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Marvel's Ultimatum #1 was the best-selling comic title based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops for November 2008, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. Marvel also took the #3-#7 spots with its latest installments of its Hulk, Wolverine, X-Men, Spider-Man and Captain America titles, DC came in at #2, #9 & #10 with Batman & Justice Society of America titles, while Dark Horse nabbed the #8 spot with Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Please Note: This article contains the Top 100 Comics chart only. The complete Top 300 Comics chart and additional information can be found in the Industry Statistics section of Diamond Online's Retailer Services Area.
 

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 110.74 SEP082306-8 ULTIMATUM #1 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
2 2 100.00 AUG080132-3 BATMAN #681 RIP* $3.99 DC
3 6 88.00 SEP082340-1 HULK #8* $2.99 MAR
4 7 86.19 SEP082335 WOLVERINE #69 $2.99 MAR
5 9 75.40 SEP082388 UNCANNY X-MEN #504 MD $2.99 MAR
6 3 74.28 SEP082315-6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #577* $3.99 MAR
7 13 73.19 SEP082327-8 CAPTAIN AMERICA #44* $2.99 MAR
8 14 71.94 AUG080025 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #19 $2.99 DAR
9 4 70.64 SEP080162-3 JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL SUPERMAN #1* $3.99 DC
10 17 69.18 AUG080169-70 JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #20* $2.99 DC
11 5 67.40 SEP080121-2 BATMAN CACOPHONY #1 (Of 3)* $3.99 DC
12 18 66.85 SEP082314 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #576 $2.99 MAR
13 20 64.53 SEP082317 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #578 $2.99 MAR
14 8 62.24 SEP080126 DETECTIVE COMICS #850 RIP (NOTE PRICE) $3.99 DC
15 21 61.57 SEP082389 X-MEN LEGACY #218 XOS 4 $2.99 MAR
16 23 59.46 JUL082278-9 FANTASTIC FOUR #561* $2.99 MAR
17 25 56.76 SEP080134-5 ACTION COMICS #871 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
18 10 56.50 SEP082297-9 DARK TOWER TREACHERY #3 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
19 26 55.49 SEP082391 X-FORCE #9 $2.99 MAR
20 11 55.46 SEP080160-1 JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL KINGDOM #1* $3.99 DC
21 12 55.19 AUG080116 FINAL CRISIS RESIST #1 $3.99 DC
22 27 54.51 SEP082322-3 AVENGERS INVADERS #6 (Of 12)* $2.99 MAR
23 15 53.86 SEP080158-9 JSA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL MAGOG #1* $3.99 DC
24 28 53.74 SEP080115-6 SUPERMAN #682 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
25 16 53.39 SEP082294-6 STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS #3 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
26 30 50.59 SEP082313 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #128 $2.99 MAR
27 19 49.43 SEP080127/AUG088197 NIGHTWING #150 RIP* $3.99 DC
28 32 48.82 SEP082390 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #30 XOS 5 $2.99 MAR
29 33 48.06 SEP082393 DEADPOOL #4 $2.99 MAR
30 34 47.85 SEP082343 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 $2.99 MAR
31 22 45.81 SEP082354 MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #2 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
32 37 45.56 SEP082365 SECRET INVASION X-MEN #4 (Of 4) MD $2.99 MAR
33 38 45.03 SEP082312 ULTIMATE X-MEN #98 $2.99 MAR
34 39 44.13 SEP080136-7 SUPERGIRL #35 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
35 40 43.60 SEP080095 TRINITY #23 $2.99 DC
36 41 43.14 SEP080096 TRINITY #24 $2.99 DC
37 24 42.58 SEP082382 THOR MAN OF WAR $3.99 MAR
38 42 42.47 SEP080097 TRINITY #25 $2.99 DC
39 43 42.27 SEP080149 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30 $2.99 DC
40 44 41.89 SEP080098 TRINITY #26 $2.99 DC
41 45 41.63 SEP080131 BATMAN & OUTSIDERS #13 RIP $2.99 DC
42 46 40.24 SEP080109 TITANS #7 $2.99 DC
43 47 39.94 SEP082331 DAREDEVIL #113 $2.99 MAR
44 48 39.90 SEP082364 SECRET INVASION INHUMANS #4 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
45 50 39.80 SEP082367 IRON MAN DIRECTOR O/SHIELD #35 SI $2.99 MAR
