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Marvel's Secret Invasion #5 (shown) was the best-selling comic title based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops for August 2008, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. Marvel also took the #3 & #5-#10 spots with its latest installments of its X-Men, Avengers, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Hulk titles, while DC came in at #2 & #4 with Final Crisis #3 and Batman #679.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2008

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 160.21 JUN082346/JUN082348-9 SECRET INVASION #5 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 MAR
2 2 119.59 MAY080145 FINAL CRISIS #3 (Of 7) $3.99 DC
3 4 102.70 JUN082351 NEW AVENGERS #44 SI $2.99 MAR
4 5 100.00 MAY080159-60 BATMAN #679 RIP* $2.99 DC
5 6 93.01 MAY082275 HULK #5 $2.99 MAR
6 8 90.98 JUN082385 ASTONISHING X-MEN #26 MD $2.99 MAR
7 3 90.16 JUN082306-7/MAY088079 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568 NWD* $3.99 MAR
8 9 89.73 JUN082350 MIGHTY AVENGERS #17 SI $2.99 MAR
9 12 83.28 JUN082328 WOLVERINE #68 $2.99 MAR
10 13 82.44 JUN082386 UNCANNY X-MEN #501 MD $2.99 MAR
11 14 82.09 JUN082319-20 CAPTAIN AMERICA #41* $2.99 MAR
12 15 78.63 JUN080226 JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #24 $2.99 DC
13 16 76.56 JUN080078 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #17 $2.99 DAR
14 18 75.25 JUN082308 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #569 NWD $2.99 MAR
15 19 70.94 JUN080227-8 JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #18* $2.99 DC
16 21 68.67 JUN080202 DETECTIVE COMICS #847 RIP $2.99 DC
17 22 66.62 JUN082317-8 AVENGERS INVADERS #4 (Of 12) $2.99 MAR
18 23 66.62 JUN082389 X-FORCE #6 DWS $2.99 MAR
19 24 65.97 JUN082303 ULTIMATE ORIGINS #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
20 10 65.94 JUN080180 FINAL CRISIS LEGION O/THREE WORLDS #1 (Of 5) $3.99 DC
21 25 65.77 JUN082305 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #567 $2.99 MAR
22 26 65.69 JUN082387 X-MEN LEGACY #215 MD $2.99 MAR
23 11 64.74 JUN080181 DC UNIVERSE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT #1 $3.99 DC
24 27 63.24 JUN082354 SECRET INVASION THOR #1 (Of 3) SI $2.99 MAR
25 28 62.28 JUN082355 SECRET INVASION X-MEN #1 (Of 4) SI $2.99 MAR
26 7 60.95 JUN080182 FINAL CRISIS SUPERMAN BEYOND #1 (Of 2) $4.50 DC
27 29 58.29 JUN082352 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #16 SI $2.99 MAR
28 32 57.72 MAY082270 FANTASTIC FOUR #559 $2.99 MAR
29 17 56.41 JUN080179 FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #1 (Of 5) $3.99 DC
30 33 56.14 JUN082336 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4 $2.99 MAR
31 34 54.70 JUN082356 SECRET INVASION AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (Of 3) SI $2.99 MAR
32 35 54.35 JUN080206 NIGHTWING #147 RIP $2.99 DC
33 36 53.01 MAY080178 ROBIN #176 RIP $2.99 DC
34 37 52.85 JUN082304 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #125 $2.99 MAR
35 20 52.52 JUN080184 FINAL CRISIS ROGUES REVENGE #2 (Of 3) $3.99 DC
36 38 49.91 JUN080212 SUPERMAN BATMAN #51 $2.99 DC
37 39 49.39 MAR082250 KICK ASS #4 (MR) $2.99 MAR
38 40 49.33 JUN082361 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #120 SI $2.99 MAR
39 41 49.08 JUN082383 SKAAR SON OF HULK #3 $2.99 MAR
40 42 48.67 JUN082364 X-FACTOR #34 SI $2.99 MAR
41 43 48.24 JUN082353 SECRET INVASION INHUMANS #1 (Of 4) SI $2.99 MAR
42 44 47.84 JUN080210 ACTION COMICS #868 $2.99 DC
43 46 46.53 JUN080175 TRINITY #10** $2.99 DC
44 47 45.84 JUN080176 TRINITY #11** $2.99 DC
45 48 45.42 JUN082302 ULTIMATE X-MEN #97 $2.99 MAR
46 49 45.00 JUN080197 SUPERMAN #679 $2.99 DC
47 50 44.91 JUN080177 TRINITY #12** $2.99 DC
48 51 44.45 JUN080220 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 $2.99 DC
