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Wolverine: Old Man Logan

Wolverine and Hawkeye epic adventure on a cross-country journey through a post-apocalyptic America gave Marvel Comics the best-selling graphic novel in September with the softcover edition of Wolverine: Old Man Logan, the collection of the story arc from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven.

Oregon-based publisher Dark Horse Comics had four of the top ten best-selling graphic novels for the month, led by Dr. Horrible at #2, a collection of the mini-series and webcomics based on Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog. Mike Mignola's The Amazing Screw-On Head & Other Curious Objects ranked #4, Adam Warren's Empowered Volume 6 ranked #7 (and was the best-selling manga to comics specialty retailers for the month), and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Hero of the Confederacy ranked #10.

DC Comics' Vertigo imprint gave the publisher one title in the top ten — American Vampire Volume 1, featuring work from Stephen King, ranked #9.

Image Comics had three books in the top ten, all from Image partner Robert Kirkman — Invincible Volume 13: Growing Pains led the way at #3, The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #6, and The Walking Dead Volume 12: Life Among Them ranked #8.

Rounding out the top ten was Oni Press with one volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series — Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (volume 1) placed #5 on the chart.

Among other Premier publishers, IDW Publishing's lead book in September was Classic G.I. Joe Volume 9, ranked #51 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 8.85 JUL100692-M WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 MAR
2 13 8.54 MAY100031 DR HORRIBLE TP $9.99 DAR
3 5 7.75 JUN100417 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 13 GROWING PAINS $16.99 IMA
4 4 7.35 JUL100069 AMAZING SCREW ON HEAD & OTHER CURIOUS OBJECTS HC $17.99 DAR
5 10 6.86 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
6 30 6.68 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
7 11 5.55 MAY100032 EMPOWERED TP VOL 06 (MR) $15.99 DAR
8 24 4.90 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
9 7 4.82 MAY100262 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 01 (MR) $24.99 DC 
10 76 4.62 MAY100057 STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TP HERO OF CONFEDERACY $7.99 DAR
11 28 4.56 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
12 14 4.51 JUL100700-M CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN TP $19.99 MAR
13 3 4.46 JUL100668 X-MEN SECOND COMING HC $39.99 MAR
14 29 4.45 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW $14.99 IMA
15 6 4.43 JUN100215 WORLDS GREATEST SUPER HEROES TP $29.99 DC 
16 45 4.24 JUN100052 STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN VOL 02 $11.99 DAR
17 35 4.19 JUN100204 BATMAN CACOPHONY TP $14.99 DC 
18 8 3.88 JUL100672 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ HC $29.99 MAR
19 36 3.79 APR100072 BERSERK TP VOL 34 $14.99 DAR
20 2 3.74 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
21 69 3.70 JUN101153 BLEACH TP VOL 32 $9.99 VIZ
22 26 3.41 JUN100675 OZ WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ TP GN $19.99 MAR
23 47 3.40 FEB108444-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS $11.99 ONI
24 51 3.32 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
25 27 3.25 JUN100850 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 BOO
26 55 3.17 JUN100282 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 08 DIRGE (MR) $14.99 DC 
27 56 3.11 MAR090211 RED TP NEW EDITION $14.99 DC 
28 59 3.08 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
29 67 3.01 MAY101089 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR $11.99 ONI
30 125 3.00 JUN101159 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 10 PHANTOM HOURGLASS $7.99 VIZ
31 65 2.96 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
32 57 2.94 FEB108445-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
33 53 2.91 JUL101017 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 03 $14.99 FAN
34 39 2.91 JUN100207 RED ROBIN COLLISION TP $19.99 DC 
35 12 2.89 MAY100054 STAR WARS DARK EMPIRE TRILOGY HC $29.99 DAR
36 86 2.79 JUN100232 TINY TITANS TP VOL 04 THE FIRST RULE OF PET CLUB $12.99 DC 
37 41 2.76 JUL100694 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN TP $19.99 MAR
38 72 2.75 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
39 54 2.68 JUN100214 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 02 $17.99 DC 
40 77 2.67 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
41 31 2.65 JUL100675 SIEGE DARK AVENGERS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
