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Top 100 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks: March 2009

DC Comics had the best-selling graphic novel in March 2009 with Watchmen by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, its strong sales fueled by readers discovering the source material for the just-released motion picture adaptation, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

DC Comics also had Jack of Fables Volume 5: Turning Pages TP from their Vertigo imprint ranked #3.

Marvel Comics' adaptation of one of Stephen King's seminal novels ranked #2 on the Top 100 chart with The Stand: Captain Trips Premiere HC Bermejo Edition. The Invincible Iron Man Volume 1: Five Nightmares TP ranked #6.

Avatar Press ranked #4 on the chart with Alan Moore's Light of Thy Countenance, an graphic novel adaptation of one of his prose short stories about the nature of magic.

Manga rounded out the top 10 with Viz Media's Naruto placing volumes 40 (#7), 38 (#8), and 41 (#9). Tokyopop's Fruits Basket Volume 22 placed #5.

Image Comics rounded out the top 10 with Mark Millar's American Jesus Volume 1: The Chosen TP.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2009

Quantity Rank

Retail Rank

Index

Release Date

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

1

35.07

APR 05

FEB058406

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

2

2

15.78

MAR 09

DEC082308-2309

STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS PREM HC BERMEJO ED

$24.99

MAR

3

6

5.43

MAR 09

DEC080210

JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 05 TURNING PAGES (MR)

$14.99

DC

4

58

4.7

MAR 09

NOV083804

ALAN MOORE LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE GN (MR)

$7.99

AVA

5

36

4.32

MAR 09

DEC084252

FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 22 (OF 23)

$10.99

TOK

6

5

4.27

MAR 09

DEC082451-M

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 01 FIVE NIGHTMARES

$19.99

MAR

7

69

4.21

MAR 09

JAN094484

NARUTO TP VOL 40

$7.95

VIZ

8

70

4.2

MAR 09

JAN094482

NARUTO TP VOL 38

$7.95

VIZ

9

71

4.19

MAR 09

JAN094485

NARUTO TP VOL 41

$7.95

VIZ

10

48

4.16

MAR 09

NOV082224

AMERICAN JESUS TP VOL 01 CHOSEN (MR)

$9.99

IMA

11

3

4.08

MAR 09

OCT082490

POWERS TP VOL 12 COOLEST DEAD SUPERHEROES

$24.99

MAR

12

76

4

MAR 09

JAN094483

NARUTO TP VOL 39

$7.95

VIZ

13

78

3.94

MAR 09

DEC084319

BLEACH TP VOL 26

$7.95

VIZ

14

13

3.87

MAR 09

DEC082436

WOLVERINE ORIGIN TP

$16.99

MAR

15

20

3.77

MAR 09

JAN092599-M

MIGHTY AVENGERS TP VOL 03 SECRET INVASION BOOK 01

$14.99

MAR

16

16

3.77

MAR 09

JAN092604

DAREDEVIL TP LADY BULLSEYE

$16.99

MAR

17

7

3.74

MAR 09

NOV080185

SUPERMAN BRAINIAC HC

$19.99

DC

18

23

3.58

MAR 09

JAN092596

SECRET INVASION TP X-MEN

$14.99

MAR

19

63

3.49

MAR 09

DEC080208

AIR TP VOL 01 LETTERS FROM LOST COUNTRIES (MR)

$9.99

DC

20

32

3.49

MAR 09

NOV080016

BERSERK TP VOL 28

$13.95

DAR

21

25

3.45

MAR 09

DEC080220

TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET (MR)

