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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2008

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

Published: 05/20/2008, Last Updated: 05/23/2008 02:07pm
#1 for April

These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during April 2008.

 

For an overview and analysis of comic sales in April see "'Secret Invasion' Launches at 250k."

 

For an analysis of the dollar trends in April see "Comic Sales Slip in April."

 

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during April, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2008."

 

 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS -- APRIL 2008

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

10.19

SECRET INVASION TP INFILTRATION

$19.99

MAR

  7,249

2

8.45

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SP ED HC

$17.99

DC

  6,011

3

8.14

HULK TP PLANET HULK

$34.99

MAR

  5,791

4

7.7

FACTS I/T CASE O/DEPARTURE O/MISS FINCH HC

$13.95

DAR

  5,478

5

7.23

THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI PREM HC VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

  5,143

6

7.09

MARVEL ZOMBIES HC DEAD DAYS

$29.99

MAR

  5,044

7

6.3

BPRD TP VOL 08 KILLING GROUND

$17.95

DAR

  4,482

8

6.12

X-MEN HC MESSIAH COMPLEX

$39.99

MAR

  4,354

9

6.1

JSA HC VOL 02 THY KINGDOM COME PART 1

$19.99

DC

  4,339

10

5.79

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS TP VOL 04

$24.95

DAR

  4,119

11

5.54

ALIENS VS PREDATOR VOL 2 CIVILIZED BEASTS GN

$6.95

DAR

  3,941

12

5.53

KABUKI REFLECTIONS #10 (MR)

$5.99

MAR

  3,934

13

5.47

DAREDEVIL TP VOL 02 HELL TO PAY

$15.99

MAR

  3,891

14

5.4

FALLEN SON TP DEATH O/CAPTAIN AMERICA

$13.99

MAR

  3,841

15

4.92

WHAT IF TP CIVIL WAR

$16.99

MAR

  3,500

16

4.74

BATMAN GRENDEL TP

$19.95

DAR

  3,372

17

4.52

SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION O/SUPER HEROES TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

  3,215

18

4.38

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

  3,116

19

4.23

PATH O/ASSASSIN VOL 10 TP (MR)

$9.95

DAR

  3,009

20

4.23

SUPERMAN BATMAN HC VOL 06 TORMENT

$19.99

DC

  3,009

21

4.21

STAR WARS TALES O/T JEDI OMNIBUS TP VOL 02

$24.95

DAR

  2,995

22

4.17

SERENITY TP

$9.95

DAR

  2,966

23

4.11

SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN FAMILY TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

  2,924

24

4.11

BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 05

$14.99

DC

  2,924

25

4.09

X-MEN TP EMPEROR VULCAN

$13.99

MAR

  2,910

26

3.99

ESSENTIAL IRON MAN TP VOL 03

$16.99

MAR

  2,838

27

3.85

SUPERNATURAL ORIGINS TP

$14.99

DC

  2,739

28

3.8

HELLBOY LIBRARY ED HC VOL 01 SEED O/DESTRUCTION & WAKE THE

$49.95

DAR

  2,703

29

3.76

PUNISHER PREM HC CIRCLE O/BLOOD*

$19.99

MAR

  2,675

30

3.61

DEADPOOL VS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP

$24.99

MAR

  2,568

31

3.55

FAKER TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

  2,525

32

3.52

NEW AVENGERS HC VOL 02*

$29.99

MAR

  2,504

33

3.5

SHOWCASE CHALLENGERS O/UNKNOWN TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

  2,490

34

3.49

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME

$15.95

DAR

  2,483

35

3.44

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01*

$99.99

MAR

  2,447

36

3.43

SUPERMAN 3 2 1 ACTION TP

$14.99

DC

  2,440

37

3.43

AMORY WARS TP 01 SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE (MR)

$14.99

IMA

  2,440

38

3.39

GREEN ARROW YEAR ONE HC

$24.99

DC

  2,412

39

3.37

SHAZAM GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP

$24.99

DC

  2,397

40

3.31

DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 1

$29.99

MAR

  2,355

41

3.24

JOSS WHEDONS FRAY FUTURE SLAYER TP

$19.95

DAR

  2,305

42

3.21

SUPERGIRL & LEGION QUEST FOR COSMIC BOY

$14.99

DC

  2,284

43

3.17

WOLVERINE PREM HC DEATH O/WOLVERINE

$19.99

MAR

  2,255

44

3.14

STAR WARS EPISODE V EMPIRE STRIKES BACK PHOTO COMIC

$9.95

DAR

  2,234

45

3.13

AVENGERS TP KREE SKRULL WAR

$24.99

MAR

  2,227

46

3.02

BATMAN LOVERS & MADMEN HC

$24.99

DC

  2,148

47

2.93

JONAH HEX TP VOL 04 ONLY GOOD DIE YOUNG

$12.99

DC

  2,084

48

2.84

JENNY FINN TP DOOM MESSIAH

$14.99

BOO

  2,020

49

2.82

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

  2,006

50

2.77

STAR WARS EPISODE VI RETURN O/JEDI PHOTO COMIC TP

$9.95

DAR

  1,971

51

2.68

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLTD TIES THAT BIND TP

$12.99

DC

  1,906

52

2.68

COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 09 1967-1968

$28.95

FAN

  1,906

53

2.67

MMW CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 03*

$54.99

MAR

  1,899

54

2.64

CONAN HC VOL 05 ROGUES IN THE HOUSE

$24.95

DAR

  1,878

55

2.6

FANTASTIC FOUR TP BEGINNING O/END

$12.99

MAR

  1,850

56

2.59

UN-MEN TP VOL 01 GET YOUR FREAK ON (MR)

