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

Wed, January 29th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

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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 SalesTotal Sales
PublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
MARVEL COMICS33.61%40.52%
DC COMICS28.35%29.44%
IMAGE COMICS6.83%6.80%
DARK HORSE COMICS6.52%4.62%
CG ENTERTAINMENT3.21%3.21%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT2.48%1.85%
DREAMWAVE2.47%2.82%
VIZ COMMUNICATIONS2.18%1.17%
TOKYOPOP1.33%0.62%
CHAOS! COMICS0.66%0.63%
Fantagraphics/Eros0.85%0.36%
ONI PRESS INC.0.53%0.47%
SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS0.51%0.34%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS0.50%0.70%
AVATAR PRESS0.49%0.40%
ANTARCTIC PRESS0.46%0.29%
HARRIS COMICS0.45%0.40%
BONGO COMICS0.38%0.46%
CENTRAL PARK MEDIA CORP0.30%0.12%
DYNAMIC FORCES0.30%0.06%
Non-Top 20 Total7.59%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.
TitlePricePub.
**NOV010553/
SEP015108
BATMAN 10-CENT ADVENTURE*$0.10DC
**FEB020018FCBD ED ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 (Net)$0.12MAR
**JUN021717/
5165
FANTASTIC FOUR #60*$0.09MAR
**FEB020014FCBD ED STAR WARS TALES JEDIS WEAPON #1 (Net)$0.12DAR
**FEB020015FCBD EDITION JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1 (Net)$0.12DC
119NOV011803ULTIMATES #1$2.25MAR
21STAR15047DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2$7.95DC
37MAR022144/
APR025105
TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #2*$2.95DRE
43SEP011446ORIGIN #4$3.50MAR
58FEB022388/
FEB025062
TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #1*$2.95DRE
64OCT011863ORIGIN #5$3.50MAR
75NOV011826ORIGIN #6$3.50MAR
816AUG020206/
5201
BATMAN #608*$2.25DC
92STAR16183DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #3$7.95DC
109APR022226TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #3$2.95DRE
**FEB020017/
MAR020021
FCBD EDITION TOMB RAIDER #1/2 (Net)*$0.12IMA
1111MAY021993TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #1$2.95DRE
1212MAY021992TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #4$2.95DRE
1328SEP020160BATMAN #609$2.25DC
1413APR021731SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #1 (Of 4)$2.99MAR
1510NOV011799MOMENT OF SILENCE$3.00MAR
1632OCT022009ULTIMATE WAR #1 (Of 4)$2.25MAR
1715JUL021994TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #6$2.95DRE
1817JUN022231TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #5$2.95DRE
1938OCT020739BATMAN #610$2.25DC
2040OCT022010ULTIMATE WAR #2 (Of 4)$2.25MAR
2142OCT011857NEW X-MEN #121$2.25MAR
2243DEC011804ULTIMATES #2$2.25MAR
2344NOV011823NEW X-MEN #122$2.25MAR
2421MAY021162BATTLE O/T PLANETS #1$2.95IMA
2522JUN022232TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #2$2.95DRE
**MAY020251GEN 13 #0$0.13DC
2650JAN021891ULTIMATES #3$2.25MAR
2752DEC011811NEW X-MEN #123$2.25MAR
2824JUN020464THUNDERCATS RECLAIMING THUNDERA #1 (Of 5)$2.95DC
2953FEB021901NEW X-MEN #125$2.25MAR
3054JAN021880NEW X-MEN #124$2.25MAR
3123MAY021500SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #2 (Of 4)$2.99MAR
3218MAR021666NEW X-MEN #126$3.25MAR
3358MAR021693ULTIMATES #5$2.25MAR
3427AUG022047TRANSFORMERS WAR WITHIN #1 (Of 6)$2.95DRE
3559FEB021922ULTIMATES #4$2.25MAR
3660MAY021528ULTIMATES #7$2.25MAR
3762MAY021481NEW X-MEN #129$2.25MAR
3863NOV011818UNCANNY X-MEN #402$2.25MAR
3964APR021741NEW X-MEN #128$2.25MAR
4065APR021735NEW X-MEN #127$2.25MAR
4114FEB021860CAPTAIN AMERICA #1$3.99MAR
4268APR021775ULTIMATES #6$2.25MAR
4369JUL021487NEW X-MEN #132$2.25MAR
4470FEB021889AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #40 (RES)$2.25MAR
4571APR021725AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42$2.25MAR
4672JUN021735NEW X-MEN #130$2.25MAR
4774AUG021497NEW X-MEN #133$2.25MAR
4875MAY021495AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43$2.25MAR
4976JUN021709AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #44$2.25MAR
5080NOV011805ULTIMATE X-MEN #14$2.25MAR
5181JUL021480AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #45$2.25MAR
5282MAR021653AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 (RES)$2.25MAR
5383JUN021736NEW X-MEN #131$2.25MAR
5484DEC011807UNCANNY X-MEN #403$2.25MAR
5585JUN021710ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #25$2.25MAR
5687OCT022035ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #33$2.25MAR
5789AUG021511AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #46$2.25MAR