$14.99

DC

22

53

3.35

MAR 09

DEC084184

SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 SP VS THE UNIVERSE

$11.95

ONI

23

31

3.28

FEB 09

JAN092594

SECRET INVASION TP INHUMANS

$14.99

MAR

24

14

3.26

MAR 09

JAN092586

DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 01 SECRET INVASION

$19.99

MAR

25

33

3.24

MAR 09

JAN092595

SECRET INVASION TP AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

$14.99

MAR

26

15

3.22

MAR 09

OCT080014

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 05

$19.95

DAR

27

37

3.16

MAR 09

DEC082445-M

NEW AVENGERS TP VOL 08 SECRET INVASION BOOK 01

$14.99

MAR

28

38

3.16

MAR 09

JAN092597

SECRET INVASION TP THOR

$14.99

MAR

29

17

3.01

MAR 09

NOV082465

FANTASTIC FOUR TP WORLDS GREATEST

$19.99

MAR

30

56

2.98

MAR 09

DEC080164

SUPERMAN BATMAN ENEMIES AMONG US TP

$12.99

DC

31

103

2.95

MAR 09

OCT088031

NARUTO TP VOL 36

$7.95

VIZ

32

29

2.93

FEB 09

JAN092591

WOLVERINE BY CLAREMONT & MILLER TP

$16.99

MAR

33

30

2.89

MAR 09

JAN092592

WOLVERINE TP WEAPON X

$16.99

MAR

34

19

2.85

MAR 09

JUL080124

JOKER HC

$19.99

DC

35

9

2.84

OCT 08

JAN094301

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 03

$24.99

IDE

36

40

2.77

MAR 09

DEC080166

SHOWCASE PRESENTS JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP VOL 04

$16.99

DC

37

49

2.73

MAR 09

NOV082242

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

38

50

2.73

JAN 09

DEC080154

BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 07

$14.99

DC

39

22

2.69

MAR 09

DEC080155

BATMAN HAUNTED GOTHAM TP

$19.99

DC

40

12

2.69

MAR 09

MAY080063

PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP ALMANACK HC

$24.95

DAR

41

93

2.56

MAR 09

JUL068351

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

42

47

2.46

SEP 06

JAN092605

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 01 LEGACY

$16.99

MAR

43

39

2.36

MAR 09

DEC080160

SHAZAM MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL TP

$19.99

DC

44

41

2.29

MAR 09

JAN092598

SECRET INVASION TP WHO DO YOU TRUST

$19.99

MAR

45

42

2.25

MAR 09

JAN092575-M

RUNAWAYS PREM HC DEAD WRONG

$19.99

MAR

46

72

2.2

MAR 09

JAN092601-M

MS MARVEL TP VOL 05 SECRET INVASION

$14.99

MAR

47

4

2.17

MAR 09

NOV080178

LOSERS BY JACK KIRBY HC

$39.99

DC

48

62

2.14

MAR 09

DEC080165

SHOWCASE PRESENTS AMBUSH BUG TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

49

46

2.12

MAR 09

JAN094012

ANNA MERCURY TP VOL 01 THE CUTTER (MR)

$19.99

AVA

50

137

2.11

MAR 09

OCT088032

NARUTO TP VOL 37

$7.95

VIZ

51

97

2.1

MAR 09

JAN094380

COURTNEY CRUMRIN TP VOL 04 MONSTROUS HOLIDAY

$11.95

ONI

52

24

2.08

FEB 09

JAN092584

OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 07

$24.99

MAR

53

26

2.07

MAR 09

OCT080163

BATMAN RIP DELUXE EDITION HC

$24.99

DC

54

143

2.04

FEB 09

DEC083766

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 10

$7.95

ARC

55

108

2.02

MAR 09

DEC084257

WARCRAFT LEGENDS GN VOL 03 (OF 5)

$10.99

TOK

56

34

1.94

MAR 09

JAN092603

SECRET INVASION TP NEW WARRIORS

$24.99

MAR

57

35

1.92

MAR 09

JAN092568-M

MMW X-MEN TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

58

75

1.87

MAR 09

JAN092606

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL TP VOL 04

$16.99

MAR

59

59

1.87

MAR 09

NOV080233

SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE TP VOL 07 MIST & PHANTOM (MR)

$19.99

DC

60

67

1.87

MAR 08

NOV070226

BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

61

156

1.85

FEB 09

OCT088030

NARUTO TP VOL 35

$7.95

VIZ

62

61

1.82

MAR 09

JAN092612

ESSENTIAL POWER MAN AND IRON FIST TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

