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March 2008 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

After six consecutive first quarters in which retailers ordered more dollars worth of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Top 300 comics than they had the year before, that sequence ended in March when the quarter finished at $98.3 million, as compared with $99.3 million for the first quarter of 2007.

In this widest category, it was a close-run thing: $1 million is less than the difference made by a single item from the previous March, the blockbuster Captain America #25. The top-selling item for the month, Marvel’s Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1, had orders of approximately 123,800 copies, and was one of two items to have orders in the six figures, versus nine in the previous year.

There had not been a drop in the dollar sales of the Top 300 comics since the fourth quarter of 2004, it had occurred several times before that as the market clawed back from the bottom. The 12 consecutive quarters of growth which ended appears to have been the longest sustained such period since the early 1990s.

Read more in our original report from the month. You can also 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.
Items marked with asterisks [*] had their reported orders reduced by 10% due to returnability.
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
11Dark Tower: Long Road Home1$3.99Marvel123,803
22New Avengers39$2.99Marvel103,016
44Amazing Spider-Man552$2.99Marvel89,808
55Uncanny X-Men496$2.99Marvel89,028
66Buffy the Vampire Slayer12$2.99Dark Horse88,904
77Justice League of America19$2.99DC87,456
89Amazing Spider-Man553$2.99Marvel82,624
910Mighty Avengers11$2.99Marvel82,229
1011X-Men Legacy209$2.99Marvel82,219
1112Mighty Avengers10$2.99Marvel82,125
1314Captain America36$2.99Marvel81,354
1415Amazing Spider-Man554$2.99Marvel81,048
1516All Star Superman10$2.99DC73,552
1719Green Lantern28$2.99DC68,053
1820Countdown to Final Crisis8$2.99DC68,018
1921Countdown to Final Crisis7$2.99DC67,999
2022Countdown to Final Crisis6$2.99DC67,875
2123Countdown to Final Crisis5$2.99DC67,667
2224Fantastic Four555$2.99Marvel67,396
2325Green Lantern29$2.99DC66,516
2629Serenity Better Days1$2.99Dark Horse62,282
2730Ultimate Spider-Man120$2.99Marvel57,711
2933Avengers Initiative10$2.99Marvel54,406
3034Wolverine Origins23$2.99Marvel49,618
3126Angel: After Fall5$3.99IDW49,544
3235Detective Comics842$2.99DC49,410
3336Incredible Hercules115$2.99Marvel49,321
3437Teen Titans57$2.99DC49,094
3538Ultimate X-Men92$2.99Marvel49,000
3628Superman Batman Annual2$3.99DC46,885
3739Green Lantern Corps22$2.99DC46,722
3840Ultimate Human3$2.99Marvel45,626
3917Justice League New Frontier Special0$4.99DC43,234
4243Ultimate Iron Man II4$2.99Marvel41,342
4332Ms Marvel25$3.99Marvel40,981
4444Wonder Woman18$2.99DC40,759
4545Captain Marvel4$2.99Marvel40,610
4747Ultimate Fantastic Four52$2.99Marvel38,135
4848Brave & Bold11$2.99DC37,740
4949Batman & Outsiders5$2.99DC36,786
5050Booster Gold7$2.99DC36,129
5151Iron Man27$2.99Marvel36,000
5252Wolverine First Class1$2.99Marvel35,684
5455Teen Titans Year One3$2.99DC33,115
5556Last Defenders1$2.99Marvel33,056
5657Green Arrow Black Canary6$2.99DC32,611
5860Tangent Supermans Reign1$2.99DC32,369
5961Immortal Iron Fist13$2.99Marvel32,038
6163Punisher War Journal17$2.99Marvel31,217
6265New Exiles3$2.99Marvel30,471
6366Legion of Super Heroes40$2.99DC30,368
