September 2008 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

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Orders from the Direct Market were up for the month across all categories — and up for the quarter and year in the widest category and in the Top 100 Trade Paperbacks. September found the market still a bit behind in the narrower categories like Top 300 Comics and Dollars.

This month is notable as being the first since Diamond began reporting Final Orders in which Marvel’s Unit Share of all items shipped exceeded 50%. It was at 45% in the dollar share, which is usually held as more important since a piece count can get complicated when mixing comics and trade paperbacks. Marvel also had 116 comics in the Top 300, a huge number.

Among individual issues, Marvel’s Secret Invasion #6 topped the charts with orders of nearly 164,400 copies across all order codes. Every issue of the series to this point had been #1 in its shipping month. Three titles were above the 100,000-copy mark, with 117 items over 20,000 copies and 241 items over 5,000 copies.

Read more in our original report from the month, as well as our report on Newsarama. 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.
Click to read the methodology for this table's estimates.
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UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
11Secret Invasion6$3.99Marvel164,393
35New Avengers45$2.99Marvel103,297
46All Star Batman & Robin Boy Wonder10$2.99DC94,030
57Mighty Avengers18$2.99Marvel90,773
69Ultimates 35$2.99Marvel86,826
710Uncanny X-Men502$2.99Marvel82,859
83The Stand: Captain Trips1$3.99Marvel82,647
94Dark Tower: Treachery1$3.99Marvel82,517
1011Amazing Spider-Man570$2.99Marvel82,456
1112Buffy Vampire Slayer18$2.99Dark Horse77,567
1213Captain America42$2.99Marvel75,552
1314Amazing Spider-Man572$2.99Marvel75,142
1415Amazing Spider-Man571$2.99Marvel73,661
1517All Star Superman12$2.99DC70,403
1618Detective Comics848$2.99DC68,286
1819X-Men Legacy216$2.99Marvel66,415
1921Ultimate Origins4$2.99Marvel64,934
2123Green Lantern34$2.99DC63,807
2225Invincible Iron Man5$2.99Marvel60,427
2427Avengers Initiative17$2.99Marvel59,020
2529Secret Invasion Thor2$2.99Marvel58,904
2630Fantastic Four560$2.99Marvel58,241
2731Secret Invasion X-Men2$2.99Marvel57,545
2816Final Crisis Revelations2$3.99DC54,691
2933Ultimate Spider-Man126$2.99Marvel54,588
3641Superman Batman52$2.99DC49,986
3843Batman & Outsiders11$2.99DC49,931
3944Action Comics869$2.99DC49,583
4020X-Men Manifest Destiny1$3.99Marvel49,248
4146Incredible Hercules121$2.99Marvel47,350
4247Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man2$2.99Marvel46,790
4449Wolverine Origins28$2.99Marvel46,544
4652Secret Invasion Inhumans2$2.99Marvel45,882
4724Ultimate X-Men Fantastic Four Annual1$3.99Marvel45,424
4854Green Lantern Corps28$2.99DC44,926
5028Ultimate Fantastic Four X-Men Annual1$3.99Marvel44,147
5158Iron Man Director of Shield33$2.99Marvel43,874
5332Angel After The Fall12$3.99IDW43,007
5460Secret Invasion Runaways Young Avengers3$2.99Marvel42,467
5562Guardians of the Galaxy5$2.99Marvel42,092
5663Teen Titans63$2.99DC41,778
5766Secret Invasion Front Line3$2.99Marvel40,296
5867Ms. Marvel30$2.99Marvel40,029
5969Young X-Men6$2.99Marvel38,165
6040Skaar Son of Hulk Presents Savage World1$3.99Marvel38,158
6272Civil War House of M1$2.99Marvel35,072
6350X-Men Magneto Testament1$3.99Marvel34,853
6473Wonder Woman24$2.99DC34,573
6575Venom Dark Origin2$2.99Marvel34,068
6653Marvel Apes1$3.99Marvel33,672
6776Black Panther41$2.99Marvel33,611
