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October 2008 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

The Top 300 Comics Dollar sales in October were the highest they had been since the beginning of the Diamond Exclusive era, in April 1997. Likewise, the Overall Comics, Trade Paperback, and Magazine sales figure also set the highest mark since that category became trackable in 2003.

Secret Invasion #7 was the top book, meaning that the Marvel title has topped the charts for every single month of 2008 since it began. That was the longest such run in the Diamond era since Uncanny X-Men had a ten-issue run topping the charts in 1999. Civil War's run was broken up by not shipping in two months, but it also had seven issues at the #1 slot. Historically, Uncanny X-Men likely had longer runs than that at #1 in the 1980s.

The average cost and average weighted cost of new comics in the Diamond Top 300 was higher than at any previous time in the Diamond era, and almost certainly in the history of comics. The average cost of all comics in the Top 300 was $3.38 — and the weighted average, total dollars divided by total units, was $3.31. The Top 25 comics had an average price of $3.39, so the top of the list was particularly pricey.

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
11Secret Invasion7$3.99Marvel154,656
22Final Crisis4$3.99DC115,651
58New Avengers46$2.99Marvel99,501
611Mighty Avengers19$2.99Marvel87,248
712Astonishing X-Men27$2.99Marvel86,759
84Amazing Spider-Man573$3.99Marvel82,540
916Uncanny X-Men503$2.99Marvel81,064
105Justice League of America25$3.99DC80,721
1218Justice League of America26$2.99DC77,343
137Final Crisis Rage of Red Lanterns1$3.99DC76,398
1423Captain America43$2.99Marvel72,396
1524Justice Society of America19$2.99DC72,064
169Astonishing X-Men Ghost Boxes1$3.99Marvel69,601
1727Amazing Spider-Man574$2.99Marvel69,060
1828Amazing Spider-Man575$2.99Marvel68,904
1930X-Men Legacy217$2.99Marvel65,880
2031Detective Comics849$2.99DC65,870
2110Dark Tower Treachery2$3.99Marvel65,724
2213Stand Captain Trips2$3.99Marvel64,436
2314Final Crisis Legion of Three Worlds2$3.99DC64,404
2415Marvel Zombies 31$3.99Marvel64,186
2532Avengers Invaders5$2.99Marvel63,750
2634Green Lantern35$2.99DC63,375
2735Avengers Initiative18$2.99Marvel61,151
2836Ultimate Origins5$2.99Marvel61,037
3038Wolverine Origins29$2.99Marvel58,834
3219Final Crisis Submit1$3.99DC57,483
3320Amazing Spider-Man Annual1$3.99Marvel57,472
3440Action Comics870$2.99DC57,400
3521Final Crisis Rogues Revenge3$3.99DC55,051
3622X-Men Original Sin1$3.99Marvel54,885
3844Secret Invasion Thor3$2.99Marvel53,731
3925Superman New Krypton Special1$3.99DC53,575
4046Invincible Iron Man6$2.99Marvel53,326
4126Final Crisis Revelations3$3.99DC52,858
4248Ultimate Spider-Man127$2.99Marvel52,577
4349Secret Invasion X-Men3$2.99Marvel51,559
4529Ultimate Captain America Annual1$3.99Marvel50,052
4853Superman Batman53$2.99DC48,181
5033Ultimate Spider-Man Annual3$3.99Marvel47,765
5256Batman & Outsiders12$2.99DC46,643
5458Green Lantern Corps29$2.99DC46,310
5660Titans6 (Res)$2.99DC45,448
5761Secret Invasion Inhumans3$2.99Marvel44,315
5862Skaar Son of Hulk4$2.99Marvel44,305
6064Incredible Hercules122$2.99Marvel42,870
6166Secret Invasion Amazing Spider-Man3$2.99Marvel42,247
6241Thor Truth of History1$3.99Marvel42,133
6367Iron Man Director of Shield34$2.99Marvel42,018
65177G.I. Joe A New Beginning0$1.00IDW40,927
6643Angel After The Fall13$3.99IDW40,833
6771Wolverine Manifest Destiny1$2.99Marvel40,137
6872Teen Titans64$2.99DC39,690