6568Star Wars Legacy21$2.99Dark Horse30,219
6654Death of New Gods7$3.50DC29,854
6769Moon Knight16$2.99Marvel29,538
6870Annihilation Conquest5$2.99Marvel29,439
7277World of Warcraft5$2.99DC27,151
7479World War Hulk Aftersmash Warbound4$2.99Marvel26,736
7580Ghost Rider21$2.99Marvel26,519
7681Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures9$2.99Marvel26,316
7783Salvation Run5$2.99DC25,782
7885Batman Confidential14$2.99DC25,323
7986DC Special Raven1$2.99DC24,527
8059Countdown To Adventure7$3.99DC24,285
8187Batman Confidential15$2.99DC24,275
8389New Warriors10$2.99Marvel23,880
8490Gotham Underground6$2.99DC23,766
8591Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic26$2.99Dark Horse23,460
8664Countdown To Adventure8$3.99DC22,951
8792Birds of Prey116$2.99DC22,620
8893Walking Dead47$2.99Image22,605
8971Spider-Man With Great Power3$3.99Marvel22,022
9094World War Hulk Aftersmash Damage Control3$2.99Marvel21,829
9173Countdown To Mystery6$3.99DC21,642
9295She-Hulk 227$2.99Marvel21,414
9396Black Panther35$2.99Marvel21,326
9597Witchblade116 Sejic Cvr A$2.99Image21,088
9699Penance Relentless5$2.99Marvel20,639
97100Superman Confidential13$2.99DC20,421
9876War Is Hell: First Flight Phantom Eagle1$3.99Marvel20,367
100103Star Wars Rebellion12$2.99Dark Horse19,028
102105Countdown Lord Havok & Extremists5$2.99DC18,554
103106JLA Classified54$2.99DC18,524
105110Countdown Lord Havok & Extremists6$2.99DC17,363
106112Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash6$2.99DC17,091
107114Jack of Fables21$2.99DC16,592
108115Red Sonja31$2.99Dynamic16,538
109102Terry Moores Echo1$3.50Abstract16,360
110116BPRD 19463$2.99Dark Horse16,241
112118JSA Classified36$2.99DC16,128
114120Amazing Spider-Girl18$2.99Marvel15,905
115121Abe Sapien Drowning2$2.99Dark Horse15,782
116122Suicide Squad Raise Flag7$2.99DC15,777
11782Lone Ranger & Tonto1$4.99Dynamic15,688
118123Ex Machina35$2.99DC15,495
120101Marvel Comics Presents7$3.99Marvel15,011
122130X-Men First Class Vol. 210$2.99Marvel14,902
123132Simon Dark6$2.99DC14,680
124113G.I. Joe Americas Elite33$3.50Devil's Due14,398
126135Blue Beetle25$2.99DC14,299
127136Dark Ivory1$2.99Image14,072
128137Uncle Sam & Freedom Fighters7$2.99DC13,701
129108Doctor Who2$3.99IDW13,617
130138Iron Man Enter Mandarin6$2.99Marvel13,543
131139Jonah Hex29$2.99DC13,435
132109Captain America34 Directors Cut$3.99Marvel13,425
133142Authority Prime6$2.99DC13,366
134145Young Liars1$2.99DC13,173
135146All New Atom21$2.99DC13,044
136147Evil Dead3$2.99Dark Horse12,946
138111Star Trek New Frontier1$3.99IDW12,832
139149Avengers Fairy Tales1$2.99Marvel12,758
140129Army of Darkness Xena Why Not1$3.50Dynamic12,748
141174Super Friends1$2.25DC12,550
142150Gen 1318$2.99DC12,392
143196Spawn Godslayer7$1.99Image11,947
145152Jungle Girl5$2.99Dynamic11,844
146153End League2$2.99Dark Horse11,829
147154New Avengers31$2.99Marvel11,770
148189Tiny Titans2$2.25DC11,429
149143Grendel Behold Devil5$3.50Dark Horse11,404
151157Infinity Inc7$2.99DC11,325
153144Darkness Vs. Eva1$3.50Dynamic11,261
154159New Dynamix1$2.99DC11,078
155131Transformers Spotlight Mirage0$3.99IDW11,043
156160Ultimates 31$2.99Marvel11,043
157161Secret History Authority Jack Hawksmoor1$2.99DC10,964
158133Marvel Atlas2$3.99Marvel10,890
159162100 Bullets89$2.99DC10,875
161165Goon22$2.99Dark Horse10,396
163168Astounding Wolf-Man5$2.99Image10,253
164140Ghost Whisperer1$3.99IDW10,045
165141Dead of Night Featuring Man Thing2$3.99Marvel10,040
166155Army of Darkness7$3.50Dynamic9,946