6855Marvel 19855$3.99Marvel33,576
6977Captain Britain & M.I. 135$2.99Marvel32,989
7078She-Hulk 233$2.99Marvel32,853
7280Ms Marvel31$2.99Marvel32,136
7381Booster Gold12$2.99DC32,040
7482Secret Six1$2.99DC31,664
7564Spike After The Fall3$3.99IDW31,050
7665Wolverine Annual2$3.99Marvel30,442
7768Marvel Apes2$3.99Marvel29,875
7885Brave and The Bold17$2.99DC29,848
7986DC Universe Decisions1$2.99DC29,705
8045Cable King Size Spectacular1$4.99Marvel29,466
8187Star Wars Legacy28$2.99Dark Horse29,322
8389Project Superpowers6$2.99Dynamic29,145
8491Runaways 32$2.99Marvel27,950
8592Green Arrow Black Canary12$2.99DC27,888
8794Punisher War Journal23$2.99Marvel27,376
8871Sub-Mariner Depths1$3.99Marvel27,267
8996Squadron Supreme 23$2.99Marvel27,123
9256Wolverine Saudade0$4.99Marvel26,693
9399Star Wars Clone Wars1$2.99Dark Horse26,591
94100Moon Knight22$2.99Marvel26,372
9574Ms Marvel Annual1$3.99Marvel25,621
97101Conan The Cimmerian3$2.99Dark Horse25,095
98102Legion of Super Heroes46$2.99DC24,952
100105Batman Confidential21$2.99DC24,508
101106Hellboy Crooked Man3$2.99Dark Horse24,412
103111Walking Dead52$2.99Image23,620
10483X-Men Origin Beast0$3.99Marvel23,422
105112Ghost Rider27$2.99Marvel23,395
10784Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall Death Queen0$3.99Marvel23,129
108115New Exiles11$2.99Marvel22,623
109117War Heroes2$2.99Image22,405
110118Age of Sentry1$2.99Marvel21,975
111120Birds of Prey122$2.99DC21,312
11290World of Warcraft Ashbringer1$3.99DC21,080
113122Iron Man Golden Avenger0$2.99Marvel20,916
114123Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic33$2.99Dark Horse20,780
11595Nyx No Way Home2$3.99Marvel20,465
116124New Warriors16$2.99Marvel20,329
117110Rann Thanagar Holy War5$3.50DC20,288
118126Batman Gotham After Midnight5$2.99DC19,742
119127DC Wildstorm Dreamwar6$2.99DC19,387
120128World of Warcraft11$2.99DC19,325
121129Tangent Supermans Reign7$2.99DC19,264
123119Adam Strange Special1$3.50DC18,745
124107Twelve 1/20$3.99Marvel18,069
126121Reign In Hell3$3.50DC17,959
128114X-Men Return of Magik0$3.99Marvel17,276
130135House of Mystery5$2.99DC16,717
131136BPRD Warning3$2.99Dark Horse16,327
132137Wolverine First Class7$2.99Marvel16,163
134131Criminal 25$3.50Marvel15,610
135140Jack of Fables26$2.99DC15,467
137145Ex Machina38$2.99DC14,968
138146Amazing Spider-Girl24$2.99Marvel14,962
140148Red Sonja37$2.99Dynamic14,647
141149Broken Trinity2$2.99Image14,606
142150Indiana Jones & Tomb of the Gods2$2.99Dark Horse14,552
143151Back To Brooklyn1$2.99Image14,470
146155Solomon Kane1$2.99Dark Horse14,176
149139My Name Is Bruce One Shot0$3.50Dark Horse13,473
150159Ambush Bug Year None3$2.99DC13,473
151133Transformers All Hail Megatron3$3.99IDW13,234
152160Jonah Hex35$2.99DC13,227
153161Greatest Hits1$2.99DC13,138
154141Terry Moores Echo6$3.50Abstract13,029
155134Big Hero 61$3.99Marvel13,022
156143Lone Ranger13$3.50Dynamic12,892
157162X-Men First Class Vol. 216$2.99Marvel12,838
158104Samurai Legend1$5.99Marvel12,421
159201Billy Batson and The Magic of Shazam2$2.25DC12,360
160164Madame Xanadu4$2.99DC12,326
161165Blue Beetle31$2.99DC12,298
164168DC Special Cyborg5$2.99DC12,223
165169Patsy Walker Hellcat3$2.99Marvel12,210
167176Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 22$2.99Marvel11,636
169179El Diablo1$2.99DC11,506
170180Fantastic Four True Story3$2.99Marvel11,192
171181Simon Dark12$2.99DC10,892
172184True Believers3$2.99Marvel10,803
174187100 Bullets95$2.99DC10,666
175188End League4$2.99Dark Horse10,646
176154Angel Revelations5$3.99Marvel10,639
177191Gen 1322$2.99DC10,530