63

21

1.81

JAN 09

NOV082460

SECRET INVASION TP

$29.99

MAR

64

43

1.8

MAR 09

NOV080176

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL HC VOL 04

$24.99

DC

65

79

1.74

MAR 09

DEC080163

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 01

$17.99

DC

66

65

1.71

FEB 09

OCT080162

ALL STAR SUPERMAN HC VOL 02

$19.99

DC

67

94

1.69

MAR 09

DEC084251

TSUBASA GN VOL 01 (OF 3) THOSE WITH WINGS (TKP) (MR)

$14.99

TOK

68

81

1.69

MAR 09

DEC080157

CATWOMAN THE LONG ROAD HOME TP

$17.99

DC

69

66

1.68

MAR 09

JAN092573

IMMORTAL IRON FIST PREM HC VOL 04 MORTAL IRON FIST

$19.99

MAR

70

68

1.68

JUN 05

APR058272-M

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

71

85

1.66

MAR 09

JAN092608

SQUADRON SUPREME TP PRE WAR YEARS

$16.99

MAR

72

177

1.62

DEC 08

SEP088031

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 00 BEGINNING

$7.95

ARC

73

100

1.62

JAN 06

DEC058055

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

74

101

1.61

MAR 09

JAN092607

SHE-HULK TP VOL 07 HERE TODAY

$14.99

MAR

75

183

1.58

MAR 09

JAN094154

BEN TEN ALIEN FORCE GN VOL 01 BEN 10 RETURNS

$7.99

RAN

76

77

1.58

MAR 09

JAN094292

CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 02

$19.99

IDE

77

89

1.56

MAR 09

JAN092609

SQUADRON SUPREME TP VOL 01 POWER TO THE PEOPLE

$16.99

MAR

78

82

1.5

MAR 09

JAN092611

X-MEN FIRST CLASS TP WONDER YEARS

$19.99

MAR

79

102

1.49

MAR 09

JAN094059

SIMPSONS COMICS TP VOL 17 HIT THE ROAD

$15.95

BON

80

194

1.49

MAR 09

DEC084326

CLAYMORE TP VOL 14

$7.99

VIZ

81

144

1.48

MAR 09

OCT080045

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 11

$10.95

DAR

82

60

1.48

MAR 09

NOV080191

WONDER WOMAN THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HC

$24.99

DC

83

109

1.47

FEB 09

DEC082459

X-MEN LEGACY TP SINS OF THE FATHER

$14.99

MAR

84

90

1.47

NOV 08

AUG080229

FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR AND PIECES (MR)

$17.99

DC

85

8

1.46

FEB 09

OCT080178

STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02

$49.99

DC

86

105

1.46

NOV 08

JUL080042

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 03 WOLVES AT THE GATE

$15.95

DAR

87

158

1.45

MAR 09

JAN092588

FRANKLIN RICHARDS TP NOT SO SECRET INVASION DIGEST

$9.99

MAR

88

45

1.42

MAR 09

JAN092572

HULK SKAAR SON OF HULK PREM HC VOL 01

$29.99

MAR

89

128

1.42

MAR 05

FEB058024

BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 02

$12.99

DC

90

129

1.41

DEC 05

OCT058020

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

91

86

1.39

MAR 09

DEC082425

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC CRIME AND PUNISHER

$19.99

MAR

92

51

1.39

FEB 09

JAN094227

COMPLETE PEANUTS HC 1971-1972 VOL 11

$28.99

FAN

93

165

1.38

JUN 05

APR058372

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

94

11

1.35

MAR 09

NOV080175

FLASH ARCHIVES HC VOL 05

$49.99

DC

95

139

1.28

MAR 09

DEC080172

SUPER FRIENDS FOR JUSTICE TP

$12.99

DC

96

92

1.28

APR 06

DEC058090

SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES

$19.99

DC

97

74

1.28

MAR 09

JAN092610

NEW MUTANTS CLASSIC TP VOL 04

$24.99

MAR

98

207

1.27

MAR 09

DEC084332

NANA TP VOL 15 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

99

125

1.26

NOV 08

NOV082245

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$14.99

IMA

100

28

1.26

MAR 09

JUL080172

WATCHMEN HC

$39.99

DC

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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 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.