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2003 Industry Stats, Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels, Top 10 Books

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2003 Industry Stats, Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels, Top 10 Books

Diamond Comics Distributors has released industry statistic for the entirety of 2003 showing the top selling comics, graphic novels and books, as well as which company had the largest market share in 2003. Diamond does not release actual issue sales numbers, thus why it’s absent from this list.

Market Share
Publisher Comics, Mgzns. &

Graphic Novels

dollar share

Total Sales

Unit Share

Total Reorders

Dollar Share

MARVEL COMICS 33.24% 39.68% 23.26%
DC COMICS 29.89% 30.60% 34.82%
IMAGE COMICS 7.24% 7.77% 6.01%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.53% 3.86% 9.28%
CROSSGEN ENTERTAINMENT 3.24% 3.73% 1.70%
DREAMWAVE PRODUCTIONS 2.49% 2.92% 1.14%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 2.11% 1.45% 0.58%
TOKYOPOP 2.09% 0.76% 4.61%
VIZ LLC 1.58% 0.72% 3.60%
IDW PUBLISHING 0.75% 0.50% 1.16%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS/EROS COMIX 0.66% 0.27% 1.15%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.48% 0.83% 0.30%
AVATAR PRESS 0.44% 0.50% 0.25%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.43% 0.36% 0.70%
SLG PUBLISHING 0.43% 0.32% 1.58%
ANTARCTIC PRESS 0.42% 0.26% 0.48%
GEMSTONE PUBLISHING 0.41% 0.24% 0.32%
BONGO COMICS 0.37% 0.42% 0.29%
COMICSONE 0.35% 0.10% 0.81%
A. D. VISION 0.31% 0.11% 0.37%
Other Non-Top 20 7.54% 4.60% 7.59%

Top 100 Comics
Qty.

Rank

Retail

Rank

In Stock Code Title Price Pub.
1 4   JUL030148/

5133/5152/5225/

AUG035146

BATMAN #619* $2.25 DC
2 1   JUL031473 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (OF 4) $5.95 MAR
3 13   OCT031543 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1 $2.25 MAR
4 2 ** STAR19882 AVENGERS/JLA #2 $5.95 DC
5 15   FEB030138 BATMAN #614 $2.25 DC
6 8   JUN030168/

5269/5321

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1* $2.95 DC
7 16   DEC020727/

5172

BATMAN #612* $2.25 DC
8 17 ** MAY030139 BATMAN #617 $2.25 DC
9 18   MAR031517 WOLVERINE #1 $2.25 MAR
10 19 ** MAR030182 BATMAN #615 $2.25 DC
11 20 ** JUN030139 BATMAN #618 $2.25 DC
12 22 ** APR030146 BATMAN #616 $2.25 DC
13 5   AUG031494 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #500 (#59) (Note Price) $3.50 MAR
14 6   JUN031581 MARVEL 1602 #1 (Of 8) $3.50 MAR
15 3 ** SEP031564 JLA/AVENGERS #3 (OF 4) $5.95 MAR
16 25   JAN030194 BATMAN #613 $2.25 DC
17 29   NOV020720 BATMAN #611 $2.25 DC
18 7   JUL031512 MARVEL 1602 #2 (Of 8) $3.50 MAR
19 12 ** JUL031498 ULTIMATE SIX #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
20 9   AUG031545 MARVEL 1602 #3 (Of 8) $3.50 MAR
21 10 ** SEP031585 MARVEL 1602 #4 (Of 8) $3.50 MAR
22 39   MAY031483 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 $2.25 MAR
23 40 ** JUL031499 ULTIMATE SIX #2 (Of 6) $2.25 MAR
24 21   SEP031539 WOLVERINE END #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR
25 23   JUL030169 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #2 $2.95 DC
26 24 ** FEB031907/