178157Dead of Night Devil Slayer1$3.99Marvel10,209
180125Universal War One3$5.99Marvel9,929
181222Tiny Titans8$2.25DC9,792
182194Grimm Fairy Tales30$2.99Zenescope9,751
183195Goon28$2.99Dark Horse9,669
184196Dragon Prince1$2.99Image9,628
185199Supernatural Rising Son6$2.99DC9,587
186163Transformers Movie Prequel Saga of the Allspark3$3.99IDW9,280
187183Army of Darkness12$3.50Dynamic9,266
188203War That Time Forgot5$2.99DC9,150
189142Bart Simpsons Treehouse of Horror14$4.99Bongo9,130
190204Tarot Witch of the Black Rose52$2.95Broadsword9,096
191172Flash Gordon1$3.99Ardden8,980
192173Uncanny X-Men500$3.99Marvel8,918
195208Simpsons Comics146$2.99Bongo8,720
196209Astounding Wolf-Man8$2.99Image8,713
197182Star Trek Assignment Earth5$3.99IDW8,147
198185Star Trek Romulans Hollow Crown1$3.99IDW8,071
200189Foolkiller White Angels3$3.99Marvel7,955
201213New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero12$2.99Dynamic7,935
202214Savage Dragon137$2.99Image7,935
203190Star Trek Mirror Images3$3.99IDW7,928
204215Stormwatch Phd14$2.99DC7,880
205216Hellblazer Presents Chas Knowledge3$2.99DC7,860
206192Street Fighter Remix0$3.95Udon7,771
208219Young Liars7$2.99DC7,518
209207Battlestar Galactica Origins9$3.50Dynamic7,457
211170Kick Ass Must Have0$4.99Marvel7,238
212171Savage Tales9$4.99Dynamic7,204
213197Transformers Animated Arrival2$3.99IDW7,191
215254Sonic Hedgehog192$2.25Archie7,074
217202Amazing Spider-Man568$3.99Marvel6,965
218227Aspen Showcase Benoist1$2.99Aspen6,931
219210Welcome To Hoxford2$3.99IDW6,494
220267Super Friends7$2.25DC6,426
221229Amory Wars II4$2.99Image6,412
222268Batman Strikes49$2.25DC6,385
223231Criminal Macabre Cell Block 6661$2.99Dark Horse6,159
224232Storming Paradise3$2.99DC6,112
225212Dead She Said3$3.99IDW5,961
226236Marvel Spotlight Marvel Knights 10th Anniversary 0$2.99Marvel5,934
227276Legion of Super Heroes In 31st Century18$2.25DC5,763
231244Army @ Love Art of War2$2.99DC5,668
232246Skrulls Vs. Power Pack3$2.99Marvel5,661
234220Final Crisis Legion of Three Worlds1$3.99DC5,606
235221Doctor Who Classics10$3.99IDW5,538
2362491001 Arabian Nights Adventures of Sinbad3$2.99Zenescope5,511
237250Marvel Adventures Spider-Man43$2.99Marvel5,504
238251Usagi Yojimbo114$2.99Dark Horse5,470
239252Dean Koontzs Frankenstein Vol. 13$2.99Dabel5,367
241238Dynamo 516$3.50Image5,012
242295Secret Invasion6$2.00Marvel4,999
243260Secret Invasion Inhumans1$2.99Marvel4,971
244261Vinyl Underground12$2.99DC4,971
245262Marvel Adventures Avengers28$2.99Marvel4,964
246265Atomic Robo Dogs of War2$2.95Red 54,923
247266Marvel Adventures Super Heroes3$2.99Marvel4,855
248269Secret Invasion Thor1$2.99Marvel4,753
249290Sonic X37$2.25Archie4,650
250233Marvel Illustrated Odyssey1$3.99Marvel4,534
251234Tank Girl Visions of Booga4$3.99IDW4,514
252235Galaxy Quest Global Warning2$3.99IDW4,480
253177Uncle Scrooge379$7.99Gemstone4,350
254239Secret Invasion3$3.99Marvel4,343
255275Marvel Adventures Hulk15$2.99Marvel4,343
256277Dead Space6$2.99Image4,329
257300Scooby Doo136$2.25DC4,282
258259Vampirella Quarterly Halloween 2008 Brereton Reg Ed0$3.50Harris4,261
259224Knights of the Dinner Table142$4.99Kenzer4,261
260225Punisher Kills Marvel Universe 0$4.99Marvel4,227
261247Dead Ahead1$3.99Image4,220
262248Cthulhu Tales5$3.99Boom4,213
263280X-Force5 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel4,159
264228Vampirella Quarterly Summer 2008 0$4.99Harris4,104
265257Fall of Cthulhu Godwar2$3.99Boom3,892
266271Spooks Omega Team1$3.50Devil's Due3,892
267285Secret Invasion X-Men1$2.99Marvel3,872
