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Steve Rogers's return from his apparent death in Captain America: Reborn #1 from writer Ed Brubaker and artists Bryan Hitch and Butch Guice gave Marvel Comics the bestselling comic book title for the month of July, according to information from Diamond Comic Distributors.

In total, Marvel had six of the top 10 comics for the month, including the anniversary issue Amazing Spider-Man #600 at #4, Dark Avengers #7 at #7, Incredible Hulk #600 at #8, Captain America #601 at #9, and Ultimatum #5 at #10.

DC Comics' Blackest Night crossover event gave DC three of its four titles in the top 10 bestselling comics for the month — Blackest Night #1 at #2, Green Lantern #43 at #5, and Green Lantern #44 at #6. Batman and Robin #2, continuing Grant Morrison's new direction in the Batman books, ranked at #3.

Please Note: While this chart contains only the top 100 comics, Diamond makes available to retailers a complete list of the top 300 comics as a text file for download here.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 232.59 MAY090412-M CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #1 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
2 1 213.28 MAY090106-M BLACKEST NIGHT #1 (OF 8) $3.99 DC 
3 6 142.08 MAY090130-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #2 $2.99 DC 
4 3 140.72 MAY090484-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600 $4.99 MAR
5 11 131.78 MAY090110-M GREEN LANTERN #43 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
6 13 126.52 MAY090112-M GREEN LANTERN #44 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
7 5 113.43 MAY090447-M DARK AVENGERS #7 DAX $3.99 MAR
8 4 111.20 MAY090499-M INCREDIBLE HULK #600 $4.99 MAR
9 7 105.79 MAY090492-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #601 $3.99 MAR
10 8 104.47 MAR092515-M ULTIMATUM #5 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
11 10 102.05 MAY090450 NEW AVENGERS #55 DKR $3.99 MAR
12 9 100.51 MAY090116-M BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #1 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
13 12 100.43 MAY090445-M UNCANNY X-MEN #513 DAX $3.99 MAR
14 18 100.00 MAY090132 BATMAN #688 $2.99 DC 
15 19 99.25 MAY090114-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
16 14 93.06 MAY090118-M BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #2 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
17 15 90.48 MAY090120-M BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #3 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
18 23 89.13 MAY090469-M DARK WOLVERINE #76 DKR $2.99 MAR
19 24 87.20 MAY090482-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #599 DKR $2.99 MAR
20 17 83.16 MAY090442-M DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #1 (OF 3) DAX $3.99 MAR
21 16 82.27 MAY090159-M JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #1 (OF 7)  $3.99 DC 
22 27 77.89 MAY090503-M MIGHTY AVENGERS #27 $2.99 MAR
23 20 73.71 MAY090134 DETECTIVE COMICS #855 $3.99 DC 
24 29 73.58 MAY090538-M X-FORCE #17 $2.99 MAR
25 33 71.41 MAY090449 X-MEN LEGACY #226 DAX $2.99 MAR
26 30 70.95 MAY090157 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #35 $2.99 DC 
27 34 70.82 MAY090459-M DEADPOOL #12 DKR $2.99 MAR
28 21 68.95 MAY090444 DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #2 (OF 3) DAX $3.99 MAR
29 22 67.40 JAN090179 FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #5 (OF 5) $3.99 DC 
30 25 67.05 MAY090544-M DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #1 $3.99 MAR
31 36 66.71 MAY090055-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #26  $2.99 DAR
32 40 62.13 MAY090136 RED ROBIN #2 $2.99 DC 
33 41 61.87 MAY090161 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #29 $2.99 DC 
34 44 60.88 MAY090479 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #15 DKR $2.99 MAR
35 26 60.17 MAY090487 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #36 $3.99 MAR
36 28 57.78 MAY090122 WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
37 48 56.85 MAY090549-M WOLVERINE ORIGINS #38 $2.99 MAR
38 47 55.62 MAY090173 TITANS #15 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
39 50 55.19 APR090498 FANTASTIC FOUR #568 $2.99 MAR
40 32 53.84 MAY090496 FANTASTIC FOUR #569 $3.99 MAR
41 31 53.28 MAY090133 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #2 $3.99 DC 
42 51 51.74 MAY090541-M NEW MUTANTS #3 $2.99 MAR