42 46 2.64 JUN100280 SANDMAN THE DREAM HUNTERS TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
43 21 2.58 JUN100659 SIEGE NEW AVENGERS PREM HC $29.99 MAR
44 64 2.57 JUN100692 DARK X-MEN TP $16.99 MAR
45 71 2.56 FEB108446-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 VS THE UNIVERSE $11.99 ONI
46 82 2.54 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
47 87 2.47 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG) (SEP088207) $14.99 IMA
48 49 2.46 JUN100211 SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC 
49 115 2.42 JUL071937 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $12.99 IMA
50 92 2.37 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
51 34 2.28 JUN100336 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 09 $24.99 IDW
52 110 2.28 MAR100081 GANTZ TP VOL 12 (MR) $12.99 DAR
53 98 2.26 JUL100710 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET TP VOL 02 RHINO & MYSTERIO $14.99 MAR
54 63 2.26 JUL100678 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 05 RESILIENT BK 01 $19.99 MAR
55 60 2.26 JUL100707 HALO UPRISING TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
56 20 2.25 JUN100678 SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE CLONE SAGA EPIC TP BOOK 03 $34.99 MAR
57 97 2.25 JUN100206 JSA BLACK ADAM AND ISIS TP $14.99 DC 
58 61 2.23 MAY100189 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TEAM HISTORY HC $19.99 DC 
59 25 2.22 APR100045 DAVE MCKEAN CAGES TP $29.99 DAR
60 52 2.22 JUL101112 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 04 OTHER STRANGENESS $17.95 RED
61 40 2.21 MAY100261 CUBA MY REVOLUTION HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
62 15 2.20 JUL100669 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH HC HEAD TRIP $39.99 MAR
63 19 2.20 MAY100028 CONAN NEWSPAPER STRIPS HC VOL 01 $34.99 DAR
64 103 2.13 OCT090451 WITCHBLADE TP VOL 08 $14.99 IMA
65 199 2.10 JUN101067 SMURFS GN VOL 01 THE PURPLE SMURF $5.99 NBM
66 111 2.09 JUL100695 ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN ARMOR WARS TP $14.99 MAR
67 133 2.09 APR100074 NGE CAMPUS APOCALYSE TP VOL 01 $10.99 DAR
68 109 2.08 JUN100208 FLASH CHRONICLES TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC 
69 113 2.04 JUN100255 SUPERNATURAL BEGINNINGS END TP $14.99 DC 
70 104 2.03 JAN100137 HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS TREASURY TP VOL 01 CASPER $14.99 DAR
71 73 2.03 JUL100676 SIEGE MIGHTY AVENGERS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
72 141 2.03 APR100073 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 36 $10.99 DAR
73 62 2.02 JUN101206 BEYOND WONDERLAND TP $17.99 ZEN
74 96 2.01 JUL100698 NEW MUTANTS TP VOL 02 NECROSHA $16.99 MAR
75 74 1.99 JUN100210 LOBO HIGHWAY TO HELL TP $19.99 DC 
76 213 1.93 JUN101068 SMURFS GN VOL 02 THE MAGIC FLUTE $5.99 NBM
77 78 1.93 MAY100027 CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 03 SCREAMS IN DARK $18.99 DAR
78 38 1.91 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
79 94 1.90 JUN100216 SUPERGIRL DEATH AND THE FAMILY TP $17.99 DC 
80 22 1.88 JUL100712 DEADPOOL & CABLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP BOOK 03 $39.99 MAR
81 121 1.86 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
82 89 1.82 JUL100677 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET PREM HC VOL 05 LIZARD $19.99 MAR
83 42 1.81 MAY100447 HACK SLASH OMNIBUS TP VOL 02  (IMAGE ED) (MR) $29.99 IMA
84 140 1.77 JUL101038 AMULET SC VOL 03 CLOUD SEARCHERS $10.99 SCH
85 91 1.75 JUN100690 TORCH TP $19.99 MAR
86 33 1.75 MAY101045 I AM LEGION DLX HC $29.95 HUM
87 50 1.67 APR100661-M AVENGERS UNDER SIEGE PREM HC $29.99 MAR
88 138 1.67 JUL101131 WARCRAFT SHAMAN GN $12.99 TOK
89 162 1.66 JUN101115 CHIBI VAMPIRE AIRMAIL VOL 01 (MR) $10.99 TOK
90 117 1.64 JUN100249 MODERN WARFARE 2 GHOST TP $17.99 DC 
91 70 1.64 MAY100192 SUPERMAN MON EL HC VOL 02 MAN OF VALOR $24.99 DC 
92 75 1.62 JUL100681 WOLVERINE RECKONING PREM HC $24.99 MAR
93 16 1.61 FEB100059 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 07 $49.99 DAR
94 160 1.60 MAR100089 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 11 (MR) $11.99 DAR
95 131 1.59 FEB101103 MEGA MAN MEGAMIX GN VOL 02 $12.95 UDO
96 44 1.58 JUL100713 DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV TP ULT COLL BOOK 02 $34.99 MAR
97 135 1.58 JUL100421 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 07 $14.99 IMA
98 17 1.58 DEC090049 EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 04 $49.99 DAR
99 142 1.57 JUL100703 SPIDER-MAN FEVER TP $14.99 MAR
100 100 1.56 JUN100018 DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF ATOM TP VOL 01 $19.99 DAR

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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 3,500 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.