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Market Share, Top 100 Comics and Top 100 Graphic Novels for all of 2002

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Market Share, Top 100 Comics and Top 100 Graphic Novels for all of 2002

Diamond Comics Distributors has provided CBR News with a list of the top publishers, comics and graphic novels published in 2002. Below you’ll find the three different charts detailing the top items sold last year. We begin with a breakdown of publisher market share in 2002, dominated by DC and Marvel, as you would expect.

2002 MARKET SHARE & TOP SELLERS

(Based On All Products Invoiced Between January and December 2002)

Comics, Magazines, & GNs

  Total Sales Total Sales
Publisher Dollar Share Unit Share
MARVEL COMICS 33.61% 40.52%
DC COMICS 28.35% 29.44%
IMAGE COMICS 6.83% 6.80%
DARK HORSE COMICS 6.52% 4.62%
CG ENTERTAINMENT 3.21% 3.21%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT 2.48% 1.85%
DREAMWAVE 2.47% 2.82%
VIZ COMMUNICATIONS 2.18% 1.17%
TOKYOPOP 1.33% 0.62%
CHAOS! COMICS 0.66% 0.63%
Fantagraphics/Eros 0.85% 0.36%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.53% 0.47%
SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS 0.51% 0.34%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.50% 0.70%
AVATAR PRESS 0.49% 0.40%
ANTARCTIC PRESS 0.46% 0.29%
HARRIS COMICS 0.45% 0.40%
BONGO COMICS 0.38% 0.46%
CENTRAL PARK MEDIA CORP 0.30% 0.12%
DYNAMIC FORCES 0.30% 0.06%
Non-Top 20 Total 7.59% 4.73%

The Top 100 comics of 2002 tells an interesting story. To begin with, the first five positions are taken by titles that were part of a promotional campaign, where the price was reduced dramatically or were part of a give away, increasing their circulation exponentially for that issue. Looking at non-promotional books, the top book for 2002 is Marvel’s “Ultimates #1” written by Mark Millar with art by Bryan Hitch. DC’s top non-promotional book for 2002 falls to Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Strikes Again #2.”
Dreamwave takes the #3 spot with “Transformers Generations One, #3.” Image makes their first appearance in the
#24 spot with “Battle of the Planets #1.” Dark Horse Comics and Crossgen did not place in the top 100.

TOP 100 COMICS OF 2002
Qty.

Rank

Retail

Rank

Item

No.

Title Price Pub.
* * NOV010553/

SEP015108

BATMAN 10-CENT ADVENTURE* $0.10 DC
* * FEB020018 FCBD ED ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 (Net) $0.12 MAR
* * JUN021717/

5165

FANTASTIC FOUR #60* $0.09 MAR
* * FEB020014 FCBD ED STAR WARS TALES JEDIS WEAPON #1 (Net) $0.12 DAR
* * FEB020015 FCBD EDITION JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1 (Net) $0.12 DC
1 19 NOV011803 ULTIMATES #1 $2.25 MAR
2 1 STAR15047 DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2 $7.95 DC
3 7 MAR022144/

APR025105

TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #2* $2.95 DRE
4 3 SEP011446 ORIGIN #4 $3.50 MAR
5 8 FEB022388/

FEB025062

TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #1* $2.95 DRE
6 4 OCT011863 ORIGIN #5 $3.50 MAR
7 5 NOV011826 ORIGIN #6 $3.50 MAR
8 16 AUG020206/

5201

BATMAN #608* $2.25 DC
9 2 STAR16183 DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #3 $7.95 DC
10 9 APR022226 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #3 $2.95 DRE
* * FEB020017/