43 35 51.04 MAY090123 WEDNESDAY COMICS #2 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
44 37 50.77 MAY090529-M WAR OF KINGS #5 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
45 54 50.28 MAY090451-M SECRET WARRIORS #6 DKR $2.99 MAR
46 38 49.82 MAY090440 ULTIMATUM SPIDER-MAN REQUIEM #2 (OF 2) $3.99 MAR
47 55 49.24 MAY090480-M THUNDERBOLTS #134 DKR $2.99 MAR
48 56 48.10 MAY090143-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #5 (OF 12) $2.99 DC 
49 60 47.74 MAY090540 CABLE #16 $2.99 MAR
50 58 47.59 MAY090135 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #2 $2.99 DC 
51 57 47.53 MAY090140 SUPERMAN #690 $2.99 DC 
52 39 47.03 MAY090124 WEDNESDAY COMICS #3 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
53 43 46.47 MAY090548 DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #4 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
54 61 46.26 MAY090142 SUPERMAN BATMAN #62 $2.99 DC 
55 42 46.15 MAY090139 ACTION COMICS #879 $3.99 DC 
56 62 46.02 MAY090489 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #26 $2.99 MAR
57 45 44.54 MAY090415-M DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #3 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
58 46 43.52 MAY090125 WEDNESDAY COMICS #4 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
59 67 42.34 MAY090166-M POWER GIRL #3 $2.99 DC 
60 49 41.30 MAY090418-M STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #4 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
61 69 39.56 MAY090141 SUPERGIRL #43 $2.99 DC 
62 71 37.60 MAY090519 PUNISHER #7 $2.99 MAR
63 72 37.59 MAY090547 X-FACTOR #46 $2.99 MAR
64 53 37.54 MAY090516 MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
65 52 37.32 MAY090172 TEEN TITANS #73 $3.99 DC 
66 74 36.28 MAY090174 WONDER WOMAN #34 $2.99 DC 
67 78 35.80 MAY090464-M BLACK PANTHER 2 #6 DKR $2.99 MAR
68 59 35.78 MAY090461 DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #2 (OF 4) DKR $3.99 MAR
69 80 35.16 MAY090520-M SON OF HULK #13 $2.99 MAR
70 81 35.15 MAY090501-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #131 $2.99 MAR
71 63 34.50 MAY090553 X-MEN FOREVER #3 $3.99 MAR
72 64 34.50 MAY090554-M X-MEN FOREVER #4 $3.99 MAR
73 66 32.77 MAY090455 DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #4 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
74 87 32.74 MAY090476-M MS MARVEL #41 DKR $2.99 MAR
75 91 32.04 MAY090533 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #16 $2.99 MAR
76 94 30.92 MAY090534 NOVA #27 $2.99 MAR
77 92 30.82 MAY090158 JSA VS KOBRA #2 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
78 86 30.38 MAY090786 BOYS #32 (MR) $2.99 DE
79 97 30.23 MAY090478 MS MARVEL #42 DKR $2.99 MAR
80 95 29.56 MAY090009 STAR WARS INVASION #1 (OF 5) $2.99 DAR
81 99 29.33 MAY090168 SECRET SIX #11 $2.99 DC 
82 98 29.29 MAY090138 OUTSIDERS #20 $2.99 DC 
83 70 29.19 MAY090462 DARK REIGN YOUNG AVENGERS #3 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
84 68 28.91 MAY090926 ANGEL #23 $3.99 IDW
85 100 28.90 MAY090359 WALKING DEAD #63 (MR) $2.99 IMA
86 89 28.07 MAR092618 INCOGNITO #5 (MR) $3.50 MAR
87 73 28.03 MAY090532 WAR OF KINGS WARRIORS #1 (OF 2) $3.99 MAR
88 106 27.96 MAY090466-M AGENTS OF ATLAS #7 DKR $2.99 MAR
89 103 27.89 MAY090013 STAR WARS LEGACY #38 TATOOINE PT 2 (OF 4) $2.99 DAR
90 107 27.72 MAY090454 DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR #5 (OF 5) DKR $2.99 MAR
91 96 27.33 MAY090787 BOYS HEROGASM #3 (OF 6) (MR) $2.99 DE
92 108 27.03 MAY090237 FABLES #86 (MR) $2.99 DC 
93 75 26.99 MAY090151 BOOSTER GOLD #22 $3.99 DC 
94 77 26.91 MAY090531 WAR OF KINGS ASCENSION #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
95 65 26.83 MAY090773-M PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER TWO #1 $2.99 DE
96 79 26.68 MAY090505-M IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
97 82 26.03 MAY090514-M MARVEL DIVAS #1 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
98 112 25.57 MAY090152 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #25 $2.99 DC 
99 84 25.48 MAY090456 DARK REIGN HOOD #3 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
100 83 25.35 MAY090556 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #72 (MR) $3.99 MAR

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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 not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollar 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 Bestseller 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.