269193Walt Disneys Comics & Stories694$7.99Gemstone3,817
270339Giant Size Spider-Man Classics Power & Responsibility 0$1.50Marvel3,804
271230Shonen Jump Oct 080$4.99Viz3,756
272263Warhammer 40k Exterminatus3$3.99Boom3,722
273287Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four40$2.99Marvel3,715
274264Transformers Best of U.K. Time Wars2$3.99IDW3,701
275288Black Panther39 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel3,646
276270Warhammer Condemned By Fire4$3.99Boom3,544
277255Final Crisis Superman Beyond1$4.50DC3,524
278320Family Dynamic2$2.25DC3,455
279272Tron6$3.95Slave Labor3,421
281296Casey Blue Beyond Tomorrow5$2.99DC3,339
282284Noble Causes36$3.50Image3,332
283273Vincent Price Presents1$3.99Bluewater3,326
284274Marvel Illustrated Three Musketeers4$3.99Marvel3,305
285298I Kill Giants2$2.99Image3,250
287279Final Crisis Rogues Revenge2$3.99DC3,189
288302Ultimate Origins3$2.99Marvel3,175
289258Hulk Chronicles3$4.99Marvel3,087
290303I Kill Giants3$2.99Image3,073
291281Zombie Tales5$3.99Boom3,073
292307Action Comics866 2nd Ptg$2.99DC3,039
293308She-Hulk 231$2.99Marvel3,025
296283Dark Tower: Long Road Home1$3.99Marvel2,943
300294Pax Romana3$3.50Image2,889

September 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 Graphic Novel chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to title details on Amazon (paid links). You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Watchmen led the list for the third consecutive month with more than 8,100 copies ordered. A lower total than the two previous months, it brought Diamond's orders for the latest printing to at least 70,600 copies — making $1.4 million just in the first three months.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
29100 Bullets Vol. 12 Dirty$12.99DC6,986
341Star Wars: Clone Wars Vol. 1 Shipyards of Doom$7.95Dark Horse6,043
445Naruto Vol. 31$7.95Viz5,627
516Captain America Vol. 2 Death of Captain America$14.99Marvel4,664
611Kingdom Come New Edition$17.99DC4,589
728Wolverine: Blood Debt$12.95Marvel4,316
867Bleach Vol. 24$7.95Viz4,084
915Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 2 Cities of Heaven$17.99Marvel3,920
107Buffy Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 5$24.95Dark Horse3,906
1117Justice League of America Vol. 1 Tornados Path$17.99DC3,817
1218Abe Sapien Vol. 1 The Drowning$17.95Dark Horse3,797
1339Uncanny X-Men Divided We Stand$12.99Marvel3,776
1458Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image3,756
1530Love & Rockets New Stories Vol. 1$14.99Fantagraphics3,653
1613Watchmen International Edition$19.99DC3,619
1722Batman Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99DC3,599
1837Berserk Vol. 25$13.95Dark Horse3,558
1910Batman The Black Glove HC$24.99DC3,551
2012Angel After The Fall HC Vol. 2 First Night$21.99IDW3,489
2126Showcase Presents Superman Vol. 4$16.99DC3,469
225Ultimate Power$29.99Marvel3,407
2321JLA Salvation Run$19.99DC3,346
2475Barks Rosa Coll Vol. 3 Golden Helmet Charts Columbus$8.99Gemstone3,291
2527Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash$17.99DC3,264
2640Hellblazer Laughing Magician$14.99DC3,223
278X-Men Vs Apocalypse Vol. 2 Ages of Apocalypse$29.99Marvel3,046
2835Conan Vol. 6 Hand of Nergal$17.95Dark Horse2,848
2970Negima Vol. 19$10.95Random House2,841
3020Twelve Prem HC Vol. 1$24.99Marvel2,690
3151Bad Boy 10th Anniversary HC $14.99Dynamic2,622
3281Path of Assassin Vol. 13 Hateful Burden$9.95Dark Horse2,581
3323Black Summer$24.99Avatar2,581
3433Loveless Vol. 3 Blackwater Falls$19.99DC2,574
3654Madame Mirage Vol. 1$14.99Image2,547