167170Invincible Presents Atom Eve2$2.99Image9,793
168172Grimm Fairy Tales25$2.99Zenescope9,729
169173New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero6$2.99Dynamic9,620
170175Madman Atomic Comics7$2.99Image9,358
172182Tarot Witch of Black Rose49$2.95Broadsword9,279
173180Grimm Fairy Tales24$2.99Zenescope9,176
174181Avengers Classic10$2.99Marvel9,171
175126Savage Tales6$4.99Dynamic9,171
176183Simpsons Comics140$2.99Bongo9,136
177184Grimm Fairy Tales23$2.99Zenescope9,082
178185Bat Lash4$2.99DC9,062
179188Grimm Fairy Tales Piper1$2.99Zenescope8,909
180166Sheena5$3.50Devil's Due8,810
181221Justice League Unlimited43$2.25DC8,657
182190Omega Unknown6$2.99Marvel8,592
183192Wildstorm Revelations5$2.99DC8,479
184171Battlestar Galactica Origins4$3.50Dynamic8,350
185193Wildstorm Revelations6$2.99DC8,340
186194Power Pack Day One1$2.99Marvel8,296
189169Star Trek: The Next Generation Intelligence Gathering3$3.99IDW7,580
190202Dan Dare5$2.99Virgin7,515
191203Futurama Comics36$2.99Bongo7,491
192124Secret Invasion Saga (Bundle of 25)0$6.25Marvel7,392
193238Teen Titans Go53$2.25DC7,323
194191Halloween Nightdance2$3.50Devil's Due7,313
197211Lords of Avalon Sod2$2.99Marvel6,992
198213Ultimates 32$2.99Marvel6,972
200178Streets of Glory4$3.99Avatar6,927
201243Sonic The Hedgehog186$2.25Archie6,878
202214Dead Space1$2.99Image6,848
203156Countdown Special Eclipso 80 Page Giant0$4.99DC6,829
205187Doctor Who Classics4$3.99IDW6,700
206198Painkiller Jane5$3.50Dynamic6,690
207218Savage Dragon135$2.99Image6,656
208220Fallen Son Death of Captain America Iron Man0$2.99Marvel6,547
209246Batman Strikes43$2.25DC6,542
210251Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century12$2.25DC6,329
211224Hedge Knight 2 Sworn Sword5$2.99Marvel6,290
212207Scud Disposable Assassin22$3.50Image6,122
213195Locke & Key2$3.99IDW6,122
214208Terminator 2 Infinity7$3.50Dynamic6,063
215226Vinyl Underground6$2.99DC6,033
217229Marvel Adventures Spider-Man37$2.99Marvel5,875
218216Hack Slash Series10$3.50Devil's Due5,816
219231Uncanny X-Men495$2.99Marvel5,771
220199Speed Racer Chronicles of the Racer2$3.99IDW5,722
221200Zombies Vs. Robots Vs. Amazons3$3.99IDW5,707
222232Franklin Richards Spring Break0$2.99Marvel5,682
223219Dynamo 511$3.50Image5,623
224234Usagi Yojimbo110$2.99Dark Horse5,588
225235Marvel Adventures Avengers22$2.99Marvel5,573
226179Civil War Chronicles9$4.99Marvel5,534
228239Wolverine62 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel5,499
229240Fantastic Four554$2.99Marvel5,455
230204Fallen Angel25$3.99IDW5,440
231205New Avengers Illuminati Secret History0$3.99Marvel5,435
232241Fear Agent19$2.99Dark Horse5,292
233212Gargoyles8$3.95Slave Labor5,287
234242Marvel Illustrated Iliad4$2.99Marvel5,198
235215Warhammer 40k Blood & Thunder4$3.99Boom5,119
236245Crossing Midnight17$2.99DC5,050
238223Speed Racer Chronicles of the Racer3$3.99IDW4,837
239233Pax Romana2$3.50Image4,793
241253Captain Marvel3$2.99Marvel4,753
242275Sonic X31$2.25Archie4,734
243225Transformers Best of UK Space Pirates1$3.99IDW4,664
244255Marvel Spotlight Hamilton Martin0$2.99Marvel4,654
245256Return of the Gremlins1$2.99Dark Horse4,625
248258Marvel Adventures Iron Man11$2.99Marvel4,570
249201Vampirella Quarterly Winter 2008 Reg Ed0$4.95Harris4,546
250228Everybodys Dead1$3.99IDW4,467
251280Scooby Doo130$2.25DC4,462
252230Angel After Fall6$3.99IDW4,398
253259Marvel Adventures Hulk9$2.99Marvel4,393
254206Knights of the Dinner Table137$4.99Kenzer4,309
