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Marvel's Secret Invasion #8 was the best-selling comic title based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops for December 2008, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. Marvel also took the #3-#5 & #8-#10 spots with its latest installments of its Avengers, Dark Reign, Hulk and Ultimatum titles, while DC came in at #2, #6 & #7 with Final Crisis & Batman titles.

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 December 2008

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 163.08 SEP082358-60 SECRET INVASION #8 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 MAR
2 2 116.81 AUG080114 FINAL CRISIS #5 (Of 7) $3.99 DC
3 3 110.12 OCT082339-40 SECRET INVASION DARK REIGN DKR* $3.99 MAR
4 5 102.39 SEP082361 NEW AVENGERS #47 SI $2.99 MAR
5 6 100.47 OCT082345 NEW AVENGERS #48 DKR $2.99 MAR
6 7 100.00 SEP080111-2 BATMAN #682* $2.99 DC
7 9 96.58 SEP080113-4 BATMAN #683* $2.99 DC
8 10 93.92 OCT082409-10 HULK #9* $2.99 MAR
9 11 92.10 SEP082368 MIGHTY AVENGERS #20 DKR $2.99 MAR
10 4 91.61 SEP082309-10 ULTIMATUM #2 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
11 13 89.18 OCT082473 WOLVERINE #70 $2.99 MAR
12 14 88.02 OCT082461-2 UNCANNY X-MEN #505 MD* $2.99 MAR
13 15 85.54 OCT080110-1 BATMAN #684* $2.99 DC
14 17 81.10 SEP080155 JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #27 SIGHTINGS $2.99 DC
15 19 78.94 SEP082381 THOR #12 $2.99 MAR
16 20 77.81 OCT080152 JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA #28 $2.99 DC
17 21 76.92 SEP080038-9 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #20* $2.99 DAR
18 23 76.16 OCT082396-7 CAPTAIN AMERICA #45* $2.99 MAR
19 24 74.66 OCT082381-2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579* $2.99 MAR
20 25 74.53 SEP080156-7 JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #21* $2.99 DC
21 26 73.72 OCT082384-5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #581* $2.99 MAR
22 8 73.27 OCT082342 DARK REIGN NEW NATION DKR $3.99 MAR
23 27 72.34 OCT080153-4 JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA #22* $2.99 DC
24 31 69.50 OCT080108-9 DETECTIVE COMICS #851* $2.99 DC
25 32 69.28 SEP080151 GREEN LANTERN #36 (RES) $2.99 DC
26 12 67.90 OCT082349 SECRET INVASION REQUIEM #1 DKR $3.99 MAR
27 34 67.38 OCT082383 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #580 $2.99 MAR
28 35 64.82 OCT082463 X-MEN LEGACY #219 $2.99 MAR
29 36 62.91 OCT082466-7 X-FORCE #10* $2.99 MAR
30 16 61.92 SEP082387 ASTONISHING X-MEN GHOST BOXES #2 (Of 2) $3.99 MAR
31 38 61.17 OCT080132-3 ACTION COMICS #872 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
32 39 60.67 OCT082343-4 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 DKR* $2.99 MAR
33 18 59.59 OCT080122-4 BATMAN CACOPHONY #2 (Of 3)* $3.99 DC
34 41 59.15 OCT080106-7 SUPERMAN #683 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
35 42 57.84 AUG082347 FANTASTIC FOUR #562 $2.99 MAR
36 22 57.49 OCT082360-2 DARK TOWER TREACHERY #4 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
37 43 56.23 SEP082362 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #19 SI $2.99 MAR
38 44 55.84 OCT082394-5 AVENGERS INVADERS #7 (Of 12)* $2.99 MAR
39 46 54.81 OCT082341 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #20 DKR $2.99 MAR
40 47 54.64 OCT082380 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #129 $2.99 MAR
41 49 54.06 MAY082347 KICK ASS #5 (MR) $2.99 MAR
42 28 53.48 SEP080100 FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #4 (Of 5) $3.99 DC
43 51 53.23 OCT082347-8 WAR MACHINE #1 DKR* $2.99 MAR
44 29 52.72 OCT080096 FINAL CRISIS SECRET FILES #1 $3.99 DC
45 30 52.65 OCT082363-5 STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS #4 (Of 5)* $3.99 MAR
46 33 51.80 OCT082464-5 X-INFERNUS #1 (Of 4)* $3.99 MAR
47 54 50.13 OCT082472 DEADPOOL #5 $2.99 MAR
48 55 49.18 SEP080144 SUPERMAN BATMAN #54 $2.99 DC
49 56 48.67 OCT080134-5 SUPERGIRL #36 NEW KRYPTON* $2.99 DC
50 57 48.19 OCT082460 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #31 $2.99 MAR
51 58 47.46 OCT082379 ULTIMATE X-MEN #99 $2.99 MAR
52 59 47.45 OCT082402-3 DAREDEVIL #114* $2.99 MAR
53 61 47.11 OCT080148 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31 $2.99 DC
54 37 46.41 AUG082314 ULTIMATE HULK ANNUAL #1 $3.99 MAR
55 40 44.76 OCT082415 MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #3 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
56 64 44.64 OCT080090 TRINITY #27 $2.99 DC
57 65 44.41 OCT080091 TRINITY #28 $2.99 DC
58 66 43.74 OCT080092 TRINITY #29 $2.99 DC
59 67 43.62 OCT080093 TRINITY #30 $2.99 DC
60 68 43.41 OCT080094 TRINITY #31 $2.99 DC
61 70 41.89 OCT080114 TITANS #8 $2.99 DC
62 45 41.44 OCT082434 THOR GOD SIZED #1 $3.99 MAR
63 48 40.63 OCT082430/