6947X-Men Manifest Destiny2$3.99Marvel39,628
7278Guardians of Galaxy6$2.99Marvel36,541
7379Young X-Men7$2.99Marvel36,479
7481Secret Invasion Front Line4$2.99Marvel35,554
7684Wonder Woman25$2.99DC33,579
7785Terror Titans1$2.99DC32,997
7845Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen Special1$4.99DC31,989
7988Punisher War Journal24$2.99Marvel31,781
8065Captain America Theater of War Operation Zero Point0$3.99Marvel31,698
8168Marvel 19856$3.99Marvel31,407
8269X-Men Worlds Apart1$3.99Marvel31,230
83207Project Superpowers Vol. 2 Supremacy0$1.00Dynamic30,700
8592Booster Gold13$2.99DC29,911
8693Hellboy in Chapel of Moloch One Shot0$2.99Dark Horse29,734
8795Civil War House of M2$2.99Marvel29,495
8873Spike After The Fall4$3.99IDW29,443
9097Venom Dark Origin3$2.99Marvel28,715
9199DC Universe Decisions2$2.99DC28,518
92100Star Wars Legacy29$2.99Dark Horse28,466
93101Brave & Bold18$2.99DC28,196
9576Hulk Monster Size Special1$3.99Marvel28,040
96103Captain Britain and M.I. 136$2.99Marvel28,029
98105Secret Six2$2.99DC27,842
99106Superman Batman Vs Vampires Werewolves1$2.99DC27,822
10077X-Men Magneto Testament2$3.99Marvel27,468
101108Project Superpowers7$2.99Dynamic27,323
10280Ghost Rider28$3.99Marvel26,990
103109Green Arrow Black Canary13$2.99DC26,886
106113Punisher Max63$2.99Marvel25,930
107114Ms Marvel32$2.99Marvel25,889
108115Immortal Iron Fist19$2.99Marvel25,857
109116Runaways 33$2.99Marvel25,753
11083Enders Game Battle School1$3.99Marvel25,421
111117Moon Knight23$2.99Marvel25,213
112119Superman Batman Vs Vampires Werewolves2$2.99DC24,974
113120Conan The Cimmerian4$2.99Dark Horse24,787
11486Marvel Apes3$3.99Marvel24,506
115121Batman Confidential22$2.99DC24,278
116122Walking Dead53$2.99Image24,091
118124Legion of Super Heroes47$2.99DC23,748
121127DC Universe Decisions3$2.99DC23,041
122128She-Hulk 234$2.99Marvel22,760
12391Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Laughing Corpse1$3.99Marvel22,490
124129Squadron Supreme 24$2.99Marvel22,428
12594Ghost Rider Danny Ketch1$3.99Marvel22,116
126132Star Wars Clone Wars2$2.99Dark Horse21,773
127134New Exiles12$2.99Marvel21,679
12898Marvel Apes4$3.99Marvel21,440
129135DC Universe Decisions4$2.99DC21,399
130137Birds of Prey123$2.99DC21,108
131138New Exiles13$2.99Marvel21,056
132107Sub-Mariner Depths2$3.99Marvel20,651
133139Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic34$2.99Dark Horse20,318
134111Gears of War1$3.99DC19,715
135141Batman Gotham After Midnight6$2.99DC18,977
136118Amazing Spider-Girl25$3.99Marvel18,780
137142New Warriors17$2.99Marvel18,686
138145Tangent Supermans Reign8$2.99DC18,271
139136Rann Thanagar Holy War6$3.50DC18,271
140146World of Warcraft12$2.99DC18,198
142130World of Warcraft Ashbringer2$3.99DC16,577
143131Nyx No Way Home3$3.99Marvel16,493
144133Presidential Material Barack Obama0$3.99IDW16,317
145155Vixen Return of Lion1$2.99DC16,244
146156BPRD The Warning4$2.99Dark Horse16,140
147157Unknown Soldier1$2.99DC16,036
148158House of Mystery6$2.99DC15,932
14987DC Universe Halloween 080$5.99DC15,870
150159Top 10 Season Two1$2.99DC15,839
15189Two Face Year One2$5.99DC15,454
152148Criminal 26$3.50Marvel15,132
153149Reign In Hell4$3.50DC15,122
154163Age of Sentry2$2.99Marvel15,101
155164Jack of Fables27 (Res)$2.99DC15,090
156165Wolverine First Class8$2.99Marvel14,934
157140No Hero1$3.99Avatar14,259
160173Red Sonja38$2.99Dynamic14,103
165150X-Men First Class Giant Size Special1$3.99Marvel13,261
166162Garth Ennis Battlefields Night Witches1$3.50Dynamic13,095
167152Transformers All Hail Megatron4$3.99IDW12,835
168166Lone Ranger14$3.50Dynamic12,721
