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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2007

Sales Estimates for May Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 06/18/2007, Last Updated: 05/09/2008 03:12am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during May 2007.

For an overview and analysis of comic sales in May, see 'Marvel Dominates Periodical Sales in May.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in May, see 'Graphic Novel Sales Soar Again.'

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during May, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--May 2007.'
 
Rank Index

Title

Price

Pub  Est.Qty 
1 16.18 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 9 MOTHERLAND TP (MR) $14.99 DC  12,964
2 15.51 WALKING DEAD SORROWFUL LIFE VOL 6 TP $12.99 IMA  12,427
3 12.51 CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA TP $11.99 MAR  10,023
4 11.05 CIVIL WAR WOLVERINE TP $17.99 MAR    8,853
5 10.93 52 VOL 1 TP $19.99 DC    8,757
6 10.72 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR    8,589
7 10.18 CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE BOOK 2 TP $14.99 MAR    8,156
8 9.49 MOUSE GUARD VOL 1 FALL 1152 HC $24.95 ARS    7,604
9 9.45 CIVIL WAR PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN TP $17.99 MAR    7,572
10 9.16 BOYS VOL 1 TP (MR) $14.99 DE    7,339
11 8.68 CIVIL WAR YOUNG AVENGERS & RUNAWAYS TP $11.99 MAR    6,955
12 8.67 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 16 CABLE TP $14.99 MAR    6,947
13 8.54 CIVIL WAR X-MEN UNIVERSE TP $13.99 MAR    6,842
14 8.02 CIVIL WAR WAR CRIMES TP $17.99 MAR    6,426
15 7.87 MARVEL ZOMBIES HC* $19.99 MAR    6,306
16 7.69 CIVIL WAR COMPANION TP $13.99 MAR    6,161
17 7.58 BLACK PANTHER CIVIL WAR TP $17.99 MAR    6,073
18 7.55 PLAIN JANES $9.99 DC    6,049
19 7.31 NARUTO VOL 14 TP $7.95 VIZ    5,857
20 6.72 ETERNALS BY NEIL GAIMAN HC* $29.99 MAR    5,384
21 6.16 FELL VOL 1 FERAL CITY TP $14.99 IMA    4,936
22 5.96 SHOWCASE PRESENTS FLASH VOL 1 TP $16.99 DC    4,775
23 5.44 SUPERMAN BATMAN VS ALIENS PREDATORS TP $12.99 DC    4,359
24 5.04 BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL 3 TP $14.99 DC    4,038
25 4.96 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WAR THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 1 TP $16.99 DC    3,974
26 4.86 DOCTOR STRANGE OATH TP $13.99 MAR    3,894
27 4.79 STAR WARS LEGACY VOL 1 BROKEN TP $17.95 DAR    3,838
28 4.69 BLEACH VOL 19 TP $7.95 VIZ    3,758
29 4.65 ENCYCLOPEDIA O/COMICBOOK HEROES VOL 1 BATMAN TP $19.99 DC    3,726
30 4.58 CRIMINAL VOL 1 COWARD TP (MR) $14.99 MAR    3,670
31 4.56 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/OLD REPUBLIC VOL 2 FLASHPOINT TP $18.95 DAR    3,654
32 4.51 RUNAWAYS VOL 3 HC $24.99 MAR    3,614
33 4.47 BERSERK VOL 17 TP (MR) $13.95 DAR    3,581
34 4.45 ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 6 TP $16.99 MAR    3,565
35 4.44 CIVIL WAR AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP $17.99 MAR    3,557
36 4.32 HELLBLAZER DEVIL YOU KNOW TP (MR) $19.99 DC    3,461
37 4.32 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE VOL 3 HC $24.99 DC    3,461
38 4.17 WALKING DEAD VOL 2 HC (MR) $29.99 IMA    3,341
39 3.96 GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL 1 TO BE LANTERN TP $12.99 DC    3,173
40 3.81 PENNY ARCADE VOL 4 BIRDS ARE WEIRD TP $12.95 DAR    3,053
41 3.71 GIRLS VOL 4 TP (MR) $14.99 IMA    2,973
42 3.58 MEGATOKYO VOL 5 $10.99 DC    2,868
43 3.51 LOVELESS VOL 5 GN (Of 7) (TKP) (MR) $9.99 TKP    2,812
44 3.44 NEW X-MEN CHILDHOODS END VOL 4 TP $10.99 MAR    2,756
45 3.28 ULTIMATE GALACTUS TRILOGY HC $34.99 MAR    2,628
46 3.23 ROB ZOMBIE PRES HAUNTED WORLD O/EL SUPERBEASTO TP (MR) $19.99 IMA    2,588
47 3.21 STAR WARS 30TH ANNV COLL HC VOL 4 JANGO FETT ZAM WESELL $19.95 DAR    2,572