49 52 44.24 JUN080178 TRINITY #13** $2.99 DC
50 53 44.21 JUN082358 SECRET INVASION FRONT LINE #2 (Of 5) SI $2.99 MAR
51 55 43.83 JUN082367 THUNDERBOLTS #123 SI $2.99 MAR
52 56 43.74 MAY082308 SECRET INVASION RUNAWAYS YOUNG AVENGERS #2 (Of 3) SI $2.99 MAR
53 30 43.49 JUN082388/APR088284 CABLE #6 MD* $3.99 MAR
54 31 43.35 JUN084038 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #11 $3.99 IDW
55 59 42.80 JUN082309 VENOM DARK ORIGIN #1 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
56 60 41.86 JUN082321-2 DAREDEVIL #110* $2.99 MAR
57 61 41.76 JUN080192 TEEN TITANS #62 $2.99 DC
58 64 38.89 JUN082359 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #4 SI $2.99 MAR
59 66 37.29 MAR082153 ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #5 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
60 67 37.05 JUN082390 YOUNG X-MEN #5 DWS $2.99 MAR
61 68 37.01 JUN082360 NOVA #16 SI $2.99 MAR
62 70 36.75 JUN082365-6 SHE-HULK 2 #32 SI* $2.99 MAR
63 72 35.55 JUN082363 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #4 SI $2.99 MAR
64 45 35.08 JUN082327 MARVEL 1985 #4 (Of 6) $3.99 MAR
65 73 34.33 JUN080232 WONDER WOMAN #23 $2.99 DC
66 54 33.08 JUL072130 HALO UPRISING #3 (Of 4) (MR) $3.99 MAR
67 74 33.07 JUN082334 IRON MAN DIRECTOR O/SHIELD #32 $2.99 MAR
68 75 32.69 JUN082301 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #57 $2.99 MAR
69 76 32.48 JUN080213 BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #10 $2.99 DC
70 57 32.48 JUN082392 WOLVERINE KILLING MADE SIMPLE $3.99 MAR
71 58 32.47 JUN084041 SPIKE AFTER THE FALL #2 (Of 4) $3.99 IDW
72 77 32.42 JUN082369 BLACK PANTHER #40 SI $2.99 MAR
73 78 32.10 JUN082376 RUNAWAYS 3 #1 $2.99 MAR
74 79 31.76 JUN080216 BOOSTER GOLD #11 $2.99 DC
75 62 30.44 JUN082396 X-FACTOR SPECIAL LAYLA MILLER $3.99 MAR
76 80 30.43 JUN080217 BRAVE & BOLD #16 $2.99 DC
77 81 30.26 JUN080207 ROBIN #177 $2.99 DC
78 82 29.83 JUN082370-1 MOON KNIGHT #21* $2.99 MAR
79 83 29.62 JUN082401 PUNISHER #60 (MR) $2.99 MAR
80 84 29.62 JUN082368 NEW WARRIORS #15 SI $2.99 MAR
81 63 29.38 APR082275 IRON MAN VIVA LAS VEGAS #2 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
82 65 28.89 JUN082377-8 NYX NO WAY HOME #1 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
83 85 28.62 JUN080219 FLASH #243 $2.99 DC
84 86 27.70 JUN080223 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #11 $2.99 DC
85 69 27.62 JUN082391 X-MEN ORIGINS JEAN GREY $3.99 MAR
86 87 27.56 JUN080123 STAR WARS LEGACY #27 $2.99 DAR
87 88 27.39 JUN082402 PUNISHER #61 (MR) $2.99 MAR
88 89 27.14 JUN080211 SUPERGIRL #32 $2.99 DC
89 90 27.08 JUN082384 SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #2 $2.99 MAR
90 91 26.78 APR080171 TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE #6 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
91 92 26.75 JUN080200 BATGIRL #2 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
92 93 26.63 JUN082375 TWELVE #7 (Of 12) $2.99 MAR
93 94 26.57 JUN083804 BOYS #21 (MR) $2.99 DE
94 95 26.48 JUN082332 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #18 $2.99 MAR
95 96 26.09 JUN082329-30 GHOST RIDER #26* $2.99 MAR
96 99 24.89 JUN080229 LEGION O/SUPER HEROES #45 $2.99 DC
97 100 24.87 JUN080027 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #2 $2.99 DAR
98 102 24.67 JUN082323 ETERNALS #3 $2.99 MAR
99 103 24.67 JUN082380 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #22 $2.99 MAR
100 104 24.67 JUN080081 HELLBOY THE CROOKED MAN #2 (Of 3) $2.99 DAR

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts—which include our monthly market shares and all of our top product charts—are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 4,000+ 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 shops 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.