MAR020021

FCBD EDITION TOMB RAIDER #1/2 (Net)* $0.12 IMA
11 11 MAY021993 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #1 $2.95 DRE
12 12 MAY021992 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #4 $2.95 DRE
13 28 SEP020160 BATMAN #609 $2.25 DC
14 13 APR021731 SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #1 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
15 10 NOV011799 MOMENT OF SILENCE $3.00 MAR
16 32 OCT022009 ULTIMATE WAR #1 (Of 4) $2.25 MAR
17 15 JUL021994 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #6 $2.95 DRE
18 17 JUN022231 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #5 $2.95 DRE
19 38 OCT020739 BATMAN #610 $2.25 DC
20 40 OCT022010 ULTIMATE WAR #2 (Of 4) $2.25 MAR
21 42 OCT011857 NEW X-MEN #121 $2.25 MAR
22 43 DEC011804 ULTIMATES #2 $2.25 MAR
23 44 NOV011823 NEW X-MEN #122 $2.25 MAR
24 21 MAY021162 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #1 $2.95 IMA
25 22 JUN022232 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #2 $2.95 DRE
* * MAY020251 GEN 13 #0 $0.13 DC
26 50 JAN021891 ULTIMATES #3 $2.25 MAR
27 52 DEC011811 NEW X-MEN #123 $2.25 MAR
28 24 JUN020464 THUNDERCATS RECLAIMING THUNDERA #1 (Of 5) $2.95 DC
29 53 FEB021901 NEW X-MEN #125 $2.25 MAR
30 54 JAN021880 NEW X-MEN #124 $2.25 MAR
31 23 MAY021500 SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #2 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
32 18 MAR021666 NEW X-MEN #126 $3.25 MAR
33 58 MAR021693 ULTIMATES #5 $2.25 MAR
34 27 AUG022047 TRANSFORMERS WAR WITHIN #1 (Of 6) $2.95 DRE
35 59 FEB021922 ULTIMATES #4 $2.25 MAR
36 60 MAY021528 ULTIMATES #7 $2.25 MAR
37 62 MAY021481 NEW X-MEN #129 $2.25 MAR
38 63 NOV011818 UNCANNY X-MEN #402 $2.25 MAR
39 64 APR021741 NEW X-MEN #128 $2.25 MAR
40 65 APR021735 NEW X-MEN #127 $2.25 MAR
41 14 FEB021860 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99 MAR
42 68 APR021775 ULTIMATES #6 $2.25 MAR
43 69 JUL021487 NEW X-MEN #132 $2.25 MAR
44 70 FEB021889 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #40 (RES) $2.25 MAR
45 71 APR021725 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 $2.25 MAR
46 72 JUN021735 NEW X-MEN #130 $2.25 MAR
47 74 AUG021497 NEW X-MEN #133 $2.25 MAR
48 75 MAY021495 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43 $2.25 MAR
49 76 JUN021709 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #44 $2.25 MAR
50 80 NOV011805 ULTIMATE X-MEN #14 $2.25 MAR
51 81 JUL021480 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #45 $2.25 MAR
52 82 MAR021653 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 (RES) $2.25 MAR
53 83 JUN021736 NEW X-MEN #131 $2.25 MAR
54 84 DEC011807 UNCANNY X-MEN #403 $2.25 MAR
55 85 JUN021710 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #25 $2.25 MAR
56 87 OCT022035 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #33 $2.25 MAR
57 89 AUG021511 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #46 $2.25 MAR
58 91 SEP021472 NEW X-MEN #134 $2.25 MAR
59 20 SEP021462 DAREDEVIL TARGET #1 (Of 4) $3.50 MAR
60 94 OCT022015 NEW X-MEN #135 $2.25 MAR
61 95 JAN021876 UNCANNY X-MEN #404 $2.25 MAR
62 96 FEB021902 ULTIMATE X-MEN #17 $2.25 MAR
63 98 JAN021886 ULTIMATE X-MEN #16 $2.25 MAR
64 99 MAR021667 ULTIMATE X-MEN #18 $2.25 MAR
65 101 SEP021488 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #47 $2.25 MAR
66 6 SEP021195-7 MASTERS O/T UNIVERSE #1* $5.95 IMA
67 103 FEB021898 UNCANNY X-MEN #405 $2.25 MAR
68 104 DEC011803 ULTIMATE X-MEN #15 $2.25 MAR
69 105 APR021742 ULTIMATE X-MEN #19 $2.25 MAR
70 57 JUN020463 THUNDERCATS #0 $2.50 DC
71 106 JUL021479 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #27 $2.25 MAR
72 107 MAY021482 ULTIMATE X-MEN #20 $2.25 MAR
73 108 NOV011831 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39 $2.25 MAR
74 30 JUN021708 SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #3 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
75 109 JUN021737 ULTIMATE X-MEN #21 $2.25 MAR
76 112 NOV022039 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #34 $2.25 MAR
77 113 JUL021478 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #26 $2.25 MAR
78 114 MAY021494 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #24 $2.25 MAR
79 115 OCT022036 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #48 $2.25 MAR
80 116 JUL021496 ULTIMATE X-MEN #22 $2.25 MAR
81 117 MAR021662 UNCANNY X-MEN #406 $2.25 MAR
82 118 AUG021513 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #29 $2.25 MAR
83 120 SEP011453 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37 $2.25 MAR
84 35 JUL021995 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #3 $2.95 DRE
85 121 AUG021512 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #28 $2.25 MAR
86 122 OCT022034 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #32 $2.25 MAR
87 123 OCT011872 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38 $2.25 MAR
88 124 AUG021502 ULTIMATE X-MEN #23 $2.25 MAR
89 126 SEP021485 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #30 $2.25 MAR
90 128 APR021736 UNCANNY X-MEN #407 $2.25 MAR
91 129 SEP021486 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #31 $2.25 MAR
92 25 SEP021471 ULTIMATE X-MEN #25 $3.50 MAR
93 26 MAR021652 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #22 (Note Price) $3.50 MAR
94 135 MAY021475 UNCANNY X-MEN #408 $2.25 MAR
95 137 APR021724 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #23 $2.25 MAR
96 139 MAY021483 UNCANNY X-MEN #409 $2.25 MAR
97 142 OCT022014 UNCANNY X-MEN #416 $2.25 MAR
98 143 SEP021470 ULTIMATE X-MEN #24 $2.25 MAR
99 147 JUN021699 UNCANNY X-MEN #411 $2.25 MAR
100 148 OCT022012 ULTIMATE X-MEN #26 $2.25 MAR