48 3.19 MARVEL 1602 FANTASTICK FOUR TP $14.99 MAR    2,556
49 3.15 MARVEL MASTERWORKS INCREDIBLE HULK VOL 4 HC* $54.99 MAR    2,524
50 3.11 GUNSMITH CATS BURST VOL 1 TP $10.95 DAR    2,492
51 3.05 SILVER SURFER OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC* $74.99 MAR    2,444
52 3.04 CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE BOOK 1 TP $14.99 MAR    2,436
53 2.95 MARVEL ADVS SPIDER-MAN VOL 6 BLACK COSTUME DIGEST TP $6.99 MAR    2,364
54 2.93 OTHER SIDE TP (MR) $12.99 DC    2,348
55 2.84 ALL NEW ATOM VOL 1 MY LIFE I/MINIATURE TP $14.99 DC    2,275
56 2.83 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION ANGELIC DAYS VOL 5 $9.99 ADV    2,267
57 2.82 FANTASTIC FOUR END PREM HC $19.99 MAR    2,259
58 2.63 NEGIMA VOL 14 GN (MR) $10.95 RAN    2,107
59 2.62 AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL VOL 1 TP $14.99 MAR    2,099
60 2.62 CIVIL WAR X-MEN TP $11.99 MAR    2,099
61 2.61 FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES WALTER SIMONSON VOL 1 TP $19.99 MAR    2,091
62 2.56 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC    2,051
63 2.52 BLADE UNDEAD AGAIN TP $14.99 MAR    2,019
64 2.52 STAR WARS PANEL TO PANEL VOL 2 TP $19.95 DAR    2,019
65 2.51 KORGI VOL 1 TP $10.00 TOP    2,011
66 2.48 STREET FIGHTER ALPHA VOL 1 GN (Of 2) $12.95 UDO    1,987
67 2.41 MAGICIAN APPRENTICE VOL 1 HC* $19.99 MAR    1,931
68 2.36 BATTLER BRITTON TP $19.99 DC    1,891
69 2.36 CIVIL WAR ROAD TO CIVIL WAR TP $14.99 MAR    1,891
70 2.34 SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE VOL 3 MY SECRET LIFE DIGEST TP $7.99 MAR    1,875
71 2.32 AVENGERS NEXT REBIRTH TP $13.99 MAR    1,859
72 2.3 X-FACTOR MANY LIVES O/MADROX PREM HC $19.99 MAR    1,843
73 2.3 PUNISHER MAX VOL 3 HC $29.99 MAR    1,843
74 2.25 WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP $9.99 IMA    1,803
75 2.24 STAR WARS 30TH ANNV COLL HC VOL 3 DARTH MAUL $19.95 DAR    1,795
76 2.22 SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 22 GN (Of 38) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,779
77 2.17 SPIDER-MAN & POWER PACK BIG CITY SUPER HEROES DIGEST TP $6.99 MAR    1,739
78 2.16 CASANOVA VOL 1 LUXURIA HC (MR) $24.99 IMA    1,731
79 2.06 CIVIL WAR FANTASTIC FOUR TP $17.99 MAR    1,651
80 2.05 EC ARCHIVES SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES VOL 2 HC $49.95 GEM    1,643
81 2.03 COMPLETE DICK TRACY VOL 2 HC $29.99 IDW    1,626
82 2.01 300 HC $30.00 DAR    1,610
83 2 FELL VOL 1 FERAL CITY LTD ED HC $24.99 IMA    1,602
84 2 RUNAWAYS VOL 3 GOOD DIE YOUNG DIGEST TP $7.99 MAR    1,602
85 1.97 SOULFIRE DYING O/LIGHT TP $14.99 ASP    1,578
86 1.96 TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED MOVIE ADAPTATION TP $17.99 IDW    1,570
87 1.9 SIMPSONS VOL 6 BIG BEASTLY BOOK O/BART SIMPSON TP $14.95 BON    1,522
88 1.9 HELLSTORM SON O/SATAN EQUINOX TP (MR) $17.99 MAR    1,522
89 1.86 WALKING DEAD VOL 2 TP MILES BEHIND US TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,490
90 1.8 ACTION HEROES ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC $75.00 DC    1,442
91 1.79 WALKING DEAD VOL 5 BEST DEFENSE TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,434
92 1.79 FABLES VOL 1 LEGENDS I/EXILE TP $9.99 DC    1,434
93 1.79 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 1 UNMANNED TP $12.99 DC    1,434
94 1.76 TRANSFORMERS ESCALATION TP $19.99 IDW    1,410
95 1.73 FEAR AGENT VOL 2 MY WAR TP $14.95 DAR    1,386
96 1.66 GUNSMITH CATS OMNIBUS VOL 2 TP $16.95 DAR    1,330
97 1.64 INITIAL D VOL 26 GN (Of 32) $9.99 TKP    1,314
98 1.63 CIVIL WAR THUNDERBOLTS TP $13.99 MAR    1,306
99 1.58 LOVE MODE VOL 5 GN (Of 11) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,266
100 1.58 SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO TP $14.99 MAR    1,266
 
