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Wolverine #1

Marvel Comics' popular mutant Wolverine faced his greatest challenge — death itself — in Jason Aaron and Renato Gates' Wolverine #1, September's best-selling comic book.

In total, Marvel Comics had five of the top ten best-selling comics for the month. In addition to Wolverine #1 atop the chart, Avengers #5 from Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr. ranked #6; Bendis and Stuart Immonen's New Avengers #4 ranked #7; Ed Brubaker and Michael Deodato's Secret Avengers #5 ranked #9; and Amazing Spider-Man #641, the final chapter of Joe Quesada and Paolo Manuel Rivera's "One Moment In Time" story arc, rounded out the top ten at #10.

DC Comics also had five of the top ten best-selling comics titles in September. Led by Brightest Day #9 at #2 and Brightest Day #10 at #3, Green Lantern #57 ranked #4, Batman and Robin #14 ranked #5, and Batman #703 ranked #8.

Among other Premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book in September was Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36, the first chapter of Joss Whedon's "The Last Gleaming" story arc which brings the "Buffy Season 8" storyline to a close. IDW Publishing's True Blood #3, based on HBO's wildly popular vampire television series, ranked #81. Finally, Image Comics' top book in September was The Walking Dead #77; the latest chapter in Robert Kirkman's zombie epic (and soon to be a television series on AMC), ranked #69 in sales for the month.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 135.54 JUL100634-M WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
2 5 114.82 JUL100110-M BRIGHTEST DAY #9 $2.99 DC 
3 7 113.25 JUL100112-M BRIGHTEST DAY #10 $2.99 DC 
4 9 110.57 JUN100132-M GREEN LANTERN #57 $2.99 DC 
5 10 107.61 MAY100133-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #14 $2.99 DC 
6 2 106.98 JUL100543-M AVENGERS #5 $3.99 MAR
7 3 100.58 JUL100551-M NEW AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
8 13 100.00 JUL100138-M BATMAN #703 $2.99 DC 
9 4 90.28 JUL100546-M SECRET AVENGERS #5 $3.99 MAR
10 8 88.72 JUN100542-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641 $3.99 MAR
11 6 86.39 JUL100621-M X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR
12 17 82.53 JUL100116-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #52 $2.99 DC 
13 11 81.02 JUL100641 UNCANNY X-MEN #528 $3.99 MAR
14 20 80.57 JUN100150-M FLASH #5 $2.99 DC 
15 22 80.30 JUL100531-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #643 $2.99 MAR
16 25 78.04 JUL100529-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #642 $2.99 MAR
17 27 75.69 JUL100534-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #644 $2.99 MAR
18 12 74.79 JUL100126-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #49 $3.99 DC 
19 14 73.07 JUL100118-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #2 $3.99 DC 
20 15 69.46 JUN100615-M THOR #614 $3.99 MAR
21 16 68.67 JUL100614-M THOR #615 $3.99 MAR
22 32 66.18 JUL100642-M X-MEN LEGACY #240 $2.99 MAR
23 26 63.37 JUL100638-M DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
24 23 62.94 JUL100635-M X-23 #1 $3.99 MAR
25 19 62.54 JUL100556 AVENGERS PRIME #3 $3.99 MAR
26 18 62.29 JUL100563 CAPTAIN AMERICA #610 $3.99 MAR
27 39 61.32 JUL100599-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #30 $2.99 MAR
28 24 61.30 JUL100566-M SHADOWLAND #3 $3.99 MAR
29 21 60.73 JUL100592-M HULK #25 $3.99 MAR
30 41 60.02 MAR100616 NEMESIS #3 (MR) $2.99 MAR
31 42 58.26 JUL100077-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #36 $2.99 DAR
32 46 58.06 JUL100568-M DAREDEVIL #510 $2.99 MAR
33 44 57.40 JUL100120-M GREEN ARROW #4 $2.99 DC 
34 28 55.97 JUL100525 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #2 $3.99 MAR
35 29 55.76 JUL100594-M INCREDIBLE HULKS #612 $3.99 MAR
36 49 54.86 JUL100577-M FANTASTIC FOUR #583 $2.99 MAR
37 50 52.12 JUL100128 BIRDS OF PREY #5 $2.99 DC 
38 31 52.01 JUL100596 INCREDIBLE HULKS #613 $3.99 MAR
39 30 51.99 JUL100140-M BATMAN ODYSSEY #3 $3.99 DC 