* PLEASE NOTE: Titles marked with an * are promotional comics that were not officially ranked. Their placement on this chart indicates where they would have ranked had they been non-promotional titles.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2002
Qty.

Rank

Retail

Rank

Item

No.

Title Price Pub.
1 3 STAR14692 SEPTEMBER 11 VOLUME 2 (Net) $9.95 DC
2 4 STAR14691 SEPTEMBER 11 VOLUME 1 (Net) $9.95 DAR
3 11 STAR17072 JLA SECRET ORIGINS OVERSIZED SC $7.95 DC
4 7 STAR13070 BLUNTMAN & CHRONIC GN $14.95 IMA
5 8 STAR13283 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 1 TP $14.95 MAR
6 2 STAR17241 JLA JSA VIRTUE & VICE HC $24.95 DC
7 114 STAR15364 STAR WARS JANGO FETT TP $5.95 DAR
8 10 STAR16504 LEAGUE O/EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN BOOK ONE TP $14.95 DC
9 49 STAR15112 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 17 WILL O/T FANG TP $9.95 DAR
10 147 STAR15420 STAR WARS ZAM WESELL TP $5.95 DAR
11 51 STAR15201 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 18 LAST KUROKUWA TP $9.95 DAR
12 53 STAR15438 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 19 MOON IN OUR HEARTS TP $9.95 DAR
13 54 STAR15649 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 20 TASTE O/POISON TP $9.95 DAR
14 57 STAR17544 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 27 BATTLES EVE $9.95 DAR
15 58 STAR15807 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 21 FRAGRANCE O/DEATH TP $9.95 DAR
16 1 STAR15855 ORIGIN HC $34.95 MAR
17 59 STAR15983 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 22 HEAVEN & EARTH TP $9.95 DAR
18 28 STAR16120 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 TP $12.99 MAR
19 18 STAR14976 9-11 EMERGENCY RELIEF GN $14.95 ALT
20 12 STAR15962 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 3 TP $17.95 MAR
21 13 STAR14906 DELICATE CREATURES HC $16.95 IMA
22 67 STAR16453 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 23 TEARS O/ICE TP $9.95 DAR
23 69 STAR16454 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 24 THESE SMALL HANDS TP $9.95 DAR
24 21 STAR17034 ORIGIN TP $14.99 MAR
25 36 STAR16479 ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP $12.99 MAR
26 75 STAR16612 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 25 PERHAPS IN DEATH TP $9.95 DAR
27 76 STAR15150 HISTORY O/T DC UNIVERSE TP $9.95 DC
28 77 STAR16945 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 26 BATTLE I/T DARK TP $9.95 DAR
29 25 STAR15632 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 2 WEAPON X TP $14.95 MAR
30 26 STAR13754 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 TOMORROW PEOPLE TP $14.95 MAR
31 91 STAR17497 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 28 FALLING TREE TP $9.95 DAR
32 99 STAR16637 WITCHBLADE OBAKEMONO $9.95 IMA
33 97 STAR16000 TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 2 TP $9.99 WIZ
34 22 STAR15667 STAR WARS EPISODE II ATTACK O/T CLONES TP $17.95 DAR
35 41 STAR06045 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.95 DC
36 16 STAR15724 RISING STARS VOL 2 POWER TP $19.95 IMA
37 5 STAR16747 MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC $29.99 MAR
38 46 STAR16062 CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS TP $14.95 DC
39 47 STAR16009 AUTHORITY EARTH INFERNO & OTHER STORIES TP $14.95 DC
40 9 STAR15433 AKIRA VOL 6 TP $29.95 DAR
41 24 STAR15014 CAPTAIN BRITAIN TP $19.95 MAR
42 35 STAR17541 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 1 TP $17.95 DRE
43 117 STAR15245 HARLEQUIN VALENTINE HC $10.95 DAR
44 55 STAR15459 ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 TP $14.95 MAR
45 14 STAR15965 WONDER WOMAN HIKETEIA HC $24.95 DC