5891SEP021472NEW X-MEN #134$2.25MAR
5920SEP021462DAREDEVIL TARGET #1 (Of 4)$3.50MAR
6094OCT022015NEW X-MEN #135$2.25MAR
6195JAN021876UNCANNY X-MEN #404$2.25MAR
6296FEB021902ULTIMATE X-MEN #17$2.25MAR
6398JAN021886ULTIMATE X-MEN #16$2.25MAR
6499MAR021667ULTIMATE X-MEN #18$2.25MAR
65101SEP021488AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #47$2.25MAR
666SEP021195-7MASTERS O/T UNIVERSE #1*$5.95IMA
67103FEB021898UNCANNY X-MEN #405$2.25MAR
68104DEC011803ULTIMATE X-MEN #15$2.25MAR
69105APR021742ULTIMATE X-MEN #19$2.25MAR
7057JUN020463THUNDERCATS #0$2.50DC
71106JUL021479ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #27$2.25MAR
72107MAY021482ULTIMATE X-MEN #20$2.25MAR
73108NOV011831AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39$2.25MAR
7430JUN021708SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #3 (Of 4)$2.99MAR
75109JUN021737ULTIMATE X-MEN #21$2.25MAR
76112NOV022039ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #34$2.25MAR
77113JUL021478ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #26$2.25MAR
78114MAY021494ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #24$2.25MAR
79115OCT022036AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #48$2.25MAR
80116JUL021496ULTIMATE X-MEN #22$2.25MAR
81117MAR021662UNCANNY X-MEN #406$2.25MAR
82118AUG021513ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #29$2.25MAR
83120SEP011453AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37$2.25MAR
8435JUL021995TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #3$2.95DRE
85121AUG021512ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #28$2.25MAR
86122OCT022034ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #32$2.25MAR
87123OCT011872AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38$2.25MAR
88124AUG021502ULTIMATE X-MEN #23$2.25MAR
89126SEP021485ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #30$2.25MAR
90128APR021736UNCANNY X-MEN #407$2.25MAR
91129SEP021486ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #31$2.25MAR
9225SEP021471ULTIMATE X-MEN #25$3.50MAR
9326MAR021652ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #22 (Note Price)$3.50MAR
94135MAY021475UNCANNY X-MEN #408$2.25MAR
95137APR021724ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #23$2.25MAR
96139MAY021483UNCANNY X-MEN #409$2.25MAR
97142OCT022014UNCANNY X-MEN #416$2.25MAR
98143SEP021470ULTIMATE X-MEN #24$2.25MAR
99147JUN021699UNCANNY X-MEN #411$2.25MAR
100148OCT022012ULTIMATE X-MEN #26$2.25MAR

* 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.
TitlePricePub.
13STAR14692SEPTEMBER 11 VOLUME 2 (Net)$9.95DC
24STAR14691SEPTEMBER 11 VOLUME 1 (Net)$9.95DAR
311STAR17072JLA SECRET ORIGINS OVERSIZED SC$7.95DC
47STAR13070BLUNTMAN & CHRONIC GN$14.95IMA
58STAR13283ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 1 TP$14.95MAR
62STAR17241JLA JSA VIRTUE & VICE HC$24.95DC
7114STAR15364STAR WARS JANGO FETT TP$5.95DAR
810STAR16504LEAGUE O/EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN BOOK ONE TP$14.95DC
949STAR15112LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 17 WILL O/T FANG TP$9.95DAR
10147STAR15420STAR WARS ZAM WESELL TP$5.95DAR
1151STAR15201LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 18 LAST KUROKUWA TP$9.95DAR
1253STAR15438LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 19 MOON IN OUR HEARTS TP$9.95DAR
1354STAR15649LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 20 TASTE O/POISON TP$9.95DAR
1457STAR17544LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 27 BATTLES EVE$9.95DAR
1558STAR15807LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 21 FRAGRANCE O/DEATH TP$9.95DAR
161STAR15855ORIGIN HC$34.95MAR
1759STAR15983LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 22 HEAVEN & EARTH TP$9.95DAR
1828STAR16120ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 TP$12.99MAR
1918STAR149769-11 EMERGENCY RELIEF GN$14.95ALT
2012STAR15962ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 3 TP$17.95MAR
2113STAR14906DELICATE CREATURES HC$16.95IMA
2267STAR16453LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 23 TEARS O/ICE TP$9.95DAR
2369STAR16454LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 24 THESE SMALL HANDS TP$9.95DAR
2421STAR17034ORIGIN TP$14.99MAR
2536STAR16479ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP$12.99MAR
2675STAR16612LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 25 PERHAPS IN DEATH TP$9.95DAR
2776STAR15150HISTORY O/T DC UNIVERSE TP$9.95DC