40 34 50.56 MAY100525 ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #3 $3.99 MAR
41 53 50.44 JUL100186-M WONDER WOMAN #603 $2.99 DC 
42 33 48.54 JUL100142 DETECTIVE COMICS #869 $3.99 DC 
43 35 48.40 JUL100647 X-FORCE SEX AND VIOLENCE #3 $3.99 MAR
44 57 48.23 JUL100122-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #9 $2.99 DC 
45 58 47.54 JUL100124-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #10 $2.99 DC 
46 59 47.48 JUL100180 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #43 $2.99 DC 
47 61 47.26 JUL100520-M DEADPOOL #27 $2.99 MAR
48 38 46.50 JUL100610 STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #3 $3.99 MAR
49 36 46.44 JUL100527 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #14 $3.99 MAR
50 43 46.08 JUL100554-M AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #2 $3.99 MAR
51 40 44.07 JUL100158 ACTION COMICS #893 $3.99 DC 
52 66 43.82 JUL100152 RED ROBIN #16 $2.99 DC 
53 45 43.80 JUL100588-M INVADERS NOW #1 $3.99 MAR
54 48 43.74 JUL100628 WOLVERINE ROAD TO HELL #1 $3.99 MAR
55 47 42.08 JUL100165-M LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #5 $3.99 DC 
56 52 41.85 JUL100615 THOR FOR ASGARD #1 $3.99 MAR
57 73 41.79 JUL100576 THUNDERBOLTS #148 $2.99 MAR
58 70 41.54 JUL100161 SUPERMAN BATMAN #76 $2.99 DC 
59 77 41.13 JUL100644-M NEW MUTANTS #17 $2.99 MAR
60 74 40.72 JUL100149 BATMAN BEYOND #4 $2.99 DC 
61 80 40.52 JUL100549-M AVENGERS ACADEMY #4 $2.99 MAR
62 51 38.56 JUL100619 THANOS IMPERATIVE #4 $3.99 MAR
63 85 38.46 JUL100646 X-FACTOR #209 $2.99 MAR
64 54 38.24 JUL100503 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #3 $3.99 MAR
65 56 37.08 JUL100616 THOR FOR ASGARD #2 $3.99 MAR
66 87 36.92 JUL100131 TITANS #27 $2.99 DC 
67 37 36.46 JUL100182 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA SPECIAL #1 $4.99 DC 
68 64 35.89 JUL100624 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS SMOKE AND BLOOD #1 $3.99 MAR
69 90 35.63 JUL100458 WALKING DEAD #77 (MR) $2.99 IMA
70 63 35.45 JUL100654-M SCARLET #2 $3.95 MAR
71 60 35.09 JUL100164 ADVENTURE COMICS #518 $3.99 DC 
72 92 34.87 JUL100153 BATGIRL #14 $2.99 DC 
73 101 33.68 JUL100606 SECRET WARRIORS #20 $2.99 MAR
74 65 33.56 JUL100167-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #5 $3.99 DC 
75 67 33.30 JUL100625 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS X-MEN VS VAMPIRES #1 $3.99 MAR
76 102 32.96 JUL100188-M ZATANNA #5 $2.99 DC 
77 68 32.83 JUL100526 ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #3 $3.99 MAR
78 104 32.50 JUL100160 SUPERGIRL #56 $2.99 DC 
79 78 31.86 JUL100570 SHADOWLAND ELEKTRA #1 $3.99 MAR
80 106 31.55 JUN100589 FRANKEN-CASTLE #20 $2.99 MAR
81 62 31.49 JUL100286-M TRUE BLOOD #3 $3.99 IDW
82 69 31.39 JUL100176 TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #3 $3.99 DC 
83 105 31.29 JUL100148 RED HOOD LOST DAYS #4 $2.99 DC 
84 109 31.00 JUL100626-M NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #2 $2.99 MAR
85 72 30.93 JUL100143 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #16 $3.99 DC 
86 107 30.92 JUL100151 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #16 $2.99 DC 
87 75 30.31 JUN100263-M AMERICAN VAMPIRE #6 (MR) $3.99 DC 
88 76 30.19 JUL100185 TEEN TITANS #87 $3.99 DC 
89 55 29.93 JUL100159 SUPERMAN THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON #2 $4.99 DC 
90 84 29.76 JUN100531 DEADPOOL WADE WILSONS WAR #4 $3.99 MAR
91 82 29.40 JUL100573 SHADOWLAND GHOST RIDER #1 $3.99 MAR
92 113 28.41 JUL100522 DEADPOOL CORPS #6 $2.99 MAR
93 86 28.10 JUL100181 JSA ALL STARS #10 $3.99 DC 
94 88 27.68 JUL100510 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #5 $3.99 MAR
95 89 27.56 JUL100618 THOR FIRST THUNDER #1 $3.99 MAR
96 94 27.36 JUL100608 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #3 $3.99 MAR
97 95 27.22 JUL100524 DEADPOOL PULP #1 $3.99 MAR
98 98 27.16 JUL100542 I AM AN AVENGER #1 $3.99 MAR
99 79 27.11 JUL100917 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #7 $3.99 DE
100 81 26.99 JUL100933 BOYS #46 (MR) $3.99 DE

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.