1909/5162-3

TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 2 #1 (Of 6)* $2.95 DRE
27 11 ** OCT031546 MARVEL 1602 #5 (Of 8) $3.50 MAR
28 41   NOV022022 ULTIMATE WAR #3 (Of 4) $2.25 MAR
29 42   JUN031602 ULTIMATE X-MEN #36 $2.25 MAR
30 43   DEC022066 ULTIMATE WAR #4 (Of 4) $2.25 MAR
31 44   AUG030170 BATMAN #620 $2.25 DC
32 37   MAY030201/

5128/

JUN035270/5320

TEEN TITANS #1* $2.50 DC
33 45   APR031516 ULTIMATE X-MEN #34 $2.25 MAR
34 46   JAN031577 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #37 $2.25 MAR
35 47   JAN031578 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #38 $2.25 MAR
36 14   OCT031566 NEW X-MEN #150 (Note Price) $3.50 MAR
37 49   AUG031515 ULTIMATE SIX #3 (Of 6) $2.25 MAR
38 27 ** AUG030193 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #3 $2.95 DC
39 26 ** OCT031540 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #50 (Note Price) $2.99 MAR
40 50   MAY031502 ULTIMATE X-MEN #35 $2.25 MAR
41 51   JUL031517 ULTIMATE X-MEN #37 $2.25 MAR
42 53 ** AUG031498 ULTIMATE X-MEN #38 $2.25 MAR
43 54   DEC022079 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 $2.25 MAR
44 55   MAR031571 ULTIMATES #10 $2.25 MAR
45 56   JUL031519 NEW X-MEN #146 $2.25 MAR
46 57 ** SEP031562 ULTIMATE SIX #4 (Of 6) $2.25 MAR
47 28   JUL031497 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #46 (Note Price) $2.99 MAR
48 58   JUL021518 ULTIMATES #8 (RES) $2.25 MAR
49 59 ** JUL031520 NEW X-MEN #147 $2.25 MAR
50 60 ** SEP031544 ULTIMATE X-MEN #39 $2.25 MAR
51 61   DEC022080 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #36 $2.25 MAR
52 63 ** JUL031476 ULTIMATES #12 $2.25 MAR
53 64 ** OCT031545 ULTIMATE X-MEN #40 $2.25 MAR
54 65   DEC022093 ULTIMATES #9 (RES) $2.25 MAR
55 66   FEB031357 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #39 $2.25 MAR
56 67 ** JUN031593 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #44 $2.25 MAR
57 68   MAR031549 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #40 $2.25 MAR
58 69   MAY031530 ULTIMATES #11 $2.25 MAR
59 70 ** AUG031502 NEW X-MEN #148 $2.25 MAR
60 71   MAR031550 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #41 $2.25 MAR
61 72 ** SEP031541 NEW X-MEN #149 $2.25 MAR
62 31 ** SEP030234 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #4 $2.95 DC
63 73 ** JUN031594 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #45 $2.25 MAR
64 75 ** JUN031601 NEW X-MEN #145 $2.25 MAR
65 76 ** MAY031512 NEW X-MEN #144 $2.25 MAR
66 77   APR031527 WOLVERINE #2 $2.25 MAR
67 78   MAY031487 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #43 $2.25 MAR
68 79   APR031541 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #42 $2.25 MAR
69 80 ** SEP030210 BATMAN #621 $2.25 DC
70 81 ** OCT031542 ULTIMATE SIX #5 (Of 7) $2.25 MAR
71 82 ** AUG031513 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #47 $2.25 MAR
72 83   APR031515 NEW X-MEN #143 $2.25 MAR
73 86 ** AUG031514 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #48 $2.25 MAR
74 89   APR031514 NEW X-MEN #142 $2.25 MAR
75 90   FEB031361 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #52 $2.25 MAR
76 91   MAR031531 NEW X-MEN #141 $2.25 MAR
77 92   JAN031581 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #51 $2.25 MAR
78 93   FEB031339 NEW X-MEN #139 $2.25 MAR
79 94 ** MAR031548 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #53 $2.25 MAR
80 95 ** OCT031541 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #51 $2.25 MAR
81 96   FEB031340 NEW X-MEN #140 $2.25 MAR
82 34   APR031273-5/

