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Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man #583, the over-sized issue featuring the meeting of Spider-Man and President Barack Obama, was the best-selling comic in February 2009, according to information provided by Diamond Comics Distributors, marking the second month in a row this book topped the comics sales chart.

DC Comics' Batman #686, the first part of Neil Gaiman's "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?," ranked as the #2 best-selling comic in February.

Marvel Comics' Dark Reign event continued its sales success on the chart with New Avengers #50 (#3), Dark Avengers #2 (#5), Mighty Avengers #21 (#7), and Mighty Avengers #22 (#8). Marvel Comics' Thor #600 anniversary issue ranked #4, Hulk #10 ranked #6, and Uncanny X-Men #506 placed at #9.

DC Comics' Justice League of America #30, an "Origins and Omens" tie-in, rounded out the top 10 and placed #10 on the chart.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 133.63 DEC088074-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 $3.99 MAR
2 4 100.00 DEC080105-M BATMAN #686 (NOTE PRICE) $3.99 DC
3 2 95.94 DEC082317-M NEW AVENGERS #50 DKR $4.99 MAR
4 3 86.86 NOV082404-M THOR #600 $4.99 MAR
5 5 84.01 DEC082313-M DARK AVENGERS #2 DKR $3.99 MAR
6 6 69.34 DEC082373-M HULK #10 $3.99 MAR
7 7 68.47 NOV088175 MIGHTY AVENGERS #21 DKR CORRECTED COPY $3.99 MAR
8 10 65.44 DEC082323 MIGHTY AVENGERS #22 DKR $2.99 MAR
9 11 64.38 DEC082396 UNCANNY X-MEN #506 $2.99 MAR
10 12 62.60 DEC080132 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #30 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
11 13 61.88 NOV080161 GREEN LANTERN #38 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
12 14 60.69 NOV080049-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #22 $2.99 DAR
13 15 58.56 DEC080133-M JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #24 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
14 17 56.44 DEC082361 CAPTAIN AMERICA #47 $2.99 MAR
15 8 55.10 AUG080118 FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #3 (Of 5) $3.99 DC
16 19 54.14 DEC082354 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #585 $2.99 MAR
17 20 53.99 DEC082356 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #587 $2.99 MAR
18 21 53.45 DEC082355 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #586 $2.99 MAR
19 9 51.82 DEC082326-M SECRET WARRIORS #1 DKR $3.99 MAR
20 22 50.75 DEC082397 X-MEN LEGACY #221 $2.99 MAR
21 23 46.38 DEC082315-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10 DKR $2.99 MAR
22 24 46.20 DEC082401 X-FORCE #12 $2.99 MAR
23 26 44.51 DEC082343 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #131 $2.99 MAR
24 27 44.47 DEC082369 FANTASTIC FOUR #564 $2.99 MAR
25 29 43.43 DEC080116 ACTION COMICS #874 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
26 30 43.39 NOV082364-M AVENGERS INVADERS #8 (Of 12) $2.99 MAR
27 16 43.22 DEC082330 DARK TOWER TREACHERY #6 (Of 6) $3.99 MAR
28 31 43.13 DEC080109 SUPERMAN #685 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
29 33 42.15 DEC082312 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #22 DKR $2.99 MAR
30 18 41.94 DEC082327-M BLACK PANTHER 2 #1 DKR $3.99 MAR
31 34 40.77 DEC082319-M THUNDERBOLTS #129 DKR $2.99 MAR
32 35 40.35 DEC082324 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #33 DKR $2.99 MAR
33 36 40.06 DEC080127 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
34 37 39.59 DEC082322 DEADPOOL #7 DKR $2.99 MAR
35 38 39.48 OCT080140 SUPERMAN BATMAN #55 $2.99 DC
36 45 33.81 DEC080113 NIGHTWING #153 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
37 25 33.47 DEC082344-M ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #60 $3.99 MAR
38 28 33.00 DEC082398 X-INFERNUS #3 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
39 46 32.80 DEC082321 PUNISHER #2 DKR $2.99 MAR
40 47 32.65 DEC080143 TITANS #10 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
41 48 32.51 DEC080101 TRINITY #36 $2.99 DC
42 51 32.15 DEC080102 TRINITY #37 $2.99 DC
43 32 32.08 NOV080141-M BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS SPECIAL #1 $3.99 DC
