers5$2.95Image52,921
3129Transformers/G.I. Joe4$2.95Dreamwave52,186
3241Incredible Hulk64$2.25Marvel51,947
3321Hulk Gray4$3.50Marvel51,533
3445Fantastic Four508 (#79)$2.25Marvel50,320
3530G.I. Joe/Transformers6$2.95Image49,108
3624Superman200$3.50DC47,334
3740Outsiders7$2.50DC47,040
3835Captain America21$2.99Marvel43,007
3947JSA55$2.50DC42,998
4038Nyx3$2.99Marvel40,040
4139Transformers War Within Vol. 23$2.95Dreamwave39,948
4251Formerly Known A/T Justice League6$2.50DC38,671
4342Punisher37$2.99Marvel38,551
4443Exiles38$2.99Marvel38,533
4544Exiles39$2.99Marvel38,303
4655Emma Frost6$2.50Marvel37,880
4746Thanos3$2.99Marvel37,697
4858Green Arrow33$2.50DC36,925
4963Spawn131$2.50Image36,484
5050Detective Comics789$2.75DC36,447
5148G.I. Joe25\$2.95Image36,291
5267Silver Surfer4 (Res)$2.25Marvel36,273
5372Flash205$2.25DC34,922
5449Venom9$2.99Marvel33,535
5552Planetary18$2.95DC32,763
5653Thor72$2.99Marvel31,945
5754Iron Man75$2.99Marvel31,881
5857Plastic Man1$2.95DC31,504
5956Spider-Man & Dr Octopus Negative Exposure3$2.99Marvel31,137
6083Green Lantern172$2.25DC31,072
6162Astro City Local Heroes5$2.95DC30,953
6259Spider-Man/Dr Octopus Out of Reach2$2.99Marvel30,824
6374Birds of Prey62$2.50DC30,521
6484Robin121$2.25DC30,475
6575JSA All Stars8$2.50DC30,236
6694Action Comics810$2.25DC29,501
6796Wonder Woman199$2.25DC29,217
6899Nightwing88$2.25DC28,968
6973Batman Gotham Knights48$2.75DC28,454
7065Transformers Armada18$2.95Dreamwave28,059
7164Michael Turner Presents Aspen3$2.99Aspen27,857
7266Batman Death & Maidens5$2.95DC27,756
7368Street Fighter4$2.95Image27,600
7469X-Statix17$2.99Marvel26,993
7570Star Wars Infinities Return of the Jedi1$2.99Dark Horse26,828
76111Adventures of Superman623$2.25DC26,828
7790Hawkman22$2.50DC26,773
7871Y The Last Man17$2.95DC26,690
7995Batgirl47$2.50DC26,479
80100Fables20$2.50DC25,633
8136Authority/Lobo Christmas Sp$4.95DC25,615
82103Legion28$2.50DC25,036
83106Batman Legends of the Dark Knight174$2.50DC24,788
8477Superman & Batman Generations III12$2.95DC24,614
85108Catwoman26$2.50DC24,595
8678G.I. Joe Frontline18$2.95Image24,439
8779Authority Vol. 28$2.95DC24,108
8881Hawkeye3$2.99Marvel23,539
8982Captain Marvel17$2.99Marvel23,520
9085Sojourn30$2.95CrossGen22,895
9186Thundercats Hammerhands Revenge3$2.95DC22,868
9289Rose & Thorn1$2.95DC22,712
93117Aquaman13$2.50DC22,409
9491Elektra30$2.99Marvel22,363
9598Kingpin7$2.99Marvel21,811
96132Teen Titans Go2$2.25DC21,674
97101Spider-Girl67$2.99Marvel21,398
98102Magdalena Vol. 24$2.99Image21,095
99124Empire6$2.50DC21,049
100104Star Wars Empire13$2.99Dark Horse20,837
101105Star Wars Empire14$2.99Dark Horse20,764
102107Star Wars Empire15$2.99Dark Horse20,571
103109Runaways9$2.99Marvel20,424
104110Star Wars Republic58$2.99Dark Horse20,424
105113Batman City of Light3$2.95DC20,396
10680Ghost in the Shell 2 Man/Machine Interface10$3.50Dark Horse20,295
107112Star Wars Republic59$2.99Dark Horse20,121
108115Namor10$2.99Marvel19,367
10987Thundercats Origins Heroes & Villains1$3.50DC19,257
110116Smax4$2.95DC19,211
111134Doctor Fate5$2.50DC19,064
11292Ghost in the Shell 2 Man/Machine Interface11$3.50Dark Horse19,046
11397Thundercats Origins Villains & Heroes1$3.50DC18,770
114118Witchblade72$2.99Image18,669
115120Inhumans8$2.99Marvel18,632
11676Dark Days6 30 Days ofNight Sequel$3.99IDW18,531
11761Star Wars Jedi Dooku Clone Wars Sp$4.99Dark Horse18,366
118121Hellboy Weird Tales6$2.99Dark Horse18,357
119123El Cazador4$2.95CrossGen17,989
12037Superman Kansas Sighting2$6.95DC17,778
121138Gotham Central14$2.50DC17,631
122125Human Torch8 (Res)$2.99Marvel17,557
123126Sentinel10$2.99Marvel17,557
12460Transformers More Than Meets Eye Official Guide8$5.25Dreamwave17,475
125128Tales of the Vampires1$2.99Dark Horse17,328
