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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2004

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

Published: 05/24/2004 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during April 2004.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in April, see 'Supes #204 Over 230k.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Comic Dollars Up Again in April.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2004.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Ven

 

Est.Qty

1

10.87

ULTIMATES VOL 2 HOMELAND SECURITY TP

$17.99

MAR

 

8,535

2

9.96

SUPERMAN/BATMAN PUBLIC ENEMIES HC

$19.95

DC

 

7,820

3

8.25

FABLES VOL 3 STORYBOOK LOVE TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

6,478

4

8.13

HELLSING VOL 2 TP

$13.95

DAR

 

6,384

5

6.4

ESSENTIAL TOMB O/DRACULA VOL 2 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

5,025

6

5.77

BERSERK VOL 3 TP (MR)

$13.95

DAR

 

4,531

7

5.39

ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL VOL 2 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

4,232

8

5.31

DARK DAYS TP (MR)

$19.99

IDW

 

4,169

9

5.25

HELLBOY VOL 1 SEED O/DESTRUCTION TP NEW PRT

$17.95

DAR

 

4,122

10

5.03

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 4 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,950

11

4.92

MARVEL AGE RUNAWAYS VOL 1 PRIDE & JOY DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

3,863

12

4.82

SPIDER-MAN BLUE TP

$14.99

MAR

 

3,785

13

4.68

ITS A BIRD HC (MR)

$24.95

DC

 

3,675

14

4.63

MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN VOL 1 DIGEST TP

$5.99

MAR

 

3,635

15

4.61

JLA VOL 13 RULES O/ENGAGEMENT TP

$12.95

DC

 

3,620

16

4.37

BATMAN GOTHAM CENTRAL TP

$9.95

DC

 

3,431

17

3.98

RANMA 1/2 VOL 26 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

3,125

18

3.62

DH GOON ROUGH STUFF TP

$12.95

DAR

 

2,842

19

3.61

MARVEL AGE SPIDER-GIRL VOL 1 DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

2,835

20

3.58

WOLVERINE VOL 2 COYOTE CROSSING TP

$11.99

MAR

 

2,811

21

3.25

MARVEL AGE SENTINEL VOL 1 SALVAGE DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

2,552

22

3.23

NARUTO VOL 3 TP SHONEN J FORMAT

$7.95

VIZ

 

2,536

23

3.21

SMALLVILLE TP

$9.95

DC

 

2,520

24

3.18

SPIDER-MAN DEATH O/CAPTAIN STACY TP

$12.99

MAR

 

2,497

25

3.14

SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 13 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,465

26

3.13

BATGIRL FISTS O/FURY TP

$14.95

DC

 

2,458

27

3.12

CRIMINAL MACABRE CAL MCDONALD MYSTERY TP

$14.95

DAR

 

2,450

28

3.07

BATMAN I/WORLDS FINEST ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,411

29

3

BLACK FOREST GN

$9.95

IMA

 

2,356

30

2.95

24 HOUR COMICS VOL 1 TP

$11.95

ABO

 

2,316

31

2.89

FRUITS BASKET VOL 2 GN (Of 11)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,269

32

2.87

RED TOKYO STORM WARNING TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

2,253

33

2.79

FULL METAL PANIC MANGA VOL 4 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

2,191

34

2.78

HUMAN TARGET STRIKE ZONES TP (MR)

$9.95

DC

 

2,183

35

2.78

AZUMANGA DAIOH MANGA VOL 4 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

2,183

36

2.71

WITCHBLADE/DARKMINDS RETURN O/PARADOX TP

$9.99

IMA

 

2,128

37

2.63

JLA ONE MILLION TP

$19.95

DC

 

2,065

38

2.61

MEGATOKYO VOL 1 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

2,049

39

2.41

SILVER SURFER VOL 1 COMMUNION TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,892

40

2.31

AI LOVE YOU VOL 2 GN (Of 9)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,814

41

2.28

TOM STRONG BOOK THREE HC

$24.95

DC

 

1,790

42

2.27

HELLBOY VOL 5 CONQUEROR WORM TP NEW PRT

$17.95

DAR

 

1,782

43

2.25

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL 6 2ND ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,767

44

2.19

SPIDER-MAN DOCTOR OCTOPUS NEGATIVE EXPOSURE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

1,720

45

2.18

TEEN TITANS A KIDS GAME TP

$9.95

DC

 

1,712

46

2.1

NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES VOL 1 ONCE UPON TIME

$14.95

SLG

 

1,649

47

2.1

WHATS MICHAEL VOL 9 IDEAL CAT TP

$8.95

DAR

 

1,649

48

2.08

QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL 5 OPERATION STORM FRONT TP (MR)

$14.95

ONI

 

1,633

49

1.99

BATMAN WAR ON CRIME OVERSIZED SC

$9.95

DC

 

1,563

50

1.99

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 6 GN (Of 18)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,563