44 52 31.69 DEC080103 TRINITY #38 $2.99 DC
45 53 31.61 DEC080104 TRINITY #39 $2.99 DC
46 54 31.52 DEC080144 TEEN TITANS #68 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
47 56 30.74 DEC080118 SUPERGIRL #38 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
48 58 30.37 DEC082318 WAR MACHINE #3 DKR $2.99 MAR
49 59 29.85 DEC080150-M WONDER WOMAN #29 $2.99 DC
50 158 29.50 DEC080117 ADVENTURE COMICS #0 (ORIGINS) $1.00 DC
51 39 29.49 DEC084071 ANGEL #17 $3.99 IDW
52 40 29.16 DEC082392 X-MEN KINGBREAKER #3 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
53 41 28.79 DEC084074 ANGEL #18 $3.99 IDW
54 60 28.69 DEC082399 X-FACTOR #40 $2.99 MAR
55 62 28.57 DEC082403 CABLE #11 $2.99 MAR
56 63 28.45 DEC080114 ROBIN #183 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
57 42 27.85 NOV082375 X-MEN VS HULK #1 $3.99 MAR
58 43 27.84 DEC082374 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #126 $3.99 MAR
59 44 27.18 DEC082328-M AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 DKR $3.99 MAR
60 66 26.96 DEC080115 OUTSIDERS #15 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
61 70 25.84 DEC082391-M SKAAR SON OF HULK #8 $2.99 MAR
62 73 24.83 DEC082393 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #10 $2.99 MAR
63 74 24.33 NOV082426 WOLVERINE MANIFEST DESTINY #4 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR
64 49 24.30 DEC082350-M X-MEN NOIR #3 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
65 50 24.27 DEC082362-M ASTONISHING TALES #1 $3.99 MAR
66 76 23.33 DEC083914 BOYS #27 (MR) $2.99 DE
67 78 23.23 DEC082316 MS MARVEL #36 DKR $2.99 MAR
68 55 23.19 DEC082352-M SPIDER-MAN NOIR #3 (Of 4) $3.99 MAR
69 79 22.99 DEC082400 YOUNG X-MEN #11 $2.99 MAR
70 57 22.98 DEC082395 WAR OF KINGS DARKHAWK #1 $3.99 MAR
71 80 22.80 DEC080069 STAR WARS LEGACY #33 FIGHT ANOTHER DAY PART 2 OF 2 (C: 1-0-0 $2.99 DAR
72 82 22.51 DEC082385 NOVA #22 $2.99 MAR
73 84 22.23 DEC080139 SECRET SIX #6 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
74 85 22.21 DEC080121 BOOSTER GOLD #17 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
75 88 21.32 DEC080137-M REBELS #1 $2.99 DC
76 64 21.23 DEC084081 GI JOE #2 $3.99 IDW
77 89 21.11 DEC080123 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #22 $2.99 DC
78 90 21.01 DEC080124 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #17 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
79 91 20.89 NOV082378 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #22 $2.99 MAR
80 65 20.66 DEC082402 X-MEN ORIGINS SABRETOOTH $3.99 MAR
81 75 20.62 NOV082429 INCOGNITO #2 (MR) $3.50 MAR
82 93 20.40 DEC082269 WALKING DEAD #58 (MR) $2.99 IMA
83 94 20.22 DEC080211 FABLES #81 (MR) $2.99 DC
84 67 20.00 DEC082406 X-MEN LIVES AND TIMES OF LUCAS BISHOP #1 (Of 3) $3.99 MAR
85 68 20.00 DEC082410 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #67 (MR) $3.99 MAR
86 77 19.89 DEC082232-M SAVAGE DRAGON #145 $3.50 IMA
87 69 19.73 DEC084079 GI JOE ORIGINS #1 $3.99 IDW
88 95 19.46 DEC080050 HELLBOY WILD HUNT #3 (Of 8) $2.99 DAR
89 96 19.43 DEC080142 TERROR TITANS #5 (Of 6) $2.99 DC
90 97 19.24 DEC080120 BIRDS OF PREY #127 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC
91 98 19.23 DEC082384 MOON KNIGHT #27 $2.99 MAR
92 99 19.17 DEC082371 GHOST RIDER #32 $2.99 MAR
93 71 19.17 NOV082420 X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT #5 (Of 5) $3.99 MAR
94 100 18.95 DEC080046 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #4 (Of 6) $2.99 DAR
95 104 18.93 DEC082239-M SPAWN #189 $2.95 IMA
96 102 18.84 DEC080036 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #8 $2.99 DAR
97 72 18.78 DEC082381-M MARVELS EYE OF CAMERA #4 (Of 6) $3.99 MAR
98 105 18.52 DEC082360 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #10 $2.99 MAR
99 107 18.08 DEC080112 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #26 $2.99 DC
100 109 18.06 DEC080221-M SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #4 (Of 4) (MR) $2.99 DC

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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.