169181Jonah Hex36$2.99DC12,627
170168Terry Moores Echo7$3.50Abstract12,555
174160Presidential Material John Mccain0$3.99IDW11,848
175186Blue Beetle32$2.99DC11,827
176161No Hero2$3.99Avatar11,682
180191Madame Xanadu5$2.99DC11,391
181193DC Special Cyborg6$2.99DC11,297
182196Solomon Kane2$2.99Dark Horse11,152
183167Grant Morrisons Doctor Who1$3.99IDW11,152
184225Soulfire Shadow Magic0$2.50Aspen11,100
186169Doctor Who Forgotten2$3.99IDW10,694
187170Transformers Spotlight Sideswipe0$3.99IDW10,673
188202100 Bullets96$2.99DC10,653
189151Amazing Spider-Man Family2$4.99Marvel10,559
190175Street Fighter II Turbo1$3.95Udon10,549
191203Simon Dark13$2.99DC10,403
194211Gen 1323$2.99DC10,060
196154Giant Sized Red Sonja2$4.99Dynamic10,039
197217Beyond Wonderland2$2.99Zenescope9,821
198218Beyond Wonderland3$2.99Zenescope9,769
199220Goon29$2.99Dark Horse9,645
200221End League5$2.99Dark Horse9,645
202223Grimm Fairy Tales31$2.99Zenescope9,520
203257Tiny Titans9$2.25DC9,520
204183Ghostbusters Other Side1$3.99IDW9,302
206201Army of Darkness13$3.50Dynamic9,135
207144Samurai Legend2$5.99Marvel9,125
208229Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 23$2.99Marvel9,052
209230City of Dust1$3.99Radical8,979
210185Transformers Movie Prequel Saga of the Allspark4$3.99IDW8,938
211231True Believers4$2.99Marvel8,927
213209Army of Darkness14$3.50Dynamic8,699
214189Doktor Sleepless9$3.99Avatar8,626
215235Simpsons Comics147$2.99Bongo8,564
216236Amazing Spider-Man569 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel8,481
217194Big Hero 62$3.99Marvel8,408
218239Astounding Wolf-Man9$2.99Image8,325
219198Dead of Night Devil Slayer2$3.99Marvel8,262
220240War That Time Forgot6$2.99DC8,242
221242Greatest Hits2$2.99DC8,221
222222Man With No Name4$3.50Dynamic8,190
223153March On Ultimatum Saga (Bundle of 25) (Net)0$6.25Marvel8,138
224227Xena Vs Army of Darkness What Again1$3.50Dynamic7,867
225205Flash Gordon2$3.99Ardden7,722
226206Star Trek Mirror Images4$3.99IDW7,711
227208Deadpool1 2nd Ptg$3.99Marvel7,639
229213Star Trek Romulans Hollow Crown2$3.99IDW7,504
230233Madman Atomic Comics11$3.50Image7,472
231214Foolkiller White Angels4$3.99Marvel7,431
232251Stormwatch Phd15$2.99DC7,410
233252Hellblazer Presents Chas Knowledge4$2.99DC7,379
234253El Diablo2$2.99DC7,348
235254Futurama Comics39$2.99Bongo7,296
236255Young Liars8$2.99DC7,265
237237Battlestar Galactica Origins10$3.50Dynamic7,233
238287Sonic The Hedgehog193$2.25Archie7,161
239258Amazing Spider-Man570 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel7,036
240224Stephen Colberts Tek Jansen3$3.99Oni6,963
242243Battlestar Galactica Origins11$3.50Dynamic6,880
243264Marvel Spotlight Ultimatum0$2.99Marvel6,818
244246Sheena Dark Rising1$3.50Devil's Due6,631
245197New Battlestar Galactica Ghosts1$4.99Dynamic6,620
246266Bart Simpson Comics44$2.99Bongo6,558
247267Amazing Spider-Man571$2.99Marvel6,496
248304Batman Strikes50$2.25DC6,412
249249Voltron A Legend Forged3$3.50Devil's Due6,412
251269Kick Ass2 3rd Ptg$2.99Marvel6,350
252238Transformers Animated Arrival3$3.99IDW6,277
253256Four Eyes1$3.50Image6,173
254308Super Friends8$2.25DC6,153
255271Savage Dragon138$2.99Image6,132
256348Uncanny X-Men503 DCD Sketch Var$1.50Marvel6,121
257273Amory Wars II5$2.99Image6,101
258274Dragon Prince2$2.99Image6,028
259244Welcome To Hoxford3$3.99IDW5,965
260260Halloween First Death of Laurie Strode1$3.50Devil's Due5,945
261277Wolverine68 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel5,914
262278Kick Ass1 3rd Ptg$2.99Marvel5,841
263247Mirrors Edge1$3.99DC5,799