51

1.94

ESSENTIAL TOMB O/DRACULA VOL 1 TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,523

52

1.94

BTVS STAKE TO HEART TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,523

53

1.9

DIORAMAS LOVE STORY GN

$12.95

IMA

 

1,492

54

1.85

EXCEL SAGA VOL 6 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,453

55

1.79

TO HEART MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,405

56

1.79

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL 6 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,405

57

1.76

INVINCIBLE VOL 2 EIGHT IS ENOUGH TP

$12.95

IMA

 

1,382

58

1.76

KRAZY & IGNATZ 1931-32 KAT ALILT W/SONG TP

$14.95

FAN

 

1,382

59

1.73

TRANSFORMERS ARMADA VOL 3 TP

$20.95

DRE

 

1,358

60

1.71

CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND VOL 7 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,343

61

1.7

DODGES BULLETS GN

$9.95

IMA

 

1,335

62

1.7

RAGNAROK VOL 10 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,335

63

1.69

GRAVITATION VOL 5 GN (Of 12)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,327

64

1.63

VAGABOND VOL 10 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,280

65

1.61

Y THE LAST MAN VOL 3 ONE SMALL STEP TP (MR)

$12.95

DC

 

1,264

66

1.59

PLANET O/T CAPES TP (MR)

$12.95

AIT

 

1,248

67

1.58

ARIA MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,241

68

1.58

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 HC

$19.95

DC

 

1,241

69

1.57

GLOOMCOOKIE VOL 3 TP (MR)

$14.95

SLG

 

1,233

70

1.55

DNANGEL VOL 1 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,217

71

1.54

SPOOKHOUSE VOL 1 TP (MR)

$19.99

IDW

 

1,209

72

1.54

BATTLE VIXENS VOL 1 GN (Of 4) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,209

73

1.54

LOVE FIGHTS VOL 1 TP (MR)

$14.95

ONI

 

1,209

74

1.54

X 1999 VOL 14 CONCERTO TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,209

75

1.47

KINGDOM COME TP

$14.95

DC

 

1,154

76

1.46

GI JOE FRONTLINE VOL 3 HISTORY REPEATING TP

$9.95

DDP

 

1,146

77

1.46

CANDIDATE FOR GODDESS VOL 1 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,146

78

1.46

FAERIES LANDING VOL 1 GN (Of 13)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,146

79

1.43

HELLBOY VOL 2 WAKE DEVIL TP NEW PRT

$17.95

DAR

 

1,123

80

1.4

TRANSFORMERS DINOBOT HUNT GN

$19.95

TIT

 

1,099

81

1.39

NEAL ADAMS MONSTERS SC

$12.95

VAN

 

1,091

82

1.38

VAN HELSINGS NIGHT OFF

$12.95

TOP

 

1,084

83

1.37

JING KING O/BANDITS VOL 5 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,076

84

1.35

MOTU ICONS O/EVIL TP

$18.95

MVC

 

1,060

85

1.35

COMIC PARTY BOOK 1 PARTY TIME GN

$9.99

CPM

 

1,060

86

1.35

SUKI VOL 2 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,060

87

1.33

PUNISHER MOVIE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,044

88

1.32

INITIAL D VOL 11 GN (Of 23)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,036

89

1.32

KING O/HELL VOL 5 GN (Of 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,036

90

1.31

MIGHTY MITE HC

$6.95

FAN

 

1,029

91

1.3

GET BACKERS VOL 2 GN (Of 23)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,021

92

1.29

FAERIES LANDING VOL 2 GN (Of 13)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,013

93

1.28

HEAVEN LLC GN (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,005

94

1.27

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA VOL 3 KILLING ANGEL TP 2ND ED

$9.95

VIZ

 

997

95

1.26

MINK VOL 1 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

989

96

1.23

HOT GIMMICK VOL 4 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

966

97

1.22

NOBLE CAUSES VOL 2 FAMILY SECRETS TP

$12.95

IMA

 

958

98

1.21

TEZUKAS BUDDHA VOL 3 DEVADATTA HC

$24.95

NAT

 

950

99

1.2

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION VOL 2 TP 2ND ED

$9.95

VIZ

 

942

100

1.19

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 IRRESPONSIBLE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

934

 
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

DRE = Dreamwave Productions

DEV = Devil's Due Publishing

AVA = Avatar Press

ADV = A.D. Vision

TIT = Titan Publishing

CAR = Cartoon Books

CRO = CrossGen

BON = Bongo Comics

GEM = Gemstone Publishing

TKP = Tokyopop

 

These estimates are based on ICv2 estimates of comic sales by Diamond North America during April, 2004.  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.

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen, and Image 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. 

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and CrossGen distribute some of their titles through channels other than comic specialty stores, e.g., newsstands and bookstores.  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 March, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2003.'

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2004.'

 

For an overview and analsysis of the actual Marchy orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Comic Dollars Up 15% in March.' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'

 

For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 50 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 50 GNs Index.'

 
 
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