Notes on this chart:
Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.  Publisher abbreviations have also been used:
MAR = Marvel Comics
DC = DC Comics
DAR = Dark Horse Comics
IMA = Image Comics
ABS = Abstract Studio
ADV = A.D. Vision
ALI = Alias Enterprises LLC
ANT = Antarctic Press
ARC = Archie Comic Publications
ASP = Apen MLT Inc.
AVA = Avatar Press
BON = Bongo Comics
CAR = Cartoon Books
DEV = Devil's Due Publishing
DYN = Dynamite Entertainment
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
IDW = IDW Publishing
MIR = Mirage Studios
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
SLG = Slave Labor Graphics
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz Media
 
We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of May, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of May.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
 
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Devil's Due, Avatar, Aspen Studios and Gemstone distribute 100% of their comic store orders through Diamond.  Some other publishers distribute directly to stores or through other distributors and as a result this analysis may underestimate their sales.
 
Most graphic novel publishers also release their titles through other channels, which make up a majority of graphic novel sales over-all.  These quantity estimates do not reflect distribution through those channels.'
 
Most of the titles on this chart are also distributed to Europe by Diamond UK, which can account for significant sales for the publisher, ranging from 3-20% of the US numbers.  Sales by Diamond UK are not included in the numbers above.
 
One other factor to consider is that sales through Diamond and other comic distributors are non-returnable to retailers.  That means that there is a considerable unknown percentage of books unsold at the retailer level, probably amounting to 5-20% of sales.
 
For the top 100 graphic novels actual orders in April, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2007.'
For the top 300 comic actual orders in April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2007.'
For an overview and analysis of the actual April orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see ''Fallen Son' Tops Comics in April' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Comic Dollars Continue Climb.'
For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 100 Graphic Novel articles (going back over three years, including preorder analysis through March 2003 and actual order analysis beginning March 2003) see: 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'
 
 
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