46 29 STAR15970 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE MURDERER TP $19.95 DC
47 6 STAR15423 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC $34.95 MAR
48 173 STAR16369 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN REVELATIONS TP $8.99 MAR
49 31 STAR00236 WATCHMEN TP $19.95 DC
50 15 STAR15567 GI JOE VOL 1 TP $24.95 MAR
51 74 STAR17331 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 4 TP $14.99 MAR
52 78 STAR15042 TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 6 GOUGE AWAY TP $14.95 DC
53 17 STAR15607 GREEN LANTERN LEGACY LAST WILL HC $24.95 DC
54 95 STAR15851 MURDER MYSTERIES HC $13.95 DAR
55 88 STAR07765 ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 1 $14.95 MAR
56 20 STAR15337 GREEN ARROW QUIVER HC $24.95 DC
57 92 STAR16143 LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL 1 EDEN TP $14.95 IMA
58 174 STAR15434 ASTRO BOY VOL 1 TP $9.95 DAR
59 44 STAR00204 SANDMAN VOL 1 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TP $19.95 DC
60 45 STAR07025 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $19.95 SLA
61 84 STAR14636 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN COMING HOME TP $15.95 MAR
62 64 STAR15932 100 BULLETS VOL 4 FOREGONE TOMORROW TP $17.95 DC
63 194 STAR11783 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 1 ASSASSINS ROAD TP $9.95 DAR
64 81 STAR16794 AUTHORITY TRANSFER O/POWER TP $17.95 DC
65 102 STAR15186 ESSENTIAL DR STRANGE TP $15.95 MAR
66 118 STAR06816 KINGDOM COME TP $14.95 DC
67 37 STAR15942 GI JOE VOL 2 TP $24.95 MAR
68 65 STAR16572 BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP $19.95 DC
69 90 STAR15197 HELLBOY CONQUEROR WORM TP $17.95 DAR
70 132 STAR15955 ROAD TO PERDITION SC $13.95 DC
71 19 STAR16986 DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN HC $29.95 DC
72 215 STAR17300 FABLES LEGENDS IN EXILE TP $9.95 DC
73 40 STAR15476 MARVEL MANGAVERSE VOL 1 TP $24.95 MAR
74 219 STAR15509 FORGE #1 $9.95 CRO
75 345 STAR17147 REVEAL VOL 1 TP $6.95 DAR
76 23 STAR16543 CAPTAIN AMERICA RED WHITE & BLUE HC $29.99 MAR
77 223 STAR10512 100 BULLETS VOL 1 FIRST SHOT LAST CALL TP $9.95 DC
78 125 STAR01618 PREACHER VOL 1 GONE TO TEXAS TP $14.95 DC
79 153 STAR16027 INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 1 RETURN O/T MONSTER TP $12.99 MAR
80 73 STAR16482 POWERS VOL 3 LITTLE DEATHS TP (MR) $19.95 IMA
81 80 STAR16205 NEW X-MEN VOL 2 IMPERIAL TP $19.99 MAR
82 166 FEB021868 SPIDER-MAN MOVIE TP $12.95 MAR
83 438 STAR17099 TELLOS SONS & MOONS $5.95 IMA
84 87 STAR10159 DAREDEVIL VISIONARIES KEVIN SMITH TP $19.95 MAR
85 89 STAR15403 KING DAVID SC $19.95 DC
86 137 STAR15187 ESSENTIAL HOWARD THE DUCK TP $14.95 MAR
87 250 STAR15605 EDGE #1 $9.95 CRO
88 119 STAR15935 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL SECRETS TP $16.95 DAR
89 107 STAR17211 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 3 WORLD TOUR TP $17.99 MAR
90 255 STAR16443 DARK HORSE MAVERICK HAPPY ENDINGS TP $9.95 DAR
91 176 STAR14525 NEW X-MEN E IS FOR EXTINCTION TP $12.95 MAR
92 179 STAR17119 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE FUGITIVE VOL 1 TP $12.95 DC
93 161 STAR14883 POWERS VOL 2 ROLEPLAY TP $13.95 IMA
94 94 STAR09372 SANDMAN VOL 2 THE DOLLS HOUSE TP $19.95 DC
95 33 STAR15600 COMPLETE FRANK MILLER SPIDER-MAN HC $29.95 MAR
96 148 STAR16905 TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 7 SPIDERS THRASH TP $14.95 DC
97 296 STAR16700 RISING STARS VISITATIONS TP $8.99 IMA
98 52 STAR16178 CATWOMAN SELINAS BIG SCORE HC $24.95 DC
99 268 STAR15406 MAD ABOUT SUPER-HEROES TP $9.95 DC
100 56 STAR15964 UNIVERSE X VOL 2 TP $24.95 MAR

Market Share, Top 100 Comics and Top 100 Graphic Novels for all of 2002
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