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Retailers reported strong comics sales in 2008, and Marvel Comics led the way.

The first six issues of their long-anticipated Secret Invasion crossover took the top six spots of the Top 10, with issues #7 and #8 also in the top 10, along with Uncanny X-Men #500.

DC Comics also placed in the Top 10 with the first issue of Final Crisis (MAR080124) at #9.

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

The Top 300 TPs chart and additional information may also be found in the Industry Statistics section.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 1 SECRET INVASION #1 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 FEB082240-V Marvel Comics
2 2 SECRET INVASION #2 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 MAR082203-V Marvel Comics
3 3 SECRET INVASION #3 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 APR082292-V Marvel Comics
4 4 SECRET INVASION #4 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 MAY082300-3 Marvel Comics
5 5 SECRET INVASION #5 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 JUN082346-V Marvel Comics
6 6 SECRET INVASION #6 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 JUL082305-V Marvel Comics
7 7 UNCANNY X-MEN #500 MD* $3.99 MAY082324-V Marvel Comics
8 8 SECRET INVASION #7 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 AUG082372-4 Marvel Comics
9 9 FINAL CRISIS #1 (Of 7) $3.99 MAR080124 DC Comics
10 10 SECRET INVASION #8 (Of 8) SI* $3.99 SEP082358-60 Marvel Comics
11 21 CAPTAIN AMERICA #34 $2.99 NOV072137 Marvel Comics
12 22 ULTIMATE ORIGINS #1 (Of 5)* $2.99 APR082246-V Marvel Comics
13 11 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #1 (Of 5)* $3.99 JAN082113-5-V Marvel Comics
14 23 HULK #1* $2.99 NOV072150-V Marvel Comics
15 12 FINAL CRISIS #2 (Of 7) $3.99 APR080166 DC Comics
16 27 CABLE #1 DWS* $2.99 JAN082183-4 Marvel Comics
17 14 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546 BND* $3.99 OCT072076-7-V Marvel Comics
18 15 FINAL CRISIS #3 (Of 7) $3.99 MAY080145 DC Comics
19 28 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1* $2.99 MAR082185-V Marvel Comics
20 29 BATMAN #676 RIP* $2.99 FEB080199-V DC Comics
21 31 NEW AVENGERS #40 SI* $2.99 FEB082244-V Marvel Comics
22 32 HULK #6* $2.99 JUL082283-V Marvel Comics
23 33 X-FORCE #1 DWS* $2.99 DEC072221-V Marvel Comics
24 35 ULTIMATES 3 #2 (Of 5)* $2.99 NOV072123-V Marvel Comics
25 36 ASTONISHING X-MEN #25 MD* $2.99 MAY082323-V Marvel Comics
26 37 WOLVERINE #66 DWS* $2.99 APR082319-V Marvel Comics
27 16 ULTIMATUM #1 (Of 5)* $3.99 SEP082306-8 Marvel Comics
28 39 BATMAN #677 RIP* $2.99 MAR080144-V DC Comics
29 17 BATMAN #681 RIP* $3.99 AUG080132-3-V DC Comics
30 18 FINAL CRISIS #4 (Of 7) $3.99 JUL080107 DC Comics
31 736 PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #0* $1.00 OCT073386-9-V Dynamite Entertainment
32 42 HULK #7* $2.99 AUG082351-V Marvel Comics
33 43 NEW AVENGERS #41 SI $2.99 MAR082208 Marvel Comics
34 44 NEW AVENGERS #42 SI $2.99 APR082296 Marvel Comics
35 46 AVENGERS INVADERS #1 (Of 12)* $2.99 MAR082168-70 Marvel Comics
36 19 FINAL CRISIS #5 (Of 7) $3.99 AUG080114 DC Comics
37 47 ASTONISHING X-MEN #24 $2.99 OCT072132 Marvel Comics
38 48 NEW AVENGERS #43 SI $2.99 MAY082305 Marvel Comics
39 20 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #2 (Of 5)* $3.99 FEB082192-4-V Marvel Comics
40 13 GIANT SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1* $4.99 DEC072218-V Marvel Comics
41 52 BATMAN #678 RIP* $2.99 APR080180-1 DC Comics
42 53 NEW AVENGERS #44 SI $2.99 JUN082351 Marvel Comics
43 54 UNCANNY X-MEN #494 MC* $2.99 NOV072179-80 Marvel Comics
44 55 NEW AVENGERS #39 SII $2.99 JAN082166 Marvel Comics
45 56 X-MEN #207 MC* $2.99 NOV072185-6 Marvel Comics
46 57 BATMAN #679 RIP* $2.99 MAY080159-60 DC Comics
47 58 ULTIMATES 3 #3 (Of 5)* $2.99 DEC072167-V Marvel Comics
48 59 NEW AVENGERS #45 SI $2.99 JUL082309 Marvel Comics
49 61 NEW AVENGERS #38 SII $2.99 DEC072206 Marvel Comics
