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President Barack Obama's historic innauguration as the 44th President of the United States powered Marvel Comics to the top of the comics sales chart, with the new President's appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #583 making it the best-selling comic book in January 2009, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Marvel Comics also scored hits with Dark Avengers #1 at #2 and New Avengers #49 at #5, both spinning out of their Dark Reign event that follows in the wake of the best-selling Secret Invasion saga. Captain America #46 and Astonishing X-Men #28 also placed in the Top 10 best-selling comics for January.

The sixth and seventh issues of DC Comics' universe-shattering Final Crisis placed at #3 and #4 on the sales chart, along with Batman #685 at #7 and Justice League of America #29 at #9, both tie-ins to DC's umbrella "Faces of Evil" storyline.

Dark Horse Comics rounded out the Top 10 comics for January, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21, the latest issue in Joss Whedon's "season 8" of his hit television series, ranking at #10.

Please Note: This article contains the Top 100 Comics chart only. Diamond also makes available to retailers the Top 300 Comics sales chart.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2009

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 485.80 NOV082358-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 $3.99 MAR
2 2 163.21 NOV082323-M DARK AVENGERS #1 DKR $3.99 MAR
3 3 152.63 SEP080099-M FINAL CRISIS #6 (OF 7) $3.99 DC
4 4 142.17 NOV080123 FINAL CRISIS #7 (OF 7) $3.99 DC
5 5 123.93 NOV082331 NEW AVENGERS #49 DKR $3.99 MAR
6 8 100.73 NOV082366-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #46 $2.99 MAR
7 9 100.00 NOV080139 BATMAN #685 (FOE) $2.99 DC
8 10 99.94 NOV082409 ASTONISHING X-MEN #28 $2.99 MAR
9 11 99.26 NOV080167 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #29 (FOE) $2.99 DC
10 12 96.32 OCT080037-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #21 $2.99 DAR
11 14 90.23 OCT080147 GREEN LANTERN #37 (FOE) $2.99 DC
12 15 87.75 NOV082325 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #584 $2.99 MAR
13 6 86.03 NOV082336 UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #2 DKR $3.99 MAR
14 19 84.49 NOV080168 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #23 (FOE) $2.99 DC
15 20 82.49 NOV082357 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #582 $2.99 MAR
16 21 81.60 NOV082410 X-MEN LEGACY #220 $2.99 MAR
17 23 77.98 NOV080151 DETECTIVE COMICS #852 (FOE) $2.99 DC
18 24 72.60 SEP082334 FANTASTIC FOUR #563 $2.99 MAR
19 7 72.54 NOV080122 FINAL CRISIS SUPERMAN BEYOND #2 (OF 2) $4.50 DC
20 25 71.49 NOV080152 ACTION COMICS #873 (FOE) $2.99 DC
21 26 71.32 NOV082412 X-FORCE #11 $2.99 MAR
22 13 69.76 NOV082341-M DARK TOWER TREACHERY #5 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
23 30 68.32 NOV082352 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #130 $2.99 MAR
24 31 67.75 NOV082328 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 DKR $2.99 MAR
25 32 66.74 NOV080140 SUPERMAN #684 (FOE) $2.99 DC
26 33 65.70 NOV082326 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #21 DKR $2.99 MAR
27 16 65.35 NOV082406 SECRET INVASION WAR OF KINGS ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
28 17 64.28 NOV082338-M STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS #5 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
29 18 64.13 OCT080097 FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #5 (OF 5) $3.99 DC
30 34 64.07 NOV082327 DEADPOOL #6 DKR $2.99 MAR
31 36 61.52 NOV082414 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #32 $2.99 MAR
32 37 60.99 NOV080160 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #32 (FOE) $2.99 DC
33 22 60.39 NOV082394 PUNISHER #1 DKR $3.99 MAR
34 40 55.35 NOV082370 DAREDEVIL #115 $2.99 MAR
35 42 53.98 NOV082332-M THUNDERBOLTS #128 DKR $2.99 MAR
36 27 53.41 NOV082377 MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
37 28 53.02 NOV080153 SUPERMAN BATMAN ANNUAL #3 $3.99 DC
38 43 52.76 NOV080118 TRINITY #32 $2.99 DC
39 44 52.75 NOV080119 TRINITY #33 $2.99 DC
40 46 52.21 NOV080120 TRINITY #34 $2.99 DC
41 47 51.88 NOV080169 TITANS #9 (FOE) $2.99 DC
42 29 51.88 NOV082411 X-INFERNUS #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