126129Tom Strong24$2.95DC17,208
127131Promethea28$2.95DC17,107
128141100 Bullets48$2.50DC16,942
129130Tomb Raider Takeover One-Shot$2.99Image16,887
130133Brian Pulido Lady Death10$2.95CrossGen16,400
131143Hellblazer191$2.75DC15,279
132136Red3$2.95DC15,003
133135Eternal6$2.99Marvel14,939
134152Hero11$2.50DC14,810
135114Terra Obscura6$3.95DC14,792
136137John Carpenters Snake Plissken3$2.99Hurricane14,774
137140Ruse26$2.95CrossGen14,700
138144Wildcats Version 3.017$2.95DC13,818
139145Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated7$2.95Dreamwave13,717
14093Shonen Jump Vol. 2$4.95Viz13,423
141161Lucifer45$2.50DC13,350
142146Crew7$2.99Marvel13,350
143147Superman Metropolis11$2.95DC13,313
144167Fallen Angel6$2.50DC13,074
145149Simpsons Comics89$2.99Bongo12,909
146182Batman Adventures9$2.25DC12,881
147150Motu He-Man Rise of Snake Men3$2.95MV Creations12,872
148187Justice League Adventures26$2.25DC12,624
149139Frank Millers Robocop4$3.50Avatar12,541
150153Way of the Rat20$2.95CrossGen12,449
151155Brath10$2.95CrossGen12,422
152156Gen 1316$2.95DC12,403
153157Motu Season 1 Encyclopedia1$2.95MV Creations12,385
154158Losers7$2.95DC12,357
155175Crimson Dynamo4$2.50Marvel12,302
156159Scion42$2.95CrossGen12,293
157160Shrek2$2.99Dark Horse11,411
158162Negation25$2.95CrossGen11,310
159163Caper3$2.95DC11,236
160165Strangers In Paradise Vol. III61$2.95Abstract11,209
161164Bart Simpson Comics15$2.99Bongo11,080
162168Rob Zombie Spook Show Intl3$2.95MV Creations11,053
163169Path21$2.95CrossGen10,961
164170Stormwatch Team Achilles18$2.95DC10,961
165171Human Target5$2.95DC10,942
166122Vertical$4.95DC10,749
167188Demon Driven Out4$2.50DC10,722
168172Meridian41$2.95CrossGen10,593
169173Mystic43$2.95CrossGen10,566
170127Masks Too Hot For TV$4.95DC10,538
171174Shrek3$2.99Dark Horse10,318
172176Duel Masters2$2.95Dreamwave10,244
173178Meridian42$2.95CrossGen10,217
174179Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer Gus Beezer & Spider-Man$2.99Marvel10,079
175180Cursed3$2.99Image9,913
176181Crux33$2.95CrossGen9,877
177183Route 66619$2.95CrossGen9,794
178148CSIBad Rap4$3.99IDW9,766
179184Megaman4$2.95Dreamwave9,748
18088Plastic Man Lost Annual1$6.95DC9,647
181185Botp Manga3$2.99Image9,573
182119Star Wars Tales18$5.99Dark Horse9,307
183190Frankenstein Mobster1$2.95Image9,013
184189Goon4 Dh Ed$2.99Dark Horse8,967
185191Vampi Vicious3$2.99Harris8,866
186202Casefiles Sam & Twitch6$2.50Image8,756
187195PVP5$2.95Image8,250
188166Wake The Dead2$3.99IDW8,195
189196Darkminds Macropolis Vol. 23$2.95Dreamwave8,177
190197Victory3*$2.95Image8,140
191204Reign of the Zodiac5$2.75DC7,764
192177Alan Moores Yuggoth Cultures3$3.95Avatar7,635
193201Wildguard Casting Call4$2.95Image7,589
194192Phantom1$3.50Moonstone7,378
195222Sonic The Hedgehog131$2.19Archie7,286
196206Walking Dead3$2.95Image6,992
197224Powerpuff Girls45$2.25DC6,817
198207Kamikaze3$2.95DC6,652
199220Bad Girls5$2.50DC6,588
200208Space Ace Defender of the Universe3$2.95MV Creations6,560
201193Knights of the Dinner Table86$3.99Kenzer6,303
202209Rex Mundi7$2.95Image6,275
203210Noble Causes Distant Relatives4$2.95Image6,257
204151Lore1$5.99IDW6,257
205212Donald Duck & Friends311$2.95Gemstone6,192
206229Cerebus297$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim6,192
207211Queen & Country22$2.99Oni6,137
208213Invincible7$2.95Image6,091
209142Uncle Scrooge325$6.95Gemstone6,055
210214Hammer of the Gods Hammer Hits China3$2.95Image6,018
211205Oh My Goddess104$3.50Dark Horse5,981
212215Mickey Mouse & Friends260$2.95Gemstone5,935
213218Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles13$2.95Mirage5,825
214228Icandy4$2.50DC5,816
215217Blade of the Immortal85$2.99Dark Horse5,751
216233Scooby Doo79$2.25DC5,715