46 29 38.84 SEP082324 AVENGERS INITIATIVE SPECIAL $3.99 MAR
47 31 37.76 SEP084103 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #14 $3.99 IDW
48 53 36.72 SEP080108 TEEN TITANS #65 $2.99 DC
49 54 36.18 SEP082392 CABLE #8 $2.99 MAR
50 55 35.67 SEP080011-2 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #1* $2.99 DAR
51 35 34.79 SEP082397 X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #3 (Of 5) MD $3.99 MAR
52 56 34.69 SEP082342 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #123 $2.99 MAR
53 57 34.66 SEP082395 X-FACTOR #37 $2.99 MAR
54 58 33.93 SEP082311 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #58 $2.99 MAR
55 59 33.72 SEP082379 SKAAR SON OF HULK #5 $2.99 MAR
56 60 33.61 SEP080140-1 ADVENTURE COMICS SPECIAL GUARDIAN #1 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
57 61 33.58 SEP082386 THUNDERBOLTS #126 $2.99 MAR
58 62 32.26 SEP080164/AUG088198 WONDER WOMAN #26* $2.99 DC
59 65 31.64 SEP080212-3 SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #1 (Of 4) (MR)* $2.99 DC
60 49 29.83 SEP082398 X-MEN SPIDER-MAN #1 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
61 66 29.58 SEP082339/AUG088017 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #7* $2.99 MAR
62 67 29.31 SEP082394 YOUNG X-MEN #8 MD $2.99 MAR
63 51 29.07 SEP082366 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #25 SI $3.99 MAR
64 36 27.64 SEP082344 IRON MAN END $4.99 MAR
65 70 27.53 SEP080132 ROBIN #180 $2.99 DC
66 71 27.44 SEP082369 NOVA #19 $2.99 MAR
67 72 27.40 SEP080147 BOOSTER GOLD #14 $2.99 DC
68 73 27.18 SEP080077 STAR WARS LEGACY #30 VECTOR PART 11 O/12 $2.99 DAR
69 75 26.20 SEP080110 TERROR TITANS #2 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
70 76 25.93 SEP080150 FLASH #246 $2.99 DC
71 77 25.60 SEP080148 BRAVE & BOLD #19 $2.99 DC
72 78 25.26 SEP080105 SECRET SIX #3 $2.99 DC
73 79 24.82 SEP080154 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #14 $2.99 DC
74 80 24.66 SEP082318 VENOM DARK ORIGIN #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
75 68 24.37 AUG083931-2 BLACK TERROR #1* $3.50 DE
76 83 23.91 SEP082410 PUNISHER MAX #64 (MR) $2.99 MAR
77 63 23.83 SEP082403-4 WEAPON X FIRST CLASS #1 (Of 3)* $3.99 MAR
78 64 23.81 SEP082400 X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT #3 (Of 5) $3.99 MAR
79 84 23.74 SEP082401 WOLVERINE CHOP SHOP $2.99 MAR
80 86 23.47 SEP082329 CIVIL WAR HOUSE OF M #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR
81 87 23.47 SEP082336 GHOST RIDER #29 $2.99 MAR
82 88 23.36 JUN082273 WALKING DEAD #54 (MR) $2.99 IMA
83 89 23.31 SEP080138 SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM #1 (Of 5) $2.99 DC
84 90 23.25 SEP082356 MS MARVEL #33 $2.99 MAR
85 91 23.22 SEP082355 MOON KNIGHT #24 $2.99 MAR
86 92 23.16 JUL082211 WALKING DEAD #55 (MR) $2.99 IMA
87 94 23.00 SEP082220 SPAWN #186 $2.95 IMA
88 52 22.90 SEP082330 DAREDEVIL & CAPTAIN AMERICA DEAD ON ARRIVAL (MR) $4.99 MAR
89 93 22.78 SEP082373 RUNAWAYS 3 #4 $2.99 MAR
90 95 22.63 SEP080220 FABLES #78 (MR) $2.99 DC
91 96 22.57 SEP080027 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #5 $2.99 DAR
92 99 22.22 SEP080165 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #48 $2.99 DC
93 100 22.21 SEP080128 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #23 $2.99 DC
94 101 21.95 SEP080101 SGT ROCK LOST BATTALION #1 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
95 105 21.51 SEP082326 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #7 $2.99 MAR
96 106 20.99 SEP080139 SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM #2 (Of 5) $2.99 DC
97 107 20.94 SEP080129 BATGIRL #5 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
98 69 20.86 SEP082399 X-MEN WORLDS APART #2 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
99 109 20.32 SEP080145 BIRDS OF PREY #124 $2.99 DC
100 110 20.31 SEP080106 TERRA #1 (Of 4) $2.99 DC


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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 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 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.