50 63 HULK #2* $2.99 DEC072187-V Marvel Comics
51 24 SECRET INVASION DARK REIGN DKR* $3.99 OCT082339-40 Marvel Comics
52 64 MIGHTY AVENGERS #13 SI* $2.99 MAR082206-V Marvel Comics
53 65 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #547 BND $2.99 OCT072078 Marvel Comics
54 66 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #549 BND* $2.99 NOV072127-8 Marvel Comics
55 67 HULK #5* $2.99 MAY082275-V Marvel Comics
56 25 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568 NWD* $3.99 JUN082306-7-V Marvel Comics
57 69 HULK #4* $2.99 FEB082223-V Marvel Comics
58 70 BATMAN #680 RIP* $2.99 JUN080195-6 DC Comics
59 72 ULTIMATES 3 #4 (Of 5)* $2.99 JAN082127-V Marvel Comics
60 26 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #573 NWD* $3.99 AUG082317-8-V Marvel Comics
61 74 NEW AVENGERS #46 SI $2.99 AUG082376 Marvel Comics
62 76 HULK #3* $2.99 JAN082148-9-V Marvel Comics
63 77 THOR #6 $2.99 OCT072128 Marvel Comics
64 78 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #548 BND $2.99 OCT072079 Marvel Comics
65 79 THOR #7 $2.99 DEC072216 Marvel Comics
66 80 MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 SI $2.99 FEB082243 Marvel Comics
67 82 WOLVERINE #67* $2.99 MAY082331-V Marvel Comics
68 83 MIGHTY AVENGERS #15 SI $2.99 APR082295 Marvel Comics
69 84 MIGHTY AVENGERS #16 SI $2.99 MAY082304 Marvel Comics
70 85 UNCANNY X-MEN #495 DWS* $2.99 DEC072219-V Marvel Comics
71 86 MIGHTY AVENGERS #14 SI $2.99 MAR082207 Marvel Comics
72 87 ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN #9* $2.99 DEC070204-5 DC Comics
73 88 NEW AVENGERS #47 SI $2.99 SEP082361 Marvel Comics
74 89 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #17 $2.99 NOV070208 DC Comics
75 90 ASTONISHING X-MEN #26 MD $2.99 JUN082385 Marvel Comics
76 91 WOLVERINE #68* $2.99 JUN082328/ Marvel Comics
77 92 FANTASTIC FOUR #554* $2.99 DEC072181-V Marvel Comics
78 93 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #10 $2.99 NOV070019 Dark Horse Comics
79 96 NEW AVENGERS #48 DKR $2.99 OCT082345 Marvel Comics
80 97 MIGHTY AVENGERS #17 SI $2.99 JUN082350 Marvel Comics
81 98 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #12 $2.99 JAN080084 Dark Horse Comics
82 99 BATMAN #682* $2.99 SEP080111-2 DC Comics
83 100 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #11 $2.99 DEC070030 Dark Horse Comics
84 102 MIGHTY AVENGERS #7 SII $2.99 SEP072215 Marvel Comics
85 103 THOR #8 $2.99 JAN082178 Marvel Comics
86 104 HULK #8* $2.99 SEP082340-1 Marvel Comics
87 106 SKAAR SON OF HULK #1* $2.99 APR082270-V Marvel Comics
88 107 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #18 $2.99 DEC070230 DC Comics
89 108 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 BND $2.99 NOV072129 Marvel Comics
90 30 NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #2 $3.99 NOV072166 Marvel Comics
91 111 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #21 $2.99 MAR080172 DC Comics
92 112 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #552* $2.99 JAN082128-9 Marvel Comics
93 113 MIGHTY AVENGERS #18 SI $2.99 JUL082308 Marvel Comics
94 114 ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN #10* $2.99 FEB080203-4 DC Comics
95 115 BATMAN #683* $2.99 SEP080113-4 DC Comics
96 117 X-MEN LEGACY #208 DWS $2.99 DEC072220 Marvel Comics
97 118 UNCANNY X-MEN #496 DWS $2.99 JAN082181 Marvel Comics
98 119 WOLVERINE #69 $2.99 SEP082335 Marvel Comics
99 120 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #570 NWD* $2.99 JUL082262-3-V Marvel Comics
100 121 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #19 $2.99 JAN080182 DC Comics

*- Various printings combined for total quantity V-Additional Item Codes not shown.

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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 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 brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and retail dollar sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond in 2008, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.