264219Streets of Glory6$4.99Avatar5,799
265280Kick Ass4 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel5,654
266318Legion of Super Heroes I/31st Century19$2.25DC5,612
268285Usagi Yojimbo115$2.99Dark Horse5,435
269216Forgotten Realms Starless Night1 Atkins Cvr A$5.50Devil's Due5,352
270289Army @ Love The Art of War3$2.99DC5,311
271270Red Mass For Mars2$3.50Image5,290
273291Skrulls Vs Power Pack4$2.99Marvel5,290
274293Dean Koontzs Frankenstein Vol. 14$2.99Dabel5,248
275295Marvel Adventures Spider-Man44$2.99Marvel5,155
276296George R R Martins Wild Cards4$2.99Dabel5,155
278265Captain Action1$3.99Moonstone4,999
279228Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons4 Balan Cvr A$5.50Devil's Due4,989
280180Presidential Material Flipbook0$7.99IDW4,926
281215Kill Your Boyfriend New Ptg0$5.99DC4,926
282298Dean Koontzs Frankenstein Vol. 15$2.99Dabel4,916
283299Kick Ass3 3rd Ptg$2.99Marvel4,905
284303Atomic Robo Dogs of War3$2.95Red 54,905
285301Fear Agent24$2.99Dark Horse4,843
286302Marvel Adventures Avengers29$2.99Marvel4,843
287281Dynamo 517$3.50Image4,791
288268Fallen Angel30$3.99IDW4,791
289245Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Beauty & The Beast Coll0$4.99Zenescope4,760
290283Hack Slash Halloween Treat1$3.50Devil's Due4,750
291234Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons5 Locke Cvr A$5.50Devil's Due4,718
292338Sonic X38$2.25Archie4,708
293307Amazing Spider-Man572 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel4,646
294286Bomb Queen V4$3.50Image4,635
295310Marvel Adventures Super Heroes4$2.99Marvel4,542
296241Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons6 Tsai Cvr A$5.50Devil's Due4,469
297315Chronicles of Dr Herbert West1$2.99Zenescope4,407
300192Uncle Scrooge380$7.99Gemstone4,230


October 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

This would be the last Top 100 list, as Diamond would switch to reporting the Top 300 in November.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Joker HC$19.99DC17,294
22Marvel Zombies$15.99Marvel8,730
33Boys Vol. 3$19.99Dynamic8,564
44Serenity Better Days$9.95Dark Horse8,117
55Dark Tower Long Road Home HC$24.99Marvel8,013
77Ex Machina Vol. 7 Ex Cathedra$12.99DC5,965
88Warren Ellis Aetheric Mechanics$6.99Archie5,664
99Ultimate X-Men Vol 19 Absolute Power$12.99Marvel5,467
1010Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 4$19.95Dark Horse5,259
1111Justice Vol. 2$14.99DC4,989
1212League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier$19.99DC4,812
1313Punisher Max Vol 10 Valley Forge$16.99Marvel4,459
1414Northlanders Vol. 1 Sven The Returned$9.99DC4,355
1515X-Men Messiah Complex$29.99Marvel4,355
1616Empowered Vol. 4$14.95Dark Horse4,313
1717Countdown To Final Crisis Vol. 3$19.99DC4,230
1818Green Lantern Revenge of Green Lanterns$12.99DC3,918
1919Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 11 Salems Seven$12.99Marvel3,866
2020Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 1$29.99DC3,804
2121Daredevil Cruel Unusual$14.99Marvel3,793
2222Hellsing Vol. 9$13.95Dark Horse3,741
2323X-Force Prem HC Vol. 1 Angels Demons$19.99Marvel3,669
2424Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 Venom Bomb$14.99Marvel3,596
2525Ultimate Iron Man II Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,534
2626Scalped Vol. 3 Dead Mothers$17.99DC3,523
2727Punisher Max From First To Last$15.99Marvel3,409
2828Spider-Man Vol. 1 Brand New Day$19.99Marvel3,336
2929Batman and The Outsiders Vol. 1 Chrysalis$14.99DC3,336
3030Hellblazer Family Man$19.99DC3,295
3131Acme Novelty Library Vol. 19 HC$15.95Drawn & Quarterly3,243