SEP088006

MARVELS EYE O/CAMERA #1 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
64 50 40.28 OCT084215 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #15 $3.99 IDW
65 72 39.43 OCT082398-9 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #124* $2.99 MAR
66 73 39.38 OCT080113 TEEN TITANS #66 $2.99 DC
67 52 38.97 OCT082440-1 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #1 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
68 53 38.93 OCT082459 X-MEN KINGBREAKER #1 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
69 77 38.92 OCT082438-9 THUNDERBOLTS #127* $2.99 MAR
70 80 37.67 OCT080131 NIGHTWING #151 $2.99 DC
71 81 37.01 OCT082446-7 SKAAR SON OF HULK #6* $2.99 MAR
72 82 36.94 OCT082468 CABLE #9 $2.99 MAR
73 83 36.83 OCT082469 X-FACTOR #38 $2.99 MAR
74 85 36.39 OCT082378 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #59 $2.99 MAR
75 86 35.92 SEP082396 WOLVERINE MANIFEST DESTINY #2 (Of 4) MD $2.99 MAR
76 60 35.44 OCT082350-1 X-MEN NOIR #1 (Of 4)* $3.99 MAR
77 62 34.84 OCT082476 X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #4 (Of 5) MD $3.99 MAR
78 88 34.78 SEP082363 SECRET INVASION FRONT LINE #5 (Of 5) SI $2.99 MAR
79 89 34.58 OCT080157/

OCT088013

WONDER WOMAN #27* $2.99 DC
80 90 34.41 OCT080127 BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #14 $2.99 DC
81 63 34.22 OCT082352-3 SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 (Of 4)* $3.99 MAR
82 92 33.77 OCT082457-8 GUARDIANS O/GALAXY #8* $2.99 MAR
83 95 33.03 OCT082455 WHAT IF CAPTAIN AMERICA FALLEN SON $2.99 MAR
84 96 32.64 OCT082470-1 YOUNG X-MEN #9 MD* $2.99 MAR
85 99 31.85 OCT082346 MS MARVEL #34 DKR $2.99 MAR
86 69 31.82 OCT082442 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #2 (Of 6) $3.99 MAR
87 101 31.46 OCT082432-3 NOVA #20* $2.99 MAR
88 102 31.28 OCT082477 WOLVERINE MANIFEST DESTINY #3 (Of 4) MD $2.99 MAR
89 71 30.41 OCT082443 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #3 (Of 6) $3.99 MAR
90 105 29.84 OCT080129 ROBIN #181 $2.99 DC
91 107 29.30 OCT080042 STAR WARS LEGACY #31 VECTOR  PART 12 O/12 $2.99 DAR
92 75 29.26 OCT082444 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #4 (Of 6) $3.99 MAR
93 76 29.25 OCT082456 WHAT IF SECRET WARS $3.99 MAR
94 78 29.16 OCT082431/

SEP088007

MARVELS EYE O/CAMERA #2 (Of 6)* $3.99 MAR
95 108 29.13 OCT082453 WHAT IF SPIDER-MAN BACK IN BLACK $2.99 MAR
96 109 29.03 OCT084027 BOYS #25 (MR) $2.99 DE
97 110 28.71 OCT080143 BOOSTER GOLD #15 $2.99 DC
98 79 28.65 OCT082452 WHAT IF HOUSE OF M $3.99 MAR
99 112 28.35 OCT080146 FLASH #247 $2.99 DC
100 84 27.36 OCT082478 X-MEN SPIDER-MAN #2 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR


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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.