3784Loveless Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop2,404
3814Death of the New Gods HC$29.99DC2,390
3957Star Wars Force Unleashed$15.95Dark Horse2,363
4061Incredible Hercules Against The World$14.99Marvel2,288
4119Gotham Central HC Vol. 1 In The Line of Duty$29.99DC2,260
4229Superman Kryptonite HC$24.99DC2,206
4359Showcase Presents Metal Men Vol. 2$16.99DC2,172
44108Vampire Knight Vol. 5$8.99Viz2,144
453Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four HC Vol. 11 $54.99Marvel2,055
4671Spider-Man Red Sonja$14.99Marvel2,049
4772Batman Dark Knight Returns$14.99DC2,049
4836Wolverine Origins Vol. 5 Deadpool Premiere HC$24.99Marvel2,028
4953Iron Manual$19.99Marvel1,912
50109Janes In Love $9.99DC1,905
5155Spider-Man Prem HC Vol. 3 Brand New Day$19.99Marvel1,898
5256Batman Black & White Vol. 3$19.99DC1,892
5362Dr. Fate Countdown To Mystery$17.99DC1,892
5442Wonder Woman The Circle HC$24.99DC1,864
554Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes HC Vol. 3 $59.99Marvel1,830
5631Spawn Collection Vol. 6$29.99Image1,796
5725Freak Brothers Omnibus$35.00Knockabout1,741
5880JSA Presents Green Lantern$14.99DC1,734
59121Chibi Vampire Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop1,734
6047Conan HC Vol. 6 Hand of Nergal$24.95Dark Horse1,728
6192Wolverine First Class Rookie$12.99Marvel1,728
62110MPD Psycho Vol. 6$10.95Dark Horse1,728
6360Cable Prem HC Vol. 1 Messiah War$19.99Marvel1,721
6434Local HC$29.99Oni1,714
6563Batman Long Halloween$19.99DC1,680
6648Marvel Boy Prem HC $24.99Marvel1,659
6738Elektra & Wolverine Redeemer HC$29.95Marvel1,646
682Absolute Ronin HC$99.00DC1,639
69161Marvel Adventures Spider-Man Vol. 10 Crisis Digest$7.99Marvel1,639
7098Y Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.99DC1,605
7150Eternals By Jack Kirby Book 2$24.99Marvel1,598
72136Castlevania Curse of Darkness Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,564
7386Batman Year One Deluxe SC$14.99DC1,564
7487Y Last Man Vol. 10 Whys & Wherefores$14.99DC1,564
7543Best of Spider-Man HC Vol. 3$29.99Marvel1,543
76206Zombie-Sama One Shot$6.99Big City1,523
7779Arkham Asylum Anniversary Ed Sc$17.99DC1,516
7882Essential Official Handbook Marvel Universe Master Ed Vol. 3$16.99Marvel1,502
7974Counter X Vol. 2$19.99Marvel1,489
8094Uncle Sam Freedom Fighters Brave New World$14.99DC1,475
8177X-Factor Prem HC Only Game In Town$19.99Marvel1,407
8293Blade Black & White$15.99Marvel1,393
8385Black Panther Back To Africa$16.99Marvel1,386
8499Walking Dead Vol. 8 Made To Suffer$14.99Image1,379
8549Omega Unknown Prem HC $29.99Marvel1,379
8678Iron Man Prem HC Legacy of Doom$19.99Marvel1,373
87197Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Adventure Vol. 2$7.99Viz1,366
8864Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 4 Spider-Man$24.99Marvel1,338
8965Locke & Key HC$24.99IDW1,332
90181Nana Vol. 12$8.99Viz1,332
91122Criminal Macabre My Demon Baby$12.95Dark Horse1,325
9252Art of Marvel Comics HC Vol. 1$29.99Marvel1,311
93164Welcome To NHK Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,297
94151Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 7$10.95Dark Horse1,291
9546Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol. 5$34.99Marvel1,256
9668Thor Visionaries Walt Simonson Vol. 1$24.95Marvel1,250
97104Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Vol. 5 Dead Mans Jest$15.95Harris1,222
98105Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 1 Long Way Home$15.95Dark Horse1,215
99114Army of Darkness Vol. 6 From Ashes$14.99Dynamic1,215
100118Witchblade Shades of Gray$14.99Dynamic1,181