255263Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four34$2.99Marvel4,175
256236Angel After Fall3 2nd Ptg$3.99IDW4,160
258267Marvel Illustrated Moby Dick2$2.99Marvel3,953
259222Shonen Jump Apr 080$4.99Viz3,874
260268Marvel Illustrated Picture Dorian Gray4$2.99Marvel3,874
261247Grimm Fairy Tales Return To Wonderland Cvr Gallery1$3.99Zenescope3,681
262273Atomic Robo6$2.95Red 53,671
263248Silent Hill Sinners Reward2$3.99IDW3,666
26518624: Cold Warriors0$7.49IDW3,602
266254Tron5$3.95Slave Labor3,592
267264Speak of the Devil5$3.50Dark Horse3,543
268276Gamekeeper Series 21$2.99Virgin3,513
270270Omega One2$3.25Big City3,459
271261Tales From Crypt5$3.95NBM3,251
272260Badger Saves World3$3.99IDW3,241
273262Gene Simmons Zipper4$3.99IDW3,202
275286New Exiles2$2.99Marvel3,098
277277Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters2$3.50Dynamic2,994
278284Dragon Cross4$3.25Big City2,881
279269Badger Saves World4$3.99IDW2,866
281316Looney Tunes160$2.25DC2,807
282282Spooks2 Cvr A$3.50Devil's Due2,757
284297Ride Die Valkyrie3$2.99Image2,723
285274Comic Book Comics1$3.95Evil Twin2,703
286290Tempest4$3.25Big City2,703
287287Drafted6$3.50Devil's Due2,634
288278Rogue Angel Teller of theales2$3.99IDW2,614
290296Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles44$3.25Mirage2,510
291302Buddha Story of Enlightenment1$2.99Virgin2,500
292281Kong King of Skull Island3$3.99Markosia2,471
293330Betty & Veronica234$2.25Archie2,342
294298New World Order2$3.50Image2,273
295335Sabrina Vol. 292$2.25Archie2,204
299303Cemetery Blues2$3.50Image2,125


March 2008 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 Top 100 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

As if to prove the evergreen nature of comics for retailers, a new version of a 20-year-old title topped the March list: Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition, which had orders of approximately 10,600 copies.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Batman Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC10,599
29Fables 1001 Nights of Snowfall$14.99DC5,786
340Naruto Vol. 28$7.95Viz5,425
412DMZ Vol. 4 Friendly Fire$12.99DC5,391
527Fruits Basket Vol. 19$9.99Tokyopop5,312
64Spider-Man Prem HC One More Day$24.99Marvel4,659
78Star Wars Legacy Vol. 2 Shards$19.95Dark Horse4,516
815Empowered Vol. 3$14.95Dark Horse4,338
917Punisher Max Vol. 9 Long Cold Dark$15.99Marvel3,908
1022Spider-Man Reign$14.99Marvel3,829
1129Berserk Vol. 22$13.95Dark Horse3,755
127X-Men Vs Apocalypse Vol. 1 Twelve$29.99Marvel3,740
1311Mighty Avengers Prem HC Vol. 1 Ultron Initiative$19.99Marvel3,691
1428Avengers Initiative Vol. 1 Basic Training$14.99Marvel3,533
156Ultimate Power HC$34.99Marvel3,207
1626Chronicles of Conan Vol. 14$16.95Dark Horse3,197
1749Negima Vol. 17$10.95Random House3,157
1823Conan Vol. 5 Rogues in House$17.95Dark Horse3,152
1918Wonder Woman Who Is Wonder Woman HC$19.99DC3,098
2075Bleach Vol. 22$7.95Viz3,063
2125Mouse Guard Fall 1152$17.95Random House3,034
2265Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 16$9.99Viz3,014
2310Spider-Man Peter Parker Back In Black$24.99Marvel2,994
2420Lobo Portrait of Bastich$19.99DC2,994
2530Star Wars Rebellion Vol. 2 Ahakista Gambit$17.95Dark Horse2,895
262Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC Vol. 4$49.99DC2,836
2733Showcase Presents Booster Gold Vol. 1$16.99DC2,802
2947X-Men Die By Sword$13.99Marvel2,757
3013New Avengers Prem HC Vol. 7 Trust$24.99Marvel2,723
3114Iron Man Prem HC Demon in a Bottle$24.99Marvel2,663