217186Grendel God & Devil10$4.99Dark Horse5,705
218219Sword of Dracula2$2.95Image5,650
219221Mythstalkers6$2.95Image5,494
220203Ultraman Tiga4$3.99Dark Horse5,402
221154Walt Disneys Comics & Stories640$6.95Gemstone5,283
222232Cinnamon El Ciclo5$2.50DC5,163
223225Feather3$2.95Image5,007
224226Something Wicked2$2.95Image4,943
225198Cloudfall1$4.95Image4,823
226230Poison Elves75$2.95Sirius4,704
227200Hate Annual4$4.95Fantagraphics4,539
228231Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom1$2.99Oni4,401
229216Wynonna Earp Home of the Strange1$3.99IDW4,309
230234Cannon God Exaxxion20$2.99Dark Horse4,190
231235Hulk Unchained1$2.99Marvel4,180
232236Hulk Gamma Games1$2.99Marvel4,162
233227Capes3$3.50Image4,162
234194Terminator 3 Fragmented6$5.95Beckett4,107
235238David & Goliath2$2.95Image4,107
236239Crush2$2.99Dark Horse4,033
237256Batman621$2.25DC3,969
238199El Cazador Coll Ed$5.95CrossGen3,822
239242Gold Digger48$2.99Antarctic3,813
240243Bear3$2.95Slave Labor3,684
241244Amazing Screw-On Head$2.99Dark Horse3,592
242246Shadows4$2.95Image3,583
243267Looney Tunes109$2.25DC3,464
244241Dungeons & Dragons Where Shadows Fall3$3.50Kenzer3,326
245249Cavewoman Movie One-Shot$3.25Basement3,170
246252Demo2$2.95Astronauts in Trouble3,115
247253Superman/Batman3$2.95DC3,096
248254Gloomcookie18$2.95Slave Labor3,059
249255Blokhedz1$2.95Image3,032
250258Nightmares & Fairy Tales7$2.95Slave Labor2,977
251279Archie543$2.19Archie2,958
252259Heroes Anonymous3$2.99Bongo2,894
253284Archie544$2.19Archie2,857
254250Joe Lansdales Drive-In2$3.50Avatar2,839
255245Paradigm12$3.95Image2,701
256263Nodwick23$2.99Dork Storm2,701
257289Betty & Veronica Spectacular64$2.19Archie2,674
258223JLA/Avengers3$5.95Marvel2,664
259247Artesia Afire5$3.95Archie2,655
260265Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated29$2.99Kenzer2,637
261269Love Fights6$2.99Oni2,573
262294Betty & Veronica196$2.19Archie2,554
263295Sabrina Vol. 253$2.19Archie2,527
264283Drake Demon Box1$2.50Image2,508
265290Cartoon Cartoons25$2.25DC2,499
266299Betty133$2.19Archie2,481
267301Archie & Friends78$2.19Archie2,435
268251Metal Hurlant9$3.95Humanoids2,407
269304Veronica147$2.19Archie2,407
270240Street Fighter Chen Cvr4$5.00Image2,389
271260Archie Double Digest148$3.59Archie2,370
272310Veronica148$2.19Archie2,297
273268Jugheads Double Digest100$3.59Archie2,150
274282Street Fighter3$2.95Image2,141
275261Teenagers From Mars8$3.99Teenagers from Mars2,113
276270Archie Pals N Gals Double Digest81$3.59Archie2,104
277307Teen Titans5$2.50DC2,086
278315Archie Digest204$2.39Archie2,067
279317Betty & Veronica Digest144$2.39Archie2,058
280273Ninja High School111$3.50Antarctic2,049
281287Usagi Yojimbo71$2.99Dark Horse2,040
282288Cavewoman Meriems Gallery3$2.95Basement2,030
283323Jughead155$2.19Archie2,021
284264Knights of the Dinner Table87$3.99Kenzer2,003
285271Chimney 25$3.95Slave Labor1,911
286292Queen & Country21$2.99Oni1,874
287296Mince1$2.99Neko1,838
288326Laugh Digest189$2.39Archie1,838
289281Genus62$3.50Radio1,801
290335Cerebus298$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim1,801
291336Teen Titans Go1$2.25DC1,792
292332Jughead with Archie Digest189$2.39Archie1,727
293311Neotopia Vol. 25$2.99Antarctic1,681
294318Superman/Batman2$2.95DC1,645
295293Jack Staff12 (Res)$3.50Dancing Elephant1,599
296266Housewives at Play11$4.95Fantagraphics1,580
297286Young Witches Vol. 5 Legacy6$3.95Fantagraphics1,562
298320Duel Masters1$2.95Dreamwave1,553
299319Ruule Ganglords of Chinatown2$2.99Beckett1,534
300248Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman Trinity3$6.95DC1,498

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December 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.