3232Jim Butchers Dresden Files HC Vol. 1$19.95Random House3,139
3333Star Wars Omnibus Early Victories$24.95Dark Horse3,024
3434Justice Society of America The Next Age$14.99DC3,014
3535Bernie Wrightsons Frankenstein HC$29.95Dark Horse2,993
3636Owly Vol. 5 Tiny Tales$10.00Top Shelf2,910
3737Hellboy Library Ed HC Vol. 2 Chained Coffin & Others$49.95Dark Horse2,879
3838Superman Batman Search For Kryptonite HC$19.99DC2,858
3939Spirit Femme Fatales$19.99DC2,848
4040Batman Chronicles Vol. 6$14.99DC2,827
4141Green Lantern In Brightest Day$19.99DC2,816
4242Superman Third Kryptonian$14.99DC2,723
4343Annihilation Conquest Book 1$24.99Marvel2,702
4444Alcoholic HC$19.99DC2,619
4545Showcase Presents Blackhawk Vol. 1$16.99DC2,577
4646Showcase Presents Worlds Finest Vol. 2$16.99DC2,567
4747Young Avengers Presents$16.99Marvel2,515
4848Eternals By Neil Gaiman HC Vol. 1$29.99Marvel2,463
4949JLA That Was Then This Is Now$14.99DC2,380
5050Legend of Zelda Vol. 1$7.99Viz2,359
5151Immortal Iron Fist Prem HC Vol. 3 Book of Iron Fist$24.99Marvel2,286
5252Batman Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC2,286
5353Spirit HC Vol. 2$24.99DC2,276
5454Grimm Fairy Tales Vol. 4$15.99Zenescope2,245
5555Green Arrow Black Canary Wedding Album HC$19.99DC2,234
5656Evil Dead$12.95Dark Horse2,172
5757Gantz Vol. 2$12.95Dark Horse2,131
5858Marvel Masterworks X-Men HC Vol. 7$54.99Marvel2,110
5959Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol. 9$7.95Archie2,099
6060X-Men Longshot Prem HC$24.99Marvel2,099
6161Essential Marvel Horror Vol. 2$16.99Marvel2,089
6262Batman Death Mask Collected Edition$9.99DC2,047
6363Jonah Hex Luck Runs Out$12.99DC2,006
6464V For Vendetta$19.99DC1,995
6666DC Comics Goes Ape$19.99DC1,964
6767Birds of Prey Metropolis or Dust$17.99DC1,954
6868Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image1,943
6969Emiko Superstar$9.99DC1,923
7070Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era HC Vol. 1 Journey Into Mystery$59.99Marvel1,881
7171Spider-Man A New Goblin$12.99Marvel1,850
7272Doktor Sleepless Vol. 1 Engines of Desire$26.99Avatar1,840
7373Predator Omnibus Vol. 4$24.95Dark Horse1,819
7474Queen & Country Definitive Ed Vol. 3$19.95Oni1,798
7575Will Eisners Spirit Archives HC Vol 25$59.99DC1,777
7676Catwoman Crime Pays$14.99DC1,777
7777Hulk Prem HC Heart of Atom$29.99Marvel1,756
7979Batman Dark Knight Returns$14.99DC1,725
8080Crossing Midnight Vol. 3 Sword I/Soul$14.99DC1,715
8181Iron Man Dragon Seed Saga$16.99Marvel1,704
8282Fate Stay Night Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,704
8383Blue Beetle Vol. 4 Endgame$14.99DC1,673
8484Heavy Liquid HC$39.99DC1,663
8585Sky Doll Prem HC$24.99Marvel1,663
8686Street Fighter Tribute$39.99Udon1,621
8787Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 17$9.99Viz1,611
8888Locke & Key HC$24.99IDW1,569
8989Spider-Man Prem HC With Great Power$24.99Marvel1,559
9090Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 5 Marvel Knights$29.99Marvel1,559
9191Legion of Super Heroes Enemy Rising HC$19.99DC1,559
9292Number of Beast$19.99DC1,538
9393Star Wars Force Unleashed$15.95Dark Horse1,517
9494Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 2 No Future For You$15.95Dark Horse1,517
9595Joss Whedons Fray Future Slayer$19.95Dark Horse1,486
9696Batman The Long Halloween$19.99DC1,455
9797Y The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.99DC1,455
9898Friday The 13th Vol. 2$17.99DC1,455
9999Grimm Fairy Tales Piper$15.99Zenescope1,445
100100Incredible Hercules Prem HC Secret Invasion$19.99Marvel1,445