3236Showcase Presents Phantom Stranger Vol. 2$16.99DC2,643
3316Goon Fancy Pants Ltd Sgn HC Vol. 2$24.95Dark Horse2,594
3432Superman Man of Steel Vol. 6$19.99DC2,456
3548New Universal Everything Went White$14.99Marvel2,436
364130 Days of Night Vol. 9 Beyond Barrow$17.99IDW2,391
3742X-Factor Vol. 4 Heart of Ice$17.99Marvel2,337
3839Forgotten Realms Vol. 6 Halflings Gem$18.99Devil's Due2,293
3950Outsiders Five of Kind$14.99DC2,268
4053Moon Knight Vol. 2 Midnight Sun$14.99Marvel2,238
4155First Born Vol. 1$14.99Image2,233
4237Iron Man Doomquest Prem HC$19.99Marvel2,223
4345Punisher War Journal Vol. 2 Goin Out West$17.99Marvel2,214
4457Ghost Rider Trail of Tears$14.99Marvel2,184
4558Nightwing Lost Year$14.99DC2,159
4679XXXholic Vol. 11$10.95Random House2,100
4831Justice League International HC$24.99DC2,060
495Marvel Masterworks Captain America HC Vol. 4$54.99Marvel2,055
5086Gene Simmons House of Horrors Vol. 3$9.99IDW2,051
513Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era HC Vol. 2 Tales Astonish$59.99Marvel2,016
5219Wanted HC Directors Cut Ed$29.99Image2,016
5321Earth X Trilogy Companion$29.99Marvel1,952
5456Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Ed Vol. 1$16.99Marvel1,952
5546Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 6 Hourman & Python$19.99DC1,947
5674Robin Big Leagues$12.99DC1,942
5769Ghost Rider Vol. 4 Revelations$14.99Marvel1,922
5870Soulfire Vol. 1$14.99Aspen1,922
5934Green Lantern HC Vol. 1 Sinestro Corps War$24.99DC1,843
6035Terminator Omnibus Vol. 2$24.95Dark Horse1,803
6190MPD Psycho Vol. 4$10.95Dark Horse1,700
6252Harvey Comics Classics Vol. 3 Hot Stuff$19.95Dark Horse1,685
6354Spider-Man Red Sonja Prem HC$19.99Marvel1,675
6461Dragonlance Chronicles Vol. 3 Dragons of Spring Dawning$18.99Devil's Due1,665
6559DC The New Frontier Vol. 1$19.99DC1,601
6644Marvel Fanfare Strange Tales$24.99Marvel1,596
6776Witchblade Vol. 3$14.99Image1,586
68126One Piece Vol. 17$7.95Viz1,571
6987Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.99DC1,547
7062Star Trek Year Four$19.99IDW1,547
7163Wormwood Vol. 2$19.99IDW1,537
7238Cable Classic Vol. 1$29.99Marvel1,477
73107Essex County Vol. 1 Tales From The Farm$9.95Top Shelf1,472
7466Magician Apprentice Prem HC Vol. 2$19.99Marvel1,467
75106Welcome to NHK Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,467
7667DC The New Frontier Vol. 2$19.99DC1,463
7778Red Prophet Tales of Alvin Maker Vol. 1$15.99Marvel1,448
78117Spider-Man Family Untold Team Ups Digest$9.99Marvel1,393
7984Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century Vol. 1$14.99DC1,379
8095How To Make Webcomics$12.99Image1,314
81123Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. 27$9.99Tokyopop1,309
82134Nana Vol. 9$8.99Viz1,299
83226Princess At Midnight Gn$5.99Image1,270
8573Boys Vol. 2 Get Some$19.99Dynamic1,260
86101Y: The Last Man Vol. 2 Cycles$12.99DC1,230
8764Dark Tower Gunslinger Born Prem HC$24.99Marvel1,211
88129Flight Explorer Vol. 1$10.00Random House1,206
8998Apocalypse Nerd$13.95Dark Horse1,191
9077Marvel Illustrated Last of Mohicans Prem HC$19.99Marvel1,181
91174Claymore Vol. 11$7.99Viz1,181
9289Buffy the Vampire Slayer Long Way Home$15.95Dark Horse1,181
9383Hawkgirl Hath Set$17.99DC1,166
9471Civil War$24.99Marvel1,146
9596Boys Vol. 1$14.99Dynamic1,127
96110Y: The Last Man Vol. 3 One Small Step$12.99DC1,117
97189Black Cat Vol. 13$7.99Viz1,112
98191Shaman King Vol. 15$7.95Viz1,112
10088Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 2$17.95Dark Horse1,087