#1 #2 #3 #4

The second part of Batman: Hush ruled graphic novel sales for the holidays.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Batman Hush Vol. 2 HC$19.95DC12,936
25Chronicles of Conan Vol. 2 Rogues in the House$15.95Dark Horse5,715
34Dark Knight Strikes Again$19.95DC5,320
414JLA Liberty & Justice Oversized$9.95DC5,163
58Powers Vol. 5 Anarchy$14.95Image5,117
610Hellsing Vol. 1$13.95Dark Horse4,915
711Blade of the Immortal Vol. 12 Autumn Frost $16.95Dark Horse3,941
841Donald Duck Adventures Vol. 3$7.95Gemstone3,932
99Hellboy Weird Tales Vol. 1$17.95Dark Horse3,886
1016Autobiographix$14.95Dark Horse3,326
1149Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 2$7.95Viz3,289
1237Nightwing/Huntress$9.95DC3,252
1338Battle Royale Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop3,234
1424Wolverine Vol. 1 Brotherhood$12.99Marvel3,078
1533Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 Hunger$11.99Marvel2,949
1650Inu Yasha Vol. 16$8.95Viz2,912
1730Heavens War$12.95Image2,867
1815Americas Best Comics$17.95DC2,793
1923Starman Vol. 8 Stars My Destination$14.95DC2,747
207Ultimate X-Men Vol. 3 HC$29.99Marvel2,701
2127Avengers Vol. 2 Red Zone$14.99Marvel2,618
2231Violent Cases New Prtg$14.95Dark Horse2,453
235540 Oz Coll$9.95Image2,435
2420Green Lantern Willworld$17.95DC2,343
2521Sleeper Out in the Cold$17.95DC2,315
2635Kyle Baker Cartoonist$14.95Kyle Baker2,251
2743Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Vol. 5$13.95ComicsOne2,223
2825Terminator Burning Earth$17.95iBooks2,214
292Supergirl Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,196
3081Yu-Gi-Oh Vol. 3$7.95Viz2,177
3145Spider-Man Legends Vol. 4 Spider-Man & Wolverine$13.99Marvel2,150
3228Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction New Prtg$17.95Dark Horse2,132
333Thunder Agents Archives Vol. 3 HC$49.95DC2,132
3419X-Men Legends Vol. 4 Hated & Feared$19.99Marvel2,132
3512Cerebus Vol. 15 Latter Days$30.00Aardvark-Vanaheim2,104
3673Dot Hack Sign Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,948
3786Naruto Vol. 2 Shonen J Ed$7.95Viz1,939
3876Astro Boy Vol. 22$9.95Dark Horse1,874
3977Shrek$9.95Dark Horse1,856
4047Leave It To Chance Vol. 3 Monster Madness HC$14.95Image1,838
4132Johnny Homicidal Maniac Directors Cut$19.95Slave Labor1,773
4279Those Who Hunt Elves Manga Vol. 1$9.99A.D. Vision1,764
4380Kodocha Vol. 10 Sanas Stage$9.99Tokyopop1,746
4442Hellboy Vol. 2 Wake Devil New Prtg$17.95Dark Horse1,736
4598Dragonball Z Vol. 14 Shonen J Ed$7.95Viz1,700
4653Trigun Vol. 1$14.95Dark Horse1,691
4726League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Book Two HC$24.95DC1,589
4839Batman Hush Vol. 1 HC$19.95DC1,571
4987GTO Vol. 16$9.99Tokyopop1,544
5089Excel Saga Vol. 4$9.95Viz1,534