$9.99

DC

  1,842

57

2.55

WANTED GN (NEW PTG)

$19.99

IMA

  1,814

58

2.51

X-O MANOWAR BIRTH HC

$24.95

VAL

  1,786

59

2.51

VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 04

$8.99

VIZ

  1,786

60

2.48

INU YASHA TP VOL 33

$8.95

VIZ

  1,764

61

2.47

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

  1,757

62

2.45

X-MEN FIRST CLASS TP MUTANT MAYHEM

$15.99

MAR

  1,743

63

2.32

OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 02

$24.99

MAR

  1,650

64

2.3

BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR)

$19.99

DE

  1,636

65

2.27

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN SC (MR)

$12.99

DC

  1,615

66

2.26

SIMPSONS COMICS TP DOLLARS TO DONUTS

$14.95

BON

  1,608

67

2.26

BOYS TP VOL 01 (MR)

$16.99

DE

  1,608

68

2.25

NEW MUTANTS CLASSIC TP VOL 03

$24.99

MAR

  1,601

69

2.24

SONIC HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 01

$11.95

ARC

  1,593

70

2.21

POKEMON DIAMOND & PEARL ADV GN VOL 01

$7.99

VIZ

  1,572

71

2.15

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 08

$10.95

DAR

  1,529

72

2.14

WITCHBLADE TAKERU MANGA TP VOL 01

$19.99

IMA

  1,522

73

2.13

ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS VS AMAZONS HC

$19.99

IDW

  1,515

74

2.12

QUEEN & COUNTRY DEFINITIVE EDITION TP VOL 02

$19.95

ONI

  1,508

75

2.1

MYSTERY IN SPACE TP VOL 02

$17.99

DC

  1,494

76

2.08

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL PREM HC VOL 03 HUNTER HUNTED

$19.99

MAR

  1,480

77

2.05

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR)

$12.99

DC

  1,458

78

2.01

TALES O/T FEAR AGENT TP

$14.95

DAR

  1,430

79

2

BLACK PANTHER TP LITTLE GREEN MEN

$10.99

MAR

  1,423

80

2

ADAM STRANGE ARCHIVES HC VOL 03

$49.99

DC

  1,423

81

1.97

GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO CORPS WAR

$24.99

DC

  1,401

82

1.9

WILDSTORM ARMAGEDDON TP

$17.99

DC

  1,352

83

1.85

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 03 ONE SMALL STEP (MR)

$12.99

DC

  1,316

84

1.85

STORMWATCH PHD TP VOL 02

$17.99

DC

  1,316

85

1.83

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

  1,302

86

1.8

MARVEL ADVS AVENGERS TP VOL 05 DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

  1,280

87

1.8

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 TP MILES BEHIND US (MR)

$12.99

IMA

  1,280

88

1.78

MARVEL ADVS SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 09 FOES DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

  1,266

89

1.77

COMPLETE GREEN LAMA FEATURING ART O/MAC RABOY HC

$49.95

DAR

  1,259

90

1.76

STREET FIGHTER III MANGA TP VOL 02 RYU FINAL

$12.95

UDO

  1,252

91

1.75

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 04 SAFEWORD (MR)

$12.99

DC

  1,245

92

1.75

MARVEL ADVS HULK TP DEFENDERS VOL 02 DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

  1,245

93

1.75

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

  1,245

94

1.73

LIVING WITH THE DEAD TP

$9.95

DAR

  1,231

95

1.72

HOLMES GN (MR)

$12.95

AIT

  1,224

96

1.71

ULTIMATES 2 TP VOL 02 GRAND THEFT AMERICA

$19.99

MAR

  1,216

97

1.69

HOWARD THE DUCK TP MEDIA DUCKLING

$11.99

MAR

  1,202

98

1.68

TEAM ZERO TP

$17.99

DC

  1,195

99

1.68

SERENITY HC THOSE LEFT BEHIND

$19.95

DAR

  1,195

100

1.68

HELLGATE LONDON GN VOL 01 (Of 3)

$10.99

TKP

  1,195

 

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 April, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of April.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Dynamite, 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 U.S. 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 March, see "Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--March 2008."

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in March, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2008."

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual March orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "'Dark Tower' Tops March Comics" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see "Comics Slip in Q1."

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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