5182

GI JOE/TRANSFORMERS #1 (Of 6)* $2.95 IMA
83 97   MAR031535 UNCANNY X-MEN #424 $2.25 MAR
84 98   NOV022025 NEW X-MEN #136 $2.25 MAR
85 99   NOV022040 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #35 $2.25 MAR
86 101 ** SEP031561 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #49 $2.25 MAR
87 35 ** OCT030226 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #5 $2.95 DC
88 102   NOV022039 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #34 $2.25 MAR
89 103 ** JUN031596 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #57 $2.25 MAR
90 104   DEC022069 NEW X-MEN #137 $2.25 MAR
91 105 ** MAY031489 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 $2.25 MAR
92 106 ** JUN031606 UNCANNY X-MEN #429 $2.25 MAR
93 107   JAN031559 NEW X-MEN #138 $2.25 MAR
94 109 ** JUN031607 UNCANNY X-MEN #430 $2.25 MAR
95 110 ** SEP031560 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #501 (#60) $2.25 MAR
96 111 ** APR031543 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #54 $2.25 MAR
97 112   MAR031532 ULTIMATE X-MEN #33 $2.25 MAR
98 114 ** JUL031525 UNCANNY X-MEN #431 $2.25 MAR
99 115 ** JUL031504 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #58 $2.25 MAR
100 116 ** JUN031595 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #56 $2.25 MAR

Top 100 Graphic Novels
Qty.