2877STAR16945LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 26 BATTLE I/T DARK TP$9.95DAR
2925STAR15632ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 2 WEAPON X TP$14.95MAR
3026STAR13754ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 TOMORROW PEOPLE TP$14.95MAR
3191STAR17497LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 28 FALLING TREE TP$9.95DAR
3299STAR16637WITCHBLADE OBAKEMONO$9.95IMA
3397STAR16000TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 2 TP$9.99WIZ
3422STAR15667STAR WARS EPISODE II ATTACK O/T CLONES TP$17.95DAR
3541STAR06045BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP$14.95DC
3616STAR15724RISING STARS VOL 2 POWER TP$19.95IMA
375STAR16747MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC$29.99MAR
3846STAR16062CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS TP$14.95DC
3947STAR16009AUTHORITY EARTH INFERNO & OTHER STORIES TP$14.95DC
409STAR15433AKIRA VOL 6 TP$29.95DAR
4124STAR15014CAPTAIN BRITAIN TP$19.95MAR
4235STAR17541TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 1 TP$17.95DRE
43117STAR15245HARLEQUIN VALENTINE HC$10.95DAR
4455STAR15459ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 TP$14.95MAR
4514STAR15965WONDER WOMAN HIKETEIA HC$24.95DC
4629STAR15970BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE MURDERER TP$19.95DC
476STAR15423ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC$34.95MAR
48173STAR16369AMAZING SPIDER-MAN REVELATIONS TP$8.99MAR
4931STAR00236WATCHMEN TP$19.95DC
5015STAR15567GI JOE VOL 1 TP$24.95MAR
5174STAR17331ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 4 TP$14.99MAR
5278STAR15042TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 6 GOUGE AWAY TP$14.95DC
5317STAR15607GREEN LANTERN LEGACY LAST WILL HC$24.95DC
5495STAR15851MURDER MYSTERIES HC$13.95DAR
5588STAR07765ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 1$14.95MAR
5620STAR15337GREEN ARROW QUIVER HC$24.95DC
5792STAR16143LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL 1 EDEN TP$14.95IMA
58174STAR15434ASTRO BOY VOL 1 TP$9.95DAR
5944STAR00204SANDMAN VOL 1 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TP$19.95DC
6045STAR07025JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC$19.95SLA
6184STAR14636AMAZING SPIDER-MAN COMING HOME TP$15.95MAR
6264STAR15932100 BULLETS VOL 4 FOREGONE TOMORROW TP$17.95DC
63194STAR11783LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 1 ASSASSINS ROAD TP$9.95DAR
6481STAR16794AUTHORITY TRANSFER O/POWER TP$17.95DC
65102STAR15186ESSENTIAL DR STRANGE TP$15.95MAR
66118STAR06816KINGDOM COME TP$14.95DC
6737STAR15942GI JOE VOL 2 TP$24.95MAR
6865STAR16572BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP$19.95DC
6990STAR15197HELLBOY CONQUEROR WORM TP$17.95DAR
70132STAR15955ROAD TO PERDITION SC$13.95DC
7119STAR16986DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN HC$29.95DC
72215STAR17300FABLES LEGENDS IN EXILE TP$9.95DC
7340STAR15476MARVEL MANGAVERSE VOL 1 TP$24.95MAR
74219STAR15509FORGE #1$9.95CRO
75345STAR17147REVEAL VOL 1 TP$6.95DAR
7623STAR16543CAPTAIN AMERICA RED WHITE & BLUE HC$29.99MAR
77223STAR10512100 BULLETS VOL 1 FIRST SHOT LAST CALL TP$9.95DC
78125STAR01618PREACHER VOL 1 GONE TO TEXAS TP$14.95DC
79153STAR16027INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 1 RETURN O/T MONSTER TP$12.99MAR
8073STAR16482POWERS VOL 3 LITTLE DEATHS TP (MR)$19.95IMA
8180STAR16205NEW X-MEN VOL 2 IMPERIAL TP$19.99MAR
82166FEB021868SPIDER-MAN MOVIE TP$12.95MAR
83438STAR17099TELLOS SONS & MOONS$5.95IMA
8487STAR10159DAREDEVIL VISIONARIES KEVIN SMITH TP$19.95MAR
8589STAR15403KING DAVID SC$19.95DC
86137STAR15187ESSENTIAL HOWARD THE DUCK TP$14.95MAR
87250STAR15605EDGE #1$9.95CRO
88119STAR15935BLADE O/T IMMORTAL SECRETS TP$16.95DAR
89107STAR17211ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 3 WORLD TOUR TP$17.99MAR
90255STAR16443DARK HORSE MAVERICK HAPPY ENDINGS TP$9.95DAR
91176STAR14525NEW X-MEN E IS FOR EXTINCTION TP$12.95MAR
92179STAR17119BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE FUGITIVE VOL 1 TP$12.95DC
93161STAR14883POWERS VOL 2 ROLEPLAY TP$13.95IMA
9494STAR09372SANDMAN VOL 2 THE DOLLS HOUSE TP$19.95DC
9533STAR15600COMPLETE FRANK MILLER SPIDER-MAN HC$29.95MAR
96148STAR16905TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 7 SPIDERS THRASH TP$14.95DC
97296STAR16700RISING STARS VISITATIONS TP$8.99IMA
9852STAR16178CATWOMAN SELINAS BIG SCORE HC$24.95DC
99268STAR15406MAD ABOUT SUPER-HEROES TP$9.95DC
10056STAR15964UNIVERSE X VOL 2 TP$24.95MAR

 
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