43 48 51.09 NOV080121 TRINITY #35 $2.99 DC
44 49 51.06 NOV082334 WAR MACHINE #2 DKR $2.99 MAR
45 51 49.38 NOV080170 TEEN TITANS #67 (FOE) $2.99 DC
46 52 49.05 NOV080146 NIGHTWING #152 (FOE) $2.99 DC
47 35 47.90 NOV084139 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #16 $3.99 IDW
48 56 46.88 NOV080155 SUPERGIRL #37 (FOE) $2.99 DC
49 59 45.86 NOV082413 CABLE #10 $2.99 MAR
50 38 45.20 NOV084134 GI JOE #1 $3.99 IDW
51 60 45.14 NOV082415 X-FACTOR #39 $2.99 MAR
52 61 44.90 NOV080171-M WONDER WOMAN #28 (FOE) $2.99 DC
53 39 44.30 NOV082408 X-MEN KINGBREAKER #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
54 62 43.89 NOV082376 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #125 $2.99 MAR
55 63 42.80 NOV082401-M SKAAR SON OF HULK #7 $2.99 MAR
56 41 41.22 NOV088101 X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #5 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
57 67 39.48 NOV080149 ROBIN #182 (FOE) $2.99 DC
58 45 39.37 NOV082355-M X-MEN NOIR #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
59 68 39.23 NOV082407 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #9 $2.99 MAR
60 69 38.95 NOV082371 DR DOOM MASTERS OF EVIL #1 $2.99 MAR
61 50 37.81 NOV082359 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EXTRA #2 $3.99 MAR
62 72 37.29 NOV080124 FACES OF EVIL GRUNDY #1 (FOE) $2.99 DC
63 73 37.16 NOV080126 FACES OF EVIL DEATHSTROKE #1 (FOE) $2.99 DC
64 74 37.07 NOV082416 YOUNG X-MEN #10 $2.99 MAR
65 75 36.92 NOV082330 MS MARVEL #35 DKR $2.99 MAR
66 76 36.89 NOV083943 BOYS #26 (MR) $2.99 DE
67 77 36.48 NOV080125 FACES OF EVIL PROMETHEUS #1 (FOE) $2.99 DC
68 54 36.10 NOV082353-M SPIDER-MAN NOIR #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
69 55 35.87 NOV082392 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #5 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
70 79 35.53 NOV080080 STAR WARS LEGACY #32 FIGHT ANOTHER DAY PART 1 OF 2 $2.99 DAR
71 80 35.30 NOV082387 NOVA #21 $2.99 MAR
72 81 35.06 NOV080158 BOOSTER GOLD #16 (FOE) $2.99 DC
73 57 34.94 NOV082393 PUNISHER WAR ZONE #6 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
74 58 34.53 NOV082383-M MARVELS EYE OF CAMERA #3 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
75 82 34.27 NOV080134 SECRET SIX #5 (FOE) $2.99 DC
76 83 33.61 NOV080162 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #16 (FOE) $2.99 DC
77 84 33.55 NOV080159 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #21 $2.99 DC
78 85 32.21 NOV082270 WALKING DEAD #57 (MR) $2.99 IMA
79 64 31.76 NOV082418 X-MEN SPIDER-MAN #3 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
80 86 31.75 NOV080128 TERROR TITANS #4 (OF 6) $2.99 DC
81 65 31.39 NOV082427 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #66 (MR) $3.99 MAR
82 87 31.36 NOV080048 HELLBOY WILD HUNT #2 (OF 8) $2.99 DAR
83 88 31.25 NOV080073 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #3 (OF 6) $2.99 DAR
84 89 31.13 NOV080230 FABLES #80 (MR) $2.99 DC
85 90 30.86 NOV082373 GHOST RIDER #31 $2.99 MAR
86 91 30.73 NOV080165 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #50 $2.99 DC
87 66 30.49 NOV082417 X-MEN WORLDS APART #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
88 92 30.29 NOV080127 FACES OF EVIL KOBRA #1 (FOE) $2.99 DC
89 93 30.00 NOV082385 MOON KNIGHT #26 $2.99 MAR
90 94 29.98 NOV080052 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #7 $2.99 DAR
91 98 29.50 NOV082234 SPAWN #188 $2.95 IMA
92 53 29.31 NOV082367 CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL $4.99 MAR
93 96 29.13 NOV082369 CIVIL WAR HOUSE OF M #5 (OF 5) $2.99 MAR
94 97 29.12 NOV080222-M SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #3 (OF 4) (MR) $2.99 DC
95 70 28.88 NOV082419 WOLVERINE SWITCHBACK $3.99 MAR
96 99 28.59 NOV080156 BIRDS OF PREY #126 (FOE) $2.99 DC
97 101 28.24 NOV080147 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #25 $2.99 DC
98 102 28.16 NOV082397 RUNAWAYS 3 #6 $2.99 MAR
99 78 27.02 NOV082361 SPIDER-MAN FEAR ITSELF #1 $3.99 MAR
100 108 25.83 NOV080081 STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF OLD REPUBLIC #37 PROPHET MOTIVE PART 2 $2.99 DAR

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Note: Item codes ending with -M combine multiple covers and skus with the same SRP.

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 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.