Rank

Retail

Rank

In Stock Code Title Price Pub.
1 4 ** STAR20121 JLA LIBERTY & JUSTICE OVERSIZED SC $9.95 DC
2 2 ** STAR16504 LOEG BOOK ONE TP $14.95 DC
3 1 ** STAR19617 SANDMAN ENDLESS NIGHTS HC $24.95 DC
4 3 ** STAR18231 30 DAYS O/NIGHT TP $17.99 IDW
5 26 ** STAR19025 DEATH AT DEATHS DOOR SC $9.95 DC
6 8 ** STAR17034 ORIGIN TP $14.99 MAR
7 13 ** STAR17386 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 1 TP UNMANNED $12.95 DC
8 5 ** STAR18383 BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 HC $19.95 DC
9 27 ** STAR18173 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 5 ULTIMATE WAR TP $10.99 MAR
10 21 ** STAR17789 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 PUBLIC SCRUTINY TP $11.99 MAR
11 22 ** STAR17910 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 4 HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE TP $12.99 MAR
12 29 ** STAR16479 ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP $12.99 MAR
13 44 ** STAR17497 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 28 LOTUS THRONE TP $9.95 DAR
14 19 ** STAR13754 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 TOMORROW PEOPLE TP $14.95 MAR
15 16 ** STAR18855 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 6 VENOM TP $15.99 MAR
16 24 ** STAR13283 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 1 POWER & RESPONSIBILITY TP $14.95 MAR
17 67 ** STAR17300 FABLES VOL 1 LEGENDS I/EXILE TP $9.95 DC
18 31 ** STAR15632 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 2 RETURN TO WEAPON X TP $14.95 MAR
19 15 ** STAR20205 BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 HC $19.95 DC
20 23 ** STAR17211 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 3 WORLD TOUR TP $17.99 MAR
21 6 ** STAR18117 MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL 2 X-MEN HC $29.99 MAR
22 38 ** STAR19783 TRIGUN VOL 1 TP $14.95 DAR
23 18 ** STAR00236 WATCHMEN TP $19.95 DC
24 10 ** STAR18010 BATMAN CHILD O/DREAMS HC $24.95 DC
25 39 ** STAR17331 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 4 LEGACY TP $14.99 MAR
26 49 ** STAR19350 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 2 TP CYCLES (MR) $12.95 DC
27 33   STAR19265 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 6 RETURN O/T KING TP $16.99 MAR
28 105 ** STAR19111 TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 3 TP $9.99 WIZ
29 56 ** STAR16120 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 LEARNING CURVE TP $12.99 MAR
30 32   STAR15962 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 3 DOUBLE TROUBLE TP $17.95 MAR
31 274 ** STAR20191 VAMPIRES CHRISTMAS GN $5.95 IMA
32 12 ** STAR20124 LOEG BOOK TWO HC $24.95 DC
33 28 ** STAR00204 SANDMAN VOL 1 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TP $19.95 DC
34 63 ** STAR19073 FABLES VOL 2 ANIMAL FARM TP $12.95 DC
35 46 ** STAR06816 KINGDOM COME TP $14.95 DC
36 73 ** STAR17961 100 BULLETS VOL 5 COUNTERFIFTH DETECTIVE TP $12.95 DC
37 25 ** JUN035226 MATRIX COMICS VOL 1 TP $21.95 RED
38 96 ** STAR17652 ULTIMATE DAREDEVIL & ELEKTRA TP $11.99 MAR
39 35 ** STAR07025 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $19.95 SLG
40 17 ** STAR18407 ORBITER HC $24.95 DC
41 37 ** STAR18859 ACROSS UNIVERSE DC UNIVERSE STORIES O/ALAN MOORE TP $19.95 DC
42 60 ** STAR17545 DAREDEVIL LEGENDS VOL 1 YELLOW TP $14.99 MAR
43 97 ** STAR17718 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE FUGITIVE VOL 2 TP $12.95 DC
44 45 ** NOV030025 HELLBOY VOL 1 SEED O/DESTRUCTION TP $17.95 DAR
45 102 ** STAR19988 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 IRRESPONSIBLE TP $12.99 MAR
46 77 ** STAR18562 TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 8 DIRGE TP $14.95 DC
47 65 ** STAR19686 CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 1 TP $15.95 DAR
48 30 ** STAR20085 SGT ROCK BETWEEN HELL & HARD PLACE HC $24.95 DC
49 83 ** STAR18126 TOP TEN BOOK TWO TP $14.95 DC
50 115 ** STAR19455 100 BULLETS VOL 6 SIX FEET UNDER GUN TP $12.95 DC
51 119 ** STAR14525 NEW X-MEN VOL 1 E IS FOR EXTINCTION TP $12.95 MAR
52 34 ** STAR19275 BATMAN HONG KONG HC $24.95 DC
53 100 ** STAR06045 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.95 DC
54 47 ** STAR20104 BATMAN DETECTIVE #27 HC $19.95 DC
55 48 ** STAR11597 X-MEN LEGENDS VOL 2 DARK PHOENIX SAGA TP $19.95 MAR
56 69 ** STAR17945 MIKE MIGNOLAS BPRD COLL TP $17.95 DAR
57 50 ** STAR09372 SANDMAN VOL 2 DOLLS HOUSE TP $19.95 DC
58 20 ** STAR17798 MIDNIGHT NATION TP $29.99 IMA
59 52 ** STAR18702 POWERS VOL 4 SUPERGROUP TP $19.95 IMA
60 106 ** STAR19413 DARK HORSE BOOK O/HAUNTINGS HC $14.95 DAR
61 55 ** STAR18599 MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL 3 HULK HC $19.99 MAR
62 76 ** STAR19609 JLA JSA VIRTUE & VICE SC $17.95 DC
63 217 ** STAR10512 100 BULLETS VOL 1 FIRST SHOT LAST CALL TP $9.95 DC
64 101 ** STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLG
65 139 ** STAR17559 DAREDEVIL MOVIE TP $12.99 MAR
66 157   STAR18508 NEW X-MEN VOL 4 RIOT A/XAVIERS TP $11.99 MAR
67 61 ** STAR17797 DAREDEVIL VOL 5 OUT TP $19.99 MAR
68 114 ** STAR00203 SANDMAN VOL 3 DREAM COUNTRY TP $14.95 DC
69 343 ** STAR19144 DONALD DUCK ADVS VOL 1 TP $7.95 GEM
70 117 ** STAR19952 ESSENTIAL TOMB O/DRACULA VOL 1 TP $14.99 MAR
71 7 ** STAR18197 HELLBOY MIKE MIGNOLA ART O/HELLBOY HC $49.95 DAR
72 151 ** STAR18266 INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 3 TRANSFER O/POWER TP $12.99 MAR
73 122 ** STAR20139 TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 9 CURE TP $14.95 DC
74 123 ** STAR01618 PREACHER VOL 1 GONE TO TEXAS TP $14.95 DC
75 125 ** STAR19946 CRISIS O/MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL 2 TP $14.95 DC
76 75 ** STAR16205 NEW X-MEN VOL 2 IMPERIAL TP $19.99 MAR
77 271 ** STAR17870 CHOBITS VOL 4 GN $9.99 TKP
78 129 ** STAR17372 NEW X-MEN VOL 3 NEW WORLDS TP $14.99 MAR
79 275 ** STAR18138 CHOBITS VOL 5 GN $9.99 TKP
80 81 ** STAR10159 DAREDEVIL VOL 1 GUARDIAN DEVIL TP $19.95 MAR
81 171 ** STAR16027 INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 1 TP RETURN O/T MONSTER $12.99 MAR
82 103 ** STAR19349 WONDER WOMAN HIKETEIA SC $17.95 DC
83 135 ** STAR18047 TOTAL SELL OUT TP $14.95 IMA
84 294 ** STAR18027 LOVE HINA VOL 8 GN $9.99 TKP
85 202   STAR18616 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL 4 LIFE & DEATH OF SPIDERS TP $11.99 MAR
86 144 ** STAR20310 ALAN MOORE PORTRAIT O/A EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN TP $14.95 ABI
87 89 ** STAR07486 SANDMAN VOL 4 SEASON O/MISTS TP $19.95 DC
88 187 ** STAR18177 X-MEN 2 MOVIE TP $12.99 MAR
89 164 ** STAR20106 BERSERK VOL 1 BLACK SWORDSMAN TP $13.95 DAR
90 312 ** STAR18028 LOVE HINA VOL 9 GN $9.99 TKP
91 192 ** STAR18497 JLA VOL 11 OBSIDIAN AGE BOOK ONE TP $12.95 DC
92 138 ** STAR20379 CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 2 ROGUES I/T HOUSE TP $15.95 DAR
93 57 ** STAR20019 MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL 4 SPIDER-MAN HC $24.99 MAR
94 152 ** STAR19842 NEW X-MEN VOL 5 ASSAULT O/WEAPON PLUS TP $14.99 MAR
95 40 ** STAR17956 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 HC $29.99 MAR
96 156 ** STAR17640 PUNISHER VOL 3 BUSINESS AS USUAL TP $14.99 MAR
97 437 ** STAR18910 ALAN MOORES ANOTHER SUBURBAN ROMANCE GN $7.95 AVA
98 118 ** STAR17879 EXILES VOL 3 OUT O/TIME TP $17.99 MAR
99 332 ** STAR18768 LOVE HINA VOL 11 GN $9.99 TKP
100 214 ** STAR17749 JLA VOL 10 GOLDEN PERFECT TP $12.95 DC

Top 10 Books
Qty.

Rank

Retail

Rank

In Stock Code Title Price Pub.
1 1 ** STAR18279/81 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GD VOL 33 SC* $25.00 GEM
2 22 ** STAR18707 ALAN MOORES WRITING FOR COMICS GN $5.95 AVA
3 2 ** STAR18278/80 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GD VOL 33 HC* $32.00 GEM
4 8   STAR19394 HTDM COUPLES $19.99 GRS
5 10   STAR19393 WOLVES I/T WALLS HC $16.99 HAR
6 3 ** STAR20230 MYTHOLOGY ART O/ALEX ROSS TRADE ED HC $35.00 RAN
7 5   STAR19395 HTDM MAKING ANIME $24.99 GRS
8 4   MAR035111 ALEX ROSS MYTHOLOGY SP ED PX HC $37.50 RAN
9 14 ** STAR18873 HEROES & MONSTERS UNOFF GUIDE TO LXG TP $18.95 MON
10 12   STAR19308 HTDM MORE ABOUT PRETTY GALS $19.99 GRS

2003 Industry Stats, Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels, Top 10 Books
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